This week’s Woman with Wings is Laura! She and her husband have been together since high school making it ten years this year! Her husband, John, has been in the Air Force for a little over 3 years now. They have been stationed at two bases, Laughlin and Luke AFBs and have not experienced any deployments quite yet. Laura works remotely as a Digital and Social Media Marketing Coordinator. Laura and John have enjoyed their experiences at each base with their little girl. The most important lesson she has learned in her relationship is the importance of communication.
Laughlin Air Force Base: Nice, quiet little town right on the border. Not a whole lot to do but it has it’s perks. If the town had a working airport it wouldn’t be so bad or feel so remote. Our daughter was born there in Del Rio, Texas and it was officially our first home, really, so I’ll always have a special connection with it.
Luke Air Force Base: A complete change of scenery. Absolutely love the Phoenix area…except that heat!
Advice for Finding Jobs
I was able to keep my job from back home in Miami but wherever you go, get a job. I feel like it helps when the hubs are so busy and away. I love keeping busy and feeling like myself when I’m zoned in at work. Plus, the extra income helps for all that exploring (and shopping tbh) at every city you get based at.
Favorite Part About Being a Military Spouse
I’d have to say my favorite part of going on this crazy journey with John would have to be all the travel experiences you share together. We’re all about going back home whenever we get the chance but I feel like we’ve done a lot of exploring at these two bases we’ve been at that we for sure wouldn’t have ever done otherwise. We’ve been together since high school, made 10 years this year and being able to make all these memories–the good, bad, happy and tough times– with John have been the greatest ride of my life. I feel blessed to have grown so much together through every experience we’ve shared since we left Miami.
Most Important Lesson Learned
Communication. I cannot stress this enough! Being open and the cliche of “talking about your feelings” is definitely a go-to lesson for us. Life, especially in the military, gets so busy that if you’ve got an open flow of communication, it doesn’t feel as crazy. (It’s still a little crazy, who am I kidding, no one packs their bags and says “I’m just gonna live a little bit in a bunch of different places every few years around the globe!”)
Thank you for your service John and thank YOU for yours Laura!