I was honored to travel back to Fairchild AFB in Spokane, Washington to Keynote this special bipartisan event.
Panelists, moderators and speakers included:
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05)
Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02)
Colonel Ryan R. Samuelson, Commander of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing
Colonel Daniel J. Swain, Commander of the 141st Air Refueling Wing, Air National Guard
Michelle Aikman, 2016 Armed Forces Insurance Air Force Spouse of the Year
Joyce Raezer, Executive Director, National Military Family Association
Cristin Orr Shiffer, Senior Advisor for Policy and Survey, Blue Star Families
David Lapan, Senior Director, National Capital Retion, Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)
John Davis, Veterans and Military Outreach Liaison
Rudy Lopez, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
Nancy Vorhees, CAO, Inland Northwest Health Services
Seth Maier, Veterans Case Manager, Employment Security Department, Worksource Spokane
Tony Kurta, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy, U.S. Department of Defense
Melissa Still, Community Readiness Consultant, U.S. Air Force, Fairchild Air Force Base
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Joseph J.J., Montanaro, Financial Planner, USAA
Sarah Meadows, Senior Sociologist, RAND Corporation
Dr. Shelley Redinger, Superintendent, Spokane Public Schools
Brooke Goldberg, Deputy Director, Government Relations, Military Officers Association of America
Clark Swenson, Services to the Armed Forces Pacific Division Director, American Red Cross
Alisha Benson, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President Education and Workforce, Greater Spokane Incorporated
Maggie Hahn, Military Affairs Relationship Director, USAA
Terry Howell, Senior Director for Strategic Alliances and Editorial Operations, Military.com
Many times, events like this only happen at larger bases so it was wonderful to have the conversation brought to the base.
My goal was to set the stage for positive two-way conversation that will help base families feel that their story – their voice – is important and heard, and that our collective voices contribute to positive change.
A huge thank you to the Congresswoman and Congressman for inviting me and recognizing the value of including spouses and families in this conversation.
(Keynote introduction starts at 32-minute mark)
Closing remarks. Check out the amazing Fairchild spouses honored!
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