May is the Month of the Military Family. To kick off the celebration on the first Friday of the month, May 3, Soldiers treated their spouses to a date night for Spouse Appreciation Day, hosted by the Fort Huachuca Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Directorate at the Thunder Mountain Activity Centre. This year’s theme was “A Tribute to the Military Spouse.”
Attendees were treated to a buffet consisting of various finger foods, a cash bar and live DJ music. Throughout the night, spouses had the opportunity to win prizes.
Guest speaker was Erin Whitehead, writer for militaryspouse.com, “Military Spouse Magazine,” advocate and Marine Corps Spouse of the Year in 2010. Her husband, Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Whitehead is with the Marine Corps Detachment on Fort Huachuca.
Whitehead talked about working with military spouses across the globe as inspirational. She explained how the diversity of the military spouse community allows each one to contribute in his or her own way.
In addition to praising the variety of contributions made by the service members’ husbands or wives, Whitehead compared military spouse life to parenthood. She expressed that people can research, seek advice and logically prepare themselves, but they are never 100 percent prepared for every experience a military spouse can encounter.
“None of us may have known what we were getting into, but we’ve emerged as a community that is capable, strong and resilient, and for that, we should all hold our heads high,” Whitehead said.