Estes-Housden Family

Estes-Housden Family

Monica and Michele have known each other for twenty years. They both grew up playing soccer in their home state of Texas, and met in their early teens while playing in the same soccer club.  They both went on to play soccer in college and fell out of touch for numerous years until they reconnected a few years ago through a mutual former teammate. They are now happily married and have two children named Trip and Addison.  The children and Michele live in the Dallas Fort Worth area, and Monica is stationed in San Antonio at Fort Sam Houston. Michele is a Special Education Teacher and a Head Soccer Coach, which holds a special place in her heart.  Monica is an E-5 in the United States Army and is the NCOIC of Ultrasound at BAMMC. Michele: “My wife forged her own path. Every success she has had in life she earned with extremely hard work, commitment, strength, and perseverance. She does not just talk about being a soldier, wife, and mother – she is immersed in it, and exudes it, body and soul. Monica is “others focused,” and she spends the majority of her time as a soldier, helping other soldiers, and of course she loves her family unconditionally.” Even though they live in two different locations, they always understand the importance of quality time. That time may be Monica helping Trip with homework via Face-time, or making sure that Monica and Michele get a date night.  They also understand that they must show love in every way possible. Even their home is full of love and laughter. The...
Erika & Gabriella

Erika & Gabriella

Married in Buffalo, New York, in July of 2012, Erika and Gabriella first met each other at a restaurant that they both worked for, where Gabriella trained Erika as a waitress. They are both originally from Clarkston, Michigan, and have two adorable fur babies, Lucy and Lennox. They are now currently stationed at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia. Erika is now a full time student, stay at home wife, and full time couponer. An active duty Specialist in the United States Army, Gabriella serves as a Military Police Officer. They are ecstatic to announce that they have received their first PCS orders to the Netherlands, and they couldn’t be any more excited! “Erika always supports me, my career, long hours and anything that happens to come up unannounced.  She’s always up for anything and everything that gets thrown her way!” Just like any other couple, Gabriella and Erika’s relationship has endured a few struggles. Before Erika could receive military benefits as a spouse, their family would struggle to keep their heads above water. However, with love for each other, Erika now has full benefits and is recognized by the US Military. “AMPA means a whole lot more to us than most people think. I think of it as the biggest family you could imagine. They will always help you in a time of need and are always prepared to give you an answer to any questions you might...
Maggie & Lillian

Maggie & Lillian

Maggie and Lillian met in the fall of 2012 in Destin, Florida near Eglin Air Force Base where Maggie was stationed at the time. They got married on August 21, 2014 in New York and recently celebrated their one year wedding anniversary. Maggie is originally from Riverside, California and then moved to Tucson, Arizona before joining the Air Force after high school. Lillian was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama and relocated to Destin, Florida to pursue a career in business marketing and graphic design after college. Maggie is currently stationed at Osan AFB in South Korea for a one year unaccompanied tour. Lillian is spending time with her family in Alabama until the couple finds out where their next PCS will be. They currently have no children, but have a pit mix, Brody. However, they plan to start a family of their own once Maggie returns from South Korea. This is their first PSC apart and they are looking forward to finding out where their next duty station will be this month. Maggie is a Senior Airman in the United States Air Force, where she currently works with 51st LRS as a material handling equipment technician. Lillian is the owner and head graphic designer for Lillian Coleman Design (www.Icolemandesign.com), where she helps clients create successful marketing & SEO strategies for their companies. “Maggie’s motivation inspires me the most. She is very driven and is determined to be the best at whatever she does,” says Lillian. “Maggie has outstanding dedication to anything she is passionate about. She never gives up and will always stay dedicated and true to a...
Amanda & Mae

Amanda & Mae

Amanda and Mae have been together for almost three years, after falling in love in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. Amanda is from a military family and was born in Florida. Mae was born in the beautiful nation of the Philippines. They were married this past May in Hawaii, but currently live together in Alaska. Amanda is an Aircraft Flight Equipment Technician in the United States Air Force, and Mae works in the medical field. They have been through two deployments together, and are preparing to move to Okinawa, Japan, for their next duty station. Mae inspires Amanda to always do her best and to aim for the future. “Mae is beautiful from the inside out. From day one she has supported my every dream and made it clear that she didn’t want to hold me back from any opportunity.” Amanda and Mae are a dream team. They keep each other leveled, while supplying comfort, support, and love. They remind everyone who is going through a deployment that it isn’t the end of the world, and it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. During their last deployment, Mae went on an adventure on her own to India where she practiced medicine. “At the ends of our adventures, we had so many stories to share with each other. We stay strong for each other; each individual will have their own battles to fight.” Since the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the demise of the Defense of Marriage Act, life has dramatically changed for the better. “We got our happy ever after.” They are very thankful that their dreams are no longer fairytales, but reality. The...
Stefanie and Tracy

Stefanie and Tracy

Stefanie and Tracy met in November 2011 in Pensacola, Florida, and began dating that following July. They tied the knot on October 3rd 2013, and have been inseparable since day one. Tracy is originally from West Monroe, Louisiana. Stefanie is from an Air Force family where she spent her childhood in Germany and Italy.  They currently live in Fort Walton Beach, on the beautiful Emerald Coast of Florida. They have two kittens, but also plan on expanding their family even more within a few years. Stefanie is a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force, where she is a Contract Specialist, dealing with government acquisitions. Tracy is an Ocean Rescue Swimmer and First Responder. Stefanie writes: “Tracy inspires me every day with her brilliant creativity and talent; she is a wonderful singer/songwriter, gifted guitar player, avid surfer, and the list goes on. She pretty much does everything I dream of doing! She excels at anything she puts her mind to, and I truly admire her unwavering desire to learn and raw passion for life. Tracy’s energy and spontaneity have helped me ‘slow down’ and appreciate all of the small moments in life. I am so thankful to have her by my side.” Tracy writes: “Stefanie inspires me with her positivity and her drive. Every single day she wakes up with a smile on her face and no matter what kind of day she’s had, she still has that smile. She has this incredible way to make every situation a positive experience. I wish I had that super power! She works so incredibly hard not only at work but...
Vanessa & Jasmine

Vanessa & Jasmine

Vanessa and Jasmine have been together for three years, and were married on January 17th, 2014, in Washington DC. They originally met in the 8th grade, graduated high school together, and met up 7 years later to fall in love. They are both “Army Brats” and lived in many different places, but they call Copperas Cove, Texas, home. Vanessa is a Patient Care Coordinator at a local dermatology in Fayetteville, NC, and Jasmine is an Army Staff Sergeant, Geospatial Engineer (12Y). Vanessa loves how her wife Jasmine always brings out the best in others through enthusiasm for life and her stunning positive attitude. Jasmine adores her wife’s ability to remain calm. “No matter how hectic things can get, she always balances me out, encourages me to keep going, and supports and loves me unconditionally.” When the going gets tough, this couple focuses on each other. They use their communication skills to talk out their problems, and let their emotions settle. “We believe that our commitment to one another is bigger than any obstacle that we could ever face and that we can overcome anything, together.” The Codougan-Hernandez family is blessed from both sides. Their families have showed nothing but love and support, and they have been inseparable since they met! Their parents even get together weekly for lunch or just to relax. Both Vanessa and Jasmine love spending holidays with their families because it makes the most wonderful time of year even more wonderful. The American Military Partner Association has given this family their confidence by being an extended family support group. “I always feel like I can go to...