FORT HOOD, Texas, Dec. 16, 2004 – Six months ago, Kathy Beech wasn't sure where the Army would move her family, but the Worcester, Mass., native and her two children arrived here Aug. 1, just in time for her husband Michael's birthday.
Beech says her biggest challenge as a military spouse was moving with the children.
"I enjoy moving, but the older they get it's harder to connect them to the new community," Beech said.
Despite the challenges, Beech enjoyed her 20 years as a military spouse.
"I love the Army life," Beech said smiling. "I like moving around and experiencing different cultures. We've liked every place we've been, but my favorite duty station was Alaska."
|"Friends you make can help ease the challenge of separation, Your relationships can really grow and blossom." Beech said.
Beech's favorite memories are of the friends she made at various duty stations.
Beech enjoys spending time with her children, volunteering and exercise.
"That's how I find balance," she says.
Beech is an active volunteer in the Army Family Team Building (AFTB) and the Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) programs. As a core instructor with AFTB she instructs trainers at AFTB trainings on the Department of Army level.
"I like volunteering for AFTB because volunteers in this program truly have an impact," Beech said.
Volunteering also helps keeps her in touch with changes in military family life.