ashley dixon

Branch:
Air Force

Duty Station:
RAF Lakenheath

Number of Deployments:
4

Number of PCS's:
4

Share your military spouse story:
I’m truly blessed to be the wife of an outstanding Airman! Two small-town teenagers from Mississippi met in high school, fell in love and never looked back. It’s really that simple. I supported my husband’s decision to serve our country without a clue as to what it would entail. Being the spouse of an Airman was never my goal but this experience has fulfilled me. Coming from that small town in Mississippi, I never imagined my first time away would be in another country. Nothing prepared me for leaving my family, friends and the comforts and freedoms of America. Well, I took my southern hospitality and southern drawl and packed up and headed to the United Kingdom to follow my Airman. I put my personal and educational goals on hold to follow my Airman to England. I experienced first hand the importance of making connections with my military family. Initially, I felt alone and inept as a new spouse in a foreign country. This feeling of solitude compelled me to greet everyone with a positive attitude and genuinely care about their wellbeing. Today, I feel accomplished as a wife, mother and experienced military spouse.

Describe your involvement in the military community:
I’ve served as a key spouse for more than six years, two of those as a key spouse mentor. I have supported fellow spouses with the resources they need to be successful. By empowering fellow spouses, I’m helping Airmen and their leadership. When a family is taken care of, the Airmen is able to focus on the mission while deployed or TDY.

Share an example of your leadership experience within the military community:
I’ve led spouses and key spouses. I plan morale events for Airmen and families. By staying connected and informed I am able to provide current information to keep families connected with resources.

Describe how you support your community:
I support my community by doing outreach, coordinating events, helping spouses becoming resilient

What platform do you advocate for? Why?
I advocate for inclusion! I’ve never been one to make people seem less important because of their stature in the military. As a licensed social worker I rely on my education to guide me. As a social worker I understand the importance of human relationships. Some people want to be heard and I’m always available to lend an ear. If taking a few minutes to listen helps brighten someone’s day, it gives me satisfaction.

How have you spread the message of your platform?
My southern upbringing alone helps spread my message. When I ask how someone is doing, I genuinely care.

What do you hope to accomplish with the AFI Military Spouse of the Year® title?
I want to be an example for all spouses. I hope to stop circles and “create U’s” by including everyone.

Nominations

If you ask anyone around RAF Lakenheath if they know Ashley Dixon, they will likely say yes. She is the type of person who would run into someone she knows, even in foreign countries. And when she sees someone she knows, no matter how much time has passed, they do not miss a beat. Not only does Ashley make it a point to get to know everyone, but she also makes a positive impact on everyone she comes into contact with, whether they realize it at the time or not. Ashley is a social worker, a mentor, a wife, a mother, and so many other things. She not only advocates for spouses, but for service members as well and puts in countless volunteer hours on top of a full-time job and being a mother and makes it look effortless. Ashley is genuine and humble in a way that touches your soul. Overall, the amount of heart and dedication she put into bettering our community is largely unmatched. I can't think of another person who embodies what a military spouse of the year is so flawlessly.
- by jade moniz