Duty Station: Naval Station Norfolk
Number of Deployments: 6
Number of PCS's: 0
Share your military spouse story:
Hi my name is Cassandra Temple and I am originally from Arizona! I joined the Navy in 2006 and my first 2 duty stations were on Little Creek. While working on JEB Little Creek I met my husband. We have been married for 11 years and have spent our entire 13 years here in Hampton Roads! (Crazy I know....so I have NO PCS experience and my children have been born and raised in the same house their entire lives!!). But because of this, I joke that I've become a Hampton Road's local and I have a key to the city lol! Having the experience as a Sailor, Milspouse, Hampton Road's "local", and mom to my Mil Kids (thru 6 deployments), has given me the experience and knowledge and the drive to want to support and encourage junior sailors, spouses and their families.
Share an example of your leadership experience within the military community:
If I have a claim to fame, or something I'm known for....it's that I love a "come up" or a "glow up". If I am taking an Advanced Ombudsman class, going to an Ombudsman Assembly, volunteering with a Milspouse charity etc.....I invite the WHOLE CREW. If I'm growing, learning, supporting and thriving.....then come along sis....we all are!!
Describe your involvement in the military community:
I was active duty for 4 years and then went on to become the FRG president for 1 year, an Ombudsman for 3 years (and counting and as long as they'll have me lol!!), and lastly as a Command Ombudsman Trainer for 1 year.
Describe how you support your community:
If there is an available resource I know it, find it and share it. My passions are Mental Health, Veterans Resources and Employment.
What do you advocate for? Why?
I am always preaching that we are in this military life together. I encourage other spouses to put themselves out there, make friends and connections. Utilize the MWR events, the USO and other available resources. Volunteer. Donate.
How have you spread the message of your platform/advocacy?
I LIVE on Facebook. From my Command Ombudsman page that I'm super proud of, to Sailor Support Groups like #savingsailors , I try to post any and every resource I can find.
What do you hope to accomplish with the AFI Military Spouse of the Year®
I would love to encourage other Veteran spouses to volunteer and participate. When I got out of the Navy I lost a big piece of myself. That "service to others" and "being a part of something bigger than myself" piece. It wasn't until I became an Ombudsman that I was whole again. I get so much joy from supporting our Sailors and their families. Whenever a family member or spouse thanks me I can't help but think.....no.....thank you. I see myself in all of them. From the E-1 to the new spouse....to the mom looking for childcare or local resources and things to do. I've changed from the junior sailor/spouse to the seasoned spouse and the mentor and it gives me so much joy. So really, thank y'all!