tabitha vogan

Branch:
Coast Guard

Duty Station:
Coast Guard District 5

Number of Deployments:
26

Number of PCS's:
4

Share your military spouse story:
I have been a military spouse for 13 years. Been with my Coastie for 16. We became roommates back in 2004 when he got stationed in my home State of California. We fell in love, got married had two amazing boys and enjoy the military lifestyle. We have been stationed in Kodiak Alaska twice, Honolulu Hawaii and now Elizabeth City North Carolina. I am the CEO of our crazy beautiful life. My boys are very active in sports and play pretty much all they can. Up until our recent move this summer I was employed as a full-charge bookkeeper and still maintained our schedule, volunteering for and in our boys school, community and was a coach for soccer and basketball for the MWR as well as being a very active Ombudsman for the largest Air Station in the Coast Guard- Kodiak Alaska as well as the AIDS to Navigation unit. At one point for over a year I was the Ombudsman for Base, AirSta and AIDS to Navigation. I was also an active part in our Spouses Association of Kodiak and the Stiles Clark Auction and Santa to the Villages. Before we moved to Elizabeth City, NC I became a certified Ombudsman Trainer and I had the pleasure of taken over the Aviation Logics Center (aka ALC) Ombudsman position here. Before we even had household goods I was hitting the ground helping spouses navigate their move here and answering all questions I could. Recently I have become the Vice President of our PTO at my boys school. I am also apart of the Elizabeth City Spouses Club and a member of our local community’s -Moyock Women’s Club. I love traveling and being part of this beautiful journey with my wonderful, hardworking and all around amazing husband, Josh, who is my heart and no matter where the Coast Guard sends us I will gladly join him and continue to volunteer and try and sprinkle some military spouse love where ever we have the pleasure of being.

Describe your involvement in the military community:
*Ombudsman for 4 years to the largest Air Station in the Coast Guard, Kodiak AK *Ombudsman for 4 years for the AIDS to Navigation unit in Kodiak AK *Ombudsman for a little over a year for the Base in Kodiak AK *Indoor and outdoor soccer coach for two years for the MWR *Assistant Coach for Basketball for the MWR *Active part of our Spouses Association of Kodiak *Executed the Base wide Easter Egg Hunt for all units in Kodiak AK *Part if the planning committee with the Morale department for the AirStation events (Flight suit Formal, Holiday party, Appreciation dinner) *Part if our community and CG career fair *Active part of the Elizabeth City Spouses Club *Developed an ombudsman flyer that was sent to all members for ALC and Kodiak *Assisting new Ombudsman with any questions to better assist their families *Assisted the planning & setup for the ALC Holiday party *Guest speaker to read- the Tribute to the Spouses for three CCTI events

Share an example of your leadership experience within the military community:
As soon as we arrived in Kodiak I knew I wanted to make a difference in how information was given to spouses. Kodiak is a unique place and not for everyone. It is important to try and give as much information about the base, community and living there as possible. I also wanted to make sure that spouses knew of the military as well as community events for them and their families. I went right to work with the command, other Ombudsman, Spouses Association and fellow spouses to develop better means of communication. I also wanted to try and reach as many families as possible arriving to the island to make sure they knew who and how to get ahold of their Ombudsman, I developed a flyer for the Welcome bags with such information and also made sure that each units checkin YN had welcome bags so that if the member and their family didn’t get one when they arrived they would be able to get one when they checked in.

Describe how you support your community:
I am currently and have been very involved in my children’s school. Helping out in their classrooms, PTA and for functions with the school. Since moving to Elizabeth City I have taken on the Vice President position for our PTO at my kids school. I also have recently become a member of our local community women’s club which is very active in participating in community events I have also worked with the community and CG in Kodiak helping set up for the career fair to help those in need find a jk , haircuts and community resources for counseling, jobs, product information and drug rehabilitation center. I also in the past of donated goods to our local shelters, part of helping feed the homeless for loaves n fishes and being apart of our Thanksgiving feast.

What platform do you advocate for? Why?
I have become very passionate about children and teens being bullied. I have seen this with my own eyes, heard it from parents of children being bullied and I have heard it from children themselves. Both of my kids were bullied at two different schools and hearing their story and seeing the pain caused me to research how to help them navigate it and overcome it. Since talking with them and having them address it at school and with the other child the bullying has stopped. I was happy, but I quickly realized that this isn’t the case for most children and I would like to do what I can with the help of schools, local organizations and other parents to try and minimize the amount of bullying that happens and to react in the situation.

How have you spread the message of your platform?
I have become part of several sites in regards to bullying and will be reaching out to our local schools on their procedures, and communication to the families, bus drivers and students on how they can handle the situation within their scope of work and at home some insight on what parents can do to help elevate the stress on their child and reassure their child that they are a wonderful, smart and cherished individual.

What do you hope to accomplish with the AFI Military Spouse of the Year® title?
I actually hope to accomplish a few different things...I want to shed more light on my topic of bullying and get more people involved in how to handle a situation if they are in it or see it happening as well as getting schools and parents and local communities involved on what they can also do to help. I also want to shed more light on how valuable the military Ombudsman are and how they can be a very important and amazing resource for families, new spouses or seasoned can benefit from their local unit ombudsman and it would be great to share more of what the Ombudsman program is all about and how it can greatly help families.

Nominations

Tabitha has always been one of the hardest workers I know. Not only is she an amazing and dedicated wife and mother, she is also one of the best friends you could ever have. She will always put you first and you won’t hear her complain if her needs come last. She’s authentic. Some of the best people on this planet are rarely recognized for all of the sacrifices they make. Tabby needs to hear just how amazing and appreciated she is!
- by melissa biggs

Tabitha is an amazing mother and wife. She served as an Ombudsman in Kodiak, Alaska and has been a coastie wife for over a decade. Please nominate Tabitha, she is the coastie with the mostie!
- by brigette gunion

Tabitha is out going and caring of all military personal and a great wife and mother . She enjoys helping others and does her personal best to do just that . You
- by aaron cagle

Tabitha Vogan is deserving of this award due to her extensive charity work and giving nature. Whether she is striving on the PTO to get things accomplished or coaching one of her kids sports teams, she is always giving any of her endeavors 100 percent. She is an asset to her community and to her family and friends alike. Her past contributions as an ombudsman has also given her the experience needed to be considered for an award of this caliber. Please consider Tabitha Vogan as a strong contender for this honorable award. Thank you Carrie Crawford
- by carrie crawford

The sacrifices this woman makes for her family are amazing and inspiring. Jesus creating her with a selfless heart.
- by jack gunion

I met Tabitha just this Summer when she moved here from Alaska. She and her husband got stationed at the Elizabeth City, NC Coast Guard Base. When I first met her, we instantly hit it off together. As months have passed, I’ve learned so much about her but also her heart of gold. I’ve met selfless individuals, but Tabitha stands out the most to me. Her presence will light up a room, and her positive outlook on life is contagious. She has such a can do attitude, and is willing to help anyone in need. She has been there for so many individuals during their darkest times, me being one of them. Something about her makes you feel so comfortable around her, she puts you at peace. She will stop whatever she is doing to be there for you in your time of need. She is never looking for recognition when it comes to her selfless acts, and I feel like it’s time for her to be recognized.
- by ashley foster

Tabitha Vogan is my wife and my inspiration! Her outstanding positive attitude and charming personality is constantly improving the lives of so many people. This summer she was challenged with a PCS transfer from AK to NC. It is hard to leave a small community like Kodiak, AK where she devoted so much time to the Coast Guard community as the Ombudsman and countless hours in the local community. Tabitha made the transition flawlessly. She heard that our receiving command was without an Ombudsman and she selflessly volunteered to take on the challenge. As soon as we arrived to NC she made herself available to volunteer at every opportunity possible. She is an active member in the E-City Spouse's Association, Shawboro elementary PTO, and countless community volunteer opportunities. Tabitha is a devoted wife, mother and friend that has displayed all the qualities to be recognized as the 2019 Military Spouse of the year.
- by josh vogan