Q&A: Saluting Military Dads

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Q&A: Saluting Military Dads

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published: June 14, 2016

 

Name:  Daniel E. Little                   

Age:  36, Almost 37

Years in service:  14

Rank:  MSgt

Years as father:  10 Awesome Years!

Kid:  Aidan Daniel Little, 10. 

Current Duty Station and job:  Kadena AB Assistant Accessories Flight Chief              

Q: What are your key responsibilities at work? 

A: My key work responsibilities consist of managing four different work centers consisting of 147 people that provide maintenance support for the units that generate aircraft assigned at Kadena.  I oversee five facilities, equipment, and tooling valued at $27 million dollars by coordinating repairs, inspections, and work order requests for upgrades.  I empower a quality training program that ensures availability of qualified personnel for F-15, KC-135, HH-60, and E-3 aircraft Electrical and Environmental, Egress, Fuel, and Hydraulic systems maintenance. 

Q: What are your key responsibilities at home?

A: Some of my most important responsibilities at home are that I make enough money to buy snacks for the house such as:  Pringles Chips, Cheetos, Gummy Snacks, Cookies, Rice (my son’s favorite food), Pizza, Hot Dogs, Frozen Waffles, Ice Cream, Peanut Butter, and Jelly Sandwiches and Cereal.  I take part in making sure his homework is finished, is correct, and turned in so he doesn’t lose grade points.  The older he gets, the more challenging this becomes.  I ensure he is on time to Junior Gladiator Wrestling practices and tournaments.  This is more of an investment as one day he hopes to be the “Face of the WWE!”  His wrestling experience sometimes leads to spontaneous matches around the house where I have to establish that, although I am older, I am still the top dog of the house to beat.  Sometimes these matches lead outside of the ring, where pillows become chairs and the match becomes extreme or falls count anywhere.  I usually win!

Q: How do you balance military life with family life?

A: I find that the best way to balance military life with family life is by being up front and open with my family about what is going on around me.  I never make commitments that I know I cannot meet professionally or personally.  I make every attempt to be a part of key moments in my family’s life like parent/teacher conferences, honor roll celebrations, taiko drumming performances, and other such activities. 

Q: How do you keep in touch with family when you are TDY or deployed?

A: Some ways that my family and I kept in touch while TDY or deployed was through emails, phone calls, app text messages, FaceTime, or Skype. Back when our family was young, we even wrote letters and sent them through USPS.  I also would surprise my family with gifts via web purchases. 

 

Q: How does the military community support your family?

A: There are many agencies that offer my family support, but mostly we rely on relationships formed with the people that I work with.  On one particular occasion, I was TDY and my wife and son (whom was approx. 6 months old) was at our home at Hill AFB, UT, when approx. 12” of snow had fallen during the day.  I had a great group of co-workers that would venture out in the elements after large amounts of snow fall had been reported, and they would clear driveways and sidewalks.  They stopped by my house at approx. 2000 hours to clear our driveway so my wife didn’t have to worry about it.  I repaid the favor many times as we were TDY often.  

Q: How do you support your partner whether you are home or deployed?

A: I provide support by making sure I am always truthful and faithful.  I make it a priority to keep lines of communication open and can be counted on when my wife needs me.  If TDY or deployed, often we agree on a time that we can talk to one another.  We have found that having scheduled time to talk works great in the relationship as opposed to trying to talk to one another every day.  I have also left random notes around the house to remind her that I am thinking of her.  Together we have built a solid financial foundation, so that is one less stressor while I am gone. 

Q: As a military parent, what’s your top priority for your kids?

A: As a military parent, my top priority for Aidan is that he has an environment at home where he is loved, allowed to grow, learn, and be a kid!  I also make it a priority to be available at all of his greatest accomplishments such as his first Taiko Drumming Performance, Science Fair Presentation, Honor Roll Award, Field Trips, Wrestling Tournaments, Baseball, and Basketball games.  I make it a point to spend time playing and interacting with him often.  Together, we have had many whiffle ball baseball games, nerf basketball slam dunk, or horse contests, water gun/balloon fights, read books, played video games, listened to stories, etc.  I am just there, when I can or any time he needs me. 

Q: What are your plans or Father’s Day?

A: Well, I have weekend duty this Father’s Day, so my plans are to project Air Power!  That’s ok, I am planning on taking my family on a trip to Tokyo shortly thereafter. 

Q: Anything else you’d like to add?

A: Happy Father’s Day!

 

 

Name: Erich Von Villwock (Sr.)    

Age: 31

Years in service: 12

Rank: Ensign

Years as father: 2

Kids: My son, EJ will be two years old June 17th and my daughter, Evie was born May 7th of this year. We are really happy she was born on the 7th because I was born on March 7th, my wife was born on April 17th, our wedding anniversary is July 7th and we were able to keep this seven thing going.

Current Duty Station and job: Platoon OIC, EOD Mobile Unit FIVE, Santa Rita, Guam.

Q: What are your key responsibilities at work?

A: I supervise the safe operations of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Platoon, conducting EOD and diving operations in the Pacific Asia area of operation. We are usually jumping out of planes, shooting guns and blowing things up.

Q: What are your key responsibilities at home?

A: My primary responsibilities at home include the following: Foot and back masseur, “airplane” ride pilot, adventure time facilitator, story time narrator, anytime singer of poorly covered songs but especially in the car or at bedtime, chauffer, emergency errand runner, kid-cannon fuse lighter, monster expeller, and sometimes taking out the trash, but only as an ancillary function.

Q: How do you balance military life with family life?

A: It is a tremendous task to balance these two parts of my life, and most of the time, the two are close to one. My command family and my actual family are intertwined through social functions, and my platoon is always welcome in my home. It becomes difficult when I’m away from my real family because I’m not there to perform my responsibilities. I try to segment the day into hours for work and home, but usually the two overlap and I think about home at work and work at home, but try to keep one from affecting the other. It becomes even more difficult when I add “student” to my list of endeavors.

Q: How do you keep in touch with family when you are TDY or deployed?

A: Facebook and FaceTime are extremely important for us, because that is how we communicate primarily. We also use cell and satellite phones when there isn’t any Internet available. A lot of time I’m away from my kids, and I miss important events in their lives. So, I like to write letters to them and describe why I wasn’t there or some other important aspect of life that I want them to know about. It is a good way for me to capture my thoughts at the time, and it will be something special for them when they’re older.

Q: How does the military community support your family?

A: My command and community understand how important it is to have a healthy family at home in order to function optimally at work. They support me by allowing me to take time off to be with my family. They also stress importance of taking time off, and schedule command social functions to include families of other people I work with. We also have a Family Readiness Group that sponsors similar events and creates a family atmosphere for those of us stationed overseas.

Q: How do you support your partner whether you are home or deployed?

A: I try to keep in constant communications while I am deployed or TAD, and keep a shared calendar of my schedule so she knows what to expect from me while I am working. When I am home I try to be as helpful as I can by doing whatever chores need to be done. I spend as much time as I can with my kids and make sure they know they have a Dad who loves them more than they can understand.

Q: As a military parent, what’s your top priority for your kids?

A: My top priority for my kids is to make sure they know who I am, and that I love them. I am always concerned about their safety and wellbeing, so I make sure they are safe and taken care of whether that is done by calling my wife, or by researching safety ratings on a new car; they are always on my mind. I want my kids to be healthy, happy, and loved no matter where they are in the world.

Q: What are your plans or Father’s Day?

A: This Father’s day I plan on taking time off of work and going on vacation with friends and family to Lake Chelan in Washington state.

Q: Anything else you’d like to add?

A: I stay extremely busy at work, and I am gone more than I am home. I’ve already been gone for five months this year alone, and I have two deployments coming up. I tell my family that this part of our lives isn’t going to last forever, and to try to enjoy living overseas while we can, but I feel extremely selfish for uprooting them from their lives, our home, and moving across the world, only to leave and go somewhere else almost immediately. My kids only know this kind of life. I try to let them know how much I appreciate their sacrifices for me, but it’s not nearly enough for what I put them through. I look forward to a day when I can walk my kids to school, and come home to a place that our family can visit regularly or pop in for coffee, lunch or whatever but for now we are living an adventure.

 

 

Name:  Ethan Brown

Age:  33

Years in service: 5

Rank: SSgt

Years as father: 9

Kids: Rylei Brown, Ronald aka. Ronnie Brown

Current Duty Station and job: Kadena AB, 18 LRS/LGRFOF, Fixed Facilities Supervisor

Q: What are your key responsibilities at work?

A: Maintain and manage 4 hydrant refueling systems and facilities throughout the base. Support over 2k govt vehicles by maintaining and managing three ground fuel military service stations, and provide uninterrupted fuel support to 6 joint flying organizations/detachments.

Q: What are your key responsibilities at home?

 

A: I would have to say…being a pillow to lay on, a jungle gym to climb on, and also to just be a big kid along with them. It is important to me that children “get to be children”.  They have the rest of their lives to be adults!

Q: How do you balance military life with family life?

A: This is the hardest thing for me to master. While I want to devote most of my time and energy to my work, I also feel that it is important to be home and interact with my family. My family is along for the ride with me and my profession. So I try to prioritize and balance my life so I excel at my work, and still devote enough time to my wife and kids so we are a happy household.

Q: How do you keep in touch with family when you are TDY or deployed?

A: I mainly use Facebook and Facetime to communicate with my family while I am gone.

Q: How does the military community support your family?

A: Through the multiple activities that they provide, and the care and support they offer while I am downrange.  This includes my unit and flight as well.

Q: How do you support your partner whether you are home or deployed?

A: While I am at home, I help with the general things that need to be done around the house.  I think she has lucked out because I love to cook!  So I am the one who cooks dinner most evenings.  When I’m deployed, I ensure everything she needs to make life easier is provided, i.e. - Setting up lawn care to give her one less thing to worry about.

Q: As a military parent, what’s your top priority for your kids?

A: Their safety and education.

Q: What are your plans on Father’s Day?

A: Spending the day with my family at the beach if the weather is nice.

Q: Anything else you’d like to add? 

A: I would also like to say that being a father is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I never thought that it was possible to care for a person so much that I would be willing to jump in front of a moving car to save or protect them.  I would give my life for them!  I would do absolutely anything for my kids and I can honestly say that it has made me a better man.

 

 

Name: Jerimie Rodriguez

Age: 35

Years in service: 15

Rank: E-8

Years as father: 15

Kids: Kamryn, 15; Zamya, 12; Jazlyn, 9; Tyson, 4

Current Duty Station and job: COMSUBRON 15, Guam, Assistant Communicator

Q: What are your key responsibilities at work?

A: Assist deploying submarines prepare for extended periods at sea.

Q: What are your key responsibilities at home?

A: Don’t anger my wife, do my kids homework with (for) them, I am also the Green Power Ranger at times, I prepare semi-edible meals when my wife is at work … or order pizza, bath-time Nazi, and all around cool dad.

Q: How do you balance military life with family life?

A: I try and keep my job out of my family situation. I don’t talk “shop” at home. I have learned not to be afraid to request time to do the little things that count, like going to plays or parent-teacher conferences or just taking my wife out to lunch. If you don’t MAKE time, you will never HAVE time.

Q: How do you keep in touch with family when you are TDY or deployed?

A: E-mails are big, especially in the submarine community. When we do get the opportunity to use the internet, video chats are the best (SKYPE, WHATS APP, or APPLE).

Q: How does the military community support your family?

A: There are all sorts of events to keep my family entertained and informed while I am away. MWR usually does a lot, like concerts and NEX sales events, and the base gym provides excellent support to keep the family fit while having fun. There is also a great Ombudsman program for my command and the base/region.

Q: How do you support your partner whether you are home or deployed?

A: I try and be a good listener. I like to try and solve problems, but the older I get the more I realize that being a good partner doesn’t always mean offering solutions but rather just providing an ear or a shoulder when needed.

Q: As a military parent, what’s your top priority for your kids?

A: Relationships. I think that it is extremely important for military kids to maintain strong relationships with family and friends. My kids call and video chat with our family back in New York constantly. They even continue to video chat with friends from previous duty stations and I encourage them to do so. It helps them to adjust and feel like they “fit in”, no matter where we go.

Q: What are your plans or Father’s Day?

A: What…plans? I’m allowed to make those??

Q: Anything else you’d like to add?

A: Military life can be very tough, especially for the members of the family that do not have the support of an entire warship or shore command at their immediate disposal. Military members often lose sight of that. We tend to think that we have it rough because we put ourselves in harm’s way. It is important that we put ourselves in the shoes of our family members, without whom we could never accomplish the mission.

 

 

Name:  William B. Cook Jr.

Age: 33

Years in service: 14

Rank:  TSgt

Years as father:  11 years

Kids: Kayden, 11 years old;   Jordan, 8 years old;

Aubrey, 7 years old; William, 2 years old; 

Adrian, 5 months old

Current Duty Station and job: I am currently stationed at Kadena AB working as the F100 Jet Engine Intermediate Maintenance Production Supervisor.

Q: What are your key responsibilities at work?

A: I supervise Jet Engine Intermediate maintenance on 133 F100-PW-220E engines worth $425 million for 54 F-15 aircraft valued at $2 billion.  In addition, I lead 30 Airmen in completing repairs and installing components and assemblies while preparing engines for block testing.  I also manage time compliance technical orders, one-time inspections, borescope inspections, and replacement of time-change items. Finally, I oversee inspections and care for special tools, hand tools, and test/support equipment valued at $3.2 million for F100 engines.

Q: What are your key responsibilities at home?

A: To obey my wife and agree to everything she says (this method keeps a pretty peaceful house).  Also, to always be physically and mentally fit enough to handle the kids during their 24-hour pre-workout dosages (they never stop going). Oh, did I mention to also be the best husband and father I can possibly be for them?

Q: How do you balance military life with family life?

A: I don’t.  Every day is different and in some days one life may need more attention and dedication than the other.  I just roll with the punches and hope things go well day after day.  I enjoy the challenges that life places before me.  It’s the only way to tell if I’m still alive and how to determine what to be thankful for every day of my life.

Q: How do you keep in touch with family when you are TDY or deployed?

A: The worldwide web big baby!!  I wouldn’t know what to do without Facebook or Instagram!  I am happy that everyone can stay up-to-date with new developments in my life and theirs.

 

Q: How does the military community support your family?

A: One thing that I have learned about the military community is that it is pro-family.  Other than having a church family, military communities in my opinion are the next best thing!

Q: How do you support your partner whether you are home or deployed?

A: I am her rock and she is mine.  No matter what she needs I am there to support and help her through.  I will be her #1 fan until we both retire from the game (life).

Q: As a military parent, what’s your top priority for your kids?

A: My top priority is discipline and respect because without it, life will be a difficult beast for them to tame.

Q: What are your plans or Father’s Day? 

A: Getting food wasted!!

Q: Anything else you’d like to add? 

A: Happy Father’s Day to all the Papa Bears out there and “Stay thirsty my friends”!

 

 

Name: Robert Cree

Age: 37

Years in service: 17

Rank: SFC

Years as father: 17

Kids: Evan 17, Joanna 14

Current Duty Station and job: Torii Station, Detachment Sergeant 247th Military Police Detachment

Q: What are your key responsibilities at work?

A: I am responsible for providing sound advice to the commander regarding unit health readiness, Esprit De Corps, discipline, mentorship, career progression, recognition, and professional development of 45 Soldiers

Q: What are your key responsibilities at home?

A: Since I am a father of 2 teenagers and have a working spouse, we are fortunate enough to share the household responsibilities to keep us afloat.  I take care of laundry and BBQ dinners on the weekends.  I am no longer allowed to mop since I didn’t mix water with the solution and made the floor sticky. 

 

Q: How do you balance military life with family life?

A: It is a tough balance however, we make it work together incorporating the team approach with my spouse.  Just as we do in the Army it takes a team to accomplish the mission.

Q: How do you keep in touch with family when you are TDY or deployed? 

A: Social media, Skype, Write letters, Email and telephone

Q: How does the military community support your family? 

A: The military community here on Okinawa is exceptional it supports by offering a multitude of events such as libraries, bowling alley, commissary, BX, a wide variety of travel opportunities both on and off the island.

Q: How do you support your partner whether you are home or deployed?

A: We support each other!  On a daily basis she is my battle buddy and I am hers.  No matter where we are in the world together or apart we are very thankful for what we have.

Q: As a military parent, what’s your top priority for your kids?

A: Top priority for my kids is to give them what my wife and I couldn’t have when we were growing up, as well as making sure that they get a college education.  Also, be the positive role model for them and prepare them to be great Americans.

 

 

Name: JohnPaul P. Gerona

Age: 35

Years in service: 6 yrs 9 mos

Rank: HM1

Years as father: 21 months

Kids: Happy 21-month-old son

Current Duty Station and job: USNH Guam/ LPO, Pediatrics

Q: What are your key responsibilities at work?

A: To assist in general supervision of all enlisted personnel attached to the Medical Homeport Pediatric Clinic.  Maintain enlisted staff records, conducts counseling, and prepare evaluations.

Q: What are your key responsibilities at home?

A: Ensure wife is happy.  Since I got married, I’ve lived by this ethos:  “Happy wife, happy life.”

Q: How do you balance military life with family life?

A: When I’m at work, I work…hard so when I’m at home I don’t think about work.  However, wife likes asking me “So how did your day go”?

Q: How do you keep in touch with family when you are TDY or deployed?

A: By utilizing the internet and/or data plan.

Q: How does the military community support your family?

A: By letting my family travel with me wherever I am stationed is the best support the military community could offer. 

Q: How do you support your partner whether you are home or deployed?

A: I believe that the best way I support my wife is by being an active listener to her.

Q: As a military parent, what’s your top priority for your kids?

A: My top priority is to be able to provide the basic needs of my family, plus some TLC goes a long way.

Q: What are your plans or Father’s Day?

A: When is Father’s Day? Lol.

Q: Anything else you’d like to add?

A: These Qs actually made me feel good about myself.  Sometimes, we (dads) get pre-occupied with life that we forget to compliment ourselves.  Once in a while, it’s ok to stop and pause a second and tell yourself, “Great Job, Dad.”  

 

 

Name: Dan Janssen

Age: 47

Years in service: 29+ years (will hit 30years on 1 Feb of next year)

Rank: CMSgt

Years as father: 21

Kids: Allysa (21), Jacob (19), Brianna (15), Victoria (13), Elizabeth (11)

We also adopted our 2 Nieces, Ellie (23), and Katie (21) and they lived with us for 5 years while we were stationed in the United Kingdom.

Current Duty Station and job: Kadena, 18 LRS Squadron Superintendent

Q: What are your key responsibilities at work?

A: He guides the Squadron Commander with leading 390 military member and 278 civilian employees in the Air Force’s largest Logistics Readiness Squadron

 

Q: What are your key responsibilities at home?

A: He helps me manage our dual-military schedule that includes 10-12 hour workdays, school, gymnastics, girls softball, coaching, etc.  Each of the kids have a chore, mine is dishes and Dan’s is laundry.  Dan and I split who gets to cook dinner.

Q: How do you balance military life with family life? 

A: We have amazing children who are very resilient and flexible and understand when Mom or Dad have military obligations.  Beyond that, communication and planning is essential to keeping our household moving forward.  We have to be flexible and know plans change day-to-day.

Q: How do you keep in touch with family when you are TDY or deployed?  

A: When we go TDY or deployed, we used to use Yahoo messenger, but now we mainly use our I-phones hooked up to any available wireless to Facetime or Facebook messenger and we keep in touch through email and phone calls.

Q: How does the military community support your family? 

A: Over the many years we’ve spent in the Air Force, the military community has supported us in numerous ways to include the resources available at the Youth and Teen Centers and the Airmen & Family Readiness Center.  We can’t forget about all of our wonderful friends that we’ve made at each base.

Q: How do you support your partner whether you are home or deployed? 

A: We support each other by constantly showing each other how much we love and appreciate each other.  We work together very well in motivating each other to be better parents, partners, friends, and coworkers.

Q: As a military parent, what’s your top priority for your kids? 

A: To ensure they are independent and confident and have a respect for everyone they meet.  We enjoy that our kids have grown up with a different outlook from living in so many different countries.  We hope they continue to be the confident and happy kids they are today.

Q: What are your plans or Father’s Day? 

A: We have planned a family vacation in which we are going to Singapore, and taking a cruise from there to Vietnam, Hong Kong, South Korea, and China.  We can’t wait!

Q: Anything else you’d like to add? 

A: Dan loves to volunteer within the local community and encourages our children to give back as well.  He’s a coach for the Lady Ambassadors Girls Softball Organization here on Okinawa.  He’s also the Kadena Chief’s Group President.  He retires in Feb of next year after serving 30 years in the Air Force. 

 

 

Name: Raymond S Hoke BMC(SW/EXW)

Age: 34

Years in service: 15 1/2

Rank: CPO

Years as father: 8

Kids: Daughter Kylee Hina Hoke and son Dylan Sora Hoke

Current Duty Station and job: Chief Boatswain’s Mate aboard USS SHILOH CG-67

Q: What are your key responsibilities at work?

A: Complete safety of all deck evolutions, flight ops, sea and anchor detail all while running a division of 30 junior sailors and 1 junior officer.

Q: What are your key responsibilities at home?

A: Being home and just plain being a dad.

Q: How do you balance military life with family life?

A: Being forward-deployed you have to make the most of the time you are with your family.

Q: How do you keep in touch with family when you are TDY or deployed?

A: I keep in touch with emails as much as possible.

Q: How do you support your partner whether you are home or deployed?

A: I support my wife with everything, even when I’m deployed. I’ll support her through thick and thin and she has been around for most of my deployed time.

Q: As a military parent, what’s your top priority for your kids?

A: To learn respect and do well in school.

Q: What are your plans or Father’s Day?

A: I’ll be underway.

 

 

Name:  Marcus D. Farmer

Age:  40

Years in service:  16

Rank:  CPT

Years as father:  14

Kids:  Jordan, 14; Jayden, 7; Jaxson, 1

Current Duty Station and job:  Torii Station-247th MP Detachment Commander & USAG-O Provost Marshal

Q: What are your key responsibilities at work? 

A: Taking care of Soldiers, Families, Civilians & MLCs and Ensuring the safety and security of Torii Station

Q: What are your key responsibilities at home?

A: Changing dirty diapers, transporting kids to and from sports practices and games, and mowing the lawn

Q: How do you balance military life with family life?

A: It is a difficult balance, but I always make sure that I spend time with my wife and kids by regularly having a family game/movie night.

Q: How do you keep in touch with family when you are TDY or deployed? 

A: We use FaceTime, Skype, and send emails.

Q: How does the military community support your family? 

A: The military community has always been our extended family whether giving back to our military family by volunteering our time or using services such as the PX or Military Treatment Facilities.

Q: How do you support your partner whether you are home or deployed?  

A: I always make sure that she knows, through words and actions, together or apart, we are always in this together.

Q: As a military parent, what’s your top priority for your kids? 

A: To become productive members of society, to always tell the truth, and to always do the right thing even when no one is looking.

Q: What are your plans or Father’s Day? 

A: To relax, spend time with my family, and hope that the duty phone doesn’t ring.

Q: Anything else you’d like to add? 

A: There’s no greater joy than being a father to my three sons!  To all of the wonderful dads out there, including my own and my father-in-law, Happy Father’s Day!  Anyone can have a child, but it takes someone special to be a father.

 

 

Name: Ferral Ceasar Sr.

Age: 30

Years in service: 5

Rank: Senior Airman

Years as father: 12 Years

Kids: Ferral Ceasar Jr., 12; Samia Ceasar, 9 months old

Current Duty Station and job: 36th Maintenance Squadron environmental electrician

Q: What are your key responsibilities at work? 

A: Identifies, isolates & repairs support equipment for Theater Support Packages, Continuous Bomber Presence, Global Hawk & transient aircraft missions in the Pacific Theater. Ensures flight facility, safety, training and records are maintained in accordance with applicable local & Air Force Instruction directives.

Q: What are your key responsibilities at home?

A: My key responsibilities at home are to cook, clean, help with homework, mentor and ensure that I am always setting the best positive examples for my children to follow.

Q: How do you balance military life with family life?

A: Having a strong foundation is one of the key factors for me. I was raised by great parents who taught me the meaning of working hard and taking time out for your family. I was taught at an early age the responsibilities that come along with being a man and now a father.

Q: How do you keep in touch with family when you are TDY or deployed? 

A: When I am away from home, I use social media and video technology to keep in touch with my kids.

Q: How does the military community support your family?

A: Military Single Parents Club is one of the most helpful and understanding groups that the military has to offer with me being a single parent. The fact that I am able to share parenting ideas and experiences, while providing networking capabilities with other military members is a plus!

Q: As a military parent, what’s your top priority for your kids?

A: To provide my children with an environment that promotes learning, love and laughter!

Q: What are your plans for Father’s Day?

A: Nothing specific planned for Father’s Day. My son and I do everything together and as long as I am spending the day with him, my day will be great!

 Q: Anything else you’d like to add?

A: Although being a single father was not my plan, I embraced it instead of making excuses for it. I love my kids, and will always strive to achieve greatness, so that they will have a good head start in life.  I never want my son to feel as if he’s less fortunate because he doesn’t live with both of his parents. I hope the love and dedication that I give him is enough to know that he can succeed in anything that he puts his mind too.

 

 

Name: Paul M. Toves

Age: 36

Years in service: 8 years

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Years as father: 11

Kids: Raiden Jacob 11 years old; Sadie Joy 3 years old; Penelope Joy Newborn (Born May 20, 2016)

Current Duty Station and job:

554 RED HORSE Squadron - Guam (Guam Air National Guard) / heavy equipment operator

 Q: What are your key responsibilities at work?

A: Pavements and Heavy Equipment •Operating Physical Training Monitor; Help • personnel in shop stay fit to fight; Train junior enlisted Airmen with • operating equipment

Q: What are your key responsibilities at home?

A: key responsibility at home to listen to my wife... Just kidding. My wife and I have a dual responsibility at home to ensure our children are well taken care of.

Q: How do you balance military life with family life?

A: all considering I come from a dual military marriage because my wife is enlisted with the Guam Army National Guard, our family will always be priority, but we are also able to understand and support each other when duty calls.

Q: How do you keep in touch with family when you are TDY or deployed?

A: during my recent deployment in the Middle East, I was able to stay in touch with my family via FaceTime and WhatsApp.

Q: How does the military community support your family?

A: Whether at home or during a deployment, the Air Force community has been extremely supportive in understanding the importance of family and taking care of us when in need.

Q: How do you support your partner whether you are home or deployed?

A: support each other mentally, spiritually and emotionally through prayers and communication.

Q: As a military parent, what’s your top priority for your kids?

A: Providing for their needs.

Q: What are your plans or Father’s Day?

A: Play golf and then spend time with my family afterwards.

Q: Anything else you’d like to add?

A: Considering my first daughter was born before I returned home from my first deployment, I returned back from my second deployment 15 days before my second daughter was born and was able to witness her birth.

 

 

Name: Chris Perkey

Age: 41

Years in service:  11 Years

Rank: SSG

Years as father: 19 Years

Kids: 4 Boys – Brandon, 19; Chris, 18; Lance, 16; and Dallas, 13

Current Duty Station and job: USAG Yongsan – Public Affairs

Q: What are your key responsibilities at work?

A: Making sure everyone at the garrison knows what is going on at the garrison.

Q: What are your key responsibilities at home? 

A: Making sure the wife is happy. Oh yeah, and my boys, too.

Q: How do you balance military life with family life?

A: It is difficult, however my family shows a ton of support. But, seriously, I practice standing on one leg a lot.

Q: How do you keep in touch with family when you are TDY or deployed?

A: Facebook, Skype and the occasional phone call.

Q: How does the military community support your family?

A: My wife is rather independent, but also extremely resourceful. She has been the Family Readiness Group Leader in the past, so she knows the resources that are available.

Q: How do you support your partner whether you are home or deployed?

A: By telling her that she is beautiful every day and that I love her.

Q: As a military parent, what’s your top priority for your kids?

A: By spending as much time with them as possible and making sure that they understand why I do what I do.

Q: What are your plans for Father’s Day?

A: Video Chat with wife and my boys.

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