Brittany James

Spotlight on You: Brittany James

Saluting Military Moms: Brittany James

by: Stripes Okinawa | .
Stripes Okinawa | .
published: May 28, 2016

Name: Brittany James
Age: 23
Years in service: 2 years, 8 months
Rank: Corporal
Years as Mom: 8 months
Child: Declan James, 8 months.
Current Duty Station and job: I am a combat correspondent with the Marine Corps Installations Pacific Public Affairs Office.

Q. What are your key responsibilities at work?
A. At work I attend events, whether it be military training, community relations or base functions. My responsibility is to tell the story through my writing and
photography skills. I have internal office responsibilities as well. Such as weekly reports and editing stories from other Marines.

Q. What are your key responsibilities at home?
A. I have my daily routine during the work week. Once I arrive home from work, the baby is usually asleep in the car seat which gives me enough time to
boil some vegetables and make some rice for myself for dinner. He usually wakes by the time it is done cooking so I put him in his high chair and feed him baby food while I simultaneously eat my dinner. After dinner, I put him down to play while I prepare his bottles and diaper bag for the next day of day care. Once finished, I bathe the baby, get him in his pajamas, feed him a bottle and lay him down to sleep. Once he is asleep, I shower and go to sleep.

Q. How do you balance work and family?
A. As a single mother, my relationship with my son is my very top priority. I always make sure I have bonding time with him, even if that is just an extra 10
minutes of cuddle time before work. Being stationed in Okinawa, it is hard being separated from my immediate family who support me and my son, but I have amazing
friendships here with people who I call my “Oki family.” In my off time, I go out with them and my son to have fun on the island. We’ve hiked to Hiji Falls and spent time laying in the sun at Okuma. Having a good balance between work and family is important because I feel that if I don’t feel connected to my son, I won’t be able to perform to my best ability at work. My son is who motivates me the most to improve myself every day.

Q. How do you keep in touch with family when you are TDY or deployed?
A. Being stationed overseas can make you feel very disconnected from family life back home. I stay connected with my immediate family by taking a lot of photos and sending videos of my son doing random things, such as shoving his whole fist in his mouth while trying to eat cereal puffs, or scooting across the floor for the first time.

Q. How does the military community support you?
A. I feel very supported by the military community, there are so many resources that support service members and their families. I know if I ever need advice or help I have someone to go to.

Q. What’s the best part of being a military mom?
A. The best thing about being a single military mom is knowing that everything I do is for my son. Yes, the days are long and dropping him off at daycare every day is
hard, but doing that makes the moments that we do have together that much more precious. I work hard to provide for him, he makes me want to improve myself more to be
a better mother for him.

Q. What do you want for Mother’s Day?
A. For Mother’s Day I want to spend the day with my son on the beach.

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