Dads: We Salute You!
Name: Dan Janssen
Years in service: 29+ years (will hit 30years on 1 Feb of next year)
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.
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