Saluting Military Moms: Colleen Jones
Name: Colleen Jones
Years in service: 15
Years as Mom: 4.5
Children: Caitlin, 4; Paisley, 2
Current Duty Station and job: Kadena AB, Japan – AFN Okinawa Station Manager
Q. What are your key responsibilities at work?
A. Lead station broadcast operations & maintenance; oversees/guides 9 joint service members and 3 Japanese nationals. Manage radio and television Public Affairs themes and messages for 12 installations with 60K+ audience members. Manage $3.2M in broadcast operations equipment and $7.6M facility. Direct Air Force, Marine & Civilian
personnel programs--ensures accountability & recognition of 12-member team.
Q. What are your key responsibilities at home?
A. At home, my main job is to keep my two little girls healthy and happy. Cooking, dressing, shopping, teaching, playing, reading and repeat every day of the year! It is a lot of work, but a lot of fun as well.
Q. How do you balance work and family?
A. This is hard and a constant struggle. For me, planning and prioritizing are key. I strive to be 100% present. If I’m at work, I’m completely focused on the tasks at hand and when I’m home with my family, I give them my undivided attention and strive for quality time together.
Q. How do you keep in touch with family when you are TDY or deployed?
A. Facetime and frequent phone calls!
Q. How does the military community support you?
A. My experience in the military has been that it is very family-focused. There are so many family events and programs and resources for children on base. I also like that no matter where we move in the world, my children have a community that understands them and welcomes them in.
Q. What’s the best part of being a military mom?
A. The best part of being a military mom is getting to share the adventures of military life with my family. It is a unique and special experience for my children to get to live in other countries. My oldest daughter was born in Germany and is now starting pre-K in a Japanese school. She’s learning about the culture first-hand instead of just through pictures and books. There are a lot of hardships that come with military life, but I feel my girls will gain valuable insights about perspective and service by growing up as military children. Teaching my kids about integrity and dedication is something that being a military mom helps me do.
Q. What do you want for Mother’s Day?
A. Hmmmmm . . . for Mother’s Day a nice breakfast with my family would be wonderful . . . and I wouldn’t turn down an hour or two at the spa.
Q. Anything else you’d like to add?
A. I’d just like to tell my husband and girls that they mean the world to me and I love them so much.
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