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Joint Services Luncheon celebrates 40th anniversary

By Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese | 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs | March 21, 2018

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. —

Service members’ spouses from the Hampton Roads peninsula came together for the 40th Joint Services Luncheon celebration at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, March 15, 2018. 

 The event was open to spouses of all ranks of active duty, guard, reserve, foreign liaison and civilian personnel, as well as spouses of local retired or deceased Armed Forces personnel.

To emphasize the joint partnership throughout the military community, each year the spouses clubs rotate where the luncheon is held, providing the spouses a chance to visit the Navy, Air Force and Army installations on the peninsula. 

 “The luncheon gives us a chance to come together and meet other military spouses,” said Dana Wacks, Langley Officers Spouses Club president. “It gives everybody the opportunity to find people they can relate to and find people that will be there for them when they need it.”

T.T. Robinson, who has written several articles about the life of a military spouse, was the guest speaker at the event and she emphasized finding ones’ tribe or a group of friends and how beneficial it is for spouses who are new to an area.

According to Robinson, having those friends can be very important for individuals who may have a spouse deployed or recently moved to a new location. She said it can be very overwhelming but spouses should never be discouraged about asking for help.

“I think it can be incredibly difficult to ask for help but there is more strength in excepting help than doing it yourself,” said Robinson.

Whether they’ve been a military spouse for a few months or a spouse of a retired military member, any spouse is able to attend the Joint Service Luncheon, and will be welcomed with open arms.


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