Key Spouse Ready to Assist Service Members, Their Families with Deployments
By Senior Airman Shelby Thurman, 908th Airlift Wing
/ Published February 26, 2021
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. --
(Editor’s Note: This is the 5th and final article of a 5 part series on 908th Airlift Wing Key Spouses)
Brittany Laursen is the new Key Spouse for the 357th Airlift Squadron. Even though the Hot Springs, Arkansas native recently became a Key Spouse, she said she hopes to make a significant positive impact for Airmen and their families.
Laursen said that she is prepared to help families when it comes time for their Airman to deploy by educating them on the many programs the Air Force provides. Having already gone through two deployments with the 357th AS, Laursen feels confident that she can be there for those that need her.
She also hopes to give answers to the tough questions:
Do they need help with childcare?
Are they feeling down because of the long distance?
Do they need someone to talk to who understands what they are going through?
“I’m here to help with all of that!” she said.
This servant-leader mindset is exactly why Laursen volunteered to become a Key Spouse.
“Being around the Airmen of the 357th already feels like family to me,” she said. “If I can offer a point in the right direction, a kind word or even just a donut, I’m there!”
This connectivity is why Laursen thinks it is vital for spouses and family members to have a Key Spouse on speed dial to discuss the unique obstacles that come with having a loved one deploy.
“I feel so thankful to enter into this servant leadership role,” said Laursen. “I think this may be the service role I was missing from my life.”
This passion for outreach is why this Laursen was more than happy to put her social media skills to work for her squadron. She is the social media manager for Army Recruiting Battalion Montgomery and manages 38 social media pages. On top of that, she also trains 32 recruiting stations on how to best utilize social media to connect with their audiences. Laursen’s background in social media is why she now runs the 908th Airlift Wing’s Key Spouse Facebook page.
She plans to share current and pertinent information that benefits families. Laursen also hopes to implement Facebook Live session for question and answer sessions and interviews. She hopes that this will give people the platform they need to interact without having to leave the safety of their home.
Since Airmen have spouses and family members at home, it is important for there to be a Key Spouse Program to connect with.
Laursen is married to Capt. Michael Laursen, 357th AS navigator. They live in Montgomery, Alabama with their dog Abby.
If interested in becoming a Key Spouse volunteer, contact Christina Lacy with the Airman and Family Readiness at Christina.firstname.lastname@example.org or at (334) 953-9018.