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A Visit from Mrs. Rice

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Nancy Rice, spouse of Air National Guard director Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, listens to feedback from military spouses May 20, 2018 during a visit to the136th Airlift Wing at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, TX. Rice met with the group in order to learn more about the challenges that military families face within the wing in order to channel up the issues and help improve quality of life. (Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Kristina Overton)

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Kathryn Lynn, 136th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness psychological health director, relays information about trends and systematic issues that Airmen face with Nancy Rice, spouse of Air National Guard director Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, May 20, 2018 during a visit to the136th Airlift Wing at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, TX. Rice met with Lynn and Heidi Bearden, 136th FSS Airman and Family Readiness program manager, to discuss topics that influence Airmen readiness within the wing. (Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Kristina Overton)

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A 136th Airlift Wing Key Spouse discusses local challenges for military families with Nancy Rice, spouse of Air National Guard director Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, May 20, 2018 during a visit to the136th Airlift Wing at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, TX. During her visit, Rice met with Key Spouses, Carswell Family Guardians, volunteers and faculty with the Airman and Family Readiness program.(Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Kristina Overton)

Fort Worth, TX -- As Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, Air National Guard director, met with Airmen and senior leaders from the 136th Airlift Wing, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, during his visit May 20, his wife Nancy took time to meet with unit members as well.

Mrs. Rice met with Key Spouses, Carswell Family Guardians, volunteers, and faculty with the Airman and Family Readiness program to learn about the challenges of Airmen and families within the wing, what the readiness trends are, and what Air National Guard leadership can do to assist.

For the first stop of the tour, Rice was introduced to a few 136th Airlift Wing Key Spouses to discuss specific concerns within their community. Military spouses serve alongside Airmen overcoming lifestyle adjustments such as prolonged absences, relocations, and additional burdens. They also contribute to the wing by supporting programs that assist families during difficult times.

“Military families are very resilient and face unique challenges,” said Mrs. Rice. “I have had the opportunity to travel to more than 50 Air National Guard bases, and each one presents different concerns. I take this opportunity to get to know what those issues are, listen, and channel them to senior leadership.”

Mrs. Rice’s agenda also included one-on-one time with Ms. Kathryn Lynn, 136th Force Support Squadron Psychological Health director, as well as Mrs. Heidi Bearden, 136th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness program manager.

“We discussed a wide variety of topics that are impacting the Airmen of the 136th Airlift Wing," said Bearden. “The Airman and Family Readiness program plays a significant role for Airmen during their careers, and through those encounters we were able to provide a thorough perspective of trends and needs of the force. Hopefully, through what we share, leadership can take that information to better support our wing population and its mission readiness.”

The tour ended with an “all call” at the base theater, where Lt. Gen. Rice expressed his appreciation of spouses and the importance of the all-encompassing “military family.” After sharing that he and his wife have been married for 37 years, he acknowledged all the married members throughout the wing and how their spouses’ contributions make us a stronger and better force.

“We, as spouses, are here to support our military members and sometimes just being there can make a huge impact,” Mrs. Rice said. “It can be hard, but we still have to keep forging ahead and maintaining a positive attitude. It’s a part of what [military] spouses do every day, they serve along with the member.”