Key Spouses: Tonya Heath - 30th MDG
By Airman 1st Class Robert J. Volio, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published May 13, 2015
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
Team Vandenberg honors Key Spouses for their continuous service and dedication to military members and their families.
Q: Where are you from?
A: I am from Blytheville, Arkansas. My husband and I actually met in high school.
Q: How long have you been serving the military as a spouse?
A: We're approaching 30 years now.
Q: What made you want to be a part of the Key Spouse program?
A: I like being involved with the spouses, the squadron and making sure that everyone is taken care of when their spouse is gone because it's a difficult thing to deal with.
Q: What is your role in the program?
A: I'm a Key Spouse mentor and a Key Spouse for the executive staff at the 30th Medical Group. I check on peoples' families when their loved ones are deployed and make certain that they are taken care of before, during and after their trip.
Q: Why is your job important to you?
A: Whenever your spouse is gone, you feel somewhat isolated. I think it's crucial for spouses to support each other during those trying times. We're such a tight-knit group here and we want to provide whatever assistance we can.
Q: Why is the Key Spouse program important?
A: To me, it's important because you know there is always someone you can call on for help or guidance.
Q: How does it feel to give back to the community on a regular basis?
A: It's an absolute honor to be able to give back to people. My husband and I have been taken care of every day for almost 30 years so to have an opportunity to reciprocate that kindness is an amazing feeling.
Q: What is your Key Spouse Tip of the Week?
A: I encourage all spouses to be there for each other and to help out whenever you can, even if you're not in a Key Spouse role. You never know when someone has something going on in their life where you could lend a helping hand.