Saluting Military Moms: Patty Blas
Name: Patty Blas
Years in service: 7
Years as Mom: 5
Child: Anthony Payton Blas, 5
Current Duty Station and job: NAF Misawa Unaccompanied housing Building Manager
Q. What are your key responsibilities at work?
A. Keeping buildings clean and maintained, making sure UH roster is current based on resident information. Conducting weekly room inspections, assisting commands with room inspections, as well and also assisting residents with trouble call tickets.
Q. What are your key responsibilities at home?
A. Keeping my son alive!!!! i.e., feeding him, providing a roof over his head, teaching him how to clean. Basically, making sure our home is functional, clean and a safe environment for my child.
Q. How do you balance work and family?
A. I wouldn’t be able to do all that I do without the help of my husband! Multi-tasking, especially when you have school as well. I try to create a schedule, but it’s difficult to predict and keep track of, so it’s a day-to-day thing.
Q. How do you keep in touch with family when you are TDY or deployed?
A. Emails, phone calls (apps.), Facebook and through mail. I came back from deployment last June, so this is fresh in my mind. But one thing my husband and I had was patience and understanding. Even when it got hard, I tried not to make decisions that would impact our marriage/family till we were together again.
Q. How does the military community support you?
A. I can’t say that it does. If anything being in the military is what causes a lot of the stress. But if I had to think, people in the military with families are the ones that’ll most likely support each other because they understand my situation.
Q. What’s the best part of being a military mom?
A. Being a role model for my son! He has someone to look up to and see what traveling feels like, something I never did till I joined the Navy, and even then I was already an adult.
Q. What do you want for Mother’s Day?
A. To hopefully not have duty lol … So I can spend it with my son and husband, which would be the first after 2-3 years of spending it away.
Q. Anything else you’d like to add?
A. Being an active-duty sailor and a mother is my proudest accomplishment! The military is not for everyone and being a mother isn’t easy. Even more if you’re a single parent, which I am not, although I give credit to those who are. Because it is a difficult task to not only provide for yourself but also to another young human being.
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