Saluting Military Moms: Raven Adelaide Harding
Name: Raven Adelaide Harding
Years in service: Almost 8
Years as Mom: 4
Child: Tristan Harding, 4
Current Duty Station and job: NAF Misawa, ONE-Net TASO(Terminal Area Security Officer) for NIPR/SIPR, Comms tech
Q. What are your key responsibilities at work?
A. Command TASO NIPR/SIPR, COMMS SEC, EKMS, CROSS MATCH FINGERPRINT TECHNICIAN, air-to-ground support technician, CC TV techs, Land Mobile tech, VTC Tech, Combo tech, Manage test equipment, Scales systems for PAO office, IDS, support deployed squadrons and tenant commands.
Q. What are your key responsibilities at home?
A. Chef and maid to my son and dog. I’m constantly cleaning and preparing food. I am also a jungle gym, pillow, doctor and a comfort zone.
Q. How do you balance work and family?
A. Carefully. I utilize CDC when available and when unavailable I ask friends.
Q. How do you keep in touch with family when you are TDY or deployed?
A. Letters and Facebook
Q. How does the military community support you?
A. The military community supports me by giving me the knowledge and ability to take care and protect my family. I can support them without having to worry about a roof over their head or food on the table.
Q. What’s the best part of being a military mom?
A. I get to show my son the world, the different cultures, people, point of views and nature.
Q. What do you want for Mother’s Day?
A. Family photos.
Q. Anything else you’d like to add?
A. Being a single parent is hard, especially in the military. There are some things that I can’t participate in due to child care issues but I want other single parent to know that they should not give up on their dreams. Some sacrifices will have to be made, but as long as they have the will there will be a way to accomplish the goal.
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