Paula Roy, left, wife of the 16th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, James Roy, and Betty Welsh, wife of Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, took questions via Twitter on Jan. 22. (Air Force via Twitter)
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The spouses of the Air Force's top uniformed leaders took to Twitter Jan. 22, just as one of those leaders, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Roy, cleaned out his office to make way for Chief Master Sgt. James Cody to succeed him.
Roy's wife, Paula, and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh's wife, Betty, fielded a wide range of questions from their Twitter followers at #usafchat.
Here's what they had to say:
Q. What were the best/worst parts about your husbands working in such important and public positions?
A. The best part is being with the #Airmen and their families, to me there was no worst part. The opportunity is so amazing that it makes up for the long hours and hardships.
Q. Mrs. Welsh: Have you started/tried @CrossFit yet? We discussed it while visiting RAF Mildenhall.
Welsh: I have not tried @CrossFit, but I sent my daughter and she loves it. I've decided to stick with yoga and running.
Q. What do you think of the USMC requiring admittance of partners of gay service members at spouse clubs?
A. I would hope when we are talking about any club that supports our military spouses, they would be more inclusive than exclusive. Our #Airmen and families deserve all the support we can give them.
Q. The Key Spouse program is a wonderful concept but needs some work AF wide; do you have any suggestions?
A. It's been an honor and a privilege to champion this program for the last 3.5 yrs. We hope as we continue to work this program that we will meet the needs across the AF of all AF families.
Q. Does the Air Force put a strain on your relationships or at all put your family on hold?
A. Yes, like every job does, but we try & focus on the wonderful opportunities meeting people & the exposure to different cultures. You can't put your family on hold, you have to take care of the family & our AF responsibilities. It's a constant balance.
Q. If you had to fill out a dream sheet of bases where you wanted to be stationed, what would be your top 5?
Roy: I've had the opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Pacific theater. Although I've visited Europe, I've never lived there, so that is where I'd like to be stationed.
Welsh: Anywhere in Texas; we had the opportunity to have a short tour there & loved being so close to family.
Q. What advice would you give to young airmen with just over a year of service?
A. Be the best Airman you can, and take advantage of every opportunity you can. Be the best leader you can.
Q. What are your goals for the Air Force family this year?
A. My goals are that we take care of them in this time of uncertainty & we keep our families informed and at the forefront of any decisions that may affect them.
Q. What does it mean to you to be a leader?
A. Our AF core values are a wonderful place to start: Integrity, service and excellence.