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    Join MilitaryByOwner at AWN's Field Exercise in Florida!

    Army Wife Network at Elgin/Hurlburt in Florida. MilitaryByOwner is a proud sponsor of Army Wife Network’s upcoming event for the Eglin AFB/Hurlburt Field area, Field Exercise: Battle Buddies.

    About the Event

    Army Wife Network is hosting one of their popular Field Exercises events in the Eglin/Hurlburt Field area in sunny Florida in November! The event is best described as a “speed meeting, networking, and military appreciation event.”  

    The purpose of the Field Exercise events are to foster a greater sense of community among military spouses through informal, social networking with the hopes of those in attendance creating “...long-lasting, satisfying relationships.” AWN recognizes that military families undergo significant stress as a result of repeated PCS relocations, and that they are removed from their traditional social support structures, namely, family and friends. Recognizing this major stressor in the lives of military families, AWN works to combat the isolation that many military spouses experience by bringing them together in a daylong enrichment workshop.

    The Field Exercise™ for the upcoming event, Battle Buddies, focuses primarily on the topic of creating close relationships. AWN explains that, “All our military families need are battle buddies willing to mentor and empower them for the duration of their enlistment.”

    This event is brought free of charge to military families at military installations throughout the U.S. courtesy of sponsorships through organizations including MilitaryByOwner Advertising, USAA, Corvias Military Living, Operation In Touch, the Exchange, Tricare Dental Metlife Plan, and Career Step. Most recently, AWN hosted events at Fort Polk in Louisiana and Fort Riley in Kansas.

    Need to Know Information

    There are two times for events, one in the evening and one during the daytime, but both are the exact same event. They are hosted during different hours to permit those who cannot attend during the daytime to participate, and vice versa.

    Evening Event

    November 5
    1700 - 2100 PM
    Holiday Inn Resort, Fort Walton Beach, FL
    Dinner is served
    Limited free childcare is available for this event only. You can begin to sign up for childcare after October 19 by calling (850) 613-5022, and asking for Brooke Edwards.
    Cost: Free

    Daytime Event

    November 6
    1000 - 1400 PM
    Holiday Inn Resort, Fort Walton Beach, FL
    Lunch is served
    Childcare is not available for this event, presumably because the CDC is open during these hours.
    Cost: Free

    How to Register

    To register, simply go to the Army Wife Network websiteYou only need to register for one event, either the daytime or the nighttime event. There are 150 spaces available for each event, and once the event is full, there are 25 spots on the waitlist. You can see how many spaces are available right on the registration page.

    When You Attend!

    This is a great opportunity to meet fellow military spouses in your local area. Even if you feel a little shy, remember, everyone else is there to meet new people (okay, and to be honest, they’re also attending to get some of the great schwag and giveaways from AWN sponsors), so if you can smile, thrust out your hand, and say “Hi, My name is [you should probably know this part]!” you never know what kind of friendship can grow from such a small endeavor!  

    While you’re there, make sure to stop by and say hello to us! We’d also love to hear if you read our blog!

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    Karina Gafford


    Karina Gafford

    Originally from Ireland, Karina has been a proud U.S. citizen since 2010. She and her husband have lived together in Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, and Texas. Karina is a Realtor with Keller Williams City View in San Antonio, a founder of Tutors By Base, and an active member in her military spouse community. She has served on many military spouse committees, and is currently the co-chapter leader of the MilSpo Project in San Antonio, a non-profit that supports military spouse business owners and entrepreneurs.

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