We each have a unique story that sets us apart. However, these stories also serve to bring us together with others. When we share our stories, we reveal a part of ourselves in the hopes of positively impacting someone else's life. We would be privileged to spotlight your story and share it with other military families.

By submitting my story and photo, I give Thrive Team permission to use this story and image on this website as well as any other mediums related to Five & Thrive - including but not limited to social media pages, the SITREP, and the Thrive Guide. I contest that I am the owner of the images and story being submitted or have permission to do so on someone else's behalf. I understand that my story may be edited for typos or abbreviated to fit where it is being used - the content will not be embellished or changed in any way. Please understand this will be posted and shared publicly. 

Spotlights submission Dos and Don'ts:

Do - Submit crisp, high-resolution photos – original images from your phone or a photographer
🚫 Don't - Submit blurry, low-resolution photos – screenshots from your phone

Do - Submit at least one photo – the more the better. We can use photos in horizontal or portrait orientation.
🚫 Don't - Forget to submit a photo along with your story.

Do - Submit full-size, original versions of your photos
🚫 Don't - Crop them prior to submitting. We can do that for you. 

Sample Story:

Keep your story concise at about one paragrpah (5-10 sentences). Be sure to include an image you would like to have posted alongside your story. You can also include a catchy title or we can come up with one for you.


I was 26 years old when my husband enlisted. We were already married for 2 years and together for 4 when he left for boot camp. We were completely established with our own home, careers and civilian life when we decided together that him joining the Air Force was the best move for us and our future family. He has now been in for 13.5 years and we have enjoyed the adventure. It was challenging at first since most spouses with husbands at his rank were 5-7 years younger than us, and just starting out in life, we still made the best of it. My biggest advice is to get involved with your spouses squadron. After much hesitation, we finally went and little did I know this one decision would change my life for the better. I met the most incredible people and to this day, even with us living all over the country, we still keep in touch regularly. 

Nichole D., Air Force Spouse, Langley AFB