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Joint Base Andrews News

NEWS | March 27, 2023

Kristen Christy shares story of community, resilience

By Senior Airman Essence Myricks 316th Wing Public Affairs

Kristen Christy, a master resiliency expert, spoke at the base theater in honor of Women’s History Month, March 27, 2023. Christy, who earned the 2018 Air Force Spouse of the Year Award, shared her story of loss and the importance of remaining resilient through life’s challenges.

Christy's husband, Don, committed suicide shortly before his promotion to colonel which has had a lasting impact on their family.

“Life is a tough teacher, we get the test first and then we learn the lesson”, said Christy.

Christy also shared her military childhood experience and how she eventually became a military spouse. She spoke about how she has relied heavily on those around her and her firm belief that “there is super power in community”.

If you or anyone you know is in crisis, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing or texting 988. To speak to the Veterans Crisis Line you can dial 988, and then press 1, or by texting 838255. You can also chat online by visiting the Veterans Crisis Line Website.