Spouse recognized for dedication to military, family

Story by: Staff Sgt. Kelvin Ringold; Photos by: Spc. Daniel Yeadon

3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)

Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. — Military members live a life full of many trials and tribulations.  In order to be successful, it takes a strong team effort.  For many Soldiers, part of that teamwork involves their spouses.  During the month of May, those spouses get recognized for the things they do to support their Soldier, unit and community.

On May 12, 2017, the nation will observe Military Spouse Appreciation Day.  There are a lot of hard working spouses that deserve to be recognized, but for the leadership and Soldiers of 4th Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), Mrs. Lori Thompson has continued to excel at helping Soldiers since becoming a part of the unit.

Thompson arrived to The Old Guard with her husband, who is part of the Commander-in-Chief’s Guard, in February 2016 and immediately became involved with the Family Readiness Group (FRG).

A native of Rochester, Minnesota and Chicago, Illinois, both of her parents are in the Army and she accredits that to her unselfish nature.

“I was brought up learning the importance of giving back,” said Thompson.  “I learned to volunteer through church.”

Since marrying her spouse in 2008, Thompson has stayed involved with programs like the FRG and always enjoys helping out anyone she can.

“I have been a FRG leader for the better part of my volunteer time,” explained Thompson. “I am an Army Family Team Building (AFTB) instructor. I help out with battalion events as well as help plan events.

For the past nine years, Thompson has embraced her role as a loving spouse to someone in the military, and all that comes with it.

“To me,” explained Thompson.  “Being a military spouse means being part of the community that becomes your family away from family.”

Looking back on what this day means to so many helps Thompson further put it all in perspective.

“Military Spouse Appreciation Day means that as a military spouse, I do sacrifice,” said Thompson.  “But not as much as my husband. I am the back bone of my family, and without military spouses, the Soldiers wouldn’t have additional support to help them with their careers.”

For her recent efforts, Thompson was recognized by the command team for her continued support of the Soldiers and families of 4th Battalion.

“Lori Thompson has been a tremendous asset to not only CinC Guard, but to the battalion as a whole,” said Lt. Col. Ryan Morgan, 4th Battalion commander.  “We couldn’t do some of the great things we do for our Soldiers and families without her.”

Thompson was also recognized as the Volunteer of the Year in April by the Joint Myer-Henderson Hall command team for her selfless service to the post and surrounding community.

“I feel very honored to be named Volunteer of the Year,” said Thompson.

Even though she has received accolades since she entered the world of being a military spouse, Thompson does not plan on slowing down any time soon.

“I love volunteering and helping is in my nature,” exclaimed Thompson.  “Making an impact on the Soldiers of this unit is my pride and joy. I love helping the best families on earth!”

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Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Commander Patrick M. Duggan and Command Sgt. Maj. Carolyn Y. Donaldson present Mrs. Lori Thompson with a Volunteer of the Year award April 16, 2017, in Spates Hall on JBM-HH, Va.   Thompson has continued to excel at helping Soldiers, families and the community since coming to the post. (Photo by Spc. Daniel Yeadon)

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