AFNWC spouse embodies service to others

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HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — The spouse of an Airman assigned to the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center here was named 2017 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year for Hill AFB.

Angy Hogan, spouse of active duty Tech. Sgt. Thomas Hogan, learned of the honor in February and her name was published in the April issue of Military Spouse magazine. She recently attended the Military Spouse of the Year awards and events held in Washington D.C.

Hogan, who is the mother of six and grandmother to one, was nominated by another spouse on base and then received the honor via a public vote.

“I feel like a regular everyday person who is passionate about other people and helping to meet basic needs as I become aware of them,” she said.

Hogan has been a military spouse for 17 years and Hill AFB is her sixth duty station.

“I have met countless people through the years who truly feel as if they have nothing to contribute to their communities,” she said. “I want to change that attitude by investing in people and helping them reach their full potential. I want to help them to realize that they can use these gifts to meet practical basic needs in the communities they live in.”

Hill AFB has benefited directly from Hogan’s willingness to contribute.

“I am the coordinator for the Hill AFB ‘Belle of the Ball’ program,” she said. “We loan out, free of charge, formals and semi formals to active duty, retirees and their dependents so that they may have something beautiful to wear for special occasions and events.”

She’s also preparing to become the AFNWC’s Key Spouse and she advocates for parents who have children with exceptional needs, specifically autism.

“I help parents implement strategies that will assist their children on the autism spectrum or with sensory issues,” she said. “I try to stay on top of the various ABA therapy centers and speech therapists that are available to families in this area so that when parents have questions I can point them in the direction of the appropriate resource. As a parent to a child on the spectrum it is extremely important to me that we rally together and support one another in this adventure of being autism parents.”

Service is a way of life for Hogan and she intends to continue exemplifying the things that earned her this recent honor.

“I want to continue to mentor and help individuals realize that every single person has something that they can offer to assist another,” she said. “I hope to continue to help empower individuals and cultivate this idea that we need each other to live a fulfilling life.”