Kristina Robertson is part of the greater Air Force family through her husband, Jonathon, a Technical Sergeant who’s served for 12 years. He joined to serve his country, with 9/11 a huge influence on him. Their family is a patriotic one, with their three children knowing the importance of their dad’s role.
As a spouse, Kristina is active with the Air Force community at Spangdahlem Air Base, and that’s when she learned of the Air Force Aid Society. “I fell in love with the organization,” Kristina recalls, “because of what they stand for.” That includes supporting fellow Airmen and their families in a variety of ways.
Deciding to apply for an educational grant from AFAS to pursue her studies, Kristina makes sure to tell others of the benefits AFAS offers to Air Force families. The General Hap Arnold Education Grant has allowed Kristina to attend Grand Canyon University in Phoenix through their online program, as the family is currently stationed in Germany. Kristina will graduate in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in sociology, emphasis on social work. Already working at the Child Development Center as an operations clerk, Kristina plans to use her degree to be a work/life counselor for military families.
“To be a professional woman in the military community and pursue a career…has personally and professionally built my confidence,” Kristina says. Being a role model for her children, she’s showing them that putting in hard work now will definitely pay off later.
Receiving the educational assistance also eased Jonathan’s mind, knowing that his wife wouldn’t have been able to attend college otherwise.
What does Kristina think all Airmen and their families should know about AFAS? They’re a great organization that can assist in so many areas of life. She will continue to tell families about this resource. “When I finish my academic career and am part of the workforce, I will be paying it back to AFAS for their generosity and financial scholarships,” she states.
The Air Force Aid Society is the official charity of the U.S. Air Force and has been meeting the unique needs of Airmen and their families since 1942. AFAS works to support and enhance the USAF mission by providing emergency financial assistance, educational support and community programs. Last year alone, AFAS provided nearly $15 million in direct support. Visit afas.org to learn more, apply for assistance or make a donation.