Donna said the family transition and the deployment was difficult at first, but over time she adapted.
“It was hard enough with our family dynamics because we were combining families, trying to find boundaries with the older kids, working, not knowing what (Sean) was getting himself into, especially after what happened in Iraq in 2005,” Donna said.
Sean, a purple heart recipient, was injured in a rocket attack during the 2005 deployment that put him in the hospital for several months.
Donna took on even more responsibility when she took charge of the Family Readiness Group (FRG) just five months ago after the previous leader abruptly stepped down.
“The FRG was so helpful while our soldiers were gone,” Donna said. “It’s not like being at a normal military base where your neighbors have soldiers deployed. You’re kind of out there on your own.”
Donna has made progress to improve the FRG after only five months in the leadership role.
“I was immediately impressed with how she brings her ideas into the FRG meetings and is working outside of the two hours that we have our meetings,” Flanagan said. “She’s working toward trying to have our meetings run efficiently and bring new and fresh ideas. That’s been incredible.”
Story and photo by Sgt. Jesse Houk, 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.