Patricia Qaiyyim is an Air Force veteran. She was a military mom while she served in the military. Having children shaped her experience of service and she wanted to share her story and the story of others. Her new book Moms in the Military highlights the stories of women who continued to serve in the military after having children. Patrica reached out to me in the research phase of the book so it was fun to read some of the stories from women I had interviewed on the podcast. I’m excited to highlight Patricia’s story this week on the podcast and highlight her new book.
Patricia was born in Michigan City, Indiana; and she comes from a large family, including three siblings who served in the Armed Forces. Patricia attended college for two years before joining the United States Air Force where she served for just over 23 years on active duty.
Serving in the Air Force
As a member of the Air Force, Patricia had the opportunity to work in four career specialties as an Aerospace ground Equipment Technician, a Military Training Manager, a Paralegal, and a First Sergeant. Her assignments included bases in Texas, Spain, Arizona, South Carolina, and Japan.
Patricia became a mom early in her military career and spent most of her career tackling both service and motherhood. Her husband was also a member of the United States Air Force. Together, they served more than forty-five years in the Air Force.
Sharing the story of moms
Patricia has always enjoyed a love of writing; she completed her first book, Moms in the Military: Raising a Child While Serving in the Armed Forces in December 2022. She is currently working on a book of poetry and a companion book to Moms in The Military.
Besides writing, Patricia also enjoys reading, quilting, cooking, baking, working with her hands, and spending time with her family. She considers herself a woman of faith, a true Renaissance, and a citizen of the world. She believes we should all strive to inspire, motivate, and educate others as we move through life.
Patricia and her husband have three children and two grandchildren.
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