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Wake County mother named Military Spouse of the Year

Posted May 8, 2011
Updated May 29, 2011

— A Fuquay-Varina mother of three was awarded for her commitment to the military community during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

Bianca Strzalkowski, 31, said she was "honored" to be named as the 2011 Military Spouse of the Year by Military Spouse Magazine. 
She has been a military wife for nine years – her husband, Ronald, is an active duty Marine Corps sergeant – and she volunteers with groups that offer support to other military families.
While she was in the nation's capital, she met with First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady, Dr. Jill Biden. Strzalkowski said she plans to use the national platform to encourage civilians to get involved in supporting the military community.
Strzalkowski, who had her 15-year-old son when she was a teenager herself, feels grateful that she was able to find her passion in life. She offered advice to other young mothers.
"I had my son young in life. No obstacles prevent you from pursuing your dreams and being successful with them if you keep fighting," Strzalkowski said. "To find something I'm passionate about has been the greatest gift of my life."
Her other sons are 2 and 5 years old.

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  • gpcatgirl May 9, 2011

    I agree I don't believe one military spouse deserves that award no more than they all do. You men sound like a bunch of pigs. This isn't about your hormones grow the heck up. And I don't think any of these ladies are jealous fact is just fact. My hat goes off for all the military spouses it has to be hard living without your loved one here with you or never knowing when they will have to go.

  • RDUTEC May 9, 2011

    Information you can look up on web for yourself. An E-5 with three years makes about 25K a year. If he has a family he makes about 32K. I was a E-5 with two years service and made 4K a year in 1970. Didn't like it then, and wouldn't do it for 30+K now.

  • mrsmullsie May 9, 2011

    Steveital, you need to grow up!!! If you want the draft so bad, join the military yourself, man up! And I would LOVE to see the big money you are talking about!!!!!

  • thinkin out loud May 9, 2011

    Steveital obviously lives under a rock in a different country.

    Don't hate because she is beautiful too and If she deserves the award let her have it. Her beauty is just a bonus.

  • schappell19 May 9, 2011

    Congrats Mrs.Ski!! You deserve it!

  • solarflare40 May 9, 2011

    If she were my wife, I would have gone AWOL! There's no way I could have left that at home to go overseas!

  • K9Tucker.LoveMYcop May 9, 2011

    Are you serious steveital??? If it wasn't for our military you wouldn't have the right to post such idiotic remarks!

  • ConcernedNCC May 9, 2011

    ..soldiers are making big money in this low grade endless war too...on our backs....
    WHAT??? Did you forget to take your medication this morning? If you were paid what a soldier (not a soldier-of-fortune) is paid, you'd be crying in your milk each morning even though you wouldn't be risking your life when you went to work.

  • OnDaRoof May 9, 2011

    My vote too....she should consider modeling!

  • HeadPro May 9, 2011

    she's got my vote :)