Welcome to another edition of #WCW!! This week it was really dope to catch up with my friend and fellow US Army Soldier, Bethany Faasili. We met a couple years back in RSP training for the Hawaii Army National Guard. I’ve been out of the service for a year, choosing other career pursuits. But Bethany Faasili is a full time active duty soldier, currently stationed in Mississippi. She is a single mother, raising her son “Mana.”
She answered some questions I had for her via video chat. Check it out below!!
"Moving to Mississippi and being here as a single mother with absolutely no family and an amount of people my son and i actually interact with on one hand, im really proud. Its not just a culture shock, its another world I've enetered and I've brought my son along this journey. This state has taught me so much patience and how acceptance and kindness goes a far way between people of race. Ive brought here what any island person would have, aloha. The impact these people feel my son and I have made here feels incredible and I see how not having support and being consistently disappointed have thrown away morale in each individual in work and on the streets, so i gave my job all I've got. My time here has been so life changing. I'm a professional Human Resources Sergeant and all i had to do was follow through with my word for each one and listen to each problem and give them the chance that they felt no one else has given. Ive received 4 awards and 4 recognition coins while I'm here. Ive been brought forward in front of all those I work for and work with to be appreciated more than I could count. Looking back and thinking about all the eyes on me and smiles and genuine appreciation is the great feeling. My command called me relentless and a huge asset to the Army. I only hope that my son will look up to me and see someone he loves and feels encoraged by. to do what you can do for others in life and how much it does for yourself. To me, its not what you do, its how you make with what you do. I'm leaving mississippi this year and I'm so ready to watch myself grow in my career and impact more everyday. The traveling too!"
- Bethany Faasili
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