Eggleston Veteran Spotlight is published quarterly to introduce another amazing veteran working with Eggleston to improve our community.
Veteran: Tamsyn Spence
- Where were you born and raised?
I spent all of my childhood years in Chesapeake County with my mom until the age of 9 when she passed then I was raised by my Aunt and Uncle.
- In what branch of the military did you serve?
Army and Army Reserve
- How many years did you serve in the military?
Eight years – from 1997 – 2005
- What made you decide to join the military?
I originally went into the military to get away from my living situation at the time. It later became a life challenge to accomplish and succeed.
- What was your job in the military?
As a Medic, my job was to provide emergency medical care for wounded soldiers.
- To what commands were you assigned?
Fort Leonard Wood (Boot Camp); Fort Sam Houston (AIT); Fort Carson (1st Duty Station); Illesheim, Germany (2nd Duty Station); Fort Story (Reserve Duty Station); Fort McCoy (2-Week Drill Assignment)
- What is your most memorable moment in the military?
Being in boot camp during the combat night training using night vision goggles and crawling under bob wire and thru trenches to survive, flares going over your head and your adrenaline going all over the place, firing your weapon to try and defeat the enemy. Although fun, I am very thankful it was just a training exercise rather than being faced with that task.
- How did the military benefit you personally and professionally?
It has taught me to live by the honor code and to strive to be as professional as possible. As a veteran of the military, it makes me proud when we are acknowledged and thanked for our service. Although I have never fought in war, I have helped a lot of soldiers while performing my duties as a Medic.
- What is your favorite quote (if any)?
“Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you” Luke 6:31
- How did the military benefit you in your current role with Eggleston?
It has given me a lot of medical training and knowledge to be able to successfully work with people with disabilities and being able to connect and understand them better. It has taught me patience, integrity, and selfless service that I provide to all the associates I work with at Eggleston.
- What other hobbies/interests do you have?
I am an Events and Party Planner! I run a business called “Elevation Party Planner” for all your birthday, wedding, baby shower, and bridal shower needs. I also love to make custom party favors and enjoy shopping and doing arts and craft projects.
Eggleston values everyone who supports our mission to train, educate, and employ people of all abilities across Hampton Roads. We are especially proud of our employees who have chosen to come and work with us following their service to our country. Our Veterans help make Eggleston great! We are dedicated to employing those who served and appreciate the wealth of experience, knowledge and skills Veterans bring to their jobs here at Eggleston.
Our Warrior Bridge program is an important way we support the employment and success of Veterans in Hampton Roads. This program is designed to meet any veteran where they are in their career path and support their efforts to become employed, self-sustained and a productive member of our community.