Meet your 301 FW LRS key spouse: CharlySue

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  • By CharlySue Del Orbe
  • 301st Fighter Wing Logistics Readiness Squadron key spouse

Hello 301st Fighter Wing! My name is Mrs. CharlySue Del Orbe and I am your volunteer as the new 301 FW Logistics Readiness Squadron Key Spouse. 


For those who may be unfamiliar with the U.S. Air Force Key Spouse Program (KSP), it is an official Air Force Unit Family Readiness Program designed to enhance readiness, personal/family resiliency and establish a sense of Air Force community. KSP not only aims to increase resiliency and unit cohesion amongst military members and their families, but also provides service-minded volunteers an opportunity to contribute to their communities including a special emphasis on support to families throughout all phases of the deployment cycle, as a key spouse.


As I look forward to getting to know all our LRS Airmen better, please allow me to tell you a bit about myself.


My family and I joined the Air Force in 2000 and had a permanent change of station (PCS) from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany to Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. After completing that tour, we joined the Air Force Reserve here in 2017 and relocated to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex city of Flower Mound, Texas.


Germany was a special place for my family. While stationed with the 52d Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem AB, my husband and I had two children.  We also had the honor to serve under (then) Col. David Goldfein (and his wife Dawn). If that name sounds familiar, it’s because he is the same Gen. Goldfein who served (and recently retired) as the 21st Chief of Staff of the Air Force.


Both David and Dawn Goldfein were tremendous inspirations. Dawn recently shared something that resonates with me, “Love and Protect One Another!”  I had the pleasure to meet this wonderful couple and look forward to sharing the same courage and sentiments with you.


I grew up Air Force. I served as an enlisted member of the Air Force in the communications squadron, both as active duty and Reserve, with three overseas deployments (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and South Korea). I also married Air Force and am proud to say that it’s in my blood. You won’t find anyone more proud to be a part of our great branch of the military!


As your 301 FW LRS Key Spouse, here’s what we can do together in support of our Air Force members and families:

VISION:  The Air Force Family — Powered and Resilient  (Air Force Instruction 36-3009 – Air Force Family Readiness)

  Welcome new families and military spouses.
  Build and foster local support systems for unit families through outreach, education, and events
  Maintain contact with spouses and families, listening to concerns and addressing your questions.
  Assist families in finding and utilizing available base and community resources
  Serve as a liaison between the 301 FW LRS commander, your first sergeant, and fellow unit families.


I look forward to sharing my knowledge, my experience and my experiences with you. I especially want to show the importance of fostering healthy relationships which I feel will bring hope and trust to our squadron families. If there is anything you need or anything I can do to possibly help your or your family, please do not hesitate to let me know. I am excited to getting to know each and every one of you better.

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