{Tracy’s Story} We Are an ARMY of ONE

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During the month of November, The Real Wife Movement™ will be featuring stories from military wives. These brave veterans or active duty women will share their stories of military and marriage.

Be inspired by Tracy’s Story.

Tracy in the Army
Tracy in the Army
I grew up watching my Mother bend over the ironing board, taking great care to place those diamond-sharp creases smack dab in the center of my father’s dungaree pant legs.  By this time, she had ended her seven years with the Navy and had taken on the role of a stay-at-home mother.  My father was a proud seaman, having given thirty-one years of his life to the U. S. Navy.  There was a time when he held down a part-time job, cleaning offices, in order to supplement the family income; but what I remember most about that time, was that he was a Navy recruiter.

My dad brought home movies that he shared with his potential recruits and I was simply mesmerized by them.  I was maybe even intrigued.  From that point on, I developed a passion to serve our military forces.  With a year of college under my belt, I found myself at a Cleveland, Ohio Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). With my right hand raised before God and our flag, I affirmed to become an Army soldier.  Let’s just say, this blew my father’s “seafaring” mind!

Finally, I’d done it: “I was going to be ‘All That I Could Be!’”

Then I met him.

Our best friends dated each other.  One night, while stationed in Augsburg, Germany, with its cobblestone roads and eager single women with goals of returning to the states as Army dependents, my friend Ann received a call from her boyfriend.  He and “his boy” were drunk. Being a dedicated girlfriend, she and I jumped into her POV (all military members know what that is) and ran to his rescue.  There he was.  Drunk as a skunk.  But I married him . . . eventually.

Tracy and Byron Wedding Day
Tracy and Byron Wedding Day
Byron and I met again, in the light of day.  He was sober AND cute! Now mind you, I entered the Army on the heels of a bad breakup.  Being in the military had always been a passion of mine, but the breakup was the push.

A bit of backstory:  My mother left my father when I was nine years old and divorced a year later.  Without knowing the entire story, adultery was definitely a deciding factor.  And then, I moved into these Army barracks in the summer of 1985 . . . Shout out to the “229th S & S Company!” I saw men and women cheating on their spouses like it’s going out of style!  While I liked Byron immediately, I wasn’t really sure if this “marriage in the military” phenomenon was for me.

In spite of all of my misgivings, Byron and I fell in love.  Ten months after we began dating, including a separation of about six months when he was stationed at Fort Ritchie, MD and I was still in beautiful Germany, we got married.  Byron had transitioned out of the military by April of 1986 and I was still serving – and loving it.  In June of the same year, we stood before a Justice of the Peace in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I was clad in my “dress greens” holding back a raucous laugh.  I was really getting married.

Wedding Day
Wedding Day
The Army treated us well and I wouldn’t trade anything for my service.  Not ONE thing!  I am one of those passionate types who saw the Army commercial where they were running through the woods, firing weapons while managing to keep those steel pots securely fastened to their heads and stood jumping up and down in front of the television screen, pointing and shouting, “I WANT TO DO THAT!”

My husband, on the other hand, is the analytical type who sat down and calculated how the Army would benefit him and a career of his choice.  Each of us had different motives for serving, but the Army was the place we chose to serve.

We learned how to appreciate loyalty and camaraderie from our Basic Training Days.  We learned how to remain committed to things we enlisted in and realized thoughts of Absent Without Official

Tracy and Byron
Tracy and Byron
Leave (AWOL) were not even an option.  We learned from our days of Physical Training (PT) assessments that relationships – successful relationships – require routine, sometimes daily attention and hard work.  Truth be told, if I wasn’t so concerned about childcare for my children, I would have been writing this blog as an Army retiree.

“Would I do it differently if I had a chance to do it all over again?”  No way!  No how!  I went in to this thing walking out of a nightmarish breakup and came out of it with the man of my dreams!

We Are an ARMY of ONE!

TRACY MORGAN Chief Executive Officer, Morgan 4 Design Graphic Design & Photography Services
TRACY MORGAN Chief Executive Officer, Morgan 4 Design Graphic Design & Photography Services

38 thoughts on “{Tracy’s Story} We Are an ARMY of ONE

  1. What a wonderful story! I love not only the love story here, but hearing her motivation for joining the army and why she loved it! It’s not often we see such positive stories! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I’ve loved their story. I’m not one for marriage stories because I find that people but way too much on the physical and not enough on the mental or long term sustenance. It sounds like they are both a good balance for each other though.

    1. Thanks, cleverlychanging! After 30 years of marriage, we have learned – and are still learning – to balance. I”m just right for him (At least that’s what I keep telling him!)! 🙂

  3. Wow. this is beautiful. My uncle and his wife just celebrated 50 years of marriage, getting married as teens. It’s been something to watch them move as one, yet know they are individuals. They credit balance, love, God and commitment to their staying power.

  4. Awesome story Trac No AWOL!!! Not even in marriage!! Our stories are similar I had a bad breakup in the desert but God opened up the next Oasis to be my husband!! The military and Gods will did that!!

  5. What a wonderful life you’ve created as a military family.
    My Dad drafted during the Korean War. I just found out how was also temporarily stationed in Georgia where we now live.

  6. I love that you’ve showcased a woman in the military. Often times, my students automatically think it’s a “male only” field. We find love in strange places sometimes but thankfully the two of them have come out on top!

    1. So true! YES, with God’s help and His grace, we celebrated 30 years of marriage and we are still in love. Actually, we still LIKE each other! How ’bout that? 😆😆😆

  7. I love this series, sis! Sharing success stories of B
    blended families is something that needs to happen more often. Blending isn’t always easy, but it doesn’t always have to be hard. Keep inspiring.

  8. Thank you all for your service. Tracey, your story and that of your parents are both beautiful. What a beautiful couple. I can’t wait to read more of these stories Real Wife Coach.

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