Greene County News
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Maj. Chad Evans is the deputy staff judge advocate for the 88th Air Base Wing legal office of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and he met his wife, Capt. Kate Evans, while they were both deployed to Afghanistan in 2010.
As the deputy judge advocate, he helps manage legal operations in the military justice, general law, legal assistance and aid in the supervision of legal office personnel.
“I also provide legal counsel to leaders throughout Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and other installations within our region,” Maj. Evans said.
Sometimes, however, having a two military member family can require some artful and unique strategies to keep the family unit running smoothly.
“Adjustment has been tough at times with all of my TDYS the past three years,” said Maj. Evans. “That’s when Kate and I decided to explore the career intermission program, and she applied and got accepted.”
He explained that this is his fourth base, but his third with his family. His wife, Capt. Evans, is currently on a career intermission program, which is providing their family with the flexibility to spend quality time with their toddler son, Ash.
“I was having a hard time balancing my duties as a mid-level captain and my medical issues during my pregnancy,” Capt. Evans said. “I was really stressed out and I felt like I was doing a disservice to my people and not doing my duty as flight commander.”
The Career Intermission Program allows Airmen to have a one-time leave of absence from active duty to pursue full-time parenthood, with the ability to return to active duty. Capt. Evans will return to active duty in seven months.
“We love to move around and see new parts of the country and world,” he said. “The Air Force has provided us opportunities to live in Japan, explore different parts of the world, and serve our country all at the same time, and we’ve loved it,” he said.
Maj. Evans provides some great advice to military families on how to maintain a healthy “whole person” relationship with family, work and community.
“Wherever you are, seek to build a community among your neighbors, coworkers, or church,” he said. “Don’t slip into the comfort of your electronics or social media, but get out, meet and interact with real people.”
Story courtesy of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.