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#IMSCFamily: Meet Master Sgt. Alberto Alcantar

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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – Meet Master Sgt. Alberto Alcantar, spouse of Master Sgt. Sindy Alcantar with the Air Force Services Center. 
Alberto, our #IMSCFamily spotlight for December, has been in the Air Force for 13 years and a military spouse for two and a half years. We asked him to tell us a little more on his life as a military spouse. 

What’s your first memory as the spouse of an Airman?
The first week back to work at Luke AFB, Arizona, after our wedding. It was a small thing, but still, I remember feeling loved seeing “Alcantar” on her uniform. I also felt excited because she was my best friend and life partner for our journey ahead in the military. 

What’s your best experience as the spouse of an Airman?
Every day tends to be another chance to have a great experience as Airmen together. We try to have fun with it and work together constantly. It's funny, sometimes at the dinner table we talk about our day, and my 13-year-old is completely lost due to all the “Air Force” language we use but the Air Force has been a huge blessing to us in helping us learn and grow in areas like education, finance and leadership. 

What’s a challenge you and your spouse overcame as a team?
First and foremost, the challenges of spending so much time apart. In our first year of being engaged, Sindy deployed for seven months, came back, we got married and then I had a short notice deployment just a few months later. Of course, even to this day TDYs and deployments are still a thing but we have taken on this challenge and worked through it together. 

What your best advice for other AFIMSC spouses?
Continue being that great partner. Be supportive of the many tasks and duties required of your Airman but at the same time don’t be afraid to set some boundaries to separate work from family time. Sometimes they can get lost in work, and they may need a healthy reminder to turn off the phone after 5 p.m. 

Do you have a mantra that you live by and how does it help? 
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” - Romans 8:28  One of the things we work on every day is to put God first. We believe the closer we are to him the closer we can be as a married couple. We believe we have our gifts, talents and abilities for a reason and we can use them to raise our kids, live in peace and help people. 

What’s something you cherish from your time as a spouse and why? 
One of the biggest things I cherish from my wife is her huge heart. She is the most selfless person I know on this planet. She is generous and kind to so many people. I know for a fact that she has been a huge blessing to so many people’s lives in the short three years we have been together so I can only imagine in her lifetime. On a personal note, I love that she has a huge sense of humor and that we can always joke and laugh about anything.