Christine “C.C.” Gallagher is a Senior Analyst for Military Spouse Programs with BAM Technologies, an adjunct professor with Troy University, and the founder of Military Quality of Life Consulting, LLC. She has served as an academic advisor and faculty member teaching communication curriculum in both the traditional classroom and the online platform at Austin Peay State University and Troy University. When her family moved to the National Capital Region, C.C. became a deputy director of Government Relations for the National Military Family Association, where she advocated for military families through state and federal legislation. She then served as the deputy director of Spouse & Currently Serving Programs for the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).
She has a B.S. degree in advertising from the University of Florida and a M.S. degree in communication and information from the University of Tennessee. She is the spouse of an active duty Army soldier and mother to a military child.
Due to the frequency of PCS moves, deployments, child rearing and uncertainty of military life, military spouses are often thrilled to be considered for any paid employment opportunity. Resist the urge to accept the offer immediately without truly understanding and evaluating it. Before accepting the position, consider the entire compensation package, both monetary and nonmonetary, to ensure the opportunity will fit within your lifestyle.
Like many military spouses, I have struggled with maintaining a career while married to the military due to frequent permanent change of station moves. Throughout my family’s military journey, I have been fortunate to find positions at each duty station. I have worked in higher education, government relations, program management, and currently for an IT company that offers telework opportunities for their employees. After seven years of marriage, this adds up to five different positions and four duty stations.