The national news show, Headline News (HLN) Morning Express with Robin Meade, a CNN affiliate, spotlighted Pensacola resident Lieutenant Colonel Eurydice Stanley as one of five military moms for Mother’s Day! The mothers selected represented a myriad of military services, and Stanley is an active duty member of the Army National Guard. Her story aired six times during the week leading to Mother’s Day on Wednesday, May 7th, once per hour, from 6:00 am to 12:00 noon.
Eurydice Stanley has been in the military for almost 28 years (both active and reserve service). She has been a single mom to daughter Grace, age 11 and son Christian, age 8, since her divorce in 2005. Stanley has been stationed at Saufley Field for 3 years serving as the Reserve Component Advisor (RCA) at DANTES, the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support, providing educational services for Department of Defense Service Members worldwide.
Stanley and her family were featured on “Mothers Who Serve” commercials which aired all week on HLN and CNN, in addition to their feature. She said in an interview with the Pensacola Voice, “I discussed the dual roles that military moms juggle daily, and the fact that women were never drafted, they CHOSE to serve.” Stanley has worked hard as a single Mom to ensure that her children are connected communities wherever they lived, which would be 5 different communities in the past 9 years! Locally, Grace and Christian are members of the Pensacola NAACP Youth Council and daughter Grace, who has transitioned back to natural hair, is a member of the “Kinky Girls” natural hair care group, which is also involved in community activities. The Stanley Family are members of St. John Divine Missionary Baptist Church, Pastored by Dr. Joseph Marshall, also a military retiree (Navy).
The family received calls and messages of support from across the country as the commercials and segments aired. Cindy Vickery Harkrider, a fellow member of the Florida Army National Guard, sent a message from Jacksonville, FL, via Facebook saying, “Just saw your segment. Thank you for so eloquently expressing the experience of being a mom who serves. So proud to call you my friend!” Dr. Sandra Winborne, a fellow co-worker at DANTES stated in an interview with the Pensacola Voice, “It was an interesting acknowledgement…Eurydice likes to get her message across and it is a great story.”
Lieutenant Colonel Stanley has served as a human relations trainer for the Department of Defense for more than 20 years. She takes great pride in the fact that the majority of the positions she served in as a Senior Human Resources Officer were in diversity/equal opportunity, public affairs and education positions. All of her jobs took care of or trained Service Members. In her current role as DANTES RCA, she serves as an advocate for Service Member education and transition preparation while serving. In the past three years, she has written more than fifty internationally published education-related articles. Stanley’s mission was critical due to Department of Defense budget cuts and a current drawdown that will impact thousands! As RCA, Stanley provided educational awareness briefings across the country, from Alaska to Washington, D.C., promoting credential or degree attainment. Service members and their families are encouraged to visit www.dantes.doded.mil for more information.
Robin Meade, HLN Morning Express anchor, shared with her viewers that Stanley is an author and provided her link, www.dreurydice.com, on the HLN Morning Express webpage. Additionally, Stanley is a certified John C. Maxwell Leadership Consultant, inspirational speaker, workshop facilitator and provides personality assessment services. Her next book, “Musings & Memories of a Military Mommy: Success & Survival Strategies for Working Moms,” will be released as an eBook on Amazon Kindle very soon. Not solely for “Military Moms,” the book offers encouragement for all working moms and recommendations for better work-life balance.
Stanley officially retires on June 30, 2014. While looking for job opportunities, she is launching a training, publications and productions firm, Amused Media & Productions, LLC (AMP). She also has a non-profit called “The Transition Foundation,” dedicated to helping people successfully deal with change.
Ironically, poetic justice manifested on the day Stanley’s HLN segment aired. She was on a school bus driving through Alabama back roads with 150 N.B. Cook Elementary School students and parents for her daughter’s 5th grade field trip! Stanley noted, “Go figure! Of all days for our segment to air – when we had no internet connectivity! We barely saw the first showing on TV before we raced to catch the school bus! It all goes with the territory, though… I love it all…the responsibilities of a mommy never end!”