This episode features Dr. Kendra Lowe, a 2001 graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy. In this episode, you’ll hear all about the highs and lows of Kendra’s time at the Academy and how her military career ultimately came full circle with her becoming a psychologist researching and helping military families. This episode illuminates the power of focusing on the positive aspects of your story and the importance of working through your struggles as opposed to letting them define you. Enjoy the show!


  • What it was like to have a father that graduated from a Service Academy
  • Dealing with sexual assault during the Academy
  • Choosing to pull the positive out of experiences.
  • Struggles with infertility
  • What it was like to become “just a military spouse”


  • Can you tell everyone where you’re from? What school you went to and when you graduated?
  • Can you give everyone 1-2 lines about who you are?

2:40 PART I:

  • What made you choose a Service Academy – and what made you specifically choose the U.S. Air Force Academy?
  • As a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, how did your father feel about your decision to attend the Academy?
  • Was it difficult for you to get into the Academy?

10:00 PART II:

  • If you had to sum up your time at the Academy in one word, what would it be?
  • How was the first summer and first year for you?
  • Dealing with sexual assault at the Academy.
  • What were some of the key highlights and most memorable experiences you had at the Academy?
  • The importance of finding support at the Academy.
  • Choosing to pull the positive out of experiences.

22:27 PART III:

  • What were your career goals when you were at the Academy?
  • What were some of the lowlights during your time at the Academy?
  • Making the decision to disclose about the sexual assault. 

34:20 PART IV:

  • What were the major lessons learned at the Academy?
  • Choosing co-location after graduation.
  • Struggling with infertility.
  • Life after getting out of the military.

44:30 PART V:

  • Earning a Master’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy.
  • Where are you now and what are you doing today?
  • Starting her research on military spouse stress.
  • The struggle of being “just a military spouse.”


  • How do you currently feel about your decision to attend an Academy?
  • What’s next for you?
  • Do you have any parting words for listeners? Perhaps a key message to your fellow Service Academy sisters?
  • What’s one random fun fact about you?
  • Where can people reach you?



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