Malmstrom family spotlight

Bernadette Crosman smiles in a photo Dec. 19, 2017 at the Grizzly Bend, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. She is featured for the Malmstrom family spotlight, which tells a brief story of the family members who are part of the 341st Missile Wing community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kiersten McCutchan)

Bernadette Crosman smiles in a photo Dec. 19, 2017, at the Grizzly Bend, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. She is featured for the Malmstrom family spotlight, which tells a brief story of the family members who are part of the 341st Missile Wing community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kiersten McCutchan)


Family support is key for Airmen resiliency. Malmstrom family spotlight is a feature published about unique and diverse family members of U.S. Air Force active-duty members assigned here.


This spotlight features Bernadette Crosman, who is married to Maj. Matthew Crosman, director of inspections, office of the inspector general on base. She and her family arrived to Great Falls, Montana, in July 2017 from their last duty station in Washington D.C. Crosman is originally from Southwick, Massachusetts.


She has much joy with her son, and has recently taken on a volunteer role as a key spouse for the 341st MW IG office. Crosman talks about her experiences below.


What is the best thing about being part of a military family?

I think it’s the overall support, adventure and the sense of community. I wanted to teach my son, too, that you don’t have to live in just one town and that you can have range of places in how and where you live.


Also, I am a key spouse group leader. Becoming a key spouse is important because it is part of the overall military family and community, and you can help others.


What is your favorite thing to do in Great Falls or Montana?

We enjoy walking and biking on the River’s Edge Trail starting from the Giant Springs Fish Hatchery. We like being on the water. We’ve been there six times in five months.


Tell the community a special story about yourself, about your achievements or what you love to do.

I'm very proud that I am the first one in my family to have completed my Master’s in Business Administration at Western New England University. Also, I love health and fitness and bringing that into our family.


I like to be outside as much as I can. I enjoy the small things and the simplicity of being able to take my son to school every day. It means a lot to me to be able to do that while he’s still little, and I can enjoy life through his eyes.


Right now, he’s all about the bunnies on the base!


What are you personally looking forward to?

My family and I are looking forward to this winter and learning to ski and snowshoe, and enjoy the outdoors in the cold. My son hasn’t seen much snow in his life – D.C. snow was hit or miss – and we’re excited to show him what a real winter is all about.


(Malmstrom family spotlight can be found regularly on the base website at If you are a family member [parent; spouse; partner; child in middle school, high school or college; companion animal or other] and wish to be featured, or if you wish to nominate someone with their permission, please call 341st MW Public Affairs at 731-4050.)
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