At the time ofher interview, Natalie Stamey served as the Deputy Public Affairs Officer at Naval Air Facility Atsugi in Japan, emanating a relentlessly positive spirit while serving as the info hub for all on-base initiatives. “The biggest advancing force that I’ vehad for growing my career hasbeen mentors and peers who have served as networks and points of connection to the next location,” Natalie shared. Despite navigating a process she describes as“difficult at best,” Natalie has successfully secured her past four jobs through the labyrinthine federal employment system. The key? A strong and vibrant professional network. As a military spouse, Natalie she says she was forced to learn flexibility and leave behind her expectations of fitting into a single mold.