Born, raised and educated in Pensacola, Florida, Bonnie Amos met her Marine fighter pilot husband in September 1970; they have been married for over 46 years. From October 2010 until September 2014 Mrs Amos served along side General Amos while he was Commandant of the United States Marie Corps. Always a staunch advocate for military families, it was during this time that Mrs. Amos had many opportunities to influence policies and programs within the Marine Corps and DOD, always focusing on enhancing the wellbeing of military families.
She continues to be actively involved in the well being of our military families as an Advisor to Charlotte BridgeHome, Advisor to Thanks USA, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund/America’s Fund. Mrs Amos also serves as Ambassador and spokesperson for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes efforts, focused on increasing awareness of employment opportunities transitioning service members, Veterans, and military spouses.
In addition to volunteering, she has held a number of positions outside the military community, to include banking and commercial real estate development. Included in her many life experiences, were multiple and unpredictable deployments.
The Amos’ relocated 30 times to 20 different locations, settling permanently in Charlotte, North Carolina upon General Amos’ retirement from the Marine Corps in December 2014. Mrs. Amos will tell you that some locations were better than others, some more adventuresome; but all were filled with fond memories and great stories.
Raising two children in the Marine Corps lifestyle, the Amos’ children collectively attended 25 different schools for primary and secondary education. Both are now married, leading successful, professional lives – blessing General and Mrs. Amos with three active grandsons and one perfect granddaughter.
While not loving every minute of the Marine Corps nomadic lifestyle, she has loved most of it. From the more difficult times, she and her family have learned the lessons of life that have helped shape who and what they are today. Mrs Amos and her family consider it an honor to have served the Marine Corps and the nation for so many years. She is loving ‘retirement’ with all of its opportunities.