Women's History Month: Amanda McCarty gives back Published March 30, 2023 By Airman 1st Class Madeline Baisey 375 Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Whether it’s working alongside service members, making a major impact on the Team Scott community, or being a reliable mentor to other spouses and families, Mrs. Amanda McCarty will be there helping military families. Scott Air Force Base’s recent Annual Key Spouse award winner, McCarty has worked to bring this drive and selflessness to Team Scott each and every day. “I believe volunteering is a huge key in making everyone's life happy,” said McCarty. “You have to wake up full of gratitude. You have to be thankful for the day that you have and make the best of it.” McCarty describes herself as a very happy person, someone with a positive outlook and a person that can be relied on. As a key spouse in the 375th Civil Engineer Squadron, it’s one full of responsibility, as she is in charge of reaching out to new families moving to Scott AFB. “I get to be that first person our families can come to,” said McCarty. “I'm hugely involved in everything I can, everyone knows they can count on me. I don't care if I'm running on three hours of sleep.” McCarty and other military spouses constantly find time to give back. Two ongoing projects McCarty takes a key role in are making deployment care packages and meal trains for military families. She began making the packages when her own spouse was deployed. When not dedicating her time to specifically being a key spouse and helping families, McCarty organizes and participates in volunteer events. Her dedication to making spouses feel welcome expands beyond just Scott AFB.