iOS app Android app

Babette Maxwell
GET UPDATES FROM Babette Maxwell
Babette Maxwell is the founder of Military Spouse magazine and of the Military Spouse of the Year Award Program. In her role for the magazine, she oversees strategic relationships, content production and strategic vision. Babette's passion and energy have been the driving force behind the growth and influence of Military Spouse, which is the flagship publication for the military spouse community and has a roster of military spouse writers around the globe. With the 2012 launch of baseguide.com, Military Spouse has also created the only social network exclusively for the military spouse community.

Maxwell founded Military Spouse in 2003 with no prior magazine industry experience. She secured distribution and advertising within less than six months, and launched the magazine with an entirely virtual staff. In 2006, the veteran-owned Victory Media, Inc. acquired Military Spouse magazine, integrating it into their stable of military niche media brands but keeping Maxwell as the guiding force.

In 2008, the Military Spouse of the Year Awards Program was launched. Each year, branch winners are chosen by the American public, with the overall winner chosen jointly by a selection committee and public voting. The program has developed initiatives that benefit the entire military family community, developed leaders among the nation's 1.1 military spouses and drawn national media attention to the lives of America’s military families.

An advocate for military spouses for more than a decade, Maxwell is a sought-after public speaker and expert on military spouse issues for national media outlets. She has been featured on NBC Nightly News, and appeared on Fox News, CBS Evening News, CNN, and many local and regional news broadcasts. She has also been featured in TIME magazine, the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Associated Press and countless local and regional media outlets.

Prior to founding Military Spouse, Maxwell was an environmental test engineer for the government while based at NAS Atsugi, Japan. During her time with Radian International, she staged air quality testing on Shinkampo, an industrial waste-burning incinerator. It was this testing and analysis that led to Japan's closure of the environmental hazard to the Navy base.

Additionally, she worked for Newport News Shipbuilding conducting HVAC design support work for the Navy's submarines and offered design support for the Air Force on the C-5's TF-39 engine. Maxwell holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas in San Antonio. She is a fourth-generation military dependent, with 29 moves and 41 years dedicated to military life. She currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her active-duty naval officer husband and their three sons.

Entries by Babette Maxwell

The Troubles in Ukraine and the World: Circa When?

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 12:07 PM

"...are calling for deep personnel cuts to the Army, Navy, and Air Force in order to pay for new high-tech weaponry and missile defenses that are cornerstones of (the president's) plan to 'transform the military.'"

This quote was from a piece in the Washington Post. From August 8. In 2001....

Read Post

#KeepYourPromise

(2) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 4:01 PM

Dear Congressional Member,

You've asked a lot of us. You've asked for 12 years of war. You've asked for 5,000 of our lives. You've asked for 50,000 of us to deal with Traumatic Brain Injury. You've asked for 250,000 of us to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. You've...

Read Post

Kindergarten Congress

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 9:56 AM

Let me first start by saying thank you to Congress for HR 3210, The Pay the Military Act. It was a piece of legislation long overdue and we are grateful. But, honestly. That is where my personal gratitude stops. Ya'll should have passed this years ago.

This... this shutdown....

Read Post

After Virginia Beach Crash, the Military Family Felt it Personally

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 9:00 AM

If you were anywhere near a TV on Good Friday, you know that an F-18D crashed into an apartment complex after a massive malfunction. The jet was seen by many in the Virginia Beach area before it hit the 40 homes later deemed destroyed. Some say it is a miracle...

Read Post