Ship Sponsor, Bonnie Amos

sponsor_medBorn, raised and educated in Pensacola, Florida, Bonnie Amos met her Marine fighter pilot husband in September 1971.  She served alongside General Amos throughout his career.

Always a staunch advocate for military families, it was while he was Commandant of the United States Marine Corps that she had the opportunity to influence policies and programs within the Marine Corps and the Department of Defense, enhancing the well-being of military families.

Mrs. Amos continues to be actively involved in the Military Spouse of the Year Awards, an advisor to Charlotte BridgeHome, an advisor to ThanksUSA and a member of the Board of Directors for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund/America’s Fund.  She also serves as spokesperson for Hiring Our Heroes to increase awareness of employment opportunities for both veterans and their spouses.  In addition to volunteering, Mrs. Amos 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 Amoses 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 but all were filled with fond memories and great stories.
The Amos children, Jaymie and Joshua, were raised in the Marine Corps lifestyle and 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, Mrs. Amos 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.

Bonnie has visited Ingalls Shipbuilding and her ship, LPD 27 for both the Keel Laying milestone and several other times. The sponsor’s role is to bestow good luck and divine protection over the ship and all that sail aboard. The sponsor is technically considered a permanent member of the ship’s crew and is expected to give a part of her personality to the ship, as well as advocate for its continued service and well-being. During the christening ceremony, Bonnie will say the words, “May God bless this ship and all who sail in her,” before smashing a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of the ship.