Mrs. Judith "Judi" Bramlett,
Founder of Joint Spouses' Conference
LEGACY OF OHANA
Joint Spouses’ Conference, or JSC, is hosted by a different branch of service each year. The 2019 conference is being presented by the Air Force but our board consist of spouses from all ranks and branches.
“Ohana” means family in Hawaiian. It speaks to the concept of a larger family that is not necessarily connected by blood. Our Ohana is special with the people within it are bound together by genuine compassion, support, and loyalty for each other. After all, we are ALL military spouses.
This year we want to honor the legacy and spirit of the Military Spouse Ohana as well as the Joint Spouses’ Conference.
Starting with the pineapple, it was important for us to set the tone for this year's conference with something that represents not only our tropical location, but also the military spouse. The pineapple has a tough exterior, stands tall, and has a familiar "sweetness" on the inside. This was an easy representation of our spouses AND our location, as Hawaii is famously known for pineapple production. Lastly, the fruit symbolizes those intangible assets we appreciate in a home: warmth, welcome, friendship and hospitality.
The hibiscus flower, puaaloalo, is a tribute to the Joint Spouses’ Conference legacy as the hibiscus flower was the original logo. Fun Fact: The hibiscus blooms almost daily. As military spouses, we bloom wherever we are planted and sometimes we must bloom daily.
The traditional color for Joint Spouses Conference is purple. Purple represents unity, or joint. In keeping with tradition, we've infused a deep, rich purple to represent the foundation of the JSC organization.
Fading from purple is a vibrant shade of aqua blue. Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability and it symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, and truth.
Lastly, we capped off our pineapple with a shade of "Tactical Green" to celebrate our common thread, being a part of the Military Community.
The lines that fade into the pineapple represent our fellow branches of service. This is a JOINT conference, and we couldn't do it without the contributions of our fellow service branches. Their support and dedication is what keeps our conference interesting and engaging year after year.
WHAT DOES IT ALL REALLY MEAN?
It's a new year, and a refreshed conference. We have a lot of fun and new ideas in store for you. We've read what you had to say in years past and we are determined to bring you the best conference yet! We hope you'll join us!
On August 24, 1971, in Lubbock, Texas Judith A. Cassidy married David A. Bramlett and a military spouse was born. Throughout her husband’s career as an Army Officer, Judi profoundly believed Army wives, individually and collectively, possessed extraordinary talent that should be shared with one another.
In 1984, aboard Fort Bragg, NC, Judi introduced the Women’s Information Network (WIN), an innovative series of conferences for and about Army wives. She later carried the idea with her to Fort Campbell, KY in 1986 where it was renamed Interaction 101.
In 1988, aboard Schofield Barracks, Army wives Sharon Gilliam and Judi Bramlett teamed together to develop the first Women’s Conference for Army wives. They recruited workshop presenters from throughout the military community and from professional, educational, and governmental sectors of the state. This proved to be an invaluable template for future conferences. Judi would go on to direct additional Women’s Conferences in Alaska in 1993 and 1994.
Judi returned to Hawaii in 1995 where she introduced her concept to friend and future cochair, Janel Howell, a Marine spouse. Only this time, Judi was reaching for new horizons to include all military spouses. Judi and Janel brought the Joint Women’s Conference - Military Wife: Spirit of Ohana- to fruition. The first conference was held aboard Hickam Air Force Base. The purpose: “To provide a forum for military wives that will enrich, empower, uplift, enlighten, motivate, and strengthen them in their roles as women, wives, mothers, and community leaders.”
On November 20, 2008 at the age of 61, Judith A Bramlett died in her home after a courageous two year battle with lung cancer. Her legacy lives on and her spirit is alive here today.