Today the Royal Bahamas Defence Force sends a resounding Happy Mother’s Day to all those mothers within our ranks and files, as well as to our followers. Women in the Force who are mothers have diverse experiences and backgrounds. There are basic nuclear and blended families as well as mothers managing a single parent home. Some of our mothers were blessed with multiple children, while others celebrate one child. Others have chosen to adopt or provide nourishing foster care. Some of our mothers have been appointed to care for children with special needs and mothers throughout the Force continue to protect their children throughout the various stages of life, whether newborn, in school or college or in the workforce. Bravo Zulu and Best Wishes always.
Lieutenant Simms is a 20-year veteran in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force currently serving as the Defence Force’s Base First Lieutenant and is a mother of 2 kids.
“When it comes to balancing work and home, I know the two are extremely important, both demanding and call for enormous sacrifices and commitment should you want to do well at them, as I think all working mother’s do. My husband, who is also an officer provides excellent support for me, when he’s not at sea or engaged in work himself. I must say, he tries to take away some of the guilt I sometimes feel as a mother. So I try to involve my kids in my work activities and have them visit the Base and the boats, so that they can understand why mommy has to be gone sometimes. When things get crazy though, I pray to God for guidance and strength and remind myself that being an officer and a mother both offer great benefits and that I should just endeavour to do my best at both.”
Lieutenant Elizabeth Simms pictured with her kids Matthias and Morgan at a swimming event Matthias competed in. (Photos by Marine Seaman Kyle Smith, story by Marine Seaman Michael Turner)