Born, raised and educated in Pensacola, Florida, Bonnie Amos met her Marine fighter pilot husband in September 1970; they have been married for 49 years. From October 2010 until December 2014 Mrs.
Amos served alongside General Amos while he was Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. During this time Mrs. Amos influenced policies and programs within the Marine Corps and DOD, always advocating for the well-being of military families.
Serving as Ambassador and spokesperson for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes initiatives, Mrs. Amos’ focus is on increasing awareness of employment opportunities for transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses. She also serves as an Advisor to Charlotte’s Veterans Bridge Home.
The Amos’ relocated 30 times to 20 different locations, settling permanently in Charlotte, North Carolina upon General Amos’ retirement from the Marine Corps. Mrs. Amos will tell you that some locations were better than others, some more adventuresome, but all were filled with fond memories and great stories.
Raising two children in the Marine Corps’ lifestyle, the Amos children 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, she has loved most of them. 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 loves ‘retirement’ and its many opportunities.