Crystal Gates - Blue Star Families & Gordon Stone - FVRC President

We strengthen military families every day. Through career development, caregiving, and our leading research on military family life, we’re striving to better understand and provide solutions to the challenges facing today’s military families.

Our Story

In April of 2009, a group of military spouses got together in the hopes of making a difference in the lives of military families. They knew the issues surrounding military families and saw a need for a platform where military family members could join forces with the general public and their communities to address the challenges of military life.

Since then, BSF has grown from a few military spouses around a kitchen table to more than 150,000 members and over 35 communities and chapters around the globe. Our programs and services reach more than 1.5 million military families every year.

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Crystal Gates
Crystal Gates is a military spouse of 24 years (her husband is an Active Duty U.S.
Marine) and a mother of 3.  Currently stationed at MCAS Miramar, Crystal and her family have experienced 8 deployment cycles as well as a move to Okinawa, Japan for a 3-year tour of duty. She
understands what it means to serve alongside her spouse.  Crystal’s professional career
includes 15 years working within the for-profit sector and the military family community. Well
versed in leading military family programs for the United States Marine Corps, she connects
military families to community resources that help military families thrive.  Crystal is a strong
military family advocate and works tirelessly to bridge the gap between the San Diego military
family community and the public in her role as the San Diego Regional Director for Blue Star