Deanie Dempsey was born and raised in New York. After graduating with a degree in education from LeMoyne University in Syracuse, New York, she married Marty (her Burke High School sweetheart) and began her life as a Military Spouse. She has lived in seven of the United States, eleven years in Germany and two years in Saudi Arabia. Along the way, and while raising her own family, she earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado. She has three children: Christopher, Megan, and Caitlin. Marty commissioned all three children in the Army, and Chris remains on active duty. She has nine wonderful grandchildren: Kayla, Mackenna, and Finley by Chris and daughter-in-law Julie; Luke, Braden, and David by Caitlin and son-in-law Shane; and Hunter, Alexander, and Samuel by Megan and son-in-law Kory. Deanie is a role model for Military spouses in every way — from physical fitness to energy, enthusiasm, dedication, and compassion. She is a loyal Army, Notre Dame, and Duke sports fan. Like her husband, she is simply proud to serve.
After spending several decades of service in support of just the Army, Deanie became a champion for all of the Services in her role as the Chairman’s spouse. In the past four years alone, she has engaged in countless activities in support of military families, coached and mentored military spouses of all Services, participated in dozens of private and charitable organizations, traveled the world representing the United States Military, hosted visits to the United States by the spouses of foreign military leaders, and coordinated the family support activities of the White House and Department of Defense.
The service of members of the Armed Forces is evident in the uniform they wear and in the attention they receive in the media. But behind the great and selfless men and women who serve in uniform is an even greater and more selfless group of family members who support them and serve in their own unique and special way. Deanie Dempsey is and has been a remarkable representative of this group of dedicated Americans.