DVIDS – News – Benelux Family Legacy: Dominique Favresse, Shaika Alloway


[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story continues our series Benelux Family Legacy, which features multigenerational stories from the U.S. Army Garrison Benelux and tenant unit partners. This series explores the people who comprise the garrison and delves into the legacy they have created in the Benelux.]

CHIEVRES AIR BASE, Belgium – Although their respective offices are in neighboring buildings, a mother and daughter who work at US Army Garrison Benelux rarely see each other during the work week.

Dominique Favresse is a budget technician for the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (DFMWR) in the USAG Benelux headquarters building at Chièvres Air Base, Belgium, and her daughter Shaika Alloway works as a Human Resources Assistant for the Civilian Personnel Counseling Centre. in the building next door.

“We see each other almost every weekend,” Dominique said. “So we don’t need to see each other when we’re on base.”

“Looks like my mom doesn’t like me,” Shaika said, laughing at what her mom said.

“Not at all,” said Dominique. “We are very, very close.”

Shaika has been at CPAC for three years and her mother has been at the garrison for almost eleven years. Dominique started with the DFMWR at SHAPE Child, Youth and School Services. Before joining the post staff, she stayed home to raise five children, which besides Shaika included a set of triplets and a young son. Prior to joining CPAC, Shaika had worked for a private company as Executive Assistant to the President of the company.

Despite the relatively short time they have both worked at USAG Benelux, they know life on the job well. Shaika’s father and Dominique’s husband, Calvin Alloway, currently works for the 2nd Signal Brigade in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and worked for the 39th Signal Battalion in Belgium. Her children and those of Dominique, including Shaika, went to SHAPE community schools.

Shaika spent two years in the Belgian section school but eventually graduated from the American section. With a Belgian mother, an American father and an upbringing shared between the two countries, Shaika said she felt both American and Belgian.

“My whole school experience there was fun,” Shaika said. “There were different nationalities. I had friends from all over the world. And I think that’s a great experience for any teenager, because it makes you more open-minded. You learn a lot more things this way.

She attributes some of her career choices to her formative years in a multinational environment.

“Even my previous job – it was a private company, but it was a very large multinational – I worked with and was in contact with people all over the world,” Shaika said. “So I’ve always worked in this type of environment. Even at CPAC, I’m in contact with people from the United States and I’m in contact with people from different countries (outside of the continental United States).

Dominique, who had to take care of several children at home, often while her husband was on duty, stayed out of the labor market. However, once her children grew up, she applied and got a job at DFMWR.

“I was very busy and stayed home for a few years to raise my children,” Dominique said. “I found a job at the CDC (Child Development Center), and I took the modules, I took the training – I took the proper training – to become an education technician. And that’s how I got back into the job market. I got off to a good start at the CDC, worked there for three years, then moved on.

“I’ve been with MWR for 10 years,” continued Dominique. “I really like the environment, even though we’ve been through some tough times.”

These difficult times include the COVID-19 pandemic, during which Belgium and the rest of the world have adopted strict prevention measures. Dominique also remembers the good times, when she got to see the cows, grass and apple orchards at Caserne Daumerie before garrison headquarters moved to Chièvres Air Base.

“I like the environment, the multicultural environment,” said Dominique. “It’s closer to my house, so of course I love it. If I could just ride my bike to work, that would be great.

Whether working at Chièvres Air Base or SHAPE, Dominique plans to retire with DFMWR.

Shaika sees a long-term future at CPAC.

Dominique’s tenure did not last long before Shaika joined the current roster. Dominique does not remember any specific advice that she would have given her daughter at the time, but she does remember the advice that she generally gives to her children.

“I always tell my kids, whether it’s Shaika or any of the others, if you want the best out of your life, get out of the comfort zone,” Dominique said. “I guess that’s the best advice I can give at any kind of level, whether it’s your career or any other level. Get out of your comfort zone and you’ll get more than you expected.

“And I took that advice since I had an executive assistant job,” Shaika said. “It was a permanent position; it was a very good position. I decided to follow this advice anyway and get out of my comfort zone and find a good job.

This series, Benelux Family Legacy, explores the many stories and experiences of the people who make up U.S. Army Garrison Benelux and its tenant organizations. More stories like this about the legacy created by the Garrison’s multi-generational workforce are slated to be released one more Wednesday.

Read “Benelux Family Legacy: Patrick and Charles Delmotte” at https://www.dvidshub.net/news/417909.

Read “Benelux Family Legacy: Jan and Patrick Maessen” at https://www.dvidshub.net/news/418327.

Read “Benelux Family Legacy: Liz Schuster, Nicole Shoaf” at https://www.dvidshub.net/news/418852.

Read “Benelux Family Legacy: Patricia Campo, Alessandro Ricci” at https://www.dvidshub.net/news/419308.

Read “Benelux Family Legacy: Charlie and Patsy Herbaut” at https://www.dvidshub.net/news/419817.

Read “Benelux Family Legacy: Leon and Michael Lee” at https://www.dvidshub.net/news/420350.

Read “Benelux Family Legacy: Laurette Mauro, Philippe and Leslie Duquenne” at https://www.dvidshub.net/news/420870.

Read “Benelux Family Legacy: Alain and François Trésignies” on https://www.dvidshub.net/news/421359.

Read “Benelux Family Legacy: Cornelis and Charles-Henry Hobbel” at https://www.dvidshub.net/news/421917.

Read “Benelux Family Legacy: Monique and Catherine Janssen, Thibaut Lefebvre” at https://www.dvidshub.net/news/422344.

Date taken: 14.06.2022
Date posted: 14.06.2022 09:13
Story ID: 422898
Location: GOATS, WHT, BE

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