Archive for January 2015

News on Garrison in Mannheim’s Closure

This article contains news about the rapid closing of the garrison in Mannheim, Germany, and was written by Prof. Dr. Christian Führer, who is writing a book about the influence of the garrison on over three generations of civilians living in Mannheim.

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Benjamin Franklin Village Closes

Benjamin Franklin Village, Mannheim Germany—workplace and home for three generations of Army personnel and families as we knew it, is no more.

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Vann Baker Interviewed on BRATCON Radio

Vann-Baker.jpgVann Baker, editor/creator of Military Brat Life and Military Brats Online, was a guest on the BRATCon Radio program, to be broadcast on the internet on BRATCON Radio. Learn more about Vann, the websites and how growing up in a military family shaped his life.

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Bratcon Radio Debuts November 11, 2010

Listen in with hosts Dennis Campbell and Pat Caves for their first weekly radio show about and for brats on Bratcon Radio.

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Military Brat Caylea Ingram Wins Music Competition

Military Brat Caylea Ingram recently won a songwriting competition on the myairforcelife.com website. The song is called My Life.

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Togetherness In Our Apartness

“He hugged and kissed his little girl and hugged his wife, the little girl’s Mother. They both hid most of their tears for the little girl’s sake, but had to show some so she would understand how hard it is on her Mommy and Daddy too and that it’s okay to cry.”

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Deer Hunting on Base

“My father before me was a hunter, and I grew up on stories of deer hunting in Michigan . . . “ Greg shares his memories of hunting on base and carrying on the family tradition.

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Please Stand By . . .

Jim takes us down memory lane with his essay about those words most of us remember well, “Please stand by.”

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Vacation Time

“I think that to go on vacation is in my blood. It all started with my parents. I suppose the military lifestyle is to blame, or perhaps something they put into the water on all those army bases. Regardless, my genetic code has altered and mutated to the point where the act of going on vacation has now been passed on to my children as well. That’s how that stuff works.”

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Perceptions

James (Jim) Kidd explains how important perceptions are and the relationship we all share with our parents who wanted more for us than they had while growing up.

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The Army Brat Itch

“I now live in Atlanta Georgia and I’m married to a guy who’s had basically 2 major moves in his life. We live in a small 2-bedroom bungalow and we’ve been discussing upgrading to a larger house. Suits me just fine. Or does it?”

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Old Memories

“When the soldiers used to return from the field after several weeks, they used to come through the housing area. All of us kids, and some of the mothers, would stand outside and watch them as they came through. Most of us were hoping to see our dads. And when we did, there was nothing that could beat that excitement.”

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Military Life, Isn’t It Grand?

“Where else can you get a real education in life, meet interesting people and learn all you’ll ever need to know to become an adult?”

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More Childhood Adventures in India

In this article, Judy shares more of her childhood in India.

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Going Native

It was called, “living on the economy“, and depending on your viewpoint, it was either a great experience—or not.

For our family, and from my Military Brat viewpoint, our second trip to Germany in 1973 was a great experience.

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