Living Off Military Bases and Posts

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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Living on the Economy in Florstadt, Germany, 1973

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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Columbus, Georgia—Military town and “home”

Where there is a military post or base, you will find a military town. Sometimes there is a love-hate relationship between the “townies” and the military, but one thing is for sure: military towns are where many career military men and women retire, and paydays guarantee towns ongoing economic prosperity. And, for many Military Brats, military towns become “home”, even if you are not born there.

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The Praying Mantis

My true life encounter with a praying mantis while living in an off-base housing area in the Philippines during the Cold War.

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Living on the Economy Overseas

“Most of the places we lived overseas we lived on the economy before moving on base. The one exception was Japan. We went to Japan in 1948, not long after the war, and dependents were not allowed to accompany the men there. We had to wait for a house on the base. Dad went 8 months before us.  It took that long to get a house.”

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The End Game

What happens when we leave our Military Brat life behind us?

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Hurry Up And Wait

All Military Brats know the joys of “Sick Call” and waiting their turn to be seen by a doctor when sick. Here are some observations of on Military Brat.

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Joe E. Wheeler – The Good Shepherd

Like many Military Brats, I left my family to begin my own life. This essay covers 6 years of my life, living in Columbus, Georgia, near Fort Benning, and my memories of Joe E. Wheeler, who touched the lives of many people in the military, their spouses, Military Brats and the community in which he lived.

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