Military Brat Life Blogs

A Tribute To Benjamin Franklin Village Mannheim Germany

Vann Baker remembers Benjamin Franklin Village and reflects on how living there from 1962 through 1966 shaped his life.

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The Orient Express

Living in Okinawa, Japan was an adventure and an unforgettable place for Linda Bureman.

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From Phoenix to Furstenfeldbruck

Traveling overseas for the first time creates powerful memories which last a lifetime.

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The Cold War Years

The Cold War Years had a big impact on many of us Military Brats in  the 1950s to late 1980s 

I suppose the experience depended on where you lived.  I lived during those years at Keesler Air Force Base four different times, India, England twice, and the Azores.

Now that it has been de-classified, it is okay to say that what we were doing in India was spying on the Chinese and Russians—that was in the early fifties.  Since I was a child, I had no idea at the time. My dad never talked about his job at home.

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Understanding Sacrifice

Kelley Westenhoff, who has served in the Air Force, and is married to an Air Force pilot, shares her experience of travelling Space Available, or “Space-A” as it was called.

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Being An Army Brat

“Being an Army Brat, what does that exactly mean?”

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Jackson is a Crazy Cat

We have to contend with a strange animal for a year.

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From Mannheim, Germany to El Paso, Texas, USA

This article is about moving from Germany to the USA and adjusting to a totally different place and the problems Military Brats face with being the “new” kid in school.

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Developing Bargain Hunting Skills

Military posts are often thought of as places where rough, scrappy civilians are turned into lean, mean, fighting machines.

But military posts are also where Military Brats learned the value of a dollar and how to stretch a dollar using shrewd bargain hunting skills taught by their parents.

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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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Strangers in Our Own Family

Moving frequently and living far away from family made keeping up with our own extended families difficult. Jim shares his own observations with us.

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On The Road Again

” Some times, the moves came as a sort of salvation, delivering me from boredom; other times delivering me from a feeling of strangulation with the same old life.”

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How “Fort Knox” – The Comic Strip – Got Its Start

Behind every comic strip there is a cartoonist, and behind Fort Knox, is Paul Jon Boscacci. Living the life of a Military Brat has given him rich experiences to literally draw upon for his Fort Knox characters, and in this article, Jon tells us what got him started, and how we all can help keep him going!

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Dear United States Army

We often talk about the places we lived and what we experienced, but in this letter, Pete gives thanks to the U.S. Army who made his Military Brat experience possible.

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Staying In One Place

“. . . From that day and until some day in the distant future, I will live in the same place.”

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