Military Brat Life Blogs

Family Secrets – Part 3

This part of Family Secrets explains how tracks are covered as a family travels in secrecy.

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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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Life in Mannheim, Germany

Some military families hated going overseas, but we viewed it as an adventure. We were told we going overseas to Mannheim, Germany, but all we heard was, “. . . flying on two planes and jet to get there.”

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Japanese Paddy Houses . . .

“I remember when we first got there we had to live in a paddy house until there was a house ready on base.”

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AFRC Vacation Time – Part 2

The other AFRC resort we visited back in the 1970s was in Garmisch, again in the German Alps. This time, however, we went in the springtime. I guess it must have been back in ’76.

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First Days as a “Civilian”

Leave the Military Brat life behind and transitioning to civilian life is always difficult. Alex shares with us his story.

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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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Tanks . . . for the Memories

Let’s face it, if you grew up on Army posts you probably encountered more than a few tanks—working and non-working. And if you grew up with tanks practically in the back yard, like me, you probably have much more than a passing interest in what they are, what they can do and what they symbolize.

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Accepting Brathood

“Like many other military brats, I also have no place to call home. My civilian friends always laughed at me when we went on school trips because I was apt to call the hotel that we were staying at ‘home.'”

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Family Secrets – Part 4

“We ain’t in Kansas no more, Toto.”

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My First Car

What could you buy for $100 in 1974?

A slightly used, but not abused, 1959 VW Beetle, that’s what!

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Saturday Matinees at the Base Theater

“Going to the movies with a dozen or so buddies added greatly to the enjoyment, especially when you could get seats in the first two to four rows down in the center section. Girls had their own groups, at that time boys and girls kept to their own ‘tribes’.”

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The Heidelberg Castle Illumination

While it was hard to find a 4th of July fireworks celebration in the heart of Germany in the early 1960s, there was always the Heidelberg Castle illumination, which promised to be every bit as exciting.

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Unexpectedly, Plan B

Making the decision to enter military service is no easy task, even for a Military Brat.

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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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