Posts Tagged base

The First Base

My first base was always my favorite: Mather, AFB. It has been closed and we are going back to see what is left very soon. We did not live on Mather until I was six. WWII and a trip to Alaska postponed being able to live with dad until then. Before the war, he had been stationed there and was there when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Dad and his new bride lived off base. I […]

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What About Them?

This wonderful poem is the Theme Song for David’s book, Your Grandfather’s Sabre.

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Military Brats Today

On a basic level, the difference between Military Brats from past decades is about the same.  Military Brats still must move from base to base, sometimes overseas, and Military Brats still have to cope with making new friends and leaving friends behind. What has changed in a big way is coverage of wars and repeated deployments to Iraq and Afganistan. And in some cases, having two parents deployed at the same time is a harsh […]

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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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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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Food—on and off-base

I was a growing teenager when I lived in Germany, so I needed food, and lots of it! I still have some fond memories of my time in Germany involving food. Where to begin? How about the base snack bar. Cheap, basic food maybe, but it sure tasted good.

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Our Families

Military life is different from the way that most kids grow up in the civilian world. Only those of us who have lived as Military Brats really understand what that means.

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The Great Skunk Safari

Hunting skunks can be a lot of fun—if you know what you are doing.

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Childhood Adventures in Japan

Living overseas and experiencing different cultures was a big part of the Military Brat experience. Judy shares her memories of Japan.

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Another Generation of Brats

Another Military Brat tells her story.

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A B-52 Mid-air Collision

Life on a military base is routine and somewhat predictable. An accident, especially on a large scale is anything but routine.

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Previous Life

“It has often been said that you can never go home again. And for military brats, that can be doubly true.”

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Air Force Brat Jeapordy

Here is an interesting game . . .

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Little Boxes

Remember the song by Malvina Reynolds with the words: “Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made of ticky tacky, little boxes on the hillside, little boxes just the same.” Military Brats know all about those “little boxes.”

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A Military Brat in Karlsruhe Germany

In the summer of 1960 my Father received orders for a tour of duty in Germany. Our home for the past three years had been the town of Stillwater Oklahoma. Dad was an Army captain in the Engineer Corps who had been one of just a few active-duty personnel assigned to an Army Reserve unit. I had no idea how living in Karlsruhe Germany would be so different from living in the United States of America.

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