Air Force Wives

LaSean - posted on 11/13/2008 ( 77 moms have responded )

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How Many Of You Are In The Circle? I Love Being An Airforce Wife :) Our Deployments Definatly Arent As Long As What Some Of These Other Woman Have To Go Through I Could't Even Imagine. 6-7mths tops is all I have ever dealt with and its really not bad at all.

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LaSean - posted on 12/19/2008

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i have a friend over in germany what base are you guys at? she loves it out there she made friends and found a job she doesnt have any kids. her husband hasent deployed since they have been over there but they say they are having the time of their lives

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Yates - posted on 10/10/2013

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Brandie - posted on 02/18/2013

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I was a AF wife for 4 years I loved it. My hubby passed away all most a year ago I miss the family I had. I know everyone says being a military wife is hard but I miss it so much my miss my friends and the life I had. The military was my world b4 I married military but it was so different then being in the service myself. He done several tdy's but we only moved bases once and he passed 3 months after we moved. Now me and the kids live in a town with all most no military and I hate it I miss my military family Alaska is a little far way to keep in touch so I have lost all of my friends.

Nicola - posted on 02/14/2013

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hi i have been with my partner/fiancee for 2 and a half years, we met in england where he was based, he had been in alaska for 3 years, we are getting married next week and im so happy. I have an 11 year old son with my x husband and im worried about his adjustments moving to the states in november. My main concern is that my son will fit in with other kids and that he has regular talks with his dad and family. I am worried my husband to be will get deployed soon after we get to the states and i wont know anyone and wont have a job, also that i will be alone in a strange country, if anyone can give me some help and words of encouragement, advice, i would be grateful x

Sharon - posted on 01/06/2012

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We're AF. Currently stationed at Wright Patterson in Dayton, Ohio. We've been AF since 2003. We've been at Offutt, NE, Brooks, SA, TX and Eielson, Alaska. Love the life. Spoiled by only going through one short deployment. I have four children: 10-girl, 8-boy, 4-boy and 1-girl.

Mary - posted on 01/02/2012

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Hey Ladies :) My husband just graduated from BMT and now is in Tech school. I'm excited for this new chapter in our lives and i'm ecited to bercome a Air Force wife :)

Maesha - posted on 10/18/2011

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I love being an Air Force wife! My husband's job never deploys...well hardly ever! Stationed at DM-AFB for going on 6 years now, and all my friends have gone and only 2 are left and their leaving within the next 6 months!! I've run out of friends at DM. The military has it's advantages, but losing friends due to military orders SUCKS!

Erika - posted on 08/27/2011

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I've been an AirForce wife for 1yr and 4 months....it has taken some adjusting, but I sure am a proud Military Wife! We have survived our first deployment :) I used to hear that being a Military Wife is a tough job...and now I can 1st hand say..."I AGREE!"

Grits - posted on 08/25/2011

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Count yourself lucky that your DH hasn't had a longer deployment! My DH is Air Force and is currently serving a year-long remote to Iraq. This is his third deployment - the first one was for 8 months; the second one was for 13 months; and this one is scheduled for 12 months. It all just depends on the job! Happy to see another AF wife on here!

LaLasha - posted on 08/25/2011

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I'm an air force wife but you are just lucky year long deployments happen all the time in the af we just barely missed one they were going to extend my husbands 8 months dp to a year but their isn't a big difference is all sucks my kids are just as heart broken and they miss him just the same whether it is a 4 month or and 8 month it is all lame.

3 deployments and a retraining married 5 years together 6 all together he has been gone for half our relationship.

Brandi - posted on 08/22/2011

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I have been am AF wife for 7 years now and love it. It takes getting used to but I wouldn't trade it unless I could be rich and no money worries. I have been through the long deployments (15 months) and the short ones (4 months) at the beginning of the war and either way they can be brutal. It helps when you make good friends in each place you move to.

Cassidy - posted on 04/08/2011

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I have been an AF wife for 9.5 years. I love it! I actually told my hubby to stay in. We've been through 2 deployments and a TDY. They were hard but I will say the last one was easier on us. But we also are stationed in Germany so the kids and I went back to the states while he was gone for some extra support. The AF life is what you make of it. Just remember there is drama NO MATTER where you go or what you do. Don't keep to yourself. Try to reach out to your neighbors so if there ever comes a day they are there for you when you need.

Amy - posted on 04/07/2011

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I have been an Air Force wife for over two years, and I'm just now starting to respect the life. My husband who is a Lieutenant and I have never really lived together. He was stationed in Japan, left a few days after we were married and was there for 2 years. He is now in Texas and we are in Indiana. Sadly, he is being deployed to Afghanistan but it's ok because he's here in Indiana for training. I've already snuck down there to see him, which is cheaper than flying to Texas. :) So, after the 2 years that he spent in Japan, I'm beginning to really love being an Air Force wife. I'm proudful, I'm excited, and I totally respect the life I've chosen to marry into.

Amy - posted on 04/07/2011

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I have been an Air Force wife for over two years, and I'm just now starting to respect the life. My husband who is a Lieutenant and I have never really lived together. He was stationed in Japan, left a few days after we were married and was there for 2 years. He is now in Texas and we are in Indiana. Sadly, he is being deployed to Afghanistan but it's ok because he's here in Indiana for training. I've already snuck down there to see him, which is cheaper than flying to Texas. :) So, after the 2 years that he spent in Japan, I'm beginning to really love being an Air Force wife. I'm proudful, I'm excited, and I totally respect the life I've chosen to marry into.

Charlotte - posted on 04/05/2011

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My husband is a Tech Sargent in the Florida Air National Guard, we have been married for 3 1/2 years. He has been enlisted for 11 years. We have three kids 13, 6, 2 months. Luckily he has never been deployed anywhere, non-deployable unit. He works at Mac dill and is studying for Master. He has only been sent for Hurricanes so far.

Becky - posted on 04/04/2011

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I been an Air Force wife for over a year now. I love being an Air Force wife. We are stationed in Germany and we love it. My husband is about to deploy for the first time. I am glad Air Force deployments are an average of 6 months. I dont think i could last any longer then that. Its going to be hard without him because we havent been here that long and we have a 11 month old baby.

LaLasha - posted on 04/03/2011

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that isn't entirely true my husband was sent on a year long deployment they cut it back but year long for air force is going to become more common because our funds are being cut. with that said I love being an air force wife our facilities are just so nice and rarely over crowded.

Emily - posted on 04/01/2011

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Should clarify: I will be an Air Force wife. Look forward to hearing from more of you! -Emily

Emily - posted on 04/01/2011

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Should clarify: I will be an Air Force wife. Look forward to hearing from more of you! -Emily

Emily - posted on 04/01/2011

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Hi Ladies - new to the community. Thank you SO much for your words! Personally I have lived in Chicago, NYC, Arizona, Texas and Virginia all on my own before being married so, I am used to movement! I am getting married in August and of COURSE excited and nervous (in a healthy way) about the future and what being the wife of a military man may have in store.

Jaclyn - posted on 01/28/2009

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Hi, I used to be in the Army and my husband in the Royal Australian Air Force. I discharged from the Army with depression and now have 2 beautiful children.



A 2 1/2 year old and an 8 month old



My husband is currently on course for 3 months and it's hard. My 2 1/2 year old was in the process of toilet training, but has had to stop because I can't do it on my own. He's now waking an hour after going to bed for a cuddle, then happily sleeping through.



My 8 month old is newly to his own room (it's a long story) and is still feeding between 2 and 4 hours a night (and day), he is also teething. His first tooth has just come through.



Besides the fact that the temperature in South Australia is 45degrees celcius (113f), and my depression, I'm not too bad. I was awful last week, I cried every night and the kids were playing up and I wasn't coping (and my cat was pissing everywhere).



This week I'm okay. My mum's coming down from QLD for 2 weeks, then I'm going to see my husband in Melb for 2 weeks. That should be good, but still have to pay for the 1 day a week childcare that my kids are in, even though they won't be there for 2 weeks.

Brooke - posted on 01/28/2009

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Alot of it depends on what your husbands job is. The longer you're a wife in the AF the more you learn, the more friends you make and the easier it is to adjust and understand stuff. My husband was enlisted for 6 years and after that enlistment we decided to get out and live the civilian life. IT didn't take long before he was on the phone to get back in. The benefits of the military life in my opinion far outweight the benefits of the civilian life. Keep your head up and remember it take one of a kind to be a military wife!!!

Heather - posted on 01/28/2009

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I have been an air force wife for the past 3-1/2 years.  Currently my husband is in Kuwait until this summer, and yes the 6-7 month deployments are really nice.  Last year he was gone TDY for 4 months and was gone for basic and tech school for 5 months a year or so before that.  It seems that we do not see much of him as he is always off at training or deployed or something.  He sure seems to get some great traveling benefits out of it though as he has been to Kuwait, Germany, Italy, Florida, and Hawaii by now. The children and I have always stayed here (we have four children) and I just do not know if it gets any easier. 

Amy - posted on 01/27/2009

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I'm so confused. My husband and I got married in June. But 2 days later, he went to Japan, he's a Lieutenant. I knew what I was getting myself into before he went, but I didn't realize how hard it would be for me. I couldn't go with him, I have my career and family here, and I'm in college for my Bachelor's degree in Business. Does it get any easier?

Amy - posted on 01/27/2009

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I'm so confused. My husband and I got married in June. But 2 days later, he went to Japan, he's a Lieutenant. I knew what I was getting myself into before he went, but I didn't realize how hard it would be for me. I couldn't go with him, I have my career and family here, and I'm in college for my Bachelor's degree in Business. Does it get any easier?

Iris - posted on 01/27/2009

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Hi, I've been an AF wife for almost 10 years now.  We've been in  Iceland, UK, Germany and now on Oahu, HI.

Amy - posted on 01/26/2009

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I have been an airforce wife now for 5 yrs. He was deployed to iraq while I was pregnant with our second daughter for 5 months. He is now serving in Korea for a year while we stay state-side on Ponit Mugu Navy base...yes we are living on a navy base till he comes home in Aug. then we are off to Luke afb in AZ. the 5 months was hard but this time with him being gone soooo long and having 2 lil ones it's more difficult. If we had to do it over I think we would have stayed together and all gone to Korea..I am hoping not to have to be apart this long again.

Veronica - posted on 01/23/2009

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Hello Ladies,
I am AF wife as well. I am currently at Vandenberg and have been here for a little over a year. This area is beautiful, but there isn't all that much to do, only downside. We live right on the coast which means easy access to the beach. I have been married to my hubby for almost 10 years and have only been to stateside bases. I would have loved the opportunity to go overseas, however with his current job, its not going to be a possibility.
Veronica Briseno-Beebe....sorry for this. For some reason or another my name is not properly being displayed on the "posted by"

Brooke - posted on 01/23/2009

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EKKK MINOT!! I was there for 6 years with the hubby too. We finally got out of there. I've been and AF wife for 10 years now. We've been to a few duty stations and are now stationed overseas in England. After my husbands enlistment was up in Minot we decided to get out and try the civilian life again. IT WAS AWEFUL. We both had to work full time (in california of course) just to make it. He hated it and I was missing the security you get in the military. He re-entered the military after 9 months and here we are. I would not have it any other way. You bond with people like you never would in the civilian life. You can't beat a promised paycheck, medical everything.

Tara - posted on 01/22/2009

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Air Force wife stuck in Minot AFB, ND :-(



Husband has been in Guam since Sept '08, and last Christmas he was in Kuwait. Hasn't spent a Christmas with our daughter yet...but I still love being an Air Force wife :-)

Gabrielle - posted on 01/21/2009

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Quoting Annie:



I've been an Air Force spouse for almost 8 years. We've lived overseas in the Azores (loved that place) and now are in Arkansas...not so great but liveable. My husband leaves for cross training tomorrow. He is changing career fields and looking to be a Flight Engineer. We have 1 - 2 yr old boy and 1 due in June, just after he gets back from training. This will be the longest we have been apart besides a short tour in Afghanistan.






I do agree, we AF wives do have it the best.






Hi Annie, my name is Gabby and we also are currently stationed at LR AFB, you're right, its not the greatest but it suffices. Our cross training window just opened up so we are hoping to do the same as well. We've heard its the only way to get out of here... lol!!! So, at this point, since we've been here a little over four years... we've had our share of Arkansas and can't wait to experience what other places have to offer. Great to find someone from the area to chat with... take care!!

Gabrielle - posted on 01/21/2009

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I've been a military wife for five years and I love it!! The sacrifices that we have made together as a couple with our decision to be a military family are well worth it to me. We are currently at Little Rock AFB and although its not our ideal base (we would really love to go overseas) we have met some wonderful people here. Anyone know of any wives in this area that needs a friend... I'm here!!! We've gone through one deployment to Iraq while I was pregnant with our second child and several TDY's... although hard and challenging, it definitely proved to myself how strong and unrelenting I am as a woman and as mom. I appreciate the time to talk to other military wives and hope to make many friendships through this tool. Take care....

Gabrielle - posted on 01/21/2009

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Quoting Ashley:

I've been an Air Force wife for almost two years. The longest separation we've faced so far was when he was in bt/tech school. Our son was born 6 weeks before he got home. Next month he'll be deploying for the first time. I think the hardest part will be trying to get my 18 month old to understand why daddy isn't coming home from work for a while. I'm glad it will only be 120 days, but it's still going to be tough. Any advice from those of you who have been through it?



Hi Ashley, my name is Gabby, and my son was 18 months old when my husband left too. There is only so much to do to prepare their little minds for what is about to happen. But we did the following things, first, we made a poster together of pictures of him and daddy together, it was actually a project my husband and son did together alone without me, that way he remembers doing it with daddy and still see daddy when he looks at teh project. I tacked it on his closet door and told daddy goodnight every night. Second, we took a mini recorder (the ones that are great for recording college professors in a lecture hall) and recorded my husband reading some of his favorite bedtime stories and a couple of prayers. Also, recorded daddy just talking to him, saying things that he normally would say while he was home. Third, which my son took really hard, so use at your discretion, but the Fam Advocacy has times where you can use the video phone... when it was time to go, he obviously didn't want that time to end, so we had tantrums every time. Fourth, phone calls were scarce for us and when they did come, it was limited... but we let him say hi and hear daddy's voice before it was time to go. I hope that helps and best of luck. Please let me know if try some of my ideas and how it worked out for you.

Annie - posted on 01/21/2009

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I've been an Air Force spouse for almost 8 years. We've lived overseas in the Azores (loved that place) and now are in Arkansas...not so great but liveable. My husband leaves for cross training tomorrow. He is changing career fields and looking to be a Flight Engineer. We have 1 - 2 yr old boy and 1 due in June, just after he gets back from training. This will be the longest we have been apart besides a short tour in Afghanistan.



I do agree, we AF wives do have it the best.

Emily - posted on 01/21/2009

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My husband has been in the Air Force for 11 years and at first I was unhappy. But after a year of pouting I decided that I should make the best out of each duty station and I have put a lot of effort into making friends everywhere we go and I have loved it ever since. I have met some of the most amazing women and being a military can be hard but we always have each other for support. We are at Moody in Georgia and have 4 kids and my husband is deployed right now, so I know how important friends can be.

Dana - posted on 01/20/2009

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Hi all... we've been an active duty Air Force family for almost 14 years now!  We only have one child (13 yrs old)... we were going to have more after the Iraq war was over (see how that worked out)!  :)  We are stationed at Pope AFB in NC and I will tell you, moving here has really made me appreciate the Air Force life.  Pope is located actually inside Fort Bragg Army Post and living here along side the Army families and seeing the sacrifice that those families make... it truly shows me how blessed we are to be Air Force.  I don't want to minimize the sacrifice or the work  of our guys/gals (and families)... but truly... my husband deploys pretty regularly but it's never for more than 4-6 months at a time... It can be hard at times, but if you put into perspective... we are very blessed as Air Force families. 

Kelli - posted on 01/19/2009

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Hi! I've been an AF wife for almost 3 years now, & my husband just past 5 years in service. He was maintenance at McGuire AFB when I met him, and he had a 5 month TDY for retraining when our son was 5 months old. We're now at Robins AFB and he's a Flyer. I can't wait to meet his permanant squadron in 2 more weeks. We were worried when he left that our son wouldn't recognize daddy when he got home, but then I got into the habit of showing him all of the pictures around the house and letting him "talk" to daddy on the webcam and the phone....... it was a pretty easy transition. We'll see how the next one goes. He's 20 months old and definitely a daddy's boy now :)

Alison - posted on 01/17/2009

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LaSean, how do you like edwards? we're pcs-ing to palmdale in a few months. my husband will work at skunkworks not on base, but i'm curious about the area?

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Hi! I have been an Air Force wife for almost 2 years, but my Dad was in the Air Force my whole life.  I love the moving, but my husband is an intel officer and the Air Force intel community is not as friendly or family oriented as I was hoping it would be.  I am getting nervous about his first deployment because I haven't met any other AF wifes at our current base to really talk and hang out with.  This is new to me because my Mom had such a HUGE group of wives with my Dad's flying squadron's to depend on.  Any suggestions on how to get more involved with the base community and meet other wives who aren't necessarily in my husband's squadron?

Omaira - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hey everybody, I was in the military myself for 4 yrs and met my husband while I was in. We've been married 7 yrs. I've been out of the military for 6yrs and have had my share of civilian work, not bad at all; Now we are living in Japan and it's my first time as a stay at home mom. I have a school age child and I have to admit, it is all to new and not very familiar for me. I never considered myself as a military spouse and here I am...I'm having a hard time with it.

Teri - posted on 01/13/2009

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My husband has been in the Air National Guard for 17 years...as been to Iraq twice, Saudi, Qutar......The longest he was gone was 2 months..... Deployments are so hard on a family with young children...but it does get a little easier as they get older! They seem to at least understand what Daddy is fighting for now....and are proud of him!

What a great place to find other mom's in the same situation!!!!!

A soldier could never do their job without the support and love of their family!!! Our job back home is a tough one! :)

Thank you to all the military families, and soldiers for my freedom!!!!

Bonnie - posted on 01/13/2009

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I am also an Australian RAAF wife, we have been married for 9 years and have survived a deployment to iraq when i was pregnant with our third daighter.

Beck - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hey I am an Australian RAAF wife. My Hubby is currently on deployment in Afghanistan, he left in late September and will be home in under 25 days.... I am soooooo excited. I love this section of FB didn't even know it existed till today.

Frances - posted on 01/12/2009

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I have been an Air Force wife AND an Army wife - married to the same man! :)

My husband was active ARMY for 10 years and joined the AIR FORCE reserve, only to miss the career military life and signed back into active duty for the last 10 years with the Air Force - we have 2 years to retire now! We are stationed at MacDill AFB near Tampa and love it. He was deployed OFTEN with the Army - 6 and 8 month long deployments. With the same MOS in both branches, he travels frequently with the AF, but shorter duration. He is a military policeman and a PSD agent. I think the AF is more sensitive to families for sure, but in the end, it falls on the unit you are assigned to. When you need something bigger like choice of station - your unit ties and connections up the chain are key.

User - posted on 01/06/2009

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I have been married to my Air Force guy for almost 15 years, he's been in for 17.  We are just now gearing up for his first ever deployment.  I am doing my best not to complain, I know it should have been our turn long ago and probably more than once by now.  I'm still a little worried about how the kids are going to deal with it though.  They are a set of twin boys who will be 12 in a month and a 13 year old daughter.  He leaves for 6 weeks of training in a couple of weeks then he says he's going to be home for a few weeks before he deploys.  I have learned to believe things like that when they actually happen. 



He is due to retire in 2011 and I think I am ready for that to happen.  I've reached my breaking point with the 2 years and a move bit.  The oldest will be half way through high school at that point with the boys starting it the following year.  So if he were to get out and be done we could move somewhere and she might think of it as home instead of just "Mom and Dad's" when she goes off to college.



 

Patricia - posted on 01/04/2009

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Aana, we were at Lakenheath for 8 years, and LOVED England. Would go back tomorrow if they said get on a plane.

Aana - posted on 01/04/2009

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Hi Ladies. I've been an AF wife for 10 years. We have three boys 3, 4, and 6. My husband is almost done with a one year deployment. But I can't complain, he's only deployed once before this and we have had the chance to live in Pisa, Italy and Germany and possibly England next, plus several good stateside assignments. We really love the Air Force community.

Patricia - posted on 01/03/2009

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I have been an Air Force wife since 1995. We have 3 children, Kelsey, Natalie and DJ. One from each base pretty much (except here, and unless we adopt, we wont get one from here. ;))

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