Fort Lewis

Jessie - posted on 02/17/2009 ( 24 moms have responded )

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Hi there! Just wondering if there are any Fort Lewis wives/moms out there? New to the post, stay at home mom, with no way to really meet people. Even a chat on here would be nice!

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Nations Social - posted on 10/10/2012

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We are gearing up for another one of our incredible events for our women who serve in the Armed Forces or have husbands in the Armed Forces. Ladies on October 12th 2012 you will be honored in a very special way and will not want to miss this exciting evening. You will also get to meet many other military mothers at this event. There will be many free opportunities to be pampered, chances to receive some great door prize items, and time to shop to your hearts content of which is what we girls like the most. All attending ladies must register themselves and their children online at http://www.ministries-united.org/?i=1385...

Ren'ee - posted on 10/08/2012

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HI I have a question for anyone that is fortlewis based I have a friend that just moved up state and her husband is on fortlewis for the past few months she wants to move back here but says she can not afford it and from her understanding she can't get any help is their any alternatives she can do to live or get help from the military since her husband is gone so much?

Carrie - posted on 02/18/2012

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Hi, I am a Spouce of a very currently rretired Soldier. I am here if you would like to chat some time :)



Carrie

Jessie - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hey!  Yea he's the S2 for HHT.  It's weird when there are so many troops here and our hubby's are in the same unit!  Pretty neat!  Yea I actually am going to Rainbows and Raindrops on Friday for a playdate with the moms group I joined.  I had heard that it was a pretty neat place, so I figured doesn't hurt to check it out!

Kristina - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Jessie:



Quoting Tyson:




I appreciate all the advise from you both. I am a little overwhelmed with everything going on. My husband is just getting to his unit tomorrow. We have already found an apartment and he will be going on Saturday to do all the paperwork. Then we are hoping he will get his TDY so he can come here and drive with me to Fort Lewis. I have heard unofficially the 4-2 will be deploying by December so of course that has me extremely overwhelmed as well. I have never been away from my family and moving 2200 miles away is alot. What about the FRG groups? I have heard many different things about these groups. Some people say they are good and some people say it is like being in High School again. Can you guys give me insight on those as well?









Hi again!  My hubby is also in 4-6 Air Cav and I am the FRG Point of Contact for my hubby's troop.  I just started going to meetings and from what I can see it will be a good thing to be involved in.  Though I haven't ever been involved before, I too have heard they can be good and bad, but you have to take the good with the bad.  If you've never been through a deployment before, I do suggest getting involved in some type of support group, FRG or whatever.  I can help you out with finding some if you would like.  I just joined a moms group that is a way to get out and meet people and get my daughter some socialization.  Do you have kids?  Well anything else, just ask!  Goodl uck and yes I forgot that he would get his TDY travel days and his 10 days leave...they are really good at making sure everyone gets as setteld as possible before sending him to work.





Hey Jessie,



I didn't know your hubby was in 4-6 Air Cav. What troop is he in? My hubby is a platoon sgt over in Darkhorse (black hawks) Troop.  Oh and another thing to check out for the little ones (I haven't taken mine mainly because now they are probably too old to go) is Rainbows and Raindrops. Pretty neat program they have there. Once this weather clears up, we're going to be spending a lot of time at the parks. Right now we've been trying to take daily walks and then the rain came in this week.

Jessie - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Tyson:



I appreciate all the advise from you both. I am a little overwhelmed with everything going on. My husband is just getting to his unit tomorrow. We have already found an apartment and he will be going on Saturday to do all the paperwork. Then we are hoping he will get his TDY so he can come here and drive with me to Fort Lewis. I have heard unofficially the 4-2 will be deploying by December so of course that has me extremely overwhelmed as well. I have never been away from my family and moving 2200 miles away is alot. What about the FRG groups? I have heard many different things about these groups. Some people say they are good and some people say it is like being in High School again. Can you guys give me insight on those as well?





Hi again!  My hubby is also in 4-6 Air Cav and I am the FRG Point of Contact for my hubby's troop.  I just started going to meetings and from what I can see it will be a good thing to be involved in.  Though I haven't ever been involved before, I too have heard they can be good and bad, but you have to take the good with the bad.  If you've never been through a deployment before, I do suggest getting involved in some type of support group, FRG or whatever.  I can help you out with finding some if you would like.  I just joined a moms group that is a way to get out and meet people and get my daughter some socialization.  Do you have kids?  Well anything else, just ask!  Goodl uck and yes I forgot that he would get his TDY travel days and his 10 days leave...they are really good at making sure everyone gets as setteld as possible before sending him to work.

Tyson - posted on 02/25/2009

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Yea, I was told the earliest would be July and all of the 4-2 would be gone by December. I think I will probably get signed up to get emails from the FRG but probably will not attend them. I don't do well in large groups of people I don't know. I appreciate all the advise and maybe once I get there we could get together and you can show me around. I will be totally lost. LOL!! We are living off post though because there was no on post housing available for 3-6 months.

Kristina - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Tyson:



I appreciate all the advise from you both. I am a little overwhelmed with everything going on. My husband is just getting to his unit tomorrow. We have already found an apartment and he will be going on Saturday to do all the paperwork. Then we are hoping he will get his TDY so he can come here and drive with me to Fort Lewis. I have heard unofficially the 4-2 will be deploying by December so of course that has me extremely overwhelmed as well. I have never been away from my family and moving 2200 miles away is alot. What about the FRG groups? I have heard many different things about these groups. Some people say they are good and some people say it is like being in High School again. Can you guys give me insight on those as well?






You are more than welcome! Yes it is very overwhelming. I get overwhelmed still, even though I've lived the military life since graduating high school. Yes, 4-2 is due to deploy within the year..at least that's what is coming through the grapevine. My husband returned from his 2nd deployment this past August and is scheduled to leave in less than a year as well.



FRG LOL! I am not a fan of the FRG, but they do vary from unit to unit. My husband is in 4-6 ACS and has been in this unit since he graduated from AIT and the FRG stinks. No offense to any officer wives that may be on here, but the ones in our group are very snooty to the enlisted spouses. I usually have my way of finding out information before they even have distributed it. They are a wealth of information though especially if you leave during the deployment. If you don't go to the meetings, (at least my group) they always email any updates you might need and call periodically to check up on you.

Tyson - posted on 02/25/2009

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I appreciate all the advise from you both. I am a little overwhelmed with everything going on. My husband is just getting to his unit tomorrow. We have already found an apartment and he will be going on Saturday to do all the paperwork. Then we are hoping he will get his TDY so he can come here and drive with me to Fort Lewis. I have heard unofficially the 4-2 will be deploying by December so of course that has me extremely overwhelmed as well. I have never been away from my family and moving 2200 miles away is alot. What about the FRG groups? I have heard many different things about these groups. Some people say they are good and some people say it is like being in High School again. Can you guys give me insight on those as well?

Tyson - posted on 02/25/2009

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I appreciate all the advise from you both. I am a little overwhelmed with everything going on. My husband is just getting to his unit tomorrow. We have already found an apartment and he will be going on Saturday to do all the paperwork. Then we are hoping he will get his TDY so he can come here and drive with me to Fort Lewis. I have heard unofficially the 4-2 will be deploying by December so of course that has me extremely overwhelmed as well. I have never been away from my family and moving 2200 miles away is alot. What about the FRG groups? I have heard many different things about these groups. Some people say they are good and some people say it is like being in High School again. Can you guys give me insight on those as well?

Kristina - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Tyson:



I am a new military wife that will be moving from North Carolina to Fort Lewis. I am very nervous about the big move. My husband is going into the 4-2 but we do not yet know what unit he will be in. Can anyone tell me if he will get 10 days of TDY for sure? I am not real sure how this all works. The SSG at Recp told him it is at the units decision. Any help would greatly be appreciated.






Hi Tyson!



Welcome to the military lifestyle! He should get a minimum of 10 days of TDY. It is standard when pcsing with family (I was an active duty soldier turned spouse) and I can tell you when we moved here from Louisiana in 2005, my husband got the week it took to drive here plus another week and a half once we got here. I am not sure if it was because his whole unit was moving or what but 10 days is the minimum a soldier should receive as far as PCS TDY goes. Another word of advice is if you know the date you will be arriving, make sure to call ahead to the post lodging to try to get a reservation ahead of time so you can stay on post (reimbursed as always) in the hotel. It fills up fast so the earlier you call the better your chance is of getting a room until you receive your housing assignment.



 



FYI: I've heard good things about 4-2. My hubby's in the aviation unit here and they do work together on missions/training etc. If you need anything feel free to contact me, add me as a friend or what not.



 



 

Jessie - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Tyson:



I am a new military wife that will be moving from North Carolina to Fort Lewis. I am very nervous about the big move. My husband is going into the 4-2 but we do not yet know what unit he will be in. Can anyone tell me if he will get 10 days of TDY for sure? I am not real sure how this all works. The SSG at Recp told him it is at the units decision. Any help would greatly be appreciated.





Hi there!  I don't blame you for being nervous,  it was a little scary moving so far away(from NY) As far as TDY leave , it is up to the unit, but I know when we got here my hubby did inprocessing and then asked for his TDY to be like 2 weeks later bc we were waiting for our household goods to get here.  I'm sure you guys will get all the info you need as soon as he starts inprocessing!  When are you supposed to be getting here?

Tyson - posted on 02/25/2009

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I am a new military wife that will be moving from North Carolina to Fort Lewis. I am very nervous about the big move. My husband is going into the 4-2 but we do not yet know what unit he will be in. Can anyone tell me if he will get 10 days of TDY for sure? I am not real sure how this all works. The SSG at Recp told him it is at the units decision. Any help would greatly be appreciated.

Jessie - posted on 02/19/2009

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Thanks I will def look into SKIES.  I'm still learning what's here even though we've been here for 5 months!  I don't really like the traffic either so I completely understand where you're coming from!

Jessie - posted on 02/19/2009

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Hi!  I also live in New Hillside! What a coincidence!  Must have been a big change from Fort Polk!  I can understand going home when he's gone, luckily my hubby won't be going until early next year sometime so I have some time.  It would be nice to actually meet some people!  So far I've met my neighbor, whose hubby is gone until May but that's it.  

Candace - posted on 02/19/2009

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It was a bit harder than the rest of them because it was so long. The readjustment was tough....I ruled the roost for two years by myself. He leaves in about a month. Check out the SKIES program too. They have everything from boxing to gymnastics, music and art. If we lived on post I would be doing a bunch of those activities. But ass it is now....driving 20 minutes in good traffic round trip is tiring.

Kristina - posted on 02/19/2009

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Hi! I am also on Fort Lewis. We've been here since July 2005. We moved here from Fort Polk, LA and are trying to get out of here before the hubby has to deploy yet again so we can be closer to family. I am a stay at home mom of 2 girls who are 5 and 3.  I live in the New Hillside housing area (sort of by the hospital). Feel free to message me or what not. Maybe we can have a mom's day out. Things get crazy around here! Welcome to base!

Jessie - posted on 02/18/2009

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Hi!  Wow that must've been tough to deal with!  When is he leaving this time?  I live on post.  Yea my hubby just said something the other day about CYS so I will def check them out! 

Candace - posted on 02/18/2009

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I have been in the Ft. Lewis area since 2000 thanks to a Korea backed up to Iraq tour. I could have gone home for those two years but I hate moving and my husband was on return assignment back here. I love it here but will probably be leaving after this deployment. There are a huge number of things that you can enroll in on Ft. Lewis that will get you out and about. Go to the CYS office down the street from the bowling alley and they have a tremendous amount of things for kids of all ages. The ACS website also has a bunch of things available. Do you live on post or off?

Jessie - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

I am a Fort Lewis wife. I have been here for a year or so. I don't live on post so I don't know that many other moms though. Welcome :)


Hi!  Do you like it out here?  We've been here since September.  I really do like it, it's just hard bc all of my friends are in NY.  This is our first PCS(he was active before we met but got out to do school) so I've never had to leave everyone I know.  I see you have 4 kids!  That's great!  I don't know how you do it!  

Jessie - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Janice:



we were at ft lewis for 3 years im no longer there but if you need any help around post or around the area im more than willing to help ya:)





Thanks!  I'm getting the area down pretty well.  Hate the traffic though, came from a smaller city in upstate NY and the traffic was nothing compared to out here!  LOL!  Did you join any playgroups or your husband's FRG?  I'm starting the FRG, I'm the POC for my hubby's unit, so that should be fun.  Where are you guys now?

Janice - posted on 02/17/2009

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we were at ft lewis for 3 years im no longer there but if you need any help around post or around the area im more than willing to help ya:)

Sarah - posted on 02/17/2009

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I am a Fort Lewis wife. I have been here for a year or so. I don't live on post so I don't know that many other moms though. Welcome :)

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