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March Military Family Newsletter: The PCS

My Dad's final flight: Mom & Dad, my Grandpa & Grandma, brother Dan & Hubby & II am an Air Force Brat. My father retired after 30 years-of-service in 2002. I attended his retirement ceremony at McChord AFB, with my husband and was about 8 weeks pregnant with my first child. It was a bit of an emotional time because I realized a HUGE chapter (or more like entire book) in my life was closing, even though 'technically' I was no longer his dependent. I wear the term 'Air Force Brat' like a badge.

Today, I live in a bustling suburban city in northwest Ohio. My closest base is the Cleveland Coast Guard Station. There isn't a commissary and their BX is not worth travelling to. The people around me appreciate our military but they don't KNOW our military. When I meet new people of course the topic of where I grew up always comes up...

The PCS. It still defines me at 34 years-old. We lived at nine bases before I graduated from college. *Most* people can't grasp that one. That is about one new base every two or three years. Long enough to get to know really good friends & then prepare for the next move.

I have always really enjoyed this article: 'Growing Up in the Military'. "Like the dandelion, military children bloom everywhere the winds carry them. They are hardy, resilient, and upright. Their roots are strong, cultivated deeply in the culture of the military, planted swiftly and surely. And ready to fly in the breezes that take them to new adventures, new lands, and new friends."

MilitaryAvenue will be publishing our monthly-family newsletter this Sunday, March 15th. The topic of discussion? The PCS. The season is almost upon us! Are you ready?

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- Leanne from MilitaryAvenue.com

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