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I Grew Up As An Air Force Brat

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    Vagabonds

    Growing up in the air force was not always easy or fun. My big brother was born in Louisiana. I was born in Alabama and my younger brother was born in Japan. When my dad retired i had just finished 8th grade. Had been to 6 different schools in 4 different countries. It wasnt easy...
    marriedup marriedup 56-60, M Jan 9, 2013

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    I Feel Like I Don't Belong Anywhere

    NOW before I start on the negatives, I want to say that I do not regret the choice my dad made.  It made me who I am today, good and bad.  I can adjust to new situations like nothing.  I can read people easily and I am confident in myself.  People would...
    airforcechild82 airforcechild82 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 17, 2009

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    Never Stayed In One Place For Too Long...

    Growing up I did not know what it was like to stay in the same place. I was born in Orlando, then moved to Arkansas, Maine and finally Georgia. Being an Air Force brat is pretty tough. The hardest part was loosing friends all the time. You would just get a nice group that you...
    weather1965 weather1965 41-45, M Jul 31, 2008

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    Pretty Great Life

    It seems funny now but I was starting high school before I realized that people stayed in the same town most of thier lives.  I thought everyone lived like we did.  We moved on average about every two years.  There was one year when we moved to three different...
    Peabody Peabody 51-55, F 2 Responses Aug 20, 2007

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    Where?

    I HATE the question 'where are you from?' because there is no easy answer: all require an explanation. Where was a born? Provo, Utah. Do I EVER want to claim that place? NO! And I only lived there 2 months anyway. Where did I 'grow up' the most? Germany. This results in the...
    Lieselthetraveler Lieselthetraveler 19-21, F 7 Responses Mar 5, 2008

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    Me Too! (to Quote E.p.)

    i moved on average about every 2 and a half years.  i had a somewhat less positive view, as i'm a girl who moved for the last time right around her 13th birthday (dad retired).  i felt like i had a hard time fitting in the last time, because i was older and it mattered...
    pandora1999 pandora1999 31-35, F 3 Responses Aug 26, 2007

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    No... Seriously... I Did...

        Everyone that has ever read my stories will know exactly what my father did to me. (And all those other 142 kids) But what they didn't know is that my dad WAS in the Air Force...     My father did his share of "Good Deeds" but his "Evil Deeds" were way more. For...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 30, 2013

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    It Changes Your Life Forever....

    I grew up on SAC bases for the most part being born in England at Greenham Common in 1956.  We moved to Lincoln, AFB then back to RAF Upper Heyford in the early 60s.  Got to see how tight a base got with security first hand during the Cuban Missile Crisis. ...
    sacbrat sacbrat 51-55, M 4 Responses Jan 2, 2010

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    My Story!

    My dad was in the Air Force for 21 years, and he recently retired in 2004. - I was born in Moreno Valley, California - When I was 2 weeks old, we flew over to Alabama - Biloxi, Mississippi - When I was about 1½ - 5 I lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado - Moved to Virginia...
    asianinvasion asianinvasion 16-17, F 5 Responses May 31, 2010

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    Former Air Force Brat

    My dad was in the Air Force for about 20-21 years or so.  Here's how the "moving timeline" went: I was born in Washington D.C. and lived in Alexandria, Virginia.  Then, we moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Then we moved back to Virginia, but this...
    RainDream7 RainDream7 18-21, F Aug 27, 2008

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    Can't Stay Still

    Moving around so much as a kid still affects me even though its been half my life since my ma was retired. I still haven't lived in any one state for more than three and a half years. Don't know why. I guess moving after a certain amount of time in place just got to be a habit...
    vavamama vavamama 26-30, F Jul 10, 2008

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    Related Experiences

    My boyfriend recently left for basic training and I've been writing him letters daily. I live in Ohio and he's in Texas and will be for tech school as well. I'm worried about where...
    Bethaaanylynn Bethaaanylynn 18-21, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    We are going to be getting married next week. He is going to be signing of the Air Force. I have had my parents tell me negatives, but I have heard a lot of positive from others. I...
    Toinette2118 Toinette2118 18-21, F Aug 21

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    My boyfriend and I have been together for just over four months, he's been gone for more than half the time we've been dating. He is in tech school in Ohio for the next four months...
    macky24 macky24 18-21, F Aug 12

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    My boyfriend is currently in Tech School (he's an airman), and I am considering joining the Airforce as well. I'm actually going to talk with a recruiter on Monday. However, when I...
    proudusafgirlfriend0704 proudusafgirlfriend0704 18-21, F Aug 2

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    Up watching my Airman sleep. Felt so good to sleep in his arms last night. Already hating that I have to leave him again on the 10th. Cherishing every moment. ♥So in Love with...
    USAFGf25 USAFGf25 26-30, F Aug 2

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    We haven't heard from my airman since Tuesday. We found out that day that he is in med hold for sickness. Does this mean he went back to training? Can anyone tell me a rough idea...
    bleake16 bleake16 16-17, F Aug 1

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    So we are just hanging out and I find a request for leave that he hid in my purse. (My SO works nights so I expected to spend days with him while I'm here). He requested off for...
    USAFGf25 USAFGf25 26-30, F Aug 4

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    So my heart is broken right now because I missed my airmans call.. He's still in med hold and waiting to be medically discharged.. Why isn't he home yet? This is so frustrating...
    bleake16 bleake16 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 7

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    How do you communicate with your airman over seas? With this whole scare thing about the Facebook messenger I'm very nervous to keep using it! What are some apps you lady's use? I...
    airfrocelove airfrocelove 18-21, F Aug 10

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    So, my boyfriend of a year and a half has been in Lackland for training for air safety, crew, training for about 2 weeks now since he graduated BMT. I went to the graduation...
    breanalyn breanalyn 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 11

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    Spent 10 wonderful days with my love. We went to a winery, hung out around base and went to an arcade to ride go karts. Exactly what I needed before school starts.♥So in...
    USAFGf25 USAFGf25 26-30, F Aug 13

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    I got my second letter :) and it was great to read how he was doing. By this time next year he wants to get married. But I'll be 20 years old. Of course I love him so much but I'm...
    Laniegh28 Laniegh28 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 3

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    My boyfriend got shipped off yesterday and it was the hardest thing ive ever had to do. I basically lived with him for a year and waking up alone feels so bad and going to bed is 1...
    dianap123 dianap123 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 5

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    So I need some opinions..... So my boyfriend and I are trying to obviously plan our future.. Well I will be starting college next year.. We are about 1,900 miles apart, and...
    Airforcegirl18 Airforcegirl18 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 5

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    I'll be married a year next month!! Tyndall AFB
    starry25 starry25 22-25, F Aug 7

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    So to get my mind off of the fact my man is deploying soon I went to the local county fair with my best friend and her family. It was a great day and we saw jake Owen in concert. I...
    Ldylvlylcks2002 Ldylvlylcks2002 26-30, F Aug 8

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    My bf has the worst mood swings. He goes from one extreme to the other. One day he super loving and the next day he is very cold. I have learned not to ask or push the issue. He...
    AirmanAcesGirl AirmanAcesGirl 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 11

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    Is all I have at night 
    bamala bamala 18-21, F Aug 11

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    I can't help but feel overwhelmed with sadness seeing everyone else posting about how they got there first letter and stuff. My amazing fiancé and I have been dating for 2 years...
    lilgompas lilgompas 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 12

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    I got my first letter today! Words cannot express my excitement and happiness. It's so good to know that he's doing well, and his letter was so very sweet! Only 42 more days left...
    lilgompas lilgompas 16-17, F Aug 13

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    So it's been two weeks since we have seen each other, not too happy about that but it is what it is. Tho over the last few days I've been extremely nauseous, I have two kids and...
    Ldylvlylcks2002 Ldylvlylcks2002 26-30, F Aug 13

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    So my boyfriend leaves for basic in less than a month and I'm really struggling with it right now. We were together for two years and had a rough break back in may for a few months...
    chelsea1993 chelsea1993 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 14

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    Hey there! I've been dating my boyfriend for 5 years now, we met in college where he did AFROTC and I was very involved at the detachment. He's in Pilot training now at Vance AFB...
    katb456 katb456 22-25, F Aug 15

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    Having a tough time with him leaving. Probably because I didn't get to see him. We talked about a few things an the possibility of one of our future plans happening now. His...
    Ldylvlylcks2002 Ldylvlylcks2002 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 19

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    My boyfriend of 2.5 years and I are getting ready to experience our first deployment. We met during my first semester of graduate school exactly 2 weeks before he left for BMT. We...
    aelle88 aelle88 26-30, F Aug 20

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    I've been having a rough time this week. He's leaving for training for his deployment and when he told me I almost started crying. Kept it together tho, kinda had to had my kids...
    Ldylvlylcks2002 Ldylvlylcks2002 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 21

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    Hi! So far I've gotten 2 letters from my fiancé while he's been in BMT, but I've gotten no calls :( he even mentioned in the letter how the worst thing about BMT is that he doesn...
    lilgompas lilgompas 16-17, F Aug 24

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    So I guess he left for training for a month today.:( I'm bummed cause our night got ruined on Friday. Someone got drunk and got In trouble and he had to go. Which meant we weren't...
    Ldylvlylcks2002 Ldylvlylcks2002 26-30, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I met my boyfriend 10 months ago..he is deployed in Quatar and will be there until right after Xmas. This is my first experience with deployment...it's tough..but I am so in love...
    Irishgirl456 Irishgirl456 41-45, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I am really new to all this. My boyfriend has been in basic training since Aug. 5th. It is so hard not talking to him or seeing him everyday. I received his first letter about...
    jasmeeni jasmeeni 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    Missing my man...💜 I think about the day he returns..and how I will never let him go!! I can't wait until Xmas gets closer..he should be home right after!! 😊💞
    Irishgirl456 Irishgirl456 41-45, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Missing my babe so much right now...I need some encouragement
    jasmeeni jasmeeni 18-21, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    So happy I got to talk to him last night...and skype too! It makes it so much easier when I get to see his face! Miss him so much..<3
    Irishgirl456 Irishgirl456 41-45, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    He just made my night..we talked via text for a little bit...definitely made me smile! :)
    Irishgirl456 Irishgirl456 41-45, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    4 months to go.....I can do this...:-)
    Irishgirl456 Irishgirl456 41-45, F 14 hrs ago

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    My amazing Airman and I met in the nurse's office in high school. I was a senior in high school and worked as a staff assistant. While I was taking vitals for sick patients who...
    oneluvoneheart oneluvoneheart 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 22

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    I remember when I was giving Matt (my boyfriend) directions (I'm a sailor so I use port and starboard a lot...) and he just got so mad saying "I'm in the Air Force not the God damn...
    bamala bamala 18-21, F Aug 11