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I Grew Up As An Air Force Brat

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I've been with my airman for almost 2 years. I've always said I'll never date a military man, but you can't help who you fall in love with... He is currently in Columbus, MS for...
    trevino2b trevino2b 22-25, F Jul 30

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    I'm dating a guy in the United States Air Force and he has a five month old son. The mother of the son still lives with them. She doesn't work and she stayed home. They are...
    kaylenkay93 kaylenkay93 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 22

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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 a week ago

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    This has been something I've been contemplating for sometime now, and it's either gonna be Air Force OR Navy. I've read up on both and watched a lot of videos of people and their...
    cassh3rn cassh3rn 22-25, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    first I should say that I'm from germany. I was living in spain last year for one year (one of the most romantic cities!!!) and there I met the most wonderful man! we met in...
    resero resero 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 21

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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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    My airman has been at basic for 3 weeks now, and I received the first letter and I got so excited that I almost cried!. I Love this boy with all my heart and can't wait to see him...
    Laniegh28 Laniegh28 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 21

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    What exactly am I supposed to wear to the graduation of my airman!!! Help!!!
    Laniegh28 Laniegh28 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 23

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    I just want to say thank you to all because I had a really hard time last night without my airman being here. And today feels like a whole new beginning because of so many...
    bleake16 bleake16 16-17, F Jul 28

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    Hello everyone. My airman just contacted his mother and she just called me. Turns out he is in medical hold, whatever that means. They think he has appendicitis. Can someone please...
    bleake16 bleake16 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 29

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    Does anyone know if: an airman has appendix surgery during basic, will they send him home or keep him there to recover? My mom works in a OR and says that there is a 2 weeks...
    bleake16 bleake16 16-17, F Jul 29

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    My airman just landed in Turkey within the last 24 hours. Saying good bye was so hard but he messaged me and we are talking on facebook. I have faith that our love is strong enough...
    kellykelly95 kellykelly95 18-21, F Jul 30

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    My airman is deployed in the desert since one month now and he still has to stay there for 5 months. He's being distant a little bit the last days and today I just couldn't take it...
    resero resero 22-25, F Jul 30

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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 1 Response 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 6 days ago

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    Is it alright if you draw in the letters you send to bmt? Will that get them extra attention? The outside is plain but I'm fighting the urge to draw inside the letter.
    Logivali Logivali 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 20

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    Hello everyone, I'm kind of new to this if you can tell already. My boyfriend, who just turned 18, left for basic training on the 22nd. Now I understand they are supposed to call...
    bleake16 bleake16 16-17, F 5 Responses Jul 28

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    Me and my bf started dating 3 months before he left for basic in May 2013 and now in the present me and my bf have been dating little over a year(mind you we have seen each other...
    Bri7 Bri7 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 29

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    Well, my FIANCE (just got engaged!) just left for Basic Training yesterday. He leaves on his flight for San Antonio, Texas this evening. I'm super nervous about the simple fact of...
    lilgompas lilgompas 16-17, F Jul 29

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    This is all becoming so real. His date to go to MEPS was supposed to be this Thursday, but his recruiter changed it to tomorrow. I know he'll only be gone for two days, but when he...
    dearmatt dearmatt 18-21, F Jul 29

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    Waiting for my second letter is driving my crazy..
    Laniegh28 Laniegh28 18-21, F Jul 30

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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...
    soniaaveti soniaaveti 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 a week ago

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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 6 days ago

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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 6 days ago

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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 5 days ago

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