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Social Media a Game Changer for Modern Brats

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By Lauren B. Stevens Somewhere among my boxes of childhood mementos is an old, paper pencil box. Affixed to the inside of the pencil box is my classroom schedule from fourth grade, and neatly stacked…

A Story About My Dad: A WWII Glider Pilot

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In 1960 my father was an Air Force master sergeant stationed at Tachikawa Air Base, Japan. His job was editor of the base newspaper and sometimes he would take me with him when he went out for a story…

David Delaunay

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Hanau, Germany 1974. We transferred there from Ft. Hood, Texas.  What a change!  We lived in Worms and Pirmasens, Germany on our first tour in 1967, but as a teenager it was another story. First we lived…

People Are the Only Home the Army Issues

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My name is Ashlee Cowles, and I am an Army brat and author. My father was in the military for the first 18 years of my life, and this experience has shaped who I am more than any other. I spent most of…

Canadian Military Brat

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by Brandi U. Being a base brat had many hard times, but many benefits as well. I moved 9 times in my childhood and went to 9 different schools. My education was all over the board which only really showed…

Growing Up In Japan

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My memories of Japan start on May 1, 1958 when our passenger ship, a converted World War II attack transport ship , the USS Frederick Funston (APA-89), pulled into the port of Yokohama and seeing all…

In the Eye of the Storm

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I am a brat—and I say that with great pride. My sisters and I went traipsing all over the world with my father and mother; he, a United States Army colonel; she, the general in charge of our family. Because…

Sarah C.

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Out of 3 daughters my father had, I was the only daughter who started out in civilian life and aged out before my dad retired from the Air force after 22 years of service. Dad went to boot camp the Monday…

You Can’t Go Home Again

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“You can’t go home again.” That quote is largely figurative to those in the civilian world, but for military brats it can be quite literal. Many civilian kids leave their hometowns to make their…

Some Memories Never Fade

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The picture below is a moment in time capturing what has got to be one of the more crushing moments from my youth. It's the day my family left Greece on our way to my father’s new assignment in Ramstein,…

Your Mother Talks Funny

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“Your mother talks funny.” I can’t tell you how many times I heard that growing up. And it wasn’t because she had some kind of rare speech impediment, it was because like thousands of others,…

"Home"

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Home. What is it about this place that so many people seem to find so fascinating and dear to their hearts. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros wrote a brilliant song by this title. In Kevin Smith's…

Scot Steenson

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I really don't know where to start, but I'll try to keep it short. All I can say is that my life has been one hell of a journey. One fucking adventure after another. Initially groomed as an Air Force brat,…

Army Brat Wanderlust

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My dad served 21 years in the Army beginning at the age of 17. I was born in Germany in 1955. We later lived in Tacoma, WA where my brother was born in 1958 while dad was stationed at Ft. Lewis. In 1961,…

RJ Schlachter

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I also dont know where to start. I was born in Fort Meade, Maryland to a Navy dad. Funny, because Fort Meade is an Army base and my Dad was Navy. My Dad actually gave us choices on where to go if I remember,…

Michelle Clark

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In my 48 years on the planet, I have only spent the past 8 away from Army life. I was born in October of 1967 and my father was activated for the Vietnam war in 1968. I used to joke that I have lived everywhere…

Edward Dixon

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The yearning to find my home, yet a longing to finally settle down. Two separate feelings in conflict with each other. A deep-down aching for a home that no longer exists. Childhood friends that have been…

Danny McKinney

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My name is Danny McKinney and I have Down Syndrome, which is uniquely more than being mentally retarded. I was born in San Angelo, Texas and moved to Ramstein AFB, Germany where my family and I were stationed…

William Clarke

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USAF Brat! Yes I Am! I was born into the United States Air Force in November of 1961. The base was Hamilton AFB. The location was across the bay of San Fransico. My memories that I were to recall…

Loretta Brown

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Wouldn't know where to start so... will make a long story short "if" possible: Our 24 year active duty U.S. Army Dad from Anderson, Indiana was a WWII, Korean & Vietnam hero to my family. He met…

Patrick Odell Kornegay

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I was born in Weisbaden, Germany on July 7, 1949. We left Germany when I was three months old. We were flown back, because I had a bronchial infection. My parents were told that I would not live if we…

Bryan Wardwell

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I lived in Ankara, Turkey from 1984-1986, and I would not change it for the world. The experiences we gain from being overseas and the things we got to see that 90% of the population will never know…

Jennifer Trippeer

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It was a very hot, early July weekday. We were at Ft. Knox, trying to be cool with our single window air conditioner. My Dad came home a little early that afternoon, dressed in his fatigues. We were…

Cathy Dale Glowacz

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My first memory began in 1960 living on base in Japan looking out at Mt. Fuji every morning when eating breakfast, I was either in kindergarten or 1st grade. We took Japanese culture classes to learn to…

John Thames

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Man, Where do I begin? I think I am the typical military brat. My father was in Vietnam when I was born and my mother had moved to Mississippi to be close to my father's parents while pregnant…

Carolyn Scarbro

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As a military brat I feel very lucky to have gotten to live the military life. I got to live all over the world from Travis AFB to Incirlik, Turkey. The majority of people I've met are still my friends…

Patrick Mayock

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Went to 4 HS. in 4 yrs. Traveled around the country pouring specialty concrete. So many things to tell. Separation anxiety is not in my bag. That surprise's people. Had a long bout with drugs. A few stories…

Patricia Self

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We were really lucky as a family, because we went to Japan in 1953 and Germany in 1960. My dad was sent to Korea in 1952 and we moved to Riverside, CA to be close to March AFB. When hostilities ended,…

Cindy Sherling

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The hardest question anyone can pose to me is, “where are you from?” or “where is your hometown?” Like many military brats, I don't have one. Born in Duluth, Minnesota, my brother, mom, and I followed…

Bruce Ruccius

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My older brother and sister and I were missionary kids in Liberia, W. Africa. Perhaps you heard of the civil war followed by 2 civil uprisings and culminating in the Ebola pandemic. Military brats are…

I was a Military Brat

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Military life! Military brats! That was our life. I don’t think people are aware of the impact that being raised in the military has on children. We moved more times than I can count. I am a very personable…

The Anatomy Lesson that Never Was

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by David Murphy I was hunting in a forest north of Frankfurt, Germany, with my father and others one weekend in 1950. During this hunt my father shot a boar. I decided that since this was not my first…

Barbara Montes

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To be honest, being an Air Force brat was a lonely, confusing existence for me. My father was gone for long stretches of time and when he was home I felt like there was a stranger in our house. This was…

Jennifer Trippeer

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This reflection is spurred by a memory of another military brat. Moving, again, was always an adventure and the excitement accompanying each move was down right palpable. My Dad had returned from Vietnam,…

Jessica Amos

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I was born in England, and moved to an Air Force base just outside of Washington D.C. when I was three years old, with my American father and English mother. A few years later, we moved back to England,…

Jocelyn Barrow

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I'm 27 years old and I have yet to find home. I have moved 15 times in my life, some days I loved it and some days I wished I could be normal. I used to be so jealous of the people who grew up in one place,…

Bi and Determined

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by Katrina Watland I am Norwegian. I am American. I am both, but not fully either. This is probably a familiar feeling for anyone who is bicultural, biracial, bilingual, bi-anything. It isn’t that…

Michael Rueter

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This is to honor My Son's sacrifices to our country. As a US Merchant Marine returning home from a Marine Corps pre positioning ship. I asked my son's teacher if she might mention April as Military…

Carole Piercy

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I grew up in an Air Force family during the 50's, 60's and early 70's. Prior to my 5th birthday, I'd lived in 5 states. Fortunately for me, I only moved a few times after that. We never lived on base.…

Joan Kovace-Raisner

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I was five years old. My dad, at age 35 with two daughters, was in the last group to be called up for the draft in WWII. My parents were shocked. They thought WWII was almost over. He was assigned to Lakehurst…

Debbie Gruenagel

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I was the oldest of 4 children, with the 5th child on the way, when my Dad was deployed to Vietnam. We had been living in Falls Church, Virginia as he was stationed at the Pentagon, but after he received his…

Sonja Neil

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I am the child of two Air Force parents. We lived in Hokkaido Japan, San Vito Del Normandi, and Hellenikon Air Force Base. My father retired in 1983 and my mother retired in 1994 from the 3532nd Recruiting…

My name was Jennifer...for four days.

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Back in the early 70's we were stationed in Greece and I was going through some scrapbooks when I came upon my birth announcement from the first week of March in 1965. It was printed on the fourth or fifth…