Thursday, November 16, 2006

It's different here

Malmstrom that is.
I happened to chat with David today and it dawned on me that life in & around Malmstrom Air Force base is different than many other bases. Many people stationed here are here for life or darn close to it. It is not unusual for someone in Security Forces, Missile maintenance or even Missileers to be here for 12, 15 or 20 yrs.
Take my friend TSgt. SP (because he is old skool security, LOL) he joined the Air Force in 1987. He came to Malmstrom from tech school and only left in 1999 for a 3 year tour to Turkey. (I was wrong on how long he was gone, Dave- sorry) Coming right back here is not unusual for security guys. I know many who went to Turkey or Korea just to be sent back here after their tour.
Military life at a non-nuclear base is different. I'd like to see it again.
I think I would miss loosing friends more often but it would be an experience none the less.

The hubby works in MMT (Missile maintenance) and works on the actual missile. I joke that he plays with the big white things a lot. When we married he worked an office job, then moved to a maintenance shop job and now is working "out in the field" 2 or 3 days a week and the other days in the office.
It really makes for a crappy home life. You can't really plan more than 24 hours in advance and the office calls day and night with very trivial stuff that should be handled another way.
But that is AF life.
I agreed to it when I married him.
His cross train was denied and he has submitted another application for 2 different other career fields. One would give us opportunities for overseas after all while the other would likely land us in Texas! LOL
Every time I start to count on or plan for something it changes. It makes me feel like I am just treading water instead of really swimming through life.

It's just different here. I want it to change.


boxcar's caboose said...

You can come live in Hugo, it's way different here, they know when you sneeze!

GeeGuy said...

So, they're stationed here for a long time. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I can't tell from your post.