Eek! Did summer blow by way too fast? Don’t worry; Quantico, Virginia , stays warm well into October, so there’s time to sneak in a few more summer events before it’s time to officially welcome fall. Even if you don’t get to try every activity, many of them roll into cool weather excursions, like “U-Pick” farms and hikes through historic sites. Start with these events focused on warmer days. You probably won’t be swimming in Lake Anna in November! Quantico Outdoor Activities Marine Corps Community Services . MCSS is close to home, so take advantage of inexpensive outdoor activities ranging fr... read more
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Lucky you! You’re on your way to one of the most requested assignments the military has! Joint Base Lewis-McChord has so much to offer, that the majority of military families have to squeeze in every must-see tourist outing before it’s time to PCS once more. No doubt you’ve heard about the rain. And more rain. But, consider this, the average rainfall for the area is close to the national average. The rain just spreads thinly via drizzle over a longer amount of days. Washouts aren’t common, so the local population just goes with the rain flow and carries on with their planned activities. Speak... read more
When you settle in at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) Randolph, Texas , you’ll quickly get a feel for why this installation goes by the name “The Showplace of the Air Force.” The base is brimming with old world charm and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. The distinctive “Taj Majal” administration building has been a notable landmark since 1931. Not far from Randolph, you’ll find a myriad of family-friendly housing communities. In popular locations like Schertz and Cibolo , life in the San Antonio suburbs is as sweet as the tea the friendly neighbors are sipping. If you’re on the hunt for a... read more
Between the service member being home, getting leave approved, and affording travel expenses, it can be challenging to make family vacays a reality. But because they typically don’t require leave, a ton of time, or a large amount of money, day and weekend trips become our attainable mini-escapes. And it’s not usually hard to find a great destination near your duty station by just looking at a map. If you’re stationed at NAS Patuxent River (“PAX River”), your backyard is full of outdoor adventure and places to explore with the whole family. 4 Weekend Getaway Trips Near NAS PAX River, Maryland ... read more
By Dawn M. Smith There’s no way anyone in the military can escape at least some sort of knowledge or interaction with Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The installation is enormous and houses tens of thousands of service members and civilians. Its military missions reach out far and wide, affecting not only domestic strategies, but global endeavors as well. That’s all very impressive, but what is it really like to live, work, and play in and around Fort Bragg? Fort Bragg It is well known and significant part of the Fort Bragg’s long history that Fort Bragg is home of the Airborne and Special Operat... read more