Originally Posted by AFButters
I am slotted to leave Ft. Lee in 2 years, and there is a possibility of getting a Base of Preference (Submit a list of 8 bases, with a high possibility of getting 1 of them.) and I wanted to post the 8 places I would like to consider and see if anyone has been stationed at these bases or lived in the areas.
This goes for Civilians too if you live in these areas, how are schools, the area and golf courses.
1. Peterson AFB, Colorado
2. Lackland AFB, Texas/Randolph AFB, Texas
3. Dyess AFB, Texas
4. Hurlburt Field, Florida
5. Nellis AFB, Nevada
6. Luke AFB, Arizona
7. Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
8. Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
9. Vandenburg AFB, California
10. Travis AFB, California
11. Charleston AFB, South Carolina
12. Altus AFB, Oklahoma
I was stationed at Peterson for 1 and a half years before I got out of the AF. It was my last duty station.
It was a fantastic place to be. Especially if you like the outdoors. They have awesome mountain biking, hiking, camping, snow shoeing, etc there.
It is a total military town which can be good and bad. Because of how many military are there almost everybody has a military discount and the locals were always very friendly and supportive of the military presence there. But on the flip side you have a lot of young dumb airman/soldiers that act retarded and do cause some issues from time to time.
Schools totally depend on the district you live in, some are good and some are bad. Most of the people I knew that bought houses tried to do it on the north edge of the town near the AF Academy. It is a little more expensive to buy up that way but the neighborhoods are way nicer and the schools were better. If you do get stationed at Pete make sure you at least live north of Platte Avenue. The further south of Platte you go the more ghetto it gets because you get closer to Ft. Carson. No offense to the Army but every Army base I have ever been to seems to have a super ghetto/shady element on the outskirts of the base.
There are a good selection of golf courses in town. Pete AFB has one but it was pretty crappy. You would go there because it is cheap more than for anything else. The AF Academy's course is very nice. There is also a nice public course in town called Patty Jewett. And if you want to play a super nice course there is always the Broadmoor Resort. It is a five star place and very pricey.
One thing I didn't expect before we moved to Colorado was just how dry it is there. You are in an alpine desert. Not sure why I never connected Colorado and desert before but I didn't. The lack of moisture there wreaked havoc on my sinus system which was weird because I had never had any issues before.
Anyway, hope I might have answered some questions for you.
P.S. My buddy is stationed at Charleston AFB and loves it. Different culture and environment than Colorado but great in its own ways.