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Old 08-20-2012, 05:25 PM   #1
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List Military Bases I wanna Go next.

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
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9. Vandenburg AFB, California
10. Travis AFB, California
11. Charleston AFB, South Carolina
12. Altus AFB, Oklahoma
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Haven't been to any of those bases but have you considered Davis Monthan AFB, in Tucson, AZ?


I am an Army guy stationed here and if you like Arizona, then this is the base for you....
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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
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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.

Ben

P.S. My buddy is stationed at Charleston AFB and loves it. Different culture and environment than Colorado but great in its own ways.
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I know its out there too, but from what I have heard There are more things in the Glendale/Phoenix area.
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I was stationed at Peterson for 1 and a half years before I got out of the AF. It was my last duty station. .....

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I've been stationed at Vandenberg, Hurlburt, and currently at Nellis. Here's my take...

Vandenberg- This was my first base, had an awesome time. Weather is awesome! There's a lot of land on base and it's on the coast. The base has two beaches on it and a couple of lakes. The base is 3 hrs from L.A., 7 hrs from San Diego and 4 hrs from San Francisco. Also San Luis Obispo/Pismo Beach is about 45 min north. Also there are a lot of lakes in the surrounding area for camping and outdoor activities. As far as work wise, it's a quiet base...space command, not a lot going on unless it's about space. When I left, 5 yrs ago, they were building new housing and privatizing it. The base golf course was awesome and we always had scrambles going on. Nice base over all.

Hurlburt- Not a bad place to be either, especially if you like water activities. It's a small base, but a lot going on. I'm not much a beach person, but the beaches were really nice, white sand. I'd take the truck out on Eglin range and tool around through the trails. It's great having the tacoma because some trails were tight and it cut right through the loose sand. Oh ya, Pensacola is about 30 min away and Panama City Beach is about 2 hrs. Golf course wise, the hurlburt one wasn't bad, but I liked Eglins more which is 15 mins away. Didn't play any local. Overall a good place to be, if you like salt water and can stand the humid summers.

Nellis- I love it out here. The triple digit summer sucks ass, but i'd take dry heat over humidity. There is a lot more to do out here than the strip, although it's nice to have close for when family and friends visit. Mt Charleston is close for skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer (20deg cooler than the valley in the summer). Also an ultimate of wheeling can be done...not to mention, headin off road to go shoot some shit out in the desert. if you want to buy, houses are cheap out here. Again it's a busy base out here, but i'm not sure how busy your job would be. I don't work on the flight line or on that side of base. Also Cali is a short drive away too, so that's a plus. Haven't played any golf out here yet, but I saw one up in Summerlin that I really want to hit up. Overall, this place is pretty awesome, so i think i might try to stay out here awhile.

I hope this helps. These are the only three bases i've been stationed and i've had a great time at all of them. I definitely can't complain about where i've been.
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I am a 2T2... So i would work at the Aerial Port or the LRS, I am an instructor now, so who knows what kind of opportunities that could lead to.
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I work at Sheppard and if you like quiet, small towns this is the place.
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Dearest Port Dog,

I've been everywhere you asked and rather than type 5000 words describing each, I can tell you that Charleston AFB has the best golfing around it, probably in the country. Plus, AMC is working hard there, so your job would be fulfilling. I'm a Midwesterner, so I like Altus/Little Rock/Lackland, Nellis is fun for gambling put cost of living is high. California can depart from CONUS via a fault line and I'd be happy. Kirtland stinks because Albuquerque stinks. Based off the 3 questions you asked, Charleston is your #1 choice. The base/golf/schools all top notch.
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Dearest Port Dog,

I've been everywhere you asked and rather than type 5000 words describing each, I can tell you that Charleston AFB has the best golfing around it, probably in the country. Plus, AMC is working hard there, so your job would be fulfilling. I'm a Midwesterner, so I like Altus/Little Rock/Lackland, Nellis is fun for gambling put cost of living is high. California can depart from CONUS via a fault line and I'd be happy. Kirtland stinks because Albuquerque stinks. Based off the 3 questions you asked, Charleston is your #1 choice. The base/golf/schools all top notch.
The one thing that would make me not want to go to CHS is that I would like to avoid the possibility of 12 hour shifts and working all hours of the night atleast until my kids are older. My son has special needs and if I had to work all night and sleep all day I would be able to help with him or see my kids much for that matter. Then again I dont want to sit around at work all day watching paint dry.
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I know you didn't ask, but any slots available at Ft Huachuca in AZ??? When I was there there were a lot of AF guys around. It was probably the best post I was assigned to during my Army career. Should have bought about 10 acres around Sonita or Patagonia.
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Duck Fyess!!!! lol i was stationed at Dyess and the base and area were terrible. nothing there, constantly windy (so golf is bad), constantly dry (so golf courses are bad), and if you do want to go somewhere you have to drive 2 1/2 hours to ft worth.
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If you have a chance @ work, check out this link. It gives manning levels which you can filter by base / AFSC. I've recently updated my "dream sheet" based on these numbers. You can also search by PAS code for more detail. There's no use putting a base on your list if the manning levels are filled and will be filled for the next 6 months. Hope it helps.
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I can say that Kirtland is in a somewhat bad part of Albuquerque and the schools aren't great around there.
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I still have some friends in the USAF and they loved Charleston ... but hated the humidity.

A long time ago ... I did a few months in Charleston (not USAF) and I loved Charleston and the Islands too. It gets hot & sticky in the summer though.

I was single back then and fell in love with a girl from Summerville ... ah those memories (on Isle of Palms) when I told her I was going off to war and may never see her again. ... she was very good to me before I left ...
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Been stationed at Nellis and now have been at Luke for 4.5 years and Luke is far better of the two. As cool as it sounds to be stationed in Vegas it gets old fast, here in PHX you have everything you can think of and then some. Yes the summers suck ass but the other 7-8 months are amazing and you cant drive for 15 minutes in any direction without passing a golf course they are everywhere.
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I'm Red Green Color Blind, and from the people I have talked to it would be really hard for me to get into any of those types of special duties, bc I cant go to jump school, SEAR, etc
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