In your opinion or from what you heard, what are the best AF bases to be stationed? I am about to graduate Tech School from Port Hueneme as a Gen Mech, and my wife and I are going to modify our dream sheet. Any suggestions?
You're not giving us a lot of clues to work with. We know that you're married, but we have no way of knowing what other things are important to you. Are you an outdoors kind of guy? Maybe Alaska would be good for you, or the upper great plains (Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming). More of an urban kind of guy? There are some pretty decent bases near larger population centers. Like beaches? Florida and some of the Mississippi bases might be attractive. Do you have school-age kids?
Or, you might want to see some of the world before you have kids. There are still possible bases in Germany and Italy--but, these are pretty highly sought after.
Do you want some place like where you grew up, or something completely different? With a few hints, someone here might be able to give you a few more targeted choices.
As far as a family friendly place, Offutt AFB in Nebraska is a great area. Base is highly renovated with lots of new buildings. Local area is small town of 50,000 people, yet it is 15 minutes from sprawling Omaha (over 500,000 w/suburbs). Lots of local college and minor league sports, malls, and restaurants. A great zoo and children's museum. With the exception of North Omaha, very low crime rate and the housing is very affordable. I was there for 6 yrs and loved it (I am married with 3 girls).
Originally posted by tdfuerst: In your opinion or from what you heard, what are the best AF bases to be stationed? I am about to graduate Tech School from Port Hueneme as a Gen Mech, and my wife and I are going to modify our dream sheet. Any suggestions?
As mentioned previous...all depends on what's important to you: Urban/Small town/climate/outdoors/mission/overseas etc.
Quite frankly, I've had 7 (geographically diverse) assignments which were profoundly differnt from one another...with a few extended TDYs thrown in the mix...and I have fond memories of each one of them.
The real difference maker are the people you're assigned with...hands down without a doubt!!! They can make Minot magical -- or -- Patrick a purgatory!
There a popular AF notion that says: "the BEST base is the one you're going to or the one you just left." This will soon make sense to you.
Here's my two cents. Any base you get is what you make it. You may get a base on your dream sheet and not like it or you may get another base and love it so it's hard to tell you which bases to list.
Back in the late 1960's, I was stationed at Wakkanai AS, Japan. (closed in 1972) It's as far north in Japan you can go without getting your hat wet. It also averaged 24 feet of snow a year and I enjoyed the tour. Why? My wife was there and my oldest daughter was born in Japan.
After Wakkanai, I went to Dyess and enjoyed that tour. Again my family was with me and my son was born at Dyess.
What I'm trying to say is this. If you have your family with you, you'll enjoy anyplace.
My first tour was Murphy Dome Alaska (no longer exists)A lot of guys complained about nothing to do. The road to the Dome was the best ski run on the planet!!! The RR tracks were a half mile from the site, the best fishing on the planet was one hour south by train on the Indian River!!! Any place you go will be only as good (or bad) as you make it.
Except maybe Djibouty, daughter did a deployment there, the 141.7 degree afternoon while she was there about did her in.
The few I have heard for family is Scott, Offutt and Cannon. Scott is buried in the suburbs so it is relatively quiet. Offutt has the nations best schools around it and in my opinion Cannon was a nice place to raise a family (sucks for single airmen though.) It is quiet, low crime rate, farming community. These are my two cents.
Cannon has a low crime rate? If you're comparing it to LA or Chicago maybe. Clovis, for its size, was horrible. I was there from Aug 02-Aug 05 and I was always reading about crazy $hit in the news. B&E's, stolen cars, robberies, burglaries, etc... Murder rate may have been lower (wouldn't bet on it though) but there was always something going on. I knew of 3 AD guys that got jumped and mugged. 1 was at a busy carwash...and it happened at 1 in the afternoon.
Sheppard AFB. If you're part of the 80th FTW (any job connected with flying), you CAN NOT deploy. I know deployments are tough on family life, so if you don't want to deploy, and you are in a flying connected job, come to Sheppard.
Whiteman AFB is great for family you have warrensburg which is only around 16,000 and you have kansas city about an hour away. You have great family oriented things to do. Its not too bad for single airmen but could be better.....