Category Archives: Air Force Brats

Retro ID Cards

And so in early December it came to us; how fun would it be to create ‘retro’ military dependent ID card? When we, Military Brats, left home or when our parents left the service we had to surrender our ID … Continue reading

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“Yorking” ’em…

I have always held an interest in military history.  One of the stories I heard as a kid was that of Sgt. Alvin C. York from WW I.  In one engagement, on October 8, 1918 Sgt. York and his platoon … Continue reading

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The Origin of the BratPin

On a winter afternoon in December 2009 a 63-year old man sat reading in his favorite chair.  A warm fire was burning in the freestanding fireplace in his living room.  He was reading Mary Edwards Wertsch’s book, “Military Brats: Legacies … Continue reading

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On Hunting Prairie Dogs

Last week I attended a Military Brats Gathering, hosted by Overseas Brats.  A ‘gathering’ as opposed to a reunion in that reunions tend to focus on specific high schools.  At the ‘gathering’ we had ‘kids’ from schools across the world. … Continue reading

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The Honor of Talking to My Class – 50 Years Later

The Graduating Class of 1964, Gen. H.H. Arnold High School, Wiesbaden, West Germany, held a 50th Reunion in Austin, TX last month.  I was reluctant to attend because I really didn’t know anyone, except Doc.  But Doc continued to encourage … Continue reading

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Shredding the Lies of a 16-Year Old

And so I actually attended a high school reunion last week – my 50th.  I was ‘a little’ apprehensive as I drove to San Antonio, but not as much as I had been before.  I guess it was time.  And … Continue reading

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Proud Graduate of Gen. H.H. Arnold HS, 1964

It is the custom here in Northwest Ohio for folks to place signs in their yards to commemorate the graduations of their kids from high school.  So every year come June these annual signs will be popping up. I graduated … Continue reading

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Gas Training

When I was in Aerospace Munitions School in the Fall of 1968 we had to go through ‘tear gas training.’  This is where they put us in a room then tossed in canisters of tear gas.  Not the ‘mild’ stuff, … Continue reading

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Bill Bowman

I once read that when the last person speaks your name then you are truly lost to the ages. Often, in my morning prayers, I will mention my gratitude for my ancestors and certain people who have ‘walked through my … Continue reading

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My Playground

From the summer of 1957 through the summer of 1960, this was my playground: This is Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico, situated on the northwest end of the island of Puerto Rico.  It was a ‘magical’ place to spend a childhood, … Continue reading

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