Thank you so mutch to keep this familys together.I am so glad to grow up during the Cold War times here in Schwäbisch Gmünd and Bamberg. With the 56th FA Brgd and the 4/41st Fa Brgd and many American friends that i am still incontact with. I strted with the age of 6 (1976) to cpllect US Army Material and tradet a lot in for some Schnitzel würstchen and bread . So now i have a own Museum about this time . Its about the times we had sutch great relationship with the Americans here in my hometown. And for this i always wanted to give somthing back to my dear missed friends and brothers. For me it was clear after the fall of the Berlin wall that they will close the Barracks here in Schwäbisch Gmünd because the Pershing was no longer needed.And thats why i decided in 1989 to get everything together for a Museum in some of the Barrack building in Bismarck or Hardt Kaser. Bu i had to wayt till 2014 whree my dream came true. The Museum is all about the work of the Military ,the people who are working with the US Army and a timeline from the beginning of the Cold War. And one thing was clear as you left in 1991 my hometown it was like my family left me her. But now i know what for its to preserve youre history about for all you did for us. Thank you all for youre Service too keeping the peace and for giving peace a chance. I always will preserve youre history here in my hometown Schwäbisch Gmünd.https://www.facebook.com/groups/113690578792152
This powerful little museum deserves far more recognition! One of my favorite memories of hanging out there just to chat, was watching how pleased and surprised new visitors were just to be there. Here's a modest suggestion: when you come for a visit, leave your smart phones in the car. You'll be so pleasantly surprised with the reality of being there, you'll have no appetite for escaping into a virtual one elsewhere...
As a member of AOSHS, I had written about an adventure I had while living in Taiwan. After they reviewed it, I was to post on Facebook not AOSHS. So I resigned my membership and deleted my adventure. They shamed me for being a Brat. Some of my tales can be long. Please let me know, Andy.
Proud to see this as a DoD Dependent for many years myself, and a classmate of Dr. Circe Olson Woessner back in high school at Karlsruhe American High in Karlsruhe, Germany. Fabulous, just fabulous...
I lived in Butzbach Germany from 1973-1976 and attended Giessen Junior High. I was surprised to find this site and to see the 1973 yearbook I was in and signed for the yearbook owner. I'm curious who owns/owned the year book since this museum is in Tijeras, NM and I am in Rio Rancho, NM and we both obviously knew each other in Germany Small world.
How fabulous to stumble across this site. My heart is full reading the connection and similar history and memories we Military Brats share. Our Army family was stationed in Kaiserslautern 1952-55 and Munich 1961-64. We lived in Perlacher Forst, bldg 354 A6. I returned to revisit the area with my daughter around 2000. As I stood in front of the stairwell, the German resident of my former apartment came out to the balcony to chat with us. Then my daughter and I walked past the hospital where I has an appendectomy on my 13th birthday, then to the High School. Both the stallion and elephant mascots still stood in front of the building. This trip ended my recurring dream of returning to my favorite hometown.
I was born at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. From that day on I never stopped moving with my Air Force father. I lived in AL (2), GA (3), TX, IL (2), MO, CA, Okinawa, and Japan. Since all I ever knew was being an AF Brat, It wasn't unusual to move every year. We didn't have very many things because no one wanted to keep unpacking them and repacking them. That way things didn't get lost in each move. We never had pets because we never knew if we'd end up living someplace where we couldn't have them, and it would have been too hard to give them up. When you have to change schools every year it's not too hard when you're in a base school, but when you go to a civilian school it can be difficult. I quickly learned those kids didn't want to know about all the places that I'd been and all the things that I'd seen, even though they usually ask the question in the first place. I was a very shy, reticent child who did not like to talk to people I did not know. When I was ready to go into the 10th grade we moved to Japan. It was there that I stayed the longest in my life at that time I ended up graduating from Johnson Air Force Base high School near Tokyo Japan. It was the greatest time of my life as a kid; I loved it. I still maintain contact with quite a few of my high school friends on Facebook. I'm always surprised to find out that it was the greatest time of the lives of a lot of people. I think. It's funny now, but I was surprised that not everyone's dad wore the same clothes as each other to work every day. My dad wore fatigues everyday, my friend's dad's too, so I thought everyone did. Not everyone knew was a commissary, a BX, or a dispensary was. I was 12 when I moved amid only civilians in CA. That was when I grew up, a lot! I'd never change anything.
I am an Albuquerque residence For about 40 years now. I moved here from Germany when I was 18. My father picked Albuquerque to retire because my grandparents lived here, And my brother was going to UNM here. Talk about a culture shock coming from Rhein Main Germany to here. I used to call it a godforsaken dessert, but now I appreciate the beauty of this place, and it truly is a land of enchantment. I graduated at Frankfurt American high school. I worked on Kirtland afbase when I first got here, gave up my ID moved to Florida for 10 years, came back and worked on base again on contract to Sandia labs. I recently retired and after working all that time on base I will never be allowed on base again and it breaks my heart. Even though I never lived there on this base in Albuquerque it was like a second home to me. I have a lot of brat friends we are currently connected every day. We have mini reunion’s everywhere... we had one here in Albuquerque recently that was a big hit! I married my high school sweetheart from Germany later in life after his wife passed away, and we get together with our brat friends quite often. “We are connected!”
I was an Air Force brat for 20 years, graduated from high school at RAF Lakenheath American High School in the UK with the class of 1994. My dad retired at Vance AFB in Enid OKlahoma in 1998. I enjoyed the experience of moving overseas and learning about different cultures outside of our own here stateside. I enrolled in AF ROTC in high school, but never persued the excellence of an Air Force career, I guess because of all the moving around, I finally wanted to settle down in one place...but I enjoyed life as a military brat, although it was hard at times when dad had to go on TDY for what seemed like eons...and I became "man of the house"..
My dad's WWII showcase is now displayed there at it's new home. I can't wait to go visit it and the other items you have there. God bless your staff and the way you handled my dad's prized possession. .
My Dad was an Air Force JAG from 1960-1977 and I lived in Amarillo TX, Marquette MI, Clovis NM, Las Vegas NV, Wiesbaden Germany and Ramstein AB Germany. For the most part I loved being a Brat...just one really difficult move...from Germany to Las Vegas just before my senior year of high school. That was tough...but I made it through it. God blessed our family throughout those years. Completed my own AF career in 1996 and have now been retired 20 years! Wow, how time has flown by!
Army Brat from 1952 -1972. Dad was a decorated full bird aviator. He loved the Military Lifestyle...it was hard on our Mother. Lived in Alabama, Panama, Georgia, Noth Carolina, Washington State, Texas, Kansas, Korea, Virginia x3 moves, Pennsylvania....many moves within the location...more than 21. I liked it as I knew nothing else and thought to be a civilian was the worst thing to be! I have changed my mind but remain grateful for the experience.
What a blessing that my mom married my stepdad, an American soldier, when I was 9 years old! He was the best dad a girl could ever have, not the least being that it allowed my mom and I to become American citizens! Truly all the "moves", the adventures, the "private school quality" education I received on those bases in Ft. Knox and Augsburg American High School created a superb grounding for life and life-time friends in spite of having no "hometown"! Proud to be an Army brat!
Wednesday, 11/11/15, 11:40 AM I might have a half Japanese brother born about 1953-55, I would like to find a link for research to find his family. My father has passed and I don't have any other information.
Friday, 11/6/15, 9:15 PM I am a Marine Corp Brat and am very proud of that fact. My Dad enlisted in November 1940 and did not leave the service until 1970. I grow up all over the United States and Japan and would do it all over again
Monday, 3/16/15, 11:53 AM My Dad was career Air Force, and I loved growing up as a Military Brat.
Wednesday, 12/17/14, 4:51 PM Have very fond memories of attending Molesworth Junior High, a DOD school in England, in the early 60's, as an Air Force "brat."
My husband and I will be stopping to visit you in November on our way to Phoenix. I'm an army brat--have old photos I will send you electronically. So great that you provide a home for us "brats" and a network so that we can communicate. I have a couple of blogs about life as an army brat at chrisolsonharris.com/life-as- an-army-brat/ think all would enjoy. Thanks, Chris Olson Harris
Friday, 5/23/14, 6:12 AM Fantastic Site. Brings back a lot of memories. Keep up the great work.
Tuesday, 4/22/14, 10:12 AM Wonderful site! So much great info and so many good links. Educational and affirming of all military families do.