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.
Tuesday, 2/4/14, 7:50 AM Have been a 'Brat' for these long 78 years. Remember to good old days as a Frankfurt American HS. alumni (1955) All the best to the M.O.T.A.F. Go Eagles!
Friday, 11/22/13, 7:00 PM I really enjoyed the pictures...sure reminded me of Munich American High in '63 and '64...actually lived in Oberammergau and dormed in Munich. Hope you see many more Munich submissions soon.
Friday, 10/18/13, 4:26 AM Last evening Dr. Circe Olson Woessner and Dr. Allen Dale Olson, came before the Sandoval County Commission on which I serve. Thank you for sharing your story with us. I want to wish you every success in your efforts to secure a permanent physical location for your museum. I also want to share my background as a brat. My Father was a career Army Artillery Officer. We followed him to Europe and supported him as a family, stationed in Crailsheim, Germany in the early sixties and in Vicenza, Italy in the early seventies. Not only did we experience the amenities of military housing abroad, but living in northern Italy, attending high school there, provided life experiences I wouldn't trade for anything. Brats represent a unique demographic as does the military family. God Bless all who have served and continue to do so as well, those families who support them! Don Chapman Sandoval County Commission New Mexico
Tuesday, 6/25/13, 3:12 PM Lived in Darmstadt, Schwabisch Hall and Karlsruhe Germany. Went to Stuttgart and Karlsruhe American High Schools! Proud to be a Brat!
Saturday, 4/6/13, 7:25 AM Thanks for such a wonderful website! My grandfather served in World War II; my uncle served in Vietnam and many of our family members are Federal employees. I am proud and honored to be part of the Veterans Health Administration team, serving those who served us so well! Good job!
My fondest memories are those where I was a "brat." Loved the military life so much I joined the Army right out of high school, and spent 7 years as a military musician. My entire life has been centered around the military and even though my husband is retired now, we still live in a military community. Love the military life!”