PCS season means starting over, again
Military Families Magazine
by Alexa LeCureux
15h ago
Oh, what joys PCS season brings. Truly, who doesn’t love packing up and moving every 2-4 years?! Packing up your whole life and relocating only to do it again and again and again. It truly does put a big smile on my face. And don’t even get me started on the crippling stress of it all; the goodbyes, shipping pets, hotel stays, and unsettled feelings that encompass the grand ole’ PCS move. Joking aside, ask any military spouse about the PCS process and I can almost guarantee a similar sarcastic response.   I used to love moving and I found the whole process exhilarating but 11 years a ..read more
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Celebrating the youngest heroes of 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade
Military Families Magazine
by U.S. Military Publishing, LLC
2d ago
The head coach paused like a conductor catching an off-key clarinet. He fixed his eyes on a face flushed firetruck-red, streaming with tears. With a heavy mist across their faces, 11 eager preteens just watched their soccer coach instruct the next drill: the mechanics of the long ball. While scanning for distracted gazes, it was the all too familiar look of heartbreak that arrested the coach’s attention. He blows his whistle and yells, “Take 10!” And then, he says to the player, “Walk with me,” as the others jog to the sideline to grab their water bottles. “Why are you crying?” the coach asks ..read more
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Airman proves age just a number
Military Families Magazine
by Alex Strzalkowski
3d ago
In comparison to his 18-year-old peers at basic military training, Airman 1st Class Benjamin Smith was old enough to be their father. And he isn’t alone.  Roughly 12% of the force is made up of service members aged 36 to 40, according to the Department of Defense. Smith was 36 when he enlisted, nearly a decade older than the average enlisted member. But his background in mixed martial arts and family legacy of service revealed commonalities that defied the age differences.  Smith initially met with an Air Force recruiter in Wilmington, North Carolina, because he was “searching for an ..read more
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How to host a springtime brunch for your favorite gal pals
Military Families Magazine
by Amy Pottinger
4d ago
It is the perfect time of year to gather friends and celebrate the change of season with your favorite gal pals. And with spring comes brunch. Check out my simple recipes to build an eye-popping brunch board. The added bonus is all of these items can be found at your local commissary, minus the Whipzi powdered sugar that is created and manufactured by a military spouse. Visit her website for baking needs at https://whipzi.com. Before I share the recipes, here are some tips and tricks to add edible and artsy details to your brunch board: Fresh fruit and chocolate covered fruit: Strawberries, ra ..read more
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Disabled veteran creates app for golf enthusiasts
Military Families Magazine
by Tiffany Lawrence
5d ago
A woman-owned startup is giving golf enthusiasts an easy-to-use tool to connect like-minded golfers by matching them by similar personality traits rather than a score or golf course pairing.   Kat Ramirez, a disabled Air Force veteran and golfer for more than 20 years, created Golfing Buddy — an innovative app that is revolutionizing how golfers of every level, gender, and ability find their perfect golf match, in 2021.  Teeing off together was a pastime that Ramirez and her partner often enjoyed. But on one weather-perfect day that was packed with projects and deadlines, she ha ..read more
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Kadena-based maintenance group receives Phoenix Award 
Military Families Magazine
by Crystal Kupper
5d ago
An Air Force unit in Japan was recently honored by the Department of Defense for its “maintenance excellence.” The 18th Maintenance Group based out of Kadena Air Base, Japan, received the Phoenix Award in December for being the best field-level maintenance unit. The annual honor, which was established in 1985, is a first for the group. “Kadena is a legendary air base that works better with our joint service partners and allies than any organization I have ever seen,” said Lt. Col. Warren Smith, deputy commander of the 18th. “Bottom line, the airmen of the 18th Maintenance Group are the backbon ..read more
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How a money nerd budgets for Disney World 
Military Families Magazine
by Brandon Lovingier
5d ago
My wife and I really wanted to take our son to Disney World, but we were dreading the costs. With some patience and planning, we were able to stay on budget and have a great time. It’s an experience we never had as kids, so it felt really good to be able to provide our son with the Disney experience – without going into debt.  Big decisions first We began planning out the big items first: tickets (from the MWR), travel, and where to stay. After looking at flights, airport parking, hotels along the route, and gas prices, it was going to be significantly cheaper to drive. We’d need an extra ..read more
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Feeling Bluey: For military families, recent episode is a move in the wrong direction
Military Families Magazine
by Kathyrn Butler
1w ago
Orders dropped in February, and while a PCS is old hat for my husband and me, we knew for our oldest, our fifth move would feel like his first. When we left Italy, our son was 3, and now at nearly 7, Virginia Beach is his home. And just to ensure maximum mom guilt, Jack’s first reaction to the news was a sad, “But I’m supposed to go to first grade at St. John’s,” before bursting into tears. We talked about the name of his future new school and showed him pictures of the beautiful Hawaiian beaches. We reassured him that we were all going together as a family of five and that we would be very ha ..read more
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Transitioning military find pro-veteran atmosphere in Maine
Military Families Magazine
by Jessica Manfre
1w ago
Roughly 11% of veterans call Maine home, benefitting from low unemployment rates, property tax exemptions and tax exclusions for military retirement pay. One organization, Boots2Roots is working to bring awareness to the pro-veteran atmosphere offered by The Pine Tree State. Disa Chadwick, a veteran spouse who currently works as a military transition specialist for Boots2Roots, grew up in Dayton, Maine. The town was so small that each grade up until middle school only had one teacher or classroom. Her knowledge of the military was, she says, nonexistent. “I met my husband in middle school, and ..read more
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NCMAF leaders seek update to Chaplains Monuments at Arlington
Military Families Magazine
by Crystal Kupper
1w ago
A group of military chaplains and chaplaincy supporters are calling on government and Arlington National Cemetery officials to update the hallowed graveyard’s chaplains’ monuments.   “This is a no-brainer,” said retired Navy Capt. Jack Lea, executive director of the National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces, an umbrella organization for 95 faith groups and the professional clergy representatives who endorse military and VA chaplains. “When did our nation decide it was no longer going to honor chaplains’ service?”  At the heart of the issue are a group of stone mon ..read more
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