Unveiling My Military Journey Through Grit, Heart and Adventure

So, why couldn’t I just put my story in the About blog post? Because if you continue reading, you’ll see just how long that post would be haha!

I’ll go back to the beginning of my adulthood, which at the time of me writing this would be in 2017.

July 3, 2017, I left for BMT for the Air Force. Not even 30 days after I graduated high school, I left all of my family and friends to join the military. To this day, my reason for joining has been to continue my Dad’s military legacy. And, I didn’t want to go to college lol. For a few months I was pretty dead-set on joining the Army, but after my Dad’s 20+ years in the Army, I joined the Air Force. Thanks again Dad 🙂

I was one of the many recruits that joined without contracting a specific job. Once I got to BMT, those of us who joined “open-contract” were given a list of the jobs we qualified for and were told to make a dream sheet of our top 10. I can remember sitting and reading the Aircraft Maintenance jobs and wanting to do nothing but that. For those of you that have been or are in the Air Force, LOL. About Halfway through BMT, our MTI’s informed us what job we got selected for, me? Vehicle Operations. I remember thinking “did I even put that on my list?”

August 2017, I graduated BMT and got ready to leave for Technical School at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. I didn’t know what the job entailed but from the job title I could only imagine I would be operating vehicles, I was indeed correct. Vehicle Operations has the shortest tech-school, clocking in at 30 days. In 30 days I learned how to operate forklifts, busses and tractor-trailers. Come to find out, at 5’3″ you need only 4 binders behind your back to reach the pedals lol, shoutout to my classmates that let me borrow their binders😂.

Again, halfway through training, I received my first assignment: Ramstein AB, Germany. No. Freaking. Way.

In December 2017, I arrived in Germany and began some of the best years of my life. Just about all of my adventures will have their own blog posts because there’s no way I can simply sum them up here.

The first picture I took in Germany, and only fitting that it was Doner!

Lucky for me, I got the same assignment as about half of my class, so it was really nice to be stationed overseas with some people I knew.

My life changed forever in February 2018, and my support system was nothing short of amazing. They say your first base is where you find/make your family and they are absolutely right. I made some lifelong friendships at that base and wish everyday I was back there with them.

Amazingly, I still have most of those friendships.

I traveled all over Europe; Germany (of course), France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Czechia, Switzerland and Austria. Read more about my trips here!

I argue with myself daily because compared to those that have been stationed in Europe, that’s not that many countries. But I also will be forever grateful for the fact that I have seen more countries than some may ever see. And that’s why I’m starting this blog. I want everyone to be able to experience the world, whether in person or through my pictures.

It bothers me how people say things like “well just save money and go travel” like it’s that easy, especially in todays economy. HA!

There are many reasons why someone may not be able to travel, and just incase you are someone that says those harsh things, here are SOME variables:

  1. Financial Constraints: Traveling can be expensive, and not everyone has the financial means to afford it. Costs include transportation, accommodation, meals, activities, and other expenses.
  2. Health Issues: Health concerns can prevent someone from traveling, especially if they have a medical condition that requires regular treatment or limits their ability to move around comfortably.
  3. Work or School Commitments: Work or school obligations can make it difficult for someone to take time off for travel. Some may have inflexible work schedules or important commitments that cannot be easily rescheduled.
  4. Family Responsibilities: Family obligations such as caring for children, elderly parents, or other family members can make it challenging to travel, especially for an extended period.
  5. Legal Restrictions: Some individuals may face legal restrictions or limitations on their ability to travel, such as being on probation, facing pending legal matters, or lacking the necessary documentation (e.g., passport, visa).
  6. Safety Concerns: Safety concerns related to the destination or mode of travel can deter someone from going, especially if there are political unrest, natural disasters, or health hazards in the region.
  7. Fear of Flying or Travel Anxiety: Some people have a fear of flying or suffer from travel anxiety, which can prevent them from embarking on trips that involve air travel or unfamiliar environments.
  8. Environmental Concerns: Individuals who are environmentally conscious may choose not to travel due to concerns about the carbon footprint associated with transportation or the impact of tourism on fragile ecosystems.
  9. Personal Preferences: Not everyone enjoys traveling or finds it fulfilling. Some people may prefer to stay in familiar surroundings or pursue other hobbies and interests instead.
  10. Logistical Challenges: Various logistical challenges such as language barriers, accessibility issues, or lack of infrastructure in certain areas can make travel difficult for some individuals.

So, yeah. Whether you’re talking about traveling to other countries or just to the other side of your state, don’t judge others.

Anywho, in 2019, I got my next assignment; Little Rock AFB, Arkansas.

As someone who is from the Northeast, if I didn’t have the “50 States and their Capitals” song, I wouldn’t even know Arkansas existed.

Again, lucky for me, one of my friends that I was stationed with in Germany was also stationed at Little Rock. As soon as I got there, I got COVID. BAD. I can remember sitting on my poor friends couch while they celebrated the new year and I battled a 104 degree fever, no lies detected! I got my first apartment, and later my first house. That will also be another blog post because of my countless home reno’s!

I went on my first deployment, met some more amazing friends, celebrated a promotion to the NCO tier, met my soon-to-be husband and MOST importantly; got my little Phoebe girl. (Sorry Nick😁❤️)

Arkansas was full of adventures and lessons learned. But there’s two people who I really have to thank for making my time in Arkansas as amazing as it was; Brittany and Mary.

Brittany introduced me to a world of people who showed up for me more than others. Mary allowed me to continue building my relationships with her circle and gifted me with more opportunities than I could imagine. They deserve their own blog, so come back here and read it after!

Of course, there are countless others that impacted my life which I’m sure will be mentioned in future posts, and they know who they are. Unfortunately but fortunately, after just over 3 years, I got my current assignment: Pease ANGB, NH.

Now, I have been here for just over a year. I have made even more amazing friendships, reunited with my family and get to work with one of the best Squadrons I’ve ever been assigned to.

Between all of these big life changes, my life has been a rollercoaster. Lot’s of good and lots of bad just like anyone else. I got really down in the dumps during those bad times, and realized I will do whatever it takes to prevent others from feeling that down. I have done lots of hobby’s trying to put a smile on peoples face and even started a podcast. Like any other hobby, they fizzled out and I tried other things.

Over the years I have started writing about 20 books, never writing more than about 2 chapters, because I just have so many ideas. So for now, I decided a blog will fulfill that drive.

That’s why unlike other blogs, mine won’t cover one thing. This blog will basically be my scatterbrained thoughts put into words for others to read, or not read lol.

Maybe, hopefully, you’ll find something that could benefit your life in some way. Or maybe you can relate to something I have done and it makes you feel less alone. OR you learn from my mistakes and live a better life.

If I can help just one person, then I’ll have been successful.

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.

Maya Angelou

xoxo, abby

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