Thursday, January 24, 2013

Where Will We Go?

On the 9th of this month the listing of bases, that Brandon is eligible, for came out.  The ones open for a Tech Sargent, during the time that we are due to leave here are;

Three Positions open in Minot AFB near Minot, ND
One position open in Barksdale AFB near Shreveport, LA
One position open in Homestead AFB, near Homestead, FL

That's it. That's all that's open.  These three places are bases that never crossed my mind when I spent hours upon hours dreaming of where we would make our next home.  Three out of five positions open are at  Mintot.  The odds are that's where we'll be going.  It is the only base that we have any real opinions about.  Our initial reaction was... Minot is the last place on earth we want to go!!! Both Brandon and I are from Western Montana.  North Dakota is close enough that we've heard of how flat, cold, windy it is.  We have had our fair share of long cold winters here in North Pole/Eielson AFB, AK for the last 7.5 going on 8 years.  We keep hearing how the oil boom in North Dakota is bringing in all walks of life, which is causing the drug and crime rate to go up, not to mention the cost of living is outrageous. 

After talking to friends of friends and doing some of our own research, we aren't scared of the prospect of North Dakota anymore.  It would only be a 12 hour drive back home.  There is hunting, fishing, camping.  We made ourselves stop researching the area for the time being, though.  We won't know for another 2-4 weeks where we'll actually be sent, and it's not doing us any good getting our hopes up too high, betting that we'll be going to North Dakota.  That unknown date can't come soon enough. 


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