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This is a discussion on Any nurses live near an Air Force base? Looking for a place to relocate! in Military Living, part of Family Central ... My husband is in the Air Force and we are probably going to be getting orders within the next year....by ssalulu Sep 25, '11My husband is in the Air Force and we are probably going to be getting orders within the next year. He is going to apply for base of preference which means we have to come up with a base that we want to go to in order to fill out the app. If you live within about a 30 mile radius of an Air Force base, I'd love to hear from you!
I'd love to know about the city you live or work in and what it's like. I want to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly. For example, where we live at right now is ok, but I wouldn't prefer to live where we are at. The base sucks, which doesn't really matter because I hardly ever go there anyway. The shopping is ok, but the really good shopping is in the big city area which is at least a 45 minute drive away. The school my daughter is going to is good though. The cost of living is pretty high.
What are the pros and cons about the city as far as housing choices, cost of living, schools, shopping choices, etc? How is the employment prospects where you live? (Especially for new grads) What do you like about the area, what don't you like? So, sell me on your city!
I've tried doing some research myself on some of these things, like going to citydata and stuff, but I can only get so much of a picture from doing that, and I really want to hear from some actual people that live there. Especially, people that are working as nurses Thanks everyone!
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- Sep 25, '11 by xtxrnCould you narrow down an area that you're interested in?
- Sep 25, '11 by Mrs. SnowStormRNHow about Andrews AFB in MD? They have a charter school on base now, when I lived there the kids went to public school and I didnt like the school. We do not live there now, but the school was the biggest problem. I hear great things about the charter school. There is a hospital on that base called Malcolm Grow, check to see if they're hiring. Its also not very far from DC, which has tons of hospitals. GOOD LUCK TO YOU!!!!
- Sep 25, '11 by whatdayoftheweekisitHi there. My husband is also active duty AF. We just PCSd to Wright Patt inOhio. Liking it so far but we are midwesterners anyway and it feels good to be closer to family. We came from Charleston, SC though. If you love warm weather it is a great option. Lots of hospitals to choose from! We lived in a suburb called Summerville and our kids went to Dorchester District II schools. Excellent rated...I worked for a health system nearby for five years and miss my coworkers so much! Charleston itself is a gorgeous southern city and friends and family LOVED visiting us there. Not to mention nice beaches! Before that though we were at Ramstein in Germany....cannot even convey how much we loved it...schools are good. We lived off base in the most charming German village and I worked at Landstuhl army hospital as a civilian caring for wounded troops from Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Its a busy hospital with full ER L&D, psych and everything else you would expect. It was truly an experience of a lifetime for us and our daughter.....we traveled all over Europe. Good luck with the base of preference thing!
- Sep 25, '11 by NurseTrishaHMy husband was stationed at Minot AFB for 8 years. We met in Minot, actually. There is one hospital in town, with several clinics now. They've got it all there, but since it's pretty much owned by one hospital the pay isn't very good. Lots of new grads and lack of competition for bodies. But.... the people are friendly and helpful. Incredibly low crime rate. Winters are cold but you get used to it. Housing might be harder to afford due to the flood ruining so many homes this spring.
Right now we are near Seymour Johnson AFB. Only been here a few months though. There is only one hospital, again, but many clinics. Housing options are great, very affordable and beautiful.
- Sep 25, '11 by hvsmileWe are stationed currently @ Los Angeles AFB..... The base is in El Segundo & we live in the South Bay area.... 10 minute walk from the beach! This is my husband dream assignment for location, not so much for the job. I was not all that excited to move to LA - the traffic, so many people, etc but I have really enjoyed it - Disneyland, the beach, Dodger & Laker games, so many other activities (theater, concerts) there is something always to do. The base is small & doesn't feel very "military" but that's ok. Housing is located on Ft Mac in San Pedro; don't know much about schools as we don't have kids yet. I work in Long Beach @ Miller Children's Hospital but there are lots of hospitals.... you gotta have experience though.
We were also stationed @ Lackland AFB..... Huge base, very military feeling. That was my 1st choice assignment but actually really like LA better! San Antonio felt like a "little town" even though it's a good size city but it keeps that small town feel somewhat. It's HOT there in the summers, my allergies were TERRIBLE but we made wonderful friends there.... I think that's what we miss friends not so much the place. We did buy a house there.... very reasonable & renting it out without much difficulty. I worked @ Methodist Children's Hospital. LOVED working there!
My husband just got orders... we are headed to RAF Menwith Hill! YES ENGLAND! His report date is Dec 15th... I am pregnant w/our 1st due mid October so I am excited but a little stressed. Guess I am not going back to work anytime soon!
- Sep 25, '11 by ssaluluQuote from xtxrnCould you narrow down an area that you're interested in?
I guess that might help
I would like to stay in the continental U.S. I was originally looking at the Southeast because that's where my family is. But, I'm open to other places for sure. We're in Northern Cali. right now and I'm not really liking it that much
- Sep 25, '11 by FLmomof5I was a dependent child when my dad was stationed at Wright-Patt. I swear if I ever have to step foot inside that museum again.....!!!!!! Anyway, not much to do in Ohio.
I live in Mt. Pleasant near Charleston. You have Charleston AFB here. Nice area and good climate and plenty of hospitals are hiring. Lots of things to do in your free time.
Eglin AFB (1hr east of Pensacola) was cool and the cost of living was low. Humana Hospital was the only act in town. My mom worked there...said they didn't pay well. Who knows what has changed in the past 25 yrs.....But the beaches were phenomenal! Low cost of living too and NO income tax.
There are 3 AFBs in Colorado Springs and some good hospitals too. Moderate COL and fairly decent schools. Great VIEWS! The winter is like a sinus wave (unlike OH where is stays miserably cold until late April), so you get breaks....like -30 degrees with the windchill factor one day.....65 and sunny a week later!
CA has lots of good bases....if you want to eat Ramen Noodles for your meal. HORRIBLE COL!! I remember being a brand new 2LT (USAF). My pay was $580/pp INCL VHA(!) and rent on a 1BR apt was $575. I shared this in one of our early briefings. New Airman was in tears. No base housing in the bay area....that was a full month's pay for him and his wife was PG. Honestly, I would avoid CA.
Now for the bad news. They don't call it a dream sheet for nothing. Dream on, but you are subject to the needs of the USAF and probably won't get what you ask for. (Just being honest....)
- Sep 25, '11 by ssaluluQuote from FLmomof5I know, as I say in one of my posts, I'm already there. I know all about it.Honestly, I would avoid CA.
Quote from FLmomof5Yeah, I'm fully aware that a dream sheet is just that, a dream. But, I have to start somewhere to figure out what we want to put on there, and like I said, we are also applying for base of preference which involves picking only one base, so I'm trying to figure out what we want to apply for. After all, it doesn't hurt to ask for what you want. You most likely won't get it unless you ask, right?Now for the bad news. They don't call it a dream sheet for nothing. Dream on, but you are subject to the needs of the USAF and probably won't get what you ask for. (Just being honest....)
Thanks for the input!
- Sep 25, '11 by TheCommuterI attended school in Oklahoma last year and the area around Tinker AFB seemed really nice with plenty of shopping, hospitals, and things to do. Tinker is located in the Oklahoma City metro area, so you have all of the conveniences of a big city with the option of living in a small suburb. In addition, Oklahoma is a short drive to the southeastern states. It is a hop, skip, and jump away from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and other states in the South.
Lastly, the area is very affordable with a low cost of living. Nice houses can be bought for about $100k, and apartments can be rented for as low as $400 per month.