Category: Military Family

PCS Season 2017

Some of us have lived this and others are new at it - PCSing. Permanent Change of Station. This is probably the highest-rated stressors among spouses, both new to the game as well as the experienced. There are tons of tips out there to survive your first, or 5th, military move. Our first PCS wasn't ...


Tips on Writing a Modern Love Letter to Your Recruit on Valentine’s Day

“The sight of that shining moon up there—the moon that shines on you, too—fills me with romance—; and even though it’s just a dream now, it’s a promise of a glorious future with one I love more than life. The darned old moon keeps shining for us, darling—and even as it now increases that inescapable ...

Tips for Surviving the Love Holiday Solo

It’s Valentine’s Day...and your significant other is with his other love, the military. Sometimes she can be pretty stingy with their time, but it’s up to us to make the most of every moment. What do you do? Well, you could eat chocolate, drink wine, and watch sappy movies guaranteed to turn you into a ...

Proposing at Your Basic Training Graduation: Mistake or the Perfect Time?

It's flashy, it's exciting, it's the combination of two of the most momentous days of your life. But is it also a decision you will regret? Ryan and Jenny Ryan and Jenny first met in biology class in their suburban Georgia high school. Their personal chemistry was evident nearly immediately. Jenny started coming to Ryan's ...

Facts About Unmanned Aerial Systems

What is an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), and how do you use it? Commonly referred to as “drones,” the UAS is the aggregate of all the systems required to safely operate the remotely piloted aircraft.  The UAS includes but is not limited to the following components: Ground Control Station, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Launching System, and ...

Taking the Time to Honor Sgt. David Smith of Frederick Maryland

We would like to take the time to remember and honor Marine Sgt. David Smith for his service and sacrifice. On January 23, 2010, Sgt. Smith was mortally wounded from a suicide bomber attack in Helmand province, Afghanistan, passing away three days later on the 26th. Sgt. Smith was a Vehicle Commander and Squad leader ...

sending mail to basic training

5 things to write about when sending letters to basic training

Here are some tips for what to write when you send a letter to your service member.

My Dad’s Letters

The letters I received at basic training had a powerful impact on the person I became.

holidays schedule impact on letters mailed to basic training boot camp recruit training

Sending Letters to Boot Camp & Basic Training over the Holidays

Be aware of how holiday work and training schedules impact mail to service members.