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Posted: 10/8/2007 10:56:23 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/8/2007 11:07:28 AM EST by IronKnight]
I am once again consulting the hivemind for recommendations for AF bases to request to be stationed at.

Again, feel free to give the good, the bad, and the ugly. So far, I have been told to avoid Korea.

What say you?

*Grammar Nazi's, please forgive my use of a preposition at the end of a sentence.

ETA: AFSC is Security forces, forgot that important detail
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 10:58:37 AM EST
Thank you for your service.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 10:59:21 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/8/2007 10:59:28 AM EST by Paveway_]
The one you are ordered to...
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:00:49 AM EST
My only advice is to avoid AETC like the plague. Other than that, one base is about as good as another--and an order of magnitude better than the Army.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:01:23 AM EST

Originally Posted By Paveway_:
The one you are ordered to...


I was told I would at least be given the possibility of a choice


Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:01:49 AM EST
In before the "this sucks" cartoon...
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:04:12 AM EST
What's your job? Kind of useless for us to recommend a base if your AFSC isn't needed there.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:04:31 AM EST
A very good friend of mine is an A-10 pilot at Davis-Monthan. He says there's nothing to do there in his free time except hunt, fish, camp, ride dirt bikes, hike, shoot guns, drink beer with friends, play with his kids and dogs and go mountain biking. Of course, there's the terrible weather there ... oh, wait. There is no weather in Tucson.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:06:54 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/8/2007 11:08:24 AM EST by Paveway_]

Originally Posted By IronKnight:

Originally Posted By Paveway_:
The one you are ordered to...


I was told I would at least be given the possibility of a choice






Really it depends on yoru AFSC and what you are doing, if you are married, if you want lots of opportunities or if you want to party as much as possible.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:08:17 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/8/2007 11:15:58 AM EST by Darkstar117]
Where you get assigned highly depends on the AFSC you have.

The correct answer is "Everywhere you aren't currently stationed at".

ETA:
A Copper eh? Choose one of the following:

Balad AB
Ali Base AB
Baghdad AB
Mosul AB
Bagram AB
Kandahar AB
Manos AB
Ali Al Salem AB
Camp LeMonier AB

'cause you just as well should be calling them your permanent duty stations...
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:09:25 AM EST
Minot!

Request it! You will love it!!

lol, seriously, pick anywhere else other than Minot.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:10:00 AM EST

Originally Posted By SoonerBorn:
Minot!

Request it! You will love it!!

lol, seriously, pick anywhere else other than Minot.


Adak is better....
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:16:15 AM EST
Alot of guys go to Davis-Mothan to retire.


No personal experience though, just know a few retirees.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:19:43 AM EST
As a cop, it doesn't matter where you are stationed, you'll be deployed soon enough.

Seriously, like was mentioned earlier, stay away from AETC and ACC (too many exercises). I have been AMC most of my career, when I was USAFE. If you are high speed, you can go to the 820th SFG at Moody where you WILL be deployed frequently.

My advice: Stay closer to home for your first hitch if you can; many people quit the .mil after their first term. Get settled in with your new career and then branch out.
Obviously, not all career fields can do this and not all people would want to do this; it worked for me.

Good luck,

B_S
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:20:45 AM EST
Elmendorf
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:20:50 AM EST
Stay far away from Malmstrom AFB MT, Great state for guns and shooting but the base will drive you nuts with the amount of stupidity that goes on.

Former SSgt 341 MSFS
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:21:25 AM EST
We have two kinds of weather at DMAFB - comfortable, and hot. And hot is manageable with technology.



Originally Posted By DzlBenz:
A very good friend of mine is an A-10 pilot at Davis-Monthan. He says there's nothing to do there in his free time except hunt, fish, camp, ride dirt bikes, hike, shoot guns, drink beer with friends, play with his kids and dogs and go mountain biking. Of course, there's the terrible weather there ... oh, wait. There is no weather in Tucson.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:23:58 AM EST
If your a cop, I'd recommend Malmstrom AFB MT..... But only if you like to hunt, camp, fish ect....Big city night life just isnt here..
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:28:58 AM EST
Go overseas and stay there. I would recommend Germany or Japan first, Italy, Okinawa, or other overseas locations as second choices. If you want to stay in the states don't join the military, join the guard or reserve. If you have to stay close to mommy and daddy in the states, McChord isn't bad, Nellis sucked, Davis Monthan is nice, I don't like the southeast so that eliminates 40% of our bases. Seriously though, go overseas and stay. You will make a shit-ton more money with COLA and OHA, and it's more fun anyway.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:29:49 AM EST

Originally Posted By Abearir:
If your a cop, I'd recommend Malmstrom AFB MT..... But only if you like to hunt, camp, fish ect....Big city night life just isnt here..


One of the cops here at Luke absolutly loved it when she was stationed at Malmstrom.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:31:06 AM EST
PM sent.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:33:42 AM EST
Eglin AFB. Ft. Walton Beach, FL

If you can stand the hot sticky summers.

Tyndall isn't bad either, but Ft. Walton is much nicer than Panama City.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:37:17 AM EST
There are only TWO good bases in the Air Force (or any other branch of the service).

The one you are heading to and the one you just left.

There are also only two good jobs to have.

England is nice. Stay away from Greenland.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:37:25 AM EST
Stay away from Jackson Missippi. I did some consultant work there a few years back. The town / airport was so small and remote that it shut down around 2200. I had to leave the airport when I was waiting for a ride to the base. I asked where the pay phone was so I could confirm that my ride was enroute to me. I was told that they had to remove the exterior phone because the local kids would come to the A/P to play with it. With that, they locked me out of the A/P and my AF shuttle arrived several hours later. Alaska had more of a life to it then Jackson...plus a huge kiddie porn ring was busted there while I was doing my work on the base. On a positive note, the base had one hell of a armory in case they were under attack. I had spend a couple of hours there and couldn't concetrate with all the toys around me.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:38:06 AM EST

Originally Posted By SoonerBorn:
Minot!

Request it! You will love it!!

lol, seriously, pick anywhere else other than Minot.


Minot is cool! Literally.

Good hunting though.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:38:54 AM EST
Anywhere but Okinawa!
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:40:44 AM EST

Originally Posted By Paveway_:

Originally Posted By SoonerBorn:
Minot!

Request it! You will love it!!

lol, seriously, pick anywhere else other than Minot.


Adak is better....


Diego Garcia
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:41:55 AM EST
Lakenheath, UK

Beutiful scenery in the middle of England. Can't recommend it enough
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:44:50 AM EST
Pope is the place to be, oh wait it's closing, no wait it's realigning, hang on its staying as a active/reserve associate unit. Who knows whats going on.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:50:14 AM EST

Originally Posted By Paveway_:

Originally Posted By SoonerBorn:
Minot!

Request it! You will love it!!

lol, seriously, pick anywhere else other than Minot.


Adak is better....


Clear, Alaska is the shit!!!!
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 11:54:40 AM EST
Hickam - HI
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 12:01:47 PM EST

Originally Posted By Paveway_:

Originally Posted By SoonerBorn:
Minot!

Request it! You will love it!!

lol, seriously, pick anywhere else other than Minot.


Adak is better....


I put in for Base of Preference so i could get to Minot.

The base sucks, but everything else rocks.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 12:04:58 PM EST
Tinker AFB
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 12:14:11 PM EST

Originally Posted By NAM:

Originally Posted By Paveway_:

Originally Posted By SoonerBorn:
Minot!

Request it! You will love it!!

lol, seriously, pick anywhere else other than Minot.


Adak is better....


I put in for Base of Preference so i could get to Minot.

The base sucks, but everything else rocks.


You must hunt.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 12:16:15 PM EST

Originally Posted By trwoprod:
You must hunt.


I hate people, and i love guns.

The only better place would be Alaska. But BOP is only stateside. AK is considered OS.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 1:41:53 PM EST
Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, TX was almost universally referred to by the non-AF troops training there as "Goodbuddy"-also used to have its own private label tequila.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 1:43:41 PM EST
Diego Garcia
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 1:47:44 PM EST

Originally Posted By IronKnight:

Originally Posted By Paveway_:
The one you are ordered to...


I was told I would at least be given the possibility of a choice


Link Posted: 10/8/2007 1:48:10 PM EST
With my 9.5 years in the AF I wish I had some advice for you, but I've spent nearly all of that on Army posts.

It's always nice going to an AF base as they are generally nicer, but there's also something to be said about being on an installation that isn't run by your own branch of service; you are never required to participate in base wide service-related training and change-of-commands, etc.

Since you're a cop though, I might recommend getting an assignment that requires a TS/SCI clearance; might as well have that clearance on your resume for future employment options.


Link Posted: 10/8/2007 1:58:10 PM EST

Originally Posted By Osirus23:
Diego Garcia


Nice place to visit, wouldn't want to do a year there though.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 1:59:20 PM EST

Originally Posted By cjk1:
With my 9.5 years in the AF I wish I had some advice for you, but I've spent nearly all of that on Army posts.

It's always nice going to an AF base as they are generally nicer, but there's also something to be said about being on an installation that isn't run by your own branch of service; you are never required to participate in base wide service-related training and change-of-commands, etc.

Since you're a cop though, I might recommend getting an assignment that requires a TS/SCI clearance; might as well have that clearance on your resume for future employment options.




+1

Big bucks for TS clearences in the civilian world. Go to a nuke base and guard the warheads.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 2:00:14 PM EST
If you like shooting in the desert then you'll love Luke AFB in Phoenix Arizona or Nellis AFB in Las Vegas Nevada. Nice thing about the desert is it never rains, however it is very hot during the day. Also its really easy to get NFA toys there.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 2:00:16 PM EST
My son had a great time at Osan AFB in Korea. He went out mountain biking, skiing etc. Met several locals who invited him to BBQ"s (Korean BBQ is pretty good stuff) etc. He also said that he knew several people who never left the base the whole time they were stationed there.. He figured that if he was there, he was going to see as much of the country as he could. Wherever you are stationed, just make up your mind to have as good a time as possible when you are there.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 2:06:54 PM EST
Patrick AFB, Florida, is a very popular base. Set in sunny Central Florida, the eastern
boundary of the base is literally several miles of Atlantic beachfront property with very little
development on the beach...and there won't BE any more under the current leadership.

Summers tend to be hot and humid but hey, it's the beach, man! Bikini season is more
than six months long. Local attractions include Disney World and a large number of other
tourist "attraptions" for most any tastes. It's a beautiful area and not really all THAT
overcrowded as of yet.

Winters are VERY mild. Your cold weather gear will need to be stored properly so it doesn't
gather TOO much dust.


CJ
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 2:16:07 PM EST

Originally Posted By Primos:
Elmendorf


+1 !!!

I've driven through Malmstrom (spent a night there) and thought the area was gorgeous, unfortunately my AFSC doesn't go there.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 2:25:45 PM EST
When I filled out my dream sheet I was told that anyone who volunteered for an overseas short tour would automatically be given base of preference after completing their 15 months. I'm not sure what the current short tour bases are but I imagine Korea still qualifies. I selected several bases in Korea so I could get my follow-on and ended up getting assigned to Incirlik, Turkey. Good times at Incirlik, altho I understand that it's not so much fun now that Operation Northern Watch is gone and the threat level's so high. I wouldn't dismiss Korea either; everybody always talks shit about it but I've never talked to anyone who went who didn't have a bunch of stories about how much fun they had. Korea will be much better preparation for Iraq than reading magazines and eating Combos in a truck on a flightline or endless Playstation and spades at a missile base. (Don't know what I'm talking about? You will learn soon, young Security Forces padawan.)

In any case, I'd do it again and would suggest you do the same; volunteer for a short tour, go to Korea or wherever, suck it up for a year and change (remember, you'll get close to a month to come home in the middle), and then pick your follow on base once you've gotten the feel for the job and sounded out some folk's for their input. I'd stay overseas if I had it to do all over, England or Germany...is Hungary an option?
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 2:28:39 PM EST

Originally Posted By Paveway_:

Originally Posted By cjk1:
With my 9.5 years in the AF I wish I had some advice for you, but I've spent nearly all of that on Army posts.

It's always nice going to an AF base as they are generally nicer, but there's also something to be said about being on an installation that isn't run by your own branch of service; you are never required to participate in base wide service-related training and change-of-commands, etc.

Since you're a cop though, I might recommend getting an assignment that requires a TS/SCI clearance; might as well have that clearance on your resume for future employment options.




+1

Big bucks for TS clearences in the civilian world. Go to a nuke base and guard the warheads.


Nuke bases don't mean a TS. They mean pain in the ass PRP and 30/30s and NSIs, but they don't mean a TS. At least last I heard.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 2:52:14 PM EST

Originally Posted By habsfan44:
Tinker AFB




Tinker, Tinker, Tinker...where the hell is that?

[searches internet]

Tinker AFB-Oklahoma.. Hmmm, Oklahoma, habsfan....
*scribbles Tinker as primary location.




On a serious note, thanks to all who have posted. Even prior to this thread, I was looking at Rammstein very closely. I will check out these for my list.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 2:57:47 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/8/2007 2:58:19 PM EST by Chairborne]

Originally Posted By IronKnight:

Originally Posted By habsfan44:
Tinker AFB




Tinker, Tinker, Tinker...where the hell is that?

[searches internet]

Tinker AFB-Oklahoma.. Hmmm, Oklahoma, habsfan....
*scribbles Tinker as primary location.




On a serious note, thanks to all who have posted. Even prior to this thread, I was looking at Rammstein very closely. I will check out these for my list.


Ramstein is excellent, but so is Spangdahlem. The bad (and good) about Ramstein is K-town is just like being back in the states, everyone speaks english. That's what I dislike about the area myself. Spang has more cool culture and scenery, and less brass (no USAFE headquarters there). Rota is a dream assignment if they have any slots for you, Aviano, Lakenheath, or Mildenhall are all good also. I would not recommend Osan for a first tour, I had a great time there but it can be bad for your career if you are a first termer and like to party. Lajes or Incirlik would be good short tours to apply for, and then look for an overseas follow on.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 2:58:11 PM EST

Originally Posted By IronKnight:

Originally Posted By habsfan44:
Tinker AFB




Tinker, Tinker, Tinker...where the hell is that?

[searches internet]

Tinker AFB-Oklahoma.. Hmmm, Oklahoma, habsfan....
*scribbles Tinker as primary location.




On a serious note, thanks to all who have posted. Even prior to this thread, I was looking at Rammstein very closely. I will check out these for my list.


It is in the center of the U.S. of A.! Tinker isn't too bad. Nice area. Friendly folk. Not too scenic, but you can be in some real nice areas in a few hours drive. Friendly gun laws. Not too bad here.
Link Posted: 10/8/2007 2:59:55 PM EST

Originally Posted By IronKnight:
I am once again consulting the hivemind for recommendations for AF bases to request to be stationed at.

Again, feel free to give the good, the bad, and the ugly. So far, I have been told to avoid Korea.

What say you?

*Grammar Nazi's, please forgive my use of a preposition at the end of a sentence.

ETA: AFSC is Security forces, forgot that important detail


March Air Reserve Base...you can hang out and drink Home Brew with me.

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