There is nothing like some unseasonably warm weather to make a community come alive.

When most people think of Iraq, they think of the war that began in 2003 and the fight against terrorism. However, the U.S. military’s first major conflict with the country started 25 years ago.

As we round out the month of January, how many of you have stuck to those resolutions? How many of you are actually going to the gym, eating healthier and curbing that foul mouth? I usually start the new year off strong, but come mid-month, I’m over whatever I resolved to change and fall bac…

There is never a boring year in the life of a military family. While we didn’t move this year, we still lived through excitement and many changes.

Cool, crisp mornings have arrived, and along with that, comes the wonderful aroma of pumpkin and cookies in our homes. Yes, it is that time again, the holidays. With Thanksgiving upon us, there is no doubt that as you head out for pie crusts and stuffing fixings that you are bombarded with h…

When my soldier is overseas, I send prays of support his way, write him letters, send emails and Skype with him when he’s available. I also like to send him care packages, shipping items he may need, or just a touch of home to keep him connected while so far away.

Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station was a Navy base where the Hindenburg lighter-than-air-ship was once docked, and subsequently crashed. During the two and a half years we lived on that base, I somehow became president of the Lakehurst Naval Air Stations Officers’ Wives’ Club, as a youn…

Sitting in the Camp Hovey, South Korea, Officer’s Club in the winter of 1994, the commander’s wife told a group of us younger spouses that no matter how many times her husband said his family was his top priority, the Army really came first in his life. She didn’t seem upset about her declar…

When I was newly married to my soldier in 1991, a spouse warned me to not let the commander’s wife catch me talking with the spouse of an enlisted soldier. Was she serious? Sure, my husband was a young second lieutenant, but I was nervous, naive and looking for new friends. I spoke with almo…

’Tis the season of the moving trucks.

As a military wife of almost 24 years, I still don’t like saying goodbye to the friends I’ve made at each post. My children aren’t fans of this military tradition, either. Our oldest son, James, has lived in nine homes, and has already attended 12 schools. He has made some great friends at e…

I have exactly one more week with proof I am a military spouse — they are taking my ID and decals.

I put a lot out there. Maybe it’s cathartic, or maybe I’m naive, but whatever the reason, anyone who’s read the paper over the past four years could gather a good bit of information about me, just by picking up this column.

Change is coming. I can feel its slow approach and there’s nothing I can do about it. My husband is down to less than six months in the Army.

I became an aunt again this month, twice over. What’s crazy though, is really I was already an aunt to my sister’s two youngest children, Stryker and Summer, it just wasn’t on paper yet.

Friday morning I woke up, watched a little bit of news on TV, cooked some eggs for my husband and he headed off to work and I prepared to enjoy a day off. It was completely normal. Before getting out of bed, I mentally tallied the chores I needed to get done, such as dealing with my expired …

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