I miss Fort Leonard Wood!!!
Really i just miss our friends, but I miss the over all experience we had at FLW too. I wish I would have appreciated it more while we were there. Everyone in Jason's class (which was his unit while he was there) was the same rank and thus around the same age for the most part. I understand now that it will never be like that again (except for maybe ILE, if we go that route) We had a huge pool of people with which to make friends and we took full advantage of it. We definitely made some of the life long friendships military spouses always talk about. Here, well here is different. This base is not like most, there aren't very many people here and due to this mission here, it's not a place where many soldiers come early in their carrer (I could probably have all the E1-E3 and O1-O2's on this base over to my house comfortably, I don't know many others bases where that would be the case). Most of the soldier here have at least 10 years in the military, if not closer to 15 and more. When almost everyone you meet is at least 10 years older than you (and 90% have children), it makes building close relationships a little more difficult (not impossible). We have definitely met some great people here, but we haven't found
our Mike & Kristi
our Matt & Ashley (and those kiddos, we love those kids!)
our James and Rachel
or Dave and Rachel
I haven't found these girls (yes, we were doing rounds of shots at 4 in the afternoon, so what!)
or these girls
WE MISS OUR FLW FRIENDS!!!