What? Where?

Photo provided by Kelly Clark

One of my favorite things about the military life is getting to move. Reason #309 from “1001 Things To Love About Military Life” is the Permanent Change of Station (PCS). You can get your copy here. I agree, it is a great part of military life. I’ve lived in 8 states in 4 of the 5 United States regions and in 3 overseas locations. Each duty station has had its own set of adventures and even the opportunity to see friends from previous duty stations.

Whenever it’s time for the PCS I like to explore the new duty station. I like to do this before we get there. How do I do that? Virtually, of course. I want to know about the housing neighborhoods and floor plans, the Commissary, the schools, the nearby towns, day trips…you get the picture. I get busy on the computer. Google is my friend and we get in some serious research. The places I visit are the installation home page and the installation Facebook page. After I’ve checked out the post online I check out the surrounding area by searching for the online visitor webpage for the city. I want to know what there is to do, to see and find out anything that is historical about the city. I also look for kid friendly museums, libraries with enticing story programs, parks and other recreational possibilities. After I’ve done my own research I have my son sit with me and I show him the cool things I found that would interest him. We talk about what we want to do first. I want to pump him up about the move and create positive anticipation. Hey, it’s an adventure after all!

Other sources for information I like to go to are friends who have been at that installation. I also like to go check out ArmyWifeNetwork.com where I can find links to the installations, spouse clubs and Post With The Most articles (the information is provided by those who have been there!). If I still haven’t found all the information I’m looking for I know I can post a question on the Army wife Network Facebook page.

When I finish my virtual exploration I head to Army Community Service (ACS) and meet with the relocation expert. I get everything I can from them. If I have any questions, I ask them. I want to be prepared. Once, I couldn’t get anyone to answer at the CDC or the Chapel pre-school program (maybe because I was calling Korea and I hadn’t figured out the time difference yet) and the relocation expert at ACS tried and got through to one of them for me. That lady was really helpful.

One other thing I do is get into Volunteer Management Installation Services (VMIS), at MyArmyOneSource.com. I change my location and I search the new duty stations volunteer opportunities. I submit my application for Army Family Team Building (AFTB) and Army Family Action Plan (AFAP). Those two ACS programs I always want to be involved in. There is nothing like volunteering in a new community. It is a great way to get connected and to start meeting people.

By the time I’ve finished exploring I get super antsy for the PCS. I can’t wait to start the next adventure. So what do I do? I get out the PCS Central notebook. That my friends, is a whole other story! You can read about it at http://www.armywifenetwork.com/?p=5086

About Retired Blogger

Army Wife Network is blessed with many military spouses and family members that share their journey through blogging in our Experience blog category. As we PCS in our military journey, bloggers too sometimes move on. Their content and contributions are still valued and resourceful. Those posts are reassigned under "Retired Bloggers" in order to allow them to remain available as content for our AWN fans.

One Response to “What? Where?”

  1. Marry Denson June 2, 2012 5:01 am

    hay! its nice write up, it’s a nice blog, and thanks to Kelly Clark fro posting the cute babies, it’s your baby?
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