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One of the most challenging aspects of the military spouse life is preparing for an upcoming PCS, or if you get the chance, potentially picking a new duty station. There is a lot of information out there, and it can be almost overwhelming. We here at Mission: Milspouse want to take the some of the guesswork out of the need-to-knows about duty stations around the globe. Hence, our Embrace your Base series.

Here you can find information about duty stations around the country, from the the Pacific Northwest location of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, to the opposite corner of the United States at Fort Benning on the border of Georgia and Alabama, and everywhere in between. We even showcase locations in Japan, South Korea, Germany, Belgium, and Italy. In total, we feature 45 locations around the globe, adding more regularly, expanding to apply to all branches. 

Our Mission: Milspouse Command Team and Band of Bloggers (and their milspouse tribes) have helped to compile installation-specific information to help you no matter what installation becomes your new home. We have insider details regarding local realtors, off-post health care options, specific installation information, spouse testimonials, social media connections, hidden gems of the area, and things you have to do before you leave. You can plan how to make the most of your new location before you even arrive and make connections with other spouses who are already there using social media groups.

If you have additional tips, information, connections, or personal testimonials about any of our military locations, email us via the button below to help out your fellow military spouses.


EYB: Fort Carson, Colorado

Home of the 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson is located in the beautiful mountains of Colorado. Very near to Colorado Springs and not far from Denver, the location offers plenty to see and do year-round. The area is great for people who love the outdoors and hiking, skiing, fishing, and camping, but also offers plenty for families, with free outdoor activities and annual events.

Embrace Your Base – Baumholder, Germany

This month we are taking a look at Baumholder, Germany. Baumholder, also known as “The Rock” is located in the Western Palatinate in the German Federal State of Rheinland-Pfalz. This installation plans and executes force protection operations, deployment support operations, garrison support operations, and German-American relations. Here is what you need to know about Baumholder, Germany!

EYB: Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Fort Jackson is an Army installation, from which TRADOC operates for Basic Combat Training, located within the city limits of Columbia, South Carolina. It was named for United States Army General and seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson, who was born on the border between North and South Carolina. The installation trains half of all the Army’s Basic Combat Training soldiers.

EYB: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Located in Montgomery County, Maryland, Naval Support Activity Bethesda—home of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center—is centered in the National Capitol Region. It is the home of support for the hospital as well as all of its tenant commands in their pursuit of excellence in patient care, medical research, and education. Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB) is responsible for providing installation support to 12,000 military and civilian employees and their families, as well as 40 tenant units. Bethesda is one of the most renowned communities in the Greater Washington D.C. area.

EYB: Fort Rucker, AL

Home of Army Aviation, Fort Rucker covers more than 63,100 acres of southeast Alabama countryside in an area known as the Wiregrass. It is the primary flight training installation for Army aviators, and there are both Army and Air Force pilots and crews at the location. The affectionate nickname “Mother Rucker” is apt as soldiers in the aviation branch will frequently return to Fort Rucker for schools and training, including pilot training and re-education.

EYB: Fort Polk, Louisiana

Located in West Central Louisiana, Fort Polk is home to the Joint Readiness Training Center. It is one of three of the Army’s Combat Training Centers, and it trains more than 11 Army and National Guard Brigade Combat Teams every year. It is the fifth largest military installation by acreage in the nation.

EYB: Eglin Air Force Base

Eglin Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located in Northwest Florida in Okaloosa County, comprising 640 square miles. Eglin is a major tourist attraction because of its white sand beaches and situation near Fort Walton Beach. It is only 60 miles from Pensacola and 65 miles from Panama City Beach.

The host unit at Eglin is the 96th Test Wing and it is the test and evaluation center for Air Force air-delivered weapons, navigation and guidance systems, Command and Control systems, and the Air Force Special Operations Command systems.

EYB: Fort Lee, Virginia

Fort Lee is located in Prince George County, Virginia, south of Richmond. It is the home of the United States Army Quartermaster school, the Army Ordnance school, the Combined Arms Support Command, and the Army Transportation school, among other things. It’s a location that offers four seasons, short drives to mountains and beaches, and plenty of historical cities and towns.

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