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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 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.

EYB: Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

Located in central Missouri in the heart of the Ozark Mountains is Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. It is the hub of the U.S. Army Engineer school; the U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive School; and the U.S. Army Military Police School. It is the home of training for future Military Support Center of Excellence Noncommissioned Officer Academy. The area is often growing and changing, so there may be many more things to find when arriving at Fort Leonard Wood. Enjoy the breathtaking views of mountain ranges and country.

EYB: Fort Irwin, CA

Fort Irwin is home to the National Training Center, a major training area for the United States military, and is a census-designated place located in the Mojave Desert in northern San Bernardino County, California. It is located 37 miles northeast of Barstow, California. NTC is part of the U.S. Army Forces Command.

EYB: Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA

Known for its association with Transportation, Aviation, and the Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Eustis (as its known in the Army world) is formally called Joint Base Langley-Eustis. Developed to meet the needs of the US during World War I, the installation was temporarily transferred to the Bureau of Prisons during the Great Depression before being reactivated to meet the needs of World War II and the Cold War. It has been in continuous operation ever since. It is the home of the 7th Transportation Brigade, currently one of the Army’s most deployed brigades.

EYB: USAG Ansbach, Germany

Located in the heart of beautiful Bavaria, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach hosts forces from both the United States and other NATO countries, with Katterbach Kaserne just ten minutes away. Bavaria’s capital, Munich, has long been home to a flourishing art scene as well as the birthplace of Oktoberfest. Ansbach’s location within Bavaria also equates to a shorter distance to both the Czech Republic and Austria.

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