And the verdict is…
Well, the list came in… We didn’t get California, New Hampshire, or another extremely high cost of living area… we didn’t get D.C. or another high crime area. We also didn’t get anything we wanted or were hoping for…
We did get the middle…
Our choices are as follows.
Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama (D)
Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, Texas (C)
Laughlin AFB in Del Rio, Texas (B)
So how do we feel about these bases?
PRAY FOR TEXAS!
None of them are great or what we hoped for and all of them have low BAH (Basic allowance for housing a.k.a. the money to rent a house) allotments but the lowest is Maxwell, it’s got humidity which we don’t love, and it’s by far the farthest away from home.
Why is being close to home important? (Besides the obvious reasons of course)
Now that none of our choices are bases that will be permanent for Ryan’s career, his chances of being deployed for more than 8 months of the year… EVERY year just spiked through the roof.
For that reason being closer to home would be ideal. It gives me the opportunity to load up the boys and hit the road for Phoenix a couple times a year when Ryan is deployed and it would give Ryan many more opportunities to see family during the few short months a year he’ll be in the states.
Now if God grants our request the only question will be the border of Mexico or the middle of tornado alley!