Posted on May 24, 2015
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Some of your high school class still lives in the same town they were born in. Their idea of "travel" is crossing the county border. Military service takes us all over the globe. I was stationed for over 5 years in Germany and 4 years in Okinawa in addition to several deployment to the sandbox and Turkey. These experiences have affected my life drastically, mostly for the better. How have your overseas experiences changed you?
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MAJ Robert (Bob) Petrarca
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It gives you an appreciation for what we have in the US, especially after going to a third world sh!t hole like Somalia. Its bad enough we have the "haves" and "have nots" in our country but if everyone could live among the "have nothings" for a time, they'd never hopefully complain again.
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Could not agree more- well spoken.
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Definitely makes me appreciate what we have in the US, stationed in Germany and deployed to Kyrgyzstan. My first 3 years in has been one hell of an adventure, seen multiple cultures, people from all walks of life. I feel more enlightened from the experience thus far and look forward to the next 17+ years
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It has done the same for me SrA (Join to see). So 3 years in and already dedicated to 20? Glad to have you on board. I was at WPAFB about a year ago- what a confusing base to navigate.
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Yes, this base is a bit confusing to navigate especially since there are two areas to it. My fiancé and I met at my prior base and we both will be committing to 20. Love the perk of getting to travel and see new places while I work.
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Yup. I was almost xenophobic when I got deployed to Bosnia. I stayed on the base almost the whole time except when the CO ordered me to day a day trip to Tuzla. Had a blast. I was further enlightened when I got orders to Korea. I had more Korean friends than American after I decided to enjoy myself.

That said, after three trips to the Middle East, I think that I know what region of the world I am never returning to voluntarily.
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