Hi Jessica! So nice to meet another person who will be going through the same stuff at the same time .lol. We are stationed at Misawa, I saw you guys are at Kadena. I was there for a couple days on a TDY. What Squadron is your husband in? I was CE and my husband is Ammo. Our DEROS is mid Sep as well, how funny!
We lived on base the first year we were here because we were misinformed that we had no choice. We were lucky to get a 3 BR tower though, and enjoyed it mostly. It was hard with no yard for our daughter. She has asthma (it is very mild now) and allergies, and the people in the adjacent apartment were heavy smokers with friends who were heavy smokers. With no AC you really gotta keep those windows open so the smoke would come into our apartment.
Finally got out of there and have a 4 and a half BR, 2 Bath house with a 2 car garage, and the best thing is it actually has a decent sized front yard for our daughter .lol. We do live a bit far out though, and there arent many kids her age on our street. So its a give and take, but at least we dont have to be bombarded with smoke and worry about her breathing during the summer.
I dont know if the 2 BR there are the same as here, but I have seen these and they are fine for a couple with no kids, but IMO not enough for a couple with a child. I was a little disappointed in our assignment only because we came from Tucson, AZ before here. I hope it doesnt get as hot at Holloman, Tucson could get up to 115 easy.
I am learning a lot already, I will gladly share anything I find out with you. It would be nice to meet once both our families get settled in.
Hi Katie! I just wanted to say, You are awesome! Thanks for that site, it actually has listings. I was having a hard time finding places beforehand. We are still researching our options as far as on or off. It is a tough choice. We should know more the closer we get on coming early. I think there are certain things we may not qualify for if we come without out him, because it is not officially a PCS move until he comes over. I am not sure if we can do TLF without him here . It would be nice if we can though we might not be allowed a long enough stay for what we need. I will need to figure out the hours for the housing and schools there and make some calls lol.
Hi Jessi! The community is one thing that really attracts me to living on base. Here we live so far away that it is quite a drive to get to base, so we dont do as much on base as we would like to.
Is there a reason you dont like to go out in town? I heard Alamogordo is a small place, is it just a bad area?
One of the things I like about Tucson was the lack of mosquitos lol. I am originally from Kentucky, and am used to getting eaten alive when outside! I hope there arent many there. Thanks for the info!
Hi Christine! I understand what you are saying, and we are at a point where we need to strongly consider this. I am mostly concerned about my daughters safety and her education. I know everyones situation is different, but can you give me an idea of what kind of mortgage would put you at a 8 to 9 hundred payment? Our credit is excellent and we would go VA.
I would love to hear more about the house you have, we are looking at all our options right now. If it is that big it might be out of our price range though .lol.
Jessica the commissary here is awful lol. The fruit and veggies are never right. Bananas are usually green and then they go bad right away! Here there is a Universe grocery store, but its pretty expensive. It is good for the fruits and veggies though, and of course for cooking up Japanese dishes.
Hi Angelina, thank you for the info. Do you have any contact information for the on base elementary school? I need to call and find out if my daughter will be permitted to go there if we live off base.
The teachers are more important than what the school looks like IMO .lol. Thank you, I am glad to hear good things about it. And yes, I will be Googling away
Hi Sarah, We are going to get on the waiting list. We are not sure which way we want to go, but better safe than sorry lol. I am glad to hear there are many people who got put into the 3BRs.
You do have to pay for your own internet and cable or satellite though right? I was assuming it was not covered with the BAH?
It would be nice to meet people, I will definitely keep in touch to get together =)
Christy, that is good to hear, because we love the darker colors. Here we cant paint off base because it is like a wallpaper lol. Oh, more crunchy grass .haha.
So are you limited to what you can get as far as internet and cable if you live on base? I mean do you have fewer options than if you lived off base?
A double murder, yikes! Yea if it come down to that I will definitely be asking about which areas are safest!
Thanks for offering to show us around, I would love that! Once my daughter gets into school I will actually have the time. I wont know what to do with myself .lol. A playgroup would be great, I look forward to it!
Oh, have you noticed what kind of deals are going on for cars? They seem to be so expensive now! Especially new ones!
Surely the Alamogordo zoo is nicer than the Okinawa zoo...the feature attractions are llamas and goats haha! I will definitely miss the beautiful scenery of this sub-tropical island, but I can't wait to get some dry heat, the humidity here is crazy!
Alamogordo, so far, is living up to it's friendly status...at least everyone on this site is very welcoming and I look forward to meeting some or all of you :) You guys set the bar high for the rest of the community haha. Thank you Christy for the offer to show us around when we finally make it there, that would be great. And I definitely would like to get my daughter involved in a play group, although she is very playful and generally friendly she has never been in a large group of kids and I want her to learn how to socialize and make friends.
I'm so glad to hear that they have Verizon service there as that is who we will probably get cell phones through (we haven't had cell phones in the 3 years that we've been overseas so I'll probably be in technology shock from how much they've changed lol). As far as t.v. goes...well, we'll be absolutely happy with anything. We have only one choice for cable here and it's a day behind and limited with channels. We also have two nice HD tv's but we can't watch anything in HD over here, in fact, everything is always very blurry!
We're really just so happy to be coming back to the states. All of the small things become very big things when you've been away from so many conveniences for so long. We can't wait to have more than one gas station, more than one grocery store with a variety of fruits and vegetables, various stores and shopping within a short drive away etc. Alamogordo has all of these things so it can't possibly be as bad a place as we've heard lol
Oh Miss Christina, where in KY are you from?? I am from Ky as well :) I'm from the Northern area, close to Cincinnati and Indiana. I too hope that the mosquitos aren't bad in NM because they are crazy back home and here in Japan. We didn't want to live off base here because many people end up having to pay out of pocket for expenses like utilities and water and ultimately move on base. Not to mention that this tiny island is severely overpopulated so it takes a long time to get a short distance when traffic is bad!
What are the odds?! Haha maybe we were meant to be friends....lol. I was born in Louisville, and mostly raised there. I have lived out near Mammoth Cave and for about a little over a year in Lexington.
I remember the traffic, my friend drove me to the airport and it took forever. And it really isn't that far!
Are there any horse people on here? I have not had the opportunity to go riding since I was little. I have been missing it since. I read somewhere that this is a great place to go if you are a horse lover. Most places have a stable where you can be lead on a trail by a tour guide. Is there a place where you can go out on your own? Trail rides are nice if that is all you can get, but the horses can usually sleep walk the trails.
I'm not a horse person really, but I'd definitely like to learn to ride and hit some trails with you or something :) I've been to the Ky horse park/farm when I was a kid but those horses knew the trails like the back of their hooves lol.
Haha, I know. I went on a trail ride in Iroquois Park, and I swear the horses walked it asleep. They walked so slowly with their heads hanging down. When they touched the horse in front of them they would stop....lol.
It would be nice to have another adult to come along. My daughter is also a horse fan, my husband is afraid of them....lol. I did some research and found a couple different places that offer trail rides and they also do lessons. I'm sure I could use a refresher.