Military Monday: Alia- Ft Hood, TX


The Military Monday duty station feature on this blog is designed for us military families to meet our fellow military spouses and also to learn about duty stations across the world.  We all get to (or have to depending on your outlook and particular set of circumstances), move every couple years to different duty stations that are scattered throughout the country and the world.  This feature will allow us the opportunity to explore these different areas of the world before we get there.  

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Name and blog site: Alia @ Yellow Ribbon Diary http://

Branch of Service: Army

Currently stationed: Ft. Hood, Texas

How long have you been there?: 4 years

Favorite restaurant in the area: Dead Fish Grill, super yummy.  Located on the Belton Lake shore.  About a 20 minute drive outside of Ft. Hood.

3 favorite things to do in your current city: The weather is awesome.  It’s super, super hot in the summer but the winter is so mild (usually) that it makes up for it :)  Make sure if you are stationed here that you get your pictures taken with the Texas Bluebonnet :)  For kiddos, there are some awesome parks on post and lots of things in the surrounding towns to do. Also make sure you make the drive to San Antonio Sea World once a year because military gets in for free!

What is the biggest draw back to where your current duty station? I think the biggest drawback to Ft. Hood right now is how crazy busy it is.  Thankfully A TON of our soldiers are home right now but that means overcrowding, ridiculous waits at the commissary and at the front gate.   It also means loads of traffic! I'm a small town girl so it’s overwhelming to me.  Lol.
How strong/ or not is the sense of community in the area? The towns around Ft. Hood are so inundated with military that there really isn't a respect of our military.  There are very few military discounts etc.   I will say that living on post has been awesome because of the sense of community from my neighbors.   Everyone living on post in housing is going through the same things so everyone helps each other out.
Are there any local festivals you have been to or are planning to attend? We have attended several things on post.  The 4th of July event is AWESOME.  The month of the military child is great also.   There are live bands, food, and great displays.  Also the Independence Day parade in a town very close called Belton was voted top ten in the US.   It seems like there is always something going on!   There are always wine tastings, bazaars, etc.

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  1. I love this feature!! I need to tell my bestie Kayla about this. She's married to a helicopter pilot who was deployed for a year and recently just came home - she would love getting to know other military wives :)

  2. love this, we are at fort hood now, and the traffic is unbelievable, and worse now that there is construction. My other drawback is that there is some full battle rattle units there and your spouse will live in the field.


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