Military Monday- Tabitha: Portand, OR


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: 
Tabitha, My-Cliffnotes

Branch of service:
ANG, but I was AF for 6 years.

Where currently stationed:
Portland, ANGB, Oregon

How long have you been there?: Four years

Previous duty stations:
McChord AFB, WA
Scott AFB, IL
Keesler AFB, MS
Riverside AFB, CA
Lackland AFB, TX
Kirkuk AB, Iraq
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Kandahar AB, Afghanistan
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Favorite restaurant in the area: A Louisiana Bistro called Acadia. My Fiancé and I stumbled across it a few years ago and fell in love immediately. The menu is constantly changing and the food is always amazing.

3 favorite things to do in your current city:
Run, the city is has two huge rivers (The Columbia and Willamette), and a ton of bridges, Beauty isn’t hard to find.

Happy Hour, Portland is said to be America’s Best city for Happy Hour ( We live in the city and on our street alone I can think of at least a dozen places that have wonderful happy hour.

Shop, there are so many fun local artists and designers. Plus 7 Nordstroms, what more can a girl ask for! J
Favorite duty station so far: 
Definitely Here. I really love this city.

Who is your hero?
I have two.
1. My twin sister, she might be younger (4 minutes) but her strength in insurmountable. She has been my person my entire life and I really couldn’t do anything without her support, encouragement and love.

2. My fiancĂ©, it is so corny but when you know you know. This man completes me. He makes me laugh all the time, and I really couldn’t imagine living life without him.

What is the biggest draw back to where your current duty station? It’s a Guard base, so it’s pretty small. We don’t have a BX/PX or a Commissary.

How strong/ or not is the sense of community in the area? It’s HUGE, not so much on the Military front, but community is really important here. There are always events/fundraisers going on which for me is really fun. For example, our street had a huge street fair last month. Like 40,000 people showed up to support the community and local artists/vendors.
Are there any local festivals you have been to or are planning to attend? The Street fair was last month, and then there’s a huge tree lighting ceremony the day after Thanksgiving that’s really fun. Plus I have 3 different 5k/10k running events that support various causes coming up in the next few months.

What is the overall feel of the community/area/base?
To me Portland is home, that’s the best way I can describe it.

Have you joined any groups on base?
No, but I might do the Golf Tournament next year.

If you are a military spouse and want be featured for this post, please send me an email at HandlingWithGrace {at}


  1. Very impressive list of duty stations... I was in for 6 years and spent the whole time at Luke AFB, AZ. I'm a little jealous.

  2. My job travels. I've heard good things about Luke though.

  3. How marvelous that you are so happy at your new station! I found you through the Blog Hop!
    Have a beautiful evening!

  4. TAB!! First of all I am glad to see you being featured on Jamie's military Monday!! but...OMG I did not know you don't have a PX or the Commissary!! That was always my fave part of being an army brat!! Where do you get your tax free name brand clothes and groceries???!!! Seriously I am shocked. MUAH!!

  5. So homesick after reading this post! Portland is my all time #1 favorite city. My husband was playing with the idea of going guard just so I can be home again.

  6. I LOVE Tabitha! I definitely think Oregon sounds fabulous, but not sure if I could take the weather...who knows we may end up in Seattle!

  7. Hi! I'm a new follower from the blog hop! Come visit me whenever you get a chance! :)

    xoxo ♥ Shar

  8. i LOVE this series. I just found your blog from Janna's and just read the wonderful ladies featured in this series! Love love love it.


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