Military Monday- Amanda: Ft. Gordon, GA

10.15.2012


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Name and blog site: 

Branch of service:
Army

Where currently stationed:
Fort Gordon, Georgia

How long have you been there?:
Just over two months

Previous duty stations:
Fort Meade, Maryland
Husband did do an overseas tour in Kuwait as well! (I moved home!)

Favorite restaurant in the area:
Huddle House.  I know it sounds tacky… but anyplace you can go anytime is a win in my book.  Oh and my husband likes Mi Ranchero too because of their crazy large margaritas.

3 favorite things to do in your current city:
  1. Go to the dirt track.  One night when we first got here we were sitting in the backyard and we heard this rumbling car sound… over and over.  So the husband googled it and what do you know?!  We are less than a mile from an awesome little dirt track where there are races every Saturday.
  2. Go to Atlanta.  I know it’s not technically in my current city… but it is 2 hours away and hands down the most gorgeous downtown I’ve ever been to.  There are places to go like the World of Coca Cola museum and the aquarium.  We were there one weekend and the town was hosting like 3 events downtown that weekend.  There is ALWAYS something to do.
  3. Go for a drive.  Georgia in general is gorgeous.  Big trees, red dirt, interesting people and there is always something to look at.  You turn the music up and just go.  Plus my husband is the best at finding interesting random areas without trying too hard.
Favorite duty station so far: 
I would say it is a tossup.  We have not been here long enough for me to really be able to say that this duty station is my favorite.  Because of that I would have to say Ft. Meade.   There was one major advantage that so far this post doesn’t have… my husband had already been there for a year before I got there so he knew a lot of people and as a result I pretty much walked into a group of friends which made the year there easy.

Who is your hero?
My husband, for obvious reasons… he defends our country and doesn’t complain (too much ;]).  My parents, I’ve thrown major curve balls at them in life and somehow they still are there for me.  My sister, she rocks. My grandparents, they were just amazing people I am lucky to say that I knew.
What is the biggest draw back to where your current duty station?
It is an AIT (student) base.  There are a lot of students and a lot of officers.  As a result the enlisted fall somewhere in the middle and it makes it a bit complicated to make friends here without that conflict of interest coming into play.

How strong/ or not is the sense of community in the area?
I LOVE our little area.  We are right off base and so the sense of community is really strong I’d have to say.  The town is largely military but you don’t see it flaunted everywhere you turn.  Our particular neighborhood is awesome in that if you drive past a neighbor and they are outside, you will almost always get a wave.  To me it is the little things like the flags all proudly waving outside.

Are there any local festivals you have been to or are planning to attend?
Downtown they have something every month called First Friday.  The First Friday of every month they have street vendors and live music downtown.  We went when we first got here but haven’t yet made it back.  Otherwise I haven’t really heard of anything yet that we are planning to attend.
Us at First Friday (it poured cats and dogs that night)



What is the overall feel of the community/area/base?

It is a mix.  I’ve discovered there are some parts of Augusta to majorly avoid without my husband by my side. Other parts I’m comfortable in.  On base is awesome.  Everyone is friendly and for the most part you don’t run into anyone to negative or sour.  Overall I’d say you definitely feel more of a community atmosphere here then I did in Maryland.

Have you joined any groups on base?
Fort Gordon Spouses and Civilians Club.  It is pretty much a mix of everyone.  They have monthly events of all kinds like book club, lunch bunch and the monthly gathering.  The only downside is 95% of all events and activities are during the week during the day.



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8 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you're enjoying Augusta so far! When you're downtown? The big beautiful old Catholic church? My parents got married there. :) Love the area! Get ready for Masters week!!!!!!

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    1. REALLY?! Downtown is gorgeous! Rob says they have really revitalized it lately.

      And I am nervous for Masters week.. this town is going to be crazy busy. Luckily we live far enough out I don't think it will be TOO big of an issue.. **crossing fingers!!!**

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  2. Ahh it sounds so charming and nice!

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    1. It definitely is. I mean like everywhere else it definitely has its moments.. but all around I like it! :)

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  3. We seem to have switched places... we PCSed from Fort Gordon to Fort Meade in June :) If you haven't checked out the Savannah Rapids trail along the canal, you should check it out sometime! We used to walk/jog our dogs down there on weekends - one of the things I miss most! That, Second and Charles (a huge used book/movie/DVD store), and $2 slice and draft night at Pizza Joint (go to the one in Evans - better than the one downtown!).

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    1. Sweet!! Thanks for those suggestions.. can't wait to try them out. Fort Meade is great too though!!

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  4. We were there as our last duty station! I LOVED Augusta. I would take that as another duty station any time!

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    1. Really?? I like it so far! My husband wants to retire here he loves it so much!

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