Military Monday: Aprille- Ft. Knox, KY

10.22.2012


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.  

If you are interested in being highlighted for this feature, please send me an email.  
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Name and blog site: Aprille from Beautiful In His Time 
(http://www.beautifulinhistime.com/blog.php)

Branch of service:
Army

Where currently stationed:
Fort Knox, Kentucky

How long have you been there?: Three years this month!

Previous duty stations:
Fort Hood, Texas

Favorite restaurant in the area: Bob Evans and Starbucks

3 favorite things to do in your current city:

Coffee Dates with friends at the new Starbucks on post 

Saunder's Springs Nature Preserve : “Saunders Springs Nature Preserve is a heavily wooded natural area located on steep terrain with interesting historic features. The preserve provides opportunities for nature study, hiking, picnicing, and historic interpretation.”
and photo ops... like these!

Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown, one of my favorite places for fun with my son and lots of photos! There are lots of play areas and pavilions, historic cabins, a beautiful lake, and hiking trails.
  
For more things to do check out these links: http://www.radclifftourism.org/ and http://www.touretown.com/

Favorite duty station so far: We loved Fort Hood and would love to go back to central Texas. The people are friendlier and Fort Hood is a much bigger post with greater options both on post and in the community. But on the other hand, I've been at Fort Knox far longer and gotten much more involved in the military community here.  So in the attachment sense (memories and friends made) Fort Knox would definitely win out. 


Who is your hero? If I had a hero here at Fort Knox it would definitely be Jill Bozeman-- my friend, mentor, and founder and facilitator of Operation Faithful Support. For more on that, see below!

What is the biggest draw back to where your current duty station?

The Fort Knox community (consisting of Fort Knox, Radcliff, Vine Grove, and Elizabethtown) has a very small-town feel. Most of the stores (aside from the PX, Commissary, and the Walmart just outside post) and big-name chain restaurants are located in Elizabethtown which is about a 25 minute drive from post. Some wives complain about this a lot, but I've just gotten used to the drive. The E-town mall is also microscopically small. So basically if you want to do serious shopping, visit the zoo, go to a fancy restaurant, or watch a movie in a big theater, you have to drive the hour to Louisville.

What is the overall feel of the community/area/base?
As far as the base, in the last three years there has been constant growth, due to the BRAC moves which brought a combat brigade to Fort Knox. It has gone from a small basic training post to the home of the 3/1. They are currently in the process of upgrading a lot of the housing on post so they are tearing down old housing but have several brand-spankin-new housing area that are absolutely beautiful. There's been constant other upgrades to the post like several new playgrounds, library renovations to include a coffee shop, a new Starbucks and community center (with another new playground!), renovated shoppette and gas station, brand new marquis signs popping up with post-wide announcements, a new splash park, renovated gate areas, wider roads, and a brand new emergency room. It's been a bit messy (pardon our dust and traffic cones!), but the improvements are awesome and have all taken place literally within the last three years.  

But, with all the excitement, war has raged on and Fort Knox is no stranger to that. Another new addition to the post is the beautiful Duke Memorial for Fallen Soldiers.

As far as the community, there's a strong small-town feel, and I have found the community to be fairly supportive of the military presence. This support has grown exponentially in the three years we have been here due to all the exciting changes happening at Fort Knox. There has a lot more community awareness about things like deployments and homecomings. When the 3/1 returned from Afghanistan there were signs literally all over town welcoming the unit home.

Have you joined any groups on base?
Yes yes and yes! Fort Knox PWOC is filled with excitement and growing constantly. The ladies are amazing and have embraced me with open arms. They are working on publicity and have a very nice Facebook page to keep the ladies updated on happenings. (Link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fort-Knox-PWOC/115111141913954)

Another phenomenal organization that was founded at Fort Knox by an enlisted military spouse three years ago is called Operation Faithful Support. “Operation Faithful Support, Inc. is a pro-marriage, educational support program for the spouses of deployed service members, designed to build strong and resilient marriages throughout the deployment cycle.” There are several different groups (based on the unit your soldier is attached too) and during the deployment and the first few months of reintegration we met monthly. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this group. They also have a website (link: http://www.operationfaithfulsupport.com/) Facebook page (link: https://www.facebook.com/OperationFaithfulSupport) as well as individual private Facebook groups to facilitate healthy discussion.

Not on base, but there are also five different MOPS groups in the Fort Knox area.
It's not huge like Fort Hood, but I have loved being here at Fort Knox. It's been a great place to start our family and the support I received and friends I made during my husband's second deployment kept me going so well. There are so many invaluable resources in this area. If you just put yourself out there, join some Facebook groups, attend some outings...I promise you won't leave Fort Knox without a friend. 

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

9 comments:

  1. How fun ... Love reading about others that are in the military and how they handle daily life!
    My brother is in the marine corp and he and his wife have two little girls!

    So cool to connect with others!

    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

    And sorry...Not on blogger so I show up as no-reply. Sorry :(

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  2. P.S. There's a new IHOP and McCalister's Deli opening up in Elizabethtown as of this week!

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  3. I love reading about different posts!

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  4. Oh my goodness! I'm so glad that I found your blog and can't wait to read more. My husband was injured in Afghanistan and we are now in the process of getting him medically retired. I think what you are doing is amazing and such a good way to bring people together. Keep it up!

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  6. We r also pcsing frm ft. Hood to ft. Knox!! I hve been searching online for a MOPS group but hvent had any luck.. hoping to find one b4 our move in a month..

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  7. Lol!! We r pcsing frm ft. Hood to ft. Knox too!! I'm trying to find MOPS group info online for Knox but hvent had any luck... Would really like to find one b4 our move out there in a month..

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  8. Julie: I'm so sorry for taking so long to get back to you. I attended the MOPS group at First Christian Church in Elizabethtown. It's a little bit of a drive from post (if you choose to live on post - we lived in Etown so it was easy for us). Here's the link to information: https://www.facebook.com/fccmops/info

    There's also a good MOPS group at Stithton Baptist Church in Radcliff - I had several friends who attended there!

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