National parks, museums, and monuments equal endless activities, and many of them are free.
And by “learn to surf” we mean sunbathe from the beach while discussing all that Shark Week has taught you.
Base(s): Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) (Air Force, Army, Navy); USCG Sector Anchorage Best reason to be stationed there: The spectacle.
Or, the Old Coast Guard Station provides an interesting peek into the history of, you guessed it, the Coast Guard.
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It is also “The Cradle of Naval Aviation,” so there are a lot of pilots stationed there.
For newcomers, this means brush up on your Base(s): Naval Air Station Oceana; Fort Story (Army) Best reason to be stationed there: Seafood, specifically crab cakes.
Which is why we asked current and former military personnel from all branches of the service exactly where in the US they enjoyed being stationed, and why.
From there, our criteria was simple: we considered stuff to do, on-base amenities, sense of community, and the town’s reputation within the military community.
Final word: The people who really benefit from orders to Honolulu aren’t the service members, but their relatives back on the mainland -- talk about free lodging and ready-made vacation plans.