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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bright requests funds for Maxwell

Congressman Bobby Bright's office has requested $14.4 million for Squadron Officer College Lodging at Maxwell Air Force Base.

According to information posted on Bright's Web site, this funding would construct adequate dormitory and living quarters to accommodate students that attend one of the courses that are offered at the Squadron Officer School (SOS) and International Officer School (IOS) at Maxwell Air Force Base.

The project would replace the existing deteriorated lodging and dormitory facilities. Existing facilities were constructed in 1956 with only limited and minor upgrades over the years. Adequate quarters are not available off-base because the local community cannot provide the number of rooms required for the schools to effectively operate. New quarters would provide an appropriate degree of individual privacy which is essential for successful training. Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base is a valuable part of the greater Montgomery area. This project is a wise use of taxpayer funds because it would raise an important component of Maxwell-Gunter to modern standards.


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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 

As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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