First Impressions

I am terrified about this new base.

The jet I will be working on is completely different than the B-1. I hate the B-1, but it’s all that I have known for the past four years. All I have known for the past four years is mostly suck. It started getting good towards the end.

I can’t rely on my job knowledge much anymore. I don’t know the people. I don’t know how this amu operates.

I am nervous.

My first day wasn’t much of a first day. It consisted of in-processing that needed to be accomplished immediately so I could take house hunting days. (My husband and I don’t have a place to live yet and the Air Force authorizes 10 days of leave to find a place and to receive household goods if possible.)

The day kicked off with an NCO from my unit picking me up at the shoppette so he could show me around the base and the unit. It turns out that he is from the B-1 world. He got out of military before I came to flight line. We know a lot of the same people and he recognized my husband. He ended up coming back into the Air Force, remaining a jet troop and got Nellis as his base. The Air Force is a really small world.

I did the time sensitive in-processing and met my supervision. They seem relaxed and calm. I did get a chance to meet some of the other jet troops on day shift. I also met a couple crew chiefs. I might just be delusional but they all seemed happy.

At Ellsworth, especially if the weather sucks and the work is piled on; most folks are short-tempered and grouchy. Only time will tell what the temperament of the unit is. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of obvious drama lingering. That will be a nice change of pace. Most of the Ellsworth drama is amusing but it usually just stirs up more drama.


My first impressions of Las Vegas in general is that it’s always hot and the nobody knows how to drive. I think the drivers here are worse than the freshly licensed teenage drivers in South Dakota. There are some rough looking areas of town and they seem to be scattered around instead of centralized like in Iowa towns. It’s a big change and it feels like a culture shock.

However, moving here is a good thing. We get to experience something new and we get to do that together.

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