MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS -- I grew up in Louisiana, near New Orleans. I lived there for 22 years before I left with my husband.
My husband was a Marine for 23 years. We lived in North Carolina, South Carolina, Key West, Fla., [Marine Corps Base] Camp Pendleton, and [Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center] Twentynine Palms.
I loved going from place to place where I met a lot of new people and experienced new things. I made the best of any place I went.
I believe that you are a guest where ever you go. Once you have been there a little while and have made a place of your own, then you will begin to enjoy the area.
It was tough at times because my husband was not always home. He deployed to Vietnam three times for at least 13 months, if not longer, and there was also a time where he was on the drill field.
The fact that he was not always home made me grow closer to my children. We used to get everything cleaned up before the weekend and then spend the rest of the weekend playing.
When we first moved out here, I told my husband that the children and I were going to live in Oceanside, Calif. I did not want to live out here at all, but after about a year I was told that I had to.
I grew to love this place. I’m pretty sure there are claw marks in the desert from when they told me I had to leave.
I dislike when people say they don’t like it here. I love it and if you really make this place your own, it is a wonderful place to live.
After all the time I spent in the military with my husband, I went back to Louisiana and I did not really feel at home. I had done all this traveling and the rest of my family never left, which made me feel out of place.
I moved back here when my daughter, who had married a Marine, moved here. Shortly after, my son moved here as well. Neither of them plan on moving away anytime soon and with both of my kids here, I would not want to be anywhere else.
Now I work in a job that focuses on traveling. I have been to most of the places we offer, so I have personal stories to help people make the right choice for their trip.
I applied for this job about a year after I moved back here. I got placed in the ITT department.
At first I asked for a part time job but that did not last long before I asked for more time. I absolutely love doing this job.
My favorite part about working with the ITT and MCCS is I get to meet all sorts of people and I help them choose fun things to do.
One of the things I love to do is travel and I have been on several cruises. My favorite cruise was the one we took through the Panama Canal. It was the canal’s 100th anniversary, so it made it a special occasion.
I have met so many people that when I go out, I pretty much always see someone that I recognize. I love that about Twentynine Palms.
I wake up every day looking forward to going to work and seeing the people of the area. It is what makes the time I put in worth it.