For the past year and a half, the Paraglide has had this standing column, Basic Training, to help those out who may not know the ins and outs of military life at Fort Bragg.
I took over writing the column early last year and I’ve spent the time writing about uniforms, awards, ribbons and acronyms.
I took a more measured, clinical approach to how I wrote this column and I’ve learned quite a lot in the process.
However, I’ve discovered that my more successful BT columns are the ones that are a bit more personalized. So for 2018, I’m changing the tone of BT.
It will still be an informational column; I feel that there is so much to learn and know about Fort Bragg that it is very beneficial to have some of this more “basic” knowledge easily accessible. But I’m going to share this knowledge more through my world view, that is, through the lens of a military spouse.
I’ve been a military spouse for about 12 years. Initially my husband started off in the National Guard and moved to active duty once he received his degree.
In four years, we moved three times, twice across the country. I’ve been in Fayetteville and the Fort Bragg area now for quite awhile. I have held a couple different civilian positions on post, so I know the area reasonably well and a few of the intricacies of the installation.
If you’re on any of the Fort Bragg spouses Facebook groups, you’ll see a lot of the same questions over and over and over again.
A lot of them don’t have much to do with Fort Bragg itself, but quite a few of them deal with operational security questions, deployment questions, questions about the schools at Fort Bragg, living at Bragg and a whole slew of other queries that have never been covered by our BT column.
My goal for this year is to cover these topics. Being at Fort Bragg is more than the military side of things; Bragg is an installation of Families as well as Soldiers.
In the past, each article has been centered around certain themes, and while I still would like to continue that way, I would like to do several question and answer columns throughout the year.
If you have a question you would like answered, please email me at ahansen@theparaglide.com.
Questions will get answered the following week and posted on our website and Facebook.
This is a new year, and a new approach to getting our readers the best information we can!