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August 17, 2010 at 8:38 am
We were stationed at Travis AFB 2008-2009. I have three words about Travis: avoid. if. possible. With the current two-front war, Travis is one of the most-deployed bases in the Air Force. If you land at Travis you can pretty much count on multiple deployments unless you’re in a training program.
Sorry, had to put that out there. That being said, you can’t beat the weather in sunny CA. It’s predictably sunny from April-December, then rainy from Dec-Apr. Two seasons, both of them fairly temperate. If you need more variety, all the ski resorts at Lake Tahoe are a three-hour drive from the base, and the Pacific Coast is an hour drive. As long as you don’t mind driving, you can get around and see a lot of fun stuff while you’re at the base.
Another thing to know about living in norcal is that the people in the town (Fairfield/Vacaville) are extremely unfriendly towards military members. Get used to it because your neighbors will pretty much not speak to you at all if you wind up living off-base (see my entry under “Housing”). Sort of a shock if you’re used to making small talk at the mailbox, etc. It took my neighbors six months to say hello. Californians mind their own business, and let you mind yours. Once you get used to it, you will be the same way! You will be offended at your next base when your neighbors come over to introduce themselves right after you move in! Californians’ overwhelming need for privacy may be due to the high population density or something. I have no idea. All I can say is that it shocked me at first, then I got used to it, then I started being the same way. LOL!