With our last move, we were informed of where our next TWO duty stations would be. (*Please sing this next sentence out loud, or at least in your head.) HAL-LE-LU-JAH! Basically, at duty station #4, we were told #5 AND #6. Since #5 (our current duty station) is so close to #6, I recently took the opportunity to go explore a bit.
It was simply this--amazing! Duty stations #2-5 have been Navy bases. Don't get me wrong. The Navy has been a wonderful host to us as Hubby has gone through flight school, and we have learned so much about the Navy and its own pride and traditions. But we haven't been on a Marine base since we were at the Motherland (aka Quantico) several years ago. There's just a feeling you can't describe when you're on a Marine base and in a Marine town. USMC stickers of every kind on all of the cars, the spontaneous "oorah" bark from a group of Marines, knowing the significance of Chesty and being "salty", not having to explain what TBS is, camis and high and tights everywhere, and hearing a well-placed "Yut!" in conversations make for a truly unique atmosphere.
Ahh, yes. These were all on my mind as I drove towards Duty Station #6. My giddiness to be back visiting a USMC town were welcomed with screaming jets overhead and a large sign marking "Semper Fi Highway." I instantly felt at home in this new place, despite my having never been there before.
Now that I'm back home at Duty Station #5, #6 is like a siren call beckoning me back with its songs of "yut yut yut oorah oorah devil dog yut yut" and "yut yut devil dog oorah semper fi." (Search "Yut yut devil dog" on YouTube for a good laugh!)
In the meantime, I will just have to be content with singing my own version of "Yut Yut Devil Dog" among the Navy sounds of "Anchors Aweigh" and bleating goats. ;)