Larissa and her husband, Nolan have been together for 7 years, five in Air Force ROTC and two in active duty. They have called one base home, Scott Air Force Base and have experienced one deployment thus far. Larissa works as a Civil Engineer and advises networking to find new opportunities. The most important thing she has learned over the course of her relationship is communication is key!
Advice on Bases
Scott AFB, IL
Scott is less than 30 minutes from St. Louis, which has a lot of weekend activities. We enjoy going to sporting events, bars, the zoo, BBQ joints, and of course Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. There also a good number of State Parks within an hour drive to go hiking. Living in the Mid-west has given us the opportunity to visit all the states around us that we wouldn’t necessarily visit if we weren’t living here. On another note, I would recommend not living on base. There are so many places to live in the area that are worth exploring.
Advice for Finding Jobs
Apply, apply, apply! And take every opportunity to network.
Don’t be afraid to talk to strangers in uniform. Just my luck, I ran into a reservist in the airport and his company was hiring! You never know who has connections.
Advice on Deployments
Communication in both directions. It’s easy to get caught up in your life in your time zone.
Also, don’t stay home because you don’t want to go to a restaurant alone. I have enjoyed many dinners at the bar and met some interesting people.
Favorite part about being a military spouse
I love that we have had, and will have, opportunities to explore and live in new places. We have been able to meet great friends and take part in a community that I am sure we’d be missing out on without the military in our lives.
Important lessons learned
Although we have only had one deployment, I felt we were able to develop and improve our communication skills during our time apart. Since we were ‘forced’ to FaceTime during the morning/evening, we would talk in detail about our day, including any ups and downs throughout our week. It helped us reach a ‘new level’ in our relationship and understanding of each other, which we have been doing well at maintaining since being reunited.
Thank you for your service, Nolan and thank YOU for yours, Larissa!