Spotlight Friday: Military

Some of you might wonder how I ended up in the US.

I lived in Ansbach,  in Bavaria.

Ansbach (/ˈænzbæk/; German pronunciation: [ˈansbax]) is a city in the German state of Bavaria. It is the capital of theadministrative region of Middle Franconia. Ansbach is situated 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Nuremberg and 90 miles (140 km) north of Munich, on the Fränkische Rezat (Rezat River), a tributary of the Main river. As of 2004, its population was 40,723.

Developed in the 8th century as a Benedictine monastery, it became the seat of the Hohenzollern family in 1331. In 1460, the Margraves of Branderberg–Anspach lived here. The city has a castle known as Margrafen–Schloss, built between 1704-1738. It was not badly damaged during the World Wars and hence retains its original historical baroque sheen. Ansbach is now home to a US military base and to the Ansbach University of Applied Sciences. (

When I moved there, you could still see a lot of Americans where ever you went,going shopping, biking, to the parks, to the public pool. Well you get the idea. Now not so much.

Fast Facts

Location:  Ansbach is located in the northern part of Bavaria, approximately 117 miles southeast of Frankfurt and 26 miles southwest of Nuernberg. U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Ansbach consists of three separate U.S. installations and one satellite installation. Barton Barracks in Ansbach is the Headquarters Kaserne. Katterbach and Bismarck Kasernes are located in the village of Katterbach, three miles from Ansbach. Shipton Kaserne is the post’s training area and URLAS (right next to Shipton) is an on-going project – housing area, temporary lodging and also the new home of our Commissary and PX. Storck Barracks, located just outside the village of Illesheim is a sub-community of USAG Ansbach.

I lived down town. A stone throw away from the fresh Market and the Orangerie  a beautiful place to walk, sit on a bench and relax or read a book. I didn’t really needed a car, I could get anywhere by bike or foot. Except to work, that was about a  35 min drive away.

But also there was this Pils pub right next to my apartment complex. Their beer garden  ,( it wasn’t that big,just a few benches and tables, just so you get the idea) merged with our entrance to the apartment complex. I had a day off from my work, I worked in a Foster Home, and was chilling, had my windows of my apartment open in the 4th floor. It was a warm sunny day. All I heard was loud laughter. What got me nosy. I “knew” a lot of the people that came to the pub because I had to walk through the beer garden to get to my front door. But I have never heard that laughter before.  I couldn’t see anything from my windows. So I decided to go downstairs and be a little nosy. I took my trash and left.

Well, the rest is history, we married about 3 years later  and after another 3 years we moved to the US.

Yesterday, our oldest started NJROTC Orientation, and came home feeling good about making the decision to do this instead of PE.

Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. A program, focused on the U.S. Navy, that helps students become better citizens and give them knowledge about the government and world. People commonly mistake cadets as “losers” or “nazis” but in reality it is a fun program that does NOT force and/or encourage you to join the military. Some kids in the program end up joining the military but it is not a recruiting program. NJROTC is like a family where all cadets stick together. It allows students to gain higher ranks in the program and gives them power over each other like in the military. It builds you physically, emotionally, and mentally.
 Let’s go ahead and see what Zibbet has in store for us, when we search anything military.

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Single Ladies (ARMY) fingertip towel by Sewlicitations

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Tissue Toppers in plastic canvas by RoxysRoost

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JET FIGHTER Money Origami by Vincent-the-Artist

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United States Navy Seal Team Plaque by Huebysscrollsawart

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Mens US Military Deluxe Trifold Wallet by americancraftsman10

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The Navy Hand Puppet by kidnaroundcreations

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ammo can with an airbrushed flag by inkwear99

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Green Camo Baby Shower Invitation Diaper Shaped by Kards by Kaylee

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Vintage USA Buckle, Double Flag Emblem Inlay by AngelasDecorAccents

Searching through all those pages triggered a lot of memories.  My hubby still works for the Army , he is retired now, so no more deployments. He keeps contact with  a lot of his Comrades over FB. Out of the blue he gets a call here and there and then you hear a lot of old stories.

Here are the Etsy finds:



2 thoughts on “Spotlight Friday: Military

  1. I knew you were German and married an American but I love the “rest of the story” about how you got together. Looks like a lovely place and congrats to your oldest for making such an important decision.
    So many Military gifts…love the money jet!!


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