Trenton Ching
Trenton Ching Specialist 4 | Space Force

“It’s great being only 45 minutes from the mountains. It’s really nice being able to adopt these new hobbies. I’m thankful for being stationed somewhere I enjoy being. One of the reasons I enlisted was to experience other parts of the country, to see what’s out there.”

Trenton Ching
Emily Dowdell
Emily Dowdell Sergeant | Army Reserve

“I like doing outdoor things. My husband and I like to go kayaking or hiking, and spending time together. I always feel like I have a good work-life balance.”

Emily Dowdell
Anthony Pappaly
Anthony Pappaly Petty Officer 3rd Class | Coast Guard

“It’s a big media market, so it’s pretty exciting living here. I’ve done stand-up comedy everywhere I’ve been stationed, and New York is the comedy mecca for stand-up.”

Anthony Pappaly
Daniel Tuzolana
Daniel Tuzolana Senior Airman | Air Force

“I’ve been in intramural leagues on base, and it’s been a really fun experience. It lets you bond with co-workers and meet new people on base.”

Daniel Tuzolana
Marissa Airoldi
Marissa Airoldi Airman 1st Class | Air National Guard

“We go camping a lot — I just like to be outside. It’s really cool to challenge yourself to see what you can do with what you have. You can even rent a camper from a base nearby at a discounted rate.”

Marissa Airoldi Camping
David Perez
David Perez Captain | Marine Corps

“A lot of the same philosophies that we use in the Marine Corps apply to a game like chess. It makes you think two, three, four moves ahead. So I’ve been trying to pass that on to my Marines, and now they’re starting to play.”

David with his family playing Chess
Juntranek Powell
Juntranek Powell Technical Sergeant | Juntranek Powell

“The library on base is great because I love to read. I spend a lot of time reading — it allows me to have a better work-life balance.”

Juntranek Powell reading in the library