Monday, September 8, 2014

Duty Station Diaries: Fort Irwin

Today we're excited to introduce Brook from Sunflowers & Love. She's here to share her current duty station.

Hey there! My name's Brook and my husband is in the Army. I blog over at Sunflowers & Love about military life, recipes, traveling, and of course my own life with my husband. I love meeting other bloggers so head on over and introduce yourself!

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What is the name of your duty station?
Fort Irwin, Army base

Where is it located? (City/State/Country)
Smack dab in the middle of the desert! Southern California, USA

How long have you been there?
I have lived here for barely over a year now. My husband has been here for almost three though.

Any tips for incoming military members?
Try to get to know other spouses, and be kind. This base is a small one, and for some reason it tends to be harder to make friends on smaller bases. Always think positively about where you are, and it will be easier to handle. Live on base, it's not worth the crazy long drive just to live in Barstow.

Say you’re hosting an out of town guest and you only have time to take them to three places or do three things. Where do you take them?
1) The bowling alley. It's probably the place around here where you can have the most fun. Bowling is always fun, and the little kitchen they have there has some good food, too.
2) A tour. I always give a tour of the base when we have visitors. Most of our friends and family that come to visit have never been on a Military base, so it can be interesting to look around.
3) The PX. It's fun to look around or "window shop". During the summer there's a shaved ice truck outside and it's definitely worth it to get one, especially when it get's crazy hot out.

Have you checked out any local festivals or events?
My favorite event that the base has had was a Fourth of July celebration. They did the celebration on the second and was practically an all day event. During the day they had a live band, jump houses for the kids, drink and food stands, along with other stands to buy things from. Once it was dark, they had an exciting fireworks show. It was a lot of fun.

Fourth of July

Where are your favorite places to eat/drink?
First off, don't go to the Samuel Adams restaurant, not worth it. The service is bad, and the food is sad. On a better note, we have Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Burger King, Subway, Popeye's, Shock Wave, and two Starbucks. I like all of those places, just depends what you feel like eating at the time!

Are there any local foods/drinks/anything that you love?
The shaved ice truck I mentioned earlier is super yummy. The owner is extremely nice, as well.

shaved ice

What’s your favorite thing about your station/city/surrounding area?
I love that my husband gets four day weekends every month. We get to take that time to head over to Victorville and get away from base for a while. We use it as our "date day" every month and to escape the tiny base we live on.

Anything else you want to talk about?
Make the best of what you have/where you are. A lot of people don't like getting stationed here, but it helps if you have a positive outlook and do what you can to make things better for yourself and your family.


  1. I didn't realize there was an Army base out there! Learn something new everyday!

    1. I will be driving right past there tomorrow on my way to Vegas (work trip)!