Tumbleweed Forts & Snow Forts

In January 1966, I was digging foxholes and building forts in the desert near the military quarters my family lived in on Biggs Air Force Base located in El Paso, Texas. My friends and I would dig big holes in the sand and surround our fort with tumbleweeds and other desert vegetation.  Nature camouflaged the… Continue reading Tumbleweed Forts & Snow Forts

Is Johnny Crawford from “The Rifleman” in Your Company?

Remembering the events of my seventh-grade year at Ben Milam School at Biggs Air Force Base in El Paso, Texas inspired this poem. On the six o’clock evening news one night the announcer did a story that the actor Johnny Crawford from the hit television show “The Rifleman” had been drafted. He had reported to Fort Bliss,… Continue reading Is Johnny Crawford from “The Rifleman” in Your Company?

Is Johnny Crawford from The Rifleman in Your Company? by Jimmie Aaron Kepler

Remembering the events of my seventh-grade year at Ben Milam School at Biggs Air Force Base in El Paso, Texas inspired this poem. On the six o’clock evening news one night the announcer did a story that the actor Johnny Crawford from the hit television show “The Rifleman” had been drafted. He had reported to… Continue reading Is Johnny Crawford from The Rifleman in Your Company? by Jimmie Aaron Kepler

Reading Classic Illustrated Comic Books at School

Moving from Biggs Air Force Base, El Paso, Texas to Pease Air Force Base, Portsmouth, New Hampshire was one of the greatest adventures in the life of this military brat. I was in junior high school back then. During this time that I went through puberty, became interested in girls, and fell in love with… Continue reading Reading Classic Illustrated Comic Books at School

Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter

As a military brat, the end of the school year always meant Little League Baseball. As an eleven years old boy in May of 1965, three things occupied me life. They were Boy Scouts, baseball, and a little garage band I had just joined. Spring and the start of the baseball season never failed to… Continue reading Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter

Armed Forces Day 1965

Armed Forces Day 1965 holds special memories for me. It was a big deal for a military brat. I was living on Biggs Air Force Base in El Paso, Texas. Living on a USAF base was wonderful as an eleven and twelve years old boy. I had so many other boys my age to play… Continue reading Armed Forces Day 1965

Camp Wehinahpay

In the 1960’s, military brats made good Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. I was a Cub Scout in Arizona, a Webelo in Sequin, Texas and a Boy Scout in El Paso, Texas. A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. Every Friday night from November 1964 to… Continue reading Camp Wehinahpay

Church and the Military Brat

I have a tough question for you. When and where do you first remember attending church services? I told you the question was hard. No, I am not asking you to recall what you’ve been told by your mother or grandma about church attendance, but what you can remember. In my case, the year is… Continue reading Church and the Military Brat

Camp Wehinahpay

In the 1960’s, military brats made good Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. I was a Cub Scout in Arizona, a Webelo in Sequin, Texas and a Boy Scout in El Paso, Texas. A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. Every Friday night from November 1964 to… Continue reading Camp Wehinahpay

Armed Forces Day 1965

Armed Forces Day 1965 holds special memories for me. It was a big deal for a military brat. I was living on Biggs Air Force Base in El Paso, Texas. Living on a USAF base was wonderful as an eleven and twelve years old boy. I had so many other boys my age to play… Continue reading Armed Forces Day 1965