Sheppard Profile: on-base families

Sheppard Profile
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Being in the military is tough, but being a member of a military family is one of the hardest things to do.

The folks at Sheppard Air Force Base are doing their best to make it a lot easier for spouses and children of our Air Force members. 

Many military service men and women go months, sometimes a year, without seeing their family. Combine that with constantly moving and having to build new relationships, and it can be really tough on them.

But the wife of Master Sergeant Pierre Cress of the 365th Training Squadron, Heather Cress said although being a military family is tough, it is a positive experience.

“We get to experience a lot of new things and meet a lot of new people. Overall I think it is a good thing,” Cress said.

But since they’ve have been stationed at Sheppard, things are different from previous bases.

“There’s more to do here. I think we’ve settled in probably faster than we did, like when we were in Missouri previously, I think took us a little bit longer to finally get our bearings. Sheppard and the Wichita Falls area has been very easy to adapt to. The people are very welcoming and very friendly,” Cress said.

“Being here at Sheppard our ops tempo is a little bit less than what we’ve grown accustomed to and so I get to spend a little more time with my family than anywhere else I’ve been. And that’s been a joy,” Cress said. 

Cress and his wife say the people is what has made their experience at Sheppard so great.

“Being in Texas, you get the Texas hospitality from everyone. We enjoy going downtown for coffee. She drags me to all of the antique shops and I enjoy it, Cress said.

“My favorite part is that we get to meet so many people and experience so many things. And really let the kids have the opportunity to go to new places, be the new kid, kind of build a little bit of resiliency. They are not scared to walk into a new situation,” Cress said.

The men and women who serve our country sacrifice so much, including time with family, but they do that to make sure Americans are safe.

Make sure to tune in to the third Wednesday of every month to hear what is going on at Sheppard Air Force Base.

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