Thursday, December 4, 2014

My Life Story of the U.S. Air Force base

My father has worked at the U.S. Air Force base in South Korea. My family often had such a wonderful time at the base. Because it was so exotic. I spent my almost entire life in South Korea with 'Korean influence.' However, the U.S. Air Force was very distinguished from South Korea. All buildings, entertainments, foods, and even the road signs were different. I think I was very satisfied with that novel atmosphere I could find. Actually, this U.S. Air Force base's address is registered as the domain of the U.S.

Pic. 1 Sunset in the base at near Popeye's.
You really cannot see anything 'military confidence.' Don't even try.
As I said, my father works there. The soldiers working at the base had privilege which their family members can enter the base. I had my own ID card, and also my brother and mother did. We really never entered the base unless my father could take us there. Other than that, I am quite sure that I was the only one who entered the base by myself without my father. After showing my ID card at the guard post, I could get in the base. Now these days I heard entering the base is more difficult. Sometimes they deny all civilians, even if they are the family members of soldiers, all the time.

However, I still remember what I did at that base. Especially driving around the runway was the best. What a rapture at that time. A few of my friends envied me for the ID card. But, the only chance they can get in was 'Open base,' which was an open event thing for all civilians with exhibition of all the military vehicles and air show. Because of this huge event, my friends asked me if they can go. It was open to the civilians too, but still sometimes the gate guards denied a few people for not bringing legit identity card. We were only middle school students. The only ID cards we had was student ID card, which was not really effective. However, I had the official military ID card issued from the base. Well, yes I eventually brought my friends to the base, entering with my ID cards for three of us.

Pic. 2 In front of F-15 at Open base, Oct 8, 2010
The left one is me. 
I was surprised to see all dinning centers in the base for the first couple times. However, later on I marveled at all educational facilities in the base. The base had starting from preschool to high school. I really wanted to visit one of those educational facilities. However, I was simply not so brave enough to do so. Because I did not want to tress pass any places in the base. Even my father told me not to do anything suspicious--I was an obedient kid. However, I went to a library in the base anyway. There was a sign saying non-U.S. citizen cannot enter. But, I think I could not see that sign. A librarian was not really bothered at all or maybe did not expect that I was not a citizen. Anyway, I went into the library. That was my ever first time to be surrounded by English literature and books. I was very excited to read a few of the books but figured too hard. So I moved to the elementary book section and read just couple books. Since I did not want to bother someone and felt like I was not supposed to be in the library, I left. I remember that there were about three U.S. soldiers using computers there. I think the librarian said something when I was leaving but cannot remember.

Pic. 3 Middle School in the base, Oct 31, 2010
Now, I do not need to go into the base to feel the air of the U.S. anymore, because I am in the U.S. now. However, I still sometimes want to go into the base. The base has its own features and interests that are not in the homeland. I heard that I cannot no longer enter the base even with the ID card. Actually, my father took all the cards away and destroyed. Now inside of the base only remains in my memory. But, I am sincerely looking forward to work part time job in the base or serve Korean Air Force in this U.S. Air Force base.

I will look forward to enter this place again where all of my childhood memories remain.