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Old 07-20-2016, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Victorville, ca
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Near a base? My husband would prefer to live at least 30 mins from a base..he was a 91Bravo. (all wheel mechanic) he was active army for 8 yrs. He was done in 2011.. now works as a Lead technician mechanic (since 2012) for northrop grumman (union contract government) he makes a good yearly salary and we are spenders, have 5 kids, dog and cat. We love to do things and would like to be not too far from the city but also live near green trees as we live in the high desert of California. Great charter schools, stores etc. He's going to college full time to get his BA. So in 5 yrs when we do plan on moving he will have more options for a job. But salary needs to be $67K or more. We will have one child already graduating high school. And 4 kids under 15. I was told to look at Colorado springs..but I really have no clue what areas are nice. We do want a nice size fenced back yard..no open back. My husband likes privacy. Thank you!
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Old 07-21-2016, 05:26 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Colorado Springs is probably your best bet.
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Old 07-21-2016, 07:07 AM
 
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For detailed discussion of Colorado Springs and vicinity neighborhoods, it would be useful to browse the Colorado Springs sub-forum then ask about specific neighborhoods there that seem interesting to you or talk more about your neighborhood wants / dislikes, budget, etc. Also go to Google Maps, put in Colorado Springs for the location and use "street view" button to drop in to spots and point & click to "drive around" and see the different neighborhoods. At some point, you'll want to take a trip or vacation to the area to see where / if it feels right (give yourself at least 4-5 days). You may want to chat with real agents for detailed information, early (just be upfront about the stage you're at) or certainly when it is go time. Good wishes with your research / planning.

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Old 07-21-2016, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Black Forest, CO
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Plan a trip out here to check out the area, if you have never been. Get an idea of what price home you can afford and do some drive-bys to look at the areas they are in.

Some people expect lush green like back east and are disappointed. I agree that Colorado Springs and that general area with it's proximity to Fort Carson may be a good fit.
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Old 07-21-2016, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Centennial State
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I have to ask because it doesn't make sense to me: Why does he want to be near a military base if he's not active anymore? What are your thoughts on being near a base?

My biological mother had me when my biological father was in the navy so I know quite a bit of what she had to go through raising me and my older brother (I have 3 brothers) while he was on duty for the navy.
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Old 07-21-2016, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Security clearance, familiarity with Standard Operating Procedures, pay scales.
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Old 07-21-2016, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Centennial State
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Security clearance, familiarity with Standard Operating Procedures, pay scales.
What does being near a base you're not even working at do for your security clearance? Unless you PLAN to work on a base is my only guess. Is that why the original poster is asking for suggestions that are within 30 minutes of a base?
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Old 07-21-2016, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Because he is a civilian working on a government contract. Please see below.

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now works as a Lead technician mechanic (since 2012) for northrop grumman (union contract government)
So yes, if they are planning a move (their stated purpose of posting here) and want to remain a civilian contractor in his chosen field, then he will want to be near a base where those credentials can be utilized. Even as a civilian, he must have clearance. Familiarity of other items around the facility, protocols, and specific job will weight the application score in his favor.



To the OP, you will want to spend some time in the Colorado Springs specific forum looking at some options. While there are military facilities in other areas of Colorado, you best options probably lie in Colorado Springs, which has a significant Army and Air Force presence.
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