Help Celebrate 250,000 Visitors Reading Your Stories

Off the Base creator, Bobbie O’Brien, at the controls of a C-17 Globemaster III, thanks to the generosity of the pilot, Maj. Gaulin, and the 621st Contingency Response Wing, based at McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey.

On a Saturday afternoon in October 2010 – this blog was created as part of my Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism 2010-2011.

My deepest thank you to Mrs. Carter and to my many contributors and readers.

Off the Base has thrived and surpassed the milestone of 250,000 views – in just over two years.

Giving Thanks

The success is due to writing and photos from contributors such as Army spouse Jackie Dorr. Her first blog post: Five Years, Two Kids and Four Deployments Later.

Thanks to Dorie Griggs‘ insight and research – a lot more parents understand what their son is experiencing at the Citadel. One of Dorie’s biggest challenges now: A Citadel Mom Marks Her Son’s Transition to Army. Her son deploys soon.

Tracie Ciambotti shared so much of her heart as her son served multiple tours in Afghanistan and she got her daughter-in-law to contribute. Tracie wrote several entries and penned a book about her journey: Battles of the Heart: Boot Camp for Military Moms.

There are many more contributors including some I’ve yet to meet. But, a thanks is also due to Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Rex Temple – for our joint radio series My Last Tour (the inspiration for this project) – and to his wife Liisa who helped me establish the blog and contributed: What I Wish I Had Known About Military Retirement.

What You Can Do

The mission was and continues – to give voice to veterans, active duty military and their families  and help civilians better understand military life and tradition.

Help celebrate your veterans and military – share your story with Off the Base. How do you recognize Veterans Day – will you:

  • visit a VA Hospital
  • stop by a military cemetery
  • send a thank you note to a veteran you know

Veterans what is the most memorable thing a civilian did to acknowledge you and your service? Send me your suggestions and stories at or write them in the comments section.

Thank you — your stories are being read and shared!


2 Responses

  1. Many congratulations, Bobbie, and keep up the good work–and the good fight!

  2. Dorrie has also helped us understand what our DAUGHTERS are experiencing at the Citadel as well. Thanks Dorrie.

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