Wednesday, March 22, 2017
A bit of backstory:
In the military, there's always been a bit of friendly rivalry between both the branches of the service as well as between the individual units of each branch. You'll hear them call the Navy "Squids" and the Marines "Jarheads". The Air Force is usually referred to as "The Chair Force". This base is a testing base, so we have more than just Air Force here - we also have a strong Navy and Marine presence, as well as a number of foreign Army members who train here.
There's a hill right outside our base that seems to be the location of a major "turf war" with the branches/units here. This hill is the largest hill in the local area and anyone driving off base sees it as they drive by. A couple of years ago, one of the units hauled up a bunch of white rocks to the top of the hill and arranged them in a way that looked like a Navy Anchor. With that, the turf war was started.
Each week, a unit makes the hike up the hill to rearrange the rocks to represent their unit. Over the course of the last few years there have been symbols, unit names, ect. Each time you drive by the hill, you can expect to see either Air Force, Navy or the Marines represented in the rocks.
My husband's unit made the trek earlier this month and for a short week the F-22 boys were represented on the hill, until the F-35 guys made their way up and changed it yet again.
But I doubt the F-35 guys have a pic like this one ;)