When Michael & I moved to Montgomery, Alabama in September of 2009 I looked for work (I had been working at the Lands End corporate offices for 8.5 years when he got orders to move) but there was nothing to be found. The longer I went without work the more we started to think that maybe it was best that I not get a job since he was going to be retiring in 3 years anyway and maybe me not working was a way for us to learn to get by on a reduced income.
Having been used to working full-time and now having nothing to do I was getting rather bored. When I found out that Maxwell Air Force Base had a ceramic shop (something I’d done in high school) I decided to check it out, hoping that it would be something that would help pass some time. Well….that was 2 years ago and it definitely served it’s purpose! I made lots of cool stuff and had fun chatting with our military spouses. I was even a ‘volunteer’ for awhile, feeling in for the woman who runs the shop when she couldn’t be there. I haven’t been going to the ‘shop’ a whole lot in the last 6 months or so…too many women in one room tend to cause more drama than I want to deal with…but its still hard to see the place closed down.
We just learned that they will be closing the Ceramic & Wood shop (the building also houses the frame shop & auto shops) as of May 1st. Seems neither are making the money that the government expects that they should be. I’m also hearing that the frame shop, auto shop, youth services, bowling alley and theater are also being ‘looked at’. It’s sad that it seems that the programs that are being ‘looked at’ are those that are they to provide morale support for the military and their families. I was always under the understanding that the programs were suppose to be non-profit anyway so why would not making enough profit be an issue?
On the news last night it was announced that the 7 C-130s that are housed at Maxwell AFB will be decommissioned as well. Now you have to wonder what that will do to the group of people who normally maintain, fly, schedule, etc those airplanes? Will that ‘decommission’ an entire squadron (sorry no air force background so I don’t know what it would be called) – and I’m assuming that they would just be absorbed somewhere else. But keep in mind that not only will the air force be affected but more than likely some civilians, as well, since there are a lot of civilians working on military bases too. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…
I think that we are starting to see the first of a lot of budget cuts with the military.