Blog Posts by Poppin' Smoke

Getting ready to take a military hop? Make sure you have everything you need to be comfortable, entertained, and travel-ready! Here’s how you can prepare for Space-A travel. Table of Contents Documentation What to Wear on a Space-A Flight Layer #1: Lightweight Shirt Layer #2: Thin Fleece Jacket or Vest Layer #3: Lightweight Insulated Jacket Layer #4 Windbreaker Other Clothing What to Bring Small, Lightweight Sleeping Pad/Mattress Travel Pillow Travel Blanket or Sleeping Bag Ear Protection Water Bottle Kindle or Other E-Reader Portable Charger For the Kids: Movies and Games Other Essentials Do... read more

9 Things to Know About Flying Space-A Via JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii Hawaii is a top destination for Space-A travelers seeking year-round warm weather, beautiful beaches, epic surfing, and world-class golf. But it’s also a frequent stop for travelers en route to and from bases in Japan, Korea, Guam and other U.S territories. Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (“JBPHH” or “Hickam”) has the most Space-A flights of any military base in Hawaii and is an extremely busy hub. Whether Hickam is your destination, or you’re just passing through, here’s what you need to know about flying Space-A via Haw... read more

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and you’re probably thinking about where to shop. Before you buy everything at the major retailers, check out these businesses owned and operated by members of the military community. You can find thoughtful gifts and great deals, all while supporting veterans and military families. These companies offer a wide range of products, but in keeping with the spirit of Poppin’ Smoke, I’ve highlighted a few gift ideas for travelers. Even if you don’t buy anything from these retailers, please take the time to read their incredible stories and spread the w... read more

You can fly Space-A on the Patriot Express to Greece, Germany, Japan, and many other places around the world! Have you ever heard reference to the “Patriot Express” or the “rotator” and wondered what it was? It’s one of many possible aircraft you may take when flying military Space-A, and some seasoned Space-A travelers would argue that there’s no better way to travel! The Patriot Express (PE) is a commercial charter flight contracted by the Department of Defense to transport passengers on official military duty and their families. As with other Space-A flights, extra seats on the PE may be a... read more

The coastal city of Cadiz is a short ferry ride from Rota. Started as a trading post by the Phoenicians as early as 1100 B.C., Cadiz claims to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in Western Europe. Are you thinking about moving overseas post-retirement? Here’s the inspiration you need to consider southern Spain! In the latest profile of our Expat Military Retiree Series , Tony Guyette, a Navy retiree, tells us what he loves about living in Rota, Spain. He has embraced the slower-paced lifestyle that comes with Spanish culture, and he has plenty of great advice for military retirees who ... read more