“I’ve had nothing but bad relationships out there. It’s tough because you have to make sure they understand and you really have to explain what the lifestyle is like. If they want to be with you, permanently, they need to travel with you and move with you.” - Machinery Technician 1st Class Matt Sokolowski, U.S. Coast Guard (Right)
“When we come off deployment we have to get all new wardrobes. Suddenly you get back and there are all these new trends, but you shouldn’t have to follow all of them. Like those midriff shirts, the crop tops. I’m not into that.” - Gas Turbine Systems Technician Ashlee Grey, U.S. Navy
13. On Snooki.
“I used to watch the Jersey Shore, and when I came back, I heard Snooki was pregnant… She just shouldn’t be a mother. Don’t try to take care of someone else if you can’t take care of yourself.” - Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Marcus Applewhite, U.S. Navy (Left)
Photos by Michael Schmidt.
- Sixteen people died after a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed in Texas Saturday.