Taipei Air Station - 1966 - - - " What you have in the end are memories"......... Photo Courtesy of Richard Reesh.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Calling Prior US Military Residing in Taiwan

In its broadest sense, an expatriate is any person living in a different country from where he or she is a citizen.

My friend, Eugene Hirte, a US Air Force retiree, who resides in Taichung with his wife, thought it might be a good idea to bring other expatriate former US Military folks residing in Taiwan together in a loosely formed group, forgoing any formal set requirements.

We have met and corresponded with some US Military expats,  and suspect many others have never checked-in.

Eugene was stationed at Tainan AB June 1966 to September 1967 and later at CCK from December 1969 to December 1974.

He's already started to compile a list of former US Military folks that are married to locals and reside in Taiwan full or part time. 

Currently, there are a few expats in the Taichung area that come together for breakfast once or twice a month. In addition to having a great meal, these informal gatherings around the breakfast table offer and encourage an exchange of information amongst those attending.  

If we have a group consisting of former US Military folks, it is possible to ask the appropriate military authorities for permission to visit some of the old military bases.

Eugene envisions having outings once or twice a year to different cities in Taiwan.

Eugene can help with information and procedures on relocation to Taiwan, requirements for Alien Registration Cards (ARC), Health cards, Driver's License and Bank accounts.

We are not soliciting anything. We're offering a way for expat US Military folks in Taiwan to come together on occasion, where we might enjoy our later years with other former military folks.

Some of us are retired, some work full and/or part time. Everyone is different.  

Please consider joining with us, it should be fun, a change of pace, an at-ease time to talk story and have a few good laughs. What you did in the military is of no importance, we're all civilians now!

For more information, please email Eugene at

Your ideas and comments are always welcomed.

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