A recent ranking by USAA and military.com plops Dayton into the number six spot for best cities for military retirees. I think this is great news for retired and active military members alike. Perhaps some of what makes Dayton attractive to military retirees will appeal to the military personnel who are currently relocating here as part of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) initiative.

The Dayton area is home to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and many contractors and universities working in the aerospace, aviation, and defense disciplines. The city and its suburbs offer affordable housing, good schools, uncongested traffic, along with excellent parks and cultural entertainment.

The Huffman Historic Area residential neighborhood is located within eight miles of Wright-Patterson AFB. We can hear and see its cargo airplanes and jets streak over our mansard roofs and turrets.

I count several active and retired service members as my neighbors. Next door, my neighbor purchased her home a few years ago for a very affordable price. She earned her master’s degree at Wright-Patt and completed training before transferring to Colorado last year. She has kept her house in Huffman and is renting it for the short-term; she plans to return to Dayton in the next few years. Across the street, my neighbor is a retired military medical professional. He works at a local hospital now. I know he enjoys shopping at Wright-Patt’s commissary.

Military and civilian mix pretty easily in the neighborhood. Walk a little further and you’re bound to bump into a veteran or two of the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, a police officer, or someone else who shares a similar ethic of service.

Read more about Dayton’s ranking by USAA and military.com: http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2010/12/06/study-dayton-among-best-us-cities.html

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