Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Today is our 32 anniversary. 3 December 1982- 3 December 2014
We were both stationed in Naples, Italy at the Armed Forces South headquarters there. My wife was on the staff of AirSouth, the NATO branch of the U.S. Tactical Air Forces in the Southern NATO region. I was at Comstrikforsouth, the NATO branch of the U.S. Sixth Fleet.
We didn't get married in Italy because we were not catholic, and the Italian government made it very difficult to get the necessary permits if you were not catholic. I had a conference at the Naval Amphib base at Little Creek, Va every year in the last week of November, so we took a few days leave and got married in the base chapel there after the conference ended.
I had it set up for the base chaplain to marry us, and didn't plan on anyone being there but my wife and I. Instead, a whole bunch of family members showed up, which complicated things enormously and made it a lot more stressful than it should have been.
My wife's family insisted on having a wedding dinner the night before the wedding. We went to some restaurant in town. I suppose it's traditional but I could have done without it and my wife felt the same way.
You can't control everything all the time though, no matter how hard you try.