actually my Dad is "Joe", maybe you heard about him,if not your Dad must remember. "Joe From Maine" was the first hamburger fast food in France in 1952, it drained a lot of GI's from the base until 1967
. Dad paid tuition so I could go to school on the base, first Touvent then La Martinerie until 1966
before the base closed. After that I went back to the States to finish High School, took a crack at college then joined the Air Force in 1969. Vietnam as a French-English interpreter with the FAC and then Athens for the rest of my time (1973), went back to Maine for a few years then came back to Chateauroux to run my dad's place. Am now pre-retired, 3 kids & 3 grandchildren.My airstream is just for family and hosting, the French love it and I rent it out just about all summer. At first I had some plumbing and air-contioning problems but got those worked out, the hardest thing was to find a 220v to 120v transformer big enough to run the air-conditioner and gas heater blower at a good speed.I go past Touvent quite often, they renovated the housing area but the elementary shool is still at the same place, have you had a look at this site? http://chateaurouxamericanhighschool.com/
If you want a good shot of Chateauroux try this link,
it's in French but easy to use.