on base

Whether you just arrived or have been here a while, you may be scratching— or still shaking —your head about some issues. We polled people at the office as well as other servicemembers, their spouses and U.S. civilians stationed in Europe.
Deployments are never easy, no matter if it is your first, or if you and your spouse have weathered a few assignments together.
Two years ago my friend Mary took a summer job in Spain. After unpacking, plugging in and using her hair straightening iron, it became alarmingly apparent that something was wrong.
Being stationed overseas does not mean that there is a lack of exciting, educational and entertaining summer activities for school-age kids.
It’s a common drill in the military that takes place, on average, every 3 years. You’ve received a new assignment; packed all your belongings, moved roughly 3,000 miles away and checked into temporary housing. Almost immediately, you begin the search for permanent quarters. 
Adjusting to moving abroad can be hard for families, especially spouses. Often the spouse leaves a respected career, business networks and emotional support of family and friends. When duty calls again and active-duty spouses go TDY or on a deployment, those broken ties are felt ten-fold. 
Shop for European holiday gifts at the Crown Jewel Bazaar, presented by USAG Bavaria Oct. 14-16.