off base

Families stationed in Europe typically send their children to the Department of Defense Education Activity Schools. Access the DODEA Eligibility Information.
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.
You’ve probably heard the phrases “Loose lips sink ships” and “Careless talk costs lives.” These statements were printed on posters displayed throughout the U.S. during World War II as part of a campaign to remind servicemembers and citizens to stay mum about military activity.
Living in Europe certainly has its perks — good food, exciting places to explore, a new language to learn. But let’s face it — if you’re the crafty type, we’ve all had those moments where we wish we could just swing by Michael’s or JoAnn Fabrics to pick up a few items.
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.