PCS

As the flurry of assignment notifications begins to fall from their respective personnel offices, you may soon discover that your time in Europe (sadly) is coming to a close. If you’ve received word that you’re heading back to the States, it comes with a mixed bag of emotions.
When my husband joined the military years ago, I had no clue what to expect. Visions of spouses dressed in their finery with pearls draped around their neck danced in my head.
While waiting in line at the local "Meztgerei," butcher’s shop, an American woman in front of me ordered 250 kilograms of salami.
When the exuberant excitement of overseas orders inevitably begins to wane, the questions start to kick in. Which pieces of furniture will fit? Do I bring all my books or put them in storage? Is it worth bringing the piano? And one of the most crucial, do I bring my car or not?
Congratulations! Your orders are in, and you have one of the military's coveted "good deals": Hawaii, Germany, Japan. Your friends are jealous as you imagine all kinds of travel, food, and new adventures.
Using a credit card can be the safest and most effective way of carrying currency and buying things “on the economy” when stationed overseas.
Whether you love it or hate it, moving is a big part of being a military spouse. On top of the constant moves, there are the occasional less-than-ideal living circumstances you’ll find in another country.
As a first-term Airman or family new to the Air Force, the change in lifestyle and the demands on the service member can feel overwhelming.
As the assignment notifications begin to roll out for the upcoming move cycles, you may have been surprised to learn you won’t be heading back to the States. You’re one of the fortunate few to score a back-to-back overseas assignment.
Whether it’s a PCS, TDY or short vacation for a few days or weeks, there are simple techniques that will help you minimize the effects you’ll inevitably feel when exposed to a new culture.
Every couple of years the rumblings of an impending move start rippling through my family. For many dependents and family members, it’s easy to adopt a roll-with-it outlook.
Being stationed in the United Kingdom, I always seem to find myself looking to vacation elsewhere. With cheap flights to mainland Europe on the rise, staying home may not be your first choice for a break. However, who says you need to jet off to Europe for an escape?
Miss shopping state-side at all your favorite stores? Being in another country, you may not be able to easily pick up your favorite pair of jeans which you can only get at that particular store. Thanks to shipping, receiving a piece of home has been made easier than ever before.
Frohe Weihnachten, or Merry Christmas, appeared to be etched into the sky over our heads, written in loopy holiday twinkling lights.
PCSing is a major hurdle to jump no matter your age, whether you have done it a thousand times, or it’s your first time leaving home. Things become even more complicated once you go off to college.
Military acronyms are essentially their own language. To the unsuspecting non-service-affiliated person, it sounds like a bunch of random letters and vowels smushed together, often resulting in a panicked, deer-in-the-headlights look.