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.
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.
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.
A variety of factors affect whether or not dental care is available for the family of active-duty service members stationed overseas. These factors include facility location, branch of service, deployments and staffing fluctuations.
I walked through the rooms of our Texas home as if in a daze. My husband had presented me with orders to an OCONUS duty station a few days before, and I was trying to imagine what our furnishings might look like in European house.
Military spouses are given certain preferences when applying for Department of Defense civilian jobs.
As something the military doesn’t pay for, it can be a dauting task to prepare for an overseas PCS when you’ve got pets. But don’t worry, with just a little planning and preparation it can be done!
Standing on an island of square tile in a sea of unpacked boxes, I did my best to fight off that familiar, overwhelming ache of homesickness as it began to fill my chest. For a moment, I found it hard to breathe.
It’s been weeks already and you’re dead tired of living out of a suitcase. The house that could be your home for the next few years has ample space, airy rooms and European charm in buckets.