PCS

While waiting in line at the local "Meztgerei," butcher’s shop, an American woman in front of me ordered 250 kilograms of salami.
While waiting in line at the local "Meztgerei," butcher’s shop, an American woman in front of me ordered 250 kilograms of salami.
Jet-lagged and inadequately caffeinated, I fought to keep my eyes open in the darkened conference room where my husband and I were attending our first day of in-processing briefings.
Using a credit card can be the safest and most effective way of carrying currency and buying things “on the economy” when stationed overseas.
Shopping on the economy can be very intimidating, especially if you have not been in Germany very long. After all, almost everything is in German, few brands will be familiar and some of the foods are just very different than what you find in the typical American supermarket.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
A military career means moving and sometimes it means moving right away. The surprise PCS is one of the most dreaded events because it turns your world upside down with very little time to adapt, a million questions to answer, and no time to get everything done. 
Moving to a new duty station has its pros and cons. On the positive side, you’re getting to discover a new place you may have never thought to go before. On the flip side, it’s stressful to learn a new town and meet new people. Imagine the compounded stress of moving to a new country!
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?
In my husband’s 19-year active duty career, we’ve been stationed at many different bases — all of which are pretty decent size.
To many locals, European rail travel is one of the most romantic ways to explore. It's not only an easy way to travel but a train winding through the German countryside gives breathtaking views. You're taking a road trip without having to take turns driving, make pit stops and argue over music.
Whether living on or off base, you are required to recycle in Germany. Installation recycling centers are only for those in government housing.