PCS

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.
Living in the U.K. or plan to drive through the area soon? Here are key rules you need to know. 
CELLPHONE USE WHILE DRIVING 
It is illegal and unsafe to use a hand-held cellphone when driving, except with a hands-free device. 
It was a normal summer day in Germany. I heard the familiar music of the gelato man’s truck tinkling its way down the cobblestone street in front of our house, while the muted shouts of my kids playing with the neighbor children served as a backdrop to the warm stillness.
Living in Italy or plan to drive through the country soon? Here are key rules you need to know. 
CELLPHONE USE WHILE DRIVING 
Do not talk on your cellphone while driving, except with a hands-free device. 
CHILD SAFETY 
Here are key rules to know for driving in Germany:
CELLPHONE USE WHILE DRIVING 
Navigating the roads in Europe can be either an exhilarating experience or harrowing escape, based on where or when you choose to travel.
After being cooped up in our respective homes and host nations for the past 18 months, it’s no surprise that we’re ready to scratch our traveling itch. The dream of visiting extended families and friends is back within our grasp.
Between the jetlag, sleep-deprived family members and for some, anxious pets, the journey to your new overseas duty station is perhaps not as organized as it ought to be. Ideally, this would never happen, but let’s be real. PCSing to another country is stressful and often times difficult.
Germany can be a culture shock for some. But once you’ve gotten over the jetlag and have made your house feel more like a home, you can embark on quite the adventure. From its local cuisines to its castles in the hills, here is why moving to Germany will be a time you will never forget.  
Trying to maintain some semblance of a work-life balance as a sailor or dependent in the Navy can be trying even for the most seasoned active-duty member.
Despite having taken four semesters of German language courses in college, I’ve had plenty of translation incidents during our three years in Deutschland.
Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders arrive and the flurry of moving begins. It’s a time of excitement, anticipation and preparations. One of the best investments you can make is to plan ahead of time for the costs associated with a move.
I am a European mutt but mostly Italian and Polish, two groups of people who tend to ooze oil out of every pore. I spent years battling oily skin, not knowing the one cure was across the pond coming out of a faucet: Germany's hard water.
It’s no secret that attempting to maintain an even work-life balance in the Army life is more than challenging. Whether you’re a new spouse, a seasoned soldier, civilian employee or retiree, there are different needs throughout your time in the military.
Getting an account through an on-base credit union or bank will eliminate headaches when paying bills, transferring money, making purchases, getting cash and managing funds between U.S. dollars and euros.
ON-INSTALLATION BANKING OPTIONS
Credit Unions
Bargain hunters and savvy shoppers dream of deep discounts and deals. In Germany, outlet malls may be the answer to finding the sales and similar stores otherwise found in the States. Bargains abound, but do outlets meet the high expectations of shoppers?