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Growing up, spring break in Texas meant a family trip to the Gulf Coast. I can still smell the sunscreen (and aloe vera gel for the inevitable sunburns) and taste the sea salt when I close my eyes.
“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy,” croons Ella Fitzgerald.
Something magic happens at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Whether the last 12 months have been your best yet ...
Being overseas doesn’t mean you have to put your education on hold. In fact, this might be a perfect opportunity for you to continue your studies. For years, the U.S.
If your child will be attending a DODEA school, be sure to stop by the AAFES Exchange cash cage to set up a pre-pay lunch account.
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.
Shopping at the German grocery store can be intimidating. When you don’t speak the language or understand the pricing system, the idea of the commissary as a safe haven is totally understandable.
Overseas orders can be exciting for military families, but you will need to do a little additional work and planning if you are going to take your privately owned vehicle, or POV. The government will pay to ship one vehicle to your final destination if your overseas installation allows a POV.
Sending your child off to college is an exciting but expensive time for families. If you are stationed in Europe, the cost of flights to and from school can be onerous. There is a benefit that helps our families stationed here in Europe with this added cost.
You’ve probably heard of this Football …
Since 1962, an innocuous looking briefcase known as the “Football” has followed the President of the United States. Carried by a military aide, wherever the president goes, so does the Football.
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.
As a military spouse, it can be difficult finding employment. Constant moves, TDYs, deployments and family obligations can put a damper on job opportunities. Home-based businesses (HBB) are an excellent alternative to traditional office jobs.
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. 
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – After 18 months of preparation, evaluations, and intense competition, the Clock Tower Café bested 197 other dining facilities to win the 2016 Department of the Army Philip A. Connelly Best Garrison Dining Facility Award.