Below you will find a comprehensive listing of websites and resources for U.S. military families who are stationed in Spain. The list below provides information on commissaries, exchange facilities, official installation resources, MWR facilities, spouses' clubs, DoDEA schools, travel resources, housing facilities, libraries, lodging facilities, medical facilities and more for the U.S. military communities at Moron and Rota. Please suggest any other sites you think others will find useful during their Spanish deployments.

Community: Moron AB

  3973rd Combat Defense Squadron (Unofficial Site)
An unofficial site dedicated to the history of the 3973rd Combat Defense Squadron (CDS) at Moron Air Base, Spain.
  496th Air Base Squadron Information
An overview of the 496th Air Base Squadron on
  Housing Information for Moron AB
Official website of the Housing Management Office on Moron AB.
  Moron AB Air Force Inn
Information on the Air Force Inns facility at Moron AB.
  Moron AB Installation Overview
An overview of the installation and facilities at Moron AB in Spain.
  Moron AB Wikipedia Entry
The Wikipedia article on Moron AB in Moron, Spain.
  Morón Services
Air Force Services homepage for Moron, Spain.
  Morón Weather
Current weather and a forecast for Moron De La Frontera, Spain.
  NEX Moron AFB
Information on the NEX facilities in Moron, Spain.
  Sevilla Elementary School
DoDEA elementary school at Moron AB in Spain.

Community: US Naval Station Rota

  Fleet & Family Support Center
Information about the Fleet and Family Readiness facilities at NS Rota.
  Focus on Naval Station Rota
Official news from U.S. NS Rota.
  Housing Resource Center
Official housing quick reference guide for NS Rota.
  Naval Station Rota Wikipedia Article
The Wikipedia article on Naval Station Rota, Spain.
  NEX Rota Gateway Mall
Information on the NEX facilities in Rota.
  Rota Commissary
Information about the U.S. military commissary in Rota, Spain.
  Rota Elementary School
DoDEA elementary school in Rota, Spain.
  Rota High School
DoDEA high school in Rota, Spain.
  Rota High School Alumni Association
Alumni association website for graduates of Rota High School.
  Rota MWR
Informational website from MWR for the Rota movie schedule, ITT, recreation, athletics, childcare and other MWR activities.
  Rota Tourism
Site featuring tourist attractions and information about the city of Rota, Spain.
  US Naval Hospital Rota, Spain
Official website for the U.S. Naval Hospital Rota.
  US Naval Station, Rota
Homepage for the CNIC Naval Station Rota.

Community: Useful Links

  All About Spain
Learn all about Spain's people, regions, culture and more at this site.
Andalucia.comis the world’s premier site for useful information about Andalucia and Southern Spain since 1996.
  Army Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) in Europe
Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation in Europe offers a network of quality support and leisure services that enhances the lives of Soldiers, Civilians, Families, military retirees and other eligible participants.
  CIA Fact Book for Spain
The CIA's world factbook entry for Spain.
  Just Landed - simplify your life in Spain!
Living, working or studying in Spain? Just Landed helps you manage everyday life with a Spain Guide that covers topics like visas, housing, jobs and finance.
  Madrid Shopping Guide
An overview of some of the best places to shop in Madrid, together with a price guide for each area. Included are the latest styles in Madrid and how it compares to other European cities.
  Madrid Vacation Apartments
Find a great deal on a vacation rental in Madrid by owner at this site.
  Military Friends was the first military dating site to provide military dating service for military singles and admirers in the world! We bring together single members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Police Force, and Firefighters -- as well as civilians, veterans.
  Spain - State Department Background Notes
Background notes on the U.S.A. relationship with Spain from the U.S. State Department.
  Spain Expat
Spain Expat is the leading independent information site specifically for expats moving to Spain or already living there.
  Spainish Government Resources
Official government sites (city, state, federal) for Spain.
  Spanish Cooking Recipes
Spanish recipes and information on customs and hospitality in Spain.
  Spanish Living Guide
Offers a complete guide to life and living in Spain.
  Spanish/American Dictionary
The World Leader in Spanish Translation and Learning. Explore more than 1,000,000 Spanish translations, 10,000 verb conjugations, and 60 videos to learn Spanish. All for free!
  U.S. Consulate in Barcelona
Homepage for the United States Consulate in Barcelona, Spain.
  U.S. Embassy in Madrid
Homepage for the United States Embassy in Madrid, Spain.
Secretary of the Army John McHugh witnesses Rapid Trident 2014
U.S. Army Europe and Ukrainian Land Forces welcomed the Secretary of the U.S. Army John McHugh and senior military officials and dignitaries from several nations to Rapid Trident 2014 in Yavoriv, Ukraine, Sept. 19, 2014.
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Senior U.S., European land forces leaders meet to discuss security, interoperability
Senior land forces commanders from 38 European partner nations, the U.S. and Canada convened in Wiesbaden, Germany, Sept. 15, 2014, to discuss the future of cooperative European security, during the 22nd Annual Conference of European Armies.
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
USAG Bamberg closes after 69 years of US Army presence
After nearly 70 years of American Soldiers in Bamberg, Germany, the U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg colors were cased and the American flag was lowered for the final time Sept. 12, 2014.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S. Army Europe Soldiers drive to prove warrior skills
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- As Soldiers push through the 2014 U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior and Best Junior Officer Competitions here this week, certain events are proving to be more challenging than others. Over the course of the five-day competition, USAREUR's top Soldiers are confronting more than 30 tests of physical, mental and emotional strength and endurance.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior, Junior Officer Competitions combine challenge, teamwork
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Participants from units throughout U.S. Army Europe are running, shooting, marching, inspecting, climbing, mapping, maintaining, writing, navigating, planning, carrying and bandaging their way through more than 30 Soldier tasks in hopes of being named one of USAREUR's Best Warriors or the Best Junior Officer for 2014.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
US delivers upgraded school in Kosovo
More than 900 students and 50 faculty members in a formerly strife-torn region of Kosovo returned to a fully revamped school this fall, thanks to a collaborative humanitarian-assistance project by U.S. partner agencies. Representatives from U.S. Embassy Pristina, the Office of Defense Cooperation, U.S. European Command and Kosovo's Ministry of Education joined city leaders Sept. 9 in Mitrovica for the reopening of Musa Hoti Primary School.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Was ist los in Franken? Sept. 17 through 24, 2014
"Was ist los in Franken?" details off-post community events and activities occurring throughout Lower, Upper and Middle Franconia.
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Rapid Trident 2014 begins in Ukraine
Soldiers from 15 nations began two weeks of collective training, with a ceremony Sept. 15, 2014, at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Yavoriv, Ukraine, to mark the official start of Rapid Trident 2014.
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
4th IBCT color guard represents 'Big Red One' in Belgium for World War II commemoration
Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division's, color guard are in Belgium to participate in numerous military ceremonies that will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the country's liberation by Allied Forces during World War II.
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Soldiers medal in swimming at Invictus Games
On the last day of the inaugural Invictus Games, several current, retired and former Soldiers captured medals during the swimming events in London, Sept. 14, 2014.
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Bonds strengthened during Italian-American Friendship Festival

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:41:30 EST
Allies remember sacrifices; Operation Market Garden

End the war before Christmas was the plan in mind when American, British and Polish troops boarded aircraft and flew across the English Channel into the Netherlands to conduct Operation Market Garden on Sept. 17, 1944. The mission was an attempt to pierce the German defenses by capturing key positions throughout the Netherlands. Success would have put the Allies closer to invading Germany and in position to possibly end the war in Europe six months earlier.

However, the overall operation was deemed a failure. The Allies were unable to capture all their objectives and lost more than 15,000 troops after nine days of intense fighting.
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:37:59 EST
RAF Alconbury hosts multi-national POW/MIA remembrance run

It was his 23rd mission - flying directly over Hanoi, North Vietnam, Oct. 26, 1967. Everything was fine until "a Russian missile the size of a telephone pole came up."

The sky was full of them, the U.S. Navy pilot said. It blew the right wing off his Douglas A-4 Skyhawk and sent him into an uncontrollable, downward spiral.

Frantically, the pilot pulled the ejection handle and was instantly knocked unconscious by the force at which he was thrown from the aircraft. Although he didn't realize it at the time, he had suffered a broken leg and two broken arms. His seemingly lifeless body hung by the strings of his parachute like a marionette as he slowly descended toward the Western Lake of Hanoi - extremely hostile territory.
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:17:38 EST
Are you ACE'ing your wingmen?

September is when the U.S. observes Suicide Prevention Month and military members could be more at risk for suicide than others.

Long deployments far away from loved ones, leaving family behind, a new home and way of life, long work hours and the sights of a deployed location could all have an effect on an Airman.

The chaplains are here to provide any military member with advice, or they're just someone to listen.

"Everyone is entitled to feel down or be in a funk for a period of time due to personal hardships or circumstances. However, when that funk turns into thoughts of suicide or prolonged depression, it's important to get help," said Maj. Randy Croft, 100th Air Refueling Wing deputy chaplain. "The Air Force offers numerous agencies of care (i.e. mental health, psychologists, counselors and chaplains) for Airmen dealing with suicidal ideations, but the first line of intervention is almost always a friend or co-worker."
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 06:12:00 EST
Air Advisors Branch reaches new level

The 435th Air Ground Operations Wing's Air Advisor Branch executed five missions at once, the most it has ever done in one week, Sept. 15-19 in three NATO countries.

The Air Advisor Branch is reaching out to three partner countries with five different missions traveling to learn and develop from each other in order to allow streamlined work and partnership in the future. The Air Advisor Branch has executed more than 70 missions across Europe and Africa since formed in 2012. Until recently the average number of mission in a single week had been two.
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 04:50:01 EST
Mobility Squadrons 'Round Up' top performers

The 726th Air Mobility Squadron, an Air Mobility Command tenant unit, hosted the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing Round Up on Spangdahlem Air Base, pitting several AMC squadrons in U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa against one another in one location Sept. 15-16, 2014.

"The round up is an event that we usually do every two years, where we come together as maintenance and aerial port teams to run challenge events in our career field," said  U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Wilbur George, 726th AMS aircraft services superintendent and native of Clarksville, Tennessee. "The round up is compiled of a challenge course to see which teams are the best."
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:19:12 EST
Kansas Coyotes refuel Spangdahlem fighters

At more than 28,000 feet above ground, a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker and its crew assigned to the 117th Air Refueling Squadron in Topeka, Kansas, executed an aerial refueling mission with 52nd Fighter Wing F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft Sept. 18 at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.

Aerial refueling is the process of transferring fuel from one aircraft to another during flight to allow aircraft to be airborne longer, extending its range and mission capabilities.

"The F-16 usually has a mission time of about an hour to an hour and a half," said U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Andrew J. Taylor, a 52nd FW F-16 pilot. "Being able to use the tankers and refuel in the air is awesome for us. It allows us to do longer missions. We can set up a scenario, go fight and then go get fuel in the air to go back and fight again."
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:19:00 EST
FAST Company and CTF 68 Conduct Contingency Response Training Exercise
ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- Sailors from Commander, Naval Expeditionary Task Force Europe and Africa (CTF 68) joined with Marines from Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team (FAST) Company Europe and Africa Sept. 18 for a contingency response training exercise.
APS Annual Planning Conference Concludes
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Maritime professionals from Africa, Europe and the U.S. concluded the Africa Partnership Station (APS) Annual Planning Conference, Sept. 17.
USS Ross, USS Cole Arrive in Israel
BLACK SEA (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) arrived today in Haifa, Israel, for a scheduled port visit. USS Cole (DDG 67) arrived in port, Sept. 14.
Maritime Professionals Gather in Naples for APS Annual Planning Conference
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Maritime professionals from Africa, Europe, and the U.S. began a three-day conference aimed to enhance collaborative efforts to achieve maritime security in Africa, Sept. 15.
USS Ross to Exit Black Sea
BLACK SEA (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) transited the Bosphorus Strait departing the Black Sea, Sept. 12, after conducting a series of engagements designed to promote peace and stability in the region.
Eurasia Partnership Non-Commissioned Officer Development Course Concludes in Naples, Italy
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Senior Non-Commissioned Officers from the U.S. Navy with allied and partner nations in Eastern Europe concluded the Eurasian Partnership Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Development Training workshop at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples, Sept. 11.
USS Ross Hosts Exercise Sea Breeze 2014 Opening Ceremony
BLACK SEA (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) hosted the opening ceremony of Exercise Sea Breaze 2014, a multinational maritime exercise in the Black Sea, Sept. 8.
USS Ross Arrives in Romania
CONSTANTA, Romania (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) arrived in Constanta, Romania, for a scheduled port visit, Sept. 5.
USS Ross to Enter Black Sea
TURKISH STRAITS (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) will enter the Black Sea to promote peace and stability in the region, Sept. 3.
EODMU 8, VP-4 Participating in Exercise Northern Coasts
BALTIC SEA (NNS) -- Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 8, based at Naval Station Rota, Spain, and Patrol Squadron (VP) 4, based at Naval Air Station Sigonella, are participating in Exercise Northern Coasts 2014 (NOCO 14), beginning Aug. 29.
How Marines and West Africans improved relationships through community outreach projects in Senegal
Note: U.S. Marine Capt. Dustin Partridge is the officer-in-charge for the current iteration of the Military Intelligence Basic Officer Course-Africa, a multilateral military training engagement in Senegal. He shares his experiences building positive relationships with the host-nation community in this first-person perspective.    Marines always

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:58:00 GMT
Maj. Gen. Beydler visits SP-MAGTF Africa
Maj. Gen. William D. Beydler, the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Africa, visited here, Sept. 13, to meet the service members of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14. The service members currently assigned to SP-MAGTF Africa 14 are tasked with supporting Marine Forces Europe and

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:11:19 GMT
Tennessee Marine returns from training in Burundi
Major Luke A. Sauber, a Marine with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14, and native of Memphis, Tennessee, recently returned from a theater security cooperation mission in Burundi.    Sauber was part of a small team of Marines and Sailors who trained and advised the Burundi National Defense Force in logistics and engineering,

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:10:43 GMT
New York Sailor returns from training in Burundi
Petty Officer 1st Class Mazamesso Solitoki, a corpsman with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14, and native of New York, N.Y., recently returned from a theater security cooperation mission in Burundi. Solitoki was part of a small team of Marines and Sailors who trained and advised the Burundi National Defense Force in logistics

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:10:14 GMT
SP-MAGTF Africa 14 attends local play, breaks bread with locals
After conducting two successful community relations projects in Vizzini, Sicily, the Marines and Sailors of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa, along with other local volunteers, were able to sit back and enjoy a play which was originally set at Cunziria, a district of Vizzini, Sept. 7. “Cunziria” or tannery dates back to Roman

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:08:58 GMT
Commandant, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps visits SP-MAGTF Africa
The 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps General James F. Amos and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett visit here, Sept. 3, to meet the Marines, Sailors and Coastguardsmen of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14. During the visit, Amos and Barrett walked through individual work sections at SP-MAGTF Africa to meet

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:08:21 GMT
BSRF-14 Marines fight to complete non-lethal weapons training
MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania - Marines and Sailors of Black Sea Rotational Force 14 completed a non-lethal weapons training course Sept. 3-9 on Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania.  The course began with level one exposure to Oleoresin Capsicum spray and a short martial arts course directly after. The service members lined up to receive

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:00:00 GMT
SP-MAGTF Africa 14 Marines, Coastguardsmen, Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos train-the-trainer
Security Cooperation Team- 1, with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14, departed Naval Air Station Sigonella for an upcoming train-the-trainer theater security cooperation engagement in Toubacouta, Senegal, during September. The team will train and advise their counterpart cadre, the Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 04:00:00 GMT
SP-MAGTF Africa 14 Marines, Coastguardsmen work together
Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 have teamed with the U.S. Coast Guard for upcoming Theater Security Cooperation engagements in Africa. SP-MAGTF Africa formed in October 2011, and is sourced by rotating forces. The current iteration is sourced from units across II Marine Expeditionary Force primarily Combat

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:00:00 GMT
SP-MAGTF Africa 14 service members train for upcoming TSC engagements
When conducting boat exercises, the potential for capsizing is prevalent. If a situation arises on a deployment in a maritime domain, service members must know what actions to take to ensure the safety of all personnel. U.S. Marines and British Royal Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 conducted small-craft capsize

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:00:00 GMT
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