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.
U.S. Army Europe, NATO Allied Land Command co-host Combined Training Conference
U.S. Army Europe and NATO Allied Land Command co-hosted the Combined Training Conference, a semi-annual event held at NATO School Oberammergau, Germany, to plan combined training and exercises, Oct. 21, 2014.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Reassurance, interoperability key for U.S. Army Europe
The deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Europe said the command is well-situated to answer threats to security in the region and to further interoperability among NATO allies and partner nations, speaking at a Defense Writers Group breakfast, Oct. 16, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Delegates prioritize Army Family Action Plan issues
WIESBADEN, Germany - Change may be on the way for the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden community now that delegates of the Army Family Action Plan conference have reported this year's prioritized issues to garrison leaders. More than 30 issues were sorted, analyzed and prioritized during the fiscal year 2015 conference held Oct. 15-16 at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Life Skills University aimed at helping professionals learn skills early in their careers
WIESBADEN, Germany - A new 66th Military Intelligence Brigade initiative is aimed at helping people learn various life skills earlier in their careers, rather than later by trial and error, according to Col. Dave Pendall, 66th MI Brigade commander. "It's really about family life and family life skills," said Pendall. "We all have different challenges … and there are different stressors over here in Germany."
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S. military, city officials meet to reduce noise pollution
WIESBADEN, Germany - U.S. military and local Wiesbaden-area officials met Oct. 8 to discuss ways to further reduce noise pollution during the second Noise Abatement Commission meeting of 2014. "Noise complaints in 2014 are down significantly from 2013," said Col. Mary Martin, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander, while opening the session which included participation by military and civilian aviation staff, Wiesbaden Mayor Arno Gossmann and other surrounding community leaders, and a representative from the BILGUS citizen's initiative group.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Hispanic heritage: Observance celebrates legacy of action, future successes
WIESBADEN, Germany - Despite speaking English with a heavy accent, Sgt. Maj. Carlos Capacetti said he is no less an American than the 102 pilgrims who migrated to America in 1620. This exceptional diversity and legacy is what he, along with other Americans of Hispanic descent and members of the Wiesbaden community, celebrated Oct. 15 in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month at the Tony Bass Multi-Purpose Center on Clay Kaserne.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Nature walk brings local terrain to life
Environmental Trail Tour brings community members closer to nature
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
How parents can help keep their children from drugs
Parents often struggle with determining the appropriate age to discuss alcohol and drugs with their children. Here's why it's important to hold an open, honest conversation on the matter.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
CG flu shot
Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campell, Jr., U.S. Army Europe commander, recieves his annual flu shot from Wiesbaden Army Health Clinic personnel Monday, Oct. 20. WAHC clinic and Army medical personnel across the theater are dedicated to the health and longevity of their patient populations during this flu season and beyond. The health of our Soldiers and their Family members is the top priority.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Reserve Unit pays tribute to WW2 battle, veteran
Members of the 2500th Digital Liaison Detachment based in Longare attended the 70th Anniversary of the World War II battle at Monte Battaglia near Castel Del Rio on Sept. 7.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
NATO displays cohesion through exercise Noble Justification

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:01:54 EST
Constructional 'A-Team'

When the construction needs of Aviano become greater than one shop can handle, teamwork is required to complete the job.

The 31st Civil Engineer Squadron Operations Flight consists of numerous shops; although these shops normally stand alone, during larger projects, all their expertise are needed.

"When we have an opportunity to pull all the shops together it gives us a chance to learn each other's trades, help each other out and to be more efficient during our jobs," said Tech. Sgt. Brandyn Walter, 31st CES structural craftsman.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:16:00 EST
Face of Defense: Airmen support Ebola operations

As service members travel to Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, Ramstein continues to establish itself as a power projection platform for Europe and Africa.

Medical professionals from the 86th Medical Group, along with leadership throughout Team Ramstein, recently implemented plans to ensure safety precautions are taken to protect the aircrews, passengers and the 54,000 members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community. 

Exposure assessments
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:19:00 EST
Team Mildenhall Airman shares story of loss to raise awareness of childhood cancer

Ty Nordstrom was just 4 years old when he caught a large catfish by himself.

"It weighed around 7 pounds! He was very proud of himself - it was a long, hard-fought battle between the two of them," reminisced his dad, Master Sgt. Lyle Nordstrom, 352nd Special Operations Group Inspector General superintendent from Iron River, Mich.

But that wasn't the only battle Ty faced at such a young age. He soon had to deal with something much scarier - cancer.

He hadn't yet reached his fifth birthday when he was diagnosed. Ty died Nov. 13, 2009 - a month before his seventh birthday. He'd been suffering from non-rhabdomyosarcoma.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:18:00 EST
U.S. Embassy deputy chief of mission visits Aviano

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:39:41 EST
Air National Guard soars skies over Poland

Airmen from the U.S. and Polish Air Forces started training together at the 33rd Air Base at Powidz Air Base, Poland, Oct. 15, 2014, for the start of Aviation Detachment rotation 15-1.

Roughly 50 Airmen and three C-130 Hercules aircraft from the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, Peoria, Illinois, will participate in the training hosted by Detachment 1, 52nd Operations Group, in Lask Air Base, Poland.

"Our mission here is to support the Aviation Detachment rotation and build upon the interoperability between our two forces," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Douglas Applegren, chief of tactics for rotation 15-1. "We have been looking forward to this rotation ever since we found out about it, and our Airmen are excited to work and train together with the Polish air force."
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:30:00 EST
Ramstein teams with German partners during exercise

Ramstein Airmen in concert with German disaster response authorities participated in a combined major accident response exercise, or MARE, here Oct. 18.

The exercise tested German and U.S. first responders' ability to react to a massive on-base accident, from initial notification to the recovery phase.  The MARE was an opportunity to train and rehearse roles and responsibilities in a crisis between Ramstein Airmen and German partners.

"Our German counterparts from the Kaiserslautern area brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the scenario," said Col. Lee Smith, 86th Airlift Wing vice commander. "Together, we used our skills to test our interoperability and coordination during a crisis and I am very pleased with the results."
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:29:00 EST
USS Donald Cook Holds Change of Command
ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- The crew of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Rota, Spain, Oct. 17.
USS Cole Conducts Remembrance Ceremony, Honors Fallen of 2000 Attack
BLACK SEA (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) conducted a remembrance ceremony for fallen service members of the October 12, 2000 terrorist attack.
USS Mount Whitney to Enter Black Sea
AEGEAN SEA (NNS) -- The U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) will enter the Black Sea, Oct.11, to promote peace and stability in the region.
USS Cole to Enter Black Sea
USS COLE, At Sea (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) will enter the Black Sea, Oct. 10, to promote peace and stability in the region.
USS Mount Whitney Departs Gaeta to Strengthen Maritime Partnerships
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- The U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) departed its homeport of Gaeta, Italy, Oct. 8 to conduct a routine underway within the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
USS James E. Williams Sailors Play Soccer Match with Mauritius Police Force
PORT LOUIS, Mauritius (NNS) -- Sailors from Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) participated in a soccer match with the local police force after pulling into Port Louis, Mauritius, for a scheduled port visit, Oct. 1.
USS James E. Williams Arrives in Port Louis, Mauritius
PORT LOUIS, Mauritius (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) arrived in Port Louis, Mauritius, for a port visit Sept. 29.
Defense Logistics Agency Presents Customer of the Year Award to PEO LCS
FORT BELVOIR, Va. (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy's Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships (PEO LCS) received the 2014 Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Business Alliance Customer of the Year Award at a ceremony Oct. 22 at DLA headquarters.
CNO Holds an All-Hands Call for Kearsarge Sailors
NORFOLK (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert visited Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), Oct. 22.
31st Beirut Memorial Service Honors Rhode Island Nine Marines Killed
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (NNS) -- The nine Marines from Rhode Island who died on Oct. 23, 1983 in the terrorist truck bombing attack at the Marine barracks, Beirut, Lebanon, were memorialized, Oct. 23, at the 31st anniversary Beirut Memorial Service conducted in the Portsmouth Historical Society chapel.
U.S. Marines partner with East African forces
U.S. Marines arrived in East Africa, October 14, to train Ugandan and Burundian forces, preparing them for future deployments.  The forces will practice basic infantry tactics, engineering, logistical support, countering improvised explosive devices, lifesaving techniques, and convoy operations throughout October and December. The U.S. force is

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
U.S., Bulgaria resilient as regional threat looms
U.S. and Bulgarian military exercises demonstrate a combined commitment to preserving European security amidst recent Russian aggression.  As current regional tensions in Eastern Europe intensify, NATO partnerships are vital to deescalating and deterring threats.  During a recent training exercise, the U.S. and Bulgarian forces refined offensive

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Riverine tactics deter illicit activity on Cameroon waterways
Countries in Africa with access to coastal and inland waterways like Cameroon have placed great emphasis on riverine operations and patrolling to help ensure the safety and security of their border.  Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen from Security Cooperation Team 5 Bravo, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa,

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
US Marines provide support to Ebola Response in West Africa
U.S. Marines and sailors assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Africa (SPMAGTF-CR-AF) arrived in Monrovia, Liberia, and are ready to provide support to Operation United Assistance, Oct. 9, 2014.  On Oct. 8, 2014, an alert response force from SPMAGTF-CR-AF consisting of four MV-22 Ospreys, two KC-130J Super

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Finding the ties that bind: Breaking the cycle in West Africa
As any Marine will attest to, the back-bone of the Marine Corps is our strong NCO leadership. The Marine Corps has a proud history of encouraging decentralized leadership and empowering our NCOs to accomplish a given task. This requires a high level of trust plus communication between officers and NCOs and willingness for officers to allow success

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Final GDP-ISAF Rotation Redeploys Following Successful Partnership with Georgian Armed Forces
Marines and Sailors from Georgia Training Team, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, are nearing the end of their six month deployment supporting the Georgia Deployment Program- International Security Assistance Force. They are the final GTT to train a Battalion from the Georgian Armed Forces to support the ISAF mission in Afghanistan.   Combat

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Ebola: AFL, US enablers key in Liberia's fight against virus
A U.S. military contingent led by Marines are assisting the Armed Forces of Liberia to handle humanitarian and security crises.  Since 2009, U.S. Marines, leading a joint force from U.S. Africa Command, have partnered with the AFL and other West African forces as part of Operation Onward Liberty.   "The AFL has steadily grown in both capability and

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:06:32 GMT
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
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