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.
German officials bring Christmas cheer to Marines in CMA
U.S. Marines at Baumholder's Controlled Monitoring Area who will be spending Christmas away from their home and families were treated to some local German hospitality Dec. 17 when Guenther Jung, Baumholder city mayor, and Christian Flohr and Michael Roehrig, the city deputy mayors, presented them with boxes of home made Christmas cookies and tangerines.
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
Only African American female to serve as rigger warrant officer retires
The only African American female to ever be designated a rigger warrant retired here in Wiesbaden, Germany, after a 30-year career.
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
Vicenza preps for Net Zero move
Sustainability and energy self-sufficiency continue to move forward with the Net Zero Energy Installation plan at the U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza. The most recent event to take place was the NZEI workgroup visioning session Dec. 3 at Caserma Ederle.
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
Top brass assists overseas reservists and guardsmen
Maj. General Mark T. McQueen, the deputy commanding general of mobility and reserve affairs, headquarters U.S. Army Europe, met with overseas deployment for training Soldiers, or ODT, and their active component sponsors as part of battlefield circulation.
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
Corps of Engineers strengthens SHARP stance in Europe
WIESBADEN, Germany - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District has placed renewed emphasis on its Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention program in an effort to promote awareness and simplify reporting procedures for personnel at its headquarters, area and resident offices across the Continent.
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
LANDCOM achieves 'Full Operating Capability'
Lt. Gen. John W. Nicholson, Jr., Commander Allied Land announced LANDCOM achieved "Full Operating Capability" at a press conference during exercise Trident Lance 2014, which was conducted at the Joint Multinational Training Command here Dec. 10, 2014.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
F2F brings Italian, American female military together
The second annual Home for the Holidays multicultural event dedicated to Italian and American female military was held at the Golden Lion conference center on Caserma Ederle, Dec. 4.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
USAG Ansbach, city of Ansbach host USAREUR holiday combo for holiday concert
The holiday combo of the U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus held a concert in downtown Ansbach Dec. 10, 2014, at the Onoldiasaal.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
Group works to build NATO multinational communication interoperability
A small working group of NATO Service members and civilians assembled at the Joint Multinational Training Command in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Nov. 25, 2014, to discuss possible solutions to some of the communication challenges, which affect our NATO and multinational partners, during joint training exercises.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
Static display commemorating Battle of the Bulge unveiled in Wiesbaden
U.S. Army Europe commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge with the unveiling of a static display at the Shalikashvili Mission Command Center on Clay Kaserne in Wiesbaden, Germany, Dec. 16.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
Luxembourg, US leaders commemorate Battle of the Bulge

Nearly 200 Luxembourgers and Americans observed the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge during a commemorative ceremony at Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial in Luxembourg, Dec. 16, 2014.

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg; Xavier Bettel, prime minister of Luxembourg; Robert Mandell, U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg; U.S. Air Force Gen. Frank Gorenc, commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa; and U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe, participated in the memorial service to honor those who fought and died in the battle from Dec. 16, 1944 through Jan. 25, 1945.
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:11:10 EST
General promotes 4 Airmen on the spot

Gen. Frank Gorenc, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, rewarded four Airmen with on-the-spot promotions to the rank of technical sergeant, effective Dec. 17, through the Stripes for Exceptional Performers program.

Tech. Sgt. Adam Culver, Tech. Sgt. Mauhamed Gadiaga, Tech. Sgt. Jessica Johnson and Tech. Sgt. Eric Sonnenberg were recognized as outstanding performers among their peers and meeting all eligibility criteria for the program.

Culver, a 65th Civil Engineer Squadron heating and ventilation technician, filled a critical master sergeant billet in his unit; managed a $2.2 million budget for the operations flight; and led the air conditioning upgrade for an F-15 flight simulator, cooling $4 million of command and control assets.  He was also a key player in earning the Chief of Staff team Excellence Award in 2011 and was a distinguished graduate in several professional military education courses.
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:57:58 EST
RUfit? Team sports maintain social fitness

U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa began a new campaign called "RUfit?" Oct.1, which focuses on the four pillars of fitness: social, mental, physical and spiritual. 

Some Ramstein High School students highlighted the importance of team sports to maintaining social fitness.

"Being part of a team provides you with better skills in life--you learn teamwork," said Madison Spohr, a senior athlete at Ramstein High School. "You also learn how to communicate better with different types of people and different types of situations." 
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:17:00 EST
Firefighters host course with Lithuanians

Firefighters from the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing's Contingency Response Group provided a familiarization course to 12 Lithuanian Airmen Dec. 4, 2014, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

The course started off with a class room discussion on U.S. search and rescue procedures and techniques and ended with a demonstration from the Lithuanian firefighters, showcasing what they had learned.

"Attending these courses is great because it provides us an opportunity to improve on our own techniques," said Capt. Mykolas Liugas, Lithuanian air force pilot. "After learning what we can here, we will take that knowledge back to our country and compare it to what we do so we can increase our response capabilities."
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:47:00 EST
PJ’s extraordinary heroism earns Air Force Cross

Recognizing extraordinary heroism shown in combat, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James presented the Air Force Cross to an Air Commando during a ceremony here, Dec. 17.

Master Sgt. Ivan Ruiz, a pararescueman deployed with the 22nd Expeditionary Special Tactics Squadron, was awarded the U.S. military's second highest decoration, only to the Medal of Honor, for an Airman. He earned the medal for protecting and saving the lives of two wounded teammates while under heavy enemy fire at close range during combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 10, 2013.
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:39:09 EST
Thousands honor returning WWII veterans at Bastogne

More than 40,000 American and European citizens honored the service and legacy of more than 40 surviving World War II veterans as part of a 70th anniversary celebration of the Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne, Belgium, Dec. 13, 2014.

The veterans, who served in the six-week long and costliest campaign in U.S. Army history, received special recognition from Belgian and American distinguished visitors including King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium; Charles Michel, Belgian prime minister; U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe commander; and Thomas Nides, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and head of the U.S. presidential delegation.
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 02:26:14 EST
Kidnapping victim shares story during Storytellers

An Italian priest who was kidnapped on a mission trip to the Philippines shared his story of adversity and resilience with Team Aviano members during the 3rd annual Storytellers event, Dec. 12, here.

The event that gives individuals a chance to share life-changing events they've been through, allowed Father Giuseppe Pierantoni to speak about an unforgettable experience.

Pierantoni had a dream for his life that may sound unusual - he wanted to live with the poor and live how they live. In 1991, his church granted his wish and sent him to the Philippines, to take part in outreach programs where he spent his next ten years caring for the less fortunate.
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:38:50 EST
Commander, US 6th Fleet Conducts All-Hands Calls
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Vice Adm. James Foggo, III, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet conducted all-hands calls aboard Naval Support Activity Naples Capodichino in Naples, Italy, Dec. 16.
USNS Leroy Grumman Completes Deployment in Mediterranean
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- MEDITERRANEAN SEA - The U.S. Navy's duty oiler in the Mediterranean Sea, fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195), is currently finishing a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea supplying the U.S. Navy and its allies with fuel and supplies at sea, Dec. 11, 2014.
USS Donald Cook Arrives in Israel for Port Visit
HAIFA, Israel (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Haifa, Israel for a routine port visit, Dec. 7.
USS James E. Willams Departs Port Victoria, Seychelles
PORT VICTORIA, Seychelles (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) returned to sea after a six-day port visit in Port Victoria, Seychelles, Nov. 21.
Sexual Assault Reports: Week of December 08-14, 2014
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- This week's overview of alleged sexual assaults was compiled based on 29 initial reports across the Navy from December 08 - 14.
Davidson Assumes Command of United States Fleet Forces
NORFOLK (NNS) -- Adm. Phil Davidson assumed command of U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF), Dec. 19, following his promotion to the rank of Admiral.
DON Ushers in the New Year with More Renewable Energy
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of the Navy (DON) announced, Dec. 19, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)-Energy issued two Requests for Proposal (RFP) to provide renewable energy for installations on the east coast.
Makin Island MWR Holds "Reindeer Games"
GULF OF ADEN (NNS) -- As Christmas melodies echoed throughout the hangar bay of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), smiles on Sailors' faces brought light to the dimly blue lit space as they participated in the command's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) hosted "Reindeer Games," Dec. 10.
TSC San Diego Engages the Fleet with Training Officer Seminar
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Fleet Liaison Office at Training Support Center (TSC), San Diego hosted training officers and assistants from the San Diego fleet during its quarterly Training Officer Seminar, Dec. 11.
NEX Minimart Opens on Naval Base Guam
SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorated the opening of the new Naval Exchange (NEX) Minimart on Naval Base Guam (NBG) Dec. 19.
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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