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.
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  496th Air Base Squadron Information
An overview of the 496th Air Base Squadron on GlobalSecurity.org.
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  Housing Information for Moron AB
Official website of the Housing Management Office on Moron AB.
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  Moron AB Air Force Inn
Information on the Air Force Inns facility at Moron AB.
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  Moron AB Installation Overview
An overview of the installation and facilities at Moron AB in Spain.
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  Moron AB Wikipedia Entry
The Wikipedia article on Moron AB in Moron, Spain.
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  Morón Services
Air Force Services homepage for Moron, Spain.
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  Morón Weather
Current weather and a forecast for Moron De La Frontera, Spain.
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  NEX Moron AFB
Information on the NEX facilities in Moron, Spain.
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  Sevilla Elementary School
DoDEA elementary school at Moron AB in Spain.
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Community: US Naval Station Rota

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

  All About Spain
Learn all about Spain's people, regions, culture and more at this site.
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  Andalucia
Andalucia.comis the world’s premier site for useful information about Andalucia and Southern Spain since 1996.
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  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.
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  CIA Fact Book for Spain
The CIA's world factbook entry for Spain.
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  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.
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  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.
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  Madrid Vacation Apartments
Find a great deal on a vacation rental in Madrid by owner at this site.
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  Military Friends
MilitaryFriends.com 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.
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  Spain - State Department Background Notes
Background notes on the U.S.A. relationship with Spain from the U.S. State Department.
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  Spain Expat
Spain Expat is the leading independent information site specifically for expats moving to Spain or already living there.
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  Spainish Government Resources
Official government sites (city, state, federal) for Spain.
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  Spanish Cooking Recipes
Spanish recipes and information on customs and hospitality in Spain.
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  Spanish Living Guide
Offers a complete guide to life and living in Spain.
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  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!
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  U.S. Consulate in Barcelona
Homepage for the United States Consulate in Barcelona, Spain.
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  U.S. Embassy in Madrid
Homepage for the United States Embassy in Madrid, Spain.
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American hunters recognized through German time-honored tradition
Fifteen Americans received their hunting certificates, or Jägerbriefe, and were inducted into the Jaegerschaft Wiesbaden at a ceremony held at the historic Jagdschloss Platte, in Wiesbaden, Germany, July 25, 2014.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
German general to be assigned as U.S. Army Europe's new chief of staff
WIESBADEN, Germany -- As announced by the German Federal Ministry of Defence, U.S. Army Europe's next chief of staff will be a general officer from the Bundeswehr, Brig. Gen. Markus Laubenthal. In this capacity, Laubenthal will synchronize the activities of the USAREUR staff in much the same manner as his American predecessors have done. Laubenthal has already been receiving initial briefings from the USAREUR staff and is expected to report to duty full time on or about August 4.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
New Parent Support Group stresses health benefits of breast-feeding
WIESBADEN, Germany - An age-old feeding practice is raising eyebrows and drawing curious stares in some military communities. And while such sights initially seem out of the ordinary to unsuspecting bystanders, participants say, don't be alarmed, it's natural and great for babies.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Youth Sports helps quarterbacks, receivers prepare for season at Football Camp
WIESBADEN, Germany - Young Joe Montanas and Jerry Rices threw bullets, zig-zagged out of the pocket and snagged pass after pass during Child, Youth and School Services' Football Camp July 22-24. "This camp is aimed at helping the kids get prepared for Youth Services and high school football to give them confidence, and it's an opportunity for volunteer coaches to get assimilated with the players," said John English, assistant director for Youth Services Sports.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Lazy Dragons paddle for fun, fitness, camaraderie
WIESBADEN, Germany - Poised with paddles submerged below the surface, arms stretched straight forward and heads down, row upon row of paddlers wait for the start. As soon as the official yells "Go," they pull their paddles backward, first slowly, then frantically plunging them into the churning water as one body. Five boats surge forward, but only one counts in English: the Lazy Dragons. But they don't live up to their name.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Library treats youths to stories, field trips, more in summer reading program
WIESBADEN, Germany - "Did you forget how to read this summer?" Participants in Wiesbaden Library's "Paws to Read" summer reading program were happy to answer a resounding "No" to Library Director Ann Burski's question July 17. The young readers, in grades first through sixth, were at the library to enjoy a host of activities ranging from arts and crafts to stories and field trips.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Italy-based Charlie Detachment, 106th FMSU, connects online for first ever Europe-wide exercise
Soldiers from Charlie Detachment, 106th Financial Management Support Unit, assembled at the Mission Training Center on Caserma Ederle July 17 for a first ever, Europe-wide simulation training of its kind. The 20 or so financial management Soldiers manned work stations to conduct convoy operations training in coordination with their sister finance detachments and headquarters, located throughout Germany. "I want to say it was not only never done by finance, I believe no unit has never utilized the JMTC centers as a combined effort before," said Capt. Andres Leon, detachment commander.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Annual Community Showcase moves to Urlas
U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach hosts a community showcase every year towards the end of August, right on time when PCS season is about over and school starts again. The event gives newly arrived and current community members an opportunity to find out about the plethora of services available to them, register with different organizations and find out about updates for existing services, clubs and organizations from the Ansbach community.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
State-of-the-art Cyber Center opens in Wiesbaden
WIESBADEN, Germany - U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden marked another milestone July 22 with the opening of the Lt. Gen. Robert E. Gray Cyber Center Europe. Members of the Gray family joined U.S. military and German civilian leaders from U.S. Army Europe; 5th Signal Command; USAG Wiesbaden; the Corps of Engineers, Europe District; the Hessen Construction Agency and other organizations in celebrating the opening of the state-of-the-art, 52,000-square-foot facility on Wiesbaden's Clay Kaserne.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
BOSS volunteers pitch in to help move a German kindergarten
WIESBADEN, Germany - In rain and shine and box by box, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers volunteers provided free labor and a load of help to a local German kindergarten July 21-25. Känguru Kindergarten, an Erbenheim school for special needs students, needed to move next door to its new building, but lacked the funds to hire a professional moving company. Nineteen BOSS volunteers, Army and Air Force, stepped in with muscle power and can-do attitudes.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
 
Crossroads: Legend of the white eagle

There once was a tale of three brothers, Lech, Cech and Rus, who all lived in a small village. As time passed, their families grew to such a size that the town could no longer support them; so they set out in different directions to find a new home.

Rus went to the east, while Cech travelled west. Lech; however, ventured north to see what fertile lands waited for him.

One day, while hunting, Lech came upon a magnificent, but fierce, white eagle protecting its nest from intruders. Surprisingly, the eagle flew off - its white feathers reflecting the deep red of the setting sun. He took this sighting as a good omen and founded the settlement of Gniezno, "the eagle's nest."
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Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:09:41 EST
STANTA provides defenders with force-on-force training

 More than 180 defenders assigned to the 48th Security Forces Squadron participated in annual force-on-force training at Stanford Training Area July 29.

"The purpose of the training is to provide an opportunity for Airmen to take their culmination of training over the last year and implement it to the most unpredictable real-world environment we can provide," said Tech. Sgt. Erik Ellingson, 48th SFS training section chief.

STANTA is a military training area for Airmen to train in a field environment. While at STANTA, defenders practiced a variety of scenarios that they may face on the job.
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Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:04:01 EST
Sabers participate in joint training


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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:24:28 EST
727th officer gives inside look into world of ATOC

Being in charge of the command and control center in the 727th Air Mobility Squadron keeps U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Evan Hanson passionate about his Air Force career.

Hanson, 727th AMS Air Terminal Operations Center duty officer, commissioned in May 2013, and he entered active duty service November 2013.

His team coordinates all outside requests for agency support and information, distributes them to the sections and then conveys all the information to Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, to get the mission completed. His role involves a great deal of overseeing, management and scheduling.
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Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:57:58 EST
Mildenhall trains to defend


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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:28:00 EST
2014 Viking Challenge a huge hit

This year's Viking Challenge started with a bang as more than 1,500 participants began their 24-hour run/walk-a-thon at the Pulaski Park track July 25.

The fundraiser was comprised of KMC staff and technical sergeants that provide mentorship to NCOs.

"I am truly grateful to have been given the opportunity to lead the Viking Challenge this year," said Staff Sgt. Jennifer Hurt, 83rd Network Operations Squadron and Viking Challenge event coordinator. "I wanted to give back to the community and even though it's hot I am going to stay positive and remember what we are here for."
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Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:37:57 EST
721st APS design saves money, time through innovation

Unused forklift tines, a sheet of diamond-plated metal and one yard of steel hose.

The list of spare parts technician Thomas Geibel read did not seem like much to modify a standard dolly, but it would save Ramstein Air Base's 721st Aerial Port Squadron in at least three ways: time, money and health.

This modified deck, dubbed the "Donnelly Loader," was an idea hatched by Senior Master Sgt. Wayne Donnelly, 721st APS superintendent, as a means of replacing the method of loading and unloading baggage from airframes manually. The system involves moving bins full of baggage down a series of loaders and dollies. As soon as Donnelly obtained the idea he went straight to Guibel to build the machine.
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Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:37:38 EST
 
NAVEUR-NAVAF Commander Shares His Vision and Guidance during All Hands Call
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Adm. Mark Ferguson, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF), held an all-hands call with Sailors at Naval Support Activity, Naples, Capodichino's base theater, July 29.
Donald Cook Returns to Rota after First FDNF Patrol
ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) returned to Naval Station Rota, Spain, July 25, after completing her first patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
Allied Joint Force Command, Naples/U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Bids Farewell to Outgoing Commander, Welcomes New Leader
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- U.S. Navy Adm. Mark Ferguson assumed command as Commander Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Naples/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, relieving Adm. Bruce W. Clingan in a ceremony, July 22.
USS Ross begins First FDNF Patrol
ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- The forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, July 18, to conduct naval operations in support of security and stability in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
USS Donald Cook Participates in SAREX
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) participated in a bilateral search and rescue exercise (SAREX) off the coast of Cyprus with search and rescue units and personnel from the Republic of Cyprus, July 16.
CNP Talks Stability and Service in Naples
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Bill Moran, visited Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples, Italy, July 16, addressing base personnel on critical Navy topics including advancement, pay and uniform changes.
Mount Whitney Returns to Gaeta, Italy after Completing BALTOPS
GAETA, Italy (NNS) -- The U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) arrived in Gaeta, Italy July 15, after completing Baltic Operations 2014 (BALTOPS) with its European counterparts.
USS Vella Gulf Departs Black Sea After Successful Engagements with Partners and Allies in the Region
AEGEAN SEA (NNS) -- Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) departed the Black Sea, July 14, after completing a round of engagements designed to strengthen ties with partners and allies in the Black Sea region.
USS Oscar Austin Participates in Royal Navy Exercise
USS OSCAR AUSTIN, At Sea (NNS) -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) participated in a U.K.-led maritime exercise in the Atlantic Ocean, July 10.
Vella Gulf Completes Participation in Breeze 2014
BLACK SEA (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) and other naval forces from Bulgaria, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Romania completed the at-sea portion of Exercise Breeze, July 11.
 
Marines, sailors partner with task force in Gabon
Marines and sailors from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 completed a partnership exercise in Gabon, June 28. The team of 15 Marines and sailors trained with their Gabonese counterparts from the Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux and the Gabonese military and Gendarmerie to demonstrate tactics that could then be applied to


Wed, 09 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Eleven countries participate in logistics conference
The United States and European nations alike face declining defense budgets and evolving strategic challenges. They will now more than ever need to rely on each other for assistance. Recently, eleven nations participated in a logistics conference hosted in Ljubljana, Slovenia to discuss and learn about the roles and methods of each country's


Tue, 08 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
A Hero of Two Worlds Honored
Two hundred and thirty-eight years after America declared it'sindependence, the legacy for one of the country's earliest and greatestallies continues to be honored and celebrated.  French and American service members, dignitaries and societiesparticipated in an annual commemorative ceremony at the tomb of MajorGeneral Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de


Sun, 06 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Latvian introduction to FET concepts by U.S. Marines represents collective security in Europe
It started with a respect for cultural norms; since male servicemembers were prohibited from merely looking or talking to women in Iraq and Afghanistan, searching a Muslim woman at an entry-control point was not allowed and caused security concerns. The solution was the Lioness program, where all-female Marine teams deployed to implement


Mon, 30 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Midshipmen go to Spain to train with the Marines
This past summer, four midshipmen left the pristine halls and classrooms of the U.S. Naval Academy and stepped into a new environment of rigorous training with the Marines.  Midshipmen Zachary Gawboy, Zachary Elsner, Lukas Alland, and Ryan Lewandowski from the U.S. Naval Academy all received the opportunity to train with U.S. Marines of


Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:02:00 GMT
Marines climb to new heights in Spain
High above the forest floor, a platoon of infantry moves about the steep faces of the Spanish Pyrenees. Their military discipline contrasts the untamable wilderness like the frigid mountain air defies the expected scorching of June. The scene is picturesque. The task is daunting. Both were of little matter to the Americans and the Spanish as they


Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:08:24 GMT
Teacher gives up classroom for dress blues
Many would say that being a teacher could be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding, yet hard and stressful jobs around. Corporal Joshua Braun, a ground radio technician with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14, would agree.  Braun found himself in a non-traditional teaching role right after he graduated from Ashland University


Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:11:00 GMT
American, Spanish Marines combine for amphibious training
Exhaustion had set in and the summer heat wore down their bodies, but the Marines knew that there was no choice but to accomplish the mission. Anything less was unacceptable – a failure not only to themselves but to their brethren, Spanish and American alike. That intensity was demonstrated when U.S. Marines from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground


Fri, 20 Jun 2014 06:44:27 GMT
Marines, Georgians build interoperability during Agile Spirit 14 through live-fire training
Exercise Agile Spirit 14 started with a “bang” as Marines and sailors with Black Sea Rotational Force 14, from 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, fired on various weapon ranges with soldiers of the Georgian Armed Forces in the Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, June 10-11, 2014. Agile Spirit 14 is an annually-scheduled bilateral engagement hosted by


Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:56:00 GMT
Baseball game highlights Wounded Warriors, national team
Georgians and Americans alike gathered at Meskhi Stadium, located in the Vake district of Tbilisi, on May 31, to watch Marines from the U.S. Embassy in Georgia and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa’s Georgia Deployment Program play a friendly game against the Georgian National Baseball Team. The event was hosted by the U.S. Embassy and the


Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:38:00 GMT
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