FREE Webinar for Military Spouses Seeking Jobs During PCS

604098_10151191628313370_903089277_nJoin Military OneSource for Searching for a Job as Military Spouse During Relocation Webinar on Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST (12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. locally). This new webinar is being presented by Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) to help military spouses plan their job search during a PCS move.

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Owners bringing pets into Germany will pay new fee

Fast shipmentHEIDELBERG, Germany – Members of the U.S. forces community who bring their pets along when they arrive in Germany for assignment will be charged a fee by German authorities beginning Feb. 1.

The fee will be charged during arrivals at Ramstein Air Base and Frankfurt International Airport. At Ramstein an examination fee of €55 ($74+) per pet owner will be charged for all pets imported into Germany from outside the European Union. Kaiserslautern County officials said the fee is being levied in accordance with European Union regulations designed to prevent the introduction and dissemination of rabies.

Upon arrival at Ramstein, pets will be examined by veterinary officials near the passenger terminal baggage claim area. Owners may pay the fee by credit card only.

Owners arriving with their pets at Frankfurt International Airport will also pay a fee. That fee is €35 ($47+) per accompanied pet or €55 ($74+) for an unaccompanied pet, and increases by 50 percent for pets that arrive on a weekend or holiday.

Payment of the fee is the responsibility of the pet owner, and cannot be claimed for reimbursement on an official travel voucher, according to officials with the U.S. Army Europe Office of the Judge Advocate. However, while OJA experts said the fee is prohibited from reimbursement under the provisions of the DoD Joint Travel Regulations, pet owners may be able to claim the fee as a deductible moving expense on their federal income tax returns.

Happy Landings brings Airmen, families up to speed

by  Airman 1st Class Hrair H. Palyan
28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs

130115-F-UR602-0011/16/2013 – ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D.  — Airmen and their families from across the base gathered at the Dakota’s Club Jan. 15, to learn about the various resources available to them on base and in the surrounding area.

Happy Landings, a monthly fair for both newcomers to Ellsworth as well as for those who’ve been around for a while, gave those who attended a crash course on all the services Ellsworth has to offer. Read more of the story on the Ellsworth AFB web site..

New housing website prepares Airmen for moving

With the summer moving season just around the corner thousands of Airmen and their families can now use a new housing website to help prepare for their move.

The website,, provides dormitory information for unaccompanied Airmen while detailing housing options and support services available at Air Force installations. For example, the website gives insights into local communities, school districts, weather and other resources designed to help Airmen and their families become familiar with their new homes.

Read the full story on New housing website prepares Airmen for moving.

PCS class helps prepare first-term Airmen

Starting April 10th, the 28th Comptroller Squadron began offering permanent change of station in-processing system (PiPs) classes for all Ellsworth Airmen. Classes will start at 9 a.m., every Tuesday and Thursday in the 28th CPTS main conference room inside the Rushmore Center. No appointments are required to attend.

Read the full story on the Ellsworth AFB website: PCS class helps prepare first-term Airmen.

For more information on the classes, email the 28th CPTS at

Spouses, What Is Your Air Force IQ?

Most people have heard the sayings, “nothing new under the sun” and “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” These saying definitely apply to being an Air Force Spouse.

Whilst perusing Family Service’s, now known as the Airmen & Family Readiness Center, photo albums and scrap books from 1959 to 1987, I came across a news commentary from the Black Hills Sentinel from 1963 that supports those sayings.

In 48 years, only minor changes would need to be made to update this article to reflect the current day. No longer would the headline start with the word ladies since the Air Force has many men that are spouses who support their wives/sponsors. Instead of Family Services Dependents’ Orientation, Ellsworth’s Airman and Family Readiness Center holds Heartlink Spouse’s Orientation as well as Happy Landings for individuals new to Ellsworth AFB.

As an Air Force spouse and Air Force BRAT, I thought I was a little bit of an Air Force know-it-all, but I decided to attend Heartlink anyway. I learned some new things and received a lot of great information on Ellsworth and the surrounding area.

Sponsors please encourage your spouses to attend and spouses, even though you are referred to as a dependent, please be independent and come to learn about your Air Force resources and family through Heartlink and Happy Landings.