Question: I want to know ANY information about this base in the Netherlands. Specifically, the housing. I know that there is no base housing but there is a town outside that is leased to the base. Is this correct? If so what is the housing like? Are all the houses similar? Can you have pets? Etc. Thanks!

Answer: First it is a Dutch base, with "some ammunition USAF folks". No military shops,just about a 100 Americans, about 1200 heads (may or may not include the Americans). I hope you like the F-16 as neighbour as that is what is at home there. Never heard anything about a town leased to that air base, houses in Uden, yes, all the time... Housing seems to be done by USAG Schinnen, at least About.com claims so. Local associations in Volkel (the village) include a country (music and dancing)club, and many more, but the gospel of the baseball seems not have reached the natibes yet.

Question: I'm in the US Air Force, and in May of '09, I'll be stationed at Volkel Air Base in the Netherlands. I've done as much research as I can on the base, the closest town (Uden), and the nation itself, but I'd love to hear some input from people who are actually from/living there. What are some good tips for someone moving to the Netherlands from the US? I'll be married when I go, so I would also like to know if there's any way to search for apartments in the Volkel area online, because I can't find any. Any info that you want to just throw in about the base, city, or nation would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Answer: About Volkel: It's a small village of about 4000 inhabitants. It's in the southern part of the Netherlands, in the province called 'Noord-Brabant'. There's a recreational park nearby, called 'BillyBird Park Hemelrijk' and it consists of a big pool, and 2 big playgrounds (so if you get kids;)). It's a catholic town and has a church. About Uden: It's a slightly bigger town with about 40 000 inhabitants, it has quite a few shops, museums and sports facilities. This is the website of the town of Uden (in English), on which you can also find some (not much though) handy information: http://www.uden.nl/content.jsp?objectid=9402 Some good tips: - The Dutch are open-minded, we don't like being judged and we mostly don't judge others very quickly - Mind that we aren't like Americans.. we talk less loud, we talk with less emotion, and we sometimes really don't care about being nice and friendly.. We're really direct/straightforeward with what we want to say, don't be insulted by that, it's just the way we are.. - Don't drive in the busy traffic hours if you don't have to.. the Netherlands is full of traffic jams.. - Since the Netherlands is a small country, our shops and buildings are on a smaller scale as well. - About 90% of the population speaks English, so don't bother about Dutch, haha=) can't think of any other tips at the moment, but well, since you're in a military base, you'll probably get used to the life here pretty quickly. Oh, and about housing: http://www.pararius.com Hope this helped;)

Question: Hello, my husband and I just found out that we are PCSing to Volkel ABS in the Netherlands and I can't seem to find much information on it at all. I know that it's beautiful and the closest commissary is an hour away (ugh). I was wondering about the area, the housing, the economy, etc. Anything really! Any information would be helpful :)

Answer: Its a tiny area, my husband and I just got back from being based at Schinnen/JFC Brunsum. Schinnen is your closest commissary and even that base is really small. As for housing if its like Schinnen there is no on base housing, there are government lease or private lease you will get a COLA (cost of living allowance) to help make up for the euro/shopping on the economy. And housing is paid for, its not like getting a BAH though. A good site to look up for the nearby area is livingGK.com Its for the Geilenkirchen area which is another base clumped together with Schinnen and Brunnsum, but it has some good info on the area in general.

Question: My husband, 1yr old son and myself will be stationed at Volkel AB come November 10th 2008. We are pretty much in the dark about the area, so if anyone has any information or and advice it would be very greatly appreciated!! Thanks!

Answer: I`m not from around there - but i did find a link to explain a bit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkel_Air_Base Also a link for Uden: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uden Uden is located in the south of The Netherlands, an area a bit less hectic than the area around the large cities of Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam and The Hague. Location is ideal for trips to Belgium and Germany. As Uden doesn`t have a trains station, but has only bus public transport, it`s not 100% easy to get somewhere. From there to Amsterdam for example, takes about 2 hours. This, and the fact you have a 1 year old, makes me advise you to get a car. Dutch drivers are not the best in the world though, so drive with attention. In your case, a satnav system might be useful. Hope this helps, and that you will enjoy your time there.

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Answer: Yes, there is one. Volkel AB, which is a GSU (geographically separated unit) of Spangdahlem AB, Germany. The AB itself belongs to the Netherlands, but we are a tenant unit on it.

Question: Moving to Volkel AFB and wanted too know about food, housing,things to do for fun, people, travel, money, etc. What the security forces work life is like. I havent met anyone in the Air Force that is a cop that has been there. thanx.

Answer: It's near Uden in South Netherlands. Not really a super place. But the town's Eindhoven and 's Hertogenbosch (or Den Bosch) are near by and are nice to visit. Den Bosch has more of older city center. The south of the Netherlands will not give you the known Dutch view: polders, wind, sea, waterprojects, dykes (sea dam), windmills, tulips, etc. (That's mainly 'above the rivers' as the Dutch say). Culturely Netherlands is split up bij the rivers. Above the rivers areas are below sea, protestant, very Dutch. And below the rivers, it is more bourgoundic, chatholic, the language is softer, people are less direct, have carneval). Food is oke in Netherlands. The size of the food portions is smaller in Europe then US. Not many Americans have problems with Dutch food in general. Dutch cities have lot of foreign restaurants. Less Mexican food in NL then in US, but it is there. You will find lot's of Chinese restaurants (the food it self is more like Indonesion orientated). And the Dutch version of it is less spiced. But then again 'sambal' is available everywere in NL. So that will spice it up. North Dutch are open, direct, pragmatic. South Dutch are less of that but still more open and direct then most Americans. So they will be straight forward with you. The region EIndhoven was considered by the Intelligent Communities Forum as 'the most smartest in the world'. There is much technoligy and developement clustered in and around Eindhoven. The company Phillips is coming from Eindhoven for one. So lot of activities happening in the tech world. You will find plenty of things to do. There are lot's of festivals and concerts. Have a nice stay in the Lowlands.

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Question: Hi, I have my appartment in Uden, Holland for rent as per August 2008. At the moment it is rented out to a US soldier who is working at the military base nearby. Can anyone please let me know how I get to know, can come in contact with soldiers who are moving to the military base in Uden, Holland ? Thanks

Answer: Hello, My name is Edie. My husband and I just got stationed here at Volkel. We are looking for a place to rent and while seaching, I found you question. We may be interested in your place. If you will email me we can set up an appt to see the place. Or at least get info on it. Thank you for your time, and hope to hear from you soon.

Question: I have a got a job in eindhoven. Can any one tell me the cost of living in eindhoven. So that it will be helpful during my salary negotiation.

Answer: Are you talking about Eindhoven, Netherlands? There is a small U.S.A.F air base about 50 miles from Eindhoven, (Volkel Air Base) not to mention the numerous Americans working out of Maastricht to the South. And another large Army post nearer the Belgian border. The cost of living in NL is somewhat high, due to the weak dollar against the Euro. Plan on buying a used car there, have at least $10,000 for this. (The military bases will be a good source for this). Do you know anyone in the Army or Air Force? Could they contact their base housing office to get you estimates to the cost of housing in Netherlands. Plan on a small apartment, or duplex. Take bare minimum furniture - antique shopping is awesome! We lived in Uden (40 miles from Eindhoven) in the 1980's and we loved it. I would go back to live tomorrow!!! I miss the bike lanes and walking. Eindhoven is tremendous, so much to do in that part of Holland. I definitely recommend you learn Dutch now, get in good physical shape and save $$ as much as possible now. have fun.....

Question: im just wondering its the job they assigned me. Iraq is prolly the top priority for them

Answer: Here is the list, you will be a 3 level out of tech school. This is a little out of date, but still fairly accurate as far as locations, but type of aircraft may have changed. Don't mind the letters at the end of the AFSC code as they won't apply until you actually get your specific aircraft type. 2W1X1 Authorizations Location Skill Levels ANDERSEN AB GUAM 5, 7 AVIANO AB ITALY 5, 7, 9 BARKSDALE AFB LA 5, 7, 9 BUCHEL GERMANY 5, 7 CANNON AFB NM 5, 7, 9 COLUMBUS AFB MS 7 DAVIS-MONTHAN AZ 5, 7, 9 DYESS AFB TX 5, 7, 9 EDWARDS AFB CA 5, 7, 9 EGLIN AFB FL 5, 7, 9 EIELSON AFB AK 5, 7, 9 ELLSWORTH AFB SD 5, 7, 9 ELMENDORF AFB AK 5, 7, 9 GHEDI ITALY 5, 7 HICKAM AFB HI 9 HILL AFB UT 5, 7, 9 HOLLOMAN AFB NM 5, 7, 9 HURLBURT FIELD FL 5, 7, 9 INCIRLIK TURKEY 5, 7 KADENA AB RYUKU OKINAWA 5, 7, 9 KEFLAVIK ICELAND 5, 7 KIRTLAND AFB NM 5, 7 KLEINE BROGEL BELGIUM 5, 7 KUNSAN AB KOREA 5, 7, 9 KWANG JU KOREA 7 LACKLAND AFB TX 7 LAKENHEATH RAF UK 5, 7, 9 LANGLEY AFB VA 5, 7, 9 LUKE AFB AZ 5, 7, 9 MEDINA TNG TX 5, 7 MILDENHALL RAF UK 5, 7 MINOT AFB ND 5, 7, 9 MISAWA AB JAPAN 5, 7, 9 MOODY AFB GA 5, 7, 9 MOUNTAIN HOME ID 5, 7, 9 NELLIS AFB NV 5, 7, 9 OSAN AB KOREA 5, 7, 9 POPE AFB NC 5, 7, 9 RAMSTEIN AB GERMANY 7, 9 RANDOLPH AFB TX 7, 9 ROBIN AFB GA 7 SCOTT AFB IL 7 SEMBACH AB GERMANY 5, 7 SEYMOUR JOHNSON AFB NC 5, 7, 9 SHAW AFB SC 5, 7, 9 SHEPPARD AFB TX 5, 7, 9 SPANGDAHLEM AB GERMANY 5, 7, 9 TAEGU KOREA 7 TYNDALL AFB FL 5, 7, 9 VOLKEL NETHERLANDS 5, 7 WASHINGTON CTY DC 7 WHITEMAN AFB MO 5, 7, 9 WRIGHT PATTERSON AFB OH 7 2W1X1C Authorizations DAVIS-MONTHAN AZ 3 EGLIN AFB FL 3 EIELSON AFB AK 3 LAKENHEATH RAF UK 3 MOODY AFB GA 3 NELLIS AFB NV 3 OSAN AB KOREA 3 POPE AFB NC 3 SPANGDAHLEM AB GERMANY 3 2W1X1E Authorizations EDWARDS AFB CA 3 EGLIN AFB FL 3 ELMENDORF AFB AK 3 KADENA AB RYUKU OKINAWA 3 LAKENHEATH RAF UK 3 LANGLEY AFB VA 3 MOUNTAIN HOME ID 3 NELLIS AFB NV 3 SEYMOUR JOHNSON AFB NC 3 TYNDALL AFB FL 3 2W1X1F Authorizations AVIANO AB ITALY 3 CANNON AFB NM 3 EDWARDS AFB CA 3 EGLIN AFB FL 3 EIELSON AFB AK 3 HILL AFB UT 3 HOLLOMAN AFB NM 3 KUNSAN AB KOREA 3 LUKE AFB AZ 3 MISAWA AB JAPAN 3 MOODY AFB GA 3 MOUNTAIN HOME ID 3 NELLIS AFB NV 3 OSAN AB KOREA 3 SHAW AFB SC 3 SPANGDAHLEM AB GERMANY 3 2W1X1K Authorizations ANDERSEN AB GUAM 3 BARKSDALE AFB LA 3 EDWARDS AFB CA 3 MINOT AFB ND 3 2W1X1L Authorizations DYESS AFB TX 3 EDWARDS AFB CA 3 ELLSWORTH AFB SD 3 MOUNTAIN HOME ID 3 WHITEMAN AFB MO 3 2W1X1Z Authorizations HURLBURT FIELD FL 3 KADENA AB RYUKU OKINAWA 3 KEFLAVIK ICELAND 3 KIRTLAND AFB NM 3 MILDENHALL RAF UK 3 MOODY AFB GA 3 NELLIS AFB NV 3