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In keeping with our previous posts about hurricane relief efforts, we want to talk about relief efforts with the Northern California wildfires.

The fires started Sunday, Oct. 8, leaving 41 people dead and making 20,000 residents take mandatory evacuations. An estimated 5,700 homes and structures have been destroyed. As Madison Park of CNN describes the fires, “It's unclear what caused fires to form suddenly around the same time in one night, blazing through California's wine country while many residents were caught unaware as they headed to bed.”

The Associated Press reported 17 large fires were still burning across the northern part of the state, with more than 10,000 firefighters attacking the flames using air tankers, helicopters and more than

You’ve finally gotten your orders, and surprise: you’re transferring to Elizabeth City, NC!

Elizabeth City? Is there anything even down there, besides farms? How far away are we going to be from the nearest city?

Here at PCSMoves.com, we have a series of posts about potential new duty stations and how to get your family situated. We’re covering different areas, served by the nationwide network of real estate professionals that make up PCSMoves.com. Click here to read our last post about Silver Spring, MD.

Elizabeth City is in Pasquotank County, in northeastern North Carolina. The 2014 census reported its population as 18,047. It’s home to the largest Coast Guard Air Station in the nation. It’s 40-50 miles south of Hampton Roads, VA and home to

We’ve been talking about the importance of having a hobby to keep yourself busy during your spouse’s deployment. This week, we’re talking about another project idea: photo scanning.

Depending on your age and the size of your family, you might have totes full of photo albums or loose photographs stashed away in a closet. Over time, pictures can fade or become stuck together. By scanning and saving them now, you can preserve those family memories.

There are services you can hire to scan your photos for you. You can find them online by searching, “photo scanning services.” However, with a moderate cost for some simple equipment, you can do the same thing yourself on your schedule.

To get started, you’ll need:

  • A computer
  • The hard drive of

Just a month ago, we posted some ways to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Now, we’re back to talk about Hurricanes Irma and Maria relief efforts.

Watching the news about the destruction can leave people feeling helpless. This article, posted by a variety of news websites across the country, remains timely for Irma and Maria donations. PCSMoves has compiled a list of legitimate organizations, which are responding to Hurricane Irma and providing relief.

Hurricane Irma Relief

When Irma made landfall in Florida on Cudjoe Key on Saturday, Sept. 10, it did so as a Category 3 hurricane. The death toll in Florida was 58 people. For just Florida and its residents so far, it’s estimated that 32 state agencies reported spending more than

This year marks the United States Air Force’s (USAF) 70th birthday. On Sept. 18, 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act, establishing the Air Force as a branch of the military, equal to the U.S. Army, Navy or Marines. It also made the Air Force the most recent branch of the military to be formed.

As a service with joint origins, the Air Force is the foundation for multi-service, interagency and coalition operations. It provides the joint team the ability and freedom to fight in the air, on the ground and at sea. As of this year, the USAF operates more than 5,369 military aircraft, 406 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM’s) and 69 military satellites. 318,415 active duty personnel, 140,169 civilian employees, 69,200 Air

You’ve finally gotten your orders, and surprise: you’re transferring to Silver Spring, MD!

Oh no…Silver Spring, MD? That’s just north of Washington, DC and all its traffic! Am I going to have to move my family into the city?

PCSMoves.com is doing a series of posts about potential new duty stations and how to get your family situated. Click here to read our last post about Bremerton, WA. 

Silver Spring is in Montgomery County, MD. The 2013 population was 76,716, making it the fourth most populous place in Maryland. It’s home to the Forest Glen Annex, a U.S. Army installation. It’s also just 20-30 minutes north of the heart of Washington, DC, making it close to Fort McNair Army Base, the Pentagon, Walter Reed Medical Center, the Coast Guard

In the United States, next Monday, the 11th, is known by a variety of names: 9/11 or National Day of Service and Remembrance, when we remember the people that lost their lives that day in 2001.

Here at PCSMoves, we call it by the name on our calendars: Patriot Day.

If you would like to participate in an event, in memory of an individual loved one or all the people that were affected, here is a list of some events taking place:

  • Fort Bragg and XVIII Airborne Corps will hold its annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at 9 AM on Monday, Sept. 11, at the Main Post Parade Field. The ceremony will be held at Hercules Gym on Pope Army Airfield in the event of inclement weather.The ceremony will include a wreath laying by local firefighters and police

In July, we talked about the importance of getting together with your friends and having a hobby as a way to keep yourself busy during your spouse’s deployment. This week, we’re talking about another deployment project: cake decorating.

With this new hobby, you’ll rejuvenate your personal life and you’ll learn a new skill. It’s also a hobby you can take up that is completely outside the military lifestyle, giving you a chance to rest that side of your brain so the creative side can take over.

Cake decorating classes can be perfect for refining your skills or for helping you get started. And like with the book club, you’ll get some company, some grown-up conversation,

Michael’s, the arts and crafts store, has Wilton Method of Cake Decorating

When Harvey made landfall in Texas on Friday, Aug. 24, it did so as a Category 4 hurricane, bringing with it catastrophic downpours of more than 11 trillion gallons of rain.

It’s now known as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years, killing at least 17 people and forcing 30,000 people to flee to emergency shelters. For just southeast Texas and her residents so far, it’s estimated the economic cost from Harvey will be $51-$75 billion.

Yesterday, Harvey made landfall again in Louisiana as a tropical storm, with more damage forthcoming.

Watching the news about the destruction can leave a person outside the area feeling helpless. The Real Estate Group has compiled a list of legitimate organizations, which are responding to

Public schools throughout the United States will soon reopen their doors. That means kids will be getting up off their couches while their parents happy dance.

But children in military families might actually face more first days at school, than their civilian counterparts, because their parents have to move because of new orders. Not every military parent can lessen their child’s burden by waiting to move during the summer.

If your child is someone who is facing extra stress because of a new school and new classmates because of your PCS move, check out these organizations and the support they provide:

  1. Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) -- http://www.militarychild.org -- MCEC has resources from “The Call for the Arts” and “Tell Me A