There’s never a dull moment in Seville, Cordoba, Granada, or Toledo. So, maybe you can get an assignment to Spain or the Azores.

If your idea of having fun is traveling at 300 KPH in a modern train and immersing yourself in Iberian culture and history, then maybe you need to look for a two- or three-year assignment to Spain. Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Toledo – this country has it all and it is affordable. You can zip off to a nearby city for the weekend by train for less than €50. Hotels are very nice and reasonably priced. For foodies, the Iberian Ham, Manchego Cheese, and Paella with simple ingredients like rice, saffron, vegetables, chicken, and seafood are all fantastic. They taste even better at the mercado Central, found in every city. Antiquities are everywhere. If you are a history buffs, you will love learning about the Carpathians, Romans, Moors, and the Catholic Monarchs who inhabited these lands and part of this extraordinarily country’s fascinating history.

So how do you get here? You can spend big bucks, travel, and see Spain or Portugal from the States or other location. Or you might just find employment and have a multi-year experience that you will remember all your life. There are two military bases in Spain and one in the Azores where you can focus your search. Contract positions can be found on

Additionally, in 2020, KBR, Inc. (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root) a U.S. based company, won a contract helping U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa manage and maintain assets under the USAFE-AFAFRICA Base Operations Support (UABOS) contract, at various locations in Spain and in Turkey. Therefore, so in addition to and check out the KBR website. Occasionally positions under UABOS will be offered around the Spain in other cities such as Seville or Madrid. These have less of a support network but would prove very exciting and rewarding.

Naval Station Rota

Stretching over 6,000 acres (24 km2) along the Cádiz coastline, Naval Station Rota (NAVSTA Rota) is the largest American military community in Spain, home to both US Marine Corps and U.S. Navy personnel, as well as, small numbers of U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force fighters. NAVSTA Rota is the halfway point between the United States and Southwest Asia and strategically located near the Strait of Gibraltar. Therefore, Rota provides invaluable support to both U.S. Sixth Fleet units in the Mediterranean and to USAF Air Mobility Command units transiting to Germany and Southwest Asia.

Rota is currently looking for commissary officer, store manager and transportation assistance through Noblis is currently looking for a Navy Life Cycle Maintenance Planner. KBR is looking for a chief maintenance engineer and assistant fire chief in nearby Seville, through the UABOS contract.

Morón Air Force Base Morón De La Frontera, Spain

Spread over a large territory in Andalusia, Spain, Morón Air Base is one of the most strategic points for the U.S. in Europe. The Air Base is located in the southern of Spain, 50 km from Sevilla and 120 km from Rota. Morón Air Base is home to the 496th Air Base Squadron (496 ABS) which is U.S. Air Force Geographically Separated Unit (GSU), under the 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

Currently, Morón Air Base is looking for project managers and various base support personnel through J&J Worldwide Services. Also, the State Department and Homeland Security have offerings on


Lajes Field or Lajes Air Base in the Azores sits in a strategic location midway between North America and Europe in the north Atlantic Ocean. This is an exciting island assignment, allowing you to submerse yourself into Portuguese and Island culture. Often, assignments have the benefit of receiving free or low-cost transport back to Europe for travel and visiting. The major unit at Lajes Field is 65th Air Base Group, under the 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

Remember to continuously check for contract positions overseas, and you may find yourself in an exotic location during 2023.


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