Anti-war organizers plan to gather near Ramstein Air Base’s main gate for a “Dance of the Dead” protest Saturday, June 25, starting at 1 p.m. Protest organizers asked participants to wear black clothing, costumes and makeup. Traffic should be unaffected, but drivers entering or exiting the installation should be aware of increased activity and pedestrians near the West Gate entrance.
Air Force mail offices in the KMC are reporting problems with the RSS payment systems. Post offices at Ramstein Air Base, Kapaun and Southside post offices are not able to process money orders and are unable to accept cash, checks, credit or debit cards at this time. Staff can still process prepaid click-and-ship mail, APO to APO mail and returns with a pre-paid label. For more information, please contact your postal service center.
Kaiserslautern runners can join their coworkers for the 13th citywide company run Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. The 5K route leads from Spittelstraße through the city to downtown’s Stiftsplatz. The event is part of the B2Run company run series held in 18 German cities and aims to motivate businesses and organizations to promote health and camaraderie. Runners can compete for awards in various categories, including largest, fastest and most creatively costumed team. Registration and information at www.b2run.de/kaiserslautern.
Maj. Gen. Derek C. France took the reins of 3rd Air Force at a ceremony at Ramstein Air Base on Wednesday. A fighter pilot and U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, France will oversee 10 wings across two continents at a critical time for Europe and the NATO alliance as Russia’s war in Ukraine is about to enter its fifth month with no end in sight to the conflict. Read more here.
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center has not yet received the COVID-19 vaccination for children under 5. Army medical facilities in Europe submitted orders for the vaccine and are currently awaiting shipment, Regional Health Command Europe said this week. LRMC is receiving a high number of calls, particularly from parents interested in the vaccine for young children, the hospital said in Facebook post Wednesday. Once the vaccine arrives in Europe, Army clinics will provide details on how and where to schedule vaccinations for children in the under 5 age group, the health command said.
A future restaurant on Ramstein will be called Heroes Bar & Grill, according to a post on the 86th Force Support Squadron Facebook page. It’s scheduled to open this summer and will be at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center. It will feature some items similar to those served at the Flying Pig BBQ, which closes Friday, June 24.
Vogelweh Family Housing Gate (Gate-8) will be closed Thursday, June 23, from about 7:30 a.m. to noon for routine maintenance, the 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron announced today. Drivers should enter and exit through Gate-9, located on B-270 and 4th Avenue.
Curious about the work civil engineers do around Ramstein Air Base? Come out and learn about heavy equipment at the 86th Civil Engineer Group’s annual “Touch-a-Truck” day on Friday from noon to 3 p.m. There will be free food and drinks, a live DJ, and a bouncy castle. The Ramstein Enlisted Spouses Association is sponsoring the event, located behind the Ramstein Northside Chapel. For more information, email: tailore.dawson@us.af.mil.
Check out the tunnels underneath the city of Kaiserslautern during a special, 1.5-hour tour offered in English on the following Saturdays: July 2, Aug. 6, Sept. 3 and Oct. 8. The tour starts in the Count Palatinate Hall of the former Casimir Castle before descending underground. The meeting point is the tourist information office at Fruchthallstrasse 14. Registration is required in advance via email: touristinformation@kaiserslautern.de; or call 06313654019.
A trial in the murder of two German police officers in Kusel began at 9 a.m. today in Kaiserslautern District Court. A total of 14 dates are planned through Sept. 9, according to the court. Spiesen-Elversberg resident Andreas Johannes Schmitt, 39, is accused of killing the officers during a traffic stop near the U.S. Army installation in Baumholder on Jan. 31 to avoid arrest on suspicion of poaching. Schmitt’s alleged accomplice, a 33-year-old man identified only as Florian V., is also being tried for poaching and obstruction of justice. Read more here.
Kleber Kaserne’s Clock Tower Gate (Gate 3) will be closed this week. All incoming and outgoing traffic will need to use the installation’s main gate (Gate 4), according to U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz.
Speed cameras today are posted along B270, near Schopp, south of Kaiserslautern, police announced via Twitter.
What’s the difference between a regular hiking trail and a premium hiking trail? Germany is crisscrossed by a number of trails that have been honored with the seal of Premium-Wanderwege, or premium hiking trails, overseen by the German Hiking Institute. Here’s more info on them, including one in the KMC area and another nearby.
Want to have dinner insider a giant wine barrel? Here’s what that distinctive restaurant in Bad Duerkheim is like. It’s a short trip to get there, under an hour from most of the KMC.
Looking for a good day trip? Luisenpark in Mannheim offers 100 acres of family fun. And a water playground for days like these.
Lichtenberg Castle, called Kusel Castle by Americans, is one the largest castle complexes in Germany and only about 30 minutes northwest of Ramstein Air Base. The grounds and museums are open this weekend. Read more here.
 A sign advertises Kaiserslautern Classics and Rallye Trifels Historic.
Still looking for something to do this weekend? Vintage vehicle fans can check out the Kaiserslautern Classics and Rallye Trifels Historic this weekend. Those wanting to ditch their cars can ride their bikes along a 14-mile route on Sunday between Landstuhl and Thaleischweiler-Froeschen during a car-free day. Music fans can enjoy live bands at the Seewoog Fest Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Seewoog lake in Ramstein-Miesenbach. Admission is free. Music starts at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.
The first case of monkeypox virus in Kaiserslautern was confirmed by lab testing today, the Kaiserslautern district administration told K-town Now. Testing was conducted at the Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s lead agency responsible for disease control and prevention. The patient remains in isolation, district officials said.
Here’s your movie schedule today at the Gateway Cineplex at Ramstein Air Base: Lightyear, 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m.; Jurassic World Dominion, 12:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m.; Top Gun: Maverick, 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. For the rest of the week at Ramstein and shows across Europe, click here.