Heavy wind in Europe disrupts some operations at U.S. bases
GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — Heavy wind and winter weather disrupted operations and schedules at some U.S. military installations in Germany on Friday as a low-pressure system moved across central Europe.
A Ramstein Air Base spokesman said one Air Mobility Command flight from the base was canceled in the morning, four were delayed and eight were pushed back 24 hours due to stormy weather. Six inbound flights were rerouted to other Air Force bases, according to the spokesman, Juan Melendez.
The weather also slowed ground operations at Ramstein, including aircraft loading and maintenance, Melendez said. He reported no major damage on base, but said a civil engineering team continued to search the area.
Further east, U.S. posts in Bamberg, Ansbach and Grafenwöhr relayed warnings of gale-force winds Friday afternoon.
Winter weather also prompted closures in the Grafenwöhr area. Following a morning of snow, and with forecasts calling for more bad weather in the afternoon, garrison officials announced an early release for employees, units and schools Friday morning. Officials encouraged supervisors to limit activities to “mission-essential” tasks.
Commissaries in Grafenwöhr and Vilseck closed early, at 1 p.m., and all family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities were scheduled to close by 4 p.m., according to the garrison. Post exchanges and gas stations were scheduled to maintain their normal operating hours.