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Martini's, a club with a piano bar atmosphere, is one of several attractions at the Ramstein Air Base Enlisted Club which officially opened Thursday.

Martini's, a club with a piano bar atmosphere, is one of several attractions at the Ramstein Air Base Enlisted Club which officially opened Thursday. (Lisa Horn / S&S)

Martini's, a club with a piano bar atmosphere, is one of several attractions at the Ramstein Air Base Enlisted Club which officially opened Thursday.

Martini's, a club with a piano bar atmosphere, is one of several attractions at the Ramstein Air Base Enlisted Club which officially opened Thursday. (Lisa Horn / S&S)

Air Force Staff Sgt. John McCullough tries to add to his winnings at the new Ramstein Air Base Enlisted Club. The club officially opened Thursday.

Air Force Staff Sgt. John McCullough tries to add to his winnings at the new Ramstein Air Base Enlisted Club. The club officially opened Thursday. (Lisa Horn / S&S)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Airmen at Ramstein Air Base have waited nearly 48 years for a new enlisted club. On Thursday, they got their wish.

The $13.8 million facility officially opened with a ribbon cutting by area officials, including Brig. Gen Rosanne Bailey, 435th Air Base Wing and Kaiserslautern military community commander; Lenny Bouchy, enlisted club manager; and Airman Raffinee Johnson, 20, the youngest airman currently at Ramstein.

“When you see what [the enlisted] have, you will be green,” Bailey said in her address to those who gathered for the ribbon cutting and a tour. “I know I am.”

Plans to construct a new enlisted club go as far back as 15 years, said Cheryl Pierce, project manager. The facility includes a Chili’s Restaurant, open to all ranks. It is expected to open in October.

“We basically just about doubled the size of the existing club,” Pierce said. “This is not a traditional club as everyone is used to. … It’s an entertainment center.”

The building is actually several clubs in one. Club E is a pulsating discotheque that New York City clubgoers would feel right at home in. A space tunnel leads guests inside the disco, where amoebalike designs float on the walls and TV screens are suspended above the lighted dance floor.

Next door, Martini’s offers a mellower, piano bar atmosphere with soft lighting and music to set the mood.

J.R. Rockers Sports Café has been open since Monday and the sports-bar environment has already become a favorite with Master Sgt. Norma Click, assigned to Spangdahlem’s 52nd Operations Support Squadron.

“Can we get one of these in Spangdahlem?” she asked. “This is really great. [The food] tastes just like in the States.”

In between Martini’s and the sports cafe, gamblers can strike it rich at the slot machines where Staff Sgt. John McCullough had won $550 on Thursday afternoon. It is the only section of the club that permits smoking.

“It looks like a downtown place — not an Air Force club,” McCullough said. “… Lots of light, bells and whistles.”


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