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Wi-Fi, roads and parking: How Ramstein is spending $700,000 in ‘best base’ prize money

Ramstein Air Base got $700,000 in prize money for being named the Pentagon’s best Air Force installation. Here's how it's using the money.

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Ramstein airman detained after punching out the wrong car window

The incident is just one of a number of recent cases of young U.S. service members in Germany getting in trouble after drinking too much.


Even if they’re out of something, all of the German-style dishes are delicious at Burgschaenke

Dining recently at Burgschaenke, a German-style restaurant in a small village south of Kaiserslautern, I was disappointed to hear they were out of pumpkin soup.


Injection shows promise for PTSD treatment in clinical trial

Injecting a local anesthetic next to a bundle of nerves in the neck can significantly reduce post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in service members, based on the results of a two-year clinical trial published Wednesday.


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From Capri Sun dresses to modern love stories, DODEA students go avant-garde at selective arts workshop

Instructors and students from Defense Department schools across Europe are participating in the military school system’s annual visual and performing arts workshop.


Air Force space-available mail will take longer to get to Europe over the holidays

Mom will have to knit that sweater a little earlier if she wants to send it by space-available mail from the States to an Air Force post office in Europe in time for the end-of-year holidays.


D-I volleyball final

Royals ruin Panthers' drive for perfection with tight win

Ramstein knocks off previously unbeaten Stuttgart in five-set marathon.


D-III volleyball final

Sentinels de-throne Jaguars in four sets

After dropping the first set, the Sentinels found their groove, and rode a wave of momentum past the Jaguars 22-25, 25-12, 25-20, 26-24.


Military base students outperform peers in national reading and math test

U.S. military base students in fourth and eighth grades earned the highest percentage of reading proficiency in the nation and outpaced civilian schools in math, the latest national test results show.


Part of autobahn near US bases in Kaiserslautern area to close while WWII bomb disarmed

The bomb was found about six to 10 feet underground Tuesday by construction crews near the former Opel automobile factory next to U.S. Army’s Rhine Ordnance Barracks, a Kaiserslautern city spokesman said Wednesday.


Air Force recognizes drone pilots with new medal

The Remote Combat Effects Campaign medal is part of an effort to better recognize the combat contributions of airmen who are not deployed, the Air Force said in a statement announcing the award’s criteria Monday.


Sophomore standouts both defend singles titles

Stuttgart's Amar Tahirovic and Kaiserslautern's Avia Schmidt go unbeaten in tourney to retain titles they won as freshmen.


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See remains of an ancient Celtic rampart, visit a village, hike trails near Kaiserslautern

In the hills of Saarland about 40 miles west of Kaiserslautern is an ancient wall that has ringed the forest for more than 2,000 years.


Spangdahlem remembers young airmen killed in car crash

Airmen 1st Class Jacob Blackburn, 20, and Bradley Reese Haile, 19, died on the scene Sept. 30 when the car they were in left the road near the Spangdahlem Air Base passenger terminal and hit a stationary object.


Hikes are coming to Air Force lodging rates worldwide; some in Europe will be doubling

The nightly rates for rooms at the Air Force’s European inns will more than double starting next month as the services begin to foot the bill for most of their operating expenses.


Europe cross country finals

Stuttgart's Fielding, Kaiserslautern's Parsells race to wins

Stuttgart junior McKinley Fielding took control of the girls race from the gun, running alone and finishing the course almost five seconds better than any other girls runner had before.


Pence visits servicemembers at Ramstein after negotiating Turkey agreement

The vice president’s trip was aimed at getting Turkey to stop its military offensive in northeastern Syria, a campaign it began more than a week ago to rid the border of Kurdish fighters controlling the area.


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Hundreds at Ramstein Air Base greet stars and watch early screening of ‘Jack Ryan’

The USO-sponsored event brought actors John Krasinski and Michael Kelly to a special screening of the hit show "Jack Ryan" for servicemembers and their families ahead of the show's new season, slated for a Nov. 1 release.


Flying operations likely to resume next week at Spangdahlem following F-16 crash

Flight operations were temporarily halted “to give the base and community time and space to respond to the incident,” said an Air Force spokeswoman.


Spangdahlem grounds F-16s, cancels exercise after crash

The Air Force is investigating after a F-16 Fighting Falcon out of Spangdahlem crashed Tuesday afternoon in an isolated, wooded area near the German town of Zemmer-Rodt, a few miles south of the base and north of the city of Trier, officials said.


Hohenfels reading specialist is first DODEA teacher to win $10,000 education prize

Patricia Hannon, a reading specialist at Hohenfels Elementary School, uses her her music background to help kids in kindergarten through third grade overcome reading difficulties.


Air Force identifies airmen killed in Spangdahlem car crash

Bradley Reese Haile, 19, and Jacob Blackburn, 20, were airmen first class assigned to the 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron. They were killed Monday morning when the car they were in hit a stationary object before bursting into flames.


Three DODEA schools earn coveted ‘Blue Ribbon’ for high achievement

Three Department of Defense Education Activity schools, including two in Europe, have been ranked among the highest-performing U.S. schools, DODEA announced this week.


Spangdahlem airman recovering after fiery crash that killed two other servicemembers

Two airmen were killed and a third was injured in the crash near Spangdalem Air Base’s passenger terminal on Monday morning.


Airman jailed for secretly filming women as they undressed, showered in his house

Staff Sgt. Andrew P. Rogers admitted he used cameras hidden around his off-base house to film more than half a dozen women who stayed with him or house-sat for him while he was away.


Mold and water force partial closures at two new schools on bases in Germany

Black mold was discovered in one of the walls at Kaiserslautern High School last spring, while a water leak was detected last week under the floor in the Vogelweh Elementary School’s first-grade “neighborhood."


Military working dogs are given a final send-off at Ramstein

Hundreds of personnel lined the streets of Ramstein Air Base Friday to give a salute to two military working dogs as they left base, secure in their kennels in the back of a van, for their last ride.


Air Force mulls fitness assessment changes to reduce risks from rapid weight loss

The Air Force is currently looking at implementing a fitness test policy like the Army’s, which encourages commanders and supervisors to allow a minimum of seven days between the two components of the test.


German paramedics who saved American baby’s life honored by US Army

A Baumholder soldier's baby was unconscious when paramedics came to help.


europe quick trips

Birthplace of Chopin, Warsaw is brimming with history, culture in a less-crowded setting

Warsaw is easy to navigate, with fewer crowds than some of its more famous European counterparts. It offers a wealth of interesting history and architecture, not to mention more bang for your buck when shopping with the Polish zloty.


DOD lodging rates set to go up as facilities prepare to be self-sustaining

Operators of several lodging facilities used for official Defense Department travel are still adjusting their room rates less than a month before the military stops receiving taxpayer dollars to sustain the accommodations.


Damaged water line shutters Sembach schools, day care for at least two days

A damaged water line that shut down services to two base schools and a day care center at Sembach on Wednesday has been repaired, officials said, but those facilities will remain closed through Thursday while water samples in the line are tested.


USO returns to Baumholder after more than a decade's absence

A former French army bathhouse at Baumholder, Germany, now serves as a place for U.S. soldiers and their families to unwind and connect while off duty after the USO returned to a hilly outpost northwest of Ramstein Air Base for the first time in more than a decade.


'Drink safely and have a plan' at Bad Duerkheim wine fest, US officials urge

Americans are being urged by U.S. military officials to drink responsibly and ‘have a plan’ if they attend what’s been billed as the world’s biggest wine festival in Bad Duerkheim, Germany.


DOD school projects grind to a halt in Germany, Japan and stateside for border fencing

Plans to replace or renovate nine Defense Department schools — most of them overseas — have been shelved under the Pentagon’s move to divert $3.6 billion in military construction funds to pay for part of President Donald Trump’s border wall.


Pence says US committed to expanding military presence in Poland, details still thin

The U.S. and Poland are moving ahead with a plan to add another 1,000 U.S. troops to the country, perhaps by the end of this year, said Vice President Mike Pence and Poland’s President Andrzej Duda at a joint news conference Monday.