Jennifer H. Svan

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Seeking friendship without alliance, US and Serb troops take the plunge

U.S. and Serbian armed forces were on opposite sides in 1999 during the 78-day war in Kosovo. But for two countries that just a generation ago were at war, their recent joint exercise may be a sign that Serbia is opening more to the West.

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D-I volleyball

Lancers make short work of two-time defending champs

A new champion sits atop the DODEA-Europe Division I girls’ volleyball throne.

DODEA students let creative sparks fly at week devoted to the arts

Ask a group of teenagers what they’re doing in school, and you’re likely to be greeted with silence and a few shrugs. But ask a group of teenagers what they’re doing at Creative Connections, the weeklong arts workshop at U.S. military schools in Europe, and the hands fly up.

Europe cross country

Roberts, Smith complete dominant seasons with titles

Two runners who went undefeated all fall kept their unbeaten streaks intact to win their respective races Saturday at the 2017 DODEA European cross country championships.

Mushroom hunter finds WWII-era bomb near Ramstein Air Base

A German mushroom hunter found more than he bargained for recently when he stumbled upon an unexploded, World War II-era bomb in the woods.

Late-start at KMC, Baumholder schools made permanent

Late-start Thursdays that began earlier this month on a trial basis at all Kaiserslautern Military Community and Baumholder schools will now be permanent after the first two weeks, during which the adjusted schedule went smoothly, school officials said.

Germany raises highway fines for rubbernecking, blocking emergency vehicles

Getting stuck in a traffic jam on the German autobahn might cost more than just time and heartache under a new German law that significantly raises penalties for failing to open up the middle lane for emergency vehicles.

Spinnraedl in Kaiserslautern excels in the meaty dishes of the Rheinland-Pfalz

Spinnraedl seems to be the place to go in Kaiserslautern if you’re not just craving something German but rather something from the Pfalz, a largely rural region of southwestern Germany.

DOD mulls more money for reservists who travel a long way to serve

U.S. military reservists who travel a long way to serve — and in some cases spend their drill pay to do so — may see their expenses reduced by as much as two-thirds as the Pentagon considers changes to the reserve travel policy as a retention tool.

Scoring discrepancies delay DODEA’s release of test results

The release of standardized test results used to measure student progress has been delayed by months for some 33,000 students at Defense Department schools because of problems reported by the testing company, school officials said this week.

Wildpark Potzberg puts visitors eye to eye with animals

Wildpark Potzberg combines outdoor adventure and family-friendly fun with some educational opportunities.

KMC students ‘fall back’ a month early so teachers can boost instruction

Come Thursday, students at Kaiserslautern-area schools can sleep in an extra hour before heading to school.

KMC will hear voices during sound system tests next week

Decibel levels will be on the rise next week at Air Force bases in the Kaiserslautern Military Community when officials test recent upgrades to the “giant voice.”

2 US soldiers under investigation after pepper spray incident at Kaiserslautern shopping mall

Two U.S. soldiers are under investigation after shoppers were injured with pepper spray that was released at the K in Lautern shopping mall on Saturday.

Thieves near US bases in Germany stealing keyless cars

Owners of keyless cars may want to keep their key fobs in a metal box or even the freezer, following a string of recent car thefts near U.S. bases in Germany.

Tankers’ move to Ramstein Air Base delayed by two years

The relocation of U.S. tanker capabilities from the United Kingdom to Germany will be delayed by two years, as U.S. and German officials continue to work through the details of the pending move, Air Force officials in Europe said this week.

'House of Cards' actress and others to perform Kaiserslautern theater workshop

A guest performance by Adam Driver’s Arts in the Armed Forces theater troupe is the showcase act during the Army in Europe’s theater festival next month in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

German prosecutor reviewing claim of illegal arms shipment to Syria through Ramstein

The German prosecutor’s office in Kaiserslautern said Friday it is looking into a report that the Pentagon used Ramstein Air Base to transport weapons covertly to rebel fighters in Syria — an allegation, that if true, might have broken German law.

Intoxicated American ‘ghost driver’ stopped after driving against traffic near Kaiserslautern

An American assigned to Ramstein Air Base drove the wrong way on the autobahn near Kaiserslautern while intoxicated Monday morning, a mistake that could have been deadly if not for the heroic actions of three German drivers who stopped him and took his keys, German police said.

US assumes control of Baltic air policing for first time since 2014

Under blue skies that stretched clear to the Baltic Sea, the U.S. assumed the lead in NATO’s Baltic air policing mission here Wednesday, committing to safeguarding the airspace over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for the next 120 days.


F-16 fighter pilot heads from Afghanistan to Spangdahlem to command 52nd Fighter Wing

Col. Jason E. Bailey will lead the sole U.S. Air Force fighter wing in Germany and more than 4,500 airmen after a change-of-command ceremony here Tuesday, where he took the mantle from Col. Joseph D. McFall.


‘21st-century school’ opens in Wiesbaden as students return to class

Monday was the first day back to school for most students at U.S. military bases across Europe. In Wiesbaden, the occasion was marked by the opening of the Department of Defense’s first “21st-century school,” a $52 million facility intended to promote more collaborative learning via open, shared and flexible instructional spaces instead of the traditional shoebox design.

Air Force lieutenant colonel dismissed from service over downrange relationship

An Air Force officer who engaged in an unprofessional relationship with an airman 20 years his junior while commanding a small expeditionary base in Africa will be forced out of the service following a general court-martial last week.

US airmen show off jets, smiles at Slovak air show

With an eye towards building relationships with a key NATO partner, a few U.S. airmen braved the heat and the crowds Saturday at one of the largest air shows in Central Europe.

Brauhaus an der Gartenschau serves German fare in a pleasant Kaiserslautern location

Location might be Brauhaus’ top selling-point. The restaurant’s outdoor terrace is plenty big, with lots of seating and umbrellas for shade.


Air Force boss learned important lessons from longtime Ramstein commissary bagger

Gen. David Goldfein, the Air Force chief of staff, bagged groceries at the commissary in the mid-1970s while he was a teenager living at Ramstein. Even as Goldfein’s career has taken him around the world, he stops to see his old boss any chance he gets.

Journey to Invictus Games for wounded Canadians includes return to Ramstein

The Invictus Games’ Spirit Flame was lit in Kabul on Aug. 9. It made stops at Ramstein and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center on Tuesday to symbolize the journey of wounded servicemembers from the battlefield to the 2017 games in Toronto.

Employee using blow torch to kill weeds started Ramstein Burger King fire

The Easter fire that destroyed the Burger King on Ramstein Air Base in April was started by an employee using a blow torch to kill weeds outside the building, German authorities said Monday.

Army unit’s move to Kaiserslautern delayed by legal snafu

German authorities are holding up the move of a U.S. Army medical support unit from Pirmasens to Kaiserslautern because they say the Army didn’t properly consult German construction officials before renovating six base buildings ahead of the move.

USAFE and European partners seek common ground in integrating F-35

The U.S. Air Force has yet to stand up a squadron of F-35s in Europe, but it’s already working on how to integrate the fifth-generation combat jet with some of its closest allies in the region.

A 6-year-old proves a worthy navigator on hike around Wolfstein, Germany

On a recent scorching July day I completed a 6-plus-mile hike in the hilly forest surrounding Wolfstein with the next best thing besides a map: a 6-year-old with a steel-trap memory and Davy Crockett-like instincts.

Website helps Americans get into rhythm of German life

If you’re new to Germany and invited to your German neighbor’s house, here’s a tip: Be on time — or better yet, 5 to 10 minutes early — and bring a gift, such as fine chocolates, a bottle of wine or flowers.

Italiano Sapori Veri in Kaiserslautern offers fresh Italian food and ice cream with flair

The meal started with a rich and gooey bite-size chocolate brownie served with a strong cappuccino.


Muslims in Kaiserslautern reflect on their role in the military during Ramadan

Muslims in Kaiserslautern say they find the military to be a protective enclave of tolerance, a “melting pot” where people generally are less insulated and more exposed to other cultures and beliefs.

‘All-star lineup’ of US strategic bombers make historic deployment to Europe

No specific threat prompted the historic deployment of all three Air Force Global Strike Command strategic bombers to the European theater, 3rd Air Force commander Lt. Gen. Richard Clark said Monday.


Bitburg High School closes doors after 60 years

The Bitburg Barons will soon take their place in DODEA Europe lore as Bitburg High School in Germany closes next week after 60 years.