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See Europe with tours from on-base agencies

Base tours offer an easy way to see Europe with other members of the military community. Here is a sampling of trips scheduled as of April 12.

German court says potentially illegal drone strikes aided by Ramstein, despite USAF denials

The German government must ensure that any drone strikes coordinated through U.S. military bases in Germany comply with international law, a German high court ruled Tuesday.

Of 3 suspected ISIS members charged in Germany, 1 accused of killing US troops

German federal prosecutors have filed charges against three suspected Islamic State group members, including one man accused of killing U.S. soldiers in Iraq years ago.

Air Force takes over investigation of fatal car crash involving Ramstein airman

German officials will allow the Air Force to decide whether to prosecute a U.S. airman who killed a German teenager last week in a car wreck near Ramstein Air Base.

Airman involved in crash that killed German teen near Ramstein

The crash occurred at about 6:45 p.m. on the L367, a two-lane road between Mackenbach and Weilerbach, only a few minutes’ drive from Ramstein Air Base.

Spangdahlem airman’s son, 8, dies in autobahn car crash

The eight-year-old son of an airman from Spangdahlem Air Base was killed Saturday night in a single-car crash on autobahn A60 near the base, German police and base officials said.

Well-armed police will guard German Christmas markets after Strasbourg attack

Police throughout Germany and especially near U.S. military bases are boosting security at Christmas markets after a deadly attack in the French city of Strasbourg this week.

Guardrail narrowly prevents Army truck from plummeting off 130-foot-high bridge

A guardrail kept two soldiers in a U.S. Army vehicle from falling off a 130-foot-high bridge after being rear-ended by a delivery van in Bavaria.

Newly-found letters, photos highlight Elvis' GI times in Grafenwoehr

A special exhibition featuring newly recovered photos of Elvis Presley’s time as a soldier in Germany nearly 60 years ago has opened at a museum near the U.S. Army base in Grafenwoehr.

Kansas-based soldiers honored for lifting car, saving motorist in Germany

Three U.S. Army soldiers and two German civilians were honored recently for helping save the life of a 31-year-old driver pinned under his car after an accident near the Army’s training area in Grafenwoehr.

Hohenfels construction set to ease soldier housing crunch

The the Army’s primary maneuver center in Europe, the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, will add around $50 million worth of new housing for incoming troops and other infrastructure.

US soldier, two other Americans hurt in car accident near Grafenwoehr

A 29-year-old U.S. soldier and two other Americans were hurt in an accident Saturday near Grafenwoehr when the soldier’s car struck a car he was attempting to pass and then hit a second car coming from the opposite direction, police said.

Americans warned to stay clear of right-wing demonstration in Kaiserslautern

A Facebook group called Kaiserslautern gegen Rechts, or Kaiserslautern against the Right, has called upon people to show up and protest the right-wing rally.

Two found guilty of terror plot in Germany. Their accomplice once planned attack on Ramstein

Two associates of a man who once planned to attack Ramstein Air Base were found guilty of charges related to a planned suicide bombing at a German town.

$345 for apples? Airman’s online post leads police to investigate fruit scam near Ramstein

German police are investigating claims that a group of men scammed servicemembers and spouses in the Kaiserslautern area by charging hundreds of euros to credit cards for boxes of fruit sold door-to-door.

Tours by on-base agencies

Base tours offer an easy way to see Europe with other members of the military community. Here is a sampling of current trips scheduled.

As yearslong autobahn traffic jam nears end, more road work starts near Ramstein

Construction on the autobahn – known around the world for portions that lack any speed limit – has slowed traffic down in places to a limit of 60 kilometers per hour, or about 37 mph, on a 12-mile stretch of the A6 between Kaiserslautern and Landstuhl.

Mechanics in Germany find fake explosive in US soldier’s car

A fake bomb found in a vehicle owned by a U.S. soldier shut down the area surrounding an auto garage for six hours, about 15 miles from the Army’s Grafenwoehr Training Area.

Protesters outside gate demand Ramstein Air Base's closure

Protesters marched outside Ramstein Air Base’s west gate on Saturday, demanding the base be closed and seizing upon a media report that the Pentagon is reviewing the costs of keeping troops in Germany.

High-speed crash in Germany leaves soldier, family member in critical condition

A U.S. soldier and a family member sustained life-threatening injuries Saturday after a high-speed car accident on the A3 federal highway in Bavaria, German police and Army officials said Monday.

US helicopter brings curious crowd after emergency landing in eastern German field

The helicopter was flying from Katterbach, in Bavaria, to participate in the large-scale Saber Strike 18 exercise in Poland when it began to overheat, leading soldiers to land as a precaution, Army officials said.

Drone helps locate missing lions, tigers and other animals at flooded zoo near Spangdahlem

Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar that were originally believed to have escaped from a zoo about 25 miles north of Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, were hidden from sight because of flooding Friday and never left the zoo grounds, officials said.

Protesters plan 'civil disobedience' near Ramstein Air Base in June

“Specially trained” activists will participate in the protest at the air base, scheduled to run from June 23 to July 1, organizers with the Berlin-based “Stopp Ramstein — No Drone War” alliance told reporters.

German court affirms acquittals of Holiday Park employees in 2014 death of former soldier’s daughter

A German appeals court has ruled that two amusement park employees were not responsible for the 2014 death of a former U.S. soldier’s daughter on a family ride, even though the men were found to have been lax in some of their duties.

Germany sentences asylum seeker to prison for role in attacks on US, Afghan forces

An Afghan refugee seeking asylum in Germany has been sentenced to four years and 10 months in jail for his role in attacks against U.S. and Afghan government forces while he was a teenager in Afghanistan.

US soldiers injured in crash with fuel truck in Bavaria

Two U.S. soldiers were treated and released from a local hospital Tuesday after their convoy and a fuel truck collided in a highway pileup about an hour north of Munich, military officials said.

Car race is suspected cause in crash that injured 2 US soldiers and German civilian

Two U.S. Army soldiers and a German woman were injured on Saturday near the base here when the car driven by one of the soldiers crashed into the woman’s car, police said.

Army, German town strike long-awaited deal on weapons range noise near Stuttgart

U.S. Special Operations Forces will scale back some of their high-intensity training here as part of a deal with local government officials to reduce the crackle of gunfire in an area where locals have grown frustrated with the noise.

Fake police reportedly approaching homes around Ramstein in theft scam

Scam artists posing as police officers have approached homes and either stolen or asked questions about valuables in five areas where U.S. servicemembers live off base, German police said Wednesday.

Tours by on-base agencies

Base tours offer an easy way to see Europe with other members of the military community. Here is a sampling of trips scheduled.

Former US servicemember arrested after German train station fight turns deadly

Police said a 33-year-old American killed a German man outside the Kaiserslautern train station last month.

German police say moving company employee stole US Army gear, personal items from families

The suspect, who police have identified as 43-year-old male, worked for a moving company contracted to move U.S. personnel and their families from U.S. bases and neighborhoods in Bavaria.

Blank shots fired in German city near US bases lead to arrest; no one hurt

A German man caused a commotion downtown Wednesday when he fired multiple blank shots with a starter pistol, scaring and threatening shoppers before he was taken into custody.

How a US soldier’s death in Afghanistan ended up in a German court, 4 years later

Although prosecutors say it’s the first time Germany has tried anyone for an alleged role in the death of a U.S. soldier abroad, the case against Abdol Moghadas S., 20, has received little attention.


Watch an Army veteran take down a casino robber wearing a Batman mask

Elliot Montalvan, who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, leaned on his infantry training when a man with a gun attempted to rob a gambling hall in the small Bavarian town of Heidingsfeld, Germany.

Spate of DUI arrests highlights enduring problem near Army base in Grafenwoehr

U.S. soldiers driving under the influence of alcohol are a recurring problem around the U.S. Army’s Grafenwoehr Training Area in rural northern Bavaria, German police said.