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Jennifer H. Svan

Free AFN TV ends at Army housing in Germany this weekend

The end of the automatic AFN programming, which includes college and professional sports as well as popular stateside shows, comes after the Army in Europe decided earlier this year not to renew a contract for the service in Germany, officials said.

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Spangdahlem's F-16s aren't leaving Germany for Italy just yet

No date has been set for the last remaining U.S. fighter squadron in Germany to move to Italy, said Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, the leader of U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa.


Students test positive for coronavirus at DODEA schools in Bavaria

Cases were confirmed at Grafenwoehr Elementary School on Tower Barracks and the elementary and middle schools at Netzaberg, Col. Christopher Danbeck told the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria community in a video message posted on the garrison’s Facebook page last week.


At 9/11 ceremony in Germany, Army colonel remembers the day 'the hometown was struck'

“It’s a very personal day, not only a personal day if you’re an American, but even more so if you’re a New Yorker because the hometown was struck,” Col. Douglas Levien said at a 9/11 remembrance ceremony in Germany.


Dozens of service members to be reimbursed by Florida company that towed their vehicles

Another Florida towing company is on the hook for illegally towing, selling and scrapping U.S. service members’ vehicles while they were deployed.


DODEA schools fail to report serious incidents involving students, including sexual assault, IG report says

Hundreds of serious incidents involving students at Defense Department schools, including alleged sexual assaults and threats of physical violence, have gone unreported because of policies that allow principals to decide whether to report them, a report by the DOD Inspector General has said.


Military personnel can’t opt out of government’s payroll tax deferral

Many servicemembers, including all enlisted personnel, will see a temporary increase in their paychecks this month through the end of the year, followed by a fall in January, when they are likely to have to start repaying the money.


21st TSC soldiers in Europe have more flexibility for leave following a rule change

Service members assigned to the Army’s 21st Theater Sustainment Command in Europe no longer need a two-star’s approval for leisure travel to coronavirus risk areas.


Overseas military post offices stop accepting handwritten customs forms after months of delays

The Postal Service began transitioning to electronic customs forms in March due to international regulations but had granted military post offices an extension.


Two new coronavirus cases among Kaiserslautern area students but schools stay open

The two new school cases were closely linked to a Kaiserslautern Middle School student who tested positive for the virus last week, said a Department of Defense Education Activity-Europe spokesman.


Student’s positive coronavirus test shuts down DODEA school in Kaiserslautern for a day

Kaiserslautern Middle School was closed Friday after a student there became the first at a Defense Department school in Europe to test positive for the coronavirus in the new school year, officials said.


Air Force offers cash for better system allowing female pilots to relieve themselves in flight

The Air Force is offering at least $100,000 to whomever comes up with a way for female pilots to answer the call of nature while strapped into the cockpit of a jet.


Amid coronavirus pandemic, students' first day at DODEA's overseas schools looked different

The first day of school on U.S. military bases took on the trappings of a pandemic Monday as children bustled off to class in masks or logged on to meet their teachers from home.


Army raising service commitment for future aviators to 10 years

The decade of service obligation kicks in after graduation from flight training and does not apply to personnel currently in training, Army officials said.


Florida towing company sued for selling Marine’s car while she was deployed to Okinawa

A Florida towing company that sold a Marine’s car while she was serving overseas is being sued by the Justice Department for violating her civil rights.


No tag at recess: DODEA schools are ready for a coronavirus learning experience

From mandatory face masks to one-way traffic in crowded hallways, the coronavirus has ensured a vastly different back-to-school experience for thousands of children of U.S. military and government workers in Europe when classes begin next Monday.


Pentagon watchdog finds military mental health system is not meeting the needs of troops and families

The DOD Inspector General found patients seeking outpatient mental health treatment often experienced delays or never obtained care at all due to inconsistencies in standards, inadequate staffing, outdated provider information and other shortcomings in the military’s health system.


Tuck in for the rare treat of a hearty breakfast at ZeitLos in Rodenbach

ZeitLos cafe and bistro in the small village of Rodenbach near Ramstein Air Base may very well be the “perfect little hideaway,” to quote a phrase from one of the restaurant’s Facebook reviews.


Russia makes Open Skies treaty flight over US military bases in Germany

A Russian surveillance plane flew over Ramstein Air Base on Wednesday on its second Open Skies treaty flight this year through German airspace, military officials said.


Overseas DODEA students more likely to opt for classroom learning than stateside counterparts amid pandemic

About one in four students enrolled at the Pentagon’s schools in the United States will attend class virtually this fall, more than twice as many as at schools overseas, officials said Monday.


Ramstein ushers in new commander at socially-distanced ceremony

The largest U.S. Air Force wing in Europe welcomed a new commander Friday at a ceremony where public health guidance trumped tradition.


Airmen save toddler from drowning in German lake

A two-year-old girl owes her life to the quick reactions of two U.S. airmen who saved her from drowning last weekend in a popular recreational lake in southwest Germany.


About 9,000 DODEA students worldwide will attend school virtually this fall

Around one in seven students in Defense Department schools worldwide will attend school virtually for at least the fall semester, school officials said Tuesday. Students enrolled in virtual school in the fall will be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities at school.


Military in Europe mandates virus quarantine for troops arriving from US, with no exceptions

Troops coming to Europe from the U.S. have to quarantine for 14 days and can no longer test out of it, military officials said Friday as they moved to contain a “significant spike” in coronavirus infections among incoming forces.


Benches along Germany’s Zellertalweg invite you to rest, enjoy wine country

Lying on a wooden bench in a park with a panoramic view of the Rhine valley, I closed my eyes and dozed off.


DODEA plans to reopen classrooms at all schools in fall, but with virtual option

The anticipated return to school for some 69,000 students and 8,700 educators worldwide comes after months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Ramstein airman found guilty in 2019 road death of German teen

Military jurors stripped Tolman D. Roman Bahena, 21, of two ranks — from airman first class to airman basic — and ordered him to perform three months of hard labor without confinement.


Thousands more eligible to give blood to Pentagon’s program as donor restrictions are relaxed

Troops, veterans and military retirees who’ve lived in Europe for an extended period once again may give blood to the Defense Department’s program after donor restrictions were relaxed to boost supplies during the coronavirus pandemic.


Air Force moves coronavirus patients in steel shipping containers on cargo aircraft

The Air Force more than tripled its capacity to transport coronavirus patients after customizing a steel shipping container for medical use aboard its cargo planes.


Air Force cuts service members with razor bumps a break, extends shaving waiver

Airmen and Space Force personnel with razor bumps no longer need to apply for a shaving waiver every year after Air Force officials extended the exemption from regular shaving for those with the painful condition.


American in Kaiserslautern tests positive for coronavirus as total active cases in area fall

A member of the U.S. military community in Kaiserslautern has tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the first confirmed case among defense personnel in the area in more than a month.


Name of Air Force pilot who died in North Sea crash is stenciled on two F-15s

Air Force maintainers on both sides of the Atlantic have honored the memory of 1st Lt. Kenneth “Kage” Allen, who died this week when his F-15C crashed in the North Sea, by temporarily stenciling his name on two fighter jets.


New general order allows international travel for Army personnel in Rheinland-Pfalz

Some Army personnel in Germany can once again travel internationally after a general order issued Friday by the 21st Theater Sustainment Command lifted more coronavirus restrictions.


Watch for toxic caterpillars and more ticks in Europe, Army public health says

A hairy, toxic caterpillar frequently found in forests and a rising tick population have Defense Department health commands in Europe warning families to take precautions while outdoors in the months ahead.


Ramstein honors airman killed in 2008 attack while on secret mission in Pakistan

On Sept. 20, 2008, Air Force Maj. Rodolfo Rodriguez was outside the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, when a dump truck rammed the hotel’s security gate and caught fire.


Workouts by appointment: Military gyms reopen for some in Germany

The open doors at one of the military’s largest overseas bases come as gyms throughout Europe slowly reopen with strict safety and hygiene rules.