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Jennifer H. Svan

Get in the Christmas spirit in one of Germany’s oldest cities

There are more endearing German cities to see than Worms, but few are older.

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Airman accused of killing German teen in vehicle crash charged with involuntary manslaughter

The Air Force announced Monday at a preliminary hearing that it has charged Airman 1st Class Roman Bahena with involuntary manslaughter, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.


Spangdahlem airmen remember maintainer killed en route to next duty station

Staff Sgt. Tyler Mayfield, 33, died 12 days after being injured in a car accident in Missouri.


New Air Force secretary touts Space Force on first official trip overseas

On her first trip overseas as the new Air Force secretary, Barbara Barrett went to Ramstein Air Base with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein to visit with airmen and learn about their missions.


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.


Three middle schools in Kaiserslautern area will merge into one

About 750 students at small middle schools in the Kaiserslautern area will attend the same school on Vogelweh as of the next academic year, when three schools are merged into one, a top school official said.


25 years of driving without a license comes to a stop for German man at Spangdahlem gate

German driver’s licenses used to have no expiration date, but since 2013 European Union rules require drivers to renew their licenses every 15 years.


US Army’s new playing cards feature Russian tanks, Chinese missiles and Iranian weapons

An ace of spades embellished with a Russian-made SA-17 could tip a game of Texas Hold ‘em in a soldier’s favor, while also helping him identify a surface-to-air missile system on the ground.


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.


europe quick trips

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.