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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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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.


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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.


Pence speaks of close US-Poland bond during World War II remembrance

Germany invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, triggering a war that lasted nearly six years and killed more than 70 million people.


Troops living deployment-style in Poland as US military ramps up presence in region

Months after Washington and Warsaw agreed to boost the number of American troops in Poland, questions remain about where they will come from, how many will eventually arrive and how long they will live in conditions that remind them of combat deployments.


Most C-130s returned to flying after Air Force completes inspection

The Air Force has completed inspections of more than a quarter of its fleet of C-130 Hercules transports, which were pulled from flying operations after the discovery of signs of cracking on the wing joints.


Space Command to relaunch this month, officials say

The capabilities of the Pentagon’s first new combatant command in 10 years will include missile warning, satellite operations, space control and space support.


Barksdale dedicates facility to slain airman, addresses safety after string of off-base murders

Tech Sgt. Joshua Kidd was one of five members of the Barksdale community to be murdered since June 2018, according to the Air Force.


Air Force begins flight operations at remote post in Niger

The Air Force has begun limited flying operations at a remote outpost in the southern Sahara Desert in Niger, where U.S. airmen recently built a 6,200-foot runway to support intelligence gathering in West Africa.


Ramstein offers families base housing in exchange for providing child care

To move to the top of the waiting list for on-base housing, families must sign a contract agreeing to provide child care of up to 50 hours a week per child, for up to six children, for at least 18 months.


With new Army policy, officers take standardized GRE test during Captains Career Course

A new Army policy means officers have to take the Graduate Records Examination, or GRE, when they’re taking the four- to six-month Captains Career Course. Not everyone thinks the move will have the results the Army is looking for.


Cracks found in Air National Guard C-130 wing parts prompt partial grounding of fleet

The cracks on the lower center wing joint were discovered on an Air National Guard C-130 H-model at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., during depot maintenance.


Germany thanks outgoing US missile defense commander with rare award

The outgoing commander of the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Col. David E. Shank, received the Silver German Armed Forces Cross of Honor prior to handing over command of the AAMDC to Brig. Gen. Gregory J. Brady.


Air Force units will pause operations to address alarming suicide rate

If airman suicides continue at their current pace, this year’s deaths by suicide in the service would far eclipse last year’s. In 2018, 60 active duty airmen, 17 Air National Guard and three Air Force reservists died by suicide for a total of 80 airmen.


Army’s two-star sustainment command in Europe gets a new leader

Maj. Gen. Christopher O. Mohan took command Wednesday of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, a unit whose role has greatly expanded across Eastern Europe. Mohan, a career logistician, replaces Maj. Gen. Steven Shapiro.


Air Force seeks feedback on new maternity uniforms

All women in the Air Force will receive an email about the survey, but only those who have worn the new maternity uniform or are currently wearing it will be invited to complete the full questionnaire.


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‘They just get it’: Wounded airmen recover with help from their own

Caregivers, families and more than 40 warriors — active duty and medically retired airmen facing serious wounds, injuries or illnesses — participated in the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program’s Warrior Care event, the first ever in Europe.


The search for authentic Mexican food in Kaiserslautern ends at Fiesta Mexicana

At Fiesta Mexicana in Mackenbach, one of the newer Mexican restaurants in the Kaiserslautern area, cumin is in the spice rotation, as are other traditional Mexican spices, say husband-and-wife owners Eduardo Fernandez Garcia and Lydia Schamp.


Ramstein airmen practice parachuting skills close to home

Three dozen Air Force paratroopers dropped from a clear, blue sky Tuesday onto Ramstein Air Base’s busy airfield, getting a rare chance to practice their parachuting skills close to home.


Protesters to rally outside Ramstein against alleged drone operations

The annual demonstration against Ramstein Air Base, the largest U.S. military base in Germany, could include a temporary blockade of the main access road, although organizers and police say the protest is expected to be peaceful.


Planned course cuts, bigger classes at schools for military kids frustrate families, teachers

While DODEA officials are not sharing details, a union representing DODEA educators says cuts will touch nearly every school outside the U.S. and include more than two dozen course offerings across the Pacific and Europe; there will also be a reduction in the number of sections of certain classes and increased class sizes.


Foreign-language, science, culinary arts among DODEA courses on chopping block

Here are some specifics about planned cuts at base schools, from Okinawa to Germany, England to South Korea.