Jennifer H. Svan


DODEA-Europe students immerse themselves in jazz

Students from across Europe transported their trombones, trumpets and other instruments to Kaiserslautern this week for a long-standing tradition that aims to give the military school system’s youth an appreciation for an American art form.

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Walmart to pay back wages, change policies after denying Navy reservist a job over military duties

Petty Officer 3rd Class Lindsey Hunger said the retail giant refused to hire her at a Colorado store after she mentioned she would need time off for Navy duty.

‘Critical’ blood drive being held for US service members in Africa, elsewhere

The Armed Services Blood Program-Europe has issued an urgent call for blood donations for U.S. service members deployed to Africa and elsewhere, days after an attack in Kenya killed three Americans.

Tricare will now pay for some service members to treat razor bumps with lasers

Tricare says it will foot the laser bill for active duty personnel suffering from pseudofolliculitis barbae once skin creams and other conservative treatments have failed.

Higher rents, more listings expected for military families in Europe after housing rules change

Housing offices will still vet homes for safety and help mediate disputes between landlords and tenants, but landlords are free to set their own prices within the parameters of the law.

Ramstein prepares airmen for dining facility closure

The 1950s-era base dining facility that serves some 1,300 airmen will close next month for up to two years to undergo major upgrades, base officials said last week.

Actor Mark Wahlberg, chef brother wow troops, tout eatery during Ramstein visit

Actor Mark Wahlberg and brother Paul Wahlberg, a chef, thrilled thousands of service members and their families Sunday during a visit to celebrate the upcoming opening of their Wahlburgers restaurant at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

Ramstein spouses collect 18,000 cookies for single, unaccompanied airmen over holiday season

There will be no shortage of cookies in the airmen dorms this year.

Two Wahlberg brothers coming to Ramstein to promote new Wahlburgers

Chef Paul Wahlberg and his famous brother, actor Mark Wahlberg, will be at Ramstein Air Base on Sunday to talk about the opening of the first Wahlburgers on a military base.

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.

Thousands of AAFES customers who ordered food online see late credit card charges due to glitch

Army and Air Force Exchange Service overseas customers who ordered online in recent months from exchange fast food restaurants could see batches of late charges turning up on their credit cards.

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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.

Ramstein service member gets bullets instead of chocolate sauce in the mail

A box of 250 bullets ordered through Amazon turned up in the military mail last week at Ramstein Air Base, but the U.S. service member who received them says he ordered chocolate sauce, not ammunition.

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.

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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.