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Marcus Kloeckner

Increased use of firing range near Grafenwoehr raises noise concerns

The increased use of a 90-year-old firing range to meet U.S. Army training needs has raised concerns about noise levels from a nearby village mayor.

Brazen burglary near Ramstein Air Base draws attention to upward trend

Until recently, James Hicks’ life in Germany could best be described as idyllic. But on Sept. 28, when Hicks returned home after a monthlong temporary posting, he found his car had been stolen and his house had been picked clean by burglars.


2 US soldiers under investigation after pepper spray incident at Kaiserslautern shopping mall

Two U.S. soldiers are under investigation after shoppers were injured with pepper spray that was released at the K in Lautern shopping mall on Saturday.


Thieves near US bases in Germany stealing keyless cars

Owners of keyless cars may want to keep their key fobs in a metal box or even the freezer, following a string of recent car thefts near U.S. bases in Germany.


German workers at US bases strike over pay

About 70 German workers from U.S. military bases at Ansbach, Katterbach and Illesheim went on strike Tuesday to demand higher wages.


German prosecutor reviewing claim of illegal arms shipment to Syria through Ramstein

The German prosecutor’s office in Kaiserslautern said Friday it is looking into a report that the Pentagon used Ramstein Air Base to transport weapons covertly to rebel fighters in Syria — an allegation, that if true, might have broken German law.


Intoxicated American ‘ghost driver’ stopped after driving against traffic near Kaiserslautern

An American assigned to Ramstein Air Base drove the wrong way on the autobahn near Kaiserslautern while intoxicated Monday morning, a mistake that could have been deadly if not for the heroic actions of three German drivers who stopped him and took his keys, German police said.


Thousands turn out for protest against Ramstein Air Base operations

Activists protesting an alleged role in drone operations at Ramstein Air Base held a final demonstration on Saturday by forming a human chain from the Haus des Burgers in Ramstein-Miesenbach to just outside Gate 5 of the air base.


Firefighters remove toxic chemicals found near Grafenwoehr Training Area

German authorities say they have safely disposed of toxic chemicals that were found last week in Lake Penzenreuth and that are believed to have belonged to the U.S. Army.


Anti-Ramstein protesters seek dialogue with airmen

A group of protesters who have scheduled a series of demonstrations against drone operations allegedly directed from Ramstein Air Base hope to meet and talk with airmen and other military personnel in the area during September protests.


Employee using blow torch to kill weeds started Ramstein Burger King fire

The Easter fire that destroyed the Burger King on Ramstein Air Base in April was started by an employee using a blow torch to kill weeds outside the building, German authorities said Monday.


American Army base opens doors to thousands of Germans

The 59th annual German-American Volksfest at the U.S. Army’s Grafenwoehr Training Area was expected to attract more than 100,000 people over the weekend – many lured to the base by the smell of Bratwurst and Texas barbecued ribs.


Afghan refugee in Germany accused of killing US soldier in 2014

A 20-year-old Afghan asylum-seeker has been charged with murder in the death of a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan in early 2014. The man was also charged with the attempted murder of two more American soldiers wounded in the same ambush.


Army unit’s move to Kaiserslautern delayed by legal snafu

German authorities are holding up the move of a U.S. Army medical support unit from Pirmasens to Kaiserslautern because they say the Army didn’t properly consult German construction officials before renovating six base buildings ahead of the move.


GALLERY

Germany’s polizei put brakes on US car culture

Servicemembers who modify their cars in Germany bump up against stringent vehicle regulations and local police who are sticklers for the law. The police show little tolerance for add-ons commonly seen in American muscle and custom cars.


Speed cameras are out in force in Germany

Drivers taking to Europe’s roads from Wednesday through early Thursday morning might want to ease up on the gas pedal.


WWII bombs in Kaiserslautern cause another evacuation

For the third time in less than a month, the discovery of World War II-era bombs at a construction site in Einsiedlerhof will force the temporary evacuation of hundreds of residents on Thursday while the bombs are defused.


Uptick in drunken skirmishes reported outside Army garrison in Grafenwoehr

Most of the fights took place along a single street outside the base, Alte Amberger Strasse, where local bars dominate the streetscape in an otherwise sleepy town.


US-German liaison officer under scrutiny for Facebook comments about Merkel

U.S. Army Europe is reviewing derogatory comments a U.S. officer assigned to a German army tank division made on Facebook about German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


Tours by on-base agencies, April 7, 2017

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 7, 2017.


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 as of Nov. 17, 2017.


Reports: Teen arrested in Vienna had made plans to plant bomb at Ramstein Air Base

A 17-year-old Islamic State sympathizer planned to set off a pipe bomb near Ramstein Air Base but changed his mind because he didn’t want to “kill so many people,” according to media reports.


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 as of Sept. 2, 2016.


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 as of Aug. 26, 2016.


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 as of Aug. 19, 2016.


Terrorism fears prompt new security measures at Oktoberfest

Security measures at this year’s Oktoberfest in Munich will be tightened considerably because of fears of possible terrorist attacks, authorities 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 as of Aug. 12, 2016.


Kaiserslautern area residents warned of burglary threat

U.S. military and German officials are warning local residents to keep their homes secured after a string of break-ins last week in two villages southwest of Kaiserslautern.


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 as of Aug. 5, 2016.


Peace activists to rally outside Ramstein base

German peace activists will deliver their anti-war message on bicycles outside Ramstein Air Base and other locations in Kaiserslautern on Saturday, officials said.


K-Town cow corralled after weeks on the lam

The four-legged fugitive that gave police and bounty hunters the udder slip for nearly four weeks was captured early Tuesday morning at the local Opel car factory after appearing on security video footage, Kaiserslautern police said.


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 as of July 15, 2016.


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 as of July 8, 2016. Please update this information and add tours by sending an email to Marcus Klöckner at kloeckner.marcus@stripes.com.


Baumholder water boil advisory still in force

Troops living in the Baumholder area are being advised to boil their tap water after tests on the city water systems found traces of E. coli contamination, but so far the water supply on post appears to be unaffected, military and German officials said Wednesday.


Tours by on-base agencies, June 23, 2016

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 June 23, 2016.


Tours by on-base agencies, June 10,2016

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 June 10, 2016. Please update this information and add tours by sending an email to Marcus Klöckner at kloeckner.marcus@stripes.com.