Marcus Kloeckner

See Europe with tours from 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 Dec. 27.

Two men sentenced for attempted burglary of Americans’ home in Landstuhl

Two of the four men who tried to force their way into the home of an American family in Landstuhl, Germany, in February were sentenced to prison Wednesday for attempted burglary.

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.

Soldiers detained on suspicion of fleeing $230 cab fare in Germany

Three U.S. soldiers in Germany are accused of marking the Thanksgiving holiday not with a typical turkey trot, but with an attempt to do a runner to avoid paying a hefty cab fare.

Prospect of strikes looms as US Army, German union at odds over new contract

Negotiations between the U.S. Army and the union representing Germans employed on bases in Europe have broken down without an agreement on a new contract, raising the prospect of local workers going on strike.

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.

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.

Stepmother arrested after death of 4-year-old near Army’s Grafenwoehr base

The father of the boy who died is a soldier assigned to the Vilseck-based 2nd Cavalry Regiment’s Field Artillery Squadron.

German official thanks US, Pompeo for role in defending freedom during Cold War

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Thursday thanked the United States and a former U.S. tank commander for their commitment to Germany during the Cold War.

Fake US soldiers ‘verboten’ at Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie amid reports they harassed tourists

Actors dressed as U.S. soldiers at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin have been banned from the iconic Cold War location because of their aggressive and abusive way with tourists, city officials said.

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.

US F-16 crashes in Germany, pilot ejects safely

A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashed Tuesday afternoon near the German town of Zemmer, Air Force officials said. The pilot was recovered with minor injuries.

Suspects in violent invasion of American family’s Landstuhl home had loaded gun, court is told

A judge on Monday brought more serious charges against one of the men accused of violently attempting to burglarize the Landstuhl home of an American family in February after learning that he and his suspected accomplices had a loaded gun and zip ties with them.

US Army in Ansbach concealing details about groundwater contamination, German officials say

U.S. Army in Ansbach concealing details about groundwater contamination, German officials say

German group calls for low-altitude flight ban after Army helicopter makes hard landing

“The extremely lax flight regulations for U.S. helicopters stationed in Ansbach-Katterbach and Illesheim put lives in danger,” the Etz Langt’s pressure group said in a statement posted on its website.

German paramedics who saved American baby’s life honored by US Army

A Baumholder soldier's baby was unconscious when paramedics came to help.

Germany pulls police advisers out of Afghanistan after Kabul Green Village attack

Unnamed security sources in Berlin said an international compound was “not safe anymore” after last week’s attack, according to news magazine Der Spiegel.

US Army soldier, three others seriously injured in car accident in Germany

The soldier involved in Thursday's accident on a road between the Army’s Rose Barracks in Vilseck and the German town of Freihung, is part of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, based near where the accident occurred.

Suspect in violent invasion of American family’s Landstuhl home could spend life in detention

The 61-year-old suspect should be placed under preventive detention, which allows any prison sentence he might be given to be extended indefinitely, the prosecution said Tuesday.

Drunken US soldier in Germany walks along train tracks to find his way home

Police launched a search for the soldier after a woman reported seeing him on the railway line between the town of Nittendorf and Nuernberg.

Trial adjourns in case of break-in that left one intruder dead in Landstuhl

Three men accused of breaking into an American family's home in Germany will be back in court on Aug. 13.

Three men charged in Germany over violent invasion of American family’s home

The suspects targeted the American family after an employee of a moving company said that the family had high-value items in the house, prosecutors said.

WWII bomb sparks mass evacuation in Frankfurt

More than 16,500 people have been ordered to evacuate a densely populated part of Frankfurt this weekend to allow an 1,100-pound, World War II-era bomb found on a construction site to be defused, officials said Wednesday.

Soldier sunbathing under 15,000-volt electricity wire sparks panic

The soldier was catching some sun at about 2:15 p.m. Monday when a German railroad worker in the eastern town of Guben spotted the servicemember lying directly beneath electricity wires.

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.

US soldier dies in Germany following high-speed crash into city gate

The Army identified the soldier on Tuesday as Spc. Abinezer Gebeyehu of the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment. He was stationed in Vilseck, about seven miles north of Hahnbach.

Bavarian stores look to cross-cultural measures to attract more Americans

Businesses near the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training areas hope to attract more Americans through a series of cross-cultural measures, advertising acceptance of value-added tax forms and U.S. credit cards, and being aware of U.S. holidays.

German paraglider unharmed following emergency landing at US base

A German paraglider who made an emergency landing at a U.S. Army base in Kaiserslautern was released pending an investigation, German police and Army officials said Monday.

Documentary follows sister's search for answers in soldier's Cold War-era murder

A soldier’s murder, a leftist militant group’s 1985 terrorist attack and a sister’s lingering questions are the focus of a documentary film being shown in Wiesbaden on Wednesday.

German army leads thousands of multinational troops at US training area exercise

Germany’s 1st Armored Division is spearheading a “unique” multinational exercise bringing together thousands of U.S. and allied troops in a training area in the southeast, officials said.

Police raid Wiesbaden club popular among some US servicemembers

No Americans present were arrested during the raid on the Euro Palace club in the city’s Mainz-Kastel neighborhood, a Wiesbaden police spokeswoman said. Army officials could not comment immediately Monday on whether will club be put on the off-limits list for U.S. servicemembers.

Vehicle thefts near Ramstein spotlight keyless entry vulnerabilities

U.S. military and German police are warning drivers to secure their vehicles and electronic fobs following two high-value thefts from a small village near Ramstein Air Base earlier this week.

German court says potentially illegal drone strikes aided by Ramstein, despite USAF denials

The German government must ensure that any drone strikes coordinated through U.S. military bases in Germany comply with international law, a German high court ruled Tuesday.

Of 3 suspected ISIS members charged in Germany, 1 accused of killing US troops

German federal prosecutors have filed charges against three suspected Islamic State group members, including one man accused of killing U.S. soldiers in Iraq years ago.

Air Force takes over investigation of fatal car crash involving Ramstein airman

German officials will allow the Air Force to decide whether to prosecute a U.S. airman who killed a German teenager last week in a car wreck near Ramstein Air Base.

Airman involved in crash that killed German teen near Ramstein

The crash occurred at about 6:45 p.m. on the L367, a two-lane road between Mackenbach and Weilerbach, only a few minutes’ drive from Ramstein Air Base.