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US soldier’s child badly injured in car crash in Germany

The crash took place in poor weather conditions Thursday evening in the town of Amberg, about 30 minutes south of Vilseck where the 2nd Cavalry Regiment is based.

US military community in Kaiserslautern may be coronavirus hot spot as cases surge around Germany

The U.S. military community was being eyed Friday as a hot spot for new coronavirus infections in the Kaiserslautern area, where the health warning system was raised to the second-highest level after a sudden spike in cases, district officials said.


US military figures obscured, often uncounted in Germany’s coronavirus totals

Several German health departments don’t include U.S. military personnel in case totals because they consider them nonresidents, since most aren’t required to register with local governments under the terms of the status of forces agreement.


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 Sept. 25.


Army launches probe as three coronavirus cases are connected to Edelweiss quarantine violation

Three of 56 active cases in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen district were traced directly to an Edelweiss Lodge and Resort employee’s night on the town after she was ordered into quarantine following a coronavirus test, district officials said.


Germany to test its emergency warning system on Thursday

Sirens will blare across Germany at 11 a.m. Thursday as the country tests its national emergency warning system for the first time since 1990.


Coronavirus cases more than doubled in Kaiserslautern area in one week, officials say

The number of active coronavirus cases in the Kaiserslautern area, which is home to one of the largest overseas U.S. military communities in the world, more than doubled in the past week as new infections rose around Germany during a popular time for vacations.


Not-so-grand theft auto: Transmission foils US soldier’s attempt to steal a cab in Germany, police say

A 19-year-old American soldier who is accused of trying to steal a taxi at Munich International Airport was thwarted by the car’s transmission, German police said.


Airmen save toddler from drowning in German lake

A two-year-old girl owes her life to the quick reactions of two U.S. airmen who saved her from drowning last weekend in a popular recreational lake in southwest Germany.


Vilseck-based soldier could face criminal charges after high-speed road crash

A Vilseck-based American soldier could face up to three years in prison after he was accused of causing a traffic accident on a Bavarian country road in which he and a couple were injured, German police said Wednesday.


What will it take to move 12,000 troops from Germany? Closures, time and lots of money

Removing 12,000 troops from Germany will likely mean several base closures and cost billions of dollars for an operation that could begin in weeks but take years to complete.


Police probe theft of dummy rifles at Army training center in Hohenfels

A number of dummy rifles used for exercises at the U.S. Army’s training area in Hohenfels have been stolen, German police said Tuesday.


American faces big fine for hosting Kaiserslautern July 4 party that broke coronavirus rules

An American woman faces a fine of up to 25,000 euros after hundreds of people, including U.S. service members, turned up for a 4th of July party that she announced via a mobile phone messaging service, officials said Monday.


Woman receives nine-year sentence for death of 4-year-old Army dependent

The wife of an American soldier was sentenced to nine years in prison Thursday by a German court for killing her 4-year-old stepson last year at the family home in Eschenbach, German media reports said.


German firefighter injured during rescue of US paratroopers who landed in trees

A German firefighter was seriously injured in an operation to rescue six American paratroopers who landed in trees during a parachute training exercise, officials said Thursday.


American in Kaiserslautern tests positive for coronavirus as total active cases in area fall

A member of the U.S. military community in Kaiserslautern has tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the first confirmed case among defense personnel in the area in more than a month.


US soldier in Nuremberg bit officer’s leg, police say

It took six German police officers to haul off a cowboy boot-wearing American soldier who called them Nazis, kicked them and later bit one of them in the leg, police said.


Bavarian woodcarver to join Stallone, John Wayne in ranks of honorary Green Berets

A German man who has made wood carvings for the 10th Special Forces Group for nearly 50 years has been nominated for a rare distinction — to become an honorary member of the Green Berets. He will be the first German to receive the honor.


German lawmakers investigate whether double taxation of US troops, civilians violates SOFA

Regional lawmakers in Germany are investigating why a finance office near Ramstein Air Base has stepped up efforts to collect income tax from American troops and military civilians, possibly breaching an international treaty that governs U.S. forces in the country.


Sonic booms from German Eurofighters rattle residents near Ramstein Air Base

German Eurofighters flying over the state of Rheinland-Pfalz broke the sound barrier several times in recent days, shaking houses, rattling windows and unnerving more than a few people and pets.


Restaurants, hotels poised to reopen in Germany will remain off limits for many US personnel

U.S. military personnel in Germany may have to bide their time before they can enjoy a night out again in the country, where restaurants and hotels will begin to cautiously reopen this month after weeks of coronavirus closures.


US bases reviewing restrictions as barbershops, playgrounds and more prepare to reopen in Germany

U.S. military bases across Germany are still reviewing what services and facilities to resume and reopen, following Germany’s lead.


Speeding in Germany could now mean a bigger fine and a suspended license

Exceeding the speed limit in town by just 21 kilometers per hour, or about 13 mph, could cost drivers in Germany a one-month license suspension and a hefty fine as of Tuesday, when tough new traffic laws take effect.


Bavaria, home to large US Army garrison, will require masks while shopping

Wearing masks when shopping or using public transportation will be required beginning April 27 in Bavaria, German’s second-most populous state and home to about 40,000 U.S. military personnel and family members.


Germany to order 45 US jets to replace 1970s’ Tornados, report says

Germany will buy 45 fighter aircraft from the United States to replace its aging Tornado fighter-bombers, a German media report said.


'Forever chemicals' are hundreds of times over safe levels at Katterbach Kaserne site in Germany, Army report says

Toxic chemicals are present in soil at disused firefighting training sites at Katterbach Kaserne in Bavaria at levels up to 225 times higher than what’s considered safe, an Army report says.


Some smaller stores in Germany to reopen as coronavirus precautions continue

Smaller stores can reopen soon and masks are now recommended while shopping as Germany tries to maintain its “fragile” success in containing the coronavirus, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.


Violating virus restrictions in Germany could lead to fines, jail time, military disciplinary action

Americans in Germany who violate restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus could face hefty fines from the government and disciplinary action from the military, a top Army official in Europe said Friday.


Germany limits public gatherings, Italy bans outdoor exercise in fight against pandemic

Tens of thousands of U.S. military personnel and their families are among the millions living under new restrictions on activity in Germany and Italy, as the two countries grapple with containing the spread of the coronavirus.


Kaiserslautern, home to largest US military community overseas, restricts businesses

In Kaiserslautern, the largest city in an area where about 50,000 Defense Department personnel and their families live, city officials late Monday ordered numerous businesses to close and banned gatherings of more than 75 people until July 10.


Driver flees after fiery car crash near Grafenwoehr

A driver near the U.S. Army’s Grafenwoehr Training Area fled the scene after the driver’s car struck trees and burst into flames, German police said Monday.


Plans to move tankers, special operations wing from Mildenhall to Germany are put on hold

Plans to close RAF Mildenhall in England and move its refueling tankers and a special operations wing to Germany have been put on hold, the Pentagon said this week.


Kaiserslautern, home to largest US military community overseas, confirms first case of coronavirus

A 32-year-old Kaiserslautern man has contracted the coronavirus and 17 others are in self-quarantine after being in contact with him, city health officials said Friday.


Army seeks hundreds more homes for troops at Hohenfels

The Army has asked the German government to help it find hundreds of homes near Hohenfels to house the growing number of troops coming to the training area, officials said this week.


Two US soldiers injured, one seriously, as car skids off road near Ansbach

After veering off the road, the vehicle skidded more than 150 feet along a bike path and flipped onto its roof.


Soldier from 173rd Airborne injured by another soldier in Grafenwoehr street brawl

An American soldier was injured in a brawl Saturday night on a Grafenwoehr street that’s home to several bars, German police and U.S. military officials said.