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Rheinland-Pfalz, home to many US personnel, eases pandemic restrictions on businesses and hotels

More retail businesses and hotels may reopen in Rheinland-Pfalz under state rules issued Wednesday, but Kaiserslautern and other areas where U.S. personnel live will stay under tighter restrictions while coronavirus incidence rates remain high.

Elvis statue coming to German town where the King lived as a soldier

A 1959 image of Elvis Presley on a bridge served as the inspiration for a statue that's scheduled to be placed in Bad Nauheim this summer.


Quarantine rules lifted for fully vaccinated, asymptomatic US personnel at Ramstein and Stuttgart bases

Coronavirus restrictions, including quarantine and testing requirements, were eased on bases in two German states where tens of thousands of American service members, DOD civilians and their families live.


Curfew extended to Kaiserslautern district, including Ramstein, as coronavirus cases surge

The new 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew is the first in the Kaiserslautern district since the pandemic began, although the city of Kaiserslautern has been under curfew since Friday.


Rheinland-Pfalz survey aims to help Americans navigate life in Germany

Americans on or off base may participate in the U.S. military-approved, anonymous online questionnaire through April 25.


New curfew looms in Kaiserslautern as coronavirus cases climb

People who live in the city and nearby villages, including thousands of members of the large U.S. military community, will have to mostly stay indoors between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. starting Friday.


Five US troops injured in traffic accident near Berlin

Three U.S. service members were seriously injured and two sustained minor injuries in a car crash southwest of Berlin, police and media reports said.


Germany imposes another lockdown as coronavirus numbers tick up

Measures announced in Germany on Tuesday aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus have left some, including members of the U.S. military community, wondering what the new restrictions will change and when the cycle of lockdowns will end.


Army Apache helicopter is back in the skies after two days in a Bavarian field

A U.S. Army helicopter that made a precautionary landing in a Bavarian field two days ago flew back to its base in Katterbach on Friday, service officials said.


Man accused of Ramstein area killings turns himself in after long search

Daniel Mentel is a suspect in the violent deaths of his mother and her partner, whose bodies were found Tuesday in Weilerbach.


Police expand search near Ramstein Air Base for man suspected of killing his mother, her partner

Police are searching eight villages near Ramstein Air Base. Preliminary autopsy results found “that the death of the two victims was caused by violence — but not by gunshot wounds," Rheinland-Pfalz police said in a statement Wednesday.


American ‘irritation’ over taxing of US troops must be dealt with, Germany’s top diplomat says

Germany's top diplomat said he has become personally involved in the issue of some US troops in Germany being taxed by local authorities and that he will “stand up for a solution in this important question.”


Car crash kills Kaiserslautern-based US soldier, injures three others

A wreck occurred near Kleber Kaserne and in front of Daenner Kaserne at a four-way intersection.


European Union food import rules may cause shortages at US bases

Thousands of items sold in commissaries and exchange stores at U.S. military bases in Europe could soon be missing from shelves because of previously unenforced European Union rules on food imports, military and industry officials said.


More openings are announced as Germany plans to ease its lockdown next week

German states where U.S. forces are based plan to ease their coronavirus lockdowns with limited store openings, shopping by appointment and reopened outdoor venues next week.


US soldier loses appeal to have $1,500 drone returned after taking photos of 2019 Oktoberfest

A U.S. soldier who was fined 500 euros and had his electronics confiscated after shooting aerial pictures of the 2019 Oktoberfest in Munich has lost his appeal to have his drone returned to him, court officials said Monday.


Coronavirus numbers plummet in Kaiserslautern area, home to thousands of US troops

New coronavirus infections in the Kaiserslautern area have plunged below the rate at which the government has said shops and small businesses can reopen, data posted by Germany’s public health agency showed Tuesday.


Who killed the woman found dead in Kaiserslautern? German police ask Americans for help

German police are asking residents of Kaiserslautern and Stuttgart, including members of the U.S. military community, to help them find the killers of a woman whose body was found in an alley near Kaiserslautern’s shopping mall in December.


Police to actively enforce coronavirus rules Thursday in Rheinland-Pfalz, home to US bases

German law enforcement officials in the state of Rheinland-Pfalz, home to several U.S. military bases, will be looking for violations of coronavirus restrictions and could issue fines for noncompliance Thursday.


Here’s what you need to know about Germany’s new face mask rules

Medical-grade masks will be required across Germany starting Monday, but different states have different rules and military officials haven’t said if the new requirements will apply on U.S. bases.


Americans in Germany have to wear medical masks when shopping, using public transport, off base

The new face mask requirement is part of a package agreed to by Chancellor Angela Merkel and state leaders Tuesday during an hourslong meeting to hash out ways to bring down high numbers of coronavirus infections.


US Army to follow Bavarian rule requiring medical-grade FFP2 or similar masks in stores, on public transportation

Bavaria will require people entering shops or using public transportation beginning Monday to wear FFP2 or similar masks, which provide better coronavirus protection than cloth masks but aren’t common among the 40,000-strong U.S. military community in the state.


Between Blood Road and German culture stands the barbarism of Buchenwald

“Blood Road,” says the gray sign alongside the road that leads to what was once Germany’s largest concentration camp, Buchenwald.


Here’s how Germany's new coronavirus restrictions are likely to affect US military communities

U.S. military commands, which impose their own coronavirus restrictions, have said that service members and civilians working for the military in Germany must follow whichever rules are stricter — the German authorities’ or the military's.


German police seek US military community's help to identify woman found dead near Kaiserslautern mall

A woman's body was found Monday evening, lying just off Stauboernchenstrasse about 600 feet south of the K-in-Lautern shopping mall.


US service member in Germany is first active-duty soldier to die from coronavirus, German reports indicate

A 43-year-old U.S. soldier with the coronavirus died on the way to a U.S. military hospital despite a roadside rescue attempt by emergency personnel, German police said Thursday.


For most US personnel, holiday travel in Germany is either complicated or unlikely to happen

U.S. military personnel and their families living in Germany won’t have many travel options over the December holidays, either because of command decisions or the patchwork of state and local laws meant to curb an ongoing spike in coronavirus infections.


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.


Proposed troop drawdown in Germany complicates plans to hand back military land

A directive from President Donald Trump to withdraw some 12,000 U.S. troops from Germany and move numerous units elsewhere has further complicated a plan to return several military sites in the country.


Dozens of new coronavirus cases reported at Army base in Wiesbaden

More than two dozen coronavirus cases have been reported in the U.S. military community in Wiesbaden in a little over a week, a German official said Tuesday.


Kaiserslautern area raised to second-highest health alert level as coronavirus cases surge in Germany

The Kaiserslautern area was raised to Germany’s second-highest health alert level last week after a sudden spike in coronavirus cases that some were pinning on members of the large U.S. military community, officials said.


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.


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.