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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. 13.

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.

Spangdahlem airman’s son, 8, dies in autobahn car crash

The eight-year-old son of an airman from Spangdahlem Air Base was killed Saturday night in a single-car crash on autobahn A60 near the base, German police and base officials said.

Well-armed police will guard German Christmas markets after Strasbourg attack

Police throughout Germany and especially near U.S. military bases are boosting security at Christmas markets after a deadly attack in the French city of Strasbourg this week.

Guardrail narrowly prevents Army truck from plummeting off 130-foot-high bridge

A guardrail kept two soldiers in a U.S. Army vehicle from falling off a 130-foot-high bridge after being rear-ended by a delivery van in Bavaria.

Newly-found letters, photos highlight Elvis' GI times in Grafenwoehr

A special exhibition featuring newly recovered photos of Elvis Presley’s time as a soldier in Germany nearly 60 years ago has opened at a museum near the U.S. Army base in Grafenwoehr.

Kansas-based soldiers honored for lifting car, saving motorist in Germany

Three U.S. Army soldiers and two German civilians were honored recently for helping save the life of a 31-year-old driver pinned under his car after an accident near the Army’s training area in Grafenwoehr.

Hohenfels construction set to ease soldier housing crunch

The the Army’s primary maneuver center in Europe, the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, will add around $50 million worth of new housing for incoming troops and other infrastructure.

US soldier, two other Americans hurt in car accident near Grafenwoehr

A 29-year-old U.S. soldier and two other Americans were hurt in an accident Saturday near Grafenwoehr when the soldier’s car struck a car he was attempting to pass and then hit a second car coming from the opposite direction, police said.

Americans warned to stay clear of right-wing demonstration in Kaiserslautern

A Facebook group called Kaiserslautern gegen Rechts, or Kaiserslautern against the Right, has called upon people to show up and protest the right-wing rally.

Two found guilty of terror plot in Germany. Their accomplice once planned attack on Ramstein

Two associates of a man who once planned to attack Ramstein Air Base were found guilty of charges related to a planned suicide bombing at a German town.

$345 for apples? Airman’s online post leads police to investigate fruit scam near Ramstein

German police are investigating claims that a group of men scammed servicemembers and spouses in the Kaiserslautern area by charging hundreds of euros to credit cards for boxes of fruit sold door-to-door.

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 current trips scheduled.

As yearslong autobahn traffic jam nears end, more road work starts near Ramstein

Construction on the autobahn – known around the world for portions that lack any speed limit – has slowed traffic down in places to a limit of 60 kilometers per hour, or about 37 mph, on a 12-mile stretch of the A6 between Kaiserslautern and Landstuhl.

Mechanics in Germany find fake explosive in US soldier’s car

A fake bomb found in a vehicle owned by a U.S. soldier shut down the area surrounding an auto garage for six hours, about 15 miles from the Army’s Grafenwoehr Training Area.

Protesters outside gate demand Ramstein Air Base's closure

Protesters marched outside Ramstein Air Base’s west gate on Saturday, demanding the base be closed and seizing upon a media report that the Pentagon is reviewing the costs of keeping troops in Germany.

High-speed crash in Germany leaves soldier, family member in critical condition

A U.S. soldier and a family member sustained life-threatening injuries Saturday after a high-speed car accident on the A3 federal highway in Bavaria, German police and Army officials said Monday.

US helicopter brings curious crowd after emergency landing in eastern German field

The helicopter was flying from Katterbach, in Bavaria, to participate in the large-scale Saber Strike 18 exercise in Poland when it began to overheat, leading soldiers to land as a precaution, Army officials said.

Drone helps locate missing lions, tigers and other animals at flooded zoo near Spangdahlem

Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar that were originally believed to have escaped from a zoo about 25 miles north of Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, were hidden from sight because of flooding Friday and never left the zoo grounds, officials said.

Protesters plan 'civil disobedience' near Ramstein Air Base in June

“Specially trained” activists will participate in the protest at the air base, scheduled to run from June 23 to July 1, organizers with the Berlin-based “Stopp Ramstein — No Drone War” alliance told reporters.