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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. 21.

$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.


German court affirms acquittals of Holiday Park employees in 2014 death of former soldier’s daughter

A German appeals court has ruled that two amusement park employees were not responsible for the 2014 death of a former U.S. soldier’s daughter on a family ride, even though the men were found to have been lax in some of their duties.


Germany sentences asylum seeker to prison for role in attacks on US, Afghan forces

An Afghan refugee seeking asylum in Germany has been sentenced to four years and 10 months in jail for his role in attacks against U.S. and Afghan government forces while he was a teenager in Afghanistan.


US soldiers injured in crash with fuel truck in Bavaria

Two U.S. soldiers were treated and released from a local hospital Tuesday after their convoy and a fuel truck collided in a highway pileup about an hour north of Munich, military officials said.


Car race is suspected cause in crash that injured 2 US soldiers and German civilian

Two U.S. Army soldiers and a German woman were injured on Saturday near the base here when the car driven by one of the soldiers crashed into the woman’s car, police said.


Army, German town strike long-awaited deal on weapons range noise near Stuttgart

U.S. Special Operations Forces will scale back some of their high-intensity training here as part of a deal with local government officials to reduce the crackle of gunfire in an area where locals have grown frustrated with the noise.


Fake police reportedly approaching homes around Ramstein in theft scam

Scam artists posing as police officers have approached homes and either stolen or asked questions about valuables in five areas where U.S. servicemembers live off base, German police 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.


Former US servicemember arrested after German train station fight turns deadly

Police said a 33-year-old American killed a German man outside the Kaiserslautern train station last month.


German police say moving company employee stole US Army gear, personal items from families

The suspect, who police have identified as 43-year-old male, worked for a moving company contracted to move U.S. personnel and their families from U.S. bases and neighborhoods in Bavaria.


Blank shots fired in German city near US bases lead to arrest; no one hurt

A German man caused a commotion downtown Wednesday when he fired multiple blank shots with a starter pistol, scaring and threatening shoppers before he was taken into custody.


How a US soldier’s death in Afghanistan ended up in a German court, 4 years later

Although prosecutors say it’s the first time Germany has tried anyone for an alleged role in the death of a U.S. soldier abroad, the case against Abdol Moghadas S., 20, has received little attention.


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Watch an Army veteran take down a casino robber wearing a Batman mask

Elliot Montalvan, who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, leaned on his infantry training when a man with a gun attempted to rob a gambling hall in the small Bavarian town of Heidingsfeld, Germany.


Spate of DUI arrests highlights enduring problem near Army base in Grafenwoehr

U.S. soldiers driving under the influence of alcohol are a recurring problem around the U.S. Army’s Grafenwoehr Training Area in rural northern Bavaria, German police said.


Security measures heightened at Christmas markets in Germany

Police are boosting security at Germany’s famed Christmas markets, including those in cities with large populations of U.S. military personnel and their families.


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.


Mushroom hunter finds WWII-era bomb near Ramstein Air Base

A German mushroom hunter found more than he bargained for recently when he stumbled upon an unexploded, World War II-era bomb in the woods.


Germany raises highway fines for rubbernecking, blocking emergency vehicles

Getting stuck in a traffic jam on the German autobahn might cost more than just time and heartache under a new German law that significantly raises penalties for failing to open up the middle lane for emergency vehicles.


Laser aimed at Army helicopter amid major exercise in Germany

A U.S. Army helicopter pilot had a laser shined into the cockpit Sunday evening while flying over Schmidtmuehle, Germany, near the Hohenfels Training Area.


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.