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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.

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.


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 Feb. 28.


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.


Power loss, bad weather caused Spangdahlem F-16 crash in Germany, Air Force says

A partial power failure during bad weather caused an F-16 fighter jet from Spangdahlem Air Base to crash last fall during a routine training flight, the Air Force said Tuesday.


Sabine storms across Europe, damaging areas near US bases in Germany

There will be periodic lulls but “the winds will pick up speed again” in Rheinland-Pfalz, a meteorologist said, adding that winds were expected to average 30-45 mph on Tuesday in the Kaiserslautern area.


New traffic laws, higher fines to take effect in Europe in 2020

Several European countries, including many that are home to thousands of U.S. service members, plan to toughen their traffic laws and to increase fines for violations next year, Germany’s ADAC roadside assistance provider says on its website.


German service members to ride their country’s trains for free

German service members in uniform and their children will be allowed to travel for free on trains in Germany, beginning next month.


Drunk, stoned and misguided by GPS: American gashes Mercedes by driving through German pedestrian tunnel, police say

An American found sleeping in a car in a field had his license confiscated after he followed the walking directions on a GPS and drove through a narrow pedestrian tunnel, authorities said.


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.