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Version 3 RELOCATION INFORMATION FOR

Ramstein AB Germany

Information Date March 21, 2000

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Table of Contents

Installation............................................................................................................................................................. 1 Installation Overview ......................................................................................................................................... 1 Must Know Items............................................................................................................................................... 2 Geographically Separated or Satellite Locations.................................................................................................. 4 Nearby Installations (Listed Separately in SITES)............................................................................................... 5 Regulations ........................................................................................................................................................ 5 Commonly Referenced Numbers ........................................................................................................................ 6 Major Unit Listing ............................................................................................................................................. 8 Transportation.................................................................................................................................................. 11 Commissary and Exchange Operations ............................................................................................................. 12 Local Community ................................................................................................................................................ 12 Local Community Overview............................................................................................................................. 12 Time Zone Chart .............................................................................................................................................. 14 Climate ............................................................................................................................................................ 14 Events Calendar ............................................................................................................................................... 14 Cultural Attractions.......................................................................................................................................... 15 Recreation Opportunities .................................................................................................................................. 15 Military Related and Civic Organizations ......................................................................................................... 16 Shopping.......................................................................................................................................................... 17 State and Community Social Service Agencies ................................................................................................. 18 Non-Profit Social Service Agencies .................................................................................................................. 18 Religious Activities .......................................................................................................................................... 18 Community Transportation............................................................................................................................... 18 Education............................................................................................................................................................. 19 Education Overview ......................................................................................................................................... 19 Public and DODDS Schools ............................................................................................................................. 19 Private Schools................................................................................................................................................. 20 Colleges and Universities ................................................................................................................................. 21 Adult or Continuing Education ......................................................................................................................... 22 Special Education............................................................................................................................................. 22 Employment ........................................................................................................................................................ 22 Employment Overview..................................................................................................................................... 22 Federal Civilian Employment for Spouses ........................................................................................................ 23 Permanent Employment Resources ................................................................................................................... 23 Temporary Employment Resources .................................................................................................................. 24 Non-Paid or Volunteer Opportunities................................................................................................................ 24 Chambers of Commerce ................................................................................................................................... 24 Private Sector Employment .............................................................................................................................. 24 Professional or Occupational Licensing ............................................................................................................ 24 Networking Opportunities ................................................................................................................................ 24 Medical And Dental ............................................................................................................................................. 24 Medical and Dental Overview........................................................................................................................... 24 Medical Services/Directory - on Installation ..................................................................................................... 25 Health Benefits Advisor, Wellness, and CHAMPUS/TRICARE Programs ........................................................ 25 Community Hospitals....................................................................................................................................... 26 Dental Services/Directory - on Installation........................................................................................................ 26 Family Member Dental Plan............................................................................................................................. 26 Housing ............................................................................................................................................................... 27 Housing Overview............................................................................................................................................ 27 Housing Allowances......................................................................................................................................... 28 Government Housing ....................................................................................................................................... 30 Community Housing ........................................................................................................................................ 32 Utilities............................................................................................................................................................ 32 Relocation Services.............................................................................................................................................. 33

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Relocation Services Overview .......................................................................................................................... 33 Relocation Assistance....................................................................................................................................... 33 In Transit Emergencies..................................................................................................................................... 34 Financial Preparedness ..................................................................................................................................... 34 Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) ................................................................................................. 36 Household Goods In-Bound Shipments ............................................................................................................ 36 Household Goods Out-Bound Shipments.......................................................................................................... 38 Household Goods Claims ................................................................................................................................. 38 Household Goods Weight Allowances .............................................................................................................. 38 POV In-Bound Shipments ................................................................................................................................ 38 POV Claims..................................................................................................................................................... 40 Pet Boarding/Kennels....................................................................................................................................... 40 Pet Licensing ................................................................................................................................................... 41 Pet Quarantines ................................................................................................................................................ 41 Veterinary Services .......................................................................................................................................... 41 Pet Transportation ............................................................................................................................................ 41 PCS Reporting Procedures................................................................................................................................ 42 Billeting........................................................................................................................................................... 42 Support Services .................................................................................................................................................. 42 Support Services Overview............................................................................................................................... 42 Family Centers................................................................................................................................................. 43 Information and Referral .................................................................................................................................. 44 Financial Assistance Programs ......................................................................................................................... 44 Emergency Assistance...................................................................................................................................... 46 Family Advocacy ............................................................................................................................................. 46 Single Member Services ................................................................................................................................... 47 Support Groups ................................................................................................................................................ 47 Morale, Welfare, and Recreation ...................................................................................................................... 47 Chapel Services and Programs.......................................................................................................................... 49 Drug and Alcohol............................................................................................................................................. 49 Legal Assistance .............................................................................................................................................. 49 Child And Teen Services...................................................................................................................................... 49 Child and Teen Services Overview ................................................................................................................... 49 New Parent Program ........................................................................................................................................ 50 Child Care Programs - on Installation ............................................................................................................... 50 Child Care Programs - Community ................................................................................................................... 51 Things To Do - Clubs and Social ...................................................................................................................... 51 Things To Do - Recreation and Sports .............................................................................................................. 51 Schools ............................................................................................................................................................ 51 School Age Care .............................................................................................................................................. 51 Religious Programs .......................................................................................................................................... 51 Special Events.................................................................................................................................................. 51 Sponsorship and Support .................................................................................................................................. 51 Youth Employment .......................................................................................................................................... 52 Youth Centers .................................................................................................................................................. 52 For Teens Only ................................................................................................................................................ 52 Survival Tips For First Termers............................................................................................................................ 52 Survival Tips for First Termers Overview ......................................................................................................... 52 Before You Move............................................................................................................................................. 53 After You Arrive.............................................................................................................................................. 53 Reporting Procedures ....................................................................................................................................... 53 Travel Planning................................................................................................................................................ 53 Vehicle Ownership........................................................................................................................................... 54 Housing and Billeting....................................................................................................................................... 54 Money Matters................................................................................................................................................. 54 At A Glance......................................................................................................................................................... 55

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Facility/Services Summary ............................................................................................................................... 55 Housing Summary............................................................................................................................................ 55 Education Summary ......................................................................................................................................... 55 Local Community Summary............................................................................................................................. 56 Medical and Dental Summary........................................................................................................................... 56 Relocation and Support Services Summary ....................................................................................................... 56 APPENDIX ......................................................................................................................................................... 57 Disclaimer ....................................................................................................................................................... 57

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Installation

Installation Overview

For more information on this subject: https://wwwmil.usafe.af.mil/ KAISERSLAUTERN MILITARY COMMUNITY -Welcome to Ramstein AB and the Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC). We know you will learn to love the pleasures of Germany. The delicious food, scenic patchwork countryside, and the historical character will surely make your stay enjoyable. -Germany is a member of the European Union, situated right in the heart of Europe. Germany has nine neighboring countries that are all within driving distance: Denmark in the north, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg and France in the west, Switzerland and Austria in the south, and the Czech Republic and Poland in the east. Germany is laced with a variety of landscapes. The Alps lie in the south, and dry sandy lowlands in the north. Rivers and lakes are scattered throughout the entire country. -The KMC is located in the federal state of Rheinland-Pfalz in the southwest corner of the country. This area is the main wine-growing region for Germany and also known for the largest connected forest, the Palatinate Forest. -K-Town as some call it, is known for being the largest American community outside of the U.S. Over 43,000 Americans share this community with inhabitants from over 70 nations. The city's historical past has been preserved even though it has grown to become one of the largest industrial and marketing cities in Germany. -Ramstein, Kapaun, and Sembach, are predominately Air Force communities, which share their services with the other military members of the KMC. Vogelweh, Kleber, Panzer, Daenner, Miesau, Pirmasens, Rhein Ordnance Barracks and Landstuhl, the Army's Regional Medical Community, all make up this great community. -The host unit at Ramstein Air Base has been the 86th Airlift Wing (AW) since 1 May 1991 after the inactivation of the 316th Air Division and 377th Combat Support Wing. The 86 AW falls under 3rd Air Force headquartered in the United Kingdom and are further assigned under United States Air Forces in

Europe (USAFE) headquartered, at Ramstein AB. Ramstein is also a North Atlantic Treaty Organization installation. Beside Americans, the installation's population is comprised of Canadian, German, British, French, Belgian, and Dutch forces. -The wing's operational mission is the operation and maintenance of it airlift assets composed of C-130s, C-9s, C-20s, and C-21s throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. -Ramstein personnel also provide support for operations at Kapaun Air Station, Sembach Annex, Einsiedlerhof Air Station, Vogelweh military complex, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, and Rhein-Main AB. -The 86th is organized in seven groups: 86th Operations Group (86th Operations Support Squadron, 37th, 75th, and 76 Airlift Squadrons and the 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron); 86th Logistics Group (86th Logistics Support Squadron, 86th Maintenance Squadron, 86th Supply Squadron, 86th Materiel Maintenance Squadron, and 86th Transportation Squadron); 86th Support Group (86th Security Forces Squadron, 568th Security Forces Flight, 569th U.S. Forces Police Flight, 86th Services Squadron, and 86th Mission Support Squadron); 86th Civil Engineer Group (86th and 786th Civil Engineering Squadrons); 86th Medical Group (86th Aerospace Medical Squadron, 86th Dental Services Squadron, 86th Medical Operations Squadron, 86th Medical Support Squadron, and 86th Medical Squadron); 86th Communications Group (86th and 786th Communications Squadrons, and 886th Communications Squadron). 86th Contingency Response Group (86 Air Mobility Squadron, and the 786th Security Force Squadron). 469th Air Base Group -Ramstein's largest flight-line tenant organization, Air Mobility Command's 621st Air Mobility Support Group, provides Air Mobility Command cargo and maintenance support for Ramstein. Its 623rd Air Mobility Support Squadron, AMC's largest overseas cargo port, moves incoming and outgoing cargo via

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C-5, C-141, C-130, and C-17 aircraft. They also handle a variety of civilian contract carriers. The squadron has sole responsibility for providing enroute, selected home-based aircraft, and scheduled and unscheduled maintenance.

Must Know Items

For more information on this subject: Study Manual Download http://rmv.hqusareur.army.mil SPONSOR PACKAGES -The Family Support Center's Relocation Program no longer mails sponsor packages to individual incoming personnel. Your sponsor is required to pick up a sponsor package from the orderly room and mail it to you. ONCE YOU RECEIVE ORDERS -Your gaining unit should assign you a sponsor and mail your sponsor package to you. -Contact your gaining orderly room if you have not been assigned a sponsor or received your package within 60 days of departure. PRIOR TO DEPARTURE POV INFORMATION -All vehicles must pass an annual vehicle inspection to determine mechanical condition, prior to being registered for use. -AAFES automotive parts store is one of the few places to have your vehicle serviced. Parts and shipping are expensive. -High speeds and road conditions demand your automobile be in excellent mechanical condition. -Inspect your car for any leaks, loose or worn steering and suspension components, properly working lights, gauges, horn, defroster, exhaust, speedometer, windshield wipers, mismatched, worn, or oversized tires, and missing body components (bumpers, grills, etc.). -If your parts are even slightly worn, consider replacing them. COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SHIPMENT -Costs range from $600 - $1400 -Check with your local Transportation Management Outbound Office or call DSN: 489-7750 or Commercially: 011-49-631-98517. -Cars are very expensive to purchase here, many take a loss on resale. -Try to stagger the shipment to ensure you have transportation before you leave and have the other car available once you arrive. -Car rental is expensive and vehicles are limited.

OBTAINING A DRIVER'S LICENSE FOR A PRIVATELY OWNED VEHICLE (POV) -US military members, family members, and civilian employees with an assignment to Germany are prohibited from driving without a USAREUR POV license. -All drivers must attend a drivers' orientation course and take a written test covering signs and right of ways. -With a valid stateside license, no road test is required. -Study Manuals for the drivers test are available in unit orderly rooms and are commonly mailed in the Sponsor Package. -All drivers will need to have a valid STATESIDE license or a German license, (which cost approximately $1,700.00, and takes about 6 months to acquire) to obtain a USAREUR license. -Youth under 18 will no longer be able to obtain driving permits locally, nor will their parents be allowed to serve as instructors. They may obtain a USAREUR license only if they possess a STATESIDE license OR acquire the expensive German license. -To simplify your relocation process OBTAIN A STATESIDE LICENSE! -Newcomers are not permitted to rent a car if they do not have a USAREUR license. Please be advised that car rental agencies will rent a car to you even though you do not have a USAREUR license. However, you are prohibited from driving the car. MOTORCYCLE LICENSE -You must receive specific training provided by a limited number of volunteers. Lengthy waiting list. -Obtaining a stateside license before arrival is required. AUTO INSURANCE -Drivers under 25 years of age pay as much as $1,200 or more per year for liability. -BE PREPARED TO PAY MORE FOR FULLCOVERAGE. -Request a letter or statement from your insurance company stating your good driving record to possibly reduce your insurance cost. TEMPORARY LODGING EXPENSE -Payable when a member/dependent(s) occupy temporary quarters in the CONUS due to a PCS move. -Must have had at least one other duty station. -You can only receive UP TO FIVE DAYS TLE.

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-If you will stay in the local area with friends or relatives, you will need to sign a statement providing the period claimed, address and name of your host. HOUSING SHORTAGE -View housing section. -As a result of the increased number of DOD and military personnel relocating to the Kaiserslautern Area, there can be a temporary shortage of four or five bedroom housing units. -Ask your sponsor to check directly with the housing office for the type of housing you are seeking. ADVANCE HOUSING APPLICATIONS -Member or Sponsor should visit the local housing office and submit a DD Form 1746, Advance Housing Application. -The KMC Housing Office normally accepts advance applications anytime after a member has orders. -Once received, the member will be placed on the housing list not earlier than 30 days prior to their arrival. -An information letter explaining how the housing program works, to include the member's expected waiting time, will be mailed. SPOUSE EMPLOYMENT -Non-US citizens are not able to apply for US civil service positions or with AAFES. -They will be considered as local national candidates. -Many of the local national jobs require the ability to speak, read, and write in German. PETS -You must have a health certificate with a German translation. -Your entry to Germany must be within ten (10) days of obtaining your health certificate. -You can obtain these forms from stateside Services Vet offices. -Upon arrival you are required to register your pet at the vet clinic. IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS TO HAND CARRY Sealed MPF Package 10 Copies of Orders Personal Identification Documents Spouse Employment and Education Records Children's Immunization and School Records Medical Records Additional Bank Checks, Assets Documents, and Financial Records Insurance Documents ARRIVAL

-You may arrive in Germany via Air Mobility Command or commercial airline. -Either way, your arrival will usually be at RheinMain Air Base or Frankfurt International Airport. -These facilities are adjacent to each other and they share the same runway. -Your sponsor should meet you at the airport and provide you transportation to Ramstein. -If you will not be met; here are the directions to Ramstein: RHEIN-MAIN -Follow the signs to the baggage claim area to retrieve your bags and/or pets and clear customs. -Ask any passenger service representative for information on where to get ground transportation to Ramstein. -There is a bus that runs between Rhein-Main, Frankfurt Airport, and Ramstein Air Base. -The bus operates seven days a week, except Christmas and New Years. It leaves the Rhein-Main AMC terminal at 0715 hours. -The bus fare is $25 per adult passenger and $15 per child. This expense can be claimed on your travel voucher. The fare can be paid in dollars, DMs, Master Card and Visa. -Pets may ride the bus on a space available basis if they are contained in their carrier. FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT -If you come into the new terminal, Terminal 1, you will have to take the "Sky Line" tram over to Terminal 2. You will probably exit the customs area into Hall "B" or "C" of the arrival deck. There is a manned military information booth in the middle of Hall B. In Hall "C" there is a United Service Organization (USO) lounge. The USO has coffee, papers, telephones, and personnel to assist new arrivals. -The bus mentioned above also leaves from the Airport just outside the USO. It departs at: 0745 hours. COMMERCIAL SHUTTLE SERVICE -Commercial Shuttle Service and Door to Door service is available. -Phone numbers or fee structure are not published due to the fact that these contractors alter them so frequently. -An estimate of fees: 1 person/74DM, 2people/98DM, 3 people/132DM, 4 or more/156 -Contact your sponsor or email us at [email protected] for more information.

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SCHOOL INFORMATION -It is important for personnel being assigned to Ramstein Air Base to be aware that there are 11 schools (4 Elementary, 1 Elementary/Middle, 1 Intermediate, 3 Middle, and 2 High Schools) in the KMC. -The Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DODDS) office would like to make it clear that these schools are of equal quality and curriculum.

-The school that your child attends will be determined by where you LIVE not where you WORK. WIC -We currently do not have any WIC services in Germany.

Must Know Items

Site Name Last Updated Country County ZIP Code Service Host Command Physical Size --Installation-Ramstein AB March 21, 2000 Germany 09094 USAF 86 Airlift Wing 11000 --Phones-314 480-5100 011 49 6371-47-5100 314 480-9770 011

DSN Country Code DSN Number Commercial Country Code Commercial Area Code Commercial Number FAX DSN Country Code FAX DSN Number FAX Commercial Country Code FAX Commercial Area Code 49 FAX Commercial Number 6371-47-9770 --Official Mailing Address-Street Line 1 86 MSS/DPF Street Line 2 Unit 3220 Box 410 City APO State/Territory ZIP Code 09094 --Deliverable Address-Street Line 1 86 MSS/DPF Street Line 2 Unit 3220 Box 410 GEB 2120 City Ramstein-Miesenbach State/Territory ZIP Code 66877 E-Mail [email protected] Germany Locations:

Geographically Separated or Satellite Locations

GEOGRAPHICALLY UNITS SEPARATED

- Bann Main - Einsiederhof - Eslsfuerth - Giebelstadt Vaihing

- Grafenwoehr - Kapaun - Katterbach - Landstuhl

- Rhein - Sembach - Stuttgart - Stuttgart-

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- Mannheim Vogelweh - Wiesbaden Denmark: - Copenhagen

- Pruem (Arft)

Belgium: - Chievres - Flobecq (Le Chenio) - Kester

Geographically Separated or Satellite Locations

Satellite Kapaun Air Station Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Sembach Annex Command USAFE USAREUR 86 Airlift Wing Distance 12 Miles 8 miles 15 Miles Associated Site Name Ramstein AB Ramstein AB Ramstein AB

Nearby Installations (Listed Separately in SITES)

State/Country Germany Germany Germany Site Name Baumholder Kaiserslautern Rhein-Main AB Service USA USA USAF Distance 25 miles 9 miles 75 miles

Regulations

SEE "MUST KNOW ITEMS" IN ADDITION TO THIS AREA SEATBELTS -Seatbelts are mandatory at all times. -Failure of you, or your passengers, to wear a seatbelt can result in a DM 50 fine. -Use of child safety restraint systems is mandatory while operating a POV in USAREUR. Germany has authorized the use of DOT approved child restraint systems. -Infants 2-19 pounds or up to 9 months old, are required to ride rear facing, in the rear seat, in an approved infant carrier. -Children 19-38 pounds or 9 months to 3 years old, are required to ride in the rear seat in an approved carseat. -Children 33-79 pounds or 3-11 years old, are required to ride in the rear seat in an approved booster seat. -Children 12 years of age or older may ride in the front seat. VISITING RELATIVES WHO DRIVE -Relatives who are visiting may drive your vehicle if they have an international license.

-You need to register them as drivers at the Pulaski Barracks Customs Office. DSN:489-6459 -The vehicle owner must accompany them and show proof of an International Driver s License, Passport, and Vehicle Registration. VEHICLE CHECKS -All vehicles entering Ramstein Air Base are subject to spot checks by the security police. -Drug and/or bomb checks are often encountered when entering or leaving local air bases. -Report all accidents on base to the Ramstein Law Enforcement Desk DSN 480-2050. -Off base accidents must be reported to the Ramstein Law Enforcement desk AND German authorities if an injury or damage to property is involved. RESTRICTED AREAS -Ramstein, Kapaun, Sembach, and Miesau Army Depot are restricted to all those not holding a US Military ID, NATO ID, or passport. IMPORTING WEAPONS -Weapons can be hand carried or shipped in household goods. -Once the weapon has arrived it must be registered immediately with the Security Forces located at the Vehicle Registry Office.

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-If hand carried, the weapon will need to be registered with customs by completing a Form 2075 Permit to Import a Weapon. (located in Hall B of Frankfurt Airport)

Commonly Referenced Numbers

TELEPHONE ACCESS -The Ramstein DSN prefix is 480-XXXX. -The Ramstein Medical Group DSN prefix is 479XXXX -The commercial extension from inside of Germany:06371-47-XXXX -Commercial extension for the Medical Group is 06371-46-XXXX

-The commercial extension from outside of Germany: 011(Intl. Prefix)-49 (Germany country code)- 637147 or 46-XXXX -The Ramstein and Sembach 24 Hour Base Locator: 480-6120 *Remember to drop first 0 if calling from outside Germany Example: 011-49-69-69030511 All numbers are current but subject to change. If a number appears to be inaccurate, contact the base operator at DSN 480-113 or 011-49-6371-47-113.

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Commonly Referenced Numbers

Name Accounting & Finance Airport Information American Consulate American Red Cross/Ramstein/Sembach Auto Inspection Base Exchange Car Rental Budget Car Rental Hertz Civilian Personnel Civilian Personnel Job Recording Command Post (86th Wing) Community Bank Northside Ramstein AB Community Bank Sembach Community Bank South Side Ramstein AB Customs Office Driver Testing/Licenses Education Office Exceptional Family Member Program Family Advocacy Family Support Center Firearms Office Furniture Management Office German Information (International) German Information (National) Housing Office KMC School Liaison Office Legal Office 86 AW/JA Military Personnel Flight (86MSS/DPM) Passenger Terminal at Ramstein Passenger Terminal at Rhein Main Passport and Visas Post Office Ramstein Billeting Office Ramstein Clinic Information Sembach Billeting Services Federal Credit Union TRICARE Office Traffic Management Office Travel Office (SATO) USO Vehicle In Processing Vehicle Registration Office Veterinary Services Commercial 06371-47-5630 069-69030511 069-75352100 06371-47-2171/5464 06371-47-6287 06371-42404 06371-43978 06371-44202 06371-47-2033 06371-47-6000 06371-47-2121 06371-6509 06302-67-7406 06371-2390 06371-47-5538 06371-47-5534/2394 06371-47-2032 06371-86-7299/7699 06371-46-2370 06371-47-5100/5900 06371-47-5429 0631-52489 00118 01188 0631-536-6671 0631-536-6771/6772 06371-47-5912 06371-47-5631 06371-47-5364 069-699-6567/6568 0631-411-8892 06371-47-7857 06371-47-2614 06371-47-5701 06302-67-7588 06371-47-2425 06371-46-2616 06371-47-5509 06371-98190 06371-42623 06371-98517 06371-47-2108/5568 06371-47-5343 DSN 480-5630 480-2171/5464 480-6287 480-7110 480-2033 480-6000 480-2121 480-6509 496-7406 480-2390 480-5538 480-5534 480-2032 486-7299/7699 479-2370 480-5100/5900 480-5429 489-6153/6157

489-6671 489-6771/6772 480-5912 480-5631 480-5364 330-6567/6568 483-8892 480-7857 4802614/2445/7864 480-5701 496-7588 480-2425 479-2616 480-5509 480-6326 489-7750 480-2180/5568 480-5343

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Major Unit Listing

Unit 1 Combat Communication s 24 Air Operations 26 Intelligence Group 26 Regional Accounting/Fin ance 3 Space Communication s 32 Air Ground School 32 Air Intelligence 32 Air Operations 32 Air Operations Group 426 Intelligence 621 Air Mobility Support 623 Air Mobility Support 86 Logistics Group 86 Logistics Support 86 Logistics Group 86 Logistics Group 86 Supply 86 Logistics Group 86 Maintenance 86 Logistics Group 86 Materiel Maintenance 86 Logistics Group 86 Transportaion 86 Operations Det 1 Command Point of Contact Commercial DSN 480-9107 Fax 480-9834

480-6627 480-5598 480-9202

480-6420 480-3285 480-9885

489-6420

489-7679

496-7505 480-7405 480-8087 480-8089

496-6647 480-7353 480-7353 480-9986

489-6234 480-5164

489-6061 480-6343

480-5307

480-2421

480-2213

480-7315

480-5400 480-5883

480-2183 480-9756

480-5575

480-9723

496-6594

496-6496

480-5417

480-2136

361-5451

361-5028

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Operations 86 Operations Group 86 Operations Group 37 Airlift 86 Operations Group 75 Airlift 86 Operations Group 76 Airlift 86 Operations Group 86 Aeromedical Evac 86 Operations Group 86 Operations Supt 86 Support Group 86 Support Group 86 Mission Support 86 Support Group 568 Security Forces 86 Support Group 569th US Forces Police 86 Support Group 86 Security Forces 86 Support Group 86 Services 86TH Civil Engineer Group 786 CES 86TH Communication s Group 786 CS 86th Airlift Wing Chaplains 86th Airlift Wing Command 86th Airlift Wing Comptroller 86th Airlift Wing Judge Advocate 86th Airlift Wing Manpower and Quality

480-8600 480-5087

480-9841 480-9877

480-8031

480-8035

480-5941 480-8063

480-5929 480-9677

480-5805

480-2329

480-5959 480-7121

480-9921 480-5835

480-5928

480-9916

489-6244

489-7251

480-2090

480-2429

480-6083

480-2939

480-6153

480-7748

480-9211

480-5332

480-6148 480-5253 480-2336

480-9600 480-9848 480-9980

480-5908

480-9658

480-2419

480-5507

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86th Airlift Wing Operations 86th Airlift Wing Plans and Programs 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs 86th Airlift Wing Safety 86th CRG 86th CRG 786th Security Forces Squadron 86th CRG 86th Air Mobility Squardon 86th Civil Engineer Group 86th Civil Engineer Group 86 CES 86th Communication s Group 86th Communication s Group 86 CS 86th Communication s Group 886 CS Sembach 86th Medical Group 86 Aeromedical 86th Medical Group 86 MDS Landstuhl 86th Medical Group 86 MDS Sembach AFOSI HQ USAFE Air Operations HQ USAFE Air Postal HQ USAFE Band HQ USAFE Chaplain HQ USAFE Civil Engineers HQ USAFE Command

480-2035

480-9299

480-2192

480-2458

480-9611

480-5383 480-3237 496-7722

480-2144 480-3693 496-7743

480-2726

480-9771

480-6228 480-6242

480-2875 480-9992

480-5321

480-2559

480-5818

480-7070

489-7202

496-7553

480-8164

x

486-7907

486-7789

479-2250

479-2406

480-2870 480-6012 480-9049 496-6559 480-6962 480-6331 480-6252

480-9825 480-9996 480-9727 496-7819 480-6375 480-7306 480-6143

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HQ USAFE Command HQ USAFE Command Surgeon HQ USAFE Communication s HQ USAFE Comptroller HQ USAFE Computer Systems HQ USAFE Contracting HQ USAFE Inspector General HQ USAFE Intelligence HQ USAFE Logistics HQ USAFE Operations HQ USAFE Personnel HQ USAFE Plans and Programs HQ USAFE Public Affairs HQ USAFE Safety HQ USAFE Security Forces HQ USAFE Services HQ USAFE Staff Judge Advocate HQ USAFE Warrior Prep Center Intelligence Support

480-6143 480-7516 480-7616

480-6125

480-2705

480-6437 480-2996

480-7582 480-7567

489-7567 480-6574

487-7694 480-6648

480-7731 480-7784 480-7705 480-6424 480-6944

480-9752 480-7270 480-9712 480-7375 480-7765

480-6357 480-6236 480-7534 496-7993 480-6826

480-2705 480-6662 480-9745 496-7902 480-7010

489-6213

489-6279

480-6735

480-3285

Transportation

Transportation is difficult in the Kaiserslautern Military Community. Most people have their own vehicles. If your family requires 2 vehicles, check with your TMO Office about commercial or Space A shipment of a second vehicle.

COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SHIPMENT -Can cost $800 to approximately $1400. -Check with your local Transportation Management Outbound Office or call DSN: 489-7750 or Commercially: 011-49-631-98517. -Cars are very expensive to purchase here, many take a loss on resale. -We have two "Lemon Lots" in the KMC and vehicles are also advertised in the base paper.

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-Try to stagger the shipment to ensure you have transportation before you leave and have the other car available once you arrive. -Car rental is expensive and vehicles are limited. SHUTTLE BUS TO RHEIN MAIN AND FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT -There is a bus that runs between Rhein-Main, Frankfurt Airport, and Ramstein Air Base. -The bus operates seven days a week, except Christmas and New Years. -It leaves the Rhein-Main AMC terminal at 0715 hours. -The bus leaves Frankfurt International Airport outside of the USO Lounge at 0745. -The bus fare is $25 per adult passenger and $15 per child. This expense can be claimed on your travel voucher. The fare can be paid in dollars, DMs, Master Card and Visa. -Pets may ride the bus on a space available basis if they are contained in their carrier. COMMERCIAL SHUTTLE SERVICE Airport Express- 24 hour Door to Door Service Phone: 011-49-631-316670 - reservations should be made 1wk prior 1 person/69DM, 2 people/98DM, 3 people/132DM, 4 or more/156DM Van Service- 24 hour Door to Door Service Phone: 011-49-6337-6637 - reservations should be made 1wk prior 1 person/74DM, 2people/98DM, 3 people/132DM, 4 or more/156 BASEWIDE SHUTTLE BUSES The base wide shuttle bus runs from 0615-1715 in 30 minute increments throughout the base Monday Friday. Saturday shuttle service is available but less frequently. Shuttle Service is available between Ramstein, Landstuhl, Kapaun, and Vogelweh seven days a week on an hourly basis. Three buses leave Monday-Friday from Ramstein and travel to Sembach. GERMAN BUS SYSTEM -The German Bus does run on base and to the outlying communities off base. Some locations will be required to change buses to reach some destinations.

Commissary and Exchange Operations

COMMISSARIES -Ramstein - M-Sat 0900-2100 Sun 0900-1800 -Vogelweh - M-Sat 0900-2100 Sun 1100-1900 -Sembach - T&Th 1000-1900 Wed 1200-1800 Fri 1000-1800 Sat 1030-1600, Sun 1100-1600 -All three commissaries have the standard commissary departments as well as a bakery and deli. -Ramstein has an Italian Ice Cream Bar and a Pasta Cafe that even teaches cooking classes. -Vogelweh has a Pasta Cafe and a Coffee Shoppe. THE EXCHANGES -Ramstein - Open Mon-Sat 1000-2100, Sun 11001800 -Vogelweh - Open Mon-Sat 1000-2100, Sun 11001900 -Ramstein has a Book Mark and a Vesuvio Coffee Shoppe -Vogelweh has a Baby Zone, a Power Zone, and a Book Mark Other AAFES Facilities: Furniture Mart, Food Court, Shoppettes, Theaters, Four Seasons, Military Clothing Sales, Beauty and Barber Shop, Flower Shop, Optical Shop, Car Sales, Used Car Sales, Service Station, Car Rentals, Auto Parts and Repair Shop, Burger King, Popeye s, Taco Bell and Baskin Robbins.

Local Community

Local Community Overview

For more information on this subject: Kaiserslautern American Newspaper http://www.kaiserslautern-american.de KAISERSLAUTERN MILITARY COMMUNITY (KMC) -The KMC is located in the German federal state of Rheinland-Pfalz, which borders on Belgium, Luxembourg, and France. -The state of Rheinland-Pfalz was formed in 1946 and consists of land previously part of Bavaria, Hessen, and Prussia. The Pfalz is bordered by Luxembourg, France, and Belgium and contains twothirds of the wine growing area of Germany. -Kaiserslautern (or K-town as many Americans like to call it) is an international city with more than 108,000 inhabitants, which includes members of 70 nations living within city boundaries.

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-More than 12,800 American service members, 4,600 U.S. civilian employees and 19,500 family members live and work in the KMC. KMC organizations also employ more than 7,000 German workers. -Kaiserslautern is a busy industrial and marketing city, yet its rich historical past has been preserved. It is the home of iron, furniture, automobiles, and other industrial plants, as well as several breweries. -There are many things to see and do within K-Town and the surrounding areas. The residents of Kaiserslautern take pride in their preservation of landmarks for visitors, however, because of the many wars it has endured, Kaiserslautern has very few old buildings. The Stiftskirche (church) in the center of town is the oldest structure, dating from the 13th century. -There are many cultural activities including a year round offering of operas, musicals, and plays. Two museums house a rich collection of Palatinate history, folklore and art. The city soccer team is one of the best in Germany's top professional league. -You may find the various castle ruins in the area an interesting outing. Most of the ruins throughout the Pfalz area have grassy areas, benches, and tables for picnics. -People who want to explore Kaiserslautern can purchase a map from the city's tourist information office or at one of the military community's bookstores. City maps indicate points of interest such as castle ruins, museums, parks, etc. -Ramstein Air Base is located one and one-half miles east of the city of Ramstein, about two miles west of the city of Landstuhl, and seven and one-half miles west of the city of Kaiserslautern. Ramstein AB is part of the Kaiserslautern Military Community--the largest American community outside the United States. -There are more than 7,600 military members and 1,300 Department of Defense civilians assigned to the base, bringing with them more than 11,000 family members. Ramstein's population also is comprised of Canadian, German, British, Belgian, Dutch, Czech Republic, Polish, Danish, French, Norwegian, and Hungarian forces. -Ramstein, host community for Ramstein AB, was first mentioned in historical documents in 1215. Surviving several occupations through the years, the

town was completely destroyed during the Thirty Years' War in the early to mid-17th century. -For more than a century, the village grew steadily. During the Napoleonic Wars, it was occupied by the French in 1792. When Napoleon was defeated, the kingdom of Bavaria annexed Ramstein and neighboring villages in 1816. -Gradually the village regained its identity as European monarchs began to lose power in the late 19th century. Ramstein became a station stop on the Landstuhl-Kusel Railroad in 1868. -In 1898, the village's first factory, a textile mill near the railroad station, was constructed, creating more jobs and increasing the population to more than 2,000. -After World War II, Ramstein village entered a period of continuous and accelerating economic growth, accented by the construction of Ramstein AB. -In 1969, the village incorporated neighboring Miesenbach. Nine surrounding villages were consolidated in 1973 into the present "union community," which bears the name of RamsteinMiesenbach. -Ramstein received its city status in May 1991. Today, this community has a combined population of more than 18,000. The relationship Americans enjoy with their German hosts continues to generate goodwill, friendship, and understanding between the base populace and city residents. -Landstuhl, located across Autobahn 6 from Ramstein AB, was built on the site of earlier Celtic and Germanic-Roman settlements. -Landstuhl received its city status by 1323 and has grown to a population of more than 10,000. The city has several churches and buildings, which date back hundreds of years. Among the historic structures in town are the "Alte Kapelle" (Old Chapel), constructed in 1300, and "Pfarrkirche St. Andreas" which dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries. -Overlooking the city is the Nanstein Castle built by Emperor Fredrick I in 1160. Knight Franz von Sickingen received the castle when he was married in 1475. The castle was destroyed in 1518. Reconstruction didn't begin until 1543 and continued until 1600. The French destroyed the castle a final time in 1689.

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Time Zone Chart

Location Pacific Mountain Central Eastern Greenwich (United Kingdom) Central European (Germany) ( Ramstein AB ) East Asia (Japan) Adjustment for GMT -8 -7 -6 -5 0 1 9 SUMMER - JUN-AUG -Summers tend to be cooler and shorter than in most U.S. cities. Summer days are long with sunrises as early as 4 a.m. and sunsets around 10 p.m. The season is generally wet with frequent showers and occasional thunderstorms. Although there are periods of hot, dry weather, cool and moist air from the North Atlantic Ocean normally dominates the area. FALL - SEP-NOV -Cool and cloudy conditions. Incidence of morning fog increases rapidly, reaching a peak in late October. Fall is the most likely time for extended periods of afternoon showers. The entries in the following table are in inches and degrees Fahrenheit:

Climate

For more information on this subject: Local Weather Conditions http://ows.public.sembach.af.mil/index.htm WINTER - DEC-FEB -A stormy, cool, wet, foggy and cloudy season. Periods of cold, clear and windy weather. Temperatures are often at or near freezing. Snowfall is normally limited, but ice can be a problem. Winter days are short with sunrises at 8 a.m. and sunsets as early as 4 p.m. SPRING - MAR-MAY -Cloudiness diminishes, visibility improves, and temperatures rise. Flowers are out in full bloom.

Climate

Month January February March April May June July August September October November December High 38 41 49 57 65 70 84 74 67 57 46 40 Low 28 28 32 36 44 50 53 52 47 41 35 30 Humidity 80 75 72 68 66 69 67 66 73 77 80 82 -OKTOBERFEST Munich, GE Approximately 4 hours away This is the world's largest beer party with more than 700,000 kegs of beer served. Festival starts with Precipitation 2.12 1.88 1.91 1.75 1.63 1.60 1.61 1.67 2.13 1.56 1.43 1.71

Events Calendar

For more information on this subject: KMC Online http://www.kmc-online.de

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opening day parade with Oktoberfest VIPs in horsedrawn brewer wagons. After the parade, visit 13 mammoth beer tents, one for each of Munich's major breweries. Also includes rides and food. Festival starts the last part of September and lasts for two weeks. -FASCHING Takes place all over Central Europe This is central Europe's answer to the Mardi Gras of Central and South America. Officially begins on November 11th and ends more than two months later on Ash Wednesday. The climax comes on "Rosenmontag", the Monday before Ash Wednesday. The biggest parades and parties take place in Mainz, Cologne, Munich and Dusseldorf, but most local communities have their own smaller versions. -HEIDELBERG CASTLE ILLUMINATION Heidelberg, Germany Approximately 1 hour away Heidelberg presents a castle illumination and fireworks display three times each summer. The atmosphere on the evenings of the illumination is festive, as thousands of people turn out with picnic baskets and coolers to watch the spectacle from the lawn across the river from the old town. -BAD DURKHEIM WINE FEST Bad Durkheim, Germany Approximately 1 hour away Although somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 annual wine festivals are celebrated in this country, the Bad Durkheim wine fest (two weekends in midSeptember) ranks as the Granddaddy. -CHRISTKINDELMARKTS Throughout Germany Nothing is better for getting into the Christmas spirit than hot, steaming cups of spicy gluhwein, the ginger smell of Lebkuchen and the festive atmosphere at any of Germany's traditional Christmas markets. The largest and the oldest is in Nurnberg.

mountain lodges which you can visit throughout the year. -Nanstein Castle: These castle ruins are located on a hill, which overlooks Landstuhl. The area provides a pleasant place to walk and an excellent view of the surrounding area. -Heidelberg: The largest castle ruins are located here. Also has the oldest university in Germany. -Idar-Oberstein: Home to the dramatic Church-inthe-Rock as well as numerous gem shops and a famous gem museum. -Trier: Germany's Oldest City. Trier served as the capital of the Western Roman Empire for more than 100 years. Germany's oldest wine cellar is also found here.

Recreation Opportunities

-Through the efforts of the 86th Services Squadron (86 SVS) staff, Ramstein, Vogelweh, and Sembach boast of one of the most active and comprehensive recreation programs in United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE). No matter what your abilities or preferences, 86 SVS has something to offer. Following are descriptions of the wide variety of programs and facilities 86 SVS has to offer. DONNELLY PARK -Located in the base housing area, Donnelly Park has a playground and playing fields for baseball, soccer, football, and an outdoor basketball court and family pavilions. INTRAMURAL SPORTS -Active intramural and base sports programs such as basketball, flag football, volleyball, tennis, horseshoes, golf, slow-pitch softball, skeet, squash, cross-country, racquetball, badminton, bowling and power lifting are conducted year-round. In base-level competition, Ramstein supports teams in basketball, slow-pitch softball, soccer, bowling and volleyball. FITNESS CENTERS -Sports enthusiasts have a choice between four fitness and sports centers, two of which are located on Ramstein. -Each center contains a basketball court, weight lifting rooms equipped with Universal and Nautilus machines, free weights, Aerobic and Jazzercise classes, personal fitness assessments, saunas, locker and shower facilities for men and women and racquetball courts.

Cultural Attractions

-Deutsche Weinstrasse (German Wine Road): This runs through the Rheinland-Pfalz area and hosts a different wine festival almost every weekend. -Palatinate Forest Nature Park: This park has many beautiful walking and hiking paths winding past

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-A full range of intramural and base-level programs are offered, along with numerous self-directed activities and instructional classes, such as aerobics and martial arts. BOWLING -The Ramstein, Vogelweh, and Sembach Bowling Centers offer open bowling and a complete range of sanctioned leagues. They feature special events such as moonlight bowling and bumper bowling for children. -Each center has a snack bar and a pro shop. ACTIVITY CENTERS -The Community Centers located on Ramstein and Vogelweh are one of the most widely patronized facilities on each base. -Classes such as belly dancing, dog obedience and Lamaze are offered, as well as having overseas telephone and fax service available. -The Ramstein Community Center also features the Pizza Gallerie, Cafe Jardin, which serves cappuccino, croissants, soup and dessert, and Heroes sports and entertainment pub. ROLLER RINK -The Skate Express located on Vogelweh offers open skating for all ages. In addition, it has a snack bar, video games and equipment sales and rental. -Skating instructions and private lessons are available upon request. The pro shop features all the latest skating equipment, skate apparel and skateboard equipment. -The hottest new addition to Skate Express is the Laser Tag area. ROD AND GUN CLUB -Set in a wooded area, the Rod and Gun Club offers sportsmen and women a place to develop and enjoy their skills. The club is host to international shoots, local tournaments and organized monthly activities. -Sportsmen and women can purchase sporting goods in the club's store that has an inventory exceeding $300,000. Hunting and fishing classes and license applications are also available. The club's restaurant and lounge also offer a relaxed atmosphere. GOLF -Ramstein's 18-hole, par 70 golf course is a real challenge to any golfer. Woodlawn Golf Course is open to military members, retirees, family members and authorized guests. -The course is approximately 6,000 yards long and offers a local golf professional to instruct novice and beginning players.

-The facility also has a driving range, chipping area and practice putting green, rental equipment, and a pro shop carrying a complete line of brand name golf accessories and equipment. OUTDOOR RECREATION -Ramstein's Outdoor Recreation Center is the place to visit for your indoor and outdoor recreation needs. -The center can supply camping, picnic and backpacking equipment, downhill and cross country skis, auto carrying devices, and various winter items throughout the year. -You can also plan your next adventure trip through Outdoor Rec. Some of the trips offered are canoeing, rock climbing and rappelling, caving, camping and ski trips. MOMS - MUSIC AND MOVIE STORES -There are four MOMS outlets located in the KMC area. Each MOMS offers the latest music releases, from country to classical, along with the newest movie releases for rent. -The Super Store features a complete line of electronic equipment, photo and video equipment and car stereos. The Super Store also offers an on-site 2hour photo finishing and all locations offer "next day" service for all 35mm film processing. INFORMATION, TOURS, AND TRAVEL (ITT) -ITT Destinations Unlimited provides three locations; one at Ramstein, Vogelweh, and Sembach. Each office provides a full service travel operation to meet your needs while in Germany. -Bus tours, flight arrangements, hotel, train, ferry, cruises and car rentals can be arranged at these convenient locations. -All locations can issue airline tickets and boarding passes to jet you away on a vacation back to the states. Local bus tours are available from 1-day express tours to Paris to 15-day excursions to several countries. GEARUP SPORTS STORE -The KMC's finest sports apparel and equipment store at Ramstein and Sembach features high tech ski equipment, first class clothing lines, supplements, the latest in athletic shoes and all the accessories you'll ever need to be active and fit while in Europe.

Military Related and Civic Organizations

This list is only a sampling of the numerous organizations in the area. For assistance with locating a specific organization, contact the Information and Referral Program Manager at the Family Support Center at 480-5900.

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AF Sergeants Association Society of American Mil Engineers Retired Officers Association American Legion Rotary Club Toastmasters Medieval Renaissance Group Roadrunners Soc for Creative Anachronism Hearing Impaired Group German American Friendship Assoc Friends for Hope Rodeo Team Dog Training Club Airlifters Flyers Association Macintosh Users Group Navigators Quilters Club Chamber Singers Square Dance Club Girl and Boy Scouts Dedicated Adults in Dedicated Service La Leche League Homeward Bound Homeschoolers Playgroup First Time Parents Program Alcoholics Anonymous Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD) American Red Cross Cancer Support Group Diabetic Support Group Child & Adolescent Psychiatric (CAPS) Victims of Domestic Violence Twins and Multiples Support Group American Indian Club Black American Club Filipino-Americans Korean-American Mexican-Americans

$1 equals 1,60 Marks, divide DM 160 by 1.60. The item will cost $100.00 -Items purchased on the German economy are subject to a 16 percent Value Added Tax or VAT. In general, if an item exceeds DM 50, after the tax, U.S. Forces personnel may, if the merchant agrees, obtain tax relief. The goods or services purchased must be for personal use only. -VAT forms for purchases DM 5000 or less can be purchased ahead of time for a nominal fee and then can be used at the time of purchase. Check with any KMC VAT office for more information. -UTILITY TAX AVOIDANCE PROGRAM (UTAP) provides for tax relief of Electricity 16%, Gas 16%, and Water 7%. A $77.00 administrative fee is charged upon registration. The sponsor must register or provide a power of attorney. Check with VAT office for more information, 86th Services, Bldg 2122, 480-5309. CATALOG CORNER -Although you can find a wide selection of items by shopping on the economy, there may still be some specialty items that you desire. Mail order catalog shopping is an excellent way to meet your additional shopping needs. -Ensure you stay on all your favorite catalog mailing lists by updating your forwarding address. -You may also use the Catalog Corner , located in the Ramstein Family Support Center, to supplement your choices. -Additional Shopping Areas: -HOMBURG PEDESTRIAN ZONE Homburg, Germany Approximately 30 minutes from Ramstein The pedestrian zone hosts one large department store, shoes, various boutiques, food stores, pet shops and several restaurants. Good parking is available in downtown parking garage. Homburg also offers a large Flea Market on the first Saturday of each month. Many vendors with everything to offer. -KAISERSLAUTERN PEDESTRIAN ZONE Kaiserslautern, Germany Approximately 20 minutes from Ramstein Located in the Kaiserslautern downtown area, this zone is closed to automotive traffic. It has many shops and restaurants, and major stores such as Karstadt, C&A, Clausson s and Berties.

Shopping

LOCAL CURRENCY -The monetary unit in Germany is the Deutsche Mark or DM. Exchange rates between the dollar and the Deutsche Mark change daily and are given over the Armed Forces Radio and Television Network (AFRTS) and posted at community banking facilities and most retail outlets that service Americans. -To determine how much an item priced in DM costs, divide the purchase price by the current exchange rate. For example: if an item costs 160 Deutsche Marks (written DM 160,00) and the exchange rate is

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State and Community Social Service Agencies

-These are only a few of the agencies in the community that provide services to military families. The Information & Referral (I&R) program at the FSC maintains a database listing community agencies and programs. Call 480-5100 for more information. FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER 86 MSS/DPF Bldg 2120 Telephone: 480-5100/5900 Fax: 480-9770 EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY MEMBER PROGRAM 86 MED/SGHMA Bldg 2121 Telephone: 480-5505 Comments: Support Group meets monthly. Ramstein's EFMP officer can provide counseling, referrals, resource information and special assistance.

Non-Profit Social Service Agencies

-This listing represents a sampling of the numerous agencies in the area. For assistance with locating additional services or targeting a specific organization, contact the Information and Referral Program Manager at the Family Support Center at 480-5100. AMERICAN RED CROSS Bldg 2140 APO AE 09094 Telephone: 480-5464 AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY Bldg 2114 APO AE 09094 Telephone: 480-2160

Church of Christ Ramstein Church of God KMC Maranatha Tabernacle Church of God KL Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church of Jesus Christ of LDS Church of the Nazarene Dutch Reformed Church Full Assurance of Faith Faith Baptist Church Free Evangelist Maranatha New Full Gospel CLG Korean Full Gospel Church Rheinland Baptist Church Islamic Services Lutheran Church Korean Methodist Church Pillar of Truth Missionary Baptist Church Trinity Reformed Church Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Bethel United Pentecostal Holy Temple of Deliverence

Community Transportation

For more information on this subject: Deutsche Bahn http://www.bahn.de/Home_e/f-engl.htm -STADTWERKE KAISERSLAUTERN WERKSBETRIEBE (City Bus Co) Burgstrasse 11 Kaiserslautern, Germany Telephone: 0631-7107-560 -Local buses run through most of the cities throughout the KMC. Booklets and maps may be purchased at the main train/bus station in Kaiserslautern. -DEUTSCHE BAHN (German Railroad) Bahnhofstrasse 1 Kaiserslautern, Germany Telephone: 0631-19419 -The German Railroad is a very efficient and economical way to travel throughout Germany. The main train station (Hauptbahnhof) is located in downtown Kaiserslautern with many outlying stations in villages throughout the KMC. Schedules for the train are available at the Hauptbahnhof. The USO offers several tours involving train travel. These tours are an excellent introduction to the German train system.

Religious Activities

-In addition to the five Air Force chapels in the KMC area, the U.S. Army also offers a variety of chapel services through their chapels at Pulaski Barracks, Daenner Kaserne, Landstuhl, and Pirmasens. -OFF BASE CHURCHES CHURCH NAME British Anglican Services St. Peter & St. David Apostolic Doctrine of Jesus Christ Ramstein Assembly of God Sembach Bible Church (Baptist) Christ Gospel Church Christian Church Landstuhl Church of Christ KL

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Education

Education Overview

If you have children of school age, they will be attending one of the Department of Defense Dependent Schools in the KMC. -The KMC is the largest school district outside the continental United States, with 11 schools, approximately 7000 students, and a teaching staff of 500. -There is also a wide array of educational opportunities provided in the KMC for adults. -The Ramstein Education and Training Flight operates the largest armed forces education program in Europe. -Education and training services include degree programs, professional military education and military and civilian training programs.

orders which reflect the names of the dependents being enrolled. -Stepchildren must have a copy of the sponsor s marriage certificate provided as proof of the student s eligibility as a tuition-free/space-required student. -Kindergarten students must be five years of age on or before 31 October of the current year to be enrolled. -Students whose sponsors are not associated with the Department of Defense will be considered on a space-available basis. -Space-available students require prior approval of the District Superintendent s Office for enrollment. -Tuition for one school year can range from $5,648/6,032 (Kindergarten) to $12,482/13,332 (grades 9-12). -Students residing in a district outside the KMC must attend school in that district. -In special situations, the district superintendent may grant an exception to the commuting area or walking distance criteria. KMC SCHOOLS -The schools located in the KMC are listed below: Ramstein Elementary School (K-3) Ramstein Intermediate School (4-5) Ramstein Middle School (6-8) Ramstein High School (9-12) Vogelweh Elementary School (K-5) Kaiserslautern Elementary School (K-5) Kaiserslautern Middle School (6-8) Kaiserslautern High School (9-12) Sembach Elementary School (Pre-K-3) Sembach Middle School (4-8) Landstuhl Elementary & Middle (K-8) -Kaiserslautern and Ramstein Middle Schools have a comprehensive academic and exploratory instructional program. -The core program is supplemented with study skills and exploratory opportunities consisting of physical education, reading improvement, computers, industrial technology, art, home economics, band, keyboarding, and chorus. -Kaiserslautern and Ramstein High Schools offer a full range of academic, career, vocational and fine arts classes. They also provide extra-curricular programs such as:

Public and DODDS Schools

For more information on this subject: DoDDS Kaiserslautern Germany http://204.218.80.15/dso/index.shtml OVERVIEW -The DoDDS system is the primary educational resource established by DoD to provide a free, appropriate public education to overseas, commandsponsored DoD dependents. -DoDDS schools are of equal quality and curriculum to stateside schools. -You will find a dedicated staff of professional educators including enrichment teachers, speech therapists, reading specialists, counselors, host nation and English as a second language teachers, and classes for students with special needs. -All schools are located near government housing areas. The school your child(ren) attends will depend on where you live, not where you work. -Students who live on base walk to school; all others ride the bus. ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS -All students enrolling in grades K-12 must have a certificate of immunization, verified at the local medical facility, before they are allowed to attend classes. -Current immunizations required are against measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), varicella (VAR), chicken pox, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus toxiods, and Poliovirus. -Students must have a birth certificate or up-to-date passport, ID card of sponsor and a copy of travel

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National Honor Society, Football, Art Club, Basketball, Student Council, Tennis, Foreign Language Club, Golf, S.A.D.D., Volleyball, Junior R.O.T.C., Cross Country, Model United Nations, Track and Field, Drama Club, Wrestling, Jazz Band, Gymnastics, F.B.L.A., Cheerleading, and Soccer

-There are numerous options available to meet each child s needs; parents need only ensure they get their child enrolled in the program best for them.

Private Schools

For more information on this subject: KMC Homeschooling Website http://kmc.truepath.com -All military and DoD civilian personnel who do not enroll their children in DoDDS should notify their commander of their intentions within 30 days of their child's arrival to the KMC. HOMESCHOOLING -If you are interested in homeschooling, there is a support group which meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, 7:00 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church in Einsiedlerhof (5 minutes from Ramstein AB). -It's estimated over 100 families educate their children at home in the Kaiserslautern Military Community, and many are involved with the support group. -Homeschooling parents receive no special training or funds from DoDDS, and parents generally must purchase curriculum materials by mail order from stateside companies. -The group publishes a monthly newsletter to keep you informed of field trips and other planned activities. -If you would like more information please contact one of the support group planning council members: Ramstein/Landstuhl: 0631-3506710, [email protected], PSC 2 Box 6467, APO AE 09012 -OR- 06385-925145, [email protected], PSC 1 Box 2936, APO AE 09009 Sembach/Kaiserslautern: 0631-3608744, [email protected], PSC 2 Box 6706, APO AE 09012 -OR06301-793654, [email protected], PSC 2 Box 11054, APO AE 09012 PRIVATE SCHOOLS -Private schools in the area include Little Friends Learning Center and Faith Baptist Church, each located approximately 15 minutes from Ramstein. -You may also choose to enroll your children in German schools rather than American schools. To do so, you must visit the school near your new location and register your child. LITTLE FRIENDS LEARNING CENTER Langenacker 1

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS -Twenty-two Carnegie Credits are required for graduation: Language Arts 4.0 Mathematics 2.0/3.0 Science 2.0/3.0 Social Science 1.5 American History 1.0 Career Ed 1.0 American Govt. .5 Fine Arts 1.0 Health .5 Computer .5 Physical Education 1.0 Electives 6.0 Foreign Language 2.0 -A total of 5 credits are required in Math and Science with a minimum of 2 credits in each. TRANSPORTATION -School bus transportation is provided by government contracted buses. -It is recommended that before you rent quarters on the economy, you check with the housing office to determine if the residence is along an established school bus route. -Safe and courteous conduct of dependents riding the school buses is the responsibility of the sponsor. OTHER -All schools are equipped with or share a modern cafeteria or lunchroom. -Lunch tickets are purchased at the cashier s cage at the Base Exchange. -Students may qualify for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program -Parents who elect to enroll their children in private schools, host nation school or even home schools may also enroll their children in DoDDS on a parttime basis to permit them to complete graduation requirements or to obtain a course required for admission to a specific post-graduation program. -Home schooled students are authorized to attend DoDDS classes for any courses needed to support their academic schedule.

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Kottweiler-Schwanden, GE 66879 Phone: 06371-71295 This is a learning preschool with before and after school day care and full-time Montessori. Little Friends Learning Center programs include: Infant/Toddler Program (ages 5 months to 3 years), Regular Preschool (ages 3 to 5 years), Full Time Kindergarten (ages 5 to 6 years) and Preschool Montessori morning daycare program (ages 3 to 5 years). FAITH BAPTIST SCHOOL Lichtenbrucher Str 17 Einsiedlerhof, Germany 67661 Phone: 0631-52055 Private primary school servicing grades K-3. It offers a traditional school curriculum. Before and after care is available for students who attend the school. The kindergarten program is a full school day (0900-1500). Children bring their own lunches. PINK TOWER MONTESSORI SCHOOL 24 Hauptstrasse Landstuhl, Germany 66849 Phone: 06371-15651 A Montessori preschool and kindergarten that provides a structured learning environment for children ages 3 to 6. Before and after school day care is offered for children attending the preschool/kindergarten programs. Pink Tower programs run from September to June annually. Children bring their own lunches. Snacks provided. C & K MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL Ziegelhutte #2 Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany 66877 Phone: 06371-15127 A Montessori preschool serving children ages 2 years 9 months through kindergarten, providing a developmentally appropriate instruction. A before and after school day care program is available for students enrolled in the preschool. Children bring their own lunches and snacks are provided. This is available to I.D. card holders only.

-Ramstein has the reputation of being the place to be in Europe for those interested in completing a college or university program. -Our Education Center operates the largest military education program in Europe making degree completion realistic during your tour in Germany. -Our services include college and university degree programs, college-level testing services, non-credit study courses, education and career counseling, Air Force Tuition Assistance for service members, and Spouse Tuition Assistance Program. -There are four colleges and universities that offer over 40 different undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Kaiserslautern Military Community. -Courses are offered days, evenings, and weekends. Methods of study include distance learning, electronic mail, video cassette, and satellite, soon to be available. EDUCATION CENTER - RAMSTEIN 86 MSS/DPE, Unit 3220, Box 370 APO, AE 09094 TELEPHONE: 480-2032 COMMENTS: Hours of Operation 0730-1630 Monday through Friday (closed, Weds 1200-1630)

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND 86 MSS/DPE, Unit 3220 Box 370 APO, AE 09094 TELEPHONE: 480-5611/2290 TUITION: $110/Sem Hr (Voc/Tech), $128/Sem Hr (Undergrad), $202/Sem Hr (Graduate--Public Admin and Info Systems Mgmt), $250/Sem Hr (Graduate-Counseling) (Subject to Change) COMMENTS: University of Maryland University College offers traditional as well as distance learning courses (upper level classes only) toward certificates, associates, bachelor and master's degrees. Areas of study include automotive technology, emergency medical services, fire science, criminal justice, paralegal studies, information systems technology, early childhood development, business and management, communication studies, computer studies, English, German, government & politics, history, management studies, philosophy, psychology, and sociology, anthropology, art history, and economics. UMUC has a residential, coeducational, full-time campus in Mannheim for family members of U.S. military and DoD personnel living in Europe. The Mannheim campus, not a community or junior college, is an integral part of the major state university system offering the first two years of the

Colleges and Universities

For more information on this subject: Ramstein Education Office https://wwwmil.usafe.af.mil/bases/ramstein/DPE/dpe (1).html

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university's curriculum in liberal arts, sciences, and business. University System of Maryland (USM) offers the following graduate degrees: Master of Arts in Administrative Management-Public Administration, Master of Science in Management Information systems, Master of Arts in Counseling and Personnel, and Master of Education in Counseling and Personnel Services.

http://www.itttravel.com/ace ADULT CONTINUING EDUCATION OFFICE 86 SVS/SVRE APO AE 09094 TELEPHONE: 480-6043 COMMENTS: ACE offers non-credit courses for self improvement, enjoyment, and people seeking refresher courses for college and GED preparation. ACE also offers classes to help non-English speaking students transition into their new language. Historically, ACE has maintained the role of a educational "bridge" from high school experience to entry college level education. Classes are offered at Ramstein, Sembach, and Vogelweh. They include Conversational German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Russian. Our special interests include typing, math, Shakespeare and videography. Additionally, complete self-awareness, sign language, and computer application classes are offered.

CITY COLLEGE OF CHICAGO 86 MSS/DPE Unit 3220 Box 370 APO, AE 09094 TELEPHONE: 480-5536 TUITION: Video Course $112/sem hr. COMMENTS: Video courses with one to three test meetings. Offers Associate in Arts and achievement certificates in 30 different areas of emphasis. Free military evaluation.

EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY 86 MSS/DPE Unit 3220 Box 370 APO, AE 09094 TELEPHONE: 480-5755 TUITION: $141/sem hr (Undergraduate) $238/sem hr (graduate) COMMENTS: Offers Associate of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics, Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics, and Master of Aeronautical Science.

Special Education

-All DoDDS schools are required to provide a variety of supplemental programs for exceptional children and to have routine medical diagnostic screening tests (e.g. hearing, vision, etc.) performed by school nurses, community health nurses and other medical personnel. -If you have questions about any services available at your child's school, contact the principals office. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DEPENDENT SCHOOLS District Office Bldg 2786 Kapaun AS, Germany Telephone: 489-7132/6848 Hours: Monday - Friday 0800-1600 -Acts as point of contact for children who are challenged physically, emotionally and mentally.

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA 86 MSS/DPE Unit 3220 Box 370 APO, AE 09094 TELEPHONE: 480-6807 TUITION: $219/sem hr (Graduate Only) COMMENTS: Offers Master of Business Administration; Master of Education with majors in Adult and Higher Education, Childhood Education, and in Administration, Curriculum and Supervision; Master of Human Relations with emphasis in Human Development, and a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a major in International Relations.

Employment

Employment Overview

-Like many other overseas locations, Ramstein is a challenging environment for spouses who are seeking employment outside the home. It is not uncommon for applicants to wait 6 months or longer to gain a job commensurate with their education and/or experience. The length of time spent unemployed varies with the applicant's skills, determination, and timing. The job market is continually changing as people relocate into and out of the area. The Ramstein Family Support Center's Career Focus

Adult or Continuing Education

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Program is designed to assist job hunters with all aspects of the search for employment. (See Permanent Employment Resources) -Not every career field is represented in on-base employment. For example, there are few medical positions available here at Ramstein, but Landstuhl Regional Medical Center hires in that category through the Army. The federal government is the largest employer, but there are more applicants than there are federal positions. As the Department of Defense moves towards privatization, more and more jobs will be available through contractors. -To get an idea of what types of positions are generally available, check out the federal employment websites listed in that category. Add to that mix, retailing, banking, fast food, administrative, and high tech. These jobs are available through AAFES, NAF, and contractors. -Many spouses choose to use an overseas assignment as a time to work on developing new skills, knowledge, or abilities. Opportunities for growth include paid employment, volunteerism, and education. Contact your local FSC Career Focus Program prior to leaving for self-assessment work. -Items to bring with you (NOT in household goods): current resumes or federal applications, copies of licenses and transcripts, letters of recommendation, clothes suitable for job-hunting/interviewing, social security card, past performance evaluations, and any computer disks which you may have used for job search correspondence in the past.

download the Resumix Resume Job Kit from the Army website listed above prior to submission of their resume. Any deviation from the procedures outlined in the job kit may cause the resume to be rejected. Questions or concerns should be directed to [email protected] or the civilian personnel center at their current location. -If you are currently employed by the federal government, you will need to bring a copy of your most recent SF50 and any Leave Without Pay paperwork from your losing agency. All potential applicants should bring an SF171 or OF612 with them if they have them already. These can also be created at the FSC Resource Room. -Locally, the federal government also includes nonappropriated funds (both AF and Army), AAFES, and DoDDS. Each of these agencies maintains its own office, has its own application processes, and offers military spouse preference in hiring. For teachers or other education professionals, contact the DoDDS office in Alexandria, VA prior to relocating. -If you are a non-US citizen, please be aware that you are not eligible to apply for US civil service positions. You may, however, apply as a local national candidate. This is true for all of the federal agencies including AAFES. This limits the federal opportunities for spouses without US passports since many of the local national jobs require the ability to speak, read, and write in German. -An additional source of information for spouses moving overseas and seeking employment is Air Force pamphlet 36-508. This pamphlet focuses on the processes and policies for federal employment. -Military spouse preference provides priority in the employment selection process for military spouses who are relocating as a result of their sponsor's PCS. Be certain you understand the guidelines for this preference PRIOR to applying with any federal agency since this preference is given ONE time per relocation.

Federal Civilian Employment for Spouses

For more information on this subject: Ramstein Civilian Personnel Office https://wwwmil.usafe.af.mil/bases/ramstein/86mss/cp o/cpo.html -The Air Force and the Army both maintain job information centers locally in the KMC, and both offer military spouse preference to eligible applicants who are seeking positions in civil service. -For most positions, you will need to be currently living here to apply. Each website describes application procedures. Family members wanting to apply for Army jobs can submit their resume to USAREUR's database prior to arrival in country. The self-nomination process for actual vacancies or for open continuous announcements should not be started until they are in country. Applicants should

Permanent Employment Resources

-The FSC's Career Focus Program gives spouses and family members assistance in identifying and finding employment opportunities. Services offered include: a local job market orientation; classes and appointments on resume writing, interviewing skills, and self-assessment; and a resource and computer room.

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-Additionally, we offer a full range of programs on business ownership through the Becoming Your Own Boss program. -Contact the FSC on arrival, and check with your local FSC prior to leaving your base for assistance before you come to Ramstein.

-There are also limited numbers of contracts which spouses can bid on to provide services to the federal government. These include educational services as well as positions within the chapels. -Off-base employment is most readily gained through companies which deal with Americans, i.e., insurance companies, travel agencies, restaurants, financial planners, and retail operations. -For more information on job hunting, the Career Focus Program at the Family Support Center should be your first stop!

Temporary Employment Resources

-There are no temporary agencies here like there are in the States. Very few temporary positions exist here.

Non-Paid or Volunteer Opportunities

-There are numerous volunteer opportunities in the KMC. Volunteering is a unique way to improve your community, update your resume and learn new skills. Volunteers give valuable time and expertise to our community. They work in the clinic, post office, loan locker, and schools, to name a few. Additionally, volunteering may open doors to paid employment. -Volunteers may have their child care expenses subsidized through Air Force Aid sponsorship. For more information about this or a referral to a volunteer position, contact the Volunteer Resource Program Manager at the Ramstein Family Support Center.

Professional or Occupational Licensing

-If you have a professional or occupational license, be sure to get it updated prior to leaving your last assignment. -If your license (or college degree for that matter) is from a foreign institution, you may be asked to have it officially translated into an American equivalent if you are applying for a US civil service position. -Check with your local FSC or education center for information on how to accomplish that prior to relocating. -If you are a non-US citizen and are applying for a local national position with the federal government, and your documents are from non-German or nonEuropean Union institutions, you may be asked to have them certified as equivalent to German certifications or licenses. You can do that once you arrive here. -Arranging for professional certification from the German government for a new skill is a timeconsuming process, so it would be best to get something from a US agency and have it translated.

Chambers of Commerce

-The American Chamber of Commerce is located in Frankfurt. Telephone: 069-9291040

Private Sector Employment

-On-base there are job opportunities offered through DoD contractors, the colleges and universities, banks and credit unions, travel agencies, car rental agencies, AAFES concessionaires, AAFES and commissary vendors, the American Red Cross, and the USO, among others. -These jobs range from blue collar jobs to high tech positions. Many of them are never advertised, but rather they are handed down from friend to friend. -Networking is an important part of job hunting here in the KMC. Spouses who have contacts with contractors stateside should be networking for information on employment here in Europe prior to leaving.

Networking Opportunities

-Although there is no formal job hunters' network (like a job club), in the local area, there are many opportunities to network. -Volunteer positions, social organizations, education programs, and the FSC's Community Connections program are all excellent ways to increase your networking opportunities.

Medical And Dental

Medical and Dental Overview

-Ramstein maintains a clinic on the installation itself. -Although many specialties are available at Ramstein, all in-patient care is provided at nearby Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (15 min away).

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-The Medical Group changed to a new DSN telephone exchange (479) -To dial a 479 number from off base or from the states, use 46 as an access code in lieu of the 47 used to dial 480 numbers. -Refer to COMMONLY REFERENCED NUMBERS under the INSTALLATION section for additional information on dialing military numbers. -Military periodic exams (at ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 43, 46, and 49) are scheduled directly through Physical Examinations and Standards (PES)section. -Service members who have missed their last exam should contact the PES section and schedule a physical. -Not having a current exam in your record can cause delays in processing security clearances, crosstraining requests, and other administrative actions. -Pre-employment physicals for civilians are scheduled through the Civilian Personnel Office. -Air Crew members and special operations duty persons (such as air traffic controllers and weapons controllers) are required to hand carry their medical records to the Flight Surgeon's office, located in Bldg. 2183, adjacent to the main clinic, when they inprocess.

-Although some specialties are available at Ramstein, Most specialties and all inpatient care is at LRMC. -Services available at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Allergy Cardiology CT Scan General Surgery Obstetrics MRI ENT Urology Nuclear Medicine Orthopedics Neurology Speech Pathology Gynocology Endocrinology Diet Counseling Gastroenterolgy Audiology Podiatry -After hours on weekdays and all day on weekends and holidays, technicians are on duty to provide ambulance service when a patient's condition requires emergency treatment at LRMC.

FAMILY ADVOCACY PROGRAM -Offers a wide variety of programs, classes, and services, aimed at promoting maintaining healthy family relationships. -This program is discussed in more detail in the Support Services section under Family Advocacy Program.

Medical Services/Directory - on Installation

MEDICAL SERVICES -Medical care for service members, authorized Department of Defense civilians, and their family members is provided by the 86th Medical Group Clinic and nearby Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC). -Ramstein's clinic is located in Bldg. 2114 and provides a wide range of medical services between 0700 - 1600 weekdays. -Services available at the Ramstein clinic Family Practice Pediatrics OB/GYN Dermatology Optometry Internal Med Neurology Opthalmology Orthopedic Mental Health Mammography Family Advocacy Family Guidance

ACCESSING SERVICES -The 86th Medical Group Clinic is managed and operated within the family practice concept which means you and your family members have your own health care team. -Each doctor works with a physician's assistant or a nurse practitioner making up a family practice team. -These team members should be your initial point of contact for all medical problems. -Assignment of a family practice team is based upon the service member's organization. -If you remain with your assigned medical team, you and your family will obtain the best of care. -If your family medical team is not available, you will receive an appointment with another team. -Treatment for conditions outside the team's realm of expertise is available at Ramstein or LRMC. -Active Duty sick call is conducted on a walk-in basis Mon-Fri, 0645 - 0730, and Sat 0800-0900. -Flight Medicine sick call is Mon-Fri 0645-0730, Mon-Wed & Fri 1300-1330 and Sat 0800-0900. -All other medical care is by appointment only CONTACTS -Ramstein Central Appointments 479-CARE (2273) -Emergency / Ambulance (Ramstein) 479-2600 -Landstuhl Regional Medical Center 486-7707

Health Benefits Advisor, Wellness, and CHAMPUS/TRICARE Programs

TRICARE EUROPE - Basically the same as TRICARE in the states. - Most people in Europe are enrolled in TRICARE Prime. - Those enrolled in TRICARE Prime are not charged for any services received. - Those enrolled in TRICARE Standard have a deductible and a cost share.

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- Retired personnel overseas are not able to enroll in TRICARE at this time. - TRICARE office located in Bldg 2114, Rm 211,telephone 479-2616 CHAMPUS - Shares majority of civilian hospital and doctor expenses for non-TRICARE enrollees when care isn't available through a military clinic or hospital. - Primarily applies to retirees in the overseas area. - A health benefits adviser is available in the main clinic (TRICARE office)to assist and advise you about CHAMPUS matters as well as other health benefits. HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER (HAWC) - Programs offered: Cancer Awareness, Self Care, Cholesterol Screening Substance Abuse, Hypertension/Cardiac Awareness, Tobacco Cessation, Nutrition, Weight Management, Physical Fitness, and Relaxation /Stress Management. - Located in Bldg 2117 (Near the Southside Gym) telephone 480-4292

Community Hospitals

A Listing of local physicians and hospitals is available in the TRICARE office in the Ramstein clinic and in the Patient Administration Office at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

weekdays 0700 and 1300 for service members. Family member sick call is conducted at Sembach. Family members are encouraged to attend sick call at 0730 and 1300. - The ability to initiate orthodontic treatments is very limited and selection is made based upon Air Force Regulation. Referral to the Orthodontic Department is in accordance with the following criteria: (1) Active duty personnel and family members who transfer in with active orthodontic appliances in place have first priority. (2) To be eligible, the non active duty patient must have been fully banded prior to sponsor's notification of assignment. Banding before assignment notification is a firm criteria whether the DDP in CONUS supported the orthodontic care or not. Depending on work load, some transfer cases may have to seek civilian orthodontic care. (3) Orthodontic care cannot be done for cosmetic reasons only (4) Due to the large active duty population, other elective dental specialty care (prosthodontics, periodontics, and oral surgery) for family members is extremely limited and only those cases that are related to a medical condition or are necessary to maintain professional credentialing requirements can be treated.

Dental Services/Directory - on Installation

DENTAL SERVICES - The 86th Dental Squadron located at Ramstein, Bldg. 301, and the Sembach clinic, Bldg. 151, provide dental care for non-flying military members and their families. - Annual examinations will be made for family members during the birth month of the sponsor at the Sembach clinic. - Appointments for this exam may be scheduled by calling the clinic during the month prior to the sponsor's birth month. - Dental care for family members is limited because of space, facilities, and needs of the active duty population. Family members should ensure that all their dental needs are taken care of prior to their PCS. - Preventive dental services such as cleanings, sealants, and fluoride treatments are available by appointment after the annual dental examination. Other routine dental care such as dental fillings, periodontal maintenance care, and endodontics is available on a limited scheduled basis. - Dental emergency care for trauma, treatment of infection or alleviation of pain is available to all authorized beneficiaries. Sick call hours are

A listing of civilian dentists is available at the Ramstein and Landstuhl dental clinics.

Family Member Dental Plan

For more information on this subject: United Concordia's Overseas Dental Unit http://www.ucci.com TRICARE FAMILY MEMBER DENTAL PLAN- OVERSEAS EXTENSION

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- Ramstein dental service offers a full range of dental care to the community - Goal of the dental clinic is to maintain oral health of all family members who present to our clinic - Time intensive, complex dentistry is not always available due to limitations in facility and manpower - Though all specialties are present at Ramstein, specialty services are limited to number of specialists - It is advisable that family members have their dental care, especially complex dentistry completed

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before arriving overseas to ensure that they arrive overseas in good dental health. - Family members are strongly encouraged to check with the dental clinic upon arrival - Much of your routine dental care may be provided by Ramstein dental clinic - There may be no need for additional dental insurance. - We can best inform you of your specific dental care needs following an examination. IMPORTANT ORTHODONTIC INFORMATION - Priority for orthodontic care is given first to those who were banded prior to sponsor receiving assignment notification rip - If orthodontic care is initiated after sponsor receives assignment notification rip the family member will be by regulation at the very lowest priority and rarely accepted for military orthodontic care at the gaining base. Further orthodontic care will have to be continued with civilian orthodontists at their own expense. TRICARE FAMILY DENTAL PLAN OVERSEAS EXTENSION----- SOME FACTS: - TFMDP-OE is a voluntary dental insurance program for family members of active duty - The contractor is United Concordia Companies Inc. (UCCI) - Under this plan, routine dental care is paid by the insurance and government cost share with no charge to the sponsor, except monthly premiums - Cost shares may differ from the stateside plan - Sponsors are responsible for 50% co-payment for Orthodontics and Prosthodontics - There is an annual ceiling or cap for insurance coverage and equals $1000/family member for dental care exclusive of orthodontics - Program billing cycle runs from 1 August to 31 July - Lifetime cap for orthodontics is $1200 perfamily member SHOULD I ENROLL IN TFMDP-OE? - Since military orthodontic care is limited, those sponsors who are interested in pursuing orthodontic treatment for their children may benefit from the Tricare Family Member Dental Plan-Overseas Extension (TFMDP-OE) Also those patients that need extensive prosthodontic care (crowns and bridges) may want to look into the insurance program

- Family members are encouraged to remain enrolled in the stateside TFMDP until arriving overseas because they may need insurance coverage enroute to their new duty station - Upon arrival and dental examination, families can then make an informed decision whether to remain enrolled in the dental insurance plan - Disenrollment must be accomplished within 60 days of arriving overseas or enrollment will automatically continue for a period of 24 months IF I DECIDE TO ENROLL, HOW DOES TFMDPOE WORK? - Family members must first access care through a military dental treatment facility - If care is required and available it will be provided by the military clinic regardless of insurance status - If treatment is not available, or access is excessive (appointment not available in 21 days or less), family members can request a referral to a participating host nation dentist - A non-availability form will be accomplished outlining dental care needs - Without this referral form, insurance will not be paid. - Referral to a host nation dentist does not constitute a recommendation, nor guarantee an outcome - Family members can only be referred for those specific procedures that cannot be completed at the military clinic - The following items are not covered under the TFMDP-OE: implants, orthodontics after age 19, veneers, IV sedation, treatment for esthetic reasons only and replacing silver fillings with tooth colored materials. - Enrollees are responsible for knowing the benefits and limits of the insurance program SUMMARY - It is recommended that sponsors maintain good dental health for family members stateside, have any remaining family member dental needs determined once they arrive overseas, determine what treatment is available at the military clinic, then decide about TFMDP-OE

Housing

Housing Overview

For more information on this subject: Housing Office Website https://wwwmil.usafe.af.mil/bases/ramstein/86ceg/ho usinghome.html

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HOUSING OFFICE LOCATION - Building 1001 at Vogelweh - Customer Service Hours: M-T 0730-1500, F 07301400 - If you would like additional housing related information, please write to 86 CES/CEH, Unit 3180 Box 300, APO AE 09094 or call DSN 4896671/6672 HOUSING INTRO BRIEFING - Held in conjunction with Base Intro Program at 0800 each Thursday HOUSEHOLD SHIPPMENT - The electrical current in Germany is 220 volts and 50 cycles compared to 110 volts and 60 cycles in the states. - DO NOT ship major appliances like: refrigerator, range, washer, dryer, and microwave, they will not work with the different electrical current. - Germans do not have built in closets. - The Furniture Management Office FMO will provide major appliances, wardrobes, kitchen cabinets, and a transformer for the duration of the tour. - You are authorized 2 wardrobes per sponsor and 1 for each family member. - Loaner furniture items are available until your household goods arrive. TLA - You must report to housing within 2 days of arrival to have a TLA briefing - The number of days of Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA) varies for each individual based on the availability of housing at the time of arrival. - Due to the availability of government and economy quarters, TLA is only authorized until furniture can be delivered. - Most members are housed within 20 days of arrival. - TLA partially reimburses the expenses of meals and billeting and or hotel. - TLA claims must be filed at the housing office every 10 days. - TLA is only payable if there is no housing available. - TLA stops if the member refuses suitable economy or government housing or if not aggressively seeking housing. DORM RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS - All single E4 and below are required to live in the dorm. - Key and essential personnel have to live in base housing

BOQ's Unaccompanied officers note that there are no BOQs on Ramstein and there is only one BOQ building at Vogelweh (approx 15 minutes away).

Housing Allowances

For more information on this subject: The DTIC Site to determine your entitlements: http://www.dtic.mil/perdiem/rateinfo.html HOUSING ALLOWANCES AS THEY RELATE TO RAMSTEIN -BAQ and OHA are usually sufficient to cover the rent and a portion of utility expenses. -Lower ranking service members with a family size requiring a 3-4 bedroom apartment will have a more difficult time finding economy housing within their price range. -The average MIHA in Germany is approximately $627.00 Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE) -Payable when a member/dependent(s) occupy temporary quarters in the CONUS due to a PCS move. -Must have had at least one other duty station in order to be entitled to TLE. -You can only receive up to five days TLE. -If you stay in the local area with friends or relatives, you will need to sign a statement providing the period claimed, address and name of your host. -If you stayed in billeting or a local commercial facility, you need a copy of your receipt and two copies of your orders. -A non-availability slip must be provided if you stayed in commercial lodging. Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA) -TLA is authorized to partially offset a member for the more than normal expenses incurred during occupancy of temporary lodgings and expenses of meals and incidentals (this covers laundry, transportation, and dry cleaning) outside the continental United States. -Temporary lodging is authorized until housing is available. -The payments are paid in 10-day increments. -During this time, you have to show the Housing Office that you have been aggressively seeking permanent quarters, unless you are guaranteed Government quarters by the Housing Office. Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) BAH DEPENDENT RATE:

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-A member is entitled to BAH at the with dependent rate when adequate Government quarters aren't furnished for the member or the members dependents. -However, the member may draw this entitlement even when they are geographically separated from their dependent and assigned single type quarters as long as their dependents are not assigned family type quarters. -In order to receive this entitlement, the member is required to provide adequate support for the dependents, and have knowledge of their whereabouts. -SINGLE RATE BAH: -A single member may be entitled to draw single rate BAH when not assigned single type quarters. -For members E-5 and above may elect to not occupy single quarters at their duty station and then become authorized to receive single BAH. -Under no circumstances may an individual reside or be assigned single quarters, and draw single rate BAH. PARTIAL RATE BAH: -A member, without dependents who is assigned single type quarters, and not entitled to receive either single or with dependent rate BAH is entitled to partial BAH. -Exception: Single members, without dependents, are not entitled to partial rate BAH when assigned family-type Government quarters or when assigned government single-type (including leased quarters) that substantially exceed minimum standards of single quarters for the members grade. -BAH "Differential-Rate" (BAH-DIFF): A member who is required to pay child support may be entitled to BAH-DIFF (the difference between with dependent and without dependent rate BAH) depending on the amount the member pays for child support. -The requirement to pay child support must be documented either by a court order, or by a statement signed by both the member and the custodian of the child. Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) -OHA is an allowance payable to members, stationed overseas, who are residing on the local economy and paying housing expenses. -The rate payable is based on the members rank, accompanied status, rent, if utilities are included, as well as exchange and housing rates determine by the Per Diem and Allowance Committee in Washington DC.

-The housing rate is determined based on the average cost of housing members in the same area, rank, and accompanied status pay for housing. -The exchange rate is used to convert foreign currency rent into US dollars for comparison with other member's cost. -It is important to understand that OHA is not a "flat rate" and may fluctuate from payday to payday, depending on the rates established by the PDTATAC. -Contact the Housing Office for details.

Move-In-Housing Allowance (MIHA) -MIHA is an entitlement which is designated to partially offset the costs associated with occupying economy quarters overseas. -This is a one-time up front entitlement that you will receive when you sign a lease. -This entitlement is payable to all individuals, regardless of expenses, who initially occupy economy quarters. -For Germany, this entitlement is currently $627 per service member in the household. Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) -COLA is payable to members stationed overseas in high cost areas to partially compensate for increased expenses associated with living in a high cost area. -The rate payable is determined through periodic surveys of costs and exchange rates in overseas areas compared with similar costs in the CONUS. -As with OHA, COLA can fluctuate between paydays, depending on the established rate. -COLA is payable to all personnel assigned to Germany. -The monthly amount you receive is based on your Rank, Time in Service, and number of commandsponsored dependents residing with you. -If you live in the dormitory, your allowance differs based on whether you receive BAS or not. Family Separation Allowance (FSA) -FSA is payable only to members with dependents who are separated due to government necessity. -There are two different types of FSA payable, FSA-I is equal to the single rate BAH amount payable based on the members pay grade, and FSA-II $3.33 per day or $100.00 per month. FSA-I: This allowance is payable to members assigned to a permanent duty station outside the United States who meet all the following conditions: 1). Transportation of dependents to the permanent duty station or to a place near the duty station is not authorized at government expense; and

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2). Dependents do not live at or near the permanent duty station; and 3). Adequate government quarters or housing facilities are not available for assignment to the member. FSA-II: FSA-II provides compensation for expenses incurred because of forced family separation. Two sub-categories of FSA-II that are frequently approved are FSA-II-R and FSA-II-T. FSA-II-R: -This entitlement is normally paid to members who are on a tour to a dependent restricted area (Remote tours in Korea). -It may also be payable for members whose dependents were not authorized to accompany the member to the new duty station (i.e., Medical reasons). -Personnel who may be authorized under this status must contact Customer Service for information and assistance on waiver submissions. FSA-II-T: Members, who are TDY continuously for more than 30 days may be entitled to FSA-II-T if they have authorized dependents in the area of the members permanent duty station. -The member must fill out DD-Form 1561 and turn it in with their travel voucher. -Temporary social visits, or dependents relocating to the area of the member s duty or TDY station may affect the members entitlement to FSA.

-It is imperative members contact Customer Service if their dependents visit the member for more than 30 days or relocate to the members PDS. FDP location. Family Separation for Housing (FSH) -FSH-I: This type of FSH is payable to those who have authorized dependents, serving an unaccompanied tour, and residing on the local economy. -It is monetarily equal to the without dependent rate of BAH and is authorized for payment by the housing office. -FSH-II: This type is authorized for those whose dependents were not authorized to travel to Ramstein, usually for medical reasons. -This type of FSH requires a FSH waiver to be completed and is forwarded through HQ USAFE to SAF/FM for final approval. The date of your arrival on station is the start date for FSH. -This entitlement is $100 per month. If you perform a TDY longer than thirty days, and you have authorized dependents in the area, you are entitled to FSH-II. -Simply, complete a DD-1561 at the same time you submit your TDY voucher. Variable Housing Allowance (VHA) -VHA is authorized for those who continue to have authorized dependents in the CONUS. -Provide written documentation to Customer Service outlining the monthly rental/mortgage payment. -As VHA is based on the actual location of your dependents, the amount of housing cost paid, and the members rank, be sure to let us know if they move.

Housing Allowances

Housing allowance information is available from the Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Allowance Committee's Web Site: Rates and Allowances Home Page http://www.dtic.mil/perdiem/rateinfo.html Basic Allowance for Housing http://www.dtic.mil/perdiem/bah.html Overseas Housing Allowance http://www.dtic.mil/perdiem/allooha.html -If an ADVANCED application is NOT submitted or received, you will be placed on the housing list effective the date you submit an application with all supporting documentation. HOUSING LOCATIONS -Ramstein AB -Sembach Annex, Landstuhl, and Vogelweh are all within 10 to 25 minutes of Ramstein AB. -The area in which you reside determines the school your children will attend.

Government Housing

GOVERNMENT HOUSING ADVANCE HOUSING APPLICATION FOR GOVERNMENT HOUSING -Can make application once you receive your orders. -Submit a DD Form 1746 and a copy of your orders assigning you to Ramstein to your housing office and they will forward it to the KMC Housing Office. -Member will be given a housing effective date of the first day of the month proceeding your arrival month.

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-Members cannot request a specific type of quarters. They will be offered the next available housing unit they are entitled to in the area of their choice, unless they are on TLA. Members on TLA are offered the next available housing unit regardless of area preferred. WAIT TIME as of FEB 2000 Three or Four Bedrooms: Jr. NCO Sr. NCO CGO 0-4 Mo 2-4 Mo 2-6 Mo Two Bedrooms 0-2 Mo N/A

Field Grade Company Grade Company Grade Company Grade Company Grade BOQ

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STYLES AND FLOORPLANS -There are far too many different styles of floor plans to include them in SITES. -Floor plans and amenities of the apartments are available at the housing office. SQUARE FOOTAGE 3 Story 4 Story 3 Story 4 Story Balcony No Balcony Wet Cell Wet Cell 2 BdRm 890 SF 1081 SF NA NA 3 BdRm 1081 SF 1309 SF NA 1355 SF 4 BdRm 1151 SF NA 1351 SF NA * A Wet Cell is an extra Bathroom with a Laundry Facility TURN DOWN OPTION -When an offer of government housing is made, you have 24 hours to accept or decline the unit. -The 24-hour accept/decline period must be adhered to, even if you are unable to view the specific quarters offered. -You may exercise a turndown option once without being removed from the waiting list. -TLA stops the date furniture could be delivered to earliest available quarters which would almost always be the first offer. -If you decline your second offer; you will be removed from the waiting list and may re-apply in 90 days. -In order to re-apply, you must complete another application. GOVERNMENT HOUSING RESTRICTIONS -Waterbeds are not allowed. -There is also a 2 pet per household limit. -Occupants must remain in housing for a minimum of one year. -If after that time, they wish to relocate to the economy, they must request to do so in writing. Most requests are disapproved due to low occupancy rate. -Approval will only be given if the housing occupancy is at least 98%. -Since Cable Television is provided, satellite dishes are prohibited.

GOVERNMENT HOUSING -Almost all of our government housing was built in the 1950s as stairwell-type units. -Each building houses either 18 or 24 families. -Over half of the inventory has never been renovated. -Aggressive renovation started in FY 97 and is ongoing. -Bedroom size and the category of housing for which you are eligible is based on grade, family size and family composition. -If you have two children that are the same sex and both are under nine years old, the two children will be required to share a bedroom. -If you have two children that are opposite sex and both are under five years old, the two children will be required to share a bedroom. -One parking space for each unit is reserved, additional spaces for a second car are limited. -Cable Television hook-ups and Lawn Mowers are provided. AVAILABLE UNITS Enlisted Housing Bedrooms Senior NCO 5 Senior NCO 4 Senior NCO 3 Junior NCO Junior NCO Junior NCO Junior NCO 5 4 3 2

# Units 15 191 504 26 315 1018 2605

Officer Housing Bedrooms Units Gen Officer 4 17 Colonel 4 51 Colonel 3 19 Field Grade Field Grade 5 4 3 56

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Community Housing

COMMUNITY HOUSING -The average rental housing move in cost runs from $2000 to $3000. -This includes rent and security/utility deposits. -Individual single-family homes are expensive; most rentals are small, multi-family apartments. -There is a shortage of four or five bedroom housing units on the economy. -One- and two-bedroom apartments are easier to find. -Furnished apartments are also available. -Permanent rental quarters can usually be obtained within 20 days of arrival if the sponsor aggressively seeks housing. -Be sure to report to the housing office within two days of arrival for assistance. HOUSING OFFICE'S ROLE -Maintains an automated database of available economy housing units and their amenities. -Inspects homes to ensure adequacy and rental value. -Provides assistance with contacting prospective landlords and utility companies as well as mediating landlord/tenant complaints. PLAN AHEAD -Apartments and houses on the economy are usually smaller than rentals in the United States and most do not have amenities, such as built-in closets, kitchen cupboards or garages. -The Furnishings Management Office will provide closets (wardrobes), kitchen cupboards, microwaves, washers, dryers, refrigerators, and a transformer when necessary. -Do not ship excess and oversized furniture. -It may be difficult to locate economy housing that will accept pets. LOCAL REAL ESTATE AGENTS -Should be used only as a last resort. -Charge a Finders Fee of one month's rent to locate a home. -Reimbursement for a Realtor fee is RARELY authorized. -A member must have PRIOR written approval from the housing manager in order to be reimbursed. AVERAGE RENT Average Rent 1 bedroom apartment 2 bedroom apartment 3 bedroom apartment 4 bedroom apartment 5 bedroom apartment

Utilities

UTILITIES -Heating fuel, water and electricity are more expensive in Germany than stateside. -Rent and utility transactions are paid in local currency, the Deutsche Mark (DM), which means costs vary based on the US dollar to DM daily exchange rate. -Each German community runs their own utility companies so you will have to contact your landlord or the Housing Office to be directed to the appropriate office. -The average monthly rent and utility costs for an economy apartment in the KMC are as follows: Average Utility Costs 1 bedroom apartment $218 2 bedroom apartment $261 3 bedroom apartment $324 4 bedroom apartment $380 5 bedroom apartment $430 UTILITY TAX AVOIDANCE PROGRAM (UTAP) -Designed to help service members lessen utility costs. -Provides tax relief for Electricity 16%, Gas 16%, and Water 7%. -A $77.00 administrative fee is charged upon registration. -The sponsor must register or provide a power of attorney. -If you move after you ve registered, you must update your account. -Walk in service -Check with VAT office for more information, 86th Services, Bldg 2122, 480-5309 or e-mail to [email protected] TELEPHONE -The Telecom Office administers all local phone service. -If you choose to keep the number already listed to your new residence it will cost you 50DM to establish service. -If you choose to request a new phone number it will cost you 100DM. -Basic Service is 24.40DM per month. -You can have your bill automatically allotted by the Community Bank or Services Federal Credit Union if you choose.

$441 $658 $868 $1,048 $1,193

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Relocation Services

Relocation Services Overview

The Relocation Assistance Program (RAP) provides concrete aid to help minimize the impact of mobility on the emotional and physical well being of the Air Force Family. This section provides information on the helping agencies on Ramstein AB and the surrounding KMC to assist you in making your PCS as "stress free" as possible.

- Location: Building 426, DSN 480-6166 FAX 4806166 - Services: Complete Postal and Stamp sales services - Address (sample) Name PSC 2 Box XXXX APO, AE 09012 - Kapaun Post Office - Location: Building 2012, DSN: 489-6744 FAX: 489-6726 - SERVICES: Complete postal and stamp sales service. - Address (sample) Name PSC 3 Box XXXX APO, AE 09021 - Sembach Post Office - Location: Building 222, DSN: 496-7748 FAX: 496-6482 - Services: Complete Postal and Stamp sales service. - Address (sample) Name PSC 10 Box XXXX APO, AE 09142

Relocation Assistance

For more information on this subject: USAREUR Drivers Manual http://rmv.hqusareur.army.mil SPONSORSHIP - A sponsor should be assigned by your gaining unit. - If you haven't heard from a sponsor within 60 days of your report date, contact your current Military Personnel Flight (MPF) - If one is still not assigned, contact your FSC's Relocation Assistance Program Office for assistance. - You should receive a Sponsor Package from your unit. - If you do not, most of the information can be found in the Base Brochure, if your FSC still maintains them. - Your Sponsor Package should contain a copy of the USAFE Driver's Manual. - If one was not included, The Drivers Manual (USAREUR/USAFE.Pam 190-34/12511) can be obtained via the internet at the web address below: (click on regulations then the manual). - Your sponsor can request a PO Box for you 90 days prior to arrival. He or She will need you to mail or FAX them a copy of your orders. - Ramstein has two post offices, one on the North and one on the South side of the base. Usually the post office you will be assigned will be determined by which side of the base you will be working on. Sembach and Kapaun have their own post offices. - South Side Post Office - Location: Building 2110, DSN 480-5465 FAX 480-3014 - Services: Mail and Parcel Pickup only - Address (sample) NAME PSC 1 Box XXXX APO, AE 09009 - North Side Post Office

UPON ARRIVAL - Report to your unit orderly room for in-processing as soon as possible after arrival. You will also be told to handcarry your personnel records to the Military Personnel Flight (MPF). INTRO PROGRAM - When you drop off your personnel records at the MPF, they will schedule all Air Force personnel for the four-day consolidated newcomer's orientation program called INTRO. - Spouses are highly encouraged to attend and may accompany the member on any of the four days. For DOD civilian employees, Base INTRO is optional and can be scheduled through the Family Support Center at 480-5100/5900. - Day One of the INTRO Program will provide a variety of information from various base agencies. The Legal Office, Traffic Management Office, Wing Safety and TRICARE are just a few of the agencies. You will also receive your mandatory Equal Opportunity and Substance Abuse Briefings. -Day Two provides military members an opportunity to complete their travel and military pay requirements. A briefing by AFO will be followed by a one-on-one review of your pay documents. You

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will also process through a Military Personnel "processing line". Once you are finished with the processing line, the rest of the day is yours to complete personal items such as setting up bank accounts, visiting the housing office, etc. -Day Three starts with briefings from Housing, FSC, VAT Office and Security Forces. We then provide cultural adaptation briefings that will help you adjust easier to your new surroundings. Some of the items covered are German Customs and Courtesies, Basic German Language, Recycling Issues and the basics of hooking up telephones and televisions. -Day Four is a walking tour of downtown Kaiserslautern. Local historic sites will be visited followed by lunch in a traditional German Gasthaus. There will also be an opportunity to do some shopping on the economy. - Your next stop should be the Family Support Center's Relocation Assistance Office. Services and programs include the Loan Locker, Sponsor/Welcome packages, German classes, Catalog Corner, and if you will be living on the economy, an opportunity to join your local Community Connections group. Name: The Drivers Manual WWW Link: http://rmv.hqusareur.army.mil/ Comments: The Drivers Manual (USAREUR/USAFE.Pam 19034/12511) (click on regulations then the manual).

- Just as the dollar is divided into 100 cents, the Deutsche Mark is divided into 100 pfennigs. To determine how much an item actually costs, simply divide the purchase price by the current exchange rate. - Items purchased on the German economy are subject to a 16 percent value added tax (VAT). In general, if an item exceeds DM 100 after the tax, U.S. Forces personnel may, if the merchant agrees, obtain tax relief. The goods or services purchased must be for personal use only.

ENTITLEMENTS - Following are some entitlements you may be authorized to receive and should be familiar with to help you with your financial planning before you arrive.

In Transit Emergencies

No matter how well you have planned, emergencies do happen. In case of emergency while you are traveling. - Have all your important papers with you, not packed with your household goods. - Have the telephone numbers for your Commander, First Sergeant, and orderly room. - Your unit should be listed under the major unit listing. - The American Red Cross can be contacted for assistance in an emergency.

FAMILY SEPARATION ALLOWANCE (FSA) I And II - FSA provides partial compensation for additional expenses incurred during periods of government enforced, family separation. At Ramstein, married service members are authorized two types of FSA. - FSA-I is payable if you reside off base and are without your dependents due to the non-availability of government quarters. The amount payable is equal to "without dependent rate" BAQ for your grade. The entitlement is normally paid through the day prior to your dependents arrival or for a maximum of 60 days from the date of your housing contract, whichever comes first. However, if you are serving an unaccompanied tour, the entitlement continues throughout your tour. - FSS-II is paid when concurrent travel is denied and you are serving on an accompanied tour or if the government does not allow dependents to accompany the member (i.e. for medical reasons). The rate payable is $2.50 per day for a maximum of 60 days or through the day prior to dependents arrival; again, whichever event occurs first. COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCE (COLA) - COLA is paid to all members, with or without dependents, to offset the cost of certain goods and services in Germany as compared to the average cost of the same goods and services in the United States. - Rate payable depends on member s grade, years of service, and the number of command-sponsored dependent in the overseas area. COLA is paid on a daily rate and is subject to change every two weeks. - When the Deutsche Mark rate increases, your COLA decreases.

Financial Preparedness

LOCAL CURRENCY - The monetary unit in Germany is the Deutsche Mark or DM. - Exchange rates between the dollar and the Deutsche Mark change daily and are given over the Armed Forces Radio and Television Network (AFRTS) and posted at community banking facilities and most retail outlets that service Americans.

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ADVANCED PAY - You are authorized advance pay when going PCS (up to three months base pay minus deductions) 30 days prior to your departure or up to 60 days after your arrival at your new duty station. - An advance will not be authorized for expenses covered by advances of other pays and entitlements (OHA, DLA, BAQ, travel). ADVANCE TRAVEL PAY - The PCS travel section can brief you on the amount payable for you and your dependents. DISLOCATION ALLOWANCE (DLA) - If you are moving your dependents to Ramstein, a designated stateside base, or to a follow-on base, you are entitled to Dislocation Allowance (DLA). - A member without dependents is also entitled to DLA when transferred to a new permanent duty station and government quarters are not assigned. - Currently, DLA is equal to two months BAQ at the applicable "with/without dependent" rate and is to partially reimburse a member for expenses incurred in relocating his or her household. Privately Owned Vehicle (POV) Shipment - The Transportation Management Office (TMO) will brief you on reimbursable expenses associated with the shipment of an authorized POV. Please review the HOUSING ALLOWANCE SECTION for information on housing related entitlements.

30 days prior to your departure or wait until after your arrival in Germany. - Your payment for travel will be made by electronic funds transfer, which is deposited into your direct deposit account or another account, if you prefer. - Keep a detailed record of your PCS travel--include all stops (including leave) enroute, arrival, and departure dates and times. - Keep receipts and/or records of ALL expenses associated with your move. It is a requirement to turn in a copy of any MTAs and/or TRs with your travel settlement voucher; therefore, be sure to keep all plane tickets. - Pick up your military pay and travel pay records before you leave your present duty station. Without records, payment must be held pending confirmation of advances. If you received advance travel pay, ask for a copy of the voucher to file with your PCS settlement claim.

ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE - Ramstein's Finance Office, Bldg. 2108, can help you get your pay entitlements in order while you adjust to living in Germany. - Customer service hours are 0800 to 1500, Monday through Friday. - Direct deposit ensures your pay will continue during your move, while on leave, or temporary duty assignment. - AFR 177-20 now makes it mandatory that you participate in the direct deposit program. - Do not stop or change your direct deposit until you have established a new account. - If you purchase savings bonds by payroll deduction, you should change your address with the Military Pay Section even if your bonds are held at DFASDE. - Review your allotments. Do you need to start, stop, or change an allotment? If so, take care of it at least

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS - Community Bank and Service Federal Credit Union, are full-service financial institutions in the KMC. They offer checking and savings accounts, foreign currency exchanges, personal loans, certificates of deposit, bill-paying services, and travelers checks in dollars and most European currency denominations. - Service Federal Credit Union offers the convenience of a Visa card and a VIP line that allows you toll-free access to your account 24 hours a day, stateside or overseas. Limited transactions can be handled at area Army and Air Force Exchange Service stores and officer and enlisted clubs. - Each of these financial institutions have 24-hour automatic teller machines (ATMs), which operate continually and afford customers ready access to their accounts. - All ATMs allow customers to make withdrawals in dollars or DM. Customers who make DM withdrawals buy them at the day s going rate. - ATMs also accept government issued credit cards for cash advances for travelers. - While visiting on temporary duty in the United States, credit union members have toll free access to their accounts using the credit union's VIP line.

FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER - Located in Bldg. 2120, the FSC offers personal financial management counseling. The staff can help resolve numerous, budget-related issues and answer most questions. Counselors can help you map out your financial strategy while you adjust to the higher cost of living in Germany. Contact the FSC for an appointment at 480-5100/5900.

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Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

- Identifies and assists Air Force (AF) families having exceptional medical, psychological, or educational needs. - All family members of active duty Air Force members with an exceptional need are required to be enrolled in the Air Force EFMP, even if medical care is through the Army's EFMD at Landstuhl Hospital. - Check with the EFMP office shortly after arriving at any new base. - For detailed information on Programs and Services see the FAMILY ADVOCACY section of the SUPPORT SERVICES.

instance, an appliance marked three amps, 110 volts has a power rating of 330 watts . - You may be able to buy a second-hand transformer from personnel returning stateside or from local thrift shops. Transformers may also be purchased at the Exchange.

Household Goods In-Bound Shipments

PRIOR TO SHIPMENT - Take advantage of non-temporary storage (NTS) option. German houses/apartments are normally smaller than stateside homes. Local storage facilities are limited and very expensive. - When deciding which personal items to ship, contact your local Traffic Management Office after receiving your PCS orders. The TMO staff has a list of household goods weight allowances and what items can and can t be shipped. - When you arrive at Ramstein, call or visit TMO to let them know where you can be reached once your goods arrive. TMO is located in Bldg. 2106 and the telephone number is 480-5509. Be prepared to wait 35 to 50 days for your unaccompanied baggage and 60 to 70 days for receipt of your household goods.

NOTES - Most base housing units are equipped with 110 and 220 outlets. - Transformers continue to use electricity as long as they are plugged in. Unless they have an on/off switch, remember to unplug them when not being used.

LARGE APPLIANCES - Whether you live on or off base, you will be provided a stove, refrigerator, and washer and dryer (if hook-ups are available in your house or apartment off base). - We recommend that you place these items in nontemp storage.

Below are some items you will want to consider in preparing for your new assignment to the KMC:

ELECTRICAL CONSIDERATIONS - The electrical current in Germany is 220volts 50 cycles while the U.S. current is 110 volts 60 cycles. - DO NOT PLUG 110 VOLT AMERICAN APPLIANCES INTO GERMAN WALL SOCKETS. It will burn them out in seconds. - Every electrical appliance has marked on it somewhere its required voltage or wattage. - You may need to purchase several transformers with enough watts to equal or exceed the watts required on your appliance. - The power rating on appliances dictates the size of the transformer you will need. These ratings are indicated in "watts" for household requirements. - On some appliances "ampere" or amps are used. To determine the wattage in this case, multiply the number of amps by the voltage of the appliance. For

SMALL APPLIANCES - You may want to consider the age and quality of the item. - Some of the newer products have built-in converters. - If an appliance is old and unreliable; or if you are ready to replace it anyway, consider disposing of it and buying a new one here. - Many departing personnel have German specification items which they are eager to sell, so used appliances are available. - Toasters, irons, mixers, blenders, food processors, etc. can be run off transformers, though appliances which create heat may not be as reliable. - Many people ultimately replace things like irons and toasters with 220 volt appliances or dual voltage items - Electric space heaters are not advisable to bring as they are very expensive to use and sometimes unsafe. - 110volt electrical clocks will not keep time properly at all. - This also applies to the timing function or devices such as microwaves, VCRs, etc. Battery operated clocks run just fine. - Vacuum cleaners can operate off a transformer, but you' ll need a polarity tester to ensure you don t burn out the motor. The same holds true for any appliance with a motor. You can purchase these handy gadgets at the local exchange.

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- Microwaves work fine off a transformer but they re slower and the clock won t work correctly. Some older models don t work well at all. You need to consider the age and quality of your microwave before bringing it with you. Furnishings Management will issue microwaves for your use. Bread machines will operate off a transformer also, but the timing mechanism may not work correctly. - 110 volt televisions, stereos, VCRs, etc. can be used, but they also must be run off a transformer if they are not dual voltage or switchable. Your turntable may need to be converted to 50 hertz to run at the proper speed. Not all turntables can be converted. However, you should check this out with a local electrician before you leave the states. - Where you live and the type of television you have will affect whether you can receive the Armed Forces Network (AFN) and/or the German stations without elaborate conversions. You will need a multi-system television to receive German channels. - Personal computers and word processors can be run off a transformer, but check with the specific company to make sure. Do you need a surge protector? Opinions differ and it s really up to you whether you wish to purchase one or not. They re available in the local exchange. - Lamps and light fixtures will work without a transformer. All they need is an inexpensive plug adapter and German style light bulbs (so don t bother bringing light bulbs with you). Most German unfurnished rentals are so completely unfurnished that there are no overhead lighting fixtures in the house or apartment. You might consider including a lamp or two in your hold baggage. - Furniture: Most German houses and apartments are smaller than what we are accustomed to stateside. Therefore, extremely large or heavy furniture may be a problem fitting into your new home. Be prepared to look harder and possibly pay more to find a place big enough to accommodate your furniture. Generally, you should be able to use all the furniture your weight allowance permits you to bring. - German houses don t have closets or cabinets. Furnishings management will loan you a kitchen cabinet set and a wardrobe "schrank" for each member of the family. For most people, this will not be enough. Therefore, look around your current house or apartment and see how much closet/cabinet space you use now--pantry, clothes closets, linen

closets, bathroom shelves, towel racks, tool shelves, etc. You will have none of these in a German residence, so creative planning is necessary. This is not the time to dispose of that old chest of drawers, metal shelving, or foot locker. If it holds something, bring it! Sometimes furnishings management cannot provide wardrobes right away. Purchasing a sturdy clothes rack for the essential hang-up clothing is a good advance investment--and they re very difficult to find here. This would be a good time to screen out all those towels, pots and pans you never use, and clothing that no longer fits. You won t have the luxury of a lot of storage space. - Drapes, curtains, and shades: Yes, you can bring them, but you re even less likely to find a place here with the window size you need than you would stateside. In general, you re better off storing these items if you plan to keep them. - Outdoor furniture and barbecue grills: Many German houses and apartments do have yards, patios, and/or balconies so you should be able to use your outdoor furniture. These too are usually smaller than what we are accustomed to stateside. Germans love to barbecue and do so all the time. Germans are used to living very close together and practice meticulous courtesy to protect everyone s rights and privacy. Heavy barbecue smoke in your neighbors yard can be considered a gross intrusion. So, before you heat up the grill, consider how close you are to your neighbors and who your neighbors are. Barbequeing on an apartment balcony is not permitted.

FURNISHINGS MANAGEMENT OFFICE (FMO) - FMO was established to provide authorized items of government-owned furnishings to eligible personnel while your household goods are in transit. - Allows newcomers to move into their new house or apartment as soon as possible. - Alleviates excessive Temporary Lodging Allowance expenses, thereby helping to defray the costs of your move. - Furnishings Management is located at Einsiedlerhof Air Station, Bldg. 720, which is about 10 minutes from Ramstein. - The number of items you re authorized is based on the number of command-sponsored dependents that are reflected on your permanent change of station orders and amendments. - All members authorized support are entitled to the following items on a permanent basis: - Refrigerator, range (electric or gas), washer, dryer - Kitchen cabinets (one per private rental or government/leased quarters if not built in)

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- Wardrobe (two per sponsor, plus one per family member) - Transformers (two per accompanied account and one per unaccompanied account) - Smoke Detectors (issued to members living off base only) - Microwave Oven (Issued on and off base) A loaner kit consisting of basic essential furniture is also available for all authorized personnel for up to 90 days after overseas arrival, pending receipt of incoming household goods and for up to 90 days before departure.

Linens may also be borrowed from the Loan Locker, but availability varies based on the season. - Prior to mailing, get the required forms from the TMO to take to the post office with you. The post office will record the weight and cost of shipping. - Take a copy of your orders to attach to the parcel so there will be no custom charges on the other end. - For additional information on Out-Bound Household Goods shipments, contact the Personal Property Outbound Section at 480-2163.

Household Goods Claims

For more detailed information see the section titled LEGAL ASSISTANCE under SUPPORT SERVICES.

Household Goods Out-Bound Shipments

- When you PCS from Ramstein, it is a good idea to keep linens you will need and mail them to yourself when you leave. These items can be mailed to your home and the cost reimbursed on your travel voucher.

Household Goods Weight Allowances

All DoD civilians are authorized 18,000 lbs Household Goods

Household Goods Weight Allowances

Grade E1 E2 E3 E4 E5 E6 E7 E8 E9 W-1 W-2 W-3 W-4 O-1 O-2 O-3 O-4 O-5 O-6+ Allowance w/Dependents 5000 5000 5000 8000 9000 11000 12500 13500 14500 Allowance wo/Dependents 1500 1500 2000 7000 7000 8000 10500 11000 12000

12000 13500 14500 17000 17500 18000

10000 12500 13000 14000 16000 18000 - Owning an America-made vehicle overseas could become expensive! AAFES automotive parts store is one of the few sources for parts and services. - Members shipping an oversized vehicle (exceeding 20 measurement tons) will be charged an additional cost for moving vehicle from water port to vehicle processing center at Kapaun Air Station. SHIPPING YOUR POV - Inspect your car for any leaks, loose or worn steering and suspension components, properly working lights, gauges, horn, defroster, exhaust,

POV In-Bound Shipments

GENERAL INFORMATION - All vehicles must pass an annual vehicle inspection to determine mechanical condition, prior to being registered for use. - High speeds and winding roads demand that your automobile be in excellent mechanical condition for your safety and the safety of others.

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speedometer, windshield wipers, mismatched, worn, or oversized tires, and missing body components (bumpers, grills, etc.) - Call a POV inspection station at your current location prior to shipping your vehicle to determine requirements. Keep in mind that this will only be a verbal description of your vehicle and may vary or leave out important facts which may be found during a VISUAL inspection. (A good example: extra wide tires. If the tires extend past the fender well, your vehicle would fail.) The bottom line is, YOUR VEHICLE MUST PASS THIS INSPECTION TO BE REGISTERED! - Auto insurance in Germany is expensive! Liability alone can cost up to four times more than areas in the U.S. Drivers under 25 years of age pay as much as $1,200 or more per year for liability. BE PREPARED TO PAY MORE FOR FULLCOVERAGE. Request a letter or statement from your insurance company stating your good driving record to possibly reduce your insurance cost. REGISTERING YOUR POV - The KMC has two vehicle registration centers. The Ramstein station is in Room 116 of Bldg. 2106 and the Kapaun station is located Bldg 2806 at the vehicle processing center where you will pick up your car in bldg 2806. Each station is open Monday through Friday. - At Ramstein, space available walk-in service is available 0700 to 1400 and appointment-only service is available from 0700 to 1430. Call 480-2108 for more information and appointments. - At Kapaun, walk-in service is available 0700 to 1430 and appointment-only service is available 0730 to 1430. You can call 489-7729 for more information and appointments. - To avoid multiple trips, there are a few documents you will need to register a vehicle. If you purchase a car from another American, both you and the seller must go to the registration office. Bring the white and blue copy of the registration, a double white insurance card, one AE Form 190-1AA stamped by the inspection station and your $10 (check or money order) registration fee. - If you purchase a vehicle from a German, you need to have the German title book with a green or yellow card to indicate the car is no longer registered in the German system. You also need a double white insurance car, two AE Forms 190-1N, the $10 registration fee (check or money order), and a bill of sale. - If you are planning on driving in Germany, be prepared--driving conditions differ from those in the United States. Narrow roads, different driving habits, and faster speeds on the autobahn make driving in

Germany a new experience, a potentially dangerous one if you aren t careful. - Defensive driving is a must in Germany. Europeans are more aggressive and faster drivers, but if you observe the rules of the road, you ll find driving is not difficult. DRIVER S LICENSE - U.S. military members, civilian employees, and family members are required to have a U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) POV driver s license before operating any vehicle in Germany. Soldiers, airmen, family members, and civilian employees with an assignment to Germany are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to arrive with a valid stateside drivers license. - Without a valid stateside license, you may have to complete a German driving course to obtain your USAREUR license. This could cost up to $1500. - New arrivals must attend an orientation class about local traffic conditions before testing for their license. The orientation class is conducted at 0730 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and at 1230 on Tuesdays in Room 201 in Bldg. 2106, before the testing begins. An appointment is required for the orientation and testing. It can be made by calling 480-2394 or visiting Room 207 in Bldg. 2106. - The items you ll need to take the test are: - attendance slip from the orientation class - ID card - A valid stateside driver's license - An AE Form 190-1T - Check or money order for $10 - Friends or relatives may be authorized to operate your POV if he/she has the following documents in his/her possession: a. HQ AE Form 127, Authority to Operate POV b. A valid passport c. Valid insurance coverage on the vehicle for operation of the vehicle outside Germany d. Valid driver's license with translation, or a valid international driver's license (issued outside the country of intended use). e. Valid registration for the vehicle f. Written permission from the vehicle owner authorizing the visitor to operate the vehicle. The latter permission should be made out also in the language(s) of the country(ies) to be visited. MOTORCYCLE LICENSE -You must receive specific training provided by a limited number of volunteers. Lengthy waiting list. -Obtaining a stateside license before arrival is required. AUTO INSURANCE

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- Drivers under 25 years of age pay as much as $1,200 or more per year for liability. - BE PREPARED TO PAY MORE FOR FULLCOVERAGE. - Request a letter or statement from your insurance company stating your good driving record to possibly reduce your insurance cost. ACCIDENT REPORTING - Accident reports indicate that Americans are at fault in many accidents. Failure to yield right of way, following too close, and failure to maintain control are the most common causes of accidents, especially on the autobahn. - Due to faster driving speeds in Europe, if you are going to pass a car, pay attention, check your rear view mirror for faster cars approaching from the rear, and, if clear, pass and get immediately back into the right lane. - If you cannot get into the left lane to pass without impeding an oncoming, faster car, do not! Misjudging the speed of a car coming up from behind or following the car ahead of you too closely while you are waiting to pass is the cause of many accidents. - If involved in an Accident - Place the warning triangle about 200 meters behind the car - Render first aid to any injured individual, as required by German law. - Take steps to provide for traffic safety - Obtain the names of individuals involved, information on the vehicles involved, the name of the other driver's insurance company, type of injuries, and the name of the hospital where the injured were taken - Accidents occurring off military installations will be primarily investigated by civilian police, although in the KMC, the U.S. Forces Police will respond to accidents involving U.S. personnel, when notified. In either case, it is the responsibility of the U.S. vehicle operator to report any accident involved to the U.S. Forces Police as soon as possible, generally within 72 hours. IN CASE OF EMERGENCY - The Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobile Club (ADAC) has trained auto mechanics who travel the autobahns in bright yellow cars equipped with tools, auto parts, and gasoline - In an emergency, ADAC, as well as the police and ambulance service, can be notified quickly with a call on one of the many autobahn emergency telephones. - The telephones are located one kilometer apart on the entire autobahn system. The direction of the nearest phone is indicated by the little arrows atop

small white poles spaced every 50 meters on the autobahn shoulder.

CONTACTS -Traffic Management Office Bldg 2106 (Ramstein AB) 480-6287 -Vehicle Insp/processing Bldg 2807 (Kapaun AS) 489-6881 -Vehicle Registration Bldg 2106 (Ramstein AB) 480-5429 -Driver s Testing Bldg 2106 (Ramstein AB) 480-2394

POV Claims

Please contact the Legal Assistance Office, claims sections, in Bldg 2137 for information and guidance on POV claims. They can be reached at 480-5911

Pet Boarding/Kennels

- If you are bringing your pet, keep in mind that pets are not allowed in billeting. - Ask your sponsor to make appropriate arrangements for your pet while you are getting settled. - Many German hotels and "Gasthauses" will allow your pet to room with you for an additional fee. (around 10DM per day)

BOARDING KENNELS (Listing does not constitute endorsement) - Rainbow Farm Dog Boarding (Landstuhl) 06371-12980 - English Speaking - Depending on the size of the animal: 13DM 17DM per night - If you bring your VAT form subtract 16% from above - Hours of Operation: 9-6 Weekdays 10-12 Sat - Reservations recommended prior to arrival. - Tannenhof Pet Boarding (Landstuhl) 0637114129 - Boarding and Grooming - Hours of Operation: 10-12 & 4-7 Mon-Fri 10-12 Sat - Karin's Kennel 7275 (Near Ramstein) 06383-

- The Farm Kennel (Bruchmuhlbach-Miesau) 06372-8070 - Depending on the size of animal - Dog- 11.50DM - 17.5DM per/night

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- Cat- 9.50DM per night - If you bring your VAT form subtract 16% from above - Hours of Operation: 9-5 Weekdays 9-12 Sat - English Speaking - Reservations recommended prior to arrival.

CONTACT - Vogelweh Animal Clinic 489-7592 - Ramstein Animal Clinic 1630 480-5343 - Sembach Animal Clinic 6253

Mon-Fri 0800-1530

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Pet Licensing

- Upon arrival, pets must be registered with the animal disease prevention and control facility at Ramstein, Bldg. 108, or at the nearby Vogelweh facility, Bldg. 2067. At that time you will be issued a rabies certificate and tags for the pet. - Both clinics provide quality care. - A listing of German vet clinics in the area is available at both military facilities. - Once settled, it is a good idea to find a German vet in case of after-hours emergencies. - German law requires that the identification tag be worn on the animal at all times. - When not confined, a dog must be on a leash. - Rabies certification must be kept current. German law also requires stray animals be destroyed. - Finding housing with a pet is no more difficult than in the States--some landlords will accept them, some will not. An additional security deposit may be required. - Germans love animals and a properly behaved dog on a leash can bring a smile to most. Note the words "properly behaved" and "leash"--again, courtesy and self-discipline are prominent aspects of the society. - Animals are not allowed to run loose in Germany. Rabies is a problem in Germany, so if you plan to bring your pet, plan for it to live in the house or a fenced yard and only stay outside in a carrier or on a leash. - Pet owners are liable for any damage their pet may do--anything from digging up your landlord s flower bed to causing a car to hit a telephone pole while veering to miss the animal. Most insurance companies offer pet liability insurance at a nominal fee.

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SHIPPING YOUR PET - Shipping your pet will be at your own expense - Making arrangements is easier than ever. - In many cases, your pet can travel with you on your flight, if you book it in advance. - Pets can also be shipped on Air Mobility Command Category B flights from certain U.S. ports or commercially. - Arrange pet shipment well in advance by contacting your current traffic management office or airline. HEALTH CERTIFICATE - You will need a veterinary certificate which states the animal is in good health and free from rabies or suspicion of rabies. - The health certificate must be issued no earlier than ten days before arrival to Germany. - A German translation must accompany the certificate. One can be obtained from your local Base Veterinary Clinic. - There is no quarantine required in Germany. PICKING YOUR PET UP - If your pet flew with you, you will pick it up at the baggage claim area. - If you choose to ship your pet, ship it to Frankfurt or Rhein-Main AB, Germany, which is approximately 90 miles northeast of Ramstein. At Frankfurt International Airport, you should pick up your pet at the civilian air freight terminal. - If your pet flew into Rhein-Main it will be picked up at the designated pickup point at the passenger terminal.

Pet Quarantines

There is no quarantine required in Germany for any animal.

Veterinary Services

- Appointments are required at military veterinary services and emergency care is not available. - It is advisable to obtain a German Veterinarian in case of after hours emergencies. - A listing of German vet clinics is available at all military facilities.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION If you have a pet shipped to Germany unaccompanied and plan to pick it up after you arrive, you MUST have an import permit to pickup

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the pet at the airport. This permit may be obtained from the Hessisches Sozialministerium in Wiesbaden, Germany at the cost of 50.50 DM (deutsche Marks). The telepone number for the Hessisches Sozialministerium is 0611-81737223 and their FAX number is 0611-8908454. The e-mail address: [email protected] . You will have to contact them to find out what information they require. Once all of the information has been recieved, they can send the permit C.O.D. to your German address which will take aproximately two days. If you are not at home at the time of delivery, you will be left a note telling you to pick it up at your local post office. If this happens you will be abel to pay at the post office. Remember, you will not be able to pick you pet up at the airport without the permit.

- Another TLF will be opening on Ramstein in the near future. TEMPORARY LODGING ALLOWANCE - Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA) varies for each individual based on the availability of housing at the time of your arrival. - TLA may be authorized for up to 60 days while aggressively seeking housing. - If you decline to accept government quarters when offered, you may have your TLA stopped. - Check with housing office within two days of arrival to be briefed on eligibility and procedures. UNACCOMPANIED - IMPORTANT: Single or unaccompanied military members in grades E-1 through E-4 ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TEMPORARY LODGING ALLOWANCE. - When the sponsor meets the unaccompanied member at the airport, the first stop on base should be the Dormitory Reception Center to be assigned a room. - If individual arrives on a weekend, holiday or down day, sponsor can stop by DRC one day prior to get keys to a hospitality room until the member is able to contact DRC.

PCS Reporting Procedures

- Upon arrival you should report to your Commander's Support Staff (Orderly Room) for initial processing. - After unit processing you will be instructed to report to the Military Personnel Flight (MPF) to drop off your personnel records. At this time, you will be scheduled to attend the next Newcomer s Orientation Program (INTRO). - INTRO is a mandatory four-day program for newcomers. - Day One consists of briefings primarily of interest to the military member and concludes with a mandatory Equal Opportunity and Substance Abuse Briefing. - Day Two will provide an opportunity to file your travel voucher and process through a Military Personnel Flight "processing line". - Day Three provides additional briefings geared more toward cultural awareness and adapting to life in Germany. There is also a brief exposure to the German language. - Day Four consists of a train station orientation, tour of downtown Kaiserslautern, lunch in a German Gasthaus (restaurant) and an opportunity to do some shopping. - Spouses are strongly encouraged to attend the INTRO program. - OPR for this program is the Family Support Center s Relocation Office, 480-5907

- 86 CES/Housing Office - Bldg 1001 Vogelweh 489-6672/6671/7311 - Dormitory Reception Center (DRC) - Dorm 2413 Room 175 480-3676 - Central Reservations 489-4920

- Billeting - Ramstein Inn North, Bldg 305, 480-6652 - Ramstein Inn South, Bldg 2408, 480-5529 - Ramstein Inn Prime Knight, Bldg 541, 480-6080 - Ramstein Inn Landstuhl, Bldg 3752, 486-8342 - Ramstein Inn Vogelweh, Bldg 1002, 489-7641 - Ramstein Inn Sembach, Bldg 489-7641

Additional housing information can be found under the HOUSING Category in this booklet.

Billeting

GENERAL - The Ramstein Inn operates six billeting facilities and two Temporary Lodging Facilities (TLF) on four different installations (Ramstein, Vogelweh, Sembach, and Landstuhl).

Support Services

Support Services Overview

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questions about services please call us at DSN 4805100/5900.

Family Centers

The KMC has two Family Support Center's, Ramstein DSN 480-5100/5900 and Sembach DSN 496-6195, and an Army Community Service Center (Pulaski Barracks) DSN 489-6476. All personnel are encouraged to take advantage of programs and services offered at all the centers. RELOCATION PROGRAMS Loan Locker -Stocks household items and small appliances -Items are available for you to borrow for up to 60 days. -Dish Kits are available for 2, 4, 6, or 8 person units. The kit includes all the items you would need to create a meal, everything from table settings, to pots and pans, to a beverage pitcher, all in an easy to carry case. -Other available items are: vacuums, toasters, coffee pots, alarm clocks, irons and ironing boards, car seats, booster seats, high chairs, cribs, futons, pillows, blankets, and sheets. Child Care for PCSers -Air Force E-5's and below can receive a voucher for up to 20 hours of free child care to be used within 30 days of PCSing into or out of a base. -Care is provided in a certified Family Child Care home. The Trading Post -Connects those PCSing who are trying to sell second hand items or appliances to incoming personnel who could use them. If you're looking for a 220v fan or coffee pot there might be an ad on the board. Catalog Corner -Compiles a wide variety of catalogs and expands your shopping opportunities through mail order. -New catalogs are added weekly. FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION (FLE) -Assists and teaches individuals skills to better communicate, parent, manage stress, and in general manage conflict and day to day challenges. -Teach problem solving and to assess the level of assistance needed. -The FLE area provides the following classes or seminars: Yours Mine and Ours Parenting Class - For blended or step-families Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends

Stress Management Stress Management for Parents with Young Children Couples' Communication Self-esteem FAMILY READINESS PROGRAM -Designed to enhance family readiness and keep family lines of communication open during deployments or TDY s. -Assists members in developing a Family Care Plan. -Hearts Apart Support Group provides family members of deployed personnel with an avenue to express and solve issues that arise concerning deployments. The Hearts Apart program is a forum to address as well as resolve issues and share information with other spouses. -Morale calls are authorized at designated telephones. -Use of the ViaTv Video Teleconference System to enhance the Morale Call Program. -Referral to the programs mentioned in the Financial Assistance section. TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM -Designed to meet the needs of the transitioning service member and their families. -Assist members and their families as they leave the military bound for the civilian world. -Services include a wide range of job, relocation and financial counseling assistance. -In the 4-Day Transition Assistance Class, departing service members become familiar with conducting an effective job search in the civilian sector. -Subjects include: Resume writing, Interviewing skills, Where and How to look for positions and VA benefits briefing. -Transitioning service members are encouraged to attend this course as early as possible in the process of their transition. -Spouses are highly encouraged to attend. -Also offers classes on Family Member transition and the issues faced by them and Job Fair Preparation workshops. -Individual appointments are available to provide continued assistance for the job seeker. Services available include: resume review, practice interviewing, guidance on researching industries and companies, and a Career Resource Center. CAREER FOCUS PROGRAM -Designed for spouses or family members looking for employment. -Assists in job searching, career changes, goal identification, sources of employment information, and learning to become "interview ready". -Offer monthly classes on the local job market as well as long distance job searching and regularly

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scheduled classes on self-assessment, resume writing, interviewing skills, and time management. -Private sessions for individualized service are available. -Resume review services are also available. BECOMING YOUR OWN BOSS PROGRAM -Will guide you through the entire process of developing your own successful business. -Sign up for one of the seminars, browse through the Small Business Library, use our Developing a Business Plan software, or meet with the Becoming Your Own Boss Program Coordinator to discuss questions specific to your business idea. -Becoming Your Own Boss- Introductory Seminar Offered monthly, the BYOB Introductory Seminar covers the basics of starting your own business. Information includes opening a business in Germany, as well as in the U.S. -Marketing Segment Seminar An in-depth view of market research, target market definition, pricing, and advertising. -Financial Forecasting Segment Seminar Learn how to estimate costs, forecast financial statements, and apply for a business loan. -Tax Segment Seminar An overview of the tax obligations for U.S. citizens operating a small business in Germany. -Human Resources Segment Seminar Learn the laws and regulations that apply to entrepreneurs as they become employers. -Consulting Segment Seminar A discussion on marketing your consulting business, assessing client fees, how to deal with ethical situations, and networking for success. VOLUNTEER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM -Volunteering can help you learn new skills, investigate career options, become part of the community, network for salaried jobs, keep skills sharp, meet new friends, and make your world a better place to live. -We will assist you in volunteer placement by providing information and referral to individuals who are looking for a place to volunteer. -We will match you to agencies that are looking for qualified, compatible volunteers. -Training opportunities are available for both the individual volunteers and the staff who employ them.

-Because of a generous grant from the Air Force Aid Society and donations from our spouses associations, we can reimburse up to 15 hours of childcare per week for volunteers, not to exceed $300 per month. -Volunteers also receive free training in computer software and customer service skills. Please view the Information and Referral section for more ways to access information. Please view the Financial Assistance Section for information on the Personal Financial Management Program and Air Force Aid Society Programs. Please view Emergency assistance for Air Force Aid Emergency assistance.

Information and Referral

INFORMATION & REFERRAL PROGRAM -Located at the Family Support Center (FSC) "Your First Source For Information." -The purpose of the I&R program is to increase delivery of human services to military members, their families, retirees, DoD civilians by linkages to resources on and off base. -I&R has developed a community database full of resources available in the Kaiserslautern American Community, both on and off military installations. -The database is continuously updated with new resources. -If a particular resource is not available, I&R will research the information and get back to you. -I&R also manages all the marketing and publicity for the FSC. -Programs and class information are advertised through flyers, the Kaiserslautern American Newspaper, Base Bulletin, AFN radio and TV along with our very own monthly calendar the "PIPELINE."

Financial Assistance Programs

Please contact the Family Support Center for information on all the programs in this section at DSN 480-5100/5900. PERSONAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (PFMP) -Helps personnel strengthen, understand, and evaluate personal financial needs and to assist with long-term financial goals through education, information, and counseling. -Counseling is conducted to assist personnel in taking action to alleviate current problems and to prevent their occurrence; also, to establish and accomplish

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short-term, intermediate, and long-term goals to produce secure financial development. -The PFMP sponsors these programs to educate consumers. German Bills Made E-Z -Class interaction program designed to show billings from different utilities, how each billing system works, how to set up direct bank payments, and how to set up Value Added Tax (VAT) for each utility. Making Your Money Matter -This program is designed to teach all incoming E-4 and below, and first duty station personnel, on basic money management issues. -Participants will learn how to read a leave and earnings statement and checkbook and credit management. Financial Management for Service Members in Transition (TAP) -Provide information about important financial areas that will affect service members transitioning out of the military. Three-part Financial Management Outreach Series -Classes are being taught in individual squadrons, spouses groups, high school, non-profit organizations, etc. Budget Management Seminar Provide members the information and skills to project, monitor, and control income and spending. Credit Management Seminar Provide information on types of consumer credit, how to acquire it and how to control it within a personal budget or spending plan. Checkbook Management Seminar Provides basic information on how to choose a financial institution, understand how checking account works, how to write a check correctly, how to maintain a checkbook register, how to balance a check book, etc. Six-Part Money Management Series -Money Management Designed to teach individuals about the power pay concept (a computer generated budget program) and how to eliminate credit more efficiently. Tips on shopping and how to save money are included. Out Of Hock -A program designed to focus on debt reduction. Provide a guide to individuals that will teach them

how to arrange their financial affairs and meet debt obligations effectively. Basic Investing This seminar prepares the beginning investor by concentrating on basic investment terms and the six fundamental investment principles. Mutual Funds: The Basics Designed to teach the participant fundamentals of mutual funds: what they are, how they operate, and how to start investing in one. Mutual Funds: Picking The Right Fund For You Designed to teach the participant how to narrow down the sea of mutual funds to a choice that is tailor made for them through various resources. Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Seminar This seminar describes the types of IRAs, how to open one, who is qualified, and other aspects of investing for our retirement. "GIVE PARENTS A BREAK" PROGRAM -To relieve stresses due to the nature of military life deployments, remote tours of duty, extended working hours, high operation tempo, etc. -The Air Force Aid Society will pay the cost of having the base Child Development Center open two times a month for families referred to the program. "VOLUNTEER CHILDCARE PROGRAM" -Provides funding for childcare expenses in licensed Family Day Care Homes for volunteers who are engaged in supporting programs which benefit the Air Force Community. -Fifteen hours of free childcare are available for volunteers in such areas as the Family Support Center, Base Clinic, Family Advocacy and D0D school system. "CAR CARE BECAUSE WE CARE" -To keep the primary family vehicle of active duty Air Force members in top running condition by providing preventive vehicle maintenance. -This maintenance includes oil/filter change, lubrication, and vehicle safety checks on a grant basis maximum $50.00. -Eligible participants: Spouses of active duty Air Force members deployed for more than 30 days. Spouses of active duty Air Force members assigned to a remote tour. First term airmen assigned to their 1st duty station as a one-time assistance. "BUNDLES FOR BABY" PROGRAM

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-A four-hour class on baby nutrition, healthcare, impact baby has on the budget, education expenses for baby and much more. -The last hour of the class focuses on single-parent families and spouses of members who deploy/TDY often. EDUCATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS -Spouse Tuition Assistance Program is offered to spouses of active duty airmen and officers attending accredited college courses. -The emphasis is on the completion of a degree/certificate program that reasonably enhances occupational opportunities.

FAMILY MALTREATMENT PROGRAM -Helps prevent, identify, assess, and treat families with maltreatment issues. -All Air Force members are mandated to report suspected cases of child or spouse abuse. -Phone the Family Advocacy Office to make a referral. -If a treatment program recommended, qualified therapists offer counseling services or refer families to other helping agencies NEW PARENT SUPPORT PROGRAM -Helps new parents adjust to having a newborn. -Professional nurses provide home visits, telephone consultations, and office visits to give you support, parenting education, infant developmental assessments and referral services to assist you in your baby's first year. -Also offered is the PARENT INFANT CONNECTION, a support group for parents with children 0-12 months, Preparation for Parenting Classes, Preparation for Birth Classes, and a class entitled Breast feeding: Tips and Techniques. H.O.M.E.S - (Home-based Opportunities Make Everyone Successful) -Team consists of a social worker, nurse specialist and program assistant. -Services provided through scheduled home visits. -Guides parents toward healthy family functioning and promotes learned skills. -Offers education in infant and childcare, relationship issues, parenting issues, and referral to other resources. -Participation is voluntary and at no cost to the individual. -If you are a blended family, single parent, family of multiples, have a complicated pregnancy, history of mental health problems, child behavior problems, premature baby, recent death in the family, unsure of parenting skills, marital issues, deployed family or have reunification issues. OUTREACH PROGRAM -Goal is PREVENTION of family maltreatment through education. -Some available programs are Big Brother/ Big Sister Program, Hearts Apart Program, and Home Alone Programs. -Adult classes available are Anger Management Classes, Common Sense Parenting Classes, Couple's Communication Classes, Parent University, Positive Guidance Classes, and Stress Management -Teen and children's classes include Healthy Relationships, Personal Safety, and Teenage

Emergency Assistance

For more information on this subject: The Air Force Aid Society Site http://www.afas.org AIR FORCE AID SOCIETY -Assistance is provided for families in need of emergency financial assistance. -Categories include funeral expenses, car repairs, travel expenses, miscellaneous living expenses (rent, food, utilities), medical and dental expenses, and a variety of other categories. or call us at DSN 480-5100/5900 AMERICAN RED CROSS -Is open 24 hours to assist with emergencies. -Receive Worldwide Emergency Notification Messages -For more information call DSN 480-2171/5464

Family Advocacy

For more information on this subject: The Family Advocacy Site http://usafsg.satx.disa.mil/~moasgof/index.htm EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY MEMBER PROGRAM (EFMP) -Identifies and assists Air Force families having exceptional medical, psychological, or educational needs. -Provides counseling, referral, resource information, assistance with special assignment considerations, and serves as liaison with on and off base agencies. -All family members of active duty Air Force members with an exceptional need are required to be enrolled in the Air Force EFMP, even if medical care is through the Army's EFMD at Landstuhl Hospital. -Check with the EFMP office shortly after arriving. -The EFMP office is located in Bldg. 2112, adjacent to the main clinic.

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Pregnancy Prevention. Maltreatment Awareness, Prevention, and Reporting trainings are ongoing. - Located on the second floor of Bldg 2121, telephone DSN 479-2370, Comm: 06371-46-2370.

Single Member Services

The staff at the Family Support Center at Ramstein continues to meet great challenges and take pride in knowing we are helping you with your needs. We realize sometime our name "Family Support Center" causes single individuals to think the FSC services are only for people with families or those that are married. This is simply not so. Centers such as ours were created to provide support to all members. We provide the following services that will assist you: Financial Counseling, Budget Keeping, Checkbook Maintenance, Financial Investments, emergency or crisis assistance, Transition Assistance, Relocation Assistance, Stress Management or Crisis Intervention counseling, and deployment support. Single Member Programs: -Please view section in the Local Community Area, Military Related and Civic Organizations as well as the Chapel programs in this section.

CHADD Children & Adults w/ADD Stuttering Support Group Crisis Support Team Substance Abuse Recovery Program Diabetic Support Group TOPS Take Off Pounds Sensibly First Time Parents Program Victim and Witness Assistance Women's Issues Support Group

Morale, Welfare, and Recreation

RECREATION AUTO CENTERS -Offers tools, facilities, and assistance in all types of minor and some major auto repair work. -Shops are located at Ramstein, Bldg. 2477; Kapaun, Bldg. 2806; and at Sembach, Bldg. 171. -Services available: 15 repair stalls, three vehicle lifts, a front-end alignment machine, brake room, tire changing and spin balancing machine, computerized car washes and a night-time welding service, engine and overnight auto storage area, spare parts store for foreign vehicles, and a resale department, plus a tool issue room which features tools for vehicles of all specifications. -Oil changes, tune-ups, undercoatings, and brake work can be done for a nominal fee. -Classes in many aspects of automotive mechanics and maintenance are offered regularly. -An automotive reference library also is available. -A junk yard outside the east gate of the base to search for those hard-to-find parts. BOWLING -Located at Ramstein, Vogelweh, and Sembach. -Open bowling and a complete range of sanctioned leagues are available, from organizational through mixed doubles. -Special events such as moonlight bowling and bumper bowling for youngsters are also offered. -Each center has a snack bar. Ramstein and Sembach facilities have pro shops. CLUBS -Ramstein Enlisted Club, Bldg. 2411, is open to all community enlisted people and affords customers a variety of entertainment and leisure-time activities. -Breakfast and lunch are served in the club s snack bar. -For evening dining, the main dining room offers a varied menu every night and a Super Sunday Brunch. -On-stage entertainment five nights a week. -Members can cash personal checks, purchase Deutsche Marks at the current exchange rate,

Support Groups

Below is a listing of the types of Support Groups that are active in the KMC. Please call the Information and Referral Specialist at the Family Support Center for more information. 06371-5100/5900 or DSN 4805100. Adoption Support Group Gamblers Anonymous Adult Children of Alcoholics Hearts Apart AA Alcoholics Anonymous Hearing Impaired and Deaf Group AA for Women's Homeward Bound Home School ALONON HUGS Help Us Grow American's In German Schools La Leche League ASACS Men's Issues Support Group Asthma Support Group MOPS Mothers Of Preschoolers Autism/PDD Support Group Overeaters Anonymous Breaved Support Group Parent Infant Connection CAPS Child & Adolescent Psyc Perinatel Bereavement Support Cancer Support Group Single Parents Support Group

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socialize in one of the casual lounges and visit the gift shops. -The club s Cactus Cafe specializes in Mexican food and the Winter Garden Restaurant features fine food in an elegant dining atmosphere. -The Officers Club at Ramstein, Bldg. 302, offers similar services. -Social hour at the O Club is offered Fridays. -Club members can also enjoy daily dinner specials and Sunday champagne brunch. -All ranks can dine downstairs at Ristorante Vesuvio for good Italian food at a reasonable price. -Fred s Lounge, Bldg. 2113, located across the street from the main enlisted club, serves fast food while providing nightly musical entertainment. -The Sembach All Ranks Club, located at Sembach in Bldg. 220, features the Cafe Americana, which serves specialty sandwiches, unique appetizer, and dinner entree; and the Keller Sports Bar, which serves drinks and snacks. FITNESS -Four sports and fitness centers; two at Ramstein, one at Vogelweh, and one at Sembach. -Each center has a basketball court, racquetball courts, weight lifting rooms equipped with Universal and Nautilus machines, free weights, saunas, lockers, and shower facilities for both men and women. -A full range of intramural and base-level programs are offered, along with numerous self-directed activities and instructional classes, such as aerobics. -The centers also host occasional fun runs and fit-athon competitions. -Bodyworks, which is in the Ramstein Sports Center, has special hours for men s and women s workouts. -The Ramstein Health and Wellness Center is the only center of its kind in USAFE. -Some of its exemplary programs include Microfit Fitness Evaluations, massage therapy and reflexology, aerobics certification workshops and family fitness events. GOLF -Ramstein s 18-hole, par 70 golf course is more than 6,000 yards long and is open to military members, retirees, family members, and authorized guests. -Avid golfers can join the Woodlawn Men s or Women s Golf Association and the course has fulltime golf professionals who give lessons to adults and children. -The facility features a driving range, chipping area, and practice putting green.

-The rental equipment includes clubs, electric carts, and pull carts. -The pro shop has brand name golf accessories and equipment. -A snack bar and The Woodlawn Steakhouse is open for evening dining. ITT -Destinations Unlimited has three locations that provide full service operation to meet your travel needs while in Germany. -The Ramstein office is in Bldg. 315, the Vogelweh office is in Bldg. 2059, and the Sembach office is in Bldg. 201. -Arranges bus tours, flight arrangements, hotel, train, ferry, cruise, and car rentals, offer theater tickets to many European performances, including London musicals. LIBRARY -The Ramstein Library, Bldg. 409, is the largest American library in Europe and serves as the command library and reference and inter-library loan center for USAFE. -Numerous periodicals, journals, microforms, CD ROM, CDs, audio and video cassettes and newspaper indexes are available. -The Vogelweh Library, Bldg. 2059, and the Sembach Library, Bldg. 109, also house a large collection of books, periodicals, CD ROM, audio and video cassettes, and CDs. COMMUNITY ACTIVITY CENTER -Ramstein s Community Activities Center, Bldg. 412, -Features a television room, billiards, table tennis, and darts. -Classes such as Jazzercise, dog obedience, dancing, martial arts, and Lamaze are also offered. -The center also features the Pizza Gallerie and Cafe Jardin, which serves cappuccino, soups, and desserts; and the Heroes Sports and Entertainment Pub featuring specialty programs such as trivia and karaoke. -Every Monday is Family Night with entertainment for the kids. ROLLER RINK -Skate Express offers open skating for all ages. -It has a snack bar, video games, and equipment sales and rental. -Skating instructions and private lessons are available upon request. -The pro shop features all the latest skating and skateboard equipment plus skate apparel. ROD AND GUN CLUB

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-The club is host to international shoots, local tournaments and organized monthly activities. -Sporting goods can be purchases in the club s store that has an inventory exceeding $300,000. -Hunting and fishing classes and license applications are also available. -The club s restaurant and lounge also offer a relaxed atmosphere and some unique entree. OUTDOOR RECREATION -Ramstein s Outdoor Recreation Center, Bldg. 2117 -Supply camping, picnic and backpacking equipment, downhill and cross country skis, auto carrying devices, and various winter items throughout the year. -Garden plots at Ramstein are also available. -Annual events include the Rec Trek Fest, a sanctioned Volksmarch, water sports, skiing, bicycling, hang gliding and wind surfing programs are also available. -The center provides a ski service for waxing and edging, binding and mounting, as well as mountain and road bicycle repairs and adjustments. HIKING (VOLKSMARCH) -The Association of German Alpine Hiking and Walking Clubs have around 650,000 members. - Non-members are also welcome to participate in hikes and walks for the public which are organized by the clubs.

SUNDAY SCHOOLS - Ages 3 through Adult Beginning Sept. 20th-May 30th -General Protestant -Lutheran -Military Singles OTHER ACTIVITES -Family Night -Free Soup Supper -Challenger (High School Discipleship) -Growing Kids God's Way -Foundations in Faith (Adult class for a strong foundation) -Stepping Out (Adult class on Lordship)

Drug and Alcohol

Please view the Support Group Area in this section.

Legal Assistance

LEGAL ASSISTANCE -The Ramstein legal office staff provides free legal assistance to servicemembers, Department of Defense civilian employees, and family members. -Located in Bldg. 2137, the staff is comprised of lawyers qualified to provide advice and assistance on matters within the general scope of the law. - Attorneys provide assistance on matters which range from marriage and divorce, to claims and contracts, and personal financial problems and wills. SERVICE -Walk-in legal assistance is available from 0800 to 0930 weekdays. -Notary service and powers of attorney service are provided on a walk-in basis, 0800 to 1500, Monday to Friday. -Claims are handled on both a walk-in and appointment basis, 0800 to 1600, Monday and Wednesday,. -Those who have claims for 10 or more items can make an appointment by calling 480-2245.

Chapel Services and Programs

The following services are offered at KMC Chapel Installations. If you are in search of other services please refer to the section Local Community Religious Activities. Adventist (Seventh Day) Apostolic Catholic Catholic Spanish Mass Christian (Non-Denominational) Church of God Episcopal Rite Full Gospel Baptist Gospel (Protestant) Islamic Jewish Korean Full Gospel Korean Methodist Lutheran Lutheran Rite National Baptist Orthodox Protestant Protestant (Sunday Morning Alive) Protestant (Evangelical) STUDENT MINISTRIES -MIDDLE SCHOOL: VISION -HIGH SCHOOL: DESTINY -A.W.A.N.A. (APPROVED WORKMEN ARE NOT ASHAMED) (Ages 3-8th grade)

Child And Teen Services

Child and Teen Services Overview

PROGRAM OFFERED YES/NO Full Day YES Part Day - Preschool YES Part Day - School Age YES Hourly Care When Space is Available Special Needs Care YES CARE TYPE Infant YES YES/NO

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Toddler YES Pre-School YES School-Age YES -The Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC) is the largest overseas military community in the world and offers a wide variety of child and youth programs. -All children enrolled must have current immunization and emergency contact cards on file at the appropriate center. -Healthy snacks and meals are provided at each facility. -Air Force members in the rank of E-5 and below are eligible to participate in the Child Care for PCS'ers program. -The Air Force Aid Society will pay for 20 hours of child care which must be used within 30 days of your arrival to or 30 days prior to your departure from Ramstein Air Base. All care is provided through the Family Child Care Program. -Eligible Air Force personnel can pick up a Relocation Child Care Voucher at the Family Support Center's Relocation Assistance Program, Bldg 2120, Room 101. -Ramstein, Vogelweh, and Sembach's Youth Activities Programs are the largest in USAFE and provide a home-away-from-home for children 5 to 19. -All three centers provide before-and-after-school programs, summer camps, field trips, dances and carnivals. -In addition, there are daily scheduled programs and events. -Members can participate in classes such as ballet, piano, gymnastics, modeling, art, swimming and martial arts. -Organized sports programs such as flag football, spring and fall soccer, T-ball, baseball, softball, basketball, wrestling and cheerleading are also available. -Special programs have been developed exclusively for teens. -The Teaching Responsible Adolescents in Leadership (T.R.A.I.L.) program, co-sponsored by outdoor recreation, introduces teens to challenging outdoor activities and helps to increase their sense of personal confidence while promoting fitness.

-Support group for new parents with babies under one year of age. -Meets twice each month to discuss issues relevant to new parents and provides an opportunity to meet other new parents with similar needs and interests. -Publishes a monthly newsletter with helpful information on child-rearing FIRST TIME PARENTS PROGRAM -Helps first time parents adjust to having a newborn. -Professional nurses provide home visits, telephone consultations, and office visits to give you support, parenting education, infant developmental assessments and referral services that will assist you in your baby's first year. BABY 101 -This Air Force Aid Society sponsored class is targeted towards expectant parents. -Topics covered will include nutrition and exercise, health issues, what to expect, and parenting skills. -Segment on budgeting issues, savings and investments for baby. -Last hour focuses on specific stressors related to single parenting.

Child Care Programs - on Installation

Child care rates are based on the following tiers: Annual Income is determined by: Sponsor's Base Pay + BAS + BAH + Spouse's Income $0-$23k $23-$34 $34-$44 $44-$55 $55-UP Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4 Category 5 $49 per child per week $59 $70 $80 $92

-Drop in care, when available, is $2.50 per hour. Child Development Center - Ramstein Bldg 862 480-9276/9277 Hours: Monday - Friday 0630 to 1800 Child Development Center - Vogelweh Bldg 1029 489-7632/6362 Hours: Monday - Friday 0630 to 1800 Child Development Center - Sembach Annex Bldg 83 496-7002 Hours: Monday - Friday 0630 to 1800 School Age Care Program - Sembach Annex Bldg 84 496-7610 Hours: Monday - Friday 0630 to 1800

New Parent Program

PARENT INFANT CONNECTION

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Ages: Kindergarten - Grade 6 School Age Care Program - Ramstein Bldg 428 480-7139 Hours: Monday - Friday 0630 to 1800 Enrichment Program - Ramstein Bldg 862 480-9276 Hours: Monday - Friday 0800 to 1030, 1100 to 1330 and 1400 to 1630 School Age Care Program - Vogelweh Bldg 2785 489-6028 Hours: Monday - Friday 0630 to 0800 and 1400 to 1800 Family Home Day Care Bldg 408 Ramstein 480-5761 The Family Home Day Care Office provides training and certification to home day care providers. They also maintain current listings of certified providers.

-Examples of activities planned are shopping trips, several trips to amusement parks and water parks, lock-in, movie nights, etc. -In addition to Services activities, you will also find clubs such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America. You may also want to join one of the many volksmarching clubs.

Things To Do - Recreation and Sports

-The 86th Services Squadron offers many different recreation and sports activities through their centers located on Ramstein, Vogelweh and Sembach. -The Youth Programs offer sports such as basketball, softball, baseball, soccer and volleyball. You may also participate in martial arts and bowling leagues. -Classes are also offered in ballet, dance, gymnastics, tap, piano, roller skating and tennis. -Contact the local Youth Center for monthly programs.

Schools

For more information on this subject: DoDDS Kaiserslautern Germany http://204.218.80.15/dso/index.shtml -Reference the Education Section

Child Care Programs - Community

LITTLE FRIENDS LEARNING CENTER 1 Langenacker Kottweiler-Schwanden, GE 66879 Phone: 06371-71295 -A learning preschool with before and after school day care and full-time Montessori. PINK TOWER MONTESSORI SCHOOL 24 Hauptstrasse Landstuhl, GE 66849 06371-15651 -A Montessori preschool and kindergarten that provides a structured learning environment for children ages 3 to 6. Before and after school day care is offered for children attending the preschool/kindergarten programs. C & K MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL Ziegelhutte #2 Ramstein-Miesenbach, GE 66877 06371-15127 -A Montessori Preschool serving children ages 2 years 9 months through kindergarten. A before and after school day care program is available for students enrolled in the preschool.

School Age Care

-Reference Child Care Programs - On Installation and Community

Religious Programs

-Reference Religious Activities

Special Events

-There are a variety of activities that are offered monthly on the installation. -The Community Centers offer Family Nights, Beanie Babies Bingo, and special events monthly, such as Dalmatian Celebration, Dinosaur Daze and holiday parties. -You will also find many events off base during the local festivals, Christmas markets and parades.

Sponsorship and Support

Kids in Touch With Kids Youth Sponsorship Program 86 SVS/SVYY Unit 3240, Box 535 APO AE 09094 Telephone: 480-6007/6444 Applications for this program are included in your sponsor package.

Things To Do - Clubs and Social

-The 86th Services Squadron offers a range of activities for youth and teens. They publish a monthly publication called "Spotlights" that highlights the current programs for that month.

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Youth Employment

-If your teenager wants to work, they will find many opportunities with NAF (age 16 and older), AAFES (some 15 year olds in food service), and the Air Force summer hire program. Non-Appropriated Funds Employment Human Resource Office Bldg 2118, Room 112 Ramstein AB, GE Telephone: 480-2672 Non-Appropriated Funds Positions Sembach Human Resource Office Bldg 201 Sembach Annex Telephone: 496-7186 AAFES Human Resource Office Vogelweh Food Mall, 2nd Floor Telephone: 0631-58008 Commissary Bagger Positions Ramstein Commissary Ramstein AB, GE Telephone: 480-6195 -Currently the waiting list for baggers is 12 to 18 months. Students work 1600-1830, Monday to Friday, 0900 to 1500 on Saturday and Sunday. Baggers are age 14 and over. -Cart Shaggers, age 12 to 15, waiting list is 3 years, same hours as baggers and they are paid $5.00 per hour by the baggers.

-Hours: Wed-Thurs 1730-2030, Fri 1730-2300 and Sat 1500-2300 Sembach Youth Center Bldg 66 Sembach AB, GE Telephone: 496-7687 Vogelweh Youth Center Bldg 1057 Vogelweh, GE Telephone: 489-6397 -Open recreation and teen programs offered. Ballet, dance, gymnastics, jazz, tap, Tae Kwon Do and Piano classes are available.

For Teens Only

-Moving to Germany will give you a chance to learn and experience things that most American teens don't have an opportunity to enjoy. You will be exposed to new countries, cultures and people. -Take advantage of all the unique travel opportunities that Europe has to offer. -Ski the Alps, visit an outdoor caf in Paris, or tour the many castles in Germany. -The Teen Centers throughout the KMC offer many special events just for teens. You might want to take part in one of the many tournaments offered, such as the 8-Ball Pool Tournament or Spades Tournament. -If tournaments aren't for you, you might be interested in the Thursday Movie Nights or the Saturday House Party Nights. Whatever your interest, the Teen Centers have a variety of programs developed especially for teens. -Contact the local Youth Center for further information.

Youth Centers

-Consult 86th Services Spotlight publication for current information on what activities the area youth centers are conducting. -The Spotlight is provided in your sponsor package and at various locations around the base and is sent to all officer and NCO club members. Ramstein Youth Center Bldg 428 Ramstein AB, GE 09094 Telephone: 480-6444 -Open recreation: 1500-1700 Monday thru Friday -Other activities include Ballet, Gymnastics, Jazz, Tap, and Karate. Ramstein Teen Center Bldg 315 Ramstein AB, GE 09094 Telephone: 480-2572

Survival Tips For First Termers

Survival Tips for First Termers Overview

Moving to an overseas location can be stressful and very intimidating. Remember that this is only a temporary transition and within a few months you will be settled in and looking forward to the challenges of your new assignment. Stay calm, ask questions, and take full advantage of all of the programs and services available to you at both your old and new locations. IMPORTANT - If you get married before you PCS, or in route, you MUST inform your losing unit commander and follow the procedures you are given EXACTLY.

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- The military WILL NOT PAY for travel and housing of your spouse if you do not follow proper procedures. SPONSORSHIP - Take full advantage of the services of a sponsor. This is very important, especially during an overseas move. - Have your sponsor meet you at the Airport when you arrive. - If you are within 60 days of departing and have not been assigned a sponsor, contact your local Military Personnel Flight (MPF) and request they send a message to the gaining MPF or unit. - If this fails contact your new unit's First Sergeant directly and ask that you be given a sponsor. - If you are within 30 days of departing and still do not have a sponsor, contact your Relocation Assistance Manager at your local Family Support Center for assistance. - REMEMBER: A good sponsor can save you a great deal of heartache and is worth his/her weight in gold.

you update your resume and/or SF 171, Application for Federal Employment. The Career Focus Manager may also conduct classes in job search procedures and interviewing skills. - Review your budget, moving to an overseas location and getting settled can be expensive. Be prepared before you arrive to be faced with unexpected expenses. Your Family Support Center's Personal Financial Manager can assist you with developing a budget.

After You Arrive

- Report to your unit Commander s Support Staff (CSS)as soon as possible. - CSS personnel will instruct you to handcarry your personnel records to the Military Personnel Flight (MPF) where you will be scheduled to attend the next Base Newcomer's Orientation (INTRO). Spouses are encouraged to attend. - Check with TMO on the expected delivery date for your HHG and POV. - If necessary, make appointment for drivers testing. - Visit the Ramstein Family Support Center's Relocation Assistance Office. Services include: loan locker, maps, information booklets, German language classes, Community Connection Program, and individual newcomer orientation counseling (as required) - Family members seeking employment should also visit the FSC s Career Focus Program to obtain information on classes in self-assessment, resume writing, interviewing skills, as well as local job market orientations. - The FSC also has a resource center with computers and a library of materials for customers. - Spouses can make appointments to meet one-on-one with our staff for personal assistance related to job hunting. - The FSC is in Bldg 2120 and can be Contacted at 480-5100/5900.

Before You Move

THINGS TO DO - If you plan to drive in Germany, make sure you arrive with a valid Stateside Driver's License. Under recent changes to the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), if you arrive without a valid stateside license you may be required to attend German driver's training at your own expense. This could cost as much as $1500. - You should receive a copy of the drivers manual in your sponsor package. Study prior to your arrival so you will be ready to take your driver's test. - With a stateside license a road test is not required, however, you will have to attend a local orientation class and take a written test. - Your sponsor can make your testing appointment in advance. FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER - Contact the Family Support Center (FSC) at your current base. They will have a Base Brochure on Ramstein, SITES information, and possibly a base video. - Take advantage of any pre-departure briefings or classes they may offer. - Many bases provide workshops to help you plan your move and get your finances in order. Some also provide cultural adaptation information on your new location. - If your spouse plans to seek employment - The Career Focus Manager at your local FSC will help

Reporting Procedures

For information on reporting procedures please refer to PCS REPORTING PROCEDURES in the RELOCATION SERVICES section.

Travel Planning

- It is strongly recommended that your sponsor meet you at the airport. - Concurrent travel to Ramstein Germany is authorized. That means family members are allowed to travel with the member. - Make sure that if you get married just before you depart, you contact your loosing commander to

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ensure your family will be able to travel at government expense. - Make billeting arrangements as soon as you know when you will be arriving. Your sponsor can make the reservations or you may contact billeting yourself. - Remember that billeting does not accept pets. Many German hotels allow well behaved pets in your room. But in order to be reimbursed for staying in a hotel you must obtain non-availability from billeting. - If necessary, your sponsor may have to make arrangements for your pet(s) at one of the off base kennels. Names and addresses of several local kennels appear in the Relocation Services Section under PET BOARDING/KENNELS. - Getting around the base and the local area is not easy without transportation. There is a base shuttle bus and schedules are readily available. - If you are shipping a vehicle ship it as early as possible. If you are planning to purchase one on arrival, ask your sponsor to keep an eye out for a good buy. Getting your license and some transportation should be one of your first priorities. - Keep all of your receipts while in transit. You may need them to substantiate a claim or use as a deduction. CONTACT - Ramstein Lodging 4920

- 86 CES/Housing Office - Bldg 1001 Vogelweh 489-6672/6671/7311 - Dormitory Reception Center (DRC) - Dorm 2413 Room 175 480-3676 - Central Reservations 489-4920

- Billeting - Ramstein Inn North, Bldg 305, 480-6652 - Ramstein Inn South, Bldg 2408, 480-5529 - Ramstein Inn Prime Knight, Bldg 541, 480-6080 - Ramstein Inn Landstuhl, Bldg 3752, 486-8342 - Ramstein Inn Vogelweh, Bldg 1002, 489-7641 - Ramstein Inn Sembach, Bldg 489-7641

- Additional housing information can be found under the HOUSING Category in this booklet. - Information on billeting can be found under BILLETING in the Relocation Services Section.

Money Matters

Moving is always more expensive than we anticipate. In addition to the new allowances that you may be receiving while here, you may also incur some new expenses. The better prepared you are prior to the move, the less of an impact the move will have on you and your finances. Here are a few things to consider: - Having to initially stock, or re-stock, a household with food and cleaning supplies can cost quite a bit. - Because of the difference in current, purchasing 220v household items, or purchasing transformers to use with existing 110v items, can also be expensive. - Although you won t have to replace your lamps, you will have to purchase 220v bulbs and plug adapters. - Maintaining a vehicle can also be costly if you are not able to work on it yourself. Labor and parts on the German economy can be expensive. - Start getting your finances in order prior to departing your current duty location. - If you need assistance contact the Personal Financial Management Program (PFMP) at your current Family Support/Service Center. - The Ramstein Personal Financial Manager located in the Family Support Center, Bldg 2120. 4805100/5900

Central Reservations

480-

Vehicle Ownership

- RECOMMENDATION: Don't ship a junker. It will be expensive to replace parts and it probably won't pass inspection. - For detailed information on shipping your vehicle and driving in Germany, refer to POV IN-BOUND SHIPMENTS in the RELOCATION SERVICES section.

Housing and Billeting

- Single or unaccompanied military members in grades E-1 through E-4 ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TEMPORARY LODGING ALLOWANCE. - When the sponsor meets the unaccompanied member at the airport, the first stop on base should be the Dormitory Reception Center to be assigned a room. - If individual arrives on weekend, holiday or down day, sponsor can stop by DRC one day prior to get keys to a hospitality room until the member is able to contact DRC. - Telephone Numbers:

For additional information on finances, review the Financial Preparedness section of this booklet under

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Relocation Services and Must Know Items under

Installation.

At A Glance

Facility/Services Summary

--Officer and Enlisted Population-0 Active Duty Warrant Officer 0 Guard Reserve Warrant Officer 0 Foreign Service Officers 0 Guard Reserve Enlisted 0 --Civilians-Civil Service 0 Wage Grade Non-Appropriated Funds 0 Family Members -on and off Installation--Family Services-Family Centers 3 Teen Centers 0 Family Child Care Certified Homes Child Day Care 0 Total Child Capacity Total Child Capacity 0 Average Waiting List Time -Months--Other Services-Commissary 3 Exchanges Shoppettes 8 Gas Stations Movie Theaters 5 Banks and Credit Unions McDonalds/Burger King 2 Other i.e. Exchange concessionaires Active Duty Officer Guard Reserve Officer Retired (Officer and Enlisted) Active Duty Enlisted Foreign Service Enlisted 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 80 0

3 4 7 10

Housing Summary

Senior Officer Waiting Senior Officer 4 Bed Room Company Grade Officer Waiting Company Grade Officer 3 Bed Room Company Grade Officer Other Senior Enlisted Waiting Senior Enlisted 4 Bed Room Enlisted Waiting Enlisted 3 Bed Room BEQ --Officer Housing-6 Senior Officer 3 Bed Room 124 Senior Officer Other 6 Company Grade Officer 2 Bed Room 75 Company Grade Officer 4 Bed Room 3 BOQ --Enlisted Housing-4 Senior Enlisted 3 Bed Room 205 Senior Enlisted Other 3 Enlisted 2 Bed Room 977 Enlisted Other 0 Transient Lodging Facilities 91 3 135 37 268 617 16 2640 0 2

Education Summary

Name Elementary School Jr High/Middle School High School Numbers 6 4 2

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Local Community Summary

Type of Housing Apartment Rent House Rent House Price - Single Family Townhouse/Condominium Price Avg. 1000 1500 Low 800 1000 High 2000 2800

Medical and Dental Summary

Medical Treatment Facilities Alcohol Cardiology Dietary Family Practice HIV Unit Infect Disease Mental Health Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y --Medical Facilities-Number of Beds 0 Allergy Y Coronary care Y Emergency Y room General surgery Y Hematology Y Intensive Care Y Y Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Neurology Y Oncology Y Orthopedics Y Pediatrics Y Primary Care Y Urology Y --Dental Facilities-Adolescent Y Oral Surgery Y Periodontics Y Medical Clinic Audiology Dermatology Endocrinology Gynecology Immunization Laboratory Nuclear Medicine 1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y

Nephrology Obstetrics Optometry Pathology Podiatry Rheumatology Dental Clinics General Dentistry Pedodontist

Y Y Y Y Y Y 2 Y Y

Neurosurgery Opthamology Otolarygnology Physical Therapy Radiology

Y Y Y Y Y

Endodontics Orthodontics

Y Y

Relocation and Support Services Summary

--Military Clubs-1 Non-Commissioned Officers Club 1 --Recreation-Arts and Crafts 2 Automobile Hobby Centers Bowling Centers 3 Recreational Centers Libraries 3 Music and Theater Locations --Physical Fitness/Sports-9 Hole Golf Courses 0 18 Hole Golf Courses Gyms/Physical Fitness Centers 2 Jogging Paths Tennis Clubs/Courts 16 Tennis Courts - Lighted Swimming Pools - Public 0 --Nature/Outdoor Activities-Outdoor Recreation Centers 2 Campgrounds Fishing Areas 0 Horse Stables Officers Club Enlisted Club 0

4 4 5 4 3 2

1 0

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