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  • Use care when calling: the hidden cost of phone calls

    No one person is responsible for the staggering $80,000 phone bill for Ramstein Air Base each month, but hold the phone: many are contributing to it. At stateside bases, communications squadrons purchase service from a telecommunications company to handle non-DSN off-base calls. Since local non-toll calls are covered under a flat fee, they incur no
  • Hungarian AF leader visits Ramstein

    Third Air Force hosted a delegate of Hungarian Air Force leaders at Ramstein Feb. 5 to 6 and shared C-17 Globemaster interoperability procedures with its European neighbor. During the two-day visit, Lt. Gen. Rod Bishop, 3rd Air Force commander, gave Hungarian Lt. Gen. Lazlo Tombol, Joint Force Command commander, and key members of the Hungarian Air
  • GACO observes fifth anniversary

    The German-American Community Office is celebrating its fifth anniversary Tuesday. The office, located across from the city hall in Kaiserslautern, has established itself as the contact point for all questions pertaining to members of different nations living together. Bilingual assistants, representing the American military community and the City
  • Do I need a German Emissions "Umweltzone" sticker?

    The answer is maybe, but most likely no. Decals are only required if traveling into environmental green zones (inner city zones with high pollution levels). Today, only three cities in Germany (Berlin, Hannover and Koln) require you to have a sticker. The stickers are not required on major highways and autobahns that go through these cities. Unless
  • Rental cars may not have snow tires

    Customers renting a car from a rental agency in winter should make sure the car is equipped with snow tires. Car rental agencies are not obliged to put snow tires on all of their cars. If an accident occurs due to ice and snow, the renter is fully liable. Even if renters get a collision damage waiver, they will be made liable for damages, said
  • Every vote counts

    The election season is in full swing and the 2d Air Postal Squadron is working diligently to ensure every vote in U.S. Air Forces in Europe counts. Squadron personnel monitor 51 postal locations on a daily basis throughout USAFE to make sure absentee ballots and voting material is properly handled and processed expeditiously. In November 2007, the
  • Acting to prevent violence: let’s stop sexual assault

    The U.S Air Forces in Europe Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program is offering several performances by a professional acting company that specializes in teaching people about preventing relationship violence. Deana's Educational Theater from Boston will tour Ramstein, Spangdahlem Air Base, Incirlik Air Base, Izmir Air Station, Lajes Air
  • German smoking ban to go into effect

    In most German states, smoking in restaurants, pubs, discotheques, movie theaters, schools, hospitals and public institutions is prohibited as of Jan. 1. The states of Baden-Wuerrtemberg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen and Hessen implemented the non-smokers protection law last year already. Here in Rheinland-Pfalz and in the state of
  • Teleport certification advances communications effectiveness

    It's no secret that having the ability to communicate is an essential element to accomplish day-to-day operations at home. Anytime and anywhere members of the 1st Combat Communications Squadron are tasked to deploy, they play a key role in the mission's success by employing a variety of robust communication capabilities to enable daily operations
  • Sergeant Wells receives Bronze Star

    Col. Earl Matthews, 435th Air Base Wing commander, awarded Staff Sgt. Jayson Wells, team leader of the 332nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight, Balad Air Base, Iraq, the Bronze Star medal Jan. 24 for meritorious conduct from Jan. 9 to June 25, 2007, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sergeant Wells was deployed from the 435th Civil Engineer Squadron.