Winter weather awareness
By 86th Airlift Wing public affairs, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published November 29, 2020
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany --
Being informed before the winter weather hits is a good way to be prepared. Knowing where to find information such as road conditions (ROADCON), early release, late reporting and base and school closures can ensure members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community keep themselves out of the elements. Following are frequently asked questions with answers.
How are delayed reporting, base closure and early release instructions decided?
The 86th Airlift Wing commander receives a recommendation from the 86th MSG commander to determine reporting instructions for delayed reporting, early release, or base closure.
How are school closures decided?
The 86th Airlift Wing commander receives a recommendation from the 86th MSG commander to determine reporting instructions for the DoD schools.
Where can I find information on delayed reporting, early release, and base and school closures?
Information regarding changes to operations such as delayed reporting, early release, and base and school closures for Ramstein Air Base and Vogelweh Military Community can be found on the Ramstein Air Base Facebook page, via notifications on Ramstein's USAF Connect App and by tuning into the Armed Forces Network radio show at 105.1 FM.
What should I do if I don’t feel comfortable driving?
Members should stay in contact with their unit leadership or supervisor and are encouraged to make the safe decision based on individual circumstances.
What decides the current ROADCON?
U.S. Security Forces, Military Police and weather field reporters pass information to the 86th MSG commander, who recommends the appropriate road condition (ROADCON) designation. Each installation commander will determine ROADCON based on their specific location. PLEASE NOTE: ROADCONs are installation-specific. This means that conditions can differ between installations in the KMC at the same time. Off-base residents should be aware that their village road conditions could be more dangerous than the ROADCON at their duty location.
What do the different ROADCONS mean?
GREEN: Road conditions are normal.
AMBER: Road conditions are normal to dangerous. Drivers should exercise additional precautions. Most installation operations and services should be open, but changes in weather could lead to late reporting or early release.
RED: Road conditions are hazardous. Government owned vehicle use off base/post is limited to emergency and mission- essential driving. Personally owned vehicle use is discouraged. Late reporting or early release of personnel and closure of services is probable for non-mission essential personnel.
BLACK: Road conditions are hazardous to extremely hazardous. GOV use off base/post is at the discretion of the owning commander. POVs should not be on the road. Installation Commanders will assess need to close the base, release personnel or delay reporting.
This information can also be found on the winter weather tri-fold pamphlet located here.
Where do I find the current ROADCONS?
The current ROADCONS for Ramstein Air Base and Vogelweh Military Complex can be found on the Ramstein Air Base Facebook page, via notifications on Ramstein's USAF Connect App and by tuning into the Armed Forces Network radio show at 105.1 FM.
The ROADCONS for all Army installations in the KMC can be found at: http://www.imcom-europe.army.mil/webs/sites/staff_org/safety/road_conditions/default.aspx