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Location: Spangdahlem Air Base (AB), Germany, home of the present-day 52d Fighter Wing FW), has been a steadfast military presence in the Eifel Mountain region of Germany for over four decades. The country boasts a great cultural diversity, charming towns and attractive landscapes. Spangdahlem Air Base is located in the federal state of Rheinland-Pfalz, about 20 miles northeast of the city of Trier in the southwest section of Germany along the borders of Belgium, Luxembourg and France. This region is known as the EIFEL. Check out all the great information under the Newcomers Link on our Spangdahlem AB homepage.

Cost of Living: Germany is a high cost of living area. The costs of off-base housing and utilities are high, but normally your housing allowance covers your housing expenses. Full coverage automobile insurance can be very expensive.

Base Operator:  011-49-6565-61-1110, or DSN 314-452-1110 314-452-1110

Population: (Includes Spangdahlem, GSUs, Tenant Units, FOA Dets)

  • Military: 3987 (As of 15 May 15)
  • Local Nationals: 631
  • US Civilians APF: 199
  • Dependents: 5207 (As of 15 May 15)
  • Total Population: 10,024

Area Population: Eifel Region: 900,00; Trier: 100,000

Base Transportation:  The 52 FSS Lodging shuttle service from Spangdahlem to Ramstein, Frankfurt and other airports is available.  You can find up-to-date shuttle-bus information at the Eifel Inn or online. There is a contract taxi service located on base and can be utilized for a fee.

Child Development Centers: Due to the lack of off-base child care facilities, it is highly recommended that you think about taking action on child care issues before your move to Spangdahlem. We encourage you contact the Child Development or School Age Program as soon as you know you have orders so your children can be placed on the appropriate waiting list as soon as possible. Eifel Child Development Centers (CDC) offer care for children from age six weeks to five years. Programs include: Hourly Care, Full-Time Care and Part-Day Enrichment Program. CDC available:

  • The Spangdahlem facility is located in Bldg 443 provides full-day care for children 1 year to 5 years of age. Child Development Center Annex Building 457 cares for children from 6 weeks to 2 years of age. as well as a Part Day Enrichment Program.
  • Family Child Care (FCC) approved homes are also available for full-time, part-time, weekend, drop-in, swing-shift and before and after school care.

Schools: Department of Defense Education Agency- All schools are located on Spangdahlem Air Base. With grades K-5 at the Spangdahlem Elementary School, grades 6-8 at the Spangdahlem Middle School and grades 9-12 at Spangdahlem High School. Currently, a new middle/high school is being built on the installation and is expected to be completed by Spring 2019. 

For standardized test scores for all Spangdahlem/Bitburg schools, visit the DoDEA Data Center.

Housing: In an effort to improve quality of life for all Spangdahlem AB military members and their families, you now have the choice to live in government housing or on the economy. Spangdahlem on-base housing is a mix of townhomes and stairwell units. For housing information, call the Housing Office at 011-49-6565-61-7133, DSN 314-452-7133 314-452-7133 or visit the Air Force Housing website.

Employment:  The major employers on base are Civil Service, Non-Appropriated Funds (NAF), Defense Commissary Agency (DECA), Department of Defense Dependent Schools(DoDDS) and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES). Visit the Human Resources office website.

Base Services:    

Medical Services:  Active duty service members and their command-sponsored dependents will be enrolled into TRICARE Prime Europe during base Newcomer's Orientation.

The Spangdahlem Medical Clinic, with a new facility opened in 2012, provides primary medical and dental care, internal medicine, flight medicine, and life skills support.

Medical services are available to civilian and contractor employees for a fee. Retirees, civilians, contractors, and their family members can be seen at the 52nd medical and dental clinics on a space available basis only, which is extremely limited. If your family is currently enrolled in the family member dental plan, do not disenroll before leaving your current location; keeping your enrollment active will allow dental coverage to be immediate upon arrival at Spangdahlem.

Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) ensures Service members, their eligible family members and overseas citizens have the tools and resources to register to vote and request an absentee ballot, regardless of their state of residence. The Voting Assistance Guide (VAG) is a reference guide for everything you need to know about absentee voting in all 50 States, territories and the District of Columbia.

Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) The Voting Assistance Guide is available at: Select your state to find your local election office’s contact information.

Voting forms are available at:

Special Installation Messages:

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110 (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

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