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Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base Overview

Location:  Geilenkirchen is the home of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Airborne Early Warning Force Command's E-3A Component. Please note this is not a USAF installation, this is a NATO base. The base is situated in the village of Teveren, four kilometers west of Geilenkirchen, Germany, the next largest city, and adjacent to The Netherlands border. NATO AB Geilenkirchen is also located 104 miles from Brussels Airport in Brussels, Belgium, and 43 miles from Dusseldorf International Airport.  Either airport can be used as your official Port of Entry, although Dusseldorf is the preferred location due to its proximity to the base.  NATO AB Geilenkirchen is part of the Tri-border Community. This community includes USAG Schinnen, The Netherlands and Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFC), The Netherlands. Each base is small and we normally share services and agencies. Click here for the installation homepage. To view a copy of the Welcome to Geilenkirchen newsletter, click here. Please review the eBrochure Rack for detailed information on Relocation Services.

Cost of Living: Living in Germany is expensive.  Move-in costs are very high as well. Service members might experience a higher cost of living when transitioning to an overseas location. It is strongly recommended that prior to PCSing, service and family members create a financial plan to cover anticipated costs of a move. Most newly arrived personnel find that $3000 will generally cover transitioning and recreational expenses to a new area (factoring the dollar to Euro conversion rates).

Base Operator: 011-49-2451-630, (calling from the United States).

Telephone: International dialing from the U.S. is 011 followed by the German country code 49 and the area code (minus the first zero). Tri-border Phone and Facilities Booklet

Population:  Roughly 600 active-duty USAF and 10 Navy personnel are stationed here. Additionally, US Army members and their families are at nearby JFC Brunssum and USAG Schinnen, in The Netherlands. NATO civilians, DoDDs personnel, a handful of contractors and US Federal service personnel, military retirees, and numerous local nationals make a total of about 3,000 Americans working or living near Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base.

Area Population:  38,093 in the immediate area of Geilenkirchen.

Base Transportation:  There is no on-base transportation available.

Child Care:  The Child & Youth Program on base has 37 full day and 24 School Age Program spaces. The Geilenkirchen Child Development Center (CDC) accepts children from 6 weeks to 5 years old and 5years to 12 years for the School Age Program (SAP). Alternate care can be found at the JFC Child Development Center which is located approximately 10-15 minutes away in Brunssum, The Netherlands, offers care for infants from six weeks up to five years old. Child care programs offered at Geilenkirchen CDC include: Infant, Pre-Toddler, Toddler, Pre-School and School Age, Full-Day, Before/ After School Care, and Hourly Care.

Schools:  All school-aged children attend AFNorth International School in Brunssum, NL, about fifteen minutes from the base. More information about the school can be found online. Click on the "National Sections" link on the left side of the page. Choose the American Offices, then Elementary or Middle/High School links, where you will find information and registration forms.

Youth Services: Youth activities are primarily provided by two programs:  International Youth Activities at Geilenkirchen and the International Youth Services at JFC Brunssum. Call for more information, 011-49-2451-63-4954/4955.

Airman and Family Readiness Center:  A&FRC 011-49-2451-63-3791

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Housing: There are no on-base housing areas at Geilenkirchen. All personnel live throughout the local villages in Germany within a 10-30 minute drive to the base; or in the Netherlands by special permission only. The Housing Referral Office (HRO) will provide advice on local housing, complete housing contracts with clients and landlords (Phone 011-49-2451-63-2224/(DSN) 314-458-6032). For more information review the Local Housing HRO and German Houses Guide and download the Heating Oil Guide.

Employment: Three (3) military installations provide employment opportunities- Geilenkirchen NATO Base (GK), Joint Forces Command (JFC) and US Army Garrison-Schinnen.  Civil Service positions are the most sought after and the hardest to obtain. There are fewer than thirty (30) positions at Geilenkirchen; sixty (60) at US Army Garrison-Schinnen. The Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) may prohibit certain non-European Union member personnel; i.e. military family members, U.S. Military Personnel, etc., from working on the German or Dutch economy. The difference in language is also an additional barrier.

Base Services: 

  • Services Support Squadron activities are shared between the 3 neighboring bases
  • Commissaries: On Geilenkirchen, we have a retail and grocery store run by the NATEX system. You can find more information online. On USAG Schinnen, we have a U.S. commissary; you can find more information on the website.
  • Exchange System: On Geilenkirchen, we offer a small shoppette. On USAG Schinnen, you will find an Exchange and Shoppette.

Medical Services:

Base services include family health, mental health, dental, lab, pharmacy, and x-ray. Patients are seen by appointment only; there is no ‘sick call,' urgent, or emergency care at the U.S. clinic. However, access to care is great and most patients can be seen the same or next day.

Patients requiring evaluation or treatment beyond the capability of the clinic are referred to USAF Hospital, Bitburg; 2nd General Army Hospital, Landstuhl; Atrium Hospital Heerlen, the Netherlands; Atrium Brunssum, the Netherlands; Saint Elizabeth's Hospital, Geilenkirchen Germany; Heinsberg Hospital, Germany; or another local facility. TRICARE Prime covers l00% in Europe. Family members are frequently referred for health care in the local civilian communities to English-speaking providers.

Special Installation Messages: 

  • Geilenkirchen is not a high terrorist threat area, however, you are required to receive Anti-terrorism Level I training prior to departing from a CONUS assignment.
  • Childcare is very limited at Geilenkirchen.
  • There is no quarantine for pets. Pets must have rabies shots and certificates of health 30 days prior to but not more than one year prior to issuance of the health certificate. Importation of certain dogs is strictly prohibited.

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. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

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