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Fast Facts

Location:  Part of the Kaiserslautern Military Community, Ramstein Air Base serves as headquarters for U.S. Air Forces in Europe and is also a North Atlantic Treaty Organization installation. Ramstein AB is located in Germany, in the Rheinland Pfalz region near Ramstein Village. Germany has nine neighboring countries that are all within driving distance: Denmark to the north, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg and France to the west, Switzerland and Austria to the south, and the Czech Republic and Poland to the east. Ramstein AB homepage.

Cost of Living: Higher than the U.S. average. Car insurance is extremely expensive.

Base Operator:  011-49-671-47-113 or DSN 314-480-1110

Population:  "K-Town", as some call it, is known for being the largest American community in Europe. Over 53,000 Americans share this community with inhabitants from over 70 nations. Ramstein, Kapaun, Sembach, and Vogelweh are predominately Air Force communities, which share their services with the other military members of the KMC. Pulaski Barracks, Kleber, Panzer, Daenner, Miesau, Pirmasens, Rhein Ordnance Barracks and Landstuhl, and the Army's Regional Medical Community, all make up this great community.

Area Population:  Approximately 100,000

Base Transportation:  Military Transportation is provided between Kleber, Vogelweh, and Landstuhl.

Child Development Centers: There are 4 Child Development Centers located on Ramstein AB and Vogelweh AB that offer care for children 6 weeks to 6 years of age. All are NAEYC accredited. Programs include full time care and hourly care. The Resource and Referral Office serves as a one-stop location for all 4 CDCs. Call the office at 314-480-8782 or 011-49-6371-47-8782.

Family Child Care approved homes are available. Call 314-480-1180.

Schools:  School age children attend the Department of Defense Dependent Schools within the Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC). The KMC is the largest school district outside the continental United States, with 20 schools, approximately 7960 students, and a teaching staff of 500. All schools are located near government housing areas. The school your child(ren) attends will depend on where you live, not where you work.

For a complete list of schools in the Kaiserslautern Military Community including links to their Web sites, E-mail addresses, and other contact information, click here.

Standardized test scores for all the Kaiserslautern Military Community Schools are available through the DoDEA Data Center.

Youth Programs: Two Youth Centers throughout the KMC offer many special events just for youth:

  • Ramstein YC, Bldg 428; phone 314-480-6444
  • Vogelweh YC, Bldg 1057; phone 314-489-6504

Airman and Family Readiness Center: Please vist the Airman & Family website or call 011-49-6371-47-5100 or DSN 314-480-5100.

Housing:  There are several locations on which military family housing is located in addition to Ramstein AB. Landstuhl and Vogelweh are within 15 to 30 minutes of Ramstein AB. Construction on the housing units on Ramstein, Vogelweh, Kapaun and Landstuhl is currently underway and is projected to be complete in September 2010. The program is scheduled to demolish 588 units and construct and renovate a total of 888 units. Units will be 2, 3 and 4 bedroom units and all units will have outdoor patios and a fenced-in yard. The housing office for the KMC is located in Building 1001 at Vogelweh; phone 011-49-631-536-6671/6672, DSN 314-489-6671. A satellite office is located in Building 2410 on Ramstein AFB. Visit the Government Housing website for information.

Community housing is an option. Rental properties are plentiful in the Ramstein area though the demand is also high. There are many surrounding villages that provide a very pleasant setting for families. Housing is very adequate and many families choose to live off-base. For information, visit the Community Housing website.

Employment: 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. Visit the Human Resource Office website or Civilian Personnel website for information about employment opportunities on base.

Base Services:  

Medical Services:  The 86th Medical Group maintains a clinic on the south side of Ramstein Air Base. Many specialties such as flight medicine, family practice, pediatrics, some initial obstetrics and gynecology, optometry, radiology services, a pharmacy, immunization and allergy treatment are available at Ramstein. However, all in-patient care is provided at nearby Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC). You and your family should enroll in TRICARE Prime at no cost and be assigned a Primary Care Manager for all of your health care needs. Your Primary Care Manager's (PCM) team will assist you with your appointment needs at any time during clinic operating hours.

Landstuhl Regional Medical Center is about eight miles from Ramstein Air Base and is the only U.S. Medical Center in Europe. It operates eight outpatient clinics - one of which is in Kleber Kaserne in Kaiserslautern. The hospital has a 230-bed capacity. LRMC operates the only U.S. emergency room in the KMC, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Ramstein Central Appointments: 314-479-CARE (2273); Emergency on base: 116; Emergency off base: 112; Landstuhl Regional Medical Center 314-486-7707.

Special Messages: 

  • Most newcomers will spend their first night with the Ramstein billeting and lodging service or in the dorm hospitality rooms. Your sponsor most likely has made arrangements for you. If you would like to check on your reservation, please contact the Ramstein Billeting Office, 011-49-6371-47-4920 or the Ramstein Dorm Reception Center, 011-49-6371-47-3676 or DSN 314-480-3676.
  • Information and Referral has developed a community database full of resources available in the Kaiserslautern Military Community, both on and off military installations. The data base is continuously updated with new resources. Activities and class information are advertised through flyers, the Kaiserslautern American Newspaper, AFN radio and TV, along with the Ramstein Community Calendar. You can also visit the Ramstein homepage for information.

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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