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Installation Overview --Ramstein Air Base, Germany

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Installation Overview --Ramstein Air Base, Germany

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron render salutes to Ramstein's last C-130E Hercules while it taxies down the flight line for departure

Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; Photo credit: Airman 1st Class Caleb Pierce

"K-Town", as some call it, is known for being the largest American community in Europe. Over 53,000 Americans share this community with individuals from over 70 nations. The city's historical past has been preserved even though it has grown to become one of the largest industrial and marketing cities in Germany. 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.

Ramstein serves as headquarters for U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) and for NATO’s Component Command Air Force. It is also home to three very busy Air Force Wings: the 86th Airlift Wing, which is currently tasked with flying airlift, airdrop and aeromedical evacuation operations downrange; the 435th Air Base Wing, which provides rapid mobility and agile combat support for military operations, and maintains expeditionary forces; and the 38th Combat Support Wing, which handles everything from postal services to security for some 28 geographically separated units around Europe. Countless smaller units and organizations operate at Ramstein, including the 721st Air Mobility Group, which provides air transport for aeromedical missions.

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