Military Installation Overview --Ramstein Air Base, Germany

Ramstein Air Base, Germany is headquarters to USAFE, a major command of the U.S. Air Force. It is also the air component of the U.S. European Command, a Department of Defense unified command and the U.S. component of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Equipment assets include about 220 fighter, attack, tanker and transport aircraft, and a full complement of conventional weapons. As the air component for U.S. European Command EUCOM, USAFE directs air operations in a theater spanning three continents, covering more than eight million square miles.  

Ramstein Base Mission

  • Deploy Expeditionary Airfields on Demand
  • Integrate Airpower into the Joint Fight
  • Provide Joint, Multi-Theater Operational Support and Sustainment
  • Deliver Premier Expeditionary Training • Build Partnership Capacity

The Ramstein mission is to provide "swift and sure" expeditionary combat support while assuring superior services and the finest quality of life for the entire Kaiserslautern Military Community and transiting forces.

Motto - “First to the Fight, Lethal and Light!”

Official website of Ramstein AB

Base Information

Kaiserslautern Military Community Center

Ramstein AB is located in Germany, in the Rheinland Pfalz region near Ramstein Village. Germany is a member of the European Union, situated right in the heart of Europe. 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.

The 435th Air Base Wing Commander is the acting Installation Commander and as the Deputy Community Commander for the Kaiserslautern Military Community.

Whether you fly to Germany on an AMC flight or commercial airline determines your arrival terminal at Frankfurt. Military-chartered or AMC flights arrive at Ramstein AB or Spangdahlem AB, while commercial flights arrive at Frankfurt International Airport.


Transportation from the airport to Ramstein should be coordinated prior to your arrival. Please ensure that your sponsor and your unit are aware of your travel arrangements. Changes to your travel may have a negative impact on your billeting/hotel reservation.

Contact Ramstein AB

On Ramstein, dial "0" 
Calling from Germany
Comm. 06371-47-1110
DSN: 480-1110 
Calling from CONUS: 
Comm. 011-49-6371-47-1110
DSN: 314-480-1110
For emergencies -- dial 112

Population/Major Units Assigned

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

Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC) is known for being the largest American community in Europe at over 53,000. 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 serves as headquarters for U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) and for NATO’s Component Command Air Force. It is also home to 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. Several smaller units and organizations operate at Ramstein, including the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing, which provides air transport for aeromedical missions.

3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force directs all USAFE-AFAFRICA forces engaged in contingency and wartime operations in the EUCOM and AFRICOM areas of responsibility are also based at Ramstein Air Base

Visiting / Living on Ramstein Air Base

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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. 

The Ramstein Inn operates six lodging facilities and four Temporary Lodging Facilities (TLFs) on four different installations (Ramstein, Vogelweh, Sembach, and Landstuhl).

IMPORTANT: Single or unaccompanied military members in grades E-1 through E-3 and E-4s with less than 3 years service ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TEMPORARY LODGING


There are several locations on which military family housing is located in addition to Ramstein AB. Landstuhl and Vogelweh are all within 15 to 30 minutes of Ramstein AB.

The housing consists of 3 and 4 story multi-unit stairwell buildings and townhouses. All units have 110 and 220 volt electrical outlets, built-in dishwasher, mini-blinds and ceiling fans.

Townhouses have small private yards and an attached garage. You will be responsible for yard maintenance and snow removal whether you decide to live on or off base. Cable television is available at occupant expense (no satellite dishes or external antennas are authorized in base housing).

Waterbeds and outside storage sheds are not permitted. Privately owned outside recreation equipment may be installed inside the back yards of townhouses with prior approval of the Housing Office. Schools and playgrounds are located throughout the housing areas.

Child Care

Several Child Care programs are offered on Ramstein and Vogelweh, as well as several Child Development Centers and Youth Activity Centers around the Kaiserslautern Military Community. Once the family has become "members" of the CDC and/or Youth Center, families can use other centers throughout the U.S. Air Forces in Europe. 

Due to the lack of off-base child care facilities, it is highly recommended you think about taking action on child care issues before PCSing to Ramstein. Both Child Development Centers and School Age Care programs have waiting lists.

There are many organizations on base and in the community for children to get involved with. The Youth Center is the best and most centralized source for them to learn what is available.


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. DoDDS schools are of equal quality and curriculum to stateside schools.

Students residing in a district outside the KMC must attend school in that district.

It is recommended that before you rent quarters on the economy, you check with the housing office to determine if the residence is along an established school bus route. Safe and courteous conduct of dependents riding the school buses is the responsibility of the sponsor.

Medical Care

The 435 Medical Group maintains a clinic on the south side of Ramstein Air Base. Although many specialties are available at Ramstein, all in-patient care is provided at nearby Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC).

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. 

Things to Do in Europe

Sightseeing the European countries is extremely easy using public transportation and within a few hours can be in the following countries:  Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg and France, Switzerland, and Austria,the Czech Republic, and Poland and of course there are many beautiful cities and villages throughout Germany to visit.