U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Kaiserslautern, Germany

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Overview

Staff Sgt. Mark Lewis, 630th Military Police Company, fires a .50-caliber machine to win the 21st Theater Sustainment Command's NCO of the Year competition at the Grafenwoehr Training Area. Photo courtesy U.S. Army, Photo Credit: Jon Pruett

USAG Kaiserslautern is the largest American military community outside the United States with more than 50,000 US citizens and is expected to become even more important under current transition plans. It is slated to be the logistics hub, and one of just four main operating areas left in USAREUR after the plans are completed.

As such it has, and will continue to have, virtually every facility imaginable. U.S. Army facilities located there include the Rhine Ordnance Barracks, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, 21st Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) and the European Headquarters of the Defense Commissary Agency. The European Stars and Stripes also recently moved there from Darmstadt. The Vogelweh Housing Area, sometimes known as "KMC West," is the center of Army activities in the area. It accommodates more than 10,000 soldiers and their family members with housing, schools, the commissary, dental clinic, a community center, Military Police and several all rank clubs.

The American military is an important industry in the area. There was little reconstruction and a slow economy following World War II. Then, in 1952, the Americans moved in bringing money to the area. Since then the city has been almost totally rebuilt. Kaiserslautern annexed several surrounding villages in 1969 and now its population is approximately 100,000. It prides itself on having one of Germany's major league soccer teams.

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Location/Driving Directions

Kaiserslautern is 80 miles southwest of Frankfurt, Germany and 295 miles northeast of Paris, France.

Getting To and From the Airport

Whether you fly to Germany on a AMC flight or commercial airline determines your arrival terminal at Frankfurt. At Frankfurt International Airport,there are U.S.Army information booths in Terminal 2 an on the second floor of Terminal

1. If you come into the new terminal, Terminal 2, you must take the "Sky Line" tram over to Terminal 1. You will exit the customs area into Hall "B" or "C" of the arrival deck. There is a staffed military information booth in the middle of Hall "B". In Hall "C" there is a United Service Organization (USO) lounge. The USO has coffee, papers, telephones, and personnel to assist new arrivals. The USO phone number: if calling civilian from the United States, call 011-49-6969-1581 or DSN 314-320-3530. If calling civilian from within Germany, call 06969-1581 or DSN in Germany 320-3530.

Direction from Frankfurt IAP and Rhine Main Air Base to Vogelweh

When departing Frankfurt IAP, follow signs for A5 toward Basel or Darmstadt.
Look to signs for A67 get in the center/left lane, and follow A67 (Left Split).
When you pass the town of Lorsch, you will see an exit on the far right for A6 Mannheim, Kaiserslautern, and Saarbrucken-Take This Exit.
Once on Autobahn 6 (A6) in the direction of Saarbruecken . Take the Autobahn exit Kaiserslauter West and follow thesigns to Opel and Waldfischbach on B270. Stay on the main road, drive over the bridges until you get to a redlight. There turn right and drive through the entry gate to Vogelweh.

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Population/Major Units Assigned

Spc. Alejandro Cosme, 5th Quartermaster Company mechanic, braces himself as the HMMWV Egress Assistance Trainer simulates a 180-degree rollover. Photo courtesy U.S. Army, Photo Credit: Christine June

USAG Kaiserslautern is the largest American military community outside the United States with more than 50,000 military members, family members and DoD civilians.

Kaiserslautern is the home of the 21st TSC which is the largest forward-deployed logistical command in the United States Army.

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Main Phone Numbers

The U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Jessup greets Staff Sgt. Jonathan Vinson, the garrison Chaplain's Office NCOIC, at SFC Ken Brown's promotion ceremony. Photo courtesy U. S. Army; Photo by Christine June

Commander 493-4135


Deputy to the Commander 493-4135


CSM 493-4135


Command Secretary Fax 493-4136 493-4135



Public Affairs Officer 493-4213


Staff Writer 493-4072



EO Officer 493-4130



EEO Officer Fax 0631-99035 493-4002


EEO Specialist 493-4277



FMA Officer 493-4030



Safety Officer Fax 493-4191 493-4027


Safety Specialist 493-4040/4025



Staff Chaplain 493-4219


Deputy Staff Chaplain 493-4220


Chaplain NCOIC 493-4229


Chaplain Secretary 493-4098



Director 493-4165


Support Services Assistant 493-4046


Administrative Assistant 493-4262


Mail Room 493-4208



Director Fax 493-4045 493-4061


NCOIC 493-4124


Pass Office 493-4216



Director


483-1560/8194


Admin Office 483-7467/8157


Operations & Maintenance 483-8122


Buildings & Grounds 483-7606


Housing 483-8202


Fire & Emergency Services 483-7442



Director 483-1540


Chief, Property Book Office 483-8364


Central Issuing Facility Chief 483-8675/8672


CIF Supervisory Supply Clerk 483-8672/8675


Chief, Transportation Motor Pool 483-7540


Motor Pool Operations Specialist 483-8107



CPF Chief 483-7333/7336


In/Out Processing Coordinator 483-7333/7336


UCAS Administrator 483-7098/8347



Commander 493-4373


First Sergeant 493-4096



Retirement Services Officer Fax 483-7465 483-7333/7336



Provost Marshal 489-7444


Operations Sergeant 489-7331/7444


Vehicle Registration 489-7542


Traffic 489-6163


Investigations 489-7407


Administration 489-7444/7331


Desk Sergeant 489-6060


Physical Security 489-8503


D.A.R.E. 489-7444/7331


SNAP Coordinator Fax 489-6170 489-7115/7444

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Temporary Lodging

RAMSTEIN INNS- Serving the Kaiserslautern Military Community. Photo courtesy U.S. Army

Arrangements for temporary lodging can be made prior to your arrival at USAG Kaiserslautern by your sponsor at the Ramstein Inns Lodging facilities or hotels on the economy. You can reach Ramstein Inn Central Reservations at 011-49-6371-47-4920, DSN 314-480-4920. Housing in the KMC is scarce, therefore, concurrent travel is discouraged, especially for families requiring large apartments with four or more bedrooms. The projected waiting time for Government Quarters is anywhere from 0-12 months.

The Ramstein Inns consist of five Inns located on four distinct installations supporting the entire KMC. We have two Inns on Ramstein Air Base, Ramstein Inns-Ramstein (formerly Northside, Southside, and Prime Knight) and the Gen Cannon Hotel, plus Inns on Sembach Annex, Landstuhl Post, and Vogelweh Housing Area (Ramstein Inns-Sembach, Landstuhl, and Vogelweh, respectively).

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Housing

Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; by Senior Airman Amber Bressler

Every military member arriving in the KMC must report to the Housing Management Office within two duty days of arrival for an initial brief (USAREUR Regulation 37-4). The Housing Office is located at Vogelweh, Bldg 1001, a Satellite Office is located on Ramstein Air Base, Bldg 2410. DSN: (314) 489-6671/6672 Comm from US: 011-49-631-536-6671/6672 Comm Local 0631-536-6671/6672

If you desire to live in government quarters, submit an advance application through your Housing Office along with your PCS orders. Your name will be placed on the Waiting List effective the day you clear your previous duty station.

Government Housing is offered in three different locations: Vogelweh, Ramstein and Landstuhl. 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 or rolladens and ceiling fans.

Townhouses have small private yards and an attached garage. There is a two pet restriction. Schools and playgrounds are located throughout the housing areas.

All service members are entitled to a 100 percent advance of required up-front rent payments and security deposits. Service members must pay back the advanced rent in 12 monthly payments. They may request to have repayment of the security deposits over $500 suspended until termination of the rental contract. Upon termination, of the contract the member is required to repay the full amount of the security advance.

The Dormitory Reception Center staff assigns and terminates rooms for single unaccompanied E-1-E-4 (under three years of service) personnel. The DRC is located in Bldg 2413, Room 175, Ramstein AB. Telephone - DSN: 480-DORM (3676).

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Child Care

Kleber Child Development Center. Photo courtesy U.S. Army

Child & Youth Services offers three center-based child care programs located at Kleber, Landstuhl, and Miesau; one School Age Services program at Landstuhl and one Middle School/Teen Center. The Youth Sports & Fitness and Instructional Class programs are located on Landstuhl Post. The Child/Youth Liaison Education Outreach Services office on Pulaski Barracks provides a variety of services to include enrollment for Army child care services, resource and referral to other child care options in the community, volunteer services, and a babysitter referrals and training.

New and currently enrolled patrons must complete and update registration annually through the Central Enrollment & Registration Office, Bldg. 2898, Pulaski Barracks. Call DSN 493-4516 / 4122 or CIV 0631-3406-4516 / 4122 for more information.

The USAG-Kaiserslautern Child/Youth Services Division are committed to providing quality child/youth programs and maintaining the highest standards. All of the USAG-Kaiserslautern Child and Youth programs are certified with commendation by the Department of Defense and are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Children in the fifth grade and below require adult supervision. Children in the sixth grade and above may be left alone and may baby-sit siblings if they have ready access to adult supervision. Children in the seventh grade and above may baby-sit siblings if they have ready access to adult supervision. Subordinate commanders may supplement this policy with local guidance.

Full Day is offered and based on total family income. Hourly care is offered 6 weeks to kindergarten at $4.00 per hour. Special needs care is offered. Air Force Child Care fees vary slightly from Army Child Care fees.

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Schools

Kaiserlautern Elementary School. Photo courtesy U.S. Army

There are 11 schools located in the Kaiserslautern Military Community. This is the largest American school system outside the Continental United States, which is operated by the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DODDS). The school and grades are:

Kaiserslautern ES (K-5) 480-7075/7048
Kaiserslautern MS (6-8) 489-7430/7453
Kaiserslautern HS (9-12) 489-7541/8288
Landstuhl E/MS (K-8) 488-6503/6504
Ramstein ES (K-2) 480-3996/2017
Ramstein IS (3-5) 480-6021/6023
Ramstein MS (6-8) 480-7105/7104
Ramstein HS (9-12) 480-6951/6952
Sembach ES (K-3) 496-7003/7429
Sembach MS (4-8) 496-7040/7082
Vogelweh ES 489-6810/6988

All schools are located near government housing areas. The school in which your child/children attend classes depends on where you live. Students who live on base walk to school; all others ride the bus.

Kaiserslautern Middle and Ramstein American Middle School have an inclusive academic and vocational educational program. The core program is supplemented with study skills and exploratory opportunities consisting of computers, industrial technology, art, home economics, intercultural/German, band, keyboarding, and chorus.

Kaiserslautern and Ramstein High School offer a full range of academic, career, vocational and fine arts classes. They also provide extra-curricular programs.

There are several Private schools in the area. You may also choose to enroll your children in German schools.

The KMC Christian Home Educators Group support home education in Germany.

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Medical Care

Army Specialist Jennifer Trenkelbach puts her training to work as an American Red Cross Certified Nurse Assistant by checking vital signs for a patient at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Photo courtesy U.S. Army; Photo Credit: Michelle Barrera

Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) has a total of 8 outlying health clinics, 150 operating beds. LRMC is the largest Healthcare Center in Germany. Not only does this facility provide care for the Kaiserslautern Military Community, but also for Department of Defense families all over Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Personnel assigned in the KMC have the most comprehensive level of US military medical care available in Europe. The KMC is primarily served by Landstuhl. Under TRICARE, there may be occasions when you are referred to a German Health care provider. The German health care system is a quality system with highly trained providers.

The medical center can be found from Kaiserslautern by driving west on Autobahn 6 (A6) to the Autobahn 62 (A62) Pirmasens exit. On A62 go two exits up to the Landstuhl/Atzel exit. You will see a black and white sign stating "U.S. Hospital" get off at this exit and turn left at the stop sign. Follow the signs to gate #3.

Military Sick Call is by appointment only at DSN 314-486-8758/8759, Monday through Friday from 6-7:30 am.

The Family Practice Clinic is located in Wing 1A and is open from 7:30 am until 4 pm. The Family Practice Clinic is open to active duty family members and full pay patients. To book appointments, call the Family Practice Clinic at DSN 314-486-7707. Full pay patients must report to Ward 15b to obtain Form 600. If you are a full pay patient, you must have this form to be seen by clinic staff.