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: Limited military base shuttle transportation is available on Ramstein. See http://www.ramstein.af.mil/Portals/6/documents/AFD-150826-002.pdf or contact 86 VRS/LGRVO at DSN: 314-480-5961 or Commercial: 011-49-6371-47-5961 for more information
Airman and Family Readiness Center: Please visit the Airman & Family website or call 011-49-6371-47-5100 or DSN 314-480-5100.
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.
- 86 Force Support Squadron: Recreation at Ramstein includes: Arts and crafts, Auto hobby center, Bowling, Gym, Recreation Center, Outdoor Recreation, Swimming, Theater.
- Commissaries: 1 on base
- Exchange System
- Financial Institutions on base: Community Bank and Service Federal Credit Union
- 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.