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The Luftwaffe had converted a section of the local autobahn into an airstrip at the beginning of World War II. When it opened in 1952, the base served as the home for the 86th Fighter-Bomber Wing and its fleet of F-84F Thunderstreaks.For a while Ramstein was headquarters of the Seventeenth Air Force, but that headquarters moved to nearby Sembach Air Base in 1972 to make room for United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) Headquarters, which moved to Ramstein AB from Lindsay Air Station, Wiesbaden.

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It also has air conditioning, dining and shopping facilities, a children's play area and a TV lounge.As the airlift hub it operates a gigantic passenger terminal to rival the ones at commercial airports.And it soon is to be the home of a huge shopping/community center, right across the street from the new passenger center.Ramstein, the largest US Air Force base in Germany, is not only the headquarters of the United States Air Forces Europe, but also the central airlift hub for the European Theater and a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) installation.As the headquarters it exercises day-to-day command and control over all USAFE units from Great Britain to Turkey.You'll find a wide variety of unique gifts and European souvenirs throughout the mall.

The stadium seating in the new 4 PLEX Theater will be just like you find back home, offering movies throughout the afternoon and evening.

The base, located in the federal state of Rheinland-Pfalz, opened in 1952 following construction under the provisions of a reciprocal agreement with France, which was then the occupying authority in this part of Germany.

Rheinland-Pfalz, in the southwest corner of Germany, is the country's main wine growing region and also the location of its largest unbroken stretch of forest, the Pfalzerwald.

The Exchange Express stores are scattered throughout the KMC.

You'll find them on the south side of Ramstein and at Kleber, Kapaun, Landstuhl, Pulaski and Sembach. AFN Kaiserslautern, presenting a great variety of TV and radio programming, is the local station of the American Forces Network, Europe.

The school is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and each graduate earns 10 semester hours of college credit through the Community College of the Air Force. Kisling, who had a distinguished career as an Air Force NCO and rose to become Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force.