Ramstein Air Base

Ramstein Air Base[2] is a United States Air Force base in Rhineland-Palatinate, a state in southwestern Germany. It serves as headquarters for the United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA) and also for NATO Allied Air Command (AIRCOM). Ramstein is located near the town of Ramstein-Miesenbach, which stands outside the base's west gate, in the rural district of Kaiserslautern.

Ramstein Air Base
Part of Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC)
Near Kaiserslautern, Rheinland-Pfalz in Germany
Aerial view of Ramstein showing hangars, warehouses and the passenger terminal alongside the flight-line.
Ramstein
Ramstein
Coordinates49°26.21′N 007°36.02′E
TypeUS Air Force base
Site information
OwnerGerman Federal Government (Bundesregierung)
OperatorUS Air Force
Controlled byUnited States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA)
ConditionOperational
Websiteramstein.af.mil
Site history
Built1949 (1949)–1953
In use1953–present
Garrison information
Current
commander
Brigadier General Joshua M. Olson
Garrison86th Airlift Wing
Occupants See Based units section for full list.
Airfield information
IdentifiersIATA: RMS, ICAO: ETAR
Elevation238 metres (781 ft) AMSL
Runways
Direction Length and surface
08/26 10,497 feet (3,199 m) Asphalt
09/27 9,841 feet (3,000 m) Asphalt
Sources: DoD FLIP[1]

The east gate of Ramstein Air Base is circa 16 kilometres (10 miles) from Kaiserslautern (locally referred to by Americans as "K-Town"). Other nearby civilian communities include Landstuhl, some 5 km (3 mi) from the west gate.