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.
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)
Site history
Built1949 (1949)–1953
In use1953–present
Garrison information
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
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.