Includes the USAG Kaiserslautern; Rhine Ordnance Barracks; 21st Theater Support Command (TSC); Kapaun Air Station; Panzer, Daenner and Kleber Kasernes; Miesau; Pirmasens; Einsiedlerhof
The Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC) is unique because it is the largest overseas military community, and it is a combined branch (Army-Air Force) community. Virtually all facilities imaginable are available in KMC. U.S. Army facilities located there include the US Army Garrison Kaiserslautern, Rhine Ordnance Barracks, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, 21st Theater Support Command (TSC ) and the European headquarters of the Defense Commissary Agency.
Kaiserslautern is located in the German State of Rheinland-Pfalz, which lies in the southwest part of the country. Rheinland-Pfalz borders on France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the German States of Saarland, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Hessen and Baden-Württemberg. Kaiserslautern is 80 miles southwest of Frankfurt and 295 miles northeast of Paris.
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, clinics, a community center, Military Police, officer's clubs and enlisted men's clubs. US Army Garrison Kaiserslautern, headquartered at Pulaski Barracks, has the mission of providing base support for all of the community's Army units and their families.
Another element of the Vogelweh complex is Kapaun Air Station, an Air Force facility. Among its units is the Kisling NCO Academy, which provides professional military education to Air Force NCOs. 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. The school is named in honor the late Richard D. Kisling, who had a distinguished career as an Air Force NCO and rose to become Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force.
The Defense Commissary Agency also has its headquarters on Kapaun. Other facilities in and around Kaiserslautern include Panzer, Kleber and Daenner Kaserne, Miesau, Pirmasens and Einsiedlerhof.
Panzer Kaserne is the easternmost installation and home to Headquarters, 21st Theater Support Command (TSC ), the largest forward deployed logistical command in the United States Army. It serves as USAREUR's senior logistical command and oversees all forms of logistic support within the European Theater. It serves as USAREUR's senior logistical command and oversees all forms of logistical support within the European theater. Its major subordinate commands are housed throughout Europe. Units in the Rheinland-Pfalz/Baden-Wuerttemberg areas operate out of Wiesbaden, Mannheim, Pirmasens, Miesau, Landstuhl and Kaiserslautern. In the KMC, 21st TSC units are located at Panzer Kaserne, Kleber Kaserne, Daenner Kaserne, Rhine Ordnance Barracks, and the Theater Logistics Support Center Europe.
The 21st TSC carries out multiple missions within the entire European theater: direct and general maintenance and supply; total distribution, storage and maintenance of pre-positioned matter; military police support; movements control and material management for the theater.
Miesau Army Depot is the largest ammunition storage area outside the United States. Its mission is to issue, receive, store, transship, inspect, inventory, and maintain ammunition stock records accounting.
The U.S. Army Medical Material Center, Europe (USAMMCE) is based in Pirmasens.
Einsiederlerhof Air Station hosts the Warrior Preparation Center (WPC), a fully functional, computer-assisted war-gaming center, providing operational-level training and exercises to US and NATO staffs worldwide. The WPC was initiated and is directed by both USAFE and USAREUR.
The KMC offers facilities that are comparable to a stateside community in many ways.
There are no fewer than 11 schools in the Kaiserslautern Military Community, making it the largest American school system outside the Continental United States. Kaiserslautern schools include the Vogelweh Elementary School (K-5), Kaiserslautern Elementary School (K-5), Kaiserslautern Middle School (6-8) and Kaiserslautern High School (9-12).
USAREUR's biggest medical facility, the Landstuhl Army Regional Medical Center, is right in the area. Patient liaison officers are available to assist people who may need special services available only at local German facilities. Dental facilities provide general dentistry and specialty treatment to authorized individuals. There is an Animal Clinic at Vogelweh, but it is a good idea to find a German Veterinarian in case of after-hours emergencies.
Child Development Services provides full service, center-based child care, and Youth Services operates a sports and fitness program for organized seasonal sports such as football, soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, swimming and cheerleading.
Religious services, religious education programs, support facilities and crisis intervention centers are offered in convenient locations, and there are active scouting programs for girls and boys.
The American Red Cross has offices to assist with medical reports, birth notices, spouse emergency notification during deployments and verification for emergency leave. Counseling and referrals on personal and family problems are also offered, as well as emergency financial assistance (on a case-by-case basis).
Recreational opportunities are boundless. There are fitness centers with well-trained staffs, convenient hours of operation, locker rooms and a full array of fitness equipment. Activities offered include basketball, racquetball, boxing, soccer, softball, flag football, rugby, aerobics, youth leagues and much more. Unit and community sports programs abound and Kaiserslautern traditionally hosts some of the larger championships in Europe, including a number of international tournaments.
Set in a wooded area in Vogelweh, the Rod and Gun Club has several hundred members and offers skeet and target shooting, plus fishing. It is also a popular place to eat and features country-western bands about once a week. Western riding is available at a local stable.
Outdoor Recreation programs offer economical ski trips and packages to ski resorts in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France and the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in southern Bavaria. Outdoor recreation checkout centers are available throughout the ASG. There is a modern bowling center with multiple-lane facilities, pro shops, snack bars, game rooms and conference rooms.
The Skate Express located on Vogelweh offers open skating for all ages. In addition, it has a snack bar, video games and equipment sales and rental. Skating instructions and private lessons are available upon request. The pro shop features all the latest skating equipment, skate apparel and skateboard equipment.
First-class community centers offer a relaxed atmosphere featuring tournaments in pool, table tennis and chess, special events, television rooms and much more. Musical equipment, games and other items can also be checked out for use in the centers. Concert tickets are sold and one-day tours are also organized. The worldwide United Service Organization also sells tickets to concerts and other special events in and around Germany.
In addition to many excellent local restaurants, pubs and cafes in the local area, there are also U.S. franchises where U.S. currency is accepted. Places like Burger King, Popeye's Chicken and Robin Hood have full product line menus and opportunities for family member employment.
Excellent libraries provide invaluable, modern resources to students of all ages and levels, including research material for several master's degree programs and Internet access. Some libraries have a video library as well.
Military clubs offer fine dining, an assortment of snacks, live entertainment, excellent brunches, karaoke bars, wide-screen televisions, unit and group nights, plus many other programs and activities.
There are four Music and Movie Stores in the KMC area, offering the latest music releases, from country to classical, the newest movie releases for rent and a complete line of electronic equipment.
Military postal services are offered in Army Post Offices in several locations and mailing letters or small packages between European APOs is free. Community banks offer full service banking. Automatic teller machines (ATMs) located throughout the area offer 24-hour service for deposits and withdrawals from both checking and savings accounts.
The Auto Craft Shops offer assistance in performing automotive maintenance and repair. Equipment, tools and trained mechanics make everything, from charging a battery to major overhauls, possible at great cost savings.