Germans Plan US Military History Museum of the Third Kind

July 13, 2008 at 2:45 am

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Ramstein Air Base, Germany

Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany

 

Ramstein Air Base in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate has often been called America’s unsinkable aircraft carrier. At the height of the Cold War, nearly a quarter-million Americans lived and worked within an hour’s drive of “RAB” — on Air Force and Army bases in Sembach, Landstuhl, Heidelberg, Mannheim, Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, and of course nearby Kaiserslautern or “K-Town”. Had the greater Ramstein-Kaiserslautern military community been located in the US, it would have warranted its own member of Congress.

Today, Ramstein Air Base is still the US military’s largest base in Europe. And even if the Kaiserslautern area is now home to “only” 43,000 Americans, it remains the largest American community of any kind outside the United States.

Now the mayor of the village of Ramstein wants to honor the long-term US presence by building a museum to showcase the long US military history and presence in Rheinland-Pfalz.

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