U.S., German neighbors Explore the Eifel

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – More than 30 members of Spangdahlem AB and the German community hiked from the base’s main gate through the woods to Himmerod Abbey, a local monastery, May 3, 2013. The Explore the Eifel hike was sponsored by the German Host Nation Council and included lunch at a midway point in the forest. Explore the Eifel is a community-sponsored event in the spirit of building relationships between the United States and Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – More than 30 members of Spangdahlem AB and the German community hiked from the base’s main gate through the woods to Himmerod Abbey, a local monastery, May 3, 2013. The Explore the Eifel hike was sponsored by the German Host Nation Council and included lunch at a midway point in the forest. Explore the Eifel is a community-sponsored event in the spirit of building relationships between the United States and Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Participants of an Explore the Eifel hike approach their destination of Himmerod Abbey May 3, 2013. The Cistercian monastery was built in the 11th century, destroyed during European conflicts and rebuilt in 1957. Representatives from the German Host Nation Council toured with the group to provide background information throughout the day to the hikers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Participants of an Explore the Eifel hike approach their destination of Himmerod Abbey May 3, 2013. The Cistercian monastery was built in the 11th century, destroyed during European conflicts and rebuilt in 1957. Representatives from the German Host Nation Council toured with the group to provide background information throughout the day to the hikers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Members of Spangdahlem AB and the German community begin a tour of Himmerod Abbey during an Explore the Eifel hike May 3, 2013. The German Host Nation Council sponsored the tour to provide Spangdahlem members a chance to learn about historic landmarks near the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Members of Spangdahlem AB and the German community begin a tour of Himmerod Abbey during an Explore the Eifel hike May 3, 2013. The German Host Nation Council sponsored the tour to provide Spangdahlem members a chance to learn about historic landmarks near the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee/Released)