Welcome to Team Eifel! Spangdahlem Air Base, located near the small German town of Spangdahlem, consists of the main base and the Bitburg Annex, located approximately 20 minutes from the main base. Larger cities nearby include Bitburg and Trier. You will soon be in the Eifel enjoying German food, festivities and beautiful landscape. An added benefit of this USAFE assignment is the ability to travel in Europe and see sights that many people spend a lifetime just dreaming about.
The Military Personnel Section (MPS) will ensure members and their families have the appropriate documents to enter the country. If you wish to travel while assigned in Europe, it is recommended (not mandatory) that you and your family acquire tourist passports (at your expense) before coming to Europe. Your tourist passport will ensure you can travel freely to ALL European countries. A no-fee passport or military ID will not allow entry into some European countries. Also, keep in mind that some airlines require passports for travel within Europe to countries where a passport is not normally necessary.
Saber Intro is a two-day customer program developed to streamline base inprocessing procedures. You will be scheduled for combat intro by MPS.
Before your arrival, please take note of the following must know items.
If you are within 60 days of leaving your installation and have not heard from your sponsor or have not received a sponsor package, please contact your Family Support Center and have them send an E-Mail message to the Relocation Assistance Program at Spangdahlem indicating your sponsorship problem. Be sure to give them your name, social security number, gaining unit, and RNLTD. You can also call the Spangdahlem Family Support Center at DSN 452-6422.
Do Not Ship
A washer, dryer, refrigerator or oven to Spangdahlem. These items are provided in base housing, and if off-base housing does not have these items the base will provide them. Also note that waterbeds are authorized in government housing units, however, they must be approved by a housing inspector to ensure the bed(s) meets approved weight standards. Should your waterbed cause any damage to the government housing unit (even if use of the bed was approved by an inspector), you will be responsible for repair costs. The purchase of renters insurance (or something comparable) is always highly encouraged.
Do not Ship Firearms! HQ USAREUR has directed that service members will no longer be allowed to ship, transport or hand-carry privately owned firearms to Germany. This change is necessary to avoid the possibility of German criminal prosecution for unauthorized possession of weapons or the possibility of punishment under the UCMJ.
Once you get to the base and get settled in temporary lodging or the dorm, you will need to go to your orderly room and be scheduled for in-processing. The MPS is located in Bldg 131, and can be reached by phone at 452-6554/5958.
You can have your mail forwarded to the Spangdahlem or Bitburg Annex Post Office, depending on where you'll be working. Your sponsor can help you set up your PO Box prior your arrival.
The Military Postal System provides most of the same services as the United States Postal System, but you may expect your mail to take a bit longer to be delivered because of the extra distance it must travel. Priority packages and letter-class mail arrive in approximately 8 days. Magazines and surface mail may take 30-35 days. Express mail service may be purchased for delivery to CONUS in 3 days. Delivery confirmation is not yet available at Air Force Post Offices. For complete guidance, please see USAFE Pamphlet 33-102.
WICO (Women, Infants and Children Overseas)
Is a program providing service to people assigned to Spangdahlem AB and Bitburg Annex. WICO provides supplemental foods, nutrition counseling and education, and health care referrals to qualified families. It is located in Bldg. 2002 on Bitburg. Phone # is DSN 452-9093.
If information you are seeking is not presented in this forum, please contact your Family Support Center (FSC) or the Spangdahlem FSC.
Point of Contact
52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Com'l: 06565-61-6012, DSN: 452-6012