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U.S. Air Forces in Europe, with headquarters at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, is a major command of the U.S. Air Force. It is also the air component of the U.S. European Command, a Department of Defense unified command.
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Shipping your Stuff

When you're deciding which personal items to ship to Germany, your local traffic management office should be the first stop after you receive orders. The staff at TMO has lists of weight allowances for household goods and items that can and cannot be shipped.

The Eifel is a full Joint Federal Travel Regulation weight area for all people not living in the dormitories. Those PCSing to the Eifel should ship their own furniture, as on-base and most off-base houses are not furnished. Upon arrival, government furniture is available for loan for up to 90 days pending the arrival of household goods. Those PCSing are encouraged to take advantage of the non-temporary storage option since German houses/apartments may be smaller than stateside homes. Local storage facilities are limited and very expensive.

When PCSing to the Eifel, do not ship your washer, dryer, microwave, oven or refrigerator; these items are already in on-base houses or will be provided to you by the 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron Furnishings Management if you choose to live off-base. There is no cost for these loans.

Be prepared to wait 35 to 60 days for your unaccompanied baggage and 60 to 70 days for your household goods from the date of shipment.

If you choose to mail items to yourself, you must visit your origin TMO and obtain a DD Form 2278 before mailing the items. In order to get reimbursed you must provide a DD Form 2278, DD Form 1351 and Personal Property Management sheet with three copies of your receipts, which show the postage amount and the weight. Additionally, you need to bring three copies of your PCS orders to TMO upon arrival. You may be reimbursed for the postage up to the Government rate (insurance and registered mail are not a reimbursable cost), however, the weight of items mailed will count against your total weight entitlement.

Extras to bring with you
Pack linens, blankets, and towelsin your unaccompanied baggage or in your suitcase. Although temporary furniture is available for your use until your personal property shipment arrives, linens are not. To prevent the possibility of being without sheets, blankets or towels until your baggage arrives, remember to pack your own in your luggage or mail them to yourself at your unit. If you choose to mail items to yourself, you may be reimbursed for the cost of the postage. Contact your origin TMO for an authorization letter. Your sponsor will be able to assist you with APO mailing information.

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It is important when you arrive in the Eifel that your correct contact information is on file so the appropriate offices may contact you when your property arrives. If your property was shipped using DPS, login to your account and update your contact information in your personal profile to reflect the local area. If your shipment requires using the legacy TOPS system, call or visit TMO to update your contact information.

For more information on household goods shipment guidelines, visit http://www.move.mil/home.htm.

52nd Fighter Wing

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Mission: Deliver Airpower options to deter and combat aggression.

The 52nd FW maintains, deploys and employs F-16CM Fighting Falcons in support of NATO and the national defense directives.

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Wing History

Base history

   Spangdahlem AB and the 52nd Fighter Wing have a rich history. The wing has seen many people and aircraft come and go throughout the years, but one thing remains the same. The 52nd has always been prepared to SEEK ATTACK DESTROY.

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   The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and allied nations.

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Base Personnel

The Public Affairs office is unable to redirect calls or provide phone numbers. If searching for a phone number on base, call the base operator.

Calling from CONUS:
Comm: 011-49-6565-61-1110
DSN: 314-452-1110

Calling from Germany:
Comm: 06565-61-1110
DSN: 314-452-1110