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HQ USAREUR has directed that US citizens cannot ship, transport, or hand-carry privately-owned firearms to Germany. This avoids the possibility of German criminal prosecution for unauthorized possession of weapons or punishment under the UCMJ.
Kennels are not provided for pets and they are not allowed in some guesthouses or hotels. Please inform your sponsor if you will be bringing pets. Pets must have rabies shots 30 days prior to but not more than one year prior to issuance of the health certificate. The health certificate must be completed no earlier than 10 days prior to arrival. Importation of certain dogs is strictly prohibited.
US National Support Unit (NSU) OL-B, 470th Air Base Squadron
The smallest American unit on the Kaserne is the NSU. They provide the basic and critical support we need here. The American NCOs provide the personnel, information management, and postal support to the community. The German civilian coordinates civil engineering, housing assistance, family services support, TRICARE and provides translation services. Please contact the Kalkar Relocation Office for additional information.
The mission of the Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) is to plan, direct, task and co-ordinate Air operations of all forces allocated, where and when required, with a team of diverse NATO professionals in accordance with COMAIR's guidance. This mission is accomplished twofold.
The first is conducted by the Standing Air Defense (SADC) to direct, supervise, and report on Air Policing operations of all allocated assets in peace, crisis and conflict in accordance with COM AIRCOM's directives and to support the permanent Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) mission. The CAOC will liaise with the appropriate land and maritime forces and coordinate between national and NATO agencies.
The second is to train members of the Deployable AOC (D-AOC) to support the AIRCOM JFAC organization as required to plan, coordinate and accomplish Air Operations. Within the Joint Force Air Component (JFAC) or JFAC element, the D-AOC will support COM AIRCOM in the operational planning and execution of the Tactical Ballistic Missile Defense (TBMD) mission. The D-AOC may be deployed to complete the formation of the JFAC.
Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC)
The Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC) began operations on 1 Jan 2005. This organization provides NATO with independent Air and Space Power expertise contributing to the improvement and transformation of Joint Air and Space Power. As an MOU-based organization within NATO, the JAPCC primarily supports Air Command - Ramstein (AIRCOMM), Maritime Command - Northwood (MARCOMM) , Land Command - Izmir, Allied Command for Transformation (ACT), the Joint Warfare Centre in Stavanger, Norway. The Executive Director of the JAPCC is a German Lieutenant General. His Chief of Staff is a US Colonel (US Senior National Representative assigned to the JAPCC).
The Von-Seydlitz Kaserne is the headquarters of the German Air Force Air Operations Command. The Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC) and the US National Support Unit (NSU) are located on the Kaserne. The Combined Air Operations Centre Uedem (CAOC Uedem) is located in the nearby town of Uedem. The USAF element at Kalkar is a small installation currently has about 35 military members, one US civilian, and one civilian German national employee. With family members, the American population is about 80 people.
Kalkar is a small town, located in northwestern Germany in the state of Nordrhein - Westfalen (North Rhine - Westfalia). It is near the German-Netherlands border on the southern side of the Rhine River. This town of approximately 13,700 celebrated its 780th anniversary in 2010. Kalkar lies 7 miles/11.3 kilometers southeast of Kleve (pronounced "CLAY-ve"), population 64,000; 7 miles northeast of Goch (pronounced "gawkh" but gurgle the "kh"), population 30,000; 22 miles southeast of Nijmegen (pronounced "NYE-meggen"), the Netherlands; and 60 road miles/97 kilometers northwest of Düsseldorf, the nearest major German city and the one with the most accessible major international airport. You will be living on the local economy around Kalkar. Von-Seydlitz Kaserne, is the German base where our support unit and the Joint Air Power Competence Centre are located, which is about a mile from the town center. The nearest U.S. military facility is USAG Benelux-Schinnen, which is about 1.5 hours away. For more information on USAG Benelux-Schinnen, please review their site on Military One Source.
The Geilenkirchen Airman & Family Readiness Center at the 470th Air Base Squadron is available to support you during your in-processing and tour while assigned to Kalkar.
There is no on-base transportation available.