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United States Air Force
Spangdahlem Germany 54529
Germany is a considered a moderate to high cost of living area.
The costs of off-base housing and utilities are high. Housing deposits can vary from 1-3 months worth of rent. Your housing allowance covers your housing expense. You can not pocket any excess housing allowance, but you can pocket left-over utility allowance, should you have any.
Full coverage automobile insurance is a necessity and can also be very expensive. Explore options of obtaining coverage prior to your departure.
Upon arrival, contact the Spangdahlem VAT/UTAP Office to learn how to save up to 19% on tax of purchases made on the German economy as well as your gas and electricity bills.
Passports and Visas
Ensure member and/or dependents have the required passports and/or visa prior to final out-processing at the losing installation.
Questions or concerns with passports, visas or birth abroad paperwork? Contact the Passport Office at DSN 314-452-4448 or Comm 06565-61-4448 or via email email@example.com.
Moving abroad! Learn how to obtain your Official Passport. Click here to view a handout concerning Passports for DoDDs and DoD civilians. Click here to view a handout concerning Passports for Tourists and No Fee Passports.
These actions are necessary to prevent unforeseen hardships to the military members and their families. It is essential, members do not out-process without having the appropriate passports/visas for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.
The mission of the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) is to protect the lives and interests of American citizens abroad and to strengthen the security of United States borders through the vigilant adjudication of visas and passports. The Bureau issues the travel documents that allow Americans to travel the globe and lawful immigrants and visitors to travel to America and provides an essential cycle of life services to American citizens overseas.
52d Fighter Wing Mission Statement: Deliver Airpower Options to Deter and Combat Aggression.
Pillars: Mission, Airmen, Community
Mission Priorities: 1. Deterrence 2. Agile Combat Employment 3. Integrated Base Defense
Click here for more information on Spangdahlem Air Base's mission.
Germany is located in the center of nine neighboring countries: Denmark to the north, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France to the west, Switzerland and Austria to the south, and the Czech Republic and Poland to the east. The country is full of charming towns, and beautiful landscapes. Spangdahlem Air Base is in southwest Germany, in the federal state of Rheinland-Pfalz in a region known as the Eifel. It is about 20 miles northeast of the city of Trier and lies near the borders of Belgium, Luxembourg and France.
The 52d Fighter Wing, was established on May 10, 1948, and activated on June 9, 1948. During this time, the 52d flew F-82 Twin Mustangs and F-94 Starfires. The Wing was redesigned as the 52d Fighter-All Weather Wing on January 20, 1950, and then became the 52d Fighter-Interceptor Wing on May 1, 1951. The Wing was inactivated for a short time on February 6, 1952. However, on April 11, 1963, the Wing was re-designated and activated as the 52d Fighter Wing (Air Defense). Please visit the Spangdahlem homepage for more detailed information on our history.
Population served at Spangdahlem AB, including GSU's, Tenant Units, and FOA Dets:
Local Nationals: 840
US Civilians APF/NAF: 200
Total Population: approximately 14,000
Population of the local area:
Eifel Region: 900,000
City of Trier: approximately 110,000
The 52 FSS Saber Shuttle - Airport Transportation Service operates to/from Spangdahlem to Ramstein, Frankfurt and other airports. You can access up-to-date shuttle information at: DSN 314-452-7684 or Comm: 011-49-6565-61-7684. Another option is to take a taxi which can pick you up at the airports or on base with cost varying based on the distance.
NOTE: It is highly recommended that you arrive at Spangdahlem with a valid stateside drivers license. You will not be able to obtain a USAREUR license without this and obtaining a stateside license after arrival may require a trip back to the United States.
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation (CONUS) to another CONUS installation, it is not necessary to dial the stateside DSN area code (312). When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the overseas DSN area code (314) must be included.
To call Spangdahlem AB within Germany after your arrival:
Keep in mind the time difference between Germany and the location you are calling from. Spangdahlem is 6-hours ahead of the Eastern Standard Time zone in the United States. For example, when it is 0600 in New York it is 1200 or noon in Germany.
Calling from CONUS to Germany:
Calling Local Hospitals from Commercial Phone
011-49-and the rest of the local number minus the first zero
Calling Other Local Organizations from Commercial Phone