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United States Army
Wiesbaden Army Community Service
22 Mississippi Street
Wiesbaden Germany 65189
Cost of Living is defined as higher than the U.S. average. COLA is provided as a supplement and is based on multiple factors including family size and the strength of the US Dollar to Euro. Car insurance and gas is more expensive in Germany. While, fresh foods and vegetables are often cheaper, items like fast food are more expensive. Clothing purchased on the economy is also more expensive to American standards.
Household utilities are more expensive as are unlimited cell phone plans. Free water and unlimited refills at restaurants are non-existent.
There are many ways to mitigate expenses while still enjoying your duty station. Options include the MWR sponsored Value Added Tax (VAT) relief and the Utility Tax Avoidance Program (UTAP).
The Wiesbaden 'Host Nation Orientation' is a one day Newcomers Orientation for Soldiers, Family members and Civilians held every Tuesday. The day covers cultural and local community information and then a half day Wiesbaden walking tour. Currently, ACS Relocation offers a virtual Host Nation Orientation every Tuesday and 1st and 3rd Thursday from 1:00 to 4:00pm through MS Teams. Please contact ACS for more specific information via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0611-143-548-9201 or 9202 to register.
The Student To Student (S2S) program is for teens transitioning to Wiesbaden. S2S rapidly meets the transitioning student's critical needs and brings them necessary and relevant information from a credible relatable source, another student. It also helps them establish a peer relationship early in their stay at Wiesbaden.
On behalf of USAG Wiesbaden, Welcome to our home in Germany. Relocating can be a stressful time. especially when moving to a new country. Below is a collection of important topics to consider as you prepare to move.
The installation's main web page is www.wiesbaden.army.mil and is a wealth of information on all available resources.
What to pack:When you think about what to pack, what to mail and what to bring along, keep in mind that Army Community Service has a lending closet for relocating Service Members, Civilians, and their Families.
The following items are available: dishes, pots and pans, kitchen utensils, and mugs. Specialty items (limited quantity) include: irons with ironing boards, coffee pots, toasters, high chairs, pack n' plays, and GPS/navigation systems. Please note that navigation systems are available within the first 15 days of arrival. ** Please note linens are NOT available through the lending closet and the selection is limited to the PX (German linens may not fit your American bed size). Consider packing these items in your unaccompanied baggage or mailing essential linens in advance. The community Thrift Shop often carries these items for sale as well.
The Housing Office has both a furniture and appliance branch from which furniture can be borrowed until your household goods arrive and appliances for the duration of your assignment. Your washing machine, dryer, deep freezer, etc. will not work here.
Electrical voltage:An essential point to remember in bringing electrical items is that the German electrical standard is 220 volts and 50 hertz while the U.S. uses 110 volts and 60 hertz. Although many government quarters have been renovated with both 110v and 220v outlets, electrical appliances made for use in the U.S. must be used here with a transformer if 110v outlets are not available. Some appliances, such as clocks, do not work properly when plugged into a transformer. Others, such as microwaves, stand mixers, vacuums, etc. may deteriorate when returned to 110 voltage use. Many appliances are now available in dual voltage; they simply require an adapter which can be purchased locally. Don't discard your lamps. If your quarters are wired for 220v, all you need is an adapter, which can be purchased locally for a nominal cost and a 220v light bulb to use the lamps here.
Important documents you should hand carryYour orders- have multiple copies
Medical Records- Immunization records and medical/dental history for yourself and each family member
Privately-owned vehiclesU.S. Customs requires personnel to have a copy of the title to their vehicle when shipping it overseas. The title must include the vehicle identification number (VIN) or, if the vehicle does not have a VIN, the product identification number. If there's a lien on the vehicle, there must be written approval from the lien holder. Contact your lender as soon as you get orders to prevent last minute problems.
Vehicles are shipped to the Mainz-Kastel Vehicle Processing Center, a ten minute drive from Wiesbaden Army Airfield. It's important that personnel notify the transportation office upon arrival. Additional information about shipping your vehicle can be found at the PCSmyPOV website.
Your car must pass an inspection for safety, condition and reliability. It is recommended that any needed repairs be completed prior to shipping your car to Germany. Labor and parts are very expensive and parts may take extended time to arrive in Germany. Check vehicles for rust, chips, cracks in the windshield and oil leaks. Inoperative lights, horn, speedometer, window tinting and other items can prevent your car from passing inspection. You are required to have an authorized first aid kit in your car at all times. Be sure to purchase this kit prior to your car inspection- your car will pass inspection without it. Kits are sold at the AAFES shopettes and at local auto supply stores. Seek assistance from your unit sponsor or vehicle registration for additional information.
Car InsuranceGermany has a high cost of living. Prices for auto insurance are especially expensive. Variables include your age, the car's age, engine size, make, model and weight. German liability insurance, which is mandatory, ranges from 400 to 1,000 Euros per year. Shop around when purchasing insurance.
Driver's licensesThe minimum age for driving in Germany is 17. Service Members, U.S. Civilian employees, and Family members must have a stateside license or a country license to obtain a USAREUR license. Prior to departing the U.S., ensure your stateside driver's license is current and not near expiration- your USAREUR license is only valid with a valid, non- expired stateside driver's license. Personnel must hold a USAREUR POV Certificate of License in order to operate a private automobile. Individuals are no longer permitted to use a military license in lieu of a valid state or country license to obtain a U.S. Forces POV Certificate of License for any class. Prior to arriving, it is recommended that you study for the driver's license exam. Download the Drivers Handbook and Examination Manual for Germany or USAREUR Practice Test and Study Guide. The laws and street signs are different than in the U.S. and can be confusing. Personnel requiring child care during the driver's orientation and test may utilize hourly slots at the Child Development Center on a space available basis; however, children must be registered through Central Enrollment in order to use hourly care. If you do not have a valid license you will be considered a "novice" and must go through German licensing procedures to obtain a license. The process is very lengthy and expensive. A German driver's license costs approximately 2,000 Euros.
Child safety seatsCar seat requirements are different in Germany than in the U.S. All children under 12 years of age who are smaller than 4'11" or weigh less than 50 pounds must use an approved child seat or booster seat. Children up to 36 months or up to 40 pounds must use a car seat. Children ages 3 to 11 or 33 to 80 pounds must use a booster seat. Failure to use these devices may result in a fine and/or loss of your driving privileges. Please bring these items with you as the lending closet by regulation is NOT able to loan these items.
GasGasoline is a rationed item in Germany. Depending on how many drivers and vehicles are registered with your family will determine the amount of gas you can purchase from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. Gas is good quality and purchased in liters instead of gallons. Although there are two AAFES gas stations that service the community, you will be issued an ESSO card to be able to purchase gas at specific gas stations on the economy. The ESSO card allows you to pay the same AAFES contracted rate that you would pay on post. Without, you could pay up to $5 a gallon at a German gas station. Your ESSO card is only valid in the country in which you are stationed. Personal travel outside of Germany will require you to pay local gas prices. ESSO cards are available for rental cars by visiting the MP station for initial approval.
PetsIn Germany, there is an import ban on specific dogs that are considered dangerous or "fighting dogs." Due to dog attacks on humans, the German state and federal governments have banned the following breeds from being brought into Germany: Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire-Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Bull Terrier. Dogs of other breeds may also not be imported from another country if they are considered dangerous by the regulations where the dog will primarily live. Although each state in Germany maintains their own regulations on what dogs are banned, the most popular breeds that regularly appear on these lists include the American Bulldog, Bullmastiff, Mastiff and Pitbull Bandog.Germany does not quarantine animals but requires a health certificate which cannot be more than 10 days old. Rabies vaccinations must be at least 30 days old and not more than one year old. Your local veterinarian can provide information and the USAG Wiesbaden Veterinary website has essential PCSing with pet information.
Exceptional Family Member ProgramEveryone on orders to Europe must complete an Exceptional Family Member Program screening before dependent travel will be authorized. For information regarding the EFMP screening, contact your local medical facility or EFMP Coordinator at your local ACS. Click USAG Wiesbaden EFMP for local information.
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing InstructionsThe DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service 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. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
When calling a civilian number from the United States, dial the international code (011), country code and drop the first zero. e.g. 011 49 611 XXX-XXXX
From other countries dial the international code (00), country code (49) drop the zero. e.g. 00 49 611 XXX-XXXX
334-2XXX (06134) 604 + LAST 3334-4XXX (0611) 508 + LAST 3335-5XXX (0611) 4080 + LAST 3336-XXXX (0611) 816-XXXX337-XXXX (0611) 705-XXXX338-7XXX (0611) 380-XXXX347-3XXX (06155) 603-XXX537-XXXX (0611) 143-537-XXXX546-XXXX (0611) 143-546-XXXX548-XXXX (0611) 143-548-XXXX570-XXXX (0611) 9744-XXXX
Through competent, friendly and consistent customer service we continue to improve the community's quality of life.
We support and strive to live the Army Values in all of our organizational actions.
We recognize the APIC organizational business core values and concepts.
During the Berlin Airlift of 1949, airmen from Wiesbaden distinguished themselves in support of "Operation Vittles". C52's and C84 "Flying Boxcars" of the 60th Troop Carrier Group flew missions daily from Wiesbaden to Tempelhof Airport in the beleaguered city of Berlin.
In 1976, all USAF units moved to Ramstein Air Base and were replaced at Wiesbaden Air Base by an U.S. Army Mechanized Infantry Brigade. At that time, Wiesbaden became the primary airfield of the U.S. Army V Corps.
Wiesbaden now serves as the home station of the US Army Garrison (USAG) Wiesbaden, 1st Armored Division Headquarters, 66th Military Intelligence Brigade, and HQ of the 5th Signal Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment. In 1998, the Air Base was officially renamed Wiesbaden Army Airfield.
For more information, go to the USAG Wiesbaden homepage.
About 19,800 total, including approximately 3,100 military members; 3,900 U.S. civilians; 1,200
Local National civilians, 10,500 family members and 1,100 retirees.
Wiesbaden is a city in central western Germany and the capital of the federal state of Hesse. As of June 2020, it had 290,955 inhabitants, plus approximately 19,000 United States citizens (mostly associated with the United States Army).
The Wiesbaden urban area is home to approx. 560,000 people.
U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden is headquartered at Lucius D. Clay Kaserne, services 15 installations and housing areas as well as several enclaves in and around Wiesbaden, Hessen, to include the Dagger Complex in Darmstadt, Germany.
A small housing area and a training site are located in the City of Mainz, Rheinland Pfalz. The McCully Support Center in Wackernheim in the same state also hosts several logistics units.
Located 20 minutes away from Frankfurt International Airport, USAG Wiesbaden hosts a number of military units and service organizations, including USAREUR Headquarters, 5th Signal Command, the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, American Forces Network-Wiesbaden and several U.S. Air Force units.
The Wiesbaden/Mainz Community is located in the German States of Hessen and Rheinland Pfalz, in the central portion of Germany. The region is rich in history and cultural facilities. Wiesbaden is a 25 minute car ride from the Frankfurt International Airport, and sits right next to the historical city of Mainz. Wackernheim is a twenty minute ride to Wiesbaden. Both communities are serviced by a shuttle bus during the work week.
If you have questions or desire information on grave sites and memorials within Europe, visit the American Battle Monuments Commission.
For general information on U.S. Army Europe visit the Headquarters U.S. Army Europe's website.
To get the latest information on USAG Wiesbaden for newcomers, please go our official web page:
Driving Directions to Clay Kaserne from Frankfurt
Take A3 to A66 (exit 47) in the direction of Wiesbaden.
Take exit for B455 Mainz-Kastel (exit 6).
Follow the signs to Clay Kaserne.
Directions to Mc Cully Barracks, Wackernheim from Clay Kaserne
Take B455 in the direction of Wiesbaden.A66 in the direction of Rudesheim.A643 in the direction of Mainz.A60 in the direction of Kaiserslautern.Take the Mainz-Finthen exit and remain on the priority road.After entering the town of Wackernheim make a left turn at the PODUS sign (left side).Follow the road to the gate of McCully Barracks
USAG Wiesbaden Taxi Procedures for Wiesbaden Installations
There is one authorized taxi company currently servicing U.S. installations in Wiesbaden, which is authorized to go to specific posts/Kaserne. If you want a taxi TO PICK YOU UP from: Clay Kaserne or Hainerberg Housing, call Taxi Wiesbaden: 0611-444444. Procedures for Requesting a Taxi:
NOTE: If you are traveling to the airport, report how much luggage you will take, or if you have a child stroller - this will determine size of vehicle sent to you. Taxi Wiesbaden has seats that raise for young age children to meet the standards - smaller children ride in the back with parent. However, if you have infants, you will need to bring your own child’s car “carrier” safety seat. Administrative notes - All taxis (100%) will be searched upon arrival at the installation Access Control Point (ACP), even with US ID cardholders as passengers. - Taxi drivers without installation passes CANNOT be signed in to any USAG Wiesbaden installation.
Wiesbaden is a 25 minute car ride from the Frankfurt International Airport, and is right next to the historical city of Mainz. Wackernheim is a twenty minute drive to Wiesbaden.
Both communities are serviced by a shuttle bus during the work week.
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Shuttle Bus service is available for Service Members, Family members and DoD ID cardholders. The bus schedule is updated via the Transportation Office. The route plan is established to provide essential service to Soldiers traveling within the community to his/her place of duty. Download the Shuttle Bus schedule. Shuttle Bus service is available for soldiers, family members and ID cardholders in McCully, Mainz-Kastel, Wiesbaden and points in between. The bus schedule is updated via the Transportation Office.
For additional information on the City of Wiesbaden and its public transportation, please visit the following websites.
Wiesbaden City Website (in English)
Wiesbaden Public Transportation
German Bundesbahn (Trains)
Wiesbaden Bus Schedule and Fare information
Dial 011-49-611-705-0 or DSN 113