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Keeping calm and getting on after recent attacks

In late March I made plans to drive up to Belgium for a few days then take a ferry from Dunkirk, France to Dover, U.K.

John Casey of Ramstein High School is representing the Department of Defense Education Activity in the 55th annual United States Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C., a merit-based, competitive program for the nation's top student leaders. COURTESY JOHN CASEY

DODEA Europe seniors among nation’s top student leaders in D.C.

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Two American students attending Defense Department schools overseas are getting a close-up look at the federal...

A customer checks out at the cash register inside the new Spangdahlem commissary during the grand opening of the facility on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Commissaries are among the facilities struggling with the hiring freeze. RUSTY FRANK/U.S. AIR FORCE

Federal hiring freeze could cause more disruptions to military services

WASHINGTON — Officials are warning that military families could see more disruptions in services as a result of President Donald Trump’s temporary...

 Team members from Aviano's Robotica Santi - Aiden Capps, Christopher Hunt and Julia Markel - react as their robot places a cap ball in the goal on Saturday, March 3, 2017, at the Aviano Invitational FIRST Tech Challenge. KENT HARRIS/STARS AND STRIPES

Robots take center stage at Aviano tech challenge

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — One of the main tenets of the FIRST Tech Challenge is “gracious professionalism.”

European Parliament has voted to end visa-free travel within the EU for American passport holders. AMANDA MCCOY, BILOXI SUN HERALD/MCT

European lawmakers threaten visa rules for Americans

The European Parliament has drawn a tough line with Washington in a dispute over visa-free travel, demanding that the United States extend the...

Lt. Gen. Richard Clark shakes hands with Ramstein Intermediate School, Germany, fifth-grader Skylar Murray on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Clark slipped him a military coin for being one of his school's most prolific readers. JENNIFER H. SVAN/STARS AND STRIPES

Ramstein’s Dr. Seuss readers get a glimpse of the places that they’ll go

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Students at Ramstein Intermediate School connected with a three-star general Thursday over the words of one of...

Babies spend time outdoors on a warm fall day at the Air Force's Vogewel Child Development Center in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Officials say staffing shortages due to the federal hiring freeze may affect some families seeking on-base child care in the Kaiserslautern Military Community. JENNIFER H. SVAN/STARS AND STRIPES

Kaiserslautern child care hit by federal hiring freeze

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Families seeking on-base child care in the Kaiserslautern area — home to the largest U.S.

Children and Youth Services at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, Germany, will be restricted starting March 1, 2017, due to a hiring freeze that has caused staffing shortages. A similar cutback will take place at the CYS in Fort Knox, Ky. STARS AND STRIPES

Hiring freeze causes cutbacks in military childcare programs

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Military families at two U.S.

Near the west gate of Ramstein Air Base, Germany. According to Austrian and German media, a 17-year-old man who was arrested Jan. 20 in Vienna said he considered attacking the air base with a bomb. TRYPHENA MAYHUG/U.S. AIR FORCE

Reports: Teen arrested in Vienna had made plans to plant bomb at Ramstein Air Base

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — A 17-year-old Islamic State sympathizer planned to set off a pipe bomb near Ramstein Air Base but changed his mind...

An automatic speed camera enforces the speed limit on a German roadside. Germany's state of Rheinland-Pfalz plans to crack down on excessive speeding by adding 15 more cameras to its roadways in 2017. COURTESY PHOTO

Rheinland-Pfalz takes aim at speeders by using automated cameras

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Speed demons take heed: Germany’s Rhineland-Pfalz is preparing to crack down on drivers who exceed the speed limit as...

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