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Send your letters to Santa

Greetings from the North Pole! Stars and Stripes Europe is helping children get their letters to Santa.

Haunting Halloween history in Germany

While the modern Halloween holiday dates to the 19th century in the United States, Halloween is still relatively young in Germany.

Finding personal services in Germany

It’s been weeks since your nails were done and the kids need haircuts. You’re due for a date night and want a massage.

Damien Nelson and his mother Sonja inside a UH-60 helicopter, March 18, 2017, as they visited a display that allowed Damien and his brother Malik explore military vehicles. MARTIN EGNASH/STARS AND STRIPES

Soldiers bring out big trucks to 'brighten' day of German twins

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Soldiers rounded up some heavy metal Saturday for disabled German twins who love trucks and big equipment.

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.

Dave Izzo, then-adviser to Aviano's robot club, and lead engineer Kyle Kochan demonstrate how a robotic arm is designed to pull the robot up a ramp before a competition last year. Izzo is the director of this year's regional robotics tournament, which takes place at Aviano on Friday and Saturday. KENT HARRIS/STARS AND STRIPES

Robots take to the court for regional tournament at Aviano

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — Basketball season might have just ended, but McNeely Gym will be full of competitors playing a variation on hoops this...

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