US air base in Germany to be expanded: politician

24th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

24 August 2005, BERLIN - The United States plans to expand its air force base at Ramstein in Germany and make it the headquarters for the U.S. Air Force stationed in Europe, a member of the German parliament said Wednesday.

24 August 2005

BERLIN - The United States plans to expand its air force base at Ramstein in Germany and make it the headquarters for the U.S. Air Force stationed in Europe, a member of the German parliament said Wednesday.

Elke Leonhard, a parliamentary member from Rhineland-Palatinate state where the huge base is located, said the U.S. Defence Department had made a decision in favour of Ramstein and against other U.S. bases in Britain and Italy.

"The (U.S.) headquarters at Mildenhall in England and Aviano in northeast Italy will be closed," said Leonhard who is a member of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's ruling Social Democratic Party (SPD).

About 500 soldiers will be shifted to Ramstein from these bases, she added.

The American embassy in Berlin was not immediately able to comment on Leonhard's remarks. A spokeswoman said questions regarding Ramstein's future had to be answered by U.S. military officials.

DPA

Subject: German news

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