US soldiers given leave to discover Germany

15th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

15 July 2005, SPANGDAHLEM, GERMANY - Soldiers at the U.S. air-force base at Spangdahlem in the German state of Rheinland-Pfalz have been given four days' leave to get to know the area better, spokeswoman Iris Reiff said Friday.

15 July 2005

SPANGDAHLEM, GERMANY - Soldiers at the U.S. air-force base at Spangdahlem in the German state of Rheinland-Pfalz have been given four days' leave to get to know the area better, spokeswoman Iris Reiff said Friday.

The soldiers are expected to use the time to make excursions and short trips outside the military base.

To help them decide where to go, the soldiers and their families can find information at a "tourist market" with 40 exhibition stands Friday at the base, Reiff said.

The 52nd Fighter Wing is stationed in Spangdahlem with more than 60 fighter jets, including 50 F-16s, according to U.S. military sources.

In the future transporters are also expected to land at the base.

With some 25,000 soldiers and their families, Rheinland-Pfalz has more U.S. troops than any other German state, stationed primarily in Ramstein, Spangdahlem and Baumholder bases.

DPA

Subject: German news

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