Patriot Express flights will not
apply to Stuttgart personnel
USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs Office
Although U.S. Army Europe officials
recently announced Army personnel
on permanent change of station orders
to Germany will soon fly overseas using the Patriot
Express flights originating at the Baltimore/
Washington International Airport in Maryland and
landing at Ramstein Air Base, the change does not
apply to those service members and Defense Department
civilian employees headed for Stuttgart.
According to Tracee Quinn, the U.S. Army Garrison
Stuttgart’s Military Personnel Division chief,
personnel arriving to and departing from Stuttgart
must fly into or out of the Stuttgart International
Airport. Incoming personnel should be picked up
by their unit or agency sponsor at the airport.
Soldiers will no longer travel through Frankfurt
and be shuttled to Stuttgart.
She added that this is the current procedure
for Stuttgart-based non-USAREUR units and the
“USAREUR sponsors may hear from newcomers
that they are being told by their local transportation
offices they have to fly to Ramstein, they
should reiterate that is not the requirement for
Stuttgart,” Quinn said.
Quinn said that measures are in place to publicize
the change but initially, “We can expect a few Soldiers
to fly into Frankfurt under the current guidance.”
Senior leaders will need to ensure their incoming
personnel are on pin-point assignment orders
The Air Mobility Command’s Patriot Express
service is applicable to USAREUR active duty Soldiers
headed for Vilseck, Grafenwöhr, Hohenfels,
Schweinfurt, Bamberg, Illesheim, Ansbach, Kaiserslautern,
Wiesbaden, Heidelberg and Baumholder.
Questions regarding the Stuttgart policy can be
addressed to USAG Stuttgart’s Central Processing
manager, Cliff Heisler, at 431-2745.
HEIDELBERG, Germany (Dec. 9, 2011) -- Beginning in February, personnel on permanent change of station orders to Germany will fly overseas using a new phase of the Patriot Express Department of Defense-chartered air travel, which originates at Baltimore/Washington International Airport in Maryland and lands at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
The twice-weekly flights begin Feb. 6, 2012, and are expected to enhance the international travel experience for Army personnel and their families. Patriot Express flights are contracted with all the amenities of a traditional international commercial flight and will provide an arrival at an English-speaking airport where dollars are used, not the euro, making the initial transition to a foreign duty station a bit easier.
Other benefits include a higher luggage weight allowance than commercial airlines, with passengers authorized to check two pieces of baggage, each weighing up to 70 pounds.
People traveling with pets should notice a significant savings; although cost for pet travel from the current duty station to BWI will vary based on airline and origin of travel, the cost for the international leg of the flight is expected to average approximately $110 per pet. Also, a veterinarian on duty at the Reception Operations at Ramstein Air Base will clear pets to enter Germany.
The team at Ramstein Air Base will track the flights from BWI and will know of any travel delays. They will meet the passengers regardless of arrival time, help passengers clear customs, and arrange military transportation to their new duty station. The goal is for all new US Army in Europe employees to spend their first night in Germany in their new community.
In early 2012, the USAREUR and Installation Management Command-Europe newcomers' pages will include a Patriot Express Frequently Asked Questions page to help travelers understand how to ensure a smooth ride on their Patriot Express flight.
The Patriot Express microsite, scheduled to launch Dec. 15, will contain more information about the program. The address will be www.eur.army.mil/PatriotExpress.