The United States returned the Rhein-Main air base to Germany on Monday, ending a 60-year chapter of Cold War history with a brass band ceremony on the runway that lies opposite continental Europe's busiest airport.
The air base that has served as a central hub for U.S. forces in Europe since the end of World War Two will be officially turned over to Frankfurt airport at the end of the year, nearly three months after Monday's ceremonial handover.
The airstrip south of Frankfurt airport was used to keep West Berlin from the Soviets during the 1948 blockade and served as a major staging point for later conflicts, including Vietnam, the 1990 Gulf War and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
There were once 12,000 servicemen at the air base, but their numbers have dwindled to just a few hundred in recent years. The U.S. will now use the Spangdahlem and Ramstein air bases further west.
Washington said last year that a total of 30,000 troops would leave Germany as part of plans to bring forces back from Europe and Asia over the next decade, reflecting revised priorities after the end of the Cold War.
[ cf reuters ]
What is with the defeatists america bashers in D.C????
But if we do not have americans to offer up to Moloch in the WhateverOnWhomever, that would mean that the evil doers would come to america and attack americans here in America!!!
Can we allow any part of our National Defenses to be weakened like this by an administration that has clearly been infiltrated and taken over by Clintonesta!