|Written by Hanjo Wafzig|
If you are playing for the Kaiserslautern Pikes, you will live in the state of Rheinland-Pfalz (Rhineland-Palatinate). The Pfalz borders on Luxembourg, France, and Belgium ad contains two-thirds of the wine growing area in Germany. The Mosel and Rhein Rivers flow through much of the Rheinland-Pfalz and their valleys comprise the main wine regions.
Kaiserslautern is home to 99,469 people. Between 1950 and 1955, Kaiserslautern developed into the largest US military community outside of the United States. That's why Kaiserslautern is also referred to as "K-town"; a term coined by the early American military population who had difficulty pronouncing the name.
Kaiserslautern military community includes DODDS schools: Kaiserslautern Elementary, Middle, and High Schools, Ramstein AB Elementary, Intermediate, Middle, and High School, as well as an additional Vogelweh Elementary school. Shopping areas, libraries, restaurants, and other facilities are provided for military and DOD ID card holders only. The biggest attraction to Ramstein AB for the military is a new Chili's Restaurant and the future site of the largest AAFES shopping center in Europe.