In a seemingly odd sequence of events today, The War Zone was made aware that Ramstein Air Base in Germany, America’s massive central European military hub, alerted its personnel of a potential incoming missile strike. After the strike never materialized, the sprawling installation’s command post put out a notice stating that “the missile launch was then assessed to be part of a training exercise” and wasn’t deemed a threat to the base.
You can read the entire message below:
“Attention Team Ramstein, Today, the Ramstein Air Base Command Post was notified via an alert notification system of a real-world missile launch in the European theater. The Command Post followed proper procedure and provided timely and accurate notifications to personnel in the Kaiserslautern Military Community. The missile launch was then assessed to be part of a training exercise and not a threat to the KMC area. The situation is all clear. We’d like to thank our Command Post members for their quick response to ensure our people stay informed so they can take the proper safety precautions.”
Details about the strange event remain extremely limited at this time, but the base is considered a prime target for potential foes. Russia, in particular, has ballistic and cruise missiles located nearby in Kaliningrad and throughout the western edge of its border with NATO member countries. This is in addition to sea and air-launched cruise missiles that can be launched from as close to Germany as the Baltic Sea. Of course, Russia’s strategic ballistic missile forces can reach Germany from thousands of miles away, as well.
In addition, Iran, with its ever increasingly capable long-range ballistic missiles, has long been a concern for the U.S. and its European allies and was the driving factor in establishing an anti-ballistic missile screen in the form of two Aegis Ashore sites in Eastern Europe.