Child safety addressed at town halls

by Airman 1st Class Hailey Haux
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Two town halls were held June 1 at Vogelweh’s Armstrong’s Club and at the Hercules Theater on Ramstein to address child safety.

Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin, 3rd Air Force commander and KMC commander, and Maj. Gen. Aundre Piggee, 21st Theater Sustainment Command commanding general, hosted the town halls together.

Franklin and Piggee had scheduled the town halls for mid-June to offer KMC residents an update on the investigation of two alleged sexual assaults and an alleged attempted abduction.

The commanders moved up the town halls to June 1 following an alleged attempted abduction report May 30 on Vogelweh.  The town halls explained that leads are being aggressively pursued while joint task force officials investigate circumstances surrounding the report.

According to investigative officials, more than 2,080 man hours have been expended, including 500 interviews and 141 law enforcement background checks. The tip line received more than 75 phone calls that resulted in identification of numerous persons of interest.

As a part of the town halls, community members expressed concerns and asked questions about security and what to expect during summer months.

“Our community needs to remain vigilant, especially as school will be out of session for summer very soon,” Franklin said. “Parents should talk to their kids about what to do if a stranger approaches them. They should actively supervise their children, remain vigilant and report suspicious activities to authorities.”

In addition to encouraging community participation in a newly established neighborhood watch program, KMC leadership also provided updates on safety initiatives.

“We have implemented a neighborhood watch program; bike patrols and walking patrols around schools and parks have been increased to include officers who are not in uniform, and there are more cameras,” Franklin said.

Franklin and Piggee thanked residents for attending and reassured them that all available resources are being used to track down potential suspects.

“This is the No. 1 thing that I look at on my scope of duties,” Franklin said. “So be assured that it has my full attention.”

For current information, reference the “Child Safety Updates” on Livewire at or visit U.S. Army Garrison-Kaiserslautern “Hot Topics” at

If you have any information that may help investigators, call the joint task force tip line at 0170-745-5382.