German-American Stammtisch highlights topics, starts discussions

by 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Elke Sittel, 86th Airlift Wing host nation advisor, speaks to the German-American Stammtisch attendants about her office’s work, mission and programs at the Paradox restaurant in Ramstein-Miesenbach. Photos by Timothy Beardsley

Editor’s Note: This article was published in a previous edition of the Kaiserslautern American and the information has been updated to reflect this year’s event.

The German-American Stammtisch is a monthly get-together of Americans and Germans living in the KMC. They meet at 6:30 p.m. every first Tuesday of the month at the Paradox restaurant in Ram­stein-Miesen­bach. Actually, a “Stammtisch” is a table, at a restaurant or pub, where guests come regularly to sit down to have a drink and talk.

The Stammtisch is a pro­ject of the state initiative, “Welcome to Rheinland-Pfalz! Our neighbors from the USA,” which is sponsored by the Atlantic Academy Rheinland-Pfalz in Kaiserslautern.


“Our state initiative helps U.S. families to become a member of the local community,” said John Constance, project coordinator. “We try to give them the right answers to their emerging questions and being aware of German customs, local businesses, clubs and events can accelerate this adjustment after a PCS.”

“The next Stammtisch meeting will be on February 5, 6.30 pm, at the Paradox restaurant in Ramstein, with the Army Community Services (ACS) of the U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz being the guest speaker of the evening. Heather Robinson, Chief ACS, and her colleagues will discuss their host nation activities and ongoing efforts to integrate new arrivals and provide education and introductions to the area that lead to a positive experience. This is meant to give Germans and Americans a better understanding of the programs run by different institutions to foster the community and help bring together both sides.”

“One important idea of the Stammtisch is, to involve both Americans and Germans in discussions and asking questions,” Constance said.

The December Stammtisch took place at the Congress Center in Ramstein as a potluck dinner in a nice and cozy atmosphere, kicking off the holiday season. Another regular Stammtisch attendant is Marisol Cediel from Ramstein-Miesenbach.

“I worked for more than 40 years on Ramstein Air Base, and as a retiree, I enjoy coming here and being able to speak in English,” Cediel said. “I miss meeting Americans each day, and the Stammtisch gives me an opportunity to be around some and make new friends.”

For details, visit www.facebook.com/WelcometoRLP, get into contact with the Stammtisch group at https://goo.gl/jB67r9, or email Constance at constance@atlantische-akademie.de.
NOTE: Stammtisch visitors parking across the street on the parking lot of NKD and the copy shop, must buy a parking ticket. Failure in doing so will result in a €30 fine.