435th SVS starts to fill KMCC jobs
The Kaiserslautern Military Community Center is set to open soon, but before the first patron walks through the doors hundreds of jobs have to be filled.
These jobs range from cashiers and waiters to shift leaders and operations assistants, and the 435 Services Squadron, together with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, is responsible for advertising and seeking these employee
In first place, seeking more than 300 staff members, is Romano’s Macaroni Grill. The Italian style restaurant is looking to hire cooks, cashiers and wait staff, among others, to help serve the more than 330 customers the grill is capable of handling each night. To fill these positions, the services squadron held a job fair May 18 at the Ramstein Officers’ Club with on-the-spot hiring.
“The job fair has been a success,” said Kenneth Cole, 435 SVS deputy commander, during the fair. “We have been here 30 minutes and already filled 50 positions.”
One of those 50 jobs went to Nindali Adcock, a military spouse who heard about the job fair from a friend.
“I think (the KMCC) is going to be a big success,” she said. “It is exciting to see it start to open, and I look forward to getting started and being a part of it.”
The jobs offered are not just part-time. Some include benefits like medical and dental insurance, said Maria Wells, Ramstein’s director of human resources.
“But we aren’t just looking for those that want full-time employment. We are filling some of the positions with summer hires, which gives dependent kids something to do during the summer and some money,” she said.
While working at a restaurant may not be the job for everyone, there will be many more jobs available as the opening of the KMCC draws closer. The 435th SVS plans to employ more than 650 civilians, dependents and off-duty military hires to run facilities such as the Ramstein Tickets and Tours office, Outdoor Recreation and the lodging office that will be moving into the KMCC.
All the new KMCC manning requirements mean the 435th SVS will be responsible for more than 2,000 personnel between its many facilities, a daunting task but one they are looking forward to.
“We’re ready,” Mr. Cole said. “We are planning a grand opening of KMCC services’ facilities July 2, and it is going to be great for not only the KMC but the Air Force as well.”
The approximately 844,000-square-foot consolidated facility is the first time AAFES and Air Force Services have collocated major business operations. It will also include an eight-story, 350-room visiting quarters facility, a Macaroni Grill, a four-plex movie theater, AAFES Main Exchange, a nine-counter food court, Outdoor Recreation, a sports lounge, a German bakery, Ramstein Tickets and Tours, Community Bank and Service Credit Union.
Those interested in applying for a job with services at the KMCC can attend future job fairs scheduled for June 10 and 25. For more information about upcoming job fairs, call the Ramstein Human Resources Office at 06371-47-2672 or visit the 435th Service Squadron online at www.ramstein.af.mil.
KMCC Fast Fact
Flight delayed? Stop by the KMCC to check the status of a flight on one of the information monitors located in the new sports lounge. The lounge will serve a variety of American and German food with sporting entertainment when it opens this summer.