KMC commander provides child safety updates

by Senior Airman Katherine Holt
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

At recent joint town halls addressing child safety on military installations, Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin, KMC and 3rd Air Force commander, pledged to keep the community updated on the status of ongoing investigations as well as general military installation security.

A list of KMC resident-recommended items were compiled from the town halls and the list of completed items is now released to the public.

“This is still the most important issue on my agenda,” Franklin said. “I promised to keep you informed of our actions, and we have quickly found solutions for a majority of the recommendations.”

Since the town halls convened on May 1 and 2, a list of tasks have already been completed, including two Air Force Lunch and Learn sessions for parents and U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern community service and family advocacy programs that brief parents on all aspects of child safety. Additionally, the 86th Force Support Squadron shared information regarding licensing of child care providers off and on base and provided two classes to inform parents of the vulnerabilities of children talking to strangers.

A neighborhood watch program was also among some of the requested recommendations that were implemented.

The 86th Security Forces Squadron and the 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron are hosting a meeting for housing residents designed to educate KMC housing residents in assisting security forces in keeping children and neighborhoods safe. The meetings will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. May 29, 30 and 31. The meetings will take place in the Hercules Theater for Ramstein residents and in Bldg. 2787, School Liaison Office on Vogelweh, for Vogelweh and Landstuhl residents.

For more information on current issues, reference the “Child Safety Updates” section on Livewire at or the “Hot Topics” section of the USAG-K website at If you have information that may help investigators, call the joint task force tip line at 0171-745-5382.

“I ask that you remain vigilant,” Franklin said. “We are using all of our assets to keep the KMC safe, and we can’t do it without the help of our community.”