KMC on the Radar

GACO has your answer

by Brig. Gen. Rich Johnston
KMC and 86th Airlift Wing commander

***image1***We are all blessed to have the opportunity to live in Germany for an assignment. However, living overseas can sometimes be stressful or confusing and you may have questions about visas, local events, marriage licenses and other issues. All of these questions can be answered at the German-American Community Office in Kaiserslautern.

The GACO is run by a friendly bilingual staff that is part of the 86th Airlift Wing Host Nation Office, the U.S. Army Garrison-Kaiserslautern Public Affairs Office and the Kaiserslautern City Administration. The office, which opened in 2003, has been visited by more than 11,500 German and American customers. 

The office links the KMC to the city and county of Kaiserslautern – and beyond. During a period of more than 50 years of mutual cooperation between the Americans and the people of the Western Palatinate, several friendship associations have been established. GACO has information on all of these clubs and information on how to get involved.  

The KMC was the first to establish this type of office, and it has been a huge success.  Since its opening, high-ranking visitors such as the Japanese Ambassador in Germany and a congressional delegation have visited. The unique office is available for any questions or assistance you may need. 

The GACO is located on Lauterstraße in Kaiserslautern across the street from the Rathaus.  To contact GACO, log onto, or call at 0631-363-3010.