New homes come to KMC

Staff Sgt. Laura Holzer
Air Force News, Detachment 4

***image1***The Air Force is undergoing constant transformation from deployments to manning issues.  However, what hasn’t changed is the importance of Airmen’s quality of life. That is why the Air Force spent nearly $1 billion upgrading base housing in various overseas locations, including the KMC.

“What we’re doing is demolishing the stairwell units that were built 50 years ago,” said Capt. David Vanderburg, 435th Civil Engineer Squadron chief of construction. “(We’ve) taken 118 of these units and houses on Ramstein, Vogelweh, Kapaun and Landstuhl.”

The new homes have amenities like built-in closets, a garage, 110 and 220-volt outlets and a backyard, which are features not found usually found on-base or in off-base housing.

“I do live off base and it’s been fun to be a part of the German community, but these houses are just so nice,” said Captain Vanderburg. “In fact, when I told my wife I got an extension here she said, ‘Honey, what are the chances of moving into one of those town homes you’re building.’”

Contractors have finished more than 200 houses, with about 538 scheduled to be completed by 2010.