By CourtesyMay 26, 2019
WIESBADEN, Germany -- U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, and its partner the City of Wiesbaden, will host a public celebration June 10 for the 70th anniversary of the end of the Berlin Airlift. From 9:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. on the Clay Kaserne Airfield, visitors can enjoy food, fun, live music and history while getting the chance to see historic aircraft from the time of the Berlin Airlift, and modern day aircraft from the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force.
"We are so very excited to partner with the city of Wiesbaden to hold this incredible event," said U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Commander Col. Noah Cloud during a March 29 press conference with partners at the city of Wiesbaden announcing the event. "The Berlin Airlift is a historic feat with no equal, and is a key event in the friendship and alliance we share with our host nation today."
Wiesbaden military community members should be aware of changes to installation access and services during the June 10 public event and on June 11, when the event will be open only to military ID card holders only and prearranged school groups.
Tickets for non-U.S. military ID card holders are available through the city of Wiesbaden at www.wiesbaden.de/luftbruecke or its downtown tourism office. In addition to its normal holiday bus routes, the city has arranged park and ride locations from Wallau, Erbenheim, Nordenstadt, Kastel, Delkenheim and Abraham-Lincoln Strasse to the event. Parking will not be available for the public, so visitors are asked to use bus, taxi or bikes to the event. Garrison tickets do not include city bus transportation to post. ID card holders wishing to use the city bus will need to obtain tickets from the city for €5 for adults and €2 for children ages 7 to 12 to use the city bus to the event. Details on the park and rides is available at www.wiesbaden.de/luftbruecke.
Wiesbaden military community members should get their tickets and vehicle placards to enter post from their workplace or chain of command. ID card holders at other garrisons within Germany should contact their local Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation for tickets and placards.
The temporary vehicle placards will be required to pass a vehicle checkpoint at Luftbruecken Strasse and B455 to enter post. Military community members requiring vehicle access to Clay Kaserne June 10 must have a vehicle placard to ease access. Placards were distributed along with tickets for ID card holders.
No guest sign-ins will be allowed at the Clay Kaserne welcome center on June 10. ID card holder guests can be signed in on a multi-day pass prior to the event or at the Hainerberg gate on the day of the event. However, the main Clay Kaserne access control point will be a general admission gate open to visitors with tickets, so guests can also enter the general access point
Resident ID card holders will have to drop guests off at the general admission gate for entrance before proceeding on to post through the south gate. Only ID card holders will be allowed to enter post through the south access control point.
Wiesbaden military community members will have access to post through the south access control point, which will be opened during the event. Only DoD ID card holders will be allowed access through this gate.
ID card holders will need a placard for their vehicle to pass a vehicle checkpoint at Luftbruecken Strasse and B455 to enter post. Placard were handed out to units along with the tickets.
Residents will be able to enter the airfield event through a gate at the intersection of Lindsey Boulevard and Wheaton Avenue with their ID cards and, on June 10, tickets.
June 11 will only be open to U.S. military ID card holders and their guests, and tickets are not required.
DoD ID card holders with vehicle placards obtained from their units or organizations will be able to access Clay Kaserne in their privately owned vehicles through the south access control point on June 10. No placards are needed on June 11.
Garrison tickets do not include city bus transportation to post. ID card holders wishing to use the city bus will need to obtain tickets from www.wiesbaden.de/luftbruecke or the city tourism office for €5 for adults and €2 for children ages 7 to 12.
Please note, the following items are prohibited:
- glass containers
- alcoholic beverages
- knives, firearms or weapons of any type
- self-defense items such as sprays or TASERs
- fireworks or any type of pyrotechnic/explosive devices
- aerosol cans
- laser pointers
- sport equipment
- large bulky items like camping chairs, backpacks or coolers
- drones or remote control aircraft
- banners or items with slogans that contain offensive, political, or racist content
- due to the heat on the airfield tarmac, it is recommended that guests do not bring dogs other than required service animals
On site food, beverage and memorabilia vendors will accept euros.
For more information on the event, please visit https://home.army.mil/wiesbaden/index.php/about/BAL70 or www.wiesbaden.de/luftbruecke.