RAMSTEIN-MIESENBACH, RP, GERMANY
Story by Airman 1st Class Jennifer Gonzales
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, GERMANY—The dining facility is closing this week on Jan. 15th due to some much-needed renovations, and it looks like it’ll be out of commission for about 18-25 months. Many Airmen, myself included, may be wondering where their next meal is coming from and what it’s going to cost.
There’s no need to worry, though. U.S. Air Force Capt. Lynnsee Moberg, 86th Aerospace Medicine Squadron nutrition programs manager, wants to help. She’s a registered dietitian, certified specialist in sports dietetics and has a master’s in nutrition and exercise physiology. Currently, Moberg is conducting hands-on, healthy cooking demonstrations where she teaches how to use a crockpot, knife-cutting techniques, and maximizing the use of your microwave.
Additionally, Moberg has recipe books available that tie into the cooking lessons, so snag one when you get a chance. The books contain groceries listed by food group, tools to have in your dorm, tips on food storage, and ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner so you don’t have to wrack your brain about what to do with all that food you might buy.
There are plenty of alternative places to eat, too. Jawbone Flight Kitchen in building 3332, next to the passenger terminal, is a great choice to grab a meal. It’s open 24/7, so, for those working a midnight or swing shift, they’ve got you covered. The Base Exchange has plenty of options, however, most of the food places there are “fast food.” On the bright side, the food court has “Salad Wednesdays” and post calorie information so you can be aware of how much you’re really eating.
Regarding expenses, some Airmen living in the dorms will get an increase in basic allowance for subsistence to compensate for the cost of purchasing food. Ramstein dorm residents will get double BAS—totaling $738.78 added to their monthly paychecks, plus the cost of living allowance. For those living at Kapaun or Vogelweh, they’ll see the standard BAS of $369.39, and COLA as well.
The extra BAS means purchasing any cooking utensils shouldn’t be a problem. If it’s concerning, check out the Airman’s Attic. They often harbor some pretty nifty stuff! The Airman’s Attic is in building 2162, next to the barber shop. They’re open from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays to E-4 and below.
With all that said, these cooking lessons are a wonderful idea and I encourage those that live in the dorms to attend. After all, who doesn’t like free food? You may even get some free cookware, too, as well as the recipe book.
For more information on these demonstrations, contact Capt. Moberg at DSN 480-1689.
If you’re concerned about budgeting or managing expenses, you can contact the Airmen and Family Readiness Center for information and assistance at DSN 480-5100 or CIV 06371-47-5100.