December 31, 2005

Exit Strategy Accomplished–After 60 Years

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:24 am

A US Air Force Base in Germany Closes (HT American Thinker):

The U.S. Air Force on Friday handed over the keys to Rhein-Main Air Base to the operator of Frankfurt International Airport, the last step in closing the base that hosted American forces for 60 years.

The 120 buildings on the base are to be bulldozed to make way for a third terminal for Frankfurt’s sprawling civilian airport — continental Europe’s busiest. It officially becomes German property on Saturday.

The ceremony, at which Brig. Gen. Mike Snodgrass gave the keys of the base’s buildings and main gate to Manfred Schoelch of airport operator Fraport AG, followed Rhein-Main’s formal closing in October.

….. Rhein-Main was once a hub of activity for American forces facing Soviet bloc forces and tensions in the Middle East. It saw a steady stream of planes fly supplies to West Berliners in the late 1940s during the Soviet blockade of the city.

No complaint was heard from Congressman John Murtha about how long the pullout took.

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