Ramstein begins teen center fees as wider Air Force struggles to cover MWR costs
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The Air Force has begun charging a $70 annual fee for dependents to attend teen activity centers on Ramstein and Vogelweh air bases, while similar Army centers offer the service for free.
Air Force officials said the annual surcharge was necessary after the two teen centers sustained $29,300 in losses “through operations that did not charge enough to cover costs” in 2017.
Fees for youth centers aren’t unusual at Air Force bases; for example, Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana charges $40 per year, while Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma charges $60 annually, according to their websites. Aviano Air Base in Italy charges $120 per year in quarterly installments.
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