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Ramstein AB Operation Allies Refuge update

Release Number: 020921

View of hangar 5.

Evacuees prepare to leave Ramstein and head to other transient locations during Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 30, 2021. In order to process passengers seeking transport to their next destination, 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing Airmen have repurposed their maintenance hangar into a small international airport to build a cohesive system in coordination with the Department of State, Transportation Security Administration and other agencies. Partitions are used to separate different outgoing flights during processing. Operation Allies Refuge is facilitating the quick, safe evacuation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans from Afghanistan. Evacuees receive support such as temporary lodging, food and water, and access to medical care at Ramstein Air Base while preparing for transportation to their final destinations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Milton Hamilton)


Ramstein AB continues its support for Operation Allies Refuge, the largest airlift in U.S. history. The installation has been serving as the largest reception port for evacuees within U.S. European Command since Aug. 20.

U.S. Air Force Airmen, U.S. Army Soldiers, the host nation, interagency partners and hundreds of volunteers are supporting the effort to care for the thousands of evacuees transiting through Ramstein AB to their onward destination.

The advanced medical care, security, and support of Afghans and other evacuees has required close coordination with medical specialists, NATO security officials, and volunteers offering their assistance.

Ramstein’s evacuation status, as of 8:30 a.m. Sept. 7, 2021:

  • Approximately 140 aircraft carrying Afghan evacuees have arrived to Ramstein Air Base.
  • Currently, there are a total of approximately 11,900 evacuees on Ramstein Air Base and at Rhine Ordnance Barracks (ROB) awaiting travel.
  • Within the next 12 hours, we anticipate approximately 230 more evacuees to arrive at Ramstein Air Base.
  • More than 22,000 evacuees have departed on approximately 90 flights from Ramstein Air Base to the United States or another safe location.
  • Within the next 12 hours, we anticipate more than 1,100 additional evacuees to depart Ramstein Air Base.

For additional information, contact the 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs office (email: 86aw.pa@us.af.mil). Imagery is regularly updated and available at https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/eucomafgevac.