U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Military Life and Issues
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 1.5 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
Jump to a detailed profile or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Business Search - 14 Million verified businesses
Search for:  near: 
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 12-15-2008, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Wichita,Kansas
2,732 posts, read 4,219,547 times
Reputation: 1255
Question Stationed in Wildflecken, Germany?

Anyone serve at Wildflecken??Our family was there 83-90.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 12-15-2008, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Lake Forest, CA
1,797 posts, read 5,092,202 times
Reputation: 2028
54th Engineer Batallion, 1974-1978 at Wildflecken. I lived in the barracks on post. I enjoyed the tour of duty there, most of the time. The least enjoyable part was living in tents in mid-winter each year for a few weeks, the ice and cold was pretty tough. The best part was exploring all the towns and cities in Germany and central Europe.

Did you know that during the time you were at Wildflecken, basketball star Shaquille O'Niell was attending high school (in Fulda) and lived in Wildflecken while his NCO dad was stationed there?

Here's a good link to re-visit Wildflecken, the top of the rock:
Mod deleted link to website per City-Data Terms of Service. (Googling "Wildflecken" will get you some very good info about the city...)

Last edited by Crew Chief; 07-11-2010 at 01:21 PM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-15-2008, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Wichita,Kansas
2,732 posts, read 4,219,547 times
Reputation: 1255
Yeah,Shaq was a few years older than me, i think.
I lived in the small towns of Hettenhausen and Bad Bruckenau.
Both really charming little towns.
People stationed in Wildflecken loved it or hated it!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-21-2008, 08:40 PM
 
1 posts, read 14,207 times
Reputation: 15
I also lived in wildflecken from 1968 to 1972. My Dad was stationed there. My Mom is German so it was great living in Germany
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-27-2008, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
43,862 posts, read 26,699,854 times
Reputation: 58095
Wildflecken.....what a cool name for a town. I was born in Darmstadt.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-01-2009, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
5,655 posts, read 6,099,465 times
Reputation: 2971
Made it to "Wild Chicken" more than once during my time in Germany. Pretty countryside, although I remember the town being fairly remote.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-01-2009, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Lake Forest, CA
1,797 posts, read 5,092,202 times
Reputation: 2028
It's still a small town, but not quite as remote as years back. As you remember, Wildflecken is located only about 12 kilometers from the former border area that divided Germany. During the "cold war" era, many of the roads in West Germany within about 20 or 30 kilometers of the border area were intentionally left in an unimproved state because they did not want to invite the Red Army in with "invasion expressways" from the border area into West Germany. Today there is an autobahn from Frankfurt to Fulda, and from there it's only a half hour or so down to Wildflecken. There's also a new autobahn that heads from the eastern state of Thuringen towards Nuremberg, which passes south of Wildflecken near Bad Neustadt. And the autobahn from Hanover to Munich passes just 10 km west of Wildflecken. It's rural but not too remote if you have a car.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-12-2009, 12:30 PM
 
Location: GA/AL state line
254 posts, read 656,387 times
Reputation: 144
I went to Wildflecken a few times I think in 1992 and 1993 to support the Cavalry Cup competitions there. I believe they closed the post down soon after that. I remember we had to drive several hours in the military vehicles from Baumholder. As soon as I arrived in Wildflecken I actually wanted to return to Baumholder as soon as possible. I'm sure if I was more familiar with the area it wouldn't have been so bad.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-12-2009, 09:24 PM
 
9,666 posts, read 9,278,617 times
Reputation: 4587
Things have change greatly for military over here in Germany since the Wall came down in 1990s. Most of the small posts and even many of the larger ones have closed down. In 1990, we had 8 community sized hospitals, now we just have one medical center at Landstuhl. Major communities like Nurnberg, Wurzburg have completely closed down. A lot of activity has shifted toward my area in Vilseck, Grafenwoehr. Millions of dollars in reconstruction projects have started in our area. I told someone yesterday, that I've been in Germany in each of the last five decades - first got here in the 1960s, spent youth/teenage years in the 70-80s, served the Army off and on over here from 1980-present.

I leave in June. Probably never to come back....
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-17-2009, 10:05 PM
 
1 posts, read 14,110 times
Reputation: 11
My dad was stationed in Wildflecken from 85-88 and I loved every moment of it. I was planning on traveling to Germany and may take some time to visit the area we lived in. Which, if the maps I'm looking at are correct, would be Neuwildflecken now? Does anyone know if this a German military installation now and/or if it is open to the public?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Over $84,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Military Life and Issues
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2014, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 - Top