Headquarters
United States Army Europe
United States Army Installation Management Command
    Europe Region
Heidelberg, Germany

Army in Europe
Regulation 600-17*

22 August 2012

Personnel—General

Retail Sales of Motor Fuel to Individuals in Germany


*This regulation supersedes AE Regulation 600-17, 1 April 2010.



For the Director:

ROBERT L. MYERS
Chief of Staff

Official:

DWAYNE J. VIERGUTZ
Chief, Army in Europe
    Document Management



Summary. This regulation establishes policy and procedures for the retail sale of tax- and duty-free motor fuel to authorized personnel in Germany.

Summary of Change. This revision deletes the authorization for U.S. Forces personnel to purchase fuel coupons while being on leave in Italy (F-1b).

Applicability. This regulation applies to USEUCOM component commands; personnel assigned to NATO international military headquarters in Germany; AAFES-Eur; customers and vehicles eligible for support according to AE Regulation 190-1 or AE Regulation 600-700; personnel assigned to the Embassy and consulates of the United States of America in Germany who are not German citizens; and personnel who are assigned to U.S. diplomatic or consular posts outside Germany when on official duty in Germany pursuant to AE Regulation 600-700, chapter 21.

Supplementation. Organizations will not supplement this regulation without approval by the Business Management Branch, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff, G9, IMCOM-Europe.

Forms. This regulation prescribes AE Form 600-17A. AE and higher level forms are available through the Army in Europe Library & Publishing System at https://aepubs.army.mil/.

Suggested Improvements. The proponent of this regulation is the Business Management Branch, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff, G9, IMCOM-Europe (DSN 496-5604). Users may suggest improvements to this regulation by sending DA Form 2028 to IMCOM-Europe (IMEU-MWR-A), Unit 29064, APO AE 09136-9064.



CONTENTS


SECTION I
GENERAL


SECTION II
RESPONSIBILITIES


SECTION III
FUEL-RATIONING AND RETAIL POLICY


SECTION IV
VIOLATIONS


Appendixes
A. References
B. Sales of Rationed Fuel to the American Embassy, Berlin; and U.S. Consulate Personnel in Germany
C. Sales of Rationed Fuel to Other Eligible Personnel in Germany
D. Documentation Requirements
E. Fuel-Ration Authorizations and Allowances for Germany
F. Sale of Rationed Fuel to Personnel Assigned to Other Countries

Tables
1. Field Registry Stations
2. AAFES Fuel-Ration Card Issue and Activation Locations
3. Garrison Military Police Stations
4. United States Forces Customs-Europe Offices
C-1. Authorization for NATO Personnel Assigned to IMH
C-2. POL Rations for Personnel on Leave, Pass, or TDY; and for Personnel Who Rent a Vehicle While Stationed in Germany
E-1. Monthly Motor-Fuel Ration Allowances

Glossary



SECTION I
GENERAL


1. PURPOSE
This regulation prescribes policy and procedures for the retail sale of tax- and duty-free gasoline and diesel motor fuel in Germany.


2. REFERENCES
Appendix A lists references.


3. EXPLANATION OF ABBREVIATIONS AND TERMS
The glossary defines abbreviations and terms.


4. AUTHORITY
The sale and use of tax- and duty-free motor fuel, as well as the limited sale of taxed motor fuel, in Germany is based on the following:


5. APPLICABILITY


SECTION II
RESPONSIBILITIES


6. DIRECTOR, IMCOM-EUROPE
The Director, IMCOM-Europe, will—


7. USAREUR PROVOST MARSHAL
The USAREUR Provost Marshal, as the CG USAREUR Customs Executive Agent for Germany, is the proponent for U.S. Forces customs policy, procedures, and documents. As the CG Customs Executive Agent, the USAREUR Provost Marshal will—


8. COMMANDER, ARMY AND AIR FORCE EXCHANGE SERVICE, EUROPE
The Commander, Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Europe (AAFES-Eur), is responsible for—


9. PERSONNEL AUTHORIZED TO PURCHASE RATIONED FUEL
Personnel authorized to purchase motor fuel will—

Table 1
Field Registry Stations
Garrison/Community Location and Telephone Number
AnsbachBarton Barracks, building 5251, room 111, DSN 386-7280
BambergWarner Barracks, building 7011, room 119, DSN 469-7580
BaumholderSmith Barracks, building 8724, 1st floor, DSN 485-6350
BerlinEmbassy Building, room 455, civ 030-8305-2585
Buechel Air BaseBuilding 512b, room 209, DSN 452-7340
GarmischArtillery Kaserne, building 203, room 114, DSN 442-3727
Geilenkirchen Air BaseMilitary Customs Office, building 297, civ 02451-63-634924
GrafenwöhrGrafenwöhr Training Area, building 530, DSN 475-6477
HeidelbergShopping Center, building 3850, 2d floor, DSN 370-9487
HohenfelsMain Post, building 10, room 118, DSN 466-2842
IllesheimStorck Barracks, building 6541, 1st floor, DSN 467-4248
KaiserslauternKapaun Air Station, building 2086, DSN 489-7542
SchweinfurtConn Barracks, building 64, 1st floor, DSN 353-8201
Sembach KaserneBuilding 216, room 126, DSN 496-4640
Spangdahlem Air BaseBuilding 128, room 103, DSN 452-6695
StuttgartPanzer Kaserne, building 2930, 1st floor, DSN 431-2833
VilseckRose Barracks, building 351, DSN 476-2626
WiesbadenMainz-Kastel Housing, building 7514, room 20, DSN 334-2740
NOTES:
1. All locations are closed on U.S. and German holidays.
2. All locations close at noon on the last workday of the month for inventory.
3. Customers are advised to call specific locations for operating hours.


Table 2
AAFES Fuel-Ration Card Issue and Activation Locations
Garrison/Community Location
AnsbachKatterbach Retail Store
BambergWarner Barracks Main Exchange
BaumholderSmith Barracks Main Exchange,
Smith Barracks Shoppette/Gas Station
GarmischArtillery Kaserne Main Exchange
Geilenkirchen Air BaseAir Base Retail Store
GrafenwöhrGrafenwöhr Training Area Main Exchange
HeidelbergShopping Center Main Exchange
AnsbachKatterbach Retail Store
BambergWarner Barracks Main Exchange
BaumholderSmith Barracks Main Exchange,
Smith Barracks Express/Gas Station
GarmischArtillery Kaserne Main Exchange
GeilenkirchenAir Base Retail Store
GrafenwöhrGrafenwöhr Training Area Main Exchange
HeidelbergShopping Center Main Exchange,
Patrick Henry Village Express
HohenfelsHohenfels Training Area Retail Store
IllesheimStorck Barracks Retail Store
KaiserslauternPulaski Shoppette/Gas Station
LandstuhlLandstuhl Express/Gas Station
RamsteinAir Base Gas Station,
Kaiserslautern Military Community Center
SchweinfurtLedward Barracks Main Exchange,
Conn Express/Gas Station
Spangdahlem Air BaseAir Base Main Exchange,
Spangdahlem Express/Gas Station
StuttgartPanzer Kaserne Main Exchange,
Patch Express/Gas Station
VilseckRose Barracks Furniture Store
WiesbadenHainerberg Main Exchange,
Hainerberg Express/Gas Station


NOTE: A person who has a power-of-attorney authorization to drive a POV that is owned and registered to someone else is not authorized to obtain rationed fuel for that vehicle.

Table 3
Garrison Military Police Stations
Community Location Telephone Numbers
USAG AnsbachBarton Barracks,
Building 5257
DSN 468-7643
civilian 0981-183643
Illesheim Storck Barracks,
Building 6518
DSN 467-4565
civilian 09841-83565
USAG Baden-WürttembergHeidelberg, Patrick Henry VillageDSN 388-2333
civilian 06221-6782333
USAG BambergWarner Barracks,
Building 7011
DSN 469-8700
civilian 0951-300-8700
USAG BaumholderSmith Barracks,
Building 8720
DSN 485-7546
civilian 06783-67546
USAG GarmischArtillery Kaserne,
Building 209
DSN 440-3648
civilian 08821-7503648
USAG GrafenwöhrVilseck Rose Barracks,
Building 2209
DSN 476-2490
civilian 09662-832490
USAG HohenfelsMain Post, Building 358DSN 466-2812
civilian 09472-832812
USAG KaiserslauternVogelweh/Kapaun Air Base
Building 2067
DSN 489-6060
civilian 0631-5366060
USAG StuttgartPatch Barracks,
Building 2307
DSN 430-5261/5262
civilian 0711-680-5261/5262
USAG SchweinfurtLedward Barracks,
Building 295
DSN 354-6766
civilian 09721-966766
USAG WiesbadenAir Base Building 1006DSN 337-5096
civilian 0611-7055096


Table 4
United States Forces Customs-Europe Offices
Community Location Telephone Numbers
USAG AnsbachBarton Barracks,
Building 5254, room 316
DSN 468-7842/7546
civilian 0981-183842
USAG Baden-WürttembergHeidelberg Shopping Center,
Building 3850, room 271
DSN 370-8998/7142
civilian 06221-578998
USAG BambergWarner Barracks,
Building 7011, room 124/125
DSN 469-7460/9312
civilian 0951-3007460
USAG BaumholderSmith Barracks,
Building 8724, room 2
DSN 485-7442/8193
civilian 06783-67441
USAG GarmischArtillery Kaserne,
Building 209
DSN 440-3601/3801
civilian 08821-7503648
USAG GrafenwöhrGrafenwöhr Main Post,
Building 6212, room 102
DSN 475-7249/7282
civilian 09641-837249
USAG HohenfelsTraining Area,
Building 10, room 118
DSN 466-2012/2745
civilian 09472-832012
USAG KaiserslauternKleber Kaserne,
Building 215
DSN 483-7383
civilian 0631-4117383
USAG SchweinfurtLedward Barracks,
Building 289
DSN 354-6854/6842
civilian 09721-966854
USAG StuttgartPanzer Kaserne,
Building 2913, room 303
DSN 431-2731/2657
civilian 07031-15-2731/2657
USAG WiesbadenArmy Airfield
Building 1038, room 201
DSN 337-6071/5188
civilian 0611-7056071
Geilenkirchen Air BaseBuilding 84, rooms 8 and 9DSN 458-6087
civilian 02451-63-2227
Ramstein Air BaseRamstein Inn Guesthouse,
Building 305, room 14
DSN 480-3720
civilian 06371-473720
Spangdahlem Air BaseBuilding 139, room 106 and
AMC Air Terminal, bldg 670
DSN 452-4500
civilian 06565-614500
or (AMC)
DSN 452-8976
civilian 06565-618976


NOTE: Personnel who receive a short-term fuel ration card will use AE Form 550-175L instead of AE Form 190-1A to complete the actions in subparagraph d above. These personnel must keep all approved forms until after the short-term fuel-ration card expires. German military personnel who are assigned to a NATO IMH in Germany are not eligible to receive a short-term fuel ration card.


SECTION III
FUEL-RATIONING AND RETAIL POLICY


10. FUEL-RATION AUTHORIZATIONS AND ALLOWANCES
Appendix E establishes monthly tax- and duty-free motor-fuel ration allowances. Ration allowances are governed by international agreements and are based on motor sizes. The U.S. Forces Registry of Motor Vehicles is authorized to assign ration allowances during registration. Designated commanders and their representatives also assign ration allowances for nonregistered vehicles, recreational vehicles (RVs), equipment, and machinery.

11. SUPPLEMENTAL RATIONS
As an exception, individuals may be authorized supplemental tax- and duty-free motor-fuel rations for their registered or listed POVs. AE Form 600-17A will be used to request supplemental fuel rations. Requests may be approved by company or squadron commanders for military personnel and by equivalent-level civilian supervisors for civilian employees.

NOTE: German military personnel assigned to an IMH in Germany are not eligible to supplement their standard monthly ration.


12. LONG-TERM AND SHORT-TERM FUEL-RATION PERIODS AND PURCHASES
AAFES will issue long-term fuel-ration cards for POVs that are registered or listed with the RMV. AAFES will also issue short-term fuel-ration cards for rental vehicles and visiting POVs not registered with the RMV that have been issued AE Form 550-175L from the offices listed in table 3 and table 4. The long-term fuel-ration cards for a specific vehicle will be renewable at AAFES card issue and activation sites. The automated fuel-ration card expiration date is tied to the vehicle registration expiration date shown on AE Form 190-1A. Any delay in renewing the vehicle registration will cause the fuel-ration cards for that vehicle to be deactivated. The fuel-ration card also has a printed expiration date, shown as the month and year, on the lower right of the front side. AAFES may replace fuel-ration cards before they expire as long as the sponsor or the sponsor’s spouse has a valid AE Form 190-1A. The long-term fuel-ration card must be replaced each time the vehicle license-plate number changes.


13. RENTAL AND LEASED VEHICLES
The title document for rental or leased vehicles provides the vehicle specifications and serves as the basis for determining ration allowances (app E).


14. MOTORCYCLES
Motorcycle ration allowances are based on motor size. Specific allowances are in table E-1.


15. MOPEDS AND SIMILAR VEHICLES
Ration allowances for mopeds, motor bicycles, motor scooters, and similar motorized vehicles are 100 liters of motor fuel a month. To be able to purchase rationed fuel at AAFES and Esso stations in Germany, personnel must follow the procedures in paragraph 9d to register their mopeds or similar vehicles at a U.S. Forces field registry station, receive AE Form 190-1A, and receive a fuel-ration card from AAFES. Mopeds and similar vehicles that have a nonstandard license plate must keep the license plate throughout the process of getting a fuel-ration card and when using the fuel-ration card.


16. RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, EQUIPMENT, AND MACHINERY
Authorized fuel-ration card holders may use their existing fuel-ration card to purchase fuel for their own RVs, equipment, and machinery that use fuel (for example, golf carts, motorboats). Individuals needing an additional ration allowance for equipment of this type should follow the procedures in paragraph 11 for approval of a supplemental ration.


17. REFUNDS FOR FUEL-RATION CARD PREPAYMENTS
When sponsors deregister their long-term vehicle because of a permanent change of station or expiration term of service, or after the expiration of their short-term eligibility (for example, end of TDY in Germany, end of annual leave spent in Germany), they may request and receive a full refund from AAFES for any money left on the prepaid fuel-ration card.


SECTION IV
VIOLATIONS


18. PROHIBITED ACTIONS
Persons subject to this regulation will not—


19. CONSEQUENCES
In accordance with AE Regulation 600-1, individuals violating this regulation may be subject to—

 

APPENDIX A
REFERENCES


SECTION I
PUBLICATIONS

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and the Supplementary Agreement

Truppenzollgesetz (Forces Customs Law)

FMOF IV A6-S7492-13/04 Letter, 22 December 2004, subject: Value Added Tax/Turnover Tax Relief under Art. 67, Paragraph 3 of the Supplementary Agreement to the NATO Status of Forces Agreement (NATO SOFA SA) (This document is available from the USAREUR Provost Marshal.)

FMOF IV B9-S7492/07/10008 Letter, 30 November 2009, subject: Sale of Taxed Fuel by AAFES Within the Scope of a Fuel Card Program (This document is available from the USAREUR Provost Marshal.)

Administrative Arrangement Concerning the Transformation of the Gas Coupon System Into a Fuel Card Program, concluded between the German Federal Ministry of Finance Represented by the Customs and Excise Department and the U.S. Forces Represented by the USAREUR Provost Marshal as the Customs Executive Agent for Germany, 7 January 2008; and the extension arrangements dated 14 November 2008 and 17 April 2009 (These documents are available from the USAREUR Provost Marshal.)

Letters from the Federal Chancellor to each of the three high commissioners relating to facilities for embassies and consulates, 23 October 1954 (This document is available from the USAREUR Provost Marshal.)

AR 25-400-2, The Army Records Information Management System (ARIMS)

AR 215-8/AFI 34-211(I), Army and Air Force Exchange Service Operations

AE Regulation 190-1, Driver and Vehicle Requirements and the Installation Traffic Code for the U.S. Forces in Germany

AE Regulation 550-33/CINCUSNAVEUR Instruction 5840.17C/USAFE Instruction 51-710, Regulations on Personal Property, Local Currency, and Motor Vehicles for U.S. Personnel in the United Kingdom

AE Regulation 550-35, Regulations on Personal Property, Local Currency, and Motor Vehicles for U.S. Personnel in the Netherlands

AE Regulation 550-36/COMUSNAVEUR Instruction 5840.6C/USAFE Instruction 51-707, Regulations on Personal Property, Local Currency, and Motor Vehicles for U.S. Personnel in Turkey

AE Regulation 550-175, U.S. Forces Customs Controls in Germany

AE Regulation 600-1, Regulated Activities in Europe

AE Regulation 600-700, Identification Cards and Individual Logistic Support

AE Regulation 600-702/CNE-C6F Staff Instruction 10110.1E/USAFE Instruction 34-101, Ration Policy

AE Miscellaneous Publication 600-17A, Fuel-Ration Card Trifold

AE Miscellaneous Publication 600-17C, Germany Fuel-Ration Card Issuance or Replacement Requirement

USAREUR Regulation 550-32/COMUSNAVEUR Instruction 5840.2E/USAFE Instruction 36-101, Tri-Component Directive for Italy on Personal Property, Rationed Goods, Motor Vehicles and Drivers’ Licenses, Civilian Component and Technical Representative Status


SECTION II
FORMS

DA Form 2028, Recommended Changes to Publications and Blank Forms

AE Form 190-1A, U.S. Forces POV Registration/Title Certificate/Zulassungsschein/Besitzurkunde für Privatkraftfahrzeuge

AE Form 190-1AA, Application for Motor Vehicle Registration and Allied Transactions

AE Form 550-175L, U.S. Forces POL Authorization for Rental Vehicle or Privately Owned Vehicle Registered in Europe But Not in Germany/Genehmigung zum Kauf von Treibstoff für einen Mietwagen oder für ausserhalb von Deutschland in Europa zugelassene Privatwagen

AE Form 600-17A, Request and Authorization for Additional Gas or Diesel Fuel

AE Form 600-702A, U.S. Forces Ration Card

 

APPENDIX B
SALES OF RATIONED FUEL TO THE AMERICAN EMBASSY, BERLIN; AND U.S. CONSULATE PERSONNEL IN GERMANY


B-1. ELIGIBILITY
AE Regulation 600-700 establishes tax- and duty-free motor-fuel authorizations for personnel assigned to the American Embassy in Berlin and to U.S. consulates in Germany.


B-2. REQUIREMENTS
Authorized personnel require the following to purchase tax- and duty-free fuel:


B-3. SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES
Special license plates will be issued to eligible American embassy and U.S. consulate employees. The U.S. Forces Registry of Motor Vehicles is the POC for information on special license plates.

 

APPENDIX C
SALES OF RATIONED FUEL TO OTHER ELIGIBLE PERSONNEL IN GERMANY


C-1. AUTHORITY
AE Regulation 600-700 explains categories of personnel who are authorized to purchase tax- and duty-free motor fuel while in Germany on official leave, pass, or TDY.


C-2. ELIGIBLE PERSONNEL
The following personnel are authorized tax-free motor fuel and must follow procedures in the basic regulation, paragraph 9e(2), to obtain short-term fuel-ration cards for owned or rented vehicles:

Table C-1
Authorization for NATO Personnel Assigned to IMH
Country of Personnel IMH Country of Personnel IMH
AlbaniaAuthorizedLatviaAuthorized
BelgiumNot AuthorizedLithuaniaAuthorized
BulgariaAuthorizedLuxembourgAuthorized
CanadaAuthorizedNetherlandsAuthorized
CroatiaAuthorizedNorwayAuthorized
Czech RepublicAuthorizedPolandAuthorized
DenmarkAuthorizedPortugalAuthorized
EstoniaAuthorizedRomaniaAuthorized
FranceAuthorizedSlovakiaAuthorized
GermanyAuthorized (note)SloveniaAuthorized
GreeceAuthorizedSpainAuthorized
HungaryAuthorizedTurkeyAuthorized
IcelandAuthorizedUnited KingdomAuthorized
ItalyAuthorizedUnited StatesAuthorized
NOTE: German military personnel assigned at the German-Netherlands Corps in Münster are authorized to list their German-registered vehicles with the U.S. Forces Registry of Motor Vehicles and be issued a long-term fuel-ration card for use in Germany (basic reg, para 9d).


Table C-2
POL Rations for Personnel on Leave, Pass, or TDY; and
for Personnel Who Rent a Vehicle While Stationed in Germany
Number of Days on Leave, Pass, or TDY Ration Allowance (liters)
1 through 7100
8 through 15200
16 through 22300
23 through 30400



C-3. INELIGIBLE PERSONNEL
U.S. Forces personnel who are in Germany on leave but are not stationed in Europe or North Africa are not authorized tax- and duty-free motor fuel.

 

APPENDIX D
DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS


D-1. BASIC DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS
Personnel will present the following documents to the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Europe (AAFES-Eur), sales outlet when purchasing motor fuel or when requesting issuance of a fuel-ration card:


D-2. SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: Orders for the individuals in subparagraphs a through d above must be stamped as prescribed by AE Regulation 600-702 and must indicate the appropriate pro rata motor-fuel authorization as shown in appendix C, table C-2.

 

APPENDIX E
FUEL-RATION AUTHORIZATIONS AND ALLOWANCES FOR GERMANY


E-1. MONTHLY FUEL-RATION AUTHORIZATIONS AND ALLOWANCES
The U.S. Forces Motor Vehicle Registry will determine monthly fuel-ration authorizations based on technical data available at the Registry and data presented by the owner at the time of registration. Ration allowances are determined by the motor size (measured in horsepower (hp)) with the equivalent German ratings in kilowatt (kW) and German horsepower (Pferdestärke (PS)) in table E-1.

Table E-1
Monthly Motor-Fuel Ration Allowances
Type of Vehicle hp kW PS Ration Allowances
(liters)
Passenger vehicles60 and above44.74 and above60.85 and above400
Under 60Under 44.74Under 60.85200
Motorcycles60 and above44.74 and above60.85 and above300
Under 60Under 44.74Under 60.85200
RVs and equipment10 and above7.46 and above10.15 and above200
Under 10Under 7.46Under 10.15100


E-2. RENTAL AND LEASED VEHICLE FUEL RATIONS
Rental and leased vehicle fuel rations will be consistent with those in table E-1 and will be based on vehicle title documents. Ration amounts for segments of days that are less than 1 month are shown on AE Form 550-175L. Leased vehicles that are listed with the U.S. Forces Motor Vehicle Registry become eligible for standard monthly rations as shown in table E-1.


E-3. SUPPLEMENTAL MOTOR FUEL
Supplemental motor fuel will be authorized in accordance with paragraph 11 of the basic regulation.

 

APPENDIX F
SALE OF RATIONED FUEL TO PERSONNEL ASSIGNED TO OTHER COUNTRIES


NOTE: All eligible personnel who are stationed in Europe or North Africa but not in Germany, as shown in this appendix, are authorized to use the short-term fuel-ration card for their privately owned or rented vehicles while they are on TDY, official leave, or military pass status in Germany.


F-1. ITALY
USAREUR Regulation 550-32 establishes authorizations and policy for personnel visiting Italy.


F-2. THE NETHERLANDS
AE Regulation 550-35 establishes authorizations and policy for personnel visiting the Netherlands.


F-3. TURKEY
Retail tax-free motor-fuel coupons are not available in Turkey. AE Regulation 550-36 provides more information.


F-4. UNITED KINGDOM
Tax-free motor fuel is available only for personnel assigned in or on TDY in the United Kingdom. AE Regulation 550-33 establishes authorizations and policy.

 

GLOSSARY


SECTION I
ABBREVIATIONS


AAFESArmy and Air Force Exchange Service
AAFES-EurArmy and Air Force Exchange Service, Europe
ARArmy regulation
DODDepartment of Defense
hphorsepower
IDidentification
IMCOM-Europe   United States Army Installation Management Command, Europe Region
IMHinternational military headquarters
kWkilowatt
MPImilitary police investigation
NATONorth Atlantic Treaty Organization
POCpoint of contact
POLpetroleum, oils, and lubricants
POVprivately owned vehicle
PS Pferdestärke (horsepower)
RMVU.S. Forces Registry of Motor Vehicles
RVrecreational vehicle
SOFAStatus of Forces Agreement
TDYtemporary duty
U.S.United States
USAGUnited States Army garrison
USAREURUnited States Army Europe
USEUCOMUnited States European Command


SECTION II
TERMS


Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Europe, fuel-ration card
A wallet-size card issued by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Europe (AAFES-Eur), to purchase tax- and duty-free motor fuel at AAFES-Eur-operated service stations or specified commercial stations in Germany.

Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Europe, retail service station
A facility operated by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Europe, for selling and dispensing petroleum, oils, and lubricants (including gasoline and diesel motor fuel). These stations offer fuel for privately owned vehicles of authorized personnel in exchange for cash or other acceptable form of tender in conjunction with a valid fuel-ration card and sufficient authorized fuel ration. These stations also offer commercial motor oil and similar products in exchange for cash.