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April 17, 2015
Volume 39, number 15
Universal language breaks barriers Story and photos by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs With many languages around the world, communication can be a challenge between nations. One group of Airmen make it easier with the use of an international language — music. The U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band Touch ’n Go ensemble works to spread joy and raise morale for audiences in deployed countries across Europe, Africa and other locations. Responsibilities range from musical support at military functions to military and community entertainment with European neighbors. “We get to use music to immediately connect with people who may not (speak the same language),” said Senior Airman Carmen Emborski, USAFE Touch ’n Go band vocalist and transportation vehicle representative. “Through music we can make that connection with countries the United States wants to build a relationship with … we can send a message to anyone of any age or cultural background while we are up on stage.” See BAND, Page 10
Musicians from the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band Touch ’n Go rehearse March 27 on Ramstein.
PrepareAthon! comes to Ramstein, builds KMC resiliency It’s the morning of Aug. 28, 2005 — people awake to sounds of faint screams and echoes of buildings collapsing. A sense of panic and fear lingers in the air as 175 mph winds and masses of water engulfed 90,000 square miles of land. Outside, one of the ﬁve deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history has reached the southeast and
midwest of the continent. The hurricane eventually killed over 1,000 people and caused more than $100 billion in property damage. With natural disasters like this, it’s important to work together as individuals, families and ultimately a community to stay prepared for any possible tragedy. Although natural disasters cannot be prevented, steps can be taken to mitigate damage, injuries and possibly eliminate them altogether. The PrepareAthon! is a presiden-
tial directive for all members of the Department of Defense to participate in through drills, informational discussions and overall preparedness at home and in the workplace. This year’s focus is natural disasters. Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management Airmen, the Red Cross and the Army Ofﬁce of Emergency Management are working together for Ramstein’s ﬁrst PrepareAthon!. They will join to provide an information booth where they will offer guidance
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on how to build emergency preparation kits and answer questions on how to better prepare homes for unexpected emergencies on April 30 at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center. Tech. Sgt. Bradley Iseminger, 786th CES noncommissioned ofﬁcer in charge of plans and operations, said America's PrepareAthon! campaign calls on workplaces, schools, houses
US, NATO allies take flight at polygone, Page 3
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April 17, 2015
What is an AMOW? by Col. Nancy Bozzer 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing commander
hat is an air mobility operations wing? This is a great question — the same question that I asked myself when I was selected to command this unique wing. As Air Mobility Command’s sole representative for Team Ramstein, many may think we just operate the Ramstein Passenger Terminal, but our mission consists of so much more than that. The reality is that the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing is made up of 21 units, spread across 16 countries and six different time zones, stretching more than 5,000 miles — from Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal and to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. We are AMC’s gateway to Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia and we support five combatant commanders in the
process, providing four core competencies of command and control, aircraft maintenance, aerial port operations and aeromedical evacuation. Here, we provide these capabilities primarily with the C-17 Globemaster III, C-5 Galaxy and Patriot Express missions, but have the flexibility to provide support for any aircraft in the Air Force inventory. Last year alone, we airlifted 525,752 tons of cargo. That’s the equivalent to a line of bumperto-bumper Volkswagen Beetles stretching from St. Louis to New York (950 miles). We also moved 423,566 passengers (roughly the population of Miami), 4,077 aeromedical evacuation patients (11 times the number of beds at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center) and accounted for 63,353 arrivals and departures through the terminal (one every 8.3 minutes). That sounds like a mouthful, and
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of worship, community based organizations, institutions of higher education and individuals and families to take action to get and stay prepared and build resiliency. “Emergencies can happen at any time in any place,” Iseminger said. “Being prepared for disasters is a shared responsibility; it takes the whole community working together to effectively prepare for, respond to and recover from the destructive forces of nature and other emergencies and disasters.” The agencies will provide information, guidance for emergency preparedness, answer questions and hand out lists of items to construct kits for homes and offices that will ensure readiness in the event of a disaster. “It’s important for individuals and families to keep a kit of supplies in case of an emergency,” Iseminger said. “Items we suggest for the kits are: food, canned and dry goods, flashlights, batteries, a severe weather radio, towels, water, hygiene items — anything you would need to sustain yourself and family for 72 hours without government assistance.
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it is, but the relationships that our Airmen have built with U.S. Air Forces in Europe, our sister service and host nation partners have allowed our mission to become nearly seamless. The most recent example of this was our role in Operation United Assistance, supporting our nation’s response to the Ebola virus outbreak in Africa. All of our core competencies were put to the test during the global crisis and our wing responded with tenacity. We were instrumental in passenger and cargo handling for missions that originated out of western Africa and we provided Ebola kits to aircraft transiting the “hot zone.” Our Airmen, with the help of our teammates from each of the host wings, paved the way by working with the German, Spanish and Italian host nation representatives, ensuring proper procedures and protocol were in place for all personnel, planes and equipment leav-
The items are not really expensive and it’ll pay dividends in the long run.” Though Germany may not be a high-risk area for natural disasters, they are not unheard of. Being prepared is important because there is still a potential for a tragedy to occur. “The biggest thing here is extreme weather events have increased in frequency in the last 50 years and are expected to become more common, intense and costly,” said Airman 1st Class Robert Ridgway,
Airman 1st Class Robert Ridgway, 786th Civil Engineer Squadron plans and operations, goes through an emergency preparedness kit April 13 on Ramstein.
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ing the Ebola designated area. In short, we defined the standard for aircrew and passengers transiting through the affected area. The 521st AMOW is truly a unique, yet vital catalyst to our nation’s rapid, global mobility mission. I could not be more proud of the amazing accomplishments our Airmen have achieved and how they do it with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail. I’m proud to say our Airmen epitomize our wing’s motto of “Flexibility, Tenacity, Velocity ... DEPEND ON US!”
786th CES plans and operations. “Last year in Germany, we had a tornado. A lot of people weren’t prepared and didn’t know we could have that kind of disaster here, so some people weren’t sure what to do. Our job is to get the information out there so more people are prepared.” The cost of being prepared can be miniscule compared to the cost of damages when readiness is not made a priority. “In 2013, deadly weather caused more than $8 billion in property damage,” Ridgway said. “According to the Insurance Information Institute, an estimated 25 percent of all businesses were affected by a major disaster and never reopened. Failure to prepare for an extreme weather event cost the U.S. $1.15 trillion in economic losses from 1980 to 2010, and could cost another trillion dollars in the future.” The 786th CES emergency management Airmen, the Red Cross and the Army Office of Emergency Management aim to provide as many tools as necessary to help ensure that future loss of life and property damage are less severe than that of Hurricane Katrina or any other devastating past disasters.
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April 17, 2015
US, NATO allies take flight at Polygone Story and photo by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
he Polygone Electronic Warfare Range extended their capabilities with the opening of the Polygone Control Center on March 18 in Bann, Germany. With the PCC, Polygone operators talk to aircraft through a simulator which allows them to send virtual threats to test pilots on their reactions during enemy engagements. The control center offers a consolidated operating system that allows all exercise players to interact on one screen. The Polygone range also offers a worldwide deployable mobile alternative where operators can travel to the exercise location with a control center vehicle, the Multinational Aviation Live Virtual Constructive Training System, and simulate attacks. According to Maj. Ariane Greenman, director of operations at the Polygone Warrior Preparation Center Detachment 3, the PCC is a vital component to air power across the European theater because it keeps NATO allies combat ready. “The PCC allows us to simulate attacking (an
U.S. Air Force Col. Cloyce Adams, Polygone Warrior Preparation Center Detachment 3 commander, holds a man-portable aircraft survivability trainer at the Polygone Control Center on March 18 in Bann, Germany. The PWPC opened the new PCC, the multimedia training hub for NATO aircrew exercises.
enemy) more realistically and to fight the threats they (use),” Greenman said. “It prepares pilots for (emergencies) and gives them the chance to get real-time feedback on their threat reactions and whether or not they would have survived the engagement.” Because PCC operators are capable of communication with pilots during flight, the training offers a chance to get immediate and thorough feedback, as opposed to the old training system which
only notified them of passing or failing. Immediate feedback is not the only new convenience that Polygone offers. The MALTS control center dramatically reduces the cost of threat survivability training by delivering the range to the customer rather than requiring them to come here, said Master Sgt. John Zelinski, PEWR Detachment 3 superintendent. “Mobilizing a squadron of jets can be enormously expensive,” Zelinski said. “It entails
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the movement of hundreds of support personnel and equipment. The MALTS alleviates a huge portion of that cost. With budget constraints surrounding the Department of Defense at the moment, this is an essential step in the right direction.” Prior to the PCC, Polygone range had remained stagnant for approximately 25 years. Before this development, NATO aircrews moved entire squadrons halfway around the world, at an enormous expense, to access modern
electronic warfare threat training. After receiving $16.7 million, Polygone built upon existing technologies from other electronic ranges, and now presents a state-of-theart training range only 20 kilometers from Ramstein. The PCC offers opportunities to train with virtual missiles and a chance for pilots to train on the radar systems from live threats. The PEWR uses Roland surface-to-air missile systems to lock into an aircraft's radar and teach pilots how to divert similar connections. German army Capt. Stefan Nilles-Valerius, PEWR threat system officer in charge, explained how the use of these missiles offers a unique capability in how it prepares pilots in avoiding radar detection by enemy threats. “(The use of Rolands) brings live training capability with highly experienced operators who have been doing this for (many years),” Nilles-Valerius said. “Some of them were trained in the East German air force and army. This gives us the most realistic situation to train the pilots.” After 33 months of preparation, Polygone now offers a modernized and real-time electronic warfare training system to NATO aircrews.
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3 p.m.: Theft from a motor vehicle was reported in Ramstein-Miesenbach. 8:35 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Kaiserslautern.
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12 p.m.: A house break-in and larceny of government property was reported in BruchmühlbachMiesau. 4:46 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Rodenbach. 5:55 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries caused by a driver without a USAREUR License was reported in Ramstein-Miesenbach. 10:27 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident without injuries was reported in Ramstein-Miesenbach.
6:49 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Kaiserslautern. 7:45 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Ramstein-Miesenbach. 6:07 p.m.: Damage to private property was reported in Bruchmühlbach-Miesau.
1:50 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Landstuhl.
The 86th Medical Group's Ramstein Clinic will be closed from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 14 for mandatory training. Additionally, it will be closed May 25, June 11 and June 12. As the clinic improves its processes, it welcomes customer feedback. To provide feedback, contact Maj. Janelle Quinn, 86th MDG group practice manager, at 479-2687. The 86th Security Forces Squadron Pass and Identiﬁcation ofﬁce in Bldg. 2402 on Ramstein will be closed April 24 for renovation and will re-open at 7:30 a.m. April 27. Restricted area badges will still be issued at Bldg. 2402 and the Installation Access Control System, ID and Common Access Card registration service is available at the Ramstein West Gate Visitor Control Center. For more information, call the 86th SFS Pass and ID Section at 480-5429 or 06371-47-5429.
Road construction will take place Monday through May 29 on Lawn Avenue on Ramstein near Bldg. 2128 with half lane closures. Roadwork includes replacement of underground heat lines between Bldgs. 2128 and 2158, which requires excavation on the edge of Lawn Avenue. Road restriction is one lane for the duration of the heat line replacement. Facility access will be maintained throughout the project through the use of steel plates over the heat line trench. Slight trafﬁc delays in the immediate area may be expected; motorists should plan accordingly. Drivers should exercise extreme caution due to proximity of construction trafﬁc, and for everyone’s safety, obey the trafﬁc laws and regulations.
The Ramstein Air Force Association will sponsor “Dancing with the Stars,” a beneﬁt gala, at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Ramstein Ofﬁcers’ Club. Interested competitors should contact Senior Airman Josiah Austin at 0160-9138-1564.
Dental volunteer program
The Ramstein Dental Clinic will start the
12:55 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident caused by a drunken driver was reported in Weilerbach. 1:30 a.m.: Driving under the inﬂuence of a controlled substance was reported in Kaiserslautern. 3:39 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Spesbach.
6:15 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Kaiserslautern.
7:10 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Kaiserslautern.
next American Red Cross Dental Assistant Volunteer Program on Monday. The course is full time for seven months (from 6:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday). This program is open to dependent ID cardholders with a high school diploma or equivalent. Participants will in-process through today. Applicants need to be dedicated, motivated and up to date on all immunizations. Further information, applications and interview slots will be given at the mass briefing. Volunteers are full time from start date. For more information, call Master Sgt. Jessica McNabb at 479-2096 or 06371-46-2096, or Tech. Sgt. Lynn Bradshaw at 479-2210 or 06371-46-2210.
Honor guard needs members
The Ramstein Honor Guard is in need of sharp E-1s to E-6s. Anybody interested should contact Tech. Sgt. Henry Lopez at 480-5980/5986 or join training from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays in Bldg. 2010 on Ramstein.
The Kaiserslautern Veterinary Treatment Facility located on Pulaski Barracks is extending its hours of operation to better serve the community. Beginning May 11, the veterinary clinic will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The clinic will be closed on Fridays, federal holidays and occasionally at other times due to mission requirements such as end of month inventory. For more information, contact the veterinary clinic at 493-4444/4505 or 0631-3406-4444/4505.
Sleep, pain research study
If you are 18 or older, a Landstuhl Regional Medical Center beneﬁciary and have had problems with pain and sleeping for three months or longer, you may be eligible to take part in a study using ear acupuncture for insomnia and pain. Participation is voluntary and conﬁdential. For more information, call 590-4059/5641, 06371-9464-4059/5641 or 0174-375-6086, or email acupuncture.study@ yahoo.com.
Retirees’ updated information
The 86th Airlift Wing Retiree Activities Ofﬁce has been receiving large amounts of email rejects from its retiree contact list. Retirees who changed their email address since they initially registered with RAO, should email email@example.com with updated information, or call 480-5486 or 06371-47-5486.
Free USO concert
The USO will sponsor a free concert featuring country music star Trace Adkins on Monday. The concert will be held in Hangar 3, Bldg. 2310 on Ramstein. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. No tickets necessary, attendance is a ﬁrst come, ﬁrst serve. No outside alcohol, video or audio recording is permitted.
Military Child Festival
To celebrate the important role that military children play in the Armed Force’s community, 86th Force Support Squadron and Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will sponsor the 7th Annual Month of the Military Child Festival 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25 at Pulaski Park. The event is free and open to all DOD ID cardholders and their families. No glass or pets are permitted. For more information, visit www.kmcmomc.com.
Special events in KMC
Ramstein-Miesenbach will sponsor this year’s Rheinland-Pfalz State Fair June 26 to 28. Cities and union communities of the state of Rheinland-Pfalz, charity organizations as well as military forces will participate in the fair to demonstrate who they are and what they have to offer. The event will include live music, dance performances, displays and a farmers market. Organizers are expecting more than 180,000 visitors. Landstuhl will celebrate its Sickingen year with special exhibitions throughout 2015, and the castle event days will take place from May 7 to 10, featuring a medieval market and music performances.
April 17, 2015
US, Polish Armed Forces build partnership during rotation Photos by Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko
A Polish air force paratrooper waits to jump from a C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron during training above Krakow, Poland. The goal of the deployment was to build and improve partnership with the Polish air force as well as interoperability for future operations. A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron, picks up Polish air force paratroopers at Krakow, Poland. Pilots from the 37th Airlift Squadron trained alongside their Polish counterparts in a nighttime low level, unimproved landing zone, dropping Polish air force paratroopers and more.
First Lt. Kenneth Hertzler, 37th Airlift Squadron pilot, prepares a C-130J Super Hercules for takeoff on April 9 at Powidz Air Base, Poland.
Polish air force paratroopers ensure their equipment is fitted correctly before they jump from a C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron during training. The training began April 8 and will conclude today.
First Lt. Kenneth Hertzler, 37th Airlift Squadron pilot, prepares a C-130J Super Hercules for takeoff April 9 at Powidz Polish air force paratroopers jump from a C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron during training. Air Base, Poland.
April 17, 2015
NCO academy recognized as best of best by Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs The halls of the schoolhouse were crowded with technical sergeants rushing into classrooms, gathering books and learning from the best NCO academy in the Air Force. The U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s Kisling NCO Academy was named the 2014 U.S. Air Force Professional Military Education Team of the Year. This is the fifth time in the past six years they have been recognized for their accomplishments in the development of NATO NCOs. “I think the students are the heart of our organization,” said Chief Master Sgt. Amber Mitchell, Kisling NCOA commandant. “They keep us going every day, and that makes the instructors and everybody around us proud to serve.” Mitchell said the award recognizes what and how the team and school are influencing the sphere of leadership all around us because of the technical sergeants that ultimately are going back into their units and doing the things that make the mission go. Throughout the year, more than 1,100 students attended 28 academic days of training, covering more than 220 hours of curriculum and focusing on areas including successful learning, leadership and critical thinking. “I think it’s about innovative practices,” Mitchell said. “I think that is what sets Kisling apart. We do a lot of
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The cast of the "Spirits of the Past" production, pay their respects to previous service members April 3, 2014 at Kapaun Air Station, Germany. Instructors from Kisling NCO Academy perform the presentation for graduating students on graduation morning. The NCO Academy staff were recently named the 2014 U.S. Air Force Professional Military Education Team of the Year.
things that other schools simply aren’t doing. We try to maximize the time of the students and the staff and come up with something like the innovation projects.” The innovation projects challenged Airmen to develop new ideas for their unit while they attended the schoolhouse and the projects were one of many accomplishments Airmen were recognized for.
Another highlight for the academy in 2014 was the development of militaries in other countries. Airmen from the academy not only traveled to other countries to teach, they also hosted international students from NATO countries such as Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria and many more NATO countries. “I love connecting with the students,” said Tech. Sgt. Tamera Hall,
Kisling NCOA instructor. “The friendships and networking I have done here is going to last a lifetime, not only with my fellow instructors and cadre members, but with the students.” There is no stopping for the NCOA, they said. They still have places to improve for the Airmen who will crowd their hallways awaiting training and knowledge.
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Picturesque Village on the Wine Road
What to see
Kropsburg Castle was built in the 13th century and is now a restaurant and tavern. It first served as a residence of the Bishop of Speyer and then later passed into the hands of the Lords of Dalberg. The castle was destroyed in 1689, however the outer bailey was rebuilt, which now houses the restaurant Castle Tavern at Kropsburg. You will find this castle restaurant in the countryside above the village of St. Martin. St. Martin’s Church in the village has an impressive clock tower but inside the Gothic art treasures and the Gothic vault are a must-see. Outside the church is the sandstone figure of St. Martin, which is a listed monument.
The church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A walk around the town features other UNESCO listed monuments including the halftimbered houses, the 18th century statue of St. Anthony on Maikammerstrasse and the late Renaissance (early 17th century) wooden statue of Christ. If you have never been to St. Martin, you will surely find something to interest you. Shopping in St. Martin offers browsing in curio, antique shops and much more.
Eating and drinking
St. Martin (referred to as Sankt Martin in German) is one of the loveliest villages on the “German Wine Road” (Deutsche Weinstrasse) in RheinlandPfalz. St. Martin has the distinction of being the only place in Germany that is named after a saint. St. Martin gave half of his cloak to a beggar who was only wearing rags during a harsh winter. The area surrounding has been inhabited since Roman times. Nested in the hills and surrounded by vineyards, this is a paradise to visit for its beauty, wine, food, shopping and more.
There are several options available for wine tasting. The Winery, the old chateau located at Maikammerer Road 7, is close to the Weingut Rössler – Schneider found at number 12. You can sample some great wines at the Wine & Sekthof Cutter (located at number 48) and the Winery Gernert (located at number 39). There are many other wineries in St. Martin and you don’t have to look very hard to find them. The Weingut Joachim Raabe is not only a place to purchase and taste wine, but a place to find delectable seasonal and regional specialty dishes. This traditional familyrun restaurant and vineyard is reasonably priced. Flammkuchen, a type of pizza with a thin crackerlike crust is one you will want to try. It is generously covered in crème fraiche, topped with the traditional onions and lardons (matchstick-sized pieces of belly pork) or bacon, and sometimes comes with a seasonal vegetable such as broccoli. Saint Martiner Castell is a hotel and restaurant and offers light German cuisine and an international menu. This restaurant is reasonably priced
and the traditional dishes are prepared with fresh local produce. There are other places to eat in the village of St. Martin and perhaps in your wanderings, you will come across a little gem of your own.
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Mending the alliance: 21st TSC, Bundeswehr medics conduct combined training exercise by Sgt. 1st Class Jeremiah Delrio 160th Forward Surgical Team
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Maj. Gustavo Moreno, commander of the 160th Forward Surgical Team, 212th Combat Support Hospital, 30th Medical Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, receives a plaque bestowed by Maj. Gen. Stephan Schoeps, the surgeon general of the German air force, March 12, at Miesau Ammo Depot.
same, the German team was eager to train and replicate the expeditionary capability as well as the ability to operate in an austere environment.
Al-Ghabra said he was so impressed with the exercise that he extended an invitation to the 160th FST’s personnel to visit his unit and integrate
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rience and expertise as an emergency room nurse, the 160th FST proved they were ideally suited to the combined training mission. Each member of the FST familiarized their German counterpart with their role in the unit. The teams triaged, stabilized, surgically intervened and postoperatively recovered simulated patients. The teams also learned about one another’s equipment through hands-on demonstrations and training. To this end, the American and German teams set up fully functional trauma bays side by side. The medics from the two countries also exchanged best clinical practices and identified redundancies and other operational challenges. They exercised patient care and flow scenarios. The allies learned through the differences in their technique as well as the similarities. One difference lies in the German medical team’s customary reliance on buildings and modular containers — the FST is capable of setting up anywhere using its own tents and gear. While medical care procedures are essentially the
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The 160th Forward Surgical Team of the 212th Combat Support Hospital, 30th Medical Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, conducted an interoperability exercise with 10 service members from the Bundeswehr Operational Medical Support Command March 9 to 12 at Miesau Ammo Depot. It was an opportunity for German and American medics to learn about each other’s medical skills and equipment, and it opened the door for continued partnership. “This exercise was a good way to showcase our capabilities and for them to integrate into how we operate and vice versa,” said Sgt. Daniel Dela Cruz, a medic who runs 160th FST’s advanced trauma life support section. While the German military maintains an entity similar to the American combat support hospital, it doesn’t have a precise equivalent to the FST. The exercise was aimed at helping the German team construct a similar forward surgical capability. “It is wonderful to learn (about) the FST and see how tactical and combat medicine works,” said German navy Cmdr. Elias Al-Ghabra, who played an important role in the exercise. The Bundeswehr Operational Medical Support Command came to the exercise with an anesthesiologist, two anesthesiology assistants, three operating room technicians, two surgeons, a logistics officer and a medical planning sergeant major. The German team was a mix of air force, navy and army personnel, who came from various parts of the country, including Hamburg, Koblenz, Ulm, Berlin and Weissenfels. The American unit provided a thorough brief on the organizational structure and mission of an FST. Led by Maj. Gustavo Moreno, a commander with extensive expe-
Ten seconds later, picture still exists Story and photo by Liz Jacobson U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Public Affairs There is a conversation many teenagers may have had with their parents or friends, including myself. “Hey, don't worry! It’ll be fine. All of the pictures I send disappear after ten seconds. That’s how Snapchat works.” While many teenagers only share their silly, crosseyed, quadruple-chinned faces with friends, there is a growing number of teenagers sending inappropriate content that will “disappear.” High school students feel a certain level of safety that does not exist while using the Internet and apps such as Tinder, Omegle, Chat Roulette, Instagram and Snapchat. Unfortunately, it is incredibly simple for the receiver to take advantage of the sent content, and though the picture may disappear after 10 seconds, it can actually last a lot longer than that. While these apps can be used inappropriately, the apps themselves are not bad, and should just be used responsibly. It is easy to protect yourself from online predators, but it is rarely done. The most effective way to keep information secure is to lock any social media accounts and turn on all privacy settings. Many people spend their time clicking on pictures and profiles, but it is impossible to know who is viewing them. It could be a friend from school or it could be an online predator. Before friending or accepting anyone’s follow request, it is necessary to know who they are. Social media is a great tool for keeping in touch with friends and family members, but it is important to use caution and be responsible. I have many friends that pride themselves on the fact that they have over one, two, or ten thousand followers. This is dangerous because with so many people seeing so much of their lives, it is
impossible to be safe. The feeling of invincibility starts early. During middle school, Omegle was the next best thing on the Internet. At sleepovers or on Saturday afternoons, young girls and boys would sit around a laptop and pretend to be whomever they thought of. They would give silly answers and laugh at the accents they pretended their user had. However, we all knew that unless you wanted to see the “gross stuff,” you had to turn the camera off. Many of us have since moved on from this fear and feel that sending pornographic content over apps is OK. The attitude toward sharing everything on the Internet has also lead to unfortunate, yet completely avoidable situations. Why do so many teenagers participate in an activity that can have so many bad repercussions? Teenage girls reported to the website dosomething.org and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, that there are three main reasons for sending nude photos: as a joke, to feel sexy and being under peer pressure. Sending inappropriate photos is not a joke nor will it boost a person’s confidence. While at first it may be a thrill, the psychological damage could deteriorate a girl’s or boy’s self-esteem. Peer pressure is a horrible, real-life struggle. Everyone experiences peer pressure at some point in their lifetime, but your body belongs to you and no one else. For teenagers, Snapchat is the most common app where pictures are shared. Snapchat is available for anyone, regardless of age and it is based on the idea of pictures disappearing forever after 10 seconds. Despite this, it is easy to either screenshot the picture or use a third-party app that will save the picture automatically for you. These pictures can be used against the sender at the receiver’s convenience. Even two people that have a trusting relationship should not partake in this kind of
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activity for two reasons: First, it could be considered illegal. Second, it can easily be shared or shown to others that were not the intended audience. According to dosomething.org, 17 percent of “sexters” share the messages they receive with others, and 55 percent of those share them with more than one person. Everyone wants to believe that their friends would never betray them, but we have all seen the stories of a girl’s pictures being spread around school as a prank or out of anger. These situations are so damaging to a person’s confidence and reputation. It is common to think that someone in a close circle is not going to end up like those girls or boys, but it can easily happen to anyone with just the click of a button. The number of people sharing inappropriate pictures is increasing. Sources say that 1 in 5 teenagers are sharing provocative photos and possibly even scarier, the senders are getting younger. It’s unimaginable how 7th and 8th grade students are sending such mature content, yet it still continues to happen. I have a younger sister and I believe that it is my job to warn and educate her on the dangers of “sexting” and online predators. Everyone in high school should be doing this as well: Do not encourage inappropriate, online behavior by talking about how much fun or how safe it is; Do not make it seem okay to these young, impressionable girls and boys; Do not be afraid to stand up against peer pressure.
April 17, 2015 Band, from Page 1
Upholding military tradition is one of the reasons for the band’s musical presence. Music has played a role during many traditions in history such as in formations, taps and at ceremonies. The band delivers a wide variety of music including recent pop tunes to older classical music. Touch ’n Go performs at many local events, but they are also tasked with bringing morale to service members and civilians down range. It is common that people may only see the combat readiness part of the picture, so it is especially important to go and interact with the communities in other foreign nations and to give them a good impression, said Staff
Sgt. Alex Nikiforoff, USAFE Touch ’n Go band guitarist. “A major initiative of the military is building partnerships and enhancing international relationships with both military members and civilians,” Nikiforoff said. “It is an honor to have the privilege to communicate our heritage across a wide variety of demographics and increase knowledge of the U.S. (presence).” Not only do band members give to the community, but they get a sense of fulfillment back through these humbling experiences, he said. “It can be emotional to see children with (very little), trying to do well with what they have,” Nikiforoff said. The USAFE band plays a critical role in spreading a good impression of the U.S. and strengthening international relationships.
Staff Sgt. Dustin Trimble, U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band Touch ‘n Go guitarist, rehearses March 27 on Ramstein.
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Mental health promotes healthy thinking by Airman 1st Class Michael Stuart 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs The 86th Medical Operations Squadron Mental Health Clinic offers a new Healthy Thinking and Relaxation class, developed to help individuals identify their beliefs that can sometimes become alarming or inaccurate. The class, which focuses on two of the four Comprehensive Airman Fitness pillars, helps people develop attitudes and beliefs consistent with their long-term goals and objectives. The class’ main focus is to teach people how to balance their thinking as well as learn positive ways to cope with stress through relaxation techniques taught and practiced together in the class. An important portion of the class is to help normalize the stress we all feel by emphasizing that seeking help is a sign of strength and that everyone has chal-
lenges. It’s all confidential and private; no one is required to talk if they don't want to, but members are encouraged to participate throughout the class. “This class helps people better manage symptoms of stress and depression that may impact their daily lives in social, familiar and occupational settings,” said Capt. Rachel Wiley, 86th MDOS psychologist. “It's important that people know their thoughts are directly connected to how they feel, and the way we think about things greatly impacts our emotions and behavior.” With the stress military members endure during their career, learning how to manage daily difficulties and cope with unwanted scenarios can be a valuable tool. A few Airmen from the MDOS sat in a few classes to gain a broader understanding of mental health. “I definitely recommend this class because it’s a very interactive group and you're not just sitting
there listening to people talk,” said Airman 1st Class Charles Jackson, 86th MDOS mental health technician. “The class is designed for someone to get exactly what they put into it.” According to Wiley, just like learning a new sport or instrument, success in any new skill requires motivation. Expert assistance such as attending this class, practicing the techniques learned, measuring progress and rewarding oneself for new accomplishments leads to acquiring a new skill. In order to get into the class, one must already be a patient of the mental health clinic and they must visit the clinic and fill out an intake form. Each class runs for four consecutive Friday sessions. For more information on the Healthy Thinking and Relaxation class, contact the mental health clinic at 479-2390 or 06371-462390.
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Sunday School Following Meeting in Ev.-Luth. St. Michaelis Church, Karpfenstr. 7, 67655 Kaiserslautern E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0631-64327 for directions. Scott Morrison, Pastor www.KELC.eu
Air Force and Army Chapel Schedule
POC for Miesau, Landstuhl and Daenner is the USAG R-P Chaplains Office in Bldg. 2919 on Pulaski Barracks. DSN 493-4098, civ. 0631-3406-4098 Miesau Chapel (Bldg. 3175) Seventh-Day Adventist Worship Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Saturdays Spanish Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Saturdays Worship: 11 a.m. Saturdays Small Group: 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays Landstuhl Community Chapel (Bldg. 3773) Worship: 11 a.m. Sundays Childrenâ€™s Youth Church: 11 a.m. Sundays Daenner Community Chapel (Bldg. 3150) Chapel Next Worship Worship: 10 a.m. Sundays Childrenâ€™s Church: 10:30 a.m. Sundays Ramstein North Chapel (DSN 480-6148, civ. 06371-47-6148) Contemporary Service: 11 a.m. Sundays Ramstein South Chapel (DSN 480-5753, civ. 06371-47-5753) Liturgical Services: 9 a.m. Sundays Liturgical Sunday School: 11 a.m. Sundays Traditional Service: 11 a.m. Sundays Vogelweh Chapel (DSN 489-6859, civ. 0631-536-6859) Gospel Service: 11 a.m. Sundays. Protestant education classes are available for all ages at Vogelweh, Ramstein, Landstuhl and Daenner. For information, call DSN 480-2499/489-6743 or civ. 06371-47-2499/0631-536-6743.
Daenner Community Chapel (Bldg 3150) Confession: 11:30 a.m. Sundays (Jun-Aug) Sunday Mass: 12:00 p.m. (Jun-Aug) Confession: 12:00 p.m. Sundays (Sep-May) Sunday Mass: 12:30 (Sep-May) Landstuhl Community Chapel (Bldg. 3773) Confession: 8:30 a.m. Sunday Mass: 9:00 a.m. Ramstein North Chapel (DSN 480-6148, civ. 06371-47-6148) Daily Mass: 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday Sunday Mass: 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Confession 4-4:45 p.m. Sundays Vogelweh Chapel (DSN 489-6859, civ. 0631-536-6859) Confession: 4-4:45 p.m. Saturday Mass: 5 p.m.
Jewish Religious Services
Ramstein South Chapel Synagogue (DSN 480-5753, civ. 06371-47-5753) Shabbat Evening Service: 7 p.m. Fridays
Ramstein South Chapel Mosque (480-5753) Jumuâ€™ah Prayer, 1:30 p.m. For religious education and daily prayers, check the prayer schedule
Kapaun Chapel (DSN 489-6859, civ. 0631-536-6859) Divine Liturgy: 9 a.m. Sundays Confessions by appointment
Youth Group Kaiserslautern Youth of the Chapel / Club Beyond, (Religious Youth Center, Pulaski Bks., Bldg. 2869), all teens grades 6-12 welcome! Middle School Small Group: 3-4:30 p.m. Sundays CafĂŠ Dinner (for students and families): 4:30-5:30 p.m. Sundays High School Small Group: 5:30-7:00 p.m. Sundays More information: email@example.com Protestant Youth of the Chapel Ramstein North Chapel "Vision" Middle School Ministry Tuesdays 3:15-5:00pm "Salvage" High School Ministry Tuesdays 7:00-8:45pm Info: www.ramsteinpyoc.blogspot.com Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Episcopal (St. Albans) 10:30 a.m. Sundays, Kapaun Chapel
Korean Service 1 p.m. Sundays, Ramstein South Chapel
Unitarian Universalist Service, 1:30 p.m. second and fourth Sundays (Sept.-May), Kapaun Chapel
Wiccan 7 p.m. first and third Saturdays, Kapaun Annex
Confessional Lutheran (WELS) 4 p.m. second and fourth Sundays, Ramstein South Chapel
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This year, the world will celebrate Earth Day on April 22. Earth Day is an opportunity to rethink our commitment to energy conservation. The 21st Theater Sustainment Command developed its energy discipline program in 2014. The focus of the program this year is to conduct energy assessments during tactical operations and training. Energy is a critical enabler for Army operations and represents a significant garrison and operational expense. The purpose of instilling energy discipline into all operations of the 21st TSC, is to create an energy informed culture, and ultimately create more efficient operations. Operational energy considerations should a part of mission planning just as risk assessment is. The Army continues to develop more efficient and smarter systems; however, until new equipment is deliv-
ered to field and garrison sites, the 21st TSC is focusing on how current buildings and operational equipment can be optimized. Many improvements have already been accomplished by the 21st TSC. â€œDuring my three years here, Iâ€™ve seen remarkable improvements in our efforts to save energy and money, and find â€˜greenerâ€™ solutions to procedural challenges,â€? said Maj. Mike Swienton, a 21st TSC installation engineer. â€œSome changes are very obvious to
baseline of energy consumption. They discovered the generators were working at onehalf their capacity. Based on that research, the 21st TSC is developing an efficient power distribution system for a deployable command post, utilizing currently available equipment, which would decrease the number of needed generators from three to one, thereby decreasing fuel usage, manhours to fuel and maintain the generators and noise on the camp. Another example of utilizing energy discipline is performing assessments on buildings currently occupied by the 21st TSC. These building assessments will allow Soldiers of the 21st TSC to act as a second set of eyes for the garriCourtesy of Shutterstock.com son Directorate for Public Works. DPWâ€™s goal is to incorpoall, including the light emitting diode streetlights and the rate energy savings into new installation of more efficient construction, renovations and light fixtures with motion sen- repairs. Soldiers assigned as sors in our office buildings building energy monitors can and common areas. The new help by identifying energy roofs with better insulation on waste. There may be minor Panzer Kaserne are another issues that, by themselves, great example of the initiative.â€? are not worth addressing but During the 21st TSCâ€™s could realize significant savdeployment of its Regional ings on a larger scale across Support Element to Dakar, the garrison. The Army is continuing Senegal, members of the group supporting Operation to evolve to meet the chalUnited Assistance conducted lenges of shrinking budgets an operational energy sur- and increased demands. Do vey of the generators used at your part, think energy savthe field command post; they ings at work â€” during trainrecorded the kilowatt read- ing and in the operational ings in order to establish a environment.
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