Team Trace tracks down all COVID19 positive contacts, Page 5
Ramstein DAVA is ready to support families, Page 6
Germans observe various Easter traditions, Page 14
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Lunch ladies: unsung heroes, Page 16
Reserve Soldiers support medical supply mission, Page 19
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COVID-19: ‘Nothing can stop the US Air Force’ Story & photos by Staff Sgt. Kirby Turbak 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs As global emergency responders, members of the 37th Airlift Squadron stay mission ready during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Three of the squadron’s C130J Super Hercules aircraft took to the skies above Chievres Air Base, Belgium, March 26, to maintain combat capabilities by performing and staying certified at low-level flights and different styles of air drops. “Our mission is to project combat power throughout the European and African theatres,” said Lt. Col. Henry Pflugradt, 37th AS director of operations. “We are the sole airlift unit for both areas, and our job is to deliver goods and people dur-
A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules aircraft assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron sits on the flightline at Ramstein Air Base, March 26 before a training mission to Chievres, Belgium. The C-130J and the 37th AS remain ready to conduct worldwide airlift missions, throughout the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
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HPCON Charlie spurs new town hall questions by Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn A. Ford 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Leadership from the 86th Airlift Wing hosted a virtual town hall March 30, in an ongoing effort to address concerns associated with the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19. This weekly installment of the virtual town hall was delivered via Facebook Live and Armed Forces Network – Kaiserslautern.
Leadership from the 86th Airlift Wing hosted a virtual town hall March 30, in an ongoing effort to address concerns associated with the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19. This weekly installment of the virtual town hall was delivered via Facebook Live and Armed Forces Network – Kaiserslautern. Only days before, the Secretary of Defense directed all military installations to move to Health Protection Condition Charlie, in addition to further travel restric-
tions impacting deployments. U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark R. August, 86th Airlift Wing commander, and Command Chief Master Sgt. Ernesto J. Rendon Jr., answered questions about the new guidance and addressed other concerns from the Kaiserslautern Military community. Below are some questions and answers from the virtual town hall. For a full list of frequently asked questions, or FAQs, including ones that were not addressed live, visit https:// www.ramstein.af.mil/COVID-19/ Has Ramstein given any guidance on grooming standards — do I
need to tell my guys to buzz up or allow some shag? We know there are no barbers available within the community, but we still have a professional image we need to maintain. If you have the skills, cut your own hair. The minimum standard for males is hair should not touch the ears and stay off the collar. With travel bans and not being able to effectively take leave, will there be a use or lose extension? You can take leave. In regard See COVID-19, Page 3
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To reduce the risk of possible spread of COVID-19, the 37th AS has also minimized the amount of people within the unit to only those needed to execute the operational mission. “We’re taking precautions to make sure we’re not further spreading this disease, and making sure our force and the general population can stay healthy while maintaining our combat readiness posture,” said Lt. Col. Gregory Kantz, 37th AS commander. Members of the 37th AS have stayed vigilant during this stressful time and use these struggles to build their resiliency. While the squadron hasn’t had any cases of COVID-19, they continue to take necessary precautions to remain ready and healthy no matter the situation to provide aerial support and continue the mission of professional airlift.
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alex Carlson, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, and Maj. Erik Svendsen, 37th AS C-130J Super Hercules aircraft pilot, perform preflight checks at Ramstein Air Base, March 26. The 37th AS continues to train and operate to ensure mission readiness for any crisis or contingency operation.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brian Clark and Tech. Sgt. Alex Carlson, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmasters, push an airdrop package out over Chievres Air Base, Belgium, March 26. The 37th AS continues to train throughout the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic to ensure mission readiness at all times.
U.S. Air Force Maj. Erik Svendsen, 37th Airlift Squadron pilot, flies a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft over Belgium, March 26. The 37th AS continues to fly and train throughout the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic to ensure mission readiness at all times.
ing times of crisis, peacetime and humanitarian support.” The 37th AS maintains its combat capabilities regardless of the situation. While mission numbers have decreased since COVID-19 restrictions, aircrews are still conducting training that test different mission capabilities. Throughout March, the 37th AS conducted 120 flying missions, with a majority of them being local training missions. During COVID-19, aircrews continue to stay healthy and ready through the strict adherence of hygiene measures. “We have our ‘wipe-in, wipe-out’ policy,” Pflugradt said. “Everywhere we operate that has shared resources, which includes our mission planning equipment as well as the aircraft itself, gets sanitized.” Tech. Sgt. Alex Carlson, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmasters, push an airdrop package out over Chievres Air Base, Belgium, March 26. The 37th AS continues to train and operate to ensure mission readiness for any crisis or contingency operation.
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COVID-19 from Page 1 to use or lose extensions, there has been no guidance as leave is still an option. If that changes, the information will be passed along. What will happen to those selected and scheduled to retrain? Start thinking about DEROS options. Reach out to your unit training manager and career assistance advisor; they will have the most up-to-date information and be able to assist with your concerns. What are the chances of Stop Loss happening? Stop Loss, the involuntary extension of a service member’s active duty service under the enlistment contract in order to retain them beyond their initial end of term of service, is a Secretary of Air Force decision. Has there been any progress or new information from the Embassy about getting college kids back here in Germany? Nothing new to report at this time. We are working with the Embassy and continue to ask these questions. Some offices are violating OPSEC by emailing PII in unencrypted emails. How do we get this resolved? Encrypt what needs to be encrypted. Teleworking may pose interesting challenges, if you are unsure how to send documents that need to be encrypted, reach out to your supervisors for direction.
The North Side Post Office has reduced their hours and has now created a bottleneck effect. This seems counterproductive to minimizing social gathering and adhering to social distancing. What’s being done to resolve this? Can there be an unmanned window for Click and Ship mail? The 86th Mission Support Group is actively looking for means to continue to serve the community with the least amount of health risk. The most recent updates to postal operations can be found on the Ramstein/Kapaun Postal Operations Facebook page. Any consideration of resuming bagger service at the commissary? No. For those of us with extra time on our hands, what are some ways people can help? Embrace the small community spirit. Look to see who you can help within your circle, work center or neighborhood. One example is volunteering to assist with shopping needs. This helps the community while minimizing the number of individuals at the commissary or exchange. Any update on whether or not LNs will be issued a German Commute Certificate or will a DD Form 2765 ID card suffice? Our partnership here has led to fruitful discussions to where we have avoided the requirement to send out paperwork. ID cards are currently sufficient. For those outside of the Rheinland-Pfalz area, please work with your leadership and let us know if more documentation is needed.
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When will civilians who support the base be taken care of? We are concerned that there are many who are on Leave Without Pay but have bills to pay as well. Commanders have the ability to make these decisions within their squadrons. If you are directly affected by this, there are many alternatives to taking leave without pay. Please talk to your leadership about your concerns. What about single parents who rely on their income and are not being allowed Admin Leave? We are giving as much flexibility as possible. A single parent’s duty location and status should be at home to take care of their kids. Work the specifics with your chain of command. Is there any way for missionessential work stations to be provided hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes since they are not stocked? We have been working with bulk contracting, identifying requirements and will be provid-
ing the resources when available. If you believe you fall under the category requiring these items, please pass that through your chain of command so we can assist when the resources become available. What exactly does HPCON Charlie mean for the KMC? We already made most of those changes prior to going into the status. The big item we are currently reviewing is the requirement to sign people on base. More to come on that, everything else on the checklist is already completed. Why are the number of positive cases no longer reported on the website? The Department of Defense has stated for OPSEC purposes, we will not provide specific information in regards to individual installations. Can trash pick-up be increased? Those contracts are scheduled a year in advance, though we can ask the question. The Recycling
Center is still open if you have extra trash to drop off. Will there be additional screenings, such as taking temperatures, at the entrance of the BX and Commissary? The BX and Commissary are essential for our community. We ask for compliance; for those that should be isolating, please isolate. We have no plans to put additional screenings at the BX or Commissary. Are personnel currently deployed allowed to return to a Category 3 country? As part of the Stop Movement, those currently deployed will remain at their location unless there is an approved ETP or waiver. Some information may change as the situation develops, please continue to check the site for the most up-to-date information. Visit the Ramstein homepage (www.ramstein.af.mil) and go to the COVID-19 tab at the upper right side of the page.
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MARCH 23 11:26 a.m.: Major traffic collision in Kaiserslautern 4:15 p.m.: Damage to private property in Zweibruecken MARCH 25 8:23 a.m.: Larceny of private property in Weilerbach 11:50 a.m.: Damage to private property in Landstuhl MARCH 26 08:54 a.m.: Major traffic collision in Kaiserslautern
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MARCH 27 09:48 a.m.: Larceny of private property in Illschwang MARCH 28 03:08 a.m.: Assault in RamsteinMiesenbach 11:06 a.m.: Fleeing the scene of traffic collision in Hamburg 1:37 p.m.: Damage to private property in Huetschenhausen 6:30 p.m.: Major traffic collision in Hauptstuhl 6:55 p.m.: Fleeing the scene of traffic collision in Mehlbach
Editor’s note: The purpose of the weekly blotter is to deliver a chronological listing of criminal activity in the KMC. The information contained in the blotter is not indicative of crime trends or the targeting of service members or their dependents. The location and nature of the entries is dependent upon where the crime was reported and not necessarily where the crime took place.
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Important reminders for housing residents PLAYGROUNDS: The Kaiserslautern military on-base communities have joined other German towns and villages in closing all public playgrounds to combat the spread of COVID-19. For your protection, “the base playgrounds at Ramstein, Vogelweh and Landstuhl will be closed until further notice.” VIRTUAL: The KMC Housing Office can now provide customer services on an as-needed basis and can take place in our cyberspace. We are now in a one-hundred percent “virtual mode!” Having a virtual work hub for the Base Housing Office allows us to communicate and collaborate with you on all of your housing needs, no matter where you are... for assistance, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at:
Assistance Section: 0631-536-6671 or DSN 489-6671 Facilities Section (on-base): 0631-536-7108 or DSN 489-7108 Housing Referral Office (off-base): 0631-55319 / 0631-536-6643 / 0631-5366659 or DSN 489-6643/6659 Or, if you have questions and/or concerns, you can also email us at KMCHousing@us.af.mil. For a social media contact, please follow the Housing Office on our Facebook page; KMC Housing Office-Ramstein Air Base, email@example.com Upcoming office closures: The KMC Housing Office and the Furnishings Management Section will be closed on April 10 and April 13 due to German legal holidays.
TAKE NOTE OHA Survey extended to April 15 The annual overseas Housing Allowance Survey for Germany has been extended to April 15. All U.S. service members are encouraged to participate. Survey results directly impact the amount of OHA members receive. Take the survey at http:// www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/ohaSurvey.cfm?ID=mar-util. COVID-19 updates for KMC Personnel looking for updated information regarding coronavirus and changes to base facilities can visit www.ramstein. af.mil/COVID-19/
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RAO director, KMC retiree council co-chair needed The Retiree Activities Office, a volunteer-based organization that supports retirees, active-duty members, and spouses throughout the KMC, has an immediate opening for a new director. The RAO functions as a liaison between the retiree population and the 86th AW commander. Separately, the KMC retiree council needs a volunteer to be the co-chair. The KMC retiree council focuses on outreach to the KMC retiree community and their families. For more information about these positions or how to volunteer, please contact the RAO office at firstname.lastname@example.org or DSN 4805486 or civ 06371-47-5486.
Baseball and softball players with German heritage wanted The German Baseball and Softball Federation (DBV) is looking to add professional players or outstanding college players to its national team program – in order to strengthen the team and our program for the upcoming international tournaments: • Olympic Games • World Championships • European Championships The requirement for participation for Team Germany in these tournaments is German citizenship, meaning the player needs to be a passport holder or become one until the last day before the tournament. When does a player qualify for citizenship? For players with German ancestry, as a general rule of thumb regarding the requirements for citizenship can be stated as follows: A child with German parents will receive a passport: – When the grandparents were German. The important aspect is the nationality of at least one grandparent at the time of the birth parent. If the grandparents were naturalized after their child was born, a passport is highly likely.
– For ancestry further removed, in general, the same principles apply. The World Baseball Classic, is an international tournament organized by Major League Baseball for national teams. But for this tournament players don’t need a German passport. Players are eligible to be considered to play for the German team: 1. If you have a German passport 2. Or, if you don’t have a German passport, but you were born in Germany 3. Or, one or both of your parents were born in Germany 4. Or, one or both of your parents have a German passport 5. Or, if you are a permanent resident of Germany All ancestry needs to be documented and authenticated. The German Federation will gladly assist with the application process for any player interested in joining our program. We appreciate your time and kindly request your permission to contact players who potentially could qualify for this. Please do not hesitate to contact Steve Janssen (Manager, German National Baseball Team) at janssen@ baseball-softball.de if you would like more information.
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Team Trace tracks down all COVID-19 positive contacts Story & photo by Stefan Alford U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz There’s no corkboard riddled with pins connecting multi-colored threads in criss-cross fashion in a depiction of intersecting touch points to identify common connections. This is the military. It’s slides and spreadsheets. And phone calls. Lots of phone calls. “The team mostly makes calls,” explained Dr. Robert Weien, the garrison’s assigned public health emergency officer, “and it can be up to a hundred a day, at the current volume of workload.” That team, of which Weien is the lead, is Team Trace – one of several garrison-managed groups and task forces stood up to help the garrison community respond effectively to the local implications of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. After a case of COVID-19 is diagnosed, members of Team Trace identify who that individual may have had close contact with in the 48 hours prior to onset of symptoms. The team then makes telephone contact with all identified individuals, and makes a determi-
nation as to the degree of contact. If determined to be a “close contact,” they then recommend that person go into quarantine. “They also give instructions to go into isolation (when warranted), and explain what that means,” said Weien, whose “day job” is chief of Occupational Health/deputy chief of Preventive Medicine at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. “For both the primary case, and the contacts, the team calls them every day to follow up on their status and the team also keeps extensive records of their calls and results,” he added, citing the importance of the team’s role in “isolating the case of COVID-19 and quarantining the close contacts to interrupt the human-to-human transmission of the virus, and slow or stop the spread of the infection.” Team Trace actually consists of two teams of at least 10 Soldiers, who are trained for the task after selection, as well as people who have volunteered to supplement the team. “When we heard Team Trace was in need of volunteers, we put a message out to our workforce and got a great response,” said Gary Burton, the garrison’s director of
Team Trace members and 1st Inland Cargo Transfer Company Soldiers Spc. Chatteona Brown, Pvt. Ll’xelle Tyson and Sgt. Colony Hall (background), help staff the team’s operations center at U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz during an early shift. After a case of COVID-19 is diagnosed, members of Team Trace identify who that individual may have had close contact with in the 48 hours prior to onset of symptoms.
Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. “We have nine FMWR professionals who answered the call and already completed the training needed to join the team. We also have a number of back-up volunteers. We are prepared if called and FMWR is always looking for ways to help.” An integral part of the team also comes from the garrison’s Directorate of Emergency Services in the form of law enforcement support
with military police investigators. “Detection is key to getting ahead of this,” said Lt. Col. Vic Baez-An, who is tasked with COVID-19 support after turning over the DES leadership recently to Maj. Chase Crabtree. “We have to know who is possibly symptomatic, then we have to identify those who may have come into contact with them. Through early and rapid identification we slow the spread with the hope to eventually close
the loop before it even opens.” “We’re working to decrease the number of cases by having less people out there possibly spreading this,” said Sgt. Colony Hall, team member from the 1st Inland Cargo Transfer Company. “It’s all about ensuring the safety of the force.” “People may feel that while the numbers seem low, this is due to overabundance of caution that we are implementing,” added BaezAn. “If anyone shows the slightest sign of symptoms they are asked to quarantine immediately. By everyone taking this seriously and being as forthcoming as possible at the gates with Team Screen and in follow up with Team Trace we can get ahead of this.” Weien also summarized the importance of the team to the community. “Contact teams like this are the unsung heroes of epidemiology,” he said. “They gather the data that reveals patterns and connections. This enables the processes that move people into isolation and quarantine, and thus prevents transmission of the virus. They can make the difference between watching an epidemic go out of control, and actually flattening the curve.”
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Ramstein DAVA is ready to support families Courtesy Article from 86 Airlift Wing Integrated Resilience Office The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has disrupted routines and infused uncertainty in our community. Ramstein Family Advocacy would like to remind everyone that a Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate (DAVA) remains available to provide 24/7 telephonic support to individu-
als who feel unsafe at home. For those who are currently in unsafe relationships, additional time spent at home has the potential to increase frequency and severity of abuse. Anyone who feels unsafe at home can contact the DAVA for support and for information about different types of reporting options for domestic abuse. A victim may choose to make an
unrestricted or a restricted report. Unrestricted reports allow the victim to access counseling and advocacy services, obtain a forensic medical investigation, and obtain a military no contact order as well as command and legal support. An unrestricted report triggers an investigation and notice to the offender’s command. If a victim chooses to make a
restricted report, he or she can access counseling and advocacy services without opening a criminal investigation or involving leadership within the command. Restricted reports can only be made to Family Advocacy staff, the DAVA, or mental health and medical providers. Victims can contact the DAVA to discuss their reporting options. To speak to the DAVA, victims
can call the 24/7/365 hotline or contact Ramstein Family Advocacy at 06371-46-2370. In addition to providing private and confidential services, the DAVA provides emotional support, assists with safety planning, and links victims to community resources. If you or someone you know is in an unsafe relationship, contact the DAVA at 0173-628-4624 any time.
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COVID-19: Defenders stay ready, resilient while protecting base Story & photos by Senior Airman Kristof Rixmann 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs The 86th Security Forces Squadron recently implemented preventative measures to protect Defenders from potential exposure to the coronavirus disease 2019 while they maintain normal operations on Ramstein Air Base, March 24. The measures are evident upon approaching any entry point to Ramstein. Defenders from the 86th SFS now wear protective gloves and maintain a one-meter distance from the stream of ID card holders who pass through the gates at all times of the day. Ramstein Defenders also take preventative measures before taking their post. “As personnel arm up, we used to have all three windows to the
armory open. We’ve since closed the middle window so personnel are able to maintain their social distancing as they arm up,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Mike Alberty, 86th SFS flight chief. “We’re practicing different ways to implement social distancing. We rotate personnel a little more now to increase social distancing.” Should a Defender fall ill at any time, they will be advised to take quarters immediately and call the COVID-19 hotline should their symptoms worsen. Another opportunity Defenders are taking is to use guard mount to pass on critical COVID-19 information. “The purpose of the guard mount is to take accountability, pass on all pertinent, up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 or anything else necessary to know,” said Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Pontieri, 86th SFS
flight sergeant. “We ensure they’re familiar with the duress words, emergency response numbers, and ensure every Airmen is mentally and physically fit to take their post. During COVID-19, we’re taking steps to minimize the Airmen’s exposure to the virus. Primarily, the guard mount is now conducted outside, and each Airman stands at a minimum two-meter distance from one another.” Leadership recognizes how stressful this time may be but are impressed by their Defenders’ professionalism and dedication to duty. “These Airmen are killing it and they know it too,” Pontieri said. “I think they feel a certain level of respect and pride right now. While many are teleworking, they’re out here jobbing it and loving it.” In a time of uncertainty, the 86th SFS can be relied upon day in and day out.
U.S. Air Force Airman Ethan Myers (right), 86th Security Forces member, participates in guard mount before taking post on Ramstein Air Base, March 24. The purpose of the guard mount is to take accountability, as well as pass on all pertinent and up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.
U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jeffrey Griffith, 86th Security Forces Squadron operations superintendent, and Tech. Sgt. Andrey Shimko, 86th SFS patrolman, conduct a perimeter check using All Terrain Vehicles on Ramstein Air Base, March 24. The ATVs are a necessary component for patrols on Ramstein because they provide access to otherwise hard-to-reach places.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Robyn Thayer, 86th Security Forces Squadron patrolman, verifies an individual’s ID before granting them access to Ramstein Air Base, March 24. In light of the COVID-19, 86th SFS Defenders are no longer making physical contact with the IDs as they once had. Instead, they scan IDs from a minimum of 1.5 meters away, and wear gloves as an extra layer of protection.
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Mike Alberty, 86th Security Forces Squadron flight chief, briefs Airmen during a guard mount on Ramstein Air Base, March 24. In light of the COVID-19, the 86th SFS are taking extra precautions to minimize potential exposure as they maintain normal operations.
U.S. Air Force Airman Ethan Myers (right), 86th Security Forces member, verifies and authenticates the safety of a Defender’s weapon on Ramstein Air Base, March 24. Myers acts as an extra set of eyes at this arm-up station to further minimize firearm mishaps.
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COVID-19 operations: keeping passengers safe
by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Leonardo Carrasco Munoz, 721st Aerial Port Squadron air transportation passenger service specialist, takes a passengerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s temperature in the entrance of the Ramstein Passenger Terminal at Ramstein Air Base, March 20. Prior to entering the terminal, each passenger received fever assessments. The Ramstein Passenger Terminal has transformed their operations to protect against the spread of coronavirus disease 2019.
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Shaw, 721st Aerial Port Squadron passenger terminal agent, signs documents in the Ramstein Passenger Terminal at Ramstein Air Base, March 20. To protect against the spread of coronavirus disease 2019, only passengers with orders were able to fly.
Passengers sit in the waiting room for their connecting flight in the Ramstein Passenger Terminal at Ramstein Air Base, March 20. To protect against the spread of coronavirus disease 2019, passengers with confirmed flights could no longer leave the terminal.
Passengers wait outside the entrance of the Ramstein Passenger Terminal at Ramstein Air Base, March 20. To help prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019, only employees and passengers were allowed in the passenger terminal.
Lines of cots sit in the gate holding area in the Ramstein Passenger Terminal at Ramstein Air Base, March 20. To protect against the spread of coronavirus disease 2019, any passenger without orders to Germany stayed in the holding area until their flight home arrived.
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New faces, same standards
U.S. Air Force Airmen 1st Class Hannah Menard and Kayla Jerido, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection apprentices, talk at Vogelweh Military Complex, March 12. In recognition of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month, the 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs office set out to highlight career fields with an underrepresentation of women across the Air Force; Menard and Jerido are two of five female firefighters in her 206-member unit.
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Hannah Menard, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection apprentice, poses for a photo at Vogelweh Military Complex, March 12. Menard is one of five female firefighters in her 206-member unit.
by Staff Sgt. Nesha Humes Stanton 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs In recognition of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History Month, the 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs office set out to highlight career fields with an underrepresentation of women across the Air Force. Firefighting is one of those fields.
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Hannah Menard, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection apprentice, dons her nomex hood for a photo at Vogelweh Military Complex, March 12. While all Airmen must remain in regulations, if an Airman has long hair they must find an efficient way to wear it with no obstruction to their work.
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Hannah Menard, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection apprentice, prepares to drive a fire truck at Vogelweh Military Complex, March 12. The 86th CES firefighters are a part of the Kaiserslautern Military Community Fire and Emergency Services and rotate between seven fire stations in support of KMC service members and their families.
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kayla Jerido, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection apprentice, poses for a photo at Vogelweh Military Complex, March 12. Jerido is one of five female firefighters in her 206-member unit.
U.S. Air Force Airmen 1st Class Kayla Jerido and Hannah Menard, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection apprentices, simulate a buddy check at Vogelweh Military Complex, March 12. The firefighters underwent 68 days of technical training and train 15-20 hours a week outside of fitness and administrative responsibilities.
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Public Health Command Europe offers guidance on how to stay tick-free
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by Public Health Command Europe The outdoors can certainly be great, but they also contain many insects and pests. Among those are ticks, which can carry several potentially serious diseases. One of the most common is Lyme disease. According to Public Health Command Europe officials, a person with Lyme disease may develop fever, headache, fatigue and a skin rash. This rash is sometimes referred to as a “bulls-eye” rash because it is red and circular in appearance. In most cases, Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics. However, if the disease is left untreated, it can worsen and cause a number of serious problems, to include facial paralysis and pain and numbness in the hands and feet. “Ticks can be active on winter days when the ground temperatures are above 45 degrees Fahrenheit but they are most prevalent during warmer days,” said Maj. Amanda Cline, Chief of Entomology at PHCE. So what do you do if you find a tick on you or your pet? Cline says ticks can be safely removed with tweezers. “The first thing to do is to make sure you remove it properly,” she said. “Forget everything you have heard about removing ticks before now. All you need is a pair of sterile tweezers and simply pull at the mouthparts, or as close to the skin as possible, in a slow steady manner. Following removal, you should apply alcohol or an antibiotic ointment.”
Prevention is also important in protecting yourself and your family. Here are five tips to prevent tick bites: • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when in wooded areas. • Wear closed shoes — no bare feet or sandals. • Use an insect repellent with DEET. • Don’t walk through bushes or tall grass. Stay on marked trails, where possible • After being outdoors, check for ticks. Shower and change your clothes. Protecting yourself from ticks is important, but it is equally important not to forget about your furry family members. “Having a pet dog or cat more than doubles the odds that humans will find a tick on themselves,” said Maj. Stephanie Kennedy, PHCE Regional Veterinary Clinical Medicine Officer and Consultant. PHCE recommends that pets be treated for ticks year-round and encourages pet owners to talk with their local veterinary treatment facility to determine the best tick prevention for your pet. “Along with tick prevention, pet owners are encouraged to check their pets for ticks daily, especially after they spend time outdoors,” Kennedy said. When checking your pet for ticks, don’t forget to check these five common places ticks hide on dogs: • Under the collar: Make sure to remove your dog’s collar from time to
time and inspect for ticks. • “Private” areas: Make sure to check in the groin area between the back legs and underneath the tail. These are popular spots for ticks to hide. • Inside of ears: All the little crevices inside of an ear make it a popular spot for ticks to hang out. • Between toes: Spots like between the toes are cozy and not something that’s easy to see - making it a perfect place for a tick to setup camp. • Near the eyelids: It can be tricky to tell, which is why around the eyes is one place ticks go unnoticed. If you’re not sure, it’s best to consult with your Veterinary Treatment Facility. PHCE offers a free tick surveillance program which identifies and tests the ticks for the military and beneficiaries. If you do find a tick on any member of your family, once removed, take the tick to your local medical treatment facility or for your furry friends, to the veterinary treatment facility. Be sure to have information on where you may have been bit and the date it was removed, so PHCE can capture the information. Please do not send or bring ticks directly to Public Health Command Europe. For more information on tick-borne illnesses and how to protect yourself and your family, please talk with your primary care manager or your pet’s veterinarian.
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by Lisa Helenius contributing writer Is your child learning handwriting in school? Are you wondering how to support this process at home? Did you pick up a pencil and promptly break it in half at the mere thought of this endeavor? Handwriting readiness is a tricky topic. Some children show an interest in learning to write as early as preschool. While this is great for some children, it is not very common and should not be expected of most children. In fact, the brain and body are not developmentally ready for handwriting until about 5-6 years of age. So, what can you do? These tips can help avoid frustration and maximize success! 1. Start with shapes! There’s actually a hierarchy of what is easiest to learn up to what is hardest. Have your child practice drawing a plus sign, circle, square, triangle and… very last… a diamond. Being able to copy a diamond correctly is actually an easy readiness “test” for handwriting.
2. People, too! Have your child draw a picture of a person or complete a drawing you make by adding “missing parts”. 3. Sensory drawing. Paint shapes on butcher paper at an easel or on the wall. Draw with a q-tip dipped in paint. Use a spray bottle and a kitchen sponge to draw shapes during clean up time on the kitchen table. 4. Coloring is key! Coloring builds endurance and visualmotor control. If your child’s grasp is “funky”, a simple tip is to break off a tiny piece of crayon, about one inch long. This way, his/her fingers have no choice but to use a proper tripod grasp. 5. Big to small! It is much easier to use big muscles to learn a motor pattern. Have your child practice shapes and letters by drawing on the carpet or in the dirt with his/her toe or with a stick. You can also practice on the wall in the shower with shaving cream or foam soap. Grab a party streamer and try it in the sky, making big strokes above your head!
6. Easy to hard! On that note… it is developmentally easier to learn “straight line” letters, such as an “L” or an “F” and it is hardest to learn diagonal lines, such as a “K”. Also, upper case letters should be learned first, as they occupy the same space and don’t “dip down” or “go high” like lower case letters. 7. Chalk — old school is best! Did you know that drag feedback into the small muscles in the hand reinforces correct motor patterns? Have your child use sidewalk chalk to draw and trace or use a good old fashioned chalkboard. This is actually how the “Handwriting Without Tears” program teaches letter formation. www.lwtears.com 8. Clay writing?! Get some modeling clay. Spread it on a cookie sheet. Grab a wooden dowel or chopstick. You draw a shape or letter lightly and have your child press firmly to trace. 9. Guessing game?? Draw a letter on your child’s back or
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Easter holidays are just around the corner. In Germany, Easter week starts with Holy Thursday, which Germans call “Gruendonnerstag,” or green Thursday. The word green is not associated with the color but rather with the old German verb “grienen,” which means “to bemoan.” Some people keep up the tradition and eat green vegetables that day, preferably spinach. The following day, Good Friday (April 10), is an official German holiday. For Protestants it is one of
the most important religious holidays, while Roman Catholics strictly observe it as a day of fasting. Germans celebrate Easter on two days, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. A few weeks before Easter, decorations are put up inside the house and outdoors. It is most common to hang up Easter eggs and other ornaments on forsythia branches, willow catkins and other trees, which are put up in vases, or grow in backyards. In some towns and villages, Easter trees are put up in public places, fountains are decorated with eggs, flowers and garlands, and Easter markets with selling booths and merry-go-rounds are held. Easter Sunday usually starts with the hunt for Easter eggs and Easter baskets, bringing joy to children who still believe the Easter Bunny delivers
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CATHOLIC Lenten Confessions 30 Mar – 1630-1830, Ramstein North Chapel Fridays of Lent ** Days of Abstinence 27 Mar and 3 Apr – 1730 – Stations of the Cross followed by Lenten Soup Supper, Ramstein North Chapel Holy Week & Sacred Triduum Palm Sunday 5 Apr – 0900, 1300, 1700 – Masses, Ramstein North Chapel Holy Thursday 9 Apr – 1730 – Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Ramstein North Chapel Good Friday ** Day of Fast and Abstinence 10 Apr – 1730 – Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, Ramstein North Chapel Holy Saturday 11 Apr – 2000 – Easter Vigil, Ramstein North Chapel Easter Sunday 12 Apr – 0900, 1300 – Masses, Ramstein North Chapel EARTH BASED RELIGIONS 11 Apr – Full Moon Ritual 2 May – Beltane Ritual All rituals begin at 1900. For anyone interested it is best to contact us through our Vogelweh Open Circle Facebook page: https://www. facebook.com/groups/2159413781013306/ EPISCOPAL ANGLICAN ST. ALBAN 25 Apr – 1045 – Palm Sunday Service, Kapaun Chapel 10 Apr – 1730 – Good Friday Service, Kapaun Chapel 12 Apr – 1045 – Easter Service, Kapaun Chapel 19 Apr – 1000 – Service with Bishop Carl Wright officiating; luncheon at Burgschänke For more information, please contact Kara Craven 0160-90197367 or email Tonya Parham at meschats2@ gmail.com ISLAMIC SERVICES 23 Apr (±2 days) – Ramadan begins 23 May (±2 days) – Ramadan ends 24 May (±1 days) – Eid al-Fitr JEWISH COMMUNITY 8 Apr – Passover Seder, First Night – Wed 1730-2130 hrs, Southside Chapel 9 Apr – Passover Seder, Second Night – Thur, 1730-2130 hrs, email for location All are welcome! For more information and to RSVP (NLT 1 April) email Rabbi Schechter at sarah.schechter@ us.af.mil
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eggs, chocolate and candy. Parents hide the Easter surprises in the most spectacular places such as the oven, washing machine, closets, and of course in the garden. Another tradition is the Easter walk through the woods, where little ones may find some more eggs the Easter Bunny accidentally “lost.” A popular meal served on Easter is roast lamb. According to Christians, the lamb is the symbol for the crucifixion and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The Easter lamb has its origin in a 2,000-year-old Jewish custom, and in 1265, the lamb appeared as a pastry for the first time. Today, bakeries offer Easter lamb pastries as well as Easter leavened wreaths with a hard-boiled colored egg in the middle. The Easter egg had its beginnings in the ancient past. Early philosophers gave special significance to the oval shape of elemental things, from the raindrop to the seed, and the oval Easter egg is an outgrowth of ancient pagan rites associated with the rebirth of nature. For the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, the egg was a symbol of fertility and life. They put clay and marble eggs in graves to facilitate the dead passing into another world. In China 5,000 years ago, it was tradition to give away decorated eggs for the beginning of spring. In Finland, people claim that the universe derived from one giant egg. In Persia, eggs were only combined with spring festivities, because during the season of the new sun, hens started laying eggs again. It has not been explored why eggs play such a big role on Easter. One reason might be that the Church had, at one point, prohibited eating eggs during Lent. In former times, decorated eggs were given as gifts throughout the year. Later it was just done on Easter. It was not only the Easter Bunny giving away eggs, but also storks, foxes and donkeys were the bearers of eggs in mythology. In 1682, the Easter Bunny was mentioned for the first time. When the production of Easter chocolate and bunnies as well as the printing of Easter picture books and postcards began around 1850, the long-eared bunny became an Easter trademark. KAISERSLAUTERN
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by FindItGuide.com Your house requires a lot of maintenance to keep it up to snuff. Whether you are a renter or owner, there are some standard maintenance chores that need to be taken care of every year, like trimming the hedges, cleaning out the rain gutters and getting your chimney swept. In Germany, having a chimney in your house is fairly common as wood burning stoves and fireplaces are often standard. Just because you don’t have a fireplace doesn’t mean you don’t need your chimney to be swept. Your heating system
will likely also have a chimney that needs maintenance each year. But did you know that chimney sweeps in Germany are also a sign of good luck and are often invited to weddings to get the nuptials started on the right side of the coin? The origination of why a chimney sweep is good luck is not due to some exotic tale of adventure and magic. Instead there is a more pragmatic reason; in the old days, the chimney sweep (much like today) cleared your chimney and in turn, you would be able to cook because your stove was wood-fired. Additionally, your house would not burn down after
a cleaning, so they were thought to bring good luck. One of the conveniences of chimney sweeps in Germany is that they come to see you every year without having to call them. The same chimney sweep (or company) comes to the house each year to maintain your systems. T h e y will usually
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Exchange’s grab-and-go school meals nourish military community’s spirit during COVID-19 pandemic by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs With schools operating virtually across Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service began providing grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches at participating schools March 23. The Exchange, which has been operating the overseas school meal program for military students since the late 1970s, introduced the grab-and-go meal option to help military families while their children are learning at home. “The Exchange team is mission essential, and we are honored to serve military families during this worldwide pandemic,” said Col. Scott McFarland, the Exchange’s Europe/Southwest Asia commander. “With the graband-go option, parents can focus on their core missions, while the Exchange ensures the students receive hot, healthy meals prepared in a clean and safe environment.” During its first week of the grab-and-go program, the Exchange served more than 3,000 meals. Sonja Gates, school meal program manager for the Kaiserslautern Military Community district, hopes the
number will increase as more families become aware of the program. “This program is for all military children,” Gates said. “We prepare these meals fresh daily, and always in accordance with USDA standards.” Ramstein Intermediate School Principal Caryn Currie said the Exchange is bringing relief to parents who are now having to homeschool their children. “This is an excellent offering for our students,” Currie said. “Students can stay focused on the school work we have prepared for them.” Julia Wilson, a military wife and mother, said she is grateful for the meals. “I was surprised because it was more than I expected,” Wilson said. “I have three children, so this has been great.” For military spouse and mother of three children, Jovonna Nelson, the grab-and-go meals are a stress-relief. “With the kids having to be homeschooled right now, this relieves the burden of having to cook multiple times a day,” Nelson said. “The kids are excited and enjoy eating the school’s lunches.” Parents who wish to participate in the grab-and-go program can send an email to participat-
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Story & photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joy Dulen 7th Mission Support Command In the midst of a global pandemic, there’s been an increase in demand for supplies at Army hospitals and U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers in Europe are helping to fill that demand. Soldiers from Medical Support Unit-Europe, 7th Mission Support Command, based out of Kaiserslautern, Germany, are supporting the shipping and receiving functions in the warehouse at U.S. Army Medical Materiel Center, Europe in Pirmasens for 30 days (or more) to help push Class VIII medical supplies to where they need to go — the hospitals. “A lot of what we’ve been doing is unpacking and receiving shipments that come in,” said 1st Lt. Ava Carter, a clinical social worker with MSU-E. “We receive them and put them on the shelf so that they can then turn around and go back out to fulfill outstanding orders.” Carter and her team of six Soldiers took on the mission a week ago in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak to help with the increase in demand for supplies and support the staff
of mostly German local nationals who work in the warehouse. “The demand has increased, for sure,” said Carter. “With people being out sick and being quarantined and being on curfew - us being here, we can step in to support where maybe (others) might not be able to.” MSU-E troops, along with active duty Soldiers from the 8th Medical Logistics Company, 421st Multifunctional Medical Battalion, 30th Medical Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, out of Baumholder, Germany, are supporting the mission in the warehouse. “Even if they were fully staffed, this would still be a large enough volume that would warrant additional support,” said Carter. “The amount of materials and supply and inventory that’s coming to those docks every day – with a full staff, they’d still need someone to help.” USAMMCE plans, synchronizes and provides medical logistics support to service members and their families in the U.S. European Command, U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility, as well as to the U.S. Department of State. The USAMMCE warehouse
receives and ships Class VIII medical supplies to hospitals throughout these areas and Carter says it’s always an important mission, but especially right now. “For every day that a pallet sits on the dock and doesn’t get filled, that’s another day that a hospital goes without what it needs or diminishes its current supply,” she said. “So I think it’s really important because it could be anybody that needs those supplies - it could be me, it could be my family, it could be my friends. It could be anyone in those hospitals waiting on supplies.” As Reserve Soldiers, Carter and her team normally work civilian jobs and only don their military uniforms for once-a-month battle training assemblies or twoweek annual training. That has changed quickly for many Soldiers under the 7th MSC, the only U.S. Army Reserve Command stationed in Europe, who have come on orders to help with various missions designed to protect the force during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Right now, we’re here for 30 days but we’re all willing to support as long as needed,” said Carter. “We’re willing to do whatever it takes.”
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2.5 pounds asparagus 8 6-inch slices boiled ham 2 cups flour ½ cup chopped fresh parsley Salt, ground white pepper and nutmeg to taste ½ teaspoon lime juice ½ teaspoon sugar 2 eggs 1 ½ cup water 3 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons margarine
1. Peel the asparagus. 2. Prepare the boiling water by adding 1 ½ teaspoons salt, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, ½ teaspoon ground white pepper, ½ teaspoons sugar, 1 tablespoon butter and lime juice to 3 quarts of water. Boil the water with the aspara-
gus peels and the parts of the asparagus that you cut off because they were at the bottom of the stalk. This is a great way to get some additional flavor from the peels before throwing them away. Let it boil ½ hour. Remove the peels and add peeled asparagus to the same water. Let it boil for 10 minutes and then reduce heat to simmer for 45 minutes. To make the Krauterflaedle: 1. Mix flour, water and two eggs to make a runny dough. Add parsley, ground white pepper, nutmeg and salt to taste. Heat margarine in a non-stick 8-inch pan. Pour a thin layer of dough over the entire pan. Cook on both sides for 2-3 minutes. Remove from pan and place in a pre-heated oven
at 170 F. Repeat until you have 8 Krauterflaedle. 2. Heat a 10-inch non-stick pan. Add 1 tablespoon butter. Heat the 4 slices of ham on both sides for 2 minutes, just long enough for them to get a little brown and you can smell the ham. Remove to oven and brown the remaining 4 slices. 3. Once done, roll the asparagus and ham up in the Krauterflaedle. Hollandaise sauce is the perfect topping. Get it pre-made at your local grocery store on the economy. Just warm it slightly in a pan and drizzle over the top of your creation. You will have a nice spring meal to enjoy on your back patio! Serve with a green salad with a light dressing.
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• 1½ cups raspberries, frozen or fresh • 250 grams mascarpone • 250 grams quark, low fat (buy this in any store on the economy) • 2 tablespoons sugar • 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar • A dash of salt • 4 tablespoons Amaretto liqueur (or instant almond flavour without alcohol from the economy, but only drops!) • ½ cup dark chocolate chips chopped finely • 12-14 sponge fingers • 4 tablespoons cold expresso or strong black coffee • Cocoa powder for dusting
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Prepare the Tiramisu the night before, giving the biscuits time to soak up the liquids, making it even tastier. Wait until right before serving to add the cocoa powder. 1. Mix mascarpone, quark, sugar, vanilla sugar, salt and 2 tablespoons of Amaretto 2. Add chocolate chips. 3. Stir the thawed raspberries into the cream mixture. 4. In a second bowl mix remaining Amaretto/Almond Flavor and coffee. 5. In a small glass dish arrange half of the sponge fingers and pour half of the Amaretto and coffee mixture on top. Add half of the raspberry mixture to the dish. Repeat the layers again. 6. Cover with a thin layer of cocoa powder.
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classics! These are just a few — Now’s the time to stream or rent some of the all time for availability.
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ADVENTURE, FAMILY, FANTASY
Poster by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
The Wizard of Oz (1939) Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to the magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well. Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor
ANIMATION, ADVENTURE, COMEDY
Poster by Buena Vista Pictures
The Sword in the Stone (1963) A poor boy named Arthur learns the power of love, kindness, knowledge and bravery with the help of a wizard called Merlin in the path to become one of the most beloved kings in English history. Stars: Rickie Sorensen, Sebastian Cabot, Karl Swenson Directors: Wolfgang Reitherman, Clyde Geronimi, David Hand
ACTION, ADVENTURE, FANTASY
Poster by Twentieth Century Fox
DRAMA, HISTORY, ROMANCE
Poster by Paramount Pictures
Poster by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Star Wars (1977)
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire’s world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader. Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Sir Alec Guinness Director: George Lucas
A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that. Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara Director: John Hughes
A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods. Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O’Neil Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood
CRIME, DRAMA, MUSICAL
BIOGRAPHY, DRAMA, SPORT
ADVENTURE, MYSTERY, THRILLER
DRAMA, THRILLER, WESTERN
DRAMA, ROMANCE, WAR
Poster by United Artists
Poster by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Poster by Warner Bros.
Poster by United Artists
High Noon (1952)
A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco. Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains Director: Michael Curtiz
A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train. Stars: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges Director: Fred Zinnemann
North by Northwest (1959) A New York City advertising executive goes on the run after being mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies. Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis Director: Alfred Hitchcock
West Side Story (1961) Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy. Stars: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
Poster by United Artists
Raging Bull (1980) The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, whose violence and temper led him to the top in the ring and destroyed his life outside of it. Stars: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent Director: Martin Scorsese
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