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USAF, Ukraine armed forces strengthen partnership Story and photos by Senior Airman John Wright 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Members of the Ukrainian armed forces met with a variety of U.S. Air Force units from Ramstein Air Base and Kapaun Air Station, Aug. 2-6. The visit focused on increasing partner capabilities by expanding the Ukrainian military’s capacity for fundamental air traffic control and combat communications concepts after acquiring two navigational aids for one of their airfields. “We are excited to show the Ukrainian team around and familiarize them with our air traffic control and expeditionary communications capabilities,” said Lt. Col. Ryan Roper, 435th Contingency Response Support Squadron commander. “This is a good start to see how our two countries can cooperate and interoperate in the future.” Ukrainian service members spoke with U.S. Air Force subject matter experts about navigational aid benefits and standard operatSee PARTNERSHIP, Page 3

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jalah Patten, 86th Operations Support Squadron air traffic control tower watch supervisor, left, shows members of the Ukrainian armed forces a tower simulator system during their visit to Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 5. The system allows ATC Airmen to train on airspace and airfield navigation and management on multiple simulated U.S. Air Force bases. The Ukrainian service members were able to review fundamental concepts to potentially enable them to host a variety of U.S. Air Force and NATO aircraft at their installations.

Why hiking French Alps is fabulous, even in bad weather Story and photos by Kat Nickola for MilitaryInGermany.com First it rained, then it snowed; my 10-year-old son dug out his layers, my teenage daughter found her waterproof jacket and pants, and we kept hiking. Then the sun came out; I took off my hat and gloves, my husband stuffed his puffy coat back in his backpack, See FRENCH ALPS, Page 24

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COMMENTARY: Harness your experience Story and photo by Col. Daniel Loveless 86th Healthcare Operations Squadron commander My alarm went off around 3:45 a.m. My gear was ready, and I quickly put on my base layers and hut sandals. I carried my bag and gear and left them outside the dining room. It was breakfast time. To me, eating is absolutely essential to climbing and I overeat when I climb as you will almost assuredly burn more calories in a summit climb than you can eat in that day. The food was quite good for being in a hut at 10,695 feet, minus the coffee. It was instant, but regardless of taste, necessary. Twenty two-man teams of climbers lined up by the door of the Hörnli Hut, which leads to the path up the Matterhorn. We put on the rest of our layers and gear necessary for the climb. As we exited the hut, everyone turned on their headlamps and started to walk to the first obstacle, a fixed rope that runs up a 20-foot section of sheer rock. Traditionally, the Matterhorn takes eight to 12 hours to summit. Many climbers will turn around if they haven’t reached the Salvay Hut at 13,123 feet within three hours. Given the fast pace of the climb and the need to have equipment for rock climbing and walking on ice, the Matterhorn requires you to do more with less. To do this I employed a number of strategies. These same strategies can help you when you are tasked with many items already on your plate. The first step is to define your timeframe. How long do you realistically need to accomplish your tasks? For the Matterhorn, my guide set a goal of eight hours. If I did not think this was possible, it might be smart to rethink the climb. The same holds true for your work. Setting the time helps to keep you on track and is also important for changing your course if you fall behind schedule. In the case of mountaineering, that means turning around.

The next step is to harness your experience. This is something you need to do before taking on a complex challenge. Throughout your career, aim to take on new and difficult additional duties or assignments. These will build and prepare you for future challenges. The amazing part about building experience is that there is a bit of a gestalt benefit from this, in that the whole can be greater than the sum of the parts. This even applies to more than just groups of individuals. This principle can definitely apply to just an individual as well. For me this is probably the most important factor for climbing safely. Experience is key as human error plays a role in mountaineering fatalities more often than not. In preparation for this climb, I had climbed numerous mountains with more complex ice and rock climbing conditions. In addition, I had scaled a lower alti-

tude mountain with mixed rock and ice climbing in preparation. This gave me the experiences I needed to maximize safety and reduce my risk. The only thing I could not prepare for was the overall duration of the rapid pace that is required to summit the Matterhorn. When you have a lot on your plate, you have to make decisions about what you can and can’t do. You only have so much time in a day, so you need to be able to ask yourself, is this really necessary? Can I do the duty or complete this mission safely and effectively if I don’t do this? All of this amounts to process improvement. By critical analysis, we can at times not only make things faster, we can potentially even make the endeavor safer, as unneeded steps increase complexity and therefore increase risk. For this climb, it came down to reducing redundant equipment. Generally

you will bring along a large parka and a sleeping bag in case of having to bivouac in extreme weather. Because the Salvay hut is equipped with beds and blankets and provides overall protection from the elements, you can safely leave a number of additional clothing layers and a sleeping bag behind. Luxury items, like a camera, come down to your fitness level and overall risk assessment. My overall pack weight was low and I was feeling good, so I did bring along my camera. The final factor is to know when it is not safe to continue. There is always a limit to how much we can take on or are properly prepared to do. It is not only important to do a full assessment of the task at hand, but also to have the courage to say that you can’t do something safely or to stop when it becomes unsafe to continue. With some tasks, you may need to chart a new course.

Others may need additional support. Some will require you to try again from scratch. Getting to the top of a mountain is just 50 percent of the climb. With most accidents happening on the way down, it is essential to be ready to turn around if the weather conditions or climbing conditions impart unsatisfactory risk with continuing or your overall energy is not at a level that can support safe climbing both to the summit and down. We arrived at the 14,692 foot summit of the Matterhorn in the early hours of the morning with great weather and a clear view of the Alps. I kept my focus on the task at hand until we arrived back at the Hörnli Hut after eight hours and 20 minutes of climbing. Although the Matterhorn was a difficult climb, I was able to celebrate in style by ordering a cold beer and a large and satisfying rösti.

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(Left) A team of technicians from the 1st Communications Maintenance Squadron demonstrate fiber cable splicing for members of the Ukrainian armed forces during their visit to Kapaun Air Station, Aug. 4. The Ukrainian service members also visited Ramstein Air Base for deployed communications equipment and air traffic control capabilities familiarization. They reviewed flexible, mobile and resilient communications techniques with subject matter experts during their visit.

PARTNERSHIP from Page 1 ing procedures to safely manage airspace. The Office of Defense Cooperation, along with U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa A5I (international affairs), generated a concept of funding request for the familiarization tour, which was based on the Ukrainian armed forces’ objectives and desired outcomes for their newly acquired equipment. “Air advisors take that CFR and start mission planning as soon as possible with the ODC and partner nations,” said Master Sgt. Michael Jaeger, 435th CRSS air traffic control air advisor. “We reach out to other squadrons around the globe to source the top subject matter experts that would best benefit the requesting country’s desires.” Airmen from the 435th Air and Space Communications Group and 86th Operations Group discussed tactics, techniques and procedures, while showcasing tactical communications and air traffic control equipment. This assisted with familiarizing Ukrainian service members on NATO and U.S. Air Force standards. “Air advisors build partnerships through familiarization opportunities like this one,” Jaeger said. Ukrainian service members learned the capabilities combat communications provides and what it takes to get a tactical communications unit deployed. This asset can be essential for maintaining command and control during contingency operations. “The fly-away communication kits the 1st Combat Communications Squadron displayed allow just that, and it gave the Ukrainian air force members a good benchmark for developing a mobile communications capability,” said Tech. Sgt. Kyle Koutsouros, 435th CRSS air advisor. The Ukrainian team spent time with the 1st CBCS and 86th Operations Support Squadron Air Traffic Control Tower and Ground Controlled Approach components, as well as visited the 1st Communications Maintenance

Squadron at Kapaun Air Station. The 1st CMXS performs advanced troubleshooting when called upon for communication outages and helps with projects which require new installations. “Ukrainian air force members displayed interest in producing and initiating their own communication maintenance unit to help facilitate their armed forces at their main bases and during field operations,” Koutsouros said. The 435th CRSS air advisors expand interoperability and deterrence initiatives through coordinating and hosting partner-nation visits. Members of the Ukrainian armed forces reviewed flexible, mobile and resilient communications capabilities and strategic airspace navigation and management – fundamental concepts which can enable them to host a variety of U.S. Air Force and NATO aircraft. “We built a friendship first and foremost, exchanging stories and career experiences,” Jaeger said. “I have hopes we can assist Ukraine in getting their airfields to NATO standards.”

Members of the Ukrainian armed forces, left, inspect a light gun with U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Michael Jaeger, 435th Contingency Response Support Squadron air traffic control air advisor, right, in the ATC tower during their visit to Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 5.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Richard Pacheco, 1st Combat Communications Squadron air reserve component noncommissioned officer in charge, discusses deployed communications equipment and capabilities with members of the Ukrainian armed forces during their visit to Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 3. Ukrainian service members learned the capabilities combat communications provides, and what it takes to get a tactical communications unit deployed.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Christine Wright, U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa A6 European deterrence initiative air reserve component officer, briefs combat communications capabilities with members of the Ukrainian armed forces during their visit to Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 3. The visit focused on increasing partner capabilities by expanding the Ukrainian military’s capacity for fundamental air traffic control and combat communications concepts.


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KMC BLOTTER

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Registry of Motor Vehicles closure Due to annual inventory requirements, the USAREUR Registry of Motor Vehicles customer service desk located in building 216 on Sembach Kaserne will be closed today. Please plan accordingly.

household goods moving process, thereby causing additional stress and delays. The 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron Personal Property Office advises movers to call them three weeks before moving to begin the booking process.

AUGUST 2 3:30 p.m.: Damage to private property in Kaiserslautern 4:02 p.m.: Damage to private property in Enkenbach-Alsenborn

Air Force official photos The 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office has a new process for scheduling official photos. Visit Ramsteinstudio.setmore.com/ services to schedule your official photo. Head and shoulders appointments are available Mon-Thu, with appointments for full-length photos on Fridays.

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8:13 a.m: Unlawful entry in Rodenbach 8:14 a.m.: Theft from a motor vehicle in Rodenbach 9:02 a.m.: Major traffic collision adjacent to BAB-3 kilometer marker 12:51 p.m.: Theft from a motor vehicle in Rodenbach 5:01 p.m.: Major vehicle collision in Jettenbach

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AUGUST 3 Nothing significant to report AUGUST 4 6:05 a.m.: Driving under the influence/major vehicle collision/fleeing the scene of an accident in Landstuhl 4:08 p.m.: Shoplifting in Kaiserslautern 5:48 p.m.: Major vehicle collision in Nonnweiler AUGUST 5 9:14 a.m.: Operating a USAREUR-plated vehicle without a license/article 92 on Vogelweh Family Housing Area AUGUST 6 8:10 a.m.: Theft from a motor vehicle in Rodenbach 8:11 a.m.: Theft from a motor vehicle in Rodenbach

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AUGUST 7 12:19 a.m.: Assault on Rhine Ordnance Barracks 6:42 a.m.: Driving Under the influence in Landstuhl 5:15 p.m.: Major vehicle collision in Mackenbach AUGUST 8 2:15 a.m.: Driving while impaired in Kaiserslautern 2:30 a.m.: Driving under the influence in Kaiserslautern 2:41 a.m.: Driving under the influence in Kaiserslautern 1:15 p.m.: Vandalism on Vogelweh Main Base

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.

Top 10 tid-bits for housing residents The KMC Housing Office is dedicated to assisting you with friendly reminders to help with your home responsibilities. Remember, the key is not waiting until there is an issue to do something — observation/preventive measures will go a long way when it comes to the elimination of minor issues that could turn into larger ones. These Tid-Bits should assist you with caring for your home, whether you are on or off-base.

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Remember not to hang anything from your home ceilings. Please consider using the Self-Help Store at Ramstein and Vogelweh to ensure/maintain the quality and safety of your home. If you have any issues within your residence that is beyond selfhelp, please call Family Housing Maintenance at 06371-4639510. As residents, you are responsible for the cleanliness and everyday maintenance of your home to include changing

light bulbs, replacing sink stoppers or shower hoses, cleaning stove burners and basic pest control. Remember to trim your trees and bushes to a height of 4-6ft. Keep your lawns mowed and presentable. If you see something, say something. Help make our community better.

Ventilate your house for a minimum of 30 minutes daily. Ventilating your home by opening windows helps prevent household mold. Cross ventilation is necessary, so interior doors must be opened along with windows on opposing sides.

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Are you experiencing home maintenance challenges? You should immediately talk with your Landlord or call the KMC Housing Referral Office. Contact DSN 489-6643/Commercial 0631-536-6643.

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We recommend that you perform (monthly) inspections of your home for routine maintenance issues. If any maintenance conditions do exist, immediately bring them to the attention of your Landlord for repair/ resolution. 8. Respect the off-base housing rules. Remember, German laws take precedence over U.S. laws while living in Germany. 9. If you have ceiling fans in your home, you should change the rotation of your ceiling fans twice a year to increase energy efficiency, putting less strain on your heating and cooling systems. In the summer, set the fans to rotate counter-clockwise. This method of blade rotation will pull the warm air to the ceiling instead of in your direction. 10. If you need more information, or have questions/concerns with regards to

maintenance in your home, please contact the 86 CES Housing Flight listed below: Housing Assistance Office: DSN 489-6671/Commercial 0631-536-6671 Housing Referral Office: DSN 489-6643/Commercial 0631-536-6643 Housing Facility Office: DSN 489-7108/Commercial 0631-536-7108 Vectrus Housing Maintenance: Commercial 06371-4639510 Email your questions/concerns to us at KMCHousing@us.af.mil You can also follow us on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ KMCHousingOffice/

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New Force Generation model builds high-end readiness, sustainability for Joint Force by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs The Air Force announced today it is in the final phases of transitioning to a new force generation model to balance today’s combatant commander needs while building high-end readiness for the future. Replacing the current Air Expeditionary Force construct with a 24-month cycle composed of four, six-month readiness phases, the Air Force Force Generation, or AFFORGEN, model ensures a sustainable force offering of Airmen and airpower to the Joint Force. AFFORGEN is projected to reach initial operating capability in fiscal year 2023. “Under the current AEF construct, we’ve lacked the ability to present an easily understood model that reflected all facets of airpower and the ability to clearly articulate readiness impacts,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. “After nearly two decades of demanding rotational deployments, we are shifting to a model that builds high-end and sustainable readiness toward future missions by balancing elements of current availability, modernization and risk.” The four phases of the AFFORGEN model will occur over a 24-month period and in alignment with the Joint Staff’s three phase model. Each phase is distinctive in nature: • Available to commit – Similar to today’s normal deployment phase. Airmen have achieved peak readiness and are either deployed or ready to deploy. Some examples include Immediate Response or 9-1-1 forces. • Reset – In this phase, the unit

The Air Force has announced its plans to replace the Air Expeditionary Force deployment model with the Air Force Generation model. The graphic shown outlines the four phases that will cover a 24-month period. AFFORGEN model ensures a sustainable force offering of Airmen and airpower to the Joint Force. U.S. Air Force graphic

returns from deployment or is removed from the Available to Commit phase and focused on reintegration and reconstitution. Airmen reintegrate with families, take post deployment leave, reestablish currencies and get back to basic proficiency. • Prepare – Building toward peak unit readiness while shielded from deployment. Airmen complete advanced upgrade training and multi-mission unit package training. • Ready – Working to achieve a high-level of readiness above the unit level for the high-end fight environment. Units come together from multiple wings to train and complete certifying events such as flag exercise, Neptune Events, Weapon School Integration and other Large Force Exercises.

“Our 2018 Readiness deep dive found that the use of airpower outpaced force generation for the past 18 years,” said Lt. Gen. Joseph Guastella, deputy chief of Staff for Operations. “This new model will make it easier for us to articulate available forces to the combatant commanders.” The new construct balances trade-offs between short and long-term elements of structural readiness for the Air Force such as modernization, stabilizing manning, resourcing units to sustain higher-levels of readiness and better informing corporate resourcing, and budgeting decisions. “We will be better positioned to identify unintended impacts if our capabilities are being retasked for a different mission,”

Guastella said. “Just because they are available, doesn’t necessarily mean they are ready.” Major Commands including Air Combat Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Mobility Command and Air Force Global Strike Command are transitioning squadrons to this mode, enabling support to combatant commands while focusing on Brown’s “Accelerate Change or Lose” priorities. “To accelerate change in defense of national security, we

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LEAP Spotlight: 1st Lt. James Kiesewetter Story and photo by 1st Lt. James Kiesewetter German LEAP Scholar “A question I’ve often thought about — what does being a part of another culture look and feel like? For me, learning German started when the U.S. Air Force Academy chose what language I would take for one year: German. I fell in love with learning a language, and here I am more than five years later. I have spent about half of my adult life in Germany, studied in Germany, and have wonderful German friends who will be in my life forever. German has also facilitated my search for answers to existential questions; it has opened my eyes to the world and humanity. I abruptly lost a close friend in 2015, and it started my search for answers. Death seemed so far away before we lost him, but it slapped me in the face. Honestly, I was scared. This hollow grief left me with many questions. How could I live every day as if tomorrow were my last? How do I figure out what to live for, what really matters? If it all ends abruptly, am I the person I have always wanted to be? Instead of being stressed, trying to squeeze everything out of my last moments, how could I be at peace knowing I have lived a fulfilling life? How could I make the journey fulfilling instead of working my whole life to be fulfilled? I did not want to realize in the end that with the only chance I had, I did not live a fulfilling life, and it is too late to change. I did not want to continue looking over my shoulder, searching for the grim reaper, scared of when we would meet. At the time of my friend’s passing, I was in my second semester of German class, and it became a way for me to search for these answers. German facilitated a new perspective for me about human nature and the world. I then made it my goal to find programs where I could travel to Germany. I did not know what I was going to find

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in Germany. Still, I knew being immersed in another culture, and speaking another language would help me better understand life, push me mentally, and I might be able to learn more about why we are all here. Along the journey, I reflected for countless hours, searching the world and my head for answers. After all this time of searching, I finally feel free. I am no longer scared, and I live a truly wonderful and fulfilling existence. Once I figured out what the questions and answers were and how to live for those answers, I had to figure out WHY they worked. I eventually had

the breakthrough of my life, and I could not be more excited to share what I learned with the world in my upcoming book. Throughout the journey, I lost others around me. As a result, I saw the people I loved suffering and scared. I set out on the most challenging journey yet — trying to write everything I found into a book about the mindsets and perspectives to living an enjoyable and fulfilling existence and why those things lead to fulfillment. It is my first significant attempt at trying to make the world a better place — a question I will ask myself at the end looking back if I have the opportunity.

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In 2018, I graduated from USAFA with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a minor in German and was selected as a German Language Enabled Airman Program scholar. I commissioned as a 14N, Intel Officer, and last year was chosen to be the deputy of the United States Liaison Team – Romania (USLT-R). While at USLT-R, we helped strengthen the United States’ relationship with a critical NATO partner and was awarded Joint Service Achievement Medals. As a German LEAP scholar, I was sent to a Munich Power Immersion Language Intensive

Training Event, where I lived with a German family who were also my tutors. The power immersion helped me tremendously, and after returning from my LITE, I took the Defense Language Proficiency Test and scored a 3/3 for the first time, and I could not be more excited. I have been shooting for that level of proficiency since I began this language journey! I thank LEAP for allowing me to get better. On my Power Immersion LITE, my brain became predisposed to thinking in German. I would wake up, and my internal voice was in German: walking down the street, going to the gym, surfing or skateboarding. Everything seemed to make more sense: the city, the people, and the ebb and flow. I understood the culture, but now, I was at a place in the language to be in society and to blend in. There were no looks when I started talking, and I could understand all the conversations around me. That invisibility is one of my most significant accomplishments: being a part of another culture, feeling accepted, feeling invisible, and being a piece of a society outside of my native country and outside of my native language. I never had a specific goal in learning German. I wanted to be more proficient, of course, but now I have felt that invisibility would have been the goal. German has brought me the feeling of being accepted in another culture, opened my eyes to humanity, and helped me gain incredible perspective in my quest to figure out what we are all doing here on Earth. So, I just wanted to say — thank you to USAFA for allowing me to visit and study in Germany many times and thank you to LEAP for continuing to facilitate my endeavors in German. Thank you to everyone who has helped me along in my journey. The German language has led to wonderful friendships and experiences that I will never forget and helped me find answers in this long journey. Studying German has truly changed my life.”


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USAFE-AFAFRICA launches Spark Tank 2022 competition Story and graphic by U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa Public Affairs

Spark Tank 2022 timeline • Submission window opens: August 2, • Submission window closes: October 1 • USAFE Finalists Announced: November 1, 2021 • Air Force Finalist Announced: Early January, 2022 • Spark Tank Competition Finals: March 4, 2022 Submit Your Idea AFWERX will accept ideas via the Guardian and Airmen Innovation

Network platform. The G.A.I.N. platform will consolidate submissions, and early submissions will receive additional feedback to allow innovators to edit and re-submit their ideas. Members can register a G.A.I.N. account on the AFWERX website at www.afwerx.af.mil. Spark Tank Pitches will require the following information to be considered: • Title • Summary (Background on problem and solution) • Problem Statement (What is the problem, opportunity, unmet need?) • Affected Population (Who has the problem, opportunity, or unmet need?) • Solution Description (Describe

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U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa launched the Spark Tank 2022 competition across the command following the U.S. Air Force’s AFWERX kickoff of the annual innovation showcase. Spark Tank is an annual competition, which gives Airmen and Guardians the opportunity to pitch their innovative ideas to top Air Force leaders and industry professionals. Each idea submitted will compete for funding and resources as the Air Force looks to implement innovative solutions to challenging problems across the force. A USAFE-AFAFRICA panel of judges will review the command’s submissions throughout the competition, which officially opened August 2.

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your solution in detail) • Resource Requirements (What types of resources are needed?) • Implementation Period (Timeline to implement your solution) • Savings (Estimated savings and manpower value) • Barriers (Describe known and unknown barriers) • Risks (Describe known and unknown risks) • Focus Area (How you want to implement your solution?) • Video Submission (See more information below) • Squadron Innovation Funds (Has this idea received funding through Squadron Innovation Funds?) • Pitch Origin (Where did this solution originate from?)

Pitch Video Requirement An original video, no longer than 3 minutes, is required. The video should summarize the idea and make a case for the pitch. If selected as a finalist, videos may be used by Public Affairs for news, marketing, and advertising. Videos are not required to be professionally created or produced, but the video must be reviewed and cleared for release by the unit’s Public Affairs office. All videos must be loaded to the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) and accessioned using the tags “AFINNOFET” and “SparkTank2022.” Ensure the video’s name is the same as the name on the G.A.I.N. platform submission. Public Affairs will assist

Spark Tank Program Managers • USAFE-AFAFRICA Headquarters: CMSgt. Brian Morrison and MSgt. Norma Gillette • 31st Fighter Wing (Aviano AB): Ms. Julie Lacouture • 39th Air Base Wing (Incirlik AB): Ms. Nazan Ogru • 48th Fighter Wing (RAF Lakenheath): MSgt. Angelo Lowrie • 52nd Fighter Wing (Spangdahlem AB): TSgt. Matthew Connelly • 86th Airlift Wing (Ramstein AB): Ms. Daniela Detgen • 100th Air Refueling Wing (RAF Mildenhall): SMSgt. Stephen Holdenried • 435th Air Ground Operations Wing: SSgt. Vanessa Arnio • 501st Combat Support Wing (RAF Alconbury): Dr. Zoe Dyndor • 603rd Air Operations Center: MSgt. Mabel Salonga Web Resources • AFWERX Website: www.afwerx. af.mil • G.A.I.N. Platform Website: https://gain.apps.dso.mil/ For more information regarding the competition, please contact your unit’s Spark Tank program manager and Wing Process Manager or visit www.afwerx.af.mil.


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AOTW soars in Azores U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Yunia Nakimbugwe, 765th Air Base Squadron financial operations technician, poses for a photo at Lajes Field, Azores, July 27. Nakimbugwe was recently named the 86th Airlift Wing’s Airlifter of the Week for leading the 65th Air Base Group’s Travel Pay section, conducting resiliency training for local nationals and Airmen and embodying the wingman ethos by assisting Airmen with personal and professional growth opportunities.

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Megan Munoz 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Airman 1st Class Yunia Nakimbugwe, 765th Air Base Squadron financial operations technician at Lajes Field, Azores, grew up in the village of Nyabitete, Uganda. Growing up looked different than what many experience, but was nothing like the negative stereotype many may associate with Uganda or Africa at large. “I had a happy childhood and was fortunate enough to attend good schools, and even got to travel a bit,” Nakimbugwe said. Although her village was small, with roughly 3,000 people, Nakimbugwe feels as though she grew up with a large family spread across the globe. “Apart from my sisters and brothers, we grew up with our cousins, aunties and uncles,” she said. “We are all really close and love to laugh. We laugh at and with each other, so I laugh a lot. I have family in every corner of the world – from Costa Rica, to the U.S., to China, to Australia. Look at me now in the Azores.” At 32, Nakimbugwe had a steady job and was happy with

her life. Although it sounds cliché, I was compelled to join the Air Force when I saw a recruiting commercial, she said. “I saw a Go Army commercial and it really spoke to me,” she said. “I remember thinking ‘What am I doing starting over at 32?’ I left it all behind because I knew this is where I was supposed to be.” Nakimbugwe is now serving at her first duty station in the Azores. She leverages military capabilities by ensuring pay and allowances are allocated properly. In turn, this aides the 765th ABS’s mission of providing strategic communication and power projection platforms to support global operations. “Airman 1st Class Nakimbugwe is the face of finance at the 65th Air Base Group,” said Senior Airman Ariel Ciprian, 65th Comptroller Squadron financial services supervisor and Nakimbugwe’s trainer. “She ensures our Airmen receive their pay entitlements, which minimizes financial stressors and promotes peace of mind so our members can execute the mission.” Nakimbugwe, recently named the 86th Airlift Wing’s Airlifter of the Week, helped lead the 65th Air Base Group’s Travel Pay sec-

tion as well as conducted resiliency training for local nationals and Airmen. She also embodies the wingman ethos by assisting Airmen with personal and professional growth opportunities. “She is always willing to help a fellow Airman, and her positive

attitude has improved morale in her unit and beyond,” Ciprian said. “Nakimbugwe has an impeccable work ethic and does not shy away from challenges.” Excited about her next assignment to Ramstein Air Base, Nakimbugwe is grateful for all

the opportunities the Air Force has given her. “I love my job and what I do. I love being a small part of something bigger to help people," Nakimbugwe said. "I am very excited to see where this takes me in life.”

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Josh Olsen, left, 86th Airlift Wing commander, returns a salute to Airman 1st Class Yunia Nakimbugwe, right, 765th Air Base Squadron financial operations technician, at Lajes Field, Azores, July 26. Nakimbugwe was recently named the 86th AW’s Airlifter of the Week for leading the 65th Air Base Group’s Travel Pay section, conducting resiliency training for local nationals and Airmen and embodying the wingman ethos by assisting Airmen with personal and professional growth opportunities.


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Ramstein Airmen enable Agile Spirit

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Alex Smelcer, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flight crew chief, marshals a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft onto the flightline during exercise Agile Spirit 21 at Alekseevka Air Base, Georgia, July 26. Smelcer played several roles during the exercise which included inspecting, fixing and preparing all U.S. Air Force air assets before and after the flight. Agile Spirit 2021 is a joint, multinational exercise co-led by the Georgian Defense Forces and U.S. Army Europe and Africa.

Story and photos by Senior Airman Milton Hamilton 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to Ramstein returned home after weeks of contingency training during exercise Agile Spirit 21 in the country of Georgia. Airmen from the 86th Airlift Wing supported Agile Spirit 2021, a joint, multinational exercise co-led by the Georgian Defense Forces and U.S. Army Europe and Africa, from July 26 through Aug. 6. This was the first time the 86th AW participated in Agile Spirit, providing aerial port services, aerial assets, aircraft maintenance and supplemental joint terminal attack controller capabilities. The 37th Airlift Squadron was responsible for providing tactical airlift capabilities for the exercise, flying over 211 hours and 70 sorties. “Agile Spirit was an exercise meant to help promote regional stability and build our partnership capacity and interoperability with our U.S. Army partners here, the Georgian military and the other 15 nations participating in the exercise,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Matthew Frizzell, 37th AS Agile Spirit mission commander. The 37th AS worked with the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade, Grafenwoehr, Germany, to perform personnel and equipment airborne drops. “We worked with the U.S. Army to facilitate operations objectives and provide aerial assets for their ground forces training and maneuvers,” Frizzell said. “We dropped

approximately 34 bundles, four heavy equipment platforms and provided the means for over 348 personnel airdrops.” During the exercise, the 37 AS’s loadmasters also played a key role in ensuring mission objectives were met. They were able to move approximately 422,000 pounds of cargo with the help of the Georgian military and U.S. Army personnel. “Working with the Georgians has been a good experience,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alexander Carlson, 37th AS loadmaster. “It’s been a unique dynamic and an ever-evolving process. We learned how to work with one another and accomplish our training objectives. It’s been a lot of new beginnings for us and the Georgians.” Georgia is a strategic partner to U.S. and NATO Forces in Europe. Agile Spirit 21 gave participating nations the ability to exercise setting the theater, to plan, prepare and execute joint and multinational training in a real-time, realistic setting throughout the European theater. There were many firsts and tangible successes for everyone that played a role in Agile Spirit 21. “One big success for us was being able to launch 7 U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in order to drop heavy equipment and personnel into a simulated contested environment out here in Georgian airspace,” Frizzell said. We were able to demonstrate our maintenance capabilities, operational capabilities and highlight and generate our combat power from the air to the ground by being able to insert that force into a

combat zone and do it effectively, efficiently and on time.” Exercise Agile Spirit 21 allowed allies and partners to connect personally, professionally, technically and tactically to create stronger, more capable forces during times of crisis. Strong relationships deter potential adversaries. “The partnership we are building here provides a foundation for future operations,” Frizzell said. “This exercise allows us to take each other's strengths and apply them to ourselves and builds a foundation for real-world instances, whether it be humanitarian, mutual support or combat.” Throughout the weeks of the exercise, U.S. military personnel were able to live, work and socialize with their Georgian counterparts, creating a sense of comradery and mutual respect. “It’s been great working with our Georgian partners,” Frizzell said. We’ve been able to learn from them as well as help provide them with our operating capabilities and show what combat air-power looks like from Ramstein. The team out here has absolutely knocked it out of the park and we thank the Georgians for their support.” Agile Spirit 21 enhanced U.S., Georgian, allied and partner forces' lethality, interoperability and readiness in a realistic training environment. Approximately, 2,500 military personnel from 15 allied and partner nations participated in this theater security cooperation exercise. Agile Spirit occurred at three training locations in Georgia — Senaki Air Base, Vaziani and Orpholo Training Areas.

Georgian army Pvt. George Miroiani stands guard at the flightline during exercise Agile Spirit 21 at Alekseevka Air Base, Georgia, July 29. Agile Spirit 21 is a joint, multinational exercise co-led by the Georgian Defense Forces and U.S. Army Europe and Africa. Agile Spirit enhances U.S., Georgian, allied and partner forces’ lethality, interoperability and readiness in a realistic training environment.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Matthew Frizzell, 37th Airlift Squadron instructor pilot, left, and 1st Lt. Nika Girgvlini, Georgian army avionic mechanic specialist, talk during exercise Agile Spirit 21 at Alekseevka Air Base, Georgia, July 29. Frizzell and Girgvlini were the main points of contact for exercise operations during Agile Spirit 21.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Anibel MacRae, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, flying crew chief assistant, opens a C-130J Super Hercules aircrafts’ landing gear doors during exercise Agile Spirit 21 at Alekseevka Air Base, Georgia, July 29. MacRae is part of a group of 86th AMXS maintainers who inspects, fixes and prepares all U.S. Air Force aircraft during the exercise.


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Chaplain candidate keeps soldiers spiritually fit

83rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 510th Regional Support Group Chaplain Candidate Lt. Ruth Gakunga's work goes far beyond chapel services and Bible studies. She provides for soldier’s spiritual needs so they are ready for battle. "A ready soldier is a ready soldier," said Gakunga. Photo by Sgt. Jesse R Pilgrim

In her hometown of Clarendon, Jamaica, Ruth Gakunga’s parents had high hopes their daughter would become a nurse. But the Chaplain Candidate with the 83rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 510th Regional Support Group, says she felt a different calling. She enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2013, serving for nearly six years before entering the chaplain candidate program. Lt. Gakunga is now weeks away from finishing seminary and becoming a U.S. Army Chaplain. Her recent experiences supporting Swift Response in Hungary, interacting with Hungarian, Polish and Romanian troops, and serving Soldiers in the European theater have convinced her she is doing what she was meant to do. “I’m basically here providing for the soldier’s spiritual needs so they are ready for battle.” She said. “A ready soldier is a ready soldier, all around the board. Spirituality is very important and

that’s why I’m here.” Her work goes far beyond chapel services and Bible studies. On a recent hike to the Lichtenberg Castle in Kusel, Germany, with 83rd CSSB Commander Lt. Col. Andrea Talbert, Gakunga saw a couple with a small child having a heated discussion. The married Soldiers had planned to take first birthday photos of their child, but their disagreement had created anything but a celebratory atmosphere. “We were about to go up the mountain, and the husband slammed the car door and walked away,” said Gakunga. Concerned, Gakunga wanted to find him. When she and Talbert turned back, they found the wife with the baby. The mother shared a bit about the situation, and the husband eventually returned. “God put them in my path,” said Gakunga. “And we all sat down and talked at this public hiking site.” Talbert watched the baby so the couple could talk. “I was able to get them together and have them say their peace,”

said Gakunga. “As a young couple with a new baby, they needed some tools to navigate their new life.” The impromptu counseling session went well, and Gakunga received a commendation for her efforts, with her commander remarking that she witnessed Gakunga save two lives that day. That one on one interaction is Gakunga’s favorite part of her job. She views every opportunity to help someone as evidence of God’s love, as He sees fit to put people in her path. “I’m just amazed at God’s eternal care for people,” she said. “He will move mountains for people.” As she prepares to become a 56-Alpha (Chaplain), she is praying about going from reserve duty to active duty. It’s not a question of if, but of when, as she and her husband Michael raise their children Abigail, age two, and one-year-old Joshua. No matter the timeline, Gakunga has faith that she will be in the right place at the right time. KAISERSLAUTERN

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Ramstein MWDs bite back

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Photos by Airman Jared Lovett and Airman Edgar Grimaldo 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michele Tate, 86th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, trains with MWD Mojito at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 4. Airmen from the 10th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Flight were introduced to the 86th SFS MWDs by U.S. Army veterinarians during MWD veterinary care training. The training allowed the 10th EAEF to be familiarized on how to care for MWDs in the field and during flights. Tate performed a controlled aggression and extraction training with 2-year-old Mojito to give him exposure and training for when a real threat occurs.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michele Tate, 86th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, performs controlled aggression training with MWD Mojito at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 4. The intention of this training was to show the Medical Support Squadron that a MWD is not just a house dog, but a dog of war that requires members to have specialized training for handling the MWDs.


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U.S. Army Sgt. Marielena Diaz, Public Health Activity Rheinland-Pfalz Military Working Dog section noncommissioned officer in charge, briefs the 10th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Flight on how to care for MWDs in the field at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 4.

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sarah Pawlak, right, 86th Security Forces Squadron military working dog trainer, performs a standing restraint on MWD Duke at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 4.

U.S. Air Force Staff. Sgt. Daniel Hagney, 86th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, performs detection training with his MWD Wwicca in a C-17 Globemaster aircraft, at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 4.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel Hagney, 86th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, poses with MWD Wwicca at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 4.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michele Tate, 86th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, trains with MWD Mojito at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 4. MWDs enhance installation security through their ability to sniff out threats to Airmen, families and aircraft.


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Spirit of giving: Ramstein Airmen meet community needs

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to Ramstein Air Base, load a bus full of toys and clothes in preparation for a humanitarian event for the children of Vaziani, Georgia, during exercise Agile Spirit 21 at Tbilisi, Georgia, July 31. The Airmen arrived in Tbilisi with a cargo container full of toys and clothes that were donated by family and Airmen from across the Kaiserslautern Military Community. Approximately, 2,500 military personnel from 15 allied and partner nations are participating in this theater security cooperation exercise. Photos by Senior Airman Milton Hamilton

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tyler Nakamura, 291st Combat Communication Squadron cyber transport, pumps up a ball for a child at a toy giveaway during exercise Agile Spirit 21 at Vaziani, Georgia, July, 31. The toys and clothes giveaway provided toys and clothes for over 30 Vaziani children.

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to Ramstein Air Base take a group photo with a group of children at a toy giveaway during exercise Agile Spirit 21 at Vaziani, Georgia, July 31. The Airmen collected toys and clothes prior to leaving Ramstein to accommodate over 30 children during the event.

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to Ramstein Air Base pass out toys and clothes during a humanitarian event during exercise Agile Spirit 21 at Vaziani, Georgia, July 31. This was the first time a U.S. Air Force toy give away took place in Vaziani. Agile Spirit 2021 is a joint, multinational exercise co-led by the Georgian Defense Forces and U.S. Army Europe and Africa.

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Dennis Tyukayev, 86th Operations Support Squadron operations officer, places a U.S. Air Force cloth face covering over the face of a child during a toy giveaway during exercise Agile Spirit 21 at Vaziani, Georgia, July 31. Tyukayev took part in a humanitarian event that provided toys and clothes for over 30 Vaziani children. Agile Spirit 2021 is a joint, multinational exercise co-led by the Georgian Defense Forces and U.S. Army Europe and Africa. Agile Spirit enhances U.S., Georgian, allied and partner forces’ lethality, interoperability and readiness in a realistic training environment.

Levan Menakhshirishvili, Vaziani mayor, opens a box for a child during a toy giveaway during exercise Agile Spirit 21 at Vaziani, Georgia, July 31. Menakhshirishvili coordinated with Airmen from Ramstein Air Base, in order to provide toys and clothes to his constituents.


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V Corps strengthens bond between US, Poland during welcome ceremony

FORT KNOX, KY. — The U.S. Army’s Fifth Corps held a welcome ceremony for Maj. Gen. Adam Joks, Deputy Commanding General of Interoperability, and Brig. Gen. Matthew Van Wagenen, Deputy Commanding General of Maneuver, at Fort Knox, Kentucky, Aug. 4. The ceremony consisted of a color guard led by Staff Sgt. Amber Ravenall, the I Corps Army Band, as well as the 3rd Cavalry Regiment Firing Battery. Lt. Gen. John Kolasheski, V Corps commanding general, gave the opening remarks and welcomed Van Wagenen, Joks, and family to V Corps. “Today is an important milestone for this headquarters, but it is also an important day for the United States and Poland,” said Kolasheski. “Today marks the first time since the Revolutionary War that a very senior Polish officer has been assigned to a U.S. military outfit.” Joks, a graduate of the National Defense Academy in Warsaw, Poland, is coming to V Corps after commanding NATO’s Joint Force Training Centre, Bydgoszcz, Poland. As DCG-I, he will focus on improving the integration of personnel, systems, and processes with European allies and partners. During the ceremony, Joks spoke on his responsibilities to V Corps and bolstering the U.S.-Polish relationship.

“As Deputy Commander for Interoperability, we will make the Victory Corps more interoperable with NATO, and ensure integration with Poland’s armed forces hosting the Victory Corps forward headquarters,” said Maj. Gen. Joks. “Promoting interoperability is a central point in the Victory Corps’ mission statement and I am committed to helping the commander and the corps team make that happen. As the Victory Corps motto states: ‘It Will Be Done!’” Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli, U.S. Army Europe and Africa commanding general, is confident Joks’ presence will strengthen the bond shared by the U.S. and Poland. “Welcoming Maj. Gen. Joks as part of the V Corps team is a true testament to the trust and bond shared by the U.S. and Poland, not only as NATO allies in deterring aggression in the region, but also as friends and host to our U.S. Soldiers who rotate through Poland as part of Atlantic Resolve and the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence,” said Cavoli. “We continue to work with our Polish allies to find new ways to strengthen U.S.-Polish defense relations, NATO unity and transatlantic security.” Although Van Wagenen has officially been a part of V Corps since May, V Corps officially welcomed him as Deputy Commanding General for Maneuver during the ceremony. “It speaks volumes to his humble character and team spirit that

he got to work immediately with no formalities or ceremony,” said Lt. Gen. Kolasheski. “Those qualities are essential for a DCG.” Van Wagenen will serve as the senior officer at the headquarters in Poznan, Poland. He joins V Corps after his previous assignments as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, and the deputy commanding general for the 3rd (United Kingdom) Division. Van Wagenen said he is honored to be a part of V Corps and is excited to see where the Corps is going in the future. “It is truly an honor to stand before you today as a deputy commanding general in this remarkable organization and a privilege to stand alongside my friend, Major General Adam Joks,” said Van Wagenen. “Additionally, his role here at our main command post and mine in Poznan, Poland, at our forward command post exemplifies the special relationship that exists between Poland and the United States as friends and allies.” Cavoli echoed the sentiments of Van Wagenen. “With Maj. Gen. Joks joining the V Corps team as the DCG-I and Brig. Gen. Van Wagenen joining the forward operating base in Poznan as the DCG-M,” said Cavoli, “I'm certain our two nations will move toward a deeper and even more collaborative security partnership to meet current and future security challenges.”

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Army logisticians move armored power across Europe for Atlantic Resolve

An M1A2 tank assigned to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, arrives at the port facility in Alexandroupoli, Greece, July 20. This the first time the U.S. Army has deployed tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles and other tracked equipment through the port. The 1st ABCT is arriving for its nine-month deployment to the European theater in support of Atlantic Resolve. Photos by Andre Cameron

by Jeff Jurgensen 598th Transportation Brigade The current iteration of Atlantic Resolve has demonstrated the Army’s ability to successfully move armored combat power from strategically located seaports to training and forward operating locations all across Europe. As the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division arrived in theater to relieve the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division in support of Atlantic Resolve during July, more than 140 M1 tanks, 250 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, 35 Paladins and thousands of tracked and wheeled vehicles were simultaneously inmotion on roads, railways and at seaports in countries ranging from Greece to Lithuania. To execute equipment staging and onward movement on this scale and across these distances, transporters and logisticians from commands like the 598th Transportation Brigade, Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command, along with the supported brigades, engaged in months of detailed planning before the first piece of gear moved anywhere. “This Atlantic Resolve rotation really challenged us as we deployed heavy combat power and supporting equipment into six different seaports located in Poland, Lithuania, Germany and Greece,” said Col. Joshua D. Hirsch, the commander of the 598th TBDE. “That means we were moving two ABCTs worth of equipment into and out of ports that were more than 2,200 kilometers apart.

Despite the complexity of movements like these, our teams accomplished the transportation mission safely and on time. We also demonstrated the Army’s ability to deploy tanks and armored vehicles virtually anywhere in Europe at a time and place of our choosing. That’s how we provide maneuver options for large-scale combat operations and for land-force commanders in this theater.” The 1st ABCT, 1ID’s equipment arrived in theater at seaports in Gdansk, Gdynia and Szczecin, Poland; Klaipeda, Lithuania and Alexandroupoli, Greece. At the same time, 1st ABCT, 1CD’s equipment redeployed back to the U.S. through the ports in Klaipeda and Alexandroupoli, as well as the port in Bremerhaven, Germany. “Importing and exporting equipment from two different units at the same port is challenging,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ron A. Barker, Mobility Officer, 838th Transportation Battalion, 598th TBDE, and the lead for conducting port operations in Klaipeda. “However it’s also a great opportunity for the Army and our Lithuanian partners to increase our interoperability and enhance what is already an excellent partnership.” In Alexandroupoli, this Atlantic Resolve rotation represented the first opportunity to use the port facility to move tracked vehicles like M1 tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles. Previously, the port had supported the discharge and staging of combat aviation brigades and wheeled vehicles only. “Alexandroupoli has developed into one of the most vital ports in Europe for the movement of Army equipment,” said Andre J. Cameron,

director of the Transportation Corps, Eastern Mediterranean (Greece) Detachment. “We’ve now proven we can move both aviation and armored units at Alexandroupoli, using both commercial line-haul and rail. Basically, we can do it all here.” Division arrived at the port facility in Alexandroupoli, Greece, July 20. This the first time the U.S. Army has deployed tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles and other tracked equipment through the port. The 1st ABCT is arriving for its ninemonth deployment to the European theater in support of Atlantic Resolve. The soldiers and Army leaders supporting this Atlantic Resolve rotation emphasized that it took a "Team of Teams" approach to achieve success both at the ports and in the onward movement phase of the operation. “When you step back and look at the scale of this rotation, we really did have ‘tanks everywhere’ in our theater,” added Hirsch. “It’s the synchronization with our teammates at the 21st TSC, MSC, the rotational brigades and with our allies and commercial partners that makes the movement of this kind of armored power possible. We really strengthened many of our key relationships during this Atlantic Resolve iteration and this will pay great dividends, not just

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for Atlantic Resolve, but for every type of operation and exercise we support here in Europe.” The deployment of ready, combat-credible, rotational Army forces for Atlantic Resolve is evidence of the strong U.S. commitment to NATO and Europe. Through bilateral, joint, and multinational training, Atlantic Resolve builds readiness, increases interoperability, and enhances the bond between ally and partner militaries. All movements of personnel and equipment are conducted while adhering to the prevention

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2018 BMW 3 Series 330i xDrive (AWD), Sedan / Saloon, US, AWD/ 4WD, $32,999 (S4657). The Used Car Guys - Ramstein, Am Lanzenbusch 1, Ramstein-Miesenbach, 66877 Germany, +49 (0) 6371 92 00 00, ramstein@ usedcarguys.net. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com! 2018 BMW 320i xDrive Sedan, US, Front-, Seiten-, weitere Airbags, Fensterheber vorne, Navigationssystem mit Monitor, Tempomat, Tuner/Radio, Tagfahrlicht, Kurvenlicht, Multifunktionslenkrad, Start/Stopp-Automatik, Freisprecheinrichtung, Bluetooth, MP3Schnittstelle, Allradantrieb, Elektr. Seitenspiegel, Servolenklung, ESP, Traktionskontrolle, Bordcomputer, CD-Spieler, Zentralverriegelung, Elektr. Wegfahrsperre, Isofix (Kindersitzbefestigung), Schaltwippen, Kamera, Alarmanlage, Schiebedach, Panorama-Dach, Innenspiegel autom. abblendend, Elektr. Sitzeinstellung, Sitzheizung, Nebelscheinwerfer, PDC Hinten, PDC Vorne, Regensensor, Lichtsensor, 2-Zonen Klimaautomatik, Sprachsteuerung, USB, Soundsystem, LED-Scheinwerfer, Stoff, Scheckheftgepflegt, Nichtraucher-Fahrzeug, Lederlenkrad, Geschwindigkeits-Begrenzung, Leichtmetallfelgen, $28,995. Bavarian Motor Cars - BMW - Vilseck, Gut 3, Vilseck, 92249 Germany, 09641-60503291, ad min-graf@bavarianmotorcars.com. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com! 2018 BMW 320i xDrive Sedan, US, Park Distance Control, Servotronic, $28,995. Bavarian Motor Cars - BMW Kaiserslautern, 398 Pariser Strasse, Kaiserslautern, 67663 Germany, 490631-560009091, admin-ktown@bava rianmotorcars.com. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com! 2018 BMW 320xi AWD 2.0L I4 Turbo, Sedan / Saloon, $25,995. Patriot Military Automobiles GmbH - Kaiserslautern, 22 Kaiserstrasse, Kaiserslautern, 67661 Germany, +49 (0) 631 892 932 90, contact@patriot-autos.net. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com!

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2017 Nissan Murano SV, SUV, US, Front, 7-Speed Shiftable CVT (CVT), $27,999 (S4792). The Used Car Guys Kaiserslautern, Weilerbacher Strasse 10, Kaiserslautern, 67661 Germany, +49 (0) 631-68031210, kaiserslautern@ usedcarguys.net. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com! 2017 Nissan Versa Note SV, Hatchback, US, Front, CVT (CVT), $14,499 (S4859). The Used Car Guys - Stuttgart, 6 Robert-Bosch-Strasse, Schoenaich, 71101 Germany, 01727 129 046, stuttgart@usedcarguys.net. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com!

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2018 Dodge Charger SXT, Sedan / Saloon, $30,999. Patriot Military Automobiles GmbH - Kaiserslautern, 22 Kaiserstrasse, Kaiserslautern, 67661 Germany, +49 (0) 631 892 932 90, contact@pa triot-autos.net. Find all of our cars on 2018 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD, SUV, FindItGuide.com! $35,999. Patriot Military Automobiles GmbH - Spangdahlem II, 1A Im Kreuzgarten, Spangdahlem, 54529 Germany, contact@patriot-autos.net. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com!

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2018 Kia Optima LX, Sedan / Saloon, Gas, Automatic, $23,495 (US-2683). Ramstein Used Cars - Kaiserslautern, 1 Kaiserstrasse, Kaiserslautern, 67661 Germany, +49(0)631 3679 3979, brett@ ramsteinusedcars.com. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com!

2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i M Sport, US, Park Distance Control, $42,995. Bavarian Motor Cars - BMW - Kaiserslautern, 398 Pariser Strasse, Kaiserslautern, 67663 Germany, 49-0631-560009091, admin-ktown@bavarianmotor cars.com. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com!

2018 Toyota Rav 4 Limited FWD, SUV, $29,999. Patriot Military Automobiles GmbH - Ramstein II, 47 Kindsbacher Str., Ramstein-Miesenbach, 66877 Germany, +49 (0) 6371 5981520, contact@patriot-autos.net. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com! 2018 Toyota RAV4 Limited with advance Technology Package, SUV, $30,999. Patriot Military Automobiles GmbH - Kaiserslautern, 22 Kaiserstrasse, Kaiserslautern, 67661 Germany, +49 (0) 631 892 932 90, contact@patri ot-autos.net. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com! 2018 Volkswagen Passat R-Line 2.0L I4 Turbo, Sedan / Saloon, $20,995. Patriot Military Automobiles GmbH - Ramstein II, 47 Kindsbacher Str., RamsteinMiesenbach, 66877 Germany, +49 (0) 6371 5981520, contact@patriot-au tos.net. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com!

2019 Chevrolet Malibu LT, Front, Automatic, $24,999 (904140). MAS Military AutoSource - Einsiedlerhof, 34 Kaiserstrasse, Kaiserslautern, 67661 Germany, +49 (0)172-2780129, cpoquotere quest@militarycars.com. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com! 2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i, AWD/4WD, Automatic, $42,999 (904200 PO). MAS Military AutoSource - Einsiedlerhof, 34 Kaiserstrasse, Kaiserslautern, 67661 Germany, +49 (0)172-2780129, cpoquo terequest@militarycars.com. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com! 2021 Jeep Cherokee Latitude Plus 4WD, US, €0. Bavarian Motor Cars BMW - Vilseck, Gut 3, Vilseck, 92249 Germany, 09641-60503291, admingraf@bavarianmotorcars.com. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com!

2018 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Express, Pickup, US, Rear, 8-Speed Shiftable Automatic (A), $29,999 (S4874). The Used Car Guys - Ramstein, Am Lanzenbusch 1, Ramstein-Miesenbach, 66877 Germany, +49 (0) 6371 92 2018 Ford Fiesta ST, Hatchback, US, 00 00, ramstein@usedcarguys.net. Front, 6-Speed Manual (M), $22,299 Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com! (S4903). The Used Car Guys - Ramstein, Am Lanzenbusch 1, RamsteinMiesenbach, 66877 Germany, +49 (0) 6371 92 00 00, ramstein@usedcar 2019 Audi A3 2.0 Prestige Cabriolet, guys.net. Find all of our cars on FindIt- Automatic, Convertible / Cabriolet, Guide.com! $45,925 (904265 PO). MAS Military AutoSource - Einsiedlerhof, 34 Kaiser2018 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition, strasse, Kaiserslautern, 67661 GermaSedan / Saloon, $19,999. Patriot Milita- ny, +49 (0)172-2780129, cpoquotere ry Automobiles GmbH - Kaiserslautern, quest@militarycars.com. Find all of our 22 Kaiserstrasse, Kaiserslautern, cars on FindItGuide.com! 2018 Ford Escape EcoBoost, SUV, 67661 Germany, +49 (0) 631 892 932 $22,499. Patriot Military Automobiles 90, contact@patriot-autos.net. Find all GmbH - Ramstein II, 47 Kindsbacher of our cars on FindItGuide.com! Str., Ramstein-Miesenbach, 66877 Germany, +49 (0) 6371 5981520, contact@ 2018 Infiniti QX60 Utility 4D AWD 3.5L patriot-autos.net. Find all of our cars V6, US, 3rd Row Seat, All Wheel Drive, Alloy Wheels, Automatic, Heated on FindItGuide.com! Seats, Heated Steering Wheel, Keyless Entry, Navigation, Park Distance Control, Power Driver Seat, Power Seats, Power Sun Roof, Premium Sound, Rearview Camera, Running Boards, Xenon Lights, $34,995. Bavarian Motor Cars - BMW - Vilseck, Gut 3, Vilseck, 92249 Germany, 09641-60503291, ad min-graf@bavarianmotorcars.com. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com! 2018 Ford Escape SE AWD, SUV, US, AWD/4WD, 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic (A), $24,999 (S4912). The Used Car Guys - Kaiserslautern, Weilerbacher Strasse 10, Kaiserslautern, 67661 Germany, +49 (0) 631-68031210, kaisers lautern@usedcarguys.net. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com!

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FRENCH ALPS from Page 1 and we hiked on. The amazing thing? No complaints. We couldn’t take our eyes off the scenery: snowcapped mountains, crusty glaciers, and waterfalls galore! And below us, the tidy mountain town of Chamonix. In the worst weather, the French Alps still deliver lofty vistas. An outdoor enthusiast’s dream Chamonix is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. It is nestled along the Arve river in a steep green valley. And though the town is cute, it’s really above the green where the action is. Past the tree line, running the length of the valley, the seemingly sheer sides give way to the benches – strips of land running parallel to the valley where the mountain is flatter, or at least a bit more gradual in elevation. Then, rising sharply again, high above and barely visible from town, are the highest mountains in the Alps. It is a dramatic landscape. There are lots of hikes to choose from in the mountains above Chamonix. It is wellsigned and easy to navigate with an extensive refuge system. The refuges offer a place to sleep for the night, escape the everchanging weather, and eat both dinner and breakfast (included in the summer rates). French refuges – pack light, eat in style And let me just say that French refuges serve meals with style! We stayed four nights in refuges and had four-course dinners each evening – served to us in our base layers. My kids looked forward to seeing what we got to eat each night and I looked forward to not planning meals. The sleeping situation varied; at all refuges, we slept in a bunk. There are four people in my family, so at one refuge we got our own room. At another, we had a walled-off cubby in a long room with other overnight bunkers. You are required to bring a lightweight (ie: silk) sleeping bag liner. The refuges supply a duvet and pillow. However, current COVID regulations resulted in some refuges not offering us the duvet. We soon learned that

we simply needed to ask for it. Staying in refuges, instead of hotels or camping, meant we needed to pack light. We had to plan for varying weather, though, so there was one of each kind of layer in our backpacks. And the kids carried their own. Water was plentiful out of springs or at the refuges. Grand Balcon = great hiking The Grand Balcon Nord runs along the northern part of the valley, and we focused on this area for our first day of hiking. We took the Flegere gondola up and continued on a chairlift high up to L’Index. Our hike took us on a long loop past scree slopes, frozen lakes, snowfields, and down through meadows to the Flegere Refuge by mid-afternoon. My kids were out of their minds playing in the snow in July. We barely beat a rainstorm back to the refuge; a trend that would continue. Luckily, the refuges also offered a space to lounge and read while afternoon rain and hail pummeled the windows. In the evening, things cleared and we could take a walk without seeing any of the day-tripping crowds. It was like the mountains were our own. The next couple of days found us hiking along the Grand Balcon Sud, which runs along the southern slopes of the valley. Again, we started with a gondola up, but this one went well past the benches to the peak of Aiguille du Midi (12,602 ft). There is a visitor center at this dizzying height and a glass-bottomed walkway. There is also year-round snow and guided glacier hikes for the intrepid. Halfway back down the mountain along the bench, we hiked to our refuge for the evening at Plan du Midi. It turned out to be our favorite of the whole trip; small and intimate perched on the edge of the bench with an incredible view right out our bedroom window. Our final hike was the most incredible – along the Grand Balcon Sud from Plan du Midi to the Montenvers glacier. There were waterfalls galore, high rocky trails that felt as if we were heading into Mordor, and a beautiful glacier at the end. Each summer, there is a tunnel

carved into the Montenvers glacier so we could see the dark blue interior. A cog train runs down the mountain from Montenvers back into Chamonix. With two kids in tow, I chose hikes that were easily accessible from gondolas and refuges. But, for the truly adventuresome, there is the 170km loop called the Tour Du Mont Blanc that goes along the benches of the Chamonix valley then around the Italian side of Monte Bianco, and back around through Switzerland. Refuges dot the entire route. Getting there: essentials Chamonix felt a world away from our home in Kaiserslautern. We drove the 6.5 hours, mostly through Switzerland, and got our Swiss Vignette to drive on the Swiss freeways at the last German rest stop before the border. In France, we left our car parked in the free lot near the Flegere gondola for the duration of our visit. With Mont Blanc MultiPass 3-day tickets (I bought nonconsecutive days with a family discount) from Mont Blanc Natural Resort, we had unlimited use of any transportation in the area, from gondolas and chairlifts to buses and trains. COVID regulations at this time allowed my husband and me to travel freely since we are vaccinated. My children both got free local COVID tests here in Germany, which allowed them to travel to Switzerland and France. In Chamonix, they both got free tests at a Pharmacy downtown in order to return to Germany. Be sure to check current regulations for all countries. With only a long weekend to spare, we were pleased with how much time we had on the trail. Thanks, mostly, to staying in the refuges where we always had a warm bed and hot food waiting for us no matter how turbulent the weather became. For more information: Refuges — some bookable online, others you must call or email (in French) www.montourdumontblanc.com MontBlanc MutliPass — gondolas, chairlifts, Aiguille du Midi visitor center www.montblancnaturalresort.com

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TODAY Free Guy (PG-13) 1245, 1600, 1900 Free Guy 3D (PG-13) 1615 Respect (PG-13) 1245, 1530 Don’t Breathe 2 (R) 1900, 1915 The Suicide Squad (R) 1245, 1545, 1845 Space Jam: A New Legacy (PG) 1300

ACTION, COMEDY, SCI-FI

SATURDAY Free Guy (PG-13) 1245, 1600, 1900 Free Guy 3D (PG-13) 1615 Respect (PG-13) 1245, 1530 Don’t Breathe 2 (R) 1900, 1915 The Suicide Squad (R) 1245, 1545, 1845 Space Jam: A New Legacy (PG) 1300

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Free Guy (2021)

SUNDAY Free Guy (PG-13) 1245, 1600, 1900 Free Guy 3D (PG-13) 1615 Respect (PG-13) 1245, 1530 Don’t Breathe 2 (R) 1900, 1915 The Suicide Squad (R) 1245, 1545, 1845 Space Jam: A New Legacy (PG) 1300

A bank teller called Guy realises he is a background character in an open world video game called Free City that will soon go offline. Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Joe Keery, Taika Waititi, Camille Kostek Director: Shawn Levy

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Respect (2021)

Don’t Breathe 2 (2021)

Aretha Franklin sings in her father’s church choir as a child and grows up to become an international musical superstar and legend.

A blind veteran must use his military training to save a young orphan from a group of kidnappers.

Cast: Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans Director: Liesl Tommy

Cast: Stephen Lang, Brendan Sexton III, Madelyn Grace Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

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ACTION, ADVENTURE, HORROR

Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021)

Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2021)

Superstar LeBron James and his young son, Dom, get trapped in digital space by a rogue AI. To get home safely, LeBron teams up with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang for a high-stakes basketball game against the AI’s digitized champions of the court — a powered-up roster called the Goon Squad.

Six people unwittingly find themselves locked in another series of escape rooms, slowly uncovering what they have in common to survive — and discovering they’ve all played the game before. Cast: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll Director: Adam Robitel

Cast: LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Sonequa Martin-Green Director: Malcolm D. Lee Poster by Warner Bros. Pictures

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TUESDAY Free Guy (PG-13) 1530, 1830 Respect (PG-13) 1515, 1730 Don’t Breathe 2 (R) 1830 The Suicide Squad (R) 1500, 1815 Space Jam: A New Legacy (PG) 1515 Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (PG-13) 1515 WEDNESDAY Free Guy (PG-13) 1530, 1830 Respect (PG-13) 1515, 1730 Don’t Breathe 2 (R) 1800 The Suicide Squad (R) 1500, 1815 Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (PG-13) 1515

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ANIMATION, ADVENTURE, COMEDY

MONDAY Free Guy (PG-13) 1530, 1830 Respect (PG-13) 1515, 1730 Don’t Breathe 2 (R) 1830 The Suicide Squad (R) 1500, 1815 Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (PG-13) 1515

THURSDAY Free Guy (PG-13) 1530, 1830 Respect (PG-13) 1515, 1730 Don’t Breathe 2 (R) 1830 The Suicide Squad (R) 1500, 1815 Space Jam: A New Legacy (PG) 1515 Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (PG-13) 1515 Editor’s note: The movies listing was the most current at the time of publication. Dates are subject to change. Please check with your local theater for the most up-to-date schedule.

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Due to host nation regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19, some community events may be cancelled or postponed. Please verify the status before making plans to attend a community event. KMC Onstage 2021/2022 season tickets Do not miss a show when you purchase season tickets with KMC Onstage for the 2021/2022 season at Kleber Kaserne, Bldg. 3232. One season ticket option is available that includes both mainstage, studio, and youth productions. Adult season ticket is $70; senior/child season ticket is $50. Payment via credit card over the phone or cash in person. For more information contact KMC Onstage, Kleber Kaserne, Bldg. 3232, 4836626; 0631-411-6626.

National Bowling Day Celebrate National Bowling Day, August 14 and 15, a holiday to commemorate one of America’s classic sports. In celebration, bowl for only $1 per game! Everybody loves bowling, so go hit the pins with your friends at Strikers Bowling Center, Smith Bks, Bldg. 8105.

German hunting course is going virtual! The German Hunting Course, Aug. 24-Nov 13, is an intensive program (Approximately 10 weeks) which covers all facets of hunting in Germany. During this course, participants will learn land management, game disease and harvest plans, as well as earn the right to hunt and own firearms and a lifelong hunting certification. Hunting license valid throughout Europe. Course material will be taught virtually on-line. Limited spaces available for this course. Contact Baumholder Outdoor Recreation to register at DSN 5313401 or CIV 0611-143-531-3401. Blended Learning lifeguard course Becoming a lifeguard has never been

easier with your classroom training now online, get it done anywhere and when it works best for you! Finish off your certification in the pool once your online coursework is completed. Must be 16 years of age or older and pass the swim prerequisites of a 300 meter continuous swim, two minutes treading water with no hands, a timed swim with a 10 pound weight. Course starts Aug. 24. For more information, contact the Aquatic Center, Wetzel Kaserne, Bldg. 8897, 531-2904, 06311-143-2904. Wednesday Night Scramble Every Wednesday evening grab your partner and head over to Rolling Hills Golf Course for Wednesday Night Scramble at 5:30 p.m. with a shotgun start at 6 p.m. Signups are in the Rolling Hills Pro Shop. For more information, contact Rolling Hills Golf Course, Wetzel Kaserne, Bldg. 8888, 485-7299, 0678-367299. Auditions for 9 to 5, the Musical Based on the 1980 movie, Dolly Parton’s glitz and glam is coming to the stage! Be prepared with 60 seconds or less of music to sing (please bring an instrumental track), a short dance audition, and cold readings from the script. Auditions take place on Kleber Kaserne, Bldg. 3232. Proof of valid COVID vaccination or negative test will be required upon entering the facility. Call KMC Onstage at 0631-411-6626 for more information. Baumholder Army Golf Course Looking for a quiet place to have a leadership conference? How about a Hail and Farewell? The Baumholder Army Golf Course has a clubhouse on the golf course you can rent for birthdays, family get-togethers, or your unit activities. For more information, please contact the Rolling Hills Golf Course at Wetzel Kaserne, Bldg. 8888, 0611-143531-3408 or 531-3408 or visit baumholder.armymwr.com Thursday Night Trivia at Tavern on the Rock Do you have an uncanny ability to remember dates, names, places, and other random knowledge? Assemble your team and head to the Tavern on the Rock every Thursday from 6-9 p.m. to win bragging rights and a prize. Open to ID cardholders and their guests, ages 18 and older. For more information, contact the Rheinlander Convention Center, Smith Barracks BLDG 8085, 5312890, 0611-143-531-2887.

Karaoke Saturdays at Tavern on the Rock Sing your heart every Saturday night at Tavern on the Rock! Come out starting at 9 p.m. and show off your skills. Open to ID cardholders and their guests, ages 18 and older. For more information, contact the Rheinlander Convention Center, Smith Barracks BLDG 8085, 5312890, 0611-143-531-2887. Trip schedules available The Kaiserslautern and Baumholder Outdoor Recreation travel schedules for August are available! Take a leisurely bike and boat cruise, go river tubing, a Black Forest tour with shopping and sightseeing, and so much more! For more information on what Outdoor Recreation has to offer, visit Baumholder.armymwr.com or Kaiserslautern.armymwr.com. Army Vat offices return to walk-in services Need a VAT form? All USAG Rheinland-Pfalz VAT Offices now offer walk-in services for NF-1 forms, NF-2 forms and out-processing. However, the Kleber UTAP Office will remain by appointment only for new customer enrollments. UTAP out-processing will be on a walk-in basis during business hours. For more information, please visit Kaiserslautern.armymwr. com or Baumholder.armymwr.com. Archery Parkour course Baumholder Outdoor Recreation has one of the best archery parkour courses in Germany, taking approximately 1.5 hours to complete. The course takes you through the woods on marked paths with 11 shooting lanes and 3D targets of actual size animals varying from 15 to 30 meters in range. For more information, contact the Baumholder Outdoor Recreation Center, Bldg. 8167, 531-3401, 0611-143-5313401. Baumholder.armymwr.com

also have a great opportunity to shadow lifeguards in rotation and during in-service, to get a real sense of being on the job! Cost of the course is $150.00. For more information, contact Baumholder Aquatic Center, Bldg. 8897/95, 531-2904, 0611-143531-2904. Baumholder.armymwr. com Lifting of appointments Automotive Skills Center is your resource for maintaining your vehicle, making minor and major repairs or restoring that classic in the garage. Appointments are no longer necessary for self-help bay usage and oil changes at any of the centers in the Kaiserslautern and Baumholder community. Appointments will remain for tire services, alignments, and A/C recharge service. For more information, contact: Smith Barracks, Bldg. 8434, 531-2949, 0611-143531-2949; Pulaski, Bldg. 2895 4934167, 0631-3406-4167; Landstuhl, Bldg. 3800, 486-7335, 0637186-7335, or visit Kaiserslautern. armymwr.com or Baumholder. armymwr.com. More than you would expect from a golf course Rolling Hills Golf Course is more than just a beautiful nine-hole course! Did you know that Foot Golf and Disc Golf are also available on site? Both offer a fun way to switch up your PT routine and are great for a family day outside! The Disc Golf course is one of the most sought out courses in Europe, all in your own backyard! Rental for everything you need is available. For more information, contact Rolling Hills Golf Course, Wetzel Kaserne, Bldg. 8888, 531-3408, or 0611-143531-3408.

August sports and fitness calendar Check out the July Fitness schedule for Kaiserslautern MWR. Dance your way to fitness with Zumba, or find your inner peace with Yoga. Social distancing of 6 feet will be maintained at all times. You can find the full calendar fitness schedule at Kaiserslautern.armymwr.com

Friday Night Burger Night at the Rheinlander Convention Center What better way to spend a Friday night then chowing down on a delicious bacon cheese or veggie burger; your choice, served with steak house fries and Cole slaw for $15. Place your order online via Webtrac, at the Java Café, or pay when ordering at the Rheinlander Convention Center, Bldg. 8085, Smith Barracks on Baumholder. For more information visit baumholder. armymwr.com

Junior lifeguard camp The Baumholder Aquatic Center is offering a Junior Lifeguarding Camp for children 11-14 years of age. This camp helps introduce participants to lifesaving skills that include CPR, first aid, and AED training. Participants

Java summer specials Taste the summer with refreshing Frappuccino Summer Specials. Try the delicious Cookies & Cream, the savory Caramel, or the sweet and creamy Strawberries & Cream Frappuccino today at your local Java

Café. All specials end September 6. Java Café locations: Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, BLDG 3774; Kleber Kaserne, BLDG 3232; Rhine Ordnance Bks., Bldg. 273; Sembach Kaserne, BLDG 109; and Smith Barracks, BLDG 8661. Volunteer coaches for youth sports and fitness KL The Kaiserslautern Youth Sport Program is seeking those that have a passion for sports and enjoy coaching and mentoring young athletes for the upcoming fall season. Support the community’s youth by sharing your skills and experience. We are looking for volunteers willing to step up for the following programs: Flag Football, Tackle Football, Cheerleading, Volleyball, Cross Country, Soccer and Golf. For more information please contact: Kaiserslautern Youth and Sports Fitness Center: Landstuhl, Bldg. 3819, 486-5784, 06371865784, or visit kaiserslautrn.armymwer.com 24/7 Fitness Center access Active Duty members now have 24/7 access to both the Landstuhl and Mountaineer Fitness Centers. To register, simply stop by the participating Fitness Centers to ensure you have a RecTrac account, review the updated rules and sign a liability waiver. For more information, contact either Landstuhl Fitness Center, Landstuhl, Bldg. 3720, 486-7172, 06371-86-7172 or Mountaineer Fitness Center, Smith Bks., 8220, 531-3405, 0611-143531-3405. Volunteer Coaches for Youth Sports and Fitness BH The Baumholder Youth Sport Program is seeking those that have a passion for sports and enjoy coaching and mentoring young athletes for the upcoming summer season. Support the community’s youth by sharing your skills and experience We are looking for volunteers willing to step up for the following programs: Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Basketball, Flag Football, Golf, Cross Country, Track & Field, Cheerleading, Archery, Volleyball and Physical Conditioning. Not only are you helping the youth and community as a whole, you can also collect volunteer hours towards promotions, awards, and receive special discounts for your own children enrolled in sports activities. For more information contact Baumholder Youth and Sports Fitness Center: Wetzel Kaserne, Bldg. 8876, 531- 2938, 0611-143-5312938 or visit baumholder.armymwr. com.


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