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Brown formally installed as 22nd Air Force Chief of Staff, Page 6


Everyone should take Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection seriously every day, Page 8

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Ramstein transports USAID medical aid to Beirut, Pages 12-13

Airlifter of the Week: Dreaming big, Page 14

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86 AW welcomes new commander by Airman 1st Class John R. Wright 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Service members of the 86th Airlift Wing welcomed their new commander, Brig. Gen. Joshua M. Olson, at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 7. Brig. Gen. Mark R. August relinquished command of the 86th AW to Olson during a change of command ceremony at Hangar 3, presided over by Maj. Gen. Randall Reed, 3rd Air Force commander. “To the members of the 86th AW, being an Airman here is exciting, especially when you have awesome leadership — and you have it,” Reed said. “You need not worry because awesome leadership will continue. Brig. Gen. Josh Olson knows your mission, and he’s ready for a seat at the head of the table.” Reflecting on August’s leadership, Reed took a moment to personally thank him and his family, especially for the sacrifices made during the COVID-19 pandemic. “You had the moral courage to make the hard decisions — to protect us all, both on base and off base,” Reed said. “You See NEW COMMANDER, Page 2

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Joshua M. Olson, 86th Airlift Wing commander, provides remarks during a change of command ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 7. Prior to assuming his current position, Olson was the executive officer to the commander of U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Photo by Airman 1st Class Jennifer Gonzales

Ramstein Airman helps save toddler Story and photo by Senior Airman Milton Hamilton 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Corey Drake, 1st Combat Communications client systems technician, stands in front of a wing sign at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 5. Drake saved a two-year-old girl from drowning at a popular lake in southwest Germany, Aug. 2.

A two-year-old girl will forever be on the minds of the two U.S. Air Force Airmen who saved her from drowning at a popular lake in southwest Germany, Aug. 2. “Don’t die, stay awake, just don’t die,” said Senior Airman Ezekiel Lopez, 52nd Force Support Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, fitness center journeyman.

As Lopez conducted cardiopulmonary resuscitation, rapidly pressing against her chest and applying as much pressure as he could during the chest compressions, the events leading up to that moment were vividly playing back in the mind of another Airman standing by his side. “My family and friends were starting to barbeque, but my two-year-old son wanted to be closer to the lake, so him and I went and stuck our feet in some barely ankle deep water,” said See TODDLER SAVED, Page 3

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Page 2 NEW COMMANDER from Page 1 provided help to the needy, and you kept 3rd Air Force Airmen ready for duty to guarantee peace, stability, and deliver humanitarian assistance.” From Aug. 9, 2018 to Aug. 7, 2020, August led the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa’s largest wing, comprised of seven groups, 29 squadrons and 8,500 members. “Two years ago we set out on a journey to be the world’s best wing,” August said. “We looked at readiness, we looked at resilience and we looked at lethality, and no one does it better than you. What we found here in this wing, is that lethality is innovation powered by Airmen, and you guys delivered on that.” The year 2020 has been a testament to the importance August placed on training, with the initiation of exercise Operation Varsity to prepare Ramstein for contingency operations and events that

call upon the 86th AW’s professional airlift capabilities. “It’s been amazing to watch our readiness turned into results,” August said. “Thank you for your leadership. Thank you for your service. And thanks for letting me command the World’s Best Wing.” As Olson assumed command of the 86th AW, a unit spread across four bases in Germany, Spain, Belgium and Portugal, he called for the continued strengthening of leadership and the Airmen that make up Team Ramstein. “We need you as we expedite global mobility and air power throughout Europe and Africa,” Olson said. “We need you to train our youngest Airmen and sharpen them for tomorrow’s challenges.” Olson expressed appreciation for the trust and confidence being placed in his leadership. “I’m humbled at the opportunity to lead the men and women of the 86th Airlift Wing and Team Ramstein,” Olson said. “We will not let you down.”

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U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark R. August, outgoing 86th Airlift Wing commander, center, stands between Maj. Gen. Randall Reed, 3rd Air Force commander and presiding officer, left, and Brig. Gen. Joshua M. Olson, incoming 86th AW commander, right, during a change of command ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 7. After two years commanding the host wing here, August is headed to his next assignment at the Pentagon. Photos by Airman 1st Class Jennifer Gonzales

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Trevor Gillett, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, reveals the rank and name of Brig. Gen. Joshua M. Olson on a C-130J Super Hercules during the 86th Airlift Wing change of command at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 7. Olson is a command pilot with more than 2,900 hours logged in flight experience on eight aircraft models. Photo by Senior Airman Kristof J. Rixmann

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark R. August, outgoing 86th Airlift Wing commander, right, relinquishes command to Maj. Gen. Randall Reed, 3rd Air Force commander, during a change of command ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 7. Under August’s command of the 86th AW, Ramstein was the winner of the Air Force’s 2019 Commander in Chief’s Installation Excellence Award. (Left) U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Joshua M. Olson, 86th Airlift Wing commander, departs a hangar with his son, Luke, after a change of command ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 7. Olson is a seasoned wing commander with former experience leading the 22nd Air Refueling Wing at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. (Right) U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Joshua M. Olson, 86th Airlift Wing commander, poses for a photo with his son following the conclusion of the 86th AW change of command ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 7. Prior to Ramstein, Olson worked as an executive officer for the U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Photo by Senior Airman Kristof J. Rixmann

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August 14, 2020 TODDLER SAVED from Page 1 Staff Sgt. Corey Drake, 1st Combat Communications client systems technician. As Drake watched his son try to skip rocks across the surface of the lake, something else trying to remain afloat on that same surface caught his attention. “I thought it was an animal,” Drake said. “It was like thirty yards away from me, on the water line. It was pale in color and kept circling and flipping from its belly to its back.” He then saw an arm and a leg come above water and realized that the “it” was a human being attempting to swim and stay above water. “The swimming motions weren’t panicked, if anything they appeared to be slow and casual. It looked like a kid playing,” Drake said. Drake continued to watch the kid for a few moments, until he realized the child was not moving in any specific direction, and its head never popped up in excitement. This unusual behavior prompted Drake to pick up his son and head over to investigate. “It was probably when I got about 10 yards away, that I realized it was a serious issue,” Drake said. “As I got closer to her, she had stopped moving, was face-down, and her limbs were submerged.”


U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ezekiel Lopez, 52nd Force Support Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, fitness center journeyman, stands in-front of a climbing wall at Spangdahlem Air Base, Aug. 6. Lopez helped save a two-year-old girl from drowning at a popular lake in southwest Germany, Aug. 2. Courtesy photo

Immediately grabbing the toddler, Drake placed her on his left hip, and with his son on his right hip, quickly ran back towards the beach. “I just started screaming HELP! HELP! HELP!,” Drake said. “As I got to the beach, there was a man who looked concerned and extended his arms. I put her in his arms and he immediately took off running

towards the lifeguard station.” That concerned man who had just taken the toddler in his care and was running to save her life was Lopez. Unresponsive and skin pale, the next few minutes would determine life or death for the little girl. “I threw her over my shoulder and a lifeguard, who had heard the same cries for help, pointed me in


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Page 3 the direction of the lifeguard station,” Lopez said. “While running, the little girl began to bounce against my shoulder and started to spit-up some water, though she was still unresponsive.” Lopez was the first person to conduct chest compressions, allowing the lifeguards to get the proper equipment needed to safely perform mouth to mouth resuscitation. “I have to be CPR certified for my job, but this was the first time I actually had to use it,” Lopez said. “I’m glad I had the training and was able to act so quickly, without hesitating.” The German lifeguards eventually took over and conducted CPR for approximately six minutes, ultimately, being able to remove the water from the toddler’s lungs and bring her to consciousness. Since the incident last weekend, the little girl has fully recovered and is healthy. The little girl’s family, the emergency medical technicians, the doctors, lifeguards and police have all thanked Drake and Lopez for their quick thinking and heroic actions. “I can’t stop thinking about her,” Drake said. “I can’t get her face out of my mind.” The little girl, Lopez and Drake, three strangers, are now forever linked.


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AUGUST 4 1:17 p.m.: Major traffic collision in Nuernberg. AUGUST 5 1:40 p.m.: Damage to private property in Landstuhl. AUGUST 6 11:05 a.m.: Major traffic collision in Kaiserslautern.

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1:02 p.m.: Major traffic collision in Essweiler. 10:34 p.m.: Major traffic collision in Queidersbach. AUGUST 7 Nothing significant to report. AUGUST 8 4:05 a.m.: Operation of an unregistered USAREUR vehicle without a USAREUR license in Kaiserslautern. AUGUST 9 Nothing significant to report.

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.


KMC military family housing residents! It’s PCS season and that means bulk trash is building up! Living in Germany comes with a lot of perks and sometimes different rules than you may be used to in the United States. Here in Germany, there are strict rules regarding the disposal and recycling of refuse and waste. Recently, we have seen an increase in improper disposal and dumping of bulk trash throughout housing and on top of the underground dumpster platforms. Proper disposal and recycling are key to tackling the bulk trash waste problem that currently exists and the Housing Facility Section is here to help! Beginning on Aug. 19-26 bulk trash containers will be placed in base housing on Ramstein, Vogelweh, Kapaun and Landstuhl to facilitate the proper disposal of your bulk waste items. Three kinds of bulk trash containers will be available – bulk waste, metal, and electronics. The following items can be placed in these bins: Bulk waste: Mattresses, carpets, sofas, chairs, wooden furniture (tables, book cases, etc.), large toys, suitcases, strollers, laminate, bulky household items, etc. Metal: Grills, non-electronic exercise equipment, shelves, metal furniture, patio furniture, bicycles, fencing, metal tools, metal parts, etc. Electronics: Electric exercise equipment,

fans, small appliances (blenders, DVD players, mixers, etc.) All other items need to be turned into the following: »» Hazardous Waste – HazMat Disposal Facility, RAB Bldg. 2028 – batteries, oil, oil-based paint, paint thinner, antifreeze and any chemicals. »» Automotive Waste – Auto Hobby Shop, RAB Bldg. 2136 – car batteries and car parts. There are three bulk recycling collection points for housing residents to use: »» Ramstein Recycling Center: Bldg# 2045, across from the Southside Fitness Center DSN: 480-4191 COM: 0162-2903316 »» Kapaun/Vogelweh Recycle Center: Bldg# 2820, across from Vehicle Registration DSN: 480-4191 COM: 0173-9192184 »» Landstuhl Recycle Center: Bldg# 93701, near Barracks, Bldg# 3707 DSN: 486-6881 COM: 06371-86-6881 If you have questions regarding the disposal of large items, please contact the 786th Civil Engineer Squadron

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COVID-19 updates for KMC Looking for updated information regarding coronavirus and changes to base facilities? Visit www.ramstein.af.mil/COVID-19/ Note to retirees and surviving spouses The latest RAO newsletter was sent via email July 17. If you did not receive a copy, but would like to, please send an e-mail to 86aw.rao@ us.af.mil so we may update our distribution list. GACO helps U.S. customers in Germany Even during COVID-19, the German-American Community Office in Kaiserslautern (located in Rathaus Nord) is still available to assist American customers with host nation-related topics. GACO staff is able to help with German documents and authorities, host nation policies and regulations, questions about disposing trash off base, drivers’ licenses for U.S. civilians, retirement in Germany, marriage between Americans and foreign nationals, leisure and sports activities, and a lot more. GACO is a resource to help U.S. personnel have an easier and smoother stay in Germany. As soon as USO is authorized to offer newcomers’ orientation tours in Kaiserslautern again, they will make weekly stops at the GACO. The main entrance of Rathaus Nord is currently closed to the public, but you can make an appointment if you need to discuss your matter in person. For your appointment you will need to use the entrance at Benzinoring 1 where you will be picked up. For more information, visit www.gaco-kl. de; call 0631-363-3010 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and between 2 and 6 p.m. Thursdays; or email info@gaco-kl.de. Ramstein Aquatic Center update The filtration system on Ramstein’s lap pool failed in May and is currently being contracted for repair. Officials anticipate opening the lap pool in August with the recreation pool opening in the fall. Once repairs are completed,

Service Contracts Section at DSN 480-2391, or COM 06371-47-2391.

HOUSING CONTACT NUMBERS: Assistance Section: DSN: 314-489-6672 COM: 0631-536-6672 Facilities Section On-Base: DSN: 314-489-7108 COM: 0631-536-7108 Furnishing Management Section: DSN: 314-489-6001 COM: 0631-536-6001 Housing Referral Office Off-Base: DSN: 314-489-6643/6659

the opening date will be advertised along with COVID-19 guidelines. The Ramstein Aquatic Center will be issuing full refunds for swim lessons, lane reservations, and lifeguarding courses cancelled due to COVID-19. Monthly swim passes expiring after the closure date will be refunded at prorated rates. Annual swim passes will be extended for the length of time the facility was closed due to COVID-19. Those with annual passes PCS-ing before their extended expiration date can email a refund request to the Ramstein Aquatic Center 86FSS.FSCS.AquaticCenter@us.af.mil. Ramstein Pharmacy Tent Ramstein’s pharmacy is closing the lobby to patient access and dispensing medications through the exterior pharmacy lobby windows (walk-up pharmacy). This enables patients to maintain proper physical distancing. Medication refills can be processed through TRICARE Online or through the automated refill line (06371-865601), and will be ready for pick-up the next duty day after 1 p.m. Pharmacy hours of operation are Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Attention all retirees and surviving spouses The 86th AW Retiree Activities Office is closed until further notice. For urgent situations (until we re-open our doors) that would normally be addressed to the RAO, you can email jim.barrante@fcgh.net. RAO Director needed The Retiree Activities Office, a volunteerbased 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. For more information about this position or how to volunteer, please contact the acting director at Jim.Barrante@gmail.com or call 0160 454 0062.

COM: 0631-536-6643/6659 Unaccompanied Housing DORMS: DSN: 314-480-3676 (480-Dorm) COM: 06371-47-3676 Questions/Concerns can be emailed to us at KMCHousing@us.af.mil Or you can follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ KMCHousingOffice/ From the KMC Housing Team…“thank you for helping to keep our Military Family Housing areas looking great for all who live in the KMC!”

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AUGUST 3 8 a.m.: Larceny of private property in Mackenbach.

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USAFE-AFAFRICA leadership tour Lithuanian air base Story and photo by Senior Airman Jovante Johnson 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs U.S Air Force Brig. Gen. Ronald E. Jolly Sr., director of logistics, engineering, and force protection, headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, visited Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, for an event Aug. 5. The event marked the opening of facilities funded by the European Deterrence Initiative. These facilities are joint-use between the U.S. and Lithuania and support USAFE operations, NATO Baltic Air Policing, and other U.S., host nation and allied partner training and exercises in the region. “Today we celebrate the long-running bilateral relationship between the United States of America and the Republic of Lithuania,” said Robert S. Gilchrist, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania. “We also celebrate the NATO Alliance and its commitment to Euro-Atlantic security.” Prior to the event, Jolly and Gilchrist received a briefing from members of USAFE-AFAFRICA staff, followed by a base tour. The tour showcased infrastructure improvements delivered by the EDI Military Construction and Facility Sustainment, Restoration and Modernization programs, including the

U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa leadership and members from Šiauliai Air Base pose for a photo at Šiauliai AB, Lithuania Aug. 5. The U.S. and Lithuania plan to continue their relationship and look forward to demonstrating an unwavering commitment to collective defense and regional security.

newly developed squadron operations building, the air traffic control tower, and a hangar. Ryan Morrell, USAFE EDI Program manager, led the tour and provided insight on why this visit was so important for the U.S and Lithuania. “The EDI investments and partnership demonstrated during these construction projects highlight the strength of the relationship between the U.S. and Lithuania,”

said Morrell. “This represents the U.S.’s commitment to this bilateral relationship, NATO interoperability and the security of the Transatlantic Alliance.” Jolly also commented on what the strength of the U.S’s partnership with Lithuania represents. “This does more than strengthen just the U.S. and Lithuania’s partnership, it strengthens the U.S.’s relationship with all our NATO partners,” said Jolly. “It

also helps send a message to our adversaries. It lets them know that we can be effective at any time and from multiple places.” The visit provided an overview of infrastructure improvements delivered by the EDI, military construction, and facility sustainment, restoration and modernization programs at Šiauliai AB. “Since 2014, the U.S. government has invested over 27 million dollars in 18 separate projects to improve facilities and infrastructure at Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania,” said Gilchrist. “These projects, funded by the EDI, enable the United States to enhance the U.S. deterrence posture, increase the readiness and responsiveness of U.S. forces in Europe, and support the collective defense and security of NATO allies.” The investments represent a commitment by the U.S. to increase partner capacity and capabilities at Šiauliai AB. The EDI investments allow the U.S. and NATO to support exercises and missions in partnership with Lithuania and other allies. “This ceremony does not represent the end of our cooperation on this project,” said Gilchrist. “Instead we hope to mark a continuation of a long term relationship to secure NATO’s territorial air space through increased cooperation among multiple lines of effort.”

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Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett administers the oath of office to incoming Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. during the CSAF Transfer of Responsibility ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 6. Brown is the 22nd Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Photo by Wayne Clark

by Charles Pope Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Proclaiming himself “proud, yet humbled,” Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. was officially installed Aug. 6 as the Air Force’s 22nd Chief of Staff, becoming the first African American in history to lead a military service as its highest ranking officer. In remarks following the formal “Change of Responsibility” ceremony in which he took over from retiring Gen. David L. Goldfein, the 21st Chief of Staff, Brown acknowledged an array of people who influenced his life. Among them were his wife, Sharene, and his parents, as well as a list of Air Force colleagues, including Goldfein and other “extraordinary leaders.” Yet, cognizant of the moment in history, Brown also noted, “Today is possible due to the persever-



ance of those who went before me serving as an inspiration to me and many others. “Those like the Tuskegee Airmen, Benjamin O. Davis Jr., Chappie James, African American leaders across our Air Force and military, past and present, to include today’s special guest, Ed Dwight, America’s first African American astronaut candidate,” he said. “It is due to their trials and tribulations in breaking barriers that I can address you today as the Air Force Chief of Staff.” Brown, who previously served as commander of Pacific Air Forces, was elevated to his new assignment during a solemn, socially distanced, 90-minute ceremony that focused on his achievements while also honoring Goldfein’s 37-year service in the Air Force and his four years as chief of staff. Among those paying tribute were Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Department of the Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley. The ceremony also honored Goldfein as Esper presented him with the Defense Distinguished Service Medal. Esper honored Dawn Goldfein as well, presenting her with the Department of Defense

Distinguished Public Service Award. “Gen. Goldfein, Dave, our Airmen thrive in today’s environment because of your strong leadership and your steadfast commitment to upholding the core values of the Air Force – integrity, service, and excellence, each and every day,” Esper said. “The United States of America is safer because of you. Thank you for your lifetime of service to our great nation.” Moments later in remarks to the new Chief of Staff, Esper said, “In returning to the Pentagon, Gen. Brown brings with him more than 35 years of service distinguished by a depth of expertise and experience that makes him exceptionally qualified to be our nation’s next Air Force Chief of Staff. “I am confident you will take the Air Force to greater heights and I’m excited to watch you lead.” In her remarks, Barrett offered similar praise for Goldfein’s service and accomplishments. Like others, she expressed confidence that Brown has the correct mix of experience and temperament to lead the Air Force to a bright and dominant future. Brown, she said, “brings a wealth of joint leadership experiences and global perspectives to his new role as 22nd chief of staff

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of the Air Force. Embodying the Air Force core values of integrity, service before self, and excellence in all we do, General Brown has the right character, experience, and perspective to lead the United States Air Force.” Like Goldfein and those who came before, Brown as chief of staff is responsible for ensuring the Air Force is trained, ready and equipped to accomplish any mission at any time. Yet he’s also taking the reins of an Air Force in transition, one moving from a decades-long priority on combating and containing terrorism to a new era of Great Power Competition. As part of that new focus, the Air Force and entire U.S. military must be trained, ready and properly equipped to confront, deter and if necessary, defeat, challenges from Russia and China. It also comes at a time of heightened challenges from North Korea and other geopolitical shifts across Asia. In his remarks, Brown said he would work to build on Goldfein’s accomplishments while also adding his own imprint to assure that

the Air Force remains the most advanced, professional and lethal in the world. “I am committed to addressing today’s challenges while preparing for the future so we can better compete, deter, and win,” he said, surrounded by an unmistakable lineage of historic aircraft, including a gleaming chrome-plated P-51 Mustang, a fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II and a HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter. “To do so, we must no longer defer, but must accelerate the needed change and tough choices we’ve often discussed. We must develop and empower leaders and provide the quality service and quality of life where our Airmen and families can reach their full potential,” he said. Adding a dose of realism, Brown said, “No doubt there are challenges ahead that will be difficult, but not impossible. I look forward to working with the Joint Chiefs, providing our best military advice to address challenges the joint force faces today and will face in the future.”

The Air Force Honor Guard performs a pass in review in front of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. during a transition ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 6. Brown replaced Gen. David L. Goldfein as the 22nd chief of staff. Photo by Eric Dietrich

As he noted in March when he was nominated to be chief of staff, Brown said again that he will continue to be guided by what he described as his “four tenets” of leadership – execute at a high standard; be disciplined in execution; pay attention to the details; and have fun. In his farewell remarks, Goldfein, like Brown, listed those who influenced and shaped his career. Among others, he singled out Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright, calling him his “wingman.” “Of all the decisions I made as chief, the best by far was hiring Chief Wright,” he said. Goldfein also thanked his wife, Dawn, saying it was a “blessing” to have her “side by side” with him for his entire Air Force journey. “For the past 37 years, she adjusted her dreams so I could follow mine,” he said. Then, to Brown, Goldfein said, “As I took the chiefs walk for the final time (on Aug. 5), I could not be prouder that a true warrior, leader and personal friend will be taking his first walk of the chief tomorrow as chief of staff of the Air Force. “Congratulations to both of you,” Goldfein said. “The future of our Air Force has never looked brighter!”

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Everyone should take Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection seriously every day Story and photo by Keith Pannell U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Public Affairs “It’s not a matter of if something will happen; it’s a matter of when something will happen.” That’s the mantra anti-terrorist/force protection officers have in their heads as they go about their daily duties of keeping Kaiserslautern Military Community military installations, and the people on them, safe. Every day, AT/FP officers look for ways to impart what they know to military members, civilian employees, and their families. “What everyone needs to do is make sure they’re aware of their surroundings and report anything suspicious,” said Sandra Hoffman, USAG Rheinland-Pfalz AT/FP officer. “They also need to know how to report it and what to report.” The garrison AT/FP officers work closely with their counterparts at Ramstein Air Base’s 86th Airlift Wing. They will be out in the community during this spotlighted month trying to educate the local American population on how to keep themselves safe. Hoffman says the first thing they tell everyone is to use common sense. “You should never wear your uniform off post unless driving from point to point. That automatically makes you a target for someone who doesn’t like Americans

Pfc. Samuil Matveen, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, USAG Rheinland-Pfalz, stands guard, backing up the contract gate guards, at a Pulaski Barracks gate in Kaiserslautern, as part of a Troop Diversion exercise during Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Month.

or the American military,” Hoffman said. “The key is to blend in. You shouldn’t wear ‘Proud to be an American’ shirts or be the loud American when outside the gates because it automatically identifies you.” Many Americans stationed in the area are trying to get in a last-minute vacation before school starts. The AT/FP officers highly suggest checking the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, website (www.step.state.gov) before heading to a different country. The U.S. & GERMAN ATTORNEYS

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keep a potential adversary guessing. One test may be planting a fake explosive device in a high-traffic area to see if anyone sees and reports it. Others include placing Soldiers at installation access points to back up contract security guards or something as simple as checking offices to see if anyone has left their CAC in a work computer while away from their workstation. The AT/FP officers spend a lot of time looking outside the fence lines of U.S. installations. However, there have been at least 17 mass shootings within the United States in the last 10 years. Almost all of those were insider threats, meaning peo-

ple who worked on the installation. The AT/FP officers say employees should trust their feelings. If something doesn’t feel or look right, report it and let authorities decide if there is a threat. There are several ways to report suspicious activity in the KMC. The Army AT/FP reporting program is iWatch. Under that program, Terry Dunlap, USAG Rheinland-Pfalz AT/ FP officer, highly suggests downloading the app called iReport from the usual app stores for specific phones. “The U.S. Army-Europe iReport app lets you select specific garrisons,” Dunlap said. “So, if you see something suspicious happening at our gate, for example, you can go to the app, and your report will go to several U.S. military law enforcement agencies in the area. Of course, if it’s an emergency, you can always call 911 or 112.” The iWatch numbers in the local area are 0631-536-6060 or DSN 489-6060 for the KMC and 0611143-531-2677 (DSN 531-2677) for the Baumholder Military Community.

“Everyone has that surreal moment when something just doesn’t look right, and the important thing to remember is the standard mantra of, ‘If you see something, say something,’” Long said. “You might report it and be wrong: let law enforcement figure that out. However, you might not report it and be right. That would be worse.”

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Air Defense dominates the USAREUR Best Warrior Soldier category, two years running (Right) U.S. Army Spc. Justin Rivard, 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, plots his next grid point on the land navigation course during the U.S. Army Europe European Best Warrior Competition at U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels Training Area, July 26. Photo by Spc. Denice Lopez

(Left) Spc. Justin Rivard, a team chief assigned to Bravo Battery, 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment at Ansbach, assembles a Radio and Defense Advanced GPS Receiver on Rhine Ordnance Barracks, June 3. Rivard won the Soldier category of the European Best Defender Competition and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for demonstrating professionalism, tactical proficiency, mental and physical toughness. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jason Epperson

U.S. Army Col. Timothy MacDonald (left), 18th Military Police Brigade, Spc. Justin Rivard (center), air and missile defense crewmember, 10th Air and Missile Defense Command, and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert V. Abernethy (right), senior enlisted advisor of United States Army Europe, present Spc. Rivard with an ARCOM for winning the Soldier category of the U.S. Army Europe European Best Warrior Competition at Hohenfels Training Area, July 31. The competition is an annual event for competitors assigned to United States Army Europe and United States Army Africa. Officers, noncommissioned officers and junior enlisted Soldiers compete in separate categories and are evaluated on general military, physical fitness and common military tasks. Winners in the NCO and junior enlisted categories will advance to represent U.S. Army Europe at the Army Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee, Virginia. For more information about the competition, visit https://www.eur.army.mil/EBWC/. Photo by Spc. Austin Riel

by Sgt. Andrew Mallett 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command The U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior Competition is an event that recognizes Soldiers who demonstrate commitment to the Army Values, themselves and the units they represent. For two consecutive years, Soldiers in the 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment (5-4 ADAR) have won the United States Army Europe Best Warrior Competition

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Ramstein transports USAID medical aid to Beirut Photos by Staff Sgt. Kirby Turbak 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron sits on the flight line as Airmen prepare it to receive cargo at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 11. The 37th AS transported emergency medical kits on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development to Beirut that will support up to 60,000 people for three months following the deadly explosion there on Aug. 4. These kits are designed to enable local hospitals to address the critical medical needs of the victims of the explosion as well as COVID-19 patients.

U.S. Air Force Capts. Sarah Miller and Thomas Arnett, 37th Airlift Squadron pilots, perform a preflight check at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 11. Ramstein Airmen transported medical kits provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development to Lebanon to treat victims of a recent explosion as well as COVID-19 patients.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Thomas Arnett, 37th Airlift Squadron pilot, gives a preflight brief at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 11. Ramstein supported the U.S. Agency of International Development by transporting medical kits to Lebanon to help with the medical needs of victims of a recent explosion as well as COVID-19 patients.

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Members of the 721st Aerial Port Squadron load a C-130J Super Hercules at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 11. Airmen assigned to Air Mobility Command and U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa routinely work together at Ramstein AB to prepare and load cargo for transport. The cargo included medical kits from the U.S. Agency for International Development, which requested the unique capabilities of the U.S. Department of Defense to transport the relief supplies to Lebanon.

(Above) U.S. Airmen assigned to Ramstein Air Base prepare pallets with U.S. Agency for International Development supplies at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 10. Airmen assigned to Air Mobility Command and U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa routinely work together to prepare and load cargo for transport. The Airmen are transporting medical supplies for patient care after a deadly explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.

(Left) U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Clayton Merritt, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, directs a cargo loader at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 11. On behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Ramstein Airmen transported emergency medical kits to Beirut, Lebanon, that will support up to 60,000 people for three months to treat victims of a recent explosion as well as COVID-19 patients.

Medical supply kits sit inside a C-130J Super Hercules at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 11, while Airmen prepare the aircraft for departure. The medical supplies will be provided to the American University of Beirut and Lebanese American University, both longstanding U.S. Agency for International Development partners whose hospitals are treating victims of a recent explosion as well as COVID-19 patients. The medical supplies include medicines, bandages, gauze, examination gloves, thermometers and syringes.

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Airlifter of the Week:

Dreaming big U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark R. August, former 86th Airlift Wing commander, right, salutes Senior Airman Faith DeMeyer-Robles, 86th Dental Squadron dental assistant, at Ramstein Air Base, July 30. DeMeyer-Robles was recognized as Airlifter of the Week, a program that highlights outstanding Airmen in the 86th Airlift Wing.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Faith DeMeyer-Robles, 86th Dental Squadron dental assistant, poses for a photo near the 86th DS at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 3. DeMeyer-Robles filled the noncommissioned officer in charge position for the largest military oral surgery department outside the United States, leading an eightperson team that performed 82 surgeries during COVID-19 operations.

Story and photos by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs She’s done almost everything the 86th Dental Squadron has to offer; from scheduling patients for appointments to breaking and reassembling the jaws of her patients. What’s the next step for this Senior Airman? Running the squadron. “I’ve been through almost every section in this clinic except the leadership roles,” said Faith DeMeyer-Robles. “I just think it would be cool to manage a whole clinic and be responsible for them and ultimately optimize our effectiveness.” Though the 86th DS dental assistant recently won the title of Airlifter of the Week, the award is just another step towards DeMeyerRobles’ ultimate Air Force goal: becoming an Air Force officer.

DeMeyer-Robles’ work career began at the age of 14, when she started waiting tables at local restaurants in her hometown of Willows, California. “My parents were very big believers in that you have to make your own way in this world,” DeMeyerRobles explained. “Also [another] part of it is I just like to be busy.” This hunger to keep busy carried into her Air Force career, where she maintained her occupation all while going to school and working with social programs such as Airmen Against Drunk Driving. Although DeMeyer-Robles always had an interest in a medical career due to the television show Grey’s Anatomy, running the 86th DS wasn’t initially on DeMeyerRobles’ mind because she wasn’t sure what to expect from the dental career field. “I was a little hesitant at first because I didn’t like the dentist

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Rebecca Murphey, 86th Dental Squadron dental technician, left, and Senior Airman Faith DeMeyer-Robles, 86th DS dental assistant, right, pose for a photo in the Dental Clinic at Ramstein Air Base, August 3. DeMeyer-Robles was recognized as Airlifter of the Week, a program that highlights outstanding Airmen in the 86th Airlift Wing. DeMeyer-Robles considers Murphey as one of her pillars of support, enabling her to succeed at her job.

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in Slovak military history, and to listen and figure out ways to help — particularly through their personnel programs.” In 2018, the Slovak Ministry of Defense announced the purchase of 14 F-16 Block 70/72s, the largest defense purchase in their history, to replace aging MiG-29 fighters. With the Slovak air force’s acquisition of the F-16 weapons systems, the USAFE-AFAFRCIA force development team’s goal was to assess and share best practices on how to better integrate the aircraft into the Slovak air force, and increase interoperability with other NATO members. The visit was a first for the U.S. Air Force and Slovakia. “Undoubtedly, the new F-16 Block 70 aircraft is a significant improvement to Slovak air force capabilities,” said Brig. Gen. Róbert Kleštinec, Slovak air force deputy commander. “From our perspective, the capstone of our military cooperation is firmly connected with NATO, either at a multilateral or bilateral level. In the future, we believe that F-16 aircraft have a great potential to be used in support of NATO initiatives, missions and operations, such as air policing, or as a part of the NATO Readiness Initiative.” The transatlantic strategic relationship between the U.S. and its allies and partners has been forged over the past seven decades, and it is built on a foundation of shared values, experiences and vision. “It’s not just the selling of the

jet,” said Ireland. “It’s the training and the commitment to continue to operate alongside each other. The force development program gives the Slovak air force opportunities to come and see how we do things. Not because that’s how we want them to do it, but because it helps to look at different ways of doing things.” The two-way communication allows both organizations to share their best practices in regards to aircraft, operations and interoperability. Both forces are looking forward to the next engagement, when the Slovak air force’s senior delegation will meet various USAFE-AFAFRICA leadership in Germany, in preparation to receive their own jets. “It is a great opportunity to see an F-16 unit in person, to learn how it operates at large and also in all detailed aspects,” said Kleštinec. “When we talk about Slovakia’s recent procurement, we naturally turned toward USAFE to help us with the introduction of the aircraft into the Slovak air force inventory. So, we are looking forward to visiting one of the USAFE F-16 squadrons, where we will be looking for answers to our questions related to its structure, operation procedures, maintenance, logistics and more.” “The Slovak air force was an amazing host, and very focused on successfully modernizing their forces to become more interoperable with NATO,” said Patton. “We want to ensure they know that USAFE shares that same goal.”


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Leadership from the Slovak air force and U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa pose for a photo in front of a Slovak air force MiG-29 static display before attending force development engagement briefings at Sliač Air Base, Slovakia, July 28. In 2018, the Slovak Ministry of Defense announced its largest defense purchase of 14 F-16 Block 70/72 to replace aging MiG-29 fighters.

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Leadership from the Slovak air force and U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa attend a force development engagement briefing at Sliač Air Base, Slovakia, July 28. The engagement marked the first time the U.S. has conducted force development engagement with Slovakia, and the discussions can help the Slovak air force be ready to employ and sustain the F-16 to meet national and NATO strategic objectives.

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Leadership from the Slovak air force and U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa attend a force development engagement briefing at Sliač Air Base, Slovakia, July 28. The briefing provided an opportunity for the U.S. Air Force to enhance relations, share ideas and build partnership capabilities within the region.

U.S., Slovak, and NATO flags are displayed together at Sliač Air Base, Slovakia, July 28. Slovakia is currently undergoing military modernization with its purchase of 14 F-16 Block 70/72 to replace aging MiG-29 fighters and improve its interoperability with the U.S. and NATO.

Slovak air force Maj. Peter Krajňák, left, Tactical Wing Sliac chief of air engineer services, and U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Christopher J. Ireland, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa chief of staff, walk around a Slovak air force MiG-29 during a facilities tour at Sliač Air Base, Slovakia, July 29.

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new to the area or have called this area of Germany home for a while, the Family and MWR Expo is a great place to speak with representatives from throughout the community. Learn about Family and MWR services and programs as well as meet new friends, all while becoming more acquainted with your local area and what it has to offer. Join us Aug. 21 on Smith Barracks in front of the Hall of Champions, Bldg. 8105 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. to have some fun and learn more about the area you call home. Take advantage of the shopping available at the Bazaar on the Rock which is being held in the same place! Those who attend will also have the chance to win a round trip airline ticket to the continental U.S., $500 European travel voucher, along with many other prizes. Host nation guidance will be in place and strictly followed. For more information, visit Kaiserslautern.armymwr.com or Baumholder.armymwr.com. »» Hall of Champions temporary closure: Please take note that

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Building/Stairwell Coordinators key links between residents, Housing Office Story and photo by Keith Pannell U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Public Affairs Most Soldiers put the worries of work out of their mind when they arrive home. However, for a select few Soldiers and noncommissioned officers, coming home means more work. They are the stairwell and building coordinators of Baumholder Army Family Housing. There are 80 building coordinator slots in the Baumholder Military Community. “Ask any building coordinator, past or present, and I bet they will tell you it’s one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences they’ve had in their military career,” said Jim Gillis, Baumholder Army Housing deputy director. Gillis assigns the coordinators after consultation with the outgoing building coordinator and by surveying the residents of the building. A building coordinator usually serves in that position until he or she has a permanent change of station. “Their authority comes from the garrison commander,” Gillis said. But, that doesn’t make a building coordinator’s job easy. Much of the coordinator’s job is done after their normal military work hours and on weekends. And, the building coordinators may not be the most senior military member in their stairwell, much less in the whole building made up of 16 apartments. KAISERSLAUTERN



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Staff Sgt. Kylie Zweifel, Baumholder Army Family Housing building coordinator, left, goes over some finer points of the Army Family Housing Reference Guide with Jim Gillis, Baumholder Housing deputy director.

Staff Sgt. Kylie Zweifel, 8th Medical Logistics Company, has been the coordinator in her building since February. She said, sometimes, residents need a gentle reminder about their building duties and sometimes, they need something less gentle. “I’ve done the door-to-door knocking and I’ve done the Postit reminders. I’ve done all that,” Zweifel said. “People will stop answering their door because they know I’m there to remind them it’s their turn to clean or mow the lawn.” Gillis said building coordinators can use him to make sure the housing chores get done, but most coordinators use each other. “The all have the same list, so

they look for another coordinator who is in the same unit as their resident and asks that other coordinator to have a talk with that person,” Gillis said. Each housing resident is given a copy of the Army Family Housing Reference Guide when they sign for a home. Sgt. Marion Kirkland, Human Resources Operations Branch, 16th Sustainment Brigade, sees his duty as building coordinator as just another task given to a Soldier. He said he tries to act as a messenger rather than an enforcer. “I always show them in the reference guide where it says housing residents must do such-andsuch,” Kirkland said. “That way,

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it’s not Sgt. Kirkland saying they have to do it, it’s the garrison commander and housing saying it and I’m just their voice for this building.” Building coordinators set schedules for residents to follow; yardwork, sweeping the stairwell, etc. Zweifel said it sometimes comes as a shock when families learn the schedules are not just for the military member. “A common misconception is the residents think it’s just the Soldier’s responsibility to take care of the cleaning,” she said. “It’s the entire residence. If the military member is away on a mission, that residence is still responsible for adhering to the schedule.” However, some situations can’t be planned for. “The housing manual is not built for every situation, even though that’s the intent,” said former building coordinator Sgt. Stepheon Coles, 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command. “I have had doors slammed in my face by spouses who think it’s OK

to use their children as an excuse not to clean up. When you ask for participation, everyone gets personal real fast.” Kirkland said unofficial housing and resident social media pages might also get out of hand from time to time. “I had a resident who was having a serious argument with a resident in another building on Facebook for everyone to see,” Kirkland said. “Finally, the other building coordinator and I brought the two women together, face-to-face, and they were able to work it out.” Gillis said that example is exactly why building and stairwell coordinators are needed. He said it’s not always about being an enforcer: many times it’s about one resident helping a neighbor. “Any installation that is having upkeep issues and problems with good order in their Army Family Housing will have a non-existent or non-engaged building coordinator program in my opinion,” Gillis said.

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Ramstein North Chapel Conference Room (Bldg 1201) protestant services Service: 10:30 a.m., 4th Saturday Service: 12:00 p.m., 3rd Thursday at LRMC Chapel Landstuhl Community Chapel (Bldg 3773) For more info: ktownsgibuddhism@gmail.com Worship: 11:00 a.m. Sundays Children’s Youth Church: 11:00 a.m. Sundays Catholic services Daenner Community Chapel (Bldg 3150) Daenner Community Chapel (Bldg 3150) Chapel Next Sunday Mass: 12:30 p.m. (all year round) Worship: Sunday 10:00 a.m. Confession: 11:45 p.m. Children’s Church: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Landstuhl Community Chapel Seventh-Day Adventist Worship Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Saturdays (Bldg 3773) Worship: 11:00 a.m. Saturdays Tue, Wed, Fri: 12 p.m. Small Group: 6:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday Sunday: 9 a.m. Ramstein North Chapel (Bldg 1201) Confession: 8 a.m. Contemporary Service: 11:00 a.m. Sundays Ramstein North Chapel (Bldg 1201) Ramstein South Chapel (Bldg 2403) Daily Mass: 11:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday Traditional with Communion: 9:30 a.m. Sundays Sunday Masses: 9 a.m., 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. Vogelweh Chapel (Bldg 2063) Confession: RNC or by appt. 4 p.m.- 4:45 p.m. Gospel Service: 11:00 a.m. Sundays. Sundays For more info: facebook.com\vogelwehgospelservice or email episcopal (anglican) rvgsfacebook@gmail.com (st. albans) Kapaun Chapel (Bldg 2781) Wiccan Service: 10:30 a.m. Sundays Kapaun Annex (Bldg 2782)

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Wisconsin evangelical lutheran synod (Wels) Ramstein South Chapel (Bldg 2403) Service: 4:00 p.m. 2nd & 4th Sundays

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