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August 22, 2014
Volume 38, number 33
60 years in the sky
Photo by Airman 1st Class Kenny Holston
The first U.S. Air Force C-130J to be assigned to the Ramstein Air Base fleet taxies under pressured water from two Ramstein fire trucks during a celebration ceremony April 7, 2009. The J-model landed on Ramstein for the first time during a ceremony held to not only honor the arrival of the new aircraft but also a new era in operations for the 86th Airlift Wing.
See C-130s Legacy, pages 20 and 21
405th AFSB holds change of command, responsibility ceremony Story and photo by Steven J. Stanfill 405th Army Field Support Brigade Public Affairs Col. Todd S. Bertulis and Command Sgt. Maj. Stanley O. Richards accepted the 405th Army Field Support Brigade command team reins from Col. Christopher J. Roscoe and Command Sgt. Maj. Bryan D. Kroontje during a change of command and change of responsibility ceremony Aug. 7 at the Kaiserslautern Community Activity Center on
Daenner Kaserne in Kaiserslautern. Maj. Gen. John F. Wharton, commanding general of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command, ofﬁciated the ceremony. Bertulis has served more than 21 years in the Army and now joins the Army Materiel Command’s 405th AFSB after attending the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy. “I am proud and truly honored to be
Maj. Gen. John F. Wharton (right), U.S. Army Sustainment Command commanding general, passes the 405th Army Field Support Brigade colors to Col. Todd S. Bertulis, 405th AFSB commander, at a change of command ceremony Aug. 7 on Daenner Kaserne in Kaiserslautern.
See COMMAND, Page 2 FEATURES
Remember to bring your passport and international driver’s license when crossing country borders.
Tip of the Week CDC increases space for children, Page 3
NATO opens kitchen to all, Page 7
Airman leaves diamondhard legacy, Page 12
August 22, 2014
How I learned to stop worrying and love the beat
Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Europe has been known to suffer horribly depressing winters, and it comes as no surprise that many inhabitants look forward to the glorious relief of summer. Why is summer so fantastic in Europe? What makes it so magical? After nearly completing my tour here I believe I have found the answer: summer festival season. When the weather begins to wrap your face with a warming embrace, the sky adopts the color of a brilliant sapphire for more than 15 hours a day and the flowers begin to break through their winter constraints, it becomes apparent why everyone tries to enjoy the fleeting comforts of summer. What better way to celebrate the new weather than with 72,000 of your closest friends dancing till the sun sets and stopping only after the sun rises. As a dorm resident it can be quite easy to settle into life on base. Everything I need is already at my convenience within these gates. Why do I have to, or why should I try to leave the safety net already
Festival attendees leave the Nature One festival grounds at 6 a.m. Aug. 2 inside the former Pydna Missile Base, Germany. Day One of the German dance music festival saw major international entertainers drawing in an expected 72,000 attendees.
strongly in place here? Then I recall the small sense of adventure I possess that brought me here in the first place. Every year, festivals of various types and sizes stampede across the countryside and cityscapes, celebrating local curiosities, regional identities and national delicacies. And my favorite festivals are those music festivals where you can camp. With no short supply to pick
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part of such a great organization full of true professionals. The reputation of this organization is fantastic, and Command Sergeant Major Richards and I look forward to working with you in support of our vast array of mission sets throughout Europe and Africa,” he said. Richards joins the 405th from Fort Polk, Louisiana, where he served as the command sergeant major for the Operations Group’s Sustainment Division, Joint Readiness Training Center. “Going forward we will continue to be asked to ‘maintain the line,’ and with the great people of the 405th, we will excel,” Richards said. “My pledge to you is that I will always do everything within my power to facilitate our mission and purpose. Those are only words, I know, and I will have to back them
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from, finding the right music festival can seem daunting and planning even more terrifying. This does not need to be the case! After attending as many festivals as my Airman wallet can handle, I just wanted to pass on some words of advice to not only survive but conquer your festival escapades. Know what you’re walking into. Chances are, you’re about to enter into a multi day party with any-
up over time with deeds, and I will.” The outgoing commander and outgoing command sergeant major attributed the success of the brigade to the people who worked under their leadership. They reflected on the partnership that helped shape what Roscoe referred to as the “benchmark-setting support.” This included the permanent change of station surge in 2013 coupled with the European Activity Set in 2014, which helped the brigade overcome adversity to reach the highest achievements. “What struck me most about the 405th over the past two years is the resiliency and toughness of the team,” Roscoe said. “No sequestration, furlough, overtime bans or hiring freezes could stop the organization from executing every mission brilliantly.” Kroontje said he has seen the mission change several times. “I have seen us take on missions that others
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where from 1,000 to well over 100,000 people joining you. Read up on the rules. Can you park your car on your campsite? If not, how far is the walk? Are there shower stations provided? Or is it at least next to a lake? When camping, consider bringing the following: • The most comfortable pair See festivals, next page
thought were impossible,” he said. “Through everything, the 405th has shown its true colors and has exceeded the standard in everything we have done.” Roscoe not only passed the 405th AFSB reins during the ceremony, but he also plans to officially retire later this year after 27 years of service to the Army. “Chris’ leadership and this brigade’s talented team provided the Army with the strategic depth and flexibility necessary to be globally responsive and regionally engaged when the nation called,” Wharton said. Kroontje, who passed the Noncommissioned Officer’s Sword during the ceremony, also plans to officially retire later this year after 33 years of active-duty service. “Your personal attention and enthusiastic approach vastly improved the quality of life for over 2,000 Soldiers, civilians, host nation employees and contractors,” Wharton said.
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of shoes you have, and don’t become too attached to them. It’s very likely they’ll be caked in mud and dust by the end. Depending on how much you like your feet, this could be the No. 1 thing to bring. • A wingman. Tackling a new adventure is a bit more exciting with friends. • A tent. This is really a no brainer. A good rule of thumb is that a tent will generally only sleep half the amount of people it says it’s for comfortably. • A canopy. Your tent is going to become an oven in direct sunlight, and shade becomes a premium in the standard field setup for camping. Make sure you can create shade somehow. • Sleeping pads. The ground is hard; these are soft; and sleeping is good. Thank yourself by bringing one. • Water. Just like in basic training: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. It’ll keep you going. • Food. Festival food is expensive and generally average at best. Consider something that doesn’t need to be cooked, or grab a portable grill. • Toilet paper. Chances are you’re sharing a large field with tens of thousands of others and only a few dozen toilets. Paper runs out. • Chairs. Your feet will be tired after dancing for hours on end. Worst case scenario: you didn’t listen to me before about the sleeping pads and if you bring chairs, at least you will have somewhere else to sleep. • Positivity. Possibly the most important thing you can bring is positivity. Staying positive and open has saved me from many crises at various events. Those around you are likely to pick up on your vibes and be more open to support you in your time of need, from helping you set up camp, sharing food, and even aiding you in finding lost friends. I’ve had the opportunity to attend festivals in four different countries, and not once have I regreted doing so. I’ve made friends at each festival, from a Dutch couple who offered to let me stay at their place whenever I’m in Amsterdam, to a German couple who’ve let me join their road trips to other festivals. Stay adventurous, stay positive, stay smart and stay safe, but make sure to have a little fun while you stay in Europe.
CDC increases space for children by Airman 1st Class Michael Stuart 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
he 86th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center on Ramstein opened an annex Monday close to their current CDC facilities to allow room for more children. Volunteers gathered at Bldg. 800 to pull weeds, pick up trash and move furniture to help with the nearly finished project. “The new annex is the last phase of an on-going, early-intervention project that started in 2008,” said Shaquita Ponder, 86th FSS Airman and Family Services deputy flight chief. “Over $2 million was given to the installation to increase child care (availability).” The new annex gives the CDC the ability to accommodate 32 more children. The CDC wait list has been as long as 200 children but is now at 12, Ponder said. Additionally, with the increase in child capacity, there will also be an increase in staff. “We are consistently seeking professionals in the area who are interested in
Photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore
Team Ramstein Airmen discuss the arrangement of flowers to be planted outside the Ramstein Child Development Center’s newest building Aug. 16. The addition will allow more children to be enrolled at the Ramstein CDC.
the early childhood field; and, with the classrooms being added, we will definitely be seeking more employees,” said Melissa Gironda, 86th FSS CDC assistant director. “If someone would like to apply, they can go online to www. nafjobs.org. The have to be able to read, write and speak English, have a high
school diploma or equivalent, and be at least 18 years old.” Ponder said that with the increase in space, completion of the project and seeing the volunteers help support the community, the Ramstein CDC staff is excited to see the facility finally open.
SAVE THE DATE! August 29th,30th,31st and Sept. 1st Location: KMC BX and Ramstein Commissary
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4:10 a.m.: A minor trafﬁc accident was reported in Rodenbach.
5 p.m.: A threat or hoax designed or intended to cause panic or public fear was reported on Landstuhl. 5:34 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported on Ramstein. 9:30 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Nonnweiler. 8:25 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Kaiserslautern.
4 a.m.: An attempted house break-in was reported in Kindsbach. 6:45 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported on Vogelweh Family Housing. 7:50 p.m.: An unattended death was reported in Rodenbach.
8:36 p.m.: An escort violation was reported on Ramstein.
11 a.m.: An unattended death was reported in Habloch. 2:10 p.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Weilerbach. 6:10 p.m.: A simple assault was reported on Vogelweh. 8:45 p.m.: Disorderly conduct was reported on Vogelweh Family Housing. 10:45 p.m.: The operation of a U.S. Army Europeplated vehicle without a USAREUR license was reported in Kaiserslautern. 11 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Reichenbach-Steegen.
4 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported on Vogelweh Family Housing.
AFN service update
AFN Kaiserslautern’s AM 1107 PowerNet transmitter goes off the air Aug. 31. The shutdown is part of the previously announced European Command Infrastructure Consolidation “Quick Wins” actions. Our commitment to providing you with the news and talk services you’ve come to expect from the Powernet continues on AFN360 Internet Radio. Find the link to PowerNet and all the other great services from AFN360 on the AFN app or at www.afneurope.net.
The KMC Housing Ofﬁce and Furnishings Management Ofﬁce will be closed Sept. 1 in observation of a holiday. Customer service hours will resume Sept. 2. Both ofﬁces will also close at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 10 for training. Customer service hours will resume Sept. 11.
EES/WAPS town halls
The 786th Force Support Squadron will be hosting several town halls to discuss recent changes to the Enlisted Evaluation System and Weighted Airman Promotion System. The EES and WAPS town hall dates, times and locations are: » Monday, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Ramstein Community Center, Bldg. 412 » Monday, noon to 1 p.m., Hercules Theater
4:30 a.m.: A robbery and assault were reported on Kleber Kaserne. 5 a.m.: An escort violation was reported on Daenner Kaserne. 11 a.m.: The operation of a USAREUR-plated vehicle without a USAREUR license was reported in Strasbourg, France.
2:15 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Landstuhl. 5:45 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Kaiserslautern. 6 a.m.: Theft from a motor vehicle was reported in Landstuhl. 11:13 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Kaiserslautern. 3:53 p.m.: Child endangerment was reported on Landstuhl.
4 a.m.: A simple assault was reported in Kaiserslautern.
» Monday, 3 to 4 p.m., Hercules Theater » Sept. 2, 9 to 10 a.m., Ramstein Community Center, Bldg. 412 » Sept. 2, 3 to 4 p.m., Hercules Theater » Sept. 5, 9 to 10 a.m., Ramstein Community Center, Bldg. 412
Mammography services open
All beneﬁciaries are eligible for mammography services at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Services are available to active duty, retirees, Department of Defense civilians and all family members. There are currently no signiﬁcant wait times for screening or diagnostic mammogram appointments, and patients can schedule a mammogram today without a referral from a primary care manager. To schedule an appointment, call the LRMC mammography scheduling line at 590-6331 or 063719464-6331. The American Cancer Society and the American College of Radiology recommend yearly mammograms beginning at age 40. LRMC will accept patients for self-referral screening mammograms even if they do not have an assigned primary care manager. Additionally, the mammography department will allow walk-ins from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays for mammogram screenings. Learn more about mammograms from the National Cancer Institute at www.
The USO will offer free orientation tours, “Welcome to Kaiserslautern,” Sept. 27, Oct. 18, Nov. 11 and Dec. 6. Newcomers will depart at 8 a.m. from the Vogelweh Bowling Center or 8:30 a.m. in front of the Ramstein Passenger Terminal, Bldg. 3333. Tour participants will receive a historical overview of Kaiserslautern, hear some local legends and receive practical tips from experienced guides. It is recommended to bring euros for lunch and shopping. The tour is free, but interested participants must sign up at one of the USO ofﬁces. Estimated return time is 4:10 p.m. on Ramstein, and 4:30 p.m. on Vogelweh.
Due to the long waiting times, those service members PCSing should send their TLA claim to the Housing orgbox at 86ces. firstname.lastname@example.org. In order for the claim to be processed, service members should email a copy of their orders, lodging receipt and statement of non-availability (if applicable), and an email address where they can be contacted if additional information is needed. For more information, call 489-6672.
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A Ramstein-based C-130J Super Hercules takes off after performing a “touch-and-go” Aug. 11 at Powidz Air Base, Poland. Ramstein Airmen deployed to Poland as part of a bilateral training mission in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, which was designed to promote regional stability and security.
Cloudburst: C-130s train through adverse weather Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Public Affairs POWIDZ AIR BASE, Poland — The sky wept — a flood from the heavens that seemed poised to wash the world away. The water, cold and unforgiving, soaked everything through to its core. The heavy patter of rainfall, which marked time as a rhythmic interlude, was suddenly interrupted by the discordant symphony of four synchronized propellers cutting through the ominous gray clouds. Aptly referred to as “Super Hercules,” the colossal C-130J powered through the skies above Powidz Air Base, Poland, Aug. 11 like a winged demigod. From the nearby operations building, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Patrick Driscoll, 37th Airlift Squadron detachment commander at Powidz, watched the aircraft with vested interest. “He’s coming in for a ‘touch-and-go,’” Driscoll said, referring to a maneuver that calls for a pilot to land an aircraft and immediately take off without coming to a full stop. “It’s really incredible to watch the vapor trails from the propellers during a rainstorm.” Almost on cue, the C-130’s wheel contacted the
ground, kicking up a cascading wall of water in its wake. However, instead of slowing the turboprop engines, the pilot increased the throttle and coaxed the nearly 113-foot metal hulk down the runway at an unbelievable speed. For a few seconds, the thrust from the tips of the propeller blades create corkscrews of water vapor through the humid air, which become visible to the naked eye — appearing as dancing wisps of light. “The vapor trails are one of those rare things you get to see up close during this deployment,” Driscoll said. “Everything has to come together perfectly for it to happen.” Similar to the vortices created by the C-130, Ramstein Airmen have been afforded the perfect opportunity to come together with NATO partners during a flying training deployment throughout the region. Based at Powidz, and under the banner of Operation Atlantic Resolve, this ongoing mission demonstrates the United States’ commitment to the collective security and support of European partners. “This truly is a tremendous opportunity for our aircrews to hone their expeditionary skills from a forward operating location,” Driscoll said. “Our presence here allows the United States and NATO
to build deeper partnerships across the continent.” The broad military training areas of Poland and the neighboring Baltic States offer U.S. service members an opportunity to work with host nations and exponentially enhance cooperative capabilities. “The flying training deployment consists of lowlevel flight training, landings at unimproved landing zones, airdrop training and partnership building events with our regional allies,” he said. “The current, enduring presence at Powidz makes it possible for the U.S. Air Force to support these multinational exercises from a regional hub.” As an added benefit, the operations at Poland serve to enhance the U.S.’s continuous air presence in the region, assuring NATO allies of the commitment to collective defense. The operations and missions go beyond skill improvement and partner building; they speak to the core of what bonds the U.S. to its European allies. “This is much more than a training deployment,” Driscoll said. “This is a chance to bolster our collective capabilities and better understand the strength that comes from working together. It is only through these strengthened relationships with our allies that we are able to fully demonstrate our shared belief in a peaceful, stable and secure Europe.”
August 22, 2014
NATO opens kitchen to all Story and photo by Senior Airman Armando A. Schwier-Morales 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs A Greek, an American, a German and their dependents walked up to the bar — a salad bar. The NATO compound International Dining Facility recently opened its doors to all personnel with access to Ramstein Aug. 6, offering vegetables, drinks and other food. Until the recent change, an escort was required along with several days of processing time to dine at the NATO Headquarters Allied Air Command in Bldg. 313. The change came after a desire to not only offer a new dining facility but also a multinational experience. “We eased the process of getting into the dining facility with the intent of increasing interaction and giving others a chance to experience the quality food they have here,” said Air Force Col. Mark Hering, NATO Headquarters Allied Air Command base support group commander. The facility offers three different main options, from €4 to €6, as well as salads, drinks and a variety of other options. The kitchen is open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. A coffee bar is also offered from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The international dining facility only takes euros, and to enter the facility, Ramstein members are required to stop by the visitor center in Bldg. 312 to obtain a pass. Once beyond the main gates and after a short walk into the building, the flags of NATO will come into view overlooking the facility. Twenty-eight nations make up NATO, with 26 represented in the facility. With this in mind, the kitchen is slated to have one day a month dedicated to many of the NATO nations’ food and people. “What I am most excited about is increas-
Airmen from different nations dine at the International Dining Facility at Headquarters Allied Air Command Aug. 13 on Ramstein. Until recently, an escort was required along with several days of processing time to dine at the facility. The change came after a desire was expressed to offer a new dining facility and a multinational experience.
ing the interaction between NATO headquarters and the entire base through this dining facility,” Hering said. “To be able to have a dining experience with other countries and meet their people is going to be a unique opportunity that I am proud of.” Hering is not the only one satisfied. One French adjutant-chef (E-9 equivalent), who helped make an all-access dining facility a reality, is pleased at what it is becoming. “I must admit, when I first entered the international dining facility I was impressed and proud, because you realize what you are part of,” said French air force Adjutant-Chef Yann Schweyer,
Headquarters Allied Air Command real life support. “Right now in the same frame, I can see the planes in the sky, the NATO nations’ flags flying, hear all the different languages in the same area at the same time and taste some of their food. Then you really realize that this is a multinational environment. I am part of this, and I am in the middle of it.” Once closed to all but a few willing to cook up the right paper work and find a sponsor, the kitchen has opened its doors to all with access to Ramstein and is scheduled to publish a weekly menu in the Kaiserslautern American newspaper and on the Ramstein Facebook page.
Pilot launches IG perspective Story and photo by Airman Larissa Greatwood 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs When asking a child what they wish to be when they grow up, a variety of responses may arise: a doctor, firefighter, ice skater or veterinarian, for example. For one 76th Airlift Squadron pilot, his interest in flying started at a young age. Maj. William Dabney, 86th Airlift Wing Inspector General chief of wing readiness and 76th AS C-37A Gulfstream V and C-20H Gulfstream IV pilot, was strongly influenced in his decision to become a pilot. Dabney’s father was a helicopter pilot in the Army, and his grandfather was a Republic P-47 Thunderbolt pilot in the Army Air Corps just after World
War II. These affiliations sparked his desire to attend the Air Force Academy, he said. “It wasn’t until I started seriously considering going to the Air Force Academy that I started to look at flying for the military,” Dabney said. “My decision to go to the academy was strongly influenced by my desire to be a pilot.” In 2005, Dabney graduated from pilot training in Del Rio at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Shortly after, he was stationed at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, then McChord Air Force Base, Washington, before arriving at Ramstein. “At the 76th Airlift Squadron, I am an aircraft commander for the C-37A Gulfstream V and C-20H Gulfstream IV,” he said. “We perform distin-
Maj. William Dabney, 86th Inspector General chief of wing readiness, sits in the pilot seat of a C-37A Gulfstream V checking to make sure everything is ready before a training flight Aug. 11 on Ramstein.
guished visitor airlift, specifically, my airframes are tasked to the Africa Command commander, but we fly typically in Africa and Europe. We help facilitate high-level meetings and
DV visits around Europe; wherever the DVs need to go, we’re here to facilitate that in a safe, secure and See pilot, Page 12
August 22, 2014
VRS hosts 8th annual car show
Photo illustration by Senior Airman Armando A. Schwier-Morales
The 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron hosted its 8th annual car show, bringing together Ramstein and the local community to showcase drivers and their cars, Aug. 16 on Ramstein. The car show also included a “smash a car for a buck” contest, local vendors, performance tests, a “how loud can the car get” contest and many more events.
Photos by Senior Airman Armando A. Schwier-Morales
Bottom left: Airmen and families look at vehicles at the 8th Annual Vehicle Readiness Squadron Car Show Aug. 16 on Ramstein. More than 200 vehicles participated in this year’s car show, making it the largest to date. middle left: Airmen and families look at vehicles at the car show. toP left: An Airman’s vehicle waits in line to have its performance tested during the car show Aug. 16. The 2014 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron Car Show gave Ramstein a chance to show off its cars, trucks and motorcycles. Sound, performance, style and more were judged during the 8th annual car show. ABoVe: Airman 1st Class Jordan Willy, 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron vehicle journeyman, hammers a junk car.
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Oven-baked gnocchi in tomato cream sauce
panky’s off-leash tour
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Capt. Spanky’s Restaurant Review
Hello, Ramstein! This week, I thought I’d try something different. This is the ﬁrst-ever Capt. Spanky restaurant review. Now I know my primary diet consists of kibble, but I can assure you, I have a very sophisticated palate, except when it comes to cheese — all cheese is good as far as I am concerned. Anyway, this week I ate at the NATO Dining Facility, which, if you haven’t heard, is now open to anyone with a valid ID card. You can read more about that on Page 7 though. I will start off by saying I’ve only eaten there once, and because their menu is always changing and they have different selections on each day, this review is based on what I was able to see while I was there. When I ﬁrst came through the door, I was instantly scratched under the chin by the amazing aroma of all the various foods. After getting past the delicious smell, I got a chance to look around and see the facility itself. This place is huge and had many options to select from. Every day the facility
Ingredients: 200 grams cooked ham, chopped or diced 300 grams small mushrooms, sliced 250 grams cherry tomatoes, cut in half 1 onion, peeled and chopped 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped 3 tablespoons oil Salt and pepper, to taste 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 level tablespoon flour 400 grams Schlagsahne (heavy whipping cream) 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning 2 packages gnocchi (about 400 grams each), fresh-refrigerated Grease for the pan 125 grams mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced 75 grams Gouda cheese, grated
offers a soup of the day, three main course options in varying price ranges, a variety of salad and salad bar choices and a whole list of tasty desserts. On the day I was dining, I decided to skip the soup and go straight to the main course. I had a hard time choosing between noodle gratin with a side salad, chicken strips with spätzle and vegetables, and calamari with garlic dip and french fries, but I eventually went with the chicken strips. Now I haven’t had a chance to try anything else, but if the rest of their food is anything like the meal I had, you’re in for a treat. And, based on the prices, you won’t even need to roll over to get it! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to try the dessert, because chocolate and me don’t mix well, but everything else was great. The portions were good, the food was delicious and the mix of people in there made it the perfect dining experience for this young(ish) pup. If you haven’t been yet, I’d highly suggest snifﬁng this place out. You won’t regret it.
Instructions: • Heat oven to 200 degrees Celsius/390 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease or spray a large casserole dish. • Wash and slice the mushrooms. Wash the cherry tomatoes and cut into halves. Peel and chop the onion and garlic cloves into fine pieces. • Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a
large skillet. Add the tomatoes and quickly swirl around in the hot oil. • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove tomatoes from the pan. • Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in the same skillet. • Add the chopped onion and garlic and cook until just soft and transparent. Add in the mushrooms and continue cooking. • Next add the chopped ham. When heated through, stir in the tomato paste and the flour. • Mix together the Schlagsahne (heavy whipping cream), the ketchup and the dried Italian seasonings. Add to the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes. • Return the tomato halves to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper to taste. • Pour gnocchi into a pan of salted boiling water. Reduce heat to medium and cook for about 2 minutes or until gnocchi rise to the top of the water. • Drain gnocchi and pour into the prepared casserole pan. Spread the tomato mixture over the entire pan of gnocchi. Place the slices of mozzarella cheese over the top of the sauce. Sprinkle the gouda cheese on top of the mozzarella. • Place in oven and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes.
Celebrating National Women’s Equality Day by Master Sgt. Rachel Arter & Senior Master Sgt. Yvonne Davis 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron & 2nd Air Postal Squadron Although my father would try and explain this to me, it was difficult to comprehend that there was a time when women in the United States did not have the same rights as men. Growing up I always saw myself as an equal. After all, I was paid the same as my male counterparts and was able to vote shortly after my 18th birthday. But how did I earn these rights? History has revealed that women have overcome many challenges and reached many milestones in order to achieve equality so their mothers, daughters and sisters could have a voice on the political future of the country. On Aug. 12, 1920, U.S. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed the 19th Amendment into law, allowing women to vote for the very first time, and on June 10, 1963, President Kennedy signed into
law the Equal Pay Act of 1963 to abolish the gender-based wage gaps. During this time, women earned an average of 59 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. One could say that was 51 years ago, and certainly things have changed since then, right? Well, partially. Today, as an Airman serving my country in the U.S. Air Force, I enjoy the benefits of the same pay and incentive bonuses as the male Airmen I work alongside. However, there continues to be a 23 cent gap between what men and women make in the civilian workforce. More recently, in 2007, pay equality was back in the spotlight when Lilly Ledbetter sued Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, and it went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Ledbetter was a supervisor at a Goodyear plant in Gadsden, Alabama, from 1979 until her retirement in 1998. There, she was an area manager, which was a position usually held by men. At the time of her retirement she earned between $560 and $1,510 less a month than her male col-
leagues. Needless to say, she lost her lawsuit against Goodyear, because she failed to report discrimination within 180 days of her first paycheck. In hopes that other women would not have to face the same inequalities she did, she lobbied for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in January 2009, creating flexibility to file gender pay discrimination complaints. However, there is still work to be done. In 1971, Congress officially designated Aug. 26 as National Women’s Equality Day, and it is imperative that on this day we unite and commemorate the ratification of the 19th Amendment and reflect on the continued efforts of women to achieve full equality. In the words of President Obama, “As we reflect on decades of progress toward gender equality, we must also resolve to make progress in our time. Today, we honor the pioneers of women’s equality by doing our part to realize the great American dream — the dream of a nation where all things are possible for all people.”
Airman leaves diamond-hard legacy Story and photo by Airman Larissa Greatwood 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs It takes a certain kind of person to become an effective first sergeant. Working all hours of the day and always having to carry a phone and answer it, first sergeants put the mission before themselves and exude the Air Force second core value: service before self. Senior Master Sgt. Keith Custer, 86th Maintenance Squadron first sergeant, took a moment to reflect on his 26-year Air Force career, 10 of which were as a first sergeant. “The unique thing about being a first sergeant is having the opportunity to help hundreds of people, but it is not the same as being a supervisor,” he said. “Having my own team, working together and having that feeling of closeness is something I miss, though I really love what I do.” Though Custer may miss the camaraderie of being a front line supervisor, he noted that as a first sergeant he is able to forego the daily routine of his previous job and put all of his efforts into helping Airmen. “If someone were to look around my office, they wouldn’t see a clock anywhere,” Custer said. “In fact, there aren’t clocks in any of my offices. That’s because it isn’t about my time; it’s about the Airman’s time. The Airman in here
Senior Master Sgt. Keith Custer, 86th Maintenance Squadron first sergeant, speaks with an Airman Aug. 8 on Ramstein. Custer has 10 years of first sergeant experience between 10 different units.
doesn’t need to know how much time they’re taking. They take the time that’s needed. I have lots of that.” Like many first sergeants, Custer spends the majority of his time helping Airmen with any issues they may have. These issues can range from financial troubles to personal problems. Sometimes he can even be the bearer of bad news. “I remember one particular time I was notified of the death of an Airman’s grandmother,” Custer said. “I went to his dorm and knocked on the door.” See first sergeant, Page 18
August 22, 2014 pilot, from Page 7 reliable transport. We take our job seriously and are very professional with what we do. We are the executive airlift for Europe as far as Air Force goes. “I came into the Air Force to fly,” Dabney continued. “Particularly in this unit, we get to fly in Africa a lot, and it can be very challenging. I think that challenge is why I like that part of my job. It tests the things I know and learn.” Dabney has not only been able to experience flying. Last July, he was given the opportunity to work for the inspector general. This allowed him to communicate and work side-by-side with other Airmen of different professions. The experience he gained from the IG office will help him in the future when he returns to the 76th AS. “I was recommended by my squadron commander for the IG job,” Dabney said. “We really like to have career broadening rather than just being a guy who flies all the time. It was a job outside the squadron and something I had never done. I had no readiness experience at all, and I went from that to being the chief of readiness. “As the chief of readiness, we’re involved with all aspects of the readiness program for the wing and installations — things like emergency management, police, firefighter and accident response,” he continued. “We validate and test the wing’s ability to respond to those kinds of events as well as the wing’s readiness to deploy.” As part of the IG, Dabney is able to observe how different units work together to complete the mission. By understanding how they function, he is able to tailor his test scenarios to their routines. By running these scenarios, he can inform the commander about their readiness and prepare responders for real-life occurrences. “We have the freedom to take a requirement
given to us, such as test emergency responders, and create a scenario and then test it,” Dabney said. “We have to know how the fire department responds, for example, so we can make it realistic. This is a different side of the mission I didn’t get to experience on the other side of the flightline.” With just over a year of experience working for the IG, Dabney returns to the squadron to get back to his passion: flying. With a new understanding of how the mission works as a whole, he can see how his career fits into the equation. “My big take away from the IG has to do with the new inspection system,” he said. “With the new inspection system, there is an emphasis to expose and document your flaws and shortcomings rather than hiding them by putting window dressing on them when being inspected. Exposing your weaknesses and shortcomings helps the unit grow and gives commanders an honest look at how capable and compliant a unit is and the areas that need to be addressed and solidified. I think this philosophy is what I’ll take back to the 76th and emphasize both at the organizational level and the individual. “For the Airmen at the 76th and for me as a pilot, I think the philosophy carries over that you can only know how strong you are by (knowing) what your weaknesses are,” he continued. “Furthermore, you can only get stronger by knowing your weaknesses, addressing them and holding yourself or your unit accountable.” The sky’s the limit when it comes to the future. Dabney could have become an immeasurable number of things, and he chose to follow his dream as a pilot in the footsteps of his predecessors. Though his service in the IG office may be coming to an end, the lessons he learned will follow him back to the 76th AS as well as in his future endeavors.
August 22, 2014
Family and MWR Happenings
Sports and Fitness
BOSS (Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers)
Unit Level Flag Football Sign-Ups
Trip to Pula, Croatia
Registration now open! Units wishing to participate in the Unit Level Flag Football league may now register their teams. Please register before the end of the month, as the league will begin on Sep. 2. For more information or to sign-up, call or visit the Sports Office at Hall of Champions Fitness Center, Smith Bks., Bldg. 8105, 485-6671 or 06783-6-6671.
Aug. 29-Sep. 1 Spend your last days of summer in Croatia with BOSS! Located on the beautiful Adriatic Sea, Pula's unspoiled natural surroundings are magical and unforgettable. Trip cost: $350 per person. Price includes transportation and resort-style lodging. Trip is open to all single and unaccompanied Soldiers. Passport required. Deadline to register: Aug. 25. To sign up, contact BOSS, 485-6228 or 06783-6-6228.
Child, Youth and School Services SKIESUnlimited: Indoor Soccer School Aug. 31- Oct. 5 Registration is now open for SKIESUnlimited Indoor Soccer School. Sessions will be held every Sunday, 10-11:30 a.m. at Baumholder High School Gym, Bldg. 8801. Open to ages 7-10. Cost: $40. No sports physical required. Clean, hand-carried shoes required to play. To sign up, please contact Parent Central Services, 485-7003 or 06783-6-7003.
Spoken Word Night Sep. 5, 7 p.m. Come freely speak your mind at Baumholder Warrior Zone. Enjoy poetry reading and music with other adults. Let your feelings flow in a relaxed environment. This event is for adults, 18 and over. For more information or to sign up for this event, contact BOSS, 485-6228 or 06783-6-6228.
Parentâ€™s Night Out
German Hunting Course and Certification
Sep. 12, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Do you need a break? Register for Parent's Night Out, a special evening childcare available after the centers close. Care will be held at Wetzel CDC and School Age Center. Cost: $16 per child. Receive a 25% discount if you present your ticket to Hilltop Theater's presentation of The Odd Couple. The deadline to register is Sep. 2. All children must be registered with CYSS. Parents may sign up online via WebTrac or by visiting Parent Central Services, Wetzel Kaserne, Bldg. 8876.
Begins Sep. 15 The German Hunting Course is an intensive 8-weekend course that covers all facets of hunting in Germany. It involves field trips, field maintenance and long rifle qualification. All books are supplied. Once the final exam is successfully completed, participants will be awarded with a German hunting license and weapons card. Cost: $200. Deadline to register: Sep. 7. Please register through Outdoor Recreation, Smith Bks., Bldg. 8167, 485-7182 or 06783-6-7182.
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Henderson, 86th Force Support Squadron education services specialist. â€œOur doors are open to everyone, regardless of the color of their uniform or whether theyâ€™re a spouse, dependent, reservist or retiree.â€? Six percent of enlisted Airmen between the ages of 24 and 52 have a bachelorâ€™s degree. This means 94 percent of enlisted Airmen arenâ€™t taking advantage of the free educational benefits the Air Force offers. In todayâ€™s competitive workforce, it isnâ€™t ideal to compete for a job with fewer credentials than your peers, Henderson said. The education office guides individuals through the variety of decisions involved in choosing a degree completion program, college institution and various funding resources available to them. In an average month, the office advises about 1,000 walk-ins, along with appointments throughout the day. Ramstein averages 4,000
students, 9,000 enrollments and $7.5 million in approved tuition assistance each year. One of the most frequently asked questions the education office answers is, â€œWhere do I go to find what I need to complete my (Community College of the Air Force) degree?â€? To check the status of a CCAF, visit the Air Force Virtual Education Center online to get an understanding of whatâ€™s required. Then, visit the education office for further guidance and get any questions answered. To get to AFVEC, go to the Education/ Training/Force Development section of the Air Force portal. Learning what steps to take, during or after service, is important to prepare Airmen for the future, Jones said. Discussing educational routes is an additional part of the Transition Assistance Program offered to service members before they leave the service. See education, Page 24
521st AMOG changes command
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Col. Timrek C. Heisler receives the 521st Air Mobility Group guidon from Col. Nancy M. Bozzer, commander of the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing, during a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Rota, Spain. Col. Carlos H. Ortiz (right) relinquished command of the 521st AMOG to Heisler during the ceremony.
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KMC Assembly of God Church
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Sgt. Brandon Allums, NCO assigned to the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, helps his son, Khalil, with the creation of â€œRainbow Iceâ€? during a science fair Aug. 8 at the Vogelweh Child Development Center.
CDC brings parents, children together at science fair Story and photo by Sgt. 1st Class Alexander A. Burnett 21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs
uring a four-day weekend in Europe, service members have many options on how to spend their leisure time. Some choose to travel, some choose to visit local historic sites and some choose to stay at home and relax. For some members of the KMC, a four-day weekend meant an afternoon of science. Soldiers from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command and other local military units visited the Vogelweh Child Development Center Aug. 8 to assist their children with various
experiments during a science fair. Parents and children alike were brought together with scientific ventures that included dropping mints into soda bottles to create a pop-volcano, placing oil in water then adding dish soap to see it rush to the sides, and making raisins dance in a pool of lemon-lime carbonated beverage. Children also made vinegar baking soda volcanoes with clay, rainbow ice with food coloring and their very own pieces of art by dropping paint-soaked sponges onto a sheet of paper. Amateur scientists, both young and old, smiled with each experiment. â€œSpending time with our kids while they See science, Page 24