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Virtual town hall talks return to school, Page 2



Close quarters battle: 435 SFS perfect assault techniques, Pages 8-9


Non-commissioned officers stay close, while physically distant, Page 10

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Community College of the Air Force reveals plans for new degree program, Page 17

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Goldfein honored for service as Chief of Staff by Tech. Sgt. Areca T. Wilson Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

With only days remaining in his service as the Air Force’s 21st Chief of Staff, Gen. David L. Goldfein was commemorated in a July 31 ceremony at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C., and in the announcement that one of his quotes was etched into the Air Force Memorial’s Wall of Valor. The memorial’s newest etching reads, “This is our sacred duty. When protecting Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, we fly to the sound of the guns … or we die trying.” “General Goldfein’s outsized impact goes beyond his achievements in aircraft development, new technologies, launch of the United States Space Force, or even revolutionary concepts like joint all-domain command and control,” said Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett who presided over the ceremony. “His greater legacy is in the thousands of men and women he has led, mentored and inspired.” In his remarks to an audience that included Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, Gen. Stephen Wilson; Chief of Space Operations, Gen. John Raymond, and a collection of other, socially See GOLDFEIN HONORED, Page 3

Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett, left, Air Force Chief of Staff David L. Goldfein and Mrs. Dawn Goldfein pose with a representation of an etching that is now displayed on the Wall of Valor at the Air Force Memorial during a ceremony at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C., July 31. The ceremony unveiled a new etching for the memorial’s Wall of Valor at the Air Force Memorial that reads, “This is our sacred duty. When protecting Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, we fly to the sound of the guns … or we die trying.” Photo by Wayne Clark

Get to know Ramstein’s new commander by 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Today the 86th Airlift Wing bids farewell to Brig. Gen. Mark R. August as Brig. Gen. Josh M. Olson assumes command of the World’s Best Wing. Like his predecessor, this is not Olson’s first assignment at Ramstein Air Base. He spent nearly two years commanding

the 37th Airlift Squadron from 2011-2013 as a lieutenant colonel. Now, seven years later, he returns to the Kaiserslautern Military Community bearing a new rank and greater responsibility. His biography outlines a variety of assignments, academic achievements and accolades. Olson is a seasoned wing commander with former experience leading the

22nd Air Refueling Wing at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. It was under his command that the 22nd ARW brought home Air Mobility Command’s 2019 Gen. Mark Welsh III “One Air Force” Award and made history by receiving the KC-46A Pegasus refueling aircraft. In addition, McConnell AFB was a finalist for the Air Force’s 2019 Commander in

Chief’s Installation Excellence Award, which Ramstein AB ultimately won. No stranger to airlift, Olson is a command pilot with more than 2,900 hours in refueling tankers like the KC-46A, KC-10 and KC-135 as well as Ramstein’s workhorse, the C-130J Super Hercules. Olson arrives at Ramstein after a year at

Scott Air Force Base, Ill., working as the executive officer to the commander of U.S. Transportation Command. In January, the U.S. Air Force chief of staff announced Olson would be taking over as commander of the host wing at Ramstein AB. He is joined by his wife Barbara and son Luke. Their daughter Alexa is attending college in the United States.

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Virtual town hall talks return to school

by Kelly Sanders 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Returning to school after summer break was once a normal and much anticipated annual occurrence. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many in the Kaiserslautern Military Community questioned what to expect for the 2020-2021 academic year. DoDEA officials announced July 14 that schools will offer face-toface instruction while also allowing those with health vulnerabilities or concerns an option to enroll in virtual school. Leaders from the Department of Defense Education Activity worked diligently to create a plan that meets health, safety and educational needs of students within the KMC. In order to inform parents about what to expect when classes begin Aug. 24, DoDEA Europe-East Superintendent, Steve Sanchez, and the 86th Mission Support Group commander, Col. Robert Thompson, hosted a virtual town hall via the Ramstein Air Base Facebook page July 24. Thompson opened by reminding local Army counterparts that Air Force and Army communities are interlocked. Information from the town hall is relevant to both services. “This (return to school plan) has been a work in progress with close coordination from military leaders for quite some time,” said Sanchez. Sanchez provided a glimpse of what life will be like in the new academic year. For those parents sending children to face-to-face instruction, each day will begin with a home health screening and temperature check.

“Parents will need to sign an acknowledgement that they will do a health screening on their child daily,” said Sanchez. “If your child isn’t feeling well or has any (flu-like) symptoms, please stay home. We are asking our staff to do the same for the well-being of everybody.” Buses will be sanitized daily and bus riders must wear a face covering while at stops and during transit. Sanchez said DoDEA has

purchased enough face coverings to provide two for each student and educator. DoDEA has taken considerable measures to provide handwashing stations and maximize the physical distance between students. Changes include rearranged classrooms, grab-n-go lunches instead of serving trays and multiple lunch periods. Face coverings can be removed if students are at a six-foot distance, but must be worn when close to others or during transitions between classes. Sanchez also provided information for families opting to keep students home. “Virtual education will be done via DoDEA’s Virtual School, which has been teaching high school classes successfully for more than a decade,” said Sanchez. “Virtual School is not remote learning like

what was done in the spring.” While remote learning followed a typical day and bell schedule, students enrolled in Virtual School will take five classes. The curriculum is more “on demand” and self-paced with specific (weekly) deadlines. Families must commit to one semester if they elect to enroll in the Virtual School. Some town hall viewers expressed concerns that students in Virtual School will take five classes while their high school peers in face-to-face instruction will take seven. Sanchez noted that in a virtual environment, five courses is the preferred course load for educational success. “We can make exceptions for seniors who need to take additional classes in order to graduate, but this will be on a case-by-case basis,” said Sanchez.

Schools are asking parents to review materials on DoDEA’s website until the ‘Return to School’ page. Making a decision early helps schools forecast and plan their staffing needs. Families who PCS during the school year will have the option to select virtual or face-to-face instruction upon arrival. Before signing off, Thompson encouraged parents with remaining questions to take advantage of the MSG’s School Liaison Office or reach out to squadron Key Spouses. SLOs are the link between parents and schools. “Our SLOs are fantastic! They care about you, they care about the kids, and they care about what we do!” said Thompson. The SLO can be contacted at DSN 480-2000 or commercial at 0637147-2000.

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August 7, 2020 GOLDFEIN HONORED from Page 1 distanced dignitaries, Goldfein acknowledged his good fortune and gave thanks to his wife, Dawn, for “her caring and loving heart,” and to others who helped him succeed. “What an incredible honor to have an important declaration of obligation to our joint teammates forever engraved in the beautiful Air Force Memorial,” he said. “Dawn and I are thankful to have served with all of you together as Team 21. “Dawn has not only been my best friend, she has been my teammate,” Goldfein said. “Last week we gathered for a Zoom session with our old combat squadron and the story of the shoot down and rescue was retold - it was Dawn’s courage and how she handled herself that truly inspired the squadron, so how appropriate that today Air University published her extraordinary book, sharing a military spouse’s perspective. Dawn, more than anyone in my life, has given me a decided advantage.” During his tenure, Goldfein has achieved some notable milestones, including the development of the B-21 Raider and the T-7A Red Hawk aircraft. Additionally, he pushed for innovative ways to improve readiness through the expansion of the Air Force’s multi-domain capability, reshaping the force to exist in an era of great power competition, and helping pave the way for ultimately increasing the number of squadrons from 312 to 386.

“For 37 years I have gotten up every morning, put on the uniform of my father,” he said. “Every day I am given the opportunity to work with the finest men and women on the planet, devoted to the same common cause and all focused on the same sacred duty.” Friday’s ceremony was one of the first of events celebrating Goldfein’s 4-year tenure as the Air Force’s highest-ranking military officer. He formally steps down Aug. 6 and will be replaced by Gen. Charles (CQ) Brown, who will become the 22nd Air Force Chief of Staff.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein delivers remarks during a dedication ceremony in his honor at Joint Base AnacostiaBolling, Washington, D.C., July 31. Photo by Eric Dietrich

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein delivers remarks during a dedication ceremony in his honor at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C., July 31. Photo by Wayne Clark


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JULY 28 1:02 a.m.: Vandalism on Vogelweh Air Base 7:30 a.m.: Major traffic collision in Nuerburg 10:20 a.m.: Theft in Berlin JULY 29 9:35 p.m.: Failure to report a minor traffic collision in Kaiserslautern JULY 30 2:18 a.m.: Provoking speeches and gestures in Kapaun Air Station 3:23 a.m.: Drunken operation of vehicle in Kaiserslautern 8:48 a.m.: Major traffic collision in Ramstein-Miesenbach JULY 31 4:20 p.m.: Damage to personal property in Sants-Montjui, Spain

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8:04 p.m.: Major traffic collision in Mackenbach

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.

AUGUST 1 1:19 a.m.: Drunken Disorderly in Kaiserslautern 1:20 a.m.: Driving while impaired in Kaiserslautern 5:55 p.m.: Major traffic collision in Kaiserslautern

COVID-19 updates for KMC Looking for updated information regarding coronavirus and changes to base facilities? Visit www.ramstein.af.mil/COVID-19/

AUGUST 2 1:50 a.m.: Driving under the influence in Ludwigshafen 1:10 a.m.: Driving under the influence in Kaiserslautern 3:53 a.m.: Assault in Kaiserslautern 12:18 p.m.: Damage to government property on Vogelweh Air Base 2:11 p.m.: Major traffic collision on Pulaski Barracks 3:53 p.m.: Vandalism in Vogelweh Air Base

THE HOUSING HYPE Housing Office In-Processing Update

IMPORTANT: Upon reporting to the KMC, the Housing Briefing must be completed within 48 hours. Service members will find this briefing and other information at: https://www. ramstein.af.mil/Ramstein-Housing-Office/ “ALL VISITORS VISITING THE KMC HOUING OFFICE ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR FACE COVERINGS!” As always, the KMC Housing Office works to ensure a smooth and non-stressful approach to the in-processing experience during personnel moves. So, here is a short list of the required steps/documents to receive

assistance from the KMC Housing Office. KMC Housing In-processing Checklist: Contact the Housing Assistance Section for: »» Initial Housing Briefing »» Incoming TLA Reimbursement Process »» Discuss Family Housing Wait List »» Discuss Housing Policies »» Off-Base Housing Opportunities The Housing Office is located on Vogelweh, Bldg 1001. OPERATING OFFICE HOURS: Mon-Thur 0800-1530 & Fri 0800-1430 For Housing questions/concerns, please email KMCHousing@us.af.mil or call Important contact phone numbers: DSN: 489-6671 COMM:+49 631 536 6671 Furnishings Management Section (FMS): Mon-Fri 0730-1530 DSN: 489-6017/6153 COMM:+49 631 536 6017/6153 Dorm Reception Center (DRC): Mon-Fri 0900-1630 DSN: 480-3676/489-4600 After Hours Mobile: +49 173 586 3614

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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.

COVID-19 PROCEDURES: If you are sponsoring a new arrival to the Kaiserslautern Military Community , there is a requirement for housing eligibles to in-process with the KMC Housing Office. Based on the current situation, the KMC Housing Office will now be offering limited appointments. For the safety of all, in accordance with COVID-19 prevention measures, the KMC Housing Office is requesting only the primary service member/head of household be present for scheduled housing office appointments. Dual military members will be seen simultaneously during their respective appointment.

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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, explain host nation policies and regulations, or find out about the disposal of 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. GACOis 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,

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 org box: 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.

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Handling of unsolicited seed packets from China

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AF removes uniform barrier for women, authorizes pants option for mess dress by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

by the U.S. Department of Agriculture The U.S. Department of Agriculture is aware that people across the country and service members abroad have received suspicious, unsolicited packages of seeds of various types that appear to be coming from China. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is working closely with the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, other federal agencies, and state departments of agriculture to investigate the situation. The USDA urges service members located outside of the United States and U.S. territories to devitalize, all seeds using the method

described at the end of this article. Do not plant seeds from unknown origins. At this time, there is no evidence indicating this is something other than a “brushing scam,” where people receive unsolicited items from a seller who then posts false customer reviews to boost sales. USDA is currently collecting seed packages from recipients in the United States and will test their contents to determine if they contain anything that could be of concern to U.S. agriculture or the environment. The USDA is committed to preventing the unlawful entry of prohibited seeds and protecting U.S. agriculture from invasive pests and noxious weeds. Visit at

www.aphis.usda.gov to learn more about USDA’s efforts to stop agricultural smuggling and promote trade compliance. Devitalization (destruction) of seeds using dry heat (oven) method: Preheat oven to 325F (163C) 1. Place seeds in a monolayer on a baking pan (or cookie sheet) lined with tinfoil 2. Dispose of empty seed packet in the trash. 3. Place seed in pre-heated oven and maintain for 30 min. 4. Remove from oven and allow to cool 5. Double bag the baked seeds in plastic baggies and dispose of in trash

Based on overwhelming feedback from the field, Department of the Air Force officials announced Aug. 4 women may elect to wear pants or a skirt with their mess dress uniform. The changes, which are effective immediately, are outlined in an exception-to-policy memorandum addressed to all Air Force personnel. “It’s our responsibility to provide flexible uniform options that are functional and comfortable for all Air and Space Professionals,” said Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly, deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services. “We have a lot of people working really hard to review our existing policies to make sure there are no unintended barriers or unfair practices that may be impacting specific groups of people on our team. We still have our work cut out for us, but this is a step in the right direction in creating an inclusive culture.” Previously, women were required to wear a floor-length skirt with the mess dress uniform. As an interim solution, until

women’s mess dress slacks are available for purchase in approximately 18-24 months, women are authorized to immediately purchase and alter men’s mess dress trousers. Alterations for women opting to wear the men’s mess dress trousers will be provided by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service at no cost to the service member. “We hear you,” said Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth Wright. “This is a bit of good news for some of our teammates who’ve wanted this change for a while now. A small thing, but one that I hope can go a long way to helping Airmen realize that we listen, we hear and we care.” Changes will be incorporated in the next update of Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel. In the interim, for more information, the exception to policy memorandum and frequently asked questions are available on the public website of the Air Force’s Personnel Center at https://www. afpc.af.mil/Career-Management/ Dress-and-Appearance/.


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86 MSG personnel recognized for extraordinary effort during COVID-19 Story and photo by Senior Airman Kristof Rixmann 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Jo Montgomery, 86th Mission Support Group commander’s secretary, was awarded Airlifter of the Week for her exceptional effort during COVID-19 on Ramstein Air Base, July 23. As the daughter of parents both belonging to the 82nd Airborne Division, Montgomery said she’s proud to contribute to her family’s rich history with the military. Growing up, Montgomery spent much of her childhood living in Vogelweh. As she made her way through school, Montgomery grew enthralled with the idea of serving, just as her father and mother did. In 2001, Montgomery moved from Germany to Virginia with her family. After finishing high school and studying at a university, Montgomery returned back to Germany with her husband where she discovered the opportunity to serve with the 86th MSG in her current position. “I absolutely felt compelled to work with service members because of the long history my family has with the military,” said Montgomery. “I like to help people. I think that’s my passion so I strive to assist in any way I can. I’m grateful to work so close with the military and it’s fascinating

to see what those in uniform accomplish every day.” As an administrative professional for Col. Robert Thompson, 86th MSG commander, Montgomery adapted to a directed teleworking schedule as a result of COVID19 while working three days per week in the office, thus enabling support for six squadrons within the 86th MSG, and 86th Airlift Wing Airmen at all levels. At the same time, Montgomery is the 86th MSG focal point for all O-6 and above in-processing at Ramstein, which she took on as an additional duty. Throughout her nearly two years in this position, Montgomery has consistently taken on problems outside of her position description, and synced any question to the answer through her network of contacts. As a result of her whole-team outlook, she has helped streamline Distinguished Visitor in-processing and out-processing, the Task Management Tool, electronic Staff Summary Sheet, and awards and recognitions. “Jo is instrumental to the team and our mission at 86th MSG,” said Thompson. “Throughout COVID-19, she’s gone above and beyond in more ways than one and we couldn't be happier to see her receive Airlifter of the Week.” Montgomery, however, was hesitant to comment on her personal impacts to the

Jo Montgomery, 86th Mission Support Group commander's secretary, poses for a photo at her desk at Ramstein Air Base, July 28. As the daughter of parents belonging to the 82nd Airborne Division, Montgomery said she's proud to contribute to her family's rich history with the military.

unit, or the recognition she’s received, preferring to keep her attention on others and looking for ways to help and encourage them. Montgomery said, however, that shewas grateful for the award, and that the people with whom she works took time to recognize her. “Our office is more like a family than anything else,” said Montgomery. “I didn’t

experience that coming from my previous occupation so it was a welcome surprise. The nature of our work requires us to work with one another in the office all the time, and on top of that we do things outside of work like getting together for a potluck. Sometimes not even to celebrate anything in particular; just to get together, eat and talk.”

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Close quarters battle:

435 SFS perfect assault techniques A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 435th Security Forces Squadron aims his M-4 carbine rifle down a hall during close quarters battle training at Ramstein Air Base, July 28. The 435 SFS Airmen implemented several scenarios during the CQB training to simulate real world threats.

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Story and photos by Senior Airman Milton Hamilton 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs What looked like an abandoned office building on the outskirts of Ramstein’s flightline turned out to be the perfect setting for the 435th Security Forces Squadron to conduct close quarters battle training July 28. “We hone these skills because we could potentially be put in situations where we have to clear out a house or a hangar on an empty airfield, which still may be occupied by an enemy force,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ross Caldwell, 435th SFS team chief. “We work as a team and try to get in each other's heads to see how we work under stress when things get hard,

dynamic or very obscure.” The indoor training facility provided the Airmen the opportunity to practice strategic movements around corners, building clearing techniques and hone communication skills between their assault teams. “We participate in a lot of exercises and integrate ourselves with other units such as special forces and tactical air control party specialists,” Caldwell said. “They know we have the facilities to train and, ultimately, this helps to strengthen interoperability with other forces.” The 435th SFS Airmen incorporated several scenarios during the CQB training to simulate realworld threats. They critiqued each movement and fired blank rounds throughout the structure as a sort of capstone event.

“CQB is a very perishable skill,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ulysses Ortiz, 435th SFS fire team member. “If we don't constantly train we’ll get rusty at it. As security forces members, we do an array of jobs. We never know when we’ll be called to a situation where we have to use these skills, so that makes this training even more important.” As a component of the 435th Contingency Response Group, U.S. Air Forces in Europe's only expeditionary open-the-base force, the 435th SFS is integral in ensuring the ability to build forward operating bases and conduct air operations in austere environments anywhere in the U.S. European Command’s area of responsibility.

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U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 435th Security Forces Squadron practice building clearing techniques during close quarters battle training at Ramstein Air Base, July 28. The indoor training facility provided the Airmen the ability to practice strategic movements around corners, building clearing techniques and communication skills between their assault teams.

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Lance Munsee, 435th Security Forces Squadron contingency response team member, clears a corner during close quarters battle training at Ramstein Air Base, July 28. The Airmen honed skills that could be used to clear a house or hangar that may be occupied by an enemy force.






A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 435th Security Forces Squadron practices trigger discipline during close quarters battle training at Ramstein Air Base, July 28. Trigger discipline is when an Airmen keeps his or her finger outside of the trigger guard area, until ready to fire. The Airman honed skills that could be used to clear a house or hangar that may be occupied by an enemy force.


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Non-commissioned officers stay close, while physically distant Story and photo by Sgt. Andrew Mallett 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Innovative leaders in the Army will always find ways to reach their Soldiers, even in the face of a pandemic. Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Johnson, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Sensor Management Cell, assigned to the 11th Missile Defense Battery, 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, makes videos to continue to train Soldiers during COVID-19 at Ramstein Air Base. “We started making the videos

as a way to stay connected with our soldiers after the COVID-19 pandemic started.” Johnson said. “My Soldiers have a 24/7/365 mission, so teleworking was an impractical option for us.” The leadership of 11th MDB had to innovate and come up with new ways to reach their soldiers, Johnson said. Face-to-face interaction became limited. Johnson and his fellow soldiers have made multiple Youtube videos to include topics such as sports nutrition, mobility, and physical fitness programming for the Army Combat Fitness Test. They make the videos short to keep Soldiers engaged and easy to watch on-the-go.

Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Johnson, assigned to the 11th Missile Defense Battery, 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, teaches form and technique about the sprint, drag, carry ACFT event at Ramstein Air Base, on July 29.

Videos range from 4-8 minutes long for physical training videos, and 10-12 minutes for the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development videos. The ACFT is going to be replacing the Army Physical Fitness Test effective October 1. The Army has been testing and making improvements to the events for the last few years and Soldiers have needed to

adjust their training accordingly. Initially, the videos were produced for the Soldiers of his unit, Johnson explained. As they began to gain popularity he was contacted by Soldiers from other units and made a decision to increate awareness of the videos. Johnson wanted to make them as accessible as possible to anyone that may want to improve both professionally and with their

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424 ABS Fire Department enables 37 AS training in Belgium

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron conduct a tour of a C-130J Super Hercules for 424th Air Base Squadron Emergency Response Flight Airmen at Chièvres Air Base, Belgium, July 27. The firefighters were shown access points on the roof of the aircraft so they could find alternative means of navigating the plane in the event of an emergency.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Darian Terry, 424th Air Base Squadron Emergency Response Flight lead firefighter, pulls a hose up to a C-130J Super Hercules at Chièvres Air Base, Belgium, July 27. The 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, provided aircraft familiarization training for the firefighters so they can better support the 37th AS in the event of an emergency. The firefighters practiced running dry-lines to the aircraft to build muscle memory for real-world scenarios.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kyle Bennett, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, Ramstein Air Base, conducts familiarization training of a C-130J Super Hercules for Airmen assigned to the 424th Air Base Squadron Emergency Response Flight at Chièvres Air Base, Belgium, July 27. The familiarization gives the firefighters eyes-on and hands-on training so they can better support in the event of an emergency.

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron conduct familiarization training of a C-130J Super Hercules for 424th Air Base Squadron Emergency Response Flight Airmen at Chièvres Air Base, Belgium, July 27. The training gave the firefighters a chance to see where important components are located to better prepare them for a real-world scenario.

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Sean Montoya, 424th Air Base Squadron Emergency Response Flight driver and operator, practices opening a C-130J Super Hercules door at Chièvres Air Base, Belgium, July 27.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kendall Walters, 424th Air Base Squadron Emergency Response Flight assistant chief of health and safety, poses for a photo at Chièvres Air Base, Belgium, July 27. Walters and his Airmen support the 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, when conducting sorties out of Chièvres’ landing zone.

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Aircrew from the 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, flew to Chièvres, Belgium to familiarize 424th Air Base Squadron Emergency Response Flight firefighters with the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, July 27. The familiarization gave firefighters the hands-on training they needed to safely respond in the event of an aircraft mishap, enabling the 37th AS to conduct vital training they can’t get otherwise in the air space over Germany. “We don’t have many landing zones available to us,” said Capt. Jonathan Hansen, 37th AS pilot. “Landing on a large runway versus a small one comes with different challenges, and as a result, we come up here to Chièvres to train and get a little more familiarity with small landing zone operations.” In order to stay sharp, pilots conduct

flights on a regular basis to practice low altitude flying, runway approaches and maneuvers. However, the training would not be possible at Chièvres without the ground support. “Because Chièvres is such a good playground for us to do our proficiency sorties, the fire department needs to be here in order to facilitate that training,” said Hansen. “Without them, we can’t come here.” Loadmasters gave a walk-through of the aircraft to show the firefighters points of entry and key components of the aircraft they may interact with in an emergency. “We have a lot of new personnel who have never been inside a C-130, let alone learned shutdown procedures and door operation procedures as required for us to make entry in the event that an aircraft is to have some sort of emergency,” said Tech. Sgt. Kendall Walters, 424th ABS

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Delvontae Austin, 424th Air Base Squadron Emergency Response Flight driver and operator, pulls a hose up to a C-130J Super Hercules at Chièvres Air Base, Belgium, July 27. The 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, provided aircraft familiarization training for the firefighters so they can better support the 37th AS in the event of an emergency. The 424th ABS firefighters’ support enables the 37th AS to utilize the landing zone at Chièvres, enhancing their training capabilities.

Emergency Response Flight assistant chief of health and safety. The walkthrough of the aircraft gave the firefighters a chance to see where important components are located to better prepare them for a real-world scenario. “If there’s going to be an emergency, it’s going to be smoky if there’s fire,” Walters said. “Having a muscle memory of where the switches and throttles are for shutdown, it really comes like second nature, and if you don’t have the ability to do that on a live aircraft, then you lose that muscle memory.” By providing ground support in Belgium, the 37th AS can utilize Chièvres’ landing zone to enhance their training capabilities. “I really think by us being able to support and keep their mission going, it allows the Air Force to train better,” Walters said. “At the end of the day, it’s all about the mission.”

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Spartan Shield, the art of air and missile defense integration

Soldiers assigned to the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Airmen assigned to the 606th Air Control Squadron and Marines assigned to Marine Air Control Squadron 1 conducted Spartan Shield 20-7, a joint air and missile defense exercise at the U.S. Air Force Europe-Africa Warfare Center in Kaiserslautern on July 15-23.

One hears the rationale behind the creation of Army Air Defense Artillery Fire Control Officers was to place the human factor back into how Army ADAFCO personnel bridge the gap in integrated air and missile defense. That human

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the Spartan Shield 20-7, exercise where their ADAFCO’s attended the Army’s ADAFCO Table VIII certification course from July 20-23 at the Warrior Preparation Center on Einsiedlerhof Air Station. “This training is important because in a real-world situation the service members here can employ Patriot missile battalions and defend our maneuvering units and our partners and allies,“ said Army Capt. Brendon Gregory, an Air Defense Officer, assigned to the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, said. “This exercise also helps with deconflicting of fires with a joint and combined kill chain.” For the first time ever, the 678th ADA Brigade completed the Table VIII Air Defense Artillery Fire Control Officer Certification in the European Theater, Gregory said. Beginning on July 15, the training started with a classroom portion to orient or refresh the trainees on

tactics, techniques and procedures for operating in a joint kill chain, Gregory explained. The class primarily revolved around the use of Patriot missile air defense assets interlaced with Air Force aircraft for defensive counter strikes. During the ADAFCO Table VIII training Soldiers were exposed to training environments that challenged and developed individuals, crews, and battery personnel to intermediate levels of proficiency in Patriot weapon systems. This is by no means an easy feat, as Soldiers assigned to Patriot units at the brigade level and below must be able to successfully pass evaluations through a series of collective events that provide a means for instilling crew integrity, teamwork, and unit cohesiveness. The 678th ADA BDE has two NCOs who were trained to complement their ADAFCO counterparts and are known as Air Defense Artillery Fire Control Assistants.

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With the Theater Air Control System, the Soldiers, Airmen and Marines served as the primary integration and deconfliction point for fighters conducting defensive counter-air, offensive counter-air, suppression of enemy air defense, and air defense artillery fire control during the exercise, said Gregory. Deconfliction between the control reporting centers and the air defense assets has improved immensely. “Being able to transition from a background in Short Range Air Defense to the Patriot missile system allowed me to understand how the air picture can change between the two systems,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Hecko, an air defense artillery fire control assistant, assigned to the 678th ADA Brigade, 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command. Air Defense Artillery Fire Control Officer teams were created during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 because of friendly fire that occurred in combat. The ADAFCO Table VIII certification validates the participating units’ ability to operate in combat and mitigate potential fratricides. “This training is unique because we have a much better opportunity to integrate with our Army Air Defense counterparts,” said Air Force Capt. Quincy Whitham, assigned to the 606th Air Control Squadron. “Training together, and knowing how to operate with the different services and realizing that integration is absolutely critical for the defense of Europe and our allies.” KAISERSLAUTERN

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Air Force removes administrative burden, allows pregnant, postpartum women to attend PME Story by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs and photo by Felix Herrera Pregnant and postpartum members may now attend professional military education without an exception to policy, and are also exempt from the requirement to have a passing fitness assessment prior to attending. Previous policy prevented pregnant women and women within their one-year postpartum deferment period from attending PME, creating an unintended barrier to their developmental milestones. “Empowering women to make a decision about the right time to attend PME, especially during or after pregnancy, is the right thing to do,” said Gwendolyn DeFilippi, assistant deputy director of Air Force manpower, personnel and services and strategic director of the Department of the Air Force Barrier Analysis Working Group. “These type of policy changes provide women flexibility to balance family planning and career progression; they help level the playing field. We’re committed to improving diversity, inclusion and belonging across the Department of the Air Force, and sometimes it’s hard to know what to do. Thanks to the Women’s Initiative Team and the work of the Diversity Task Force, we are able to implement meaningful changes that will help retain women in our ranks.” This change, in collaboration with Col. Ricky Mills, Squadron Officer School commandant at Maxwell Air Force Base,

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The Community College of the Air Force announced plans for a new degree program slated for launch in 2021. The new Associate of Applied Science in Military Technology and Applied Sciences Management degree is a flexible alternative for enlisted personnel serving in Air Force specialties lacking enough formal skills training to meet current degree program requirements.

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The MTASM degree also permits students to pursue a concentration in specific topics of compelling interest to the Department of the Air Force. Anticipated topics include areas such as space operations, cybersecurity and ethical leadership. In addition to developing this new degree program, CCAF has also made several academic policy changes regarding existing degrees. The following changes took effect April 1, 2020: • Reduced technical core requirement from 12 to nine semester hours • Discontinued awarding apprentice-level specialty internship credit (INT3000/ SDI3000) • Discontinued special duty internship credit • Replaced specialty internship credit (INT5000/7000) with upgrade training credit (UGT5000/7000) For more information regarding the new degree program and policy changes, visit https://www. airuniversity.af.edu/Barnes/CCAF/.

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Can’t-miss German day trips A-Z: Aachen by MilitaryInGermany.com Aachen is a beautiful university town packed with history, culture and outdoor activities for the whole family. Nestled next to Belgium and the Netherlands, the city (pronounced Ach-ken) offers a feeling that is sort-of German, sort-of Dutch-Belgian, and distinctly cool. There is a reason this was Charlemagne’s favorite place. Why Aachen? Other than experiencing the geeky joy of visiting somewhere that begins with two consecutive A’s, Aachen checks all the boxes for an excellent day trip. First of all, it is wonderfully walkable. The lovely downtown is not so big as to be overwhelming but not so small as to be underwhelming. The Marktplatz and city center offer plenty of window shopping, takeout restaurants and relaxing places to sit and watch the world go by. Aachen also has a surprising number of outdoor opportunities. Parks can be found nearly everywhere just outside the city center. Refreshing – and not overly strenuous – hikes are plentiful in the nearby Aachener Wald. If you have children or dogs, this is the perfect place to wear them out before the drive back home. With Aachen, of course, there is also history to consider. The One Thing You Have to See: Aachen Cathedral More than a millennium ago, Aachen was Charlemagne’s

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favorite city. Europe’s original Renaissance man loved it so much he made sure the Aachen Cathedral was built in time to bury him there. Even on a continent filled with jaw-dropping churches, this one still impresses. Plus, it positively reeks of royalty: 30 kings were crowned here. Getting there By car, Aachen is about three hours from Kaiserslautern, just over two hours from Wiesbaden, and just under four hours from Stuttgart. Aachen is also accessible by train. For U.S. government employees, including service members, remember to always follow command regulations, which may be different than host nation policies, when it comes to travel.

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What you’ll miss when you leave Germany… Story by Susan Melnyk MilitaryInGermany.com Although there are times when living in a foreign country is difficult and you’ll find yourself missing home, once you PCS out of Germany, there will be a pretty long list of things you’ll miss. I found this out the hard way over the past few months, when our tour in Germany ended and we were PCS’ed back to the U.S. After just two years in Germany, I had fallen in love with the pace of life and the perks I’d come to take for granted in our short time there. Here are a few of the things I think you’ll also miss when you leave Germany, and a little reminder of what you should take full advantage of while you are still stationed overseas. Happy travels!! 1) Shopping and grocery stores in walking distance If you lived off base in Germany, I can almost guarantee that you were within walking distance to a bakery, grocery store, or shops. Being able to walk to grab a little something for dinner or do a little window shopping is one of the great luxuries of being based in Europe. Leave the car at home and explore! Spend less time at the gym and more of it exploring this beautiful country. Unless you live in a larger city or right downtown in your town back in the U.S., its not often that you are close enough to walk to stores. 2) Bakeries. Oh you beautiful, beautiful German bakeries. Upon arriving at our new home station back in the U.S., I was excited to learn that there was a European bakery in town. Although the place is fantastic and has a wide range of options, nothing quite matches the first time you walk into a German bakery, large or small. The range and quality of the baked breads, cakes, and pastries in Germany (and the rest of Europe) are unrivaled on the other continents. Throw out the scale and enjoy them while you’re there! 3) Speaking of bread… Germans make the most incredible bread. The range of choices in even the smallest bakeries are mind-boggling and you could probably live in Germany for 10 years without trying all

the different kinds of breads and rolls. But you should try… you should definitely try!! 4) Free festivals There are not usually any admission charges for carnivals, fairs, and festivals in Germany. Most wine festivals and city fairs are free to wander through, only charging you for what you eat and drink. This gives you the opportunity to take in tons of events on a budget and is the perfect way to get out and mingle with the locals. 5) Sunday stores closed Okay, so when you first get to Germany and run out of groceries on Saturday night, you tell yourself you’ll grab some on Sunday at the local store. Been there? Yep… no dice. Closed, baby, closed. Sure, you can hit the commissary or PX, but you have probably cursed the Sunday store closures at least once. Here’s the thing (and bear with me just a second), you are going to miss that. Okay, so maybe at first, you’ll

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»» Family and MWR Community Expo in Baumholder: Whether you are new to the

area or you have called this part 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 as well as take advantage of the shopping available at the Bazaar on the Rock that 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, or many other prizes. Host nation guidance will be in place and strictly followed. For more information, visit Kaiserslautern.armymwr. com or Baumholder.armymwr.com. »» Pulaski Massage and Yoga Studio: Open seven days a week and conveniently located on Pulaski Bks, Bldg. 2899, stop by or call to schedule one of the many wellness services, including a variety of massages, Reiki and reflexology. Services are offered at the Pulaski location, and at Sembach and Landstuhl Fitness Centers as well. All appointments are by appointment only through the Pulaski location. 493-4156; 0631-3406-4156. »» SKIESUnlimited Drum Lessons: Don’t miss a beat: sign your child up for drum lessons today! SKIESUnlimited offers drum lessons for children that teach through performance, using basic patterns that will morph into the drum beats used in Rock 101 songs. Your child will be drumming with the band before you know it, as well as learning the basic rock beat and its variations as heard in many classic rock songs of the 60’s and 70’s. Fees are as follows: 30-min session is $25; 45-min session is $30; 60-min session is $35. Register through Webtrac or Parent Central Services. Classes are available every Tue & Thu between 4:45 and 7 p.m. For more information, contact Parent Central Services or SKIESUnlimited, 486-5412; 06371-86-5412. »» Auditions for Disaster!: Auditions for this calamity-filled 1970’s themed jukebox musical will be held Aug. 10 & 11 from 6-8 p.m. at the KMC Onstage Theater on Kleber Kaserne. (Bldg. 3232). Be prepared for a cold read as well as vocal auditioning along with learning short choreography. No experience necessary. Casting multiple roles, plus ensemble ages 18+ For more information, contact KMC Onstage, 483-6626, 0631-4116626. »» SKIESUnlimited Piano Lessons: SKIESUnlimited offers 60-minute piano lessons that incorporate individual instruction with interactive lessons on a workstation to help students learn how to play. Lessons are offered on Pulaski Bks., Bldg. 2895 and Landstuhl, Bldg. 3819 and are open to ages 4-18. Before registration, contact Mr. Link for a free evaluation class, placement and scheduling

at 0151-1796-1756 or bjlink@t-online.de. For more information, contact Parent Central Services, Rhine Ordnance Bks., Bldg. 162, 5419066; 0611-143-541-9065/9066/9067. »» SKIESUnlimited STEM/Engineering Monthly Classes: Introduce your children (ages 5-18)

with the fundamentals of engineering and involve them in opportunities to build electrical engines, working draw-bridges, fully functioning cranes and basic gear boxes. Engineering concepts such as using pneumatic principles and equipment will also be introduced. To get more information and to register, contact Parent Central Services, Rhine Ordnance Bks., Bldg. 162, 541-9066; 0611-143-541-9065/9066/9067. »» Baumholder Youth Summer ProSoc Academy Soccer Camp: Open to children starting as

young as three years age all the way up to 18 years old, this one-day soccer camp is a great way to encourage their love for the sport, no matter their age or skill level. Led by professional trainers, participants will improve and learn with soccer drills, skills, conditioning and fitness development. This one-day camp will be held at the Wetzel Skate Park Aug. 8 between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Each age group has varying length of training throughout the day. For more information or to register, contact Baumholder Parent Central Services, Wetzel Kaserne, Bldg. 8876, 531-3440; 0611-143-531-3440. »» SKIESUnlimited Summer Soccer Lessons:

Register your child (ages 2-16) now for summer soccer lessons with professional soccer coaches who have trained and played for years. Children will develop basic and fundamental age-appropriate soccer skills that all players need as well as tactics, formations and more. The goal is to help youth soccer players achieve their playing potential through proper skills, fitness and conditioning development. The focus is on having fun while learning about soccer. For more information such as camp dates and length or to register, contact Parent Central Services, Rhine Ordnance Bks., Bldg. 162, 5419066; 0611-143-541-9065/9066/9067. »» Contagious Comedy – An Evening of One Act Comedies: Auditions: Do you have what it

takes to make the room laugh out loud? Have you ever wanted to try acting on stage? One Act Auditions are for you, and are a great way to get first-hand experience. Be sure to make it to the auditions for these witty performances Aug. 17 & 18 from 6-8 p.m. at the KMC Onstage Theater on Daenner Kaserne (KCAC Building, Daenner Kaserne, Bldg. 3109). No experience necessary, just come prepared to have a cold read and get your shot at being cast for multiple roles and ensemble. For more information, contact KMC Onstage Theater, Kleber Kaserne, Bldg. 3232, 483-6626; 0631411-6626. »» Army Fitness Centers Available To Everyone:

Everyone eligible to use the fitness facilities now has access to the Army fitness facilities throughout the Baumholder and Kaiserslautern areas with each facility having individual capacity rules and hours. Family

rooms, water fountains, saunas, showers, locker rooms, and basketball courts are currently not available. To keep up to date with the most recent information concerning hours of operation, capacity, operational waves and more, visit Kaiserslautern.armymwr.com or Baumholder.armymwr.com for details. »» USAG Rheinland Pfalz Aquatic Center in Baumholder: Summer is here! The pool has

reopened with its original hours of Tue-Fri 6:30-8:30 a.m. for Mission and PT Swim, Open Swim from 2:30-7 p.m. Saturday is Open Swim from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sun, Mon & U.S. Holidays. Due to the current operation restrictions, there is a first-come-first-served policy in effect. Patrons have a total time of 90 minutes to swim, if needed. For more information, contact the Baumholder Aquatic Center, Wetzel Kaserne, Bldg. 8897, 5312904/2901, 0611-143-5312904/2901. »» Outdoor Recreation Campground: Get back to nature and go camping! Located off of Wetzel Kaserne near Rolling Hills Golf Course, ODR Campground areas are available for rent all year round. ODR has 40 RV sites, three group sites for up to 100 people, 3 yurts and the pavilion next to the driving range all available for rental. TV and group sites include fire pits and grills. Also, if you are looking for a great place to hold unit functions or events, check out our pavilions located at Soldier Park. Call Outdoor Recreation to reserve a space today. Smith Bks., Bldg. 8167, 531-2841, 0611-143-531-2841. »» All About You Spa Open: The All About You Spa, conveniently located on Smith Barracks (Bldg. 8076) adjacent to the Lagerhof Inn, is open by appointment only Mon-Sat from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Treat yourself to, or give the gift of massages, manicures, pedicures, facials and waxing by calling 531-2915 or 0611-143531-2915 to make an appointment. For a list of services and prices, visit Baumholder. armymwr.com/programs/all-bout-you. »» Clubs are Back: The anticipation is over and the clubs are back! All clubs in the USAG Rheinland-Pfalz from Baumholder to Kaiserslautern,(Armstrong’s Club, Kazabra Club, Landstuhl Community Club, Pinsetters’ Pub, Sembach CAC, and Tavern on the Rock) will enforce all COVID mitigation and hygiene rules. For more information about locations, operations hours or guidelines in place, visit kaiserslautern.armymwr.com or baumholder. armymwr.com. »» Warrior Zones in Kaiserslautern and Baumholder: The USAG RP Warrior Zones

are available in both the Kaiserslautern and Baumholder communities. Open to everyone 18 and over. Enjoy a modern and relaxing atmosphere with a bar, video games, movie viewing options, card games, events and more. (Sembach Kaserne, Bldg. 220: MonFri, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat-Sun, noon-8 p.m. and Smith Barracks, Bldg. 8218: Tue- Thu, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri & Sat, 2-10 p.m., closed Sun & Mon). For more information contact Sembach Kaserne Warrior Zone at 541-9110, 0611-143541-9110 or Smith Bks. Warrior Zone at 5312913/2912, 0611-143-531-2913/2912.

»» 1,000-km Biking Club: Outdoor Recreation

invites community members to keep track of the kilometers logged while biking the trails and roads of Europe as part of the 2020 Installation Management Command-Europe 1,000-Kilometer Biking Club Program. The program runs from May 1 to Dec. 31, 2020. Biked kilometers can be logged on any bicycle trail or road and is open to all U.S. ID cardholder bicyclists on all bikes, (home trainers and static bicycles DO NOT count). Participants ages 18 and older will be eligible to receive a jersey after completing the 1,000 kilometers. All kilometers must be recorded weekly and submitted to Outdoor Recreation for tracking purposes. For more information and to sign up, contact either Baumholder Outdoor Recreation, Smith Barracks, Bldg. 8167, 531-3401, 0611-1435-313401 or Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation, Pulaski Barracks, Bldg. 2905, 493-4117, 0631-34064117. »» Army Community Service (ACS) Now Open:

The Baumholder (Clinic Kaserne, Bldg. 8746) and Kaiserslautern locations (Kleber Kaserne, Bldg. 3210) now have their doors open for you. To maximize social distancing, please call in advance for an appointment. Appointments can be made at both Kleber and Baumholder by calling Mon-Wed & Fri from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thu from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Closed all holidays. For more information, please contact Kaiserslautern ACS on Kleber Kaserne at 541-9000, 0611143-541-9000 or Baumholder ACS on Clinic Kaserne at 531-2850, 0611-143-531-2850. »» Libraries in Kaiserslautern and Baumholder:

The USAG RP libraries at, Landstuhl, Kleber Kaserne, and Baumholder offer call-in/email book orders and pick-up service. Library materials can be picked up the next work day following the request with a ten-item limit per request. Returned items are promptly checked in after a quarantine period. To place a book order by email for Kleber Library, email usarmy.rheinland-pfalz.id-europe.list.kleberlibrary@mail.mil. Landstuhl email orders can be sent to usarmy.rheinland-pfalz.id-europe. list.library@mail.mil and Baumholder orders can be sent to usarmy.baumholder.id-europe. list.library@mail.mil. Hours of operation for each facility is as follows: Kleber Branch, Kleber Kaserne, Bldg. 3205, 483-1740, 06314-11-174, Mon-Fri from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Landstuhl Library, Landstuhl, Bldg. 3810, 486-7322, 06371-86-7322, Mon-Thu 10 a.m.5 p.m. & Fri 1-4 p.m.; Baumholder, Smith Bks., Bldg. 8332, 531-2841, 0611-143-531-2841, Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-3p.m. All facilities are closed on all holidays. »» Virtual Summer Reading Program: USAG RP Libraries are gearing up the much anticipated Summer Reading Program that has gone virtual this year! USAG RP Library Baumholder program dates are June 9-Aug. 31. USAG RP Branch Library Kleber and USAG RP Library Landstuhl dates are June 8-Aug. 14. For more information on how to sign up, contact your local library or go to Kaiserslautern.armymwr. com or Baumholder.armymwr.com.

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Unhinged (2020)

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Rachel is running late to work when she has an altercation at a traffic light with a stranger. Soon, Rachel finds herself and everyone she loves the target of a man who decides to make one last mark upon the world by teaching her a series of deadly lessons. Stars: Russell Crowe, Jimmi Simpson, Caren Pistorius Director: Derrick Borte

A Democratic political consultant helps a retired Marine colonel run for mayor in a small, conservative Wisconsin town. Stars: Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Chris Cooper, Brent Sexton, Will Sasso, C.J. Wilson Director: Jon Stewart

Max the terrier encounters canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a scary turkey when he visits the countryside. Luckily for Max, he soon catches a break when he meets Rooster, a gruff farm dog who tries to cure the lovable pooch of his neuroses. Stars: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart Director: Chris Renaud

Jake Blues, just released from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and his brother Elwood were raised. Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, John Candy, Carrie Fisher, John Landis, Frank Oz, Cab Calloway, Chaka Khan Director: John Landis

Scooby and the gang face their most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this dogpocalypse, the gang discovers that Scooby has an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined. Stars: Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs Director: Tony Cervone

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We summon the Darkness (2019) Three best friends embark on a road trip to a heavy-metal show, where they bond with three aspiring musicians and head off to one of the girls’ country home for an after-party. Stars: Alexandra Daddario, Keean Johnson Director: Marc Meyers

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Work it (2020) When Quinn Ackerman’s admission to the college of her dreams depends on her performance at a dance competition, she forms a ragtag group of dancers to take on the best squad in school...now she just needs to learn how to dance. Stars: Sabrina Carpenter, Jordan Fisher Director: Laura Terruso


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