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Volume 38, number 31
USecAF visits Airmen
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Staff Sgt. Christopher Spratt, 721st Aerial Port Squadron cargo processing supervisor, explains 721st APS capabilities to Under Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning, Wednesday on Ramstein. Fanning toured the KMC area during a multi-day stay viewing multiple aspects of the strategic capabilities Ramstein enables.
Air Force to change enlisted evaluations, promotions WASHINGTON — Air Force officials announced a series of sweeping changes to the Enlisted Evaluation System and Weighted Airman Promotion System July 31. The changes are intended to ensure the Air Force truly makes job performance the driving factor and will be implemented incrementally beginning in August 2014 and continuing through early 2016. Additional information and in-depth articles will be made available for each of the major program changes, prior to implementation, ensuring Airmen
are knowledgeable of and ready for the changes. “What gets measured gets done,” said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. “We want to make sure performance is the most important thing in every aspect of an Airman’s career, so the evaluation process is going to measure performance, and the promotion system is going to emphasize performance.” Weighted Airman Promotion System To do this, the Air Force plans to make several
modiﬁcations to the Weighted Airman Promotion System. The current WAPS calculation using the last ﬁve enlisted performance reports will be replaced by a model using a maximum of the last three EPRs, placing increased emphasis on an Airman’s most recent duty performance. Overall EPR points for WAPS will increase while time-in-grade and timein-service points will be reduced gradually over the next few years with the goal to remove them See PROMOTIONS, Page 3
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Ebola: What are the real risks?
by Lt. Col. Juan M. Ramirez Public Health Flight Commander Given the shear amount of information being broadcast via television, print, radio and the Internet, it’s easy to understand why many people have concerns over what is now being called “the largest epidemic of Ebola in history.” While true, we need to look at the current outbreak with a more critical view than what the news agencies provide. First, we need to understand the basics of the disease. According to the World Health Organization, the Ebola virus is a severe and usually fatal illness with a death rate of around 90 percent. However, with the current outbreak, early and aggressive medical treatment has lowered the case fatality rate closer to 60 percent. The illness affects only humans and nonhuman primates such as monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees. While unaffected by the illness, African fruit bats are thought to be the likely carriers of the disease. How does it spread? Ebola is transmitted only from close contact with blood, body secretions and organs of effected persons and animals. It is not spread through the air like tuberculosis or by droplet spray like the influenza, or also known as the flu. It is thought
that the current outbreak began from close contact with infected animals and / or consumption of “bush meat,” bat or primate. What are the typical signs and symptoms? Unfortunately, many of the initial signs and symptoms mirror many non-life threatening viruses. Generally patients exhibit sudden onset of fever, sore throat, headache, muscle pain and weakness. Signs that the illness is more than just the common flu include: vomiting, diarrhea, rash and, in some case, internal and external bleeding. The incubation period, or the time it takes someone from getting the disease to having symptoms, is between two to 21 days. A person is only contagious when they show symptoms. Am I at risk? In my opinion the risk here in Europe is very low. First, given the way the disease is transmitted, the persons at risk are usually loved ones caring for the sick and health care workers treating the ill. If you critically analyze the information coming from the media, you’ll notice that much of the disease spread is due to the local populations failing to understand the disease process as well as from mistrust of local government’s health initiatives meant to break the chain of infection. In developing countries where literacy is an issue, mistrust
*Surplus Supply* by Senior Airman Timothy Moore 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Members of the 86th Airlift Wing are taking the initiative to better manage the resources that they are in charge of through the Surplus Supply Lean Initiative. The Surplus Supply Lean Initiative was started at Ramstein last year as a way to re-utilize nonaccountable government purchase card excess items and has been headed up by the 86th Logistics Readiness Group here. “Those items are mostly office supplies, chairs, paper shredder oil and other like items,” said 2nd Lt. Adam Andrews, 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron, Readiness and Resources Flight commander. “We just got a list from one unit, and they had four bottles of excess paper shredder oil,
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which sell for $12 for a small bottle, that someone else can use. That’s $48 that the wing won’t have to use.” Units will be able to identify these items through Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize, Sustain, Safety, or 6S process. “6S was initially intended for manufacturing,” said Master Sgt. Tariq Abdullah, 86th VRS, Vehicle Operations Flight operations manager. “For the purpose of Surplus Supply Lean Initiative, we extrapolated some of its processes to give units a systematic approach to identify excess untracked GPC items.” Each unit should have a representative to help them with the 6S process. Units will sort and tag the items that they need for everyday missions. When they straighten, they will organize and arrange the work centers. Then, they will shine
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of preventive medicine protocols such as isolation and quarantine, while medically warranted, is usually poorly received and often ignored. Secondly, given the heightened awareness of the disease at international airports, the probability of Ebola spreading out of West Africa is again pretty low. A person who’s very sick and contagious would likely be identified prior to travel. Also, those who are not yet ill are also not contagious. If they happened to make it on a plane and land in a major city, one would anticipate that health care professionals at the new location act quickly and appropriately. Are we doing anything locally to monitor the potential spread of Ebola? A core mission of units such as Ramstein Public Health and our Preventive Medicine counterparts at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and the German Health Departments are tasked to monitor and protect the health of our populations. We work together to assess global health events and ensure our base leadership and beneficiaries have the most accurate information available. For additional information refer to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention website at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/ or the World health Organizations at http://who.int/csr/disease/ ebola/en/
and clean up the areas. Once that is done, the representatives will help standardize the process to prevent regression and sustain the program by training others. Of course, safety is always key and foremost throughout the entire process. After completing the 6S process, units will be able to list their excess items on a SharePoint site where other units have the option to claim them and save their unit and the wing money. The site is tentatively scheduled to be up from Aug. 12 to Oct. 12, the time of the fiscal year when units may be out of these small items but may not have the funds to purchase them. Though the items may seem like insignificant purchases by themselves, the numbers can add up quickly when looking at the number of purchases a wing such as the 86th AW can make on nonaccountable items. Last year, the wing saved an estimated $30,000 using this method. “Bottom line up front, we are redistributing the 86th AW non-accountable GPC items from units that aren’t using them to units that could use them and saving the wing money,” said Andrews.
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PROMOTIONS, from Page 1 completely. Analysis at the end of each cycle will determine if there are any unintended consequences from these changes. This same model will be applied to the first phase of a new master sergeant promotion process scheduled for implementation next year. Airmen will complete their WAPS testing and have their test scores combined with their other weighted factors, which include EPRs, decorations, timein-grade and time-in-service points until the latter two are eliminated over the next few years. The top 60 percent of Airmen, by WAPS score within each Air Force specialty code, will move forward to the second phase, where their records will meet an evaluation board similar to the boards currently in place for our senior NCO promotions. Enlisted Evaluation System In addition to WAPS changes, Airmen will see new EPRs and new processes for completing those reports. The Airman Comprehensive Assessment introduced in July built the foundation for these changes by providing a tool and process to improve communication between supervisors and subordinates. Three new EPR forms, which closely parallel the ACA, will be introduced for chief master sergeants, senior NCOs and technical sergeants and below. The latter two EPR forms will also include a section for promotion recommendations. “The purpose of the enlisted evaluation system is to accurately document duty performance so we can have honest performance-based discussions
with our Airmen,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III. “Unfortunately, over time the system has become inflated and a great majority of Airmen have become a ‘firewall five,’ which makes it very difficult to differentiate our very best performers.” Chief master sergeant evaluations will now be accomplished on a unique EPR form intended to capture overall performance and provide the opportunity to recommend chiefs for future roles. The new form will also serve as the senior rater’s process to nominate chief master sergeants for the Air Force’s Command Chief Screening Board, replacing the current nomination process. Initially, the Chief EPR will be a test form and used only for this year’s Command Chief screening board to be held in September, with full implementation in 2015. To complement the new forms, the Air Force will also modify Enlisted Evaluation System policy. Static, or fixed, annual closeout dates for each rank tied to active-duty promotion eligibility cut-off dates will be introduced for all Airmen starting this November. The Air Reserve Components will follow the same static cutoff dates as active-duty personnel but will implement changes over the next 30 months due to biennial reporting requirements. This will eliminate the need for “change of reporting official” evaluations which will be replaced by letters of evaluation. The static closeout dates also support new forced distribution and senior rater stratification restrictions. For technical sergeants and below, forced distribution will limit the number of top promotion recommendations a unit commander is authorized
to give to promotion eligible Airmen; those not eligible for promotion will receive an assessment of performance without a promotion recommendation. For senior NCOs, stratification restrictions will limit the number of stratifications a senior rater may give to their master sergeant and senior master sergeant promotion eligible populations. These changes will help curb inflation and ensure accurate assessments by comparing, and ranking, an entire group of Airmen, by grade, at a single point in time. New active-duty promotion eligibility cut-off dates for promotions to master sergeant and technical sergeant along with changes to the testing windows for those testing for promotion to master sergeant will occur this fall to support the new master sergeant promotion process and the new forced distribution requirements. “This is the most comprehensive update to enlisted evaluations and promotions in nearly 45 years,” said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody. “Our enlisted leaders have worked closely with the Air Staff and (major command) commanders to design a system that truly recognizes and rewards Airmen based firmly on their performance.” While WAPS and its forthcoming changes are exclusive to the active-duty component, the enlisted evaluation system changes are a total force initiative and will be incorporated into the Reserve and Guard components. Additional information and in-depth articles on each of the major changes will be released prior to each program’s implementation. (Courtesy of Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs)
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Reported Larcenies JULY 31
9:30 a.m.: A minor trafﬁc accident and ﬂeeing the scene were reported in Kaiserslautern. 12:30 p.m.: An assault was reported in Schwedelbach. 7:45 p.m.: The operation of a USAREUR plated vehicle with an expired registration was reported on Pulaski Barracks. 9:45 p.m.: Self-harm was reported in Oberstaufenbach. 10:50 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Spesbach.
7:30 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Birkweiler. 8 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Bruchmühlbach-Miesau.
7 a.m.: A house break-in and larceny of private property were reported in Schönenberg-Kübelberg. 4:30 p.m.: The possession of a prohibited weapon was reported at the Vogelweh commissary. 5:17 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Schwedelbach. 8 p.m.: Theft from a motor vehicle was reported in Rodenbach.
11 p.m.: Theft from a motor vehicle was reported in Bruchmühlbach-Miesau.
6:30 a.m.: Larceny of private property was reported on Sembach Kaserne. 11:25 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Kaiserslautern. 11:30 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Saarbrücken. 4:49 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Queidersbach. 11:10 p.m.: A house break-in and larceny of private property were reported in Kindsbach.
» Kindsbach: Three pearl necklaces, three hematite neck laces, one pair diamond earrings, one garnet cross necklace, one diamond ring, various other jewelry items and one iMac computer. » Sembach Kaserne: One Michael Kors watch.
12:38 p.m.: Shoplifting was reported at the KMCC. 3 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported at the KMCC. 4 p.m.: Self-harm was reported in Landstuhl.
2:04 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Landstuhl. 2:28 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Einsiedlerhof.
A planned demonstration denouncing NATO military actions, aircraft pollution and other concerns will take place 7 to 8 p.m. Monday in Kaiserslautern’s pedestrian zone near Stiftskirche. Violence is not expected, however it is recommended that all personnel avoid this event, as with all protests or areas of civil unrest. If assistance is required, call German Polizei at 112 or the 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron at 0631-536-6060/8005.
2:09 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Sembach. 5:40 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries resulted in a fatality in Winnweiler. 6:29 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Kaiserslautern.
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Ramstein Air Force Association, Chapter 507 will sponsor a “Dancing with the Stars” beneﬁt gala 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Ramstein Ofﬁcers’ Club. Interested dance competitors should contact Chief Master Sgt. Robert Lovett at 480-7711 and Sandra Johnson at 4806035 by Wednesday. Training sessions will be Wednesdays at the Ramstein Community Center. Price for the black tie event is $30. Funds will support the Wounded Warrior Project.
» Rodenbach: One 60 GB 1st generation iPod and one iPod Nano » Bruchmühlbach: One vehicle registration » Schönenberg-Kübelberg: Two wrist watches, one iPad, one iPad mini, one camera, one Apple TV, one safe containing tax documents and an unknown number of collector coins.
Team Ramstein Hispanic Heritage Committee will meet 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, 19, 21, 26 and 28, and Sept. 2, 16 and 30 in the U.S. Air Forces in Europe chaplain conference room, Bldg. 562 on Ramstein. For more information, call 480-5862 or 480-0977.
8:15 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Frankfurt. 4 p.m.: A minor trafﬁc accident and ﬂeeing the scene were reported on Landstuhl.
Ramstein Dental Clinic will sponsor a walkin mouthguard clinic 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Aug. 16 in Bldg. 2114.
Bazaar Round-Up Social
The Ramstein Ofﬁcers’ Spouses Club will meet for a Bazaar Round-Up Social 9:30 a.m. Aug. 27 at the Ramstein Ofﬁcers’ Club. Meet new friends, and learn all about how the upcoming bazaar beneﬁts the community. Make reservations by Aug. 21 at www.ramsteinosc.org. The event will include a barbecue buffet with berry cobbler for dessert, door prizes and a Golden Ticket drawing. For more information on the Ramstein Welfare Bazaar, visit www.ramsteinbazaar.org.
Cycle for STEM
KMC Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Chapter 158 will host Cycle for Sciene, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Aug. 16 to 18. Passionate cyclists will revel in the challenge of pedaling 230 km from Bonn, Germany to Ramstein on the Rhine Cycle Route. All Cycle for STEM proceeds help the AFCEA Educational Foundation provide scholarships and grants to deserving STEM students and teachers. Registration fee is $100 and includes two nights camping, two breakfasts, two lunches, and water and snacks along the ride. There will be support teams available
to transport all gear. Each rider will need to raise a minimum of $250 in sponsorship. For details, call Master Sgt. Todd Weingeroff at 480-3435 or Master Sgt. Paul Vinson at 4783737, or email email@example.com or visit www.afcea.org/events/cycleforstem/14/ index.asp.
The Hispanic Heritage Committee Golf Tournament will take place Aug. 28 at the Woodlawn Golf Course on Ramstein. Entry fee is $50 per person and $40 for course members. Registration starts 6:30 a.m., start time is 8 a.m. Players and teams must sign up by Aug. 25. For more information or to register, call 478-1726 or 479-2516.
USO will offer a free new orientation tour, “Welcome to Kaiserslautern,” Aug. 19. Newcomers will depart 8 a.m. from the Vogelweh Bowling Center and 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 get many 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. Other dates will be Sept. 27, Oct. 18, Nov. 11 and Dec. 6.
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Preventing pesky pests with passion by Airman First Class Michael Stuart 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Stuart
Senior Airman Jonathan Roland, 786th Civil Engineer Squadron pest management journeyman, handles a wasp’s nest July 29 on Ramstein. Pest management conducts base-wide inspections, preventative maintenance and gets rid of unwanted pests on the installation.
Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Stuart
The weed seeker is a machine with a few sensors that detects the exact location of weeds while driving over an area. The 786th Civil Engineer Squadron herbicides 2,400,000 square yards on the flightline, protecting 28 aircraft worth about $21 billion.
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dom inspections on a monthly basis to ensure roaches, mice and rats aren’t lingering in the Ramstein facilities. Pests might be small in size but can ultimately cause bigger problems for the base or any facility they’re occupying. For the pest management career field, Ramstein has the largest shop in U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa with a staff of two civilians and seven Airmen to serve more than 55,000 people in the Kaiserslautern Military Community. The pest management office caters to the Air Force’s second largest family housing program with nearly 2,000 on-base family housing units, 16 dormitories and 1,486 dorm rooms. Despite having a large area of responsibility to maintain, the 786th CES continues to do their part in keeping Ramstein pest free.
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There’s a team of Airmen on Ramstein who help get rid of unwanted visitors anyone may have while trying to get the job done. Their mission is to eliminate pests that might be hindering yours. “While Airmen and civilians try to complete their daily mission that might get interrupted by insects, roaches, rats and bats, it’s our job to prevent them from stopping or slowing down the mission.” said 786th Civil Engineer Squadron pest management journeyman, Senior Airman Jonathan Roland. During the colder months, pest management completes 20 to 30 work orders and during the warmer months, they complete 70 to 85. A work order could consist of eradicating a wasp’s nest from the darkest corner of a basement or trying to catch a wild animal scampering around the base. “One time I had to chase a fox on a playground at the [child development center],” said Airman 1st Class Gollie Felder, 786th CES pest management journeyman. “There was a crowd of kids and adults and it seemed like we were putting on a show for the kids. My co-worker kept falling while we were chasing it, and it was embarrassing but funny at the same time. It was pretty entertaining.” The pest management team said they could come across anything when completing a job. “What I love about this job is there’s something new every day,” said Roland. “Here, anything could happen. An aircraft could come in from downrange and have rats, snakes or some kind of crazy, insect problem.” The team ventures out to public restaurants and educational facilities to do preventative maintenance. They inspect a total of 62 food handling facilities and complete base-wide ran-
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Dominance through precision measurement by Senior Airman Timothy Moore 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Precision is a part of everyday life, whether an Airman realizes it or not, and the members of the 86th Maintenance Squadron Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory ensure the accuracy of equipment used by several commands that operate in Europe, Africa and Asia. As the largest PMEL in the Air Force, the shop supports more than 400 work centers under the U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Central Command, U.S. European Command and the U.S. Transportation Command by calibrating 14,000 items that require quantitative measurements. “We deliver accurate equipment to
the warfighter and support every major weapon system in the Air Force,” said Chief Master Sgt. Craig Niemann, 86th MXS PMEL flight chief. PMEL does this by maintaining the precision of those 14,000 items to within one percent of the accepted standards. This ensures that Airmen using those items get the expected results when using them. “For people that don’t know what we do, I always use the example of pumping gas,” Niemann said. “When you go to the gas pump, how do you know you are getting five gallons of gas? How do you know it’s not four?” The laboratory is separated into three sections, with each one specializing in a specific focus of calibrations. The sections are named after the
technical orders the PMEL technicians use to perform their calibrations. The K1K8 section deals with alternating and direct current measurements. This section focuses more on the devices that actually perform the measurements on other devices, including those used by PMEL. “When a civil engineer plugs in a multimeter to see if he turned off the power and looks at the voltage he gets out, he’s depending that when that meter says there is no voltage there actually isn’t any,” Niemann said. The K3K4 section works more with instruments that measure vibrations and oscillations. Ramstein’s K3K4 section is one of only two shops in U.S. Air Forces in Europe that possesses a vibration calibration system. This system is used to ensure items like velocity sensors, which can aid maintenance Airmen in monitoring aircraft engines and pro-actively replacing parts, work properly. Then there is the K5K6 section which handles the physical measurements such as temperature, pressure and weight. This section does approximately 70 percent of the work that the Ramstein PMEL handles. Some of the items they calibrate include load scales used to accurately measure cargo before it’s loaded onto aircraft. This
Photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore
Senior Airman Dustin Wood, 86th Maintenance Squadron Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory technician, runs a vibration calibration on a velocity sensor July 30 on Ramstein.
section also houses one of two infrared target simulators in the Air Force. The IR target simulator helps attune the tracking of certain missiles. “We support on- and off-base work centers,” said Senior Airman Steven Jara, 86th MXS PMEL technician. “We support nearly everything except medical, however, we do provide support for biomedical technicians.” Depending on the item, calibration can take anywhere between 30 minutes to up to two weeks for larger, more complex systems; and, though PMEL’s job varies greatly, it is that aspect of their job that keeps them focused on the calibrations they are performing. “Before I joined the Air Force and learned about the job, I honestly didn’t think anything about accuracies,” Jara said. “It’s something we don’t normally think about daily, but it’s critical for us when a small error can mean a lot of trouble for many.”
24. International Music Festival
15. – 17.08. 2014
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Louis Sclavis Atlas Trio Maxim Mathias Eick Quintet DePhazz
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Photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore
Staff Sgt. Amy Smith, 86th Maintenance Squadron Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory technician, cleans the connectors on a fuel quantity test set July 30 on Ramstein. As the largest PMEL in the Air Force, the shop supports more than 400 work centers under the U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Central Command, U.S. European Command and the U.S. Transportation Command by calibrating 14,000 items that require quantitative measurements.
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16th SB’s 106th Finance virtually trains four detachments by 1st Lt. Henry Chan 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – The 16th Sustainment Brigade’s 106th Financial Management Support Unit received realistic virtual simulation training that showed their strengths and weaknesses in financial support and convoy operations July 17. It was the first time the 7th Army’s Joint Multinational Simulations Center used virtual training simultaneously across multiple locations. Through the Virtual Battle Space 2 program, the JMSC staff was able to connect multiple sites for this training. “With our ongoing military pay, disbursing missions and supporting (international missions), it is difficult to spread between Baumholder, Kaiserslautern, Grafenwoehr and Vicenza,” said Maj. Scott Francis, 106th FMSU commander. “At any given time, 25 percent of (the 106th FMSU) is at one of the four spots in Germany or Italy.” Deployed finance units typically operate in areas with a low financial support infrastructure. Few Soldiers
will frequently travel by air or ground convoy to directly support an area of operations. “Looking at an environment such as Iraq, you have a large battlespace and an organization that provides (financial) support to a designated area,” said Francis. “Units have to request support of finance, whether it is for Soldier care, making casual payments for Soldiers to purchase necessary items, processing pay entitlements. You still get out to those forward (bases) where they do not have those robust infrastructure like the larger bases.” Francis specifically chose relatable scenarios that would challenge junior leadership with communications. The unit was placed in a scenario to execute a string of simulated-finance missions code-named “Operation Fund” at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo. Each detachment dispatched tactical convoys in reality to the JMSC training areas to tie reality in with virtual training. It took less than an hour for the truck crews of finance Soldiers to learn how to control their virtual avatars in the computer network, and the JMSC crews began the simulated mission.
“It’s not very often that Soldiers of Bravo Detachment are able to train concurrently with their counterparts. This gave (us) an opportunity to fine tune (our) tactical communications and established (procedures), while being placed in a digitally geographic specific terrain location,” said Capt. Gina Burgett, B-Detachment 106th FMSU commander in Kaiserslautern. The four detachments were required to work simultaneously, including funding multiple pay agents, executing casual pay operations, pay inquiries and interacting with local nationals. The VBS2 is a desktop computer-based simulation program that resembles popular “first-person shooter” games but has all the functions and commands to help train Soldiers on field communications and tactics before field training. “This is the first time we’ve connected VBS2 between all four sites,” said Edward Rykard, Chief of Tactical Gaming at the JMSC. “We have a major integration effort going. We’re taking the VBS2 system and connecting it to other physical virtual systems.”
Rykard explains that other physical virtual systems, such as the Aviation Combined Armed Tactical Trainer or the Reconfigurable Vehicle Tactical Trainers, are complex training systems with projection screens and laser simulation weapons. As the first to use virtual training resources to close the geographical gap, the 106th FMSU’s training was “just one more milestone that we’re marking off in being able to connect all systems,” said Rykard. “A commander is getting an opportunity to see all four of his locations operating together, and it’s basically not costing us anything,” said Rykard. “They are driving vehicles, and we’re not paying for fuel. They are engaging targets, and we’re not paying for any bullets.” The 106th FMSU commanders ended the day’s exercise through video telecom conferences agreeing that they needed further training with their communications within the unit. Since this exercise, the 106th FMSU has scheduled eight followup appointments with the JMSC staff to continue virtual training.
Photo by Brandon Beach
Fernando Gomez, a customer service representative with Bravo Detachment, 106th Finance Management Support Unit and a native of Houston, Texas, operates a Humvee across a virtual battlespace using a steering wheel, brake and gas pedal during a training exercise on Panzer Kaserne July 17. Similar training took place simultaneously with other 106th FMSU detachments at Grafenwoehr, Germany and Vicenza, Italy. The entire exercise was set up by the 7th Army’s Joint Multinational Simulations Center and coordinated by Headquarters, 106th FMSU out of Baumholder.
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7th CSC Family Programs hosts FRG conference
by Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Chlosta 7th Public Affairs Office
With the war in Iraq over and the war in Afghanistan winding down the U.S. Army and, in particular, the U.S. Army Reserve is undergoing a significant transformation to remain ready and relevant in the future and so are Army Reserve Family Programs. ARFP and their subset responsibilities including the family readiness groups have played a significant supporting role to Soldiers, military families, friends and their loved ones since 9/11 as the military deployment op-tempo has motored forward at a blistering pace. With that in mind, more than 20 7th CSC Soldiers, civilians, family members and spouses descended on the Kaiserslautern Community Activities Center Aug. 1-3 for an ARFP-led FRG conference and training titled: “Training for FRGs in a New Era.” “The course is designed to provide FRG volunteers with the knowledge, tools and skills required to establish and maintain an effective FRG,” Gary Gnidziejko the 7th CSC Family Programs director said. “Participants will explore the definition and mission of an FRG.” The participants learned about FRG operations, regulatory guidance and how to support Soldiers and Families during their entire life cycle. Also, “participants will be able to recognize the various roles and responsibilities of the command team and volunteers,” he added. Day one dealt with registration, administrative details and an introduction to FRGs in a new era. “It is important to bring training to the service-
members and family members of the 7th Civil Support Command,” said James Cousar the training manager for ARFP and a Fort Bragg, North Carolina resident. “When you get a group this large and bring the training to them, it is cost effective and lets them know they’re still part of the team. It helps to build the relationship and connectivity with USARC [U.S. Army Reserve Command] and the subordinate commands. Not only that, they are motivated. This is the first time we’ve been over here in the last five years.” The second and longest day of training included classes on family days in a new era, operational security, outreach and communication, volunteer management and the passport to learning. “Training is going well, a lot of valuable information,” said Capt. James O’Keefe, operations officer, 209th Digital Liaison Detachment, 7th CSC, a Sioux City, Iowa native and the family readiness group liaison for his unit. “Their subject matter experts can speak to the topics. From a command perspective it is spot on. The information and regulatory guidance provided is either reinforcing what I already knew or at the same time dispelling some of the myths of what FRGs can and can’t do. The makeup of the participants is a good mix of experience including FRLs [family readiness leaders], commanders and volunteers. Some of the volunteers have six days experience and others up to 10 years.” The three days of training also had breakout sessions that covered FRG use of social media, telephone/email chains and newsletter development. The third and final day of the conference was a wrap up with instruction on FRG informal funds, values in action and team time before closing remarks.
Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Chlosta
Shelia Brigham Jones, training specialist assigned to Army Reserve Family Programs and employed by Choctaw Contracting Services and a resident of Nashville, Tenn., teaches a class on family readiness group outreach and communication Aug. 2 in the Kaiserslautern Community Activities Center during an ARFP-led FRG conference and training event.
“My goal is to support military families with life skills and information education,” Sugin Musgrave, a volunteer with the 7th CSC Headquarters and Headquarters Company FRG and a native of Detroit, Michigan, said. In the past, Musgrave, who is an Air Force spouse, has been a volunteer with a similar type of Air Force program called “Key Spouse.” “There are a lot of things I can take from this training,” Musgrave said. “This has given me information on the Army’s values and the protocols for their FRG programs.”
Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Chlosta
Left to right, Ron Sampson, family readiness group leader, 361st Civil Affairs Brigade, 7th Civil Support Command and a resident of Frankfurt, Germany; Maj. Kedra Segler, the medical readiness liaison officer, Medical Support Unit-Europe, 7th CSC and unit family readiness liaison and a New York native ; Sugin Musgrave a volunteer with the 7th CSC Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Family Readiness Group and a native of Detroit and Anja Seidl the FRG leader for HHC, 7th CSC and a native of Erlangen, Germany look over materials Aug. 2 in the Kaiserslautern Community Activities Center during an Army Reserve Family Programs-led FRG conference and training event titled: “Training for FRGs in a New Era.”
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FAMILY & YOUTH
Free Nutcracker 5K Family Fun Run/Walk
BINGO! For Back to School Prizes
National Aviation Day at Ramstein Library
The Southside Fitness Center is getting the excitement started for the upcoming 50th Ramstein Welfare Bazaar with a free run/walk on 6 September! Registration begins at 0800, race will start at 0900. The first 100 participants will receive a t-shirt! For more details, please call 06371-47-0295.
Ramstein Community Center’s Strike Force Comedy presents Improv Explosion on Saturday, 16 August! Doors open at 2000, show starts at 2030. Join us as our specially trained team of Improv Comedians blows you away with their hilarious antics based on YOUR suggestions! Tickets are $8, $5 for E-4 or below. Call 06371-47-6600 for more information.
Hogs, Rods and Rock! Motorcycle & Auto Show
LIVE music, food, games for the whole family, prizes all day and more! Don’t miss this all day event at the Ramstein Enlisted Club parking lot on Saturday, 9 August. Family entertainment will begin at 1200. Shine & Show at 1600, BBQ all day from 1200-1900 and live music starting at 1900. The day finishes with the Shine & Show Trophy Presentation is at 2000. For more details and to sign your ride up online visit www.RamsteinAutoShow.com
TRAVEL & ADVENTURE Ramstein Tickets & Tours
Champagne Region of France, 9 August Strasbourg, 14 August
Ramstein Outdoor Recreation Belay Certification Class, 10 August Women’s Climbing Night, 11 August
Fill up those back packs with lots of cool prizes from the Ramstein Community Center’s Back to School Family Bingo Night on 15 August. Doors open at 1730, games start at 1800 in Bldg. 412. Cards are $5 each and only $1 for the U-Pic-Em game. Fun for the whole family!
Celebrate National Aviation Day at the Ramstein Library on 19 August from 1000-1030, where you can learn all about airplanes, enjoy a special story time and make crafts with special guests from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. FREE!
Chili’s Grand Re-Opening!
Join us for the GRAND Re-opening of Chili’s at the Enlisted Club on Monday, 18 August at 1100. Now you will have two great locations to get all of your favorite appetizers, entrées, desserts and more! Come join us at either one of our great Ramstein restaurants… Chili’s Like No Place Else!
Corn Hole Tournament!
Grab a teammate and head over to the Vogelweh Community Center Bldg. 2059 to compete in their Corn Hole tournament on 22 August, games start at 1800. Cost: $10 per team, for adults 18 and older.
Come join the Ramstein Aquatic Center for float night on Saturday, 9 August from 1700-1845. Enjoy a relaxing evening floating on the water. Bring your own personal floatation devices or use one of ours. SPECIAL: Root Beer Floats will be available at the snack bar for only $0.75! Only the cost of entry applies.
For more events and information, visit us at www.RamsteinFSS.com · 06371-47-9983
*Federal endorsement of sponsors is not intended.
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Second star for vice commander
panky’s off-leash tour
Photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane
Maj. Gen. Christopher Bence, 3rd Air Force vice commander, has his family pin on his new rank during a promotion ceremony July 29 on Ramstein. Bence was recently selected as the vice commander by Gen. Frank Gorenc, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander. He is coming from his position as the USAFE-United Kingdom commander.
Building a new culture of health Story and photo by Kimberly Parker 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Physical resilience is not just about physical ﬁtness, but also includes maintaining a healthy weight and optimal nutrition to be able to accomplish the mission and enjoy life. Health Promotion, formerly known as the Health and Wellness Center, is one tool available to help strengthen physical resilience. Health Promotion is undergoing restructuring, focusing more on capabilities and less on a health facility. Regardless of the changes, they still offer several tools and resources to help keep Airmen healthy and resilient. “We still serve anyone who walks in – active duty, civilian, local nationals, etc.,” said 2nd Lt. Lindsey Leitz, 86th Aerospace Medical Squadron nutrition program manager. “The main products we offer now are nutrition classes and tobacco cessation.” Nutrition classes offered include Healthy Eating, Hypertension and Heart Health. Health Promotion is also refocusing outreach efforts to promote a culture of healthy living. “We are available to speak at commander’s calls, group sessions or training days and each presentation can be tailored to ﬁt the needs of the unit,” said Leitz.
Leitz explained that it is not uncommon for some to experience weight gain during a PCS or when ﬁrst arriving at a new duty station. “There are lots of new, good foods or sometimes the stress of moving can cause weight gain which is why we offer a class speciﬁc to the Ramstein area called, ‘Eat This, Not That,’” said Leitz. The class discusses local restaurants and how to choose healthier options while dining out, making smarter purchases at grocery stores and even discusses dining at the dining facilities. In addition to the classes, Health Promotion will still have the Bod Pod available by appointment. The Bod Pod more accurately measures body fat percentage. “The Bod Pod is the gold standard in measuring body fat percentage,” said Leitz. “You may not always see results on a scale immediately, but you can see a positive change in body fat percentage by tracking it with the pod.” Leitz said one of the biggest challenges many face when starting a nutrition plan can simply be sticking with that plan. “Behavior change is hard, but keep trying. It is important to set up good habits now, that way during more stressful times, like a PCS, you have a plan in place to stay healthy,” she said. “Be sure to use
Second Lt. Lindsey Leitz, 86th Aerospace Medical Squadron Nutrition Program Manager, uses mock food to demonstrate the proper serving sizes July 28. Health Promotion, formerly known as the Health & Wellness Center, offers several nutrition classes including Healthy Eating, Hypertension and Heart Health.
your resources and don’t be afraid to ask questions. We are here to help.” During Health Promotion’s transition period, the best way to contact them is through email, 86AMDS.HAWC@ramstein.af.mil. Calendars with class information are posted in the lobby or on Facebook - Ramstein HAWC.
Unscramble this phonetic alphabet
INDIA | HOTEL | DELTA | TANGO | ROMEO | ALPHA | CHARLIE | UNIFORM | VICTOR | WHISKEY
Capt. Spanky in the German capital
Recipe of the week: Italian Noodle Salad Servings: 6
Hello all! Capt. Spanky here with another review from an amazing adventure. Now, I have to put my paw on my nose and hang my head in shame to admit this, but it has taken my human and I more than a year of living in Germany to visit its capital, Berlin. Now I wish we hadn’t waited so long. I’ve been to many capital cities before, but nothing is quite like Berlin. It is amazing to walk the streets of Berlin, watching this insanely busy city operate, and think of all the history there. Now it is a thriving city ﬁlled with theaters, museums, restaurants and dozens of other
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fun things to do, but that wasn’t always the case. It is a city that has survived oppression, destruction and some of the worst atrocities in history. While we were there we got a chance to see it all, witness the history through the memorials and museums, visit the sites and take part in life in modern Berlin. There are more things to see in that city than my little paws can type about, so I will leave it at this … If you’re stationed here in Germany, and never make it out to Berlin, you should be more ashamed than I was to admit it took so long to get there.
Ingredients: 4-5 liters water 2-3 teaspoons vegetable broth granules 500 grams penne pasta noodles 500 grams cherry tomatoes 250 grams mozzarella cheese 6 slices mortadella* or bologna 1 medium onion 2-3 cloves garlic 1 bundle parsley 1 bundle basil 8 tablesp. white wine vinegar Salt & white pepper 1-2 teaspoons sugar 4-6 tablespoons olive oil 100 grams black olives Instructions: In a pot, bring 4 to 5 liters of water to a boil. Add in the vegetable broth and the noodles. Cook for 10 minutes or until done. Strain the noodles, but keep about 1/8 liter of the broth. Wash the tomatoes and slice them. Cube the mozzarella cheese. Roll up
the bologna and cut into thin slices. Peel and finely shop the onion and the garlic. Wash the herbs, pat dry and then finely chop them. Mix together the vinegar, 6-8 tbsp of the leftover broth, onion, garlic, herbs, salt, pepper, and sugar. Whisk in the oil. Add in the pasta, meat, tomatoes, cheese, and olives and coat well. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour before serving. If needed add more salt, pepper, or broth. Tip: Serve with a chilled white wine. * Mortadella is an Italian cured sausage, resembling bologna in size and appearance. It is made of pork that is first ground and then mashed into a paste, and may get its name from the Roman word for ‘mortar’. A mortar and pestle were once commonly used to crush meats, fruits and grain. In addition to pork meat, mortadella is studded with pork fat and spiced with pepper. Mortadella was and is still most frequently produced in Bologna, Italy. An estimated 160,000 tons are consumed in Italy each year.
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Photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield
Senior Airman Brian Rodriguez and Airman 1st Class Kyle Taylor, 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron aerial delivery specialists, inspect a cargo parachute before it gets folded July 23 on Ramstein. Airmen of the aerial delivery department prepare different types of cargo parachutes and goods for air drop support missions around the world.
Deployment, distribution unit uses diversity for mission readiness by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Packing equipment, weighing shipments and inspecting cargo chutes is all in a day’s work for members of 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s Deployment and Distribution Flight. The D-Flight consists of Airmen from the aerial delivery department and distribution division who help deliver cargo to and from locations around the globe. The “Port Dawgs” of the aerial delivery department are taken out of their normal element of being an aerial porter and are placed in a role that requires them to learn a completely different aspect of their job: folding, building and inspecting cargo chutes. According to Master Sgt. Ira Hearen, 86th LRS combat readiness section chief, these Airmen, who are made up of multiple career fields, get an experience of a lifetime. “Roughly 10 percent of [aerial port Airmen] become rigger qualified and have a chance to work aerial delivery, and around five percent of those will become certified on all tasks,” said Hearen. “I tell the Airmen in my section to enjoy this job while you can, because you may not be assigned to an LRS unit again.” Being in a section that not many “Port Dawgs” get to be in, means they learn new tasks from start to finish. Hearen explained that within their department they have Airmen who
build pallets for cargo drops. The Airmen build crates painted with designs honoring prisoners of war, past aerial port Airmen and more intricate graphics like foosball tables to complete the mission. Some Airmen are even taken straight out of technical training and are pushed into an unfamiliar territory to learn skills they may not be prepared for, said Airman 1st Class Kyle Taylor, 86th LRS aerial delivery specialist. He said his first nine months in the operational Air Force challenged his work performance. “My time in the Air Force has been rewarding, because there is a lot on the line; but this job helps build confidence,” said Taylor. “We do rigger checks where someone else has to [inspect cargo chutes] (to ensure they are folded correctly). After a while, you learn what to look for and make sure it’s right.” The 86th LRS has the only aerial delivery section in U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, which means the 19-member crew supports not only missions at Ramstein but also in deployed locations. “My Airmen are the best,” said Hearen. “They take great pride in doing this job and knowing that things won’t go wrong with their equipment.” Airmen in the distribution division part of D-Flight take care of the largest and busiest traffic management office in USAFE-AFAFRICA. The Airmen directly affect the overall Air Force mission by shipping goods that
range from equipment repair to rations for deployed military. The 34 members of the distribution division deliver approximately 120,000 cargo shipments from Ramstein, 26 geographically separated units, Stuttgart and Wiesbaden to destinations around the globe. “Everything that comes through here can directly affect [Department of Defense] missions around the world,” said Senior Master Sgt. Jerald
Hollingsworth, 86th LRS distribution division superintendent. “We aid missions like special operations, support with high priority and broken down maintenance repair, and all of it can come through our office.” Airmen of the 86th LRS D-Flight are using the diversity of career fields to become a stronger unit. Whether it’s packing cargo chutes or shipping equipment, the Airmen complete the job one mission at a time.
U.S. Army Europe welcomes new deputy commanding general U.S. Army Europe welcomed its new Deputy Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Walter E. Piatt today after he departed his previous assignment as the commander, Joint Multinational Training Command in Grafenwoehr. Piatt replaces Maj. Gen. Richard Longo who retired in a ceremony July 22, after 34 years of service. Piatt has served in numerous assignments all over the world, including tours in Korea, Panama, Hawaii and Alaska. He also completed several operational deployments, including Suriname, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Brig. Gen. Piatt published two books from his experience in Afghanistan. Piatt’s other recent assignments include the 52nd Commandant of the United States Army Infantry School and Chief of Infantry, Fort Benning, Ga., and the Deputy Commanding General – Support, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.
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Family and MWR Happenings
Warrior Zone Need for Speed Shift Races August 9, 7 p.m. Come out for this racing tournament played on the PS3! Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. No registration is required for this free event. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information, contact the Warrior Zone, 485-7339 or 06783-6-7339.
Child, Youth and School Services F.E.E.T (Friends Exploring Europe Together) Trip to Saarbrücken August 18, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Learn about the Baumholder community, enjoy a German breakfast, learn to use the local bus and German rail system, travel to Saarbrücken and tour the old city and shopping district, and shop and dine in one of the area’s largest shopping malls! Open to all middle and high school students. Sign up no later than August 15 through Wetzel Teen Center, Bldg. 8875, 485-6810 or 06783-6-6810.
Baumholder Library Back-to-School Story Time August 20, 2 p.m. Get in the mood to go back to school by attending this special Back-toSchool Story Time! Children, ages 5-10, and their parents are invited to attend a fun story time where they will read books about going to school and make German Schultüten. There is no sign-up required. Smith Bks., Bldg. 8332, 485-1740 or 06783-6-1740.
Sports and Fitness Women’s Equality 5K Run/Walk August 22, 9 a.m. Put your running shoes on, it is time for another community run! The run will begin at Hall of Champions Fitness Center. Categories are male, female and youth under 18 years of age. Awards will be presented to the top three per category. Those who would like to run but not compete may participate for free. You may pre-register at Mountaineer Fitness Center or on the day of the event beginning at 8 a.m. For more information, contact the Sports Office, 485-6671 or 06783-6-6671.
BOSS (Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers) Community Yard Sale August 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Do you have stuff that you would like to sell for a little bit of extra money? Come and sell it at the BOSS Community Yard Sale at Soldier Park on Smith Barracks. Tables may be rented for $10 each. Reserve your table in advance by contacting the Warrior Zone, 485-8298 or 06783-6-8298.
Trip to Pula, Croatia August 29-September 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: August 25. To sign up, contact BOSS, 485-6228 or 06783-6-6228.
Find out more online: baumholder.armymwr.com
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Crossroads: Legend of the white eagle
Photo by Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton
An Air Force C-130J Super Hercules prepares for loading and takeoff July 29 at Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania. Deployed from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, to Powidz Air Base, Poland, the Super Hercules and Airmen from the 37th Airlift Squadron have been working with NATO partners to maintain joint readiness and build interoperability capabilities through dedicated training.
by Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs POWIDZ AIR BASE, POLAND — There once was a tale of three brothers, Lech, Čech and Rus, who all lived in a small village. As time passed, their families grew to such a size that the town could no longer support them, so they set out in different directions to find a new home. Rus went to the east, while Čech travelled west. Lech, however, ventured north to see what fertile lands waited for him. One day, while hunting, Lech came upon a magnificent, but fierce, white eagle protecting its nest from intruders. Surprisingly, the eagle flew off, its white feathers reflecting the deep red of the setting sun. He took this sighting as a good omen and founded the settlement of Gniezno, “the eagle’s nest.” Today, nearly a thousand years later, the skies above Poland are alive with another magnificent beast. Twenty miles from where Lech founded the
former capital of Poland, two C-130J Super Hercules from the 37th Airlift Squadron out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany broke through the clouds above Powidz Air Base, their matted gray frames glistening white in the afternoon sun, July 28. “We represent America’s forward presence, postured alongside our proven indispensible European partners,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Bill Tice, detachment commander at Powidz. “Together, we are ensuring our security, protecting our global interests and bolstering economic bonds.” The ties that bind Poland and the United States together run deep. During the American Revolution, Count Kazimierz Pułaski, a Polish nobleman, fought alongside the Colonists, distinguishing himself during battle and even saving the life of George Washington. Due in no small part to his incredible military prowess, Pulaski is remembered as “the father of the American cavalry.” Continuing the long-standing tra-
dition of shared commitment and close cooperation, Airmen are diligently working with the Polish air force throughout this flying-training deployment to maintain joint readiness and build interoperability capabilities. “The Polish are modernizing their air force, and we are here to assist as we can,” said Maj. Micah Chollar, 52nd Operations Group Detachment 1 director of operations. “The border between the east and west has moved, and Poland is the new edge. We are working together to develop Poland into a stronger ally and NATO partner. By strengthening them, we strengthen ourselves.” From a bird’s eye view, the unique terrain of Poland offers Airmen an opportunity to proficiently develop airdrop training and paratrooper skills, while simultaneously training pilots to safely touch down on unimproved landing zones. “This has been an amazing opportunity for our Airmen,” said Tice. “The benefit of training with other nations
far outweighs the benefits of training independently. We stand to learn so much from the people of Poland, as well as offer our own unique insights.” Quite fittingly, after Lech and his family founded Gniezno, they came to be known as Polonians, which means, “people of the field,” a people who have welcomed the American presence in their country with open arms. “The people are incredibly friendly,” said Chollar. “We share common values and, in some aspects, a common history. I think they can relate to us better from our physical presence here and commitment to this mission.” As Airmen of the 37th AS continue to build partnerships with the people of Poland and hone their skills through intense training, they also represent something more. “Through strengthened relationships and engagements with our Allies, the United States and NATO demonstrate a shared commitment to a peaceful, stable and secure Europe,” said Tice.
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Education Notes Starting Oct. 1, all personnel requesting tuition assistance are required to have uploaded their electronic Degree Plan into their education record in the Air Force Virtual Education Center site accessed through the Air Force Portal. Meet with your schoolâ€™s academic adviser for your e-Degree Plan and then take the time to upload your courses. For assistance or for more information, contact the education center.
SKIESUnlimited music lessons are designed to teach all levels and abilities. Voice, piano, music, and violin lessons are available for children and youth ages 18 months to 18 years. Children and youth will participate in recitals. For more information contact: Parent Central Services, Pulaski Barracks, Bldg. 2898, 493-4516/4122 or 06313406-4516/4122; Family and MWR One Stop Shop on Landstuhl, Wilson Bks., Bldg. 3810, 486-8943 or 06371-86-8943.
Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling Service counselors will start two newcomers transition groups over the summer in the Ramstein Middle School MPH building. One group is for high school students and the other for middle school students. For more information, call 06371-47-3196 or email
Michael.email@example.com or shelly.green@ eu.dodea.edu.
Shakespeare for Young Actors
Shakespeare for Young Actors is an intensive approach to the spoken language of performance using Shakespeare as the benchmark. Students will be taught to speak in â€œElevated Standardâ€? or â€œmidAtlanticâ€? English with special emphasis on diction and elocution. Students will gain an understanding of the usage of â€œverseâ€? vs. â€œproseâ€? in literature and performance. Class dates are: Sept. 8 to Oct. 2, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays. Students will perform in An Evening of One Acts Oct. 3 to 5 and 17 to 19 with a possible additional performance on Oct. 10 to 11. Cost is: $150 per student and $100 per additional child. Open to ages 10-18. For more information or to enroll, contact KMC Onstage, 483-6626 or 0631-3406-6626, Kleber Kaserne, Bldg. 3232.
Computer-assisted piano class
SKIESUnlimited offers a computer-assisted piano class to help students learn how to play piano. Students receive both a 30-minute individual lesson and a 30-minute interactive piano lesson at a workstation with a stand-alone computer. Students are asked to bring piano books and other teaching materials that they may have if they have had piano instructions before. This class is offered Mondays and Thursdays
on Pulaski Bks., Bldg. 2901. Open to ages 4-18. To register, contact Parent Central Services, Pulaski Barracks, Bldg. 2898, 493-4516/4122 or 06313406-4516/4122; Family and MWR One Stop Shop on Landstuhl, Wilson Bks., Bldg. 3810, 486-8943 or 06371-86-8943.
Driverâ€™s Education for students
IMCOM-Europe is proud to announce the availability of a comprehensive driverâ€™s education program for High School students in Europe. It is made possible through a collaborative effort and contract with the German National Federation of Driving Instructors (Fahrlehrerverband). Do not miss out on this incredible opportunity for teens! For more information, and to register call: Parent Central Services, Pulaski Bks., Bldg. 2898, 493-4516/4122 or 06313406-4516/4122 or Family and MWR One Stop Shop on Landstuhl, Wilson Barracks, Bldg. 3810, 486-8943 or 06371-86-8943.
Wuzuquan Kung Fu
Students will develop physical and mental skills while learning a 500-year old practice called Kung Fu. Open to ages 5-18. For class offerings, times and prices, contact Parent Central Services, Pulaski Bks., Bldg. 2898, 493-4516/4122 or 0631-34064516/4122 or Family and MWR One Stop Shop on Landstuhl, Wilson Barracks, Bldg. 3810, 486-8943 or 06371-86-8943.
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Services are held at Kaiserstrasse 16 A, Einsiedlerhof WORSHIP HOURS: Sunday 10 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Family Night
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â€˜First in Supportâ€™ leaders participate in soccer tournament for PT
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Lutheran Church 8:30 am Worship & Holy Communion Childrenâ€™s Church available
Meeting in Ev.-Luth. St. Michaelis Church, Karpfenstr. 7, 67655 Kaiserslautern E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0631-64327 for directions. www.KELC.eu Scott Morrison, Pastor
Sunday Worship Gatherings at 9 & 11 a.m.
community church Keeping it real, relational and relevant
August-SĂźssdorf Strasse 8 Ramstein-Miesenbach 06371- 407 808 email@example.com www.frontlinecommunity.org
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