February 20, 2015
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Volume 39, number 7
KMC receives COLA decrease by Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
ervice members in the KMC will notice a pay decrease effective March 16 based on the results of a recent cost of living allowance survey and Retail Price Schedule study. The COLA index for all KMC members will decline by two points; however, the COLA decrease will vary from person to person based on individual categories, resulting in less pay for KMC members.
“There are many factors that go into how much COLA an individual receives,” said Senior Airman Richard Narvaez, 86th CPTS ﬁnancial service journeyman. “The pay difference will depend on time in service, number of dependents, marital status and so on. It won’t be the same for everyone.” The RPS study and COLA survey are conducted annually to adjust COLA values based on the cost of living in the area. “The RPS is used to compare the price of goods and services overseas with the average prices for equivalent goods and services in the U.S.,” said Master Sgt. Kevin Hazen, 86th Comptroller
Squadron chief of customer service. “The result of this comparison is an index that reﬂects a cost of living.” The exchange rate is also a determining factor in how COLA ﬂuctuates. “COLA will constantly change since it will adjust to how well the U.S. dollar is doing compared to the euro,” Narvaez said. “It’s best to understand the types of services that banks offer that will most closely match the current exchanges.” For more information on COLA, visit www. defensetravel.dod.mil/site/colaCalc.cfm or contact your base ﬁnance ofﬁce.
75-day leave carry-over ends Sept. 30 by Debbie Gildea Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
Photo by Senior Airman Damon Kasberg
Commander signs Military Saves Week proclamation
Passenger terminal connects Airmen around globe, Page 9
See LEAVE, Page 3
Military Saves Week: Commit yourself to saving money and organizing your finances.
Tip of the Week
Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente, 86th Airlift Wing commander, signs a Military Saves Week proclamation Feb. 13 on Ramstein as Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten III, 86th AW command chief, looks on. Military Saves, a component of the nonprofit America Saves and a partner in the Department of Defense’s Financial Readiness Campaign, seeks to motivate, support and encourage military families to save money, reduce debt and build wealth. The proclamation declares Feb. 23 to 27 as Military Saves Week, encouraging service members to set financial goals.
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIORANDOLPH, Texas — Effective Sept. 30, military members will no longer be able to carry more than 60 days of leave into the next ﬁscal year, in accordance with 2013 National Defense Authorization Act requirements. Unless they are approved for special leave accrual, regular Air Force and Active Guard Reserve, or AGR, members who have more than 60 days of leave must use it or lose it by Oct. 1, 2015. The 2010 NDAA included a provision that allowed members to carry up to 75 days of leave forward to the new ﬁscal year because of limited leave opportunities tied to deployments and other mission requirements. The 2013
Dental squadron brightens Ramstein smiles, Page 11
Ramstein celebrates annual Fasching parade, Pages 20 & 21
February 20, 2015
An open letter to my Airmen — AGOW style COMMENTARY
by Col. Christopher Barnett 435th Air Ground Operations Wing
hen I came on board 20 months ago, it did not take long for me to realize the Air Ground Operations Wing, and then subsequently the Air Expeditionary Wing, are like no other wings I have ever been associated with. The AGOW has over 1,200 Airmen from 81 career fields spread across three continents, which are unbelievably effective at executing our five mission areas: expeditionary airfields on demand, joint airpower integration, multitheater operational support and sustainment, premier specialty training, and building partnership capacity. In Africa, we have over 900 deployed Airmen employing expeditionary airpower and ensuring
access through base operation support-integrator; personnel recovery; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and remotely piloted aircraft operations. Last year had no shortage of surprises. The crisis with Russian separatists in Ukraine and the Ebola outbreak in Africa were unexpected challenges, and our two wings were tasked for both events. This is despite the fact that AGOW was already performing over 130 operations in 54 countries, training over 3,000 security forces, civil engineering, services and personnel Airmen, while supporting over 100 exercises around the area of responsiblity. It was a busy year, to say the least, and you collectively rose to the challenge and surpassed all expectations. We live in an age of fiscal constraint; however, it is also an age of opportunity. Our Airmen are smarter than ever, and their expertise and
creativity are what keeps the mission going. Airmen like Tech. Sgt. Robert Grotefend was a crucial member of the 435th AMS team that created the Landing Zone Program. This program generated 10 certified LZ surveyors and eight certified LZ operators, giving U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa its first organic capability to perform these functions — all with a zero manpower cost to the command and savings on the order of $25,000 per survey. Senior Airman Jose Torres engineered a do-it-yourself solution to drainage issues we were having at one of our sites in Africa. Thanks to his out-of-the-box thinking and fabrication skills, the site now has working washers and dryers — a huge quality of life win for folks living in austere conditions. Family is the foundation of our success. We have a great Air Force
family, but I have to highlight our spouses and children, who forfeit so much of their wants and needs for us. I cannot overstate how much they do for us behind the scenes to help make the mission go. Our 2014 Key Spouse of the Year, Alicia Barnett (no relation), led the “Books for Africa” project, which provided books and journals to an Ethiopian village. That, just as much as the missions our air advisers execute, builds partnership capacity. As we continue through 2015, there is no doubt that our AORs will continue to have strategic importance to the United States and its allies. So, here is my challenge to you. Stay light. Stay lethal. Continue to execute the mission with the excellence that only you can, but remember to take care of yourselves, your peers and your families. I am humbled to be associated with you, and I cannot wait to see all of your future successes.
Carter takes office as 25th defense secretary by Cheryl Pellerin Department of Defense News, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON — Ash Carter became the 25th secretary of defense Feb. 17 after having served previously as deputy defense secretary, defense acquisition chief and assistant secretary for global strategic affairs. President Barack Obama nominated Carter for the position, calling Carter an innovator and a reformer who knows the Defense Department inside and out. “On Day One, he’s going to hit the ground running,” the president said. At his Feb. 4 Senate Armed Services
Committee confirmation hearing, Carter described the work that lies ahead for him and the department. “I think we are in a time where the number and severity of risks is something I’ve not seen before in my life,” he told the Senate panel. For Carter, the job will include dealing with coalition responsibilities in Afghanistan and Iraq, and what he described as “the malignant and savage terrorism” emanating from turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa. He’ll also take on what has become a reversion to what he’s called oldstyle security thinking in parts of Europe, long-standing tensions and
rapid changes in Asia, a continuing imperative to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and dangers in new domains such as cyber. Carter’s own expertise, experience, travels and interests in defense and national security have prepared him precisely to deal with these challenges and more. As former Sen. Joe Lieberman said in introductory remarks during Carter’s hearing, “It would really be hard to find someone to serve as secretary of defense who combines as much practical Pentagon experience with so deep a background in national security policy as Ash Carter.”
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NDAA extended that provision through the end of fiscal year 2015. “Airmen need to be aware of the change so that they can plan leave accordingly and ensure their leave balance is 60 days or fewer by the end of the fiscal year,” said 1st Lt. Nate Strickland, Air Force Personnel Center special programs branch chief. “Even if you don’t have more
Kaiserslautern American than 60 days now, by Sept. 30, you may accrue enough leave time to be over the limit.” Some Reserve members could be affected as well, said Lt. Col. Belinda Petersen, Air Reserve Personnel Center public affairs. “All Reserve members accrue leave when they are on active-duty orders for 30 days or longer, and Active Guard Reserve members accrue leave the same way regular Air Force members do, so the extension
expiration will affect them,” she said. “If you aren’t sure whether or not you’re affected, you should talk to your supervisor, or contact your military personnel section for information.” Members who have approved special leave accrual are exempted from the use-or-lose rule, Strickland said. Special leave accrual approval is for members who couldn’t use their leave
Page 3 because of a national emergency, crisis, catastrophe or national security situations. “SLA is only granted when Airmen cannot take leave under those circumstances,” the lieutenant said. For more information about military benefits, i.e., leave or other personnel issues, visit myPers. Air Force retirees who do not have a myPers account can find instructions to create an account at www.
retirees.af.mil/shared/media/ document/AFD-120510-068. pdf. Editor’s note: SLA will automatically start for members deployed to a HFP/IDP area for a continuous period of at least 120 days. For other situations (i.e., catastrophe, national emergency or crisis or operations in defense of national security), it must be approved by the wing commander. For more information, reference AFI36-3003.
Airmen earn 1,671 college credits during CLEP-a-thon Story and photos by Senior Airman Damon Kasberg 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
ust as people gather to begin the first steps of a marathon, hundreds of Airmen from Ramstein Air Base flocked to the National Testing Center to earn 1,671 college credits during the CLEP-a-thon Feb. 9 to 13. The weeklong event gave Airmen the opportunity to test for college credits that go toward their Community College of the Air Force degree or any upper-level degree an individual might be working on. “I had never taken a CLEP before this week, and now I’ve completed 28 college credits,” said Airman 1st Class Jasmine Hunt, 693rd Intelligence Support Squadron cyber system operator. In order to earn their CCAF degree, Airmen must complete 64 credit hours. Although the journey may seem long to some, the CLEP-a-thon allowed Airmen to complete as many credit hours as they wanted and helped Airmen sprint to their CCAF goal instead of slowly strolling. College Level Examination Programs and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests are based on the premise that some individuals enrolling in college have already learned part of what is taught there. These programs allow individuals to demonstrate their college level learning by taking examinations that assess the knowledge and skills taught in college courses. “By taking and passing a CLEP or DSST exam, students can earn their degree much faster,” said Michael Jones, 86th Force Support Squadron education services specialist. “A great example of this is Airman Hunt. During this last CLEP-a-thon, she earned over 25 college credits. This is just about the equivalent of one year of college, and she did it in one week.” To add a little competitive edge to the CLEP-athon, the Ramstein Education Office had Airmen write their name on a bulletin board every time they passed a test to see which squadron could have the
Airmen wait their turn to test during a CLEP-a-thon Feb. 13 on Ramstein. The weeklong event held by the education center gave Airmen the opportunity to take CLEPs and DSSTs on the spot with more than 700 tests being completed and 1,671 college credits earned. The credits earned go toward the individual’s Community College of the Air Force degree or any upper-level degree they may be working toward with the convenience of not having to schedule test dates weeks in advance.
most Airmen earn credits. After five days of testing, the results are in. The 86th Security Forces Squadron had the most Airmen participate, and they passed a total of 40 tests. “There were more than 700 tests given throughout the week, and it was great seeing so many people participate,” Jones said. “While the CLEPa-thon may be over, anyone can still sign up to take a test. As long as they are command-sponsored, it does not matter what branch of military they fall under.” Though the CLEP-a-thon has ended, unlike a marathon, the race to seek knowledge and better oneself never ends. Airmen are still able to schedule test dates for any course they wish to earn credits for by contacting their on-base education center.
Names of Airmen who’ve successfully passed a test during a CLEP-a-thon hang on a board Feb. 13 on Ramstein.
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Reported Larcenies FEB. 13
Elschbach — One jar of approximately €300 in change and two rings.
10:15 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported on autobahn A63.
9:45 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported on autobahn A63. 3:52 p.m.: An assault consummated by battery was reported on Vogelweh. 4:40 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported on autobahn A62.
3 p.m.: Breaking and entering and larceny were
3 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Landstuhl. 2 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Rodenbach. 6:45 p.m.: A major traffic accident with injuries was reported in Kaiserslautern. 7:05 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Kaiserslautern. 11:41 p.m.: Indecent exposure was reported in Kaiserslautern.
Military Saves Week Info Fair
Monday to Feb. 27 is Military Saves Week. In honor of this week, Army Community Service will host a Military Saves Info Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Heaton Auditorium at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. The info fair will feature information from several community counterparts, such as the Airman & Family Readiness Center; Army Substance Abuse Program; USO; Women, Infants, Children Overseas; Service Credit Union; Community Bank; and more. There will be three ﬁnancial classes: Basic Investing, 11 a.m.; Financial Readiness, noon; and Traveling on a Budget, 1 p.m. These classes will teach useful information about managing and making the most of your money. There is no registration required for this free event. Take the “savers pledge” online at www. militarysaves.org. For details, visit www. kaiserslautern.armymwr.com.
Black History Month
The 86th Airlift Wing African-American/ Black History Month committee will sponsor the following events: • Reading program “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture,” 11:50 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. today at Ramstein Elementary School. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org. • Art display and music showcase, 2 p.m. Saturday in the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center food court. For more information, email email@example.com. • Health expo, 2 p.m. Feb. 28 in the KMCC food court. For more information, call 480-4480 or 480-2721.
Kaiserslautern — Four watches, multiple rings and multiple necklaces.
reported in Elschbach.
• Baumholder’s indoor swimming pool will be closed for annual maintenance until Feb. 28 with a tentative reopening date of March 3. This is annual preventative maintenance that helps to ensure a safe and healthy swimming environment for all patrons. For details, call 4857093/6575 or 06783-6-7093/6575.
7 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported on L-363.
3:58 a.m.: An assault was reported in Kaiserslautern. 5:20 p.m.: Breaking and entering and larceny were reported in Kaiserslautern. 9:20 p.m.: An Eagle Eyes tip was reported in Kaiserslautern.
• In an effort to better serve the beneﬁciaries of the 86th Medical Group, the Ramstein Clinic announced its closures due to U.S. holidays and mandatory training. Closures are as follows: March 12 (MDG training day); April 3 (family day); April 9 and May 7, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (MDG training days); May 25 (Memorial Day); June 11 (MDG training day); and June 12 (family day). This forecast will be amended when applicable. As the clinic improves its processes, it welcomes customer feedback. To provide feedback, contact Maj. Janelle Quinn, 86th MDG group practice manager, at 479-2687 or janelle. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cuddeback memorial run
The 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron Booster Club will sponsor the fourth annual A1C Zachary Cuddeback Memorial 5K run at 9 a.m. Feb. 28 at the Ramstein Southside Fitness Center. Pre-register no later than today by emailing email@example.com. Entry fee is $20. For registration after today, entry fee is $25. For details, call 480-7635.
The City of Kaiserslautern will be cutting trees on roads L502 and K6 between Kaiserslautern-Espensteig and Breitenau. For this reason, the road will be blocked until March 13. Detour signs will be posted.
CFC-O coin design contest
The annual 2015 Combined Federal CampaignOverseas Coin Design Contest is underway and open to all Department of Defense employees and their family members. The contest is held to create a 2015 CFC-O coin design that embodies the spirit of the campaign: “Give because you care.” The chosen design will be featured on a commemorative coin distributed to select contributors during the 2015 CFC-O this fall. Coin design submissions for the 2015 campaign season will be accepted from eligible participants (ID card required for veriﬁcation) electronically in JPEG or PDF formats through
March 15. Interested designers can obtain detailed instructions and submission guidelines at http://cfcoverseas.org/sites/cfcoverseas.org/ ﬁles/2015 Coin Design Contest Flyer.pdf.
The Ramstein Air Force Association will sponsor “Dancing with the Stars,” a beneﬁt gala, at 6 p.m. April 18 at the Ramstein Ofﬁcers’ Club. Interested competitors should contact Senior Airman Josiah Austin at 0160-91381564.
Dental volunteer program
The Ramstein Dental Clinic will start the next American Red Cross Dental Assistant Volunteer Program April 20. The course is full time for seven months (from 6:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays). This program is open to dependent ID cardholders with a high school diploma or equivalent. Applicants must attend the mass brieﬁng at 3:30 p.m. March 30 at the Ramstein Dental Clinic, Bldg. 301. Interviews will be conducted April 1 and 2. Notiﬁcation of selection will be announced April 3. Participants will in-process April 6 through 17. Applicants need to be dedicated, motivated and up-to-date on all immunizations. Further information, applications and interview slots will be given at the mass brieﬁng. Volunteers are full time from start date. For more information, call Master Sgt. Jessica McNabb at 479-2096 or 06371-46-2096, or Tech. Sgt. Lynn Bradshaw at 479-2210 or 06371-46-2210.
Sleep, pain research study
Do you have problems with sleep and pain? If you are 18 or older, a Landstuhl Regional Medical Center beneﬁciary and have had problems with pain and sleeping for three months or longer, you may be eligible to take part in a study using ear acupuncture for insomnia and pain. Participation is voluntary and conﬁdential. For more information, call 590-4059/5641, 06371-9464-4059/5641 or 0174-375-6086, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Airmen train to save lives Photos by Senior Airman Armando A. Schwier-Morales
Senior Airman Juan Arce, 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron technician, listens to a preflight briefing Feb. 6 on Ramstein. Arce and other 86th AES members took to the skies to test and hone their skills during a check ride sortie.
Staff Sgt. Nicholas Evans (left), 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron ground crew member, and Staff Sgt. Drew Bivens, 86th AES technician, carry a litter with medical equipment onto a C-130J Super Hercules Feb. 6 on Ramstein. The 86th AES ensures their Airmen are ready to be called upon at any time with training sorties, such as the one in which Evans and Bivens participated.
Mannequins sit on the flightline and await their ride on a C-130J Super Hercules as part of a training sortie for the 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron Feb. 6 on Ramstein. Using mannequins is just one of the ways the 86th AES ensures its training is as realistic as possible.
Staff Sgt. Kelsey Carli, 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron technician, installs a station to hold up litters Feb. 6 on Ramstein. Carli is configuring a C-130J Super Hercules for an aeromedical evacuation training sortie.
A C-130J Super Hercules is prepared by aeromedical evacuation crew members Feb. 6 for a training sortie on Ramstein. The crew reconfigures the aircraft for aeromedical evacuations in less than one hour to ensure take-off times are met.
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ARMY NORTH conducts external evaluation of 7th CSC’S 773rd CST Story and photo by Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Chlosta 7th Civil Support Command
Capt. Jon Underberg, survey team leader, 773rd Civil Support Team, 7th Civil Support Command, gives an initial mission brief Feb. 6 during an Army North Training Proficiency External Evaluation of the 7th CSC’s 773rd CST’s unit readiness to respond to a real-world Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear event, Feb. 2 to 12.
Outside in blustery, cold wind and freezing temperatures, Army North conducted a Training Proficiency External Evaluation of the 7th Civil Support Command’s 773rd Civil Support Team’s unit readiness to respond to a real-world Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear event, Feb. 2 to 12. The scenario evaluated on Feb. 6 involved possible criminal activity and radioactive material. “We are being evaluated on our ability to react to an incident,” said Staff Sgt. Shawn McKenna, site survey team leader with the 773rd
CST. “It would be weapons of mass destruction or a chemical spill. “We will determine the radioactive material source and identification,” McKenna continued. “We will use our detection equipment to locate and ID the radioactive isotope.” Capt. Jon Underberg, survey team leader, 773rd CST, gave an initial mission brief before the team launched their site survey mission. ARNORTH evaluates the 773rd every 12 to 18 months, he said. “They’re doing an external evaluation,” Underberg said. “They are here to validate our unit for real-world CBRN missions.” Underberg’s initial brief included a See evaluation, Page 10
Eight chaplains, one team: Kaiserslautern’s Chapel Next by Christian Führer Chapel Next volunteer In 1996, two Protestant chaplains at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, developed a novel form of contemporary Protestant worship. Their idea was to put more emphasis on the needs of young military families and to provide a Christ-centered spiritual experience in a come-asyou-are worship atmosphere. Barely four years later, the new concept became known as Chapel Next, a designation it retains to this day. In the summer of 2012, a Chapel Next service was initiated at Kaiserslautern’s Daenner Chapel by Chaplain (Col.) Marc A. Gauthier, who at that time served as the 21st Theater Sustainment Command command chaplain at nearby Panzer Kaserne. The new service soon attracted people from all walks of contemporary Protestant life in the KMC. Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Douglas L. Prentice, 21st TSC deputy command chaplain and current senior pastor of Chapel Next at Daenner Chapel, said the service focuses on “connecting with God, connecting with each other and connecting others with God. Many people in today’s military look for authenticity in faith, for a house of worship where they can meet fellow believ-
ers and experience Christ’s unconditional love in a casual atmosphere.” Isaac S. Smith, a long-time Kaiserslautern resident who has been attending Protestant services at Daenner Chapel for many years, added, “Once the new service had started, the congregation began to grow with people coming from all over the community. It is encouraging to see people from many different backgrounds coming together for prayer and worship.” No fewer than eight chaplains from U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz units are part of Chapel Next’s pastoral team with each chaplain holding responsibility for a particular activity. While most of these chaplains “were raised in different Protestant traditions, they build on the common platform of the Chapel Next worship concept and thus form a genuine team,” said Chaplain (Capt.) Joshua H. Kim, Special Troops Battalion, 21st TSC. Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Douglas C. Swift, U.S. Army NATO, who is also part of Chapel Next’s pastoral team, said, “Chaplains take turns preaching on Sundays, but all agree on the fundamentals that define Chapel Next: down-to-earth, scripturebased, authentic preaching that imparts a key message.” Chapel Next offers a wide
range of activities in which to get involved. Apart from small group gatherings, breakfast fellowships, a fellowship meal on the first Sunday of the month, children’s church during worship services, and a vibrant contemporary music and worship ministry, Chapel Next encourages members to join community-wide Christian activities, such as Club Beyond, Protestant Men of the Chapel and Protestant Women of the Chapel.
From time to time, Chapel Next members support outreach projects sponsored by other organizations in the community. “Last fall, we volunteered with the Kaiserslautern Kindergraves Memorial Foundation to clean up the graves of American military children buried on Kaiserslautern’s main cemetery between 1952 and 1971,” said Mary Migala, Chapel Next parish and religious
education coordinator. “It was a wonderful activity that brought together more than 20 members of our congregation and a great outreach opportunity that helped us minister to other parts of the community.” Chapel Next services begin at 10 a.m. every Sunday, and child care is provided. More information on the Chapel Next program at Daenner Chapel can be found at www.facebook.com/ chapelnextdaenner.
Contestants play during the 86th Airlift Wing African-American History Month Committee’s 21-point coed basketball competition Feb. 14 on Ramstein. All participants received a free T-shirt, draw-string gym bag, mini basketball and a prepaid phone card for attending.
Master Sgt. David Allen, 24th Intelligence Squadron unit training manager, catches a rebound during the basketball competition Feb. 14 on Ramstein. Allen had been eliminated earlier in the competition, but used a $20 Army and Air Force Exchange Service gift card consolation prize to buy back into the game.
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Contestants fight for a rebound during the 86th Airlift Wing African-American History Month Committee’s 21-point coed basketball competition Feb. 14 on Ramstein. This was the first year the committee held this type of event. All participants received a gift for attending.
AAHM makes slam dunk at Ramstein Photos by Airman 1st Class Tryphena Mayhugh
Contestants compete during the 86th Airlift Wing African-American History Month Committee’s 21-point coed basketball competition Feb. 14 on Ramstein.
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Passenger terminal connects Airmen around globe Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Stuart 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
ransportation to a service member’s next duty location is an important part of one’s career. Without aerial port squadrons around the world, Airmen would have a harder time getting to their bases, especially if that base is overseas. The 721st Aerial Port Squadron, operating out of Ramstein Air Base, is a hub for air travel throughout Europe and is one of the largest aerial ports in the military. “The 721st APS provides freight, passenger and fleet services to all aircraft transiting in and out of Ramstein,” said Master Sgt. Darlene Clement, 721st APS Passenger Services Operations NCO in charge. “We get around 13,000 passengers that fly through this terminal during the slower months and just above 20,000 during the busier months.” Flights to and from Ramstein not only include service members who are permanently changing duty stations, but they also offer space available flights for Department of Defense ID cardholders who travel for leisure. The Space-A flights are a service the terminal offers, but there are requirements that must be met in order to use this service. “If you have a DOD ID card, it’s in your best interest to come to
Airman 1st Class Alexander Rowett, 786th Civil Engineer Squadron heating, ventilation and air conditioning journeyman, follows his compass during a land navigation course Feb. 12 on Ramstein.
Passengers arriving from Baltimore-Washington International Airport depart an aircraft upon arrival at the Ramstein Passenger Terminal Feb. 4. The passenger terminal serves more than 13,000 passengers in an average month.
the terminal to see if you’re eligible to fly Space-A,” Clement said. “We get a lot of passengers that get their information from third parties and it’s inaccurate when they get here. If you come in and ask us 100 questions, we will give you 100 answers.” Many of the passengers who fly Space-A are command-sponsored dependents or active-duty service members on leave; however, there are other people who can fly under different circumstances, such as non-appropriated fund employees under emergency conditions. “I’ve had a lot of customer service-oriented jobs in my life and working here has made me realize that I love working with people,” said Airman 1st Class Judge Wright, 721st APS Passenger Services agent. “It’s easy to think you’re just putting people on
vacation, but if you really take a second to think about it, the people you’re getting home might have been deployed and just want to see their families. Being able to be a part of that makes my job rewarding.” In addition to transporting service members and their families, the terminal personnel have their hands on other important missions. “We have missions ranging from presidential to special operations,” Wright said. “We pretty much have our hands in everything; that’s the cool part of our job.” Whether it’s sending people off to complete the mission, getting troops home or having the president pass through, the job of the 721st APS is to take care of customers.
African-American Heritage Month Photo by Maj. Elizabeth Behring
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Leon Caffie engages the crowd assembled at the 7th Civil Support Command’s African-American Heritage/Black History Month event Feb. 8 at the Kaiserslautern Community Activities Center on Daenner Kaserne. Caffie, who was the guest speaker at the event, spent 39 years in the Army and Army Reserve, retiring as command sergeant major of the Army Reserve in 2010.
Airmen lay out map for fellow engineers Story and photo by Senior Airman Armando A. Schwier-Morales 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
he 86th Civil Engineer Group hosted a training day Feb. 12 with its engineering technicians and explosive ordnance disposal Airmen teaching a core task to fellow comrades who are qualified in other CE skill sets. Training days, or Prime BEEF days, allow Airmen to hone and develop their skills in different areas. During this day, the engineering technicians and EOD shared the knowledge they use every day on reading maps and compasses to teach land navigation to more than 190 Airmen across career fields. “I am glad I could use my everyday skills to help out my CE brothers,” said Senior Airman Raymond Cage, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron training instructor. “I know that maybe the next Prime BEEF day anyone else in CE could be teaching me something, so I am doing my best to show them what I know.” Land navigation is a task all civil engineer Airmen are required to understand and perform. One of the reasons is because, at any time, technology may fail them. “With 12 AFSCs, we find ourselves spread out throughout the world,” said Tech. Sgt. Samuel Lewis, 786th Civil Engineer Squadron Prime BEEF training NCO in charge. “This also means that we will be outside the wire and we must be able to stand up a bare base. Our engineers must be able to navigate and have the foundation if (for whatever reason) they get lost or their technology breaks.” Training Airmen is not a regular occurrence for Cage or other Airmen in the engineering technician career field team. On a normal day, an 86th CES engineering technician may go from maintaining floor plants to surveying and creating detailed maps for tactical use. “We like to think we provide some of the best maps around,” said Senior Airman Dwayne Stewart, 86th CES instructor. “I like my job and the impact I have on the Ramstein and KMC mission.” Stewart said he hopes the training and the engineer technician’s dedication to the mission allows a few more civil engineers to know the foundation of land navigation and understand how engineer technicians impact the mission.
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rehearsal and a separate decontamination and medical brief as ARNORTH observer/controllers looked on. Underneath their protective suits, each member of the site survey team wore a small beeper-type device called a Thermal Luminous Detector that measures radiation in the air. The TLD monitored their radiation expo-
Kaiserslautern American sure, which is limited by the operational exposure guidance. The medical team is composed of two 773rd CST Soldiers who take care of the survey team in case of an emergency. They check vital signs beforehand and upon return from the site survey. As the medical team headed out of the briefing tent, they also received coaching, mentoring and feed-
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back from ARNORTH O/CT Mark Stiftinger, Department of the Army civilian. “His brief gave us valuable insight,” said Capt. Shawnda Bass, 773rd CST’s medical officer. It has been going well, has solidified things being done right and has identified things that can be improved, he added. The overall ARNORTH TPE was
summed up by John Nonemaker, division chief of the Civil Support Training Activity with ARNORTH. He said the ARNORTH O/CTs are another set of eyes for the 773rd CST commander to make an “assessment of the readiness of his unit.” “It’s a tool commanders can use to understand where they’re at and provide information for best practices,” Nonemaker said.
Wounded warriors compete in time trials Story and photos by Airman 1st Class Michael Stuart 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
he Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe hosted the European Regional Warrior Games time trials for wounded warriors across Europe Feb. 13 on Vogelweh. The time trials are a competition to see how warriors stack up against their fellow brothers-in-arms in track and field and other competitive events. “A big part of the Warrior Transition Battalion is adaptive sports, which is a part of our recovery process,” said Army Staff Sgt. Ollie Knowland, Warrior Transition Unit wounded warrior. “Every day, the unit does different things to help us recover, and this event is one of those efforts.” Wounded warriors from Baumholder, Kaiserslautern, Wiesbaden, Stuttgart, Vilseck and Grafenwöhr came out to compete in the events. “Our events today include air rifle, the 1,500meter run, 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, shot put and discus,” said Dr. Linda A. Steil, Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe adaptive reconditioning site coordinator for the military adaptive sports program. “We also have a 30-kilometer bike time trial and a 20-kilometer recumbent bike time trial on Rhine Ordnance Barracks.” Whether the contestants make it to the Warrior
Participants compete in the air rifle portion of the European Regional Warrior Games time trials Feb. 12 on Vogelweh. The time trials are a competition to see how warriors stack up against their fellow brothers-in-arms in competitive events.
Games or not, the Warrior Transition Battalion is dedicated to helping service members along in the recovery process. “Our ultimate goal is to return these service members to active duty,” Steil said. “If not, we want to return them to a new normal so they can function
Participants compete during the 1,500-meter run of the European Regional Warrior Games time trials Feb. 12 on Rhine Ordnance Barracks.
well in society and progress. There’s a satisfaction that comes with being able to watch a person return to functioning normally.” The Marine Corps will be hosting the Wounded Warrior Games in Quantico, Virginia, starting in mid-June.
The Warrior Transition Battalion hosts the European Regional Warrior Games time trials for wounded warriors Feb. 12 on Vogelweh.
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Photos by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski
Students at Ramstein Elementary School watch a dental hygiene presentation Feb. 6 on Ramstein. Airmen assigned to the 86th Dental Squadron conducted examples of how to properly care for teeth and gums.
Dental squadron brightens Ramstein smiles
Ramstein Elemtary School students practice brushing their teeth during a dental hygiene presentation by the 86th Dental Squadron. The dental team used examples, such as flossing and brushing teeth, and talked about healthy eating and the importance of oral health care.
A student runs floss through the fingers of Maj. Audra Myers, 86th Dental Squadron dentist, as an example of correct flossing techniques. The 86th Dental Squadron visits Ramstein Elementary School annually during Childrenâ€™s Dental Health Month.
Maj. Audra Myers and Airman 1st Class Drake Futch, 86th Dental Squadron dentist and dental assistant, teach a Ramstein Elementary School student how to floss and brush their teeth during a dental hygiene presentation on Ramstein.
Capt. Mark Stevenson and Airman 1st Class Alvin Hsieh, 86th Dental Squadron dentist and dental assistant, teach students about dental hygiene. The 86th DS visits Ramstein Elementary School annually during Childrenâ€™s Dental Health Month.
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Word Scramble Unscramble these Air Force squadron nicknames
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wkawsahr aolsglir nsisgrte aehbesn dzsruazb
answers: black widow | vampire | hawkeyes | madhatters | thunderbirds | warhawks | gorillas | stingers | banshee | buzzards |
Capt. Spanky learns about Fasching Good day, or “Guten Tag,” my furless followers. This week I took time off from the Ramstein mission to focus on a local event — Fasching! It was time to celebrate and party, with cheese! Well, I hope you got your party on, because by the time you read this, it will be over. Let’s discuss what Fasching is. Traditionally, it was celebrated by the Roman Catholic communities of Germany, Switzerland and Austria, but now it is celebrated everywhere in different forms. A similar event with close roots is Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, celebrated in New Orleans. I had a cousin in New Orleans who used to play with a jazz band; he played the tambourine with his mouth. Humans celebrate with a variety of things, including parades and dressing up like animals. I mean, look at me. How can you not want to dress like an awesome, cheese-loving pup? So, when do the celebrations happen? “Weiberfastnacht,” the Thursday before Ash Wednesday, is the start. The weekend afterward is full of community events and parties. “Rosenmontag,” or Rose Monday, is when most of the
large scale celebrations happen. Then you have “Fastnachtsdienstag,” the last day to party. So, you had a whole week to involve yourself in the culture. I know I enjoyed the parade in Ramstein village Tuesday. So, friends, things may vary since everybody celebrates differently, but everybody likes to party. So I hope you had a Fasching-great time and that you keep enjoying the local culture.
Recipe of the week Mushroom Cheese Soup Servings 4 IngredIents: 250 grams mushrooms, washed and sliced 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped 40 grams butter or margarine Salt, white pepper and nutmeg, to taste 50 grams flour 1 liter Gemüsebrühe (vegetable broth) 250 grams Schlagsahne (heavy whipping cream) 100 grams middle-aged gouda cheese, grated 1 bunch chives, chopped Fresh marjoram, to garnish dIrectIons: • Thoroughly clean the mushrooms with a dry kitchen paper towel and cut into thin slices. • Peel the onion and chop into fine pieces. • Melt the butter or margarine in a large pot or pan. Cook the onion until it is just transparent. Mix in the sliced mushrooms and cook just until they begin to soften. Season
the onions and mushrooms with salt and white pepper. • remove half of the mushroomonion mixture from the pan and set aside. • Sprinkle the flour onto the mixture left in the pan. Stir to blend the flour throughout the mushrooms. Stir in the Gemüsebrühe (vegetable broth) and Schlagsahne (heavy whipping cream). • Bring the mixture to a boil. Gently boil for about five minutes. • Using a hand blender, puree the mushroom-onion mixture until smooth. • Grate the middle-aged gouda cheese. • Fold the cheese into the pureed soup stirring constantly until all of the cheese has melted. Season to taste with additional salt and white pepper along with the nutmeg. • Scatter the mushrooms and onions that you set aside over the top of the soup. • Wash the chives and marjoram. Chop into fine pieces and sprinkle them over the soup before serving.
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Lutheran Church 8:30 am Worship & Holy Communion Children’s Church available
Meeting in Ev.-Luth. St. Michaelis Church, Karpfenstr. 7, 67655 Kaiserslautern E-mail: email@example.com or call 0631-64327 for directions. www.KELC.eu Scott Morrison, Pastor
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Olsbrücken says goodbye to winter with bonfire by Petra Lessoing 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
he community of Olsbrücken will observe a special custom Sunday after A Christian fellowship that gathers to study God’s word verse by verse Fasching — the burning of winter. so we can know, glorify and serve Christ. Teaching the village, reaching the world! The hiking club Pfälzerwaldverein We meet will co-sponsor this annual event, Sundays at 11 a.m. which has been held since 1990. For more info call 06371-616793 Hikers interested in joining the spring bonor visit our website fire will meet at 6 p.m. at the Dorfplatz (village www.CCK-Town.org square) in Olsbrücken. The mayor will hold an Industriestr. 50 66862 Kindsbach opening speech, and village officials will sell torches for €2. The torchlight procession will then proceed through the village up to the old sports field on Oberberg hill. “We will walk for about 2 kilometers to our forest hut on Oberberg hill,” said Ronny Faul, chairman of the PWV hiking club Olsbrücken. “It should take about 35 minutes.” Usually, about two to three weeks prior to the event, members of the hiking group start putting up a 4.5-meter-high pile of wood to be burned near the sports field. “Christmas trees from local residents are used to make this pile,” Faul said. When all hikers have arrived, they will throw their torches into the pile under the Protestant Services Jewish Religious Services supervision of the local fire department. The POC for Miesau, Landstuhl and Daenner is the Ramstein South Chapel Synagogue (DSN fire will start, and winter will be burned. USAG R-P Chaplains Office in Bldg. 2919 on 480-5753, civ. 06371-47-5753) “Our club is running a hut on that hill, where Pulaski Barracks. DSN 493-4098, civ. Shabbat Evening Service: 7 p.m. Fridays 0631-3406-4098 sausages and beverages will be served,” Faul Islamic Services Miesau Chapel (Bldg. 3175) said. “We expect about 500 to 600 guests to Ramstein South Chapel Mosque (480-5753) Seventh-Day Adventist Worship Jumu’ah Prayer, 1:30 p.m. join this annual event.” Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Saturdays For religious education and daily prayers, For more information, visit www.pwvSpanish Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Saturdays check the prayer schedule Worship: 11 a.m. Saturdays Small Group: olsbruecken.de. Orthodox Christian 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays Other communities in the Pfalz will say Kapaun Chapel (DSN 489-6859, civ. Landstuhl Community Chapel (Bldg. 3773) goodbye to winter with so-called summer day 0631-536-6859) Worship: 11 a.m. Sundays
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Daenner Community Chapel (Bldg. 3150) Religious Education (grades K-8): 11 a.m. Sundays Confession: 11:45 a.m. Sundays Sunday Mass: noon Landstuhl Community Chapel (Bldg. 3773) Religious Education (following Mass) Confession: 8:15-8:45 a.m. Sundays Sunday Mass 9 a.m. Ramstein North Chapel (DSN 480-6148, civ. 06371-47-6148) Daily Mass: 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday Sunday Mass: 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Confession 4-4:45 p.m. Sundays Vogelweh Chapel (DSN 489-6859, civ. 0631-536-6859) Confession: 4-4:45 p.m. Saturday Mass: 5 p.m.
Divine Liturgy: 9 a.m. Sundays Confessions by appointment
Youth Group Kaiserslautern Youth of the Chapel (Religious Youth Center, Pulaski Bks., Bldg. 2869) “Plugged In” Middle School Youth Group: 2-4 p.m. Sundays Café Dinner (for students and their families): 4:15-5:15 p.m. Sundays “The Rock” High School Youth Group: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sundays More information: www.kmcyouth.com Protestant Youth of the Chapel Ramstein North Chapel "Vision" Middle School Ministry Tuesdays 3:15-5:00pm "Salvage" High School Ministry Tuesdays 7:00-8:45pm Vogelweh Chapel Teen Bible Study Wednesdays 7:00-8:00pm Info: www.ramsteinpyoc.blogspot.com
Episcopal (St. Albans) 10:30 a.m. Sundays, Kapaun Chapel
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parades leading through the town, ending with the burning of piles or figures made of straw and wood. In the wine-growing village of Neuleiningen, the burning of winter and parade will take place at 2:30 p.m. March 15. More celebrations will start at 2:30 p.m. in Speyer, where after the parade a snowman will be burned. The wine-growing community of Forst is known for its parade with a performance presenting the fight between winter and summer. Activities will begin at 2 p.m. March 15.
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Children’s Youth Church: 11 a.m. Sundays Daenner Community Chapel (Bldg. 3150) Chapel Next Worship Worship: 10 a.m. Sundays Children’s Church: 10:30 a.m. Sundays Ramstein North Chapel (DSN 480-6148, civ. 06371-47-6148) Contemporary Service: 11 a.m. Sundays Ramstein South Chapel (DSN 480-5753, civ. 06371-47-5753) Liturgical Services: 9 a.m. Sundays Liturgical Sunday School: 11 a.m. Sundays Traditional Service: 11 a.m. Sundays Vogelweh Chapel (DSN 489-6859, civ. 0631-536-6859) Gospel Service: 11 a.m. Sundays. Protestant education classes are available for all ages at Vogelweh, Ramstein, Landstuhl and Daenner. For information, call DSN 480-2499/489-6743 or civ. 06371-47-2499/0631-536-6743.
To say goodbye to winter, a pile of wood will be burned on Oberberg, near the sports field in Olsbrücken, Saturday night.
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Ramstein slims down health myths trying to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle.â€? A mindset taught in the class is that fad diets and denying little pleasures is not the best course toward being healthy. When working in a profession that strongly â€œAll foods fit,â€? Leitz said. â€œThatâ€™s my main recommends, and even requires, a healthy life- point. If you realize you have a sweet tooth, you style, it can be confusing or overwhelming to shouldnâ€™t cut out sweets all together. You have a know what is and is not true regarding health sweet tooth. Instead, only have one sweet a day, and fitness. and donâ€™t shackle yourself to one kind. Change The Healthy Living Class held at Health it up each day, just in moderation.â€? Promotion (formerly the Health and Wellness The concepts taught in class can be applied to Center) provides the answers to questions one all walks of life, fitness goals or health issues. might have in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle. â€œI would absolutely recommend this class â€œMost people look to the Internet for to anyone interested in taking it,â€? Mullinax answers and itâ€™s full of misinformation,â€? said said. â€œYou donâ€™t have to be part of a program 1st Lt. Lindsey Leitz, to attend.â€? Health Promotion nutriAirmen are not the tion program managonly members of the er and class instructor. community to whom the â€œOne example of a myth class is offered. commonly believed is The class is available that eating after a certo anyone â€” active-duty, tain point in the night dependents or locals with will cause you to gain base access, Leitz said. weight.â€? â€œThey can walk in According to informabased off our calendar tion provided in the class, schedule (located in the it is actually better to eat a Health Promotion lobby minimum of three meals and on Facebook), or First Lt. Lindsey Leitz, Health Promotion nutrition a day plus snacks, con- program manager, demonstrates the difference they can call and ask for suming healthy options between a nine-inch plate, which would provide class times,â€? she said. every two to four hours proper proportions when eating, to the 12-inch â€œMy only requirement up to the time one retires. plates served at many restaurants during the is punctuality. If anyone This allows the bodyâ€™s Healthy Living Class Feb. 9 on Ramstein. arrives late, I ask them to metabolism to remain at its peak performance. return at a later date. â€œMetabolism is like a fire,â€? Leitz said. â€œIâ€™m also available to bring the class to â€œThere has to be enough wood on the fire to them,â€? Leitz continued. â€œI can come out to let it burn; we need to eat to keep fueling the units and teach the course or give a 10-minute fire. We have to get rid of the guilt surrounding brief at commandersâ€™ calls.â€? eating the things we enjoy.â€? It can be difficult trying to juggle work and The purpose of the 90-minute class is to personal schedules with a consistent healthy diet. educate attendees on healthy eating so what is The Healthy Living Class provides the tools for discussed can be applied to everyday life. Airmen and anyone else to keep that struggle balâ€œThis course teaches you valuable tools and anced. When all Airmen are fit to fight, the Air how to change your mindset,â€? said Lt. Col. Force can continue to fly, fight and win. James Mullinax, 2nd Air Postal Squadron For more information, call 480-4292 or commander. â€œI came to the class because Iâ€™m 06371-47-4292. Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Tryphena Mayhugh 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
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