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January 23, 2015
Volume 39, number 3
CSAF invites Airmen to hang out Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Kris Levasseur 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Airmen and spouses on Ramstein were afforded the unique opportunity to join their wingmen from ﬁve other bases around the globe to ask the chief of staff of the Air Force, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, and his wife, Betty, questions during a video conference Jan. 16. The video chat was designed to allow Airmen the chance to have their voices heard in a small, informal setting while also affording Welsh a better look at what is on most Airmen’s minds. During the call, Airmen from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas; U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado; F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming; Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar; and various units at Ramstein, asked the Air Force’s highest ranking leader myriad questions ranging from concerns they have about See CSAF, Page 3
Ramstein Airmen listen to the chief of staff of the Air Force, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, as he responds to questions during a video conference Jan. 16. The video conference allowed Airmen to chat with Welsh about Air Force topics in an informal setting.
Driver’s license issue a personal responsibility reminder
Take part in proper recycling by using the correct bins and recycling bags.
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It’s important to note that German police are not targeting U.S. citizens, and to date there have only been a few documented incidents related to this issue. The following questions and answers are provided for additional information: Why are we being forced to update our driver’s licenses when the See DRIVER’S LICENSE, Page 2
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members, Department of Defense civilians and their families are encouraged to take the necessary steps to maintain the validity of their stateissued driver’s license. U.S. military authorities have no control over the application or enforcement of the policy. Individuals who run into problems with German law enforcement regarding this issue should remain calm, professional and speak with their local legal ofﬁce afterward.
iving in Germany and traveling throughout Europe is a great opportunity for Airmen and their families to experience new cultures and historic landscapes. As welcomed guests in Germany, it is our responsibility to understand and follow German policies and laws.
There has been a great deal of information circulating recently about German authorities enforcing a new standard for military members, U.S. civilian employees and their families to possess a valid stateside driver’s license in order to operate their vehicles here, with the overarching issue being what constitutes a valid license. While discussions are taking place at the appropriate levels between the U.S. Embassy and the German Foreign Ofﬁce on the matter, service
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January 23, 2015
Staying mission-ready at home Here are my take-aways for achieving balance: • Leave work at work. Pressing issues Mission readiness goes far beyond will be there in the morning or somejust being prepared in the workplace for times not at all. Don’t bring them home. the call of duty. The senior leader speed • Your family needs you mentally mentoring seminar on Dec. 16 reminded engaged. If you’re present physically but me of how service members can accomnot mentally, then you’re not present at all. plish this in their daily lives. • Take leave! We’ve earned it. By far, this was one of the most • Make time for yourself. Exercising, enlightening and fulfilling experiences I outdoor activities, sleeping or reading can have had throughout my 10 years in the be relaxing. You, too, need to unwind. Air Force. How often does an Airman Spending time with friends is good but get the chance to sit with an officer to there is nothing like quiet moments alone. ask open-ended questions and receive a • Have a spiritual sense of candid response? direction. Photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore I asked leaders a variety of ques- Col. Gordon Hendrickson, U.S. Air Forces in Europe director of intelligence, • If possible, put your family first. tions, ranging from the importance of speaks with Capt. Ty Axson, USAFE chief of Current Intelligence, Surveillance and The force was functional before my professional development, leadership of Reconnaissance Operations-Europe, during a Senior Leader-to-Company Grade arrival and will be functional after my Airmen and turning failures into suc- Officer Speed Mentoring event Dec. 16 on Ramstein. Senior leaders from around departure. No matter how successful my the KMC mentored CGOs on various subjects, including career progression and career, my family will be there longer cesses. networking. One important question I asked had than I will wear the uniform. uniquely different but similar responses. dependent, but I still wrestle with maintaining From this experience I learned that our senior “How do you balance your duty, family and balance. leaders are not so different from us. Rank does personal time?” Each officer chronicled portions of their not exempt you from emotion. We wear our uniFrom my experience, many service members careers when duty superseded family and person- forms the same. They make decisions that affect struggle with maintaining a balance because of al desires. However, throughout their careers, as the mission and potentially the well-being of our long hours, deployments and continuous travel, responsibilities became greater, balance became Airmen and their families. With all of that, havwhich can cause stress. I’m single with a increasingly important. ing balance is pivotal to achieving stability.
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U.S. Army Europe license replaces it here in Germany? The USAREUR certificate of license is only valid in conjunction with your U.S. license and does not replace it. Until the issue of whether or not expired licenses are still considered a valid basis (together with a valid USAREUR certificate of license) to operate a USAREUR-plated vehicle under the NATO SOFA Supplementary Agreement is resolved, we encourage all personnel and dependents to ensure their U.S. licenses are current. What are commanders doing to ensure the German Polizei do not issue tickets for expired U.S. driver’s licenses? The dispute of this change in policy is taking place between the German Foreign Office and the U.S. Embassy. U.S. forces authorities, including installation commanders, do not have control over the application of the German policy.
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What options are available for avoiding these sanctions? If your license has expired, check with the issuing state authorities on whether or not being stationed abroad provides for an automatic extension until you return to the U.S. If yes, keep a hard copy of those rules in your vehicle in case you get checked by local police. If no, check for options to renew or extend your license via mail or online. A complete list of state-by-state extension policies can be found on the DMV website at www.dmv.org/militarydrivers. Does an international driver’s license count in place of a U.S. state-issued or German license? No. An international driver’s license is not a valid replacement for a state-issued or German license. What should I do if I am unable to renew my U.S. driver’s license? If none of the options to renew your license or get a new one works, we recommend you do not
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operate a vehicle on German public roads until the dispute is resolved. What should I do if I get ticketed or have my car impounded by German police due to an expired U.S. license? Remain calm and professional when interacting with German law enforcement. Afterward, contact your local legal office. If I am unable to renew my state-issued license, can I get a German license? This does not appear to be consistently possible in all German states. Members should speak with their local legal office before starting the process of obtaining a German driver’s license. If German police are not targeting U.S. personnel, what about reports of traffic checkpoints? According to German police, the traffic checks are not specifically targeted at U.S. personnel but rather all motorists traveling on German public roads.
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January 23, 2015
86th FSS fine-tunes TV system by Airman 1st Class Larissa Greatwood 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
xecuting the mission efficiently is key in maximizing capabilities of Air Force members. Airmen from the 86th Force Support Squadron have done just that by revamping their TV update process. The purpose of the TVs is to inform Airmen of different activities and classes happening around base from the fitness centers to the community center. These events can boost morale and give Airmen the opportunity to interact in the community; however, the process for ensuring
these TVs were up-to-date was inefficient. Bret Helenius, 86th Force Support Squadron marketing director, said the TV update process needed to be revised in order to save several hours of work and allow more frequent updates. “We currently have 15 TV displays at various locations on Ramstein,” Helenius said. “Previously, we had to send out one of our staff members to physically go and change the displays with external drives or CDs. “Because they’re spread out throughout the different facilities, it took hours to make a quick change,” he continued. “We identified this as
a way to become leaner and meaner, because that’s taking away time we could be promoting events and services to Airmen.” Keeping these updates relevant is important when informing the public. The new system will allow for the most up-to-date information to be displayed. “We were only updating the displays every month, because it took so long to do — about 16 to 20 hours to go out and update them each time,” Helenius said. “Essentially, it’ll take less than half an hour to update them with the new system. We are able to centrally manage the TVs through a Web-based server. The system will auto-refresh after six to
eight hours, so we don’t have to send people out to update the information.” Though the changes may seem minimal to some, the opportunity for bigger and better things are in the near future. “Eventually if we have, for example, a concert on base, we’ll be able to broadcast it live on the FSS TVs throughout the base,” he said. “The system can provide more than just static advertisements. We can have commercials and more interactive programs. This is really just the beginning of where we’re going.” By using this new system, more manhours can be put into bettering our Air Force and supporting the mission.
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Air Force policies to the effects of the high ops tempo on the force and where he sees us in the future. “The last couple of years have been really tough for us,” Welsh said. “We’ve been through a furlough of our civilian work force, sequestration, an increase of operations tempo and force management, but now, we are at a turning point. These problems that we have gone through are behind us and even though we will have less resources than we were used to in the past, we are better able to handle it.” Mrs. Welsh also took questions from several spouses, but one Ramstein Airman had a very important question for her. Senior Airman Lindsay Meyer, 721st Aerial Port Squadron, wanted to know what the Welsh family does to find balance between work and home life and what they would suggest for a mil-to-mil family. “Communication is always the most important thing,” Mrs. Welsh said. “No matter what is going on, you both need to continue to talk to each other and plan your lives together.” While providing two-way dialog between Welsh and Airmen and Mrs. Welsh and the spouses was the primary purpose, the video conference was also a test-bed for more cost-effective communications efforts. “We are always going to try to figure out more and more ways to communicate with the Airmen,” Welsh said. “We are trying to focus on communication, which is particularly hard to do in a large organization like this, but new options like these
Photo by Staff Sgt. Kris Levasseur
Ramstein Airmen listen to the chief of staff of the Air Force, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, as he responds to questions during a video conference Jan. 16.
provide easier access and ultimately save time and money.” With little to no cost to the Air Force, these types of conferences can be scheduled more often, providing something invaluable to Airmen: the ability to communicate with their leaders directly and understand their perspective. “It was good to know that General Welsh is genu-
inely concerned about our well-being and have a direct line to him to be able to ask questions that matter to us,” said Tech. Sgt. William Sage, a member of the 313th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron. “We were able to ask the general more personal questions because of the small group setting, which was very different from what we are used to inside hangars during all-calls.”
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7:30 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Trippstadt 12:47 p.m.: An unlawful entry was reported on Einsiedlerhof Air Station. 3:30 p.m.: A minor trafﬁc accident caused by a
motorist without a U.S. Army Europe license was reported in Kaiserslautern.
6:21 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Einsiedlerhof.
• Anyone having claims for or against the estate of Staff Sgt. Timothy Hogan, 721st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, should contact Summary Court Ofﬁcer Capt. Travis Jacobs at 479-4454 or 0176-565-30284. • Anyone having claims for or against the estate of Sgt. Brandon Michael Gour should contact the summary courts martial ofﬁcer, Chief Warrant Ofﬁcer 2 Michael W. Creel, at 493-3830 or 0631-3406-3830.
AAFES essay contest
To recognize the unique contributions of military service members and their families, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is hosting a yearlong “Because of You” program with new prizes each month. The program kicks off with a chance to win a $10,000, $5,000 or $2,000 Exchange gift card. Authorized Exchange shoppers can enter the Proud to Serve essay contest until Jan. 31 by writing an essay of 300 words or less detailing why they are proud to serve. Essays can be submitted to BecauseOfYou@ aafes.com with “Why I Serve” in the subject line. Proud to Serve essay contest winners will be notiﬁed no later than Feb. 19. Complete rules can be found at www.shopmyexchange.com/
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2:30 a.m.: Theft of a motor vehicle was reported in Landstuhl.
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The Kaiserslautern Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Kaiserslautern Chapter 158 and U.S. Air Forces in Europe/A6 will sponsor the Winter 2015 Technology Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Ramstein Ofﬁcers’ Club. For more information, visit www.ncsi.com/techexpos/2015/ ramstein-winter.
Special events in KMC
Ramstein-Miesenbach will sponsor this year’s Rheinland-Pfalz State Fair June 26 to 28. Cities and union communities of the State of Rheinland-Pfalz, charity organizations as well as military forces will participate in the fair to demonstrate who they are and what they have to offer. The event will include live music, dance performances, displays and a farmers market. Organizers expect more than 180,000 visitors. Landstuhl will celebrate its Sickingen year with special exhibitions throughout 2015 and castle event days taking place May 7 to 10 featuring a medieval market and music performances.
Veterinary Treatment Facility
The Kaiserslautern Veterinary Treatment Facility is extending its appointment hours in an effort to improve access to veterinary care and services. The facility will be open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Appointments are available throughout the year with the exception of federal holidays. The facility also has the opportunity for ﬂexible pick-up times (no overnights) on a space available basis. Contact the appointments line by calling 0631-3406-4444/4505 or 4934444/4505.
New garbage guide
The new English version of the “Garbage Guide” of the City of Kaiserslautern lists all trash pickup dates and provides other important information. In the guide, Kaiserslautern citizens can ﬁnd addresses, operating hours and phone numbers of recycling centers, as well as contact possibilities for free pickup of old clothes, metal, electrical appliances and bulk trash. The brochure is available at the Kaiserslautern city hall (Rathaus Bürgercenter) or in the German American Community Ofﬁce, Lauterstrasse 2 (across from city hall).
German Polizei Corner German Polizei was called to an incident in a forest area between Obermohr-Reuschbach and Fockenberg-Limbach shortly before the holidays. The hunter (game lessee) in charge of that area noticed several American youth away from the regular forest paths wearing fatigues and armed with a variety of long weapons. Police noted these were air soft guns without control stamps.
Air soft guns look very similar to real weapons and adhere to the German weapons law. The weapons were secured, and the Zweibrücken Prosecutor’s Ofﬁce will decide on further actions. Polizei would like to point out: • The possession and carrying of weapons without control stamps in Germany is not autho-
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rized and will be prosecuted. • The children were not aware of the danger they were in when Polizei took action. • Leaving forest paths without permission or good reason is not authorized. • Game scared by this kind of disruption can cause a danger to nearby road trafﬁc. • Authorized hunters pay high fees for the hunting lease and take care of their wildlife stock.
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Agencies come together to replace EAS Howitzer tubes Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Warren W. Wright Jr. 21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs VILSECK, Germany — With the U.S. Army’s European Rotational Force in full swing and units continually rotating throughout Europe to train and work with allied partners, it is the responsibility of the Army Field Support Battalion-Germany, 405th Army Field Support Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command to make sure the equipment Soldiers will work with are ready and operational. Maintenance of the European Activity Set equipment, which stays in Europe and is issued to units training throughout the continent, takes the coordination of multiple agencies to ensure they are mission ready for future rotations throughout Europe. Recently, the AFSBn-Germany received word from the Department of the Army that the eight M-109A6 Howitzers maintained by AFSBnGermany required the replacement of their tubes prior to being operational for future use. “A message came out from DA stating that if there is any pitting within the tubes, then they require replacement,” said Curtis Dabney, support operations officer with AFSBn-Germany. “Until the tubes are replaced, we cannot fire them, because it will degrade the life expectancy of the system as well as put Soldiers’ safety at risk.” The replacement of the tubes, which is currently underway, has relied heavily on the coordination between AFSBn-Germany, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive and Armament Command, the 16th Sustainment Brigade’s 317th Maintenance Company, and the Theater Logistics Support Center-Europe’s Maintenance Activity Europe. “Normally, we have our own EAS workforce that would do the work, however, because of the manhours required and the condition of the
Members of the Theater Logistic Support Center-Europe’s Maintenance Activity Vilseck remove the tube from an M-109A6 Howitzer Jan. 16 on Rose Barracks. The MAV, along with the Army Field Support Battalion-Germany, the 16th Sustainment Brigade’s 317th Maintenance Company, and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive and Armament Command, have been tasked with the replacement of the tubes on eight European Activity Set Howitzers ensuring they are mission ready for upcoming rotations of American forces to Europe as part of the U.S. Army’s European Rotational Force.
equipment, we had to pass some of the maintenance on to the 317th, which then passed it off to the MAV,” Dabney said. In total, it takes approximately 40 hours to replace each tube from start to finish, and at more than 4,000 pounds each, it takes a skilled crew to ensure the replacement is done correctly and safely, not only for the MAV crew working on the tubes, but for the future Soldiers that will train on the system as well. “If the tube isn’t replaced properly, it can have catastrophic consequences for the crew operating it,” said James
R. Garner, logistics assistance representative from TACOM. “However, because of the experience level of the crew working on the Howitzers, I have the utmost confidence everything is being done correctly.” Up to this point, the tube replacements have been going well with little to no problems the MAV and AFSBnGermany have not been prepared for. When it comes to challenges, “there hasn’t been anything systemic,” Dabney said. “There have been some small things that happened on this day or that day, but we have the resources to resolve it. It hasn’t been a big deal.
“Every maintenance organization is driven by the logistical supply system to get repair parts,” Dabney added. “That has probably been a bigger challenge than any daily operational challenges we’ve come across. Daily operational challenges are easy to fix.” The final step in the tube replacement will be for a field artillery team to fire a test round from the Howitzers sometime in the near future. The test round will not only ensure the tubes were replaced properly, but also serve as the final replacement act, properly seating the tube into its housing.
Nominations sought for 2015 American Legion service award by Janis El Shabazz Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIORANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force officials are accepting nominations for the 2015 American Legion Spirit of Service Award. The award is presented annually
to one enlisted member from each military branch. Air Force airmen basic through staff sergeant can be nominated for outstanding volunteer service performed off-duty in the local community Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014. Organizations and base-level personnel must contact their major command, field operating agency, or direct
reporting unit for applicable suspense dates and nomination procedures. Each major command, forward operating agency and direct reporting unit may submit only one nomination. Completed nomination packages are due to the Air Force Personnel Center by April 13. Awards will be presented Aug. 28 to Sept. 3 in Baltimore, Maryland,
during the American Legion National Convention. For more information about Air Force recognition programs and other personnel issues, go to myPers at https://mypers.af.mil. Air Force retirees who do not have a myPers account can request one at www.retirees.af.mil/shared/media/ document/AFD-120510-068.pdf.
January 23, 2015
Digging out of GTCC debt by Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
he convenience of a Government Travel Charge Card is it can ease the transition to a new duty station or assist during a temporary duty assignment in a different country, but if left unattended, that convenience could hurt your wallet and career. Though the use of a GTCC is restricted for official government travel expenses, debt can be accumulated if neglected, leading to a collection of non-reimbursable late fees and suspension or cancellation of the account, preventing further travel until resolved. “Upon completion of a TDY or permanent change of station, the member has five days to file a voucher to start the process of paying off their GTCC,” said Master Sgt. Kevin Hazen, 86th Comptroller Squadron section chief of financial
services. “Unfortunately, people are not doing this, causing their account to become delinquent.” By November, the 86th CPTS accounted on average more than 20 delinquency cases a month. The debt accumulated by these members as a whole totaled more than $412,000 of debt for that year. “To try and prevent this situation from occurring, we notify the members after 30 days,” Hazen said. “This is around the same time they should have received their reimbursement to pay off the card if they had not received it sooner. “We will also require constant updates depending on the individual’s squadron until the debt has been paid off,” Hazen continued. “This way we will be able to assist if a problem arises. For example, if the Airman is away for a deployment or training, they will be notified that their voucher needs to be taken care of either by
lump sum or in increments and the ways they can do so.” Though preventive measures are in place, it is the cardholder’s responsibility to be aware of how to properly use their GTCC and the regulations associated with it. “Something we hear a lot is the GTCC should be the government’s responsibility,” Hazen said. “However, it is under the cardholder’s name, meaning those late fees will be theirs to pay off, and it is their credit score taking a hit. Their command will also be notified to ensure proper actions to alleviate the debt will be taken.” Taking initiative, such as inquiring on the terms and agreements of the travel card, is the first step in preventing the accumulation of avoidable debt. For questions on the GTCC, cardholders should contact their unit’s GTCC agency program coordinator for assistance.
8 Soldiers inducted into Sergeant Morales Club by Ronnie Schelby 21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs Key leaders from U.S. Army Europe and the 21st Theater Sustainment Command welcomed eight new members to a prestigious noncommissioned officer leadership organization during a jam-packed ceremony Jan. 7 at Armstrong’s Club on Vogelweh. Command Sgt. Maj. David S. Davenport Sr., USAREUR senior enlisted leader, helped induct the NCOs into the Sergeant Morales Club and served as guest speaker. Maj. Gen. John R. O’Connor, 21st TSC commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Rhoades, 21st TSC senior enlisted leader and event organizer, participated alongside Davenport. The Sergeant Morales Club, established in 1973 by Lt. Gen. George S. Blanchard, promotes the ideals of integrity, professionalism and leadership for enlisted Soldiers. Its members are role models and enlisted leaders in the Army community. “January is designated as National Mentoring Month,” said Rhoades. “The motto is ‘Mentoring Works: Be Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters.’ I believe there is no better
way to honor this month than inducting these outstanding noncommissioned officers into the distinguished Sergeant Morales Club.” During his keynote speech, Davenport praised the inductees and challenged other Soldiers in the audience to strive to become a member of the prestigious club. “These NCOs being inducted today are perfect examples of fit, disciplined and welltrained Soldiers that work hard to improve their piece of the Army and take care of Soldiers and their families,” Davenport said. “Thanks for being role models and mentors to other Soldiers that make our team stronger.” The eight inductees were: Sgt. Morgan Lewis, Sgt. Michael Perry, Staff Sgt. Oved Cardenas, Staff Sgt. Ronald Murphy, Sgt.1st Class Marc Migala, Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Smith, 1st Sgt. Anthony Forker Jr. and 1st Sgt. Ryan Sattelberg. For Migala, the ceremony held special meaning. “I am honored to be following in the footsteps of prior phenomenal leaders, to be a mentor and an exceptional leader who others will follow,” he said. Sgt. 1st Class Justin Puls, senior retention operations NCO and two-year leader of the Sergeant Morales Club,
expressed pride for the new inductees. “This is a testament to fine hard work and to paying it forward,” he said. “I think about how these eight new inductees have the ability to influence 800 noncommissioned officers.” Puls, who departed for his new duty station at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 5th Recruiting Brigade immediately after the ceremony, is also a member of the Audie Murphy Club, the equivalent to the Sergeant Morales Club in the United States. “In both clubs it’s not about us. It’s about what we as leaders and noncommissioned officers can do together,” he said. Rhoades described the inductees as ideal role models and future leaders. “The tremendous turnout
and the presence of distinguished leaders like Major General John O’Connor and Command Sergeant Major Davenport reflects the stature and relevance of the Sergeant Morales Club throughout the region,” Rhoades said. “This organization makes an enormous contribution to Soldiers, families and communities throughout Rheinland-Pfalz. It is no coincidence that Soldiers, units and leaders from Wiesbaden to Baumholder to Grafenwöhr are participating today. “The NCOs we inducted into the club today embody everything that is best in the NCO Corps and, for that matter, our Army,” Rhoades continued. “They truly are our finest NCOs and are involved leaders who make a difference in their Soldiers’ lives
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Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport Sr. (right), U.S. Army Europe command sergeant major, presents 1st Sgt. Anthony Forker Jr., Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 30th Medical Brigade first sergeant, with his Sergeant Morales Club medallion during an induction ceremony Jan. 7 at Armstrong’s Club on Vogelweh.
every day. I hope every young Soldier who sat in the audience today aspires to emulate their example.”
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Electrifying environments through timely inspections Story and photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
hether it’s taking an automobile in for preventative or restorative maintenance, trust is generally put in the hands of a specialist. The same can be said for the aircraft gracing Ramstein Air Base’s flightline. One group of specialists entrusted to take care of the aircraft and the personnel in them is the 86th Maintenance Squadron’s electrical and environmental systems flight. Tasked with performing preventative maintenance to ensure aircraft and personnel are safe, the electrical and environmental systems flight conducts inspections on a variety of aircraft parts. “We do major and minor inspections,” said Senior Airman Gabriel Sundstrom, 86th MXS electrical and environmental specialist. “A minor inspection can take only a few minutes to a few days, but a major one can take a couple of weeks to complete. It all just depends on an aircraft’s flying hours.” Minor inspections can include things as small and quick as checking the emergency exit lights, while major inspections include things higher on the safety list. “Something major would be an anti-skid operations check,” said Sundstrom, a native of San Diego. “When the aircraft comes in to land, they
Senior Airman Gabriel Sundstrom, 86th Maintenance Squadron electrical and environmental specialist, checks for damage on a battery Jan. 15 on Ramstein.
turn it on, and it makes sure the wheels don’t lock up and throw the plane off balance.” Sundstrom said he and the other electrical and environmental specialists work on anything that has electricity running through it, but they also work on improving the environment for the Airmen working in the aircraft. Sundstrom said the electrical and environmental specialists also maintain tanks that hold liquid oxygen on the aircraft. These tanks run liquid oxygen through a series of pipes that turns it into a gas warm enough for the Airmen on the aircraft to breathe. Though the items checked vary on the severity of damage they can cause if not working properly,
Sundstrom said he thinks they all hold the same weight of importance during inspections. If there is one item, such as the liquid oxygen tanks, not functioning properly, it can delay an aircraft’s departure. That in turn can delay the arrival of troops or supplies to those who need them. “It’s all very important in the long run,” he said. “Emergency exit lights may be a quick check, but if something goes wrong with the plane, (the Airmen) can see where to go. Some things just need a more frequent check than others.” To ensure items are being inspected as often as needed, the electrical and environmental specialists depend on the Maintenance Operations Center. “The MOC makes sure everything is on a schedule,” Sundstrom said. “If something fell behind, they let us know there is still this aircraft that can go. It’s all about working together through our production supervisors at the 86th MXS and (86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron) to make sure a plane is down when it’s supposed to be or, if a plane that’s down for inspection, can be prepped if it will be done soon. It’s just a whole river of systems that needs to flow smoothly.” Just as the systems between shops are expected to flow smoothly, so are the operations of the systems on the aircraft, and the 86th MXS electrical and environmental systems flight does its part to ensure the environment and electrical systems run as smoothly as possible.
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86th VRS keeps Ramstein on the road Story and photo by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
he 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron general purpose light vehicle repair flight keeps units on Ramstein ready for any mission that requires them to be behind the wheel. This fast-moving service shop is responsible for more than 1,000 government vehicles on the installation. They service approximately 20 vehicles a day that range from sedans to heavy-duty trucks. With more than 30 mechanics responding to the needs of drivers on Ramstein, it is the only vehicle readiness squadron, as opposed to a flight, in the Air Force. “The most rewarding part of this job is to see a vehicle fixed and not have it come back,” said Staff Sgt. Allen Crow, 86th VRS NCO in charge of GP light vehicles. With a packed schedule and high demand for service, the team of mechanics ensure vehicles are safe and serviceable to complete the mission that’s required of them and the number of vehicles needed to complete a mission are readily available to their customers. Customers submit work order requests to have their vehicles inspected before repair. “Our special purpose shop is a big deal to the mission at Ramstein Air
Airman 1st Class Austin Conway, 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron general purpose light vehicle mechanic, checks a tire’s pressure Jan. 14 on Ramstein. The 86th VRS is responsible for servicing more than 1,000 vehicles on and off base.
Base,” Crow said. “A couple of years ago the Frankfurt airport closed down due to snow, and we were able to remain open because of the capabilities of our snow removal equipment.” Not only does the GP light team provide safety to Airmen stationed at Ramstein, but it also expands to ensure the safety of the community. “Law enforcement vehicles that come through not only maintain the
security of the base, but also keep the Kaiserslautern Military Community safe when they respond off base,” Crow said. Teamwork is a driving factor in the success at the 86th VRS GP light flight. “With more than 30 Airmen working to keep the wheels turning, efficiency is a priority,” said Airman 1st Class Frederick Vogelgesang, 86th
VRS GP light vehicle mechanic. “Our NCOs manage the shop very well. If you ever have questions, everyone is always very helpful. This fast-paced environment has taught me a lot of patience and to not give up. I really love my job. The days go by fast, and it is nice to be challenged.” The GP light flight Airmen truly keep the wheels turning for Airmen on and off base.
Local DJs battle on Vogelweh Story and photo by Ronnie Schelby 21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs The Battle of the DJs competition, which pits the turntable talents of local Soldiers from the KMC in a knockout format, is heating up. For the last three Saturdays in January, two Soldiers have squared off on the Armstrong’s Club stage, showing off their DJ ability with their decks, mixers and digital turntables. The three finalists from these weekend competitions will do battle a final time Feb. 1 to be called KMC’s top DJ during the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Super Bowl Party starting at 9 p.m. at the Kazabra Club. During the competition, an event hosted by Kaiserslautern Morale, Welfare and Recreation, each DJ had the chance to show off his skills over the course of two 30-minute sets with the crowd choosing the winner by applause. Delia Maldonado, business operations division marketing assistant with MWR, said the idea of a competition came up because of the huge number
of phone calls she received from Soldier DJs asking where they could spin in Kaiserslautern. “We decided to create this promotion for our Soldiers to find out what kind of talent was in our local area, and we certainly found out. We have terrific talent here,” she said. One of the recent DJ competitors was Staff Sgt. Christopher Hunt, also known as “The Big Baller,” a video teleconferencing technician for the Staff Sgt. Christopher Hunt, video teleconference specialist with the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, works the turntables in the Battle of the DJs competition 21st Theater Sustainment Command. Jan. 9 at Armstrong’s Club. He said he has been working as a DJ since he was 13 years old, learning his turntable chops hop, rhythm and blues, country or anything else that from his father while growing up in St. Louis. Hunt gets the crowd moving. DJs professionally at both private parties and clubs. “If nobody is dancing, then I’m not doing my “I like to play music to create an atmosphere that job,” he said. Hunt has observed that it is usually people enjoy. As a DJ, I am always tuned in to the the women who get up first to dance, with the men audience; I want to make them get up and move,” following. It’s just a matter of finding that right song. he said. “I’m participating, because I am doing what I Hunt’s repertoire of music is quite varied. On a love. Win, lose or draw, it’s just about the music,” moment’s notice, he is prepared to play techno, hip he said.
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Capt. Spanky wants to fly I asked my twolegged machine that feeds me, “What does it feel like to fly in a C-130J Super Hercules?” I mean, that is what Ramstein does after all. Ramstein is a hub for many aircraft going to many places, and you know how I know? Because I chase after so many of them trying to lick them. I am told this is a bad idea. They say, “Foreign object debris.” They say, “Propeller danger.” I say, “Hush.” The next thing you will tell me is that the moon is not made of cheese. Well, I say let me enjoy my dreams. So dear fans, next week I will come to you with how it feels to fly in a C-130. But this week I am learning more about the aircraft, like how it can land on rough dirt strips and solid concrete ones.
It means I can hide in the bush and track it down, like that crazy mail man I go after. That’s a story for another time, but the look on his face — perfect. The C-130, in its many forms has been operational for over 40 years. That is crazy. They can also fly in any weather with their state of the art navigation systems. So, if somebody just let it snow, the C-130 could still continue the mission. I mean, I don’t like it when it’s all frozen, but the great maintenance Airmen know how to de-ice it with their big machines. So, my great human friends, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the C-130, but next week I will tell you about how it feels to fly in one.
Recipe of the week
Carrot cake Servings 16
IngredIents: CAKe 8 medium eggs, separated 200 grams sugar 400 grams carrots, finely shredded 400 grams almonds, ground 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon Kirschwasser (cherry schnaps) 50 grams Speisestärke (corn starch) ½ lemon peel, grated deCOrAtIOn 1 package Haselnuss Fett Glasur (hazelnut flavored glaze) 16 marzipan carrots dIreCtIOns: • Heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit. • Grease or spray a 26 centimeter springform pan.
• Wash, peel and finely shred carrots. Wash (scrub) all the wax from a lemon. Grate 1/2 of the lemon peel and set aside. • Separate the eggs. Beat the egg whites until stiff, and then fold in the sugar and the egg yolks. • Fold in the shredded carrots, ground almonds, cinnamon, Kirschwasser (cherry schnaps), Speisestärke (corn starch) and the lemon peel. • Bake for 50 to 55 minutes. • Immediately remove the cake from the pan while it is still warm. Let the cake stand for one day before serving. (Cover it with a clean kitchen towel) • Melt the package of hazelnut glaze in a warm water bath. Brush glaze over the entire cake. • decorate the carrot cake with marzipan carrots.
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Virtual ESD now at Ramstein by Senior Airman Brian Quintanilla 86th Communications Squadron In the past few weeks, a new application may have appeared on computer desktops. On Dec. 8, the 67th Cyber Wing deployed Virtual Enterprise Service Desk on computers throughout U.S. Air Forces in Europe. Currently, the vESD is able to diagnose and repair issues with email, network connectivity and BlackBerrys. Due to vESD being installed on the local machine, the program can even be used during a network outage to assist in diagnosing the causes of the outage. The goal of the vESD is to reduce wait times for the resolution of computer-related issues. The ESD services over 650,000 customers. This immense work load created a situation in which the call centers are overburdened. Often, there is up to a
60-minute wait simply to speak with a technician. With vESD, most issues can be resolved without ever needing to pick up the phone. Upon opening the vESD application, the program will automatically scan the machine and diagnose any problems that might exist. From this main page, customers can access links to user guides as well as an instructional video. The main screen will also provide users with three notification tabs at the top: “Email,” “Network” and “Internet.” When a user’s computer is functioning properly, all three tabs will be green. If there is an issue with any of these components, the tabs will display as amber or red. By clicking on the amber or red tabs, the vESD program will walk the user through the troubleshooting process in order to correct the issue. This process is the same as the one taken by ESD technicians over the phone.
If an issue cannot be resolved through the vESD application, a ticket will be created and routed to the appropriate work center for resolution. Users can also use the vESD to track the status of their new ticket as well as existing trouble tickets. By clicking on the “Phone” button in the top right of the vESD main page, the user will be walked through how to solve issues, such as a BlackBerry not synching, a BlackBerry reset, an iPhone reset, replacing the battery on a BlackBerry, replacing the SIM card on an iPhone or BlackBerry, as well as email reconciliation issues. One of the most common issues users have is in regards to their email. On the top left side of the main vESD screen is the “Email” tab. This tab can assist users in troubleshooting a full mailbox by assisting with moving mail or by creating a new PST. The vESD can also assist with the recovery of old email certificates and
other issues with opening encrypted emails. By clicking on the “Org Box” icon, the vESD will walk the user through the addition or deletion of an Org Box from Outlook. By clicking on the “More” tab on the bottom right of the vESD home screen, users are able to gain all of the information regarding their computer, including their computer name and standard desktop configuration version. For major issues or if an entire squadron or group is experiencing issues, customers will still need to contact their information assurance officer in order to create tickets. The information assurance officer will continue to be a vital link between the end user and the communications squadron. If a computer is missing the vESD application, speak to an information assurance officer and have them submit a ticket for the program to be installed on the machine.
RUfit to be in the pod? Story and photos by Airman 1st Class Michael Stuart 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Being fit to fight and maintaining a great physical foundation is an imperative pillar of the RUfit program, an Air Force and U.S. Air Forces in
Europe and Air Forces Africa intiative focusing on health and wellness. Health Promotion, formerly known as the Health and Wellness Center, focuses on educating and assisting those who are interested in improving their fitness and overall health. The Bod Pod is one of the tools Health Promotion
Airman 1st Class Brian Moorehead, 721st Aerial Port Squadron passenger service agent, uses a Bod Pod to measure his body composition Jan. 14 at Health Promotion on Ramstein.
uses to help someone gauge their physical state. It analyzes body fat percentage and is accurate within 1 percent. “It measures an individual’s weight, body fat percent, and change in body fat and muscle mass,” said 1st Lt. Lindsey Leitz, 86th Aerospace Medical Squadron nutrition program manager. “It’s a pretty cool indicator, because if you’re just weighing yourself at home on a scale, all that gives you is a number, and a lot can be going on internally that you don’t see every day.” The Bod Pod testing is available to all service members, retirees and Department of Defense civilians at least 18 years old. To get the test done in the civilian sector is around $200, but at Health Promotion, it’s free and takes about seven minutes to complete. “I’m glad Health Promotion
Airman 1st Class Brian Moorehead, 721st Aerial Port Squadron passenger service agent, steps on a scale before he uses a Bod Pod to measure his body composition Jan. 14 on Ramstein. The machine measures an individual’s weight, body fat percent, and change in body fat and muscle mass. The Bod Pod is available to all ID cardholders over the age of 18.
has this test available, especially for free, because now I can see where I am physically,” said Airman 1st Class Travis Adams, 721st Aerial Port Squadron ramp service specialist. “This test is a lot more informative than stepping on the scale, because it breaks down your weight composition.” After completing the Bod Pod, Adams said he hopes to
use the information to craft his workouts to better reach his goals, ensuring he can focus on the whole Airman concept. Participants can get measured every two months. Health Promotion tested around 1,000 participants in 2014. For more information regarding the Bod Pod test, call Health Promotion at 06371-47-4292 or 480-4292.
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KMC Birth Announcements Watson Tucker McDonald born at 12:59 a.m. Jan. 12 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Watson was 6 pounds, 11 ounces and 19.7 inches long. Proud parents are Maj. and Mrs. Patrick McDonald. Watson joins big sisters Katherine and Vivienne.
Marley Mae McMahon born Dec. 17 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Marley was 7 pounds, 9 ounces and 20.3 inches long. Proud parents are Daniel and Kerrilyn McMahon from New York. The McMahons are stationed in Kaiserslautern.
Caroline Marie Barada born Dec. 14 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Caroline was 7.05 pounds and 20 inches long. Proud parents are Eric Barada from Iowa and Kelsea Barada from Texas. The Baradas are stationed at Ramstein.
Eva Maria Pongracz born at 9:01 a.m. Nov. 26 at Westpfalzklinikum Kaiserslautern. Eva was about 6 pounds, 1 ounce. Proud parents are Alexander and Corinna Pongracz.
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Medical appointments made easy The goal of the 86th Medical Group has always been to meet the health care needs of patients and their families by providing the best possible medical care while ensuring access to the services. In December, the medical group implemented a new, simplified appointment model with the intent of making appointments easier. The previous model consisted of four appointment types with
specific booking criteria that could present challenges to matching the type of care needed with the available appointment type at the right time. The new model uses only two appointment types, greatly simplifying the process for both patients and staff in the hopes it will improve customer service. The goals of this new model are to ensure patients’
primary care acute needs can be addressed within 24 hours while all other routine and chronic concerns are addressed in seven days (or when it is most convenient for the customer). In the old system, this could take up to 28 days in some circumstances. The simplified model allows appointment managers to quickly identify the appropriate mix of appointments and the ability to make on-the-spot adjust-
ments when applicable to meet patients’ needs. This has improved appointment availability to patients and their families. For health care needs, call 479-2273 or 06371-46-2273, or visit TRICARE online. MiCare Secure Messaging is an online application that allows patients (86th MDG enrolled patients) to securely communicate with their health care team via email. Only patients and their health
care team have access to these MiCare messages. To communicate directly with a provider and team, visit https://app.relayhealth. com/. As processes are being improved, feedback is welcomed. To provide feedback, contact Maj. Janelle Quinn, 86th MDG group practice manager, at 479-2687 or email@example.com. (Courtesy of 86th Medical Group)
Telehealth brings long distance specialists to you Telehealth is paving the way for the future of military medicine in Europe Regional Medical Command. Telehealth bridges the geographical distances between patients and specialty care providers, increases patient access to care, and supports mission readiness. This innovative approach to military medicine allows specialty care providers at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to cross commands, countries and continents to provide high-quality, patient-centered care to beneficiaries residing in or deployed to Europe. Telehealth is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, and public health and health administration. LRMC established its Telehealth Program Office in January 2014 as part the Defense Health Agency’s desired end-state to seamlessly integrate Telehealth into routine patient care by the year 2020. Since its inception, LRMC Telehealth has steadily proven its relevancy in today’s military health care system in Europe. Using Telehealth has allowed a variety of LRMC medical specialists to treat patients at outlying Army health clinics in Belgium, Germany and Italy, all the while decreasing the need for patient travel to LRMC and reducing time away from work. Video-teleconferencing technology and advanced medical devices, such as stethoscopes, allow LRMC providers to listen in real-time to patient heart and lung sounds. Other examples, such as otoscopes to perform real-time ear exams, and general exam cameras to provide dermatology quality skin exams, are helping Telehealth providers to successfully transition from the traditional tele-behavioral health era into a tele-comprehensive specialty care era. Full-time Telehealth nurses have been hired at Vilseck, Wiesbaden and Stuttgart Patch Army health clinics to support these high-quality, synchronous appointments between patients and their specialty care providers. Telehealth is also available at other Army health clinics in Europe but not currently supported with full-time nurses. Telehealth nurses are highly trained and qualified to conduct appointments and act as surrogates to
Photo by Phil Jones
Erica Taylor, nurse director for the Telehealth program at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, demonstrates how the Telehealth cart otoscope conducts a real-time tympanic membrane exam. On screen is Physician Assistant Steven Cain who, from a remote location, can see and evaluate the patient and provide an appropriate plan of care.
assist in the examination for providers and ensure there is no degradation in quality of care when using Telehealth. “I often find that my patients are initially curious about their Telehealth appointment, but by the end they are surprised and impressed with the quality of their examination and encounter with their provider,” said Robin Smith, Telehealth nurse at Vilseck Army Health Clinic. Smith is well-versed with Telehealth as both a practitioner and a beneficiary. “I have also experienced Telehealth as a patient and as the mother of two children that received care via Telehealth,” Smith said. “Receiving care from specialists at LRMC via Telehealth meant my children and I were able to stay in the U.S. health care system while living overseas, and it is also minimized the number of trips we needed to make back and forth to LRMC.” What once may have required a patient to travel
multiple times to LRMC may now be reduced to just one trip. With the use of Telehealth, patients can complete their pre-operative and post-operative appointments in the comfort of their own clinic, and only need to travel to LRMC for their scheduled procedure. Additionally, Telehealth supports a variety of patient care needs such as nutritional counseling, sleep study counseling, and educational classes for procedures, such as vasectomies. “Telehealth essentially takes the outlying Army health clinics with otherwise limited access to specialty care providers and turns them into their own regional medical centers,” said Erica Taylor, nurse director of the Telehealth program. If you receive a referral for a health care specialist, ask your doctor or nurse about Telehealth as an option or call the LRMC Telehealth Program Office at 590-4600 or 06371-9464-4600. (Courtesy of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Public Affairs)
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Germany celebrates ‘crazy’ season by Petra Lessoing 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
People who like to dress up in fancy dresses or costumes Teaching the village, reaching the world! and pretend to be somebody We meet else have three weeks left to Sundays at 11 a.m. do so. They can do so as For more info call 06371-616793 long as Germany celebrates or visit our website its “fifth season,” or “crazy www.CCK-Town.org season.” Industriestr. 50 66862 Kindsbach Different areas of Germany have different names for this season of disguise, when it’s normal to be crazy and wild. In the Pfalz it’s called “Fassenacht” or “Fastnacht.” In Bavaria it’s “Fasching,” and in the Cologne area it’s “Karneval.” The fifth season officially begins at 11:11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month and ends on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18. Actual events don’t start until the first week of the new year, when carnival clubs Protestant Services Jewish Religious Services crown their new Fastnacht POC for Miesau, Landstuhl and Daenner is the Ramstein South Chapel Synagogue (DSN princess or prince. During this USAG R-P Chaplains Office in Bldg. 2919 on 480-5753, civ. 06371-47-5753) event, the mayor hands them Pulaski Barracks. DSN 493-4098, civ. Shabbat Evening Service: 7 p.m. Fridays 0631-3406-4098 the keys to the city or village, Islamic Services Miesau Chapel (Bldg. 3175) thus giving them executive Ramstein South Chapel Mosque (480-5753) Seventh-Day Adventist Worship Jumu’ah Prayer, 1:30 p.m. power. Fasching celebrations Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Saturdays For religious education and daily prayers, officially start now. Spanish Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Saturdays check the prayer schedule Worship: 11 a.m. Saturdays Small Group: Typical celebrations and Orthodox Christian 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays events include: “Maskenball” Kapaun Chapel (DSN 489-6859, civ. Landstuhl Community Chapel (Bldg. 3773) (masquerade ball), 0631-536-6859) Worship: 11 a.m. Sundays Divine Liturgy: 9 a.m. Sundays “Faschingstanz” (Fasching Children’s Youth Church: 11 a.m. Sundays Confessions by appointment Daenner Community Chapel (Bldg. 3150) dance), “Kinderfasching” Chapel Next Worship Youth Group A Christian fellowship that gathers to study God’s word verse by verse so we can know, glorify and serve Christ.
Air Force and Army Chapel Schedule
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.
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.
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
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U.S. Air Force file photo
Musical acts in costume walk in Ramstein’s Fasching parade.
(children’s fasching party) and “Prunksitzung” (pomp session). These celebrations are announced on signs, posters or in newspaper advertisements. The fifth season features parties, dances, funny speeches and parades. Visitors of public Fasching events are encouraged to dress up in costumes. If they are not in disguise, they have to pay a higher admission fee when entering Fasching events in community halls, culture centers, sports gyms and other facilities. Some organizations conduct best costume contests and hand out prizes. Customarily, women do not need a male escort when going to a Fasching dance. In this case, it’s up to the females to ask the men for a dance — and the men better not say “no.” A typical Fasching event is the “Prunksitzung,” which literally translated means pomp session. Carnival associations usually sponsor and organize this event. Amateur comedians hold, in their local dialect, humorous speeches spiced with sarcasm about local happenings, people or politics. In between speeches, carnival club members sing and present dances. A committee consisting of a president and 11 counselors watch the session from their seats at the back of the stage. After each performance, committee members present medals to the performers. Fastnacht has its origin in ancient times, when people realized that with the start of a new year, spring would soon be on its way. To make it possible for spring to arrive, the demons of winter had to be chased away. Therefore, people dressed up in evil-looking costumes and masks. They
10:30 a.m. Sundays, Kapaun Chapel
Korean Service 1 p.m. Sundays, Ramstein South Chapel
Unitarian Universalist Service, 1:30 p.m. second and fourth Sundays (Sept.-May), Kapaun Chapel
Wiccan 7 p.m. first and third Saturdays, Kapaun Annex
Confessional Lutheran (WELS) 4 p.m. second and fourth Sundays, Ramstein South Chapel Photo by Stefan Layes
Ramstein-Miesenbach’s carnival association Bruchkatze sponsors a “Prunksitzung,” or pomp session, Saturday and Jan. 31.
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People get dressed up in various costumes for Fashing events. Those who dress up often pay lower admissions fees than those who don’t dress up.
danced in the streets looking like devils, demons and witches and used noise-making devices, bells and drums to scare away the winter ghosts. Through the centuries, the season developed into a Christian ritual. The literal translation of the word “Fastnacht” means “night of fasting.” Today, it’s the time of merriment and laughter preceding Lent, the 40-day period before Easter. The word Karneval also refers to the fasting period. The Latin expression “carne vale” means “farewell, meat” and describes the time of celebrations before Lent, when people have to renounce meat, opulent meals and festivities. The main days of the carnival season are “Altweiberfasching,” or Old Women’s Fasching, on Feb. 12, Rose Monday on Feb. 16, and Fat Tuesday on Feb. 17. Rose Monday is known for colorful parades with floats, musicians, dancers and walking groups in creative costumes proceeding through towns. Ramstein-Miesenbach is known for hosting the biggest parade in the Westpfalz area, and it takes place Feb. 17. Bruchkatze will sponsor its first funny session at 7:31 p.m. Saturday at the Haus des Bürgers; the second is scheduled for Jan. 31. The men’s choir VMC Kaiserslautern will sponsor a party, dance and fun session event with the band Favorits at 8:11 p.m. Saturday in Erfenbach’s community hall, Theo-Barth-Halle.
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Army Pvt. Amir Farzaneh, 27, of San Antonio, plays a villager in the opening scene of â€œFiddler on the Roof.â€? Farzaneh, a computer specialist from the 212th Combat Support Hospital at Miesau Army Depot, joined U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalzâ€™s community theater shortly after arriving in Germany.
Soldier finds home at garrison theater Story and photo by Rick Scavetta U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Not long ago, when Pvt. Amir Farzaneh first arrived at U.S. Army Garrison RheinlandPfalz, he wandered into the Java Cafe in the KMC Onstage foyer on Kleber Kaserne to catch a Wi-Fi signal. Farzaneh, 27, an Army computer specialist from San Antonio, had just been assigned to the 212th Combat Support Hospital at Miesau Army Depot â€” his first duty station. As Farzaneh got online and began fixing something on his phone, someone asked if heâ€™d like to be in the garrisonâ€™s production of â€œFiddler on the Roof.â€? KMC Onstage, the community theater program thatâ€™s part of the garrisonâ€™s directorate of Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation, was holding rehearsals for the iconic musical about a Jewish family in Eastern Europe and needed men to fill out the cast of Russian soldiers. â€œI was sort of taken aback. I was only here for two days, and I didnâ€™t know anything,â€? Farzaneh said. â€œBeing here, Iâ€™ve made a lot of friends, pretty much the whole cast. They are so helpful and so kind.â€? That atmosphere helped cure Farzanehâ€™s homesickness, he said.
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KMC Assembly of God Church
Reverend Chuck Kackley Phone: 06333-9931838 Cell: 0171-6574322
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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After working home foreclosures for several years in Texas, Farzaneh joined the Army to learn about computers and get money to finish college. In January 2014, he shipped off to basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and then to computer training at Fort Gordon, Georgia. Then he got the news â€” an overseas tour in Germany. Other than briefly living in Iran as a child, Farzaneh hadnâ€™t spent much time outside the states. He couldnâ€™t point to Miesau on a map. â€œThat was a big thing. Itâ€™s the first time Iâ€™ve been away from my family and friends for so long,â€? Farzaneh said. â€œI was kind of taken aback, because Iâ€™m going to be away for two years.â€? Nate Records, KMC Onstage artistic director, said he remembers when he was a Soldier and arrived overseas knowing nobody and understands what it means to miss friends and family. â€œThe theater becomes a little bit of your family,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s a different kind of activity, not just something you pay to do. Youâ€™re doing something with other people, and you are working to the same common goal â€“ the play as a performance.â€? KMC Onstage is a creative outlet that brings
Sun: 10 am, 11 am and 6 pm Wed: 7 pm MĂźhlstrasse 34 67659 Kaiserslautern Tel. 06 31 - 36 18 59 92 Tel. 06 371 - 46 75 16
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