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USAFE-AFAFRICA opens enrollment for commercial fitness app Story & graphic by Tech. Sgt. Rachel Waller U.S. Air Force in Europe and Air Forces Africa Public Affairs As part of a phased rollout, uniformed Total Force Airmen assigned to U.S. Air Force in Europe and Air Forces Africa can enroll in a commercial fitness application free of charge on their personal cell phones. The fitness app delivers a personal strength and conditioning coach where traditional resources are unavailable and should comple­ ment existing capabilities to improve the fitness and readiness culture of USAFE-AFAFRICA. “Readiness policy requires Airmen main­ tain fitness standards, and inaccessible fitness centers impede conventional avenues to pursue physical health,” said Capt. Colin Quinn, aero­ space physiologist, 86th Aerospace Medicine Squadron. “This app will provide a flexible alternative to the traditional option, whether that be at home or when fitness centers fully re-open.” Through the fitness app, personnel can tailor their workout to meet personal fitness goals. “There is an option for editing of equipment available to the user, which alters the exercises

prescribed,” noted Quinn. “There is a pro­ gressive schedule which follows short- and long-term goal setting, based upon evidencebased strength and conditioning practices.” Quinn said the main thing that sets the app apart is the automatic feedback based on the user’s actions to change the program in-workout. “In comparison with other downloads available to Air Force members, this app actu­ ally tailors to the individual and presents a plan to use, not just some example workouts,” Quinn said. To enroll in the app, Airmen will receive download instructions and a unit-specific code from their unit fitness personnel monitors. The app will be available to USAFE AFAFRICA Airmen at the following dates: • July 7: 86th Airlift Wing units and all USAFE force support squadron units • July 14: 39th Air Base Wing, 31st Fighter Wing and 52nd Fighter Wing • July 21: 100th Air Refueling Wing, 48th Fighter Wing and 501st Combat Support Wing For more information, contact your UFPM.

Uniformed Total Force Airmen assigned to U.S. Air Force in Europe and Air Forces Africa can enroll in a commercial fitness application free of charge using their personal cell phones beginning June 25. The fitness app delivers a personal strength and conditioning coach where traditional resources are unavailable and should complement existing capabilities to improve the fitness and readiness culture of USAFE-AFAFRICA.

86th VRS, Army expedite repairs Story & photos by Airman 1st Class John R. Wright 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Keeping Team Ramstein’s government vehicles operational is a massive under­ taking. When a unit has even one vehicle out of commission, it can put a strain on operations. The 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron works hard to respond to maintenance needs to get vehicles back on the road as quickly as possible. Sometimes, however, the automotive parts needed for a repair are not as readily available through standard Air Force sourc­ ing routes. “It’s (materiel control’s) job to source

the parts, whether it’s through a stateside vendor or local vendor,” said Master Sgt. James C. Miller, 86th VRS vehicle manage­ ment section chief. “Once we run into a bottleneck or an issue where there are delays in getting the parts, we try to get cre­ ative and find different avenues.” Through innovation and re­ source­ ful­ ness, the 86th VRS has saved time and money by establishing a new partnership with local Army supply to expedite mili­ tary tactical (M-series) vehicle repairs at Ramstein Air Base. Many of the parts needed for M-series vehicle repairs can be sourced from retired Army vehicles at the disposition lot, called See 86 VRS, Page 2

Alexander Geimer, left, and Joerg Engel, both 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron general purpose heavy mechanics, install a brake assembly on a military tactical trailer at Ramstein Air Base, June 19. Geimer and Engel work with the 86th VRS, which addressed vehicle parts supply challenges by establishing a partnership with local Army supply.

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Page 2 86 VRS from Page 1 Cannibalization (Cann) Point, on Rhine Ordnance Barracks. “Depending on how it was purchased or what condition it’s in, a lot of the time it isn’t appropriate to just throw the item away,” Miller said. “There’s a proper dis­ position process for it. One thing that we do with vehicles is what’s called a limited technical inspection (LTI).” The LTI identifies everything wrong with a given vehicle before it goes to disposition, letting the next office or entity that handles it know what is and is not salvageable. The

vehicle may no longer be operational as a whole, but parts on the vehicle may still be in good condition and fully functional. In one instance the 86th VRS needed ballistic glass for an armored Humvee door, but due to the model and age of the vehicle, they would have had to buy 40 of them from a vendor to fulfill their need for one. “That’s a ridiculous cost,” Miller said. “We have no storage for them and we have no need for them. Working through a part­ nership, we were able to source (one).” The process of acquiring parts from the disposition lot also includes quality checks before, during and after the automotive

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component is removed from the vehicle. “Six months ago when (a vehicle) arrived there, it might have been per­ fectly fine,” said Tech. Sgt. Anthony Tepen, 86th VRS materiel control supervisor. “However, because the vehicle might sit for so long — three to six months — our mechanics will definitely be out there looking at everything and whether a part is usable or not.” The benefits of timely local Army supply options can be seen by 86th VRS customers who have fleets of M-series vehicles, such as the 435th Security Forces Squadron, 1st Combat Communications Squadron and

86th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal. The M-series vehicles can also be important for deployments. “A good chunk of our M-series are assigned to unit type codes, so they’re part of deployment packages,” said Tech. Sgt. Milen Tapper, 86th VRS fleet management and analysis supervisor. “They need to be ready at all times.” When presented with a supply chal­ lenge that could have affected operations, the 86th VRS provided a partnership solu­ tion that not only improved efficiency, but ensured readiness and mission success.

Eike Hoerske, 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron general purpose heavy supervisor, left, directs the placement of a military tactical trailer onto axle stands as Alexander Geimer, 86th VRS general purpose heavy mechanic, observes the process at Rhine Ordnance Barracks, June 19. Hoerske and Geimer coordinated with local nationals who manage the disposition lot on ROB and acquired the parts needed for the repair of an M-series trailer at Ramstein Air Base.

Joerg Engel, 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron general purpose heavy mechanic, removes the brake assembly from a military tactical trailer at Rhine Ordnance Barracks, June 19. Engel and other local nationals from General Purpose Heavy, one of the 86th VRS specialty shops, were able to source needed M-series parts from the Army.

U.S. Army Sgt. Koffi Adjamgba, 5th Quarter Master all-wheeled vehicle mechanic motor sergeant, left, helps U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Anthony Tepen, 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron materiel control supervisor, remove a trailer brake lever assembly at Rhine Ordnance Barracks, June 19. Many of the parts needed for military tactical vehicle repairs can be sourced from retired Army vehicles at the disposition lot on ROB.

Eike Hoerske, 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron general purpose heavy supervisor, places the brake assembly from a military tactical trailer into the bed of a truck at Rhine Ordnance Barracks, June 19. Mechanics working with the 86th VRS are always present during the acquisition of vehicle parts to perform quality checks and determine whether or not a part is still usable.

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Southside Gym no-shows: When the pandemic began, public places, such as the South­side Fit­ness Cen­ter, closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. On June 15, the gym reopened with an ap­point­ment-based system for active duty military members only. Yet, within the first week, there were numerous no-shows. Why? “We’re currently trying to fig­ ure that out,” said Master Sgt. Daniel Whiteman, 786th Force Support Squadron non-commis­ sioned officer in charge of the Southside Fitness Center. “From what we can tell, it’s people mak­ ing appointments multiple days in a row and for a week at a time. They plan on coming to the fitness center, but they change their mind or forget they made the appointment.” Considering only active duty military are allowed in the fitness center at this time, it may come as a surprise to know there’s a weekly no-show rate of 27.2 percent. “Our staff went through a lot of man hours and manpow­ er to get the facility ready to

meet the host nation’s guidance and ensure we can open up,” Whiteman said. “Being that we were the number one requested facility to reopen — and not just southside, but fitness as a whole — to see an almost 30 percent no-show rate is disheartening for the staff.” If you need to cancel an appointment, it’s as easy as dial­ ing your phone or pulling up your confirmation email. A 24 hour notice is required, as sameday cancellation slots can’t be filled. “Anytime you make an appointment on Ap­ pointment­ Plus, it sends you an email,” Whiteman said. “In that email, there’s a link for you to cancel. Customers can also call us and we can cancel their reservation for them.” People may have many reasons for not showing up. However, it’s important to remember the unused appoint­ ment slots could have gone to someone else. “It’s a limited capability,” Whiteman said. “At Southside, we’re only authorized 60 people per hour and only six hours per day. Every appointment that’s missed is the potential for anoth­ er member to come to the gym and work out.” This week alone, more than


400 appointments have been lost to no-shows. Slots are available every day and Whiteman says it isn’t neces­ sary to schedule appointments at the same time for the whole week. “I think if people get away from doing that, or at least print out their appointments from AppointmentPlus, it’ll help remind them,” he said. It isn’t just Air Force active duty members missing their appointments, either. Ramstein hosts Army and NATO active duty members as well. As far as consequences go, it’s up to the individuals’ leadership to over­ see corrective action. “Every week, we send up a detailed list of the member’s unit, rank and name to the mission support group, who then forwards it out to the other group commanders for them to take care of their subordinates.” Remember, everyone is doing their part to adhere to the host nation’s guidance on COVID-19 restrictions. This is a difficult time, but it’s up to each individual to hold themselves accountable and to be a wingman whenever possible.

“In the first two days, we had 179 no-shows,” Brig. Gen. Mark R. August, 86th Airlift Wing com­ mander, said during a recent town hall. “Please work with us because, right now, we’re active duty only. We want to be able to open up to our GS civilians, our family members and retirees here in the community, but I’ve got to make sure we meet the bandwidth needs.” Physical fitness tests open up in October, August said. Part of the ability to give those tests are linked with the fitness center being open. “Please help the whole team,” August said. “Check six for your wingmen and make sure they show up to their appointments on time. Supervisors, if they’ve scheduled an appointment, please let them go to those appointments so we can service the entire popu­ lation.” In short, if you don’t plan on responsibly using the gym’s limited time, don’t make an appointment.

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by Airman 1st Class Jennifer Gonzales 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

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TAKE NOTE COVID-19 updates for KMC Looking for updated information regarding coronavirus and changes to base facilities? Visit www.ramstein.af.mil/COVID-19/ GACO helps US customers in Germany Even during COVID-19, the German-American Community Office in Kaiserslautern (located in Rathaus Nord) is still available to assist American customers having problems with host nation-related topics. GACO staff is able to help with German documents and authorities, explain host nation policies and regulations, or find out about the disposal of trash off base, drivers’licenses for U.S. civilians, retirement in Germany, marriage between Americans and foreign nationals, leisure and sports activities, and a lot more. GACO tries to ease U.S. service members’ stay in Germany. As soon as USO is authorized to again offer newcomers’ orientation tours in Kaiserslautern, they will make weekly stops at the GACO. The main entrance of Rathaus Nord is currently closed to the public, but you can make an appointment if you need to discuss your matter in person. For your appointment you will need to use the entrance at Benzinoring 1 where you will be picked up. For more information, visit www.gaco-kl.de; call 0631-3633010 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and between 2 and 6 p.m. Thursdays; or email at info@gaco-kl.de. RAO message for those serviced by Kaiserslautern Zoll Retirees and surviving spouse Pink Card hol­ders need not report to make payment on their purchas-

The Ramstein Aquatic Center will be issuing full refunds for swim lessons, lane reservations, and lifeguarding courses cancelled due to COVID-19. Monthly swim passes expiring after the closure date will be refunded at prorated rate. Annual swim passes will be extended for the length of time the facility was closed due to COVID-19. Those with annual passes PCS-ing before their extended expiration date can email a refund request to the Ramstein Aquatic Center org box: 86FSS. FSCS.AquaticCenter@us.af.mil.

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es right now due to COVID-19 precautions. Those individuals can hold onto all receipts and make payments starting Sept. 1. when the Zoll reopens to full capacity. Additionally, the Director of U.S. Customs in coordination with the German Federal Customs Directorate has authorized an automatic extension of expired/expiring German Forms 0217 through Dec. 31. If your Pink Card expired prior to March 1, you need to visit your local US Customs Field Office for the issuance of a status verification.


Expired ID cards Attention: All Common Access and Identification Cards need to be current by June 30 to gain access to Ramstein Air Base and surrounding installations. If your CAC is already expired or expires within 30 days, please book an appointment at https:// booknow.appointment-plus.com/y7jgzct0/ For dependent IDs that are expired or expiring within 30 days, please visit https://go.usa.gov/ xw5H4. Don’t wait if your CAC/ID card is expired or expiring. Slots are filling fast! *Members will retain their benefits and be able to extend their certificates until Sept. 30, but will need to sign on to base through the Visitor Center after June 30 if their CAC/ID has expired.


JUNE 22 7:45 a.m.: Larceny of government and private property in Ramstein-Miesenbach 10:49 a.m.: Communicating a threat in Mackenbach 9:29 p.m.: Driving under the influence in Rodenbach JUNE 23 3:09 a.m.: Driving under the influence in Kaiserslautern 5:40 p.m.: Driving while impaired, causing a major traffic collision in Kaiserslautern 10:45 p.m.: Driving while impaired in Kaiserslautern

Ramstein Aquatics Center Update The filtration system on Ramstein’s lap pool failed in May and is currently being contracted for repair. Officials anticipate opening the lap pool in August with the recreation pool opening in the fall. Once repairs are completed, the opening date will be advertised along with COVID-19 guidelines.

JUNE 25 11:38 p.m.: Driving under the influence in Kaiserslautern JUNE 26 5:15 p.m.: Major traffic collision, fleeing the scene and operating a vehicle without USAREUR license in Hettenhausen 5:15 p.m.: Major traffic collision in Winnweiler


JUNE 27 12:30 a.m.: Driving while impaired in Kapaun 5:24 a.m.: Theft from an unsecured vehicle in Rodenbach 11:50 a.m.: Major vehicle collision in Kaiserslautern 5:01 p.m.: Damage to private property in Kaiserslautern 9:23 p.m.: Loud noise complaint in Niedermohr 10:45 p.m.: Loud noise complaint in Kaiserslautern 11:20 p.m.: Driving under the influence of a controlled substance at Pulaski Barracks

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) SPOTLIGHT For any other housing questions/ concerns, please email KMCHousing@us.af. mil or call: Assistance Section: DSN: 314-489-6672 0631-536-6672 Facilities Section On-Base: DSN: 314-489-7108 0631-536-7108 Furnishings Management Section: DSN: 314-489-6001 0631-536-6001 Housing Referral Office Off-Base: DSN: 314-489-6643/6659 0631-536-6643/6659 Unaccompanied Housing DORMS: DSN: 314-480-3676 (480-Dorm) 06371-47-3676 During this period of uncertainty and as the situation evolves, we will post updates on our social media channel. Follow us on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ KMCHousingOffice/ “STAY SAFE” DURING COVID-19

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What is Temporary Lodging Allowance? TLA is an allowance intended to provide partial payments to members for lodging/ meal expenses incurred by the member and dependents while occupying temporary lodging as part of a PCS move. It’s designed to offset the extra costs that an eligible housing applicant incurs while residing in temporary lodging. You are authorized 30 days TLA upon arrival in the Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC) and 10 days preceding your departure from the KMC. For arrival TLA, you must actively be seeking permanent housing and must verify that fact with the KMC Military Housing Office every 10 days in order to continue drawing TLA. TLA may be allowed, when you are aggressively seeking available permanent housing on or off-base and when you are awaiting loaner furnishings or household goods shipment, whichever can be delivered sooner. TLA ends when a service member fails to accept adequate permanent Government quarters.

JUNE 28 12:20 a.m.: House break-in, disorderly conduct, drunkenness, provoking speeches and gestures, and damage to personal property in Kaiserslautern 12:26 a.m.: Loud noise complaint in Kaiserslautern 1:00 a.m.: Driving under the influence in Kaiserslautern 1:58 a.m.: Loud noise complaint in Vogelweh Family Housing Area 4:16 a.m.: Loud noise complaint in Vogelweh Family Housing Area

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Ramstein Pharmacy Tent Ramstein’s pharmacy is closing the lobby to patient access and dispensing medications through the exterior pharmacy lobby windows (walk-up pharmacy). This enables our patients to maintain proper physical distancing. Medication refills can be processed through TRICARE Online or through the automated refill line (06371-865601), and will be ready for pick-up the next duty day after 1 p.m. Pharmacy hours of operation are MonFri 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 8-12 a.m.

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2:40 p.m.: Major vehicle accident in Ramstein-Miesenbach 6:15 p.m.: Larceny of private property in Niedermohr JUNE 29 11:29 a.m.: Larceny of government property in Queidersbach 3:27 a.m.: Major traffic collision in Nonnweiler 5:07 p.m.: Damage to private property in Landstuhl JUNE 30 10:40 a.m.: Fleeing the scene in BruchmuehlbachMiesau 3:03 p.m.: Major traffic collision on Pulaski Barracks JULY 1 7:10 p.m.: Communicating a threat in Bruchmuehlbach-Miesau 11:22 p.m.: Damage to private property in Vogelweh Housing Area JULY 2 12:45 a.m.: Fleeing the scene of a major traffic collision while drunken operation of a motor vehicle in Saarbruecken 6:27 p.m.: Major traffic collision in Vogelweh Family Housing Area JULY 3 7:08 p.m.: Larceny of government and private property in Kaiserslautern JULY 4 1:22 a.m.: Driving under the influence in Kaiserslautern 2:31 a.m.: Driving under the influence in Landstuhl 2:31 a.m.: Driving while impaired in Landstuhl 7:06 p.m.: Fire response in Mackenbach 9:29 p.m.: Driving under the influence in Kaiserslautern JULY 5 2:05 a.m.: Assault on Kapaun 5:20 p.m.: Major vehicle collision in RamsteinMiesenbach 6:15 p.m.: Larceny of private property in Niedermohr

Editor’s note: The purpose of the weekly blotter is to deliver a chronological listing of criminal activity in the KMC. The information contained in the blotter is not indicative of crime trends or the targeting of service members or their dependents. The location and nature of the entries is dependent upon where the crime was reported and not necessarily where the crime took place.

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Lajes maintainer rises to occasion during COVID-19 by Senior Airman Kristof J. Rixmann 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Master Sgt. Carlos Torres, 65th Air Base Squadron main­ tenance superintendent at Lajes Air Field, Portugal, has always believed in making a positive impact at work, with friends and with family. Since early March, his impact has been immense on a multina­ tional and interpersonal level as he worked to return American citizens afflicted by COVID-19 back to the United States for treatment and, eventually, back to their families. Specifically, Torres coordinat­ ed return dates to the U.S. for all COVID-19 related patients, which were determined based on avail­ able resources and manning. In retrospect, Torres said he never imagined making an impact on such a large scale. “It feels great,” said Torres. “I’m grateful knowing we’re helping American citizens get back home and that we’re doing our part in the midst of COVID19. (The 65th ABS) continues

to build on the fantastic ongoing relationship with the base host nation, Portugal, as we handle any COVID-19 related missions that come our way. At the same time, we’re also working handin-hand to maintain the safety and health of everyone on the island.” As the virus spread, Torres accepted new responsibilities to close pandemic-related safety gaps. Torres began training main­ tenance personnel on medical screening procedures and coor­ dinated with 65th Air Base Group independent duty medical techni­ cians to ensure 11 maintenance personnel were trained on cor­ rect procedures to conduct and annotate aircrew and passenger questionnaires as well as measure body temperatures. In addition to his new role as an instructor, Torres regularly coordinated with pilots who had COVID-19 patients on board to ensure the safe, seamless transit of U.S. citizens as they returned to the U.S. for treatment. He coordinated aircraft landing times, and ensured the aircraft received any requested refueling

or maintenance services. Prior to the virus, pilots would briefly step off the parked aircraft during a refuel to speak with Torres about things they needed before they departed Lajes Air Field. With the safety of his team in mind, he implement­ ed new policies such as keeping all doors on the landing aircraft closed at all times throughout the refuel. Torres established com­ munication with pilots during refuel with the use of radios, thus ensuring no contact or spread of the virus was possible. Torres and his team were front and center for all Lajes Air Field U.S. support missions. On June 19, Torres received the Ramstein Air Base Airlifter of the Week, presented by Brig. Gen. Mark R. August, 86th Airlift Wing commander, in recognition of his efforts made throughout this unprecedented time. Torres is quick to deflect credit. “I didn’t do any of this on my own,” said Torres. “Pretty much everyone on this base helped out in some capacity. We’re all a team here and no one is ever on their own.”

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Carlos Torres, 65th Air Base Squadron maintenance superintendent, poses for a photo near his unit's mural. Torres received the Ramstein Air Base Airlifter of the Week award in recognition for his work during the pandemic. Photo by Master Sgt. Torres

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Forward Resuscitative Surgical Team trains at Ramstein

U.S. Army Capt. Jessica Weinman, 67th Forward Resuscitative Surgical Team Emergency Nurse, reviews the medication stock and prepares commonly used medications for an inbound patient prior to a training scenario at the Medical Simulation Training Center, Ramstein Air Base, June 19. Medications come in different concentrations and substances, and nurses need to assure these substances and concentrations are prepared appropriately and are ready to administer when a patient arrives.

Story & photos by Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn A. Ford 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs The 86th Medical Group provides a unique capability when it comes to medical training. The Medical Simulation Training Center is the home to nine human simulators. The human simulators provide a realistic aspect to medical training. During exercises, instructors can program the simulators with vital information. The simulators can have a pulse, breath and even bleed. This capability came to Ramstein in 2012. The follow­ ing year, more than 1,500 service members trained on the life-like simulators. Today the center has outgrown its original location and will be moving to a larger facil­ ity as the number of students the center sees per year has more than doubled. “We are small, but very robust,” said Christopher Williams, 86th MDG simulation specialist. “We’re getting bigger because we’ve out­ grown it.” This capability allows the 86th MDG to maintain their own train­ ing certifications, but also lends a hand to joint partners. On a regular rotation, U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Rhine Ordnance Barracks is the home station to two forward resuscitative surgical teams. “We are a small dynamic team that is doctrinally forward deployed as close to the point of injury as feasible,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Andrew Kagel, 67th FRST commander. When not deployed within the Central Command area of

responsibility, the 67th FRST are on a rotational be-prepared-todeploy order to support the Army Contingency Response Force. Because of this high operational tempo, it is vital they keep their skills sharp and remain ready when the team gets the call to move. “We are always on mission, and need to find training opportunities of high value and flexibility,” said Kagel. “The Medical Simulation Training Center provides just those sorts of opportunities.” The high fidelity simulation offered by the 86th MDG provides unmatched capabilities in the area, supporting such courses as advanced cardiovascular life support, cardio­ pulmonary resuscitation and self-aid buddy care. “Ramstein can do the most high speed medical training,” said Williams. “This is like the flight simulator for the medical field.”

U.S. Army Capt. Jennifer Hensel, 67th Forward Resuscitative Surgical Team Nurse Anesthetist, provides ventilations via a bag valve mask to an intubated patient during a training scenario at the Medical Simulation Training Center, Ramstein Air Base, June 19. Trauma patients are often unconscious and cannot maintain their own respirations. The CRNA is responsible for maintaining airway and ventilation support while providing anesthesia during surgery.

U.S. Army Spec. Alexandra Jimenez, 67th Forward Resuscitative Surgical Team licensed practical nurse, hangs notional blood on the Belmont Rapid Infuser during a training scenario at the Medical Simulation Training Center, Ramstein Air Base, June 19. Most battle injuries and traumas lead to massive hemorrhage, and the Belmont Rapid Infuser can transfuse massive amounts of warmed blood, which is vital to the patient’s survival.

U.S. Army Maj. James Foster, 67th Forward Resuscitative Surgical Team orthopedic surgeon, left, and Spc. Jonathan Lopez, 67th FRST operating room technician, right, place a Hypothermia Prevention and Management Kit under the patient to prepare for transport during a training scenario at the Medical Simulation Training Center, Ramstein Air Base, June 19. Hypothermia is one of the triad of death, and a trauma patient who is already compromised has difficulty maintaining normal body temperature. The HPMK helps optimize a patient’s ability to retain body heat and stay warm.

U.S. Army Capt. Jennifer Hensel, 67th Forward Resuscitative Surgical Team Nurse Anesthetist, intubates a patient during a training scenario at the Medical Simulation Training Center, Ramstein Air Base, June 19. Trauma patients are often unconscious and cannot maintain their own respirations. The most effective and definitive way to assure the patient is ventilating is by securing a tube in the trachea by means of intubation.

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approximately 80 miles per hour. If one were to exceed that speed, the motorcyclist would be held liable for any accidents that may occur while driving at excessive speeds. The course highlighted the German laws and Army regulations and guidelines for riding on and off German installations while being sta­ tioned abroad. The instructors also outlined some safety tips and tricks that can be shared among fellow riders. Properly fitted and functional personal protective equipment, or PPE, makes riding more comfort­ able and much safer. High visibility PPE is required by the military and preferred in all cases. The Army requires riders to wear a Department of Transportation approved helmet, eye protection, full-length pants, protective gloves, and over-the-ankle footwear. It is highly advised to wear bright colors, and reflective material at night so the operator is highly visible to others sharing the roadways. Riding creates a community, and there is always more to learn from fellow riders, Halsmer said. Whether a motorcyclist has been riding for years, or today is the

first time ever sitting on a motorcy­ cle, people can always learn more. Even an experienced rider may have never ridden in some of the road and weather conditions that can be seen in Europe. Instructors performed a front to back T-CLOCS inspection, which stands for the procedure covering your bike’s Tires, Controls, Lights, Oil, Chassis and Stands. There were multiple styles of bikes present to show how each one has its own points to inspect. Before arriving in Germany, U.S. personnel must have a motorcycle endorsement on their valid U.S. driver’s license. They will have to attend a mandatory four-hour ori­ entation briefing and pass a written test. Active-duty service members are also required to have a valid Motorcycle Safety Foundation card. “Europe is an amazing con­ tinent to ride in.” Chief Warrant Officer 2 Daniel Cebulla, instructor, and network technician assigned to the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, said. “We need to make sure our Soldiers and fam­ ilies are safe and informed. Ride as fast, or slow, as your ability allows you to. Ride your ride.”

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Ladenburg by Allison Robins contributing writer to MilitaryinGermany.com Only an hour away from Kaiserslautern is a laid-back ver­ sion of Rothenburg, just with fewer tourists. Ladenburg, a microcosm of Germany’s natural scenery, is a scenic one-hour drive from Kaiserslautern along the “Deutsche Weinstrasse,” Germany’s famed wine route. Claiming to be the oldest German city east of the Rhine, Ladenburg’s history is a tale of Celtic, Roman and classic medieval German influence, still wonder­ fully evident in the many preserved buildings and ancient city design. The town of Ladenburg can be reached in many ways: by driving in from the north and parking in one of the many free lots around town or by the river, via a two-min­ ute ride aboard a rickety car/pas­ senger ferry from the small town of Neckarhausen (there are large parking lots on the west bank), or via the expansive riverfront park


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on the east bank (Ladenburg side). The ferry costs €0.40 per passen­ ger, and €1.20 for a car and driver. It’s worth the brief ride. Extending more than two kilo­ meters along the Neckar, the grassy city park offers plenty of shady trees, several casual soccer and Frisbee fields, and various launch points for canoes and kayaks. Picnickers can snack happily on the soft grass while children toss bread to white swans from a sur­ prisingly sandy strip of beach along the riverfront. Walk a few blocks away from the river and reach a different but equally distinct world. The town center is a maze of little cobble­ stone streets lined with beautifully painted timbered houses built as early as the 14th century. Outdoor cafes, three churches and various trade shops and restaurants boast several centuries of loyal business and provide the town center with plenty of historical charm. A crypt dating from the year 1,000 sits below St. Gallus Church, a mustsee for lovers of Roman ruins.

One of the town’s highlights is the main market square, complete with a fountain crowned by the Virgin Mary, evoking the town’s Catholic past, and a panorama of colorful timbered houses and shops. Take a moment to sip an “Eiskaffee” or ice coffee, at one of the many tables in the square, or meander down to a well-preserved section of the original city wall and “Martinstor,” or gate tower. The evocative “Hexenturm,” or witch­ es tower, is the fairy tale tower whose unfortunate purpose was to imprison suspected witches until a confession was obtained. One of Ladenburg’s claims to fame, the Karl Benz Automuseum, allows visitors to see the auto mak­ er’s history unfold from the inven­ tion of the gas-powered car to the inspiring legacy of Dr. Benz, whose final residence is also des­ ignated as a historic building in Ladenburg. An ideal location for a relaxing walk, family picnic or historical tour, Ladenburg also hosts fre­ quent festivals and celebrations.




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Tacet Venari: Maximizing cyber defense capabilities Story & photos by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa held exercise Tacet Venari to better prepare local cyber defenders in safeguarding critical technological infrastruc­ tures, June 24-July 2. Tacet Venari gave Airmen the opportunity to identify, detect and respond to cyber threats ranging from lesser resourced hacktivist groups to advanced large-scale entities at a nation-state level. The capability to successfully defend against such threats allows the Air Force to ensure mission continu­ ation without hiccups or render­ ing the service vulnerable against more damaging consequences. “(The exercise) provides training to the mission defense team members,” said Master Sgt. Michael Simons, Headquarters USAFE-wAFAFRICA A6 defensive cyber operations integration man­ ager. “This is our homegrown training event using our cyber range that was procured at the beginning of 2019. What we do is bring out the red team, the hackers, and the mission defense teams. (The MDTs) have their ter­ rain that we’ve built out ahead of time, and they have to defend against (the hackers) to provide mission assurance.” The training was split into two MDTs. One protected a simulated refueling mission out of Royal Air

Force Mildenhall, England, while the other protected a simulated F-16 mission out of Aviano Air Base, Italy. Both teams utilized the cyber range to detect potential cyber threats to ensure continua­ tion for their respective missions. “This hands-on training is important because we do a lot of self-paced training or in-classroom learning, but we don’t always get the direct scenario-based training where we can actively participate in what it would look like if we were being attacked,” said Master Sgt. Robert Leppla, 1st Combat Communications Squadron, Tacet Venari MDT lead. “This allows us to simulate that environment so we can respond appropriately to dif­ ferent scenarios that we may come across while we’re trying to defend a mission objective.” After the team members deter­ mine a threat, they report their findings through their chain of command. “Their job is to assure the wing commander’s priorities,” Simons said. “They make sure the cyber aspect is good, and that all the ser­ vices they need to have up, remain up to perform the mission.” Tacet Venari is a recurring exer­ cise that bolsters cyber defense capabilities for the Air Force as a whole. “Coming here, they’re able to see it in real-time, and learn and practice their tactics, techniques and procedures against adversar­ ies,” Simons said.

A computer monitor reads “Tacet Venari” during U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa’s Tacet Venari exercise at Ramstein Air Base, July 2. Tacet Venari is latin for “silent hunt” referring to the nature of cyber warfare and cyber defense. Tacet Venari gave Airmen the opportunity to identify, detect and respond to cyber threats ranging from lesser resourced hacktivist groups to advanced large-scale entities at a nation-state level.

U.S. Airmen assigned to various units within U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa perform cyber defense tactics during exercise Tacet Venari at Ramstein Air Base, July 2. Tacet Venari gave Airmen the opportunity to identify, detect and respond to cyber threats ranging from lesser resourced hacktivist groups to advanced large-scale entities at a nation-state level.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Rose Li, right, hands a notebook to Airman 1st Class Eric Gardella. Both 86th Communications Squadron wing cyber readiness technicians monitored malicious network activity during exercise Tacet Venari at Ramstein Air Base, July 2. U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa held exercise Tacet Venari to better prepare local cyber defenders in safeguarding critical technological infrastructures.



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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class William Wren, 1st Combat Communications Squadron security compliance technician, runs scans to identify network vulnerabilities during exercise Tacet Venari at Ramstein Air Base, July 2. Tacet Venari is a recurring exercise designed to bolster cyber defense capabilities for Air Force assets.

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NPC, NPC-L ready to save lives

A Negatively Pressurized Conex sits on a k-loader after 721st Aerial Port Squadron personnel unloaded it from a C-17 Globemaster III at Ramstein Air Base, June 24. The NPC is a more durable system than the existing Transport Isolation System. The NPC is an infectious disease containment unit designed to minimize contamination risk to aircrew and medical attendants, while allowing in-flight medical care for patients afflicted by diseases like COVID-19. Photo by Senior Airman Milton Hamilton

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SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, ILL. – On June 24 the first Negatively Pressurized Conex ready for operational use touched down at Ramstein Air Base, with 16 experts from Joint Base Charleston and three members of the program office team to stand on alert status and train additional Airmen on the NPC. The NPC is configured for the C-17 Globemaster III and C-5 Super Galaxy aircraft to safely trans­ port up to 28 passengers or 23 patients, including ambulatory and litter, around the globe, while the Negatively Pressurized Conex-Lite is a smaller variation configured to be used aboard the C-130 Hercules.

The NPC-L system was certified to be fully operational June 25. Air Mobility Command and Air Force Materiel Command leaders joined forces early April to invite creative materiel and non-materiel solutions to address a Joint Urgent Operational Need to move large numbers of COVID-19 patients should the need for that capabil­ ity arise. “In less than 30 days, the NPC went from an idea on a napkin to a proven concept ... and only 88 days from that idea to the delivery of an operational system,” said Lt. Col. Paul Hendrickson, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center CBRN Defense material leader. “This was made possible by a team comprised of the Air

Force CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) Defense Systems Branch working with the Joint Program Executive Office for CBRN Defense and partnering with teams across the Air Force and Department of Defense.” After putting the proof of con­ cept NPC system through rigorous testing that ran from 21-30 April the first NPC-L was delivered June 1, at Joint Base Charleston, followed by the first NPC on June 7, to begin testing and operational utility evalu­ ation. “Teams from across the coun­ try led by the Program Executive Office for Agile Combat Support (PEO ACS), gathered at Joint Base Charleston to assess the NPC and ensure it met four main require­

U.S. Air Force personnel assigned to the 721st Aerial Port Squadron off-load a Negatively Pressured Conex from a C-17 Globemaster III at Ramstein Air Base, June 24. The NPC provides greater capacity to move more patients than the existing Transportation Isolation System. Photo by Senior Airman Milton Hamilton

ments,” said Hendrickson. “The NPC must: one, be able to contain the virus from aircrew and the air­ craft, two, be usable for aeromedi­ cal teams, three, have the potential to be certified airworthy and four, have the potential to be safe to fly. The NPC has proven capable of sat­ isfying all of those requirements.” When the COVID-19 outbreak began, the Air Force increased training on the Transport Isolation System, an isolation chamber developed during the 2014 Ebola outbreak, but never used in opera­ tions until April 10, when it trans­ ported COVID-positive patients from U.S. Central Command to Ramstein for medical treatment. To date, the TIS has successfully transported more than 80 patients.

A Negatively Pressurized Conex sits on a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Ramstein Air Base, June 24. The NPC will be fitted to fly on the C-17 and C-5 Galaxy aircraft, and can hold up to 28 passengers or 23 ambulatory patients. Photo by Senior Airman Milton Hamilton

However, it offers AMC and the Air Force limited capability, as each TIS can transport only two to four patients. The NPC will increase AMC’s capacity for patient trans­ port, both now and in support of future requirements. “The NPC is crucial to readi­ ness as it not only protects our aircrews, aircraft, and aeromedical evacuation teams as they transport patients, but it also protects the readiness of the locations we will move patients from,” said Lt. Col. Timothy Mach, AMC Requirements Division chief. “We need to take care of the individual infected by the virus and mitigate the chance of it spreading. The NPC allows us to perform those life-saving move­ ments in only hours.”

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In-flight testing is conducted to certify a Negatively Pressurized Conex prototype at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., April 30. The NPC was rapidly developed and designed to fit inside both C-5 and C-17 aircraft to enable safe transport of up to 28 patients, as well as teams of medical professionals to medical facilities around the globe. Photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Drzazgowski

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A Negatively Pressurized Conex sits on a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Ramstein Air Base, June 24. The NPC is the latest isolated containment chamber developed to transport COVID-19 patients, replacing the existing Transport Isolation System.Photo by Senior Airman Milton Hamilton

U.S. Air Force personnel assigned to the 721st Aerial Port Squadron push a Negatively Pressured Conex onto a C-17 Globemaster III at Ramstein Air Base, June 24. The NPC was developed for high capacity, immediate transport of COVID-19 infected personnel. Photo by Senior Airman Milton Hamilton

U.S. Air Force personnel assigned to the 721st Aerial Port Squadron load a Negatively Pressurized Conex onto a C-17 Globemaster III at Ramstein Air Base, June 24. The 721st APS Ramp Services ensure Ramstein’s airborne cargo and passengers arrive safely at their destination. Photo by Senior Airman Milton Hamilton

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A spectacular bird show in Potzberg Last week I decided to take my teenage daughters to the Wildpark Potzberg. The only thing I knew was that they had a bird show that featured falcons and bald eagles. I have never been to a bird show nor was I overly excited about going to this one, but my daughters wanted

to go. So, off we went. I was pleasantly surprised at this show! This is a family-owned property and you can tell that they pour their heart and soul into it. The owner, Harald Schauss, does a won­ derful job with the management of this beautiful park, and the animals and birds are friendly as well. When Arriving When we arrived in the park­

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As we walked towards the show area, we saw horses, rams and sev­ eral free-roaming bunnies.

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Even though my girls are teen­ agers, they still love petting zoos! At the restaurant there is outside seat­ ing that overlooks a playground and an area for feeding and petting goats. I have to admit that I fell in love with a tiny goat, and for a brief moment entertained the idea of having one as a pet. And then I woke up and realized that was a bad idea. (Note: There is animal food for sale in the park, so please do not feed the animals any human food!)

Other Sections of the Park There is one section of the park that we did not walk through and I believe this is where the peacocks, white deer, elk and donkeys are kept. We also passed the cages of several different species of birds. I was a bit sad during this portion of the walk to see these beautiful creatures in cages and tethered to posts. They seemed to be well taken care of, so I had to let it go. The Bird Show

Once we passed the cages, the property opened up to the seating area for the show and, literally, the view is breathtaking. It is a stun­ ning location to watch eagles soar!

The show lasts about one hour and is in German with no English translation. However, there were a couple of English words. Apparently, there are two bald eagles named Air Force One and Obama. This prompted a chuckle from the audience. It really was a lot of fun and strangely peaceful to watch these beautiful creatures soar. And Mr. Shauss is quite comi­ cal so he had the birds do tricks by flying extremely close to our heads. He even managed to get Air Force One to land about two inches from my shoulder. After the Show At the end of the show a little boy (who we assumed to be Mr. Shauss’ son) appears with a very

small owl and gives everyone in the audience an opportunity to pet the owl. He proceeded to educate my girls (in German) about the owl. This was quite funny to watch since they kept asking if he spoke English and he just kept talking… in German. Children’s Birthday Party I asked one of the interns who spoke English about children’s birthday parties. I was told that you can have your child’s birthday party there and that each child will get an opportunity to hold one of the owls. If you could have seen the faces of the small children there who were thrilled to just pet an owl, you would book a party imme­ diately! Click on the park’s website for more information. Note: Dogs are allowed in the park, but they are not allowed in the area where the “Birds of Prey Show” is conducted, for obvious reasons. If you have small children and you don’t want to bring your stroller, they do have wagons for rent for less than 5 Euro. How to get there The park is located in Fockelberg and is around 30 min­ utes northwest of Kaiserslautern, 1 hours and 40 minutes southwest of Wiesbaden and 2 hours and 45 minutes northwest of Stuttgart. Address: Inhaber Harald Schauß 66887 Föckelberg Telephone: +49 (0) 6385 6249 Author’s Profile: Cheryl Koller is a native of Georgia. She is a DOD spouse, mom of 4 daughters (2 adults, 2 teens), thrill-seeker, avid traveler, and lover of food and wine. She is a self-proclaimed Freedom-Preneur and Blogger currently living in Ramstein with her family.


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Air Force surgeon general talks about COVID-19, innovation, leadership

Chief Master Sgt. Dawn Kolczynski, left, U.S. Air Force Surgeon General chief of medical operations and Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, U.S. Air Force surgeon general, were guests during a podcast from Dover Air Force Base’s Bedrock Innovation Lab, June 26, 2020, at Dover AFB, Del. Hogg and Kolczynski talked to podcast listeners about COVID-19, innovation and leadership from their perspectives.

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DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, DEL. — Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, U.S. Air Force surgeon general, accom­ panied by Chief Master Sgt. Dawn Kolczynski, Air Force Surgeon General chief of medical opera­ tions, toured and learned about the Transport Isolation System aboard a C-17 Globemaster III, June 26. While inside the TIS, Maj. Mark Dellinger, 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron training flight commander, and Senior Master Sgt. Michael Malone, 36th AES training noncommissioned officer in charge and AE technician, both assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., briefed Hogg and Kolczynski on Dover AFB’s role in safely trans­ porting patients, medical support personnel and aircrew during the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 30, two Transportation Isolation Systems arrived at Dover AFB from Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, as Dover AFB became the U.S. East Coast hub for TIS decontamination due to its strategic location and support facilities. “The TIS mission started when Ebola (2014 outbreak) came about,” Hogg said. “We recognized that we would have a need to trans­ port contaminated patients, and so we had to figure out pretty quickly how to do that on the back of the aircraft to keep the aircrew safe.” By partnering with indus­

tries, the TIS was manufactured in approximately two weeks as a result of requirements identified during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. “The capability that it has is that it contains the biological agent, chemical agent, whatever is inside, so that everybody else is clean and safe on the outside,” Hogg said. Patient care is possible while being transported in a TIS aboard a C-17 or C-130 Hercules aircraft. “We can deliver care inside there,” Hogg said. “We can do critical-care patients, we can do ambulatory patients and we can configure it in a way that is needed for the complexity of the patient.” After exiting the TIS, the sur­ geon general and chief met with 10th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Flight aircrew, the TIS support team and 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron person­ nel before heading to Dover AFB’s Bedrock Innovation Lab to record a podcast on innovation and lead­ ership. During the podcast, Hogg spoke about the continuous process of innovation and the Negatively Pressurized Conex, or NPC, that was cleared for opera­ tional use on June 24 for C-5 Super Galaxy and C-17 aircraft. “It actually was certified to fly this past week. It can hold more patients… instead of a small handful that the TIS can hold,” Hogg said. The NPC can transport up to 28

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passengers or 23 patients, either ambulatory or litter. Speaking about the TIS mis­ sion, “It’s a Total Force mission … reservist, active duty and a variety of Air Force specialty codes (career fields) that are doing it, and it’s not their primary job,” Kolczynski said. “We’re putting them there, they’re learning and while they are doing the job here practicing, they are also being innovative and figuring out, ‘how do we do it better?’” On the topic of innovation, the surgeon general expressed her perspective: “My platform is disruptive innovation. When I go out and talk to people, I chal­ lenge them to think without a box, not outside the box but without a box. We have to cultivate a culture where we are willing to take risks, where it’s okay no matter what

rank you are, where you come from —that you can step up and say I have a better idea.” The surgeon general also stressed the importance of com­ munication and its challenges dur­ ing COVID-19. “It’s so difficult to try to keep everybody informed of what’s going on, and I’ve found that to be a little bit challenging, because you have a lot of players,” Hogg said. “So not only do you have Department of Defense in this fight against COVID, you also have Health and Human Services, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” During COVID, disseminating messages from multiple agencies at the right time to the right people is really important to the surgeon general.

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Safety team wants to help keep garrison chill in the heat As summer temperatures heat up offices on American installations in Germany, commanders and supervisors should pay close attention to employees in Host Nation buildings without air conditioning. Photo by Keith Pannell

By Keith Pannell U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz It was a year ago the state of Rheinland-Pfalz recorded its highest temperature when the thermometer spiked to 104.7 F (40.4 C) July 25, 2019 on the hottest day ever in Germany.

There are specific garrison direc­ tives in place when the heat rises. On that day and one other in 2019, the garrison commander allowed employees to use administrative leave to avoid heat-related injuries. According to garrison safety experts, once the temperature hits the 95 F (32 C) mark, leaders must

start looking at ways to protect employees. “Supervisors and commanders must be flexible when dealing with the heat in Germany,” said Herb Nold, U.S. Army Garrison RheinlandPfalz Safety specialist. “Heat is heat anywhere in the world. The differ­ ence is Germany, unlike most places

July 10, 2020 in the United States, does not have air conditioning in the majority of its buildings, especially the old ones.” Nold said employees and Soldiers with preexisting conditions and those who work on upper floors would feel the impact of the higher tempera­ tures the most. “Supervisors must have a plan,” Nold said. “It comes from both the U.S. safety regulations and the host nation contract. Some stipulations enable supervisors to allow a loos­ er dress code, longer breaks, and other mitigating measures.” According to the host nation contract with the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Medical Commands, tak­ ing preventive measures will help alleviate heat-related stress. While it may sound simple, Nold offered some tips: • Employees stay with dressier work clothes, even when the forecast calls for high tempera­ tures. Looser, lighter clothing can do wonders for comfort in the office. • Letting fresh air in the office before the morning turns hot can keep an office cooler. • Some offices can change their work hours to allow employees to come in, then leave, earlier.

• Drink lots of water. • Government Purchase Cards can be used to buy fans. In Germany, the Directorate of Public Works must approve of individual office air conditioners. DPW noted the wiring and infrastructure in a vast majority of the garrison’s office buildings do not support the AC’s electrical workload. Earlier this year, Col. Jason T. Edwards, USAG RP commander, signed Garrison Policy No. 33, which allows Army family housing residents to buy one air condi­ tioner for their Baumholder Military Community home. Many of the stair­ well apartments in the BMC are three or four stories. Nold said air conditioners are not allowed in most office buildings in the garrison because the older buildings are not built to handle the electrical load multiple air condi­ tioning units would cause. “The main thing is, watch out for your co-workers,” Nold empha­ sized. “If you see someone is sweat­ ing profusely or, worse, not sweat­ ing when they should be, get them help right away. Heatstroke is very serious and can affect someone the rest of their life.”


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July 10, 2020

Fall 2019 Army Housing Survey results released

The Fall 2019 Housing Resident Survey results, released by the U.S. Army June 22, show an almost 2% increase from spring in overall satisfaction from Baumholder Military Community residents. Graphic by Jason Tudor

by Erinn Burgess U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz The Fall 2019 Housing Resident Survey results, released by the U.S. Army on June 22, show an almost 2% increase from spring in over­ all satisfaction from Baumholder Military Community residents. However, despite increases in most of the categories, the resident satisfaction rate remains in the poor to below-average ranking overall — something U.S. Army Garrison

Rheinland-Pfalz leaders are com­ mitted to improving. “I want to be very clear when I say we recognize we have work to do. We are not complacent when we see low satisfaction ratings from our Army families,” said Col. Jason Edwards, garrison commander. “Our families have identified a need for improvements and we’ll con­ tinue to put an emphasis on meet­ ing those needs and improving the quality of life for our residents.” Survey results show improved

ratings in the areas of property sat­ isfaction and service satisfaction, to include responsiveness and followthrough, and quality of maintenance services. However, satisfaction levels decreased slightly in areas such as readiness to solve problems, and property appearance and condition. “I was pleased to see our ratings improved in overall satisfaction, property satisfaction and service satisfaction,” said Greg Williams, Directorate of Public Works direc­ tor. “Taking the survey is important

Page 17 — we want feedback on the ser­ vices we provide, because we have direct impact on making changes. The survey sends a message to ‘Big Army’ to help us fight for funding to improve facilities.” According to Williams, proj­ ects submitted for fiscal year 2020 funding include work required to bring 389 housing units up to cur­ rent standards, including plumb­ ing, electrical work and fixtures, kitchens, bathrooms, floor cover­ ing, ventilation and more. One proj­ ect is a major repair of a stairwell apartment that converts 16 units to 12 larger units, and another project sees the addition of balconies and garages to select buildings. Roughly 26% of Baumholder Army Family Housing residents responded to the fall survey — 195 out of 747 surveys distributed — an increase from 17.5% in the spring. A concerted effort led by the gar­ rison commander with face-to-face interaction between senior lead­ ers and families in housing areas helped bring participation levels up during the final two days of the sur­ vey, said Williams. “I extend a sincere thank you to the Soldiers and families who participated in the survey,” Edwards said. “Your input is shaping the Army’s long-term reinvestment strategy — the more you contrib­ ute, the more you play a role in

changing the standard for Army Family Housing. Our desire is for our communities to be the No. 1 place to work and live.” The goal of these successive housing surveys is to quantify, com­ pare and evaluate performances over time. Army leaders are com­ mitted to further improving housing conditions, and the survey results will help to shape future housing quality and services. “We are absolutely committed to providing safe and secure housing on every installation, and making every installation an installation of choice for our Soldiers and fami­ lies,” said Gen. Gus Perna, Army Materiel Command commander and top Army officer with responsi­ bility for Army Housing. “The action we take from these survey results will be another step to hold our­ selves and privatized housing com­ panies accountable to provide a high-quality standard of living and to earn back the trust of our hous­ ing residents.” The Army’s release is available at: https://www.army.mil/ article/236599/ Information about the next Army housing survey will be released in the coming months. In the meantime, residents can reach out to the Baumholder Housing Office any time at 0611-143-531-2978.


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Garrison BOSS challenge goes the distance

U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Commander Col. Jason Edwards (left) and Command Sgt. Maj. Brett Waterhouse (right) present awards to Chief Hospital Corpsman Armando Montoya, Naval Medical Logistics Command Detachment, U.S. Army Medical Materiel Center, and Army Sgt. Kayla Winslow, U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus, first place winners of the Better Opportunities for Single Service Members 100-Mile Challenge. The challenge inspired single service members to get on their feet and stay moving by running 100 miles during the month of May. Photos by Keith Pannell

by Erinn Burgess U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz The Better Opportunities for Single Service Members vir­ tual 100-mile running challenge inspired people to get on their feet and stay moving during the month of May. Designed by BOSS for service members at U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz, the challenge sur­ prised organizers when it ended up reaching more than 600 partici­ pants worldwide. “I didn’t plan for it to be that big — I honestly thought it’d be 10 to 20 Soldiers, but it just kept going and going,” said Army Spc. Ethan Locklear, garrison BOSS president and organizer of the challenge. “We had people [participating] every­ where — people in Poland, Alaska and Missouri.” The challenge — run 100 miles in a month — aimed to give service members something to do during the coronavirus pandemic while work schedules were altered and gyms were closed, said Locklear. Since the challenge could be completed anywhere with results logged via a running app, it wasn’t long before word-of-mouth and social media extended the invita­ tion to people outside of the local area.

“I talked to the BOSS president at Fort Wainwright and she told me they had 20 Soldiers participating in it there — we don’t even know how it got there!” he said. The prizes, however, remained limited to single service members in the Rheinland-Pfalz community. Participants who completed 100 miles earned certificates of achieve­ ment from the garrison command­ er. The second and third place male and female runners earned garrison commander’s coins of excellence; and the first place male and female runners received Army achievement medals. The first place runner in the male category was Chief Hospital Corpsman Armando Montoya, Naval Medical Logistics Command Detachment, U.S. Army Medical Materiel Center. “It feels great to represent the Navy,” said Montoya. “Having this opportunity to participate and fin­ ish amongst the other top run­ ners from other services feels won­ derful. Most importantly, it feels good to know that this tradition will continue and influence future events, hopefully motivating other peers and junior service members to join future challenges and do the same.” Montoya, part of a small but dedicated Navy team in Pirmasens,

finished the challenge with a total of 391.2 miles. The worldwide mara­ thon runner, who has completed races in Chicago, Seattle, Tokyo, Seville, Lisbon and Zurich, said the BOSS challenge was a great oppor­ tunity to participate in a fun event with other services. “Plus, due to COVID restric­ tions, it was my first running chal­

lenge this year!” he added. Coming in first place for the female category was Army Sgt. Kayla Winslow, a vocalist in the U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus at Sembach Kaserne. Winslow, who has completed two half-marathons and a trail mar­ athon herself, has been working on endurance training since setting a

goal for herself to run a 100-miler one year ago. Her training paid off, as she came in with a total of 232.5 miles. “I already run and hike a lot, which means I put in a good num­ ber of miles each month, so sign­ ing up was the obvious choice,” Winslow said. But she wasn’t expecting to win. “I was surprised [to win]! So many runners in the challenge fin­ ished their 100 miles in just a couple days, whereas it took me a week and a half,” Winslow said. “I thought for sure the people who finished 100 really quickly would continue to rack up miles.” Montoya said he noticed that if he ran a few miles in the afternoon, the other runners would go out and run about the same amount, and likewise, he did his best to keep up. “It was great to have that type of mutual support and sportsman­ ship throughout the challenge, not allowing each other to remain sed­ entary and keeping one another motivated,” he said. “During the physical distanc­ ing restrictions that came with COVID-19, it was important to stay socially connected,” said gar­ rison Command Sgt. Maj. Brett Waterhouse. “This challenge pro­ vided service members the oppor­ tunity to work towards a common goal together, while separated. The BOSS 100-mile fitness challenge also inspired many local units to do their own fitness challenges, which increased camaraderie, esprit de corps and underscored the importance of maintaining one’s physical fitness.”

U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Better Opportunities for Single Service Members (BOSS) President Army Spc. Ethan Locklear recognizes Chief Hospital Corpsman Armando Montoya (left), Naval Medical Logistics Command Detachment, U.S. Army Medical Materiel Center, and Army Sgt. Kayla Winslow (right), U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus, for their participation in the BOSS 100Mile Challenge. Montoya and Winslow were the first place winners for the male and female categories, respectively.

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Army facilitates Navy ship-to-shore virtual health capability

The USS Mount Whitney recently participated in a ship-to-shore virtual health event that tested the ability to connect Sailors virtually with healthcare providers at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Naples, Italy. The virtual health test was facilitated, and made possible, by Virtual Health experts at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. The USS Mount Whitney is one of two Blue Ridge-class amphibious command ships of the United States Navy and is the flagship and command ship of the United States Sixth Fleet. Photo courtesy of German Navy U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Danny Lim practices conducting a dental examination Oct. 9, 2019 on U.S. Navy Capt. Valerie Riege at Chabelley Airfield, Djibouti. Lim was introduced to the Telehealth In A Bag system during a visit that included personnel from Regional Health Command Europe’s virtual health team. Photo by U.S. Army

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Danny Lim practices conducting an ear examination Oct. 9, 2019 on U.S. Army Sgt. Harvey Drayton at Chabelley Airfield, Djibouti. Drayton and Lim were introduced to the Telehealth In A Bag system during a visit that included personnel from Regional Health Command Europe’s virtual health team. Photo by U.S. Army

by Kirk Frady U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Information technology experts from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center recently joined forces with the U.S. Navy Health System to establish a virtual health connec­ tion between the USS Mount Whitney, an amphibious command ship, and the U.S. Naval Hospital in Naples, Italy. According to Navy medical officials, establishing video teleconference capability on a warship underway isn’t a simple task. The connection must be secure, using equip­ ment organic to the ship, and have high bandwidth to connect with medical special­ ists ashore. “Formal, video-enhanced virtual health

connectivity to Navy ships while under­ way has been a challenge and is not yet routinely available, particularly not on an unclassified platform,” said Lt. Cmdr. (Dr.) Isaac Schwartz, staff otolaryngologist with the U.S. Navy Hospital Naples. “The goal was to ensure a connection between the Mount Whitney and the hospital using the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center system, which would drastically augment access to specialty care for sailors aboard ship.” According to Navy medical officials, vir­ tual health capabilities provide the Navy with much-needed flexibility and assists in ensur­ ing sailor readiness. “Our active duty service members should not have to sacrifice on the level of care they receive when they are deployed,” said Navy

Capt. Valerie Riege, Chief Innovation and Integration Officer for the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. “Virtual health is a gamechanger in medicine today and will bring quality health care to the warfighter when and where they need it.” Providing ship-to-shore virtual health connectivity reduces the chance for mis­ haps and possible injury to patients and crew during medical evacuations from an ocean-going vessel. “Virtual health connectivity from shipto-shore allows Navy ships to remain on mission and not always having to divert due to the illness, or suspected illness, of a Sailor unless absolutely necessary,” said Col. Andrew Baxter, regional nurse executive for Regional Health Command Europe. “Being able to observe a patient virtually allows providers onshore to better diagnose the situation and provide recom­ mended treatment from afar. In non-lifethreatening, or emergent cases, medical treatment can usually be postponed until the ship arrives back in port.” While this particular connection was ultimately successful, providing a virtu­ al health connection from ship to shore requires a great deal of coordination and presents unique challenges. “The virtual test was highly successful and audiovisual connections at all loca­ tions were very clear,” said Judson Rackley, a telecommunications systems manager at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. “We worked together with Navy and Defense Information Systems Agency personnel to

test different methods of connection in order to identify what would provide them with the most reliable connection. The biggest challenge was the interoperability between networks, resources available on the Navy ship due to security concerns, and coordination between multiple locations around the globe.” According to military medical officials, a formal memorandum of agreement was signed between Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and the U.S. Navy Hospital Naples in 2019. This memorandum delineates the relationship and responsibilities for virtual health services provided through LRMC’s Virtual Medical Center-Europe. “The formal agreement outlines how Navy medical facilities do business with Regional Health Command Europe,” said Ron Keen, chief of virtual health for Regional Health Command Europe. “It allows us to have established rules of engagement that both Navy facilities and our facilities follow to ensure patient access to care, patient privacy, appointing guidelines, and patient management. It also allows the parties involved to obtain privi­ leging by proxy which means one physician can practice medicine virtually in another health facility in the Navy Health System. We also have a similar agreement with the Air Force.” “As this is now a Defense Health Agency funded program of record, and will eventu­ ally be staffed by DHA personnel, we expect the relationship will continue for years to come,” added Keen.

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of all branches now have access to the Army fitness facilities throughout the Baumholder and Kaiserslautern areas with each facility having individual capacity rules and hours. To keep up to date with the most recent information concerning hours of operation, capacity and more, head to Kaiserslautern.armymwr. com or Baumholder.armymwr.com for details. »» Aquatic Center Reopened: Summer is here! Starting July 6 the pool has opened its doors with their original hours of Tue-Fri 6:30-8:30 a.m. for Mission and PT Swim, Open Swim from 2:30-7 p.m. ,Saturday is Open Swim from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sun, Mon & U.S. Holidays. Due to the current operation restrictions, there is a first-come, first-serve policy in effect. Patrons have a total time of 90 minutes to swim, if needed. For more information, contact the Baumholder Aquatic Center, Wetzel Kaserne, Bldg. 8897, 531-2904/2901, 0611-143-5312904/2901. »» Outdoor Recreation now offering adventures: Baum­ holder and Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation are offering exciting adventures with everything from ATV/ UTV tours to bike excursions, canoeing and kayaking, even skydiving! Visit local areas with guides who know the best spots. Also, get your German hunting and fishing licenses through the European Union accredited classes onsite. Anything and everything you need for the outdoors, rent it at unbeatable prices. Make living in Germany your best adventure yet! Head to Kaiserslautern.armymwr.com or Baumholder. armymwr.com to check out the calendar for awesome offers, trips and activities! For more information, contact Baumholder Outdoor Recreation, Smith Barracks, Bldg. 8167, 531-3401, 0611-1435-313401 or Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation, Pulaski Barracks, Bldg. 2905, 4934117, 0631-3406-4117. »» Summer Bazaar: Have you missed travelling around Europe? Do not worry; we are bringing Europe to you! Shop the Summer Bazaar at the Kleber Fitness Center from July 10-12 with AAFES food trucks onsite! With health and safety mitigation in place! All prices in U.S. dollars, with Euros, debit and credit cards accepted. U.S. I.D. cardholders only, strollers welcome. Hours of shopping July 10 & 11 (Fri & Sat), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. & July 12 (Sun), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, contact 541-9105/9106, 0611-143-541-9105/9106 or visit Kaiserslautern.armymwr.com or Baumholder. armymwr.com. »» Wednesday Night Scramble: Every Wednesday night grab your partner and head to Rolling Hills Golf Course for Wednesday Night Scramble at 5:30 p.m. with a shotgun start at 6 p.m. Sign up in the Rolling Hills Pro Shop. For more information, contact Rolling Hills Golf Course, Wetzel Kaserne, Bldg. 8888, 485-7299, 0678-36-7299. »» Clubs are Back: The anticipation is over and the clubs are back! All clubs in the USAG Rheinland-Pfalz from Baumholder to Kaiserslautern,(Armstrong’s Club, Kazabra Club, Landstuhl Community Club, Pinsetters’


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US Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz honors representatives from host nation offices by Stefan Alford U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz The commander of the United States Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz, Col. Jason T. Edwards, recently recognized representa­ tives from host nation offices with the presti­ gious “Keys to the Garrison” award for their sustained leadership, partnership and com­ mitment to community. Emulating an American tradition where the mayor of a city presents an ornamental key to special honorees, called the key to the city, Edwards presented the heartfelt token of appreciation to the recipients for their outstanding, continuing service in support of the U.S. Army in the state of Rheinland-Pfalz. The six recipients were: • Ralf Lessmeister, Kaiserslautern County Commissioner

• Dr. Fritz Brechtel, Germersheim County Commissioner • Anja Pfeiffer, Union Community Mayor of Weilerbach • Marc Gutenberger, Chief of US Construction Program with ABB state agency • Steffen Andres, Lingenfeld Fire Chief • Stefanie Edwards, Landstuhl Police Liaison Officer The special recognition is bestowed every two years by the garrison’s outgoing commander to thank host nation part­ ners for their support during the com­ mander’s tenure. The garrison footprint encompasses more than 30 sites and installations, to include Kaiserslautern, Baumholder, Landstuhl, Sembach, Mannheim, Miesau, Gruenstadt and Germersheim. With responsibility and

oversight for infrastructure and services, the garrison functions similar to a city — hence the key to the garrison equivalent. “We’ve developed strong, enduring and trusted relationships with our com­ munity partners with whom we interact throughout the year on a variety of pro­ grams and issues,” said Edwards. “From administrative and logistical coordina­ tion to mutual efforts in the military, law enforcement and emergency response areas, we absolutely could not do it with­ out host nation support — we truly are a team.” Edwards is the third commander to present the award, but amid the COVID19 health restrictions, the usual large ceremony at Armstrong’s Club to honor the recipients was replaced by minimallyattended personal visits from Edwards between June 16-30.

Page 21 Previous “Keys to the Garrison” recipients in 2018 were: Klaus Stumpf, State Ministry for Armed Forces, Mainz; Bernd Alsfasser, Union Community Mayor, Baumholder; Guenther Jung, City Mayor, Baumholder; Sven Stadtrecher, Heidelberg Polizei; Christian Füllert, County Fire Chief, Winnweiler; Norbert Hoebel, LBB Kaiserslautern Director; Andrea Oliver, City of Kaiserslautern Military Liaison; John Constance, Atlantic Akademie and Wilkommen in Rheinland-Pfalz; and Christine Schneider, German-American and International Women’s Club. The 2016 awardees were: Elena Mazzola, State Ministry for Armed Forces, Mainz; Paul Junker, Kaiserslautern county commissioner; Dr. Klaus Weichel, lord mayor of Kaiserslautern; Col. Fiepko Koolman, Bundeswehr Indirect Fire and Artillery Corps; Gudrun Heß-Schmidt, dep­ uty county commissioner of Kaisers­lautern; Peter Lang, Baumholder district mayor; and Oliver Vollmer, Police Headquarters Westpfalz.

Steffen Andres, Lingenfeld Fire Chief, left, and Dr. Fritz Brechtel, Germersheim County Commissioner, pose with Col. Jason Edwards, U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz commander, after Edwards presented Keys to the Garrison to the gentlemen in a small ceremony in late June. Photo by Stefan Alford

Stefanie Edwards, Landstuhl Police Liaison Officer, poses with Col. Jason Edwards, U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz commander, after Edwards presented her with a Key to the Garrison in a small ceremony in late June. Photo by Keith Pannell

Marc Gutenberger, Chief of U.S. Construction Program with ABB state agency, right, poses with Col. Jason Edwards, U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz commander, after Edwards presented him a Key to the Garrison in a small ceremony in late June. Photo by Keith Pannell

Ralf Lessmeister, Kaiserslautern County Commissioner, middle, and Anja Pfeiffer, Union Community Mayor of Weilerbach, right, pose with Col. Jason Edwards, U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz commander, after Edwards presented Keys to the Garrison to them in a small ceremony in late June. Photo by Keith Pannell

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Once upon a time in Hollywood (2019) A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie Director: Quentin Tarantino


Poster by STX Entertainment

Poster by Lionsgate

The Gentlemen (2019)

Knives Out (2019)

An American expat tries to sell off his highly profitable marijuana empire in London, triggering plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him. Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Michelle Dockery Director: Guy Ritchie

A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family. Stars: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield Director: Rian Johnson


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