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Volume 38, number 27
CSAF visit focuses on people, pride, respect by Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko and Airman Larissa Greatwood 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III returned to Ramstein Air Base Tuesday and Wednesday to speak with Airmen, listen to their stories of service, update them on pressing issues facing the Air Force, and thank them for their service. The chief of staff got a ﬁrst-hand look at the base and the Airmen from the 86th Airlift Wing, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing, 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing and 693rd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group who make the mission happen in Europe to support three geographic combatant commands and worldwide operations. The visit also included his wife, Betty, who visited with Airmen responsible for taking care of Ramstein Airmen and their families. During an all-call Tuesday, Welsh See CSAF, Page 2
Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Stuart
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speaks during an all call Tuesday on Ramstein. Welsh and his wife, Betty, visited to interact with Airmen and discuss the state of the Air Force as well as gain a better understanding of Team Ramstein’s responsibilities.
Best Army food in Europe; Baumholder’s DFAC burns competition by Elizabeth Behring U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Public Affairs The Hard Rock Diner dining facility on Baumholder’s Smith Barracks was named the best in Europe for the second year in a row, as well as runner-up at the Department of the Army level for ﬁscal year 2014.
The Phillip A. Connelly Award recognizes the Army dining facilities that provide the best quality food service and preparation. Nearly 200 DFACs competed in FY14. “This is our Super Bowl, the evaluation that marks food service excellence,” said Sgt. 1st Class Michael Graves, DFAC manager. “It demonstrates how we go above
and beyond to make sure our customers have the best service possible … by taking basic food service plans and enhancing them.” Some improvements include 10 salad dressing choices vice the Armyrequired four; freshly-cut vegetables; romaine, iceberg and spinach in the salad mixture; several choices of homemade croutons; and sliced lemon
and lime for beverages – and that’s just the daily mix. “We like to kick it up a notch,” Graves said, adding that other menu options have included stuffed mushroom appetizers, stewed tomatoes and homemade spinach lasagna. Though not every menu item is completely fresh, Graves and his team carve out time each week at the
DFAC Council to carefully select the menu, researching how they can continue to offer healthy and delicious, fresh meals while following a strict budget. “I know what’s expensive and what’s cost-effective. (For example), we’ll buy a whole chicken and cut it up instead of buying it pre-done. See DFAC, Page 5
It’s vacation time. Get enough sleep before a trip. Check vehicle fluid levels, headlights, brakes, warning signals, belts, hoses, and tire pressure and condition.
Tip of the Week
The hands of EOD, Page 11
Ramstein celebrates Fourth of July, Pages 20 & 21
‘Oldest city in Germany’ entices travelers, Page 26
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Courage is born of encouragement COMMENTARY
by Master Sgt. Etienne Tousignant 86th Force Support Squadron career assistance adviser
here was a point in my life when I didn’t see a future, but I found comfort through different base agencies. Adapting to our military lifestyle is not just difficult for our significant others and children, but also for those of us who joined. As a career assistance adviser, I’ve had the distinct privilege of learning from thousands of people over the last 18 months, from men and women around the world, enlisted, officer and civilian alike. If there is one thing I have come to understand, it is that I am not alone. Each of us has faced the fears, pain, heartache and lack of
motivation to move forward from where we are, but there is one thing we all share: encouragement from each other. Allow me to share a few stories on how we make a significant difference, oftentimes without even realizing how effortlessly we have propelled someone in our lives onto a path where they will find courage, happiness and purpose. A number of years ago a young man joined the ranks of my flight. When he walked through the door his lack of confidence was evident by how he carried himself — poor posture and minimal eye contact. He faced challenges at unit physical training — challenges that were exacerbated by his nutritional choices — and he was unsure of himself in social settings. This manifested mentally through depres-
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focused on people, pride and respect. The general opened his remarks with a heartfelt thank you to Team Ramstein Airmen. “I’m here really just for one reason and that’s to say thank you,” Welsh said. “Thanks for everything you do, how well you do it and the incredible way you represent our nation and Air Force.” Welsh expressed how every Airman, regardless of rank, plays a crucial role in accomplishing the Air Force mission. “Every Airman is critically important to what we do, and you deserve to be treated that way,” he said. “I don’t care how long you serve, or if you’re standing up here as the chief master sergeant of the Air Force or chief of staff of the Air Force, you deserve the same amount of respect. You can do anything you want; you just have to be willing to work for it.” The general went on to say how important it is to have pride in what Airmen do every day, because it is pride that breeds success. “I really believe that if you recruit the best people on Earth — which I think we do — and if you make them proud of who they are and what they do and who they stand beside, then you get performance you can’t get any other way,” Welsh said. “I think
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sion, which impacted his motivation to grow professionally. However, nearly two years later his confidence shot up. He scored an “excellent” on his fitness test and has accumulated many friendships. In turn he has grown exponentially as a professional, all thanks to the men and women who helped him along the way. Not every Airman is faced with as many obstacles in their first few years. One Airman had a strong foundation and began his career cycling throughout Germany and Alaska, all year-round. He was so fiscally astute that he bought his first car with cash, but still continued to cycle and saved the car for adventures with friends. Professionally he did well, too, but admits his supervisors played a significant role in shaping his
that’s the key to success for our Air Force.” The all-call included a question and answer session with the general fielding questions from Airmen about what was on their minds, but also included the general asking for everyone’s help in focusing on some of his concerns as the senior military leader of an organization with 690,000 total force Airmen serving around the world. As an example, Welsh challenged everyone to improve communication within the ranks to ensure the right information is getting to those who need it. “We’re looking for ideas on how we can communicate better,” he said. “If you have ideas, I’m willing to listen to any suggestions.” Welsh said there are Airmen getting frustrated about things before having all the facts. “Rumors spread easily,” he said, using force management as a good example. “The leaders who should’ve been getting answers and information for their Airmen and passing along the facts weren’t doing it. “We will fail if that’s how we communicate,” Welsh continued. “I expect better from you. I expect better from me. We have to work this one together.” Wrapping up his remarks, the chief of staff pressed the point that every Airman should feel important and love what they do for the Air Force. Welsh said camaraderie and diversity within the ranks are what makes
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behavior on and off duty. Their encouragement shaped him into what we know today: retired 86th Airlift Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. James A. Morris. However, these successes are not only among the enlisted. Another Airman began his career in the dining facility. After three months on active duty, he found his priorities were misguided much to the frustration of leadership. This Airman was an incredible worker, but his off duty antics and failure to take several warnings seriously resulted in disciplinary action that landed him in correctional custody. During his stay, a senior noncommissioned officer had a heart-toheart with him, emphasizing how See encouragement, next page
the Air Force more a family than an organization. “We haven’t quite got to the point where everybody understands that diversity is a strength for our Air Force,” he said. “If everybody that wears our uniform or comes to work as a civilian Airman doesn’t feel fully empowered to contribute everything they can to the mission, we lose. “If they don’t feel they have a voice in your organizations, we lose. There are people in this audience thinking, ‘I don’t have a voice. No one cares what I have to say,’ and that’s wrong,” the general added. “That’s not the Air Force I want to be part of, because I know we are so much better than that.” The chief of staff concluded by reminding Airmen to never forget why they wear the uniform and serve. “I’ve known most of you for about an hour now, but I’d die for you. I’m just naive enough to believe you’d do the same for me. That is what’s cool about wearing this uniform — calling yourself an Airman, being in a profession of arms, serving your country and doing something that really matters to the nation,” the general said. “Don’t forget why we wear the uniform. It’s about knowing when it gets really ugly and the clouds all blow past that the guy or gal next to you is still going to be there. That’s what this is all about. It’s that pride thing — that’s why we serve. That’s why I’m so proud to stand beside you.”
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encouragement, from Page 2 valued he was by his co-workers and leadership. As a result of this significant life-altering event, coupled with heavy doses of mentorship, he was able to reach his full potential by becoming an officer and a commander on Ramstein. There is one common thread in each story, and that is encouragement. Sometimes those of us who have already stepped up, need to step in and make our intentions known. A great way to reach someone is by inviting them to experience new hobbies and show them the local area. This type of encouragement could help build the confidence necessary to display the courage it takes to be an Airman on and off duty. I have a challenge for everyone in our community. Have the courage to learn more about the people on your path and encourage them to share in healthy activities from cycling, camping or any number of volunteer opportunities. I throw out this challenge, because this is the encouragement my supervisors, friends and family provided me. This is how I found the courage to be who I am today, and through them I found my path.
SVC offers sexual assault assistance to family members by Airman Larissa Greatwood 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
eginning in late June, the special victims’ counsel started offering services to children, dependents and family members who are victims of sexual assault cases. Implemented in January 2013, the special victims’ counsel is still fairly new and allows victims to have a lawyer. In the past, adults could only be represented, but now they cover a broader spectrum, enabling children and dependents to have this assistance. “Children who are victims of a sexual crime will now have a special victims’ counsel available to them,” said Capt. Kelly Adams, Air Force Legal Operations Agency special victims’ counsel. “The child is the client, and as long as it is running through the military justice system, the office of special investigations has jurisdiction and ultimately a military service branch could prosecute. They have an entitlement to a special victims’ counsel if they elect to have one.” Child and dependent sexual assault victims now have the option to have a special victims’ counsel representing them so long as the accused is a military member. “As investigations come up, the victim or their family will be notified by the office of special investigations and family advocacy of their entitlement to elect a special victims’ counsel,” Adams said. “We’ve found that more and more people are electing to have one, because they’re seeing the benefits of having their own lawyer represent their voice throughout the process.”
Every victim is different as well as their needs. The special victims’ counsel tailors their assistance to each individual case, and they are specially trained to handle cases involving children. “There is no cookie cutter answer to everything, but we’re here to help as much as we can,” Adams said. “Ultimately the child is the client, not the parent. It’s meeting the child’s legal needs, not anyone else’s. We work with the child as long as they are able to articulate what they want.” The sexual assault response coordinator and special victims’ counsel work together to ensure victims are getting the care they need and are getting help through recovery. “The sexual assault response coordinator and special victims’ counsel work closely together on cases — adult victim cases,” said Carmen Schott, 86th Airlift Wing sexual assault response coordinator. “We have a very strong partnership. There are many different resources, but we are a team. We come together to represent the voice of the victims and to improve safety in the military when it comes to sexual assault.” To ask questions about the special victims’ counsel program and request a special victims’ counsel, call 06371405-4782 or 478-4782. To contact the sexual assault response coordinator on the main line, call 480-7272, the sexual assault response coordinator hotline at 06371-47-7272 or the sexual assault prevention and response on-call at 0172-821-4871. To contact family advocacy for child and dependent cases, call 06371-46-2370 or 479-2370.
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7:30 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported on Sembach Kaserne. 3:30 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Weilerbach.
Vogelweh Family Housing. 1:30 a.m.: Larceny of government property was reported on Vogelweh. 3:34 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported on Ramstein.
8:30 p.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Kaiserslautern. 9:26 p.m.: Damage to government property was reported in Kaiserslautern. 2:40 a.m.: Drunken driving resulting in a major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Otterbach. 4:30 p.m.: Provoking speeches and gestures was reported at the Ramstein East Gate.
7:40 a.m.: Breaking and entering was reported in Bruchmühlbach-Miesau. 11:38 p.m.: An assault was reported on Ramstein.
11:51 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Kaiserslautern. 12:40 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Bann. 1:23 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Mannheim.
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» Landstuhl: One saddle bag and one extreme weather suit. » Waldﬁschbach: Two U.S. Army Europe license plates.
8 p.m.: A simple assault was reported in Rodenbach. 8 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Frankfurt. 1:06 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Kaiserslautern. 3:38 p.m.: A minor trafﬁc accident was reported in Ramstein-Miesenbach. 4:26 p.m.: Larceny of government property was reported in Waldﬁschbach. 6:51 p.m.: Damage to private property and breaking and entering were reported in RamsteinMiesenbach.
2:38 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Kaiserslautern. 4:14 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Kaiserslautern. 1:32 a.m.: Damage to private property and breaking and entering were reported in Landstuhl.
3:10 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Landstuhl.
The 786th Civil Engineer Squadron will hold a facility manager refresher course at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday at the Hercules Theater. This is a mandatory annual refresher course. Not attending this training could potentially affect facility managers’ ability to report trouble calls or use the 786th CES U-ﬁx it store. For details, call Airman 1st Class Joshua Sing at 489-7703.
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5:34 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Landstuhl. 6:05 p.m.: Communicating a threat was reported in Landstuhl.
6:11 p.m.: A minor trafﬁc accident was reported in Siegelbach. 9:09 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported.
10:30 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Ramstein-Miesenbach. 1:15 p.m.: Failure to control a pet was reported in Weilerbach. 4:15 p.m.: Animal cruelty was reported in Mackenbach.
4:28 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Kaiserslautern.
to everyone and will feature more than 70 exhibitors. For a list of exhibiting companies, contact Kate Ratcliffe at Ratcliffe@ncsi.com or 001-443-561-2410.
The 435th Contingency Response Group will host a change of command ceremony at 10 a.m. July 18 in Bldg. 2248 on Ramstein. During the ceremony, Col Mark W. Visconi will relinquish command of the 435th CRG to Lt. Col. Steven G. Edwards. A reception will follow.
• Anyone having claims or obligations against the estate of Sgt. Percy L. Bell, 181st Signal Company, should contact the summary court ofﬁcer, Capt. Bridgett L. Scott, at 0611-705-7797. • Anyone having claims or obligations against the estate of Sgt. Timmie D. Hollar, 5th Battalion 7th Air Defense Artillery, Rhine Ordnance Barracks, should contact the summary court ofﬁcer, 1st Lt. Jean P. Tomte, at 0176-847-82656.
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The annual Ramstein Summer Technology Exposition, sponsored by U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa/A6 and hosted by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Kaiserslautern Chapter 158, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 22 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 23 at the Ramstein Ofﬁcers’ Club. This event is open
Effective July 1, German trafﬁc law requires one yellow or orange reﬂective vest in every car, truck or bus on German roads. A €15 ﬁne will apply for violations. The vests must comply with German Standard DIN EN 471 or European Standard EN ISO 20471:2013. The vests must be worn in case of an accident or vehicle break-down to increase visibility of the people exiting the
vehicle. It is highly recommended (although not required) to have one vest available for every vehicle occupant. Once out of the vehicle, immediately place the reﬂective warning triangle as required, get off the road as far as possible (behind guard rails if present) and wait there for help to arrive.
Cycle for STEM
KMC Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Chapter 158 will host Cycle for Sciene, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Aug. 16 to 18. Cyclists will ride 230 kilometers from Bonn to Ramstein on the Rhine Cycle Route. Registration fee is $100 and includes two nights camping, two breakfasts, two lunches, and water and snacks along the ride. Riders will be responsible for transportation to Bonn Aug. 16 and providing necessary camping gear. Support teams are available to transport gear. Each rider will need to raise a minimum of $250 in sponsorship. For details, call Master Sgt. Todd Weingeroff at 480-3435 or Master Sgt. Paul Vinson at 478-3737, email email@example.com, or visit www,afcea.org/events/cycleforstem/14/ index.asp.
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Pvt. Kirsten Hazel, culinary food specialist, hands a bowl of spaghetti to Pfc. Terrance Gaddy, also a culinary food specialist, during lunch at the Hard Rock Diner dining facility on Smith Barracks in Baumholder. The Hard Rock Diner recently won runner-up at the Department of the Armylevel Phillip A. Connelly Awards and Best in Europe for fiscal year 2014.
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It’s about smart shopping, but I don’t know everything. It’s a team effort,” Graves said. Some small and less pricey changes include offering turkey, spinach and bell peppers for omelets at breakfast and using ground turkey in lieu of beef in various dishes. “We definitely go above, and typically exceed, the standards. We owe it to the customers, who are mostly barracks Soldiers, to make the dining facility their first option. They deserve the best, and they shouldn’t have to choose to go to the commissary or elsewhere for meals, because we serve too much salt or they’re watching what they eat,” Graves said. To that end, the team takes feedback from its customers — who often also include civilian employees, family members and local nationals with base access — very seriously. “I read the comment cards at least every other day, and most of them are positive, especially about the (chicken) wings and the Soldiers’ professionalism, but certain things just don’t fit our customer base or budget,” Graves said. One suggestion was to incorporate infused water (cool water mixed with fresh fruit, vegetables or herbs) into the regular line-up of soda, “bug juice” and water at the beverage counter. The first attempt of infused cucumber and mint water was a big hit for Sgt. Adam Jarema, who recently arrived from Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The Bay Area, Michigan, native approached Graves to thank him in person for following his suggestion, and so quickly. “It’s great the DFAC Council took a little bit of time and read the comment cards. This is just one more thing this DFAC brings to make it that much better. They took a suggestion and went with it,” said Jarema, senior nodal systems operator/maintainer with the 504th Brigade Signal Company. And as far as the service goes, the Soldiers don’t do the same job day-to-day. For instance, one will showcase a cake he or she made from scratch, and then stand by to cut individual slices for hungry patrons. Other troops, many of whom are brand-new to the military, help serve from the pasta bar or from behind the main line. This gives them experience working in different areas of the DFAC. “I like to run this dining facility like it’s a restaurant,” Graves said. “This is just like a sport. You put people together in the right places and motivate them to do the right thing. “I’m not a good baker, but I know what right looks like and how you get there,” he added. “But if you have someone who is (a good baker) and you allow them to bake cakes, they stay in their comfort zone,” The Hard Rock Diner is open 365 days a year, including holidays.
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Putting the colors to sleep Lt. Col. Richard Mench, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Band commander, conducts the band during the sounding of retreat on Ramstein Air Base. The USAFE-AFAFRICA Band and the 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron both took part in retiring the American and German national flags for the day.
Garrison hosts first-ever change of command Story and photo by Elizabeth Behring U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Public Affairs Friends, family, service members, civilians and retirees converged on Daenner Kaserne’s NCO Field to honor outgoing commander Col. Bryan D. DeCoster and welcome Col. G. Shawn Wells during the first-ever U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz change of command ceremony June 25. DeCoster became the commander of U.S. Army Garrison Baden-Württemberg, headquartered on Patton Barracks in Heidelberg, July 7, 2011. He took command of USAG RheinlandPfalz when it activated with its headquarters in Kaiserslautern on Oct. 1, 2013. Wells, a native of Connecticut, most recently served as the former special assistant to the commanding general, Joint Force HeadquartersNational Capital Region, U.S. Army Military District of Washington. “Today is not just about any one person. It’s about honoring this great organization known as USAG Rheinland-Pfalz. I look forward to working with everyone in this great community as the team of USAG Rheinland-Pfalz continues to transform and provide a level of worldclass customer service,” Wells said during his speech. Wells also gave a special thank you to his wife Shelly and daughter Katie, as well as to his parents, who flew from Iceland for the occasion. Installation Management Command-Europe Region Director Kathleen Marin acknowledged DeCoster’s myriad accomplishments while serving in the unique position as the garrison commander of the largest U.S. Army presence outside the United States and as the senior officer responsible for the closure of another.
Col. Bryan D. DeCoster (left), outgoing U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz commander; Kathleen Marin, Installation Management Command-Europe region director; and Col. G. Shawn Wells, USAG Rheinland-Pfalz commander, march onto NCO Field during the garrison’s change of command ceremony June 25 on Daenner Kaserne.
“…You led one of the most historic chapters in our European transformation to date, flawlessly transferring more than 4,000 personnel, 26 sites and securing more than $36 million in cost avoidance. This transfer included two major commands and a NATO three-star headquarters,” Marin added. DeCoster thanked Marin for the opportunity to command again, but added he was not solely responsible for the success of the closure and subsequent ongoing restructuring. “I will not pretend that the credit is mine to take. Aristotle once said, ‘Greatness does not consist in receiving honors, but in deserving them.’ I can tell you without hesitation that those deserving the honors were the members of my garrison staff, like the people standing on the parade field today,” DeCoster said. DeCoster, wife Cathy and two younger children will head to the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where DeCoster will be an instructor.
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521st AMOW welcomes new commander Along the lines of developing Airmen, what would you recommend to your Airmen for them to be successful? I would say to any Airman to be persistent and dedicated. Follow the core values, but don’t give up on your goals and dreams. Do your best in what you’re doing right now, and good things will come to you.
by Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs The 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing welcomed its new commander, Col. Nancy Bozzer, June 18. As the wing’s commander, Bozzer expedites maximum war-fighting and humanitarian effects for America through rapid and precise global air mobility in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Bozzer recently sat down with Ramstein public affairs to talk about her transition from a group commander to a wing commander, her command priorities and what helped shape her as an airman and leader.
What would you consider to be your greatest accomplishment? My greatest accomplishment is my family. My husband Jim and son Dillon have always been supportive through all the demands of the military. I am also very proud of my Air Force family. Through the Air Force I have friends scattered across the world and at any point What does it mean to you to transition in time they are always there whether it Photo by 2nd Lt. Henry Lancaster is a quick visit or my family needs help. from a group command to now being the Col. Nancy Bozzer, 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing commander, is recognized by You just can’t get that same bond in the 521st AMOW commander? I was the flying group commander for Maj. Gen. Frederick “Rick” Martin (left), U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center commander, civilian sector. A perfect example was my the KC-135 Stratotanker in the 100th Col. Randall Reed (right) and members of the wing during the 521st AMOW change of recent change of command. Due to famcommand June 18 on Ramstein. Operations Group at (Royal Air Force) ily commitments, my husband and son Mildenhall, United Kingdom. During my time there expeditionary force. We in the 521st AMOW are couldn’t be there. Two of my dear friends, despite we focused more so on the operational aspect of the essentially enablers. Even though we are consid- their own chaos in their lives while trying to PCS, mission, whereas now, as the wing commander, I ered home station assets, we have the flexibility took the time to be there. It’s having those strong have to focus more on the big strategic picture. This to change our wing footprint to flex with mission bonds with my family and friends that have helped is a very diverse wing that is dispersed throughout requirements. It is imperative that we continue to push me forward. three continents, six time zones and 5,000 miles, have an expeditionary mindset, so we can react like whereas when you’re a group commander your a “quick reaction force” in order to accomplish the Originally wanting to be a lawyer, what led you people are right there. Though I have only been mission. to the Air Force and what keeps you here? here for a few weeks, I am very excited to take on My third command priority is family. I’m not I was working as a waitress to pay for college, the challenge. talking about only taking care of your spouse or and I hit a lot of roadblocks on my way to becomchild but also your parents, siblings or even friends. ing a lawyer. Thankfully, while at Michigan State What are your command priorities that you Family can be anyone you are close to, and the chief University, the ROTC detachment commander, Col. would like to communicate to your Airmen? and I want the Airmen to feel like they are part of John Rogers, suggested I join the Air Force. With My first command priority is how we accomplish the 521st AMOW family as well as their host wing. no military history in my immediate family, I went the mission, which will be through flexibility, tenacity, We want the Airmen to be proud to wear the Air ahead and gave it a shot. I fell in love with the Air velocity and upholding our motto “Depend on Us.” Mobility Command patch. Force immediately and knew this is what I wanted Flexibility is the key to air power, so no matter to do. The adventure has been great, and now 23 the circumstance, we will be available to accomWhat goals do you want to achieve while you years later it still feels like I joined just yesterday. plish what is asked of us. Tenacity is the desire and are here? commitment to ensure the mission is completed, so I want to reshape and prepare for emerging and Is there anything else you would like to add? like the Airman’s Creed, “We will not falter, we will existing missions. As things change in the world, we Airmen in general are amazing. Just watching not fail.” We take on that same kind of motto we need to change along with it. I also want to develop them go out and do the mission is what makes me want to instill in our Airmen. Then velocity, our job and grow our Airmen, from enlisted, officers to our want to get up every morning and come to work. is to move equipment and people safely to where civilian counterparts. We need to make sure we are The energy and pride they exude is extraordinary. the mission is. So how fast we get from point A to creating good citizens for our nation, as well as That’s what has made the last 23 years wonderful. point B is very important, especially when the wing good ambassadors for where we live. My third goal And I very much look forward to working with is spread over 5,000 miles. is to build upon the partnerships we have with the them during the next two years as their commander, My second command priority is remaining an host nations, sister services and allied nations. fellow Airman and fellow citizen.
Civil Engineers Corner
Road work Roadway work is scheduled on Kisling Drive from Monday to Aug. 15. Road closures will be between Maxwell Avenue (Burger King) and NATO Circle (Mitchell Avenue). Kisling Drive will close to vehicular traffic during this time, and traffic will be detoured around the construction site via Jefferson Avenue to the north or Harmon Avenue to the south or Maxwell Avenue. The reconstruc-
tion is needed to improve roadway safety and ride quality and to reduce wear and tear on vehicles. Phase I: Monday to July 27 — Kisling Drive between Lincoln Boulevard Circle and Bldg. 310, road closed; access to Bldgs. 100s, 200s and 300s from the east via NATO Circle, no drive through traffic on Kisling between NATO Circle and Lincoln Circle. Phase II: July 28 to Aug. 6 — Kisling Drive between NATO Circle
and Bldg. 310, road closed; access to Bldgs. 100s, 200s and 300s from the west via Lincoln Boulevard Circle, no drive through traffic on Kisling between NATO Circle and Lincoln Circle. Phase III: Aug. 7 to Aug. 15 — Kisling Drive between Maxwell Avenue (traffic light) and Lincoln Circle will be closed; detour via Maxwell Avenue east or west and Lincoln north or south. Access to the commissary is available via detour
from Maxwell to Lincoln to New York Avenue. Traffic delays can be expected during this time frame, and alternative routes should be taken to avoid delays. Drivers should exercise extreme caution due to proximity of heavy construction traffic. For everyone’s safety, obey the traffic laws and regulations. Watch for more updates in the KA. For details, call Garry Jaggers at 480-9475.
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Knight’s Brigade breathes new life into BMTA by Sgt. Daniel L. Wyatt 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs On a blustery morning in the middle of an isolated German field full of trees and tall grass, Soldiers hoped to witness an event that hadn’t been seen in over eight years. A Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules aircraft cruised toward a drop zone before it began employing a low velocity aerial delivery system, commonly referred to as LVADS, carrying a payload. This type of operation is usually conducted in Grafenwöhr, Germany, but Soldiers from the 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, proved the potential for the Baumholder Military
Photo by Staff Sgt. April Tessmer
A UH-60 “Black Hawk” helicopter hovers above a disabled Humvee as Soldiers from the 16th Sustainment Brigade secure the vehicle for transport to the Baumholder Military Training Area. The resupply and recovery exercise used the local German training area for strategic and operational training for the first time in more than eight years.
Training Area, or BMTA, for largescale operations June 18. “The drop zone here is a more realistic area and has real-world hazards when compared to the one in Grafenwöhr, which is flat,” said 1st Lt. Christopher D. Carlstedt, executive officer of 240th Maintenance Company, 16th Sustainment Brigade. “This training operation utilized a vacant German training area, which opens the door to future partnership training and the mutual exchange of ideas with our German counterparts.” The airdrop was developed during World War II out of necessity to find an easier way to resupply Soldiers faster. A low-velocity airdrop is used for small and larger items such as vehicles. It was designed to slow down the load as much as possible to ensure it impacts the ground with the least amount of force. “In a non-airborne unit, the task of conducting air-delivery missions is one of great significance,” said Chief Warrant Officer Brian Martin, senior airdrop technician for the 16th SB. “This training exercise showed that we’re capable of performing these types of missions and solidifies the necessity for our placement here. The BMTA has proven to be a viable training resource and assists the 16th SB missions as we work toward a more operational focus. “By utilizing the BMTA instead of the Bunker drop zone in Grafenwöhr, which is the DZ that we’ve historically always used, we reduce the costs involved in missions located out of Grafenwöhr and increase the amount of available resources here in Baumholder,” Martin continued. The mission was executed in four phases. The first phase required personnel from the 18th Combat Service Support Battalion to rig, de-rig and conduct drop zone recovery tasks
Photo by Staff Sgt. April Tessmer
A C-130J Hercules from the 37th Airlift Squadron completes a low-velocity air delivery system training mission June 18 over the Kirsten Drop Zone at the Baumholder Military Training Area. The joint training exercise demonstrated the ability to perform resupply and recovery operations in a foreign environment.
at the 5th Quartermaster Company rigging facility at Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern. The second phase consisted of a joint aerial delivery operation combined expertise from Soldiers and Airmen from the 5th QM, the 37th Airlift Squadron and 86th Airlift Wing. The mission required one C-130J aircraft to resupply water and fuel to the 18th CSSB ground forces at the BMTA Kirsten DZ. The third phase of the exercise required 18th CSSB Soldiers to recover 10 A-22 cargo bags, each configured with four 55-gallon water drums, in less than 30 minutes after the airdrop. Immediately following the recovery, the Soldiers executed sling load operations at the DZ. The exercise concluded with the final phase of recovering all airdropped equipment and parachutes from the DZ. In peacekeeping operations or humanitarian aid situations, food and
Photo by Sgt. Daniel Wyatt
An Airman with the 37th Airlift Squadron observes an air-dropped cargo pallet from the back of a C-130J
medical supplies are often air-dropped using the LVADS technology. Such exercises increase the 16th SB’s operational readiness for times of crisis and combat. “This operational training exercise proves that we can increase our mission,” Martin said. “It’s one more lesson learned to promote the use of this available training area and employ more diverse and expansive exercises here in Baumholder.”
903rd CCBn. welcomes new commander Col. William Bailey (right), 409th Contracting Support Brigade commander, passes the colors to Lt. Col. Daryl (Gwen) Devera-Waden, 903rd Contingency Contracting Battalion incoming commander, during a change of command ceremony June 20 in Kaiserslautern. Devera-Waden took command from Lt. Col. Lynda Royse, who relinquished command of the the 903rd CCBn. after three years of continuous leadership. Royse’s next assignment will be at the Pentagon where she will be working as part of the joint staff. Courtesy photo
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7th CSC Soldiers support Western Accord 14 by Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Chlosta 7th Civil Support Command Public Affairs THIES, Senegal — Soldiers from the 7th Civil Support Command’s 1172nd Movement Control Team provided logistical and movement control support to the U.S. Army Africa-led Western Accord 14, a combined joint military partnership command post and field training peace operation exercise, June 16 to 30 in Thies and the capital city of Dakar, Senegal. The seven person team provided transportation and retro-grade/redeployment expertise for all participating personnel and equipment flowing in and out of the country before, during and after the exercise. They also coordinated any last minute operational and transportation requirements. The 1172nd MCT “is an additional most valuable player,” said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Kenneth Moore Jr., exercise director and deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Africa. The 1172nd MCT helped move approximately 120 units of equipment and more than 500 service members and civilians, including more than 350 U.S. Army Soldiers, Marines and participants from 16 other participating nations, including Burkina Faso, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Senegal, who are also part of the Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS. “We received all of Western Accord 14’s military exercise personnel and equipment,” said Staff Sgt. Christopher Staley, transportation management supervisor, 1172nd MCT, 7th CSC. “We’re scheduling and coordinating the necessary assets to return the necessary equipment and personnel to their respective home stations.” The 1172nd MCT, which is a 7th CSC Army
Reserve unit based in Grafenwöhr, Germany, had two primary missions: to move personnel and cargo to and from the port city of Dakar to the exercise site’s life support area on a Senegalese military base in the town of Thies. “My role is to facilitate the movement of the unit’s personnel and equipment in and out of country,” said Spc. Robert Alcauter from the 1172nd MCT, 7th CSC. Alcauter is also a former field artillery Soldier who is retraining after WA 14 to become a movement specialist. “We have to import certain equipment and personnel so the exercise can continue and be successful.” As the exercise wound down, the wash rack, sterile yard/marshaling area and inspection stations were set-up on the airfield next to the LSA. Once redeployment operations started, a flurry of activity began. A crane moved large, metal shipping containers while Soldiers, Civilians and Marines cleaned and washed equipment as U.S. Customs officials floated in and out observing, offering comments and inspecting cargo. “I’ve worked with many movement control teams in the past, and this one, the 1172nd MCT and their (noncommissioned officer in charge), Staff Sgt. Staley, are one of the best I’ve worked with thus far in my 12 years of customs experience,” said Alfonso Whitaker, customs inspector, U.S. Forces Customs. “Where everyone is lost, they bring a little order.” During this time coordination, prioritization and placement of military shipment labels on equipment were provided by three 1172nd MCT Soldiers between the U.S. Customs inspectors, the Soldiers cleaning and prepping their vehicles, and the local contractors with large flat-bed tractor trailer trucks waiting to transport the various military items to the port.
“We also prepare their paperwork to alleviate any issues with customs to leave a foreign nation and enter the U.S.,” Alcauter said. Anything that has to do with chemical based equipment, such as oil, gasoline, cleaners, solvent, white out or ammunition blank rounds, must clear certain local port authority guidelines and criteria before the gear can leave and be shipped back to the U.S., Alcauter added. “For example, the Colorado National Guard has their (tactical) water purification unit and equipment here,” said Staff Sgt. David Johnson, movement supervisor, 1172nd MCT, 7th CSC. “We are shipping their containers back to the U.S. A tactical water purification system has a lot of items that require detailed procedures and documentation. For example compressed gases, lithium batteries and fuel all need proper documents and packing considerations to clear U.S. customs.” While all of the cargo inspections, coordination and loading was going on, the remaining four 1172nd MCT Soldiers were busy moving, tracking, synchronizing and unloading the exercise participants and their personal items as they began their journeys to the civilian or military side of Dakar’s Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport and then onward to their respective countries. “They (the 1172nd MCT) have really been the backbone in getting everything moved from Dakar, from our port of entry, from the airports, from our commercial flights, as well as our charter flights bringing in our Soldiers and moving them a very long distance under very difficult conditions out to the training location in Thies,” Moore said. “They have provided seamless movement of all of our assets and our Soldiers.”
Army Medicine in Europe reaching out to German partners by Ed Drohan Europe Regional Medical Command Public Affairs KOBLENZ, Germany — Partnership was the word of the day as members of Army Medicine in Europe met with their counterparts from the Bundeswehr Medical Service at the latter’s headquarters June 26. Representatives from Europe Regional Medical Command, U.S. Army Europe Office of the Command Surgeon, and the 21st Theater Support Command’s 30th Medical Brigade traveled to Rhein Kaserne in Koblenz to discuss partnership opportunities with their counterparts in the German military — or Bundeswehr — medical system. Bundeswehr participants represented the Medical Service Headquarters, the Regional Medical Care Command and the Bundeswehr Central Hospital in Koblenz.
While there have been some partnership opportunities in the past, the meeting was set up to discuss how the U.S. Army and German military medical systems could enhance and extend those opportunities in other areas. “I know there have been partnerships in the past — some at (Landstuhl Regional Medical Center) and field exercises,” said ERMC Chief of Staff Col. Scott Ehnes. “I’m glad that we can reach out and reengage. I think this is a great first step. There are many opportunities for us to collaborate.” Col. (Dr.) Rolf von Uslar, chief of the Bundeswehr Medical Service Headquarters (BwMSHQ) Concept Development, Research and International Cooperation Branch, said the Bundeswehr surgeon general has always been in favor of strong U.S.-German relationships. As part of his briefing on the makeup of
the German military medical service, he explained that they had hosted a medical exercise in 2013 that included medical assets from 11 countries, including the United States. “Operation Vigorous Warrior 2013 was an 11-nation multinational medical task force,” von Uslar said. The task force was designed to see if they could work together in field conditions. “The bottom line result — yes, we can,” von Uslar said. “It was very encouraging, and we intend to continue the exercise every two years, hosted by different countries.” He also said there was an existing formal partnership between the Bundeswehr Central Hospital Koblenz and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. “Now we hope to figure out how to get this cooperation even more lively than it has already been in the last few years,” von Uslar said.
Briefings on the makeup of Army Medicine in Europe included suggestions for partnering, such as staff and medical exchange programs, veterinary medicine engagements, medical logistics and maintenance operations, participation in the Army Expert Field Medical Badge competition, and training using Army medical simulation centers such as the Viper Pit at Baumholder. In the end, both sides decided it was best to gather more information on collaboration opportunities and come together again to discuss them in more detail. “I suggest we come back with ideas in two to three weeks,” von Uslar said. “We should know who the respective commanders are and who our respective counterparts are.” Ehnes agreed that it is a great first step. “Now it’s time for that important second step,” he said.
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Introducing Local Restaurants Hotel-Restaurant Anna
Robert and Larisa Van Meter have owned Hotel-Restaurant Anna for one and half years now. For the past six years, Robert has been the liaison officer for the Wounded Warriors at Landstuhl Hospital and now works for HHC 457 CA BM, 7th CSC Kaiserslautern. After 9/11 Robert secured a job with the 7th CSC to utilize his expertise in shipping. Lisa was director of California Restaurant in St. Petersburg for 7 years, frequented by V.I.P guests, business people and diplomats, and is a graduate of RPM Restaurant Management located in St. Petersburg. They are PCS experts and their hotel restaurant offers Wi-Fi, air conditioning, television, microwaves, refrigerators and hair dryers in all rooms. Special military rates are available; single rooms are €55 and doubles €75. They offer special hickory smoked Argentinian steaks and homemade burgers with homemade bread and a host of other delicious food. Visit Hotel-Restaurant Anna soon!
Steinwenderstr. 33 • 66877 Ramstein • 06371 - 96100
Brauhaus am Markt/Café am Markt
At the historic Stiftsplatz in the old pedestrian area is the only local restaurant that brews its own beer. The Brauhaus and Café am Markt are great places to get a feel for Germany and all that it offers. Enjoy a wonderful day or night in the beautiful outdoor setting with tables with umbrellas and shading trees. At the Brauhaus you can enjoy a cigar and brandy after your meal. If you prefer a non-smoking restaurant, reserve your table at the Café am Markt, offering a varied menu ranging from turkey, schnitzel, rumpsteaks, delicious salads and typical German food like Leberknödel, Saumagen and Grillhaxe. The Brauhaus’ and Café am Markt’s friendly staff is happy to serve you. Starting on Wednesday, June 11 from 9-11 p.m. and every 2nd Wednesday of the month we will be having live acoustic lounge dinner music with Klyive’s Acoustic Lounge Dinner group.
www.brauhausammarkt-kl.de Stiftsplatz 2-3 • 67655 Kaiserslautern • 0631-61944
Italian Ice Cream Parlor Dolomiti is one of the most pleasant places to relax during the summer. The parlor is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day and offers many different flavors of ice cream and other summer treats. Whether you are in the mood for a soothing cup of coffee or one of their ice cream treats, Dolomiti is certainly a good choice during those summer days or evenings. Dolomiti’s traditionally homemade ice cream is made fresh everyday with no preservatives. During the summer you can enjoy up to 40 flavors of ice cream that are 90% gluten free. The sorbet is made with the finest fruits and is lactose free (also suitable for allergy sufferers) and no synthetic dyes are used. Enjoy your ice cream, inside or on their beautiful outdoor terrace. Dolomiti has been serving Americans for 23 years. Kaiserstr. 28 • 66849 Landstuhl This advertisement service is proudly brought to you by
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Family and MWR Happenings Child, Youth and School Services
BOSS (Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers) Community Yard Sale July 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Do you have stuff that you would like to sell for a little bit of extra money? Come and sell it at the BOSS Community Yard Sale at Soldier Park on Smith Barracks. Tables may be rented for $10 each through the Warrior Zone, 485-7339 or 06783-6-7339.
2nd Annual BOSS Fishing Tournament August 2-3 Held at the Saar River and Hambachtal Resort Lake. Fee: $75. Includes: fishing permits, transportation and camping. Fishing equipment and camping gear may be rented from Outdoor Recreation. No fishing license required. Open to all single or unaccompanied Soldiers and their guests, ages 18 and older. The deadline to register is July 31. To sign up, contact BOSS, 485-6228 or 06783-6-6228.
Warrior Zone Call of Duty: Ghosts Tournament July 12, 7 p.m. Calling all gamers! Participate in a fun XBOX tournament at the Warrior Zone! There is no registration required, just show up on the night of the tournament ready to play. Admission is free and there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Tournament rules are available at the Warrior Zone, Smith Bks., Bldg. 8106, 485-7339 or 06783-6-7339.
Strikers Bowling Center 10-for-10 Special July 1 - September 30 This card gives you 10 games of bowling for $10. Contact Strikers Bowling Center, Smith Bks., Bldg. 8105, 485-6569 or 06783-6-6569.
Weekly discounts or giveaways on our Facebook page! BaumholderFMWR
Theater Camp July 28 - August 8 This fun-filled two-week camp at Hilltop Theater will teach children all about the art of drama. From stage production, to make-up, to public speaking, this is an excellent opportunity to explore the world of the dramatic. Ages 6-12, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Ages 13-18, 1-4 p.m. A performance will be held on August 8. Cost: $50. For more information, contact Parent Central Services or SKIESUnlimited, 485-7003/6969 or 06783-6-7003/6969.
Baumholder Library Shark Day July 14, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Baumholder Library is hosting Shark Day, a teen-only event, on July 14! On this day, the library will screen Discovery Channel's Shark Week videos all day in the teen area. No registration required. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
Craft with Me July 17, 2:30-4:30 p.m. On the 3rd Thursday of every month, come out to Baumholder Library for 'Craft with Me!' Join our Art Instructor from Baumholder Arts and Crafts Center and make a fun craft! The activity is open to children ages 5-12 and their parents. No registration required.
Story Time Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. This is an entertaining early literacy program for young children and their parents. The program includes stories, songs, dance, and crafts. Smith Bks., Bldg. 8332, 485-1740 or 06783-6-1740.
Find out more online: baumholder.armymwr.com
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The hands of EOD
Photo by Brennen Lege
Airman 1st Class Tyler Hatfield, 886th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, measures a detonation cord to be used during training.
Photo by Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko
Photo by Brennen Lege
Airman 1st Class Tyler Hatfield, 886th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, checks the current of a trigger used to detonate explosives during training June 26 on Ramstein. Ramstein EOD Airmen provide support to three wings, 26 geographically separated units and two U.S. Army brigades.
Airman 1st Class Htyler Kelley, 886th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, places explosives during training June 26.
Photo by Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko Photo by Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko
Airman 1st Class Derrick McKiernan, 886th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, places C-4 plastic explosives around a detonation cord during training.
Airman 1st Class Derrick McKiernan, 886th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, ties a monkeyâ€™s fist knot out of a detonation cord during training June 26 at Ramstein.
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Ramstein Tickets & Tours
Soccer, Flag Football and Cheerleading registration available 8-26 July for kids 5-15 years old (limited space available). Sign-up online at www.RamsteinFSS.com
FAMILY & YOUTH
Youth Fall Sports Registration- NOW OPEN!
Dust off those old skates and get $2 OFF Adult Skate Night!
Friday, 11 July at Crossroads on Vogelweh from 2200-0100. For ages 18+, $10 with a skate rental, $8 if you bring your own skates. Call the Vogelweh Community Center at 0631-536-7626 for more details.
Member Call at the Officers’ Club
Join us 11 July from 1700-1900 for fun, food and drinks at the Wings Lounge inside the Ramstein Officers’ Club. Officers’ Club Members will have a chance to win $1,000. You must be in attendance to win and must be an O’Club Member. Social Hour food is free for Members; Non-Members $5.
TGIF at the Enlisted Club
Come relax after work with all new games, entertainment and prizes on 18 July! Enter for a chance to win an office party! Club Members are automatically entered to win $1,000 every week! You must be present to win. $100 cash consolation prize awarded every week!
TRAVEL & ADVENTURE Ramstein Outdoor Recreation Dahn Rock Trail Hike; 12 July Intro to Climbing; 15 July Single Airman Skydiving; 19 July
GO! Cheese & Bears in Bern; 16 July Champagne Region of France; 19 July
Summer Fun Family Bingo Night
Win BIG at Ramstein Community Center Bldg. 412! 11 July, doors open at 1730, games start at 1800. $5 per card and $1 for U-Pic-Em game.
Vet Clinic Brings Furry Friends to Libraries!
Learn about pet safety, animal care and bite prevention from the Kaiserslautern Vet Clinic. Wednesday, 16 July at the Ramstein Library and Thursday, 17 July at the Vogelweh Library from 1800-1900. FREE!
Pizza Gallerie’s Pizza of the Month
Visit the Pizza Gallerie during the entire month of July to enjoy Justin’s Spicy Pizza Special. This month’s highlighted pizza is towered with spicy sausage, bacon, onions, jalapenos and mozzarella cheese!
Discover the Benefits of Club Membership
Sign up to be a Club Member now until 31 July and get 3 months of FREE dues and a chance to WIN $100 instantly! For more information, visit www.RamsteinFSS.com or the Enlisted Club service window.
OTHER FSS NEWS!
You Can’t Say That On Stage II - 2 Weekends!
Skits and Songs that most theaters are too afraid to do! 18, 19, 25 & 26 July at the Ramstein Community Center Bldg. 412. Doors open at 2030, show starts at 2100. Cost: $10, $5 for E-4 and below. Mature audiences only, under 18 with an adult.
For more events and information, visit us at www.RamsteinFSS.com · 06371-47-9983
*Federal endorsement of sponsors is not intended.
WORD Scramble Unscramble these unmanned aerial vehicles
LIEENNTS OPNMATH NAVRE EAPERR WLHLAKAOGB APMU GGEAEERYL PRETRDAO Answers: sentinel | phantom | raven | reaper | globalhawk | puma | greyeagle | predator |
panky’s off-leash tour
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Recipe of the week: SERVINGS: 4 INGREDIENTS: 4 chicken breasts (each about 150 grams) 2 tablespoon oil Salt 2 tomatoes 125 grams mozzarella 1 tablespoon black olives without pits 8 basil leaves Black pepper
DIRECTIONS: • Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius/400 degrees Fahrenheit. • Pound the chicken ﬁlets. Brown chicken on both sides in a pan with hot oil. Put ﬁlets in a casserole dish (if desired cut in half or third). • Slice tomatoes, mozzarella and olives. Lay tomatoes, olives and basil on top of ﬁlets. • Season with salt and pepper. • Lay mozzarella on top. • Bake until the cheese is melted.
Tuscan schnitzel Recipe courtesy of USO
Capt. Spanky’s oﬀ-leash tour
Hey Ramstein! Anticipating the rain to come for the next few weekends, my human told me he planned a trip to a beach in France ahead of time. Knowing that a good traveling journalist never reports on the same location twice, I gave a howl in protest. My human laughed and clariﬁed that we were headed to Bitche in France, which was not the same kind of beach with oceans and sand. Winding through the lush hills and forests south of Ramstein, my human explained what we were about to see. I could not help but wag my tail throughout the 57-minute drive. Overlooking the town of Bitche lies a massive fortress, The Citadelle de Bitche,
which has seen its fair share of battle. I learned that the fortress has been around since the 1600s, and after many rebuilding phases, was unconquerable between the 17th and 20th centuries. The fortress even did time during World War II as a part of France’s Maginot Line. Panting and tired from the grueling walk uphill, we arrived at the receptionist’s desk, where she gave my human headphones, which guided us through the citadel. At the top I had a great view of the surrounding countryside and I think I could even see the Rhine River! The tour took us down into the inner-workings of the citadel, full of cool, dark passages and rooms. Back up top, we
ate lunch at a cafe and sniffed around the gift shop for souvenirs. Feeling inspired by the tunnels I saw, I decided to dedicate time towards creating my own underground passages beneath the back yard when we got back to keep my bones safe!
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FVAP helps service members exercise right to vote by Senior Airman Timothy Moore 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
he Ramstein Voting Assistance Office hosted Armed Forces Voter Week June 30 to Monday on Ramstein. The event was part of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, which is designed to ensure Department of Defense members, their eligible family and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to do so from anywhere in the world. Armed Forces Voter Week was tailored to remind Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines to register to vote and be a part of the election process.
However, DOD members can always get information from their unit or installation voting assistance officers or from www.FVAP.gov. Armed Forces Voter Week allowed members of the VAO to pass out voting information at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 30 to July 3. “It is one of two special-emphasis weeks to encourage installation voting officers and unit voting officers to get out there and make a big push to get people to register to vote,” said Capt. Ross Smiedendorf, installation voting officer for the KMC. The goal of this week was to get people to register for their absentee ballots in order to get them before
October. The second special-emphasis week, which takes place Sept. 29 to Oct. 6, has the goal of turning ballots in on time. “Being overseas presents a different challenge to get an absentee ballot,” Smiedendorf said. “You can’t just walk to your local polling station at your local school or church and vote like a lot of people are accustomed to doing.” With thousands of local, state and federal positions up for election, the VAO plans to ensure that service members and their families have access to information and tools they need to vote. “This year is big, because there are midterm elections for a lot of
state senators and representatives,” Smiedendorf said. For more information, contact your unit voting assistance officer or the installation Voting Assistance Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Smiedendorf said he highly recommends accessing www.FVAP.gov to obtain useful information before voting. “That’s where I and the unit representatives will get all of our information,” Smiedendorf said. “That’s where we are going to direct a lot of people, because it’s a really great website and is easy to use. It’ll tell you everything you need to know about voting in your state, including special elections and certain deadlines.”
7th CSC promotes first Army Reserve CW5 in Europe Jason McKenzie, 7th CSC secretary of the general staff. “This position wasn’t here as of a month ago. We fought to get this position coded here.” Debra Blankenbaker wears many Previously, the senior chief warhats for the Kaiserslautern-based 7th rant officer in Europe held the rank Civil Support Command. of CW4. Blankenbaker, a native of Blankenbaker started her military Waterloo, Iowa, serves as chief of career in 1981 as an administrathe 7th CSC’s Officer Personnel tive specialist. She completed the Branch, G1 Section. She also counwarrant officer candidate course sels Soldiers as the program manin 1994, followed by graduations ager for the command’s Sexual from the basic, advanced and senior Assault Prevention and Response courses. She joined the 7th CSC in Program. And now, following a June May 2013. 27 promotion ceremony on Daenner “I’ve served with a lot of warrant Kaserne, Blankenbaker adds another officers throughout my 35 years in job title to her signature block — Chief Warrant Officer 5 Debra Blankenbaker, senior ranking chief warrant officer for the 7th Civil the Army, and I truly believe this is command chief warrant officer 5, the Support Command, receives her new shoulder boards during a promotion ceremony June 30 on the finest warrant officer I’ve ever highest warrant officer rank in the Daenner Kaserne in Kaiserslautern. Brig. Gen. Paul Benanati (left), 7th CSC commanding general, and worked with,” Benanati said. U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve. her husband, John, were on hand to officially promote Blankenbaker from the rank of CW4 to CW5, the At the promotion ceremony, “This is an extremely rare promo- highest warrant officer rank in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve. Blankenbaker replaced her CW4 tion. Thirty-five years in the Army, and this is the May 12, by order of the president of the United shoulder boards on her uniform with those signifyfirst one I’ve ever been a part of,” said Brig. Gen. States. She is the first chief warrant officer 5 in the ing the rank of CW5, with help from Benanati and Paul Benanati, 7th CSC commanding general, who history of the U.S. Army Reserve in Europe. The 7th her husband, John, a supply technician with the presided over the ceremony. “Not only does Debra CSC, part of the Kaiserslautern-based 21st Theater Landstuhl-based 181st Signal Company. get promoted, but the Army Reserve Command Sustainment Command, is a U.S. Army Reserve “I want to thank everyone for coming out and has agreed to upgrade this position over here (in unit with subordinate units throughout Europe. all the support the command has given me,” Europe).” “(As CW5), she governs all of the warrant offi- Blankenbaker said. “You are all a great group, and I Blankenbaker’s promotion officially took effect cers in Europe and manages their duties,” said Maj. enjoy working with all of you.” Story and photo by Brandon Beach 21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs
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Congressional delegation meets with Ramstein Airmen Lt. Gen. Tom Jones, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa vice commander, and his wife, Debbie, welcome U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin and his congressional delegation to Ramstein July 3. The six members of Congress had lunch with Airmen from their home states during a brief stop here.
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POC for Miesau, Landstuhl and Daenner is the USAG R-P Chaplains Office in Bldg. 2919 on Pulaski Barracks. DSN 493-4098, civ. 0631-3406-4098 Miesau Chapel (Bldg. 3175) Seventh-Day Adventist Worship Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Saturdays Spanish Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Saturdays Worship: 11 a.m. Saturdays Small Group: 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays Landstuhl Community Chapel (Bldg. 3773) Worship: 11 a.m. Sundays Children’s Youth Church: 11 a.m. Sundays Daenner Community Chapel (Bldg. 3150) Chapel Next Worship Worship: 10 a.m. Sundays Children’s Church: 10:30 a.m. Sundays Ramstein North Chapel (DSN 480-6148, civ. 06371-47-6148) Contemporary Service: 11 a.m. Sundays Ramstein South Chapel (DSN 480-5753, civ. 06371-47-5753) Liturgical Services: 9 a.m. Sundays Liturgical Sunday School: 11 a.m. Sundays Traditional Service: 11 a.m. Sundays Vogelweh Chapel (DSN 489-6859, civ. 0631-536-6859) Gospel Service: 11 a.m. Sundays. Protestant education classes are available for all ages at Vogelweh, Ramstein, Landstuhl and Daenner. For information, call DSN 480-2499/489-6743 or civ. 06371-47-2499/0631-536-6743.
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.
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Ramstein South Chapel Synagogue (DSN 480-5753, civ. 06371-47-5753) Shabbat Evening Service: 7 p.m. Fridays
Ramstein South Chapel Mosque (480-5753) Jumu’ah Prayer, 1:30 p.m. For religious education and daily prayers, check the prayer schedule
Kapaun Chapel (DSN 489-6859, civ. 0631-536-6859) Divine Liturgy: 9 a.m. Sundays Confessions by appointment
Youth Group Kaiserslautern Youth of the Chapel (Religious Youth Center, Pulaski Bks., Bldg. 2869) “Plugged In” Middle School Youth Group: 2-4 p.m. Sundays Café Dinner (for students and their families): 4:15-5:15 p.m. Sundays “The Rock” High School Youth Group: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sundays More information: www.kmcyouth.com Protestant Youth of the Chapel Ramstein North Chapel "Vision" Middle School Ministry Tuesdays 3:15-5:00pm "Salvage" High School Ministry Tuesdays 7:00-8:45pm Vogelweh Chapel Teen Bible Study Wednesdays 7:00-8:00pm Info: www.ramsteinpyoc.blogspot.com
Episcopal (St. Albans) 10:30 a.m. Sundays, Kapaun Chapel
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
by Joerg Moddelmog Kaiserslautern Legal Services Center Are you thinking about buying a used car downtown, or are you about to sell your car to a fellow service member? Then you might be interested to know that in both cases, the sale/ purchase is subject to German law. Therefore, it is good to know what host nation laws say on the subject of warranties and defects. Even though verbal contracts are valid and fully enforceable in Germany, only a written agreement enables you to adequately prove the terms of the agreement and clarify each other’s obligations under it. All terms should be reduced to writing and signed by the parties, because written contracts are presumed to be correct, complete and without binding oral (side) agreements. The buyer should have the car thoroughly checked out and tested before the sale is concluded. The car should be inspected by a trustworthy, independent third party (e.g., a garage). Passing inspection is hardly enough proof that the car will remain a reliable one since it does not say anything about the real condition of the car. It just shows the car is doing fine at that one moment. A clause like “inspection guaranteed” means only that the seller has the duty — and the right — to place the car into such a condition that it passes inspection. Normal wear and tear usually does not constitute a legally relevant defect, even if it impairs the functioning of a used car, unless
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the buyer demanded a clear, concrete and binding representation from the seller to the contrary. Therefore, the buyer should ask the seller for specific assurances, express warranties or guarantees if a certain condition is important to him or her. It should be put down in writing. In Germany, the average total life span of a car is 10 years. After eight years, rust is a significant danger for almost every car in Germany and is, therefore, considered to be normal wear and tear. When buying a new car from a dealership, the warranty period is two years. It is reduced to one year if you buy a used car from a dealer. Only when buying from a private person can the warranty be excluded completely by terms like “as is,” “with all faults” or “Gebraucht wie besichtigt.” It is also important to verify the seller’s name on the bill of sale and to keep a copy of the power of attorney if the seller is selling on behalf of another person. Do not hesitate to ask to see the seller’s ID. Also, keep the seller’s local address and phone number on file in case you need to contact him later should a problem arise. If you encounter problems when selling/ buying a car, feel free to contact either the German attorney-adviser Matthias Voelker at the Ramstein Law Center at 489-2552 or 06371-47-2552, or German legal assistance attorneys Joerg C. Moddelmog and Holger Blug at the Kaiserslautern Legal Services Center on Kleber Kaserne at 483-8848 or 0631-411-8848. Recently moved to Germany? Use your FIND-IT GUIDE APP to find spiritual guidance! Don’t know how to get there? Use the “Route” option to get GPS directions from your present position.
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DLA Energy commander hands over command by Terry Shawn DLA Energy Public Affairs Army Commander Col. Robert Weaver relinquished command during a change of command ceremony June 25 in Kaiserslautern. Air Force Brig. Gen. Giovanni Tuck, Defense Logistics Agency Energy commander, presided over the ceremony and presented the commandâ€™s colors to the incoming commander, Army Col. Edward English, before an assembled audience of family, friends, distinguished guests and DLA Energy Europe & Africa region co-workers. â€œRob, your leadership contributed greatly to the success of DLA Energy in Europe and Africa,â€? Tuck said. â€œDuring your tenure as commander, you and your unit ensured all U.S. European Command and Africa Command fuel requirements were met.â€? Tuck said during Weaverâ€™s command he managed a 1,700 mile long supply chain from Turkey to Iraq ensuring energy support for both U.S. and coalition partners by successfully delivering more than 160 million gallons of jet and diesel fuel to five different locations in Iraq. Weaver also established a new transit hub in
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