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Check on us… we’re not ok!, Page 6


First Outdoor Recreation trip immersive, enlightening, Page 10

July 17, 2020 | Volume 44, Number 28



Maj. Gen. Reed assumes command of Third Air Force, Pages 12-13

405th AFSB conducts change of command ceremony, Page 15

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Bee our guest:

Ramstein Boy Scout creates homes for bees

Carter Young, Ramstein Boy Scouts life scout, poses for a photo with his bee hotel at Ramstein Air Base, July 9. Young, his family and the Ramstein Boy Scouts engineered a project to create shelters for solitary bees on the base.

Story & photos by Airman 1st Class Taylor Slater 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs One Ramstein Boy Scout has a message for solitary bees: It’s time to check out of the ground and check-in to a hotel. Over the past three years, the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron pest management office received numerous requests for the extermination of bees in playgrounds and park areas. Parkgoers raised concerns about bees burrowing holes in the playground and endangering children at play. However, this type of bee, known as solitary bees, are a protected species in Germany and they cannot be disturbed. Unlike honeybees, solitary bees do not make nests or honey and lack a queen to defend. Their main job is pollination and procreation. Roping off areas with bees was the only viable option for pest management, a See BEES, Page 8

721 AMXS, 305 MXS restore C-17 after lightning strike by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The 721st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron facilitated a maintenance recovery team from the 305th Maintenance Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, to remove and replace components of a C-17 Globemaster III belonging to Charleston Air Force Base, July 7. During a flight to a deployed location in the Central Command area of responsibility, lightning struck the aircraft on one of its winglets. The lightning then traveled to the aircraft tail, damaging both the winglet tip and one of the elevators. Due to the limited resources at the destination, the on-scene team conducted a onetime-flight temporary repair to get the aircraft to Ramstein where the MRT conducted the maintenance. “There were two spots that got blown out,” said Tech. Sgt. Natalie Collins, 305th See LIGHTNING STRIKE, Page 2

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Anthony Pennington, 305th Maintenance Squadron aero repair technician, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, conducts repairs on a C-17 Globemaster III at Ramstein Air Base, July 7. Pennington and his team were sent to Ramstein to conduct major repairs on the aircraft after it suffered damage from a lightning strike during a flight to a deployed location.

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“I like input,” said Tech. Sgt. Anthony Pennington, 305th MXS aero repair technician. “Some of those guys stepped up to help. Some of their ideas made this go smoother.” When asked about the importance of restoring the aircraft to operational status, Pennington said it allows the Air Force to get the men and women serving in deployed locations back home to their families. “I think it’s been sitting here for 18 days, so that’s one less asset the Air Force has and one less asset that Charleston has,” Pennington said. “I thought it was interesting and cool that McGuire got to work on a Charleston jet. To me, that’s that whole teamunity, big-Air Force picture.” Thanks to the joint effort, the Airmen restored the aircraft to operational status enabling air power throughout the area of responsibility.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Anthony Pennington and Airman 1st Class Bailey Turner, 305th Maintenance Squadron aero repair technicians, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, read through technical orders at Ramstein Air Base, July 7. Pennington and Turner were part of a maintenance recovery team sent to Ramstein to conduct major repairs on a C-17 Globemaster III after it suffered damage from a lightning strike during a flight to a deployed location.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Thomas Freeman, 305th Maintenance Squadron aero repair technician, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, conducts repairs on a C-17 Globemaster III at Ramstein Air Base, July 7. Freeman helped his team replace the winglet tip of the aircraft after it suffered damage from a lightning strike during a flight to a deployed location.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Bailey Turner, 305th Maintenance Squadron aero repair technician, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, poses for a photo in a hangar at Ramstein Air Base, July 7. Turner was part of a maintenance recovery team sent to Ramstein to conduct major repairs on a C-17 Globemaster III after it suffered damage from a lightning strike during a flight to a deployed location.

MXS home-station inspection dock controller. “There’s a spot on the right-hand winglet, so we had to change that out, and then the worst of it was up on the elevator.” Over the course of a week utilizing cranes and a cherry picker, the team removed the winglet and elevator, replacing both to bring the aircraft to operational status. “This is not a job you do every single day,” Collins said. “It feels good to do something that’s a little bit heavier maintenance than normal.” The removal and replacement of the winglet and elevator could not have been successful without teamwork. Airmen from the 721st AMXS provided suggestions and Ramstein’s civil engineer Airmen provided the crane, which was a crucial part of the mission.

A damaged C-17 Globemaster III elevator lays on a hangar floor at Ramstein Air Base, July 7. The damage was caused by a lightning strike mid-flight. Airmen from the 305th Maintenance Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-DixLakehurst, New Jersey, replaced the component utilizing the 721st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron’s facilities. The elevator is located at the tail of the aircraft and is used to control the aircraft’s pitch.

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Airlifter of the week: 86 AMXS Airman recognized for leadership

Positive volunteerism by Retiree Activities Office

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Christopher Kim, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron C-130 hydraulic systems craftsman and hydraulics noncommissioned officer in charge, looks up a maintenance task on a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft at Ramstein Air Base, July 8. Kim was recently handpicked to fill the hydraulic section’s NCOIC position.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Christopher Kim, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron C-130 hydraulic systems craftsman and hydraulics noncommissioned officer in charge, right, salutes Brig. Gen, Mark R. August, 86th Airlift Wing commander, after being named Airlifter of the Week at Ramstein Air Base, July 2. Kim was recognized for his leadership and direction in the 86th AMXS hydraulics section.

Story & photos by Airman 1st Class John R. Wright 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Tech. Sgt. Christopher Kim, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron C-130 hydraulic systems craftsman and noncommissioned officer in charge, was awarded Airlifter of the Week for his leadership and direction in the hydraulics section at Ramstein Air Base, July 2. Recently handpicked to fill the hydraulic section’s NCOIC position, Kim leads a team of 17 technicians who perform maintenance on 14 assigned C-130J Super Hercules aircraft valued at $1.1 billion. “In the last quarter, Tech. Sgt. Kim flawlessly directed over 203 maintenance actions and repairs,” said Master Sgt. Mike Jones, 86th AMXS aircraft section chief. “This enabled 1,000 sorties and 2,600 flight hours for the Air Force’s most utilized C-130J fleet.” The technical skills and knowledge needed

to support aircraft maintenance can require a comprehensive training plan. “Kim developed a training plan which integrated 50 crew chief maintenance tasks for the entire hydraulics section, bolstering his team’s technical knowledge and squadron maintenance capabilities by 19.5 percent,” Jones said. Kim also continuously focuses on the safety of the C-130J aircraft assigned to Ramstein. “Tech. Sgt. Kim led a team and swiftly executed a safety time compliance technical order for the entire fleet, which consisted of 112 inspections and ensured the integrity of the brake systems,” Jones said. As Kim’s five-year career at Ramstein has progressed from hands-on work to a more supervisory role, his goals have progressed as well. “Ultimately, (the goal is) always putting planes in the air because the mission we have here for the C-130s is great,” Kim said.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Christopher Kim, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron C-130 hydraulic systems craftsman and hydraulics noncommissioned officer in charge, holds the coins he received for being named Airlifter of the Week at Ramstein Air Base, July 2. Kim leads a team of 17 technicians who perform maintenance on 14 assigned C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.

“However, now that I’m a technical sergeant and kind of drawn away from the flight line, the greatest thing is watching new troops come in, trying to pass down everything I’ve accumulated over the years, and watching them grow.” Outside of work, Kim, an Oklahoma City native, enjoys traveling with his wife and two children. “While stationed in Germany, we have been to Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Ireland, and driven the entire coast of Croatia,” Kim said. As Kim continues his career in the Air Force, he is constantly improving himself and looking for ways to enhance his career and the careers of others. “He’s going to go places,” Jones said. “He already has his degree, and he’s looking to commission. He’s an expert technician, he’s a scholar, and he does a lot to assist in the ways he can for the betterment of others.”

The Retiree Activities Office exists to support, unite, and enhance the military retired, active duty and DOD civilian retiree communities through positive volunteerism. All military retirees, regardless of service affiliation, DOD civilians, surviving spouses of retired and active duty personnel and all service members preparing to retire can ask and will receive assistance and guidance from the RAO. The staff members are appointed by the Director and perform administrative duties in the RAO which is currently open by appointment only on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The staff consists of four experienced members with a CAC and one member waiting on issuance of a CAC. The CAC is significant in that one can access the government network, conduct research, and answer several emails daily when working in the RAO. To expand upon our capabilities to those we serve (over 2,500 in our footprint), we are searching the area for a few more dedicated volunteers. We need volunteers to fulfill and accomplish a myriad of duties as described above to serve others residing in the KMC, which reaches from Germesheim to Alzey, to Bad Kreuznach, Idar-Oberstein, Birkenfeld back to Zweibrücken, Homburg, Pirmasens, back to Landstuhl, Sembach and Ramstein. So, look in the mirror and ask yourself, “Am I doing any­ thing to help my community?” If you speak a little German that is a plus since some of our surviving spouses (believe it or not) do not speak much English. If you can commit yourself (dedication) and want to work (from the heart) one day a week (absent being sick and vacation times) then we need your services. Can only work with serious and reliable volunteers? If you are seriously interested, send an email to: 86aw.rao@us.af.mil One of the Counselors on duty will get back to you as soon as possible.

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JULY 6 12 p.m.: Damage to private property in Rust 11:54 p.m.: Major traffic collision in Mackenbach JULY 7 1:50 a.m.: Operation of an unregistered motor vehicle in Kaiserslautern 7:10 p.m.: Major traffic collision in Kaiserslautern 10:33 p.m.: Drunken operation of a motor vehicle and major traffic collision in Kaiserslautern JULY 8 1:02 a.m.: Drunken operation of motor vehicle in Kaiserslautern 10:58 p.m.: Assault in Kaiserslautern JULY 9 1:05 p.m.: Damage to personal property on Vogelweh AB 4:37 p.m.: Damage to personal property in Erfenbach 4:38 p.m.: Larceny of personal property in


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JULY 10 1:43 a.m.: Driving while impaired in Kaiserslautern 10:10 a.m.: Major traffic collision in Niedermohr 5:30 p.m.: Damage to personal property in Huetschenhausen

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 0631-363-3010 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.

JULY 11 12:19 a.m.: Driving under the influence in Kaiserslautern 12:36 a.m.: Assault on Rhine Ordinance Barracks 7 a.m.: Major traffic collision on A62 direction Trier 12:49 p.m.: Burglary in BruchmuehlbachMiesau 6:33 p.m.: Damage to personal property on Vogelweh AS JULY 12 2:15 p.m.: Major vehicle collision in Kaiserslautern

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.

Here are a few fire safety hints for each of us to HELP prevent a tragedy: »» Always have fire extinguishers available in


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your home for fire emergencies and know where it is located. Stay in the kitchen when you are doing any type of cooking. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time turn off the stove! Wear short sleeves or roll them up when cooking. Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a “kid-free zone” of three feet around the stove. One of the best ways to extinguish a pan fire is with a lid, this will remove the oxygen from the equation and snuff the fire out. NEVER use water on a grease fire. Never try and remove a burning pan or object from your home. If the fire has already caught some of the cabinetry on fire, and you cannot extinguish the fire with a portable fire extinguisher: »» Have another house member dial

112 from a DSN phone or 0637147112 from a cell phone. »» Evacuate all remaining home members to safety outside »» Alert neighbors

Home fires do occur. Your Military Family Housing Office highly recommends that you obtain “renters insurance” whether you live on or off-base. For further guidance on home insurance, please contact the Base Legal Office for guidance.

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THE HOUSING HYPE Recently, there was an off-base home kitchen fire resulting in injuries to the service member and property damage to the rental. Always keep in-mind that fire safety is important no matter where we are in today’s world. Within several minutes a fire can become life-threatening event. FIRE IS FAST! In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can turn into a major fire. It takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a room or for it to be engulfed in flames. FIRE IS HOT! Heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to over 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin. DID YOU KNOW: Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a 3-to-1 ratio. That is why it is important to ensure your smoke detectors are tested monthly and that batteries are replaced every 6 months. Changing batteries at the transition to and from Daylight Savings time is recommended.

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COVID-19 updates for KMC Looking for updated information regarding coronavirus and changes to base facilities? Visit www.ramstein.af.mil/COVID-19/



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RAO message for those serviced by Kaiserslautern Zoll Retirees and surviving spouse Pink Card hol­ ders need not report to make payment on their purchases 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/

If you have any questions/concerns related to fire safety, please contact “the experts” – your local Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC) Fire Prevention Section — they can help to answer all of your concerns. Contacts: KMC Fire Prevention Section: DSN 480-5940/Comm: 06371-47-5940

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. 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. 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. 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 Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 8-12 a.m. Attention all retirees and surviving spouses The 86th AW Retiree Activities Office is closed until further notice. For urgent situations (until we re-open our doors) that would normally be addressed to the RAO, you can email jim.barrante@fcgh.net. RAO Director needed The Retiree Activities Office, a volunteer-based organization that supports retirees, active-duty members and spouses throughout the KMC, has an immediate opening for a new director. The RAO functions as a liaison between the retiree population and the 86th AW commander. For more information about this position or how to volunteer, please contact the acting director at Jim.Barrante@gmail.com or call 0160 454 0062.

MHO Facilities Section: DSN 489-7108/Comm: 0631536-7108 Housing Referral Section (HRO): DSN 4896643/6659/Comm: 0631-536-6643/0631-536-6659 For Housing questions/concerns, please email KMCHousing@us.af.mil Follow us on our Facebook page https://www. facebook.com/KMCHousingOffice/

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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Maribeth Ferrer, 39th Medical Group superintendent, attends a candlelight vigil for racial equality June 17, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Ferrer joined the Air Force two years after emigrating from the Philippines to the U.S.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Maribeth Ferrer, 39th Medical Group superintendent, poses for a photo in her office June 22, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Ferrer faced discrimination as a woman of color in the early stages of her Air Force career, and now fights to create a culture where all Airmen feel safe and welcome.

‘Check on us… we’re not ok!’

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Maribeth Ferrer, 39th Medical Group superintendent, stares out the window of her office June 22, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Ferrer has been selected to serve as the 39th Air Base Wing’s next command chief.

Story & photos by Staff Sgt. Joshua Magbanua 39th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Ferrer has been selected to serve as the 39th Air Base Wing’s next command chief. She pointed out that although the Air Force has made immense improvements to its culture, it still has a long way to go in making all Airmen feel safe and welcome. Incirlik Airmen look forward to seeing Ferrer take on her new post at Incirlik. Staff Sgt. Maria Castillones, 39th Medical Operations Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of Family Advocacy, recalled the time she first met Ferrer: at the dining facility shortly after arriving at Incirlik. The encounter sparked mentorship. “Chief Ferrer has mentored me during my entire time here at Incirlik, both personally and professionally,” said Castillones, who shares the chief’s FilipinoAmerican heritage. “She is the kind of leader that has always found the time to visit sections and check in on us. She even holds an open forum with us regularly during her ‘Chief Chats.’” Although Castillones lamented that she will have moved to her next duty station by the time Ferrer takes the helm, she remains confident in her mentor’s ability to lead Airmen. Ferrer taught her to not just take care of herself, but also take care of her community. For this reason, Castillones believes Incirlik Airmen will be in good hands. “She inspires people to keep pushing towards their goals,” Castillones recounted. “Chief has helped me find ways to reach out to and educate the population here


“Leader­ ship, check on us… we’re not ok!” An Airman posted this message on social media; a cry for help amidst a period of racial violence and social turmoil in America. U.S. troops stationed overseas could only watch as their nation reeled under one of the most divisive chapters in its history. Chief Master Sgt. Maribeth Ferrer, 39th Medical Group superintendent, saw the Airman’s post and responded immediately, offering her contact information. “My team and I are here to help,” she typed. “We’re here to listen; we’re here to act where needed. How can I help please? I am available any time today.” Ferrer was no stranger to prejudice, having experienced it firsthand when she joined the Air Force in 1996 — only two years after immigrating to the U.S. The chief hails from Bataan Province in the Philippines: the same region where thousands of American and Filipino troops paid the ultimate sacrifice in a ferocious battle against Japanese invaders during World War II. “I grew up in a small town called Dinalupihan; we left for the U.S. when I was 16,” she said. “I was jokingly bragging to my dad that I wanted to be a military pilot and so he called my bluff. Next thing I knew, he got me an appointment to meet the Air Force recruiter. It was the best dare I ever took on! I’m not a pilot but

I realized soon enough that my true calling was becoming a chief master sergeant.” Ferrer remembered the first chapter of her military career as a sink or swim experience: learning two new cultures at once. She even recalled being mocked for her accent, being quickly dismissed and passed over for projects. “It was definitely challenging and overwhelming,” Ferrer said. “Not only was I still adjusting to the American way of life; I also had to assimilate into the military culture. However, that challenge actually kept me on my toes to continually learn and adapt, which undoubtedly strengthened my resilience skills.” Ironically, Ferrer perceived that this same prejudice also helped her promote earlier than most of her peers — when she faced the board for early promotion to senior airman. She asked her flight chief at the time what her chances were of being selected. “His words forever etched in my brain,” Ferrer recalled. “He said, ‘Nah, don’t worry about it. You’ll get it: you’re female!’ He was right, I was selected. Sadly, his words made me doubt if my hard work and accomplishments had anything to do with it.” From that day on, Ferrer found her resolve and decided no one will ever question her merit ever again. “The memory of those harsh words kept me driven to work even harder,” Ferrer said. “It lit up a fire inside to never let anyone have room for doubt that I deserved any of my success.” In retrospect, she credited this crucible as the fire which refined her into the leader she is today.

As Ferrer strived on, she still faced metaphorical giants as a woman of color. She mentioned how grateful she was to be assigned to a unit where there were other Airmen of Filipino ancestry. Although she wasn’t completely shielded from discrimination, she had friends she could lean on who understood her. The years passed by, and Ferrer ascended through the ranks. Despite challenges she confronted as a minority serving in the military, the chief recalled that she also had very good experiences in her career. “My favorite experiences in the military were during deployment and overseas tours,” Ferrer said. “Each time, I met remarkable people who are still dearest friends of mine to this day, even 10 or 15 years later. I truly enjoyed experiencing different cultures around the world. To me, it certainly helped enforce openmindedness and develop my positive world view.” She also noted that the Air Force made massive leaps in improving its culture, making it a safer and more welcoming organization for all Airmen. Ferrer gave credit to the Airmen who spoke up against discrimination, and also to leaders who listened and took action. “It was because our Airmen did not allow their voices to be stifled by pain, anger or fear,” she said. “They kept pushing through those barriers until they were heard. Fortunately as well, there were leaders who were willing to listen — who genuinely cared. That combination created a safe and open environment for changes to occur.”

at Incirlik in regards to domestic violence awareness, and has helped me become a better leader and grow as a mentor myself.” As Ferrer packed up her office at the 39th MDG in preparation for her move to the wing, she reflected on her heritage. She remembered how her ancestors in the Philippines fought and died alongside Americans during the Battle of Bataan. The future command chief remarked how she didn’t truly grasp that heritage until she moved to the U.S. and joined the Air Force. “When I mention to people that I’m from Bataan, they say, ‘ah yes, we remember the Bataan Death March,” Ferrer mentioned, referring to the deadly trek undertaken by thousands of American and Filipino prisoners of war. “That’s when I realized I am from a region with a very rich history.” For Ferrer, the epic struggle waged by the Allies during World War II illustrates that no matter what someone’s color, religion, ethnicity or cultural background is, all people share the same needs and desires in life. This is why she emphasizes the necessity for everyone to cast off their prejudices and comprehend the reality that the only race is the human race. “We all share that one blood,” Ferrer concluded. “At the end of the day, when your way of life as a human being is challenged, we all end up bonding together. It is very humbling knowing that whatever your background is, we are all reduced to that same basic fabric: we’re all people, and we all want to be treated equally.”

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Page 8 BEES from Page 1 stinger that remained for years. Enter Carter Young, a Ramstein Boy Scouts Troop 156 life scout, with the solution. Young proposed his idea to the pest management office:, a shelter for bees called a Bee Hotel. A long-time lover of insects, Young came up with his Eagle Scout idea after seeing insect hotels at Chièvres Air Base, Belgium. ”I thought it was really cool that I could see live insects in something that someone could build,” Young said. Young himself has been a victim of bee attacks. In first grade he stepped on one of their nests in the ground and aggravated the bees resting there. “Now he’s built something that makes [playgrounds] a safe place to be so hopefully another kid won’t come across something in the ground accidentally,” Glenda Young, Carter’s mother, said. With the help of his family and the other Boy Scouts, Young bought materials and crafted shelters for the bees to live in. Bee hotels are generally wooden structures occupied with recyclables. The materials protect bees from predators as well as natural elements. Staff Sgt. Arielle Howze, 86th


CES pest management technician, worked as a liaison for the scouts, gaining approval from various agencies to place the hotels on their property. “Carter built this on his own,” Howze said. “He’s great with woodwork and came up with all the ideas and plans. I just facilitated with the different agencies and gave him some advice.” Planning for the project began in November 2019. The project ran into some struggles coordinating with agencies during COVID-19, but the wooden structures were completed and installed in July 2020. The four bee hotels are stationed at Ramstein Elementary, Middle, and High schools and in the housing area. Bee hotels only attract bees that already live in the area, encouraging them to use the hotel instead of burrowing holes in the ground and endangering children at playgrounds. Solitary bees are welcome for a staycation after a busy day of pollinating. Young’s family will be leaving Germany soon, and he’s proud to have his own legacy to leave at Ramstein. “I’ve lived here for six years and haven’t really done anything for the community before, so I think this is pretty cool,” Young said.

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Carter Young, Ramstein Boy Scout, measures wood for bee hotels at his home alongside Chris August, 86 Airlift Wing commander’s spouse, at Ramstein Air Base housing. Bee hotels protect bees from predators as well as natural elements. This project has been in development since November 2019.


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First Outdoor Recreation trip immersive, enlightening

Burg Landshut sits high above the Mosel River and looks down on the city of Bernkastel-Kues. The postcard city and castle is the destination of the All-Terrain vehicle/UtilityTerrain Vehicle Trip through DFMWR Outdoor Recreation in Baumholder.


Story & photos by Keith Pannell U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Public Affairs




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When I accepted the offer to come work for the Army in Germany, I had visions of gallivanting across Europe every weekend. Then, COVID-19 happened. So, while I did get a couple of short trips in, it wasn’t until the recent Fourth of July weekend that I took my first trip through the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Outdoor Recreation. After listening to a co-worker describe the intended trip, I decided to sign up for the All-Terrain Vehicle/Utility-Terrain Vehicle trip leaving from Baumholder on Independence Day. I am old enough to have ridden the original red Honda 3-wheeler ATVs back in the 1970s, so I was looking forward to four-wheeling through the forests around Baumholder. But, because I signed up late, the quads were gone and I would be driving a utility vehicle. The UTVs are perfect for two or three people (as long as you don’t mind being close). I thought I would be disappointed with the UTV. I wasn’t. I still had the wind in my face and still had that openair feeling. The trip wasn’t just for single riders/drivers. There were several couples and a family of four, with a child seat, who rented a UTV with a back seat. I had no idea where we were going and, most of the time, I had no idea where we were. The only forest trails I saw were as we sped past on the road. We were on pavement all day. It’s still foreign to me

(no pun intended) for quads and UTVs to be street legal on major roads. In the 90 minutes to our destination, we must have went through 15-20 villages. We received incredulous looks from people at crosswalks and from their driveways. I laughed at the looks of normal vehicle drivers after they decided to be nice and let the first quads turn in front of them, only to be held up as the next eight UTVs came rolling through like a parade. UTVs don’t have power steering. Turning the UTV is more like wrestling a cow in the direction you want it to go. The tires grab the pavement in a turn and chirp when you make a turn. They feel top-heavy. It takes total concentration. Another rider, the aforementioned co-worker, almost wiped out his family and himself twice in a span of three seconds. It’s easy to start sightseeing, take a turn too tight and suddenly you’re staring at the Audi emblem on the hood of an oncoming car, over-correct and almost bounce off the guardrail. I’m not saying he did that but, he did that. However, you get used to it. And, we weren’t just putt-putting down the road. Most of the roads had 70 kph speed limits and we easily did the speed limits, which, in an open-sided golfcart-on-steroids, was exhilarating. I looked down at one point and saw I was doing 83 kph, but only for a second. Then, we were in a parking lot. Our ears still ringing from the motors and wind, our arms tired from jostling with our steeds: the guides said something about a

castle and something about a town with great photo opportunities and great food. And, the group ambled down a cobblestone path through a tunnel of trees before the world opened up and we saw the castle Berg Landshut. Many in the group properly oohed and awe-ed. As we stepped out into the sunshine, we were able to see the real view, which was the steep vineyards that make up the Mosel wine valley, and which drop at a ridiculously steep angle to the Mosel River. The river splits the city of BernkastelKues, which looks like it came straight off of a postcard. It was quite an impressive surprise. Berg Landshut was great to walk in as it sits perched on the side of the hill. The sun glinted off the tour boats far below. Traffic noise failed to reach up to the castle, so it was easy to imagine what life in the berg might have been like when it was built in the year 1247. After all the photos were taken, it was time for the most difficult part of the trip; the steep walk back up to the parking lot. It’s no joke. It’s about two hundred yards, although it felt like 80 miles. Then, back in our UTVs, down switchback after switchback, through a tunnel and right into Bernkastel-Kues. What a fantastic, this-is-whatyou-expect-to-see-in-Germany town. You are encouraged to take in the sights of Bernkastel-Kues at your own leisure. We had about an hour and a half to do whatever we wanted. Many grabbed lunch at one of the numerous outdoor restaurants and toured the streets of the village.

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July 17, 2020 Time passed quickly and we soon had to head back to the vehicles and begin the drive back to Baumholder. We took a different route bback, much of it along the Mosel. It was amazing. Yes, you have to pay attention to the road, but you can’t not look at the green vineyards towering above you on one side and the river full of history shining in the sun as it flowed on the opposite side. The tranquility was only interrupted by an occasional car or motorcycle pack passing you. Ninety minutes and another 20

villages or so later, we were back at Baumholder Outdoor Recreation. Our bodies vibrated and ears rang from the UTVs. Our arms were sore from wrestling those machines around turns and our faces grimy and windblown. I’ll do it again. While going off on your own throughout Europe certainly has an appeal, don’t be afraid to take advantage of the tours offered through DFMWR Outdoor Recreation in Kaiserslautern and Baumholder. It’s well worth it. Bring a jacket. Starting off in the

A line of utility vehicles stretches down a German road during the ATV/ UTV trip from DMFWR-Baumholder Outdoor Recreation. The trip went from Baumholder to the picturesque city of Bernkastel-Kues and back.

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Maj. Gen. Reed assumes command of Third Air Force by Staff Report U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa Public Affairs

Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, left, congratulates Maj. Gen. Randall Reed, right, after he assumed command of the Third Air Force during the Third Air Force change of command at Ramstein Air Base, June 24. Due to COVID-19, the change of command ceremony omitted the passing of the guidon to ensure the participants’ safety. Photos by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer

U.S. Airmen and distinguished visitors stand for the arrival of the official party and playing of the U.S. and German national anthems during the Third Air Force change of command ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, June 24. The change of command ceremony honored Maj. Gen. John Wood as he relinquished command of the Third Air Force and welcomed Maj. Gen. Randall Reed as he assumed command.

Maj. Gen. Randall Reed, from left, Maj. Gen. John Wood, Third Air Force commander, Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, and Brian Phillips, USAFE chief of protocol, walk to their seats for the Third Air Force change of command ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, June 24. The change of command honored Wood as he relinquished command of the Third Air Force and welcomed Reed as he assumed command.

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Maj. Gen. John Wood, right, salutes Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, left, after relinquishing command of the Third Air Force at Ramstein Air Base, June 24. After Wood rendered his salute, Maj. Gen. Randall Reed took his place to assume command of the Third Air Force.

Maj. Gen. Randall Reed, right, salutes Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, after assuming command of the Third Air Force at Ramstein Air Base, June 24. After assuming command, Reed gave a speech to the attendees of the ceremony.

A Distinguished Service Medal sits on display during the Third Air Force change of command ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, June 24. Maj. Gen. John Wood received the medal before relinquishing command of the Third Air Force.

U.S. Air Forces in Europe band Airmen perform during the Third Air Force change of command ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, June 24. The change of command ceremony honored Maj. Gen. John Wood as he relinquished command of the Third Air Force and welcomed Maj. Gen. Randall Reed as he assumed command.

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Ramstein North Chapel Conference Room (Bldg 1201) protestant services Service: 10:30 a.m., 4th Saturday Service: 12:00 p.m., 3rd Thursday at LRMC Chapel Landstuhl Community Chapel (Bldg 3773) For more info: ktownsgibuddhism@gmail.com Worship: 11:00 a.m. Sundays Children’s Youth Church: 11:00 a.m. Sundays Catholic services Daenner Community Chapel (Bldg 3150) Daenner Community Chapel (Bldg 3150) Chapel Next Sunday Mass: 12:30 p.m. (all year round) Worship: Sunday 10:00 a.m. Confession: 11:45 p.m. Children’s Church: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Landstuhl Community Chapel Seventh-Day Adventist Worship Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Saturdays (Bldg 3773) Worship: 11:00 a.m. Saturdays Tue, Wed, Fri: 12 p.m. Small Group: 6:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday Sunday: 9 a.m. Ramstein North Chapel (Bldg 1201) Confession: 8 a.m. Contemporary Service: 11:00 a.m. Sundays Ramstein North Chapel (Bldg 1201) Ramstein South Chapel (Bldg 2403) Daily Mass: 11:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday Traditional with Communion: 9:30 a.m. Sundays Sunday Masses: 9 a.m., 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. Vogelweh Chapel (Bldg 2063) Confession: RNC or by appt. 4 p.m.- 4:45 p.m. Gospel Service: 11:00 a.m. Sundays. Sundays For more info: facebook.com\vogelwehgospelservice or email episcopal (anglican) rvgsfacebook@gmail.com (st. albans) Kapaun Chapel (Bldg 2781) Wiccan Service: 10:30 a.m. Sundays Kapaun Annex (Bldg 2782)

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Ramstein Catholic Religious Education Coordinator wanted The Ramstein Chapel is accepting bids for a Ramstein Catholic Religious Education Coordinator (Grades 6-7 and confirmation) from July 9-23. The contractor shall provide all personnel, labor, materials, and transportation to provide non-personal service in support of the Ramstein Contemporary Service as located in the KMC. The contractor shall serve the administrative needs of the Ramstein Contemporary Service as related to by the Statement of Work. Documented evidence of the following is preferred but not required: a bachelor’s degree in business administration or information management, possess a minimum of 2 years of leadership experience, preferably in management or administration, and be fluent in reading, writing, and speaking English in order to perform all responsibilities outlined in the Statement of Work. Bidder is subject to criminal history background checks and must complete a Child Care National Agency Check and Inquiries and Installation Records Check. The Request for Proposal and bid package can be picked up from the North Chapel on weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.. Packages must be returned no later than noon on Thursday, July 23. Interviews will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, July 24, at the North Chapel. The contract will be awarded based on best value to the government. For more information please contact the Contracting Officer at 480-6148 or 06371-47-6148.

Beautiful one-day hike near the KMC by MilitaryinGermany.com Wolfstein is only half an hour from the Kaiserslautern Military Com­munity of Kaiserslautern, Ram­ stein and Landstuhl and the home to one of the greatest one-day hikes in Germany. The first stage of the Pfälzer Höhenweg, around the town of Wolfstein in the northwest of the region, allows you to enjoy a small but scenic part of the 100km long trail. “It was, quite simply, the best one-day hiking trip we had ever done.” states Michael, blogger at Easyhiker.co.uk The loop around town, at a length of just under 12 km, is neither too exhausting nor so short that it would deny you the feeling of accomplishment (which then entitles you to an extra large serving at the dinner table). The trail leads you clockwise around the town — imagine Wolfstein on the “12” — and provides a surprising degree of variety. In the beginning, in particular, you will get splendid views over the hills around you, but there is a lot of forest, too, all rounded off with a couple of castle ruins near the end. Hiking Wolfstein The trail is easy to find and very well marked. Simply turn left out of the hotel and follow the markers to the Youth Hostel (the “Jugendherberge”) — you are now on a “feeder route” of the Höhenweg — on a fairly steep climb uphill and just continue straight — into the Höhenweg trail proper — when the hostel appears on your right hand side. From then on, just follow the trail markers — until the very end when you can already see the town from above. Which is when you must descend rather than continue uphill, which will be so obvious you can’t miss it! Before, however, there were a few close calls. None closer than 2 km from the end when you must take a steep right turn off the path on the ridge. The sign on the trunk

that leads the way is not just a “reassurance” sign that has been put, for whatever reason, a little further back into the 2nd row of trees (of which there have been quite a few till then): you really have to descend down the slope here. What really confused us was the total absence of any further signs until the end of the descent — we had already been here and returned half way down to continue further up on the ridge (wrongly) before we realized that this appeared to lead us nowhere. Just be on your guard throughout, and remember: if you have not spotted a “reassurance marker” for a few hundred meters, this is normally an indication that you have gone wrong. Better to return and to establish where you have made an error than to continue in the hope that, as long as your “general direction” is right, you will be fine. Something else that is good about one-day hikes: if you have selected your hotel in advance (and with a certain degree of care), you will have a good dinner waiting for you, and this can put a spring in your step, too. The restaurant of the Landgasthof Hotel Königsberg is run by Christian Schneider who has trained with 3-star chefs across Germany but returned to his native town to serve as the chef de cuisine in his parents’ hotel. Christian is well aware of what is possible and what is not in a hotel that caters mainly for locals and weary hikers: he does not intend to run a “fancy” place but is determined to demonstrate that high-quality cooking and a strong emphasis on local specialties do not rule each other out — expect to find nothing but local and seasonal ingredients on your plate. Enjoy your hike! Remember to visit respective websites before you start your trip, as opening hours may change based on current COVID-19 regulations.


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405th AFSB conducts change of command ceremony

Commanding Maj. Gen. Chris Mohan of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command passes the brigade guidon colors to incoming commander Col. Brad A. Bane of the 405th Army Field Support. The passing of the guidon symbolizes the passing of command from the outgoing commander to the incoming commander.

Story & photos by Pfc. Katelyn Myers 21st Theater Support Command Public Affairs The 405th Army Field Support Brigade conducted a change of command ceremony July 9 at Daenner Kaserne in Kaiserslautern. 21st TSC and 405th AFSB bid farewell to Col. Grant L. Morris who led the command of 405th AFSB since June 19, 2018. Col. Brad A. Bane officially assumed command of the brigade during the ceremony and brings 23 years of experience with him. The 405th AFSB is assigned to the U.S. Army Sustainment Command but under the operational control of U.S. Army Europe. Their mission is to provide material enterprise support to U.S. forces throughout Europe and Africa. Today the 405th AFSB operates in 20 countries across U.S. Army Europe and U.S. Army Africa and consists of seven Logistic Readiness Centers, two Base Operations Directorates, and four Army Field Support Battalions supporting USAREUR and USARAF

material enterprise requirements and providing AMC enablers and capabilities at the tactical point of need. During the ceremony Morris said that he appreciated the mentorship he has received over the years and thanked his wife, mentors, leaders, peers and subordinates who have given him a small piece of their time and wisdom over his career. “It is the assistance of a great support network that helps us find success in our endeavors, and I greatly appreciate mine,” Morris said. “I will miss you all but I won’t be far.” Maj. Gen. Chris Mohan, 21st TSC commanding general, who presided over the ceremony, expressed the personal impact Morris has made throughout 405th AFSB, and how his legacy will benefit the brigade for many years to come. “He wasn’t afraid to empower his subordinates, and took the time to mentor and coach those aspiring to advancement,” Mohan said. “He also recognized personal and team excellence, and never failed

to let people know how much he appreciated their efforts.” Mohan stated that the 405th AFSB has accomplished much and overcome many tests during the past year, including Defender 20 and the COVID-19 pandemic. He said Bane had a tough act to follow but with an outstanding team of professionals, he is confident that Bane is ready for the job and it will likely be the toughest, but also the most satisfying job he will ever have during his 23-year Army career. “He’s more than ready to serve as commander of one of the Army’s most important logistics organizations, and he’s got the leadership abilities and technical skills to take the 405th AFSB to a whole new level of excellence,” Mohan said. Bane thanked Mohan for being an outstanding boss and mentor over the last year while working as the chief of staff for 21st TSC and Morris for familiarizing him with the intricacies of the 405th prior to command, and who made the transition seamless. “To the unit, I am humbled and

honored to be your commander,” Bane said. “Thank you already for your support you have given me. I promise you, you will get it back in return. I promise you, you will get a caring, fair leader who is mission focused. In short, I promise you my best. I am honored to guide this

organization through the next two years and to get the job done. Let’s get to work!” The Morris family will start their next assignment not far away, in Stuttgart, where he will serve as deputy director of logistics for United States European Command

U.S. Army Col. Grant L. Morris, outgoing commander of 405th Army Field Support Brigade, gives his final remarks during a change of command ceremony in Kaiserslautern, July 9. Morris commanded the 405th AFSB for the last two years and now moves to become deputy director of logistics for U.S. European Command.

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Air Force building more inclusive culture through dress and appearance updates by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs As part of the ongoing effort to build more inclusive Air and Space Forces, on July 10 the Department of the Air Force announced revisions to Air Force Instruction 36-2903, “Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel,” which are effective immediately. The changes, as outlined in an Air Force Guidance Memorandum dated July 1, 2020, include the removal of subjective language and other rules that may have been creating uninten-

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Senior Airman Jaden Williams, 841st Missile Security Forces Squadron member, shares his experiences with racial inequality during a diversity discussion with Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Stephen W. Wilson, June 11, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. The diversity discussion included 21 Airmen ranging in rank from airman first class to lieutenant colonel. Photo by Senior Airman Tristan Day

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Lewis-Miles, Müller, Calderón). • Authorization for male members to have one straight line part (cut, clipped, or shaved) on either side of their head. • Removal of the restriction on combat boots height, acknowledging that some career fields require more flexibility. For more information, Airmen should view Air Force Guidance Memorandum 2020-01 and check Air Force Instruction 36-2903 for updates, which are available on the public website of the Air Force’s Personnel Center at https://www.afpc.af.mil/ Career-Management/Dress-andAppearance/.

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Army’s Funded Legal Education Program by Rebecca Schwab 21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs Law school is a serious investment. The average annual cost of attending a private law school in the United States is over $43,000, according to a 2017 US News and World Report survey. Public law schools average $26,000 for in-state residents and almost $40,000 for out-of-state students. Even more challenging, newly minted lawyers are often burdened with six-figure student loan debt, and difficulty finding good paying jobs right away — if at all. For service members, however, there’s another option. Every year, the Army Office of the Judge Advocate General in Washington, D.C., accepts applications for the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program. Under this program, the Army sends accepted candidates to law school at government expense. Up until last year, applicants had to be active duty commissioned officers, but this year, Congress expanded the eligibility to include E-5s through E-7s with 4-8 years of service. Those selected for the FLEP program remain on active duty with full pay and benefits while attending law school and have a service obligation of six years following completion of the program. Capt. Isaac Brown, a general crimes trial counsel for the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, was an undergrad student in ROTC when he started looking into higher education programs. “I was having a conversation with one of my professors, and he told me about the Funded Legal Education Program,” he said. “It was an option to pursue when I got to the point in my career when I’d be eligible.” He went on to become a field artillery officer and was a few years into his military career when he was accepted into the FLEP program and started his studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Law school is a beast in and of itself,” he said. “It’s unlike a lot of other educational experiences. The first year you are learning a new way to read cases, to think through problems. It’s challenging in that you have to start thinking differently.” Brown said the FLEP program allows students to go to the school of their choice, as long as it’s a statesupported school where they qualify for in-state tuition, or where military members are granted in-state tuition. “It’s education that you wouldn’t otherwise receive, paid for by the government if you are qualified,” he said. “It also lands you a pretty

secure job in the JAG core upon graduation, which is something that the vast majority of law school graduates don’t have.” Only 25 applicants are selected for FLEP each year. However, Brown said there’s no one factor for selection, since it’s a holistic process. “The FLEP selection board looks for all kinds of things – your officer evaluation reports, your undergraduate grades,” Brown said. To prepare, he said, make sure you take the Law School Admissions Test — not just to help you get into a good law school, but to show the FLEP board that you are taking the process seriously. He also suggested reaching out to local judge advocates for help. Fellow UCLA FLEP graduate Maj. Kenton Spiegler agreed. “Go find one of us,” Speigler said. “Go find a lawyer in your unit and talk to us. Get to know what we do and allow us to get to know you. When it came time for the staff judge advocate to interview me, which is a huge part of [the application process], I was somebody that was very familiar to him, and I think that made a big impact.” Spiegler is currently chief of military justice for the 21st TSC, covering military justice for most of Europe, minus Italy, Bavaria, and Poland. He wasn’t always sure he wanted to be a lawyer, but from a young age, he knew he wanted to be in the military. “There are pictures of me when I was in preschool and kindergarten running around in fatigues,”

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Our favorite amusement parks in Germany, pt. 1

An illustration shows the design plan for garages in Baumholder Military Community housing areas. U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz submitted garage, balcony and rolladen addition projects for approval and funding in 2020. Courtesy graphic

by Erinn Burgess U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Public Affairs ‘Tis the fiscal season when Army Family Housing master plans are submitted to the Department of the Army for approval, and three things are at the forefront for Baumholder Military Community: garages, balconies and rolladens. These quality-of-life improvements stem directly from resident feedback in the 2019 housing survey conducted at U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz. “These projects went in front of Congress for funding,” said Jim Gillis, Baumholder Housing deputy chief. “The design and concepts are being worked right now — if not done, they’re pretty close to being done.” Once complete, the next step is to put the package out for contracting bids. The garage addition program is designed to provide overhead covered parking and a separate garage unit to every family living on post in Baumholder. The goal is for garages to be added at the same time a building is right-sized – which means taking a building with 24 apartments and converting it to 16 larger apartments and adding an elevator, Gillis said. This process takes about two years to complete. “We’ll be the first in Europe Army Housing to have this garage addition program,” Gillis said. “Apartments will be bigger, and have a garage!” At the beginning of July, 277 balcony projects for Baumholder were sent to the Army for approval and funding. Gillis said residents may see balconies go in on Smith Barracks in the near future because some previously approved projects include balcony additions, but the remaining 277 still have to go to contracting for bids and are expected tentatively by late 2022. If an apartment doesn’t have a

balcony, it’ll have a loggia — basically a balcony but inside the living room, Gillis said. Last but not least — rolladens will be installed on windows in all apartments. “I’m really happy to see the rolladens happen,” Gillis said. “This will make a big difference in cooling the homes in summer.” He said rolladens became the No. 1 priority after summer 2019 when record breaking temperatures scorched Rheinland-Pfalz. Gillis said funding for rolladens is expected in 2021, which means work is expected to be completed in 2023. In the meantime, the garrison has authorized the purchase of personal air conditioning units in accordance with USAG RP Command Policy Letter No. 33. Although the ball is rolling on improvements, it will be a couple years before residents see construction efforts due to the lengthy planning, programming, budgeting and execution process used by the Department of Defense to ensure tax dollars are spent appropriately and budgeted for. “It’s not as easy as going to Home Depot and loading up the truck,” Gillis joked. Quality housing for Soldiers and their families continues to be the Army’s top “Quality of Life” priority, and Army leaders are committed to further improving housing conditions. “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 families,” said Gen. Gus Perna, Army Materiel Command commander and top officer in charge of Army Family Housing. “We appreciate your patience and understanding,” Gillis said to Baumholder residents. “Please, after you leave, plan on coming back here. You’ll be amazed at the way this place has changed.”

by MilitaryinGermany.com It’s the perfect time to take the family on a road trip to check out Germany’s amusement parks. From an afternoon spent with Shrek to an exuberating dive on a roller coaster, these fantasy worlds will satisfy thrill-seekers of all ages. Part 1: Theme Parks in Western Germany Movie Park Germany At the Movie Park Germany in Bottrop-Kirchhellen, visitors can explore Bikini Bottom, take a wild water ride with Dora the Explorer and meet SpongeBob for an afternoon of fishing. This park, in Bottrop-Kirchhellen, features characters from ”Ice Age” and” Shrek,” as well as from other movies and television shows. In the Wild West section of the park, saloons and barber shops create a replica of a Hollywood movie set. The park also includes several shows, such as the “Shadows of

Darkness -The Van Helsing Show” and “Back to the Movies,” where visitors can travel back in time to experience movie highlights of the past decade. Entrance prices run from €29 for children ages 4-11 and €35 for adults.

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Phantasialand The theme park in Brühl (12 miles south of Cologne) attracts approximately 1.75 million visitors annually. Park goers can have limitless fun, action, adventure, excitement and great entertainment at Phantasialand. The park has been steadily adding new and exciting rides since 2007. In 2010 five rides were added, in 2011 two new rides were added and in 2013 a new flume log ride was built. The park is divided into six theme areas: Fantasy, Deep in Africa, Berlin, Mystery, Mexico and China Town. Passengers can have a cosmic experience in the darkened enclosed roller coaster ride Temple of the Night Hawk, which

Freizeitpark Schloß Beck In Bottrop, one hour north of Dusseldorf, is the Castle Beck in which the surrounding area was transformed into a theme park in 1960. The theme park has many moving figures, a scary basement, a children’s playground, a family roller coaster, go carts, kiddie rides, pedal boats, rowing boats, bumping cars, cable cars, a giant slide, trampolines and so much more. Starting in June there will be more room to climb, slide, hide and run around. The new super


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can be found in the Fantasy theme area. In the Mexico theme part of the park thrill seekers can climb aboard the Colorado Adventure, a Western style roller coaster. Since 2006, brave riders have enjoyed the Black Mamba, an African themed inverted roller coaster. In China Town check out the Feng Ju Palace. Many other attractions can be found in the Berlin area. Spectators can catch one of the following performance shows: JUMP!, Relight my fire, Seven, Drakarium, African dancers and China artistry. Additionally, there are several mini shows as well as the opportunity to meet the park’s dragon characters. Entry prices are €22 for ages 4-11 and €45 for 12 and older. www.phantasialand.de

Fort Fun Abenteuerland Fort Fun, located an hour east of Dortmund, offers action rides, relaxing activities, staged shows, mini golf, overnight stay in a west-

ern themed camp and more. Some of the highlights are the “Yukan Raft” ride, which is inspired by canoe trips through the wild waters of the Yukon River; The Secret Stage of Horror, a fun scary house with cutting-edge video technology. Stay overnight in the middle of the forest at the Davy Crockett Camp. There, visitors can play soccer on the pitch, show team spirit at volleyball, have fun on the minigolf course, go hiking on one of the numerous trails in the surrounding area or finish the evening with a barbeque at one of the picnic areas. Not only can little ones have a fun-filled day on rides, they can also get excited about other activities just for them. They can go mining at the Devil’s Creek Mining, go climbing and sliding in the playground or take in an exciting story about Old McDonald’s Farm. www.fortfun.de

Panorama Park Wildpark Sauerland In the town of Kirchhundem (near Dusseldorf), Panorama Park is an amusement located within the Natural Park Rothaargebirge. This consists of a wildlife park as well as various fun family attractions. Discover pure variety and nature in the wild park area with Pano’s Animal School, a petting zoo, the garden, the wildlife and forest trail, miles of hiking trails and more. At Pano’s veterinary school visitors can learn the following about wildlife: rearing, care, body composition, dissemination and more. At the petting zoo little ones can get up close with rabbits, goats, sheep and guinea pigs. Park visitors can see bison, wolves, lynx, otters, deer, wild boars, squirrels and others. Due to the special climate and altitude, some plant species are unique to this region such as Cicerbita alpina (a thistle), Diphasiastrum alpinum (loosely grouped with the fern) and Viola biflora (viola). Also at the park are about 1,000 species of Rhododendrons, a woody plant. Fun at the park includes inflatable slides, trampolines, play and climbing castles, carousels, power paddle boats and more. The Fun House brings excitement to all with its wobbly ground, terrifying air nozzles and glass maze. Children become filled with jubilation as they zoom along the go-cart track. Entry prices are €19 for ages 2-6, €33 for ages 7-17 and €44 for adults. www.panopark.de

Eifelpark At Eifelpark visitors can have a fun-filled day, have a blast on rides, enjoy the outdoors and learn fun facts about plants and animals. Visitors can experience the ride of their lives on the high speed Eifel Coaster and glide with the wind on the “chairoplane.” Highlights for children are the electro-cars and a large slide. The fast ride of the Eifel Coaster offers the perfect fun activity for all ages. All aboard the Eifel Express train as it leisurely chugs through the park’s extensive wildlife park. The Chairopane, flying swings, is popular for both young and old. It provides an invigorating experience as riders fly through the air. The Slide Paradise is where parents and children can experience an adrenaline rush as they go down the 60% incline “kamikaze slide,” The Eifel race track, with small electric cars and motorcycles, is the absolute highlight for children. Discover a huge menagerie of animals at the park including bears, wolves, lynxes, wild boars and different types of deer, as well as a petting zoo. Visitors can also experience birds of prey up close during a show and have the opportunity to accompany the animal keepers during feeding time. Eifelpark has four themed playgrounds for younger visitors. The themed Tatze’s Wild West features play horses, coaches, a saloon and even gold panning. Children can conquer a pirate ship and the Admiral’s cabin at Purzel’s Pirate Paradise. Tapsis Castle Tower is where princesses and knights will feel right at home in the Middle Ages. The Climbing Garden is where young people can spend a day dangling and winging on the wall or on the wobbly bridge. Admission prices are €13,50 (150 cm and taller), €10,50 (110150 cm), €8,50 (90-110 cm) and free for visitors under 90 cm. www.eifelpark.com

Taunus Wunderland Located on the outskirts of Wiesbaden in the middle of the forest, Taunus amusement park has fun attractions, entertainment and events for families and young children. The park has a log flume; roller coasters for adults and kids; a tube slide; swing boat; trampoline; minigolf; haunted house; train; bumper cars; bouncy castle; carousels; petting zoo and much more. As well, the surrounding forest of the park has plenty to offer for nature lovers and explorers. Taunus also puts on special annual events. For example, come in costume on July 12 &13 for

Page 19 the Western & Country Weekend. Step back in time with horseback riding, a rodeo, beer mug sliding, live music, dancing and more. August 2-8 is Chivalry Medieval Days. There will be nine days for knights, peasants and servants to experience medieval life in the forest of Taunus Wunderland with tents, fire pits, and other paraphernalia from bygone years. Entry prices are €15,50 for kids (100 cm-130 cm), €17 for adults and free for children under 100 cm. www.taunuswunderland.de

Freitzeitpark Lochmühle Located 22 miles outside of Wiesbaden is the 15-acre amusement park with 150 fun games and activities. Instead of being a large and high-tech park, Lochmühle offers variety and diversity in a rural environment. Children can go down a slide, ride on a carousel or roller coaster, go rafting on the Erlenbach River, go on a pony ride, pet and feed animals, participate in the milking contest, take an educational journey down the Roman trails or tour the whole park in the Polo Express. As a former corn mill farm, Lochmühle has retained its agricultural character even still today. The park’s tractor ride can take visitors on an educational and fun journey that provides an insight into everyday farm life. Ticket prices are €11 (90-120 cm), €13 (120 and taller) and free for kids under 90 cm. www.lochmuehle.de

Erlebnispark Steinau Located just northeast of Frankfurt, Steinau Amusement Park is the biggest amusement park in Hessen. The park offers a mixture of fun attractions and agricultural sightseeing. Visitors can speed down a long toboggan run, go on a treasure hunt, have a picnic or barbeque, sun bathe, have fun at the petting zoo or visit an agricultural museum. Attractions include a carousel, a roller coaster, a mini Ferris Wheel, electric cars and others. Games and activities offer wall climbing, jumping on a trampoline, tube sliding, water pistol shooting, an archeological excavating and many more. Entry price for visitors is €12 (1,30 m) €11 (1-1,30 m) and €8,50 for seniors 60 and older. www.erlebnispark-steinau.de

Kurpfalz Park Kurpfalz is located in the middle

of the Palatinate Forest, about 45 minutes east of Kaiserslautern. At the park visitors can enjoy a roller coaster, free fall slides, tube slides, toboggan run, chair lifts, cable cars, bumper boats and more. Fun activities for children include climbing the Pirate’s Nest as well as an adventure playground, play castle, petting zoo, puppet theater, maze and more. Being located in the forest, there are also educational games and activities about nature as well as a forest trail. Visitors can also catch the Palatinate Express to explore the fun and educational wildlife park. There are thousands of educational things that can be discovered in the park, not to mention the bird show and the water fowl and trout ponds. See animals such as the lynx, the moufflon, the fallow and red deer, wild boars, falcons, eagles and others. Entry prices are €12 for ages 4-14 and €14 for age 15 and older. www.kurpfalzpark.de

Holiday Park With more than one million visitors annually, Holiday Park is one of the most visited amusement parks in Germany. It is located in Haßloch, one hour east of Kaiserslautern and one hour south of Wiesbaden. Its Free Fall Tower was the first amusement ride of its kind in Europe and is still the most popular ride at the park. Thrill seekers come from afar just to ride the Expedition GeForce, a steel roller coaster that travels up to 75 mph through a course of a quarter mile with seven periods of weightlessness. This rides reaches 174 ft above ground. The newest ride is the Scream Sky. This action-packed catapult roller coaster shoots the train from the station, passes perpendicularly into the air and then rolls headlong into slow motion above a 180. There are various fun water rides that the entire family can enjoy. Little ones will get a kick out of the dancing fountain as the rhythm and streams of water constantly change. The Thunder River water ride ventures through a raging water and then passes caves and waterfalls. Entry prices are €9,99 for kids 85 cm-1 m, €24,50 for kids (1-1,40 meters) and €28 for all visitors over 1, 40 meters. www.plopsa.be/holiday-park/de Remember to visit respective websites before you start your trip, as opening hours or prices may change based on current COVID-19 regulations.

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Witness the eruption of a water geyser by Cheryl Koller contributing writer to MilitaryInGermany.com Wallender Born or Wallen­ born (also known popularly as the Brubbel) is a cold-water geyser in the Eifel District of Germany. It is one of only three in all of Europe, two of which are located here in Germany. My partner in crime (aka my BFF Linda) and I got a bit lost on our day trip to check out the geyser, but it was time well wasted. It was a beautiful sunny day and the drive is easy and very scenic. We arrived just moments before the geyser was ready to erupt, which was good news since the eruptions occur roughly every 35 minutes and I am not known for my patience. Caution! We paid our 1.50 Euro per person and waited excitedly for this display of nature. I have to be honest, I have never actually seen a geyser and since the sign reads “Caution! The fountain may erupt unexpectedly and violently. Mind your step”, I was mentally picturing something out of Iceland or maybe even Yellowstone. I won’t say I was disappointed. However, I will say that this is a baby geyser. What to Expect First, you hear a small rumble, and then the water starts to move almost like water coming to a boil in your stovetop pan. Depending on groundwater level and air pressure, the water being ejected results in about a two to four meter high water column. For roughly five minutes the surge varies greatly and then the water slowly sinks back into the vent. Wallender Born is the result of volcanic activity seen in the Eifel region and the escape of carbon dioxide and traces of hydrogen sulfide. The spring water is very cloudy with sediment and smells distinctly like rotten eggs. No worries, this smell only lingers for a moment!


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American security guard Richard Jewell saves many lives from an exploding bomb at the 1996 Olympics, but is vilified by journalists and the press who falsely reported that he was a terrorist. Based on true events, “Richard Jewell”is a story of what happens when what is reported as fact obscures the truth. Stars: Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates Director: Clint Eastwood

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, HARRIET tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of Americas greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. Stars: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr. Director: Kasi Lemmons

A long time ago in a distant fairy tale countryside, a young girl leads her little brother into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil. Stars: Sophia Lillis, Sammy Leakey, Alice Krige, Jessica De Gouw, Charles Babalola, Fiona O’Shaughnessy Director: Osgood Perkins

Scooby and the gang face their most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this dogpocalypse, the gang discovers that Scooby has an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined. Stars: Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs Director: Tony Cervone

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Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan. Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, Woo-sik Choi, So-dam Park, Jeong-eun Lee Director: Bong Joon Ho

American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference and the laws of physics to build a revolutionary race car for Ford in order to defeat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. Stars: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal Director: James Mangold

In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alterego: the Joker. Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro Director: Todd Phillips

A young boy in Hitler’s army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home. Stars: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Alfie Allen Director: Taika Waititi

When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy. Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Christina Hendricks Director: Josh Cooley


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