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Airlifter of the Week: Leading the pack, Page 5


Silver Flag: 435 CTS bolsters contingency ops, Pages 12-13

July 24, 2020 | Volume 44, Number 29



LRMC soldier finds resilience through art, Page 17

Our favorite amusement parks in Germany, pt. 2, Pages 18-19

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Ramstein medics conduct NPC training Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Kirby Turbak 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs The Negatively Pressurized CONEX, or NPC, is the newest system available to transport large numbers of individuals with COVID-19. Building on the concepts of its predecessor, the Transportation Isolation System, the NPC has increased patient capacity and is more operationally versatile. On July 14, members of Air Mobility Command came to Ramstein Air Base to teach local medical instructors proper procedures for a number of situations that could happen in a Negatively Pressured Conex. “We have a large group of individuals coming together from the 86th Medical Group and the 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron to form a COVID-19 team,” said Capt. JD Pilger, 86th AES interim training See NPC TRAINING, Page 2

Air Mobility Command medical instructors provide training for medics from the KMC inside a Negatively Pressured Conex at Ramstein Air Base on July 14. The training was conducted to ensure that KMC medics possess the skill and knowledge to effectively support missions within the European and African Command.

Space Force: The man behind the motto Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Daniel Sanchez, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs broadcast journalist, poses for a photo at Ramstein Air Base, April 14. Sanchez has performed magic since he was 16 years old. After moving to Florida, he learned to perform shows for parties and went by his stage name, Danny Sanz.

On Dec. 20, 2019, the Department of Defense received its newest addition, the U.S. Space Force. In the following months, along with the creation of the USSF logo, the infant military branch began to shape an image of its own. It still needed, however, a motto. What separates each branch is not only their looks, but the heritage and legacy that can be found in the services’ mottos. The U.S. Marine Corps motto is “Semper Fidelis” – “Always Faithful.” The U.S. Coastguard’s is “Semper Paratus” — “Always Ready.” The U.S. Air Force motto is “Aim High...FlyFight-Win,” and one of the U.S. Navy’s unofficial mottos is “Semper Fortis” — “Always Courageous.” As a component of the Department of the Air Force, it is only fitting that an Airman would craft the motto for the USSF. Airman 1st

Class Daniel Sanchez, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs broadcast journalist, is that Airman. Sanchez grew up in Haverstraw, New York, and described his childhood as a quiet one. At 16, he left his first job at the local library and jumped into performing magic at a nearby mall to sell magic kits for an employer. To secure the job, he had to memorize a fivepage sales script and learn five simple magic tricks. Posted at a kiosk in the ninth largest mall in the U.S., Sanchez performed the same five tricks to people passing through. He interacted with many types of personalities. Some would try to figure out the trick just to prove they could, while others just wanted to be wowed. On rare occasions, professional magicians approached him to show him new tricks. He then realized there was more to magic than he thought. See SPACE FORCE, Page 3

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NPC TRAINING from Page 1 flight commander. “We’re training the trainers to implement the USAFE [United States Air Forces in Europe] COVID-19 movement for EUCOM [European Command] and AFRICOM [African Command].” NPCs are containment units designed to allow in-flight medical care for patients with diseases like COVID-19 while minimizing the possible spread of infectious diseases to medical personnel and aircrew on board. While there hasn’t been a large demand for NPC teams within Europe, military medics know it’s best to be prepared. “There's not a huge demand within EUCOM currently, but we're training, getting ready so if there is a demand we're ready to go,” Pilger said. “There's not going to be any delay, we'll be able to start moving patients day one.” Building up and preparing these teams is important because COVID-19 isn’t the only global pandemic that they may be called on to combat. “Going forward we can use these units for potential outbreaks like Ebola and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, which have a higher mortality rate,” Pilger said. “It’s important to maintain our NPC protocols for anything else in the future.” During this training, the AMC instructors ran the local medics through a gauntlet of real life scenarios. “We covered around 15 different scenarios today,” Pilger said. “Anywhere from a patient emergency, where they have a cardiac arrest and we're having to perform lifesaving maneuvers to bring them back or a personal protective equipment breach and we have to decontaminate ourselves so we don't get infected.” Fighting COVID-19 requires all hands on deck, which means it’s important for medics from different units to be able to work as a single team. “We had a great job with everyone coming together,” Pilger said. “We've come together communicating and coordinating, we'll be ready to start taking live patients if the demand is there.”

(Above) Medics simulate reviving a mannequin during a training scenario inside a Negatively Pressured Conex at Ramstein Air Base, July 14. NPC instructors from Air Mobility Command trained medics from the Kaiserslautern Military community to ensure they’re capable to support European and African Command.

(Above) A medic opens the door to the Negatively Pressured Conex at Ramstein Air Base, July 14. A NPC is a containment unit designed allow in-flight medical care for patients with diseases like COVID-19 while minimizing the possible spread of infectious diseases to medical personnel and aircrew on board.

(Left) U.S. Air Force Maj. Joshua Williams, 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron clinical nurse specialist, dons an emergency passenger oxygen system during a training scenario at Ramstein Air Base, July 14. Ramstein medics went through roughly 15 training scenarios that could happen in a Negatively Pressured Conex.

Medics from the Kaiserslautern Military Community gather before starting a series of training scenarios at Ramstein Air Base, July 14. The teams were training with a Negatively Pressured Conex. These containment units allow in-flight medical care for patients with infectious diseases like COVID-19 while minimizing the possible spread to nearby medical personnel or aircrew.

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July 24, 2020 SPACE FORCE from Page 1 “That was the beginning of serious magic,” he said. “I’d go to Barnes and Noble and buy some magic books, learn them, and then get yelled at for doing them at work instead of doing the tricks we sold.” After high school, he obtained a computer science degree, worked as an assistant English teacher in Japan for middle school children and even held a security guard job for the same mall he performed magic in. Eventually, he decided to leave New York and move to Florida to change the pace. Like a boomerang, magic found its way back into Sanchez’ life.

“During the holidays, my cousin asked me, ‘How come you never did more magic? You’re really good,’” Sanchez recalled. “So, on a whim, I searched for magic shops near me and found one 40 minutes away.” After realizing his potential, the shop owner offered him a job. “That’s when they trained me and helped me develop my own show, to perform magic parties for kids and earn money,” Sanchez said. Magic taught Sanchez important life lessons, making him who he is today. “It taught me about dedication,” he said. “It’s not an easy skill. Some tricks are really hard to do. They require a lot of sleight of hand or

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Daniel Sanchez, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs broadcast journalist, documents aircraft refueling operations during the COVID-19 pandemic at Ramstein Air Base, May 5. Sanchez contrived the U.S. Space Force motto, “Semper Supra,” meaning “always above.”

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crafting props. I didn’t even realize how much time I’d spent learning tricks. My dad would tell me that he would hear me late at night, ‘til three in the morning dropping props. He could hear coins dropping on the floor, again, and again, and again, while I was trying to figure out how to hold the coin a certain way or make it vanish.” Because of his dedication, Sanchez was able to master his craft. He even had his own stage name, Danny Sanz. Next to dedication, Sanchez learned the importance of perspective. “Perspective is everything,” Sanchez said. “Someone standing two feet to the left isn’t going to understand the trick, they’re going to be amazed by it, and they’re going to think they just saw something impossible. Someone standing two feet to the right saw everything and doesn’t know why the other person is amazed. That shift of perspective makes the difference. In life, when there’s an argument, you have to understand they’re not seeing what you’re seeing. Understand different perspectives and respect them.” His experiences, whether from being a magician or one of his many other adventures, stem from his desire to live an interesting life. “We all yearn to feel significant,” he said. “If I was telling my life story to myself, I want it to be varied, large scale, interesting, significant. I’m the hero of my life. I’m trying

Page 3 to develop into the most interesting person I can be. We should all try.” A drive to be interesting is what sparked Sanchez’ desire to contrive a motto for the Space Force. In technical training at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, whispers of the Space Force lurked the halls and classrooms. “Everyone has the same ideas when they start hearing about it,” Sanchez said. “What are they going to call them, Spacemen?” While thinking of ideas for the motto, Sanchez discovered a similarity between the existing services’ mottos. Many of them were Latin phrases. “I would sing the Coast Guard’s song when jogging, and theirs has the line, ‘Semper Paratus is our guide,’ and I didn’t know that before I learned the song,” he said. Using a Latin translator, Sanchez came up with several ideas, but the one that stuck out between him and his classmates was “Semper Supra.” “Semper, meaning ‘Always,’” he explained. “There is no end to the domain of space. From the moon to Mars and beyond. The Space Force is meant to relentlessly protect and monitor space. There is no night in space. There is no day. And this un-ending time is the same as our resolve. “Supra meaning ‘Above,’” Sanchez continued. “This represents the age-old impulse of human kind to look up. To see the skies and stars, and wonder what else

is out there. It is also symbolic of our standards of excellence. It is a reminder to our enemies that we are watching. And it is a reminder that no matter what we have accomplished, there is no ceiling or boundary. There is always something farther out and higher up. And if we mean to go there, we will protect ourselves from those who mean us harm. Our citizens will rest easier, knowing there is always a shield above them.” After Sanchez arrived at his first assignment with the 86th AW, the USSF announced its commencement. He then took the opportunity to submit his idea up the chain of command. To his surprise, Gen. John W. Raymond, USSF Chief of Space Operations, called Sanchez to personally thank him for his contribution to Space Force history. “It was the perfect fit,” Raymond said. “I just want to say again, thanks for suggesting it. We’re proud of your motto; we’re proud to have it. You’re a part of history.” Now, Airman Sanchez, or magician Danny Sanz, will forever be written in history as the one who coined the Space Force motto, “Semper Supra.” “I want to be part of something that matters, that’s historically significant,” Sanchez said. “I want to look at my life and be able to compare it to people who contributed. If it’s a simple, good idea, that symbolizes more than just the sum of its parts, it will last. I think I’ve done that.”

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Permanent Change of Station SPOTLIGHT

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Housing occupant, how do you begin out-processing from housing? Members should give at least 40 days advance notice of “intent to terminate” government-controlled family housing upon PCS, separation or retirement. However, if you have a short-notice assignment, please contact the Kaiserslautern Military Community Military Housing Office immediately so that you can be scheduled for “housing” pre and final inspections. Please keep in mind that the pre-termination inspection is to provide you with important information to help you in meeting your final inspection requirements. Before the final inspection can be scheduled, please provide a copy of your PCS orders to the MHO. For more information about out-processing from military family housing, please contact the KMC Housing Office Assistance Section.

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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. 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.appointmentplus.com/y7jgzct0/ For dependent IDs that are expired or expiring within 30 days, please visit https:// go.usa.gov/xw5H4. Don’t wait if your CAC/ ID card is expired or expiring. Slots are filling fast! *Members will retain their benefits and be able to extend their certificates until Sept. 30,

United States is a member ( e.g., NATO); and • Ceremonial, command, unit, or branch flags or guidons. This guidance applies to public displays or depictions of flags. The flags and depictions on DOD installations must promote good order and discipline, and reflect the

but will need to sign on to base through the Visitor Center after June 30 if their CAC/ID has expired. Ramstein Aquatic 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 volunteerbased 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.

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Airlifter of the Week: Leading the pack Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Jennifer Gonzales 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Many responsibilities fall on the shoulders of leaders, but it’s not always those who are older and wiser who fit such a role. At Ramstein Air Base, leaders come from all walks of life and may even show up as junior enlisted Airmen. Senior Airman Courtland D. Cobb, 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron mission generation vehicular equipment maintenance journeyman, has shown his capability to lead in many ways, whether it be environmentally or through displays of wingmanship. This earned him the award of Airlifter of the Week, July 9. “Since day one of stepping into the shop, they told me I was hazmat manager,” Cobb said. “Because of that, I’ve been in this wormhole of environmental science. I have a passion for it and having a step forward within the Air Force to have my hands in that field is something I’m taking advantage of.” Cobb was the first in the 86th VRS to use their Pollution Prevention funding. He identified a deficit and worked with the 786th Civil Engineer

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Courtland D. Cobb, 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron mission generation vehicular equipment maintenance journeyman, stands among his peers at Ramstein Air Base, July 9. Cobb was coined twice for doing the work of noncommissioned officers, which involved proactively securing $22,000 worth of pollution prevention items, working weekends and instructing 156 Airmen on Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards.

Squadron environmental flight, as well as Tetra Tech Inc., to secure $22,000 worth of antifreeze recycling systems. These products reduce the amount of work for Airmen and allow Ramstein to stay in sync with Germany’s environmental standards, according to Cobb. “Germany’s upgrading their environmental standards and we have to

abide by them,” Cobb said. “I wanted to see what equipment we could get to modernize our streams and make our jobs easier.” His dedication to the mission didn’t stop there. Cobb freely came to work on the weekends to help his noncommissioned officers in charge with a backlog of vehicles. He ensured 11 vehicles were inchecked, opened six work orders

and completed parts requests for five vehicles. “The quality control inspections on vehicles — in-check and outcheck — take about an hour in total,” Cobb said. “What takes a while is the administration work behind it. That can take 45 minutes to an hour for each vehicle. Creating a parts request varies on each vehicle.” Multiply all of that time and


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the outcome Cobb accomplished amounted to about a week’s worth of work, which substantially decreased the logjam of vehicles. Furthermore, Cobb was in charge of the 86th VRS vehicle management flight’s employee safety and health training, where he taught 17 classes to 156 people on Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards. He also supervised the flight’s Technical Order program, where he scrutinized more than 1,000 repair manuals for nine different maintenance shops. His efforts ensured delivery of up-to-date and accurate technical data for 195 mechanics. Maj. Randon Davis, 86th VRS commander, said Cobb goes above and beyond, stepping up ahead of his peers and is truly doing the work of an NCO. It seems he has the ability to see beyond the scope of his position. “Now that I’ve been in for a while and I’ve learned what it is to do this job, I volunteer to do it because it helps everyone,” Cobb said. “The camaraderie on the weekends is super cool.” Cobb’s dedication and wingmanship showcase his leadership skills. He and his team are part of what makes this the World’s Best Wing.

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Deciding you’re a runner U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn Ford, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, poses for a photo after completing an afternoon run near Ramstein Air Base, on June 19. Ford has used running as inspiration to travel alone through Europe and complete races in Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, Norway, and Greece.

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Kirsten Brandes 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs For many of us, going on vacation means taking a break from our regular fitness routine and cardio sessions. For one Airman, cardio is her vacation. She has crossed finish lines in the Netherlands, Norway, Ireland, Italy, Greece and all around Germany, racking up a shelf full of medals that she hangs on a board inscribed with “she believed she could, so she did.” “Traveling for races gave me the opportunity to explore Europe alone; it gave me a purpose to go somewhere new by myself,” said Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn Ford, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs, photojournalist. “Even if I didn’t know anybody when I arrived, I always found a group of like-minded

people who were all there for the same reason.” Ford found camaraderie in the running community, but her passion for long distance running is more of a recent development rather than a lifelong practice. “Growing up, I always wanted to be a runner but I could never stick with it. When I joined the Air Force, I ran for my fitness and did the occasional 5K for fun, but it wasn’t until my friend and I accidentally signed up for a half marathon that I started running consistently.” This mistake began a love of the togetherness that comes from running alongside another person for 5, 10, or 15 miles and is a large reason why she decided to continue long distance running. Ford credits her friend, an ultramarathon runner, as the person

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn Ford, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, left, explains the running trail route before their run to Staff Sgt. Jimmie Pike near Ramstein Air Base, on June 19. Ford recently completed her Road Runners Club of America certification to become a long distance running coach.

who made her start truly thinking of herself as a runner. “It was the way he talked about running and his passion for the sport,” she said. “He was so fast — he could run almost twice my pace — and I knew he was running slower when he was running with me, but I wasn’t intimidated. I didn’t have anxiety about it because it wasn’t a race; it was for mental health and physical health, to experience what’s around you.” Inspired by this, Ford completed her Road Runners Club of America certification to become a long distance running coach, and found that she was eager to help others find a passion for the sport she loves. “When I’m helping someone as a coach, my main goal is to make sure they’re not doing anything that would hurt themselves. Your body isn’t going to hurt itself

intentionally, so when people ask about breathing or if they should change their stride, I’m not going to try to change too much because your body is doing what it needs to naturally. What I can do is help create a program for you to reach your goals, whether you want to run faster or farther.” Staff Sgt. Nesha Stanton, an 86th AW photojournalist, began running with Ford four months ago, and found that Ford’s patient coaching has transformed the way she sees herself. “I never considered myself a runner,” Stanton said. “In fact, I hated it before meeting her. After having my daughter and battling an injury, she helped me regain my overall sense of well-being the last four months. Initially, it was difficult but I saw a difference in my mood and energy within two weeks.”

Ford manages to make running feel easygoing, through a combination of encouragement and conversation. “Her positivity is contagious, and I can’t believe it myself when I say I actually enjoy running,” Stanton said. “Ford taught me it’s not about speed, it’s about taking your time to simply do the work. I’m truly grateful for her mentorship and am excited to see what new limits we can push.” For those who want to become a part of the running community or get serious about running, Ford has some comforting advice. “The cool thing about the running community is that as long as you go out and run, you’re a runner. There’s no runner’s body, there’s no prerequisites for pace or speed — as long as you have the capability to put one foot in front of the other, you’re a runner.”







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Air Force Fall Prevention Focus hits home Story and graphic by Susan Merhege Air Force Safety Center

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, when more Airmen and Space Professionals have been asked to telework to prevent the spread of disease, the Department of the Air Force is highlighting its annual Fall Prevention Focus at home and on the job from July 20-24. “Calling All Fall Prevention Warriors” is the theme for the 2020 Fall Prevention Focus. Normally hosted in partnership with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s national safety stand-down in May, the Air Force is pushing forward with their effort to highlight the risks of falls associated with working from heights and ground level. OSHA postponed its fall prevention event until September 14-20, due to COVID-19. “I think it’s important to reinforce fall prevention safety right now,” said Mike Ballard, Air Force chief of occupational safety. “Fall Prevention Focus is something we do every year, and this vital part of safety doesn’t stop being an issue because many of our people are working from home.” Ballard also added that the Air and Space Forces have a great many people still at their jobs on installations keeping the mission going despite COVID-19.

One Airman or Space Professional lost to a fall mishap is one too many. Since 2015 there have been 15 fatalities and permanent disabilities caused by on- and off-duty falls in the Air Force. Take some time to focus on fall prevention using this year’s Air Force theme, “Calling All Fall Prevention Warriors!”

“Since 2015, we’ve had 15 fatalities and permanent disabilities caused by on- and off-duty falls,” said Ballard. “It’s crucial Airmen and Space Professionals understand fall prevention and safety are of

utmost importance, whether they are on or off duty, teleworking or at the jobsite.” The 2020 Fall Prevention Focus is designed to encourage Airmen and Space Professionals to be vigilant in taking measures to protect themselves against slips, trips, and falls wherever their location. The Air Force Safety Center is asking all members of the Air and Space Forces to evaluate their fall prevention personal protective equipment

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for damage or active recalls. Assess procedures and make sure their fall prevention program complies with Air Force Manual 91-203, Air Force Occupational Safety, Fire, and Health Standards. Fall prevention doesn’t stop at work. Be mindful of the hazards at home by checking ladders and step stools to ensure they are in good working order and everyone knows how to properly use them. Clear household spills and clutter

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Preventing alcohol-related incidents

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by Meghan Lindeman 86th Airlift Wing Integrated Resilience Office Education and preparedness are key in the prevention of alcohol-related incidents for both you and your teammates. The value of preventing these incidents is immeasurable. The fact is, involvement in alcohol-related incidents can have detrimental effects on your career, your relationships and your family. Airmen who are reprimanded for alcoholrelated incidents, such as driving under the influence of alcohol, are at higher risk for suffering relationship issues in their personal life and at increased risk of self-harm. The great news is that each and every alcohol-related incident can be prevented. You can protect yourself, your career, and your family from the harmful effects of alcohol-related incidents by owning your limits. Educate yourself early and often. Know the host nation laws. Understand how alcohol effects your body and mind. Make a plan before you engage in alcohol consumption. Just like in the United States, our host nation has laws that prohibit driving while under the influence of alcohol. However, Germany’s laws tend to be even stricter than those in the United States. Keep in mind that operating a scooter or ebike, even on the sidewalk, will result in a DUI citation from the local police.

Whereas the legal limit for blood alcohol content in the United States is .08, in Germany the legal limit is .05. Be aware of the comparatively lower legal limits and the large serving sizes of alcohol when creating your plan for responsible consumption of alcohol. Owning your limits means knowing how alcohol affects you and making a plan that allows you to be responsible when consuming alcohol. Along with that, if you or someone close

to you notices that you have a pattern of engaging in risky or unsafe behaviors while drinking, be proactive by seeking out resources to assist you in owning your limits. Likewise, if someone you know has a concerning relationship with alcohol, be willing to engage them in conversations about how they can learn to own their limits. When we get comfortable having open discussions about difficult topics, we learn from each other and we create a culture

that promotes healthy and adaptive behaviors. If you are a supervisor, talk with your troops about ways that you own your limits and brainstorm ways people can help themselves and others to own their limits with alcohol. A great platform for practicing these discussions is the monthly GRIT Check 6 talks that you already facilitate. Don’t be afraid to tailor your GRIT discussions to the needs of your people. You can find information about how you can make Operation GRIT work

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First meeting held for military-wide defense board on diversity, inclusion The first meeting of the Defense Board on Diversity and Inclusion, a key mechanism in Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s effort to address “bias and prejudice” across the entire military, was chaired by Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett, July 15. Esper created the Board and appointed Barrett to lead as one element in DOD’s three-pronged initiative that was triggered by the larger national focus on racial injustice and specifically the death of George Floyd. “This board’s mission is to achieve long-term impact — a commitment to making transformational change that will become part of the Department of Defense’s DNA,” Barrett said. “Diversity is more than tolerance. Genuine diversity generates acceptance. This Board’s mandate is to move forward with alacrity and positively transform the Defense Department for today’s service members and for generations to come.”

Esper, who also attended the meeting, attested to the Board’s importance and the high-profile nature of the undertaking. The defense secretary met with members of the board as they outlined the DOD’s way forward on addressing diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity. “The actions I am directing are a necessary first step, but I have no illusion that these initial actions will fully address the concerns many of us know and which I have personally heard from many service members,” Esper said. While Esper said he was pleased with the Board’s initial meeting, he also offered a sober assessment of what lies ahead. “Hard work remains as efforts to shift our culture requires steadfast attention,” he said. “I look forward to receiving the recommendations of the Board and making further progress on these issues. I want to thank each member of the Board for taking on this responsibility and working to make the U.S. military a more

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cohesive, ready and capable force in defense of our great nation.” Along with other efforts initiated by Esper, the Board, under Barrett’s direction, is working to identify actions the Department can take within policies, programs and processes to improve diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity for all service members. The Board’s work is the middle prong of DOD’s three-tiered approach. The first is a shortterm “sprint” to identify immediate actions. The Diversity and Inclusion Board and its recommendations is the “middle term” action, and the third long-term initiative is to establish a Defense Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion in the armed forces. “When the military embraces people of all races, ethnicities, genders, and creeds, we are stronger,” Barrett said. “Diversity among Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Space Professionals enables us to solve problems and innovate in ways we otherwise could not. An inclusive environment facilitates creativity and adaptation. A military culture of diversity and inclusion is not optional, it is mission essential.” In addition to Barrett, Board members include: • Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Matthew Donovan (Senior Department Member) • Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Ramón Colón-López (Senior Enlisted Member)

Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett chairs a Diversity and Inclusion Board Meeting at the Pentagon Conference Center in Arlington, VA., July 15. The board was established by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper as part of the Defense Department’s efforts to improve diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity for U.S. service members. Photo by Andy Morataya

• Air Force Brig. Gen. Troy Dunn (Military Lead) • Navy Capt. Judy Malana (Senior Officer) • Army Maj. Wrencla Lopez (Member) • Army Maj. Randy Fleming (Member) • Marine Capt. Oludare Adeniji (Member) • Navy Lt. Cassandra Chang (Member) • Army Capt. Chrystal Ware (Member)

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Silver Flag: 435 CTS bolsters contingency ops

U.S. Air Force Airmen participate in a tabletop demonstration during Silver Flag at Ramstein Air Base, July 10. The 435th Construction and Training Squadron used the tabletop demonstration to train Airmen in rapid airfield damage recovery. Silver Flag is a contingency training course consisting of seven training days and two field exercise days for U.S. Air Force civil engineers, force support and vehicle operator personnel.

Story and photos by Senior Airman Milton Hamilton 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs The 435th Construction and Training Squadron conducted a Silver Flag training course July 7-17 to bolster the contingency readiness of total force Airmen across the European theatre. This was the first Silver Flag course conducted since the COVID-19 outbreak. Silver Flag’s objective is to train total force civil engineer, force support and logistics readiness Airmen on more than 200 wartime tasks in support of worldwide contingency operations. The 435th CTS is one of three sites in the Air Force that hosts the training, and is the only site that has provided training during the pandemic. Airmen who attended Silver Flag participated in airfield recovery, aircraft and facility fire rescue, explosive ordnance disposal operations, bare base construction, operations and sustainment. “We pride ourselves on executing realistic training scenarios in an effort to prepare our students for wartime circumstances,” said Master Sgt. Benjamin Hall, 435th CTS emergency services contingency training section chief. “Personnel from around the world network and come together as a team in our Silver Flag courses, simulating a deployed environment.” As EUCOM’s premier contingency training unit, the 435th CTS oversaw

Silver Flag operations and personnel to ensure safety and mission goals were met. “The Silver Flag cadre in the 435th CTS are there to ensure students meet the learning objectives safely and effectively,” said Chief Master Sgt. Vincent Schuyler, 435th CTS superintendent. “They ensure students come away from the experience with a deeper understanding and greater respect for their wartime mission.” To help hone specific skills in their career field and help Airmen understand their roles on a macro level in a deployment environment, the training was divided into three phases. “The first part of the training gives each career field a chance to practice their skills on equipment they may rarely get to handle, whether it be installing the Mobile Aircraft Arresting System, or generating water to supply the base from the Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit,” said Lt. Col. Seth Platt, 435th CTS squadron commander. “The second part of the training brings each skill set together to show them how their craft contributes to the entire effort of sustaining and recovering a base. The capstone exercise run by the instructors gives the students a chance to truly test their skills in a challenging environment, pushing their limits and giving them confidence in their own abilities.” Silver Flag is one of the many training courses the 435th CTS conducts to give combatant commanders the ability

to recover a base and restore mission capabilities as soon as possible after an offensive. “The skills learned at Silver Flag are critical to the civil engineer’s wartime missions of setting up and operating contingency air bases and recovering air fields after an attack,” Platt said. “Without the ability to launch and recover aircraft from an austere or contested environment, the U.S. Air Force would be severely limited as to where and when it could engage the enemy. Our strength is derived from our ability to project air power, and the foundation of that strength is provided by the brave men and women we train at Silver Flag.” Silver Flag is one of the many tools the 435th Contingency Response Group uses to help build partnership capacity and ensure strategic deterrence. “When we have open seats within a Silver Flag course, the 435th CRG is sometimes able to get a couple of students in from other countries to see and learn about the capabilities we bring to NATO,” Schuyler said. “We gain the ability to work side by side with our partners, so that if we are operating from a different host nation airfield, they are familiar with what capabilities we would be bringing with us, if we were to deploy to one of their bases.” Due to COVID-19 the only Airmen who participated in this iteration of Silver Flag were from Spangdahlem Air Base and Ramstein Air Base.

“To mitigate the spread of COVID19, the CTS Training Flight has taken several precautions to help protect both the students and instructors,” Hall said. “All classroom tables have been spread apart to maintain the 6-foot spacing requirements, and field exercise facilities are sanitized on a daily basis. Also, all personnel must wear protective masks when entering and moving about the facilities or when social distancing cannot be achieved or maintained.” Despite the current pandemic, the 435th CTS stays committed to their mission of contingency training. “There is some risk to starting up Silver Flag training in the midst of this pandemic, but there is perhaps a greater risk that comes from not training our Airmen on how to execute their war-time mission,” Platt said. “We have been extremely meticulous with ensuring safety measures are in place to reduce the risk to students.” “The significance of carrying out the first Silver Flag course since COVID19 halted training earlier this year is huge,” Schuyler said. “This class is demonstrating that we can safely conduct training during a pandemic, and it reassures our leadership and allies that we are still able to provide mission capable civil engineers, force support and vehicle operator personnel who can execute the mission, even with today’s challenges.”

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U.S. Air Force Airmen push a generator during Silver Flag at Ramstein Air Base, July 15. The Airmen were pushing the generator down the airfield to provide electricity for an expeditionary airfield lighting system.

U.S. Air Force Airmen move tent materials during Silver Flag at Ramstein Air Base, July 9. Airmen worked together to build small shelter systems that would be used during the capstone portion of the exercise.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kofi Oppong, 786th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical system apprentice, connects an expeditionary airfield lighting system during Silver Flag at Ramstein Air Base, July 10. The expeditionary airfield lighting system is used to create visibility on airfields at austere locations.

A U.S. Air Force Airman installs a clamp on a mobile aircraft arresting system shock absorber during Silver Flag at Ramstein Air Base, July 9. The MAAS is a contingency airfield asset that allows for the safe retrieval of tail-hook aircraft during an in-flight emergency.

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 786th Civil Engineer Squadron move and clear out dirt during legacy crater repair training during Silver Flag at Ramstein Air Base, July 10. Legacy crater repair is used to repair an airfield after an attack by large ordinance. Silver Flag is a contingency training course consisting of seven training days and two field exercise days for U.S. Air Force civil Engineers, force support and vehicle operator personnel.

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Asian American/Pacific Islander team joins Air Force Barrier Analysis Working Group by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs The Department of the Air Force’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force achieved another milestone June 30, when the Department’s Barrier Analysis Working Group was expanded to include an Asian American/Pacific Islander Team. This is the sixth team to be established, joining the Senior Leader Advancement Team and four other affinity-based teams: Black/African American Employment Strategy Team, Hispanic Employment Analysis Team, Women’s Initiatives Team and Disability Team. “Many Asian American/Pacific Islander Air Force members have little awareness of the true size and scope of our demographic in the services, and I believe the DAFBAWG team can energize these Airmen through exposure to individuals with similar backgrounds, experiences and challenges,” said Capt. Moses Lee, operations officer of the 10th Security Forces Squadron at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and a member of the newly formed DAFBAWG team. “This new team allows focused discussions to occur that can generate plans for change and address barriers specific and unique to the Asian American/ Pacific Islander community. Recent national events have put a spotlight on the need to ensure equity and inclusion for underrepresented

The Department of the Air Force established an Asian American/Pacific Islander Team under the umbrella of its Barrier Analysis Working Group June 30, as part of its ongoing efforts to improve support and mentoring and provide increased guidance on career development to underrepresented groups. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob Cessna

groups nationwide, giving us the momentum to pursue issues that have long been ignored or dismissed.” The Department created the DAFBAWG in 2008 to analyze data and trends found in the personnel system of the civilian workforce. The focus of the working group has since been broadened to include military personnel.

Just prior to George Floyd’s death and the following public outcry against racial inequities, individual discrimination and systemic bias, the Department had begun to broaden the group beyond barrier analysis. It revised its charter in April and relaunched the groups. In addition, it charged all teams to augment barrier analysis and serve as Mission Resource Groups for

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underrepresented demographics. The Hispanic Employment Analysis Team was re-energized last year, and the Black/African American Employment Strategy Team was stood up quickly thereafter, and now the Asian/Pacific Islander team. The women’s and disability teams have been regularly active since they were created. The teams have partnered with the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and shared several initiatives and proposals for the task force to work toward implementation. “The intent was to analyze policies, procedures and practices that could get in the way of an individual’s service,” said Gwendolyn DeFilippi, assistant deputy chief of staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services and senior leader advisor to the DAFBAWG. “Thanks to the grassroots inputs these groups brought forward, the Department of the Air Force has been able to address unconscious bias and procedural issues that cause members to leave.” In addition to eliminating barriers, the MRG portion of the Department’s Barrier Analysis Groups will add another avenue through which employees, both civilian and military, receive support, mentoring and improved guidance on career development. “Approximately 90% of Fortune 500 companies have instituted ERGs or BRGs,” said Lt. Col. LaWanda Lewis-Miles, Air Force Diversity and Inclusion Division chief. “These entities help identify talent and develop leadership to be ready to take on the larger

organization’s challenges, and involvement with them often leads to higher retention rates. The new evolution of the barrier analysis teams to include MRG functions will enhance the Air Force’s mission by consolidating the motivation and innovation of historically underrepresented groups to create enterprise-focused strategies, goals and initiatives to cultivate leadership development, increase retention, as well as break barriers to advancement.” The DAFBAWG MRG functions are modeled off of the industry concept of Business or Employee Resource Groups, which are aligned with a company’s business strategy and assist in achieving its business success. Similarly, Department of the Air Force teams are voluntary, employee-led groups that foster a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with organizational mission, values, goals and objectives. All six groups are filled by civilian and military volunteers drawn together by common interest or identity and a desire to leverage their experiences and expertise to drive positive change across the Department, especially in the talent management lifecycle. Members represent all organizational levels, diverse backgrounds and occupations from across the forces. The Department currently has more than 200 members participating in these groups and the number is growing with volunteers joining these enterprise-level teams. Membership is open to all Department of the Air Force military and civilian members, regardless of demographic identity. “The Department of the Air Force must strive to be a highly sought-after employer to the nation’s civilian professionals and youth with a desire to serve,” said Maritza Sayle-Walker, director of Air Force equal opportunity. “Once we get talent through the door, it is imperative that we retain that experience and skill to tackle the complex challenges of today’s operational environment. To retain the best, the Air Force must have a culture that allows all individuals to feel safe and included as they build both personal and professional success for themselves through teaming and operating with their fellow Air and Space Professionals. These teams are a building block to that goal.” Those interested in getting involved with a BAWG should contact the AF/A1Q at usaf. pentagon.af-a1.list.mla-af-a1q@ mail.mil/

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American Red Cross volunteer increases medical capability at LRMC Story and photo by Marcy Sanchez Landstuhl Regional Medical Center The call to service resonates with many military families. Although never having sworn an oath to defend the constitution, Cheyney Lindgren’s contributions are an answer to the call for service members across Europe. A family nurse practitioner by trade, Lindgren has volunteered her medical services at the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center for the past two years. After moving to Europe with her husband, also a civilian, Lindgren was initially looking to volunteer at the clinic through the American Red Cross at LRMC but was offered a contract position as one of the clinic’s medical staff. Six months later, after her contract expired, her experiences with service members led to continuing her work at the clinic as an unpaid volunteer and hasn’t stopped since. While her experience with TBI was nonexistent prior to serving at LRMC, Lindgren states she’s grateful to be in a position where patients can share their stories with her. “It’s really impactful, and it’s gratifying to try to help in some way,” said Lindgren. “The rehab

Cheney Lindgren is pictured at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, where she was previously employed and has volunteered for the past two years as part of the American Red Cross Program at LRMC.

is really beneficial, they all work together to help patients with traumatic brain injuries and it's so important for this population.” At the clinic, Lindgren assists with screening patients, providing some treatment and determining the need for referral. Following her contracted position, Lindgren was

offered a position at the clinic but said she prefers to volunteer as it helps keep her medical credentials up to date and allows her to care for her three children. According to Lindgren, serving the military population has been a wonderful opportunity for her and her husband.

“It's been really eye-opening and then we're just really grateful for those who serve,” said Lindgren. For staff members of LRMC’s TBI Clinic, Lindgren’s expertise brings much needed relief during a transition period. “It was the biggest help in the world. She’s a very compassionate,

caring provider here,” said Carrie Crespo, a licensed practical nurse at the TBI Clinic. “She is very thorough with our patients. Any patients that see her would get full complete care and were in good hands.” The LRMC TBI & Rehabilitation team is comprised of an interdisciplinary group of health care providers including neurologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, primary care practitioners, nurse case managers, TBI nurse educator and support staff. Lindgren’s role at the clinic helps determine the need for rehabilitation through the study of exposure, severity, and occurrence of patient TBI symptoms. “Patients really benefit from the care and are grateful for it,” said Lindgren. “We get different kinds of patients, people who have experienced a recent TBI or patients who have had several over their career.” Lindgren plans to continue giving back to those who serve by volunteering at the clinic to serve them. “It's definitely a team approach but if I can help them with their headaches or their sleep or in any way, it's so wonderful to hear,” said Lindgren. “Being able to actually be with patients and have an impact on their recovery in some little way, I think that's really cool.”


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LRMC civilian of the year maintains Army values, medical facilities across Europe Story and photo by Marcy Sanchez Landstuhl Regional Medical Center A lot goes into a hospital, from special projects to maintaining landscaping. It’s a monumental task, which is why William McCarthy, facility director for Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and Regional Health Command Europe, was recently recognized as the civilian of the year for 2019. McCarthy oversees all U.S. Army medical facilities across Europe expanding over three countries. “I'm not new to this business,” explains McCarthy, a native of North Andover, Massachusetts. “I've always been interested in engineering and architecture.” After graduating with a degree in architecture, McCarthy had plans to complete his ROTC commitment with the Army and enter the private sector but the Army had other plans for him. After completing his first tour in South Korea, McCarthy explains the jobs just kept getting better and better. “I work with the Army, but if I'd stayed in Boston (rather than commissioning) I'd be doing toilet room details. So it's been fun,” said McCarthy. “My civilian peers don't manage a tenth of what we do in the Army.” Aside from the responsibility of managing the facilities across Europe, McCarthy explains there are other benefits to a position with the Army, such as multimillion-dollar projects, meeting interesting people and accom-

William McCarthy, facility director for Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and Regional Health Command Europe, checks blueprints for recently-installed water treatment equipment at LRMC. McCarthy was recently recognized as the civilian of the year for 2019.

plishing the mission. After 24 years in uniform, McCarthy retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel. His desire to continue working with health care facilities led him to a posi-

tion with The Joint Commission, an organization whose sole purpose is to travel to medical facilities across the world and assess their adherence to quality and patient safety standards,

during which he surveyed over 500 medical facilities. McCarthy’s experience in health care facilities management is evident in initiatives he has worked on, such as hospital ward renovations, the hospital’s water management program, and the life safety program, which McCarthy claims is second to none. On top of maintaining and refining facilities,

McCarthy is also charged with ensuring projects meet United States, Department of Defense and host nation regulations, including providing key information for the construction of the Rhine Ordnance Barracks Medical Center replacement project. “You can't ask for a better assignment or better mission,” said McCarthy.

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LRMC soldier finds resilience through art

Spc. Chrisiellefaye Pagarigan, an occupational therapy specialist at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, draws on a sheet of paper as a way to remain resilient during the COVID-19 restrictions, June 26. Pagarigan recently won an art competition for an Independence Day design and has been drawing since middle school.

Story and photo by Marcy Sanchez Landstuhl Regional Medical Center From culture shock to language barrier, there’s a lot to take in when stationed overseas, particularly for junior service members who may find themselves away from home for the first time. Through a pencil and paper, U.S. Army Spc. Chrisiellefaye Pagarigan, an occupational therapy specialist at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, finds strength through the visual arts. Recently, an illustration by Pagarigan earned her recognition and the opportunity to put the illustration on Independence Day T-shirts for Single Soldiers across the Kaiserslautern Military Community. “Being a single soldier (overseas) sometimes becomes lonely, being away from your

family and your friends can be difficult,” said Pagarigan. “Resilience is one of the things that I've learned from the military. No matter how many things you go through, no matter how many nights you're away from family, or how many hours you're working, it builds you up to this person, who can keep going.” A collage of family photos line the workspace wall, a reflection of the significant role family plays in Pagarigan’s life. Pagarigan, a 26-year-old native of Baltimore, started sketching at a young age but soon found herself absorbed by the hobby, entering art competitions throughout middle and high school, even attending a magnet program for visual arts. “Drawing takes you away, helps you forget about being separated from your family or

your loved ones in the (United) States,” said Pagarigan. “I feel like drawing just grounds me to here and now, to this very second that I'm experiencing right now. It takes me away from thinking about the past or my anxiety about the future. It just grounds me to the present moment.” Although it’s only a hobby to Pagarigan, drawing continues to remind her of her capabilities and imagination. Stationed at LRMC for over a year and half, Pagarigan’s experience in the military has allowed her to travel the world, attend college courses and her position as an occupational therapy specialist has influenced her future endeavors. With a degree in psychology, Pagarigan hopes to continue her career in the military and commission as an occupational therapist.

“It's not just about orthopedics, and not just about range of motion,” explains Pagarigan. “A bigger purpose in occupational therapy is to assess people who have experienced trauma. (Occupational therapists) provide life skills, classes, things service members can do to get them back to their best abilities.” According to the U.S. Army’s recruiting website, occupational therapists conduct functional evaluations of and provide individualized treatment to Soldiers suffering the effects of acute and chronic combat and operational stress and conduct battlefield unit needs assessments to determine unit mental health status. By understanding principles and implementing therapies which have an effect similar to what drawing does for Pagarigan, occupational therapists help

individuals find a means to accomplish what they wish to accomplish in life. For Pagarigan, art is a way to improve herself as an individual and contributing to social discussions through her illustrations, as demonstrated with her Independence Day-themed design, a charcoal sketch portraying diverse service members, the U.S. Constitution in the background with the words “We the People” emphasized, shadowed by the American flag. “I thought about diversity, I thought about the (social movements) going on, I thought about equality,” said Pagarigan. “We've acquired independence because of everybody's contribution and so I (made the design) with a diverse group of people depicting everyone’s contributions to our independence.”


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Our favorite amusement parks in Germany, pt. 2

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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 2: Theme Parks in Southern Germany Tripsdrill Tripsdrill, located in Cleebronn, is the oldest amusement park in BadenWürttemberg. The park offers water slides, carousels, a wine museum, wildlife park and more. The “Mammoth” roller coaster is one of the main attractions and the largest wooden roller coaster in Germany. In the past 80 years of operation, the park has developed into a major tourist destination with 100 different attractions. Tripsdrill offers water slides, carousels, dancing tea cups and more.

The main attractions, however, are the “Mammoth” roller coaster, the largest wooden roller coaster in Germany, and a wild water rafting tour. For those who want to take a break from the crowds, a 47-acre wildlife park is located next to the amusement park. Entrance fees start at €23 for children ages 4-11 and €27 for adults.

on the Bayer Express (a roller coaster), Kids Free Fall, Children Cars (bumper cars), Kids Flume and so many more. The whole family will have an unforgettable experience with unique shows as well as marvel at the skills of the park’s animals! Other entertainment includes a parrot theater, pet show, children magic, puppet theater and chimpanzee show.



Schwaben Park Schwaben Park is an amusement park located approximately one hour northeast of Stuttgart in the Welzheimer Forest. The park is divided into three areas: action area, fun and adventure, and the animal world. The fast paced amusement sections offers a variety of fun for the young and the old. Two of the most popular rides are the Himalayan Railway ( fast roller coaster) and the Wave Runner (a water ride). Little ones can get the thrill of their lives by hopping

Europa Park Europa Park, located in Rust, about 175 kilometers southwest of Stuttgart, is divided into 15 different areas, mostly modeled after European countries. Each features the architecture, landscaping, food, shopping and attractions of the country it represents; visitors can ride a London bus in England, or face Poseidon on a water ride in Greece. The park is home to 10 roller coasters, including one of Europe’s highest and largest, the

“Silver Star.” The park also offers musical, laser and ice shows, and a 4D cinema. The park’s newest addition is “Arthur in the Minimoys Kingdom,” where three themed areas are transformed into an adventurous journey through nature where visitors will “feel like the brave hero Arthur in the world of Minimoys,” according to Europa Park’s website. Taking a ride on “Wodan Timburcoaster,” Europa Park’s first wooden roller coaster, also promises quite an experience. There are carousels, bumper cars, a beach playground and a water world for youngsters. Entrance prices range from €36 for children ages 4- 11 to €41 for adults. www.europapark.de

Freizeitpark Traumland Traumland means dreamland in English. Freizeitpark Traumland in the Swabian Alb, an hour drive from Stuttgart, combines a trip to fairyland with fun

rides and games. Young and old can take an adventurous journey of discovery. Discover an imaginative world and experience a day of adventure in the fairytale forest with characters and voices. Or hop on one of the popular rides like the children’s flume, slingshot, ferris wheel, Jumping Tower and caterpillar. Little ones can also take a ride on a pony as well as touch and feed animals at the petting zoo. Entry prices are €11,50 for children ages 3-11 and €12,50 for everyone else. www.freizeitpark-traumland.de

Legoland Germany More than 50 million individual Lego blocks were used to build Legoland Germany. Rides and attractions, as well as one of the largest Lego stores in Germany, await visitors. One of the latest attractions is the “Tempel X-pedition” ride at Legoland’s Pharaoh Empire theme park. Visitors can experience an

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Schnullerbaum (Pacifier Tree) encourages little children to separate from their pacifiers. Entry for kids under 85 cm is free. Prices are €12 for children over 85 cm and €13 for adults. www.maerchenwald-isartal.de


Allgäu Skyline Park Between Munich and Lake Constance lies a magical place amidst incredible mountain scenery. The 47-acre theme park features 50 attractions for the entire family. There are rides for the romantic at heart as well as plenty of fun for the very young. Adrenaline junkies can get their fill on the Sky Wheel, one of the world’s highest roller coasters. The Whitewater Rafting Ride offers a refreshing rush for the whole family. Get your thrills on Germany’s largest bumper car ride and the half-mile Bob Racing track. Little ones can have their go on the Indian Canoes, the Kiddy Train Ride or the Construction Site Ride. And that is not all! The petting zoo, water playground, trampoline and many more will surely bring a smile to their faces. Tickets cost €23 (150 cm and taller), €18 (110-150 cm) and €16 (60 years old and older). Entry is free for children under 110 cm. www.skylinepark.de

Maerchenwald im Isartal Located just outside of Munich, is a great amusement park with an mystical forest that has surprised and attracted the young and old for many years. There are more than 20 illustrated fairytales with 260 animated figures. The tales are told in English and in German. A new special attraction is the Fairytale Tree. This new talking tree will captivate all visitors with its almost human-like facial expressions and precise movements. Also the educational


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Churpfalzpark Just northeast of Munich, the Churpfalzpark has been offering something for all ages since 1971. Attractions include amusement rides and a combination of beautiful gardens. The park features unique attractions, restaurants, live shows and theme tours. The range of rides includes high speed rafting, roller coaster, flume, carousel, flying swing, children cable cars and much more. All rides (except for machines and quads) are included in the admission price and can be used as often as desired. The various gardens at the park offer an array of colors and smells. Take your pick of the following gardens: Mexican, English, banana, palm, and more. Be dazzled by summer flowers, tulips, violas, roses and many more. The annual dahlias show should not be missed! Ticket prices are €16.50 (ages 14 and older), €15.50 (ages 6-13) and €13.50 (ages 3-5). www.churpfalzpark.de

Bayern Park Bayern Park offers exciting adventures for everyone! The park features heart-thumping roller coasters, gigantic swings and pendulums, a freefall tower, a whitewater rafting facility and much more. No matter what the weather is, the indoor hall offers a variety of leisure time adventures for infants and teens including

wall climbing, a playground area and more. Also take out your maps and join the adventurous treasure hunt through the park at the new pirate hideout through September 14. There are more than 17 different attractions to delight little ones. There are playgrounds, fairytale trains, carousels, pedal cars, electric motorcycles, a tower slide and more. The colorful kids’ village provides children ages 2 to 6 a place to practice being grown-ups with play houses and a tower. In the heart of the forest there is also a small village with nine colorful wooden houses which are connected via wooden ladders, climbing poles, ropes and tunnels. Animals are integrated in the design of the theme attractions. There are currently twelve different animal breeds in outdoor enclosures. Don’t miss the spectacular bird show featuring eagles, vultures, falcons and other birds of prey. Entrance prices are €18.50 for adults, €16 for children (100-140 cm) and free for children under 100 cm. www.bayern-park.de

Theme Parks in Eastern Germany Freizeit-Land Geiselwind Between Würzburg und Nürnberg on the edge of Steigerwald Nature Park lies one of the most popular destinations. Freitzeit has 100 attractions, including four roller coasters, live shows, animal shows, playgrounds, theaters, exhibitions and idyllic relaxation areas. One of the most popular rides

Page 19 at the park is the Heaven Striker in which adrenaline junkies can fly high and free fall. The new roller coaster, called the Black Hole, will bring butterflies to the stomach with its tight turns and fast dips. A hit for children is Juniors Ballonfahrt & Red Baron which takes them on a fascinating journey in wicker baskets gently toward the sky. Relax after all the action at the petting zoo or just enjoy the antics of the monkey. The spacious animal grounds invite visitors to enjoy a leisurely stroll. Entry for children under 110 cm is free. Tickets for visitors over 110 cm cost €22,50 and visitors over 140 cm is €26,50. www.freizeitlandgeiselwind.de

Erlebnispark Schloss Thurn This amusement park is located just outside of Nuremberg at an old palace. Thurn Castle was first documented in 1422 and transformed into a Baroque palace in 1737. At the castle grounds, visitors can enjoy 50 family rides, spectacular shows, relaxation zones (areas to enjoy classical music on the lawn or a place to observe animals), a day in nature and much more. The various rides and activities for children are bumper boats, bumper cars, carousels, trains, dragon boat, a stagecoach, a water slide, miniature golf, creative water playground and much more. Special events range from pirates day, knights and

princesses day, to wild cowboy day and others. Entry price is €16 for kids 3-11 and €18 for adults. www.schloss-thurn.de

Freizeitpark Plohn Freizeitpark Plohn is located in former East Germany, approximately 1 ½ hours north of Grafenwoehr, and is surrounded by meadows and a forest. Spend a fun-filled day on roller coasters, log flumes, funny boats, go-karts, carrousels, bumper cars and more. And it’s the El Toro that brings thousands of people to this family amusement park as it is the biggest and fastest wooden roller coaster in East Germany. Children flock to the park of the Tree House, which is the biggest and craziest tree house in Germany. It has many ways for kids to climb up and six different ways to slide down. The park has a Western theme that offers other exciting adventures for the young and old with the following: the Pony Adventure, Horse and Carriage, Tipi Slide, Western Railway, Silver Mine Roller Coaster, Buffalo Bill Saloon and Western Rodeo. Entry price is € 21 for kids 4-12, €24 for ages 13 and over, and free for kids under 4. www.freizeitpark-plohn.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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the area or you have called this part of Germany home for a while, the Family and MWR Expo is a great place to speak with representatives from throughout the community. Learn about Family and MWR services and programs as well as meet new friends, all while becoming more acquainted with your local area and what it has to offer. Join us today, at the Pulaski Sports Pavilion (across from Pulaski Park by the track and softball fields) from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. to have some fun and learn more about the area you call home. Those who attend will also have the chance to win a round trip airline ticket to the continental U.S., $500 European travel voucher, along with many other prizes. Host nation guidance will be in place and strictly followed. For more information, visit Kaiserslautern.armymwr.com or Baumholder.armymwr.com. »» Auditions for Disaster! Auditions for this calamity-filled 1970’s themed jukebox musical will be held Aug. 10 & 11 from 6-8 p.m. at the KMC Onstage Theater on Kleber Kaserne. (Bldg. 3232). Be prepared for a cold read as well as vocal auditioning along with learning short choreography. No experience necessary. Casting multiple roles, plus ensemble. For more information, contact KMC Onstage, 483-6626, 0631-4116626. »» Baumholder Youth Summer ProSoc Academy Soccer Camp:

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Open to children starting as young as three years all the way up to 18 years old, this one-day soccer camp is a great way to encourage their love for the sport, no matter their age or skill level. Led by professional trainers, youth will improve and learn with soccer drills, skills, conditioning and fitness development. This one day camp will be held at the Wetzel Skate Park Aug. 8 between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Each age group has varying length of training throughout the day.) For more information and/or to register, contact Baumholder Parent Central Services, Wetzel Kaserne, Bldg. 8876, 531-3440; 0611-143-531-3440. »» Army Fitness Centers available: Active duty members of all branches now have access to the Army fitness facilities throughout the Baumholder and Kaiserslautern areas with each facility having individual capacity rules and hours. To keep up to date with the most recent information concerning hours of operation, capacity and more, visit Kaiserslautern.armymwr.com or Baumholder.armymwr. com for details. »» Aquatic Center Reopened: Summer is here! Starting July 6 the pool has opened its doors with the original hours of Tue-Fri 6:30-8:30 a.m. for Mission and PT Swim, Open Swim from 2:30-7 p.m., Saturday is Open Swim from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sun, Mon & U.S. holidays. Due to the current operation restrictions, there is a first-come, first-serve policy in effect. Patrons have a total time of 90 minutes to swim, if needed. For more information, contact the Baumholder Aquatic Center, Wetzel Kaserne, Bldg. 8897, 531-2904/2901, 0611143-5312904/2901. »» Outdoor Recreation now offering adventures: Baum­holder and Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation are offering exciting adventures with everything from ATV/UTV tours to bike excursions, canoeing and kayaking, even skydiving! Visit local areas with guides who know the best spots. Also, get your German hunting and fishing licenses through the European Union accredited classes onsite. Anything and everything you need for the outdoors, rent it at unbeatable prices. Make living in Germany your best adventure yet! Head to Kaiserslautern. armymwr.com or Baumholder.armymwr.com to check out the calendar for awesome offers, trips and activities! For more information, contact Baumholder Outdoor Recreation, Smith Barracks, Bldg. 8167, 531-3401, 0611-1435-313401 or Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation, Pulaski Barracks, Bldg. 2905, 493-4117, 0631-3406-4117. »» Wednesday Night Scramble: Every Wednesday night grab your

partner and head to Rolling Hills Golf Course for Wednesday Night Scramble at 5:30 p.m. with a shotgun start at 6 p.m. Sign up in the Rolling Hills Pro Shop. For more information, contact Rolling Hills Golf Course, Wetzel Kaserne, Bldg. 8888, 485-7299, 0678-36-7299. »» Clubs are Back: The anticipation is over - clubs are back! All clubs in the USAG Rheinland-Pfalz from Baumholder to Kaiserslautern (Armstrong’s Club, Kazabra Club, Landstuhl Community Club, Pinsetters’ Pub, Sembach CAC, and Tavern on the Rock) will enforce all COVID mitigation and hygiene rules. For more information about locations, operations, hours or guidelines, visit kaiserslautern.armymwr.com or baumholder.armymwr.com. »» KMC Onstage Summer Youth Drama Classes: Get your child involved this summer with KMC Onstage Summer Drama Classes! Open to children as young as six all the way to 18, these classes will help those who are new to theatre as well as sharpen the skills of veterans July 13-24. Opportunities for singing, acting and dancing will hone their performing arts skills, which will be showcased in a variety show at the end of the two weeks. Classes are split up with mornings for children ages 6-11 and an afternoon class for those who are 12-18. Register today through Parent Central Services, WebTrack, 541-9065/9066/9067 or 0611-143-5419065/9066/9067. »» Outdoor Fitness Classes: While fitness centers are closed in the USAG RP Garrison, take your fitness outside with free classes that offer a variety of options such as yoga, HIIT, and Zumba, just to name a few! Outdoor classes are being held at the tennis courts located behind Armstrong’s Club on Vogelweh Housing, Pulaski Barracks (either at Pulaski Park or the track) as well as outside the fitness centers located on Landstuhl, Rhine Ordnance Barracks, and Minick Field on Smith Barracks For class times, locations and descriptions, visit Kaiserslautern. armymwr.com or Baumholder.armymwr.com. »» Army Community Service (ACS) Now Open: The Baumholder (Clinic Kaserne, Bldg. 8746) and Kaiserslautern locations (Kleber Kaserne, Bldg. 3210) now have their doors open for you. To maximize social distancing, please call in advance for an appointment. Appointments can be made at both the Kleber and Baumholder offices by calling Mon-Wed and Fri from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thu from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Closed all holidays. For more information, please contact Kaiserslautern ACS on Kleber Kaserne at 541-9000, 0611-143-541-9000 or Baumholder ACS on Clinic Kaserne at 531-2850, 0611-143531-2850. »» Arts & Crafts Centers Now Open:The main Arts & Crafts Center (Smith Barracks, Bldg. 8104) and Arts & Crafts Too (Smith Barracks, Bldg. 8661) are open as follows: Main store hours, Tue-Fri, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sat from 12-5 p.m. Arts & Crafts Too, Mon-Fri from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Currently classes are suspended but services such as custom framing, engraving, balloon orders, limited ceramics and bisque painting as well as the photo kiosk are still available. Stop by to take advantage of the current special offers: 50% off 4th of July items (main store only), 20% off select foil balloons, 10% off all gift baskets, and 10% off all blank ceramics. For more information, contact Arts & Crafts Center, Smith Barracks, Bldg. 8104, 531-2895, 0611143-531-2895 or Arts & Crafts Too, Smith Barracks, Bldg. 8661, 531-2849, 0611-143-531-2849. »» Outdoor Recreation Campground: Get back to nature and go camping! Located off of Wetzel Kaserne near Rolling Hills Golf Course, ODR Campgrounds areas are available for rent all year round. ODR has 40 RV sites, three group sites for up to 100 people, 3 yurts and the pavilion next to the driving range all available for rental. TV and group sites include fire pits and grills. Also, if you are looking for a great place to hold unit functions or events, check out our pavilions located at Soldier Park. Call Outdoor Recreation to reserve a space today. Smith Bks., Bldg. 8167, 531-2841, 0611-143-531-2841.

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