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Volume 38, number 29
Airmen, Soldiers share medical expertise Story and photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Members of the 86th Medical Group tactical critical care evacuation team-enhanced and the 160th Forward Surgical team carry a training dummy to a simulated medical evacuation zone during joint FST training July 18 on Ramstein. Members of the 86th MDG TCCET-E and the 160th FST trained together to increase their interoperability.
Regardless of the branch a service member belongs to, capable and efﬁcient medical staff are essential to getting injured personnel home safe. As the military becomes more integrated, the chances of medical teams being composed of members from multiple services learning and working with each other to better improve interoperability increases, and members of the 86th Medical Group tactical critical care evacuation team-enhanced and the 160th Forward Surgical Team got such a chance July 18 on Ramstein. “I have deployed with augmentees that were Air Force personnel,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gustavo Moreno, 160th FST commander. “They knew what to do because they had been training with the Army. “Medicine is medicine no matter the uniform you wear,” Moreno continued. “The Air Force has its unique mission that involves aircraft. We have a unique mission that involves going forward with combat units. The goal of today is to share our knowledge and learn new skills from each other.” The FST is a small mobile surgical unit to be positioned as far forward as possible to See MEDICINE, Page 3
AF focuses fourth round of VERA/VSIP on headquarters reductions WASHINGTON — In an effort to lead its force management actions with voluntary programs, the Air Force announced a fourth round of civilian workforce shaping measures that began Monday. This follows the recent Air Force announcement on headquarters organization and stafﬁng reductions. Those changes are designed to eliminate redundant activities and improve
efﬁciencies while also satisfying previous secretary of defense direction to reduce management headquarters costs and staff levels by 20 percent. Voluntary early retirement authority and voluntary separation incentive pay will be used to realign and rebalance the civilian force during the round IV program. Round IV is largely focused on Headquarters Air Forceassigned civilian employees, primar-
ily located in the national capital region. Civilians at some major command locations who could be impacted by these changes will also participate. The remaining MAJCOMs will participate in a subsequent round. Civilian employees will receive VERA/VSIP interest surveys from their local civilian personnel sections on or about Monday and responses are due by Aug. 1, unless an earlier date is
established by local CPSs. Applicants approved for this round of VERA/ VSIP must separate no later than Sept. 30. “As the Air Force works to streamline the management framework regarding basic organization structures and associated business practices, some civilian positions at the See REDUCTIONS, Page 7
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Tip of the Week Airmen execute LZ training, Page 6
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Annweiler honors Richard the Lionheart with fest, Page 22
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General says goodbye to USAREUR by Maj. Gen. Richard C. Longo U.S. Army Europe deputy commander
I have proudly served the U.S. Army and the American people as an Army officer for 34 years. Within those years I have raised a wonderful family, met courageous and inspiring people, and gained personal and professional fulfillment from this profession. It is fitting for Dianne and me to end our time in the Army here in Wiesbaden. We walked the same cobblestoned streets 32 years ago when I was a young lieutenant. We were married right downtown. We have been blessed to have spent so many years in Germany. My children call it home. I remain friends with my first Wiesbaden landlord from 1983. I have a signed basketball from the German National Championship Team in Bamberg in 2005. And I celebrated a Germany World Cup victory in the streets of Heidelberg in 2006. Germany has been a gracious host to us through the years. Not every day was enjoyable or comfortable, but we Soldiers would not have it any other way. As I depart, I have a few words to share, which might be pertinent. For young leaders, enforce stan-
dards professionally. Seek and embrace responsibility and challenge. The concept of mission command empowers and compels you to continually adapt and grow. Know your commander’s intent and get after it. Take care of your Soldiers. For noncommissioned officers, having these two very cool stars on my chest was kind of awesome, but it would never have happened if not for the gentle and sometimes not so gentle coaching by the very excellent NCOs I have been honored to be associated with. I am completely indebted to you. For field grade officers, especially those who are doing well, beware of your ambition. I’ve never rated a major or lieutenant colonel higher because he or she worked 20-hour days. On the contrary, senior leaders are most impressed by those who demonstrate the highest moral and ethical standards, balance their professional and personal lives, and execute intent with minimal guidance (i.e. “Message to Garcia”), and those who are team players who make everyone else around them better. For our senior colonels, know that your character influences scores of younger leaders. In this time of turbulence and uncertainty
Photo by Sgt. Daniel Cole
Maj. Gen. Richard C. Longo, deputy commander of U.S. Army Europe, speaks to U.S. and Estonian soldiers during a ceremony marking the start of land forces exercises. The general retired Tuesday after serving the Army for 34 years.
for our more junior officers, they will be looking at you and asking themselves, “Is this worth it?” Your demeanor will answer the question for them. Know this and conduct yourself in a manner that you want your entire team to emulate. For general officers, I recommend you continue to learn every day. Maintain a humble servant leadership style that serves the units and Soldiers under your command, not one that lives to serve you. I have been fortunate in U.S. Army Europe to experience this level of leadership. And I am thankful for the genuine friendships. To our Army civilian employees, you provide the continuity we absolutely require during these
times of dynamic change. You have weathered the sequestration and living quarters allowance debacles with honor and grace, and I thank you for continuing to perform for the benefit of our Army and our Soldiers. To our Army’s spouses, continue to support, understand and challenge your partners as they pursue this career we all have grown to love. It is a career that, by definition, is one of sacrifice. And this necessarily creates hardships on the families we love. Thank you for sustaining our families in some of the most uncertain and difficult times in our Army’s history. And to our Soldiers, know that there are people of all ranks, from all branches and all backgrounds, who struggle each day to make the best decisions for our Army. We don’t get it right every time, but we are constantly trying to. You are “the Army.” You represent us so well and, without question, you are the reason I stayed in for these 34 years. I simply chose to spend the last three decades with people whose default is loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and courage. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. It is you I will miss the most.
76th AS enables diplomacy in the 21st century by Lt. Col. Dan Mangan 76th Airlift Squadron commander Though World War I is historically called “The Great War,” its stories, lessons and anniversaries are often overlooked or forgotten and left in the shadows of other more “glorious” or more recent wars. Just recently we remembered the 70th anniversary
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of D-Day with great ceremony and reverence, but there has been very little mention of the upcoming 100-year anniversary of World War I, despite the enormous impact this conflict had on shaping the world we live in today. June 28 was the 100th anniversary of Gavrilo Princip’s assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife, Duchess Sophie,
in Sarajevo. During the month that followed the mentally frail Princip’s dastardly and nearly bungled act, a Europe-wide diplomatic crisis ensued. Some say this single assassination was the catalyst for nearly a century of war, resulting in the deaths of untold millions. The assassination may have been the spark that ignited the fire, but it was decades of failed diplo-
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macy that laid down the tinder for which Princip was ultimately the match. Ironically, decades of failed diplomacy aboard steamship, rail and horse came crashing down when Princip was able to assassinate Ferdinand and his wife in an automobile through the misfortune of a wrong turn by Ferdinand’s own car driver. The archduke had decided to make a detour
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to the hospital in Sarajevo to visit another individual who had been injured earlier that day in a separate attempt on the archduke’s own life. Knowing this, one may wonder why getting out of town right away was not higher on the archduke’s list at that point. But on the archduke’s nobly intentioned journey See diplomacy, Page 11
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Blue Knights keep Ramstein in flight lift support for the White House, Headquarters Air Force, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, U.S. European Command, U.S. At a moment’s notice, Airmen Africa Command, and USAFEof the 86th Aircraft Maintenance AFAFRICA commanders,” Squadron provide combat-ready Shroyer said. “We primarily fly C-130J Super Hercules, desigGen. Philip M. Breedlove, comnated visitor aircraft and equipmander, USEUCOM and NATO ment. Supreme Allied Commander More than 240 Airmen in the Europe. We are flying crew squadron work to ensure aircraft chiefs, which means that we are ready to complete nearly travel with the aircraft and per930 missions and 2,230 sorties form and coordinate all offa year, covering the European station maintenance.” Command, Central Command We are also unique from the and African Command mission other maintenance sections in taskings. 86th AMXS because we do “We maintain USAFE’s only not have specialist troops like Tactical Airlift Fleet,” said hydraulics, engines, electronics, Master Sgt. Charles McCollum, Tech. Sgt. Edwin Huertas, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron population engineer NCOIC, and Senior Airman communication and navigation, Ridge Rozier, 86th AMXS hydraulics specialist, take a cover off a C-130J Super Hercules June 7 on Ramstein. 86th AMXS assistant mainte- Members of the 86th AMXS work round the clock to ensure aircraft are mission ready at all times. Shroyer said. We are qualified nance superintendent. “We serto work on all aspects of the airvice, maintain and repair the aircraft at home station are low manned,” said Staff Sgt. Phillip Shroyer, craft, and are the “jack of all trades” when it comes as well as all off-station missions with our Flying 86th AMXS special air mission flying crew chief. to making repairs off-station. We are extremely high Crew Chief Program. Last year, we had (more than “We are all part of the same squadron so we always visibility because of the distinguished visitors and 7,820) flight hours. We are very busy getting the look out for one another.” missions we fly, and must maintain the highest level aircraft ready to fly out and support the mission.” Shroyer is a part of the distinguished visitor airlift of professionalism at all times. Making sure each component of the aircraft is section of the 86th AMXS. Within this section, the Using the work ethic expected from every Airman working properly is essential to the mission being Airmen are hand-picked to be part of a select group in the 86th AMXS, they contribute to the overall completed. Airmen in the squadron must know how of flying crew chiefs for the Boeing C-40B Clipper. success of the squadron. to properly repair the different parts of the aircraft These Airmen go with the aircraft on each mission “Our plane is gone about 20 days out of the otherwise an aircraft will be unable to take off. to make sure that any mishaps are taken care of. month,” Shroyer said. “We have seven people in “The different areas that we work on are guid“I used to work on the C-130J for three years our section, so we rotate two people at a time for ance and control, hydraulics, communications and before I came over to this section,” Shroyer said. “I that aircraft. I’ll probably go on two missions each navigation, electrical and environmental, electronic wasn’t sure what this program was until someone month.” warfare, engine and airframe,” McCollum said. told me and asked if I wanted to do it. We turned in The Airmen of the squadron are trained to be “Issues to any one of these systems could ground my package and they looked at my enlisted perfor- technical experts on their aircraft. Whether it’s fixthe aircraft preventing the C-130Js from supporting mance report to see if I lined up for this position. ing an engine on a C-130J or ensuring designated EUCOM, AFRICOM and CENTOM missions.” We now actually do an interview for this position, visitor airlifts the Airmen amaze their supervisors Between working nine-hour shifts to complete a we will get three or four people, interview them and every day with their ability to perform their duties 24-hour duty day, supporting three commands, and then select who gets to come over.” correctly and accurately, McCollum said. ensuring the 14 C-130J Super Hercules are mission With such a high profile position these Airmen Leading the way as U.S. Air Forces in Europe ready, the squadron makes sure each Airman has make sure the sole U.S. Air Forces in Europe and and Air Forces Africa tactical airlift, the 86th support on and off the flightline. Air Force Africa C-40B aircraft is functioning at AMXS Blue Knights are using training, airman-to“We get a lot of help from the other sections if we all times. airman support and quality work ethics to get airneed it and we are always ready to help them if they “This aircraft provides distinguished visitor air- craft in flight and prepared to complete the mission. Story and photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
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deliver surgical capability for injured service members who would be unable to survive a medical evacuation. The TCCET-E is designed to perform in-flight surgery on patients in critical lifethreatening conditions who cannot wait or are not close to an area with an adequate medical facility. The training focused on the FST mission, which requires the team to be able to set up and be capable of performing medical operations within a 90 minute timeframe. However, 160th FST mem-
bers did get to see part of the TCCET-E capabilities, particularly, those that allow them to deal with injuries at different elevations and air pressures. For many of the participants, this was a first look at the capabilities of what their counterparts could do, and for some U.S. Army ROTC cadets here as part of the Nurse Summer Training Program, this was a first seeing multiple services working closely together. “It’s very interesting to see how they adapt to the environment they are in,” said Cadet Tamara Lazaruk, U.S.
Army ROTC from Stephen F. Austin State University. “They can set this up in the middle of a forest, and it’s very interesting to see how they operate with one another. Also, I have never worked in a joint force before my internship, where I work with Air Force captains. It’s nice to see a different side of the military. They are no different than Army personnel.” Lazaruk and the seven other Army cadets here in the NSTP, who could potentially be assigned to an FST unit one day, were not the only ones to make the realization that all military medical per-
sonnel are on the same team, doing the same job. “Since we know these people and work shoulderto-shoulder with them in the operating room or the wards we notice that our job is the
same thing; we just call it something different,” Moreno said. “Why not train together? We all get something out of it; we become better professionals, and we make a much more integrated force.”
GRAND OPENING Stop by the Grand opening of Nanu Nana Saturday 26 July at 1000 and join in the fun, enter to win 1 of 10 gift baskets, free balloons for the kids, and lots of grand opening specials. Hours of operation are from 1000-2000, Mon-Sat and from 1000-1900 on Sundays.
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Reported Larcenies JULY 15
» Queidersbach: Seventy pairs of tennis shoes, one gold watch, one gold bracelet and €500.
5 a.m.: Larceny of private property was reported in Queidersbach. 5 p.m.: An arson and stolen U.S. Army Europe license plate were reported in BruchmühlbachMiesau. 8:28 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Gerhardsbrunn. 9:14 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Landstuhl.
2:55 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Ramstein-Miesenbach. 7:45 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Jettenbach.
10:50 a.m.: A self-harm attempt was reported on Kapaun Air Station. 12:20 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Landstuhl. 4:27 p.m.: An assault and damage to private property were reported on Kapaun Air Station. 7:20 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries
11 a.m.: Theft from a motor vehicle was reported in Kaiserslautern. 1:31 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Mannheim. 6:18 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Kaiserslautern.
4:03 p.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Kaiserslautern. 9:22 p.m.: Damage to private property was reported on Vogelweh Family Housing.
12:32 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Weilerbach. 3:15 a.m.: A possible self-harm was reported on Kapaun. 6:48 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Kaiserslautern.
The KMC Housing Ofﬁce and the Furnishings Management Ofﬁce will close at 2 p.m. Aug 7 for training.
The Ramstein Dental Clinic will offer a preventive dentistry seminar today by appointment only. Services offered include well baby exams for ages 0 to 3, nutrition counseling and oral hygiene education. To schedule an appointment, call 479-2210 or 06371-46-2210.
» Kaiserslautern: One Nutri blender and miscellaneous teas and spices.
The Airman’s Attic is now in charge of the Loan Locker Program, and they need help from volunteers (U.S. military members, military spouses and dependents). The next volunteer orientation will be at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 1 at the Airman’s Attic, Bldg. 2162, adjacent to the southside barbershop. If you are a spouse but need child care in order to volunteer, the requirements are simple. Sign up at the Airman & Family Readiness Center to be approved through the Air Force Aid Society. The volunteer must select a qualiﬁed Family Child care Program provider in order to use a KMC child care volunteer. Call the A&FRC at 480-5100 or 06371-47-5100 for more information.
Cycle for STEM
was reported in Wallhalben. 9:10 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Primasens.
KMC Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Chapter 158 will host Cycle for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Aug. 16 to 18. Passionate cyclists will revel in the challenge of pedaling 230 kilometers
» Vogelweh: Miscellaneous grocery items valued at $90.79.
7 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Hütschenhausen. 7:35 a.m.: An assault was reported in Kaiserslautern. 4:15 p.m.: Larceny of government property was reported at the Vogelweh Commissary.
2:15 a.m.: An Kaiserslautern.
July 18 — 9 volunteers, number of saves not recorded. July 19 — 19 volunteers, 16 lives potentially saved.
from Bonn to Ramstein on the Rhine Cycle Route. Cycle for STEM enables cyclists and support staff to have fun while making a difference in the lives of STEM students and teachers. STEM education is at the core of national security and economic prosperity worldwide. All Cycle for STEM proceeds help the AFCEA Educational Foundation provide scholarships and grants to deserving STEM students and teachers. Registration fee is $100 and includes two nights camping, two breakfasts, two lunches, and water and snacks along the ride. Riders will be responsible for securing transportation to Bonn the morning of Aug. 16 and providing necessary camping gear. There will be support teams available to transport all gear. Each rider will need to raise a minimum of $250 in sponsorship. For more information, call Master Sgt. Todd Weingeroff at 480-3435 or Master Sgt. Paul Vinson at 4783737, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.afcea.org/events/cycleforstem/14/index.asp.
German trafﬁc law now requires one yellow or orange reﬂective vest in every car, truck or bus on German roads. A €15 ﬁne will apply for violations. The vests must comply with German Standard DIN EN 471 or European Standard EN ISO 20471:2013. The vests must be worn in case of an accident or vehicle break-down to increase visibility of the people exiting the vehicle. It is recommended (although not required) to have one vest available for every vehicle occupant. Once out of the vehicle, immediately place the reﬂective warning triangle as required, get off the road as far as
possible (behind guard rails if present) and wait there for help to arrive.
School bags needed
The Protestant Parish Ofﬁce Kaiserslautern is looking for school bags for students from needy families (mainly in ﬁrst to fourth grade). Satchels, backpacks and other school bags are needed. Drop off location is the parish ofﬁce (Evangelischer Gemeindedienst), Stiftsstrasse 2, 67655 Kaiserslautern (next to Stiftskirche). For more information, call 0631-36250913 or 0631-36250912.
Quad riding rules
Before bringing a quad and all-terrain vehicle to Germany or renting one locally, riders must be aware of the rules. Riders in Germany must be in possession of a class B (regular POV) driver’s license and wear a helmet. Quads registered in Germany — and that includes U.S. Army Europe-registered vehicles — may be driven on all public roads. Riding on the autobahn is only permissible if the maximum allowed speed for the vehicle is over 60 kilometers per hour. Roads and trails designated for agricultural or forestry vehicles only are off limits for quads unless riders have prior permission from the local forestry ofﬁce. Off-roading is prohibited in Germany. As a general rule, riding a quad is only allowed where it is also legal to drive a car. There are very few off-road quad areas in Germany, and none of them are in the local area. The closest quad area is in Saverne, France, which is 85 kilometers from Kaiserslautern.
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86th AW, 435th AGOW Airmen execute LZ training Photos by Senior Airman Christine Griffiths
TOP: A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules from Ramstein takes off from a grass landing strip on Powidz Air Base, Poland, July 11. Airmen from the 86th Airlift Wing are located in Poland for a forward training deployment. Training events with NATO allies demonstrate shared commitments to peace. MIDDLE LEFT: Staff Sgt. Alexis Effinger-Morris, 435th Air Ground Operation Wingâ€™s Air Mobility Squadron contingency airfield manager, places a visual airfield marking panel in preparation for land zone training. MIDDLE RIGHT: A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules from Ramstein performs a fly over at Powidz Air Base, Poland. BOTTOM: Master Sgt. Stanley MacDonald, 435th AGOWâ€™s AMS air traffic controller, and Staff Sgt. Brock Neel, 435th AMS engineer, survey an area for training with a dynamic cone penetrometer July 11 at Powidz Air Base, Poland. The measurement from the DCP is one of the steps in determining if an airfield is safe for an aircraft landing.
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Behind the scenes with protocol by Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
here hangs a simple white board, covered in what seems to be the trivial scribbles of a to-do list. Though insignificant at first glance, a closer look reveals extraordinary events like meeting President Obama and the Air Force chief of staff, to planning the details of a change of command and promotion ceremonies. With the responsibility of providing support to approximately 22,000 military
members and Department of Defense civilians within the 86th Airlift Wing, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing, the five man 86 AW protocol office also helps their neighboring protocol offices from the U.S. Air Forces in Europe, 21st Theater Sustainment Command and NATO. “I was overwhelmed when I first got here three months ago,” said Teresa Bracher, 86th AW chief of protocol. “I thought I knew what Ramstein did, but I didn’t understand truly how busy it was. For example, in just
May, June and July, we had to perform 60 changes of command as well as dry runs. That’s not including the retirements, promotions, congressional visits, support for the president and the vice president.” Due to Ramstein’s location and diverse mission, protocol Airmen must stand ready to schedule, organize and execute an average of 500 distinguished visitor tours and visits to Ramstein every year. “We have someone on call at all times just in case we have an unexpected arrival,” Bracher said. “We have to stay flexible and adapt to any-
The processes available to rebalance or reskill the work force include using reducHeadquarters Air Force level will be eliminat- tion-in-force procedures to determine overed,” said Heidi Liebel, the acting chief of the age employee priority placement rights into civilian force policy division. “The Air Force is vacant positions, as well as providing the committed to minimizing the adverse impacts flexibility to waive qualifications and proof restructuring on our civilvide retained grade and ian employees, hence the pay if placed in a lower use of VERA/VSIP to offer graded position. In that voluntary early separation or regard, the HAF and other retirement incentives.” participating bases will There will be at least one begin their preparations for more round of civilian worksubmitting their requests for force management as soon approval to use reductionas all the MAJCOMs have in-force procedures in an the final details of all the effort to place employees in changes associated with continuing permanent posithe 20 percent headquarters tions. management review and “We are committed to reductions associated with using voluntary separation realigning and consoliprograms as much as posdating functions under the sible before pursuing involInstallation and Mission untary options,” Kelly said. Support Center. “As we progress toward the “The Air Force recognizes end of the fiscal year, it is the invaluable contributions apparent the HAF will need of our civilian workforce, to rebalance skills of the — Heidi Liebel, acting chief of the civilian force policy division but also must manage the fisworkforce into vacant posical constraints under which tions.” the Department of Defense For additional informais operating,” said Brig. Gen. Brian Kelly, the tion about civilian employment, voluntary director of force management policy. “We are separation programs and other personnel focused on fine tuning the force while tak- actions, visit the Air Force Personnel Service ing care to minimize the effect on our current website at https://gum-crm.csd.disa.mil. permanent civilian workforce and their (Courtesy of Secretary of the Air Force families.’’ Public Affairs)
Teresa Bracher, 86th Airlift Wing chief of protocol, watches a change of command dry-run July 17 on Ramstein. The wing protocol office is made up of a four-man team that provides support to approximately 22,000 military members and Department of Defense civilians.
thing that happens; like when General Welsh came here we only had about a week to make everything happen, but our dedicated team and project officers made it a success.”
Project officers act as a point of contact to start the process of retirements, promotions, changes of comSee protocol, Page 11
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New name, new mission for Army transition program cies that are still being developed, exactly what those services will be and when they will be able to have access to them, we’re still waiting on the final word on that,” Helping retiring and separating Soldiers Floyd said. manage their transition back into civilian Kaiserslautern SFL counselor and mililife is the Army Career Alumni Program’s tary spouse Tamara Brethouwer said she core mission, but this time it’s the program supports the move and hopes it will help itself that’s undergoing a major change. encourage Soldiers to begin planning as Army officials are redesigning the proearly as possible. gram to better meet the ongoing needs “I think it helps Soldiers stay in the of Soldiers through every phase of their mindset that this is a long-term process, enlistment or commission. One of the very thinking about transition starts at day one first changes clients will notice is the new and I think that now people don’t think name. ACAP is now known as the Soldier about transition until they are close to their For Life Transition Assistance Program. ETS date or close to their retirement date,” Floyd Lewis, SFL transition ser- Maj. Edward Brown, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, speaks with Naini Robinson, she said. vice manager for the Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern Soldier For Life Transition Assistance Program counselor, during a visit to Brethouwer also added that this was the Kaiserslautern Soldier For Life Transition Assistance Program Center July 14. Baumholder and Wiesbaden communiespecially important due to the Army’s ties, said the new name reflects the Army’s desire to strong, serve strong, reintegrate strong and remain ongoing efforts to downsize the current force. make the program more comprehensive. strong” — are designed to follow the Soldier from “With the downsizing, people who intended to “Part of the intent is that the chief of staff of the their first duty station, all the way through their make the military their long-term career are finding Army is implementing a Soldier for life concept,” actual separation or retirement. themselves in situations where that option has been Floyd said. “The Soldier for life concept is a holisLewis and his staff say despite the new changes, taken off the table, so it’s something that people tic approach to providing direct support to service customer service will remain the same and staff need to keep in the forefront,” Brethouwer said. members and Soldiers and their family members members are working to ensure an overall seamless For more information on the Soldier for Life from the time they actually enter into the military transition. Transition Assistance Program, visit www. until the time they actually reintegrate back into the “The services that are being currently provided soldierforlife.army.mil. community.” will continue to be provided, but there is a possibilThe Kaiserslautern Soldier for Life The Soldier for Life Program outlines its three ity that after October some services might be acces- Transition Center is located on Kleber Kaserne, components of success as employment, education sible to our service members much earlier than they Bldg. 3205. For more information, call 483-7089 or and healthcare. Its four phases — known as “start previously had been before. But there are still poli- 0631-411-7089. Story and photo by Dijon Rolle U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Public Affairs
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August 2 and 3, 2014
Photo by Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan
86AW’s little place in Spain Honor guardsmen assigned to the 496th Air Base Squadron perform during a change of command ceremony that was held recently at Moron Air Base, Spain. The 496th ABS is a geographically separated unit falling under the 86th Operations Group, which operates and maintains an airfield that supports C-130, KC-10 and KC-135 variants alongside Navy and Marine operated aircraft. The airfield is also operated in cooperation with the Spanish air force and their fighter aircraft. All ads in the classified ad section of your KA are displayed online at www.class-world.com Take a look at Classified World to see if your favorite item is listed with photos!
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Spectacular fire shows, plenty of Medieval s, s, music groups, crafts demonstrations, jugglers, knights’ tournaments & battles … PLUS delicious food and drink stalls!!!
Enjoy one of the largest Medieval events in the region
Sat.: 10 a.m. – midnight • Sun: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Adults €10, mediev. costumed €6 • Kids from 14 €6 Combi ticket Sat + Sun adults €15, med. costumed €10 Kids from 14 €10 • Parking €1
Hemsbachhof 1, 66629 Freisen (follow signs) www.naturwildpark-freisen.de (see Anfahrt) Tel.: 0177 895 9056 (about 25 min from RAB)
July 25, 2014
July 25, 2014 protocol, from Page 7
mand and much more within their respective units. Though trained to handle the kickoff and main body of the various ceremonies, project officers work hand-in-hand with protocol for their keen eye, expertise and extensive knowledge. “We couldn’t do it without the support from the project officers,” said Tech. Sgt. Raul Rodriguez, 86th AW protocol member. “They let us know what type of event they are in charge of, and then we work together on the itinerary to ensure every possible variable has been taken care of.
Kaiserslautern American “There will be times when a project officer comes to us with only a few days to prepare a DV visit or ceremony and we have to provide about a month’s worth of information in one briefing,” Rodriguez continued. Originally a maintainer, Rodriguez was searching for new ways to challenge himself; he felt the best way to do that was to hang up his wrench for teaspoons. “I always look for new ways to challenge myself, and nothing is so far out of my original spectrum of work like protocol,” Rodriguez said. “When I worked on the flightline, I only saw what I was doing right then and
diplomacy, from Page 2
to the hospital, his driver made a wrong turn down a dead-end street, where the feebleminded socialist Princip had placed himself to make the assassination attempt (a tragic coincidence, as Ferdinand’s route would not normally have delivered him to Princip). When the archduke’s driver discovered his mistake, he put the car in reverse and accidentally stalled the engine. Princip then walked up and shot the archduke and duchess at point blank range, igniting a century of bloodshed. July 28, 1914, is widely accepted as the beginning date of World War I — a war that resulted in the deaths of 9 million people and laid the framework for another disastrous world conflict that would ensue, historically speaking, mere moments later. In turn resulting in the death of tens of millions more as well as bringing the partitioning of Europe, the march of communism and the Cold War, this claimed the lives of or enslaved millions more either directly or through proxy wars. Many historians would say this was all sparked by a single assassination 100 years ago in Sarajevo and the failure of diplomacy that surrounded it before and after. The 76th Airlift Squadron at Ramstein looks back In the tumultuous decades leading up to Prinicip’s assassination of Ferdinand and his wife, diplomacy was often accomplished with a hand-penned letter delivered at the speed of a steamship, rail or horse, rarely face-to-face by national leaders. At the same time, the murderous technologies of mustard gas, trench warfare and the machine gun were already racing past the slow, bureaucratic pace of diplomacy. Could world events have been different if nations had high-speed diplomacy to cool tensions and bring national leaders face-to-face within hours, or even minutes? The unbelievably complicated machinations between the nations of the Allies and the Central Powers proved to be a Gordian knot for the then painfully slow steamship, rail and horse-drawn diploma-
there. But being able to see the other side of how the Air Force functions, now allows me to see the big picture.” Tasked with a multitude of events throughout the year, the protocol Airmen continue to grow not only their skill sets and knowledge but ability to work as a team, allowing them to complete the numerous events on their not-so-trivial whiteboard. “We really do have the sharpest of the sharp,” Bracher said. “The Airmen on this staff, no matter their background, will adapt to the challenges ahead of them. There is no
cy. For Western Europe, then intoxicated by Victorian-era imperialism, the easiest apparent way to cut that knot was war. Slow-speed diplomacy had utterly failed. One wonders if the near-instantaneous diplomatic response offered by today’s U.S. Air Forces in Europe, postured “Ready, Forward, Now,” might have been able to cool things down. Today, we are watching brushfires in many of the same areas that were troubled in World War I. Everything old is new again. As a result of the war, the Russian empire was dissolved, resulting in chaos in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Ukraine and Crimea. World War I resulted in the destruction and dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, which for centuries had held together key regions in North Africa and the Middle East, including Iraq. From Tripoli, Bengazi and Damascus to Baghdad, many of those formerly Ottoman Empire-controlled regions were partitioned and descended into enduring chaos. The artificial borders painted across a tribal, broken region because of failed diplomacy haunt the Middle East and the world to this day. On this grim anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, many of these regions still simmer with the tensions ignited by the failures of diplomacy that turned this single assassination into a catalyst for global war. One century later, here at the 76th Airlift Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, we have the best aircrews and mission support Airmen in the Air Force. We enable diplomacy by providing world-class executive airlift to our nation’s leaders in the same hot spots that simmered 100 years ago. And today, our Airmen do not make “wrong turns” down “blind alleys” as did the ill-fated driver of Ferdinand’s car. The failed horse-paced diplomacy that contributed to a century of war 100 years ago is a thing of the past. Now, present-day diplomacy is enabled by Ramstein’s 76th Airlift Squadron, which safely, comfortably and reliably delivers our nation’s leaders to these troubled regions. With the 76th AS, diplomacy has a faster horse. Ready, Forward, Now!
Page 11 room for failure when we need people that can present themselves appropriately, know computer skills, are capable of directing high-level foreign and domestic officials, and much more. “The best thing about being a part of this office is when I come in and I hear everybody laughing,” Bracher continued. “In through the midst of all the hard work, pressure and stress of getting the job done they are still able to have fun and enjoy themselves. You really get a sense that they love what they do, and it shows every day in the products they deliver to Ramstein.”
Acting VA secretary outlines problems, actions taken WASHINGTON — In testimony before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs July 15, Acting VA Secretary Sloan D. Gibson outlined serious problems regarding access to health care and key actions the department has taken to get veterans off waiting lists and into clinics. “The trust that is the foundation of all we do — the trust of the veterans we serve, and the trust of the American people and their elected representatives — has eroded,” Gibson said. “We have to earn that trust back through deliberate and decisive action, and by creating an open and transparent approach for dealing with our stakeholders to better serve veterans.” Gibson discussed six priorities to begin restoring trust: • Get veterans off wait-lists and into clinics. • Fix systemic scheduling problems. • Address cultural issues. • Hold people accountable where willful misconduct or management negligence are documented. • Establish regular and ongoing disclosures of information. • Quantify the resources needed to consistently deliver timely, high-quality health care. Gibson said the VA needs about $17.6 billion in additional resources to meet current demand for the remainder of fiscal year 2014 through fiscal year 2017. The funding, he added, would address challenges such as clinical staff, space, information technology and the benefits process-
ing necessary to provide timely, high-quality care and benefits. “We understand the seriousness of the problems we face,” Gibson said. “We own them. We are taking decisive action to begin to resolve them. We can turn these challenges into the greatest opportunity for improvement in the history of the department.” Gibson also outlined actions VA is taking now to address problems with access to VA health care: • The Veterans Health Administration has reached out to more than 160,000 veterans to get them off wait-lists and into clinics. VHA also has made more than 543,000 referrals for veterans to receive care in the private sector — 91,000 more than in the comparable period a year ago. • VHA facilities are adding more clinic hours, aggressively recruiting to fill physician vacancies, deploying mobile medical units, using temporary staffing resources, and expanding the use of private-sector care. • VA is moving rapidly to augment and improve its existing scheduling system while simultaneously pursuing the purchase of a state-of-the-art system. • Gibson has directed medical center and network directors to conduct monthly inspections, in person, of their clinics to assess the state of scheduling practices and to identify any related obstacles to timely care for veterans. To date, more than 1,100 of these visits have been conducted. See health care, Page 20
July 25, 2014
TRAVEL & ADVENTURE
Register for the Annual Ramstein Half Marathon by 5 Sept. at the Southside Fitness Center. Race day is Saturday, 13 September at 0800. $40 Fee (Non-refundable & Non-transferable). Great prizes and awards! For more details call 06371-47-0295.
Heidelberg, 27 July King Ludwig’s Castles, 31 July
Calling All Runners for the Ramstein Half Marathon!
86 FSS Block Party & Sale – Up to 75% OFF!
MOMs, Gear Up, Outdoor Recreation and the Woodlawn Golf Course are teaming up for the SALE of the year on 25 July from 1000 - 1700 at the MOMs parking lot. Selected DVD’s, apparel, bikes, camping gear and more! The Flying Pig will be serving up BBQ.
5 Rules of Dodgeball- Dodge, Dip, Dive, Duck and Dodgeball
Sign up your team of no more than 8 players for the Southside Fitness Center Dodgeball Tournament on Friday, 22 August at 1400. Prizes for First Place Team Members! Make it a PT session! For more information call 06371-47-0295.
You Can’t Say That On Stage II
Skits and Songs that most theaters are too afraid to do! 25 & 26 July at the Ramstein Community Center Bldg. 412. Doors open at 2000, show starts at 2100. Cost: $10, $5 for E-4 and below. Rated for mature audiences, under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Latin Night at Club E’
Learn how to salsa and then show off your new moves on 25 July! Doors open at 2100, one hour salsa lesson at 2200 then dance all night until 0200! Enlisted Club Members: Free, Non-Members: $5. Adults only.
Ramstein Tickets & Tours
Ramstein Outdoor Recreation Intro to Canoeing, 27 July Intro to Climbing, 29 July
FAMILY & YOUTH
Float Night at the Aquatic Center
Enjoy a relaxing evening on the water 9 August from 1700-1845 at the Ramstein Aquatic Center. Bring your own personal floatation device or use one of ours! Root Beer Floats will be available for only $0.75! Normal entry fees apply.
Book vs. Movie- Read the book, see the movie!
Pick up the featured book of the month “The Princess Bride” from the Vogelweh Library Bldg. 2059 and then join them for a screening of the movie and a potluck meal on 14 August from 1800-2000. For Ages 18+.
Discover the Benefits of Club Membership
Sign up to be a Club Member until 31 July and get 3 months of FREE dues and a chance to WIN $100 instantly! For more information, visit www.RamsteinFSS.com or the Enlisted Club service window.
Free Membership Breakfast 29 July
Club Members get a free breakfast at the Ramstein Officers’ Club from 0630-0800 on Tuesday!
For more events and information, visit us at www.RamsteinFSS.com · 06371-47-9983
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panky’s off-leash tour
July 25, 2014
Recipe of the week: Noodle Spinach Casserole SERVINGS: 6 INGREDIENTS: 500 grams wide or tagliatelle noodles Salt and pepper to taste 750 grams spinach leaves* chopped 2 onions ﬁnely chopped 3 cloves garlic ﬁnely chopped 2 tablespoons butter or margarine 1 tablespoon ﬂour 850 grams canned tomatoes (with juice) 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning Cayenne pepper to taste 10 tablespoons Schlagsahnse (heavy whipping cream) 75 grams salami thinly sliced 125 grams mozzarella cheese sliced or cubed 125 grams gorgonzola cheese sliced or cubed 75 grams gouda cheese grated 50 grams parmesan cheese grated DIRECTIONS: • Heat oven to 200 degrees Celsius/390 degrees Fahrenheit. • Cook noodles in boiling, salted water for about ﬁve minutes. Remove from the water, drain and let cool. • If using fresh spinach, wash the leaves thoroughly and chop or tear into small pieces. Finely chop the onion and garlic. • Heat one tablespoon of the butter in a frying pan. Saute half of the onions and half of the garlic in the butter. Stir in the spinach
Recipe courtesy of USO
leaves. Season with salt and white pepper. Put in a separate bowl and set aside. • Heat the remaining tablespoon of butter. Saute the remaining onions and garlic. Stir in the ﬂour. Add the canned tomatoes (with juice) to the onion and garlic mixture. Add salt, cayenne pepper and Italian seasoning to taste. Simmer for about ﬁve minutes. Stir in the Schlagsahne (heavy whipping cream) and heat for an additional ﬁve minutes. • Taste and add additional seasoning if needed. • Grease or spray a 32x39 centimeter (about 11x15 inch) casserole dish. Spread the noodles onto the bottom of the dish. Cover the noodles with the spinach mixture and top it
with the sliced salami. • Pour the Schlagsahne (heavy whipping cream) and tomato mixture over the entire casserole. Cover the casserole with the cubed mozzarella and gorgonzola cheese cubes. Sprinkle the grated gouda and parmesan over the cubed cheese. • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. * You can substitute the fresh spinach leaves with three 10 ounce packages of frozen chopped spinach. Thaw, but do not drain out the water. If you are using frozen spinach, add an additional two tablespoons of ﬂour to the recipe.
Capt. Spanky’s oﬀ-leash tour
Hey, everybody! I’m here once again to report on my most recent expedition. Like any other day, I was scratching at my human’s leg for food when she said two of the most marvelous words in the world: Italy and pizza! Oh how I’ve dreamt of wrapping my jowls around some delicious pizza straight from Italy. After almost 10 hours of driving, I couldn’t hold the excitement in for much longer. Finally coming to a stop my human announced, “Welcome to Pisa!” Thinking she was slurring, I expected to jump out and be surrounded by a town made of pizza and speciﬁcally the leaning tower of pizza, but what I saw was far better. In front of me stood a beautiful monument towering only 60 meters in the air with a slight tilt — the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Before entering the tower I learned that the famous bell tower was not purposely built at a lean but began to drift to its side during construction. It made me think about what it would have been like making a mistake
people could see 835 years later. Once we ﬁnally walked up to the tower I was excited to put my fuzzy paw onto that ﬁrst step, but was halted by the gate keeper. As he stood there arms crossed, he stated no one under the age of 8 was allowed entrance. Flashing my dog tag, he was able to see that in dog years I was more than old enough to climb the shiny marble steps, so off I went trotting up leaving nothing behind but my drool. Once I got to the top vertigo hit hard as I looked down and felt as though I could touch the people attempting to “push” the tower over for a photo. Though a magniﬁcent scene, I had to quickly rush down before I lost that morning’s kibble. Now on the ground I gazed up at the beautiful masterpiece wondering how I could honor my adventure. Only one thing came to mind. I lifted my hind leg to match the tower’s tilt and with pride claimed that small patch of land as my own, then, of course, enjoyed some of the best salami pizza I have ever had in my life.
July 25, 2014
7th CSC Soldiers mentor KSF HAZMAT Unit by Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Chlosta 7th Civil Support Command Public Affairs PRISTINA, Kosovo — Soldiers from the 7th Civil Support Command’s 773rd Civil Support Team helped the Kosovo Security Force’s Civil Protection Regiment HAZMAT Company build a nuclear, biological and chemical detection equipment storage room here and develop standard operating procedures for the room, July 6 to 19. The Kosovo HAZMAT team’s current missions include civil protection and to assist their government’s authorities in response to natural disasters and emergency incidents. “From the last training we had from DTRA and the 773rd CST back in May, we saw that learning how to properly build a (nuclear, biological and
chemical) detection equipment storage room is necessary for us to learn,” said Sgt. Bajram Peci, leader decontamination station, 1st Platoon, HAZMAT Co., CPR, KSF. Personnel from DTRA, EUCOM and the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo put together a list of equipment they would need to perform their functional HAZMAT duties, said Sgt. Eric Song, survey team member, 773rd CST, 7th CSC. “We’re working alongside Sergeant Peci and his team to also set up an NBC detection equipment storage room for some of the sensitive items that may be included,” said Staff Sgt. John Bennetts, survey team chief, 773rd CST, 7th CSC. In the future, KSF HAZMAT Company Soldiers will also store CBRN analysis and detection equipment in the new NBC storage room. “It is necessary, because all of the equipment is expen-
sive and sensitive and has to be secured,” Peci said. The two NCOs worked for four days to help create the standard operating procedures. “We’re also writing the procedures on how the Kosovo military will properly maintain the detection equipment as well as how to store, maintain and account for it,” Bennetts said. “They’re motivated, actively engaged, listened and implemented everything we’ve taught them.” As the NBC equipment storage room progressed and the procedures were reviewed, the NCOs complimented each other and voiced their excitement with an eye toward possible future joint CBRN and HAZMAT training. “It’s good to be with professional CBRN Soldiers,” Peci said. “I would like to continue this professional relationship and training in the future with the U.S. CBRN unit.”
21st TSC showcases capabilities during Rheinland-Pfalz Tag Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Warren W. Wright Jr. 21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs NEUWIED, Germany — Soldiers from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command showed off their various capabilities during a Rheinland-Pfalz state-sponsored fair July 18 to 20 here. Rheinland-Pfalz Tag is an annual event that takes place in a different city in the state each year, bringing together people from all across the state in order to showcase the many various state institutions and organizations within Rheinland-Pfalz. Representing the 21st TSC this year were the 5th Quartermaster Theater Aerial Delivery Company, the 7th Civil Support Command’s Medical Support Unit-Europe and 773rd Civil Support Team, the 30th Medical Brigade’s 212th Combat Support Hospital, and the Theater Logistics Support Center-Europe. “We’re here supporting our higher command and conducting community engagement,” said Capt. Hubert Little, medical operations officer from the 773rd CST. “We’re letting (the locals) see what our capabilities are and what we bring to the table as a partner. It allows them to see how we’re supporting Germany and our allies.” For the 21st TSC, working closely with its German partners is a daily occurrence, and Rheinland-Pfalz-Tag provided an excellent opportunity to emphasize that to the participants. “One of our main missions is to work in collaboration with the Germans and the other nations within Europe,” said Capt. Jessica Taylor, physician assistant with the MSU-E.
“We do a lot, and the more we can get our face out there and show that we’re helping will help build better relationships within our community.” For some, the American military in Germany is a mystery. By participating in the 2014 Rheinland-Pfalz-Tag, the 21st TSC is able to break down the barriers of its fences and show the local nationals everyone is a part of the same community. “Sometimes it seems like we sit behind walls most of the time,” said Maj. Neil Hurd, nurse and anesthetist with the 212th CSH. “I’m sure it’s kind of a mystery to them what we do and maybe even a little scary that we’re in their country. By getting out here we can show them that what we do is meant to do good.” Rheinland-Pfalz-Tag gave the various contributing 21st TSC units the opportunity to highlight their specific and unique missions to the participants of the annual event. The displays at the event included paratroopers from the 5th QM demonstrating how to properly pack a parachute, Soldiers from the 773rd CST showcasing their decontamination equipment, medical specialists from the 212th CSH exhibiting their field hospital equipment, Soldiers with the MSU-E with their medical simulator mannequins, and apprentices with the TLSC-E highlighting some of the unique training they receive. “Our capabilities are kind of special,” said Sgt. Edwin Schimmer, parachute rigger from the 5th QM. “We want to show everyone that there’s another side to the military where we can provide humanitarian relief as well as dropping equipment to fight war. “We’re not just here to be the
Staff Sgt. Thomas Honeycutt, military working dog handler with the 100th Military Working Dog Detachment, 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th MP Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, gives a bite demonstration to participants of the 2014 Rheinland-Pfalz Tag July 19 in Neuwied, Germany.
big, bad Army,” Schimmer continued. “We’re here to show everyone that we’re also a part of the community.” Additionally, Soldiers participating in the event had the opportunity to get to know their neighbors in the community in which they live. “It’s important for not only my Soldiers, but for everyone to get out here and demonstrate the capabilities between ourselves and our partner nations, the similarities between our training and the ways we can help foster a good environment for our community here in Germany,” Schimmer said. Pfc. Molly Parr, also a parachute rigger from the 5th QM, said she agrees. “Because we live in the community, it’s important for us to show them that we’re friendly,” Parr said. “They’ve been so welcoming to us, and it’s important that we do the same.”
Sgt. Edwin Schimmer, parachute rigger with the 5th Quartermaster Theater Aerial Delivery Company, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, rigs a parachute to a German participant of the 2014 Rheinland-Pfalz Tag. Soldiers with the 21st TSC participated in the three-day, state-sponsored event in order to showcase their capabilities.
July 25, 2014
July 25, 2014
July 25, 2014
Wanted: Airmen selfie videos WASHINGTON — Do you have a unique story about the path that led you to the Air Force? Are you proud of your job and how it impacts the bigger Air Force mission? Do you work in an exceptional unit? If so, the Air Force wants to hear from you. The 2014 American Airman Video Contest, which began July 1, is open to all Airmen — uniformed, civilian, Guard and Reserve — who want to share their story of being an Airman. The contest rules have been relaxed to allow participants to shoot up to a one-minute video, or selﬁe, talking about their story as an Airman
or about the unique mission they do every day. The content of the video is limited only by imagination. “Every Airman has a story, and smartphone technology now allows those Airmen to share those stories to a wider audience than ever before,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III at the start of the contest. Airmen are encouraged to create their own video for the contest and to challenge their friends to come up with the most creative selﬁe video to be added to the American Airman Video Contest. The competition has reached the
The original video length has doubled, so Airmen, uniformed and civilian, can now send in up to a 60second video of his or her Air Force story. It’s as simple as taking out their smartphone, shooting a quick clip and uploading it to their YouTube account. Once it’s there, send a link to email@example.com to enter. For more details and complete contest rules, visit http://airforcelive. dodlive.mil/contest. “Our Airmen are an amazing communication resource,” Welsh said. “No one tells the Air Force story like they do.” (Courtesy of Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs)
Registration for afternoon bambino cheerleading will take place from Monday to Aug. 22. Cost is $20 for six 45-minute sessions. Sessions are offered from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays or Wednesdays and Fridays. Open to children ages 3 and 4. START SMART cheerleading’s goal is to teach each child the motor skills necessary to eventually become a cheerleader by utilizing positive reinforcement and fun activities in a safe environment on a one-on-one basis with their parents led by a staff member. Register online via Webtrac; through Parent Central Services, Bldg. 2898 on Pulaski Barracks (call 493-4516/4122 or 06313406-4516/4122); or at the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation One Stop Shop, Bldg. 3810 on Landstuhl’s Wilson Barracks (call 486-8943 or 06371-86-8943).
Bullying Buster Summer Camp
Bullying is a problem that many young children face. Learn self-conﬁdence through self-defense in the Bullying Buster Summer Camp through SKIESUnlimited, Monday to Aug. 1. Open to ages 5 to 13. The camp will be held in the Yellow Ribbon Room on Miesau Army Depot, Bldg. 1304. Cost is $195. Register by contacting Parent Central Services, Bldg. 2898 on Pulaski Barracks, at 493-4516/4122 or 0631-34064516/4122, or the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation One Stop Shop, Bldg. 3810 on Landstuhl’s Wilson Barracks, at 486-8943 or 0637186-8943.
Sports camp for kids
halfway point, and submissions are needed to show the diversity and quality of the Air Force. Videos must be received by Tuesday to be eligible for the contest. The top 10 ﬁnalist videos will be available on AFBlueTube, www. youtube.com/user/AFBlueTube, for public voting from Aug. 12 to 22. Voters can “like” their favorite videos, and the video with the most “likes” will win. Many of the clips will be compiled for a special video presentation by Welsh during the Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition in September.
The sixth annual American Sports Camp, for children ages 8 to 17, will take place Aug. 4 to 8 in Frankfurt at SC 1880 Frankfurt (Feldgerichtstrasse 29, 60320 Frankfurt) and the gym in the nearby Kleyerschule. The daily program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with experienced coaches and players from several local clubs helping the participants with the basics of American football, baseball, lacrosse and basketball. Children will
learn a different sport each of the ﬁrst four days, and on the ﬁfth day they will play a game in all the sports. The camp is supported by the U.S. General Consulate in Frankfurt. For details, visit www. wardcarr.com/en_index.html or contact Ward Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer theater camps
KMC Onstage is offering summer theater classes and camps until Aug. 2. Various classes include creative dramatics, improv, intro to theater, poetry and puppetry, acting and more. For details, email email@example.com, check out the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation website, or call KMC Onstage at 483-6626 or 0631411-6626.
Starting Oct. 1, all personnel requesting tuition assistance are required to have uploaded their electronic Degree Plan into their education record in the Air Force Virtual Education Center site accessed through the Air Force Portal. Meet with your school’s academic adviser for your e-Degree Plan and then take the time to upload your courses. For assistance or for more information, contact the education center.
Register for events with Parent Central Services, Bldg. 2898 on Pulaski Barracks, by calling 4934516/4122 or 0631-3406-4516/4122; or the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation One Stop Shop on Landstuhl, Bldg. 3810 on Wilson Barracks, at 486-8943 or 06371-86-8943. • Offensive and defensive football drills for youth ages 9 and older will be held Aug. 4 to 8 on the Landstuhl track ﬁeld. These drills will assist youth in mastering the different offensive and defensive positions in football. Offensive drills will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Defensive drills will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Cost is $100. • Advanced wrestling takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 to 9 at the Special Events Center,
Bldg. 237 on Rhine Ordnance Barracks. The focus of the program is on physical ﬁtness, learning proper wrestling techniques, good sportsmanship and personal improvement, no matter what the skill level. This activity will provide a fun and challenging exposure to the world of wrestling that will encourage character building along with athletic conditioning. Open to children in ﬁrst to 12th grade. Children must have a minimum of two years experience. Cost is $30. • Fishing instruction will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Aug. 7 and 14 at the Landstuhl Youth Center, Bldg. 3819. This is for students in ﬁrst through 12th grade. Youth will learn fundamental ﬁshing skills, including knot tying, casting, baiting the hook and basic German ﬁshing laws. A ﬁshing trip will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 15. Cost is $45.
Youth Summer Adventure Program
The Teen Center’s Youth Summer Adventure Program offers fun activities, including trips to Tropical Islands, Miramar Water Park, Movie World Theme Park, Fun Forest Ropes Course, Camp Darby, Heidelberg, Europa Park, Garmisch and more. The trip fees include transportation, entrance fees, supervision by youth development professionals and most meals. Find out about all of the programs by contacting Parent Central Services, Bldg. 2898 on Pulaski Barracks (call 493-4516/4122 or 0631-3406-4516/4122), or Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation One Stop Shop, Bldg. 3810 on Landstuhl’s Wilson Barracks (call 486-8943 or 06371-86-8943).
Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling Service counselors will start two newcomers transition groups over the summer in the Ramstein Middle School MPH building. One group is for high school students and the other for middle school students. For more information, call 06371-47-3196 or email Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org or shelly.green@ eu.dodea.edu.
July 25, 2014
Have fun with the locals Family day Sun, Jul 27 Kaiserslautern, Waschmühle Enjoy a day at the pool in Kaiserslautern Waschmühle on July 27. Swim a few laps, sun bathe while you let your children play and jump on bouncy castles and join in on the cannonball contest. There will be much more entertainment for you and your family.
EVENTS Asta Summer Fest Sat, Jul 26 Mainz, Uni Campus Come to the Asta Summer Fest at the University Campus in Mainz on July 26, where you can relive your Uni days. There will be 8 stages and around 60 different artists performing. For more information visit www.asta-sommerfest.de Farmer´s market Sat, Jul 26 Saarbrücken, St. Johanner Markt Saarbrücken hosts farmer’s market on July 26 from 8 a.m. at St. Johanner Markt. The market starts at 8 a.m. Lanz tractor meeting Sat, Jul 26 – Sun, Jul 27 Speyer, Technik Museum See an exhibit of Lanz tractors from the past 30 years at the 7th Lanz tractor meeting at the Technik Museum Speyer on July 26 & 27. This year’s historic guest brand is Porsche Allgaier. Entry fee for adults is €5 and for children €3. For more information visit their site at www.speyer.technik-museum.de Sunday shopping Sun, Jul 27 Zweibrücken, The Style Outlets Enjoy a special Sunday at the Style Outlet in Zweibrücken from 1 pm to 6 pm, July 27. In this shopping center more than
100 brands like Armani, Calvin Klein, Adidas and Swarovski are offered. For more info see www.zweibruecken.thestyleoutlets.de. Castle park festival Sat, Aug 2 Trippstadt, Schlosspark Visit the Schlosspark Festival (castle park festival) in Trippstadt on August 2. from 4 p.m. There will be culinary delights, a wine village, and a children’s program. Live music will be played. Don’t forget to see the wonderful light show at 8.30 pm and 1 am. For more info and tickets between €3 and €24 see www.schlosspark-festival.de. Wine tasting Sat, Aug 2 Trier, Vereinigte Hospitien winery Discover the wines of Trier on the 2nd of August. One of Germany’s oldest wine cellar invites you to join the tour where you can see one of the historical wine cellars and taste up to three different wines. The 1-hour tour starts at 1:30 p.m. from the “Pforte” (entrance) in Windmühlenstrasse. For more info visit www.trier-info.de or call 0651-9450 Summer party Sat, Aug 2 – Sun, Aug 3 Steinalben, Festplatz Geiselberger Mühle Come to the Geiselberger Mühle from August 2 & 3 and enjoy the summer party with music by Kienholz musicians. Party with men dressed in Lederhosen from 8:30 p.m. Enjoy a nice cold beer in
the beer garden and sample wine while you are there. Children can jump in the bouncy castle and you can try your luck at a shooting stand. For more information visit www.moosalbtaler.de Castle festival Sat, Aug 2 – Sun, Aug 3 Cochem, Reichsburg The annual castle festival will take place from August 2 - 3 at the Reichsburg Cochem. Once again, actors will ensure a medieval atmosphere within the historic castle walls. Marvel at fire shows or jugglers and more while enjoying beer, wine or a medieval barbeque. For more info see www.cochem.de. Rheingau wine week Fri, Aug 8 – Sun, Aug 17 Wiesbaden, Schlossplatz The 39th Rheingauer Weinwoche takes place from August 8 - 17 in Wiesbaden’s Schlossplatz, starting at 11 a.m. Taste delicious wines offered by more than 100 booths between the Schlossplatz, the Marktkirche and the Dern’sche Gelände while listening to live music and enjoying the unique atmosphere of this festival. For more info see www.rheingau.de. CONCERTS Kelis Mon, Aug 18 Frankfurt, Zoom Come see the American singer Kelis perform on August 18 in Frankfurt. Kelis
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became famous with her single “Milkshake.” Ticket prices start at €28.20. For more info visit www.eventim.de Jason Mraz Thu, Oct 2 Frankfurt, Alte Oper Jason Mraz will be performing in Frankfurt on October 2 at the Alte Oper. Ticket prices for his show start at €39.80 and the show starts at 8 p.m. For more information visit www.eventim.de SPORTS Splashdiving Fri, Jul 25 – Sat, Jul 26 Kaiserslautern, Waschmühle Head on over to Kaiserslautern’s Waschmühle on July 25 & 26 to see the exciting Splashdiving Championship. Contestants will show off their style of diving. Enjoy the beach party in the evening, as well as grilled food. Bring your whole family and enjoy an excitingly relaxing day at the pool! For more information visit www.sd-rlp.de Coca-Cola Street Run Sun, Jul 27 Kaiserslautern, city center The last Sunday of July the Coca-Cola Street Run will be held in Kaiserslautern on July 27. If you have what it takes, then come and join the street run. You have the choice of taking part in the 5 km or 10 km distance run. For more information visit www.fck-running.de
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July 25, 2014
INTRODUCING LOCAL BUSINESSES Immobilien 4 You
What is in a name? This name says it all. Frank and Anna Neumann have been in the real estate business since 2001. They have been the ‘go-to’ real estate company ever since, specializing in renting, purchasing or building your home in Germany, they are conveniently located in Landstuhl. Both of them have been working with Americans for the last 13 years and know exactly how to assist the American community in finding the house you will love and enjoy. They are really known as a ‘one-stop-shop,’ accompanying you during the entire renting or buying process. It is important for a realtor to know how to negotiate on your behalf, help to maximize your loan structure and offer quick, honest and reliable support from beginning to end. When it comes to financing, they have 100% mortgages for Americans. Frank and Anna are real professionals that will evaluate your LQA/OHA and make sure it is compatible with the rent or mortgage you will have. They are also experts in home-building and offer top quality homes built to your specifications, offering building lots and turn-key, hassle-free properties from floor plan to interior design and landscaping. If you are selling your home, they will do a complete market analysis of your property and they have pre-approved buyers right at their fingertips ready to buy. Whether you are renting or owning, you will always be glad you called Immobilien 4 You. www.immobilien-4-you.com • 06372 - 80 36 41 • email@example.com
Osteria da Giusy
Would you like to go out and try something new? Less than 10 minutes outside Ramstein Air base is a wonderful new small restaurant (opened November 2013) known as “Osteria Da Giusy” (Osteria meaning: where wine and simple food specialties are served). Here, you can enjoy home-style Italian cooking and the flavors of southern Italian Apulian wines. Not the quick in and out, but the place to spend time with friends over dinner. The Italian cuisine is freshly made, which takes a little longer to prepare, but the wait is worth it! Weekly specials that are not part of the regular menu are also a highlight. There is a beautiful outdoor terrace with covered seating which is a wonderful summer evening treat. Every 1st Saturday of the month, you’ll be entertained by live acoustic guitar music. Would you like to have a wine tasting? This is also possible. Josephine Giusy, owner and cook, is a city girl from Brindisi in south eastern Italy. This is what real Italian food is all about! Osteria da Giusy is open daily 17:00-22:00, closed on Wednesdays and on Sundays also opened for lunch from 12:00-14:00. Take out can be ordered too. The restaurant is located only 10 km from Ramstein AB. Don’t let this experience pass you by! Hauptstr. 43 • 66879 Kollweiler • 06385 - 99 31 979
Raiffeisen Building Center
We all need a helping hand when it comes to our garden work. Especially in the deep of summer when we need to keep things under control. Stop on by at the Raiffeisen Waren Zentrale Building Center located right in Landstuhl. This is a business that offers everything from garden assistance to heating oil and anything in between. Raiffeisen have a huge selection of outdoor garden supplies including planting soil, mulch, stones for terraces and lots more. They can help you with your landscaping which can really get out of hand this time of year. Even though we are not thinking about winter with the summer sun staying up late, this is a great time to buy your heating oil or your wood pellets for your heating systems. Raffeisen offers a great summer price that is hard to beat! If you are building a house or just wanting to renovate, they can also assist you with your sanitation needs, renovations and modernization of your home. Ease the stress of your garden work with help from Raffeisen Bauzentrum. Raiffeisenstr. 14 • 66849 Landstuhl • 06371 - 92110 • www.rwz.de This advertisement service is proudly brought to you by
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July 25, 2014
Mark Your Calendar 2014 Events
» Reconnect with the outdoors by joining Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation for a campout. The Great American Campout will take place Saturday and Sunday at Pulaski Park. Bring your tents and sleeping bags and camp under the stars. Camping equipment is available to rent at Army Outdoor Recreation. Bring your own hotdogs and roast them on the outdoor grill. Tent setup begins at 7 p.m. This free event is open to all military ID cardholders and family members. Register with Army Outdoor Recreation no later than Tuesday by calling 493-4117 or 06313406-4117. » In honor of August being National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, Mom2Mom KMC is hosting the Big Latch On at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 2 at the Donnelly Park Pavilion on Ramstein. Participants should arrive at least 30 minutes early for registration. The Global Big Latch On is an annual event where groups of breast-feeding mothers come together to break the world record for most mothers and children breast-feeding at the same time worldwide. Last year, the Big Latch On was held at 845 locations in 28 countries around the world, and the current record was set at 14,536 children breast-feeding at once. Not a breast-feeding mom? That’s OK. Anyone who supports breast-feeding is welcome, including husbands, partners and friends, and mothers who are pregnant and planning to breast-feed. An open house will also be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon. It will include a community fair, bouncy castle, door prizes and a professional photo booth. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ Mom2MomKMC or email firstname.lastname@example.org. » KMC Onstage hosts “An Evening of One Act Plays” in October, which will feature a variety of short plays. Auditions for this show will take place at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 and 27. Material will be available for cold-reading. For more information, contact 483-6626 or 0631-4116626. » The Ramstein Enlisted Spouses’ Association will host an Aquatic Extravaganza Aug. 30 at the Ramstein Aquatic Center. Check in will begin at 5 p.m., food and games will begin at 5:30 p.m., and swimming
will begin at 6:15 p.m. and last until 8 p.m. when the event ends. This event is open to all families of deployed service members, RESA members and guests. To RSVP, email resa. email@example.com no later than Aug. 20. RSVPs must include the age of children that will be attending. » The Team Ramstein Hispanic Heritage Committee is looking for highly motivated people who have great ideas or want to take on special projects. An observance will be held from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 with a presidential proclamation. This commemoration is an opportunity to increase awareness, mutual respect and understanding. Hispanic Heritage observances are designed to enhance cross-cultural and cross-gender awareness and promote harmony among all military members, their families and the civilian work force. Anybody who would like to be a part of this year’s Hispanic Heritage Committee should attend the meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday and July 30 at the Ramstein Community Center, Room 1 (next to the Flying Pig restaurant). For more information, call Master Sgt. Delma Edwards at 480-5862, or Tech. Sgt. Luis Montero at 480-0977. » The first Toddler Picnic in the Park event, hosted by the New Parent Support Program, takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday during the summer at Pulaski Park on Pulaski Barracks. Parents with toddlers are invited to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy playing and picnicking with other toddlers. Toddler-specific information will be provided, with topics ranging from summer safety to nutrition. For more information, contact the New Parent Support Program at 493-4066/4058 or 0631-3406-4066/4058.
» A USA Jobs Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 8 and 22 in the computer lab on Pulaski Barracks, Bldg. 2917. Want to learn more about finding a government job? Get the one-up on competition with hands-on instruction and assistance from our training employment readiness expert. Register in advance by calling 493-4203 or 0631-3406-4203. » A Private Sector Resume Writing class takes place from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 20 in Bldg. 2917 on Pulaski Barracks. Looking for a job in the private sector and don’t know
scheduling HEALTH CARE, from Page 11 inappropriate practices. In the course of • Gibson has directed a completing this task, more comprehensive external audit than 13,000 performance of scheduling practices across plans were amended. the entire VHA system. • Where willful miscon• Gibson has personally duct or management neglivisited 10 VA medical centers gence is documented, approin the last six weeks to hear priate personnel actions will directly from the ﬁeld on the be taken, including in cases actions being taken to get vet- of whistleblower retaliation. erans off wait-lists and into • Gibson froze VHA clinics, and he will continue Central Ofﬁce and Veterans to make site visits. Integrated Service Network • The inappropriate 14-day Ofﬁce headquarters hiring access measure has been as a ﬁrst step to ensure all removed from all individual employees are working to employee performance plans support those delivering care to eliminate any motive for directly to veterans.
• VHA has dispatched teams to provide direct assistance to facilities requiring the most improvement, including a large team now working in Phoenix. • All VHA senior executive performance awards for ﬁscal 2014 have been suspended. • VHA is expanding use of private-sector care to improve access. • Gibson sent a message to all 341,000 VA employees, and has reiterated during every visit to VA facilities, that whistleblowers will be protected, and that he will
where to start? Take this class designed to help prepare you in your career search. Learn important information about what an employer might look for on a resume. Register in advance by calling 493-4203 or 0631-3406-4203.
» Community for Autism Awareness, Understanding, Support and Education, or CAUSE, is a support group for members of the community who have an autistic family member to get information and get involved. The group meets from 6 to 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month in the media center at Vogelweh Elementary School. No registration required.
Classes & Training
» Anger management class takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 7 in Bldg. 2917 on Pulaski Barracks. Learn about how anger is triggered and how to control it. Deskside assistance is available for those who are command referred. Register in advance by calling 493-4203 or 06313406-4203. » ACS Relocation Readiness offers two levels of German language classes: beginners and intermediate. In these classes, participants will gain a better understanding of the written and verbal German language. All course materials are provided to students free of charge. Classes run in 10-week semesters. Advanced registration is required as this class often fills up fast. For details, call 493-4203 or 0631-3406-4203.
» The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program represents the voice of the single Soldier. BOSS Soldiers coordinate and participate in community service projects, organize recreational and leisure activities, and actively support the quality of life needs of single Soldiers. Do you want to get involved? Come find out more at the BOSS Information Day from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Baumholder Warrior Zone, Bldg. 8105 on Smith Barracks. For more information, call 485-6228 or 06783-6-6228.
not tolerate retaliation against whistleblowers. • Gibson has conducted more than a dozen meetings and calls with senior representatives of veteran and military service organizations and other stakeholder groups to solicit their ideas for improving access and restoring trust. • Gibson has made a number of personnel announcements in recent weeks, including: Dr. Carolyn Clancy as interim undersecretary for health; Dr. Jonathan Perlin, a former undersecretary for health, on temporary
assignment as senior advisor to the secretary; Dr. Gerard Cox as interim director of the Ofﬁce of Medical Inspector; and Leigh Bradley as special counsel to the secretary. • As VA completes reviews, fact-ﬁnding, and other investigations, the department is beginning to initiate personnel actions to hold those accountable who committed wrongdoing or were negligent in discharging their management responsibilities. (Courtesy of a Department of Veterans Affairs news release)
July 25, 2014
Airman & Family Readiness Center
For details or to sign up for a class, call the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 480-5100. MONDAY » Pre-separation counseling: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., A&FRC TUESDAY » Reintegration brief: 9 to 11 a.m., IDRC » Pre-deployment brief: 1 to 3 p.m., IDRC WEDNESDAY » Base INTRO: 7:30 to 11:45 a.m., Ramstein Officers’ Club (moved to officers’ club only this Wednesday) THURSDAY » Ready for Reunion: Homecoming Basics: 9 to 11 a.m., A&FRC AUG. 1 » New commanders, first sergeants, superintendents immersion brief: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., A&FRC
» SIGN UP IS CURRENTLY OPEN and there are spaces available for the following classes, which run until Aug. 8: Okinawan Karate: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays on Ramstein, ages 8 to 18; individual music lessons (piano, woodwinds, guitar, voice) on Ramstein and Vogelweh, ages 6 and up; dance classes of all types on Ramstein. To register, vist www.86FSS.com, click “Family,” then “Instructional Classes,” then “Class Registration.” » MARK YOUR CALENDARS for summer and fall registration. Get ready to join our camps, classes and clubs: Aug. 4: Fall after school clubs Aug. 11: Fall instructional classes Spaces are limited, so don’t delay. Register online at www.86fss.com, or call Ramstein Youth Programs at 06371-47-6444, or Vogelweh Youth Programs at 0631536-6504 for details. » 2014 FRANKFURT AMERICAN SPORTS CAMP FOR KIDS: The sixth annual American Sports Camp for boys and girls from the ages of 8 to 17 will take place Aug. 4 to 8 in Frankfurt at SC 1880 Frankfurt (Feldgerichtstrasse 29, 60320 Frankfurt) and the gym in the nearby Kleyerschule. The daily program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with experienced coaches and players from several local clubs helping the participants with the basics of American football, baseball, lacrosse and basketball. The children learn a different sport each of the first four days, and on the fifth day they play a game in all the sports. The camp is supported by the U.S. General Consulate in Frankfurt. For more information, visit www.wardcarr.com/ en_index.html or contact Ward Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ramstein Youth Center
SUMMER CAMPS OUTLINE (AGES 9 TO 12), MONDAY TO AUG. 1 9 a.m. to noon » Gadget & Invention Challenge » Soccer » Finger Food Fun » Recycled Art » Robo Tech Mayan Adventure 2 to 5 p.m. » WW II Kids Experience » Net Sports » Hispanic Cooking » Brush Strokes Painting » Game Tech: Scratch 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. » Planet Earth with Mr. Ronnie
AUG. 4 TO 8 9 a.m. to noon » Fly, Fight Win: Air Force Adventures » Tennis » Wood Working II » Jewelry Making » Art from Around the World 2 to 5 p.m. » Amazing Race II » FSS Sports » European Cooking » Op Art: Modern Creativity Video Editing 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. » Time Traveler Adventures AUG. 11 TO 15 9 a.m. to noon » Fear Factor Resilience » Net Sports » Sewing » Lines & Shadows: Sketching 2 to 5 p.m. » Mission Impossible II » Around the World Sports » Master Chef Junior: Technique Challenge » Flight Tech 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. » Super Soaking SwimWeek AUG. 18 TO 21 (NOTE: There will NOT be any camp Aug. 22 due to a Family Day) 9 a.m. to noon » Goopy, Fizzy Science » Soccer » Patchwork Morning: Quilting » Point, Click & Shoot: Digital Photography » Digital Illustration
» EXPECTANT PARENT ORIENTATION (MONTHLY): Orientation is from 8 to 11 a.m. the first Tuesday of every month at the Learning Resource Center, Bldg. 3718 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Learn about birth registration, passports and more. For more information, call the New Parent Support Program at 479-2098 or 0637146-2098. » FORTIFY YOUR MARRIAGE: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays from Aug. 6 to 27 at the Ramstein Southside Chapel. This four-session interactive workshop helps partners put their relationship in a whole new light. To register, call 4792370 or 06371-46-2370. » STRESS MANAGEMENT: 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 6 at the Ramstein Health and Wellness Center. Stress is an everyday fact of life and not all stress is considered destructive. How an individual responds to the stressor will determine the impact on their life. To register, call 479-2370 or 0637146-2370. » TAME YOUR TEMPER: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays (Aug. 12 to Sept. 2) at the Ramstein Health and Wellness Center. This three-session workshop teaches how to take control of the anger in your life. To register, call 479-2370 or 06371-46-2370.
» Self Initiated Care Kit, twice a month. Call 479-2273 (CARE) to sign up for a class. » Attention: TRICARE online is available for your convenience. Schedule your own appointments, home care website, check labs, nurse advice line, medication refills and more. Register online today at www.tricareonline.com.
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. » Sticks & Stones Outdoor Adventure
» Adolescent Support and Counseling Service is a comprehensive program that provides prevention education and counseling services to 11- to 19 year-old ID cardholders in the military community. Their mission is to provide comprehensive counseling services to adolescents and military families stationed OCONUS while enhancing military readiness and quality of life. In addition, ASACS offers life skills classes that promote health and personal development in the Department of Defense schools. ASACS participates in supportive activities related to military life transitions and provides individual, group and family counseling services. ASACS counselors’ offices are located in Department of Defense schools for the convenience of military families. ASACS counseling services are completely confidential. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday; however, flexible appointment times are available to meet the needs of military families. Contact your school ASACS counselor for more information.
For more information, call 06371-47-6444 or 480-6444.
2 to 5 p.m. » Go Girls Go » Wet & Wild Water Fun » Pack N Go Foods for Back to School » Inking & Coloring » Digital Scrapbooking
Health and Wellness Center
For more information, call the Health and Wellness Center at 06371-47-4292 or 480-4292 (HAWC). TODAY » BOD POD assessments: 2 to 3 p.m. MONDAY » Healthy Eating: 10 to 11:30 a.m. TUESDAY » Heart Smart: 10 to 11 a.m. THURSDAY » BOD POD assessments: 8 to 9 a.m. AUG. 1 » BOD POD assessments: 2 to 3 p.m.
» SAPR Stand Down Day Part 2 will not take place. SAPR annual training will be the three-hour small group discussion training that was offered during Part 1 in May. Everyone needs to complete Part 1 before Sept. 30. All military and GS civilians must attend a small group facilitator discussion with their trained facilitator and have UTM updated names in ADLS before Sept. 30. The SAPR office is open 24/7 and provides on-call response 365 days a year for the community. More than 80 trained and certified victim advocates are available. For more information, contact the SAPR office at 480-5597. (For the full Community Corner, visit the KA online at www.kaiserslauternamerican.com.)
July 25, 2014
Sunday Worship Gatherings at 9 & 11 a.m. Keeping it real, relational and relevant
August-Süssdorf Strasse 8 Ramstein-Miesenbach 06371- 407 808 email@example.com www.frontlinecommunity.org
A Christian fellowship that gathers to study God’s word verse by verse so we can know, glorify and serve Christ.
Teaching the village, reaching the world!
We meet Sundays at 11 a.m. For more info call 06371-616793 or visit our website www.CCK-Town.org Industriestr. 50 66862 Kindsbach
Jugglers present their skills during the medieval fest in Annweiler.
Annweiler honors Richard the Lionheart with festival by Petra Lessoing 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Air Force and Army Chapel Schedule
POC for Miesau, Landstuhl and Daenner is the USAG R-P Chaplains Office in Bldg. 2919 on Pulaski Barracks. DSN 493-4098, civ. 0631-3406-4098 Miesau Chapel (Bldg. 3175) Seventh-Day Adventist Worship Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Saturdays Spanish Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Saturdays Worship: 11 a.m. Saturdays Small Group: 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays Landstuhl Community Chapel (Bldg. 3773) Worship: 11 a.m. Sundays Children’s Youth Church: 11 a.m. Sundays Daenner Community Chapel (Bldg. 3150) Chapel Next Worship Worship: 10 a.m. Sundays Children’s Church: 10:30 a.m. Sundays Ramstein North Chapel (DSN 480-6148, civ. 06371-47-6148) Contemporary Service: 11 a.m. Sundays Ramstein South Chapel (DSN 480-5753, civ. 06371-47-5753) Liturgical Services: 9 a.m. Sundays Liturgical Sunday School: 11 a.m. Sundays Traditional Service: 11 a.m. Sundays Vogelweh Chapel (DSN 489-6859, civ. 0631-536-6859) Gospel Service: 11 a.m. Sundays. Protestant education classes are available for all ages at Vogelweh, Ramstein, Landstuhl and Daenner. For information, call DSN 480-2499/489-6743 or civ. 06371-47-2499/0631-536-6743.
Daenner Community Chapel (Bldg. 3150) Religious Education (grades K-8): 11 a.m. Sundays Confession: 11:45 a.m. Sundays Sunday Mass: noon Landstuhl Community Chapel (Bldg. 3773) Religious Education (following Mass) Confession: 8:15-8:45 a.m. Sundays Sunday Mass 9 a.m. Ramstein North Chapel (DSN 480-6148, civ. 06371-47-6148) Daily Mass: 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday Sunday Mass: 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Confession 4-4:45 p.m. Sundays Vogelweh Chapel (DSN 489-6859, civ. 0631-536-6859) Confession: 4-4:45 p.m. Saturday Mass: 5 p.m.
Jewish Religious Services
Ramstein South Chapel Synagogue (DSN 480-5753, civ. 06371-47-5753) Shabbat Evening Service: 7 p.m. Fridays
Ramstein South Chapel Mosque (480-5753) Jumu’ah Prayer, 1:30 p.m. For religious education and daily prayers, check the prayer schedule
Kapaun Chapel (DSN 489-6859, civ. 0631-536-6859) Divine Liturgy: 9 a.m. Sundays Confessions by appointment
Youth Group Kaiserslautern Youth of the Chapel (Religious Youth Center, Pulaski Bks., Bldg. 2869) “Plugged In” Middle School Youth Group: 2-4 p.m. Sundays Café Dinner (for students and their families): 4:15-5:15 p.m. Sundays “The Rock” High School Youth Group: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sundays More information: www.kmcyouth.com Protestant Youth of the Chapel Ramstein North Chapel "Vision" Middle School Ministry Tuesdays 3:15-5:00pm "Salvage" High School Ministry Tuesdays 7:00-8:45pm Vogelweh Chapel Teen Bible Study Wednesdays 7:00-8:00pm Info: www.ramsteinpyoc.blogspot.com
Episcopal (St. Albans) 10:30 a.m. Sundays, Kapaun Chapel
Korean Service 1 p.m. Sundays, Ramstein South Chapel
Unitarian Universalist Service, 1:30 p.m. second and fourth Sundays (Sept.-May), Kapaun Chapel
Wiccan 7 p.m. first and third Saturdays, Kapaun Annex
Confessional Lutheran (WELS) 4 p.m. second and fourth Sundays, Ramstein South Chapel
Annweiler will celebrate its 10th medieval fest to honor Richard the Lionheart of Brittany today to Sunday. The event will feature a medieval market, knights’ camp, vendors, jugglers, children’s activities and musical presentations in the historical part of Annweiler. Each year, thousands of visitors join the celebrations. Market activities with more than 60 stands in the streets will begin at 6 p.m. today. Vendors will sell everything from soap, spices, pottery, glass and leather items to jewelry, toys and dream catchers. Visitors can admire how craftsmen such as a turner, potter, goldsmith, stone cutter, glass blower, broom maker and tailor worked in former times. Stands with food and beverage specialties will be available to serve flat cake, oriental specialties, sweets, mead, absinth and other drinks from the Middle Ages. Medieval groups will perform dancing, singing and music on medieval instruments. Children can watch puppet theater performances, try out archery and listen to fairy tales. Jugglers and magicians will demonstrate their special skills. A falconry will show off birds of prey. A fire show is scheduled for Saturday night. After the opening parade with participants at 8 p.m. today, the group Duivelspak will perform on old instruments. The market will end at midnight.
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A knights group presents show fights during the medieval fest today through Sunday in Annweiler.
On Saturday, hours are from 1 p.m. to midnight. On Sunday, hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Daily tickets cost €6. Children under 12 are admitted free. Visitors in medieval costumes pay reduced prices. Tonight, admission is free. The English king Richard the Lionheart was a prisoner on Trifels Castle in Annweiler from 1193 to 1194. German Emperor Heinrich VI captured him on his way back from the Holy Land. Richard had to stay in prison until the English paid an incredibly high ransom. Trifels Castle still houses imitations of the former imperial insignia, crown, orb and scepter. Opening hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April through September, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. October through March. The castle is closed in December. Admission fee is €3 for adults and €1.50 for children. Annweiler is located on federal street B10, between Pirmasens and Landau. For more information about the festival, visit www.richard-loewenherz-fest.com.
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July 25, 2014
Burg Jazz Nanstein Castle in Landstuhl will be the stage for the traditional international Burg Jazz music festival today and Saturday. High quality musicians will again fascinate the audience with â€œkeep on swinging â€” big band jazz, rock, blues, Dixieland and soul music,â€? said Willi Ningelgen from the Unnerhaus Culture Club, who will sponsor the17th anniversary jazz festival inside the atmospheric courtyard of Nanstein Castle. Organizers expect visitors from throughout the KMC, Germany and Europe. Car parking is in easy walking distance to the castle, and food and beverages will be served at the castle. The festival is going to kick off at 7 p.m. today with the ďŹ rst evening top act presenting one of Europeâ€™s top blues bands, Funky B & The Kings of ShufďŹ‚e from Germany performing a fascinating acoustic blues session with one of Europeâ€™s best Hammond B-3 organ players, Markus Lauer. He accompanied Phil Guy and Big Joe Turner on their European tours. â€œTheir funky blues themes combine phrases of jazz, funk, soul and rock with fascinating emotions and grooving sound. The audience will be thrilled by their musical talent,â€? Ningelgen said. They will be followed by the big top act of Friday evening, The Swinging Fireballs from Bremen, Germany. Their theme is â€œCome and Fly with us.â€? The show will continue with the ďŹ nest Las Vegas Casino ďŹ‚air and Kansas City Swing music, adding Mambo and Brazil fever to it and the hot-dance elements from the 1920s and 1930s. They bring back the real prime time of great American traditional jazz music. The ďŹ rst day will come to a close with a performance by the local stars Smitty, Molly and Corinna in the Castle Battery Tower around midnight. On Saturday, the festival will continue at 6 p.m. with the New Orleans Preachers from France. Their inspiring marching sound leads the audience directly into the streets of New Orleans where the music of the brass-bands walking along the streets has been part of the sound of the Mississippi-metropolis since the beginning of jazz.
Sun: 10 am, 11 am and 6 pm Wed: 7 pm MĂźhlstrasse 34 67659 Kaiserslautern Tel. 06 31 - 36 18 59 92 Tel. 06 371 - 46 75 16
KMC Assembly of God Church
Reverend Chuck Kackley Phone: 06333-9931838 Cell: 0171-6574322
Services are held at Kaiserstrasse 16 A, Einsiedlerhof WORSHIP HOURS: Sunday 10 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Family Night
Heritage Baptist Church Don Drake, Pastor
4VOEBZTBUBN BNBOEQNt8FEOFTEBZTBUQN 6km north of the A6 on the B40 in Mehlingen 1IPOFtwww.heritagebaptistramstein.com
Lutheran Church 8:30 am Worship & Holy Communion Childrenâ€™s Church available
Meeting in Ev.-Luth. St. Michaelis Church, Karpfenstr. 7, 67655 Kaiserslautern E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0631-64327 for directions. www.KELC.eu Scott Morrison, Pastor Courtesy photos
The New Orleans Preachers from France open and close out the festival Saturday at Nanstein Castle.
TRINITY REFORMED CHURCH (PCA)