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Don’t look down, Pages 8-9


KMC Housing enacts safety initiative, Page 10

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Wilson becomes longest serving Vice Chief in history, Pages 12-13

USAG Rheinland-Pfalz welcomes new commander, Pages 16-17

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Click-N-Ship Kiosks available on Ramstein and Kapaun Story & photos by Senior Airman Kristof J. Rixmann 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Ramstein’s Northside Post Office and the Kapaun Air Station Post Office will offer ClickN-Ship kiosks in lieu of handwritten customs declaration forms to customers, beginning Aug. 13. The change comes as the United States Postal Service will no longer accept handwritten customs declaration forms. This means pre-printed, hard copy PS Form 2976, PS Form 2976-A, and PS Form 2976-B customs declaration forms are no longer accepted. This USPS policy change derives from the Global Trade Compliance requirements instituted in 2015 due to increasing international security risks facing the United States. Aggressive and mandatory steps are being taken to provide additional safeguards against these risks. The Electronic Customs Declaration Information for military outgoing mail items is one such safeguard. For the United States, changes will give the USPS, the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol more visibility into what is arriving into the United States and from where. “To allow for a smooth transition period, we recommend customers start using the See KIOSKS, Page 3

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jessica Whitehead, 786th Force Support Squadron Kapaun Post Office finance non-commissioned officer in charge, works at one of the two new Click-N-Ship kiosks on Kapaun Air Station, July 17. The United States Postal Service will no longer accept handwritten customs declaration forms starting Aug. 13; customers are encouraged to use the Click-N-Ship feature at home or at one of the kiosks.

On the air one last time with 86th AW leadership Story & photos by Airman 1st Class John R. Wright 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs The 86th Airlift Wing command team reflected on their time at Ramstein Air Base during a final radio interview with the American Forces Network Kaiserslautern at Vogelweh Military Complex, July 24. Before parting ways, Brig. Gen. Mark R. August, 86th AW commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Ernesto J. Rendon, 86th AW com-

mand chief, discussed some of their proudest accomplishments and answered questions about what they valued most during their assignment. “Ramstein is the main hub for U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, so airlift operations is an easy choice,” August explained. “Also, Airmen and family were key to both the Chief and I, stemming from our youngest days in the Air Force when we were See ON THE AIR, Page 2

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Phyllis Jimenez, American Forces Network Kaiserslautern morning show host, adjusts the controls on a radio switchboard at the AFN Kaiserslautern radio station at Vogelweh Military Complex, July 24. The 86th Airlift Wing commander and command chief were guests on the morning show one last time, where they discussed the priorities they were able to accomplish and hope to see continued in the future at Ramstein Air Base.

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Page 2 ON THE AIR from Page 1 both newly married and overseas for our first assignments.” During their last time in the studio, the two leaders also highlighted the importance they placed on training and exercises to build a state of readiness, which was maintained during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It goes to show you, whether you’re an Airman or you’re a Soldier, those basic skills that we teach, everything we learned from our readiness exercises, it actually paid dividends when it was time to go ‘Okay, I need you to trust your leaders, work with your supervisors, and (execute) these skills,’” August said. “We’ll change the context to pandemic, but everything else kind of remained the same. Let’s be Airmen. Let’s get the mission done.” Another major accomplishment the command team made sure to reflect upon was winning the 2019 Commander in Chief’s Annual

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark R. August, 86th Airlift Wing commander, right, and Chief Master Sgt. Ernesto J. Rendon, 86th AW command chief, discuss their time spent as the 86th AW command team at the American Forces Network Kaiserslautern radio station at Vogelweh Military Complex, July 24. Before parting ways with the 86th AW, August and Rendon shared their proudest accomplishments and answered questions about what they valued most during their assignment.

July 31, 2020 Award for Installation Excellence. “It was truly a credit to our Airmen,” August said. With all the priorities August and Rendon accomplished in readiness, base improvement, taking care of Airmen and their families, and airlift operations, they acknowledged there is still work that will continue with the next leadership team. “Two projects that were almost completed were implementing three-year tour lengths for first term Airmen, regardless of marital status, and automating a lot of our systems to accelerate delivery of services,” Rendon explained. “Those were big challenges that we were getting after, and I’m glad to see this new leadership team that’s coming in to move the ball further forward.” While August is moving on to his next assignment at the Pentagon, Rendon is retiring from the Air Force after 28 years of service. “So many different Airmen that I’ve seen throughout my career, the

Airmen that I see in front of me and in this room — I feel relief knowing that we’re in great hands,” Rendon said. “It makes me feel as if what I’ve done my entire adult life was meaningful, and that you’re going to keep us in the place where we need to be, so I can enjoy a restful retirement.” The 86th AW leadership team can look back on their time at the World’s Best Wing with pride and a sense of accomplishment, knowing they are leaving it in capable hands and that it will continue to progress forward. As the wing change of command approaches, August imparted a final message to Ramstein Airmen. “Take care of the new team,” August said. “Treat the new command team the same way you treated us. Sprint just as fast and hard as you did with us, and I think the Kaiserslautern Military Community, and certainly the 86th AW, will be in great shape.”

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark R. August, 86th Airlift Wing commander, right, and Chief Master Sgt. Ernesto J. Rendon, 86th AW command chief, answer questions from American Forces Network Kaiserslautern radio hosts at Vogelweh Military Complex, July 24. During their last interview with the radio station, the command team reflected on their time at Ramstein Air Base.

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July 31, 2020 KIOSKS from Page 1 online electronic customs declaration forms in order to familiarize themselves before the Aug. 13 cutoff date,” said Mr. Lionel Rivera, United States Air Forces in Europe Air Postal Squadron postal operations chief. “Customers have several options available to them when completing required customs declarations using the USPS website.” The first and biggest time-sav-

ing option for customers is by selecting the USPS Click-N-Ship feature to establish a free USPS. com account. Customers can complete their customs declaration and pay for postage online. The second recommended option is to print a customs declaration on the USPS website without establishing an account and then pay at the postal finance window when presenting parcels and packages for mailing.

A third option can be found at the Northside Post Office on Ramstein Air Base and at the post office on Kapaun Air Station, Germany. At either of these two locations, customers can access Click-N-Ship kiosks to complete and print out either the Click-NShip method or the customs declaration form. Airmen from the 786th FSS will be readily available to help anyone unfamiliar with the kiosks.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Rex Thompson, 786th Force Support Squadron postal operations section chief, and Staff Sgt. Jessica Whitehead, 786th FSS finance non-commissioned officer in charge, pose for a photo near one of the Click-N-Ship kiosks on Kapaun Air Base, July 17. Both Thompson and Whitehead will be available to help customers through the Click-N-Ship process.

Page 3 For individuals without access to a printer at home or in their dorms, option three will make the most sense. For individuals with a printer at home, it is recommended to complete either the first or second option to reduce the total amount of wait time at the post office. The USPS announced that packages found in the mail stream bearing handwritten customs declaration forms after Aug. 13 will be returned to sender. Lastly, most

post offices will offer a separate, expedited mail acceptance window as an incentive for customers who arrive at the post office with online, pre-printed USPS customs declarations. Contact your local installation postmaster for additional information on the changes to customs declaration forms and GTC requirements, and for advice on the best service to use based on your mailing needs.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Patric Bushee, 786th Force Support Squadron military postal clerk, navigates to the United States Postal Service website on Ramstein Air Base, July 20. Two Click-N-Ship kiosks can be found at the Northside Post Office and are dedicated primarily to customers unfamiliar with the process or for those without printer access.


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JULY 20 6:05 p.m.: Major traffic collision in Kaiserslautern 7:10 p.m.: Larceny of private property in Kaiserslautern JULY 21 7 a.m.: Larceny of private property in Landstuhl 8:58 p.m.: Major traffic collision in RamsteinMiesenbach 2:30 p.m.: Damage to private property in Vogelweh Air Base 3:46 p.m.: Disorderly conduct at Kapaun Air Station JULY 23 12:06 a.m.: Driving while impaired in Ramstein-Miesenbach 9:05 p.m.: Assault in Jettenbach


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JULY 24 10 a.m.: Theft from a motor vehicle in Otterberg

Note to retirees and surviving spouses The latest RAO newsletter was sent via email July 17. If you did not receive a copy, but would like to, please send an e-mail to 86aw.rao@us.af.mil so we may update our distribution list.

JULY 25 1:50 a.m.: Driving USAREUR vehicle without USAREUR license and registration in Landstuhl 1:52 a.m.: Driving under the influence in Kaiserslautern 2:22 a.m.: Driving under the influence in Landstuhl 1:42 p.m.: Theft in Ramstein-Miesenbach

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

JULY 26 3:55 a.m.: Driving under the influence and major traffic collision in Kaiserslautern 04:02 p.m.: Assault in Kaiserslautern 5:14 a.m.: Driving under the influence in Kaiserslautern 9:55 p.m.: Reckless driving in Pulaski Barracks


OFF-BASE HOUSING CONTRACTS A rental contract is a legally binding document between you and your Landlord. The agreement is legally enforceable under German law. The elements of a legally binding contract are: (1) offer (2) acceptance (3) consideration (4) mutuality of obligation (5) competency and capacity, and, in housing within Germany (6) a written instrument Did you know: The Legal Office has developed a contract specifically for use in the KMC. The 86th Civil Engineer Squadron Housing Flight’s Housing Referral Section (HRO) reviews and acknowledges the rental contract. The HRO team certifies that personnel have accepted a unit for occupancy, but the HRO is not party to the terms of the contract. HRO personnel are available to assist with verbal translation services and mediation of landlord/tenant disputes. In the event that a dispute cannot be resolved, you may be referred to the Legal

Office for guidance. Disputes that cannot be resolved through assisted mediation must be resolved through the German legal system. You are responsible for all necessary actions. The Housing Referral Office cannot provide legal advice or enforce German rental laws. KEY FACT: Under German law, giving notice of any termination, with or without sufficient notice, must be in writing. Providing notice verbally, by email or fax is insufficient. A contract may be terminated by either party without a notice period, provided there is serious misconduct. An example of serious misconduct is when the tenant is behind on at least two month’s rent. For housing questions and/or concerns, please call: Housing Referral Section (HRO): DSN 489-6643/6659/Comm: 0631-5366643/0631-536-6659 email: KMCHousing@us.af.mil Follow us on our Facebook page https:// www.facebook.com/KMCHousingOffice/

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

GACO helps U.S. customers in Germany Even during COVID-19, the German-American Community Office in Kaiserslautern (located in Rathaus Nord) is still available to assist American customers with host nation-related topics. GACO staff is able to help with German documents and authorities, explain host nation policies and regulations, or find out about the disposal of trash off base, drivers’ licenses for U.S. civilians, retirement in Germany, marriage between Americans and foreign nationals, leisure and sports activities, and a lot more. GACO tries to ease U.S. service members’ stay in Germany. As soon as USO is authorized to again offer newcomers’ orientation tours in Kaiserslautern, they will make weekly stops at the GACO. The main entrance of Rathaus Nord is currently closed to the public, but you can make an appointment if you need to discuss your matter in person. For your appointment you will need to use the entrance at Benzinoring 1 where you will be picked up. For more information, visit www.gaco-kl. de; call 0631-363-3010 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and between 2 and 6 p.m. Thursdays; or email at info@gaco-kl.de. Ramstein Aquatic Center update The filtration system on Ramstein’s lap pool failed in May and is currently being contracted for repair. Officials anticipate opening the lap pool in August with the recreation pool opening in the fall. Once repairs are completed, the opening date will be advertised along

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with COVID-19 guidelines. The Ramstein Aquatic Center will be issuing full refunds for swim lessons, lane reservations, and lifeguarding courses cancelled due to COVID-19. Monthly swim passes expiring after the closure date will be refunded at prorated rates. Annual swim passes will be extended for the length of time the facility was closed due to COVID-19. Those with annual passes PCS-ing before their extended expiration date can email a refund request to the Ramstein Aquatic Center org box: 86FSS.FSCS.AquaticCenter@us.af.mil. Ramstein Pharmacy Tent Ramstein’s pharmacy is closing the lobby to patient access and dispensing medications through the exterior pharmacy lobby windows (walk-up pharmacy). This enables our patients to maintain proper physical distancing. Medication refills can be processed through TRICARE Online or through the automated refill line (06371865601), and will be ready for pick-up the next duty day after 1 p.m. Pharmacy hours of operation are Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 8-12 a.m. Attention all retirees and surviving spouses The 86th AW Retiree Activities Office is closed until further notice. For urgent situations (until we re-open our doors) that would normally be addressed to the RAO, you can email jim.barrante@ fcgh.net. RAO Director needed The Retiree Activities Office, a volunteerbased organization that supports retirees, active-duty members and spouses throughout the KMC, has an immediate opening for a new director. The RAO functions as a liaison between the retiree population and the 86th AW commander. For more information about this position or how to volunteer, please contact the acting director at Jim.Barrante@gmail. com or call 0160 454 0062.

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Environmental exclusive: Do your part Story & graphic by Tech. Sgt. J. Smith 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Since the start of restrictions related to COVID-19, global carbon dioxide emissions have decreased due to heightened teleworking capabilities and a reduction in travel, which means lower emissions from fossil fuel ignition. Carbon dioxide gas is colorless and odorless at low concentrations. Vehicles, power plants, aircraft and industrial factories emit carbon dioxide. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, transportation was the leading cause of carbon dioxide emissions in 2018. This includes the movement of merchandise, cargo and people by utilizing gasoline, diesel and kerosene fuels. Ground transportation accounts for 72 percent of all transportation emissions while global avia-


tion accounts for 11 percent. Ramstein Air Base continuously works to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. “Ramstein has purchased fuel-efficient vehicles and aircraft, and we have installed efficient heating systems,” said Rudiger Schmitt, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron air quality manager. There are various ways individuals can reduce carbon dioxide, including walking or riding bikes. These activities are good for the Earth and have positive benefits on an individual’s cardiovascular health. Additional ways to mitigate the negative effects of carbon dioxide are to eliminate or reduce the usage of items that produce carbon dioxide, Schmitt said. It is as easy as lowering heat usage in rooms, optimizing ventilation, carpooling, not allowing a vehicle to idle, driving fuel-efficient vehi-

cles and riding a bike when possible. Each individual’s transportation choices affect the environment. Less carbon dioxide equals an increased amount of fresher, cleaner air. “Reducing carbon dioxide emissions helps to sustain the environment by creating healthier air,” Schmitt said. Ramstein provides bike racks throughout the base, and the 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron provides an on-base shuttle service between Ramstein Air Base and Kapaun Air Station for service members, Department of Defense civilians, dependents and local nationals to assist with the reduction of emissions. The shuttle service runs Monday through Friday, 6:20 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except on holidays, 86th Airlift Wing goal days and United States Air Forces in Europe family days. For more information on the shuttle, call 06371-47-5961.


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SECRETARY OF DEFENSE SPEECH U.S. European Command Force Posture Policy Press Conference: Secretary Esper’s opening statement (as prepared) by Mark Esper United States Secretary of Defense Good morning everyone, and thank you for joining us today. Since being sworn into office more than a year ago, I have been consistent in stating that my top priority would be implementing the National Defense Strategy. Over the past year, we have done just that. If you look at my recent message to the joint force regarding the progress we’ve made, you’ll see very clearly how far we have moved on our three lines of effort, which include the first line of effort: build a more lethal force; and the second line of effort: strengthen alliances, as well as our 10 subordinate goals. One important initiative to advance the NDS has been to conduct a review of all the Combatant Commands to ensure a focus on NDS priorities. This includes optimizing our force presence worldwide; directing our time, money, and manpower toward our highest priorities; implementing our Immediate Response Force, Contingency Response Force, and Dynamic Force Employment enhanced readiness concepts; and, moving toward greater use of rotational forces from the United States to enhance our strategic flexibility and operational unpredictability, as we’ve done over the past few months with our Bomber Task Forces. We are pursuing several other initiatives under this rubric as well. There are currently more than a half dozen Combatant Command reviews underway, beginning with U.S. Africa Command late last year, and the most recent being U.S. Space Command. Today, we want to update you on the status of our U.S. European Command review, which was accelerated with the President’s decision in early June to reduce our footprint in Germany, and our plans to reposition our forces in Europe to be better situated for Great Power Competition. It is important to note that in NATO’s

71-year history, the size, composition, and disposition of U.S. forces in Europe has changed many times. Sometimes this has been a result of changes in the threat, sometimes because of other changes in the international environment, and sometimes simply because the borders between NATO countries and Russia have shifted as new Allies have joined. As we’ve entered a new era of Great Power Competition, we are now at another one of those inflection points in NATO’s history, and I am confident the Alliance will be all the better and stronger for it. Since June, EUCOM has done excellent work in developing a plan that achieves the President’s objective, and meets the following five principles that I gave General Wolters as he and his staff began their planning: 1. Enhance deterrence of Russia 2. Strengthen NATO 3. Reassure allies 4. Improve U.S. strategic flexibility and EUCOM operational flexibility 5. Take care of our Service members and their families in the process. The President approved the EUCOM plan in late June; we briefed key members of Congress last week; and the team and I spoke with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg and directly affected Allies over the past few days. As we share the plan with you, note that this plan is subject to — and likely will — change to some degree, as it evolves over time. The current EUCOM plan will reposition approximately 11,900 military personnel from Germany — from roughly 36,000 down to 24,000 — in a manner that will strengthen NATO, enhance the deterrence of Russia, and meet the other principles I set forth. Of the 11,900, nearly 5,600 Service members will be repositioned within NATO countries, and approximately 6,400 will return to the United States, though many of these or similar units will

begin conducting rotational deployments back to Europe. The broad strokes of these moves are as follows: First, various U.S. headquarters will be consolidated in locations in Europe outside of Germany, including, in some cases, collocating at the same locations as their NATO counterparts in Belgium and Italy. This will strengthen NATO and improve the operational efficiency and readiness of over 2,000 Service members in these headquarters. Second, the nearly 4,500 members of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment will return to the United States, as other Stryker units begin continuous rotations farther east in the Black Sea region, giving us a more enduring presence to enhance deterrence and reassure allies along NATO’s southeastern flank. Third, the 2,500 airmen based in Mildenhall, United Kingdom, who are responsible for aerial refueling and special operations, and who had been scheduled to re-base to Germany, will remain in the U.K., thus ensuring the uninterrupted readiness and responsiveness of these units. Fourth, a fighter squadron and elements of a fighter wing will be repositioned to Italy, moving them closer to the Black Sea region and better capable of conducting dynamic force employments and rotational deployments to NATO’s southeastern flank. In addition to these moves and the rotational forces announced by President Trump and Polish President Duda in 2019, we also plan on rotating forward the lead

element of the Army’s newly established V Corps headquarters to Poland, once Warsaw signs a Defense Cooperation Agreement and burden sharing deal, as previously pledged. There are or may be other opportunities as well to move additional forces into Poland and the Baltics. Our aim is to implement these moves as expeditiously as possible, consistent with the principles I set forth from the beginning, particularly being fair to and taking care of our Service members and their families. We could see some moves begin within weeks; others will take longer. As anyone can see, the repositioning of our forces in Europe constitutes a major strategic and positive shift, wholly in line with the NDS, and consistent with other adjustments the United States has made within NATO in previous times. These changes achieve the core principles of enhancing U.S. and NATO deterrence of Russia; strengthening NATO; reassuring Allies; and, improving U.S. strategic flexibility and EUCOM operational flexibility. And, of course, at all times, we will prioritize our most important resource: our Service members and their families. No moves will take place without thorough communication with our people, continued engagement with Congress, and consultation with our Allies. Thank you, and I will now turn it over to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Hyten, and EUCOM Commander General Wolters.

As we share the plan with you, note that this plan is subject to — and likely will — change to some degree, as it evolves over time.

Name, rank, service and badges will be more identifiable on OCP by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Air and Space Professionals will soon be more recognizable in their Operational Camouflage Pattern uniforms. OCP rank insignia, badges, name, and service tapes will now feature a lighter, three-color background pattern, versus the current seven-color pattern, to increase readability and ease rank recognition. “We received significant feedback that

prompted this update,” said Lisa Truesdale, Air Force military force management policy deputy director. “The current rank insignia, badges, name, and service tapes on the OCP uniform are sometimes challenging to see against a seven-color background. Simplifying these features on a lighter, threecolor pattern — while not compromising the overall functionality of the uniform — will improve our situational awareness in day-to-day interactions.”

The Air Force name and service tapes will retain their current spice brown letter stitching, while Space Force versions will still feature space blue stitching. Stitching for the Air Force rank insignia and badges will remain spice brown. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service has already begun to transition inventories to the new three-color pattern name and service tapes. The Defense Logistics Agency is placing orders for the three-color pattern

as seven-color backgrounds are phased out; some of the three-color insignia name tags should be in the inventory by Nov. 2020. The U.S. Air Force Academy implemented the uniform change for the June 2020 class and Basic Military Training is on target for Oct. 2020. The current seven-color background rank insignia, badges, name and service tapes are and will remain, authorized for wear.

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When it comes to fear of heights, there’s little room for the 1st Communications Maintenance Squadron to give into it. However, they may find solace through their quarterly tower rescue training. The 1st CMXS provides the training to certify Airmen throughout the U.S. Air Forces in Europe — Air Forces Africa command, which is crucial in ensuring the safety of Airmen performing duties in communications towers, or any tower for that matter. “We use the climb training to get ready for deployments,” said Senior Airman Brandon Allen, 1st CMXS cable and antenna theater maintenance technician. “In a deployment, we would climb to install antennas on towers or do random checks to make sure the antennas are good to go.” Since communication is a vital piece to mission success downrange, these Airmen must be prepared to scale the towers and rescue their wingmen in the event of a mishap. “Rescues are unpredictable,” said Senior Airman Alex Baldomino, 1st CMXS cable and antenna theater maintenance technician, “It can happen at any time. You could be the most proficient climber and have an off day, and maybe you pass out on the tower.” The trainers went over different methods of tower rescue, which depend on the type of tower. “For each tower there’s a different way to rescue, and some work better for others,” Allen said. “We mostly work on communications towers, but some are bigger in size than others.” As the central hub for tower training within the vast area of responsibility, the team ensures Airmen can be certified as much as possible. “There’s not a whole lot of people who can host this training, and with the materials we have, our own training tower, we shoot to host one of these once every quarter or more as needed,” Allen said. “People will come to us before a deployment where it’s a requirement, and we have to get refreshers any time we go out on a mission that involves climbing.” For Baldomino, training his

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Don’t look down: 1 CMXS provides tower rescue training

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 1st Com­ munications Maintenance Squad­ron and 86th Communications Squad­ ron conduct tower rescue training at Kapaun Air Station, July 21. The Airmen practiced two different rescue methods, enabling versatility for differing circumstances.

wingmen for a “what-if” scenario is rewarding. “I’m trusted to teach others,” he said. “I have the ability to train them, trust in them, sign them off and be comfortable that they’ll be able to take the skills


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that I teach them and apply it to their job. I think that’s special.” The 1st CMXS will continue to provide tower training for Airmen in the communications career field throughout the USAFEAFAFRICA theater.

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brandon Allen, left, and Senior Airman Alex Baldomino, 1st Communications Maintenance Squadron cable and antenna theater maintenance technicians, conduct tower rescue training at Kapaun Air Station, July 21. The 1st CMXS hosts the tower training on a quarterly basis to ensure Airmen are certified to fulfill mission requirements in both their home stations and deployed assignments.

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KMC Housing enacts safety initiative

Julia Huber, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron housing inspector, gathers supplies to install new window locks at a townhome in Kaiserslautern Military Community Housing at Vogelweh Military Complex, July 20. The new safety locks, installed on upper-level townhome windows to provide fall protection, are part of a Department of Defense safety initiative to mitigate risk and ensure the well-being of military families.

by Airman 1st Class John R. Wright 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs The Kaiserslautern Military Community Housing Office plans to continue installing child safety locks and new coverings on windows in housing on Ramstein Air Base, Vogelweh Military Complex and Kapaun Air Station, through August, to prevent unintentional falls and strangulation. The safety locks, installed on upper-level townhome windows to provide fall protection, and cordless window covering replacements are part of Department of Defense safety initiatives to mitigate risk and ensure the wellbeing of military families. “Per Congress, this was an

actual requirement that was put in place,” said Esteban Abreu, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron facilities section chief, who is responsible for KMC Housing safety and maintenance. Prior models left the risk of unintentional falls and strangulation, especially with younger children. “As a mom I feel safer that my kids can’t fall out of their windows or get on the roof,” said U.S. Army Capt. Fawn O’Leary, 773rd Civil Support Team medical operations officer. The new locks will have a latch on the side to unlock the window and enable the user to move the handle to the desired position for opening or tilting the window.

Instead of a lift cord, the new window coverings operate by manually pushing the bottom or top rail of the blinds up or down to position them at a desired height. “For us to be within regulation, all we had to do was cut the cord,” Abreu said. “But the Air Force decided to go above that by going cordless 100 percent.” Housing inspectors in the KMC are installing the new safety devices at all on-base housing locations, and notifications will be posted. If residents have any questions or would like to request a timeline on their address, they may call the KMC Housing Facility Section at 0631536-7108.

The components of the new safety locks being installed on upper-level townhome windows to provide fall protection sit at the housing office at Vogelweh Military Complex, July 20. Once the two components are combined, the child-safe locks are only operable after depressing a side latch.

Julia Huber, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron housing inspector, installs a new child-safe window lock on the second floor of a townhome at Vogelweh Military Complex, July 20. The new window locks are being installed in two-story townhomes in military housing on Ramstein Air Base, Vogelweh Military Complex and Kapaun Air Station, Germany.

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Lavar Plummer, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron housing projects manager, demonstrates the use of the new cordless blinds that will be installed in military base housing at Vogelweh Military Complex, July, 20. To prevent a choking hazard, the new window coverings operate without a lift cord by manually pushing the bottom or top rail of the blinds up or down to position them at a desired height.

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Wilson becomes longest serving Vice Chief in history: analyzing, innovating, succeeding along way

Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson speaks about the National Security Strategy and Nuclear Deterrence during a seminar hosted by the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies in Washington, D.C., July 24, 2019. Photo by Adrian Cadiz

by Charles Pope Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs When Gen. Stephen W. “Seve” Wilson stepped into his new job as Air Force Vice Chief of Staff in July 2016, he arrived as a “man of action” with more than 4,600 flying hours, including 680 combat hours, a former Global Strike commander and deputy commander of U.S. Strategic Command, among other distinctions. That record is worth noting now, when, by punching in for work July 26, Wilson began his fifth year in the job, thus becoming the longest serving vice chief of staff in Air Force history. Wilson surpasses Gen. Curtis M. LeMay, who held the job from July 1957 until 1961 and Gen. Thomas White who was vice chief from 1953 to 1957. How Wilson thrived and excelled in two different worlds within the same organization offers a window into his ability to analyze, adapt and perform. It also provides a glimpse into the Air Force’s changing culture and ethos. All of it illustrates why Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. David L. Goldfein, refers to Wilson as a “fantastic” vice chief in a job that demands intelligence and political savvy, along with the need to suppress both ego and ambition. When asked about the keys to his success, Wilson points to Goldfein. Goldfein, Wilson says, “empowered the vice chief and he gives me free rein to try and accomplish the things that he’s trying to do for the Air Force.”

“He empowered me like he empowers everybody … to move out and take action,” Wilson said. As important as being empowered, Wilson said, is the importance of having a talented, collegial “team.” “My team is a diverse group; they bring really good ideas to how we approach problems,” Wilson said. “I had a story about a very senior person who did not succeed. And he did not succeed because he had a staff that looked like him, thought like him, was educated like him, trained like him, experienced like him and ultimately it was their downfall. And so we really work hard to make sure we have a really diverse staff with different backgrounds and different ways of thinking. We all get along pretty well,” he said. While he is serious about succeeding as vice chief and focused on results, Wilson is also known for being self-deprecating. “I joke about it but I say, ‘Nobody will ever try to aspire for this honor. … They want to be Lew Allen.’ He was the shortest serving vice chief at three months,” Wilson quipped during an interview. Wilson understands how to operate effectively to advance, in lasting ways, the Air Force’s capabilities, its policies and practices. He’s a tireless advocate for nurturing the entrepreneurial and innovative impulses of Airmen across the force. “One of the other things about this job … is to help drive the requirements and ultimately the capabilities to keep our Air Force where it needs to be,” he said. “So

the whole question of how do we build the Air Force we need and how do we build the Airmen we need? These are two key job jars that fall in the vice chief’s office.” He was a catalyst behind the Spark Tank competition, a TV style contest that brought Airmen’s fresh, innovative solutions to chronic operational problems of all sizes. Wilson conceived and brought into being the Vice Chief’s Challenge as another way to get good, homegrown ideas noticed, developed and instituted. Wilson was instrumental in creating a partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to establish an “artificial intelligence accelerator” that combined Airmen with MIT students and professors to produce digital tools necessary for real world operations. Wilson expressed the need for speed and innovation in a catchphrase that he often expressed – “You can’t beat the urgency drum hard enough.” He is a trusted and valued partner for Goldfein, who himself served as vice chief of staff for a year. “We all should honor and recognize Seve Wilson for this milestone and even more for being a fantastic vice chief,” Goldfein said. “Vice chief is a difficult and demanding job. But because of his intelligence, drive and instinct, you don’t have to look hard to find examples where he’s made big differences. Our Air Force is smarter, more innovative and agile because of him. The Air Force is better because of Gen. Wilson. I rely on him every day and I know he’s made me a

better chief. I will forever be grateful for his friendship,” Goldfein said. Wilson, a bomber pilot, was instrumental in development of the B-21, the Air Force’s long-range strike bomber of the future. He is a tireless and influential advocate for nuclear modernization as well as the need for hypersonic weapons, the broader use of artificial intelligence and establishing multi-domain operations. Fully aware of Wilson’s intellect and experience, Goldfein made sure Wilson was a prominent voice at high-level “CORONA” meetings, where the Air Force’s top leaders gather to confront and solve difficult problems, and make decisions about doctrine and priorities that set the tone for the entire force. Lt. Gen. Clint Hinote, Air Force deputy chief of staff for strategy, integration and requirements, said Wilson “pushed us to adopt change to keep pace with our environment. Along the way, he has never shied away from asking ‘why’ or ‘why not?’ Without his leadership, we would have stayed in a downward spiral. With his leadership, we have established the Air Force as the intellectual leader across DOD for future force design.” Yet, for all his attention to technology, innovation and hardware, Wilson is known for his efforts to address mental health and resiliency issues across the force and for his focus on Airmen. Airmen, according to Wilson, “are our most important weapon system.” That concept took form in an effort driven by Wilson named “True North,”

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an outgrowth of the Preservation of the Force and Family program that embedded psychologists, social workers, chaplains and “religious affairs airmen” in squadrons and groups. What began as a test at four bases, True North will grow to 16 bases by the end of the next fiscal year. “His dedication to operationalizing True North is so much more than just a resiliency concern,” said Brig. Gen. Claude K. Tudor, director of Air Force resilience, who worked with Wilson on the initiative. “This effort has strengthened unit readiness and ensured a lethal force to do whatever our nation requires. Through True North, he has been able to champion the human and fiscal requirements to embed spiritual

Top: Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson speaks with trainees from the Aviation Character Education Flight Program, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., Aug. 1, 2018. The ACE program is a unique mentorship and motivational program for high school students and Air Force cadets. Photo by Wayne A. Clark

Bottom: Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson interacts with members of Team United States Sept. 24, 2017, at the York Lions Stadium in Toronto, Canada. More than 550 wounded, ill and injured servicemen and women from 17 allied nations competed as part of Invictus Games — a multi-national sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women. Photo by Staff Sgt. Chip Pons

and behavioral care providers in units. This effort has developed a strong sense of trust and confidence in the caregivers while helping to break down barriers and the stigma for getting care,” Tudor said. While Wilson has no plans to slow down, he also makes sure he takes stock. “It’s been an amazingly fun ride. All these jobs you’re in ultimately, it’s about people, it’s about relationships, it’s about enjoying what you do,” Wilson said. “It’s a real easy formula for success for our Air Force. “First, you start with really good people; we get them the right education, training and experience and make sure they’re competent and proud of what they do and that they are personally and professionally fulfilled. And when we do all those things, it’s magic,” Wilson said.

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See Homburg in Saarland Remember to visit respective websites before you start your trip, as opening hours or prices may change based on current COVID-19 regulations.

by MilitaryInGermany.com Homburg is a small town in southwest Germany, and not to be confused with Bad Homberg in Hesse (where the hat of the same name comes from). It is around 25 miles west of Kaiserslautern and 16 miles west of Landstuhl. Located on the banks of the River Erbach, Homburg is an ancient market town, having received its first charter in 1330.

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Schlossberg Caves After visiting the castle you might wish to venture into the Schlossberg Caves, which were originally opened in the 17th century to mine quartz. Children love these caves as they get to wear helmets (adults have to as well of course, for safety reasons). There is a small entry fee (€5 for adults and €3 for children). Call to reserve spaces for the guided tour and to book an English-speaking guide if you need one.

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Karlsberg Brewery The Karlsberg Brewery is in Homburg, and it’s highly recommended to book a tour to sample the beers produced there. Not to be confused with the Danish brewer Carlsberg, Karlsberg is one of the largest breweries in Germany. The brewery has been handed down through generations and the current owner is the great-grandson of the brewery’s original founder.

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exhibition where you can see scenes from life Roman times. Hom­b urg-Schwarzen­a cker is a perfect location for such a museum, as Schwarzen­acker was at a crossroads of two Romanera military and trade routes. These were the routes from Metz to Mainz and from Trier to Strasbourg. Some buildings, such as the optician’s house, have been reconstructed. There is also a beautiful Baroque garden to enjoy, weather permitting. The museum is housed in the Edelhaus, built in the early 18th century. The museum is closed in December and January, and the entry fee is €5 for adults and €3 for children.

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Flea and Antiques Market The Homburg Flea and Antiques Market (open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) is one of the biggest in Germany and the biggest in the southwestern part of the country. It usually takes place on the first Saturday of each month except in December, which is when the Christmas Market takes place. It is definitely worth the visit. Roman museum The Römermuseum Schwarzen­ acker is an open-air

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If you enjoy walking and hiking, then the countryside around Homburg offers a perfect day out with its beautiful, green valleys and hills. Where to Eat and Drink There are wine bars aplenty in Homburg. And if you want to try French food for a change, make reservations at Petite Chateau, bwhich is arguably the best restaurant in Homburg. This popular restaurant serves both French and German food. If you prefer beer with your meals, then head to the Homburger Brauhaus where you can sit outside or inside (depending on the weather) and enjoy the views. Try the dish of the day, which is usually delicious and cheap. How to get to Homburg Living in Germany, you know that arguably the best way to travel is by train. For train details, simply visit the Deutsche Bahn website. By car, it is only about thirty minutes from Kaiserslautern, an hour and a half from Wiesbaden, and two and half hours from Stuttgart.

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Visit lovely lake Bostalsee Remember to visit respective websites before you start your trip, as opening hours or prices may change based on current COVID-19 regulations.

Story & photos by Cheryl Koller by MilitaryInGermany.com At the very end of summer, my husband and I took a bike ride and got lost. Unfortunately, this is not unusual for us. However, we do love stumbling upon something new and this particular day led us to Lake Bostalsee. We were dressed in our normal “Harley” attire, which meant we did not have flip-flops and swimwear so we added this gem to our GPS and saved it under “Things to do Next Summer.” The largest recreational lake in Southwest Germany

Now that summer is here again, we decided to repeat the trip (this time with lake attire). Lake Bostalsee is located in the Saar-Hunsruck nature reserve in the northern part of Saarland. The lake is 120 hectares (almost 300 acres) and is 20 meters deep at its deepest point. This makes it the largest recreational lake in Southwest Germany. Approximately 10% of the lake is classified as a protective zone and is marked off from any water sports. This area is a refuge for rare animals and plants. The other 90% of the lake is set up for pure fun!

Activities There are two areas adjacent to each other (across the water) which offer numerous activities on and beside the water — windsurfing, sailing, biking, hiking, fishing, swimming and miniature golf, just to name a few. They also offer surfing and sailing schools as well as diving classes. If you plan to enjoy one of the two beaches, there is a small entrance fee of €3 for adults and €1,50 for children over 6. There are food and drink vendors set up on the beach, but you are welcome to bring your own. We even saw several people with grills preparing their dinner while watching a game of beach volleyball. Other amenities If you would like to spend more than one day, there is a large campground with more than 400 campsites for RVs and tents. There is also a wellness center with a family swimming pool, indoor activity area for

small children, pool tables and a grocery store. My favorite thing about this lake is the paddleboats! These are not just your everyday, ordinary paddleboats. You get to glide around the lake in a SWAN. It’s the small things in life that sometimes make my day.

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USAG Rheinland-Pfalz welcomes new commander

Tommy Mize, IMCOM-E director, center, stands with Col. Jason Edwards, outgoing USAG Rheinland-Pfalz commander, left, and Col. Vance Klosinski, new USAG Rheinland-Pfalz commander during the national anthem before the change of command ceremony July 22 in Kaiserslautern. Photos by Elisabeth Paque

The USAG Rheinland-Pfalz Change of Command ceremony was held in front of a much smaller crowd than normal due to COVID-19 restrictions. The event was broadcast live on garrison social media pages July 22.

by Keith Pannell U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Public Affairs The Army’s garrison serving as the United States’ premier strategic readiness platform in Europe has a new commander overseeing its diverse area of responsibility. Col. Vance J. Klosinski assumed command of U.S. Army Garrison Rhein­ land-Pfalz in a ceremony here July 22. Klosinski accepted the garrison colors from Tommy Mize, the Installation Man­ age­­­ment Com­mand -Europe di­rec­tor. Outgoing Com­ mander Col. Jason T. Edwards relinquished the organizational flag to Mize before the ceremonial event. He takes over an organization that supports a military and civilian workforce of approximately 16,000 people and a total

population of about 40,000 Army Soldiers, civilians, and family members. The garrison’s footprint stretches across 31 sites from Baumholder to Mannheim and from Gruenstadt to Germersheim in Germany. Also, the garrison recently took responsibility for sites in Bulgaria and Romania. Mize praised Edwards’s all-hands focus to ensure the sustainment, safety, and security of the RheinlandPfalz community. Mize said the colonel’s work via aggressive and relentless forceprotection efforts and his strategic, longterm infrastructure improvement effort across the organization made the difference. “To simply say Jay Edwards successfully commanded this garrison would be a gross understatement,” Mize said. “It takes a remarkably capable, mature, and talented leader to successfully command this complex garrison. Fortunately, that’s

“I come here ready to lead, and I promise to do so with open ears and an open mind.”

exactly what we’ve had the past two years.” Edwards, in turn, gave credit to those who served under his command. “Even as a human resources officer, I will never look at customer service the same,” Edwards said. “I see the daily commitment of the workforce. A senior mentor asked me what the biggest surprise of this command was and, without hesitation, I said the people — our workforce.” While lauding his garrison team, Edwards — who is moving on to a job in the Pentagon — also recognized the continued support of Host-Nation allies. They include ministry officials, local officials, “blue light first responders,” and the Bundeswehr. He thanked them all for their selfless service. “I will miss our host nation partners. The state, county, union, and city mayors have been incredible. I wish our host nation partners could be here in person, but I want them to know how very grateful I am to have spent the last two years (working) with (them),” he said. Klosinski arrives here from an assignment with the United States Special Operations Command Interagency Partnership Program

in the National Capital Region, Washington. D.C. A native of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Klosinski began his diverse military career as an infantry platoon leader with the 10th Mountain Division. Upon completing his infantry assignments, Klosinski changed career paths, graduating from the Special Forces Qualification Course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Klosinski holds a bachelor’s degree in political science/public administration from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a master’s degree in defense analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He recently graduated from the National War College in Washington, D.C., with a master of science in national security strategy. “In the short time I’ve been here, I’ve learned three things: One, Col. Jay Edwards has been an exceptional garrison commander. Two: This garrison is filled with dedicated Army professionals who are experts in their respective fields. And finally, I have learned that I have a lot more to learn about the garrison business.” “I come here ready to lead, and I promise to do so with open ears and an open mind.”

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animals from around the world as well as various rides and play equipment for the young and the young at heart. The spacious and humanely designed outdoor enclosures are home to approximately 120 animal species. Most visitors adore the various species of monkeys. Audible and visual highlights at the park are the pink flamingos, red ibises, herons, ibis, egrets and many others. Not to be missed are the South American Humboldt penguins, Sumatran tigers, lions, hippos, camels, Bengals and kangaroos, just to name a few. The little ones will have a wonderful day on various rides and play equipment such as swing boats, slides, tractor trains, roller coasters, carousels, trampolines and an array of others. Entry prices are €13 for kids ages 3-13 and €15 for those older than 15. www.tier-undfreizeitparkthuele.de

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by MilitaryinGermany.com It’s the perfect time to take the family on a road trip to check out Germany’s amusement parks. From an afternoon spent with Shrek to an exuberating dive on a roller coaster, these fantasy worlds will satisfy thrill-seekers of all ages. Theme Parks in Northern Germany Tolk-Schau The Tolk amusement park, located in northern Germany, emerged in the 1960s as a fairy tale forest destination. The 74acre park has more than the usual

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attractions such as rides, a petting zoo, playgrounds and barbeque grills. Park goers can also find life-sized dinosaurs; a railroad museum; a historical steam locomotive; a model of the city Kappeln; a mini medieval town of Schleswig and several collections of mushrooms, butterflies, insects, minerals, fossils and agricultural equipment. Entry price is €19,50 per person and free for kids under 90 cm. www.tolk-schau.de

Hansa Park The seasonal amusement park in Sierksdorf, on the Baltic Sea, was opened in 1977. Hansa is the

fifth largest amusement park in Germany and attracts more than a million visitors each year. Hansa’s grounds are divided into eleven different themed areas including the Medieval Fair, Pirate Land, Western Town, Adventure Land, Mexico and six others. Each area consists of rides and shows according to its theme. The shows and events include a water circus with a sea lion, a children’s theater with a parrot, an open air theater (a comedy magic show, a children’s show, etc.), a laser show and a huge parade. Because why settle for one, when you can have all of it? A popular ride for thrill lovers is the Flying Dutchman. In the

shape of a pirate ship, this ride swings 80 feet into the air, back and forth, just like being on the rough seas of the world. Children can buckle up on Odin’s Travels through the Sky as it glides back and forth and bounces up and down. Entry prices are €26 for ages 4-14, €32 for ages 15 and older, and free for kids under 4. www.hansapark.de

Tier- und Freizeitpark Thüle The animal and leisure park in Thüle, northern Germany, has eight and half acres of wildlife and amusing attractions for the whole family. There are more than 500

Heide Park Heide Park is located in Soltau, Germany, about one hour outside of Hannover. Consisting of 210 acres, Heide Park is one of the biggest amusement parks in the country. The park is divided into five areas: the lower Saxonystyle buildings, The Pirate Land, Transylvania (a medieval-style castle surrounded by a forest); the Land of the Forgotten (with the park’s award winning wooden roller coaster); and the Wild West. Heide Park has 40 rides which target families but its thrill rides are also very popular. One of the most highlighted rides is the Colossos, a wooden roller

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July 31, 2020 coaster, which is the second steepest wooden roller coaster in the world. The Flug der Dämonen (Flight of the Demons) ride is Germany’s first wing coaster. This steel roller coaster reaches a maximum of four Gs as pairs of riders sit on either side of the roller coaster track with nothing above or below. The Mountain Rafting is a fun family ride that simulates whitewater rafting. Some of the kiddie highlights include the Koggenfahre (a circular ride); the Lucky Land (a play area with gold digging, horse shoe throwing and more); Nostalgic Carousel; Screamie (a 40-foot tall mini drop tower); Sea Horse Bay (a paddle boat for kids); and more. There are five shows available each day at Heide Park. They are the Ander of Mayan (a 25 minute show about the Mayan Indians); Gold of Port Royal (a 35 minute pirate show); Hello Spencer (a 20 minute children’s show based on a popular TV series); Puppet Comet (a 10 minute puppet show); and Madagaskar (a 30 minute show based on the movie). If you are looking for a place to stay near the park, check out the Hotel Port Royal and the Holiday Camp. The hotel has 150 family rooms and 16 suites while the camp has 81 Caribbean-style wooden houses with a total of 536 beds. The price for kids 4-11 is €34 and for ages 12 and over is €42. There is a discount in price when booking online. www.heide-park.de

Jaderpark Jaderparks in Jaderberg, which is in the northern part of Germany, is an animal and leisure park intended primarily for parents with children under the age of 12. The park has four themed areas: the zoo, the amusement park, the adventure park and the fun park. The amusement park area covers 1.5 acres with kiddie rides, sports equipment, play equipment and two funny electronic theaters. One of the main attractions is the log flume, a fun water ride. Get a great view of the amusement park, hop on the Albatros (albatross), a self-propelled high lift which moves by using your muscle power when you pedal. The zoo has more than 600 animals from around the world, including 35 species of mammals, over 70 species of birds, reptiles and fish. Observes can watch the antics of monkeys, lemurs, lions, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, pelicans, and many more.

Prices are €13,50 for kids ages 3-12 and €15,50 for those over the age of 13. www.jaderpark.de

Serengetipark The Serengeti Park, located between Bremen and Hannover, is an animal, safari and amusement park. The park has 1,500 wild animals from around the world that roam freely on 110 acres. Additionally, there are various recreational attractions, shows and games and more. To observe the animals, visitors can travel by car or take a bus tour. The animal park is made up of 13 areas: The American Prairie: elk, bison and llamas The Savannah: elephants, giraffes, antelopes, wildebeests, flamingos and monkeys Zulu Country: cheetahs, sable antelopes, South Africa Crowned Cranes Europe: deer, goats, sheep, ducks, geese, miniature ducks and miniature ponies Wallaby Land: emus and kangaroos The Angola Country: gazelles and Arabian oryx Lions: white lions Tigers: white tigers African Elephants and others The park also offers lively fun for the entire family with approximately forty attractions located in one large area. Some of the fast paced rides are: White Water Log Ride, Dragon Carousel, the Swing Boat Ride, Breakdancer, 56 feet Free Fall Tower, the Kumba Twister, the Hanging Bridge, Condor and more. Not only are there kid-friendly rides, but there are also playgrounds, slides, trampolines and a baby park. Entry prices are €23 for kids 3-12 years old and €28 for adults. The Safari Bus Tour is €5. www.serengeti-park.de

Erse Park Erse Park, near Hannover, is a nature and garden park with replicas of prehistoric animals (mammoths and dinosaurs) and a Neanderthal settlement. Additionally, the park has 40 exciting rides. Take a journey by boat into the world of dinosaurs by visiting the Dinosaur Kingdom which is an open-air museum. Additional exhibitions also cover the evolution of elephants as well as the evolutionary history of man. To cool down on a hot summer day, board the Stone Age Canoe and prepare to get wet!

Little ones will have a wonderful time at the World of Kids, a childfriendly leisure facility. In the nostalgic forest your kids will be enchanted by the magical world of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin. Young visitors also can take a cozy tour through the forest on one of the park’s tractors.

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Potts Park Located one hour west of Hannover in the town of Minden, Potts is a family friendly park that offers visitors a fun, creative and educational experience. Adventure can be had on one of the various rides including the train, family coaster or the flume ride. Potts is the only amusement park in Germany that has a science center, which can get creative juices flowing while learning. All visitors will be dazzled by the spectacular laser shows that are held daily. The park also offers six different incredible slides including one with a 60-degree tilt. The Jumping Pillow game promotes children’s motor skills and balance while providing weightless fun. Several museums are located on the park grounds, including the scientific Museum Terra, which is filled with optical illusions and physical surprises. The museum also includes exhibits related to mechanics, acoustics, electrical, aerodynamics, mathematics and caloric theory. Entry prices are €16,50 for ages 3-11, €18,50 for 12 and older and free for kids under 3. www.pottspark-minden.de

Rasti-Land Rasti Land is a medium-size amusement park in southern Lower Saxony. This family-owned park has 40 attractions specifically for families. The main attractions include rafting in the realm of T- Rex, a Rapid River, the train Blizzard and Dino World. The park has roller coasters, water rides, free-fall rides, go karts, Jeep off-road tracks, bumper cars, and a western railway ride. Entry prices are €18,50 for ages 3-11, €21,50 for 12 and older and free for kids under 3. www.rasti-land.de Remember to visit respective websites before you start your trip, as opening hours or prices may change based on current COVID-19 regulations.

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»» Family and MWR Community Expo in Baumholder: Whether you are new to

the area or you have called this area of Germany home for a while, the Family and MWR Expo is a great place to speak with representatives from throughout the community. Learn about Family and MWR services and programs as well as meet new friends, all while becoming more acquainted with your local area and what it has to offer. Join us Aug. 21 on Smith Barracks in front of the Hall of Champions, Bldg. 8105 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. to have some fun and learn more about the area you call home as well as take advantage of the shopping available at the Bazaar on the Rock that is being held in the same place! Those who attend will also have the chance to win a round trip airline ticket to the continental U.S., $500 European travel voucher, along with many other prizes. Host nation guidance will be in place and strictly followed. For more information, visit Kaiserslautern.armymwr.com or Baumholder.armymwr.com.

»» Pulaski Massage and Yoga Studio:

Take Out from 11:00 - 21:00 & Delivery from 17:00 - 21:00

Open seven days a week and conveniently located on Pulaski Bks, Bldg. 2899, stop by or call to schedule one of the many wellness services, including a variety of massages, Reiki and reflexology. Services are offered at the Pulaski location, and at Sembach and Landstuhl Fitness Centers as well. All appointments are by appointment only through the Pulaski location. 493-4156; 0631-3406-4156. »» SKIESUnlimited Drum Lessons: Don’t miss a beat, sign your child up for drum lessons today! SKIESUnlimited offers drum lessons for children that teach through performance, using basic patterns that will morph into the drum beats used in Rock 101 songs. Your child will be drumming with the band before you know it, as well as learning the basic rock beat and its variations seen in many classic rock songs of the 60’s and 70’s. Fees are as follows: 30-min session is $25; 45-min session is $30; 60min session is $35. Register through Webtrac or Parent Central Services. Classes are available every Tue & Thu between 4:45 and 7 p.m. For more information, contact Parent Central Services or SKIESUnlimited, 4865412; 06371-86-5412. »» Auditions for Disaster!: Auditions for this calamity-filled 1970’s themed jukebox musical will be held Aug. 10 & 11 from 6-8 p.m. at the KMC Onstage Theater on Kleber Kaserne. (Bldg. 3232). Be prepared for a cold read as well as vocal

auditioning along with learning short choreography. No experience necessary. Casting multiple roles, plus ensemble ages 18+ For more information, contact KMC Onstage, 483-6626, 0631-411-6626. »» SKIESUnlimited



SKIESUnlimited offers 60-minute piano lessons that incorporate individual instruction with interactive lessons on a workstation to help students learn how to play. Lessons are offered on Pulaski Bks., Bldg. 2895 and Landstuhl, Bldg. 3819 and are open to ages 4-18. Before registration, contact Mr. Link for a free evaluation class, placement and scheduling at 0151-1796-1756 or bjlink@t-online.de. For more information, contact Parent Central Services, Rhine Ordnance Bks., Bldg. 162, 541-9066; 0611-143-5419065/9066/9067.

»» SKIESUnlimited STEM/Engineering Monthly Classes: Introduce and

involve your children (ages 5-18) with the fundamentals of engineering and opportunities to build electrical engines, working draw-bridges, fully functioning cranes and basic gear boxes. Engineering concepts such as using pneumatic principles and equipment will also be introduced. To get more information and to register, contact Parent Central Services, Rhine Ordnance Bks., Bldg. 162, 541-9066; 0611-143-541-9065/9066/9067.

»» Baumholder Youth Summer ProSoc Academy Soccer Camp: Open to

children starting as young as three years age all the way up to 18 years old, this one-day soccer camp is a great way to encourage their love for the sport, no matter their age or skill level. Lead by professional trainers, youth will improve and learn with soccer drills, skills, conditioning and fitness development. This one-day camp will be held at the Wetzel Skate Park Aug. 8 between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Each age group has varying length of training throughout the day. For more information or to register, contact Baumholder Parent Central Services, Wetzel Kaserne, Bldg. 8876, 531-3440; 0611-143-531-3440.

»» SKIESUnlimited Summer Soccer Lessons: Register your child (ages

2-16) now for summer soccer lessons with professional soccer coaches who have trained and played for years. Children will develop basic and fundamental age-appropriate soccer skills that all players need as well as tactics, formations and more. The goal is to help youth soccer players achieve their playing potential through proper skills, fitness and conditioning development. The

focus is on having fun while learning about soccer. For more information such as camp dates and length or to register, contact Parent Central Services, Rhine Ordnance Bks., Bldg. 162, 541-9066; 0611-143-5419065/9066/9067. »» Contagious Comedy – An Evening of One Act Comedies: Auditions:

Do you have what it takes to make the room laugh out loud? Have you ever wanted to try acting on stage? One Act Auditions are for you as it is a great way to get firsthand experience. Be sure to make it to the auditions for these witty performances Aug. 17 & 18 from 6-8 p.m. at the KMC Onstage Theater on Daenner Kaserne (KCAC Building, Daenner Kaserne, Bldg. 3109). No experience necessary, just come prepared to have a cold read and get your shot at being cast for multiple roles and ensemble. For more information, contact KMC Onstage Theater, Kleber Kaserne, Bldg. 3232, 483-6626; 0631-411-6626.

»» Army Fitness Centers Available To Everyone: Everyone eligible to

use the fitness facilities now has access to the Army fitness facilities throughout the Baumholder and Kaiserslautern areas with each facility having individual capacity rules and hours. Family rooms, water fountains, saunas, showers, locker rooms, and basketball courts are currently not available. To keep up to date with the most recent information concerning hours of operation, capacity, operational waves and more, visit Kaiserslautern.armymwr.com or Baumholder.armymwr.com for details.

»» USAG Rheinland Pfalz Aquatic Center in Baumholder: Summer is here! The

pool has reopened with its original hours of Tue-Fri 6:30-8:30 a.m. for Mission and PT Swim, Open Swim from 2:30-7 p.m. Saturday is Open Swim from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sun, Mon & U.S. Holidays. Due to the current operation restrictions, there is a first-come-first-served policy in effect. Patrons have a total time of 90 minutes to swim, if needed. For more information, contact the Baumholder Aquatic Center, Wetzel Kaserne, Bldg. 8897, 531-2904/2901, 0611-1435312904/2901.

»» Outdoor Recreation Campground:

Get back to nature and go camping! Located off of Wetzel Kaserne near Rolling Hills Golf Course, ODR Campgrounds areas are available for rent all year round. ODR has 40 RV sites, three group sites for up to 100 people, 3 yurts

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and the pavilion next to the driving range all available for rental. TV and group sites include fire pits and grills. Also, if you are looking for a great place to hold unit functions or events, check out our pavilions located at Soldier Park. Call Outdoor Recreation to reserve a space today. Smith Bks., Bldg. 8167, 531-2841, 0611-143-5312841. »» All About You Spa Open: The All About You Spa, conveniently located on Smith Barracks (Bldg. 8076) adjacent to the Lagerhof Inn, is open by appointment only Mon-Sat from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Treat yourself to, or give the gift of massages, manicures, pedicures, facials and waxing by calling 531-2915 or 0611-143-531-2915 to make an appointment. For a list of services and prices, visit Baumholder.armymwr.com/ programs/all-bout-you. »» Clubs are Back: The anticipation is over and the clubs are back! All clubs in the USAG RheinlandPfalz from Baumholder to Kaiserslautern,(Armstrong’s Club, Kazabra Club, Landstuhl Community Club, Pinsetters’ Pub, Sembach CAC, and Tavern on the Rock) will enforce all COVID mitigation and hygiene rules. For more information about locations, operations hours or guidelines in place, visit kaiserslautern. armymwr.com or baumholder. armymwr.com. »» Warrior Zones in Kaiserslautern and Baumholder: The USAG RP Warrior

Zones are available in both the Kaiserslautern and Baumholder communities. Open to everyone 18 and over, enjoy a modern and relaxing atmosphere with a bar, video games, movie viewing options, card games, events and more. (Sembach Kaserne, Bldg. 220: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat-Sun, noon-8 p.m. and Smith Barracks, Bldg. 8218: Tue- Thu, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri & Sat, 2-10 p.m., closed Sun & Mon). For more information contact Sembach Vietnamese Specialties

Kaserne Warrior Zone at 541-9110, 0611-143-541-9110 or Smith Bks. Warrior Zone at 531-2913/2912, 0611143-531-2913/2912. »» 1,000-km Biking Club: Outdoor Recreation invites community members to keep track of the kilometers logged while biking the trails and roads of Europe as part of the 2020 Installation Management Command-Europe 1,000-Kilometer Biking Club Program. The program runs from May 1 to Dec. 31, 2020. Biked kilometers can be logged on any bicycle trail or road and is open to all U.S. ID cardholder bicyclists on all bikes, (home trainers and static bicycles DO NOT count). Participants ages 18 and older will be eligible to receive a jersey after completing the 1,000 kilometers. All kilometers must be recorded weekly and submitted to Outdoor Recreation for tracking purposes. For more information and to sign up, contact either Baumholder Outdoor Recreation, Smith Barracks, Bldg. 8167, 531-3401, 0611-1435313401 or Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation, Pulaski Barracks, Bldg. 2905, 493-4117, 0631-3406-4117. »» Army Community Service (ACS) Now Open: The Baumholder (Clinic Kaserne,

Bldg. 8746) and Kaiserslautern location (Kleber Kaserne, Bldg. 3210) now have their doors open for you. To maximize social distancing, please call in advance for an appointment. Appointments can be made at both the Kleber and


at the Baumholder office by calling Mon-Wed & Fri from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thu from 8 a.m.-12 p.m., closed all holidays. For more information, please contact Kaiserslautern ACS on Kleber Kaserne at 541-9000, 0611143-541-9000 or Baumholder ACS on Clinic Kaserne at 531-2850, 0611143-531-2850.

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»» Libraries in Kaiserslautern and Baumholder: The USAG RP Libraries,

Landstuhl, Kleber Kaserne, and Baumholder offer call-in/email book orders and pick-up service. Library materials can be picked up the next work day following the request with a ten-item limit per request. Returned items are promptly checked in after a quarantine period. To place a book order by email for Kleber Library, email usarmy.rheinland-pfalz.ideurope.list.kleber-library@mail.mil. Landstuhl email orders can be sent to usarmy.rheinland-pfalz.id-europe. list.library@mail.mil and Baumholder orders can be sent to usarmy. baumholder.id-europe.list.library@ mail.mil. Hours of operation for each facility is as follows: Kleber Branch, Kleber Kaserne, Bldg. 3205, 483-1740, 06314-11-174, Mon-Fri from 10 a.m.3 p.m.; Landstuhl Library, Landstuhl, Bldg. 3810, 486-7322, 06371-867322, Mon-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Fri 1-4 p.m.; Baumholder, Smith Bks., Bldg. 8332, 531-2841, 0611-143531-2841, Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-3p.m. All facilities are closed on all holidays.


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