Chatter with children, Page 2
Final changes to Air Force song announced, Page 8
Local legend retires after 44 years of USAF service, Page 18
June 5, 2020 | Volume 44, Number 22
Outdoor swimming pools and lakes near KMC, Page 19
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Agile Wolf 20-04: 435 CRG bolsters readiness
U.S. Air Force loadmasters assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron and U.S. Army jumpmasters assigned to the 5th Quartermaster, Rhine Ordnance Barracks, pull static lines into a C-130J Super Hercules over Ramstein Air Base, May 26. The joint effort contributed to the 435th Contingency Response Group’s airborne insertion training for Agile Wolf 20-04. Agile Wolf 20-04 is an exercise designed to sharpen the 435th CRG’s tactics, techniques and procedures for establishing expeditionary airfields on demand. Photos by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer
by Senior Airman Milton Hamilton 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
A U.S. Airman assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Group holds an M-4 carbine assault rifle while securing a landing zone during exercise Agile Wolf 20-04 at Ramstein Air Base, May 26. Members of the 435th Security Forces provide security for expeditionary forces during base build-ups and airfield assessments.
The 435th Contingency Response Group held their fourth iteration of exercise Agile Wolf to strengthen their tactics, techniques and procedures for establishing airfields in austere environments, May 26 – 28. Agile Wolf provides the 435th CRG an opportunity to train on their various skill sets locally, saving the Air Force travel costs while still achieving their goals. “Agile Wolf is an exercise that grows every time we do it, but
the overall objective remains the same,” said Capt. Richard Boyle, 435th Contingency Response Squadron contingency response director of operations. “Our goal is to be able to grab different Airmen from our units, from various career fields, and make sure they can work together and operate bare-base by building our tents and operating the runway.” This iteration of Agile Wolf included more than 30 Air Force specialties. Due to the vast functions the unit provides, leadership ensured the exercise was as robust as possible.
“The objective of Agile Wolf is to provide low-cost local training that’s tailorable, scalable and allows proficiency training for our core mission sets, which are opening airfields, command and control, quick-turn maintenance, aerial port maintenance, and landing zone assessments and surveys,” said Lt. Col. Sean McCurdy, 435th CRS commander. The 37th Airlift Squadron provided airlift for the 435th CRG paratroopers, so they could practice descending into the airfield See AGILE WOLF, Page 6
June 5, 2020
Chatter with children:
COVID-19 through the eyes of children
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by Meghan Lindeman Resiliency Office We can often learn so much from asking the children in our lives about their thoughts and experiences. But when the world around us gets stressful, we sometimes forget to engage in those conversations. Last week, the Integrated Resilience Office invited dialogue with several community kiddos and we are thrilled to share their insights and advice on coping with COVID-19 and the transition back towards normal. It is apparent that even the smallest among us have big opinions about the physical distancing measures that have been implemented to keep us safe. One 7-year-old named Gus noted that his daily routine now centers around, “just staying at home with Mom and doing computer.” When asked if he enjoyed this new normal, the answer was an unequivocal “No! Who would?!” In line with Gus’s thoughts, all the children we spoke with were eager to get back to interacting with their friends. KJ, a local 11-year-
old, insisted that it is important adults remember that dealing with physical distancing, “is even harder for kids than it is for grown-ups because grown-ups just work, but kids need to see their friends and play with people.” Although the children we talked with noted a general distaste for physical distancing, each one noted the measures were important for keeping our community healthy and safe. It is imperative that even as the restrictions lift, community members, “stay home if they’re sick, cover their cough, and wash their hands a lot” (KJ, 11 years) and to “wait for the doctors to tell us”(Ruby, 11) what restrictions we should continue to follow. Community children obviously have strong opinions on the current state of affairs and they also had important words of advice for even the adults among us. Andrew, 8, noted that it is important to stay active even while staying home, and he personally does this by, “running every day with Mom or Dad” which he plans to, “keep doing even after things go back to normal.”
The other large piece of advice was that so long as physical distancing measures are in place, we must make an effort to remain socially connected. Ruby, 11, noted that one way to stay connected to others is to build stronger relationships within your household, which she did and noted, “me and my brother are getting closer because we are the only friends we get to see and we’ve been fighting less and we have been connecting with each other more.” Emily, 13, recommends staying connected “Mainly by FaceTiming but if you can’t FaceTime then texting,” driving home the idea that maintaining contact with others is possible with technology. As we turn our attention towards easing restrictions and returning to a sense of normalcy, Lena, 17, noted that, “this should be a slow process. It shouldn’t be something that is just dumped on people. Everything will feel back to normal when you go back to seeing familiar people, seeing your friends, and learning with them and then you will remember what you’re supposed to be doing.” Gus, 7, has plans to “go around hug-
ging everyone on our street” once he is allowed to do so. All the children noted that now is the time to begin transitioning our routines back towards normal. Emily, 13, noted that it is important to “slowly change times back to normal to hopefully make it easier” and suggests that others follow her lead. In reflecting on the pandemic and thinking about the future ahead, all the children noted the importance of staying connected as a tool for remaining resilient. One tool we use to stay connected and strong at Ramstein is GRIT. According to Lena, 17, the word grit means to have, “perseverance and the ability to move forward.” Ruby, 11, says that to be gritty means, “using your might to work hard on something.” KJ defines grit as the ability to, “stay together and be together through the hard times.” Gus said that we need to have grit so that we all “hold on to our rope and not fall off the edge” no matter what we face in life. No doubt, we all need to be gritty during this time as we continue to
cope with the effects of the pandemic and begin to turn our attention towards returning to normal. At the Integrated Resilience Office, we encourage the community to build strength through resilience by using the Operation GRIT program which promotes conversations about important topics in our workplace, as well as Ramstein’s sister program, GRIT365, which inspires conversations in our households and social lives. This month’s Operation Grit guide focuses on building Resilient Warriors and this week’s GRIT365 guide encourages taking time to engage in conversations with the children in our lives because we have so much to learn from them. Indeed, we learned so much from taking the time to ask community children about their experiences, and we believe you will too! You can access Grit Resources on the Ramstein Air Base official webpage under resiliency tools (ramstein. af.mil/Resiliency-Tools/) or by contacting the Ramstein Integrated Resilience Office at 86AW.CVB.IRO@ us.af.mil.
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June 5, 2020
A message from 86 AW Command Team on racism, discrimination To the men and women of the 86th Airlift Wing and Team Ramstein: Like many of you, Chief Rendon and I have been monitoring the wave of protests that have spread from Minneapolis, through the United States and across the world as citizens demand justice for the killing of George Floyd and an end to systemic racial discrimination. It would be easy to remain a spectator and simply watch everything unfold without commenting on the terrible events that have taken place in the United States over the past weeks. But we must be willing to engage in difficult conversations, and that means addressing things like uncon-
scious bias, bigotry and discrimination in our ranks. Let me be clear: there is no place for racism or discrimination. They tear at the fabric of our society and erode the constitutional rights and freedoms we fight for as members of the Armed Services. Right now, many of our Airmen are struggling with emotions of pain, anger and frustration. Some of our Airmen have experienced personal losses or have families back in the States who have been directly impacted by the unrest. All of us are affected in some way. Gen. Mark Welsh, a former Chief of Staff of the Air Force, often talked about how every Airman has a story. Over the
past two years, Chief Rendon and I have met many of our Airmen and listened to many of their stories. It’s always amazing to hear about the diverse backgrounds and experiences of the men and women who join the U.S. Air Force. We are diverse by nature, but every Airman gave the same oath to support and defend the Constitution. Every Airman deserves to feel included and valued as a member of this amazing team. It’s time for all of us to listen more, to support our teammates and to have open and frank conversations to understand what our Airmen are going through. I issued a call to action on Wednesday to our command-
ers, first sergeants and senior enlisted leaders. Their task is to enable and facilitate these conversations by setting the conditions within their unit to ensure it is a safe place built on equality, fairness and meritocracy, where all Airmen – regardless of race, nationality, gender, or sexual identity – feel respected and feel comfortable sharing their struggles. Many of our leaders have spoken up the past few days about this issue. If you haven’t read the messages by our Chief of Staff of the Air Force and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force on their Facebook pages, I encourage you to do so. Chief Rendon has also
shared a more personal message on his Facebook page. Even in this COVID-19 environment, resources are available for Airmen and families who need assistance or someone to talk to. The entire Community Actions Team — including our chaplains, equal opportunity professionals, inspector general staff, and Integrated Resilience Office — are standing by and ready to support the needs of our Airmen and community. Chief Rendon and I will make ourselves available to anyone — Airmen, supervisors, leaders, or commanders — who needs us. We are here and ready to listen. Let’s keep the conversation going.
June 5, 2020
THE HOUSING HYPE
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KMC food drive Drop boxes will be set up at the Ramstein and Vogelweh Commissaries from June 1- 30 for donations of canned food goods and other non-perishable items. Attention all retirees and surviving spouses The 86 AW Retiree Activities Office (RAO) is closed until further notice. For
urgent situations (until we re-open our doors) that would normally be addressed to the RAO, you can email jim.barrante@ fcgh.net. RAO Director needed The Retiree Activities Office, a volunteer-based organization that supports retirees, active-duty members and spouses throughout the KMC, has an immediate opening for a new director. The RAO functions as a liaison between the retiree population and the 86th AW commander. For more information about this position or how to volunteer, please contact the acting director at Jim.Barrante@gmail.com or call 0160 454 0062.
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»» The Ramstein Chapel is accepting bids for a Ramstein Traditional Protestant Service Coordinator until Jun 12. The contractor
shall provide all personnel, labor, materials, and transportation to provide non-personal service in support of the Ramstein Protestant Faith Community as located in the KMC. The contractor shall serve the administrative needs of the Ramstein Protestant Faith Community as related to by the Statement of Work. Documented evidence of the following is preferred but not required: a bachelor’s degree or a minimum of two years experience as a program coordinator, OR five years administrative experience. In addition, contractor should be fluent in reading, writing and speaking English and possess all required computer and Microsoft Office proficiencies in order to perform all responsibilities within the statement of work. Bidder is subject to criminal history background checks and must complete a Child Care National Agency Check and Inquiries and Installation Records Check. The Request for Proposal and bid package can be picked up from the North Chapel on weekdays between 0730 and 1630. Packages must be returned no later than 1200 on Friday, June 12. Interviews will take place between 0800 and 1600 on Monday, June 15, at the North Chapel. The contract will be awarded based on best value to the government. For more information please contact the Contracting Officer at 480-5753 or 06371-47-5753 »» Outdoor Fitness Classes: While the fitness centers are closed in the USAG RP Garrison, take your fitness outside with free classes that offer a variety of options such as yoga, HIIT and Zumba, just to name a few! Outdoor classes are being held at the tennis courts located behind Armstrong’s Club on Vogelweh Housing, Pulaski Bks. (either at Pulaski Park or the track) as well as outside the fitness centers located on Landstuhl, Rhine Ordnance Bks., and Minick Field on Smith Bks. For class times, locations and
descriptions, visit Kaiserslautern.armymwr. com or Baumholder.armymwr.com. »» Virtual Summer Reading Program: USAG RP Libraries are preparing the much anticipated Summer Reading Program, which has gone virtual this year! USAG RP Library Baumholder program dates are June 9-Aug. 31. USAG RP Branch Library Kleber and USAG RP Library Landstuhl dates are June 8-Aug. 14. For more information on how to sign up, contact your local library or go to Kaiserslautern.armymwr.com or Baumholder.armymwr.com. »» Automotive Skills Centers Now Offer Interior Disinfection: Pulaski Automotive Skills
Center and Baumholder Automotive Skills Center are now offering an Interior Disinfection service, taking your standard detail to a whole new level! Prices start at $60 (determined by size of the vehicle) and include a car wash. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Pulaski Automotive Skills Center, Mon-Sun, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Pulaski Bks., Bldg. 2859, 0631-3502323 or Baumholder Automotive Skills Center, Tue-Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Smith Bks., Bldg. 8438, 531-2949, 0611-143-531-2949. »» Arts & Crafts Centers now open: The Arts & Crafts Centers (Smith Bks., Bldgs 8104, 8661) are open: Main store, Tue-Fri, 11 a.m.6 p.m. & Sat 12-5 p.m. Arts & Crafts Too, Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Currently classes are suspended but services such as custom framing, engraving, balloon orders, limited ceramics and bisque painting as well as the photo kiosk are still available. Stop by to take advantage of the current special offers: 50% off 4th of July items (main store only), 20% off select foil balloons, 10% off all gift baskets, and 10% off all blank ceramics. For more information, contact Arts & Crafts Center, Smith Bks., Bldg. 8104, 531-2895, 0611-143-531-2895 or Arts & Crafts Too, Smith Bks., Bldg. 8661, 531-2849, 0611143-531-2849.
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MAY 25 12:36 a.m.: Drunk and disorderly on Landstuhl Post 9:06 a.m.: Major traffic collision in Sembach 7:50 p.m.: Drunken operation of motor vehicle in Huetschenhausen MAY 26 Nothing significant to report MAY 27 5:55 a.m.: Unlawful entry in Bruchmuehlbach-Miesau 9:56 p.m.: Major traffic collision in Kaiserslautern 1:02 p.m.: Vandalism on Vogelweh Housing Area 1:58 p.m.: Larceny of private and government property on Kapaun 2:17 p.m.: Larceny of private and government property in BruchmuehlbachMiesau
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MAY 28 2:50 p.m.: Vandalism in Kaiserslautern MAY 29 7:03 a.m.: Fleeing the scene of traffic collision in Weilerbach 5:01 p.m.: Major traffic collision in Kaiserslautern 5:55 p.m.: Theft of a motor vehicle in Obrigheim MAY 30 9:09 a.m.: Major traffic collision in Kollweiler 11:49 a.m.: Major traffic collision on A6 direction Mannheim 10:01 p.m.: Fire in BruchmuehlbachMiesau MAY 31 4:03 p.m.: Major traffic collision in Frankfurt
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.
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COVID-19 updates for KMC Personnel looking for updated information regarding coronavirus and changes to base facilities can visit www.ramstein. af.mil/COVID-19/
June 5, 2020
Airlifter of the Week: Voice of Ramstein Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Kirby Turbak 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
One of the most important parts of a community is communication, and in today’s age social media is one of the quickest and easiest ways to connect. At Ramstein, the 86th Airlift Wing interacts with members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community through the official Ramstein Air Base Facebook page. While some may believe there’s a whole team working day and night to answer and respond to every Facebook message and comment, that task relies mainly on one person, Staff Sgt. Kirsten Brandes, 86th AW Public Affairs noncommissioned officer in charge of media. “My primary focus is social media, which involves crafting posts and coming up with communication plans for events and situations,” Brandes said. “With COVID-19, there has been a lot of information distribution among the community, correcting misinformation when we can, getting specific questions answered if we have the ability to answer them and making sure that the community stays informed.” As the NCOIC of media, Brandes created a larger presence for the base online by identifying social media algorithms and creating processes for continuity. “I reached out to different organizations who managed social media in the past and looked at how they engaged their audience,” Brandes said. “I found a
U.S. Air Force Staff. Sgt. Kirsten Brandes, 86th Airlift Wing noncommissioned officer in charge of media, shows off her workstation, Ramstein Air Base, May 28. As the NCOIC of media, Brandes is responsible for crafting posts and creating plans to communicate with the general public and tell the Air Force story.
balance between showcasing the mission and incredible achievements of our wing, and its tenant units, and relaying information to the community, like gate closures and street repairs.” Her improvements have been vital in updating members of the KMC of the constant changes caused by COVID-19.
“We've received guidance from German officials, the Army and the Air Force, so Public Affairs has really had to step up in our information distribution process including setting up virtual town halls, directing people to our COVID-19 page and updating social media. We're trying to give people as many different avenues
U.S. Air Force Staff. Sgt. Kirsten Brandes, 86th Airlift Wing noncommissioned officer in charge of media, (center) reacts to receiving a coin from Brig. Gen. Mark R. August, 86th AW commander at Ramstein Air Base, May 21. Brandes was recognized as Airlifter of the Week, a program highlighting outstanding Airmen at the 86th Airlift Wing. Courtesy photo
as possible to get the information that they need to keep living their lives, or make their lives easier.” For her crucial work, Brandes was recognized as the Airlifter of the Week, an 86th AW program highlighting outstanding Airmen in the 86th Airlift Wing. To Brandes, helping out the community the best she can and
keeping people informed is what she enjoys. Positive interactions with the KMC audience is her pay-off. “People messaging the inbox who are sweet and patient really make my day. When people respond to you like you're a human, and not like you're a base, it goes a really long way.”
U.S. Airmen assigned to the 435th Security Forces Squadron and 435th Contingency Response Squadron jump from a C-130J Super Hercules over Ramstein Air Base, May 26. The Airmen practiced airborne insertion into the base for Agile Wolf 20-04. Agile Wolf 20-04 is an exercise designed to sharpen the 435th Contingency Response Group’s tactics, techniques and procedures for establishing expeditionary airfields on demand. Photos by Senior Airman Milton Hamilton
June 5, 2020
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Levi Rodney, 435th Contingency Response Squadron unit training section chief, marks the drop zone for jumpers assigned to the 435th CRS and 435th Security Forces Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, May 26. The jumpers descended from a C130-J Super Hercules aircraft and landed in the field as part of Agile Wolf 20-04.
AGILE WOLF from Page 1 which they would then assess. The U.S. Army also provided aircrew and a CH-47 Chinook helicopter to give Airmen the opportunity to practice sling load operations. The joint effort bolstered the 435th CRG’s interoperational capabilities. “To be here at home and be able to practice skills that are required for real world operations is vital and allows our partners and allies to rely on us,” Boyle said. As the sole unit in U.S. Air Forces in Europe — Air Forces Africa that provides expeditionary airfields on demand, the 435th CRG utilizes and deploys small specialized teams throughout both continents to successfully implement their mission. “Agile Wolf provides a great venue to explore new capabilities as we seek to bring on either new equipment or new manpower in the future,” McCurdy said. “We have to be ready to go out the door at a moment’s notice and maintain a high state of training and readiness.” By executing the Agile Wolf exercises on a recurring basis, the 435th CRG boosts their confidence, flexibility and capability to assist and work with allies and partner nations.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle Volentine, 435th Contingency Response Group jumpmaster, lands in a field after jumping out of a C-130J Super Hercules during exercise Agile Wolf 20-04 at Ramstein Air Base, May 26. After landing, the 435th CRG paratroopers packed their equipment and secured the landing zone perimeter.
“Agile Wolf is a great way to integrate our USAFE joint and coalition partners to enhance interoperability, as well as to demonstrate our collective security throughout
the theater,” McCurdy said. “In doing this, we build partnership capacity throughout the region as well as create a formidable deterrent for any theater actors.”
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The 435th CRG will continue to hold these exercises in the future, offering Airmen the training necessary to conduct operations anywhere at any time.
June 5, 2020
June 5, 2020
Final changes to Air Force song announced by Charles Pope Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs All stanzas of the Air Force song have been updated to better capture and represent the valor and heritage of the 73-year-old service while also recognizing the diversity and contributions of today’s Total Force regardless of gender. The announcement by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, completes a two-step process in which male-only references were revised to capture the distinguished service, the high standards, and central role that women play in every facet of the modern United States Air Force. The first step focused on changing the song’s third verse, which also serves as the official song of the United States Air Force Academy. Goldfein unveiled those new lyrics in March and suggested that additional changes to remove the remaining male-only references would be made at a later date and after further review. The updated lyrics include subtle but important changes that more accurately illustrate the role women have played for decades. “These new lyrics speak more accurately to all we do, all that we are and all that we strive to be as a profession of arms,” Goldfein said. “They add proper respect and recognition
to everyone who serves and who has served.” At the same time, Goldfein reemphasized the careful consideration that went into the decision for whether, and how, to change the lyrics. “I also know with absolute certainty and clarity that these changes are about adding to, not subtracting from, who we are,” he said. “Changing the lyrics in no way diminishes the history and accomplishments of men or dilutes our eternal gratitude for their sacrifice and bravery.” The complete new lyrics are: The U.S. Air Force Song (adapted) Off we go into the wild blue yonder, Climbing high into the sun; Here they come zooming to meet our thunder, At ‘em now, Give 'em the gun! Down we dive, spouting our flame from under, Off with one helluva roar! We live in fame or go down in flame. Hey! Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force! (Verse II) Brilliant minds fashioned a crate of thunder, Sent it high into the blue; Valiant hands blasted the world asunder;
How they lived God only knew! Boundless souls dreaming of skies to conquer Gave us wings, ever to soar! With scouts before and bombers galore. Hey! Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force! (Verse III) Here's a toast to the host Of those who love the vastness of the sky, To a friend we send a message of the brave who serve on high. We drink to those who gave their all of old, Then down we roar to score the rainbow's pot of gold. A toast to the host of those we boast, the U.S. Air Force! (Verse IV) Off we go into the wild sky yonder, Keep the wings level and true; If you'd live to be a grey-haired wonder Keep the nose out of the blue! Fly to fight, guarding the nation's border, We'll be there, followed by more! In echelon we carry on. Oh, nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force! Lyrics printed with permission from Carl Fischer, LLC.
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June 5, 2020
EUCOM theater bands start virtual after-school program for DODEA students Due to COVID-19, Department of Defense Education Activity Europe transitioned to a digital learning environment and after-school programs were cancelled. Additionally, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band, the U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus and U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band music outreach programs were cancelled as well. “As military band units, we always want to find a way to give back to our roots in public school music programs,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Adam Porter, assistant director of operations, USAFE Band. “With teaching in the military system, it is amazing to have a relationship with the military ensembles,” said Joel Helston, instrumental music teacher, Kaiserslautern High School. “In past years, they have provided performance opportunities as well as volunteering with our schools.” With these relationships and previous experiences in mind and with the assistance of Ann Engels, DODEA Europe Fine Arts instructional systems specialist, Porter created a joint after-school virtual program where the European Command theater bands had the opportunity to mentor students and enhance instructional resources. “Over the six-week life span of the program, I aligned class topics with teachers’ needs to make sure there was something for everyone,” said Porter. In total, 33 service members from three EUCOM theater bands conducted a total of 98 classes for over 300 students from 30 schools in seven countries. “This has been a great opportunity for our students to interact with professional musicians who specialize in their instrument,” said Engels. “Having different bands lead the virtual classes was a great way to not only provide a variety of different teaching and styles, but also showed us [the students] that our passion for music doesn’t have to be limited to one performance group or style,” said Mackenzie Dillenbeck, a senior at Vilseck High School and daughter of Kristen Will, a DODEA math and music teacher. Dillenbeck explained that a class would start with either recapping a previous class or introducing a new topic of focus. Then, the instructors would perform or demonstrate what they were discussing and volunteer
students would do the same. “I witnessed a lot of ‘see, try, do.’ We would demonstrate and students attempted the skill until both parties were satisfied,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Jamie DeLorme, an Army musician in the USAREUR Band and Chorus. “Watching a student truly ‘get’ something you’re trying to explain was the best part for me.” “These experiences were no less than fantastic,” said Helston. “I know that these are some of the best musicians in the world and to provide students with an opportunity to learn from them was not only a great experience not only for my students but me also.” For each of the EUCOM theater bands, typically when they teach masterclasses it is in person and in small groups. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the after-school program marked the first time the musicians taught masterclasses virtually. “Regardless of the masterclass, students were able to take something with them,” said Helston. “I can also say as a teacher, every class I hosted or attended was a learning experience. Some were reminders of the techniques I may have forgotten and others were skills or suggestions that I plan on incorporating in my curriculum when we come back to a traditional education setting.”
“The amazing thing about it is that students from all over DODEA Europe were able to log in to the same class,” said U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Katherine Kalinowski, NAVEUR band. “The number of schools that we’ve been able to reach is incredible.” Students who attended the virtual classes came from all different music backgrounds and skill levels. “It allowed students an opportunity to still have one-on-one instruction and face-to-face time with teachers and fellow students,” said DeLorme. “Students and teachers can perform for each other – we got to be each other’s audience. Who doesn’t love an audience?” “Overall, the classes were a breath of fresh air from a typical day of meeting with my teacher online and then recording the music independently,” said Dillenbeck. “It was a great opportunity to interact with and learn from professionals in the music field while staying at home.” In addition to the after-school program, the EUCOM bands also participated in a second program that primarily focused on resiliency, affectionately called “Brown Bag Sessions.” During lunch hours, students, teachers and families could tune in and listen to live music performed by the musicians.
Jacob Porter, a seventh grader at Landstuhl Elementary Middle School, participates in a joint after-school virtual program with U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sarah Howard, U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band flute musician at Landstuhl, April 9. For the last six weeks, musicians from the USAFE Band, U.S. Army Band and Chorus and the U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band joined forces to mentor students and enhance instructional resources when Department of Defense Education Activity Europe transitioned to a digital learning environment. Courtesy photo
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Story and photo by Keith Pannell U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz The awards in the offices of U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation proves the staff strives for excellence in everything they do. But, achieving excellence when many employees are on administrative leave and a good portion of the services are curtailed or stopped amid the COVID-19 restrictions might seem out of reach to many. Not so for the dedicated DFMWR staff. “I’m very proud of the hard work and accomplishments from our DFMWR professionals during this COVID-19 pandemic. They quickly developed innovative virtual programs to keep customers engaged,” said Gary Burton, DFMWR director. “And, all during this time, our team consistently focused on being the best and doing the right things for Soldiers, civilians and their families.” With many phased and partial reopenings over the last few weeks, getting back to normal operations is the main goal for the organization, and Burton said the staff are excited to hit the ground running. Among the highly anticipated reopenings are the Child Development Centers and School Age Centers, scheduled to resume operations June 15, albeit in a limited capacity at first. “Unfortunately we won’t be able to bring all of our children back at this time,” said Garrison Commander Col. Jason Edwards, explaining that in close coordination with local Public Health offices and following recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and the latest Child and Youth Services guidance, the garrison is able to resume full-day child care for a limited number of enrolled families from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. “Maintaining learning environments that are sanitary and safe for all children, staff and families is our
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Local legend retires after 44 years of USAF service Story and photo by Senior Airman Kristof Rixmann 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Mr. Rainer Mueller, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron installation management flight chief, retired after 44 years of faithful service with the U.S. Air Force at Ramstein Air Base, May 31. Throughout his career, Mueller, a local national, was responsible for all environmental, property and support agreements within the Kaiserslautern Military Community. His interest in keeping the world a cleaner place was a phenomenon cultivated in what he described as his “hippie days.” Since those days his understanding of mankind’s potential impact on the environment, and how it can be mitigated, has blossomed. Mueller recognized the important U.S.-German relationship at Ramstein Air Base when he began working with the U.S. Air Force in 1976 in the Planning and Design branch within 86th CES. Three years later, Mueller was moved to the Environmental Branch, a place where he would find his true
purpose and call home for 39 years. “The environment has always been my biggest focus throughout my life,” Mueller said. “When we started monitoring our environmental impact in the ‘80s we found a lot of pollution. The systems we had in place to prevent pollution were outdated and ineffective.” As a result, Mueller’s most significant accomplishment throughout his tenure is the “de-icing project,” an environmentally conscientious concept he spent 14 years on from start to finish. In cold winter months, accumulation of ice on an aircraft can lead to unknown aerodynamic characteristics. This can render the aircraft unsafe for takeoff. To combat this potential safety hazard, the U.S. Air Force, like commercial airlines, uses a de-icing fluid to prevent ice accumulation. Although necessary, the environmental impact of de-icing fluid can’t be ignored. This is where Mueller saw an opportunity to make a difference. “First, we developed more capacity retention basins under every ramp to capture this de-icing fluid,” Mueller
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said. “From there we developed certain measuring systems to determine the precise amount of pollutants within the given liquid.” During summer months when de-icing fluid isn’t used on base, the water contained in the capacity retention basins would be transferred to natural bodies of water. If de-icing fluid is used, such as in the winter months, and the resulting reading was found to be too high, it must be sent to the Kaiserslautern sewage treatment plant. Without Mueller’s innovative approach to capacity retention basins, the deicing fluid would have been forced to run off into the environment. Before Mueller’s innovation, Ramstein Air Base could de-ice just one aircraft at a time to stay within environmental compliance. With his innovations, there’s no limit. Documentation was signed in midMay with the city of Kaiserslautern acknowledging the completion of this $16 million project. Thanks to Mueller, Ramstein Air Base is environmentally compliant. In addition, Mueller also spent years coordinating noise abatement studies with the German government,
Mr. Rainer Mueller, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron installation management flight chief, poses for a photo at Ramstein Air Base, May 20. Throughout his career, Mueller, a local national, was responsible for all environmental, property and support agreements within the Kaiserslautern Military Community. On May 31 he retired after 44 years of service with the U.S. Air Force.
and on securing the numerous recycling centers found around base. From these studies, the current local quiet hours were established while the many underground dumpsters he brought to fruition helped make the base a cleaner place to live and work. As Mueller prepares to close one
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chapter he acknowledges a new one forming on the horizon. “I will really miss my colleagues and my work very much,” Mueller said. “I’ll miss my sense of connection I have to the U.S.-German relationship because it’s a very important one. In retirement, though, I plan to spend much of my time with friends, family… and making sure I keep brushing up on my English.” Over the years, Mueller’s dedication to his work made Ramstein a significantly cleaner base, which impacted not only the environment but the people who work and live there, too. “I put a lot of energy into this job. My coworkers can tell you that sometimes I was not easy to work with,” Mueller said with a laugh. “I had high energy and high expectations for everyone every day I worked here. Sometimes I joke if I had put as much energy as I did here into my own business instead, well… I would be a millionaire.” Mueller may not have his millions, but his overarching impact for the last 44 years on the environment, with his coworkers, friends and family is where the real wealth lies. Vietnamese Specialties
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by MilitaryInGermany.com The weather is finally warming up and summer is on the horizon. You survived a dreary German winter and a nationwide lockdown so you are more than deserving of some sunshine at one of these outdoor swimming pools or lakes near the KMC. Distance and hygiene rules are still in place so prepare for a slightly different experience from last year’s. Visitors have to disinfect their hands at the entrance and keep a 6-foot distance from other people both in and out of the water. You may only meet up with one other household. Additionally, you will be required to leave your contact details, which may be kept by the pool’s administration for one month. Lockers and bathrooms can only be accessed by one household at a time. Takeaway food can still be sold. Since they can only allow one guest per 10sqm, lines will be longer and you may be required to purchase a ticket online in advance.
• Web: www.kaiserslautern.de/ tourismus_freizeit_kultur/ freizeit/c/048895/index.html.de • Phone: +49 (0) 631 4146884 Freibad Waschmühle Opened in 1908, Waschmühle is still very popular today as a place for swimming and sunbathing. It is the largest single pool in Europe, measuring 180 yards in length and 49 yards in width. Additionally, there is a separate baby pool for little ones. Due to scheduled construction work, Freibad Waschmühle won’t open until June 17 and will
require tickets to be purchased in advance online. • Hours: Mon, Wed through Sun 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tue 12 to 8 p.m. • Location: Waschmühle 1, 67659 Kaiserslautern • Web: www.facebook.com/ waschmuehle • Phone: +49 (0) 631 370 4108
Also available are hammocks, a slide, a baby pool, a starting block and a kiosk. • Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. • Location: Sportstr. 6, 67688 Rodenbach • Web: www.weilerbach.de/ slider-inhalte/waldfreibadrodenbach/ • Phone: 49 (0)6374 5188
Waldfreibad Rodenbach The heated outdoor forest pool is open seven days a week. The six-lane pool water temperature is 23 degrees, optimal for exercising.
Beach and Lake Gelterswoog We saved the best for last. Gelterswoog is the crown jewel of the KMC’s outdoor swimming
Warmfreibad Kaiserslautern Kaiserslautern’s large public swimming pool is open seven days a week during the warm summer months and is across from a public park. There are several sections to the pool so that everyone has room to swim and play. There is also a grassy playground to help you dry off before heading home. • Hours: Mon 12 to 8 p.m.; Tue & Thu through Sun 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wed 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. • Location: Warmfreibad 1, 67657 Kaiserslautern
experiences. Enjoy swimming in a natural lake surrounded by a forest with a 300m sand beach that features volleyball, table tennis, soccer, table soccer and a climbing frame for kids. Hire rowboats, kayaks and play water polo. The lake also has a parent/child area and a kiosk. • Hours: Mon 12 to 8 p.m.; Tue through Sun 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. • Location: Strandbad Gelterswoog, 67661 Kaiserslautern • Phone: 49 (0) 631 350 35 99 • Web: http://gelterswoog.com
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by GrowingUpTherapy.com When I wash my son’s hair in the bathtub, I’m scared the neighbors are going to call the cops because he’s screaming so loudly. My daughter only eats chicken nuggets, french fries and noodles, no matter how hard we try to offer her healthy foods. The school keeps calling and saying my son is pushing his friends, but he’s a sweetheart at home. Or, the opposite: my daughter’s teacher describes her as an “angel” at school, but when she walks through the door she immediately melts down, hits us and tells us she hates us. What on earth is going on? Well odds are, poor sensory processing is the culprit. Sensory processing or sensory integration is how the brain registers everyday information through sights, sounds, touch, movement and other, more internal, sensations. Some kids reach a point of “enough” very quickly, meaning their brains have a low threshold for that input. This is the kid who gags even at the sight of a cucumber or cries
and rubs his arm when someone gently brushes by him. This oversensitivity can occur with any kind of sensation and the result can be a child who is pushed into crisis mode or “fight-flight-fright” with normal daily activities or experiences. Some kids, on the other hand, don’t seem to ever reach that threshold of registration in the brain. This is the child who might climb the bookshelf and crash down onto the couch without skipping a beat. It might be more subtle, like a 4th grader who chews his pencil down to a nub. Sensory processing disorders are quite common- affecting about 5-15% of all kids. When a child has a developmental delay or a medical diagnosis, like ADHD or autism, the likelihood of a sensory processing disorder going hand-in-hand jumps to 90%. So, what can you do? Left untreated, kids may end up with long term problems, like anxiety, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, gastrointestinal issues, etc. The good news is, sensory pro-
cessing disorders are very treatable. An occupational therapist can help you set up a “sensory diet” where you build in positive sensory experiences into your child’s daily routines, so that he or she can cope with unwelcome input or have a better understanding of what is “enough”. Specific therapies involving movement, muscle work and oral-sensory-motor or “eating” therapy are very effective. It is all about re-setting the brain thresholds and rewiring the nervous system, so that sensory experiences feel “just right.” Sensory kid… Super kid!
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A year after Sidney’s mom is murdered, more murders start to occur. She begins to suspect if these murders are related and tries to find the killer as everyone seems to be a suspect. Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette Director: Wes Craven
In a distant future, Earth is at war with giant alien insects. A Mobile Infantry travels to distant alien planets to take the war to the Bugs. They are a ruthless enemy with only one mission: Survival of their species no matter what the cost. Stars: Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards Director: Paul Verhoeven
As a cub, Simba is forced to leave the Pride Lands after his father Mufasa is murdered by his wicked uncle, Scar. Years later, Simba returns as an adult to take back his homeland from Scar with the help of his friends Timon and Pumbaa. Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
William Munny, a widower with two young kids, once a vicious gunfighter, gives up everything after marriage. Now, a man named Schofield Kid brings him an offer that he cannot refuse. Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman Director: Clint Eastwood
Nishi’s wife is suffering from leukemia. He wants to quit his job as police officer in order to be with Miyuki. To do so, he is forced to borrow money from the Yakuza. Yakuza are not pleased easily, and they continue to hound Nishi for more money. Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto Director: Takeshi Kitano
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Good Burger (1997)
Back to the Future II (1989)
Addams Family Values (1993)
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When Mondo Burger sets up across the street, sneaky Dexter and burgerobsessed Ed realise they need to fight to keep their fast food joint going. Their new secret sauce might be the answer, but not if Mondo can grab it. Stars: Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson, Sinbad Director: Brian Robbins
With the help of his friend Dr. Emmett Brown, Marty McFly travels to 2015 and poses as his own son to prevent his imprisonment. However, all his efforts turn futile and lead to disastrous changes to 1985. Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd Director: Robert Zemeckis
Members of the odd Addams Family try to rescue Uncle Fester from his golddigging wife who also happens to be a serial killer, whose speciality is killing rich men to collect their inheritance. Stars: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Spanky and Buckwheat lead an anti-girl organization. They pick their buddy Alfalfa to represent them in an all-important soapbox car rally. When the boys then find their driver canoodling with schoolmate Darla, they decide they must break up the couple. Stars: Travis Tedford, Bug Hall Director: Penelope Spheeris
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Harry and the Hendersons (1987) While driving home, the Hendersons run into something with their car that turns out to be a Sasquatch. Despite their initial fears, “Harry”is a kind and sensitive being, and the Hendersons become very fond of him. Stars: John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon Director: William Dear
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