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FEATURE

Airlifter of the Week: Rising to the challenge, Page 2

NEWS

Even during COVID-19, you’ve got mail, Page 8

FEATURE

FEATURE

Agile Wolf 20-04: 435 CRG practices sling load ops, Pages 12-13

European Best Defender Competition concludes, Pages 18-19

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LIFESTYLE

Trier to Koblenz: Eco biking adventure, Page 20

Read the KA online at KaiserslauternAmerican.com

Remembering D-Day; 76 years later See D-DAY, Pages 6-7

A U.S. Air Force Airman views French beaches from the ramp of a C130J Super Hercules aircraft ramp on June 6. Seventy-six years ago, Allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, as part of D-Day to liberate the country from German occupation. To commemorate the anniversary of D-Day, eight C-130J aircraft from the 37th Airlift Squadron based at Ramstein Air Base performed low-level formations over several locations in France.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Kirsten Brandes

Ramstein’s Southside Fitness Center to reopen for active duty personnel Story and photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs After months of home workouts, military personnel can once again utilize Ramstein’s Southside Fitness Center at a reduced capacity beginning Monday, June 15. Initial fitness center access is limited to active duty personnel with an appointment scheduled through the Appointment Plus sys-

tem; the system goes live on June 10. Appointments allow for proper contact tracing and ensure fitness centers stay within the appropriate capacity as designated by public health professionals. Due to host nation COVID-19 hygiene precautions, patrons are allotted one hour each day to work out. Fitness equipment has been rearranged throughout the facility to ensure proper physical distancing and gym-goers must adhere

to signs directing single points of entry and traffic flow. Once inside the facility, staff will check IDs and perform a verbal COVID-19 screening. The plan to reopen was a team effort between 786th Force Support Squadron fitness center managers and follows recent Rheinland-Pfalz Corona Control Ordinances, which outline COVID-19 protection measures for the state of RheinlandPfalz.

“We looked at the industry standards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fitness industry and World Health Organization,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Daniel Whitman, 786th FSS noncommissioned officer in charge of fitness and sports. “We worked closely with the 86th Airlift Wing Public Health Office and 86th AW Legal Office to translate the German guidance.” Every patron must bring a bottle of water, as they will not be

permitted to drink directly from water fountains. A face covering must be worn at all times except when actively working out. While not mandatory, bringing a personal towel is highly encouraged. Although facilities will be cleaned and disinfected frequently throughout the day, customers must wipe down equipment both before and after use as an extra precaution. See FITNESS CENTER, Page 3


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Airlifter of the Week: Rising to the challenge

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jasmine Holcey, 786th Force Support Squadron relocations supervisor, poses for a photo in the base relocations office at Ramstein Air Base, June 1.

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Kirsten Brandes 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs On an average day, the energy inside the Ramstein Passenger Terminal is a mix of nervous anticipation and excitement. However, on the day that the Secretary of Defense announced the initial force-wide Stop Movement order, it was just short of chaos. Service members and their families — with houses packed, cars shipped, and goodbyes said — found their lives thrown into limbo. Desperate for answers, many reached out to the office that had guided them through their move: the 786th Force Support Squadron base relocation office. Jasmine Holcey, a newly-promoted Staff Sergeant with five months experience working in base relocations, answered those calls and immediately went to work. The incredible efforts that Holcey and her team put in from that moment forward resulted in her being recognized May 28 as the Airlifter of the Week. Earlier this year, Holcey transitioned out of a Commander’s Support Staff position with the 48th Rescue Squadron at Davis-

Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., and into the position of relocations supervisor for the 786th FSS. Having never worked in a base relocations office before, she was excited for the challenge. “Working outbound assignments at Ramstein Air Base? If you can do that, you can do anything,” Holcey said. When guidance for the Department of Defense Stop Movement order showed up in her inbox on March 15, Holcey immediately understood that her position was about to get complicated. “I was worried at the beginning,” Holcey said. “I thought, ‘How are we going to get these people out of here?’ Everything was just supposed to stop, but we had people scheduled to leave the day it was announced.” Her job was complicated further by the assumption that the base relocations office receives advance notice of upcoming process changes. Holcey was often still on her first read-through of the new guidance when her phone started ringing with questions from concerned service members and their families. “It was often like, ‘Give me five

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jasmine Holcey, 786th Force Support Squadron relocations supervisor, works at her desk at Ramstein Air Base, June 1. In the first five months of 2020, Holcey has led her team in processing more than 1,100 permanent change of station orders and 200 COVID-19 PCS exceptions to policy.

minutes, let me read it. I’ll call you right back.’” When she wasn’t busy studying new guidance, Holcey led the effort to expedite Student Dependent travel procedures, ensuring 17 stateside college students were reunited with parents in Germany after universities closed dorms and campuses due to COVID-19. “It was chaos for a while,” Holcey said. “We had to ask a lot of favors and call a lot of headquarters to make adjustments. It was tough, but it was rewarding - family hugs and everything.” Holcey also worked 1,102 permanent change of station orders, 210 COVID-19 PCS exceptions to policy, 46 command sponsorship packages, 11 early return of dependent requests, and 10 exceptional family member and humanitarian exception to policy requests. Brig. Gen. Mark August, 86 Airlift Wing commander, shared his astonishment at the amount of work Holcey accomplished in her short time with the World’s Best Wing. “It’s like reading a medal citation, and she’s only been here for five months,” August said, when describing Holcey’s Airlifter of the Week package.

In addition to her change in both location and position, Holcey also promoted to the rank of staff sergeant in March. While she might consider herself new to the role of a supervisor, her Airmen are grateful for her leadership. “I think every supervisor should aspire to be just like Staff Sergeant Holcey,” said A1C Joshua Gilmore, 786th FSS relocation apprentice and one of Holcey’s four Airmen. “She makes you feel like family.

If I had my way, she’d be my only supervisor in my career. She set the bar really high.” Whether it’s a new position, a new rank, or a new process, it’s clear Holcey is unafraid of change and challenge. The Airlifter of the Week program recognizes Airmen who, through hard work and dedication, make the 86th AW the World’s Best Wing.

A name plate for U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jasmine Holcey, 786th Force Support Squadron relocations supervisor, sits on her desk at Ramstein Air Base, June 1. Holcey was recognized as Airlifter of the Week for her efforts to help service members and their families navigate changing guidance during the Department of Defense Stop Movement order.

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FITNESS CENTER from Page 1 Some resources will be off limits, including high-contact items such as plates, belts and foam rollers. Available equipment includes cardio machines, selectorized machines, benches and certain free weights. Restrooms remain open. However, locker rooms to include showers and saunas remain closed. Also unavailable are parent-child areas, racquetball courts, group fitness classes and trainers. Whiteman acknowledges the new guidelines are strict and may take some getting used to, but is confident the new plans will ensure customer and staff safety. This reopening marks the first of 786th FSS’s five-phase plan to return to normal operations. The Northside and Vogelweh Fitness Centers are slated to reopen in future phases pending any change to current health precautions.

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Q: What are the phases for reopening all KMC Air Force fitness centers? • Phase I (June 15): Southside Fitness Center open for active duty only, Mon. - Fri. • Phase II (*June 22): Northside Fitness Center open for active duty only, Mon. – Fri. • Phase III (*June 25): Vogelweh Fitness Center open for active duty only, Mon.- Fri. • Phase IV (*July 7): All fitness centers will reserve peak hours for active duty. Off-peak hours will also be open for retirees, family and DoD civilians. • Phase V (date TBD): Off-peak hours projected to increase and be open for all patrons. *All phases and dates subject to change in accordance with Host Nation Policy. Q: Are fitness centers going to be 24/7 access? A: No, fitness centers have reduced hours and access is limited to those with an existing appointment booked through

The weight room at the 786th Force Support Squadron Southside Fitness Center is newly arranged to provide appropriate physical distancing between every machine. Beginning June 15, the SSFC is projected to reopen to active duty members by appointment only.

the Appointment Plus system. Appointment start times are as follows during Phases I-III: • Southside Fitness Center: 6:00 a.m. / 8:00 a.m. / 10:00 a.m. / 4:00 p.m. / 6:00 p.m. / 8:00 p.m. • Northside Fitness Center: 5:00 a.m. / 7:00 a.m. / 9:00 a.m. / 11:00 a.m. • Vogelweh Fitness Center: 6:00 a.m. / 8:00 a.m. / 10:00 a.m. / 2:00 p.m. / 4:00 p.m. / 6:00 p.m. Q: How can I make an appointment? A: Visit Appointment Plus at https://booknow.appointmentplus.com/9rm3mcns/. If you don’t have one already, follow the on-screen instructions to make an account. On the left of the screen, on the dropdown under “Location,” select Ramstein Air Base. On the “Select Base Agency” drop-down, find Southside Fitness Center. Under “Select Base Service” select Southside Fitness Center again. Select your desired date and then “Book it” under the desired appointment time. Customers must arrive at least 10 minutes prior to appointment time and show their common access card to enter.

Q: Can I book an appointment the same day I wish to workout? A: No. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

480-0294. Due to the importance of contact tracing, we cannot allow members to swap appointment times without notifying fitness center staff.

Q: Can I make multiple appointments for one day? A: No. patrons are asked not to monopolize fitness center time in order to allow others time to utilize the facility.

Q. When will we no longer need to make appointments to work out? A. Appointments are mandatory for patrons until phase IV.

Q: How long can I stay at the fitness center? A: During the initial phases, each customer is limited to one hour of workout time per day. Q: What if I show up halfway through my scheduled hour? A: All patrons must exit the facility once their appointment time expires. If members arrive 30 minutes into their appointment, they only have 30 minutes remaining to work out. Q: What if I need to cancel my appointment? Can I swap appointment times with a friend? A: If you need to cancel your appointment, please contact the Southside Fitness Center at DSN

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Q: What equipment will be available? A: During phases I-IV, cardio machines, selectorized machines, benches and free weight will be available. All other equipment is projected to become available in later phases. Q: What resources will be off-limits? A: High-contact items such as plates, belts and foam rollers. Also unavailable will be locker rooms, showers, saunas, parent-child areas, racquetball courts, group fitness, classes and trainers. Q: Am I required to bring anything to workout? A: Every patron must bring their ID card, a face covering and a water bottle. A personal towel is also highly encouraged.

Q: Do I have to wear a face covering while working out? A: No. Face coverings are required at all times except while actively working out. This means face coverings are required when walking from station to station or from machine to machine, but are not required when using the machine. Q: How do I know I will be safe from COVID-19? A: While it is impossible to eliminate all risk of contracting COVID-19, the 786th FSS is following German ordinances and industry standards, while working closely with 86th AW Public Health to create the safest, most hygienic environment possible. Q: Will I be able to work out in a group? A: Unfortunately, no. Customers must maintain physical distancing. The 786th FSS staff will monitor room capacities and restrictions to help keep customers safe. Q. Can my unit schedule group physical training? A. No, at this time we are unable to accommodate group PT.


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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 86th 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.

COMMUNITY EVENTS Photo by Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock.com

»» Celebrate Freedom, Red, White and You!

»» UTAP services available: Service by phone

Despite current circumstances, Fourth of July is going to be offering a jam-packed schedule of virtual fun! From July 1-5 there will be virtual event contests such as cake decorating, scavenger hunts, runs, and talent shows on Facebook. Outdoor Recreation will be offering events such as ATV/UTV tours, canoeing, bike tours, fishing opportunities, skydiving, a free drive-in movie, even trips! For more information, head to our calendars on Kaiserslautern.armymwr.com or Baumholder.armymwr.com. »» 2020 Command Golf Challenge: Win a free 18hole round of golf at Rolling Hills Golf Course! When you play a round of 18 holes, June 1-30, and your score is better than the score to beat set by the winner of the Edwards/ Waterhouse match, your next 18 holes are free! (Prize round is to be played between June 1-July 31, 2020) Must be a U.S. player 18 or older. For more information, contact Rolling Hills Golf Course, Wetzel Kaserne, Bldg. 8888, 485-7299, 0678-36-7299. »» Wednesday Night Scramble: Every Wednesday night grab your partner and head to Rolling Hills Golf Course for Wednesday Night Scramble at 5:30 p.m. with a shotgun start at 6 p.m. Sign up are in the Rolling Hills Pro Shop. For more information, contact Rolling Hills Golf Course, Wetzel Kaserne, Bldg. 8888, 485-7299, 0678-36-7299. »» Order from the new Hideaway Bistro & Grill: Head over to Armstrong’s Club (Vogelweh Housing, Bldg. 1036) where the new Hideaway Bistro & Grill is now serving a menu of American classics with delicious meals from salads to burgers, bar food classics, even pizza and tacos! Offering delivery to Vogelweh Housing during hours of operation, Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5-10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.-2p.m. & 5 p.m.-midnight, closed Sundays. Currently all orders are for takeout or delivery. Take a look at the menu by going to Kaiserslautern.armymwr.com and calling 0157-3049-2529 to place your order.

or e-mail with the Kleber and Baumholder UTAP offices is now available Mon-Fri by appointment only. Please note, no more than three customers are allowed in the Baumholder office at a time and only one at a time at the Kleber Location. UTAP in-briefs require an appointment and are limited to five customers. For more information, contact the Baumholder UTAP Office, Smith Bks., Bldg. 8661, 5312896, 0611-143-531-2896 or the Kleber UTAP Office, Kleber Kaserne Bldg. 3245, 541-9086 / 9091, 0611-143-541-9086 / 9091. »» VAT services available: The VAT Offices located in both Baumholder and Kaiserslautern have appointment services available per telephone and email Mon-Fri. Walk-in service available from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. only at the Landstuhl location. Please note that no more than one customer will be allowed in the Kaiserslautern VAT Offices at a time and three in the Baumholder location. For more information, contact your local VAT Office. Kleber Kaserne, Bldg. 3245, 483-1780, 0631-411-1780; Landstuhl Post, Bldg. 3810, 486-1780-06371-86-1780; Rhine Ordnance Bks., Bldg. 162, 541-9089, 0611143-541-9089; Smith Bks., Bldg. 8661, 531-2896, 0611-143-531-2896. »» 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.

Top 10 tid bits for housing residents As COVID-19 restrictions evolve, the KMC Housing Office is dedicated to assist you with friendly reminders to help with your home responsibilities. These Tid Bits should assist you with caring for your home, whether you’re on or off-base. On base 1. Remember not to hang anything from your in-home ceilings. 2. Please consider using the Self-Help Store at Ramstein and Vogelweh to ensure/maintain the quality and safety of your home. 3. If you have any issues within your residence that is beyond self-help, please call the Family Housing Maintenance (Vectrus). As residents, you are responsible for the cleanliness and everyday maintenance of your home to include changing light bulbs, replacing sink stoppers or shower hoses, cleaning stove burners and basic pest control. 4. Remember to trim your trees and bushes height 4-6ft. Keep your lawns mowed and presentable. If you see something, say something. Help make our community better. Bonus on & off-base 5. Ventilate your house for a minimum of 30 minutes daily. Ventilating your home by opening window helps household mold. Cross ventilation is necessary, so interior doors must be opened along with windows on opposing sides (door & window stops can prevent slammed openings).

Off-base 6. Are you experiencing home maintenance challenges? You should immediately talk with your Landlord or call the KMC Housing Referral Office. Contact DSN 489-6643/ Commercial 0631-536-6643. 7. We recommend that you perform (monthly) inspections of your home for routine maintenance issues. If maintenance conditions are identified, immediately bring them to the attention of your Landlord for repair/resolution. 8. Respect the off-base housing rules. Remember, German laws take precedence over U.S. laws while living in Germany. 9. If you have ceiling fans in your home, set the fans to rotate counter-clockwise in the summer. This method of blade rotation will push the warm air to the ceiling instead of in your direction. 10. For more information, please contact the following numbers listed below: Housing Assistance Office: DSN 489-6643/ Commercial: 0631-536-6671 Housing Referral Office: DSN 489-6643/ Commercial: 0631-536-6643 Housing Facility Office: DSN 489-7108/ Commercial: 0631-536-7108 Vectrus Housing Maintenance Commercial: 06371-4639510 Self-Help-Stores Commercial: Ramstein 06371-4639520 Vogelweh 0631-41403433 Happy Summer! Follow us on Facebook: https://www. facebook.com/KMCHousingOffice/

KMC BLOTTER

COMPILED BY THE 569TH USFPS AND 86TH SFS

JUNE 1 7:08 p.m.: Drunken operation of motor vehicle in Ramstein-Miesenbach JUNE 2 12:26 a.m.: Assault in Sembach JUNE 3 Nothing significant to report JUNE 4 11:27 a.m.: Major traffic collision in Trippstadt 3:55 p.m.: Major traffic collision in Kaiserslautern 7:52 p.m.: Major traffic collision on B270 adjacent to Erfenbach JUNE 5 2:28 a.m.: Operating USAREUR plated vehicle without USAREUR license and driving

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while impaired in Ramstein-Miesenbach 4:40 p.m.: Larceny of government/private property in Kaiserslautern 6:15 p.m.: Unlawful entry in Bruchmuehlbach-Miesau JUNE 6 10:15 a.m.: Damage to private property in Winnweiler 1:45 p.m.: Operation of unregistered vehicle in Landstuhl 7:17 p.m.: Drunken operation of motor vehicle and major traffic collision in Landstuhl 8:25 p.m.: Drunken operation of motor vehicle and traffic collision in Kaiserslautern JUNE 7 2:00 p.m.: Larceny of private property in Schoenenberg-Kuebelberg 5:50 p.m.: Assault in Kaiserslautern

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

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THE HOUSING HYPE

TAKE NOTE 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/

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C-130J Super Hercules aircraft fly through French airspace June 6. To commemorate the 76th anniversary of D-Day, eight C-130J aircraft from the 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, performed low-level formations over several different locations in France. D-Day remains a historic reminder of how the dedicated resolve of allies with a common purpose and shared vision can build proven partnerships that endure.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Kirsten Brandes

C-130J Super Hercules aircraft assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, fly through French airspace June 6.  Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn A. Ford

U.S. Air Force Capt. Kyle Foley, 37th Airlift Squadron pilot, flies a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft on June 6. The 37th AS lineage traces back to the 37th Troop Carrier Squadron, which flew C-47s during the invasion of Normandy, France, June 6, 1944. Photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman George Maurer, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, views French coastlines June 6. D-Day remains a historic reminder of how the dedicated resolve of allies with a common purpose and shared vision can build proven, enduring partnerships. Photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker

A U.S. Air Force Airman gazes at French coastlines June 6. Seventy-six years ago, Allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, to liberate the country from German occupation.  Photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark R. August, 86th Airlift Wing commander, right, speaks with Airmen at Ramstein Air Base, June 6.  Photo by Airman 1st Class Jennifer Gonzales


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U.S. Air Force Airmen watch as C-130J Super Hercules aircraft fly along the French coastline during D-day commemorations June 6. The sacrifices of Allied Forces 76 years ago have been remembered every year since June 6, 1944. As part of this year’s commemoration, eight C-130J aircraft from the 37th Airlift Squadron performed low-level formations over multiple locations in France.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Jourdan Barrons

C-130J Super Hercules aircraft prepare for takeoff at Ramstein Air Base, June 6.

Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn A. Ford

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Gregory Kantz, 37th Airlift Squadron commander, prepares for takeoff at Ramstein Air Base, June 6.  Photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater

Kaiserslautern Military CoMMunity Chapel sChedule U.S. Air Force Captains Kyle Foley, left, and Dmytro Pichkur, 37th Airlift Squadron pilots, fly a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft on June 6 to commemorate the 76th anniversary of D-Day. D-Day was the largest multinational amphibious landing and operational military airdrop in history. This year, eight C-130J aircraft from the 37th Airlift Squadron performed low-level formations over several locations in France.  Photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker

ARMY POC for Miesau, Landstuhl, and Deanner is the USAG R-P Chaplain’s Office in Bldg 3213 on Kleber Kaserne, DSN 541-2105, CIV 0611143-541-2105.

Jewish services

AIR FORCE POC for Ramstein North, Ramstein South, Vogelweh, and Kapaun is the USAF Chaplain Corps, Bldg 1201 on Ramstein, DSN 480-6148, CIV 06371-47-6148.

Messianic Jewish services

Buddhist (sGi)

Kapaun Chapel (Bldg 2781) Divine Liturgy: 9:00 a.m. Sundays Confessions by appointment

Ramstein South Chapel Jewish Shul Area (Bldg 2403) Shabbat Evening Service: 6:00 p.m. Fridays Ramstein South Chapel (Bldg 2403) Service: 10:00 a.m. Saturdays

orthodox Christian services

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

U.S. Air Force Airmen gaze across the countryside from a C130J Super Hercules aircraft ramp on June 6. Seventy-six years ago, Allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, as part of the largest multinational amphibious landing and operational military airdrop in history.  Photo by Airman 1st Class Jennifer Gonzales

islamic services

Service: 7:00 p.m. Saturdays

Ramstein South Chapel Mosque Area (Bldg 2403) Jummah Prayers: 1:15 p.m. Fridays Daily Prayers: 1:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday

Wisconsin evangelical lutheran synod (Wels) Ramstein South Chapel (Bldg 2403) Service: 4:00 p.m. 2nd & 4th Sundays


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Even during COVID-19, you’ve got mail

Customers wait in line to enter the Northside Post Office at Ramstein Air Base, May 26. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, a limited number of patrons may enter the post office at a given time.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Dehante Townsend, 786th Force Support Squadron postal specialist, places packages on a conveyor belt at the Southside Post Office, Ramstein Air Base, May 26. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ease public demand on 786th FSS Airmen, patrons can receive packages on certain days of the week based on last name.

Despite the threat of COVID19, the 786th Force Support Squadron has worked tirelessly delivering mail to every patron possible. The Northside and Southside Post Offices have been using various strategies to help protect the public from COVID-19, such as using adjusted shifts and reduced opening hours.

While the strategy was initially successful, one side effect was increased strain on the personnel available. “When (reduced hours) first started, the lines were so bad,” said Tech. Sgt. Brieland Lanear, 786th FSS noncommissioned officer in charge of personnel service center. “We had to deliver packages through the back section to get people in and out.” The struggle to maintain demand led to changes

Kaiserslautern Evangelical

Lutheran Church 8:30 am Worship & Holy Communion Sunday School Following

Service in English

Meeting in Ev.-Luth. St. Michaelis Church, Karpfenstr. 7, 67655 Kaiserslautern Email: KaiserslauternLutheran@gmail.com or call 0152-54677961 for directions.

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home, Fernandez says mail has risen in importance during this time period. He drew comparisons to deployments, saying just one package can make a huge difference to people in uncertain times. “Mail has always been viewed as a source of morale,” Hernandez said. “Everyone loves getting that piece of mail or letter that has good words in there.” 786th FSS Airmen operate on the front lines of COVID19 nearly every day to make sure people receive their mail. Thanking these Airmen for their service is just a small thing Lanear hopes patrons consider. Customers whose last name begins with letters A through K may pick up their packages from

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Agile Wolf 20-04: 435 CRG practices sling load ops Photos by Senior Airman Milton Hamilton and Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 1-214th General Support Aviation Battalion, Wiesbaden, give a CH-47 Chinook helicopter briefing to U.S. Airmen assigned to units within the 435th Contingency Response Group at Ramstein Air Base, May 27. Agile Wolf 20-04 provided joint training to prepare Airmen for rapid airlift operations in contingency environments. Agile Wolf 20-04 is an exercise designed to sharpen the 435th CRG’s tactics, techniques and procedures for establishing expeditionary airfields on demand.

U.S. Army soldiers assigned to the 1-214th General Support Aviation Battalion, Wiesbaden, approach cargo with a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Ramstein Air Base, May 27. The training provided 435th Contingency Response Group Airmen an opportunity to practice sling load operations for Agile Wolf 20-04.

U.S. Airmen assigned to units within the 435th Contingency Response Group sling load cargo onto a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Ramstein Air Base, May 27. The training required teamwork to ensure success of the operation while keeping each other safe. The 435th CRG worked with the U.S. Army 1-214th General Support Aviation Battalion, Wiesbaden, to provide the joint training as part of Agile Wolf 20-04.


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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Geerts, 435th Security Forces Squadron team member, uses hand signals to guide a CH-47 Chinook helicopter into place before 435th Contingency Response Group Airmen sling load cargo onto the aircraft at Ramstein Air Base, May 27. Due to the noise projected by the Chinook, prior planning and communication through hand signals was crucial to the success of the operation. The 435th CRG worked with the U.S. Army 1-214th General Support Aviation Battalion, Wiesbaden, to provide the joint training as part of Agile Wolf 20-04.

U.S. Airmen assigned to units within the 435th Contingency Response Group brace themselves while U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 1-214th General Support Aviation Battalion, Wiesbaden, lift cargo with a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Ramstein Air Base, May 27. The 435th CRG worked with the 214th AR to provide joint training as part of Agile Wolf 20-04.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jonathon Alarcon, 1-214th General Support Aviation Battalion, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade CH-47 flight engineer section chief, gives a CH-47 Chinook helicopter briefing to U.S. Airmen assigned to units within the 435th Contingency Response Group during exercise Agile Wolf 20-04 at Ramstein Air Base, May 27. Before conducting sling load operations, Alarcon explained the mechanics and capabilities of the helicopter. U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Marcus Moore, 435th Contingency Response Squadron mobile aerial port journeyman, drives an MRZR all-terrain vehicle onto a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during exercise Agile Wolf 20-04 at Ramstein Air Base, May 27. Moore familiarized himself with the payload capabilities of the Chinook to better prepare for contingency operations.


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USAFE-AFAFRICA conducts first large-force exercise during COVID-19

Aircrew with the 48th Fighter Wing prepare F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft prior to takeoff at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, May 27. U.S. Air Force F-15s assigned to the 48th FW, F-16s assigned to the 31st FW and 52nd FW, and KC-135s assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, participated in a large-force exercise within the North Sea airspace.  Photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte

48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, United Kingdom (AFNS) — Multiple Airmen attached to Europe-wide fighter wings participated in a large-force exercises, or LFE, within the North Sea airspace, May 27. Participants included the U.S. Air Force F-15 Strike Eagles assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath; F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, Italy; F-16s assigned to the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem AB, Germany; KC-135 Stratotankers assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing at RAF Mildenhall; and NATO E-3 Sentry, or AWACS, from Geilenkirchen AB, Germany.

During the LFE, aircrew conducted Dissimilar Air Combat Training in order to enhance combat readiness and increase tactical proficiency, which are needed to maintain a ready force capable of ensuring the collective defense of the NATO alliance. The purpose of the exercise was to continue high-end training with U.S. Air Forces in Europe and NATO partners to counter threats in the area of responsibility, according to Capt. Nathan Hartoin, a 493rd Fighter Squadron pilot and 48th FW chief of weapons. “Large-force exercises allow us to validate and enforce important tactics that are tested at many of the major exercises that occur

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around Europe and the United States,” he said. “The North Sea airspace allows fourthto-fourth generation fighter integration on a large scale and is one of the best around for simulated air-to-air engagements.” Hartoin said the LFE planning process is complex and begins when commanders determine the need for a training event. Once interest in an exercise is established, a date is set based on tanker availability, training phases for each unit and base, and airspace availability. After projecting a date, exercise planners focus on the finer points, such as the exercise scenario, fuel requests and the exercise timeline, he said. For this LFE, each unit was

given specific tasks to complete, and the 48th FW coordinated the effort. “The aerial refueling provided by the 100th ARW was vital in showing the capability to execute long range defensive counter air,” Hartoin said. “With this in mind, the tanker plan was the primary detail that was constantly adapted all the way through execution.” Exercises of this nature are not new for U.S. Air Force units assigned to U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, but with the current COVID-19 crisis, participating units have identified a way to integrate multiple assets and ensure combat readiness for the collective defense of the NATO alliance.

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron takes off from RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, May 27, during a large-force exercise with other U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa units. The 48th Fighter Wing aircrew conducted Dissimilar Air Combat Training in order to enhance combat readiness and increase tactical proficiency to maintain a ready force capable of ensuring the collective defense of the NATO alliance.  Photo by Senior Airman Christopher S. Sparks


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10 AAMDC remains ready to fight despite COVID-19

Brig. Gen. Gregory Brady, 10th Army Air and Missile Commanding General, talks with Chief Warrant Officer 3 Samuel Adeyame, a supply systems technician assigned to Echo Company 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment at Smith Barracks, June 8. The flags in the background are displayed in the E Co. Supply Support Activity building to represent where soldiers of the company are originally from.  Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jason Epperson

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are maintained and developed throughout the pandemic, demonstrating our commitment to our NATO allies and partners and the deterrence of the European theatre. The 10th AAMDC Patriot and Short-Range Air Defense (SHORAD) battalions were able to sustain readiness by adapting to their training through the implementation of virtual measures, physical distancing, handwashing and wearing facemasks. “The level of readiness for air and missile defense proved criti-

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Brig. Gen. Gregory Brady, 10th Army Air and Missile Commanding General, talks with Spc. Karla Taylor and Pvt. 1st Class Jose Martinez, both automated logistical specialists assigned to Echo Company, 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, at Smith Barracks, May 20.  Photo by Capt. Rachel Skalisky

Brig. Gen. Gregory Brady, 10th Army Air and Missile Commanding General, talks with Chief Warrant Officer 3 Samuel Adeyame, a supply systems technician assigned to Echo Company 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment at Smith Barracks, June 8.  Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jason Epperson

“Key Leader Engagements are important because they allow key leaders to get direct feedback from their formations and emphasize their priorities,” said Capt. Andrew Defabio, Charlie Battery Commander, 5-7 ADA. “KLEs offer junior leaders and Soldiers opportunities to brief senior leaders and gain perspective from an operational or strategic level.” During the leadership engagement to Ansbach, 5-4 ADA demonstrated its ability to conduct a “drive thru” COVID-19 testing of all Soldiers who departed to Latvia for the joint short-range air defense live fire exercise — Tobruq Arrows. “It was a privilege to be able to showcase 5-4’s readiness capabilities with the COVID-19 Surveillance testing for Brig. Gen. Brady,” said Sgt. Benjamin Kroeger, HHB, 5-4 ADA. “We have been working hard to adapt and overcome the constant changes during this pandemic. I am proud to be a part of one of the only units in USAREUR continuing to actively train with the upcoming Tobruq Arrows.”

“It was our Soldiers and our junior leaders who proved critical in getting us through this,” Brady said. “We are also going to take it to the next level as we move to the summer months as we go back to executing our most critical joint and combined air and missile defense exercises in support of US

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European Best Defender Competition concludes

2nd Lt. Garrett Julian, support platoon leader assigned to Charlie Battery, 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, was awarded the Army Commendation Medal on Rhine Ordnance Barracks June 5. Julian, a native of Odessa, Texas, won the officer category of the European Best Defender Competition and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for demonstrating professionalism, tactical proficiency, mental and physical toughness.

Staff Sgt. Ian Ledesma, a patriot section chief assigned to Alpha Battery, 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, was awarded the Army Commendation Medal on Rhine Ordnance Barracks June 5. Ledesma, a native of Marietta, Ga., won the noncommissioned officer category of the European Best Defender Competition and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for demonstrating professionalism, tactical proficiency, mental and physical toughness.

Spc. Justin Rivard, a team chief assigned to Bravo Battery, 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment at Ansbach, was awarded the Army Commendation Medal on Rhine Ordnance Barracks June 5. Rivard, a native of Somerset, Wis., won the Soldier category of the European Best Defender Competition and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for demonstrating professionalism, tactical proficiency, mental and physical toughness.

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patriot section chief assigned to Alpha Battery, 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, won the noncommissioned officer category of the European Best Defender and said that he entered the competition because he likes to compete, pushing himself physically and mentally. “I wanted to bring back that motivation and drive back to my unit to inspire soldiers and other NCOs to go ahead and put themselves out there to compete in competitions like this,” Ledesma said. “I came here with the mindset to win and I did that. I wanted to represent my battalion and battery and with the support I’ve been given, I didn’t want to fail anybody and now I’m just ready for USAREUR.”

The EBDC consisted of events spread out over five days to include a physical fitness challenge, a written exam, an essay, hands-on warrior tasks and battle drills, a scenariobased marksmanship event, stress shoot, call for fire, land navigation (night/day), a foot march, call for fire mission, reacting to a Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear attack, evacuating a casualty in a CBRN environment, conducting demasking procedures and performing tactical combat casualty care and concluding with a board panel. Spc. Justin Rivard, a team chief assigned to Bravo Battery, 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment at Ansbach, won the Soldier category and said this was a great way to distinguish yourself not only as a Soldier, but as a person.

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2nd Lt. Garrett Julian, support platoon leader assigned to Charlie Battery, 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, conducts a dead lift during the European Best Defender Competition, on Rhine Ordnance Barracks, June 2.

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recommend this challenge to others seeking self-improvement and for refining tasks not implemented into everyday training. “Coming out of the competition made me a better Soldier and leader going through those tough challenges and coming through with a little more resiliency and getting more training,” Julian said. As for the upcoming USAREUR’s Best Warrior Competition, Julian said

health prevention measures such as wearing masks and keeping proper distancing. The 10th AAMDC conducts the European Best Defender Competition annually to identify and recognize Soldiers who possess exemplary qualities, warrior ethos and tactical proficiency throughout the command. The events are designed to challenge and reward competition among all participants.

it felt good to win the Defender, but said he has more preparation to do. “I’m excited to go and win that one too,” he said. The winners were presented with an Army Commendation Medal and coin from 10th AAMDC Commanding General Brig. Gen. Gregory Brady and the 10th AAMDC Command Sgt. Maj. Gary E. Plotnick at a ceremony at Rhine Ordnance Barracks, June 5 while implementing

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2nd Lt. Garrett Julian, support platoon leader assigned to Charlie Battery, 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, runs through the stress shoot lanes at Panzer Kaserne, June 2.

Spc. Justin Rivard, a team chief assigned to Bravo Battery, 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment at Ansbach, presents himself to the president of the board, 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Sergeant Major Gary E. Plotnick at Rhine Ordnance Barracks June 3.

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Trier to Koblenz: Eco-biking adventure

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by MilitaryInGermany.com Want to combine adventure with a commitment to being environmentally possible? Then you may love eco-adventures. Destinations and activities vary widely and can be anything from floating on a raging river in South Africa to soaring through a tree canopy in the Ozarks! One thing all ecoadventures have in common is the goal of appreciating and enjoying natural beauty with minimal physical impact to the area.

There are hundreds of packages offered for destinations all over the world with a lot of traveling and very steep price tags. However, being an eco-adventurer is very easy to do on your own without wasting what’s in your wallet. Spending years as a backpacker taught me a lot about saving money on gas, reducing wear and tear on my car, decreasing pollution and avoiding the stress of roads during peak seasons. German public transportation

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There is no need to weigh yourself down with too many supplies as there are ample stores, markets, wineries, restaurants and bistros along the route to get what you need for every stop. Do keep in mind that plastic is not accepted everywhere and you should have some euro cash on hand, and an EC card, or ATM card, which you can use at local banks. During non-COVID years, you will come upon banners along the ride promoting village festivals. I highly suggest stopping to check one out. Over the years I’ve ended up staying in a small village way too long because of a local fest that lasted until every beer keg and wine bottle was empty, every wurst and steak was eaten, and fun was had until the rise of the sun. If you become too weary along the route, you can give yourself a break by boarding one of the inexpensive cruise ships with your bike and gear. They offer great Riesling wines and local food specialties so that you can sit back and enjoy the views of steep vineyards, half-timbered houses, and castles along the route. Reaching Koblenz at the Deutsches Eck, where the Mosel joins the Rhine, was an incredible end to this eco-adventure. The water where the rivers intersect changes from green to blue and the city of Koblenz is a must-visit while in Germany. Be sure to cross the river to visit Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. After an overnight stay in Koblenz with an amazing breakfast or a traditional afternoon cake and

coffee, continue the journey via train back to Kaiserslautern which takes approximately 1.2 hours. Connections to local areas like Ramstein, Landstuhl, and Kusel run frequently and can be found on the DB site at https://www.bahn. com/en/view/index.shtml For more information, please visit https://www.mosel.de/startseite/

Do • Research your route and public transportation options • Plan ahead and make reservations • Pack lightly — only what you need for one day at a time • Have a first aid kit, phone and ability to contact EMS • Have all-weather clothing, and euro cash for expenses Don’t • Expect that everyone speaks English • Expect that plastic for payment will be accepted everywhere • Disrespect your surroundings by leaving your trash • Disregard quiet hours. The only exception is during festivals that go way beyond the 10 p.m. rule

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is an amazing way to go hiking, biking, climbing and more. The German rail system Deutsche Bahn has cars that allow bikes, enough room for your equipment. DB also provides a variety of options for one-day or weekend journeys. There are countless adventures that begin at or near train stops, and you can also find connecting transportation such as shuttle buses, trollies, etc. to get you back and forth. One of my favorite eco-adventures is taking the train to the Mosel River with my bike and spending three days riding from Trier to Koblenz. This 126-km ride is amazing, but can be a bit rough to do in one day if you have spent the winter indoors and are not prepared. The most prominent villages along the route are Bernkastel-Kues, TrabenTrarbach, and Cochem. However, most of my best rest stops were in the tiny villages that you can ride through in only a couple of minutes. This adventure is full of opportunities, such as pitching a small tent at one of the many campgrounds. You can also find a bikeand-bed so that you can spend a day exploring the villages, as well as the biking and hiking trails that wind through vineyards overlooking the Mosel River valley. If you fancy water sports, many of the villages offer canoe and kayak rentals with endpoints with public transportation that will return you to your starting point.

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Road trip along Rhine River

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by MilitaryInGermany.com The 40-mile stretch of the Rhine River between Bingen am Rhein and Koblenz has been called the “Romantic Rhine.” For centuries, artists, poets and writers have been drawn to the small villages along the banks of the river as a source of tranquility and inspiration. There are dozens of small villages in just that short stretch, and nearly 30 castles and fortresses dot the local hilltops. Narrow roads run the length of the journey along both sides of the river. They pass through the villages, along the riverfront parks and through tunnels carved into the mountainsides. The steep slopes of the hills, which are part of the Rhenish Massif, have been terraced for vineyards, almost as if to direct the eyes up to the ruined compounds sitting atop those ancient hills. Many of the villages still have the remnants of their historic fortified walls in place, a testament to the brutal history of the area. The land has changed hands many times over the centuries, and the result is that most of the castles and fortresses are now just remnants of their once great structures. However, many have undergone extensive reconstructions over the centuries and now serve as hotels. Even more of them offer tours of the grounds. River cruises are a popular way to experience the beauty of the romantic Rhine Valley, but only by driving along the winding roads and spending time in the villages, sitting at outdoor cafes and walking along the riverfront parks can one put the experience in one’s own hands. The towns of Bacharach, Oberwesel and St. Goar are the most popular villages along the

way to Koblenz, and for good reason. In Bacharach, one can walk along the river trail and for only a couple euros, take a ferry out to the Castle Pfalz. Built on an island in the middle of the river, the castle was once used for collecting tolls from river traffic. Stahleck Castle sits up on the hills overlooking the town, and is definitely worth seeing, if only to spend the entire time wondering how anyone can build a moat on top of a hill.

St. Goar is the place to eat. The Hotel Restaurant am Markt has excellent authentic German cuisine and an outdoor terrace with beautiful views of the historic town and surrounding valley. Across the river, the Castles Katz and Maus seem to stare each other down, in true Tom and Jerry fashion, over the town of Lorely. After lunch, head back along the river road, but be sure to stop by St. Goar again on the way home

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HOME CINEMA HIGHLIGHTS

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e classics! These are just a few — Part 12 Now’s the time to stream or rent some of the all-timfor availability. Check your streaming service

HORROR, MYSTERY

COMEDY, CRIME, DRAMA

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Poster by Fine Line Features

COMEDY, CRIME, SPORT

Poster by Universal Pictures

DRAMA

ANIMATION, ADVENTURE, FANTASY

Poster by Fine Line Features

Poster by Studio Ghibli

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

The Player (1992)

The Big Lebowski (1998)

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Princess Mononoke (1997)

Three students decide to go into the Maryland backwoods to cover the mystery behind the Blair Witch incidents. However, they lose their map and things take an unexpected turn. Stars: Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams Directors: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

Certain that the anonymous threats he’s been receiving are the work of David Kahane, producer Griffin Mill tries to fix things over cocktails. Instead, Griffin ends up murdering the screenwriter and courting the dead man’s girlfriend. Stars: Vincent D’Onofrio, Tim Robbins Director: Robert Altman

Two goons mistake ‘the Dude’ Lebowski for a millionaire Lebowski and urinate on his rug. Trying to recompense his rug from the wealthy Lebowski, he gets entwined in an intricate kidnapping case. Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Henry IV,” Mike and Scott travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the coast of Italy in a quest to find Mike’s estranged mother. Stars: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo Director: Gus Van Sant

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami’s curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime. Stars: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida Director: Hayao Miyazaki

CRIME, DRAMA, THRILLER

DRAMA, MUSIC, MYSTERY

COMEDY, DRAMA, FAMILY

ACTION, ADVENTURE, COMEDY

ADVENTURE, FAMILY

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Poster by France 3 Cinéma

Poster by Universal Pictures

Heat (1995)

Three Colors: Blue (1993)

Beethoven (1992)

Master criminal Neil McCauley is trying to control the rogue actions of one of his men, while also planning one last big heist before retiring. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Hanna attempts to track down McCauley as he deals with the chaos in his own life. Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino Director: Michael Mann

Julie is haunted by her grief after living through a tragic auto wreck that claimed the life of her composer husband and young daughter. But avoiding human interactions on the bustling streets of Paris proves impossible. Stars: Juliette Binoche, Benoît Régent Director: Krzysztof Kieślowski

Beethoven, a huge St. Bernard, is given all the love and care by his adopted family. However, the family vet, Dr. Varnick, wants to use him as a subject for his deadly experiments. Stars: Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Dean Jones Director: Brian Levant

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) In New York, mysterious radioactive ooze has mutated four sewer turtles into crimefighting ninjas. When a villainous rogue ninja, who is a former pupil of their Sensei, arrives and spreads lawlessness throughout the city, it’s up to the plucky turtles to stop him. Star: Corey Feldman, Director: Steve Barron

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Iron Will (1994) After the death of his father, the responsibility of taking care of the family falls on Will’s shoulders. He takes part in a dogsled race, which requires long hours of racing and an iron will to win. Stars: Mackenzie Astin, Kevin Spacey, David Ogden Stiers Director: Charles Haid

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