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FEATURE

ACE Academy creates flexible Airmen, Page 8

NEWS

Air Force uniform updates, Page 10

FEATURE

NEWS

RHCE chief of staff reflects on 30 years of service, Page 17

Fresh face in Rheinland-Pfalz housing office, Page 18

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LIFESTYLE

Virtual Explorer: 5 great sites in France, Pages 24-25

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USAFE completes CJADC2 demonstration

U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, in conjunction with the Department of the Air Force’s Chief Architect’s Office, conducted a Combined, Joint All-Domain Command and Control demonstration this past week in international waters and airspace in and around the Baltic Sea. Participation included assets from U.S. Naval Forces Europe – Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, U.S. Army Europe – Africa, U.S. Strategic Command, the Royal Air Force, the Royal Netherlands Air Force and the Polish Air Force. This demonstration was designed to test and observe the ability of the joint force, our allies and partners to integrate and provide command and control across multiple networks to multiple force capabilities. “Conducting a complex and real-world focused CJADC2 demonstration allowed our joint and allied team to find areas where we can innovate with systems we already have and also to identify

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, is refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, during a mission over the Black Sea, Jan. 14. U.S. military operations in the Black Sea enhance regional stability, combined readiness and capability with our NATO allies and partners. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Emerson Nuñez

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Air Force Assistance Fund campaign starts soon by 2nd Lt Ridge Miller 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs The annual Air Force Assistance Fund campaign officially kicked off Monday. Locally, Ramstein Air Base plans to run their giving campaign from March 15 to April 23. The AFAF raises money for four charities that take care of Airmen, Guardians, and their families. The Air Force Enlisted Village, the General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation, the Air Force Villages Charitable

Foundation, and the Air Force Aid Society. “Though there are thousands of worthy charities to give to, this is the only official Department of the Air Force campaign that is ‘for us, by us’.” said Bill D’Avanzo, Air Force fundraising chief. “This year’s theme is “For Airmen and Guardians, by Airmen and Guardians.” The AFAF supports active-duty, eligible Air National Guard and Reserve Airmen, as well as retirees, spouses, immediate family members and surviving family

members of deceased retirees. Airmen and Guardians may make donations by visiting the AFAF website and clicking the donate button. Members may contribute via e-check, debit or credit card. To donate with a paper check, a donation form is available on the site, which can be filled out, printed, and mailed in along with the check. If the donor is a retiree, a payroll deduction plan is also available. D’Avanzo said key workers in every squadron will contact members eligible to give, but if you

have not been contacted, reach out to your Airman & Family Readiness Center’s Air Force Aid Society Officer. They will also be able to get you in touch with the Installation Project Officer if you haven’t been contacted. He added because the AFAF is a “for us, by us” campaign, key workers and unit project officers are limited to soliciting donations from uniformed Department of the Air Force and retired members; however, civilians and contractors who would like to donate may do so by cash

or check where accepted, or by using the e-Giving platform. Last year’s campaign raised $2.13 million toward the charities, even as the pandemic shutdowns were just starting the week after the campaign began. This year’s goal is to raise a collective $4.5 million. “It’s difficult for our campaign workers to go desk-todesk with so many members teleworking, and it’s just not safe to do so in this COVID See ASSISTANCE FUND, Page 2


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Reduction initiative axes 506 publications, aims to empower leaders by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs After four years of review, the Department of the Air Force publication reduction initiative introduced in 2017 by then Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson is nearing a close. In a letter dated Aug. 29, 2018, the Air Force secretary, chief of staff and chief master sergeant explained the desire to empower commanders at all levels to use their best judgement when making decisions to accomplish the mission. The publications included in the initiative were organized into three categories: Air Force Policy Directives, Air Force Instructions and Air Force Manuals. As of February, 506 publications have been rescinded, 854 have been updated and 66 are currently in formal coordination with only 23 publications awaiting review. ASSISTANCE FUND from Page 1 environment,” he added. “We’re doing what we can this year by using e-Giving platforms and peer-to-peer fundraising so our campaign workers have more tools at their disposal and our contributors have more avenues to donate.” The Air Force Aid Society helps active duty Airmen and Guardians in times of emergencies by providing loans and grants, and supports base enhancement programs. The Air Force Enlisted Village, for enlisted widows and widowers, and the Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation, for officer widows and widowers, provide a secure and friendly place to live among friends with similar backgrounds. The LeMay Foundation supports widows and widowers of Air Force retirees, both officer and enlisted, in the event of a financial need, by giving grants of assistance.

After four years of review, the Department of the Air Force publication reduction initiative introduced in 2017 by then Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson is nearing a close. As of February, 506 publications have been rescinded, 854 have been updated and 66 are currently in formal coordination with only 23 publications awaiting review. U.S. Air Force graphic

During the review, functional communities considered if publications added value, set policy, described best practices and delegated authority to the lowest

practical level. According to Yoon Song, U.S. Air Force departmental publishing office director, the 23 pending publications are either waiting

for higher U.S. Department of Defense reviews to be resolved before the affected Air Force publications can be reviewed, or the inclusion of the U.S. Space Force

and other reorganization actions.

D’Avanzo said the team of charities is committed to helping Airmen, Guardians and their families, but can only do so with support to the campaigns. “They are only able to continue

providing assistance because our predecessors gave to the AFAF campaign for the past 47 years,” he said. “Now it’s our turn to pay it forward. Today we may be donating, but tomorrow we may

be calling for assistance.”

IPO, 1st Lt. Emily Smith, at DSN 480-9896 or to Master Sgt. Nicole Elmore at DSN722-8267. For an Airmen and Family Readiness Center POC, contact Mr. Bill James at DSN 480-5100.

Ramstein Air Base’s goal is to raise a combined $141,000 between March 15 and April 23. For more information, contact Ramstein’s

To view the up-to-date publications, visit www.epublishing.af.mil.

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C-17 Globemaster III from U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command also supported the demonstration. U.S. Air Force and Royal Netherlands Air Force assets also participated in a mission thread involving the defense of Ramstein Air Base. This second demonstration occurred simultaneously with the targeting demonstration and tested the ability for the joint and combined force to sense and target unmanned aerial systems and cruise missile attacks against the base. Dutch F-35 Lightning IIs also participated in the demonstration as communication links between base defense arrays as well as the 10th Army Air Missile Defense Command. U.S. Space Force also supported the demonstration with one Multiband Assessment of the Communication Environment from the 16th Space Control Squadron, Peterson-Schriever Garrison, Colorado. Other programs that supported the event included the Command and Control, Incident Management, and Emergency Response Application, Kessel Run – Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/Detachment 12, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. Additionally, the 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana contributed by exploring

U.S. Air Force Airmen with the 1st Combat Communication Squadron load a Flexible Communication Package onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III during a Combined Joint All-Domain Command and Control demonstration at Ramstein Air Base, Feb. 22. These capabilities provide the warfighter better connection and capabilities in austere locations. Photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Byers

Mr. Darryl Dickey, Georgia Tech Research Institute research engineer, pilots an unmanned aircraft system during a Combined Joint All-Domain Command and Control demonstration at Ramstein Air Base, Feb. 22. U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa conducted a CJADC2 demonstration to highlight the force’s ability to integrate network solutions and connect multiple sensors to a common operating network, presenting warfighters with an information advantage across all warfighting domains. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Ruano

various communication methodologies and technologies in support of a common operating picture. “A truly connected joint force can’t happen without strong partnerships with our combatant commands and major commands in overseas theaters," said Mr. Preston Dunlap, the Air and Space Forces’ Chief Architect. "Our methodology for these Department of the Air Force demonstrations is to take our technology to the warfighter and to iterate and innovate alongside them during these demonstration sprints. Future conflicts will be with technologically advanced adversaries — and will be contested — so a distributed but integrated system of command and control is critical if we’re to compete and win. Our USAFE counterparts working with our allies and partners during this CJADC2 event was extremely productive and helped us push the ball down the field on digitally connecting the joint force.” In an era of great power competition and in line with the National Defense Strategy, this CJADC2 event demonstrated the joint and combined force’s ability to converge assets from all domains and across NATO allies into the Baltic Sea. This will generate firepower inside an area that an adversary believes to be protected through anti-access, area denial technology, while also supporting the resiliency and defense of a

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U.S. Space Force 1st Lt. Raphael Darras, enterprise management and control project officer, provides a satellite communications demonstration during a Combined Joint All Domain Command and Control Demonstration at Ramstein Air Base, February 24. U.S. Air Forces in Europe conducted a CJADC2 demonstration to highlight the joint and combined force’s ability to converge assets, proving the concepts of integration network solutions to connect as many sensors as possible to a common operating network to present warfighters with an information advantage across all warfighting domains. Photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Byers

key power projection base. U.S. and allied military exercises in the Baltic Sea enhance regional stability, combined readiness, and capability with NATO allies and partners. “Overall, I’m impressed with our warfighters’ ability to command and control a complex targeting process as well as a base air defense scenario,” Harrigian said, “But there are areas where we can continue to improve and where technology can help us streamline our network systems to ensure all of our disparate networks can communicate and ease the workload on our Airmen.” USAFE-AFAFRICA, alongside European joint and allied partners,

will continue conducting CJADC2 events to integrate technology — including target recognition and joint force integration network solutions — to connect as many sensors as possible to a common operating network, presenting warfighters with an information advantage across all warfighting domains. For more information on this event please call USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs at +49 (0) 637147-6558 or e-mail usafepao. pao@us.af.mil. If after duty hours, please call +49 (0) 162425-5428 or e-mail usafepa. pastaffdutyofficer@us.af.mil.


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KMC BLOTTER

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FEBRUARY 22 7:13 a.m.: Seized USAREUR license plates on Kapaun AS 10:18 a.m.: Seized USAREUR license plates in Ramstein-Miesenbach FEBRUARY 23 5:03 a.m.: Theft from a motor vehicle in Landstuhl 9:30 a.m.: Theft from a motor vehicle in Landstuhl 9:45 a.m.: Seized USAREUR license plates on Kapaun AS 10:40 a.m.: Seized USAREUR license plates on Kapaun AS 1:59 p.m.: Damage to personal property at Kaiserslautern High School

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2:04 p.m.: Seized USAREUR license plates on Kapaun AS FEBRUARY 24 1:07 p.m.: Minor traffic collision/fleeing the scene in Ramstein-Miesenbach FEBRUARY 25 10:50 a.m.: Major traffic collision on Kapaun AS FEBRUARY 26 11:02 p.m.: General order violation on VFHA FEBRUARY 27 Nothing significant to report FEBRUARY 28 Nothing significant to report

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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ATTN: Retirees and high-risk patients Keeping DEERS updated is extremely important, especially when it comes to COVID-19 vaccine distribution. If your contact information is incorrect, the medical group will not be able to contact you to schedule a vaccine. Please log in to milConnect https:// www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect and ensure your personal contact information is accurate for you and your family members. Air Force official photos The 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office has a new process for scheduling official photos. Visit Ramsteinstudio.setmore.com/ services to schedule your official photo. Head and shoulders appointments are available Monday – Thursday, with appointments for full-length photos on Fridays. POV Inspections The 86th VRS Vehicle Inspection Station implemented an appointment-based system. All safety service inspections, including inspections for new vehicle registrations, inspections for registration renewals, and re-inspections for previously failed vehicles will require an appointment. A standby line will be operating to accommodate any individuals who did not make appointments on a space available basis. However, it is recommended that appointments be made. COVID-19 updates for KMC Looking for updated information regarding coronavirus and changes to base facilities? Visit www.ramstein.af.mil/COVID-19/

Ramstein COVID-19 testing Ramstein’s testing center is located at the medical clinic’s parking lot. While the parking lot is closed to thru-traffic, it is open for those presenting for testing. You do not have to exit your vehicle and walk up to the tent: just drive through the tent! Post Office parcel update The U.S. Postal Service is experiencing unprecedented volume increases and limited employee availability due to the impacts of COVID-19. Capacity challenges with airlifts and trucking for moving this historic volume of mail are leading to temporary delays. The Post Office appreciates your patience if your package is delayed. Ramstein Pharmacy Tent Ramstein’s pharmacy is closing the lobby to patient access and dispensing medications through the exterior pharmacy lobby windows (walk-up pharmacy). This enables patients to maintain proper physical distancing. Medication refills can be processed through TRICARE Online or through the automated refill line (06371-865601), and will be ready for pick-up the next duty day after 1 p.m. Pharmacy hours of operation are Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 86 AW Retiree Activities Office Closed for appointments and walk-ins. All events scheduled are cancelled until further notice. Contact us via phone DSN 480-5486/ Comm 06371-47-5486 or email to 86aw.rao@ us.af.mil or ms.tammy.thompson@gmail.com.

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Ramstein women let their hair down

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things continue to change after loc hairstyles were allowed in 2018. Not all regulations are applied equally however, as the press release notes that female Airmen must also adhere to safety standards: “Members must adhere to current occupational safety, fire and health guidance, and mishap prevention procedures emphasizing when and how to mitigate the potential for injury from hair of varying lengths around machinery, equipment, power transmission apparatus or moving parts.” As one of the squadrons affected by those standards, female maintainers from the 86th MXS understand. “If we’re in the shop (awaiting tasks) it's fine,” Hundley said. “But when you start working you better put your hair up.” Sheet metal maintenance involves working with and around chemicals that can cause permanent damage to hair as well as skin. There are also hazards involved with working next to aircraft with many extraneous parts. Regardless, Munguia is excited for what this means for the Air Force at large. “This is a big step forward,” Munguia said. “It’s giving women more control over their own hair. They listened to what women wanted and why it was causing them problems.” Munguia also agreed with the Air Force Women’s Initiative Team feedback stating that the previous grooming standards were causing women’s health issues. “Having to pull my hair into a bun so tight every day put bumps on my head and gave me headaches,” Munguia said. “It was super uncomfortable and felt horrible.” Munguia hopes that this move will eventually cause fewer health issues for women in the military and decrease stress.


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37 Airlift Squadron Airman leader among peers

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Bryce James, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, watches as an airborne troop jumps out of a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft at Ramstein Air Base, Feb. 18. The 37th AS provided airlift for the jumpers in support of their training. Photos by Staff Sgt. Kirby Turbak

by Senior Airman John R. Wright 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs A loadmaster assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron was recognized as Airlifter of the Week for his outstanding work directing personnel and cargo airlift operations at Ramstein Air Base, Feb. 18. Airman 1st Class Bryce J. James directed multiple loading operations and passenger movements, and conducted airdrop operations in support of the 37th AS $54 million flying hour program. “A1C Bryce is a leader among his peers,” said Tech. Sgt. Dustin Franks, 37th AS B flight chief. “His positive attitude and work ethic doesn’t go unnoticed among his crew and leadership.” During a two-week resupply mission throughout the Sahel region of Africa, James led 13 load teams from multinational bases. “James airlifted 707 troops and 102,000 pounds of equipment, supporting French counter-insurgency operations,” Franks said. In August 2020, James also executed a flying training deployment to Bulgaria, where he accomplished eight personnel airdrops and aided 423 bilateral training objectives with the partner nation. “The training put James’

technical knowledge and loadmaster abilities to the test,” Franks said. “His ability to complete the mission with precision, efficiency and a positive attitude earned him recognition as the exercise ‘Top Performer.’” When James isn’t on a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, he serves in his squadron’s tactics office, where he reviews and catalogues airfield suitability requirements across Europe. “James maintains our aircraft toolkit program within the tactics office, ensuring our squadron’s loadmasters are equipped with the right tools to complete the mission successfully,” Franks said. “This is important because the 37th AS is (U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s) sole tactical airlift unit for (Agile Combat Employment) operations.” Outside his work life, James, a Lake Tahoe, Nevada, native, enjoys snowboarding, hiking, football and baseball. “He’s a team player, and you can see he brings that attribute to the job,” Franks said. “He works well with his flight crew and other squadron members.” Loadmasters are an integral part of the 37th AS mission set, providing personnel and cargo airlift capabilities, including rapid

response aeromedical evacuation missions throughout the U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa areas of responsibility. “He is eager to help and always the first to volunteer, whether it’s for a squadron event or a mission,” Franks said. “He’s a solid performer both in the aircraft and in the office, and a key member of the 37th AS ‘Blue Tail Flies.’”

U.S. Air Force 86th Airlift Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Hope Skibitsky coins Airman 1st Class Bryce James, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, at Ramstein Air Base, Feb. 18. James was coined for being Airlifter of the Week, a program highlighting outstanding Airmen at and attached to Ramstein.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Bryce James, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, pulls static lines after a personnel drop over Ramstein Air Base, Feb. 18. James was recognized as Airlifter of the Week for his work directing loading operations and passenger movement, and overseeing airdrop operations.


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ACE Academy creates flexible Airmen

U.S. Air Force participants in the Agile Combat Employment Academy set up a tent during training on Spangdahlem Air Base, Feb. 22. Participants learned different skills during the four-day training, and taught their own skillsets to other members to promote a highly versatile deployment force.

Story and photos by Tech. Sgt. Maeson Elleman 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 52nd Fighter Wing conducted specialized training on Spangdahlem Air Base as part of the Agile Combat Employment Academy Feb. 22-25. The training taught Airmen in a range of career fields across the base how to perform a variety of different tasks from setting up tents to building cargo pallets in order to promote a highly flexible force, capable of deploying anywhere at a moment’s notice. “When we go to austere locations, we don’t have the resources to take an entire base to support our mission,” said 1st Lt. Branden VenturaMiller, 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels flight commander and ACE Academy leader. “So what this is, really, is creating multi-capable Airmen who are equipped to do other people’s jobs so we can work with minimal people.” ACE Academy is a training initiative held throughout the Air Force, and Spangdahlem maintainer Airmen have been participating in the program for some time, specifically emphasizing mission generation. However, this is the first time the installation has supported a mission support variant of the academy. In order to create the refocused version, Ventura established the first base operation class for ACE in U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, and he established the training syllabus used during the four-day course. “We never know when we’re going to be called to a different location,” said Ventura-Miller. “This really gives us the opportunity to pull

as many Airmen as possible to help support the mission that will take place not here at Spangdahlem, but at other locations.” Not only did participants learn from other Air Force career fields, but they also passed on a bit of their own expertise to the other participants. Airmen from Spangdahlem’s medical, operations, maintenance and mission support groups and wing staff agencies both learned and taught occupational safety, public health, public affairs, LRS functions, and learning how to work generators. A select few members also received leadership training they would need while deployed, like senior leader’s training for security forces, where they learned how to set up force support and security. Some officer participants were taught how to fill in and manage as directors of operations. “I definitely think it’s good training,” said Staff Sgt. Zachary Clement, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management specialist, who was acting as a trainer for a portion of ACE Academy for the first time. “You never know what situation or place you’re going to be put into where you are going to be required to know some skills. It’s always great to be that guy who knows what you’re doing when it’s needed.” Clement’s instruction revolved around tent-building, where participants were split up to build two tents in roughly half an hour. When it comes to being mission-ready anywhere, the NCO said this was a pretty important component. “At Spangdahlem, we have a specialized team here known as the

Initial Response Force, which at any time can be employed, and sometimes, when they are called, they will be required to set up a tent to possibly stage out of for command and control and living,” Clement said. Clement also said having flexible Airmen at Spangdahlem makes the Air Force a better-capable partner alongside other nations from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in the region. “I think Spangdahlem is special in a way not only because people get to embrace the culture of the area, but you also have NATO forces and allies that we can work together and build a stronger team,” he said. Ventura-Miller said the installation plans to host more training like this one.

U.S. Air Force Airmen work together to build a cargo pallet as part of the Agile Combat Employment Academy on Spangdahlem Air Base, Feb. 22. The training was designed to produce flexible Airmen, capable of deploying in support of and alongside North Atlantic Treaty Organization partner nations at a moment’s notice.

U.S. Air Force participants in the Agile Combat Employment Academy pack up a tent during training on Spangdahlem Air Base, Feb. 22. ACE Academy is designed to allow a minimal number of Airmen to deploy to a range of different locations using skillsets from other career fields.

U.S. Air Force participants in the Agile Combat Employment Academy practice building a cargo pallet as part of the training on Spangdahlem Air Base, Feb. 22. The training taught participants occupational safety, public health, public affairs, logistics functions, and how to work generators, as well as different leadership skills to a select few members.


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US bombers arrive in Norway for first time, demonstrating Transatlantic Link

One of the U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers taxiing at Oerland Air Base near Trondheim in Norway. The deployment of this strategic capability showcases Allied cooperation in the region, and underscores the transatlantic link within the NATO Alliance. Photo courtesy of Norwegian Air Force.

by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers arrived at the Norwegian Air Base in Oerland for the first time in both Allies’ history, on Feb. 22. The United States and Norway will conduct joint training to demonstrate transatlantic interoperability. These missions help build an understanding and further bolster the partnership between allies. Overall, this will increase the lethality and readiness of the combined forces in the North of Europe.

“Training with Allies like Norway enables us to hone our deterrence and defence capabilities while also enhancing regional stability” “I’m looking forward to showcasing our ability to operate out of this new location and get after the mission in fresh environments,” said Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander. “Training with allies like Norway enables us to hone our deterrence and defence capabilities while also enhancing regional stability,” he added. In compliance with U.S. and

Norwegian policy, all U.S. Air Force personnel will immediately enter a restriction of movement upon arrival in Norway. All personnel were medically screened prior to travel.

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Department of the Air Force to allow shorts for maintainers, updates variety of uniform options by Staff Sgt. Jeremy L. Mosier Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Airmen and Guardians will now have more dress and appearance options with upcoming uniform changes to Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Dress and Appearance. “These options came directly from feedback from the field through the virtual uniform board and feedback from commands in the field,” said Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly, Air Force deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel, and services. “We appreciated the feedback we received from Airmen and the opportunity to hear their concerns and ideas. Not all of the ideas fit within our standards or culture, but many do and provided us an opportunity to provide options for our Airmen.” The following changes will be effective March 15, upon publication of an interim change to Air Force Instruction 36-2903. Commanders of Airmen in the 2-Series Air Force specialty codes may authorize wear of dark navy blue shorts in lieu of the

Airman Battle Uniform, or ABU, or Operational Camouflage Pattern, or OCP, trousers in authorized maintenance areas when high temperatures are forecasted to meet or exceed 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Authorized areas will include the flight line, hangars and dock areas outside of climate-controlled areas. If commanders authorize the wear of the shorts, they will meet specified requirements that will be incorporated in the upcoming change to AFI 36-2903 for standardization and be worn with the coyote brown T-shirt and uniform green or coyote brown socks with uniform boots. Additionally, Airmen and Guardians in all specialties will be authorized to wear their functional community’s approved duty identifier patches. The identifier will be a maximum of five letters and maintain a standard spice brown color scheme. Airmen and Guardians will also have more options for sock colors, glasses frames and bags carried in uniform. Service members will be able to wear conservative, solid black, white, navy blue, gray,

desert sand, tan, Defense Logistics Agency issued green or coyote brown socks with their physical training gear. The socks may have small trademark logos. New guidance for eyeglasses and sunglasses will allow more color options for frames to include black, brown, white, navy blue, gray or transparent material, or gold or silver wire. Finally, additional options for bags and bag colors will be authorized. Messenger and lunch bags will be permitted, and the following colors will be approved for all bags to be carried in uniform: black, brown, gray and navy blue. All authorized bags must be without design, unless ABU or OCP pattern. Also approved through the Air Force Virtual uniform board recommendations are increased accessory options. Members will be authorized to wear cold weather accessories without wearing authorized outer garments. For example, the fleece cap and/or gloves may be worn without an outer garment. Headphones or Bluetooth devices may be authorized in more environments. Wear or use of an earpiece, any Bluetooth wireless

technology or headphones while in uniform, indoors or outdoors, is authorized for official duties or may be authorized as determined by the installation commander, delegable no lower than the squadron commander level. Finally, tactical caps will be authorized for wear with the OCP uniform once the acquisition process is complete for the new uniform item, which is expected to

take approximately a year. In addition to these approved suggestions, numerous other ideas from the 101st Air Force Virtual uniform board are still under consideration. Information on these items will be released at a later date. For more information on changes, reference AFI 36-2903 Dress and Appearance.


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German approach to COVID-19

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by 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs It’s been more than one year since the emergence of COVID-19, and countries around the globe have handled it in their own way. Airmen arriving to Germany from another assignment may find themselves wondering how their host nation country is handling the pandemic and how to stay informed about local guidelines. Germany has taken a very methodical approach, relying on data and available resources to guide decisions. According to the Ramstein’s host nation office, Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, provides an overview of the country’s goals and regularly meets with all of the 16 state minister presidents (similar to U.S. state governors) to discuss the way ahead. Much is decided based on an area’s seven-day incidence rate. The Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of Health weighed in to help explain how infection rates in Germany are calculated. “The infection rate is predominantly presented as a seven-day incidence,” said Markus Kuhlen, Ministry for Social Affairs, Labor, Health and Demography Rhineland-Palatinate deputy press officer. “It is calculated from all cases reported within one week in relation to 100,000 inhabitants.” Officials say that a seven-day incidence of 50/100k inhabitants has been the longstanding target for multiple reasons. One is that it allows for thorough contact tracing — ensuring notification of close contacts almost to the end of infection chain. Proper contract tracing helps the health department control the spread infections. Another reason is to help protect the healthcare system to ensure there is a balance between demand and resources. Newer efforts hope to keep the regional

average down to a seven-day incidence of no more than 35/100k. When it comes to traveling throughout the country or across a border, Germany once categorized areas with more COVID-19 cases as “high risk.” The Robert Koch Institute, the authoritative public health institute in Germany, has further introduced three categories of COVID-19 infection areas. Areas can now be classified as “high-risk areas,” “high-incidence areas,” and “virus variant areas.” The different categories provide the opportunity to establish different measures for those entering the area. This distinction allows for additional and stricter regulations for regions with particularly high numbers of cases (high incidence areas) and regions where certain

virus variants have spread (virus variant areas). In the latter, for example, entrants need a negative test result upon entry. Germany successfully kept COVID-19 numbers low during the first wave because they reacted quickly to implement public health measures. “Our goal from the very beginning was to flatten the curve of case numbers per day. The main aim was not to overburden the healthcare system throughout Germany, especially the bed capacities in the intensive care units,” said Kuhlen. “Therefore, in Germany, we called for contact avoidance and took strict measures before the first wave peaked.” Officials say the key to success was and continues to be the willingness of the population

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Air Force finalizes PT uniform design; will begin production process

Air Force Uniform Office members 2nd Lt. Maverick Wilhite and 1st Lt. Avery Thomson put updated versions of the Air Force physical training gear, or PTG, uniform through their paces at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Feb. 25. The Air Force Uniform Office is part of the Human Systems Division in the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Agile Combat Support Directorate. This is the first update to the PTG uniform in more than 16 years, and more than 150 Airmen participated in testing the new gear. The new ensemble currently consists of a jacket, a pair of pants, a T-shirt and two types of shorts; a lined runner’s short and a longer unlined multipurpose short. A long sleeve T-shirt and a hoodie are in development. The new uniform items are entering the production phase and will be available to Airmen sometime in 2022. Photos by Jim Varhegyi

by Brian Brackens Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Public Affairs

Air Force Uniform Office member 2nd Lt. Maverick Wilhite wears the updated Air Force physical training gear, or PTG, uniform at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Feb. 25.

After numerous tests and feedback from Airmen around the world, the Air Force Uniform Office has finalized the design of the new Physical Training Gear uniform, or PTG, and is preparing to begin the production process. This is the first update to the PT uniform in more than 16 years, and more than 150 Airmen participated in testing the uniform. “Our main requirement (from Air Force leaders) was to develop a PT uniform that people really wanted to wear and is as good as, if not better than, commercially available athletic wear,” said Tracy Roan, chief of the Air

Force Uniform Office which is aligned under the Agile Combat Support Directorate’s Human Systems Division. “The new uniform now includes all of the great performance features that you find in athletic wear today.” In addition to improving performance, the uniform is designed to accommodate various athletic interests. “In the past, there was one uniform for all athletic pursuits, whether you were running, playing basketball or lifting weights,” said Col. Paul Burger, 88th Air Base Wing Mission Support Group commander, one of the test participants and an official with the Air Force Marathon. “The approach the Air Force has now taken, is to develop a uniform that is earmarked for runners or running and one that is


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better designed for some of those other athletic activities.” With the new gear, Airmen will be issued a jacket, a pair of pants, T-shirt and shorts. The ensemble will have improved fabrics that include soft, quick-drying material and have antimicrobial technology that helps with moisture and odor control. Other significant changes include the design of the jacket. “With the ‘notorious’ track jacket, we’ve made updates to the fabric to minimize the noise it makes during workouts,” said 2nd Lt. Maverick Wilhite, the uniform office’s program manager for PT gear. “The jacket will be sleeker looking, so instead of having a bulky jacket, you’ll have a fit and tailored design. In addition, the jacket will have a zipper chest pocket for holding things

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like your CAC (common access card).” The workout ensemble will include two variations of shorts; a shorter running style, and a longer all-purpose short. The all-purpose shorts are unlined knit with zipper hip pockets you can close. The runner’s short is a lightweight stretch-woven fabric with mesh side panels to improve airflow and improved stretch liner for modesty. The performance shirt is designed to be untucked during workouts or tucked as required by command. Overall, the entire PTG uniform has updated styling with stretch materials to provide comfort and increase performance. The new uniform will be available to Airmen in 2022, and there will be a four-year transition period for mandatory wear.

Air Force Uniform Office member 1st Lt. Avery Thompson wears the updated Air Force physical training gear, or PTG, uniform T-shirt and running shorts at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Feb. 25.

Air Force Uniform Office member 1st Lt. Avery Thompson wears the updated versions of the Air Force physical training gear, or PTG, uniform shorts at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Feb. 25. The Air Force Uniform Office is part of the Human Systems Division in the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Agile Combat Support Directorate. The new ensemble currently consists of a jacket, a pair of pants, a T-shirt and two types of shorts; a lined runner’s short and a longer unlined multipurpose short. A long sleeve T-shirt and a hoodie are in development.

Air Force Uniform Office member 2nd Lt. Maverick Wilhite wears the updated Air Force physical training gear, or PTG, uniform at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Feb. 25.

Air Force Uniform Office members 2nd Lt. Maverick Wilhite and 1st Lt. Avery Thomson put updated versions of the Air Force physical training gear, or PTG, uniform through their paces at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Feb. 25.

Air Force Uniform Office member 2nd Lt. Maverick Wilhite demonstrates wear of the updated Air Force physical training gear, or PTG, uniform at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Feb. 25.


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435 AEW Airmen support Operation Octave Quartz, build out base by Master Sgt. Marie Brown 435th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs Airmen of the 435th Air Expeditionary Wing and the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing recently took part in the movement of personnel and cargo to support Operation Octave Quartz. The objective of OOQ was to reposture assets and personnel within Somalia to other locations within the region at the direction of the President of the United States and the acting Secretary of Defense. “I am extremely proud of both wings for how quickly and safely they accomplished an incredibly challenging mission with professionalism and tenacity,” said Col. Daniel C. Clayton, 435th AGOW and 435th AEW commander. “Once again, our amazing Airmen across Africa and Europe proved their readiness and resiliency, by rapidly responding and effectively executing their mission in the austere conditions and contested environment of East Africa.” The 435th AEW is the U.S. Air Force’s only Air Forces Africa wing deployed to various locations in Africa. Airmen assigned to the wing had a vital undertaking to rapidly enhance basing solutions in East Africa to essentially double operational capability. “We had to first understand what missions and number of associated personnel coming to the base,” said

Airmen from the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing execute a short-notice tasker to build-out a base capability in East Africa, Dec. 29, 2020. In addition to the build-out the Airmen repurposed three sleeping buildings into office spaces, expanded kitchen operations by 1,000 square feet, and constructed new fire department berthing tents and an alarm room. Courtesy photos

Capt. Brandon Gray, 435th AEW Team 3 civil engineering officer. “Then we were able to identify the needed life support assets to begin designing the base layout.” Once all requirements were known, the team was able to move on to the mechanics of the build-out and transition their focus to expansion. “There wasn’t enough land on the existing camp to receive the increased population,” Gray said. “One section of the (perimeter) wall had to be removed and a new wall had to be built.” In addition to expanding, the team had to make other adjustments around the base.

Airmen with the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and the 435th Air Expeditionary Wing work together to construct a field resuscitative surgical tent at a base in East Africa, Dec. 15, 2020. Airmen of the 435th AGOW and 435th AEW took part in the movement of personnel and cargo to support Operation Octave Quartz.

“Our unit had to plan, resource, and construct base improvements,” said Maj. Joe Thomas, 475th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron mission support flight commander and OOQ base build-out officer in charge. “With assistance from Air Forces Africa (engineering branch) staff, we designed our base expansion to meet the housing needs of additional troops; sufficient to support all power, water, communications, latrine, laundry, fitness, and dining facility requirements.” In addition, the team consolidated and renovated numerous existing structures to support additional workspaces. “We renovated and developed a 3,000 square foot building to consolidate the Base Defense Operations Center, 475th EABS Staff and the U.S. Army’s Task Force Bayonet security forces into a single joint facility,” Thomas said. “We repurposed three sleeping buildings into office spaces, expanded the kitchen operations by 1,000 square feet, and constructed new fire department berthing tents and (an) alarm room.” Airmen of the 435th AEW and 435th AGOW not only proved they could efficiently and effectively execute the demands of the wing’s mission set with adaptiveness, agility, and lethality, but also within the required timeline, as one team. Work to build out the base began with only five CE and eight communications Airmen. On order the 435th AEW’s sister wing, the 435th AGOW, provided essential subject matter experts. For the construction and expansion, the 435th Construction and Training Squadron provided 20 CE troops and an additional 12 communications; three petroleum, oil and lubrication; two services troops; and one contractor were tasked from within the USAFE-AFAFRICA HQ staff and TF Bayonet to provide assistance in addition to the relocating units.

“All of the units assigned to relocate played a crucial role in supporting the establishment of berthing locations and work spaces,” said Master Sgt. Carlos Rodriguez, 475th EABS services noncommissioned officer in charge. “Without their support, we would not have been able to meet the hard deadline.” With the mechanics of the buildout underway, the 435th AEW logistics operations cell worked closely with U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa (Joint Operation Planning and Execution System Branch) and (Logistics Readiness Current Operations Branch) teams, the U.S. Embassy, and the Surface Deployment Distribution Command to coordinate transportation of personnel and assets into the area of responsibility. “It was an air and ground effort,” said Lt. Col. Kristen Moulis, 435th AEW logistics operation cell. “The ground logistics team supported 18 airlift missions moving 442,000 pounds of cargo. Our team crafted a large-scale ground convoy in coordination with the U.S. Embassy and SDDC, launching 22 trucks of cargo.” The 435th AGOW played a critical role. Teams from the 435th Contingency Response Group and the 435th Air and Space Communications Group provided vital expertise, manpower, and equipment to ensure mission success. In all, the teams worked the retrograde movement actions to reposition AFAFRICA aircraft, personnel, and equipment within East Africa that resulted in the movement of 1,279 personnel and 3,364 tons of cargo saving over $1 million dollars in airlift costs. “Joint Task Force-Quartz completed our assigned mission ahead of schedule, with all personnel and equipment repositioned safely. This operation has been a testament to how far our military has come as a

joint force,” said Maj. Gen. Dagvin Anderson, JTF-Quartz commander. “To come together with little notice, integrate air, sea, and land components into a coherent operation, and execute flawlessly in a remote part of the world under a compressed timeline is nothing short of extraordinary.” When conducting base expansion operations, units typically expect some resistance, but for the 435th AEW, the resistance was not imposed by the enemy, but rather the clock. “Our main opposition was time,” Rodriguez said. “(Plus), the availability of resources and contractors on the local economy who could accomplish the task in a timely manner.” For the logistics cell, “challenges included the expedited timeline to reposition assets to multiple locations supported via the most efficient and effective means, while working within the suspense designated by the POTUS executive order,” Moulis said. Despite the challenges, the teams still executed their missions ahead of schedule. “From the time the assets arrived on ground, the team built the life support area in less than 30 days,” Gray said. With the majority of the work almost complete there is still plenty left to do. “A new aircraft parking apron is currently in design for fixed wing assets,” Gray said. “A perimeter road is currently in development, and a water well is under contract that is expected to be complete in 45 days.” The teams assigned to the 435th AEW successfully executed their shortnotice order as one team enabling multi-theater sustainment and support while maintaining partner capacity. “I am extremely proud of the effort and quality of work that our team has accomplished in such a short time,” Thomas said. “We have done more construction and renovation in two-and-a-half months than I have completed in my previous two deployments combined. We continue to improve conditions and infrastructure and have a goal of being in steady-state operations by the end of February.” “Any adversary who wishes to challenge U.S. military power, our partners, or our allies should think twice after seeing what we did in such a short time,” said Anderson. “The U.S. is unmatched in our ability to project power, and we stand ready to do so anytime, anywhere.” Despite the relocation, the 435th AEW will remain postured to support the mission in East Africa, working together with partners to advance mutual security interests, counter violent extremism, and support partner nation missions.


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Economy), so unless you are practicing their level of efficiency when it comes to your home, it is likely your bills are much higher just because you are less efficient with regard to saving energy. “Germany is a prime example of a nation that has made energy efficiency a top priority,” ACEEE Executive Director Steven Nadel said. With considerably lower power costs in the states, it is easy to fall into a less than strict energy-saving strategy when it comes to your home. Now that you are stationed in Germany, you may want to rethink how you do some things when you get home. Here are a number of ways to save with very little effort: Turn off unnecessary lights Turning off a couple 100 Watt bulbs for two hours per day over the course of a year results in substantial energy savings. Take shorter showers Hot water is expensive, especially if you heat with electric. Read more on last page of Property Section

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Kleber Soldiers participate in Finnish Army’s Winter Combat Course

(From left) U.S. Army Capt. Samuel Pankonen, the chief nursing officer at Kaiserslautern Army Health Clinic, and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Elias Bonilla, laboratory technician at Kaiserslautern Army Health Clinic, participate in the Winter Combat Course near Rovaniemi, Finland, located just four miles south of the Arctic Circle, Jan. 17. With temperatures reaching as low as -37 degrees Celsius and a landscape covered with a meter of snow, Pankonen and Bonilla joined a multinational cohort for the two-week long exercise, familiarizing themselves with topics such as using layered clothing, protecting against and treatment of injuries relating to frostbite, sustaining performance capability, making fire by using ad hoc tools, getting versatile skiing practice (including cross-country skiing downhill and uphill, skiing skills track, and skiing with and without a rucksack) and marksmanship practice with and without night vision equipment also on skis, utilizing snow vehicles, fortifying in snow, and conducting combat operations in snowy conditions. Photos courtesy of the U.S. Army

by Marcy Sanchez Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Public Affairs ROVANIEMI, Finland —Subarctic temperatures didn’t stop a multinational training exercise from going forward during a Winter Combat Course near Rovaniemi, Finland, located just four miles south of the Arctic Circle, during the freezing month of January, the coldest month of the year in the region. With temperatures reaching as low as -37 degrees Celsius and a landscape covered with a meter of snow, two U.S. Soldiers assigned to U.S. Army Health Clinic Kaiserslautern joined the two-week long exercise, familiarizing themselves with topics such as using layered clothing, protecting against and treatment of injuries relating to frostbite, sustaining performance capability, making fire by using ad hoc tools, getting versatile skiing practice (including crosscountry skiing downhill and uphill, skiing skills track, and skiing with and without a rucksack) and marksmanship practice with and without night vision equipment also on skis, utilizing snow vehicles, fortifying in snow, and conducting combat operations in snowy conditions. “I’ve never done winter warfare training before: it was just a world of difference,” said U.S. Army Capt. Samuel Pankonen, the chief nursing officer at Kaiserslautern Army Health Clinic. “The focus of the training is to make sure we have action competence.” According to Pankonen, the course immersed participants in the arctic climate with minimal equipment to test survivability, lethality and collaboration. “(The Finnish Army) wanted us to be able to operate in the environment that we were being exposed

to,” said Pankonen, a native of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. “With the extreme cold and having (simulated) enemies trying to kill you, we had to operate at that most basic unit function and carry on the mission.” Last year the Army introduced the Regionally Aligned Readiness and Modernization Model, a flexible, predictable force generation process that will create an Army that is regionally and functionally capable of supporting the nation’s defense strategy. Part of those efforts include a new Arctic strategy to increase the ability to protect assets in Arctic regions while continuing to recalibrate its forces around the world to deter near-peer adversaries. “Optimizing the employment of our forces and being able to demonstrate our capabilities through combined exercises and power projection are critical,” said U.S.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. James C. McConville, in an Association of the U.S. Army report. “We are focused on maintaining and enhancing those relationships.” The course, part of arctic warfare training, is led by the Finnish Army’s Jaeger Brigade and aims for designation as a training center of excellence for arctic training. “That was the first time I got on skis; I had never put on skis before,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Elias Bonilla, a laboratory technician at Kaiserslautern Army Health Clinic. “At first I was like, ‘I don't know if I can do this.’ But (Finnish instructors) taught us the basics and that really helped set the pace for the next two weeks of training.” By the end of the course, Bonilla, a native of Los Angeles, was skiing while shooting a weapon and maneuvering across rough terrain.

Students engage in cross country skiing during the Winter Combat Course near Rovaniemi, Finland, located just four miles south of the Arctic Circle, Jan. 20.

During the second week of the course students were tasked with a four-day live fire exercise in which they remained outside throughout the duration of the event. While the training grounds are a very hostile environment, Pankonen said that student wellbeing was also at the forefront of the course. “The instructors highly encouraged and almost sometimes forced us to stop what we were doing to eat or rest,” explains Pankonen. “Shelter and security are important but you need to rest because the environment is (unforgiving).” When asked about any difficulties training with foreign militaries or service members of other occupations, Pankonen said their differences didn’t matter in the training environment.

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March 5, 2021

Spring marks beginning of tick season

A tick like this one, seen at 10x magnification, can spread a number of dangerous pathogens during the warm-weather months. Photo by Cornel Constantin

Along with tick prevention, pet owners are encouraged to check their pets for ticks daily, especially after they spend time outdoors. Photo by Igor Chus/Shutterstock.com

by Michelle Thum Regional Health Command Europe

Along with using tick prevention techniques,, pet owners are encouraged to check their pets for ticks daily, especially after they spend time outdoors. Maj. Jamie Case, veterinarian and officer in charge of the Wiesbaden Veterinary Treatment Facility, recommends that pets be treated for ticks year-round and encourages pet owners to talk with their local veterinary treatment facility to determine the best tick prevention strategies. “Along with tick prevention, pet owners are encouraged to check their pets for ticks daily, especially after they spend time outdoors,” Case said.

Tick exposure can occur year-round, but ticks are most active during the upcoming warmer months from March to September. Public Health Command Europe’s Entomology Department provides helpful tips and tricks for tick prevention. “Ticks are pesky little critters and can carry several potentially serious diseases,” explained Lt. Col. Sheryl Pedersen, Chief of PHCE’s Entomology Department. “The most common disease ticks transmit is Lyme disease. A person with Lyme disease may develop fever, headache, fatigue and a skin rash.” The red and circular rash is commonly referred to as “bullseye” rash but only approximately 70%-80% of infected persons develop the rash. In most cases, Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics. However, if the disease is left

untreated, it can worsen and cause a number of serious problems, to include facial paralysis and pain and numbness in the hands and feet. There is currently no Lyme disease vaccine available for humans. However, there is an effective vaccine available for Tick-borne Encephalitis that you can receive on the economy by referral. “Ticks are most common during spring and summer, when the temperature is higher, but they adjusted well to the weather,” said Pedersen. “Nowadays, ticks can be spotted year-round, especially when the ground temperatures are above 45 degrees Fahrenheit.” Ticks move quickly across the body, but they prefer areas that are warm and moist. They are often found in the armpits, groin, inside the belly button, at the back of the knees or the scalp. Once the tick has found a place it likes, it will bite and burrow its head firmly into the skin.

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and not something that’s easy to see — making it a perfect place for a tick to set up camp. 5. Near the eyelids: It can be tricky to tell, which is why around the eyes is one place ticks go unnoticed. If you’re not sure, it’s best to consult with your Veterinary Treatment Facility. PHCE offers a free tick surveillance program, which identifies and tests ticks for the military and beneficiaries. If you do find a tick on any member of your family, remove it and take the tick to your local medical treatment facility. For your furry friends, take the tick to a veterinary treatment facility. Be sure to have information on where you may have been bit and the date it was removed, so PHCE can capture the information. Please do not send or bring ticks directly to Public Health Command Europe. For more information on tick-borne illnesses and how to protect yourself and your family, please talk with your primary care manager or your pet’s veterinarian. Follow “Public Health Command Europe” on Facebook.

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Pedersen says ticks can be safely removed with tweezers. “The first thing to do is to make sure you remove it properly,” she said. “All you need is a pair of clean, fine-tipped tweezers and simply pull at the mouthparts, or as close to the skin as possible, in a slow steady manner. Don’t pull too abruptly since you can cause the body to disconnect from its head which will remain in your skin and cause an infection.”

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Regional Health Command Europe chief of staff reflects on 30 years of service

Col. Andre R. Pippen and his family poses for a picture before cutting the ceremonial cake after Pippen assumed command of MEDDAC-Japan during a ceremony held June 16 inside the Yano Fitness Center’s gym on the Camp Zama installation. Photo by Kiyoshi Tokeshi

Col. Andre Pippen, the chief of staff for Regional Health Command Europe, poses for a photo. Pippen is preparing to retire from the U.S. Army after 30 years of service. Photo by Russell Toof

by Russell Toof Regional Health Command Europe

experience. I think I’ve been able to have a big impact on people’s lives and vice versa and I’m thankful for that.” African Americans have defended the nation since the Revolutionary War and have built a legacy of courage and professionalism by serving the U.S. Army with great honor and distinction. Pippen says that being an African American, he often faced unique challenges as an Army officer and a commander. “There were many times that I didn’t look like any of my peers or superior officers, so I felt like I had to work extra hard to make sure that I represented people of color with honor,” he said. “I sought out the challenging jobs and took advantage of the training opportunities afforded to me, and I was fortunate to have had some success in my career.” As Pippen prepares for retirement, he offered some advice for Soldiers just starting their Army career. “Don’t be afraid to seek out mentors, no matter who they look like,” said Pippen. “Find people who have the experience that you can learn from. Don’t be afraid to ‘check out’ different leadership styles. Some might work for you, some might

Each year during African American History Month, the U.S. Army reflects upon and celebrates the tremendous contributions of African Americans. For almost three decades, Col. Andre Pippen has been proud to count himself as part of the nearly 200,000 African Americans who serve in the active Army, National Guard, and Army Reserve. The theme of African American History Month for 2021 was “The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity.” The theme highlights the African American family, leadership and service. Pippen, who is currently serving as the chief of staff for Regional Health Command Europe, grew up in Bessemer, Ala. as the youngest of eight children. “We didn’t have a lot but we had each other,” Pippen said. “My mother and grandmother loved us very much. They made an honest living and taught us the importance of taking care of your family.” Pippen was primarily raised by his mother and grandmother, and says that his mother was strict, but she motivated them to

always do the right thing. “When a lot of my friends were out getting into trouble after dark, my mom had a strict policy that we had to be inside when the street lights turned on. I hated that at the time, but now I’m so grateful that she kept me focused on school and my other responsibilities.” That discipline set the foundation for success in sports and in school, Pippen says. That success earned him an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he was not only faced with the challenge of the West Point curriculum, but also with playing Division I football. But after three years at West Point, he faced his first setback. “I was focusing more on football than academics and I had to leave West Point,” said Pippen. “I was scared to call my mom to tell her I was coming home. I felt like I had let the family down, but my mom just kept encouraging me, and reminding me to stay focused on my goals.” Pippen said that setback was a crucial turning point in his life that enabled him to re-focus his goals and priorities. “I couldn’t let what happened to me at West Point be a stumbling block,” he said. “Thanks to the support of my mom and

my family, I was able to turn it into a stepping stone. I learned a valuable life lesson — when you fail, you learn from that. Don’t let that failure be the defining moment of your life.” With renewed determination, Pippen enrolled at the University of Alabama-Birmingham in the Reserve Officer Training Corps, and got back to work. He graduated from Birmingham as a distinguished military graduate in 1991, and was commissioned into the Army as a Medical Service Corps officer. “My goal originally was to stay long enough to fulfill my commitment, but here I am 30 years later and it’s been a fulfilling career,” he said. Pippen, who plans to retire later this year, is appreciative of the leadership opportunities afforded to him over his career. “When I look back on these last thirty years, there are still some experiences that stand out to me,” said Pippen. “I was a medical platoon leader in the 7th Infantry Division, a company commander in the 101st Airborne Division, and a battalion commander in the 82nd Airborne Division. I grew and learned a lot as a leader in all three of these positions. My career hasn’t been perfect, but overall it’s been an extraordinary

not, but always look for ways to improve as an Army leader and as a person.” Pippen says that he’s proud of his African American heritage and proud to have served. “This month is a time to reflect on the impact and contributions that African Americans have and continue to have on our nation,” said Pippen. “The Army has made a lot of progress in regards to inclusion. However, we still have more work to do. It is always important to judge Soldiers on who they are and what they do versus their rank, race, creed, color, gender or religious affiliation. I have always been conscious of this reality and made an effort to be fair across the board.” Pippen added that Soldiers should take full advantage of the opportunities available in the Army. “I’ve loved it so much,” he said. “I’ve seen the world. I’m better educated than when I started. This has been my life. It’s been a huge part of me and it’s been fun. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world.” To learn more about African American History Month, visit https://www.army.mil/ africanamericans/.


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Fresh face front, center for Rheinland-Pfalz housing office during 2021 PCS season

Sabine Bangert, Baumholder Housing Office receptionist, is the smiling face at the entry point to the housing office in Baumholder to help Soldiers and their families have a better housing experience. Photo by Bernd Mai

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Ramstein North Chapel Conference Room (Bldg 1201) Service: 10:30 a.m., 4th Saturday Service: 12:00 p.m., 3rd Thursday at LRMC Chapel For more info: ktownsgibuddhism@gmail.com

Catholic services

Daenner Community Chapel (Bldg 3150) Sunday Mass: 12:30 p.m. (all year round) Confession: 11:45 p.m. Landstuhl Community Chapel (Bldg 3773) Tue, Wed, Fri: 12 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m. Confession: 8 a.m. Ramstein North Chapel (Bldg 1201) Daily Mass: 11:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday Sunday Masses: 9 a.m., 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. Confession: RNC or by appt. 4 p.m.- 4:45 p.m. Sundays

episcopal (anglican) (st. albans) Kapaun Chapel (Bldg 2781) Service: 10:30 a.m. Sundays

islamic services

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

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

protestant services

Landstuhl Community Chapel (Bldg 3773) Worship: 11:00 a.m. Sundays Children’s Youth Church: 11:00 a.m. Sundays Daenner Community Chapel (Bldg 3150) Chapel Next Worship: Sunday 10:00 a.m. Children’s Church: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Ramstein North Chapel (Bldg 1201) Contemporary Service: 11:00 a.m. Sundays Seventh-Day Adventist Worship Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Saturdays Divine Worship: 11:00 a.m. Saturdays Ramstein South Chapel (Bldg 2403) Traditional with Communion: 9:30 a.m. Sundays Vogelweh Chapel (Bldg 2063) Gospel Service: 11:00 a.m. Sundays. For more info: facebook.com\vogelwehgospelservice or email rvgsfacebook@gmail.com

Wiccan

Kapaun Annex (Bldg 2782) Service: 7:00 p.m. Saturdays

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

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AUTOS All ads & pics on www.FindItGuide.com 2019 Nissan Sentra SV, Sedan / Saloon, $17,999. Patriot Military Automobiles GmbH - Kaiserslautern, 22 Kaiserstrasse, Kaiserslautern, 67661 Germany, +49 (0) 631 892 932 90, contact@pa triot-autos.net. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com! 2019 Nissan Sentra SV, Sedan / Saloon, $17,999. Patriot Military Automobiles GmbH - Grafenwoehr, 30 Im Gewerbepark, Grafenwoehr, 92655 Germany, 0151-1580-6354, contact@patri ot-autos.net. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com! 2019 Nissan Sentra SV, Sedan / Saloon, $17,995. Patriot Military Automobiles GmbH - Spangdahlem II, 1A Im Kreuzgarten, Spangdahlem, 54529 Germany, contact@patriot-autos.net. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com!

2019 Nissan Sentra SV, Sedan / Saloon, $17,299. Patriot Military Automobiles GmbH - Vicenza, 304 Via Aldo Moro, Vicenza, 36100 Italy, +39 0444 502025, contact@patriot-autos.net. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com! 2019 Nissan Sentra SV, Sedan / Saloon, $16,999. Patriot Military Automobiles GmbH - Kaiserslautern, 22 Kaiserstrasse, Kaiserslautern, 67661 Germany, +49 (0) 631 892 932 90, contact@pa triot-autos.net. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com! 2019 Range Rover Evoque SE AWD, SUV, US, AWD/4WD, 9-Speed Shiftable Automatic (A), $33,099 (S4529). The Used Car Guys - Ramstein, Am Lanzenbusch 1, Ramstein-Miesenbach, 66877 Germany, 06371 92 00 00, ramstein@usedcarguys.net. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com! 2019 Toyota Camry LE, Sedan / Saloon, US, Front, $20,799 (S4272). The Used Car Guys - Spangdahlem, 45 Hillstrasse, Spangdahlem, 54529 Germany, 06565 957 315, mitch@usedcar guys.net. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com! 2019 Toyota Corola SE, Sedan / Saloon, $19,999. Patriot Military Automobiles GmbH - Kaiserslautern, 22 Kaiserstrasse, Kaiserslautern, 67661 Germany, +49 (0) 631 892 932 90, contact@pa triot-autos.net. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com!

2019 Toyota Corolla LE, Sedan / Saloon, $18,495. Patriot Military Automobiles GmbH - Grafenwoehr, 30 Im Gewerbepark, Grafenwoehr, 92655 Germany, 0151-1580-6354, contact@patri ot-autos.net. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com! 2019 Toyota Corolla SE, Sedan / Saloon, $19,999. Patriot Military Automobiles GmbH - Grafenwoehr, 30 Im Gewerbepark, Grafenwoehr, 92655 Germany, 0151-1580-6354, contact@patri ot-autos.net. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com! 2019 Toyota Corolla SE, Sedan / Saloon, $19,995. Patriot Military Automobiles GmbH - Ramstein II, 47 Kindsbacher Str., Ramstein-Miesenbach, 66877 Germany, +49 (0) 6371 5981520, contact@patriot-autos.net. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com! 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 4x4, Pickup, US, Rear, 6-Speed Manual (M), $35,999 (S4192). The Used Car Guys - Spangdahlem, 45 Hillstrasse, Spangdahlem, 54529 Germany, 06565 957 315, mitch@usedcarguys.net. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com!

2020 Chevrolet Malibu LT, Sedan / Saloon, $21,499. Patriot Military Automobiles GmbH - Ramstein II, 47 Kindsbacher Str., Ramstein-Miesenbach, 66877 Germany, +49 (0) 6371 5981520, contact@patriot-autos.net. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com!

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2020 Ford Escape SE, SUV, $25,395. Patriot Military Automobiles GmbH Grafenwoehr, 30 Im Gewerbepark, Grafenwoehr, 92655 Germany, 0151-15806354, contact@patriot-autos.net. Find all of our cars on FindItGuide.com!

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5 by MilitaryinGermany.com Living in Europe and not being able to travel can be difficult. After all, this continent has such an abundance of art, history, culture and entertainment packed into such a

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Virtual Explorer:

great sites in France

compact space. When you can’t go see it all, it feels a lot like staring through the window of an amazing patisserie that happens to be closed. But exploration doesn’t have to stop.

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Even in an era when many of us can’t move too far beyond our own hometowns, technology, in the form of virtual tours, can swoop to the rescue. And while virtual tours can never replace the awesomeness of actually seeing a place in person, they can be

very educational. And inspirational, too: someday, we’ll be able to travel again. When that happens, here’s are five great places in France to put at the top of your list. As a bonus, they all have amazing virtual tours that will make you feel like you’re right there.

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The Louvre Famous the world over, “the Louvre” is almost shorthand for “awesome art museum.” It doesn’t disappoint in person (though many people are puzzled at how small the Mona Lisa actually is). Dig into this amazing place. View artwork by masters from all eras and all parts of the world. See some of the greatest sculptures in human history. And be psyched that you don’t have to wait in line!

Le Mont St. Michel Words don’t do this Benedictine abbey justice. When you’re standing on the French coast, on the border between Normandy and Bretagne, with the sea wind blowing in your face, le Mont St. Michel (and French speakers insist on the “le” as part of the name) seems like an illusion. It’s as if an eternal stone city were rising from the sea. Well, the place is real. It’s also incredible when visited virtually, and has a wonderful history.

Take a virtual tour: https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne

Take a virtual tour: https://historyview.org/library/mont-saint-michel/


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The Caves of Lascaux 17,000 years ago, Paleolithic artists in what is now the Dordogne region of France painted beautifully on cave walls. When the caves at Lascaux were rediscovered in the 20th century, nearly everyone marveled at the subtlety and majesty of such ancient work. With thousands of figures painted on the walls, the cave is practically a museum unto itself.

The Roman Arena at Nîmes The impact of the Roman empire on modern Europe can still be felt today, in many places and contexts. One of the best preserved examples of this legacy can be found in Nîmes, in the south of France. Under ordinary circumstances, this arena offers an marveolous tour that provides a fascinating history of both the city and gladiatorial games. The virtual tour is pretty cool, too.

The Orsay Museum The Orsay is like the Louvre’s less earnest younger brother: still just as profound, amazing and filled with art, but somehow lighter. Here, you can see some of the best European impressionist work in the world, and find out about the fascinating history of the museum itself. The virtual tour will whet your appetite for the real thing.

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»»Due to host nation regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19, some community events may be cancelled or postponed. Please verify the status before making plans to attend a community event. »» No Cook Fridays in March at Armstrong’s Club: Take the load off yourself, family or friends after a long week with No Cook Fridays! Get your weekend started right with a delicious meal this Friday night that you didn’t have to plan, prepare, cook and clean up after. Enjoy a new menu in March from Chef Valeri of the Hideaway Bistro & Grill with options for everyone! Choose from chicken filet with creamy herb mushroom sauce, mashed potatoes & broccoli ($11), honey garlic pork chop with butter roasted carrots & baked potatoes ($12), Tuscan salmon with spicy rice ($13), stuffed zucchini with tomato sauce ($9), child’s mini Margherita pizza ($5.50), mixed greens salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, carrots & balsamic dressing ($7), and a rich dessert of a slice of cheesecake with strawberry jam ($6). Meals can be picked up between 5 and 7:30 p.m. Register and pay through WebTrac or any MWR facility is required by the close of business the Thursday before. For more information go to kaiserslautern.armymwr.com or contact Armstrong’s Club, Vogelweh Housing, Bldg. 1036, 541-9115, 0611-143-541-9115. »» Easter Lunch to-go from Armstrong’s Club: Don’t pass up your Easter tradition of getting Easter lunch this year, just get it to-go! Enjoy a three course meal and fill your table at home with a mixed green garden salad with Italian dressing, buns, potato gratin, rice, antipasti vegetables, both roasted beef in thyme sauce and chicken breast filets in mushroom sauce and a chocolate pudding with vanilla sauce for dessert. You can make sure you have enough by ordering your meal through Webtrac (required before the close of business Apr. 3) for two ($40), five ($100) or ten people ($180). Pickup for meals will be 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Apr. 4. For more information contact Armstrong’s Club, Vogelweh Housing, Bldg. 1036, 541-9115, 0611-143-541-9115. »» Youth Sports & Fitness looking for volunteer coaches: Both the Baumholder and Kaiserslautern Youth Sports Programs are seeking those that have a passion for sports and enjoy coaching and mentoring young athletes for the

upcoming spring season. Support the community’s youth by sharing your skills and experience coaching archery, baseball, coach pitch, cross country, golf, softball, soccer, T-ball and track and field. Not only are you helping the youth and community as a whole, you can also collect volunteer hours towards promotions and awards and receive special discounts for your own children enrolled in sports activities. Make a difference today and contact Baumholder Youth Sports on Wetzel Kaserne, Bldg. 8879, 531-2938/ 2937 or Kaiserslautern Youth Sports on Landstuhl, Bldg. 3819, 486-8375, 06371-86-8375. »» Blended Learning Lifeguard Course. Become a certified lifeguard with the Blended Learning Lifeguard Course at the Aquatic Center: Becoming a lifeguard has never been easier with your classroom training now online, get it done anywhere and when it works best for you! Finish off your certification in the pool once your online coursework is completed. Must be 16 years of age or older and pass the swim prerequisites of a 300 meter continuous swim, two minutes treading water with no hands, a timed swim with a 10 pound weight. Courses will be offered starting Mar. 23 and Aug. 24. For more information and to register, contact the Aquatic Center, Wetzel Kaserne, Bldg. 8897, 5312904, 06311-143-2904. »» Pulaski Automotive Skills DropOff Services Available: Don’t have time to sit around and wait for your oil change or tire service? Either stop by the Pulaski Automotive Skills Center between 8 and 9 a.m. Mon – Fri to drop your vehicle off for service or you can make an appointment prior for drop off. Staff will provide you with a time before 4 p.m. that same day to pick-up your vehicle. For more information or to make your appointment, contact Pulaski Automotive Skills Center, Pulaski Bks., Bldg. 2859, 493-4167, 0631-340-4167. »» Painting with Emiliee in March: Create a new masterpiece and pick up some tips along the way when you paint your own artwork all from the comfort of your home! This month, follow alongside Emilee online with a flower painting. Cost is $15.95 and covers the cost of the supplies and materials as well as the link to the online class. For more information and registration, contact the Arts & Crafts Center, Smith Bks., Bldg. 8104, 531-2895, 0611-1433-531-2895.

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Fitness Center access: Active Duty members now have 24/7 access to both the Landstuhl and Mountaineer Fitness Centers. To register, simply stop by the participating Fitness Centers to ensure you have a RecTrac account, review the updated rules and sign a liability waiver. For more information, contact either Landstuhl Fitness Center, Landstuhl, Bldg. 3720, 486-7172, 06371-867172 or Mountaineer Fitness Center, Smith Bks., 8220, 531-3405, 0611143-531-3405. »» Crafting with Anastasia: Enjoy a monthly craft when you join Anastasia each month for another fun project! Pick up your project kit of the month by visiting the Arts & Crafts Center. Each kit comes with everything you need to complete your project as well as a link to watch the online how-to video. Pick up a few extra kits to mail out to family and friends and you all can have a virtual craft party anywhere, anytime! For more information, the Arts & Crafts Center, Smith Bks., Bldg. 8104, 5312895, 0611-1433-531-2895. »» Certified Water Safety Instructor: Are you a certified Water Safety Instructor? Do you have a passion for teaching swim lessons? If so, contact the Aquatic Center to become a contractor! Enjoy sharing your passion by helping the community acquire a valuable life skill, all while setting your own hours and making extra income. For more information, contact the Aquatics Center, Wetzel Kaserne, Bldg. 8897, 531-2904, 0611-143-531-2904. »» Register for RecTrac today! Next time you visit an MWR facility such as the Arts & Crafts Center, Automotive Skills Center, the Fitness Center (to include the Aquatic Center), the Library, Outdoor Recreation, Spa or Warrior Zone, take a quick minute to register for RecTrac! RecTrac is not only free, but also your fast pass to access all fitness centers (currently for active duty only) and is a great way to take advantage of so many MWR services and activities in the Kaiserslautern and Baumholder communities! For more information, head over to Kaiserslautern.armymwr.com or Baumholder.armymwr.com. »» Effective Now: Fitness centers extended hours: Active duty members can now take advantage of the extended hours of operation at the Sembach, Kleber, Rhine Ordnance Barracks, Landstuhl, Hall of Champions and Mountaineer Fitness Centers with their doors now being open Mon-Fri: 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat & Sun: 10 a.m.-4

p.m. and federal & training holidays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Please go to Kaiserslautern.armymwr.com or Baumholder.armymwr.com for more details. »» 24/7 fitness center access coming soon: Active duty members can get ready and register now for 24/7 access to both the Landstuhl and Mountaineer Fitness Centers. To register, simply stop by the participating Fitness Centers to ensure you have a RecTrac account, review the updated rules and sign a liability waiver. For more information, contact either Landstuhl Fitness Center, Landstuhl, Bldg. 3720, 486-7172, 06371-867172 or Mountaineer Fitness Center, Smith Bks., 8220, 531-3405, 0611143-531-3405. »» SKIES virtual classes now available: Are you and your youth missing the enrichment and routine of extracurricular activities? Stay active and enhanced with SKIES Virtual Classes in gymnastics, Kuk Sool Won Korean Martial Arts and piano lessons, all from the safety and comfort of your own home. Sign-up through Webtrac or by contacting Parent Central Services in Baumholder at 531-3440, 0611143-531-3440 or in Kaiserslautern at 541-9065/9066/9067, 0611-143541-9065/9066/9067. »» Virtual German Hunting Course with Baumholder Outdoor Recreation: Don’t believe the rumors that you cannot pursue your hobby of hunting or owning firearms in Germany! Register today for the German Hunting Course with Baumholder Outdoor Recreation starting Feb. 20. Over the eight week course you will cover all facets of hunting in Germany with material covering everything from land management, game disease, harvest plans as well as how you earn the right to hunt and own firearms in Germany with this lifelong certification. Course is open to U.S. ID cardholders ages 18 and over and will be required to pass background checks. For more information and to register, contact Baumholder Outdoor Recreation, Smith Bks., Bldg. 8167, 531-3401, 0611-143-531-3401. »» Current VAT services and locations: Take advantage of the convenience of the newest VAT office on Vogelweh Housing at Armstrong’s Club, Bldg. 1036! Open Mon, Wed & Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed between 1-2 p.m. for lunch. All the VAT Offices located in both Baumholder and Kaiserslautern have services Mon-Fri. on an

appointment only basis. UTAP services on Kleber Kaserne are by virtual appointment only. For more information to include individual facility hours of operation and contact information to make an appointment, go to Kaiserslautern. armymwr.com or Baumholder. armymwr.com »» Sembach Java Café reopening for takeout: The Sembach Java Café has reopened their doors for takeout and in honor of the occasion, will be offering specials for the month of February. Early risers can take advantage of the Early Bird Specials (6:30 - 7 a.m.): Tall coffee for $.99 or a tall cappuccino or latte for $1.99. Add a Danish to either for $2. Avoid post- lunch drowsiness with the Afternoon Special from 1-1:30 p.m. offering a grande cappuccino or latte with a cookie for $2.99. For more information, go to Kaiserslautern. armymwr.com for more details. »» UTAP services available: Service with the Kleber and Baumholder UTAP offices is now available MonFri. 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, 0611143-541-9086 / 9091. »» Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation seasonal rentals: Don’t be caught off guard this winter! Rent all the equipment you need for your next ski and snowboard trip from Outdoor Recreation and keep it until the first weekend in May! Seasonal rental for adult skis or snowboards is $169 and for children ages 12 and under is $139. Contact Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation, Pulaski Bks., Bldg. 2905, 06313406-4117. »» Order from Hideaway Bistro & Grill: Head over to Armstrong’s Club (Vogelweh Housing, Bldg. 1036) where the 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-Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5-10 p.m., Sat 5-10 p.m., closed Sundays. Currently all orders are for takeout or delivery. Take a look at the menu by going to Kaiserslautern. armymwr.com and calling 0157-30492529 to place your order.


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CINEMA & HOME CINEMA HIGHLIGHTS

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Some of the latest series and movies available to rent or stream! Check your streaming service for availability. MOVIE | Drama

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Nomadland (2020)

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A woman in her sixties who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. Cast: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May Director: Chloé Zhao

Brought to Los Angeles for treatment, a recovering junkie soon learns that the rehab center is not about helping people — it’s merely a cover for a multibillion dollar fraud operation that enlists addicts to recruit other addicts. Cast: Suzanne Wind, Frank Grillo Director: John Swab

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Robyn McCall is an enigmatic woman and single mother to teenage daughter Delilah, with a mysterious background, who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. Cast: Queen Latifah, Tory Kittles Creators: Andrew W. Marlowe, Terri Edda Miller

A grandson of a Klansman comes of age in the deep south and eventually joins the Civil Rights Movement. Based on Bob Zellner’s autobiography ‘The Wrong Side of Murder Creek.’ Cast: Ludi Lin, Julia Ormond, Sienna Guillory Director: Barry Alexander Brown

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Gen:Lock (2019)

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Gen:Lock is set in a dystopian future Earth where an international coalition known as The Polity fights a hostile, autocratic invading force known as The Union. Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Golshifteh Farahani, David Tennant Creator: Gray G. Haddock

Adventurous girl Fei Fei is being told the legend of the Moon goddess. After her mother passes away, Fei Fei builds a rocket ship to meet the mythical goddess on the moon, accompanied by her bunny named Bungee. Cast: Glen Keane, Brycen Hall Director: Glen Keane

A family moves to an Arkansas farm in search of its own American dream. Amidst the challenges of this new life in the strange and rugged Ozarks, they discover the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home. Writer: Steven Yeun, Yeri Han Director: Lee Isaac Chung

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Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

Lupin, his gang of desperadoes and an intrepid policeman struggle to free a princess from an evil count’s clutches, and learn the hidden secret to a fabulous treasure to which she holds part of a key. Cast: Yasuo Yamada, Eiko Masuyama Director: Hayao Miyazaki

The Madagascar animals fly back to New York City, but crash-land on an African nature reserve, where they meet others of their own kind, and Alex especially discovers his royal heritage as prince of a lion pride. Cast: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath

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