March 6, 2015
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March 6, 2015
Volume 39, number 9
Water is emitted through foam generators during a biennial fire suppression system test Feb. 19 on Ramstein. There are two water storage tanks, each of which takes approximately 26 minutes to empty and run through the drainage system.
Sprinklers come alive in hangar five
Recently, hangar ﬁve suspended operations for two consecutive days due to a biennial ﬁre suppression system test and inspection. Underneath the hangar ﬂoor lie two 150-cubic-meter storage tanks ﬁlled with water to be pumped through pipes and out of foam generators
located in the ceiling of the hangar in the event of an aircraft ﬁre. These tanks were emptied to test the system. Each storage tank takes approximately 26 minutes to empty and drain back through the piping system beneath the ﬂoor. Once the storage tanks are empty, Airmen from the 786th Civil Engineer Squadron clean and inspect the large reservoirs. “We had about 4,500 gallons of water coming out per minute from a 40,000 gallon tank,” said Airman 1st
Class Thomas Gordon, 786th CES water and fuel systems maintainer. “It takes us several hours to clean and inspect each tank. We pressure wash the walls and inspect for any cracks or damage to the structure.” Gordon said it’s a two-day process because they follow a checklist for each tank to ensure safety, compliance and effectiveness. Not only is the test crucial for ensuring the system is constantly working, but Senior Master Sgt. Brian Eshleman,
Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday in the United States and March 29 in Europe. During those three weeks, time zone differences between most of the U.S. and Europe will be one hour less than usual.
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721st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintenance superintendent, said it’s also good for rapport with the public. “It’s important for us to do this test to know the facility is running properly and environmentally,” Eshleman said. “We’re doing everything we can to prevent pollution that could possibly spill into this hangar, exit the facility and enter the environment. We want to give the German community the conﬁdence that See HANGAR FIVE, Page 2
Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Larissa Greatwood 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Birthday bash marks Scouting anniversary, Page 11
KHS culinary team chops up competition, Page 19
March 6, 2015
AF leaders seek relief from sequestration-level funding by Staff Sgt. Torri Ingalsbe Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III discussed the damaging effects of sequestration with members of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations’ Defense Subcommittee Feb. 27. “Your Air Force is working hard to meet the combatant commanders’ most urgent needs,” James said. “But a budget trajectory that results in sequestration simply will not allow us to sustain this pace. We will either break or we won’t be able to execute the Defense Strategic Guidance. We cannot do it.” Sequestration-level funding will force the service to divest fleets
Expired license issue resolved by U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs The issue concerning the validity of expired United States drivers’ licenses has been resolved at the diplomatic level. It has been deemed consistent with Art. 9, para. 2 of the Supplementary Agreement to NATO SOFA that the legal entitlement to drive a private vehicle in Germany remains in force even when the corresponding U.S. state license has expired. German authorities will go back to the old policy and continue to recognize expired state licenses as long as the driver holds a valid U.S. Army Europe certificate of license. Cases that were initiated solely for driving with an expired U.S. license (but valid USAREUR certificate of license) will be discontinued.
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Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III testify before the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations’ Defense Subcommittee Feb. 27 in Washington, D.C. The two leaders met with the House members to discuss the Air Force’s fiscal year 2016 President’s Budget Request.
of aircraft, including the KC-10 Extender. Total force flying hours will be cut as well as weapons systems
sustainment, ranges, simulators and high-end training exercises, such as Red and Green Flags.
OHA survey critical by U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs U.S. Army Europe is asking service members in Germany who are residing off post in privately leased or rental housing to take part in the annual housing survey. The survey is instrumental in ensuring accurate housing allowance rates for military families living off post. This survey is critical in ensuring Overseas Housing Allowance rates are properly set at overseas locations and directly affects the amount of housing allowance paid to service members. “Taking the survey allows service members to have a direct impact on the amount of utility and recurring maintenance allowance they will draw as part of their Overseas Housing
Allowance,” said Randall Ries, Germany Country Allowance coordinator. The Defense Travel Management office began its monthlong OHA utility survey March 1. “Individual responses to questions are kept confidential,” Ries said. “Last year, service members saw a $14 a month increase to the utility allowance. In 2012, we had a $59 increase, and, in 2013, we had a $17 increase.” An exemption from this survey includes homeowners or those sharing rent with another service member. Spouses are authorized to take the survey if the service member is deployed or unavailable. The survey will be active until March 31 and can be found online at www.defensetravel. dod.mil/site/oha-util-mar.cfm.
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To avoid some of these cuts, the Air Force has proposed a fiscal year 2016 budget that is about $10 billion more than current funding levels, which will allow the Air Force to meet combatant commander requirements while investing in the service’s top priorities. “Even if we get that (additional funding), it doesn’t solve every ill,” James said. “There’s a lot of good in our budget, but there’s also hard choices.” Some of those hard choices include divesting the A-10 Thunderbolt II fleet, slowing the growth of compensation and requesting another round of Defense Base Realignments and Closures. “The most pressing issue of all (is) more than half of our combat Air See SEQUESTRATION, Page 5 HANgAR fIvE, from Page 1
we’re doing everything we can do to ensure their landscape stays intact and healthy.” Staff Sgt. Benjamin Schultz, 786th CES water and fuel systems maintainer, said the hangar is designed to control pollution through an underground network of storage that collects the water and is released into a sanitary sewer in controlled amounts and regulated by a sewage treatment plant in Landstuhl. The hangar is unique because it’s the only one in U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa with the capability to support aircraft coming and going with different amenities. The hangar can service various aircraft, including the C-5, C-17, KC-135, KC-10 and C-130, as well as several commercial aircraft. “This hangar supports five combatant commands,” Eshleman said. “The hangar is the only certified internal fuel tank system repair facility in Europe that can fully enclose a C-5 or C-17 for internal fuel systems maintenance, engine changes and flight control surface changes.” With inspections happening twice a year, the 721st AMXS and 786th CES Airmen continue to work together to ensure fire safety and sanitation remain a priority to warrant a successful mission.
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Dormitory manager positions available The 86th Civil Engineer Squadron has vacancies in Dorm Management for three staff sergeants. The 86th CES is seeking highly motivated individuals interested in a unique experience that will develop their leadership, mentoring and management abilities and broaden their talents. These positions are highly visible and require working with all levels of leadership. Applicant criteria: • E-5 with completed seven-level • Two years remaining on station
• Commute should be within 30 minutes • Minimum of 80 percent fitness score • Provide copies of last three EPRs and SURF • Must not have received a Selective Re-enlistment Bonus • Must be released from AFSC Job description: • Ensures a high quality of life standard for residents to achieve a clean, safe and secure campus. • Coordinates and advises unit
commanders and first sergeants on all matters concerning dorm residents and their quality of life. • Manages individual room assignments and terminations and maintains occupancy listings. • Ensures dorms meet public health and safety standards. • Accounts for furniture, appliances, recreational equipment and supplies. • Maintains and coordinates work order requests and repair records to ensure all actions are completed in a timely manner.
• Supervises bay orderlies so daily cleaning standards are met. Provides after-hours, on-call support to unit leadership and residents. • Ensures fire, safety and health inspections are completed. • Mentors and supports dormitory residents and dorm councils. Interested individuals should contact Master Sgt. Calandra Folds by March 16 at the Dormitory Reception Center, Bldg. 2108, or call 480-3676. (Courtesy of 86th Civil Engineer Squadron)
240th QM educates 86th LRG on Army logistics by Sgt. 1st Class Alexander A. Burnett 21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs Soldiers from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s 240th Quartermaster Company, 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade hosted a professional development session for officers and senior noncommissioned officers from the Air Force’s 86th Logistics Readiness Group Feb. 27 at Smith Barracks in Baumholder. The 18 Airmen, ranging in ranks from lieutenant colonel to master sergeant, started their development session with a tour of the 240th QM Co. maintenance facilities. During a walk through the motor pool maintenance bays, they received a briefing on petroleum, oil and lubricant operations, water purification, and supply transportation. They also learned about the Army’s mobile purification systems for water and petroleum. “The Army seems to be big on transporting petroleum in bulk and being able to keep their products mobile. All of our fuel and refining products are on our base. We support a base. The Army supports regions,” said Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Nathan D. McCoy, fuel superintendent on Ramstein. “I like the Army mobile (petroleum) lab concept and what they bring to the fight. As we move into more joint operations, both the Air Force and Army will benefit from each service’s unique capabilities.” The 240th QM Co. also showcased several vehicles and pieces of technology for their Air Force counterparts. The highlights included a 600-gallonper-hour reverse osmosis water purification unit, a mobile fueling tank, a mobile refrigeration unit and a palletized load system vehicle. The Soldiers of the 240th QM Co. also demonstrated their expeditionary transportation capabilities by loading the refrigera-
An Air Force officer observes as Soldiers from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s 240th Quartermaster Company, 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade load a mobile refrigeration unit onto a palletized load system during a professional development session Feb. 26 on Baumholder’s Smith Barracks.
tion unit onto the PLS within a matter of seconds. “This company (240th QM Co.) has a very broad scope of capabilities. From a logistics standpoint, we cover a wide variety of areas,” said Capt. Michael D. Murphy, 240th QM Co. commander. “It is very beneficial for our Air Force counterparts to see how our Soldiers and their equipment operate.” The professional development session concluded with a tour of the 240th QM Co. Supply Support Activity, giving insight to Army supply and warehouse operations. As the visit came to a close, service
members from both branches expressed a desire to continue inter-service exchanges like this one. “This visit built a stronger bridge between the Air Force logistics community and the Army,” said Air Force Capt. Kenneth Negron, material management flight commander for the 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron. “These opportunities give us a better understanding of how we might operate together. In the future we would like to have some Army logisticians come out to Ramstein Air Base and see how we conduct our operations.”
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March 6, 2015 Army Europe-plated vehicle without a USAREUR certiﬁcate of license was reported. 10:18 p.m.: A minor trafﬁc accident and drunken driving were reported in Kaiserslautern.
9 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Mackenbach. 11:30 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Saulheim. 10 p.m.: A minor trafﬁc accident, drunken driving and ﬂeeing the scene were reported in Krickenbach. 11:25 p.m.: Driving under the inﬂuence of a controlled substance was reported in Ramstein-Miesenbach.
4 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Kaiserslautern.
1:48 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in
• In an effort to better serve the beneﬁciaries of the 86th Medical Group, the Ramstein Clinic announced its closures due to U.S. holidays and mandatory training. Closures are as follows: Thursday (MDG training day); April 3 (family day); 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 9 and May 7. (MDG training days); May 25 (Memorial Day); June 11 (MDG training day); and June 12 (family day). This forecast will be amended when applicable. As the clinic improves its processes, it welcomes customer feedback. To provide feedback, contact Maj. Janelle Quinn, 86th MDG group practice manager, at 479-2687 or janelle.quinn@ us.af.mil. • The KMC Housing Ofﬁce and the Furnishings Management Ofﬁce will close at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday for training. • The Ramstein Passport Ofﬁce will be closed Thursday for mandatory training. The ofﬁce will reopen at 9 a.m. March 13. Customers are asked to plan accordingly.
U.S. forces personnel are prohibited from entering the following establishments or conducting business with the following ﬁrms, individuals and organizations, except as required by ofﬁcial business. Military members who violate this prohibition are subject to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. These establishments have been declared off-limits to members of the armed forces because the commander has determined they threaten the health, safety, morale or welfare of service members. • Marco Banf (MBT and BTM Moving Company), Kirchdell 16, Kaiserslautern • James Brown (Cleaning Business), Obergasse 20, Weilerbach • Axel Burghammer (Car Sales), Im Bachgraben 11, Landstuhl • Ramona Fröhlich (Day Care), Hebelstrasse 12, Katzweiler • Talip Gundogan (The Green Smile), Kaemmererstrasse 69, Worms • Mohammad Koohi (Arya Club), Steinstrasse
Kaiserslautern. 6:35 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Kaiserslautern. 11 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Kaiserslautern. 8:10 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Bruchmühlbach-Miesau.
1 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Kaiserslautern. 1:30 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Kaiserslautern. 4:25 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported on Ramstein. 4:51 p.m.: Allowing an individual to operate a U.S. 56, Kaiserslautern • Martin Massa (Cleaning Business), RudolfBreitscheid Strasse 77, Kaiserslautern • Edgar Mayer (Autohaus Mayer and Gas Station), Kaiserstrasse 87, Bruchmühlbach • Angelika Picker (AP Bausysteme/ Construction), Kaiserstrasse 15, Pirmasens • Gisela Smith and Herbert Sator (Dog Seller), Steinwendener Strasse 23a, Kottweiler • Brigitte Weinand (Day Care), Weberstrasse 21, Kindsbach • Steffen Wick (Investment Business), Auf Dem Riedel 21, Waldﬁschbach
5:35 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Kaiserslautern. 6:30 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident, drunken driving and ﬂeeing the scene were reported in Enkenbach-Alsenborn. 10:20 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Hirschhorn. 1:30 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Kaiserslautern. 4 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Kaiserslautern. 10:33 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with drunken driving was reported in RamsteinMiesenbach.
12:55 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported on Ramstein. 6:50 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Landstuhl.
Dental volunteer program
The city of Kaiserslautern will be cutting trees on roads L502 and K6 between KaiserslauternEspensteig and Breitenau. For this reason, the road will be blocked until Thursday. Detour signs will be posted.
The Ramstein Dental Clinic will start the next American Red Cross Dental Assistant Volunteer Program April 20. The course is full time for seven months (from 6:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays). This program is open to dependent ID cardholders with a high school diploma or equivalent. Applicants must attend the mass brieﬁng at 3:30 p.m. March 30 at the Ramstein Dental Clinic, Bldg. 301. Interviews will be conducted April 1 and 2. Notiﬁcation of selection will be announced April 3. Participants will in-process April 6 through 17. Applicants need to be dedicated, motivated and up to date on all immunizations. Further information, applications and interview slots will be given at the mass brieﬁng. Volunteers are full time from start date. For details, call Master Sgt. Jessica McNabb at 479-2096 or 06371-46-2096, or Tech. Sgt. Lynn Bradshaw at 479-2210 or 06371-46-2210.
CFC-O coin design contest
AFA Donley Spouse Scholarship
The annual 2015 Combined Federal CampaignOverseas Coin Design Contest is underway and open to all Department of Defense employees and their family members. The contest is held to create a 2015 CFC-O coin design that embodies the spirit of the campaign: “Give because you care.” The chosen design will be featured on a commemorative coin distributed to select contributors during the 2015 CFC-O this fall. Coin design submissions for the 2015 campaign season will be accepted from eligible participants (ID card required for veriﬁcation) electronically in JPEG or PDF formats through March 15. Interested designers can obtain detailed instructions and submission guidelines at http://cfcoverseas.org/sites/cfcoverseas.org/ ﬁles/2015 Coin Design Contest Flyer.pdf.
The Ramstein Air Force Association will sponsor “Dancing with the Stars,” a beneﬁt gala, at 6 p.m. April 18 at the Ramstein Ofﬁcers’ Club. Interested competitors should contact Senior Airman Josiah Austin at 0160-9138-1564.
The AFA's Donley Spouse Scholarship application is now available online at www.afa.org/donleyspousescholarship. The committee will award one $2,500 scholarship per Major Command. The program offers a great way to support Airmen and their families and recognize each MAJCOM for their contributions to the Air Force. For more information, visit the website. Applications due by April 10.
Special events in KMC
Ramstein-Miesenbach will sponsor this year’s Rheinland-Pfalz State Fair June 26 to 28. Cities and union communities of the state of Rheinland-Pfalz, charity organizations as well as military forces will participate in the fair to demonstrate who they are and what they have to offer. The event will include live music, dance performances, displays and a farmers market. Organizers expect more than 180,000 visitors. Landstuhl will celebrate its Sickingen year with special exhibitions throughout 2015, and castle event days will take place May 7 to 10, featuring a medieval market and music performances.
March 6, 2015
Looking for a career challenge? by Master Sgt. Mary Current and Master Sgt. Jennifer Shelley 86th Airlift Wing Staff Legal Office Interested in retraining? Looking for a challenge? The paralegal career field may be for you. The paralegal career field puts you in the courtroom assisting Air Force attorneys. The primary mission of a paralegal is to assist attorneys in providing legal support to commanders, first sergeants and other key personnel on a broad spectrum of matters. Responsibilities of a paralegal include military justice administration, administrative boards, accident and collateral investigations, estate planning, tax assistance, and other legal matters. Airmen wanting to retrain can find out more about the 5J career field through the Air Force Enlisted Classification Directory Part II. To access the directory online, log into “myPers” and search “AFECD.” To view the retraining advisory online, log into the “vMPF,” “Self Service Actions,” “Retraining” and then click the “Request Retraining” link. All applicants must also be interviewed by base legal office leadership. If selected for retraining, SEQUESTRATION, from Page 2
Force is not sufficiently ready for a high-end fight,” she said. To balance the readiness of today with the modernization of tomorrow, the Air Force’s proposed budget requests an increase in end strength to 492,000 active-duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen. The extra dollars will also be invested in missioncritical infrastructure; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; vital space programs; cyber teams; the nuclear enterprise; and the KC-46 Pegasus, F-35 Lightning II and the Long-Range Strike Bomber. “My pride in this Air Force and the Airmen who give it life hasn’t changed. My concern has,” Welsh said. “The capability gap that separates our Air Force from others is narrowing, and as it does, the asymmetric advantage that airpower provides the United States military is shrinking.” The general explained modernization isn’t an option — it must be done, and he and the secretary asked Congress to help by lifting sequestration. “Our short-term readiness recovery will stall, our long-term infrastructure investment will remain
a dream, we’ll be forced to recommend dramatic fleet reductions and modernization will be further delayed, allowing our adversaries to be able to further close that capability gap,” he said. “You understand it’s an ugly picture. We just want to make it clear.” The Air Force recognizes the financial strain on the U.S. government and has cost savings throughout the proposed budget to alleviate the strain. “We get it in the United States Air Force that we have to treat the American taxpayers’ money as precious and we can’t afford to waste a single dollar of it,” James said. “We’re working hard to make every dollar count.” The Air Force is driving steadily toward auditability and it has taken a 20 percent reduction in funding at headquarters levels. The Airmen Powered by Innovation initiative has also turned up savings, and the Air Force is still looking for the best ideas from Airmen who do the job every day. “We understand that we must be part of the nation’s solution to the debt problem and we’re ready to do that,”
Airmen will attend the paralegal apprentice course for six weeks at the Judge Advocate General School in Maxwell Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama. While at technical training, Airmen will obtain the basic skills required to work at a base legal office, such as preparing and processing claims; interviewing techniques; knowledge of legal procedures concerning military courts and boards; legal terminology and interpretations; research and use of legal publications; civil law matters; and office management. Finally, if interested in pursuing the legal field beyond the Air Force, Airmen could apply for their American Bar Association certification upon completion of their Community College of the Air Force degree in the paralegal career field. Obtaining the certificate will assist you when applying as a paralegal in a civilian law firm. Being a paralegal can be rewarding for individuals looking for a career that gives them independence in their work, personal growth and, most importantly, a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Mary Current, 86th Airlift Wing Legal Office superintendent, or Master Sgt. Jennifer Shelley at 86AW. JA@ramstein.af.mil.
Welsh said. “We need your help in some areas so that we can be ready for today’s fight and still be able to win in 2025 and beyond.” Both James and Welsh agree America’s Airmen are what makes the Air Force what it is today, and they have been performing to the highest level, but they are being spread too thin. The operations tempo, coupled with decrease to critical infrastructure that gets Airmen and units combat ready, have taken their toll on Airmen and their families. “If sequestration remains the law of the land, it will get worse,” James said. “Sequestration needs to be lifted permanently for the whole of government.”
March 6, 2015
Congratulations 2014 annual award winners 86th AW award winners • Air Force award winner Tech. Sgt. Holly Bambarger, 86th Airlift Wing judge advocate — Steve Wigonski Award • Air Force award winner Senior Airman Ronald Murray, 786th Civil Engineer Squadron — Scouting Salutes the Military • Senior Airman Tyler Fulling, 37th Airlift Wing — Staff Sgt. Henry “Red” Erwin Awards • Tech. Sgt. Shawn Reffitt, 37th Airlift Squadron — Gen. Robert “Dutch” Huyser Award • Air Force award winner Tech. Sgt. Kevin Brown, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron — NAACP Roy Wilkins Renowned Service Award • Maj. Jeffrey Bliss, 86th Airlift Wing — MAF Airlift Tacticians of the Year • Master Sgt. Timothy Trace, 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron — Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award • Maj. Michael Thompson, 86th Maintenance Squadron — Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award • Master Sgt. Dana Aube, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron — Gen. Lew Allen Jr. Trophy • Staff Sgt. Joel Reyes Rodriguez, 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron — GEICO Military Service Award • Capt. John-Paul Adrian, 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron — Arthur S. Flemming Award • Air Force award winner Master Sgt. Gregory Harris, 86th Security Forces Squadron — Outstanding Security Forces Flight-Level of the Year • Gerhard Wessollek, 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron — Outstanding Security Forces Flight-Level of the Year • Andre M. Zimmer, 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron — Outstanding Security Forces Flight-Level of the Year • Master Sgt. Scott McCabe, 86th Security Forces Squadron — Col. Billy Jack Carter Award • 86th Airlift Wing Safety — Explosive Safety Outstanding Achievement • Lion 418, 37th Airlift Squadron — Flight Safety Achievement Award • Senior Airman Matthew A. Murch, 86th Communications Squadron — Air Force Outstanding Cyber Transport Systems • Senior Airman Jerry L. Barnett, 86th Communications Squadron — Air Force Outstanding Radio Frequency Trans Systems • Air Force award winner Staff Sgt. Aaron A. Kline, 86th Communications Squadron — Air Force Outstanding Cable & Antenna Systems • Markus Degen, 86th Communications Squadron — Air Force Outstanding Civilian Technician • Craig R. Newby, 86th Communications Squadron — Air Force Outstanding Civilian Specialist • Air Force award winner Ramstein Wing Information Assurance, 86th Communications Squadron — Air Force Outstanding Information Assurance Element • Capt. John-Paul Adrian, 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron — Flemming Award • Air Force award winner Detachment 3, 786th Force Support Squadron — A1 Special Recognition Team/ Program of the Year • Ramstein Airmen Leadership School, 86th Force Support Squadron — EPME Team of the Year • Professional Enhancement Center, 86th Force Support Squadron — Professional Development Program of the Year
• Tara Mercado, 86th Force Support Squadron — Section Chief of the Year • 86th Force Support Squadron — Food Operations Program of the Year • Air Force award winner Senior Master Sgt. Christopher Almeria, Detachment 3, 786th Force Support Squadron — Gen. Billy J. Boles Mentorship Award • Maj. Chrystal Putnam, 786th Force Support Squadron — Personnel Reserve Component FGO of the Year • Tech. Sgt. Ayana Hodges, 786th Force Support Squadron — Force Support NCO of the Year • Senior Master Sgt. Leenette Joseph, 86th Airlift Wing Equal Opportunity — Solomon Starks Jr. EO Director of the Year Award • 86th Force Support Squadron — Human Resources Program of the Year • 86th Force Support Squadron — Manpower and Organization Program of the Year • 86th Airlift Wing Equal Opportunity — Col. L. Joseph Brown Award-EO Program • 86th Airlift Wing Protocol — George Washington Award for Protocol Excellence • Kayla Rodriguez, 786th Force Support Squadron — Family Child Care • 86th Civil Engineer Squadron — Outstanding Housing Installation Team • Air Force award winner Tech. Sgt. Ayana Hodges, 786th Force Support Squadron — Resource Adviser of the Year • Dieter Sourisseaux, 86th Operations Support Squadron — Outstanding Air Force Aviation Resource Management • 1COX2 TEAM, 86th Airlift Wing — Sgt. Dee Campbell Outstanding Small Unit • 37th Airlift Squadron — 2014 David C. Schilling Award • 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron — Maintenance Effectiveness Award-small aircraft • 86th Maintenance Squadron — Maintenance Effectiveness Award-medium aircraft • Staff Sgt. Austin Schierberg, 86th Maintenance Squadron — Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award • Moron Air Base tower, 496th Air Base Squadron — D. Ray Hardin ATC Facility of the Year • Airfield Management, 496th Air Base Squadron — Ronald B. McCarthy AM Facility of the Year • Craig R. Newby, 86th Communications Squadron — AFA Outstanding Air Force Civilian Employee of the Year • 786th Force Support Squadron — Food Service Hennessy Awards • Fuels Management Flight, 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron — AF API Award/USAFE Golden Drum • 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron — Deployment & Distribution Flight Award • 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron — AF Vehicle Management Flight of the Year • Tech. Sgt. Pedro Rigau, 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron — Air Transportation NCO of the Year • Tech. Sgt. Joshua Gade, 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron — Air Force Fuels Noncommissioned Officer of the Year • Senior Airman Patricia Castillo-Espino, 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron — Logistics Plans Airman of the Year • Master Sgt. Gregory Shadman, 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron — Material Management Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year
• Juergen Leiner, 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron — Material Management Technician Civilian Category 1 • Master Sgt. Daisy M. Galan, 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron — Traffic Management Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year • Senior Airman Brianna Walberg, 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron — Air Force Vehicle Operations Airman of the Year • Staff Sgt. Andrew Vrahiotes, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron — Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Thomas N. Barnes Award • Senior Airman Unique Scott, 86th Maintenance Group — Maintenance Management System Professional of the Year • Tech. Sgt. Robert J. Knowles, 86th Maintenance Squadron — Maintenance Professional of the Year • Staff Sgt. Isabel Zambrano, 86th Maintenance Group — MTF Instructor of the Year • Air Force award winner Senior Airman Allen Cherry III, 86th Aerospace Medicine Squadron — Air Force Public Health Airman of the Year • Air Force award winner Lt. Col Marilyn Thomas, 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron — Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award • Air Force award winner Maj. Jennifer Jamison-Gines, 86th Medical Group — Privileged Advanced Practice Nurse Award • 86th Medical Group — Outstanding Medical Logistics Large Activity Account of the Year • Maj. David Weller, 86th Medical Group — Biomedical Clinician Category I Officer of the Year • Maj. Richard Yoo, 86th Aerospace Medicine Squadron — Biomedical Clinician Category I Officer of the Year • Lt. Col. Juan Ramirez, 86th Aerospace Medicine Squadron — Biomedical Specialist Category I Officer of the Year • Tech. Sgt. Brandy Rios, 86th Medical Squadron — Outstanding Medical Material Noncommissioned Officer of the Year • Senior Airman Tyler Wilson, 86th Medical Support Squadron — Outstanding Medical Material Airman of the Year • Staff Sgt. Daniel Tyler, 86th Medical Squadron — Outstanding Diet Therapy Noncommissioned Officer of the Year • Staff Sgt. Sabra Hay, 86th Medical Squadron — Cardiopulmonary Laboratory Noncommissioned Officer of the Year • Tech. Sgt. Mariah Leblanc, 86th Medical Squadron — Outstanding Air Force Diagnostic Imaging Noncommissioned Officer of the Year • Senior Airman Lloydonadler Balili, 86th Aerospace Medicine Squadron — Ophthalmic Airman of the Year • Staff Sgt. Brittney Vaughn, 86th Medical Support Squadron — Ophthalmic Noncommissioned Officer of the Year • Senior Master Sgt. Michael Gordon, 86th Dental Squadron — Organization Management Excellence • Lt. Col. Lester Loreto, 86th Air Force Medical Operations Agency — Outstanding Achievement in Nursing Leadership • Lt. Col. Laura Lien, 86th Medical Squadron — Outstanding Achievement in Nursing Force Development • 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron — Best AE Squadron Patient Safety Program See award winnerS, next page
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• Karl Lewandowski, 786th Civil Engineer Squadron — Outstanding Civil Engineer Manager of the Year • 86th Civil Engineer Squadron — Brig. Gen. Michael A. McAuliffe Award • Senior Master Sgt. Peter Seagriff, 786th Civil Engineer Squadron — Chief Master Sgt. Larry R. Daniels Award • Air Force award winner Eric Rushing, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron — Harry P. Rietman Award • Chief Master Sgt. Robert Lovett, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron — Maj. Gen. Joseph A. Ahearn Enlisted Leadership Award • Tech Sgt. Daniel Harris, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron — Maj. Gen. Eurgene A. Lupia Award • John Schamp, 786th Civil Engineer Squadron — Air Force Emergency Manager of the Year • Air Force award winner Capt. Eric W. Barada, 37th Airlift Squadron — Outstanding AFE Officer of the Year • 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs — Best Crisis Communication Award • Staff Sgt. Sara Keller, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs — Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Frost Outstanding Communication Noncommissioned Officer of the Year • Maj. Tony Wickman, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs — Outstanding Communication Field Grade Officer Award • Senior Airman Damon Kasberg, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs — USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs “Media” Contest Award Category 12, Graphics Illustration • Senior Airman Damon Kasberg, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs — USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs “Media” Contest Award Category 13, Graphics Animation • Senior Airman Damon Kasberg, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs — USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs “Media” Contest Award Category 14, Graphics Layout & Design • Airman 1st Class Austin Siegel, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs — USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs “Media” Contest Award Category 29, Audio News Report • Airman 1st Class Austin Siegel, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs — USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs “Media” Contest Award Category 34, Video News Report • Airman 1st Class Austin Siegel, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs — USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs “Media” Contest Award Category 35, Video Feature Report • 86th Civil Engineer Squadron — Chief Master Sgt. Ralph E. Sanborn Award • Senior Airman Jacob Rockne, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron — Military Firefighter of the Year • Darla Bertrand, 86th Force Support Squadron — David O. Cooke Excellence in Public Administration • 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron — DOD Packaging Excellence Award • Air Force award winner 86th Airlift Wing Chaplain — Outstanding Large Chapel Team
435th AGOW award winners • Senior Airman Richard Eickholt, 21st Operational Weather Squadron — Airman of the Year • Tech. Sgt. Cameron Riley, 435th Security Forces Squadron — Noncommissioned Officer of the Year • Master Sgt. Samuel Matthews, 1st Combat Communications Squadron — Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year • Master Sgt. Steven Williams, 435th Construction and Training Squadron — First Sergeant of the Year
Kaiserslautern American • First Lt. Jamal Bey, 1st Communications Maintenance Squadron — Company Grade Officer of the Year • Lt. Col. Austin Burrill, 435th Air Mobility Squadron — Field Grade Officer of the Year • Rosi Dellmuth, 435th Construction and Training Squadron — Civilian of the Year, Category 1 • Eric Helgeson, 1st Air and Space Communications Operations Squadron — Civilian of the Year, Category 2 • Staff Sgt. Joshua Leonard, 435th Construction and Training Squadron — Volunteer of the Year • Alicia Barnett, 435th Air Mobility Squadron — Key Spouse of the Year • 435th Security Forces Squadron — Outstanding Active Duty Small Security Forces Unit • 7th Weather Squadron — Outstanding Weather Squadron of the Year • Detachment 3, 7th Weather Squadron — Outstanding Air Force Weather Organization of the Year (below squadron level) • Maj. Christopher Hanson, 21st Operational Weather Squadron — Air Force Weather Field Grade Officer of the Year • Capt. Michael Greene, 21st Operational Weather Squadron — Air Force Weather Company Grade Officer of the Year • Tech. Sgt. Anthony Fountain, 21st Operational Weather Squadron — Air Force Weather Noncommissioned Officer of the Year • Senior Airman Trevor Reiss, 21st Operational Weather Squadron — Air Force Weather Airman of the Year • Candy Matuse, 21st Operational Weather Squadron — Air Force Weather Civilian of the Year, Category I • Maj. Paul Koecher, Detachment 2, 7th Weather Squadron — Army Weather Support Field Grade Officer of the Year • Capt. Mindy Pearson, Detachment 5, 7th Weather Squadron — Army Weather Support Company Grade Officer of the Year • Master Sgt. Daniel VanMeter, Detachment 3, 7th Weather Squadron — Army Weather Support Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year • Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Hall, 7th Weather Squadron — Army Weather Support Noncommissioned Officer of the Year • Senior Airman Kyle Lever, 7th Weather Squadron — Army Weather Support Airman of the Year • Daniel Phoenix, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing — 2014 Director’s Special Recognition for Outstanding Historical Services • 1st Lt. Francis Gudez, 1st Combat Communications Squadron — Information Dominance Award for Cyberspace Operations Outstanding Company Grade Officer • Master Sgt. Kip Sawaya, 1st Combat Communications Squadron — Information Dominance Award for Outstanding Cyberspace Operations Senior Noncommissioned Officer • Senior Airman Robert Wright, 1st Air and Space Communications Operations Squadron — Information Dominance Award for Outstanding Cyber Systems Operations Airman • Staff Sgt. Kyle Molinaro, 1st Air and Space Communications Operations Squadron — Information Dominance Award for Outstanding Computer Systems Programming Noncommissioned Officer • Staff Sgt. Paul Martin, 1st Combat Communications Squadron — Information Dominance Award for Outstanding Radio Frequency Transmission Systems Noncommissioned Officer • Tech. Sgt. Joseph McKeown, 1st Communications
Page 7 Maintenance Squadron — Information Dominance Award for Outstanding Ground Radar Systems Noncommissioned Officer • Tech. Sgt. Chad Thomas, 1st Communications Maintenance Squadron — Information Dominance Award for Outstanding Airfield Systems Noncommissioned Officer • 435th Air and Space Communications Group — Maj. Gen. Harold M. McClelland Large Unit Award • Tech. Sgt. Dustin Guiducci, 435th Air Mobility Squadron — Air Traffic Control Watch Supervisor of the Year • Airman 1st Class Austin Y. Ballantine, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron — A1C Raymond Losano TACP Award • Tech. Sgt. Keith E. Jackson, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron — Staff Sgt. Jacob Frazier TACP JTAC Award • Capt. Christopher A. Broner, 4th Air Support Operations Group — Fighter Duty Officer Award • Capt. Peter H. Dowling, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron — Maj. Greg Stone Air Liaison Officer Award • Staff Sgt. Melvyn I Thompson, 435th Contingency Response Group — Command Post Unit Level Noncommissioned Officer of the Year • Tech. Sgt. Richard Sanders, 435th Security Forces Squadron — Outstanding Security Forces Augmentee Award
521st AMOW award winners • Senior Airman Joy Martz, 728th Air Mobility Squadron, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey — Airman of the Year • Tech. Sgt. Matthew Lumm, 729th Air Mobility Squadron, Lajes Field, Portugal — Noncommissioned Officer of the Year • Senior Master Sgt. Wayne Donnelly, 721st Aerial Port Squadron, Ramstein — Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year • Master Sgt. Jason Chiasson, 728th Air Mobility Squadron, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey — First Sergeant of the Year • 2nd Lt. Jayson Stewart, 726th Air Mobility Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany — Company Grade Officer of the Year • Tayyar Koc, 728th Air Mobility Squadron, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey — Local National Category I, Civilian of the Year • Akman Levent, 728th Air Mobility Squadron, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey — Local National Category II, Civilian of the Year • Angela Pearce, 521st Air Mobility Operations Group, Naval Station Rota, Spain — U.S. Category 1, Civilian of the Year • Richard McClure Jr., 721st Aerial Port Squadron, Ramstein — U.S. Category II, Civilian of the Year • Master Sgt. Lamar Isaac, 726th Air Mobility Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany — AMC’s Logistics Readiness Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year • 724th Air Mobility Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy — AMC’S AF Small Air Terminal Unit of the Year • Senior Airman Gregory Oakley, 721st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Ramstein — AMC’s Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Technician of the Year, Airmen Category • Tech. Sgt. Scott Richard, 721st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Ramstein — AMC’s Ground Safety Noncommissioned Officer of the Year • Capt. Jose Quintanilla, 721st Aerial Port Squadron, Ramstein — AMC’s AFA Aerospace Gill Robb Wilson Award
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Ramstein Airman named best Top AF senior enlisted leader testifies on AF Air Force clinical nurse specialist quality of life issues
Story and photo by Senior Airman Armando A. Schwier Morales 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
by Tech. Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr. Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information
he busiest aeromedical squadron in Europe is also the home to one of the best Air Force medical corps Airmen. Lt. Col. Marilyn Thomas, 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron clinical nurse specialist, won the 2014 Air Force Medical Service Clinical Nurse Specialist Award, which is given to Airmen who made significant contributions to their units or the Air Force as a whole. “I am very thankful and humbled to receive this award,” Thomas said. “I had a little bit of disbelief when I found out. It feels really good to be recognized for all the hard work, because it’s a lot of hard work, hours and commitment. It’s nice to be recognized for that.” Thomas spent part of 2014 deployed leading a 64member team at the busiest
Lt. Col. Marilyn Thomas, 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron clinical nurse specialist, packs an aeromedical evacuation kit Jan. 24 on Ramstein.
aeromedical evacuation unit in Southwest Asia. During her time deployed, the team evacuated more than 1,500 patients in 112 missions. Afterward, she became a go-to leader for the 86th AES by training deployers, writing two clinical practice guidelines and ensuring proficiency of the squadron as an examiner. She also carried out her regular job as a flight nurse, leading 13 flyers and completing 11 trans-Atlantic
missions. “When I think of Lt. Col. Thomas, I think of a mentor and a great leader,” said Capt. Ashley Stansbery, 86th AES flight nurse. “She is my go-to person in the squadron. She is amazing. It’s definitely a great asset to our squadron for her to be able to share her knowledge and have a great open door policy.” Thomas took the skills she See AWARD, Page 13
WASHINGTON — The top enlisted leaders representing each service testified about quality of life issues in the military during a hearing of the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veteran’s Affairs Feb. 25 in Washington, D.C. Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody answered questions about current quality of life issues within the Air Force. The testimony focused on the looming possibility of sequestration and how it would affect Airmen and their families in areas such as health and wellness, benefits, infrastructure and the uncertainty of future recruiting and retention. “We’ve had to let good Airmen go before their desired time,” Cody said. “When I came in 30-plus years ago, when you were a good Airmen and you worked hard you had the opportunity to serve 20 years and you didn’t have to worry about that. But today, there is the uncertainty in the future of their ability to serve. Today the Air Force is the smallest Air Force since our inception.” A primary priority of the Air Force leadership is to take care of its people. Active-duty component saw a substantial decrease in end strength, dropping from 327,600 at the start of fiscal year 2014 to 312,980 at the start of fiscal 2015. At the same time, global demands and geopolitical realities made it clear the need to halt further force reduction initiatives. “The Air Force faced a significant challenge last year as we went through a period of force drawdown,” Cody said. “Yet despite the stress our Airmen continue to serve proudly. We are committed to providing the best support possible to build and maintain ready and resilient Airmen and families. Leveraging the enlisted core with continuing education — both military and civilian — that implores strategic thinking was another topic among the service’s senior enlisted leaders. “Every Airman is an important investment,” Cody said. “These developmental opportunities provide the foundation for robust recruitment and retention, and solidify our Airmen’s professional capabilities. Our focused efforts produce highly skilled and highly effective Airmen who are well prepared to contribute to our nation’s defense and equipped for professional life after they’ve served our nation.” Cody then referenced the legislation the committee provides to protect and support Airmen and their benefits given to them by the Air Force such as the Air Force Airman and Family Care Program which offers financial planning, family readiness, support for exceptional family members, transition assistance and more. “These programs directly support resiliency and readiness of our Airmen and their families.” he said. Another quality of life topic Cody highlighted in his written statement was the Air Force’s need to improve infrastructure. “The Air Force has dormitories that do not meet quality of life standards,” Cody said. “If Congress supports the President’s Budget request, the Air Force will be able to invest $62 million to build new dormitories around the Air Force. We must keep faith in the American people (by taking care of our Airmen).”
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Airmen give back through local charity Photos by Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko
Maj. Matthew Boyd, 86th Airlift Wing chaplain, sorts clothing for the less fortunate during a donation event Feb. 21 in Kaiserslautern. Airmen from Ramstein Air Base worked alongside volunteers in the KMC to distribute clothing and food for the less fortunate.
A child holds a shoe she found at a food and clothing drive Feb. 21 in Kaiserslautern.
Volunteers bag donated bread for the less fortunate Feb. 21 in Kaiserslautern.
People from the local community attend a food and clothing drive Feb. 21 in Kaiserslautern, Germany. The donations were sorted by volunteers from around the KMC to provide clothing and food to the less fortunate.
Childrenâ€™s shoes are collected before being donated Feb. 21 in Kaiserslautern. More than 1,500 pounds of bread and clothing were donated to approximately 100 people in the local community. Service members joined together to volunteer for the food and clothing drive.
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Story and photo by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
he vow to put service before self can sometimes promote the necessity of resilience. One Airman at Ramstein Air Base practices resilience each day to help guide Airmen to success. As a career assistance adviser, Master Sgt. Etienne Tousignant, 786th Force Support Squadron, uses his life lessons to advise Ramstein Airmen on potentially life-changing decisions, one-on-one and at professional development seminars. Tousignant is responsible for helping develop more than 8,000 Airmen through individual counseling and advising commanders and superintendents on retention issues. With his reach, he is key to the development of front-line supervisors. By providing education on re-enlisting and retraining opportunities, he ensures Airmen understand their benefits and entitlements. Through his role as a career adviser, Tousignant also aids the 786th FSS by assisting in the dissemination of personnel programs and new guidance to the base populace.
Staff Sgt. Myra Melendez, Ramstein Airman Leadership School instructor, said Tousignant not only deals with Airmen on a one-on-one basis, but he also teaches the value of resilience through the First Term Airman Center program and professional enhancement and informed decision seminars. “Sometimes we have bad days that get us down,” Melendez said. “Tousignant is a testament of not letting those bad days keep you down. He always bounces back and finds a way to turn negative situations into positive learning experiences. He humbly shares his story to remind Airmen that anyone, regardless of rank and age, can overcome hardships in life.” Tousignant had a rough start during his adolescence, which taught him the value of resilience and how to grow in the face of adversity. “I made a lot of bad choices, some criminal,” he said. “I don’t know what I did or said, but my parents and friends still believed in me. They still gave me opportunities to succeed. I now recognize that I can overcome adversity and that no major obstacles can’t be overcome.” After a path on a downward spiral, Tousignant was able to use his life
Master Sgt. Etienne Tousignant, 786th Force Support Squadron career assistance adviser, mentors a wingman Feb. 11 at Ramstein. After a path on a downward spiral, Tousignant was able to use his life experiences as an example of resilience and set his wingman on the right path as a career adviser.
experiences to make him a person that can relate to people, he said. “When people walk in, I can be empathetic,” Tousignant said. “Everyone has potential, and I want to help. If I can’t, I want to point them in the right direction.” His outreach can be attested to by Airmen who have personally thanked him for sharing his positive outlook, Tousignant said. “I have people approach me on and off base,” he said. “When they talk to me and tell me how advisory events
have helped them, it motivates me to continue to help. I had someone tell me they stayed in the Air Force because of a seminar.” Tousignant plans to continue to share his outlook to remind Airmen that anyone, regardless of rank and age, can overcome hardships in life. “Whether I wear a uniform or not, I just want to continue to help people on any scale and be a part of a community that helps others,” he said.
Birthday bash marks Scouting anniversary The 2015 edition of the annual Blue and Gold (the Cub Scout colors) banquet at Vogelweh Elementary School commemorated the 105th anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America and the Cub Scouts program’s 85th birthday, Feb. 22. The cafeteria transformed into a banquet hall and parents transformed into artists, auctioneers and chefs. More than 100 Cub Scouts came to celebrate along with a few special guests, adult volunteers and family members from Pack 69. The banquet also served as a bear of a pack meeting as leaders and parents recognized the Scouts’ formal accession to their current rank and achievements during the first six months of the Scouting year. Parents marked their Scouts’ accomplishments and commitment with face paints and, for the
artistically inclined, paw prints. For WEBELOS, the banquet marked the culmination of a five-year Scouting journey alongside “Akela," a personification of the Scouts’ mentors based on a character in Rudyard Kipling’s, “The Jungle Book.” The pack powwow included the typical mix of ceremonial, educational and lighthearted activities. Scouts designed unique table decorations representing their dens. Some Scouts and families even brought along building blocks displays and stuffed animals, including a gigantic baby shark serving as an aquatic den mascot. Organizers also auctioned a variety of sweets and gift baskets to raise money for the pack with Scouts taking a keen interest in the bidding on cakes, pastries, chocolates, outdoor gear and toys. A WEBELOS den leader
and designer of a squad car that competed in last month’s Pinewood Derby issued “speeding citations” to Scouts in recognition of the swiftness of their wooden vehicles during the race. In a nod to recent carnival activities, several Scouts and sisters donned paper masks as the banquet drew to a close. Hunter Marks, assistant district commissioner of the Barbarossa District and the pack’s higher Scouting headquarters, participated in the event, offering words of wisdom and presiding over the Arrow of Light Ceremony, which embodies Cub Scouting’s highest honor and marks the culmination of WEBELOS’ tenure as Cub Scouts. “This celebration re-energizes the boys, the parents and the adult volunteers to continue on to the end of the Cub Scout year and also encour-
Photo by Sgt. Maj. Michael Pintagro
Tiger Cub Jayden Moffit receives his stripes from Achley Lyons during the Blue and Gold banquet held Feb. 22 at the Vogelweh Elementary School cafeteria.
ages everyone to remain actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America next year,” Marks said. “Because February or March is also a common time for the oldest Cub Scouts (fifth-graders or second-year WEBELOS) to move on to the Boy Scout
program, the Blue and Gold banquet is often a farewell to these boys as they journey on to becoming young men in their quest to reach the Eagle Scout summit. I commend all of the boys in Pack 69 on See SCOUTS, Page 18
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has gained and created quick drills for technicians to recognize and assess pain to ensure patients’ safety and comfort.
Kaiserslautern American Sharing her knowledge is one way she hopes to give back to those who have supported her, she said. “I am thankful for my family, ROTC instructors,
different commanders, coworkers, mentors and probably way too many people to try to name,” Thomas said. “The great thing about the Air Force is all the different
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guidelines on how to ensure those patients get to see their families, Thomas hopes to continue making a difference and impact other people’s lives, she said.
Enlisted leaders attend symposium on Ramstein Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Sara Keller 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
nlisted leaders from air forces throughout Europe visited Ramstein Feb. 23 to 27 to attend the Kaiserslautern Military Community First Sergeant Council’s First Sergeant Symposium along with 120 Airmen from around the KMC. Chief master sergeant equivalents and one first sergeant from seven nations, including chief master sergeants of the Estonian, Romanian and Slovak air forces, attended the four-day symposium, which focused on giving technical and master sergeants a true image of a first sergeant’s duties. For the international visitors, it was an up-close look at a position most of their air forces don’t yet have. During the annual event, a variety of topics were covered, including how to handle physical fitness, financial, domestic violence and legal issues within a unit. There was also a first sergeants’ panel where attendees had the opportunity to ask seasoned first sergeants questions and a chiefs’ panel to provide a perspective on life after first sergeant duty. “The symposium allows (the attendees) to see what we actually do,” said Master Sgt. Zamanta Triche, the 721st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron first sergeant. “Most people just know that the first sergeant will fix it. They don’t see all the stuff we might do in the background, but this event gives them the opportunity to get a realistic look at how we do it.” Although this is only the second year for the informative symposium, the chief master sergeant of the Estonian air force, or Staabiveebel Janis Jallai, was able to attend once again. “Returning for the second time has given me a much clearer vision and understanding of the first
Tech. Sgt. James Shanks and Tech. Sgt. Chris Willingham, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, brief a group of enlisted leaders from six different nations’ air forces throughout Europe about the 86th AMXS’s mission inside a C-130J Hercules Feb. 23 on Ramstein. The group of enlisted leaders including the chief master sergeant of the Romanian and Estonian air forces and other leaders from the German, Italian, Slovenian and the United Kingdom’s air forces, visited Ramstein before attending the KMC First Sergeant Council’s First Sergeant Symposium.
sergeant position and how it benefits people,” Jallai said. “The Estonian air force does not actually have the first sergeant position, so after everything I’ve learned here I feel it could be a very good tool for us.” Jallai is not only the chief master sergeant of the Estonian air force, he is also the first one. Coming to a symposium like this allows him to absorb the lessons he’s learned to possibly implement them in his own service. Before the symposium, the group of chiefs visited and learned about work centers, like the 24th Intelligence Squadron, to get an idea of the types of responsibilities Airmen in the U.S. Air Force perform every day, as well as the Airman leadership school and NCO academy to better understand how Airmen develop through professional military education. “I think (an experience) like this is a give and take,” Triche said. “At first I was thinking we just had the opportunity to showcase what we do here in the U.S. Air Force and our roles as first sergeants, but now I realize that I’m learning a lot more from them than I could ever teach A group of enlisted leaders from six different nations’ air forces throughout Europe attend them.” the KMC First Sergeant Council’s First Sergeant Symposium Feb. 26 at Einsiedlerhof. After experiencing an
event like this and learning not only from the first sergeants and chiefs, but also from his fellow classmates, Jallai said one of the main lessons he would like to take back with him is the importance of taking care of people. “I would really like to implement more training on personnel issues,” Jallai said. “I would like to see my NCOs gain more knowledge on counseling techniques and practices. I know that my NCOs may not have the right tools, so I would love to enable them to learn more about dealing with personnel issues. I would also like to implement family care plans because it’s not something we do, but I see the enormous benefit in it.” There are currently over 300,000 Airmen serving in the U.S. Air Force. The Estonian air force is growing and now has over 350 airmen. Jallai explained that although their air force is small and they don’t have the first sergeant position, they do have a position that is similar. When he returns, he’s going to mesh some of the aspects he said he liked with the position that already exists to fit what his air force needs. Next year, the first sergeants hope to open the event to even more people to enlighten future first sergeants and invite enlisted leaders from allied nation’s back. “I would love to have some of my guys be able to attend this next year,” Jallai said. “I’m amazed by the attitudes of the first sergeants. It’s clear how deeply they go and how much emotion they put into their work and people, and I would like for my people to experience that.”
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Â Airmen move their targets downrange during an M-4 carbine qualification test at the KMC Combat Arms Training and Maintenance firing range Feb. 19 on Vogelweh. CATM instructors qualify more than 7,000 students annually.
KMC keeps it on target
Photos by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski
Staff Sgt. Kellie Sawn, 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor, briefs students on weapons safety Feb. 19. CATM instructors at Vogelweh qualify more than 7,000 students annually.
Staff Sgt. Jason Stephan, 1st Combat Communications Squadron radio frequency transmission systems technician, fires an M-4 Carbine during a qualification test Feb. 23 at the KMC Combat Arms Training and Maintenance Squadron.
Senior Airman Shane Fairchild, 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor, observes Airmen during their M-4 carbine qualification test Feb. 24 at the KMC Combat Arms Training and Maintenance Squadron. CATM is responsible for all firing qualifications in the KMC and eight geographical separated units.
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Postal services deliver peace of mind Story and photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Dealing with mail can be a nerveracking experience. Will it arrive on time? Will it be safe? What if it’s lost? With these questions in mind, the 86th Communications Squadron postal specialists do their part to make sure parcels are delivered efficiently and safely. “A lot of people look at our job as just mail, but it’s bigger than that,” said Master Sgt. Jack Lloyd, 86th CS Northside Post Office postmaster. “Mail improves morale for the people stationed here.” Lloyd makes this connection considering military members often look forward to mail when they are away from family and friends. The majority of the packages that come through Ramstein’s Northside Post Office are personal. However, postal specialists also handle official mail — parcels that are addressed to units, first sergeants or commanders. With both personal and official mail, the Northside Post Office handles approximately 8 million pounds of parcels annually, making it the larg-
Staff Sgt. James Whyte, 86th Communications Squadron postal specialist, sorts mail in the Northside Post Office Feb. 13. at Ramstein. The Northside Post Office is the largest Department of Defense postal operation, handling approximately 8 million pounds of mail annually.
est postal operation in the Department of Defense. Additionally, the finance department of the Northside Post Office, which handles anything that involves money, such as selling stamps and sending mail, generates approximately $4 million every year. These numbers may not be surpris-
ing as the post office serves the entire KMC, the largest U.S. military community outside of the U.S. With such a large customer base, even the dedicated postal specialists at the Northside Post Office require some help. “Volunteering is a very big deal,” said Airman 1st Class Michael Parshall, 86th CS postal specialist.
“We’d love as many volunteers as we can get to work as many hours as they would like.” Volunteers can help postal specialists by sorting and pitching mail to personal boxes, unloading the mail truck and manning the pickup windows. Lloyd said this allows the postal specialist to handle the more technical aspects, such as processing. Recently, the Northside Post Office was authorized to have volunteers year-round though they were previously used only during the holiday season. “If anybody wants to volunteer, they can just show up and we’ll square them away,” Lloyd said. While the primary reason for assisting the postal specialist may be to lighten the workload, some members of the postal services team also believe it has its added benefits. “It would open a lot of people’s eyes when they see what we do,” Parshall said. “It’s a wonderful job. If you have the opportunity to come down, you should definitely try it.” If you would like to do your part in delivering some peace of mind or just want more information about the postal services, stop by the Northside Post Office in Bldg. 426.
US, NATO partners meet to discuss mental health, MTBI issues
ilitary medical and behavioral health specialists from 10 NATO countries met Feb. 24 and 25 in Germany for a Mental Health and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Workshop in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. The workshop allowed experts from several NATO countries to speak on topics such as pre-deployment mental health screening procedures used by the Romanian military and manage MTBI for U.S. service members and their families. The event allowed allied nations to share information and ideas about what different military medical systems are doing in the mental health and MTBI arenas, said Lt. Col. Graeme Bicknell, behavioral health division director for Europe Regional Medical Command. “This is an opportunity for us to put our best foot forward,” Bicknell said. “It’s an opportunity for us to talk about the best practices among our allies. It helps us better understand each other and know what we bring to the fight. It also helps us to understand
the cultural differences (as they apply to mental health and MTBI issues).” Workshop attendees came from the U.S., Germany, Hungary, Great Britain, Belgium, Romania, France, Czech Republic, Estonia and Lithuania. The idea for the workshop came from discussions between Brig. Gen Van Coots, ERMC commander, and his counterparts in the German army medical corps. “We asked what our allies would like to talk about and most said mental health and TBI,” Bicknell said. “We arranged for some of the best qualified speakers from the United States and invited our NATO allies as well.” The U.S. military medical system has advanced considerably in their understanding and treatment of these issues based on experiences gained through almost 14 years of war, Bicknell said, but sharing knowledge gained by other countries is helpful as well. Most of those attending the workshop agreed. “It was a great way to learn about
Photo by Phil A. Jones
Brig. Gen. Van Coots (lower left), U.S. Army Europe Regional Medical Command commander, poses a question to Hungarian Defense Forces representatives after their presentation on “Experiences of the Williams Life Skills Training Program in the Hungarian Defense Forces.” The Feb. 25 presentation by (standing from left) Maj. Beatrix Hornyak, Lt. Col. Andrea Soter and Capt. Balazs Tapai was made during a Mental Health and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury workshop where military medical and behavioral health specialists gathered from 10 NATO countries.
current and innovative research being conducted by NATO forces and the U.S. Department of Defense,” said Capt. Rachel Wiley, counseling psychologist at LRMC. Wiley said that participants were also provided with clinical recommendations they can use in their practice. “Mental health and MTBI are serious topics for service members,
and we need to know more and be able to treat them better, earlier and with better results,” said Dr. Stefan Kropp, an attendee representing the German army reserves. Kropp said he viewed the workshop as an “ongoing discussion” for the way ahead in how the military treats mental health and MTBI. (Courtesy of Europe Regional Medical Command)
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