Police Week 2020, Page 5
86 AW historian captures present for future, Page 8
786 CES perfects purifying proficiency, Pages 12-13
May 15, 2020 | Volume 44, Number 19
New German traffic laws and fines, Page 15
Housing office adapts during COVID-19 restrictions, Page 16
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‘Heroes through Housing’ builds community morale Story and photos by Airman 1st Class Taylor Slater 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Sirens blared and children clapped as Kaiserslautern Military Community first responders drove through Ramstein’s family housing area during the Heroes through Housing event May 7. Members of the 86th, 569th and 435th Security Forces Squadrons, 86th Medical Group, 435th Civil Engineer Group, NATO Military Police and Army NATO International Military Police were applauded for their work throughout the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Community members adhered to physical distancing standards while celebrating the first responders’ works. “It was amazing to see people excited and the young children waving,” said Staff Sgt. Christopher Torres, 86th SFS police services assistant. “(Children) were happy to be See HEROES, Page 6
Aiden, a military dependent, holds up a sign thanking Kaiserslautern Military Community first responders during the Heroes through Housing event in on-base housing at Ramstein Air Base, May 7. Families were encouraged to make signs, cheer, wave and clap while adhering to physical distancing standards.
LRMC opens new intensive care ward, alternate COVID unit by Alofagia Oney Regional Health Command Europe
U.S. Army Col. Elba Villacorta, Deputy Commander for Inpatient Services at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, center, showcases an updated patient room in the new intensive care ward, May 8. The ward, known as 10C to staff members, is intended to supplement current intensive care and medical-surgical wards for post operative and lower acute patients, as well as serve as an overflow COVID-19 ward in the event LRMC’s COVID ICU reaches maximum capacity. Photo by Marcy Sanchez
As restrictions begin to lift across Europe and within U.S. military installations, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center continues to prepare for the possibility of more patients in light of COVID-19 with the opening of a new intensive care ward, May 8. The new ward, known to staff as 10C, was originally intended to replace the current medicalsurgical ward that is primarily used for postoperative patient recovery
and care. With the onset of COVID operations, LRMC leaders decided to expedite the opening of 10C to serve as a swing ward capable of receiving overflow patients from the Intensive Care Unit, MedicalSurgical Ward and COVID ICU. “We’ve been working on 10C since 2017, and it cost about a million dollars to renovate,” said U.S. Army Col. Elba Villacorta, Deputy Commander for Inpatient Services at LRMC. “When COVID came around, we decided to expand our current intensive care ward capabilities by keeping both the current
ICW and 10C open at the same time.” The new ward is stocked with upgraded infrastructure, improved configuration, new monitoring systems, new isolation rooms and built-in oxygen capabilities. “This is an older facility, but now we have an updated ward where we can treat both our lower acute patients, and any COVID patients as well,” said Villacorta. “In the event we reach maximum capacity in our current COVID ICU, 10C can See LRMC, Page 3
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Story and graphic by Tech. Sgt. J. Smith 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs One of the second and third-order effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has been a shift in base utility usage. Teleworking and virtual schooling has resulted in a change to where and how base electricity is being used. Service members, civilians and families stationed in the Kaiserslautern Military Community should avoid unnecessary use of electricity when possible as individuals spend more time at home. “Due to many folks staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic, utility usage has increased in housing units and decreased at schools,” said Markus Schaaff, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical engineer. Ramstein Air Base’s energy use costs the U.S. Air Force money. The installation’s electricity cost for fiscal year 2019 was $26.5 million, which equates to approximately $72,000 per day.
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DAF ACT contracting executes N95 mask production for DOD
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Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs The Department of the Air Force’s Acquisition COVID-19 Task Force (DAFACT) executed a $126 million contract on May 1 for expanded production of N95 masks — 26 million per month — starting in October. The contract, awarded to 3M, will increase the supply chain of N95 masks and resupply the Strategic National Stockpile following increased demand due to COVID-19. Coordinated through the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Joint Acquisition Task Force (JATF), and funded through the
CARES Act, the contract increases N95 mask production by at least 312 million within the next twelve months. A team of contracting officers at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, finalized the deal. “As an Air Force contracting professional, it’s always a great feeling when you are able to help secure a critical investment in U.S. manufacturing capacity for items that will serve a greater good,” said Nathan Shrider, AFLCMC contracting officer. “It’s an honor to serve with such a dedicated team that is making a difference.” 3M has already placed orders for raw
material and two new N95 manufacturing lines. To meet increased production capacity, 3M plans to expand its facility in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and also perform initial production in Wisconsin. “The Air Force is pleased to execute recent contracts to expand N95 mask production for our nation,” said Dr. Will Roper, the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology, and logistics. “Our past initiatives to empower our acquisition workforce and to accelerate programs have put us in a good position to respond to the present crisis with speed and agility. We are proud to be an important part of the solution.”
Roper established the DAF-ACT across the service’s acquisition enterprise to execute requirements from the JATF and to collect and consolidate funding requests needed to recover programs from COVID19 impacts. “Our acquisition management and contracting professionals are working seamlessly as part of a whole-of-government response and with industry to ensure we effectively and expeditiously align resources with requirements,” said Maj. Gen. Cameron Holt, DAF-ACT director. “Our team is proud to support critical acquisition efforts that will continue to fortify our nation’s supply chain and resilience.”
LRMC from Page 1 be diverted to a COVID ward where we can resort to one-way entry flow and stand up the protective barriers for staff and patient safety.” For U.S. Army Master Sgt. Marshall Crawford, Noncommissioned Officer in Charge for Inpatient Services, the incredible support of the LRMC’s Facilities Management and Logistics Divisions were paramount to the opening of 10C. “Facilities and Logistics (divisions) displayed heroic efforts in standing up the ward,” he said. “This ward wasn’t supposed to open for another several months, but they were able to divert resources to get the ward up in a month.” In terms of the overall benefit of the 10C ward, Crawford believes the additional space will enable LRMC to continue its mission of providing wartime care for ill, injured and wounded warfighters, while also treating COVID-positive patients. “We don’t want to mix COVID patients with general patients, and we still have a wartime mission going on,” said Crawford. “Having a COVID unit allows us to care for them in a separate environment without putting our wartime missions at risk.”
U.S. Army Col. Michael Weber, commander of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, cuts the ribbon the hospital’s newest intensive care ward, May 8. The ward, known as 10C to staff members, is intended to supplement current intensive care and medical-surgical wards for postoperative and lower acute patients. It will also serve as an overflow COVID19 ward in the event LRMC’s COVID ICU reaches maximum capacity. Photo by Marcy Sanchez
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THE HOUSING HYPE
Tenant’s Standards of Conduct, living off-base
Hydrant flow tests The 786th Civil Engineer Squadron is scheduled to perform annual fire hydrant flow tests on Ramstein AB from May 18-29. Do not be alarmed if you see large amounts of water flowing through the streets. Flow testing may cause rust particles to dislodge in water mains. This is not a health concern; however residents should run water faucets until clear and washing machines through a rinse cycle to ensure rust does not stain laundry. For additional information, please contact Water Plant personnel at DSN: 480 – 6641 or Comm: 06371476641. COVID-19 updates for KMC Personnel looking for updated information regarding coronavirus and changes to base facilities can visit www.ramstein. af.mil/COVID-19/ Attention all retirees and surviving spouses The 86 AW Retiree Activities Office (RAO) is closed until further notice. For urgent situations (until we re-open our doors) that would normally be addressed to the RAO, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Community Strengths and Needs Assessment If you want to see changes in your military community take a few minutes to
complete the Community Strengths and Needs Assessment. It is an easy online survey open to Soldiers, civilians and family members. The survey is designed to capture the qualitative “pulse” of community members’ feelings on quality of life, health, safety and satisfaction within the environment of an Army installation. Let your voice be heard by going to: https:// usaphcapps.amedd.army.mil/Sur vey/ se.ashx?s=25113745218B31B9. RAO Director needed The Retiree Activities Office, a volunteerbased organization that supports retirees, active-duty members and spouses throughout the KMC, has an immediate opening for a new director. The RAO functions as a liaison between the retiree population and the 86th AW commander. For more information about this position or how to volunteer, please contact the acting director at Jim. Barrante@gmail.com or call 0160 454 0062. Construction on A6 Due to construction, motorists traveling on A6 should anticipate delays between May 20-25. A6 toward Saarbrucken will be closed to traffic from May 20 at 10 p.m. May 22 at 10 p.m. A6 direction Mannheim will closed to traffic from May 22 at 10 p.m. until May 25 at 5 a.m. Detour signs will be posted.
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MAY 4 Nothing significant to report MAY 5 9:40 a.m.: Domestic assault in Rodenbach 7:08 p.m.: Damage to personal property in Schneckenhausen 7:40 p.m.: Driving under the influence of a controlled substance in Landstuhl MAY 6 11:20 p.m.: Armed robbery and assault in Einsiedlerhof MAY 7 9:17 a.m.: Theft of private property in
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Ramstein-Miesenbach 5:48 p.m.: Damage to government property in VFH MAY 8 8:27 a.m.: Theft of private property in Schwedelbach 2:23 p.m.: Larceny of private property in Otterbach MAY 9 Nothing significant to report MAY 10 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.
10 tips for a healthy landlord-tenant relationship Payment of rent and other fees by the due date Conservation of utilities Maintenance of the interior and exterior of dwellings in a state of cleanliness Control of children and pets Avoidance of damage to private property, but when damage does occur, make necessary repairs or pay assessments promptly 6. Notifying the Landlord promptly of needed repairs 7. Avoiding disturbance of your neighbors by late evening noises 8. Understanding and abiding by of all the terms of the lease and rental agreement 9. Giving required notification prior to terminating occupancy 10. Leaving the facilities in a clean and undamaged condition 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
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is now offering an Interior Disinfection service, taking your standard detail to a whole new level! Prices will start at $60 (determined by size of the vehicle) and will include a wash as well. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Landstuhl Automotive Skills Center, MonSat (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) on Wilson Bks., Bldg. 3800, 06371-493-1628; Pulaski Automotive Skills Center, Mon-Sun (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) on Pulaski Bks., Bldg. 2859, 0631-350-2323 or Baumholder Automotive Skills Center, TueSat (9 a.m. to 5 p.m) on Smith Bks., Bldg. 8438, 531-2949, 0611-143-531-2949. »» Rheinland-Pfalz Libraries Services: The Rhineland-Pfalz Libraries will extend due
dates of all checked-out materials and library patron account expirations until June 30 to coincide with the Stop Move order. The Interlibrary Loan of materials service will continue to be suspended until further notice because of closures of facilities, health concerns, and logistical issues. Patrons can continue to drop materials into the exterior drop boxes at Kleber, Landstuhl and Baumholder Libraries. Drop boxes are emptied daily and materials are checked in 72 hours later per quarantine guidance. Patrons moving back to the United States will be cleared by the out-processing personnel who call the libraries to ensure they can check off on the individual’s clearing papers. This process is in place until libraries reopen to the public. For more information, go to kaiserslautern.armymwr.com or baumholder.armymwr.com. »» Spring into Reading Challenge: Until May 16, read, or be read to, at least an hour a week to be entered into gift card drawings with the Spring into Reading Challenge. Readers who earn all Challenge Badges will also be entered into a final gift card drawing.The Challenge is open to all Army, Air Force, Marine, Navy and DOD MWR customers of any age because you’re never too old to read! Get started by registering at https:// dodvirtualsrp.beanstack.org.
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During COVID-19, be safe and sanitize! As a reminder, all DOD personnel and their dependents, while occupying off-base housing, are responsible for abiding by all local laws and ordinances and the provisions of the lease and rental agreements, which are binding contracts. The following reminders should be helpful in maintaining a good Tenant/Landlord relationship, thereby contributing to the continued enhancement of the image of DOD personnel and their dependents in our local German communities:
May 15, 2020
Police Week 2020: Ramstein honors fallen law enforcement by Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn A. Ford 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
A U.S. Air Force 86th Security Forces Squadron patrol car is parked prior to participating in a caravan of Kaiserslautern Military Community first responders at Ramstein Air Base, May 7. Photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater
Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Jacobson, 21, Sept. 28, 2005, Camp Bucca, Iraq
1st Lt. Joseph D. Helton, 24, Sept. 8, 2009, Baghdad, Iraq
Staff Sgt. Brian McElroy, 28, Jan. 22, 2006, Taji, Iraq
Senior Airman Nicholas Alden, 25, March 2, 2011, Frankfurt, Germany
Tech. Sgt. Jason L. Norton, 32, Jan. 22, 2006, Taji, Iraq
Staff Sgt. Todd “TJ” Lobraico, 22, Sept. 5, 2013, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan
Airman 1st Class Leebernard E. Chavis, 21, Oct. 14, 2006, Baghdad, Iraq
Airman 1st Class Kcey E. Ruiz, 21, Oct. 2, 2015, Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan
Staff Sgt. John T. Self, 29, May 14, 2007, Baghdad, Iraq
Senior Airman Nathan C. Sartain, 29, Oct. 2, 2015, Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan
Airman 1st Class Jason D. Nathan, 22, June 23, 2007, Iraq
Tech. Sgt. Joseph G. Lemm, 45, Dec. 21, 2015, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan
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Though coronavirus disease 2019 is hindering activities that once drew huge crowds, COVID-19 will not stop a nation from honoring and remembering law enforcement officers who have fallen in the line of duty. On Oct. 1, 1962, former President John F. Kennedy signed a bill into law designating May 15 as a day to honor peace officers. Twenty years later, an annual memorial service began in Washington D.C., at Senate Park, and the week encompassing Peace Officers Memorial Day has since been referred to as Police Week. “Police Week is a humbling week,” said Tech. Sgt. Christopher Bonham, 86th Security Forces Squadron flight sergeant. “We remember our Defenders and why we do the job.” The Monday of Police Week has historically started with a prayer breakfast and a small commencement ceremony, followed by a week of events. Traditionally, there
are law enforcement-centric competitions that bring the different law enforcement agencies together in both a humbling and exciting way. “It’s really exciting and a humbling event to be a part of,” Bonham said. “It’s awesome because it gets all the law enforcement agencies in the area together to celebrate National Police Week and remember everything that’s going on with law enforcement.” Due to restrictions on social gatherings, ceremonies and events are scheduled to be aired or held virtually this year. The 569th, 435th and 86th SFS’s together created the Ramstein Police Week Virtual 5k Facebook group to honor the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the line of duty. Anyone who wants to participate in the virtual run can join the group. Though the final guard mount will not be a public event, each unit still performing guard mount will take the time to honor those U.S. Air Force law enforcement officers who have fallen in the line of duty since 9/11.
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Members of the 86th Security Forces Squadron pose for a photo during the Heroes through Housing event at Ramstein Air Base, May 7. First responders waved and sounded their vehicle sirens to applauding community members as they drove through Ramstein family housing.
HEROES from Page 1 there, calling their brothers and sisters over to run down the street and get a view.” While first responders usually make contact with the public in a time of crisis, events such as these help build support and ease COVID-19 tension, Montgomery said. “The whole purpose was to show the public the first responder community is in this together with them,” Montgomery said. “We’re still (physically) distancing, but we’re also still here to keep the peace and protect the public during COVID-19.” Organizers hoped to boost the morale of the community and give back for their support. “We can’t have a huge fair handing out hot dogs and hamburgers, but it’s just something to show the community,
‘Hey, we’re still thinking about you,’” Montgomery said. While events are important for community morale, Lt. Col. Jeremy Sheppard, 86 SFS commander, noted it’s also important to remember that things aren’t back to normal yet. “Our big concern was obviously making so much of a draw in housing that we would inadvertently have a mass gathering,” Sheppard said. “We were happy to see that families took the precautions to keep themselves and their family members safe.” The event has been in production for two weeks. Sheppard saw celebrations for first responders in the United States and considered whether something similar would be successful on Ramstein. Frequent communication between first responder agencies was key to getting the event organized quickly.
Members of the 86th Security Forces Squadron drive during the Heroes through Housing event at Ramstein Air Base, May 7. All-terrain vehicles, police cars, fire trucks, ambulances and a Humvee were among the types of vehicles participating in the caravan.
Kaiserslautern Military Community first responders prepare for the Heroes through Housing event near the Northside Chapel at Ramstein Air Base, May 7. Members of the 86th, 569th and 435th Security Forces Squadrons, 86th Medical Group, 435th Civil Engineer Group, NATO Military Police and Army NATO International Military police were applauded for their work throughout the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
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May 15, 2020
86 AW historian captures present for future
Dr. John Treiber, 86th Airlift Wing historian, sits during an interview at Ramstein Air Base, April 29. Treiber explained how keeping records of events, especially during situations like coronavirus disease 2019, can help leaders make important decisions in the near and distant future.
Story and photos by Airman 1st Class John R. Wright 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs History provides lessons: accounts of what was inform what is, and what could be. U.S. Air Force historians ensure these lessons are available by keeping records of events, submitted them to commanders for sign-off, and organizing the information for future reference. Under normal circumstances base historians write an annual history report, but the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 has been so profound that Dr. John Treiber, 86th Airlift Wing historian, has been continuously documenting the events surrounding the pandemic. “There’s so much going on that I’ve moved to doing weekly history reports,” Treiber said. “At this point
it’s basically a daily chronology.” While information for reports are typically supported by the gathering of historical documents and personnel interviews, COVID-19 has changed the way historians are collecting data. “One of the interesting things that has come out of this contingency for the wing, and I suspect it’s this way across the Air Force, is the move to teleworking and using online technologies,” Treiber said. “It’s proven to be invaluable.” In order to practice physical distancing, personnel have been attending online meetings from their separate offices on base. This venue has proven to be more useful, in some cases, than traditional settings. “A big part of the Air Force historian’s job is to gather documents,” Treiber said. “Well if they’re posting documents about whatever event,
whatever the issue is, I can just grab them. It’s proven to be very interesting from an operational perspective, certainly from a history office’s perspective, because it allows you to rather easily, if not participate, at least sit in on things that maybe otherwise would’ve been difficult to do in the past.” The move from an annual history report to a weekly report has been necessary to capture all of the operational events surrounding COVID-19. “So far I have done seven of these weekly history (reports), and this event looks like it’s going to be going on for at least a bit longer, so I’ll continue to do something like a weekly or a bi-weekly chronology,” Treiber said. “When it’s all said and done, when the dust settles and everything’s back to normal, I’ll try to compile all these together, and we’ll have essentially a full history
Dr. John Treiber, 86th Airlift Wing historian, attends a coronavirus disease 2019 operational planning meeting online at Ramstein Air Base, April 29. Under normal circumstances base historians write annual history reports, but the pandemic’s impact has become so important that Treiber has moved to weekly reports.
The record book of Dr. John Treiber, 86th Airlift Wing historian, sits on a desk at Ramstein Air Base, April 29. Treiber has kept a daily chronology during coronavirus disease 2019 in order to capture operational events, as well as the atmosphere and feeling during the pandemic.
of the 86th Airlift Wing’s involvement in the COVID-19 operations.” It’s not just operations that need to be captured, however, but the atmosphere and feeling of the pandemic as well, Treiber said. “What I want to capture in this history isn’t just events,” Treiber said. “Another thing I’d like to make sure is in the report is information that reminds people or lets us know what it was that we were going through on a daily basis that’s not necessarily operational. The feeling of the event is certainly something that I want to try to get into the history report because there’s more to what we’re going through right now than just COVID-19 operations. I’m hoping that by bringing in some of these sorts of elements, they help round out what it is we’ve gone through at this time.” Historical reports can help commanders and other leaders make important decisions in the
near and distant future. They document what worked, what didn’t work, and what was learned, increasing readiness and strategic contingency response for future missions. “Obviously Ramstein plays a very important role, due to its location as an entry point into the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility and Africa,” Treiber said. “The wing itself has been doing great things for this operation at all levels of leadership, from General August on down, and our medical group, as well. My role is to try to capture at least some of this, whether it’s the daily events or the atmosphere, and hopefully in the end we’ll have an account that when people pull these (reports) out and look through them to try to understand what it was the wing went through, what it accomplished — all of that will be in these reports.”
Dr. John Treiber, 86th Airlift Wing historian, holds a history report during an interview at Ramstein Air Base, April 29. The report documented 86th AW operations surrounding the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
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Military Spouse Appreciation Day: SNCO couple reflects on experiences during COVID-19 Story and photo by Senior Airman Melody Howley 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs Military Spouse Appreciation Day is celebrated every year on May 8 to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices spouses make for their loved ones in the Armed Forces. Military spouses are the “glue” that holds families together when their family member must report for duty at a moment’s notice. However, there are times when both spouses are active duty members who must put service before self, including during the current pandemic. U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Amanda “Mae” Arguello, 52nd Fighter Wing deputy chief, wing protocol, and Senior Master Sgt. Alvin “Al” F. Arguello II, Air Force Security Forces Center superintendent, strategic plans and programs, reflected on their experience of being a mil-to-mil couple. “I first met Mae when she auditioned for the National Anthem during the 2015 Annual Awards Banquet at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia,” said Al. “As our personal relationships became more serious, the Air Force had different plans for us. I was promoted to senior master sergeant and received orders to Lackland AFB, Texas, and she was given an assign-
ment to Spangdahlem AB, Germany. Unsure how these changes would affect our relationship, we remained committed to each other.” Al said before the COVID-19 pandemic, their functional assignment managers were trying to help to reunite them. “Mae needed a date eligible to return from overseas curtailment since I was unable to receive an assignment to Spangdahlem,” said Al. “As fate would have it, her curtailment was approved, but the pandemic slowed our join spouse process.” Mae said both Al’s and her leadership have been supportive of them trying to get stationed together. “We knew it wouldn’t be easy or immediate,” said Mae. “We are hoping to have our joint spouse assignment soon, Al is absolutely worth waiting for.” Despite the long distance caused by COVID-19 movement restrictions, Al and Mae continue to strengthen their marriage. “Our communication has continued to grow,” said Al. “We both believe that our faith will keep us together.” Mae said they continue to communicate through video calling and text messages. “We do the video messages, email, and text,” said Mae. “We video chat when he is at lunch and when I’m at
lunch. Basically we’re ‘together’ as much as possible.” Al and Mae have been overcoming long distance challenges during this time through trust and faith. “Mae and I trust and love each other very much,” said Al. “We do our best to make sure we are part of each other’s day and include each other in our activities the best we can. We constantly rely on each other as if we were together by seeking advice for both work and personal issues.” Mae said her commitment to Al and the promise they made is what keeps her spirits high. “I don’t want to say it’s easy, but having the same goals and having good communication helps keep us going,” said Mae. “Everything is temporary. We have a plan for our retirements already and our life after the military. So, although the separation isn’t fun, it’s worth some inconvenience to spend the rest of our lives together and fulfilling our dreams together.” Al and Mae said their best advice for those who are experiencing long distance during this unsure time is to remain faithful and continue to include each other each day. “Some days are harder than others, but communicate and learn each other’s love language,” said Al. “If you believe, and have faith, anything is possible.”
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Amanda “Mae” Arguello, 52nd Fighter Wing deputy chief, wing protocol, and Senior Master Sgt. Alvin “Al” F. Arguello II, Air Force Security Forces Center superintendent of strategic plans and programs, pose for a photo at a ceremony in 2017 at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. Al and Mae have been coping with the COVID-19 pandemic by continuing to grow in their marriage despite the temporary distance the virus caused.
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786 CES perfects purifying proficiency Photos by Senior Airman Milton Hamilton 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Water pours out of a fire hose at a 435th Construction and Training Squadron training site at Ramstein Air Base, April 29. The 435th CTS teaches U.S. Air Forces in Europe water and fuel systems maintenance Airmen how to properly operate and maintain the reverse water osmosis purification unit in a contingency environment.
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brandon Williams, 786th Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuel systems maintenance journeyman, tests the chlorine level of a water vial at Ramstein Air Base, April 29. 786th CES water and fuel systems maintenance personnel use four chemicals and several filters within the reverse osmosis water purification unit to provide consumable potable water for contingency and humanitarian operations.
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brandon Williams, 786th Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuel systems maintenance journeyman, conducts a water purification test during proficiency training at Ramstein Air Base, April 29. 786th CES water and fuel systems maintenance Airmen ensure military installations in austere environments have purified drinking water and potable water for maintaining health and sanitation.
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U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Isaac Ruz, 786th Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuel systems maintenance supervisor, left, and Tech Sgt. Nikki Kozar, 786th CES water plant noncommissioned officer in charge, conducts maintenance on water purification systems during proficiency training at Ramstein Air Base, April 29. During the training, Airmen learned how to set up, operate, maintain and troubleshoot a reverse water osmosis purification unit. (Above) U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brandon Williams, 786th Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuel systems maintenance journeyman, performs a proficiency test on the reverse osmosis water purification unit at Ramstein Air Base, April 29. The proficiency training enables 786th CES water and fuel systems maintenance personnel to properly employ a ROWPU to regulate chemical levels in the water on military bases.
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Housing Office adapts during COVID-19 Stop Movement restrictions by Capt. Maria Colompos-Tohtsonie U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Public Affairs This time of year usually brings the sight of packing material and shipping containers stacked like skyscrapers, the ripping sound of packing tape, a plethora of housing appointments, and the various to-do lists that come with a permanent change of station move. However, this PCS season has been put on hold for most service members and their families due to the Stop Movement order issued by the Secretary of Defense in early March. The order, extended to June 30, leaves upwards of 100,000 moves on hold across the Department of Defense. Along with the change, the Möbelspedition
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HHB, 10 AAMDC SFRG answers call to service The Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 10th Army Air and Missile Defense, Soldier and Family Readiness Group (SFRG), located within the Kaiserslautern Military Community, is not just a support network between the unit and families. In fact, the SFRG has doubled efforts to ensure family members are informed and cognizant of the ever-changing COVID19 laws and restrictions that began here since the pandemic began. Allison Burton, the SFRG leader, said that being stationed OCONUS has certainly presented challenges. “Not only has it become vital to know what is happening in and around Germany, it’s also become imperative that everyone knows what the current Army guidelines are that affect all family members,” Burton said. “Having the knowledge that our only option is to shelter-in-place and ride this out has been difficult for some. With that understanding, we as spouses
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Heidi Bredlow, a Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Soldier and Family Readiness Group volunteer, sews and creates face coverings to be distributed to the Soldiers and family members that needed them on April 23, in Kaiserslautern. Burton said her goal is to keep the spouses involved and make certain they do not feel isolated during this time of social distancing and isolation. Photo by U.S. Army Col. Bruce Bredlow, 10th AAMDC
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Car seat rules in Germany by MilitaryInGermany.com Like most other countries in the EU, Germany has strict rules over children’s car seats. These are imperative to keep infants and young children as safe as possible when traveling in a motor vehicle. The specific printed regulations on car seats can be found under paragraph 1a in the road traffic regulations published by the German government. It states that children under the age of twelve with a height below 150cm are required to use a car seat with a seat belt when in a vehicle. Therefore, if your child is over 12 years of age but still under 150cm they are not required by law to use a car seat. The same principle applies to those who are over 150cm tall but less than 12
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by Marion Rhodes for MilitaryInGermany.com You can smell the differences between German and American cookouts on a warm summer day. Both cultures enjoy firing up their grills when the weather is nice but what’s on them, what’s served on the side and even what those grills look like is likely to be different. What goes on the grill When Lt. David King of Spangdahlem Air Base thinks of a barbecue, he imagines typical American fare: “Hot dogs, chips, brats and sometimes grilled vegetables like squash.” Unlike Sabine Poth of Trier. Her idea of a barbecue is traditional German-style: “Kotelett, sausages, beer and salad,” she said. Kotelett, which is a marinated pork chop, is a staple of German grilling culture. Along with brat-
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Strawberry Season is here! by MilitaryInGermany.com During summer, strawberries can typically be found on every corner kiosk in Germany. It is not difficult to be tempted to include these sweet gems with breakfast, lunch and dinner. As a child, my mother grew a garden that included a strawberry patch about 100 yards long. Yes, that’s almost a football field. We used to picked them all June and sometimes into July. Although it was arduous work, I reaped the benefits and still love those little berries today. She added them to all of her dishes during the season and was a great believer in canning and preserving. She handed down these skills to me and I’ve taught canning classes several times over the years. This past week I grabbed a few pals and we went picking on a hill in Warmbronn (near Stuttgart). Whether you call it “canning, preserving or putting up,” most people enjoy home-
made jam. I like to prepare all different kinds and give them as gifts for Christmas. We lucked out and have two apple trees, a plum tree and two Johannisberry bushes in our garden. Around here, you can pick your own strawberries at a Weippert Erdbeergärten. There are several “patches” around Stuttgart, so just look for the little posted signs. Here is my family recipe for Strawberry Jam. I hope you enjoy!
Strawberry Jam Recipe
Adapted from Ball Home Preserving (a leading in home food preservation company). Before you get started: DO NOT USE METAL BOWLS when canning as it will change the consistency of your jams and jellies. Ingredients: • 7 cups granulated sugar (you must look for granulated, DO
NOT USE regular sugar) • 8 cups whole strawberries • 4 tablespoons lemon juice • 1 package regular powder pectin • 8 (8 oz) 1/2 pint mason jars • 1/4 pat of butter (small sliver) Directions: Place canning jars and seals in water in large canner and bring to a boil. DO NOT HEAT the screw bands. Measure sugar and set aside. (SUGAR IS ADDED TO THE BOILING JAM ALL AT ONCE, SO MEASURING AHEAD OF TIME PREVENTS ERRORS AND DELAYS) Wash strawberries in cool water, running over them. Drain. With a huller or small knife, slice the tops. Here’s a little tip: if you use a straw and poke through the end to remove the green, you’ll save the majority of healthy vitamins. In a glass bowl, use a potato masher and crush berries until you have 5 cups of crushed berries.
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Making some Deutsch jams: We also tried our hand at making some strawberry jam using the German sugars available. To our delight we found canning sugar already with the pectin inside. You can buy the sugar appropriate for the jam/ jelly of your choice.
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classics! These are just a few — Now’s the time to stream or rent some of the all-timfore availabil ity.
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CRIME, DRAMA, THRILLER
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Bad Lieutenant (1992) While investigating a young nun’s rape, a corrupt New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction, tries to change his ways and find forgiveness and redemption. Stars: Harvey Keitel, Brian McElroy, Frank Acciarito Director: Abel Ferrara ACTION, ADVENTURE, FANTASY
Poster by Lucasfilm Ltd.
Poster by TriStar Pictures
Poster by 20th Century Fox
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
There’s Something About Mary (1998)
Eleven years after “The Terminator,” young John Connor is the target of the T-1000, a Terminator sent from the future to kill him. This time a revamped T-800 has been sent back to protect the boy. Stars: Edward Furlong, Arnold Schwarzenegger Director: James Cameron COMEDY, DRAMA, FAMILY
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Poster by Paramount Pictures
Poster by Paramount Pictures
Wayne’s World (1992)
Ted, a geek, attempts to track down his high-school sweetheart Mary and hires a private detective to identify her whereabouts. He soon realizes that he has to compete with others in order to impress her. Stars: Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Wayne and Garth host a public access TV show and cannot believe their luck when a local station decides to hire them. Soon, they find out that their show is no longer the same. Stars: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Tia Carrere, Rob Lowe Director: Penelope Spheeris
Cher is a rich high-school student who is learning to cope with adolescence and its problems. She also helps a new student gain popularity and in the process discovers her own feelings. Stars: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy Director: Amy Heckerling
ADVENTURE, COMEDY, CRIME
ADVENTURE, COMEDY, DRAMA
ADVENTURE, FAMILY, FANTASY
Poster by 20th Century Fox
Poster by 20th Century Fox
Poster by Orion Pictures
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
Home Alone 2 (1992)
Mac and Me (1988)
Willow, a farmer and apprentice magician, meets Madmartigan, a great swordsman, and together they journey through a war-torn land of magic and monsters, to save a baby princess from death at the hands of an evil queen. Stars: Val Kilmer, Warwick Davis Director: Ron Howard
Gordon rues the day he lost a crucial game for his team, but life gives him a second chance to redeem himself and find new glory, only this time as a coach of the weak Mighty Ducks ice hockey team. Stars: Emilio Estevez, Lane Smith Director: Stephen Herek
Kevin accidentally boards a flight to New York City and gets separated from his family who are on their way to Miami. He then bumps into two of his old enemies, who plan to rob a toy store. Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern Director: Chris Columbus
A toy factory falls into the hands of an army general who turns the models into killing machines. The deceased owner’s children have to find a way of bringing down the nightmarish empire that is being constructed under their noses. Stars: Robin Williams, Joan Cusack Director: Barry Levinson
Aliens escape from a military base, but during the melee, the youngest alien is separated from his family. He hides in a passing van, occupied by a wheelchair-bound boy named Eric Cruise, his older brother, Michael, and their single mother, Janet, who are moving to California. Stars: Christine Ebersole, Jonathan Ward Director: Stewart Raffill
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