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May 16, 2014
Volume 38, number 19
Ramstein hosts International Jump Week Nine nations strengthen capabilities, partnerships Story and photos by Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Parachutists from the U.S. and eight visiting nations came together to celebrate International Jump Week by participating in several jump-related training scenarios May 4 to 9 on Ramstein. Approximately 300 jumpers with various backgrounds added their experience and training together to complete more than 500 static-line and high-altitude jumps. The jumpers came from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom. “Jump week is all about building partnership capacities,” Parachutists from the U.S. and eight visiting countries prepare to board a C-130J Super Hercules May 5 on Ramstein. Approximately 300 jumpers from nine nations including the U.S. came together to celebrate International Jump Week by participating in several jump-related training scenarios.
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KMC Spring Special Olympics back in full swing by Senior Airman Hailey Haux 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
he KMC Spring Special Olympics were once again underway May 9 at Pulaski Park on Vogelweh after being discontinued for approximately three years. “This event was held in 2011 and prior and was hosted by the Army garrison, but due to budget constraints they were no longer able to
host the Spring Special Olympics,” said Melody Tice-Baird, Special Olympics event coordinator. “I took it upon myself to try and recreate this special event for our German and American athletes here in Kaiserslautern.” This year’s Special Olympics consisted of events such as track and ﬁeld, soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, arts and crafts and karaoke. There were also non-competitive
events for children ages 5 to 7 who weren’t able to compete according to the rules. “We are out here to teach the athletes a little bit about the game,” said Master Sgt. Nick Palmer, 86th Operations Group and Special Olympics soccer event coordinator. “It’s a really good opportunity for us to give them the chance of feeling great. We helped them practice their dribbling skills, gave them the opportunity to make goals and helped them
with their passing skills. I can’t think of a better way to spend a Friday than to give these athletes a day they truly deserve.” Family and friends gathered around their loved ones at every sport to cheer them on throughout the course of the event. “I had so much fun playing soccer, basketball, and volleyball,” said Johnny Karaca, an athlete and son of See SPECIAL OLYMPICS, Page 5
Students stir up STEMposium, Page 10
According to German law, the washing of vehicles on streets at home is not authorized. Use car wash facilities.
Tip of the Week
Gartenschau presents ‘four elements,’ Page 17
Color run brightens Ramstein, Page 24
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May is National Osteoporosis Month by Maj. Shamana Stevens 86th Medical Group Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by the thinning of the bones and affects the lives of many Americans. The word itself actually means “porous bone.” A person with osteoporosis typically has low bone mass, poor bone quality and fragile bones. Approximately 10 million Americans already have osteoporosis, and 34 million are at high risk due to low bone mass. Osteoporosis develops largely as a result of increasing age and a decline in the level of sex hormones. Normally, estrogen in men and women as well as testosterone in men helps to maintain bone mass. Peak bone mass is reached around the age of 30. Production of estrogen rapidly decreases after menopause, placing women at particularly high risk for osteoporosis. Women may lose 20 to 30 percent of their bone mass in the first 10 years following menopause. Risk factors for osteoporosis include: • Advanced age • Gender, 80 percent of the cases are female • History of fracture after age 40 • History of fracture in a first degree relative, male or female • Ethnicity, white and Asian women are at greater risk than women of other ethnicities
Modifiable risk factors are: • Smoking • Low body weight, under 127 pounds for women
• Low estrogen in women; low testosterone in men • Low calcium and vitamin D intake over time • Eating disorders • Lack of exercise, especially weight bearing in women • Excessive alcohol consumption Osteoporosis is a silent enemy of bone health. The early stage of osteoporosis does not usually cause any symptoms, and the disease progresses without any evidence. Pain is often experienced when there is a fracture, especially in the spine. Complications from osteoporotic fractures can present as chronic pain, compressed vertebra, stooped posture and loss of height. Ultimately, it can cause limited activity and severe disability. If you are at risk for osteoporosis, all is not lost. You can take prevention into your own hands. The tripod of osteoporosis prevention is adequate calcium, adequate vitamin D and regular exercise. It is important to get sufficient amounts of calcium, vitamin D and phosphorus to support bone growth. Eat calcium rich foods, such as low-fat dairy products, dark green, leafy vegetables, broccoli and nuts. Today calcium enriched foods are easy to find if dairy is not enjoyed. Calcium-fortified orange juice, almond milk and soy milk are just a few examples of calcium enriched foods that can be found in your local commissary. Vitamin D is also necessary for your body to absorb calcium. If you live in sunny Florida, you may get enough sunlight on your skin to develop
the vitamin D your body needs. However, living in Germany’s altitude may require supplementation. Talk with your primary care provider about what supplementation may be useful. Exercise 30 minutes a day, especially weightbearing and resistance exercise. This allows for the building of bones and slows bone loss. Aerobic exercise has been research-proven to reduce falls, which are often the result of porous bone. Tai chi and yoga enhance balance and strength of muscles supporting the bones and results in greater flexibility. See your health care provider before starting any exercise program for prevention of bone loss. You can be referred to a specialist such as a physical therapist if you have already experienced bone loss or are diagnosed with osteoporosis. The following safety measures to prevent falls are vitally important for bone protection: • Avoid slippery surfaces • Install hand rails • Keep surfaces smooth and uncluttered • Always have adequate lighting • Use a cane or walker if needed • Wear rubber-soled, flat shoes • Wear eyeglasses if prescribed • Make sure rugs are secured For more information, browse the National Osteoporosis Foundation website at http://nof. org or www.betterbones.com. For local assistance or questions, contact the 86th Medical Group Medical Management Team at 479-2022 or 06371-46-2022.
College student expands horizon, AF family by Sara Pavich 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs I like to think I’m pretty good with words. I spent four years of my college career learning how to make them sound nice after all, and for the past four months I’ve been honing these skills at the 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office. None of this valuable work experience, however, has provided me with the words I need to describe what my time working here has
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story here and there and more than likely just making the coffee. It wasn’t until I found myself running around an urban warfare training course with a camera on a cold, rainy day in Baumholder that I began to wonder what I had gotten myself into. I realized two things that day as I sat shivering under a tree in my woefully lightweight rain jacket. One: I needed to dig my heels in and prepare myself for these types of adventures if I was going to
make the most of my time here, and two: Meals Ready to Eat that come with raisins as a dessert are the worst. Both are equally important lessons, but the former has served me the best. Since that day, I’ve been fortunate enough to spend my time experiencing almost every type of job the Air Force offers. I’ve watched firefighters extinguish a mock burning building, and I learned what See family, Page 6
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From passenger jet to versatile airlift by Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
ressed in flight suits and crammed into a cockpit the size of a clown car, two C-21A Learjet pilots soar through the sky transporting a soldier wounded in battle. The veteran lies in the back, fists clenched, as he clings to life. Knowing death waits patiently onboard, the pilots push the aircraft to go faster, racing against time itself. “I will never forget that mission,” said Capt. Ryan Harrison, 76th Airlift Squadron pilot. “It was a Polish soldier, who was gunned down during battle and evacuated to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center for treatment. Once the medics did what they could for him, I had the honor of flying him back home to his loved ones, where he would spend his final days. Words cannot express how much it meant to me to be able to do that for him and his family.” Along with performing aeromedical evacuations, the C-21 and its pilots also provide passenger airlift for distinguished travelers and deliver small amounts of cargo. “While we are known for transporting military officials and dignitaries, we are capable of doing so much more,” Harrison said. With the capacity to hold eight passengers, 42 cubic feet of cargo or a
Photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb Pierce
A C-21A Learjet flies over Germany June 8, 2010. C-21A Learjets are used on Ramstein by the 76th Airlift Squadron for distinguished visitors and patient transport.
limited number of medical patients, the small group of C-21 pilots constantly push each other to achieve a common goal, to play any role required of
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said Tech. Sgt. Brian Angell, 435th Contingency Response Group personal parachute program manager. “Many of the junior enlisted Airmen and Soldiers here today are getting their first chance to jump with international paratroopers, and the experience gained sharing training tactics and procedures is invaluable.” Airmen and Soldiers weren’t the only ones sharing jumps for the first time with international service members. Many airborne troops from visiting countries also flew into the same first-time situation. “It is always very important to familiarize yourself with partner nation procedures,” said Hellenic air force Capt. Byron Alivizatos, Search and Rescue Operations Squadron. “These jumps create an opportunity to form well-rounded paratroopers and strengthen deployed operations.” The International Jump Week events also provid-
them to complete the mission. “I love the camaraderie in the squadron,” Harrison said. “Even though I am thousands of miles
ed participants the opportunity to work across three different aircraft platforms, including the C-130J Super Hercules, the MC-130H Talon and a C-17 Globemaster II. “Being a piece of this experience was incredibly satisfying,” said U.S. Army Pfc. Kelly Orullian, 5th Quartermaster Aerial Delivery parachute rigger. “A large part of what I do is making sure everyone is prepared and confident for their jump. What made this instance special was the chance to work with so many different jumpers from different nations.” Working to create international bonds and friendships was a large part of International Jump Week. Harmonizing a large number of jumpers from eight different nations with different procedures and experiences was just as important as the actual jumping. “As a jumpmaster you are responsible for the lives of the paratroopers inside the aircraft, and that’s something I take to heart,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Alexander Munoz-Lamos, Special
away from my family in Texas, it is because of how close we are here that I am able to call the 76th my home.”
Staff Sgt. Jonathan Smith, 435th Security Forces Squadron jumpmaster, scans a landing zone to prepare for aerial jumps from a C-130J Super Hercules May 5 over Germany.
Operations Command Africa air NCO. “It’s a great opportunity to link up with our partner nations to improve our relationships within the airborne community. When you’re in there you control the aircraft. It doesn’t matter what rank they are. It doesn’t matter what rank I am.”
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Reported Larcenies MAY 8
10:03 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported on Vogelweh Family Housing.
9:50 a.m.: Failure to re-register a U.S. Army Europe-plated vehicle resulting in child endangerment was reported on Ramstein.
9:23 a.m.: Theft from a motor vehicle was reported in Kaiserslautern. 8 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Weltersbach.
12:39 a.m.: An assault and communicating a threat were reported in Thaleischweiler-Fröschen. 3:47 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Kaiserslautern. 9:05 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Wollstein. 9:10 a.m.: Possible self-harm was reported in Hohenecken.
» Kaiserslautern: One red Coach purse containing one U.S. Army Europe driver’s license, one Texas driver’s license, one Esso card, multiple Visa cards, one Victoria’s Secret card, one Express card and one Dillard’s card.
10:02 a.m.: A simple assault was reported in Siegelbach. 1:05 p.m.: An attempted sexual assault was reported on Landstuhl.
2:45 p.m.: Larceny of private and government property was reported in Rilchingen-Hanweiler. 3:42 p.m.: Damage to private property was reported in Spesbach. 6:56 p.m.: Child endangerment was reported on Vogelweh Family Housing. 5:10 p.m.: Larceny of private property was reported in Schwedelbach
3:27 a.m.: An aggravated assault was reported in Steinbach am Glan.
May 9 — 4 volunteers, 40 lives potentially saved. May 10 — 19 volunteers, 21 lives potentially saved.
» Ramstein-Miesenbach: One mountain bike, two Halogen trust ﬁre lights with lithium ion batteries, one cycling computer, one rechargeable tail light, one 1/4 inch cable and one combination cable lock.
» Spesbach: One Dell laptop, one Toshiba laptop, one iPad and one black backpack containing one checkbook, miscellaneous work papers, DVDs of season three of “Game of Thrones,” one government BlackBerry and VAT forms. » Rilchingen-Hanweiler: One lotion bottle, one bar of soap, one deodorant stick, one perfume bottle, one Samsung cell phone, one credit card, one $100 gift card, €25, $20, one Merecedes car key, one lip gloss, one black skirt, one orange T-shirt, assorted hair cair products and an unknown amount of undergarments.
» Kinsbach: Coppe laptops. » Landstuhl: Tw APRIL 28
industrial counter coo mander, one industrial industrial salad dispe trial drink mixer, one washer, one industria plate, one industrial ﬂ trial fryer, one industri » Ramstein: Copp APRIL 22
Vehicle Readiness Squad sure the snow equipmen ABOVE: Snow equipmen
• The KMC Housing Ofﬁce will be closed May 26 and 29 in observance of holidays. • The Kaiserslautern city administration, including the German-American Community Ofﬁce, will be closed to the public May 26.
Police Week events
KMC police units sponsor National Police Week with displays and demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center.
Heritage month events
Asian Paciﬁc Islander Heritage Month will present free story and activity time from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Ramstein Library. A free movie night showing “Mulan” and “Go For Broke” is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. May 24 at the Hercules Theater. Snacks will be provided in the lobby. A cultural exposition will be set up from 3 to 5 p.m. May 29 at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center to be followed by Polynesian dancing, a Filipino performance, martial arts demonstrations and a fashion show from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Richard.email@example.com.
KMC Top 3 scholarship
KMC Top 3 offers a scholarship opportunity to recognize Airmen, NCOs (E-1 through E-6) and dependents in the KMC who exhibit commitment, leadership, integrity and excellence toward continued education. Each quarter, two winners will receive $300 toward their degree. Individuals interested will submit a two- to
three-page essay on the degree they are pursuing, why they are pursuing it and how their degree will beneﬁt them in their future endeavors. Subject line should read “Scholarship_Last name.” The second quarter deadline is June 13. For details, email Master Sgt. Amanda Callahan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Master Sgt. Willie Frazier at email@example.com.
The Ramstein Education Ofﬁce offers a summer intern program. For details, contact Mark Rix at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quad riding rules
Before bringing a quad and all-terrain vehicle to Germany or renting one locally, riders must know the rules. Riders in Germany must be in possession of a class B (regular POV) driver’s license and must wear a helmet. Quads registered in Germany — including U.S. Army Europeregistered vehicles — may be driven on all public roads. Riding on the autobahn is only permissible if the maximum allowed speed for the vehicle is over 60 kph. Roads and trails designated for agricultural or forestry vehicles only are offlimits for quads unless riders have prior permission from the local forestry ofﬁce. Off-roading is prohibited in Germany. As a general rule, riding a quad is only allowed where it is also legal to drive a car. There are very few off-road quad areas in Germany, and none of them are located in the KMC. The closest quad area is in Saverne, France, 85 kilometers from Kaiserslautern.
The 86th Civil Engineer Squadron is seeking
a motivated SNCO to ﬁll the unaccompanied housing superintendent position. The superintendent oversees 13 Airman dormitory leaders who manage 16 dormitories valued at $185 million. The dorms house 1,300 Airmen on Ramstein and Kapaun. The primary mission of the UH section is to provide a clean, safe and secure living environment for residents; manage day-to-day operations; conduct initial, preﬁnal and ﬁnal inspections; mentor residents and assist them in their adjustment to military life; ensure resident compliance with directives and military living standards; and maintain open lines of communication between residents, ﬁrst sergeants, commanders and the wing, among other duties. Applicants must be an E-7, have two years remaining on station, commute within 30 minutes and have no selective re-enlistment bonus in current AFSC. To apply, compile the following package: • PT assessment (Minimum ﬁtness score of 80 percent) • Provide last three EPRs • Provide SURF • Commander’s letter of recommendation Forward complete packages to Debbie Perez at email@example.com and Margaret Rawls at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 6.
The Deutsches Haus restaurant run by German Armed Forces in Bldg. 544 on Ramstein serves lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. For details on the menu, special events and reservations, visit www.deutscheshausramstein.de, or check the restaurant’s Facebook site.
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retired Army member Metin Karaca. “I hit a home run.” With more than 100 athletes and 250 volunteers, this event was geared toward making the athletes happy. “For one day they can forget that they can’t walk or they can’t talk or they can’t function well,” Tice-Baird said. “For one day they get to participate and win something, get awards and have a great time. It’s just that gift of giving that is so significant about this event. It doesn’t matter what we run into during the day or if we forget something small. As long as these athletes walk away with a big smile on their face, ribbons on their shirt and a medal around their neck, we did our job.”
The opportunity to be able to volunteer for this event and give athletes tips and tricks, really hit home for some. “This is an event that is pretty special to me,” Palmer said. “My son is mildly autistic with Asperger’s syndrome and a sensory processing disorder. I know that it takes a community effort to give a child who is challenged the support they need to overcome and flourish as much as possible. To give back to the community in an event such as this is the best we can do for the people who do so much for us.” As the 2014 KMC Spring Special Olympics came to a close, every athlete had the chance to rise to the podium and receive a medal to wear proudly.
Photo by Senior Airman Hailey Haux
Jessica Lawrence, daughter of Army Lt. Col. Ryan Lawrence, receives a medal after participating in the 2014 Spring Special Olympics May 9 at Pulaski Park. This year’s Special Olympics consisted of events such as track and field, soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, arts and crafts and karaoke.
COMUSAFE shares leadership perspective by Tech. Sgt. James M. Hodgman U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Gen. Frank Gorenc, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, addressed many issues during a commander’s call May 9 at the Ramstein Officers’ Club. The general said he’s proud of the work USAFEAFAFRICA Airmen do every day. “We’re working really hard both in Europe and in Africa,” he said. “In my view, we’ve been doing a very good job in our role as the air component for two combatant commanders.” USAFE-AFAFRICA serves as the air component for U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command, responsible for operations in three continents covering more than 19 million square miles. “I’m grateful for all the work you do every single day,” Gorenc told the crowd. “It’s accurate, relevant and impacting.” Gorenc also stressed the importance of the Air Force vision and how USAFE-AFAFRICA fits into it. “Our vision is to be the world’s greatest Air Force powered by Airmen, fueled by innovation,” Gorenc said. “I like that vision, because its faithful to our heritage, and it describes who is going to do it. Our Having a loved one with PTSD/TBI is not an easy road. Come be a part of our support group where you can feel safe to destress and talk with others who are going through similar things.
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Airmen are going to do it. “We are a better Air Force now than when I came in 35 years ago,” he continued. “How does that happen? It happens because Airmen figure out how to do it through innovation.” The general shared feedback from his commander’s call in January and details from the command’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response stand down day events. The intent of the stand down was for Airmen to understand how to step in and stop sexual assaults and to better respond to victims, said Dr. Thomas Appel-Schumacher, USAFEAFAFRICA SAPR program manager. “Offenders depend upon the culture and climate to foster their views of disrespect and lack of dignity in the treatment of others,” Appel-Schumacher said. “By making the climate one where sexual assault and harassment won’t be tolerated, we bring offenders out into the open. They will likely be caught and prosecuted, or they will decide that the Air Force is not a place where they can thrive.” Gorenc shared statistics from the Department of Defense’s 2013 annual report on sexual assault. In 2013, roughly 5,000 sexual assaults occurred throughout the DOD, and about 1,000 belonged to the Air Force. Approximately 100 belonged to
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USAFE-AFAFRICA, and in most cases, victims knew their attackers, and alcohol was involved. Preventing sexual assault is important, Gorenc added, because people get hurt, it’s against the law and it hinders the mission. He stressed one of the best ways to prevent the crime is by focusing on professional work environments. “We need to ensure we have professional working environments that foster trust and allow for workers to understand that, if they are victims of sexual assault, they are free to make that known so they can get the help they need, and we can track down the perpetrator,” he said. Gorenc closed the commander’s call by thanking Airmen for their service and asked them to continue developing the force of the future. “Thank you for the work you’re doing. Thank you for the sacrifices that you’re making and the sacrifices your families are making,” Gorenc said. “Be encouraging to those that follow you, and be optimistic. What you leave behind is what our future is, and we have to get ready for what’s next. Our primary requirement is to continue to develop our Airmen, and that’s what I want to do. Come join me.”
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Page 6 family, from Page 2 it felt like to breathe at high altitudes through an oxygen mask. I was shot by a paint round trying to capture the “moment” that would make the perfect photo. I wrote stories and took pictures that I was proud to call my own. Sometimes I had bad days and couldn’t get a good photo or couldn’t write a decent story, and I struggled. It was not always awesome. But, I’ll tell you what was. This entire time, I had Airmen and an NCO in charge right there beside me, lifting me up and teaching me how to be better. Through their valuable advice, constructive criticism and (presumably) good-natured teasing, I grew to be a stronger and more confident journalist. As a military brat, I am not a stranger to life in the Air Force. I’m sure the saying is familiar, “Home is where the Air Force sends you.” This has always been true for me personally, and I have always found comfort in the sound of a C-130 flying over my house and the sense of family that runs deep in military communities. I thought this part of my life was over when I left for school but, as it has a habit of doing, the Air Force introduced me to a new home in a place I least expected it. In this shop, I found a family. It’s not exactly the most traditional one, but I love it all the same. I have been able to spend these past couple months with some of the most talented and driven people I have ever come across, and I can truthfully say I have found a group of friends that will last for a long time to come. Perhaps I can’t fully convey how thankful and happy I am to be provided this experience (I’m still learning after all), but I’ve done my best for now. I loved every second of my time here, good and bad, and I will carry what I’ve learned wherever I go.
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CSAF describes Air Force’s ‘precarious’ position by Claudette Roulo American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — After 23 years of high-tempo operations, the Air Force is in a precarious position, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III told the Senate Armed Services Committee May 6. The general was joined in his testimony by his fellow members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, including the Joint Chiefs chairman, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, and the vice chairman, Navy Adm. James A. “Sandy” Winnefeld Jr. Airmen have performed spectacularly well over a period that included numerous routine deployments and contingency responses, Welsh said. “I believe they’ve earned every penny they’ve made,” the general added. But per-capita costs for Airmen have grown more than 40 percent since 2000, he noted. “Last year, our readiness levels reached an all-time low,” Welsh said. “As we struggle to recover, we don’t have enough units ready to respond immediately to a major contingency, and we’re not always able to provide fully mission-ready units to meet our combatant commanders’ routine rotational requirements.” The Air Force’s modernization forecasts also are bleak, the general said. About 20 percent of its aircraft flying today were built in the 1950s and 1960s, he noted, and more than half of the rest are 25 years old or older. “And now, due to sequestration, we’ve cut about 50 percent of our currently planned modernization programs,” Welsh said. The fiscal situation has forced the Air Force into some very difficult decisions, the general said, particularly in the area of pay and compensation reform. “No one takes this lightly,” he said, “but we feel it’s necessary to at least try and create some savings.” Without these tough calls, the Air
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Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III attends the Senate Armed Services Committee on Department of Defense proposals relating to military compensation May 6 in Washington, D.C. He was joined by the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, and Chief of the National Guard Bureau Gen. Frank J. Grass.
Force “will be neither ready to fight today, nor viable against the threats of tomorrow,” Welsh said. Slowing the rate of pay increases, gradually reducing housing pay, reforming the TRICARE health care plan and reducing commissary subsidies will certainly hurt, the general said. But, he added, “what my secretary and I owe the nation, the joint team and our Airmen, more than anything else, are the training and tools necessary to fight and win and survive.” If Congress fails to pass the proposed compensation reforms, the Air Force will be forced to cut $8.1 billion from readiness, modernization and infrastructure accounts over the next five years, Welsh said. “We’ll take significant cuts to flying hours and weapons system sustainment accounts, reduce precision munitions buys, and lower funding for training ranges, digging our readiness hole even deeper,” the general said. “We’ll likely have to cancel or delay
several critical recapitalization programs,” he continued. “Among those probably impacted would be the combat rescue helicopter and the TX trainer. Abandoning the TX program would mean that future pilots will then continue to train in the 50-year-old T-38. We’ll also be forced to cut spending on infrastructure beyond the $5 billion we’ve already recommended to cut over (the next five years).” These cuts would come in addition to the recommendations the Air Force already made, Welsh emphasized, including decreasing its force strength by nearly 17,000 Airmen next year, divesting the entire A-10 Thunderbolt II and U-2 reconnaissance aircraft fleets and possibly divesting the KC-10 Extender fleet. “None of these options are good ones, but we are simply out of good options,” he said. “It’s time for courageous leadership. We simply can’t continue to defer every tough decision in the near term, at the expense of military readiness and capability over time.”
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Photos by Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko
PHOTOS CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Staff Sgt. Eric Klusman, 1st Communications Maintenance Squadron special maintenance team member, disassembles a decommissioned radar tower for transport May 6 on Ramstein. The 30-year-old system provided air traffic controllers with a 360-degree view of Ramstein’s 11,000-squaremile airspace. Its replacement will provide all the capabilities of its predecessor, while vastly improving the detection capabilities and overall support for air traffic controllers. Staff Sgt. Eric Klusman, 1st Communications Maintenance Squadron special maintenance team member, disassembles a decommissioned radar tower for transport. Airmen from the 1st Communications Maintenance Squadron prepare a decommissioned radar system for transport. Staff Sgt. Brandon York, 1st Communications Maintenance Squadron special maintenance team member, cuts a decommissioned radar system.
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Senior Airman Austin Payne, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion technician, cleans and applies lubrication during a repair on Ramstein. Payne and other 86th AMXS Airmen replaced a prop shaft adapter on a C-130J Super Hercules.
LORBACH’S MARKTHALLE Flower-/plant and Fruit-/vegetable market Merkurstraße 53a, 67663 Kaiserslautern opposite (GLOBUS) Open: Mon - Fri 9.00 - 18.00 , Sat 9.00 - 17.00
May 16, 2014
Unscramble these retired airframes
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Answers: liberator | blackbird | ﬂying fortress | mustang | invader | nighthawk | sabre | bolo |
panky’s off-leash tour
May 16, 2014
This is my family.
Das ist meine Familie.
Recipe of the week: Pepper a la Stroganoff SERVINGS: 4 INGREDIENTS: 500 grams mushrooms, washed and sliced 2 onions, cut into rings 1 kilogram Schweineschnitzel (pork schnitzel) 3 tablespoons oil Salt and pepper, to taste 3 tablespoons ﬂour 3 tablespoons Klare Brühe (clear broth granules), instant 8 dill pickles, sliced lengthwise 3 tablespoons mustard, medium hot 200 grams Schmand or Creme Fraiche* Parsley, to garnish
Brühe (clear broth). • Return the meat to the pan. DIRECTIONS: Let simmer for about 35 to • Clean and wash the mush40 minutes. rooms. Slice the onions into • Slice the pickles lengthwise rings and then cut the rings and place into the stroganoff. in half. Stir in the mustard and the • Rinse the schnitzel and Recipe courtesy of USO Schmand or Creme Fraiche. pat dry with paper towels. Cut the schnitzel into strips. Heat the oil • Continue simmering until heated in a large pan and brown the meat on both through. Add salt and pepper to taste. sides. Remove the meat from the pan and Garnish with parsley leaves if desired. * Schmand or Creme Fraiche are both drain on paper towels. • Cook the mushrooms and the onions dairy products. They can be found in most in the same oil as you browned the meat. grocery stores by the cream and butter. Both are available in the states, but Creme Sprinkle with the ﬂour and slowly pour in 1 1/2 liters of water. Stir in the Klare Fraiche is found more readily.
Capt. Spanky’s off-leash tour Hello everyone! I’ve dragged my human around so often on my exploits that I decided to give her a break. I mean, come on, she only has two legs. Last weekend we decided to explore our own backyard here in Kaiserslautern. I’ve been living here for 35 dog-years, and I had no idea how much there was in walking distance from my dog house. We started off by going to the tallest building in town — city hall. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t let me in, so I left a few, um, “LT Spanky’s” on their doorstep. Next off, we made our way to St. Martin’s
Fountain. Now, I usually hide under the couch whenever my human mentions the bath, but the water looked amazing, so I decided to take a few laps. I don’t think the locals liked that though, so we high-tailed it out of there and headed to the farmers market. This was the ﬁrst time in a long time I was actually happy that dogs have a heightened sense of smell. Fruits and vegetables are not usually my thing. Fortunately, they did have a few of my favorites, like meat and cheese. I usually roll over for a good T-bone; however, my human gave me a sample
The Kaiserslautern vegetable market is set up Saturdays next to the Stiftskirche.
of fresh honey to start. This stuff was amazing! It had me licking my lips for hours. I never knew how much Kaiserslautern had to offer. Just goes to show, if you look for a good time, you will ﬁnd it.
May 16, 2014
Photo by Senior Airman Jose L. Leon
A student receives a certificate for participating in the STEMposium May 8 on Ramstein. The STEMposium provided various science, technology, engineering and math exercises to teach children technical skills to prepare them for future job opportunities.
Students stir up STEMposium
Photo by Senior Airman Jose L. Leon
Joshua Theodore, son of James Theodore, prepares a bucket to be used as part of a water filtration system during the STEMposium.
Nicholas Regis learns about fire and rescue services during the STEMposium May 8 on Ramstein.
Photo by Senior Airman Jose L. Leon
Photo by Senior Airman Jose L. Leon
Levi Smith, son of Maj. Brian Smith, prepares materials to be used as part of a water filtration system during the STEMposium.
Elyse Bollenberg (left), daughter of Tech. Sgt. Luke Bollenberg, and Elise Tyler, daughter of Mary Tyler, work together on a poster during the STEMposium.
May 16, 2014
President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank military members for their patriotic service in support of the country. On Aug. 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force days. The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the armed forces under the Department of Defense.
May 16, 2014
Photos by Senior Airman Hailey Haux
The Arts and Crafts Center offers many different services, including framing, engraving and classes on ceramics, pottery, woodworking and much more.
Mark Zasztowt, Arts and Crafts Center woodshop wood crafter, creates a going away gift April 23 on Ramstein. The woodshop is one of several things people around the KMC can utilize at the Arts and Crafts Center.
Army Sgt. Darrell Smith, 11th Missile Defense Detachment operation assistant, cuts a piece of lumber for a project May 2 at the Ramstein Arts and Crafts Center woodshop.
Army Sgt. 1st Class Joanquin Mullins, 11th Missile Defense Detachment operation sergeant, cuts a piece of lumber for a project May 2 at the Ramstein Arts and Crafts Center woodshop.
Army Sgt. 1st Class Joanquin Mullins, 11th Missile Defense Detachment operation sergeant, measures a piece of work May 2 at the Ramstein Arts and Crafts Center woodshop.
May 16, 2014
The KA Readers Survey
The 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office is conducting a readers survey. What does this mean to you? It's a chance to tell us what you want from your newspaper. Information will be used for internal purposes only, so please be open and honest. Participants must be at least 18 years old and work and/or live in the KMC. To submit responses: - visit www.ramstein.af.mil/library/readersurvey.asp - email email@example.com - call 480-6700 - use the QR code at the bottom of this page
Survey questions: Name Age Rank / status / civ / dependent / other Organization Time at Ramstein Live in base housing, yes or no? How often do you read/watch the news? What is your preferred method for getting your news? Where do you get your Air Force news from? Where do you get your local and Ramstein news from? How often do you read the KA (be specific)? What do you like/dislike about the KA? What would you like to see more of in the KA? Do you visit www.ramstein.af.mil for news about Ramstein? Are you on Ramstein's official Facebook page? Any additional comments?
May 16, 2014
Send us your VACATION PHOTOS Your submission must include the name of the photographer, the date of the photo, first and last names of those in the photo, and location. Make sure all photos are high resolution; only high resolution photos will be considered. Email your submission to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Write â€œDestinationsâ€? in the email subject line.
Photo by Soila Hoover
Jaeda and Willie Hoover pose for a photo April 13 while vacationing in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Photo courtesy of KJ
Quinton and Kenyon Jiles enjoy the sunshine while posing for a photo on Elafonisi Beach April 10 during a spring break trip to Crete, Greece.
Best friends Eliana Vales and Trinity Whitesides sit on the Amsterdam letters outside the Rijksmuseum during a spring break trip to Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Courtesy photo Photo by Benjamin Smith
Bill Smith poses for a photo with a statue at the Chateau de Pierrefonds April 12 in France.
Clockwise from left: Imani, John, Maribel, Adrian and Austin Cabrera pose for a photo April 8 at Stonehenge.
May 16, 2014
Sunday Worship Gatherings at 9 & 11 a.m. Keeping it real, relational and relevant
August-Süssdorf Strasse 8 Ramstein-Miesenbach 06371- 407 808 email@example.com www.frontlinecommunity.org
A Christian fellowship that gathers to study God’s word verse by verse so we can know, glorify and serve Christ.
Teaching the village, reaching the world!
We meet Sundays at 11 a.m. For more info call 06371-616793 or visit our website www.CCK-Town.org Industriestr. 50 66862 Kindsbach
Air Force and Army Chapel Schedule
POC for Miesau, Landstuhl and Daenner is the USAG R-P Chaplains Office in Bldg. 2919 on Pulaski Barracks. DSN 493-4098, civ. 0631-3406-4098 Miesau Chapel (Bldg. 3175) Seventh-Day Adventist Worship Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Saturdays Spanish Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Saturdays Worship: 11 a.m. Saturdays Small Group: 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays Landstuhl Community Chapel (Bldg. 3773) Worship: 11 a.m. Sundays Children’s Youth Church: 11 a.m. Sundays Daenner Community Chapel (Bldg. 3150) Chapel Next Worship Worship: 10 a.m. Sundays Children’s Church: 10:30 a.m. Sundays Ramstein North Chapel (DSN 480-6148, civ. 06371-47-6148) Contemporary Service: 11 a.m. Sundays Ramstein South Chapel (DSN 480-5753, civ. 06371-47-5753) Liturgical Services: 9 a.m. Sundays Liturgical Sunday School: 11 a.m. Sundays Traditional Service: 11 a.m. Sundays Vogelweh Chapel (DSN 489-6859, civ. 0631-536-6859) Gospel Service: 11 a.m. Sundays. Protestant education classes are available for all ages at Vogelweh, Ramstein, Landstuhl and Daenner. For information, call DSN 480-2499/489-6743 or civ. 06371-47-2499/0631-536-6743.
Daenner Community Chapel (Bldg. 3150) Religious Education (grades K-8): 11 a.m. Sundays Confession: 11:45 a.m. Sundays Sunday Mass: noon Landstuhl Community Chapel (Bldg. 3773) Religious Education (following Mass) Confession: 8:15-8:45 a.m. Sundays Sunday Mass 9 a.m. Ramstein North Chapel (DSN 480-6148, civ. 06371-47-6148) Daily Mass: 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday Sunday Mass: 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Confession 4-4:45 p.m. Sundays Vogelweh Chapel (DSN 489-6859, civ. 0631-536-6859) Confession: 4-4:45 p.m. Saturday Mass: 5 p.m.
Jewish Religious Services
Ramstein South Chapel Synagogue (DSN 480-5753, civ. 06371-47-5753) Shabbat Evening Service: 7 p.m. Fridays
May 16, 2014
Smallest town in Pfalz holds medieval market by Petra Lessoing 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Obermoschel in the Donnersberg area will hold a medieval market Saturday and Sunday at its nearby castle called Moschellandsburg. The event will open from 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. It will feature vendors, craftsmen, knights, noblewomen, Vikings, musicians, jugglers and fire-eaters. Below the castle in a camp, visitors can experience how life was in the various eras of the Middle Ages. Medieval food specialties based on old recipes will be served. Vikings, crusaders, knights and soldiers will present show fights with swords, spears and battle axes. Vendors will sell their merchandise in the yard of the castle, which is about 1,000 years old. Crafters, such as basket makers, weavers, salters, bow makers, blacksmiths, dyers and
Ramstein South Chapel Mosque (480-5753) Jumu’ah Prayer, 1:30 p.m. For religious education and daily prayers, check the prayer schedule
Kapaun Chapel (DSN 489-6859, civ. 0631-536-6859) Divine Liturgy: 9 a.m. Sundays Confessions by appointment
Youth Group Kaiserslautern Youth of the Chapel (Religious Youth Center, Pulaski Bks., Bldg. 2869) “Plugged In” Middle School Youth Group: 2-4 p.m. Sundays Café Dinner (for students and their families): 4:15-5:15 p.m. Sundays “The Rock” High School Youth Group: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sundays More information: www.kmcyouth.com Protestant Youth of the Chapel Ramstein North Chapel "Vision" Middle School Ministry Tuesdays 3:15-5:00pm "Salvage" High School Ministry Tuesdays 7:00-8:45pm Vogelweh Chapel Teen Bible Study Wednesdays 7:00-8:00pm Info: www.ramsteinpyoc.blogspot.com
Crafters present medieval skills at the medieval market in Obermoschel.
10:30 a.m. Sundays, Kapaun Chapel
Korean Service Unitarian Universalist Service, 1:30 p.m. second and fourth Sundays (Sept.-May), Kapaun Chapel
Wiccan 7 p.m. first and third Saturdays, Kapaun Annex
Confessional Lutheran (WELS) 4 p.m. second and fourth Sundays, Ramstein South Chapel
shoemakers will demonstrate medieval craftsmanship. At nightfall on Saturday, camp participants will move with torches to the castle, where the group Feuerplanet will present a fire show. Jugglers and musicians will entertain the audience throughout the camp and castle areas on both days. Admission fee is €6 for adults and €3 for children and visitors dressed in medieval clothes. Children shorter than a sword (55 inches) are admitted for free. Parking lots are available below the castle. Obermoschel is located on B420 northwest of Rockenhausen. It is known as the smallest town in the Pfalz. Moschellandsburg was built in the 12th century. In the Thirty Years’ War (1618 to 1648), it was conquered by the Spanish, the Croatians and the Swedish. The French destroyed it in 1689. Worth seeing is the shield wall made of squared stones and the remains of the gate tower, ring wall, horse stables and well.
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Episcopal (St. Albans) 1 p.m. Sundays, Ramstein South Chapel
Participants walk into the castle Moschellandsburg Saturday and Sunday for the medieval market.
Come & bring your business cards or just come for the wine & munchies ! Several businesses will also be showcased! Men are welcome too!
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Bottled Happiness Wine Shop Landstuhlerstr. 55, 66877 Ramstein
May 31, 2014
More info: call 0151-466-51941 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Check out the next edition of the KA to get more info
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Your community, your website.
CHURCH OF CHRIST
Tel: 0176-85693468 or 0151-57727850 www.ramst-churchofchrist.com
As water reflects a face, so a manâ€™s heart reflects the man. Prov. 27:19 Landstuhl Christian Bookstore
Kaiserstr. 66 * 06371-62988 Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 9-2 (new)
CHURCH OF CHRIST www.ktowncoc.org
Sunday Bible Class 11 a.m. Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Wednesday Bible Class 7 p.m. /DQGVWXKOHU6WUDÂ‰HÂ‡5DPVWHLQ9LOODJH
KMC Assembly of God Church Courtesy photos
Visitors can admire various dinosaurs at the Gartenschau Kaiserslautern.
Gartenschau presents â€˜four elementsâ€™
MĂźhlstrasse 34 67659 Kaiserslautern Tel. 06 31 - 36 18 59 92 Tel. 06 371 - 46 75 16 Reverend Chuck Kackley Phone: 06333-9931838 Cell: 0171-6574322
Services are held at Kaiserstrasse 16 A, Einsiedlerhof WORSHIP HOURS: Sunday 10 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Family Night
Heritage Baptist Church Don Drake, Pastor
4VOEBZTBUBN BNBOEQNt8FEOFTEBZTBUQN 6km north of the A6 on the B40 in Mehlingen 1IPOFtwww.heritagebaptistramstein.com
by Petra Lessoing 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
he Gartenschau Kaiserslautern, also known as dinosaur park, is now open through Oct. 31. This yearâ€™s motto is â€œThe four elements,â€? and flowerbeds and flower shows will represent fire, water, air and earth. The Gartenschau features various gardens, including a rose garden, cactus garden, rhododendron garden, bible garden and dance garden on an area of 55 acres. More flowers and plants representing the four elements can be seen in the flower hall. Besides flowers, visitors can enjoy exhibitions, activities, entertainment and dinosaurs. The interactive exhibition â€œT-shirts, bags and tensidesâ€? will highlight sustainable chemistry. â€œTensides,â€? or surfactants in English, are substances, such as detergents, that can reduce the surface tension of a liquid and allow it to foam or penetrate solids. Visitors will be able to experience the cohesion of everyday products and chemical procedures at nine stations from May 25 to Oct. 12 in the exhibition hall. The â€œArt Forumâ€? display presents renowned artists and craftsmen, including painters, graphic artists, sculptors, stone masons, potters, glass blowers and textile designers, who will demonstrate their works and skills. Like in recent years, the willow church on Kaiserberg hill offers worship services at 11 a.m. Sundays as well as wedding and christening ceremonies. Also on Kaiserberg hill is an area to relax with a barefoot path consisting of 10 stations inviting visitors for meditation. Other attractions are the dinosaur models and several playgrounds with a sliding tower and pirate ship, a skate rink, soccer field, beach volleyball field and a new adventure miniature golf court in NeumĂźhlepark.
Sun: 10 am, 11 am and 6 pm Wed: 7 pm
Lutheran Church 8:30 am Worship & Holy Communion Childrenâ€™s Church available
Meeting in Ev.-Luth. St. Michaelis Church, Karpfenstr. 7, 67655 Kaiserslautern E-mail: email@example.com or call 0631-64327 for directions. Scott Morrison, Pastor www.KELC.eu
Children can enjoy a variety of playgrounds at the Gartenschau Kaiserslautern.
TRINITY REFORMED CHURCH (PCA)