Kaiserslautern American - May 28, 2021

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FEATURE

Ramstein Airmen tested during Operation Varsity, Page 2

COMMENTARY

Crisis in perspective, Page 5

FEATURE

Airmen participate in RADR training, Page 10

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FEATURE

435th CRG brings readiness to Swift Response 21, Page 12

HEALTH

Benelux community reflects on COVID-19 one year later, Page 16

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Ramstein surpasses 20,000 doses

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Bradley Frank, 435th Construction and Training Squadron command aircraft arresting systems DEPO technician, receives a COVID-19 vaccine from Senior Master Sgt. Michael Seymour, registered nurse and active Guardsman with the 603rd Air Operations Center, at Ramstein Air Base, May 26. Ramstein hit a milestone this week by surpassing 20,000 vaccine doses administered since the first inoculation Jan. 4. Personnel can find out more about the vaccine and how to schedule their appointment by visiting https://www.ramstein.af.mil/COVID-19-Vaccine-Information/. Photo by Senior Airman Milton Hamilton

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Ramstein Airmen tested during Operation Varsity by Staff Sgt. Trevor Rhynes 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Ramstein Airmen concluded Operation Varsity, a week-long exercise testing the base’s ability to respond to a variety of scenarios, on May 21. The exercise began May 17, simulating multiple scenarios including air attacks, unauthorized entry to the flightline, ground attacks, and responding to unexploded ordnance. “The purpose of the exercise is to assess the wing’s readiness and the wing’s ability to execute the mission and also to train our Airmen,” said Master Sgt. Stephanie Coronado, 86th Airlift Wing Inspector General readiness planner. “We hope that Airmen and leaders across the wing are able to gain confidence in their equipment, processes, procedures, and themselves. We also hope that they identify areas where they can improve. The goal is to prepare Airmen to meet whatever tasks or challenges they may face in day to day operations or in combat environments.” Airmen were put to the test during the exercise, which was the first of its kind since October 2020. “Over the course of the exercise, I saw that Airmen were able to get more comfortable performing tasks in their (mission oriented protective posture) gear and were able to accomplish missions under contested environments without having too many hindrances,” Coronado said. “Everybody knows what they’re supposed to do and how to do it. And as an Air Force as a whole, we do an exceptional job of coming together and accomplishing the mission,

regardless of what’s thrown at us.” During one scenario, the 786th Civil Engineer Squadron had a multitude of training events thrown their way, including a burning building, search for missing personnel and unexploded ordnance. “Exercises like this allow us all to come together and work together, have the communication flow down from the (crisis action team) to the (emergency operations center) out to the groups and then down to the appropriate levels,” said 1st Lt. Christopher Locke II, 786 CES Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight commander. “Getting those organizations to talk to each other and get the kinks worked out, so they understand what works, what doesn’t work, how they can improve,” Locke continued. “That enables the wing to work more effectively during world situations.” Getting that practical experience is something that Locke says makes a big difference in what Airmen take away from training. “As we all know, (computerbased training) is great, but until you actually get out and do something, it’s just a CBT,” Locke said. “Getting everyone trained up is a lot different when you’re in the classroom. But when you hear the alarm sound and you have to get into your MOPP gear, that’s really when you get to see if you understand what you’re doing. Especially with organizations like the fire department, EOD and security forces, this is a great time to get hands-on training in a safe environment where they can test their abilities.” The OV series of exercises are scheduled to continue later this year.

U.S. Air Force maintenance and aircrew Airmen assigned to Ramstein Air Base, guide a forklift carrying Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery equipment toward a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during Exercise Operation Varsity 21-2, May 19. The CDDAR equipment and a team of 86th Maintenance Group Airmen were dispatched from Ramstein to Chièvres Air Base, Belgium, as part of the wing’s readiness exercise. Photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens

U.S. Air Force firefighters assigned to the 786th Civil Engineer Squadron arrive at the scene of a simulated fire during Exercise Operation Varsity 21-2 at Ramstein Air Base, May 20. Exercise OV 21-2 tested the wing on its ability to respond to a variety of readiness scenarios. Photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor Rhynes

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During an exercise scenario, a U.S. Air Force 86th Security Forces Squadron patrol intercepts “unauthorized personnel” on the airfield during Exercise Operation Varsity 21-2 at Ramstein Air Base, May 18. Security Forces Airmen monitor the flightline to protect personnel, aircraft and equipment. Photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor Rhynes

U.S. Air Force Capt. Dean Naldrett, 86th Medical Group group practice manager, dons his mission oriented protective posture gear during Exercise Operation Varsity at Ramstein Air Base, May 17. Exercise Operation Varsity tests the readiness of units in the 86th Airlift Wing. Photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor Rhynes

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Alex White, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, performs a pre-flight inspection during Exercise Operation Varsity 21-2 at Ramstein Air Base, May 19. Exercise OV 21-2 tested the wing on its ability to respond to a variety of readiness scenarios. Photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens

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KMC BLOTTER

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MAY 17 9:10 a.m.: Driving on a revoked license/ Operating a vehicle with a canceled registration at RAB traffic circle MAY 18 7:00 a.m.: Major vehicle collision in Boerrstadt 2:22 p.m.: Damage to personal property on Kapaun Air Station MAY 19 6:55 a.m.: Major vehicle collision in Queidersbach MAY 20 7:52 a.m.: Theft from a motor vehicle in Kaiserslautern 8:30 a.m.: Theft from a motor vehicle in Siegelbach

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MAY 21 11:01 a.m.: Major vehicle collision in Kaiserslautern 12 p.m.: Minor traffic collision/Fleeing the scene of an accident/Driving while impaired in Schopp 5:02 p.m.: Major traffic collision in Kaiserslautern MAY 22 10:45 a.m.: Minor traffic collision hit and run in Kaiserslautern 7:45 p.m.: Verbal altercation in Heiligenmoschel 8:39 p.m.: Major traffic collision in Saarbruecken MAY 23 12:45 p.m.: Seized USAREUR license plates on Kapaun Air Station

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.

THE HOUSING HYPE

TAKE NOTE Traffic delays next week The following high school graduation parades may cause traffic delays; motorists not participating are advised to avoid the areas. KHS: June 1 from 6-8 p.m. on Vogelweh (Commissary side) RHS: June 2 from 4-8 p.m. on Ramstein The following high school graduation ceremonies may cause increased traffic/wait times at the gates and on the installations around the begin/end time of the ceremony. KHS: June 2 from 6-8 p.m. RHS: June 4 from 6-8 p.m. ATTN: Those packing up and leaving the KMC Moving companies that support the KMC have already reached their capacity for customers until June 8! Many members wait too long to begin the household goods moving process, thereby causing additional stress and delays. The 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron Personal Property Office advises movers to call them three weeks before moving to begin the booking process. COVID-19 updates for KMC Looking for updated information regarding coronavirus and changes to base facilities? Visit www.ramstein.af.mil/COVID-19/ Beware of new scam Polizei has been made aware of a new phone scam where fraudsters send a SMS stating that a package has been sent. The texts can look very legitimate and ask users to click

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a link to find out where the package is being held or to confirm the parcel shipment via the link. Clicking the link will install malware on your device. Should you receive such a text message: »» Under no circumstances should you tap the link! »» Delete the message! »» If your phone asks whether an app should be installed, do not confirm under any circumstances! »» Set up a third-party block through your wireless service provider. Here’s what you should do if the app has already been installed: »» Switch your cell to airplane mode »» Let Security Forces know! »» Call your service provider and inform them of the problem. Air Force official photos The 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office has a new process for scheduling official photos. Visit Ramsteinstudio.setmore.com/ services to schedule your official photo. Head and shoulders appointments are available Mon-Thu, with appointments for full-length photos on Fridays. 86 AW Retiree Activities Office Closed for appointments and walk-ins. All events scheduled are cancelled until further notice. Contact us via phone DSN 480-5486/ Comm 06371-47-5486 or email to 86aw. rao@us.af.mil or ms.tammy.thompson@ gmail.com.

Mold — A health risk in your home The health and safety of our residents is a top concern for the KMC Housing Office. Our commitment to you is to provide our housing residents with a safe living environment. In Germany, mold can often be found both indoors and outdoors. Mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. The catalyst that all mold needs is moisture. As such, you are most likely to encounter mold in damp places such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, and crawl spaces. Identifying the presence of mold early is critical. Often, it will appear as fuzz or dust on surfaces. Even hard surfaces, such as dressers, appliances, and shelves can develop mold. Be sure to inspect vertical surfaces (walls, sides of dressers, etc.) when cleaning for mold. Also, musty odors may be an indication of mold and should be followed by thorough visual inspection and confirmation. Unfortunately, and too often, mold is left unattended and it flourishes and spreads before anything is done to remove it. So, what can you do? Prevention is the easiest way to control

mold. Routine cleaning will eliminate mold and keep it from spreading to other areas. What do I do if I have mold in my house? If you can see or smell mold, a health risk may be present. You can take steps to prevent mold growth in your home, and once found, take aggressive actions to eliminate it. If living on-base and you suspect a maintenance issue, you can call the MFH maintenance contractor (Vectrus 06371 463 9510). If you live off-base, you should immediately talk with your landlord if you have any unusual condition in your home. For more information on mold, we recommend that you go to the on-line link for the Environmental Protection Agency at: https://www.epa.gov/mold/brief-guidemold-moisture-and-your-home Contact HRO: DSN: 489-6643/6659 Commercial: 0631-536-6643/6659 Follow us on our Facebook page https:// www.facebook.com/KMCHousingOffice/ Photo courtesy of the Housing Office


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COMMENTARY: Crisis in perspective

By Col. Brian Penton 86th Dental Squadron commander Living in the time of a pandemic has been a draining exercise for us all, but if we take a step back for a moment there are some truly useful observations to be garnered. At the outset it’s worth pointing out that as Americans in the 21st century we are blessed with a wild extravagance of convenience and opportunity. Our sources of frustration usually bubble most furiously at things like poor Wi-Fi, having to wait more than 90 seconds for anything, or not being able to summon cubes of ice from the door of our miraculous refrigerators. Earlier this week the coffee shop was out of salted caramel sauce for my triple frappuccino and I was instantly reduced to a state of incredulous

petulance. Just because it’s a FIRST world problem doesn’t mean it isn’t a problem. These days I frequently hear about how stressful the COVID-19 restriction on movement is, and indeed it is, but there is also something in the back of my mind that has to ask if it is really as bad as we to make it out to be? I agree that the denial of human interaction has taken a toll of sorts. We are social creatures by nature and must mingle with others so that we don’t end up spending too much time in our own heads. However, when this is over I fully expect to regularly overhear conversations about how irritating people are and the desire to just be left alone. I’ll probably chuckle out loud. The restriction of travel is maybe more maddening for a jet set crew such as we are. Honestly, I can’t believe that my all-inclusive European 24-month immersion… I mean assignment… has really been interrupted by something as trivial as public health. Seriously, not being able to go trick-or-treating in Transylvania last Halloween is beyond reasonable, right? Okay, so maybe you are picking up on the tongue-in-cheek nature of this op-ed. It’s not all to be biting sarcasm, however, so where are the

real gold nuggets? The truth is that denial brings what we really value into focus. In the dental squadron we learned how important dental cleanings were to everyone. We knew you needed access to care for toothaches and desperately would like orthodontics for your pearly whites, but we did not realize how strongly you valued the cleanings. This is important information for our clinic and the follow-on for us dental folk is that we should strive forever more to always pair a cleaning with your exam. Thank you Corona, noted. There’s an old saying that you can’t really enjoy the sweet without the sour. Perception is certainly a curious thing. There is so much in life that we can’t control, but how we frame our experience is always under our command. During the pandemic we’ve lamented until blue in the face about how terrible things are or, alternatively, how things could be so much better. That’s certainly a natural response but as a leader and unit climate setter I recognize it’s also important not to dwell in that smog for too long. I think it’s time now for a topical judo throw to change the tone and conversation. Moving forward I’m vowing to spend at least an equal amount of time focusing on the successes we’ve had along with the true resilience we’ve demonstrated during this bout. The truth is that in the medical group and units across the wing we’ve persevered with incredible

agility and durability. All of us have been under attack by an invisible foe and successfully adapted time and again to wholesale changes in the rules of engagement. Our previous time in exercise and experience with CBRN has prepared us well. That’s the idea, folks: scramble everything and throw in significant duress, and let’s see how we do. I think we’ve managed very well — don’t you? On a personal level, think about the relationships in your life that have been strengthened when you got the time back. For example, during last spring’s lockdown I discovered that my wife’s eyes are brown; very romantic, I know. Maybe you embarked on selfimprovement, started a new hobby or played games that you hadn’t thought of since you were a kid. Or maybe it has just been an opportunity to take a knee and rest in a career that has otherwise been an all-out sprint. Also, did you see that one series on that one streaming service — can you believe what happened in the final episode!!? Of course, none of us really know what the future may bring, but it is beginning to feel like we may have made it through the pandemic’s worst — ‘alarm black, limited release’ if you will. I’m proud of us all and you should be too. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the spin I’ve tried to put this, but honestly I too am looking forward to the ‘all clear’ and a cold one with friends on the weekend after. I might even put an ice cube in it.


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Airlifter levels up

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Edwin Bowser, 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron flight sergeant, left, receives a fist bump from 86th Airlift Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Hope Skibitsky, after being named Airlifter of the Week at Kapaun Air Station, May 12. Bowser was recognized for his reliability, expert knowledge and leadership. Photo by Staff. Sgt. Kirby Turbak

by Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn Ford 86th Airlift Wing/Public Affairs At a young age Edwin Bowser was introduced to the wrong side of the law, but an arrest that happened more than 20 years ago turned it all around and led him to be the man he is today. Bowser recalls being a child running around in the back of a car with no backseat, a routine traffic stop turned into an arrest when drugs were found in the car. “He pulled us over and I hated him for it,” Bowser said. “It wasn’t until later in life that I realized what came of it, the second and third order effects.” Now Tech. Sgt. Bowser is assigned to the 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron where he runs a flight charged to serve and protect the Kaiserslautern Military Community, spanning 1,100 square miles.

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No, Bowser did not come into the Air Force “open general.” He came in at the age of 17 with a purpose and the desire to be a Defender. “I wanted to be part of something bigger than me,” Bowser said. Having family members who spent time in prison, he witnessed first-hand rehabilitation by the system. Those memories inspired him to become a law enforcement officer. “If I can, through a career in law enforcement, help at least one person,” Bowser said. “It makes it all worth it.” Bowser’s more than 15 year military career has taken him all over the world with seven duty stations, four deployments and multiple temporary duties. “I’ve traveled the world and met people that have made life changing impacts, and I’ll keep in touch with them for the rest of my life,” Bowser said. “The Air Force has afforded me so much. I’ve been to corners of the world and I never thought I would get to go.” For the last three years, while stationed at Kapaun Air Station, his dedication and leadership abilities have led him to the position of flight sergeant. He also stands in as the flight chief, a step above his current grade, when needed.

“Tech. Sgt. Bowser is one of the most well-respected Defenders amongst his peers and is not afraid to lead from the front,” said Senior Master Sgt. Roy Lock, 569th USFPS superintendent. “He’s a constant source of professional development for his subordinates and always creates time to maintain relationships with his fellow NCOs and supervision.” Squadron leadership gave the 86th Airlift Wing leadership Bowser’s name with an outstanding recommendation to name him Airlifter of the Week, and May 12 he was recognized in front of his flight. Later that same day, squadron leadership came to him again. This time with news from big Air Force — his name was on the list for promotion to Master Sergeant. “Tech. Sgt. Bowser will continue to develop and grow his flight Airmen,” Roy said. “Without a doubt he is preparing the next line of Defenders to take over his position one day.” As a flight sergeant, Bowser is charged with multiple duties to include oversight of day-today operations for off-base law enforcement, as well as the Integrated Defense Forces protecting on base assets. Of course, there is always the administrative side that includes reviewing case

files, criminal incident reports and law enforcement interventions, but every part of the job includes working with Airmen. “The most challenging part of the job, I would say, is leading today’s Airman,” Bowser said. “What I mean by that is when you look back in our time, there wasn’t really a need to explain why to do something. We were told to do it and we did it. But today’s Airmen are empowered, and they want to know ‘why’ and for good reason.” Bowser works for his Airmen, ensuring they get the recognition they deserve, submitting them for awards, as well as providing discipline and corrective actions when needed. “He is one of the most genuine individuals I’ve ever met,” Roy said. “He embodies human compassion, empathy and sympathy to every scenario.” Changing leadership styles to suit the Airmen requires stepping outside the comfort zone and going through the freezing and unfreezing stages of change, Bowser said. “Today’s Airmen definitely want to know the ‘why,’” Bowser said. “And I feel like that gives them the motivation to knock stuff out of the park, and to do what needs to be done.” When he isn’t leading a flight

of Airmen he is making memories at home with his wife and two children. “That feeling you get when you walk in the door and they’re just like “da-da,” and they come running,” Bowser said. “Every worry goes away.” Bowser claims his wife is a superhero, taking care of both children throughout the day, cooking three meals a day, playing and cleaning up after them. “I get to come to work and converse with people,” Bowser said. “Because of COVID she hasn’t been able to do that for a while.” So when he gets home he enjoys helping where he can. Some of his favorite memories growing up are the simple ones, food on the table and Mom helping him with his homework. He and his wife strive to make those memories for their little ones too. They sit around the table together, eat as a family, and when the weather is nice they take a walk down one of the many trails near their home. “(I love) watching them grow and being able to provide for them, knowing they have everything they need and a lot of the stuff that they want,” Bowser said. “Not only all that, but to have my health and to be able to provide for them is my biggest achievement.”


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By Senior Airman Taylor Slater 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs On a Sunday where even the steady spring rain was willing to pause for a few moments, the names of 12 fallen teammates were read aloud in front of the Ramstein Passenger Terminal next to a crowd of at least 80 people. These names will continue to be read around the world as members of the Air Force transportation community come together to make sure those names are never forgotten. “We lose people to accidents,” said Master Sgt. Aaron Terrazas, 721st Aerial Port Squadron fleet services superintendent. “We lose people to suicide and natural causes. It’s a way for all of us to reflect on them.” The 721st APS held their 8th annual Port Dawg Memorial Run May 16 in remembrance of 12 fallen Airmen and civilians in the transportation community in 2020. The annual run originated in 2011 with the death of Tech. Sgt. Curtis Eccleston, an Airman from the 733rd Air Mobility Squadron from Kadena Air Base, Japan. In 2013, members of the Aerial Port community in Kadena Air Base held a memorial run in his honor, a move that became an annual event held by transportation communities worldwide. “They said, ‘Hey, you know we have this problem where we’re losing port dawgs, and we want a way to remember them,’” Terrazas said. “So, in 2013 they had their first run and Tech. Sgt. Eccleston’s family still participates in the one that’s at ( Joint Base McGuireDix-Lakehurst, New Jersey). It means a lot to them.” In recent years the run has operated differently compared to runs in the past. 2020’s run was planned to coincide with National Defense Transportation Week, but was canceled and changed into a virtual run due to COVID-19 guidance. This year, participants were separated into physically-distanced groups per COVID-19 physical training regulations and ran

along a 2.1 mile-long route around the base. “Normally we run in a big formation all in one day,” Terrazas said. “To give everybody a chance to participate we’re going to open the course throughout the week.” During the ceremony, the reading of names helps bring a sense of closure to the friends and family of the departed members, Terrazas said. “After doing this for a while you start to recognize names of people who ended up on the list,” Terrazas said. “So, we hear that name and it’s like, ‘Okay it’s spoken, we’ve acknowledged you, (and) we’re gonna remember you.’” Mr. Phillip Rillon, a member of the 60th APS at Travis Air Force Base, California, is the first civilian to be a part of the memorial run’s names of remembrance, and Chief Master Sgt. Edward Rodriguez III, 721st APS chief enlisted manager, personally knew him and spoke of him during the ceremony. “He was a great father, husband, teacher, mentor, leader and one hell of a port dawg,” Rodriguez said. “And he was my friend.” Rodriguez said this is something that’s helped unite the transportation community every year and shows how close the community is. “It brings us all together and shows that no matter who you are, where you were assigned or what squadron you were with, as a career field we’ll come together no matter what,” Rodriguez said. “This is just a testament of having our fallen memorialized every year by every aerial transporter in the military.” Terrazas agrees.“We have a lot of pride because we know we impact the fight anywhere we are,” he said. We’ll bring your mail in, we’ll bring your household goods, we’ll bring in rations depending on where you’re at. We do a lot and this is just one of those ways we like to show that pride and remember those we lost.”

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B-52s integrate with NATO allies over Baltic region

A B-52H Stratofortress, assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, takes off from Morón Air Base, Spain, May 19, in support of strategic Bomber Task Force operations across Europe. Strategic bomber missions routinely operate across the globe and are flexible and agile to respond to the changes in the operational environment. Photo by 2d Lieutenant Aileen Lauer

May 28, 2021 by United States Air Forces in Europe Air Forces Africa U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress aircraft from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, completed a mission with NATO allies in the international airspace over the Baltic region on May 19. The mission included low-flies over the capital cities of Riga, Lativa, and Vilnius, Lithuania. Danish and Polish fighter aircraft escorted the bombers through the Baltic airspace. Given the inherent speed, flexibility and range of strategic bombers, Bomber Task Force missions highlight U.S. capabilities to work closely with allies and partners in any environment. “The B-52s are already getting after it and accomplishing vital training with our allies,” said Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander. “This level of integration makes our force more agile and capable.” Bomber Task Force missions demonstrate U.S. commitment to the collective defense of NATO and contribute to stability in the European theater. Our ability to quickly respond and assure allies and partners rests upon the fact that we are here, in Europe, forward and ready. Continuing coverage of this deployment will be available on https://www.usafe.af.mil and on the DVIDS hub at: https://www.dvidshub.net/ feature/bombertaskforceeurope.


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Restoration and reconditioning available to more Soldiers seeking behavioral health services by Eleanor Prohaska 21st Theater Sustainment Command The U.S. Military’s official term for what used to be called “battle fatigue” is Combat and Operational Stress Reaction (COSR). In addition to updated terminology, the U.S. Army also has innovated medical services to address COSRs. As of May, the Restoration and Reconditioning Center (RRC), developed to help rotational forces manage challenges related to deployment, is available to all service members in the European theater. The three ways to refer to the RRC are through the Chaplain, Behavioral Health Officer, or the Primary Care Manager. Service members referred to the program will arrive to RRCs located in either Landstuhl or Grafenwöhr, Germany, or Zagan, Poland. COSRs are defined as the physical, emotional, cognitive, or behavioral reactions, adverse consequences, or psychological injuries of service members who have been exposed to stressful or traumatic events in combat or military operations. They are normal responses to extremely abnormal conditions, and are sometimes mistaken for symptoms of mental illness — panic, extreme anxiety, difficulty concentrating, depression and even hallucinations. However, COSRs are not considered a mental health disorder. It is not the same thing as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, which is a diagnosed condition. “Restoration and reconditioning are two separate operations,” said Maj. Ashley Welsh, 254th Medical Detachment, Combat and Operational Stress Control (COSC), 30th Medical Brigade. “This RRC program developed by the 254th COSC embeds features from both operations to meet the specific needs of the RAF (Regionally Aligned Forces) Soldiers deployed throughout Atlantic Resolve as well as assigned permanent party across Europe,” said Maj. Welsh. Restoration services focus on rebuilding unit cohesion and facilitating the building of service members’ confidence in their leaders and themselves. In comparison, reconditioning may be considered an extension of restoration. The 254th RRC is a highly structured, five day program that provides psychoeducational classes (education about situations or conditions that cause psychological stress) and functional

skill building activities in a group setting. The RRC includes 24 classes with functional activities that cover topics ranging from anger management, effective communication and healthy relationships to conflict resolution. The RRC is 100% voluntary for service members and intended for those who have the capacity to Return to Duty (RTD). CW2 Chelsea Keith, 50th RSG, went through the program in May. “I participated to hit the emotional reset button,” she said. She wanted a refresher on coping skills and to learn new techniques for communication and conflict resolution. “In short, working to become the best version of myself.” Keith cited the physical practice of mindfulness through yoga, meditation, journaling, breathing and muscle relaxing techniques as among the most helpful aspects of the program. Overall, she says the program delivered more than she expected. “I do think it made me a better Soldier, in the sense that by being a better human being, able to cope, and handle things before they become issues, I am a better asset to the Army. “[This program] is for anyone who wants to better themselves, not just in soldiering but for their family back home too,” Keith added. According to Capt. Shelley Aurand, 254th Medical Detachment, COSC, 30th Medical Brigade, the program takes a comprehensive “whole person” approach. “Our goal is to address the work, relationship, family, and/or psychological stressors early on by equipping the Service Member with psychoeducational tools and functional activities that directly target the four domains of social, occupational, psychological and physical health, she said. “When a person is healthy in these four domains, it preserves the fighting strength of the individual and helps the unit remain fully mission capable.” The COVID-19 pandemic and related travel and social restrictions have fueled demand for behavioral health services. “When I deployed to Afghanistan with a COSC unit in 2014, our Restoration program focused on more combat and operational-related issues,” said Maj. Welsh. “These new RRC programs are geared towards addressing the needs of service members operating within peacetime deployments and in overseas garrison assignments.”

A significantly increased number of Service Member referrals for behavioral health concerns over the past year and a half indicate the RRC program is essential. “Many service members here in Germany are away from home for the first time, overseas for the first time, and are struggling with COVID-19imposed lockdowns causing new and increased levels of stress. The RRC’s goal is to help teach them new coping skills and implementation strategies to address those stressors head on. This program has the potential to mitigate long-term behavioral health conditions,” said Maj. Welsh.

RRC participants simulate balancing multiple stressors during Stress Management group. Photo by Spc. Diana Nieves.

“Our RRC programs are geared towards those people who are stressed out and it is beginning to affect their life, their work, their relationships,” she added. “Let’s learn some ways to cope. We want them to return to duty. We want to keep them in the fight.” For more information on the RCC

program, contact a Restoration OIC: Kaiserslautern: Maj. Ashley Welsh, ashley.m.welsh3.mil@mail.mil Grafenwöhr: Maj. Kristin de Guzman, kristin.a.deguzman.mil@mail.mil Zagan, Poland: CPT Shelley Aurand, shelley.c.aurand.mil@mail.mil

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• Assist with management of day-to-day center operational procedures, ensuring a cost-effective, safe, welcoming, clean and well-maintained environment. Serve as knowledgeable resource related to local programs and services offered. • Meet, greet, orient and assist visitors and guests. Maintain working relationships with US Military and local business community leadership to enhance awareness and generate financial/in-kind support of the USO mission as well as local operations, program and service delivery. • Supervise volunteers for general and program activities including recruitment, scheduling, oversight, training, development and recognition. Assist with supervision of USO staff. • Assist with program and operations communications and awareness. Compile and prepare announcements, stories, and photos for publication and distribution across multiple channels. • Operate center within approved budgetary guidelines, including cash handling. Maintain accurate inventory of supplies and assets. Provide information for consolidated financial, operational and statistical reports as requested. Provide any other ad hoc reports as required. • Control, safeguard and maintain the equipment and assets, fabric, furniture and fitments in the Center and maintain standards of cleanliness. Ensure that all applicable sanitary and food-handling regulations are followed. • Create and maintain a Standard Operating Procedure file that details local operational procedures and Center activities to enable prompt reporting, easy rotation and follow-on. • Perform assigned duties in the absence of Center Manager, and other duties as assigned.

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• High School Diploma or equivalent. Bachelor’s Degree preferred. • 2-4 years work experience in retail, customer service, recreation facility or related role, including 1+ years in a supervisory capacity. Relevant experience in a not-for-profit, military, multicultural and/or global organization preferred • Strong interpersonal, customer service and problem-solving skills. Ability to interact with USO Leadership, the general public and military audiences at a variety of levels with integrity and professionalism. • Proficiency using computers and electronics equipment. General knowledge of various software, applications, and programs including but not limited to volunteer management software, social media platforms, and Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with Digital Cheetah preferred. • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment related to controversial and/or culturally sensitive subjects. Ability to handle confidential information with tact and poise. • Must show initiative, self-motivation, and attention to detail with the ability to manage multiple projects with competing priorities. Ability to quickly and easily adapt to changing organizational needs. • Ability to achieve desired results while working collaboratively in a team environment. • Ability to perform basic math and follow proper cash/donation handling and reporting procedures, business/accounting functions including project management and budget reconciliation. • Willingness and ability to work non-standard hours, weekends, and holidays. • Ability to obtain and maintain proper credentials necessary to access USO Center locations and facilities including but not limited to security, credit and/or background screening, SOFA status, valid driver’s license. • Must be a strong advocate of the USO’s mission.

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Airmen participate in RADR training Airmen from the 786th Civil Engineer Squadron watch as gravel is pressed into a large crater during a Rapid Airfield Damage Repair course at Ramstein Air Base, May 11. Training consisted of 786th CES Airmen across six different Air Force Specialty Codes. Photo by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens

by Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs The 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron and the 786th Civil Engineer Squadron participated in the Rapid Airfield Damage Recovery program training event May 10-14 to create Airmen who are multi-capable. The training consisted of Airmen from both Ramstein and Spangdahlem Air Base spanning six different Air Force Specialty Codes. “This kind of training is very different from my normal day-to-day,” said Senior Airman Elijah Smith, 52nd CES structural journeyman. “We typically go about the base, fixing things like doors or locks and windows. For this, it’s more critical when things are going downhill. When we’re out here doing this training, we’re learning how to actually fix the airfield.” Just like roads, an airfield is prone to damage or degradation over time. For this reason, it is essential to have Airmen ready and capable who can both expertly do their jobs and skillfully complete Rapid Airfield Damage Repairs.

The Airmen received one day of classroom instruction by the 435th Construction and Training Squadron’s cadres on the fundamentals of RADR. Then they executed RADR on a mock airfield alongside 435th CTS cadres. Repairing a large crater begins by removing debris from around the crater. Lines are then cut along the crater’s edges to cut into the concrete and then remove the debris to a depth of 24 inches. After that the crater is filled. Unlike roads, which may be under construction for months, RADR’s rapid set concrete is ready for aircraft traffic in a matter of hours. The updated airfield repair course occurs four times a year and is a critical component of successful mission readiness. “To stay mission-ready, we must continue our airfield recovery efforts to mitigate problems and have the capability to repair our airfield pavements in a reasonable and safe manner,” said Master Sgt. Daniel Bailey, 786th CES’s section chief of horizontal repair.

A U.S. Air Force Airman from Spangdahlem Air Base’s 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron uses an excavator during Rapid Airfield Damage Repair training at Ramstein Air Base, May 13. The Rapid Airfield Damage Recovery team begins operations by removing debris from around the craters which need to be repaired. Photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor Rhynes

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Josh Dane, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuel systems maintenance technician, cuts into concrete during Rapid Airfield Damage Repair training at Ramstein Air Base, May 13. Dane and other Airmen from Spangdahlem Air Base joined forces with Ramstein’s 786 Civil Engineer Squadron Airmen for a week-long training. Photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor Rhynes

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron clear debris during Rapid Airfield Damage Repair training at Ramstein Air Base, May 14. The training focused on learning how to repair large craters on an airfield. Photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor Rhynes


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U.S. Air Force Reserve Airmen assigned to the 133rd Airlift Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard, load heavy equipment onto a C-130H Hercules aircraft during exercise Swift Response 21 at Pápa Air Base, Hungary, May 9. In support of the National Defense Strategy and NATO deterrence objectives, Swift Response 21 built strategic readiness by mobilizing and deploying forces, sustaining them in a crisis training environment and redeploying them when their mission was complete. Photo by Senior Airman John R. Wright

435th CRG brings readiness, interoperability to Swift Response 21 Story and photos by Senior Airman John Wright 86th Airlift Wing/Public Affairs The 435th Contingency Response Group, assigned to the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing at Ramstein Air Base, showcased strategic readiness and interoperability during exercise Swift Response 21 at Pápa Air Base, Hungary, May 5-14. The exercise highlighted agile combat employment initiatives through joint and combined training in a simulated contested environment. “The 435th CRG is qualified in a full spectrum of mission sets, and during Swift Response we were able to demonstrate almost all of our capabilities,” said Maj. Dillon Deutsch, 435th Contingency Response Squadron assistant director of operations. “The Airmen of the 435th CRG operated an intermediate staging base, which required inspecting and loading cargo and passengers, providing maintenance to aircraft, executing command and control, providing airfield management, and everything else required to operate an air base.” Swift Response 21 was one of several exercises associated with the annual large-scale U.S. Army-led, multinational, joint exercise DEFENDER-Europe. It included airborne

operations in Estonia, Bulgaria and Romania involving more than 7,000 troops from 11 countries. “The combined training with the Hungarian Defence Forces focused on the 435th CRG launching a large number of sorties from Pápa AB with the support of the host nation forces,” Deutsch said. “The joint training for the 435th CRG was the mission planning and execution of a contested airfield assessment and turnover with the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne).” In support of the National Defense Strategy and NATO deterrence objectives, Swift Response 21 built strategic readiness by mobilizing and deploying forces, sustaining them in a crisis training environment and redeploying them when their mission was complete. “The CRG is responsible for responding to humanitarian missions or crisis response,” said Senior Airman Chad A. Dethloff, 435th CRS aerospace ground equipment apprentice. “Whichever one it is, we have to be there anytime, anywhere. We’re all multi-capable Airmen, and everyone needs to know a little bit of something about someone else’s job.” The large-scale movements of troops and equipment required extensive support from the host nation, and, as a NATO ally, Hungary maintained and sustained those deployed forces to improve military mobility and flexibility.

“The host nation supported several thousand U.S. Soldiers and Airmen executing the launch and recovery of dozens of aircraft and hundreds of thousands of pounds of cargo,” Deutsch said. “It was an absolute honor to be able to work with the professionals of the Hungarian air force on a daily basis, and the exercise not only enhanced our interoperability, but was also an opportunity to make personal friendships.” The 435th CRG is dedicated to opening and operating airfields in austere environments, enabling the employment of airpower anywhere in the U.S. Air Forces Europe – Air Forces Africa area of responsibility. Its contingency response Airmen provide 24/7 alert capabilities through scalable, cross-functional and rapidly deployable forces. “Contingency response Airmen are often the first U.S. Air Force boots on the ground in a contingency to open an air base and enable access for follow-on mission capability,” Deutsch said. “As the original multicapable Airmen, our training pipeline begins with teaching skill sets across the spectrum of air base operations. All of our Airmen have the baseline training necessary to work across Air Force specialties in order to make the mission go.” Swift Response 21 included the launch and recovery of multiple C-17 Globemaster

III, C-130J Super Hercules and C-130H Hercules aircraft within a strict time frame, and demonstration of the contingency response capabilities necessary to perform initial airfield operations. “We coordinated with the Army and the Hungarian forces to provide us with the equipment and resources we need to open up an air base,” Dethloff said. “We have more than 30 AFSCs that participate in setting up what we need. Everyone has a specific job, whether it is setting up power or the computers that go inside the tents. We all work as a team.” Swift Response 21 and other associated DEFENDER-Europe 21 exercises enhance alliance security by maintaining NATO’s broad range of military capabilities to deter aggression and assure allies of NATO’s readiness to respond. “Swift Response demonstrates the United States’ capability to deploy high readiness forces on a moment’s notice,” Deutsch said. “The large presence and commitment of forces demonstrates the United States’ commitment to our NATO allies, as well as our resolve to deter potential adversaries. The Airmen performed beyond expectations, and this greatly enhanced not only mission success, but also aided the hugely impressive interoperability with both the Army and partner nations.”


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U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Squadron mark parking spots for a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft during exercise Swift Response 21 at Pápa Air Base, Hungary, May 6. The exercise highlighted agile combat employment initiatives through joint and combined training in a simulated contested environment.

Left to right: U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Terrence McKenrick, V Corps deputy commanding general, U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Work, 435th Contingency Response Group commander, Lt. Col. Matt Stewart, 435th Contingency Response Squadron commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Peter Martinez, 435th CRG superintendent, discuss joint operations during exercise Swift Response 21 at Pápa Air Base, Hungary, May 9. Swift Response 21 was one of several exercises associated with the annual large-scale U.S. Army-led, multinational, joint exercise DEFENDER-Europe.

Page 13 U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kristian Grajales, 435th Contingency Response Squadron aircraft maintenance craftsman, left, and Airman 1st Class Michael Stabile, 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace maintenance apprentice, perform a post-flight check during exercise Swift Response 21 at Pápa Air Base, Hungary, May 8. Swift Response 21 included launch and recovery of multiple C-17 Globemaster III and C-130 Hercules aircraft within a strict time frame, and demonstration of the capabilities to perform airbase opening and airfield operations in a contested environment.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Timothy Sutphen, 435th Contingency Response Squadron director of operations, right, briefs functional leads in the tactical operations center during exercise Swift Response 21 at Pápa Air Base, Hungary, May 6. Throughout the exercise, the 435th Contingency Response Group, assigned to the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing, Ramstein Air Base, showcased strategic readiness and interoperability.

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Group set up a tactical operations center during exercise Swift Response 21 at Pápa Air Base, Hungary, May 5. The 435th CRG, attached to the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing located at Ramstein Air Base, is the only contingency response force in the U.S. Air Force that maintains an airborne insertion capability.


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Raising morale on the runway

A U.S. Air Force Airman strikes a pose after finishing the 5K Runway Series, May 24, at Ramstein Air Base. The 5K Runway Series took participants around the flight line and onto the runway. Photo by Airman Edgar Grimaldo

U.S. Air Force Airmen run on the flight line, May 24, at Ramstein Air Base. Approximately 250 active duty personnel participated in the run, building combat readiness and resilience. Photo by Airman Edgar Grimaldo

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. Air Force Airmen prepare for the 5K Runway Series, May 24, at Ramstein Air Base. Approximately 250 active duty personnel participated in the run, building combat readiness and resilience. Photo by Airman Edgar Grimaldo

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by FindItGuide.com Although this spring has seen more rain than most, that isn’t always the case. Previous years’ have been extremely hot and dry resulting in low water levels. So the next question should be “What can I do?” That is the perfect question you should be asking yourself. In times of distress, a small amount of effort by many can make a big difference. We have listed some tips on ways you can conserve water and help your community deal with this extreme weather. • Use a “shower bucket” - This is exactly what it sounds like! Place a bucket in the shower when you are showering and collect the water when you are getting squeaky clean. Use the water for your plants and shrubs. • Turn off the water when you brush your teeth - There is no reason to run the water while you are in the act of brushing your teeth. Wet your tooth-

brush and turn the water off immediately to save up to a liter of water! • When it is yellow, let it mellow! - If you have seen the movie “Meet the Fockers” you might be familiar with this line. If not, it means don’t flush for number 1 and only flush for number 2. If you still don’t get it, let your urine stay in your toilet bowl until someone needs to… • Reuse your boiled water - If you are cooking anything that requires boiling (like pasta), use that water for plants or grass. • Turn off the water in the shower when soaping up - If you enjoy a nice long shower, turn off the water while you are soaping up to save gallons of water. Also think about cutting your showers short. • Run a full dishwasher - Make sure you have crammed every last knife, fork, cup into your

dishwasher before hitting start. • If watering plants, water in the morning - If you are still watering outdoor plants, water in the morning. The temperatures are cooler and less water will evaporate requiring less water for the same job. • Cut down on electricity - The utility companies are very reliant on thousands of gallons of water as a way to cool their systems. Less electricity means less water needed to cool systems. • Don’t run water while washing veggies and fruits - It is just as easy to run some water in a bowl to clean your vegetables and fruits. You will use less water and then you can use the water for something else (like plants). • Clean your razor in the sink Instead of running the water to clean your razor, run a little water in the sink and clean it that way.

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Remembering Asian American Pacific Islanders, their contributions and sacrifices through celebration and awareness by MSgt Dennis D. Valerio 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month, a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders across the United States. The term Asian American Pacific Islander encompasses the Asia continent and all the Pacific Islands. Like most commemorative months, the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage originated with a congressional bill. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first young Japanese fisherman named Manjiro Nakanohama, known as John Mung, who arrived to the U.S. on May 7, 1873, and was considered as the first ambassador to Japan. Furthermore, May 10, 1869, marks the anniversary of the first transcontinental railroad in which the majority of the workers were Chinese immigrants. These labor workers were responsible for laying down railroad tracks despite the labor intensive demands and hazardous tasks. On June 19, 1978, New York Representative Horton introduced House Resolution 1007. This resolution proposed that the President of the United States of America designates a seven-day period as Asian American Pacific Islander Week. This joint resolution was passed by the House and Senate, and successfully signed by President Jimmy Carter on Oct. 5, 1978, declared as Public Law 95-419. Over the course of the next decade, each President passed an annual proclamation for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Week until May 9, 1990, when President George H.W. Bush signed Public Law 101-283. This approved bill was passed by Congress, expanding the observance week to a month. Finally, on October 23, 1992, Congress passed Public Law 102-450 permanently designating May of each year as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. On April 30, 2021, President Joe Biden proclaimed May as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Furthermore, President Biden called upon the people of the United States to learn more about the history of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities. The Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month does

not focus on the Oriental and Pacific region. There are 48 Asian countries identified by the United Nations. Asia is the world’s largest and most diverse continent that occupies the Eurasian landmass. North Asia: Russia Western and Middle East Asia: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, State of Palestine, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen Central Asia: Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan East Asia: China, Hong Kong, Macao, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Mongolia, Taiwan South Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka Southeast Asia: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam An estimated 4.6 billion people live in Asia which is about 60 % of the world’s population. According to the 2019 U.S. Census for the Asian category, an estimated 22.9 million Asians live in the U.S. Additionally, about 2.5 % of Asians are military veterans. For the Pacific Islander category, approximately 1.6 million are residents of the United States and 7.2 % are military veterans.

Furthermore, Air Force demographics taken from Air Force Personnel Center show about 1.2 % of Airmen are Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander and 4.3 % are Asian. These data shows the diversity and inclusion of Asians and Pacific Islanders, and their vital role in safeguarding America’s freedom as well as sustaining global peace across the world. Asian American Pacific Islanders have fought and served on behalf of the U.S. since the Civil War. For generations, Asian American Pacific Islanders continuously contributed to the legacy that signifies the spirit of our nations. Asian American Pacific Islanders represent 48 countries and ethnic groups with distinctive cultures, traditions, beliefs and values which dramatically shaped American history. William Ah Hang, a Chinese American, was the first Asian American to enlist in the United States Navy in 1863. Also, there were more than 50 Chinese Americans who fought for both sides during the Civil War. Unfortunately, out of those who served, only a handful received recognition for their services in the form of pensions, benefits or path to citizenship. The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest medal for valor in combat that is awarded to the members of the United States

Armed Forces. The Medal of Honor was authorized in 1861 during the American Civil War for Sailors and Marines, and the following year for the Soldiers. More than 3,464 Medals of Honors have been awarded across the United States Armed Forces. Jose B. Nisperos, a Filipino from Philippines, was the first Asian American to receive the Medal of Honor during the Moro Rebellion. Having been mortally injured from several spear wounds in the body to the point where he could no longer stand, he continued to fire his rifle with one hand, defending his position and successfully repelling the enemies. As of May 17, 2021, there have been a total of 94 Asian American Pacific Islander deaths for Operation Iraqi Freedom and 69 Asian American Pacific Islander deaths for Operation Enduring Freedom. These brave men and women from different Asian and Pacific Islander background, gave the ultimate sacrifice protecting America’s freedom. Some of these individuals were children of immigrants that came to United States seeking a better way of life. Some chose the path of military service to fulfill their dreams and honor their families. To further show the important contribution of the Asian American Pacific Islanders, here is the excerpt from President Ronald Reagan’s Proclamation on April 20, 1981: Among the most significant

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Benelux community reflects on COVID-19 one year later by Jessica Abbas USAG Benelux Public Affairs

BRUNSSUM, NETHERLANDS – This March marked a year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. The U.S. Army Garrison Benelux, continues to navigate the changes wrought across four countries, our own and three host nations, sometimes with little forewarning. With lockdowns, teleworking, curfews, closures, stop movements and learning that switches back and forth onto and off of remote status, we all feel the stress that seems unending. As public affairs professionals we observe, document, and help tell the stories of our garrison; typically we are not part of the narrative. The pandemic, however, has left no one untouched in some way, including this writer, with loved ones who’ve fallen ill, sometimes severely, lost jobs, endured isolation, moved to remote learning and pondered when life will return to normal. And still, our families, our friends, and our communities continue to rise each and every day. Through the lens of adapting and shifting from what was once considered the norm to something new, we were curious to explore the ways some in our communities are coping, surviving and what positives we can hope to glean through these exceptional times. Our workforce, its heart, its resilience “This too shall pass,” said Thomas Joyce, deputy garrison manager, “… eventually. “But for different people, it’s been very, very difficult, with challenges, physical health, mental health, spiritual, the lack of socialization, when we’re naturally social beings,” Joyce continued. “Early on, we were just trying to figure out how do we telework, how do we close things up. How do you lock things up, how do you lock it down? Then, there’s a little light at the tunnel although we suspected a second wave.” Joyce explained how the garrison and mission partners worked quickly to set up several task forces in the early days of the pandemic. Championing the teams’ efforts, Joyce talked about initiatives created to address the spread of the virus, provide resources to keep the community engaged via online forums, work through the new requirements and demands for international shipments and the arduous process to disentangle

the many difficulties facing service members, civilians and their family members during in- and out- processing. “(A) couple of things I’ve seen now that we’ve been into this a little over 12 months is the resilience of the work force,” he said. “Things opened up some in June and in July, you could once again cross borders which continued into September and October, before November brought the second wave and things tightened up again. And yet the workforce remain resilient.” “We’ve seen so many positives in process. They keep thinking through things and if something doesn’t work it’s not bringing them down, they just keep working through that, they’re so motivated and optimistic.” This resilience and optimism is a theme echoed by Robert Carter, interim director, chief supply and services division, Logistics Readiness Center (LRC) BENELUX, 405th Army Field Support Brigade. “We have 91 people in this LRC and it’s amazing to me that with COVID, we’ve not been shut down,” he said. “Some duties have evolved but the team has answered the call. They execute and never once say that’s not my job, it’s phenomenal and humbling for me.” Carter outlined in detail the extensive work and volume demands that quickly faced teams across the garrison as a result of the pandemic, including Task Force Logistics. “We’re tenant units, but the garrison treats us like we’re family, because of that relationship when there were or are issues, we’re able to explain what’s going on,” said Carter. “In the beginning the supply pipelines couldn’t support us, our force structure. Leadership was a big driving force in getting everyone around the table and getting ourselves into a posture for the long haul. “What I’ve learned in my time here and this last year of the pandemic, my property book office, central receiving point, supply and services division they always take it to the next level, it always comes out to be this phenomenal effort!” continued Carter. “I use to say I don’t understand how this LRC has been fortunate enough to have the people it has, fortunate enough to have the quality of people and the workforce it has. I tell them now I understand why you are all are here, at this time, at this place. It is because of this mission and I really believe it in my heart.” Our services, adapting to meet our communities’ needs

Col. Kathy Spangler, left, commander of the SHAPE Healthcare Facility and Brussels Army Health Clinic, receives a COVID-19 vaccination Jan. 8, at the SHAPE clinic at Mons, Belgium. The SHAPE Healthcare Facility and Brussels Army Health Clinic conducted their first inoculations of healthcare workers with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 7. Photo by Christophe Morel, U.S. Army Garrison Benelux Public Affairs Office

“One positive, this has forced us to get creative, which is a really good place to be,” said Eryn Pope, programming and events specialist, Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation (FMWR). “It has spurred a lot of good ideas and things we will continue doing, even without COVID.” Early on, FMWR programs leveraged the virtual world, introducing online initiatives through Task Force Cabin Fever, programming created to help alleviate the harmful effects of imposed isolation. “We’ve had so much interaction with the community,” said Pope, “Which has helped to shift the organization’s focus.” Pope further explained a lot of times you can be moving so fast doing what’s always been done, according to schedule, with no time to stop, regroup and look at the intention. Reimagining from an intentional viewpoint allowed room for questions. “Is this program still serving the purpose intended?” Pope said. “As a result, we’ve been revamping a lot of stuff which we think will be very helpful for the community.” Reflecting on the broader human perspective, Pope shared part of a conversation she recently had with her father, whom she identifies as a very positive man. “This is a chance to really take a hard look at your family, yourself, your society,” she said. “People are

saying we need to change things and these things are now at the surface; yes it hurts, yes it’s painful, yes it’s scary, but it’s in the light now. For all of us, COVID has brought things to the light.” Pace of change At the Commissary and similar essential needs facilities, the pandemic did not slow things down. Instead it changed the way they do business, many times at a heightened pace. Highlighting the trends recognized globally, Darlene Coaxum, store director for the Brunssum Commissary shared how people are cooking more at home, seeking out new inspiration and they’ve seen an increase in requests for different items. The commissary has answered this call, providing ideas and recipes co-located with the products to make the dish or meal. “Shopping is traditionally a family affair,” said Coaxum. “And yet, the community has very been supportive following the one person per household rule and limits on items purchased for highly sought after products.” Coaxum went on to explain that while some products have been affected, they continue to work diligently through other sourcing channels, including implementation of new vendor relationships and engagement with local sup-

pliers. “The challenges we’ve faced have brought our team closer together as we worked the front lines keeping the store safe and well stocked,” said Coaxum. And those efforts have produced tangible results, Coaxum continued “There is no one on our team who has contracted COVID, which is a testament to the protective measures taken to keep everyone safe!” Our people, means to cope Loneliness and isolation from the year can exponentially compound for the single Soldier. Staff Sgt. Christian Ballard, physical security for the garrison’s military police at the Brunssum site, has found ways to combat and overcome the situation. “The restrictions and stay home orders gave me time to learn,” said Ballard. Assigned to the garrison for almost two years, he experienced Europe pre-COVID. Acknowledging the challenges he remains enthusiastic. “I’ve saved money, that’s for sure!” With the stop movements, curfews and lack of travel opportunities, Ballard took his extra time online. “There’s lots of things you can do, learn another language, play games if you’re a gamer, go to college,” he said.


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May 28, 2021 Ballard had other interests in investing and took to YouTube tutorials. “Before COVID, I had things like a TSP and a Roth but now I’ve learned how to invest,” he said. “Sure, I’ve stayed connected with people and friends online, but I’m also using my knowledge gained to invest, grow. And now, I’m using earnings gained from investments, to make more money!” Deliberations on how to do business “With COVID restrictions and the lockdowns, it forces you to engage a lot more with your family. Everyone is not off on their own, doing different things,” said Margo Gardea, chief of Plans, Analysis and Integration Office (PAIO). “We started to talk a lot more and we’re enjoying the simple pleasures of life through new hobbies like bike rides and exploring more locally — things we would not have done before.” When shifting focus to the impact on Gardea’s work life, she underlined the lessons. “We’ve all come to realize how telework is a viable option where before it was a hard no. And we’ve learned to be more deliberate with work, with our communication, you can’t just pop by someone’s office so it’s been a good exercise in being deliberate.” Gardea spoke of the challenges with technology, software and connectivity in the beginning while also referring to the benefits of the era we live in. “Imagine if this would have happened before the streaming and technology footprint the world has now!” she said. She also noted the favorable position working for the Army has provided her and her family. “I think the Army has really helped us, by giving us the tools to better operate in our roles,” said Gardea. “We’re fortunate to be over here, have jobs, access to healthcare and things to do. We feel very fortunate and grateful for what we have.” Our children, what they’re learning, what they’re teaching us “I’m most impressed with the children. What they have to go through is unprecedented, but they are resilient,” said Byron Wiley, Family Advocacy Program (FAP) manager. Wiley referred to how children these days have grown up immersed in technology, and one of the biggest challenges he’s witnessed is rather that of adults and parents learning to negotiate various new mediums. “We are building the plane as

we fly it, and the kids are showing us how!” When families moved to remote learning, they had to think differently, Wiley said. If a parent is teleworking, their children were also tele-learning, and that can cause conflict. • Does the family have the technology? • Does everybody have enough space? • How do families balance things if you have multiple children? “We were/are quickly learning to survive these new norms,” Wiley said. “Parents and children are being creative setting up virtual play dates and virtual movie watching sessions when we cannot connect in person.” But Wiley also noted, that for those struggling, “Getting help can still have a stigma attached to it.” “We (FAP) are not just here for the bad stuff,” Wiley said. “We are here to arm the community with tools for their tool box and while we have a response component, we are very much a prevention program.” According to Wiley, there is a mailbox for people to sign up for classes offered by FAP and they are looking at putting together support groups for parents and children to share best practices. Help can also be sought through the behavior health teams at the respective military treatment facilities across the garrison. “FAP is a symbiotic relationship, and you are not alone,” he said. “We want people to come out and let us know what your struggle is. The more types of situations we hear about, the more creative we can become, to help you.” Different means of learning, different means of socializing The resilience children are gaining is evident in student Morgan Kosbab, daughter of Margo Gardea. Last spring, when the first lockdowns were implemented, Morgan was an eighth grade student at AFNORTH International School. “Most of the technology was straight forward and user friendly,” said Morgan. “We were given tutorials at the very beginning so you’d know what to do and there was tech help available as well.” Morgan went on to say how she enjoyed the flexibility remote school offered, allowing you to take breaks, set your own pace and even eat during your class time. “I think it’s been helpful,” said Morgan. “It’s more independent, you have to pace yourself and learn to work on your own. It’s sort of the same way it will be with college.” This positive experienced helped shape Morgan’s decision to

remain remote for her high school freshman year. She welcomed the change and hopes to continue remote next year as well. “I’ve never been a super social person, so when I’m craving connection I can call someone or invite someone over,” said Morgan. “Obviously that might be different for someone else but I haven’t missed it on my end. I’ve been able to engage when needed and on the scale I prefer.” Children adapting to a different world Carly Brashear, school liaison specialist, 470th Air Base Squadron, NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen serves the tri-border region and helps augment support for Benelux Soldiers and families in the area. She shared her observations from multiple changes over the last year. “At an orientation for AFNORTH students transitioning from virtual back to brick and mortar, I watched a sixth grader raise her hand saying her classes weren’t populated into the system yet,” Brashear said. “The way the student understood the technology pieces, approached it with maturity and diagnosed the situation, was really impressive to me.” Brashear highlighted several conversations with parents of young children. “They’re telling their parents when they need a break or if they can press on to the next task. They know when their assignments are due, what can wait a few days and what needs immediate attention. Even kids as young as 6 or 7!” How this generation of children will be better prepared for our digital world has impressed Brashear, who says, “I wish I would have learned these skills at such an early age.” The changed world Craving interaction to counterbalance the digital world, Thom Eaton, director, Child and Youth Services, FMWR, and school liaison officer appreciates how children and adults are adapting. “Pre-COVID, kids would come to the center and spend a lot of time in front of the computers, gaming, on social media with their peers,” said Eaton. “Now, after online or remote learning they come here and all they want to do is go outside. “Kids will walk in, grab a skateboard, pair of roller skates or a bicycle and just go; it’s like a ghost town in the building,” continued Eaton. “They’re doing things to exercise their bodies versus hand-eye coordination — that’s a big thing and is fantastic!” Eaton went on to share that the changes he’s witnessed are countless.

Page 17 “When I’m watching the world, I see families together, the parks, heides and nature spaces are being utilized,” he said. “People are getting better at playing musical instruments and cooking together, they are reconnecting with friends and loved ones although be it virtually. The pet shelters are practically empty and we’re shifting our focus to purposeful things.” Eaton also wondered what the long term social effects of the pandemic might be, and whether they might, in fact, spur a renaissance of sorts. “It is unleashing a lot of people’s creativity and I think what we’re going to see in years to come is this time allowed a lot of people to learn, focus or hone in on skills that they

hadn’t worked on previously.” A postscript As a garrison, we recognize the thoughts expressed by those interviewed might not be the same you have experienced or are experiencing now, during these unprecedented times. If you are struggling, there is help and we want you to reach out. Whether you engage with your leadership, Family Advocacy Programs, Military Family Life consultants, behavioral health, military treatment facilities, chaplains and faith-based services or a battle buddy, you are not alone. Please, do not wait! Reach out today and make a connection, you matter and we want to help.

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Army’s prime-time players protect thousands during DEFENDER-Europe 21 by Jason Tudor U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz

MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU AIR BASE, ROMANIA – They are some of the best shows on prime-time television – shows about police officers, firefighters, and health-care professionals, serving communities and saving lives. Now, put them all on one show serving a massive military population, without commercial breaks, late-night television show appearances, or well-heeled agents chasing fat fees, and what do you get? The prime time team of the Area Support Activity-Black Sea Directorate of Emergency Services. They provide 24-hour law enforcement, fire support, and emergency services to commanders, Soldiers, civilians, and guests of Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, and the Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria. The DES team includes 60 Soldiers and two civilians who serve about 2,000 people from the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, Bulgaria, and others for DEFENDER-Europe 21. “The beauty of our job is that it doesn’t change, whether we’re in a home garrison or a deployed environment like this. The number of customers we have changes, but the job doesn’t,” said John Smith III, DES director for Bulgaria and Romania. He noted that as DEFENDER-Europe 21 rolls on, leaders shift in DES business practices to meet demand, like bolstering customs staffing. The ASA-Black Sea sites in Bulgaria and Romania, aligned under U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz, have varying missions. Part of the Romanian mission includes NATO enhanced air policing based in Romania and other smaller, more permanent mission

sets. Bulgaria has a similar but differing workload. With DEFENDEREurope 21, the bases, particularly Romania, become something of a way station before Soldiers gear up, get stuffed into cargo planes, and dropped by parachute onto training sites across Europe. The security landscape differs in Bulgaria. Staff Sgt. Skyler Genest, deputy provost marshal at the training site in Bulgaria, said the most demanding challenge involved with DEFENDER-Europe 21 has been syncing all partner forces on baseaccess procedures and ensuring a solid physical security posture. “With so many moving pieces between units arriving at NSTA, occupying the tactical and cantonment areas, and needing rapid access to the training area, we need close coordination at the unit level. While this task was tedious and subject to changes at short notice, I can state that NSTA MP’s working closely with our Bulgarian MP allies has not diminished the overall security posture of the installation and likely increased it,” Genest said. For the deployed fire protection team, training takes stage front and center. Army firefighters get to liaison with their British, Bulgarian, Canadian, Dutch, German, and Romanian counterparts and learn about that aspect of the NATO air policing mission, learning how to put out fires on some of the world’s most advanced jet fighters during an emergency. Part of the learning is being “uncomfortable,” according to Sgt. 1st Class Karl Crist, the fire chief at MK from the Indiana Army National Guard. He said being uncomfortable works well for training. “Our Soldiers have implemented steadfast resiliency and a hunger for the uncomfort that consistently

Specialist Trevor Bosse, a firefighter assigned to Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, operates a ‘Jaws of Life’ extraction tool May 18. Bosse, deployed from the Kentucky Army National Guard, is one of about 60 people composing the Directorate of Emergency Services in Romania and Bulgaria protecting hundreds of U.S. and partner military members during exercise DEFENDER-Europe 21. Photo by Jason Tudor

shows itself when learning new elements of the job,” Crist said. “DES fire and police have performed impeccably together. The joint exercises have proven beneficial to command and unified command operations.” Smith said that training also applies to his leaders, some firsttime commanders leading Soldiers in police and fire branches. Smith noted that this might also be one of the first times during a deployment police and fire leaders work with a directorate of emergency services, an Installation Management Command function, and not directly for the battalion or site commander. “Scenarios like this usually present folks with their first chance for leadership; their first command,” Smith said. “I want to give my commanders the opportunity to grow while they are here.” Often overlooked, the physical security team’s work often goes unheralded. That includes storing weapons in secured arms rooms, conducting background checks on people before arrival, and stopping theft, often referred to as “loss prevention.” “Physical security is the most visible division when the exercises kick off. Base access, arms rooms, background checks; that’s really where DES has an impact leading up to the exercise. We’re busy,” Smith said. With his team’s work squarely in prime-time focus and three summers’ of these exercises under his belt now, Smith said the excellence he’s seen his team achieve is partly due to the simplicity of its mission. “Our job is to make the bad go away when it happens and help commanders maintain good order and discipline,” he said. “It’s really that simple.”

Staff Sgt. Levi Burgin, a firefighter assigned to Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, operates a fire/rescue saw during a morning operations check May 18. Burgin, deployed from the Kentucky Army National Guard, is one of about 60 people composing the Directorate of Emergency Services in Romania and Bulgaria, protecting hundreds of U.S. and partner military members during exercise DEFENDER-Europe 21 Photo by Jason Tudor

Firefighters assigned to Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, roll out a truck for the morning operations check May 18. Firefighters are an integral part of the Directorate of Emergency Services in Romania and Bulgaria protecting hundreds of U.S. and partner military members during exercise DEFENDER-Europe 21. Photo by Jason Tudor


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TRAVELING ABROAD from Page 1 onlookers quickly sized you up and recognized that you are not a local. For those of you who want to blend in a bit better (it’s just good operational security, or “OPSEC”) as you make your way through your host country, here are a few tips, from one American to another:

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Use your ‘inside’ voice. Believe it or not, the United States is one of the noisiest countries in the world and Germans can often hear our countrymen coming from a mile away. Let’s face it. We talk loudly, laugh loudly, sing loudly, and even sneeze loudly…aah CHOO! We make a lot of noise in restaurants and throw loud parties at home. Somehow, we also drive loudly, showing off our huge SUVs, powerful muscle car engines, and great sound systems in the tiniest and quietest of villages. In so doing, we don’t casually mention that we’re Americans living abroad, we SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS! Being aware of the noise level around you can help you recognize when it’s okay to let loose (at a bar or soccer game) and when to tone it down a touch (at a restaurant or while shopping). This not only keeps you from being easily identified as a tourist, but also helps show your respect for your host country.

2)

Dress to impress. Clothing choices are often a huge part of blending in. Have you worn shorts and flip-flops in December? What about to dinner at a nice restaurant? There’s no mistaking it, you’re not from around here! Try leaving the summer clothes at home unless it’s actually summer and it’s actually hot. While we’re at it, ditch the workout attire, too, unless you are, again, actually working out. Instead, try putting on a more fitted pair of jeans, a scarf, and a pair of Chuck Taylors (aka Converse sneakers) to blend a bit better. Fellas – if you’re going to dinner, consider wearing a collared shirt and maybe even a sports jacket. For starters, the ladies will love it. Additionally, dressing for

the weather and the occasion goes a long way when it comes to blending in.

3)

Talk the talk. So, you’ve passed the noise and fashion tests. Yet, you’re still not blending very well. It’s probably because the waiter just greeted you with “Guten Morgen/Tag/ Abend,” and you just stared and said, “Huh?” rather than returning a basic “Good morning/day/evening” greeting. Chances are, you won’t master the German language with its die, der, and das complications during your 2 or 3-year tour. Still, you can buy yourself a few more moments of fitting in while simultaneously showing respect for your host country, its language, and its people, by learning a few polite expressions. Start with please, thank you, excuse me, yes, and no. Shortly thereafter, learn to count in German and ask basic questions such as, “’How are you?” and “Where is the [fill in the blank]?’” Later on, add something like, “Mein Deutsch ist nicht so gut. Sprechen Sie English? (My German is not so good. Do you speak English?)” This simple confession and question will get you a lot farther than jumping right into English here in Germany. People will appreciate the honesty and the effort, and will likely enjoy practicing their English with you. As it is mandatory to learn it in school, especially younger people will have no difficulties understanding you.

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Follow the rules. Germans are very punctual. If they say 2:00, they mean 2:00, not 2:10 or 2:15. Accept it for what it is and plan accordingly. Similarly, a rule is a rule in Germany. It’s typically not a suggestion or a guideline, but a rule. As Americans, we don’t like it when people bend the rules, but we love to have rules bent for us – in our favor. Well, that’s not so likely to happen here in Germany. More often than not, a rule is a rule here. Period. That includes the speed limits (when posted, remember highways often do not have any), housing guidelines and trash regulations. If the garbage collector spots something in your trash can that does not belong there, he can decide not to

empty it at all. Same goes for cans that are so full, you can’t close the lid properly: they are not obligated to collect any of it, if you do not stick to the limit you paid for.

5)

Friendliness in different forms. In short, Americans smile at strangers a lot more than Germans do. We smile when we pass people on the sidewalk, when we enter stores, and at neighbors we don’t know very well. You won’t find that here in Germany. Germans are very friendly and very kind, but regularly smiling at strangers is definitely an American custom, not a German one. However, a smile goes a long way and you can never smile enough. It might just make someone’s day. As you show more effort to blend in, be assured that you’ll see a lot more smiles from your neighbors and the like. Similarly, Americans tend to apologize and say “excuse me” far more than our German counterparts. If you’re in a German grocery store, and someone passes between the cereal shelf and you without saying excuse me just as you’re reaching for that box of Corn Flakes, IT’S OKAY! It’s the norm, and you shouldn’t take it personally. You have not been disrespected or harmed in any way. You have simply had the opportunity to experience a cultural difference.

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Give me some space! Personal space varies from country to country. Americans like a lot of personal space (distance between bodies) when talking to others. Germans are okay with a bit less space. This is just something to be aware of so that you don’t back yourself into a corner by repeatedly taking two steps back to increase the personal space as your German friend repeatedly takes two steps forward to decrease the personal space. On the flip side, making so much noise in your house that your neighbors can hear it (particularly on Sundays and during “quiet hours”) can be viewed by your neighbors as an assault on their space. Please keep in mind that all the tips mentioned here are based upon one American’s observations during many years overseas.

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Disclaimer: Due to host nation regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19, bookings and trips may be cancelled or postponed, and travel to neighboring countries may not be allowed. Please verify the status before making plans to attend. For U.S. government employees, including service members, remember to always follow command regulations, which may be different than host nation policies.

These are merely tips from one American to another and should be taken with a grain of salt rather than regarded as the definitive word in cultural awareness and adaptation. Remember, situations vary just as individuals vary. For these reasons, the final tip for blending in – or at least not standing out SO much (no matter where you are in the world) – is to simply observe your surroundings. How noisy are others (everyone is probably a bit louder at Oktoberfest), what is everyone else wearing, what words do others use and what sounds do they make? What other cultural cues can you pick up to better fit in? Blending in is not so much about checking your national identity, pride, and customs at the airport. It’s more about showing respect to your host nation by trying to do things the local way. It’s also about practicing good OPSEC to protect yourself, your family, and other Americans in the area while being a good ambassador for your country. Finally, blending in is about trying something new while you’re in a new environment, and, of course, decreasing the stares you get when you walk into the room. As you work to fit in, you’ll find that your host nation will honor your effort and welcome you with open arms, thereby making your time in Germany even more enjoyable. Happy travels!

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70 years later: Baumholder military, civilian community ties still strong by Keith Pannell U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Seventy years ago this year, the U.S. Army took over control of the Baumholder Military Community from the French. Since then, as the post ebbed and flowed, so did the city outside the fence line. In a 1945 agreement, the French occupied the post after World War II. The German army built the post and adjacent range as a training base in 1937. At the end of 1951, the Americans took over the post and soon began a large construction program, causing the population of the city of Baumholder to explode like a cannon shell in the nearby training area. 92-year-old Horst Teumer believes he is probably one of the last people left who remembers the German, French and U.S. occupation. In 1951, the 22-year-old Teumer, was one of thousands of local nationals who flooded the post that December hoping for employment. He and his wife were given jobs in the post dry cleaners sewing and steam-pressing American uniforms, before Teumer learned enough English to sign on with the fire department in 1954. “It was a one-room building,” Teumer remembered. “We had 24-hour shifts, so we slept on the fire truck.” He retired as the chief of the Baumholder Military Community Fire Department in 1993. By 1954, the BMC swelled to 4,400 local national employees and approximately 25,000 American service members and their families. “We had a very rural city with about 2,800 residents and all of a sudden that city is overwhelmed by more than 20,000 U.S. Soldiers,” said Bernd Mai, host nation liaison with the garrison’s public affairs office and local historian. “Money flowed and changed Baumholder. We became a little metropolitan city.” Today, many local national residents of Baumholder live in apartment buildings built by the German government in the early 1950s to house the influx of local national employees and their families. During its hey-

92-year-old Horst Teumer laughs as he shows off the original firefighting helmet he wore when he joined the Baumholder Military Community Fire Department in 1954. Teumer eventually became the Fire Chief on the Baumholder installation and retired in 1994. Photo by Keith Pannell

Local National employees stream onto the post to begin a work shift after the Americans took over from the French in 1951. By 1954 there were more than 4,400 local national employees on post. Courtesy of Baumholder Public Affairs/Photo Credit: U.S. Army

day, Baumholder had more than 30 bars and rounded by a lifetime collection of firefight“In 2015, the U.S. began planning for, taverns and more than 20 restaurants. ing memorabilia. His hearing is not as good and now has started the execution of, its The BMC has played a part in most world as it once was but his mind is as sharp as ever infrastructure restoration and modernizaevents involving the U.S. since its beginning, and his commanding voice fills the room. tion efforts. The total cost of these efforts according to Mai. He points to the post-WWII He harkens back to the “old days,” when in the Baumholder Military Community Cold War when tanks from Baumholder the BMC was full of American Soldiers are estimated at nearly $500 million and would’ve been some of the first units into the and their famithe work will conFulda Gap to stop a Russian advance. Other lies and the city of tinue for several events like the Berlin Airlift, Desert Storm, Baumholder was more years,” said 9/11 and Enduring Freedom meant troops bustling. Jai Kim, BMC Deputy and equipment were mobilized and put into The BMC was Garrison manager. harm’s way. slated for closure “The strong partTeumer was in the thick of many of those in 2009 and the nership between the events. His worst memory as a firefighter was money for infraU.S. military and when the Rheinlander Club burned down in structure was cut off. Baumholder area 1965. While reminiscing, Teumer remem- That decision was communities directbered it was the U.S. Army fire department reversed in 2014, but those five years took ly contributes to the well-being of the serthat had the only ladder truck in the area. its toll. Today, the U.S. Army plans to move vicemembers and their families, military They were often called out for mutual aid to troops to Baumholder from other parts of readiness and regional financial health. As help surrounding fire departments with their Germany. Buildings are being renovated and we celebrate the 70 years of this close relaladder truck. made ready as the time for more Soldiers and tionship, the future looks bright.” Mai, a lifeAt that time the post was “open” and many families inches closer. long Baumholder resident, agrees. of the town’s residents would come on post for dances and social gatherings. Teumer recalls how that started to change when troops deployed almost immediately from the BMC for Desert Storm, and how it drastically changed after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. “Things changed that day,” Teumer remembered. “Today, many of the town residents feel blocked off from the post because the gates are not open.” Baumholder Military Community firefighters try to save the Rheinlander Officer’s Club on post in 1965. The Rheinlander was rebuilt and Teumer still lives still stands today with The Tavern on the Rock bar, a ballroom and several other rooms for rent through DFMWR. near the BMC, sur- Courtesy Baumholder Public Affairs Office

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COMMUNITY EVENTS Photo by Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock.com

Due to host nation regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19, some community events may be cancelled or postponed. Please verify the status before making plans to attend a community event. The Summer Reading Program

The Rheinland-Pfalz libraries are kicking off their Summer Reading Program online. The theme for this year is “Reading Colors Your World.” To register for Kleber and Landstuhl go to https://rheinlandpfalz.beanstack.org/reader365. To register for Baumholder go to https://usalibarybaumholder. beanstack.org. For more information, contact your local Rheinland-Pfalz Library: Landstuhl, Bldg. 3810, 06371-86-7322, 4867322, Kleber Library, Bldg. 3205, 0631-411-1740, 483-1740 or Baumholder Library, Bldg. 8332, 0611-143-531-2841, 531-2841. Armstrong’s Club Father’s Day Meal To-Go

Let Armstrong’s Club help you celebrate the fathers and grandfathers in your life by ordering their meal for pickup on Jun. 20 between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Preorders are required by Jun. 18 on Webtrac. For more information, contact Armstrong’s Club, Vogelweh Housing, Bldg. 1036, 541-9114, 0611-143-541-9114/9115. Rheinlander Convention Center Father’s Day Meal To-Go

Let Rheinlander Convention Center prepare the perfect meal to celebrate. All you have to do is preorder your meal on Webtrac by Jun. 19 and pick it up on Jun. 20 between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, contact Rheinlander Convention Center, Smith Bks.,

Bldg. 8085, 531-2887, 0611-143531-2887.

armymwr.com or contact 541-9105, 0611-143-541-9105.

Warrior Zones in Kaiserslautern and Baumholder The USAG RP Warrior Zones are available in both the Kaiserslautern and Baumholder communities. Open to everyone 18 and over, enjoy a modern and relaxing atmosphere with a bar, video games, movie viewing options, and more. Sembach Kaserne, Bldg. 220, and Smith Barracks, Bldg. 8218. For more information contact Sembach Kaserne Warrior Zone at 541-9110, 0611-143-541-9110 or Smith Bks. Warrior Zone at 531-2912/2968, 0611-143-531-2912/2968.

Junior Lifeguard Camp The Baumholder Aquatic Center is offering a Junior Lifeguarding Camp for children 11-14 years of age. This camp helps introduce participants to lifesaving skills that include CPR, first aid, and AED training. Camp dates vary, running June 1-30. Cost of the course is $150.00. For more information, contact Baumholder Aquatic Center, Bldg. 8897/95, 531-2904, 0611-143-531-2904. Baumholder.armymwr.com

No Cook Friday’s in June Celebrate the end of the work week with a delicious meal you can pick up and bring home with you! Every Friday, the Rheinlander Convention Center offers No Cook Fridays with two new meal options each week! To see all menu options and to place your order through Webtrac, visit Baumholder.armymwr.com or contact Rheinlander Convention Center, Smith Bks., Bldg. 8085, 5312887, 0611-143-531-2887. No Cook Fridays in June at Armstrong’s Club Take the load off yourself, family or friends after a long week with No Cook Fridays! Meals can be picked up between 5 and 7 p.m. Register and pay through WebTrac or any MWR facility which is required by 1 p.m. that Friday. For more information go to kaiserslautern.armymwr.com or contact Armstrong’s Club, Vogelweh Housing, Bldg. 1036, 541-9115, 0611-143-541-9115. The bazaar is back with vendors from across Europe! Shop the Destination Bazaar Escape, June 18-20 and take advantage of this safe and convenient tax-free shopping experience for eligible patrons. Conveniently located at the Pulaski Motor Pool, Bldg. 2902 (right above the Pulaski Park), 1 large outdoor tent and 3 buildings. There will be a multitude of vendors offering everything from pottery, antiques, wine, cheese, jewelry, and so much more. Health and safety mitigations will be in place and enforced. All prices are in U.S. Dollars, with Euros, debit and credit cards accepted. Open to US. I.D. cardholders only. Hours of shopping are as follows: June 18 & 19 (Fri & Sat), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. & June 20 (Sun), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit Kaiserslautern.

Archery Parkour Course Baumholder Outdoor Recreation has one of the best archery parkour courses in Germany, taking approximately 1.5 hours to complete. The course takes you through the woods on marked paths with 11 shooting lanes and 3D targets of actual size animals varying from 15 to 30 meters in range. For more information, contact the Baumholder Outdoor Recreation Center, Bldg. 8167, 531-3401, 0611-143-531-3401. Baumholder. armymwr.com Archery for EFMP Families If you have a family member enrolled in EFMP, you will not want to miss the amazing archery opportunity just for EFMP members! Archery offers many amazing health benefits to include improved focus, strength, balance and coordination, as well as boosted confidence and mental health! The archery course is at Baumholder Outdoor Recreation, Smith Bks., Bldg. 8167. For more information and to register for this incredible archery opportunity, contact Army Community Service EFMP at 5419024, 0611-143-541-9024. CYS Now Hiring Child & Youth Services needs additional Child and Youth Program Assistants (CYPA) for the RheinlandPfalz Military Community to expand programming. CYPAs are needed for all age groups to work directly with children and youth 6 weeks to 18 years of age in Child Development Centers, School Age Centers and Youth Centers. CYS is a wonderful opportunity to start a meaningful career in Early Childhood Education, which can follow you wherever you are stationed. Earn benefits such as funding for college credits, vacation, health insurance, and much more. Receive TOP priority for child care placement and earn 20% off your own child care fees. Even earn a

FREE Child Development Associate (CDA) or Youth Practicum Credential through CYS. To apply visit www. usajobs.gov. KL SKIES Monthly Classes & Seasonal Day Camps Open to children 2-18 years old, SKIES offers monthly soccer sessions and seasonal day camps led by professional trainers. Through soccer drills, youth will develop skills, conditioning and fitness. These classes will be held at the Pulaski Track Field, times vary depending on age. For more information and or to register, contact Parent Central Services, Rhine Ordnance Bks., Bldg. 162, 541-9065/66/67, 0611-143541-9065/66/67. Kaiserslautern. armymwr.com Painting with Emiliee Each month you can create a new masterpiece and pick up some handy tips along the way when you paint your own artwork with Emilee, all from the comfort of your home! Each month will offer a fresh new design that ties in with that month. Cost will vary and covers the cost of the supplies and materials as well as the link to the online class. For more information and registration, contact the Arts & Crafts Center, Smith Bks., Bldg. 8104, 531-2895, 0611-1433-531-2895. Army Community Service (ACS) by Appointment Only or Online The Baumholder (Smith Bks., Bldg. 8666) and Kaiserslautern locations (Kleber Kaserne, Bldg. 3210) are available to you. To maximize social distancing, please call in advance for an appointment. Appointments can be made at both the Kleber and at the Baumholder office by calling Mon-Wed & Fri from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thu from 8 a.m.-12 p.m., closed all holidays. For more information, please contact Kaiserslautern ACS on Kleber Kaserne at 541-9000, 0611143-541-9000 or Baumholder ACS on Smith Bks. at 531-2850, 0611143-531-2850. Baumholder & Kaiserslautern SKIESUnlimited Registration Open Extracurricular activities in youth can not only boost academic performance, but also improve social skills, time management, and confidence. SKIESUnlimited offers a wide range of programs for children ranging in age from 2 years old to 18. To get your child active with soccer clinics and camps, Kuk Sool Won, piano & drum lessons,

gymnastics or swim lessons, contact Baumholder Parent Central Service, Wetzel Kaserne, Bldg. 8876, 5313440, 0611-143-531-5440. To get your child active with cheerleading/ tumbling, piano lessons, computer assisted piano, dance, voice lessons, engineering & STEM, gymnastics, musical theater performance, karate tech, kickboxing and soccer, contact Kaiserslautern Parent Central Service, Rhine Ordnance Barracks (ROB), Bldg. 162, 541-9065, 0611143-541-9065/ 9066/ 9067. Seeking a Licensed Esthetician for the All About You Spa Baumholder Family and MWR is looking for a contractor to provide esthetician services at the All About You Spa. Enjoy great earning potential while doing something you love! Candidates must have proof of certification. All applicants should contact Mr. Barton Newton at 531-2915, 0611-143-531-2915. Effective Now: Fitness Centers Extended Hours Active duty members can now take advantage of the extended hours of operation at the Sembach, Kleber, Rhine Ordnance Barracks, Landstuhl, Hall of Champions and Mountaineer Fitness Centers with their doors now being open MonFri: 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat & Sun: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and federal and training holidays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Please go to Kaiserslautern.armymwr.com or Baumholder.armymwr.com for more details. Shooting Range Now Open Take advantage of Baumholder Outdoor Recreation’s hidden gem, the Shooting and Archery Range Thu-Mon 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (closed Tue & Wed). For more information, contact Baumholder Outdoor Recreation, Smith Bks., Bldg. 8167, 531-2841, 0611-143-531-2841. UTAP Services Available Service with the Kleber and Baumholder UTAP offices is now available Mon-Fri. Please note, no more than three customers are allowed in the Baumholder office at a time and only one at a time at the Kleber Location. UTAP in-briefs require an appointment and are limited to five customers. For more information, contact the Baumholder UTAP Office, Smith Bks., Bldg. 8661, 531-2896, 0611143-531-2896 or the Kleber UTAP Office, Kleber Kaserne Bldg. 3245, 541-9086 / 9091, 0611-143-5419086 / 9091.


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Blinded by the Light (2019)

The Underground Railroad (2021)

Javed, a teenage Pakistani migrant living in England, finds himself drawn towards Bruce Springsteen’s music. Despite racism and lack of support from his father, he pursues poetry and writing.

“The Underground Railroad” is the story of Cora, a slave on a Georgia plantation in the mid-1800s who escapes with another slave named Caesar and finds her way to the Underground Railroad, reimagined here as an actual rail system complete with conductors, engineers, and trains.

Cast: Billy Barratt, Ronak Singh Chadha Berges, Viveik Kalra Director: Gurinder Chadha Availability: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video Poster by Amazon

Screenshot and poster by Entertainment One Films

MOVIE | Animation, Action, Adventure

MOVIE | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

How to Train Your Dragon 3 (2019)

Oxygen (2021)

All seems well on the island of Berk. Viking leader Hiccup finds himself increasingly attracted to Astrid. When the evil Grimmel launches a devious plan to wipe out all the dragons, Hiccup must unite clans to find Caldera, a hidden land that holds the key to saving Toothless and his flying friends.

A woman wakes up inside a cryogenic chamber with no memory of how she got there. However, she remains stuck inside the chamber and must find a way to escape before she runs out of oxygen.

Cast: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, F. Murray Abraham Director: Dean DeBlois Availability: Amazon

Poster by DreamWorks Animation

Cast: Mélanie Laurent, Malik Zidi, Laura Boujenah Director: Alexandre Aja Availability: Netflix Poster by Netflix

MOVIE | Animation, Short, Family

Poster by Paramount Pictures

Cast: Thuso Mbedu, Chase Dillon, Joel Edgerton Director: Barry Jenkins Availability: Amazon Prime Video

MOVIE | Drama

Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius (2001)

Cowboys (2020)

Ten-year-old Jimmy is a genius inventor but lacks social skills. However, when adults from his hometown are abducted by aliens, Jimmy sets out to rescue them with the help of friends.

A troubled but well-intentioned father who has recently separated from his wife runs off with his trans son into the Montana wilderness after his ex-wife’s refusal to let their son live as his authentic self.

Cast: Debi Derryberry, Rob Paulsen, Megan Cavanagh Creator: John A. Davis Availability: Amazon Prime Video

Cast: Steve Zahn, Jillian Bell, Sasha Knight Director: Anna Kerrigan Availability: Hulu Poster by Samuel Goldwyn Films

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