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May 3, 2019

Kaiserslautern American

Finding a way home

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tylor Szatko speaks to Kaiserslautern Military Community members about his experience with the Air Force Assistance Fund April 18, on Ramstein Air Base. The Air Force Assistance Fund is a financial resource available to Airmen and their families.

Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Kaylea Berry 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs People never know how they will react when receiving a call informing them a loved one back home has been injured, or worse, passed away. In that situation, the last thing an Airman wants to worry about is how, or if, they’ll be able to pay for a plane ticket back home. U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tylor

Szatko, 86th Munitions Squadron munitions inspector, experienced this panic while he was stationed at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. His grandfather was about to pass away. He was unable to receive help from the American Red Cross due to the fact it wasn’t an immediate family member. Luckily his shop chief told him about the Air Force Assistance Fund through the Airman & Family Readiness Center. “The A&FRC told me about the Falcon Loan through the Air Force Aid

Society and how I was a perfect candidate for the program,” said Szatko. “I got a quote for airline tickets from the travel office on base, applied for the loan, was approved, and then was on my way to the States within a couple of days.” Since the process went quickly, Szatko was able to have some time with his grandfather. “Because of AFAF, I was able to get home and see my grandfather before he passed,” said Szatko. “This would

Page 11 not have been possible without them, and I was more than thankful for how much it helped me out.” Szatko’s grandfather was someone he looked up to growing up and one of the reasons he decided to join the military. “My grandfather and I were close. When I was younger we used to go fishing often and spent lots of time outdoors,” said Szatko. “He was in the Navy during the Vietnam War. My grandfather taught me the importance of hard work and perseverance.” Szatko also says that Airmen who are in a similar situation should take advantage of what the Air Force can offer them. “The military has so many programs in place that are designed to help Airmen with anything from finances, to difficult personal situations that one may have a hard time getting through alone,” said Szatko. “Never be afraid to ask questions, especially when it has to do with your well-being. Supervisors and first sergeants will be able to lead them in the right direction.” For more information about the Air Force Assistance Fund please contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center commercially at 06371-47-5900 / 5100 or by DSN at 480-5900 / 5100. You can also stop by their office in building 2120, Mon to Fri 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Information, opportunities abound at upcoming Military Spouse Appreciation Expo by Azure Hall Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation On Friday, May 10, the Kazabra Club on Vogelweh will open its doors for the second annual Military Spouse Appreciation Community Expo put on by Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. This exciting event may be celebrating Military Spouses and the important role they play in our community, but spouses are not the only ones who will find value in the upcoming Community Expo. Particularly geared towards recently arrived military members and their families, this expo will provide a well-rounded educational opportunity on services available in the area. Representatives and info booths will include a number of local organizations ready to share information on what they, as well as Family and MWR, have to offer the Kaiserslautern and Baumholder military communities. However, even those who are not new to the area are encouraged to come out to the event; there is truly something for everyone. Free refreshments and snacks as well as fun activities will be available to sustain and entertain the

entire family. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the event lasts until 1:30 p.m. An education isn’t all that attendees have the chance to receive, the numerous local organizations sponsoring the event will be giving out prizes such as 1,000 dollars in European travel and one round trip airline ticket to the United States. Other prizes will include VISA and spa gift cards that are given away at the various Family and MWR info booths. Additionally,

Euler Group BMW will be giving away one pair of tickets to the Father and Daughter Ball at Armstrong’s Club – an event that is already sold out, making this pair of free tickets all the more valuable. Further sponsors include the Stars and Stripes, SATO Vacations, United Airlines, Ramstein Dental Care, the United Service Organizations (USO), SHARP, Landstuhl American Dentistry, Military AutoSource, Beauty Solutions, First Command,

Meet with MWR facilities, as well as local partners, to learn more about what all is available in our community. Photo by USAG Rheinland-Pfalz Family & MWR Marketing

Service Credit Union, and G.I. Bill Pay Service. Jacqueline Colindres, Sponsorship and Advertising Sales Manager for Family and MWR Marketing U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz, explained how sponsors add to the event, aside from just donating prizes. “Our many sponsors are an important part of helping Family and MWR provide its various services to the community,” she said. “With their help and support, we are better able to enrich the lives of Service Members and their Families with events like the Military Spouse Appreciation Expo.” There will be lots to see and do at the Military Spouse Appreciation Community Expo, but it is far from your last chance to learn about your new community from Family and MWR. Another Community Expo will closely follow this one, held on June 14 at Pulaski Park in honor of the Army’s birthday. This event is also open to all Kaiserslautern and Baumholder military community members. Visit for details on both expos and to learn more about other upcoming events.

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Kaiserslautern American, May 3, 2019  

Kaiserslautern American is the official online military newspaper for the Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC). It is owned by the 86th A...

Kaiserslautern American, May 3, 2019  

Kaiserslautern American is the official online military newspaper for the Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC). It is owned by the 86th A...