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May 3, 2019

Kaiserslautern American

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by SrA Milton Hamilton 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Ramstein honors Earth Day A Ramstein elementary school student pats the dirt after planting a sapling during an Earth Day event on Ramstein Air Base, April 29. Approximately 100 second graders from Ramstein elementary school planted 1,200 trees in honor of Earth Day.

Gerhard Wagner, 86th Operations Support Squadron Airfield Management Office falconer, releases his falcon during an Earth Day event on Ramstein Air Base, April 23. Wagner showed how natural resources help the Ramstein mission, by allowing his falcon to scare away birds from the flight line.

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark R. August, 86th Airlift Wing commander, shovels dirt with members of the German forest authority, during an Earth Day tree planting ceremony on Ramstein Air Base, April 29. The tree planting symbolized support for environmental protection as well as a continued joint partnership between the 86th AW and Germany’s environmental authorities.

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark R. August, 86th Airlift Wing commander, poses for a photo with members of the German forest authority, during an Earth Day tree planting ceremony on Ramstein Air Base, April 26. Earth Day is an annual occurrence honored around the world to campaign and garnish support for environmental protection.

NEW COMMANDER from Page 1 missions with forward-based airpower and infrastructure to conduct and enable theater and global operations. U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, USAFRICOM commander, highlighted the accomplishments of the Airmen under Wolter’s leadership. “During General Wolters’ tenure, the men and women of Air Forces Africa overcame many challenges to strengthen partnerships, enhance partner capabilities, and provide enablers necessary to promote security, stability and prosperity on the African continent,” said Waldhauser. Harrigian, who served as the USAFE-AFAFRICA deputy commander for the past seven months, has witnessed, first-hand, the complex and diverse set of challenges in both the European and African theaters. “(Harrigian) brings an impressive resume of leadership, Airmanship, and the expertise to sustain American influ-

ence on the African continent while assisting our partners in strengthening their own airpower institutions to address crises on their own,” Waldhauser added. Harrigian is the 36th USAFEAFAFRICA commander since the Air Force became a separate service in 1947. In closing his remarks, Goldfein offered words of wisdom for the new commander. “At the end of the day, our job as commanders is to take our nation’s most lethal assets – our men and women in uniform like those in formation today, and mold them, train them, pair them with the best technology on the planet to make the world a better place,” Goldfein said. Harrigian ended the ceremony with brief remarks to his new commands. “I am committed to giving you my all. I am fired up to work with each and every one of you. This is our opportunity to make a difference and a chance to put our stamp on history… Let’s get after it.”

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein presents Gen. Jeff L. Harrigian the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa guidon during a change of command ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, May 1. Harrigian also took command of NATO Allied Air Command during the ceremony. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cody Hendrix

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

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