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October 17, 2014
Volume 38, number 41
Airmen take part in exercise Serpentex Story and photo by Tech. Sgt. Amin Momna 4th Air Support Operations Group A mixture of total force Airmen participated in the seventh annual French air force-hosted multinational close air support exercise, Serpentex, Sept. 15 to 26 in Mont-de-Marsan, France. The exercise involved more than 700 service members from Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States working together. “This exercise was important to help build upon the already strong partnership we have with our allies,” said Maj. Sarah Fortin, 4th Air Support Operations Group chief of operations. “We were able to train with our allied nations’ various CAS assets. You never know which allied aircraft will assist our ground forces with CAS.” Serpentex is held annually to practice precision air-to-ground strikes. During the exercise, joint terminal See SERPENTEX, Page 2
Joint terminal attack controllers from the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron take part in Serpentex 2014 Sept. 15 to 26 in Mont-de-Marsan, France. Serpentex was the seventh annual French air force-hosted multinational close air support exercise with more than 700 members from Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States working together.
AMXS Airman launches perfect C-130J Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Airman 1st Class Christopher Torres, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, delivers a speech to shopmates after releasing a C-130J Super Hercules with a black letter designation Oct. 7 on Ramstein. A black letter designation indicates that an aircraft is operating under ideal circumstances and has no outstanding mechanical issues or due inspections.
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Make sure you have a first aid kit, reflective safety vest and warning triangle in your vehicle in case of an accident or breakdown.
Tip of the Week
On Oct. 7, Airman 1st Class Christopher Torres, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, released a C-130J under black letter conditions, which indicates that the speciﬁc aircraft is operating without any discrepancies, due inspections or maintenance problems.
For the ﬁrst time since rolling off the delivery line, Torres’ C-130J took ﬂight with a black letter designation. “Today we had the opportunity to launch an aircraft on a black letter initial, which is unique and exciting,” said Chief Master Sgt. Robert Spychalski, 86th AMXS superintendent. “In my career dating all the way back to 1983, I have never experienced this.” Spychalski said the reason
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October 17, 2014
Telling Weldon’s story
by Sgt. 1st Class John S. Wollaston 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs “Saying goodbye to someone that was a friend, a co-worker, a Soldier you were entrusted to mold and develop is one of the hardest things a leader ever has to do — especially in a situation that didn’t involve that person being in harm’s way. And it never gets easier no matter how many times you have to go through it.” I wrote and spoke those words almost eight years ago from the pulpit of the Memorial Chapel at Fort Myer, Virginia. The Soldier I was speaking about during that solemn ceremony was Pfc. Joshua Weldon, a 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) ceremonial announcer, who had recently passed away. Josh was my Soldier. I first met Josh when he was in advanced individual training and I was at Fort Meade, Maryland, for an advanced journalism course. I
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attack controllers trained to enhance their communication and control procedures while aircrews executed multiple CAS air strikes against urban and rural targets. The exercise allowed members to update and maintain their training currency requirements and allowed partner JTACs and aircrew to enhance interoperability to maintain global readiness. During the exercise, Senior Airman Alex Braatz, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron JTAC, was administered his initial JTAC evaluation.
can still remember the terrified look on his face when I called out to him from across the chow hall to come and sit with me. His fear turned to relief when I introduced myself. The next three weeks became a great opportunity of mentorship, which I hoped would help him succeed as a Soldier, especially in light of his first duty station in the Army. Upon Josh’s arrival to The Old Guard, he was eager and ready to learn and took the job, quickly becoming an integral part of our team. His first mission was narrating a promotion with then Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George Casey as the host. Casey returned from the mission impressed that a private was able to give instructions without hesitation. But not everything was wine and roses. Josh came to us battling shin splints. The condition had actually cost him being named honor graduate of his class at the Defense Information School. We did our best to mitigate the problem in various ways, but you could tell the
“The initial JTAC evaluation is every radio operator maintenance and driver’s dream and nightmare wrapped into one,” he said. “It’s an assessment of our job knowledge, gear preparation and ability to handle stress as a JTAC.” In addition to CAS, members from the 4th ASOG provided intelligence support and air liaising by developing exercise scenarios, reviewing air support requests and conducting various mission briefs for multinational JTAC members and aircrew. For the first time, the 4th ASOG team included a weather technician from the 21st Operational Weather Squadron.
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pressure to get out and do physical training like the rest of the Soldiers was getting to him, and the pain he was experiencing was wearing on him. The first warning sign that something wasn’t right flew by all of us. Hindsight being what it is, I probably should have started an intervention right then and there. Josh had an on-again, off-again relationship with an AIT classmate who was assigned to the Virginia National Guard. During the Fourth of July weekend in 2008, I was having a platoon cookout at my house, and Josh and his parents were there. Josh had not brought his girlfriend with him, because she’d broken up with him the week prior via private message. So imagine my surprise the day after the cookout when he shows up at my doorstep, girlfriend in tow. They were back on again, and they were getting married. My wife and I shared a look of surprise but said nothing. Throughout the rest of the year Josh bounced from profile to pro-
Additionally, Air Force weather forecasters integrated with French air force weather forecasters to share techniques and conduct daily weather briefings for the exercise participants. “Overall, Serpentex 2014 was successful with both our Airmen and partners gaining valuable experience while working together,” Fortin said. “We look forward to continue training and working with our allies to achieve seamless interoperability.” Air National Guard Airmen from the 274th ASOS at Syracuse, New York, also participated in the exercise.
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file as the problems with his legs continued. Because he was unable to maintain a regular training regimen, weight became an issue, and it added to the stress Josh was already feeling. The prescribed pain meds were helping, but only to an extent. By Halloween, Josh started showing up late to formation or calling in giving excuses for why he couldn’t make it, and his attitude at work turned sour as well. After a round of counseling statements, I realized the sessions weren’t working and sensed that what was going on with Josh was more than just burnout from our rigorous schedule and heavy workload. I called his squad leader into my office, and we both agreed to help Josh. We devised a plan to reengage the doctors on his behalf to try and get his leg problems fixed and to get him additional help if necessary. We also debated whether to let him go on leave and start everything after he got back or to See WeLDOn, Page 13
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this achievement was accomplished was due to Torres’ pride in his aircraft, work and active attitude to aggressively trim the fat and work the issues ahead of him. “I made sure I always stayed on top of the forms, the aircraft itself when it went in for maintenance, coming in on my spare time to accomplish tasks that couldn’t be done otherwise and staying with the aircraft as much as possible,” Torres said. “It’s your plane, your responsibility. It’s me and an assistant dedicated crew chief. Work becomes personal, the plane becomes personal, you even get to the point where many will name their aircraft.”
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The launching of the C-130 wasn’t the only item being celebrated on the day’s agenda. Torres was coined by the 86th AMXS commander and 86th Maintenance Group superintendent and awarded two patches from the 37th Airlift Squadron commander. “He’s really put his nose to the grindstone to not only accomplish this black letter but to also ensure this aircraft is the most fit in the fleet,” said Capt. Tyler Gross, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Unit OIC. “He’s the pinnacle of dedication and perseverance as a crew chief.” Whether it’s Airmen or aircraft, the Air Force continues to look toward working in black letter designation conditions.
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October 17, 2014
Friends, family welcome home 266th FMSC Soldiers gage and come out of the customs area before receiving their first hugs and kisses in months. “It’s great to be home,” ore than 30 Soldiers said Maj. Gavin Luher, 266th from the 21st Theater FMSC disbursing officer. Sustainment Command’s “It’s great to see so many 266th Financial Management people from the community Support Center returned come out here to support us.” home Oct. 7 to their famPrior to the Soldiers’ ily and loved ones following release, Seelig took a a nine-month deployment to moment to thank the families Kuwait. for the support of their loved The 266th FMSC Soldiers ones during their nine-month completed a successful deployment. deployment, providing all “We want to thank our of the financial support serfamilies for doing such a vices for the U.S. Central super job of supporting Command area of operation, themselves and for supportas well as helping to transiing our Soldiers,” Seelig said tion the financial support serto the families. “We are vices in Afghanistan. extremely grateful for all that “The Soldiers have done the families have done and an incredible job the past Maj. Gavin Luher, disbursing officer with the 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s 266th Financial Management all they have endured.” Support Center, is greeted by his family Oct. 7 after returning from a nine-month deployment to Kuwait. nine months,” said Col. Following the brief speech Thomas J. Seelig, director of the 266th FMSC. come home talk from the deputy commanding gen- by Seelig, the Soldiers of the 266th FMSC were dis“They played a big part in helping operations in eral of the 21st TSC and commanding general of the missed and went home with their families. Afghanistan wind down.” The 266th FMSC provides full-spectrum, respon7th CSC, Brig. Gen. Arlan M. DeBlieck. After disembarking their plane from Kuwait, the “I would like to be the first to welcome you all sive finance and accounting services throughout Soldiers of the 266th FMSC, along with Soldiers home,” DeBlieck said to the Soldiers. “I want to U.S. Army Europe, as well as joint and comfrom the 7th Civil Support Command’s 406th extend my gratitude to you for everything you’ve bined theaters while enhancing capability for the Human Resources Company and 209th Digital done the past nine months.” combatant commander through cash management, Liaison Detachment (Forward), who were also Outside, the families of the 266th Soldiers waited contracting support and accountability on the battlereturning from deployments, received a quick wel- patiently for their loved ones to receive their bag- field. Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Warren W. Wright Jr. 21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs
EUCOM, KMC rehearse increased FP condition by 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs The force protection condition was raised Thursday morning in the U.S. European Command area of responsibility, including all military installations in the the KMC. The increased force protec-
tion posture will last until the afternoon today. The elevated posture was not in response to a specific threat but due to force protection concerns throughout the EUCOM area of responsibility. EUCOM took this step based on its firm commitment to make every possible effort
to ensure the safety and security of its personnel. In addition to this demonstration and validation of force protection measures, it’s vital that members of the KMC remain vigilant and aware and report suspicious activity to local officials.
emergency numbers Air Force oSi Tip Line: Commercial: 0171-745-5382 eAgLe eyeS (SuSpiciouS AcTiviTy reporTS): OSI 480-2095/2381 or 06371-47-2095/2381 (contact security forces after regular duty hours) crime STop (For immediATe And AccurATe reporTing oF imminenT crimeS): 489-STOP (7867) Commercial: 0631-536-7867 on rAmSTein AB: emergency: DSN 112 reaches Ramstein AB police/fire police: 86th Security Forces Squadron, 480-2050 or 06371-47-2050 Fire department: 86th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department, 480-7683 or 06371-47-7683 medical: 86th Medical Group, 479-2600 or 06371-462600
**Ramstein does NOT have emergency medical services — the nearest services are at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Call 06371-86-8106 ** oFF rAmSTein AB: emergency: Commercial 112 reaches the German fire department Commercial 110 reaches German Polizei police: 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron, 0631-536-6060 Fire department: German fire department 112 Medical: German Red Cross 112 LRMC emergency room 486-8414 or 06371-86-8414 germAn poLice: Kaiserslautern Polizei 0631-369-2150 Landstuhl Polizei 06371-92-290 miLiTAry poLice ouTSide Kmc: Baumholder 485-7546 or 06783-6-7546 Spangdahlem 452-6666 or 06565-61-6666 Wiesbaden 337-5096 or 0611-705-5096
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8:08 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Kaiserslautern. 8:15 p.m.: An assault was reported in Reuschbach.
4:20 a.m.: Drunken driving and a major trafﬁc accident were reported in Ramstein-Miesenbach.
7:35 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Einsiedlerhof. 10:30 p.m.: A minor trafﬁc accident and failure to report were reported in RamsteinMiesenbach.
Kaiserslautern — One wallet containing €100, $5, one Michigan driver’s license, debit cards, credit cards, one Military Star card, one U.S. Army Europe certiﬁcate of license and one SIPR token.
3:21 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Kaiserslautern. 3:40 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Kaiserslautern. 6:30 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Ramstein-Miesenbach.
1:50 a.m.: Aggravated assault was reported in Bruchmühlbach-Miesau. 3:15 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Kaiserslautern. 5 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Kaiserslautern.
4 p.m.: Larceny was reported in Kaiserslautern.
12:01 a.m.: Theft of a motor vehicle and drunken driving were reported in Mackenbach. 2:25 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Kaiserslautern.
3:30 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Höheinöd. 10:30 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident and ﬂeeing the scene of an accident were reported in Kaiserslautern.
The KMC Housing Ofﬁce will be closed today for an ofﬁce function.
3 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center. For more information, call Tech. Sgt. William Vincent at 479-4539.
Dental care for retirees
Pumpkin patrol volunteers
The Baumholder Dental Clinic will offer exams, cleaning and light dental work for retirees, spouses and surviving spouses from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Retirees with appointments should arrive 30 minutes prior. Only retirees with a current ID along with their spouses will be seen. Retiree dependents will not be seen. Retirees should pick up a current dental record from their dental clinic and hand carry it to their appointment in Baumholder. If the member does not have a dental record, they should inform the Baumholder clinic so a temporary dental record can be made. Retirees going to a German dentist should get any copies of current X-rays and other related records to assist the dentist in their treatment. Retirees should bring a list of all current medications they are taking. Call the Baumholder Dental Clinic for appointments at 06783-99-2211/2212 or 485-2211/2212. Walk-in personnel will be seen depending on work load status with those having appointments.
The USO will offer a free new orientation tour, “Welcome to Kaiserslautern,” Saturday, Nov. 11 and Dec. 6. Newcomers will depart at 8 a.m. from the Vogelweh Bowling Center and 8:30 a.m. in front of the Ramstein Passenger Terminal, Bldg. 3333. Tour participants will receive a historical overview of Kaiserslautern, hear some local legends and receive practical tips from experienced guides. It is recommended to bring euros for lunch and shopping. The tour is free, but interested participants must sign up at one of the USO ofﬁces. Estimated return time is 4:10 p.m. on Ramstein and 4:30 p.m. on Vogelweh.
The 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing will hold a Halloween blood drive from 10 a.m. to
The 86th Security Forces Squadron is looking for volunteers from the 86th Airlift Wing to assist with this year’s pumpkin patrol on Halloween. Volunteers will assist security forces with trafﬁc enforcement, crowd control and pedestrian safety and act as a presence in preventing mischief and vandalism in housing. They will be paired up with a security forces defender and armed with a radio and a vest. Volunteers need to be in uniform (ABUs) with a ﬂashlight and reﬂective belt. Show times for volunteering are from 4 to 8 p.m. Trick-ortreating hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31. For more information, email Tech. Sgt. Luis Salcido at email@example.com or Senior Airman Sean Schmermund at firstname.lastname@example.org. mil, or call 480-1215.
Fall clean up
Fall clean up for Ramstein will be Nov. 17 for working areas and Nov. 18 for housing.
Home for the Holidays Program
KMC Lodging will offer authorized guests the chance to make space-available reservations in advance for the upcoming holiday season. Guests can book reservations for up to 10 nights between Dec. 15 and Jan. 4 on a ﬁrst come, ﬁrst serve basis, as space permits. For details, contact the Central Reservations Ofﬁce in Ramstein at 480-4920 or 06371-45-4920, or via email at email@example.com.
Donate to CFC
Improve the quality of life of the KMC by donating to the 2014 Combined Federal Campaign by Dec. 15. Donations made to the Family Support and Youth Programs go directly to the installation to fund local programs. To donate, visit www.cfcoverseas.org or contact a unit representative.
Did you know?
On Oct. 1, the Joint Federal Travel Regulation Volume 1 and the Joint Travel Regulation Volume 2 merged into one consolidated regulation, now called the Joint Travel Regulations. The JTR covers both service member and civilian travelers. With the merger of the two regulations, additional updates were made. Effective Oct. 1, several miscellaneous, reimbursable expenses are no longer authorized to be claimed but are now included in the incidental expense rate paid in conjunction with lodging and meals: CONUS laundry, baggage/taxi tips and ATM fees. Additionally, mission-related telephone expenditures are reimbursable but not on the travel voucher. For details, contact your unit resource adviser or unit lead defense travel administrator. For more information, visit www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/news. cfm?ID=29, or www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/ travelreg.cfm.
Veterans history project
The KMC Red Cross will be recording veterans’ stories for the Library of Congress and veterans’ families. Veterans who served during a time of conﬂict can be interviewed by a volunteer and record their experiences. A DVD will be sent to the Library of Congress for preservation, and a copy will be given to the veteran. To schedule an interview or for more information, contact the Red Cross at 480-2171 or Ramstein@redcross. org.
New pay system
Motorists who receive parking tickets in Kaiserslautern can now pay them on the spot through PayPal by scanning the ticket with a smartphone. The city will test this payment method for one year.
Effective Tuesday, the new operating hours for the E-Street Cafe will be from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.
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industrial counter coo mander, one industrial industrial salad dispe trial drink mixer, one washer, one industria plate, one industrial ﬂ trial fryer, one industri » Ramstein: Copp APRIL 22
Vehicle Readiness Squad sure the snow equipmen ABOVE: Snow equipmen
October 17, 2014
World Energy Day Soldier helps Army win bowling title by the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron Oct. 22 has been declared World Energy Day, which demonstrates the importance of society’s choices regarding energy policies, energy production, energy use and the environment. Leaders from more than 120 countries will meet in Barcelona, Spain, this year to participate in the World Energy Forum, which is a gathering of nations with natural energy resources, energy technology and financial capital, as well as major energy consuming nations, with the common purpose of providing energy for all. The World Energy Forum 2014 website states that “energy is so fundamental to our civilization and human flourishing because of its impact on economic and social advancement as well as its impact on the natural environment. Universal energy access and human well-being indeed sum up the aspirations of all nations and peoples and call for action of the highest political authority across the globe. Therefore, World Energy Forum 2014 will inaugurate the World Energy Consortium to lead ‘The Decade of Energy for All.’” But what is energy? Energy causes things to happen. During the day, the sun provides light and heat energy. At night, street lamps use electrical energy to light streets. When a car drives down the road, it uses gasoline - a type of “stored energy.” Simply put, energy is the ability to do work. Energy cannot be created or destroyed, but it can be harnessed, transformed and stored. It comes in different forms: heat, light, mechanical, electrical, chemical and nuclear energy. It can be used, moved and stored by our electrical networks. These energy sources are divided into two groups: renewable and nonrenewable energy. Renewable energy is an energy source that we can use over and over again. Sources include solar energy, wind, geothermal energy from inside the earth, biomass from plants and hydropower. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “renewable energy technologies produce sustainable, clean energy from sources such as the sun, the wind, plants and water. According to the Energy Information Administration, in 2007, renewable sources of energy accounted for about 7 percent of total energy consumption and 9.4 percent of total electricity generation in the United States. Renewable energy technologies have the potential to strengthen our nation’s energy security, improve environmental quality and contribute to a strong energy economy.” Conversely, nonrenewable energy cannot be recreated in a short period of time. When it’s gone, it’s gone. Currently, we get most of our energy from nonrenewable energy sources called fossil fuels, such as oil, natural gas and coal. Fossil fuels were formed over millions and millions of years by heat and pressure from the remains of dead plants and animals. All of these sources provide us the energy we need to live our busy lives. We use all these energy sources to generate the electricity we need for our homes, businesses, schools and factories. Electricity “energizes” our computers, lights, refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners and far more. Our society depends on electricity and on energy. That’s why 89 countries signed the World Energy Day 2012 Proclamation, declaring energy as a universal human right, and plan to set up an Energy Consortium to lead the “Decade of Energy for All” with the common purpose of providing energy to everyone, especially those who are energy deprived around the world. It’s easy to take energy for granted. Conserving our energy is as simple as turning off lights, televisions and appliances when they aren’t being used or carpooling to work. Our leaders are doing their part; we need to do ours.
Story and photo by Brandon Beach 21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs Staff Sgt. Tiara Jenkins has bowled a 279 game five times in her career. For those unfamiliar with how scoring works in bowling, a 279 game is achieved by throwing 11 strikes with a spare in the ninth frame. Too much math? Quite simply, this single spare, also referred to as a half-strike, is all that separates a 279 game from a perfect 300 game. Jenkins has certainly come a long way in a short time since walking into her first bowling alley five years ago at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where she attended the Army’s Occupational Assistance Therapy Training Program. Buried in medical books day and night studying anatomy, physiology, psychology, pediatrics, geriatrics and ergonomics — to name just a few — Jenkins recalls the day when one of her instructors advised students to find a hobby. “I thought, ‘Why do I need a hobby? Who has time for that?’” said Jenkins, now a certified occupational therapy assistant with the Miesau, Germany-based 254th Medical Detachment, Combat Operational and Stress Control. The answer, she’d come to find out, was right there in those last two words — stress control. “I picked bowling. What’s a better way to relieve stress than by throwing a heavy ball down a lane? The bowling alley was right down the street from my class. I could zip there at lunch, zip back, no issues,” she said. With bowling filling the hobby void, Jenkins had found the right formula for success by completing the 33-week medical program. The only issue: She didn’t anticipate falling in love with the sport. “Within that first year, I was hooked,” Jenkins said. “If I had any free time, I would be in the bowling alley.” A year later, Jenkins joined her first bowling league while stationed at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia, and quickly advanced from a “130-something” average to a “180-something” average, she said. The thought of representing the Army
Staff Sgt. Tiara Jenkins, a certified occupational therapy assistant with the 254th Medical Detachment, Combat Operational and Stress Control, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, prepares to throw a ball down the lane at the Vogelweh Bowling Center. Jenkins represented the Army women’s bowling team at this year’s Armed Forces Bowling Championship held in May at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Competing against bowlers from the Navy and Air Force, Jenkins and her three teammates bested the field, taking the gold.
women’s bowling team at the Armed Forces Bowling Championship never crossed her mind until she arrived in Kaiserslautern to work for the 254th Med. Det. COSC in 2011. Over the next couple of years, Jenkins won one bowling tournament after another. She picked up various individual and team titles while playing for two Bundesliga squads based out of Mainz and Saarbrücken. The Bundesliga is Germany’s highest sports league. “I got to travel all over Germany to do that, which was awesome,” she said. She regularly won the weekly league tournaments held at the Vogelweh Bowling Center, her home court. In 2012, she represented the U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz bowling team at the U.S. Army Europe-level tournament in Grafenwöhr, Germany. That year, the garrison team, which comprises four men and four women, took the Commander’s Cup See bowling, Page 15
German Polizei Corner The German police secured several stolen items from vehicle break-ins Sept. 12 in Ramstein-Miesenbach. Anybody missing any of these items should contact the German Police Liaison Office on Ramstein between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 480-1987. • Apple iPhone 4, black • Apple iPhone 4, black, IMEI 012650002182507 • Apple iPod 32 GB, silver (five-person
family as background photo) • Philips headset, white • Ray-Ban sunglasses, folding, Wayfarer with protection case • Ray-Ban sunglasses Aviator with protection case • Female military hat (captain) • Memorial coin for medical services • In-ear headset, black, Samsung • In-ear headset, blue
October 17, 2014
How heat works in the KMC by the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron How does heat work on base? Our district heat network produces hot water and distributes it to base buildings to provide heat through radiators. During the summer months, so little heat is needed that most of the system is deactivated. Once the temperatures drop to 55 degrees Fahrenheit for five consecutive days and forecasts indicate the average temperature for the next five days will stabilize below 55 F, the heat is reactivated. This is based on a review of the weather data for the past seven years. Within the KMC, the heating season is typically October through May. What do I do if the heat is not currently activated? Conserve the heat you have already. Close the windows and window coverings at night to reduce heat loss. Keep the doors to seldom-used rooms closed to keep heat in the rooms you use most. Take advantage of natural heating. Open drapes and rollladens during the day so the sun can warm the inside
Set the right temperature!
of the room. If it is warmer outside than inside, open the windows to allow the warm air into the room. Close the windows in the evening when the outside temperatures begin to drop. Once the heat is activated, how do I set the temperature? Your radiator control will look similar to the one pictured below. These controls are very different from the thermostats we see in the U.S. This radiator control is both the thermostat and the valve that controls the amount of hot water flowing through the radiator. For the control to work properly, it must be surrounded by free circulating air. Do not cover it with clothes, curtains or furniture. Remember, radiators do not provide instant heat. Hot water must pass through the radiator, and the heat from the radiator is transferred to the room. Set the thermostat and allow time for the temperature of the room to come up before making any more adjustments. Radiators are usually located below windows, which is normally the coldest part of the room. A
setting of “2” or “3” should provide comfortable heat for the entire room. Often, radiators are constantly adjusted and then windows are opened when it gets too hot. This is a huge waste of energy and money. Last year, the KMC’s heating bill alone was nearly $30 million. By following these simple steps, you will ensure the comfort of your home and workplace, while saving energy and helping to lower the bill. What if your radiator isn’t working right? The thermostat and radiator combination is a simple and reliable system with few moving parts to malfunction. However, if the control valve malfunctions there will be either no heat or too much heat. Occasionally, air is trapped inside the radiator and needs to be removed. Indications that air is trapped inside are knocking or gurgling noises or the radiator only feels hot to the touch on one half. If this happens on base, call the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron Customer Service at 489-6623/7703 or 0631-536-6623/7703. For off-base heating issues, contact your landlord immediately.
“Off ” setting. Use this setting in the summer when leaving for an extended period of time or in unoccupied rooms. The thermostat has a built-in safety device to avoid freezing.
Low setting. Use this setting when you leave work in the evening.
Medium – Low setting. Recommended for sleeping.
Medium setting. Start here and adjust to a comfortable level depending on the outside temperature.
Medium – High setting. Not recommended for office spaces.
High setting. Too hot – don’t waste energy!
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October 17, 2014
Retirees honored on Retiree Appreciation Day, every day by Senior Airman Timothy Moore 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
he KMC Retiree Council and the 86th Airlift Wing Retiree Activities Office hosted Retiree Appreciation Day Wednesday at the Ramstein Officers’ Club. As a required event by Army and Air Force regulations, RAD allows activeduty service members to take
time to honor retirees who have served before them. RAD serves as an informational fair for retirees in the KMC as well as a stage to pay tribute to service members’ predecessors. Veterans were able to obtain information on the services and entitlements available to them. However, RAD is not the only day when service members can show their appreciation to the forerunners of current and future armed forces members.
LRMC hosts health fair, open house next week by Joe Swinfen Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Physical Therapy Are you at risk for a musculoskeletal injury? Are you eating healthy meals? Would you like to learn more about what occupational therapy can do for you? All of these questions can be answered at an upcoming health fair scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in Heaton Auditorium at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. The health fair is supported by physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition care, preventive medicine and the USO. Health care providers from each section will be available to answer questions in regards to fitness, injury prevention, wellness and much more. Interested in more? In support of National Physical Therapy Month, the LRMC Physical Therapy Department will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in Ward 12A at LRMC. The first 20 through the door will be placed in a raffle drawing for a chance to win exercise equipment. Running analysis and education will be performed at the clinic. Therapists will also be there to provide exercise and injury prevention advice and screening. Free cake and beverages will also be offered. (For the full story and to learn more about the history of LRMC physical therapists, visit the KA online at www. kaiserslauternamerican.com.)
Working hand-in-hand with the RAO, the KMC Retiree Council, which consists of retirees from the Army and Air Force, strives to get announcements, newsletters and other information about benefits and events out for retirees in the area. While most retirees and surviving spouses receive this information via email, some still get it through regular mail. Other units and offices have also done their part to show appreciation to retirees.
The 86th Dental Squadron set aside a Saturday in early spring just for retirees’ dental appointments, and both the optometry and ophthalmology clinics at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center provide special clinic days throughout the year. Dental Activity Baumholder has set up more than 100 appointments on Saturday for retirees, while other agencies help support the RAD by providing funds to rent out the suites at the Ramstein
Officers’ Club. Retired Chief Master Sgt. Jim Barrante said these events are only a few ways to show appreciation to veterans. In fact, he said the planning for next year’s RAD is already under way. For more information about RAD or the KMC Retiree Council, call the Ramstein RAO at 480-5486 or 0637147-5486. (Information for this article was provided by Jim Barrante)
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month by the 86th Medical Group
he American Cancer Society estimates the number of breast cancer diagnoses in 2014 will be 232,670. Approximately 40,000 women will lose their lives to this disease this year. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, second only to lung cancer. Many of us have had a friend or loved one affected by or lost to this disease. That is why we take this month to stop and recognize what we can do to help prevent and treat this condition. Encouragingly, death rates from breast cancer have been on the decline since the late 1980s. This is mainly due to early detection through increased screening and awareness as well as early treatment. Currently, there are 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. It is great when we get to be a part of someone saying, “I’m cancer free!” Risk Factors Though we cannot control risk factors such as age, gender, ethnicity and family history, others offer us opportunities. These include monthly breast self-exams, regular examinations with a medical provider and imaging like mammograms or ultrasounds. These can lead to early detection and improve survivability. Knowing other risk factors, such as your age when you give birth (whether or not you use birth control), hormone therapy after menopause, alcohol use, being overweight or the amount of physical activity you engage in, is also important. Other risks, like tobacco smoke, working night shifts and environmental chemicals, though less understood, may be contributory. Lowering Your Risk Though there is no sure-fire way to prevent breast cancer, there is much you can do to lower your risk. The ACS suggests performing regularly planned physical activity, reducing your lifetime weight gain by limiting calories and getting regular activity, avoiding or limiting alcohol intake, breast-feeding your infants and avoiding use of hormone therapy after menopause, if possible. For women with strong family history, such as mothers and sisters who have had the disease, genetic testing may help further define your risk profile.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society recommends women over 40 get annual mammograms, and women in their 20s and 30s should get clinical breast exams by their health provider every three years.
Early Detection The ACS recommends annual mammograms for women over 40. Women in their 20s and 30s should get a clinical breast exam by their health provider at least every three years and yearly after the age of 40. Starting in your 20s, monthly breast self-exams are recommended. Report any changes to your health care provider. Women under 40 who are in the high risk category should get yearly mammograms or MRIs, according to the ACS. Know the steps you can take to reduce your lifestylerelated risks. Adopt and use early detection methods, report any suspicious changes to your provider and have a basic knowledge of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. It could save your life. For more information, call the 86th Medical Group at 479-CARE (2273) to make an appointment with your provider or visit www.cancer.org.
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7th CSC Soldiers redeploy from Operation Enduring Freedom Story and photo by Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Chlosta 7th Civil Support Command Public Affairs Twenty-eight Army Reserve Soldiers redeployed from missions supporting Operation Enduring Freedom across the Middle East to the warm hugs and embraces of family, friends and loved ones Oct. 7. The Soldiers were from the 209th Digital Liaison Detachment (Forward) and the 406th Human Resources Company, both subordinates of the 7th Civil Support Command and 21st Support Command, respectively. The 209th DLD (FWD) deployed in April in support of missions in Spin Boldak and Kandahar, Afghanistan, including Kandahar Airfield, while the 406th HR Co. deployed in January and supported operations in Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Iraq and Kuwait, including Camp Arifjan. Three separate elements from the HR Company deployed to Kuwait, said Lt. Col. Frank Suyak, 406th Human Resources Command commander, in an email. “I just want to see my husband,” said Angela Fry, a Sandhausen, Germany, resident, as she waited for her husband, Staff Sgt. Darrell Fry, human resources NCO with the 406th HR Co., to arrive.
Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Johnny Sarabia, a member of the 209th Digital Liaison Detachment (Forward), hugs his wife, Claudia, for the first time in over four months Oct. 7 during a redeployment ceremony for 28 Army Reserve Soldiers from the 7th Civil Support Command’s 209th DLD (FWD) and the 406th Human Resources Company, as they arrived from missions supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Kuwait and other Middle Eastern countries.
The Frys stayed in contact via Skype everyday, which made it a lot easier to be apart, she added. Staff Sergeant Fry also was excited to see his wife as he waited for his final formation outside the USO greeting area on Ramstein.
“The feeling is good,” he said. “I can’t wait to get in there to see her.” This was the second time Sergeant Fry has deployed to Kuwait since 2007. Part of the 406th’s headquarters unit worked at U.S. Army Central’s G1 Section conducting theater strength management. The rest of the 406th HR Co.’s headquarters supported the Theater Gateway, providing personnel accountability for the U.S. Army Central Command’s area of operations that enabled smooth movement of approximately 100,000 passengers. Also, the 406th established the first Army post office in Iraq since 2011 and conducted postal operations in Kuwait, Jordan, United Arab Emirates and for Army personnel in Qatar, which amounted to postal support for about 20,000 people, Suyak said. In addition, personnel from the 406th operated the Theater Casualty Assistance Center and provided one team in Baghdad to conduct casualty reporting and another to perform personnel accountability there, Suyak said. The 209th DLD (FWD) worked as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force combat mission in Afghanistan. All of the Soldiers earned a Combat Action Badge, a few received See redeploy, Page 15
86th MDG marks Customer Service Week by Senior Airman Hailey Haux 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Oct. 6 through 10 marked Customer Service Week, and the 86th Medical Group decided to make the most of it through a variety of different activities. “Customer Service Week is a way to celebrate the service provided by our staff members and recognize them for a job well done,” said Heather Perales, 86th MDG director of quality. “We had events and fun contests throughout the entire week for our staff and our clients to participate in.” During the week, 86th MDG clients were given a gold coin upon arrival and were instructed to hand it to the person or office they thought provided the best customer service during their visit. At the end of the week all coins were counted and the office with the most coins — the pediatric clinic — received a pizza party for providing excellent customer service.
“We also have staff members throughout the clinic acting as ‘secret shoppers,’” Perales said. “They will observe their co-workers and give on-the-spot recognition for a job well done. They handed out things like key chains, notebooks and other goodies.” The MDG even took time out of their busy schedules to take part in the verbal judo class offered by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Ricks, 86th Security Forces Squadron verbal judo instructor. The class taught personnel how to react in any situation using different verbal cues. “With more than 800 staff members and roughly 73,000 appointments each year, it’s important for our people to know how to talk to patients, make them feel comfortable and show them that we care,” said Maj. Janelle Quinn, 86th MDG practice manager. “We want our patients to know that we appreciate them, and this Customer Service Week has been our opportunity to give back to them.” In addition to events, on Oct. 10, five people were sur-
prised with a $50 voucher for a USO trip of their choice. “We were very surprised to receive the gift voucher,” said Tammy O’Toole, wife
of Mario Belis, 86th Security Forces. “We really love taking trips and are very excited to use the voucher for something fun for the whole family.”
Even though Customer Service Week has come to a close, it’s never too late to recognize someone for a job well done.
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October 17, 2014
WORD Scramble Unscramble these Halloween terms
GOSTH MPARVIE MUMYM AERLGGYO
THCIW LIGONB IEMOBZ LFWWOREE
ANSWERS: GHOST | VAMPIRE | MUMMY | GARGOYLE | WITCH | GOBLIN | ZOMBIE | WEREWOLF |
panky’s off-leash tour
Capt. Spanky and the werewolf of Bedburg Hello, my furless followers! As we get closer and closer to Halloween, I can’t help but get wrapped up in the spirit and tracking down interesting tales! In my search, I came across a very interesting tale about another K-9-like creature not far from our backyard. Just a short few hours away from Ramstein, in a little village near Cologne, there are murmurings about the werewolf of Bedburg. This is an interesting read! I won’t go into too much detail. I don’t want to scare my younger readers, but this is a step away from my normal writings. The story revolves around Peter Stubbe, a wealthy farmer in the rural community of Bedburg. Though Stubbe’s wealth garnered him respect and inﬂuence in the community, it also hid a darker nature that his community didn’t suspect. There is still a lot of mystery around Stubbe, but it is rumored he
slayed approximately 16 men, women and children and numerous livestock between 1582 and 1589 before he was captured. Before being executed, Stubbe not only claimed that he got his power to transform into a wolf from an otherworldly being, but also that he was a practitioner of sorcery and
witchcraft. Talk about a triple threat! There is a lot of detail to the whole story, but I won’t go into it here, especially since you can go to Bedburg and see it all for yourself! That’s right! Bedburg has an approximately 10 kilometer hiking trail that explains various details about Stubbe and his deeds, as well as some historical facts about the area. I’m not usually one who looks into scary stories, but I must say I am intrigued to learn more about this K-9 of a man. Until next time!
Recipe of the week
Nougat Cake Servings 16
• Alternately mix in the hazelnuts, milk and lemon peel. Sift INGREDIENTS: together the flour and Backpulver 150 grams nougat (Nutella or (baking powder). Mix into the similar brand) dough, blending thoroughly. 125 grams margarine, softened • Beat the egg whites until stiff 200 grams brown sugar 4 medium egg yolks and fold into the dough mixture. 200 grams hazelnuts, ground Stir in the chilled nougat cubes. 4 tablespoons milk • Prepare a **Napfkuchen** pan 1 teaspoon lemon peel, grated by thoroughly coating with butter 125 grams white flour, sifted 2 teaspoons Backpulver (baking or spray. Pour the batter into the pan. Bake for about 60 minutes. powder) 4 medium egg whites Invert the pan to remove the Butter or spray to coat pan cake. 50 grams Kuvertüre (chocolate • Melt the 50 grams of Kuvertüre for melting) (chocolate for melting) in a water bath or double boiler (do not get DIRECTIONS: • Heat oven to 350 degrees any water into the chocolate). Fahrenheit/175 degrees Celsius. Spread or drizzle over the warm • Cut nougat into small cubes cake. Allow the cake to cool and place in freezer for 30 minbefore cutting. utes to harden. • Cream together the margarine and the sugar. Stir in the egg ** A Napfkuchen pan is similar to a bunt or fluted pan.** yolks one at a time.
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October 17, 2014 weldon, from Page 2 deny his leave and begin assisting him now. I ultimately decided to let Josh go on leave, thinking the time away from work would do him good and hopefully he’d return with a new outlook. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I found out Josh had died at his parent’s house on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, after overdosing on OxyContin, which was prescribed for his leg pain. He went to sleep and simply never woke up. The news hit me like a brick to the head. My first thought when the shock of the news had worn off was a selfish one: “Am I going to get in trouble?” The next few days, the whole month really, was a blur of responses to questions about what had happened, consoling my Soldiers and trying to answer their questions of how this happened when I didn’t have an answer myself. All the while the mission never stopped. The one job that stuck out the most to me though is when I had to coordinate Josh’s memorial service with his parents — those same two people who’d sat on my porch just five months prior, who told me they felt like their son was in good hands with me and trusted me to take care of their child. I worried now that my ability to lead the other Soldiers in my platoon had been damaged, that I had somehow let them down, too, by not preventing Josh’s death. I felt I failed them all. I know that’s not the reality, but to this day that’s how I feel. I saw that Josh was in trouble, but if I’d only moved a little faster, if only I’d denied his leave, if I’d recognized the signs of his mental pain sooner. If only. This is only the second time I’ve talked about Josh’s death to anyone outside my family or the Soldiers who were in my platoon at The Old Guard. I was ashamed and embarrassed to talk about it for fear of someone thinking I was a bad leader. The first time I talked publicly about his death was three days after a Soldier in our battalion had taken his own life. He was well liked, a good friend to his fellow Soldiers, and his death came as a shock to all that knew him, just like Josh’s. I was acting battery first sergeant that day, and what I said to the Soldiers assembled before me was, “Take the time to notice the people around you, the Soldiers to your left and right. We’re in an electronic world and spend so much time wrapped up in our smartphones, tablets and game consoles that we totally ignore those around us. Pull your eyes away from the screen and focus on the people around you. Ask how they’re doing. Listen to what they say. That simple act could very well save a life. “Taking the time to notice a change in behavior or attitude of a fellow Soldier could save them and you from going through the pain I went through, from having to carry the burden I carry today. It could very well save you from doing what I had to do, and that was to look into the grieving faces of parents who’d entrusted me with their son and tell them I was sorry, knowing full well that apology will never give them what they want.” The one thing I left out of those remarks eight years ago that I should have included was that Josh’s death was totally preventable. Josh’s squad leader and I knew something was wrong with him; we saw the signs of a Soldier crying out for help; we devised a plan and were ready to implement it upon his return from leave, but I ended up tossing a 15-foot rope to a drowning man 17 feet away. My message to anyone who reads my story is don’t wait. Don’t look at the clock and say, “Oh, its 5 p.m. We can talk to him or her tomorrow.” Tomorrow may never come.
Instructing to preserve life, limb, eyesight Story and photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Self-aid and buddy care are intended to provide basic firstaid training to preserve life, limb and eyesight. The training is separated into two portions: computer-based and hands-on. While the CBT provides updated information on first-aid care concepts and the individual first-aid kit components, the hands-on training is an instructor-led format that emphasizes skills performance. “Anyone can sit there and read from a slide, but it takes a different approach for some Airmen who are physical learners,” said Tech. Sgt. Jacob See, 86th Security Forces Squadron security forces instructor. “You can explain the process to them, and once you show them that process, the individual has that aha moment where it finally makes sense.” See and approximately 40 other members from the 86th Airlift Wing, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing, 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing and 3rd Air Force are certified to teach the SABC hands-on training. “The reason to have instructors is just as important as the reason we teach SABC,” said Master Sgt. Robbin Robertson, 86th AW SABC adviser. “To ensure members are able to help injured personnel in medical emergencies. Instructors provide the framework for giving quality first aid to increase the chance of survival for a fellow Airman or themselves in the event of an injury.” In order to provide that framework, instructors must first have the foundation themselves. To become instructors, Airmen must complete the SABC instructor course taught
Staff Sgt. Antonio Sixto, 86th Medical Operations Squadron NCO in charge of emergency responses, demonstrates how to apply a combat application tourniquet during a self-aid and buddy care hands-on class Oct. 7 on Ramstein.
by the SABC adviser. Robertson teaches the SABC instructor course every other month. During the two-day course, members must actively participate in class discussion, a field-based scenario and be evaluated instructing an actual SABC course. “The first day is instruction where we go over self-aid and buddy care,” Robertson said. “What is it? How (do you) teach it, especially in laymen’s terms for someone who does not do patient care at all? The second day starts in the field, where we practice a scenario in which you would have to give SABC. Then, you have to teach the class you were just in.” Each student-instructor takes turns teaching a portion of the class to evaluate their information retention. If students are deemed as “not proficient,” they can choose to go through the remedial course, where they can get the hands-on instruction again. Airmen of any rank can be an SABC instructor. In addition to the requirements set in the Air Force Instruction for SABC training, Robertson only instructs potential instructors who have completed their career development courses and upgrade training. “It’s important to note that
SABC is not just for medical personnel,” Robertson said. “It’s for every (Air Force Specialty Code). Every Airman — big ‘A’ — needs to know the basics of how to save a life, limb or eyesight.” Once certified, instructors are required to teach a minimum of three classes every 12 months, with classes that cannot exceed a student to teacher ratio of 20-to-1. “I instruct classes about once a month,” See said. “I’m also the Selectively Trained and Ready program manager. All of our first-term Airmen that come to Ramstein are entered into an augmentee program. This is one of the prerequisites we teach for anyone who is not deemed a first responder.” See and Robertson agree it’s imperative to teach SABC, because accidents are not limited to on base or downrange. “You never know when something will happen — peacetime or wartime,” Robertson said. “You need to know the basics, and instructors help get that knowledge disseminated.” For more information about becoming an SABC instructor, contact your unit training manager or unit deployment manager or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Senior Airman Travis Pettis, 86th Medical Support Squadron radiology technologist, positions an X-ray tube over a simulated patient Sept. 24 on Ramstein. The 86th MDSS takes X-rays to detect broken bones, fractures and even illnesses such as pneumonia.
Radiology keeps Airmen deployment ready Story and photo by Airman Larissa Greatwood 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
hether a broken bone or an annual chest X-ray for a flyer, the 86th Medical Support Squadron Radiology Clinic is crucial in keeping Airmen healthy and deployable. An X-ray is defined as an electromagnetic wave of high energy and very short wavelength that is able to pass through many materials opaque to light. Though radiology technologists deal with them on a daily basis, there is much more to their job. Having 259 days of training, radiology technologists go through one of the longest technical schools in the military. The training is a lot more extensive than just how to push a button. “We have to know what’s going on the second we push the button to take the X-ray — how the protons and neutrons work (and) the different angles
and such,” said Senior Airman Travis Pettis, 86th MDSS radiology technologist. “It’s a lot more than what people expect, and that’s why we’re called technologists. We know the science of how X-rays work.” The Radiology Clinic works closely with Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Radiographs taken at Ramstein are sent over to the radiologist at LRMC to be assessed. Though LRMC has the equipment to offer more services, the 86th MDSS Radiology Clinic is an important first line for X-rays. Many patients are referred to the clinic for an initial visit. “At Ramstein, we do basic X-rays,” said Staff Sgt. Timothy Jenkins, 86th MDSS NCO in charge of diagnostic imaging. “We do chest X-rays; flyers need those annually. We also do anything from the routine things active-duty personnel need, such as a chest X-ray for a positive tuberculosis skin test or chest X-rays before retirement, all the way to family health care.
“We make sure our active-duty members are healthy enough to carry out the mission,” he continued. “We’re important to flyers, for example, because they rely on us a lot. If anything’s even a little off, they may be restricted from their primary flying duties. We’re helping the doctors know how to keep people in top shape.” In a recent biennial inspection, conducted by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, the 86th MDSS Radiology Clinic earned a perfect score without any markdowns. “My favorite part of my job is interacting with the patients,” said Senior Airman Silvia Ruiz, 86th MDSS radiology technologist. “We may not see them for very long, but we can still have an impact on their care in the clinic. I get to be the last person they see, and it feels good when they leave with a smile.” For Airmen interested in retraining into radiology, the Radiology Clinic
offers a program allowing Airmen and even high school students to experience a typical day in the clinic. “We have a shadow program that’s about to start back up,” Ruiz said. “It was interesting, because they have their idea of what we do, then we show them what we actually do. They’re surprised we do more than just X-rays. We show them how we fix images to send to the radiologist, how we send it and all the different pathways it goes through; many people don’t know that part of our job. Some think we just sit in a booth and push a button, but there’s so much more than that.” A patient needing an X-ray must be referred to the clinic by their doctor. X-rays require radiation to give a good picture; therefore, they cannot be administered without a doctor’s consent. The work of the radiology staff enables military members to remain resilient and deployable and their families to remain healthy.
October 17, 2014 bowling, from Page 5 — the tournament’s top award. Jenkins and her playing partner at the time snagged the women’s doubles title. Jenkins also bowled a 279 — that nearly perfect game — to take third place overall at the tournament. She spent the first half of 2013 in Afghanistan, returning with her unit after a ninemonth deployment ready to pick up the bowling ball again. Her application to try out for the Army women’s bowling team was accepted for the 2014 trial camp at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. The trial camp took place in May. There were eight bowlers trying out for four spots. “By the end of the first day, I was at the bottom,” she said. “I was struggling, making silly mistakes, just mentally beating myself up.” During the next two days of camp, she found her focus, adjusted her mechanics and earned a nod from coaches to compete at the armed forceslevel tournament the following week. The tournament matched the top bowlers from Army, Navy and Air Force. The Marines did not send a team.
Kaiserslautern American In the end, Jenkins and her three teammates prevailed. “We hadn’t taken gold in years. It’s been a long time coming,” she said. Despite all the honors she has earned over her short, five-year career, she still feels she has a lot to learn, she said. “I read books on (bowling). I go online and watch videos,” she said. “I talk with others and find out about their strategy. What works? What doesn’t?” As her three-year tour in Germany comes to an end, Jenkins will soon depart the KMC to attend drill sergeant school at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma. She was selected by the Army for the assignment, an honor she describes as “the ultimate compliment for a noncommissioned officer. I’m really excited about it.” It’s safe to say Jenkins will be spending most, if not all, of her free time at the base’s bowling center. Her goals are simple. “I would definitely like to repeat All-Army as much as possible,” she said. “I’ve got another 12 years or so in the Army, so a lot’s possible.” She is also still chasing that elusive perfect game.
2015 Cooke award nominations sought by Janis El Shabazz Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIORANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force officials are seeking nominations for the 11th Annual Defense Department David O. Cooke Excellence in Public Administration award. This award was created to promote, perpetuate and recognize the type of exceptional contributions Cooke made to the federal service. He had a career that spanned more than 55 years, 45 of which were with the DOD, and he was widely recognized as a public official promoting a cooperative spirit among leaders and improving operations. The award recognizes non-managerial career civilian employees with 3-10 years of
civilian federal career service as of Dec. 31. Nominees can be from any functional area and will be evaluated on their commitment to public service and demonstration of personal and professional integrity. Organizations and base-level personnel must contact their major command, combatant command, field operating agency or direct reporting unit for applicable suspense date and additional information regarding nomination procedures. Each MAJCOM, COCOM, FOA and DRU may submit one nomination. Completed nomination packages are due to the Air Force Personnel Center by Feb. 24, 2015. For more information about Air Force recognition programs and other personnel issues, visit the myPers website.
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redeploy, from Page 9 joint awards and one was awarded the Bronze Star. “(I’m) glad to be back home,” said Staff Sgt. Johnny Sarabia, a member of the 209th DLD (FWD). “I really missed my wife.” This was also the second deployment for Staff Sergeant Sarabia. He was also deployed to Iraq in 2010. “I am very, very happy,” said Claudia Sarabia, Staff Sgt. Sarabia’s wife, after she embraced her husband in a long hug and gave him many kisses. The 209th DLD (FWD)’s first assignment was to ISAF’s Regional Command-South to work the Joint Border Coordination Center mission in Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, at the border crossing gate to resolve border issues. They conducted an effective liaison between Afghan Border Patrol, Afghan Army and the Pakistan military, said Col. Todd Johnston, 209th DLD (FWD) commander, via email. Upon completion of the JBCC mission, the unit moved to Kandahar to work for the NATO ISAF RC (South) Commander of Kandahar Airfield. There, the Soldiers worked primarily in plans and engineering doing planning and oversight for KAF descoping and retrograde operations. The missions entailed planning for the redeployment of KAF equipment and personnel and deconstruction of KAF infrastructure, including more than 700 structures on KAF in preparation for NATO ISAF’s new mission, “Resolute Support,” which focuses on the drawdown of troops from combat to training, as well as assist and advise missions starting early next year, Johnston said.
Happy birthday, Navy! From Oct. 13, 1775, until today, history has proven time and again that a powerful Navy is vital to ensuring the prosperity of our economy and the safety of our citizens. Thank you for continuing that tradition for 239 years.
KMC Assembly of God Church
October 17, 2014
Reverend Chuck Kackley Phone: 06333-9931838 Cell: 0171-6574322
Services are held at Kaiserstrasse 16 A, Einsiedlerhof WORSHIP HOURS: Sunday 10 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Family Night
TRINITY REFORMED CHURCH (PCA)
Air Force and Army Chapel Schedule
POC for Miesau, Landstuhl and Daenner is the USAG R-P Chaplains Office in Bldg. 2919 on Pulaski Barracks. DSN 493-4098, civ. 0631-3406-4098 Miesau Chapel (Bldg. 3175) Seventh-Day Adventist Worship Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Saturdays Spanish Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m. Saturdays Worship: 11 a.m. Saturdays Small Group: 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays Landstuhl Community Chapel (Bldg. 3773) Worship: 11 a.m. Sundays Childrenâ€™s Youth Church: 11 a.m. Sundays Daenner Community Chapel (Bldg. 3150) Chapel Next Worship Worship: 10 a.m. Sundays Childrenâ€™s Church: 10:30 a.m. Sundays Ramstein North Chapel (DSN 480-6148, civ. 06371-47-6148) Contemporary Service: 11 a.m. Sundays Ramstein South Chapel (DSN 480-5753, civ. 06371-47-5753) Liturgical Services: 9 a.m. Sundays Liturgical Sunday School: 11 a.m. Sundays Traditional Service: 11 a.m. Sundays Vogelweh Chapel (DSN 489-6859, civ. 0631-536-6859) Gospel Service: 11 a.m. Sundays. Protestant education classes are available for all ages at Vogelweh, Ramstein, Landstuhl and Daenner. For information, call DSN 480-2499/489-6743 or civ. 06371-47-2499/0631-536-6743.
Daenner Community Chapel (Bldg. 3150) Religious Education (grades K-8): 11 a.m. Sundays Confession: 11:45 a.m. Sundays Sunday Mass: noon Landstuhl Community Chapel (Bldg. 3773) Religious Education (following Mass) Confession: 8:15-8:45 a.m. Sundays Sunday Mass 9 a.m. Ramstein North Chapel (DSN 480-6148, civ. 06371-47-6148) Daily Mass: 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday Sunday Mass: 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Confession 4-4:45 p.m. Sundays Vogelweh Chapel (DSN 489-6859, civ. 0631-536-6859) Confession: 4-4:45 p.m. Saturday Mass: 5 p.m.
Jewish Religious Services
Ramstein South Chapel Synagogue (DSN 480-5753, civ. 06371-47-5753) Shabbat Evening Service: 7 p.m. Fridays
Ramstein South Chapel Mosque (480-5753) Jumuâ€™ah Prayer, 1:30 p.m. For religious education and daily prayers, check the prayer schedule
Kapaun Chapel (DSN 489-6859, civ. 0631-536-6859) Divine Liturgy: 9 a.m. Sundays Confessions by appointment
Youth Group Kaiserslautern Youth of the Chapel (Religious Youth Center, Pulaski Bks., Bldg. 2869) â€œPlugged Inâ€? Middle School Youth Group: 2-4 p.m. Sundays CafĂŠ Dinner (for students and their families): 4:15-5:15 p.m. Sundays â€œThe Rockâ€? High School Youth Group: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sundays More information: www.kmcyouth.com Protestant Youth of the Chapel Ramstein North Chapel "Vision" Middle School Ministry Tuesdays 3:15-5:00pm "Salvage" High School Ministry Tuesdays 7:00-8:45pm Vogelweh Chapel Teen Bible Study Wednesdays 7:00-8:00pm Info: www.ramsteinpyoc.blogspot.com
Episcopal (St. Albans) 10:30 a.m. Sundays, Kapaun Chapel
Korean Service 1 p.m. Sundays, Ramstein South Chapel
Unitarian Universalist Service, 1:30 p.m. second and fourth Sundays (Sept.-May), Kapaun Chapel
Wiccan 7 p.m. first and third Saturdays, Kapaun Annex
Confessional Lutheran (WELS) 4 p.m. second and fourth Sundays, Ramstein South Chapel
Breunigweiler will open its annual horror hiking route at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25.
by Petra Lessoing 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs The Pfrimmtal Touristik association hosts its widely successful and spooky Halloween event Oct. 24 and 25 on the sports ďŹ eld in Breunigweiler, which is located about 40 minutes from Ramstein. â€œWe will set up a circus tent, which will turn into a giant horror arena, decorated with bloodthirsty accessories and typical Halloween items,â€? said Albert Koch from the PFT association. The Halloween event is held in cooperation with the RPR1 radio station. The Halloween weekend will begin at 8 p.m. Oct. 24
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