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October 31, 2014
Volume 38, number 43
Groundbreaking ceremony marks new medical center by Chuck Roberts Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Public Affairs The last time ground was broken for a major military medical center in Europe was 1951 when Germany and other nations were still recovering from the devastation of World War II. About 63 years later and eight miles away, Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell Jr. performed the same rite of passage alongside U.S. and German dignitaries to signify construction of the Rhine Ordnance Barracks Medical Center, which is scheduled
to replace the U.S. Army’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and the Ramstein Air Base Clinic. Although current hostilities in Afghanistan are more than 3,000 miles away, the commanding general for U.S. Army Europe noted that the site of the Oct. 24 groundbreaking ceremony remains vital. “This important location in Germany is, and has been, a strategic lifesaving place for the United States. The last 13-plus years of conﬂict have validated and proven the vital
Photo by Sgt. Daniel Cole
Senior U.S. military leaders, German dignitaries and former wounded U.S. service members turn the first shovels of earth Oct. 24 to mark the start of construction of the Rhine Ordnance Barracks Medical Center that will replace See MEDICAL CENTER, Page 3 Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and the Ramstein Air Base Clinic.
Help keep princesses, monsters safe; Halloween times announced by Airman Larissa Greatwood 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Photo by Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan
Trunks of cars are lined with Halloween decorations and candy at Donnley Park for the 2013 Halloween Trunk-or-Treat event on Ramstein. Trick-or-treating in the Ramstein and Vogelweh family housing complexes and the annual trunk-or-treat with carnival games at Donnelly Park will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today.
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Don’t forget to change your tires. In Germany, motorists are required to have winter or all-season tires (marked “M+S”) when driving on snow or ice.
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his time of year, ghouls, goblins and witches appear. In the KMC, the 86th Force Support Squadron has an evening of festivities planned. From 5 to 7 p.m. today, trick-or-treating is scheduled at the Ramstein and Vogelweh family housing complexes as well as trunk-or-treat and carnival games at Donnelly Park on Ramstein. Though it may be an exciting time of year, there are many things to keep in mind to preserve the Halloween fun. “The main thing is to make sure you and your children are seen at night,” said Tech. Sgt. Angelina Manby, 86th Airlift Wing ground safety technician. “It’s getting darker sooner, so at the very least, carry a ﬂashlight and make sure costumes aren’t creating tripping hazards.” There are easy ways to incorporate visibility into a costume; jewelry that lights up and glow sticks are fun for children and will help keep them safe after the sun sets. Costumes can become a tripping hazard, so young
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October 31, 2014
Airmen moving up, moving out, moving on
by Senior Airman Jordan Castelan 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs There are many different ways people can leave the nest: some people plan for years, some make a sudden jump and some are forced out. Many service members, however, share a common type of departure from their previous homes. Most know ahead of time when their PCS dates are, where they will be going and how they’ll get there. What happens after basic training? What comes next when specific job training is done? How does a newly minted Airman, Marine, Sailor or Soldier continue to grow at their first duty station, and what do they look like after their first permanent change of station? Senior Airman Giovanni Pinzon, former 86th Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance crew chief, recently completed his first
three years as an independent adult and Airman while overseas. “Living abroad is definitely an experience in and of itself,” said Pinzon, a Melbourne, Florida, native. “I had to start my new life from scratch. It was time for me to make new friends, build a new support system, and I had to do all of this far away from home. “I’m here. I’m living alone for the first time in my life. I have a handful of new responsibilities and no one watching over my shoulder walking me through everything,” Pinzon continued. “At first it’s nerve racking. It takes a minute to get used to, and then you slowly begin to realize how liberating the experience is and how many opportunities present themselves to you, so you can continue to grow and pursue your passions.” Providing a platform to succeed and anchor off of is someSee MoVInG, Page 9
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children should refrain from wearing high heels or long costumes they, or someone walking behind them, can trip over. “Parents should also make sure their kids can see and breathe through masks if they decide to wear one,” Manby said. “Also, if possible, have a costume made out of fire-retardant material.” If your child is carrying a prop or play weapon, it is safer to have soft plastic or another pliable material. Masks should not block forward or peripheral vision. When it comes to making homes and offices festive, decorations should be put up in safe locations to avoid fires and other hazards. “They shouldn’t be blocking fire sprinklers and are away from heat-producing materials, such as lights, candles and coffee makers,” Manby said. “It’s important to make sure they’re not blocking emergency exit signs as well.” In addition to providing safety tips, the 86th Airlift Wing Ground Safety Office also makes sure major attractions comply with safety regulations. “Some squadrons or booster clubs set up haunted houses, and we usually make sure they’re safe for kids to go through,” Manby said. “It’s like a pre-inspection
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Senior Airman Giovanni Pinzon (top left), former 86th Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance crew chief, lounges outside a hostel common area with friends after a recent trip to Copenhagen, Denmark. Pinzon is an advocate of frequent travels as a way to increase morale.
before they open the haunted houses up to other people.” Parents are also advised to monitor their children eating candy while out and about. Unwrapped candy is considered unsafe and should be disposed of. The “Pumpkin Patrol,” 86th Security Forces Squadron members and volunteers, will patrol the areas and act as crossing and traffic guards to ensure maximum safety. “We increased our patrols in the family housing areas,” said Senior Airman Sean Schmermund, 86th SFS police services assistant. “We’ll be out there beforehand making sure everything’s set up at intersections where there’s higher traffic and to make sure it’s as safe as possible. We put up signs to remind people there will be trick-or-treaters so they can avoid driving through those areas as much as possible.” Additionally, the Ramstein Passenger Terminal will offer X-ray services from 6 to 8 p.m. This service is so children who have trick-or-treated or trunk-or-treated can have their candy inspected to ensure safe consumption. Families traveling by car should park far enough away from the housing areas and Donnelly Park and walk to the sites, because the streets will be full of trickor-treaters. Parking at the base exchange or commissary is suggested and encouraged.
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Joint travel regs determine changes by Senior Airman Timothy Moore 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs On Oct. 1, the Joint Federal Travel Regulation Volume 1 and the Joint Travel Regulation Volume 2 merged into one regulation now called the Joint Travel Regulations. Under the new regulation, which covers both military and civilian Department of Defense travelers, several miscellaneous reimbursable expenses are no longer authorized to be claimed. Items such as ATM fees and baggage tips that people used in permamedical center, from Page 1
need for world-class military medical care in this region of the world,” Campbell said before a crowd of approximately 150 U.S. and host nation guests. Those sentiments were echoed by Dr. Karen Guice, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. “This new hospital and clinics will continue to provide a place of healing for our warriors wounded in battle, continuing 60 years of service and commitment into the future,” said Guice, noting that the new medical center will be the largest and most sophisticated military system outside the U.S. and an “unmatched medical asset for our military.” Equally important to unmatched structural sophistication will be the continued selfless service by doctors, nurses, medics, technicians, administrators and support staff who will be the “heart and soul” of the new facility and “turn bricks and mortar, stones and steel into a place where patients will be cared for, treated and supported … a place where care is safe. A place where quality is high. A place of pride, of service, of hope. A new beginning for an ongoing history of excellence,” Guice said. More than 72,000 U.S. service members and civilians aeromedically evacuated from Afghanistan and Iraq have landed the past 13 years at Ramstein Air Base, which is adjacent to the site of the new medical center.
nent change of station or temporary duty status are no longer reimbursable. They are now included in the per diem rates when the member is filing their travel voucher. These costs will be covered under the incidental expense portion of per diem. Members receive $5 per day in the continental U.S. and various rates in areas outside of the continental U.S. Additionally, members will receive a flat rate per diem regardless if they are in the U.S. or overseas. Per diem will depend on the locality rate, which will now include lodging, meals and
From there, patients are loaded onto an ambulance bus and depart the installation for an approximate 30-minute ride to LRMC. When the Rhine Ordnance Barracks Medical Center is open for business, those same patients will land at Ramstein and travel only about 15 minutes to the new medical center. In the meantime, worldclass health care will still be offered at LRMC and Ramstein where approximately 600,000 patients are treated annually. LRMC is the largest U.S. hospital outside the U.S. and serves the needs of beneficiaries in U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Central Command, U.S. European Command and the western U.S. Pacific Command areas of responsibility. The Ramstein Air Base Clinic is the largest Air Force clinic outside the continental U.S. However, both health care facilities are beyond their intended services lives. LRMC was built as a semi-
incidental expenses. However, they will receive a portion of that flat rate depending on the length of the TDY. “If you are TDY at a location for 30 days or less, there is no change in the way things are being processed,” said Staff Sgt. Derek Tekampe, 86th Comptroller Squadron customer service technician. “However, if your TDY is 31 to 180 days, the direct reimbursement for your per diem is no longer the same. Since your TDY is so long, you should now be looking at hotels offering accommodations for extended stays instead of a regular hotel, because the per diem rate is 75
permanent hospital in 1953 and is one of the oldest inpatient facilities in the DOD inventory. Fundamental building layouts and infrastructure cannot be modified through repair and severely limit the fielding of up-to-date medical and building technologies needed to meet current standards. “The facilities are aging and becoming outdated, thus the need for modernizing our current capability, replacing Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and the Ramstein Clinic with a single, more cost-effective solution that will continue to provide world-class medical care for our service members wounded in combat, along with their families and retirees stationed here in Germany and throughout Europe,” Campbell said. The $990 million Rhine Ordnance Barracks Medical Center will include nine operating rooms, 68 beds and 120 examination rooms, and will include a surge capacity
percent of the full rate.” Additionally, for TDYs longer than 181 days, the authorized flat rate is 55 percent of the locality rate. “If you are going to be staying at a location for six months or longer, you should look at renting an apartment and cooking your own meals,” Tekampe said. “The general way the whole DOD has looked at TDYs in the past — the whole mentality needs to change.” The changes outlined in the JTR are being made to help facilitate that change in thinking. Travelers will
that will allow it to rapidly expand to 93 beds. The hospital design complies with stringent German environmental quality requirements. Instrumental in every step of the process toward the new medical center has been the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. From conceptual planning and design until construction is complete, USACE will continue to play a key role — one of those being working hand-in-hand with its German partners. “Many may not know that the German government is the lead agency for most aspects of the planning, design and construction, which truly makes this a world-class facility through our professional and vital partnership,” Campbell said. “As stated before, much hard work and
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great work through teamwork has gotten us to this point and those efforts will continue to be the foundation of success in the way ahead as this great facility develops.” “The earth that will be turned today and the construction of the medical center are only possible through the partnership and support of not only the German construction agencies, but the federal, the state and the local communities and officials representing them,” said Lloyd Caldwell, USACE director of military programs. “They are all stakeholders in this project.” The next phase of construction will be mass grading, which is scheduled to begin in February and should last for about one year. The new medical center is projected to be operational in 2022.
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1 p.m.: An aggravated assault and larceny of private property were reported in Winnweiler.
reported in Kaiserslautern.
6:58 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Kaiserslautern. 9:30 a.m.: Damage to private property was reported in Weilerbach. 4:39 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Kaiserslautern. 7:48 p.m.: A mutual assault was reported in Spesbach.
12:55 a.m.: A minor trafﬁc accident was reported in Ramstein-Miesenbach. 1:50 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Mehlingen. 4:10 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Kaiserslautern. 1:19 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Wolfstein. 4:04 p.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Queidersbach.
8:39 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Kollweiler.
11 p.m.: A domestic assault and self-harm were
12:20 a.m.: Drunk and disorderly conduct was reported in Kaiserslautern. 1:30 a.m.: An assault was reported in Kaiserslautern. 3:20 a.m.: An assault and drunk and dis-
KMC Sports and Ramstein Youth Programs will host the annual Trunk-or-Treat from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Donnelly Park on Ramstein. Come by for trick-or-treating, carnival games, a spooky forest trail and Halloween movies. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/lz83fvq.
Hiring Our Heroes job summit
Ramstein will host a free hiring fair and transition summit for service members, veterans and military spouses at 9 a.m. Monday at the Ramstein Ofﬁcers’ Club. The event will feature key federal and state agencies, inﬂuential military leaders, innovators in the business, and employer community and local community leaders. More than 25 companies are anticipated to attend. Register at the Hiring Our HeroesU.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation website (TinyURL link: http://tinyurl.com/lhtro5v), and check out the 86th Airlift Wing ofﬁcial Facebook page for updated information on the job summit. Walk-ins are welcome on the day of the event. For more information, see Page 17.
Specialty care referral changes
Retirees and Department of Defense civilians can now submit specialty care referrals from their German primary care managers (or any host nation provider) to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Referral Management Ofﬁce. The Referral Management Ofﬁce will process the referral, track its status and let patients know if they can be seen at LRMC. Patients can come to the LRMC TRICARE Service Center to talk to the Referral Management Ofﬁce in person or contact them at: • Phone: 590-4830 or 06371-9464-4830 (ask for Referral Management Ofﬁce) • Email: usarmy.landstuhl.medcom-ermc. firstname.lastname@example.org
orderly conduct were reported in Kaiserslautern. 1:35 p.m.: An unattended death was reported in Schwedelbach. 5:40 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Landstuhl.
2:50 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Ramstein-Miesenbach. 6:17 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Kaiserslautern.
3:25 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Saarbrücken. 5:25 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Kaiserslautern.
Oct. 25 — 8 volunteers, 26 lives potentially saved.
• Fax: 486-6376 or 06371-86-6376 (Attn: LRMC Referral Management Ofﬁce)
‘Little Teeth, Big Smiles’
The 86th Dental Squadron offers “Little Teeth, Big Smiles,” a weekend clinic for children up to 10 years old, from 7:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 8 at the Ramstein Dental Clinic, Bldg. 301. For details and to schedule an appointment, call 479-2210 or 06371-46-2210.
The USO offers a free orientation tour, “Welcome to Kaiserslautern,” 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.
BOSS holiday toy drive
Donate a new, unwrapped toy to help a military family in need this holiday season. Donation boxes will be available throughout the KMC from Wednesday to Dec. 14. Look out for boxes around the KMC. To ﬁnd donation boxes by location or for more information, visit www. kaiserslautern.armymwr.com.
Fall clean up
Fall clean up for Ramstein will be Nov. 17 for working areas and Nov. 18 for community areas throughout base housing. See Page 16 for details.
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-served basis, as space permits. For more information, contact the Central Reservations Ofﬁce in Ramstein at 480-4920 or 06371-45-4920, or via email at lodging@ ramstein.af.mil. Online reservations can be made at http://tinyurl.com/qz8mlsv.
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 or for more information, visit www.cfcoverseas.org, or contact a unit representative.
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.
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LEAD town hall set for Dec. 10 The U.S. Air Force Academy has a program designed for motivated enlisted Airmen eager to earn a world-class education and commission: Leaders Encouraging Airman Development. The academy is looking for hardworking peer leaders with excellent academic backgrounds and physical fitness. Graduates will be commissioned officers in the Air Force and earn a Bachelor of Science degree in one of 27 academic majors. They will also have opportunities to train in flight and parachuting programs, travel around the world, learn other languages and participate in clubs and NCAA Division I sports. Potential applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements: • Be a U.S. citizen • Be under age 23 by July 1, 2015 (or under age 22 for a preparatory school appointment) • Have no dependents • Be of good moral character Airmen who are accepted generally: • Have mostly As and Bs in high school or college classes • Have SAT math and verbal scores in the high 500s or higher (ACT subjects:
28 or higher) • Display leadership in their workplace and through volunteer and recreational activities • Maintain excellent physical fitness The academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School both have 85 openings per year specifically for Airmen and are accepting applications now. Airmen must have an AF Form 1786 on file with the academy by Dec. 31 and finish their applications by Jan. 31. The LEAD program is just one of many enlisted commissioning programs available to active-duty Airmen. To find out more about the commissioning process, attend a commissioning town hall briefing hosted by the Ramstein Education Center and the Ramstein Company Grade Officers’ Council. The next town hall event will be held Dec. 10 at the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Conference Center. To register, call the 86th Force Support Squadron Education and Training Section at 480-2032. For the full story, visit www.ramstein. af.mil. (Courtesy of the 86th Force Support Squadron)
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now have to do their research prior to getting to a location, because if you get there and get a non-availability letter to stay off base for 45 days, you’re going to be limited at 75 percent of the flat rate. The changes to the flat rate per diem are effective Saturday. TDYs beginning before that date will be grandfathered in and processed the old way at the full rate regardless of length. However, if the TDY is amended with an extension after Saturday, the new rates will take effect on the date after the amendment was processed. “There are currently no plans to change DTS to automatically reflect these changes. Members will have to manually input the data to correctly calculate the percentage at which they should receive reimbursement,” said Staff Sgt. James Annison, 86th CPTS lead defense travel system technician. However, the 86th CPTS plans to provide training for organizational defense travel administrators and approving officials to recognize these trips. “For any trip after Nov. 1, they are going to have to start looking at the authorizations and the vouchers to make sure they are giving them the correct per diem and flagging them,” Annison said. “There will be an audit procedure set up by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service and DTS to flag all of the authorizations and vouchers that are approving full rate or anything over the flat rate per diem.” Training for ODTAs and AOs is planned for the first and third Tuesday of the month for the next several months. ODTAs and AOs will not only receive information on the new regulation and DTS but also on where to find information when questions arise. ODTAs and AOs should contact the 86th CPTS to learn more about the training. These individuals will then be responsible for training the members of their units to ensure all members are processing their travel vouchers correctly. “We need to be good stewards of the American dollar and look at how can we save the government money,” Tekampe said. For details, contact your unit resource adviser or defense travel administrator, or visit www.defensetravel.dod.mil.
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Airmen supply munitions, ensure mission success to divert an attack if a C-130 is getting shot at,” said Senior Airman Richard Taylor, 86th MUNS conventional maintenance crew One of the differences between chief. commercial aircraft and an Air Force After everything is marked and aircraft is munitions. Without defenlogged into a computer, it takes sive munitions, flying units would three to four Airmen about two and be vulnerable to enemies when proa half hours to build one load of 420 viding critical support to ground countermeasures, which supports units. one C-130. The 86th Munitions Squadron Additionally, it takes about 30 to supports U.S. Air Forces in Europe 40 minutes to load chaff and flares and three combatant commands by onto a C-130. acting as a supply depot, housing A safety measure during chaff munitions that get shipped to supand flare operations includes MUNS port worldwide operations. They Airmen remaining grounded while also build, test, inspect and supply handling the electrically initiweapons and ammunition. ated “squibs” or countermeasures “We handle delivering munitions they’re installing. All explosive tasks to combatant commands for air-torequire a minimum of two people to air support or air-to-ground sup- Airman 1st Class Taylor Bauman, 86th Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance crew member, ensure the tasks gets accomplished packages a BBU-35 impulse cartridge Sept. 30 on Ramstein. The BBU-35 impulse cartridges are used port depending upon the mission,” to initiate the counter measures loaded onto C-130s. Countermeasures help divert enemy attacks safely. The Airmen follow guidsaid Master Sgt. Raymond Lego, on aircraft. After everything is marked and logged into a computer, it takes about two and a half ance from step-by-step procedures, 86th MUNS senior inspector and hours with three to four Airmen to build one load of 420 countermeasures, which supports one C-130. derived from squadron and local munitions inspection NCO in Additionally, it takes about 30 to 40 minutes to load chaff and flares onto a C-130 if the load crew is operating instructions and Air Force charge. “Ramstein’s ammo mission ready. technical order data. is the delivery of countermeasures to (C-130J Super adversary’s attack. Chaff is a dispensing system that Although munitions can be used offensively for Hercules) and (C-20Hs, C-21s, C-37s and C-40Bs) spreads tiny pieces of metal in the air to misguide operations downrange, 86th MUNS Airmen keep for operational and training use.” projectiles away from an aircraft. A flare is a decoy countermeasures readily available for transport Chaff and flares are countermeasures these that creates heat to distract heat-seeking missiles. and dissemination in support of worldwide combat MUNS Airmen supply the C-130J with to disrupt an “It’s basically a tool that deploys a decoy operations. Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Stuart 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Watch out for these ‘vampires’ in your home! They’re called vampire electronics. They suck energy even when turned off and can drive up the energy bills of unwary consumers. Although this eerie-sounding term can result in chilling home energy bills, the solution is not that scary. To keep energy bills down and consumption in check, the key is to identify the electronic culprits and drive a stake through their power-hungry hearts. Counted among the legions of vampire electronics in most homes are portable music players, mobile phones and televisions. Even microwaves, stoves and washing machines can take on vampire-like qualities. These small appliances and electronic devices continue zapping energy when not in use to power features such as clock displays, remote controls and battery chargers — and many consumers are not aware of this fact. Many vampire electronics lurk in the average home, making the potential for energy waste shocking. For instance, a sleek plasma television monitor can suck up to 1,450 kilowatt hours of energy annually, which translates into approximately $320 per year using local electrical rates. A video game console consumes about 230 kWh annually while in active standby mode, ringing up a bill of about $50 a year. Even the average home computer uses a whopping 310 kWh annually when in standby mode, costing about $70 a year. Halloween is a great time for the KMC to exorcise these electrical demons from their homes. Many people don’t realize that small
things, such as leaving a cell phone charger or power tools plugged in, use energy. But over time, a great deal of power is consumed. As people prepare to winterize their homes, they should also devise a strategy to minimize the amount of energy their homes use, even when they’re not around or sleeping. Here are some suggestions: • When finished charging devices, such as a mobile phone or tablet, disconnect the device and unplug the charger. Even if the device isn’t connected, energy continues to seep out through the charger itself. • Unplug all major appliances when heading out on vacation. Even when devices, such as the microwave, stove and washing machine aren’t in use, their light-emitting diode panels continue to gobble energy. • Turn all computer monitors and printers off. Though this equipment may automatically convert to sleep mode, it keeps draining energy. • Rather than leaving a light on to deter burglars, install a timer. This way, lights are on for only a short period rather than all day. • Purchase a power strip that can turn several appliances off at the same time, so plugging in and unplugging is easier and more convenient. Taking simple steps like these can make a big difference when it comes to monthly energy bills. Armed with the knowledge of what vampire electronics are, residents can slay them before their wallet is sucked dry. (Courtesy of the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron)
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Hydraulics Airmen â€˜pump brakesâ€™ on aircraft danger Photos by Airman 1st Class Michael Stuart
Senior Airman Jacob Osborne, 86th Maintenance Squadron hydraulics systems journeyman, applies electrical power to a C-130J Super Hercules Oct. 21 on Ramstein. In order to check the hydraulic systems before or after a flight, the hydraulics journeymen must turn on the electrical systems and check the hydraulics from the cockpit as well as outside of the aircraft.
Senior Airman Vasilis Vasilakis, 86th Maintenance Squadron hydraulics systems journeyman, changes a C-130J Super Hercules emergency brake line. The hydraulics team changes around 70 to 80 brakes a year.
Senior Airman Jacob Osborne, 86th Maintenance Squadron hydraulics systems journeyman, inspects a C-130J Super Hercules emergency brake line. The hydraulics journeymen check the hydraulics from the cockpit as well as outside of the aircraft.
LEFT AND RIGHT PHOTO: Senior Airman Jacob Osborne, 86th Maintenance Squadron hydraulics systems journeyman, tests a C-130J Super Hercules emergency brake line Oct. 21 on Ramstein. In case the main hydraulics system fails, the emergency line will automatically apply pressure to the brakes, slowing down the aircraft. There are two emergency brake systems on every C-130J Super Hercules.
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thing Pinzon said he feels is necessary for anyone starting off on their own, whether its work, friends or family. “The Air Force taught me since day one that sometimes you’re going to have to deal with situations unexpectedly thrown at you,” Pinzon said. “It
Senior Airman Giovanni Pinzon, former 86th Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance crew chief, has his photo taken inside the M of the I Am Amsterdam in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Kaiserslautern American showed me how important teamwork is, and it also enforced how important it was for me to have a tight network of friends to rely on. “I’m able to take those lessons and continually apply them to my job and my life,” Pinzon continued. “I may not always see on the same level of those above me, however I still take full reasonability and pride in my work in front of me. Regardless of the situation, I know there are others down the chain relying on me for my part.” Pinzon said it hasn’t all been rainbows and butterflies either. He had to make decisions every single day that affected his future, but looking back, he now knows what helped him. “Arriving on the realization that my current job isn’t something I see making a career out of was difficult,” Pinzon said. “My job has shown me that I am able to accomplish what I set out to do. There are plenty of opportunities available for me to continue to strengthen myself, such as schooling and training opportunities. “Having that confidence instilled in
me is what has changed inside me the most,” he continued. “And with that I know I can continue to improve.” Having been home only once in his three years since being overseas, Pinzon took a stance that home for him had changed and that it wasn’t necessarily in Melbourne anymore. “I never regret leaving,” Pinzon said. “I miss it of course, but I feel like enlisting and ending up in Ramstein was the most beneficial decision I could have made. “Home nowadays feels a bit more vacant, slow paced and a bit faded,” he continued. “I think about who I would be and what I would be doing if I never left Florida frequently. But I can’t imagine how my life would have begun to shape if I didn’t enlist and how much I would have missed out on.” Now another chapter is beginning in Pinzon’s life. No longer will he call Ramstein and the KMC home. After three years, he’s packing his bags and is headed to England. “It’s difficult to try to summarize my time here,” Pinzon said. “It’s been
409th CSB relocates to Sembach Story and photo by Rachel Clark 409th Contracting Support Brigade The 409th Contracting Support Brigade is moving its headquarters operations to Sembach Kaserne. Throughout the month of October, 409th CSB personnel relocated to a building on the former air base. The move is part of the Army transformation directed by U.S. Army Europe. “The relocation of the unit into one building will enhance efficiencies within the headquarters, as well as improve effectiveness of our contracting business operations,” said Col. William J. Bailey, 409th CSB commander. “We are also closer to our largest contracting customer, Installation Management Command-Europe. “We have a plan in place that allowed us to move our personnel without impacting our mission,” Bailey continued. “We sent our advanced team to set up operations and minimize impact on our contracting business.” The move to Sembach Sgt. 1st Class John Hickman, 409th centrally locates all headContracting Support Brigade, unpacks quarter staff elements into files in the new 409th CSB headquarters one building. The unit was location in Sembach. previously located in three geographically dispersed locations on Panzer and Kleber kasernes. “Consolidating the staff should reduce time away from work to attend meetings as they will be at one location,” said Angela Fryer, 409th CSB property book officer. “Besides having the headquarters staff in one building, the amenities here at Sembach are pretty nice. It’s definitely an upgrade,” said Stacy Stewart, 409th CSB procurement analyst.
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Senior Airman Giovanni Pinzon, former 86th Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance crew chief, relaxes at the peak of a slope during a snowboarding trip to the Alps in 2013. Pinzon is an advocate of frequent travels as a way to increase morale.
completely unpredictable. I never really knew what was coming next or where my next adventure would be. All I knew is that I finally felt confident enough to tackle what life was throwing at me.”
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WORD Scramble Unscramble these Halloween candies
ANSWERS: CANDY CORN | LOLLIPOPS | CARAMEL APPLE | CHOCOLATE | TAFFY | LICORICE | JAWBREAKER | BUBBLE GUM |
Capt. Spanky and the tale of the real Frankenstein monster Hello, all! I have another Halloween-ish tale for you. There are so many castles all over Germany. I’m sure they all have their own spooky stories surrounding them, but few are probably as famous as that of Frankenstein Castle! Though it may not be the most impressive castle in Germany, Burg Frankenstein — as our German hosts would say — was possibly the inspiration for the Mary Shelley novel. Frankenstein Castle was home to an eccentric scientist named John Konrad Dippel. Some would say he is the standard for a mad scientist. He performed many experiments involving animals and human body parts. I know a few humans, including mine, that wouldn’t take that too lightly! There are rumors that Dippel actually dug up bodies, performed experiments on them at the castle and even created a “monster” that was brought back to life by a bolt of lightning. Sound familiar? Though this rumor and any con-
Recipe of the week
Leeks with meat Servings 4 INGREDIENTS: 750 grams leeks, cut into rings 1 onion, finely diced 2 tablespoons oil, plus a little extra 500 grams mixed ground meat 1 tablespoon tomato paste Salt and pepper, to taste 4 medium eggs 1/4 liter milk 1 to 2 teaspoons mustard
nection between Shelley’s novel and Burg Frankenstein have not been proven, what I can tell you for a fact is this castle lies only a mere 90-minute drive northeast of Ramstein! I hear it is quite peaceful — 364 days of the year. But every year on Oct. 31, Frankenstein Castle comes to life with ghouls, goblins and monsters of all kinds. The castle is also host to a Halloween festival, where even the bravest of souls have their spirits tested. There is so much to do here in Germany. Make sure you get out there and see it. But remember to be safe while you do it. Until next time!
DIRECTIONS: • Heat oven to 200 degrees Celsius/400 degrees Fahrenheit. • Wash and clean the leeks and slice into rings. • Peel the onion and finely dice.
• Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan. Add the ground meat and cook until crumbly. • Add the onions and roast briefly. Mix in the tomato paste. Season with salt and pepper. • Remove the meat mixture from the pan. • Place 1 tablespoon of oil in the frying pan with the fat from the meat. Add the leeks and let them stew for about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. • Combine the leek and ground meat together and put in a well greased baking dish. • Whisk the eggs, milk and mustard together. • Pour over the leek and minced meat. • Bake for 30 minutes.
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Photos by Airman Larissa Greatwood PHOTOS CLOCKWISE FROM LOWER LEFT: Newcomers celebrate their first time seeing the live viewing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” by popping a balloon Oct. 24 on Ramstein. Audience members who have never seen a live version of the show are labeled on the forehead with a red lipstick “V” and are encouraged to do traditional, innocent things during the preshow. The audience watches as “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” cast acts out the movie during opening night. The audience members received prop bags containing items they were encouraged to use throughout the show, such as rice, hats and squirt guns. A “Transylvanian” applies makeup before opening night of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” midnight viewing. Cast members acted out the movie while it played on a projector behind them. Dr. Frank-N-Furter reveals his creation, Rocky Horror (center right), during a live showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on Ramstein. The live midnight premier was an interactive show between cast members and the audience.
KMC Assembly of God Church
Reverend Chuck Kackley Phone: 06333-9931838 Cell: 0171-6574322
Services are held at Kaiserstrasse 16 A, Einsiedlerhof WORSHIP HOURS: Sunday 10 a.m., Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Family Night
Heritage Baptist Church Don Drake, Pastor
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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
Germans observe religious holidays in November Story and photo by Petra Lessoing 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs On Saturday, many Germans will visit cemeteries to decorate the gravesites of deceased family members and friends with flowers or wreaths made of fir tree branches, pine cones and dried flowers, and to light candles. They do this because it is â€œAllerheiligen,â€? or All Saints Day, a religious holiday for Catholics. Allerheiligen is not an official holiday in all of Germany, but it is in the states with a mainly Catholic population, such as Rheinland-Pfalz, Saarland, Baden-WĂźrttemberg and NordrheinWestfalen. Here, stores, banks and public offices remain closed. The day is a regular workday in the rest of Germany. The origin of All Saints Day dates back to May 13, 610, when Pope Boniface IV dedicated a special day to all saints who never received their own memorial day. Old calendars show that almost every day is dedicated to a saint. In the Pantheon in Rome, Pope Boniface honored all saints who lived with Christian ideals in all countries of the world. In 1835, Pope Gregor IV moved All Saints Day to Nov. 1. November is known as the month of remembrance, contemplation and mourning. Protestants remember the dead on â€œTotensonntag,â€? Nov. 23. It always falls on the last Sunday before the first Advent Sunday. In 1816, this memorial day was introduced for the first time in Prussia, from where it spread
Family members and friends place dried flower bouquets, candles and wreaths on gravesites at German cemeteries Saturday during All Saints Day.
throughout the years to all Protestant regions. The National Day of Mourning will be observed Nov. 16. It is dedicated to the memory of the dead of World War I and II and the victims of Nazi terror. Wreath-laying ceremonies will take place in Ramstein-Miesenbach and Kaiserslautern. Another religious, but not official, holiday is the Day of Prayer and Repentance Nov. 19. It is considered a day of reflection for Protestants, and some Protestant churches offer worship services at night.
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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
Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Stuart
Episcopal (St. Albans)
Lila, 2, gets ready to roll a bowling ball during a deployed family event Oct. 23 at the Ramstein Bowling Center. The Airman & Family Readiness Center hosts a deployed family event once a month to improve the morale of families of deployed Airmen.
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
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community church Keeping it real, relational and relevant
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Meeting in Ev.-Luth. St. Michaelis Church, Karpfenstr. 7, 67655 Kaiserslautern E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0631-64327 for directions. Scott Morrison, Pastor www.KELC.eu A Christian fellowship that gathers to study Godâ€™s word verse by verse so we can know, glorify and serve Christ.
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2014 holiday mailing dates
he below dates are for mail originating in Europe and destined to locations in the United States. Mail originating in the U.S. and sent to European APO, FPO or DPO addresses use similar mailing dates.
The 2014 holiday season mailing dates for postal customers assigned to the European theater are: â€˘ Space-Available Mail (SAM) â€” Nov. 26 â€˘ Parcel Airlift (PAL) â€” Dec. 3 â€˘ First Class or Priority Mail â€” Dec. 10 â€˘ Priority Mail Express â€” Dec. 17 U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa postal patrons should plan ahead and mail early to ensure letters, cards and packages arrive to intended U.S. destinations in time for the holidays. Customers can avoid long lines at the post office when they mail early and take advantage of using the cheaper, although slower, spaceavailable mail service military post offices offer in Europe. â€œSAM service takes longer to arrive at its destination and moves on a space available basis once it arrives in the U.S.,â€? said Lionel Rivera, USAFE-AFAFRICA postal operations branch public affairs officer. â€œIf you want faster service, consider using Priority Mail or Priority Mail Express service. It costs more, but these classes of mail get preferred or expedited service.â€? Most mail accepted at military post offices in Europe is flown to the U.S. on commercial aircraft. Once mail arrives, depending on the service selected, itâ€™s transported based on the service paid for. Customers should keep in mind packages transiting through the mail stream are handled numerous times, and therefore proper packaging is very important.
We meet Sundays at 11 a.m. For more info call 06371-616793 or visit our website www.CCK-Town.org Industriestr. 50 66862 Kindsbach
The following U.S. Postal Service mailing tips are provided to help ensure packages arrive safely and undamaged:
Choose a box with enough room for cushioning material around the contents. If reusing a box, cover up or black out any old labels and markings.
Place cushioning around the items. Close and gently shake the box to see whether there is enough padding.
Tape the box shut, and reinforce the seams with two-inch wide tape. Use clear or brown packaging tape, reinforced packing tape or paper tape.
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