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October 3, 2014
Volume 38, number 39
435th AGOW succeeds at ‘Big Week’ by Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs The 435th Air Ground Operations Wing’s Air Adviser Branch recently succeeded in accomplishing ﬁve missions at once — the most ever done in one week. During the week of Sept. 15 to 19, the air advisers from the 435th visited three NATO countries to learn and develop from each other. These ﬁve missions will also serve as a stepping stone for future operations and partnership development. “For this upcoming ﬁscal year we have already picked up our second Air Force Security Assistance Training mission in October,” said Master Sgt. Simon Merfeld, 435th Contingency Response Group’s Air Adviser Branch See BIG WEEK, Page 3
Photo by Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko
Celebrating 67 years Airmen and gusts pay respects while the U.S. national anthem plays during the Air Force Ball Sept. 27 on Ramstein. To celebrate the U.S. Air Force’s 67th birthday, Team Ramstein held an Air Force Ball with a ceremonial cake cutting, music by the U.S. Air Forces in Europe band Afterburner and words of wisdom spoken by Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force commander. The ball gave Airmen and guests an opportunity to commemorate the occasion.
AF implements SSgt EPR static closeout dates JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Implementation of a series of changes to the enlisted evaluation and promotion systems announced in July by Air Force senior leaders continues with establishment of the staff sergeant enlisted performance report static closeout date. Effective Saturday, all staff sergeant EPRs will close out Jan. 31. Also effective Saturday, change of reporting ofﬁcial EPRs will no longer be accomplished for staff sergeants. Enlisted Evaluation System and Weighted
Airman Promotion System changes will be implemented in stages over the next 18 months for Regular Air Force — or RegAF — Airmen, and over the next 30 months for Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard — or ARC — Airmen. The changes focus on ensuring job performance is the most important factor when evaluating and identifying Airmen for promotion. Changes announced and implemented to date include implementation of static closeout dates for technical sergeant EPRs, elimination of technical sergeant change of reporting ofﬁcial EPRs, and establishment of new promotion eligibility cutoff dates for staff sergeants competing for
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technical sergeant and technical sergeants competing for master sergeant. Additional enlisted evaluation and promotion system changes will be announced as they are approved for implementation. For more information about enlisted evaluations and promotions, and other personnel issues, visit the myPers website at https:// mypers.af.mil. Select “search all components” from the drop down menu and enter “28061” in the search window for SCOD and CRO report information, “27948” for enlisted evaluations or “27949” for enlisted promotion change information.
Allies remember Operation Market Garden, Page 6
by Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
Ramstein holds annual farmers market, Page 18
Ramstein bazaar celebrates 50 years, Page 20 & 21
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Let’s save energy by David W. Carter 86th Civil Engineer Squadron base energy manager
far reaching impacts. Some ideas include consolidating appliances within your facility, remembering to log out and turn off your computer screen at the end of the day, adjusting radiators to a comfortable, but low, setting and using daylight when possible. Don’t turn a blind eye to problems. Know the name of your facility manager and report incorrect temperature settings, leaky faucets, blocked air vents, cracked door frames or windows, outdoor lights on during the daytime and other problems to them or to civil engineer customer service. We all have a part to play in accomplishing this goal, but it shouldn’t be a goal that we focus on only once a year. Here are some ways to conserve energy: • Maintain space temperature standards. • Turn off interior lights at the end of the work day or when they are not needed. • Report any exterior lighting left on during daylight hours either
to the building facility manager or to customer service at 480-7517. • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact ﬂuorescent bulbs. • Turn off computer monitors, printers, scanners and other ofﬁce equipment at the end of the work day. Computers connected to the network must remain on for security updates. • Use of personal appliances, such as coffee makers, refrigerators and microwaves, should be minimized to the fullest extent and consolidated to break rooms only. • Purchase only energy efﬁcient products (appliances, equipment, etc.). For more on energy efﬁcient products, visit www.energystar.gov. Each of us has an important part to play in conserving energy. Keep an eye out throughout October for more energy conservation tips and events. For energy conservation questions, comments or suggestions, contact the KMC Energy Management Team at 480-7279.
As fall approaches in Germany, most people are more interested in turning the radiator thermostat up rather than down. However, the month of October not only marks the changing season; it is also a time to recognize Energy Awareness Month. As we enter the fall and winter seasons in Germany, we tend to increase the heat in our homes, turn on more lights during the longer evenings, and use more electronics as we wait for warmer weather. We fully expect, and even accept, that our utility bills will increase during the winter. However, if you think you pay a lot for energy, imagine paying the Air Force’s KMC utility bills — totaling nearly $4 million each month. At home, we try to turn off the lights and keep the heating comfortable to keep our bills down. We may use the money to go on
trips, buy holiday gifts or food and other essentials, or save for the future. The Air Force is trying to do the same, except the money saved could be spent on our Airmen, our readiness and our mission. The federal government is the largest consumer of energy in the U.S., the Department of Defense is the largest consumer of energy within the federal government, and ﬁnally, the Air Force is the largest consumer of energy within the DOD. Thus, the Air Force has the most potential for savings not only in the area of aviation fuel, but also in facility energy conservation. Though the KMC AF Asset Optimization Team has noticed an overall decrease in energy and water consumption within the KMC, there is always room to improve. While the team continues to strive to identify viable savings projects, we all have a part to play in accomplishing our reduction goals. Simple changes, when executed across the KMC, can have
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superintendent. “There is a potential for growth in the number of events we pick up for AFSAT, and we are hoping to become a routine service provider. The Air Adviser Branch represents a significant cost savings option for AFSAT in that is allows them to use the resources already stationed here in Europe.” While the influx of missions presented a challenge, the AGOW Airmen overcame the difficulties presented to them to support the U.S. Air Force’s air policing missions in the Baltic region as well as assist in building relationships around Europe. “Having so many personnel on the road at one time does present challenges both at the office and in ensuring accountability of our personnel,” said Maj. John Sherinian, 435th CRG’s chief air adviser. “However we maintain communications and mitigate threats to our advisers through preparation and coorMaster Sgt. Albert Black, 435th Contingency Response Group air adviser, discusses dination with OSI and water detection in fuels with a Latvian navy security forces. I am lieutenant commander at Lielvarde Air Base, personally excited about Latvia. participating in the ‘Big Week’ to highlight our capabilities and show how our air advisers are ‘Ready, Forward, Now’ to the Air Force’s needs.” Due to the success of accomplishing so many missions in one week, the Air Adviser Branch will use its gained knowledge to ease and improve future operations. “The real challenge comes in the planning and ability to deconflict dates that tend to be fluid,” Merfeld said. “We love what we are doing, though. All of our air advisers have been trained for these missions and are excited to have to the opportunity to execute the building partnership mission for U.S. Air Forces in Europe.”
Strategic agility is the future by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON — As the Air Force prepares for new challenges and opportunities of the coming decades, it faces sobering 21stcentury realities: global centers of power have become more distributed and the terrorism threat more dispersed. Most importantly, the emerging environment is demonstrating a trend that could prove to be the defining one of current times: the accelerating pace of change. Thus, the Air Force’s ability to continue to adapt and respond faster than the potential adversaries is the greatest challenge it faces during the next 30 years. To meet the challenge, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III have developed a strategic framework that will guide Air Force planning and resourcing over the next several decades. The framework has three main elements: a long-term future look that provides the vectors and imperatives necessary to guide planning activities, a 20-year resource-informed plan, and a 10-year balanced budget, based on fiscal projections. The first document of the trilogy, “America’s Air Force: A Call to the Future,” is the cornerstone guidance for a unified path to the future. The document emphasizes the need for strategy-driven resource decisions. But more important is the courage to make bold change, because Airmen must think and do things differently to thrive in the 21st century. In an era defined by rapid change, the institution that can keep pace in its processes,
thinking, and actions will be the one best poised for success in deterring conflict, and winning should a fight be required. This is what “A Call to the Future” refers to as strategic agility. Agility combines the attributes of flexibility and adaptability to leverage speed. The rate at which the Air Force develops capabilities needs to increase to match the pace of change and the opportunities to incorporate new technologies and improve existing systems. James explained further that, “In addition to strategic agility, our nation demands an Air Force capable of harnessing diverse ideas and perspectives. Diversity, total force integration, and building internal and external partnerships provide the nation with the Air Force it expects, deserves, and needs.” The most important responsibility of a military service is to provide decision makers with viable solutions for the challenges of tomorrow and, true to Air Force heritage, it will meet that challenge. The Air Force will continue to deliver enduring, responsive airpower for national security through both the strength of Airmen and the responsive and effective application of global vigilance, global reach, and global power for America. As Welsh stated earlier in 2014, “The five core missions of the Air Force are not going to change. These missions are what the combatant commanders and the nation expect us to provide, but the way we think about how they are provided has to change. The Air Force must have the strategic agility required to successfully respond to the complex challenges that will confront our nation.”
Master Sgt. Albert Black, 435th Contingency Response Group air adviser, instructs a Latvian fuels team on a fuels system icing inhibitor at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia. The 435th Air Ground Operations Wing’s Air Adviser Branch executed five missions at once, the most it has ever done in one week, Sept. 15 to 19 in three NATO countries.
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7:51 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Schwedelbach. 8:15 a.m.: Larceny of private property was reported on Vogelweh Family Housing. 7:50 a.m.: Drunken driving and a minor trafﬁc accident were reported in Kaiserslautern.
2:40 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Kaiserslautern. 3:50 p.m.: Child endangerment was reported on Vogelweh. 5 p.m.: Fleeing the scene of a minor trafﬁc accident was reported in Kaiserslautern. 7 p.m.: Theft from a motor vehicle was reported in Bruchmühlbach-Miesau.
1:55 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Kaiserslautern. 2:56 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported in Kaiserslautern. 12:24 a.m.: Drunk and disorderly conduct was reported in Landstuhl. 2:12 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Kaiserslautern. 4 a.m.: An assault was reported in Kaiserslautern.
1:09 a.m.: An aircraft lasing incident was reported in Kaiserslautern. 12:45 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Ramstein-Miesenbach.
The KMC Housing Ofﬁce and the Furnishings Management Ofﬁce will be closed today and Oct. 13 for holidays. Both ofﬁces will also close early at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 8 for training.
Diabetic eye exam
The Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Optometry Clinic will conduct a special Diabetic Eye Exam Day Wednesday. Since Monday, 32 appointment slots are available for patients with diabetes. To make an appointment, call the appointment line at 590-5762 or 063719464-5762.
From Oct. 10 through 15, there will be a detour near Ramstein Air Base due to a Deutsche Bahn construction project. The access road from the Ramstein West Gate trafﬁc circle to Kindsbacher Strasse near Landstuhl will be co-used for all public trafﬁc. Motorists should expect possible trafﬁc delays during this period.
Vehicle Safety Day
The Pulaski Automotive Skills Center, located in Bldg. 2859 on Pulaski Barracks, offers free vehicle safety inspections from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 14 for Vehicle Safety Day. There will also be a chance to win a free car wash. The event is open to all ID cardholders. For details, call 493-4167 or 0631-3406-4167.
The USO will offer a free new orientation tour, “Welcome to Kaiserslautern,” Oct. 18, 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 practi-
Bruchmühlbach-Miesau — One Community Bank debit card, one United Visa card and one house key.
3 a.m.: An aircraft lasing incident was reported in Kaiserslautern. 11:45 a.m. A major trafﬁc accident was reported on Ramstein. 7 a.m.: A minor trafﬁc accident resulting in damage to government property was reported on Ramstein. 1 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported on Kapaun.
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cal 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 Ramstein Combined Federal Campaign Golf Tournament will take place at 9 a.m. Oct. 10 at Ramstein’s Woodlawn Golf Course. Cost is $50 per player ($35 per course member). The price includes lunch and golf cart. All proceeds go to the CFC as undesignated contributions. For details, call 1st Lt. Jamal Bey at 4897681, 2nd Lt. Dustin Bohall at 480-5308 or 1st Lt. Alicia Bookman at 480-6086.
Do you have problems sleeping? If you are 18 years or older, a military beneﬁciary of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and have had problems sleeping for six months or longer, you may be eligible to take part in a study using micro-current therapy for insomnia. Participation is voluntary and conﬁdential. For details, call 590-5641 or 06371-9464-5641, or send an email to email@example.com.
Mammography services open
All beneﬁciaries are eligible for mammography services at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Services are available to active duty, retirees, Department of Defense civilians and family members. There are currently no signiﬁcant wait times for screening or diagnostic mammogram appointments, and patients can schedule a mammogram without a referral from a primary care manager. To schedule an appointment, call the LRMC mammography scheduling line at 590-6331 or 063719464-6331. The American Cancer Society and the American College of Radiology recommend year-
ly mammograms beginning at age 40. LRMC will accept patients for self-referral screening mammograms even if they do not have an assigned primary care manager. Additionally, the mammography department will allow walk-ins from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays for mammogram screenings.
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.
The semiannual Community College of the Air Force graduation ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Ramstein Ofﬁcers’ Club. Mandatory graduation rehearsal will be held at 9 a.m. the same day and location. Graduates must dress in uniform of the day for the rehearsal and service dress uniform for the ceremony. Students who are PCSing, separating, deploying or retiring prior to Nov. 7 should provide the necessary information to the education center. For details, email 86FSS. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Air Force Association Pitsenbarger applications are due to the Ramstein Education Center in Bldg. 2120, Room 421, by 3 p.m. Oct. 24. AFA Pitsenbarger awards provide a one-time grant of $400 to selected top U.S. Air Force enlisted personnel graduating from the Community College of the Air Force who plan on pursuing a baccalaureate degree. The grants coincide with the CCAF graduation ceremonies. AFA Pitsenbarger applications can be found at www.afa.org/AFA/ InformationFor/Military/PitsenbargerAward.
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Allies remember sacrifices of Operation Market Garden from the 37th TCS successfully dropped paratroopers and parapacks throughout the Netherlands. In the days that followed they reinforced the operation by towing gliders EINDHOVEN, Netherlands — Ending loaded with Soldiers, ammunition and comthe war before Christmas was the plan in bat equipment to landing zones. mind when American, British and Polish “I’ve always thought World War II histroops boarded aircraft and flew across tory was fascinating,” said U.S. Air Force the English Channel into the Netherlands Capt. Nathan Hedden, 37th AS C-130J to conduct Operation Market Garden on Super Hercules pilot. “Being able to come Sept. 17, 1944. The mission was an attempt out and see the places where things hapto pierce the German defenses by capturing pened and be a part of a re-enactment was key positions throughout the Netherlands. a lot of fun for me. It was eye opening to Success would have put the Allies closer to me to see how important Operation Market invading Germany and in position to possiGarden was to the Dutch. There were about bly end the war in Europe six months earlier. 20,000 people at the drop zone watching However, the overall operation was people jump out of airplanes. I’ve never deemed a failure. The Allies were unable Paratroopers jump out of a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the seen anything like that — even back in the 37th Airlift Squadron Sept. 20 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. to capture all their objectives and lost more United States. It was amazing to me that the than 15,000 troops after nine days of intense fight- Airborne Division U.S. Army Advance Airborne Dutch hold the operation to such esteem.” ing. School senior instructor. “I’m a paratrooper through Remembering the sacrifices made is an important Yet seven decades later, thousands of people gath- and through. This is all I’ve known for the past 20 aspect of the commemoration, but looking forward ered in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, to remember years, and there’s no place I’d rather be. Getting the is also significant. those men who gave everything during Operation chance to travel here and see the significance and “It’s important we remind people we worked Market Garden. importance of what the 82nd has established over together 70 years ago and we can still work together “Many people lost their lives to free the 70 years ago really make us appreciate what our today,” Hedden said. “There are a lot of problems in Netherlands,” said Royal Netherlands air force forefathers have done for us.” the world, and no one country can solve them alone. Capt. Marco Flock, 336th Squadron C-130H pilot. Service members from throughout the Air Force You need allies. The more we work together on “We can never forget their sacrifice. That’s why we and Army were part of the group that traveled to these commemorative operations, which are basihave this commemoration every year.” Eindhoven to participate in the ceremonies. Aircrew cally training exercises, the better prepared we are Just as Allies came together all those years ago to and C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 37th when it comes down to the real deal and we have to liberate Europe, they come together every year for Airlift Squadron took part in the commemoration by defend someone’s freedom and civil liberties.” this observance. This year, paratroopers from eight providing airdrop capabilities. A failure all those years ago now brings people nations boarded aircraft to re-enact the jumps made The 37th AS’s history is deeply rooted in World together to celebrate, honor the lives lost and grow during the first steps to liberate occupied Netherlands. War II. At the time, the 37th AS was designated as stronger as allies. If Operation Market Garden is “It’s been historical to be a part of this,” said the 37th Troop Carrier Squadron. On the first day measured by the impact it has made to millions of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Luis R. Rodriguez, 82nd of Operation Market Garden, 23 C-47 Skytrains people, then it was a success. Story and photos by Senior Airman Damon Kasberg 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Paratroopers from different nations prepare to enter a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron, Sept. 20 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Paratroopers from eight nations came to the Netherlands to re-enact the jumps made during Operation Market Garden 70 years ago. The commemoration was held to honor those who died to liberate the Netherlands.
October 3, 2014
Ramstein C130J draws crowds as part of total force team at AAD14
An aerial demonstration team flies over a crowd lined up to look inside a C-130J Super Hercules Sept. 20 at the Africa Aerospace & Defence Expo on Waterkloof Air Force Base, South Africa. The C-130 was part of a total-force team of Guard, Reserve and active-duty Soldiers and Airmen at the expo.
Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Travis Edwards U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Public Affairs WATERKLOOF AIR FORCE BASE, South Africa — Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world gathered to see a C-130J Super Hercules from Ramstein on display at the Africa Aerospace & Defence Expo here Sept. 20 and 21. The nine-Airman crew from the C-130J was part of a total-force team of Guard, Reserve and activeduty Soldiers and Airmen. A C-17 Globemaster III crew from New York and an Army RQ-7B Shadow joined the C-130J at the show. The Super Hercules crew made the two-day trip from Germany to explain the aircraft’s capabilities and allow the nearly 350,000 expo visitors to see ﬁrst-hand what the aircraft looks like up close and ask questions of the crew.
There was so much public interest in the aircraft and crew that the line to view it extended about as far as the C-130 is long. “We’re here to showcase the aircraft for the trade show,” said Senior Airman Nick McVittie, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmaster. “We explain what we do, where we are from and answer any questions they might have.” McVittie said their mission wasn’t just for the public’s understanding of their capabilities, but the partnership with African nations that makes the trip worthwhile. “It’s very important for us to share experiences and knowledge with each other,” he said. “Showing the capabilities of the C-130J to our African partners is a big deal. The more familiar we all are with each other’s aircraft the easier it will be for all of us to work together in the future.”
However, when these Airmen aren’t opening the ramp and doors to the public morning to evening, they are training or transporting. “Normally we use the ‘Herc’ for airdrops and passenger and cargo transport. We can ﬂy over marked landing zones and ofﬂoad the troops in the back or the cargo,” said Capt. Lindsey Kinsinger, 37th AS pilot. “This is an amazing machine. I love ﬂying it, because it is so functional and I’m able to employ its tactical airlift capabilities at a moment’s notice.” In addition to training drops, C-130Js from Ramstein have been known to show up in other public events and real-world missions, such as Operation Market Garden and D-Day re-enactment and airﬁeld-seizure exercises. It
has even been converted into a mobile emergency room for potential evacuations from hazardous areas. “This is such a versatile machine,” Kinsinger said. “Today we are doing the air show, but next week we could be working with another country’s paratroopers, working together and them jumping out of the plane with our guys. You never know what the next week or even month holds.” The 37th AS is part of the 86th Airlift Wing, the host wing at Ramstein Air Base. Ramstein is assigned to U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa and is a NATO installation. The mission of the 86th AW is to provide combat airlift and operate the Air Force’s premier installation to enable and ensure strategic capabilities.
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The 86th Airlift Wing and the United States Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz are proud to sponsor this year’s RETIREE APPRECIATION DAY for all retirees, their spouses and all surviving spouses in the KMC and cordially invite them to attend. Continental breakfast will be provided from 0800 – 0900 hours. From 0900 hours on there will be a guest speaker, a few informative briefings, information tables from multiple community agencies manned with experts providing vital information and answering questions throughout the day. Raffles will also be held giving away some nice gifts. Flu shots will be provided, and other medical screening will be available, as well as a sign up for dental appointments. This is our community saying “Thank You” to all our veterans for their service to our nation.
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SecArmy thanks returning service members during Romania visit Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Warren W. Wright Jr. 21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania â€” The Armyâ€™s top leader stopped off at the Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in Romania to meet with service members returning from Afghanistan during a visit to the small Romanian air base Sept. 20. John McHugh, the Secretary of the Army, visited with team MK as a part of a multi-country trip throughout Eastern Europe. Accompanied by Maj. Gen. John R. Oâ€™Connor, commander of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command and lead administrator of the transit mission at MK, McHugh met with the personnel responsible for keeping flights on track, including Airmen from the 780th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron and Army military police working in customs. â€œIâ€™m greatly appreciative of the great work everyone is doing here at MK,â€? McHugh said. â€œTheir efforts are maximizing efficiency and achieving great value moving service members
and equipment to and from theater.â€? The temporary air transit facility provides essential logistical, transportation, reintegration and morale and welfare services, accommodating the flow of American service members into and out of European and Central Asian operating areas through the end of 2014 or the completion of current missions. Since the start of operations in February of this year, MK has transited more than 100,000 service members either into or out of Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom â€” largely on C-17 aircraft under the command of the Air Forceâ€™s 780th EAS and the 21st TSCâ€™s ground support elements. As a part of his trip, McHugh met with the various leadership of MK and discussed the numerous challenges and opportunities of the mission. While the largest and best-known function of MK is the passenger transit mission, McHugh saw first-hand the broad spectrum of operations the professionals of MK conduct and support. â€œWhile the transit center is a large part of the operation here, itâ€™s not the only thing MK has to offer,â€? said Oâ€™Connor. â€œItâ€™s also allowing
Secretary of the Army John McHugh speaks with transiting service members returning from Afghanistan during a visit to Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base Sept. 20 in Romania.
us to expand our training opportunities to beyond Germany as well as contribute to our continuing commitment to NATO and the overall Eastern European strategy.â€? Seeing how transiting warfighters get back home was an important part of McHughâ€™s visit, he said as he
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From October 1-18, Saarpark-Center Neunkirchen celebrates its 25th anniversary with fun, action and prizes worth â‚Ź25,000 to be won â€“ and you can win, too! The center boasts 130 attractive shops, a food court and delis on about 33,500 sqm offers (almost) everything you need under one roof. An interesting documentation on the construction development of this shopping mall will be presented in the center daily. There will be lots of birthday surprises, gift certificates of â‚Ź2,500 each will be raffled and everybody has a chance to win. Just show your receipts of a purchase value of â‚Ź 25 or more at customer service and you can attend the buzzer game. The official birthday party started Oct. 1 with a grand opening ceremony with
prime minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer: 2,500 pieces of free cake were distributed, musical highlights were presented and â€œPoĂ¨ts Musicalesâ€? presented live music. Different comedians will entertain the visitors, and on October 4 at 2 p.m. a special surprise will astonish big and small next to the ice cream parlour. Magicians Jakob Matthias and Maxime Maurice will enchant you on different days of the celebration. Swinging jazz, well known evergreens, popular oldies or classical music as well as the â€œEd Puppet-orchestraâ€? will entertain visitors on October 17. Monika Weis with her relief campaign â€œEin groĂ&#x;es Herz fĂźr kranke Kinderâ€? (a big heart for sick children) will also attend.
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OCT. 1 - 18 WIN â‚Ź 25,0 0 0 WOR TH IN PR ICES!
VAT at selected stores | 130 shops | mon - sat 9:30 - 20:00 | convenient in-house parking | easy to find â€“ follow the signs (city-center) | www.saarpark-center.de | Stummplatz 1 | 66538 Neunkirchen
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WORD Scramble Unscramble these Autumn terms
COOPUNRIAC UMUTAN PKIUNMP BOECRTO
EVLESA TVAESRH OEWBBC
CORNUCOPIA | CRANBERRY | ANRYERBRC | AUTUMN | PUMPKIN | OCTOBER | LEAVES | HARVEST | COBWEB
Capt. Spanky visits Vienna
panky’s off-leash tour
Guten Tag! Today I bring you news all the way from Vienna, Austria! While this eight-hour drive may be exhausting, especially when traveling in a carrier, I guarantee it is well worth the wait. When I ﬁrst laid my paw onto the narrow streets of the inner city, I was overwhelmed by the culture and architecture. From baroque palaces to the contemporary cafes enveloped by Mozart’s music, you feel embraced by the various classical era nuances that ﬂow through the city. Along with feeling like I went back in time, the Museum of Fine Arts opened my eyes to a simpler way of life. Housed inside is art from around the world, created by incredible people. They even have paintings by Raphael. I never thought he would put down his twin Sais for brushes, but I guess even a mutant turtle needs a way to decompress. As I left the museum, something immediately grabbed the attention of me and my owner. A cloud of smells ﬁlled of meats and fresh fruit surrounded us, pulling us off into
the distance as if we were ﬂoating towards a hand that kept gesturing us to follow. When we arrived at the source, no words could express the growl from my stomach; my owner thought I was replaced by a bloodhound. In front of us laid rows and rows of different stands ﬁlled with local cuisine. The largest of its kind, we knew the Naschmarkt was the place to eat. While my owners were chowing down on some seafood and I was gobbling up cheese, I took a bit of time to reﬂect on how lucky I have been to travel throughout Europe. I have ventured awkwardly up the Tower of Pisa, ate my ﬁll at the sausage market in Bad Dürkheim and even became the prince at the Neuschwanstein Castle. If there is anywhere my readers would like for me to venture off to next, visit the Ramstein Air Base Facebook page and leave a request. Until then, I’m off for seconds before I see my buddy Sparky the Fire Dog next week. Hope to see you there!
Recipe of the week: Potato salad with rucola and radishes Servings: 4
DIRECTIONS: • Cook the potatoes until they are done but still
slightly firm. Remove two of the potatoes and set
1 kilogram new potatoes, boiled
aside for the sauce.
75 grams rucola (about 2 bunches), wash and
• Mash or press them while they are still hot. Peel
the rest of the potatoes and cut into slices. Wash
1 bunch radishes, washed and cut into slices
the rucola and remove the leaves. Wash the rad-
1/4 liter vegetable broth, cold
ishes and cut into thin slices. Stir into the sliced
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1 red onion, peeled and chopped
• Mix the mashed potatoes into the vegetable broth. Stir in the chopped garlic and red onion.
• Salad dressing: Stir together the mashed potato
2 to 3 tablespoons vinegar
mixture with the vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper and
1 teaspoon mustard
the oil. Blend thoroughly. Pour over the sliced potato
Salt and pepper, to taste
mixture and toss to mix. Garnish with chopped parsley.
4 tablespoons oil, to garnish
• TIP: In the summer, you can substitute the rad-
1 bunch parsley, to garnish
ishes with small tomatoes if desired.
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86th LRS supplies contingency tasking
Photos by Michael Stuart
Supply journeymen from the 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron sort equipment and prepare for a contingency tasking Sept. 24 on Ramstein. To get ready for a contingency tasking, the 86th LRS pulls aircraft parts from a warehouse, stage it, conduct inventory and then get it ready for missions.
ABOVE: Staff Sgt. Kyle Sarringer, 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron supply journeyman, moves a C-130J Super Hercules wheel Sept. 24 on Ramstein. RIGHT: Supply journeymen from the 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron sort equipment and prepare for a contingency tasking.
ABOVE: Staff Sgt. Kyle Sarringer, 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron supply journeyman, verifies the stock numbers of various equipment for a contingency tasking Sept. 24 on Ramstein. The 86th LRS is a 24-hour operation providing fuel, deployment necessities and equipment for all inbound and outbound aircraft and military members. RIGHT: Senior Airman Bianca Loucks, 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron supply journeyman, moves a wooden board in between C-130J Super Hercules wheels to avoid damaging them.
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Flu vaccine events scheduled for KMC Flu vaccine events are being held at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center during the month of October, and Army and Air Force medical officials have developed plans for all service members and civilians to receive their vaccination. The available vaccines include the intranasal FluMist for healthy beneficiaries between the ages of 2 and 49 and multiple formulations of the injectable vaccine for the pediatric population. At community events, beneficiaries must be 4 or older. Those younger than 4 should receive their vaccination at their Military Treatment Facility Immunization Clinic. Also, those who are allergic to eggs will not be able to receive their vaccine at a community event and should see their primary care provider. For many, annual vaccination is a requirement and not a recommendation. This includes military service members, health care workers, school age children, as well as child care facility employees and attendees. These people should receive informa-
tion from their unit or organization for guidance on when and where they will receive their vaccination. Both military and civilian beneficiaries are encouraged to attend one of these events, which are provided as a convenience; wait times should be shorter than those expected at KMC immunization clinics. A robust schedule of planned flu vaccine community events will be made available for local communities at locations listed below. • Monday, 2 to 5 p.m., Ramstein Health & Wellness Center • Tuesday, 2 to 5 p.m., Ramstein HAWC • Wednesday, 8 to 11 a.m., Ramstein HAWC • Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Heaton Auditorium, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center • Thursday, 2 to 7 p.m., Kaiserslautern school complex • Oct. 10, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kaiserslautern Military Community Center • Oct. 14, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Heaton
Auditorium, LRMC • Oct. 15, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Landstuhl Elementary/Middle School • Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rhine Ordnance Barracks Red Ribbon Run event • Oct. 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Heaton Auditorium PT Month Health Fair, LRMC • Oct. 22, 2:30 to 5 p.m., Sembach Elementary/Middle School • Oct. 23, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., KMCC • Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., KMCC • Nov. 6, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Heaton Auditorium, LRMC
It is estimated that each year in the U.S. an average of 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the flu, and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications. Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe. Over a period of 30 years, between 1976 and 2006, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the U.S. ranged from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people, according to
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some people, such as the elderly, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions, are at risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent seasonal flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. The flu season in Europe routinely continues through April with the greatest number of cases occurring in January, according to U.S. Army Public Health Command-Europe. Vaccine and immunization information is available at the CDC website www.cdc.gov/vaccines and the Department of Defense Military Vaccine Agency website at www. vaccines.mil. For more information, you can also contact the following local clinics: • Ramstein Immunization Clinic, 479-2549 or 06371-46-2549 • LRMC Allergy & Immunization Clinic, 590-5816 or 06371-9464-5816 • Kleber Army Health Clinic, 590-2615 or 06371-9464-2615
21st TSC holds command forum; flu shot season underway
Photo by Brandon Beach
Maj. Gen. John R. O’Connor (right), commanding general of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, receives his flu shot from Sgt. Pierre Jean, health care specialist with U.S. Army Health Clinic-Kaiserslautern, during a 21st TSC command senior leader forum Sept. 18 at Armstrong’s Club on Vogelweh.
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Keeping GMVs pristine Story and photos by Senior Airman Timothy Moore 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs According to Air Force Instruction 1-1, Air Force Standards: “Employees shall protect and conserve federal property.” That can mean being a steward of resources that range from taking care of the gear they were issued to helping maintain of a facility to ensuring a vehicle is clean. Operators of government motor vehicles are charged with that task. Taking care of GMVs doesn’t have to be a daunting task as they have the
Guenter Spletter, 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron vehicle operator, watches as a bus pulls into the wash rack Sept. 12 on Ramstein.
wash rack on Ramstein to help. Maintained by the 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron, the wash rack is used to clean GMVs such as security forces cruisers, commanders’ vehicles and even buses that transport distinguished visitors or aircrews. “It’s important to maintain the wash rack because we are the main facility on base that washes all of the (government) vehicles,” said Staff Sgt. Matthew Hatch, 86th VRS NCO in charge of equipment support. “Other units from the (KMC) area come here to wash their vehicles.” Regularly washing vehicles can reduce the normal wear and tear on vehicles caused by weather, as well as help sustain safe driving conditions. Units are required to wash their GMVs at least every 15 days, and with approximately 1,800 vehicles in the fleet that can use it, maintaining and properly operating the wash rack is not to be taken lightly. “It’s important that the wash rack is taken seriously,” Hatch said. “If they don’t know how to properly run it, they will end up breaking parts on the machine or on the vehicles. Let’s say we send a bus through, and they break the mirror off the bus. That’s a vehicle that we can’t use; a vehicle that can’t go there
Guenter Spletter explains the wash rack operating controls to Senior Airman Matthew Jensen, both 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron vehicle operators, Sept. 12 on Ramstein. The wash rack services approximately 1,800 government motor vehicles in the KMC.
and support the mission.” Able to fit anything from sedans to large buses, one of the beneficial aspects of the wash rack is that it reduces the time for washing. “We can fit 44-passenger buses in there,” Hatch said. “Normally, if we were to wash that by hand it takes about 20 to 30 minutes.” With the wash rack system, Hatch says they cut that time down to about six or seven minutes. That drastic cut in time not only allows the vehicles to get back on the road faster, but it
also enables Airmen to focus more on other tasks. On top of saving time, the wash rack also does its part to manage the water resources. “Our system uses 30 percent recycled water to 70 percent fresh water,” Hatch said. “We help keep the water running through it so we aren’t wasting our water supply.” So whether it is managing the water supply, Airmen’s time or just keeping a GMV clean, the wash rack is a valuable resource in the KMC’s stewardship.
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Master Sgt. Etienne Tousignant, 86th Force Support Squadron career assistance adviser, talks to the first-term Airmen Sept. 23 in the First Term Airmen Center on Ramstein. Tousignant talks to the Airmen about the importance of their jobs and the impact they have on the Air Force mission. The CAAs offer many forums and assistance from retraining to transitioning into civilian life.
CAAs help build better Airmen
Story and photo by Airman Larissa Greatwood 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Whether an Airman wants the opportunity to retrain, become an effective supervisor or receive guidance through the informed decision seminar, the career assistance advisers at Ramstein offer many forums to address their needs. The career advisers educate enlisted service members on benefits and entitlement during informed decision seminars and career counseling, and they help mold junior enlisted Airmen through the First Term Airmen Center and build superior supervisors through their professional enhancement seminars and unit visits. Master Sgt. Etienne Tousignant, 86th Force Support Squadron CAA, said he enjoys what he does, the impact made as a CAA and the opportunity to get out
of his unit and see the bigger picture. “If I hadn’t joined the Air Force, I probably wouldn’t be here today,” he said. “Airmen are a big part of who I am. I love being an Airman, but I also want to help Airmen. Being a career assistance advisor and talking to over 3,000 folks in the past two years, I feel the impact. When I’m back in my original career, I’m primarily affecting my squadron. Right now, I’m affecting people all over base through leadership seminars and other things we offer; that’s what I’ll miss most.” When it comes to retraining questions, Tousignant said some Airmen he interacts with tell him rumors they’ve heard, thinking they are ineligible to retrain. The best way to get the correct information is to talk to a CAA. “If someone wants to retrain, they need to come to our briefing,” Tousignant said. “Sometimes people don’t want to go to a briefing, but
the information is critical. The vast majority of the people who miss their opportunity to retrain miss it because they were misinformed, not because someone intentionally misinformed them. There are many times people learn about something then share it with others, but the retraining program is constantly changing. “If you want to retrain, talk to your career assistance advisor before it’s too late,” he added. “Some people are told they can’t retrain because their career field is low-manned, and that’s not always true. If you don’t ask or try, you won’t know. Airmen shouldn’t wait because they could miss their retraining window. The best time to retrain is as a first-term Airman.” The CAAs work closely with the Air Force Personnel Center, the military personnel flight and base leaders to pass on the most accurate
information. Their goal is to eliminate the misconceptions and educate Airmen. In an effort to spread the correct information, the CAAs would like the opportunity to speak with as many Airmen as possible. “Our (Air Force Instruction) mandates we get out and see every unit. However, there are 265 units here,” Tousignant said. “We need people to invite us to their organizations; the larger the forum, the better because people don’t know what they don’t know. We’re a product of the people who molded and created us, and we only know what they know. So we ask that organizations invite us out to their commander’s calls, enlisted calls or any type of event.” Retraining briefings are offered twice a week. For more information, contact the CAAs at 480-9473 or 06371-47-9473.
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Planes, trains, ferries: 1/1 CAV equipment arrives in Europe Story and photos by Alexander A. Burnett 21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs BREMERHAVEN, Germany — Before sunrise at the port, the work of Soldiers and civilians has already begun. The front gate and ramp slowly lowers from the massive vessel Arc Courage, and the first pieces of cargo pour out. As various combat vehicles get their first touch of European soil, it is clear the cavalry has arrived. The 21st Theater Sustainment Command partnered with their Theater Logistic Support CenterEurope and Surface Deployment Distribution Command’s 838th Transportation Battalion, 589th Transportation Brigade to bring 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division’s equipment to Europe in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve and Combined Resolve III.
The first piece of movement for the Ironhorse Brigade equipment was the journey across the Atlantic Ocean, facilitated by the SDDC. More than 370 pieces of equipment including Humvees, M1A2 Abrams Tanks, M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, generators, construction equipment, water buffalos and armored personnel carriers arrived Sept. 23 in Bremerhaven, Germany. Local national port workers downloaded each piece of equipment and staged them in preparation for the next step of the trip. “The SDDC coordinated this vessel to move the 1/1 Cav. equipment from Texas into Europe. We are discharging each piece of gear from the vessel, making sure it is staged and ready for onward movement by rail,” said Maj. Andrew R. Svilokos, operations officer for the 838th Trans. Bn. “As rail operations begin, we will hand the reigns over to the 21st Theater Sustainment Command.” Before the 21st TSC took control
of the equipment set, a team from the Ironhorse Brigade inspected each item to ensure no damage was done during the overseas movement. If faults were found, the maintenance team annotated it, repaired what they could and secured the item for the next stage of transportation. “This operation has gone extremely well. The equipment made it here with little to no issues,” said Maj. Nicholas Franklin, operations officer for 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st BCT, 1st Cav Div. “We have received outstanding support from the 21st TSC and all the units here on the ground in Europe.” The 21st TSC is responsible for the equipment as it moves by rail and ferry to its final destinations in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Grafenwöhr Training Area, Germany. Through coordination by the 21st TSC’s Branch Movement Control TeamBremerhaven, 39th Transportation
Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade and TLSC-E, each piece of equipment was professionally loaded and fastened to rail cars for transportation. In addition to tracking each piece of equipment as it travels, the 21st TSC’s 18th Military Police Brigade is providing teams of military police Soldiers as escorts and security. “This is a huge mission for the 21st TSC as the theater sustainment command for Europe,” said Maj. Edward H. Cho, 21st TSC support operations transportation integration branch deputy. “Because of outstanding partnership between us and the SDDC and 1/1 Cavalry, each of these pieces is going to get to its destination ready for Soldiers on the ground.” As the Ironhorse Brigade equipment makes its way into the Baltic region of Europe and Poland, the 21st TSC and its partners will continue to support it and the Operation Atlantic Resolve mission through logistical support.
Equipment belonging to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division waits for onward movement Sept. 23 at Bremerhaven Port.
Sgt. 1st Class Robin L. Blair, watercraft engineer assigned to the 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s transportation integration battalion, watches an M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division disembark the “Arc Courage” vessel at Bremerhaven Port Sept. 23.
Soldiers and civilians from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Surface Deployment Distribution Command and Theater Logistic Support Center-Europe receive the first M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Sept. 23 at Bremerhaven Port. The 371 pieces of equipment will continue forward to Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Lithuania and Grafenwöhr Training Area, Germany, in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve and Combined Resolve III.
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TRINITY REFORMED CHURCH (PCA)