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3rd AF commander visits Ramstein Airmen Story and photo by Senior Airman Damon Kasberg 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
he 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, visited 86th Airlift Wing Airmen and saw their capabilities during an immersion tour Aug. 28 on Ramstein. As the new commander, visits such as these allow him to see ﬁrsthand Ramstein’s impact on the Air Force mission. “The 86th Airlift Wing’s mission is directly tied to the Air Force’s mission,” Roberson said. “We’re at a strategic location here. Missions ﬂown out of here support Europe and Africa, and the responsibilities and power that is projected from Ramstein will only grow as the mission in Africa grows.” The immersion began with breakfast alongside Airmen of all ranks. He talked to them about leadership and the future of the Air Force. He also addressed the Airmen’s concerns about current topics and gave them insight on what has helped him get to where he is now. “It was a privilege and honor to have the oppor-
Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force commander, receives a tour of the individual protective equipment warehouse during an immersion tour with the 86th Airlift Wing Aug. 28. Roberson recently took command of the 3rd Air Force, and visits such as these allow him to see firsthand Ramstein’s impact on the Air Force mission. He also spoke with Airmen from throughout the 86th AW and learned how their day-to-day jobs impact the mission.
tunity to sit next to someone who has accomplished so much in his Air Force career,” said Staff Sgt. Brook Jones, 86th Material Maintenance Squadron
resource adviser. “After listening to his opinions and See IMMERSION TOUR, Page 3
Common ground aids in mission, preserves ecosystem by Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Ramstein and its host nation partners gathered Aug. 27, to celebrate 10 years of preserving approximately 86 acres of forgery and wild life in part of the Mehlinger Heide foundation. According to Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente, 86th Airlift Wing commander, the Mehlinger Heide conservation effort exempliﬁes civilian and military cooperation to preserve natural surroundings, and demonstrates that the military can be a good steward of the environment while accomplishing its mission. The Mehlinger Heide foundation started as an idea in 2004 to address compensation measures required by German laws that demands that for each impacted habitat or sealed surface used by Ramstein, another habitat of the same type and size must be created near the area where the former habitat was developed
Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente, 86th Airlift Wing commander, gives a speech at the Mehlinger Heide foundation Aug. 27 during the 10-year celebration of preserving approximately 86 acres of forestry and wildlife.
inside the installation. “Any time an area is converted for a different use to fulﬁll our mission, we’re required to compensate for the impact on the undeveloped natural structure,” Mordente said. “But due to limited installation size,
it’s just a matter of time before we run out of compensation space within our installation. Therefore, the alternative concept which we know today as the Mehlinger Heide foundation was initiated.”’ The idea was to ﬁnd substitute space outside the installation while staying compliant with the compensation requirements, as well as funds for upkeep of Mehlinger Heide. “The Foundation Mehlinger Heide takes care of the maintenance and development of the third largest European dry heath habitat type in southern Germany,” said Joern Jeblick, 86th Civil Engineering Squadron chief environmental biologist. “The money for the different maintenance measures like mowing, bush removal and grazing with sheep and goats comes from environmental compensation measures for construction projects on Ramstein.” See ECOSYSTEM, Page 3
WHEN: Sept. 18 to 21 WHERE: Ramstein hangars 1 & 2 VISIT: www.ramsteinbazaar.org
until the bazaar!
Airmen conclude operations at Powidz AB , Page 3
Airmen perform air insertion training, Page 12
Airman finds true passion in career, Page 14
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The surgical technologist COMMENTARY
by Master Sgt. Jose Arias-Patino 86th Medical Squadron Surgical Services flight chief
rom its humble beginnings dating back to World Wars I and II, the surgical technologist has occupied a vital role in the surgical environment, which has undoubtedly made a pivotal impact on the successes of military medicine. Surgeons have depended widely on the critical skill, knowledge and competence of the surgical technologist to successfully accomplish the most demanding procedures and ultimately save lives. Most commonly referred to as operating room technicians, their role not only involves technical support during surgery but also meticulous preparation of the operating room before each surgical procedure. They must know the logistics, technique and wound management of each case in order to properly allocate supplies, instrumentation, equipment and dressing required for the surgery. The Air Force OR tech is competent in hun-
dreds of specialized procedures included in orthopedic, general surgery, urology, obstetric/ gynecology, ear, nose and throat, and neurology specialties. The most highly skilled OR technicians are selected to be part of more prestigious teams, such as open heart and major vascular specialties. In recent history, the OR tech evolved from the stalwart professional working in the background of each surgery to the forefront of military medicine. No longer is the OR tech “operating” behind the confines of prestigious medical centers and forward deployed locations. Now they help provide immediate damage control through life saving surgery in the most remote places as members of special operations surgical teams and the latest Tactical Critical Care Evacuation Teams-Enhanced. During the past year, the OR tech helped write the next chapter of military medicine. As surgical innovations grow, so do the ways we employ it — even at 30,000 feet. Stemming from the success of a TCCET rotary mission, a new capability was born, thanks largely in part to the capabilities of the OR tech.
This innovation is called TCCETe and is designed to bring all the resuscitative interventions that regular TCCET provides and adds the surgical component to fixed wing aeromedical evacuation aboard C-130 and C-17 aircraft. This next evolution and addition to the Air Force’s en route care system brings the “new normal” to surgery in the air. Operating at altitude brings unique challenges where the technician works in confined spaces and without the comfort of support personnel; their role could not be more pivotal in increasing the survivability rate. From the days of World War I until now the capabilities of surgical technicians have grown dramatically. They are required to operate at a higher level than ever before, as demonstrated with the latest innovation of the TCCETe. The birth of this concept embody U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa’s “Forward, Ready, Now” mission and is a clear representation of the Air Force continuing to be fueled by Airmen and powered by innovation. There may be no other enlisted medical profession in the Air Force as involved or evolved as the surgical technologist.
Motor vehicle accident reporting policy change A new policy change for reporting on- and off-base motor vehicle accidents will soon take effect to improve flexibility and convenience of reporting while stressing compliance with higher headquarter guidance, Air Force Instruction requirements and German law. U.S. forces and their dependents in the Kaiserslautern Military Community are involved in over 2,000 motor vehicle accidents every year, with many occurring off base as minor accidents. “The new policy is more intuitive to our Airmen and their families, while enabling security forces to prioritize our efforts on mission assur-
ance and protecting personnel,” said Maj. Nick Petren, 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron commander. “The revised accident reporting matrix provides clear guidance on a driver’s reporting responsibilities if they’re involved in an accident.” The policy change will reflect that Airmen and their families won’t need to immediately report minor traffic accidents involving personally owned vehicles to Security Forces. Minor accidents on base must be reported to security forces within 24 hours of the incident, and minor accidents off base must be reported within 72 hours of the incident. A minor traffic accident is defined as an accident where nobody was injured, there was no disabling damage to vehicle(s), no government property was damaged and damages
can reasonably be assumed to cost less than $10,000 to repair. Accidents involving government owned or leased vehicles require an investigation and must still be immediately reported to security forces. Additionally, any accident involving injuries or disabling damages to vehicles must be reported immediately to security forces. “Due to mission requirements, the 569th USFPS will not respond to every minor traffic accidents off base in the future. This policy change allows servicemembers to comply with German laws by exchanging information with all drivers involved in the accident before leaving the scene and then reporting to security forces within 72 hours,” said Petren. “Drivers can always call the Integrated Defense
Operations Center at 0631-536-6060 with questions or to request assistance 24/7.” Petren stresses that compliance with German law is paramount and it is all drivers’ responsibility to exchange information with other drivers involved in an accident, or they may face a fine or other legal consequences if they fail to do so. Drivers are also reminded that if they are involved in a single vehicle accident, and host nation government property such as a road sign or guardrail is damaged, they must report the accident to German police before leaving the scene by dialing 110 or 112. A vehicle accident reporting matrix will also be available to all
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Ramstein Airmen conclude operations at Powidz AB Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Jarad A. Denton U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Public Affairs POWIDZ AIR BASE, Poland — Airmen from the 37th Airlift Squadron performed their final flying operations from this rotation at Powidz Air Base, Poland, Aug. 25. For more than 75 Airmen deployed from Ramstein Air Base, this was their home away from home for 60 days. “Throughout this deployment the Airmen here represented America’s forward presence, postured alongside our proven, indispensable European partners,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Barry King II, 37th AS detachment commander at Powidz. “The visible support we bring to Europe allows us to strengthen our interoperability through regular combined training exercises.” During their time in Poland, Airmen honed their operational skills and worked together to ensure the C-130s were ready and able to conduct low-level flight training at improved and unimproved landing zones, as well as partner with U.S. Army and NATO service members for cargo and personnel airdrops. Aircrews worked around-the-clock, generating 150 flying missions that accounted for more than 330 hours in the air. “This has been a tremendous opportunity for our Airmen to demonstrate their shared commitment to peace and regional security alongside our NATO partners,” King said. “Since 2012, the 37th Airlift Squadron has held training events like this in Poland. We are proud and honored to continue the tradition.” Throughout the training, Airmen on the ground toiled tirelessly to ensure the Super Hercules was in prime working condition. Twenty-nine Airmen devoted countless maintenance hours to keeping an aircraft, which ECOSYSTEM, from Page 1
The land preserved by the Mehlinger Heide foundation also provides a mulch material that is used to deter birds by the Ramstein runways, creating a safer environment for the aircraft and pilots that transit through every day. “There is one more benefit from the Mehlinger Heide. A good part of it can be found on the Ramstein airfield,” Mordente said. “In 2008, we used heather seeds and mulch from the Mehlinger Heide to develop more than 17 acres of European dry heather habitat
A C-130J Super Hercules lands on an unimproved runway at Powidz Air Base, Poland, Aug. 25. Throughout their deployment to Poland, Airmen were able to work with NATO partners to develop and improve forces capable of maintaining regional security.
recently turned 60, in the air. “At any given moment, a C-130 could be called anywhere in the world to take on any challenge presented to it,” said 2nd Lt. Su Johnson, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron sortie support officer in charge. “Maintainers are ready anytime to ensure that the plane is prepped, ready to go and capable of returning safely. We take our job very seriously.” Whether on the ground or in the air, Airmen deployed to Powidz have a unique opportunity to test their capabilities, while integrating themselves with Polish culture and traditions. “Our time in Poland has afforded us a unique opportunity to conduct training focused on maintaining joint readiness, ensuring our collective security and protecting our global interests,” King said. “The benefits of training with other nations in deployed locations, like Poland, far outweigh the benefits that come from training independently. The experience gained by our Airmen alone is absolutely essential to maintaining our commitment to a Europe that is whole, free and at peace.”
in the infield between the two runways. We not only created a valuable habitat, this also helps us increase our flight safety. It keeps birds away from the airfield since they don’t like that kind of ground covering and avoid these areas.” The Mehlinger Heide foundation is a project that brought civilian and military partners together and continues to aid the Air Force in countless operational missions while simultaneously preserving an ecosystem within Germany. “This is a triple-win situation,” Jeblick said. “Ramstein gets rid of the necessity to
sacrifice its land for compensation measures, which might impede the base development, the third largest heather area in southern Germany is preserved and even improved for the next 50 years, which is paid by the interest derived from the foundation capital and of course, the German public has a wonderful recreation area.” It is through this common ground Ramstein and Germany were able to grow another flourishing partnership, not only aiding in countless operations, but helping protect wildlife and the environment.
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knowledge of the Air force, it motivated me to ... strive to be the best Airman I can be and to let my hard work and determination speak for itself.” After the meal, Roberson toured many Ramstein facilities, including the air traffic control tower, dual bay hangar, precision measurement equipment laboratory and the communications building. He met with Airmen from different units and listened to them explain their jobs. “Being stationed at Ramstein, I’m familiar with the 86th Airlift Wing,” Roberson said. “I see their work on a daily basis, but to get intimate like I did today and really get down and see some specifics of what our Airmen are doing (for our Air Force) is phenomenal.” Roberson’s first assignment was to Ramstein in 1985 as an F-4E Phantom II pilot. The base has seen several changes since then, most notably a flightline filled with C-130J Super Hercules. The command pilot with 5,000 hours in fighter aircraft had his first opportunity to experience the tactical airlift side of the Air Force when he joined an aircrew from the 37th Airlift Squadron on a C-130J training flight. “That flight was awesome,” Roberson said. “I was really impressed with the maneuverability of the aircraft. The power and responsiveness compared to prior C-130s was really impressive.” Just as the quality of aircraft has evolved over the many years, the Airmen have done the same. “The quality of Airmen has never been higher,” Roberson said. “Our mission couldn’t happen without the 86th Airlift Wing. I’m so proud of our Airmen. They’re doing incredible work.”
It’s time to SWING again!
An international music program including marching bands and many live acts on several open air stages and squares. Take a stroll through Kaiserslautern’s strip mall to the sounds of blues, swing, jazz, soul, salsa and rock ‘n’ roll. between Sep 4 and 6. Check it out from 11 a.m. See more at: www.militaryingermany.com
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Reported Larcenies AUG. 28
Ramstein — 55.99 liters of diesel fuel valued at $61.30.
7:59 a.m.: Fleeing the scene of a minor trafﬁc accident was reported in Obernheim-Kircherarnbach. 8:18 a.m.: Dereliction of duty and indecent exposure were reported on Ramstein. 1:38 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported on Daenner Kaserne. 3:14 p.m.: Possible self-harm was reported in Kottweiler-Schwanden.
1:30 p.m.: Fleeing the scene of a minor trafﬁc accident was reported on Landstuhl. 9:20 p.m.: An aircraft lasing incident was reported in Kaiserslautern.
5:43 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Kaiserslautern. 10:06 a.m.: Possible self-harm was reported on Landstuhl.
10:30 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported on Kleber Kaserne. 10:57 a.m.: A major trafﬁc accident was reported on Panzer Kaserne. 3:32 p.m.: Failure to obey a lawful order was reported on Ramstein. 4:07 p.m.: A major trafﬁc accident with injuries was reported in Wallhalben. 7:28 p.m.: A simple assault was reported on Vogelweh. 7:52 p.m.: Larceny was reported on Ramstein Air Base.
12 a.m.: A house break-in was reported in Mehlingen. 4 a.m.: Drunken driving was reported in Kaiserslautern. 6:30 p.m.: A minor trafﬁc accident and ﬂeeing the scene of an accident were reported on Kaiserslautern.
Düsseldorf — One Garmin GPS.
8:37 a.m.: A minor trafﬁc accident and drunken driving were reported in Bann. 11:25 a.m.: A minor trafﬁc accident and ﬂeeing the scene were reported on Landstuhl. 7:30 p.m.: Damage to private property and larceny were reported in Düsseldorf.
1:50 p.m.: Driving on a revoked U.S. Army Europe license with failure to report was reported in Hütschenhausen. 5:31 p.m.: Operating a USAREUR-plated vehicle without a USAREUR certiﬁcate of license was reported on Vogelweh.
Aug. 30 — 16 calls, 27 lives potentially saved.
The Baumholder Central Issue Facility will be closed for its required 100 percent annual inventory from Sept. 22 to 26.
Diabetes affects the whole body, including the eyes. If you have been living with diabetes for a long time, or were just recently diagnosed, take advantage of this day set aside just for you.
EES/WAPS town hall
Consulate information night
The 786th Force Support Squadron will host a town hall meeting to discuss recent changes to the Enlisted Evaluation System and Weighted Airman Promotion System from 9 to 10 a.m. today in the Ramstein Community Center, Bldg. 412.
A 9/11 ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday by the base ﬂag pole next to Bldg. 2201 to dedicate a wreath and pay respects to all ﬁrst responders who died on Sept. 11, 2001.
The 86th Munitions Squadron will conduct 100 percent inventory of the munitions stockpile Monday to Sept. 12. During this time, the munitions storage area will be closed to all account custodians; therefore, only emergency issue requests approved by the respective group commander may be submitted. For details, call 480-5725.
Diabetic eye exam day
The Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Optometry Clinic will conduct diabetic eye exams Wednesday. The clinic currently has 28 appointment slots for patients with diabetes. To schedule an appointment, call Central Appointment at 590-5762 or 06371-9464-5762. In an effort to help treat this often complex disease, the clinic is dedicating an entire day to the treatment and management relating to eye care for diabetics.
The U.S. Consulate General is hosting their 2014 U.S. Citizens Information Night from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Consulate General in Frankfurt. The evening will be a fun, casual event intended to inform U.S. citizens about the services the Consulate has to offer, but also about the many German-American organizations and clubs in the area.
The Ramstein Air Force Association, Chapter 507, will sponsor a “Dancing with the Stars” beneﬁt gala at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Ramstein Ofﬁcers’ Club. Interested dance competitors should contact Chief Master Sgt. Robert Lovett at email@example.com or Sandra Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday. Training sessions will be Wednesdays in the Ramstein Community Center. Price for the black tie event is $30. Funds will support the Wounded Warrior Project.
Dental Assisting Volunteer Program
The Ramstein Dental Clinic will start the next American Red Cross Dental Assisting Volunteer Program Oct. 20. The course is full time for seven months (from 6:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays). This program is open to dependent ID cardholders with a high school diploma or equivalent. Applicants must attend the mass brieﬁng at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Ramstein Dental Clinic, Bldg. 301. Interviews will be conducted Oct. 1 and 2. Notiﬁcation of
selection will be announced Oct. 3. Participants will in-process Oct. 6 through 17. Applicants need to be dedicated, motivated and up to date on all immunizations. Further information, applications and interview slots will be given at the mass brieﬁng. Volunteers are full time from start date. For more information, call Mater Sgt. Jessica McNabb at 479-2268 or 06371-46-2268.
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 your unit representative.
The Air Force Reserve needs motivated recruiters for the Recruit-the-Recruiter program, which is designed to identify Airmen who have prior active duty Air Force recruiting experience and have what it takes to support the mission of the Air Force Reserve Recruiting Service. There are many beneﬁts to serving as a Reserve recruiter. While serving in ActiveGuard-and-Reserve status, Air Force Reserve recruiters receive the same pay and entitlements as active-duty Airmen, including Tricare Prime and the opportunity to work toward an activeduty retirement. Those active-duty Airmen with prior recruiting experience interested in becoming a recruiter can contact Flight Chief Senior Master Sgt. Roger Haynes at 480-2326 or email@example.com. (For more Take Note activities, visit the KA online at www.kaiserslauternamerican.com.)
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OPSEC: Common sense made simple by Marisa Novobilski 21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs Operations security, or OPSEC, is an often heard term in today’s military environment. Officially, the military defines OPSEC as the process by which a person protects information that can be used by the enemy against them with the end goal of ensuring a safe and secure environment. Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines train rigorously on the formal five-step OPSEC process, which includes identifying critical information, analyzing threats and vulnerabilities, assessing risks, and applying countermeasures. However, while OPSEC education and practice is a critical function of all service members in their day-to-day duties, OPSEC behavior is critical, too, for military family members. During an Aug. 21 unit OPSEC inspection at Air Force Detachment 319 in Kaiserslautern, Jim Kelly, Air Force Technical Applications Center’s OPSEC program manager, took time to meet with military family members to discuss OPSEC and OPSEC activities. Dressed in a bright purple sport coat and with a non-traditional, faceto-face approach to teaching OPSEC awareness that included purple dragons, purple dragon eggs, “Fear the
Purple” koozies, purple notebooks, a purple flying monkey and purple “kiss” candies, Kelly educated family members on practical, easy ways to include OPSEC in their day-to-day activities. Since the AFTAC OPSEC Program is identified by the “Purple Dragon,” a theme with roots dating back to the Vietnam War and the start of modern OPSEC methodologies, Kelly ensures the color purple and purple dragon theme are fully integrated into his training delivery and awareness products. Kelly said family members play a critical role in OPSEC. “From a vulnerability standpoint, the adversary or ‘bad guy’ goes for the easy-picking fruit, and the easiest picking fruit out there are the families,” he said. “One, nobody has ever talked to them. Two, nobody has ever briefed them or brought them into the game, but yet, they’re so darn important. If you take them away, we cannot do our jobs. We cannot play the game.” Family members are the most vulnerable OPSEC targets, particularly since they receive little, if any, OPSEC education and training. Though service members participate in required annual trainings, family members receive little education, if any at all, Kelly said. “I’ve been with the government for almost 40 years,” he said. “Not
once has anyone ever spoken with my wife.” By providing common sense knowledge along with practical tools and safety tactics, Kelly aims to make OPSEC behavior second nature for military families through his training. This is particularly important for service members and their families overseas, as blending in with locals can be a challenge. “The next time you’re out, take a look at people’s shoes and feet,” Kelly said. “What kind of shoes are they wearing? What color are their socks? I can almost always spot the Americans in this way.” Good OPSEC practices stress the importance of awareness of the people around you and your surroundings, Kelly said. In his training, he encourages participants to remain aware and vigilant, especially when traveling. He also stresses the importance of blending in, similar to the way a single blade of grass is indistinguishable in a meadow. “Leave no footprint,” he said. “And don’t bring attention to yourself.” Kelly also touched on the importance of using OPSEC online, especially in today’s heavy social media environment. The enemy can easily access open source information on a person, Kelly said, as information on property ownership, real estate transactions, births and marriages, to name
a few, is easily accessible in the public domain. Add to that the information one shares on social media, and the adversary has more than enough personal information to exploit and manipulate. The importance of education and knowledge cannot be overlooked when it comes to OPSEC, Kelly said. This education need not inundate learners with complex military jargon and terminology but should focus on simplicity and practical activities that individuals can do every day to help protect sensitive information about them and their family. The key is to recognize and protect one’s own vulnerabilities. Kelly summarized OPSEC in just one word: common sense. “It’s simplicity; it’s common sense,” he said. “The more awareness and information you have, the safer you will be and the better you can protect your family.” To learn more about OPSEC for families, visit the Department of Defense Education Activity website at www.dodea.edu/offices/safety/opsec. cfm, or take a look at the information available on the Operations Security Professional Association website at www.opsecprofessionals.org. OPSEC Awareness Training for military professionals, civilians and families is accessible at http:// cdsetrain.dtic.mil/opsec.
Israeli police students tour Ramstein Staff Sgt. Zackery Hons, 86th Security Forces Squadron, showcases the K-9 section during a base tour for Israeli police students Aug. 28 on Ramstein. The 86th Security Forces Squadron and other base agencies gave a view into how security forces works together with local police to ensure the security of Airmen and base assets.
Photo by Senior Airman Armando A. Schwier-Morales
September 5, 2014
435th AGOW leaders combine thoughts by Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Senior leaders throughout the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing gathered at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden to discuss several aspects of their wing. Wing, group and squadron chiefs, commanders and deputy commanders, and superintendents shared thoughts and ideas to mold new goals that will strengthen the wing. POLICY, from Page 2
incoming Airmen and civilians that describes step-by-step instructions on what to do in case of an accident on-and off-base. “Copies of the accident matrix
“When we only focus on the tasks at hand we fail to take a step back and take a look at the big picture,” said Col. Joe McFall, 435th AGOW commander. “By gaining a better view on our capabilities, we are able to make the organization sharper.” The forum included multiple activities that fostered interactions between the groups and squadrons. “A weakness is a characteristic of your own organization,” said Col. Philip Hamilton, 4th Air
will be available to new Airmen during the Ramstein In-Processing line as well as at the Kapaun Vehicle Registration station,” Petren said. “Included is a ‘point and talk’ section in German and French to help
Support Operations Group commander. “The most important issue is for the wing and leaders to define and articulate the types of missions that the wing is responsible for and in some cases is shared by the diverse collection of capabilities we bring to bear every day.” Those in attendance agreed upon new goals for the wing they believe should promote growth within its ranks and streamline response and action times when requested.
communicate with other drivers that may not speak English.” While the policy has relaxed, military members could still be subject to punishment under the Uniformed Code of Military Justice if the proper procedures are neglected, whereas
dependents may be held accountable under the host nation law. For more information please call the 569th USFPS Police Services section at 0631-536-6004, or the 86th Security Forces Squadron at 06371-74-2050.
September 5, 2014
COMUSAFE talks headquarters reductions
USAREUR Soldiers, officers to compete for USAREUR’s best by U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
Photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane
Gen. Frank Gorenc, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, speaks to the headquarters staff during a commanders call Aug. 29. Gorenc discussed topics such as headquarters reductions, summer safety and the new “RUfit” campaign designed to help build resilient Airmen.
by Capt. Sybil Taunton USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs In line with the Secretary of Defense’s direction to cut 20 percent of Air Force headquarters budget, and with the creation of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa has lost approximately 346 positions from its unit manning document. Gen. Frank Gorenc discussed these reductions during a USAFE-AFAFRICA commander’s call Aug 29. Approximately 226 positions will be reduced to support establishment of the AFIMSC, and 10 positions will be reduced to support additional workload consolidation to Air Force Personnel Command. Roughly 110 positions have been eliminated for the
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required headquarters reduction, and some of these positions are not currently filled. “It is really important for people to understand that these are positions that have gone away and not people,” said Gorenc. “The Air Force has already approved funding to keep civilian and host nation employees in affected positions through Fiscal Year 15, and military personnel will remain in place until their Date Eligible for Return from Overseas [DEROS].” With the combination of transferred and eliminated positions, the USAFE-AFAFRICA headquarters staff is losing a total of 23 percent of its officer positions, 27 percent of enlisted billets, and 23 percent of the civilian positions. See ReDUctionS, Page 16
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Thirty top Soldiers, NCOs and junior officers from U.S. Army Europe’s major subordinate units will compete in USAREUR’s 2014 Best Warrior Competition and Best Junior Officer Competition Sept. 14 to 19 at the Joint Multinational Training Command in Grafenwöhr, Germany. The six-day event challenges competitors to complete a series of approximately 20 tasks and missions designed to test their knowledge, physical and battlefield skills in hands-on and situational testing and oral and written examinations. Competitors will tackle a day and night land navigation exercise, an obstacle course, a physical fitness test, a hand-to-hand combat tournament, a battlefield medical scenario and other physical activities. Soldiers and officers also participate in a simulated media interview, write an essay, take a written examination, and demonstrate their military knowledge and bearing for a board of sergeants major. The USAREUR-level competitors were previously selected as their organizations’ top Soldier, NCO or officer in local competitions at their units across Europe. While units throughout the Army conduct competitions each year to select their best Soldier and NCO, the Best Junior Officer Competition is unique to USAREUR, and highlights the command’s best lieutenants and captains. This year’s competitors are (in alphabetical order): • Pfc. Kevin Alba, Bavaria Medical Department Activity • 2nd Lt. William Alfonsi, A Company, 24th Military Intelligence Battalion • 1st Lt. Kyle Amonson, D Company, 2-159th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion • Staff Sgt. William Chavis, 7th Army NCO Academy • Sgt. Nicholis Couture, 319th Field Artillery • Cpl. Kyle Craig, C Company, 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion • 2nd Lt. Kristen Daisy, Service Company, 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery • Staff Sgt. Jessie Darrett, 5th Signal Command • Staff Sgt. Carlos Eggins, USAREUR Headquarters Battalion • Staff Sgt. Miguel Garza, U.S. Army Public Health Command Region Europe • Sgt. Andrew Gunner, A Company, 1st Military Intelligence Battalion • Pfc. Nicholas Hanson, 319th Field Artillery • Spc. Donald Irvine, C Company, Allied Forces South Battalion • Pfc. Paul Islas, D Company, 2-159th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion • Pfc. Brandon Kirk, Service Company, 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery • Spc. Roberto Mendez, Headquarters and Service Company, USAREUR Headquarters Battalion • 1st Lt. Mitchell Messick, A Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry • Sgt. Steven Miles, K Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment • Spc. Brody Moran, A Company, 24th Military Intelligence Battalion • Sgt. Elliot Pratt, D Company, 2-159th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion • Pvt. Benjamin Ranew, B Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry • Sgt. Ricardo Ruiz, C Company, Allied Forces South Battalion • Sgt. Sean Salter, Service Company, 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery See competition, Page 14
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Ramstein, Spangdahlem let the dogs out Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Stuart 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
he 86th Security Forces Squadron on Ramstein held a friendly competition with the 52nd SFS from Spangdahlem Air Base Aug. 29 on Ramstein. Four Ramstein dog handlers and three Spangdahlem handlers participated in the second annual Military Working Dog Competition. The allday event was previously held in Spangdahlem, but this year Ramstein played host. “It’s a great opportunity to get with our sister base to see what kind of training they have to offer as well as it being great competition,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Longero, 52nd SFS kennel master, stationed at Spangdahlem. There were seven stations the teams had to complete while running with a 35 pound rucksack. “One obstacle we encountered today involved searching for an aggressor or decoy hiding in the ﬁeld,” said Staff Sgt. Bryan Robinson, 52nd SFS military working dog handler. “We wanted to show (off) our dog’s ability to detect and locate the decoy.” The handlers showcased an array of skills, such as detection, searching buildings, scouting and searching for people. The handlers also proved their stamina while completing the 2.8 mile course.
Staff Sgt. Gilbert Lundgren, 52nd Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, clears a building with his dog during the second annual Military Working Dog Competition Aug. 29 on Ramstein. Four Ramstein dog handlers and three handlers from Spangdahlem Air Base completed seven stations while running with a 35 pound rucksack.
“There are multiple stations to challenge the dog in detection and control as well as to show veterinarian skills,” said Staff Sgt. Bradley Beaty, 86th SFS
military working dog handler. “The competition is designed to stress the military working dog team in an environment comparable to (deployments).”
AF Ball coming soon by Staff Sgt. Travis Edwards 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs The Ramstein Air Base Air Force Ball will be held Sept. 27 at the Ramstein Officers’ Club to honor the 67th anniversary of the Air Force. “We are really excited about this year’s Air Force Ball,” said Andreea Antonesei, Ramstein Air Force Ball marketing committee chairwoman. “This is the first time we’ve secured gifts for attendees from a German artist located in the capital of Berlin. The artist will create personal mementos for each guest with the theme of this year’s ball.” Tickets are on sale and range from $25 to $45 depending on the sponsor’s grade and whether they are a current club card member. Antonesei attributes the ticket cost to the hard work of the fundraising committee, which was able to raise enough money to help lower the price. Members can obtain tickets from unit representatives. The event kicks off at 5 p.m., will be in the theme of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and will feature the 3rd Air Force commander, Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson. Additionally, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe rock band, Afterburner, will provide entertainment for the evening. To follow up on the planning process and find out more about upcoming ticket information, visit the Ramstein Air Force Ball Facebook page at www. facebook.com/pages/Ramstein-Air-Force-Ball-2014/223347731199978.
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panky’s off-leash tour
September 5, 2014
Capt. Spanky goes to Sweden This past weekend my human took me out to see the second largest city in Sweden: Gothenburg. What a beautiful city by the seaside, where Vikings launched their boats to reach all over Europe and the Americas. My human has recently been infatuated with this selﬁe craze and took one with me wearing the legendary Viking horns, but did you know they never actually used those horns? Can you imagine standing tall and then somebody just grabbing and pulling you down by the horns in the middle of battle? When I visit a place I like to see all of it, and the best way to do that is from up high, but boy I didn’t learn
my lesson from the “leaning tower of pizza” stairs and my poor little legs. We went up to an old water tower cafe. Climbing up those hills and upstairs was worth the view. Looking out into the city that hosts some of the largest festivals in Scandinavia and seeing a wave crashing against the largest port in Sweden was amazing. I let my tongue ﬂy in the wind, and then I saw it! In the distance, a roller coaster came up and back down. Then, another! I thought, “Oh no.” I looked at my owners and saw a look in their eyes as if Thor’s hammer struck and reﬂected the lighting! I knew they saw it! I knew where we were going next. My
legs began to quiver, and my stomach began to sink. I tugged on my leash to head to
the city’s Botanical Garden to chase butterﬂies, or the Kungsportsavenyn shopping and walking district. Anything but the Liseberge amusement park! It’s the largest park in Scandinavia by the number of rides. I walked into the park with my tail between my legs as screams of excitement echoed all around me. There was only one hope. I knew my trip could be saved! As we walked up to the line for the park’s tallest roller coaster, we came up to the measuring stick, and thankfully I didn’t reach the minimal height to ride. I started wagging my tail in excitement, because I knew my vacation had been saved!
Recipe of the week: Tutti Frutti Sheet Cake
(baking powder), level (=15 grams or 1 packet) INGREDIENTS: » 150 grams sugar » 1 jar pineapple chunks » 1 package Vanillin (580 milliliters with juice) Zucker (vanilla sugar) » 1 jar of sour cherries » 1 pinch salt (720 milliliters with juice) » 1 peel or zest from » 1 jar peach halves (850 lemon, grated milliliters with juice) » 4 medium eggs » 375 grams flour, sifted » 300 grams Saure » 3 teaspoons Backpulver Sahne (sour cream)
INSTRUCTIONS: » Heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius/390 degrees Fahrenheit. » Grease or spray and flour a baking sheet approximately 32x39 cm and 3.5 cm high (13 x 5 inches and 1 1/2 inches high). » Drain the pineapple chunks, cherries and peaches. Cut the peaches into quarters. Combine the fruit in a bowl. » Sift the flour and Backpulver into a mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, Vanillin Zucker, one pinch of salt, the grated lemon peel, the eggs and the sour cream. Mix until everything is blended and holds together. Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Evenly spread the fruit pieces onto the dough » Bake for 40 minutes. Cool completely before serving. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if desired!
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Airmen perform air insertion training Photos by Airman 1st Class Michael Stuart
Airmen from the 435th Security Forces Squadron perform the ground portion of air insertion training Aug. 29.
Staff Sgt. Ritchie Brown, 435th Security Forces Squadron contingency response fire team member, provides security during air insertion training Aug. 29 at the Alzey landing zone, Germany.
A raised airdrop marker indicates the landing zone for members of the 435th Security Forces Squadron and 435th Air Ground Operations Wing’s Contingency Response Group during air insertion training. Anytime forces deploy to a location, the CRG are the first ones to put boots on the ground.
An Airman from the 435th Security Forces Squadron parachutes from a 37th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules during air insertion training Aug. 29 over the Alzey landing zone. The purpose of the training was to exercise the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing’s Contingency Response Group’s capability to set up a short takeoff and landing strip.
Fire team leaders from the 435th Security Forces Squadron ensure they have accountability of all personnel, weapons and equipment before they press on with their mission during air insertion training at the Alzey landing zone.
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86th Airman finds true passion in career Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Bowcock 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs SouthweSt ASiA — Let’s face it. Every guy has an inner child screaming to get out. And what little boy doesn’t like ripping apart his toys and making a mess of things? But the older most men get the more expensive and fancier the toys. Christopher Moore, vehicle mechanic from the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, is no exception. When it comes to tinkering and fixing things, this man has a passion and curiosity for it all. Now, his toys are much bigger, and they belong to the Air Force. “Working on cars brings a sense of pride when you see what you’ve fixed,” Moore said. “I recently replaced the engine in a truck. It took three days to take apart the entire vehicle, but it felt good to hear the engine fire up and to watch it drive away.” Moore said he likes to challenge himself and feels confident in his skills to try new projects and learn from them. Moore grew up in Lebanon, Missouri, with his dad after his parents divorced. He was 13 when he started working as a floor sweeper at a salvage yard. Throughout his teenage years, he spent his time work-
Senior Airman Christopher Moore, 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle mechanic, removes the engine of a truck July 18 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Moore has been a mechanic for the Air Force for three years and deployed from the 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
ing at his father’s vehicle restoration shop. There, he developed his skill for working on cars. In college, he worked as a mechanic at a major automotive business where he continued to refine his maintenance skills. “I went to college for two years,
taking classes such as marine biology, science and other subjects, but I was really drawn to auto mechanics,” said Moore, who’s deployed from Ramstein. Moore decided to join the Air Force to continue his education and to travel
and see the world while serving his country. “My grandfather, Peewee, served as a mail clerk in the Air Force and spent time in Germany. I felt it was a good See mechanic, Page 19
competition, from Page 8 • 1st Lt. Steven White, USAREUR Headquarters • Spc. James Simo, Battalion Headquarters, 21st Theater Sustainment Command Winners in the Soldier and • 2nd Lt. Sebastian Smoak, NCO categories of the Best 2nd Cavalry Regiment Warrior Competition will rep• Staff Sgt. Jordan Stipp, resent USAREUR in competi709th Military Police tion at the Department of the Battalion Army level Oct. 6 to 10 at Fort • 1st Lt. Michael Theising, Lee, Virginia. 15th Engineer Battalion For more information and • Spc. Felix Vallegarcia, C updates on USAREUR’s Best Troop, 1st Squadron, 2nd Warrior and Best Officer Cavalry Regiment competitions, visit www.eur. • 1st Lt. Kirk Van army.mil/bestwarrior and Everen, Headquarters and the USAREUR Facebook Headquarters Company, 2nd page at www.facebook.com/ Battalion, 503rd Infantry USArmyEurope.
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From left, Miles, Lulu and Lila Bette Heslen pose for a photo inside a water taxi July 25 during a family vacation to Venice, Italy.
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Chuck, who’s a big fan of Capt. Spanky (see Page 11), poses for a photo on top of the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany. Chuck and his human, Marissa Jones, are stationed at Ramstein.
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Patrick and Cordula Richards pose for a photo May 29 on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia.
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