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NEWS

Making history: Airmen transfer to USSF, Page 8

FEATURE

Operation Varsity Exercise: Evaluating 86 CES, 86 SFS response efforts, Pages 16-17

September 11, 2020 | Volume 44, Number 36

FEATURE

LIFESTYLE

Communicating effectively while wearing masks, Page 18

A jungle amidst concrete, Page 23

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37 AS bring fight to Noble Partner 20 Photos by Staff Sgt. Trevor Rhynes 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

See NOBLE PARTNER, Page 2 U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules aircraft take off in formation from Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 31. The 37th Airlift Squadron was tasked with transporting Soldiers to a forward operating base in preparation for a Joint Forcible Entry exercise as part of Noble Partner 20.

Just landed: 86 AW arrives for Stolen Cerberus VII Photos by Airman 1st Class Taylor Slater 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

See JUST LANDED, Page 3 An 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules aircraft sits on a ramp at Elefsis Air Base, Greece, during Operation Stolen Cerberus VII, Sept. 8. The exercise involves Airmen from the 86th Airlift Wing and the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing, both assigned to Ramstein Air Base. The exercise also includes Hellenic air forces and participants from the 57th Rescue Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy.


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NOBLE PARTNER from Page 1

U.S. Air Force Loadmasters assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron prepare a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft for flight at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 31. Loadmasters are responsible for balancing weight on the aircraft, securing cargo, and providing passenger safety during a flight. U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Bryce James, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, guides a loader with supplies toward a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 31. Ramstein Airmen transported nearly 200 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade to a staging area in preparation for Noble Partner 20, a joint exercise including service members from the U.S., U.K., Poland and Georgia.

U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant Gabriel Abreu, 2nd Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade assistant intelligence officer, sits among Soldiers prior to participating in an exercise at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, Sept. 1. The Soldiers participated in a Joint Forcible Entry exercise designed to test their ability to insert into enemy-held territory and secure an objective.

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade perform a safety check prior to reaching the drop zone at the Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Sept. 1. Jumpmasters perform a safety check to ensure a safe operation for paratroopers participating in the exercise.

A U.S. Air Force flying crew chief from the 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron watches as a C-130H Hercules taxis in formation at Tbilisi International Airport, Georgia, Sept. 1. Flying crew chiefs are responsible for diagnosing and correcting aircraft issues.

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade jump from a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during a Joint Forcible Entry exercise at the Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Sept. 1. The JFE provides a realistic scenario for soldiers to gain experience in order to engage an adversarial force.

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Charles Workman, 721st Aerial Port Squadron ramp services supervisor, fastens luggage to a pallet at Ramstein Air Base, Sept. 8. The pallet and its cargo will be used in support of Operation Stolen Cerberus VII, an exercise designed to enhance interoperability and airlift capabilities among allied armed forces through realistic joint and air operation scenarios.

Operation Stolen Cerberus VII participants depart a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft after landing at Elefsis Air Base, Greece, Sept. 8. The exercise involves Airmen from the 86th Airlift Wing and the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing, both assigned to Ramstein Air Base. The exercise also includes Hellenic air forces and participants from the 57th Rescue Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy.

(Right) U.S. Air Force Capt. Jerry Butler, 37th Airlift Squadron pilot, speaks with Capt. David Tart, 435th Contingency and Response Squadron assistant director of operations, before takeoff for Greece at Ramstein Air Base, Sept. 8. The Airmen are supporting Operation Stolen Cerberus VII, a training exercise held at Elefsis Air Base, Greece between Sept. 8-20.


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KMC BLOTTER

TAKE NOTE

COMPILED BY THE 569TH USFPS AND 86TH SFS

SEPTEMBER 1 12:55 a.m.: Assault/damage to private property in Kaiserslautern SEPTEMBER 2 8:09 p.m.: Damage to personal property in Niederstaufenbach SEPTEMBER 3 2:48 p.m.: Theft in Mackenbach SEPTEMBER 4 6:05 p.m.: Possession of controlled substance at Kapaun AS 8:04 p.m.: Dog bite in Vogelweh Family Housing

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SEPTEMBER 5 2:39 a.m.: Driving while impaired in Kaiserslautern 3:36 a.m.: Driving while under the influence in Kaiserslautern 7 a.m.: Assault in Kaiserslautern 9:10 a.m.: Major vehicle collision on Vogelweh 4:30 p.m.: Major vehicle collision between Olsbruecken and Kreimbach-Kaulbach 6:15 p.m.: Damage to private property in Steinwenden SEPTEMBER 6 12:20 p.m.: Damage to government property at Kapaun AS

Editor’s note: The purpose of the weekly blotter is to deliver a chronological listing of criminal activity in the KMC. The information contained in the blotter is not indicative of crime trends or the targeting of service members or their dependents. The location and nature of the entries is dependent upon where the crime was reported and not necessarily where the crime took place.

THE HOUSING HYPE Termination of military family housing Giving Notice: The best time to start thinking about moving out is when you are moving in. A 40-day notice is required prior to vacating your quarters. Final housing inspections The myth of the housing office performing a white glove inspection is non-existent. However, the house and ground must be clean and in a fire safe/environmentally sound condition. In reality, your final inspection should ensure that the standards of cleanliness are met and identify possible maintenance needs. Requesting self-help work All self-help work requires completion of an Air Force Form 332, Base Civil Engineer Work Order Request, and is coordinated with the Military Family Housing Flight, Facilities Section, then submitted to the 86th Civil Engineer Customer Service Office. Swimming/wading pools Swimming Pools are not authorized. Wading pools can be used, provided they will not exceed a maximum size of 5 feet in diameter. Water depth will not be greater than 8 inches. Always remember, while children are playing, adults must be present…when not in use the wading pool water must be completely emptied. Parking On-base parking of privately-owned vehicles will be in garages, driveways, carports, or identified authorized parking areas only. Neighbors Be reasonable and considerate and talk

to your neighbor when problems or misunderstanding occurs. If you and your neighbor can’t come to a final solution or understanding, you can contact the MHO Facility Office for assistance. (DSN: 314489-7108 - Commercial: 0631-536-7108)

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COVID-19 updates for KMC Looking for updated information regarding coronavirus and changes to base facilities? Visit www.ramstein.af.mil/ COVID-19/ Posting pictures on Social Media This is a reminder that, in accordance with German Law; Kunsturhebergesetz §22 (law on copyright in works of fine arts and photography §22), “images may only be distributed or publicly displayed with the consent of the person depicted.” This means that it is illegal to post someone’s picture on the internet, i.e. social platforms without their consent. Please be mindful that the improper use of cameras without consent can lead to fines or other legal measures from the German government. GACO helps U.S. customers in Germany Even during COVID-19, the GermanAmerican Community Office in Kaiserslautern (located in Rathaus Nord) is still available to assist American customers with host nation-related topics. GACO staff is able to help with German documents and authorities, host nation policies and regulations, questions about disposing trash off base, drivers’ licenses for U.S. civilians, retirement in Germany, marriage between Americans and foreign nationals, leisure and sports activities, and a lot more. GACO is a resource to help U.S. personnel have an easier and smoother stay in Germany.

As soon as USO is authorized to offer newcomers’ orientation tours in Kaiserslautern again, they will make weekly stops at the GACO. The main entrance of Rathaus Nord is currently closed to the public, but you can make an appointment if you need to discuss your matter in person. For your appointment you will need to use the entrance at Benzinoring 1 where you will be picked up. For more information, visit www.gaco-kl.de; call 0631-363-3010 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and between 2 and 6 p.m. Thursdays; or email info@ gaco-kl.de. Ramstein Pharmacy Tent Ramstein’s pharmacy is closing the lobby to patient access and dispensing medications through the exterior pharmacy lobby windows (walk-up pharmacy). This enables patients to maintain proper physical distancing. Medication refills can be processed through TRICARE Online or through the automated refill line (06371865601), and will be ready for pick-up the next duty day after 1 p.m. Pharmacy hours of operation are Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Attention all retirees and surviving spouses The 86th AW Retiree Activities Office is closed until further notice. For urgent situations (until we re-open our doors) that would normally be addressed to the RAO, you can email jim.barrante@fcgh.net.

Pets Owning a pet on a military installation is a privilege, not a right. You must ensure cleanliness of your pet’s area to control and prevent vermin infestation. Feces in your yard must be picked up daily or while walking your pet. Please clean up any mess that your companion may have made! Barbecue grills Barbecue grills must be gas only. Smoke detectors Inspection of smoke detectors will be performed at the initial inspection of your quarters by a housing maintenance contractor. You should perform an operational test periodically, preferably once a month. Damages to quarters Damages to quarters beyond reasonable wear and tear are occupant’s responsibility. Repairs/ replacements must meet Air Force standards. The Housing Office can fully explain your option to repair/replace damaged items and the method of payment. Door-to-door-solicitation Solicitation is not permitted on an Air Force installation. Please keep in mind, before soliciting or advertising on-base, a person or business must

obtain written permission from the KMC Housing Office (as an exception to policy.) Landlord rental law (off-base) Landlords in Germany have the right to choose their tenants based on personal preference. A landlord or property manager may interview potential tenants and then choose their tenants. Quiet hours (off-base) German law places limits on noise levels. Evening quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Daytime quiet hours are from 1–3 p.m. On Sundays and German federal holidays, quiet hours are 24 hours - all day and night. For any other housing questions/concerns,

please email KMCHousing@us.af.mil or call: Assistance section: DSN: 314-489-6672 Commercial: 0631-536-6672 Facilities section on-base: DSN: 314-4897108 - Commercial: 0631-536-7108 Furnishings management section: DSN: 314-489-6001 - Commercial: 0631-536-6001 Housing referral office off-base: DSN: 314-489-6643/6659 - Commercial: 0631-5366643/6659 Unaccompanied housing DORMS: DSN: 314-480-3676 (480-Dorm) - Commercial: 0637147-3676 The KMC Family Housing team is in the business of 100% “Customer Satisfaction!”

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435 CTS celebrates 70 years by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs The 435th Construction and Training Squadron celebrated its 70th year, Sept. 3. To commemorate the milestone, the unit held a ceremony paying homage to its history and heritage by highlighting the squadron’s accomplishments. The ceremony opened with Lt. Col. Seth Platt, the current 435th CTS commander, reading an excerpt from Brig. Gen. Michael “Mick” McAuliffe, the first U.S. commander of the squadron, formerly known as the 7329th Civilian Service Unit (CSU). Platt read, “‘Fifty years ago, I had the honor to take part in the 20th anniversary celebration. I had just arrived from Vietnam to become the leader of the CSU as a newly minted captain. Importantly, our accomplishments from then through today have been accomplished with dedication and excellence and the unit enjoys the respect of all who have served and assisted through the skills we bring to the task at hand. In my thirty-year Air Force career this was truly my Camelot duty assignment. My only wish is that the men who I served with were still among us and able to celebrate this moment and this occasion.’” Upon reading the message from McAuliffe, Platt reflected on his own time with the unit. “After being here for the past several months, I am starting to understand (McAuliffe) better and understand why he takes such pride in being part of our legacy,” Platt said. “Anyone who has spent any time here can tell there’s something special about the 435th CTS.” As the keynote speaker, the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing historian, Dr. Jeff McGovern, celebrated the wing’s past and present. “It’s a privilege for me, as your wing historian, to come be able to speak to you today about the history and the heritage of the 435th CTS,” McGovern said. “You guys have a truly unique history... you’re 70 years old, and that’s not 70 broken years, that’s 70 continuous years of a unit’s history.” McGovern went on to detail the history of the unit, starting with the Berlin Airlift, an effort following World War II which involved transferring tons of provisions to airfields in West Berlin. “During the occupation of Germany from 1945 till 1948, Germans and American viewed each other with mutual suspicion,” McGovern said. “The 1948 Berlin Airlift changed that. As an Air Force we were unprepared for the task at hand in many ways. One of those was in manpower, skilled and semi-skilled. We needed mechanics and office workers, we needed labor to load and unload aircraft quickly and efficiently, and we needed construction workers to repair and build airfields. In this time of need

we gambled and turned to our former enemy and offered them a chance to work for us. It was a gamble that has paid off ever since. “How the CTS fits into this story is tied to this new relationship, the establishment of the Air Force in 1947, and the start of the Cold War,” he continued. “When we separated from the Army in 1947, we agreed to let the Army Corps of Engineers provide our overseas and wartime construction capabilities, including airfield construction. Despite best intentions, yesterday just as with today, joint agreements are often trumped by single service requirements. As the tensions rose between the Soviet Union and the recently established NATO, the U.S. Air Force, starting in 1950, needed to build air bases on this side of the Rhine River. The Army was unable to meet that need and it is this gap in capability that required on Sept. 8, 1950, the activation at Rhein-Main Air Base, now Frankfurt International Airport, of the first iteration of the CTS, the 7329th Labor Service Unit (Engineer Construction).” Once established, the German-led and manned 7329th LSU took on the enormous task in constructing what was known then as Ramstein Air Station and Landstuhl Air Base. Afterward, the unit had many redesignations, the first being the 7329th CSU. In 1971, a U.S. Air Force flight from Wiesbaden was reassigned to the 7329th, initiating the redesignation to the 7002d Civil Engineering Flight. It is at this point that the Air Force officially acknowledged the creation of the 435th CTS, McGovern said.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Vincent Schuyler, 435th Construction and Training Squadron superintendent, recites the Creed of the Engineer to close out the 435th CTS 70-year anniversary ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, Sept. 3. The ceremony highlighted the squadron’s accomplishments while paying homage to its history and heritage.  Photos by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Seth Platt, 435th Construction and Training Squadron commander, gives a speech at the 435th CTS 70-year anniversary ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, Sept. 3. Platt spoke about his time at the unit and read an excerpt from Brig. Gen. Michael “Mick” McAuliffe, the first U.S. commander of the squadron, formerly known as the 7329th Civilian Service Unit.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Seth Platt, 435th Construction and Training Squadron commander, center, cuts the 435th CTS 70-year anniversary cake with Renate Dilger, 435th CTS resource management officer and Airman 1st Class Joseph Rooney, 435th CTS electrical production technician, during a ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, Sept. 3. The cake-cutting ceremony included the tradition of inviting Rooney, the unit’s youngest member, and Dilger, the unit’s most senior member with nearly 44 years of U.S. military service, to accompany the commander.


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Air Force seeks dress, appearance ideas through new crowdsourcing campaign by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs The Department of the Air Force launched a new crowdsourcing campaign to solicit ideas for dress and appearance improvements on the Air Force Ideation Platform, IdeaScale. Airmen and civilians were invited to begin submitting ideas Sept. 3. “If we want an environment in which Airmen feel valued, we need to create transformative opportunities to foster a culture of innovation and then listen to their ideas,” said Lisa Truesdale, Air Force military force policy deputy director. “Additionally, wearing the uniform and having pride in your personal appearance enhances esprit de corps.” Dress and personal-appearance ideas submitted to IdeaScale may be presented to

the Air Force Uniform Board after review by Air Force personnel subject matter experts. The uniform board will make recommendations to the Air Force chief of staff. All CSAF-approved ideas will be implemented within AFI 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel. If an idea does not meet the Air Force Uniform Board, a notice with rationale will be sent to the submitter. “We want our dress and appearance guidance to be inclusive,” Truesdale said. “We are committed to considering the views of all members. Individuals contribute their highest levels of creativity when they are cared for and feel a sense of belonging.” The following categories are available for idea submission: • GROOMING AND APPEARANCE

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STANDARDS (e.g. hairstyles, beards, shaving, etc.) DRESS UNIFORMS (Service Dress, Mess Dress & accessories (e.g. hat, shoes, shirt, belt, tie, ribbons, medals, insignia, etc.)) UTILITY UNIFORM (Operational Camouflage Pattern Uniform & associated accessories (e.g. hat, boots, belt, T-shirt, insignia, etc.)) ACCESSORIES (e.g. jewelry, earrings, rings, purses, backpacks, gym bags, phone, headphones, etc.) OUTER GARMENTS (e.g. pullover sweater, cardigan sweater, lightweight blue jacket, fleece, etc.) PHYSICAL TRAINING GEAR (e.g. shorts, pants, jacket, shoes, socks, shirt, etc.) FLIGHT DUTY UNIFORMS (TwoPiece Flight Duty Uniform, Flight Duty

Civilian employees encouraged to periodically review personnel folder by Toni Whaley Air Force’s Personnel Center Public Affairs The Air Force’s Personnel Center is recommending new and current employees of the federal government review their electronic official personnel folder periodically. “Your eOPF contains records agencies use to make important employment decisions throughout your federal career,” said Aqueilla GrimmageSmith, chief, Transition Operations Branch. “These documents show your federal employment history, verify your military service credit, and records your benefits in regards to health, life insurance, beneficiaries, and Thrift Savings Plan.” Ensuring the eOPF is correct and up to date is the employee’s responsibility. While there are no set timelines, employees records are typically updated for annual pay adjustments in January and appraisal pay-outs, e.g.

cash award and time-off awards. “When you get an e-mail notification stating that a new document has been added to your eOPF, take a moment and look,” said Grimmage-Smith. “While every effort is made to ensure the information in your eOPF is correct, errors can occur and may occasionally go unnoticed. However, periodically reviewing your own record significantly reduces those chances.” What to check in your eOPF • Check the Standard Form 50 (SF-50) Notification of Personnel Action. This is a legally binding document for the government used to document employment history. It includes the employee’s grade, occupation, salary, tenure, retirement plan, Veterans’ Preference, and remarks specific to the appointment, to name a few. • Check for spelling errors, Social Security number, and date of birth accuracy.

• Ensure Veterans’ Preference is accurate, if applicable. • Verify the correct life insurance election code is documented. • Check and double check the retirement plan. “I can’t express the importance of verifying your retirement plan enough,” said Grimmage-Smith. “If your retirement plan is not coded correctly, you could end up paying too much or not enough into retirement. The end result could be big debts which must be repaid at the employee’s own expense.” If an employee finds incorrect data or missing documents in their eOPF, immediately report the discrepancies to the local civilian personnel office for review and resolution. To register for eOPF access, go to the eOPF page in myPers at https:// mypers.af.mil/app/answers/detail/a_ id/23070.

Department of the Air Force delegates approval authority for nonchargeable emergency leave of absence by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs The Department of the Air Force recently announced the delegation of the approval authority for emergency leave of absence from the Secretary of the Air Force to unit commanders or civilian directors. Unit commanders or civilian directors may now grant an emergency leave of absence for qualifying emergencies, including the death or serious medical condition of an immediate family member, or any other hardship the

commander or director determines appropriate. “This delegation gives commanders and civilian directors the flexibility to assist their Airmen and space professionals directly and eliminates steps to get this type of leave approved,” said Lisa Truesdale, deputy director of Air Force military force management policy. “Additionally, our leaders can now aid their members faster and help prevent them from going into an unfavorable leave status in such a difficult time.”

Emergency leave of absence may be granted once during an entire service member’s career and is nonchargeable to the member’s leave balance. It is granted only to prevent the service member from entering advanced or excess leave status, and can only be granted for up to 14 consecutive days. Consult AFI 36-3003 Military Leave Policy for additional details at https:// static.e-publishing.af.mil/production/1/ af_a1/publication/afi36-3003/afi363003.pdf.

Uniform, Desert Flight Duty Uniform & associated accessories (e.g. hat, boots, T-shirt, patches, insignia, etc.)) • BADGES AND SPECIALTY INSIGNIA (e.g. organization badges, unit patches, duty identification patches, tabs, etc.) • MATERNITY UNIFORMS (e.g. Service Dress, Utility, accessories, etc.) To submit an idea or engage in this campaign visit https://usaf.ideascalegov. com. If you are new to the platform, register using your Common Access Card. From the homepage, scroll to the “Dress and Appearance” tile to submit your ideas. Previous dress and appearance ideas submitted to the Airmen Powered by Innovation campaign will be transferred to this new campaign.


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Making history: Airmen transfer to USSF

U.S. Air Force Airmen pose for a photo before a U.S. Space Force transfer ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, Sept. 1. Airmen in complementary career fields within the U.S. Air Force have been voluntarily transferring over to help maximize personnel in the USSF.  Photos by Airman 1st Class Jennifer Gonzales

by Senior Airman Milton Hamilton 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Several Airmen with experience and skills within the space domain officially transferred over from the U.S. Air Force to the U.S. Space Force, Sept. 1. U.S. Space Force Col. James Quinn, U.S. Air Forces in Europe space forces director, gave the oath to six Airmen during a ceremony to officially usher them into the USSF. “I’ve been in a space career field my entire U.S. Air Force career, so this just seemed like an easy transition,” said Master Sgt. Jennifer McCord, U.S. Air Forces in Europe plans and requirements space functional area manager. “I’ll be doing the same job, just within a new branch of our military.” Airmen in complimentary career fields within the U.S. Air Force have voluntarily transferred services to help maximize personnel in the U.S. Space Force. “I don’t think my role will change much, we still need leaders and experience,” McCord said. “Throughout my career there has been a push to create a space force, but to see it actually happen is amazing. Although members are just now transferring, I expect high levels of skill from our operators and will help to promote good qualities in them.” Although the U.S. Space Force manifested less than a year ago, the U.S. Air Force has always considered space a vital part of air superiority. “We’re fairly new and the culture in the space community has changed quite a bit, but innovation is still incredibly important,” said Capt. Justine Parr, 603rd Air Operations Center space weapons officer.

U.S. Space Force Col. James Quinn, U.S. Air Forces in Europe space forces director, gives the Oath of Enlistment to a group of U.S. Airmen at a U.S. Space Force transfer ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, Sept. 1. Quinn presided over the transfer of the six Airmen, ushering them into the newest military branch.

“Our operators are very comfortable with newer technologies and it’s totally acceptable to always be pushing boundaries.” The U.S. Space Force’s area of responsibility is currently any air space approximately 60 miles above the earth. “I’ve been in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years and I was thinking about retiring, but now I'm going to stay in as long as I feel I’m being useful to this new service,” Parr said.

“The possibilities are endless. The moon and deep space are within our area of responsibility. As newer technology comes online you'll see the space force lead in innovation, embracing and finding a way to utilize these technologies to accomplish the mission.” Satellites are a vital resource for the world economy. Whether in the civilian or military sector, the world’s key infrastructures, like

the internet, global positioning systems and monetary transactions, depend on space assets. “This is the first step in the right direction to ensure the world can continue to utilize the space effects that are provided on a daily basis,” Parr said. “The U.S. Space Force will preserve and ensure freedom of movement and the safety of the space assets.”


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Bolstering NATO alliances on land, in air

A B-52H Stratofortress assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base North Dakota, parks on the flightline at RAF Fairford, England, Sept. 4. The Department of Defense maintains command and control of its bomber force for any mission, anywhere in the world at any time.  Photo by Airman 1st Class Jesse Jenny

by 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron Public Affairs, Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs RAF FAIRFORD, ENGLAND — No stranger to Estonia, Lt. Col. Michael Middents recently completed a Bomber Task Force mission to the Baltic region on Aug. 31. Estonia, located in Europe’s Baltic region, is where Middents completed his officer Intermediate Developmental Education (IDE) at the Baltic

Defence College. Middents is the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron commander currently leading the Bomber Task Force in Europe operating out of RAF Fairford. By sending its officers to receive military education in allied nations, the United States demonstrates its commitment to its allies, in this case, to Estonia, the Baltic nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The Department of Defense encourages its members to complete

trainings such as these to bolster not only the professional development of its service members but to also enhance the interoperability between U.S. service members and allied nations and partners. “Our presence there is huge, it sends a message of solidarity,” Middents said. “It shows that the United States is committed to its Baltic Allies through the college and the networking it provides.” Middents completed IDE as a major from 2016 to 2017 with 54 other members of the course. This was not his first time in Estonia, however. He previously visited Estonia as an Air Force bomber liaison officer, which seldom happens. Middents said that acceptance in the course is highly competitive — not only within the Air Force, but also within other branches as only up to four officers are picked to

attend every year. The course is taught at the Estonian National Defence College in Tartu, Estonia, which was founded in 1919 by the then Commander-In-Chief of the Estonian Armed Forces. The Baltic Defence College is a joint project run by the three Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The course Middents attended prepares students to become joint command and general staff officers as well as trains them in the NATO joint planning process. Attendees are from countries such as Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania,, Canada, Norway, Germany, Ukraine, Serbia, Armenia and Azerbaijan to name a few. As an English-based course, Middents said that he found it easy to communicate while others used English as a second or even third language. Middents gained credibility with Russian-

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Air advisors host first virtual training with Panama partners amid COVID-19

Capt. Matthew Schnarrs, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron course facilitator, observes as Tech. Sgt. Larry Diaz, 571st MSAS instructor, gives a briefing on command and control operations during a virtual engagement with the National Aeronaval Service of Panama Sept. 1, at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. The two-week engagement marks the first time 571st MSAS used a virtual medium to train a partner nation, and consists of an introductory command and control course and a multi-topic airfield operations course. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Liliana Moreno

by Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell Jr. 621st Contingency Response Wing Public Affairs JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIXLAKEHURST, N.J. — Air advisors with the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron are providing training for the first time using a virtual medium to members of the National Aeronaval Service of Panama, also known as SENAN, Aug. 31 through Sept. 11. This new format of instruction is vastly different from anything the MSAS has done before as their mission is typically conducted in a partner nation. “Virtual engagement with the SENAN through the Zoom platform supporting the advising mission is nothing like any position I have held in the past,” said Tech. Sgt. Samantha Miller, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air advisor. “It takes the best of command post training and makes it mobile in a way that we have never seen before.” Air advisors established the new training and certification process with inputs from Headquarters Air Force, Air Mobility Command, InterAmerican Air Forces Academy, 818th MSAS and members of the State Partnership Program. Air advisors received virtual training certifications prior to this advising engagement that included two weeks of significant practice, research and

training to ensure they were presenting a professional image and complying with industry standards. “The team has had to overcome hurdles such as how to handle virtual interpretation, how to meet Congressional Leahy (law) vetting requirements virtually, and how to be engaging instructors while coping with the challenge of only having a camera, microphone and screen to engage their audience,” said Capt. Reuben Luoma-Overstreet, 571st MSAS mission commander. The training the air advisors are providing to their Panamanian partners consists of an introductory command

and control course and a multitopic airfield operations course. This training will serve as the framework for future Building Partner Capacity missions within the country. “This training helps us build an enduring relationship with the SENAN by institutionalizing a building-blocks approach to our Building Partner Capacity mission,” Luoma-Overstreet said. “Not only will this provide training that will help improve and standardize SENAN operations and practices in both the C2 and airfield operations realms, but it will also boost the effectiveness of future training events that might typically have been more sporadic.”

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Army dental Soldier embraces diversity, equality for all

When it comes to embracing diversity, tolerance and standing up for Army values, Staff Sgt. Akeem Williams, a dental specialist assigned to Dental Health Command Europe, is all in.

Story and photo by Kirk Frady Regional Health Command Europe When it comes to embracing diversity, tolerance and standing up for Army values, Staff Sgt. Akeem Williams, a dental specialist assigned to Dental Health Command Europe, is all in. As an Army brat raised near Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, Williams says he was fortunate to be taught right from wrong at an early age. Having lost his father to cancer at age 11, Williams was raised by a single mother, who was also in the Army, but had a lot of help and guidance from his grandmother. Williams recalls a number of challenges growing up regarding racism and tolerance. “I played a lot of sports as a kid,” said Williams. “I would hear kids make racist jokes and pick on and ridicule other kids based purely on their skin color or their accent. I didn’t think it was a big deal at the time and I got along with everyone.” “Now that I look back on it, I realize it was a big deal,” Williams added. “I believe my experiences as a child helped me to appreciate and respect people of other ethnic or racial backgrounds and to be

more accepting of people who are different than myself. “My mom taught me that we are all equal and to not judge others, or let someone judge you based of your race or ethnicity. She told me to let them judge you based on your character,” Williams added. According to the Pew Research Center, as the United States has become more racially diverse, so has the U.S. military. As of 2015, racial and ethnic minorities made up 40 percent of the Department of Defense. “Tolerance and diversity are important because we can learn from people with different backgrounds,” Williams said. “In the Army, listening to different perspectives is key. That’s how we solve problems, by bringing in new ideas from people of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The color of your skin shouldn’t be a factor.” As part of the Army’s focus and emphasis on diversity and inclusion, Williams was recently among a group of four Soldiers hand-picked to participate in a webinar with Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston. During the webinar, Williams shared

his experiences with Grinston and the webinar host, former Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey. “There’s no place in our Army for micro-aggressions,” said Sgt. Maj. of the Army, Michael Grinston. “Just because someone hasn’t seen or experienced racism within the Army itself, doesn’t mean it isn’t present.” During the webinar, Williams shared a personal experience he witnessed that has helped shape his perspective on diversity. “I’ve definitely witnessed intolerance during my time in the Army. A mentor of mine, whose second language is English, received some dirty looks and snide remarks during a briefing one day based purely on her accent,” said Williams. “I intervened on her behalf because it is immature and ignorant to act that way. Looking back on it, I wish I would have put them in their places a little bit harder. It makes me upset that we all wear the same uniform and swear to protect and defend this Nation with our lives, if need be, but we still have to deal with racism in our ranks.” In an effort to promote diversity among its ranks, the Army recently unveiled a

new initiative called “Project Inclusion,” a holistic effort that will include a series of worldwide listening sessions with Soldiers and DA Civilians. “A diverse and inclusive DOD draws out and builds upon the best in each of us; it builds esprit-de-corps, forges teamwork, and brings out the best between us,” U.S. Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper said recently. “In short, it brings out the best in America.” During the webinar, Williams shared his personal beliefs and experiences and emphasized the need for all Soldiers to embrace diversity and stand up for each other. “You should be yourself,” said Williams. “Embrace your battle buddy’s culture if it’s different from yours, learn their culture and teach them yours. When you meet new Soldiers ask them where they come from. Get to know their background.” “Don’t be afraid to speak up and intervene when you witness racism,” Williams added. “And whatever you do, don’t accept ‘it was just a joke’ as a response. I’ve lost some friends over my speaking up, I’m sure, but I don’t need ignorance in my Army anyway.”


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KMC Onstage Theater back on stage after six months

The actors have worn face shields or masks and have maintained distance during rehearsals and will also do so during the actual performances.  Photos by Jason Hare

by Keith Pannell U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Public Affairs The KMC Onstage Theater on Kleber Kaserne sat dark, the stage empty and silent for more than six months because of COVID-19. After six weeks of rehearsal in February and March, the pandemic hammer fell on the youth show, “Dinosaurs Before Dark,” and it had to be cancelled. “Based on the German government, and then the Army’s mandate to follow host nation guidelines, we actually cancelled the show on opening night. The kids and parents were heartbroken,” said Eric Danzeiser, KMC Onstage manager. “Luckily for us, most of the kids are still in the community and we were able to postpone it until now. And most of the kids still fit in their costumes!”

Since the theater reopened in July, the main stage has been busy. The sounds of rehearsal for two different shows ring out into the parking lot as local volunteer actors sing, dance and rehearse dialogue for the opening of the new season. Naythen Rinehart is one of the directors (along with Becca Davis) of the musical comedy, “Disaster,” the other show rehearsing on the main stage. “It’s a compilation of almost every disaster movie made in the ‘70s,” Rinehart said. “There’s tidal waves, electrocutions, fires, rats, piranhas, sharks and it’s all done around the disco music of the ‘70s. There’s a bunch of singing and dancing with a lot of surprises and a lot of recognizable music.” While the cloud of the pandemic casts a shadow over the

Youth actors rehearse for the KMC Onstage Theater production of "Dinosaurs Before Dark" beginning Sept. 4 on Kleber Kaserne in Kaiserslautern.

productions, the show must go on. Cast members in all shows are wearing facemasks or face shields, maintain physical distance, and will wear masks for performances. “That makes dancing and intimate moments difficult,” laughed Rinehart. “Expression is a large part of acting,” said Matt Davis, “Disaster” actor. “So, it will be even more difficult for actors' expressions to come across with masks, so we’re working hard on that in rehearsal.” Returning theater-goers will notice some obvious differences from previous shows. Audience members will be spaced far enough apart within the seating area to meet physical distancing requirements. “There will be no congregating in the lobby before a show or

during intermission,” Danzeiser said. “They will come in the front door to pick up or buy their tickets and get drinks and then they have to leave the building.” Audience members will wait outside until show time and will then enter the building through one of three emergency exits on side doors based on their assigned seats. “Family units may sit together, but non-family units must have the six-foot space between them and that works out that we can seat every other row. Based on our calculations, that means we lose about a third of our audience each show,” Danzeiser added. An extra show has been added on Saturday afternoons to accommodate additional audience members. The youth program show, “Dinosaurs Before Dark,” runs Sept. 4-6, Sept. 11-13 and Sept.

18-20. The cost is $12 for front seats, $10 for middle seats and $8 for back seats. An Evening of One Act plays will run Sept. 25-27 and October 2-4 at the KCAC on Daenner Kaserne. The musical comedy, “Disaster,” runs Oct. 16-18, 23-25, 30-Nov. 1 and Nov. 6-8. Tickets cost $15 for front seats, $12 for middle seats and $10 for back seats. Reservations are highly recommended for shows due to the limited seating. Reserve tickets for all shows by calling 0631-411-6626. For a complete schedule of upcoming shows and audition schedules, or to inquire about the youth acting classes in October, visit the KMC Onstage Facebook page.

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Operation Varsity Exercise:

Evaluating 86 CES, 86 SFS response efforts Photos by Senior Airman Kristof Rixmann 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

86th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters and 86th Security Force Squadron members escort an injured victim to an ambulance following a simulated major traffic accident at Ramstein Air Base, Sept. 1. First responders tested their ability to efficiently respond while being mindful of COVID-19 regulations and guidelines.

Two firefighters from the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron are the initial first responders to a simulated C-130 Hercules aircraft crash at Ramstein Air Base, Sept. 1. Upon arrival, the firefighters encountered a simulated fire, significant aircraft wreckage debris, and wounded individuals.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Julia Racette, United States Air Forces in Europe Emergency Medical Services medic, radios in the critical condition of a survivor following a simulated aircraft crash on Ramstein Air Base, Sept. 1. Within moments of finding the individual, Racette checked airway breathing, circulation and ensured the victim’s tourniquet remained tight.


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U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Camille Horton, left, 86th Medical Group quality and compliance superintendent, speaks with 1st Lt. Daniel Wilkinson, 86th MDG bioenvironmental engineer, while a Facility Response Team treats injured victims after a simulated major traffic accident at Ramstein Air Base, Sept. 1. The FRT’s responsibility lies in providing the simulated injured victims with efficient, potentially lifesaving medical treatment before transporting them to a well-equipped medical facility.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Julia Racette, right, United States Air Forces in Europe Emergency Medical Services medic, administers lifesaving care to a survivor following a simulated aircraft crash during Operation Varsity 2020-03 at Ramstein Air Base, Sept. 1. Within moments of finding the individual, Racette checked the survivor’s airway, breathing and circulation, and ensured the victim’s tourniquet remained tight.

Firefighters assigned to the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron run the fire truck’s water hose to the simulated aircraft crash site during a major accident response exercise at Ramstein Air Base, Sept. 1. Putting out fires resulting from an aircraft crash is a top priority as it allows firefighters to quickly move into the site before looking for remaining survivors. This MARE was part of Operation Varsity, a larger exercise which tests the base personnel’s readiness and ability to respond to any situation.

A firefighter from the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron directs water onto a simulated aircraft crash site during a major accident response exercise at Ramstein Air Base, Sept. 1. In an exercise environment, firefighters on Ramstein must show capability which means to demonstrate to Wing Inspection Team members the water hose has sufficient water pressure, before being used on the simulated aircraft crash. This MARE was part of Operation Varsity, a larger exercise which tests the base personnel’s readiness and ability to respond to any situation.


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Communicating effectively while wearing masks

Dr. Angeli Mohanani-Posey, an Army Hearing Program Coordinator with Public Health Command Europe, meets with William Beach to discuss techniques to improve communication Aug. 21.

Story and photos by Russell Toof Regional Health Command Europe For the foreseeable future, wearing a face mask in public settings will continue to be a requirement. While a mask helps with preventing the spread of coronavirus, it can also make it more difficult to understand speech. “Masks muffle sound,” said Dr. Angeli Mohanani-Posey, an Army Hearing Program Coordinator with Public Health Command Europe. “Masks also take away our ability to read lips and see facial expressions. We use a combination of

what we see and hear to piece together what was said.” Mohanani-Posey added that there could be an emotional impact as well as the physical impact to an individual. “As communication suffers, feelings of stress and isolation may also increase,” she said. “When it is difficult to communicate, people may find that they avoid activities, people and places they once enjoyed.” Hearing-impaired individuals are at a greater disadvantage because not only do they experience the muffled speech from the mask and the loss of facial cues, but also the additional layer of hearing loss.

Dr. Angeli Mohanani-Posey is an Army Hearing Program Coordinator with Public Health Command Europe.

For individuals with hearing impairment or hearing aids, Mohanani-Posey offered three recommendations. “First, use a mask that goes around the head instead of over the ears,” she said. “Second, if you find yourself preferring an over the ear face mask, try to find a way to better secure your hearing devices either by the use of wig tape or with the use of eyeglass cords. Third, remember to carefully take your mask on and off to avoid losing your hearing device.” Of particular concern to audiologists are children, many of whom have been heading back to school.

“Children are in their prime for learning,” said Mohanani-Posey. “Approximately 75% of the school day consists of speaking and listening.” She added that some of the main communication challenges school-aged children may face are: following along when the teacher is lecturing while also trying to take notes, not being able to fully see the teacher’s face, and background noise. “Overall, remember to be patient and mindful as communication is a two-way street,” said Mohanani-Posey. “Both the listener and speaker share the responsibility to ensure good communication occurs.”

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Bats, ghosts, baby gemstones: Fun in Fischbach Copper Mine

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by MilitaryinGermany.com Though it’s no longer quite so packed with precious metal, the Copper Mine of Fischbach contains something even better: adventure. Why go? Unexpected fun and adventure I can’t even begin to describe how awesome it was to take a day trip to The Copper Mine of Fischbach (or Kupferbergwerk Fischbach, in German). My friends and I had so much fun, which was a bit unexpected. Because, you know, it’s a copper mine. I know I should be more open to these experiences, but I have just never had an interest in copper mines. Well, that was until I met Nico, the Manager (Betriebsleiter, in German) of the mines and our wonderfully energetic tour guide who loves to practice speaking English. Nico was so excited to have an American writing about his Copper Mines that he took me and my guests on a very detailed 90-minute tour! War, ghosts, and mining taking seriously I won’t give you the full list of everything we learned, because I don’t want to spoil the surprises. Let’s just say that you’ll get a colorful education when it comes to the Fischbach copper mines and (at a minimum) the following subjects:

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is +49 (0) 678 5 7 9103. The address is Hosenbachstrasse 17, Fischbach 55743. How to get there Fischbach is under one hour northwest of Kaiserslautern, one hour and twenty minutes southwest of Wiesbaden and two hours and fortyfive minutes northwest of Stuttgart. Check DB Bahn for train information. Author’s Profile: Cheryl Koller is a native of Georgia. She is a DOD Spouse, mom of 4 daughters (2 adult, 2 teens), thrill-seeker, avid traveler, and lover of food and wine. She is a self-proclaimed Freedom-Prenuer and a Blogger currently living in Ramstein with her family.

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Warmth for the autumn soul: Pumpkin soup recipe by MilitaryinGermany.com It’s that time of year: fall is here, which means that pumpkins are ready for your kitchen! Want something that’s good for your body and your soul? Try this very simple recipe for sweet and delicious Pumpkin Soup. The soup is very rich and can also be served cold. The following recipe makes several servings, so you can play around with the temperature and the mix of broth and whipping cream.

• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit/175 degrees Celsius. • Remove the insides, slather the pumpkin with olive oil, and place it in the oven. • Bake until the pumpkin is soft and the skin easy to remove, about 45 minutes. • Put the pumpkin flesh, syrup and butter into a blender until pureed. • Pour puree into a stovetop pot with ¾ of the chicken broth and the carton of whipping cream. • Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg

and thyme until the taste is to your liking. You can eat the soup hot without any garnishes but feel free to add dried cranberries, walnuts and/or roasted pumpkin seeds. • Serve it up in your favorite bowl or, if you are really feeling festive, purchase a few smaller pump-

kins, carve them out and use them as serving vessels. • Guten Appetit!

Ingredients • 1 medium pumpkin • 1 carton organic chicken broth • 1 small carton whipping cream • 1/3 cup maple syrup • 1 TBSP butter • Dash of cinnamon • Dash of nutmeg • Dash of thyme Directions • Buy a medium-sized pumpkin. For fun, you can look for farmfresh versions: you can often spot pumpkins for sale while driving to and from base. • Cut off the top and bottom of the pumpkin. • Slice the pumpkin in half.

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Can’t-miss German day trips A-Z: Frankfurt am Main deciduous trees, Grüneburgpark is especially lovely in autumn.

by MilitaryinGermany.com Frankfurt can be tough to pin down. At first glance, It isn’t as easily graspable as some of Germany’s other large cities. It’s not Berlin, which is urbane, gritty and packed with history. Nor is it Munich, where Bavarian prosperity is evident from the moment you set foot in the city. Perhaps what Frankfurt most resembles is the Main river that snakes through its heart – flowing, changing and filled with life. Find the Greener Side While Frankfurt has shops, restaurants and sleek city stuff to spare, it also has incredible outdoor opportunities. And though it clearly isn’t German wilderness, there is something fantastic about green space in cities. You can get tranquility and energy. You can find distance from other human beings while being able to watch as many people as you want. So go to Frankfurt for those combinations. And make sure you find time to visit one — or all — of the following places, which are located in or near downtown.

The one thing you have to see: The River Main Though this may seem a strange choice, the river is arguably the essential feature of the city. It ties everything together, literally and figuratively. Wide paths and parks flank the river’s edge. At nighttime, especially, the skyline views are incredible. This is where you go to truly get a sense of what the city is about – the beauty, industry, vitality, steadfastness and love of life in all its forms.

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Frankfurt Zoo. This is a world-class zoo, where animals are cared for in a way that you would expect from a country that cares so deeply for animals. It’s large, beautifully designed and teeming with life. Open daily, it is strongly recommended to book tickets in advance. Palmengarten. Frankfurt’s Botanical Garden offers year-

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such a big city. More than 400 kilometers of trails mean that you can wear yourself (or your children) out by jogging, hiking, cycling or skipping – all for free. Grüneburgpark. This is a lovely, English-style garden that is in the heart of the city and once belonged to the Rothschild family. With a stunning collection of

Getting There Frankfurt is easily accessible by train from most anywhere in Germany. By car, it is just under 90 minutes from Kaiserslautern, just over 30 minutes from Wiesbaden, and a bit more than two hours from Stuttgart. For U.S. government employees, including service members, remember to always follow command regulations, which may be different than host nation policies, when it comes to travel.

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A family weekend in the Black Forest If you are looking for a terrific day or weekend of activities with the family, head to the Black Forest in southwest Germany and start exploring. A better idea: do it on a bicycle. Black Forest on a Bike: Getting Started Begin your adventure with an old iron railway line that has been paved over to create a family-friendly and very scenic bike route. It’s called the BähnleRadweg and stretches approximately 30km each way between the picturesque towns of Titisee and Bonndorf, while passing through Lenzkirch. Go to Titisee first. The tourist office there is open seven days a week. There you’ll find a bike route map, as well as information for finding the Bähnle-Radweg’s starting point at the train station in Titisee. Following the special Bähnle-

Radweg signs, you will pass by farmyards, fields full of cattle and horses, campsites, forests, several waterfalls, a huge viaduct and one or two breweries along the way. The route is not circular. So once you arrive in Bonndorf, you will return along the same stretch. There isn’t too much to do in Bonndorf, and if you arrive much later than 1 pm you may struggle to find somewhere open for lunch, so perhaps pack a picnic just in case. Alternatively (or if a full 60km return trip is too much for any of your group) then the almostmiddle point of the 30km stretch to Bonndorf is Lenzkirch. Here, you can stop and have lunch (at either the Brewery or the Campsite) before returning back to Titisee. Apart from occasional steep climbs and drops (which are short enough to walk) the entire route is relatively flat and accessible for all members of the family.

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Geocaching Along the Way If you and your family are also geocaching fans, then your day out may be even better, as there are some fantastic caches to find all along the route: one or two are challenging to find, but very rewarding if you do. There are several more in and around each town on the route. But be careful not to be spotted finding the treasure! Other Titisee Activities When returning to TitiseeNeustadt there is still more to enjoy. While Titisee is a sleepy town that pretty much closes down at 8:30 p.m., during the day it’s absolutely bustling.

Consider booking one of the electric donut boats to take out on the lake, which are easy for anyone to use. It is recommended that you pre-book, as they get very busy during the summer and weekends. Alternatively, you can just jump in the lake for a swim, find the outdoor pool that is also situated on the lake or simply stroll through the town for a bit of shopping in the many tourist and cuckoo clock shops. Make sure you also stop for a slice of Black Forest cake, too! If the biking got your adrenaline pumping but didn’t tire you out then head to the Action Forest, which has a variety of parcours activities… if you dare!

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If the weather isn’t cooperating, there is a terrific indoor water park in the town, with several different areas to suit every taste. It boasts a relaxing wellness area with indoor/outdoor swimup cocktail bars for adults as well as a more lively area with over 18 water slides and a wave pool for kids (or big kids). This area is nicely sound-proofed too so that those who choose the relaxation area are undisturbed. Genius. The Rothaus Brewery also isn’t too far from here (by car), and you can arrange in advance to join a tour and a tasting. Where to Stay There are plenty of options for accommodation — from camping areas to holiday-apartments (called Ferienwohnung), nice, but expensive, hotels and the possibility to stay on a family farm and help feed the animals! The city of Freiburg or the town of Feldberg is also close by if you would like to stay and explore the area further. The local tourist office is very helpful: although the website is in German, if you email or call in English they will be able to help. KAISERSLAUTERN

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by MilitaryinGermany.com If you’re looking for a beautiful day trip, try Palmengarten, Frankfurt’s botanical garden. Open year-round, it’s an exquisite place in and of itself. And it manages to shine even more thanks to it’s unexpected location in the heart of one of Germany’s largest cities. Sprawling landscapes It’s no surprise that the Palmengarten hosts beautiful landscapes. If you visit in the spring and summer, you’ll want to remember to bring your camera. The meticulously manicured rose garden is a must-see for any green-thumbed fairies among you looking for inspiration or a sight with which to forget all your daily troubles. There are, of course, many other varieties of gardens, including a succulent, perennial, bamboo, and heather garden. In spring, the bulbs bloom in droves around the ponds and pathways. Several water features scattered throughout the park add to the beautiful landscape. The largest is a shallow lake which has rowboats for rent (during summer)

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so you can get a closer look at the fish and waterfowl or reenact “The Notebook” (no shame, we’ve all done it). Either way, you will train your upper arms and see the garden from a new perspective. It’s a win-win-situation, if you ask me. Prices and information on boat rentals can be found at the Palmengarten website. Indoor attractions If you’re looking to escape the chilly air or happen to have caught a drizzly day, Palmengarten mercifully has several indoor houses, which host impressive displays of exotic and tropical plants. We enjoyed our retreat in the Tropics house as we walked from one humid room to the next and admiring the foliage. Do not miss the nearby Palmenhaus, or Palm House, which features rotating exhibits throughout the year. During our visit, we were blown away by the Orchid exhibit, which had multiple varieties on display (and for purchase!). For kids Kids will have a great time

exploring this botanical wonderland. In addition to two playground areas with slides, swings and climbing things, there is minigolf and a mini train. The 18-hole mini golf course is open daily May-September from 10 a.m.-6 p.m and on weekends or holidays in April and October. Clubs and balls are available for a €10 deposit from the nearby Children’s Kiosk. A game will cost €2.50 for adults and €1.50 for children 14 and under. The Children’s Kiosk also sells snacks and drinks to replenish your energy after a lively game! For those looking for a more leisurely visit, the Palmen Express electric train will take families around the Palmengarten daily from April to October. Tickets are €1 for children 2-16 and €1.50 for adults. Where to eat Café Siesmayer, located inside the park, is a Vienna-style coffee house that offers traditional German cakes and French pastries as well as sandwiches, soups, salads and a small menu

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ute walk from the nearby Bockenheimer Warte U-bahn station. For train times and information visit DB Bahn or www.rmv.de. If you choose to drive, there is an inexpensive parking garage (Parkhaus) on site (address: Siesmayerstraße 61 60323 Frankfurt am Main), as well as several other garages in the nearby area. The botanical garden is located about 30 minutes from Wiesbaden, 1.5 hours from Kaiserslautern and 2 hours from Stuttgart.

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ACS’s is inviting job seekers that are transitioning service members, military spouses, DOD civilian spouses and family members looking for a job to register for this online event that will allow you to video chat with local and CONUS based employers Oct. 6 from 12-3 p.m. A list of employers and job openings will be available on the USAG Rheinland-Pfalz ACS Facebook page as well as at the ACS and SFL-TAP Centers. Get a step ahead by providing a copy of your resume to ACS or SFL-TAP before noon on Oct. 2 or email it to usarmy/rheinland-pfalz. id-europe.mbx.sfl-tap-baumholder@ mail.mil. Advance RSVP is required to prove DOD eligibility status. RSVP by emailing usarmy/rheinland-pfalz. id-europe.mbx.sfl-tap-baumholder@ mail.mil. For more call ACS at 541-9000, 0611-143-541-9000. »» Family and MWR Community Expo:

Whether you are new to the area or you have called this area of Germany home for a while, the Family and MWR Expo is a great place to speak with representatives from the community. Learn about Family and MWR services and programs as well as meet new friends, all while becoming more acquainted with your local area and what it has to offer. Join us Sep.18 on Vogelweh at the Kazabra Club Bldg. 2057 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. to have some fun and learn more about the area you call home. For

more information go to Kaiserslautern. armymwr.com. »» Stuffed animal sleepover: Drop off your stuffed animal for a night of fun at the Baumholder Library Oct. 1 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pick up is the next day between 12 and 4 p.m. where you can see what kind of mischief they got themselves into between the shelves the night before! For more information, contact the Baumholder Library, Smith Bks. Bldg. 8332, 531-2841, 0611-143531-2841. »» Get Fit & Eat Right challenge: Feeling like you need a reboot after the last few months? The Get Fit & Eat Right challenge is a great two and a half week course to learn healthy habits with nutritional guidance, fitness plans as well as integrative medicine techniques to help enhance your emotional wellbeing. Weekly support sessions will support you staying on track as well as provide access to a variety of fitness classes. Cost is $20 and registration is Sep. 1 at the Mountaineer Fitness Center starting at 7 a.m. For more information, contact, Mountaineer Fitness Center, Smith Bks., Bldg. 8820, 531-3405, 0611-143-531-3405. »» Halftime Sports Bar now offering dinein: The Halftime Sports Bar is open

again! Service is take-out or dine-in, Mon-Thu, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m., Fri, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 4-10 p.m., Sat, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m., closed on Sundays. Enjoy great burgers, Reubens

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Whether you are new to the area, are looking to fill your home with some treasures, or need to make some room after all the online shopping the past few months, you will not want to miss the Flea Market Sep. 12 at the Armstrong’s Club parking lot from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. If you are looking to sell your goods, tables are $20 each and can be reserved through WebTrac. For more information go to Kaiserslautern. armymwr.com or contact Armstrong’s Club, Vogelweh Housing, Bldg. 1036, 541-9114/9115; 0611-143-5419114/9115. »» SKIESUnlimited: Gymnastics classes:

SKIESUnlimited offers gymnastics classes for children ages 12 months to 18 years old. For class offerings, times and prices contact Parent Central Services, Rhine Ordnance Bks., Bldg. 162, 541-9066; 0611-143-5419065/9066/9067. »» Rocky Horror Shadow Show Auditions: Be a part of the huge annual KMC Onstage Theater production of the Rocky Horror Shadow Show by auditioning for roles in the cult classic Sep. 14 & 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the KMC Onstage on Kleber Kaserne, Bldg. 3232. Come prepared for a cold read and vocal auditions along with learning short choreography. No experience is necessary. Casting 15 roles to include ensemble. For more information, contact KMC Onstage, Kleber Kaserne, Bldg. 3232, 483-6626; 0631-411-6626. »» Frozen Jr. Auditions: Based on the beloved Disney film, the story centers on the relationship between two sisters who are princesses, Elsa

and Anna. After inheriting the throne, Elsa flees, inadvertently causing the kingdom to become frozen in an eternal winter. Anna must venture out to find her sister and bring her back. Auditions will be held Sep 28 & 29 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the KCAC on Daenner Kaserne, Bldg, 3109 for youth ages 6-18 only. For more information, contact KMC Onstage, Kleber Kaserne, Bldg. 3232, 483-6626; 0631-411-6626. »» German Hunting Course and Certification at Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation:

Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation offers you an opportunity to earn your certification to hunt in Germany for only 10% of what a similar course would cost on the economy until Oct. 17. The German Hunting Course is an intensive course that covers all facets of hunting in Germany. During this course, participants will learn land management, game disease and harvest plans, as well as earn the right to hunt and own firearms in Germany. Hunting license is valid throughout the EU and is lifelong. Ages 18+. Contact Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation today at Pulaski Bks., Bldg. 2905, 493-4117, 0631-3406-4117 for more information and to get signed up, spots are limited! »» Baumholder German Hunting Course and Certification: Baumholder Outdoor

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by MilitaryinGermany.com Looking for a ton of outdoor activities in one spot to keep the whole family busy? Whether you’ve got a week or weekend, you should absolutely consider Berchtesgaden, which is located in the German Alps near the border of Austria.

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Home to the Berchtesgaden National Park, which offers spectacular views, the third largest mountain in Germany and a glacial lake, you’ll experience some of the best nature activities in the country. These include skiing during the winter, rock climbing during the summer, and cycling nearly all year round.

But Berchtesgaden really shines when it comes to hiking. In addition to mountain trails — which are many and easily found — walkers have the chance to see a stunning variety of beauty. Check out the Hintersee, a lake which has been a magnet for artists for centuries. While you’re at it, dis-

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appear into the Zauberwald for a while: it is rightly billed as a magical forest and lovely during any month of the year. As a bonus, the town of Berchtesgden is filled with both German Alpine charm and adventures of a more tranquil sort. The food is spot-on, and there are ample opportunities for

window shopping. And, if you want a more laid-back weekend, send everyone else to the trails while you relax in one of Berchtesgaden’s thermal spas. Explore more by checking out these websites (all in English): www.berchtesgadener-land.com www.berchtesgaden.de

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