• Photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Magbanua
Brig. Gen. Jon T. Thomas (right) salutes Lt. Gen. Timothy M. Ray, 3rd Air Force commander, after being awarded the Legion of Merit medal in recognition of his service as the 86th Airlift Wing commander Aug. 17 on Ramstein. Thomas is slated to become the director, Strategic Plans, Requirements and Programs, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

    A farewell to Mighty 86th

    When you take command of a unit or installation, you expect to personally grow; you expect the experience to broaden your perspective and offer opportunities to build your leadership skills. You do not always expect the units and missions to grow. Since I took command in June, 2015, the Kaiserslautern Military Community and Team Ramstein have grown and evolved immensely — and I couldn’t be prouder of all we’ve accomplished together.

  • Photo by Airman 1st Class Lane Plummer
Lt. Gen. Timothy M. Ray, 3rd Air Force commander (left), passes the guidon to Brig. Gen. Richard G. Moore during the 86th Airlift Wing change of command ceremony as Chief Master Sgt. Aaron D. Bennett, new 86 AW command chief, looks on Aug. 17 on Ramstein. The passing of a wing's guidon symbolizes a transfer of command.

    86 AW welcomes new CC

    Members of the 86th Airlift Wing welcomed their new commander Aug. 17 on Ramstein.

  • Courtesy photos
Knights present fights at Graenstein Castle near Merzalben today through Sunday.

    Medieval fest takes place at castle

    A medieval fest will revive the Middle Ages today through Sunday at Graefenstein Castle near Merzalben.

Digital edition

News

Photos by Staff Sgt. Frank Brown Jr.
First Lt. Kendall Ward, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) and 2016 Best Officer Warrior, grapples with 1st Lt. Ethan Klausner, 2nd Cavalry Regiment and category runner-up, during a combatives tournament Aug. 11, the final day of the European Best Warrior Competition, at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. The U.S. Army Europe and 21st Theater Sustainment Command senior enlisted leaders unveiled the region’s Best Warriors during an award ceremony held later in the day at the Tower Barracks Physical Fitness Center.

USAREUR’s best warriors unveiled after intense competition

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The U.S. Army Europe and 21st Theater Sustainment Command senior enlisted leaders unveiled the region’s top troops as the 2016 European Best Warrior Competition reached a thrilling climax before an enthusiastic audience of over 200 Soldiers, leaders and distinguished visitors Aug. 11 at the Tower Barracks Physical Fitness Center, Grafenwoehr.

Features

Children familiarize themselves with the features of an 86th Security Forces Squadron vehicle during a block party Aug. 5 on Ramstein. The Ramstein Enlisted Club block party featured static displays from the 86 SFS and the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department, free food for club members, face painting, bouncy castles and toy pony rides.

Ramstein Enlisted Club throws block party

Children familiarize themselves with the features of an 86th Security Forces Squadron vehicle during a block party Aug. 5 on Ramstein. The Ramstein Enlisted Club block party featured static displays from the 86 SFS and the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department, free food for club members, face painting, bouncy castles and toy pony rides.

Lifestyle & Health

Family day offers car-free fun

Family day offers car-free fun

“Biking — Skating — Hiking” will be the motto of the 23rd Family Day in Appelbach Valley Sunday. The road from Wuerzweiler to Pfaffen-Schwabenheim will close to motorized traffic for a car-free adventure day.

Sports

TAKE A HIKE – September, 2016

TAKE A HIKE — The Kaiserslautern Military Community’s monthly volksmarching feature. Volksmarching Notes • As of this writing, no travel restrictions are in place for neighboring countries. When considering participation at events outside of Germany, volksmarchers are advised to check with their command for any new travel restrictions. • Interested in volksmarching but […] - READ MORE...

Sports Shorts – August 19, 2016

Sports Shorts – Aug. 12, 2016

Sports Shorts – Aug. 5, 2016

Schools

School Notes – August 19, 2016

KMC school orientation, open house events Monday • Ramstein Middle School, New Student/Parent Orientation: 10 a.m. Thursday • Ramstein High School, New Student Orientation: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 26 • Kaiserslautern High School, New Student Orientation: 10 a.m. to noon • Ramstein Elementary School, Open House — kindergarten only: 1 to 2 […] - READ MORE...

School Notes – Aug. 12, 2016

School Notes – Aug. 5, 2016

School Notes – July 29, 2016