Courtesy photoMarie Shaw (center) assists a news team from CNN sent to cover the arrival of wounded warriors at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center during the early stages of the war in Iraq.

PAO retires after 37 years of national media spotlight

by Chuck Roberts
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Public Affairs

She was born and raised as an only child on a working farm in a small village in Ath, Belgium. Her father didn’t have or need the help of sons to manage the farm — he had Marie.

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Senior Airman Blair Coffey, 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron general purpose light mechanic, uppercuts a punching bag.

Defenders empower Airmen through self-defense seminar

Photos by Senior Airman Damon Kasberg
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Phoro courtesy of shutterstock.com

Spring fire safety

Courtesy of the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron

The warm spring weather has finally arrived. It’s time for spring cleaning, barbecuing and practicing home fire saftey plans. So before firing up a gas barbecue grill, here are some helpful recommendations from the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department. Grills should be inspected to ensure there is no buildup of grease or spider webs that inhibit the flow of gas to the controls. Ensure rodents have not made a nest in the area of the hoses and controls over the winter. This can cause propane to leak and ignite when the grill is ignited. If such a condition occurs, turn off the gas supply at the controls (if the controls are not on fire). If the controls are on fire, turn off the gas at the supply (propane tank). Call 1-1-2 to report the incident and the fire department will respond to ensure the fire is out and the gas is properly turned off. The following are fire safety facts and tips for grills from the National Fire Protection Association. • Twenty-seven percent of the home structure fires involving grills started on a courtyard, terrace or patio. 29 percent started on an exterior balcony or open porch, and

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Retiree office offers one-stop shopping

by Airman 1st Class Larissa Greatwood 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

When it comes to retirement, individuals can be swamped with a vast amount of information available from a variety of organizations. When closing one chapter in life and moving into the next, this information can become confusing and overwhelming.

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Photo by Senior Airman Damon KasbergChaplain (Col.) Dwayne R. Peoples, U.S. Air Forces in Europe command chaplain, speaks during the National Prayer Service March 18 at Ramstein. Peoples focused his message on the importance of spiritual maintenance and how it impacts Airmen.

Spiritual maintenance supports Airmen

by Chaplain (Maj.) Mark B. McKellen
86th Airlift Wing chaplain

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak with Senior Airman Bryan Jordan from the 86th Maintenance Squadron. Jordan’s job is to inspect airframes for structural integrity. During a random inspection, he found a crack in one of the C-130J Super Hercules’ wings.

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Staff Sgt. Kathleen Mustafa, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron personnel programs NCO in charge, reads through cards to help determine her personality during a seminar hosted by the “Let’s Connect” group.

Female service members remember history, forge future

Photos by Senior Airman Damon Kasberg


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Photo by Senior Airman Damon KasbergJason “Wee Man” Acuna, motion picture and television personality, takes a photo with Senior Airman Kyle Melnick, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, during the USO Spring Visit March 3 on Ramstein. For their first stop of a multi-country tour, the USO brought Indianapolis Colts players Andrew Luck and Dwayne Allen; Colts coach Chuck Pagano; Pittsburgh Steelers player David DeCastro; and entertainers Philip Phillips, Dennis Haysbert, Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev, Ace Young, Diana DeGarmo and Jason “Wee Man” Acuna to Ramstein to visit military members and their families.

Stars make small stop for big thanks

by Senior Airman Damon Kasberg
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Team Ramstein welcomed 10 celebrities to the base during the USO Spring Troop Visit March 3.

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Photo by Brandon BeachSgt. Maj. Shawn M. Firch, 21st Theater Sustainment Command secretary general staff sergeant major, teaches Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney J. Rhoades, 21st TSC senior enlisted leader, how to play the guitar during some down time Feb. 22 on Panzer Kaserne.

TSC sergeant major’s music career strikes perfect tone

by Staff Sgt. Warren W. Wright Jr.
21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

When most people think of jobs in the Army, they don’t realize the multitude of opportunities available to recruits looking to join. One 21st Theater Sustainment Command sergeant major, however, found instant harmony when he enlisted into the Army nearly 28 years ago.

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Staff Sgt. James Whyte, 86th Communications Squadron postal specialist, sorts mail in the Northside Post Office Feb. 13.  at Ramstein. The Northside Post Office is the largest Department of Defense postal operation, handling approximately 8 million pounds of mail annually.

Postal services deliver peace of mind

Story and photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Dealing with mail can be a nerve-racking experience. Will it arrive on time? Will it be safe? What if it’s lost?

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 Airmen move their targets downrange during an M-4 carbine qualification test at the KMC Combat Arms Training and Maintenance firing range Feb. 19 on Vogelweh. CATM instructors qualify more than 7,000 students annually.

KMC keeps it on target

Photos by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski
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