Features

Courtesy photo

Let puppy buyers beware

Courtesy of the 86th Mission Support Group

Some people might think a puppy is a wonderful Christmas present — for themselves or their children.

November 20, 2014 ×
Michael Giesey, 86th Force Support Squadron Outdoor Recreation aid, teaches a class of students how to properly belay climbers Nov. 5 on Ramstein. Outdoor Recreation offers an assortment of classes from paddle-boarding to rock climbing.

Outdoor Rec creates fun for everyone

Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Stuart
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

With the everyday workload of military life, de-stressing is an important part of a service member’s career. The 86th Force Support Squadron Outdoor Recreation, located inside the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center on Ramstein, makes it easy for military members to enjoy their off-duty time in a fun, adventurous way.

November 13, 2014 ×
A redeployer going through the Air Force Deployment Transition Center gazes over the landscape at Heidelberg Castle Oct. 24 in Heidelberg, Germany. Redeployers go on an experiential outing during their time at the DTC to help them transition back into less threatening environments before going back home.

Making transition home easier

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

The deployment comes and goes. New experiences were had. Feelings, both expected and unexpected, came up throughout the entire process. There may be uncertainty about how to behave once back in the “familiar.”

November 6, 2014 ×
Airman 1st Class Joanne Collantes, 86th Medical Support Squadron medical materiel technician, applies makeup to Airman 1st Class Austin Hennessee, 86th Communications Squadron cyber infrastructure technician, before participating in the “Thank You for Asking” social experiment Oct. 23 on Ramstein.

‘Thank you for asking’ experiment shines light on domestic violence

Story and photo by Airman Larissa Greatwood
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

To promote Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, the Family Advocacy Program on Ramstein arranged a social experiment.

November 6, 2014 ×
Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael StuartLila, 2, gets ready to roll a bowling ball during a deployed family event Oct. 23 at the Ramstein Bowling Center. The Airman & Family Readiness Center hosts a deployed family event once a month to improve the morale of families of deployed Airmen.

A&FRC strikes with fun event

October 30, 2014 ×
Senior Airman Jacob Osborne, 86th Maintenance Squadron hydraulics systems journeyman, applies electrical power to a C-130J Super Hercules Oct. 21 on Ramstein. In order to check the hydraulic systems before or after a flight, the hydraulics journeymen must turn on the electrical systems and check the hydraulics from the cockpit as well as outside of the aircraft.

Hydraulics Airmen ‘pump brakes’ on aircraft danger

Photos by Airman 1st Class Michael Stuart

       

October 30, 2014 ×
Airman 1st Class Taylor Bauman, 86th Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance crew member, packages a BBU-35 impulse cartridge Sept. 30 on Ramstein. The BBU-35 impulse cartridges are used to initiate the counter measures loaded onto C-130s. Countermeasures help divert enemy attacks on aircraft.  After everything is marked and logged into a computer, it takes about two and a half hours with three to four Airmen to build one load of 420 countermeasures, which supports one C-130. Additionally, it takes about 30 to 40 minutes to load chaff and flares onto a C-130 if the load crew is ready.

Airmen supply munitions, ensure mission success

Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Stuart
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

One of the differences between commercial aircraft and an Air Force aircraft is munitions. Without defensive munitions, flying units would be vulnerable to enemies when providing critical support to ground units.

October 30, 2014 ×
Airman Tiffani Ortiz, 786th Force Support Squadron food server apprentice, serves customers Oct. 8 in the Rhineland Inn Dining Facility on Ramstein. The Rhineland Inn Dining Facility provides Airmen with food to-go.

Airmen feeding Airmen

Photos by Airman 1st Class Michael Stuart

       

October 23, 2014 ×
Members of Team Ramstein visit different information tables Oct. 17 on Ramstein. The Kaiserslautern Military Community Fair allowed units to set up stations in the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center to allow military members and their families to see events and classes offered in the area.

KMC comes together at community fair

Photos by Airman Larissa Greatwood

     

October 23, 2014 ×
An Airman signals to service members indicating they are able to carry a patient from a Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility bus Oct. 10 on Ramstein. There isn’t a CASF at every base in the Air Force. Depending upon where a medical Airman is stationed will determine whether or not they will work at a CASF.

CASF provides service members with extra care

Story and photos by Airman 1st Class Michael Stuart
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

When service members are injured downrange and need to receive specialized medical attention, they go to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to be treated. They are then transported, by the Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility on Ramstein, from LRMC to the Ramstein flightline where they receive care before they are transported elsewhere for further attention.

October 23, 2014 ×