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Tübingen’s feast for chocoholics

Tübingen’s feast for chocoholics

By Carola Meusel USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs Office

Those who cannot resist the sweet and delicate taste of chocolate or are simply looking for a savory gift, may want to head to Tübingen for the International Chocolate Festival, or “chocolART,” the largest chocolate festival in Germany.

November 27, 2014 ×
Skiing in the Black Forest

Skiing in the Black Forest

by Amanda Hayward, Contributing writer

When the first snow falls, ski resorts begin to open, and in Germany, this is a sport many look forward to. In fact, skiing made its mark in Germany in 1891, “The birth year of German skiing,” directly on the slopes of Feldberg Ski resort by a Frenchman named Dr. Pilet with his wooden skis. The trend caught on and next year, Feldberg will celebrate 125 years of skiing.

November 27, 2014 ×
A vision of aeronautical history: Auto & Technic Museum Sinsheim

A vision of aeronautical history: Auto & Technic Museum Sinsheim

Story and photos by Dan Blottenberger Contributing writer

It is fascinating what one innovator’s vision can become.

Count Friedrich von Zeppelin is considered one of the leading developers in airship travel. His inspiration to build a better method of airborne transportation originated while deployed as an observer with the Union Army during the American Civil War.

November 27, 2014 ×
Winter  driving  dread: A case for functional phobia

Winter driving dread: A case for functional phobia

by Dr. Krystal White, Contributing writer

The nightmares begin with the turning of the fall leaves, and the dread rises around Halloween. The fear goes hand in hand with Halloween candy — just another autumn season tradition. That is when I start to anticipate the coming of ice, snow and the horrific black, frozen rain that thwarts my naturally optimistic and analytical nature.

November 27, 2014 ×
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

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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 ×