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An audience member takes a photo of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band and the Rheinland-Pfalz International Choir as they perform. The band and choir performed and sang a wide variety of holiday songs in English and German.

USAFE Band performs KMC Christmas Concert

Photos by Senior Airman Damon Kasberg

     

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Photo by Staff Sgt. Warren W. Wright Jr.Dr. Ernest Roth (right), a Ph.D. holder in military history, discusses a specific battle from the Siege of Bastogne at the site of the battle with senior leaders of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command during a staff ride Dec. 5. Senior leaders of the 21st TSC participated in the staff ride to learn the history of the Siege of Bastogne from the Battle of the Bulge, apply lessons learned from past battles to use in current application, and build esprit de corps among the participants.

21st TSC senior leaders take staff ride to Bastogne

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

For the senior leaders of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, gaining a better understanding of the conflicts of the past can help shape the way they conduct operations in the future.

December 18, 2014 ×
Staff Sgt. Brantley Roberson, 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron aerial delivery technician, prepares to move a container Dec. 15 that was specifically built for Santa Claus to deliver toys to children. After being loaded, the bundles will be air-dropped at U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder along with Santa so that he can deliver them to local families in need of a little support this holiday season.

Santa’s workshop receives upgrade

Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Kris Levasseur
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Most children recognize the iconic figure whose rotund physique is decked out in a red and white suit with a joyous demeanor and a belly that jiggles like a bowl full of jelly every time he lets out a “Ho, ho, ho!”

December 18, 2014 ×
U.S. Air Force joint tactical air controllers from the 435th Air Ground Operation Wing’s 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron call in simulated airstrikes Dec. 2 in Barcis, Italy. Trained in all types of warfare, JTACs are proficient in a variety of technology and a range of weaponry and can advise and support ground commanders. The training allows JTACs to coordinate with F-16 Fighting Falcons and practice calling in airstrikes on simulated targets in the mountains.

AF JTACs work with Dutch army to sharpen skills

Photos by Senior Airman Matthew Lotz

       

December 11, 2014 ×
A C-17 Globemaster III sits on the Ramstein flightline Dec. 3 as civil engineers clear the ramp after the first snowfall of the season. The 786th Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment shop came in early in the morning to ensure Ramstein can keep launching aircraft.

Airmen plow through first snowfall

Photos by Senior Airman Armando A. Schwier-Morales

     

December 11, 2014 ×
The U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band gather with American military veterans during a Battle of the Bulge 70th anniversary commemoration event Nov. 23 in Saulcy-sur Meurthe, France. The USAFE Band played throughout Europe since September, stopping at villages that were affected by the battle. The band featured approximately 20 songs from the 1940s, bringing joy and nostalgia to the audience.

USAFE’s band of brothers; a performance to remember

Photos by Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko

       

December 4, 2014 ×
Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente, 86th Airlift Wing commander, does a breathing test with the MSA FireHawk 
mask prior to participating in a burn house training scenario Nov. 19 on Ramstein. The FireHawk is the mask used by 86th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters when battling fires.

Wing leaders receive firefighter experience

Photos by Senior Airman Timothy Moore

       

December 4, 2014 ×
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.

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