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.

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 ×