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Senior Airmen Giselle Toro (left) and Tristen Geray, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmasters, prepare for a U.S. and Bulgarian air force formation flight July 14 over Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Loadmasters are responsible for the proper loading of cargo onto an aircraft and ensuring passengers are safe and comfortable during travel.

Expeditionary Airmen carry AF mission load

by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Hours before propellers turn and wheels leave the ground, one group of Airmen are the first pair of boots to step forward in the mission.

July 30, 2015 ×
Retired Maj. James M. Beckworth, a 25-year veteran who served with the 3rd Infantry Division among other organizations, visits with Sgt. Cory Divens of the 3rd Infantry Division at Rhine Ordnance Barracks July 15.

Veteran of postwar occupation returns to Kaiserslautern

Story and photos by Ronnie Schelby 21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

A veteran of the post-World War II occupation returned to his former offices on Panzer Kaserne and Rhine Ordnance Barracks, as well as the scene of his marriage and much of his youth.

July 23, 2015 ×
Participants place their hands over their hearts during the National Anthem prior to the start of the 2015 Viking Challenge at the Pulaski Park track July 17, 2015. The Viking Challenge is a 24-hour run/walk-a-thon that raises money for various organizations in the Kaiserslautern Military Community (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sharida Jackson)

Viking Challenge comes to KMC

Photos by Staff Sgt. Sharida Jackson

Participants place their hands over their hearts during the national anthem prior to the start of the 2015 Viking Challenge July 17 at the Pulaski Park track. The Viking Challenge is a 24-hour run and walk-a-thon that raises money for various organizations in the KMC.

July 23, 2015 ×

Airman brings 21st century to AF

by Airman 1st Class Tryphena Mayhugh 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Many Airmen have the opportunity to implement changes and find better procedures within their workplace, but few are able to upgrade their unit to the extent one Airman has, and he was honored for his dedication.

July 23, 2015 ×
Abigail Murray, Civil Air Patrol cadet, answers another cadet’s question in a drill and ceremony test during the CAP’s 2015 European Summer Camp June 24 on Ramstein.

CAP turns teens into cadets

Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Lane Plummer 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The Civil Air Patrol hosted its 2015 European Summer Camp at Ramstein High School June 20 to 28 on Ramstein.

July 23, 2015 ×
Kevin Lewis, 86th Force Support Squadron program coordinator, poses with his artwork June 29 on Ramstein.

Ramstein member’s artwork to be displayed in world’s largest museum

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

Art can take many forms and shapes and encompasses an infinite amount of mediums. Some artists use their skills as a hobby while others make it a full-time job. With passion and dedication, great talent doesn’t always go unnoticed.

July 16, 2015 ×
Attendees of Freedom Fest pose for a photograph while on an amusement ride July 4 on Ramstein. The two-day event was held in celebration of the United States’ Independence Day. Attendees were able to enjoy rides, food, fireworks and live concerts.

Freedom Fest 2015

Photos by Senior Airman Damon Kasberg and Airman 1st Class Tryphena Mayhugh

Attendees of Freedom Fest pose for a photograph while on an amusement ride July 4 on Ramstein. The two-day event was held in celebration of the United States’ Independence Day. Attendees were able to enjoy rides, food, fireworks and live concerts.

July 9, 2015 ×
Photo by Staff Sgt. Sharida Jackson
Col. Brent Johnson (right), accepts the 86th Medical Group's guidon from 86th Airlift Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Jon Thomas (left), during the 86th MG's change of command ceremony June 30.

Medical Group changes command

Col. Brent Johnson (right), accepts the 86th Medical Group’s guidon from 86th Airlift Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Jon Thomas (left), during the 86th MG’s change of command ceremony June 30.

July 9, 2015 ×
Photos by Staff Sgt. Warren W. Wright Jr.
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the U.S. Army Europe commanding general (right); U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Duane A. Gamble, the new leader of the 21st TSC (front); and U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John R. O’Connor, the outgoing TSC commanding general (rear), inspect their formations from atop a vintage Army jeep during the change-of-command ceremony held June 24 at NCO Field on Daenner Kaserne in Kaiserslautern.

New CG assumes command of 21st TSC

by Sgt. Maj. Michael Pintagro 21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

A senior, battle-tested Department of the Army logistician assumed command of U.S. Army Europe’s premier support formation during a memorable change-of-command ceremony held June 24 at NCO Field on Daenner Kaserne in Kaiserslautern.

July 9, 2015 ×
Photo  by Katarzyna Hurova/Shutterstock.com

Summer market recipes

by Krystal White Contributing writer

Fresh summer recipes you can make after visiting your local farmer’s market.

July 3, 2015 ×