Commentary

Capt. Spanky makes smooth transition

 by Capt. Spanky

Happy Friday, team Ramstein! I’m sorry I haven’t given you any updates lately, but out-processing for retirement has kept me really busy. Luckily, I haven’t just been chasing my tail (or nub in my case).

March 26, 2015 ×
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Women’s History Month: Females play important role in WWII efforts

by Martha Lockwood
Air Force News Service

The Air Force’s acceptance of women into the force dates back to long before the first Women’s History Week celebration in 1978.

March 19, 2015 ×

An open letter to my Airmen — AGOW style

by Col. Christopher Barnett
435th Air Ground Operations Wing

When I came on board 20 months ago, it did not take long for me to realize the Air Ground Operations Wing, and then subsequently the Air Expeditionary Wing, are like no other wings I have ever been associated with.

February 19, 2015 ×

Learn to overcome failures

by Maj. Eric Tucker
509th Communications Squadron commander

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. — You will fail. The question is, how will you respond? This reminds me of a parable about the carrot, egg and coffee. A senior airman was distraught when he learned he did not make staff sergeant after his first time testing. His staff sergeant […]

February 5, 2015 ×

Motivating our teammates

by Chief Master Sgt. Jacob Dunbar
Air Force Special Operations Command

Many of us have set goals and intend to reach them. We get pumped up by the thought of achieving them. Though we got off to a valiant start blazing full speed toward the finish line, there are times when the fire in us fades. Sometimes our circumstances dictate that […]

January 29, 2015 ×
Photo by Senior Airman Timothy MooreCol. Gordon Hendrickson, U.S. Air Forces in Europe director of intelligence, speaks with Capt. Ty Axson, USAFE chief of Current Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operations-Europe, during a Senior Leader-to-Company Grade Officer Speed Mentoring event Dec. 16 on Ramstein. Senior leaders from around the KMC mentored CGOs on various subjects, including career progression and networking.

Staying mission-ready at home

by Capt. Patrick Cummings
86th Logistics Readiness Squadron

Mission readiness goes far beyond just being prepared in the workplace for the call of duty. The senior leader speed mentoring seminar on Dec. 16 reminded me of how service members can accomplish this in their daily lives.

January 22, 2015 ×

PT failure is more than an Airman’s problem

by Maj. Onnie Retkofsky
U.S. Air Forces in Europe

The last Monday of 2014 I reported to the Fitness Assessment Cell to complete my annual physical training test, along with many others. As we weighed in, got measured and paired up, I found myself partnered with a young Airman. We completed our pushup portion and moved on to sit-ups. As her turn finished and the physical training administrator began recording scores, panic ensued. I had counted 34 sit-ups, and 38 was the minimum they required.

January 15, 2015 ×

What is your story?

by Senior Airman Timothy Moore
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

As a photojournalist for the U.S. Air Force, I have been exposed to and documented many aspects of the military, and I get to see how everything comes together.

January 15, 2015 ×

Looking forward to a great 2015

by Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente
86th Airlift Wing commander

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I have the greatest job in the Air Force. I have a front row seat to witness amazing work accomplished daily by the men and women of Team Ramstein, and I’m looking forward to the accomplishments we will achieve together in 2015.

January 8, 2015 ×

Santa’s lean workshop

by Col. Raymond Briggs
86th Maintenance Group commander

I’ve been to Toyota, Caterpillar, John Deere, Standard Aero, Wal-Mart and many other industries to study their streamlined processes, also known as their lean manufacturing processes, but the one factory I’d love to see as the pinnacle of lean operations is Santa’s workshop in the North Pole.

December 18, 2014 ×