Commentary

Professionalism, fundamental to leadership

by Chief Master Sgt. Frank J. Lakotich
Operations Superintendent, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron

As I look around and interact with the Airmen assigned to Ramstein and within the KMC, I’m truly amazed at the number of technological advances the Air Force has experienced since I joined 27 years ago.

May 14, 2015 ×

Unfamiliar territory: my memorable introduction to RAB

by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

A new life was waiting for me. At 19 years old, I was leaving everything I had grown to love or learn to live with: my friends, my family and my home. I was anxious to get on the plane, but I couldn’t leave without one last hug from my parents. It wasn’t like the quick hugs I’d give to my friends before we enjoyed our weekends from school. This time I embraced my mom and held her, ignoring the occasional glance from a passing stranger in the bustling airport around me.

May 7, 2015 ×

Recognizing the volunteer force

by Lt. Col. Thomas Ausherman 86th Force Support Squadron commander

The elimination of the draft in 1973 marked the beginning of an all-volunteer force in the U.S. military, but that’s not the volunteer force I would like to address.

April 30, 2015 ×

Sexual assault prevention: moving beyond awareness

by Gen. Larry Spencer Air Force Vice Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON — Since 2001, April has been the month that the nation has focused its attention on sexual assault awareness and the impact this crime has had on its victims.

April 24, 2015 ×

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 ×