Commentary

35 days in command … and six years of separation

by Brig. Gen. Jon T. “Ty” Thomas 86th Airlift Wing commander

It’s great to be back at Ramstein! As a prior Commander of the 86th Operations Group and Deputy Commander of the 603rd Air and Space Operations Center 2006-2009, I absolutely enjoyed the people, the mission and the privilege of living and working here at Ramstein Air Base.

July 23, 2015 ×

Air Force members grow with change

by Lt. Col. John Hansen 86th Comptroller Squadron commander

Over many decades, the Air Force has emphasized continuous process improvement. In the beginning of my career, the process was called Total Quality Management. Then it transformed to Lean Six Sigma before finally changing into Air Force Smart Operations in the 21st century. Process improvement is always with us.

July 16, 2015 ×

Embrace the Service, serve our great nation

by Chief Master Sgt. Chris Moore 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing, command chief

As I prepare for retirement after 28 years and depart Ramstein Air Base and Germany at the end of the month, I was asked to reflect on my career.

July 9, 2015 ×

Leadership should never be taken lightly

by Lt. Col. Christopher Hall
86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron commander

One of the most prestigious and privileged ceremonies of my career took place on May 27, 2015. It involved my family, who had missed out on many of the significant professional milestones of my career due to deployments. This ceremony was not a christening, nor was it a wedding; it […]

June 25, 2015 ×

The adaptability of military children

by Trinity Merrell
39th Air Base Wing dependent

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey — The uncertainty of military life may frighten some. There is never truly a “safe ground,” or feeling of complete calmness since around the next corner may be an unanticipated change of plans.

June 18, 2015 ×

Mordente bids farewell to Ramstein, Airmen

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

Ramstein is a different beast. As my tour comes to an end, I feel honored and privileged to have led the United States Air Force’s premier power projection platform, an installation that serves as the central hub for all military operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

June 11, 2015 ×

Honest answers to sexual assault myths

by Maj. Gen. Gina Grosso Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response director

WASHINGTON — Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month has come to a close. I want to take the opportunity to address three persistent myths regarding the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program: a commander’s ability to start, stop or otherwise hinder a sexual assault investigation; which agencies can take a sexual assault report; and the number of sexual assaults that take place when the victim and the perpetrator are in the same unit.

June 4, 2015 ×

Leadership CRM – ‘What do you think?’

by Lt. Col. Daniel Mangan 76th Airlift Squadron commander

Crew Resource Management is a vital tool used in aviation to ensure people’s skills and inputs are optimized to maximize safe, effective operations. This tool, or training procedure, is the cornerstone of safe operations in crew aircraft.

May 28, 2015 ×

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 ×