Commentary

Responsible Airmen: Dorm ban on alcohol lifted

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

As many of our Airmen at Ramstein were told Wednesday at several town halls, after careful deliberation, I decided to rescind the general order banning alcohol in the dormitories effective immediately.

August 28, 2014 ×
Festival attendees leave the Nature One festival grounds at 6 a.m. Aug. 2 inside the former Pydna Missile Base, Germany. Day One of the German dance music festival saw major international entertainers drawing in an expected 72,000 attendees.

How I learned to stop worrying and love the beat

Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Europe has been known to suffer horribly depressing winters, and it comes as no surprise that many inhabitants look forward to the glorious relief of summer. Why is summer so fantastic in Europe? What makes it so magical? After nearly completing my tour here I believe I have found the answer: summer festival season.

August 21, 2014 ×

Ebola: What are the real risks?

by Lt. Col. Juan M. Ramirez Public Health Flight Commander

Given the shear amount of information being broadcast via television, print, radio and the Internet, it’s easy to understand why many people have concerns over what is now being called “the largest epidemic of Ebola in history.”

August 7, 2014 ×

Air Force Core Values – The 86th Materiel Maintenance Squadron

by 1st Lt Gregory Souder
86th Materiel Maintenance Squadron

The Air Force Core Values are a three-part code for all Airmen to uphold no matter the situation.

July 31, 2014 ×
Photo by Sgt. Daniel ColeMaj. Gen. Richard C. Longo, deputy commander of U.S. Army Europe, speaks to U.S. and Estonian soldiers during a ceremony marking the start of land forces exercises. The general retired Tuesday after serving the Army for 34 years.

General says goodbye to USAREUR

by Maj. Gen. Richard C. Longo
U.S. Army Europe deputy commander

I have proudly served the U.S. Army and the American people as an Army officer for 34 years. Within those years I have raised a wonderful family, met courageous and inspiring people, and gained personal and professional fulfillment from this profession.

July 24, 2014 ×

76th AS enables diplomacy in the 21st century

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

Though World War I is historically called “The Great War,” its stories, lessons and anniversaries are often overlooked or forgotten — left in the shadows of other more “glorious” or more recent wars.

July 24, 2014 ×

Fair, unbiased judgment essential to military justice system

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

In order to clarify my intent and expectations with respect to military justice, I offer the following thoughts to the Airmen of the 86th Airlift Wing and KMC as a whole.

July 17, 2014 ×

Courage is born of encouragement

by Master Sgt. Etienne Tousignant
86th Force Support Squadron career assistance adviser

There was a point in my life when I didn’t see a future, but I found comfort through different base agencies. Adapting to our military lifestyle is not just difficult for our significant others and children, but also for those of us who joined.

July 10, 2014 ×

Enabling leadership through good followership

by Senior Master Sgt. Kathleen Carter
86th Operations Support Squadron superintendent

During our military careers, we are often reminded of how important it is to be a good leader. We read articles and attend seminars to help us strengthen our leadership abilities. Although I do feel that being a good leader is pertinent to everyone, I believe there is one subject that falls in the shadows of the word “leadership.”

June 26, 2014 ×

Dress to impress: Are you ready?

by Chief Master Sgt. Michael Dahlhoff
U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Emergency Management Functional manager

If you had to wear your service dress uniform tomorrow for an official picture, to meet a dignitary, for a retreat ceremony, a memorial or to report to the commander, would your uniform be ready?

June 26, 2014 ×