Retiree Appreciation Day information fair

Story and photo by Senior Airman Jose L. Leon
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Retirees visit one of the informational booths set up for Retiree Appreciation Day Tuesday on  Ramstein. Organizations from the KMC gathered to relay information about changes to programs and answer questions from the audience.

Retirees visit one of the informational booths set up for Retiree Appreciation Day Tuesday on Ramstein. Organizations from the KMC gathered to relay information about changes to programs and answer questions from the audience.

The 86th Airlift Wing Retiree Activities Office held an information fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Ramstein Officers’ Club to celebrate Retiree Appreciation Day.

Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente, 86th Airlift Wing commander, kicked off the event.

Representatives from legal, Tricare, the pharmacy, identification card offices, customs and the KMC Retiree Council, as well as other organizations, gave briefings on updates to programs and answered questions from the crowd.

“One of the things we try to do is get people more curious about things and try to find out issues they are having,” said Lou De Andrade, KMC retiree council president. “It is important to show that the services care for the retirees.”

De Andrade worked with the Air Force and Army to organize the guest speakers and information fair. Attendees were able to ask questions when they were done speaking by visiting them at their respective booth for more information.

“Keeping up with what is going on in the military is what most retirees fail to do,” said retired Army Sgt. 1st Class James Hadnot. “There is a great deal of information here for us to take care of ourselves and our families.”

The 86th Medical Group also offered immunization shots at their booth. Other things offered at the booths were blood pressure tests, eye examinations and informational items.

In addition to the Retiree Appreciation Day, Pulaski and Ramstein dental clinics will be open for retirees from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on Pulaski and 8 a.m. to noon on Ramstein for exams, oral cancer screenings, cleanings and X-rays.

For more information, the RAO can be contacted at 480-5486 or 06371-47-5486, or email 86aw.rao@ramstein.af.mil.

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