Archive for June, 2014


Features

World War II veteran Pfc. Leslie Cruise salutes the gravesite of Pfc. Richard Vargas during a wreath laying ceremony June 2 at the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial.

WWII vet honors fallen comrade in France

Story and photos by Brandon Beach
21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

Nearly 70 years ago, on June 7, 1944, Pfc. Leslie Cruise and Pfc. Richard Vargas found themselves under enemy attack by German forces.

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News

Bill Prindible, a veteran U.S. Army pilot who flew on D-Day, takes the controls of a C-47 Skytrain during a flight over Normandy June 5. Prindible was visiting Normandy as part of the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy. More than 60 Ramstein Airmen traveled to Normandy to honor the sacrifices made by veterans of World War II.

Veterans relive Operation Neptune

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

Hollowed soil, possessed by a war machine denying liberty and freedom; hedgerows lined with hostile weaponry; dreary skies lit by gunfire launched from the ground; two Army Air Corp pilots flying into the face of danger.

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Blotter

KMC Blotter – June 13, 2014

JUNE 3 9:36 a.m.: Damage to private property was reported on Panzer Kaserne. JUNE 4 7 a.m.: Larceny of private property was reported in Kaiserslautern. 8 a.m.: Theft from a motor vehicle was reported in Kaiserslautern. 9:24 a.m.: A major traffic accident was reported on L-395. 9:49 p.m.: Animal neglect was reported on Vogelweh. JUNE […]

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News

Photo by Staff Sgt. Sara KellerLt. Gen. Tom Jones, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa vice commander, speaks at the 70th D-Day commemoration ceremony June 6 in Picauville, France.

Vice commander honors veterans at Picauville

by 1st Lt. Marie Denson
U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Public Affairs

A German army band’s music echoed through the air as service members from the U.S. Air Force and Army and German and French armies marched together to the Picauville memorial.

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Commentary

Remembering D-Day: Reflect on past, live in present, secure future

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

The events of Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy, 70 years ago hold a special place in the hearts of many people, especially those who experienced it for themselves or knew someone who lived through it. Remembering D-Day is as important to them as it is for those of us wearing the uniform today.

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Commentary

Strengthening the team

by Lt. Col. Troy C. Austin
86th Security Forces Squadron commander

The Air Force has provided mission, vision and priorities. Transforming vision into executable policy requires charismatic, energetic, inspirational yet humble leaders focused on Airmen and the mission. It is important to remember that being a leader is not tied to rank or position and it’s not about rewards. Leadership is about taking care of the people who complete the mission.

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News

Photo by Staff Sgt. Sara KellerU.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente, 86th Airlift Wing commander, speaks with Odette Lonckheere and her son Patrick, Coigny residents, June 7 at Franquetot Castle. Odette shared her story of how she chose to join the French army alongside her husband during World War II.

358th Fighter Group memorialized at 70th D-Day anniversary

by 1st Lt. Marie Denson
U.S. Air Force in Europe and Air Forces Africa Public Affairs

Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente, 86th Airlift Wing commander, and Denis Lebarbier, mayor of Coigny, France, stood together June 7 to unveil a memorial plaque dedicated to the courage and fortitude of the veterans of the 358th Fighter Group who participated in D-Day operations 70 years ago.

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News

D-Day airdrop remembered, relived

D-Day airdrop remembered, relived

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Sports

Photo by Linda SteilWarrior Transition Battalion-Europe Soldier Spc. Israel Cruz chases Bundesliga FCK Rolling Devils wheelchair basketball player Sascha Gergele down the court during a friendly game May 30 at the Kleber Fitness Center.

German pros join WTB-E for wheelchair basketball

by Ed Drohan
Europe Regional Medical Command Public Affairs

Members of the German Bundesliga FCK Rolling Devils, a wheelchair basketball team based in Kaiserslautern, came out to the Kleber Fitness Center May 30 to join Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe Soldiers in a friendly game.

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Lifestyle

Courtesy photosChildren can have their faces painted during the Kaiserslautern children’s fest Saturday.

Children fest offers fun, action Saturday

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public affairs

“Fun and Action in the City” is the motto of the children’s fest taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the center of Kaiserslautern. The city and the advertising association “Kaiser in Lautern” will sponsor the traditional fest offering a diversified program for the whole family.

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