Archive for June, 2014


Lifestyle

Courtesy photoIn Deisdesheim, the billy-goat auction, a Pentecostal tradition, takes place 5:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Germans observe Pentecost Sunday, Monday

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Germans will observe “Pfingsten,” or Pentecost, Sunday and Monday. The religious fest takes its name from the Greek word “pentekoste,” which means 50th. Christians celebrate Pentecost, also called Whitsun, the 50th day after Easter, because they believe that’s when God sent down his Holy Spirit.

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Schools

Staff Sgt. Joshua Krape, 86th Operational Support Squadron survive, evade, resist and escape specialist, ensures Maddie Morelock, daughter of Air Force Col. Michael Morelock and Advancement Via Individual Determination student, finds her mark during the NAVid Challenge May 23 in Landstuhl.

Students navigate Germany with SERE Airmen

Story and photo by Senior Airman Hailey Haux
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Having the ability to navigate through any type of terrain and be able to get from point A to point B with a compass and map can be a useful skill to have, not only in an emergency but for recreational purposes as well.

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Features

Tech. Sgt. Francis Gilson, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flying crew chief, waits to take off from Šiauliai International Airport, Lithuania, to airlift American service members and Lithuanian paratroopers on a 37th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules May 17. Gilson was part of a five-man crew including 37th AS pilots and loadmasters. The team spent four days across three Baltic countries assisting in personnel drops of allied partners and American service members.

Flying crew chief: one-stop airborne repair shop

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

To keep Ramstein’s fleet of C-130J Super Hercules mission ready, crew chiefs are responsible to maintain the birds wherever they might land.

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Features

Photo by Senior Airman Hailey HauxWorld War II veteran Leslie Cruise pays his respects to the man who saved his life  Monday at the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in France. Seventy years ago on June 7, 1944, Pvt. Richard Vargas saved Cruise’s life during the invasion of Normandy. Cruise went to France five times looking for his friend’s grave in order to say thank you.

Life lives on through WWII vet

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News

Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael StuartU.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brian Angell, 435th Contingency Response Group personnel parachute program manager, directs people from different nations during International Jump Week May 4 at Rhine Ordnance Barracks. More than 300 jumpers from nine different nations performed a total of 404 static-line jumps and 132 high-altitude low-opening jumps in three days.

CRG goes above, beyond for international jump week

by Airman Larissa Greatwood
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Each year, the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing’s Contingency Response Group hosts International Jump Week to bring partner nations’ airborne units together to conduct training and foster working relationships.

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News

Know before you go this summer

by Robert Szostek
U.S. Army Europe Customs Public Affairs

People moving to the United States this summer should start preparing now by letting go of items banned from import, customs officials advise. It is also a good idea to apply early for import permits on restricted items.

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U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Leldon Lee Want, Special Operations Command Europe Joint Special Operations Air Component senior enlisted leader, looks out the back ramp of a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules to ensure Romanian paratroopers can safely exit the aircraft during Carpathian Spring 2014 May 18 above Campia Turzii, Romania. Jumpmasters from Ramstein and Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, took part in the training to help guarantee jumps went smoothly.

US, Romania conduct joint training, build partnership

Story and photos by Senior Airman Damon Kasberg
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

More than 80 U.S. Airmen and Soldiers stationed in Germany came together to take part in the Carpathian Spring 2014 May 9 through 23 here.

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Sgt. Joshua Overton, human resources NCO with the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, practices unarmed self-defense techniques on Staff Sgt. Fredrick Longhorn, HR NCO with the 21st TSC, during guard force training May 21 on Rhine Ordnance Barracks.

Soldiers train to conduct installation access control

Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Warren W. Wright Jr.
21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

Hundreds of Soldiers from throughout the U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz footprint participated in a three-day course designed to train Soldiers on the proper procedures for conducting installation access control.

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Features

Photo by Senior Airman Jonathan StefankoBrig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente, 86th Airlift Wing commander, speaks at a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response stand-down day commander’s call May 28 on Ramstein. The stand-down day gave units an opportunity to review facts about sexual assault and enhance awareness about behaviors of people who commit the crime.

Airmen focus on sexual assault prevention

by Staff Sgt. Travis Edwards
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Airmen from the 86th Airlift Wing on Ramstein took an entire work day to focus on the importance of sexual assault prevention and response May 28.

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News

A Douglas C-47 Skytrain, known as Whiskey 7, flies alongside a C-130J Super Hercules from the 37th Airlift Squadron May 30 over Germany. The C-47 came to Ramstein for a week to participate in base activities with its legacy unit, the 37th Airlift Squadron, before returning to Normandy to recreate its role and drop paratroopers over the original drop zone in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France.

Ramstein Airmen rekindle piece of D-Day history

Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Sara Keller
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Seventy years ago, young men from the 37th Troop Carrier Squadron at Royal Air Force Cottesmore, England, prepared their aircraft and themselves for what would soon be known as one of the most significant and meaningful days in the history of the world — D-Day.

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