Archive for October, 2014


Health

Let your child’s smile shine

by Senior Airman Xavier L. Torres
86th Dental Squadron

As your children begin to grow and develop, so should the parent’s knowledge regarding the prevention of dental disease and injuries. Parents play an essential role during these ever-changing years to help protect the health of their children’s teeth and gums.

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Lifestyle

Courtesy photo

2014 holiday mailing dates

Courtesy of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Postal Operations Branch

The below dates are for mail originating in Europe and destined to locations in the United States. Mail originating in the U.S. and sent to European APO, FPO or DPO addresses use similar mailing dates.

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Lifestyle

Family members and friends place dried flower bouquets, candles and wreaths on gravesites at German cemeteries Saturday during All Saints Day.

Germans observe religious holidays in November

Story and photo by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

On Saturday, many Germans will visit cemeteries to decorate the gravesites of deceased family members and friends with flowers or wreaths made of fir tree branches, pine cones and dried flowers, and to light candles. They do this because it is “Allerheiligen,” or All Saints Day, a religious holiday for Catholics.

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Features

Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael StuartLila, 2, gets ready to roll a bowling ball during a deployed family event Oct. 23 at the Ramstein Bowling Center. The Airman & Family Readiness Center hosts a deployed family event once a month to improve the morale of families of deployed Airmen.

A&FRC strikes with fun event

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Lifestyle

A “Transylvanian” applies makeup before opening night of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” midnight viewing. Cast members acted out the movie while it played on a projector behind them.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Photos by Airman Larissa Greatwood

     

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News

Sgt. 1st Class John Hickman, 409th Contracting Support Brigade, unpacks files in the new 409th CSB headquarters location in Sembach.

409th CSB relocates to Sembach

Story and photo by Rachel Clark
409th Contracting Support Brigade

The 409th Contracting Support Brigade is moving its headquarters operations to Sembach Kaserne.

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Features

Senior Airman Jacob Osborne, 86th Maintenance Squadron hydraulics systems journeyman, applies electrical power to a C-130J Super Hercules Oct. 21 on Ramstein. In order to check the hydraulic systems before or after a flight, the hydraulics journeymen must turn on the electrical systems and check the hydraulics from the cockpit as well as outside of the aircraft.

Hydraulics Airmen ‘pump brakes’ on aircraft danger

Photos by Airman 1st Class Michael Stuart

       

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Features

Airman 1st Class Taylor Bauman, 86th Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance crew member, packages a BBU-35 impulse cartridge Sept. 30 on Ramstein. The BBU-35 impulse cartridges are used to initiate the counter measures loaded onto C-130s. Countermeasures help divert enemy attacks on aircraft.  After everything is marked and logged into a computer, it takes about two and a half hours with three to four Airmen to build one load of 420 countermeasures, which supports one C-130. Additionally, it takes about 30 to 40 minutes to load chaff and flares onto a C-130 if the load crew is ready.

Airmen supply munitions, ensure mission success

Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Stuart
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

One of the differences between commercial aircraft and an Air Force aircraft is munitions. Without defensive munitions, flying units would be vulnerable to enemies when providing critical support to ground units.

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News

Watch out for these ‘vampires’ in your home!

Courtesy of the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron

They’re called vampire electronics. They suck energy even when turned off and can drive up the energy bills of unwary consumers. Although this eerie-sounding term can result in chilling home energy bills, the solution is not that scary. To keep energy bills down and consumption in check, the key is to identify the electronic culprits and drive a stake through their power-hungry hearts.

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News

LEAD town hall set for Dec. 10

Courtesy of the 86th Force Support Squadron

The U.S. Air Force Academy has a program designed for motivated enlisted Airmen eager to earn a world-class education and commission: Leaders Encouraging Airman Development.

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