Archive for March, 2015


Sports shorts – events and notices

Sports news, events and information for the Kaiserslautern Military Community including athletic events, marathons and much more in and around Ramstein, Landstuhl, Kaiserslautern, Baumholder and Vogelweh.

March 26, 2015 ×


The running club LLG Landstuhl sponsors its 18th German-American Nanstein Mountain Run at 3 p.m. Saturday. The run begins near Sickingensporthalle (gym next to public swimming pool), Kaiserstrasse 128, and goes across forest trails up to Nanstein Castle. The trail is 7.1 kilometers long. The first three winners of each age group will receive certificates and prizes. Starting fee is €6 for adults and €3 for students. For details, visit or call Alex Barsteiner at 0173-3480684.

Landstuhl German-American mountain run

Courtesy photo


March 19, 2015 ×


Courtesy photoThe ceramics market in Homburg offers a variety of everyday items such as dishes.

Homburg holds ceramics market

Courtesy of Saarpfalz-Touristik

Right in time for Easter, more than 100 artisans from all over Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg will present their diversity of ceramic works from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the 17th annual Homburg Ceramics Market in the center of Homburg. Both Saarpfalz-Touristik and Homburg City Marketing organizers hope to lure thousands of visitors from the whole region.

March 19, 2015 ×


Courtesy photoThe Easter market in Sankt Wendel lures visitors with many attractions.

Sankt Wendel offers attractions at Easter market

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The city of Sankt Wendel, located in the state of Saarland, will hold its annual Easter market today through Sunday.

March 19, 2015 ×


Students from Ramstein High School participate in an attentive exercise as part of the Student 2 Student program March 5.

Ramstein students welcome peers to new home

Story and photo by Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Ramstein High School students trained on how to establish and sustain peer-based programs helping support military children as part of the Student 2 Student program March 5 and 6 at Ramstein.
The program teaches multiple coping techniques, which can help ease the transition of military children at a new location.

March 19, 2015 ×


Customs fines Kinder Surprise egg mailers

by Robert Szostek
U.S. European Command Customs Public Affairs

People thinking of sending Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs stateside this Easter should be aware of the U.S. Customs regulation banning these chocolates from import into the United States.
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents will remove Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs from your baggage or any package mailed stateside,” said Mike Dean of the U.S. European Command Customs Executive Agency.
Those who ship these eggs or similar products can be fined.

March 19, 2015 ×


Photo by Senior Airman Damon KasbergChaplain (Col.) Dwayne R. Peoples, U.S. Air Forces in Europe command chaplain, speaks during the National Prayer Service March 18 at Ramstein. Peoples focused his message on the importance of spiritual maintenance and how it impacts Airmen.

Spiritual maintenance supports Airmen

by Chaplain (Maj.) Mark B. McKellen
86th Airlift Wing chaplain

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak with Senior Airman Bryan Jordan from the 86th Maintenance Squadron. Jordan’s job is to inspect airframes for structural integrity. During a random inspection, he found a crack in one of the C-130J Super Hercules’ wings.

March 19, 2015 ×


As a part of a multi-echelon deployment to conduct Expert Field Medical Badge training in Vilsek, Germany, Viper Medics from the 421st Medical Battalion (Multifunctional) conduct tactical sling load operations.

Medical Battalion conducts tactical deployment to support EFMB

Story and photo by Maj. Marc Welde
421st Medical Battalion (Multifunctional)

An early wake-up call at 4:30 a.m. Feb. 23 brought attention to Soldiers from headquarters, 421st Medical Battalion (Multifunctional), for an “alert to deploy” to conduct Expert Field Medical Badge operations in Vilsek, Germany, more than 460 kilometers from their Baumholder home.

March 19, 2015 ×


Photo by Staff Sgt. Warren W. Wright Jr.Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division move an M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank immediately after its removal from the transportation vessel “Liberty Promise” March 9 at the Riga Universal Terminal.

Allied port ops reinforce Atlantic Resolve

Courtesy of 21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

Allied logisticians off-loaded more than 100 pieces of military equipment, including M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tanks, M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles and assorted military cargo from the vessel “Liberty Promise” March 9 at the Riga Universal Terminal docks in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

March 19, 2015 ×


Col. Matthew Redding, 21st Theater Sustainment Command chief of staff, helps a student don military protective armor during the resiliency forum. The chief subsequently directed the student to run across the room and do pushups.

TSC, community leaders build student resiliency during forum

Story and photo by Ronnie Schelby
21st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

Leaders and professionals throughout the KMC, including those in the medical, chaplain, military and quality assurance fields, participated in a weeklong resiliency forum March 9 to 14 on Vogelweh Military Complex.

March 19, 2015 ×