Archive for June, 2017


News

U.S. and NATO military members raise their countries’ flags during the opening ceremony for exercise Saber Strike 17 June 3 at Adazi Military Base, Latvia. 11,000 U.S. and NATO military members from 20 countries participated in the exercise from May 28 to June 24 throughout the Baltics and Poland. Saber Strike 17 promotes regional stability and security, while strengthening partner capabilities and fostering trust.

US, NATO wrap up Saber Strike 17

Story and photos by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

ADAZI MILITARY BASE, Latvia — 11,000 U.S. and NATO military members from 20 countries wrapped up exercise Saber Strike 17, June 24. The exercise took place in various regions in the Baltics and Poland from May 28 to June 24.

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News

Ramstein Air Base Airmen and Fussballverein Ramstein Fussball Club A-Team pose for a photo during the Grassroots program sports day at FV Olympia Field June 24 in Ramstein-Miesenbach. More than 25 Airmen and soccer players volunteered for the event to help build relations between service members and the local community.

Base, village come together for sports day

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Nesha Humes
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Team Ramstein members partnered with the Fuss-ballverein Ramstein Fussball Club A-Team for a sports day at FV Olympia Field, Ramstein-Miesenbach, June 24.

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Commentary

Commentary — LGBT Experience

by an anonymous Airman

I left for Air Force Basic Military Training on May 11, 2015. I left behind most of my immediate family, the love of my life, Joseph, and our two dogs. The six-hour drive to the Military Entrance Processing Station was filled with every emotion ranging from anxious to excitement. An […]

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Blotter

KMC Blotter — June 30, 2017

June 21 11:40 p.m.: Domestic assault in Harsberg-Weselberg June 22 4 a.m.: Failure to pay debt, assault, resistance, flight, breach of arrest, disorderly conduct and drunkeness in Landstuhl June 23 9:40 p.m.: Domestic assault in Otterberg 11:30 p.m.: Aggravated assault in Kaiserslautern June 24 3:58 a.m.: Drunken operation of vehicle […]

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Features, News

Take Note — June 30, 2017

Retire in Germany briefing The Next Retire In Germany Briefing will be conducted 1 to 3 p.m. July 28 in Bldg. 2120, room 105, on Ramstein. The 86 AW Retiree Activities Office, Customs Office, TRICARE and the VA, will be briefing. To register for the briefing contact the RAO at […]

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News

CAP cadets tackle week of challenges

CAP cadets tackle week of challenges

Story and photos by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

In the heat of a German summer afternoon, 28 young people make their way through the forest. They are mostly too young to be Airmen, yet they wear similar uniforms as they carry fellow members on stretchers, over walls and under barbed wire, following the orders of their cadre.

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Health

Ramstein Area Dental Lab provides smiles for Airmen, Soldiers

Ramstein Area Dental Lab provides smiles for Airmen, Soldiers

Story and photos by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Many Airmen and Soldiers are used to working alongside one another in a variety of career fields. Pilots, security forces, maintainers, and others often have the opportunity to build a partnership with sister services through exercises and deployments.

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News, Sports

Ramstein hosts AIRCOM track and field championship

Ramstein hosts AIRCOM track and field championship

by Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Usually when NATO nations come together, it’s to work together toward a common goal, but that wasn’t the case when six nations came together on Ramstein, June 20-21. This time they were competing against each other as they worked toward a similar goal — victory in the NATO Allied Air […]

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Commentary

Commentary — Trans in the Military

Commentary — Trans in the Military

by Anonymous

My name is Stephanie. I was born and I enlisted into the Air Force as Jonathan from St. Louis, Missouri. My father was in the Air Force as well, and it just made sense for me to leave home the same way. My first year in the military was filled with what I would say every child leaving home deals with; learning who they are and learning to accept the different parts of who they are. That’s when I came out as transgender male-to-female, and at first, it was a very difficult few months. I first only came out to certain friends, and of course family, and all the change left me in a difficult place until I was introduced to the military’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community, OutServe-SLDN, Germany. Through this group I made many friends, and was accepted into their family almost immediately. After a few months of this, I had the confidence to live as who I was until I began pursuing treatment.

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Features

“A lot of times in life we grow up with one ideal and one way of understanding the world. That’s comfortable for us. Sometimes we have to challenge ourselves to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes. For a big part of my life, I grew accustomed to act like the few other gay people in my small Central American town, never “too gay,” never “open” and never speaking about sexuality. Homosexuality in any form was greeted with insults and many times violence, which I sadly had my fair share of. Perhaps, we could gain a different perspective on life and learn more. Instead of disregarding the gay lifestyle and the gay ideals, how about taking a step forward and put yourself in our shoes? Maybe understand what it means to be a gay person. I continue to celebrate pride, so that youth who went through what I had to, or worse, can also one day have the pleasure of feeling loved, feeling accepted and feeling free.” — Staff Sgt. Jose Echaverry, left, 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron central storage supervisor 
“I believe celebrating LGBT and being a part of pride is important because you’re celebrating who you are, the history and understanding the people that went before you and have fought for your rights. We’re still standing up for our rights of who we are, who we believe we are.” — Senior Airman Sean Echaverry, right, 86th Medical Squadron surgical technician

Ramstein recognizes LGBT Pride

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Nesha Humes
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

“The struggles, sacrifices, and successes among the LGBT community continue to shape our history and remind us to uphold tolerance and justice for all. Integrity and respect are fundamental qualities of our military and civilian culture. As we celebrate the diversity of the total force, we honor all who have answered the call to serve, and their unwavering commitment to our shared mission. During the month of June, let us celebrate the diversity of the DoD workforce and rededicate ourselves to equity, dignity, and respect for all.” – A.M. Kurta, performing the duties of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, 2017 DoD LGBT Pride Month Memo.

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