36 years of service to the KMC

by Airman 1st Class Trevor Rhynes
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

After 36 years, German employee Frank Klemm is ready to retire. We sat down and asked him a few questions.

Q: How many different things have you done in your 36 years?

I started in 1976 as a chief desk clerk in lodging. In 1983, I started to have my own maintenance team, which I built up and served as the team supervisor. In the 1990s, there were more building renovations and building projects and I got more involved with the designing and planning. In 1992, I started as the lodging facility coordinator to represent lodging in all major renovation and construction projects in the Kaiserslautern Military Community. This meant I was involved in the design process from the start of the design until the final turn-over of the projects.

Q: Looking back, what is your favorite memory over the last 36 years?

After all these years, pointing out only one particular memory is not possible. But, I suppose every time a project was completed and the guest, as well as our staff, enjoyed the new/upgraded appearance of a facility represents a memory.

Q: During your tenure working here, did you set goals for yourself? If so, how did you accomplish them?

My goal was to always do the best I could in any given situation. I think I made it with help from my team and co-workers.

Q: Do you feel as though your time here led to a fulfilling career?

Yes and no. The possible things were completed, but there were projects I would have liked to have done before my last day here.

Q: What would you like to add as a farewell message to those you worked with?

I had the pleasure to work 432 months within the wonderful lodging family, therefore I say thank you to all the people I worked with.