Agape pupils get lesson in air traffic control
Students visit Ramstein Control Tower, watch takeoffs, sit in the control seat

Monica Mendoza, Story and photos
Kaiserslautern American

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A recent reported incident
involving the safety of a child near Vogelweh Elementary School has military
and school officials asking parents and
school employees to be diligent about safety.

Ensuring the safety
of children and their families is taken very seriously by military personnel.
military communities are gated, it is important
not to take safety for granted.

Please make sure family
members have a buddy with them at all times and walk in well-lit areas.
If you see any
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to the Vogelweh law enforcement desk at 489-6060 or 0631-536-6060 or
to the
Ramstein law enforcement desk at 480-2050 or 06371-47-2050.


Career exploration by children from the small private Agape
International Academy in Ramstein-Miesenbach led a group of
elementary-age students to the top of Ramstein’s control tower.

With binoculars and a lot of questions, the children saw one aircraft
takeoff, watched a half dozen others on a large radar screen and had a
chance to be an air traffic controller in a simulation room.

“It was really cool,” fifth-grader Essence Patterson said about
“talking to a pilot” from the tower simulator system, which features
large screens with digital images that mirror the real Ramstein runway
and is used for training air traffic controllers.

***image1***“I just want to discover the things that people might do when they grow up,” Essence said.

Agape International Academy is a small private Christian school with
about 60 students enrolled. About 80 percent of the students have
parents in the military in the KMC.

Up in the tower, the children found three controllers talking to pilots and anyone on the runways.

Tech. Sgt. Trevor Browning explained how radar (radio detection and
ranging) works and Senior Airman Andrew Roberts, air traffic controll
journeyman, led the children on the tour and showed them how contollers
talk to pilots. “As you can see there are a lot of aircraft out there,”
he said pointing to the radar where from 4 to 10 aircraft could be

***image2***Touring the control tower was part of their recent lessons on career exploration.

“At this young age, they can get an idea about careers,” said Ollie Carter,
Agape fourth and fifth grade teacher.