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Andreas Heinze, 721st Aerial Port Squadron motor carrier safety specialist, receives a COVID-19 vaccine shot from Iris Geist, a German local national nurse, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, April 29, 2021. This marks the first time local national members were able to volunteer to receive a COVID-19 vaccine from the installation. Ramstein is the first base in U.S. Air Forces in Europe to vaccinate its local national workforce. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Milton Hamilton)

Ramstein offers COVID-19 vaccine to local national employees

Approximately 300 local national personnel employed at Ramstein received their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine April 29. Ramstein is the first base in U.S. Air Forces in Europe to vaccinate its local national workforce.

May 7, 2021 ×

Features, Health

US Army Health Clinic Vicenza celebrates Nurses Week

US Army Health Clinic Vicenza celebrates Nurses Week

VICENZA, Italy — Nurses Week is celebrated May 6-12 every year and is a time to acknowledge the vital role nurses play in military healthcare. For the last 18 years, Kelli Ranalli has been a part of the nursing profession. “We moved to Vicenza on my husband’s orders a couple […]

May 7, 2021 ×

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Medical Minute: Update on vaccine progress, activities for fully vaccinated

Medical Minute: Update on vaccine progress, activities for fully vaccinated

It has been a couple weeks since my last note to you all, and as always the situation is continuously changing. We know from genetic sequencing of samples from our local area that the “UK Variant” is now the predominant strain of the virus in our area. We are truly […]

May 7, 2021 ×

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U.S. Air Force Capt. Christopher J. Gresham, 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron operations officer, receives a COVID-19 vaccination at Ramstein Air Base, Jan. 4. Vaccine distribution is now open to all eligible beneficiaries. Photo by Senior Airman Jennifer Gonzales

COVID vaccines available to all tiers

The 86th Medical Group has opened appointments for Tier 2 beneficiaries age 18 and older to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Ramstein.

April 23, 2021 ×

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Nurse practitioner gives back to Baumholder Military Community

Nurse practitioner gives back to Baumholder Military Community

U.S. Army Health Clinic Baumholder serves a military community of just over 8,000 people, set in the remote, forested hills of Baumholder, Germany. In the small community, readiness is essential, both physically and mentally. With over 24 years of service in uniform, Diana Bluthardt now serves as the sole psychiatric […]

April 23, 2021 ×

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DOD prioritizing COVID-19 vaccinations to those deployed

DOD prioritizing COVID-19 vaccinations to those deployed

The Defense Department is rapidly administering COVID-19 vaccines in a tiered priority process to service members, DOD contractors and civilians and their families who are stationed overseas and who wish to have them, said DOD health leaders. Army Lt. Gen. Ronald J. Place, director, Defense Health Agency; Army Maj. Gen. […]

April 16, 2021 ×

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Building cohesive teams during Sexual Assault Awareness, Prevention Month

Building cohesive teams during Sexual Assault Awareness, Prevention Month

National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month is observed each year during the month of April to raise awareness and educate communities on the prevention of sexual assault. This year’s theme is “Building Cohesive Teams through Character, Trust and Resilience. Protecting Our People Protects Our Mission.” “Once you have strength […]

April 16, 2021 ×

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Medical Minute: Update on vaccine progress, outlook

Medical Minute: Update on vaccine progress, outlook

There have been lots of changes on the COVID front in just the past couple of weeks. While numbers in Germany overall are higher than my last report (136 cases per 100,000 people as of Apr. 12), the steep increase has seemingly started to level off. The numbers in Kaiserslautern […]

April 16, 2021 ×

Health, Lifestyle, Sports

Outdoor activities unlock normalcy during lockdown

Outdoor activities unlock normalcy during lockdown

No question, the last year-and-change has been unique. And understandably, some feel trapped, or at least limited regarding things to do. While we certainly are limited, there are still a great number of activities to help fight these feelings, entertain ourselves, and try to retain some sense of normalcy. Being […]

April 2, 2021 ×

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Medical Minute: Update on virus variants, self-testing, travel

Medical Minute: Update on virus variants, self-testing, travel

Virus variants continue to spread across Europe. Initial sampling shows that local positive cases may be up to 30-40% variant. As I mentioned last time, the variant seems to spread more easily and affect younger adults more significantly than the original strain. Simultaneously, Germany and Europe have seen a rise […]

March 26, 2021 ×