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Commentary: Message from Secretary of Defense

Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III observing National Veterans and Military Families Month Our families serve every bit as much as we do. That’s one reason why it’s so important during this National Veterans and Military Families Month that we take time to recognize them for the […]

November 12, 2021 ×

Commentary, Health, News

Beating Burnout

by Col. Irene Folaron, MD
86th Medical Squadron commander

I was at the height of my medical career. After nine years of medical education followed by 12 years as a full-time physician, I should have been pleased with my professional progress. After all, this was the goal all along. However, instead of feeling overwhelming pride, I felt overwhelming misery. Although I remained dutiful in my studies and patient care, I was simultaneously looking for something else…really anything else…to do. Every day was a struggle and it would take me a year to realize and admit in hindsight that I had experienced burnout.

November 4, 2021 ×

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Commentary: A message from 86 AW commander

Commentary: A message from 86 AW commander

To the 86th Airlift Wing Airmen and Team Ramstein: During the Columbus Day weekend, outbound flights resumed to transition our remaining 9,000 Afghan evacuees to destinations in the United States. It was a day we had all been looking forward to. None of us could have anticipated in August that […]

October 15, 2021 ×

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Commentary: Find your role, make a difference

Commentary: Find your role, make a difference

For several reasons, I’ll remember this wrench for the rest of my life. First, it will forever symbolize a portion of my contribution to the ongoing evacuation operation. More importantly, it helped me (re)learn some valuable leadership lessons. On Aug. 17 at 1 pm, the 86th Airlift Wing and the […]

October 1, 2021 ×

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Commentary: A message from 86 AW commander

Commentary: A message from 86 AW commander

Team Ramstein, Today marks the 20th Anniversary of September 11th 2001 — a tragic day in our history that we will never forget. For two decades, uniformed members and their families have recognized a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. when American Airlines Flight 11 flew into the North Tower. […]

September 17, 2021 ×

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Commentary: A message from 86 AW commander

Commentary: A message from 86 AW commander

To all service members, families, and friends of the greater Ramstein area – For three weeks, we have conducted one of the most consequential and expansive humanitarian missions in the history of the United States. Since Aug. 20 more than 200 flights and 35,000 Afghan evacuees have arrived at Ramstein […]

September 10, 2021 ×

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Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III on end of American war in Afghanistan

Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III on end of American war in Afghanistan

Today, we completed the U.S. military evacuation of civilians and the removal of all U.S. forces from Afghanistan. I am deeply saddened that, in the course of this historic evacuation mission, we lost 13 of our own, along with so many others who were killed and wounded days ago by […]

September 3, 2021 ×

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U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Josh Olson, 86th Airlift Wing commander, holds a comfort kit provided by the American Red Cross at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 20, 2021. Ramstein Air Base is providing safe, temporary lodging for qualified evacuees from Afghanistan as part of Operation Allies Refuge during the next several weeks. Operation Allies Refuge is facilitating the quick, safe evacuation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants and other at-risk Afghans from Afghanistan. Qualified evacuees will receive support, such as temporary lodging, food, medical screening and treatment and more, while housed at Ramstein Air Base while preparing for onward movements to their final destinations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jan K. Valle)

Commentary: A message from 86 AW commander

To the men and women of Team Ramstein: In the span of only a few long days, Ramstein Air Base transformed into U.S. European Command’s primary evacuation hub supporting one of the largest, most complex humanitarian airlift operations in history.

August 27, 2021 ×

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Commentary: 21st century leadership: Innovation, embracing change

Commentary: 21st century leadership: Innovation, embracing change

Over the past year and a half the world has faced a global pandemic, stock market collapse followed by its meteoric rise, global political changes, and rampant social unrest. During this timeframe and despite the global upheavals, the U.S. military’s core missions did not change. The war against terror has […]

August 20, 2021 ×

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Commentary: Harness your experience

Commentary: Harness your experience

My alarm went off around 3:45 a.m. My gear was ready, and I quickly put on my base layers and hut sandals. I carried my bag and gear and left them outside the dining room. It was breakfast time. To me, eating is absolutely essential to climbing and I overeat […]

August 13, 2021 ×