Commentary

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Commentary: Reflections from OAR

Commentary: Reflections from OAR

Operation Allies Refuge is the largest noncombatant evacuation operation in the history of the United States, and I am fortunate to say, “I was there.” The Operation included 22 Religious Support Teams who provided 24/7 religious accommodation to our 35,000 guests and was nothing short of miraculous. It was a […]

March 25, 2022 ×

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SACEUR statement on activation of NATO Response Force

SACEUR statement on activation of NATO Response Force

SHAPE, Belgium – Over the past few months, NATO Allies and European partners have remained unified in opposition to threats against peace and security in Europe. In response to Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine, the Alliance has operationally aligned its maritime, land, air, space, and cyber forces to […]

March 4, 2022 ×

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CSAF Leadership Library: January 2022

CSAF Leadership Library: January 2022

“I’d rather have decent answers to the right question than great answers to irrelevant questions.” – Andrew Marshall Airmen, The story of Andrew Marshall in The Last Warrior: Andrew Marshall and the Shaping of Modern American Defense Strategy is a profound account of a virtually unknown, yet brilliant strategic thinker […]

January 21, 2022 ×

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Commentary: Holiday message from 86 AW command team

Commentary: Holiday message from 86 AW command team

To 86 AW Airmen, Team Ramstein, and families, As 2021 swiftly comes to an end, Chief Kelley and I remain incredibly grateful and humbled by what you accomplished during the last 12 months. You fought through COVID lockdowns, shortages of vaccines, remote learning, and so much more. You flexed and […]

December 17, 2021 ×

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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 ×

Commentary

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 ×