KMC rallies to support evacuees

During Operation Allies Refuge, a yard boss’ responsibility is to assign Airmen and augmentees working within an evacuee pod at Ramstein Air Base with a duty.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Sulieman Rashid, 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle management apprentice, hands a coloring book to a child evacuee in Hangar 5 at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 27. The 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing transformed one of the largest aircraft hangars at Ramstein into a supplemental passenger terminal to support Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Donald Barnec)

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Claudia Trevino, 435th Contingency Response Support Squadron section chief for the intelligence flight, shared her experience while supporting OAR as a yard boss for Pod-3.

Trevino manages 20 to 40 augmentees daily depending on the amount of people from RAB units that are able to volunteer for humanitarian aid efforts.

Augmentees and volunteers from the community will do tasks around the pods to ensure cleanliness and safety such as taking out trash, distributing donated items, serving food and playing with the children.

Trevino said she has enjoyed working with people from every career field and it has been an eye-opening experience.

The biggest impact from not only the military augmentees and the volunteers at the pods is from the Ramstein community, she said. Everything from coats to diapers and formula has been donated from members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community.

“I’ve never seen anything come together like this and it’s been amazing to see,” Trevino said. “Everybody comes with a positive attitude. It’s been great working with the evacuees, getting to know them on a more personal level, and working with the babies is probably one of the best parts. The surrounding communities who have donated have done so much more than they can even imagine to help these people.”

Red Cross volunteers fold towels at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 22. The volunteers passed out towels, food and other donated items in support of Operation Allies Refuge. Team Ramstein along with U.S. Army brethren, families and volunteers are aiding evacuees from Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Madelyn Keech)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Samantha Perez, United States Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Headquarters commander’s enlisted aid, prepares dinner meals for evacuees at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 26. Perez volunteered to support Operation Allies Refuge through preparing meals for evacuees and also donated shoes, baby formula, diapers and wipes to evacuee children. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jared Lovett)
Civilian volunteers sort donations for evacuees at Ramstein Air Base, Aug. 22. First sergeants assigned to Ramstein organized the donation effort in support of Operation Allies Refuge. This operation is facilitating the quick, safe evacuation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans from Afghanistan. Evacuees receive support including temporary lodging, food and water, access to medical and medical care at Ramstein Air Base while preparing for onward movements to their final destinations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Madelyn Keech)