The Fall Enlisted Summit was nothing shy of life changing for so many people. Immediately following last Spring’s summit, we began planning for the Fall. We aimed toward the end goal of changing lives. It was important for us to capture what it was that we wanted to achieve by the end of the one-day event. The planning led us to the theme of “Walking in Your Why.” It is not lost on us how much we owe to our teammates, because they give so much of themselves every single day.
While we had multiple 7-minute Mic-Drops, giving leaders from around the base seven minutes to make the most impactful and life changing speeches, we had a few keynotes that need to be highlighted. We were fortunate to have Warrant Officer Sara Catterall, NATO Senior Enlisted Leader, kick off the summit and underline how we and our allied partners merge to make one powerful force. Lt. Col. Michael Maynard, 24th Intelligence Squadron commander, conducted one of the most relatable operations briefs. It was truly magnificent to listen and watch him tie the ‘what’ to the ‘why’ of our reason for serving in U.S Air Forces Europe-Air Forces Africa.
When orchestrating the sequence of events, we were very purposeful. One of the most impactful segments from the summit was from Kristen Christy, who lost her spouse by way of suicide. Her story of personal resilience as a spouse left very few dry eyes in the auditorium. But of course, we had to wrap up the day with Anthony Brinkley, who delivered the most powerful speech on maximizing the ‘why,’ leaving us with our hearts opened and ready to take on anything.
We couldn’t bring these incredible speakers here without sharing them with other members of Team Ramstein. Our Military and Family Readiness Center partnered with our Enlisted Summit Team to spread the wealth. Our speakers conducted sessions with our spouses, Community Action Team and our Military and Family Readiness Staff.
There are many ways to say thank you and we’re always looking for creative ways to do so. We understand that we have to be intentional about the deliberate investment and development of our teammates and their families. We would like to send a special thank you to Senior Master Sgt. Codi Bowman, Master Sgt. Adam Ybarra and their team for putting this Fall’s summit together for over 600 attendees in over five countries, including the United States.