Ramstein Air Base welcomes NFL pro Kyle Rudolph

by Airman 1st Class Kristof J. Rixmann
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Tech. Sgt. Seth Wilkinson, 86th Aircraft Main­tenance Squadron unit deployment manager, and his son walk with Kyle Rudolph, NFL Minnesota Vikings tight end, to a C-130J during Rudolph’s visit April 7 to Ramstein Air Base. Rudolph spent four days in the Kaiserslautern Military Community. During this time, he toured Ramstein Air Base, Kapaun Air Base, Vogelweh and Sembach. He spoke with Airmen, took pictures with them and signed autographs. On April 7 and 8, Rudolph hosted a football camp at the Kaiserslautern High School football stadium where he emphasized the fundamentals of the game.
Tech. Sgt. Deandre Harrington, 86th Security Forces Squadron police services noncommissioned officer in charge, shows Kyle Rudolph, NFL Minnesota Vikings tight end, how to properly disassemble and clean an M9 handgun April 6 on Ramstein Air Base. Harrington explained to Rudolph that if proper care isn’t taken with a firearm, it may misfire when needed.
Firefighters from the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron receive autographs from Kyle Rudolph, NFL Minnesota Vikings tight end, after giving him a tour of the firehouse April 6 on Ramstein Air Base. The firefighters showed Rudolph how to put on the fire-retardant suit and demonstrated how to use some of the gear they use.
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings tight end, operates a water cannon on an 86th Civil Engineer Squadron firetruck to extinguish flames surrounding a mock C-130 April 6 on Ramstein Air Base. As one of the largest firehouses in the U.S. Air Force, firefighters from the 86th CES routinely participate in readiness exercises and play a vital role in the Ramstein mission.
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