Ramstein to host Retiree Appreciation Day

by Airman 1st Class Trevor Rhynes
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The annual Retiree Appreciation Day kicks off today at the Ramstein Officers’ Club with speeches from wing leadership.

Retiree Appreciation Day is an informational fair for retirees in the KMC and informs them on what they are and are not entitled to. This year’s event starts at 8 a.m. today and will carry on until noon.

“Agencies from all over the base will be available throughout the day to talk about what they offer,” said Staff Sgt. Barbara Coddington, one of two planners for Retiree Appreciation Day. “Representatives from different agencies will present their information, then will be available to answer any follow-up questions later that morning.”

Planning the event took coordination between the agencies speaking throughout the day, the Retiree Affairs Office and the Ramstein Officers’ Club, which is hosting the event.

When coordinating between agencies, Coddington and Staff Sgt. Laura Ashline, the other planner for the day’s events, look to see if that agency will have a booth or a speaker.

Fundraisers helped with the funding for this year’s event, paying for the breakfast and raffle tickets.

Fundraising was a huge thing. 

“This year’s event wouldn’t have happened without our sponsors,” Coddington said. “Without them, planning for this event wouldn’t have run as smoothly as it has.”