RESA gives back one tank of gas at a time

by Marissa-Ellen Patterson
RESA vice president

The Ramstein Enlisted Spouses’ Association surprised some unsuspecting customers at a Ramstein gas station by helping them relieve the pressure at the pump over the Memorial Day weekend.

To show their appreciation for military members’ service and because gas prices are so high, RESA decided to take action and help out families of E-5s and below. RESA paid for $1,500 worth of gas in two days, with receipts receiving between $10 and $90.

“Giving back to our community is RESA’s primary mission. During these tough times with gas price increases, we felt that Operation Gas Surprise was the best way to serve the KMC community,” said RESA president Morgan McNabb.
Many were surprised, some thought RESA was joking, and others said it felt like they won the lottery, but everyone was extremely grateful.

“Everyone was so appreciative. It always feels so wonderful to give back to the community, especially with helping KMC families since gas has become so expensive,” said Amber Vadala, RESA welfare treasurer.

Operation Gas Surprise is one of the many ways RESA gives back to the community.

RESA holds socials at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month in Bldg. 2248 on Ramstein. For more information about RESA, visit their website at