Post Tagged with: "U.S. Air Forces in Europe"


Master Sgt. Henry Lopez, U.S. Air Forces in Europe readiness and plans manager, and Senior Airman Zachary Abraham, 435th Security Forces Squadron commander’s support staff, fold an American flag during a dual retirement ceremony Feb. 24 on Ramstein. John and Colynn Hamilton, USAFE management analyst and human resources specialist, respectively, as well as husband and wife, retired after more than 80 years of combined service.

USAFE couple who inspire ‘hang their hats’ to retire

Story and photo by Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Among peals of laughter and more than a few tears, friends and coworkers bade farewell to not one but two U.S. Air Forces in Europe employees, who combined totaled more than 80 years of dedicated service.

March 2, 2017 ×


VCSAF, spouse take in Ramstein mission sets

VCSAF, spouse take in Ramstein mission sets

Story and photo by 1st Lt. Clay Lancaster
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The Air Force’s Vice Chief of Staff and his spouse visited Ramstein to meet with Airmen and familiarize themselves with the mission sets of three different wings on the base April 18.

April 21, 2016 ×


Christel Piscione, 86th Communications Squadron consolidated switchboard operator, answers and connects a call Jan. 4 on Ramstein. Piscione speaks English, German, Italian and a little French, which helps her assist people of different nationalities.

USAFE switchboard operators connect, assist globally

Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Larissa Greatwood 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

“USAFE switchboard operator, how may I help you?” is a short phrase many who have called the U.S. Air Forces in Europe consolidated switchboard may be familiar with.

January 21, 2016 ×


Col. Harry Benham, U.S. Air Forces in Europe Operations and Plans chief, salutes during the playing of taps during the unveiling of a memorial stone for a World War II pilot Sept. 25 in Dietingen, Germany. Second Lt. Priesley Cooper Jr. was conducting an escorting mission when he was shot down.

German village honors fallen US Airman

Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The war was coming to an end. The thunder of the P-51D Mustang rolled under him as he dove for a strafing run.

October 8, 2015 ×


Photo by Lt. Col. Rod Cunningham
Paratroopers from Italy, Spain and the U.S. jump from aircraft to seize an airfield on Smardan Training Area, Romania. A Combined Joint Task Force was led by XVIII Airborne Corps during a joint forcible entry training exercise as part of operation Swift Response 15.

US, allied forces take off with exercise Swift Response

by Airman 1st Class Lane Plummer 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Ramstein provided rapid access capabilities for more than 5,000 service members from the U.S. and 11 NATO allies during exercise Swift Response which kicked off Aug. 17.

September 3, 2015 ×


Members of the KMC tour the new 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules Flight Simulator facility Aug. 24 on Ramstein. The simulator allows aircrew and maintenance personnel to practice various procedures.

Ramstein unveils C-130J flight simulator

Story and photos by Senior Airman Timothy Moore 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The 86th Airlift Wing held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of its new C-130J Super Hercules Flight Simulator Aug. 24 on Ramstein.

September 3, 2015 ×


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US air advisors strengthen Albanian C2 partnership

by Tech. Sgt. Daylena Ricks
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The 435th Air Ground Operations Wing led a U.S. Air Forces in Europe command and control advisory mission March 3 to 5 at Rinas Air Base, Albania.

March 19, 2015 ×


PT failure is more than an Airman’s problem

by Maj. Onnie Retkofsky
U.S. Air Forces in Europe

The last Monday of 2014 I reported to the Fitness Assessment Cell to complete my annual physical training test, along with many others. As we weighed in, got measured and paired up, I found myself partnered with a young Airman. We completed our pushup portion and moved on to sit-ups. As her turn finished and the physical training administrator began recording scores, panic ensued. I had counted 34 sit-ups, and 38 was the minimum they required.

January 15, 2015 ×


Photo by Airman 1st Class Jordan CastelanThe U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band prepares to deliver a performance inside the Conservatoire de Luxembourg Oct. 9 in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. Air Force bands support the global Air Force mission by preserving national heritage, providing professional musical products and acting as ambassadors throughout their touring schedules and performances.

Air Force music ambassadors present concert

October 16, 2014 ×


Photo by Sara PavichSwitchboard shift supervisor Maria Caetano connects a caller to the correct organization Feb. 5 on Ramstein. Caetano has worked at the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Consolidated Switchboard for 14 years and speaks five languages.

The voice at the end of the line

by Sara Pavich
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

In the early morning, when the phones are relatively silent, the operators of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Consolidated Switchboard prepare for the daily rush of calls.

February 13, 2014 ×