Team Ramstein honors families of deployed Airmen

By Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer  Families get food during a party for family members of deployed Airmen Aug. 12, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base. The event was held for family members of deployed Airmen around the Kaiserslautern Military Community to bring families closer through a variety of food and games.
Photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer
Families get food during a party for family members of deployed Airmen Aug. 12, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base. The event was held for family members of deployed Airmen around the Kaiserslautern Military Community to bring families closer through a variety of food and games.

The Ramstein Enlisted Spouses’ Association and Airman and Family Readiness Center hosted a party for family members of deployed Airmen Aug. 12 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

The party provided a variety of games to play and food to eat at the Ramstein Aquatic Center.

Photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer  Staff Sgt. Israel Ortiz, 786th Civil Engineer Squadron structural supervisor, plays music during a party for families of deployed Airmen Aug. 12, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base. Approximately 200 people volunteered to help with the party.
Photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer
Staff Sgt. Israel Ortiz, 786th Civil Engineer Squadron structural supervisor, plays music during a party for families of deployed Airmen Aug. 12, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base. Approximately 200 people volunteered to help with the party.

Michele Dresel, 86th Force Support Squadron AFRC director, believes the party brought the Kaiserslautern Military Community members attendees closer.

“One of our goals with events like these is to encourage people to meet new individuals and make friends. We like to think about what people grew up with that would bring out a sense of community,” Dresel said. “A lot of people may never connect with their environment enough, especially out here in Europe.”


Every month, the AFRC hosts events to bring the community together. They range from movie nights to outdoor events and intend to bring deployed Airmen’s families together for a supportive environment.

The event also provided backpacks for families getting ready for the new school year.

“When one spouse is deployed, and the other is left to take care of the kids, sometimes there’s a lot to handle when getting them ready to go back to school,” said Dresel. “We provided these book bags to those in need, and we hope they help them handle the stress this time of the year brings.

“(We want them to know) they aren’t alone,” Dresel added.

Leaders from around the KMC were also present at the party. Chief master sergeants manned the grill and cooked hundreds of burgers for families.

One of these cooks was Chief Master Sgt. George Anderson, U.S. Air Forces in Europe Squadron Section Commander first sergeant.

“I really enjoyed the opportunity to give something back to the community,” Anderson said. “Seeing families come out and enjoy a very cool and relaxing Friday evening was a pleasure. The community showed us how strong it is.”

Photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer  A child squirts a ping pong ball with a water gun during a party for families of deployed Airmen Aug. 12, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base.
Photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer
A child squirts a ping pong ball with a water gun during a party for families of deployed Airmen Aug. 12, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base.

Approximately 200 people either participated or helped put the party together, to include the help from the KMC first sergeants and Ramstein Chiefs Group. The strong turnout demonstrated the ability for Ramstein Airmen to take care of each other, never leaving any Airman or dependent behind.

For more information on AFRC events around the KMC, call DSN: 480-5100 or Commercial: 06371-47-5100.