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Team Ramstein supports Ebola ops, mitigates risks at home

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October 22, 2014 in Germany, Ramstein Air Base by clevine

As service members travel to Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, Ramstein continues to establish itself as a power projection platform for Europe and Africa.

Medical professionals from the 86th Medical Group, along with leadership throughout Team Ramstein, recently implemented plans to ensure safety precautions are taken to protect the aircrews, passengers and the 54,000 members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community. 

Prior to departing from Ebola infected areas, all personnel are screened and those categorized as "no known exposure" or "low risk of exposure" are allowed to board Air Force aircraft bound for Ramstein. 
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Eyes to the skies for 100th OSS Airman

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October 22, 2014 in Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, United Kingdom by clevine

For redeployers, the first voice they may hear while flying on a military aircraft entering RAF Mildenhall airspace is an air traffic controller in the tower.

One Airman redeployers may hear is Senior Airman Andrew Kalina, 100th Operations Support Squadron Air Traffic Controller from Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

"You really feel like you make an impact," said Kalina. "When they arrive, I always enjoy welcoming them home. It's my favorite part."

His job involves ensuring aircraft and their crews are safe in the air, not only as they take off and land, but in the airspace surrounding base.
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Aviano’s CDC “Reads for the Record”

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October 22, 2014 in Aviano Air Base, Italy by clevine


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Post office prepares for holiday mail

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October 22, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

With the holidays right around the corner, Spangdahlem Air Base can expect an increase in the amount of mail coming and going from the post office.

In order to account for this influx and make sure mail arrives on time before the holidays, the 2014 recommended deadline dates for postal customers have been released.

According to the Spangdahlem Postal Service Center, the dates listed below are for mail originating at Spangdahlem and destined for locations within the U.S.
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Team Mildenhall Airman shares story of loss to raise awareness of childhood cancer

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October 22, 2014 in Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, United Kingdom by clevine

Ty Nordstrom was just 4 years old when he caught a large catfish by himself.

"It weighed around 7 pounds! He was very proud of himself - it was a long, hard-fought battle between the two of them," reminisced his dad, Master Sgt. Lyle Nordstrom, 352nd Special Operations Group Inspector General superintendent from Iron River, Michigan.

But that wasn't the only battle Ty faced at such a young age. He soon had to deal with something much scarier - cancer.

He hadn't yet reached his fifth birthday when he was diagnosed. Ty died Nov. 13, 2009 - a month before his seventh birthday. He'd been suffering from non-rhabdomyosarcoma.
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Super Saber Performer

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October 22, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

Name: Senior Airman Sean Schulle

Unit: 470th Air Base Squadron

Duty title:  Postal Specialist

Hometown:  Dallas, Texas

Years in Service: Four years

Why joined: I joined the Air Force to further my education.

Family: My mom's name is Judy and my Dad's name is Greg.

Hobbies:  I love to travel throughout the world, play sports and work out in the gym.

Favorite aspect of job: I love to stay busy and get to know everyone on base through my job.
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Spangdahlem offers Halloween events

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October 21, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

The Spangdahlem Air Base community has many opportunities for its members to celebrate Halloween.

However, there are some items of which parents should be aware.

The 52nd Fighter Wing Safety office encourages parents to take responsibility of their children as they Trick or Treat. Children themselves should be aware of roadways, potholes and uneven surfaces as they walk to and from the homes in base housing.

For costume safety, the materials should fit properly, and the child should be able to see and breathe.
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Fiscal year 2015 brings major changes to military tuition assistance program

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October 21, 2014 in Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, United Kingdom by clevine

Major changes to the military Tuition Assistance program went into effect Oct. 1, 2014.

The new changes are outlined in Air Force Instruction 36-2649 "Voluntary Education Program" and affect the application, payment and qualification processes for military TA which should be taken into consideration by anyone planning to use the program.

"The changes seem like the best solution to still give Airmen the benefit of 100 percent tuition assistance under the confines of being financially feasible," said Mark Kjellerson, 100th Force Support Squadron Education Center chief of education and training from Rapid City, S.D.
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ANG supports Av-Det rotation in Poland

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October 21, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

Airmen from the U.S. and Polish Air Forces started training together at the 33rd Air Base at Powidz Air Base, Poland, Oct. 15, 2014, for the start of Aviation Detachment rotation 15-1.

Roughly 50 Airmen and three C-130 Hercules aircraft from the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, Peoria, Illinois, will participate in the training hosted by Detachment 1, 52nd Operations Group, in Lask Air Base, Poland.

"Our mission here is to support the Aviation Detachment rotation and build upon the interoperability between our two forces," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Douglas Applegren, chief of tactics for rotation 15-1. "We have been looking forward to this rotation ever since we found out about it, and our Airmen are excited to work and train together with the Polish air force."
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Chiefs out-muster Eagles in firefighter challenge

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October 21, 2014 in Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, United Kingdom by clevine


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Ramstein teams with German partners during exercise

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October 21, 2014 in Germany, Ramstein Air Base by clevine

Ramstein Airmen in concert with German disaster response authorities participated in a combined major accident response exercise, or MARE, here Oct. 18.

The exercise tested German and U.S. first responders' ability to react to a massive on-base accident, from initial notification to the recovery phase.  The MARE was an opportunity to train and rehearse roles and responsibilities in a crisis between Ramstein Airmen and German partners.

"Our German counterparts from the Kaiserslautern area brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the scenario," said Col. Lee Smith, 86th Airlift Wing vice commander. "Together we used our skills to test our interoperability and coordination during a crisis and I am very pleased with the results."
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RAF Mildenhall refuels Luftwaffe Tornados

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October 21, 2014 in Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, United Kingdom by clevine


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U.S. Embassy deputy chief of mission visits Aviano

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October 20, 2014 in Aviano Air Base, Italy by clevine


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After 70 years, two ‘Bloody Hundredth’ members memorialized

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October 20, 2014 in Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, United Kingdom by clevine

In the skies over Germany Sept. 28, 1944, with all but one engine out on his 100th Bombardment Group B-17 Flying Fortress and not enough altitude to parachute to safety, the pilot, 1st Lt. Raymond Harney, knew he had to take drastic measures to try and save himself and his wounded comrade, bombardier 2nd Lt. Warren French.

With a turnip field in view, Harney decided to go for a belly-down crash landing. He skidded the plane across the field, snapped the left wing off and started a raging fire. The plane came to a halt 100 meters from the village of Schwickershausen, Germany.
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St. Martin School visits Spangdahlem

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October 20, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

More than 80 children from St. Martin School in Bitburg visited Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 16, 2014.

The St. Martin School takes care of children with special needs, and the Spangdahlem community plans this event every year to allow the children to interact, play, and socialize in a safe and open environment.

The 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron hosted the kids for a St. Martin's Children's day event in the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center.

"They look forward to coming here," said Udo Gangolf, St. Martins School vice director. "It is a very special and good day for the children, they are happy to come here."
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