VCSAF, spouse take in Ramstein mission sets

U.S. Air Force Airmen greet Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein at the Deployment Transition Center here at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, 18 April 2016.  Goldfein visited the DTC, along with other organizations on Ramstein, to gain insight into their operation and how critical it is to ensuring redeployers from combat areas of responsibility are cared for appropriately. The DTC functions as an en route transition point for redeployers where they receive centralized training to help them reintegrate and decompress before heading back to their home station. The training is facilitated by both members of their career field and medical staff. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Clay Lancaster)

U.S. Air Force Airmen greet Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein at the Deployment Transition Center here at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, 18 April 2016. Goldfein visited the DTC, along with other organizations on Ramstein, to gain insight into their operation and how critical it is to ensuring redeployers from combat areas of responsibility are cared for appropriately. The DTC functions as an en route transition point for redeployers where they receive centralized training to help them reintegrate and decompress before heading back to their home station. The training is facilitated by both members of their career field and medical staff. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Clay Lancaster)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Kyle Korver, 721st Aerial Port Squadron commander, and Col. Charles Henderson, 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing vice commander, brief Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein during his visit to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, 18 April 2016. Korver, and other members of AMOW and the 86th Airlift Wing, gave Goldfein a walking tour of the passenger terminal where less a month prior the installation played a critical role in ensuring more than 700 dependents were cared for during the ordered departure of DoD civilians and dependents from Turkey. Goldfein and his wife, Dawn, visited the installation to gain insight into Ramstein mission sets and the innovative ways Airmen are making the mission happen in U.S. Air Forces in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Clay Lancaster)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Kyle Korver, 721st Aerial Port Squadron commander, and Col. Charles Henderson, 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing vice commander, brief Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein during his visit to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, 18 April 2016. Korver, and other members of AMOW and the 86th Airlift Wing, gave Goldfein a walking tour of the passenger terminal where less a month prior the installation played a critical role in ensuring more than 700 dependents were cared for during the ordered departure of DoD civilians and dependents from Turkey. Goldfein and his wife, Dawn, visited the installation to gain insight into Ramstein mission sets and the innovative ways Airmen are making the mission happen in U.S. Air Forces in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Clay Lancaster)

U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks with Staff Sgt. Gregory Beach, 86th Maintenance Squadron member, during his visit to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, 18 April 2016. Beach gave Goldfein a brief on a unique innovation developed and implemented locally where a filing cabinet was converted into fuel tank trainer. The fuel trainer was constructed out of the filing cabinet, expended parts, sheet metal and fasteners; the trainer eliminates exposure to hazardous fuel tanks on operational aircraft and without this innovative tool the unit would need to gain access to a wing section of a C-130J Hercules to ensure personnel remain trained. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Clay Lancaster)

U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks with Staff Sgt. Gregory Beach, 86th Maintenance Squadron member, during his visit to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, 18 April 2016. Beach gave Goldfein a brief on a unique innovation developed and implemented locally where a filing cabinet was converted into fuel tank trainer. The fuel trainer was constructed out of the filing cabinet, expended parts, sheet metal and fasteners; the trainer eliminates exposure to hazardous fuel tanks on operational aircraft and without this innovative tool the unit would need to gain access to a wing section of a C-130J Hercules to ensure personnel remain trained. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Clay Lancaster)

U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks with Staff Sgt. Gregory Beach, 86th Maintenance Squadron member, during his visit to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, 18 April 2016. Beach gave Goldfein a brief on a unique innovation developed and implemented locally where a filing cabinet was converted into fuel tank trainer. The fuel trainer was constructed out of the filing cabinet, expended parts, sheet metal and fasteners; the trainer eliminates exposure to hazardous fuel tanks on operational aircraft and without this innovative tool the unit would need to gain access to a wing section of a C-130J Hercules to ensure personnel remain trained. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Clay Lancaster)

U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks with Staff Sgt. Gregory Beach, 86th Maintenance Squadron member, during his visit to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, 18 April 2016. Beach gave Goldfein a brief on a unique innovation developed and implemented locally where a filing cabinet was converted into fuel tank trainer. The fuel trainer was constructed out of the filing cabinet, expended parts, sheet metal and fasteners; the trainer eliminates exposure to hazardous fuel tanks on operational aircraft and without this innovative tool the unit would need to gain access to a wing section of a C-130J Hercules to ensure personnel remain trained. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Clay Lancaster)

Mrs. Dawn Goldfein, wife of U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, is greeted by Lt. Col. Thomas Ausherman, 86th Force Support Squadron commander, and members from the Ramstein Airman and Family Readiness Center here at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, 18 April 2016. Mrs. Goldfein had the opportunity to meet with other spouses at Ramstein and several dependents that were part of the ordered departure from Turkey last month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Amanda Callahan)

Mrs. Dawn Goldfein, wife of U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, is greeted by Lt. Col. Thomas Ausherman, 86th Force Support Squadron commander, and members from the Ramstein Airman and Family Readiness Center here at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, 18 April 2016. Mrs. Goldfein had the opportunity to meet with other spouses at Ramstein and several dependents that were part of the ordered departure from Turkey last month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Amanda Callahan)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- 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 here April 18, 2016.

Ramstein is one of several installations Gen. David L. Goldfein and his wife, Dawn, will visit throughout U.S. Air Forces in Europe.  The Goldfeins had the opportunity to not only hear from Airmen in the 86th Airlift Wing but also from those in the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing and 435th Air Ground Operations Wing.

"The Airmen here at Ramstein, and the missions they're all performing, are truly phenomenal and it shows in the few examples I've experienced while visiting," said Goldfein.  "Although I'm familiar with the area having graduated from high school here, I'm less familiar with recent accomplishments and it's been great hearing about the amazing work of the Airmen here in USAFE."

Goldfein visited the Deployment Transition Center, was briefed on Ramstein's support roles in the ordered departure of dependents from Turkey and saw, first-hand, innovations the installation has made in the last year.

Mrs. Goldfein was introduced to several of Team Ramstein's key spouses, many of whom were instrumental in the success of the reception efforts when families from Turkey started arriving at Ramstein. She was interested in finding out how those families, especially children, were adjusting to their new home.

"It truly speaks to the resilience of military spouses," said CarriMay Waite, 435th Construction Training Squadron key spouse. "The children bounce back because the parents are setting such a great example."

She continued to tell Mrs. Goldfein about all the other activities and events made available to the children through youth sports and other force support initiatives.

"It is a testament to just how much our military spouses and families serve, as well," added Mrs. Goldfein.

She also heard first-hand accounts from three displaced spouses whose children are completing the DoDDS school year at Ramstein, and visited the Vogelweh Child Development Center, Vogelweh School Age Program and Vogelweh Elementary School library.

All facets of her visit settled one of her primary concerns; the children who are finishing their school year at schools in the Kaiserslautern Military Community are adjusting well.

"The efforts made by the installation during the families' departure from Turkey are just one example of how the Airmen in USAFE are caring for people and leading the Air Force and its mission,"  said the general.