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Spc. Vincent Holtzman, from the U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern's Directorate of Human Resources and Senior Airman Brian Lapiska, from the 86th Airlift Wing’s 1st Combat Communications Squadron present the Kaiserslautern military community's wreath during the German National Day of Mourning ceremony Sunday at the Soldiers' Monument in the Kaiserslautern Cemetery. More than 150 people from several different nationalities attended the ceremony. The National Day of Mourning or Volkstrauertag is a public holiday in Germany that is observed two Sundays before the first Advent - the Sunday that is in the period from Nov. 13 to 19. This German holiday is similar to the United States' "Veteran's Day," except that it commemorates all victims who died during wars. It was first observed in Germany in 1952. The city of Kaiserslautern and the German Association of War Graves have held the Volkstrauertag wreath-laying ceremony at the Soldiers’ Monument in the Kaiserslautern Cemetery for 25 years. The ceremony usually consists of about 10 wreath presentations, one of which is from the Kaiserslautern military community where an Airman and Soldier will present the wreath and alongside an Air Force and Army officers will render a salute. The U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern has participated in this ceremony since it was established in 1992. With two eternal flames, the Soldiers’ Monument watches over military graves from World War I and World War II. U.S. Army photo by Christine June, USAG Kaiserslautern. 2008 German National Day of Mourning
 Spc. Vincent Holtzman, from the U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern's Directorate of Human Resources and Senior Airman Brian Lapiska, from the 86th Airlift Wing's 1st Combat Communications Squadron present the Kaiserslautern military community's wreath during the German National Day of Mourning ceremony Sunday at the Soldiers' Monument in the
0 11/18
2008
Col. Scott Manning, USAFE Warrior Prep Center commander, delivers remarks about the terrible price of war and the common bonds and enduring friendship between Europeans and Americans during Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady in Walcourt for Armistice Day. Armistice Day, celebrated as Veterans Day in the United States, commemorates the end of World War I and pays tribute to the men and women who fought or were prisoners of war in all wars. (Courtesy photo) USAFE members commemorate Armistice Day in Belgium
Several United States Air Forces in Europe personnel were among scores of people who celebrated the 90th Armistice Day in Walcourt, Belgium, Nov. 11. Armistice Day, celebrated as Veterans Day in the United States, commemorates the end of World War I and pays tribute to the men and women who fought or were prisoners of war in all wars. The events
0 11/18
2008
Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Moody, from the U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern Provost Marshal's Office, watches out for trick-or-treaters of all ages on Halloween last year in the housing area on Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Photo by Christine June, USAG Kaiserslautern. 
      Pumpkin Patrol keeps goblins, ghosts safe
Four-year-old Jaylan Mayers was able to go trick-or-treating for the first time last year thanks to the Pumpkin Patrol. For at least 20 years, Pumpkin Patrols consisting of the German Zivil-Polizei (Civilian Police) Air Force's Security Police and the Military Police have patrolled all five housing areas in the Kaiserslautern military community
0 10/30
2008
Alexis Rain Frazier grips her mother's finger as she puts her hand in the incubator to touch her. Alexis and her twin brother, Eric, were born prematurely at just 23 weeks and three days. Between them they weighed barely more than a regular-sized bag of sugar. Dad, Tech. Sgt. Barry Frazier, 100th Air Refueling Wing Legal Office, and mom Mandy, say they have been given outstanding support from the doctors and nurses at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, where the twins were born Sept. 6. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere) Against the odds: A story of courage, determination and two tiny babies
They shouldn't be here yet. They were supposed to be a New Year's present for their parents. But these two tiny babies, Eric LeVon Frazier II and Alexis Rain Frazier, are here, currently living in the neonatal intensive care unit of a British hospital, hooked up to tubes and machines, and courageously fighting for their lives. With a due date of
0 10/29
2008
Staff Sgt. Jeffery McNally's motorcycle after his accident Sept. 14. Sergeant McNally cheated death by using his personal protective equipment and smart riding techniques. (Courtesy photo) Protective equipment prevents loss of life
"It was a nice day out," said Staff Sgt. Jeffery McNally, 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics specialist. "I woke up, changed the front breaks on my bike because I didn't like the way they felt earlier. I got ready like I usually do: put on my leathers, helmet and boots, all the good stuff and headed out on a drive." What Sergeant McNally
0 10/16
2008
Shawna and Jason Ray laugh together while figuring out each other's individual "love language" at the Marriage Reintegration Retreat in Norwich, England. The retreat is designed to help couples reconnect and become better communicators to assist with the separation that occurs during deployments. (Courtesy photo) Reintegration education
How well do you know your spouse? What color is your personality? What love language do you speak? These questions and many others were asked at the most recent Reintegration Marriage Retreat Sept. 27 to 28 in Norwich, England where the 48th Fighter Wing Airman and Family Readiness Center, along with the 100th AFRC, hosted 20 couples at a classy
0 10/09
2008
Patriotism in Smart Energy Choices Energy Awareness in USAFE
October is Energy Awareness Month, and a good time to remember that reducing energy use goes hand-in-hand with money savings for the U.S. government, or a personal bank account. In 2007, Executive Order 13423 presented federal agencies with a goal of reducing energy consumption by 3 percent each year through 2015 or a total cut of 30 percent based
0 10/07
2008
Default Air Force Logo Identity theft: Don't let it happen to you
Do you know who you are? Many spend years and decades building their credit, identities and lives, but if identity thieves get a hold of their personal information, they could potentially take that away. As identity theft becomes more common, it is important for everyone to be aware of how they use their personal information. "(Identity theft) is
0 9/25
2008
Tech. Sgt. Brian Klemp hand-picks ears of American sweet corn in a field in West Row, England. Sergeant Klemp has been growing sweet corn for about three years and is happy to provide a taste of home to anyone who would like it. (Photo courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Andrew Crow-Roberts) The 4th of July, hot apple pie and sweet corn?
There are a lot of things that remind Airmen of home. Whether it's fireworks exploding to commemorate our independence, roasting marsh mellows by a fire or just driving on the right-hand side of the road, there is something for everyone that brings back the familiar feeling of home. For Tech. Sgt. Brian Klemp, 48th Equipment Maintenance Squadron,
0 9/25
2008
Default Air Force Logo Patient Liaison Officers help bridge gap
I was admitted to the Bitburg Krankenhaus a few nights ago. The Krankenhaus in Bitburg is one of four hospitals available to a Saber for medical care. One of the first people I met was a Patient Liaison Officer who was there to assist me with my hospital stay, as well as aid in bridging the communication gap with our host nation care givers. What I
0 9/18
2008
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