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SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – The Orahood family enjoys spending time together outside. Master Sgt. Allen and Dawn Orahood recently adopted their daughter Sarah AlisonMei from China. Sergeant Orahood is assigned to the 52nd Maintenance Group. Courtesy photo Bringing Sarah home
One mother in China prays for a good life for the baby girl she cannot keep. Thousands of miles away, an American mother in Germany prays for the daughter she hopes to hold. Both pray for the same child, Sarah. Seven years before Sarah was born, Allen and Dawn had two boys and another on the way. Dawn had always dreamed of a large family and a
0 6/27
2008
BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq -- Senior Airman Nicole Vaughn, assigned to the 23rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, spends time with a young Iraqi girl, a patient at the Air Force Theater Hospital here, as part of a job swap program. The program allows Airmen outside of the medical career field to spend a day shadowing hospital personnel. Airman Vaughn is deployed from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo /Staff Sgt. Mareshah Haynes) Flight operators go to the operating table in career field swap
Many Airmen never get the opportunity to see first-hand what Airmen outside their career field do on a day to day basis, let alone experience it. That's exactly what the 'swap' program at the Air Force Theater Hospital here at Balad Air Base allowed a handful of Airmen to do. Airmen from the 23rd and 332nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadrons swapped
0 6/21
2008
In the spirit of Rosie the Riveter, Airman 1st Class Jennifer Reiff concentrates on prepping a wall for painting during a volunteer effort to refurbish an Italian veterans hall in Livorno, Italy.  Airman Reiff is with the 31st Munitions Squadron at nearby Camp Darby.   (U.S. Air Force photo/Joyce Costello) Camp Darby Airmen help Italian veterans
They are separated by generations and age, they don't wear the same uniform and they don't even speak the same language, but the 31st Munitions Squadron Airmen here and veterans of the Italian Folgore Parachutist Brigade were bought together with the common goal of refurbishing the Italian veterans hall. Master Sgt. James Poole, the 31st MUNS first
0 5/27
2008
Members of the RAF Lakenheath Honor Guard stand and pay tribute to those who lost their lives fighting for the freedom of others at Madingley Cemetery in Cambridge, England. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brian J. Ellis) A call to their legacy, Memorial Day in Madingley
"IN PROUD AND GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THOSE MEN OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY AIR FORCE WHO FROM THESE FRIENDLY ISLES FLEW THEIR FINAL FLIGHT AND MET THEIR GOD. THEY KNEW NOT THE HOUR THE DAY NOT THE MANNER OF THEIR PASSING. WHEN FAR FROM HOME THEY WERE CALLED TO JOIN THAT HEROIC BAND OF AIRMEN WHO HAD GONE BEFORE. MAY THEY REST IN PEACE." These are the
0 5/23
2008
In the lab. 435th MDOS continues to soar
Commitment to "Excellence" rings true in every member of the 435th Medical Operations Squadron. The 435th MDOS proudly serves the Air Force's largest ambulatory clinic, taking care of the military families assigned to Ramstein and 23 garrison support units in three countries. In 2007, four of the 435th MDOS teams: Physical Therapy, Mental Health,
0 5/19
2008
Staff Sgt. Jason Cale, U.S. Air Forces in Europe jazz band (Check Six), plays his guitar solo during the song 'Boogie Woogie' , Svobody Square located in Kharkiv, Ukraine, April 19. The USAFE Band has been entertaining military and civilian audiences throughout Europe, Southwest Asia and Africa for the past 60 years.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Amber Bressler)(Released) USAFE band unites nations with music
Recently, hundreds of fans filled a Ukrainian concert hall for the classical music of the U.S. Air Force's in Europe jazz ensemble, Check Six, which performed during an eight-day tour. Some may wonder how the music of an Air Force band could attract hundreds of Ukrainians and transcend through language and cultural barriers, but as the USAFE band
0 5/13
2008
Eva Clarke (aged 5) and her mother, Anka Nathan, in Cardiff in 1950. Eva moved to Cardiff with her mother in 1948, after living with her aunt for three years. Eva’s parents, both Jewish, were kept prisoner for three years by the Germans in concentration camps until the U.S. Army liberated the camps in 1945, just days after Eva was born. (Courtesy photo) 'My mother brought doughnuts ... '
Born in Mauthausen concentration camp, Upper Austria, on April 29, 1945, Eva Clarke made her way into the world on the back of a coal truck, three days before the U.S. Army liberated the camp. Less than three weeks previously, her heavily-pregnant mother, along with other concentration camp prisoners, had been put on the coal truck by German
0 5/13
2008
Staff Sgt. Catherine Fitzpatrick, 86th Maintenance Squadron unit deployment manager, oversees a pallet build up at the Joint Mobility Processing Center with Master Sgt. Wolfgang Seng, 86th Maintenance Group deployment superintendent."(Courtesy Photo) 86th MXG shows again it is a mobility machine
The success of exercise Thracian Spring, the annual bilateral training exercise between the U.S. and Bulgaria March 26 to April 6, was the culmination of months of intense preparation by various wing agencies. Within the 86th Maintenance Group, the 86th Maintenance Operations Squadron, Programs and Resources Flight was among the pivotal agencies
0 5/06
2008
Members of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Top 3 and their family members volunteer to clean the Kaiserslautern American Kindergraves. The Ramstein Area Chief’s Group and German-American and International Women’s Club provide oversight to the 451 children’s graves.

Community unites for Kindergraves Memorial
Each spring, the Saturday following Mother's Day, the Ramstein Area Chief's Group and the German-American and International Women's Club Kaiserslautern conduct the Kindergraves memorial ceremony. The Air Force Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps Color Guard leads the procession at 9:45 a.m. May 17 from the Daenner Chapel to the Kindergraves on
0 5/05
2008
Tech. Sgt. Robert Evans interfaces with senior leadership on a tasking at the Joint NATO Command Branch office. (U.S Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Regina Brewer)

Local unit keeps Air Force personnel at NATO connected
The Joint NATO Command Branch is located in Stuttgart-Vaihingen as part of the 431st Air Base Group. The branch is comprised of one officer and six enlisted personnel. Its mission is to maintain superior MAJCOM personnel support to the Air Force members serving the NATO mission. The branch provides personnel support to approximately 1,400
0 5/01
2008
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