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  • Succeeding in the combat zone

    Imagine you have just received your deployment tasking for the next AEF rotation…Baghdad, Balad or Kabul. You wonder, what job will I do? What will the environment be like? Will I succeed in a high stress combat zone? I was recently faced with these same questions as I prepared for a four-month deployment to the International Zone in Iraq to fill a
  • USAFE Idol finalists to perform at Ramstein

    The eight finalists for the first U.S. Air Forces in Europe Idol Talent Contest have been named and will perform at the USAFE-level show April 23 at 7 p.m. at the Ramstein Officers’ Club. Community members are invited to the final showdown, which is free and open to all I.D. cardholders, family members and guests. Performers vying to be named
  • Code Silver trains for worst-case scenarios

    The 100th Air Refueling Wing participated with the 48th Fighter Wing and several British agencies in a weapons of mass destruction table-top exercise with a medical focus at Royal Air Force Lakenheath March 21 to 23. Code Silver is an Air Force-level exercise that tests the base-level response to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear
  • Mildenhall SF members receive realistic deployment training

    Crawling around the wet grass in England may not, at first glance, compare much to being downrange in hostile territory, but for 13 members of the 100th Security Forces Squadron here, it felt pretty real. Spending between 12 to 15 hours each day at the Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, training complex March 21 to 25, as the Airmen rode around
  • Stepping up to the Combat Wingman challenge

    A few months ago I challenged all of U.S. Air Forces in Europe to take part in our new program, Combat Wingman. You took the challenge head-on and today we have a highly successful program that’s making a difference. Our initial plan was to partner our most valuable resources, our people, with one another in sacred contracts that practiced Wingman
  • AF Academy cadets visit Spang, teach base honor guard

    With a little determination, dedication and duct tape, one Spangdahlem Air Base team took on a challenge and made U.S. Air Force Academy history. For the first time ever, members of the Air Force Academy Saber Drill Team traveled to a base and taught a base honor guard the mechanics and routines of the sabers. Approximately 30 members of the 52nd
  • It's time to own up

    Maybe it’s just me, but recently the phrase “own up” has been coming up a lot in my life. Many times it has been in relation to a mistake I made, or – in my case as a supervisor and a commander – a mistake I directed someone else to make. Regardless, it’s time for each of us to “own up.” Case 1: My wife and I have been married for over 14 years and
  • DoDDS student selected as $20,000 scholarship finalist

    One particular student at Bitburg High School prefers not to be called “gifted.” Despite the fact that José Tovar is one of 250 seniors -- and the sole Department of Defense Dependents Schools student chosen worldwide among 100,000 applicants nationwide for the prestigious 2004-2005 Coca-Cola Scholar award, the 17 year old contends “diligent” more
  • Spangdahlem receives USAFE's first air traffic control tower simulator

    The Spangdahlem Air Base air traffic controllers began training on their new $850,000 system March 14. The simulator, which features a 270-degree projector screen and simulated pilot-to-tower communications system, is the first within U.S. Air Forces in Europe. It will eventually be installed at bases throughout the Air Force and is projected to
  • Retiring command chief shares 30 years of wisdom in "blue"

    On April 7, my Air Force career comes to an end. While my family will mark the occasion by remembering places we’ve gone and friends we’ve made, I also wanted to look to the future by passing along three lessons I’ve learned over 30 years of service that made a real difference in my life. Lesson #1: Get outside your comfort zone : When we start our
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