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  • 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
  • Mentorship, training essential to mission success

    As the top cop on a fighter base back in the 1980s, we got goal days based on the number of sorties each airframe flew every month. Known as utilization, or UTE, days, personnel were given the day off if the wing did well. One day, the wing commander came to a staff meeting and told us a story of a young captain who had come to see him to complain.
  • USAFE announces chaplain service award winners

    U.S. Air Forces in Europe officials recently announced the winners of the command’s 2004 Chaplain Service Annual Award winners. The chaplain service organizational and individual award winners are: Outstanding Large Chapel Organization: 435th Air Base Wing, Ramstein Air Base , Germany Outstanding Medium Chapel Organization: 52nd Fighter Wing,
  • Command's annual award nominees to be honored

    U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s outstanding Airmen and civilians will be honored during the command’s Annual Awards Banquet 6:30 p.m. April 8 at the Ramstein Air Base Officers’ Club. Competing in the categories of Airmen, Noncommissioned Officer, Senior NCO, Company Grade Officer, First Sergeant of the Year and Civilian – Categories I and II, the 21
  • USAFE names individual mobilization augmentee award winners

    U.S. Air Forces in Europe recently announced the winners of the command's 2004 Individual Mobilization Augmentee awards. The winners are: Outstanding Officer IMA: Maj. Doris Schwartz, USAFE Air Mobility Operations Control Center, Ramstein Air Base, Germany Outstanding Enlisted IMA: Tech. Sgt. Jonelle T. Bagley, 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron,