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Members from Ramstein Air Base donated toys for children at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 20, 2021. Ramstein Air Base is providing safe, temporary lodging for qualified evacuees from Afghanistan as part of Operation Allies Refuge during the next several weeks. Operation Allies Refuge is facilitating the quick, safe evacuation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants and other at-risk Afghans from Afghanistan. Qualified evacuees will receive support, such as temporary lodging, food, medical screening and treatment and more, while housed at Ramstein Air Base while preparing for onward movements to their final destinations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jan K. Valle)

Volunteers sort donations.

U.S. Air Force members and civilians volunteer at a clothing distribution center at Ramstein Air Base Germany, August 26, 2021. Volunteers package and distribute donation collections to evacuees on Ramstein AB as part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Anthony Plyler)

Volunteer sorts through donations.

Xuenja Allison, military spouse, organizes donated clothing at Ramstein Air Base Germany, August 26, 2021. Volunteers package and distribute donation collections to evacuees on Ramstein AB as part of Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Anthony Plyler)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany --

During Operation Allies Refuge, a yard boss’ responsibility is to assign Airmen and augmentees working within an evacuee pod at Ramstein Air Base, Germany with a duty.

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Claudia Trevino, 435th Contingency Response Support Squadron section chief for the intelligence flight, shared her experience while supporting OAR as a yard boss for Pod-3.

Trevino manages 20 to 40 augmentees daily depending on the amount of people from RAB units that are able to volunteer humanitarian aid efforts.
Augmentees and volunteers from the community will do tasks around the pods to ensure cleanliness and safety such as taking out trash, distributing donated items, serving food and playing with the children.

Trevino said she has enjoyed working with people from every career field and it has been an eye-opening experience.

The biggest impact from not only the military augmentees and the volunteers at the pods is from the Ramstein community, she said. Everything from coats to diapers and formula has been donated from members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community.

“I’ve never seen anything come together like this and it’s been amazing to see,” Trevino said. “Everybody comes with a positive attitude. It’s been great working with the evacuees, getting to know them on a more personal level, and working with the babies is probably one of the best parts. The surrounding communities who have donated have done so much more than they can even imagine to help these people.”