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  • Bridging 4,500 miles to lend a helping hand

    As the 13th named storm, seventh hurricane, fourth major hurricane, and second Category 5 hurricane in the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, Hurricane Maria caused devastation across the Northeast Caribbean. One of the areas hit by the tropical storm was the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, reaching the island’s shores Sept. 20, causing massive damage to the entire island. In order to aid relief efforts in Puerto Rico, the American Red Cross stood up a call center on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, with a mission to reunify those effected by the storm. Staff Sgt. Alberto Garcia, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron lead firefighter, was born and raised in Puerto Rico, so when he heard about the Red Cross looking for volunteers, he immediately joined.
  • Gone but not forgotten

    The month of the military child is quickly coming to a close, but children who were at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, must embody the meaning of a military child now and through the future.At the beginning of April, the families of U.S. personnel and Department of Defense civilians, departed to their designated safe haven."We understand, we've been in
  • Resilency, developed through adversity

    The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you
  • A journey to JTAC

    Senior Airman Tormod Lillekroken makes a joke to his teammate and flashes a smile to his teammate next to him as his eyes dart from the map in his hand to an old car about 500 meters in the distance. This is his target, and he's attempting to pinpoint its exact location. Shielded by bushes on a high hill, he peeks through openings in the leaves to
  • 'You either win or you learn': a tale of resilience

    She traded tax forms in a sterile office for strikes and grapples in an auditorium surrounded by peers cheering her on.On Feb. 20, 2016, Johnson realized that she took the first step to making the sport her own. She entered her first Jiu-Jitsu competition.Johnson gripped her opponent's collar. She could feel the girl struggling to wrap her legs
  • A view from the top

    Airmen across the 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, will now have the opportunity to experience life from the highest tier of the Wing's enlisted force.Implemented by Command Chief Philip L. Easton, the Chief for a Day "shadow" program allows an Airman to shadow his position as senior enlisted advisor to wing leadership and the
  • Mighty shadow over the fjords: a B-52's cold response

    Flying more than seven miles above the earth in a grey-painted behemoth that rolled off the assembly line in 1961 is an experience unlike any other. With a crew of six, 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-52 Stratofortress tail number 61-022 cruised through the skies of Europe for the better part of a day, March 1, engaging in an impressive show of
  • TSC supply sergeant aims high, achieves milestone

    A supply sergeant with the 21st Theater Sustainment Command's support operations section aimed high and flew toward uncharted skies, becoming the first Soldier to attend the U.S. Air Force's Kisling Noncommissioned Officer Academy in 40 years.Staff Sgt. Harvey Chadwick, who serves as a platoon sergeant for TSC headquarters as well as a supply NCO
  • Chièvres; separated but self-sufficient

    Standing at the end of the short runway, only chickens can be heard clucking from a family farm just a stone's throw away.The morning air is dull and misty, but not as foggy as yesterday, so if you squint your eyes just right you can see clear across the small military base. Today's mission has been canceled and there's a charming calm to the base,
  • Ramstein highlights women's history month

    To help highlight Women's History Month, the 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs recently met with several inspirational women around the Kaiserslautern Military Community to ask them a few questions about what the month means to them. Staff Sgt. Joy Martz, 603rd Air and Space Operations Center Air Mobility Division NCO in charge of training, filled