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  • Wheels to reels

    A swarm of motorized bikes buzzed like bees as they traversed the terrain. Tires dug into the track, flinging mud behind them. A young boy determined to beat the clock was then confronted by a ten foot roller, a speed deterrent not meant to be jumped. As he climbed the mountainous dirt pile, a competitor collided with him mid-air, catapulting him
  • 521st AMOW is ready to fight anytime, anywhere

    When some people think of warfighting, they often think about the battle itself. But as the saying goes, “getting there is half the battle.”This is why leaders of the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing take their mission of providing air mobility to combat zones very seriously.“We continue to play a critical role in moving munitions, troops, and
  • The core values apply even on the internet

    Since the late 1990s, people around the world have used social media networks to share their ideas and connect with friends. People from all walks of life, including the military, use social media to band together and form online communities. However, social media also became a place for people to vent out their frustrations and express strong
  • Maintaining post-Cold War treaty on Ramstein

    At any moment, any of 30 counties can announce that they are giving 36 hours’ notice before inspecting Ramstein. The 30 countries are Treaty of Conventional Armed Forces in Europe signatories, which they created to control the number of combat capabilities such as combat aircraft in Europe. To prepare for such an inspection, Ramstein conducted a CFE inspection exercise Dec. 6.
  • Jack of all trades

    Tech. Sgt. Clayton Allen, 22nd Air Refueling Wing Plans and Programs NCO in-charge, isn’t a communications Airman by trade, he’s a water and fuels systems maintenance Airman pulled from the 22nd Civil Engineer Squadron. He is self-taught in computer programming, satellite and ground command and control radio systems.
  • Building bridges between two communities

    Being introduced to a new culture can be exciting, but also sometimes intimidating. This is especially true for both Americans and Germans in the Kaiserslautern Military Community.The KMC hosts more than 50,000 U.S. military members, civilians, and their families, making it the largest community of Americans outside the U.S. The sheer numbers alone
  • AGE ensures mission readiness

    Mechanical guts hang out the open side of a generator. With grease covered hands, the maintenance crew patches up the unit bringing the beast to life again before sending it away to feed power to an aircraft on the flightline.The 86th Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment Flight works around the clock to provide aircraft maintenance the
  • A half step down, a whole step up

    Dust starts to gather over polished wood and metal strings – strings desperate to be plucked. Each guitar throughout the house was a reminder of the passion his father had for music. He picks up one of the guitars and begins to send vibrations down the halls – and so his future begins.Master Sgt. John Del Valle works as the section chief of
  • 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.
  • Transportation experts deliver morale to Airmen

    For many service members, especially those stationed overseas, mail can be a lifeline to family, friends, and feeling connected to home. For those stationed within U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, there is a team of Airmen dedicated to providing timely, cost effective, and efficient mail services. The USAFE-AFAFRICA Air Postal Squadron ensures all mail travelling to and from the major command is transported by the fastest and most reliable means possible, while also ensuring the right mail goes to the right place.