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The 86th Airlift Wing hosts “The Amazing Base” at Ramstein Air Base this month. The event seeks to empower and attract individuals who may not attend more traditional spouse event offerings. (U.S. Air Force Graphic by Regina Burbidge)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- It’s not too late to take part in one of the most unique team-building events to be held by the 86th Airlift Wing: “The Amazing Base.”

The Amazing Base, loosely inspired by American reality television game show “The Amazing Race,” will place 4-person teams in fierce, but friendly competition April 24, 2018, on Ramstein Air Base. Participants are challenged to race towards and overcome a variety of “Road Blocks” around base. The purpose of the event is show support for Ramstein’s military spouses.

Kristin Moore, spouse of 86th Airlift Wing commander Brig. Gen. Richard Moore, said the Amazing Base will get spouses familiar with places they may need to know during their time here.

“It is easy to rattle off a list of all the things Ramstein has to offer, but until you are comfortable enough to walk through the front door of an office, you cannot take advantage of services,” she said.

According to Moore, the Amazing Base was specifically designed to attract spouses that may not typically attend more traditional spouse events.

“House husbands, civilian spouses, spouses who work and can’t take 2 or 3 days off for a resiliency conference – this event is for you!” said Moore.

The Amazing Base is open to all Department of Defense ID card holders 18 years of age or older, but teams should have a minimum of two spouses participating in order to compete for prizes. Participants are encouraged to use a variety of transportation modes including vehicles, bicycles, roller blades, or on-foot.

“We are a huge community with spouses of Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve, but we also have DODEA, GS, NAF, NATO, and more,” said Moore. She added that after participating in the Amazing Base, “you will no longer question where to go when you need information, and hopefully you will come out with a few more friends than when you started the race.”

People wanting to participate but who are unable to organize a 4-person team are still encouraged to sign-up. If participants let the coordinators know they are racing as an individual when registering, they can be placed on teams with other individual racers.

To participate, volunteer, or learn more, visit Ramstein.af.mil and click the Amazing Base graphic for sign-up links. Check-in for the event is from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., April 24 at the Ramstein Officer’s Club. The event will end with a lunch provided by the USO.