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Master Sgt. Ryan Armour, 721st Aerial Port Squadron safety superintendent, checks the safety information on a pallet June 28, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Airmen from the 721st APS often use forklifts and load heavy cargo into large aircrafts, and the safety office helps to prevent injuries or damage to equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tryphena Mayhugh) 721st APS stays safe on the job
In April alone, the 721st Aerial Port Squadron was in charge of the safe passage for over 14,000 passengers, 700 aircraft and 4,000 tons of cargo. Through the work of the safety office, they were able to accomplish this task with minimal risk to workers, passengers, equipment and cargo.
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Damon Kasberg (left), 2014 Visual Information Award Program Military Graphic Artist of the Year from 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Allison N. Beiswanger, 2014 VIAP Military Videographer of the Year  from Office of USMC Communications (middle) and USAF Staff Sgt. Vernon Young (right),2014 VIAP Military Photographer of the Year from Defense Media Activity Airman Magazine, pose for a photo with their awards May 17, 2015, in the District of Columbia. Kasberg was also awarded Military Graphic Artist of the Year for 2015 and will attend a ceremony in D.C. on June 18. (Courtesy Photo) Ramstein Airman defends MILGRAPH award
It is only a small percentage of Airmen who throughout their careers are able to rise above their peers and achieve a Department of Defense-level award. The number drops even lower for Airmen who achieve this more than once. Senior Airman Damon Kasberg, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, accomplished this honor when he was awarded the Visual Information Awards Program Military Graphic Artist of the Year two years in a row.
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Default Air Force Logo Being a better sponsor
Imagine arriving in a foreign country for the first time to start the next leg of your military career. Not only is the long flight exhausting, but carrying multiple bags, maybe children and pets and trying to figure out the next step can become extremely stressful.
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Dr. Meghan-Tomasita Cosgriff-Hernandez, a forensic anthropologist with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, reviews her grid of the recovery site in eastern Germany, May 18, 2016. As the recovery leader, Cosgriff-Hernandez determined where and how deep the recovery team dug. If evidence believed to belong to one of the unaccounted personnel the team was looking for was found, Cosgriff-Hernandez modified the search grid to ensure the team was as thorough as possible in their recovery efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore) Service members search for more than gold
They wake in the early hours of the morning to go out to their site. They set up screening stations, and for the next six to eight hours, they withstand the changing weather as they search through tons of dirt one bucket at a time.
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Default Air Force Logo DoDEA, local schools strengthen partnerships
The eleven Department of Defense Education Activity schools in the KMC have the unique opportunity to engage with local German schools and villages. These engagements not only improve the overall quality of education for our children, but also foster a better understanding of, and relationship with, our host nation and community.
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Senior Airman Clifford Hughley, 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron technician (center), prepares a simulated patient for an electrocardiogram during an exercise May 12, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Though the nurses and technicians work a fast-paced job, they spent time out of the office during Nurses and Technicians Appreciation Week. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Larissa Greatwood) Nurses, technicians recognized during appreciation week
Nurses and technicians were recognized all over the world for their hard work, dedication and sacrifices they make on a daily basis to selflessly care for their patients during the Nurses and Technician Appreciation Week May 6 through 13.
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Tech. Sgt. Roscoe Tamondong, 86th Maintenance Group NCO in-charge instructor element (left), gives Airmen in the crew chief training course guidance on performing tire pressure checks on a C-130J Super Hercules May 17, 2016 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Tamondong is one of four training instructors assigned to the 86th MXG. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka)
Crew chief instructor starts up newcomers
Engines roar, pilots get situated and loadmasters secure cargo all while maintenance teams are ensuring each and every aircraft are prepped and ready for a safe flight, around-the-clock, day and night. Tech. Sgt. Roscoe Tamondong, 86th Maintenance Group NCO in-charge instructor element, ensures the brand-new crew chiefs assigned to Ramstein are
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A child picks up a stick of chalk during a therapy session at Vogelweh Elementary School April 21, 2016, at Vogelweh Military Complex, Germany. Many children who had to leave Turkey and separate from their family serving there have been placed in new schools around the Kaiserslautern Military Community in Germany. While attending these new schools they undergo therapy to cope with their stresses and anxieties built up during the transition. (U.S. Air force photo/Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer) Chalking up our anxiety, separated from family
Azmeralda Poole pushes the chalk down on the ground and draws two dots inside a circle, cracking a grin as she sketches a smiling face. She points to her creation as she looks up at Nicole Flores, her Vogelweh Elementary School counselor."This is me. I'm happy right now!"Flores smiles and consoles the young girl as she participates in a therapy
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Airman 1st Class Kara Woods, 86th Communications Squadron postal specialist (left), practices with fellow Ramstein Honor Guard members March 31, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Woods has been a member of the base Honor Guard since January and has learned honor, discipline and precision. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Larissa Greatwood) Airman strives to serve, honor, challenge self
Some days she's practicing precision and bearing while holding a flag. Other days, she's greeting customers and sorting their mail. Regardless of what challenge she's taking on, she embraces it with full force.Twenty-seven year old Airman 1st Class Kara Woods, 86th Communications Squadron postal specialist, said joining the military was something
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Airman 1st Class Trandon Sowell, 721st Aerial Port Squadron passenger service agent and physical training leader, demonstrates how to do a correct sit-up before a fitness assessment April 12, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Airmen who train to become a physical training leader are augmented to assist with running fitness assessments. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Larissa Greatwood) 786th FSS FAC keeps Airmen fit to fight
As part of the overall Airman concept, each individual is required to complete a fitness assessment at least once a year. In order to be fit for the mission, these tests are crucial to the Air Force's success.Though these assessments may be nerve-wracking and stressful for some, what many people may not see is all of the work that goes into
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