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Master Sgt. Matthew Ulichney, 835th Civil Engineer Squadron, steals study breaks in the emergency operations center between the end of the duty day and his evening classes. Inspired by his former supervisor, Maj. Rodolfo Rodriguez, to go back to school, he finished two degrees with the Community College of the Air Force in December and is already enrolled in a bachelor’s program. Major Rodriguez was killed in a terrorist bombing in Pakistan last September. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt John Ross) Major instills purpose for higher education
When Master Sgt. Matthew Ulichney of the 835th Civil Engineer Squadron walks across the stage to receive his Community College of the Air Force diploma, one seat in the house will be conspicuously empty. Maj. Rodolfo Rodriguez, who was killed in a terrorist bombing in Pakistan Sept. 20, 2008, will not be in attendance--but Sergeant Ulichney will be
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Members of Ramstein Air Field Management use a snow removal truck to clear snow off ramp one Jan. 6, 2008, before the day's mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenny Holston) Icy runways set winter ops into motion
As frigid winter weather ices down everything in its path, flightline operations here must continue. The 86th Operations Support Squadron and the 435th Civil Engineer Squadron work hand in hand to ensure mission success during these frigid winter months. Upon the first signs of winter weather, airfield management alerts the supporting units and
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The Nevada desert is in the rear view of a 37th Airlift Squadron C-130 while it participates in the Mobility Air Forces Exercise near Nellis Air Force Base, Nov. 19, 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Mike Trimble) 86th Airlift Wing rides the Wild West
Maj. Robert May and Capt. Justine Perlberg turn a 37th Airlift Squadron C-130 onto final approach course, just a mile from touchdown. They hold the nose up over a rocky hill just before reaching the landing zone, then reduce power to set the 55-ton plane down on a 3,000-foot strip of dirt. They throw the propellers into reverse momentarily and
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Air Force members take a tour of the Ramstein Air Base Enlisted Heritage Hall Jan. 6, 2009. The hall displays an array of different Air Force enlisted artifacts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenny Holston) USAFE Enlisted Heritage Hall encourages Airmen take walk down memory lane
The U.S. Air Force in Europe Enlisted Heritage Hall offers visitors a glimpse of what the enlisted corps has done and how it has evolved while offering a sense of pride. The Sam E. Parish Enlisted Heritage Hall, named after the eighth chief master sergeant of the Air Force, opened Aug. 26, 2006, for all Airmen to experience the past of the enlisted
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Ian DiFiore, a Boy Scout from NJ, hands out cookies to deployed military members transitioning back to the states at the Contingency Aero-medical Staging Facility as part of his Eagle Scout service project, Ramstein Air Base, Germany Dec. 12. With the help of 35 scouts, over 175 hours have gone into his service project. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kelly LeGuillon)(Released) Cookie drive helps boy scout advance in the 'ranks'
Bake cookies, get promoted. While that sounds much easier than the military promotion system, it sums up exactly what a teenager from New Jersey did to gain his next "rank" in the Boy Scouts. So what may have seemed like just another holiday cookie drive at Ramstein, actually was the result of months of planning and a long journey across the ocean.
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Staff Sergeant’s Paul Corcoran and Brian Leach, from Kentucky’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, pose for a photo while visiting an orphanage near Tblisi, Georgia, in September. The two sergeants deployed there with the 86th Contingency Response Group on a humanitarian mission following the Russian invasion into the area. (Photo courtesy of the 86th Contingency Response Group) Kentucky ANG supports, learns from 86 CRG
A new Kentucky Air National Guard unit, the 123rd Contingency Response Group, is coming up big for Ramstein's 86th Contingency Response Group. The 123rd CRG, only officially formed in April, sent two aerial porters this summer to augment the 86th during Operation Assured Delivery in Tbilisi, Georgia. There they worked side-by-side with their active
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Senior Airman Emily Walker pilots a Talon explosive ordnance disposal robot from inside a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle Oct. 26 at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Integrated cameras allow Airman Walker to see objects around the robot, helping her to safely handle most incidents without ever having to leave the MRAP. Airman Walker is assigned to the 755th Air Expeditionary Group Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operation Location-Bravo and deployed from Ramstein Air Base, Germany. She hails from Brownsville, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse) 
Airmen combat explosive threats in Afghanistan
The phone rings. A three-man team grabs their prepacked gear and jumps in a truck or a waiting helicopter. These Airmen don't always know where they are going, how long they will be gone, or exactly what they will encounter -- all they know is there is an explosive device somewhere and they need to make it safe. As the threat of improvised
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Default Air Force Logo KMC schools armed with new life-saving tool
Swelling, vomiting, shock, fainting and coma are just a handful of potential symptoms caused by this common disorder affecting well over half of Americans. Anaphylaxis, also known as an allergic reaction, is the result of hypersensitive allergies, which affects a large group of Americans. Now EpiPen, an anti-anaphylaxis product which has been on
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Four drivers from the National Hot Rod Association sign autographs and talk to servicemembers at the Vogelweh Base Exchange, during a USO sponsored trip, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Nov. 25, 2008. The drivers are on the second leg of their trip after coming from Kuwait to visit American service members early that morning. (Airman 1st Class Scott Saldukas) Top NHRA drivers visit KMC during USO tour
For the fourth consecutive year, members of the National Hot Rod Association have taken part in a post-season United Service Organizations-sponsored goodwill trip to visit KMC personnel and families. Six-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Warren Johnson, two-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Jim Yates, 2006 POWERade Pro Stock champ Jason Line and Top Fuel
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Canadian Army Corporal Robbie Stephenson (left), injured by an improvised explosive device blast during a convoy while deployed in Afghanistan, is visited by Staff Sgt. Matthew Slaydon and his wife, Annette, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, Nov. 21, 2008. Sgt. Slaydon was severely injured in Iraq 13 months ago during a deployment there as an explosive ordinance disposal technician and is visiting LRMC as part of a morale tour, following his recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tony R. Ritter) Fulfilling his duty: a wounded warrior's story
His one remaining arm held firmly on his wife as he toured facilities he could not see and spoke to people he could only hear. Yet, he moved and spoke with an air of strength and patriotism that only a wounded warrior could possess. Staff Sgt. Matthew Slaydon and his wife, Annette, visited several U.S. Air Forces in Europe units as part of a
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