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Spouses of the 721st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron attend a New Parent Support Group meeting. 721st AMXS: Taking care of Airmen, families takes care of the mission
For the “Mission Movers” at the 721st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, the work can be tiring. As the busiest of the 521st Air Mobility Wing’s en-route maintenance units, the Airmen often work hours upon hours to keep the mission moving.
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Default Air Force Logo AAFES: Going where you go and a little further
Living overseas can be difficult for many service members and their families, with them not being able to have many of the conveniences they are used to having in the United States, but that’s where the Army and Air Force Exchange Service comes into play.
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Cody Hammond, 86th Operations Support Squadron intelligence analyst, finishes a 200-meter progressive sprint during a Running Improvement Program workout on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, June 26, 2017. The program uses progressive increases not only in workouts but in the overall program, as workouts gradually increase the distance runners have to complete. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore) Running Improvement Program passes into Ramstein
As their arms and legs feel heavier, chest and lungs start burning, and sweat runs into their eyes, thoughts of stopping spring to the front of many runners’ minds. However, for many people - including military members - they may have to keep going long after those thoughts appear.
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Staff Sgt. Martha Otto, 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron training manager, fled her South-Sudanese home at the age of seven in search of safety from Joseph Kony’s Lord Resistance Army and spent most of her childhood in a refugee camp. Today, she is passionate about sharing her distinctive journey to help others. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Staff Sgt. Nesha Humes) The beaten path: An Airman’s 381-mile walk for refuge
Staff Sgt. Martha Otto is one of millions of Sudanese refugees who fled their homes due to unrest caused by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The LRA made news for and still targets civilians to draft child soldiers while raping, killing, and looting villages. The Ramstein Airman shares her perilous journey of courage, ambition and perseverance which has paved her way to become part of our U.S. Air Force, today.
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Senior Master Sgt. Kiyon Buckley, 86th Communications Squadron special missions flight chief, shares his experience being in a toxic work environment at a Storytellers event on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 23, 2017. Storytellers was a Kaiserslautern Military Community 5/6 Council sponsored event held for leadership that wanted to share stories about a time of struggle during their Air Force career. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Savannah L. Waters) Afraid to be the same: a story of resiliency
Every morning, Airmen pull into a parking lot and make their way through the door, greeting coworkers as they walk in to begin their day. Some laughing, some not altogether awake without their morning coffee. But, parked in the back corner of the lot there may be an Airman who is wide awake with dread.
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Gertrude “Gertie” Grosskopf, 721st Aerial Port Squadron Fleet Service supervisor and Air Transportable Galley and Lavatory manager, takes a photo with member of the 721 APS on the flightline of Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Gertie is retiring after serving the Air Force for more than 39 years. During her time, she became known as the go-to person for the ATGLs not only in the squadron but for all of Air Mobility Command. (Courtesy Photo) 721 APS local national celebrates 39 years of sparkling service
After nearly four decades of dedicated work, one would hope they have left a mark on their work center. One 721st Aerial Port Squadron member has done that and more.
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Staff Sgt. Karriem Abdulahad, 86th Security Forces Squadron training instructor, teaches the Expeditionary Active Shooter Training course information to his students at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 15, 2016. The EAST course teaches Airmen preparing to deploy how to handle an active shooter situation in a practical manner that can be used day-to-day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning) Learning from tragedy: instructor’s past prepares him for the present
While many people look at extreme situations and think to themselves, “It could never happen to me,” they run the risk of allowing those same unfortunate circumstances to occur.
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Senior Airman Patrick Cassidy, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, observes as North Atlantic Treaty Organization paratroopers jump out of a C-130J Super Hercules during an International Jump Week exercise over Germany Dec. 1, 2016. Cassidy oversaw dozens of NATO Allied nation service members as they took part in training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer) 37th AS loadmaster participates in International Jump Week
When the cargo bay of a C-130J Super Hercules drops down, it’s game time for 37th Airlift Squadron loadmasters. Concentrated and aware of their surroundings, loadmasters are trained to be in charge of an entire plane’s cargo hull during flight.
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Heavy snow equipment is parked in front of the 786th Civil Engineer Squadron’s heavy equipment facility at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 19, 2016. The members of Ramstein’s snow removal team are comprised of Airmen throughout the 786th CES and 86th Maintenance Squadron. This is a secondary job that they perform before and throughout the winter season. Preparations for winter weather hazards are made to ensure Ramstein’s 24-hour operation can continue during inclement winter weather. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer) Ramstein stays winter ready with snow removal team
Ramstein base operations run 24-hours a day, which means preparations have to be made and attention to detail is critical.
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(Courtesy Photo) Military members race for PTSD, suicide awareness
After returning from a 2014 deployment, Staff Sgt. Aaron Nagy, U.S. Air Forces in Europe Air Ground Operations School Joint Terminal Attack Controller instructor, began looking for a hobby--an outlet to relieve stresses of the deployment-- so he bought a four-wheeler. What he didn’t expect to find was a group of like-minded veterans who found that racing was a healthy way to relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress.
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