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Members of the French and Royal Air Forces assist family members of Squadron Leader Roger Bushell, Royal Air Force, and Sous-Lieutenant Bernard Scheidhauer, Free French Air Force, unveil the memorial dedicated to the two men outside the West Gate of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, July 1, 2017. The two airmen were the masterminds behind the “Great Escape” that took place March 24, 1944. During the Escape, 76 Allied airmen escaped from the prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft III at Żagań, Poland. Although, they only made it as far as Saarbrücken, Germany, they were arrested on March 26, and interrogated. On March 29, under the pretext of being returned to their prison camp, Bushell and Scheidhauer were driven to a bridge near Ramstein and killed. Throughout the following days, 48 of their fellow escapees were executed. The commemorative stone was made possible through the support and efforts of the German, U.S., British, and French communities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore) Kaiserslautern Military Community unveils memorial to two airmen
Members of the French and Royal Air Forces assist family members of Squadron Leader Roger Bushell, Royal Air Force, and Sous-Lieutenant Bernard Scheidhauer, Free French Air Force, unveil the memorial dedicated to the two men outside the West Gate of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, July 1, 2017. The two airmen were the masterminds behind the “Great
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"A lot of times in life we grow up with one ideal and one way of understanding the world. That’s comfortable for us. Sometimes we have to challenge ourselves to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes. For a big part of my life, I grew accustomed to act like the few other gay people in my small Central American town, never "too gay", never "open" and never speaking about sexuality. Homosexuality in any form was greeted with insults and many times violence, which I sadly had my fair share of. Perhaps, we could gain a different perspective on life and learn more. Instead of disregarding the gay lifestyle and the gay ideals, how about taking a step forward and put yourself in our shoes? Maybe understand what it means to be a gay person. I continue to celebrate pride, so that youth who went through what I had to, or worse, can also one day have the pleasure of feeling loved, feeling accepted and feeling free." -U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jose Echaverry, left, 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron central storage supervisor

Senior Airman Sean Echaverry, right, 86th Medical Squadron surgical technician- “I believe celebrating LGBT and being a part of pride is important because you’re celebrating who you are, the history and understanding the people that went before you and have fought for your rights. We’re still standing up for our rights of who we are, who we believe we are.” 
Ramstein recognizes LGBT Pride
For the last five years, the Department of Defense observes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month in June each year. We asked 13 Kaiserslautern Military Community Members “Why is celebrating LGBT Pride important to you?”
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Staff Sgt. Eric Jeffcoat, 100th Security Forces Squadron base defense operation center controller, emerges from smoke grenade smoke during 435th SFS’s Ground Combat Readiness Training Center Security Operations Course at U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder, Germany, June 15, 2017. Conducting missions as a team and being evaluated by the 435th SFS instructor cadre, students showcased knowledge of urban operations, close quarters combat, live firing iterations, mounted and dismounted patrols, entry control point operations, and counter improved-explosive device operations while at Baumholder. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Savannah L. Waters) "SOC" it to me: Defenders across USAFE train at Ramstein
With the amount of training, preparation, and paperwork involved, pre-deployment processes can too easily become a blur. What to expect can vary, but the 435th Security Forces Squadron ensures Airmen who come through their pre-deployment Security Operations Course leave with the knowledge and confidence to execute the mission.
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U.S. Air Force Capts. Haley Wilson, 603rd Air Operations Center strategy division officer, left, and Kevin Durr, Warrior Preparation Center program manager, pin their new ranks on each other during their promotion ceremony on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 26, 2017. The ceremony was presided over by Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, 3rd Air Force commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Magbanua) 3rd AF CC promotes officers to captain
Thirteen officers were promoted to the rank of captain on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 26, 2017, in a ceremony presided over by the 3rd Air Force commander, Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark.
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1st Lt. Jeffrey Davis, 435th Security Forces Squadron assistant operations officer, low-crawls while participating in the 435th CRG Olympics on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 5, 2017. The 435th Air Mobility Squadron, 435th Construction and Training Squadron, 435th Security Forces Squadron, and Detachment 1 each planned a competitive event to challenge the teams to not only complete, but to share with one another what each squadron in the 435th CRG does every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Savannah L. Waters) 435th CRG Olympics: hurdling obstacles
A hand stretches ahead again and again, shoving mud past as an Airman pushes their body across the pit, sharp barbed wire catching on their backpack. As exhaustion begins to set in, the sound of the rest of their team pushes them to crawl faster, hoping they are almost through the obstacle.
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An Airman visits the Alcohol e-CheckUpToGo program website on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 4, 2017. The Alcohol e-CheckUpToGo program, designed by university counseling center psychologists from San Diego State University, is an anonymous, evidence-based, personalized online alcohol intervention that allows Airmen to enter information about their drinking patterns and receive feedback about their use of alcohol. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Savannah L. Waters) Alcohol e-CheckUpToGo comes to Ramstein
Every Airman’s situation is unique, and one can never know for sure what sort of struggle or challenges their wingmen are going through. Not everyone is lucky to have friends or family to identify when an intervention is needed, but the 86th Airlift Wing used resilience funds to purchase a new resource that may help Airmen to self-assess and determine whether alcohol consumption has become an issue for them or not.
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Kaiserslautern Military Community students, 86th Civil Engineer Group Airmen and federal forest departments celebrate Earth Day on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, April 21, 2017. Ramstein celebrated Earth Day to contribute towards last year’s goal to plant 7.8 billion – one for every person on the planet - until Earth Day 2020; the effort named “Trees for the Earth” will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day celebrations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Savannah L. Waters) Conserve today, secure tomorrow
Kaiserslautern Military Community students, 86th Civil Engineer Group Airmen and federal forest departments celebrate Earth Day on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, April 21, 2017. Ramstein celebrated Earth Day to contribute towards last year’s goal to plant 7.8 billion – one for every person on the planet - until Earth Day 2020; the effort named “Trees
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Maj. Asia Roberson, 86th Medical Group infection and disease manager, applies a pressure dressing bandage to Senior Airman Shaquelle Sheppard, 86th Medical Support Squadron patient movement technician, during an 86th Medical Group training day on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 22, 2017. The pressure dressing bandage is used to stop bleeding in patients. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning) Inside training days with the medical group
The medical group on Ramstein closed their doors once again. Ever wonder what those “training days” are actually used for?
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Firefighters from the Ramstein Air Base fire department walk through a parade during fasching, a festival held across Europe, in the city of Ramstein, Germany, Feb. 28, 2017. Civil workers, politicians, businessmen and more come together to crowd their streets and celebrate the coming of warmer weather. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer) Der Fasching von Ramstein: Germans, Americans celebrate local tradition
Firefighters from the Ramstein Air Base fire department walk through a parade during fasching, a festival held across Europe, in the city of Ramstein, Germany, Feb. 28, 2017. Civil workers, politicians, businessmen and more come together to crowd their streets and celebrate the coming of warmer weather. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane
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Default Air Force Logo A&FRC hosts Heart Link for new Air Force spouses
Bridging the gap between spouses and their active duty family member’s life. The Airman & Family Readiness Center is scheduled to host a Heart Link event Feb. 10, 2017.
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