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786th Force Support Squadron

The 786th Force Support Squadron is a unit assigned to the 86th Mission Support Group, 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The 86th Airlift Wing serves as the host wing for Ramstein Air Base and is one of ten main operating bases under the United States Air Forces in Europe Command.

Mission
Provide premier total force support and quality of life.

Location
Ramstein Air Base is located one and a half miles east of the city of Ramstein, about two miles west of the city of Landstuhl, and seven and a half miles west of the city of Kaiserslautern. Ramstein Air Base is in the German state of Rheinland-Palatinate, and is part of the Kaiserslautern Military Community -- the largest American community outside of the United States.

Organization
The 786th Force Support Squadron is comprised of three flights: Military Personnel Support, Force Support Operations and Sustainment Services.

The Military Personnel Support Flight manages base relocations, personnel reliability program, DEROS management, duty status,  reenlistments, promotions, retirements, outbound assignments, evaluations, classifications, adverse actions, awards & decorations, passports, ID cards, DEERS updates, command sponsorship, leave policy & processing, special duty applications and ration card programs.

The Force Support Operations Flight manages all responsibility for mortuary affairs, search and recovery operations, casualty reporting, the base honor guard program, installation personnel readiness, unit readiness, unit training and deployed PERSCO functions.  Additionally, this flight executes the unique DoD re-icing mission for USAFE/AFAFRICA/SWA areas of responsibility.  These functions include processing active duty, dependent, civilian deaths, movement of deceased members to U.S. territory, contingency exercise deployment orders, President of the United States missions, funerals, and memorial ceremonies, accountability of deployed and in-garrison members and management of unit deployment taskings.   
The Services Sustainment Flight provides the morale and welfare support through three food establishments, three fitness centers and thirty-three lodging facilities spanning three bases in the Ramstein area.  Through these programs this flight provides food support to NCOA and ALS students, all dormitory residence, deployed spouses and medevac/CASF/SAAM missions. Lodging support is available to any ID card holder (U.S. or NATO) during official or personal traveling.  The fitness centers provide an extensive intramural/varsity sports and aerobics programs, physical fitness assessments for all active duty members and a vast selection of cardio equipment available to all ID card holders.  Additionally, this flight owns the first 24/7 fitness center in USAFE.    

The 786th Force Support Squadron also leads two detachments at Stuttgart Germany and Chievres AB, Belgium.  These locations provide MPS, financial, military testing, knowledge operations, personnel systems support and Airmen and Family Readiness/Learning Resource support to 2,600 personnel across 30 countries.

Personnel and Resources
There are 219 military, 186  Department of Defense civilians and 208 host nationals assigned to the 786th Force Support Squadron that provide support to 13,380 military members, 9,000 Department of Defense civilians, and more than 26,000 family members. The KMC alone also employs more than 6,000 host nationals. When combined with military retirees and their dependents, the KMC has a population of more than 54,000 American citizens, making it the largest concentration of Americans outside the United States.

Achievements and Honors
Fitness and Sports Program of the Year, USAFE  2012; Operations Program of the Year 2012 & 2013; Gerneral Curtis E. LeMay Award, USAFE 2013; John L. Hennessy Award, USAFE 2013