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  • Black Forest is enchanting

    Hello, my furless followers! I hope you are having a splendid week. I recently learned a fascinating fact, the enchanted forest used in the Grimm Brothers' fairy tales is actually the Black Forest.It may come as no surprise the Grimm Brothers were inspired by this location after looking at the majestic setting that is the forest.The towering trees,
  • An open letter to my Airmen -- AGOW style

    When I came on board 20 months ago, it did not take long for me to realize that the Air Ground Operations Wing, and then subsequently the Air Expeditionary Wing, are like no other wings I have ever been associated with. The AGOW has over 1200 Airmen from 81 career fields, spread across three continents, which are unbelievably effective at executing
  • Capt. Spanky learns Fasching

    Good day, or "Guten Tag" my furless followers. This week I took time off from the Ramstein mission to focus on some local events - Fasching!It was time to celebrate and party, with CHEESE! Well, I hope you got your party on because by the time you read this, it will be over. Let's discuss what Fasching is.Traditionally, it was celebrated by the
  • Share your adventures

    Greetings, my faithful furless followers. I hope the first month of 2015 has been exciting for you. This year is looking well for traveling within the European Union. My little nub can't stay still just thinking about the places I'm going to allow my humans to take me this year.Being stationed at Ramstein allows us to travel to so many places with
  • Capt Spanky flies with C-130s

    "It's a nice and sunny day there are treats and cheese waiting for me. There is nothing that can stop me." I told this line to myself again and again trying to calm myself down over the "roud" roar of the C-130J Super Hercules engines.In reality it would be hours before the sun came up. The only thing waiting for me was a doggie barf bag and a
  • Capt Spanky to fly?

    I asked my two-legged machine that feeds me, "What does it feel like to fly in a C-130J Super Hercules." I mean that is what Ramstein does after all.Ramstein is a hub for many aircraft going to many places, and you know how I know, because I chase after so many of them trying to lick them. I am told this is a bad idea. They say, "Foreign object
  • What is your story?

    As a photojournalist for the U.S. Air Force, I have been exposed to and documented many aspects of the military, and I get to see how everything comes together.Even as a younger Airman, I can see to some extent how each mission is important, and why each Airman's story needs to be told. However, this was not always the case.Part of my mission as a
  • Staying mission ready at home

    Mission readiness goes far beyond just being prepared in the work-place for the call of duty. The senior leader speed mentoring seminar on Dec. 16, 2014, reminded me of how service members can accomplish this in our daily lives.By far, this was one of the most enlightening and fulfilling experiences I have had throughout my 10 years in the Air
  • Capt. Spanky‚Äôs adventure to Koln

    After taking a small hiatus during the holidays, I am back once again to share with you my most recent adventure to Koln, Germany.I had the need to leave the confines of our home and stretch my paws into the world, so the humans and I decided to venture off to Koln and see what new experiences we could indulge ourselves in.The first thing we had to
  • Better you, better us

    Happy New Year, Team Ramstein! I hope you all had a safe and joyous holiday time with your loved ones, but now it's time to buckle down and dig all your paws into 2015.As at the beginning of many a new year, many of us have probably committed ourselves to be better than we were last year in some area or another of our lives.As individuals have done