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  • Bridging 4,500 miles to lend a helping hand

    As the 13th named storm, seventh hurricane, fourth major hurricane, and second Category 5 hurricane in the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, Hurricane Maria caused devastation across the Northeast Caribbean. One of the areas hit by the tropical storm was the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, reaching the island’s shores Sept. 20, causing massive damage to the entire island. In order to aid relief efforts in Puerto Rico, the American Red Cross stood up a call center on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, with a mission to reunify those effected by the storm. Staff Sgt. Alberto Garcia, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron lead firefighter, was born and raised in Puerto Rico, so when he heard about the Red Cross looking for volunteers, he immediately joined.
  • Transportation experts deliver morale to Airmen

    For many service members, especially those stationed overseas, mail can be a lifeline to family, friends, and feeling connected to home. For those stationed within U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, there is a team of Airmen dedicated to providing timely, cost effective, and efficient mail services. The USAFE-AFAFRICA Air Postal Squadron ensures all mail travelling to and from the major command is transported by the fastest and most reliable means possible, while also ensuring the right mail goes to the right place.
  • The show must go on

    Butterflies begin to invade their stomachs as they step foot on the battered floor. The smell of painted wood fills their nose and the heat of the spotlight touches their skin like a tanning bed. A geyser of adrenaline shoots through their body increasing their heart rate to an all-time high. The show is about to start and the actors and actresses
  • Air Force impacts Airmen 70 years and counting

    For 70 years, Airmen have dedicated their lives to the Air Force mission to Fly, Fight, and Win. Through innovation, sacrifice and perseverance, Airmen have left a great impact on the Air Force. Furthermore, the Air Force has left a great impact on the Airmen.After asking Airmen from different career fields how the Air Force has affected them, this
  • 86th MUNS keeps Air Force armed, makes every shot count

    Airmen assigned to the 86th Munitions squadron conducted a major inspection of the munitions stockpile on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 18-Sept. 22.The squadron conducts a 100 percent inventory of its munitions twice a year.Munitions Airmen, commonly known as ammo troops, are responsible for receiving, inspecting, and storing ammunition before
  • KMC members go gliding, learn skills, improve community

    Gliders are engineless aircraft that can stay aloft for hours by riding thermal updrafts, or heat swells, created by trees and structures on the ground. Eight members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community attended a day trip through the 86th Force Support Squadron Outdoor Recreation program to try their hand at piloting gliders, build their personal community and better themselves through learning.
  • Air crews breathe easy with aerospace physiology

    When pilots and air crews start up the engines, taxi to the runway and the take off into the horizon, they are relying on one another’s skills and expertise to get all of them back on the ground safely. The higher they soar, the more they are at risk for altitude sickness, which can manifest in a variety of ways. The 86th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Aerospace Physiology’s primary mission is to train aircrew, pilots, loadmasters, or jumpers, and anyone else who flies on the physiological effects of altitude.
  • 86th MXS wins intramural softball championship

    RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany – Glints of sunlight shimmer through the squinted eyes of an 86th Maintenance Squadron softball player as he steps up to the batting plate and rears back his bat. The crowd erupts into a mix of jeers, taunts, and praises as the 786th Force Support Squadron’s pitcher hurls the ball confidently through the air over home
  • 37th AS pilots build partnerships, rule the sky

    Somewhere in Romania, two propeller-driven aircraft carved their way through a mountain range. The pilots rode their aircraft like flying stallions, surfing low over the valley.
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