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Space Force’s first chief enlisted adviser has ‘leadership running through his veins,’ top officer says

Chief Master Sgt. Roger Towberman, senior enlisted leader of the Air Force’s Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., has been named the first top enlisted leader of the Space Force.

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Air Force saw record suicide rate in 2019

The 2019 figure includes active duty, reserve, guard and Air Force civilians and compares to 103 suicides across the service in 2018 — a 33 percent increase.


Poland, USAFE mark arrival of F-35 in former communist bloc

Poland was scheduled to sign on Friday a $4.6 billion contract for 32 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter jets, setting itself up to become the first country in Eastern Europe to fly the 5th-generation aircraft.


Air Force aerial refueling facing critical gaps as KC-46 deliveries lag, top official says

The Air Force has already planned on the retirement of some aging tankers, even as the KC-46 program struggles to field new tankers,the U.S. Transportation Command’s top officer said.


New York airman dies during deployment to Antarctica

Staff Sgt. George Girtler IV died at McMurdo Station in Antarctica while deployed with his Air National Guard unit.


Air Force awards $425 million contract for Ramstein, Spangdahlem improvements

The Air Force has awarded a $425 million contract to improve bases in the Kaiserslautern area and at Spangdahlem to half a dozen U.S. and German companies, officials said.


Air Force captain who was found dead after fleeing court-martial was to be dismissed

Capt. Kevin Larson was convicted at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada on charges of drug use, possession, and distribution, as well as assault, conduct unbecoming of an officer and making a false official statement, officials said.


Air Force captain found dead after fleeing court-martial at Nellis

An Air Force officer was found dead in a California forest Sunday of an apparent suicide, two days after fleeing a court-martial at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.


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DODEA-Europe students immerse themselves in jazz

Students from across Europe transported their trombones, trumpets and other instruments to Kaiserslautern this week for a long-standing tradition that aims to give the military school system’s youth an appreciation for an American art form.


2020 VISION

In response to alarming Air Force suicide rates, commanders focus on connecting with airmen

If the alarming suicide epidemic in the Air Force drives any change in 2020, it could be a grassroots effort that starts at the unit level, with commanders communicating more on a personal level with their airmen and knowing more about them and the struggles they face.


Spangdahlem airmen found dead in dorm room were both 20 years old

Xavier Leaphart and Aziess Whitehurst were assigned to the 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.


Two Spangdahlem airmen found dead in dormitory room

The airmen were found unresponsive at about 6:30 p.m. and pronounced dead 20 minutes later by emergency responders, officials with the 52nd Fighter Wing said in a statement.


Walmart to pay back wages, change policies after denying Navy reservist a job over military duties

Petty Officer 3rd Class Lindsey Hunger said the retail giant refused to hire her at a Colorado store after she mentioned she would need time off for Navy duty.


‘Critical’ blood drive being held for US service members in Africa, elsewhere

The Armed Services Blood Program-Europe has issued an urgent call for blood donations for U.S. service members deployed to Africa and elsewhere, days after an attack in Kenya killed three Americans.


Tricare will now pay for some service members to treat razor bumps with lasers

Tricare says it will foot the laser bill for active duty personnel suffering from pseudofolliculitis barbae once skin creams and other conservative treatments have failed.


Higher rents, more listings expected for military families in Europe after housing rules change

Housing offices will still vet homes for safety and help mediate disputes between landlords and tenants, but landlords are free to set their own prices within the parameters of the law.


Ramstein prepares airmen for dining facility closure

The 1950s-era base dining facility that serves some 1,300 airmen will close next month for up to two years to undergo major upgrades, base officials said last week.


Actor Mark Wahlberg, chef brother wow troops, tout eatery during Ramstein visit

Actor Mark Wahlberg and brother Paul Wahlberg, a chef, thrilled thousands of service members and their families Sunday during a visit to celebrate the upcoming opening of their Wahlburgers restaurant at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.


Ramstein spouses collect 18,000 cookies for single, unaccompanied airmen over holiday season

There will be no shortage of cookies in the airmen dorms this year.


Two Wahlberg brothers coming to Ramstein to promote new Wahlburgers

Chef Paul Wahlberg and his famous brother, actor Mark Wahlberg, will be at Ramstein Air Base on Sunday to talk about the opening of the first Wahlburgers on a military base.


Get in the Christmas spirit in one of Germany’s oldest cities

There are more endearing German cities to see than Worms, but few are older.


Thousands of AAFES customers who ordered food online see late credit card charges due to glitch

Army and Air Force Exchange Service overseas customers who ordered online in recent months from exchange fast food restaurants could see batches of late charges turning up on their credit cards.


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Get in the Christmas spirit in one of Germany’s oldest cities

There are more endearing German cities to see than Worms, but few are older.


Ramstein service member gets bullets instead of chocolate sauce in the mail

A box of 250 bullets ordered through Amazon turned up in the military mail last week at Ramstein Air Base, but the U.S. service member who received them says he ordered chocolate sauce, not ammunition.


Airman accused of killing German teen in vehicle crash charged with involuntary manslaughter

The Air Force announced Monday at a preliminary hearing that it has charged Airman 1st Class Roman Bahena with involuntary manslaughter, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.


Spangdahlem airmen remember maintainer killed en route to next duty station

Staff Sgt. Tyler Mayfield, 33, died 12 days after being injured in a car accident in Missouri.


New Air Force secretary touts Space Force on first official trip overseas

On her first trip overseas as the new Air Force secretary, Barbara Barrett went to Ramstein Air Base with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein to visit with airmen and learn about their missions.


Wi-Fi, roads and parking: How Ramstein is spending $700,000 in ‘best base’ prize money

Ramstein Air Base got $700,000 in prize money for being named the Pentagon’s best Air Force installation. Here's how it's using the money.


Three middle schools in Kaiserslautern area will merge into one

About 750 students at small middle schools in the Kaiserslautern area will attend the same school on Vogelweh as of the next academic year, when three schools are merged into one, a top school official said.


25 years of driving without a license comes to a stop for German man at Spangdahlem gate

German driver’s licenses used to have no expiration date, but since 2013 European Union rules require drivers to renew their licenses every 15 years.


US Army’s new playing cards feature Russian tanks, Chinese missiles and Iranian weapons

An ace of spades embellished with a Russian-made SA-17 could tip a game of Texas Hold ‘em in a soldier’s favor, while also helping him identify a surface-to-air missile system on the ground.


Ramstein airman detained after punching out the wrong car window

The incident is just one of a number of recent cases of young U.S. service members in Germany getting in trouble after drinking too much.


Even if they’re out of something, all of the German-style dishes are delicious at Burgschaenke

Dining recently at Burgschaenke, a German-style restaurant in a small village south of Kaiserslautern, I was disappointed to hear they were out of pumpkin soup.


Injection shows promise for PTSD treatment in clinical trial

Injecting a local anesthetic next to a bundle of nerves in the neck can significantly reduce post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in service members, based on the results of a two-year clinical trial published Wednesday.


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From Capri Sun dresses to modern love stories, DODEA students go avant-garde at selective arts workshop

Instructors and students from Defense Department schools across Europe are participating in the military school system’s annual visual and performing arts workshop.


Air Force space-available mail will take longer to get to Europe over the holidays

Mom will have to knit that sweater a little earlier if she wants to send it by space-available mail from the States to an Air Force post office in Europe in time for the end-of-year holidays.