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Jennifer H. Svan

Most C-130s returned to flying after Air Force completes inspection

The Air Force has completed inspections of more than a quarter of its fleet of C-130 Hercules transports, which were pulled from flying operations after the discovery of signs of cracking on the wing joints.

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Ramstein offers families base housing in exchange for providing child care

To move to the top of the waiting list for on-base housing, families must sign a contract agreeing to provide child care of up to 50 hours a week per child, for up to six children, for at least 18 months.


With new Army policy, officers take standardized GRE test during Captains Career Course

A new Army policy means officers have to take the Graduate Records Examination, or GRE, when they’re taking the four- to six-month Captains Career Course. Not everyone thinks the move will have the results the Army is looking for.


Cracks found in Air National Guard C-130 wing parts prompt partial grounding of fleet

The cracks on the lower center wing joint were discovered on an Air National Guard C-130 H-model at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., during depot maintenance.


Germany thanks outgoing US missile defense commander with rare award

The outgoing commander of the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Col. David E. Shank, received the Silver German Armed Forces Cross of Honor prior to handing over command of the AAMDC to Brig. Gen. Gregory J. Brady.


Air Force units will pause operations to address alarming suicide rate

If airman suicides continue at their current pace, this year’s deaths by suicide in the service would far eclipse last year’s. In 2018, 60 active duty airmen, 17 Air National Guard and three Air Force reservists died by suicide for a total of 80 airmen.


Army’s two-star sustainment command in Europe gets a new leader

Maj. Gen. Christopher O. Mohan took command Wednesday of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, a unit whose role has greatly expanded across Eastern Europe. Mohan, a career logistician, replaces Maj. Gen. Steven Shapiro.


Air Force seeks feedback on new maternity uniforms

All women in the Air Force will receive an email about the survey, but only those who have worn the new maternity uniform or are currently wearing it will be invited to complete the full questionnaire.


GALLERY

‘They just get it’: Wounded airmen recover with help from their own

Caregivers, families and more than 40 warriors — active duty and medically retired airmen facing serious wounds, injuries or illnesses — participated in the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program’s Warrior Care event, the first ever in Europe.


The search for authentic Mexican food in Kaiserslautern ends at Fiesta Mexicana

At Fiesta Mexicana in Mackenbach, one of the newer Mexican restaurants in the Kaiserslautern area, cumin is in the spice rotation, as are other traditional Mexican spices, say husband-and-wife owners Eduardo Fernandez Garcia and Lydia Schamp.


Ramstein airmen practice parachuting skills close to home

Three dozen Air Force paratroopers dropped from a clear, blue sky Tuesday onto Ramstein Air Base’s busy airfield, getting a rare chance to practice their parachuting skills close to home.


Protesters to rally outside Ramstein against alleged drone operations

The annual demonstration against Ramstein Air Base, the largest U.S. military base in Germany, could include a temporary blockade of the main access road, although organizers and police say the protest is expected to be peaceful.


Planned course cuts, bigger classes at schools for military kids frustrate families, teachers

While DODEA officials are not sharing details, a union representing DODEA educators says cuts will touch nearly every school outside the U.S. and include more than two dozen course offerings across the Pacific and Europe; there will also be a reduction in the number of sections of certain classes and increased class sizes.


Foreign-language, science, culinary arts among DODEA courses on chopping block

Here are some specifics about planned cuts at base schools, from Okinawa to Germany, England to South Korea.


When DODEA investigates its teachers for bullying, parents say they’re left in the dark

Parents and former school employees described disturbing behavior involving teachers at three DODEA schools in Europe. Their allegations include educators berating and mocking second graders, calling a kindergartner by a racist term and locking a special needs fourth-grader out of the classroom.


Ramstein airman guilty of sexually assaulting another airman, stealing his PlayStation

After sexually assaulting a drunk airman in the airman’s own dormitory bed last year, Airman 1st Class Jordan Hickman left the victim’s door as he found it — cracked open — and left, carrying a PlayStation console under his arm.


Utah-based F-35s fly over German skies as extended deployment starts

The skies above Spangdahlem Air Base roared Tuesday with the sounds of F-35s, as Utah-based airmen took the Air Force’s newest fighter jets on their first extended deployment to Germany.


NY man found guilty after bribing Navy Exchange employee $100,000 for tax-free alcohol

Edwin D. Fragoso, 45, of Freeport, N.Y., pleaded guilty Friday in New York’s Eastern District federal court to one count of conspiracy. He paid nearly $100,000 in bribes to a NEX employee in exchange for tax-free booze and resold the liquor for profit, according to a Justice Department statement.


'Candy bomber' joins tens of thousands on base for 70th anniversary of Berlin Airlift’s end

Retired U.S. Col. Gail Halvorsen — better known in these parts as the “Candy Bomber” — will always be a hero in the eyes of the German children who grew up in postwar Berlin, no matter how old they grow. On Monday, some of those who remember Halvorsen's heroics gathered to honor him.


Boys track AOY

Middlebrooks happiest on court, but shines on other surfaces

Markez Middlebrooks is at a basketball player at heart. But he may be remembered more at Wiesbaden for his athletic feats during the spring season.


Girls track AOY

Fielding carried over wrestling mentality to track

The Stuttgart sophomore ran personal bests and smashed European records in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs at this spring’s DODEA-Europe track and field championships.


C-40B aircraft that served VIPs departs Ramstein for its new home in Maryland

The aircraft designed to be an “office in the sky” for senior military and government leaders flew out of Ramstein Air Base Friday for its new home at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.


Ramstein to receive $700,000 for base improvements

Ramstein Air Base is set to receive a $700,000 prize to be used for base and quality of life improvements after winning Defense Department recognition for its performance.


Ramstein C-130Js with ‘invasion stripes’ head to Normandy for 75th D-Day anniversary

The 37th Airlift Squadron sent three C-130Js to France on Wednesday decked out with a new paint scheme. World War II veterans who fought at Normandy likely would recognize the markings immediately.


DODEA-Europe Track - Day 2

Fielding breaks second record as Panthers share title

One record was shattered on a day that saw a parade of returning and new champions take their places on the podium Saturday.


DODEA-Europe track - Day 1

Athletes give it their all in hopes of leaving a mark

Both Stuttgart sophomore McKinley Fielding and Ramstein senior Dashiell Rogers erased marks achieved by former athletes at their respective schools.


D-III girls final

Spangdahlem caps perfect season with another title

It was a tale of two halves in the DODEA-Europe Division III girls soccer championship game Thursday between the defending champion Spangdahlem Sentinels and the Hohenfels Tigers.


D-II girls final

BFA starts slowly, but earns decisive victory

The first half of Thursday’s DODEA-Europe Division II girls’ soccer finals was scoreless for more than 30 minutes.


D-I girls final

Wiesbaden regains title by downing Naples

The Wiesbaden Warriors on Thursday made good on the lofty goal they set at the start of the season - to bring home the DODEA-Europe Division I girls’ soccer championship.


D-II girls semifinals

Marymount will have to navigate Black Forest

Playing Division I powerhouses Wiesbaden and Stuttgart during the regular season helped the Falcons prepare for Rota, a team that went 6-0 during the regular season.


D-I girls soccer semifinals

Wildcats, Warriors both going for another 'W'

While the Warriors spoke of feeling like the figurative Division I underdogs, the Wildcats, one of the smaller schools playing in Division I, might fit that role as well.


Bistro in Kaiserslautern specializes in home-cooked, southern Vietnamese cuisine

From its family-run kitchen to emphasis on traditional recipes, Lila appears to have the right ingredients to back Hoa Hiep Nguyen’s bold claim that his downtown bistro serves up the most authentic Vietnamese food in town.


GALLERY

UMUC graduates juggled military, family duties to earn college degrees

UMUC Europe isn’t a typical college, churning out fresh-faced young adults four years out of high school. This year, 46 percent of the class was active duty, and many graduates juggled school with working full-time and raising a family. Some even hit the books downrange: 85 graduates earned their degrees while deployed.


‘You can’t surge trust’: Partnerships are among Harrigian’s priorities for Air Force in Europe, Africa

Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian learned a lesson he thinks will serve him well as the new commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa: Taking the time to get to know his coalition counterparts makes a huge difference.


Seasoned fighter pilot with experience in Europe takes command of USAFE-AFAFRICA

Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian assumed command of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa from Gen. Tod D. Wolters at a ceremony presided over by some of the military’s top commanders, including Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein.


Poor supply chain is keeping F-35s grounded, government watchdog says

Beyond supply and repair problems, the GAO report found that while spending billions of dollars on F-35 spare parts, the Defense Department does not have records for all its purchases, know where parts are located or how much the military services paid for them.