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BITBURG, Germany - An ice cleaning truck regularly takes its rounds at the Bitburg ice rink to make the ice clean and shiny again. When ice cleaning is in progress, people can take a break and enjoy a hot beverage at the rink’s fast food restaurant. Also available at the rink are a German football table and a rock climbing wall for visitors to use. (U.S. Air Force photo by Iris Reiff/Released) Ice skate into shape with friends, family
 Ice skating is fun for many reasons. Not only is it a good work-out, but to many people, it is a wonderful feeling to gently glide over the smooth ice. In Germany and the Eifel region, ice-skating continues to be a popular sport during the winter months. It's a fun way to stay in shape and spend time with friends and family. The Bitburg rink is
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SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Most German families set up an Advent wreath in their homes. The Advent wreath became popular in northern Germany soon after World War I.  Since the 1930s, it's become popular throughout German-speaking parts of Europe. The wreath is made of fir branches with four candles, one of which is lighted on each Advent Sunday until all four are burning together. Then it's Christmas. The fourth candle will be lit Sunday, Dec. 23 at people's homes. (Courtesy photo/Released) How Germans celebrate Christmas
During the holiday season, Germans celebrate Christmas much the same way as Americans. They decorate Christmas trees and put up decorative lights, but in other ways, the countries observe the holiday differently.While Germans like to spend a quiet evening with their families and sometimes wait until that day to put up and trim their trees,
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SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- The Trier Christmas Circus is in town From Dec. 18-30, offering shows for anyone interested in seeing acrobatic acts, animal shows, clownery and more. People can expect to see new show highlights and animal acts at this year’s event. Santa Claus will celebrate with the attendees at a holiday party after the debut show 7:30 p.m., Dec. 18. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo/Released) Get into the holiday spirit at Trier's Christmas Circus
The ancient Roman city of Trier is becoming the site for a spectacular holiday event, the 8th annual Trier Christmas Circus, which takes place Dec. 18-30 at the city's Moselauen fairgrounds, located at In den Moselauen 1, 54293 Trier. Show times are 3:30 and 7:30 p.m., except for Dec. 18, the day of the debut. The debut takes place 7:30 p.m. On
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SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Trier invites everyone to its’ annual Christmas show Dec. 23 at the town’s Arena. The three-hour performance features professional singers, musicians and a band. Soloists include David Moore, an original ‘Starlight Express’ Musical performer, as well as guest star, Ella Endlich. This year’s event focuses on Christmas as it is featured in fairy tales. More than 500,000 visitors have been part of the Thomas Schwab Christmas show that offers a variety of different highlights in Trier, every year, since 1998, when the first show came out.  For people who cannot make it to Trier Dec. 23, there are concerts scheduled at other locations Nov. 29 until Dec. 23. Go to http://www.christmas-moments.de for details. (Courtesy photo/Released) Christmas Moments in Trier
The "Christmas Moments" holiday concert show performs at 8 p.m., Dec. 23 at Trier Arena Hall. This year, the show celebrates its 15th anniversary. On schedule are German and American traditional and modern holiday songs, gospel, pop and classical performances, all presented in a show with special video and light effects. The three-hour performance
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BAUMHOLDER, Germany – Airman 1st Class Markus Williams, right, Spangdahlem mixed martial arts team member, faces off against his opponent Nov. 17, 2012, at Kombat Komplett 7 in Baumholder. Williams, a Phoenix native, is a member of the 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron. He practiced with Spangdahlem MMA team three times a week and worked out three times a day on his own prior to his first cage fight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Natasha Stannard/Released) Teamwork makes new MMA victors in the cage
The bell rings, signaling the start of Kombat Komplett 7, Nov. 17, 2012, in Baumholder, Germany.This was the moment of truth for two Airmen from Spangdahlem who had been hard at work training for their first mixed martial arts competition. These Spangdahlem MMA team fighters worked out three times a day before their fights. When fighters here
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COLOGNE, Germany -- Cologne is the largest city in North Rhine Westphalia and the fourth largest city in Germany. Cologne is only slightly smaller than Berlin or Hamburg. It is made up of nine urban districts and a total of 85 quarters, known as "Veedel" in Cologne dialect. Cologne has seven Rhine bridges and 10 motorways, which make up an excellent transport system. Each day more than 1,000 trains enter or leave Cologne Hauptbahnhof, or main station. Over the last few years, the international Cologne-Bonn Airport has become the German hub for budget airlines and air freight, whereas the harbor has made it the second largest inland port location in Germany.  The most famous beverage of Cologne is Koelsch beer.  (Courtesy photo) Cologne offers something for everyone
Cologne, located on the Rhine river, is the third-largest German city and industry. The city is a popular travel destination for people from near and far, whether it is during the holiday season with the Weihnachtsmarkt, or Christmas markets, opening mid-November, or in the springtime, when Fashing attracts tens of thousands of visitors to
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Default Air Force Logo Christmas markets to mark beginning of holiday season
This month, Germany will turn into a Christmas wonderland when many cities begin setting up their traditional Weihnachtsmarkt, or Christmas markets. Whether it is Nuernberg or Dudeldorf, the atmosphere is the same. Many people joyfully welcome the beginning of the holiday season. Most markets will open around this time and stay open until shortly
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WARKA, Poland -- U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Steven Przyzycki, United States Air Forces in Europe Concert Band percussionist from Chicago, performs in a local community center Nov. 6, 2012.  Using music to bridge language, cultural, societal and socio-economic differences, the Band's goal is to advance international relationships and inspire positive and long-lasting impressions of the U.S. Air Force and the United States of America. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released) USAFE Concert Band tours Poland; builds partnerships through music
A trumpet bursts. Hundreds of Polish citizens stand and cheer, imploring to hear the sounds emitting from the stage once more.This was the reoccurring scene as the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Concert Band performed throughout the local communities surrounding Warsaw, Poland.The performances were part of the band's nine-day tour in Poland, which ended
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Default Air Force Logo Local community welcomes American neighbors to Saint Martin processions
If you see a train of small children with lanterns following a Roman legionnaire on a horse one evening, don't be alarmed. You are witnessing an age-old tradition known as St. Martin's Day, or Martinmas. St. Martin's Day was named after a Roman soldier whose humility and kindness eventually led him to become the Bishop of Tours in France. This
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SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, U.S. Air Forces in Europe commander and native of Austin, Texas, pins lieutenant colonel rank onto U.S. Air Force Maj. Cat Logan, 52nd Force Support Squadron commander and native of Henderson N.C., during her ceremonial pin-on at Club Eifel Oct. 31, 2012. Logan previously worked with Breedlove in the Pentagon and now uses his positive attitude as an outline of how she leads her squadron today. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee/Released) Commander catches infectious attitude
Airmen in today's U.S. Air Force generally spend more time at work than they do at home.With that in mind, Lt. Col. Cat Logan, 52nd Force Support Squadron commander, has aimed throughout her career to create a friendly workplace atmosphere that enhances morale and camaraderie of the Airmen with whom she works."You may not truly grasp the influence
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