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SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Built during the 13th century, the castle ruins of Burg Landshut lie atop a vine-clad hillside overlooking the Mosel river. One key highlight of the Bernkastel-Kues Middle Mosel wine festival will be a fireworks display from the Burg Landshut castle and the Mosel shore from 9 - 9:30 p.m. Sept. 1. It is known as the biggest pyrotechnic spectacle on the Mosel. This year's festival takes place Aug. 30 through Sept. 4. (Courtesy photo) Bernkastel-Kues hosts Middle Mosel festival this weekend
Another highlight festival near the base and in the Eifel and Mosel area is the Bernkastel-Kues Middle Mosel wine festival, scheduled to take place Aug. 30 - Sept. 4.About 30 Mosel wine growing communities will participate in the festival, providing wine tastings, traditional food specialties, music and entertainment. The wine festival is the
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2012
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Alois Schmitz, 52nd Component Maintenance Squadron fuels systems repair shop, listens during his retirement ceremony Aug. 17 here to coworkers speak about his near four-decade career. Schmitz, after having donned a custom Airman Battle Uniform blouse, took the podium and thanked the more than 100 Airmen, family and friends who had attended the ceremony. The name tag on the uniform reads “Cobra Schmitz,” which was Schmitz’ unofficial radio call sign. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee/Released) The F-16 Whisperer: Legend retires after nearly 40 years of U.S. Service
It was 1961, and Alois Schmitz was 13 years old when he saved his friend from drowning in the Mosel River.The German magazine Rasselbande heard Schmitz' heroic tale and selected him and nine other German teens to visit Harrisburg, Pa., where they would spend four weeks in the area.While in America, Schmitz turned 14 years old, visited many
0 8/22
2012
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Two local castles are admired year-round by many visitors of the Eifel region. Once a year, one of the two castles, the Niederburg, or lower castle, becomes the site for a popular event, the historical Manderscheid castle festival. During the annual Manderscheid historical castle festival, knights on their horses will battle with lances, swords, bows and spears. The jousting tournaments are always among the highlights of the annual event as well as the fireworks display at 10.30 p.m. Aug. 25. (U.S. Air Force photo by Iris Reiff/Released) Manderscheid Castles: Where past meets present at annual castle festival
The ruins of two fortresses, the upper and lower fortresses, will form the background for a medieval castle celebration Aug. 25-26 at the health resort of Manderscheid, located in the heart of the historical Eifel.At the Turnierwiese -- jousting meadow or training grounds -- at the foot of the Niederburg or lower castle, a group of knights from
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2012
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Christian Mueller, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron grounds maintenance, waters flowers near the base theater here Aug. 13. The grounds maintenance crew keeps up the base’s appearance by watering greenery, mowing grass and disposing of dead flowers and bushes on and around the base.  Cleaning the base ensures it is visually appealing for base members, visitors and the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Natasha Stannard/Released) Keeping up base appearance instills pride in Sabers
Spangdahlem Air Base's Eifel Pride and the 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron's ground maintenance crew ensure the base stays clean throughout the year by picking up debris and taking care of the base's greenery.Both agencies work together to keep up appearances on and around base for visitors, base members and the local community.Eifel pride is a
0 8/15
2012
Default Air Force Logo Critical Days of Summer tips to drive safe
Winter has long since come and gone, but some of the safety issues that arise during the winter months are also applicable during the Critical Days of Summer. Safe driving is an issue we always need to think of, and while we know the Eifel region is famous for black ice during winter; we also need to remember during the summer months our region is
0 8/14
2012
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Roland Leu, 52nd Fighter Wing falconer, straps a global positioning system on his hunting falcon near Perimeter Road here July 31. Leu is the wing’s only falconer and he uses his four falcons to hunt birds and rodents throughout the year. The falconer keeps rodent and bird populations clear of aircraft and helps reduce the amount of damage and cost of repairs done to aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillon Davis/Released) Falconer keeps aircraft in flight
The 52nd Fighter Wing falconer's mission is to reduce bird and varmint populations to keep aircraft maintenance damages and repair expenditures to a minimum while improving safety for pilots.Roland Leu, 52nd FW falconer, patrols the base multiple days per week to hunt and scare birds and varmints away from airfield operations areas.According to
0 8/13
2012
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Staff Sgt. Brian Gibson, 52nd Component Maintenance Squadron repair enhancement program technician and avionics technician, installs an eyelet set onto a laminate board so he can install components during the Miniature and Micro-miniature Repair Program Aug. 1 at the 372nd Training Squadron’s Detachment 17 here. The 2M course is a U.S. Navy certification program, which teaches Airmen how to do in-house repairs on circuit board components that would otherwise be sent back to the manufacturer or to heavy maintenance for repair or thrown away. Last year, the program saved U.S. Air Forces in Europe $4.8 million. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Natasha Stannard/Released) Navy course teaches Airmen to save AF millions
Spangdahlem Air Base is one of two bases in the Air Force that teaches the U.S. Navy's Miniature and Micro-miniature Repair Program. The 2M program was initiated here in 1998 to save the Air Force money by training technicians to do in-house repairs on circuit components that would otherwise be sent back to the manufacturer or to heavy maintenance
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2012
DAHLEM, Germany -- Tech. Sgt. Kevin Phillips, 52nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintainer, releases an arrow during archery practice at the Eifel Bow Hunting Club July 26 here. Phillips is an amateur archer who is competing to become a professional at the European 5 Nations Field Series tournament in Ash, Luxembourg, this year. He trains with local archers with whom he builds partnerships through exchanging archery techniques. (U.S.  Air Force photo by Senior Airman Natasha Stannard/Released) Air Force sets Airman on target
Tech. Sgt. Kevin Phillips stands still with his sight adjusted, eyes on target and breath held as he pulls back his trigger. With the trigger in position, he releases and the wind whistles. Less than a second later, a thud echoes across the field as his arrow meets the center of the target. Phillips has begun his daily archery practice at the Eifel
0 7/31
2012
GEROLSTEIN, Germany – An AN/TPS-75 transportable Aerospace Control and Warning radar sits atop a hill for Eifel Strike 2012 here July 16.  Eifel Strike is an annual field training exercise during which Airmen build a controlled radar site as well as a control and reporting center to work and live out of for a week. Exercises like this are designed to give Spangdahlem Airmen the practice, skills and experience they need to deploy efficiently and effectively within a moment’s notice in support of contingency operations around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released) Airspace controllers exercise to support contingencies
The trucks roared in a single file line bound for a new site atop a barren hill.Upon arrival, the travelers unloaded tents, generators, cables, meals and various materials to survive the week.Pre-dawn mist sprawled across the forest-laden hills of Gerolstein as they began building their home for the week July 12 - 20.They trudged through damp
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2012
Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Grengs From the top: New command chief outlines career, way ahead
The new wing command chief arrived here in June.Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Grengs, 52nd Fighter Wing command chief, has since been immersing himself in the culture of the Saber nation and adopting the wing's priorities, goals and vision."It's a privilege to serve in this capacity," Grengs said of his command position. "But at the end of the day, I'm
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2012
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