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PREIST, Germany - A young man from the community of Preist, a community located outside of Spangdahlem, lights a bonfire. In the Eifel region the first Sunday of Lent is called “Huettensonntag,” Following an ancient tradition townspeople believe that by lighting huge bonfires they can chase away winter spirits. Using straw and brushwood, the young people of the village built a so called “hut” that set on fire in the evening. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Iris Reiff) Bonfires: Say goodbye to winter
If anyone is wondering about the bonfires seen in the area earlier this month -- many with a large cross on a pole - they're just local villages carrying out a very old tradition.In the old days, carnival customs often included the chasing away winter. During parades and plays, men wrapped in straw or twigs were led through the villages -- a custom
0 3/22
2011
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Members from the 52nd Fighter Wing play electric guitars in the Brick House’s music studio March 11. The studio officially opened on March 3 and has electric guitars, a drum set, a keyboard and recording equipment available to all base members 18 years and older from noon - 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nick Wilson) Airmen improve Brick House usage with renovations
Spangdahlem's Brick House isn't a typical Air Force community center. Not only does it have plasma TVs, wireless internet and the latest gaming stations, it also features a new music studio, and has been renovated for events such as dance parties and unaccompanied Airmen's nights.Thanks to Senior Airman Jonathan Krejci, 52nd Equipment Maintenance
0 3/21
2011
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Staff Sgt. Sylvia Pierce, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Survival Skills Training instructor, explains the roles of a post-attack reconnaissance team during CBRNE Survival Skills Training March 15. The training prepares Airmen to survive and operate in a contaminated environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nathanael Callon) CBRNE training prepares Airmen for worst
Before Airmen deploy in support of overseas contingency operations, they must be prepared for any challenge they may face. The 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron Emergency Management Training Section provides the skills Airmen need to survive in a contaminated environment.The EM training section provides a detailed, hands-on training experience during
0 3/16
2011
SPANGDAHLEM, Germany – Traditionally, Catholics throughout the country eat Herring on Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Many faithful Catholics still adhere to certain restrictions during the 40 days of Lent between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday while others refrain from sweets, alcohol, meat, eggs or milk. Fish is one meal always permitted as Lenten fare. (U.S. Air Force photo/Iris Reiff) Lent: German customs, traditions
With the end of Fasching, Germany's silly season, comes Lent, a Catholic tradition observed by many throughout Germany and the world. Lent began Ash Wednesday, which was March 9, and lasts 40 days until the Saturday before Easter. If not done for health reasons, the fasting time is usually based on religious ideas. Why do people fast for 40 days?
0 3/15
2011
BITBURG, Germany – A special art and handicraft market, including jewellery, Easter decorations and other handmade items, will take place March 18-20 at the “Haus der Jugend“ or Youth House in Bitburg, Germany. Bitburg was called Beda in Celtic times, from which the market’s name originates. At the Beda Market, people will be able to find large-scale exhibitions. Entry is free. Opening times are noon to 6 p.m. March 18 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 19 and 20. (U.S. Air Force photo/Iris Reiff) Fun and shopping opportunities at the Bitburg Beda market
Preparations will soon start for the annual "Beda" market, which will take place in the famous Beer City March 18-20 in Bitburg, Germany. Under the theme "Looking, Exploring, Informing," the popular Beda market will attract visitors from all around Germany and the neighboring countries of Luxembourg and Belgium."If weather permits, about 80,000
0 3/15
2011
BERLIN – The Berlin Dom, or Cathedral in the left side of the photo, is the largest church in the city and serves as a vital center for the Protestant congregation in Germany. The cathedral is one of many attractions in Berlin and draws in thousands of visitors from Germany and abroad. (U.S. Air Force photo/Iris Reiff) Berlin, Germany’s capital and breathtaking modern city
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall Nov. 9, 1989, and the reunification of the country, Germany's capital has continued to grow. The city of Berlin offers an impressive and fascinating history as well as breathtaking modern culture and entertainment. Some of the countless attractions available in Berlin are listed below:In order to have a good first
0 3/08
2011
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany--Women dressed as old ladies and wearing matching masks capture the city hall in Bitburg on Fat Thursday in 2010. After capturing city hall, the women parade through the city’s streets. In most German cities and towns, including Bitburg, Wittlich and Speicher, it is a tradition for the ladies to ‘capture’ the local city halls and take the city key from the mayor. This occurs at 11:11 a.m. Fat Thursday. (U.S. Air Force photo/Iris Reiff) Fasching a good time in Germany
People throughout the country celebrate Fasching, Germany's version of Mardi Gras, March 3-8.During Fasching or Fastnacht, often referred to as Germany's silly season, thousands of clubs host costume balls, dances and so called Kappensitzungen, or joke sessions, and some events start 11 minutes past the 11th hour, but typically they start at 8:11
0 3/03
2011
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Fiona Cook, Spangdahlem Air Base fitness instructor, performs a one-armed standing row during an Abs Bootcamp aerobics class Feb. 22 at the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center. The Abs Bootcamp, MaxFIT and Butts and Guts are a few of the many classes offered to improve levels of fitness for Sabers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Clay Murray) Fitness instructors make keeping fit fun
Spangdahlem Air Base is the home of the oldest fitness facility in the U.S. Air Force. As part of the Spangdahlem Evolution plan, a new local fitness facility is part of the overhaul during the next few years.Workout regiments, on the other hand, are something that don't take years to update. The aerobics instructors at the Skelton Memorial Fitness
0 2/23
2011
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE AIR BASE, Germany – Many ultra-modern buildings in Frankfurt have banks and businesses inside them. The city is often referred to as “Bankfurt” or “Mainhattan” because of its many financial institutions and the famous skyline. Some of the Federal Republic of Germany’s tallest buildings are found in Frankfurt am Main’s banking quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Iris Reiff) A visit to Frankfurt "Mainhattan"
Frankfurt am Main is known as Germany's City of London with its Germany's financial metropolis packed with towering, breathtaking architecture and luxury boutiques. Frankfurt has an impressive skyline defined by the towers of the banks. Some of the country's tallest buildings can be found in Frankfurt am Main. The Frankfurt airport is a hub for
0 2/18
2011
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- To get in shape for spring, eat lighter and focus more on foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and whole-grain products. In addition, eat less fat, fewer sweets, less animal protein and plenty of fresh salads, vegetables, potatoes and fruit. Any salad like this one, including lettuce, artichokes, tomatoes, walnut, fruits and other healthy and low fat items is a great way to start. (U.S. Air Force photo/Iris Reiff) Getting in shape for spring - healthy recipes can help
Winter is cold and dark, and people often feel tired and without energy. Many share these thoughts and uncomfortable feelings on grey winter days. A good way to overcome this state of mind is to make a change -- like reducing weight or starting a healthier lifestyle to feel fit again. And there is no better time than now. With spring approaching,
0 2/04
2011
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