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SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Col. Jodine Tooke, 52nd Mission Support Group commander, is briefed by an equipment operator from the demolition company Ferraro Industriemontageund Abbruch GmbH prior to demolishing building 414 here Oct. 1. This building, along with five others, will be torn down to make way for a new child development center to support continued growth as part of Spangdahlem 2015, where Bitburg Annex’s assets will transition to Spangdahlem.  Ground breaking on the CDC will be in spring 2010 and is estimated to be completed in 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nick Wilson) 52nd Mission Support Group: the foundation of the wing
Boasting cops, firefighters, housing, warehouses, eateries, power lines, phone lines, dotted lines and more, the 52nd Mission Support Group may seem more like a small town than a robust collection of Air Force specialties and assets. That's why Col. Jodine Tooke, 52nd MSG commander, likened herself to a mayor of a small town, overseeing about 3,000
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2010
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- A group of wine queens from the Mosel area participate in a past Bernkastel Middle Mosel parade. This year’s parade is scheduled at 2 p.m. Sept. 5, featuring close to 100 floats, fanfares and bands parading through the city. The Bernkastel wine festival, which takes place Sept. 2-6 this year, is a highlight event in the Mosel valley. (Courtesy photo) Bernkastel turns into party site for annual Middle Mosel wine festival
Bernkastel, a famous holiday site, celebrates its traditional wine festival of the middle Mosel Sept. 2-6. More than 30 wine growing towns will participate in the fest, the largest of its kind along the Mosel.Visitors to Bernkastel, which is the center of the Mosel wine industry, can experience the delicious Riesling wines at one of the town's old
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2010
MANDERSCHEID, Germany -- During the annual Manderscheid historical castle festival, knights on their horses will battle with lances, swords, bows and spears. The jousting tournaments are typically the highlight of the annual event. (Courtesy photo) Past meets present at the Manderscheid historical castle festival
The ruins of two splendid fortresses will form an impressive background for a historical castle celebration Aug. 28-29 at the health resort in Manderscheid, located in the heart of the Eifel. Americans are invited to join the celebrations of this festival which is unique in the area.At the Turnierweise jousting meadow at the foot of the Niederburg,
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2010
Default Air Force Logo Spangdahlem village sponsors USAFE Band concert
As part of a small German-American festival, the community of Spangdahlem invites Sabers to a concert by the "Direct Hit" U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band, 8-10 p.m., Aug. 21 at the Spangdahlem community hall. The concert is free.On schedule are hits from the '60s and beyond. "Direct Hit" features a dynamic horn section, talented vocalists and a
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2010
Default Air Force Logo Out and about in August and September
The sixth oldtimer and tractor meeting, a popular event in the Eifel area, takes place Aug. 20-21 in the neighboring community of Gransdorf. The event starts at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 21 with historical demonstrations including threshing techniques from the past with horse. A concert takes place 8 p.m. Aug. 21. Entry is 4 euro. Aug. 22 activities include a
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2010
HIMMEROD, Germany -- Himmerod Abbey was rebuilt in the 18th century in the current baroque style and won the hearts of countless visitors. A noble west façade was created and serves a dual purpose; it gives a desired vertical look to the building and adds stability to the structure. (U.S. Air Force photo/Iris Reiff) 12th century abbey testament to local history, culture
Time has taken its toll on many historical sites in the Eifel region. However, one such place has managed to survive the elements in part, thanks to the efforts of a few concerned men. Himmerod Abbey lies in a valley only a few kilometers north of the base and offers tourists a glimpse into the past. The abbey, devised by the Archbishop Albero of
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2010
Local butchers cut up roasted pork meat to offer to visitors at last year’s pig festival in Wittlich. This year’s festival takes place Aug. 20-23. (U.S. Air Force photo/Iris Reiff) Wittlich commemorates legend with annual pig fest
Legend has it that Wittlich was once a walled fortress constantly under attack by invaders.One evening a guard charged with locking the gate to the besieged town couldn't find the peg to secure the fortified door. All he could find was a large carrot to wedge in the door. Later, a pig ate the carrot, the gate opened and the enemy came in. After the
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2010
Default Air Force Logo Two hundred and sixteen pounds, that's what I weigh today; and I'm not happy.
On July 12 my elliptical broke. The bar that attaches the right leg to the flywheel snapped off. It was a little creaky since the day we bought it - it was the floor model at the Base Exchange, but after seven months of continual use, the bar gave way. Later that day my left calf was a little tender - I thought I had pulled something. At the Base
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2010
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Tony, a three-month-old Saker falcon, stretches his wings on top of his perch July 29.  The falcon is handled by the base falconer, Ronald Leu, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron, and is trained to hunt wildlife near the flightline to help prevent aircraft damage.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Logan Tuttle) Falconer sweeps skies clean
Tailspotters may be surprised by the irregular birds of prey they see in Spangdahlem's skies, but they certainly won't be disappointed.Spectators may come to base with an eye out for the F-16 Fighting Falcons or other aircraft. If they stop at the right time and place, however, actual falcons can be seen prowling the skies.To the surprise of some,
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2010
Default Air Force Logo Travel Medicine Clinic ‘first aid’ when traveling abroad
Sabers venturing outside Germany can help solidify a safe and healthy vacation by visiting the 52nd Aerospace Medical Squadron Travel Medicine Clinic before leaving town. When traveling internationally, conditions both natural and man-made may be significantly different from those in Germany and may seriously affect health and personal security.
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2010
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