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Default Air Force Logo Snowboarding, skiing opportunities abundant for beginners, experts
The mountains of Europe are well-known across the globe in the world of downhill winter sports. While stationed at Spangdahlem Air Base, servicemembers would be committing what some may consider a disservice if they overlooked the neighboring attraction during their entire tour.To take advantage of the nearby mountains, here are a few tips to
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2010
Default Air Force Logo Worldwide slump reaches elf-conomy
Small business owners, banks and department stores aren't the only ones taking a hit with the economic downturn. While things may be looking brighter for some, production at Santa Claus' North Pole has yet to rebound."We may not be in the best situation this year," said Santa Claus, "but we've been worse off in previous years, and we've been
0 12/11
2009
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Groups of adults or children, often church mass servants, walk from house to house dressed as the Three Holy Kings, carrying a star-shaped lantern on a stick.  Because they carry the star and sing a song or recite a religious poem at people’s doors, they are also called the star singers. In return, the star singers collect gifts and monetary donations, which they donate to to humanitarian aid organizations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Iris Reiff) Star singers bring holidays to doorsteps
After Christmas, there is a visit and feast of the Three Magi, or "Heilige Drei Koenige" as the Germans call them. The event commemorates the journey of the Three Magi who brought gifts to the infant Jesus in Bethlehem. The visit of the Three Magi marks the end of the holiday season in Germany. In the 9th century, the legend of the Three Magi
0 12/10
2009
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Katie Hasty, Pet Spa representative, plays with Mufasa and Fidel, Blue Italian Mastiffs, during Doggy Day Care Nov. 16 at the Pet Spa. Doggy Day Care gives Sabers a place to kennel their pets during the work day. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Staci Miller) Pet spa provides daytime care for pets
The only Department of Defense kennel in U.S. Air Forces in Europe is located right here in the Eifel. The Pet Spa is located in Oberweis and offers a convenient program for busy Sabers and their pets.Doggy Day Care is comparable to a traditional children's day care. Busy dog owners can make an appointment to drop their dog off at the Pet Spa to be
0 12/07
2009
Default Air Force Logo Fashing preparation to begin in Germany
Germany's biggest bash officially starts off on the 11 minute past the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, or 11:11p.m. Nov. 11. Thousands of Fashing clubs throughout the country will start preparing events, costume-balls, parades and Fashing parties for the coming season in February. The bigger German cities like Cologne, Duesseldorf,
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2009
Default Air Force Logo Local children to honor Saint Martin
Each November, local townspeople host a colorful torchlight procession in honor of St. Martin. St. Martin's Day is Nov. 11, but the dates for celebrations vary from town to town and sometimes take place days before or after. Germans celebrate St. Martin's Day with a procession where children carry candles or battery-operated lanterns through the
0 11/10
2009
(U.S. Air Force illustration/Senior Airman Benjamin Wilson) Suspicious events linked to werewolf activity
Editor's note: The article below is completely fictional and written in the spirit of Halloween. The 52nd Security Forces Squadron is advising increased vigilance and operational awareness over this Halloween weekend due to recent, unexplained and seemingly linked cases. The possibility of increased werewolf activity has not yet been determined,
0 10/27
2009
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Staff Sgt. Joseph Cipolla, 52nd Medical Support Squadron, explains the process of pruning grapes to base members and their families who volunteered to assist a local vintner with the harvest in the Mosel community of Osann-Monzel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Iris Reiff) Base members assist with harvesting Eifel gold
A group of approximately 50 Sabers, most of them assigned to the 52nd Medical Group, the 52nd Fighter Wing Chapel and the 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office, visited a local vintner's estate Oct. 17 in the Mosel community of Osann-Monzel to offer their assistance with the ongoing harvest there. The invitation was extended by Staff Sgt. Joseph
0 10/26
2009
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Rocks and gorges like the Teufelsschlucht can be spotted when hiking through the German-Luxembourg nature preserve near the towns of Irrel and Echternach. The area around Echternach is also known as the Petit Swiss, or Small Switzerland, and attracts walkers and hikers from all over the region. The nature preserve is located approximately 45 minutes away from Spangdahlem Air Base. (Courtesy photo) Nature preserve offers ample hiking, leisure activities
With fall's arrival, Sabers may take in the changing season from green to yellows, orange and red as they hike through the woods along rocks and gorges, or simply take a leisurely stroll through the German-Luxembourg Nature Preserve located approximately 45 minutes away from the base. The preserve starts in Irrel, a German town located near the
0 10/15
2009
Chaplain's Assistant Badge.  U.S. Air Force graphic. Image is 7x3.25 inches @ 300 ppi. Chaplain assistants celebrate 100th anniversary
Sixty years ago Chaplain Charles Carpenter, the first U.S. Air Force chief of chaplains, saw the need to designate a career field for chaplain assistants. He envisioned the assistants as more than clerk-typists, as they were known for the last few decades, and recommended a specialized duty title for enlisted Airmen working for the
0 10/13
2009
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