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  • 52nd CES, community leave lasting impression for Earth Day

    For the 17th year in a row, Spangdahlem Sabers and the Village Youth Fire Department partnered together to clean up the Spanger Bach creek near Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, April 22-23, 2016, in recognition of Earth Day.Last year, 22 volunteers supported the cleanup efforts. This year, more than 100 volunteers including Airmen and civilians from
  • Mustache March, an Air Force tradition

    We always hear our U.S. Air Force heritage is an important part of every Airman's life. I mean where would we be today without the Airmen before us? Yeah, probably stuck on the ground with the Army and that's no fun.Sure, all the other services are a little older than us and have their traditions, but the one tradition I feel trumps them all is
  • Know the 'signs' of a local election, 2016 edition

    It seems you just can't read a magazine, click through your TV channels or swipe your thumb on your cellphone without seeing an advertisement, news story or viral video about the 2016 American presidential election.You'd think being stationed overseas would remove you from such electoral rumblings. Now your drives through the scenic Eifel landscape
  • Nothing'll stop Blankenheim from celebrating carnival!

    EDITOR'S NOTE: The following commentary is from Nicole Flohr, formerly of the 52nd Fighter Wing Community Relations office, and is about her home city of Blankenheim and the Carnival tradition they've celebrated for the last 403 years. This year's celebrations -- Geisterzug ("Ghost Parade") and Rosenmonntag ("Rose Monday") -- respectively took
  • Germany springs to life with weeklong Fasching celebration

    Germany will soon spring to life with Fasching, a week-long event filled with fun and laughter often referred to as the Fifth season or Silly Season.Although all major Fasching events, including the most famous Rose Monday parades, take place in the Rhineland cities like Cologne, Mainz, Aachen, Bonn and Duesseldorf, the fun does not stop at the
  • 'Look over your shoulder'

    Sabers, Happy New Year! As we move boldly into 2016, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on your fantastic accomplishments of 2015. And trust me: there are a lot of them!You may ask yourself, why call this commentary "Look over your shoulder"?  Let me explain.Back in my pilot heydays, one of my favorite things to do was to give a non-aircrew
  • Avoid Emotional Hunger to Beat Holiday Weight Gain

    In the midst of the holiday season, there are two guarantees: emotions will be high, either because of relationships, stress, sadness or a combination of factors, and there will be A LOT of food...everywhere you go! Everyone responds to stress and the high emotions of the holidays differently, and one habit we want to avoid is feeding those
  • Exercise the winter blues away this holiday season

    The winter season is upon us, and with it comes shorter days and chilly weather. Unfortunately, the short days and long nights, along with the change in seasons, can contribute to the Winter Blues, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). These short, cold days make people want to spend more time indoors; combine that with overconsumption
  • From Africa and back: My Air Force story

    Today I am an Air Force officer serving proudly in the Nurse Corps.  In 2003, I became a citizen of the United States. I have come a long way to be where I'm at today.I was born in a small village in South Sudan during the midst of a civil war. The year was 1983, when nearly 2.5 million people died and four-million were displaced. My family and I
  • Holiday decorating safety tips

    The holiday season is here!  Now is the time to spread Christmas cheer far and wide for all to hear!Out we go to the Christmas Markets gathering all our little treasures to take back and behold. Down goes the pine trees and up they go in lights and tinsel. But many forget those safety tips that left our lips. . .But don't worry that's what we are