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Germans, Americans unite for Volkstrauertag

I’ve covered several war memorial services throughout Europe since I arrived at Spangdahlem, Germany, in September 2013. However, I hadn’t attended a German service commemorating those who had died. The country sets aside the second Sunday before Advent, known as … Continue reading

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Fear Factory’s frightening fun for family and friends

I know it’s been three days since All Hallow’s Eve – or as you may call it, “Halloween” – but in my defense, Halloween’s origin dictates that it’s a triduum: a three-day observation of remembering the dead, saints (hallows) and martyrs. … Continue reading

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Hiking Devil’s Canyon

If you live on or around base, it can be pretty easy to forget Germany is a great, big, beautiful place out there even if you’ve never stepped foot in a major European city. I’m talking about the wilds, baby, … Continue reading

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Tops in Blue rocks Saber Nation

As the lights dimmed and the crowd hushed, I couldn’t help but feel a rush of nervousness, anticipation and excitement. As a first-term Airman, I had no idea what to expect from my first Tops in Blue performance. I knew … Continue reading

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Two Airmen, one war: ‘…and I was freed.’

The following is the second installment of a two-part series detailing two World War II Airmen and their visit to Chièvres Air Base, Belgium. “…and I was freed.” “Flying a P-47 with eight machine guns and a bomber too was … Continue reading

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Two Airmen, one war: ‘I made the right decision’

The following is the first installment of a two-part series detailing two World War II Airmen and their visit to Chièvres Air Base, Belgium. Every journey begins with a single step… For Archie “Lin” Maltbie and Ralph Kling, their adventures … Continue reading

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REQUIEM: Luxembourg, US commemorate 70th anniversary of B-17 crashes

If you’ve recently seen a map of Europe, you may be forgiven if you can’t point out Luxembourg. The tiny country, with its nearly 500,000 citizens, is not even a thousand square miles in area. To put that in perspective, … Continue reading

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The power of words – Anne Frank’s 70-year echo

I’ve been told more than once that I have an unusual desk at work. I can’t lie about this—I try to make it stand out with my books, photos and knick-knacks. I mean, how often would you see a Theodore … Continue reading

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‘This is SO Awesome!’ CE Career Day

 “HONK! HO-O-O-O-O-ONKKK!!!!” “THU-U-U-U-UDDDD!!” “WO-O-O-OW!!!” Given the noise emanating from the vehicles on the field, passers-by may have given the operators a bit more leeway. Yet upon closer inspection, they’d see the people moving those expensive bucket trucks, backhoes and excavators … Continue reading

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Never forgotten: WWII crash unites Belgians, Americans

Sylvain Colla has walked through the rolling green fields of La Roche-en-Ardennes many times throughout his life. But no matter how many times the 88-year-old Belgian passed through there, the one time he did April 13, 1944, as an 18-year-old … Continue reading

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