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WIANG Airmen provide support, gain training at Ramstein AB

A KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 128th Air Refuleing Wing, General Mitchell Air National Guard Base, Wisconsin, sits on the tarmack at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 30, 2018. The 128th ARW transported 115th Force Support Squadron Airmen, who are TDY, from Truax Field, Wisconsin, to Ramstein Air Base Germany. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Cameron Lewis)

A KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 128th Air Refuleing Wing, General Mitchell Air National Guard Base, Wisconsin, sits on the tarmack at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 30, 2018. The 128th ARW transported 115th Force Support Squadron Airmen, who are TDY, from Truax Field, Wisconsin, to Ramstein Air Base Germany. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Cameron Lewis)

Airman 1st Class Tiana Buchanan, Airman 1st Class Lauren Ludka, and Tech. Sgt. Angela Krepline, all with the 115th Force Support Squadron, Truax Field, Wisconsin, load bags onto a KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 128th Air Refueling Wing, General Mitchell Air National Guard Base, Wisconsin, before departing from Truax Field to Ramstein Air Base, Germany Aug. 29, 2018. The 115th FSS is going TDY to Ramstein for approximately two-weeks as part of a movement for training mission. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Cameron Lewis)

Airman 1st Class Tiana Buchanan, Airman 1st Class Lauren Ludka, and Tech. Sgt. Angela Krepline, all with the 115th Force Support Squadron, Truax Field, Wisconsin, load bags onto a KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 128th Air Refueling Wing, General Mitchell Air National Guard Base, Wisconsin, before departing from Truax Field to Ramstein Air Base, Germany Aug. 29, 2018. The 115th FSS is going TDY to Ramstein for approximately two-weeks as part of a movement for training mission. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Cameron Lewis)

Tech. Sgt. Joseph Mctaggart, the NCO in charge of the southside fitness center with the 86th Force Support Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, briefs 115th FSS Airmen, that are TDY at Ramstein, on the importance of fitness operations Aug. 31, 2018. Force Support Squadron Airmen are critical to the overall Air Force mission by helping support a fit and ready force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Cameron Lewis)

Tech. Sgt. Joseph Mctaggart, the NCO in charge of the southside fitness center with the 86th Force Support Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, briefs 115th FSS Airmen, that are TDY at Ramstein, on the importance of fitness operations Aug. 31, 2018. Force Support Squadron Airmen are critical to the overall Air Force mission by helping support a fit and ready force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Cameron Lewis)

Airman 1st Class Eliza Rushlow and Airman 1st Class Kaitlin Berry, both personnelist with the 115th Force Support Squadron, Truax Field, Wisconsin, unload baggage from a KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 128th Air Refueling Wing, General Mitchell Air National Guard Base, Wisconsin, Aug. 30, 2018, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The 115th FSS is TDY to Ramstein for approximately two-weeks as part of a movement for training mission. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Cameron Lewis)

Airman 1st Class Eliza Rushlow and Airman 1st Class Kaitlin Berry, both personnelist with the 115th Force Support Squadron, Truax Field, Wisconsin, unload baggage from a KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 128th Air Refueling Wing, General Mitchell Air National Guard Base, Wisconsin, Aug. 30, 2018, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The 115th FSS is TDY to Ramstein for approximately two-weeks as part of a movement for training mission. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Cameron Lewis)

Master Sgt. RN, JTU, weighs Airmen’s bags August 29, 2018, in the deployment proccessing center at the 115th Fighter Wing, Truax Field, Wisconsin. Approximately 30 Airmen with the 115th Force Support Squadron are going TDY to Ramstein Air Base, Germany.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Cameron Lewis)

Master Sgt. Mike Lincoln, the 115th Force Support Squadron's Services Flight superintendent, weighs Airmen’s bags August 29, 2018, in the deployment proccessing center at the 115th Fighter Wing, Truax Field, Wisconsin. Approximately 30 Airmen with the 115th Force Support Squadron are going TDY to Ramstein Air Base, Germany as part of a movement for training mission. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Cameron Lewis)

TRUAX FIELD, Wis. --

Approximately 30 Airmen with the Wisconsin Air National Guard, assigned to the 115th Force Support Squadron here, arrived at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, Aug. 30, to provide support as part of a movement for training mission. 


“A movement for training mission is when active duty units ask the Air Reserve Component for assistance during busy months,” said Chief Master Sgt. Craig Mortvedt, the 115th FSS superintendent. “During missions like these we gain experience and receive training from the active duty component we support.”

 

This training is unique because it consists of two Wisconsin Air National Guard units, said Maj. Penny Ripperger, the 115th FSS commander.

 

“Not only do we get to increase the camaraderie within our unit but we get to interact with an active duty counterpart and be transported by a KC-135 Stratotanker, that is assigned to the 128th Air Refueling Wing in Milwaukee,” said Ripperger.

 

Flying 115th Fighter Wing troops overseas isn't something the 128th Air Refueling Wing does often.


“Being able to transport troops internationally is good training for a new boom operator like me," said Staff Sgt. Zach Pulido, a boom operator with the 128th ARW.


With a big group of younger Airmen, Pulido isn’t the only one with a new experience on this trip.

 

“I’ve never left the U.S. before,” said Airman 1st Class Kaitlin Berry, a personnelist with the 115th FSS. “I’m excited to see another country and learn new things I can bring back to my unit.”

 

Being able to provide support at a busy base like Ramstein is a great opportunity for the 115th, said Mortvedt. The training and knowledge FSS Airmen will gain while being at an active duty base can’t be matched.

 

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