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134th Medical Squadron Members Deploy to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany

Over 700 years old, Landshut Castle overlooks the Mosel River Valley, and its many vineyards, near Bernkastel, Germany.  (Air National Guard Photo by Tech Sgt Kendra Owenby)

Over 700 years old, Landshut Castle overlooks the Mosel River Valley, and its many vineyards, near Bernkastel, Germany. (Air National Guard Photo by Tech Sgt Kendra Owenby)

The final resting place of General George S. Patton, located in the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial in Hamm,Luxembourg, overlooks the grave sites of many of the men he commanded during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.  (Air National Guard Photo by Tech Sgt Kendra Owenby)

The final resting place of General George S. Patton, located in the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial in Hamm,Luxembourg, overlooks the grave sites of many of the men he commanded during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. (Air National Guard Photo by Tech Sgt Kendra Owenby)

Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany --

Twenty-six members of the 134th Medical Group recently traveled to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany for a two-week annual training field deployment.  

While at Spangdahlem, members worked with active duty personnel from the 52nd Medical Group to conduct a major accident response exercise, work in pediatrics and flight medicine, and perform a mock inspection of the meat processing plant located on nearby Ramstein Air Base - the only processing plant of its kind in Europe. Additionally, some members worked at the nearby Bitburg Medical Annex. 

Also on the deployment were 134ARW Chaplain, Capt. Richard Steen and Chaplain Assistant Staff Sgt. Adam Robinson. They worked alongside 52nd Fighter Wing Chapel personnel offering spiritual guidance to military members stationed and deployed at Spangdahlem and Ramstein as well as wounded troops recovering at nearby Landstuhl Medical Installation. The chaplains also distributed Girl Scout cookies donated by local East Tenn. Girl Scout troops. The cookies were distributed to various locations across Spangdahlem. 

During their off-time, deployed members were able to travel to France, Luxembourg, and Belgium as well as throughout the German countryside. 

Several members commented the highlight of the trip was a visit to the American Cemetery and Memorial in Luxembourg. The memorial was established in 1944 and is the final resting place for 5,076 U.S. Military personnel who fought in World War Two including Gen. George S. Patton. 

134th Medical Squadron Members Deploy to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany By Tech. Sgt. Kendra Owenby, 134ARW Public Affairs Office Members were able to take advantage of the sights and sounds of the nearby cities of Trier, Bitburg, Berncastel- Kruz and Koln. Trier is Germany's oldest city, home to the Porte Nigra, one of the oldest city gates of Roman architecture built between A.D. 180 and 200. The nearby Mosel River valley is a picturesque valley famous for its vineyards and quaint shops. 

Overall, deployed members stated it was a very successful deployment. 

The 134th Medical Group members were able to do what they went to do - to learn from the 52nd Medical Group and to share some of their skills. Personnel from the 52nd Medical Group were very impressed with what the 134th Medical Group had to offer and welcomed then back any time. Chapel personnel were successful in giving spiritual guidance to those in need and bringing uplifting and encouraging words to those deployed away from home. All-in-all, another Volunteer job well done