European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Apr 7 1962, Page 11

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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - April 7, 1962, Darmstadt, HesseAnything can happen or. Fax it by by Henry b. Krafts a rom Stem Bureau someone broke the front window and we re freezing. Fix the Doorknob fix the faucet fix the electrical fixtures. The apartment s too cold the apartment s too hot. The floor it warped the oven wont work the refrigerator keeps kids Are locked in. The family s locked out the toilet won t Stop Flushing and the Doorbell is etude. And come at once these Are pretty routine household emergencies for Engineer sections at posts and bases wherever american troops and their dependent Are stationed in Europe Brit Ain and North Africa. But sometimes the emergencies Are Little More serious for example when the lights on the runway go out at nigh that kind of real emergency Plu All those household bothers is Why there Seldom a Dull moment it the Ramsten Germany air base Engineer s office. It col Francis it Whatley 7030th airbase Wing civil Engineer has the round the clock responsibility for keeping House wives Happy and base utilities hopping. It s a big Job. All right but he has about700 persons helping him. In addition to keeping apartment dwell ers Content he is responsible for All base facilities painting offices partitioning buildings providing new electrical services installing new plumbing or repairing theold Patching up sidewalks runways Etc Etc. Etc. In the same apartment building on housewife May Call that the rooms Are too cold another that they re too Howe have to satisfy everyone the Best Way we can said t sgt Hugh a. of the heating Section chief m sgt James d. Grossaint is Coic for maintenance and repair. His office is just across the Hall from where the complaints come in and a big portion of the Calls Are switched to his phone. Dissection handles refrigeration repair and air conditioning systems plus a score of other things. Sometime two teams Are sent out to repair the same leaking faucet broken Knob or out of order oven. This happen when a wife tells her husband to report the trouble when he gets to the does and so has she in the meantime. So Many Calls ome in that it in t easy to Check duplications. One of the biggest department is tit roads and ground Section Witt Allna and repairing roads sidewalks Parotta areas drainage systems aircraft taxiway aircraft parking and the main a Aawar. And there s the water sanitation depart ment which operates water sewage Angelec Trlcia Power product Len facilities. But one of the big headache of the base Engineer h still the forgetful Mother who locks her kids in the apartment or herself out who opens the door men from the base Engineer. Natu Rady and the washing machines and dryers Are government owned and maintained by the Engineer Section instruction on the ruse Are specific and simple still despite the fact thai those instruction explain How much wat a or detergent should be used some persons will Over Load and that Means More Call to the complaint department said on officer registering a complaint of his own. A Good Deal of the work Toad is of base at Remote installations which Lack maintenance capability. Day or night there s Seldom Lull atthe office. Someone somewhere to always ready to give them the it april 7, 1962 it stars and strikes

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