Building friendships in Bavaria
June 10, 2013
Hohenfels, Germany -- In a small town nestled in the Oberpfalz region of Bavaria, a USAG Hohenfels Observer Coach Trainer (OCT) team is integrating into their local German community by building a unique partnership with the populace.
Serving at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC), the Mustang OCT team observes, coaches, and trains US military and allied forces during rotational training exercises. Additionally, the team has made a rewarding effort to assimilate into the local German community of Lupburg.
The quaint medieval village of Lupburg is no stranger to the US Army. Having had American residents reside in the town for the duration of the US military presence in Bavaria, the locals have become quite accustomed to having American Soldiers in their neighborhoods.
But the Mustang team hopes to take it a step further. In a gesture of friendship and cooperation, the Mustang team constructed a welcome sign that is now on display at the entrance of the town.
"The sign is a visible reminder of our partnership and our being a part of the community that hosts us," said LTC Curtis D. Taylor, who leads the Mustang team's efforts at JMRC .
The Mustang team's partnership with Lupburg has been a very rewarding experience for its Soldiers and their families. Community outreach has provided them with opportunities to participate in activities ranging from the dedication of Lupburg's renovated historical castle, to playing soccer as honorary members of the city team.
"We are proud of our partnership with the Mustang team," remarked Herr Alfred Meier, the resident Mayor of Lupburg.
"We hope this partnership will continue to build on mutual understanding of our mission and the importance the community plays for our team and our families," stated LTC Taylor.
And with both partners reaching out to one another, you can be sure that this friendship will continue to grow.