Golden Book
Memmelsdorf mayor Johann Bauerlein, left, presides as U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg commander Lt. Col. Michelle L. Bienias signs Memmelsdorf's "Golden Book" at the city's town hall Sept. 20. Bienias is the first U.S. Army garrison commander to sign the community's Golden Book.

BAMBERG, Germany (Oct. 9, 2013) -- The community of Memmelsdorf invited U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg's commander, Lt. Col. Michelle L. Bienias, to sign the Golden Book of Memmelsdorf during a short ceremony at the community's city hall Sept. 20.

"This is a big honor," Bienias said. She is the first U.S. Army garrison commander to sign the community's Golden Book.

"The region has become a home for the troops stationed in Bamberg," said Memmelsdorf's mayor Johann Baeuerlein in his remarks. "With the drawdown in 2014, the American troops will leave their 'new home'. We will keep them in our memory as good friends."

Many marriages occurred between Americans and Germans at the community's civil registry office. In Germany, couples have to have a civil marriage in order to have a religious ceremony.

Bienias gave the ceremony attendees a short status update on the Bamberg garrison, and thanked the guests and community for being such wonderful neighbors and friends throughout the years. After the ceremony the American guests, members of the garrison leadership, were invited to join a dinner in a local guesthouse.

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