Army awards Schweinfurt employees for length of service
December 18, 2013
SCHWEINFURT, Germany (Dec. 18, 2013) -- Sixty-nine German and American garrison employees were honored for 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years of service to the U.S. Army in a ceremony and luncheon Dec. 13 at the Conn Club.
The 2013 Length of Service ceremony marked the last time in the U.S. Army's nearly 70-year history here to honor its long-time civilian employees.
"Year after year, these employees committed themselves to supporting the U.S. Army and provided the Soldiers and their families a home away from home in the city and the county of Schweinfurt," said Geoffrey S. Mangelsdorf, commander, 7th Theater Tactical Support Brigade, in opening remarks.
Despite the garrison's drawdown and eventual closure in September 2014, employees remained resolute in the face of uncertainty.
"Let's stand together and we will get through this," said the Works Council deputy chairman, Herbert Zahl.
"During the next several months this community will face the ultimate challenge of closing the Schweinfurt military community after nearly seven decades," Mangelsdorf said. "If we all show the level of pride in sincerely caring for Soldiers and families that these honorees have exemplified over the years -- we are truly prepared to rise and meet our last mission."
Schweinfurt's Lord Mayor Sebastian Remelé and County Commissioner Florian Töpper were also in attendance. Both delivered remarks to honor and thank Schweinfurt's dedicated employees.
Remelé announced the city's planned labor market summit in January 2013, and noted that the city plans to unveil an exhibition as part of the "Made in Schweinfurt" series to reflect the memories of the U.S Army in Schweinfurt.
Photographs of the event are available on the Team Schweinfurt Flickr page.