• Col. Christopher M. Benson, foreground second from right, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach commander, and Kevin Griess, right, deputy to the garrison commander, greet members of Ansbach's city council and representatives of the media. Benson and several representatives of garrison directorates and other organizations  took the host nation government officials and members of the media through Katterbach Kaserne and Urlas Housing by bus May 9, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Bryan Gatchell, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs)

    Bus stop

    Col. Christopher M. Benson, foreground second from right, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach commander, and Kevin Griess, right, deputy to the garrison commander, greet members of Ansbach's city council and representatives of the media. Benson and several...

  • Members of the local media and of the Ansbach city council tour the environmentally friendly neighborhoods of at Urlas. Col. Christopher M. Benson, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach commander, and several representatives of garrison directorates and other organizations  took the host nation government officials and members of the media through Katterbach Kaserne and Urlas Housing by bus May 9, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Bryan Gatchell, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs)

    At Urlas

    Members of the local media and of the Ansbach city council tour the environmentally friendly neighborhoods of at Urlas. Col. Christopher M. Benson, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach commander, and several representatives of garrison directorates and other...

  • Col. Christopher M. Benson, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach commander, shows members of the Ansbach city council and local media the Wall of Heroes. Col. Christopher M. Benson, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach commander, and several representatives of garrison directorates and other organizations  took the host nation government officials and members of the media through Katterbach Kaserne and Urlas Housing by bus May 9, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Bryan Gatchell, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs)

    Wall of Heroes

    Col. Christopher M. Benson, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach commander, shows members of the Ansbach city council and local media the Wall of Heroes. Col. Christopher M. Benson, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach commander, and several representatives of garrison...

  • Dan Riley, second from right, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach's Morale, Welfare and Recreation director, describes to members of the local media and Ansbach's city council the advantages of having an Auto Skills Center at Urlas. Col. Christopher M. Benson, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach commander, and several representatives of garrison directorates and other organizations  took the host nation government officials and members of the media through Katterbach Kaserne and Urlas Housing by bus May 9, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Bryan Gatchell, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs)

    Auto Skills Center

    Dan Riley, second from right, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach's Morale, Welfare and Recreation director, describes to members of the local media and Ansbach's city council the advantages of having an Auto Skills Center at Urlas. Col. Christopher M. Benson...

ANSBACH, Germany (May 13, 2014) -- Members of the Ansbach, Germany media and city council and German media got a glimpse of U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach May 9.

Col. Christopher M. Benson, USAG Ansbach commander, and several representatives of garrison directorates and other organizations took the host nation government officials and members of the media through Katterbach Kaserne and Urlas Housing by bus.

During a driving tour, the group saw Katterbach Kaserne's new Child, Youth and School Services complex, the Ansbach Middle/High School, housing at Katterbach Kaserne, the super playground, the Memorial Park, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters, the airfield fire department, the health and dental clinics, the current and under-construction Katterbach Physical Fitness Centers, and the bowling center.

At Urlas Housing, the group saw Soldiers Lake and a demonstration by the Fire Training Center during a driving tour. The group also walked through Urlas Housing's completed and under-construction environmentally friendly housing units. Following the tour of the housing, the group had lunch at the food court and received a walking tour of the Post Exchange and the Commissary. After touring Urlas's shopping, they learned about Brainard Lodge and the under-construction health and dental clinics and went to the Auto Skills Center, the car wash and the dog wash.

The tour was a means to promote understanding of garrison operations to the city with which the garrison collaborates.

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