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  • Another successful Combined Federal Campaign for U.S. Army in Europe

    Jan 7, 2010

    U.S. Army in Europe Soldiers and civilian employees donated more than $2 million in support of the 2009 Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas.

  • Bavarian Tax Centers say preparation key to utilizing free tax services in 2010

    Dec 30, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany- With wage and tax statements available for Soldiers and civilian employees online at www.mypay.dfas.mil and most banks and investment companies mailing reports of interest, dividends, and capital gains, the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's Tax Center personnel gear up to provide free tax preparation and e-filing services throughout Bavaria. The tax centers in Ansbach, Illesheim, Bamberg, Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels, Schweinfurt and Vilseck are open for business, beginning Feb. 1, 2010.

  • Career counselors reenlist 431 Soldiers, exceed mission by 146 percent

    Dec 30, 2009

    The 16th Sustainment Brigade, a logistics unit based here, exceeded reenlistment objectives by large margins for fiscal year 2009, despite the brigade being deployed to Iraq during the fiscal year, and revisions to the Army retention policies.

  • 16th Sust. Bde. Soldiers welcome new commander

    Dec 30, 2009

    Col. Martin B. Pitts, outgoing commander, 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, said farewell to the Soldiers and Families of the logistics brigade, and welcomed the incoming commander, Col. Keith Sledd, during a change of command ceremony at the Freedom Fitness Facility here Dec. 16.

  • New Army retention standards take effect, more to follow

    Dec 18, 2009

    New changes to the Army's retention program will affect not only how the Army operates, but also who will be allowed to stay in the Army.

  • 405th Army Field Support Brigade moves to Kaiserslautern, Germany

    Dec 9, 2009

    The 405th Army Field Support Birgade, an element of Army Sustainment Command, has moved to Kaiserslautern, Germany

  • 405th AFSB unfurls its colors in Kaiserslautern

    Dec 9, 2009

    Cold weather and overcast skies didn't keep the crowd away as the 405th Army Field Support Brigade unfurled its colors on Daenner Kaserne and officially began operations in the Kaiserslautern Military Community.

  • Training for success: 409th CSB trains National Guard team

    Dec 9, 2009

    The 409th Contracting Support Brigade might as well spell training with a capital T because it is such an essential factor to their success. The 409th CSB serves as the executive agent for expeditionary contracting in the Balkans and its 903rd Contingency Contracting Battalion provides a continuous boots-on-the-ground presence at the Camp Bondsteel office. Additionally, the Army National Guard, which rotate contingency contracting teams through the Kosovo office, provides vital workload assistance.

  • Army updates suicide-prevention guidance

    Dec 4, 2009

    The Army has updated its suicide-prevention guidance, including the Army Health Promotion regulation (AR 600-63), Army Suicide Prevention pamphlet (PAM 600-24) and FM 6-22.5, the Combat and Operational Stress Control Manual for Leaders and Soldiers.

  • U.S. Army Europe discusses key issues with senior European leaders

    Nov 23, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Nov. 23, 2009) -- Forty-nine foreign awardees of the U.S. Legion of Merit met and participated in frank and open discussions with U.S. Army Europe leaders during the 29th Annual Legion of Merit Conference at Patrick Henry Village here, Nov. 19. The conference attendees, senior active and retired officers from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and Slovenia, including two four-star and 10 three-star generals, discussed USAREUR's Theater Security Cooperation activities, the situation in Afghanistan, and USAREUR's mission, operations and transformation. The overarching theme was, "Building capacity to enhance trans-Atlantic security."

  • Retirees living in Germany can benefit from new arrangements reached with German Federal Ministry of

    Nov 23, 2009

    MANNHEIM, Germany -- Retired servicemembers who live in Germany as ordinary residents can benefit from new arrangements reached with the German government regarding duties charged on purchases made in American military exchange and commissary facilities and packages received through U.S. forces post offices.

  • JMRC 'Grizzlies' help Republic of Georgia forces develop training observer-controllers

    Nov 19, 2009

    VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Republic of Georgia - They are quite familiar to most U.S. troops who have taken part in exercises at any major Army training center in recent years. The ever-present safety glasses, a vest full of smoke grenades and pyrotechnics, and the "God gun" give the Joint Multinational Readiness Center's observer-controllers a certain level of mystique as they stand in the midst of simulated battle observing, directing, and facilitating training from the individual troop level all the way up to brigade combat team maneuvers.

  • Master Resiliency Trainers to promote overall fitness of U.S. Army Europe

    Nov 17, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Units have their master gunners, master drivers and master fitness trainers. These experts are the best at what they do and they share their expertise with their fellow Soldiers. By next October, each U.S. Army Europe brigade and battalion-level unit will have a new type of master assigned to its ranks -- a Master Resiliency Trainer. MRTs will serve as their unitsAca,!a,,c experts in building mental, physical and spiritual health as part of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, said MRT program manager Jessie Massey, USAREURAca,!a,,cs deputy chief of medical operations.

  • 5th Signal Command Introduces Full Spectrum

    Nov 17, 2009

    5th Signal Command Introduces "Full Spectrum"

  • Soldiers in Europe prep for Afghanistan using advanced simulation

    Nov 16, 2009

    About 1,500 U.S., Romanian and Bulgarian soldiers enhanced their combat skills with the Deployable Instrumentation Systems Europe at the Babadag Training Area in eastern Romania and the Novo Selo Training Area in Bulgaria from the beginning of August to the end of October as part of Joint Task Force-East's 2009 exercise.

  • Berlin's Allied Museum helps visitors remember, understand common history of allies, Germany

    Nov 12, 2009

    Dr. Helmut Trotnow, director of Berlin's Allied Museum, answers a schoolgirl's question about the Cold War Nov. 7. The girl and her friends were celebrating a birthday at the museum. (Photo by Dave Melancon)

  • Liaison program offers comfort factor for Americans being treated in host nation health facilities s

    Nov 12, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Dealing with medical issues, from routine tests to major surgery or prolonged treatment, can often be daunting. For Americans receiving health care services in a foreign country, it can be downright intimidating. In the mid-1990s, as U.S. forces in Europe began to draw down in earnest, so did the number of U.S. military medical facilities available to provide health care to Americans eligible for treatment, and increasing numbers of those patients began getting referrals for care in host-nation medical facilities, according to Europe Regional Medical Command officials. To help American patients feel more comfortable and confident about that care, ERMC developed the host nation patient liaison program.

  • Events mark 20-year anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall

    Nov 10, 2009

    Fireworks illuminate Berlin's Brandenburg Gate as thousands celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Nov. 9. U.S. Army Europe members participated in many of the events saluting the anniversary.

  • V Corps historian recalls days as platoon leader patrolling Berlin Wall

    Nov 9, 2009

    Cold War-era Berlin Wall patrols were a visible message to the East and West German people and the Soviet Union that the U.S. and its allies stood ready to defend West Berlin and democracy. For U.S. Soldiers assigned to the former U.S. Army Europe Berlin Brigade, it was a strategic message delivered in tactical terms, said Dr. Harold E. Raugh Jr. of the V Corps command history office during a Nov. 5 ceremony here for the opening of the Allied MuseumAca,!a,,cs Aca,!A"Wall PatrolAca,!A? exhibit.Aca,!A"Soldiers were expected to fight like hell if necessary for U.S. rights and a free Berlin,Aca,!A? Raugh said. Aca,!A"IAca,!a,,cm sure this was the same for our allies.Aca,!A?

  • Commander stresses community fitness, customer service, transformation awareness

    Nov 9, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - An all-hands briefing Oct. 23 addressed the command's focus on Comprehensive Community Fitness, ongoing efforts to enhance customer service and the impact of transformation within U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden.

  • U.S. Army Europe members joining in celebration of 20 year anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall

    Nov 8, 2009

    Sgt. Michael Scarlett, aka "Elvis," performs a medley of American pop hits with the U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus during the 15th annual Berlin Military Music Festival at Berlin's Max Schmeling Hall Nov. 7.

  • JTF doctor's family ties to Israel

    Nov 4, 2009

    For one U.S. Army Europe Soldier here participating in exercise Juniper Cobra 2010, Israel means more than just another place to train -- it is also the country where his family lives.

  • JMTC Soldier's experience at sea helped him become a better NCO

    Nov 2, 2009

    During his latest deployment, Sgt. 1st Class Israel Walker served as the sole Army representative in a sea full of strangers.

  • Tensions ran high at Checkpoint Charlie in 1961 as Easterners fled to West, Berlin Wall went up

    Nov 2, 2009

    At a traffic intersection in downtown Berlin almost 50 years ago this week, tensions between the United States and the former Soviet Union nearly escalated to the point of war.

  • 2008 U.S. Army Europe Soldier of the Year trading in chevrons for gold bars

    Nov 2, 2009

    In eight years, Staff Sgt. Stanley E. Black, noncommissioned officer and platoon sergeant at the Grafenwoehr Army Air Field in Grafenwoehr, Germany, has climbed the ranks from Private, E-2, to Staff Sergeant, won the U.S. Army Europe's 2008, Soldier of the Year competition, and in March, trades-in his chevrons for an Army officers stripes.

  • 7th CSC gets new name, patch, mission

    Oct 30, 2009

    The brilliant autumn day provided a beautiful setting for the 7th Civil Support Command's reflagging ceremony at the Parade Field on Daenner Kaserne Oct. 25.

  • 5th Signal Command says hello to new home in Wiesbaden

    Oct 30, 2009

    A story and photos from 5th Signal Command's colors uncasing story in Wiesbaden, Germany.

  • What to do if you suspect you have the flu

    Oct 30, 2009

    Tips on when to seek medical care for seasonal or H1N1 flu, prevention and self-care

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    Oct 30, 2009

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  • Proper Planning Key to Success During JC10

    Oct 30, 2009

    More than 1,000 service members from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines are working together alongside Israeli troops during Juniper Cobra 2010.

  • Awarding 50 years of government service

    Oct 29, 2009

    TITLE:Awarding 50 years of government service WEB LINK: www.5sigcmd.army.mil Mr Hollis award GEN Ham BG Smith.jpg: WIESBADEN, Germany (October 29, 2009) -- Gen. Carter Ham (right), commander, U.S. Army Europe, and Brig. Gen. Jeffrey G. Smith, Jr. (left), commander, 5th Signal Command, stand with Winston A. Hollis (center) in 5th Signal's conference room, after he was presented with a 50-years of U.S. government service certificate by Ham. "We have a very capable and dedicated civilian work force who are just as dedicated as military Soldiers," said Ham. Hollis has served the last 11 years in 5th Signal as a logistics management specialist. (Photo by Kristopher Joseph, 5th Signal Command) Mr Hollis award GEN Ham.jpg: WIESBADEN, Germany (October 29, 2009) -- Gen. Carter Ham (right), commander, U.S. Army Europe, applaudes Winston A. Hollis in 5th Signal's conference room, after he was presented with a 50-years of U.S. government service certificate by Ham. "We have a very capable and dedicated civilian work force who are just as dedicated as military Soldiers," said Ham. Hollis has served the last 11 years in 5th Signal as a logistics management specialist. (Photo by Kristopher Joseph, 5th Signal Command)

  • Gen. Carter F. Ham visits Immediate Response 2010

    Oct 28, 2009

    VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, GEORGIA (Oct. 27, 2009)--Gen. Carter F. Ham, U.S. Army Europe commanding general, receives a demonstration on the capability of a Georgian amphibious assault vehicle Oct. 27 here. Immediate Response 2010, a bilateral, combined U.S. and Georgian exercise to prepare for upcoming deployments to Afghanistan, kicked off Oct. 27 and will continue through Nov. 7 in the Vaziani Training Area near Tbilisi. This exercise is the third Immediate Response exercise to be conducted with Georgia.

  • USAREUR commanding general visits 172d Inf. Bde

    Oct 28, 2009

    Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq (Oct. 25, 2009)--Gen. Carter Ham, U.S. Army Europe commanding general, expresses his gratitude by awarding coins of excellence to Soldiers assigned to 172nd Infantry Brigade Oct. 25. The Brigade is scheduled to redeploy back to Germany in November following a successful year-long deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Heidelberg team wins Expert Field Medical Competition

    Oct 26, 2009

    Two Soldiers from the Medical Department Activity in Heidelberg, Germany, claimed the title of "Best Medics in the Army" during the Expert Field Medical Competition held at Camp Bullis, Texas, Oct. 19-23.

  • 21st TSC hosts partnership range with German Bundeswehr

    Oct 23, 2009

    It took the Bundeswehr soldiers from the German Joint Support Command nearly three hours to drive from their home station in Cologne, Germany, to the American weapons range, but they said the drive was well worth it.

  • Main body of Task Force Kitgum moves into Life Support Area Fist

    Oct 23, 2009

    Weeks of hard work have come to a head for the advance and torch parties of Natural Fire 10 as the main body moved from Entebbe, Uganda, to Kitgum and into their new home at Life Support Area Fist on Pajimo Barracks.

  • DoDDS students learn about German culture, traditions while making apple juice

    Oct 22, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but a glass of apple juice can do wonders toward building lasting friendships and understanding cultures.

  • USACE division commander visits Israel, strengthens relationships

    Oct 19, 2009

    The largest MOUT site in the world was among several site the new USACE North Atlantic Division commander visited during his first tour of Israel.

  • 16th Sust. Bde. returns to Germany

    Oct 14, 2009

    In the early morning hours of Oct. 11, children who would normally be tucked away in bed excitedly ran around the Freedom Fitness Center on Warner Barracks in Bamberg.

  • 7th CSC medical experts lend helping hand in Swaziland

    Sep 22, 2009

    Army Reserve Soldiers Col. Morgan M. Gray, the commander of the Medical Support Unit-Europe in Mannheim, Germany, and Capt. Charles A. Pastor, a medical doctor assigned to the MSU-E, recently took part in MEDFLAG 09, an exercise designed to share the Army's medical expertise with Swaziland military leaders and Ministry of Health officials.

  • September 11 has dual meaning for U.S. forces in Belgium

    Sep 12, 2009

    HENRI CHAPELLE, Belgium - Each of the nearly 8,000 gravestones here tells the story of ordinary young men from towns across America who became heroes to local residents 65 years ago Sept. 11 during this area's liberation from German aggressors. Approximately 300 U.S. and Belgian citizens, including U.S. Army Europe Commander Gen. Carter Ham and three World War II veterans, paid tribute to the Soldiers buried at the American cemetery here in a ceremony coinciding with the anniversary of terrorist attacks against America Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Wiesbaden Community Spouses Club opens doors to community

    Sep 9, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Wiesbaden community members got an inside look at the wide range of resources, services and opportunities available in and around the garrison Aug. 26 at the Community Activity Center. The Community Fair, hosted by the Wiesbaden Community Spouses Club, offered newcomers and those who have been here for a while a chance to learn about everything from events in the city of Wiesbaden, courtesy of the city's Marketing Office, to upcoming WCSC programs.

  • Steel Knights return to Mannheim

    Sep 1, 2009

    MANNHEIM, Germany -- With the bleachers of the Coleman Gym on Coleman Barracks overflowing with friends, family and fellow Soldiers ready to welcome them back, the 51st Transportation Company, 28th Transportation Battalion returned to Mannheim, Germany, Aug. 28 after serving a 15-month tour in Iraq.

  • Building trust at 2009 LandWarNet Conference

    Aug 18, 2009

    "You have to think big. You have to think together." That was the first of many messages from the key speaker at the opening plenary session of the 2009 LandWarNet Conference here. The LWN Conference runs Aug. 18-22, and is a joint knowledge symposium headed by the Army's Chief Information Office/G-6 and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association designed to bring government and industry together to share ideas, best business practices, and future initiatives.

  • MP regimental CSM visits 18th MP Brigade

    Jul 30, 2009

    The military police Soldiers of the 18th Military Police Brigade were offered a rare opportunity July 21 to 24 when the Military Police Corps regimental command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Kirkland, paid a visit to the brigade to speak with the troops.

  • New award recognizes those who deliver quality of life

    Jul 27, 2009

    Nominations are now being accepted for a new award that recognizes teams or individuals responsible for improving the quality of life at Army garrisons.

  • Legal interns find 'a home away from home' at 21st TSC

    Jul 27, 2009

    It's nothing like on television. The four students currently working at the 21st Theater Sustainment Command's Office of the Staff Judge Advocate and the Kaiserslautern Legal Services Center picked the "wrong" military branch. No jetting around like the elite Navy lawyers portrayed in the television adventure drama "JAG" for these interns.

  • McKiernan retires after 37 years

    Jul 15, 2009

    The recent commander of forces in Afghanistan ended a military career Wednesday that began in 1972. Gen. David D. McKiernan completed his last call of duty as a Soldier during a ceremony on Fort Myer's Summerall Field hosted by Gen. George W. Casey Jr., chief of staff of the Army.

  • Counselors help combat mental health stigma

    Jul 15, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- Counselors who never write anything down. Routine clinic visits that begin with six simple questions about your mental health. These are just some of the ways the U.S. military is trying to recognize and treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders and depression.

  • 21st TSC warriors compete for title of Soldier, NCO of the Year

    Jul 9, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany -- There would be blood, sweat, but no tears as eight Soldiers from 21st Theater Sustainment Command battled it out to claim the title of Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year during a competition held in Baumholder June 28 to July 1.

  • NCO firefighter ties together German and American community

    Jul 1, 2009

  • European Training Command Selects Soldier and NCO of the Year

    Jun 24, 2009

  • Task Force Normandy Soldiers make friends with locals

    Jun 1, 2009

    Soldiers from Task Force Normandy 65 play football with children from the town of Ste. Mere Eglise, France.

  • JMTC NCO's "Will Do" Spirit Improves Command and Community

    May 28, 2009

    7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command Spotlights this Week's NCO

  • Sky Soldiers take advanced combat medic training at GrafenwAfAPhr

    May 22, 2009

    The Combat Medic Advanced Skills Training center at the Joint Multinational Training Center, in Vilseck, Germany, provides some of the most realistic medic training in the world. The training prepares Soldiers for treating casualties in combat.

  • Keeping their legacies alive: George Patton's grandson donates Medal of Honor books to Army lib

    May 19, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - "To all who serve, thank you for your dedication and support of America, and the freedom you are securing by your individual contribution." With those words on a signed letter from George Patton Waters, grandson of Gen. George S. Patton, more than 15 copies of the illustrated book "Medal of Honor - Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty" were handed over to Col. Ray Graham, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander at the Wiesbaden Library May 8. Graham accepted the books from Christine Havlik, a retired Department of Defense Dependents Schools teacher who met Waters at a World War II commemorative event in Pilsen, Czech Republic.

  • MPs battle for best Soldier, NCO of the Year

    May 18, 2009

    The top Soldiers and noncommissioned officers from the 18th Military Police Brigade competed in a grueling two days of competition May 11-12 in Mannheim, Germany, for the chance to be named the brigade's Soldier or NCO of the Year.

  • NCO survives attack, fights to continue his Army service

    May 11, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - His decorations include the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the combat action badge and an assortment of "lesser" awards. Yet, Sgt. 1st Class Frank Sanders, a maintenance manager with the 21st Theater Sustainment Command's support operations division, is looking for something more.

  • 21st NCO epitomizes what being an NCO is all about

    May 11, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - Sgt. Terry Orazi is following the family tradition - sort of.

  • 30th Medical Command changes command, cases colors for Afghanistan deployment

    Apr 23, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Apr 23, 2009) -- Col. Dennis D. Doyle assumed command of the 30th Medical Command during change of command and colors casing ceremonies at Nachrichten Kaserne here, April 22. Doyle, who served as deputy commander for administration at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. prior to arriving here, assumed command from Col. Bernard L. DeKoning

  • Despite valor award, command sergeant major sees herself as Soldier, leader rather than hero

    Apr 21, 2009

    MANNHEIM, Germany (Apr 21 2009) -- In a year the Army has dedicated to its noncommissioned officers, there will invariably be those who stand out for embodying what it truly means to be a leader of Soldiers. For the 18th Military Police Brigade here that spotlight has fallen on its top enlisted Soldier, brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Brenda K. Curfman. On December 17, 2007, Curfman was placed into a situation that tested her abilities and proved her character as a Soldier and an NCO. Nearly 16 months have passed since the incident that earned Curfman an Army Commendation Medal with "V" device for valor, but she says she remembers the events and emotions of that day as vividly as the moment they happened.

  • 'Iron Brigade' teams with Iraqi commando battalion to secure Owesat in Operation Al-Sakar

    Apr 20, 2009

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Apr. 20, 2009) - Soldiers from the Baumholder, Germany-based 2nd 'Iron' Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, teamed up with Iraqi forces for two combined counterinsurgency operations this month. For the first operation members of the brigade's 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry and Iraqi Soldiers of the Commando Battalion, 17th Iraqi Army Brigade, teamed up April 12 for a combined counterinsurgency mission in the Owesate area southwest of Baghdad.

  • Sergeant reflects on fateful day

    Mar 23, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany (Mar. 20, 2009) - More than two years have passed since Staff Sgt. Clifford Neighbors received an Army Commendation Medal with V device for valor and a Bronze Star while serving with the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry in Iraq. Neighbors's actions on the streets of Baghdad in August 2006 earned him the valor award he attributes to his team and a former platoon sergeant. During a routine mission making the rounds of Iraqi National Police checkpoints, Neighbors's convoy was halted by three improvised explosive devices.

  • Leadership begins with integrity and values

    Mar 23, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Mar. 20, 2009) - Sgt. Juan Carreon believes living by the Army's values and maintaining personal integrity are two hallmarks of good noncommissioned officer. "As an NCO, one of the things I will not give up are my personal values," said Carreon, a human resources specialist with V Corps' Headquarters and Headquarters Company. "We all have family values, but each individual has personal values that we have to stand by and stick by," he said.

  • Sergeant earns Silver Star for charging into face of enemy during ambush in Afghanistan

    Mar 19, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany (Mar. 18, 2009) -- Staff Sgt. Lincoln V. Dockery said he didn't even see the grenade that sent shrapnel into his right forearm while charging insurgent fighters in Afghanistan's Korengal valley, Nov. 16, 2007. "Someone yelled out, and I looked up and saw it coming. My hand went up and a hot, sharp feeling went through," he said. Dockery, a combat engineer then assigned to a route clearance patrol with Company A of the 173rd Airborne Brigade's Special Troops Battalion, said he decided the injury wasn't major, and continued his charge up a hill into enemy fire and earning a Silver Star for valor. The medal and a Purple Heart were awarded here, March 11.

  • Military medical experts hope to dispel myths, advance treatment for mild traumatic brain injury

    Mar 17, 2009

    Get a good night's sleep. That is a seemingly simple, yet sometimes complicated, goal and advice from medical professionals as part of a reintegration program for redeploying Soldiers who might have suffered traumatic brain injuries.

  • Troops hand out clothes, toys donated at thrift shop in Germany at school in Iraqi village

    Mar 17, 2009

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Mar. 16, 2009) - Smiles filled the faces of more than 50 widows and their children at a small school in Abu Jabour here as Iraqi troops handed out clothes and toys March 13 that came to the Iraqi village after being donated to the community thrift shop in Baumholder, Germany. Troops of the 1st Battalion, 55th Brigade, 17th Iraqi Army Division coordinated the humanitarian project with U.S. Soldiers of the Baumholder-based 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.

  • Sailor-turned-sergeant, 48 going on 32, inspires other Soldiers to 'do anything you set your mi

    Mar 17, 2009

    If you're wondering how it would feel to be young again, ask Staff Sgt. Cynthia D. Mills, who is 48 going on 32...or even younger. Mills enlisted in the Army in 2006 as an intelligence analyst with 1st Armored Division after a life-changing makeover reinvigorated her zest for life.

  • Senior leaders gather at daylong conference to learn, discuss strategies for combating sexual assaul

    Mar 17, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Mar. 16, 2009) - U.S. Army Europe's commanding general challenged USAREUR senior leaders to take the point in a collective effort to combat sexual assault during a daylong conference here March 9. Calling sexual assault a crime, Gen. Carter Ham said it is time for leaders to confront a challenging and uncomfortable issue that has been with the Army a long time and undermines unit readiness and cohesion. "It is time for us to do something about it. ... It is not going to be easy. It is going to be challenging. It is going to be frustrating. There will be advances and there will be setbacks," the general said.

  • Two U.S. Army Europe captains among winners of Army-level MacArthur leadership awards

    Mar 11, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Mar.. 10, 2009) - Two U.S. Army Europe captains have been recognized as being among the best junior officer leaders in today's Army. Capt. Allen Kehoe of Company D, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, and Capt. Erik C. Oksenvaag of Company C, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, were among the 28 winners in the Army-level competition of the 2008 Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Awards program. The winners were announced by official Army message March 6.

  • Army FMWRC offers Great Getaways to Armed Forces Recreation Centers

    Mar 10, 2009

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Imagine attending a luau on Waikiki Beach; golfing in the shadows of the Magic Kingdom; sightseeing a seventh-century city in The Land of the Morning Calm; sunbathing beneath a famous lighthouse on the Atlantic; or skiing or hiking in the Bavarian Alps. One of those dream vacations awaits the winner of the Great Getaways Sweepstakes, an Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command-sponsored contest that began March 1 and runs through May 31 at www.afrcresorts.com

  • 1st Armored Division Soldiers receive medals for valor in Iraq

    Mar 10, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany -- Two Soldiers from 1st Armored Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team were awarded the Army Commendation Medals with "V" device for valor during an award ceremony here Feb. 6.

  • Germany-based artillery battalion donates tractors to cultivate Iraq's Lutifiyah region

    Mar 9, 2009

    COMBAT OUTPOST MEADE, Iraq (Mar. 9, 2009) -- Soldiers from the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery presented 14 new tractors to sheiks from the Lutifiyah Nahia region during a ceremony here, March 5. The battalion, part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, used funds from the Commander's Emergency Response Program to purchase the tractors, said brigade officials. Each ArmaTrac 602 tractor should help to cultivate an area of more than 25,000,000 square feet.

  • Ceremonies add Rashid missions to 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division operations in Iraq

    Mar 9, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq (Mar. 9, 2009) - Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division accepted authority for operations in Iraq's Rashid district during a pair of transfer of authority ceremonies here, March 4.During the first ceremony, the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division transferred authority for their area of operations in Rashid to the 2nd BCT. "Along with local leaders and the [Iraqi security forces] we have formed an unbeatable team in Rashid," said Col. Ted Martin, commander of 1st BCT, during his remarks at the event. "I thank you for your friendship, patriotism and support. No longer can the enemy use neighborhoods as battlefields. Each day brings new hope for the citizens of Rashid."

  • Engineer project trains Soldiers for combat, improves training area - and helps frogs

    Mar 9, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany (Mar, 06, 2009) -- Helping frogs here is helping train Soldiers for combat. In an effort to improve part of a nearby training area dubbed Area Mike, the U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt Directorate of Public Works partnered with the 500th Engineer Horizontal Company of the 15th Engineer Battalion, which arrived to Schweinfurt in 2008. "This is coordination between the troops and DPW, and coordination between the U.S. Army and the host nation. It's an overall stewardship supporting the environment and training," said Lothar Rueckert, chief of DPW's environmental division.

  • Training Aids Production Center Opens in Grafenwoehr

    Mar 9, 2009

    The Joint Multinational Training Command's Training Aids Production Center (TAPC) opens the doors to its new facility in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

  • Sergeant Major of the Army addresses area servicemembers during Year of the NCO event in Kaiserslaut

    Mar 6, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (Mar. 6, 2009) -- As the Year of the NCO gains momentum across the Army, the 21st Theater Sustainment Command wasted no time getting the Army's highest-ranking noncommissioned officer speak with servicemembers in the the Kaiserslautern Military Community. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston spoke to about 1,500 servicemembers from the KMC, Bamberg, Mannheim, Baumholder and Heidelberg communities at Rhine Ordnance Barracks here March 4.

  • Cool head, 'warrior ethos' guided Heidelberg medic who helped stabilize victims of autobah

    Mar 6, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Mar. 5, 2009) -- As Sgt. Latoddia S. Maze, a medic at the Heidelberg Health Center, pulled up to the crash scene, he saw a hand sticking out the sunroof. It wasn't moving. Maze was on the autobahn early on the morning of March 2, returning to Heidelberg from Frankfurt International Airport. A car with two passengers had gone off the road and struck a tree moments before he arrived.

  • From 'hot-headed private' to first sergeant, company senior noncommissioned officer is lin

    Mar 6, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany (Mar. 5, 2009) -- It is 11 p.m., and the Soldiers of 12th Combat Aviation Brigade's Company B, 412th Aviation Support Battalion are long gone from their daily duties. On this particular night, however, it is the time difference between Europe and America that keeps a hardworking noncommissioned officer on his office telephone with the parents of a Soldier who was injured while snowboarding. "This is an example of what an asset NCOs are," said Company B 1st Sgt. James Hall of Sgt. 1st Class Ronald Correa, one of the company's platoon sergeants. "He stayed awake the entire night communicating with the hospital to coordinate the injured Soldier's leave, transport and safe return to American care."

  • SMA visits servicemembers, kicks off 'Year of the NCO' in Europe

    Mar 6, 2009

    The 13th Sergeant Major of the Army, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston, spoke to servicemembers from across Germany, March 4, at Rhine Ordnance Barracks as the Army's highest ranking noncommissioned officer helped kick off the 'Year of the NCO' in Europe.

  • Year of the Noncommissioned Officer: Induction ceremony a rite of passage that symbolizes dedication

    Mar 3, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- While not every day is easy for noncommissioned officers, the U.S. Army Europe NCOs honored at an induction ceremony here Feb. 27, seemed to agree that it was a great day to be a sergeant.

  • Joint Multinational Training Command ceremony pays tribute to Army's 'Year of the NCO'

    Mar 2, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- "No one is more professional than I. I am a noncom-missioned officer, a leader of Soldiers. As a noncommissioned officer, I realize that I am a member of a time-honored corps, which is known as 'The Backbone of the Army.'" Those words from the Army NCO Creed rang out in the Grafenwoehr Fitness Center as more than 100 active and re-tired Soldiers gathered Feb. 26 to recognize the achievements of Army noncommissioned offi-cers during the 7th Army Joint Multinatio-nal Training Command kick-off ceremony for the "Year of the NCO."

  • Guard, Reserve Soldiers train at Joint Multinational Readiness Center for Kosovo mission

    Mar 2, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany (Feb. 26, 2009) -- Just three months after returning to the United States from a 15-month tour in Iraq with the 29th Infantry Division, Spc. Sean Evans of the California Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 185th Armor jumped at the opportunity to deploy again. However, instead of shipping out for another tour in Iraq, the infantryman joined about 1,300 other members of the California Guard's 40th Infantry Division for a 10-month peacekeeping mission to Kosovo as part as KFOR-11, the 11th iteration of the Kosovo Force mission.

  • Joint Multinational Readiness Center team takes Hohenfels training area to Fort Bragg

    Mar 2, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany (Feb. 26, 2009) -- The Joint Multinational Readiness Center's Operations Group is taking on the largest mission and most complex road trip in its history. For the first time, the Ops Group, as it is known here, joined by two company-sized elements and a battalion headquarters from the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry and operators and analysts from the Instrumentation Training Analysis Computer Simulations and Support team, traveled to the U.S. this month to train Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade at Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • Army Materiel Command CG visits with Soldiers and civilians of 12th CAB

    Mar 2, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany (Feb. 26, 2009) - The commanding generals of the U.S. Army Materiel Command and U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, along with their senior enlisted staff members, visited the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade at Katterbach Army Airfield here, Feb. 25. General Ann E. Dunwoody, AMC Commanding General, and Maj. Gen. Paul S. Izzo, Commander of RDECOM, met with 12th CAB commander Col. Robert C. Doerer and key brigade leaders before visiting Company B, 412th Aviation Support Battalion. Afterward, the generals had lunch with 12th CAB officers and then visited with Soldiers and civilian contractors at the post's vehicle reset program hangar.

  • Army first female 4-star visits 21st TSC

    Feb 26, 2009

  • U.S. Army Europe leaders call on Soldiers to get involved in preventing sexual assault

    Feb 26, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Feb. 26, 2009) - U.S. Army Europe leaders are encouraging Soldiers to get more actively involved in preventing sexual abuse. "Part of being Soldiers and leaders is having the personal courage to take action when your fellow Soldiers are in danger. If you see something wrong, intervene," said Gen. Carter F. Ham, U.S. Army Europe commander.

  • Thirteen U.S. Army Europe junior officers honored for commitment to duty, honor, country with MacArt

    Feb 25, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Feb. 25, 2009) -- U.S. Army Europe saluted the leadership of 13 of the command's junior officers with the presentation of USAREUR-level awards in the 2008 Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Awards program, Feb. 23. In his remarks at the awards luncheon in the Patrick Henry Village Pavilion here, USAREUR commander Gen. Carter F. Ham lauded the 13 officers for their leadership and service to Soldiers.

  • 'Cobra King' led 4th Armored Division column that relieved Bastogne during Battle of the B

    Feb 25, 2009

    VILSECK, Germany (Feb. 24, 2009) -- A World War II-era warrior with a storied past still stands guard over the back gate of Rose Barracks here. That sentinel is a Sherman tank, nicknamed "Cobra King" by her first crew, that helped liberate occupied France, helped to relieve the embattled 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne, breached the Siegfried Line and battled its way through Germany into Czechoslovakia.

  • Tank that helped end Battle of the Bulge takes place in Army history

    Feb 25, 2009

    VILSECK, Germany -- One day after Christmas 1945, "Cobra King" battled its way into World War II history. One day before Christmas 2008, it officially began a new journey to its rightful place as part of the Army's heritage. Today Cobra King sits overlooking the back gate of Rose Barracks here, a nearly forgotten silent steel hulk. But on Dec. 26, 1944, the same Sherman "Jumbo" tank and its crew led a combined infantry and armor column that relieved Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division surrounded by the enemy in Bastogne, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge.

  • U.S. Army Europe commanding general visits middle school students to discuss their concerns about Ar

    Feb 24, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Feb. 24, 2009) -- A group of Heidelberg Middle School students told U.S. Army Europe commander Gen. Carter F. Ham they want to spend as much time as they can with their Soldier-parents before deployments. Ham spent about an hour with a group of 28 students talking with about deployments, community, school, recreation and services during an informal meeting Monday held in the school's multipurpose room Feb. 23.

  • Paratroopers come to Germany from Fort Bragg to train as forward observers

    Feb 20, 2009

    EINSIEDLERHOF, Germany - Sgt. 1st Class Larry Melton says he has come full circle. It has been eight years since he trained with paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division, but over the past six weeks Melton has found himself working with airborne-qualified forward observers who flew in from Fort Bragg, N.C., to take advantage of a U.S. Army Europe Joint Multinational Training Command-based course.

  • U.S. Army Europe commander says more troops needed to meet evolving missions

    Feb 18, 2009

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- More troops will be needed to adapt to U.S. Army Europe's evolving missions, USAREUR Commander Gen. Carter F. Ham told reporters during a Pentagon news conference Feb. 17. The command once comprised some 300,000 Soldiers. Today USAREUR has approximately 42,000 Soldiers in its ranks, and its primary mission is to provide properly trained and equipped forces to support global operations.

  • Heidelberg Soldiers named 2009's best NCO and Soldier warriors in Europe Regional Medical Comma

    Feb 17, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Feb. 17, 2009) -- The candidates from the Heidelberg Health Center swept the 2009 Europe Regional Medical Command NCO and Soldier "Best Warrior" competition. Sgt. Marlon M. Derecho, a medical equipment specialist, and Spc. Ted U. Rowe, a pharmacy specialist, earned top honors in the annual contest, competing against candidates from three other ERMC major units. The winners will represent ERMC at an Armywide Medical Command competition at Fort Lewis, Wash. The winners of the Fort Lewis competition will advance to the Army-level event this summer.

  • Army inspector general meets with Soldiers, civilians, Family members in Ansbach community

    Feb 11, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany (Feb. 10, 2009) -- The U.S. Army Inspector General and his senior enlisted advisor met with Soldiers, civilian employees and Family members at Katterbach Army Airfield here Feb. 5. Lt. Gen. R. Steven Whitcomb and Sgt. Maj. Henry W. Jackson II toured installation and unit facilities and discussed the role of the inspector general and the IG assistance mission with members of the Katterbach community. The pair, joined by U.S. Army Europe IG Col. William Miller and USAREUR IG Sgt. Maj. Phillip Dixon, met with Soldiers from the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, as well as unit commanders, senior officers, Family Readiness Group members, spouses and Army Community Service personnel.

  • 21st TSC paratroopers conduct combined airborne operations with French counterparts

    Feb 11, 2009

    PAU, France (Feb. 10, 2009) -- Building relationships and strong ties among servicemembers and armies across Europe is vital to the U.S. Army Europe mission. Paratroopers from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command's 5th Quartermaster Company helped strengthen those ties during combined airborne training and operations, Feb. 1-4. The exercise, which took place at the French parachute school in southwestern France, was designed to strengthen ties and relationships with French airborne forces.

  • Headquarters of U.S. Army Europe's 18th Engineer Brigade moving for third time during 15-month

    Feb 10, 2009

    KIRKUK, Iraq (Feb. 10, 2009) -- The 18th Engineer Brigade headquarters is on the move again, this time to Ninewa Province to focus on Mosul and engage provincial and city leaders regarding future reconstruction projects. The unit will be fully moved to Forward Operating Base Marez by the end of the month as the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division relieves the 18th in Kirkuk Province.

  • SETAF NCO honored for bravery

    Feb 9, 2009

    VICENZA, Italy (Feb 9, 2009) -- Driving with his family along Highway 59 in East Texas, Sgt. 1st Class Keith Cade watched as a pickup truck ahead swerved into the median, flipped on its side and kicked up a cloud of dust. It was late afternoon, Nov. 25, 2005, just outside of Marshall, Texas -- Cade's hometown. The Southern European Task Force NCO, home on emergency leave from Afghanistan, pulled over and raced across traffic to help just as the overturned pickup burst into flames.

  • Former SETAF Soldier Earns Soldier's Medal for 2005 Rescue

    Feb 6, 2009

    Sgt. 1st Class Keith Cade earned the Soldier's Medal - awarded to Soldiers for heroic acts outside of enemy combat - for his efforts, in concert with other rescuers, to save two civilians burning pickup truck.

  • German infantry school students train for Afghanistan deployment on U.S. Army training area in Schwe

    Feb 4, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany Aca,!" Before heading out into the snow-covered fields of Aca,!A"Area M,Aca,!A? the training area just northwest of Schweinfurt, three soldiers from the German Army Infantry School in Hammelburg wrapped their heads in turbans and set out to wreak a little mayhem.

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