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  • Culinary team trains for hot competition in annual Army culinary arts contest

    Feb 4, 2009

    MANNHEIM, Germany (Feb. 3. 2009) Aca,!" The enticing aroma of sizzling filet mignon and apple crepes filled the Spinelli Barracks dining facility here, Jan. 27. But this was no normal day for Mannheim, as the best Army chefs in Europe moved efficiently around the kitchen. The competition was as hot as the food as Soldier and civilian chefs from throughout U.S. Army Europe honed their culinary skills on hot entrees, vegetables and pastries for the chance to prove themselves at what Army quartermaster officials call the largest annual cooking competition in the United States.

  • Soldiers of 18th Military Police Brigade, 95th MP Battalion mark return from latest Iraq deployments

    Feb 4, 2009

    MANNHEIM, Germany (Feb. 3, 2009) Aca,!" The Soldiers of the 18th Military Police Brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Company and the 95th MP Battalion Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment were officially welcomed home during a ceremony in the Sports Arena on Benjamin Franklin Village here, Jan. 30. During the ceremony the units uncased their colors, marking the official return of the units from their 15-month combat tours in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The unitsAca,!a,,c Soldiers came home in December.

  • U.S. Army Europe salutes its top print, broadcast journalists of 2008

    Feb 3, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Feb. 3, 2009) -- U.S. Army Europe honors its outstanding print and broadcast journalists with the announcement today of winners in the USAREUR level of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs 2008 Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Journalism Awards Competition. The competition salutes excellence among the Soldiers and civilian employees throughout USAREUR who produce print and broadcast programming, articles, photographs, graphic art and Web-based products to inform and entertain the Army audience. The annual contest is named for a World War II Medal of Honor recipient and former Army Chief of Information who was killed in action in Vietnam.

  • 7th Army JMTC gives Netherlands marines first taste of military life

    Feb 3, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany (January 21, 2009) - For most young Soldiers joining the military can be a first step on the road to independence.

  • Partnership between Iraqi, 1st Armored Division Soldiers helps keep provincial elections safe

    Feb 2, 2009

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Feb. 2, 2009) -- No serious violent incidents marred Jan. 31's Iraqi provincial elections, said officials with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division who worked in concert with Iraqi security forces to keep the polling in their areas of operations safe. The 17th Iraqi Army Division and Iraqi police were responsible for the security operations in the Mahmudiyah Qada area with 2nd BCT and other Multi-National Division - Baghdad Soldiers in a supporting role.

  • Soldiers of 1st Armored Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team continue partnership with Iraqis for

    Jan 28, 2009

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Jan. 28, 2009) -- Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division continued their support of upcoming Iraqi provincial elections by taking part in a regional security meeting at 9th Iraqi Army Division headquarters in Al Rasheed, Jan. 29. During the meeting, which brigade officials described as an opportunity to discuss how to ensure safe, secure and legitimate elections, 2nd BCT leaders watched Iraqi army and police elements conduct a full dress rehearsal of their security plan for the MadaAca,!a,,cin Qada.

  • 1st Armored Division Soldiers discuss election security, ongoing projects with Iraqi leaders

    Jan 27, 2009

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Jan. 27, 2009) -- Soldiers from the Aca,!A"Iron BrigadeAca,!A? -- the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division -- participated in a MadaAca,!a,,cin Qada combined targeting meeting with military and community leaders of the Qada at the Wahida government center, Jan. 22. The purpose of the meeting was to inform local leaders of security measures for upcoming provincial election, as well as provide an update on several development initiatives involving brigade forces operating in the MadaAca,!a,,cin Qada. The gathering was just one session senior brigade and Multi-National Division - Baghdad members have had with local leaders regarding the election in recent days.

  • Canal groundbreaking kicks off projects in Iraq's Salman Pak region sponsored by 1st Armored Di

    Jan 22, 2009

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Jan. 22, 2009) -- Iraqi security forces, local leaders and Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division participated in a Jan.18 groundbreaking ceremony marking the widening of the Bawi Canal in the Salman Pak region southeast of Baghdad. 2nd BCT officials said the canal work is one of a series of projects to improve infrastructure and quality of life in the MadaAca,!a,,cin and Marquez Qadas areas as part of Aca,!A"Operation Iron Gator.Aca,!A? Maj. Jason Joose, the executive officer for Task Force Gator, which is led by the 2nd BCTAca,!a,,cs 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry, welcomed Iraqi Brig. Gen. Hussein, commander of the 45th Brigade Iraqi Army; Sheik Qais, the chairman of the MadaAca,!a,,cin tribal council; and other leaders from the area, to the event.

  • 1st Armored Division Soldiers, civilians participate in Baghdad seminar on women's issues

    Jan 22, 2009

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Jan. 22, 2009) -- Soldiers and civilians from the womenAca,!a,,cs affairs team of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, participated in a womenAca,!a,,cs initiatives seminar hosted by Multi-National Corps - Iraq at the Joint Visitors Bureau Hotel on Camp Victory here, Jan. 17-18. The seminar was attended by representatives from each of MNC-IAca,!a,,cs four divisions, as well as Public Reconstruction Team leaders and three members of the Iraqi government.

  • Army's latest high-tech equipment to be featured at exhibitions in communities in Germany, Ital

    Jan 22, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Jan. 21, 2009) -- The next generation of Army gear and technology, including advanced weapons systems, communications equipment, clothing and other gear will be on display at several locations in Germany and in Vicenza, Italy in the coming weeks. The exhibition is presented by the ArmyAca,!a,,cs Program Executive Office Soldier, the organization responsible for all equipment Soldiers wear or carry.

  • Return of Leighton Barracks to German authorities marks the end of U.S. Army presence in Wuerzburg

    Jan 15, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany Aca,!" (Jan. 15, 2009) "Well, I got here in '79." A little farther down the line, in the back of the crowd, another voice was heard reminiscing. "More than 50 years ago..." These two storytellers were among the last to walk the snowy ground on Leighton Barracks in Wuerzburg, Germany, as the Army returned the installation to German authorities, Jan. 14. A brief ceremony marked the end of a relationship with the city of Wuerzburg and its surrounding communities that began in the closing days of World War II.

  • Officials outline penalties for fuel card users who exceed ration limits in Europe

    Jan 14, 2009

    MANNHEIM, Germany Aca,!" The recently introduced Army and Air Force Exchange Service fuel card system eliminates the need for authorized U.S. personnel in Europe to buy and fill out gas coupons for their fuel purchases. Officials with the U.S. Army Europe Office of the Provost Marshal said the automated features of the system also make it much easier for customs investigators to check when people pump gas without authorization or go over their fuel ration limit.

  • 1st Armored Division commander announces operation expected to bring more than $2 million in improve

    Jan 14, 2009

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Jan. 14, 2009) -- The commander of Task Force 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, announced the start of a mission that is expected to bring more than $2 million in funding for school refurbishment, expansion of the Bawi Canal, construction of the Kanassa windmills and micro-grants for small businesses in the Salman Pak area southeast of Baghdad. Lt. Col. Michael Shrout announced the program, dubbed Aca,!A"Operation Iron Gator,Aca,!A? during the ground breaking for improvements to the MadaAca,!a,,cin High School, Jan. 8. Brigade officials said the program is intended to improve the infrastructure and quality of life in Salman Pak while building the capacity of the government agencies that operate and maintain schools and other public facilities. Funding for the projects comes from the Commanders Emergency Relief Program.

  • Ansbach ceremony welcomes new 12th Combat Aviation Brigade commander

    Jan 12, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany (Jan. 12, 2009) -- Col. Robert C. Doerer accepted command of U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, known as the Aca,!A"Griffin Brigade,Aca,!A? in a change of command ceremony at Katterbach Army Airfield here, Jan. 9. Doerer assumed command from Col. Timothy J. Edens, who served as commander of 12th CAB for just more than three and a half years. Aca,!A"Please know if you wore or wear the Griffin patch, or worked for U.S. Army Garrison AnsbachAca,!a,,cs medical clinics or dental clinics, outstanding aviation and ground maintenance contractor teams and all the civilian agencies on Katterbach and Storck Barracks, you were and are a part of the greatest unit and command I have had the privilege to be a member of,Aca,!A? said Edens.

  • Army wife credits experiences, opportunities provided by military life

    Jan 12, 2009

    Rosella Glenn doesnAca,!a,,ct live like most Army wives. She wakes up in the morning, takes a walk and chats with farmers and villagers at the local bazaar in Tajik, Uzbek and Russian.

  • Army leaders sign Warrior Healthcare Covenant in Heidelberg

    Dec 19, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Dec. 18, 2008) -- Gen. Carter F. Ham, commanding general of U.S. Army, Europe and Seventh Army, signs the Warrior Healthcare Covenant at USAREUR headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany, Dec. 18. The covenant is a committment to quality health care, assistance and a healing environment for Soldiers and their families, said Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker (second from right). Spc. Derraivius Strawder, a wounded Soldier from the Warrior Transition Unit in Baumholder, Germany (right), attended the ceremony as a representative of USAREUR's wounded warriors. Ham, who has a son-in-law attached to a Warrior Transition Unit, called the covenant an important symbol of the Army's commitment to Soldier care. Also pictured are USAREUR Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Beam (left) and Brig. Gen. Keith W. Gallagher, USAREUR command surgeon and commander of the Europe Regional Medical Command.

  • Army leaders sign Warrior Healthcare Covenant in Heidelberg

    Dec 18, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Dec. 18, 2008) -- Gen. Carter F. Ham, commanding general of U.S. Army, Europe and Seventh Army, signs the Warrior Healthcare Covenant at USAREUR headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany, Dec. 18. The covenant is a committment to quality health care, assistance and a healing environment for Soldiers and their families, said Army Surgeon General Maj. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker (second from right). Spc. Derraivius Strawder, a wounded Soldier from the Warrior Transition Unit in Baumholder, Germany (right), attended the ceremony as a representative of USAREUR's wounded warriors. Ham, who has a son-in-law attached to a Warrior Transition Unit, called the covenant an important symbol of the Army's commitment to Soldier care. Also pictured are USAREUR Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Beam (left) and Brig. Gen. Keith W. Gallagher, USAREUR command surgeon and commander of the Europe Regional Medical Command.

  • Soldiers of 66th Transportation Company get realistic training for upcoming Iraq deployment

    Dec 18, 2008

    HOHENFELS, Germany (Dec. 18, 2008) -- The 39th Transportation BattalionAca,!a,,cs 66th Transportation Company continued its preparations for deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom by training at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center here earlier this month. Aca,!A"We are going to be pulling line haul missions all over (the OIF) theater and to other locations. We will basically be the distribution line for the entire theater,Aca,!A? said Capt. Christopher Brown, the 66thAca,!a,,cs commander.

  • Kaiserslautern USO manager always 'on duty' for servicemembers processing for deployment,

    Dec 18, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (Dec. 18, 2008)-- Sedrick Robinson may be better than Santa Claus. While Santa is seen only during the holidays, Robinson, the joint mobility processing center deployment operations support manager for the United Service Organizations Kaiserslautern, provides cheer and acts of kindness year-round. Though it may be hard to tell from his cumbersome job title, Robinson simply makes things as easy and as comfortable as possible for the Soldiers who process through the Deployment Processing Center and Aca,!A"purple rampAca,!A? here. Soldiers deploy from the DPC on Rhine Ordnance Barracks and redeploy via the purple ramp on Ramstein Air Base. Both facilities are operated by U.S. Army Europe's 21st Theater Sustainment Command.

  • Wounded 9th Engineer Battalion Soldier returns to service, plans to rejoin unit in Iraq

    Dec 18, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany (Dec. 17, 2008) -- Improvised explosive devices have taken a terrible toll on servicemembers in Iraq -- a fact Spc. Jake Altman knows all too well. In 2006, after serving two years in the Army, Altman deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with Bravo Company, 9th Engineer Battalion. The battalion, part of U.S. Army Europe's 172nd Infantry Brigade, was stationed just north of Baghdad at Camp Taji. There, the specialist's colleagues say, he impressed them with his drive. "Altman was hard-working. He was self-assured and got along with everyone," said Spc. Jason Ogarro.

  • Community, families welcome members of 1st Armored Division home from Iraq

    Dec 11, 2008

    WIESBADEN, Germany (Dec. 10, 2008) -- The 1st Armored Division and the Wiesbaden military community welcomed the division commander and his staff home during a ceremony here, Dec. 10. Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling, accompanied by about 25 members of the division staff and its senior noncommissioned officer, Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Blackwood, arrived at Wiesbaden Army Airfield on a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport aircraft shortly after 10 a.m. About 1,100 Wiesbaden-based Soldiers of the divisionAca,!a,,cs Special Troops Battalion who deployed for 15 months to lead Aca,!A"Task Force IronAca,!A? are also now returning home here. The task forceAca,!a,,cs area of responsibility, known as Multi-National Division-North, headquartered in Tikrit, covered an area of northern Iraq measuring about the size of Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland and Vermont combined with a population of about 11 million, Hertling told reporters during a press conference shortly before the ceremony.

  • 1st AD commander says coalition, Iraqis are creating 'historic turnaround'

    Dec 10, 2008

    Citing Aca,!A"monumentalAca,!A? improvements since his Soldiers arrived in Iraq last year, 1st Armored Division Commander Maj. Gen. Mark P. Hertling credited his troops, Iraqi security forces and the Iraqi people with creating a historic turnaround.

  • Improved process for accrediting contractor employees nets one of Army's first Lean Six Sigma a

    Dec 10, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Dec. 10, 2008) -- What may seem like a small idea to improve a single administrative task actually saved U.S. Army Europe serious time and money, and earned Armand C. Lepage an award from the Department of the Army. In 2005 former Secretary of the Army Francis J. Harvey officially introduced the Army to the Lean Six Sigma program that focused on improving work efficiency, obtaining quality results and reducing costs. Since that time the Army has saved or avoided costs of approximately $1 billion using the LSS approach to problem solving, said Jack Van Den Beldt, U.S. Army Europe LSS program manager. Aca,!A"Lean Six Sigma is a business practice used to streamline work processes in order to eliminate wasting time, money and material in areas (in which) the Army needed improvement,Aca,!A? said Lepage, chief of USAREURAca,!a,,cs Department of Defense Contractor Personnel Office (DOCPER). Aca,!A"Secretary Harvey was quite keen on implementing Lean Six Sigma throughout the Army, and before introducing a concept of that nature it has to have what is called a deployment.Aca,!A?

  • Training teaches U.S. Army Europe employees how to do business better, faster, smarter

    Dec 10, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Dec. 10 2008) -- U.S. Army Europe business practice experts say they believe in doing business better, faster and smarter. They also say they have a not-so-secret weapon to improve efficiency that anyone in USAREUR can employ. That not-so-secret weapon is called Lean Six Sigma. Aca,!A"Lean Six Sigma is about removing the waste and variation from our work processes,Aca,!A? said Jack Van Den Beldt, of the business practices and stewardship branch of USAREURAca,!a,,cs resource management directorate. Aca,!A"We have work processes that we do every day but we may not be doing them as effectively or efficiently as weAca,!a,,cd like.Aca,!A?

  • 21st Theater Support Command moves record number of Soldiers through Deployment Processing Center

    Dec 5, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (Dec. 5, 2008) -- About 4,000 Soldiers from units deploying with the 172nd Infantry Brigade passed through the 21st Theater Sustainment CommandAca,!a,,cs Deployment Processing Center on Rhine Ordnance Barracks here between Thanksgiving and Dec. 5. Even for the experienced team at the DPC, which is part of the 21st TSCAca,!a,,cs 39th Transportation Battalion, those are record numbers. Aca,!A"This is probably the greatest influx of Soldiers we have ever experienced. We usually see about 200 to 300 Soldiers every three weeks or so. Now we are looking at 4,000 in a 10-day time frame,Aca,!A? said Odis Atkinson, a DPC team leader and equipment specialist.

  • U.S. Army Europe command sergeant major serves as mentor, leader, spokesman for command's enlis

    Dec 4, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Dec 04, 2008) -- U.S. Army Europe Commander Gen. Carter Ham selected a player from the home team to be the fourteenth USAREUR command sergeant major. Ham chose V Corps Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Beam, who had served as the interim USAREUR senior enlisted advisor since June. Aca,!A"I am pleased to announce that Command Sgt. Maj. Beam will serve as my right hand, my senior enlisted advisor,Aca,!A? said Ham during his Oct. 27 announcement. Aca,!A"Command Sgt. Maj. Beam is an outstanding senior noncommissioned officer who represents everything a Soldier should aspire to be. HeAca,!a,,cs a warrior, leader, and mentor. He will continue to act as the voice of the enlisted Soldiers and their families throughout USAREUR. I know I can depend on him to set the standard that all Soldiers should strive to attain.Aca,!A?

  • MP Brigade cases colors as its third deployment in Iraq comes to an end

    Dec 3, 2008

    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Multi-National Division Aca,!" Baghdad Soldiers gathered on Camp Liberty here Dec. 1 to witness the transfer of the Baghdad Police Transition Team mission from U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 18th Military Police Brigade to the 8th Military Police Brigade.

  • Events welcome 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment home, honor its fallen Soldiers

    Dec 2, 2008

    VILSECK, Germany ( Dec. 02, 2008) -- The U.S. ArmyAca,!a,,cs oldest continuously serving cavalry regiment completed another chapter in its history during memorial and welcome home ceremonies here Nov. 25. Fellow Aca,!A"Dragoons,Aca,!A? friends, families and members of the U.S. Army Garrison and neighboring Vilseck communities packed into the Rose Barracks Memorial Fitness Center for two events. First was a memorial service to remember the 2nd Stryker Cavalry RegimentAca,!a,,cs fallen Soldiers, followed later in the day by a ceremony to uncase the regimentAca,!a,,cs colors and officially mark its return home.

  • Bonds of friendship remain strong between Stryker Soldiers and local German communities

    Dec 2, 2008

    VILSECK, Germany (Dec. 02, 2008) -- Vilseck Mayor Hans-Martin Schertl has attended many ceremonies and community events during the 2nd Stryker Cavalry RegimentAca,!a,,cs 15-month deployment to Iraq. During the U.S. Army Europe regimentAca,!a,,cs memorial service and welcome home ceremony on Rose Barracks Nov. 25, the buergermeister joined Family members and fellow Soldiers to welcome the regiment and remember the 26 Aca,!A"DragoonAca,!A? Soldiers killed in action. Aca,!A"U.S. Soldiers have been here since 1945. We have always had great relations between the military community and the German community,Aca,!A? he said. Aca,!A"There is always contact, and always good contacts.Aca,!A?

  • Program helps bolster 'resilience' of military health care providers

    Dec 2, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Three years ago Landstuhl Regional Medical Center developed the Combat and Operational Stress Reaction Staff Resiliency (COSR/SR) program to address the trauma and loss of empathy health care providers face as a result of combat and operational stress.

  • Warrior Transition Unit cadre provides motivation, morale while helping wounded Soldiers recuperate

    Dec 2, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (Dec. 02, 2008) Aca,!" The staff of the Kaiserslautern Warrior Transition Unit on Kleber Kaserne here shifted its focus from rehabilitating and reintegrating wounded Soldiers to lifting their spirits for a day. The facilityAca,!a,,cs cadre put together a Thanksgiving lunch for 42 of its wounded Soldiers at the WTU center November 25. Aca,!A"We wanted to celebrate a little fellowship and allow the staff an opportunity to give to the warriors on a personal level,Aca,!A? said Maj. Joel B. Neuenschwander, the WTU commander.

  • Bastogne walk commemorates largest land battle in U.S. Army history

    Nov 25, 2008

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands (Nov. 25, 2008) -- In 1944, all seven main roads in the Ardennes mountain range converged on the small town of Bastogne, Belgium, making control of that crossroads imperative for a German advance in World War II -- a place allied forces had to defend at all cost. It remains the scene of the largest land battle in U.S. Army history. Today monuments commemorate the siege of Bastogne and the Battle of the Bulge. The 31st annual Bastogne Historical Walk, scheduled Dec. 13-14, salutes the regionAca,!a,,cs place in history as well.

  • Blackhawk Brigade's rendezvous builds esprit among unit's Soldiers, Families prior to Iraq

    Nov 21, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- The 172nd Infantry BrigadeAca,!a,,cs last unit formation here before its departure for Iraq combined ancient Greek history, Native American lore, military tradition, some sports and family fun. The Nov. 12 and 13 event, the 172nd Infantry Brigade Aca,!A"Blackhawk Rendezvous,Aca,!A? also borrowed heavily on the early American fur trapper tradition of an annual mass gathering where frontiersmen met to sell their wares, compete, share news and renew friendships.

  • Italian noncommissioned officers join American paratroopers for four-week Basic NCO Course training

    Nov 20, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy -- Aca,!A"Sky SoldiersAca,!A? from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and several of their Italian army counterparts completed the second phase of the U.S. Army Basic Non-commissioned Officer Course at Caserma Ederle here Oct. 14 Aca,!" Nov. 6. Instructors from Fort Benning, Ga., conducted the four weeks of instruction that included classroom, computer simulation, and field training. The course, designed for staff sergeants and Soldiers preparing to be promoted to staff sergeant, was taught as a Aca,!A"give-and-takeAca,!A? between instructors and Soldiers who shared battlefield experiences and exchanged tactics and techniques.

  • 21st Theater Sustainment Command Soldiers get some realistic urban 'sergeants' time'

    Nov 20, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- The spire on the mosque glinted in the late afternoon sky. Soldiers huddled near the entryway to the house next door. Suddenly they rocked backward and then kicked open the door. This scenario did not unfold in Iraq or Afghanistan. It happened at a mock forward operating base at Panzer Kaserne here Nov. 13 during Aca,!A"sergeantsAca,!a,,c timeAca,!A? training for Soldiers from the Special Troops Battalion of U.S. Army Europe's 21st Theater Sustainment Command.

  • Citizens of German town honor American Soldiers who died there during closing days of World War II

    Nov 19, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Nov. 18, 2008) Aca,!" German citizens observed Volkstrauertag, a national day of mourning for those who died during World Wars I and II, sometimes called Remembrance Day, Nov. 16. Every year since the end of World War II 63 years ago, the citizens of Duehren, a small town south of Sinsheim, Germany, have gathered on that day to honor the 51 men from their town who died in World War II, along with 25 missing.

  • Multi-national Solders lay wreaths in Heidelberg on German National Day of Mourning

    Nov 18, 2008

    Heidelberg, Germany (Nov 18, 2008) - A multi-national group of Soldiers carries memorial wreaths to lay in the Ehrenfriedhof (honor cemetery) in Heidelberg, Germany during a German Volkstrauertag (National Day of Mourning or Remembrance Day) ceremony, Nov. 16. Several U.S. and German dignitaries also participated in the memorial, including Werner Pfisterer, member of the Stuttgart parliament and the Heidelberg city council (third from left in background); Gen. Carter Ham, commander of U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army (fourth from left in background); Col. Robert Ulses, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Baden-WAfA1/4rttemberg (fifth from left in background); Heidelberg Lord Mayor Dr. Eckart WAfA1/4rzner (sixth from left in background); and Lt. Gen. Roland Kather, commander of NATO's Allied Land Component Command Headquarters Heidelberg. More than 800 servicemembers, primarily German, but also French, British, Italian and Russian, who died in the world wars are interred in the cemetery atop Heidelberg's KAfAPnigstuhl peak.

  • Daylong celebration welcomes 12th Combat Aviation Brigade Soldiers home from 15-month combat tour in

    Nov 18, 2008

    ANSBACH, Germany (Nov. 17, 2008) Aca,!" Aca,!A"Three thousand, two hundred and fifty-six Aca,!EoeGriffinAca,!a,,c Soldiers deployed into combat, and 15 months later 3,256 returned safely to their Families,Aca,!A? said Col. Timothy J. Edens, commander of U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 12th Combat Aviation Brigade. Speaking to a crowd of hundreds that gathered on a frigid morning, in fog so thick the guests of honor standing in formation before them on the flight line at Katterbach Army Airfield were no more than blurred shadows moments earlier, Edens called that statistic Aca,!A"the one that shines above all others to me, and will resonate in my heart forever.Aca,!A?

  • Volunteers in Europe help wounded warriors

    Nov 14, 2008

    CHIAfE+VRES AIR BASE, Belgium -- During Warrior Care Month, the U.S. Army Garrison Benelux Soldier and Family Assistance Center is educating military families on the local resources available to support warriors, but it is also introducing some volunteer programs within Belgium and the Netherlands.

  • U.S. Signal Soldiers join German servicemembers on march toward armed forces proficiency badge

    Nov 14, 2008

    NIEDERMOHR, Germany (Nov. 13, 2008) -- Leaves crunched underfoot as a group of German and American Soldiers took off with 25-pound rucksacks strapped to their backs under an overcast German sky. Twelve Soldiers from 5th Signal CommandAca,!a,,cs 43rd Signal Battalion and members of the German air defense unit Polycone, based in Bann, Germany, marched together Nov. 6 toward earning the Abzeichen fAfA1/4r Leistungen im Truppendienst -- the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency.

  • 18th Engineer Brigade assumes mission in Kirkuk region

    Nov 14, 2008

    KIRKUK, Iraq (Nov. 13, 2008) -- The 18th Engineer Brigade officially assumed responsibility for missions in the Kirkuk region when its leaders uncased the brigade colors here Nov. 6. The engineers are responsible for Iraqi engineer partnership, as well as route clearance and construction projects in northern Iraq. The unfurling was part of a traditional ceremony at Forward Operating Base Warrior that passed the Kirkuk area of responsibility from the 1st brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division to the 18th. During the event Col. Matthew Russell, the 18th's commander, and brigade senior noncommissioned officer Command Sgt. Maj. David Clark uncased their unit's standard.

  • Study certifies Heidelberg, Stuttgart and Mannheim health care facilities among the best

    Nov 14, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Nov. 13, 2008) -- The U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Aca,!" Heidelberg successfully completed its Joint Commission survey as an ambulatory care center Nov. 5 at Nachrichten Kaserne here. The Joint Commission surveys approximately 15,000 health care organizations worldwide and grants accreditation to organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to providing safe, high-quality health care and continually work to improve that care, according to the commissionAca,!a,,cs Web site.

  • Rail operation marks last stop for 12th Combat Aviation Brigade equipment headed home from deploymen

    Nov 7, 2008

    KATTERBACH KASERNE, Germany (Nov. 6, 2008) Aca,!" Katterbach KaserneAca,!a,,cs railroad tracks normally lay dormant as a metallic Rip Van Winkle as the rest of the community hustles and bustles around them. That calm was shattered when a raspberry-colored train maneuvered its way onto the tracks hauling a payload that included nearly 100 equipment containers of supplies and equipment belonging to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade.

  • Ouote Gen. Carter F. Ham

    Nov 7, 2008

    Gen. Carter F. Ham, Commanding General

  • Gen. Carter F. Ham

    Nov 7, 2008

  • official Photo General Carter F. Ham

    Nov 7, 2008

  • 173rd Airborne Brigade Soldier earns Silver Star for actions in combat in Afghanistan

    Nov 7, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy -- A 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat team Soldier was awarded the Silver Star for valor in a ceremony here Oct. 31. Spc. Dillon Bergstad of Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, received the medal for his actions Aug. 27, 2007, in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, while deployed with the 173rd ABCT in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • Retiree Appreciation Day offers variety of services for former servicemembers, families

    Nov 6, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Nov. 5, 2008) -- U.S. Army Garrison Baden-Wuerttemberg has scheduled a Retiree Appreciation Day at the Patrick Henry Village Pavilion here, Nov. 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A variety of services will be available to retired servicemembers and their families during the event. The Heidelberg Health Center will have staff members available from several of its clinics and divisions, including audiology, optometry, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, orthopedics, internal medicine, family practice, occupational and physical therapy, pharmacy services, social work services, wellness, patient administration, clinical operations and nutrition care. Some of those health center departments will offer medical screenings during the day's events, while others will provide information and help set up appointments.

  • 5th Signal Command hosts 'summit' to discuss future of signal projects and operations

    Nov 6, 2008

    MANNHEIM, Germany -- 5th Signal Command hosted a Aca,!A"signal summitAca,!A? to Aca,!A"discuss the current state of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs global military signal operations and future endeavors and projects to build a global network enterprise that enables every warfighter to accomplish the mission.

  • Combat vet commands European Combat Training Center

    Nov 5, 2008

    The new commander of the Joint Multinational Readiness Center wants the center to be Aca,!A"a learning organizationAca,!A? as it strives to meet the needs of the units it supports. Col. Charles A. Preysler assumed command of the JMRC during an early morning ceremony at the JMRC gymnasium on Oct. 21.

  • U.S. Army Europe Stryker Soldiers return from deployment to tackle reintegration

    Nov 4, 2008

    VILSECK, Germany (Nov. 4, 2008) -- Months of preparation go into a unitAca,!a,,cs deployment, and the same can be said of its deployment back home. With about 4,000 Soldiers of U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment currently returning here from deployment, the Aca,!A"DragoonsAca,!A? have been easing back into the community while being saluted at welcome home celebrations and digging into a seven-day reintegration program. It took four months of planning to put that reintegration program in place for 2nd SCR Soldiers, Vilseck officials said.

  • U.S. Army Europe paralegal Soldiers compete for top Soldier, noncommissioned officer titles

    Oct 31, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Oct. 30, 2008) -- Aca,!A"The JAG Corps is really small, but we have a lot of pride, and itAca,!a,,cs a pretty distinguished thing to be competing,Aca,!A? said Sgt. Karen Shevelev, halfway through the U.S. Army Europe Paralegal Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year competition. Shevelev, a military justice paralegal NCO with the Southern European Task Force Staff Judge Advocate office, was one of five USAREUR Judge Advocate General Corps Soldiers who took on the he daylong competition here Oct. 24. Competitors spent months training for the event. Each had to compete in and earn top honors in competition at their respective organizations before moving up to the USAREUR-level event.

  • Army chief of staff talks with GrafenwAfAPhr Soldiers, Families about deployment, transformation

    Oct 30, 2008

    GRAFENWAfaEUR"HR, Germany (Oct. 30, 2008) -- Soldiers and their Families can expect to spend more time together between deployments thanks to continuing success in Iraq and the steady growth of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs ranks, the ArmyAca,!a,,cs top officer told Soldiers and Family members of U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs172nd Infantry Brigade here Oct. 29. During a series of three roundtable discussions and a lunchtime meeting with the brigadeAca,!a,,cs officers, noncommissioned officers, Soldiers and Family Readiness Group leaders, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. said dwell time -- the amount of time a Soldier or unit remains at home station between deployments -- will grow from 12 months to 24 over the next three years.

  • French soldiers train for Afghanistan

    Oct 29, 2008

    HOHENFELS, Germany - French soldiers were at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center learning how to use airpower to sustain them as they gear up for their six-month deployment to Afghanistan.

  • Army Chief of Staff visits Soldiers and Families in GrafenwAfAPhr

    Oct 29, 2008

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. discusses trends for future deployments and the Army's structure with officers and noncommissioned officers of U.S. Army Europe's 172nd Infantry Brigade during an informal meeting in the unit's headquarters in Grafenwoehr, Germany Oct. 29. Casey also met with battalion commanders, command sergeants major and the unit's Family Readiness Group leaders and joined several 'Blackhawk' Brigade Soldiers for lunch.

  • CFC officials say there's still time, opportunity to give

    Oct 29, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- While a tough economy seems to be on everyoneAca,!a,,cs minds these days, overseas contributors are still reaching into their hearts and wallets to donate to this yearAca,!a,,cs Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas, CFC-O officials said.

  • USAREUR announces new Command Sergeant Major

    Oct 28, 2008

    Gen. Carter Ham, United States Army Europe commanding general, announced today that he has selected Command Sergeant Major Ralph Beam as the 14th USAREUR command sergeant major. Aca,!A"I am pleased to announce the Command Sgt. Major Beam will serve as my right hand, my senior enlisted advisor,Aca,!A? said Ham, during his announcement. Aca,!A"Command Sgt. Major Beam is an outstanding senior noncommissioned officer who represents everything a Soldier should aspire to be. HeAca,!a,,cs a warrior, leader, and mentor. He will continue to act as the voice of the enlisted Soldiers and their families throughout USAREUR. I know I can depend on him to set the standard that all Soldiers should strive to attain.Aca,!A?

  • 21st Theater Sustainment Command parachute riggers 'resetting' thousands of chutes for jum

    Oct 28, 2008

    MIESAU ARMY DEPOT, Germany (Oct. 27, 2008) -- Parachute riggers are an airborne SoldierAca,!a,,cs best friend. When a Soldier jumps out of an airplane, he wants to be confident his parachute will be fully functional -- especially when something as small as string can render a chute inoperable. Aca,!A"We are what keeps the airborne, airborne,Aca,!A? said Warrant Officer Alexander Alvarado, airdrop systems technician for U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 5th Quartermaster Company, 39th Transportation Battalion, 21st Theater Sustainment Command.

  • Air Force detachment attached to 18th Military Police Brigade assumes responsibility for Rashid poli

    Oct 28, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq (Oct. 28, 2008) -- A detachment of U.S. Air Force personnel attached to U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 18th Military Police Brigade has assumed responsibility for all Iraqi Police Transition Team operations in the Rashid district, working alongside Soldiers from the Army's 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. Aca,!A"There are very few Air Force units that go Aca,!Eoeoutside the wire,Aca,!a,,c and thatAca,!a,,cs what we do every day,Aca,!A? said Master Sgt. Tom Daniels, a flight sergeant assigned to Detachment 3, 732nd Expeditionary Security Forces, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing. The detachment is currently operating as part of USAREUR's 716th Military Police Battalion, 18th MP Brigade.

  • USO 'Warrior Center' opens to serve wounded servicemembers at Landstuhl Regional Medical C

    Oct 27, 2008

    LANDSTUHL, Germany (Oct 27, 2008) -- Although her road to recovery had taken her from Kuwait to Germany, family still seemed a long way from home. But within moments of cutting the ceremonial ribbon for the newly opened USO Warrior Center at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Oct. 21, Sgt. Sheena Whitney was visiting her mother and pet dog in Millersport, Ohio. The USO Warrior Center was serving its first customer and fulfilling the same mission it has accomplished since World War II -- to boost the morale of servicemembers and serve as the link between them and the American people.

  • U.S., Latvian forces train together for Afghanistan

    Oct 27, 2008

    Michigan Army National Guard Soldiers are teaming up with soldiers from Latvia for a nine-month tour in Afghanistan. They are in the final stages of their deployment training at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Germany.

  • 1st Armored Division, Iraqi army leaders discuss security cooperation in Mada'in Qada region

    Oct 27, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq (Oct 27, 2008) -- Leaders from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, and local Iraqi security forces officials met here Oct. 23 to assess security of the MadaAca,!a,,cin Qada region of Iraq. Participants focused on a number of issues in the MadaAca,!a,,cin Qada, including cooperation between the security forces and the security of the provincial elections in January. The transition of the Sons of Iraq to an Iraqi government-controlled security force was another key point discussed.

  • Army Post Offices in Europe offer free express mail delivery of last-minute absentee ballots

    Oct 23, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Oct. 23, 2008) -- For overseas voters, participation in this yearAca,!a,,cs election began when they requested absentee ballots from their hometown election officials earlier this year. Some voters have signed, sealed and had their ballots delivered with time to spare. For others who have not received their ballots or mailed them before their stateAca,!a,,cs recommended mailing deadlines, there is still plenty of time to get ballots delivered in time for the upcoming election, said Lt. Col. Harry Turasz, U.S. Army Europe voting assistance officer.

  • European Legion of Merit recipients meet to share expertise, experience with U.S. Army Europe leader

    Oct 23, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Oct. 22, 2008) -- Active and retired military leaders from across Europe shared their expertise and experience with U.S. Army Europe leaders during the 28th annual U.S. Army Europe Legion of Merit Conference here Oct. 20. USAREUR officials said the conference recognizes military leaders who have worked closely with the U.S. Army and have been presented the U.S. Army Legion of Merit medal, while also serving as an open forum for allied military leaders to share their perspectives on todayAca,!a,,cs military challenges.

  • 'Victory Corps' played vital role in Meuse-Argonne Offensive of World War I

    Oct 21, 2008

    Chatel-ChAfAhAfAry, France (Oct. 21, 2008) -- Ninety years ago Soldiers of the Allied Forces under the command of French Gen. Ferdinand Foch began their last major assault of World War I against the German army in eastern France. According to FochAca,!a,,cs plans, Aca,!A"The Grand OffensiveAca,!A? of 1918 would deprive the well-dug-in German Imperial army the opportunity to shift its reserve forces and cut the enemyAca,!a,,cs supply and communications lines between their occupied territory and Germany. The American Expeditionary ForceAca,!a,,cs 1st Army, under the command of Gen. John Aca,!A"BlackjackAca,!A? Pershing and later, Gen. Hunter Liggett, would push north while the 2nd, under the command of Gen. Robert Lee Bullard, would push to the east.

  • Allies conduct ceremonies to honor U.S. World War I hero Sgt. Alvin York

    Oct 21, 2008

    Chatel-ChAfAhAfAry, France (Oct 21, 2008)-- More than 600 Soldiers, family members, American Boy Scouts, and history enthusiasts from around the world joined with residents of Chatel-ChAfAhAfAry village and the French military to salute one of the U.S. ArmyAca,!a,,cs best-known heroes Oct. 4. Sgt. Alvin York, Company G, 328th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Infantry Division, was honored for his service during a memorial ceremony and official dedication of two monuments marking the site where he killed 25 German Imperial Army soldiers, captured 132 more and cleared 32 machine gun positions Oct. 8, 1918. York was awarded the Medal of Honor and several other U.S., French and Italian decorations for his actions and valor.

  • U.S. Army Europe medical Soldiers wrap up Joint Task Force-East participation with humanitarian proj

    Oct 21, 2008

    NOVO SELO TRAINING AREA, Bulgaria (Oct 20, 2008)-- In their last two humanitarian missions in Bulgaria during this yearAca,!a,,cs Joint Task Force-East rotation, the Soldiers of U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 212th Combat Support Hospital extended their efforts beyond medical care. Aca,!A"We wanted to make the most of what time we had left here,Aca,!A? said Maj. Tameka Bowser, officer-in-charge of the medical team. In addition to medical services, in the last two weeks the team has offered dental hygiene classes to students in Padarevo and cleaned up the playground and handed out school supplies at a school in Mokren.

  • Army launching effort to hire more wounded warriors

    Oct 20, 2008

    Army personnel officials are launching an outreach program as part of a push to hire more wounded warriors and their spouses as civilian employees.

  • Soldier on fourth deployment- all in same unit

    Oct 16, 2008

    There are a handful of Soldiers who can say they have served three tours or more in Iraq. Fewer can say they served those tours in the same unit. Sgt. 1st Class Cameron Richardson, of Palm Springs, Fla., has the unique distinction of deploying to Iraq with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division four times: three deployments to Iraq and one to Kosovo in 1999 as part of Task Force Falcon. Following his seven-month long peacekeeping tour in Kosovo, Richardson returned to the brigadeAca,!a,,cs home in Baumholder, Germany. For the next several years, Richardson trained with the Iron Brigade, preparing for their next assignment.

  • USAREUR competes in Army Ten-Miler

    Oct 8, 2008

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 7, 2008) Aca,!" The 12-Soldier U.S. Army Europe Ten-Miler team accomplished its goal of finishing as a unit during the 24th running of the Army Ten-Miler here Oct. 5. Several members of the USAREUR Ten-Miler team also met personal goals of posting career bests in the annual race through the streets of the nationAca,!a,,cs capitol.

  • Heidelberg engraver offers service with a smile

    Oct 2, 2008

    Joe Foley says two of the projects that stick out most in his memory are a spaceship and a base for a 12-liter beer stein. While those types of projects donAca,!a,,ct come across his desk every day, rest assured Foley can figure out how to help if something like that comes around again. Foley is the resident engraver at the Heidelberg Arts and Crafts Center, a position heAca,!a,,cs been in for the past four years.

  • Getting Ready for "Best Warrior"

    Sep 30, 2008

    Staff Sgt. Julian Wiggins, U.S. Army Materiel Command competitor, checks the sling on his M16, while Sgt. 1st Class Darnyell Parker, Fort Lee Warrior Training Center instructor observes. The pre-combat checks and inspections were scheduled Sept. 30 during the 2008 Department of the Army NCO/Soldier of the Year Competition at Fort Lee, Va.

  • Defense Task Force on Sexual Assault in the Military Services visits USAREUR/IMCOM-Europe

    Sep 25, 2008

    Heidelberg, Germany (Sep. 25, 2008) Aca,!"USAREUR and IMCOM-Europe will host the Defense Task Force on Sexual Assault in the Military Services September 29 and 30 as it conducts its worldwide assessment of Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force installations. Members of the Task Force would like to provide an opportunity for the public, or victims or witnesses of past sexual assaults to meet individually with a member of the Task Force. However, victims or witnesses involved in any incident subject to an ongoing or upcoming judicial proceeding will not be seen, because the Task Force will not risk endangering the investigation. The Task Force wants to make sure the public, victims and witnesses are heard and to have an opportunity to tell their story to someone outside of the military's chain of command.

  • Welsh Guards train at JMRC during CS08

    Sep 23, 2008

    British Army Soldiers from 3 Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards conduct deliberate attack training, Sept. 20, at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center as part of the American, British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand ArmiesAca,!a,,c Program to host the Cooperative Spirit 2008 training event.

  • U.S. Army Europe Welcomes New Commanding General

    Sep 9, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Sep. 08, 2008) -- United States Army Europe welcomed its 34th commanding general, Gen. Carter F. Ham, today during a ceremony on the Campbell Barracks parade field here. Army Gen. John Craddock, commanding general of U.S. European Command, officiated at the ceremony. Aca,!A"To Carter Ham, and Christi, congratulations, welcome aboard. I donAca,!a,,ct think there could have been a better choice or a more perfect fit for this job,Aca,!A? Craddock said. Aca,!A"(General Ham) understands taking care of Soldiers and Families, the turbulence, the challenges, the sacrifice that we ask, and he has the credentials and experience to bring that to U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army.Aca,!A?

  • Hometown News kicks off holiday greetings program

    Sep 2, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (Sep. 02, 2008) Aca,!" An Army and Air Force Hometown News Service team from San Antonio, Texas, will be traveling throughout Europe this month recording holiday greetings for broadcast on television and radio stations in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Those eligible to participate include: active-duty service members, government civilians, retirees, Department of Defense Dependent School teachers and family members who will not be home for the holidays.

  • Aviation Battalion lives up to its name; proves 'ready' for any mission

    Aug 27, 2008

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq (Aug, 25, 2008) Aca,!" If ever there was an organization that has had to live up to a nickname, itAca,!a,,cs the 5th General Support Aviation Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment led Aca,!A"Task Force ReadyAca,!A?. The missions they perform fall under the general support umbrella, but include air assaults, VIP support, medical evacuations, cargo, air traffic services and an assortment of air and ground maintenance. TF Ready Commander, Lt. Col. Jack Bone says itAca,!a,,cs more than just a nickname; they really are Aca,!A"readyAca,!A? for anything.

  • Virtual Combat

    Aug 25, 2008

    While so many troops are already downrange, many others are preparing to head there in the coming months. Part of the preparation for some Soldiers in Germany involves two tractor-trailers and a few pairs of $6,000 goggles. SSG Vanessa Heinzelman explains.

  • 3/405th AFSB supports USAID mission to the Republic of Georgia

    Aug 22, 2008

    SECKENHEIM, GERMANY Aca,!" The 3rd Battalion of the 405th Army Field Support Brigade, headquartered at Leghorn Army Depot on Camp Darby, Italy, answered an urgent call from the U.S. Agency for International Development to prepare humanitarian supplies for shipment to Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.

  • Peacekeeping

    Aug 18, 2008

    Missouri National Guardsmen train in Germany for a Mission in Kosovo.

  • Kids Train

    Aug 15, 2008

    Spc. Nakisha Nieves shows us that kids can train just like Mom and Dad.

  • Free Fallin'

    Aug 6, 2008

    The U.S. Army Female Parachute Team takes the Silver Medal in Slovakia Competition. They now head to Italy for the 2008 Euro Cup.

  • Wounded Soldier returns to Italy to greet comrades as they come home from Afghanistan deployment

    Jul 24, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy (July 24, 2008) -- July has been a month of homecomings for Soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team as they return here from a 15-month deployment in Afghanistan. Spc. Jesse A. Murphree of Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), reversed that Afghanistan to Italy airflow July 22 when he traveled from the United States to rejoin his unit as they arrived at Aviano Air Base, Italy.

  • Aviation Battalion conducts ceremony to note its upcoming deployment to Iraq

    Jul 24, 2008

    ILLESHEIM, Germany (July 24, 2008) -- The 3rd Battalion, 159th Aviation conducted a ceremony at the airfield on Storck Barracks here July 11 signifying its impending deployment to Iraq. The ceremony marked the end of six months of intensive pre-deployment training, which included logging thousands of flight hours, driving tens of thousands of miles, qualifying in every weapons system in the battalionAca,!a,,cs inventory, and completing convoy live-fire and helicopter gunnery training and a Mission Rehearsal Exercise.

  • 21st Theater Sustainment Command names its top troops for 2008

    Jul 24, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (July 24, 2008) -- A military police NCO and a transportation management Soldier have been named the best Soldiers in U.S. Army Europe's 21st Theater Sustainment Command for 2008. Maj. Gen. Yves J. Fontaine, commander of the 21st TSC, announced the top troops during an award ceremony and dinner at Armstrong's Club here, July 18. The commandAca,!a,,cs NCO of the Year honors went to Staff Sgt. Mark Lewis, a military police squad leader and shift supervisor for the 630th Military Police Company. Pfc. Jason Hancock, a transportation management leader for the 1st Cargo Transport Company was named Soldier of the Year.

  • U.S., Romanian senior noncommissioned officers come together for NCO day at Joint Task Force-East

    Jul 24, 2008

    MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU AIR BASE, Romania (July 24, 2008) -- Joint Task Force-East hosted 32 Romanian and U.S. sergeants major during the task force's Noncommissioned Officer Day July 15. Aca,!A"It was a great opportunity to share training (and) military knowledge, and for camaraderie,Aca,!A? said JTF-E Command Sgt. Maj. Angel Clark-Davis. For many of the senior NCOs it was more than just a learning experience. It was a class reunion. Romanian and American members of four graduating classes of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy were reunited at the event here.

  • Romanian, U.S. Soldiers take part in realistic combined training at Joint Task Force-East facility

    Jul 24, 2008

    BABADAG TRAINING AREA, Romania (July 24, 2008) -- Authentic terrain, nerve-wracking injections and rigorous carries set a realistic tone for Romanian and American Soldiers training here July 14. Aca,!A"I canAca,!a,,ct recreate the conditions they face downrange, but I can certainly replicate them,Aca,!A? said Lt. Col. Michael Borg, commander of Task Force Vampire, when explaining that combat lifesaver-trained Soldiers are actually required to give their colleagues role-playing as Aca,!A"wounded SoldiersAca,!A? an intravenous line if their mock injuries call for it.

  • U.S. paratroopers share airborne skills with Romanian counterparts

    Jul 24, 2008

    MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU AIR BASE, Romania (July 24, 2008) -- A team of U.S. Airmen and Soldiers spent a day at Joint Task Force-East here training Romanian troops in airborne operations skills July 15. Airmen from the 786th Security Forces Squadron and Soldiers from their partner unit, the 5th Quartermaster Company, trained troops of the Romanian Special Operations Battalion as part of Carpathian Summer 2008, an annual air force training rotation.

  • Soldiers, statistics show spirit of all-volunteer force alive and well in U.S. Army Europe

    Jul 24, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (July 24, 2008) -- As the United States military celebrates the 35th anniversary of AmericaAca,!a,,cs all-volunteer force this year, there are signs that U.S. Army Europe Soldiers are helping to keep alive the spirit that makes a volunteer force possible. In the years since the last draft at the end of the Vietnam War, Americans have continued to volunteer for the armed forces to support and defend the Constitution, and the Army has kept its ranks filled in spite of numerous conflicts, long deployments, separation from home, and hazardous duty.

  • Service remembers, honors nine Soldiers killed in battle in Afghanistan

    Jul 23, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy (July 23, 2008) -- Soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and members of the Vicenza military community gathered July 18 to remember and honor nine of their comrades who died in battle earlier this month. Nine Soldiers from the 2nd platoon of the brigadeAca,!a,,cs Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), were manning an outpost with 25 Afghan Soldiers when they died in combat during a insurgent attack in Wanat, Afghanistan, July 13.

  • Soldiers of 16th Sustainment Brigade load up, move out for deployment in Iraq

    Jul 23, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (July, 23, 2008) -- The Soldiers of U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 16th Sustainment Brigade completed their final pre-deployment preparations at the Deployment Processing Center and departed from Ramstein Air Base here for deployment in Iraq July 19. The brigade will conduct sustainment operations there in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While at the DPC, the Soldiers from the 16th SB completed their final passenger manifests, listened to a threat briefing from their commander, and measured and weighed their baggage and equipment for the flight.

  • 173rd Airborne Brigade Soldiers tackle reintegration, 'reset' upon return from deployment

    Jul 23, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy (July 23, 2008) -- Soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team who began returning this month from a 15-month deployment to Afghanistan, are learning there is more to coming home than just dropping off their gear and heading to Fort Living Room. There are friends and Family members to get reacquainted with; room keys, household goods and vehicles to sign for; money to collect from finance; medical check-ups and records to update; and identification cards to verify.

  • Boy Scout revamps Landstuhl Fisher House garden

    Jul 22, 2008

    A 16-year-old Boy Scout made it his mission to expand and reconstruct a relaxation garden for wounded troops and their families staying at the Fisher House by Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

  • German cadets train on the job with U.S. Army Europe's 172nd Infantry Brigade as it prepares fo

    Jul 22, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany (July 21, 2008) -- The quest for knowledge and experience in the military crosses national borders and recognizes all uniforms. Sometimes that quest translates into theater security cooperation at the most elemental scale, making U.S. Army Europe and NATO a little bit better, one Soldier at a time. Nadine Steindorf and Fabian Rasch, warrant officer cadets in the German air force and army, respectively, are training with U.S. Army Europe's 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade as the brigade prepares to deploy to Iraq. Aca,!A"WeAca,!a,,cre here to support the allies. If thatAca,!a,,cs what they want us to do, they can come here to train with us,Aca,!A? said Michael Cormier, the 172nd's partnership officer.

  • 15th Engineer Battalion uncases colors during activation ceremony in Schweinfurt

    Jul 22, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany (July 21, 2008) -- The colors of the 15th Engineer Battalion were unfurled for the first time in 17 years during an activation ceremony on Conn Barracks here July 16. Linking the engineersAca,!a,,c past and present, Lt. Col. David E. Hurley Jr. and Command Sgt. Maj. Bradley J. Houston uncased the colors of their battalion with a little help from the 15thAca,!a,,cs last acting command sergeant major, 1st Sgt. (Ret.) Charles M. Twardzicki.

  • Program aims for earlier detection of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder

    Jul 21, 2008

    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has plagued Soldiers throughout time, but with the help of new programs todayAca,!a,,cs Army medical professionals are hoping to improve early identification of the symptoms of PTSD and get Soldiers the help they need, while reducing fears about the negative perceptions or repercussions of seeking mental health treatment.

  • Theater Logistics Support Center-Europe celebrates its 10th anniversary

    Jul 21, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (July 18, 2008) -- The Theater Logistics Support Center-Europe celebrated its 10th anniversary at Daenner Kaserne here July 15. TLSC-E provides support to force projection, supply, maintenance, distribution and other logistical functions for Army, joint, combined and multinational forces in support of U.S. Army Europe and combatant commanders, noted Maj. Gen. Yves J. Fontaine, commander of USAREUR's 21st Theater Sustainment Command, at the event.

  • Ceremony inactivating last finance brigade heralds change in finance support structure

    Jul 21, 2008

    SCHWETZINGEN, Germany (July 17, 2008) -- The 266th Finance Command, the last finance brigade in the active Army, inactivated here July 16. For more than two decades, the command, based on Tompkins Barracks here, has supported U.S. Army Europe with financial and accounting services. Aca,!A"WeAca,!a,,cre making history,Aca,!A? said Brig. Gen. Russell L Frutiger, USAREUR chief of staff. Aca,!A"Today marks the beginning of a new era in finance support.Aca,!A?

  • 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment Continues Mission in Zabul Province

    Jul 17, 2008

    Company D and Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment conducted RIP operations in Zabul Province, Afghanistan. 1-4 Infantry Battalion operates as the Joint Multinational Readiness Center's OPFOR and has conducted dual-mission operations in Zabul Province since 2006.

  • Security cooperation exercise Immediate Response 2008 begins with official ceremony in Republic of G

    Jul 17, 2008

    VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Republic of Georgia (July 17, 2008) -- Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen from the U.S., Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine participated in the opening ceremony here July 15 for the training exercise Immediate Response 2008. Following an invocation by U.S. Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Scott Carson, deputy chaplain for the Southern European Task Force, and a blessing from Georgian Orthodox priest Father Nazzare Guenetadze, Soldiers from the five nations paid tribute to each countryAca,!a,,cs national anthem as they stood in formation, symbolizing the start of the exercise.


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