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  • 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.

  • 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

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    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.

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