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  • 15th Engineer Battalion cases colors, heads to Grafenwoehr

    Apr 29, 2013

    Turning another page in their history books, the 15th Engineer Battalion "cased" its colors April 26, at Gold Field on Conn Barracks in final preparation for its re-stationing from Schweinfurt to Grafenwoehr.

  • Volunteers receive surprise visit from commander

    Apr 26, 2013

    Lt. Col. Mike Sullivan, U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder commander, recently paid surprise visits to several volunteers in the community to thank them for their service and contributions to the community. Although the visits were part of the garrison's Volunteer Week Appreciation program, Sullivan said he would like to conduct appreciation visits like these on a monthly basis.

  • Best warriors receive behind-the-scenes support

    Apr 26, 2013

    Soldiers from throughout IMCOM-Europe put their warrior skills to the test at Baumholder April 15-18. After four rigorous days of Soldiering, Sgt. Bryan Teneyck and Spc. Jonathan Grates, both assigned to the U.S. Army Garrison Benelux in Brussels, were named as Best Warrior Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year.

  • USAG Ansbach remembers Holocaust, days leading up to it

    Apr 26, 2013

    U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach held a ceremony in remembrance of the Holocaust April 19 at the Katterbach Theater at Bismarck Kaserne.

  • USAG Ansbach hosts Earth Day for American, German students

    Apr 26, 2013

    To celebrate Earth Day and raise awareness of school children to several environmental issues, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach hosted Earth Day April 23 at Franken Kaserne. Fifth-grade students from all USAG Ansbach elementary schools, as well as students from Volksschule Burgbernheim, which serves the communities of Burgbernheim, Gallmersgarten, Illesheim and Marktbergel, attended the event.

  • Tuscania Regiment trains at Caserma Ederle MCTC

    Apr 26, 2013

    Joint training took place at Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy, for a group of Italian army soldiers and Carabinieri, who will soon be deploying to Afghanistan.

  • Vicenza marks Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Apr 25, 2013

    The Holocaust Days of Remembrance is an eight-day period of commemoration that coincides with Yom Ha-shoah, Hebrew for Holocaust Remembrance Day, and initiates the eight days leading up to Israeli Independence Day. The Vicenza Military Community gathered on April 18 for a Remembrance ceremony.

  • Vicenza F2F conducts three-day program in Garmisch

    Apr 25, 2013

    A Female-2-Female social networking event brought single female Soldiers from across the Vicenza Military Community together to the Edelweiss Lodge in Garmisch, Germany, April 3-6 to build resiliency and relationships.

  • Born in the Box: woman returns to home in training area

    Apr 25, 2013

    Forced to leave in 1939, an 84-year-old woman returns to her birthplace within the Hohenfels Training Area.

  • CYSS makes family Earth Week farm visit

    Apr 25, 2013

    Almost 100 children and parents braved April showers on a Saturday morning to visit a Vicenza area organic farm in a combined Month of the Military Child and Army Earth Week event.

  • Soldiers' Theatre cleans up at Tournament of the Festival of Plays

    Apr 25, 2013

    USAG-Vicenza's Soldiers' Theatre took center stage with 28 nominations and 10 awards at the annual IMCOM-Europe Tournament of the Festival of Plays competition held in Kaiserslautern, Germany, April 20. The Soldiers' Theatre production of the musical "The WIZ" swept the musical awards, including the coveted Best Musical award, during the event, known as the Topper awards.

  • Future educator gets elected to Europe-wide office

    Apr 25, 2013

    When Vicenza High School junior Abigail Vallery attended the Future Educators of America European conference for Department of Defense Dependents Schools in January she had no idea she'd be returning home as a president.

  • Vicenza IG examines nonsupport of family members

    Apr 25, 2013

    One of the most common requests for assistance received by the Office of the Inspector General is that of nonsupport for family members. Army Regulation (AR) 608-99, Family Support, Child Custody and Paternity, chapters 1-3; and AR 20-1, Inspector General (IG) Activities and Procedures, Paragraph 6-3a; states that nonsupport of family members is a command issue

  • Energy-saving program aims to share best practices, reduce ecological footprint

    Apr 24, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Rising host nation energy prices and a steadily growing population have resulted in a more concentrated effort by U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden energy managers to find ways to better use available resources. A new USAG Wiesbaden program is equipping units with the tools to decrease their energy use and ecological footprint, according to Maj. William McGlothlin, operations officer of USAG Wiesbaden's Directorate of Public Works. The focus of the new Green Boot program is changing the culture of units regarding energy consumption and resource management.

  • Speakers remember victims of the Holocaust, stress need to keep memory alive

    Apr 24, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Air Force Chaplain (Capt.) Gary Davidson opened his talk at the Holocaust National Days of Remembrance Observance by relaying an anecdote about a master sergeant who did not know the meaning of the word "swastika." "That really surprised me because being Jewish, from the time that I was a young child, I started learning about the Holocaust, and it made me realize how important it is to educate people about that time," Davidson said during the April 17 event, hosted by 5th Signal Command, at the Taunus Theater.

  • Wiesbaden units, agencies recognized for CFC fund-raising efforts

    Apr 24, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Units and agencies were recognized for their outstanding efforts during the 2012 Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas in a ceremony in the Tony Bass Fitness Center April 12. Garrison leaders Col. David Carstens and Command Sgt. Maj. Sa'eed Mustafa joined Capt. Jennifer Glover, garrison campaign coordinator, in thanking the many Soldiers and civilians who helped raise more than $307,000.

  • 'Winging Through Wiesbaden' provides support, information for single parents

    Apr 24, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Sgt. 1st Class Charlene Villa Gomez knows exactly where she is going to take her 2-year-old daughter when the weather gets warm this summer. The city of Mainz has a free water park in the Volkspark in the summer, and Gomez is sure her daughter Tinina will love it. She might never have known about it, however, if not for a program called "Winging Through Wiesbaden" that 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment Chaplain (Capt.) Andrew Shriver started to help single parents.

  • Students write book, recycle

    Apr 24, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Hainerberg Elementary School students love paper. They like crafting creative messages and enjoy recycling it after it has been used. Just ask the members of teacher Carmen Hernandez fourth-grade class and kindergarten teacher Lynn Wheeler's Recycling Club.

  • STEM night combines facts and fun

    Apr 24, 2013

    STEM night in Hohenfels shows students of all ages how science, technology, engineering and math work in their everyday lives.

  • Pirates of the "high C's" perform at Hohenfels

    Apr 24, 2013

    "It's a pirate's life for me!" HES sixth grade sets sail on a musical adventure.

  • 21st TSC holds graduation for Lean Six Sigma black belts

    Apr 24, 2013

    The 21st Theater Sustainment Command formally recognized a graduating class of 12 newly trained Lean Six Sigma black belts during a ceremony on Panzer Kaserne, April 18.

  • Ground breaking marks construction of new fuel purging center for 21st TSC

    Apr 24, 2013

    The Theater Logistics Support Center Europe hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of a fuel purging center at the Kaiserslautern Army Depot, April 12.

  • IMCOM Europe names 'Best Warriors' for 2013

    Apr 22, 2013

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany -- Installation Management Command Europe announced the winners of the 2013 Best Warrior Competition in a ceremony here April 19.

  • Beaware of ticks this spring, summer

    Apr 19, 2013

    Ticks can carry both Lyme disease and tick-borne encephalitis. Bacteria cause Lyme disease, while tick-borne encephalitis is caused by a virus, both of which live in ticks and can be transmitted when the tick bites a host.

  • Language need not be a barrier in Germany

    Apr 19, 2013

    Moving to a new location can be tough, but learning a bit about the culture and language beforehand can ease the transition.

  • Franconia Military Community garrisons ramp up closure operations

    Apr 19, 2013

    Throughout the next 21 months, the Franconia Military Community will need to move mission units and close two garrisons with a population and government housing footprint equal to Fairfax, Va.

  • Storck Barracks rugby team scores triple-digit win in friendly match

    Apr 19, 2013

    The Black n Blue Rugby team has been a part of Storck Barracks since 1981. Members consist primarily of U.S. Army Soldiers, which, according to Black n Blue teammates, promotes camaraderie.

  • National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is April 27

    Apr 19, 2013

    National Prescription Drug Take-back Day will be observed locally and nationwide on April 27. Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the day is specifically set aside to allow an opportunity to empty medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers, purses and pillboxes of unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs, and take them to authorized collection sites in local communities.

  • Your European travel 'Bucket List'

    Apr 18, 2013

    If your time here in Germany is coming to an end, but you feel like you didn't get to see all that you could, I have compiled a 'Bucket List' of 16 places that I think are worth your visit.

  • Franconia Military Community garrisons in Germany ramp up closure operations

    Apr 18, 2013

    About 14 months ago, the Department of Defense announced a shift in the force posture across U.S. European Command, including the closure of U.S. Army garrisons in Bamberg and Schweinfurt by the end of September 2014. For the Franconia Military Community, that announcement initiated the planning phase of the closure process. Now, FMC has shifted its focus to execution.

  • Early intervention gives autistic child a bright future

    Apr 17, 2013

    A child diagnosed with autism has overcome his challenges and is now an above average student and is actively involved in extracurricular activities.

  • Grafenwoehr's toughest prove their grit

    Apr 16, 2013

    NATO forces, civilians and Soldiers brave the Rugged Terrain Trail for muddy fun

  • Schweinfurt hosts Kinderfest April 27

    Apr 15, 2013

    The annual hallmark event topping off the commemorative month honoring military children happens April 27 beginning at 1 p.m. at Askren Manor at U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt.

  • Low participation extends OHA survey deadline to April 15

    Apr 15, 2013

    The Defense Travel Management Office has extended the deadline to April 15 to complete an Overseas Housing Allowance Utility and Move-in expense survey because of a lack of participation.

  • Gifts are a plenty at 'Freecycle'

    Apr 15, 2013

    Freecycle shop offers and accepts reusable items to community members for free

  • Graf celebrates the planet with Earth Day events

    Apr 15, 2013

    Earth Day events around post offer green alternatives to caring for Mother Earth.

  • USAG Schweinfurt to recognize volunteer hall of famers

    Apr 15, 2013

    The Schweinfurt Army Volunteer Corps expresses its appreciation to the hundreds of volunteers at U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony April 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ledward Activity Center.

  • Boxing teaches 'how to be a Soldier and have professional courtesy'

    Apr 15, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Pfc. Nathaniel Barnd had not been inside a boxing ring for four years when someone told him he could be more than a spectator at the 2012 Hispanic History Boxing Tournament - he could box. So he did, and the rest is history.

  • Vicenza military youths tour Venice

    Apr 12, 2013

    Eighteen youths from the Vicenza Military Community traveled to Venice April 6 for a day trip with the School Age Center.

  • Variety of events set to celebrate Month of the Military Child in Bamberg

    Apr 12, 2013

    U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg will celebrate the Month of the Military Child with a variety of events throughout April.

  • Vicenza Middle School student advances to national math competition

    Apr 12, 2013

    Vicenza Middle School student Andrew Constable will travel with the Department of Defense Dependent Schools Europe MathCounts team to Washington, D.C. next month for the national competition.

  • No matter what bike you ride, know bicycle safety, rules of road on post, off post

    Apr 12, 2013

    U.S. Army Europe requires that anyone riding a bicycle on a military installation to wear a helmet and have lights and reflectors on their bike.

  • USAG Ansbach Safety Office helps children get handle on bicycle safety

    Apr 11, 2013

    The U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Safety Office held a bicycle rodeo April 5 at Illesheim Elementary School and will hold their next bicycle rodeo April 12 at Ansbach Elementary School at Katterbach Kaserne.

  • Media roundtable: USAREUR leaders address transformation, training, partnership issues

    Apr 10, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Training, transformation and engaged partnerships were among the topics addressed during a media roundtable with U.S. Army Europe leaders at Wiesbaden's Strong Teams Cafe March 25. Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr., USAREUR commander, and USAREUR Command Sgt. Maj. David S. Davenport Sr. fielded a host of questions from local U.S. and host nation media about everything from the impact of sequestration on transformation to concerns about flight noise around Wiesbaden's Clay Kaserne.

  • Wiesbaden stands down to raise awareness about preventing sexual harassment, assaults

    Apr 10, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - When Staff Sgt. Nikita Wilson got the chance to become a Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention victim advocate last year, she was happy to accept. Her reasons stemmed from a harrowing night in 2008 when she was harassed, threatened and assaulted not once, but twice, and the downward spiral that experience started in her life. Wilson managed to find help and emerged from the ordeal ready to help others. She detailed her story before a crowd of roughly 1,200 people during training at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center April 3.

  • Airmen make transition to Wiesbaden from Heidelberg on foot

    Apr 10, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Whether in the air or on the ground, the U.S. Air Force simply does it differently. At least that's what members of the 7th Weather Squadron Headquarters demonstrated March 28 as they made the trek from Heidelberg to their new job site in Wiesbaden -- taking turns running the 56 miles to the entrance of Clay Kaserne.

  • New parents find host of resources at Baby Fair

    Apr 10, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Venturing out alone with 4-month-old twins is not easy, but new mom Jennifer Tobash considered the Army Community Service Rock-a-Bye Baby Fair a can't-miss event. "It's great the community does this for us, because as a busy mom, I don't have time to go to all these different places one at a time," Tobash said.

  • Wiesbaden aviators support president's Israel visit

    Apr 10, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - All Soldiers who reenlist in the U.S. Army vow to obey the orders of the president of the United States, but not many do it feet from the presidential seal on Air Force One. Spc. Kurt Sanson, a Black Hawk mechanic with the 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment in Wiesbaden, did exactly that March 20. "It was an awesome experience. It was definitely something I wasn't expecting," he said.

  • Focus is on STEM during Women's History Month event

    Apr 10, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Women who sought to answer questions of why, how, and where were the inspiration for the day at the Women's History Month event March 29 in Wiesbaden's Tony Bass Fitness Center. Rachel Carson, Sophie Germain and Maria Mitchell were three women topping the list of local educator Dr. Susan Hargis who delivered the keynote speech for the event which had the theme, "Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics."

  • A robo-fight to the finish

    Apr 8, 2013

    High school students from around Europe converge in Vilseck to test robotic prowess

  • Real talk combats sexual harassment / assault

    Apr 8, 2013

    One community member shares her thoughts on SHARP training at USAG Grafenwoehr

  • Ansbach High School tears 'Walls' down concerning cyberbullying

    Apr 8, 2013

    Students of Ansbach High School put on a short play called "Walls" about the dangers of cyberbullying April 4 at Ansbach Middle/High School for their high school classmates.

  • USAG Ansbach Families gather at Duggan Gym for Easter celebration

    Apr 5, 2013

    Families of U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach celebrated Easter with an egg hunt at Duggan Gym at Barton Barracks March 30, 2013.

  • Cook served up Commander's Award

    Apr 5, 2013

    After 40 years as a cook, Jim Schmidlin retires with the Commander's Award for Civilian Service.

  • Students celebrate Red Cross Month with style

    Apr 5, 2013

    A Red Cross themed locker decorating contest at HMHS highlights the efforts of "everyday heroes."

  • Ancient stories delight young audience

    Apr 5, 2013

    A traditional Irish storyteller puts a fresh spin on ancient tales at Hohenfels Elementary School.

  • Gold Star Wives honored at Landstuhl luncheon

    Apr 5, 2013

    LANDSTUHL, Germany -- Surviving family members of fallen Soldiers gathered recently at U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern for a luncheon held in their honor by Survivor Outreach Services. The April 4 event, sponsored by the SOS programs in Baumholder, Wiesbaden and Kaiserslautern, was held at the Landstuhl Community Club. About a dozen women and children attended, plus Army leaders from each garrison. "The Army made a covenant to support Soldiers in good time and bad," said Basil Forrest, 49, the SOS coordinator for U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder, who organized the luncheon. "We're here to help their families when the Soldier is deceased."

  • 'Franconian News' embraces new browser-friendly format

    Apr 4, 2013

    "The Franconian News" (or "On the Scene" as it was known before October 2011) has straddled the line between digital and print for years but now has a new face at

  • Indigo master Linda LaBalle visits Vicenza schools

    Apr 4, 2013

    Linda LaBalle, an indigo and dyeing expert traveled to the Vicenza Middle School to teach the students about dyeing techniques March 25.

  • World War II spy trainer speaks at Female event

    Apr 4, 2013

    Noreen Riols was selected to work for Winston Churchill's secret Army in 1943 and traveled March 28 to speak to a group of females as a part of Women's History Month.

  • Command Post Exercise turns virtual

    Apr 3, 2013

    Garrison staff use simulation center for training exercise

  • Building trust, vigilance key to defeating sexual assault

    Apr 3, 2013

    SEMBACH, Germany -- "Our Army's very foundations are the values of integrity, honor and service. In focusing on those basics, we reinforce our strength as an Army." That was the message Installation Management Command Europe Region Director Kathleen Marin shared with more than 300 service members and civilian employees during one of many U.S. Army Europe Readiness and Resilience Day activities aimed at combating sexual violence in the military.

  • Three days in Budapest

    Apr 2, 2013

    Comprised of two cities with distinctly different flavors, Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is youthful and vibrant while still managing to honor its rich history.

  • 212th Combat Support Hospital Soldiers pull together for unique training

    Apr 1, 2013

    During a March 12, 2013, mass casualty drill, Company C, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment's UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, known as "Dustoff," airlifted 30 simulated casualties from Landstuhl to Miesau Army Depot, Germany.

  • Teens complete food drive for Canile Gogna

    Mar 29, 2013

    Vicenza Middle School and Youth Services students drove their month-long community service project to its logical end March 5, literally sending the results of their hard work to the dogs.

  • Italian teens visit American peers

    Mar 29, 2013

    A group of Italian middle school students taking English as part of their studies recently "tested" their language abilities with a visit to Vicenza Middle School.

  • Italians and Americans share limelight in "The Wiz"

    Mar 29, 2013

    Why would you learn a foreign language? And how would you improve your language skills if you did? At least four Italian women in the cast of the current Soldiers' Theatre production of The Wiz could tell you plenty.

  • Camp Darby pitches in to speed tough pipe repair task during four day water outage

    Mar 29, 2013

    Not since the end of World War II has the city of Livorno gone without water for so long. Disruption of water service throughout the city March 12-15 was a consequence of a terrible storm that traversed the area during the night of March 11-12. Lightning struck the Azienda Servizi Ambientali, or ASA, the network control system, making it inoperable.

  • Italian Honor Society inducts new student members in Vicenza

    Mar 29, 2013

    The Andrea Palladio Chapter of the Italian Honor Society of Vicenza High School welcomed nine new members to its ranks in a ceremony March 15.

  • DMC broadcaster wins Keith L. Ware recognition

    Mar 29, 2013

    Sgt. Susan Noga, a broadcaster at Livorno AFN, won second place in the Army's annual Keith L. Ware Public Affairs competition in the deployed television news report individual award category for her story titled "Kiowa Warrior Maintainers."

  • Livorno's Mercato Centrale a cultural treat, more than mere provisions for adventurous shoppers

    Mar 29, 2013

    One of the most historical, and some say most beautiful, covered markets in Europe is the Livorno Central Market -- Mercato Centrale di Livorno. It is located in a large, 18th-century, art nouveau-style building on Aurelio Scali Saffi right next to the Royal Canal in Livorno. It's a short trip for service members and families stationed at Camp Darby to make for a mindboggling cultural and gastronomic excursion.

  • Franconia Military Community to celebrate Easter with egg hunting

    Mar 29, 2013

    U.S. Army Garrisons Ansbach, Bamberg and Schweinfurt in Germany celebrate Easter March 30 and 31, 2013, by hosting egg hunts for their communities' families.

  • USAG Ansbach American Red Cross honors its volunteers for year of work

    Mar 29, 2013

    To recognize its volunteers for their contributions throughout 2012, the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach American Red Cross held an awards ceremony and dinner at the Orangerie Café here March 22.

  • Medal of Honor recipient greets returning Sky Soldiers in Vicenza, Italy

    Mar 29, 2013

    Medal of Honor recipient and former 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team Sky Soldier Sal Giunta traveled from Colorado to Vicenza, Italy, the week of March 18-22 with his wife Jennifer and their 17-month-old daughter Lily to welcome the Herd back home and sign copies of his recent memoir, "Living with Honor."

  • April 3 events to focus on sexual assault prevention, awareness in Franconia

    Mar 29, 2013

    On April 3, communities throughout U.S. Army Europe will host events to mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month. U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr. has deemed the day "USAREUR Ready and Resilient Training Day with SHARP (Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention) focus."

  • Medal of Honor recipient returns home to welcome Sky Soldiers

    Mar 29, 2013

    173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team Medal of Honor recipient Salvatore Giunta recently published a book, "Living with Honor: A Memoir" and signed copies at the post exchange March 20. Giunta returned to Italy to welcome back the Sky Soldiers from their recent deployment to Afghanistan. Giunta also visited numerous offices around the installation and joined with 173rd ABCT Soldiers at lunch at the dining facility. Giunta is now living in Colorado with his wife and daughter.

  • Expert shares anti-bully tips with Vicenza parents

    Mar 28, 2013

    Nine-time author Dr. Michele Borba visited Vicenza, Italy, to speak with parents about how to deal with bullying March 22.

  • Sky Soldier is rock climbing ace in training with Italian mountaineers

    Mar 28, 2013

    Pfc. Max Gibbons, 2nd Regiment, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, was top of his class when training in the Alps with Italian forces last month and may go on to be the first American Soldier in anyone's memory to become a certified instructor this coming autumn. "I have a passion for it. There's the physical challenge, and the mental challenge. It requires total focus. It's all about problem solving and the fact that I like to do dangerous things," said Gibbons.

  • Building stronger relationships in U.S. Army Europe

    Mar 28, 2013

    Five local German leaders teamed up with U.S. Army Joint Multinational Readiness Center Observer/Coach Trainer Team Mustang in Hohenfels, March 20, to strengthen community relations.

  • Vicenza math instructor keeps turning on the lights for Soldiers, family members

    Mar 28, 2013

    Dr. Samuela Franceshini, an adjunct instructor of mathematics with University of Maryland University College-Europe, has taught Soldiers and family members since 2009 on Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy. With every class she teaches, she sees students light up when they break through the fog to finally get how the numbers add up.

  • Spring Safety Day campaign makes playgrounds safe

    Mar 28, 2013

    USAG Hohenfels Installation Safety Office provides tips for safe play at BMC playgrounds.

  • Community gives a pot o' gold to Wounded Warriors

    Mar 28, 2013

    Shamrock Shuffle and NMS raise almost $5,000 for Wounded Warriors

  • Army garrisons in Europe support child abuse prevention activities

    Mar 28, 2013

    SEMBACH, Germany -- U.S. Army garrisons across Europe have a variety of activities scheduled in April as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

  • Vicenza High School web design teacher leads way for new generation

    Mar 27, 2013

    Lori Encke initially thought she was heading toward a career in the business world, until she found out she was a natural born teacher. A native of Arcadia, Fla., Encke pursued a degree in accounting, planning to become a certified public accountant, when a senior-year project at University of Southern Florida steered her toward the path of the pedagogue.

  • Women's history month celebrated at Darby Military Community

    Mar 27, 2013

    This year's theme for Women's History Month is "Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination:Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics," the educational priority known as STEM. With that in mind, the Friends of Camp Darby sponsored a Women's History Month celebration March 7 at the Education Center and invited Dr. Katie Gray to be the keynote speaker at the luncheon and cake cutting. Gray is a doctor of pharmacology, a wife and mother of two, who works for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  • Vicenza FMRW Wine Down Wednesday trips explore Italian culinary culture

    Mar 27, 2013

    Vicenza's Outdoor Recreation provides a wide variety of trips and outings for Soldiers, family members, retirees and civilians. One trip series, "Wine Down Wednesday", takes community members to vineyards around Northern Italy.

  • Officials mark one more USAREUR transformation milestone

    Mar 27, 2013

    Only a few people were on hand to mark the occasion, but the March 14 ribbon-cutting ceremony marked another major step forward in the transformation of U.S. Army Europe.

  • Vicenza Warrior Adventure Quest hits the slopes

    Mar 27, 2013

    After months of living in the rugged battlefields of Afghanistan, Soldiers from Dog Company, 1st Regiment, 503rd Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, found themselves in the Italian Alps March 13, careening down the slopes at breakneck speeds. The high adrenaline joust with the mountain was part of the Army's Warrior Adventure Quest, a program that exposes Soldiers redeploying from a combat zone new and stimulating activities, said Chris Wolff, Vicenza Outdoor Recreation director.

  • Protestant Women of the Chapel embrace healthy lifestyle program

    Mar 27, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - LaToya Roberts likes everything about the Protestant Women of the Chapel's "Faith, Fitness and Lifestyle Revolution" program - the fitness classes, the consumer advice and the fact that it's family friendly.

  • Senior NCOs share ideas, information

    Mar 27, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Boxing, parking on Clay Kaserne and a host of other topics were on the agenda at a gathering of senior noncommissioned officers at the Strong Teams Cafe March 7. The monthly get-togethers, hosted by U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Command Sgt. Maj. Sa'eed Mustafa, bring Wiesbaden Army and Air Force NCO leaders together to share information and discuss issues of concern.

  • Vicenza women join in candle lighting

    Mar 27, 2013

    Twelve women from the Vicenza Military Community participated in a Candle Lighting ceremony March 14 hosted by the International Federation of Business and Professional Women, known as BPW, at the Oratorio del Gonfalone in Vicenza.

  • Susan Wong shows way for women in engineering

    Mar 27, 2013

    Some of Susan Wong's colleagues kid her by calling her "the godmother of Del Din." But the epithet fits. Chief of USAG Vicenza's Transformation Construction Management Office, Wong has been a leader on the engineering team responsible for the largest American Military Construction project ever undertaken in Europe since its inception, and simultaneously built a career as solid as the buildings she has left along the path that a career in engineering has made possible.

  • The northern sights

    Mar 26, 2013

    Helsinki and Tallinn offer culture and good times in Europe's Great White North

  • No more towel service at Schweinfurt gyms

    Mar 25, 2013

    The regional director of Army garrisons in Europe directed garrison commanders to cease towel service at all fitness centers, including the ones here, beginning April 15.

  • Soldiers prove 'Best Warrior' during SOY/NOY competition

    Mar 25, 2013

    Local Soldiers vie to represent the Bavaria Military Community in the IMCOM Soldier and NCO of the Year next month

  • Three Soldiers among a sea of Airmen

    Mar 24, 2013

    Army Sgt. Souder is one of three Army Medical Soldiers attached to RAF Lakenheath, the largest U.S. Air Force base in England. He is an animal care specialist and is used to being surrounded by Air Force and Navy personnel. For this assignment, however, the nearest Army unit is 500 miles away.

  • USAG Ansbach Traveling Book Club members see, touch history in Nuremberg

    Mar 22, 2013

    Members of the USAG Ansbach community toured the Memorium Nuremberg Trials exhibit and Courtroom 600 March 16, 2013. The trip marked the culmination of the traveling book club's activities for this quarter, which included a viewing of the film "Judgment at Nuremberg" and William F. Buckley Jr.'s book "Nuremberg: The Reckoning." The Traveling Book Club, organized by the community libraries at Storck and Bleidorn, are planning more trips.

  • Transformation continues to change face of Wiesbaden military community

    Mar 22, 2013

    Transformation continues to change the face of the Wiesbaden military community in Germany. Scores of projects are changing traffic patterns, creating new facilities and upgrading existing facilities.

  • Even when physically shut, Army libraries stay open online

    Mar 22, 2013

    Army library patrons can access more than just a catalog of what books their library has on hand, but they may access many ebooks almost instantly.

  • 72nd ESB Soldiers explore math and science with Schweinfurt students

    Mar 21, 2013

    Math and science aren't just taught out of textbooks for students at the middle school here. That's because Soldiers assigned to the 72nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion brought the subjects to life in an effort to give a boost to a DoDEA initiative aimed at invigorating science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the class room.


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