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  • 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.

  • Closure 2014: Preventing pet abandonment, how you can help

    Mar 20, 2013

    A push to ensure that family pets are not abandoned has been thrust into high gear here as waves of families begin PCSing due to a garrison closure set for the fall of 2014.

  • Financial aid workshop to assist military students

    Mar 20, 2013

    On March 29, education center staff at U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern will host a financial aid workshop to help answer questions and point Soldiers toward scholarships, grants and other benefits they may be eligible for, said Ramona Kausch, an Army education services officer. The workshop will be at Kleber Kaserne, building 3205, in the transition center classroom. It will be offered in two sessions, one at 9 a.m. and a second at 1 p.m., Kausch said. The focus will be the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

  • Fitness centers to throw in the towel on towel service

    Mar 19, 2013

    Big savings to come with discontinuation of towel service at fitness centers

  • 'Sky Soldiers' hit it hard at Italian air assault school

    Mar 18, 2013

    A small team of six Soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team traveled to Livorno, Italy, last month to train with the 1st Tuscania Special Operations Regiment.

  • Soldiers take a seat during sports match

    Mar 18, 2013

    Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe Soldiers introduced adaptive sports to the Soldiers of the 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion and the 2nd Cavalry Regiment.

  • Colors, music and customer service

    Mar 18, 2013

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- The sounds of cash registers and customers' chatter mixed with cutters swiping fabric and speakers pulsing salsa music gave art enthusiasts reason to celebrate. Even before the official March 15 opening of the Kaiserslautern Arts and Cultural Center, people at U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern were coming out to the Kaiserslautern Community Activity Center on Daenner Kaserne to shop, said Ed Codina, the center's director. The garrison's directorate of Families, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, opened the doors in early March, followed by a two-day grand opening event.

  • MPs sharpen their instincts

    Mar 15, 2013

    18th MP Brigade tests professional law enforcement proficiency

  • Female 2 Female: Life after service

    Mar 15, 2013

    More than 120 service members and community members attended a "Life After the Military" panel discussion at the Golden Lion conference center Feb. 28 as guests of the Vicenza Military Community Female 2 Female program.

  • Sky Soldiers conduct mil-to-mil training in Bulgaria

    Mar 15, 2013

    Few can say they travel the world, engage in new cultural ways of life and leave their mark on those they have visited, but for three Soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, it's all in a day's work.

  • Adventures of a novice skier in Italy

    Mar 15, 2013

    Service members and families stationed in Italy have the opportunity to enjoy skiing in the Alps. Vicenza Outdoor Recreation offers free lessons to help novices find their feet in snow.

  • Youth build skills, mutual respect on hard court

    Mar 15, 2013

    A month after their first face-off at Caserma Ederle, the Mestrino Raptors basketball team from nearby Padova hosted the Vicenza CYSS Yellow Jackets for a re-match at the Lissaro Gym Feb. 27.

  • Vicenza's Community Recreation program named best in Army

    Mar 15, 2013

    The U.S. Army Installation Management Command has recognized USAG Vicenza for having the best Family and MWR Community Recreation Program in the Army for 2012.

  • Emphasis on Traumatic Brain Injury awareness

    Mar 15, 2013

    Some of us grew up drinking out of the garden hose. Many of us grew up without using seat belts, car seats or helmets. However, we have come a long way in our society. The next generation is more educated on the value of injury prevention and making better choices.

  • Ciao Conference brings community women together

    Mar 15, 2013

    March 8 is known in Italy as the "Festa della Donna" celebration or International Women's Day. To mark the occasion, more than 100 women from the Vicenza Military Community gathered for the annual combined Italian-American organization Ciao Conference, enjoying a variety of classes and cultural opportunities at Dai Gelosi, a restaurant in nearby Valproto.

  • Math Night lights up family fun

    Mar 15, 2013

    About 150 families with approximately 250 students joined together during Math Night held at the Villaggio school complex March 6, where the PTSA and faculty offered an evening of fun and engaging mathematical games and activities for children of all ages.

  • Around USAG Ansbach, drivers encounter several road hazards, accident hotspots

    Mar 14, 2013

    Automobile accidents come in all shapes and sizes. U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach is spread over several kasernes in and around the Ansbach area, and its residents usually by necessity spend time driving between the different kasernes. Because of this normal road usage, the garrison's safety office has noticed several trouble spots that could cause various vehicular vexations, if not downright dangers.

  • V Corps spouses taught resiliency during Strong Bonds training

    Mar 14, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - V Corps Chaplain (Capt.) Andrew Spriensma could have given a big pep talk on rock climbing before hitting the walls with a group of spouses at T-Hall Indoor Rock Climbing, but it was not necessary. Instead, Spriensma presented Strong Bonds training, much of which was right on target for indoor rock climbing as well as life as a whole.

  • Configuration for Schweinfurt 2013-2014 school year released

    Mar 13, 2013

    A final school configuration for the 2013-2014 school year here is out.

  • Schweinfurt youth basketball team wins championship

    Mar 13, 2013

    Schweinfurt's CYSS junior basketball team defeats Vicenza 37-34, to win the 2013 Installation Management Command-Europe East Division Championship.

  • Schweinfurt garrison preps for more community events

    Mar 13, 2013

    The garrison in Schweinfurt continues to focus efforts on the community even as the post draws down in preparation for closure by the fall of 2014.

  • Shuttle program delivers supercenter selection to Schweinfurt Main Exchange

    Mar 13, 2013

    The Main Exchange here at Ledward Barracks increases selection for customers with its shuttle program, an initiative that transports merchandise in between Exchange facilities to fulfill specific requests.

  • Run kicks off Army Emergency Relief campaign

    Mar 13, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - The Soldier at Fort Drum, New York was ready to take off on a winter trip with his wife and children with no snow tires because he could not afford them. Thanks to Army Emergency Relief, the Soldier was able to receive assistance from the program and buy the tires he needed to keep his family safe, said retired Col. Eldon Mullis, deputy director for administration/secretary of AER. Fort Drum is famous for the amount of snow that falls there.

  • Garrison supports Year of the Middle Manager

    Mar 13, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - The garrison launched the first in a series of new Leadership and Workforce Development Seminars Feb. 27. Managers and supervisors participated in a daylong training session aimed at enhancing their communication, time management, team building, resiliency and organizational skills.  

  • Wiesbaden Soldier rediscovers love of boxing -- brings home the belts

    Mar 13, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Pvt. 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.

  • See Germany on foot: Volksmarches provide opportunity for health, sightseeing, socializing

    Mar 13, 2013

    The Deutsch-Amerikanischer Wanderclub Ansbach (or Ansbach German-American Wanderclub) organized an Ansbach-area Volksmarch March 9 and 10.

  • Army engineers bring STEM to the classroom

    Mar 13, 2013

    In honor of National Engineers Week, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District employees presented structural engineering, alternative energy and fire-protection concepts to Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe students, Feb. 19-21, 2013, at Wiesbaden Middle School, Germany.

  • Red Cross, Army vet help owners learn pet first aid

    Mar 13, 2013

    Caring for a pet requires a lot more than simply feeding the animal. That's one of the lessons several younger participants learned in the Wiesbaden American Red Cross' Pet First Aid class.

  • Future plans: New transition center helps Soldiers achieve post-military goals

    Mar 13, 2013

    Helping Soldiers plan for their lives after the military is the aim of Army Career and Alumni Program staff at the garrison's new center. The center's resources can help Soldiers transition out from federal service to become a productive member of the workforce.

  • Army jet pilot makes final military flight

    Mar 13, 2013

    RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- As U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Robert Carpenter walks around the twin-engine C-20 Gulfstream, he glances at his safety checklist -- a routine he's done every time he's flown. Soldiers and civilian maintenance workers stop to talk to him as he boards the jet plane and climbs forward into the cockpit. "It's bittersweet that this will be my last flight in the Army," Carpenter said "I'm going to miss the camaraderie.

  • 541st Engineer Company deploys

    Mar 12, 2013

    Soldiers of the 541st Engineer Company deployed from USAG Bamberg to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom March 11.

  • 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team returns

    Mar 12, 2013

    Welcome Home!

  • Army spouses take on Army Physical Fitness Test

    Mar 11, 2013

    U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach spouses tested their mettle through the Army Physical Fitness Test, taking the test initially in January, training for six weeks and then retaking the test Feb. 28.

  • Before you get your motor running and head out on the highway, ensure your motorcycle is safe

    Mar 11, 2013

    There are two things you need to do before you begin to ride your motorcycle this spring: Inspect your bike and take a motorcycle refresher training course.

  • Women making history in STEM

    Mar 11, 2013

    Amy Ney, science teacher and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) proponent at Vicenza High School, has been an educator for 20 years. She started out in Great Falls, Mont., and earned a BA at Montana State University in Bozeman with majors in English and science.

  • New parents gain support, guidance from garrison

    Mar 11, 2013

    New Parent Support Program helps parents face the challenges of having a baby.

  • Civilian/reservist signs on for 3 more years in Army Reserve

    Mar 11, 2013

    Staff Sgt. Latanya Foster works in two worlds; she is both a civilian employee of the Department of the Army and an Army reservist. In addition to being the property book officer and manager of the Central Issue Facility at Barton Barracks (her civilian job) she is now a unit supply specialist with the Special Operations Command Africa, or SOCAFRICA.

  • Allied Flags raised over Del Din marks historic step

    Mar 8, 2013

    The Italian, American and NATO flags were hoisted for the first time ever at Caserma Del Din March 1 in Vicenza, Italy.

  • Italian firefighters protect Army's newest installation

    Mar 8, 2013

    The Vicenza Military Community expanded its emergency response capability, Feb. 28, 2013, as 14 recently hired firefighters graduated from a month-long certification course. These Italian firefighters are assigned to Caserma Del Din, the Army's newest installation in Vicenza, Italy.

  • Families that roll together, win together

    Mar 8, 2013

    Parents and children compete together and take first place as a team at a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament, recently.

  • Vicenza command highlights emphasis on customer service

    Mar 8, 2013

    With budget cuts and possibly furloughs around the corner, one thing that will not be reduced in the Vicenza Military Community is a positive emphasis on customer service.

  • 'American Girl' dolls inspire monthly library tea party

    Mar 6, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- Young ladies and their dolls turned out in force for a giant tea party at the Wiesbaden Library Feb. 16. The 27 girls, ages 6 and older, were on hand to inaugurate the first of a new series of "American Girl" socials to be held every third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. at the library.

  • Elements, terrain to test community

    Mar 6, 2013

    Inaugural Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run set for April 13 in Grafenwoehr

  • Strong Team Expo encourages community to 'Get Involved!'

    Mar 5, 2013

    Getting involved in healthy group activities helps build a strong community.

  • Celebrating Black History Month with Jubilation Gospel Choir

    Mar 5, 2013

    The Darby Military Community honored the African-American Heritage Month celebrations Feb. 21 with a food-tasting event at the Darby Community Club and a Gospel music concert by the Livorno Jubilation Gospel Choir. During his opening remarks at the African-American Heritage celebration, DMC Chaplain (Capt.) Regino Hernandez, read a famous line written by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now."

  • Vicenza Military Community marks Black History Month with march, ceremony

    Mar 5, 2013

    The Vicenza military community member's reenacted the March on Washington Feb. 21 as part of the community Black History Month celebration. When the marchers arrived at the Golden Lion Conference Center, Col. Jonathon Johnson, U.S. Army Africa Command Inspector General, shared his experience in the remarks below.

  • Cougars show grit in Division II Euro finals

    Mar 5, 2013

    The Vicenza High School Cougars basketball squad made the trek to Wiesbaden, Germany, last weekend and fought their way to a third place finish in the DoDDS-Europe Basketball Finals.

  • Leaving a legacy of caring

    Mar 5, 2013

    Bonamego is an Italian family name that means "good friend." Rita Bonamego has lived up to her namesake by truly being a good friend to the Vicenza Military Community over the years. With more than three decades of experience between the American Red Cross and the U.S. government, Bonamego retires this month from Army Community Service, where she has served as the director of Mobilization Deployment and Master Resiliency programs since 2004.

  • First building of Del Din facility in Italy turned over to Army

    Mar 5, 2013

    The first building of the new Del Din installation is now 100 percent complete, and was officially delivered to the Vicenza, Italy, garrison, Feb. 22, 2013.

  • Vicenza wins Army Environmental Quality award

    Mar 5, 2013

    The Vicenza Military Community is serious about caring for the environment: U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza was selected as the Fiscal Year 2012 Army Environmental Awards Winner in the Environmental Quality--Overseas category. Environmental programs here have been named the best overseas in the U.S. Army and are now in competition for Department of Defense honors.

  • USAG Ansbach celebrates lengths of service of employees, one with 60 years

    Mar 4, 2013

    U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach held a length-of-service ceremony at the Von Steuben Community Center at Bismarck Kaserne Feb. 25. The most enduring of the honorees, Fred Haverly, has been a part of the Army for more than 60 years now.

  • Exchange to launch new high-speed Internet service in Germany

    Mar 1, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- This summer the Army & Air Force Exchange Service will launch Exchange CONNECT, a new prepaid high-speed Internet service for military customers in Germany. The new, on-base service is being launched in partnership with TKS and in collaboration with IMCOM Europe starting in June.

  • Hockey championship builds camaraderie in military community

    Feb 28, 2013

    Teams from across Europe go head-to-head in Garmisch

  • Staying informed in a digital world

    Feb 28, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Back in the 1970s as this writer worked to earn a degree in journalism, a common prediction was the swiftly approaching demise of newspapers. Industry experts warned that most periodicals would disappear within the next decade as people turned to newer forms of media. While it has taken a little longer than predicted for printed media to vanish completely from the popular culture, there's no denying that with fewer natural resources and much faster ways of communicating available to more and more people around the globe, printed media's days are numbered.

  • German laws restrict mailing meds

    Feb 27, 2013

    German law provides strict regulations for importing medicine into Germany from other countries. Prohibited medicine products identified by U.S and German customs officials can either be destroyed or returned to sender,Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins/minerals, and herbal & dietary supplements are not allowed to be mailed through an Army Post Office to Americans living in Germany. DOD pharmacies offer assistance for medicine mailing restrictions in Germany

  • The 40-year reunion

    Feb 27, 2013

    Command Sgt. Maj. Boom of the 172nd Infantry Brigade explores the past with Hall of Fame legend Rollie Fingers

  • Family Advocacy Program always ready to help in abuse situations

    Feb 27, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - The call to action for most victim advocates often comes too late, regrettably after one has suffered a severe injury or a life has been taken. For that reason, the local advocates are making extra efforts to ensure the community knows that the Family Advocacy Program is a resource to turn to for help to prevent situations of abuse or to deliver one out of violent and abusive circumstances.

  • Housing outreach brings landlords, realtors and U.S. military together

    Feb 27, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - A year ago the Wiesbaden Chamber of Commerce (Industrie und Handelskammer) hosted members of the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden as they addressed a room bursting at the seams full of business leaders and interested citizens curious about the influx of U.S. military community members to the Hessen capital. The information outreach was aimed at providing a better understanding of the U.S. Army Europe transformation effort in Wiesbaden and a platform for better connecting Germans and Americans and local business support.

  • Soldiers draw praise at retirement ceremony

    Feb 27, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - During their combined U.S. Army service of 73 years, Lt. Col. Ivory Freeman, 1st Sgt. Rodney Hargus and Master Sgt. Matthew Coulter have seen and experienced it all. They've been through deployments and separations, leading and following, push-ups and sit-ups and a whole host of acronyms that include AARs, VTCs, MREs, and of course, PT, said Col. Tony Sarver, 5th Signal Command chief of staff, during the trio's retirement ceremony Feb. 21 at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center.

  • "Future engineers" ready for stateside robotics competitions

    Feb 27, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Engineers encounter unique challenges every time they take on a project. Finding solutions to those challenges may be the most important lesson learned by the aspiring engineers on Wiesbaden High School's RoboWarriors team, according to engineering and technology instructor (and RoboWarriors sponsor) Frank Pendzich.

  • 8-year-old Wahoo wins 8 golds, breaks records at European Swim Championships

    Feb 27, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Wiesbaden Wahoo Tyler Peng, 8, won gold medals in all eight races available in his age group at the 2013 European Forces Swim League championships this year. Not only that, but he broke records in the 8-and-under boys' 200-and-100-meter freestyle races. He swam the 200-meter race in 3:05.60 and the 100-meter race in 1:26.23.

  • Dining at the Ritz rewards top students

    Feb 26, 2013

    VES fourth- and fifth-graders lunch in grace and style

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