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  • Pupils pledge to live drug-free

    Nov 1, 2012

    Red outfits, backward shirts and crazy socks all played a part in Hohenfels Elementary School's drug abuse awareness program during their Red Ribbon Week celebrations, Oct. 23-26.

  • DoDDS-Europe director visits Vicenza, Italy

    Oct 29, 2012

    DoDDS-Europe director Dr. Nancy Bresell visited Vicenza last week for meetings with school principals and labor union representatives. "The Vicenza community is a great place. I can tell you that our teachers love it here. You have really good students, really good children. You've got a command structure that's devoted to making things good for families. I think they're doing a fantastic job," Bresell said.

  • Spc. Christopher Lewis, European rodeo president

    Oct 29, 2012

    Spc. Christopher Lewis, a U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt MP with the garrison's Headquarters and Headquarters Company, is a bull rider and the president of the European Rodeo Cowboy Association. See what Lewis has to say about his European rodeo experiences.

  • Resiliency through Art

    Oct 29, 2012

    10/29/2012 VICENZA, Italy- Developing resiliency or one's ability to adapt to adversity is an important function for Soldiers returning from deployments. Supervisory Arts Specialist Michelle Sterkowicz introduced a "Resiliency through Art" program at the Family and MWR Arts and Crafts Center in Vicenza in order to help Soldiers with the difficulties and challenges they face.

  • The hunt is on for the 'King of the Woods'

    Oct 25, 2012

    "They call him the king of the woods," said Norbert Wittl, USAG Hohenfels public affairs officer and avid hunter, referring to Germany's "Hirsch" or red deer, and the first buck of the season here was brought down recently by Air Force Lt. Col. Rodney Jorstad out of Landstuhl.

  • March sheds light on domestic violence

    Oct 25, 2012

    Hohenfels Military Community members took to the streets this month with banners and balloons in an effort to draw awareness to the pervasive problem of Domestic Violence.

  • Six Army in Europe Soldiers have been named Army's best

    Oct 25, 2012

    Since Armywide competition began in 2002, these six Army in Europe Soldiers have earned the title of Army NCO of the Year and Army Soldier of the Year, representing nearly a third of the total number who have been named top troops.

  • Caserma Ederle employees learn Russian fighting technique

    Oct 25, 2012

    Mondays nights at the post Fitness Center, you can find Italians and Americans knocking each other to the mat. No, they aren't arguing, but studying "Systema," a form of Russian martial arts. Luca Chiarato, who has worked on the caserma for 10 years, teaches the group the technique he learned seven years ago from a Soldier. After years of training and learning the different stages, he became the first instructor in Italy.

  • Speaker uses humor to reach military kids

    Oct 25, 2012

    Trevor Romain praises the grit of military children at Netzaberg Middle School.

  • Landstuhl medics aid local woman after car crash

    Oct 24, 2012

    Sounds of a crashing car startled three Soldiers one recent evening as they ran up the steep Kirchberg hillside just west of town.

  • Mannheim Self Service Supply Center closes

    Oct 24, 2012

    MANNHEIM, Germany -- As part of U.S. Army Garrison Baden-Württemberg's ongoing transformation efforts, the Self Service Supply Center in Bldg. 1536 on Spinelli Barracks here permanently closed its doors Oct. 12.

  • German military sponsors V Corps castle tour

    Oct 23, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - While giving a tour of the Castle Braunfels, Gerhard Adam paused for a moment amidst the antiques and portraits and became nostalgic. Adam was not pining for the days of knights and royalty, however. Instead, surrounded by a group of V Corps service members and volunteers, the Braunfels native was missing Texas.

  • Cyber Awareness Week focuses on network, personal security, other issues

    Oct 23, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - While the nation has focused on keeping computer users safe during National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October, 5th Signal Command brought that message home during their Cyber Awareness Week. The week, which included a Junior Development Seminar and an educator's forum, also drew a host of industry representatives together for a Cyber Technology Showcase in the Tony Bass Fitness Center Oct. 10-11.

  • Folgore Brigade paratroopers add Italian flavor to Saber Junction 13

    Oct 23, 2012

    More than 35 Italian paratroopers of the 187th Regiment, Folgore Brigade, stationed in Livorno, wrapped up training in the Saber Junction 13 (SJ-13) multinational exercise at the Vicenza Mission Training Complex on Caserma Ederle Oct. 19. The Italians were one of 19 national contingents taking part in the exercise organized by Joint Multinational Training Command in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

  • Environmental science: Students focus on ways to save energy, resources

    Oct 23, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - With the world's resources dwindling at an ever faster rate and energy costs consistently rising, future planners are realizing that long-term sustainability demands creative solutions. That means including all aspects of energy use, waste disposal and alternative energy construction considerations when first approaching projects. But encouraging everyone to play a role in long-term sustainability also means changing the way many people live their daily lives.

  • Licensed to dumpster dive: Recycling changes coming to Wiesbaden

    Oct 23, 2012

    Big recycling changes are coming to U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden in Germany, and if the preliminary results of a Dumpster diving expedition are any indication, garrison residents are well on their way to being ready.

  • Bulgarian president, senior military leaders visit multinational exercise in Germany

    Oct 22, 2012

    The President of the Republic of Bulgaria visited the Joint Multinational Readiness Center at Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, to observe Bulgarian Special Forces training during exercise Saber Junction, Oct 19, 2012.

  • Senior leader pins Landstuhl Soldiers with space badges

    Oct 22, 2012

    LANDSTUHL, Germany -- During his recent visit to Company C, 53rd Signal Battalion, Lt. Gen. Richard Formica awarded Soldiers with something unique to the Army -- space wings. Formica, commander of U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command & Army Forces Strategic Command, pinned Army's Basic Space Badges on two Soldiers and three Senior Space Badges on noncommissioned officers

  • Boning up on history in the Czech Republic

    Oct 22, 2012

    One Bohemian church turns macabre into a masterpiece. Visitors

  • Ghostly encounters transpire close to Grafenwoehr

    Oct 22, 2012

    Locals discuss ghost stories from the region, but are they just stories? One reporter

  • PCSing with family pets requires planning

    Oct 22, 2012

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- PCSing with pets in tow makes an already hectic process a little more complicated. Before moving back to the U.S. or on to another foreign adventure, pet owners must get medical records, health certificates and vaccines for their pets before they can ship. According to Capt. Annie Eure, officer in charge of the Vilseck Veterinary Treatment Facility, Public Health Command District-North Europe, in order to get a pet to the next destination, owners should plan ahead and keep abreast of all regulations for their incoming duty station.

  • Reading still the great American pastime

    Oct 22, 2012

    Choosing what to read may not be an easy task. Luckily your local librarian can help. In Grafenwoehr

  • Recycling separates the good from the bad

    Oct 22, 2012

    Sure, you recycle. But are you doing it correctly? Local experts provide answers for distinguishing between recyclables and restmuell.

  • A 'Rising Star' is born in Grafenwoehr

    Oct 22, 2012

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- The energy backstage hummed as the five final contestants for Operation Rising Star prepped for their last performance in the Grafenwoehr Performing Arts Center, Oct. 5. Pre-show, the performers passed the time offstage by talking movies and music, dabbing on makeup and occasionally breaking into dance moves. But, in the quiet moments, their quickly bouncing legs, fidgeting hands and thoughtful pacing belied calm demeanors, exposing the nervous excitement of the contestants.

  • Red Ribbon Run reinforces messages of healthy choices

    Oct 20, 2012

    Red Ribbon Week starts Oct. 22. It came early this year at U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern. The Red Ribbon Run, an annual event in the Kaiserslautern Military Community, is attended by thousands. This year Kaiserslautern's substance abuse program was the winner of the 2012 Secretary of Defense Community Drug Awareness Award. It beat out programs at Army bases around the globe and was the only overseas program among all the services to win top honors.

  • German neighbors make Baumholder an ideal location

    Oct 19, 2012

    After the deactivation ceremony for the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Oct. 9, the man responsible for providing logistical support to the brigade and the military community in Baumholder told reporters that Baumholder is an ideal place to be stationed because of the strong support it receives from its German neighbors.

  • Alex Trebek comes to Europe to invite service members to play Jeopardy

    Oct 16, 2012

    It was a long day Oct. 12, 2012, for Alex Trebek and the Jeopardy crew, but by late afternoon they had a group of Wiesbaden service members and family members qualified to be considered for a special July 4, 2013, tribute to the military edition of the popular game show.

  • Project leaves legacy, creates greater understanding of German-American ties

    Oct 16, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - It began with a group of strangers touring a vacant U.S. military housing area near Frankfurt and ended with friends celebrating having made a lasting contribution to German-American relations.

  • Baumholder children become scientists for a day

    Oct 16, 2012

    Children at Baumholder's School Age Services and Teen Center become scientists for the day during 4-H National Youth Science Day Oct. 10.

  • Activation of new unit improves emphasis on contracting oversight

    Oct 15, 2012

    On Oct. 12, the 414th Contracting Support Brigade was activated as part of the Army's continued initiatives to support every Army Service Component Command with a Contracting Support Brigade. 414th CSB Commander Col. Paul Pardew has spent the last year building his organization in order to support US Army Africa and its operations on the African continent

  • "Old school" race is no joke

    Oct 15, 2012

    Soldiers from across Germany struggled through five kilometers of tough terrain as Hohenfels hosted the annual U.S. Forces Europe Combat Cross Country Championship, recently.

  • 409th CSB provides European contracting support

    Oct 12, 2012

    The 21st Theater Sustainment Command's contracting partner, the 409th Contracting Support Brigade, has a geographic footprint that spans across 104 countries and is the Expeditionary Contracting Command's support link on the European and African continents.

  • Hispanic Heritage celebrated in Hohenfels

    Oct 11, 2012

    Hohenfels Community members flocked to the fiesta at the Zone to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a cultural feast of food, music and fun, recently.

  • Bayonet brigade deactivates at Baumholder

    Oct 10, 2012

    The 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducted a casing of the colors ceremony Oct. 9 in the Hall of Champions on Smith Barracks.

  • Hispanic values go hand in hand with military values, speaker says

    Oct 10, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - The most recent Hispanic recipient of the Medal of Honor is Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry, who received the medal from President Barack Obama last year. Petry lost his hand in Afghanistan while saving others from a grenade, and when he received the medal, he became a part of a proud tradition of Hispanics in the U.S. Army.

  • DoDDS educators get a taste of military life

    Oct 10, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - David Craig, a math and physics teacher at Wiesbaden High School, was glad to tour Clay Kaserne for several reasons. The foremost was that he got to see a Blackhawk helicopter up close. He and his students were building helicopter models to study how they work, and seeing the helicopter up close would help him explain their dynamics better.

  • Teaming up to encourage healthy eating, physical fitness

    Oct 10, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - It's a simple concept -- start the day off right and good things will follow. That's what U.S. Army Europe leaders are sharing with school children throughout Europe in an effort to encourage healthier lifestyles.

  • Singers shine at Rising Star competition

    Oct 10, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - The place where Mary Knudson put in hours of practice for her Operation Rising Star performance in Wiesbaden could not have been more appropriate.   Knudson, who sang Martina McBride's "In My Daughter's Eyes" and won the competition, said she sings the song almost every night to her daughter at bedtime. She has sung it to her hundreds of times, she said.   Knudson beat out six other contestants to win the competition and a $500 prize Sept. 21 at the Little Italy Restaurant and Catering Center. She now has a shot at winning the military-wide competition and receiving a professional recording contract, said Joseph Harris III, head of special events for Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

  • Personal trainers provide patrons a path to fitness

    Oct 9, 2012

    With ever-mounting evidence that a healthy lifestyle needs to incorporate not only cardiovascular conditioning but also some sort of resistance training, more and more people are heading to the gym. Unfortunately, statistics show that most will fail to reach their goals.

  • Racers covered in mud faced grueling obstacles to claim victory

    Oct 5, 2012

    Soldiers, spouses, civilian employees and soldiers from the German Armed Forces gave it their all during the U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg's first garrison-level Spartan's Race, Sept. 28, 2012, on Warner Barracks, Germany.

  • WTB Soldiers find recovery through competition

    Oct 5, 2012

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Staff Sgt. Joseph Walker has been part of the Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe for a little over a year, rehabilitating a litany of injuries from traumatic brain injury to severe back and joint pain. "I've been blown up 14 times by IED's," said the U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder Soldier. "But that doesn't stop me from competing."

  • Customer service standards to receive a facelift this fall

    Oct 5, 2012

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- By November, over 1,000 employees in the Bavarian Military Community will begin a new customer service regimen that will regulate how different directorates approach and manage their customer relations. The push, which is one of U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Commander Col. James Saenz's priorities for the military community and an Installation Management Command tasker, will address the shifting realities of a leaner budget and institute a standard of customer service across the BMC. "This is an initiative to get ahead of all that and create quality customer service in the BMC," said Tim Ghormley, lead management analyst for the garrison.

  • Speeding puts drivers on fast track to nowhere

    Oct 5, 2012

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- For many drivers, speeding tickets are a constant threat. The flare of red and blue or the flash of a traffic camera can mean steep fines, points on a license and even long-term driving suspension. Those who drive on the garrison and on local roads must deal with two sets of cops, regulations and punishments when caught speeding.

  • Suicide prevention: 'Even in the depths of crisis, you still have a choice'

    Oct 4, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - "Remember, even in the depths of crisis, you still have a choice. Reach out. You are not weak. You are not alone. Look to your left. Look to your right. We are here. Shoulder to shoulder, Soldier to Soldier, ready to help." Those were the words of Jack Benson, a suicide prevention expert and a founder of the Veteran's Crisis Line, as he spoke before hundreds of U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Soldiers at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center during Suicide Prevention Stand-Down Day, Sept. 20.

  • Real talk with Allison Davis: On domestic abuse

    Oct 3, 2012

    Allison Davis is a mother of three. She's an avid traveler. She's approachable, compassionate, easy to talk, good at listening, and what's more, she has more than 18 years of experience with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. She's the Schweinfurt garrison victim advocate.

  • Expanded surgical services available at U.S. Army Health Center in Vicenza, Italy

    Oct 3, 2012

    An increase in staff and the helping hands of a traveling orthopedic surgeon have expanded same-day surgical services at U.S. Army Health Center Vicenza to the betterment of Soldiers and Family members alike. Surgical services presently available include general surgery, gynecology, orthopedics, oral-maxillofacial surgery, pediatric dentistry and some dermatological procedures. The availability of more same-day services in the Caserma Ederle-based health clinic saves patients both the time and hassle of travel elsewhere for the medical attention they need.

  • Civic leaders receive preview of Baumholder's future

    Oct 1, 2012

    Leaders of the U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder, the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and local civic leaders came together for a garrison hosted civic leaders working luncheon recently in the Rheinlander Community Club to discuss issues affecting the military and civilian communities.

  • Spouse offers final thought during Suicide Prevention Month

    Sep 27, 2012

    Every Soldier that joins the Army repeats the Soldiers' creed. "... I will not accept defeat. I will not quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade...." These words never rang more true. With National Suicide prevention month ending, we find ourselves faced with overwhelming statistics.

  • SALT drives home consequences of drunk driving

    Sep 26, 2012

    The statistics are staggering. In 2010 in America, 10,228 people died in drunk driving crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That's one every 52 minutes. 345,000 were injured. That same year, the FBI's "Crime in the United States" reported nearly 1.5 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence. There were nearly 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving every single day, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • High heels give Soldiers a new perspective

    Sep 26, 2012

    VILSECK, Germany -- When Sgt. Brett Ortiz, 4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, first slipped on a pair of red, two-inch high heels, he was afraid to stand up. And while Ortiz was more worried about balancing his six-foot athletic frame on the thin heels, his feelings were poignant to the cause. Ortiz was one of more than 200 Soldiers who participated in "Walk-a-Mile," an international men's march against domestic violence and sexual assault, here, Sept. 22.

  • NCO stops short of completing 100-mile Nijmegen march to aid fellow Soldier

    Sep 25, 2012

    Sgt. Matthew Felker chose to aid a fellow Soldier in need rather than earn bragging rights for finishing the Nijmegen March, a grueling four-day event held each summer in The Netherlands.

  • ArmyMOVE! weight loss in Vicenza motivates Soldiers to get healthy, stay fit

    Sep 25, 2012

    ArmyMOVE! weight loss classes can lead to more than a better score on a PT test. The three-part classes, held over the course of a month at the Wellness Center on Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy, help participants develop better exercise and nutrition habits that lead to a healthier diet, greater strength and flexibility, and a heightened sense of well-being, said Capt. Timothy Eckard, a physical therapist and chief of rehabilitation services at the U.S. Army Health Clinic-Vicenza. Positive results can be achieved and maintained with as little as 250 minutes of exercise per week - that's just a tad over four hours in the course of seven days.

  • Working dog reunites with handler during bedside hospital visit

    Sep 24, 2012

    JaJo the military working dog was reunited with his handler during a bedside hospital visit in Germany after they were both injured by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

  • Avebury: Stonehenge's big brother

    Sep 24, 2012

    AVEBURY, England -- A blood red moon glared down from the heavens, its pale light gleaming on the mammoth stones starkly etched against the night sky. As I stood staring at a tableau that had remained virtually unchanged for five millennia, it seemed I could feel the unseen eyes of eons past staring out at me from the abyss of time.

  • Passport violations increase in Grafenwoehr

    Sep 24, 2012

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany --The tantalizing proximity of the Czech Republic combined with its distinctly foreign feel makes it a popular destination for Soldiers and family members looking for an easy excursion. But, in the past few months, the garrison has seen an uptick in the number of community members caught crossing the Czech border without a passport. Roughly 20 people a month from U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr have been caught empty handed traveling between the two countries.

  • Outdoor professionals breathe life to WAQ program

    Sep 24, 2012

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- In 2004, more than 130 Soldiers survived a 12-month deployment only to die months later in the relative safety of their communities. The Army took notice. After careful dissection, the Army deduced that these Soldiers were seeking the high levels of adrenaline they had grown accustomed to while downrange. During the reintegration cycle, their bodies couldn't properly dial back the need for the euphoric high that the danger of a combat zone provided.

  • Schweinfurt flexes combat capability muscle with NATO exercise

    Sep 21, 2012

    About 1,200 Dutch, German and Danish troops set up camp on Conn Barracks, Germany, earlier this month to participate in Peregrine Sword -- a NATO exercise that will test the combat readiness of the 11th Air Maneuver Brigade within the Dutch armed forces.

  • Schweinfurt's Victim Advocate cares for all

    Sep 21, 2012

    Allison Davis, the Installation Victim Advocate (VA) for U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt, sits down to discuss her role, how you can avoid sexual assault and confronts fears many victims have.

  • Norris takes command of JMRC

    Sep 20, 2012

    Col. Jeffrey R. Martindale handed over command of the Joint Multinational Readiness Center to Col. John G. Norris at a change of command ceremony held here, Sept. 19.

  • Rocsi Diaz tells Vicenza teens it's OK to be un-cool, warns on social media

    Sep 20, 2012

    Rocsi Diaz, host of BET's flagship hip-hop and R&B video variety show, 106 & Park, talked with Vicenza Military Community high school and middle school students about self-esteem, bullying and protecting themselves on social media during a USO-sponsored visit to area schools Sept. 10. "It's funny how my conversation five years ago with teenagers is nowhere near the same conversation that I'm having now. Now it's all about social media and how to watch yourself and watch bullies that are going to come after you, and be careful what you put up there because you can't take it down," said Diaz.

  • 173rd Airborne Brigade, Italian carabinieri share training, experiences

    Sep 19, 2012

    Noncommissioned officers from the rear detachment of U.S. Army Europe's 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team shared deployment experiences and lessons learned with Italian military law enforcement officers during cultural awareness and information operations training in Vicenza, Italy, Sept. 11.

  • Commander lends a hand at community mail room

    Sep 18, 2012

    When the boss starts getting into "your business" you know there's something wrong. Lt. Col. Michael Sullivan, U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder commander, recently walked into the community mail room and did just that, but there was nothing wrong.

  • Wellness workshop focuses on mind, body, and spirit

    Sep 18, 2012

    The Employee Assistance Program hosted its first Civilian Wellness Day here, Aug. 30, in an effort to inform the community of the many services available to help promote total wellness.

  • U.S. Army Europe chaplains train for current, future operations

    Sep 14, 2012

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Chaplains from around U.S. Army Europe gathered this week for the Chaplaincy Annual Sustainment Training-Europe, a week-long event designed to conduct professional development training and provide relevant and ready ministry teams in support of future pastoral operations.

  • Hammack observes Ansbach's lean, green conservation machine

    Sep 13, 2012

    Katherine Hammack, the assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, visited Ansbach, Germany, Sept. 12-13, 2012, to see energy-saving measures at work. Ansbach is the command headquarters for the Army garrisons Ansbach, Bamberg and Schweinfurt, informally known as the Franconian Military Community.

  • Military couple avert Soldier's suicide attempt

    Sep 13, 2012

    One evening in late July, military police called Sgt. 1st Class Danny Licciardi saying that a Soldier whom he knew needed help.

  • Vicenza opens playgrounds for community

    Sep 13, 2012

    USAG Vicenza refurbished and re-opened three former Child Development Center playgrounds for access by the entire Caserma Ederle community in response to queries received at its monthly INFO-X open house. The age-group specific areas are open to all every day for parent supervised play.

  • Army garrison launches renewable energy project

    Sep 13, 2012

    Energy from new photovoltaic panels atop warehouses at U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern, Germany, will soon provide enough energy for 500 homes and save roughly $50,000 annually.

  • U.S. Army Europe aviators honored once more for Afghanistan rescue

    Sep 13, 2012

    BERLIN -- Two U.S. Army Europe aviation crew members were honored on the opening day of the Berlin Air Show for their part in heroic efforts that saved 12 German soldiers in Afghanistan in 2010. The Americans received awards for valor from the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Sept. 11.

  • Smith CDC renovation begins, children move to Wetzel

    Sep 13, 2012

    Children and caregivers from Smith Child Development Center on Smith Barracks in Baumholder will relocate to the Wetzel CDC while their center is renovated.

  • Hammack sees energy initiatives in Italy

    Sep 13, 2012

    Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment Katherine Hammack visited Vicenza, Italy, Sept. 14, 2012, as her final stop on a 10-day tour of U.S. Army installations in Germany and Italy.

  • Hohenfels youth earns spot on FBU European team

    Sep 12, 2012

    Hohenfels Middle/High School sophomore David Vidovic took a major stride toward the fulfillment of a lifelong dream when he was invited to join the Football University International All Stars European team after a combine held in Ansbach, recently.

  • Students, bikers pay tribute on Patriot Day/National Day of Service and Remembrance

    Sep 12, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Sept. 11, 2012, started with an auditorium full of Wiesbaden Middle School students commemorating Patriot Day/National Day of Service and Remembrance and concluded with a rain-drenched motorcycle rally to Veterans Park on Clay Kaserne. The common theme for the military community youths and German-American bikers was remembering those killed on 9-11 and those still serving in harm's way to help make the world a safer place for everyone.

  • First responders: All Hazards Full Scale Exercise puts U.S., host nation teams to the test

    Sep 11, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - As Wiesbaden community members went about their daily lives Aug. 29-30, more than 100 U.S. and host nation first responders sprang into action to confront a host of hostile actions. Part of annual requirements to test the garrison's Antiterrorism and Emergency Management Plan, the All Hazards Full Scale Exercise set a series of simulated challenges for the military and civilian teams including active shooters, explosions and the taking of hostages.

  • Vicenza Military Community bands together to help Italian charity

    Sep 11, 2012

    Members from Vicenza's Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers, USO, fire fighters and volunteers from Caserma Ederle supported the summer party held Aug. 2 at La Fraglia, a local facility which offers a variety of educational and rehabilitation programs to children and adults with disabilities, for the second year in a row.

  • U.S. Army Europe hosts joint Army-Marine mortuary affairs training

    Sep 11, 2012

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- U.S. Army Europe helped standardize the mortuary affairs process across U.S. forces in Europe by hosting joint-service training at the Army depot in Miesau, Germany, August 29.

  • U.S. Army Europe commanding general highlights European Allies' support in personal 9/11 observance

    Sep 11, 2012

    A couple weeks ago Sue and I had the fantastic opportunity to join 57 Wounded Warriors from the US and our European Coalition partners on a bicycle ride at Bostalsee, Germany. It was an inspirational event. We now not only train and fight alongside our allies, but also heal and rebuild our confidence together.

  • Grafenwoehr Elementary students honor Patriot Day

    Sep 11, 2012

    Dressed in red, white and blue, fourth- and fifth-grade students from Grafenwoehr Elementary School led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance during a Patriot Day commemoration in Grafenwoehr on Sept. 11.

  • USAREUR commander awarded Hessian Order of Merit

    Sep 11, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling was presented the Hessian Order of Merit for outstanding contributions to German-American relations during a ceremony at the so-called "Wiesbaden White House" Sept. 4.

  • Get the latest news at Community Information Brief - online and on social media

    Sep 11, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - The garrison's monthly Community Information Briefings may have once been one of the community's best-kept secrets, but thanks to social media that is no longer the case. Held regularly in the Community Activity Center on Clay Kaserne, the CIBs have always been packed full of the latest news and information about upcoming events, programs and changes impacting all those who live and work in the greater Wiesbaden military community, but only those who were able to attend participated in the open forum.

  • Americans treated to free concert at Wiesbaden Kurhaus

    Sep 11, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Several dozen leaders and members of the Wiesbaden military community were able to time-travel through music back to the days of German Emperor Wilhelm II, thanks to the generosity of a local couple. "We wanted to bring some joy to the American Soldiers and share this unique opportunity of a historic German Army band concert as we have a longstanding special relationship with the Wiesbaden community," said Dieter Werner, a retired board member of the USO, married to American Chris Brady-Werner. He is also with the German Kidney and Urinary Tract Foundation, which has a strong link to the spa city of Wiesbaden and hosted the benefit concert.

  • Silver Award: Girl Scout project benefits community swimmers

    Sep 11, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Looking for a good place to go swimming in or around Wiesbaden? Community members can find a wealth of information about swimming pools in the Rhein-Main area on the garrison's home page, thanks to a project by two Wiesbaden Girl Scouts.

  • Parent-to-Parent: Creating a routine is key to successful homework completion

    Sep 11, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - There's a saying at the Wiesbaden Parent to Parent program: "Do routine things routinely." When it comes to homework, establishing a routine is one of the most important ways parents can help their children, said Lisa Craven, a Wiesbaden Parent to Parent team member. "Find that routine that works for your family or your child and do that routinely," she said.

  • Running around the clock: Community athletes join their German neighbors in annual 25-Hour Run

    Sep 11, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - A record number of runners ran around and around the Wiesbaden Kurpark for a good cause Sept. 8-9.   Seventy-one teams turned out for the eighth annual 25-Hour Run, hosted by the Wiesbaden Sports Promotion Association, which raises money to train young athletes in Germany. Among the 1,450 athletes were four U.S. teams -- a joint German-American police team, Wiesbaden Health Clinic, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden and 485th Intelligence Squadron -- including Soldiers and Airmen, civilians and family members.

  • Energy experts gather in Heidelberg

    Sep 11, 2012

    The Installation Management Command Europe hosted an energy symposium for garrison leaders, energy managers and German civilian energy experts at Patrick Henry Village in Heidelberg, Germany, Sept. 11, 2012.

  • Top 10 things every single Soldier should know about Germany

    Sep 10, 2012

    From what to do to whom to ask… Real talk to single Soldiers from a single Soldier.

  • Call of duty: Four Soldiers discuss the event that changed their lives

    Sep 10, 2012

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - For Staff Sgt. David Sanders, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 172nd Infantry Brigade, the recruiter's call came at "the perfect time." Just weeks previous, the attack on the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, had left Sanders enraged and itching for a way to help his traumatized nation. "The only thing that went through my mind was, 'Oh hell no! Not my country. You did not just do this to my country,'" he said. So when the recruiter rang, Sanders enlisted.

  • High ropes course delivered early

    Sep 10, 2012

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - It's a common occurrence for construction projects to run well past the allotted time, but when you combine the Army's attention to detail peppered with German ingenuity, a project like FMWR's high ropes course can be cooked up early; finishing in time to support an important Army program is the cherry on top. A new Outdoor Recreation complex is currently underway near Dickhaeuter Lake on the Grafenwoehr Training Area. The new facility will offer an indoor climbing wall, onsite camping, a snack bar and a full range of rental gear for every adventure including canoeing, klettersteig and skiing. Additionally, the complex includes an onsite outdoor high ropes course that allows participants to climb, negotiate and traverse more than 1,000 feet of obscure obstacles. While the complex itself is not set to open until May 2013, the high ropes portion was finished early and released in support of redeploying 172nd Infantry Brigade Soldiers as they tread through the Warrior Adventure Quest program.

  • Absentee voting keeps overseas voters relevant

    Sep 10, 2012

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- With the presidential tickets decided and convention season now in the rearview mirror, voters are preparing to cast their ballots and cross their fingers for their candidates. Casting a ballot from Germany, however, isn't as simple as skipping over to the local polling place. Overseas and military voters must register in their state of residence, request an absentee ballot and return the completed ballot to effectively cast a vote. These steps are, of course, met with strict deadlines which vary from state to state.

  • Civilians enjoy a day of well-being

    Sep 10, 2012

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Health-conscious civilians gathered at the USO Building in Grafenwoehr on Aug. 29, to contemplate their minds, bodies and spirits in the first ever Civilian Wellness Day. Nurses, spouses, local nationals and Department of the Army civilians kicked off their devoted day of well-being with a series of presentations from local subject matter experts on energy management, spiritual wholeness, nutrition and balance.

  • Hickey DFAC named best in Europe once again

    Sep 10, 2012

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - The Lawrence T. Hickey Dining Facility has once again established itself as the best civilian-run mess hall in Europe by winning this year's U.S. Army Europe Phillip A. Connelly Award. The Connelly Award recognizes "The Best in Food Service" for military dining facilities based on personal hygiene, preparation, sanitation, fiscal restraint and, of course, food quality. As the USAREUR victors, the Hickey DFAC will move onto the "A" level and contend for the title of top civilian-run DFAC in the Army.

  • Pullman City: The American West comes to Bavaria

    Sep 10, 2012

    EGING AM SEE, Germany - Tucked away down a small road about 20 miles northwest of Passau sits Pullman City, a replica of an American Old West town complete with saloons, wooden sidewalks, cows and gunslingers. Pullman City offers a taste of the Old West, Bavarian style, with trick riders spinning somersaults from galloping horses, and bison grazing in the fields. Disreputable cowpokes stroll the streets, rifles on their shoulders, and Native Americans perform tribal dances in traditional costumes.

  • Job fairs offer opportunities for transitioning Soldiers, veterans, Family members

    Sep 10, 2012

    SAN ANTONIO--Are you a Soldier transitioning from active duty and looking for your next job? A veteran? Or a Family member wanting to continue your career? Garrison Army Career and Alumni Program and Army Community Service offices support hundreds of job fairs on or near our installations every year. Here is a list of events for transitioning Soldiers, veterans and Family members coming up in the next three months.

  • U.S. Army Europe launches mobile-friendly website to highlight mission on continent

    Sep 7, 2012

    U.S. Army Europe's official website is now mobile-device friendly, no matter which handset users favor.

  • Garrison hosts Army environment leader

    Sep 7, 2012

    STUTTGART, Germany -- The Honorable Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, visited Stuttgart Sept. 7 as part of a Europe-wide trip to learn about energy and cost-saving initiatives across the theater.

  • Sky Soldiers memorialized at Vicenza ceremony

    Sep 7, 2012

    The 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team Family memorialized three of their own Sept. 6 in a ceremony at the post chapel on Caserma Ederle. More than 300 Soldiers, Family members, friends and staff filled the chapel to pay tribute to Pfc. Andrew J. Keller and Pfc. Shane W. Cantu of 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, and to Spc. James A. Justice of 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

  • Grafenwoehr's Net Zero program eliminates landfill, creates clean energy

    Sep 7, 2012

    Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, visited U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, Germany, Sept. 7, 2012, to assess the garrison's progress with energy initiatives and Net Zero.

  • Assistant Secretary visits U.S. Army installations in Europe

    Sep 7, 2012

    The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, the Honorable Katherine Hammack, is touring U.S. Army installations in Germany and Italy.

  • Bamberg chaplain recounts service on 9/11, days following

    Sep 6, 2012

    Like most Americans, Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Joanne Martindale remembers where she was on Sept. 11, 2001, but she also has vivid memories of where she spent the next month and a half. Martindale, the deployment support chaplain in Bamberg, was a chaplain in the New Jersey National Guard on 9/11 and was activated that day. She said she spent Sept. 11 notifying families of the deaths of loved ones in the World Trade Center and then spent the next 45 days at the heart of the recovery and clean-up effort. Martindale said she received a phone call telling her she had been activated shortly after arriving at her job as director of chaplaincy at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in New Jersey and hearing about the terrorist attacks.

  • Saving energy, money by consolidating, divesting and investing

    Sep 6, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- Transformation in U.S. Army Europe has provided planners with the unique opportunity to accomplish three goals while helping protect the environment and providing for a sustainable future. That has meant consolidating, divesting and investing, according to Col. David Carstens, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander.


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