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  • 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

  • Hohenfels leadership takes charge of energy reduction

    Feb 26, 2013

    Significant funds to help maintain vital Army programs like family services may be hiding out in your office.

  • Hohenfels celebrates National Black History Month

    Feb 26, 2013

    Hohenfels celebrates with an evening of song, dance and great food.

  • Groundbreaking ceremony signals start of construction on new Wiesbaden Exchange

    Feb 26, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Officials broke ground for the new Exchange shopping center in Hainerberg Housing Feb. 22. "Today we take a further important step in providing support for our growing community of service members, civilians, families and retirees with arguably the most eagerly anticipated project in the entire Wiesbaden transformation process -- the new Exchange," said Col. David Carstens, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander, during the groundbreaking ceremony.

  • Planting green space at Del Din

    Feb 22, 2013

    As Del Din prepares to open in the second half of this year, outfitting of the facilities is in full swing and goes well beyond the singular structures. Providing Soldiers an attractive, well-organized landscape design plays an important role in the sustainability strategies of an installation that aims at being a model for the stewardship of natural resources.

  • Vicenza Middle School students explore Venice Carnevale

    Feb 22, 2013

    The Italian 2 class at Vicenza Middle School had a chance to practice their Italian while combining a photo scavenger hunt with Carnevale in Venice Feb. 7.

  • Club Beyond teens have winter blitz in Alps

    Feb 22, 2013

    Thirty-seven Vicenza High School students rang in the New Year with fireworks in the Austrian Alps while attending a weeklong Military Communities Youth Ministries-sponsored camp, Winter Blitz 2012-2013, at the Olympia Hotel in Innsbruck, Austria. About 350 Air Force, Navy and Army teenagers attended along with Club Beyond staff and volunteers. Club Beyond Vicenza was represented by its largest number of participants ever, a turn out due at least in part to 30 students receiving scholarship support through MCYM donors.

  • AFN Livorno bids arrivederci to Camp Darby

    Feb 22, 2013

    The microphones are switched off, the soundboard no longer glows with life and the red "On Air" light has ceased flashing -- telltale signs of the end of an era on Camp Darby. After nearly 30 years of live local broadcasting to the military community in northern Italy, American Forces Network Livorno signed off for the final time Feb. 14.

  • Warrior Challenge warms up wintery Valentine's Day

    Feb 22, 2013

    Cupid was doing his best to warm things up for the St. Valentine's Day Warrior Challenge, but Jack Frost put a definite chill in the air Feb. 14 at the Sports and Fitness track on Caserma Ederle. Sixteen 2-member teams took part in this sixth Warrior Challenge event put on by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation for Soldiers and Families. Competitors in five categories charged through 9 Valentine's-themed obstacles and challenges.

  • Breathe your way to better health

    Feb 22, 2013

    Your breathing can be a powerful ally in coping with temporary physical and emotional states during stress. The Army's new Tactical Breather mobile application, available through T2 Health, the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, is a great tool for initiating the body's relaxation response

  • Italian and American students explore Asiago together

    Feb 22, 2013

    Science, math and history, English and Italian, may seem like vastly different school subjects, but for 16 Vicenza High School students and 22 students from Vicenza's Liceo Scientifico "G.B. Quadri," all of these subjects and skills came into play during a joint school trip to the "Colle Pennar" planetarium-observatory and war memorial in Asiago Feb. 5.

  • Cougar wrestlers take Division II title at European Championships

    Feb 22, 2013

    The Vicenza Cougars capped a stellar season by taking the Division II title in DoDDS-European Wrestling Championship play in Wiesbaden, Germany, Feb. 15-16. The Cougars amassed a total of 108 points for their first-place finish, followed by SHAPE in second place with 89 points and Aviano in third with 62.5 points

  • Kaiserslautern NCO turns finances around with ACS help

    Feb 22, 2013

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- When Staff Sgt. Joe Kibe recently vacationed with his family in Spain, his mind rested easy knowing his finances were in order. That wasn't the case a year or so ago, before Army resources helped him tackle debts.

  • Daddy Daughter Dance sweeps girls off their feet

    Feb 20, 2013

    This year's formal affair is the most popular dance yet

  • Local DJ wins Soldier of the Year

    Feb 20, 2013

    Spc. Monique Moore wasn't supposed to be a broadcast journalist, but that hasn't stopped her from excelling

  • Essay earns student trip to Washington, D.C.

    Feb 19, 2013

    Hohenfels Middle/High School junior Jackson Pierce earns high honors with his answer to the question "Is our Constitution still relevant."

  • Embracing Life: Garrison National Prayer Breakfast

    Feb 15, 2013

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- Soldiers at U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern commemorated the 60th Anniversary of the National Prayer Breakfast this year at Vogelweh's Armstrong Club. U.S. units in the Kaiserslautern Military Community regularly hold such events in early February. Guest speaker for this year's Army event was Chaplain (Col.) Christopher Wisdom, chaplain for Installation Management Command, Europe.

  • Culinary Arts Faire comes to Baumholder High School

    Feb 15, 2013

    Culinary students from throughout Europe came to Baumholder American High School to compete in the second European Culinary Arts Faire Feb. 13 and 14. Nine teams from eight Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Europe competed in team and individual categories during the intense two-day event.

  • Dental commander talks readiness, offers civilian care

    Feb 15, 2013

    Commanders and other leaders got a close look at what the Baumholder Dental Clinic provides to the community during a command focused open house Feb. 1. The open house was a first for the Baumholder Dental Clinic and the idea originated from the clinic staff, who suggested it would be a good idea to reach out to the community.

  • Classical piano performance, artistic recognition at Vicenza, Italy, schools

    Feb 14, 2013

    A cornucopia of artistic talent was on display at Vicenza Elementary and Middle Schools Friday on a day that saw classical music performances by renowned Italian pianist Davide Franceschetti and the recognition of student artists for their submissions to the National PTA-sponsored Reflections: The Magic of a Moment competition.

  • Fight fans treated to action-packed evening at Black History Month Boxing Tournament

    Feb 14, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - It was an evening that offered something for everyone -- knockdowns, slugfests, giveaways and sheer bravado in the ring.   "We're here as part of our Black History Month Celebration -- we've got a great evening planned for you," said U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Command Sgt. Maj. Sa'eed Mustafa.

  • Lynch named Wiesbaden's Youth of the Year

    Feb 14, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Winning is nothing new for U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Youth of the Year Natalia Lynch. The recipient of a slew of honors, including the Young Georgia Author Award in 2006, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America Talent Search (for her involvement with the Wiesbaden band Volition) in 2012 and now Runner-Up in the Installation Management Command-Europe BGCA Military Youth of the Year competition, takes it all in stride.

  • Sky Soldiers train land navigation with Italian peers

    Feb 14, 2013

    Four Sky Soldiers of the Vicenza, Italy, based 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team graduated from a three-week land navigation course taught by the 1st Tuscania Parachute Regiment, a division of the Italian Carabinieri Police Force. The Tuscania are a special operations-capable unit that can deploy anywhere in the world, and the only airborne group within the Carabinieri.

  • Local students celebrate Fasching in style

    Feb 13, 2013

    Schools channel curriculum while getting into the Carnival spirit

  • Sgt. Caquan Palmer -- Hurricane Sandy Survivor & Volunteer

    Feb 12, 2013

    Sgt. Caquan "Cue" Palmer of the 9th Engineer Battalion, middle, documents Hurricane Sandy damage in a New York structure. He served as a team leader in an emergency response organization to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy--this, during a time of personal anguish and crisis.

  • Energy audit: IMCOM works with garrison to find ways to conserve

    Feb 12, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Just as individuals play a role in saving energy, organizations also have ways of better using available resources. That's one of the reasons why the Army's Installation Management Command regularly audits installations to see how energy use is monitored, to eliminate inefficiencies and to seek ways to reduce costs.

  • Wiesbaden Army Lodge supervisor best Army-wide

    Feb 12, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - There must be something in the water in Wiesbaden that breeds excellence. After a host of accomplishments in the past two years -- Housing Manager of the Year, Installation Management Command Stalwart Runner-Up, Army Community of Excellence Gold and Sustainment Awards and IMCOM-E Youth of the Year Runner Up among other honors, the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden can now also celebrate having the best Army Lodging Supervisor of the Year.

  • Anti-bullying: Wiesbaden boxers share message of respect with students

    Feb 12, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - When Sgt. 1st Class Adam Martinez was growing up, his father taught him how to box so he could protect himself and his sister from bullies. These days, Martinez is the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Combat Sports head coach, and he not only teaches children about boxing, but also how to stop bullying without resorting to violence.

  • Digital artists recognized in Boys and Girls Clubs of America competitions

    Feb 12, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - It all started when Owen Machuta's friends Dante and Logan wanted to join the Music Club at School Age Services at Hainerberg Housing. Machuta, 10, would not have joined the club otherwise, and as a result he created an electronic song that won first place in the Boys and Girls Clubs of America Digital Arts Festival. To win, he competed against children at military installations overseas, and then with children throughout the United States.

  • 'Nothing but bulls'

    Feb 11, 2013

    Vilseck Lady Falcons are competing this week at the Junior ROTC Air Rifle National Championships

  • Young artist's work captures life as a military child

    Feb 11, 2013

    Lauren Sink's artwork is chosen for high honors with the Military Child Education Coalition.

  • Secondo Piatto: Cooking in Italy

    Feb 8, 2013

    Being stationed in Italy is not only a chance to experience the local cuisine, but also a chance to bring those flavors and memories with you to your next duty station. Vicenza Military Community foodies and novice cooks looking to expand their cooking repertoire discovered the art of cooking Italian terra and mare (meat and seafood) secondo piatto (main course dishes) during an ODR cooking class at the l'Istituto San Gaetano di Vicenza Jan. 17.

  • USAG Ansbach dental clinics bring smiles to children off post

    Feb 8, 2013

    Members of the Katterbach and Illesheim dental clinics visited the Kinder-Jugend-Familienhilfe Ansbach Kastanienhof, a home for children of troubled families, Jan. 31 to donate toys collected during the holiday season.

  • Italian, American squads make friends on the court

    Feb 8, 2013

    A healthy mix of competitiveness and good sportsmanship were on display at the Caserma Ederle Fitness Center Jan. 26 when the Vicenza Middle School Yellow Jackets took on the visiting Mestrino Raptors in a friendly Italian-American basketball game.

  • How bazaar, in Pumastan

    Feb 8, 2013

    Beginning in November of last year at Vicenza Middle School, George Hanby's seventh-grade World Geography students had to make a choice. From among the regions they were studying -- the Middle East, Russia and Asia -- each student had to choose a country and conduct research on its background, history, geography and culture.

  • 'Dog father' retires from military service

    Feb 7, 2013

    A military working dog, Lando, retired from military service Feb. 1, 2013, at Conn Barracks in Schweinfurt, Germany. Lando served eight years with the Army, deployed four times, and tallied up 15 confirmed finds downrange.

  • Sunrise Lodge is the best little hotel in the Army

    Feb 7, 2013

    Extraordinary customer service marks the winner of the small facility Army Lodging Operation of the Year.

  • AAFES barber costs adjusted through local survey

    Feb 7, 2013

    The cost of military-style haircuts on-post has been a hot topic here for years. So a cadre of Soldiers and civilians hit the streets Jan. 22 to tally local barbershop prices that will be used to determine future AAFES barbershop costs.

  • Fox Sports adds oomph to Commander's Challenge

    Feb 7, 2013

    MLB players and Fox Sports Girls join 2CR on obstacle-strewn run

  • Grafenwoehr Soldiers share the diamond with MLB greats

    Feb 6, 2013

    Soldiers from 709th MP Bn. and 172nd Inf. Bde. battle for Fox Sports wiffleball title

  • Wiesbaden Middle School confronts profanity, respect issue among students

    Feb 5, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - When a sixth-grade boy at Wiesbaden Middle School gave a girl a letter filled with profanity and Julie Wahlers found out about it, she put on her victim advocate hat and responded. Wahlers, victim advocate for the Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program, put together a team of five advocates to speak to sixth-graders at the school, and they met with the students Jan. 16. Members of the team split up to speak to the boys and girls separately.

  • Community opens doors during German-American visit

    Feb 5, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Several American youths were among more than 30 kindergarteners from the Wiesbaden Obermayr School to visit the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Fire Department on Clay Kaserne Jan. 15. The visit, part of a command effort to encourage more partnership and transparency between the host nation and U.S. military communities, offered the youths and teachers an opportunity to learn more about one another.

  • Thrift Shop gets new home in Mainz-Kastel

    Feb 5, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Looking for a bargain and a way to help the community? Both can be accomplished easily in one simple visit to the Wiesbaden Community Spouses Club's new Thrift Shop on Mainz-Kastel Storage Station. The store, which recently relocated to Building 4013 (from next to the Community Bank to across from the shoppette), now offers six times as much space, allowing for a much wider display area and expanded offerings.

  • Justice makes the catch

    Feb 5, 2013

    Major League Baseball players and Fox broadcasters visit Grafenwoehr as part of Fox Sports' "Spring Training to the Troops."

  • Netzaberg students hang with MLB stars

    Feb 5, 2013

    Fox Sports' "Spring Training to the Troops" brings Major League Baseball players and Fox broadcasters to Grafenwoehr

  • MLB players teach a Youth Baseball Clinic in Grafenwoehr

    Feb 5, 2013

    MLB and Fox Sports unite to bring baseball legends to Grafenwoehr

  • Jill Biden visits Grafenwoehr

    Feb 4, 2013

    Jill Biden, Ph.D., wife of Vice President Joe Biden, spent a day visiting military families, teachers, students and Soldiers, Feb. 2, 2013, in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

  • Dr. Jill Biden visits Grafenwoehr

    Feb 2, 2013

    Dr. Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, talks with teachers at the Grafenwoehr (Germany) Elementary School during a visit to the training center Feb. 2, joined by U.S. Army Europe deputy commander Maj. Gen. James C. Boozer (left) and Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport Sr. (center).

  • Take a trip through time in Turkey

    Feb 1, 2013

    Even in winter, Turkey's southern coast offers myriad adventures.

  • Italian parachute regiment trains at home of Sky Soldiers

    Jan 31, 2013

    Italian paratroopers of the 186th Regiment, Folgore Brigade, stationed in Pisa and Livorno, traveled to Caserma Ederle in Vicenza this month to conduct a regimental level Command Post Exercise, or CPX, at the Vicenza Mission Training Complex. The rotation was the latest in an ongoing series of joint trainings and exchanges with their airborne partners, the Sky Soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

  • Installations remain Army Strong despite hiring freeze

    Jan 31, 2013

    Army installations will continue to hire the critical career fields, from firefighters to child care workers, in accordance with guidance regarding a Army-wide hiring freeze and release of term and temporary civilian personnel.

  • Army dentist, yo-yo champ gives students physics lesson

    Jan 31, 2013

    Dr. (Maj.) Kevin Parker, a 1997 Southwest Yo-Yo Champion, captivates Hainerberg Elementary School audience during a yo-yo demonstration.

  • Vicenza's Soldiers' Theatre takes first at One-Act Festival

    Jan 31, 2013

    The Soldiers' Theatre production of "Controlling Interest" was selected Jan. 20 as the winner of the Best Show award at the IMCOM-Europe One Act Festival Competition held in Kaiserslautern, Germany. The cast, consisting of JonLuca DeCaro, Luke Johnson, Shonnette Jones, John Seward, Brittany Starr and Danny Woodruff, also took first place as Best Ensemble.

  • Wiesbaden Middle School confronts profanity, respect issue

    Jan 31, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - When a sixth-grade boy at Wiesbaden Middle School gave a girl a letter filled with profanity and Julie Wahlers found out about it, she put on her victim advocate hat and responded. Wahlers, victim advocate for the Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program, put together a team of five advocates to speak to sixth-graders at the school, and they met with the students Jan. 16. Members of the team split up to speak to the boys and girls separately.

  • Identity: Community leaders celebrate customer service, role models during workforce meeting

    Jan 31, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden's workforce celebrated a yearlong effort to enhance overall customer satisfaction, recognize role models and unveil further efforts to create a sense of identity in the Wiesbaden military community. "When I first spoke here a year ago I talked about creating a home here -- not just for Headquarters U.S. Army Europe, but for our 20,000 Soldiers, civilians and family members here in Wiesbaden," said Col. David Carstens, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander, to the hundreds of Soldiers and civilians gathered in the Wiesbaden Fitness Center Jan 25.

  • Community opens doors during German-American visit

    Jan 31, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Several American youths were among more than 30 kindergarteners from the Wiesbaden Obermayr School to visit the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Fire Department on Clay Kaserne Jan. 15. The visit, part of a command effort to encourage more partnership and transparency between the host nation and U.S. military communities, offered the youths and teachers an opportunity to learn more about one another.

  • 3-58 Aviation Operations Battalion wins Air Traffic Control Unit of the Year

    Jan 31, 2013

    The Army Aviation Association of America awarded the Air Traffic Control unit of the year award Tuesday January 29, 2013 to 3-58th Airfield Operations Battalion for their outstanding performance in 2012.

  • Viper Pit provides unique training environment

    Jan 29, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - When members of the 421st Multifunctional Medical Battalion moved from Wiesbaden to Baumholder in 2012, they took their tactical field care training facility with them. Thanks to a joint effort by the Wiesbaden Army Health Clinic and the Training Support Center, a brand new "Viper Pit" was established in the same location on Clay Kaserne offering Soldiers and other first responders a local opportunity to learn valuable lifesaving skills in a simulated combat environment.

  • Garrison makes sponsorship a priority to help Soldiers transition

    Jan 29, 2013

    Spc. Ezonica Castellano's transition to U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, Germany, went as smoothly as possible, largely because her sponsor was proactive and eager to help.

  • Owners bringing pets into Germany will pay new fee starting Feb. 1

    Jan 28, 2013

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Members of the U.S. forces community who bring their pets along when they arrive in Germany for assignment will be charged a fee by German authorities beginning Feb. 1.

  • Korean sword fighting class teaches more than combat

    Jan 28, 2013

    Students learn discipline, focus and respect through precision with a sword, says fourth-degree Black Belt Master Yoon-Joo Bae.

  • Hohenfels kicks off Military Saves Week with 'Information Fair'

    Jan 28, 2013

    Military Saves is a national campaign designed to persuade, motivate and encourage military families to save money every month.

  • Army Community Service offers free employment seminars to employees of closing garrison

    Jan 25, 2013

    U.S. Army Garrison Baden-Württemberg might be closing its doors by the end of the summer, but Army Community Service staff in Heidelberg is working overtime to continue its programs, classes and initiatives.

  • U.S. Army Europe commander visits 'Sky Soldiers' in Italy

    Jan 25, 2013

    U.S. Army Europe commander Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr. recently visited with Soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team at Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy, thanking them for their contributions to USAREUR's partnerships with Italy and Europe and applauding the brigade's successful completion of its most recent combat tour.

  • Owners bringing pets into Germany will pay new fee starting Feb. 1

    Jan 25, 2013

    Members of the U.S. forces community who bring their pets along when they arrive in Germany for assignment will be charged a fee by German authorities, beginning Feb. 1, 2013.

  • Catching the wind with Vicenza ODR

    Jan 23, 2013

    ALLEGHE', Italy - Flying into the air off a 15-foot jump, doing 360s and other tricks, and landing on what looks like an airbag or giant pillow is a rush that snowboarders like Chris Wolff and Reid Erickson look forward to whenever the first snow begins to fall.

  • Darby Military Community Ops Center takes lead role

    Jan 23, 2013

    As times change, so do the ways we conduct business. In a sign of the times, the Darby Military Community Directorate of Training, Plans, Mobilization and Security office has come online and changed its name to the Darby Military Community Operations Center.

  • Vicenza examines CDC employee records

    Jan 23, 2013

    In this commentary, USAG Vicenza Commander, Col. David Buckingham, assures community members can be confident about the safety of their children in Vicenza CDC's.

  • American music strikes a chord

    Jan 23, 2013

    A wide range of American musical styles were in evidence as the Soldiers' Theatre celebrated the third anniversary of its monthly Music Café program Jan. 19. From traditional jazz and Elvis in the 1950s, through the blues, soul and rock explosions of the '60s, to the hip-hop and punk of today, American musical influence has been alive and kicking around the world, including Italy.

  • The cure for cabin fever: get the family outdoors

    Jan 23, 2013

    There's a picture of me and my sisters in cheesy 70's snowsuit with our dad who had strapped the baby to his back; all of us on cross-country skis. My mother had taken the photo from the front porch, telling us stay out of the house for at least two hours. As a child you don't know the phrase "cabin fever", but as an adult you quickly learn that the kids will go nuts if you keep them cooped up during the long, cold winter months. As a result of a cooped-up whining child of my own, I was more than willing to shell out the exorbitant cost of private ski lessons for her just so I could get two hours of peace and silence up in the mountains. Though, I kindly dressed her in a cheesy 2010 version of a 70's style snowsuit.

  • Bathe in beer in the Czech Republic

    Jan 23, 2013

    Travelers bathe in a unique spa experience in the Czech Republic.

  • MLK Day celebration honors King's tenacity

    Jan 23, 2013

    Continuing King's legacy means "A day on, not a day off"

  • Latest way to get fit in Vicenza

    Jan 23, 2013

    Are you interested in increasing fitness skills as part of your New Year's resolutions? If yes, a good opportunity for an effective workout may be available at the newly opened facility known as The Bubble, where Burn Your Fat Off classes are being held Wednesdays and Fridays using TRX equipment.

  • 3 local Soldiers save another Soldier's life

    Jan 23, 2013

    Three local Soldiers, two from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment and one from the 172nd Infantry Brigade, looked to their Army training, bravery and gumption to save a man's life after a train ran over him at the Hauptbahnhof in Nurember, Germany, Dec. 22, 2013.

  • A journey in time: Soldier finds German grandfather's grave in Italy

    Jan 23, 2013

    On a serene Sicilian hillside, an American Soldier recently placed a small flower bouquet beside the name of a fallen German soldier.

  • Garrison gymnastics program motivates young people

    Jan 23, 2013

    LANDSTUHL, Germany -- Tumbling across mats, balancing on beams and flipping over uneven bars offers children at U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern more than just an extracurricular class. The gymnastics program, part of the garrison's Child, Youth & School Services program, creates an opportunity for young people to work hard, learn healthy habits, find discipline and compete locally, said instructor Petra McPherson. For McPherson, nothing is greater than a watching a child increase their self-esteem.

  • Student jazz musicians wow Landstuhl crowd

    Jan 23, 2013

    LANDSTUHL, Germany - Student musicians wrapped the 2013 Department of Defense Dependents School Europe Jazz Seminar with a free concert at Landstuhl's Stadthalle on Jan 17. Professor Jiggs Whigham, a well-known jazz trombonist and educator, led the ensemble. The packed house enjoyed 90 minutes of big band jazz, focused on the music of Stan Kenton. The concert was the culmination of the weeklong DoDDS-Europe seminar, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year.

  • Army civilian misconduct talks key to efficiency

    Jan 23, 2013

    SEMBACH, Germany -- U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern hosted the 2013 Civilian Misconduct Conference Jan. 13 at the Sembach Community Activities Center. The theme of the conference was to "ensure the safety, good order and discipline within military communities." The daylong event brought together misconduct officers from three Army garrisons, Air Force authorities, German Polizei and vital community resources, like substance abuse counselors and school liaison officers.

  • Baumholder works to minimize personnel cuts

    Jan 22, 2013

    A slapstick newcomers video, and a look at Baumholder's past, present and future set an upbeat tone at the U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder personnel assembly Jan. 16 but the downside came when it was announced that five personnel positions will be affected by a reduction in force action.

  • Deployed Soldiers receive community donation

    Jan 22, 2013

    Soldiers from the 92nd Military Police Company currently deployed to Afghanistan will soon receive care packages courtesy of the employees at the video store in the Rheinlander Community Club in Baumholder, Germany.

  • Soldiers, civilians march to remember Dr. King's legacy

    Jan 22, 2013

    "Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. That is the interrelated structure of reality." "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." WIESBADEN, Germany - During his lifetime Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood as a towering role model for doing what's right in the face of discrimination, cruel injustice and a staggering silent majority.

  • Secretary of Defense visits Soldiers of U.S. Army Europe's 173rd Airborne Brigade

    Jan 17, 2013

    VICENZA, Italy - Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta visited with Soldiers of U.S. Army Europe's 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team at Caserma Ederle here, Jan. 17.

  • U.S. Army Europe, European Command lead first Balkans senior NCO conference

    Jan 16, 2013

    PRISTINA, Kosovo - Senior noncommissioned officers from the Balkans region are meeting here this week with U.S. Army Europe and U.S. European Command senior enlisted leaders during the first Regional Senior NCO Conference for the Land Forces Senior NCO and Senior Enlisted Leader.

  • A behind the scenes look at AFN Bavaria

    Jan 16, 2013

    Soldiers at AFN Bavaria explain the ins and outs and ups and downs of working in radio and television.

  • Wiesbaden ceremony welcomes Lt. Gen. Campbell to USAREUR command

    Jan 16, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - "It's great to be back in Germany," said Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell Jr. to reporters after formally assuming command of U.S. Army Europe. Campbell accepted the command colors from Adm. James Stavridis, commander of the U.S. European Command, during a ceremony in the Wiesbaden Fitness Center Jan. 9.

  • Wiesbaden High School opens on-campus cafeteria

    Jan 16, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Wiesbaden High School senior Kenyatta Agiza was all smiles after becoming the first person to buy a lunch in the school's brand-new cafeteria Jan. 7. "It's really convenient not to have to walk so far to get lunch," Agiza said. "Before, we either had to walk to the commissary or to Pizza Hut. Now we have more options and healthy food."

  • Wiesbaden JROTC cadets take on trash cleanup project

    Jan 16, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - After several people complained about the amount of trash between Wiesbaden High School and the Post Exchange, members of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps decided to clean it up.

  • Bus stop safety, anti-bullying video highlights at community-school council meeting

    Jan 16, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Safety at a Newman Village school bus stop, a student-produced anti-bullying video and the Student-2-Student program were topics at the Installation Advisory Committee meeting Jan. 13 at Wiesbaden High School. The IAC meetings and individual School Advisory Council or SAC meetings provide school administrators, partnership units, parents and community leaders with an opportunity to share issues of concern. SAC and IAC meetings are held quarterly with the IAC hosted by a different school each meeting.

  • Fitness Day breaks the exercise ice

    Jan 15, 2013

    Community members find one-stop-shop for classes and trainers at the Grafenwoehr gym

  • U.S. Army Europe forces support NATO missile defense

    Jan 14, 2013

    U.S. Soldiers in Europe partner with NATO and host nation forces in Turkey for missile defense operation

  • Refueling in Rome -- Good eats near big sites

    Jan 14, 2013

    Eating well is Rome is separating the wheat from the chaff. One writer discovers dining decadence near some of the world's most famous antiquities.

  • Busy flu season expected for Europe

    Jan 14, 2013

    While the peak of the flu season hasn't hit Europe yet, signs from the U.S. indicate it could be one of the worst in recent years.

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