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  • Heat kills: Girl Scout project aimed at protecting pets

    Jun 3, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - "If you love your dog, you should leave it at home when you go shopping." That's the advice one Girl Scout gave Wiesbaden community members during the summer campaign kickoff themed "Heat Kills."

  • Airborne museum houses one-of-a-kind artifacts that honor historic jump during D-Day invasion

    Jun 3, 2009

    SAINTE MERE EGLISE, France - This town loves paratroopers - in particular, American paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne and the 101st Airborne Divisions.

  • Church tower, windows pay tribute to paratroopers who jumped into first town liberated during World

    Jun 2, 2009

    SAINTE MERE EGLISE, France -- It was the middle of the night and the town of Sainte Mere Eglise was on fire. Occupied by the Germans since June 18, 1940, the town had survived several allied air raids.

  • Grafenwoehr VFW continues 'Flags In' tradition

    Jun 2, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, the National Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. However, it was not until May 30, 1868 when it was first observed, when flowers were placed on the graves at Arlington National cemetery. In 1948 members of the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard) started a tradition at Arlington National Cemetery known as 'Flags In.' The weekend before Memorial Day every available Soldier of the 3rd I.D. walks through the cemetery and places a flag on each grave. In Germany, there is no Old Guard, but Grafenwoehr Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10692 played their part in honoring our fallen comrades buried in Grafenwoehr and Eschenbach.

  • Graf Commissary takes best overseas store title

    Jun 2, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - The Grafenwoehr Commissary took top honors in 2009, winning the Defense Commissary Agency's Dan Daniel Award for Best Large Commissary Overseas. Store Director, Jimmy Holzhauser, attributes the win to excellent customer service, "We try to go out of our way to help our customers," he said. "Many customers have husbands who are deployed and we try to help any way we can." Open less than two years, Grafenwoehr competed against 42 other overseas stores for the award.

  • Speakers share stories of immigration, leadership during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

    Jun 2, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - A multitude of people, customs and cultures contribute to the uniquely, robust civilization that is the United States of America. In recognition of a hearty culture, the nation designates special occasions to honor its diverse composition.

  • Army spouses play Soldiers for a day

    Jun 2, 2009

    A formation of Soldiers, toting weapons and battle gear fell in to test their fitness and combat skills. The group was all but uniform. Some wore ACUs, some BDUs. Others sported a combination of both with either black or brown boots or sneakers.

  • Remembering fallen warriors on Memorial Day

    Jun 2, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- Many Americans grew up thinking of Memorial Day as a time to honor the nation's war dead from long ago. With servicemen and servicewomen paying the ultimate price for their country in the War on Terror the meaning of this day has become more immediate.

  • 391st CSSB hands over reins

    Jun 2, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - The 391st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion transferred authority to the 264th CSSB during a ceremony here, May 25.

  • Wiesbaden breaks ground on new state-of-the-art Entertainment Center

    Jun 2, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Project and community leaders gathered in Hainerberg Housing May 26 to mark the start of construction of the new Wiesbaden Entertainment Center. The 27,000-square-foot, two-story facility, which will cost $8.8 million to build, will provide Wiesbaden community members with a state-of-the-art community entertainment center in a central location, officials said.

  • Reintegration process eases transition for Soldiers, families

    Jun 2, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - Reintegration may be new to some or it may be old hat to others, but like everything, there are always changes. Family members received a list of "what they should know about reintegration" in their mailboxes at the Community Mail Room aimed at helping them understand the reintegration process their Soldiers will undergo upon returning to Baumholder.

  • March 2009 "Year of the NCO" poster

    Jun 1, 2009

    This third poster features SGM Barbara A. Hunter who is Fort Gordon's School of Information Technology SGM. During March (Woman's History Month), SGM Hunter was quoted for saying that "Leadership is like a 4 x 4 relay; Set the Standard and Pass it On".

  • Fallen servicemembers brought cross-country to a final rest in Arlington National Cemetery

    Jun 1, 2009

    Arlington National Cemetery serves as a final resting place for generation upon generation of American heroes. Other cemeteries like it house the remains of veterans who have served this country throughout its 233-year history. But what happens when Soldiers from the past aren't given proper honors' Are they destined to rest forever in anonymity' Not if certain groups, like the Missing in America Project, have anything to say about.

  • Soldiers prep to support D-Day ceremonies for 65th anniversary of invasion

    Jun 1, 2009

    When the time comes Saturday, to honor the servicemen who fought and died supporting the D-Day invasion of Normandy 65 years ago, thousands are expected to flock to the shores of Utah Beach and Omaha Beach to pay homage to the bravery and sacrifice of these heroes, and behind the scenes of it all will be the Soldiers of the 18th Military Police Brigade as well as several other Army units.

  • Task Force Normandy Soldiers make friends with locals

    Jun 1, 2009

    Soldiers from Task Force Normandy 65 play football with children from the town of Ste. Mere Eglise, France.

  • Ansbach High School JROTC team competes in National Academic Bowl

    Jun 1, 2009

    The Ansbach High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps is on top of its game and has a reservation in Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Academic Bowl, June 26 through 30.

  • Soldiers promoted at historic World War II site.

    May 31, 2009

    Soldiers promoted at historic World War II site.

  • Local artist teaches Camp Darby youth to sculpture

    May 29, 2009

    PISA, Italy - Ernesto Mussi, an Italian painter, sculptor and professor of English literature, along with his good friend, retired Italian army Brig. Gen. Simone Baschiera, visited Camp Darby May 27 to teach the children of U.S. servicemembers and employees about sculpturing with clay.

  • Year of the NCO: Sergeant first class

    May 29, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany - The ranks of the senior noncommissioned officer begin here. These Soldiers have been through study guides and promotion boards. They have led teams, sections and squads. A centralized board in the Department of the Army selects them individually.

  • Grafenwoehr to host Europe Army 10-Miler June 27

    May 29, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - A reminder for those aiming to compete on this year's U.S. Army Europe 10-Miler team: the top finishers from the 2008 qualifying race are still in theater and are training for the 2009 run that will be held June 27 in Grafenwoehr.

  • White, Boatwright IMCOM-Europe top NCO, Soldier

    May 29, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - A military policeman from Stuttgart and a chaplain's assistant from Heidelberg were recognized as the best of the best during the Installation Management Command-Europe 2009 Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year awards ceremony today at Campbell Barracks here. Staff Sgt. Ronald White, U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart, and Spc. Jason Boatwright, U.S. Army Garrison Heidelberg, were named as the command's top NCO and Soldier, respectively, during the ceremony which also paid tribute to the Army's 2009 Year of the NCO by adopting the theme: "Year of the NCO - Leading by Example."

  • U.S. ARMY PARACHUTE TEAM MAKES HISTORICAL JUMP

    May 28, 2009

    U.S. Army Parachute Team makes history for the second time as they jump onto the grounds of the Statue of Liberty.

  • Partnership event brings counterparts closer together

    May 28, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- On May 12th, German and American Soldiers took part in a joint program in Volkach, Germany that provided training to American Soldiers stationed in Bamberg, Germany. Several of the American units attempted to qualify for the German Marksmanship Badge known as the SchAfA1/4tzenschnur and were also treated to a barbecue hosted by German soldiers. Future interoperability events are in the works.

  • JMTC NCO's "Will Do" Spirit Improves Command and Community

    May 28, 2009

    7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command Spotlights this Week's NCO

  • Aviation Branch welcomes new senior NCO

    May 27, 2009

    With the passing of the symbolic NCO sword, Command Sgt. Maj. Tod L. Glidewell became the 12th Aviation Branch senior enlisted NCO.

  • Ansbach Child and Youth Services focuses on need while recognizing its own

    May 27, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany Aca,!" Accomplishment arrives from hard work, but it can deliver stress as well.

  • 'Big Fish' author chats with future writers

    May 27, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- Only 15 minutes every day of writing was one of many bits of advice passed down to future writers by award-winning author and illustrator Daniel Wallace May 20 at the U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern's library on Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Kaiserslautern was the second to the last stop on Wallace's tour of eight Army installations in Italy, Belgium and Germany as part of the Army Europe Libraries' Conversations literary discussion series. The Installation Management Command-Europe Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation sponsored Wallace's tour.

  • Dancers take to stage for tailor-made show

    May 27, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - For the past 20 years, Christie has been bringing that fairy tale experience to the children enrolled in the Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills Unlimited ballet classes. Louis Hodge, who plays the emperor in this year's Heidelberg Youth Ballet Theater, couldn't say what part he enjoyed the most in Sunday's performance of "The Emperor and the Nightingale."

  • Kids spend a day in the life of Soldier-parents during 'boot camp'

    May 27, 2009

    At Heidelberg Middle School May 19, Chelsea Shivers and other classmates with deployed or recently redeployed parents got another chance to be like their Soldier parents - by participating in "Kids' Boot Camp."

  • New PCS program puts customers in driver's seat

    May 26, 2009

    With nearly 200,000 Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves expected in the approaching season, it is important for Department of Defense personnel to note several broad changes to the personal property shipment process.

  • School of Advanced Military Studies reflects and looks forward after 25 years

    May 26, 2009

    School of Advanced Military Studies graduation and 25th Anniversary story and photos.

  • Class 59 graduates from Sergeants Major Academy

    May 26, 2009

    The U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy graduated 614 senior noncommissioned officers from Sergeants Major Course at the Centennial Club on Fort Bliss May 21. Another 30 students graduated earlier this month due to the needs of the Army in the field.

  • Marksmen Master Small-Arms Skills at Grafenwoehr Training Area

    May 26, 2009

    7th Army JMTC's Small Arms Master Marksmanship Course familiarizes soldiers who work in non-combat MOS's with the Army individual and crew-served weapons systems.

  • Camp Darby art teacher named 'Best in the Mediterranean'

    May 22, 2009

    PISA, Italy -- Suzanne Sperl, Art and Video production teacher at the U.S Army Garrison Livorno Unit School was named as Department of Defense Dependents Schools Mediterranean district Teacher of the Year during an award ceremony May 21 at the school.

  • Troops' example provides lesson for world, Biden tells Guardsmen in Kosovo

    May 22, 2009

    The example the U.S. military sets can inspire people around the world, Vice President Joe Biden told servicemembers at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, Thursday.

  • Sky Soldiers take advanced combat medic training at GrafenwAfAPhr

    May 22, 2009

    The Combat Medic Advanced Skills Training center at the Joint Multinational Training Center, in Vilseck, Germany, provides some of the most realistic medic training in the world. The training prepares Soldiers for treating casualties in combat.

  • Fort Myer's Chaplain's Corner

    May 21, 2009

    Chaplain's Corner is a weekly column in the Pentagram managed by Installation Chaplain (LTC) Barry White, whereby multiple chaplains in the National Capital Region provide their commentary on life in the military.

  • USASMA Graduates 644 from Sergeants Major Course

    May 21, 2009

    These are the pictures that go with the story previously submitted

  • Joint services place 'Flags In' at Arlington National Cemetery

    May 21, 2009

    Every Memorial Day since 1948, Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) have made their way through Fort Myer's Selfridge Gate, rucksacks filled with American flags.

  • Military officials present book to military children

    May 21, 2009

    The "Children of Valor" book is created to honor the children who have a parent who was killed or died as a result of the War on Terror since 9/11 and now rests in Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Charleston to Kandahar: Joint effort delivers much needed airlift for Army

    May 21, 2009

    In April, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, Military Sealift Command, and Air Mobility Command transported 100 new and recently refurbished Black Hawk, Apache, Chinook and Kiowa Warrior helicopters from the U.S. East Coast to the Middle East - a move that doubled the number of U.S. military helicopters in Afghanistan.

  • Marking the Berlin Airlift's end

    May 21, 2009

    The 60th anniversary of the end of the Berlin Blockade was commemorated May 12 in Frankfurt. It was a smaller and more somber ceremony than the events of 11 months ago celebrating the 60th anniversary of the onset of the Berlin Airlift. The focus of the day was the heroism of those involved in the massive humanitarian undertaking and the forging of a friendship between former enemies.

  • Spouses dig season's bounty

    May 21, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - "I'm going to go out and pick some Spargel." That's what Leslie Suddeth and 20 other Wiesbaden Community Spouses Club members did May 13 at the Bauer Lipp farm in Weiterstadt, Germany.

  • Financial Readiness: A Joint Mission Multiplier, Miami Garrison supplies the weapons to ensure perso

    May 20, 2009

    There is an enemy threatening our armed forces. This enemy is the leading cause or contributing factor in divorce nation-wide, eclipsing infidelity. This enemy is a stressor that can affect every facet of a service member's life and health. That enemy is financial instability; getting it under control has become a serious issue for Army leadership. "When Soldiers are distracted by personal problems, financial or otherwise, it diminishes their quality of life and their ability to focus on the mission at hand; and impacts overall unit readiness," said Army Vice Chief of Staff, General Peter W. Chiarelli in a recent 'VCSA Sends'. "As leaders we must always remember our primary responsibility to take care of Soldiers and their Families." U.S. Army Garrison - Miami is tasked with supporting the U.S. Southern Command, a joint regional unified command responsible for overseeing U.S. military operations in an area of focus that includes the Caribbean, Central and South America.

  • Training Prepare Individual European Soldiers for Deployment

    May 20, 2009

    European soldiers attend 5-day training course at the 7th U.S. Army JMTC to prepare them for meeting their units downrange.

  • Hohenfels customers give garrison instant feedback with new ICE kiosks

    May 20, 2009

    The computer monitor and podium that recently appeared in the waiting area of Bldg. 10 may not be the most exciting thing to ever happen at U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels, but if the excitement it elicits from garrison officials is any indicator, it is a small thing that could be the start of big changes at Hohenfels.

  • Zeroing In: IMCOM-E Soldiers battle in annual competition

    May 20, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Thirteen Soldiers and Noncommissioned Officers from garrisons throughout Installation ManA,A!agement Command-Europe gathered here May 10-13 to compete for the titles of IMCOM- E 2009 Soldier of the Year and NCO of the Year.

  • Division recognizes contributions of Asian Americans

    May 20, 2009

    Soldiers who serve in the 2nd Infantry Division work toward the completion of their missions on the Korean peninsula. Not every Soldier comes from the same place or looks alike. Soldiers are different in personal qualities even as they share a common mission and vision. In recognition of one proud and prominent group of Soldiers and Americans, the division held an Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration May 15 at the Commanding General's Mess on Camp Red Cloud.

  • TF 30th MEDCOM uncases colors in Afghanistan

    May 20, 2009

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  • Keeping their legacies alive: George Patton's grandson donates Medal of Honor books to Army lib

    May 19, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - "To all who serve, thank you for your dedication and support of America, and the freedom you are securing by your individual contribution." With those words on a signed letter from George Patton Waters, grandson of Gen. George S. Patton, more than 15 copies of the illustrated book "Medal of Honor - Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty" were handed over to Col. Ray Graham, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander at the Wiesbaden Library May 8. Graham accepted the books from Christine Havlik, a retired Department of Defense Dependents Schools teacher who met Waters at a World War II commemorative event in Pilsen, Czech Republic.

  • 173rd ABCT Experiences Realistic Medical Training at JMTC

    May 19, 2009

    Soldiers from the 173rd ABCT train on realistic mass casualty scenarios at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's Medical Simulation Training Center.

  • Military spouses recognized for endurance, strength

    May 19, 2009

    About 18 months ago, Lt. Col. Anthony Haager, U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt commander, put a pen to the Army Family Covenant, acknowledging that the Army recognizes the importance of the Soldiers' families to their readiness. In that same room May 8, the celebration of Military Spouse Appreciation Day took place.

  • Heidelberg's School-Age Services hosts Ballschule program

    May 19, 2009

    "You're a winner if you're having fun," said Thorsten Damm, program manager for the Ballschule Heidelberg during a session at School-Age Services on the Community Support Center May 13. For 10-15 first and second graders, every Wednesday is Ballschule day, a time to be active and have fun. They are also learning skills that will help them at various sports throughout their lifetime.

  • European training center offers Special Forces training to conventional forces

    May 19, 2009

    The 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's International Special Training Centre (ISTC) has opened its courses to qualified conventional forces from the U.S. military stationed in Europe.

  • MPs battle for best Soldier, NCO of the Year

    May 18, 2009

    The top Soldiers and noncommissioned officers from the 18th Military Police Brigade competed in a grueling two days of competition May 11-12 in Mannheim, Germany, for the chance to be named the brigade's Soldier or NCO of the Year.

  • Camp Darby Soldier wins Pisa half marathon

    May 17, 2009

    PISA, Italy -- Army Capt. Stephanie Feagin, U.S. Army Garrison Livorno Headquarters and Headquarters detachment commander, was the first woman to cross the Pisa half-marathon finish line in 1 hour, 30 minutes, 6 seconds on May 17. Feagin, who has represented her unit on their Army 10-miler team over the years, decided to increase her race distances to the half marathon category.

  • Soldiers serve Army leaders with a smile

    May 15, 2009

    This is a story of the Executive Dining Facility whose Soldiers serve up masterpiece meals to the likes of Secretary Geren.

  • Commentary: Memorial Day from chaplain's foxhole

    May 15, 2009

    One evening, a casualty officer and I drove down the road on our way to inform a Soldier's spouse that her husband had died in Iraq. As an Army chaplain, many thoughts entered my mind. I thought about how difficult it would be for this young mother and how empty the two children's lives would be without their dad. On our way to the house, the casualty officer had assured me that he would be able to deliver the sad news. But when we got to our destination his confidence disappeared.

  • Training session helps MPs, Polizei become a more effective team

    May 15, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany -- Military police from U.S. Army garrison Ansbach and local German Polizei recently came together for a training session to ensure better coordination during incidents off base.

  • New SORT guide provides information to make recycling easy

    May 15, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany -- Separate or Recycle Trash is a program that can save the garrison money, and bring those savings back into the community in the form of improved facilities and programs.

  • Green generation crosses borders to promote sustainability

    May 15, 2009

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands - Nearly 150 students from the AFNORTH International High School and Geilenkirchen Elementary School crossed borders and cultures to celebrate Eco Day here May 15.

  • Liberty Sustainers has quite the 'family affair'

    May 15, 2009

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Bamberg, Germany's 317th Maintenance Company has several Soldiers with Family members in theater - sharing the hardship and experience of their deployment together.

  • Soldiers take advantage of sling load training

    May 15, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 173rd Brigade Support Battalion (Airborne) practiced sling load operations during their training exercises at the Joint Multinational Training Center in Grafenwoehr on May 5 and 6.

  • Bamberg Stable Theater recognized for theatrical performances

    May 15, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- The U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg Stable Theater received 22 nominations and five awards at this year's Tournament of Plays Awards Ceremony.

  • Bamberg Earth Day encourages Gas-Free Day

    May 15, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- Earth Day is designed to promote a healthy, sustainable environment. On May 27, USAG Bamberg will celebrate Earth Day. Michaela Gonzales approached Lt. Col. Gary A. Rosenberg, U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg commander, with the idea for a Gas-Free Day to take place on the same day as the Earth Day celebration.

  • Spartans celebrate Victory in Europe Day in Style

    May 14, 2009

    To celebrate the anniversary of VE-Day, the day World War II Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich, the Spartan Brigade performed a mounted pass in review, something rarely seen outside of a combat zone, and steeped in World War II traditions.

  • Arts and Cultural Center hosts new 'Poetry Slam'

    May 14, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Heidelberg's new Arts and Cultural Center hosted one of its Poetry Slam evenings May 7 and featured poetry and written pieces from community members.

  • Arts and Cultural Center hosts new 'Poetry Slam'

    May 14, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Heidelberg's new Arts and Cultural Center recently hosted a Poetry Slam evening, one of its new monthly events.

  • Strong Beginnings: Army Family Covenant program prepares children to be successful in kindergarten

    May 14, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- The U.S. Army Garrison Baden-WAfA1/4rttemberg communities are bringing the Army Family Covenant to its younger members - all the way down to the pre-kindergartners.

  • Military spouses have opportunity for educational assistance

    May 14, 2009

    Military spouses across the Army interested in furthering their education now have a new option to receive up to $6,000 in financial assistance.

  • 1st Armored Division marks change in command

    May 13, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Slightly more than two years after assuming command of 1st Armored Division and leading the division and Multinational Division North in Iraq for more than 14 months, Maj. Gen. Mark P. Hertling handed over the reins to incoming commander, Maj. Gen. Terry A. Wolff.

  • Special Olympics Spring Games: Kaiserslautern, German Police Academy co-host 800 athletes

    May 13, 2009

    An encouraging, great-feeling moment is how Lt. Col. Trevor Shaw described watching his daughters from the finish line at the 50-meter wheelchair-assisted race May 6 at the Special Olympics Spring Games at the German Police Academy here.

  • Developing leaders is job 1 at TRADOC

    May 12, 2009

    The operational environment of the future will present the Army and its leaders with hybrid threats, increased complexity and increased challenges that arise, when confronting an adaptive enemy, according to Gen. Martin Dempsey, commanding general of the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command in a May 12 speech to the Joint Warfighting Conference in Virginia Beach, Va.

  • 212th MPs look back on helping Iraqi Police take change in Iraq

    May 12, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Families and friends began cheering even before Soldiers entered the Wiesbaden Fitness Center May 11. As word quickly spread that the buses had arrived from Ramstein bearing the roughly 140 men and women of the 212th Military Police Company home from Iraq, those waiting in the gym were on their feet too excited to wait one minute longer.

  • BOSS program leaders in Europe attend training session

    May 12, 2009

    SCHWETZIGNEN, Germany - More than 50 members from Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers programs in Europe attended training sessions here meant to enhance BOSS activities throughout the region.

  • Benelux Supports Earth Day

    May 11, 2009

    BRUSSELS, Belgium - Earth Day has come a long way since its U.S. foundation in 1970 by Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson. At that time, environmentalism and environmental awareness were in their nascent stages. That attitude has significantly changed in the intervening decades, and environmentalism is now definitely considered mainstream in all aspects of U.S. society, whether as something to be taught and fostered in public schools, or as an integral part of an Army garrison's daily business.

  • American, German high school students share mutual interest

    May 11, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- The Big Read is a National Endowment of the Arts program meant to encourage and invigorate the reading of American literature. American and international citizens are encouraged to participate. This year the NEA advertised a list of suggested reads on their website including 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' 'The Age of Innocence' and 'The Joy Luck Club' by Amy Tan.

  • NCO survives attack, fights to continue his Army service

    May 11, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - His decorations include the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the combat action badge and an assortment of "lesser" awards. Yet, Sgt. 1st Class Frank Sanders, a maintenance manager with the 21st Theater Sustainment Command's support operations division, is looking for something more.

  • 21st NCO epitomizes what being an NCO is all about

    May 11, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - Sgt. Terry Orazi is following the family tradition - sort of.

  • SHAPE Students Ready for Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

    May 11, 2009

    MONS, Belgium - Months of hard work are paying off for 18 SHAPE students in grades four through eight. Three local teams will attend the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at the end of May after each placing first in their respective divisions at the Odyssey of the Mind European Championships.

  • NCO 'D.A.R.E.s' local kids away from drugs

    May 11, 2009

    What surprised Sgt. Ricky Torrez, the U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern's Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer, the most during his first year teaching the D.A.R.E. program was just how much more fifth graders of today know about drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

  • Twenty-four teams take to the water in Day 3 of the Best Ranger Competition

    May 10, 2009

    Only 24 of the 49 teams that started the 26th annual Lt. Gen. David E. Grange Jr. Best Ranger Competition Friday remained in the running Sunday when the helocast and swim portion began on Fort Benning, Ga.

  • Army wives support appreciative husbands

    May 8, 2009

    MONS, Belgium - Sgt. Timothy Strick said "I do" to his bride three years ago. Today, on Military Spouse Appreciation Day, he belted out an affirmative I do again when asked if he appreciates all his wife does for him.

  • Gen. William "Kip" Ward visits international police training in Vicenza

    May 8, 2009

    During his visit to U.S. Army Africa, Gen. William "Kip" Ward stopped by CoESPU, where the CoESPU director, Brig. Gen. Umberto Rocca, briefed Ward on the center's mission - improving police officers' abilities to operate in peacekeeping mission to include operations in Africa.

  • 209th ALT returns: Wiesbaden-based Reserve Soldiers return home from Iraq

    May 8, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Soldiers of the 209th Army Liaison Team wrapped up a successful tour of duty in Iraq and were welcomed home May 5 in Wiesbaden. The U.S. Army Reserve Europe-based 209th spent about 12 months in Baghdad providing a variety of critical support for the mission.

  • CSM Utilizes Iraq Experiences in Training NCOs

    May 8, 2009

    Year of NCO profile - Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Boom, 7th Army JMRC

  • JMTC Observes "Days of Remembrance"

    May 8, 2009

    Ceremony and tour observing the 'Days of Remembrance' at JMTC and USAG Grafewnowehr. Guest speaker was Dr. Jack Terry, survivor of the Holocaust. Observances included tour of the nearby Flossenburg Concentration Camp, when Dr. Terry was an inmate for the last months of the World War II.

  • Communities of Excellence awards $200K to USAG Schinnen

    May 8, 2009

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands - U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen was recognized as one of the Army's most improved installations during a Pentagon ceremony held May 5.

  • Math + USACE = future architect; Europe District staff introduces BIM to Wiesbaden Middle School stu

    May 7, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - The world of architecture has been rocked. The past two years have seen massive changes to the way architects think because of a 3-D, real-time modeling software called Building Information Modeling, or BIM, used to generate and manage building data. Brian Ballweg, a Europe District architect, visited Wiesbaden Middle School April 30 and May 1 to explain to about 115 students how skills such as math and computer programs such as BIM are incorporated into his job.

  • 'The kids' take TOP honors

    May 7, 2009

  • Community relations event strengthens U.S.-German bond

    May 7, 2009

    The customary sound of artillery and aircraft asA,A!sociated with the Grafenwoehr Training Area fell silent April 23 for members of the U.S. Army GarriA,A!son Grafenwoehr Community Relations Council as they toured the Nine Lagoons. The silence magnified the sounds of birds, bees and moving water as members from the garrison's environmental office explained the steps the U.S. military is taking to not only preserve, but protect the environment and land. The tour came at the end of the day-long council event, which brought close to 40 German civilian and military leaders of neighboring communities to Grafenwoehr and highlighted the facts and figures asA,A!sociated with the U.S. military's presence in Bavaria. "USAG Grafenwoehr, and Efficient Basing-Grafenwoehr, is a huge investment and decision by the United States government to make this an enduring installation," Col. Chris Sorenson, USAG Grafenwoehr commander, said. "We showed the outside community what the value of our installations in Grafenwoehr, Vilseck and Hohenfels is to them."

  • Heidelberg student heads to MIT for internship

    May 6, 2009

    Shannon Grammel, a junior at Heidelberg High School, is one of 80 students who will be a member of the Research Science Institute, a highly competitive six-week internship for students who excel in math and science.

  • Days of Remembrance: Local group 'stands where they stood'

    May 6, 2009

    Imagining what it must have been like weighed heavy on some of the 39 Soldiers, civilians and family members who visited the Concentration Camp Memorial Site at Dachau April 28, a day before and 64 years after it was liberated by American forces.

  • DES starts awards program for 'superior guardiansAca,!a,,c in USAG BW communities

    May 6, 2009

    U.S. Army Garrison Baden-WAfA1/4rttemberg's Directorate of Emergency Services recently began a new awards program intended to recognize outstanding work by the emergency services personnel.

  • Mannheim hosts community baby shower

    May 6, 2009

    New Parent Support Program from Army Community Service Family Advocacy, shows expectant moms how to care for their babies at the Mannheim Community Baby Shower hosted by the Mannheim Army Health Clinic April 30 at the Sports Arena in Mannheim, Germany.

  • Father, son reunite after 48 years

    May 6, 2009

    James Robert Backert never got to know his American father, but thanks to technology and the support of a close friend, father and son were reunited after a 48-year separation. "My knees were shaking," said Backert, describing his emotions while he awaited the arrival of his biological father at Frankfurt airport in late March. Backert, a German fire prevention inspector with the U.S. Army Garrison Mannheim's Fire Department, immediately recognized his father, Jackson Croker, who brought along his wife, Brenda, one of his sons (Backert's half-brother) and his son's fiancAfAe.

  • Speicher Trans. Soldiers conquer Knights' quarter board

    May 6, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE Q-WEST, Iraq - Twelve Soldiers from seven battalions around northern Iraq competed for the title of 16th Sustainment Brigade Warrior or Warrior Leader of the Quarter title during a board here April 22.

  • What to do when depression strikes

    May 6, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - Had a loss of interest in things you used to enjoy' You may be depressed. Guilt, grief and separation from loved ones can cause depression during or following redeployment.

  • Wiesbaden theater earns accolades

    May 6, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Five golden statuettes left Heidelberg in the company of Wiesbaden thespians and technical crew members April 18. The prized Installation Management Command-Europe Tournament of Plays awards, known as Toppers to anyone involved with the U.S. Forces Europe theater program, recognize the best of the best in military community theater.

  • Baumholder spouses stay involved, fit while Soldiers serve in Iraq

    May 6, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - "I'm Lesa Hill and I created the Post-it ... not really, but I feel I have made a difference in my community and I have kept myself busy during my husband's deployment," said Lesa Hill, spouse of Spc. Joseph Hill, Company C, 47th Forward Support Battalion. Hill is a prime example of a military family member who has achieved independence and has made positive use of her time overseas.

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