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  • Force protection exercise puts Army, host nation teams to the test

    Jul 8, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Hostages being held at the Wiesbaden Army Airfield credit union, a car explosion and bus accident at the Mainz-Kastel Transportation Motor Pool and a chemical spill were all situations facing garrison and host nation responders during a Force Protection Exercise in Wiesbaden June 25-26.

  • JROTC cadets rise to the occasion

    Jul 6, 2010

    Six Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets stood in silence on a 15-foot tall platform. One by one they glanced to the next platform, measuring approximately the same distance across. Their eyebrows raised as various scenarios danced in their heads. Their goal was to get their whole team across, safely.

  • Team searches for energy alternatives off post

    Jul 6, 2010

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- The U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr has been searching high and low for ways to conserve energy and make the transition to using more renewable sources of energy in accordance with the Installation Management Command Campaign Plan.

  • Grafenwoehr's fitness center gets an energy boost

    Jul 6, 2010

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- After months of gray skies and less than desirable weather, residents have recently been blessed with long summer days filled with sunshine.

  • Museum celebrates 100th Anniversary of Grafenwoehr Training Area

    Jul 6, 2010

    "Grafenwoehr and the training area only make up 17 percent of the town's history, but for the generation that lives here, it amounts to 100 percent," said Olaf Meiler, historian and curator of the Grafenwoehr Cultural and Military Museum as he spoke to more than 75 attendees at the opening of the 100th Anniversary of the Grafenwoehr Training Area exhibit at the museum, June 27.

  • IMCOM-Europe conducts Youth Leadership Forum

    Jul 6, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - The Installation Management Command-Europe Youth Leadership Forum was conducted in Karlsruhe, Germany, June 21-25.

  • McQuade Softball Tournament wraps up in Kosovo

    Jul 2, 2010

    After 39 games and 14 days of sun and rain, a champion was crowned June 27 in the Kosovo division of the McQuade Softball Tournament. "The Unit," a team composed of players primarily from Multinational Battle Group East's Bravo Company, a North Dakota Army National Guard unit based in Valley City, N.D., won the tournament. "Sons of Pitches," with players from MNBG E's Liaison Monitoring Team (LMT) of Bismarck, N.D., took second. "Team NATO," with a mixed team of players from MNBG E's headquarters, took third.

  • KFOR Soldiers demonstrate quick reaction skills

    Jul 2, 2010

    Multinational Battle Group East (MNBG E) Soldiers tested their capacity to react quickly during exercises near the border with the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia and outside Viti/Vitina on June 22. Soldiers from MNBG E's Bravo Company, 2nd Platoon, recently took over Quick Reaction Force (QRF) duties from MNBG E's Turkish Soldiers. The exercises were designed to validate their ability to respond to emergencies across MNBG E area of operations, said Maj. Shayne Simon, the exercise planner for MNBG E.

  • Ancient military ceremony marks 100 years of the Grafenwoehr Training Area

    Jul 2, 2010

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - The German Army honored the 100th birthday of the Grafenwoehr Training Area with a Grand Tatoo ceremony on the Grafenwoehr parade field, June 30.

  • IMCOM-E revamps Safety Webpage to 'Fight the Risk' this summer

    Jul 2, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Entering the busiest safety seasons of the year, Installation Management Command-Europe safety officials have expanded the content of online safety resources to ensure Soldiers, Families and civilian employees have information they need to plan for a safe summer.

  • Finance officer takes helm of USAG Benelux

    Jul 1, 2010

    CHIEVRES, Belgium - A career finance officer took the reins of U.S. Army Garrison Benelux Wednesday on ChiAfA..vres Air Base amid nearly 500 guests, including U.S and international military partners, local dignitaries and garrison employees.

  • Environmental team manages successful combination of military training and conservation

    Jul 1, 2010

    HOHENFELS, Germany -- Tank trails and roads cut across the 40,000 acres of the Hohenfels training area, dusty brown ribbons that vehicles use to carry Soldiers, munitions and equipment through a simulated war zone for multinational military training.

  • Contest inspires youths to step out of comfort zone

    Jul 1, 2010

    STUTTGART, Germany -- Move over, Simon Cowell, and make room for the next big thing: U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart's Teen Idol.

  • Retreat ceremony honors 100 years of the Grafenwoehr Training Area

    Jul 1, 2010

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - The Joint Multinational Training Command (JMTC) hosted a retreat ceremony and traditional German Army Tattoo, June 30, at the Grafenwoehr parade field on main post, marking the end of the Grafenwoehr Training Area's 100-year commemoration events.

  • iWatch anti-terror, anti-crime program kicks off in Heidelberg

    Jul 1, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- When most of us hear the words neighborhood watch, the first images that may come to mind could be that of a nosy neighbor peeking through tangled window blinds with an extra large pair of binoculars strapped to his face, or a crew of residents staked out on their front porch with flashlights, road guard vests and whistles.

  • Grafenwoehr gets back to nature with new environmental trail

    Jun 29, 2010

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - As Grafenwoehr begins a new era, post 100-year birthday, plans take shape for a new recreation center. The new Grafenwoehr nature trail at Dickhaeuter Lake officially opened, June 28, during a morning ribbon-cutting ceremony. Col. Chris Sorenson addressed a crowd of about 25 onlookers from the local German and American communities.

  • Exceptional Family Member Program: Fulfilling the promise to all Family members

    Jun 28, 2010

    ARLINGTON, Va. - Army Families deal with unique challenges associated with military life, especially when it comes to relocation.

  • Space-A makes travel affordable, but flexibility determines success

    Jun 28, 2010

    If your need for fast food and a Walmart shopping spree means it's time for a trip home, but the price of airfares makes it impossible, don't despair! There is another option: Space-A.

  • Eagle Scouts leave their marks on Germany

    Jun 25, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Three U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Eagle Scouts have already left their marks on Germany. A,A

  • Running for fitness, fun: Garrison athletes join more than 72,000 in Frankfurt

    Jun 25, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Twenty-four athletes from the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden were among 72,741 runners in this year's J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Frankfurt June 9.

  • Hessentag focuses in on German-American relations

    Jun 25, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - The U.S. Army Europe Chorus performed, 5th Signal Command Soldiers displayed their state-of-the-art signal gear and several Soldiers and civilians from the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden were honored by Hessen Minister President Roland Koch during this year's Hessentag.

  • Polish military police train with MRAPs at Grafenwoehr

    Jun 25, 2010

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Trainers signal as Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles lumber around bright orange cones on a rainy day in the Grafenwoehr Training Area (GTA) May, 24, 2010. Today, service members belonging to a Polish Military Police unit carefully watch their mirrors as while an instructor guides them around the obstacle course.

  • IMCOM-Europe announces deadline for 2010 Lean Six Sigma Excellence Awards Program

    Jun 24, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Installation Management Command-Europe officials announced that garrisons across Europe have until July 22 to submit entries for the 2010 Lean Six Sigma Excellence Awards Program.

  • Ensuring a safe environment during summer celebration

    Jun 22, 2010

    Before children can ride on spinning tea-cups or adults can race around on go-karts at the Camp Darby's Italian-American carnival June 18-27, every ride had to be inspected by personnel from the USAG Livorno Safety office, Directorate Emergency Services, Fire Section, and a DPW electrician.

  • Schweinfurt Sallys take home CYSS junior baseball title

    Jun 22, 2010

    To say that the Schweinfurt Sallys played in a series of nail-biters before becoming the CYSS IMCOM Boys Junior Baseball Champions would be an understatement.

  • Solar project to pay for itself within next seven years

    Jun 22, 2010

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- From a series of renewable energy projects undertaken by the U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, the first one began at Rose Barracks in April.

  • Ziemba takes command of U.S. Army Garrison Brussels

    Jun 21, 2010

    BRUSSELS, Belgium - Lt. Col. Francesca Ziemba assumed command of U.S. Army Garrison Brussels, Belgium during a brief ceremony at the garrison on June 18.

  • Wiesbaden celebrates Army's 235th birthday

    Jun 18, 2010

    Wiesbaden celebrates Army's 235th birthday in a parade of Wiesbaden Child Development Center and School Age Center youth through the streets of Wiesbaden Army Airfield June 18.

  • Family shares passion for tennis

    Jun 18, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- "Come to the ball. Move your feet. Now for your backhand. Good."

  • 21st TSC top Soldiers compete for title of Warrior, Warrior Leader of the Year

    Jun 17, 2010

    It was all heart and determination for the nine participants who competed in this year's grueling three-day competition to become the Warrior and Warrior Leader of the Year for the 21st Theater Sustainment Command here June 13-15.

  • U.S. KFOR Soldiers experience Catholic mass at Kosovo shrine

    Jun 17, 2010

    A Roman Catholic chaplain from Multinational Battle Group East (MNBG E) led a mass at the renowned Shrine of the Black Madonna on June 12 for United States KFOR Soldiers. Chap. (Capt.) Timothy Meier, Los Altos, Calif., said that while KFOR chaplains have joined local priests in celebrating mass at area churches before, this mass was unique because it was held in English specifically for U.S. KFOR troops.

  • Army Birthday Celebration in Katterbach Germany

    Jun 16, 2010

  • Library program hosts celebrated children's author Judy Sierra

    Jun 16, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Army Europe Libraries continues its "Conversations" series in July with Judy Sierra, best-selling and beloved children's book author of Wild About Books and The Sleepy Little Alphabet. Sierra will visit eight garrison libraries across the region to engage with children and their families with readings from her work, discussions, and writing workshops. Sierra's tour, supported by Installation Management Command-Europe Family and Moral, Welfare and Recreation, begins July 12 at the U.S. Army Garrison Heidelberg, Germany Library and concludes July 22 on USAG Brussels, Belgium. The events are free and open to U.S. service members and their families.

  • KFOR Soldiers take on Kosovo high School volleyball team in friendly match

    Jun 15, 2010

    Fourteen U.S. KFOR Soldiers from Multinational Battle Group East got together June 11 to play volleyball and develop new friendships with a high school volleyball team from Kamenice/Kamenica, Kosovo. About a dozen girls from the eastern Kosovo municipality came to Camp Bondsteel's North Gym to play five games of volleyball with their KFOR counterparts. Afterward, the girls and Soldiers sat down for pizza, popcorn and fellowship.

  • KFOR LMT Soldier bridges the gap between U.S. and Kosovo students

    Jun 15, 2010

    Gilbertson has worked with students and staff in six schools during his time in the Kacaniku/Kacanik municipality, which includes Ivaja /Ivaje, Kotlina/Kotline, Globocica/Gllobocice, Bicevac/Bicec, Djurdjev Dol/Gjurgjedell, and Laniste/Llanishte. He said working in the schools helped him do his job, which is sensing the concerns of the citizens and knowing what was going on in the municipality.

  • Like father like son...sort of

    Jun 15, 2010

    The apple doesn't fall far from the tree for one cross-military father-son duo.

  • Canines, companions enjoy dog day afternoon

    Jun 14, 2010

    Every dog has its day.

  • U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart wishes the U.S. Army a Happy 235th Birthday

    Jun 14, 2010

    U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart wishes the U.S. Army a Happy 235th Birthday

  • USAG Grafenwoehr celebrates Army's 235th birthday

    Jun 14, 2010

    Soldiers and family members celebrate the Army's 235th birthday at U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr's Dining Facility, June 14.

  • Soldiers focus on safety during day-long event

    Jun 14, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Safety doesn't stop at the job site. A,A That's what officials hoped to get across to more than 650 Soldiers during a 66th Military Intelligence Brigade Safety Stand Down Day May 27.

  • Army spouse enjoys burgeoning art career

    Jun 14, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Mary Johnson doesn't fit the image of the stereotypical artist. A,A She doesn't live the painter's life in a drafty, loft apartment in Paris. Her world is not one of mingling with fellow artists over late night drinks while discussing the next movement in the world of painting. And she certainly doesn't have endless time to spend contemplating her next project. A,A Johnson, an Army spouse and the mother of four young children ranging in age from 4-9, paints whenever she has a free moment in her busy day.

  • Celebrating the Army's 235th Birthday

    Jun 14, 2010

    U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden celebrates the Army's 235th Birthday with a look at the history of the U.S. Army, a special birthday lunch and cake cutting.

  • USAG Livorno salute to 235 years

    Jun 14, 2010

    CAMP DARBY, Italy- Some things get better with age and indeed, I'm happy to say that even well into its 235th year the U.S. Army is becoming more flexible, more innovative, better prepared to tackle the new challenges that we face.

  • KFOR Soldiers get 'fired up' for Commander's Cup shooting competition

    Jun 12, 2010

    KFOR Soldiers from Multinational Battle Group East (MNBG E) recently competed for the title of "best of the best" during a Commander's Cup shooting competition held here May 29-30. Soldiers from the U.S., Ukraine, Poland, Greece and Armenia got the chance to prove their marksmanship skills on small arms weapon systems of different nations.

  • Historic 28th Trans closes chapter on 74 years of service

    Jun 11, 2010

    The griffin mascot and the gold and buff colors of the 28th Transportation Battalion have long been a common fixture in Germany as the unit's trucks have logged thousands of miles across the country's roads and autobahns. Now after 74 years of service to our nation, the 28th Trans. Bn. is closing the chapter in its history and saying its final farewell to Germany.

  • Baumholder receives Rheinland Pfalz award for environmental initiatives

    Jun 11, 2010

  • Retired Soldier, civilian finds 'Wonderful Life' with the Army

    Jun 9, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - It's been almost 50 years since Douglas Sims left behind the soybean fields of Norborne, Mo. to join the ranks of the Army.

  • Personal experience leads MP to become resiliency trainer

    Jun 9, 2010

    MANNHEIM, Germany -- With 25 years in the Army, Sgt. 1st. Class Daniel Stoner is no stranger to change or to the ups and downs that often accompany military life. In fact, it's one of the reasons he agreed to take on his latest mission - Stoner is the master resiliency trainer for the 18th Military Police Brigade in Mannheim.

  • Benelux changes NCO leadership

    Jun 8, 2010

    CHIEVRES, Belgium - USAG Benelux welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Allan Fairley June 8 as he assumed responsibility of the garrison from Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Ford during an official ceremony on Caserne Daumerie.

  • Soldier Show performers entertain Baumholder, Wiesbaden audiences

    Jun 8, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Rarely does one hear names such as Irving Berlin, Miley Cyrus, Michael Jackson, Michael Buble and Kidd Rock in the same sentence. A,A "Soldier Show 27.0" gave audiences in Baumholder and Wiesbaden that and more in performances May 21 and 23.

  • Installation Management Command Mountain Bike Series 2010

    Jun 8, 2010

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Installation Management Command Mountain Bike Series 2010 20-week series, sponsored by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation in conjunction with Outdoor Recreation, is currently being held in various locations around Europe. The championships are scheduled to occur at U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels, Oct. 2.

  • Grafenwoehr to host Army Europe 10-Miler qualification race

    Jun 7, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - The qualification race for Soldiers wanting to compete on the U.S. Army Europe 10-Miler team is set for July 10 at U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr.

  • Schweinfurt firefighter's act of heroism just part of job

    Jun 4, 2010

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany - It had been like any other night for the Schweinfurt garrison fire department. It was a warm evening and the sun was beginning to settle July 20, 2009, when the Schweinfurt crew was dispatched to a routine call.

  • 16th Sust. Bde. Soldiers conduct airdrop, slingload training

    Jun 3, 2010

    Sling load teams from the 391st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion conducted an airdrop and sling load exercise at Bunker drop zone in Grafenwoehr, Germany, May 27.

  • 7th CSC remembers and reflects on our fallen heroes

    Jun 3, 2010

    More than 90 people attended the Memorial Day ceremony at Brookwood American Military Cemetery here May 30 to honor our more than 520, 000 fallen American heroes who died in World Wars I and II and the approximately 5,000 servicemembers who have died fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Safer on-duty than off-duty' Statistics suggest "yes"

    Jun 3, 2010

    The Joint Service Summer Safety Campaign 2010 is underway, encouraging everyone to Aca,!A"Play It SafeAca,!A? and engage co-workers, friends and family to prevent off-duty traffic fatalities this summer. Statistics confirm that service members are safer on-duty than off-duty. Aca,!A"Traffic-related deaths among military personnel so far in 2010 are already approaching 100,Aca,!A? according to Nino Antonacci, USAG Schinnen Safety Manager.

  • IMCOM-Europe announces top Warriors

    Jun 3, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - For a third-straight year, a noncommissioned officer from U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart was selected as the Installation Management Command-Europe Noncommissioned Officer of the Year at the IMCOM-Europe Best Warrior Competition award ceremony June 1 at Heidelberg's Patrick Henry Village Pavilion.

  • IMCOM-Europe announces top Warriors

    Jun 3, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - For a third-straight year, a noncommissioned officer from U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart was selected as the Installation Management Command-Europe Noncommissioned Officer of the Year at the IMCOM-Europe Best Warrior Competition award ceremony June 1 at Heidelberg's Patrick Henry Village Pavilion.

  • USAG Kaiserslautern kicks off Army birthday

    Jun 2, 2010

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- The USAG Kaiserslautern kicked off the Army's 235th birthday with the cutting of a ceremonial cake June 2.

  • Bikers learn safety tips, show style during motorcycle rally

    Jun 2, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Decked out in her hot pink chaps, hot pink leather jacket and hot pink helmet and seated on her hot pink Harley, Kit Dupont was ready for the first Motorcycle Rally and River Ride at the Heidelberg Heliport May 27.

  • Sponsorship: Start Strong to Be Strong

    Jun 1, 2010

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - I have moved many times in my career, within the United States and overseas. I have deployed several times, leaving my wife to pull double duty at home.

  • 21st TSC remembers fallen at Meuse-Argonne on Memorial Day

    Jun 1, 2010

    Despite the gray skies and heavy rain, Soldiers from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command's Special Troops Battalion traveled to the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial May 30 to take part in a Memorial Day ceremony here.

  • 18th MP Brigade Soldiers battle to be named 'the best'

    Jun 1, 2010

    For most Soldiers, the road to a brigade Warrior or Warrior Leader of the Year competition begins months prior to the event itself. It is a journey of late-night studying, memorizing, repetitive drills, training, practicing ... and practicing again.

  • USAG Benelux remembers the fallen

    Jun 1, 2010

    CHIEVRES, Belgium - USAG Benelux celebrated Memorial Day as a trio of color guards represented ChiAfA..vres Garrison, USAG Brussels and USAG Schinnen in cemeteries throughout Belgium and the Netherlands May 29-30. More than 27,000 American war veterans rest in cemeteries across the Benelux and another 3,000 remain missing from the region. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki joined other dignitaries - U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium Howard Gutman; U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands Fay Hartog Levin; Her Majesty Queen Beatrix, queen of the Netherlands; Vice Adm. Richard Gallagher, U.S. Military representative to the NATO Military Committee and USAG Benelux Garrison Commander Col. James Drago - in honoring the thousands of fallen.

  • German, U.S. military elementary school students share cultures, education

    Jun 1, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - The 100-year-old oak door leading into the Trebur German elementary school was impressive, especially to the Hainerberg Elementary second-graders who visited in March. The door had history, it had weight, and more importantly it was old.

  • Comedian brings laughs to military community

    Jun 1, 2010

    STUTTGART, Germany -- The lights dim, and the crowd grows silent. A man with round glasses, jeans, loafers and a small piece of paper steps into the spotlight, and for the next 45 minutes, has them roaring with laughter. He's Bengt Washburn, a comedian and Air Force spouse, and now a resident of U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart.

  • Age-old wisdom: Greek plays help service members understand war's impact

    Jun 1, 2010

    STUTTGART, Germany -- Suicide, unrecognized loyalty, isolation, revenge and mental anguish are issues that face many service members today.

  • Prepare for reintegration: talk it out, plan ahead

    Jun 1, 2010

    This week is my husband's last week in Afghanistan. It's been a year. You name the ways - 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days - I've counted it backward and forward more times that I can remember.

  • SOS keeps survivors connected to Army family

    Jun 1, 2010

    STUTTGART, Germany -- The Army has not forgotten the surviving families of fallen warriors.

  • 15th Eng. Bn. puts its platoons to the test

    May 27, 2010

    Soldiers from 15th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade spent two weeks simultaneously completing construction projects and conducting platoon evaluations in May at the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training areas.

  • Teamwork, competition drive Soldiers beyond normal endurance

    May 26, 2010

    CHIEVRES, Belgium - Driven by the power of competition, Soldiers of 39th Signal Battalion and HHC, USAG Benelux pushed beyond their physical norms May 19 during a quarterly training event.

  • U.S., Slovak senior enlisted share leadership skills

    May 26, 2010

    In the early morning hours of May 18, an awkward silence filled a room in a plain white building in downtown Zvolen, Slovakia, where host nation and U.S. military members waited for one man to break the silence.

  • 21st TSC SJA 'lays down the law' for middle school students

    May 26, 2010

    The judge ordered the courtroom into session as the trial of Luke Simmons began. Simmons, a Kaiserslautern American Middle School student, was accused of illegally downloading music by a major corporation.

  • Heidelberg BOSS claims top awards

    May 25, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- E-mails, phone calls, meetings and more phone calls - all designed to ensure that "everything is dress right dress."

  • Soldier for a day: Heidelberg students take on Kids' Boot Camp

    May 25, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Fifth-grader Garcelle Sampson stood in line patiently to sample her share of meatballs as she and her classmates eyed a table lined with Skittles, chicken and dumplings, chocolate brownies, snack bread, Tabasco sauce and other government-issued "goodies."

  • USAG Schinnen graduates earn higher ed degrees; prepare for career success

    May 25, 2010

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands -- More education equates with higher earnings, and the payoff is most notable at the highest educational levels.

  • Fort Bliss Town Hall: Team addresses Wiesbaden spouses' concerns in anticipation of 1st Armored

    May 25, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Education, safety, housing and job opportunities were among the many topics addressed by a team from Fort Bliss, Texas, during a visit to Wiesbaden May 19-20. The team, led by Maj. Gen. Howard Bromberg, Fort Bliss commander, brought members of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce, Fort Bliss School Liaison Office, Housing and other agencies to describe the massive transformation occurring on and around the west Texas installation in anticipation of the move of 1st Armored Division Headquarters from Wiesbaden to Fort Bliss in 2011.

  • Eric the Red: USO guide legendary among U.S. community tourgoers

    May 25, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - His name is legendary - passed down from a chance meeting with a charismatic American president. His biting humor gives a refreshing take on old traditions. And his sparkling blue eyes invite even the most hesitant of newcomers to step outside the gates of U.S. military bases in Germany to explore unfamiliar ground.

  • Livorno Harley Owners Group rides on Camp Darby

    May 22, 2010

    Over 250 motorcycle riders visited Camp Darby during the Livorno Harley Owners Group rally on May 22. According to Louis Roach, U.S. Army Garrison Livorno deputy commander and avid Harley Davidson rider, the visit was a great chance for Italian and American riders to ride together and in a safe environment while improving the friendship and relations.

  • 'Theater of War' performs for 21st TSC, KMC Soldiers

    May 21, 2010

    Echoes of ancient Greek drama filled the air inside the Kaiserslautern Community Activity Center on Daenner Kaserne May 20 here as Soldiers and Families from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command and the Kaiserslautern Military Community gathered to take part in an innovative new program.

  • U.S., French reservists celebrate French National Day of Reserves

    May 21, 2010

    Members of the U.S. Army Reserve's 7th Civil Support Command and French reservists celebrated the National Day of the Reserves at Chaumont-Semouties, Haute-Marne, France, May 8-9.

  • Chaplain center re-opens with new programs, refreshed facility

    May 20, 2010

    Though the building is not new, the Chaplain Family Life Center hosted a ribbon cutting and open house, April 22, a ceremonial re-opening to commemorate a refreshed interior and a series of new programs to support Hohenfels Soldiers and families.

  • Army Soldier of Year welcomes new NCOs in induction ceremony

    May 19, 2010

    USAG Schinnen and the AFNORTH Battalion at JFC Brunssum inducted 22 soldiers into the ranks of non-commissioned officers during a ceremony held May 18 at JFC's Alliance Theatre.

  • Boy Scouts open 50-year-old time capsule to celebrate 100 years of Scouting

    May 19, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Boy Scouts journeyed back in time May 8 during a ceremony at Wiesbaden's Dorint Pallas Hotel. As former members of Troop 11 and current members of Troop 65 opened a time capsule placed in 1961 at what was then the U.S. military's General von Steuben Hotel, German and American leaders joined the Scouts in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.

  • Military Spouse Extravaganza focuses on services, sacrifices of Army husbands and wives

    May 19, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" Aca,!A"Service does not end with the person wearing the uniform.Aca,!A? That quote by first lady Michelle Obama was cited at WiesbadenAca,!a,,cs Military Spouse Extravaganza May 5 as a reminder that spouses, too, play a vital role in the military.

  • Command group tackles half-marathon

    May 19, 2010

    A sea of some 10,000 runners, bikers, skaters and spectators recently swarmed the streets of downtown Mannheim for the annual Mannheim Rhein-Neckar Marathon.

  • Garrison to host Motorcycle Rally and River Ride

    May 19, 2010

    Harleys, Hondas, hotdogs and hamburgers - just a few of the sights, sounds and smells motorcyclists can expect to take in during the first-ever Motorcycle Rally and River Ride May 27 in Heidelberg.The event, sponsored by U.S. Army Garrison Baden-WAfA1/4rttemberg, is designed to help both new and old riders refresh their safety skills, share lessons learned, and meet fellow motorcycle enthusiasts - all while enjoying a group ride along the Neckar River.

  • Military Spouse focuses on family, helping other spouses and enjoying every assignment

    May 18, 2010

    When Paula Emmert married a young U.S. Navy officer named Gene in San Diego nearly 20 years she had no experience with the military and no idea of the life she would live and the rewards she would reap as a Navy spouse. Emmert is the U.S. Army Garrison Brussels School Liaison Officer. Gene, now a Navy captain, works at the U.S. Mission to NATO. When she and Gene met she was a college student and had just returned from a Peace Corps assignment in Micronesia. "I had no idea what I was getting into. It was definitely an interesting start," Emmert said. Three weeks after she and Gene married they were off to Newport, R.I where he would attend Department Head's School. It was the beginning of a journey that would take her to homes in the USA, Asia and Europe.

  • Camp Darby BOSS takes top place again

    May 18, 2010

    CAMP DARBY, Italy- Camp Darby Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program has once again taken first place for best event and best installation in the "x-small garrison" category at the annual EURO BOSS Conference.

  • Everyone wins at Kaiserslautern Special Olympics

    May 18, 2010

    Their smiles proclaim them winners - exuberant and infectious, or a bit shy, but always radiant. Countless faces sported huge smiles at the Kaiserslautern Special Olympics May 12 at the German Police Academy here.

  • Camp Darby honors top volunteers

    May 18, 2010

    CAMP DARBY, Italy- At a small installation such as Camp Darby where many offices staffed by only one person, volunteers play an important role in augmenting and providing services to ensure high quality of life for Soldiers, families and civilians. At the annual Volunteer recognition ceremony May 7, the Camp Darby community thanked the numerous volunteers who have made life better on the installation.

  • Good neighbors in housing show respect, consideration

    May 17, 2010

    Most everyone has had a bad neighbor at some point in their lives.

  • Stuttgart DoDDS celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

    May 17, 2010

    Teachers around the world - including those in the Department of Defense Education Activity - were honored May 2-8 during National Teacher Appreciation Week.

  • Family housing fires are child's play, officials say

    May 17, 2010

    STUTTGART, Germany -- Arson was the cause of two basement fires in U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart military family housing last month.

  • Garrison gathers world cultures 'under one roof'

    May 17, 2010

    U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart made history May 6 when it hosted Diversity Day, a multicultural event with performances and informational booths representing countries around the world.

  • 'Theater of War' begins tour of Germany

    May 17, 2010

    "Theater of War," a project of the Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, was performed in Heidelberg at the Patrick Henry Village Theater May 12 as the first of 18 performances scheduled in Germany.

  • Family Child Care offers chance to work from home, have own business and get college-level education

    May 12, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Ask them why they do it and you'll get any number of reasons. They may mention the free college-level training, the chance to operate their own businesses or the opportunity to have a career while staying home with their own children.

  • Melodic medicine for the soul: Singer reaches out to wounded warriors

    May 12, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - The clash of gold chains and military coins dangled from Theresa Sareo's neck as she walked toward the microphone. The personal reminders of thanks and appreciation clanged softly as she took a few steps to the center of the floor. The audience - wounded warriors, Soldiers, retirees and family members - watched as Sareo's knee-length purple dress exposed a hard metal prosthetic leg.

  • Cream of the crop

    May 11, 2010

    Passion for cooking and a heaping handful of teamwork were the winning recipe for the dining facilities in U.S. Army Garrisons Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels last month during the 2010 Philip A. Connelly Competition.

  • EB-G projects near end at Graf

    May 11, 2010

    The end is in sight. The Efficient Basing-Grafenwoehr project is on its final leg. For many, this brings a sigh of relief, but for others it is a sigh of concern. This dichotomy exists because the completion of a construction project of this size has enormous financial implications for the economics of the region.