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  • Paratroopers Over Normandy

    Jun 23, 2009

    Hundreds of veterans, fans, and present day paratroopers gather near the Merderet River by the La Fiere bridge for the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies here on Jun 6. Around 300 American, British, French and German paratroopers jumped to commemorate the airborne drop 65-years ago. The ceremony, held at the Iron Mike statue, was highlighted by the presence of over 25 Second World War veterans who participated in an airborne wing exchange between German and American paratroopers.

  • 65th Normandy Anniversary

    Jun 23, 2009

    COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, FRANCE - U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the crowd and highlights the legacy entrusted to us by the WWII combat veterans that surround him here on Jun 6. The president was in Normandy to attend the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy.

  • Army Reserve Paratroopers in England

    Jun 23, 2009

    RAF LYNMANN, ENGLAND -- British Paratroopers, or "PARAS" as they are called, trained here on Jun 30 with U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers as part of Operation Air Drop Warrior, a joint-training exercise. The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) is the sole airborne command within the U.S. Army Reserve and is supporting the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies.

  • USO brings pizza party to Fort Myer

    Jun 23, 2009

  • Bamberg celebrates the Army's birthday

    Jun 23, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- Lt. Col. Gary Rosenberg, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg, cuts the cake for attendees of the Army Birthday Celebration at the Warner Conference Center June 12. Education was this year's theme for the Army's 234th Birthday.

  • NCOs band together to assist local food bank

    Jun 23, 2009

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands -- USAG Schinnen noncommissioned officers volunteered part of their weekends in May to make possible a donation of $1000 in food items to the Stichting Voedselbank Limburg Zuid (South Limburg Food Bank) June 19.

  • Stuttgart children celebrate the Army's birthday

    Jun 23, 2009

    STUTTGART, Germany -- U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Deputy Commander Howard Johnston reads "Sam, the Army Dog," to children at the Panzer Child, Youth and School Services Child Development Center June 18 in celebration of the Army's 234th birthday. Garrison officials also read the book to children at the Patch and Kelley Barracks CDC.

  • Pointe-Du-Hoc

    Jun 23, 2009

    POINTE-DU-HOC, FRANCE -- Col (Ret) Keith Nightingale, a former commander of both Ranger and 82nd Airborne battalions, and the 1st Ranger Training Brigade, lectures U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers at the monument atop of Pointe-Du-Hoc overlooking Omaha beach on June 5. The Rangers scaled the sheer cliffs to take out this German gun turret that watches over the coast. Today the site has a granite memorial to honor the 2nd Ranger Battalion and their heroic assault. The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) is the sole airborne command within the U.S. Army Reserve and is supporting the 65th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies.

  • Conmy Hall hosts Army birthday Twilight Tattoo

    Jun 22, 2009

  • Brussels Garrison Celebrates Army Birthday

    Jun 22, 2009

    BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The Brussels Garrison, children from the garrison's youth programs and assorted well-wishers from NATO Headquarters celebrated the Army's 234th birthday.

  • Celebrating the Army's birthday in Italy

    Jun 22, 2009

    VICENZA, Italy -- Soldiers gathered at the Ederle Theater on U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza June 11 to celebrate the Army's 234th birthday. In honor of the Year of the NCO, Soldiers who were selected as NCO of the Year from the garrison, U.S. Army Africa, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 509th Signal Battalion and the Warrior Transition Unit had the honor of placing campaign streamers on the Army flag during the ceremony. The Soldiers then joined USAG Vicenza Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Hartless to cut the Army birthday cake. Pictured from left are Staff Sgt. Daniel Gaumer, Staff Sgt. Joshua Valles, Sgt. Jason Gilliland, Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Hartless, Sgt. Silvana Smith and Sgt. Omar Zamora.

  • 82nd Airborne Paratroopers take part in 65th D-Day anniversary in Normandy, France

    Jun 22, 2009

    Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne travelled to Normandy, France this June to take part in the 65th anniversary of D-Day

  • General takes helm of 7th Civil Support Command

    Jun 22, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - Riding in from the state of Texas, Brig. Gen. Jimmie Jaye Wells assumed the duty of commander of the 7th Civil Support Command in a change-of-command ceremony held at Panzer Parade Field here June 20.

  • Schweinfurt congratulates its youngest graduates

    Jun 22, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- A group of 5-year-olds marched into the Child Development Center (CDC) gym June 19 dressed in blue caps and gowns for their graduation ceremony from the new Strong Beginnings program.

  • Finance High Rollers holding it down

    Jun 22, 2009

    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - The "High Rollers" of the 208th Financial Management Company from Mannheim, Germany provide most of the battlefield finance support to Soldiers and civilians throughout central Iraq.

  • 21st TSC holds retreat ceremony to honor outgoing general

    Jun 22, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - He has been a dual-hatter for two years, and fittingly there were two official ceremonies bracketing his departure. Brig. Gen. Jon J. Miller served as the deputy commanding general of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command and as the commander of the 7th Civil Support Command since June 2007. On June 19, the day before his change of command ceremony, the 21st TSC held a retreat ceremony on Panzer Kaserne in his honor.

  • Pilot program for pre-kindergarteners moves forward

    Jun 19, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- Strong Beginnings is a program meant to ease children's transition from pre-school to kindergarten. It is taught by highly-qualified personnel. The program implements the structure of a kindergarten classroom and introduces children to the social and disciplinary atmosphere of an elementary-school system. The program is set to run globally in the next school year.

  • Kaiserslautern becomes DoD's first safety 'Star' overseas

    Jun 19, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- Employees making sure they are safe at work played a major factor in the U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern earning "Star Status" from the Department of Defense Voluntary Protection Programs Center of Excellence June 12.

  • U.S. Soldiers Struggle to Save Afghan Boy

    Jun 19, 2009

    1st Infantry Division combat medics fight to save a 15-year-old boys life in Konar province, Afghanistan.

  • Graf to host Europe Army 10-Miler June 27

    Jun 19, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - The qualification race for Soldiers wanting to compete on the U.S. Army Europe 10-Miler team is set for June 27 at U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr.

  • Funding enables wave of facilities maintenance, repair projects across Army garrisons in Europe

    Jun 19, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Improved barracks, libraries, street lights and roads are just part of how Installation Management Command-Europe officials are applying the significant sum of Sustainment, Restoration and Modernization funds flowing to Europe this year.

  • Combatives instructor fighting to make a difference for junior Soldiers

    Jun 19, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Christopher Massey spends 32 days building up the future of the Army ... 48 Soldiers at a time.

  • Strong Beginnings: Youngsters graduate from Child, Youth and School Services pilot program

    Jun 19, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - The first group of graduates of the Strong Beginnings program received their certificates June 5 at the Hainerberg and Wiesbaden Army Airfield Child Development Centers.

  • Dads join children for breakfast as part of ACS' Dads Make a Difference Month

    Jun 18, 2009

    Military dads eat with their children during the Dad and Me Breakfast June 11 at School Age Services. The event was part of June's Dads Make a Difference Month.

  • Improved battery technology sitting unordered in Army inventory

    Jun 18, 2009

    Soldiers are carrying unnecessary weight into battle because many units do not realize that newer, lighter batteries with more capacity are sitting unordered in the Army supply channel.

  • 202nd MP Group says farewell to home on Stem Kaserne

    Jun 17, 2009

    MANNHEIM, Germany -- During a brief ceremony June 11, the 202nd Military Police Group said goodbye to Stem Kaserne as they cased the unit colors to relocate to Kleber Kaserne in Kaiserslautern as part of the Army in Europe transformation plans.

  • Heidelberg youth 'Splash N2 Summer'

    Jun 17, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Club Beyond and Child, Youth and School Services hosted a Splash N2 Summer event on Patrick Henry Village for Heidelberg middle schoolers June 11. Divided into four teams identified with colored head- and armbands, they competed in Splash Volleyball, Tug-of-War and Capture the Flag.

  • Heidelberg installations get 3 new 'smart' pedestrian gates

    Jun 17, 2009

    Good news: If you've been taking the streetcar to Heidelberg's Patton Barracks, your days of having to hike all the way around the installation to get on post are over.

  • Baumholder rolls out red carpet for returning 2nd Brigade Soldiers and their families

    Jun 16, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - Bringing home stories from the warfront, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, is back in Baumholder after more than 14 months in Iraq.

  • Blackhawk family members build camaraderie, understanding through military-style competition

    Jun 16, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Much like their Soldier counterparts in the desert, spouses of the 172nd Infantry Brigade dodged bullets, marched with weapons and practiced their shots June 3 during brigade's Spouses' Shootout Challenge. The day-long event took place at Camp Aachen in Grafenwoehr, and while several bruises, paint splatters, and sweat stains were evident after the challenge, participants cheered and clapped with enthusiasm for each other during the final awards ceremony. The children of the brigade joined forces June 6 for a similar event, the Wee-EIB.

  • Vilseck Elementary School teacher named teacher of the year

    Jun 16, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Gretchen Wall has been a teacher for Department of Defense Dependent Schools for 22 of her 26-year teaching career. The 2008-2009 school year was her first year teaching at Vilseck Elementary School in more than 20 years. The impact she has made on her students and parents since her return to VES led to her 2010 Bavaria District Teacher of the Year nomination.

  • Grafenwoehr student suits up for Space Camp

    Jun 16, 2009

    GRAFEWOEHR, Germany - This summer, one Grafenwoehr Middle School student will be hanging out in zero gravity, preparing for a Space Shuttle missions and experiencing the heart-stopping G-Force of a rocket launch. Philip Ramirez, a seventh grader at Netzaberg Middle school, was awarded a full scholarship to NASA Space Camp this June in Huntsville, Ala. The Bernard Curtis Brown II scholarship is offered through the Military Child Education Coalition to all children enrolled in grades six through nine and have a parent on active duty in the military.

  • GES students compete in Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

    Jun 16, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Four Grafenwoehr Elementary School students traveled to Iowa State University May 27 to 30 to participate in the Odyssey of the Mind world finals. It was their first time GES sent a team to participate in the event. The Odyssey of the Mind is a worldwide program that develops creative problem solving in students from kindergarten through college. Students form teams, start with a problem and design props and devices to creatively solve the problem.

  • Four Vilseck JROTC cadets earn slots at George C. Marshall Leadership Symposium

    Jun 16, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Four Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from Vilseck High School, Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. John Lee, Cadet Master Sgt. Sara Carriker, Cadet Master Sgt. David Wood and Cadet Sgt. 1st Class Christy Manoogian, will travel to Washington D.C., June 25-30 for the annual George C. Marshall Leadership Symposium.

  • Historic Cobra King heads to new home in Patton Museum

    Jun 16, 2009

  • USEUCOM hosts State Partnership Program Conference

    Jun 16, 2009

    STUTTGART, Germany - The U.S. European Command kicked-off the bi-annual State Partnership Program Conference here June 15.

  • Wiesbaden teens earn national recognition

    Jun 16, 2009

    Officials from Boys & Girls Clubs of America say that the six-member teenage singing group '1-LUV' from Wiesbaden, Germany, set the standard for what to expect from military teens.

  • Reaching all ages in USAG Wiesbaden on the Army's 234th Birthday

    Jun 16, 2009

    Photographic coverage of the Army's 234th Birthday Celebration in the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden

  • Wounded Warriors, Chief of Military History join Command in Army Birthday celebration

    Jun 15, 2009

    A Battle of Normandy veteran and 11 Wounded Warriors from Alabama joined U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command Soldiers and civilians in honoring the Army's 234th birthday in a ceremony here on June 11. Visiting the command to celebrate the occasion was Charles Robic, an infantry scout in World War II. He was involved in numerous battles during and following the D-Day invasion. He was wounded in August 1944 during fighting in the hedgerows of Normandy and awarded the Purple Heart.

  • Reading on the Army's birthday at Ansbach

    Jun 15, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany -- Sgt. Jose Fonseca, D Company of the 2-159th Aviation Battalion, reads "The Army Story," to about 80 children at the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Storck Barracks Child Development Center playground June 12 in celebration of the Army's 234 birthday.

  • U.S. Army Garrison Baden-WAfA1/4rttemberg celebrates the U.S. Army's 234th birthday

    Jun 15, 2009

    U.S. Army Garrions Heidelberg celebrated the U.S. Army's 234th Birthday June 13 with a picnic and games at the Patrick Henry Village Child Development Center.

  • Celebrating the Army's 234th Birthday in the Benelux

    Jun 15, 2009

    CHIAfaEURoVRES, Belgium -- Soldiers, civilians and familymembers celebrated the Army's 234th Birthday throughout U.S. Army Garrison Benelux June 11 and 12.

  • Happy Birthday! Grafenwoehr celebrates Army's 234th year

    Jun 15, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Grafenwoehr Soldiers, families and community members gathered June 11 at the U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Dining Facility to celebrate the Army's 234th birthday and commemorate the courageous acts of patriotism that enabled the United States Army to be born. "It's important to celebrate the Army's birthday because, like all birthdays, it's a time of remembrance," said Capt. Ronald Underwood, USAG Grafenwoehr Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander. "It's especially important for these children to know what our ancestors have done, not just then, but all the major wars and battles that we've fought.

  • Army Community Service recognizes SHAPE, Chievres volunteers

    Jun 15, 2009

    CHIEVRES, Belgium -- SHAPE and Chievres Garrison leadership thanked volunteers June 9 for their efforts in improving the joint, international community during the past year. More than 100 community volunteers were hailed at the Army Community Service-sponsored 2009 Volunteer Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon on SHAPE.

  • Brussels students help Afghani counterparts, a penny at a time

    Jun 15, 2009

    BRUSSELS, Belgium -- How much is a penny worth' Not much, you might think, and it's become less and less over the years. For example, it takes 44 pennies to buy a postage stamp that will mail a First Class letter via the U.S. postal system. A popular U.S. weekly periodical sells for 495 pennies at a newsstand back in the U.S. Here in Europe, the small Euro cent has similarly low purchasing power. Both U.S. and European cents are becoming broadly unpopular with their respective publics, and are frequently kept in drawers and jars in lieu of being spent in western societies.

  • Defense Secretary Gates Visits Margraten

    Jun 13, 2009

    MARGRATEN, Netherlands -- U.S. Secretary of Defense, Robert M. Gates, visited the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands, during a conference break among international defense ministers meeting in the Limburg Province of the Netherlands, June 10. Here, he reflected on the sacrifices made by the 8,301 U.S. service members buried in this memorial cemetery after WWII, comparing it to the current sacrifices U.S. and coalition nations are making in Afghanistan. "It is a mission whose importance cannot and should not be underestimated, for it is critical to the security of both Europe and the United States," Gates said. "I am confident that we will summon the will and the courage to do whatever it takes in Afghanistan, just as we have in the past on battlefields that necessitated memorials like this one," Gates said. Read more at: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx'id=54724

  • VIDEO: Chief of Staff Gen. Casey's Army Birthday message

    Jun 12, 2009

    Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Chief of Staff of the Army, has a message for the Army Family on its 234th Birthday.

  • Pascual: "I believe that this is an institution dedicated to peace" CGSC graduates large

    Jun 12, 2009

    Graduation ceremonies at CGSC for ILE Class 09-01.

  • Camp Darby celebrates 234th Army Birthday

    Jun 12, 2009

    CAMP DARBY, Italy - The young and the old, U.S. service members and Italian military and carabinieri members, retirees and family members all gathered together to celebrate the 234th Army Birthday with a special ball at Camp Darby, Italy.

  • Sergeant Major Academy seeks input on name change

    Jun 12, 2009

    The U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy is seeking input from the NCO Corps on an appropriate new name for the institution as it transitions from an organization focused on training, to one that is focused on education.

  • Schweinfurt celebrates the Army's birthday

    Jun 12, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany - Soldiers from around U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt celebrated the Army's 234th birthday June 11, as the community marked the occasion there.

  • Dating Doctor gives Griffins remedies for love, dating

    Jun 12, 2009

  • Wiesbaden garrison welcomes new commander

    Jun 11, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - The rain held off just long enough for German and American guests to witness the hand-off of command of U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden on Minue Field June 11.

  • FA gets new chief under Fires Center

    Jun 11, 2009

    BG Ross Ridge take over as chief of the Field Artillery in a ceremony June 4.

  • Military Police, Polizei strengthen traditions, teamwork

    Jun 11, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- The U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg Military Police and German Polizei began a traditional get-together 35 years ago with a barbecue. They now have an annual bowling event takes takes place during German-American Friendship Week.

  • Bamberg welcomes Soldiers with reception, tour

    Jun 11, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- The city of Bamberg welcomed Warner Barracks Soldiers in a celebratory manner June 3, treating them to a guided tour of the city's historic district followed by dinner and drink at the Greifenklau Brewery. The event marked the middle of German-American friendship week, a time celebrated annually by Bamberg residents from both nations.

  • Celebrating the Army's 234th birthday in Wiesbaden

    Jun 11, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- Soldiers from around the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden gathered in the Wiesbaden Dining Facility June 11 to celebrate the Army's 234th birthday.

  • Grafenwoehr Training Area offers high stress, high rewards for deploying Soldiers

    Jun 11, 2009

    HHC, 173rd ABCT goes through stress-fire training at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, May 9, 2009.

  • European Training Command Says Farewell to Commanding General

    Jun 11, 2009

    Brig. Gen. David R. Hogg says farewell to the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command and the Grafenwoehr community.

  • 172nd BCT Spouse Shootout at the Grafenwoehr Training Area

    Jun 11, 2009

  • Oldest NCO Academy in the Army molds tomorrow's leaders

    Jun 11, 2009

    As the sun came up over the hills, Soldiers attending the Warrior Leaders Course at the 7th U.S. Army's Noncommissioned Officers Academy in Grafenwoehr, Germany, mentally prepared themselves for the first event on their trek to becoming U.S. Army NCOs: the Army Physical Fitness Test.

  • Retiring command sergeant major credits, thanks NCOs, Soldiers for successful career

    Jun 10, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany -- Command Sgt. Maj. Perry Clark's career has taken him a long way from Fort Jackson, S.C. where he enlisted as a unit supply specialist in 1981. On what Clark called a "bittersweet day," that career was honored during a ceremony May 14 at the U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels post theater.

  • $3 million project consolidates fitness needs, opens gym to families

    Jun 10, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany -- The Hohenfels U.S. military community now has one comprehensive fitness facility with cardio classrooms, a basketball court, massage room, spinning room, family room, weight room and brand new machines thanks to a $3 million dollar Installation Management Command funded project.

  • Commentary: Happy Father's Day -- from one Dad to another

    Jun 10, 2009

    As the months pass since my dad died, I find myself sharing more and more jokes, stories and anecdotes I learned from him. There's not a day that goes by that I don't use some expression I heard him say or find myself looking at the world in ways colored by his outlook on life.

  • Wiesbaden High graduates mark rite of passage in historic German Kurhaus

    Jun 10, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - "It's been a long coming, but here it is." With those words, Wiesbaden High School Senior Class President Cody Fischer welcomed the Class of 2009 to commencement exercises in the Wiesbaden Kurhaus June 7.

  • Schweinfurt youth leads by example on way to becoming Eagle Scout

    Jun 9, 2009

    Only five percent of all Boy Scouts ever acquire the foremost rank of Eagle Scout, according to the Boy Scouts of America Web site- and the Schweinfurt community boasts one in those numbers.

  • Camp Darby new commissary opens its doors

    Jun 9, 2009

    PISA, Italy - After much anticipation and fanfare, the new Camp Darby Commissary opened its door in a new facility June 5.

  • Americans, French, Germans gather to honor Normandy veterans at famed Mont Saint Michel

    Jun 9, 2009

    LE MONT-SAINT-MICHEL, France - U.S. and allied servicemembers, World War II veterans, local dignitaries and others honored the memory of those who fought in the D-Day invasion at a ceremony at the foot of famed Mont Saint Michel, June 4.

  • More than just fancy footwork: Heidelberg women learn to fend off attackers during self-defense clas

    Jun 9, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Shouts of "Back off!" and "No!" could be heard echoing inside the Campbell Fitness Center basketball courts Saturday, but it wasn't from basketball players stepping up their defense. Instead, it was a different kind of defense being practiced - women's self-defense.

  • Ceremony in Normandy churchyard pays tribute to victims of little-known D-Day atrocity

    Jun 9, 2009

    HEMEVEZ, France - Servicemembers from the United States, alongside French and German Soldiers and residents of this small village in Normandy gathered in a local churchyard June 5 to pay their respects to seven Soldiers executed by German troops during on D-Day.

  • USAG Baden-Wuerttemberg reaches out through virtual community

    Jun 9, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- U.S. Army Garrison Baden-WAfA1/4rttemberg is using social networking to reach out to its community members, who are spread out between three garrisons in Germany.

  • Event salutes paratroopers who engaged in some of the fiercest fighting in France following D-Day

    Jun 9, 2009

    CARENTAN, France -- A tranquil slab of marble with several bouquets of flowers at its base stood in the evening shadows June 5 on a piece of earth that 65 years earlier was the scene of some of the bloodiest fighting on the soil of France during World War II.

  • First French town liberated on D-Day shows its appreciation to Normandy veterans

    Jun 9, 2009

    SAINTE MERE EGLISE, France -- After a well-deserved tribute at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Omaha Beach June 6, attended by four heads of state, the veterans of D-Day were honored again today. This tribute, however, was organized by and held in the town of Sainte Mere Eglise, the first town liberated by allied forces on D-Day.

  • AMC commander gets first-hand glimpse of support provided to U.S. Army Africa

    Jun 9, 2009

    PISA, Italy -- Senior Army logistics leaders toured Camp Darby, June 8, to see first hand how units there contribute to the ArmyAca,!a,,cs mission, to include supporting U.S. Army Africa.

  • Brussels NCO Attains Education Milestone

    Jun 9, 2009

    BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Staff Sgt. David Dolin, a member of U.S. Army Garrison Brussels, recently attained a major life and career goal by graduating from the University of Maryland University College with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

  • Army Safety Center announces Peer to Peer contest winners

    Jun 8, 2009

  • June is National Safety Month

    Jun 8, 2009

    The USACR/Safety Center launches a Year of the NCO micro page to highlight the role of NCOs in safety, as part of National Safety Month.

  • Veterans take center stage in events honoring 65th anniversary of Normandy invasion

    Jun 7, 2009

    NORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL, France -- For nearly a week Department of Defense civilians and servicemembers from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines have been deployed to the small French town of Sainte Mere Eglise and this memorial beside Omaha Beach supporting events in honor of the 65th anniversary of D-Day.

  • Obama joins heads of state to honor D-Day veterans

    Jun 7, 2009

    NORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL, France -- U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Prince Charles of Wales, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Gordon Brown and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke here today at a ceremony honoring the servicemembers who fought and died during the allied invasion of Normandy 65 years ago.

  • D-Day 65th Anniversary

    Jun 6, 2009

    NORMANDY, France (June 6, 2009) Aca,!" Veterans, U.S. and allied nation servicemembers, dignitaries and government representatives gathered at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial to honor veterans of the D-Day landings during a commemoration ceremony held here June 6.

  • President Obama honors D-Day vets

    Jun 6, 2009

    NORMANDY, France -- President Barak Obama, accompanied by the Prince of Wales, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Canadian Prime Stephen Harper and President of France Nicolas Sarkozy, returns a salute to an honor guard of U.S. and allied servicemembers during the 65th anniversary commemoration of D-Day in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial June 6. The heads of state honored veterans of the landing and World War II.

  • Servicemembers join veterans, French citizens to commemorate sacrifice of World War II troops who fo

    Jun 6, 2009

    At the top of a small hill here there is a 15-foot-tall concrete memorial framed on each side by the American and French flags. On the face of the memorial is a life-sized image carved in stone of a U.S. Army paratrooper descending from the sky.

  • Servicemembers join D-Day veterans, French citizens to commemorate sacrifice of World War II troops

    Jun 6, 2009

    AMFREVILLE, France -- At the top of a small hill here there is a 15-foot-tall concrete memorial framed on each side by the American and French flags. On the face of the memorial is a life-sized image carved in stone of a U.S. Army paratrooper descending from the sky.

  • The path to greatness as a leader

    Jun 5, 2009

    Commentary written by one of the chaplains in the National Capital Region to appear in the Pentagram's weekly "Chaplain's Corner."

  • NCO Spotlight - US Army Band vocalist believes in adapting

    Jun 5, 2009

    NCO highlight features a senior soloist with the Army Chorus who treasures singing the National Anthem

  • Coalition forces mentor Afghans at JMRC

    Jun 5, 2009

    Soldiers from the Afghan National Army sharpen their tactical skills under the guidance of U.S. and Latvian soldiers during an Observe, Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT) rotation at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany.

  • French citizens join U.S. Soldiers to honor those who fought at Normandy

    Jun 5, 2009

    In the days before the landings at Normandy June 6, 1944, the small town of Gourbesville was the site of a German aid station. In the days following the allied invasion the town and others in the surrounding countryside became scenes of intense fighting as the U.S. Army moved into France.

  • Normandy residents welcome servicemembers

    Jun 5, 2009

    Sixty-five years ago June 6, allied forces battled side by side to liberate France. During the D-Day invasion that began that day, American, British and Canadian troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast as part of the largest single-day amphibious invasion in history.

  • Medic honors grandfather's legacy on Normandy beach

    Jun 5, 2009

    As hundreds of servicemembers arrive in here to commemorate the D-Day invasionAca,!a,,cs 65th anniversary, one Soldier is also here to honor his family legacy.

  • Bamberg's solar panel implementation supports DoD, Army goals

    Jun 5, 2009

    Bamberg's installment of solar panels at the energy plant costs around $250,000. Stadtwerke Bamberg, the company that operates the energy plant on Warner Barracks and supplies its utilities, made the investment. The company will receive incentives from the German government and the installation receives credit toward onsite-produced power.

  • Normandy: One Soldier's unexpected home away from home

    Jun 4, 2009

    In the few days that I have been in this town I have continuously heard about the great respect and friendship between the French citizens here and American servicemembers, and in my ventures into town I have felt a great deal of camaraderie. But I believe it was not until last night that I was able to truly experience the bond that exists between the American military and the people of Normandy.

  • Reenactment groups bring D-Day era alive

    Jun 4, 2009

    SAINTE MERE EGLISE, France -- Maurice Lancelot is not an American Soldier, but he is dressed like one

  • Kontakt Club rakes in awards, brings community together

    Jun 4, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - U.S. Army Europe announced the winners for the annual Outreach Kontakt Awards May 13. Kontakt, a German-American friendship organization, won many awards in Vilseck and Grafenwoehr. Both groups and individuals who made exceptional contributions to the German-American Friendship Outreach Program, were honored. The Kontakt Vilseck club won two of the 14 Group High Achievement Awards throughout Germany. The club won the Group and District Development Award and the Special Programs at a Community with Military Presence Award for volunteering a total of 11,960 hours in 2008.

  • Grafenwoehr BOSS wins big for single Soldiers

    Jun 4, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers presidents and representatives for various U.S. Army installations throughout the Installation Management Command-Europe region gathered in Heidelberg during a week-long conference April 26 - May 2. The subjects of the conference included dealing with the unique issues concerning single Soldiers, ways to improve the BOSS program to make it more appealing and conferring of several awards, in which U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr walked away with two: best large installation with a single soldier population over 2,000 and best event from a large installation with a single soldier population over 2,000.

  • D-Day commentary: Values bind servicemembers together across span of time

    Jun 4, 2009

    NORMANDY, France - As I walked through the American cemetery at Omaha Beach here, I found it difficult to wrap my mind around a battle so large and so brutal. I imagine, as thousands of Soldiers poured onto these beaches 65 years ago, the magnitude of the conflict must have been overwhelming to them as well.

  • Focus groups bridge customers' voice

    Jun 4, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- It's U.S Army Garrison Kaiserslautern customers who have the power - to improve community services.

  • Communities to receive $30 million for maintenance and renovation

    Jun 4, 2009

    The Installation Management Command is transferring approximately $30 million into U.S. Army Garrison Baden-WAfA1/4rttemberg coffers within the next month to help the garrison fund building and infrastructure maintenance and renovation.

  • Chance meeting brings cavalry sergeant face-to-face with D-Day veteran

    Jun 4, 2009

    Although sun and waves come together to create a serene picture of Sainte Mere Eglise today, sixty-five years ago Saturday it was the site of one of the bloodiest battles in history.

  • Surviving Cancer : Heidelberg civilian employee shares new perspective on life

    Jun 4, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- "I didn't think I would be alive to see this day," said Sonja Draught, who marched across the stage with her husband, Damon, to receive their master's degrees together at University of Maryland University College Europe's commencement ceremony May 9.

  • Stryker sergeants relive history by recreating image of Soldiers taken on D-Day

    Jun 4, 2009

    NORMANDY, France - Three Soldiers and career-long friends got the rare opportunity to relive the past in a unique way June 2 while the trio is here supporting the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of D-Day. Sgts.

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