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  • Vicenza Soldiers honored for bravery in Afghanistan

    Mar 25, 2009

    Six Soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company received medals of valor for combat actions July 13, 2008, in Wanat, a village in northeast Afghanistan. Nine of their comrades lost their lives during the fight.

  • 5th Signal Command welcomes new command sergeant major

    Mar 24, 2009

    5th Signal Command (Theater), headquartered in Mannheim, Germany, welcomed a new command sergeant major during a change of responsibility ceremony at the sports arena on Sullivan Barracks.

  • Troupe uses humor to talk about tough topic

    Mar 24, 2009

    In the confusing realm of gender stereotypes, innuendo and sex roles in human relationships, often young Soldiers are left in a fog not knowing what is acceptable behavior and what's a crime. "This is part of a cultural change in our Army," said Lt. Col. Robert White, commander, U.S. Army Garrison Heidelberg, Monday in an introduction to "Sex Signals," a scripted, interactive and improve show designed to make young people think about sexual assault prevention.

  • AER helps Soldiers, families in need

    Mar 24, 2009

    VICENZA, Italy - Army Emergency Relief is a nonprofit organization that assists active and retired Soldiers and their families with financial emergencies.

  • Overseas Army garrison applies GIS technology to manage environmental program

    Mar 23, 2009

    Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for the Environment, Safety and Occupational Health Tad Davis recognized the garrison as the Army's most outstanding overseas environmental quality effort in fiscal year 2008. The Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards represent the highest honor in the field of environmental science conferred by the Army.

  • IMCOM-Europe journalists take Army-level awards

    Mar 23, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Several Installation Management Command-Europe journalists were recognized as being among the service's best during the 2008 Department of the Army Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Journalism Awards competition.

  • Camp Darby programs enhance children safety

    Mar 23, 2009

    Several initiatives are taking place in the Camp Darby community to enhance safety while celebrating Month of the Military Child in April. The Camp Darby Livorno Unit School has joined in by enhancing the social studies program by taking children on field trips to better know the community and their relative's workplaces and Dare and the Safety office are offering bike safety classes and child seat inspections.

  • U.S. Army Garrison Livorno 2009 NCO Induction ceremony

    Mar 23, 2009

    LIVORNO, Italy - Being inducted into the Army's noncommissioned officer corps is a time-honored tradition, with even more focus on the event in 2009 as it is Year of the NCO.

  • Army Family Action Plan addresses top issues at Camp Darby

    Mar 23, 2009

    LIVORNO, Italy -- The Camp Darby community joined the Army in celebrating a quarter of a century of helping Soldiers and family members with the Annual Army Family Action Plan. March 4-5, Camp Darby community members convened for the 2009 AFAP to discuss everything from shopping privileges at the post commissary to the availability of language classes at Camp Darby.

  • Army 'takes care of its own'

    Mar 23, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- A widow looking for help did not know where to turn. Her husband, a retired Army veteran, had just passed away. While she wanted more than anything to provide him the dignified burial he surely deserved; she was strapped financially.

  • Sergeant reflects on fateful day

    Mar 23, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany (Mar. 20, 2009) - More than two years have passed since Staff Sgt. Clifford Neighbors received an Army Commendation Medal with V device for valor and a Bronze Star while serving with the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry in Iraq. Neighbors's actions on the streets of Baghdad in August 2006 earned him the valor award he attributes to his team and a former platoon sergeant. During a routine mission making the rounds of Iraqi National Police checkpoints, Neighbors's convoy was halted by three improvised explosive devices.

  • Leadership begins with integrity and values

    Mar 23, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Mar. 20, 2009) - Sgt. Juan Carreon believes living by the Army's values and maintaining personal integrity are two hallmarks of good noncommissioned officer. "As an NCO, one of the things I will not give up are my personal values," said Carreon, a human resources specialist with V Corps' Headquarters and Headquarters Company. "We all have family values, but each individual has personal values that we have to stand by and stick by," he said.

  • Kabul City Lights

    Mar 20, 2009

    Greater security increases Kabul's economy

  • IMCOM-Europe director mentors at Kaiserslautern event

    Mar 20, 2009

    Mentoring Aca,!" how to and what it actually means Aca,!" was the focus of the Installation Management Command-Europe Region Director Diane DevensAca,!a,,c speech March 17 at the U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern WomenAca,!a,,cs History Month 2009 Luncheon.

  • Professional development gives teachers new ideas

    Mar 20, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- For teachers of military children overseas, "Education is not a static profession ... educational techniques and methods are evolving every year to meet the needs of the students."

  • War heroes and descendants scatter soil from historic battlefields

    Mar 19, 2009

    Heroes are honored Thursday as they add soil from Revolutionary War to Iraqi battlefields during the Sacred Soil Ceremony at the new National Infantry Museum.

  • Czars' private music unveiled by U.S. Army, Russian partnership

    Mar 19, 2009

    Quintets from the U.S. Army Band and Russian National Orchestra joined together March 17 to perform music from the private collections of Czars Alexander III and Nicholas II -- music that hadn't been heard in over 100 years.

  • Read Across America week at Ansbach

    Mar 19, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany -- Students of Millie Cordoba's first grade class, principal Essie Grant, and Hellen O'Donnell, reading specialist, are helped by the Cat in the Hat (Ramona Kechelen) signing the "I Pledge to Read Every Day," banner at the Ansbach Elementary School library, kicking off Read across America week at U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach.

  • Year of the NCO: 'No better job'

    Mar 19, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Spc. Jason Boatwright, a soon-to-be noncommissioned officer, describes in his own words the duties of a chaplain assistant and what NCOs bring to that career field

  • Sergeant earns Silver Star for charging into face of enemy during ambush in Afghanistan

    Mar 19, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany (Mar. 18, 2009) -- Staff Sgt. Lincoln V. Dockery said he didn't even see the grenade that sent shrapnel into his right forearm while charging insurgent fighters in Afghanistan's Korengal valley, Nov. 16, 2007. "Someone yelled out, and I looked up and saw it coming. My hand went up and a hot, sharp feeling went through," he said. Dockery, a combat engineer then assigned to a route clearance patrol with Company A of the 173rd Airborne Brigade's Special Troops Battalion, said he decided the injury wasn't major, and continued his charge up a hill into enemy fire and earning a Silver Star for valor. The medal and a Purple Heart were awarded here, March 11.

  • Sugarland in Nederland - international venue a treat for the troops

    Mar 18, 2009

    BRUNSSUM, Netherlands -- A trio of trios led to an awesome performance by Sugarland to over 1,800 captivated U.S. Armed Forces and NATO service and family members admitted free into the Sporthal Rumpen here Friday, March 13. It was all about "threes" for an historic first - and community volunteers stepped up to help make it happen.

  • JMTC exports training capability to Fort Bragg

    Mar 18, 2009

    The 7th Army's Joint Multinational Training Command send its Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) to Fort Bragg for a month to test the Army's exportable training concepts.

  • NCO serves as 'backbone' for suicide prevention training

    Mar 18, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- Just as NCOs are the backbone of the Army, Staff. Sgt. Jonathon Vinson provided consistency and structure to all eight suicide prevention training presentations held the first two weeks in March throughout the Kaiserslautern military community.

  • From cadet to colonel: Female brigade commander shares military experiences

    Mar 18, 2009

    As a cadet in the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., Leah R. Fuller-Friel became her battalion's first female commander. Now, 25 years later and a colonel, she's the first female commander of the U.S. Army NATO Brigade, headquartered at Tompkins Barracks in Schwetzingen.

  • U.S. Army Germany hosts sexual assault awareness events

    Mar 18, 2009

    Leaders, military and civilian, will be stressing education, awareness and prevention of sexual assault during several events planned here for the month of April.

  • Kaiserslautern joint celebration to say 'thanks' to youth

    Mar 18, 2009

  • Hosting dignitaries - all in a day's work for USAG Brussels

    Mar 18, 2009

    BRUSSELS, Belgium - In the course of back-to-back weeks, two U.S. government officials visited here, with U.S. Army Garrison Brussels directly supporting the trips.

  • Sacred Soil Ceremony to feature decendents, participants of American Wars

    Mar 17, 2009

    The Sacred Soil Ceremony will feature descendents and participants from major American wars who will sprinkle soil from the battlegrounds of Yorktown, Antietam, Soissions, Normandy, Corregidor, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq and Afghanistan, said MG(R) Jerry White, chairman of the National Infantry Museum Foundation.

  • Paratroopers validate Quick Reaction Force capabilities

    Mar 17, 2009

    Soldiers from Fort Bragg's, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, conducted a mission-readiness exercise to validate their quick reaction force capabilities with some help from European-based Soldiers assigned to the Joint Multi-National Readiness Center.

  • Customers help FMWR evaluate programs, service

    Mar 17, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - The Installation Management Command-Europe Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation division is taking the next step as part of its ongoing push to provide quality service to every customer.

  • Senior leaders gather at daylong conference to learn, discuss strategies for combating sexual assaul

    Mar 17, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Mar. 16, 2009) - U.S. Army Europe's commanding general challenged USAREUR senior leaders to take the point in a collective effort to combat sexual assault during a daylong conference here March 9. Calling sexual assault a crime, Gen. Carter Ham said it is time for leaders to confront a challenging and uncomfortable issue that has been with the Army a long time and undermines unit readiness and cohesion. "It is time for us to do something about it. ... It is not going to be easy. It is going to be challenging. It is going to be frustrating. There will be advances and there will be setbacks," the general said.

  • Official Visit of Admiral Pauli Juhani Kaskeala, Chief of Defence, Finnish Defence Forces

    Mar 16, 2009

    Adm. Pauli Juhani Kaskeala, Chief of Defence, Finnish Defence Forces, and Col. Joseph P. Buche, Commander of Troops, present arms as they pass the colors in formation in an Armed Forces Full Honor Arrival Ceremony at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.

  • Read Across America Week

    Mar 16, 2009

    The Grinch (Derek Hyde, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach, Germany, school liaison officer) reads a Dr. Seuss book to Illesheim middle schoolers as part of Read Across America week. The campaign kicked off here March 2 at the Ansbach Elementary School when The Cat in the Hat (Ramona Kechelen) visited every class to speak on the importance of reading.

  • 34th U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition

    Mar 13, 2009

    The 34th U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition concluded March 13 at Fort Lee, Va., with an awards ceremony. After two weeks of competitive events, the team from Fort Bragg, N.C., earned the Installation of the Year award.

  • A Provider's story

    Mar 13, 2009

    Feature article supporting Brain Injury Awareness Month

  • Financial experts, regulators bring information to Army audiences

    Mar 13, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany - With stock markets and indices around the world flailing wildly from day to day, there might be no better time than the present to talk money with the experts.

  • Stigma: The 'deadly, toxic workplace hazard'

    Mar 13, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- Stigma is a little, six-letter word with enormous consequences, according to Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Loree Sutton, special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

  • Teaming up for a good time

    Mar 13, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - The multifaceted Warrior Adventure Quest program is up and running in Wiesbaden. The Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation-run program introduces redeployed Soldiers to positive outlets for blowing off steam during reintegration and contributes to cohesiveness and leadership among Soldiers.

  • Dedicated service: Wiesbaden employee reaches five decade mark

    Mar 13, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Half a century. That's how long Francis Townsend has served his country - as an Airman, Soldier and a Defense Department civilian.

  • FMWR Feline Fun Show proves to be cat's meow

    Mar 13, 2009

    STUTTGART, Germany - Nearly 20 fluffy felines gathered inside the Patch Community Club recently to partake in the Feline Fun Show and do what they do best - purr and look pretty. The feline show was a first for U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation Sports and Fitness personnel, who are more accustomed to hosting two-legged, rather than four-legged, events.

  • SKIES: helping to develop skills, healthy life styles

    Mar 13, 2009

    STUTTGART, Germany - "Give me some attitude." It's something you don't hear too often from a teacher, but it's what Jenny McCoy wants from her class ... her B.A.D. class - boys' athletic dance, that is.

  • NCOs keep government leaders moving around D.C.

    Mar 12, 2009

    It looks just like any other parking garage in northwest Washington, D.C., a sliding metal door, no markings on the building. What's inside, however, is very different from a typical parking garage.

  • 405th AFSB announces LBE PMO office opening

    Mar 12, 2009

    The 405th Army Field Support Brigade announces the opening of its Left Behind Equipment Program Management Office in Kaiserslautern. The office is responsible for the oversight and management of all LBE materiel resulting from deploying and redeploying units in the European theater of operations. Lt. Col. Tony Davila has been named the LBE program manager.

  • AOAP MLC obtains first ISO recertification

    Mar 12, 2009

    The Army Oil Analysis Program Mannheim Laboratory Center recently became the first AOAP laboratory worldwide to receive recertification under the newest International Organization for Standardization 9001:2008 criteria. Although the laboratory had already received previous ISO certification, the new certification is awarded at a higher level of standards.

  • West Point psychology program spends week in Europe

    Mar 12, 2009

    Story on Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership work at USAREUR Senior Leaders' Forum

  • Bamberg units recognize Year of the NCO

    Mar 12, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- More than 220 noncommissioned officers from several units on post gathered for an NCO Call March 5 at the Warner Conference Center to recognize the Year of the NCO.

  • Policy supports cost reductions

    Mar 12, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- By consolidating computer network updates to once a week rather than updating the system every day and by shutting down workstations at the end of each workday, except for Wednesdays, USAG Bamberg expects to save thousands of dollars in energy costs.

  • 21st TSC takes suicide training seriously

    Mar 12, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. That is one of the tenets the 21st Theater Sustainment Command hopes its Soldiers and civilians will take away from the suicide prevention and intervention training held at the theater on Kleber Kaserne recently.

  • Hohenfels students earn national ranking, make school history at JROTC competition

    Mar 12, 2009

    After competing against the 14 top teams in the country, the Hohenfels High School all-female rifle team brought back the school's first ever national ranking with their fifth place finish at the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Service Championship Feb. 13 and 14 in Camp Perry, Ohio. "We're the first athletic team from Hohenfels to go to a stateside competition, and not only did we do well, we brought home some bacon," said coach 1st Sgt. (Ret.) Bruce Andrews.

  • Command sergeants major kick off Year of the NCO at Hohenfels

    Mar 12, 2009

    Command Sgt. Major Mike Boom and Command Sgt. Major Perry Clark spoke to Soldiers at the U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels dining facility Feb. 27 about the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer. The ceremony was a symbolic kick off for a yearAca,!a,,cs worth of activities that will incorporate the theme, said Clark. Aca,!A"Our NCOs have come a long way and done a whole lot. They make it all run. You just canAca,!a,,ct celebrate that in half an hour,Aca,!A? he said.

  • 550 Troops Gather for Year of the NCO Community Run

    Mar 11, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Despite rain and cold weather, about 550 Soldiers participated in a Heidelberg community run Friday morning to celebrate 2009 as the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer.

  • System uses ID cards to track use of recreational facilities

    Mar 11, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Gone are the days of scribbling your name on a clipboard before entering a fitness center.

  • NATO Military Committee Chairman pays respects to Unknowns

    Mar 11, 2009

  • Joint celebration says 'thanks' to youth

    Mar 11, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- Saying "thanks" this year to Kaiserslautern's youngest members during April's Month of the Military Child will mark a "first."

  • Pre-cancerous skin spots cause look back at lifelong over-exposure to the sun

    Mar 11, 2009

    Over-exposure to the sun during youth and young adulthood causes Kaiserslautern resident to undergo painful treatment later in life and remind others of the sun's danger.

  • 'Peter Pan:' Grateful German citizen treats U.S. youths to free day at the theater

    Mar 11, 2009

    (FRANKFURT, Germany) - A German whose early childhood was influenced by the action of an American Soldier has in turn reached out to the children of American Soldiers in Germany. Dr. Wilfried Kastening, treasurer of Frankfurt International School, and his wife, Astrid, business manager of Theatre Unlimited, hosted 45 children and their chaperones from U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden's School-Age Services program at a play in Frankfurt. The children attended the opening performance of "Peter Pan" at the English Theater.

  • Wiesbaden AFAP conference prioritizes top issues

    Mar 11, 2009

    (WIESBADEN, Germany) - For the seasoned participants of the Army Family Action Plan, the process is great. But to the Soldier who executes with few words of instruction, the process may be a little too bureaucratic. But whatever the regard, for the past 25 years, the process has been getting things done.

  • Two U.S. Army Europe captains among winners of Army-level MacArthur leadership awards

    Mar 11, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Mar.. 10, 2009) - Two U.S. Army Europe captains have been recognized as being among the best junior officer leaders in today's Army. Capt. Allen Kehoe of Company D, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, and Capt. Erik C. Oksenvaag of Company C, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, were among the 28 winners in the Army-level competition of the 2008 Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Awards program. The winners were announced by official Army message March 6.

  • Military looks to dispel myths, advance treatment for TBI

    Mar 10, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany - Get a good night's sleep. That is medical professionals' seemingly simple, yet sometimes complicated, goal when they reintegrate Soldiers who have returned from deployments and might have suffered traumatic brain injuries, according to Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher, commander of Europe Regional Medical Command.

  • Read to children: They will thank you later

    Mar 10, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany - "It takes hundreds of hours of lap time for a child to gain the pre-literacy skills necessary to learn to read early and well," said the National Children's Reading Foundation Web site about the need for parents to read to their children.

  • Schweinfurt youth participate in Imagemakers contest

    Mar 10, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany - The back wall of the School Age Services (SAS) gymnasium came to life March 3, covered with photographs and digital art in the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Imagemakers competition.

  • Year of the NCO: Benelux Spotlight

    Mar 10, 2009

    MONS, Belgium -- Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Bartelle, the senior noncommissioned officer Allied Command Operations, took time to show his appreciation to two NCOs instrumental in planning the Black History Month celebration at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Belgium.

  • Dutch Prime Minister Takes Time Out for Brussels First-Grader

    Mar 10, 2009

    BRUSSELS, Belgium - Many youngsters who learned to read after 1995 are acquainted with Stanley Lambchop, a.k.a. "Flat Stanley." One student in Brussels sent his Flat Stanley to the Dutch Prime Minister and received a pleasant surprise.

  • Army Emergency Relief equates to 'Soldiers helping Soldiers'

    Mar 10, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany -- Think nonprofit organization, think Army Emergency Relief, to actively help a fellow Soldier or neighbor who is suffering from a financial emergency.

  • Military Saves helps Soldiers help themselves

    Mar 10, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany -- Everyone is trying to stretch greenbacks lately and the Military Saves program at U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach showed 36 Soldiers and family members how to build wealth with a variety of classes.

  • 1st Armored Division Soldiers receive medals for valor in Iraq

    Mar 10, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany -- Two Soldiers from 1st Armored Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team were awarded the Army Commendation Medals with "V" device for valor during an award ceremony here Feb. 6.

  • Ansbach sophomore wins DoDEA Europe writing competition

    Mar 9, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany -- "How do veterans help the youth of today'"

  • Know the facts, myths of suicide

    Mar 9, 2009

    VICENZA, Italy - Suicide is a huge problem in the Army, and it is on the rise.

  • Germany-based artillery battalion donates tractors to cultivate Iraq's Lutifiyah region

    Mar 9, 2009

    COMBAT OUTPOST MEADE, Iraq (Mar. 9, 2009) -- Soldiers from the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery presented 14 new tractors to sheiks from the Lutifiyah Nahia region during a ceremony here, March 5. The battalion, part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, used funds from the Commander's Emergency Response Program to purchase the tractors, said brigade officials. Each ArmaTrac 602 tractor should help to cultivate an area of more than 25,000,000 square feet.

  • Ceremonies add Rashid missions to 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division operations in Iraq

    Mar 9, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq (Mar. 9, 2009) - Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division accepted authority for operations in Iraq's Rashid district during a pair of transfer of authority ceremonies here, March 4.During the first ceremony, the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division transferred authority for their area of operations in Rashid to the 2nd BCT. "Along with local leaders and the [Iraqi security forces] we have formed an unbeatable team in Rashid," said Col. Ted Martin, commander of 1st BCT, during his remarks at the event. "I thank you for your friendship, patriotism and support. No longer can the enemy use neighborhoods as battlefields. Each day brings new hope for the citizens of Rashid."

  • Training Aids Production Center Opens in Grafenwoehr

    Mar 9, 2009

    The Joint Multinational Training Command's Training Aids Production Center (TAPC) opens the doors to its new facility in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

  • Soldier's suicide leaves unanswered questions

    Mar 6, 2009

    The suicide of Spc. Jamie Dalton, an Infantryman in B Company, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, in 2006 shocked everyone who knew him. Many of the warning signs weren't evident in Dalton's behavior or the things he said to friends.

  • Top honor awarded to USAG Schinnen ACS Director

    Mar 6, 2009

    SCHINNEN, the Netherlands -- The International Military Community Executives Association, who provides professional accreditation, training and support to the military morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) services, awarded the Irving Rubenstein Memorial Award to Helen Gross, USAG Schinnen's Army Community Service (ACS) Officer, in a ceremony at the Las Vegas Hilton & Convention Center Feb. 25.

  • Army puts the stars on two of Schweinfurt's top NCOs

    Mar 6, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany - Two new stars began shining over Schweinfurt March 5.

  • Schweinfurt engineers improve terrain, training area

    Mar 6, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany - In an effort to better the training area, dubbed Area Mike, the U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt Directorate of Public Works (DPW) has partnered with the 500th Engineer Horizontal Company of the 15th Engineer Battalion, which arrived to Schweinfurt in 2008.

  • Sergeant Major of the Army addresses area servicemembers during Year of the NCO event in Kaiserslaut

    Mar 6, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (Mar. 6, 2009) -- As the Year of the NCO gains momentum across the Army, the 21st Theater Sustainment Command wasted no time getting the Army's highest-ranking noncommissioned officer speak with servicemembers in the the Kaiserslautern Military Community. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston spoke to about 1,500 servicemembers from the KMC, Bamberg, Mannheim, Baumholder and Heidelberg communities at Rhine Ordnance Barracks here March 4.

  • Cool head, 'warrior ethos' guided Heidelberg medic who helped stabilize victims of autobah

    Mar 6, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Mar. 5, 2009) -- As Sgt. Latoddia S. Maze, a medic at the Heidelberg Health Center, pulled up to the crash scene, he saw a hand sticking out the sunroof. It wasn't moving. Maze was on the autobahn early on the morning of March 2, returning to Heidelberg from Frankfurt International Airport. A car with two passengers had gone off the road and struck a tree moments before he arrived.

  • Year of the NCO: Coaching teams, leading Soldiers is much the same

    Mar 6, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- As a young Soldier, I started playing unit sports in the early 1990s at Wharton Barracks in Heilbronn, Germany.

  • From 'hot-headed private' to first sergeant, company senior noncommissioned officer is lin

    Mar 6, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany (Mar. 5, 2009) -- It is 11 p.m., and the Soldiers of 12th Combat Aviation Brigade's Company B, 412th Aviation Support Battalion are long gone from their daily duties. On this particular night, however, it is the time difference between Europe and America that keeps a hardworking noncommissioned officer on his office telephone with the parents of a Soldier who was injured while snowboarding. "This is an example of what an asset NCOs are," said Company B 1st Sgt. James Hall of Sgt. 1st Class Ronald Correa, one of the company's platoon sergeants. "He stayed awake the entire night communicating with the hospital to coordinate the injured Soldier's leave, transport and safe return to American care."

  • SMA visits servicemembers, kicks off 'Year of the NCO' in Europe

    Mar 6, 2009

    The 13th Sergeant Major of the Army, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston, spoke to servicemembers from across Germany, March 4, at Rhine Ordnance Barracks as the Army's highest ranking noncommissioned officer helped kick off the 'Year of the NCO' in Europe.

  • ADA exercise tests Soldiers, airmen

    Mar 5, 2009

    The ADA trainins with the Air Force and civilians companies.

  • Heidelberg Medic Gives Aid at Accident Scene

    Mar 5, 2009

    Sgt. Latoddia S. Maze, a medic with the Heidelberg Health Center, stabilized two passengers involved in a car accident on the autobahn March 2.

  • New Family Readiness Center opens its doors

    Mar 5, 2009

    The Camp Darby Army Community Service's Service member and Family Readiness Center (SFRC) opened its doors on Feb. 27 with a ribbon cutting ceremony, according to Evelyn Watkins, Army Community Service Division Chief.

  • Tri-Border AFAP wraps up issues

    Mar 5, 2009

    USAG Schinnen's Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Steering Committee has selected 10 issues to forward for consideration at the upcoming IMCOM-Europe AFAP Conference in June. Among those issues are two that involve government hiring policies and military spouse preference, plus a hot topic among teens regarding military ID's.

  • Community becomes part of solution at AFAP conference

    Mar 5, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany -- "We the people...."

  • Course restoring unit's identity, saving money

    Mar 5, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- Jumpmasters who were part of a Mobile Training Team from 1st Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, traveled from Fort Benning, Ga., to both Vicenza, Italy, and Bamberg to teach a three-week jumpmaster static line course to more than 100 Soldiers of 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

  • Kudos for consulates: USAG-Miami presents awards recognizing long-term partnerships

    Mar 4, 2009

    The members of the U.S. Army Garrison - Miami Passport and Visa office play a part of the extensive base operations support the Garrison provides to U.S. Southern Command by handling all official requests for travel documentation in their Area of Focus. None of the service to USSOUTHCOM would be possible without generating and maintaining good working relationships with foreign consulates. The team decided to recognize twelve Latin American consulates for their ten years of excellent support provided to the USSOUTHCOM community by presenting certificates of appreciation to the Consulates' administrative staff and a special plaque to each Consul. Garrison leaders supported the team's idea to recognize the great help given to the military, and the initiative was highly praised and approved by the USSOUTHCOM Commander, Admiral James Stavridis, who signed the certificates as senior tactical commander.

  • Katterbach CDC expansion means more spaces, improved safety, programs

    Mar 4, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany -- The recent expansion of the Katterbach Child Development Center means better customer service in the form of more childcare spaces, improved safety and new programs.

  • Married command sergeants major discuss deployments, family life in the military

    Mar 4, 2009

    LaToya Sizer worries when her husband Richard deploys and adjusts when he gets back. Nothing unusual about that; deployments and separations are common place in today's Army. What makes the Sizers different is that they both happen to be command sergeants major, which brings unique challenges and advantages to their family raising efforts.

  • Heidelberg's Rumbling Rubbish teaches residents fine art of recycling

    Mar 4, 2009

    In many communities in the U.S. recycling is still a do-it-yourself chore normally taken on by college professors, retirees and a few ecologically-minded individuals. In U.S. Army Garrison Heidelberg, everyone should be taking part, not only to protect the planet and to adhere to policy, but to benefit the collective pocketbook.

  • Local artist to display work at new Arts and Cultural Center

    Mar 4, 2009

    Jospeh Heeg's art will be the premier exhibit at the Heidelberg Arts and Cultural Center celebrates its grand opening at the Patrick Henry Village Pavilion March 7.

  • Kaiserslautern kicks off Year of NCO

    Mar 4, 2009

    Showing camaraderie with their battle buddies was more the goal than winning as Soldiers from an entire section from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command played pool Friday during Right Arm Night at the Irish Pub on Vogelweh Housing.

  • Benning honors NCOs in ceremony

    Mar 3, 2009

    Fort Benning honored the "backbone of the Army" when more than 60 newly promoted sergeants and corporals were inducted into the NCO Corps during a ceremony that kicked off the designation of 2009 as the Year of the NCO Tuesday at Marshall Auditorium. "In every aspect of the Army, it's really NCOs making it happen," said CSM William Ulibarri. "We hold it together through training, and also operationally."

  • Realistic training prepares paratroopers for combat

    Mar 3, 2009

    Inside a dark and dusty barn, two paratroopers were on the hunt for hidden weapons. Chickens and baby goats scrambled under their feet as they searched every nook and corner of the building.

  • Year of the Noncommissioned Officer: Induction ceremony a rite of passage that symbolizes dedication

    Mar 3, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- While not every day is easy for noncommissioned officers, the U.S. Army Europe NCOs honored at an induction ceremony here Feb. 27, seemed to agree that it was a great day to be a sergeant.

  • CBS Radio Tampa Bay Interview with SMA Kenneth Preston

    Mar 3, 2009

    John Sipos of CBS Radio Tampa Bay conducted an 11-minute interview with SMA Kenneth Preston that covered many topics. The interview ran on Tampa, FL CBS Radio stations on Sunday, March 1, 2009.

  • Basic training Soldiers test limits in gas chamber

    Mar 2, 2009

    The gas chamber at Brittin Range goes by many names - house of horrors, confidence chamber, chamber of horrors - but no matter what Soldiers call it, they all pass through its walls during Basic Training.

  • Training Aids Production Center Opens in Grafenwoehr

    Mar 2, 2009

    The former JMTC General Support Center (GSC) changes its name and its location after 40 years in Roedelheim when it opens the doors on the Training Aids Production Center (TAPC) in Grafenwoehr, Germany this March.

  • March Spotlight: Staff Sergeant Danny Mallory II

    Mar 2, 2009

    NAPLES, Italy -- As the Army celebrates the Year of the NCO, the 650th Military Intelligence Group recently recognized one of its NCOs as the Support Person of the Year. Staff Sgt. Danny Mallory competed against the unit's best, but in the end, it was Mallory who was selected as the winner.

  • Army NCO Makes Difference in Brussels

    Mar 2, 2009

    BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Sgt. Ryan P. Cody is a Military Policeman assigned to U.S. Army Garrison Brussels. Cody has been in the Army for some 4 A,A1/2 years, and, with his wife, Kayla, arrived in Brussels in July 2008, just a few months after his return to Fort Stewart from a 15-month assignment to Iraq. Shortly after arriving in Brussels, he was offered the opportunity to become the Brussels D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer. "I really had no idea what D.A.R.E. was about, but I signed up," he said.

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