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  • Despite valor award, command sergeant major sees herself as Soldier, leader rather than hero

    Apr 21, 2009

    MANNHEIM, Germany (Apr 21 2009) -- In a year the Army has dedicated to its noncommissioned officers, there will invariably be those who stand out for embodying what it truly means to be a leader of Soldiers. For the 18th Military Police Brigade here that spotlight has fallen on its top enlisted Soldier, brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Brenda K. Curfman. On December 17, 2007, Curfman was placed into a situation that tested her abilities and proved her character as a Soldier and an NCO. Nearly 16 months have passed since the incident that earned Curfman an Army Commendation Medal with "V" device for valor, but she says she remembers the events and emotions of that day as vividly as the moment they happened.

  • Wiesbaden prepares new townhomes

    Apr 21, 2009

    With the demolition of a few empty storage bunkers south of the Wiesbaden Army Airfield recently, a new era has begun.

  • Goodbye, American Arms Hotel. Hello, new lodge

    Apr 21, 2009

    Although the venerable American Arms has been a Wiesbaden mainstay since the 1950s, itAca,!a,,cs time for an update said Michael Dennis, District construction representative for the lodge. Aca,!A"If youAca,!a,,cve PCSed or visited Wiesbaden, youAca,!a,,cll probably agree with the need for a new lodge,Aca,!A? he said.

  • Guiding Soldiers in the field, on the court

    Apr 21, 2009

    MANNHEIM, Germany -- Staff Sgt. Montrell McGruder - who deployed 15 months to Iraq while helping to train that country's police force - has been a longtime player and coach for Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs, including the U.S. Army Garrison Mannheim Mustangs. In his own words, he describes the similarities of serving as a noncommissioned officer in his community and being a coach.

  • Bamberg earns top DoD environmental award

    Apr 20, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany Aca,!" The U.S. Army Garrison BambergAca,!a,,cs long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship was recognized April 17 when it captured the Secretary of DefenseAca,!a,,cs Overseas Installation Environmental Quality award for 2009.

  • 'Iron Brigade' teams with Iraqi commando battalion to secure Owesat in Operation Al-Sakar

    Apr 20, 2009

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Apr. 20, 2009) - Soldiers from the Baumholder, Germany-based 2nd 'Iron' Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, teamed up with Iraqi forces for two combined counterinsurgency operations this month. For the first operation members of the brigade's 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry and Iraqi Soldiers of the Commando Battalion, 17th Iraqi Army Brigade, teamed up April 12 for a combined counterinsurgency mission in the Owesate area southwest of Baghdad.

  • IMCOM-Europe recognizes theater performances

    Apr 20, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - During the annual Installation Management Command-Europe Tournament of Plays "Topper" Awards Show, the night emphatically belonged to "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

  • Construction aplenty a sign of home improvements to come at Ansbach

    Apr 20, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany -- While ongoing construction at U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach is presenting community members with challenges, the ultimate payoff will deliver big "home" improvements, according to post officials.

  • Military heritage comes to life on a journey back to the past

    Apr 20, 2009

    MASSA, Italy- A bus full of young Soldiers and Airmen from Camp Darby, Italy, listened intently as former Pfc. Noel Yuzuro Okamoto recalled the time when he was wounded in action in the hills by Massa, Italy.

  • Student puts Schweinfurt on the map

    Apr 17, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany - A quiz for the student of geography: what lies right between Delaware and the District of Columbia' It's the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) - at least it is on the list of 2009 state-level winners of the National Geographic Bee.

  • BOSS lives up to its name

    Apr 17, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany -- From getting free to reduced prices on trips and activities to improving quality of life to making new friends to spending some quality time with NFL cheerleaders and other stars, BOSS lives up to its name at Ansbach-Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers.

  • Living with autism: EDIS helps family adapt

    Apr 16, 2009

    When you look at Susie Dzreke, you see a nearly 3-year-old girl, who probably tops out her growth chart. But if you spend any time with her, you'll notice she doesn't make eye contact or speak, she moves almost constantly - mostly spinning - and she likes things a specific way - her books must be open and her colored blocks must form a line. Susie has autism.

  • Resetting after deployment: Helicopter reset program ensures aircraft are ready to fly after years i

    Apr 16, 2009

    Mannheim's Coleman Barracks is the site of some important work that directly helps Soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Without the work of hundreds of maintenance workers there, many of the Army's aircraft would not be ready for use after long deployments.

  • Blankets for a babies - a message of love

    Apr 16, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - Handmade blankets piled high are now a staple at the American Red Cross. A new program called "Blankets for Babies" has been established for family members in the Baumholder community who have had a baby while their Soldier was deployed.

  • Command-directed EROD delivers severe consequences

    Apr 16, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- Civilian misconduct and poor decisions overseas can lead to a range of consequences, ranging from community service to being involuntarily removed from the country.

  • NCOs guide German counterparts through weapons training

    Apr 16, 2009

    Bamberg, Germany -- With this month's Year of the NCO theme being diversity, having noncommissioned officers from U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg unite with German soldiers seems appropriate. Soldiers from Warner Barracks welcomed members of the German army's 2nd Company, 466th Maintenance Battalion for two days of training, interaction and camaraderie.

  • Soldiers utilize MOUT site, train on advanced scenario

    Apr 15, 2009

    U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels Headquarters, Headquarters Detachment and its antennae units took advantage of their location at one of the Army's best training centers when they utlilized Hohenfels' Military Operations on Urban Terrain sites for part of their warrior leader skills training.

  • Earth Day: Garrison focus groups suggest ways to improve overall Separate Or Recycle Trash refuse pr

    Apr 15, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - What would encourage more housing residents to properly separate and recycle their refuse' That's what garrison leaders asked community members during three days of focus groups at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center March 24-26.

  • Spending spring break at Camp Darby with Major League Baseball

    Apr 14, 2009

    LIVORNO, Italy - For 33 youth from RAF Lakenheath, England, and Germany's Ramstein Air Base and U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart, spring break provided an opportunity for a week of training at the Italian Baseball and Softball Federation Academy in Tirrenia.

  • German American football club offers a taste of home

    Apr 14, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany -- Not getting enough football action during your tour in Germany' Well, the Franken Knights football club can help.

  • IMCOM-Europe hosting camp for children with deployed parents

    Apr 14, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Installation Management Command-Europe is hosting a summer camp designed specifically for children of deployed servicemembers.

  • Month of the Military Child: Commentary on learning to roll with the punches

    Apr 13, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- The life of a military child can be hard. Some people underestimate how hard it really is to be constantly uprooted, always having to pack up and leave right when a young person finally feels a sense of belonging.

  • 'Sex Signals' -- Duo uses comedy to address serious issue of sexual assault

    Apr 13, 2009

    'Make sure the person you're planning to have sex with wants to have sex with you' was the main advice given to Soldiers March 25 during Sexual Assault Awareness training.

  • Coping with an injured parent

    Apr 13, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - The deployment of a Soldier poses a number of challenges for a family - the biggest fear being the Soldier may not return.

  • Griffin Award: 501st MPs are best in U.S. Army Europe

    Apr 13, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - "You are some amazing Soldiers," was the way Maj. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, 1st Armored Division commander, put it in honoring the 501st Military Police Company with this year's Griffin Award.

  • Youths get inside look at Wiesbaden construction projects

    Apr 13, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Aukamm Elementary School second-graders got a construction update during a tour of four projects happening within a one-mile radius March 31 from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Europe District officials.

  • Library program hooks 'Big Fish' author

    Apr 13, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Army Europe Libraries is resuming its "Conversations" literary discussion series in May with author and illustrator Daniel Wallace, best known for his 1998 novel "Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions," the basis for Tim Burton's 2003 film "Big Fish."

  • Year of the NCO: 'I am the Engine'

    Apr 10, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - U.S. Army Garrison Mannheim basketball point guard Sgt. Charles Clark led his team to the 2008 and 2009 Installation Management Command-Europe men's basketball championships.

  • Bamberg celebrates Month of the Military Child

    Apr 10, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- Parents and children of the U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg military community joined service support organizations on the installation April 4 to recognize the Month of the Military Child.

  • Month of the Military Child: Teens have impact on future Army policies

    Apr 10, 2009

    MONS, Belgium - The Army is a machine made up of many parts run by the highest officials in Washington. Funding a program takes an act of Congress; deploying Soldiers, an act of the President. But at the USAG Benelux, a 13-year-old boy is influencing decision makers on issues that could impact the Department of Defense.

  • Guard program helps countries gain NATO membership

    Apr 9, 2009

    A National Guard program has contributed to the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which grew by two more countries April 1.

  • Teams of Sky Soldiers fill Schweinfurt training area

    Apr 9, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- Following the sound of the pain-filled moaning coming from 100 yards behind the wood line, the four-man team burst through a patch of brush and arrived at their casualty. A Soldier on her back, blood-soaked pants, plead for their help.

  • Early return of dependents Aca,!" a last resort

    Apr 9, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany Aca,!" Although some people may believe that Early Return of Dependents action is a way for the military to deal with troubling family matters, this is not entirely true.

  • Community relations event takes German mayors to new heights

    Apr 9, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany -- Mayors from the communities around U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels got the chance to see their towns from a very different perspective March 31 when Joint Multinational Readiness Center Falcon team pilots took them on a helicopter tour of the Hohenfels training area and surrounding towns.

  • Corp of Engineers Europe District delivers Ramstein C-130 hangar

    Apr 8, 2009

    The C-130J Super Hercules, a comprehensive upgrade to the tried-and-true C-130 Hercules, has been in service since 1999, but until the recent completion of a new dual-bay maintenance hangar, did not have a home in Europe.

  • Drill Sergeants debunk myths

    Apr 8, 2009

    For years Hollywood has presented Army drill sergeants as gruff, in-your-face, yelling, and spitting Mad Max machines. And perhaps once-upon-a-time its stories portrayed an image that was partly deserved.

  • The end of an era: Hohenfels trains last Huey pilots

    Apr 8, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany -- Four Army aviators training at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, this March marked the beginning of the end for an aircraft that has been one of the most recognizable faces of Army aviation for half a century.

  • Hohenfels clinic provides increased behavioral health care for mTBI Soldiers, all patients

    Apr 8, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany -- Last month as the Army worked to increase knowledge about mental health issues and mild traumatic brain injury during Brain Injury Awareness Month, the U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels health clinic followed suit by increasing mental health services available to Soldiers and other TRICARE beneficiaries.

  • Former CID agent urges a 'declaration of war' on sexual assault

    Apr 8, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - Russell Strand, chief of the U.S. Army Military Police School Family Advocacy Law Enforcement Training Program, didn't mince his words during his sexual assault awareness training April 2 at the Woodlawn Golf Course on Ramstein Air Base.

  • SORT: Getting the new generation on board for recycling

    Apr 8, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany -- Simple sorting means simple savings.

  • New vehicle office to reduce Heidelberg wait times

    Apr 8, 2009

    The way vehicles owned by U.S. personnel are registered in Heidelberg will change beginning April 17. The goal is to reduce the sometime four-hour wait to 20-25 minutes said Lt. Col. Anita Greenlee, director of emergency services, U.S. Army Garrison Baden-WAfA1/4rttemberg.

  • Transportation Soldiers compete to be named NCO of the Year

    Apr 8, 2009

    LIVORNO, Italy - Being a good leader requires a great deal of strength, determination and patience, which was evident as two very determined Soldiers set out to prove they were worthy of being called the 598th Transportation Group Noncommissioned Officer of the Year for 2009.

  • Boy Scout brings new life to fallen pilot's memorial site

    Apr 7, 2009

    STUTTGART, Germany - Sixty years ago, an Air Force pilot lost his life in an aircraft crash near the town of Heroldishausen while flying a C-54 Skymaster during the Berlin Airlift. Fifty years later, the residents of the town erected a stone memorial at the accident site to honor the pilot, 1st Lt. Royce Stephens.

  • First coed class West Point grad speaks at Women's History event

    Apr 7, 2009

    STUTTGART, Germany - Susan Kellet-Forsyth arrived at the U.S. Military Academy wearing a red jumpsuit and platform shoes. It was 1976, and she was one of the first 119 female cadets to enter West Point after Congress authorized the admission of women to the federal service academies in 1975.

  • IMCOM-Europe's senior NCO says sexual assault, harassment betrays bonds of trust

    Apr 7, 2009

    STUTTGART, Germany - While U.S. troops battle al-Qaida and Taliban forces, the Army is waging war against another enemy - the problem of sexual assault. While sexual assault and harassment prevention has been an Army focus for years, the Army's I.A.M. Strong campaign is a major change in strategy.

  • Driver ed class puts students 'behind the wheel'

    Apr 7, 2009

    Twenty-one Stuttgart teens are a step closer to getting stateside driverAca,!a,,cs licenses. The teens received their Department of Defense Dependent Schools driver education certificates March 25 after completing a driver education theory course. DoDDS and the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Child, Youth and School Services SKIES program partnered to provide the training.

  • Ansbach celebrates Month of the Military Child

    Apr 7, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany -- The Department of Defense is recognizing its youngest heroes.

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    Apr 7, 2009

    Storytime conducted with craft project every Monday at Bleidorn Housing in Ansbach.

  • Operation Saber Charge puts 'Airborne Cav' leaders to the test

    Apr 7, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany - The 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment (Airborne) wrapped up a 10-day training exercise March 31, called "Operation Saber Charge," that offered platoon leaders and their Soldiers the opportunity to train on a wide variety of tasks.

  • Schweinfurt kicks off the Month of the Military Child

    Apr 6, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- From left, Mathew Guerrero, Trent Walters, and Keevon Bowe blow bubbles as the U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt Child Development Center in Germany kicked off the Month of the Military Child April 2. The bubble launch is one of many activities planned throughout the USAG Schweinfurt community during April to ensure the selfless youth of the community are recognized.

  • European employees devote decades of dedication to U.S. Army

    Apr 6, 2009

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium - They are literally the foundation of the Benelux. They are among those responsible for the construction of its buildings, the management of budgets and the health and wellbeing of its people. Host Nation employees from Belgium and the Netherlands have given decades to the U.S. organization, but for many, retirement is on the horizon.

  • Counterintelligence unit beefs up training for Afghanistan deployment

    Apr 6, 2009

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium - The new Alliance Home Station Training Area in Belgium makes it possible for counterintelligence task forces from the 650th Military Intelligence Group/Allied Command Counterintelligence to exercise their mission readiness before going downrange.

  • 1st Armored Division Commander Visits FFID

    Apr 3, 2009

    Maj. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, who commands the 1st Armored Division in Germany, visited Fort Bliss last week and included a stop at the Future Force Integration Directorate (FFID) Battle Command Complex (BCC). The Soldiers of the 5th Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Army Evaluation Task Force, presented information on the Future Combat Systems (FCS) Spin Out equipment they are testing and evaluating.

  • Schweinfurt youth captures Bavarian fencing title

    Apr 3, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- A thrust, a dodge, a gold medal. Kendric McIntyre, an eighth-grade student in the Schweinfurt community, was named Bavarian champion fencer for his age group at the Bavarian State Fencing Championship March 21 held in Feldkirchen, Germany.

  • Tri-Border marks Month of the Military Child

    Apr 3, 2009

    USAG Schinnen kick offs the Month of the Military Child.

  • Sean Ballard on Canadian Forces Network Radio

    Apr 3, 2009

    Sean Ballard on Canadian Forces Network Radio

  • Tradition, mission link NCO, K9

    Apr 3, 2009

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands - "Work hard; take the good with the bad and never forget your roots because part of being a noncommissioned officer is never forgetting where you came from," said Staff Sgt. Malcolm John Fleming. "It will help you on the path of leading Soldiers."

  • Single Troops Discover a Model Universe

    Apr 2, 2009

    A group of Service members from the U.S. Army Garrison - Miami Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers took some timid, bold, graceful, unexpected and wondering steps into a different world March 19 at the opening of Miami Fashion Week.

  • Privacy v. Protection: two worlds collide

    Apr 2, 2009

    What can you do to protect yourself and your family, given the limited amount of public information available about crimes in European countries' Military law enforcement authorities offer tips.

  • Army Helps Dutch, American Air Forces Unite in a Training First

    Apr 2, 2009

    WOENSDRECHT AIR BASE, The Netherlands - Airmen in the 309th Airlift Squadron Fire Department, who provide crash fire rescue for the ChiAfA..vres Airfield in Belgium, which is frequently used by the SACEUR and other distinguished visitors, traveled to the Netherlands and became the first U.S. military personnel to use one of the world's best firefighting training facilities.

  • Fallacies about civilian misconduct debunked

    Apr 2, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- Civilian Misconduct Action Authority is the process used for civilian residing overseas with their sponsor who break the law in their host nation. Used as a surrogate to the local judicial system, CMAA reinforces and supplements civilian legal processes.

  • Sex Signals: focus of sexual assault prevention lecture

    Apr 2, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- The Army presented its newest training in Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Prevention with a humorous play, Sex Signals, performed in an interactive atmosphere.

  • Military Police, support elements develop leadership skills through arduous training

    Apr 2, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- Military Police and support elements from the 630th Military Police Company weren't just learning leadership development skills March 17 - 20; they were adapting the skills.

  • Chief of Staff swears in special skills program recruits

    Apr 1, 2009

  • Pond Security: Aiming to protect lives through training, professionalism

    Apr 1, 2009

    The 3,400 Pond Security officers and support personnel who guard 25 sites throughout Germany take their job seriously and have the training and authority to fulfill their mission.

  • Teaching on, off the court

    Apr 1, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Sergeant First Class Michelle Raether spent March 27-29 doing what she loves: referring basketball as she called the Installation Management Command-Europe championships in Mannheim, Germany.

  • LINN initiative gives educators, professionals tools to help children cope with traumas of war, loss

    Apr 1, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- "Daddy, why do people have to go to war'" In a time of war and multiple deployments, military children ask difficult questions. The Military Child Education Coalition is helping educators and community service professionals find the answers and ease the challenges our youngest Soldiers face. The coalitions' most recent initiative, Living in the New Normal: Supporting Children Through Trauma and Loss, held a two-day, professional development seminar in Grafenwoehr March 26-27.

  • Europe aviation sustainers boost warfighter support

    Mar 31, 2009

    The Theater Aviation Sustainment Manager - Europe is meeting the challenge of an increased operational demand with dedication, perseverance and a commitment to the mission. The organization is supporting multiple units simultaneously through its equipment reset program, taking the parent units' aircraft and performing extensive maintenance to ensure combat readiness.

  • Simulator helps teens in Europe learn to drive

    Mar 31, 2009

    TEENAGERS are learning to drive in the rain, in the fog, even on narrow mountain roads at night. They're driving while their friends talk and laugh behind them and even while their cell phones ring. But because of new technology, their lives are in no way at risk.

  • Military child takes the lead to protect children

    Mar 30, 2009

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands -- April is the Month of the Military Child and one might expect a story describing the nouns and verbs that could be embroidered on a military child's "been there, done that" t-shirt. But this is a "here now, doing something" kind of story.

  • Technology Allows U.S. Students in Belgium, Texas to Share Projects

    Mar 30, 2009

    MONS, Belgium - Third-graders in Belgium are visiting a school that's 5,000 miles away. They're putting on concerts, showing off their school projects and mingling with other military kids their age, but they're doing it all without even leaving their classrooms. The students are part of SHAPE Elementary School's latest interactive learning tool - Video Teleconferencing.

  • USAG Benelux Shares Suicide Stand Down Tools with Sister Services

    Mar 30, 2009

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium - The operation order is out. The Army has officially declared a Stand Down to help prevent suicides. At the Benelux, the arm of support is extending even further. As a support element for NATO, it services Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines.

  • Diversity of NCO Corps Stretches Beyond Army Green

    Mar 30, 2009

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium - When Command Sgt. Maj. Tracey Anbiya, IMCOM-Europe's senior noncommissioned officer, joined the Army 25 years ago, she knew it was an opportunity to better herself, but said she wasn't really sure about what her long-term goals were. Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Ford said the Year of the NCO changes that.

  • Spotlight NCO: Sgt. 1st Class Susan Fernandez

    Mar 30, 2009

    BRUSSELS, Belgium - Meet Sgt. 1st Class Susan Fernandez, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the USAG Brussels Directorate of Public Works. Fernandez does the gamut of work involved in allocating daily tasks, tracking work orders and otherwise tracking the time and attendance of five DPW employees.

  • NATO 60 Years Later: Leadership Addresses Challenges

    Mar 30, 2009

    CHIEVRES, Belgium - Six decades ago this week, a dozen nations came together in Washington, D.C., to sign the North Atlantic Treaty. By doing so, the European and North American countries reaffirmed their commitment to each other, agreeing that if one was attacked, the alliance would take necessary actions to restore and maintain the security of the region. Today, NATO leaders address some of the challenges that the alliance faces.

  • Four Baumholder Soldiers receive Purple Hearts

    Mar 30, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - Four Baumholder Soldiers were presented the Purple Heart Medal and Combat Action Badge here recently by Lt. Gen. Kenneth Hunzeker, V Corps commander.

  • International Womens Club celebrates 60 years of service

    Mar 30, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Sixty years ago Germany was still reeling from the effects of a prolonged war in Europe. Against the backdrop of hostilities which brought Americans to the country to crush a fascist regime, a group of women joined together in Wiesbaden to raise cultural awareness and to bring Germans and Americans closer together.

  • Freedom Team Salute honors, appreciates military supporters

    Mar 30, 2009

    Parents, spouses, children, neighbors, business owners, teachers, etc., may all play a significant role in supporting our Soldiers. It's a role top military officials, as well as those serving in combat, appreciate.

  • U.S Africa Command members discuss role of women during history month

    Mar 27, 2009

    U.S. Africa Command celebrated Women's History Month with a panel discussion of the role women play in the command as well as the contributions and accomplishments of women in American society.

  • Daughter's project inspires mother's award-winning photos

    Mar 27, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Some parents raise their children by the "do as I say, not as I do" rule. Not so for Laura Irick. She guided her daughter toward art school with a "do as I do" philosophy. In the process she rediscovered her own love of art and won photography contests with her work.

  • Sergeants thrive on challenges, enjoy leading Soldiers

    Mar 27, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany - The smell of gunpowder and smoke hang in the air, while the rapid exchange of gunfire begins to slow down. Inside the makeshift building in Camp Robertson Training Area, a small group of four Soldiers discuss their next move.

  • AFAP: Focus groups zero in on local, Army quality of life

    Mar 27, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - A group of community members gathered at the Rheinlander Club March 3-5 to address issues affecting Baumholder and possibly the entire Army.

  • Pennsylvania Guard teaches 21st TSC Soldiers life-saving skills

    Mar 27, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany Aca,!" It might be the difference between life and death. More than 400 Soldiers from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command are scheduled to be certified or recertified Combat Life Savers between March 16 and June 5.

  • Soldiers build the Warrior Ethos one fight at a time

    Mar 27, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Students of the U.S. Army Level III Combatives Course hoped to do just that as they punched, kicked and fought their way to certification - and the sting was more than an expression, it was a 1,000 watt jolt of electricity from a taser. From boxing to stick fighting, the 30 students from installations throughout Germany and Italy overcame fear and physical exhaustion to gain the upper hand and close in on the enemy, the defining characteristic of a warrior. Instructors from the U.S. Army Combatives School in Fort Benning, Ga., traveled to Grafenwoehr to teach the Level III course, a first in Europe, which began March 2.

  • IMCOM-Europe command sergeant major visits Benelux

    Mar 26, 2009

    CHIAfaEURoVRES, Belgium -- Installation Management Command-Europe's senior noncommissioned officer visited the U.S. Army Garrison Benelux.

  • Soldiers build the Warrior Ethos one blow at a time

    Mar 26, 2009

  • BOSS training educates, shares ideas

    Mar 26, 2009

    SCHWETZINGEN, Germany - Installation Management Command-Europe is sponsoring a Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers training session here April 27-May 2.

  • Suicide counseling: Chaplains offer absolute confidentiality

    Mar 25, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- During a 12-day span in March, U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr experienced five suicide situations. One of these cases ended tragically, something garrison leadership is determined will not happen again.

  • Army Emergency Relief: Time to help those in need

    Mar 25, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - "Adding Strength to Army Strong." That's what contributors can do by donating during this year's Army Emergency Relief fund-raising campaign, said U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden program officials during a cake-cutting ceremony March 11 to kick off this year's campaign.

  • NCOs step up, present unique color guard

    Mar 25, 2009

    Mission: Provide a 10-member, all-female color guard for the U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern Women's History Month 2009 Luncheon March 17, at the Kaiserslautern Community Activity Center on Daenner Kaserne.

  • Red Cross manager deploys to help troops serving in Iraq

    Mar 25, 2009

    After 27 years in the Army without a combat deployment, Peter Buttner, station manager at the Heidelberg American Red Cross station, has deployed three times with the Red Cross as a Services to the Armed Forces team member. Currently on his third deployment, Buttner leads a four-person SAF team in Tikrit, Iraq, which will provide emergency communication needs for Soldiers as well as help boost morale in their area of operations.

  • Author, researcher discusses the culture of military families

    Mar 25, 2009

    Brat is not a derogatory term when talking about children of service members. This is part of the message author Mary Edwards Wertsch brought with her when she visited the U.S. Army Garrison Baden-WAfA1/4rttemberg communities to talk about her research and her book, "Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress."

  • New youth center opens thanks to Army Family Covenant project

    Mar 25, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- A new $1.25 million Youth Center, partially funded by Army Family Covenant, has been unveiled in the Hainerberg Housing area. It is the first to open of many new quality-of-life facilities planned for Wiesbaden's ultimate transformation.

  • Defibrillators: fitness center life savers

    Mar 25, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - The American Red Cross reports that each year some 500,000 Americans die of cardiac arrest.

  • 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.

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