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  • Year of the NCO Fun Run

    Feb 27, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- NCOs from corporals to command sergeants major turned out in force in the early morning darkness for a commemorative Year of the NCO Fun Run on Wiesbaden Army Airfield Feb. 27. Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Blackwood, 1st Armored Division's senior noncommissioned officer, and U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Command Sgt. Maj. Hector Alexander Prince discussed the vital role played by NCOs in leading, mentoring and setting the example for fellow Soldiers.

  • JMTC Honors History of the NCO Corps

    Feb 27, 2009

    7th Army JMTC celebrates Year of the NCO with ceremony honoring history of the NCO Corps

  • Army first female 4-star visits 21st TSC

    Feb 26, 2009

  • Army looks to thwart building cyber threats

    Feb 26, 2009

    "Battlefield events in Iraq and Afghanistan compelled the Army to rebuild an electronic warfare capability that it had allowed to slip," said Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV, commander of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, in conjunction with the announced rollout of the Army's newest Field Manual, FM 3-36, Electronic Warfare in Operations. "We encountered a threat we were not prepared for and we must learn from this lesson to ensure that our force is agile enough to deal with future contingencies"

  • Benelux Blog Fosters Grassroots Community Dialogue

    Feb 26, 2009

    CHIAfaEURoVRES, Belgium -- U.S. Army Garrison Benelux introduced an unofficial blog called "Benelux Now" last month to increase information flow among decision-makers and community members in an informal manner, as part of its Web site re-design.

  • NCO volunteers as youth wrestling coach

    Feb 26, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Master Sgt. Darrin Domko volunteers as a wrestling coach for Installation Management Command-Europe's Child, Youth and School Services.

  • U.S. Army Europe leaders call on Soldiers to get involved in preventing sexual assault

    Feb 26, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Feb. 26, 2009) - U.S. Army Europe leaders are encouraging Soldiers to get more actively involved in preventing sexual abuse. "Part of being Soldiers and leaders is having the personal courage to take action when your fellow Soldiers are in danger. If you see something wrong, intervene," said Gen. Carter F. Ham, U.S. Army Europe commander.

  • Mannheim Community kicks off Year of the NCO

    Feb 25, 2009

    MANNHEIM, Germany (February 23, 2009) -- The U.S. Military Community in Mannheim held a ceremony to celebrate the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer and to honor accomplishments and bravery of NCOs in the Mannheim Community and 5th Signal Command.

  • 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion uncases colors

    Feb 25, 2009

    MANNHEIM, Germany (February 12, 2009) - The 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion held an uncasing ceremony at the Benjamin Franklin Village Sports Arena to signify their official return from a 15-month deployment to Iraq.

  • Thirteen U.S. Army Europe junior officers honored for commitment to duty, honor, country with MacArt

    Feb 25, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Feb. 25, 2009) -- U.S. Army Europe saluted the leadership of 13 of the command's junior officers with the presentation of USAREUR-level awards in the 2008 Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Awards program, Feb. 23. In his remarks at the awards luncheon in the Patrick Henry Village Pavilion here, USAREUR commander Gen. Carter F. Ham lauded the 13 officers for their leadership and service to Soldiers.

  • Birth doula helps mother cope with new baby while her husband is deployed

    Feb 25, 2009

    When Laura Moore realized her husband would be deployed during the birth of their second child, she was apprehensive, to say the least. But Angela Torres, an Army spouse and birth doula in Heidelberg, was here to help.

  • Heidelberg ACS offers program to help family members gain employment

    Feb 25, 2009

    For Driana Arango, who arrived with her husband in Heidelberg three months ago, the new ACS Spouse Training Program was just what she was looking for.

  • YOU can help prevent suicide

    Feb 25, 2009

    The worst taste in the world is the gunpowder residue at the business end of a shotgun. Not so much because of the taste itself, but the reason why you're tasting it. My now ex-wife and I had filed for divorce two days earlier and a loaded shotgun in my mouth was the best solution I could devise to express my deep sadness.

  • American Idol finalist brings 'home' to Germany

    Feb 25, 2009

    With a "K-Town are we ready'" country music singer and former "American Idol" finalist Bucky Covington went right into an "American Friday Night" at the Kazabra Club on Vogelweh in Kaiserslautern Feb. 20.

  • Dutch-American Partnership, A Training First

    Feb 25, 2009

    CHIAfaEURoVRES, Belgium Aca,!" The 309th Airlift Squadron, based at ChiAfA..vres Air Base, conducted fire training on Feb. 24 in the Netherlands at the Woensdrecht Firefighting Training Facility. The facility, used primarily by the Dutch, Belgian, Swiss and German militaries, is the most modern training area of its kind, according to the Royal Netherlands Air Force, because it allows firefighters to train on four full-size airplane simulators. Airmen in the 309th Airlift Squadron are the first U.S. personnel to have trained at the Dutch air base. The new Dutch-American partnership was coordinated by the Army's USAG Benelux host nation liaison office.

  • 'Cobra King' led 4th Armored Division column that relieved Bastogne during Battle of the B

    Feb 25, 2009

    VILSECK, Germany (Feb. 24, 2009) -- A World War II-era warrior with a storied past still stands guard over the back gate of Rose Barracks here. That sentinel is a Sherman tank, nicknamed "Cobra King" by her first crew, that helped liberate occupied France, helped to relieve the embattled 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne, breached the Siegfried Line and battled its way through Germany into Czechoslovakia.

  • Tank that helped end Battle of the Bulge takes place in Army history

    Feb 25, 2009

    VILSECK, Germany -- One day after Christmas 1945, "Cobra King" battled its way into World War II history. One day before Christmas 2008, it officially began a new journey to its rightful place as part of the Army's heritage. Today Cobra King sits overlooking the back gate of Rose Barracks here, a nearly forgotten silent steel hulk. But on Dec. 26, 1944, the same Sherman "Jumbo" tank and its crew led a combined infantry and armor column that relieved Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division surrounded by the enemy in Bastogne, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge.

  • Heavy metal moves to Livorno for repairs

    Feb 24, 2009

    Story chronicles movement of M-1 Abrams tanks from ship at Port of Livorno, Italy, to repair facilities at 3rd Battalion/405th Army Field Support Brigade.

  • Slovenian Soldiers Gear Up for Kosovo at JMTC

    Feb 24, 2009

    Slovenian army utilizes the training areas and resources of the Joint Multinational Training Command in Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels, Germany in preparation for a deployment in support of KFOR 11 in Kosovo.

  • CFC-O ceremony recognizes IMCOM-E, USAREUR generosity

    Feb 24, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - The generosity and civic commitment of Soldiers, DoD civilians and families assigned to U.S. Army in Europe continues to be as strong as ever, and it was recognized at an award ceremony held Feb. 24 at the Patrick Henry Village Pavilion by the Installation Management Command Europe Region and U. S. Army in Europe.

  • NASA astronaut lands in Stuttgart

    Feb 24, 2009

    STUTTGART - What do you want to be when you grow up' For the kids at BAfAPblingen Elementary Middle School, that's an easy one. "Astronaut!" yelled a group of third-graders in unison when prompted by one of their teachers. It's a pipe dream that came a little closer to reality when Capt. Heidemaire Stefanyshyn-Piper, a real-life astronaut, stopped by for a presentation at the school recently.

  • U.S. Army Europe commanding general visits middle school students to discuss their concerns about Ar

    Feb 24, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Feb. 24, 2009) -- A group of Heidelberg Middle School students told U.S. Army Europe commander Gen. Carter F. Ham they want to spend as much time as they can with their Soldier-parents before deployments. Ham spent about an hour with a group of 28 students talking with about deployments, community, school, recreation and services during an informal meeting Monday held in the school's multipurpose room Feb. 23.

  • 90-day program gives former military doctors chance to serve again

    Feb 24, 2009

    Col. Lionel M. Nelson is a man of many hats. A former Air Force Reservist, and a retired Army Reservist, Nelson came out of a five-year retirement and shut down his private practice in San Jose, Calif., to participate in the "90 Days Boots on the Ground" program, a program that gives former military doctors the opportunity to deploy to Iraq for 90 days.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity: 'A function of leadership'

    Feb 24, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- A special visitor carried a special message from Washington to Schweinfurt Feb. 12.

  • Editorial: Army taking measures to improve property accountability

    Feb 23, 2009

    Since 9/11, our Army has been in a continuous cycle of deployment, redeployment and reset operations. The continued success of our Army, that will always have some amount of its force deployed on some type of mission, hinges on accurate and precise property accountability.

  • Army helicopters take to high seas

    Feb 23, 2009

    Army helicopters loaded aboard ship in Rota, Spain, en route home from Afghanistan.

  • Project serves Soldiers and the environment

    Feb 23, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Sometimes too much of anything is definitely not a good thing. That's indeed the case at the Mainz Sand Dunes Local Training Area where an invasive tree species and other plant invaders have run rampant threatening rare plants and animals, and impacting training operations.

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    Feb 23, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany - A special visitor carried a special message from Washington to Schweinfurt Feb. 12.

  • Demo showcases fire-resistant products

    Feb 20, 2009

    Fire suppression technology was demonstrated on Kelley Hill Feb. 11. The demonstration showcased products designed to extinguish fire, be environmentally safe and return the burning material back to the ambient temperature in moments. The fire suppression agent and thermal protective system were designed to increase Soldier's effectiveness and lifesaving options in a combat situation, said Andrew M. Allen, with Global Safety Labs, Inc.

  • Livorno Port Operations

    Feb 20, 2009

    Livorno port operations.

  • BOLC II platoon mentor named Reserve Officer of the Year

    Feb 20, 2009

    For CPT Curt Owens, serving in the Army Reserve is about just that: service. "It's been rewarding because it's a way to serve the country, specifically during these times when we're relying so heavily on our Army. I love doing it," said Owens, who was named the Army Reserve Outstanding Junior Officer of the Year Feb. 1.

  • Diversity shows strength at Kaiserslautern event

    Feb 20, 2009

    Diversity made a strong showing at the U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern's Black History Month Celebration Feb. 17 at the Kaiserslautern Community Activities Center on Daenner Kaserne.

  • Paratroopers come to Germany from Fort Bragg to train as forward observers

    Feb 20, 2009

    EINSIEDLERHOF, Germany - Sgt. 1st Class Larry Melton says he has come full circle. It has been eight years since he trained with paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division, but over the past six weeks Melton has found himself working with airborne-qualified forward observers who flew in from Fort Bragg, N.C., to take advantage of a U.S. Army Europe Joint Multinational Training Command-based course.

  • Technology bring families together over the miles

    Feb 20, 2009

    LIVORNO, Italy -- Births, promotions, life changing events back home are often difficult for service members to attend when serving overseas. And conversely, not all families back stateside can make it overseas. That's were the ever advancing world of technology can bring families together in a sense.

  • Belvoir site for military movie premier

    Feb 19, 2009

    A made-for-television movie based on the real-life observations of a casualty escort was screened for more than 150 Soldiers, civilian and DoD support staff from Human Resource Command, Casualty and Mortuary Affairs, at Fort Belvoir's Wood Theater Feb. 19. The HBO film 'Taking Chance' chronicles the reflections and feelings of retired Marine Lt. Col. Mike Strobl as he escorts a fellow Marine to his hometown in Dubois, Wyo., from Dover Air Force Base, Del. Strobl documents the warmth, kindness and respect that he and the Marine's remains are shown on the journey to his final resting place. Strobl is portrayed by actor Kevin Bacon.

  • Year of the NCO: Quarterly competitions highlight honorees

    Feb 19, 2009

    LIVORNO, Italy -- Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Lemire was recently named the Non-Commissioned officer of the quarter at a base wide competition at Camp Darby, Italy. During nine years of military service, Lemire recognized the importance of his duties and responsibilities as a Non-Commissioned Officer. One way he decided he could set a good example to his soldiers was volunteering to compete in the installations NCO of the Quarter competition.

  • Bamberg environmental award is result of teamwork

    Feb 19, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany - U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg is one of 11 honorees announced as 2008 Secretary of the Army Environmental and Sustainability Awardees during a ceremony Feb. 10.

  • Operation Rising Star lifts Dodson's gospel to new heights

    Feb 19, 2009

    PASADENA, Calif. - Operation Rising Star lifted Army Family member Joyce Dodson's singing career to new heights during a whirlwind week in Southern California.

  • Belgian land Forces Light Up Grafenwoehr

    Feb 19, 2009

    Belgian Land Forces utililize the extensive training area and facilities provided by the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command (JMTC) at the Grafenwoehr Training Area. The Belgians are preparing to take command of the next rotation of the European Battle Group, the European Union's military force.

  • All-Army Small Arms Championships set for March

    Feb 18, 2009

    The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit will host the 2009 Army Rifle and Pistol Championships in conjunction with the U.S. Army Infantry Center from February 21 to 28 2009. Training and competitions are open to all Soldiers of all Army components, of any rank, with of any military occupational specialty, including West Point and college ROTC cadets.

  • 65 Years Later: Families Return to Site of Fallen

    Feb 18, 2009

    CHIMAY, Belgium - Having a hero as an uncle whom she'd never met, but heard so much about, Romona Reed decided to search the Web in order to get to know him better. That search led to more than she had ever imagined, including a 5,000-mile trip to Belgium.

  • Kaiserslautern's first Driver's Ed class graduates

    Feb 18, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- Suzy Han, 18, a Kaiserslautern high school senior, hasn't killed a "virtual" deer in weeks while using the driving simulator during her driver education class. Han and 14 of her fellow classmates graduated Feb. 12 from the first driver theory education class sponsored by the Department of Defense Dependent Schools-Europe and U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern.

  • Message to new NCOs: 'step out and lead'

    Feb 18, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - With this being the Army's Year of the NCO, Master Sgt. Terry L. Montang, tells upcoming Soldiers to prepare themselves for leadership and not to be afraid to step out and lead.

  • Girl Scouts celebrate new European home

    Feb 18, 2009

    LIVORNO, Italy - Girl scouts from all over Europe descended on Camp Darby for the unfurling of the United States of America Girl Scouts Overseas-North Atlantic colors at the organization's new headquarters here.

  • U.S. Army Europe commander says more troops needed to meet evolving missions

    Feb 18, 2009

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- More troops will be needed to adapt to U.S. Army Europe's evolving missions, USAREUR Commander Gen. Carter F. Ham told reporters during a Pentagon news conference Feb. 17. The command once comprised some 300,000 Soldiers. Today USAREUR has approximately 42,000 Soldiers in its ranks, and its primary mission is to provide properly trained and equipped forces to support global operations.

  • Heidelberg Soldiers named 2009's best NCO and Soldier warriors in Europe Regional Medical Comma

    Feb 17, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Feb. 17, 2009) -- The candidates from the Heidelberg Health Center swept the 2009 Europe Regional Medical Command NCO and Soldier "Best Warrior" competition. Sgt. Marlon M. Derecho, a medical equipment specialist, and Spc. Ted U. Rowe, a pharmacy specialist, earned top honors in the annual contest, competing against candidates from three other ERMC major units. The winners will represent ERMC at an Armywide Medical Command competition at Fort Lewis, Wash. The winners of the Fort Lewis competition will advance to the Army-level event this summer.

  • IMCOM begins new suicide prevention program

    Feb 17, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - A new program that began Feb. 15 aims to decrease the alarming number of Soldiers taking their own lives.

  • Citizen Soldiers support U.S. Army Africa

    Feb 13, 2009

    Top officers from both the U.S Army Reserve and the Army National Guard visited the headquarters of U.S. Army Africa to discuss the role of citizen Soldiers in future missions to Africa.

  • Nebraska children send valentine surprise to troops in Germany

    Feb 13, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- School children from Crete, Neb. recently provided a sweet surprise for some Soldiers, and they didn't even have to cross the ocean to do it. The fourth through eighth-graders hand-made nearly 1,000 Valentine's Day cards to be distributed among the Heidelberg, Kaiserslautern and Mannheim military communities.

  • Training takes aim at mastering the art of customer service

    Feb 13, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- Many of the nearly 200 smiling faces who work in the USAG Schweinfurt Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) have completed mandatory training on customer service, and the rest are well on the way.

  • Year of the NCO: Corporal to Sergeant Major of the Army

    Feb 13, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- The "Year of the NCO" was announced on Jan. 5 at Fort Bliss, Texas.

  • Corporals have been leading for 234 years

    Feb 13, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- The rank is synonymous with leadership and was one of the original five ranks of the noncommissioned officer corps in 1775, the year the United States Army was born.

  • Year of the NCO: Iraq duty leads to personal, professional growth for 1st Armored Division Soldier

    Feb 13, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - A 40-year-old Selma, Ala., native looks back with pride and a sense of accomplishment after 15 months of duty in Iraq. Sgt. Tracy Hill knew deployment was possible, but remained hopeful her unit would not have to deploy when she arrived in Wiesbaden in August 2005. "I knew I had to accept the idea," said Hill. "I never thought I would have to deploy, but you have to, and it's not easy."

  • Hohenfels awards volunteer highest honor

    Feb 12, 2009

    U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels has selected the first ever volunteer of the quarter, Karissa Borders, who has donated hundreds of hours of her time to the community.

  • Belgians Train at Grafenwoehr

    Feb 11, 2009

    Photo of Belgian Soldier Firing Missile at Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany.

  • Mentors offer Soldiers, civilians formal, informal career guidance

    Feb 11, 2009

    Often as Soldiers and civilian employees move up in rank, they look up to senior officers, NCOs or supervisors who nudge them along their career path in an informal relationship. The mentorship relationships become formal under programs such as the Sergeant Morales Club, Installation Management Command's Civilian Mentoring Program, and the ARMY Mentorship Program.

  • Working toward the future: High school students spend class time with local agencies through work st

    Feb 11, 2009

    High school students have been roaming around the Heidelberg community during school hours - and no, they're not skipping. These students are part of the Heidelberg High School Career Practicum Work Study Program and serve as interns at various locations throughout the community.

  • Aircraft movement by sea: TASM-E ships helicopters from Rota, Spain, to United States

    Feb 11, 2009

    One mission is complete as members of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade (Air Assault) depart Afghanistan and return to Fort Campbell, Ky. Another mission is just beginning as the Theater Aviation Sustainment Manager-Europe, headquartered at Coleman Barracks in Mannheim, begins the long process of moving the unit's aircraft back to the States.

  • Black History Month: CSM Reflects on Significant Leaders, Diversity

    Feb 11, 2009

    Coming from a rural area with "no stop lights in the whole county," Command Sgt. Maj. Annette Weber has risen through the ranks and now serves as a sort of "mayor" for the Heidelberg military community.

  • 4-star visit

    Feb 11, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Gen. Carter F. Ham, commander, U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army, toured the Heidelberg military community Feb. 9, to find out where he can help improve the quality of life of Soldiers, civlian employees and family members. His morning started with 18 high school students where he heard a different perspective on life in Heidelberg. He also met with family readiness group leaders, visited the Warrior Transition Unit, toured family housing, the PHV CDC, the PHV recycling center and ended his tour at the PHV Plaza, where he learned about the ongoing renovations there.

  • Army inspector general meets with Soldiers, civilians, Family members in Ansbach community

    Feb 11, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany (Feb. 10, 2009) -- The U.S. Army Inspector General and his senior enlisted advisor met with Soldiers, civilian employees and Family members at Katterbach Army Airfield here Feb. 5. Lt. Gen. R. Steven Whitcomb and Sgt. Maj. Henry W. Jackson II toured installation and unit facilities and discussed the role of the inspector general and the IG assistance mission with members of the Katterbach community. The pair, joined by U.S. Army Europe IG Col. William Miller and USAREUR IG Sgt. Maj. Phillip Dixon, met with Soldiers from the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, as well as unit commanders, senior officers, Family Readiness Group members, spouses and Army Community Service personnel.

  • 21st TSC paratroopers conduct combined airborne operations with French counterparts

    Feb 11, 2009

    PAU, France (Feb. 10, 2009) -- Building relationships and strong ties among servicemembers and armies across Europe is vital to the U.S. Army Europe mission. Paratroopers from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command's 5th Quartermaster Company helped strengthen those ties during combined airborne training and operations, Feb. 1-4. The exercise, which took place at the French parachute school in southwestern France, was designed to strengthen ties and relationships with French airborne forces.

  • Hawaii Soldiers support Pro Bowl

    Feb 10, 2009

    Soldiers from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command were given a distinct honor this year to serve on the Joint Service Color Guard for the National Football League 2009 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Three Soldiers comprised a part of the Joint Service Color Guard, which were responsible for rendering honors for the start of the Pro Bowl.

  • Induction Ceremony Welcomes New NCOs to the Ranks

    Feb 10, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - "From this day forward, you will be changed forever." That was the message communicated to more than 60 newly inducted U.S. and German sergeants during a community induction ceremony in the Wiesbaden Fitness Center.

  • Flash flood fills families homes

    Feb 10, 2009

    When heavy rains hit Pisa, Livorno and Camp Darby, Italy on Feb. 6, at 1:50 an emergency weather watch warning of flooding in Marina di Pisa, Livorno and Pisa was sent out to the base populace so they could be informed of the situation and take protective measures.

  • Rescue helicopter finds LZ on Garmisch's Artillery Kaserne

    Feb 10, 2009

    GARMISCH, Germany - Usually, it's peaceful on Artillery Kaserne, the main post for U.S. Army Garrison Garmisch, with the exceptions being ski competitions or a busy day at the sole AAFES gasoline station in southern Bavaria. So the loud whomp-whomp-whomp of a bright yellow civilian helicopter circling overhead at treetop level Feb. 4 drew curious Soldiers and civilians from their offices.

  • NCO Academy teaches leadership in virtual environment

    Feb 10, 2009

    Sgt. Eric Anderson's squad is in a tight spot. His convoy has been ambushed by snipers in a small village in Iraq and two of his men are down...His radio is buzzing with chatter...Anderson knows that it's his job to get his squad to safety, but it's not going to be easy...Suddenly everything goes black. "Alright, sergeants. Take your hands off the keyboards and take your headsets off," shouts a senior sergeant, who has suddenly appeared over Anderson's shoulder.

  • Warrior Adventure Quest replaces 'battlefield rush' with high-intensity outdoor activities

    Feb 10, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - If the initial feedback is any indication, Installation Management Command-Europe's high-adventure recreation program is becoming a huge success - even a lifesaver for some of its participants.

  • Army Transforms NCO Corps with New Initiatives

    Feb 10, 2009

    MONS, Belgium -- NCOs at U.S. Army Garrison Benelux and Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe are getting the recognition of senior leaders for a second year in a row.

  • Brussels SFRG Goes the Extra Mile

    Feb 10, 2009

    Brussels, Belgium-The Brussels Garrison's SFRG is small, but has an effect all out of proportion to its size. More importantly, it strives to embrace the entire garrison community, not just its uniformed members.

  • Headquarters of U.S. Army Europe's 18th Engineer Brigade moving for third time during 15-month

    Feb 10, 2009

    KIRKUK, Iraq (Feb. 10, 2009) -- The 18th Engineer Brigade headquarters is on the move again, this time to Ninewa Province to focus on Mosul and engage provincial and city leaders regarding future reconstruction projects. The unit will be fully moved to Forward Operating Base Marez by the end of the month as the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division relieves the 18th in Kirkuk Province.

  • Covenant: Europe garrisons serve as lighthouses in guiding Army Families

    Feb 10, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Despite a sea of Army transformation washing over Europe, Installation Management Command's garrisons serve as lighthouses that Army Families depend upon to navigate the demands and stresses of recurring deployments.

  • SETAF NCO honored for bravery

    Feb 9, 2009

    VICENZA, Italy (Feb 9, 2009) -- Driving with his family along Highway 59 in East Texas, Sgt. 1st Class Keith Cade watched as a pickup truck ahead swerved into the median, flipped on its side and kicked up a cloud of dust. It was late afternoon, Nov. 25, 2005, just outside of Marshall, Texas -- Cade's hometown. The Southern European Task Force NCO, home on emergency leave from Afghanistan, pulled over and raced across traffic to help just as the overturned pickup burst into flames.

  • Aircraft movement by sea

    Feb 6, 2009

    ROTA, Spain - The ship looms in the pre-dawn grayness like a hulking monster, its ramp leading up to a yawning mouth. As the first aircraft rolls up, the steel ramp creaks and groans as if waking from a deep slumber. One mission is complete as members of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade (Air Assault) depart Afghanistan and return to Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Changes in adversaries, technology advances, drive Army's Electronic Warfare Proponent

    Feb 6, 2009

    Electronic Warfare proponent is shaping how the Army deals with adversaries in cyberspace.

  • Year of the NCO: Retired NCOs remember

    Feb 6, 2009

    The Year of the Noncommissioned Officer is well underway and NCOs are being honored Army-wide, but Fort Myer Military Community Command Sgt. Maj. Jefferson Varner III wants to ensure that the year-long celebration of enlisted leaders isn't limited to those currently serving.

  • Senior U.S. Defense Official Visits U.S. Army Africa

    Feb 6, 2009

    VICENZA, Italy - Army officers laying the groundwork for future missions in Africa met with Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs Theresa Whelan during her Jan. 30 visit to the headquarters of U.S. Army Africa.

  • Wave of renovations, improvements sweeps through

    Feb 6, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- While improvements, renovations and upgrades have defined the landscape on Schweinfurt military installations constantly for the past several years, one group of current projects marks something new on the horizon.

  • Spotlight NCO

    Feb 6, 2009

    Year of the Noncommissioned Officer: Europe-based boxer

  • Canadians train at Fort Sill

    Feb 5, 2009

    A Canadian artillery unit trains at Fort Sill

  • Bamberg Military Police officers keep infant alive

    Feb 5, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- It's 12:53 a.m. January 30. The phone at the Department of Emergency Services desk begins ringing and starts the clock on what could have been a disaster were it not for the quick response of four Military Police assigned to U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg.

  • Fort Drum hosts fireside chat for Families of fallen Soldiers

    Feb 5, 2009

    The Hillside Lodge provided a cozy setting Jan. 23 for survivors of fallen Soldiers to come together for a time of fellowship and sharing.

  • Exploring diversity daily keeps community on their toes

    Feb 5, 2009

    LIVORNO, Italy -- Command Sgt. Maj. Felix Rodriguez, the USAG Livorno Command Sgt. Maj., use nuggets of knowledge to come up with a new way to help educate the Camp Darby community about African-American Heritage Month.

  • Engineer company deploys to Afghanistan

    Feb 4, 2009

  • Engineer company deploys to Afghanistan

    Feb 4, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany --The 541st Engineer Company deploys to Afghanistan. The engineerAca,!a,,cs mission will be to find explosives during route clearance of roads. After returning from a two-month tour in Romania around August, the company have reset, refit, trained and are once more deploying in support of our nationAca,!a,,cs call to duty.

  • Communication system loses weight, gains readiness

    Feb 4, 2009

    Time and communications are critical to operation security in a down-range environment, where the difference of minutes can save SoldiersAca,!a,,c lives. A Huntsville, Ala., company specializing in satellite communications has developed and deployed an ultra-portable communication system that hits the ground running with the warfighterAca,!"one that can be on satellite in less than an hour.

  • German infantry school students train for Afghanistan deployment on U.S. Army training area in Schwe

    Feb 4, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany Aca,!" Before heading out into the snow-covered fields of Aca,!A"Area M,Aca,!A? the training area just northwest of Schweinfurt, three soldiers from the German Army Infantry School in Hammelburg wrapped their heads in turbans and set out to wreak a little mayhem.

  • Cheap Eats: Group gathers for cooking lessons, fellowship

    Feb 4, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Cheap Eats is a monthly gathering of family readiness group volunteers, Soldiers from the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program, and senior unit leaders from the U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army Special Troops Battalion, where volunteers cook food, and everyone shares recipes and gets to know one another.

  • New Army programs to be tested in Kaiserslautern

    Feb 4, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germnay -- This is the third town hall meeting for the Kaiserslautern military community. It came about, said U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern Commander Lt. Col. Mechelle Hale, because the Army's senior mission commander here, Maj. Gen. Yves Fontaine, the 21st Theater Sustainment Command commanding general, wanted to be able to talk with families and hear their concerns.

  • Africa Command holds security assistance planning conference

    Feb 4, 2009

    U.S. Africa Command is planning the Department of Defense's military security assistance programs in Africa for fiscal years 2010 and 2011 during its annual capstone planning event in Garmisch, Germany, Feb. 2-6, 2009.

  • U.S. Army Europe salutes its top print, broadcast journalists of 2008

    Feb 3, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Feb. 3, 2009) -- U.S. Army Europe honors its outstanding print and broadcast journalists with the announcement today of winners in the USAREUR level of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs 2008 Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Journalism Awards Competition. The competition salutes excellence among the Soldiers and civilian employees throughout USAREUR who produce print and broadcast programming, articles, photographs, graphic art and Web-based products to inform and entertain the Army audience. The annual contest is named for a World War II Medal of Honor recipient and former Army Chief of Information who was killed in action in Vietnam.

  • 7th Army JMTC gives Netherlands marines first taste of military life

    Feb 3, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany (January 21, 2009) - For most young Soldiers joining the military can be a first step on the road to independence.

  • Volunteers Strengthen Army Families

    Feb 3, 2009

    MONS, Belgium Aca,!" Prior to moving to Belgium, Elizabeth Schaffer was a consultant in Washington, D.C., where she taught leadership skills to government clients at prices exceeding $1,000 per day. Now, Schaffer voluntarily teaches those skills through Army Family Team Building at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.

  • Competition heats up - 15 cooks earn chance to shine in Army culinary event

    Feb 3, 2009

    MANNHEIM, Germany -- The enticing smell of filet mignon and apple crepes filled the air inside the Spinelli Barracks dining facility Jan. 27. But this was no normal day for Mannheim as Europe's best chefs efficiently moved around the kitchen.

  • Covenant provides concrete support to Livorno families

    Feb 3, 2009

    LIVORNO, Italy Aca,!" The Army Family Covenant recognizes the sacrifices of SoldiersAca,!a,,c families, as military leadership is certainly well aware of the important role that family plays in a servicememberAca,!a,,cs life.

  • Safely moving Heavy Brigade Combat Team track vehicles

    Feb 2, 2009

    LIVORNO, Italy -- Camp Darby units 839th Transportation Battalion and 3rd Battalion, 405th Army Field Support Brigade worked ardently together to ensure the successful arrival and transportation of 144 vehicles belonging to the 172nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team Left Behind Equipment from the Port of Livorno to Leghorn Army Depot for repair.

  • Partnership between Iraqi, 1st Armored Division Soldiers helps keep provincial elections safe

    Feb 2, 2009

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Feb. 2, 2009) -- No serious violent incidents marred Jan. 31's Iraqi provincial elections, said officials with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division who worked in concert with Iraqi security forces to keep the polling in their areas of operations safe. The 17th Iraqi Army Division and Iraqi police were responsible for the security operations in the Mahmudiyah Qada area with 2nd BCT and other Multi-National Division - Baghdad Soldiers in a supporting role.

  • Wiesbaden students to match skills with world's best at Las Vegas Robotics competition

    Feb 2, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" Long after most students and teachers have left Wiesbaden High School for the evening, a team of dedicated individuals are hard at work brainstorming and preparing their entry for the 2009 Robotics Contest to be held in Las Vegas, Nev., March 24-29.

  • General challenges audience to uphold Martin Luther King's dream

    Feb 2, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany Aca,!" Maj. General Anthony Jackson, director of operations and logistics for U.S. Africa Command, remembers why we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Aca,!a,,cs birthday.

  • AAFES honors its civilians for support of servicemembers in Global War on Terror

    Feb 2, 2009

    WIESBADEN, GERMANY Aca,!" Aca,!A"It was an experience you donAca,!a,,ct forget,Aca,!A? said Ernest Ingram about volunteering to deploy to Iraq to open a Post Exchange there for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

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