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  • Recycling: Key to not throwing money away

    Jan 12, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany Aca,!" Some people are throwing U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach money away, significantly impacting installation programs and improvements that could be made with those dollars.

  • Kaiserslautern first to host 'I. A.M. Strong' in Europe

    Jan 12, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany Aca,!" Intervene, Act and Motivate stand for more than just the acronym in the ArmyAca,!a,,cs I. A.M. Strong campaign to combat sexual assaults and sexual harassment.

  • Helicopter crew dodges bullets, earn combat awards

    Jan 9, 2009

    LANDSTUHL, Germany Aca,!" The right side of the helicopter, where Sgt. Ian Barlet was keeping his eyes on the ground, drew most of the fire that early evening on Jan. 19, 2007 in Iraq when a flight crew from Charlie Company (Air Ambulance) of the 214th Aviation Regiment was trying to evacuate three wounded Marines.

  • USAG Schinnen hosts Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band

    Jan 9, 2009

    USAG Schinnen, NETHERLANDS Aca,!" Thom Shepherd and the Nashville Songwriters Band performed an Armed Forces Entertainment concert to military service and family members assigned to the Tri-Border region of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands in the U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen Activity Center Jan. 7, 2009. Army Garrisons serve as Aca,!A"the ArmyAca,!a,,cs HomeAca,!A? to provide base operations and quality of life support to military personnel around the world. Military Retirees also find support from Army garrisons long after they take off the uniform. This tour included stops at Kaiserslautern and Ramstein, Germany; Camp Bondsteel, Nothing Hill and Film City, Kosovo; the American Embassy and Hard Rock CafAfA in Warsaw, Poland; Kleine Brogel, Belgium; and Rotterdam and USAG Schinnen, Netherlands from Dec. 26, 2008 to Jan 8, 2009. To learn more about Armed Forces Entertainment, go to http://www.armedforcesentertainment.com/ and to learn more about USAG Schinnen go to http://www.usagschinnen.eur.army.mil/sites/local/

  • Technology prepares NATO Soldiers in Northern Europe

    Jan 8, 2009

    CHIAfaEURoVRES AIR BASE, Belgium Aca,!" U.S. Army Garrison Benelux may not have the armor power of Fort Hood, Texas, or the infantry forces of Fort Bragg, N.C., but when it comes to technology, its installations are equipped with some of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs best automation equipment: The Engagement Skills Trainer 2000 and Northern EuropeAca,!a,,cs only Digital Training Facility.

  • Technology helps teens in Europe learn to drive

    Jan 8, 2009

    MONS, Belgium - 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.

  • 18th MP Brigade returns home

    Jan 7, 2009

    The 21st Theater Sustainment Command's 18th Military Police Brigade has returned from their deployment in support of operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • KONTAKT Club donates toys to local children

    Jan 7, 2009

    Their eyes twinkled with glee as they saw the boxes of stuffed animals wheeled into the room. The Kindergarten students of the Bertold-Scharfenberg-Schule seemed ready to burst with excitement yet they managed to stay seated waiting breathlessly for their teachers and Principal Peter Wambach to tell them what was about to happen.

  • Saving energy saves dollars for programs, facilities

    Jan 7, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany Aca,!" Saving energy saves valuable dollars.

  • Bamberg offers military mobile phone Web site

    Jan 6, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany Aca,!" In an effort to keep the U.S. military community here more informed with local stories and events, U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg has developed a Web site for mobile phone users.

  • Institute enlightens Americans on German politics, economics

    Jan 6, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" As world political and economic systems become more integrated, and the U.S. presence in Europe endures, there is a growing desire to know more about the host country.

  • Camp Darby Soldiers see improvements

    Dec 24, 2008

    Ensuring single soldiers have quality living environments is important task Camp Darby Housing Manager Challen Kelker takes seriously.

  • Longshoremen, a licensing team and a typewriter

    Dec 23, 2008

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands Aca,!" When a U.S. expeditionary force docks hundreds of tactical vehicles in the German port of Bremerhaven, what does it take to ensure the operations run smoothly, an entire command or one garrison office'

  • Commentary: Buy 'green' for the New Year

    Dec 19, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany Aca,!" Most of us have heard that U.S. government agencies, including the Department of Defense Aca,!" down to every individual work center and administrative support office Aca,!" are required to buy Aca,!A"greenAca,!A? products. But letAca,!a,,cs take a step back for a minute to review what that means.

  • Army leaders sign Warrior Healthcare Covenant in Heidelberg

    Dec 18, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Dec. 18, 2008) -- Gen. Carter F. Ham, commanding general of U.S. Army, Europe and Seventh Army, signs the Warrior Healthcare Covenant at USAREUR headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany, Dec. 18. The covenant is a committment to quality health care, assistance and a healing environment for Soldiers and their families, said Army Surgeon General Maj. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker (second from right). Spc. Derraivius Strawder, a wounded Soldier from the Warrior Transition Unit in Baumholder, Germany (right), attended the ceremony as a representative of USAREUR's wounded warriors. Ham, who has a son-in-law attached to a Warrior Transition Unit, called the covenant an important symbol of the Army's commitment to Soldier care. Also pictured are USAREUR Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Beam (left) and Brig. Gen. Keith W. Gallagher, USAREUR command surgeon and commander of the Europe Regional Medical Command.

  • Soldiers of 66th Transportation Company get realistic training for upcoming Iraq deployment

    Dec 18, 2008

    HOHENFELS, Germany (Dec. 18, 2008) -- The 39th Transportation BattalionAca,!a,,cs 66th Transportation Company continued its preparations for deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom by training at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center here earlier this month. Aca,!A"We are going to be pulling line haul missions all over (the OIF) theater and to other locations. We will basically be the distribution line for the entire theater,Aca,!A? said Capt. Christopher Brown, the 66thAca,!a,,cs commander.

  • Honoring a covenant for Heidelberg

    Dec 18, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" In the little more than a year since the Army Family Covenant was signed at U.S. Army Garrison Heidelberg, it has made a positive impact on the garrisonAca,!a,,cs family programs.

  • Kaiserslautern USO manager always 'on duty' for servicemembers processing for deployment,

    Dec 18, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (Dec. 18, 2008)-- Sedrick Robinson may be better than Santa Claus. While Santa is seen only during the holidays, Robinson, the joint mobility processing center deployment operations support manager for the United Service Organizations Kaiserslautern, provides cheer and acts of kindness year-round. Though it may be hard to tell from his cumbersome job title, Robinson simply makes things as easy and as comfortable as possible for the Soldiers who process through the Deployment Processing Center and Aca,!A"purple rampAca,!A? here. Soldiers deploy from the DPC on Rhine Ordnance Barracks and redeploy via the purple ramp on Ramstein Air Base. Both facilities are operated by U.S. Army Europe's 21st Theater Sustainment Command.

  • Prevent mold buildup, keep illnesses at bay

    Dec 18, 2008

    Every year as winter sets in, homemakers begin struggling with keeping mold growth to a minimum. The damp conditions that come with the season make it prime growing season for the spores which cause mold growth. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air.

  • Bamberg Exceptional Family Member Program meeting expectations

    Dec 18, 2008

    BAMBERG, Germany -- The Exceptional Family Member Program is receiving enormous praise by the military community and is being viewed as one of the premier initiatives the Army has taken in recent years to care for service members and their Families.

  • Camp Darby commissary nearing completion

    Dec 18, 2008

    LIVORNO, Italy Aca,!" Camp Darby has been watching the construction of a new commissary site morph into something that promises to be a key establishment within the community.

  • Wounded 9th Engineer Battalion Soldier returns to service, plans to rejoin unit in Iraq

    Dec 18, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany (Dec. 17, 2008) -- Improvised explosive devices have taken a terrible toll on servicemembers in Iraq -- a fact Spc. Jake Altman knows all too well. In 2006, after serving two years in the Army, Altman deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with Bravo Company, 9th Engineer Battalion. The battalion, part of U.S. Army Europe's 172nd Infantry Brigade, was stationed just north of Baghdad at Camp Taji. There, the specialist's colleagues say, he impressed them with his drive. "Altman was hard-working. He was self-assured and got along with everyone," said Spc. Jason Ogarro.

  • Bush shares leadership vision with Army War College

    Dec 17, 2008

    President George W. Bush gave the Army War College students a unique opportunity to hear his thoughts on strategic leadership and national security as he thanked them for "the honor of a lifetime: to serve as your Commander in Chief."

  • Wiesbaden mayor recognizes garrison's environmental efforts

    Dec 17, 2008

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" Efforts to heighten environmental awareness, reduce operating costs and save resources by U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden paid off as the garrison received the prestigious Oekoprofit Certificate Dec. 2 from Wiesbaden Lord Mayor Helmut MAfA1/4ller and other city officials at WiesbadenAca,!a,,cs Rathaus (town hall).

  • Wounded warrior ready to return to the fight

    Dec 17, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- Danger lurks on every stretch of road in Iraq with the prospect of improvised explosive devices. These roadside bombs have taken a terrible toll on those serving downrange, and Spc. Jake Altman knows very well the destruction they can cause.

  • Battle of the Bulge 2008 Commemoration in Bastogne

    Dec 16, 2008

    BASTOGNE, BelgiumAca,!"Thousands of servicemembers and families from across Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany gathered in Bastogne on Dec. 13, 2008, to walk the snow-covered icy trails that veterans of the Battle of the Bulge walked 64 years earlier. Following the walk, the town celebrated the WWII victory with a parade led by a U.S. Army Garrison Benelux color guard. Unit formations from the Belgian ArmyAca,!a,,cs 1st Artillery and Headquarters Company USAG Benelux were also present, along with cadets from Bamberg American High School. Wreaths were laid at PattonAca,!a,,cs Monument and at McAuliffe Square by U.S. and Belgian dignitaries, including Lt. Col. Keith Forsyth, USAG Benelux Directorate of Emergency Services director.

  • 2008 holiday message from the Army senior leaders

    Dec 16, 2008

    The 2008 holiday season letter from the Army senior leaders Chief of Staff of the Army George W. Casey, Jr., Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston.

  • www.army.mil/warriorcaremonth is now www.army.mil/warriorcarenews

    Dec 16, 2008

    www.army.mil/warriorcaremonth is now www.army.mil/warriorcarenews

  • Vicenza artists capture All Army awards

    Dec 16, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy -- The 2008 All Army Arts & Crafts contets awarded two first place awards to community members here.

  • Vicenza high schooler wins Boys & Girls Club top award

    Dec 16, 2008

    A Vicenza High School student was selected was selected as one of 37 Boys & Girls Club artists from more than 222 finalists participating in the 2008 National Fine Arts Competition.

  • Garmisch CDC earns national accreditation

    Dec 16, 2008

    GARMISCH, Germany Aca,!" The U.S. Army Garrison Garmisch Child Development Center, located on Artillery Kaserne, is one of the first early childhood programs to earn re-accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children under new, more stringent standards.

  • Army releases new training manual

    Dec 15, 2008

    The Army released the new field manual FM 7-0, Training for Full Spectrum Operations, at the Training General Officer Steering Committee conference at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Dec. 15.

  • Firefighters benefit from training provided by German State of Rheinland-Pfalz

    Dec 15, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" Twelve Army firefighters from fire stations in Germersheim, Miesau and Baumholder were among 20 Aca,!A"studentsAca,!A? graduating Dec. 12 in Koblenz for completion of from industrial firefighter (Werkfeuerwehrmann) certification training provided by the State of Rheinland-Pfalz, as additional training beyond their regular personal qualification.

  • Wiesbaden homecomings rekindles memories for NCO from New York

    Dec 15, 2008

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" Homecomings are a cause for celebration. But as families and friends in the past few weeks have greeted returning members of the 1st Armored Division, which deployed in harmAca,!a,,cs way for more than 14 months in Iraq, one Wiesbaden noncommissioned officer joined in the celebration while remembering those who will never return.

  • IMCOM-Europe, USAREUR honor food services winners

    Dec 15, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" The ArmyAca,!a,,cs top food service Soldiers and dining facilities were honored at the Installation Management Command-Europe and U.S. Army Europe 41st Annual Food Service Awards Ceremony at the Patrick Henry Village Pavilion here, Dec. 11.

  • Fierce battle above Shok Valley earns Silver Stars

    Dec 15, 2008

    There are no roads leading into the Shok Valley. The village, which stands sentinel over the valley, is home to one of the fiercest of the insurgent forces in Afghanistan Aca,!" the Hezeb Islami al Gulbadin, or HIG, and one day in April, coalition forces went where no body had gone bebfore

  • 1st Infantry Division Band to perform at Kansas State University

    Dec 12, 2008

    The Big Red One 1st ID Band will perform a Christmas concert at Kansas State University (KSU).

  • Installation Management Command presents 2008 Stalwart Awards

    Dec 11, 2008

    The Installation Management Command honored the Stalwart Award nominees and winners during a banquet and awards ceremony Dec. 10 at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, Calif. These individuals excelled in support of the Army, Soldiers and their Families from July 2007 to July 2008.

  • Joint Tactical Ground Station (JTAGS) Best Crew Competition

    Dec 11, 2008

    The Joint Tactical Ground Station (JTAGS) Best Crew Competition is a program which offers Soldiers from 1st Space Company, 1st Space Battalion, the opportunity to prepare, train and show their skills in a profession that they alone represent. Because 1st Space Company is the only theater missile warning unit in the Army, the competition not only identifies the best theater missile warning crew in the company, but also the best crew in the Army. These crews are without question the best in the world at what they do.

  • Community, families welcome members of 1st Armored Division home from Iraq

    Dec 11, 2008

    WIESBADEN, Germany (Dec. 10, 2008) -- The 1st Armored Division and the Wiesbaden military community welcomed the division commander and his staff home during a ceremony here, Dec. 10. Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling, accompanied by about 25 members of the division staff and its senior noncommissioned officer, Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Blackwood, arrived at Wiesbaden Army Airfield on a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport aircraft shortly after 10 a.m. About 1,100 Wiesbaden-based Soldiers of the divisionAca,!a,,cs Special Troops Battalion who deployed for 15 months to lead Aca,!A"Task Force IronAca,!A? are also now returning home here. The task forceAca,!a,,cs area of responsibility, known as Multi-National Division-North, headquartered in Tikrit, covered an area of northern Iraq measuring about the size of Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland and Vermont combined with a population of about 11 million, Hertling told reporters during a press conference shortly before the ceremony.

  • Italians donate Christmas tree to Camp Darby

    Dec 11, 2008

    LIVORNO, Italy Aca,!" The traditional Camp Darby Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony was held Dec. 5, in an atmosphere filled with enthusiasm, joy and participation.

  • Plenty of paintball action in Europe

    Dec 11, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" In the last few years, paintball has become one of the fastest growing sports in the world, including competition found on installations belonging to Installation Management Command-Europe.

  • CGSC Accredits Division, Training Brigade

    Dec 10, 2008

    Leaders at the Command and General Staff College recently accredited the 2nd Brigade of the 104th Training Division (Reserve) and the 3747th Multi-functional Training Brigade Europe to continue to train and educate officers participating in Intermediate Level Education through The Army School System (TASS).

  • 1st AD commander says coalition, Iraqis are creating 'historic turnaround'

    Dec 10, 2008

    Citing Aca,!A"monumentalAca,!A? improvements since his Soldiers arrived in Iraq last year, 1st Armored Division Commander Maj. Gen. Mark P. Hertling credited his troops, Iraqi security forces and the Iraqi people with creating a historic turnaround.

  • Improved process for accrediting contractor employees nets one of Army's first Lean Six Sigma a

    Dec 10, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Dec. 10, 2008) -- What may seem like a small idea to improve a single administrative task actually saved U.S. Army Europe serious time and money, and earned Armand C. Lepage an award from the Department of the Army. In 2005 former Secretary of the Army Francis J. Harvey officially introduced the Army to the Lean Six Sigma program that focused on improving work efficiency, obtaining quality results and reducing costs. Since that time the Army has saved or avoided costs of approximately $1 billion using the LSS approach to problem solving, said Jack Van Den Beldt, U.S. Army Europe LSS program manager. Aca,!A"Lean Six Sigma is a business practice used to streamline work processes in order to eliminate wasting time, money and material in areas (in which) the Army needed improvement,Aca,!A? said Lepage, chief of USAREURAca,!a,,cs Department of Defense Contractor Personnel Office (DOCPER). Aca,!A"Secretary Harvey was quite keen on implementing Lean Six Sigma throughout the Army, and before introducing a concept of that nature it has to have what is called a deployment.Aca,!A?

  • Training teaches U.S. Army Europe employees how to do business better, faster, smarter

    Dec 10, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Dec. 10 2008) -- U.S. Army Europe business practice experts say they believe in doing business better, faster and smarter. They also say they have a not-so-secret weapon to improve efficiency that anyone in USAREUR can employ. That not-so-secret weapon is called Lean Six Sigma. Aca,!A"Lean Six Sigma is about removing the waste and variation from our work processes,Aca,!A? said Jack Van Den Beldt, of the business practices and stewardship branch of USAREURAca,!a,,cs resource management directorate. Aca,!A"We have work processes that we do every day but we may not be doing them as effectively or efficiently as weAca,!a,,cd like.Aca,!A?

  • Southern European Task Force transforms to U.S. Army Africa

    Dec 9, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy -- During the Southern European Task Force Transformation Ceremony Dec. 9, SETAF cased its old colors and uncased its new colors, signifying acceptance of a new mission Aca,!" serving as the Army component in support of U.S. Africa Command.

  • Teamwork: USAG Schinnen ACS fully accredited

    Dec 9, 2008

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands - With a rating of "full accreditation with commendation", the USAG Schinnen ACS became one of three garrisons to earn this accolade across IMCOM-Europe in 2008 after an inspection by the IMCOM-Europe ACS Accreditation Team Nov. 17 to 21.

  • Bamberg gears up for Army Family Action Plan conference

    Dec 9, 2008

    Have you been searching for a way to share your ideas and concerns about the Army community' If so the Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference is a great place to start. The AFAP conference, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, is a program that canvases members of every part of the military community to seek and resolve issues impacting the quality of life and well-being of their military community and can potentially affect life throughout the Department of Defense.

  • Single Soldier program still going strong at Schweinfurt

    Dec 9, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany Aca,!" The U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program is alive and well.

  • Schweinfurt CYSS, Covenant provide sports for kids

    Dec 8, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany Aca,!" The Child, Youth and School Services sports program here, with support from the Army Family Covenant, continues to bring sports to the children Aca,!" wherever they may be.

  • European winter driving calls for the right tires

    Dec 8, 2008

    GARMISCH, Germany Aca,!" When it comes to winter driving in Germany and Austria, thereAca,!a,,cs been some confusion about winter tires and driving laws.

  • Soldier recognized by German Police for saving woman's life

    Dec 8, 2008

    BAMBERG, Germany - On Aug. 3, Staff Sgt. John Jestis saved woman's life. Jestis, a medic in 4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, came upon a scene of an accident at around 12:15 a.m. He administered first aid to a woman who had suffered an open fracture and was bleeding severely. In an official letter of thanks to Jestis from the Bamberg Police department, because of JestisAca,!a,,c actions, Aca,!A"physical impairment was preventedAca,!A? and Aca,!A"the womanAca,!a,,cs life was saved.Aca,!A?

  • Fort Bliss' USASMA Soldiers help grade JROTC drill meet

    Dec 5, 2008

    More than 30 U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy Soldiers were tasked with grading the Ysleta Independent School District Junior Reserve OfficersAca,!a,,c Training Corps Drill Meet, held Nov. 15 at Eastwood High School in El Paso, Texas.

  • 21st Theater Support Command moves record number of Soldiers through Deployment Processing Center

    Dec 5, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (Dec. 5, 2008) -- About 4,000 Soldiers from units deploying with the 172nd Infantry Brigade passed through the 21st Theater Sustainment CommandAca,!a,,cs Deployment Processing Center on Rhine Ordnance Barracks here between Thanksgiving and Dec. 5. Even for the experienced team at the DPC, which is part of the 21st TSCAca,!a,,cs 39th Transportation Battalion, those are record numbers. Aca,!A"This is probably the greatest influx of Soldiers we have ever experienced. We usually see about 200 to 300 Soldiers every three weeks or so. Now we are looking at 4,000 in a 10-day time frame,Aca,!A? said Odis Atkinson, a DPC team leader and equipment specialist.

  • Volunteering, community spirit earns Heidelberg's family of the year award

    Dec 5, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- A desire to be an active part of their childrenAca,!a,,cs lives led Chief Warrant Officer 2 Arturo Torres and his wife Geanna to pitch in as volunteers, and many other Heidelberg community membersAca,!a,,c children ended up benefiting. Last month, the Torres family Aca,!" including their children Anamecia, 18, Nicolasa, 17, and Josh, 14 Aca,!" were named HeidelbergAca,!a,,cs family of the year, part of the garrisonAca,!a,,cs National Military Family Week observance.

  • BOSS teaches German students holiday practices, students practice English

    Dec 4, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- A group of students in the Heidelberg community were able to celebrate Thanksgiving for the first time, thanks to a few Americans willing to take the time. Members of the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program and the U.S. Army Garrison Baden-WAfA1/4rttemberg Public Affairs Office visited the Englisches Institut Grundschule, a bilingual German elementary school in Heidelberg, Nov. 26.

  • USAG Schinnen 2008 Tree Lighting Ceremony

    Dec 4, 2008

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands -- U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen, Netherlands, hosted its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 3, with many special guests in attendance, including the mayor of Schinnen, plus Santa and Mrs. Claus. This slideshow captures some of the evening's magic. Move the curser across each photo to read individual captions.

  • 'Mail Call' spreads holiday cheer

    Dec 4, 2008

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands -- In today's Internet and instant-messaging world, writing a letter seems like a novelty, but not for folks in Europe's tri-border region. They're writing lots of cards and letters this holiday season as part of the "Holiday Mail Call" program for wounded warriors at Walter Reed Medical Center.

  • Exhibit traces U.S. presence in Germany

    Dec 4, 2008

    HANAU, Germany Aca,!" Even though officials last month returned Pioneer Kaserne Aca,!" the last remaining U.S. military installation in Hanau Aca,!" to German government authorities, the Americana spirit still thrives here.

  • U.S. Army Europe command sergeant major serves as mentor, leader, spokesman for command's enlis

    Dec 4, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Dec 04, 2008) -- U.S. Army Europe Commander Gen. Carter Ham selected a player from the home team to be the fourteenth USAREUR command sergeant major. Ham chose V Corps Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Beam, who had served as the interim USAREUR senior enlisted advisor since June. Aca,!A"I am pleased to announce that Command Sgt. Maj. Beam will serve as my right hand, my senior enlisted advisor,Aca,!A? said Ham during his Oct. 27 announcement. Aca,!A"Command Sgt. Maj. Beam is an outstanding senior noncommissioned officer who represents everything a Soldier should aspire to be. HeAca,!a,,cs a warrior, leader, and mentor. He will continue to act as the voice of the enlisted Soldiers and their families throughout USAREUR. I know I can depend on him to set the standard that all Soldiers should strive to attain.Aca,!A?

  • MP Brigade cases colors as its third deployment in Iraq comes to an end

    Dec 3, 2008

    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Multi-National Division Aca,!" Baghdad Soldiers gathered on Camp Liberty here Dec. 1 to witness the transfer of the Baghdad Police Transition Team mission from U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 18th Military Police Brigade to the 8th Military Police Brigade.

  • Events welcome 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment home, honor its fallen Soldiers

    Dec 2, 2008

    VILSECK, Germany ( Dec. 02, 2008) -- The U.S. ArmyAca,!a,,cs oldest continuously serving cavalry regiment completed another chapter in its history during memorial and welcome home ceremonies here Nov. 25. Fellow Aca,!A"Dragoons,Aca,!A? friends, families and members of the U.S. Army Garrison and neighboring Vilseck communities packed into the Rose Barracks Memorial Fitness Center for two events. First was a memorial service to remember the 2nd Stryker Cavalry RegimentAca,!a,,cs fallen Soldiers, followed later in the day by a ceremony to uncase the regimentAca,!a,,cs colors and officially mark its return home.

  • Bonds of friendship remain strong between Stryker Soldiers and local German communities

    Dec 2, 2008

    VILSECK, Germany (Dec. 02, 2008) -- Vilseck Mayor Hans-Martin Schertl has attended many ceremonies and community events during the 2nd Stryker Cavalry RegimentAca,!a,,cs 15-month deployment to Iraq. During the U.S. Army Europe regimentAca,!a,,cs memorial service and welcome home ceremony on Rose Barracks Nov. 25, the buergermeister joined Family members and fellow Soldiers to welcome the regiment and remember the 26 Aca,!A"DragoonAca,!A? Soldiers killed in action. Aca,!A"U.S. Soldiers have been here since 1945. We have always had great relations between the military community and the German community,Aca,!A? he said. Aca,!A"There is always contact, and always good contacts.Aca,!A?

  • Program helps bolster 'resilience' of military health care providers

    Dec 2, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Three years ago Landstuhl Regional Medical Center developed the Combat and Operational Stress Reaction Staff Resiliency (COSR/SR) program to address the trauma and loss of empathy health care providers face as a result of combat and operational stress.

  • Reintegration concerns are normal, expected part of deployment cycle

    Dec 2, 2008

    LANDSTUHL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, Germany Aca,!" If youAca,!a,,cre feeling anxious about reuniting with a loved one after being deployed for 15 months, or if youAca,!a,,cve already redeployed and seem to have trouble fitting into the family routine again, thereAca,!a,,cs one important factor you need to realize Aca,!" what youAca,!a,,cre experiencing is normal and usually resolves itself with time.

  • Warrior Transition Unit cadre provides motivation, morale while helping wounded Soldiers recuperate

    Dec 2, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (Dec. 02, 2008) Aca,!" The staff of the Kaiserslautern Warrior Transition Unit on Kleber Kaserne here shifted its focus from rehabilitating and reintegrating wounded Soldiers to lifting their spirits for a day. The facilityAca,!a,,cs cadre put together a Thanksgiving lunch for 42 of its wounded Soldiers at the WTU center November 25. Aca,!A"We wanted to celebrate a little fellowship and allow the staff an opportunity to give to the warriors on a personal level,Aca,!A? said Maj. Joel B. Neuenschwander, the WTU commander.

  • Saying 'thanks' during the holidays at Kaiserslautern

    Dec 2, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany Aca,!" As part of a holiday season tradition, U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern will thank its Soldiers and their families for their service throughout the year.

  • Transition Team spouses form group to keep in touch

    Dec 1, 2008

    Spouses of deployed military transition team service members formed a group to connect to other spouses who have similiar shared experiences. They share these experiences as the spouses of transition team service members deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, discussing many topics specific to their spouses deployments and how the deployments affect them.

  • Radio show offers new parent support

    Dec 1, 2008

    HOHENFELS, Germany Aca,!" One caller was frustrated that after returning from a 15-month deployment, his wife immediately Aca,!A"dumpedAca,!A? all the household responsibilities back into his lap.

  • Tons of turkey head overseas for troops holiday meals

    Nov 28, 2008

    Soldiers and other servicemembers serving in the Middle East dined on a traditional Thanksgiving meal Thursday, thanks to the efforts of Defense Supply Center Philadelphia employees. The supply center has sent thousands of pounds of food - including more than 120,000 pounds of whole turkeys and more than 170,000 pies -- to troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Dubai and Djibouti.

  • Commentary: Volunteering reduces holiday stress, depression

    Nov 28, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany Aca,!" Looking for a way to assist others around you this holiday season' Try volunteering; you, too, will benefit.

  • Wiesbaden Thanksgiving

    Nov 28, 2008

    Col. Ray Graham (second from right), commander of U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, Germany, and other installation leadership put on their dress blues to serve Thanksgiving meals at the Wiesbaden Dining Facility Nov. 27. Hundreds of community members turned out for the traditional meal, which featured a showcase of creatively designed cakes and culinary sculptures.

  • Family Engagement Kit

    Nov 25, 2008

    The USACRC has updated its Family Engagement Kit developed to encourage Family Members to take an active role in their SoldierAca,!a,,cs off-duty safety, particularly those returning from a deployment. Research has shown that some Soldiers take deployment and the return home in stride, without missing a beat, for others it not a seamless reintegration. Some individuals have a more difficult time trying to re-connect with their past life or to integrate and modify their deployment behavior into their present situation. Regardless of whether Soldiers are readying for a deployment, returning from a deployment or neither, Family Members are a front line of defense and can positively affect Soldiers behavior. This kit has simple, yet effective, Aca,!A"how toAca,!A? instructions combined with other useful aids to help Family Members take care of all our Soldiers.

  • USAG Schinnen News Archives

    Nov 25, 2008

    Enjoy reviewing our news archives and if you have any questions or a story ideas, please contact the USAG Schinnen Public Affairs office by e-mail paousagshi@eur.army.mil or by phone 0031-46-443-1600. Thanks!

  • Support group helps new mothers in Heidelberg cope with stress while far away from family, friends

    Nov 25, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Many military moms find themselves far from friends and family when they have their first baby. Mom2Mom, a Heidelberg support group for first-time mothers, seeks to help alleviate some of the stress of not having a personal assistance task force nearby.

  • When enemies become friends

    Nov 25, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- Two Soldiers who were enemies during the Cold War are now joined by the most important bond: Martina Aca,!A"TinaAca,!A? MaliA...E+AfA!kovAfA!, the exchange student that the American Soldier's family hosted while they were stationed in the Washington, D.C. area. Both the American and her Slovakian father call Tina Aca,!A"daughter.Aca,!A?

  • Bastogne walk commemorates largest land battle in U.S. Army history

    Nov 25, 2008

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands (Nov. 25, 2008) -- In 1944, all seven main roads in the Ardennes mountain range converged on the small town of Bastogne, Belgium, making control of that crossroads imperative for a German advance in World War II -- a place allied forces had to defend at all cost. It remains the scene of the largest land battle in U.S. Army history. Today monuments commemorate the siege of Bastogne and the Battle of the Bulge. The 31st annual Bastogne Historical Walk, scheduled Dec. 13-14, salutes the regionAca,!a,,cs place in history as well.

  • Schweinfurt SKIES programs offer exercise, life lessons

    Nov 25, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany Aca,!" Graceful steps, kicks and punches. These are just a few moves that the School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills Unlimited is teaching to children and youth here.

  • Wiesbaden BOSS serves as Soldier's advocate

    Nov 24, 2008

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" Head to almost any event in the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden community and you will often see a group of young Soldiers reaching out to fellow servicemembers.

  • Christmas Markets and Holiday Events

    Nov 24, 2008

    USAG SCHINNEN, Netherlands - The Holiday Season is here and brings all of us assigned to and living in Europe an opportunity to discover age-old European traditions and to share the experience by sending your photos to paousagshi@eur.army.mil.

  • German, Italian Prisoners of War honored at ceremony

    Nov 21, 2008

    Fort Riley conducts memorial ceremony to remember German and Italian Prisoners of War buried at the Post cemetary. Officers from the German and Italian Army came from Fort Leavenworth, Kan. to attend the ceremony.

  • From soldier to spaceman-A journey beyond the Army

    Nov 21, 2008

    This story is about an Army astronaut who is slated to launch on the space shuttle this summer. His mission will be several months long aboard the space station.

  • New GI Bill makes the grade in Kaiserslautern

    Nov 21, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany Aca,!" Getting tuition assistance on GoArmyEd is something 1st Sgt. Crispin Bryant, 357th Air Missile Defense Detachment, knows very well. He completed his associate, bachelorAca,!a,,cs and masterAca,!a,,cs degrees during his 25 years in the Army.

  • Bastogne walk a tribute to peace

    Nov 21, 2008

    SCHINNEN, NETHERLANDS -- In 1944, all seven main roads in the Ardennes mountain range converged on the small town of Bastogne, Belgium, making control of these crossroads imperative for the attacking forcesAca,!a,,c advance and the one place allied forces had to defend at all cost. It remains the largest land battle in U.S. Army history.

  • Blackhawk Brigade's rendezvous builds esprit among unit's Soldiers, Families prior to Iraq

    Nov 21, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- The 172nd Infantry BrigadeAca,!a,,cs last unit formation here before its departure for Iraq combined ancient Greek history, Native American lore, military tradition, some sports and family fun. The Nov. 12 and 13 event, the 172nd Infantry Brigade Aca,!A"Blackhawk Rendezvous,Aca,!A? also borrowed heavily on the early American fur trapper tradition of an annual mass gathering where frontiersmen met to sell their wares, compete, share news and renew friendships.

  • High-adrenaline program reduces risky behavior for redeploying Soldiers

    Nov 20, 2008

    ANSBACH, Germany Aca,!" A free adventure program designed to help redeploying Soldiers deal with post-combat stress will hit the slopes soon.

  • Covenant programs help family members find jobs

    Nov 20, 2008

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium -- Finding a job after moving to Belgium is difficult for many family members, but Army Family Covenant programs through Army Community Services offer many resources to help job seekers.

  • Final closure of USAG Hessen

    Nov 20, 2008

    HANAU, Germany -- A ceremony was held Nov. 18 on Pioneer Kaserne marking the final closure of U.S. Army Garrison Hessen, Germany. During the ceremony, Dr. Robert Schloesser, chief of the closure team, described the massive effort that went into preparing the U.S. military installations in Hanau for return to the German government. "This is a tribute to all of the hard work by Hanau employees and cooperation by all of the units stationed here," said Schloesser, in having the facilities ready for return some 14 months ahead of schedule. After taking down the last U.S. flag to fly over Pioneer Kaserne, Schloesser gave it to Torsten Halsey, deputy curator of the Americans in Hessen Exhibition. The exhibit, which showcases the American presence in the German state since World War II, opens Nov. 21 at Hanau's Schloss Philippsruhe and runs through March 29. Opening hours are Tuesdays to Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Italian noncommissioned officers join American paratroopers for four-week Basic NCO Course training

    Nov 20, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy -- Aca,!A"Sky SoldiersAca,!A? from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and several of their Italian army counterparts completed the second phase of the U.S. Army Basic Non-commissioned Officer Course at Caserma Ederle here Oct. 14 Aca,!" Nov. 6. Instructors from Fort Benning, Ga., conducted the four weeks of instruction that included classroom, computer simulation, and field training. The course, designed for staff sergeants and Soldiers preparing to be promoted to staff sergeant, was taught as a Aca,!A"give-and-takeAca,!A? between instructors and Soldiers who shared battlefield experiences and exchanged tactics and techniques.

  • 21st Theater Sustainment Command Soldiers get some realistic urban 'sergeants' time'

    Nov 20, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- The spire on the mosque glinted in the late afternoon sky. Soldiers huddled near the entryway to the house next door. Suddenly they rocked backward and then kicked open the door. This scenario did not unfold in Iraq or Afghanistan. It happened at a mock forward operating base at Panzer Kaserne here Nov. 13 during Aca,!A"sergeantsAca,!a,,c timeAca,!A? training for Soldiers from the Special Troops Battalion of U.S. Army Europe's 21st Theater Sustainment Command.

  • Covenant delivers new Wiesbaden programs, beefed-up staffing

    Nov 19, 2008

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" Once the ink dried on the Army Family Covenant, the demand for community family and youth programs at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden surged.

  • Citizens of German town honor American Soldiers who died there during closing days of World War II

    Nov 19, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Nov. 18, 2008) Aca,!" German citizens observed Volkstrauertag, a national day of mourning for those who died during World Wars I and II, sometimes called Remembrance Day, Nov. 16. Every year since the end of World War II 63 years ago, the citizens of Duehren, a small town south of Sinsheim, Germany, have gathered on that day to honor the 51 men from their town who died in World War II, along with 25 missing.

  • Multi-national Solders lay wreaths in Heidelberg on German National Day of Mourning

    Nov 18, 2008

    Heidelberg, Germany (Nov 18, 2008) - A multi-national group of Soldiers carries memorial wreaths to lay in the Ehrenfriedhof (honor cemetery) in Heidelberg, Germany during a German Volkstrauertag (National Day of Mourning or Remembrance Day) ceremony, Nov. 16. Several U.S. and German dignitaries also participated in the memorial, including Werner Pfisterer, member of the Stuttgart parliament and the Heidelberg city council (third from left in background); Gen. Carter Ham, commander of U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army (fourth from left in background); Col. Robert Ulses, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Baden-WAfA1/4rttemberg (fifth from left in background); Heidelberg Lord Mayor Dr. Eckart WAfA1/4rzner (sixth from left in background); and Lt. Gen. Roland Kather, commander of NATO's Allied Land Component Command Headquarters Heidelberg. More than 800 servicemembers, primarily German, but also French, British, Italian and Russian, who died in the world wars are interred in the cemetery atop Heidelberg's KAfAPnigstuhl peak.

  • Daylong celebration welcomes 12th Combat Aviation Brigade Soldiers home from 15-month combat tour in

    Nov 18, 2008

    ANSBACH, Germany (Nov. 17, 2008) Aca,!" Aca,!A"Three thousand, two hundred and fifty-six Aca,!EoeGriffinAca,!a,,c Soldiers deployed into combat, and 15 months later 3,256 returned safely to their Families,Aca,!A? said Col. Timothy J. Edens, commander of U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 12th Combat Aviation Brigade. Speaking to a crowd of hundreds that gathered on a frigid morning, in fog so thick the guests of honor standing in formation before them on the flight line at Katterbach Army Airfield were no more than blurred shadows moments earlier, Edens called that statistic Aca,!A"the one that shines above all others to me, and will resonate in my heart forever.Aca,!A?

  • Germans honor American Soldiers as part of war dead

    Nov 18, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- German citizens observed Volkstrauertag, literally people mourning day, Sunday. The day is a national day of mourning for those who died during World Wars I and II. Among those remembered are 13 German soldiers who died April 2, 1945 Aca,!" Easter Monday Aca,!" in defense of the town against American Soldiers of the 397th Infantry Regiment, who were clearing towns on their march toward Heilbronn. Between April 1 and 3, 1945, 21 Americans died in the Sinsheim area, just more than a month before the German surrender on the western front May 7.

  • Bamberg martial arts events offered to troops

    Nov 18, 2008

    BAMBERG, Germany -- Soldiers are being offered discounted ticket price to a mixed martial arts competition in BambergAca,!a,,cs Jako Arena Dec. 13. The ticket price is available to all troops stationed in Bavaria. Soldiers will also be able to attend a free mixed martial arts workshop at Warner Barracks Freedom Fitness Facility Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.

  • Covenant supports critical services at Vicenza

    Nov 18, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy Aca,!" Since Army leaders unveiled the Army Family Covenant worldwide last year, more than one million dollars has been committed to family programs at U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza.

  • First class customer service starts with training

    Nov 18, 2008

    STUTTGART, Germany Aca,!" Strong customer service is a business essential, even in a military environment.

  • Army spouse, veteran wins Rising Star

    Nov 17, 2008

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- Army spouse and veteran Joyce Dodson won the 2008 Operation Rising Star military singing contest Friday and will now have the chance to go to Los Angeles to record a demo CD.

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