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  • FRSAs link family members with Heidelberg community

    Jan 28, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Are you the spouse of a deployed Soldier, new to the community, or even new in Europe'

  • Wiesbaden breaks ground for new USAREUR Command and Battle Center

    Jan 27, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - With transformation changing the face of U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, groundbreakings are becoming an almost routine occurrence. After launching projects to build a new Army lodging facility, Wiesbaden Entertainment Center and a host of other quality-of-life enhancements, the latest major construction effort to officially start will eventually see the relocation of U.S. Army Europe Headquarters from Heidelberg's Campbell Barracks to Wiesbaden Army Airfield.

  • Strength in Diversity: Soldier says adversity in Communist Poland led to Army gold

    Jan 27, 2010

    Who would have guessed the descendant of a Polish slave laborer, during World War II, would one day grow-up to become an officer in the U.S. Army'

  • Tax Season Overseas: U.S. citizens may need to file foreign bank account with IRS

    Jan 26, 2010

    The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants United States citizens living and working overseas to know they must file a "Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts" form with the Treasury Department by June 30th if the aggregate value of their foreign accounts exceeded $10,000 at any time during the previous calendar year.

  • 95th MP Bn. holds colors casing ceremony

    Jan 25, 2010

    The colors casing ceremony for the 95th Military Police Battalion at the Sports Arena on Sullivan Barracks, Mannheim, Jan. 21, marked its third deployment in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

  • Robinson Barracks gets infused with new life

    Jan 25, 2010

    STUTTGART, Germany - Twenty years ago, Robinson Barracks was the crown jewel of what was dubbed the Greater Stuttgart Military Community - 17 caserns dotted across an area the size of Rhode Island, with more than 32,000 personnel.

  • MLK Jr. Day inspires community to serve

    Jan 25, 2010

    Forty-one years ago, a man had a dream that different kinds of people could live together in peace. On Jan. 12, U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart community members honored this man not only by remembering his life, but by living out his dream.

  • New construction nears completion on Panzer, Kelley

    Jan 25, 2010

    STUTTGART, Germany - Last year was a year of breaking ground, but this is a year of cutting ribbons.

  • New youth center in Brussels is Army Family Covenant initiative

    Jan 22, 2010

    BRUSSELS, Belgium - Officials from U.S. Army Garrison Brussels and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District marked the beginning of construction on a new Child, Youth and School Services Youth Center located on campus Jan. 20.

  • Biggest Loser competition invites everyone to get fit, drop pounds

    Jan 22, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - On your mark, get set, go. Now, up the stairs, around the track, down the stairs again and wall squat. This is just one of the many challenges that faced contestants of the Wiesbaden Biggest Loser competition.

  • AFAP delegates choose top five issues of Army Soldiers, Families

    Jan 21, 2010

    ARLINGTON, Va. - On the final day of the 2010 Army Family Action Plan conference, delegates broke from individual working groups and voted on the top five issues that Army senior leaders will discuss at the General Officer Steering Committee meeting in June.

  • Hilltop Theater brings dramatic arts back to Baumholder

    Jan 20, 2010

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - "It's a wrap" is yelled over the buzz of drills and hammers, the scent of fresh paint and sawdust in the air. A,A The 15-year wait is over. Baumholder now has a community theater.

  • Marching to remember the lifework of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Jan 20, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - It wasn't snapping canine jaws, billy clubs or high pressure hoses. But the bone-chilling cold in the pre-dawn darkness greeting community members on a commemorative Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. march was a small reminder of the hardships encountered by civil rights marchers in the United States half a century ago.

  • 3rd Bn., 405th AFSB supports humanitarian relief efforts to Haiti

    Jan 20, 2010

    The 405th Army Field Support Brigade completed operations Jan. 18 in support of U.S. Agency for International Development emergency relief efforts in Haiti.

  • Army aid flows to Haiti from halfway around the world

    Jan 20, 2010

    When disaster struck Haiti, relief and humanitarian agencies around the world quickly looked to see if they could locate ways to provide a clean water supply among other basic life necessities.

  • Pets get improved care options

    Jan 19, 2010

    VILSECK, Germany - Max, a 6-year-old Labrador retriever, sat patiently under his owner Kelley Cunningham's legs as they waited for his name to be called at the Vilseck Veterinary Treatment Facility, Jan. 11.

  • 'We also serve': Recognizing deployment impact on all members of the family

    Jan 19, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - The camera flash catches the teens by surprise. They stop, smile abruptly and begin again romping about the Wiesbaden Middle School gymnasium. Another flash, another smile. They laugh as they try on Soldier garb, an eight-pound helmet and flak jacket, and stand in front of a sign that reads "We also serve."

  • 9th MP Det. trains on emergency evacuation procedures

    Jan 19, 2010

    For a short while, they were all able to get out of jail free, but fortunately they were not "real" prisoners.

  • Schweinfurt chemical Soldiers train for war

    Jan 19, 2010

    Chemical Soldiers from Schweinfurt rehearsed battle drills and practiced responding to hazardous materials incidents during a 14-day training exercise here recently.

  • Families greet Soldiers from 66th Trans. Co. returning to Kaiserslautern

    Jan 19, 2010

    After spending a year in Iraq, Soldiers from the 66th Transportation Company, 39th Transportation Battalion, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, were reunited with their loved ones during a redeployment ceremony at the Kleber Gymnasium Jan. 10.

  • Martin Luther King Program

    Jan 19, 2010

    Events at Martin Luther King Program on Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo

  • Distance learning can enhance training during the duty-day

    Jan 19, 2010

    On Oct. 1 of this fiscal year, many NCO's expecting to attend the Advance leaders Common Core (ALC), formerly called Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course (BNCOC), phase 1, received notification that the course would be offered online. Units may assist Soldiers by allowing them time during the duty-day to complete the online training at one of 35 classrooms in 12 locations throughout Europe.

  • Last of 5-158th troops depart for Afghanistan

    Jan 14, 2010

  • IMCOM-Europe postal survey provides Army customers chance to improve service

    Jan 14, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Installation Management Command-Europe is hosting an online postal survey through Feb. 15 to give Army in Europe Postal Service Center customers an opportunity to tell IMCOM-E how Postal Service Centers can better meet their needs. "As we continue to transform into Postal Service Centers in our communities throughout Europe, it's important we use customer input and feedback as a cornerstone," said Monique Bagby, IMCOM-Europe Postal Transformation Office project manager. "This survey helps us do just that. The survey will give our postal customers a voice to ensure our PSCs meet the needs of our customers."

  • IMCOM: Delivering Army Family Covenant

    Jan 13, 2010

    On Oct. 8, 2007, the Army unveiled the Army Family Covenant, institutionalizing the Army's commitment to providing Soldiers and families - active, Guard, and Reserve - a quality of life commensurate with their quality of service.

  • Kaiserslautern brings home 3 IMCOM-level safety awards

    Jan 13, 2010

    KAISERSLAUTER, Germany - Out of 20 nominations from garrisons worldwide, three IMCOM-level safety award winners from U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern will represent Installation Management Command Europe in the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff Safety Awards for fiscal year 2009.

  • German city honors U.S. Army's environmental efforts

    Jan 12, 2010

    WIESBADEN Germany - U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden was recognized by the city of Wiesbaden for its energy conservation efforts during a ceremony at Wiesbaden City Hall, Dec. 15.

  • Tax Season Overseas: Couples can file joint tax return despite non-resident status

    Jan 11, 2010

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany- This year, filing a joint tax return allows the Servicemember and spouse $3650 per person. That's $7300 in personal exemptions, before calculating other exemptions and tax credits. The amount of exemption went up $50 from last year, but if the Servicemember is married to a non-U.S. resident, the couple does not get to take advantage of the more favorable tax treatment, unless the non-resident alien spouse applies for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

  • Tax Season Overseas: New tax law grants servicemembers' spouses residency protections

    Jan 11, 2010

    President Obama extended certain legal protections to military spouses late last year that may make a difference when it comes time to file your taxes.

  • Security training important for everyone in U.S. forces community, not just servicemembers

    Jan 7, 2010

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- Family members are just as important as Soldiers and Department of Defense civilian employees when it comes to protecting the nation's security, said Sgt. 1st Class Nicolas Vazquez, the U.S. Army Europe's operations security program manager, during a presentation here on operations security.

  • Another successful Combined Federal Campaign for U.S. Army in Europe

    Jan 7, 2010

    U.S. Army in Europe Soldiers and civilian employees donated more than $2 million in support of the 2009 Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas.

  • Kaiserslautern employee recounts more than 50 years of government service

    Jan 7, 2010

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - Robert Campbell was drafted in the U.S. Army May 3, 1957, and 52 years later he is still serving his country.

  • Volunteers needed for Kaiserslautern Special Olympics

    Jan 7, 2010

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - German and American military members, civilians and family members in Kaiserslautern and in surrounding communities are needed as volunteers for this year's Special Olympics, scheduled for May 12.

  • Breaking the silence: Soldier conquers suicidal thoughts

    Jan 7, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - After a combat deployment to Iraq, Capt. Emily Stehr, a physical therapist who was stationed with the 2nd Cavalry Stryker Regiment in Vilseck, Germany, at the time, tried to return to life as she knew it, but she soon noticed things were different - she was different.

  • Survivor Outreach Services provides long-term support for survivors

    Jan 7, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Survivor Outreach Services provides long-term support to family members who lost a Soldier in combat, by illness or an accident. The program assists with continued access of services, benefits and other resources for spouses, children, parents, legal guardians and siblings.

  • Wallet, owner reunited after 61 years

    Jan 6, 2010

    ANSBACH, Germany - In spring 2009, a U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach employee found a wallet. A few months later, the items's owner, Jack Grose, was reunited with the leather billfold and all its contents, after having been without it - for 61 years.

  • Observing tax relief rules helps buyers avoid potential problems

    Jan 5, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Thinking of using a value added tax relief form to buy a house or maybe to buy your Host Nation landlord a nice gift. Wrong. VAT relief doesn't do that. There are rules and regulations that govern how VAT relief can be used, and according to Rafael Wunsch, Program Manager and business consultant for Installation Management Command-Europe Region, individuals need to be aware of how to use VAT forms to avoid negative repercussions.

  • Benelux commander highlights successes of 2009

    Jan 4, 2010

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium - The USAG Benelux Garrison Commander recognized his three indirect garrisons for their successes throughout 2009 and thanked U.S. and host nation civilians who have given a combined total of 1,000 years of service to the U.S. government.

  • Hohenfels debuts Facebook Virtual Town Hall

    Jan 4, 2010

    HOHENFELS, Germany - U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels is now on Facebook and a host of other social media sites in the hopes of reaching an audience of current and future community members that is increasingly turning to the Internet as their primary source of news and information.

  • Local pro hockey team teaches skills, plays street game with garrison kids

    Jan 4, 2010

    GARMISCH, Germany - Bavarian hockey team gets on the ice with U.S. military children.

  • Garmsich ACS collects, donates phones to local shelter

    Jan 4, 2010

    GARMISCH, Germany - The Garmisch Army Community Service recently delivered a bag of donated cell phones to the nearby Murnau Frauenhaus women's shelter.

  • Sgt. Morales Club makes a comeback at Hohenfels

    Jan 4, 2010

    HOHENFELS, Germany - After 12 months spent recognizing noncommissioned officers as the backbone of the Army-the Army designated 2009 as the Year of the NCO-the professionalism and dedication of NCOs has been well documented, and one group of Hohenfels Soldiers is committed to advancing those traits even further by reinvigorating the Sgt. Morales Club at Hohenfels.

  • Garrison personnel train for emergencies

    Jan 4, 2010

    STUTTGART, Germany - It was a normal busy Tuesday morning at the Stuttgart Army Airfield Mail Distribution Node: people were carrying boxes, sorting letters and checking addresses before sending the mail to various military installations in the greater Stuttgart area.

  • EAP helps employees with personal issues

    Jan 4, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Failing finances, marital problems, troubles with children and stress on the job - throw in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, and you could easily create just the right combination to trigger an incident of work place violence. In recent months there have been several high-profile cases of this form of violence in both civilian and military work places, and professionals on both sides agree that prevention is critical to putting a stop to it.

  • School's in session for deployed U.S. KFOR Soldiers in Kosovo

    Dec 31, 2009

    CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo - The structure and stability of the NATO peace-support mission in Kosovo makes getting an education while deployed a hard option to pass up for U.S. Soldiers stationed here. At last count, about 400 uniformed men and women in Multi-National Task Force-East were filling classrooms after hours and on weekends, taking full advantage of college-credit opportunities for personal and professional growth.

  • Career counselors reenlist 431 Soldiers, exceed mission by 146 percent

    Dec 30, 2009

    The 16th Sustainment Brigade, a logistics unit based here, exceeded reenlistment objectives by large margins for fiscal year 2009, despite the brigade being deployed to Iraq during the fiscal year, and revisions to the Army retention policies.

  • 16th Sust. Bde. Soldiers welcome new commander

    Dec 30, 2009

    Col. Martin B. Pitts, outgoing commander, 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, said farewell to the Soldiers and Families of the logistics brigade, and welcomed the incoming commander, Col. Keith Sledd, during a change of command ceremony at the Freedom Fitness Facility here Dec. 16.

  • FMWR launches 'Stuck With Stupid" designated driver campaign

    Dec 29, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - Baumholder Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation is advocating for units and groups to take advantage of the designated driver promotion that DFMWR just rolled out for the holiday season. It is called I'm Stuck with Stupid. The promotion is available at FMWR Baumholder clubs encouraging responsible adults to take charge of their friends, colleagues and Soldiers.

  • Dutch police limit response to minor traffic accidents; U.S. personnel must call Schinnen military p

    Dec 29, 2009

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands - Starting Jan. 1, Dutch law enforcement began observing a long-standing policy of "citizen autonomy" in responding to minor traffic accidents, meaning citizens are expected to handle the accident without police involvement, unless the parties in the accident disagree or if there is more than minor damage.

  • KFOR 12, 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade-Chaplain's Corner

    Dec 28, 2009

    Now that we are fi nally here at Camp Bondsteel, Soldiers are settling in to their new living areas. As I visit with our Soldiers and see the areas where they are living, I have discovered that they are trying to make it as much like home as possible. Soldiers have pictures on their desks and walls of family and friends back home. I have seen many laptops that have desktop pictures of family, favorite pets, and friends back home as well. Given enough time and resources (care packages, PX runs, etc.), Soldiers can make a room resemble what they have back home.

  • German landlords reclaim U.S. facilities in Dexheim

    Dec 28, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Once a U.S. military installation in Europe makes the base closure list, return of the property to the host nation is usually not far behind.

  • Army lodge program passes milestone with Ansbach lodge groundbreaking

    Dec 28, 2009

    URLAS, Germany - Construction broke ground on an $8.8 million, 26-room Army lodge at the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach's post in Urlas recently, marking the midway point in the largest Army lodging initiative in Europe, ever.

  • 21st TSC, 598th TG support 172nd Bde.'s redeployment

    Dec 18, 2009

    It resembles a gigantic jigsaw puzzle with teams of players holding the individual pieces - and all are poised to complete the picture in the fastest time possible.

  • New Army retention standards take effect, more to follow

    Dec 18, 2009

    New changes to the Army's retention program will affect not only how the Army operates, but also who will be allowed to stay in the Army.

  • Vicenza MPs focus on emergency response training in light of Fort-Hood tragedy

    Dec 17, 2009

    VICENZA, Italy - Law enforcement personnel from Caserma Ederle and Campe Darby, Italy, participated in scenario-based firearms training designed to better prepare officials to react quickly and decisively in deadly situations, such as the shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, At Caserma Ederle, Italy, Dec. 11.

  • 405th AFSB NCOs honor commander

    Dec 17, 2009

    The non-commissioned officers of the 405th Army Field Support Brigade honored the brigade commander Col. Jack Haley for his support to the NCO Corps during a presentation that was attended by all brigade sites throughout Europe via video-teleconference.

  • Year of the NCO: Soldiers share personal history

    Dec 16, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Army officials designated 2009 as the Year of the NCO to recognize these professionals and leaders of Soldiers serving throughout the U.S. Army and their 200 plus years of service to the nation. An NCO and one Soldier becoming an NCO relfect on their time in the military and the lessons they have learned.

  • Boy Scouts receive Peace Light from Bethlehem

    Dec 16, 2009

    MANNHEIM, Germany - Boy Scouts from the Heidelberg, Mannheim and Kaiserslautern U.S. military communities gathered at Mannheim's main train station Dec. 13 to receive the Peace Light from Bethlehem, which was picked-up in Vienna, Austria, by representatives of Heidelberg's Scout Troop 1. "The Peace Light originates in the church of Bethlehem," said Andrew Johnson, den leader of the Webelos II Pack 284. "The goal is to spread the light during the holiday season - a spirit of world peace and unity around the world."

  • WWII prisoner of war returns to site of capture

    Dec 15, 2009

    The memories of Bastogne have haunted Henry "Hank" Skowronski for years, but in December 2009, the World War II prisoner of war finally returned to where he was captured 65 years earlier.

  • 21st TSC JAG offices win multiple awards at Army level

    Dec 15, 2009

    For the second consecutive year, the 21st Theater Sustainment Command Judge Advocate General's office has won eight Department of the Army JAG awards. Four DA-level awards were presented to the 21st TSC's JAG office in the Judge Advocate General Award for Excellence in Claims Support for fiscal year 2008, and four more awards were presented to the 21st TSC's JAG office for the Army Chief of Staff Award for Excellence in Legal Assistance for fiscal year 2008.

  • Celebrate the holidays with safety in mind

    Dec 15, 2009

    Celebrate the holidays with safety in mind

  • 16th Sust. Bde. Soldiers train with new MRAP vehicles

    Dec 15, 2009

    In order to better familiarize themselves with the equipment they may encounter while deployed, Soldiers from the 16th Sustainment Brigade's 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and the 391st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion conducted training on Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles Dec. 7-8 in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

  • New Wiesbaden housing: German-American leaders break ground on $133 million project

    Dec 14, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Quality-of-life enhancement efforts took another step forward in U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Dec. 1 as German and American leaders broke ground for the new Wiesbaden Army Airfield South Housing Area.

  • 65th Anniversary Battle of the Bulge Ceremonies

    Dec 14, 2009

    BASTOGNE, Belgium-Numerous ceremonies were held in and around Bastogne Dec. 12-13, 2009, to pay tribute to the 600,000 American Soldiers who deployed to the frontlines in the Ardennes to fight off a fierce Nazi offensive that surpassed 500,000 troops. At the end of the battle, which lasted from Dec. 16 to Jan. 25, 1944, and spread over 85 miles, more than 19,000 American Soldiers and 3,000 Belgian civilians lost their lives.

  • Benelux garrison signs Army community covenant

    Dec 14, 2009

    BASTOGNE, Belgium - Three signatures formalized decades of friendship between the U.S. military, local residents and a Belgian army unit Dec. 12, a unique twist to traditional stateside U.S. Army Community Covenants.

  • KFOR Soldiers combine forces to master art of quelling hostility

    Dec 13, 2009

    KFOR Soldiers from four nations came together here recently to practice their skills in controlling riots in one of the most realistic training environments anywhere. After four days of planning and rehearsing, Multi-National Task Force - East and Multi-National Task Force-Central Soldiers from the U.S., France, Switzerland and Austria faced a volatile and explosive test on a mock street corner. The exercise also used simulated rioters in the form of Irish and Slovakian Soldiers from MNTF-C. But, that's where simulation ended and realism began for this action-packed training exercise.

  • 2009 Battle of the Bulge Historical March

    Dec 12, 2009

    BASTOGNE, Belgium - Sixty-five years after World War II's landmark Battle of the Bulge, U.S. and Belgian troops again marched side by side in Bastogne Dec. 12. Veterans and servicemembers from both nations joined thousands of well-wishers, including town officials, dignitaries and local residents, in commemorating the Allied forces' victory by retracing the World War II Soldiers steps through the Bastogne countryside. Events commemorating the famous battle throughout the weekend included a parade, wreath-laying ceremonies, re-enactments of the battle and the traditional "Walnut Toss" from the balcony of city hall.

  • 405th AFSB Hosts RDECOM deputy commander

    Dec 11, 2009

    The 405th Army Field Support Brigade recently hosted Brig. Gen. Harold J. Greene, the deputy commanding general for the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. Greene visited the brigade to discuss the integration of military technology, specifically the Field Assistance in Science and Technology team's activities, into the brigade's operations.

  • 21st TSC's top cooks prepare to take on world's best

    Dec 11, 2009

    Four Soldier-chefs from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command are sharpening their knifes and their cooking skills to compete alongside the best military culinary professionals from all over the world at the 34th Annual Culinary Arts Competition scheduled for March 12-13 at Fort Lee, Va.

  • Schutzenschnur range a 'hit' for 18th MPs

    Dec 11, 2009

    Of the many perks that come with being stationed in Germany - the travelling, the schnitzel and, of course, the beer - the one thing that many Soldiers seem most eager to accomplish during their tour here is earning themselves a SchAfA1/4tzenschnur, the German marksmanship badge.

  • New unit takes charge of Task Force Hellas in MNTF-E

    Dec 10, 2009

    Task Force Hellas, the Greece -led element of Multi-National Task Force-East, gained new leadership in a transfer-of-authority ceremony held here Tuesday evening. At the ceremony, the Greek Army's 501st Mechanized Infantry Battalion, commanded by Lt. Col. Konstantinos Tsekmes, took over for the 525th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, commanded by Lt. Col. Dimitrios Bountouris. The 525th has served in Kosovo since June 15, 2009. The 501st is set to serve until June 2010.

  • KFOR legal advisors help untangle the law

    Dec 10, 2009

    Working in a multinational environment, the many militaries of KFOR 12 (Kosovo Forces) face a tangled web of law. Legal advisers help guide KFOR through the web. "There are currently Solders from 32 nations here in Kosovo," said Col. Anne Ehrsam-Holland, the deputy chief legal adviser for KFOR. "Particularly when there is a large contingent of soldiers, there are many country-specific legal issues that arise. It is virtually impossible for any one attorney to have the expertise to handle country-specific issues for so many countries."

  • Hundreds more 173rd ABCT paratroopers head to Afghanistan

    Dec 10, 2009

    VICENZA, Italy - More than 700 Soldiers of the Vicenza, Italy-based 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team deployed to Afghanistan from Aviano Air Base in Aviano, Italy, Dec 9. The troops will support the International Security Assistance Force. The Soldiers waited for their aircraft in a state-of-the-art deployment support facilty, managed by the Army but worked jointly with the Air Force. Air Force spouses and retirees baked homemade goodies to support the deploying troops. Soldiers help change a tire on aircraft to help ensure their aircraft departed on time.

  • Hohenfels Soldiers feel effects of drunk driving

    Dec 10, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany - It is no secret that drunk driving claims thousands of lives each year. Every driver knows the danger yet many continue to do it anyway, risking not just their lives but those of everyone else on the road as well. "It won't happen to me," they say, but alcohol physically alters everyone's ability to operate a car, no matter how many times someone insists, "I'm fine." To prove that point, the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program invited the Save a Life Tour and its hands-on drunk driving simulator to visit Soldiers at locations throughout Europe.

  • Volunteer to director: Stalwart Award honoree

    Dec 10, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - In 1975, Volkswagen introduced the Golf, Wheel of Fortune premiered on NBC, and a 17-year-old Grazyna Richter (Marek), better known as Nina, began her career with the U.S. Army in Germany. The daughter of two Polish parents, both deported to Germany as children to work in labor camps during World War II, Richter discovered at a young age what impact the U.S. Army had on her family.

  • 405th Army Field Support Brigade moves to Kaiserslautern, Germany

    Dec 9, 2009

    The 405th Army Field Support Birgade, an element of Army Sustainment Command, has moved to Kaiserslautern, Germany

  • 405th AFSB unfurls its colors in Kaiserslautern

    Dec 9, 2009

    Cold weather and overcast skies didn't keep the crowd away as the 405th Army Field Support Brigade unfurled its colors on Daenner Kaserne and officially began operations in the Kaiserslautern Military Community.

  • Training for success: 409th CSB trains National Guard team

    Dec 9, 2009

    The 409th Contracting Support Brigade might as well spell training with a capital T because it is such an essential factor to their success. The 409th CSB serves as the executive agent for expeditionary contracting in the Balkans and its 903rd Contingency Contracting Battalion provides a continuous boots-on-the-ground presence at the Camp Bondsteel office. Additionally, the Army National Guard, which rotate contingency contracting teams through the Kosovo office, provides vital workload assistance.

  • N.D. Citizen-Soldiers share their knowledge

    Dec 7, 2009

    HANI I ELEZIT/DJENERAL JANKOVICH, Kosovo - Steep mountain roads have been the only way to reach some of the outlying villages of Hani I Elezit/Djeneral Jankovich. During inclement weather even a four-wheel drive vehicle can have difficulty reaching some of these areas. The roads can make it difficult in times of crisis, such as a fire, for rescue workers to access homes. Making matters worse, the municipality's fire truck was in need of a little attention.

  • N.D. Soldier shaping young minds in Kosovo

    Dec 7, 2009

    Gjilan/Gnjilane, Kosovo - Children learn a lot from their peers and families, but teachers can make a difference on impressionable young minds. They play a unique role in any society by teaching future leaders to learn about themselves and other cultures. Spc. Abby A. Tews, of Jamestown, N.D., a Soldier with Multi-National Task Force-East(MNTF-E), 231 Maneuver Task Force(MTF), is new to the teaching world, and has an opportunity, through a Kosovo adopt-a-school program, to exercise her skills.

  • Shoplifting may result in loss of AAFES privileges

    Dec 7, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Now that the holiday shopping season is in full swing, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service has stepped up surveillance and is taking every precaution to prevent shoplifting. According to U.S. Army Grafenwoehr Civilian Misconduct Action Authority statistics in 2009, larceny is second only to assault as the most frequent civilian misconduct charge in the Grafenwoehr and Vilseck communities.

  • Community celebrates the season, Germans, Americans share holiday traditions

    Dec 7, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The colors of August have fallen to the ground, decorations abound at every store, "wintery" weather fills the air and the humming of Christmas tunes can be heard on every corner. Despite the cold, drizzling rain, this holiday spirit held strong for nearly 600 revelers who attended U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr's annual tree lighting ceremony in the Main Post PX parking lot, Dec. 1. The following day, more than 500 community members attended the Rose Barracks tree lighting ceremony.

  • Corps of Engineers builds radar stations on Georgia's Black Sea Coast

    Dec 7, 2009

    Georgia, with 200 miles of coastline and borders with Russia and the Middle East, has long been a main thoroughfare for illegal trafficking. This is the latest of 18 Corps-managed projects, including several border-crossing stations, funded by the Department of Homeland Security.

  • Bamberg schools address deployment impact

    Dec 4, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany - Bamberg Elementary and Middle/High School faculties have initiated a number of programs to support students dealing with the multiple stages of a parent's deployment.

  • Congressional Tribute Praises LRMC Wartime Mission

    Dec 4, 2009

    During a Thanksgiving visit to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, a Congressional delegation presented a Congressional tribute to LRMC honoring its service to Wounded Warriors.

  • German, U.S. law enforcers share expertise

    Dec 4, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - To teach the best methods, one should learn from the source. That's what Military Police from the 1st Armored Division and 501st Military Police Company did Nov. 18 during an orientation and training observation tour of the West Hessen Polizei headquarters and training center.

  • Game show tests safety know-how

    Dec 4, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- Joe Michalkiewicz knows what you're thinking when it comes to safety briefings. ... They're boring.

  • AWAG conferences offer opportunities for all community members

    Dec 4, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- The American Women's Activities Germany invites all community members to participate in special day-long conferences aimed at enhancing volunteer skills and opportunities.

  • Commentary: Spouse support network helps writer cope with deployments

    Dec 4, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - Coping with deployment is a necessary part of life for Army spouses who deal with 12-15-month deployments every other year. Being in a foreign country makes it more difficult.

  • Belgians recall protecting their soil 65 years ago during Battle of Bulge

    Dec 3, 2009

    BELGIUM - It was the early days of the Battle of the Bulge. Germans were advancing into Belgium, and the supplies they needed to strengthen their force were close at hand, until the bravery of a lone rifle company helped halt their advance.

  • Airborne NCO awarded Silver Star Medal for heroism

    Dec 2, 2009

    Hundreds of maroon-bereted Soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team gathered Nov. 30 to honor Staff Sgt. Matthew Matlock, a noncommissioned officer from Company C, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment for actions he took under fire to save Soldiers in Afghanistan.

  • The road from truck driver to chaplain

    Dec 2, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - For Spc. Andrey West, the Lord has worked in mysterious ways. At the age of 40, he found himself enlisting in the Army, something he previously had no intention of doing. After serving two years as a motor transport operator, he is now on the path to becoming an Army chaplain.

  • Suicide prevention: Soldiers learning to help save lives

    Dec 1, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - One suicide intervention program compares suicidal thoughts to a strong river current that can sweep people into dangerous drop-offs.

  • Baumholder Child Care Centers get accreditation seal of approval

    Dec 1, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - In the wake of the recent accreditation of the Wetzel and Smith Child Development Centers by the National Academy for the Education of Young Children, the director of Child, Youth and Schools Services, Bonnie Phelps, explained what accreditation means to the centers, the employees who work there and the Baumholder military community.

  • Belgians, Americans celebrate 65th anniversary of landmark WWII victory

    Nov 30, 2009

    Sixty-five years after World War II's landmark Battle of the Bulge, U.S. and Belgian troops will again march side-by-side in Bastogne Dec. 12-13.

  • U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton visits Sgt. Daniel Biskey on Thanksgiving

    Nov 30, 2009

    U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO) visits Army Sgt. Daniel Biskey on Thanksgiving at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany. Skelton and fellow Congressmen visited patients and shared Thanksgiving dinner at LRMC after presenting a Congressional tribute to LRMC staff members for their support to Wounded Warriors from Afghanistan and Iraq. Biskey, who was injured by an anti-personnel mine while on patrol in Afghanistan, is assigned to the 2-1 Infantry from Fort Lewis, Washington. LRMC is the largest American hospital outside of the United States, serving more than 245,000 U.S. military personnel and their families within the European Command. LRMC is also the evacuation and treatment center for all injured U.S. servicemembers and civilians serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

  • European flag football teams face-off at Hohenfels

    Nov 30, 2009

    Service members from across Europe spent a well-deserved weekend blowing off steam while competing for the first place trophy in the Installation Management Command-Europe Unit Level Flag Football Championship hosted by U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels Nov. 6-8. The Landstuhl Regional Medical Center team took home the title of IMCOM-E Flag Football Champions after beating Grafenwoehr's 561st Medical Co. 28-15 in the final game.

  • Sergeant major of Army visits Hohenfels Soldiers

    Nov 30, 2009

    As the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer draws to a close, noncommissioned officers and enlisted Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment got to see it out with a bang when they heard the Army's highest ranking NCO, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston, speak at the U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels Post Theater Nov. 5.

  • AFAP Conference tackles tri-border quality of life issues

    Nov 29, 2009

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands - What works' What doesnAca,!a,,ct' The Army Family Action Plan, or AFAP as it's commonly known, has been tackling those tough issues for more than 25 years, often generating solutions that benefit all the Armed Services through conferences held worldwide. This yearAca,!a,,cs Tri-Border AFAP conference takes place Feb. 3 to 4, hosted by USAG Schinnen at the JFC Conference Center in Brunssum, Netherlands.

  • Kansas National Guard Commander Visits Troops in Kosovo

    Nov 28, 2009

    CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo --The commander of the Kansas National Guard took time recently to personally thank his state's Citizen-Soldiers, who are here beginning an important NATO peace-keeping mission. Air Force Maj. Gen. Tod M. Bunting, Kansas National Guard adjutant general, recently spent two days in Kosovo, visiting troops from the Sunflower State and holding meetings with leaders of Multi-National Task Force-East (MNTF-E), part of NATO's KFOR 12 (Kosovo Forces) peace operations in Kosovo.