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  • Fort Bliss community unveils memorial wall

    Nov 17, 2008

    Almost 65 years ago, a company of Hispanic Soldiers with an average age of 20 set out on a mission to cross the heavy-fortified Rapido River in southern Italy during World War II. Nearly every Soldier who attempted the crossing was killed by mines, artillery or gunfire.

  • Wounded Warriors get recovery assistance at Bamberg's library

    Nov 17, 2008

    BAMBERG, Germany - Some of the most difficult injuries to overcome are the emotional scars from physical damage. Long after the body has healed, the mind continues to experience the pain and the stress that accompany the injury. Even in cases where the body was damaged during a recreational sport or during a training accident, the mind and emotions must re-adjust to the limitations that arise from the injury.

  • DoDDS teachers get an inside look at combat, redeployment

    Nov 17, 2008

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" When Soldier-parents deploy to serve in harmAca,!a,,cs way, they leave knowing their children will be comforted by Department of Defense Dependents Schools teachers and administrators.

  • First female four-star in U.S. history takes command of AMC

    Nov 14, 2008

    Slideshow of Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody's change of command ceremony conducted at the Fort Belvoir, Va., parade field, Nov. 14. Gen. Benjamin Griffin retired from the Army during the ceremony.

  • First female four-star in U.S. history takes command of AMC

    Nov 14, 2008

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- In this world it is hard enough to make history once, but Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody has done it twice in one day.

  • First foreign-military spouses graduate from Fort Bliss SLDC course

    Nov 14, 2008

    The U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy recently held a graduation ceremony for the Senior Spouse Leadership Development Course that included for the first time, spouses of international students attending the Sergeants Majors Course Class 59.

  • Volunteers in Europe help wounded warriors

    Nov 14, 2008

    CHIAfE+VRES AIR BASE, Belgium -- During Warrior Care Month, the U.S. Army Garrison Benelux Soldier and Family Assistance Center is educating military families on the local resources available to support warriors, but it is also introducing some volunteer programs within Belgium and the Netherlands.

  • Warm Welcome for Landstuhl Air Ambulance Unit

    Nov 14, 2008

    LANDSTUHL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, Germany Aca,!" Chief Warrant Officer 2 Derek Joshua reunites with his family Nov. 2 after a deployment to Iraq. The reunion consisted of 125 Soldiers from Company C of the 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, an air ambulance company that successfully completed its 15-month deployment flying helicopter medical evacuation missions in Iraq. (U.S. Army Photo/Michelle Barrera)

  • When a crisis hits, USAG Schinnen is ready

    Nov 14, 2008

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands -- The phones in the military police station begin to ring and finally a radio cracks to confirm that a fire has been discovered. Sgt. Charlie Cook, an MP on U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen, filters the racket of phones and radios, summons the garrison's life line with the host nation and in minutes Dutch fire fighters are ready to attack the blaze and medical help is on the way.

  • Honoring Host Nation Neighbors on 90th Anniversary of Armistice Day

    Nov 14, 2008

    The U.S. Army Garrison Benelux provides oversight to three additional garrisons in Belgium and the Netherlands who support NATO operations worldwide. In its continued commitment to its host nation communities, each garrison participated Armistice Day celebrations throughout the two countries.

  • Wounded warriors join worldwide gaming event at USO Warrior Center

    Nov 14, 2008

    On Nov. 11, 2008, the USO Warrior Center at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany hosted a video game competition which pitted servicemembers from around the world, as well as a few Tampa Bay Buccaneers players, against each other.

  • U.S. Signal Soldiers join German servicemembers on march toward armed forces proficiency badge

    Nov 14, 2008

    NIEDERMOHR, Germany (Nov. 13, 2008) -- Leaves crunched underfoot as a group of German and American Soldiers took off with 25-pound rucksacks strapped to their backs under an overcast German sky. Twelve Soldiers from 5th Signal CommandAca,!a,,cs 43rd Signal Battalion and members of the German air defense unit Polycone, based in Bann, Germany, marched together Nov. 6 toward earning the Abzeichen fAfA1/4r Leistungen im Truppendienst -- the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency.

  • 18th Engineer Brigade assumes mission in Kirkuk region

    Nov 14, 2008

    KIRKUK, Iraq (Nov. 13, 2008) -- The 18th Engineer Brigade officially assumed responsibility for missions in the Kirkuk region when its leaders uncased the brigade colors here Nov. 6. The engineers are responsible for Iraqi engineer partnership, as well as route clearance and construction projects in northern Iraq. The unfurling was part of a traditional ceremony at Forward Operating Base Warrior that passed the Kirkuk area of responsibility from the 1st brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division to the 18th. During the event Col. Matthew Russell, the 18th's commander, and brigade senior noncommissioned officer Command Sgt. Maj. David Clark uncased their unit's standard.

  • Study certifies Heidelberg, Stuttgart and Mannheim health care facilities among the best

    Nov 14, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Nov. 13, 2008) -- The U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Aca,!" Heidelberg successfully completed its Joint Commission survey as an ambulatory care center Nov. 5 at Nachrichten Kaserne here. The Joint Commission surveys approximately 15,000 health care organizations worldwide and grants accreditation to organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to providing safe, high-quality health care and continually work to improve that care, according to the commissionAca,!a,,cs Web site.

  • Royal Hospital Chelsea pensioners visit Pentagon

    Nov 13, 2008

    Five British soldier pensioners from the Royal Hospital Chelsea in England paid a visit to the Pentagon Wednesday to listen to how the U.S. Army is handling the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan, and heard insights from the Sergeant Major of the Army as well as what his job encompasses.

  • Anbiya assumes responsibility of IMCOM-Europe

    Nov 13, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" Installation Management Command-EuropeAca,!a,,cs new command sergeant major assumed the responsibilities of her office here Nov. 13.

  • Building teams, solving problems

    Nov 13, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy -- To gauge the emphasis that the Army Family Covenant puts on supporting the families of Soldiers, just take a look at what's happening here.

  • Schinnen Commander Speaks at Margraten Veterans Day

    Nov 13, 2008

    VeteranAca,!a,,cs Day at the American Military Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands, dawned with howling winds and driving rain, but the clouds parted just in time for a ceremony at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, commemorating the precise moment in history when the armistice was signed ending World War I.

  • Stuttgart exercise puts anti-terrorism plan to test

    Nov 13, 2008

    STUTTGART, Germany Aca,!" A C-17 Globemaster with 31 Department of Defense civilians and servicemembers taxis down the runway at the Stuttgart Army Airfield and comes to a stop.

  • Hohenfels 'makes a difference'

    Nov 13, 2008

    HOHENFELS, Germany Aca,!" Volunteers at U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels rolled up their sleeves and made numerous donations for wounded warriors here and a nearby childrenAca,!a,,cs home in Parsberg, joining together with millions of volunteers across the United States during the 18th annual Make a Difference Day.

  • 43rd Signal Battalion Soldiers ruckmarch with German counterparts toward receiving the German Profic

    Nov 12, 2008

    NIEDERMOHR, Germany (November 6, 2008) Aca,!" Leaves crunched underfoot as a group of German and American Soldiers took off with 25-pound rucksacks strapped to their back under an overcast German sky.

  • Kaiserslautern celebrates military families

    Nov 12, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany Aca,!" For years, the Department of Defense has been preaching a Aca,!A"purple suitAca,!A? concept in which every U.S. military branch works together to reach a common goal.

  • Newlyweds find romance in Garmisch, along with an MWR auto craft shop

    Nov 7, 2008

    GARMISCH, Germany Aca,!" A honeymoon is one of those events couples remember for the rest of their lives. But being stranded with a broken axel and sleeping two freezing October nights in their Volkswagen instead of a newlywed suite, drinking water instead of champagne, and dining on canned goods warmed with a Meal, Ready-to-Eat heater instead of room service isnAca,!a,,ct what Spc. Benjamin Baker and his bride Nadine had planned.

  • Rail operation marks last stop for 12th Combat Aviation Brigade equipment headed home from deploymen

    Nov 7, 2008

    KATTERBACH KASERNE, Germany (Nov. 6, 2008) Aca,!" Katterbach KaserneAca,!a,,cs railroad tracks normally lay dormant as a metallic Rip Van Winkle as the rest of the community hustles and bustles around them. That calm was shattered when a raspberry-colored train maneuvered its way onto the tracks hauling a payload that included nearly 100 equipment containers of supplies and equipment belonging to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade.

  • IMCOM-Europe signs environmental agreement

    Nov 7, 2008

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany Aca,!" Protecting the environment is taken seriously in Germany and other European communities. Accordingly, on her first visit to U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder, Diane Devens, director of Installation Management Command-Europe, met with representatives of the state of Rheinland Pfalz and the German federal government to sign an agreement that affirms the commitment U.S. forces have in abiding by German and European Union environmental protection guidelines.

  • Family life changes when Soldiers deploy

    Nov 7, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany Aca,!" The upcoming deployment of the 172nd Infantry Brigade will affect not only Soldiers but also spouses and children, many of whom will ask themselves whether they should return stateside for a long visit or stay overseas.

  • 173rd Airborne Brigade Soldier earns Silver Star for actions in combat in Afghanistan

    Nov 7, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy -- A 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat team Soldier was awarded the Silver Star for valor in a ceremony here Oct. 31. Spc. Dillon Bergstad of Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, received the medal for his actions Aug. 27, 2007, in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, while deployed with the 173rd ABCT in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • USARCENT conducts planning conference in Atlanta

    Nov 6, 2008

    Representatives from 14 countries in U.S. Army CentralAca,!a,,cs (USARCENT) area of operations came together Oct. 27 through 31 in Atlanta for a Concept Development Conference (CDC). The CDC is designed for delegates to plan the Land Forces Symposium (LFS) scheduled for April 2009 in Kenya, Africa.

  • U.S. and NATO allies train on combat air power

    Nov 6, 2008

    High above the Joint Multinational Readiness Center aviators play a vital role in training U.S. and NATO allies by giving them a glimpse of the air power capabilities that are only a call away.

  • Hohenfels community observes National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    Nov 6, 2008

    HOHENFELS, Germany -- Dinah F.B. Cohen, director of the Department of DefenseAca,!a,,cs Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program, was the featured speaker at the U.S. Army Garrison HohenfelsAca,!a,,c commemoration of OctoberAca,!a,,cs National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The program was held at the JMRC Headquarters and featured nearly 100 local military and civilian leaders in attendance.

  • Retiree Appreciation Day offers variety of services for former servicemembers, families

    Nov 6, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Nov. 5, 2008) -- U.S. Army Garrison Baden-Wuerttemberg has scheduled a Retiree Appreciation Day at the Patrick Henry Village Pavilion here, Nov. 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A variety of services will be available to retired servicemembers and their families during the event. The Heidelberg Health Center will have staff members available from several of its clinics and divisions, including audiology, optometry, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, orthopedics, internal medicine, family practice, occupational and physical therapy, pharmacy services, social work services, wellness, patient administration, clinical operations and nutrition care. Some of those health center departments will offer medical screenings during the day's events, while others will provide information and help set up appointments.

  • 5th Signal Command hosts 'summit' to discuss future of signal projects and operations

    Nov 6, 2008

    MANNHEIM, Germany -- 5th Signal Command hosted a Aca,!A"signal summitAca,!A? to Aca,!A"discuss the current state of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs global military signal operations and future endeavors and projects to build a global network enterprise that enables every warfighter to accomplish the mission.

  • Combat vet commands European Combat Training Center

    Nov 5, 2008

    The new commander of the Joint Multinational Readiness Center wants the center to be Aca,!A"a learning organizationAca,!A? as it strives to meet the needs of the units it supports. Col. Charles A. Preysler assumed command of the JMRC during an early morning ceremony at the JMRC gymnasium on Oct. 21.

  • Artist brings color to Garmisch Library

    Nov 5, 2008

    GARMISCH, Germany Aca,!" The U.S. Army Garrison Garmisch Library staff celebrated the completion of artist Peter BrownAca,!a,,cs mural in the buildingAca,!a,,cs Teen Corner by inviting community youth over Oct. 24 for a Aca,!A"Meet the MuralistAca,!A? afternoon session of questions and answers.

  • Life after career-ending injury: Former Soldier finds hope through Veterans Employment Opportunity A

    Nov 5, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - As a supply clerk, then Spc. Christina Harvey, couldnAca,!a,,ct have forseen the path her career would take after falling down a set of stairs while carrying unit supplies in September 2006. After two years, Harvey found herself medically discharged from the Army and without a job, but less than two weeks later, she was back on the government payroll.

  • Rocker entertains Baumholder audience

    Nov 5, 2008

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany Aca,!" Scott Stapp, former lead singer of the rock band Creed, performed for Soldiers of U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder, calling them Aca,!A"the cream of the crop.Aca,!A?

  • Europeans near military bases take interest in U.S. elections

    Nov 5, 2008

    MONS, Belgium -- In a country that is politically divided itself, Belgians gathered Tuesday night to look past their own squabbles and focus on politics in a country 3,800 miles away Aca,!" The United States of America.

  • Wiesbaden force protection exercise tests garrison readiness

    Nov 5, 2008

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" During U.S. Army Garrison WiesbadenAca,!a,,cs force protection exercise, members of the Emergency Operations Center were faced with various scenarios: an airfield explosion, a fuel spill and a beating death at the main train station.

  • USAG Grafenwoehr helps redeploying Soldiers reintegrate

    Nov 4, 2008

    VILSECK, Germany Aca,!" Months of preparation go into a unitAca,!a,,cs deployment, and the same can be said of its deployment back home.

  • U.S. Army Europe Stryker Soldiers return from deployment to tackle reintegration

    Nov 4, 2008

    VILSECK, Germany (Nov. 4, 2008) -- Months of preparation go into a unitAca,!a,,cs deployment, and the same can be said of its deployment back home. With about 4,000 Soldiers of U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment currently returning here from deployment, the Aca,!A"DragoonsAca,!A? have been easing back into the community while being saluted at welcome home celebrations and digging into a seven-day reintegration program. It took four months of planning to put that reintegration program in place for 2nd SCR Soldiers, Vilseck officials said.

  • State Partnership for Peace units pair up for deployment

    Nov 4, 2008

    A task force of Latvian soldiers supplemented by members of the Michigan Army National Guard Aca,!" debuted their efforts as a combined unit during Operational Mentor and Liaison Team training in Hohenfels, Germany.

  • Soldiers enjoy benefits of proximity to Grafenwoehr ranges

    Nov 3, 2008

    The U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr is quickly becoming the premier Army base in Europe in virtually every respect.

  • Island adventure provides break for deployment kids

    Nov 3, 2008

    For an Army brat in 2008, a stable and cohesive family life can be a rare luxury, especially if you consider the effects of extended and often repeated deployments of one or even both parents.

  • Star wars training for downrange action!

    Nov 3, 2008

    Before deploying to Iraq or Afghanistan, American Soldiers and coalition partners regularly choose to train at state-of-the-art ranges and facilities managed and maintained by EuropeAca,!a,,cs Joint Multinational Training CommandAca,!a,,cs Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training areas.

  • Helping out during Italian harvest

    Nov 3, 2008

    LIVORNO, Italy Aca,!" Under a gentle Tuscan sun, adults and youth from Camp DarbyAca,!a,,cs Club Beyond worked from dawn to dusk harvesting vineyard grapes.

  • Engaging targets

    Oct 31, 2008

    Soldiers train to sharpen their marksmanship skills on a firing range. However, in actual combat, with the enemy shooting at them, hitting their Aca,!A"targetsAca,!A? can be much more difficult.

  • Soldiers get in the game with DISE

    Oct 31, 2008

    Imagine an exercise where Soldiers move around in full body armor, storm into Military Operations on Urban Terrain sites, travel in Humvees or Strykers, fire their weapons at Aca,!A"enemyAca,!A? combatants, call in support from Army helicopters, encounter improvised explosive devices, conduct convoy operations, and maybe even take a simulated bullet.

  • JMTC vehicle simulators

    Oct 31, 2008

    At the U.S. ArmyAca,!a,,cs Joint Multinational Training CommandAca,!a,,cs Training Support Activity-Europe, Soldiers hone their heavy-equipment operating skills using the Mobile-Close Combat Tactical Trainer, and receive enhanced training for light-wheeled vehicles using the Virtual Combat Convoy Trainer.

  • JMTC Medical Training Facility in Europe

    Oct 31, 2008

    Fourteen Soldiers are ambushed upon entering a small building. In a room filled with smoke, the sounds of gunfire, explosions and screams of agony, the Soldiers find several casualties with a multitude of injuries. The Soldiers treat the wounded.

  • Digital University: Training without sweating

    Oct 31, 2008

    Soldiers donAca,!a,,ct always have to carry a weapon, crawl into an M-1126 Stryker ICV, don their interceptor body armor, or even break a sweat to train.

  • Grafenwoehr shoot house: 'Like an action movie set'

    Oct 31, 2008

    At the Grafenwoehr Training Area in southern Germany, Soldiers train in a Aca,!A"shoot houseAca,!A? unlike any in the Army.

  • 'The Great Gatsby' Roars into Heidelberg with The Big Read

    Oct 31, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" Through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the European Regional Library Support Center is encouraging everyone in Heidelberg to read Aca,!A"The Great GatsbyAca,!A? by F. Scott Fitzgerald and to participate in a series of cultural events throughout November.

  • Fisher House Services reflect Combined Federal Campaign support

    Oct 31, 2008

    SCHINNEN, Netheralnds -- The Combined Federal Campaign made a world of difference for nine-year old Olivia Knight when her family benefited from charitable services provided by the Landstuhl Fisher House, one of more than 2,000 charities participating in this year's campaign.

  • MVP challenges others to stand up to gender violence

    Oct 31, 2008

    The Caserma Ederle community invited a representative from Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) to speak at the post chapel. MVP utilizes sports figures to elevate the discussion of gender violence.

  • Vicenza library offers new books, DVDs for special needs children

    Oct 31, 2008

    The U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza, Italy, library offers new collection of books and DVDs to help parents and community members become better educated about children with special needs.

  • Credit union donates entertainment system to Bamberg wounded warriors

    Oct 31, 2008

    BAMBERG, Germany -- Overseas Service Credit Union donates 11 Nintendo Wiis and four flat-screen TVs to Warrior Transition Units throughout Germany.

  • Hohenfels plans new FMWR initiatives

    Oct 31, 2008

    HOHENFELS, Germany Aca,!" The Soldiers of U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels strive to provide American and international troops access to one of the premier military training sites worldwide, while at the same time remaining ready themselves to deploy whenever and wherever needed.

  • U.S. Army Europe paralegal Soldiers compete for top Soldier, noncommissioned officer titles

    Oct 31, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Oct. 30, 2008) -- Aca,!A"The JAG Corps is really small, but we have a lot of pride, and itAca,!a,,cs a pretty distinguished thing to be competing,Aca,!A? said Sgt. Karen Shevelev, halfway through the U.S. Army Europe Paralegal Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year competition. Shevelev, a military justice paralegal NCO with the Southern European Task Force Staff Judge Advocate office, was one of five USAREUR Judge Advocate General Corps Soldiers who took on the he daylong competition here Oct. 24. Competitors spent months training for the event. Each had to compete in and earn top honors in competition at their respective organizations before moving up to the USAREUR-level event.

  • Taking care of troops in Kosovo

    Oct 30, 2008

    The mountain, commonly called Duke, soars above the sprawling expanse of Camp Bondsteel, KosovoAca,!"a massive military installation that encompasses almost 1,000 acres and serves as headquarters for U.S. Forces supporting a multinational force to protect Kosovo.

  • Veteran's book tells of days as POW

    Oct 30, 2008

    William Abbott fought with 31st Infantry Regiment when he was taken as a prisoner of war in 1950 by the Chinese during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in North Korea.

  • Record numbers run for Red Ribbon Week at Kaiserslautern

    Oct 30, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany Aca,!" Soldiers, civilians and family members of the 5th Quartermaster Company kept their promise during the U.S. Army Garrison KaiserslauternAca,!a,,cs Red Ribbon Relay held on the nearby Vogelweh track Oct. 25.

  • A Royal honor

    Oct 30, 2008

    Two Soldiers are inducted into the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

  • Former USAG Mannheim fireman honored

    Oct 30, 2008

    MANNHEIM, Germany Aca,!" Thomas Tiedemann, a former firefighter for the U.S. Army Garrison Mannheim Fire Department, received a U.S. Army Europe Certificate of Achievement here Oct. 24 for saving the life of an elderly woman last year.

  • Army chief of staff talks with GrafenwAfAPhr Soldiers, Families about deployment, transformation

    Oct 30, 2008

    GRAFENWAfaEUR"HR, Germany (Oct. 30, 2008) -- Soldiers and their Families can expect to spend more time together between deployments thanks to continuing success in Iraq and the steady growth of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs ranks, the ArmyAca,!a,,cs top officer told Soldiers and Family members of U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs172nd Infantry Brigade here Oct. 29. During a series of three roundtable discussions and a lunchtime meeting with the brigadeAca,!a,,cs officers, noncommissioned officers, Soldiers and Family Readiness Group leaders, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. said dwell time -- the amount of time a Soldier or unit remains at home station between deployments -- will grow from 12 months to 24 over the next three years.

  • French soldiers train for Afghanistan

    Oct 29, 2008

    HOHENFELS, Germany - French soldiers were at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center learning how to use airpower to sustain them as they gear up for their six-month deployment to Afghanistan.

  • Army Chief of Staff visits Soldiers and Families in GrafenwAfAPhr

    Oct 29, 2008

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. discusses trends for future deployments and the Army's structure with officers and noncommissioned officers of U.S. Army Europe's 172nd Infantry Brigade during an informal meeting in the unit's headquarters in Grafenwoehr, Germany Oct. 29. Casey also met with battalion commanders, command sergeants major and the unit's Family Readiness Group leaders and joined several 'Blackhawk' Brigade Soldiers for lunch.

  • Thinking man's range

    Oct 29, 2008

    Soldier's use their most powerful weapon: their own minds.

  • Two U.S. officers receive British honors

    Oct 29, 2008

    The award Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire was bestowed on two Army lieutenant colonels during a ceremony at the British Embassy, Oct. 28.

  • CFC officials say there's still time, opportunity to give

    Oct 29, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- While a tough economy seems to be on everyoneAca,!a,,cs minds these days, overseas contributors are still reaching into their hearts and wallets to donate to this yearAca,!a,,cs Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas, CFC-O officials said.

  • Livorno exercise tests quick response

    Oct 28, 2008

    LIVORNO, Italy Aca,!" U.S. Army Garrison Livorno tested its emergency response capabilities by conducting an annual force protection exercise Oct. 22.

  • USAG Schweinfurt celebrates one year of Army Family Covenant

    Oct 28, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- The Army Family Covenant, launched a little more than one year ago at installations around the world, solidified the ArmyAca,!a,,cs commitment to the importance of families as a force multiplier. And the covenant lives today.

  • USAREUR announces new Command Sergeant Major

    Oct 28, 2008

    Gen. Carter Ham, United States Army Europe commanding general, announced today that he has selected Command Sergeant Major Ralph Beam as the 14th USAREUR command sergeant major. Aca,!A"I am pleased to announce the Command Sgt. Major Beam will serve as my right hand, my senior enlisted advisor,Aca,!A? said Ham, during his announcement. Aca,!A"Command Sgt. Major 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?

  • Brussels Garrison Receives Quality of Life Award

    Oct 28, 2008

    BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Elite U.S. military leadership saluted U.S. Army Garrison Brussels employees on both sides of the Atlantic this month for their exceptional support of Soldiers and their Families through the Aca,!A"BrusselsAca,!a,,c Information Fair.Aca,!A?

  • 21st Theater Sustainment Command parachute riggers 'resetting' thousands of chutes for jum

    Oct 28, 2008

    MIESAU ARMY DEPOT, Germany (Oct. 27, 2008) -- Parachute riggers are an airborne SoldierAca,!a,,cs best friend. When a Soldier jumps out of an airplane, he wants to be confident his parachute will be fully functional -- especially when something as small as string can render a chute inoperable. Aca,!A"We are what keeps the airborne, airborne,Aca,!A? said Warrant Officer Alexander Alvarado, airdrop systems technician for U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 5th Quartermaster Company, 39th Transportation Battalion, 21st Theater Sustainment Command.

  • Air Force detachment attached to 18th Military Police Brigade assumes responsibility for Rashid poli

    Oct 28, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq (Oct. 28, 2008) -- A detachment of U.S. Air Force personnel attached to U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 18th Military Police Brigade has assumed responsibility for all Iraqi Police Transition Team operations in the Rashid district, working alongside Soldiers from the Army's 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. Aca,!A"There are very few Air Force units that go Aca,!Eoeoutside the wire,Aca,!a,,c and thatAca,!a,,cs what we do every day,Aca,!A? said Master Sgt. Tom Daniels, a flight sergeant assigned to Detachment 3, 732nd Expeditionary Security Forces, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing. The detachment is currently operating as part of USAREUR's 716th Military Police Battalion, 18th MP Brigade.

  • U.S.-NATO soccer team wins IMCOM-Europe championships

    Oct 27, 2008

    HOHENFELS, Germany - Going into the 2008 Installation Management Command-EuropeAca,!a,,cs Community Level Soccer Championships, it was anyoneAca,!a,,cs game, as no team finished the regular season undefeated. The SHAPE Football Club took the title with a Cinderella Team finishing third.

  • Dogs, handlers share special bond

    Oct 27, 2008

    STUTTGART, Germany Aca,!" A military working dog team from here is awaiting news to see if a canine warrior will be awarded the Combat Action Badge.

  • USO 'Warrior Center' opens to serve wounded servicemembers at Landstuhl Regional Medical C

    Oct 27, 2008

    LANDSTUHL, Germany (Oct 27, 2008) -- Although her road to recovery had taken her from Kuwait to Germany, family still seemed a long way from home. But within moments of cutting the ceremonial ribbon for the newly opened USO Warrior Center at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Oct. 21, Sgt. Sheena Whitney was visiting her mother and pet dog in Millersport, Ohio. The USO Warrior Center was serving its first customer and fulfilling the same mission it has accomplished since World War II -- to boost the morale of servicemembers and serve as the link between them and the American people.

  • U.S., Latvian forces train together for Afghanistan

    Oct 27, 2008

    Michigan Army National Guard Soldiers are teaming up with soldiers from Latvia for a nine-month tour in Afghanistan. They are in the final stages of their deployment training at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Germany.

  • 1st Armored Division, Iraqi army leaders discuss security cooperation in Mada'in Qada region

    Oct 27, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq (Oct 27, 2008) -- Leaders from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, and local Iraqi security forces officials met here Oct. 23 to assess security of the MadaAca,!a,,cin Qada region of Iraq. Participants focused on a number of issues in the MadaAca,!a,,cin Qada, including cooperation between the security forces and the security of the provincial elections in January. The transition of the Sons of Iraq to an Iraqi government-controlled security force was another key point discussed.

  • Bridging the Gap: Redeployment isn't always smooth for Army Families

    Oct 27, 2008

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany Aca,!" All Eva Creel wanted for 12 months was for her husband to come home from Afghanistan to be by her side

  • Landstuhl opens USO Warrior Center

    Oct 24, 2008

    Within moments of cutting the ceremonial ribbon Oct. 21 for the newly opened USO Warrior Center at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Sgt. Sheena Whitney was transported to her family and pet dog back in Millers Port, Ohio.

  • Physical therapy, sports medicine helps aches, pains

    Oct 24, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy -- Caserma Ederle, home to paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, is also home to a new physical therapy and sports medicine center. It's a good thing as jumping out of airplanes and helicopters can take a toll on the knees after a few years.

  • Transition at Hanau

    Oct 23, 2008

    Lt. Col. Karrie Fristoe (left) returns Hanau Health Clinic's cased colors to the charge of Sgt. 1st Class Sean Tudlong while the color bearer, Spc. Stephen Phipps, looks on. The health and dental clinics at Hanau closed this summer, among a number of changes to Army medical facilities in Germany.

  • Army Post Offices in Europe offer free express mail delivery of last-minute absentee ballots

    Oct 23, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Oct. 23, 2008) -- For overseas voters, participation in this yearAca,!a,,cs election began when they requested absentee ballots from their hometown election officials earlier this year. Some voters have signed, sealed and had their ballots delivered with time to spare. For others who have not received their ballots or mailed them before their stateAca,!a,,cs recommended mailing deadlines, there is still plenty of time to get ballots delivered in time for the upcoming election, said Lt. Col. Harry Turasz, U.S. Army Europe voting assistance officer.

  • Amputee shares story, encourages community

    Oct 23, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Four years after a rocket propelled grenade Aca,!A"vaporizedAca,!A? her legs and left her right arm hanging by a thread of skin, Illinois National Guard Maj. Tammy Duckworth walked to the front of the Casablanca Room to share her story Oct. 16.

  • USAG Wiesbaden gears up for reintegration

    Oct 23, 2008

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" After being deployed to places such as Afghanistan and Iraq, the last thing Soldiers want to do is sit through weeks of debriefings upon their return home.

  • Baumholder ACS recognized among Army's best

    Oct 23, 2008

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany Aca,!" Members of the U.S. Army Garrison BaumholderAca,!a,,cs Army Community Service team have reason to be proud. They were recently selected as the best Armywide ACS serving a medium-size garrison.

  • Domestic violence usually comes with 'red flags'

    Oct 23, 2008

    STUTTGART, Germany Aca,!" Near the entrance to the Panzer Main Exchange here stands a life-sized silhouette of a woman. Made of plywood and stained in red, a similar silhouette stands just a few feet from the ice cream machine at the Patch Dining Facility. They are places we visit frequently. The women, though, are people we rarely hear from every day. But each one has a story to tell.

  • European Legion of Merit recipients meet to share expertise, experience with U.S. Army Europe leader

    Oct 23, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Oct. 22, 2008) -- Active and retired military leaders from across Europe shared their expertise and experience with U.S. Army Europe leaders during the 28th annual U.S. Army Europe Legion of Merit Conference here Oct. 20. USAREUR officials said the conference recognizes military leaders who have worked closely with the U.S. Army and have been presented the U.S. Army Legion of Merit medal, while also serving as an open forum for allied military leaders to share their perspectives on todayAca,!a,,cs military challenges.

  • Grafenwoehr library hosts Patton's grandson

    Oct 23, 2008

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany Aca,!" Like his famed grandfather before him, George Patton Waters has trekked across continents to bring military history alive and spread a message of appreciation and support.

  • U.S. team claims Gold in Culinary Olympics

    Oct 21, 2008

    The World Culinary Olympics steamed up Oct. 20 as the U.S. Army Culinary Arts Team participated in the Hot Food Competition, serving up the Gold for the U.S. military.

  • Military culinarians compete in Olympics

    Oct 21, 2008

    The U.S. Army Culinary Arts Team is all smiles as they compete against 13 foreign military teams during the World Culinary Olympics, Oct. 19 Aca,!" 22, in Erfurt, Germany.

  • Patton's legacy

    Oct 21, 2008

    Gen. Patton's grandson visits Grafenwoehr, Germany.

  • IMCOM-Europe presents theater awards

    Oct 21, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" A high energy parade of Jules FeifferAca,!a,,cs well-known revue sketches captured the big prize for the Army Europe Festival of One Act Plays, as SHAPE Performing Arts CenterAca,!a,,cs production of Aca,!A"Hold MeAca,!A? was named Best Show at the annual event sponsored by Installation Management Command-Europe.

  • 'Victory Corps' played vital role in Meuse-Argonne Offensive of World War I

    Oct 21, 2008

    Chatel-ChAfAhAfAry, France (Oct. 21, 2008) -- Ninety years ago Soldiers of the Allied Forces under the command of French Gen. Ferdinand Foch began their last major assault of World War I against the German army in eastern France. According to FochAca,!a,,cs plans, Aca,!A"The Grand OffensiveAca,!A? of 1918 would deprive the well-dug-in German Imperial army the opportunity to shift its reserve forces and cut the enemyAca,!a,,cs supply and communications lines between their occupied territory and Germany. The American Expeditionary ForceAca,!a,,cs 1st Army, under the command of Gen. John Aca,!A"BlackjackAca,!A? Pershing and later, Gen. Hunter Liggett, would push north while the 2nd, under the command of Gen. Robert Lee Bullard, would push to the east.

  • Allies conduct ceremonies to honor U.S. World War I hero Sgt. Alvin York

    Oct 21, 2008

    Chatel-ChAfAhAfAry, France (Oct 21, 2008)-- More than 600 Soldiers, family members, American Boy Scouts, and history enthusiasts from around the world joined with residents of Chatel-ChAfAhAfAry village and the French military to salute one of the U.S. ArmyAca,!a,,cs best-known heroes Oct. 4. Sgt. Alvin York, Company G, 328th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Infantry Division, was honored for his service during a memorial ceremony and official dedication of two monuments marking the site where he killed 25 German Imperial Army soldiers, captured 132 more and cleared 32 machine gun positions Oct. 8, 1918. York was awarded the Medal of Honor and several other U.S., French and Italian decorations for his actions and valor.

  • U.S. Army Europe medical Soldiers wrap up Joint Task Force-East participation with humanitarian proj

    Oct 21, 2008

    NOVO SELO TRAINING AREA, Bulgaria (Oct 20, 2008)-- In their last two humanitarian missions in Bulgaria during this yearAca,!a,,cs Joint Task Force-East rotation, the Soldiers of U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 212th Combat Support Hospital extended their efforts beyond medical care. Aca,!A"We wanted to make the most of what time we had left here,Aca,!A? said Maj. Tameka Bowser, officer-in-charge of the medical team. In addition to medical services, in the last two weeks the team has offered dental hygiene classes to students in Padarevo and cleaned up the playground and handed out school supplies at a school in Mokren.

  • IMCOM survey rates garrison's quality of service

    Oct 20, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany Aca,!" Emma Vinson is excited about her new job as she sees it as a way to help her community Aca,!A"make it happen.Aca,!A?

  • Running to the Leaning Tower means reaching a goal

    Oct 20, 2008

    PISA, Italy Aca,!" More than 250 runners from across Europe participated in the annual Camp Darby Run to the Tower road race held here Oct. 17

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