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  • NCO Academy teaches leadership in virtual environment

    Feb 10, 2009

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

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

    Feb 10, 2009

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

  • Army Transforms NCO Corps with New Initiatives

    Feb 10, 2009

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

  • Brussels SFRG Goes the Extra Mile

    Feb 10, 2009

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

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

    Feb 10, 2009

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

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

    Feb 10, 2009

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

  • SETAF NCO honored for bravery

    Feb 9, 2009

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

  • Aircraft movement by sea

    Feb 6, 2009

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

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

    Feb 6, 2009

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

  • Year of the NCO: Retired NCOs remember

    Feb 6, 2009

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

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

    Feb 6, 2009

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

  • Wave of renovations, improvements sweeps through

    Feb 6, 2009

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

  • Spotlight NCO

    Feb 6, 2009

    Year of the Noncommissioned Officer: Europe-based boxer

  • Canadians train at Fort Sill

    Feb 5, 2009

    A Canadian artillery unit trains at Fort Sill

  • Bamberg Military Police officers keep infant alive

    Feb 5, 2009

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

  • Fort Drum hosts fireside chat for Families of fallen Soldiers

    Feb 5, 2009

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

  • Exploring diversity daily keeps community on their toes

    Feb 5, 2009

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

  • Engineer company deploys to Afghanistan

    Feb 4, 2009

  • Engineer company deploys to Afghanistan

    Feb 4, 2009

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

  • Communication system loses weight, gains readiness

    Feb 4, 2009

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

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

    Feb 4, 2009

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

  • Cheap Eats: Group gathers for cooking lessons, fellowship

    Feb 4, 2009

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

  • New Army programs to be tested in Kaiserslautern

    Feb 4, 2009

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

  • Africa Command holds security assistance planning conference

    Feb 4, 2009

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

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

    Feb 3, 2009

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

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

    Feb 3, 2009

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

  • Volunteers Strengthen Army Families

    Feb 3, 2009

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

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

    Feb 3, 2009

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

  • Covenant provides concrete support to Livorno families

    Feb 3, 2009

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

  • Safely moving Heavy Brigade Combat Team track vehicles

    Feb 2, 2009

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

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

    Feb 2, 2009

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

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

    Feb 2, 2009

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

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

    Feb 2, 2009

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

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

    Feb 2, 2009

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

  • Wiesbaden commander awarded Cross of Honor of the Bundeswehr

    Feb 2, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" The commander of U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden has been presented with one of the highest German military decorations.

  • Improving military communities: AFAP still strong after 25 years

    Jan 31, 2009

    SCHINNEN, the Netherlands -- AFAP has been tackling tough issues for 25 years, often generating solutions that benefit the whole military community. USAG Schinnen hosts this year's Tri-Border AFAP Conference, Feb. 17 - 18.

  • CAB Soldiers test new Warrior Adventure Quest program

    Jan 30, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany Aca,!" Aca,!A"Soldiers, your mission is to take that hill. Yes, I know most people are skiing down that mountain Aca,!" but weAca,!a,,cre skiing up it. Hooah!Aca,!A?

  • Wiesbaden gears up for Warrior Adventure Quest

    Jan 30, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" Hundreds of 1st Armored Division Soldiers recently redeployed to U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden after a serving in Iraq.

  • IMCOM-E top enlisted delivers NCO messages during K-town visit

    Jan 30, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" Installation Management Command-Europe Command Sgt. Maj. Tracey Anbiya continued her Aca,!A"newcomerAca,!A? tour of European garrisons with a recent stop in Kaiserslautern, Germany, saying her visits to the garrisons to discuss the ArmyAca,!a,,cs Year of the Noncommissioned Officer initiative and other Soldier issues will be one of the her most important travel events this year.

  • SFAC specialist helps wounded troops 'figure out what to do'

    Jan 29, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- When wounded warriors in the Heidelberg area go to the Soldier and Family Assistance Center, they will find the friendly face of someone who says her favorite part of her job is simply talking with Soldiers.

  • Students spend a day in the 'Real World' medical style

    Jan 29, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Approximately 100 students and parents made their way through the Real World Medical Career Fair Jan. 25 at Heidelberg Middle School on Patrick Henry Village.

  • MPs acknowledged for saving family from fire

    Jan 29, 2009

    MANNHEIM, Germany -- Two Soldiers from the 272nd Military Police Company received the Army Commendation Medal in Mannheim Jan. 22 for their heroic actions in rescuing a family from an apartment fire.

  • Space shuttle Endeavour's STS-126 crew lands in Middle East to show troop support

    Jan 28, 2009

    Returning to Earth from their November 2008 mission, the crew from the Space Shuttle EndeavourAca,!a,,cs STS-126 mission will pay a special visit to the troops in Germany and the Middle East Jan. 26-Feb. 5. Crew members visiting the troops include Commander Chris Ferguson (Capt., USN), Pilot Eric Boe (Col., USAF) and Mission Specialists Donald Pettit, Steve Bowen (Capt., USN), Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper (Capt., USN) and Shane Kimbrough (Lt. Col., USA).

  • Soldiers of 1st Armored Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team continue partnership with Iraqis for

    Jan 28, 2009

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Jan. 28, 2009) -- Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division continued their support of upcoming Iraqi provincial elections by taking part in a regional security meeting at 9th Iraqi Army Division headquarters in Al Rasheed, Jan. 29. During the meeting, which brigade officials described as an opportunity to discuss how to ensure safe, secure and legitimate elections, 2nd BCT leaders watched Iraqi army and police elements conduct a full dress rehearsal of their security plan for the MadaAca,!a,,cin Qada.

  • Warrior Adventure Quest provides recreation outlets for combat-tested Soldiers

    Jan 28, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" The first of approximately 8,000 Soldiers began cycling through Installation Management Command-Europe's high-adventure, adrenaline-pumping Warrior Adventure Quest recreation program earlier this month.

  • Hohenfels donations nearly double CFC goal

    Jan 27, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany Aca,!" Though many American families are feeling the pinch of the global economic slump, the Combined Federal Campaign Overseas saw an increase in donations this year from the U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels community Aca,!" more than $50,000 worth.

  • 1st Armored Division Soldiers discuss election security, ongoing projects with Iraqi leaders

    Jan 27, 2009

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Jan. 27, 2009) -- Soldiers from the Aca,!A"Iron BrigadeAca,!A? -- the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division -- participated in a MadaAca,!a,,cin Qada combined targeting meeting with military and community leaders of the Qada at the Wahida government center, Jan. 22. The purpose of the meeting was to inform local leaders of security measures for upcoming provincial election, as well as provide an update on several development initiatives involving brigade forces operating in the MadaAca,!a,,cin Qada. The gathering was just one session senior brigade and Multi-National Division - Baghdad members have had with local leaders regarding the election in recent days.

  • Revving up recycling at Wiesbaden

    Jan 27, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden spends about $2 million a year for refuse disposal, at least a tenth of which could be saved if everyone did his or her part to recycle, according to post officials.

  • Teens and Single Soldiers Work Through the Issues

    Jan 27, 2009

    ChiAfA..vres, BelgiumAca,!"The Army Family Action Plan is a program that allows members of the ChiAfA..vres community to express concerns they have or to share ideas to improve the quality of life for Servicemembers, civilian employees and their Families.

  • Army Family Covenant program teaches basic skills

    Jan 27, 2009

    CHIAfaEURoVRES, Belgium Aca,!" The Army is teaching Timothy to walk. HeAca,!a,,cs not recovering from war wounds. HeAca,!a,,cs not even a Soldier. Timothy Zitterich is a 9-month-old boy, who because of the Army Family Covenant is developing his motor skills.

  • IMCOM-Europe names top journalists

    Jan 26, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" Installation Management Command-Europe has announced its region-level winners for the 2008 Army Keith L. Ware Journalism Awards.

  • Fallen 1-4 Infantry Soldiers Honored by Romanian Land Forces

    Jan 23, 2009

    Three 1-4 Infantry Soldiers posthumously receive Romanian Medal of Honor, Badges of Merit.

  • Canal groundbreaking kicks off projects in Iraq's Salman Pak region sponsored by 1st Armored Di

    Jan 22, 2009

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Jan. 22, 2009) -- Iraqi security forces, local leaders and Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division participated in a Jan.18 groundbreaking ceremony marking the widening of the Bawi Canal in the Salman Pak region southeast of Baghdad. 2nd BCT officials said the canal work is one of a series of projects to improve infrastructure and quality of life in the MadaAca,!a,,cin and Marquez Qadas areas as part of Aca,!A"Operation Iron Gator.Aca,!A? Maj. Jason Joose, the executive officer for Task Force Gator, which is led by the 2nd BCTAca,!a,,cs 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry, welcomed Iraqi Brig. Gen. Hussein, commander of the 45th Brigade Iraqi Army; Sheik Qais, the chairman of the MadaAca,!a,,cin tribal council; and other leaders from the area, to the event.

  • 1st Armored Division Soldiers, civilians participate in Baghdad seminar on women's issues

    Jan 22, 2009

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Jan. 22, 2009) -- Soldiers and civilians from the womenAca,!a,,cs affairs team of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, participated in a womenAca,!a,,cs initiatives seminar hosted by Multi-National Corps - Iraq at the Joint Visitors Bureau Hotel on Camp Victory here, Jan. 17-18. The seminar was attended by representatives from each of MNC-IAca,!a,,cs four divisions, as well as Public Reconstruction Team leaders and three members of the Iraqi government.

  • Purchasing tax-free fuel in Netherlands requires paperwork to be in order

    Jan 22, 2009

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands -- Procedures for purchasing rationed fuel in the Netherlands were updated in 2009. Individuals not stationed in the Netherlands must be on official travel or leave orders to purchase fuel in the Netherlands, according to a recent update to Army in Europe Regulation (AER) 550-35.

  • Army's latest high-tech equipment to be featured at exhibitions in communities in Germany, Ital

    Jan 22, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Jan. 21, 2009) -- The next generation of Army gear and technology, including advanced weapons systems, communications equipment, clothing and other gear will be on display at several locations in Germany and in Vicenza, Italy in the coming weeks. The exhibition is presented by the ArmyAca,!a,,cs Program Executive Office Soldier, the organization responsible for all equipment Soldiers wear or carry.

  • Battle of the Bulge Ends: 25 January 1945

    Jan 21, 2009

    History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. Dwight D. Eisenhower.

  • Chimney sweepers keep holiday tradition alive

    Jan 21, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- Schornsteinfeger (chimney sweeper) Thomas Scharwatz isn't sure if it has been 28 or 29 years that he has been a part of the New Year's reception in Kaiserslautern, but thanks to his 17-year-old daughter, Kim, he knows this "good-luck" tradition will continue for years to come.

  • Soldiers in Germany remember Martin Luther King Jr.

    Jan 21, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Maj. Gen. Byron S. Bagby, U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army chief of staff, was only 7 years old when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous Aca,!A"I Have a DreamAca,!A? speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., Aug. 28, 1963.

  • First NCO Lineage Ceremony at Heidelberg Castle

    Jan 20, 2009

    Standing on the same steps as generations of warriors before them, 18 Heidelberg MEDDAC non-commissioned officers raised their right hands and took the charge of the NCO Corps during a lineage ceremony Jan. 15 at Heidelberg Castle.

  • Pilot program prepares youths for kindergarten

    Jan 20, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Child Development Centers introduced a new program Jan. 5 aimed at helping children better prepare for school.

  • 173rd Soldiers attending Airborne School

    Jan 16, 2009

    FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Soldiers, 300 of them, from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, stationed in Schweinfurt and Bamberg, Germany, and Vicenza, Italy, took a recent 10-hour flight to attend Airborne School here.

  • Education, faith cornerstone of King's accomplishments

    Jan 15, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- Martin Luther King, Jr. said, Aca,!A"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others. In dangerous valleys and hazardous pathways, he will lift some bruised and beaten brother to a higher and more noble life.Aca,!A?

  • Return of Leighton Barracks to German authorities marks the end of U.S. Army presence in Wuerzburg

    Jan 15, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany Aca,!" (Jan. 15, 2009) "Well, I got here in '79." A little farther down the line, in the back of the crowd, another voice was heard reminiscing. "More than 50 years ago..." These two storytellers were among the last to walk the snowy ground on Leighton Barracks in Wuerzburg, Germany, as the Army returned the installation to German authorities, Jan. 14. A brief ceremony marked the end of a relationship with the city of Wuerzburg and its surrounding communities that began in the closing days of World War II.

  • Job-seekers benefit from ACS programs in Germany

    Jan 15, 2009

    The Army Community ServiceAca,!a,,cs Employment Readiness Program offers job seekers information and referral services when it comes to employment, training, transitions and volunteer opportunities in the local area.

  • Army Europe Libraries launches user-focused Web site

    Jan 15, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" These days, people are so busy they often donAca,!a,,ct have time for many things they enjoyed in the past, such as visiting a library.

  • For the good of Soldiers: SFAC takes care of wounded warriors

    Jan 15, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- The Army Family Covenant-sponsored Soldier and Family Assistance Center is designed to take care of warriors in transition. And as the SFAC coordinator for the military communities of Heidelberg, Mannheim and Stuttgart, Dennis Menard is responsible for coordinating the SFAC budget, staffing, resources, transportation and a host of other things for the warriors in transition who come through the centers.

  • Another chapter closes in U.S., German partnership

    Jan 14, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- In a ceremony Jan. 14, the U.S. Army returned Leighton Barracks in Wuerzburg, Germany, to the host nation, marking the end of a relationship that began in the closing days of World War II.

  • Benelux Military Retirees: 'integral part of local tapestry'

    Jan 14, 2009

    ChiAfA..vres Air Base, Belgium Aca,!" Bill Lilja was among the first U.S. Soldiers in Belgium since NATO moved its headquarters to Brussels from outside Paris in 1967 and retired as a sergeant first class out of ChiAfA..vres in 1980. While he enjoys a laugh recalling free presidential food, itAca,!a,,cs his vivid memories of volunteering as Santa Claus each December for nearly 25 years at the Belgian orphanage Aca,!A"La FermetteAca,!A? in Ath that pause him.

  • Civilian agency honors Ansbach for Soldier support

    Jan 14, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany Aca,!" People took notice when the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach military community came together to show its love and support for its deployed Soldiers

  • Officials outline penalties for fuel card users who exceed ration limits in Europe

    Jan 14, 2009

    MANNHEIM, Germany Aca,!" The recently introduced Army and Air Force Exchange Service fuel card system eliminates the need for authorized U.S. personnel in Europe to buy and fill out gas coupons for their fuel purchases. Officials with the U.S. Army Europe Office of the Provost Marshal said the automated features of the system also make it much easier for customs investigators to check when people pump gas without authorization or go over their fuel ration limit.

  • 1st Armored Division commander announces operation expected to bring more than $2 million in improve

    Jan 14, 2009

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Jan. 14, 2009) -- The commander of Task Force 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, announced the start of a mission that is expected to bring more than $2 million in funding for school refurbishment, expansion of the Bawi Canal, construction of the Kanassa windmills and micro-grants for small businesses in the Salman Pak area southeast of Baghdad. Lt. Col. Michael Shrout announced the program, dubbed Aca,!A"Operation Iron Gator,Aca,!A? during the ground breaking for improvements to the MadaAca,!a,,cin High School, Jan. 8. Brigade officials said the program is intended to improve the infrastructure and quality of life in Salman Pak while building the capacity of the government agencies that operate and maintain schools and other public facilities. Funding for the projects comes from the Commanders Emergency Relief Program.

  • USAG Benelux Remains Committed to Army Family Covenant

    Jan 12, 2009

    USAG BENELUX, BelgiumAca,!"Oct. 26, 2007, was a day that forever changed the Army. It was a day when leaders looked beyond the mission of winning AmericaAca,!a,,cs wars on battlefields around the world to a future that embraced the Families who support Soldiers and who support the Army. More than a year later, the Army and the USAG Benelux remain committed to that mission.

  • Army's Best: USAG Benelux Takes Top Honors in 2008

    Jan 12, 2009

    In 2008, USAG Benelux was among the ArmyAca,!a,,cs best at caring for military families, single soldiers and the civilian workforce. With honors like the 2008 Army Community Service Installation of Excellence and 2008 Outstanding Garrison Recreation Program, the Benelux has expanded opportunities for not only U.S. Soldiers and Families but for all U.S. Servicemembers and NATO allies who are in need of support within the Benelux communities, proving its dedication to the Army Family Covenant.

  • How Brussels Grows Young Readers

    Jan 12, 2009

    BRUSSELS, BelgiumAca,!"Librarians have a vested interest in promoting literacy, and USAG Brussels librarian Linda Seibl is no exception. She was delighted, when, in January of 2008, a community member showed up in the garrison library and offered, as a volunteer, to run a youth reading program. Michelle Rothbauer launched a program in mid-February with a Aca,!A"Make and Take a CraftAca,!A? promotion that has developed many young readers.

  • 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.

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