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  • Changes delivering Family Readiness improvements in Europe

    Sep 24, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Sep 24, 2009) - Following fresh on the heels of IMCOM-Europe Army Community Service's inaugural training conference, which gathered Family Readiness Support Assistants in Mannheim Sept 21-23, unit commanders and families of deploying Soldiers now can look forward to better integrated Family Readiness Team support as important changes become effective Oct. 1.

  • U.S. Army Europe inducts 5 Soldiers into prestigious NCO club

    Sep 24, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - The 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command, in August, proudly sponsored the New Bavarian Chapter of the distinguished Sergeant Morales Club and announced its newest Inductees.

  • Soldiers train on newly fielded precision air-drop system

    Sep 24, 2009

    Soldiers from the 5th Quartermaster Company, 21st Special Troops Battalion, became the first regular Army unit to train on the 2,200-pound load-carrying capable Firefly Joint Precision Air Delivery System Sept. 7-18.

  • Alpha Detachment Strong Bonds

    Sep 23, 2009

    U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command Chaplain (MAJ) Kevin Pies led Strong Bonds training for 20 Officers, Warrant Officers, Noncommissioned Officers and Soldiers with Alpha Detachment, 1st Space Company (JTAGS-Europe) in August.

  • Iron Soldiers review; expand "basic" Soldier knowledge

    Sep 23, 2009

    Iron Soldiers review; expand "basic" Soldier knowledge

  • Iron Soldiers prepare to defend network

    Sep 23, 2009

    Iron Soldiers prepare to defend network

  • Today Belongs to History

    Sep 23, 2009

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium Aca,!" Little else but homes with cropped roofs just outside of ChiAfA..vres Air Base betray the peaceful farming community that this Belgian area has become through the years.

  • Iron Soldiers hone weapon skills, prepare for deployment

    Sep 23, 2009

  • 'Monumental' contributions liberated Belgium during World War II

    Sep 23, 2009

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium Aca,!" Inside a cramped brick farming shed in southern Belgium, 2nd Lt. Claude B. Cook had just fashioned an impromptu egg breakfast for his weary troops when he peeked his head above the windowsill after hearing a nearby firefight. Within seconds he was dead. Hit by wayward .50 caliber bullet at that exact moment, he was one of 12 U.S. Soldiers killed during the first day of the liberation of Belgium Sept. 2, 1944.

  • U.S. Army Europe Soldiers can now schedule DA photos, order visual information services online

    Sep 23, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Starting Oct. 1, Soldiers in Europe can schedule their official DA Photography appointments online, as directed by Headquarters, Department of the Army.

  • MPs advise residents to keep a watchful eye in wake of car break-ins

    Sep 23, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Wiesbaden Military Police are reminding families to not be "targets of opportunity." Last month MPs closed 20 cases of car break-ins that occurred in Crestview and Hainerberg Housing. All were linked to a U.S. military family member who, according to police, saw vehicles in military housing areas as easy targets.

  • Employees honored for saving money through Lean Six Sigma, years of service

    Sep 23, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Garrison leaders recognized employees for saving millions of dollars and having dedicated more than 1,400 years of service during a ceremony in the Community Activity Center Sept. 10.

  • U.S. Forces Europe bodybuilding champions crowned at Wiesbaden competition

    Sep 23, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - A computer network administrator and a worship team leader took home the titles from the 2009 U.S. Forces Europe Bodybuilding Championship Sept. 12 at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center.

  • USAREUR leaders join Wiesbaden NCOs for Suicide Prevention Training

    Sep 23, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - A sea of green stared down at Sgt. 1st Class Lori Luster as she stifled a sob. In front of Gen. Carter Ham, U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army commander, and a crowd of 800 Soldiers, mostly noncommissioned officers, Luster fought to keep her composure.

  • 1-4 Infantry Soldiers return from Afghanistan ready to share lessons-learned

    Sep 23, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany - Soldier's of Company B, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry (1-4) in Hohenfels, Germany, arrived home Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, after returning from an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • Online Living Pattern Survey answers, 'What can I do about COLA''

    Sep 22, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - The term is familiar to most servicemembers, and the underlying philosophy is easy to grasp. Even the computation process is fairly straightforward. The source of frustration for its recipients is usually limited to only one aspect - it continuously changes.

  • 7th CSC medical experts lend helping hand in Swaziland

    Sep 22, 2009

    Army Reserve Soldiers Col. Morgan M. Gray, the commander of the Medical Support Unit-Europe in Mannheim, Germany, and Capt. Charles A. Pastor, a medical doctor assigned to the MSU-E, recently took part in MEDFLAG 09, an exercise designed to share the Army's medical expertise with Swaziland military leaders and Ministry of Health officials.

  • IMCOM-Europe garrisons observe Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4-11

    Sep 22, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Soldiers and families at Garrisons throughout Installation Management Command-Europe may hear an increase of sirens and see more flashing blue lights on fire trucks during early October. No worries, though. IMCOM-Europe garrisons will observe Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4-11, traditionally a time when fire prevention specialists increase visibility and make a final impression upon community members about the need to be fire smart and fire safe.

  • Holland students perform to commemorate 65th anniversary of Operation Market Garden

    Sep 21, 2009

    Students with Op de Horst school perform for the 65th anniversary of Operation Market Garden. During the operation, thousands of Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division jumped into Holland as the largest airborne operation in history.

  • Troopers help commemorate the 65th anniversary of Operation Market Garden

    Sep 21, 2009

    Photos of soldiers with the 82nd Airborne Division visit Holland to commemorate the 65th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne operation in hostory.

  • Partnership and peace at Schinnen: Celebrating across generations

    Sep 21, 2009

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands - Seventy years ago, Schinnen built a chapel dedicated to peace on top of a rugged hill in the Town of Schinnen. With a Second World War threatening and amid uncertain times, great effort was undertaken by the citizens of Schinnen to muster resources and prepare the site on a hard-to-reach hill with thick trees and bushes that had to be cleared. The peace chapel was consecrated as the Chapel of Our Lady June 16, 1939. May 10, 1940, the Netherlands was invaded and World War II was underway.

  • Americans invited to join in time-honored dance

    Sep 21, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- Americans here had the opportunity to expand their interests and revisit a traditional pastime of their country.

  • Going green saves green in the Benelux

    Sep 21, 2009

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium - Reduce, reuse and recycle is the message environmental specialists at U.S. Army Garrison Benelux are sending to the community to help conserve natural and Army resources.

  • 2nd Armored Division Veterans Visit ChiAfA..vres Air Base

    Sep 21, 2009

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium Aca,!" A group of 2nd Armored Division veterans and their families visited ChiAfA..vres Air Base and Daumerie Caserne on Sept. 11 as they neared the conclusion of a European trip that has taken them through Belgium and France. Members of the veterans group fought their way through Belgium in 1944 and said visiting sites they remember from 65 years ago still has great meaning to them.

  • 2SCR helps build Allied capacity at Task Force East

    Sep 21, 2009

    The central focus of 2SCR and it's purpose for participating Task Force East

  • Holiday greetings from Europe

    Sep 21, 2009

    Erich Schwabe, Joint Hometown News Service, tapes Pfc. Lynford Noriega, a training specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, during a holiday greeting message at Panzer Parade Field Sept. 18 for his mother in New York and his children in Maryland. The Joint Hometown News Service produces holiday messages for servicemembers to send back to their loved ones in the United States. The team will be at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center on Ramstein Air Base Sept. 22-23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the commissary on Sullivan Barracks in Mannheim from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 26, and at the commissary on Patrick Henry Village in Heidelberg from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 28.

  • College night offers one-stop shopping for future education

    Sep 21, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - Finding the right college and subsequent financial assistance just got a lot easier for students living in military communities throughout Europe. A one-stop shopping for higher education bonanza, College Night is scheduled to be held here from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Special Events Center, Bldg. 237 on Rhine Ordnance Barracks.

  • Vaccination is your best protection against influenza

    Sep 18, 2009

    This year health officials are preparing for the Novel H1N1 flu - initially known as Aca,!A"swine fluAca,!A? when it was widely publicized last year - in addition to the seasonal flu vaccinations to which military personnel are accustomed.

  • IMCOM-Europe CSM: FSBI an outstanding initiative

    Sep 17, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Looking back at her years spent tackling barracks administrative issues as a first sergeant, Installation Management Command-Europe Command Sgt. Major Tracey Anbiya said she wished the First Sergeant's Barracks Initiative happened a long time ago. "FSBI is an outstanding initiative from every perspective because it alleviates the requirements for commanders to have their Soldiers doing barracks tasks and their first sergeants from performing administrative duties. It also systemizes upkeep and maintenance of our barracks," she said. "By creating a structure for the IMCOM-Europe garrison workforce to perform barracks duties, FSBI frees up Soldiers to focus on leadership, training and Soldiering issues."

  • International military families reap benefits of Elmo's support to U.S. troops

    Sep 17, 2009

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium-Elmo's dad is downrange again, a shared reality for children of both U.S. and international Servicemembers in the Benelux community as NATO allies continue engagements in Kosovo and Afghanistan.

  • Military Postal System supports military customers, not humanitarian organizations

    Sep 16, 2009

    As temperatures dip and the season shifts toward fall, individuals may already start getting the holiday spirit, and some people may be motivated to start a holiday gift drive for children in Iraq or Afghanistan.

  • Haager relinquishes command to Spain

    Sep 16, 2009

    In a ceremony on Conn Barracks Sept. 15, Lt. Col. Everett Spain assumed command of the U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt, succeeding Lt. Col. Anthony Haager, who commanded the garrison since July 2006.

  • Army civilian runs 25 hours straight for charity

    Sep 16, 2009

    As the hours rolled by you could feel the sense of awe building among the runners and spectators around the roughly one-kilometer Wiesbaden-Kurpark track.

  • West Point classmates personify multinational partnerships at JMTC

    Sep 15, 2009

  • 18th CSSB returns home after 15 months in Iraq

    Sep 15, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Families held banners, clutched balloons, waved and cheered wildly as they caught the first glimpse of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion step through the door at the U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Field House Aug. 29. The Soldiers of 18th CSSB were welcomed during a re-deployment ceremony after completing one of the last 15-month deployments to Iraq.

  • Athletes test skills at Camp Darby's Armed Forces Olympics

    Sep 15, 2009

    CAMP DARBY, Italy- Soldiers and Airmen from the U.S. and Italian military gathered to test their athletic abilities during the first Annual Camp Darby Armed Forces Olympics Sept. 10.

  • Tower NCO watches over the training skies and fellow Soldiers

    Sep 14, 2009

  • NCO uses diverse experience to train Soldiers for combat

    Sep 14, 2009

    During her deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Charise L. Kelly was forced to make split-second decisions to save her Soldiers lives.

  • New MRAP training in Europe building Soldier confidence

    Sep 14, 2009

    Soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team are the first in Europe to use MRAPs as part of their mission rehearsal exercise in August and September at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's Hohenfels Training Area.

  • USACE builds base in Bulgaria for incoming troops

    Sep 14, 2009

    Career engineer oversees $50 million project to build a 135-acre forward operating site to support 2,500 soldiers during joint military training activities.

  • Private visits prepare kindergartners, parents for school

    Sep 14, 2009

    For a first day at school, this one was pretty easy. Katie Wrona, 5, walked into her kindergarten classroom at BAfAPblingen Elementary/Middle School and had the whole place to herself. There were no assignments - just toys to play with, places to explore, and a story, read to her by her teacher, Teresa Senna. Best of all, Mom was there the whole time. Katie's day was part of the Department of Defense Dependent Schools kindergarten home-visit program, which gives each child the chance to meet with their new teacher one-on-one before the first day of school.

  • The long, dark tunnel: Children and deployment

    Sep 14, 2009

    To military families, a deployment can seem like a long, dark tunnel. The pain of loneliness and the stresses of managing without a spouse and parent force these families to deal with issues that their civilian counterparts may never have to face. To some military children, the tunnel is endless: they don't always understand why a parent has to leave, and fear they will not return. However, medical experts agree that both children and parents can make it through, as long as they have someone to walk beside them.

  • September 11 has dual meaning for U.S. forces in Belgium

    Sep 12, 2009

    HENRI CHAPELLE, Belgium - Each of the nearly 8,000 gravestones here tells the story of ordinary young men from towns across America who became heroes to local residents 65 years ago Sept. 11 during this area's liberation from German aggressors. Approximately 300 U.S. and Belgian citizens, including U.S. Army Europe Commander Gen. Carter Ham and three World War II veterans, paid tribute to the Soldiers buried at the American cemetery here in a ceremony coinciding with the anniversary of terrorist attacks against America Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Lest we forget

    Sep 11, 2009

  • FFID Soldier saves fellow Soldiers life

    Sep 11, 2009

    BGen. Keith Walker, Director of the Future Force Integration Directorate presents Spc Ramona Dunlap with an Army Commendation Medal for her actions in preventing a fellow soldier from taking their own life.

  • AMSC launches 2nd Annual Excellence in Education Award Program

    Sep 11, 2009

    Army Management Staff College (AMSC) is seeking Army organizations to apply for the 2009 Excellence in Education (EIE) Award.

  • Kaiserslautern Reserve Soldiers take top honors

    Sep 11, 2009

    The 406th Adjutant General Battalion, Human Resources Company in Kaiserslautern, Germany, received top honors during the 2009 Army Chief of Staff's Combined Logistics Excellence Awards during the CLEA ceremony held June 2 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Va.

  • Mannheim chapel's coffeehouse offers Soldiers, families place for fun, fellowship

    Sep 11, 2009

    Tucked away in the basement of the Coleman Barracks Chapel in Mannheim, you'll find a weekly gathering of pool players, musicians, singers and everyday folks gathered for fellowship on the last day of the work week. This is "Jacob's Well," and this is where men and women from all walks of life - both military and civilian - come to break bread, talk, listen and learn. This is the place where conversations range from religious faith and Christianity to the rigors of the past week and plans for the weekend.

  • Schweinfurt training area opens up for 173rd ABCT exercise

    Sep 11, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- The Army is constantly altering its training methods and objectives to fully prepare Soldiers for the current threats and contingencies. In an effort to meet these demands and increase Soldiers' readiness, Camp Robertson, part of the Schweinfurt local training area, has upgraded its facilities to provide the tools and equipment needed for collective pre-deployment training.

  • Dutch Royal Family visits West Point

    Sep 10, 2009

    His Royal Highness, Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (second from left), speaks with Firstie John Gilmore on the steps of Washington Hall Tuesday. The Prince, and his wife, Princess Maxima, in red speaking with Firstie Eric Bernau, visited West Point to commemmorate the Quadricentennial of Henry Hudson's passage up the waterway that bears his name. The Dutch Royal Family had lunch with the Corps of Cadets before the Prince spoke to about 80 cadets in the Haig Room of Jefferson Library.

  • WWII medic, prisoner of war shares experiences with medical community

    Sep 10, 2009

    As part of the 1st Infantry Division, 16th Regiment, retired Master Sgt. Charles Shay was part of the initial assault at Normandy on D-Day. He was there at three o'clock in the morning when they were ordered to debark into small landing crafts; He was there at five o'clock in the morning when the orders came to proceed to the beach; And he was there at six o'clock in the morning when they hit the first obstacles the Germans had left in the water. This is the experience Shay shared with the Soldiers at the Europe Regional Medical Command's Non-Commissioned Officer Conference held in Garmisch, Germany, last month.

  • Commentary: Free health care available to those willing to sacrifice

    Sep 10, 2009

    As Americans and their elected officials heatedly debate how to implement universal health care, the value of that compensation for the U.S. military is left out of the equation.

  • Remembrance: Chaplain recalls 9/11 attack on Pentagon

    Sep 9, 2009

    Pentagon Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Henry Haynes had just come out of a meeting and was on his way back to his office when he heard the news: A plane had hit one of the World Trade Center towers in New York.

  • WWII Bomb Causes Closure at ChiAfA..vres Air Base

    Sep 9, 2009

    CHIAfE+VRES AIR BASE, Belgium-As construction crews work to enhance the future of ChiAfA..vres Air Base with a new commissary, the community was reminded of the installation's past Sept. 9. While trenching behind the building to install new light poles, a contractor unearthed a German WWII training bomb.

  • Suicide prevention week educates, promotes awareness

    Sep 9, 2009

    Over the years, the Army has emphasized that no Soldier stands alone. However, with recent increases in suicides and the numbers continuing to rise, the concept has become ever so significant.

  • Focus on teachers: Leaders address crucial role of DoDDS educators

    Sep 9, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Teachers and administrators were welcomed to Baumholder and Wiesbaden during special events.

  • First Sergeant's Barracks Initiative rolls out across IMCOM-Europe

    Sep 9, 2009

    The new First Sergeant's Barracks Initiative - FSBI - rolled out across Installation Management Command-Europe on Sept. 1. The program affects the management of the single Soldiers barracks. However, the general principles of the program have already been in effect within the U.S. Army Garrison Benelux for several years.

  • Wiesbaden Community Spouses Club opens doors to community

    Sep 9, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Wiesbaden community members got an inside look at the wide range of resources, services and opportunities available in and around the garrison Aug. 26 at the Community Activity Center. The Community Fair, hosted by the Wiesbaden Community Spouses Club, offered newcomers and those who have been here for a while a chance to learn about everything from events in the city of Wiesbaden, courtesy of the city's Marketing Office, to upcoming WCSC programs.

  • 1st Armored Division Museum moves to Fort Bliss

    Sep 9, 2009

    Being in the military, sooner or later everyone has to pack up and move. But what if your baggage includes numerous tanks, half-tracks, artillery pieces and a building full of old uniforms, weapons and other military paraphernalia'

  • Housing market crisis hits home with Soldiers

    Sep 9, 2009

    Military homeowners are facing tough financial decisions in the current housing market. In the last year three Soldiers have approached U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Army Community Service financial counselors with questions about how to stay out of bankruptcy in association with their homes back in the United States.

  • Operation Rising Star hits high notes in Wiesbaden

    Sep 9, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - There were some missed notes and forgotten lyrics, boos from the audience and moments when the judges were simply lost for words - everything you'd expect at a singing competition.

  • Unit-level boxers battle for bragging rights at Wiesbaden tournament

    Sep 9, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Wiesbaden's Unit-level Boxing Championship opened with a bang Aug. 29.

  • Women's Equality event links personal, professional development

    Sep 9, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Aug. 26, Women's Equality Day, came and went for most with little notice. Crafted from the struggles of women promoting suffrage and honed from the fight for equal rights, the day which celebrates the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution passed with little fanfare.

  • Fox hunting: German and American hunters share traditions, sport during first Wiesbaden community ev

    Sep 9, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - It was a great day for a hunt, as members of Wiesbaden Outdoor Recreation's Hunting, Fishing and Sport Shooting Program joined fellow German and American hunters near Wiesbaden Army Airfield Aug. 30.

  • Briefings prepare 1st Armored Division Soldiers, families for Iraq deployment

    Sep 9, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Before the three-hour pre-deployment briefing on Aug. 27 got underway, Maj. Gen. Terry Wolff, made one thing clear to members of 1st Armored Division's Special Troops Battalion.

  • USACE engineers in Europe LEED the way with green building projects

    Sep 8, 2009

    In today's economy, investing in sustainable design is a smart construction strategy. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has championed this effort by creating a policy in January 2008 to implement Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, in Army military construction projects.

  • BOSS advisor receives award for going 'beyond the call of duty'

    Sep 8, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany - Had you asked her 28 years ago, perhaps she wouldn't have known about the kind of passion she would develop in the forthcoming years to serve single Soldiers to the best of her ability.

  • Students, graduates with disabilities team up with government employers

    Sep 8, 2009

    By the time her senior year of college was ending in 2009, Annie Chambers was losing hope of finding a full time job.

  • Hohenfels local nationals learn about leadership through Civilian Education System classes

    Sep 8, 2009

    Though she already holds a degree in business management and economics from the State University of New York, when Vesna Gaddy saw an opportunity to attend a course to hone her business leadership skills, she said she jumped at the chance. Gaddy, a Property Book Office supply technician is the first local national employee from U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels to attend a Civilian Education System course since the benefit was extended to local nationals last year.

  • Heidelberg hosting European ministry conference

    Sep 8, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - The European Religious Education Ministry Conference is scheduled to be held in Heidelberg Sept. 18-19.

  • Battlemind for Spouses enhances resiliency

    Sep 4, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany - The main goal of Battlemind for Spouses is to make spouses aware of potential issues or concerns that may arise from the reunion with their Soldiers. It addresses issues or concerns the spouse may have when the couple reunites.

  • IMCOM-E observes Suicide Prevention Month during September

    Sep 4, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Garrisons throughout Installation Management Command-Europe Region will observe Suicide Prevention Month throughout September as part of an Army-wide focus to promote health and risk reduction, as well as lower suicide rates.

  • Students head back to school; good time to review safety tips

    Sep 4, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Installation Management Command-Europe safety officials want all parent to take time to go "back to school" to re-learn important safety tips as student throughout Europe return back to school.

  • IMCOM-Europe offers new sport bike safety course

    Sep 4, 2009

    IMCOM-Europe Safety's new Military Sportbike Rider Course started offering classes Sept. 1 at garrisons that can support this training. Garrisons in Germany offering the training include Ansbach, Benelux, Grafenwoehr, Heidelberg, Hohenfels, Kaiserslautern, and Wiesbaden. Classes are also scheduled to be offered at Livorno and Vicenza in Italy.

  • USACE, IMCOM construction managers learn how to build in Germany

    Sep 3, 2009

    Constructing a project in Germany is not the same as in the U.S. and construction managers new to working with the German Construction Agency find the process challenging.

  • IMCOM-Europe garrisons win BOSS awards

    Sep 3, 2009

    LANSDOWNE, Va. - Installation Management Command-Europe garrisons took six awards during the 2009 Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers annual conference held here recently.

  • Gen. Dempsey says Army altering training for wars

    Sep 2, 2009

    Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, said Tuesday the Army is training for and fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in a vastly different way than it did during the initial days of the conflicts.

  • IMCOM-Europe Director evokes personal history at Women's Equality Day observance

    Sep 2, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Installation Management Command-Europe Director Diane Devens headlined the U.S. Army Garrison Heidelberg Women's Equality Day observance Aug. 26 with a call for recognition of Army spouses.

  • Bamberg commander goes for the win

    Sep 2, 2009

    Lt. Col. Gary A. Rosenberg, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg, Germany, competes, and wins, his battle against Christoph Starke (younger brother of Bamberg lord mayor Andreas Starke) during the 2009 Sandkerwa Fischerstechen in Bamberg Aug. 23. This was the first time a U.S. commander has competed in the annual water based jousting sport on the Regnitz River.

  • Army Management Staff College opens registration for FY10 classes

    Sep 1, 2009

    Army and DOD employees, along with their military supervisors, can now sign up for a Fiscal Year 2010 Civilian Education System class at the Army Management Staff College.

  • Holiday Greetings teams set to tape at 60 locations

    Sep 1, 2009

    Taping for one of the most recognizable holiday programs in America will begin soon, months before wreaths are hung and lights are strung in homes across the country.

  • SOUTHCOM family visits Elmo

    Sep 1, 2009

    A U.S. Southern Command family travelled to the Big Apple recently to participate in the filming of "Families Stand Together: Feeling Secure in Tough Times" a Sesame Street special premiering on PBS Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. The special will be hosted by Al Roker, Deborah Roberts of ABC's 20/20 and Elmo. It aims to help families with children, age two to eight, experiencing difficult economic circumstances. It offers strategies and tips that can lead to positive outcomes for their children's physical and emotional well-being during this tough economic climate. TSgt Brandon Van Walraven, an intelligence analyst with SOUTHCOM, was interviewed with his family at their home in South Florida and finished up on the set of Sesame Street in New York City. The show focuses on the financial challenges - and solutions - of the four families invited, plus Elmo's family. "When we moved here, we experienced some severe financial difficulties," Van Walraven said. "We had to borrow money from family for rent and had other money tied up. We had depleted all of our savings and were living paycheck to paycheck." The special focuses on tough economic times, but the message applies to any difficult situation, said Van Walraven. "In the military, the meaning has an even wider context because we go through things that other families do not," Van Walraven said.

  • Grafenwoehr mother delivers baby boy along B470

    Sep 1, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - "How often do you have to convince your husband you are having a baby, it's coming, there's no stopping, it's not like you can just tell it to hold on, cross your legs, it's just not time yet" Melanie Lasley said. Melanie never thought when they moved to Grafenwoehr in January that she would deliver her own baby on the side of the road in a foreign country. When she woke up at 3 a.m. on July 29th feeling sick, she had no idea she was having labor pains.

  • Steel Knights return to Mannheim

    Sep 1, 2009

    MANNHEIM, Germany -- With the bleachers of the Coleman Gym on Coleman Barracks overflowing with friends, family and fellow Soldiers ready to welcome them back, the 51st Transportation Company, 28th Transportation Battalion returned to Mannheim, Germany, Aug. 28 after serving a 15-month tour in Iraq.

  • Grafenwoehr Physical Fitness Center begins highly-praised exercise program

    Sep 1, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - The U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Physical Fitness Center is now harboring new equipment and, chances are, you a growing number of people have been using it. This new equipment has been placed in the USAG Grafenwoehr PFC for those dedicated to 'CrossFitting.' CrossFit is a principal strength and conditioning program that began with former gymnast Greg Glassman, who posted daily workout routines on the web. These routines are used by police officers, firefighters and now, the Grafenwoehr military community.

  • Grafenwoehr BOSS program wins big at Army-wide level

    Sep 1, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - During the 2009 Department of the Army Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers annual conference in Leesburg, Va., Aug. 10-15, the U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr BOSS program raked in two prestigious honors. USAG Grafenwoehr BOSS president, Cpl. Robert Shomper and Command Sgt. Maj. William Berrios, command sergeant major for USAG Grafenwoehr, accepted two of the six awards given to BOSS programs Army-wide, bringing home the "Best Event" award for a large commnuity and runner-up for "Best Installation" award.

  • Soldier overcomes suicidal ideations, encourages others to reach out, get help

    Sep 1, 2009

    Capt. Emily Stehr is in the business of healing. But five months after returning from Iraq, she was struggling with her own internal wounds of war that had not healed. She decided to kill herself.

  • Teens prepare for school sports at summer clinic

    Sep 1, 2009

    "Are you ready'" "Ready!" "Every day'" "All day!" "You are what'" "Athletes!" "Show me!" yells Dena Taylor, physical therapy assistant and exercise physiologist, to the 30 high school students lying on Husky Field, sweat dripping down their faces. And the whistle blows. The students have their legs straight in the air, tilting them to the left and the right to Taylor's commands: "Up! Down! Up! Down!" The drill is part of the new Patch High School Sports Athletic Conditioning Clinic, a free, 12-week summer program that ended Aug. 14.

  • Camp takes Cub Scouts to 'space and beyond'

    Sep 1, 2009

    Chimps and dogs have been a part of the space program for years, but tigers, wolves and bears' No, it's not a top secret Space Shuttle Discovery mission, but the Stuttgart Cub Scout Twilight Camp.

  • Girl Scouts offers 'world' of opportunity' for all ages

    Sep 1, 2009

    It takes more than selling cookies to be a Girl Scout. For almost 100 years, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America program has taught girls to become effective leaders and help the less fortunate in their communities. Girl Scouts in Stuttgart can add volksmarching, exploring Europe and working with Scouts from around the world to that list.

  • CYS youth fitness program focuses on health that lasts lifetime

    Sep 1, 2009

    This fall, children and teens can learn what it means to stay fit and practice healthy habits with the Child, Youth and School Services Youth Fitness Program.

  • Stuttgart NCO named IMCOM's 'Best Warrior'

    Sep 1, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Ronald White, a U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Military Policeman, is Installation Management Command's top noncommissioned officer for 2009.

  • Europe Regional Medical Command announces health fair dates

    Sep 1, 2009

    Europe Regional Medical Command a key player in annual healthcare benefits awareness month

  • Army Management Staff College opens registration for FY10 Civilian Education System classes

    Aug 31, 2009

    The staff and faculty at Army Management Staff College are eager to welcome Army and other Department of Defense civilian leaders into the Civilian Education System program this upcoming fiscal year.

  • 1AD Soldier on guard

    Aug 31, 2009

    WIESBADEN ARMY AIRFIELD, Germany -- During the command post exercise held on Wiesbaden Army Airfield Aug. 17-21, Sgt. Jonathon E. Cornell, a line-of-site radio operator with 1st Armored Division's 146th Signal Company, pulls guard duty to do his part during training.

  • NASA Administrator From the Few and the Proud

    Aug 28, 2009

    NASA's new administrator wanted to get one thing clear when he spoke for the first time in front of a heavily military-oriented audience Aug. 19 at the 12th annual Space and Missile Defense Conference - DoD and NASA are not two very different agencies. "We do things differently," said Charles Bolden, a retired Marine Corps major general who served as a pilot in Vietnam and as a NASA astronaut. "But our space activities give us a common foundation. Whether you work for NASA or the Army, space is important to our nation. It is critical." With that out of the way, Bolden had another misconception to dispel concerning President Barack Obama's interest in space and space exploration. "He has a vision for space. He has very interesting thoughts of the future of space," Bolden said. "A lot of people are afraid of what's going to come out of the Augustine Commission (an advisory committee on the future of the nation's space mission). I'm not."

  • 'A Good Defense Requires A Good Offense'

    Aug 28, 2009

    The need to stay ahead of the threat on the world stage from rogue nations, political and economic organizations, and non-state actors that include terrorists is driving the U.S. missile defense program as the nation focuses on defending its borders, its allies and its troops, said the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command. Speaking to participants at the 12th annual Space and Missile Defense Conference at the Von Braun Center on Aug. 18, Air Force Gen. Kevin Chilton said the U.S. is operating in a "multi-polar environment with new threats and adversaries that challenge us. It makes us look at offense and defense in a different light." Chilton, a veteran astronaut of three space flights and the first former astronaut to receive four-star rank, is responsible for the global command and control of U.S. strategic forces to meet decisive national security objectives. The Strategic Command provides a broad range of strategic capabilities and options for the president and secretary of defense. STRATCOM mission areas include full-spectrum global strike; space operations; computer network operations; Department of Defense information operations; strategic warning; integrated missile defense, global command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; combating weapons of mass destruction; and specialized expertise to the joint war fighter.

  • Army 'ready' anytime, anywhere

    Aug 28, 2009

  • Army Retiree with a Tradition of Service

    Aug 28, 2009

    BRUSSELS, Belgium - At a ceremony held at U.S. Army Garrison Brussels Aug. 11, retired Army Col. Alan Phillips received the Army's Commander's Award for Public Service at the hands of Vice Adm. William Sullivan, the U.S. Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee.

  • New U.S. Ambassador to Belgium tours USAG Brussels

    Aug 28, 2009

    BRUSSELS, Belgium -The U.S. Army Garrison Brussels welcomed the Hon. Howard W. Gutman and his family for a Aug. 24 tour of the garrison compound and facilities. Ambassador Gutman was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the new U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium in June, and confirmed in that position by the Senate on July 24. He arrived in Brussels on Aug. 19.