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  • 18th Military Police Brigade helps create new permanent training center for Iraqi Police

    Feb 11, 2008

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Feb. 11, 2008) -- A new training center for Iraqi Police officers officially opened its doors here Feb. 9. Baghdad Iraqi Police and coalition forces spent a year searching for the right location for a sizeable training area that could house and train IP recruits. The Furat Training Facility will allow the IP to establish operations to train thousands of recruits who will go through IP Basic Recruit Training and advanced leadership courses.

  • Commissary Plastic Bags

    Feb 7, 2008

    While you can still pick paper or plastic at the commissary, some shoppers want you to go green. Michelle Michael reports.

  • 18th Military Police Brigade applies enhanced 'systems' approach to improving Iraqi Police

    Feb 7, 2008

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Feb. 7, 2008) -- Iraqi Police expansion and improvement in Baghdad has reached an all-time high in the past six months, coalition officials say, with new recruits filling police ranks in Baghdad provinces by the day. As 18th Military Police Brigade Police Transition Teams assess improvements in the number of IPs and rule of law operations at the police station level, the brigade is beginning a transition to a "systems approach" while moving the Iraqi Police headquarters to the next level of performance -- the enhanced Police Transition Team, or ePTT.

  • U.S. Military Police help Iraqi Police officers get their monthly pay

    Feb 7, 2008

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Feb. 7, 2008) -- Service members assigned to the 18th Military Police Brigade here helped process nearly 200 Iraqi Police officers from the Hy al Amil Police and Patrol Station here who came to Joint Security Station Black Lion Jan. 31 to receive their monthly pay from the station commissioner. The policemen were paid after completing security verification that identified them using an eye iris scan and identification checks, and an inspection and inventory of their assigned weapons.

  • Nearly 500 new Iraqi Police officers graduate from Baghdad police training facility

    Feb 7, 2008

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Feb. 7, 2008) -- Top Iraqi Police official Maj. Gen. Kadhem Hamid Sharhan, the Baghdad provincial police commander joined members of the 18th Military Police BrigadeAca,!a,,cs command group and Provincial Police Transition Team at the Camp Fiji Iraqi Police Training Facility here Feb. 2 to watch 493 new Iraqi Police officers graduate and perform a training demonstration. Aca,!A"This increase in police force will better the peace for the citizens,Aca,!A? said Capt. Mohammad, training commander for the Iraqi policeAca,!a,,cs Forward Unit. Aca,!A"I see only good things in our future.Aca,!A?

  • New facility improves conditions for deploying Soldiers in Italy

    Feb 7, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy (Feb. 7, 2008) -- VicenzaAca,!a,,cs deploying Soldiers will no longer have to sit on a damp football field or in a noisy hangar waiting for their planes. With the upcoming opening of the Personnel Alert Holding Area at Aviano Air Base, deploying troops will be treated to a fully enclosed, climate-controlled building just steps from their departing aircraft. Aca,!A"This new building is a real force multiplier for our Soldiers,Aca,!A? said Martin Fano, director of the Arrival/Departure Airfield Control Group, U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza. Aca,!A"This will streamline operations and give us the capabilities we have always needed.Aca,!A?

  • Conference brings experts together to refine ways of reintegrating Soldiers after deployment

    Feb 6, 2008

    HEDELBERG, Germany (Feb. 6, 2008) -- U.S. Army Europe leaders and community agencies responsible for the reintegration of Soldiers and civilian employees returning from deployment will soon find updated tools at their disposal. The key tool in negotiating the reintegration process Aca,!" the USAREUR reintegration checklist -- has been refined to bring it in step with the ArmyAca,!a,,cs recently revised reintegration process and provide more depth on post-deployment issues such as alcohol abuse, mental health concerns and brain injury awareness, said Sgt. 1st Class Steven Stanfill from the policy branch of the USAREUR personnel directorate.

  • U.S. Army Europe mapmakers key part of every aerial mission for aviation task force

    Feb 5, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (Feb. 5, 2008) -- Two specialists and a private are key elements to every aerial mission Task Force XII takes on here. The trio provides task force aviators with a clearer picture of the terrain theyAca,!a,,cre flying over and landing on. Pfc. Todd Liebhart, Spc. Jay Mallison and Spc. Ramon Perez make up the task forceAca,!a,,cs topographic analyst team. In other words, they make the up-to-date maps task force operations officers use to plan and pilots use to execute their missions.

  • U.S. Army Europe Signal Battalion prepares for future during network exercise 'Dragon Warrior&#

    Feb 5, 2008

    GRAFENWOEHR TRAINING AREA, Germany (Feb. 5, 2008) -- Signal waves and U.S. Army Europe Soldiers blanketed the Bavarian fields here in an effort to Aca,!A"kill two birds with one stoneAca,!A? during a network training exercise dubbed Aca,!A"Dragon Warrior.Aca,!A? The doubleheader exercise began in January, when Soldiers from the 72nd Signal Battalion of USAREURAca,!a,,cs 5th Signal Command packed up convoys at their headquarters in Mannheim, Germany with their newly fielded Joint Network Node equipment for deployment to Aca,!A"Graf.Aca,!A?

  • Forward arming and refueling team keeps aircraft in U.S. Army Europe-Led Task Force in the fight

    Feb 5, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (Feb. 5, 2008)-- As soon as the vehicle pulls in and is safe to approach, a crew rushes out, and in a swift synchronized motion, begins pumping fuel into its tank, air into its tires and refilling other crucial items. Sounds like a professional racing pit crew ... but itAca,!a,,cs not. It's Soldiers from Task Force XII, the aviation task force that supports Multi-National Division - Baghdad, running the Forward Arming and Refueling Point here. The task force is led by U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 12th Combat Aviation Brigade.

  • Carbon Monoxide: a Silent Killer

    Feb 4, 2008

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium Aca,!" Thirty people die and another 1,500 are hospitalized in Belgium annually from carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Stuttgart Housing Renovations Boost Quality of Life

    Feb 4, 2008

    STUTTGART, Germany Aca,!" Renovations to U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart family housing on Robinson and Kelley Barracks will go a long way in improving quality of life for military families stationed here.

  • Dolomite Peaks Challenge U.S. Army Europe, Italian Soldiers Training for Mountains of Afghanistan

    Feb 4, 2008

    TONALE, Italy (Feb. 4, 2008) -- Amongst the jagged, snow-covered peaks of the Italian Dolomites, U.S. Army Europe Soldiers are training alongside Italian troops, learning to survive a cold-weather environment. The group of 11 Soldiers from the Southern European Task Force, U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza and the 13th Military Police Company, all based at Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, began the four-week winter survival course in early January. Aca,!A"At the end of this training the Soldiers will better understand how to move in the mountains in Afghanistan,Aca,!A? said Capt. Davide Maghini, a training section chief in SETAF's operations division and winter survival instructor. Aca,!A"They will use these skills and will better be able to manage the bad weather and be able to move on snow.Aca,!A?

  • Wounded U.S. Army Europe Soldiers in Italy Snag Some Therapeutic Relaxation During Fishing Excursion

    Feb 4, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy (Feb. 4, 2008) -- They say fishing is good for the soul. For Soldiers assigned to the Warrior Transition Unit on Caserma Ederle here, a day trip to Laghi Verdi in nearby Valproto di Quinto Vicentino Jan. 23 was a way to relieve stress by spending a sunny day among friends and comrades sharing a bit of friendly competition. Richard Boudreau was the man behind the event. Aca,!A"I tried to figure out something that would benefit the Soldiers and get them out of the barracks for some fun,Aca,!A? said Boudreau.

  • Ansbach Opens Gates to Kinderheim Children

    Feb 1, 2008

    ANSBACH, Germany Aca,!" U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach invited 43 children from Walburgisheim Von Feucht Kinderheim (a childrenAca,!a,,cs home) to Storck Barracks for a chance to experience Americana celebrations.

  • German-American Initiative Aimed at Protecting Environment, Saving Resources

    Jan 31, 2008

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" A cooperative effort between the city of Wiesbaden, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden and private industry aims to save resources, decrease waste, address environmental concerns correctly and provide for sustainable development.

  • Sgt. Perez Soldier Profile

    Jan 31, 2008

    Support Troops Italy, down range and at permanent duty stations play a key role in the Global War on Terror. Senior Airman Sarah Mihlfeld profiles one such Soldier in Vicenza, Italy, Sgt. Elizabeth Perez in Vicenza.

  • FARP Soldiers work around the clock to provide fuel, ammo for aircraft

    Jan 31, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (Jan. 31, 2008) Aca,!" As soon as the vehicle pulls in, and is safe to approach, a crew rushes out to do their job. They work together in a swift yet synchronized motion pumping gallons of fuel into the gas tank, air into the tires and refilling other crucial items. TheyAca,!a,,cre not a professional racing pit crew; they are Task Force XII Soldiers working at the Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP) here. Every day these FARP Soldiers transfer hundreds of gallons of fuel and thousands of pounds of ammunition into aircraft to keep them in the fight and the enemy on his heels.

  • U.S. Army Europe Soldiers Make Quick Work of Recovering Vehicle Attacked by Bomb in Afghanistan

    Jan 30, 2008

    KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Jan. 29, 2008) -- Chief Warrant Officer 2 Sammy Rodriguez, the battalion maintenance technician for U.S. Army Europe's 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment has a job that isnAca,!a,,ct exciting until things go wrong. On a routine mission Jan. 23 to deliver supplies to the Korengal Outpost in Kunar Province, one of the vehicles in the convoy was attacked with an improvised explosive device. Luckily, none of the vehiclesAca,!a,,c occupants were injured. The vehicle itself wasnAca,!a,,ct so fortunate.

  • U.S. Army Europe Soldiers Help Set Up Coordination Center for Emergency Services in Afghanistan

    Jan 30, 2008

    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Jan. 29, 2008) -- Every week Nangarhar law enforcement representatives and Task Force Raptor Soldiers meet at the Joint Provincial Coordination Center in Jalalabad to exchange information and discuss what they can do to better serve the citizens of the province. The JPCC is a model in eastern Afghanistan for synchronizing the efforts of the U.S. forces, Afghan National Police, Afghan Border Police, Afghan National Army and emergency fire and medical services.

  • Wounded Warriors Take Healing Process Outdoors

    Jan 29, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy Aca,!" They say that fishing is good for the soul. Even renowned guitarist Eric Clapton is known to relax by wading the fly-fishing streams of Wales.

  • IMCOM-Europe Names Top Journalists

    Jan 28, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" Installation Management Command-Europe has announced its region-level winners for the 2007 Army Keith L. Ware Journalism Awards.

  • Soldiers of Europe's 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division Try out Army's Improved Body Armor

    Jan 25, 2008

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany (Jan. 25, 2008) Aca,!" For as long as the Army has used Interceptor Body Armor, Soldiers have complained that it is too heavy, too hot, and too cumbersome. But those complaints may be a thing of the past for Soldiers in U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, who recently donned the ArmyAca,!a,,cs newest body armor -- the Improved Outer Tactical Vest.

  • Sergeant in U.S. Army Europe-Led Aviation Task Force Chooses Soldier's Life over Law Career

    Jan 24, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (Jan. 24, 2008) -- Sgt. David Williams says he joined the Army more than four and a half years ago because he owed a lot of money. Williams had racked up more than $100,000 in debt on student loans. Aca,!A"After I graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in political science, I went to the University of Southern California School of Law and earned a Juris Doctorate,Aca,!A? said Williams, a production control manager for unmanned aerial vehicles in Company G, Task Force XII, the aviation task force led by U.S. Army Europe's 12th Combat Aviation Brigade. Aca,!A"My friends from college went on to become lawyers, and I have cousins who followed in my footsteps to law school, who are lawyers.Aca,!A?

  • Renowned Artist Visits Iraq to Set Stage for Painting of U.S. Army Europe's 12th Combat Aviatio

    Jan 24, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (Jan. 24, 2008) -- For centuries, art has immortalized different aspects of war, from the ferocity of combat to the bond between Soldiers who live and die together. U.S. Army Europe's 12th Combat Aviation Brigade became the latest Army unit to begin the process of gaining immortality in art when artist James Dietz paid the brigade a visit here Jan. 13. Dietz, a renowned military and aviation artist, decided to visit 12th CAB Soldiers here and at Logistics Support Area Anaconda in Balad, to begin developing an outline for a 12th CAB commemorative print.

  • Stuttgart Opens Warrior Transition Unit

    Jan 22, 2008

    STUTTGART, Germany Aca,!" U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart has activated its Warrior Transition Unit as part of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs new mandated Medical Action Plan.

  • Air Force Weather Team Vital to Keeping Aircraft of U.S. Army Europe-Led Task Force Flying in Iraq

    Jan 22, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (Jan. 22, 2008) -- Adrift in a sea of black-and-white maps and radar images that litter the office hangs a photo of a beautiful beach with crystal-blue water and palm trees gently swaying in the breeze. This depiction of perfect weather seems oddly out of place for a weather office in a country where the weather is anything but perfect. And the team at the Task Force XII staff weather office is used to feeling a little out of place. The eight non-flight Airmen, working amongst a few thousand Soldier-aviators who patrol the skies of Baghdad every day, are proud of their unique role supporting the aviation task force here led by U.S. Army Europe's 12th Combat Aviation Brigade.

  • U.S. Army Europe Medics Treat Soldiers, Local Citizens at Remote Aid Station in Afghanistan

    Jan 22, 2008

    KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Jan 22, 2008) -- Surrounded by snow-covered mountains, the medical personnel of Task Force Saber operate an aid station on Forward Operating Base Naray along the Pakistan border in northeastern Afghanistan. The aid station team is comprised of medical personnel from U.S. Army Europe's 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and 160th Forward Surgical Team. The medicsAca,!a,,c first responsibility is to U.S. Soldiers who are wounded, injured or just need routine medical treatment.

  • U.S. Army Europe Paratroopers Watch for Taliban, Smugglers on Afghan Road

    Jan 22, 2008

    KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Jan 22, 2008) -- Paratroopers from U.S. Army Europe's 2nd platoon, Able Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry operate tactical checkpoints on a almost daily on the only road leading into the Korengal Valley. The Pech River Road is one of two paved roads in all of Kunar Province. The road allows easy travel in an area dominated by mountains from the Hindu Kush Mountain Range.

  • Nominations being accepted for SDDC's 2008 Quality Award Program

    Jan 18, 2008

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. Aca,!" Nomination packages are now being accepted for the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution CommandAca,!a,,cs 2008 Quality Award Program competition honoring Department of Defense approved transportation providers in all modes and services for sustained exceptional performance throughout 2007.

  • Europe's First: Forward Surgical Team Goes Airborne

    Jan 18, 2008

    During an Airborne Conversion Ceremony Dec. 11 at Miesau Ammo Depot, Germany, 20 medical Soldiers from the newly designated 67th FST (Airborne) proudly donned the maroon beret distinguishing them as the only airborne forward surgical team in Europe and one of only five Army-wide.

  • Darby Uses Soccer to Support Cancer Group

    Jan 18, 2008

    LIVORNO, Italy Aca,!" Camp Darby recently hosted a charity soccer tournament to assist an Italian organization that aids families of children stricken by cancer.

  • 67th Forward Surgical Team Goes Airborne

    Jan 18, 2008

    LANDSTUHL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, Germany Aca,!" During a ceremony held at Miesau Ammo Depot, Germany, 20 medical Soldiers from the newly designated 67th Forward Surgical Team (Airborne) donned maroon berets, distinguishing them as the only airborne forward surgical team in Europe and one of only five Army-wide.

  • As Closure Draws Near, Former Darmstadt Members Reminisce

    Jan 18, 2008

    DARMSTADT, Germany Aca,!" Gustav Rupietta, a former German prisoner of war, is still fond of the Americans he encountered more than 60 years ago.

  • Awareness, treatment essential to dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Jan 18, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany (Jan. 17, 2008) -- Soldiers returning from a war zone often have difficulty adjusting to life at home. They may be easily irritated, react suddenly and unexpectedly to loud noises, or become withdrawn and unwilling to communicate. Experts say people who experience a frightening, traumatic event -- such as combat -- often react with heightened levels of arousal and fear. Memories of the event are painful, and may trigger a fear response similar to that caused by the original event.

  • U.S. Army Europe paratrooper killed in combat wills $20,000 to his unit rear detachment

    Jan 17, 2008

    CASERMA EDERLE, Vicenza, Italy (Jan. 17, 2008)-- All Soldiers, especially those who deploy to combat, want to take care of their families in the event something happens to them, but one U.S. Army Europe Soldier took that concern one step further by including his fellow paratroopers in his family. Staff Sgt. Michael Gabel of USAREUR's D Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, who died of wounds received in combat in Afghanistan Dec. 12, donated more than $20,000 of his life insurance to the 173rdAca,!a,,cs rear detachment.

  • Mannheim Celebrates the New Year

    Jan 17, 2008

    MANNHEIM, Germany Aca,!" Nearly 400 German and American guests gathered Jan. 11 at the Federal Academy of Defense Administration and Technology for a New YearAca,!a,,cs reception highlighting the Mannheim military community.

  • Changing Thought Patterns Crucial in Treating PTSD

    Jan 16, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany Aca,!" Soldiers returning from a war zone often have difficulty adjusting to life at home.

  • Fallen Soldier Gives Back

    Jan 16, 2008

    CASERMA EDERLE, Vicenza, Italy Aca,!" All Soldiers, especially those who are deploying, want to take care of their families in the event something happens to them, but one Soldier took this one step further by including his fellow paratroopers in his family.

  • Benelux Managers Serve as Command 'Welcome Wagon'

    Jan 14, 2008

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium Aca,!" When it comes to accessing data in the information age, most people use the Web. The same can be said for folks wanting to learn more about living in Belgium; they too use a program tagged as the W.E.B. But thereAca,!a,,cs one big difference: the resource here is flesh and bone, not circuits and wires.

  • IMCOM-Europe NCO of the Year Advances Another Stripe

    Jan 11, 2008

    GARMISCH, Germany Aca,!" With his parents, wife and the U.S. Army Garrison Garmisch community in attendance, the Installation Management Command-Europe noncommissioned officer of the year was promoted here Jan. 7 in a ceremony at the headquarters building.

  • Troops take part in casualty exercise

    Jan 11, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (Jan. 9, 2008) Aca,!" It was a day off for Spc. Lisett Chaparro, and she decide to ride her bike to the post office to mail some souvenirs home to her Family. For Chaparro, and most of the people here, this day was just like any other Aca,!A| at least until the alarm sounded. Aca,!A"It was extremely loud and everybody could hear it,Aca,!A? said Chaparro, a combat medic in Headquarters, Headquarters Troop, 4th Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment from Los Angeles. Aca,!A"I grabbed my bike and rode all the way (to the clinic); I had two minutes to get on all my gear.Aca,!A?

  • Program Flames Winds of Change for the Better

    Jan 10, 2008

    SCHINNEN, the Netherlands Aca,!" Picture every member of an Army platoon stranded in the middle of the ocean, trapped on a burning platform. Jumping from the structure and abandoning the post is not an option. Every Soldier must turn to fight the fire.

  • Soldiers Learn to Rappel in Djibouti

    Jan 9, 2008

    Soldiers deployed from Fort Myer, Va., gained confidence in a rappelling training session conducted by Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8 Det. 20, Jan. 4.

  • WTU Vans Ready to Roll in Europe

    Jan 9, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany Aca,!" Fourteen Mercedes-Benz vans, outfitted to accommodate wheelchairs, are being distributed this month to Warrior Transition Units throughout Europe.

  • eConnection Goes Live

    Jan 9, 2008

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" Get ready to get connected with the new eConnection magazine, an online publication generated to keep people current on morale, welfare and recreation activities in Europe.

  • U.S. Army Europe Water Purification Team Processes Thousands of Gallons Daily for Afghanistan Airfie

    Jan 8, 2008

    JALALABAD AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Jan. 8, 2008)-- The four-man team of water purification specialists assigned to U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs Company A, 173rd Brigade Support Battalion is responsible for producing more than 40,000 gallons of water every day for the service members, contractors and civilian employees living here.

  • Afghan Army Mechanics Get Maintenance Training From U.S. Army Europe Support Soldiers

    Jan 8, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE FENTY, Afghanistan (Jan. 8, 2008)-- Soldiers from U.S. Army Europe's Company B, 173rd Brigade Support Battalion paid a visit to Forward Operating Base Hughie Dec. 29 to train Afghan army mechanics. More than 20 Afghan National Army Soldiers assigned to 5th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, learned how to perform Humvee preventive maintenance checks and service.

  • Europe Blood Bank Draws New Mark

    Jan 7, 2008

    DARMSTADT, Germany Aca,!" 2nd Lt. Alex Borowicz believed he was just doing his job when he stopped by the Kelley Barracks Fitness Center right before Christmas to donate blood for fellow Soldiers downrange.

  • U.S. Army Europe Stryker Soldiers Improve Soldier Care, Iraqi Economy with Clinic Upgrade

    Jan 7, 2008

    CAMP STRIKER, Iraq (Jan. 7, 2007) -- Soldiers with U.S. Army Europe's Regimental Support Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, have continued to Aca,!A"improve their foxholeAca,!A? since their arrival here in August, and the evidence is visible in the recently upgraded Troop Medical Clinic here.

  • Task Force XII Soldiers stand ready

    Jan 7, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (Jan, 7, 2008) Aca,!" Spc. David Leopold sat in the break room of the brigade air defense operations center. A fuel handler for Company E, 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, Leopold is used to working hard. For the past few days, heAca,!a,,cd been doing just that while manning a guard tower on his forward operating base just outside Baghdad.

  • Crew chiefs keep MND-B Apaches in the fight

    Jan 7, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (Jan 07, 2008) Aca,!"AH-64D Apache Longbow crew chiefs are proud of their aircraft. TheyAca,!a,,cre quick to tell you itAca,!a,,cs one of the most advanced pieces of equipment in the ArmyAca,!a,,cs arsenal. They boast that the 58 foot-long war-fighting machine travels up to 227 miles per hour and is armed with as many as 16 Hellfire rockets, up to 75 (2.75 inch) aerial rockets; and can carry 1,200 rounds for its 30 millimeter machine gun.

  • New Units in Germany Helping Injured Soldiers

    Jan 4, 2008

    For wounded Soldiers, there are two new units available in Germany to help them transition back to the military or civilian sector.

  • Wiesbaden Community Sees Building Boom

    Jan 3, 2008

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" With many Soldiers assigned here currently serving in Iraq, engineers and construction crews are shaping U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden into a first-rate place to live for those troops and their families.

  • Battlemind Prepares Soldiers for Combat, Returning Home

    Jan 3, 2008

    STUTTGART, Germany Aca,!" Today, every Soldier headed to Iraq and Afghanistan receives Battlemind training, but few know the science behind it.

  • Army Chief of Staff Salute to the Troops

    Jan 2, 2008

    Op-ed written by Gen Casey that appeared in the New York Daily News, Dec 31st, 2007.

  • Holiday Greetings From the Troops

    Dec 27, 2007

    A collection of holiday greetings from the Troops.

  • Army Field Band Concert - Frosty the Snowman

    Dec 27, 2007

    The Army Field Band performs Frosty the Snowman at their holiday concert in Baltimore, MD.

  • Holiday Greetings From the Troops

    Dec 26, 2007

    A collection of holiday greetings from the Troops.

  • MalmAfAdy Survivor Recalls Massacre

    Dec 21, 2007

    BAUGNEZ, Belgium Aca,!" Sixty three years after Nazi Waffen SS troops mowed down 84 members of his unit in cold blood, survivor Ted Paluch walked the hallowed Belgian ground where his friends had lost their lives, and he had lost his youth.

  • Battle of the Bulge Memories, Emotions Live On

    Dec 21, 2007

    BASTOGNE, Belgium Aca,!" Standing next to the killing field where he once found himself face down in the snow Aca,!" surrounded by the dead and dying Aca,!" Ted Paulich said his return wasnAca,!a,,ct as emotional as it once was, especially having visited three other times. His resiliency and composure quickly crumbled, though, when asked to honor 84 U.S. Soldiers murdered near Malmedy, Belgium, in World War II.

  • Aid Mission Improves 'Sight, Sound, Smile' in Bangladesh

    Dec 20, 2007

    A team of seven medical personnel from Tripler Army Medical Center recently teamed with army physicians from Bangladesh to treat impoverished civilians at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Bogra, a Bangladeshi Army hospital. The "Sight, Sound, and Smile" mission name is derived from the three types of disease addressed by the surgical team: cataracts, chronic ear disease and cleft lip and palate.

  • Medic Trains Afghan Soldiers, Police in First Aid while Deployed as Part of U.S. Army Europe 'S

    Dec 14, 2007

    NANGARHAR, Afghanistan (Dec. 14, 2007) -- Aca,!A"ItAca,!a,,cs a very prestigious thing to be called Aca,!EoeDocAca,!a,,c when youAca,!a,,cre around people that you work with,Aca,!A? said Pfc. Sarah Becker. Aca,!A"It means that they respect you. ItAca,!a,,cs not about the rank; itAca,!a,,cs about what you can do for them.Aca,!A? Becker is a medic deployed with U.S. Army Europe's Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 173rd Brigade Combat Team. As part of the company's military police platoon, Becker has spent most of the year gaining the respect of Aca,!A"Sky SoldiersAca,!A? across Nangarhar province and teaching first aid skills to Afghan National Police officers.

  • Hanau Welcomes U.S. Army Europe Bridging Company Home from Extended Deployment in Iraq

    Dec 14, 2007

    HANAU, Germany (Dec. 13, 2007) -- For 15 months, Nadine Brown kept herself busy with things other than the absence of her husband, but when she spotted him on the bus that brought him home, it finally hit her. Aca,!A"It doesnAca,!a,,ct seem real. I was fine this morning, but ...,Aca,!A? said Brown, family readiness group leader for U.S. Army Europe's 502nd Engineer Company, choking back tears.

  • Soldiers From U.S. Army Europe's 1st Armored Division Face Realistic Scenarios in Preparation f

    Dec 14, 2007

    HOHENFELS TRAINING AREA, Germany (Dec. 12, 2007) -- 1st Lt. Robert Dansen peered into the twilight distance, the chill air slowly sapping the heat from his body as he waited for the next convoy to approach. It had been about two hours since DansenAca,!a,,cs squad established a position in the hills just off one of the major routes 1st Armored Division had been using for its convoys.

  • 'Torgau' Exercise Gives U.S. Army Europe Soldiers Unique Opportunity to Build Relationship

    Dec 14, 2007

    HOHENFELS TRAINING AREA, Germany (Dec. 12, 2007) -- At the height of the Cold War, the idea of the armies of the U.S. and the Soviet Union training together, discussing operational tactics, or even just fraternizing on a personal level, would have seemed absurd. But today itAca,!a,,cs happening here, as U.S. Army Europe and Russian troops come together during the 2007 Aca,!A"TorgauAca,!A? exercise.

  • 'Torgau' Exercise Gives U.S. Army Europe Soldiers Unique Opportunity to Build Relationship

    Dec 14, 2007

    HOHENFELS TRAINING AREA, Germany (Dec. 12, 2007) -- At the height of the Cold War, the idea of the armies of the U.S. and the Soviet Union training together, discussing operational tactics, or even just fraternizing on a personal level, would have seemed absurd. But today itAca,!a,,cs happening here, as U.S. Army Europe and Russian troops come together during the 2007 Aca,!A"TorgauAca,!A? exercise.

  • Camp Darby Receives 'Giving Tree' From Italian Neighbors

    Dec 13, 2007

    LIVORNO, Italy - The citizens of Pistoia Province continued an Italian-American friendship tradition here by donating a Christmas tree to Camp Darby for a lighting ceremony December 7.

  • Heidelberg Staff Retraces Historical Battle of the Bulge

    Dec 13, 2007

    BAfA"TGENBACH, Belgium Aca,!" Mass formations of German armored vehicles and infantry quietly gathered along the border with Belgium and Luxembourg, preparing for Nazi GermanyAca,!a,,cs last major offensive of World War II.

  • Understanding Helps Families, Soldiers Deal With mTBI

    Dec 10, 2007

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany Aca,!" Mild traumatic brain injury, or mTBI, has been called the signature wound of the war on terror. Identifying and treating that injury has become a priority for Army medical commands worldwide.

  • Task Force XII hands control to Task Force 49, begins new mission

    Dec 10, 2007

  • Holidays Have Stuttgart Postal Service Running in High Gear

    Dec 10, 2007

    STUTTGART, Germany Aca,!" Even though Nov. 26 kicked off the holiday-shopping surge, the Stuttgart Regional Post Office crew started feeling the effects of online shopping weeks previously.

  • Community Streamlines Process of Reintegrating 'Dagger' Brigade Soldiers Home from Iraq

    Dec 10, 2007

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany (Dec. 7, 2007) -- Parking may be more difficult now, but families here seemed perfectly happy to walk a little further to the post exchange. After all, itAca,!a,,cs a small price to pay to have more than 4,000 Soldiers home from 15 months deployed to southwest Baghdad. As the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division continued its return of more than 4,000 Soldiers to Germany over the past few weeks, the Schweinfurt military community has experienced the joys of homecoming and the tedium of the necessary processes of redeployment and reintegration. Fortunately, Schweinfurt has learned some lessons from previous deployments that have honed its homecomings.

  • Kosovo Task Force Prepared for Conflict, Commander Says

    Dec 7, 2007

    As negotiations on KosovoAca,!a,,cs Aca,!A"final statusAca,!A? are expected to reach a political stalemate Dec. 10, a top commander in NATOAca,!a,,cs Kosovo Force said his troops are prepared for any potential conflict in the breakaway province.

  • Wave of Holiday Generosity in Motion for LRMC Wounded Warriors

    Dec 7, 2007

    LANDSTUHL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, Germany (Dec. 7, 2007) Aca,!" A strong and steady wave of donations are arriving daily at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. The wave of gifts and cards will usually crest toward the end of December, but chaplains, their assistants and a dedicated core of volunteers will be kept busy until January spreading the holiday cheer earmarked for LRMC patients arriving from downrange, said Chaplain (Col.) James Griffith, director of the Clinical Pastoral Division.

  • Registering Voters Delivers 'Civic Culture'

    Dec 6, 2007

    BRUSSELS, Belgium Aca,!" The Brussels U.S. military community can boast of 20 newly registered voters, thanks to a Brussels Arts CenterAca,!a,,cs voter registration event held last month.

  • U.S. Army Europe Stryker Soldiers Help Test, Screen Iraqi Police Applicants

    Dec 6, 2007

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Dec. 5, 2007) -- Soldiers from U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment participated in a four-day Iraqi police recruitment drive in the Karkh Security District that attracted thousands of potention new police officers. The Nov. 15-18 event was conducted in Sadimiyah the first day, then moved to the Olympic stadium complex in Salhiyah for the final three days.

  • Transition Team Led by U.S. Army Europe Military Police Helps Train More Iraqi Police for Baghdad Se

    Dec 6, 2007

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Dec. 5, 2007) -- The Iraqi capital's top police officials and members of the Provincial Police Transitional Team led by U.S. Army Europe's 18th Military Police Brigade gathered today at the Baghdad Provincial Directorate of Police Headquarters Academy here Dec. 4 to witness a new class of 707 Iraqi police officers graduate and perform a training demonstration.

  • Leadership, Teamwork Work Help U.S. Army Europe Military Police Hone Iraqi Police in Iskandariyah

    Dec 6, 2007

    ISKANDARIYAH, Iraq (Dec. 5, 2007) -- For members of U.S. Army Europe's 127th Military Police Company, mission success in Iskandariyah can be measured by the success of the local Haswah Market. Aca,!A"Markets are the best way to measure success in Iskandariyah,Aca,!A? said 1st Lt. Nathan Diaz, a platoon leader for the company's 3rd Aca,!A"WolfpackAca,!A? platoon.

  • Information Assurance Team Keeps U.S. Army Europe Computer Systems Safe and Up-to-Date

    Dec 6, 2007

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany (Dec. 5, 2007)-- Over the past several years the U.S. Army has invested billions of dollars in computer software, hardware and equipment to keep up with the worldAca,!a,,cs ever-changing technology. With the military's growing need for internet access comes an equal need to keep military networks, servers and systems safe from viruses, hackers and other underlying dangers that could hinder the safety and well-being of U.S. Soldiers and civilian employees.

  • Commander of U.S. Army Europe's 'Dagger' Brigade Lauds Unit's Successes During 1

    Dec 5, 2007

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany (Dec. 4, 2007) -- Shortly before leading his staff and about 200 other Soldiers of the 2nd "Dagger" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division into the Finney Fitness Center here for their welcome home ceremony Nov. 20, Col. J.B. Burton reflected with reporters on the U.S. Army Europe brigadeAca,!a,,cs 15-month mission to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Aca,!A"WeAca,!a,,cre coming home. Fifteen months of hard fighting. Fifteen months of positive and measurable change across everywhere that a Aca,!EoeDaggerAca,!a,,c Brigade Combat Team formation was located,Aca,!A? Burton said, detailing a few of the accomplishments of his subordinate battalionsAca,!a,,c task forces.

  • European Providers Learn Skills for Dealing with PTSD

    Dec 4, 2007

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands Aca,!" In the first European training of its kind, more than 150 healthcare providers from military installations scattered throughout the theater received instruction earlier this fall on the care and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and its related ailments.

  • 'School of the Trooper' Fills New U.S. Army Europe Stryker Soldier with Information, Pride

    Dec 4, 2007

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq (Dec. 4, 2007) -- A new Soldier arrives with bags in hand and waits patiently for a representative from his unit come integrate him into a new unit and a new home away from home here. Hours go by and he begins to wonder if anyone even knows he's here. The doubtful first impression of a unit left in the mind of such a Soldier is one U.S. Army Europe's 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment -- an organization with a history of welcoming Soldiers with open arms -- works hard to avoid.

  • Workshop Teaches Teachers About Army Life

    Dec 4, 2007

    Recognizing that deployments affect not only Soldiers and their Families but their supporters, Wiesbaden Army Airfield hosted a workshop and tour to show Department of Defense Dependent Schools staff members the challenges Soldiers face.

  • Scout Learns Arabic to Help Platoon, Mission

    Dec 4, 2007

    BAGHDAD (Dec 4, 2007) Aca,!" When Sgt. Jason Stisser, of Troop O, 4th Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment found out he was coming back to Iraq, he quickly brushed up on his Arabic. That prior preparation has been benefiting both him and his platoon in their current duties. Based out of Forward Operating Base Prosperity in central Baghdad, his unit, attached to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, covers the Karkh District. In a recent clearing mission dubbed, Operation Saber Sweep, the white and blue platoons of 4-2nd SCR, along with Iraqi Army soldiers, went from apartment building to apartment building gathering census information on the area residents.

  • U.S. Army Europe Soldiers to Train with Russian Troops During 'Torgau' Exercise

    Dec 4, 2007

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Dec. 3, 2007)-- April 25, 1945, was a historic day for the Soldiers of V CorpsAca,!a,,c 273rd Infantry Regiment, 69th Infantry Division. As they moved deep into eastern Germany, the American troops apprehensively chased remnants of the German army. Approaching the Elbe River in the small town of Torgau, the Soldiers saw something unexpected Aca,!" men in Soviet uniforms. As they came together to shake hands, the union of the U.S. and Soviet armies marked the symbolic defeat of GermanyAca,!a,,cs Third Reich and the victory of the Allied forces.

  • Healing Warriors Appreciate New Warriors in Transition Program

    Dec 3, 2007

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany Aca,!" When it comes to learning about programs developed specifically for them, wounded Soldiers assigned here are being updated by community leadership.

  • 5-158 AVN. Transforms Briefing Space into Movie Theater

    Dec 3, 2007

    After spending a little time in Task Force ReadyAca,!a,,cs newly renovated theater, you might think youAca,!a,,cre in a multiplex cinema back home. With its plush stadium-style seating, a booming surround-sound system, full-size movie screen and a real popcorn machine, the theater offers Task Force Ready Soldiers some much-needed respite from the dust, noise and activity outside.

  • Blue Star Program Still Shining in Schweinfurt

    Nov 30, 2007

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany Aca,!" The Blue Star Card program Aca,!" the Schweinfurt Child and Youth Services version of the overall Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command 15:12 initiative Aca,!" continues to roll on here.

  • Entertainers Bring Song And Cheer to Wounded Warriors at LRMC

    Nov 30, 2007

    LANDSTUHL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (Nov. 30, 2007) Germany Aca,!" A taped football game between the Patriots and Eagles took on the semblance of a TV reality show Nov. 29 for Army Specialist Robert Hammond. While watching the game at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Hammond was interrupted when a group of New England Patriot cheerleaders appeared suddenly at his bedside. For the next five minutes, the injured Soldier became a victim of holiday cheer by the Patriot pom-pom squad and singers Melina Leon and Jamie OAca,!a,,cNeal.

  • USAG Vicenza Breaks Ground for New Schools, Childcare Facilities

    Nov 29, 2007

    VICENZA, Italy Aca,!" A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday on Caserma EderleAca,!a,,cs Villaggio della Pace for the construction of new schools and childcare facilities for U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza.

  • U.S. Army Europe Stryker Soldier Shares Deployment in Iraq With Field Artillery Brother

    Nov 29, 2007

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Nov 27, 2007)-- Most American servicemembers are separated from their loved ones while in combat, but one U.S. Army Europe Soldier was brought closer to a brother who is also deployed. Capt. Phillip Garner of the 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery was already in Iraq when Spc. Alex Lamont Garner of USAREUR's 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment found out that he too would be deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Learning the Basics with Army Family Team Building

    Nov 28, 2007

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" If youAca,!a,,cre wondering what your spouses mean when they say the ETA for dinner will be NLT 1900 hours, the Army Family Team Building program has just the class for you.

  • Garmisch Helps Medevac Seriously Injured Child

    Nov 28, 2007

    GARMISCH, Germany Aca,!" Members of U.S. Army Garrison Garmisch assisted in the Nov. 13 medical evacuation of a seriously injured German child.

  • Thanksgiving in Mannheim

    Nov 26, 2007

    MANNHEIM, Germany Aca,!" From left: 5th Signal Command's Command Sgt. Maj. Roderick D. Johnson; commander, Brig. Gen. Susan S. Lawrence; and Capt. Benjamin Anderson, of U.S. Army Garrison Mannheim, serve Thanksgiving lunch to more than 300 hungry servicemembers and civilians at 5th SignalAca,!a,,cs 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion dining facility here.

  • Soldier Holiday Greeting

    Nov 21, 2007

    Deployed Soldiers send holiday greetings to family and friends.

  • U.S. Army Europe Soldiers in Afghanistan Run 24-Hour Race in Honor of Comrades who Died in Vietnam

    Nov 21, 2007

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE FENTY, Afghanistan Nov. 20, 2007 -- "On the 8th of November, the angels were crying as they carried his brothers away. ... There were few men left standing that day," sings the country duo Big & Rich in their ballad commemorating the fall of 48 American Soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade in 1965 in Operation Hump in Vietnam.

  • U.S. Army Europe Engineers Take Part in Operation to Secure Areas by Iraq's Euphrates River

    Nov 21, 2007

    CAMP STRIKER, Iraq Nov, 20, 2007 -- A 3:50 a.m. wake-up call from 4,000 pounds of explosives dropped from B-1B bomber is what you call a true rude awakening. That's when coalition forces dropped in at island in the Euphrates River suspected to be an insurgent safe haven.

  • Soldiers with U.S. Army Europe-Led Task Force Sing National Anthem at Minnesota Vikings Game From Ir

    Nov 20, 2007

    LOGISTICAL SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Balad, Iraq Nov. 19, 2007 -- Some Task Force XII Soldiers were honorary guests at the Metrodome in Minneapolis for a Minnesota Vikings game Sunday, and they didnAca,!a,,ct even have to be there.Sgt. Willard Barnett, Sgt. Frank Degele and Spc. Jennifer Stiglet of the 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation joined the ranks of music icons such as Celine Dion and Stevie Wonder when they sang the national anthem, via satellite, from Iraq to a stadium packed with nearly 63,000 fans a world away. The 2-147th is a Minnesota Army National Guard unit that is part of the aviation task force here led by U.S. Army Europe's 12th Combat Aviation Brigade.

  • Vietnam Vet Still Serving Brings 40 Years of Know-How to U.S. Army Europe-Led Aviation Task Force in

    Nov 20, 2007

    LOGISTICAL SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Balad, Iraq Nov. 19, 2007 -- If you stick around the military long enough, youAca,!a,,cll become accustomed to change. After serving just 10 years in the Army a Soldier will talk about Aca,!A"the good old days,Aca,!A? and how heAca,!a,,cs seen everything from weapons to uniforms change drastically over that decade. And if so much has changed in 10 years, itAca,!a,,cs difficult to imagine how much has changed in the past 40 years.

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