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  • Green Belt class aims to improve communication

    Aug 21, 2009

    Seeking to improve the process by which hearing-impaired employees request interpreters, ASC has launched a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt project. Two training sessions set the stage for the project. They were held on June 15-19 and July 13-17 in the Army Sustainment Command Headquarters' Command Assessment and Continuous Improvement Conference Center.

  • Installation supply, maintenance activities set to reorganize

    Aug 21, 2009

    A large but quiet change will take place in Army installation supply and maintenance activities during the next two years.

  • Finding work is key to rebuilding lives of returning Wounded Warriors

    Aug 21, 2009

    Finding meaningful employment is a crucial component of helping severely wounded Soldiers to rebuild their lives and starting to experience a normal life.

  • Honor Flight Extra Special for Brotherly Veterans

    Aug 21, 2009

    Like all the other veterans making the Tennessee Valley Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. on Aug. 29, Joe Costello of Huntsville is looking forward to visiting with other veterans and seeing the World War II memorial. "I hope to see some of my friends that I knew in the service," he said. "It will be an honor to see the World War II memorial and the changing of the guard (at Arlington Cemetery). I will be proud to see the names inscribed on the World War II memorial because I know they are the ones who are heroes, the ones who died." Yet, his trip has become even more special with the addition of a much-loved companion.

  • 21st TSC welcomes new commanding general

    Aug 21, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - Even the hottest day of this summer could not keep the large number of guests, Soldiers, civilian employees and Families away.

  • 21st TSC holds retreat, tattoo ceremony to honor former commanding general

    Aug 21, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - The 21st Theater Sustainment Command held a retreat and tattoo ceremony dedicated to its former commanding general at the parade field on Panzer Kaserne Aug. 19.

  • USACE uses Quality Management System website to standardize business processes

    Aug 21, 2009

    USACE initiated a quality management system, throughout the divisions, labs and centers of expertise, to document and consolidate all business processes in one location so every employee has access to them.

  • Speicher Soldiers learn to mulititask

    Aug 21, 2009

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION SPEICHER, Iraq - Transportation Soldiers at Contingency Operating Location Speicher, Iraq, are performing a mission very different from the one they originally expected.

  • Ham: Infantry-Armor merger 'makes perfect sense'

    Aug 20, 2009

    When the top U.S. general in Europe - a 33-year Army veteran with longtime ties to Fort Benning - first heard the Infantry and Armor schools would merge here into the Maneuver Center of Excellence, he said his reaction was mixed.

  • AMSC opens registration for FY10 Civilian Education System classes

    Aug 20, 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.

  • Graduates rave about Army Civilian Education System program

    Aug 20, 2009

    Army Management Staff College graduated a combined total of 107 students from its Intermediate course (IC) and Continuing Education for Senior Leaders (CESL) program recently. Of the total, 29 students graduated from the senior leader program and 78 graduated from the Intermediate Course at ceremonies held in their honor. Although the classes are different, all students had at least one thing in common--they took time away from their home stations to invest in their development as leaders. The graduates raved about the courses.

  • Housing market crisis assistance offered

    Aug 20, 2009

    Persistent stateside economic problems are hammering the U.S. real-estate market. And many people within the Army community - troops and their families, along with civilian employees - are finding themselves unable to make monthly payments, rent homes or have loans where the appraised value of the house is less than the mortgage.

  • HIRED! Program concludes successful first term

    Aug 20, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- HIRED! is an apprenticeship program for youth in the ages of 15 to 18. It provides on-the-job experience and allows the apprentices to gain valuable skills. The first term is about to end and the second term begins Sept. 8.

  • Cultural resources discovery brings local archeologists to USACE project site

    Aug 20, 2009

    On August 24, contractors will begin excavating the site in search of Roman artifacts and ruins as foundation work begins on the $133 million WAAF South Army Family Housing project. The project is being managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District.

  • The Unbroken Alliance: Leaders past and present address 65-year American-European partnership

    Aug 20, 2009

    In the 65 years since the liberation of Europe and the 60 years since NATO's establishment, the American-European Alliance has changed in many ways, but it has continued a transatlantic bridge of democracy and freedom.

  • Looking at the past to forge a better future

    Aug 18, 2009

    Leader development is the top priority of Gen. Martin Dempsey, the Commanding General of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command. On the first day of the TRADOC Senior Leader Conference in Gettysburg, the senior leaders of TRADOC took a staff ride of the Gettysburg battlefield to look back at how Generals Robert E. Lee of the Confederate States and U.S Federal Army Gen. George G. Meade worked through the Battle of Gettysburg.

  • Building trust at 2009 LandWarNet Conference

    Aug 18, 2009

    "You have to think big. You have to think together." That was the first of many messages from the key speaker at the opening plenary session of the 2009 LandWarNet Conference here. The LWN Conference runs Aug. 18-22, and is a joint knowledge symposium headed by the Army's Chief Information Office/G-6 and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association designed to bring government and industry together to share ideas, best business practices, and future initiatives.

  • EFMP Camp: ACS offers five days of fun for local kids

    Aug 18, 2009

    Andre Ross, 10, said he really enjoyed making his papier-mAfAcchAfA football at the Arts and Cultural Center Aug. 12, but he said the best part of the Heidelberg Exceptional Family Member Program Summer Camp was visiting the animals at the Walldorf Tierpark.

  • FMWR's Hired! program offers apprenticeships

    Aug 18, 2009

    Twenty-nine students were successfully placed with HIRED!, a teen-apprenticeship program recently introduced to the Baden-WAfA1/4rttemberg community that provides paid apprenticeships for 15- to 18-year-olds.

  • Reading program enhances understanding of German history, replicates Berlin Wall

    Aug 18, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Thirty-three Grafenwoehr and Vilseck children gathered with family members and library staff Aug. 10 at Dick Hauter Lake on Camp Heritage to tear down a symbolic replica of the Berlin Wall as the culmination of the U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Libraries summer reading program, celebrating 20 years of reunited Germany.

  • Travel health tips: Get smart before you depart

    Aug 18, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - We know that money can't buy health. So why do we diligently plan the financial aspect of our travels, yet totally forget - or wait until the last minute - before considering the health risks of the trip.

  • Little League World Series slips from Wolverines' grasp

    Aug 17, 2009

    If only the Stuttgart Wolverines could turn back time. No doubt they would rewind to July 19, when the junior Little League team was just one victory away from earning a spot in the 2009 Junior League Baseball World Series to be held this month.

  • VBS blends bayou theme with Bible message

    Aug 17, 2009

    Learning about God doesn't have to be boring, according to the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Religious Support Office. Bible lessons can come in the form of a song, a game or even a snack.

  • Green Beret gave life 'leading his brothers in combat'

    Aug 17, 2009

    STUTTGART, Germany -- On Aug. 4, the Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), paid their respects to Chief Warrant Officer 2 Douglas Vose during a ceremony at Panzer Kaserne Chapel.

  • Postal platoon Soldiers deliver themselves home

    Aug 17, 2009

    For 15 months, 17 Soldiers from 3rd Platoon, 566th Postal Company, delivered thousands of pounds of mail through three different Army Post Offices in the region of Baghdad, Iraq. However, their last delivery may be their most memorable, as it was the one that brought them back to Stuttgart on July 29.

  • Army Family Covenant survey located online

    Aug 17, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - The Aug. 15 unveiling of a new, online survey is allowing Soldiers and their families to express frank opinions about anything related to the Army Family Covenant, and just what they think it's done or not done since its inception two years ago.

  • Two days of hell, nine men of valor

    Aug 17, 2009

    On two separate days in April, members of Company B, 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), were engaged in hostile enemy action, resulting in nine of its members receiving awards for valor.

  • Unintended footsteps: Grandson follows his grandfather

    Aug 14, 2009

    Spc. John Sheldon, who is from Pittsburgh, Pa., had not intended to join the Army; he certainly did not intend to become a public affairs specialist, and he did not intend to follow in his grandfathers footsteps. But that's exactly what he has done-in his own way. ....Sheldon's grandfather was Walter, or Walt, Sheldon. ....."He is best known for his nonfiction work-it started with detective novels to pay the bills," John said. "(His writings were) first hand, non-fiction accounts and interviews of the occupation of Japan, and history of Vietnam, the history of the Korea war, and other biographical and U.S. military history books. (His best known work) is the 'The Honorable Conquerors' and it is also the most referenced book about the occupation of Japan." Other non-fiction work includes "Tigers in the Rice" 1969, "Hell or High Water" 1968, and "Tour of Duty" 1959.

  • U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy shifts focus of curriculum

    Aug 14, 2009

    The 60th class of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy began nine months of instruction last week with a redesigned curriculum to reflect today's military.

  • Airborne troops participate in local service project

    Aug 14, 2009

    VICENZA, Italy -- Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne) took part in a local service project to develop a partnership between the American and Italian communities.

  • AFRICOM commander visits 17th Air Force headquarters

    Aug 14, 2009

    Gen. William "Kip" Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command, made his first visit to the newly renovated headquarters of 17th Air Force, also known as U.S. Air Forces Africa, Aug. 11, 2009.

  • Missing Link: Program helps orient teens to life overseas

    Aug 14, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- Military teens know what it feels like to move from one place to another, making new friends and feeling lost in a crowd.

  • German community leaders thanked for their support of U.S. Soldiers, families

    Aug 13, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- Mayors and other community leaders from nearby cities visited 1st Armored Division's command post exercise here in preparation for the division's deployment to Iraq this December. The German leaders were thanked for their continued support of U.S. military families through ongoing deployments.

  • Thorpe Cup: World-class athletes inspire Wiesbaden youths

    Aug 13, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - The competitive world of track and field vaulted itself into the minds of Wiesbaden young people earlier this month.

  • Missing Link: Program helps orient teens to life overseas

    Aug 13, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- Military teens know what it feels like to move from one place to another, making new friends and feeling lost in a crowd.

  • NCOs put on a new face for a changing Army

    Aug 13, 2009

    At the front of every Army mission in the United States or overseas you'll find a noncommissioned officer. They know their missions, they know their equipment, but most importantly they know their Soldiers.

  • BRAC brings upheaval, opportunity to San Antonio

    Aug 13, 2009

    Construction on the Installation Management Command campus at Fort Sam Houston is raising the dust.

  • Operation Dragoon veterans finally honored

    Aug 13, 2009

    In 1944, Allied forces were in a stalemate in the hedgerow country after breaking out of Normandy Beach. The battle was not going the Allies' way and they could have been driven back to the beach. Operation Dragoon was the amphibious invasion in the south of France that linked up with the units breaking out of Normandy. The operation fortified the Allied presence in France and began the eventual defeat of the Axis powers in Europe. The Society of the 3rd Infantry Division, Outpost 5845, Europe, honored the veterans of that campaign with a ceremony, Aug. 5 at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C.

  • Military Long Drive: Heidelberg Soldier wins regional competition

    Aug 13, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Tafuna Oney, U.S. Army Garrison Heidelberg operations, qualified for the finals of the 2009 Military Long Drive Championship to be held in Mesquite, Nev., later this year by winning the regional event for Europe at the Heidelberg Golf Club Saturday.

  • National Night Out unifies community

    Aug 13, 2009

    Twelve different agencies, whose jobs are to protect the Soldiers, civilians and family members in the garrison communities, came together in Heidelberg Aug. 4 to celebrate National Night Out.

  • Ultimate Slooze Show: Florida team brings whacky games to area youth

    Aug 13, 2009

    Green spots recently appeared on several children in the Heidelberg area prompting smiles and cheers from onlookers. The spots were slooze, a mixture of edible ingredients, which a 22-member team from First Baptist Church of Altamonte Springs, Fla., flung onto the children during a series of games they call the Slooze Show.

  • Training heats up for firefighters

    Aug 12, 2009

    NOVO SELO TRAINING AREA, Bulgaria - Retired firefighters from across Bulgaria, now providing contracting support for D.S.G. - Service Gesellschaft MBH, trained here Aug. 5 under the guidance of U.S. Army Installation Management Command-Europe.

  • Suicide -when destructive thoughts turn to actions

    Aug 12, 2009

    It probably started before the birth of her second child, but by the time she started back to work from maternity leave she was in full blown depression-and it only got worse.

  • A class act: Army Prep School graduates 2,000 in first year

    Aug 12, 2009

    This month marks a year since the Army Preparatory School at Fort Jackson helped its first student-Soldiers earn their General Education Development certificate.

  • Renovated disabled persons center reopens

    Aug 12, 2009

    Joint Task Force-East repaired a community center and officially reopened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 10. Members of the U.S. Navy and Bulgarian Land Forces worked together to repair the Dame Gruev Center for the Disabled as part of a humanitarian civic assistance effort.

  • Airmen, Soldiers share capabilities at Army's European combat training center

    Aug 12, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany - Ground forces, whether in Afghanistan or Iraq, can be reasonably certain any aircraft above them is friendly aircraft. What they can't be certain of is what kind of aircraft is up there, who owns the aircraft, what kind of help the aircraft can offer and, finally, how they can talk to the aircraft about the situation on the ground.

  • 1-4 Infantry company ready for Afghanistan

    Aug 12, 2009

  • Corps of Engineers joins team to rebuild Armenia's water systems

    Aug 12, 2009

    Clean water is scarce in Armenia, due to breaks, leaks and gaps in the country's disjointed network of pipes. A team including the Yerevan Office of Defense Cooperation and EUCOM ...

  • Educated Soldiers win wars, TRADOC tells educators

    Aug 11, 2009

    "The side that has the smartest Soldiers ... is the side that wins war."

  • The best Army invention ever

    Aug 11, 2009

    The Army P-38 can opener has provided to be much more versatile through the years for resourceful Soldiers, from an aid to cleaning weapons to makeshift ornaments for an artificial Christmas tree.

  • Multinational sniper course teaches more than just cover and concealment

    Aug 11, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - An out-of-place rock ... an olive drab rucksack not covered ... the subdued black muzzle of a Win Mag 300.

  • Training keeps the movement of Army equipment in Europe on track

    Aug 11, 2009

    VILSECK, Germany - Soldiers attending the Combined Arms Training Center's Unit Movement Officer Course, held in Vilseck, put their acquired knowledge to use during a practical exercise which evaluated their ability to properly secure and move military equipment for deployments.

  • Training helps Soldiers keep Europe's roads safe from hazardous materials

    Aug 11, 2009

    Thick black smoke billowed from the fire. Water didn't help. It actually fed the inferno. The more water the Soldier sprayed, the higher the flames licked toward the sky. It was a grease fire.

  • Conventional training prepares Soldiers for unconventional contingencies

    Aug 11, 2009

    VILSECK, Germany - According to Michael Dunson, lead instructor for the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Course offered at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's Combined Arms Training Center in Vilseck, today's Soldier needs to be prepared for chemical weapons on the battlefield, as more and more countries continue to test chemical and biological weapons.

  • Amateur radio exams to be held near Baumholder

    Aug 11, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - Examinations for U.S. Federal Communications Commission amateur radio licenses will be held Sept. 26 at the "Feuerwehrhaus," (Fire Dept. House), in Berschweiler near Baumholder.

  • Stunt-like driving course helps Soldiers evade terrorism

    Aug 11, 2009

    The backdrop: a quaint German village is nestled snugly on a hillside encircling an ancient Bavarian castle perched atop like some crown jewel of the region.

  • Joint, multinational experiences add variety to marksmanship training

    Aug 11, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Not so long ago, deploying troops practiced shooting from a foxhole or in the prone position. Looking down the firing line, you would see the same uniform.

  • Heidelberg Golf Course hosting tourney in support of breast cancer awareness

    Aug 10, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - The Heidelberg Golf Course will host the annual Rally for the Cure tournament Aug. 29.

  • New pre-K program focuses on academics, self-help

    Aug 10, 2009

    A new Army-wide pre-kindergarten program promises to teach children more than classroom rules and good behavior. It's called Strong Beginnings, and has a curriculum that includes science and technology, literature and math.

  • Winds of change sweep through Baumholder

    Aug 10, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - Barely one and a half months after it's return from Iraq, the 2nd Brigade Combat team is on the move again. In a combined reflagging and change of command ceremony, the brigade's leadership said goodbye to Baumholder and a new brigade leadership team took over what is now the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Heavy.

  • Wiesbaden youths bring classic story to life

    Aug 10, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- For many people the story of "Pinocchio" brings back memories. The tale of a young puppet boy awakened by a blue fairy who tells him he can become a real boy if he proves himself "brave, truthful, and unselfish" is a part of many people's childhoods.

  • Wiesbaden students have fun, continue learning during vacation

    Aug 10, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - While many U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden teachers and youths enjoyed time away from school during summer vacation, a group of dedicated instructors and students explored "Mysteries, Science and Math" at Hainerberg Elementary School for four weeks.

  • First MRAP course in Europe stresses common-sense safety

    Aug 10, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany - Soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team were the first European-based troops to attend the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's initial Mine Resistant Ambush Protected, or MRAP, Operators Course during the last week of July.

  • Garrison pilot program addresses trash talk issues

    Aug 10, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Recent trash talk by community members has led U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden officials to revamp practices aimed at cleaning up the community's housing areas.

  • AAFES 'deployees': Store workers volunteer to serve wherever service members deploy

    Aug 10, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Army and Air Force Exchange Service "deployees" know about the sporadic gunfire, the truck convoys, the constant sound of mortar rounds and insurgent attacks that emerge from giant sandstorms.

  • Retiree organizations keep veterans, spouses informed

    Aug 10, 2009

    The woes of health care costs and the feeling that every legislative session brings another threat against veteran and retiree benefits aren't lost on U.S. military retirees living in Europe.

  • Mother, son serve together in Afghanistan

    Aug 8, 2009

    Deployed Soldiers have all kissed their families good-bye, and headed off to war with the expectation of learning to handle the constant heartache of missing their loved ones. However, in a rare exception, two Soldiers in eastern Afghanistan have found unexpected relief from this typical situation by being assigned to the same location at Forward Operating Base Salerno in the Khost province.

  • Home Is where the Company is

    Aug 7, 2009

    LANDSTUHL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, Germany - Speeches were interrupted by the sounds of crying babies and restless kids, but no one minded - they were entitled.

  • IMCOM-Europe postal team hosts first Postal Summit

    Aug 7, 2009

    SCHWETZINGEN, Germany - Postal representatives from various military and civilian agencies have concluded a two-day Postal Summit Conference hosted here by Installation Management Command-Europe at its Center for Workforce Development.

  • Residence-related Army accidents down by more than 100

    Aug 6, 2009

    US Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center sees a reduction in residence-related accidents for this fiscal year.

  • German, American Soldiers amplify relationship

    Aug 6, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- The relationship between the German army's 2nd Company, 466th Maintenance Battalion, and members of the U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg military community are reaching new heights.

  • Military Police battle for spot in annual competition

    Aug 6, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- Members of the 630th Military Police Company competed in Schweinfurt recently for an opportunity to represent the 793rd Military Police Battalion at the preeminent endurance competition for military police and criminal investigators.

  • Fort Riley trains last transition team before mission moves to Fort Polk

    Aug 5, 2009

    Class 78 will be the last military transition team to graduate from Fort Riley. The class, which started training in July, will graduate mid-September. The mission will then move to Fort Polk, La., under 162nd Infantry Brigade who will pick up the mission and continue the training from that point on, said Lt. Col. Keith Casey, commander of the 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade.

  • 1st Infantry Division Soldiers remember fallen brothers

    Aug 5, 2009

    The Victory Bell tolled for its fallen, a firing squad sounded off in salute and bagpipes played a solemn tune as 53 Soldiers were remembered July 30 during a memorial ceremony at the 1st Infantry Division's Victory Park.

  • Hohenfels children 'get creative' with summer reading program

    Aug 5, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany -- In the wide array of images the word 'summer' conjures up in the minds of schoolchildren-afternoons at the pool, nights spent catching fireflies and staying up past bedtime- enjoying a good book outside of the classroom might not be at the top of many lists. However, for many children at U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels, summer is a time to do just that: read, and have fun doing it.

  • Students with disabilities explore government employment

    Aug 5, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - For Estrellita Austin-Wimbush, coming to Germany to work for the federal government has been a long road. She's here now, though, working in the U.S. Army Garrison Baden-WAfA1/4rttemberg Equal Employment Opportunity Office, thanks to the Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities.

  • Heidelberg Soldier to compete at Army level

    Aug 5, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Sgt. Jason Boatwright can now add two new titles to his resume after being named both the Installation Management Command and National Capital Region Soldier of the Year.

  • Only a test: Heidelberg community checks readiness capabilities

    Aug 5, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - A simulated radioactive-laced bomb was detonated on Nachrichten Kaserne Saturday morning killing several Soldiers and wounding even more. The incident was part of an annual anti-terror and consequence management exercise designed to test the response of community emergency crews and validate the procedures in place to handle this type of situation.

  • Wiesbaden Soldiers compete in dragon races

    Aug 5, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Lesson one: Dragon boat racing is won at the start.

  • Grafenwoehr German-American Volksfest

    Aug 5, 2009

    U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, along with its partner communities, held the 52nd annual German-American Volksfest in Grafenwoehr, Germany July 31 to Aug. 2. The fest drew an estimated crowd of more than 70,000.

  • Online survey calls for your opinions on services related to Army Family Covenant

    Aug 5, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Do you have an opinion you want to express to senior Army leadership about programs and services you receive at your garrison' Now's your chance.

  • Officials of local governments tour Novo Selo Training Area

    Aug 4, 2009

    NOVO SELO TRAINING AREA, Bulgaria - Mayors and other government officials near Novo Selo Training Area toured the temporary forward operating site here Jul. 30 with Joint Task Force-East leaders.

  • HIRED! helps Baumholder teens get ahead

    Aug 4, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - Surviving high school is a challenge on its own, but what happens afterward' Many students go to work or continue on to college and never know what they are really interested in.

  • Focus groups begin evaluation of Covenant delivery in Europe

    Aug 4, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany - A four-person team from U.S. Army Europe, Installation Management Command-Europe and Europe Regional Medical Command conducted focus groups July 30-31 to assess the success of the Army Family Covenant at U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt.

  • Army Astronaut Candidate Visits Redstone Arsenal

    Aug 3, 2009

    A deluxe session of five grueling days of interviews, extensive physical and medical testing and psychological screens were just a few of the hurdles passed when Lt. Col. Mark Vande Hei got word that he would become NASA's 15th Army astronaut in space. Vande Hei visited SMDC/ARSTRAT and Huntsville, Ala. on July 30.

  • Year of the NCO: Brussels staff sergeant sets high standards

    Aug 3, 2009

    BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The Brussels Atomium is an iconic landmark of Brussels. A monument in the schematic shape of an iron crystal, it was built as a centerpiece for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair, and has remained standing, long after the fair's closing.

  • Respite Child Care provides options to families of deployed servicemembers, Warriors in Transition

    Aug 3, 2009

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium Aca,!" Military family members of deployed servicemembers or Warriors in Transition occasionally need a break, especially if they have children they are looking after. The Respite Child Care program helps fill that need. The program has become a life-line Army wide and is gaining momentum in the USAG Benelux and SHAPE communities as well.

  • 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion establishes in Schweinfurt

    Aug 3, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- The 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion (ESB) has now unfurled its colors in Schweinfurt, marking its official relocation from Mannheim in a ceremony at the USAG Schweinfurt Andrus Garden on Ledward Barracks July 31.

  • Combat medics treat Afghan locals, provide healthcare to remote villages

    Aug 1, 2009

    In a garrison environment, medics operate sick-call clinics for ill or injured Soldiers. On the frontlines, medics stabilize severely-wounded troops long enough for a medical evacuation to a field hospital. At Forward Operating Base Baylough, two medics of the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment use their medical skills for not only their fellow Soldiers but also local Afghans.

  • Young Dane visits WWII graves, Fort Knox

    Jul 31, 2009

  • Army looks to refine initial officer training

    Jul 31, 2009

    Initial officer training will see changes later this year as part of the Army's ongoing effort to improve force generation and make better use of personnel and training resources.

  • Bamberg hosts successful series of summer programs for youth

    Jul 31, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany - As July draws to a close, participants in Bamberg's youth summer programs have one month left of trips and activities to take part in before the start of the school year.

  • 405th AFSB Begins Relocation to Kaiserslautern

    Jul 30, 2009

    SECKENHEIM, Germany - The 405th Army Field Support Brigade (AFSB), currently headquartered at Hammonds Barracks in Seckenheim, has begun the relocation process for its headquarters to Kaiserslautern.

  • TMDE Announces Facility Relocation

    Jul 30, 2009

    SECKENHEIM, Germany - The U.S. Army Test, Measurement, Diagnostic and Equipment Activity Region Europe has successfully executed the relocation of a large fixed-site TMDE support center from Conn Barracks Annex in Schweinfurt to a newly renovated facility more than 60 miles away at Stork Barracks in Illesheim.

  • MP regimental CSM visits 18th MP Brigade

    Jul 30, 2009

    The military police Soldiers of the 18th Military Police Brigade were offered a rare opportunity July 21 to 24 when the Military Police Corps regimental command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Kirkland, paid a visit to the brigade to speak with the troops.

  • Europe-based Soldiers get chance to test-fire, train with Army's newest howitzer

    Jul 30, 2009

    Soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment FIRES Squadron became the first unit in Europe to fire the Army's new M777 Howitzers at the Joint Multinational Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area, July 24.

  • Europe-based Soldiers learn to lead troops into battle

    Jul 30, 2009

  • Ansbach Military Police dedicates new kennel

    Jul 29, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany Aca,!" Soldiers from the 527th Military Police Company at U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach dedicated their newly located and renovated kennel to one of their own who was killed in the line of duty.

  • Summer Safety Shoutout: 'Reward Kids for Doing the Right Thing'

    Jul 29, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany -- The U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Provost Marshal; morale, welfare and recreation; and Army and Air Force Exchange Service are teaming up to help keep community youth safe with a little positive reinforcement.

  • Summer hire hits Heidelberg

    Jul 29, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Local students shine up facilities with some elbow grease for their vacation jobs as part of the summer hire program.