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  • 21st TSC takes suicide training seriously

    Mar 12, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. That is one of the tenets the 21st Theater Sustainment Command hopes its Soldiers and civilians will take away from the suicide prevention and intervention training held at the theater on Kleber Kaserne recently.

  • Hohenfels students earn national ranking, make school history at JROTC competition

    Mar 12, 2009

    After competing against the 14 top teams in the country, the Hohenfels High School all-female rifle team brought back the school's first ever national ranking with their fifth place finish at the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Service Championship Feb. 13 and 14 in Camp Perry, Ohio. "We're the first athletic team from Hohenfels to go to a stateside competition, and not only did we do well, we brought home some bacon," said coach 1st Sgt. (Ret.) Bruce Andrews.

  • Command sergeants major kick off Year of the NCO at Hohenfels

    Mar 12, 2009

    Command Sgt. Major Mike Boom and Command Sgt. Major Perry Clark spoke to Soldiers at the U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels dining facility Feb. 27 about the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer. The ceremony was a symbolic kick off for a yearAca,!a,,cs worth of activities that will incorporate the theme, said Clark. Aca,!A"Our NCOs have come a long way and done a whole lot. They make it all run. You just canAca,!a,,ct celebrate that in half an hour,Aca,!A? he said.

  • 550 Troops Gather for Year of the NCO Community Run

    Mar 11, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Despite rain and cold weather, about 550 Soldiers participated in a Heidelberg community run Friday morning to celebrate 2009 as the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer.

  • System uses ID cards to track use of recreational facilities

    Mar 11, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Gone are the days of scribbling your name on a clipboard before entering a fitness center.

  • NATO Military Committee Chairman pays respects to Unknowns

    Mar 11, 2009

  • Joint celebration says 'thanks' to youth

    Mar 11, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- Saying "thanks" this year to Kaiserslautern's youngest members during April's Month of the Military Child will mark a "first."

  • Pre-cancerous skin spots cause look back at lifelong over-exposure to the sun

    Mar 11, 2009

    Over-exposure to the sun during youth and young adulthood causes Kaiserslautern resident to undergo painful treatment later in life and remind others of the sun's danger.

  • 'Peter Pan:' Grateful German citizen treats U.S. youths to free day at the theater

    Mar 11, 2009

    (FRANKFURT, Germany) - A German whose early childhood was influenced by the action of an American Soldier has in turn reached out to the children of American Soldiers in Germany. Dr. Wilfried Kastening, treasurer of Frankfurt International School, and his wife, Astrid, business manager of Theatre Unlimited, hosted 45 children and their chaperones from U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden's School-Age Services program at a play in Frankfurt. The children attended the opening performance of "Peter Pan" at the English Theater.

  • Wiesbaden AFAP conference prioritizes top issues

    Mar 11, 2009

    (WIESBADEN, Germany) - For the seasoned participants of the Army Family Action Plan, the process is great. But to the Soldier who executes with few words of instruction, the process may be a little too bureaucratic. But whatever the regard, for the past 25 years, the process has been getting things done.

  • Two U.S. Army Europe captains among winners of Army-level MacArthur leadership awards

    Mar 11, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Mar.. 10, 2009) - Two U.S. Army Europe captains have been recognized as being among the best junior officer leaders in today's Army. Capt. Allen Kehoe of Company D, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, and Capt. Erik C. Oksenvaag of Company C, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, were among the 28 winners in the Army-level competition of the 2008 Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Awards program. The winners were announced by official Army message March 6.

  • Military looks to dispel myths, advance treatment for TBI

    Mar 10, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany - Get a good night's sleep. That is medical professionals' seemingly simple, yet sometimes complicated, goal when they reintegrate Soldiers who have returned from deployments and might have suffered traumatic brain injuries, according to Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher, commander of Europe Regional Medical Command.

  • Read to children: They will thank you later

    Mar 10, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany - "It takes hundreds of hours of lap time for a child to gain the pre-literacy skills necessary to learn to read early and well," said the National Children's Reading Foundation Web site about the need for parents to read to their children.

  • Schweinfurt youth participate in Imagemakers contest

    Mar 10, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany - The back wall of the School Age Services (SAS) gymnasium came to life March 3, covered with photographs and digital art in the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Imagemakers competition.

  • Year of the NCO: Benelux Spotlight

    Mar 10, 2009

    MONS, Belgium -- Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Bartelle, the senior noncommissioned officer Allied Command Operations, took time to show his appreciation to two NCOs instrumental in planning the Black History Month celebration at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Belgium.

  • Dutch Prime Minister Takes Time Out for Brussels First-Grader

    Mar 10, 2009

    BRUSSELS, Belgium - Many youngsters who learned to read after 1995 are acquainted with Stanley Lambchop, a.k.a. "Flat Stanley." One student in Brussels sent his Flat Stanley to the Dutch Prime Minister and received a pleasant surprise.

  • Army Emergency Relief equates to 'Soldiers helping Soldiers'

    Mar 10, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany -- Think nonprofit organization, think Army Emergency Relief, to actively help a fellow Soldier or neighbor who is suffering from a financial emergency.

  • Military Saves helps Soldiers help themselves

    Mar 10, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany -- Everyone is trying to stretch greenbacks lately and the Military Saves program at U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach showed 36 Soldiers and family members how to build wealth with a variety of classes.

  • 1st Armored Division Soldiers receive medals for valor in Iraq

    Mar 10, 2009

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany -- Two Soldiers from 1st Armored Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team were awarded the Army Commendation Medals with "V" device for valor during an award ceremony here Feb. 6.

  • Ansbach sophomore wins DoDEA Europe writing competition

    Mar 9, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany -- "How do veterans help the youth of today'"

  • Know the facts, myths of suicide

    Mar 9, 2009

    VICENZA, Italy - Suicide is a huge problem in the Army, and it is on the rise.

  • Germany-based artillery battalion donates tractors to cultivate Iraq's Lutifiyah region

    Mar 9, 2009

    COMBAT OUTPOST MEADE, Iraq (Mar. 9, 2009) -- Soldiers from the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery presented 14 new tractors to sheiks from the Lutifiyah Nahia region during a ceremony here, March 5. The battalion, part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, used funds from the Commander's Emergency Response Program to purchase the tractors, said brigade officials. Each ArmaTrac 602 tractor should help to cultivate an area of more than 25,000,000 square feet.

  • Ceremonies add Rashid missions to 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division operations in Iraq

    Mar 9, 2009

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq (Mar. 9, 2009) - Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division accepted authority for operations in Iraq's Rashid district during a pair of transfer of authority ceremonies here, March 4.During the first ceremony, the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division transferred authority for their area of operations in Rashid to the 2nd BCT. "Along with local leaders and the [Iraqi security forces] we have formed an unbeatable team in Rashid," said Col. Ted Martin, commander of 1st BCT, during his remarks at the event. "I thank you for your friendship, patriotism and support. No longer can the enemy use neighborhoods as battlefields. Each day brings new hope for the citizens of Rashid."

  • Training Aids Production Center Opens in Grafenwoehr

    Mar 9, 2009

    The Joint Multinational Training Command's Training Aids Production Center (TAPC) opens the doors to its new facility in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

  • Soldier's suicide leaves unanswered questions

    Mar 6, 2009

    The suicide of Spc. Jamie Dalton, an Infantryman in B Company, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, in 2006 shocked everyone who knew him. Many of the warning signs weren't evident in Dalton's behavior or the things he said to friends.

  • Top honor awarded to USAG Schinnen ACS Director

    Mar 6, 2009

    SCHINNEN, the Netherlands -- The International Military Community Executives Association, who provides professional accreditation, training and support to the military morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) services, awarded the Irving Rubenstein Memorial Award to Helen Gross, USAG Schinnen's Army Community Service (ACS) Officer, in a ceremony at the Las Vegas Hilton & Convention Center Feb. 25.

  • Army puts the stars on two of Schweinfurt's top NCOs

    Mar 6, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany - Two new stars began shining over Schweinfurt March 5.

  • Schweinfurt engineers improve terrain, training area

    Mar 6, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany - In an effort to better the training area, dubbed Area Mike, the U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt Directorate of Public Works (DPW) has partnered with the 500th Engineer Horizontal Company of the 15th Engineer Battalion, which arrived to Schweinfurt in 2008.

  • Sergeant Major of the Army addresses area servicemembers during Year of the NCO event in Kaiserslaut

    Mar 6, 2009

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (Mar. 6, 2009) -- As the Year of the NCO gains momentum across the Army, the 21st Theater Sustainment Command wasted no time getting the Army's highest-ranking noncommissioned officer speak with servicemembers in the the Kaiserslautern Military Community. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston spoke to about 1,500 servicemembers from the KMC, Bamberg, Mannheim, Baumholder and Heidelberg communities at Rhine Ordnance Barracks here March 4.

  • Cool head, 'warrior ethos' guided Heidelberg medic who helped stabilize victims of autobah

    Mar 6, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Mar. 5, 2009) -- As Sgt. Latoddia S. Maze, a medic at the Heidelberg Health Center, pulled up to the crash scene, he saw a hand sticking out the sunroof. It wasn't moving. Maze was on the autobahn early on the morning of March 2, returning to Heidelberg from Frankfurt International Airport. A car with two passengers had gone off the road and struck a tree moments before he arrived.

  • Year of the NCO: Coaching teams, leading Soldiers is much the same

    Mar 6, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- As a young Soldier, I started playing unit sports in the early 1990s at Wharton Barracks in Heilbronn, Germany.

  • From 'hot-headed private' to first sergeant, company senior noncommissioned officer is lin

    Mar 6, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany (Mar. 5, 2009) -- It is 11 p.m., and the Soldiers of 12th Combat Aviation Brigade's Company B, 412th Aviation Support Battalion are long gone from their daily duties. On this particular night, however, it is the time difference between Europe and America that keeps a hardworking noncommissioned officer on his office telephone with the parents of a Soldier who was injured while snowboarding. "This is an example of what an asset NCOs are," said Company B 1st Sgt. James Hall of Sgt. 1st Class Ronald Correa, one of the company's platoon sergeants. "He stayed awake the entire night communicating with the hospital to coordinate the injured Soldier's leave, transport and safe return to American care."

  • SMA visits servicemembers, kicks off 'Year of the NCO' in Europe

    Mar 6, 2009

    The 13th Sergeant Major of the Army, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston, spoke to servicemembers from across Germany, March 4, at Rhine Ordnance Barracks as the Army's highest ranking noncommissioned officer helped kick off the 'Year of the NCO' in Europe.

  • ADA exercise tests Soldiers, airmen

    Mar 5, 2009

    The ADA trainins with the Air Force and civilians companies.

  • Heidelberg Medic Gives Aid at Accident Scene

    Mar 5, 2009

    Sgt. Latoddia S. Maze, a medic with the Heidelberg Health Center, stabilized two passengers involved in a car accident on the autobahn March 2.

  • New Family Readiness Center opens its doors

    Mar 5, 2009

    The Camp Darby Army Community Service's Service member and Family Readiness Center (SFRC) opened its doors on Feb. 27 with a ribbon cutting ceremony, according to Evelyn Watkins, Army Community Service Division Chief.

  • Tri-Border AFAP wraps up issues

    Mar 5, 2009

    USAG Schinnen's Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Steering Committee has selected 10 issues to forward for consideration at the upcoming IMCOM-Europe AFAP Conference in June. Among those issues are two that involve government hiring policies and military spouse preference, plus a hot topic among teens regarding military ID's.

  • Community becomes part of solution at AFAP conference

    Mar 5, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany -- "We the people...."

  • Course restoring unit's identity, saving money

    Mar 5, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- Jumpmasters who were part of a Mobile Training Team from 1st Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, traveled from Fort Benning, Ga., to both Vicenza, Italy, and Bamberg to teach a three-week jumpmaster static line course to more than 100 Soldiers of 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

  • Kudos for consulates: USAG-Miami presents awards recognizing long-term partnerships

    Mar 4, 2009

    The members of the U.S. Army Garrison - Miami Passport and Visa office play a part of the extensive base operations support the Garrison provides to U.S. Southern Command by handling all official requests for travel documentation in their Area of Focus. None of the service to USSOUTHCOM would be possible without generating and maintaining good working relationships with foreign consulates. The team decided to recognize twelve Latin American consulates for their ten years of excellent support provided to the USSOUTHCOM community by presenting certificates of appreciation to the Consulates' administrative staff and a special plaque to each Consul. Garrison leaders supported the team's idea to recognize the great help given to the military, and the initiative was highly praised and approved by the USSOUTHCOM Commander, Admiral James Stavridis, who signed the certificates as senior tactical commander.

  • Katterbach CDC expansion means more spaces, improved safety, programs

    Mar 4, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany -- The recent expansion of the Katterbach Child Development Center means better customer service in the form of more childcare spaces, improved safety and new programs.

  • Married command sergeants major discuss deployments, family life in the military

    Mar 4, 2009

    LaToya Sizer worries when her husband Richard deploys and adjusts when he gets back. Nothing unusual about that; deployments and separations are common place in today's Army. What makes the Sizers different is that they both happen to be command sergeants major, which brings unique challenges and advantages to their family raising efforts.

  • Heidelberg's Rumbling Rubbish teaches residents fine art of recycling

    Mar 4, 2009

    In many communities in the U.S. recycling is still a do-it-yourself chore normally taken on by college professors, retirees and a few ecologically-minded individuals. In U.S. Army Garrison Heidelberg, everyone should be taking part, not only to protect the planet and to adhere to policy, but to benefit the collective pocketbook.

  • Local artist to display work at new Arts and Cultural Center

    Mar 4, 2009

    Jospeh Heeg's art will be the premier exhibit at the Heidelberg Arts and Cultural Center celebrates its grand opening at the Patrick Henry Village Pavilion March 7.

  • Kaiserslautern kicks off Year of NCO

    Mar 4, 2009

    Showing camaraderie with their battle buddies was more the goal than winning as Soldiers from an entire section from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command played pool Friday during Right Arm Night at the Irish Pub on Vogelweh Housing.

  • Benning honors NCOs in ceremony

    Mar 3, 2009

    Fort Benning honored the "backbone of the Army" when more than 60 newly promoted sergeants and corporals were inducted into the NCO Corps during a ceremony that kicked off the designation of 2009 as the Year of the NCO Tuesday at Marshall Auditorium. "In every aspect of the Army, it's really NCOs making it happen," said CSM William Ulibarri. "We hold it together through training, and also operationally."

  • Realistic training prepares paratroopers for combat

    Mar 3, 2009

    Inside a dark and dusty barn, two paratroopers were on the hunt for hidden weapons. Chickens and baby goats scrambled under their feet as they searched every nook and corner of the building.

  • Year of the Noncommissioned Officer: Induction ceremony a rite of passage that symbolizes dedication

    Mar 3, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- While not every day is easy for noncommissioned officers, the U.S. Army Europe NCOs honored at an induction ceremony here Feb. 27, seemed to agree that it was a great day to be a sergeant.

  • CBS Radio Tampa Bay Interview with SMA Kenneth Preston

    Mar 3, 2009

    John Sipos of CBS Radio Tampa Bay conducted an 11-minute interview with SMA Kenneth Preston that covered many topics. The interview ran on Tampa, FL CBS Radio stations on Sunday, March 1, 2009.

  • Basic training Soldiers test limits in gas chamber

    Mar 2, 2009

    The gas chamber at Brittin Range goes by many names - house of horrors, confidence chamber, chamber of horrors - but no matter what Soldiers call it, they all pass through its walls during Basic Training.

  • Training Aids Production Center Opens in Grafenwoehr

    Mar 2, 2009

    The former JMTC General Support Center (GSC) changes its name and its location after 40 years in Roedelheim when it opens the doors on the Training Aids Production Center (TAPC) in Grafenwoehr, Germany this March.

  • March Spotlight: Staff Sergeant Danny Mallory II

    Mar 2, 2009

    NAPLES, Italy -- As the Army celebrates the Year of the NCO, the 650th Military Intelligence Group recently recognized one of its NCOs as the Support Person of the Year. Staff Sgt. Danny Mallory competed against the unit's best, but in the end, it was Mallory who was selected as the winner.

  • Army NCO Makes Difference in Brussels

    Mar 2, 2009

    BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Sgt. Ryan P. Cody is a Military Policeman assigned to U.S. Army Garrison Brussels. Cody has been in the Army for some 4 A,A1/2 years, and, with his wife, Kayla, arrived in Brussels in July 2008, just a few months after his return to Fort Stewart from a 15-month assignment to Iraq. Shortly after arriving in Brussels, he was offered the opportunity to become the Brussels D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer. "I really had no idea what D.A.R.E. was about, but I signed up," he said.

  • Americans, NATO Personnel Soak Up Belgian Culture Playing Centuries-Old Game

    Mar 2, 2009

    CHIAfaEURoVRES, Belgium Aca,!" It's a quaint city lined with narrow cobblestone streets, a historic church and Belgian pubs, but on Ash Wednesday, the beauty and peacefulness of ChiAfA..vres, Belgium, turned into all out mayhem.

  • Joint Multinational Training Command ceremony pays tribute to Army's 'Year of the NCO'

    Mar 2, 2009

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- "No one is more professional than I. I am a noncom-missioned officer, a leader of Soldiers. As a noncommissioned officer, I realize that I am a member of a time-honored corps, which is known as 'The Backbone of the Army.'" Those words from the Army NCO Creed rang out in the Grafenwoehr Fitness Center as more than 100 active and re-tired Soldiers gathered Feb. 26 to recognize the achievements of Army noncommissioned offi-cers during the 7th Army Joint Multinatio-nal Training Command kick-off ceremony for the "Year of the NCO."

  • Guard, Reserve Soldiers train at Joint Multinational Readiness Center for Kosovo mission

    Mar 2, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany (Feb. 26, 2009) -- Just three months after returning to the United States from a 15-month tour in Iraq with the 29th Infantry Division, Spc. Sean Evans of the California Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 185th Armor jumped at the opportunity to deploy again. However, instead of shipping out for another tour in Iraq, the infantryman joined about 1,300 other members of the California Guard's 40th Infantry Division for a 10-month peacekeeping mission to Kosovo as part as KFOR-11, the 11th iteration of the Kosovo Force mission.

  • U.S. Army Africa pays tribute to Year of the NCO

    Mar 2, 2009

    The Southern European Task Force Europe-U.S. Army Africa and the Vicenza Military Community launched the Year of the NCO with an Induction Ceremony Feb. 17 at the post theater.

  • Joint Multinational Readiness Center team takes Hohenfels training area to Fort Bragg

    Mar 2, 2009

    HOHENFELS, Germany (Feb. 26, 2009) -- The Joint Multinational Readiness Center's Operations Group is taking on the largest mission and most complex road trip in its history. For the first time, the Ops Group, as it is known here, joined by two company-sized elements and a battalion headquarters from the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry and operators and analysts from the Instrumentation Training Analysis Computer Simulations and Support team, traveled to the U.S. this month to train Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade at Fort Bragg, N.C.

  • Army Materiel Command CG visits with Soldiers and civilians of 12th CAB

    Mar 2, 2009

    ANSBACH, Germany (Feb. 26, 2009) - The commanding generals of the U.S. Army Materiel Command and U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, along with their senior enlisted staff members, visited the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade at Katterbach Army Airfield here, Feb. 25. General Ann E. Dunwoody, AMC Commanding General, and Maj. Gen. Paul S. Izzo, Commander of RDECOM, met with 12th CAB commander Col. Robert C. Doerer and key brigade leaders before visiting Company B, 412th Aviation Support Battalion. Afterward, the generals had lunch with 12th CAB officers and then visited with Soldiers and civilian contractors at the post's vehicle reset program hangar.

  • Banner year for USAG Schinnen NCOs

    Mar 1, 2009

    SCHINNEN, Netherlands -- U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen noncommissioned officers kicked off the Year of the NCO with a special event in the garrison's Activity Center Feb. 26, which included presentations of NCO history, a specially designed banner and a video presentation.

  • Reading is key to kids' literacy

    Feb 27, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- Starting kindergarten might be a monumental day in any child's life, but every year, 35 percent of American children begin school without the language skills they need to learn to read, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Web site.

  • Miles, not speed, cornerstone of new fitness program

    Feb 27, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany - Freedom Through Fitness is open to active duty Soldiers 18 years or older, family members, retirees and U.S. and local national employees. One of the most unique aspects of this program is that it encompasses various forms of health fitness.

  • Bamberg's Lean Six Sigma projects achieve success

    Feb 27, 2009

    BAMBERG, Germany -- Five Lean Six Sigma projects at U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg are achieving enormous praise for top-level performance in Europe.

  • Helping families in crisis

    Feb 27, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- Discretion, humility and a loving heart are requisite characteristics for one desiring to assist families in need. Emergency placement care providers provide short-term care to children of families in crisis.

  • Year of the NCO Fun Run

    Feb 27, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany -- NCOs from corporals to command sergeants major turned out in force in the early morning darkness for a commemorative Year of the NCO Fun Run on Wiesbaden Army Airfield Feb. 27. Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Blackwood, 1st Armored Division's senior noncommissioned officer, and U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Command Sgt. Maj. Hector Alexander Prince discussed the vital role played by NCOs in leading, mentoring and setting the example for fellow Soldiers.

  • JMTC Honors History of the NCO Corps

    Feb 27, 2009

    7th Army JMTC celebrates Year of the NCO with ceremony honoring history of the NCO Corps

  • Army first female 4-star visits 21st TSC

    Feb 26, 2009

  • Army looks to thwart building cyber threats

    Feb 26, 2009

    "Battlefield events in Iraq and Afghanistan compelled the Army to rebuild an electronic warfare capability that it had allowed to slip," said Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV, commander of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, in conjunction with the announced rollout of the Army's newest Field Manual, FM 3-36, Electronic Warfare in Operations. "We encountered a threat we were not prepared for and we must learn from this lesson to ensure that our force is agile enough to deal with future contingencies"

  • Benelux Blog Fosters Grassroots Community Dialogue

    Feb 26, 2009

    CHIAfaEURoVRES, Belgium -- U.S. Army Garrison Benelux introduced an unofficial blog called "Benelux Now" last month to increase information flow among decision-makers and community members in an informal manner, as part of its Web site re-design.

  • NCO volunteers as youth wrestling coach

    Feb 26, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Master Sgt. Darrin Domko volunteers as a wrestling coach for Installation Management Command-Europe's Child, Youth and School Services.

  • U.S. Army Europe leaders call on Soldiers to get involved in preventing sexual assault

    Feb 26, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Feb. 26, 2009) - U.S. Army Europe leaders are encouraging Soldiers to get more actively involved in preventing sexual abuse. "Part of being Soldiers and leaders is having the personal courage to take action when your fellow Soldiers are in danger. If you see something wrong, intervene," said Gen. Carter F. Ham, U.S. Army Europe commander.

  • Mannheim Community kicks off Year of the NCO

    Feb 25, 2009

    MANNHEIM, Germany (February 23, 2009) -- The U.S. Military Community in Mannheim held a ceremony to celebrate the Year of the Noncommissioned Officer and to honor accomplishments and bravery of NCOs in the Mannheim Community and 5th Signal Command.

  • 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion uncases colors

    Feb 25, 2009

    MANNHEIM, Germany (February 12, 2009) - The 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion held an uncasing ceremony at the Benjamin Franklin Village Sports Arena to signify their official return from a 15-month deployment to Iraq.

  • Thirteen U.S. Army Europe junior officers honored for commitment to duty, honor, country with MacArt

    Feb 25, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Feb. 25, 2009) -- U.S. Army Europe saluted the leadership of 13 of the command's junior officers with the presentation of USAREUR-level awards in the 2008 Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Awards program, Feb. 23. In his remarks at the awards luncheon in the Patrick Henry Village Pavilion here, USAREUR commander Gen. Carter F. Ham lauded the 13 officers for their leadership and service to Soldiers.

  • Birth doula helps mother cope with new baby while her husband is deployed

    Feb 25, 2009

    When Laura Moore realized her husband would be deployed during the birth of their second child, she was apprehensive, to say the least. But Angela Torres, an Army spouse and birth doula in Heidelberg, was here to help.

  • Heidelberg ACS offers program to help family members gain employment

    Feb 25, 2009

    For Driana Arango, who arrived with her husband in Heidelberg three months ago, the new ACS Spouse Training Program was just what she was looking for.

  • YOU can help prevent suicide

    Feb 25, 2009

    The worst taste in the world is the gunpowder residue at the business end of a shotgun. Not so much because of the taste itself, but the reason why you're tasting it. My now ex-wife and I had filed for divorce two days earlier and a loaded shotgun in my mouth was the best solution I could devise to express my deep sadness.

  • American Idol finalist brings 'home' to Germany

    Feb 25, 2009

    With a "K-Town are we ready'" country music singer and former "American Idol" finalist Bucky Covington went right into an "American Friday Night" at the Kazabra Club on Vogelweh in Kaiserslautern Feb. 20.

  • Dutch-American Partnership, A Training First

    Feb 25, 2009

    CHIAfaEURoVRES, Belgium Aca,!" The 309th Airlift Squadron, based at ChiAfA..vres Air Base, conducted fire training on Feb. 24 in the Netherlands at the Woensdrecht Firefighting Training Facility. The facility, used primarily by the Dutch, Belgian, Swiss and German militaries, is the most modern training area of its kind, according to the Royal Netherlands Air Force, because it allows firefighters to train on four full-size airplane simulators. Airmen in the 309th Airlift Squadron are the first U.S. personnel to have trained at the Dutch air base. The new Dutch-American partnership was coordinated by the Army's USAG Benelux host nation liaison office.

  • 'Cobra King' led 4th Armored Division column that relieved Bastogne during Battle of the B

    Feb 25, 2009

    VILSECK, Germany (Feb. 24, 2009) -- A World War II-era warrior with a storied past still stands guard over the back gate of Rose Barracks here. That sentinel is a Sherman tank, nicknamed "Cobra King" by her first crew, that helped liberate occupied France, helped to relieve the embattled 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne, breached the Siegfried Line and battled its way through Germany into Czechoslovakia.

  • Tank that helped end Battle of the Bulge takes place in Army history

    Feb 25, 2009

    VILSECK, Germany -- One day after Christmas 1945, "Cobra King" battled its way into World War II history. One day before Christmas 2008, it officially began a new journey to its rightful place as part of the Army's heritage. Today Cobra King sits overlooking the back gate of Rose Barracks here, a nearly forgotten silent steel hulk. But on Dec. 26, 1944, the same Sherman "Jumbo" tank and its crew led a combined infantry and armor column that relieved Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division surrounded by the enemy in Bastogne, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge.

  • Heavy metal moves to Livorno for repairs

    Feb 24, 2009

    Story chronicles movement of M-1 Abrams tanks from ship at Port of Livorno, Italy, to repair facilities at 3rd Battalion/405th Army Field Support Brigade.

  • Slovenian Soldiers Gear Up for Kosovo at JMTC

    Feb 24, 2009

    Slovenian army utilizes the training areas and resources of the Joint Multinational Training Command in Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels, Germany in preparation for a deployment in support of KFOR 11 in Kosovo.

  • CFC-O ceremony recognizes IMCOM-E, USAREUR generosity

    Feb 24, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - The generosity and civic commitment of Soldiers, DoD civilians and families assigned to U.S. Army in Europe continues to be as strong as ever, and it was recognized at an award ceremony held Feb. 24 at the Patrick Henry Village Pavilion by the Installation Management Command Europe Region and U. S. Army in Europe.

  • NASA astronaut lands in Stuttgart

    Feb 24, 2009

    STUTTGART - What do you want to be when you grow up' For the kids at BAfAPblingen Elementary Middle School, that's an easy one. "Astronaut!" yelled a group of third-graders in unison when prompted by one of their teachers. It's a pipe dream that came a little closer to reality when Capt. Heidemaire Stefanyshyn-Piper, a real-life astronaut, stopped by for a presentation at the school recently.

  • U.S. Army Europe commanding general visits middle school students to discuss their concerns about Ar

    Feb 24, 2009

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Feb. 24, 2009) -- A group of Heidelberg Middle School students told U.S. Army Europe commander Gen. Carter F. Ham they want to spend as much time as they can with their Soldier-parents before deployments. Ham spent about an hour with a group of 28 students talking with about deployments, community, school, recreation and services during an informal meeting Monday held in the school's multipurpose room Feb. 23.

  • 90-day program gives former military doctors chance to serve again

    Feb 24, 2009

    Col. Lionel M. Nelson is a man of many hats. A former Air Force Reservist, and a retired Army Reservist, Nelson came out of a five-year retirement and shut down his private practice in San Jose, Calif., to participate in the "90 Days Boots on the Ground" program, a program that gives former military doctors the opportunity to deploy to Iraq for 90 days.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity: 'A function of leadership'

    Feb 24, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany -- A special visitor carried a special message from Washington to Schweinfurt Feb. 12.

  • Editorial: Army taking measures to improve property accountability

    Feb 23, 2009

    Since 9/11, our Army has been in a continuous cycle of deployment, redeployment and reset operations. The continued success of our Army, that will always have some amount of its force deployed on some type of mission, hinges on accurate and precise property accountability.

  • Army helicopters take to high seas

    Feb 23, 2009

    Army helicopters loaded aboard ship in Rota, Spain, en route home from Afghanistan.

  • Project serves Soldiers and the environment

    Feb 23, 2009

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Sometimes too much of anything is definitely not a good thing. That's indeed the case at the Mainz Sand Dunes Local Training Area where an invasive tree species and other plant invaders have run rampant threatening rare plants and animals, and impacting training operations.

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    Feb 23, 2009

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany - A special visitor carried a special message from Washington to Schweinfurt Feb. 12.

  • Demo showcases fire-resistant products

    Feb 20, 2009

    Fire suppression technology was demonstrated on Kelley Hill Feb. 11. The demonstration showcased products designed to extinguish fire, be environmentally safe and return the burning material back to the ambient temperature in moments. The fire suppression agent and thermal protective system were designed to increase Soldier's effectiveness and lifesaving options in a combat situation, said Andrew M. Allen, with Global Safety Labs, Inc.

  • Livorno Port Operations

    Feb 20, 2009

    Livorno port operations.

  • BOLC II platoon mentor named Reserve Officer of the Year

    Feb 20, 2009

    For CPT Curt Owens, serving in the Army Reserve is about just that: service. "It's been rewarding because it's a way to serve the country, specifically during these times when we're relying so heavily on our Army. I love doing it," said Owens, who was named the Army Reserve Outstanding Junior Officer of the Year Feb. 1.

  • Diversity shows strength at Kaiserslautern event

    Feb 20, 2009

    Diversity made a strong showing at the U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern's Black History Month Celebration Feb. 17 at the Kaiserslautern Community Activities Center on Daenner Kaserne.

  • Paratroopers come to Germany from Fort Bragg to train as forward observers

    Feb 20, 2009

    EINSIEDLERHOF, Germany - Sgt. 1st Class Larry Melton says he has come full circle. It has been eight years since he trained with paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division, but over the past six weeks Melton has found himself working with airborne-qualified forward observers who flew in from Fort Bragg, N.C., to take advantage of a U.S. Army Europe Joint Multinational Training Command-based course.

  • Technology bring families together over the miles

    Feb 20, 2009

    LIVORNO, Italy -- Births, promotions, life changing events back home are often difficult for service members to attend when serving overseas. And conversely, not all families back stateside can make it overseas. That's were the ever advancing world of technology can bring families together in a sense.

  • Belvoir site for military movie premier

    Feb 19, 2009

    A made-for-television movie based on the real-life observations of a casualty escort was screened for more than 150 Soldiers, civilian and DoD support staff from Human Resource Command, Casualty and Mortuary Affairs, at Fort Belvoir's Wood Theater Feb. 19. The HBO film 'Taking Chance' chronicles the reflections and feelings of retired Marine Lt. Col. Mike Strobl as he escorts a fellow Marine to his hometown in Dubois, Wyo., from Dover Air Force Base, Del. Strobl documents the warmth, kindness and respect that he and the Marine's remains are shown on the journey to his final resting place. Strobl is portrayed by actor Kevin Bacon.

  • Year of the NCO: Quarterly competitions highlight honorees

    Feb 19, 2009

    LIVORNO, Italy -- Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Lemire was recently named the Non-Commissioned officer of the quarter at a base wide competition at Camp Darby, Italy. During nine years of military service, Lemire recognized the importance of his duties and responsibilities as a Non-Commissioned Officer. One way he decided he could set a good example to his soldiers was volunteering to compete in the installations NCO of the Quarter competition.