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  • Military Police Soldiers improve security of Balad Shrine Mosque

    Feb 29, 2008

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Feb. 29, 2008) -- At the request of the imam of the Balad Shrine Mosque, Soldiers from the 2nd platoon of the 164th Military Police Company, 728th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade and Multi National Division - North visited the mosque Feb. 24 to increase its protection and prevent future attacks on the site. The Soldiers were the first coalition forces to be granted permission to visit the mosque. The Soldiers of the 2nd platoon have worked with the imam and other local religious leaders for eight months, and have developed a good working relationship that has resulted in frequent requests for additional security assistance during events near the shrine, said Capt. Matthew Norris, the 164th commander. Soldiers, Iraqi Police and National police in Balad have worked together to place approximately 160 protective barriers around the mosque.

  • Renovated Bamberg Multiplex Opens in March

    Feb 29, 2008

    BAMBERG, Germany Aca,!" The renovated U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg JFK Gym is scheduled to open in March under a new name, the JFK Multiplex. The new multi-purpose program facility will transform the sports, fitness and recreation experience here for children and youth of all ages.

  • 5th Signal Command welcomes new commander in Mannheim ceremony

    Feb 28, 2008

    MANNHEIM, Germany (Feb. 28, 2008) -- United States Army, Europe and 7th ArmyAca,!a,,cs 5th Signal Command welcomed a new commander in a ceremony on Woods Field at Sullivan Barracks here Feb. 27. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey G. Smith Jr., who recently served as deputy commanding general of Network Enterprise Technology Command and 9th Signal Command at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., accepted command from Gen. David D. McKiernan, USAREUR commanding general. Outgoing commander Brig. Gen. Susan S. Lawrence served eight months as 5th SignalAca,!a,,cs commander, and will move on to become commanding general of NETCOM and 9th Signal Command.

  • Combat medic fights his way to All-Army Boxing Championship

    Feb 28, 2008

    LOGISTICAL SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Balad, Iraq (Feb. 28, 2008) -- Pound for pound, Spc. Adrian Orrostieta is now one of the best boxers in the Army. Just a few months ago Orrostieta was bandaging wounds and stabilizing sprains for Soldiers in Iraq as a combat medic in the 12th Combat Aviation BrigadeAca,!a,,cs 412th Aviation Support Battalion. Now he is now considered the best boxer in the ArmyAca,!a,,cs 141-pound weight class after winning his matches in the 2008 All-Army Boxing Championships at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., in January. Aca,!A"Winning All-Army was a great experience, and an eye-opener for the skill level that I have,Aca,!A? said Orrostieta.

  • Landstuhl Visit Calms Fear of Unknown

    Feb 28, 2008

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany Aca,!" Many military spouses consider the Aca,!A"what-ifAca,!A? situation and accompanying unknown variables as the most unsettling parts of having their Soldiers deploy downrange.

  • Soldiers volunteer for challenge of acting as door gunners in Iraq

    Feb 28, 2008

    LOGISTICAL SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Balad, Iraq (Feb. 28, 2008) -- Preparing food and repairing generators werenAca,!a,,ct close enough to the action for Spc. Cameron Randall and Sgt. Jason Hutchinson. They wanted to fly. Randall and Hutchinson knew their jobs here in Iraq were important, but they both felt drawn to the job as door gunner on a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Both Soldiers volunteered for the position, and with the help of their parent units, they got their wish. The pair recently trained as door gunners for Company B, 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, a Chinook unit affectionately known as Aca,!A"Big Windy.Aca,!A?

  • Helicopters, crews of 'Big Windy' keep Soldiers, cargo moving in Iraq

    Feb 28, 2008

    LOGISTICAL SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Balad, Iraq (Feb. 28, 2008) -- Soon after kissing the lucky lady painted on the side of their aircraft, two CH-47 Chinook helicopter crews loaded up and took to the sky under the cover of night on a general support mission over Baghdad. The two five-Soldier flight crews belong to the 12th Combat Aviation BrigadeAca,!a,,cs Company B, 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, more commonly known as Aca,!A"Big Windy.Aca,!A? ItAca,!a,,cs a small unit with a large mission to support and a massive aircraft to fly. Aca,!A"Big WindyAca,!A? consists of 14 of the big tandem-rotor Chinooks that fly every night supporting corps air movement operations, moving people and equipment and taking part in air assault missions.

  • Revolutionary change coming to Army operations

    Feb 27, 2008

    Aca,!A"This change in operational doctrine is designed to ensure that our Soldiers have the very best tools, training and leadership they need to succeed.Aca,!A? Those are the words of Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, the commanding general of the United States Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., when describing the latest edition of the ArmyAca,!a,,cs operations manual, FM 3-0. At the Association of the United States Army Winter Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this morning, the commanding general of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, Gen. William S. Wallace unveiled the new FM 3-0, the 15th edition manual Aca,!" the first major update of Army capstone doctrine since 9/11 and the first update to the operations manual since June 14, 2001.

  • DoDDs Jazz Kids

    Feb 27, 2008

    DoDDs Jazz Orchestra comes together to learn from the best. One of the three co-founders, Bob Benson supports the program. Rolla Suttmiller reports from Belgium.

  • White Plume Awards go to IMCOM-Europe Managers

    Feb 27, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" Two members of Installation Management Command-Europe have been honored for continually improving the quality of life for Soldiers and Families through their extensive experience and knowledge in the morale, welfare and recreation arena.

  • U.S. Army Europe honors officers for their embodiment of 'duty, honor, country'

    Feb 27, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Feb. 27, 2008) -- U.S. Army Europe saluted the leadership and achievements of three officers when it awarded the trio top honors in the USAREUR level of the 2007 General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Awards. Capt. Daniel C. Enslen from the Operations Group, Joint Multinational Readiness Center, 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command; Capt. Daniel P. Kearney, commander of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, Southern European Task Force; and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason E. Feser of V CorpsAca,!a,,c Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, Special Troops Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, were chosen for the award from a group of 11 nominees.

  • Journey Program Empowers, Educates Spouses

    Feb 26, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy Aca,!" Moving to a foreign country can be challenging enough; but add having a spouse on deployment, and it can seem to be a challenge of epic proportions for some.

  • Signal Soldiers vital to communications of aviation task force

    Feb 26, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (Feb. 26, 2008) -- Communication has always played a vital part in war-fighting efforts, and as technology and the enemy continue to evolve, so has the demand for lines of communications. The uses of these lines of communication can vary from allowing ground forces to radio for aerial support when theyAca,!a,,cre in a tight situation to providing deployed parents with the opportunity to download e-mailed pictures from their families back home. When members of Task Force XII, the aviation task force led by the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade that supports Multi-National Division - Baghdad , need to establish communications or get lines fixed or relocated, they turn to signal Soldiers.

  • Former Soldier Revisits Times With Elvis

    Feb 26, 2008

    FRIEDBERG, Germany Aca,!" A walk through of Friedberg and Ray Barracks by a recent visitor brought back memories of time spent with fellow Soldier Sgt. Elvis Presley.

  • 'Big Dawg' and Stryker colleagues show remarkable skill at sniffing out illegal weapons in

    Feb 26, 2008

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Feb. 25, 2008) -- His call sign is Aca,!A"Big Dawg 17,Aca,!A? but you might as well call him Aca,!A"Bloodhound 17Aca,!A? after Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Connell and his 30-man platoon sniffed out 16 buried ammunition and weapons caches over a 10-week period. Connell has a reputation for being tough but fair. Currently in his fifth year as a platoon sergeant and his second tour in Iraq, Connell runs the 1st platoon of Battery B, Fires Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment platoon one way -- his. Connell barks orders like a drill sergeant. Aca,!A"Take Bravo 17 (an up-armored Humvee) down to maintenance and get it fixed,Aca,!A? he bellows. Aca,!A"It blew cherry juice all over Route Lincoln.Aca,!A?

  • Engineers upgrade living quarters for Military Police Soldiers on duty in Baghdad

    Feb 26, 2008

    COMBAT OUTPOST OLD MOD, Iraq (Feb. 25, 2008) -- Securing downtown Baghdad is a demanding mission for the Soldiers of the 108th Military Police Company. For these MPs from Fort Bragg, N.C., personal space and comfortable living conditions help to lessen the stress of that critical task. When the 108th first arrived here, the living conditions were neither personal nor private. The open bay quarters the Soldiers occupied were large, open rooms accommodating up to 30 Soldiers with bunk beds and not much else. Aca,!A"There was just no privacy, no air circulation. It was generally, 'Live where you can fit in,' with no personal space whatsoever.

  • First group of more than 1,100 Iraqi Police recruits graduates from new training academy

    Feb 26, 2008

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Feb. 25, 2008) -- More than 1,100 Iraqi Police recruits became the first to graduate from a two-week Basic Recruit Training Course at the new Furat Iraqi Police Training Academy here Feb. 21. During the initial phase of their training, the graduates successfully completed training on weapons familiarization, law, ethics, crime scene, handcuffing and other police skills. Aca,!A"TodayAca,!a,,cs graduation makes us very happy, because this will provide security and control to this area,Aca,!A? said course graduate Nihad Mahmad Taha. Aca,!A"WeAca,!a,,cre all very excited about it. I joined the IP because IAca,!a,,cve seen how much damage the extremists did to our country, and I wanted to provide protection to my people.Aca,!A?

  • First IMCOM-Europe LSS Green Belt Awarded

    Feb 26, 2008

    HOHENFELS, Germany Aca,!" When most people hear about someone working on a green belt, they think of martial arts like karate or tae kwon do. But when Bridy Godwin earned her Green Belt Certification, the first person to do so from Installation Management Command-Europe, she did it on a computer, not a gym mat.

  • IP cadre training recruits to become future Police

    Feb 25, 2008

    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq (Feb. 20, 2008) Aca,!" More than 1,000 Iraqi Police recruits cycled through the small-arms range at the Furat Iraqi Police Training Academy here Feb. 19. The IP cadre jumped from recruit to recruit while providing assistance to those on the range; for many of them, the event was the first time they had the opportunity to fire their assigned weapons. Thus it went throughout the day as the new recruits underwent weapon familiarization, which is but one of many tasks recruits receive instruction on during their IP Basic Recruit Training.

  • First U.S. Female Soldier Earns Italian AAB

    Feb 21, 2008

    First American female Soldier earns the Italian Air Assualt badge. Senior Airman Sarah Mihlfeld reports from Vicenza, Italy.

  • Army Family Covenant Funds SKIES Program

    Feb 21, 2008

    SCHINNEN, the Netherlands - "It's a lot harder than it looks," gasped 7th grader Quelon Hopkins, as he skidded to a shaky stop on his snowboard.

  • Crew trainer allows attack helicopter pilots to safely practice combat skills

    Feb 20, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (Feb. 20, 2008) -- Aca,!A"ItAca,!a,,cs a challenge to see if you a can engage all of the targets before they get you, and make it back to the airfield before you run out of gas,Aca,!A? said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Robert Ladd, production control officer and maintenance examiner for the 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. Fortunately Ladd wasnAca,!a,,ct facing that situation for real. He was describing one of the possible scenarios in what many aviators call the worldAca,!a,,cs most expensive video game -- the Longbow Crew Trainer.

  • Army Helping Soldiers Heal at Wiesbaden WTU

    Feb 20, 2008

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" WiesbadenAca,!a,,cs wounded warriors now have a healing hospice designed by community caretakers to ensure their personal recovery takes top priority.

  • Inside Look at Wiesbaden's WTU

    Feb 20, 2008

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" Capt. Madalyn Melin was frustrated. Attempting to make yet another medical appointment, she was at the point of giving up.

  • Vicenza Sees Near Completion of WTU

    Feb 15, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy Aca,!" Soldiers here are seeing considerable renovations on post that will play a major part in helping injured troops on the road to recovery as part of a Warrior Transition Unit that officially opens Feb. 22.

  • Camp Darby Employee Cheers on Brother During Super Bowl

    Feb 14, 2008

    LIVORNO, Italy Aca,!" As Americans across the globe watched the Giants upset the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, one Camp Darby resident had a personal reason to be happy.

  • 1st Armored Division Military Police do their part in bringing stability to Tikrit

    Feb 14, 2008

    TIKRIT, Iraq (Feb. 14, 2008) -- When 1st Armored Division arrived almost five months ago, this city had a reputation as place where insurgents and murders were commonplace, and as the birthplace of Saddam Hussein. Today Tikrit is blooming with life, and its citizens are enjoying improvements in its security and economy. Part of the credit for that reversal of fortune is owed to the Soldiers of the 501st Military Police Company.

  • Vice Chief of Staff spends time with fellow aviators in Iraq

    Feb 13, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (Feb. 13, 2008) -- Gen. Richard Cody, the ArmyAca,!a,,cs vice chief of staff, made a special visit to Task Force XII Feb. 12. TF XII is the aviation task force headed by the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade that supports Multi-National Division - Baghdad. Cody is a master aviator with more than 5,000 hours of flight time. Since taking on the responsibility of providing aviation support to MND-B, task force Soldiers have adjusted to that mission while continuing to improve operations each day, said Col. Timothy Edens, the commander of TF XII and 12th CAB.

  • Army Vice Chief of Staff visits deployed Soldiers in Afghanistan

    Feb 13, 2008

  • German Students Interview Soldiers for Multimedia Project

    Feb 13, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" A group of 12th-grade students from a German technical school will contribute to a multimedia presentation called Aca,!A"The Other America,Aca,!A? focusing on American cultural issues and lifestyles, with the assistance of Soldiers from U.S. Army Garrison Heidelberg.

  • Hertling says Task Force Iron making strides against terrorist elements in Iraq

    Feb 13, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (Feb. 13, 2008) -- U.S. and Iraqi forces are successfully conducting operations against al-Qaida terrorists in the IraqAca,!a,,cs northern provinces, said Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling, commander of 1st Armored Division and Multi-National Division - North during a Feb. 11 news conference. Talking with reporters in the Pentagon during his third video teleconference from Iraq, Herting said the provinces of Diyala, Salahuddin, Nineveh and Kirkuk are safer today than they were a month ago. Aca,!A"Diyala is much safer today than it was a month ago. Citizens are less afraid to go out on the street, and markets are opening,Aca,!A? Hertling said. Aca,!A"Al-Qaida has gone to ground. We are hunting them out, where they have gone to ground

  • Providing Sweet Dreams to Bamberg Children

    Feb 12, 2008

    BAMBERG, Germany Aca,!" A U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg Child and Youth Services program is giving children and their deployed parents something to hold on to this ValentineAca,!a,,cs Day Aca,!A| each other.

  • Camp Darby Educator Assists African Students

    Feb 12, 2008

    LIVORNO, Italy Aca,!" Currently deployed to Africa, in a sliver of a country between Somalia and Ethiopia, an education counselor from Camp Darby is assisting students beyond the fence perimeter.

  • Soldiers of 173rd Airborne Brigade fuel point team keeping Afghanistan task force on the move

    Feb 12, 2008

    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Feb. 11, 2008) -- Aca,!A"If The Fuel DonAca,!a,,ct Flow, The Army DonAca,!a,,ct GoAca,!A? reads a large sign at Forward Operating Base FentyAca,!a,,cs fuel point. On a base that uses between 4,000 to 6,000 gallons of fuel a day just to maintain operations, not including the vehicles and aircraft that require refueling for several missions a day, that statement isnAca,!a,,ct bragging -- itAca,!a,,cs a fact. Soldiers from Alpha Company, 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), are in charge of operating the fuel point and making sure the tanks never run dry, on or off base.

  • More than 1,000 Iraqi Police recruits begin training at new facility in Baghdad

    Feb 12, 2008

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Feb. 11, 2008) -- More than 1,000 recruits moved through a security checkpoint near the front entrance of the new Furat Training Center here Feb. 10, just one day after a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new police training facility. Aca,!A"We are here to become Iraqi Police officers; to get a good job. And we are here for our country,Aca,!A? said Jabbav Mitir, one of the hopeful recruits. Mitir, like some of his fellow recruits, was formerly a member of the Sons of Iraq, a citizen security program, who now wants to become a Aca,!EoeshurtaAca,!a,,c policeman to protect his fellow citizens.

  • 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.

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