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  • AMC pilot program identifies, tracks contractors

    Aug 1, 2008

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- U.S. Army Materiel CommandAca,!a,,cs Synchronized Pre-deployment Operational Tracker Aca,!" or SPOT Aca,!" may soon make access for contractors to American installations easier.

  • Panzer MOUT site reflects downrange environment

    Aug 1, 2008

    STUTTGART, Germany Aca,!" The Army has a term for urban combat: MOUT. It stands for military operations in urban terrain. With nearly half of the worldAca,!a,,cs population living in cities, the enemy has found a convenient place to hide.

  • U.S. ARMY PARACHUTE TEAM TAKES BRONZE IN ACCURACY

    Jul 31, 2008

    The U.S. Army Parachute Team continues to battle for placement in the Women's division at the 30th FAI World Style and Accuracy Parachuting Championships in Slovakia.

  • SHAPE teenager named IMCOM-Europe Youth of the Year

    Jul 31, 2008

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium Aca,!" How much is enough'

  • 70th Trans heads downrange

    Jul 31, 2008

    MANNHEIM, Germany Aca,!" Lt. Col. Thomas Blair and Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Vater, 18th Military Police Brigade rear detachment command, bid farewell to each of the more than 140 Soldiers from the 70th Transportation Company who are deploying to Iraq for 15 months.

  • Stuttgart CYS newcomer program welcomes, orients teens

    Jul 31, 2008

    STUTTGART, Germany Aca,!"It was dAfAjAfA vu for Madison Krause.

  • Flagship projects focus on Wiesbaden troops

    Jul 30, 2008

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" While much news has been made of the transformation occurring in todayAca,!a,,cs military, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is ensuring buildings and people that arenAca,!a,,ct undergoing front-page makeovers donAca,!a,,ct get left behind.

  • Bestselling author visiting Army in Europe libraries

    Jul 29, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" The Installation Management Command-Europe Library Program is presenting critically acclaimed author Andrew Carroll as part of his WhatAca,!a,,cs Your Story' tour, a series of discussions and readings planned at nine locations throughout Germany.

  • USAG Benelux-Belgian partnership fires marksmanship training bullseye

    Jul 28, 2008

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium - U.S. Army Garrison Benelux Soldiers partnered with Belgian Soldiers from the 1st Artillery from Bastogne during weapons qualification training. U.S. Soldiers use Belgian training facilities, located at Camp Albert Roi, for their field training needs, allowing Benelux troops to hone their warfighter skillsets while saving the Army time and money.

  • SMDC/ARSTRAT selects NCO and Soldier of the Year

    Jul 25, 2008

    A ceremony was conducted today in which the 2008 U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command Noncommissioned Officer of the Year and Soldier of the Year were announced. After a grueling weeklong competition, Staff Sgt. Christopher L. Barber was selected as the 2008 SMDC/ARSTRAT Noncommissioned Officer of the Year and Spc. Michael Moore was selected as the 2008 SMDC/ARSTRAT Soldier of the Year.

  • Exceptional camp for exceptional kids

    Jul 25, 2008

    The Exceptional Family Member Program Summer Activity, commonly referred to by participants as EFMP Camp, was held July 14-18 in Heidelberg, Germany.

  • Embracing the unknown: Exceptional family member brings challenges, blessings

    Jul 25, 2008

    A commentary from a parent of an exceptional family member in Heidelberg, Germany.

  • Care and Compassion

    Jul 24, 2008

    SGT Catherine Olivarez looks over a toddler during a medical civil action program at a village school in Goubetto, Djibouti. Olivarez is a medic with the 345th Civil Affairs Brigade working with Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. Navy and Marine Corps medical teams from the USS Tarawa Expeditionary Strike Group joined with their Army counterparts during the six-day project.

  • Batman Technologies Mirror Those of the Warfighter

    Jul 24, 2008

    Aca,!A"The Dark KnightAca,!A? has emerged once again in theatres with his futuristic technologies to help capture the infamous Joker. BatmanAca,!a,,cs needs for increased capabilities are parallel with that of todayAca,!a,,cs Soldiers and it appears so are some of his gadgets.

  • JTF-East training rotating from Romania to Bulgaria

    Jul 24, 2008

    About 900 U.S. Soldiers are now beginning their final week of training with Romanian troops at ranges in the eastern half of this former Warsaw Pact nation.

  • Garmisch MP named IMCOM Soldier of the Year

    Jul 24, 2008

    GARMSICH, Germany Aca,!" Continuing a tradition of excellence from U.S. Army Garrison Garmisch Military Police, Sgt. Marco Garced was named the 2008 Installation Management Command Soldier of the Year during competition held July 14-17 at Fort AP Hill, Va.

  • Wounded Soldier returns to Italy to greet comrades as they come home from Afghanistan deployment

    Jul 24, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy (July 24, 2008) -- July has been a month of homecomings for Soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team as they return here from a 15-month deployment in Afghanistan. Spc. Jesse A. Murphree of Destined Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), reversed that Afghanistan to Italy airflow July 22 when he traveled from the United States to rejoin his unit as they arrived at Aviano Air Base, Italy.

  • Aviation Battalion conducts ceremony to note its upcoming deployment to Iraq

    Jul 24, 2008

    ILLESHEIM, Germany (July 24, 2008) -- The 3rd Battalion, 159th Aviation conducted a ceremony at the airfield on Storck Barracks here July 11 signifying its impending deployment to Iraq. The ceremony marked the end of six months of intensive pre-deployment training, which included logging thousands of flight hours, driving tens of thousands of miles, qualifying in every weapons system in the battalionAca,!a,,cs inventory, and completing convoy live-fire and helicopter gunnery training and a Mission Rehearsal Exercise.

  • 21st Theater Sustainment Command names its top troops for 2008

    Jul 24, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (July 24, 2008) -- A military police NCO and a transportation management Soldier have been named the best Soldiers in U.S. Army Europe's 21st Theater Sustainment Command for 2008. Maj. Gen. Yves J. Fontaine, commander of the 21st TSC, announced the top troops during an award ceremony and dinner at Armstrong's Club here, July 18. The commandAca,!a,,cs NCO of the Year honors went to Staff Sgt. Mark Lewis, a military police squad leader and shift supervisor for the 630th Military Police Company. Pfc. Jason Hancock, a transportation management leader for the 1st Cargo Transport Company was named Soldier of the Year.

  • U.S., Romanian senior noncommissioned officers come together for NCO day at Joint Task Force-East

    Jul 24, 2008

    MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU AIR BASE, Romania (July 24, 2008) -- Joint Task Force-East hosted 32 Romanian and U.S. sergeants major during the task force's Noncommissioned Officer Day July 15. Aca,!A"It was a great opportunity to share training (and) military knowledge, and for camaraderie,Aca,!A? said JTF-E Command Sgt. Maj. Angel Clark-Davis. For many of the senior NCOs it was more than just a learning experience. It was a class reunion. Romanian and American members of four graduating classes of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy were reunited at the event here.

  • Hohenfels supports single Soldiers via BOSS

    Jul 24, 2008

    HOHENFELS, Germany Aca,!" With the Army emphasizing family support, single Soldiers understandably might believe they are being overlooked.

  • Romanian, U.S. Soldiers take part in realistic combined training at Joint Task Force-East facility

    Jul 24, 2008

    BABADAG TRAINING AREA, Romania (July 24, 2008) -- Authentic terrain, nerve-wracking injections and rigorous carries set a realistic tone for Romanian and American Soldiers training here July 14. Aca,!A"I canAca,!a,,ct recreate the conditions they face downrange, but I can certainly replicate them,Aca,!A? said Lt. Col. Michael Borg, commander of Task Force Vampire, when explaining that combat lifesaver-trained Soldiers are actually required to give their colleagues role-playing as Aca,!A"wounded SoldiersAca,!A? an intravenous line if their mock injuries call for it.

  • U.S. paratroopers share airborne skills with Romanian counterparts

    Jul 24, 2008

    MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU AIR BASE, Romania (July 24, 2008) -- A team of U.S. Airmen and Soldiers spent a day at Joint Task Force-East here training Romanian troops in airborne operations skills July 15. Airmen from the 786th Security Forces Squadron and Soldiers from their partner unit, the 5th Quartermaster Company, trained troops of the Romanian Special Operations Battalion as part of Carpathian Summer 2008, an annual air force training rotation.

  • Soldiers, statistics show spirit of all-volunteer force alive and well in U.S. Army Europe

    Jul 24, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (July 24, 2008) -- As the United States military celebrates the 35th anniversary of AmericaAca,!a,,cs all-volunteer force this year, there are signs that U.S. Army Europe Soldiers are helping to keep alive the spirit that makes a volunteer force possible. In the years since the last draft at the end of the Vietnam War, Americans have continued to volunteer for the armed forces to support and defend the Constitution, and the Army has kept its ranks filled in spite of numerous conflicts, long deployments, separation from home, and hazardous duty.

  • Joint training

    Jul 23, 2008

    Soldiers undergo sling-load training using a CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461 on Chabelley Air Field in Djibouti, July 14, 2008. The Soldiers are part of a joint combat search and rescue team with 4th Platoon, Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery Regiment, and they apply the training to aircraft and personnel recovery missions.

  • Olympians visit European garrisons

    Jul 23, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" A visit to Germany from two world-class athletes stretched children at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden and USAG Grafenwoehr in a few new directions.

  • Service remembers, honors nine Soldiers killed in battle in Afghanistan

    Jul 23, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy (July 23, 2008) -- Soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and members of the Vicenza military community gathered July 18 to remember and honor nine of their comrades who died in battle earlier this month. Nine Soldiers from the 2nd platoon of the brigadeAca,!a,,cs Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), were manning an outpost with 25 Afghan Soldiers when they died in combat during a insurgent attack in Wanat, Afghanistan, July 13.

  • Soldiers of 16th Sustainment Brigade load up, move out for deployment in Iraq

    Jul 23, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (July, 23, 2008) -- The Soldiers of U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 16th Sustainment Brigade completed their final pre-deployment preparations at the Deployment Processing Center and departed from Ramstein Air Base here for deployment in Iraq July 19. The brigade will conduct sustainment operations there in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While at the DPC, the Soldiers from the 16th SB completed their final passenger manifests, listened to a threat briefing from their commander, and measured and weighed their baggage and equipment for the flight.

  • 173rd Airborne Brigade Soldiers tackle reintegration, 'reset' upon return from deployment

    Jul 23, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy (July 23, 2008) -- Soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team who began returning this month from a 15-month deployment to Afghanistan, are learning there is more to coming home than just dropping off their gear and heading to Fort Living Room. There are friends and Family members to get reacquainted with; room keys, household goods and vehicles to sign for; money to collect from finance; medical check-ups and records to update; and identification cards to verify.

  • 3/405th AFSB supports USAID mission to the Philippines

    Jul 22, 2008

    SECKENHEIM, Germany-The 3rd Battalion of the 405th Army Field Support Brigade recently supported a U.S. Agency for International Development mission to the Philippines after the country was hit by a typhoon last month.

  • Boy Scout revamps Landstuhl Fisher House garden

    Jul 22, 2008

    A 16-year-old Boy Scout made it his mission to expand and reconstruct a relaxation garden for wounded troops and their families staying at the Fisher House by Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

  • Lean Six Sigma project saves money, environment in Heidelberg

    Jul 22, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" The Rumbling Rubbish/Keep It Green Lean Six Sigma project in Heidelberg, Germany, has the potential to save the garrison several hundred thousand dollars.

  • Electronic library kiosk bound for Iraq

    Jul 22, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" Camp Victory in Iraq is nearly 2,000 miles from the nearest Army Library in Europe. But soldiers deployed at the sprawling base near Baghdad International Airport will soon have access to a broad spectrum of such resources via an e-Branch kiosk.

  • German cadets train on the job with U.S. Army Europe's 172nd Infantry Brigade as it prepares fo

    Jul 22, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany (July 21, 2008) -- The quest for knowledge and experience in the military crosses national borders and recognizes all uniforms. Sometimes that quest translates into theater security cooperation at the most elemental scale, making U.S. Army Europe and NATO a little bit better, one Soldier at a time. Nadine Steindorf and Fabian Rasch, warrant officer cadets in the German air force and army, respectively, are training with U.S. Army Europe's 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade as the brigade prepares to deploy to Iraq. Aca,!A"WeAca,!a,,cre here to support the allies. If thatAca,!a,,cs what they want us to do, they can come here to train with us,Aca,!A? said Michael Cormier, the 172nd's partnership officer.

  • Europe District creates web-based GIS server

    Jul 22, 2008

    If there is a geographic component to the CorpsAca,!a,,cs work in Europe, Thomas Rodehaver has it or wants it.

  • District shows it's "Always Prepared"

    Jul 22, 2008

    Being always prepared is not only applicable to the Boy Scouts. ItAca,!a,,cs also applicable to the CorpsAca,!a,,c Europe District, which continually sends volunteers to train on FEST-A (Forward Engineer Support Team Aca,!" Advanced) teams.

  • 15th Engineer Battalion uncases colors during activation ceremony in Schweinfurt

    Jul 22, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany (July 21, 2008) -- The colors of the 15th Engineer Battalion were unfurled for the first time in 17 years during an activation ceremony on Conn Barracks here July 16. Linking the engineersAca,!a,,c past and present, Lt. Col. David E. Hurley Jr. and Command Sgt. Maj. Bradley J. Houston uncased the colors of their battalion with a little help from the 15thAca,!a,,cs last acting command sergeant major, 1st Sgt. (Ret.) Charles M. Twardzicki.

  • WOMEN'S TEAM TO COMPETE IN LUCENEC, SLOVAK REPUBLIC FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Jul 21, 2008

    The Golden Knights' Female Style and Accuracy Team head to the Slovak Republic for the 30th FAI World Style and Accuracy Parachuting Championships.

  • Mercedes Wild

    Jul 21, 2008

    Sixty years after the Berlin Airlift, Mercedes Wild sits down with Spc. Cody Wilson as she tells the tale of her 'Chocolate Uncle.'

  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T spells reduced stigma, more choices

    Jul 21, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany Aca,!" Soldiers seeking behavioral health care on U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt have a myriad of options for care and treatment: Military Family Life Counselors, Social Work Services, psychiatrists, psychologists, chaplains, and now, thanks to the RESPECT-Mil program, primary care providers.

  • Program aims for earlier detection of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder

    Jul 21, 2008

    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has plagued Soldiers throughout time, but with the help of new programs todayAca,!a,,cs Army medical professionals are hoping to improve early identification of the symptoms of PTSD and get Soldiers the help they need, while reducing fears about the negative perceptions or repercussions of seeking mental health treatment.

  • Course develops leaders overseas

    Jul 21, 2008

    In an effort to save time, money and hassle, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District, hosted a Base Camp Development PlannerAca,!a,,cs Course (BCDC) at their Wiesbaden headquarters May 13 -16, allowing 17 students from across the Corps, U.S. Army Europe, and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Europe and Southwest Asia, to train without crossing the Atlantic.

  • All for one - one for all

    Jul 21, 2008

    One can easily overlook the small U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office on the U.S. Air Force base in Spangdahlem, Germany. But shrouded by the shadows of these striking facilities are project engineers like Martin Ritzmann, Shaun Frost, and Louis Reagan, who humbly go about their daily business as the unheralded force of all this new base construction.

  • Stamp brings two cultures together

    Jul 21, 2008

    LIVORNO, Italy Aca,!" The San Marino-American Friendship Association celebrated its 30th anniversary this month, and in honor of the occasion, San Marino, one of the most ancient European republics, issued a stamp which depicts the respective countriesAca,!a,,c Statues of Liberty.

  • Coming Together

    Jul 21, 2008

    The largest project here is GrafenwoehrAca,!a,,cs unique gated community called Netzaberg, which will provide 835 build-to-lease family housing units with an integrated town center, including an elementary and middle school, chapel, child development center, youth services center, shoppette, and sports fields.

  • An unusual but successful threesome

    Jul 21, 2008

    Corona, the sole U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representative on MorAfA3n Air Base in southern Spain, wears two hats Aca,!" literally Aca,!" because of a unique partnership between three U.S. military branches of service. Officially, Corona represents the Navy Aca,!" the DoDAca,!a,,cs executive agent for U.S. military construction in Spain Aca,!" where he works as a quality assurance specialist for the $5.48 million Air Force housing renovation, the largest ever seen on this base.

  • Cultivating capacity-building in the Caucasus

    Jul 21, 2008

    The project, managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is a $445,000 school for children up to 16 years old. The school is financed by the U.S. European CommandAca,!a,,cs (EUCOMAca,!a,,cs) Humanitarian Assistance (HA) program. About $3 million in EUCOMAca,!a,,cs HA funds have gone toward much-needed projects in Azerbaijan,

  • Flagship projects focus on troops

    Jul 21, 2008

    During the Wiesbaden-based 1st Armored DivisionAca,!a,,cs deployment to Iraq, the nine barracks buildings these warfighters call home are being renovated.

  • Theater Logistics Support Center-Europe celebrates its 10th anniversary

    Jul 21, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (July 18, 2008) -- The Theater Logistics Support Center-Europe celebrated its 10th anniversary at Daenner Kaserne here July 15. TLSC-E provides support to force projection, supply, maintenance, distribution and other logistical functions for Army, joint, combined and multinational forces in support of U.S. Army Europe and combatant commanders, noted Maj. Gen. Yves J. Fontaine, commander of USAREUR's 21st Theater Sustainment Command, at the event.

  • Covenant dollars bring Hohenfels free services, more jobs

    Jul 21, 2008

    HOHENFELS, Germany Aca,!" Aca,!A"If the Army wanted you to have a family, they would have issued you oneAca,!A? is an outdated maxim rarely heard in todayAca,!a,,cs military.

  • Ceremony inactivating last finance brigade heralds change in finance support structure

    Jul 21, 2008

    SCHWETZINGEN, Germany (July 17, 2008) -- The 266th Finance Command, the last finance brigade in the active Army, inactivated here July 16. For more than two decades, the command, based on Tompkins Barracks here, has supported U.S. Army Europe with financial and accounting services. Aca,!A"WeAca,!a,,cre making history,Aca,!A? said Brig. Gen. Russell L Frutiger, USAREUR chief of staff. Aca,!A"Today marks the beginning of a new era in finance support.Aca,!A?

  • Georgian Ministry of Defence visits MND-C

    Jul 19, 2008

    Major General Michael Oates, commander of Multi-National Division Aca,!" Center and the 10th Mountain Division, greets Honorable Batu Kutelia, Georgian first deputy ministry of defence, during KuteliaAca,!a,,cs visit to Camp Victory July 17.

  • Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Battalion Starting Out in Zabul Province, Afghanistan

    Jul 17, 2008

    Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment recently replaced Company D in Zabul Province, Afghanistan. 1-4 Infantry Battalion, the dual-mission OPFOR at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels Germany, has maintained a deployed company under operational control of a Romanian Battalion in Regional Command-South, operating in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, since July 2006.

  • 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment Continues Mission in Zabul Province

    Jul 17, 2008

    Company D and Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment conducted RIP operations in Zabul Province, Afghanistan. 1-4 Infantry Battalion operates as the Joint Multinational Readiness Center's OPFOR and has conducted dual-mission operations in Zabul Province since 2006.

  • Grafenwoehr 'walking the walk' on environmental issues

    Jul 17, 2008

    GRAFENWOHER, Germany Aca,!" The use of electric cars and a decrease in petroleum, oil and lubricant spills marked two major improvements by the U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Environmental Management System as it concluded its annual cycle.

  • Schinnen summer hires: more than just a job

    Jul 17, 2008

    The ArmyAca,!a,,cs Summer Hire Program is more than just a job for 41 students working at USAG Schinnen in the Netherlands this summer. The program provides a glimpse into their future with a clear roadmap that gets them there ahead of their peers, thanks to a professional development program designed specifically for teen employees.

  • Security cooperation exercise Immediate Response 2008 begins with official ceremony in Republic of G

    Jul 17, 2008

    VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Republic of Georgia (July 17, 2008) -- Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen from the U.S., Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine participated in the opening ceremony here July 15 for the training exercise Immediate Response 2008. Following an invocation by U.S. Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Scott Carson, deputy chaplain for the Southern European Task Force, and a blessing from Georgian Orthodox priest Father Nazzare Guenetadze, Soldiers from the five nations paid tribute to each countryAca,!a,,cs national anthem as they stood in formation, symbolizing the start of the exercise.

  • NFL player reroutes vacation for Hohenfels youth

    Jul 17, 2008

    HOHENFELS, Germany Aca,!" The National Football LeagueAca,!a,,cs Simon Fraser tackled some pretty interesting questions during an appearance for the Youth Sports Tackle Football Camp held at U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels.

  • Team with U.S. Army Europe's 18th Engineer Brigade surveys Iraq's oldest monastery

    Jul 17, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAREZ, Iraq (July 17, 2008) -- A team made up of Soldiers from current and former U.S. Army Europe engineer units took part in a mission in early July that used modern technology to map IraqAca,!a,,cs most ancient monastery. Soldiers from the 156th Survey and Design Team of the 94th Engineer Battalion employed state-of-the-art land surveying equipment to map the grounds of Saint ElijahAca,!a,,cs Monastery, a historical monument nearly 1,500 years old. For the battalion, deployed here under the command and control of USAREURAca,!a,,cs 18th Engineer Brigade, the project was something of a link to its own history. The 94th served in Europe from the post-World War II era until its return to the U.S. in 2006.

  • Iraqi Army, 1st Armored Division leaders see progress in security for Mada'in Qada region

    Jul 17, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq (July 17, 2008) -- The commander of the 9th Iraqi Army Division and leaders from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, met here July 8 to assess the security of the MadaAca,!a,,cin Qada region. Maj. Gen. Jassem Nazal Qassim shared his thoughts on increasing the Iraqi forcesAca,!a,,c security capabilities with Col. Pat White, commander of the 2nd BCT. Aca,!A"No matter the operation (Iraqi security forces) are capable of providing the necessary forces,Aca,!A? said Qassim. Aca,!A"For any needs that arise, we are ready.Aca,!A?

  • Garmisch recounts 'Day of the Tigers'

    Jul 16, 2008

    GARMISCH, Germany Aca,!" April 29, 1945, began as another sunny spring day in the bucolic villages of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a quiet German community near the Austrian border. Sixty-three years ago, as World War II drew to a close, the tolling of church bells and the whistle of a Zugspitzbahn cog train normally were the loudest sounds.

  • 1/405th AFSB Hosts Change of Command Ceremony

    Jul 15, 2008

    The 1st battalion of the 405th Army Field Support Brigade hosted a change of command ceremony July 9 at Panzer Kaserne in Kaiserslautern during which Lt. Col. James Kennedy took command from Lt. Col. Ronnie Bell, Jr. The ceremony was the first change of command for the unit, which was activated two years ago.

  • Aviation Branch welcomes Barclay

    Jul 15, 2008

    Brig. Gen. James O. Barclay III assumed command of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker on July 11.

  • Former NSRDEC Soldier remembers tragedy, thankful to be alive

    Jul 15, 2008

    LANDSTUHL, Germany Aca,!" Thousands of miles from their small patrol base in Iraq, 1st Sgt. Rick Haddad and Spc. Justin Donnelly reunited Thursday at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

  • Landstuhl library earns federal honors

    Jul 15, 2008

    LANDSTUHL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, Germany Aca,!" If you continue past the USO office and barber shop at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, youAca,!a,,cll come to the end of the hallway where youAca,!a,,cll find the 2007 Federal Library/Information Center of the Year.

  • 173rd Airborne Brigade Captain earns Silver Star for actions during Afghanistan ambush

    Jul 15, 2008

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (July 15, 2008) -- A 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team Soldier received a Silver Star for valor in a ceremony here July 12. Capt. William G. Cromie's medal was presented by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, commander of Combined Joint Task Force - 101. Cromie earned the Silver Star for his actions during an ambush Nov. 16, 2007, while serving as platoon leader for the 3rd platoon of Alpha Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade Special Troops Battalion, during a route clearance operation along the Korengal Road in Konar province. The platoon was called on after receiving a tip that an improvised explosive device may have been placed there.

  • U.S. Army Europe engineers building relationships, security, infrastructure in Iraq

    Jul 14, 2008

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq (July 14, 2008) -- This arid outpost lies just to the northwest of Tikrit, Iraq, the birthplace of Saddam Hussein and the northern marker of the infamous Sunni Triangle, an area that stretches from the center of Iraq toward its eastern border with Iran and is densely populated with Sunni Muslims. It was here that the 18th Engineer Brigade, a U.S. Army Europe unit based in Heidelberg, Germany, under the command of Col. Matthew H. Russell, assumed authority for engineer operations in northern Iraq in May.

  • U.S. Army Europe Soldiers train their comrades from Republic of Georgia in force protection techniqu

    Jul 14, 2008

    TBILISI, Republic of Georgia (July 14, 2008) -- U.S. and Georgian forces came together here July 7 to conduct force protection training in preparation for the upcoming exercise Immediate Response 2008. Soldiers from U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 18th Military Police Brigade and 21st Theater Sustainment Command and Georgian Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Brigade continued to develop and strengthen their relationships as they learned how to conduct personnel and vehicle searches at an entrance control point.

  • Island Adventure provides break for deployment kids

    Jul 14, 2008

    LANGEOOG, Germany Aca,!" For an Army brat in 2008, a stable and cohesive family life can be a rare luxury, especially if you consider the effects of extended and often repeated deployments of one or even both parents.

  • Changes shuffle units in Aviation Task Force in Iraq

    Jul 14, 2008

    Since the Soldiers in Task Force XII and Task Force 49 arrived in Iraq, their deployments have been a bit different from those of most aviation brigades. The intertwining relationship between these two headquarters is a byproduct of the drawdown of troops brought in during last yearAca,!a,,cs surge.

  • Sinise entertains troops, supports children

    Jul 14, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany Aca,!" The Lt. Dan Band played U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt July 7 with a blend of rock, funk, soul and pop covering the last 40 years of music, and then some.

  • Ansbach helps families, returning Soldiers readjust

    Jul 11, 2008

    ANSBACH, Germany Aca,!" With the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade approaching the end of a 15-month deployment to Iraq, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach is increasing efforts to prepare families and Soldiers for a smooth reunion

  • Afghanistan base renamed in honor of commander who died in combat

    Jul 11, 2008

    KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (July 11, 2008) -- Forward Operating Base Naray here was renamed FOB Bostick to honor and remember a commander who died leading his Soldiers in combat. Soldiers, Marines, Airmen and Afghan National Army Soldiers gathered near FOB NarayAca,!a,,cs helicopter landing zone June 28 to officially rename the base in memory of Maj. Thomas Bostick, former commander of Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment (Airborne), from Llano, Texas.

  • U.S. Army Air Force member honored 64 years after his death

    Jul 11, 2008

    MONS, Belgium Aca,!" Mons recently honored World War II pilot, 2nd Lt. John Steinwedel, 64 years after his death, as a plaque was unveiled to honor the American who was murdered after parachuting onto a roof in the city from his P-47 D Thunderbolt.

  • Brussels volunteer honored for giving gift of life

    Jul 11, 2008

    BRUSSELS, Belgium Aca,!" Staff Sgt. Peter Bouck, a volunteer in the Department of Defense's C. W. Bill Young Marrow Donor Program, recently traveled stateside to donate stem cells to a patient.

  • JTF-E training kicks off in Romania

    Jul 10, 2008

    A June 30 ceremony marked the official beginning of Joint Task Force-East's second annual rotation.

  • TOG Homecoming

    Jul 10, 2008

    Old Guard Soldiers return from Horn of Africa deployment.

  • Fore the Future

    Jul 10, 2008

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium Aca,!" William Hartford, 8-year-old son of Deputy U.S. National Military Representative to SHAPE Lt. Col. Charles and Rebecca Hartford, recently won the Gen. Sir John Akehurst Bowl Golf Championship pitting against a few fellow golfers and more than 40 adults to take first place by one stroke.

  • Darmstadt says farewell to Black Forest friends

    Jul 10, 2008

    DARMSTADT, Germany Aca,!" U.S. Army Garrison Darmstadt, which closes next month, marked 20 years of camaraderie with the Association for the Promotion of German-American Friendship during the two organizationsAca,!a,,c last exchange activity.

  • First 'Sky Soldiers' of 173rd Airborne Brigade return from deployment in Afghanistan

    Jul 10, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy (July 9, 2008) -- Advance elements from the six battalions of U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team began the unit's return home from a 14-month deployment to Afghanistan this month. That trickle of Aca,!A"Sky SoldiersAca,!A? began to grow into a torrent as about 250 Solders from the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne) and the 173rd Special Troops Battalion arrived here July 5 to the cheers, hugs and kisses of friends, families and colleagues at their home stations here and in Bamberg, Germany. The remainder of the brigade is scheduled to return throughout July and August.

  • Political, diplomatic and military leaders get a look at Joint Task Force-East

    Jul 10, 2008

    MIKHAIL KOGALNICEANU AIRFIELD ADMINISTRATION CENTER, Romania (July 09, 2008) -- Almost 30 diplomatic, military and political leaders from several countries got a glimpse of Joint Task Force Aca,!" East during a July 2 Aca,!A"Distinguished Visitors DayAca,!A? tour. The tour is the second of its kind at JTF-E, and one of the dayAca,!a,,cs highest-ranking U.S. visitors noted the operationAca,!a,,cs improvements. Aca,!A"I was truly impressed then, but I am much more impressed now when I consider how far Romania and the U.S. have come in just one year,Aca,!A? said Nicholas Taubman, U.S. ambassador to Romania.

  • Armor Soldiers join Iraqi comrades for peaceful 'raid' on village

    Jul 10, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq (July 9, 2008) -- The mission was simple: conduct a raid to gather information on extremists in the area, search for weapons caches and do Aca,!A"human-terrain mapping.Aca,!A? The day was still young when Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 35th Armor, along with shurta (policemen) from the 3rd Battalion, 1st Iraqi National Police Division, made final preparations for a raid on the village of al Batta, Iraq.

  • British officer awarded Order of Saint Maurice for contributions to infantry

    Jul 9, 2008

    FORT HOOD, TexasAca,!" For U.S. infantrymen, the opportunity to recognize foreign military officers with the Order of Saint Maurice is rare.

  • Schweinfurt CDC makes accreditation grade

    Jul 9, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany Aca,!" The success story of the U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt Child Development Center is told in thousands of pages in binders spread throughout the center. And on the playgrounds.

  • Stuttgart MPs dedicate building to fallen Soldier

    Jul 9, 2008

    STUTTGART, Germany Aca,!" Almost one year to the day after her death, Cpl. Karen Clifton was honored by her unit, the 554th Military Police Company, as Building 2914 on Panzer Kaserne here was renamed Clifton Hall.

  • 3/405th AFSB Hosts Change of Command Ceremony

    Jul 8, 2008

    The 3rd Battalion of the 405th Army Field Support Brigade (AFSB) hosted a change of command ceremony on July 2 at Leghorn Army Depot on Camp Darby, Italy, during which Lt. Col. Roger McCreery took command from Lt. Col. Harvey Robinson.

  • Lt. Dan Band rocks Europe on its fourth concert tour

    Jul 3, 2008

    USAG Schinnen, Netherlands - "It's a different kind of gig," says Danny Gottlieb, one of the world's most popular jazz drummers and part of Gary Sinise's 'Lt. Dan Band' who dazzled an international military community audience here in a first class performance July 2.

  • Wounded warriors meet musician, actor Steve Van Zandt

    Jul 3, 2008

    Four Warrior in Transition Soldiers stationed in Vicenza, Italy, experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity June 25 when they met guitarist Steve Van Zant, who is on tour with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in Europe.

  • Graf prepares for 172nd influx

    Jul 3, 2008

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany Aca,!" U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr is preparing for an influx of troops as Soldiers from the 172nd Infantry Brigade, currently based out of Schweinfurt, Germany, have started moving here.

  • Wounded warriors meet musician, actor Steve Van Zandt

    Jul 3, 2008

    MILAN, Italy Aca,!" Four Warrior in Transition Soldiers stationed in Vicenza, Italy, experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity here June 25 when they met guitarist Steve Van Zandt, who is on tour with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in Europe.

  • Hohenfels' wireless barracks among the first in Europe

    Jul 3, 2008

    HOHENFELS, Germany Aca,!" In todayAca,!a,,cs high-tech communication world, Soldiers living in the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment barracks here felt cut off.

  • Special Olympics

    Jul 1, 2008

    Michele Michael reports on a young man in Germany who doesn't let his physical challenges cast a shadow on the shining light of his own mind's eye.

  • U.S. Army Europe aviators moving to new duty locations in Iraq

    Jul 1, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (July 1, 2008) -- After seven months of service as Multi-National Division Aca,!" BaghdadAca,!a,,cs aviation brigade, Task Force XII is on the move to other locations and missions in the Operation Iraqi Freedom theater following a relief-in-place with the incoming 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division from Fort Hood, Texas. TF XII originally formed at Camp Taji in December 2007. The task force is comprised of approximately 700 Soldiers from the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, including the brigadeAca,!a,,cs headquarters, most of its 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, and a forward logistics element from its 412th Aviation Support Battalion. The CAB originally deployed to Logistical Support Area Anaconda in Balad, Iraq in July 2007.

  • Wiesbaden celebrates Berlin Airlift anniversary

    Jun 30, 2008

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" In 1948, a political and military Cold War began when Berlin nearly fell into Josef StalinAca,!a,,cs hands.

  • Inactivation of 1st Personnel Command sign of change in Army human resources operations

    Jun 30, 2008

    SCHWETZINGEN, Germany (June 27, 2008) -- Aca,!A"Today is about history and tradition, but more importantly (itAca,!a,,cs) about the future.Aca,!A? With those words, U.S. Army Europe Chief of Staff Brig. Gen. Rusty L. Frutiger alluded to changes in personnel operations within USAREUR while honoring the legacy of 1st Personnel Command at the commandAca,!a,,cs inactivation ceremony on Kilbourne Kaserne here, June 26. Aca,!A"ItAca,!a,,cs bittersweet, but itAca,!a,,cs also exciting,Aca,!A? said Col. David T. Jones, the 1st PERSCOM commander. Aca,!A"The important thing is moving on. Getting (human resources) professionals where they need to be is a step ahead.Aca,!A?

  • Missouri National Guard conducts riot control training

    Jun 27, 2008

    The 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, KFOR 10 Missouri National Guard, successfully completed its Mission Readiness Exercise rotation at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, and is currently deployed to Kosovo, in support of the NATO-led peacekeeping mission there.

  • Soldier-Moms Find Comfort in Program Designed for Them

    Jun 27, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" After the birth of her third child, Sgt. Delores Gordon, said it took her three attempts to pass her Army Physical Fitness Test, with 30 days between each test.

  • Mullen Offers Encouragement as New Africa Command Takes Shape

    Jun 27, 2008

    STUTTGART, Germany, June 26, 2008 Aca,!" The top U.S. military officer challenged the U.S. Africa Command staff today to seize the opportunities presented as they stand up a new, uniquely organized command that brings more focus to a vital part of the world.

  • Graf Signs Partnership with Neighbors

    Jun 27, 2008

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany Aca,!" The U.S. military and host nation communities here have been neighbors for decades. Now they are partners in establishing cultural exchanges.

  • U.S. - German Army Partnership Air Assault Training, Joint Multinational Readiness Center

    Jun 27, 2008

    U.S. and German soldiers conduct Partnership Air Assault training at the Hohenfels Training Area, Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany.

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