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  • Baumholder artillery battalion carries on tradition of cooperation in Iraq

    May 7, 2008

    TESSAH NISSAN, Iraq (May 6, 2008) -- Leaders from U.S. Army Europe's 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery joined the colleagues they are replacing here to meet with the local head of the Sons of Iraq. The 4-27th, based in Baumholder, Germany, is part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division. The battalion recently deployed here to assume the duties of the departing 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery, a 3rd Infantry Division unit from Fort Benning, Ga.

  • 18th Military Police Brigade experts assess, improve Iraqi police communications systems

    May 6, 2008

    CAMP VICTORY, BAGHDAD, Iraq (May 6, 2008) -- Radio communications can make the difference between life and death for Iraqi security forces. The Iraqi Police forceAca,!a,,cs effectiveness depends on responding quickly. Calling for reinforcements or medical aid in time to save a life can come down to a simple transmission between an Iraqi policeman on patrol and his patrol station monitoring the radio network. Aca,!A"People will die if communications arenAca,!a,,ct working,Aca,!A? said 1st Lt. Christopher Gehri, 18th Military Police Brigade Police Transition Team officer. Aca,!A"Communications is one of the primary systems you need to be a successful police force.Aca,!A?

  • Ansbach Looks to Break Record

    May 2, 2008

    ANSBACH, Germany Aca,!" The U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach community is aiming for a record with the symbol that has become synominious with U.S. military families: the yellow ribbon.

  • Paradise Lost and Found

    May 1, 2008

    GARMISCH, Germany Aca,!" It started out as a ski vacation in the Alpines, a break from life in Tunisia for a naval attachAfA and his family. It became the U.S. Army Garrison Garmisch community reaching out to guests in urgent need.

  • Nine-Year-Old Girl Donates Foot of Hair to Sick Children

    May 1, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" When youAca,!a,,cre a small child, the world can seem like a big place where you have little influence.

  • Sergeant gets Bronze Star for valor for actions during Afghanistan firefight

    Apr 30, 2008

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (April 29, 2008) -- A sergeant with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team's 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry was awarded a Bronze Star for valor April 24 at Fire Base Naray in Kunar province for his actions in combat. Sgt. Ryan P. Inabnet received his medal from Brig. Gen. Mark Milley, Combined Joint Task Force-101 deputy commanding general for operations, for saving more than a dozen SoldierAca,!a,,cs lives during a combat operation in Kunar province July 27, 2007.

  • Brigades set up Task Forces to take care of Soldiers, Families during deployments

    Apr 29, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (April 29, 2008) -- Two newly formed task forces are looking after Family members and non-deploying Soldiers of U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs deploying 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division and 18th Engineer Brigade. Traditionally, deploying units established rear detachments -- informal teams of Soldiers, NCOs and officers -- to oversee the unitAca,!a,,cs operations and family support at their home stations.

  • Kaiserslautern Takes Care of its 'Heart'

    Apr 29, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany Aca,!" Aca,!A"The Heart of the CommunityAca,!A? were honored here April 24 during U.S. Army Garrison KaiserslauternAca,!a,,cs volunteer recognition ceremony.

  • IMCOM Commander: Covenant Building Stronger Communities

    Apr 29, 2008

    LIVORNO, Italy Aca,!" The officer responsible for providing effective garrison support of Army mission activities worldwide Aca,!" as well as overall support services Aca,!" visited here April 29, seeing how Camp Darby is keeping its pledge to support Army Families.

  • Newest citizens take oath in Stuttgart

    Apr 29, 2008

    STUTTGART, Germany Aca,!" Twelve Soldiers from nine countries took the oath of allegiance and became citizens of the United States during a naturalization ceremony at the StuttgartAca,!a,,cs Patch Community Club earlier this month.

  • Airborne Soldier Awarded Bronze Star for Valor

    Apr 29, 2008

    BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan Aca,!" A Bronze Star with Aca,!A"VAca,!A? device for valor was awarded to Army Sgt. Ryan P. Inabnet, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 1-91 Cavalry Squadron, at Fire Base Naray, Kunar province, April 24.

  • Nephew of late German artist donates World War II prisoner of war drawings to U.S. Army

    Apr 28, 2008

    HOHENFELS, Germany (April, 28, 2008) -- We will never meet him and cannot communicate with him, but a stone etching of a bison on a cave wall can give us some insight into how the long-gone prehistoric artist saw his world. Even far more contemporary eras such the World War II are fading further into history, making links to those times increasingly valuable. German artist Rudolf Menge was an prisoner of war in that era, and he spent his time interned sketching the people and scenes around him. MengeAca,!a,,cs nephew Helmut Schoen wanted to fulfill his uncleAca,!a,,cs wishes and preserve a bit of that era by donating those sketches to the U.S. Army. Aca,!A"Margarete (MengeAca,!a,,cs wife and HelmutAca,!a,,cs aunt) always said he had a lot of respect for the American personnel in the POW camp, and therefore I would like to give them to veterans of the U.S. Army,Aca,!A? Schoen said.

  • Smooth move earns 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion Army-level Deployment Award

    Apr 28, 2008

    MANNHEIM, Germany (April 28, 2008) -- When 5th Signal Command's 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion deployed in September, its equipment went to more than 40 sites in Iraq, and Army officials are honoring the unit for its skill in completing that mission. For its efforts the battalion was named a first-place winner in the large active Army unit category of the Army Deployment Excellence Award program. The announcement of the award was made earlier this month with other winners in the Fiscal Year 2008 Chief of Staff, Army Combined Logistics Excellence Awards competition, which also recognizes units for excellence in maintenance and supply programs.

  • Schweinfurt 'Black Lions' earn Silver Stars

    Apr 28, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany Aca,!" Staff Sgt. Octavio Nunez will tell you that he didnAca,!a,,ct do Aca,!A"anything special.Aca,!A? Spc. Jarrod Taylor will insist others deserve the recognition. The crowd gathered at the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry memorials on Ledward Barracks April 22 Aca,!" and the Silver Star medals pinned to both SoldiersAca,!a,,c chests Aca,!" tell another story.

  • Berlin Airlift Project Brings U.S., German Students Together

    Apr 25, 2008

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" As the small parachutes floated into outstretched hands of anxious children at Aukamm Elementary School, the scene could have been Berlin in 1948. Only it wasnAca,!a,,ct Lt. Gail Halvorsen dropping candy from his C-54 aircraft.

  • Stryker Soldiers build relationships to bring security, services to Baghdad neighborhoods

    Apr 25, 2008

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq (April 25, 2008) -- For the Soldiers of Company F, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, interpersonal relations, consensus information and the pictures they create are the biggest contributors to the safety and security of citizens in the Saha and Abu TAca,!a,,cshir communities of southern Baghdad. Aca,!A"We want to build a relationship to give the people a normal life -- to bring the resources into the community,Aca,!A? said Lt. Col. Scott Reineke, commander of the 2nd Squadron. Aca,!A"This is about building relations in Abu TAca,!a,,cshir and Saha,Aca,!A? Reineke told his commanders and staff officers during the unitAca,!a,,cs final rehearsal for a three-phase operation that began April 16 in support of Operation Raider Typhoon.

  • Conference brings family readiness

    Apr 25, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (April 24, 2008) -- Just a few months ago, Sgt. 1st Class Rick Littlejohn was patrolling the streets of Ramadi with a military transition team from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. He likes to say that although the team was Aca,!A"blown up many times,Aca,!A? they never lost a member. Today Littlejohn is a rear detachment NCO with U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade. Over small talk in the lounge at the Revita Hotel I asked him which job heAca,!a,,cd rather have. He doesnAca,!a,,ct hesitate. Aca,!A"No contest! IAca,!a,,cd rather be on the MITT team!Aca,!A? he said emphatically. Rear detachment work is tough, he adds; far more complicated and demanding than being a tanker in Iraq -- and it never stops.

  • American drivers in Europe should be aware of standards for child safety seats

    Apr 25, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (April 24, 2008) -- Recent changes to German child car safety seat laws may not affect Americans driving in Germany, but U.S. Army Europe officials say travelers need to be aware of laws already on the books, especially if vacationing outside Germany. Although USAREUR will not be requiring car seats approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation to be replaced, officials said, itAca,!a,,cs wise to know the laws for child safety restraints when traveling in Europe

  • Darmstadt Celebrates Earth Day

    Apr 24, 2008

    DARMSTADT, Germany Aca,!" Even though the Army installation here nears a closure brought about by transformation, the Darmstadt Community paused together April 22 to leave something new and lasting.

  • Hanau Bids Farewell to U.S. Army

    Apr 24, 2008

    HANAU, Germany Aca,!" Emotions flowed during a ceremony marking the end of six decades of an American presence in this community.

  • JMRC Falcon Team Uses Air Assets to Train Mentors for War

    Apr 23, 2008

    HOHENFELS, Germany -- Joint Multinational Readiness Center Observer/Controllers train NATO Operational Mentor Liaison Teams on mentoring the Afghan National Army and liaising with coalition forces in support of ISAF.

  • 405th AFSB hosts European Army Aviation General Officers Symposium

    Apr 18, 2008

    Maj. Gen. James Myles, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., wrapped up a week-long tour of U.S. Army Europe by chairing an Army Aviation General Officers Symposium, which was hosted in Seckenheim by the 405th Army Field Support Brigade March 28.

  • 405th AFSB helps Soldiers prepare for battle

    Apr 18, 2008

    Preparations for war are in full swing in Bamberg, Germany, as several units prepare for upcoming deployments to the Southwest Asia theater of operations. The 405th Army Field Support Brigade is supporting them and other units in the European theater with the brigadeAca,!a,,cs Left Behind Equipment program.

  • K-Town players visit Italy for baseball action

    Apr 18, 2008

    LIVORNO, Italy Aca,!" Much like Major League Baseball players, a dozen youth from the Kaiserslautern Military Community in Germany recently went south to prepare for their upcoming season.

  • Army Recycling Programs in Germany Deliver Savings

    Apr 18, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" Recycling is a concept the German community has adopted with vigor, and Army communities located throughout the country are emulating those efforts by helping Soldiers, civilians and family members to clean up their recycling habits as well.

  • Bunker Historian

    Apr 16, 2008

    Since the end of the cold war, one man has picked up what others left behind. Michelle Michael takes us to Lampertheim where a bunker serves as a makeshift museum for military history.

  • Schinnen Volunteers Fill 'Empty Spot' on Resumes, in Communities

    Apr 16, 2008

    SCHINNEN, the Netherlands Aca,!" Jen GreenfieldAca,!a,,cs adventure into the world of volunteering began unexpectedly when her fitness instructor asked her to teach a class in his absence.

  • Stuttgart Soldiers Master Art of Combatives

    Apr 16, 2008

    STUTTGART, Germany Aca,!" Punches rained down on Spc. John Bench.

  • U.S. Army Medical Command Chooses Best Warriors

    Apr 15, 2008

    Staff Sgt. Julian R. Wiggins and Spc. Daniel Farrier are winners of the 2008 Best Warrior competitions for U.S. Army Medical Command. Wiggins, noncommissioned officer in charge of the Fort Jackson, S.C., Veterinary Treatment Facility, and Farrier, a pharmacy technician at Stuttgart, Germany, Army Health Clinic, emerged victorious from a grueling five days of physical and mental challenges.

  • Recycling programs prove smart ideas, a little effort can make big differences

    Apr 15, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (April 15, 2008) -- Recycling is a concept the German community has adopted with vigor, and U.S. Army Europe and Installation Management Command-Europe officials are trying to catch up on those efforts by helping USAREUR Soldiers, civilians and family members to clean up their recycling habits as well. Aca,!A"ItAca,!a,,cs costing us millions of dollars to not [recycle properly],Aca,!A? said Marty Hanson, U.S. Army Garrison Heidelberg Pollution Prevention Program manager.

  • Austere Challenge proving new headquarters concept as units move ahead toward 7th Army

    Apr 15, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (April 14, 2008) -- Soldiers, equipment, vehicles, and high-tech electronics flooded into GrafenwAfAPhr Training Area in the beds of trucks and the bellies of cargo planes. A honeycomb of modular tents rose swiftly constructed under a blanket of security and safety measures and then filled with everything needed -- from pencils to computer networks -- to transform the complex into a sophisticated base of operations. Soon the mazelike canvas corridors were crowded with Soldiers from the varied staff sections of the V Corps and U.S. Army Europe headquarters elements, establishing a deployed command

  • Medic earns Bronze Star for valor for actions during Afghanistan firefight

    Apr 15, 2008

    KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (April 14, 2008) -- A medic attached to Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry, was awarded a Bronze Star for valor April 1 for his actions during an insurgent assault in AfghanistanAca,!a,,cs Kunar province last year. Sgt. Kyle S. Dirkintis woke to the sound of gunfire Aug. 22, 2007 for the first time in his three months of deployment at the remote Ranch House Outpost.

  • Battlemind Training Helping Soldiers, Families

    Apr 14, 2008

    VILSECK, Germany Aca,!" For military families, the months following redeployment, or a SoldierAca,!a,,cs return home from Iraq, should be filled with love and laughter.

  • U.S. Army Europe announces Annual KONTAKT Award winners

    Apr 11, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (April 11, 2008) Aca,!" U.S. Army, Europe honors KONTAKT groups and individuals for their outstanding contributions to the German-American Friendship Program OUTREACH-Germany with the announcement today of winners in the USAREUR 2007 Awards Competition. The competition salutes excellence among Soldiers, Family members, civilian employees and host nation supporters throughout Germany for their day-to-day support to the local military and civilian communities and their efforts towards the German-American friendship in calendar year 2007.

  • Ring Around the Kaserne

    Apr 9, 2008

    GARMISCH, Germany Aca,!" Artillery Kaserne in Garmisch dates back to a groundbreaking ceremony Sept. 25, 1935, when it was established for what would become the mountain troops of the Wehrmacht, which the German armed forces of World War II were known as.

  • Overseas Housing Allowance Survey gives soldiers opportunity to influence entitlements

    Apr 9, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany (April 9, 2008) Aca,!" Soldiers and family members living Aca,!A"on the economyAca,!A? in Europe have until April 17 to influence the amount of money they receive from the government to cover their rent and utilities costs. By taking part in the Department of Defense Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Allowance CommitteeAca,!a,,cs annual Overseas Housing Allowance survey, Soldiers and their family members can tell the government how much they spend on rent, utilities, recurring maintenance expenses and some moving expenses.

  • Darmstadt Says Farewell to Museum

    Apr 9, 2008

    DARMSTADT, Germany Aca,!" Sixty-three years after U.S. military forces arrived in Darmstadt, the Griesheim Veteran's Memorial Museum held its final exhibit for generations of Germans and Americans associated with the Army installation.

  • Apache helicopter maintainers in Iraq crank up efforts to sustain high pace of operations

    Apr 9, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (April 9, 2008) -- ItAca,!a,,cs a domino effect of sorts. A sudden spike in violence in Basra and Baghdad meant more Soldiers on the ground quickly found themselves involved in kinetic operations. Kinetic operations on the ground meant more AH-64 Apache attack helicopter pilots in the air. For a two-week period, the pilots of Task Force XII found themselves engaging enemy fighters and pushing their aircraft to the limits. TF XII, the aviation task force supporting Multi-National Division - Baghdad, is led by the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, a U.S. Army Europe unit headquartered in Ansbach, Germany.

  • Heidelberg SFAC Focus: Healing, Individual Needs

    Apr 8, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" Each movement on the couch causes visible pain to Sgt. 1st Class Priscilla Simmons. However, a smile on her face tells the story of a warrior who has found the right place to rest and heal.

  • Deployment, mission change bring brothers together at Camp Taji

    Apr 7, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (April 7, 2008) -- Throughout their military careers, Staff Sgt. Shane Hansen and his brother, Sgt. 1st Class Zane Hansen, say they have always been on opposite sides of the world. Personal and duty commitments have the Hansen brothers' chances to get together over the years, but a mission change and a little good fortune recently brought them together here. Shane, who is stationed in Katterbach, Germany as a section sergeant in Company D, 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation, deployed to Logistical Support Area Anaconda in Balad, Iraq, in July. Zane, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, learned his unit would also deploy to Iraq in November

  • Soldiers in Iraq Remember Smith's Bravery Under Fire

    Apr 5, 2008

    Exactly five years after his heroic actions, Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith, the 3rd Infantry Division's 51st Medal of Honor recipient, was remembered in a ceremony April 4 at Camp Victory, Iraq.

  • Benelux WTU, SFAC Puts Soldiers, Families First

    Apr 3, 2008

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium Aca,!" The Benelux Warrior Transition Unit squad leader has bled for his country.

  • Respite Care Service Receives Financial Boost

    Apr 2, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" The Exceptional Family Member Program respite care service received an important financial boost from funding provided to Installation Management Command-EuropeAca,!a,,cs Army Community Services under the Army Family Covenant. This is the second year funding has been provided for this program.

  • 405th AFSB helps Soldiers prepare for battle

    Apr 1, 2008

  • Women's History Month Finale at Darmstadt Combines Art, Vision

    Apr 1, 2008

    DARMSTADT, Germany Aca,!" Read a copy of the July 1943 edition of Transportation Magazine and youAca,!a,,cll get an eye-awakening look at that eraAca,!a,,cs gender beliefs.

  • WTU Soldier Listed Fit for Duty

    Apr 1, 2008

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany Aca,!" A Soldier assigned here is one of the first in U.S. Army Europe to return to normal duty standing after recovering in a Warrior Transition Unit.

  • Kids Cope

    Mar 28, 2008

    Children in Schweinfurt tell their stories of strength and sacrifice during a time of war. Michelle Michael reports.

  • Transformation Delivers USAG Baden-WAfA1/4rttemberg

    Mar 28, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" The U.S. Army Garrison Heidelberg re-designated to become the U.S. Army Garrison Baden-WAfA1/4rttemberg in a ceremony March 27 on Patrick Henry Village.

  • Fuel Ration Card Replacing Coupons

    Mar 27, 2008

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany Aca,!" Department of Defense affiliated motorists in Germany will begin replacing their Army and Air Force Exchange Service fuel coupons with a new fuel ration card this summer.

  • Homefront Spouse Fills Void with Work, Study, Volunteering

    Mar 27, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy Aca,!" True to her belief that Aca,!A"life doesnAca,!a,,ct happen to you, you happen to life,Aca,!A? Jordan Talbot didnAca,!a,,ct put her two lives on hold when her husband deployed to Afghanistan in April 2007.

  • New Program Gives Soldiers Online Transition Assistance

    Mar 25, 2008

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" After serving oneAca,!a,,cs country in the military, returning to civilian life can be challenging

  • Camp Adventures Await Children of Deployed Parents

    Mar 24, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" Following up on last yearAca,!a,,cs successful program, Installation Management Command-Europe will again host summer camps specifically designed for children of deployed servicemembers.

  • German Polizei, U.S. Dog Teams Train Together

    Mar 19, 2008

    MIESAU, Germany Aca,!" For the Global War on Terror to be successful, itAca,!a,,cs going to take a worldwide effort.

  • Interns Assisting Hohenfels Community

    Mar 19, 2008

    HOHENFELS, Germany Aca,!" Allison Billhardt, Brittney Hawkins and Susan Daniel are pulling 45-hour weeks to help the smallest members here.

  • Schinnen Sort Center Helps Customers Recycle, Save Money

    Mar 18, 2008

    SCHINNEN, the Netherlands Aca,!" ItAca,!a,,cs Saturday morning and Alfredo Dorio is busy directing traffic at U.S. Army Garrison SchinnenAca,!a,,cs Recycling Sort Center.

  • Camping in Garmisch Doesn't Mean Roughing It

    Mar 18, 2008

    GARMISCH, Germany Aca,!" A stroll through the winter wonderland of the Armed Forces Recreation Center campground here reveals a bucolic setting that seems straight out of a travel book.

  • Americans Tackle 500-year-old Belgian Tradition

    Mar 14, 2008

    CHIAfE+VRES, Belgium Aca,!" For more than 500 years, ChiAfA..vres residents have been extending the Aca,!A"Fat TuesdayAca,!A? party by playing Crossage on Ash Wednesday.

  • Army Family Covenant Saves Schweinfurt Families Thousands

    Mar 14, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany Aca,!" When measuring an impact of the Army Family Covenant here, one big number jumps out: $25,548.

  • Schweinfurt Youth Sports Receives $20K in Grants

    Mar 12, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany Aca,!" The U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt Child and Youth Sports programs recently received more than $20,000 in grants from the Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA).

  • New Force Protection Program Put into Action at Heidelberg

    Mar 12, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" Garrison leaders here found themselves responding to a hostage taking and explosions during a realistic exercise that assessed leadership reaction while under fire.

  • EUCOM Quality of Life Conference underway

    Mar 12, 2008

    Garmisch, Germany (Mar. 12, 2008) Aca,!" The European Command's Quality of Life Conference entered its first full day of activities Monday as delegates, subject matter experts and facilitators began 14 hours of brainstorming and developing issues during the next three days. The meetings are held annually to allow service members and their families a chance to bring issues to senior leaders. "This year's theme, 'Share and Advance' denotes the key role each of you will play in sharing your extensive experience to ultimately advance the quality of life for service members, civilians and their families within the European theater," said Navy Cmdr. Stacy Henderson, U.S. European Command and Quality of Life mistress of ceremonies, as she addressed the group during the welcome session.

  • Botswanan logistics officers learn deployment procedures during Germany visit

    Mar 12, 2008

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (Mar. 12, 2008) -- With the ongoing operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas around the world, it is critical for military forces of different nations to work together. Aca,!A"One of the most important things you need are friends and allies; you need help,Aca,!A? said Dr. William Stokes, host nation support officer for the 21st Theater Sustainment Command here. Aca,!A"If you donAca,!a,,ct have them, it becomes enormously difficult to accomplish your mission.Aca,!A? Stokes and other members of the 21st TSC and one of its subordinate units, the 7th Army Reserve Command, fostered one relationship when it hosted a visit by three logistics officers from the Botswana Defense Forces earlier this month.

  • Army Educator Helping African Students

    Mar 11, 2008

    Deployed to Africa, in a sliver of a country between Somalia and Ethiopia, an education counselor from Camp Darby, Italy, is assisting students beyond the fence perimeter.

  • 'Chosen Company' patrols rugged hills and valleys of Afghanistan's Nuristan Province

    Mar 11, 2008

    NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Mar. 11, 2008) -- Just after sunrise on the first day of March, Soldiers from the 2nd platoon of Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, set out for a long day patrolling the mountains around their base in search of signs of enemy activity in the area. The companyAca,!a,,cs 3rd squad set out from Forward Operating Base Bella and moved through the valley of Jamachgal-Khwar to begin traversing the steep mountains of the region. They completed their patrol late in the afternoon after what looks like a 3-kilometer trek on a map, but in reality was much longer.

  • Armament experts train Afghan mechanics to work with U.S. small-arms

    Mar 11, 2008

    NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Mar. 11, 2008) -- Soldiers from the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion trained a group of Afghan National Army mechanics in small-arms repair at Forward Operating Base Fenty, March 3. The training brought together troops of the ANAAca,!a,,cs 5th Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 201st Corps and Soldiers from the armament section of Company B of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team's support battalion. The Afghan participants learned about gas- and recoil-operated weapons and their functions; trained in weapons clearing, disassembly, reassembly and functions check procedures; and learned how to identify faults on the U.S. M-4 rifle and M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon and Russian-made PKM machine guns.

  • Military Police Soldiers provide on-the-job training for new Iraqi policemen

    Mar 11, 2008

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Mar. 11, 2008) -- For the past month four 18th Military Police Brigade Soldiers have been living at the Jamia Iraqi Police Station and training the Iraqi Police force there. The Iraqi police officers at the Jamia Police Station and Joint Security Station, former Sons of Iraq (Abna al-Iraq) members, are now conducting on-the-job training with the 401st Military Police Company Police Transition Team. The OJT phase follows a two-week basic recruiting course the IP officers completed at the Camp Fiji and al Furat Police Training Academies here.

  • Aviation Life Support Equipment team takes care of equipment that takes care of pilots

    Mar 11, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (Mar. 11, 2008) -- Have you ever been walking and had a small rock get inside your shoe' Remember that sharp, and annoying, discomfort you felt with every step you took' Now imagine having to walk around for hours with that rock in your shoe and not being able to remove it. An aviator can experience a similar type of pain during a mission if a piece of equipment -- such as a flight helmet -- needs to be fixed or just doesnAca,!a,,ct fit properly. The 12th Combat Aviation BrigadeAca,!a,,cs Aviation Life Support Equipment shop is responsible for inspecting and repairing that equipment for aviators in Multi-National Division - Baghdad.

  • Vicenza Hosts Family Assistance Workshop

    Mar 11, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy Aca,!" The Vicenza Military Community hosted the first Europe-based Joint Services Family Assistance workshop for service providers recently. The workshop featured an Office of the Secretary of Defense team of subject-matter experts from areas such as relocation assistance, children and youth initiatives and counseling.

  • Coming soon to Schweinfurt: Warrior Adventure Quest

    Mar 10, 2008

    SCHWEINFURT, Germany Aca,!" The U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt is one of 14 garrisons in the Army and the only one in Installation Management Command-Europe selected to receive funding for the Warrior Adventure Quest.

  • 12th Combat Aviation Brigade attorney teaches law of armed conflict to Iraqi Air Force cadets

    Mar 10, 2008

    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (Mar. 10, 2007) -- Teaching law to brand-new military officers can get pretty complicated. The nuances and Aca,!A"what ifAca,!A? scenarios can be so confusing, they might as well be written in Arabic. For an American Army staff judge advocate, teaching those laws to Iraqi air force cadets, the best way to clear up the confusion was to do just that. Maj. James Teixeira, an Army attorney for the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, has been teaching the law of armed conflict and military justice classes for years. They are required classes for the Army; American Soldiers get at least some version of the training about every six months.

  • Healing is Job One for Wounded Troops

    Mar 7, 2008

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" Injured Wiesbaden warriors received firsthand assurances by the Army leader responsible for warrior care and transition that nothing has higher priority than their recovery.

  • Ansbach's Hearts Apart Helps Fill Separation Gaps

    Mar 6, 2008

    ANSBACH, Germany Aca,!" Separation is a fact of life for military families, and U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Army Community Service wants to help people get through it.

  • Living Successfully: Making the Most of Long Separations

    Mar 6, 2008

    Friends, yoga, a family support group, online courses, England and a toddler lifted a new Army wife out of her funk when her husband went to war.

  • IMCOM-Europe Youth Benefiting from Covenant

    Mar 6, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" Last October, the Army Family Covenant was announced as garrison-level signings were held worldwide. The $1.4 billion service-wide program promised to improve the lives of military Families, especially those impacted the most by a high operations tempo that isnAca,!a,,ct slowing down any time soon.

  • Mainz-Kastel NCO Earns DoD Honors

    Mar 5, 2008

    WIESBADEN, Germany Aca,!" Talk about leaving the service on a high note. Before Sgt. 1st Class Albert W. Sutton retires from the Army next month, he has to swing by the Pentagon to pick up his Department of Defense Senior Enlisted Service Member of the Year award.

  • SETAF Helo Jump

    Mar 4, 2008

    Paratroopers from the Southern European Task Force Stationed in Vicenza, Italy jumped out of a U-H 60 helicopter to regain jump procedure proficiency.

  • Editorial: Covenant Delivering on Promises

    Mar 4, 2008

    HEIDELBERG, Germany Aca,!" Spurred by increased funding received under the Army Family Covenant, your installation Army Community Service will now be fully staffed for the first time in recent memory, and better prepared than ever to serve the needs of commanders, Soldiers and Families. But ACS needs you to cast a vote Aca,!A| with your feet.

  • 18th Engineer Brigade survey teams provide real-world expertise while training for Iraq deployment

    Mar 4, 2008

    HOHENFELS, Germany (Mar. 4, 2008) -- Rarely do plans come together so well. Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Bardy, platoon sergeant for the Technical Headquarters Section of U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs 18th Engineer Brigade wanted his 19 surveyors and construction designers ready for the missions they will take on when the unit deploys to Iraq later this year. USAREUR's Joint Multinational Training Command and the U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels wanted the ability to land unmanned aerial vehicles in their training area. The brigadeAca,!a,,cs Mission Rehearsal Exercise here last month provided the perfect opportunity for both to get what they wanted.

  • Being Productive Helps Warriors in Transition

    Mar 3, 2008

    BAMBERG, Germany Aca,!" The Bamberg Warrior Transition Unit is looking beyond the physical injury in addressing the mind, spirit and heart of each injured Soldier by incorporating part-time work into their daily routines.

  • Baumholder Infantry Company gives Army spouses a taste of Soldier training

    Mar 3, 2008

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany (Mar. 3, 2008) -- Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry, had a rash of officer and NCO impersonators -- replete with gross uniform violations -- in their training area Feb. 28. Fortunately it was all for a good cause, and the military police did not have to be summoned to make arrests. The impersonators were there for Alpha Company's Aca,!A"GI Jane Day.Aca,!A? More than 20 spouses of Soldiers in the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division company donned their husbandsAca,!a,,c ACUs, complete with body armor and Kevlar helmets, for the event.

  • 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.

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