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STAND-TO! Edition: Wednesday, September 19 2012

Today's Focus:

U.S. Army Europe's Outreach-KONTAKT Program

Senior Leaders are Saying

Soldiers and families make incredible sacrifices to protect our nation and the Army has an enduring commitment to giving you the resources and tools you deserve to successfully reintegrate back into your personal and professional lives. The Yellow Ribbon Program is testament to this never-ending commitment to our Soldiers and their families. I applaud the contributions of the U.S. Army Reserve and thank you for your critical role as we reshape the Army of 2020.

- Under Secretary Joseph W. Westphal, pledged the Army's continuing support for the Yellow Ribbon Program, during his recent visit to the 88th Regional Support Command's Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program for returning U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers and their families

Yellow Ribbon Program provides Soldiers, families resources 'they deserve'

What They're Saying

UAS have changed the way we fight and will continue to change the way we operate in the U.S. It is natural and very helpful for universities to work toward standing up a UAS curriculum, in some cases within their aerospace engineering departments. UAS use in the national airspace, which is in its infancy, is something they will be able to research and study as well.

- Lt. Col. Robb Walker, director of external programs, U.S. Army's Project Manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PM UAS), speaking about the PM UAS establishing partnerships with a handful of academic institutions as a way to further research, advance technology and maximize progress emerging from lessons learned in combat.

Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems community partners with academia


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Today's Focus

U.S. Army Europe's Outreach-KONTAKT Program

What is it?

Outreach-KONTAKT is a community relations program that connects U.S. Army Europe to citizens in USAREUR's current, enduring and former communities. The program gives American Soldiers, family members and civilian employees the opportunity to partner with Germans and citizens of other countries to learn about Germany and its culture and provide volunteer services to the U.S. forces community.

What has the Army done?

In 2011, members of Outreach-KONTAKT provided 104,745 volunteer hours worth approximately $2.2 million in support of Soldiers, families, programs and events. Volunteer assistance varies from projects such as supporting wounded warriors to military and civilian community beautification to taking part in events such as deployment and redeployment ceremonies and Christmas tree lightings on military installations. USAREUR recently hosted the 27th Annual Outreach-KONTAKT awards banquet to recognize these supporters of the U.S. Army in Europe and German-American friendship.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

U.S. Army Europe plans to host a multi-day Outreach-KONTAKT training symposium in spring 2013 to help these influential members of German communities to accurately communicate about the U.S. Army in Europe and provide volunteers with a better understanding of how they can help the USAREUR community as the U.S. military resources become more constrained. Outreach-KONTAKT representatives will also discuss their program goals for the coming year.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Outreach-KONTAKT program is a critical element of USAREUR's military support to public diplomacy and an important tool in telling the Army story to an enthusiastic group of host nation supporters. Outreach-KONTAKT club members are goodwill ambassadors for both the United States and Germany. The connections built through the program are invaluable to our Soldiers, civilian employees and family members, and build partnerships that endure and reinforce all of USAREUR's mission priorities and America's national interests.


U.S. Army Europe Outreach-KONTAKT Awards Banquet on Flickr
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26th annual Outreach-KONTAKT recognizes German-American friendships

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