ANSBACH, Germany (May 13, 2014) -- Members of the Ansbach, Germany media and city council and German media got a glimpse of U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach May 9.

Col. Christopher M. Benson, USAG Ansbach commander, and several representatives of garrison directorates and other organizations took the host nation government officials and members of the media through Katterbach Kaserne and Urlas Housing by bus.

During a driving tour, the group saw Katterbach Kaserne's new Child, Youth and School Services complex, the Ansbach Middle/High School, housing at Katterbach Kaserne, the super playground, the Memorial Park, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade headquarters, the airfield fire department, the health and dental clinics, the current and under-construction Katterbach Physical Fitness Centers, and the bowling center.

At Urlas Housing, the group saw Soldiers Lake and a demonstration by the Fire Training Center during a driving tour. The group also walked through Urlas Housing's completed and under-construction environmentally friendly housing units. Following the tour of the housing, the group had lunch at the food court and received a walking tour of the Post Exchange and the Commissary. After touring Urlas's shopping, they learned about Brainard Lodge and the under-construction health and dental clinics and went to the Auto Skills Center, the car wash and the dog wash.

The tour was a means to promote understanding of garrison operations to the city with which the garrison collaborates.