12th CAB Soldiers participate in a march for Solidarity with their German counterparts
1 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, participated in a solidarity march with the Bundeswher German Armed Forces in Dinklsbühl, Germany, September 14, 2015. The march is in honor of active duty and up to 2500 deployed German Bundeswhe... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
12th CAB Soldiers participate in a march for Solidarity with their German counterparts
2 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, pose for a picture with the Beundeswher German Armed Forces at the completion of a solidarity march in Dinklsbühl, Germany, September 14, 2015. The march is in honor of active duty and up to 2500 ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
12th CAB Soldiers participate in a march for Solidarity with their German counterparts
3 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, participated in a solidarity march with the Bundeswher German Armed Forces in Dietenhofen, Germany, September 18, 2015. The march is in honor of active duty and up to 2500 deployed German Bundeswher mi... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
12th CAB Soldiers participate in a march for Solidarity with their German counterparts
4 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Command Sgt. Maj. Osvaldo Martell the command sergeant major for 12th Combat Aviation Brigade and Helga Moser the community liaison for the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade talk with Walter Porlein, the second town mayor of Großhabersdorf during a ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

DIETENHOFEN, Germany --Soldiers from the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade and cadets from Offizieranwärter-Bataillon 2, Hammelburg, Germany participated in a 20 kilometer solidarity march with reservists from the German Armed Forces (Bundeswher), here, Sept. 18. The march took place to honor active duty service members, their families and those currently deployed.

The march led German and American service members from town to town throughout the state of Bavaria. Upon arrival to each town, the Burgermesiter, or town Mayor, greeted the marchers with refreshments and spoke to the group. This was a great opportunity for the Griffins to interact with communities surrounding the Katterbach Army Airfield.

The march, which has been conducted for the past six years, continues for eight consecutive days with different routes and distances each day. The symbol for the event is a yellow ribbon with the words translated into English, "Do something for your country." People who wear the yellow ribbon embody the support for the service member and their families, reminding them that they are not forgotten.

The Bundeswher has 2,500 deployed Soldiers supporting NATO and United Nation operations spanning from the Balkans, Middle East and Africa.

The march also displayed the Bundeswher to areas of Germany that may not otherwise have connections to the military. In July 2011, the German government dissolved the conscription requiring 18-year-old men to serve in the military. This new policy has led to many areas not having ties to the Bundeswher.

The 12th CAB's participation in the march showed our pledge to an everlasting alliance with the Bundeswher.

12th CAB trains and conducts Aviation Operations across the Range of Military Operation in support of United States Army Europe, European Command, NATO, and in support of CENTCOM and AFRICOM and other contingency locations around the globe.

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