KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- The commander of the United States Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz, Col. Keith E. Igyarto, recognized host nation officials with a "key to the garrison" for sustained leadership, partnership and commitment to the Army community here and in Baumholder during a ceremony at Armstrong's Club, June 8.

Based on an American tradition where the mayor of a city presents an ornamental key to special honorees, called the "key to the city," Igyarto presented the token of appreciation to the recipients for their outstanding, continuing service in partnership with the U.S. Army.

"As the Mayor of the Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz, it is with great respect that I can emulate this tradition and pass on the 'Keys to the Garrison' to our community partners who help keep our 'cities' working together in close cooperation for the benefit of all," he said.

"We certainly don't ever forget that we are guests in your country," Igyarto added. "Without your support and cooperation we would not be as successful as we have been in our mission -- and that's a big mission as we are here under the NATO umbrella to provide support for the security and stability of all our European allies. Your inputs, advice and guidance on those things specific to your communities continue to be invaluable in helping us better understand the needs and sensitivities of the people that make up this great state of Rheinland-Pfalz -- and also Baden-Wuerttemberg, where our Coleman Work Site is located."

The recipients were:
-- Klaus Stumpf, chief of Municipal Development and Armed Forces Department with the Rheinland-Pfalz State Ministry for the Interior and Sports, Mainz;
-- Bernd Alsfasser, mayor of the Baumholder Union Community;
-- Günther Jung, Baumholder city mayor;
-- Christian Füllert, fire chief of the Winnweiler Union Community;
-- Sven Stadtrecher, Police Liaison Officer for the USAG Rheinland-Pfalz Directorate of Emergency Services supporting the state of Baden-Württemberg;
-- Norbert Hoebel, head of German Regional Construction Office, LBB Kaiserslautern;
-- Andrea Oliver, international affairs liaison and U.S. advisor to the Lord Mayor of Kaiserslautern;
-- John Constance, project manager for the "Welcome to Rheinland-Pfalz" program with the Atlantic Academy; and
-- Christine Schneider, President of the German-American and International Womens Club, Kaiserslautern.