SCHINNEN, The Netherlands -- More than 100 military retirees and their families gathered in the Schinnen Community Activity Center Oct. 19 for the annual Retiree Appreciation Day. The attendees were treated to a free breakfast, sponsored by Andrews Federal Credit Union, and prepared by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and U.S. Air Force volunteers from Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base before Col. Sean Hunt Kuester, the U.S. Army Garrison Benelux commander, addressed the community.

More than 30 Tri-Border community groups where represented, including the 470th Air Base Squadron's medical and dental clinics, Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Air Base Casualty Assistance Representative, Defense Finance and Accounting Services, local and national veterans groups and service organizations. All were on-site to answer retirees' questions and provide materials.

The day's events allowed the USAG Benelux community to show their gratitude to military retirees and their families and to provide them an opportunity to receive free services and visit with community representatives. Raffles and refreshments were among the attractions.

"We received a lot of positive feedback from all of the retirees who attended today. They were very appreciative of the services provided, but most importantly they were grateful to have the occasion to visit with their comrades," said Ron Macauley, RAD event organizer. "The event went off without a hitch -- and it's all because of our amazing volunteers and supporters whose dedication and expertise made for an outstanding job well done."

EVENT HELD IN BELGIUM

Retiree Appreciation Day was also held at the SHAPE Healthcare Facility Oct. 20 on SHAPE, Belgium. The event was a time for retirees to come together and engage with community leaders in addition getting information from community organizations and receiving medical services such as eye exams, immunizations and dental cleanings.

Among the guest speakers was Maria Bentinck, deputy director for Army Retirement Services at Headquarters, Department of the Army, and retired military officer. During the event, she spoke to the crowd about updates to retirement services and met with retirees one-on-one to show her appreciation for their service. The Retiree Council also spoke to the crowd and answered their questions.

U.S. Army Garrison Benelux provides retirement services to eligible community members. For more information, call the following phone numbers:
• Brussels: DSN 368-9635 or +32(0)2-717-9635
• SHAPE/Chièvres: DSN 366-6293 or +32(0)65-326293
• Schinnen/JFC Brunssum: DSN 606-244-3848 or +31(0)45-526-3848