USAG Bavaria Behind the Scenes: Highlighting Camp Management

By Spc. Zoe TourneApril 1, 2024

U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, Camp Management Cell (CMC) helps prepare buildings for incoming soldiers
Ambar Yenz and Jaime Gonzalez, civilian contractors with the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, Camp Management Cell (CMC), unload desks in support of Soldiers while deployed to Grafenwöhr Training Area, Germany, March 20, 2024. The CMC provides timely delivery of base operating support services between training grounds Grafenwöhr and Hohenfels. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Zoe Tourne) (Photo Credit: Spc. Zoe Tourne) VIEW ORIGINAL

Every year, countless U.S., joint, and multinational command units converge on the Grafenwöhr Training Area to utilize its expansive selection of maneuver areas, ranges, and training facilities. Behind the scenes, a devoted team of individuals is dedicated to facilitating the seamless operation of U.S. Army training camps within Bavaria, Germany. Their mission: work tirelessly to ensure that the personnel who call this place home during their temporary stay are cared for.

The U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Bavaria Camp Management Cell (CMC), headquartered at Camp Aachen in the Grafenwöhr Training Area, is responsible for facility assignment, resolving conflicts, and fostering cohesive action throughout the GTA. By coordinating with USAG Bavaria and leadership from rotational units, the members of the CMC streamline the delivery of essential support services, such as troop billeting, dining facility and building maintenance, and facility reservations. Through meticulous assignment of facilities, planning and coordination, and conflict resolution, the CMC ensures that Soldiers have access to secure and comfortable accommodations, thereby enhancing overall health, safety, and well-being throughout their stay in the GTA. Additionally, the CMC maintains the recreational facilities provided by the United Service Organization (USO) and the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Programs (MWR), prioritizing morale and the availability of leisurely activities for Soldiers.

U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, Camp Management Cell (CMC) helps prepare buildings for incoming soldiers
Christopher Dean Koivistoa, a civilian contractor with the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Camp Management Cell (CMC), displays a branding iron at Grafenwöhr Training Area, Germany, March 20, 2024. The CMC uses this branding iron to mark their outdoor equipment and facilities to ensure uniformity and ease of identification. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Zoe Tourne) (Photo Credit: Spc. Zoe Tourne) VIEW ORIGINAL

For the CMC staff, safety of personnel is a top priority. As part of their new safety initiatives, they have installed additional locks on various bathroom facilities while improving lighting structures to enhance security and protection. “We are all about mitigating potential violence, hence the increased lighting throughout our camps,” said Christopher Koivisto, Camp Manager for the USAG Bavaria CMC. “Recently, we coordinated with DPW to provide substantial and maintained lighting to ensure the safety of Soldiers living in all camps within the Grafenwöhr Training Area.”

This comprehensive approach to Soldier care directly contributes to both individual and unit readiness, demonstrating that a strong foundation of support is not only beneficial but essential for achieving operational excellence.

Every day, the CMC staff fulfills their duties with the utmost effort and professionalism. Rotational units often speak highly of both their overall experiences in the camps and the exceptional facilities provided by the CMC, benefiting from the staff’s comprehensive support system and unwavering attention to detail. From well-maintained living quarters to state-of-the-art equipment and resources, the CMC ensures that rotational units are provided with the essentials, regardless of their length of stay.

“The CMC is always available,” said Maj. Heath Morgigno, who is currently assigned to the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Mississippi National Guard, and is residing temporarily at Camp Aachen. “Its unwavering commitment to the welfare and readiness of the Soldiers has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated.”

U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, Camp Management Cell (CMC) helps prepare buildings for incoming soldiers
Jaime Gonzalez, a civilian contractor with the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Camp Management Cell (CMC), maneuvers a forklift to pull equipment out of a warehouse here at Grafenwöhr Training Area, Germany, March 20, 2024. The CMC is responsible for both preparing and maintaining camp facilities by fulfilling work orders, orchestrating the movement of furniture and equipment, and communicating with rotational units (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Zoe Tourne) (Photo Credit: Spc. Zoe Tourne) VIEW ORIGINAL

The CMC’s steadfast dedication to enhancing overall living conditions and prioritizing the well-being of Soldiers is fundamental to achieving mission success within USAG Bavaria’s training grounds. By fostering an environment where Soldiers are not only equipped with the tools they need but also supported in their physical and mental health, the CMC plays a pivotal role in ensuring peak performance and readiness.

The USAG Bavaria Camp Management Cell is located in Building 1001 on Camp Aachen, Grafenwöhr Training Area, and is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.