GARMISCH, Germany - U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr officially took charge of the Garmisch military area from USAG Stuttgart during a transition of authority ceremony here Oct. 2.

Brig. Gen. David Hogg, commander of 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command, and about 85 U.S. and German military and civilian members attended the ceremony at Pete Burke Community Center.

The command transition from Stuttgart, located in the neighboring state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, to Grafenwoehr in Bavaria is part of the Army's transformation in Europe. Garmisch had been under the authority of Stuttgart since 1994.

"My staff and I are excited to be able to assist another area in Bavaria and experience even more of the excellent German-American relations and host-nation cooperation we enjoy here," said Col. Brian Boyle, commander of USAG Grafenwoehr.

"Our small garrison family in Garmisch is a tight-knit one, and as I like to say, we're setting the standards that make people and units say, 'I'm glad I live here!'" said Karin Santos, manager of USAG Garmisch. "There are few places in the world as special as Garmisch."

Santos thanked the Stuttgart leadership for their years of support to the small and vibrant garrison nestled at the foot of the Alps.

USAG Garmisch home to the George C. Marshall Center, the NATO School at Oberammergau, the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort and the Gebirgsmusikkorps 8 of the First Mountain Division, which consists of musicians who are the last Edelweiss soldiers stationed at Artillery Kaserne. Garmisch-Partenkirchen is also home to many U.S. military retirees and expatriates.

The U.S. Army presence in Garmisch dates back to May, 1945, when it was captured by the 10th Armored Division. The garrison headquarters is located at Artillery Kaserne, known in 1937 as the Krafft von Dellmensingen (KvD) Kaserne.

The post was established in 1935-1936 for use by the German army's 1st Mountain Division, Infantry Regiment 99 and Artillery Regiment 69. Toward the end of World War II the kaserne was used as a hospital, and after the cessation of hostilities until 1948 the Americans used it as an internee hospital, a prisoner of war camp and barracks for U.S. soldiers.

(John Reese is assigned to the USAG Garmisch Public Affairs Office)