U.S. Army Europe's Outreach-KONTAKT Program

Wednesday September 19, 2012

What is it?

Outreach-KONTAKT is a community relations program that connects U.S. Army Europe to citizens in USAREUR's current, enduring and former communities. The program gives American Soldiers, family members and civilian employees the opportunity to partner with Germans and citizens of other countries to learn about Germany and its culture and provide volunteer services to the U.S. forces community.

What has the Army done?

In 2011, members of Outreach-KONTAKT provided 104,745 volunteer hours worth approximately $2.2 million in support of Soldiers, families, programs and events. Volunteer assistance varies from projects such as supporting wounded warriors to military and civilian community beautification to taking part in events such as deployment and redeployment ceremonies and Christmas tree lightings on military installations. USAREUR recently hosted the 27th Annual Outreach-KONTAKT awards banquet to recognize these supporters of the U.S. Army in Europe and German-American friendship.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

U.S. Army Europe plans to host a multi-day Outreach-KONTAKT training symposium in spring 2013 to help these influential members of German communities to accurately communicate about the U.S. Army in Europe and provide volunteers with a better understanding of how they can help the USAREUR community as the U.S. military resources become more constrained. Outreach-KONTAKT representatives will also discuss their program goals for the coming year.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Outreach-KONTAKT program is a critical element of USAREUR's military support to public diplomacy and an important tool in telling the Army story to an enthusiastic group of host nation supporters. Outreach-KONTAKT club members are goodwill ambassadors for both the United States and Germany. The connections built through the program are invaluable to our Soldiers, civilian employees and family members, and build partnerships that endure and reinforce all of USAREUR's mission priorities and America's national interests.

Resources:

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U.S. Army Europe Outreach-KONTAKT Awards Banquet on Flickr
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26th annual Outreach-KONTAKT recognizes German-American friendships

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