Jul 272014

What do you love about Germany?
Published: 25 Jul 2014 11:16 GMT+02:00
Updated: 25 Jul 2014 11:16 GMT+02:00

This week’s Expat Dispatches is gathering a lengthy list of everything we love about Germany.
Blogger and writer Liv Hambrett starts with her reasons why she loves the country.
Add your suggestions to our list, let us know what you love about Germany.

What do you love about Germany?

Why I love Germany


Excellently priced wine in the supermarket, 3€ for a bottle

A good slab of Brie for 2€

The entire, enormous dairy department of every supermarket.

Road trips to cross Germany’s borders.

Radio stations that aren’t afraid of adding 90s classics to their playlists.

The big cities

The little towns

The bakeries Kölsch so fresh!


Able to drink all of those delicious beverages in public, whenever and wherever I want.

Because I’m an adult, something Germany kindly remembers

The ubiquity of seriously good chocolate

How every weekend there is a festival of some sort to celebrate something

And how at every festival there are ten pommes stalls, ten sweets stores and 20 wurst stands

Spring, marvelous Spring, with its flowers and rapsfelds and Spargel and sweet, sweet promise of warmth

Summer strawberries

Daylight until 10.30pm in July

Clean public toilets, I’ll pay 70 cents for hygiene

The choice and consequent cheapness of grocery stores

H&M delivery service

Kitsch homeware stores

Nanu Nana and Butlers Buses that run on time

Medieval towns History at every turn, under every rock, down every cobbled lane

The fierce pride in and protection of sub-cultures, dialects and traditions as produced by the twists and turns of this aforementioned history.This can, however, get mildly irritating when ten people who live within 20km of each other refuse to be identified as belonging to the same region.

Jul 272014

630th MP Co. inactivates at USAG Bamberg

July 24, 2014

By Simon Hupfer

Garrison Bamberg Facebook Site

Bamberg. The very last unit stationed at US Army Garrison Bamberg, the 630th MP Company, officially inactivated during a short ceremony at Bamberg’s Freedom Fitness Facility on Friday, 18 July 2014. Company commander Capt. Dane M. Hiltner and 1st Sgt. Jeffrey R. Friebe cased the unit’s colors while approximately 60 guests and members of the garrison’s command group where in attendance.

The “Mavericks” look back to a distinguished history of over 70 years. In 2011 the unit redeployed from its last deployment to Iraq where it supported Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004, 2006 and 2010. Before, the 630th MP company supported operations in former Yugoslavia, Kosovo, Vietnam and during World War II. Battalion commander Lt. Col. Matthew R. Gragg, 18th Military Police Brigade, received the company’s guidon from the company’s commander, Capt. Dane. M. Hiltner.

After the unit’s inactivation, MPs from the 709th MP Battalion have been detailed to provide security until the garrison officially closes in September.

via 630th MP Co. inactivates at USAG Bamberg | Article | The United States Army.

Jul 192014

SMA visits Germany, discusses Army profession, Soldier issues

July 3, 2014

By Staff Sgt. Paul Roberts, U.S. Army Europe Public Affiars

WIESBADEN, Germany (July 3, 2014) — Sgt. Maj. of the Army Ray Chandler and his wife Jeanne met with Soldiers, families and senior leaders to discuss key issues throughout the U.S. Army Europe community, during a visit to Germany, Monday through today.

They were greeted the first morning by USAREUR Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. Richard Longo, and then accompanied to locations around Germany by some of USAREUR’s senior non-commissioned officer leadership, including Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport, USAREUR senior enlisted adviser.

The intent of Chandler’s visit was to reiterate the Army’s priorities, such as adhering to the Army values, the tenets of the Profession of Arms campaign, and ensuring an effective drawdown of the force over the next few years. In addition, he made time to meet with Soldiers to answer their questions and take their concerns back to the Pentagon and the Army’s top leaders.

During engagements with some of the command’s top sergeants major, he discussed the strategic role played by USAREUR, its partner nations and the Army’s commitment to regionally-aligned forces.

“If you look at what we’re currently doing in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, you can see the importance of USAREUR and its strategic influence,” Chandler said, noting the international connections, military capabilities, and training resources located here. “I think that it’s extremely important, and will be for as long as we have an Army.”

One of those capabilities is the Gen. John Shalikashvili Mission Command Center, where he visited the Current Operations Integration Cell floor and observed the monitoring of current theater operations across the theater.

There, and at each other location, Chandler took time to ask Soldiers about their concerns, and asked their leaders how recent Army-wide challenges have affected the readiness and quality of life of Soldiers and their families.

At each of these venues, including Vilseck, Clay Kaserne, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and others, all in Germany, his message to all also focused in some way on the three tenets of the Army profession: competence, character and commitment.

During a town hall meeting with more than 600 Soldiers at Katterbach Kaserne, Germany, he explained the importance of each of them.

“Being an Army professional is more than just doing your job well,” he said. “You can’t be a professional if you are not willing to also be a person of character and commitment. Competence is important, but it is only as important as character and commitment.”

He said suicide and sexual harassment are two of the Army’s current challenges that can be addressed through commitment to fellow Soldiers.

“If each of you looks out for your battle buddy — whether they are exhibiting some changes in their behavior or if they are in a situation that puts them at risk for sexual assault — and if they do the same for you, we can significantly reduce both of these incidents in the Army,” Chandler said. “It only takes commitment to each other.”

By maintaining a focus on all three components of the profession, Chandler said there would likely also be a place for Soldiers, even as the Army continues its drawdown.

“If you continue to do your best and continue to better yourself — and continue to show your leaders that your know how to accomplish the mission and look out for your fellow Soldiers — there will be a place for your in the Army. However, the Army might ask you to do something different than what you are doing now,” he said, adding that improving your General Technical score on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery increases Soldiers’ options.

Chandler ended his visit by wishing Soldiers, families and civilian employees a great Independence Day weekend, and reminding them that for 239 years Soldiers, like those currently serving in USAREUR, have served at home and around the world to keep the nation strong.

via SMA visits Germany, discusses Army profession, Soldier issues | Article | The United States Army.