Poole returns to US Army Garrison Bavaria as new commander
Stars and Stripes July 12, 2022
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria welcomed its new commander Tuesday, and his previous posting meant he didn’t have far to travel.
Col. Kevin Poole, the former director of manpower and personnel at U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, took command from Col. Christopher Danbeck at a ceremony.
The garrison comprises Grafenwoehr, Vilseck, Hohenfels and Garmisch as well as the sprawling Grafenwoehr Training Area.
Poole previously spent time at Hohenfels as an operations officer and rifle company commander.
“We so love to be back here,” he said Tuesday in a message on the garrison's Facebook page.
Danbeck is headed to his next assignment as deputy director of Installation Management Command Europe in Wiesbaden.
In that role, he will be responsible for training facilities, power projection platforms, family housing and base operations support services for seven garrisons across Europe.
As the garrison commander for the past two years, Danbeck was in charge during the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It was scary, but we made it through it all together,” he said in his farewell speech.