Employees and communities under the Installation Management Agency-Europe were recognized for outstanding work in two Department of the Army engineering competitions.

Two employees of the 100th Area Support Group, based in Vilseck, Germany, were honored in the annual William C. Gribble Jr. Directorate of Public Works Executive of the Year awards program.

Patrick Bennett was named the Gribble executive of the year for his work on Efficient Basing Grafenwöhr and privatization of utilities.

And Gerhard Hoessel was named the DPW business management executive of the year for updating an obsolete locking system in many community buildings.

In the 26th Annual Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management competition, IMA-E received honors in two categories for energy efficiency and energy management.

The 6th Area Support Group, based in Stuttgart, Germany, won in the installation category and 415th Base Support Battalion in Kaiserslautern, Germany, won in the small group category.

The 415th BSB’s win highlighted the work of Bob Ackley, chief of utilities; Dieter Haertel, mechanical engineer; and Paul Lindemer, chief of the Facilities Engineering Division. They will be recognized during the engineer component of the IMA-AUSA Training Conference at the end of March in Kansas City, Mo.

NATO ships enter Red Sea

Six ships in NATO’s Response Force Mine Countermeasures Group 2 crossed through the Suez Canal on Saturday, the first time these ships have traveled to the Red Sea as part of the alliance’s standing force.

According to a NATO press release, the cruise is part of the alliance’s Mediterranean Dialogue. The program is designed to develop cooperation and communication between the the crews aboard the ships and officials in the visited ports.

The group is made up of six ships from the five nations that normally contribute to the mine countermeasures group: Spain, Germany, Greece, Turkey and Italy.

Gulf War ex-POW to speak at Mildenhall

RAF MILDENHALL, England — The commander of the Landstuhl Army Regional Medical Center in Germany, a prisoner of war during the Persian Gulf War of 1991, will speak at RAF Mildenhall as part of Women’s History Month events.

Army Col. Rhonda Cornum is the featured speaker for a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Galaxy Club.

Cornum was a flight surgeon for a helicopter battalion during Operation Desert Storm. During a mission to find a downed F-16 pilot on Feb. 27, the Black Hawk helicopter in which she was riding was shot down. Five of the eight people aboard were killed. She was wounded and taken prisoner along with two other survivors.

Tickets for the luncheon are $7 for club members and $9 for nonmembers.

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