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BAUMHOLDER, Germany — A Java Cafe is on the way to Baumholder, where Starbucks blends will be brewed for latte lovers.

All that’s needed are workers to grind the beans and operate the espresso machines.

The Java Cafe — slated for an October opening — isn’t the only Baumholder facility where help is wanted. From child-care providers to life guards to snack bar workers, there are a host of vacant positions at various post establishments.

A job fair, put on by Baumholder’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation department, will be held at at 10 a.m. Aug. 16 at the Rheinlander convention center.

“We want to make sure family members know about all the employment opportunities here,” said Greg Galloway, Baumholder’s MWR director.

In all, there are about 25 job openings at various Baumholder garrison facilities, according to Galloway.

Many of the job vacancies are the result of a large PCS movement within the Baumholder Army community. In the spring, many families departed for new assignments while newcomers continue to arrive.

“That’s one of the main reasons we’re having the job fair, the community had a pretty big turnover,” Galloway said.

Also, a change in the deployment schedule for Baumholder’s soldiers adds a sense of urgency to getting the jobs filled, he said. Earlier this week, soldiers with the 1st Armored Division, 2nd Brigade learned that their planned November deployment to Iraq was pushed back to early 2008.

As a result, restaurants, post clubs and other facilities will be busier in the months ahead than anticipated, Galloway noted.

As for the Java Cafe, it will be located next to the garrison post office.

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John covers U.S. military activities across Europe and Africa. Based in Stuttgart, Germany, he previously worked for newspapers in New Jersey, North Carolina and Maryland. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.
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