Vilseck now offers soldiers around-the-clock free Wi-Fi, games

Soldiers have some food in the relaxation area in the Cavalry Corner, which opened Friday, January 31, 2020, in Rose Barracks, Vilseck, Germany. The Cavalry Center offers soldiers, their families and civilians free Wi-Fi, ping-pong, pool, TV, and comfortable furniture to relax on, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


By IMMANUEL JOHNSON | STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 31, 2020

VILSECK, Germany — Soldiers at Rose Barracks in the sleepy German town of Vilseck have a new place to chill with the opening Friday of an on-base facility offering free Wi-Fi, TVs, games and relaxation.

Housed in what used to be the Stryker dining facility, the new space, called Cavalry Corner, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and “provides that opportunity for soldiers to just take a break from those hectic day-to-day activities, to decompress,” said Julian Coates of the American Red Cross at the grand opening.

The Red Cross sponsors Cavalry Corner, along with telecommunications provider TKS, POCO furniture stores, the USO and U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria.

The center also can be used to hold group functions.

“My soldiers say it’s a great place to hang out, especially since this unit is so isolated,” said Staff Sgt. Trevor Janak, of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment’s Iron Troop, 3rd Squadron. “It gives them another place to use their time wisely instead of getting bored or making poor choices that result in things like a DUI.”

Family members and civilians with base access can also use Cavalry Corner, located in Building 603 at Rose Barracks.

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Soldiers line up for food at the grand opening of the Cavalry Corner in Rose Barracks, Vilseck, Germany. The new center is open 24/7 and offers soldiers, their families and civilians free high-speed Wi-Fi, recreational activities and opportunities to relax.

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