Dan Stoutamire

Vets use podcasts to bridge the civilian-military divide

Thom Tran was only four days into his first deployment when he was shot in the head. After his medical discharge from the Army, Tran found the transition to civilian life difficult. Having discovered how helpful it was to discuss his troubles with other veterans, he launched a podcast called “Battle Scars” last year.

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Warrior-scholar Cavoli takes reins at USAREUR

The new commander of U.S. Army Europe is eyeing readiness and interoperability with allied forces as his major priorities as he settles back in Germany, where he was born to a U.S. Army family decades ago.

Wiesbaden sweeps SHAPE to gain, retain confidence

Warrior boys stay unbeaten with mercy rule victories, while girls pick up their first Division I wins of the season.

Thousands of trainees head home for holidays on annual block leave

More than 41,000 trainees from across U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command installations will have a welcome respite from training for the next two weeks.

Seven teams begin holidays with hoop fest

Ramstein, Kaiserslautern and host Wiesbaden all finished with 5-1 records in unofficial three-day boys basketball tournament.


USAREUR’s Hodges retires after 3 busy years at the helm

The Army general who oversaw the most significant buildup of U.S. troops and infrastructure since the end of the Cold War retired Friday after more than three years in command.

‘Star Wars’ actor looks to discover top military or veteran playwright

A nonprofit organization of actor Adam Driver — who portrays archvillain Kylo Ren in the latest pair of “Star Wars” films — is putting up a $10,000 prize for the best full-length play written by a current or former servicemember.

Wiesbaden takes 3 of 4 from Black Forest

Boys sweep Friday-Saturday series behind relentless defense, while girls earn split.

DODEA students take on famine during science symposium

At this year’s weeklong STEMposium science, math and engineering camp, students at U.S. military schools in Europe learned the importance of the “F-word.” Famine, that is.

USAREUR band brings Christmas cheer to Wiesbaden

Wiesbaden’s Kurhaus was filled with the sounds of the season Wednesday night, as the U.S. Army Europe band and chorus played more than two hours’ worth of classical and modern Christmas favorites for hundreds of attendees.

‘Big Red One’ heavy brigade working to keep up morale during holidays in Eastern Europe

Interbattalion football games, history-focused staff rides and more frequent Skype sessions with families are the ways the U.S. Army’s lone tank brigade in Europe is coping with what is shaping up to be a cold and dark holiday season in the northeastern part of the Continent.


‘Projections’ showcases student art on grand scale

The facade of Wiesbaden High School on Tuesday night served as a massive canvas for student art, drawing an enthusiastic group of viewers despite the cold.

Schloss Vollrads offers wine, food and a fine ambience

Situated near the top of an impressive hill overlooking the small town of Oestrich-Winkel, Germany, and the Rhine River, Schloss Vollrads is a medieval and renaissance palace complex that is now gaining renown as a producer of good Riesling.

US troops in Europe celebrate Veterans Day 100 years after entering Great War

One hundred years after U.S. troops entered Europe as part of the Allied Expeditionary Force in World War I, and 99 years after an armistice ended that war, U.S. troops still on the continent paid tribute to those who have served with a ceremony Thursday in Wiesbaden.


Crete exercise tests NATO’s missile-defense capabilities

U.S. troops are launching Stinger and Patriot missiles from the Greek island of Crete in an effort to boost the Army’s short- and long-range air defenses in Europe, an area of heightened focus as the Army works to close potential capability gaps.

Division II volleyball

In battle of Falcons, AOSR soars to first title

In a battle between a pair of teams both nicknamed the Falcons, it was the American Overseas School of Rome who came, saw and conquered the opposition from Bahrain, clinching its first-ever DODEA-Europe Division II volleyball championship in the process.

DODEA-Europe tennis

It's a good day for Italian schools at finals

Italian schools Marymount, Vicenza and the American Overseas School of Rome took three of four finals trophies back home south of the Alps on the final day of the 2017 DODEA-Europe tennis championships.

DODEA-Europe tennis

No surprises as favorites roll into finals

Newcomers to the tournament dominate the singles brackets – only Marymount’s Mathias Mingazzini remains of participants from last year’s knockout rounds.

DODEA-Europe tennis

Seeds largely hold to form on opening day

The top two seeds in both the boys’ and girls’ singles brackets – separated into separate pools - stormed through three matches on the first of three days of competition.

Ramstein Macaroni Grill to stay open despite bankruptcy filing

The Macaroni Grill at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center plans to remain open for the “foreseeable future” despite the bankruptcy of the restaurant chain’s parent company.

3 D-I volleyball contenders knock each other off

It’s an intriguing preview of what might take place at the championships, as Lakenheath, Wiesbaden and Stuttgart had their moments and all remain in strong position in the Division I standings.

Berggasthof Kellerskopf stands out for great setting and delicious food

I highly recommend the Berggasthof Kellerskopf. It’s one of the best dining and overall experiences I have had in more than two years in Germany.

Military child ‘Katie’ joins in Sesame Street tour of Europe bases

The USO and “Sesame Street” are continuing a nearly decadelong partnership with a tour of U.S. military bases in Europe.

Volkswagen offers overseas servicemembers buyback after scandal

Two years after Volkswagen admitted to doctoring emissions levels of nearly 11 million cars worldwide and a year after it agreed to a $15 billion settlement in U.S. federal district court, military owners of affected vehicles stationed overseas are finally receiving compensation.

Baseball great Randy Johnson draws big crowds at USO tour in Germany

Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson proved his continuing drawing power Wednesday as he wrapped up a five-day USO tour of U.S. bases in Germany.

Newcomers making impact on tennis scene

Stuttgart boys No. 1 and top Wiesbaden girls player dominate in matchup between two of Europe's best programs.


From Cold War to the fall of the Wall, Wiesbaden Scout troop has endured

Launched in 1957, the same year as the Soviet satellite Sputnik, Wiesbaden’s Boy Scout Troop 107 has lasted through 11 U.S. presidential administrations and the fall of the Iron Curtain and the Soviet Union itself — all the while teaching children life skills and an appreciation for the outdoors.

DODEA’s first ‘21st-century school’ gets kudos at official opening

Bathed in light from the school’s massive windows and sensor-driven, environmentally friendly light fixtures, students and faculty from Wiesbaden High School gathered to celebrate the opening of the military’s newest educational facility.

Exhibition showcasing Cold War life at Fulda Gap opens this weekend

The Fulda Gap, a group of passes through hills about an hour northeast of Frankfurt, was for more than four decades the site one of the world’s most tense and heavily armed border standoffs. Now, a famous watch position known as Point Alpha will open as a permanent exhibition.

Army runners take second place in 25-hour relay race

Twelve soldiers from U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden spent last weekend taking turns running as fast as they could for more than a day, collectively running more than 382 kilometers, or 237.4 miles, in 25 hours.

Wiesbaden in control from the start in rout of Vilseck

It was a cathartic victory for the Warriors, who lost narrowly in last year’s DODEA-Europe Division I championship game to Ramstein - their third straight fall at the final hurdle.

Upgunned Strykers to boost 2nd Cavalry Regiment’s firepower

The 2nd Cavalry Regiment will begin fielding the first of a new fleet of upgraded Stryker armored combat vehicles next summer, the result of a two-year push to give the unit greater range and firepower in response to concerns about a more assertive Russia.

Wiesbaden reloads for another shot at title

Warriors have lost in finals last three seasons after winning it all in 2013.

Acting secretary of the Army visits Europe with eye on budget talks

Acting Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy said Thursday that the possible cost savings of permanently stationing another brigade in Europe would be just one consideration during budget discussions later this year in Washington.

Europe Quick Trips

Germany's Dilsberg Fortress and town of Neckargemuend a close, picturesque pair

Located within 3 miles of each other along the picturesque Neckar River valley, the twin attractions of Dilsberg Fortress and the town of Neckargemuend should be part of any excursion to the famous university city of Heidelberg, just minutes away down the river.

Frankfurt to evacuate more than 60,000 people to defuse WWII bomb

Frankfurt officials plan to evacuate more than 60,000 people on Sunday to defuse a World War II bomb found during construction work Tuesday in the Westend district.


‘21st-century school’ opens in Wiesbaden as students return to class

Monday was the first day back to school for most students at U.S. military bases across Europe. In Wiesbaden, the occasion was marked by the opening of the Department of Defense’s first “21st-century school,” a $52 million facility intended to promote more collaborative learning via open, shared and flexible instructional spaces instead of the traditional shoebox design.


Germany says goodbye to USAREUR commander with a torchlight ceremony

The ceremony marked the beginning of a farewell to Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, who will retire later this year after having commanded U.S. Army Europe since November 2014.

Cafe de Colombia serves authentic Latin American eats in Wiesbaden

While its small dining room and kitchen might seem underwhelming at first glance, Cafe de Colombia's owner and chef makes up for that with a range of traditional Colombian and South American dishes and delicious fresh-squeezed fruit juices.


Wiesbaden students learn computer programming at summer camp

Thirty-two middle and high schoolers from the Wiesbaden area are foregoing the usual summer camp staples of rope swings and hikes for soldering circuit boards and programming small computers at a weeklong day camp at Wiesbaden High School.

USAREUR officer pays bagpipe tribute at grave of fallen WWI ancestor 102 years after his death

With the ongoing centennial observations marking America’s entry into World War I, and in the wake of the British royal family’s visit to Ypres to mark the 100th anniversary of the bloody third battle there, one U.S. Army Europe soldier made the trip to the battle site to visit the grave of his great-uncle, a British army private slain there in 1915.


US Signal Command in Europe inactivates as part of overseas restructuring plan

The U.S. Army’s 5th Signal Command cased its colors in a ceremony at Clay Kaserne in Wiesbaden on Friday, marking the end of its 43 years as the leading military signals unit in Europe.

Florida referee brought in to school football officials at German military bases

Youth sports managers brought in a ringer to lead a weeklong football refereeing clinic in Wiesbaden, which will form the foundation for certification of youth football referees in Germany this year.

ACU-clad Dutch boy meets idols, US soldiers, along Nijmegen march route

A young Dutch boy, wearing his personalized U.S. Army uniform, got quite the thrill as he met a group of U.S. Army soldiers participating in Europe’s largest international road march, which is set to end Friday.

USAREUR soldiers to take part in international march in the Netherlands

A group of soldiers from U.S. Army Europe has been rising as early as 3:30 a.m. at least once a week, preparing since March for four days of extreme exertion set to kick off on Tuesday.

Small Air Force detachment playing pivotal role in new ‘center of gravity’ Poland

U.S. airmen are quietly closing in on five years of operations in Poland, where members of the 52nd Fighter Wing have staked a small but growing year-round presence aimed at building up allied airpower.


Germans and Americans toast friendship at Wiesbaden festival

The ceremonial tapping of a beer keg to the sound of a traditional Bavarian drinking song marked the official opening of the 2017 German-American Friendship Fest at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden’s Hainerberg housing area.

Prior to deactivation, 5th Signal Command bids farewell to former home in Worms

In a pair of events on Wednesday, the soon-to-deactivate 5th Signal Command paid a final tribute to its home of more than two decades — the city of Worms in Germany.

Fort Carson battalion wraps up month in Europe with live-fire exercise

A Fort Carson, Colo., infantry battalion is in Grafenwoehr, Germany, wrapping up an intense Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise that thrust the 600 soldiers into a hectic six-week training schedule in Europe.

Weber’s Wikinger offers a perfect antidote to hot summer days

In the heart of downtown Wiesbaden’s pedestrian area, in the shadow of the Hessian state parliament building, Weber’s Wikinger is a restaurant that allows patrons to enjoy the warm weather while also getting a hearty German meal.

Heart of US base expansion effort in Europe gets new commander

The organization tasked with much of the work involved in building up and expanding logistical and training bases in Europe is under new leadership, as Col. John Baker took command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Europe District from Col. Matthew Tyler Wednesday in a ceremony in Wiesbaden.

Girls DI final

Clutch-kicking Wiesbaden dethrones Stuttgart

Wiesbaden’s Peggy Mathis had played more than 100 minutes of soccer before she walked up to take what would be the final penalty kick of the 2017 DODEA-Europe Division I girls soccer championship game.

DIII girls final

Alconbury edges Sigonella to retain title

Alconbury junior striker Isabel Black didn’t have much time to think as the cross from teammate Laela Evans found its way to her feet just inside the 6-yard box in the second minute of overtime in Saturday’s DODEA-Europe Division III championship game.

Girls DII final

Bitburg climbs a step to top of podium

Speedy Bitburg striker Ashlynn Floyd, playing in her first DODEA-Europe girls’ soccer championships, was the difference Saturday for her side as the Barons rode Floyd’s finishing to a 2-0 win over the AFNORTH Lions.

Girls DI semifinals

Stuttgart, Wiesbaden need third try to settle it

Panthers top Ramstein and Warriors edge Naples to set up a third meeting of the year between teams who have only lost once this season.

DII girls semifinals

Bitburg, AFNORTH to battle for championship

Barons top Rota and Lions get past Bahrain in tight semifinals to set up title game Saturday.

Girls soccer - Day 2

Speedy sophs put their teams in position to play for crowns

No surprises in DI as top four seeds advance. Sigonella, Alconbury get off to strong starts in DIII and Bitburg and AFNORTH lead the way in DII.

Rapid-deployment exercise tests USAREUR emergency-response systems, APS sites

U.S. Army Europe will be making use of its prepositioned equipment to allow Fort Carson-based 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, to participate in live-fire exercises at Grafenwoehr Training Area this month.

Girls soccer roundup - Day 1

Favorites demonstrate why in mostly lopsided affairs

Stuttgart, Ramstein, Naples and Wiesbaden still all have only one loss. But that won't be true after Thursday.

USAREUR turns to Reserve, Guard to build up Europe training sites

With construction underway on more than 600 projects worth around $4 billion across U.S. Army Europe’s purview, the Wiesbaden-based command is employing Army Reserve and National Guard construction units more than ever before.

Vilseck stays hot by sweeping pair from Wiesbaden

The Falcons moved to 9-1 and the experienced squad has to be considered strong a contender for this year’s DODEA-Europe softball crown.

USAG Wiesbaden unveils new gate for Hainerberg

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden officially opened a new $3.5 million gate for its Hainerberg facilities with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday.


Heidelberg exhibit examines life and art of John Lennon

Tucked away in four large rooms in the Kurpfaelzisches Museum, an exhibition looks at both John Lennon the man and the artist, tracing his life and artistic output with rare photographs, album art, memorabilia and explanatory videos and posters.

Base theater groups honor year's top efforts

An elegant and star-studded celebration of the year’s best technicians and performers from 10 military installations’ theater programs Saturday helped those involved forget about potential funding issues, if only for a night.

Polish village could become future Army hub, USAREUR commander says

U.S. Army Europe’s Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges stood atop the railhead that supplies the strategic air base in this small central Poland village and told his military planners they were thinking too small, too “Petticoat Junction” about the potential of Powidz.

Army to move brigade’s worth of firepower into Poland

The U.S. Army in Europe is moving ahead with a plan to place another brigade’s worth of combat-ready armor and artillery inside Poland in an effort to push firepower closer to potential hot spots along NATO’s eastern flank.

Wiesbaden earns win, tie in matchup with SHAPE

Led by the precise dribbling and passing of midfield duo Erin Goodman and Peggy Sue Mathis, the Wiesbaden girls soccer team defeated SHAPE 2-0 behind a strong second-half performance Saturday.

Wiesbaden's RoboWarriors, 'Frau POW!' among the best in international robotics competition

Wiesbaden competed against nearly 50 other schools in Las Vegas April 6-8 and more than 60 others in San Diego March 9-11. This year’s theme was steampunk, a type of science fiction inspired by the steam-powered devices depicted in the writings of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells.

Romanian air base proving crucial as US hub ahead of major exercises

A team of Virginia-based soldiers is taking up residence at a strategic Romanian post this spring where they will manage the flow of large-scale troop deployments as the Army here prepares to intensify its operations in southern Europe.

Big schools start off with big results on track

Stuttgart dominated the girls’ distance events, sweeping each of the 800 meters, the 1,600 and the 3,200 with a deep rotation of runners in those events. On the boys’ side, the Royals ran away from the field.

US-German liaison officer under scrutiny for Facebook comments about Merkel

U.S. Army Europe is reviewing derogatory comments a U.S. officer assigned to a German army tank division made on Facebook about German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

US European Command marks 100th anniversary of US entry into World War I

U.S. European Command marked the centenary of America’s entrance into World War I Thursday, kicking off a 26-month period commemorating the sacrifices of troops in a conflict that killed nearly 10 million troops in all warring nations.

Cozy guesthouse in Bierstadt serves German, Italian favorites alongside bowling alley, beer garden

Within easy walking distance of the U.S. housing areas of Hainerberg, Crestview and Aukamm, Wiesbaden’s Gastaette Drehpendel combines comforting Italian and German favorites with four bowling lanes — but manages to make it work.

Monument pays tribute to role of engineer battalion in WWII Rhine crossing

A small town on the banks of the Rhine witnessed acts of extraordinary ingenuity and courage 72 years ago this week, when U.S. Army engineers built a 1,000-foot pontoon bridge in less than 24 hours.

Long-running German garrison newspapers to discontinue print runs

The company responsible for printing the official newspapers for some of Germany’s largest U.S. military installations is discontinuing printing for two of its papers because doing so is no longer economical.

Army touts added airpower for Europe mission

The Fort Drum, N.Y.-based 10th Combat Aviation Brigade took control of the Army’s aviation mission in Europe Thursday, heading a headquarters here that will be responsible for deploying Chinooks, Black Hawks and Apache attack helicopters along NATO’s eastern flank.

Bacharach, Germany, offers several routes for a pleasant day of hiking

Nestled within the Rhine Gorge 60 miles from Kaiserslautern and 30 miles from Wiesbaden, Germany, the medieval town of Bacharach is one of the Rhineland’s lesser-known attractions.

Stuttgart caps perfect season by routing Royals

After falling behind early 1-0, the Panthers scored the next 28 points before Ramstein managed a response.

D-II girls final

BFA earns second straight title by topping Bitburg

After falling behind 15-12 in the third quarter, the Falcons scored the game’s final nine points, shutting down the Barons with a stifling full-court press.

D-III girls final

Sigonella breaks through for championship

Jaguars had lost title game three straight times, but hold off cold-shooting Baumholder for victory.

DI girls semifinals

Ramstein is Stuttgart's last hurdle for unbeaten season

Royals edge Lakenheath in one semifinal to set up showdown with Panthers, who blitzed Naples in second half.

DII girls semifinals

Bitburg, BFA will meet for all the marbles again

Falcons rout Bahrain, while Barons pummel AOSR to set up third meeting this season.

European girls tournament

Stuttgart, Ramstein, BFA, Bitburg top pools to advance

Naples, Lakenheath also move on in DI, with Bahrain, AOSR joining pre-tourney favorites in DII final four.

European girls basketball roundup

Favored teams back up seedings

Stuttgart, Lakenheath clinch semifinal spots after two games, while top-seeded Black Forest does the same in D-II.

US troops, allies work to improve battlefield medicine

U.S. troops worked for the past week with allies at U.S. Army Europe headquarters to ensure that medics from partner nations are using best practices when it comes to saving lives on the battlefield.

USAREUR bids farewell to first-ever German chief of staff, welcomes second

German Brig. Gen. Kai Rohrschneider was welcomed Thursday as the new chief of staff at U.S. Army Europe headquarters — the second foreign officer to occupy a key command post in a headquarters that aims to become more multinational.

Im Herzen Afrikas brings food from the heart of East Africa to Frankfurt and Mainz

Delicious flatbread and sumptuous stews take center stage at a pair of authentic East African restaurants in the Frankfurt, Germany, area.

Kaiserslautern on target in final tune-up before Europeans

They’ll need to carry it over next week against strong east conference teams Stuttgart and Vilseck, who consistently have scored more than 1,100 this regular season.

DODEA robotics club takes on challenge in national competition

Scientifically minded students from Wiesbaden High School will be using their problem-solving skills to design and build a robot — all in six weeks — to compete against entries from dozens of stateside schools in a series of national competitions this spring.

Europe’s largest Army post office hustles to keep up with holiday mail

Some three dozen employees at Wiesbaden postal operations center on Clay Kaserne help make home seem a little closer.

German states field advanced lifesaving equipment amid terror threats

Several German states have begun to equip their ambulances with special emergency kits to be able to provide special medical treatment in case of a terrorist attack, according to a report by Bavarian newspaper Mittelbayerische Zeitung.

DODEA’s tech symposium takes off for Mars

The planet Mars has captured the public imagination recently thanks to the Matt Damon movie “The Martian” and the National Geographic Channel’s miniseries “Mars.” It’s also the focus of this year’s DODEA STEMposium.

You're in luck at Hans im Glueck in Mainz

“There is no man happier than me under the sun!” exults Hans, a character in the Grimm brothers' fairy tale "Hans im Glueck" ("Hans in Luck"). That’s about how I felt after my meal at the Mainz outlet of a restaurant of the same name.

Book documents World War II bombing of Wiesbaden

More than 70 years since World War II ended, it’s hard to tell that Wiesbaden, Germany, now home to U.S. Army Europe, was bombed hundreds of times by British and American planes in that conflict.

Museum Wiesbaden goes for Baroque with Italian art exhibit

For the next four months, some of the most important Italian paintings from the Baroque period will be on display in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Election night pulls crowds in Stuttgart, Frankfurt

As Michael Pierce, a retired Army officer, tried to make the case for a Trump presidency, a flurry of catcalls came from the peanut gallery. During a panel debate at an election night party in downtown Stuttgart, Pierce seemed to be a voice in the political wilderness as he faced off against anti-Trump panelists and a couple of outraged audience members.

D-II volleyball

Bitburg backs up top seed with a triumph

Tournament Most Valuable Player Elise Rasmussen was seemingly everywhere on the court Saturday for the Bitburg Barons as she led her team to a DODEA Europe Division II volleyball title in the school’s final year.