HEIDELBERG, Germany — NATO formally took possession Monday of a new headquarters for the Allied Land Component Command Heidelberg. The four-story structure will serve as the workplace for more than 500 servicemembers from 20 NATO nations, according to an alliance press release. The facility, which took about two years to build, cost roughly 16 million euros (about $20 million). It will be used primarily for office space, conferences and training.

Allied Land Component Command Headquarters Heidelberg is one of two NATO operational-level land component command headquarters, the release stated. It will provide land forces expertise to NATO’s Joint Forces Command Headquarters Brunssum, Netherlands.

WWII’s Easy Company soldiers to visit basesThe soldiers immortalized in HBO’s “Band of Brothers” miniseries will tour U.S. military installations in Germany from Thursday to Monday. World War II soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, “Easy” Company will visit five U.S. military installations during their tour. Nine of the Easy Company soldiers are scheduled to make the tour in honor of the men and women serving the nation.

Their schedule:

Thursday: Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday: Vogelweh Community Center, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Vogelweh main BX, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday: Mainz-Kastel, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday: Grafenwöhr, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.; 2 p.m.

Monday: Vilseck PX, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Visit to make a charitable donation to support troop visits. For more information, call 011-311-354-46432 or e-mail:

Family member found dead in Mannheim apartmentMANNHEIM, Germany — A family member of a Mannheim soldier was found unresponsive Tuesday in an on-post apartment, according to a U.S. Army Garrison Mannheim press release. A German emergency doctor who responded to the scene determined the family member had died, the release stated. The family member’s name was being withheld pending notification of next of kin. German and U.S. military authorities are investigating the cause of death.

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