U.S. Army Europe hosts “Welcome to Wiesbaden” town hall

Feb. 16, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- U.S. Army Europe hosted a “Welcome to Wiesbaden” town hall meeting Feb. 16 at the Patrick Henry Village Pavilion here.

The town hall included USAREUR headquarters command and staff, 15 speakers from the Wiesbaden and Heidelberg garrisons, and a display area with maps and helpful information for more than 400 guests about the upcoming move.

USAREUR Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, and several other officials attended the event. Maj. Gen. Jim Boozer, deputy commanding general for USAREUR, and Hertling opened the event by introducing the guest speakers, giving a brief overview of the move and thanking the audience for their support.

USAREUR will be a better place because the American forces in Europe, specifically in Germany, will be better able to support their mission, Hertling said.

"This is the ending of an old era and the start of a new one," Hertling said.

He also added that this move to Wiesbaden was critical because of the need to better support contingency missions across Europe.

The guest speakers informed the audience about the various support functions and personnel available to service members, civilians and families to assist in the move; such as identifying housing, bus routes, health services and veterinary care. After the guest speakers addressed the audience, attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns.

This was the first of many town hall meetings planned for the future to better inform the public about the USAREUR move from Heidelberg.

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