Veterans of Foreign Wars officials visit USAREUR

August 7, 2013

By Spc. Joshua Leonard, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

WIESBADEN, Germany – Soldiers and civilians from across U.S. Army Europe got a visit from Veterans of Foreign Wars officials as they visited USAREUR Headquarters here, today.

Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief for the VFW, John Biedrzycki and Anthony Wallent, the All American Commander for District 1 Europe, started their visit by receiving a briefing from Col. Frederick Jessen of the USAREUR G-3.

Jensen briefed Biedrzycki and Wallent on the strategic opportunities available to USAREUR and its units inside the area-of-responsibility (AOR); including the role that USAREUR plays in the interoperability with partner nations.

Biedrzycki and Walletn received another brief form Alan Belyea, the Deputy for the Ready and Resilience Division of USAREUR G-1. Belyea briefed on the “Health of the Force”, the quality of life for Soldiers, family members and civilians that are stationed within the AOR and USAREUR’s continuing mission on Sexual Harassment Assault and Response Program and Suicide Prevention.

The officials then visited the “Strong Teams” Café where they had lunch with Soldiers from within the Wiesbaden community. There, they answered questions that Soldiers had on multiple topics such as the role the VFW plays, sequestration and the recent move to Wiesbaden.

Biedrzycki and Wallent expressed the importance of knowing exactly what the VFW does for Soldiers like themselves and also what they can do to get involved with their own local branch.

To finish off their day, Biedrzycki and Wallent, attended a conference call with Col. David Carstens, the commander of U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, where they discussed more topics that pertained to the garrison and the local community.

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