26th Annual Outreach-KONTAKT recognizes German-American friendships

September 10, 2011

U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

HEIDELBERG, Germany – The U.S. Army in Europe recognized more than 50 Outreach-KONTAKT club members and groups Sept. 10 during an awards ceremony at the Village Pavilion on Patrick Henry Village.

The 26th Annual USAREUR Outreach-KONTAKT Awards Ceremony honored groups and individual members for their volunteer efforts as goodwill ambassadors for both the U.S. and Germany.

Ceremony Host Brig. Gen. Nadja West, the commanding general for the Europe Regional Medical Command, said Outreach-KONTAKT has served as a bridge for more than 40 years for Americans and Germans alike to learn about and understand the differences between cultures, such as language, customs, food, politics, and educational systems.

Outreach-KONTAKT sponsored and supported events attract approximately 500,000 participants each year. KONTAKT members provide an average of 80,000 volunteer hours each year in support of USAREUR Soldiers, Families, programs and events.

There are 13 active Outreach-KONTAKT clubs in Germany that give Soldiers, Family members and civilians an opportunity to learn about Germany and its culture. In return it also provides information about the American way of life to Germans and citizens of other countries. For more information about Outreach-KONTAKT, contact your garrison public affairs office.