U.S. Army in Europe: 2011 in photos


  • JANUARY 2: COLD STEEL

    Soldiers of U.S. Army Europe's 709th Military Police Battalion stand guard during a combat outpost live-fire training exercise on Range 201 on the Grafenwoehr (Germany) Training Area. (Photo courtesy Joint Multinational Training Command Public Affairs Office)

  • JANUARY 6: FLYING HERO

    Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta gives a thumbs-up during a 14,000-foot tandem skydive with Staff Sgt. Joe Jones of the U.S. Army's Golden Knights parachute team. Giunta received the Medal of Honor in November 2010 for his actions while serving with U.S. Army Europe's 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team in Afghanistan. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Zell)

  • JANUARY 20: THE NEW BOSS

    The Defense Department announces that President Barack Obama has nominated Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling as the next commanding general of U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army. READ STORY (U.S. Army photo)

  • FEBRUARY 9: COOKING UP A WIN

    Sgt. 1st Class Robbie Meyers and Pfc. Lakisha Green of the Installation Management Command/ USAREUR Culinary Arts Team prepare a meal in Grafenwoehr, Germany as they refine their menu before departing for the 2011 U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition later that month. Team members went on to earn 23 medals in the competition (Photo by Sgt. Joel Salgado)

  • FEBRUARY 12: TOP AVIATORS

    The sun rises over a Black Hawk helicopter from U.S. Army Europe's C Company, 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade. C Company Soldiers Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jason LaCrosse and Spc. Robert Chicvara were named this year's DUSTOFF Association Army Aviator and Medic of the Year. READ STORY (U.S. Army photo)

  • FEBRUARY 23: BEST JUNIOR OFFICERS

    Fifteen U.S. Army Europe junior officers or their representatives pose with Maj. Gen. Terry Wolfe (center) after being honored with USAREUR-level 2010 Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Awards. Capt. James Siebert (far left) and 1st Lt. Daniel Meegan (seventh from left) later earned Army-level GDMLA honors as well. READ STORY (U.S. Army photo)

  • MARCH 16: THE NEW DEPUTY

    Maj. Gen. James C. Boozer talks with Col. Andrew Rohling of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team during a training exercise in Hohenfels, Germany. Boozer was named as USAREUR's deputy commander and chief of staff March 16. READ STORY (Photo by Spc. Ginger Roberts)

  • MARCH 17: BAGRAM IX

    KIELCE TRAINING AREA, Poland -- Brig. Gen. Johnny R. Miller, Illinois National Guard assistant adjutant general, talks to Polish Col. Rajmund Andrzejczak, chief of staff of exercise Bagram IX. U.S. Army Europe and the Illinois Guard supported the the six-day exercise designed to train the Polish military for deployment to Afghanistan. READ MORE (Photo by Rick Bumgardner)

  • MARCH 25: TAKING THE FLAG

    Adm. James Stavridis, commander of U.S. European Command (right), passes the U.S. Army Europe colors to Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, symbolizing Hertling's formal assumption of command of USAREUR, during a ceremony at Heidelberg's Campbell Barracks. READ STORY (U.S. Army photo)

  • MARCH 27: PREPARING FOR DEPLOYMENT

    Soldiers with U.S. Army Europe’s 172nd Infantry Brigade and their Romanian allies engage the enemy during air assault training at the Grafenwoehr Training Area. The training was part of a two-week Mission Rehearsal Exercise designed to prepare the brigade for deployment. (Photo by Sgt. Joel Salgado)

  • APRIL 7: U.S.-POLISH TRAINING

    Soldiers with U.S. Army Europe’s 172nd Infantry Brigade and their Polish partners establish security in a mock village during combined training in Hohenfels, Germany. The training was part of a two-week Mission Rehearsal Exercise designed to prepare the brigade for deployment to Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. Joel Salgado)

  • APRIL 12: HUNGARY LIVE-FIRE

    On a range in Hungary, 1st Lt. Jason Lambright of the Ohio National Guard turns away from a blast after giving the command to fire to Hungarian Defense Forces troops being trained by Guard and U.S. Army Europe Soldiers as part of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team training program. (Photo by Richard Bumgardner)

  • APRIL 20: BIG ENTRANCE

    Surrounded by a whirl of smoke and the cheers of family, friends and colleagues, a group of Soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment (now 2nd Cavalry Regiment) returns home to Vilseck, Germany from a yearlong combat deployment in Afghanistn. READ STORY (Photo by Andreas Kreuzer)

  • APRIL 21: FIT TO FIGHT

    Soldiers from U.S. Army Europe’s 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team cycle through Mission Essential Fitness training stations during the brigade's trial of the MEF program in Vicenza, Italy. Earlier in April the Defense Department announced that by 2015 USAREUR would be reduced from four brigades to three. READ STORY (Photo by Mark Ray)

  • MAY 13: FAREWELL OLD IRONSIDES

    1st Armored Division Soldiers salute during a ceremony at Wiesbaden Army Airfield during which the division cased its colors as it prepared to end decades of service in Germany and move to Fort Bliss, Texas. READ STORY (Photo by Karl Weisel)

  • MAY 26: MULTINATIONAL NCO CONFERENCE

    Swedish Army Capt. Clas Dahl looks over Hungarian weapons at Hungary's Varpalotal Training Area during the Conference of European Armies for Noncommissioned Officers. Co-hosted by Hungarian Joint Forces and U.S. Army Europe, the event brought together enlisted leaders from 38 European countries as well as the U.S. and Canada. (Photo by Sgt. Maj. Lisa Hunter)

  • MAY 26: PARTNERSHIP BUILDING

    BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Hungarian Chief of Defence Gen. Tibor Benko shows U.S. Army Europe commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling a 17th-century scepter during Hertling's visit to the Hungarian capital. The trip was just one of Hertling's many relationship-buliding visits with USAREUR's allies and partners. READ STORY (Photo by Capt. Audrey Gboney-Leon)

  • MAY 29: PAYING TRIBUTE

    LORRAINE AMERICAN CEMETERY, France -- Lt. Col. Erik Von Bausler and his daughter Viktoria pay tribute to those who gave their lives in World Wars I and II during a Memorial Day ceremony. The Von Bauslers were just two of many U.S. Army Europe members who took part in ceremonies in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Italy. (Photo by Spc. Joshua Leonard)

  • MAY 31: ROBBER STOPPER

    Staff Sgt. Eddie Peoples of U.S. Army Europe's 386th Movement Control Team and his sons, 4-year-old Kioni and 6-year-old Ikai, stopped in a local bank May 31 while on leave in Sarasota, Fla. A man with a gun entered the bank, demanded cash and fled. Peoples followed and stopped the robber cold. READ STORY (Photo by Grant Sattler)

  • JUNE 8: IMMEDIATE RESPONSE

    Croatian and Illinois National Guard Soldiers take part in a training scenario during exercise Immediate Response 2011 on Croatia's Slunj Training Area. U.S. Army Europe, Guard and Croatian forces members came together for the exercise. (Photo by Todd Oliver)

  • JUNE 23: MIXED COMPANY

    POSTONJA TRAINING AREA, Slovenia – Staff Sgt. Alejandro Reyna of U.S. Army Europe’s 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry participates in training as part of a mixed company with Slovenia's 20th Motorized Battalion. The training was designed to prepare the Slovenians for evaluation at USAREUR's Joint Multinational Readiness Center. (Photo by Sgt. Joel Salgado)

  • JUNE 23: SHARED HORIZONS

    TBILISI, Georgia -- Republic of Georgia officials show U.S. Army Europe commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling incident scenarios being used for exercise Shared Horizons 2011. The USAREUR-led exercise was designed to help the government of Georgia respond to natural disasters. READ STORY 1 READ STORY 2 (Photo by Capt. Audrey Gboney-Leon)

  • JULY 1: HEADED TO AFGHANISTAN

    A Soldier with U.S. Army Europe's 172nd Infantry Brigade waits to board a bus in Schweinfurt, Germany as the brigade begins its deployment to Afghanistan. (Photo by Charles Stadtlander)

  • JULY 26: RENOWNED SERVICE

    Master Sgt. Mark Jordan, U.S. Army Europe's equal opportunity senior enlisted advisor, received the Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for his public service and work in promoting civil rights and race relations. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brooks Fletcher)

  • JULY 29: RAPID TRIDENT

    A Soldier from U.S. Army Europe's 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team trains with Ukrainian paratroopers at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Ukraine during exercise Rapid Trident 2011. The multinational exercise helped improve Ukraine’s interoperability with NATO. READ STORY (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Stephens)

  • AUGUST 2: ARMY SECRETARY VISIT

    Capt. Alissa Clark, commander of U.S. Army Europe's Battery A, 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery, explains her unit's mission to Secretary of the Army John McHugh. During his visit to observe U.S. Soldiers supporting NATO, McHugh also watched training with Georgian forces and visited exercise Rapid Trident in Ukraine. READ STORY (Photo by Rick Scavetta)

  • AUGUST 11: TOP TROOPS FOR 2011

    HEIDELBERG, Germany – Sgt. James Byrnes, 21st Theater Sustainment Command (second from left), and Pfc. Travis Williams, 173rd Airborne Brigade (third from left), pose with U.S. Army Europe commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling (right) and USAREUR Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Capel after being named USAREUR NCO and Soldier of the Year. READ STORY (U.S. Army photo)

  • AUGUST 29: BAGRAM X

    Staff Sgt. John Stockton of the Illinois Army National Guard (left) holds open the canopy of a Mi-24 Hind helicopter for Capt. Tony Keel (center) as Sgt. David Sworobowicz (center right) assists and Polish Lt. Jaroslaw Fiut tells them about the aircraft during exercise Bagram X, a biannual exercise to certify Polish forces for their mission in Afghanistan. (Photo by Richard Bumgardner)

  • SEPTEMBER 1: SABER FOUNDATION

    SCHWETZINGEN, Germany – Members of the U.S. Army Europe Contingency Command Post team erect a tent during the setup phase of the two-week exercise Saber Foundation, an event designed to integrate new personnel into the CCP team. READ STORY (U.S. Army photo)

  • SEPTEMBER 7: COMBINED ENDEAVOR

    Soldiers with U.S. Army Europe's 72nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion work through a communication challenge with their Ukrainian partners during Combined Endeavor 2011, a multinational exercise designed to increase interoperability and communication between more than 40 participating countries. (U.S. Army photo)

  • SEPTEMBER 11: RIDE FOR A CAUSE

    Participants cross the finish line of the 18-mile ride during the 9/11 Community Soldier Ride at Lake Bostalsee, Germany. Approximately 400 participants gathered to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the ride designed to help wounded warriors gain confidence and strength. READ STORY (Photo by Charles M. Belluomo)

  • SEPTEMBER 20: CONFERENCE OF EUROPEAN ARMIES

    U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno (front row, center) joins co-hosts Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, commander of U.S. Army Europe (right of Odierno) and Lt. Gen. Guiseppe Valotto, Italian army chief of staff (left of Odierno), and senior land forces commanders from across Europe for the Conference of European Armies. READ STORY (Photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade)

  • OCTOBER 6: VOLUNTEER SPIRIT

    Sgt. Milfred Shane Williams of U.S. Army Europe's 160th Forward Surgical Team receives the USO national Volunteer of the Year Award from former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff retired Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers (left) and retired Lt. Gen. David F. Melcher. Williams was honored for his service at the USO Kaiserslautern Warrior Center. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade)

  • OCTOBER 11: FULL-SPECTRUM TRAINING

    Lt. Col. Brian McDonald, executive officer for U.S. Army Europe's 173rd Airborne Brigade, talks with Slovenian Capt. Aljosa Kaucevic during the 173rd's Full-Spectrum Training Environment exercise in Hohenfels, Germany. The exercise brought together forces from 11 nations to train on combating 21st-century threats. READ STORY (Photo by Richard Bumgardner)

  • OCTOBER 27: U.S. ARMY EUROPE'S 31ST LEGION OF MERIT CONFERENCE

    USAREUR commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling talks with German Brig. Gen. Heinz Josef Feldmann and other guests during the 31st LOM Conference in Heidelberg. The event brought together senior active and retired military leaders from six countries and members of leading military think tanks to discuss security cooperation. READ STORY (Photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado)

  • NOVEMBER 1: TOP TEACHER

    Angela Wilson, a seventh-grade language arts, speech and debate teacher at the Vicenza (Italy) Middle School was named the 2012 Department of Defense Education Activity Teacher of the Year. READ STORY (U.S. Army photo)

  • NOVEMBER 7: COMBINED TRAINING

    A trio of U.S. Soldiers from the Georgia National Guard and one of their Albanian partners prepare to search a building during cordon-and-search training at U.S. Army Europe's Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany. The event was part of training to prepare the Guard Soldiers for deployment to Kosovo. (U.S. Army photo)

  • NOVEMBER 15: FIRST BEST OFFICER

    Capt. Troy Peterson of U.S. Army Europe's 2nd Cavalry Regiment was named this year’s top junior officer in USAREUR's first-ever Best Junior Officer Competition in Grafenwoehr, Germany. READ STORY (Photo by Markus Rauchenberger)

  • NOVEMBER 16: COMBINED TRAINING CONFERENCE

    CMaj. Ion Hill (left) from the United Kingdom Army discusses training issues with U.S. Army Europe Maj. Jeremy Wilson (center) and UK Maj. Steve Brooks at the five-day Combined Training Conference at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany. (Photo by Richard Bumgardner)

  • NOVEMBER 20: CHINOOK JUMP

    Four hundred Soldiers from U.S. Army Europe's 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team load up to jump from CH47F Chinook helicopters from USAREUR's 12th Combat Aviation Brigade. The operation was the first Chinook jump by the brigade or at Camp Robertson, near Schweinfurt, Germany, in recent history. (U.S. Army photo)

  • DECEMBER 6: EXCHANGE PROGRAM

    U.S. Army Europe commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling (center) speaks to USAREUR and Turkish Soldiers at the Commando Training Center in Isparta, Turkey. The U.S. Soldiers, from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, spent several days at the center while the regiment hosted and trained with a Turkish unit at its home station in Vilseck, Germany. READ STORY (U.S. Army photo)

  • DECEMBER 8: IRON PANZER

    GRAFENWOEHR TRAINING AREA, Germany -- A German army Leopard 2 main battle tank moves into position during combined live-fire exercise Iron Panzer. The five-day exercise paired Soldiers from U.S. Army Europe’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment with the German 104th Panzer Battalion to enhance both units' skills and cooperation. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado)

  • DECEMBER 8: GERMAN MEDAL OF HONOR

    German Cpl. Tim Focken poses with U.S. Staff Sgt. Peter Woken at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. after Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany Peter Ammon presented Woken with the German Medal of Honor for Gallantry in Action for actions instrumental in saving Focken's life in Afghanistan. READ STORY (Photo by C. Todd Lopez)

  • DECEMBER 15: POLAND'S GRATITUDE

    (Left to right) Polish Col. Stefan Walowski, Lt. Col. Rachele Smith, Col. John Cho and Polish Lt. Col. Zenon Pilat chat after Smith and Cho received Polish Armed Forces Medals for their support to wounded Polish servicemembers treated at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. READ STORY (U.S. Army photo)

 

 

 

2011 In Review slide show

January 3, 2012

By
U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Seasons come and seasons go, and every year things change. Today becomes a history lesson and tomorrow becomes today. In the military world those changes often happen more and more quickly than in many walks of life, but even by that standard 2011 was a year of fast-moving changes for the U.S. Army in Europe.

The command heightened its focus on building the capabilities of its time-tested and newer European allies and partners with 21st-century full-spectrum training and leader development at the Joint Multinational Training Command and major joint and combined exercises across Europe. At the same time it moved more swiftly toward transformation, with eyes on the prizes of moving the headquarters from Heidelberg to Wiesbaden and making the command leaner but still able, to use a popular 2011 catchphrase, "to fight above its weight class."

USAREUR's people proved their devotion to Army values by standing out courageously on combat deployments and compassionately and selflessly in their home communities. Dozens of USAREUR Soldiers earned medals and accolades for their valor in the Afghan hills and elsewhere, and many more members of the USAREUR team -- Soldier, civilian employee and family member alike -- were recognized by America and its partners, in Europe and the U.S., for sharing their leadership, skills and commitment.

This slideshow features photos from events from the past year. For more photos, visit the U.S. Army Europe Flickr page.