Commentary

Thorns and Roses 21 Feb. 2013

Roses to: • Steven, the manager of Manolito’s at the Swabian Special Events Center — He gave a man with a large suitcase a ride to the conference center in Building 2407 after the man had walked all the way from the front gate (in what quickly became a snow…

February 20, 2013 ×
USAREUR will thrive despite fiscal challenges

USAREUR will thrive despite fiscal challenges

It is wonderful to be back in Europe. Ann and I sincerely appreciate the
opportunity to once again join the tremendous team here at U.S. Army
Europe.

February 20, 2013 ×

Thorns and Roses Feb 7,2013

Roses to: • James Keyser, for jumping out of his parents’ car and running right over to me to carry a heavy box into the Exchange for the Health and Wellness Fair last month. Also to his dad Jeff, who also grabbed a box after parking the family car. What…

February 6, 2013 ×

Training, individual responsibility keys to sexual assault prevention

In 2011, the Defense Department received a total of 3,192 reports of sexual assaults.

February 6, 2013 ×

This year, resolve to be the leader you deserve

We all know that the New Year brings resolutions that typically revolve
around better health and fitness, paying off debt or completing
educational goals.

January 23, 2013 ×

Army garrisons key to ensuring ‘ready, resilient’ force

Last month, Command Sgt. Maj. Smalls and I, along with 75 other garrison commanders and command sergeants major, attended the annual Installation Management Command Garrison Commanders/Command Sergeant’s Major Conference at Joint Base San Antonio.

January 10, 2013 ×

Stuttgart military community second to none

As we head into the holiday season, Stuttgart military community members
sure have a lot to be thankful for. I would like to take a moment to
reflect on why I’m glad I live here.

November 29, 2012 ×

Defense Secretary salutes veterans’ selflessness, sacrifice

As the nation observed the Veterans Day holiday Nov. 12, Defense
Secretary Leon E. Panetta issued a message paying tribute to the men and
women who have served the United States in uniform.

November 15, 2012 ×
Community engagement needed to ‘Keep Stuttgart Clean’

Community engagement needed to ‘Keep Stuttgart Clean’

Like most service members in Stuttgart, I was very happy to learn I
would have the opportunity to serve here. Stuttgart has an outstanding
reputation as a center of innovation, engineering and culture. It’s also
known as one of the cleanest and safest cities in the world. With
critical Department of Defense activities here, there is no doubt that
it’s a great place to live and work.

November 1, 2012 ×
Stuttgart ASAP’s evidence-based programs cutting edge

Stuttgart ASAP’s evidence-based programs cutting edge

The Institute of Medicine recently published a report on the current
level of substance use and misuse among active duty service members and
their dependents, labeling the situation as a public health crisis.

October 18, 2012 ×

Thorns and Roses

Tell us who deserves a pat on the back for a kind deed or a thumbs down to those in the wrong.

October 4, 2012 ×
Commander’s Column: Protecting against cyber threats is shared responsibility

Commander’s Column: Protecting against cyber threats is shared responsibility

We are living in an era where we are more interconnected than ever
before. Not only do we rely on email to conduct our business, but the
emergence of online commerce has made many of us reliant on the Internet
to meet our day-to-day needs.  

October 4, 2012 ×
Away from home, voting easy with absentee ballot

Away from home, voting easy with absentee ballot

As we approach the U.S. presidential election, it’s important to remember the importance of participating in the most fundamental task associated with democracy — voting.

September 20, 2012 ×
A Freedom Walk participant finds the name of a family member who died in the World Trade Center on a flag displayed at the Pentagon Sept. 10, 2006, for the 5th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The Pentagon 9/11 Memorial will be dedicated Thursday on the 7th anniversary. (Photo Credit: Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley)

Thoughts on 9/11, our partners, sacrifices

57 wounded warriors from the U.S. and our European coalition partners went on a bicycle ride at Bostalsee.

September 6, 2012 ×

Wiping out stigma of seeking help can reduce suicide

Since the release of the Department of Defense July 2012 suicide report,
stories on suicide have been published almost daily. In the July 23
edition of Time Magazine, the article “The War on Suicide” said no
program, outreach or initiative has worked in reducing the upsurge in
Army suicides; Soldiers aren’t seeking care due to the stigma associated
with mental illness, and no one knows why nothing works.

September 6, 2012 ×