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NEWS & FEATURES Vol. XXI, No. 9 U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Command Garrison Commander Col. Noah C. Cloud

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COVER PHOTO: Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Gail Halvorsen, 98, known as the “Candy Bomber,” waves to visitors June 10 at an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Berlin Airlift. Halvorsen flew into Wiesbaden Army Airfield on a C-47 Skytrain, the type he used to deliver supplies and, famously, candy to the former West Berlin.

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Garrison CSM passes colors in relinquishment ceremony Emily Jennings USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs

Command Sgt. Maj. Chad Pinkston relinquished responsibility of U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden during a ceremony May 23 at Clay Kaserne. His next duty station will be in San Antonio as the command sergeant major for Installation Management Command G9, which oversees all Army Family and Morale,Welfare and Recreation programs. Garrison Commander Col. Noah Cloud said Pinkston had a positive impact across the garrison with the Soldiers and units as well as host nation friends and partners during his time here. “Although your stay was only two years in Wiesbaden, you have placed an indelible mark on our community,” Cloud told Pinkston and his wife Leah. “Your efforts have had a tremendously positive impact.” Cloud highlighted Pinkston’s penchant for helping Soldiers improve their fitness by leading physical training sessions, creating an Army Combat Fitness Training Center and leading an initiative to paint the inside of the gym and hang motivational artwork. He hosted forums with leaders and Soldiers to understand how he could help improve Soldiers’ lives, Cloud said. His efforts led to healthier food options in the dining facility, and he led efforts that increased Soldier for Life participation by

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U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Command Sgt. Maj. Chad Pinkston passes the colors to Garrison Commander Col. Noah Cloud during a relinquishment of responsibility ceremony May 23 on Clay Kaserne. 90%. He mentored three NCOs, leading to their induction in the Sergeant Morales Club. He improved the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program, and he took personal pride in improving FMWR programs. “I could not have asked for a better teammate and Army professional as a command sergeant major,” Cloud said. In an emotional speech, Pinkston

thanked his Army leaders and colleagues and his Family, calling his wife Leah “a constant source of inspiration and love.” “My children are the reason I serve,” he said.“Some say it’s education; some say it’s money or a variety of other reasons. For me, it’s for others. In my humble opinion, we serve for others, and most importantly we serve for the future of our nation and our children.”

Exercise to prep staff to handle emergencies Emily Jennings USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden will conduct an allhazards, full-scale exercise June 25 to 27 in order to test its preparedness and ability to respond. Garrison and host nation support agencies will test their readiness to save lives; secure sites to preserve evidence and protect resources; assess damage and quickly restore critical mission command and infrastructure. “An essential element of our success as a garrison during a crisis is quick and effective integration of host nation resources,”said Garrison Commander Col. Noah Cloud.

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Military police participate in an exercise in 2016 at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden. The garrison will conduct a full-scale exercise June 25 to 27 to test readiness. “We are fortunate to have established a great working relationship with our host nation emergency service providers over the years. We can count on

them for outstanding support during any event.” Personnel should expect short delays at gates and with some services, said Al Marquez,

the garrison’s emergency management specialist. Cloud acknowledged the exercise will cause some friction within the community, but stressed the importance of the training event. “It is important to the community that the garrison take time to conduct realistic training so that we provide the proper response in a crisis,” he said. “This is the perfect time for people to exercise their own emergency plans in the event that an incident occurs on the installation,” Marquez said. “Remember to make a plan, build a kit and be informed.” For more on preparing for emergencies, visit: https://

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