Event introduces community to Army garrison

by Rick Scavetta
U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern

Each summer, hundreds of Soldiers and their families move to Kaiserslautern ― some of whom have never lived in an overseas military community.

To help them become acquainted with the people and services that support them during their tour, U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern sponsors an introductory event ― Operation Meet the Garrison.

“We invite agencies within our community to extend a welcome to our families and introduce the services and events they provide,” said Cheryl Carter, and Army Community Service outreach coordinator who helps organize the annual event.
This year, the event will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at Armstrong’s Club on Vogelweh housing. One of the organizations planning for the event is the garrison’s directorate of emergency services, which include military police and firefighters.

“We’ll be there to discuss the many things we do in the community, to include everything from working with the Air Force on law enforcement to fire prevention,” said Master Sgt. Ken Pryor, the U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern provost sergeant.

Staff from the DES will offer tips to stay safe when at home and in
the community. Mascots Darren the Lion and Sparky the Dog will also
be there, Pryor said.

The free event will include more than 73 community agencies, said Sarahjane Phillips, ACS marketing specialist. There will be hand outs, goodies, bouncy castles and lots of fun activities, she said.

“It’s not your average garrison event. It’s for the entire community at large,” Phillips said. “It’s about having fun and enriching your life.”
For more information, call 493-4203 or 0631-3406-4203.