Garrison program awards $5,000 for pristine barracks

Story and photo by Christine June
U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern

***image1***Taking “Home Sweet Home” to heart, 262 Soldiers earned $5,000 by scrubbing top to bottom and in every nook and cranny of their barracks to win Wednesday in the U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern 2006 Best Barracks Award Program.

This cash-award program originated here seven years ago to recognize residents who show pride in where they live by making sure repairs are done, safety standards are met and common areas are spotless, said Hans Huemer, the garrison’s housing manager.

“This is a Kaiserslautern Garrison unique program,” said Mr. Huemer.
“It’s a way for us to show Soldiers living in the barracks that someone cares for them and appreciates their hard work.”

He said the cash prizes go into the winners’ unit funds, which can be used to buy televisions or other items to improve the quality of life for Soldiers living in the barracks.

Winners in the un-renovated large category, earning $1,700, are the 23rd Ordnance Company residents of Bldg. 1206 on Miesau Army Depot.
The Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Company B residents of Bldg. 3716 on LRMC won in the renovated large category and earned $1,500.

For the third year in a row, Soldiers from the 181st Signal Company in Bldg. 3824 on LRMC took first-place honors in the renovated medium category and earned $600.

Second-place winners in the renovated large category are residents in Bldg. 3246 on Kleber Kaserne. These Soldiers are from the 66th, 37th and 15th Transportation Company and can either spilt the $900 cash award or combine it to purchase something for their barracks for all to use, said the garrison’s Command Sgt. Maj. Pamela Carmouche.

Soldiers from LRMC Company C and 53rd Signal Battalion living in Bldg. 3813 on LRMC get $300 for taking second place in the renovated medium category.
Determining the winners for the best barracks is done the good, old-fashioned way, but with a twist. Inspections were done Sept. 12 on 20 barracks at five Army posts in the KMC by Command Sergeant Major Carmouche and representatives from LRMC, 37th Transportation Command and 1st Transportation Movement Control Agency.

“This program is a great thing because the Soldiers are taking pride in where they are living,” said Command Sergeant Major Carmouche.

Next year, the garrison’s Best Barracks Award program will again add money to unit funds of residents who make their barracks “a home” according to the program’s safety, security and cleanliness requirements.