Kaiserslautern hosts town hall for families

Story and photo by Christine June
USAG Kaiserslautern

When current community facilities will close and which new ones will open after the completion of the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center on Ramstein is just one of seven topics to be discussed at the town hall meeting at 6 p.m. June 30 at Armstrong’s Club on Vogelweh Family Housing.

“This is the town hall not to miss,” said Emma Vinson, the garrison’s customer service officer, who is hosting the town hall meeting. “There are a lot of improvements and transformation projects coming in the KMC, and this will be your one-stop shop to get all the information.”

The town hall will also be a way for Army leadership to hear the concerns of the community, said Lt. Col. Mechelle Hale, U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern commander, referring to the senior mission commander and garrison leadership.
As a combined Army leadership event, this is the fourth town hall meeting for the KMC. It came about because Senior Mission Commander Maj. Gen. Yves Fontaine, 21st Theater Sustainment Command commanding general, wanted to talk with families and hear their concerns.

“Initially, (the garrison was) having the Community Information Forum as sort of our town hall meetings, but we were just touching a small percentage of the population, and by having a town hall meeting after working hours, we make it easier for family members to attend,” Colonel Hale said.

This town hall meeting will be the last for General Fontaine and Colonel Hale, as both will be leaving the KMC this summer.

The town hall meetings follow a format similar to the monthly CIF in that subject matter experts will give 10-minute briefs, which will follow the “due-out” presentations.

“We did our research, and we are going to provide (families) answers to the concerns they asked us about,” Colonel Hale said.

In addition to information on the new KMCC, a presentation will also be given about the KMC shuttle bus service implemented in March to provide transportation from East Kaiserslautern kasernes to Ramstein, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and Vogelweh, Mrs. Vinson said.

Scheduled topics are the customer service initiatives by the 266th Financial Management Center, changes to recycling on military installations in the KMC, summer programs at the garrison’s youth facilities and updates on the current construction on Ramstein. These presentations and briefings should take about an hour, and then the floor will be open for either questions or to raise other issues.

“My directorates will be at the town hall meeting,” Colonel Hale said. “(Attendees) will actually be able to address other issues because there will be so many subject matter experts from KMC agencies and units attending this town hall meeting.”
Colonel Hale said the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Service Credit Union and KMC Housing Management Office, among others, will be in attendance.

“This town hall is also a one-stop shop to talk to all kinds of community agency representatives about your specific issues and concerns,” Mrs. Vinson said. “From AAFES to housing, they’ll be there, ready and willing to take your questions.”
For more information, call Mrs. Vinson at 493-4241 or 0631-3406-4241.