KMC hosts town meeting for families

by Christine June
USAG Kaiserslautern

Shuttle bus service in the KMC is just one of six topics to be discussed at the town hall meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Kaiserslautern Community Activities Center, Bldg. 3109 on Daenner Kaserne.

“We are going to put out information, but not a lot because the main focus of the town hall meeting is 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 third town hall meeting for the KMC.
Colonel Hale said it came about because Senior Mission Commander Maj. Gen. Yves Fontaine wanted to be able to talk with families and hear their concerns.
“Initially, we were 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.

Town hall meetings in the KMC will be held every four months, she said.
Hosted by the garrison’s Family Morale Welfare and Recreation directorate, these town hall meetings follow a format similar to the monthly CIF in that subject matter experts will be giving 10-minute briefs, but this will be after the “do-out” presentations – researched information on concerns brought up at the September town hall.

“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 about shuttle bus service, a “do-out” presentation will also be given about childcare support at Air Force facilities, she said.

Scheduled topics are on how to prevent theft in cars and to get the most out of the Interactive Customer Evaluation process, as well as information provided by the garrison’s New Parent Support Program and community health nurse.
These presentations and briefings should take about an hour, and then the floor will be open for either questions or to raise other issues, said Emma Vinson, the garrison’s customer service officer, who is organizing the event.

“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 (the town hall meeting).”
She listed the Defense Commissary Agency, Defense Logistics Agency, Department of Defense Dependents Schools, Army and Air Force Exchange Service and new units to the KMC.

“We have a lot of new units coming to Kaiserslautern, and we want to make sure that they feel a part of the community and that we address their issues up front,” Colonel Hale said.
To add topics to the next town hall meeting, call
493-4062 or 0631-3406-4072.