Panzer Kaserne gets its own helipad

Story and photo by Sgt. Frank Sanchez III
21st TSC Public Affairs

New helipad to serve as landing point for medical personnel, distinguished visitors

The 21st Theater Sustainment Command is putting the finishing touches on a new helicopter landing pad that will give helicopters the ability to land directly onto Panzer Kaserne. 

“The location for the new helipad is at the far south end of the installation. It is located in an area that is often used for overflow parking and force protection exercises,” said Stephen C. Mahan, chief engineer for the 21st Theater Sustainment Command.

Mr. Mahan said the site and design was approved by U.S. Army Europe aviation safety personnel and took about eight months from concept to completion. The total cost of the project was about $25,000. 

The helipad will provide helicopters the ability to transport distinguished visitors and other personnel to and from Panzer Kaserne.

It will also serve as a landing area for medical evacuation helicopters for contingency medical emergencies.

“Beside the fact that it’s an incredible convenience, for a command headquarters having this facility here will greatly increase our mission capabilities,” said Capt. Rachel Sokalski, the aid de camp for the commanding general, 21st TSC. “If there’s an emergency, it’s important to be able to get there quickly, and that’s what the helipad primarily brings to the command.”

The helipad can support UH-60 Black Hawk and other military and civilian transport helicopters. The large white “H” and outline of the helipad is comprised of solid white paving bricks that will help make the helipad easy to spot from above.