Program awards $5,000 to barracks winners

Christine June
415th Base Support Battalion

Barracks residents from the 37th Transportation Command and 181st
Signal Command “cleaned up” and took more than half of the $5,000 cash
award Sept. 7 in the 415th Base Support Battalion’s 2005 Best Barracks
Award Program.  

The 37th Transportation Command residents of Bldg. 3246 on Kleber
Kaserne won first place in the renovated large category and will be
awarded $2,000 for their unit fund.

For the second year in a row, Soldiers from the 181st Signal Company in
Bldg. 3824 on Landstuhl took first-place honors in the renovated medium
category and will receive $1,000 for their unit fund.

This U.S. Army Europe cash-award program started six years ago to
recognize barracks residents who show pride in where they live by
making sure repairs are done, safety and security standards are met,
and common areas are clean said Hans Huemer, 415th BSB housing manager.

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

Command sergeant majors from the 415th BSB, 37th Transportation
Command, 39th Transportation Battalion and Landstuhl Regional Medical
Center selected first- and second-place winners in the renovated large
and medium categories after inspecting 18 barracks on five Army
casernes in the KMC.

“I think it’s a great program because it identifies the units that are
actually out there making sure that their barracks are squared away and
their Soldiers are living in a safe environment,” said the 37th
Transportation Command Rear Detachment Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel L.
Reid.  “And, at the same time, it identifies problem areas.”

Also for the second year in a row, second-place winners for the
renovated large category are Soldiers from the 212th Mobile Army
Surgical Hospital and LRMC in Bldg. 3707 on Landstuhl. These units will
each receive $750 for their unit funds.

Second-place winners for the renovated medium category and receiving
$500 for their unit fund are Soldiers from Company “C,” 1st Satellite
Control Battalion in Bldg. 3813 on Landstuhl.

Next September, the 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.