So long summer, school starts this month
Summer hire program ends, KMC students ready for the new school year

Christine June
U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern

***image1***Nearly 300 teens and young adults, ages 14 to 21, participated in the summer hire program this year.

They worked for four major commands at nine Army posts throughout the KMC. The summer hire program started June 26 and ended Aug. 4.
Now, KMC students head back to school Aug. 28.

It was the first time James Garcia, U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation maintenance supervisor, worked with summer students.

“We had them working on bikes, taking care of yards, working on vehicles, getting trips ready, erecting tents and cleaning canoes − a lot of good stuff,” he said.

Outdoor Recreation was a good place for students because of all the hands-on work it requires, he said.

Mr. Garcia said the summer hire program provides students with valuable work experience and helps departments that are short-handed.

“I think it’s great because it helps us to get back on schedule,” he said. “A lot of times we fall back on schedule and with them doing the hands-on work, it’s just fantastic. It should be something that happens every year. We need that extra help. Hands-on manpower is so good. We need manpower.”
Keiana Allen, 15, summer hire for

USAGK Outdoor Recreation, said she liked working on bikes.

“I learned how to take a bike apart and put it back together in 10 minutes, and that’s extra cool,” she said.

It was Keiana’s first time working in the summer hire program. Her co-workers were nice, Keiana said. “The customers were cool, but I liked the bikes more.”