USAMMCE participates in Pfaelzerwald Marathon in
September, 16 USAMMCE Soldiers, Airmen, and
Civilians, divided into four teams, participated
in the 10th annual Pfaelzerwald Marathon in
The marathon was
conducted over a three day period from 11-13
September with different events each day.
2940 runners, 450 more than last year
and from as far away as Hamburg, Berlin, and Munich
participated in the different events.
has been a USAMMCE tradition for years and serves as an
opportunity to interact with the local community.
USAMMCE teams did very well and two teams won trophies
in their respective categories.
participants had a great time.
USAMMCE hosts Silver Caduceus Society
August, Col. Erik Rude, the USAMMCE Commander,
hosted a Silver Caduceus Society meeting on
Husterhoeh Kaserne in Pirmasens, Germany
More than 35 Officers from the 21st Theater
Sustainment Command (21st TSC), Regional Health Command-Europe
(RHCE), Public Health Command-Europe (PHCE), Landstuhl Regional
Medical Center (LRMC), 30th Medical Brigade and its subordinate
units, and the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade attended the meeting.
The focus was an Officer Professional Develop presentation on the
"Promotion Board Process" and a tour of USAMMCE. Col. Rude, who
recently participated in the FY15 AMEDD Lt.Col. Promotion Board,
shared his experiences and provided insight on the board process,
OER verbiage, DA Photos, and Officer Board Files. During the tour,
the Officers, all customers of USAMMCE, were able to gain a
perspective on how their medical materiel is processed and how it is
shipped to their organizations. During the visit, there was also
time for professional discussions.
Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Director visits
August, the US Army Medical Materiel Center,
Europe (USAMMCE) hosted Lt. Gen. Andrew Busch,
the DLA Director, for a command brief and a tour
of the facilities.
Lt. Gen. Busch visited USAMMCE as part of his
European tour to DLA personnel and customers in Germany and Italy to
assess DLA support to USEUCOM and USAFRICOM.
USAMMCE Officers’ Farewell
On 21 May
at a local restaurant in Pirmasens, Germany,
over 200 USAMMCE employees, friends and family
gathered to bid farewell to four officers
leaving this summer.
Besides sharing one last meal with the officers
before they depart, everyone enjoyed to hear them get “roostered “
(roasted) by their fellow officers .
The USAMMCE rooster is a
tradition in which the officer leaving gets his rooster read to him
by his peers, revealing some of the funny situations they have
gotten themselves into during their stay at USAMMCE.
wishes the best to all the officers as they go on to their next duty
USAMMCE Staff Ride to Bastogne, Belgium
On 2 April, COL Erik G. Rude,
the USAMMCE commander, took his Soldiers on a
staff ride to Bastogne, Belgium to visit the
historical WWII sites located there. The Battle
of the Bulge provides the opportunity to study
firsthand accounts of the battle and to discuss
lessons learned and how to shape future
The staff ride started at
the Bastogne Barracks with a tour of the
original Headquarters of the 101st Airborne
Division. At this location, the acting commander
of the 101st, Brig. Gen. Anthony McAuliffe gave
his defiant reply of “Nuts” to the German
commander’s offer for the 101st to surrender.
The tour focused primarily on the Siege of
Bastogne and the units that participated in its
defense. The Soldiers had a chance to see and
hold many of the weapons and gear used during
the battle as well as viewing a re-creation of
the senior officers’ Christmas meal. The tour
concluded with a visit to the vehicle
restoration center that displays numerous WWII
vehicles from several countries to include
tanks, half-tracks, wreckers, and medical
On their next stop the group
trekked into the woods near Foy, Belgium and
stood in the actual foxholes of the paratroopers
from Easy Company, 2nd BN, 506th PIR, 101st
Since the weather that day was
near freezing with driving winds and rain, it
gave the Soldiers an appreciation of the tough
conditions during battle and the sacrifice and
courage of the men who refused to back down
against impossible odds.
The staff ride
concluded with a visit to the Bastogne War
Museum and the Mardasson Memorial which honors
the memory of 76,890 American Soldiers wounded
or killed during the Battle of the Bulge. The
museum offered a unique perspective of the war
narrated by four individuals whose stories guide
you through history leading up to the start of
WWII, into the Battle of the Bulge and the
allied victory. It also allowed Soldiers time to
reflect on the events that led up to the war and
the sacrifices made during and after the war to
Despite the weather, the USAMMCE
Soldiers found studying and learning the history
of Bastogne and the Battle of the Bulge
informative and compelling and are ready for the
next staff ride.
“But war is a
ruthless taskmaster, demanding success
regardless of confusion, shortness of time, and
paucity of tools. Exact justice for the
individual and a careful consideration of his
rights is impossible. One man sacrifices his
life on the battlefield and another sacrifices
his reputation elsewhere, both in the same
cause. The hurly burly of the conflict does not
permit commanders to draw fine distinctions. To
succeed, they must demand results, close their
ears to excuses, and drive subordinates beyond
what would ordinarily be considered the limit of
human capacity. Wars are won by the side that
accomplishes the impossible. Battles are decided
in favor of troops whose bravery, fortitude, and
especially whose endurance surpasses that of the
enemy’s; the army with higher breaking point
George C. Marshall
USAMMCE celebrates Women’s History Month
On 27 March, at the US Army
Medical Materiel Center, Europe, USAMMCE
Soldiers and Civilians celebrated the 2015
Women’s History Month.
summarizing the accomplishments of great women
throughout history, three outstanding Military
Women were featured, one of which was the former
USAMMCE Commander, Brig. Gen. (R) Sheila R.
Baxter, the first female general officer in the
Army Medical Service Corps. Admiral Michelle J.
Howard, the first African-American woman to
command a US Navy ship and Brig. Gen. Theresa M.
Casey, who served as the Assistant Surgeon
General for Modernization and Chief, Biomedical
Services Corps, Office of the Air Force Surgeon
General were the other two woman featured.
US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
(MRMC) Commanding General visits USAMMCE
As part of
his European tour, Maj. Gen. Brian Lein visited
the US Army Medical Materiel Center, Europe
(USAMMCE) on 26 January.
The General spent the afternoon at USAMMCE where
he was given the USAMMCE Command and Relocation briefing and a tour
of USAMMCE’s different areas. After the briefing, Maj. Gen. Lein
presented coins to selected USAMMCE employees and a retirement
certificate and award to Mr. Luis DeAndrade, the former Chief of the
Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP). Mr. DeAndrade retired
effective 31 December 2014.
The General’s visit to USAMMCE
concluded with a tour through the Kaiserslautern Army Depot (KAD),
the relocation site for USAMMCE.
USAMMCE New Year’s Reception 2015
January, the US Army Medical Materiel Center,
Europe hosted its Annual New Year’s reception.
The USAMMCE Commander, COL Erik G. Rude welcomed
about 120 guests from the Host Nation
Government, local communities, and German and US
The music was provided by the USAREUR Band and
Chorus Brass Quintet.
USAMMCE’s Host Nation City unveils Sculpture
Officers were among 80 invited guests at the
unveiling of a new landmark in the Host Nation
City of Pirmasens, earlier this week.
This new ‘eye-catcher’, a
6meter tall, blue western boot was donated by Mr. Bernd Hummel, a
local entrepreneur and patron of the arts. The boot was placed on
the traffic circle, known as P-Town circle, between Husterhoeh
Kaserne, the home of USAMMCE, and B-270, the road leading to
During his emotional speech, the 65 year old
Hummel started reminiscing on the Pirmasens of the 1950s and 60s,
talking about how he was given his first stick of Chewing Gum by an
American Soldier and how he used to listen to AFN radio.
said that he always felt a deep connection to the US Military, as
did most people in Pirmasens. “Enemies became friends and we
realized that the American Soldiers were only people with the same
strengths and fears like the rest of us” Hummel said. Like many of
his generation, he was curious about the American culture with its
petticoats, cars, and music and he wanted to learn more about the
‘New World’. By donating this boot he wanted to pay tribute to his
hometown and his American friends.
“The boot symbolizes the
bond between the US Military on Husterhoeh Kaserne and the host city
of Pirmasens, with its tradition as a Garrison Town and as the “shoe
capitol” of Germany, ” Lord Mayor Bernhard Mattheis said in his
Lt. Col. Sean McMurry, thanked Mr. Hummel in the name
of team USAMMCE for dedicating this boot to the German-American
USAMMCE Teams participate in Pfaelzer Wald
On Sunday, 16 September 2014,
two four-person teams participated in the 2014
This marathon covers numerous trails
in the surrounding areas of USAMMCE to include the
cities of Pirmasens and Rodalben.
Voyles, Maj. Chad Handley, Capt. Andrew Wilson, and Mr.
Mike Stricker belonged to the “No Worries” team that won
in their age group based on their time.
other USAMMCE team, the “Lightning Gnomes” consisted of
Capt. Luis Rolle, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Leinweber,
Tech. Sgt Michael Speaks, and Pfc. Kevin Taylor.
USAMMCE NCO earns Expert Field Medical Badge
On 9 September, Sgt. JoJo D.
Ada, earned the Expert Field Medical Badge at
Out of 264 Multinational candidates
from across Europe, 137 received the much desired badge.
This year’s EFMB competition lasted 19 days,
with 12 days of training followed by a testing phase
consisting of a written test, Day and Night Land
Navigation, a 12 mile ruck march, and 3 combat testing
lanes with basic combat scenarios and combat medical
skills. Soldiers had to complete all tasks and cross the
finish line in time to earn the badge.
Donald M. Campbell Jr., Commanding General, US Army
Europe (USAREUR), attended the closing ceremony and
pinned the badges on the winners. Col. Erik G. Rude, the
USAMMCE Commander and the USAMMCE HHD Command team
attended as well.
Sgt. Ada who had trained for
two months for the event said: “It was a well-planned
event with great instructors. The two week training
helped especially those candidates competing for the
first time. The medical tasks were most challenging for
me, because you can’t miss a step, but with all that
training, I knew I would earn the badge this time out.”
Sgt. Ada competed for the third time.
also commended Pvt. Brittany K. Gomez, of USAMMCE for
her performance on the EFMB. ”Although this was her
first attempt, she made it all the way to the final
task, the ruck march.
I am sure she will earn the
badge on the next EFMB event”, he said.
USAMMCE Change of Command 2014
July, Colonel Thomas C. Slade handed over the
USAMMCE colors and its mission to his successor,
Colonel Erik G. Rude.
Invited guests, USAMMCE employees, friends and
family came out to say farewell to Colonel Slade and to welcome
Major General Joseph Caravalho Jr., the
Commanding General of the US Army Medical Research and Materiel
Command and Fort Detrick, MD presided over the event. He thanked all
of the USAMMCE employees for what they do each day and Colonel Slade
for being an outstanding Commander over the past two years. He also
welcomed Colonel Rude to the Command.
In his farewell speech
Colonel Slade thanked his family for always standing behind him and
Team USAMMCE for all the work they do each day.
He said: “ I
want to thank you and tell you how proud I am that over 350 talented
individuals from different cultures, races and backgrounds can come
together daily as one team, one strong 350 member team that
He further mentioned that this assignment
was one of the best in his 27 years in the Army.
Rude comes to USAMMCE from the Army War College, but is no stranger
to Germany as he was stationed In Wiesbaden Germany as Commander of
the 557th Medical Company and the Chief, Division Medical Operations
Center, 1st Armored Division.
German Soldiers of the 263d
Paratrooper Battalion, the Landstuhl Color Guard, and the US Army
Europe Marching Band contributed to the success of the ceremony.
Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) draws to a
close at USAMMCE
After nearly two decades, on 3
June, workers of the Humanitarian Assistance
Program (HAP) Division loaded the last container
of Supplies onto a truck heading
out of USAMMCE.
The HAP program
was established in 1992 by a congressional/presidential
mandate with a staging facility here at USAMMCE since
In 1992, USAMMCE provided materiel for 26
airlifts to Russia.
Since 1995, the HAP Division at
USAMMCE operated the US Department of State Operation
Provide Hope and Disaster Relief missions supporting the
Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union. It
conducted 26 initial Operation Provide Hope missions
(OPH) and 13 OPH Revisit missions providing materiel
worth $438 Million. The supplies were used to upgrade
277 major medical facilities and 274 primary care
clinics in the countries supported. The program also
provided 104 special aid and disaster relief missions to
support oil fires, mining disasters, flooding, mud
slides, earthquakes, severe cold weather, and the
terrorist attack in Belsan, Russia. Overall, the program
completed 1,002 airlifts and shipped 24,500 containers
of materiel with a total value of $5.2 Billion.
Even though the last truck has left USAMMCE, the work is
not done. Now the workers have until September 2014 to
clear out the warehouse and turn in the rest of the
materiel to the Defense Logistics Agency Disposition
The HAP Program closes down on
30 September 2014.
builds Ground Ambulance Sets for the Afghan National
Army (ANA) and the Afghan National Police (ANP)
In late January, the Office of the Command Surgeon
NATO training mission – Afghanistan, requested USAMMCE to build 325
Ground Ambulance sets for the Afghan Security Forces as part of a
effort to supply the Afghanis with fully equipped
ambulances before the “Afghan Fighting Season” this summer.
“We were faced with some challenges, as we had a very short time to
complete the sets”, said USAMMCE’s commanding officer, Col. Thomas
C. Slade. “In order to complete the project in 30 days, we had to
change our business process and do some ‘creative ordering’. We
split up ordering between two divisions and added the materiel to
the sets as soon as it arrived. The biggest challenge was obtaining
the required IV fluids (7300 Lactated IV Ringers and 6500 Sodium
Chloride IV Fluids). Due to a shortage in the States, our Prime
Vendors couldn’t supply us, but we solved the problem by ordering
directly from the manufacturer in England. Even though the fluids
had European standards, we were able to use them, as the sets
supplied a NATO training mission. This allowed us to ship the first
60 sets on 10 March”, Lt. Col. Sean McMurry, Chief, Materiel
Management Division added.
USAMMCE’s Clinical Engineering
Division also played a vital role in completing this project. Their
Biomedical Technicians technically inspected (TI) and tested 325
Suction Apparatuses, one for each set.
According to Mr. Joe
Robinson, the Project Manager from the Joint Plans and Program
Division (JPPD), each set was packed the same way, with all items in
the same place. Pictographs were included in each Tri-wall so
customers could easily locate the items. HAZMAT, reefer, and bulk
items were shipped separately in appropriate containers.
sets were flown into Bagram Air Base and transported by ground
transportation into Kabul where the end users took possession of
them”, Maj. Bruce Argueta, Chief of JPPD concluded.
project involved about 50-60 employees from different divisions and
Soldiers from all USAMMCE divisions. Col. Slade said: “It was a
great team effort that required a lot of flexibility”.
Members volunteer at USAMMCE’s Humanitarian Assistance
On 23 November 2013, a group
of 20 volunteers of the 86th Medical Group
located on Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany,
volunteered their Saturday to assist the USAMMCE
Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP)
in inspecting, cleaning, and preparing
medical equipment for shipment. From March 2012 to November 2013,
Airmen and NCOs spent 10 Saturdays working on 483 pieces of medical
equipment valued at $4,254,162.00 in support of the HAP missions to
the countries of Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, as well as AFRICOM
projects and some items for stock.
According to Mr. Luis DeAndrade, Chief of the HAP, this last and
largest group included Bio-Medical Engineers, Medical Logisticians
and other medical specialties. Five of them were actually on
Temporary Duty (TDY) at Ramstein. This group technically inspected
and prepared 121 individual pieces of medical equipment as well as
cleaning and preparing 15 medical gurneys valued at $775,046.49, for
shipment in support of the FY 2013/2014 Operation Provide Hope (OPH)
mission to Tbilisi, Georgia, and another mission in support of the
Non Government Organization (NGO) “A Call to Serve” (ACTS) also in
Mr. DeAndrade said, “because the HAP is being phased out by the
Department of State on 30 September 2014, we are preparing as much
materiel as possible for shipment to the countries the program
supports. However, due to funding and time constraints, not all
materiel will be put to good use. Any materiel not shipped out will
be turned into the Defense Re-Utilization and Marketing Office (DRMO)
for disposition. Without this volunteer support over the past two
years, millions of dollars worth of medical equipment would not have
made it into the hands of those who need it. Many thanks to these
young airmen and NCOs who epitomize our military service values!”
Mr. George LeFevre, the MEDCOM
Safety Manager, traveled to USAMMCE to present the Star
Certificate and flag to the USAMMCE Commander and “Team
USAMMCE”. Some individuals and groups were also
presented awards for their special support to the VPP
The ERMC Commander, Colonel Collins said
in his opening remarks, that USAMMCE is one of only
seven MEDCOM sites to achieve star status, six of which
are in Europe and one is USAMMCE’s sister site USAMMC-K
and that he is honored to be part of this ceremony.
Colonel Thomas C. Slade, the USAMMCE Commander,
thanked his dedicated employees for helping USAMMCE to
reach this milestone. He went on to say that everyone
should be proud of this accomplishment. What impressed
him the most, was that the VPP program, enabled
employees at the lowest level to point out issues and
present solutions which led to a drop in preventable
injuries and illnesses.
In his comments, Mr. Wolf
Reshef, the USAMMCE Safety Manager stated that while
there was always a Safety program in place at USAMMCE,
implementing VPP led to a 20% drop in preventable
injuries and illnesses, because the employees became
part of the safety management process and were able to
detect problems and work on solutions. He further said:
“USAMMCE crawled, walked, and finally ran to achieve its
goal. Now all we have to do is sustain our level of
safety and injury prevention.”
USAMMCE kicked off
the VPP program in April 2010, with a two day workshop
that was facilitated by a DoD Center of Excellence team.
Biomedical Equipment Specialists use
TMDE-SP equipment to specifically test, calibrate, and
repair medical equipment used in a patient care setting
to diagnose or treat patients. To ensure the Biomedical
Equipment Specialists are using accurate test equipment,
all TMDE-SP must be calibrated to the manufacturer’s
specifications using test equipment traceable to NIST or
other recognized standards laboratories.
Before USAMMCE established the new test stations, all
TMDE-SP had to be sent annually or semi-annually to the
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or other certified
lab to be repaired or calibrated. This created an
extended wait time for customers who need their TMDE-SP
returned in a timely manner. The new test stations
equipped with the latest, state of the art technology
will reduce customer turn-around-time significantly,
because most TMDE-SP devices will no longer have to be
returned to the OEM for calibration, thus saving time
and money on shipping.
USAMMCE conducts Emergency Responder Exercise
The United States Army Medical
Materiel Center, Europe (USAMMCE), conducted an
Emergency Responder Exercise on 6 September at
Husterhoeh Kaserne in Pirmasens, Germany.
About 125 responders from the German
Red Cross, the Fire Departments of Pirmasens and
Rodalben, the German Police, and USAMMCE personnel
participated. In addition, observers from all emergency
services and the Mayors of Pirmasens and Rodalben were
on site. To ensure safety, local Pyro technicians set up
The test scenario called for a threat being received and
a mock car bomb detonating in a parking lot with smaller
devices going off in a building nearby, causing nine
casualties. As part of the exercise, the building next
to the explosion site was evacuated.
Once the mock threat was received, USAMMCE Soldiers
manned the gates and inspected vehicles and personnel.
The Force Protection level was temporarily elevated
USAMMCE First Responders were on scene and rendered
first aide to the "injured" until the Red Cross arrived.
Shortly after the call, the fire department arrived and
extinguished the fires while the German Police blocked
off the scene.
The goal of the exercise was to test response times and
provide the Local Emergency teams with an opportunity to
test their capabilities under extreme conditions.
According to Mr. John Biles, USAMMCE’s security chief,
the exercise was well executed and the interaction
between the local services and USAMMCE personnel went
SERGEANT WINS CY12 PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL LOGISTICIANS
LEADERSHIP AND CIVILIAN AWARD
On 22 May, the 70k Consultant to the
Surgeon General of the Army announced Sergeant (SGT)
Jason Roth as one of the winners of the CY12
Professional Medical Logisticians’ Leadership and
Civilian Awards (PML2A).
awards are given to Army Medical Service Corps personnel
for demonstrating exceptional skills and accomplishments
in leadership, technical competence, professionalism,
SGT Roth works as a Biomedical
Equipment Technician (68A) at the US Army Medical
Materiel Center, Europe’s (USAMMCE) Clinical Engineering
According to Master Sergeant
(MSG) Timothy Dess, the Non Commissioned Officer in
Charge (NCOIC) of the USAMMCE CED, SGT Roth is a
top-notch NCO who demonstrated leadership and possesses
technical competence well above his grade level.
His accomplishments included realigning maintenance
schedules for eight USAMMCE customers resulting in
achieving a 100% completion rate, exceeding the MEDCOM
standard of 97%. Roth also led a team which completed
723 medical equipment work orders during six TDY
missions throughout Europe. Through his knowledge he
contributed greatly to USAMMCE being named runner up for
the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence.
2012, SGT Ross earned the Expert Field Medical Badge,
was named USAMMCE NCO of the Year, and received the Army
Physical Fitness Badge.
When asked, SGT Roth
said: “I have to say that I honestly didn’t think I had
a shot in the dark to win this, because I can think of
three other Alphas at USAMMCE who could’ve won this too.
There are so many good Alphas out there”. He went on to
say that he is very proud to represent USAMMCE and that
he feels honored to receive this award.
will receive a Memorandum of Commendation and a coin
from the Surgeon General as well as an Army Commendation
Medal and an US Army Medical Command G-4 Letter of
Appreciation and coin.
This is the second
consecutive year that a USAMMCE Soldier wins this award.
opportunity to lead USAMMCE’s
Captain Lim will depart USAMMCE
and move to her new duty station in May.
USAMMCE Egg-Stravaganza 2013
Despite the very cold spring
weather, about 60 children from the
“Nardinihaus”, the local orphanage along with
approximately 20 USAMMCE children came out
Saturday, 20 April, for a day of fun and games
and a traditional Easter egg hunt. Games
included an egg-walk, musical chairs, hula hoop,
bowling, and a bouncy castle, just to name a
few. The older children and some adults had fun
on the go cart track. Each child also received a
gift bag with toys and candy.
participating in the games, everyone had a
chance to warm up over lunch in the USAMMCE
Canteen, and enjoy the Hot Dogs, Hamburgers,
Chips, and Sodas.
age 11, a first time participant, said she was
happy to be there and especially enjoyed the Egg
hunt and all the candy she collected.
At the end of the afternoon, COL
Thomas C. Slade, the USAMMCE Commander, cut the
beautifully decorated cake and presented the Orphanage a
donation of 200 Euros.
USAMMCE has been
sponsoring this event since 2008. However, the
partnership with the orphanage dates back to 2004. Over
the years, USAMMCE Soldiers and employees have been
participating in different events with the orphanage.
This year’s celebration was held after Easter in
hopes of better and warmer weather.
it was overcoats and long pants, instead of shorts and
t-shirts, the children still had a great time.
items are picked and put away.
During his visit he was able to meet with most USAMMCE
His visit to USAMMCE concluded with a
tour through the Kaiserslautern Army Depot (KAD), the
proposed relocation site for USAMMCE.
General Caravalho assumed command of MRMC in January
Medical Materiel Center, Europe (USAMMCE)
Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO) Graduate from US Army
Garrison Kaiserslautern (USAG-K) Equal Opportunity
Three USAMMCE NCOs graduated from the
USAG-K Equal Opportunity Leaders’ Course held in
from 18-23 March.
Staff Sergeant Michael
Leinweber and Sergeants Chemika Duckett and Shelvia
Greene are excited to carry out the additional duties
and responsibilities in assisting the Commander with his
The EO program ensures equal
treatment for all without regard to race, national
origin, color, gender or religion. It applies on and off
post to working, living, and recreational environments.
It is the responsibility of leadership to ensure fair
treatment of all Soldiers based on merit, fitness, and
capability and contributes to unit cohesion and is a
Medical Materiel Center, Europe (USAMMCE)
recommended for VPP Star Status
From 25–26 February, USAMMCE underwent the
Department of Defense Voluntary Protection
Program (VPP) Stage III audit and as a result,
was recommended for “Star Status”.
Voluntary Protection Program Center of Excellence,
Concurrent Technologies Corporation inspection
concluded that USAMMCE had established an exceptional
Safety and Health Management Program with safety and
health incident rates well below the industry average
for warehousing operations. They further stated that
USAMMCE demonstrated excellence in response to hazards
identified during the audit team’s visit.
According to Mr. Wolf Reshef, the USAMMCE Safety
Officer, the VPP program is an Occupational Safety &
Health Administration (OSHA) cooperative program that
encourages the partnership between management, works
council, and employees to promote safety and health
programs tailored to the needs of specific work
environments. VPP is a prevention based approach with
the goal of improving safety.
Mr. Reshef provides VPP training to USAMMCE employees
throughout the year.
US Army Medical Materiel Center, Europe (USAMMCE)
presents Check to local Hospic
On 27 February, the USAMMCE Commander, Col
Thomas C. Slade, presented a check for €880.00
to Ms. Simone Jennewein, a representative from
the local hospice. The majority of the money was
donated by the employees of USAMMCE’s
Distribution and Transportation (D&T) Division,
with some donations coming from other Divisions
to include the USAMMCE leadership.
The idea to give something back to the Community, that
USAMMCE has been a part of since 1975, was born two
years ago, when D&T employees had money left over from
their Christmas Raffle. They spontaneously donated the
money to a local Children’s foundation that provides
after-school and meal services to underprivileged
The once spontaneous idea turned into a plan to raise
more money for another local charity during last year’s
Christmas Season. D&T’s Bin and inbound manager, Mr.
Gerald Storfinger said: “Out of several suggestions, our
committee picked the hospice, because they perform a
humanitarian service by ensuring the dignity of the
fatally ill during their final days. They have to
operate on a very limited budget and can only survive
with donations from the public.”
Since it’s opening about 4 years ago, the 6 bed facility
is filled to capacity all the time, as it is the only
institution of its kind in about a 40 mile radius.
Ms. Jennewein thanked the Commander and the employees
for their generous donation.
Everyone agreed that the training
was worthwhile and provided valuable information
to all Soldiers and NCOs that attended.
USAMMCE New Year's Reception 2013
On 26 January, the US Army Medical Materiel
Center, Europe hosted its Annual New Year’s
reception. The USAMMCE Commander, COL Thomas C.
Slade welcomed close to 140 guests from the Host
Nation Government, local communities, and German
and US Military Leaders.
After the Commander’s welcoming speech,
Lieutenant Ruediger Leilich, a German Army
Reservist, was promoted to Captain. Oberst (COL)
Rolf Stichling, Commander of the Bundeswehr
Rheinland Pfalz State Command, said: “Holding
the promotion at the USAMMCE New Year’s
reception, is a testimony of the friendship
between the German and US Military and
especially between the local Reservist Chapter
and USAMMCE.” Captain Leilich said that he was
very happy and proud to be promoted at USAMMCE.
The local Reservists participate
in a lot of partnership events with USAMMCE.
After the official part was
over, the guests spent the afternoon socializing and
making new friends. The USAREUR Army Band & Chorus Brass
Quintet provided the afternoon’s musical entertainment.
For the fun part of the afternoon, the
USAMMCE Carolers, with help from the audience, sang
Christmas carols and one of the Soldiers read the
But what would a Christmas celebration be without Santa
Claus? The Children’s faces lit up when Santa, portrayed
by Mr. Raymond Berger, arrived to present gifts to young
and old. While the children received candy and toys,
some of the USAMMCE Division Chiefs received gag gifts
tailored to their “special needs and circumstances”. The
winner of the Christmas Door decorating contest, judged
earlier that morning, was announced as well.
In keeping with USAMMCE tradition, the Soldiers
delivered some special entertainment for everyone’s
enjoyment. Some of them entered into a “Tacky Christmas
Outfit” fashion show and they presented a video of their
version of “Gangnam Style” that had the audience roaring
with laughter and applause.
Of course, there were plenty of Christmas cookies,
punch, and hot cocoa for everyone. All attendees agreed
that it was a very special enjoyable afternoon.
Even though the General’s schedule was
very tight, he extended his visit by an hour and a
half, so he could see all the different areas to include
the Humanitarian Assistance Program warehouse.
General Stone said that he enjoyed the tour which was
very educational and that he will take back a lot of
knowledge about USAMMCE and the HAP program.
US Army Medical Materiel Center, Europe (USAMMCE) hosts
Europe Regional Medical Command (ERMC) Commander’s Forum
About 35 Officers and Command Sergeants
Major attended the ERMC Commander’s Forum hosted
by USAMMCE in Pirmasens on 8 Nov.
Many of the attendees had
not been to USAMMCE, which is why Colonel (P) Jeffrey
Clark, the ERMC commander chose USAMMCE as the site for
his Commander’s forum.
Besides the USAMMCE Command Brief, all participants
received a tour for a first-hand look at the services
USAMMCE provides and a better understanding of the
The testing phase consists of a
written test, Day and Night Land Navigation, a 12 mile
ruck march, and 3 combat testing lanes with basic combat
scenarios and combat medical skills. In order to earn
the badge, Soldiers must complete all tasks and cross
the finish line in time.
In a ceremony, following the event, Lieutenant General
Mark Hertling, the US Army Europe (USAREUR) Commanding
General, pinned the badges on the winners. In addition,
Colonel Slade, the USAMMCE Commander, presented the
USAMMCE winners with a Commander’s coin.
After they returned to work, SGT Roth said: “the most
challenging task was probably the written test. Finding
time to study and the vast variety of possible questions
and subjects, made that portion very tough for me. I
don’t think anyone can actually go into EFMB and think
they fully have it in the bag.”
SGT Coleman agreed that the written test was the most
challenging task for him as well. He also said: “At
first I was nervous about Combat Testing Lane 1, but we
managed to get some time to go over the lane, so that
In an email message to all of USAMMCE COL Slade stated,
that he is extremely proud of these two young NCOs.
ERMC Multinational Medical Conference Attendees visit
On 12 September, Lieutenant Colonel
Christopher Todd, the USAMMCE Deputy Commander for
Operations gave a tour of the USAMMCE Installation to
attendees of the ERMC Multinational Medical Conference.
Approximately 20 NATO Medical Officers from five
different countries received a first-hand look at the
USAMMCE operation. Although time didn’t permit to
interview the officers while they were at USAMMCE, some
of the feedback received included comments like: “Great
operation”; “fantastic work that these folks perform”;
Unbelievable – had no clue that such a place existed”;
“very organized and people friendly”.
Before giving the tour, LTC Todd delivered the USAMMCE
Command Brief at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.
USAMMCE MAJOR WINS CY11 PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL
LOGISTICIANS LEADERSHIP AND CIVILIAN AWARD
On 6 September, the 70k Consultant to the
Surgeon General of the Army announced Major Aron Meadow
as one of the winners of the CY11 Professional Medical
Logisticians’ Leadership and Civilian Awards (PML2A).
The awards are given to Army Medical Service Corps
personnel for demonstrating exceptional skills and
accomplishments in leadership, technical competence,
professionalism, and patriotism.
Major Meadow has been working in various positions at
USAMMCE since 2009 and has demonstrated that he is a
top-notch logistician and leader.
Major Meadow said: “I was very surprised when friends
and colleagues started sending congratulatory notes my
way. It is always nice to be recognized”. He went on to
say that his assignment at USAMMCE has been highly
developmental and that he is grateful and very lucky to
be at USAMMCE to support its great mission.
Major Meadow will receive a Memorandum of Commendation
and a coin from the Surgeon General as well as an Army
Commendation Medal and an US Army Medical Command G-4
Letter of Appreciation and coin.
USAMMCE O-Day 2012
USAMMCE Soldiers and civilians took a
break from their busy schedules to participate in
USAMMCE’s Annual Organization Day on 10 August.
Many family members and friends joined in the fun and
games. There were activities and games for all ages,
even a bouncy ship for the little ones.
Thanks to the many dedicated volunteers. Everyone had a
US Army Medical Materiel Center, Europe (USAMMCE)
Change of Command Ceremony
On 27 June 2012 at 1400 on
Husterhoeh Kaserne in Pirmasens, Germany,
Colonel William M. Stubbs handed over the
USAMMCE Colors and the USAMMCE mission to his
successor, Colonel Thomas C. Slade.
“Colonel Stubbs was an outstanding commander and
with him in command, I never had to worry about
USAMMCE”, said Major General James K. Gilman,
Commanding General of the US Army Medical
Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) and Ft.
Detrick, Maryland on Friday afternoon in his
speech. He went on to say that with Colonel
Slade at the helm, USAMMCE is in equally capable
hands, as he knows both commanders very well,
Colonel Stubbs from his time at USAMMCE and
Colonel Slade actually worked for him at
Over 200 guests and USAMMCE personnel
came out to say farewell to Colonel Stubbs before he
moves on to become a full time student at the US Army
War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
In his speech, Colonel Stubbs thanked his family,
friends and employees for everything and vowed to come
back to Germany. He said that he will miss his “home
town” of Weselberg, Germany and all of his friends and
neighbors there, as well as everyone at USAMMCE. At the
end of his speech, he quoted the late President John F.
Kennedy by saying “Ich bin ein Weselberger” (I am a
The new Commander, Colonel Slade was welcomed with open
arms. Although Colonel Slade has never been stationed in
Germany, he knows USAMMCE from a customer’s perspective
and is very excited to be the new Commander of USAMMCE.
The Soldiers of the 8th Medical Logistics Company, the
212th Combat Support Hospital, the Color Guard from the
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, and the German
Soldiers of the Paratrooper Battalion 263 joined the
USAMMCE Soldiers on the parade field. Music was provided
by the USAREUR Army Band.
Safety Stand-down Day 2012
On 12 June, the US Army Medical Materiel
Center, Europe conducted a Safety Stand-down day.
The day consisted of a 15 minute environmental briefing,
conducted by the
USAMMCE Safety Manager Mr. Wolf Reshef, several hands-on
safety stations, and informational displays.
One of the stations was an obstacle course on which the
employees could test their reaction while wearing
goggles, simulating a 0.8 blood alcohol level.
For the first time ever, a local Pharmacy participated
by offering quick blood sugar and blood pressure tests
that could alert the employees of potential health
A machine to measure and test for possible back problems
was sponsored by a local Fitness Center. Nutritional and
safety information was also on display.
Even though this was a mandatory requirement, most of
the employees agreed that the displays and the hands-on
stations were a welcome addition to the briefings.
USAMMCE Commander receives Medal from District Mayor of
On 11 June, the District Mayor of
Rodalben Mr. Werner Becker, presented COL William M.
Stubbs, the Commander, US Army Medical Materiel Center,
Europe with the Graefenstein Medaille and a certificate.
The Graefenstein Medaille is the coin of Rodalben County
and was presented as a token of friendship as there has
been a long-standing friendship between Rodalben and
Mr. Becker said that he wanted to do something special
for Colonel Stubbs before he departs Germany. Mr. Becker
is also a recipient of the US Army Medical Department’s
“Friends of the Regiment” award.
Appointment Ceremony, CSM Majors
On 14 May, USAMMCE held an
Appointment Ceremony for Sergeant Major William
L. Majors to Command Sergeant Major. Next to his
family, colleagues, and friends, guests included
Command Sergeant Major Robert C. Luciano, Europe
Regional Medical Command, Command Sergeant Major
Michael I. Gragg, Landstuhl Regional Medical
Center, Command Sergeant Major Clark J.
Charpentier, Troop CSM Landstuhl Regional
Medical Center, Sergeant Major Eric P. Holland,
Public Health Command.
CSM Luciano mentioned in his speech that he is
happy that CSM Major’s oldest son William JR
(19) will stay in the “family business”. He is
joining the Army as a PFC on 16 May 2012. CSM
Majors said that he is very proud of his son.
Unfortunately, CSM Major’s other two
children Ann (16), and Michael (15) couldn’t attend the
ceremony as they had to take some tests for school.
CSM Majors spent two years at USAMMCE before moving on
to his next assignment as the CSM for the 115th MDFIELD
in Ft. Polk, LA.
USAMMCE will miss the Majors family and wishes them the
for the future.
USAMMCE Job Shadow Day 2012
On 27 April, 19
children of USAMMCE Soldiers and Civilians
participated in Job Shadow day here.
The USAMMCE Deputy Commander for Support, Dr.
Thomas J. Navo III, and Sergeant Grady Clark
welcomed the children and told them a little bit
about USAMMCE’s daily business. Before they were
taken on a tour of the different sections, the
children were treated to some refreshments and
each child received a gift, sponsored by the US
Army Retention Office in Kaiserslautern.
For the fun part of the day, the children got to
see where their parents work, some of them for
the first time. Anthony Clark, age 12, son of
Sergeant Clark said that he was excited to be
here, because he had never been to his dad’s
work, his brother Alex, 11 and his sister
Elizabeth 8, agreed.
Anelys Pabon, age 8, daughter of Specialist
Pabon helped her dad set up the refreshments and
said that she too was excited to visit her dad’s
job. Specialist Pabon works as an optical
fabrication specialist in the USAMMCE Optical
While touring USAMMCE, the children
were able to try out some dental drills and label some
boxes, but all agreed, that the highlight of the day was
the tour of the warehouse, where they actually got to
ride on a stock selector under the watchful eyes of
Sergeant Clark, who works in the warehouse, and their
Nine year old Jonas Numbers, son of Mr. John Numbers
said that he even got to “pick” some items off the shelf
while riding on the stock selector.
At the end of the morning, the USAMMCE Commander,
Colonel William M. Stubbs handed each child a
Commander’s Certificate of Appreciation. They will also
receive a photo CD with photos of their morning at
Couples receive Presidential Volunteer Service Awards
In a ceremony on 20 April in
Kaiserslautern, Germany, two USAMMCE couples received
Presidential Volunteer Service Awards.
The Presidential Volunteer Service Award recognizes
Americans, who through their commitment and volunteer
service improve their communities and inspire others to
volunteer as well.
The awards are giving for volunteer service over the
course of 12 months and consist of Bronze (50-74 hours),
Silver (75-99 hours), Gold (100 hours or more), and
Lifetime (4000 hours or more over a lifetime).
Dr. Thomas J. Navo III and his wife Cheryl received Gold
awards for over 1,000 hours of volunteering in SGT Grady
Clark and his wife Jody also received Gold awards for
giving over 500 hours to the community.
Each received a lapel pin and a certificate.
Any individual, family or group can receive recognition
for their community service, starting as young as age 5.
For this year’s competition 20
plays were judged (9 musicals, 4 dramas, and 7
Dr. Navo won “Best Actor “in the comedy “GreaterTuna”.
“Although I was nominated, I never expected to win,
because there are a lot of talented actors out there”,
said Dr. Navo.
His wife Cheryl won awards for “Best Hair and Wig
Design” for the comedy “Greater Tuna”, “Best Scene
Painting” for the drama “Frozen”, and “Best Costume
Design” for the musical “Suessical”.
Cheryl was also nominated for “Best Costume Design” for
the comedy “Greater Tuna”.
Foreign Officers Visit USAMMCE
On 19 April 2012, 15 foreign officers
visited USAMMCE as part of the Air Force sponsored
Partnership for Peace workshop. The officers received
the USAMMCE command brief, a tour of the facilities, and
some information about our Medical Supply Chain
processes. They can use this information to develop
Medical Supply Chain and to make their
processes more efficient.
The group included officers from Armenia,
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia,
Serbia, Ukraine, and Romania.
USAMMCE HHD Conducts Change of Responsibility
On 17 April 2012,
the US Army Medical Materiel Center, Europe (USAMMCE),
Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment
conducted a Change of Responsibility Ceremony.
Soldiers, Officers, family members, friends, and
co-workers came out and watched as the NCO sword
was passed from Staff Sergeant Jose Martinez, to
Sergeant First Class Robert White. Although the
NCO sword is no longer part of an NCO’s
equipment, it is still used in ceremonies to
symbolize the transfer of responsibility for the
Unit’s Soldiers to new hands. It reminds the
Soldiers that the new Detachment Sergeant is
responsible for order and discipline in the unit
and it reminds him of his responsibility to care
for his troops.
In his farewell speech, Staff Sergeant Martinez
said that it saddens him to leave the unit,
where he found many friends and mentors, both
American and German over the four years he was
assigned to USAMMCE. Staff Sergeant Martinez
moves on to his new assignment at Brook Army
Medical Center to work as an Optical Laboratory
USAMMCE Husband and Wife team win NCO/Soldier of the
SGT Ramon Cuevassuarez and SPC Justina
Cuevas are the first husband and wife team at USAMMCE to
win NCO and Soldier of the Quarter at the same time,
when they went before the board on 6 December
The Cuevas’ came to USAMMCE from Brooke Army Medical
Center in May 2011 and August 2011
respectively, where they worked at the Optical
Fabrication Lab. They are both 68H Optical Fabrication
Specialists, and now work at the USAMMCE Optical lab.
According to Justina, they met in 2008 at Brooke Army
Medical Center. While maintaining their professionalism
at work, they started dating in their free time. Ramon
got promoted to Sergeant in September 2009 and Justina
was promoted to Specialist in August 2009. When SGT
Cuevas found out that he was coming to Germany for 3
years, they got married in January, and have been
married for almost a year.
They both see winning this board as a stepping stone in
their careers. SGT Cuevas said, he wanted to make it all
the way to the MEDCOM Board.
USAMMCE congratulates this “dynamic duo” and wishes them
USAMMCE thanks Owens & Minor (O&M) for Ten Years of
Service and Partnership
“This afternoon is about taking the time
to say thanks” said the USAMMCE Commander, Colonel Mark
Stubbs in a ceremony on 25 October at the US Army
Medical Materiel Center, Europe (USAMMCE).
After introducing the O&M team to the USAMMCE employees,
he went on to explain that for the last ten years, Owens
& Minor has provided truly outstanding support to
USAMMCE as the Medical Surgical Prime Vendor. During
that time O&M provided USAMMCE with 1.2 Million total
lines of supplies valued at over $565 Million.
“For ten years, O&M has not only been our Source of
Supply, but our partner that helped ensure our success
in saving lives throughout Europe, Africa, and the
Middle East”, said Colonel Stubbs in closing.
The O&M team was given a USAMMCE print as a token of
and Civilians who enjoy what they
do and do it extremely well.
Even though, Lt. Gen. Hertling’s schedule was tightly
packed, he did not want to miss the chance to have lunch
with USAMMCE Soldiers. All of the Soldiers said that having lunch
with the General was very relaxed and comfortable and
that he was not only interested in them professionally,
but also on a personal level. According to Spc. Jason
Roth, Lt. Gen. Hertling was very curious about what the
Soldiers thought was special about USAMMCE and how they
liked being assigned to the unit.
“The General seemed very impressed with the USAMMCE
mission,” Sgt. Benjamin Haley added.
USAMMCE congratulates EDOCS course graduates
Congratulations to the graduates of the
US Army Medical Materiel Center, Europe
(USAMMCE), Center of Excellence course. Five
students from Germany and Afghanistan completed
this week-long course on 23 September at
USAMMCE. USAMMCE’S Clinical Engineering Division
(CED) offers two ATRRS courses:
Expeditionary Deployable Oxygen Concentration System (EDOCS)
Sustainment and Repair course and the
Medical Maintenance Management course. The target
audiences for these courses are Active and Reserve
Component 68A Enlisted personnel (E1-E7) and Department
of the Army Civilians in the grades of GS-05 and above.
Registration can be done through ATRRS. For FY 12
USAMMCE offers 4 EDOCS and 2 Medical Maintenance
Management courses. Course dates will be announced
shortly on ATRRS.
These courses are locally funded and units must pay the
TDY cost for their personnel.
USAMMCE Couple takes home trophies in “One Act
USAMMCE’s very own thespians, Dr. Tom and
Mrs. Cheryl Navo participated in the US Army Europe’s
Festival of One Act Plays, which was held from 7-9
the Heidelberg Road Side Theater. This
annual festival featured thirteen US ArmyTheater groups from all over Europe.
Although not on stage this time, Dr. Navo and his wife
Cheryl won trophies for 3d place stage manager and best
debut director, respectively.
The play, Disney’s “101 Dalmatians” won seven awards
altogether, including awards for best costumes, sets,
According to Tom Navo, he and his wife spend a lot of
their free time volunteering for the “KMC onstage”
theater group. During the last two plus years, they have
participated in 12 shows, either on stage or behind the
Ten future Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Green Belts graduate at
On 30 September, ten USAMMCE LSS Green
Belt candidates graduated at a ceremony here.
The Employees went through two one-week
blocks of class room training to complete the first step
in becoming a LSS Green Belt.
According to Mrs. Jutta Herold, a
USAMMCE Green Belt and mentor for the candidates,
taught in two steps, the class room training followed by
the completion of an actual project.
Division Chiefs normally propose the projects to the
USAMMCE Commander for approval. Final approval is given
at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USMRMC),
USAMMCE’s higher headquarters.
Some projects are also dictated by Balance Score Card
initiatives, ISO findings, higher head quarters audit or
internal survey findings. The projects are process
oriented and must yield a savings of $50,000.00 or more.
MAJ Jason Mathre, one of the two USAMMCE Black Belt
candidates and Chief of the Resource Management
Division, explained that “LSS is the Army’s approved
methodology for continuous process improvement and to
meet the efficiency savings goals established by the
Secretary of Defense”.
Mr. Juergen Kreissl a USAMMCE Local National employee,
said: “It was one of the toughest classes I ever
attended”. He went on to say, that for a non native
English language speaker it was hard to learn and
understand the LSS terminology. With LSS he hopes not to
only approve USAMMCE’s business processes, but will use
some of it in his daily life.
CPT Dana Love, Chief of Transportation Branch,
explained that learning LSS gives him the tools, to
assess and implement good changes in his current
environment. He praised Mrs. Lee Tapia, the LSS
instructor, as an exceptional instructor, who was able
to show the students how taking this course can change
the environment they work in.
All of the candidates agreed that attending this
training will enable them to improve their work
USAMMCE congratulates all of the candidates.
COMMANDER VISITS USAMMCE
On 28 September 2011, the newly assigned
Commander of the Defense Logistics Agency Troop
Support (DLA-TS), Navy Rear Admiral (RDML) David
F. BAUCOM visited USAMMCE in connection with his orientation tour
to one of his forward-deployed activities, the DLA-TS,
Europe and Africa, located in Kaiserslautern,
After receiving a Command Briefing on the mission and
functions of USAMMCE, the Admiral was able to tour the
USAMMCE production, storage, and distribution areas.
USAMMCE serves as the Theater Lead Agent for Medical
Materiel throughout the European and African Continents
and is the primary link to the DLA Executive Agency
program for Class VIII. It is a partner of DLA-TS and
processes approximately $200M in sales annually from DLA-TS
Pharmaceutical and Medical Surgical Contracts.
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Christopher Todd, USAMMCE’s
Chief of Transportation and Distribution Division said:
“We are grateful for the chance to brief the Admiral on
the opportunities presented and the challenges faced by
USAMMCE in providing medical materiel support to both,
peacetime and operational healthcare in three different
combatant commands. DLA-TS and USAMMCE share some of the
same challenges in the management of medical materiel.
According to Mr. Adam Cohen, Chief of Commodity
Services, DLA-TS, the Admiral was very impressed with
USAMMCE’s overall operation, particularly the Optical
Lab and the kitting operation.
USAMMCE COMMANDER UNVEILS PIRMASENS
On 16 September
at the US Army Medical Materiel Center, Europe (USAMMCE),
as part of their annual Organizational Day (O’Day),
COL William M. Stubbs, the USAMMCE Commander and
Mr. Michael Schieler, one of the city’s mayors,
unveiled USAMMCE’s very own Pirmasens Bull.
The colorful bulls, each one in a different
design and color, can be found all over the city
of Pirmasens. They stand for the leather that is
used in the shoe industry which Pirmasens is
famous for. COL Stubbs said: “I feel honored to
unveil this bull today with Mr. Michael Schieler.
The bull symbolizes the decades of friendship
with the Host Nation City of Pirmasens.”
Schieler, thanked COL Stubbs for the invitation and said that the
bull at this location means a lot to the city and that he sees it as
a gesture that demonstrates the bond between the US Army and the
Host Nation City.
Placing a bull at USAMMCE was the idea of Major Michael Ronn, the
USAMMCE Pharmacist, who unfortunately couldn’t be present. The bull
was purchased with donations from the employees.
Another highlight of the day was the presence of the 1FCK mascot,
Betzi. The 1FCK, also known as the red devils, is a major league
soccer team out of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Betzi spent about an
hour at USAMMCE and assisted COL Stubbs in cutting the cake and took
pictures with the employees.
At the end of the day everyone agreed that this was one of the best
O’days USAMMCE had ever had.
Afghanistan and Kosovo, as well
as German Soldiers stationed in the United States at
Holloman AFB, NM, Luke AFB, AZ, Ft. Bliss, TX, Canada,
arrival, the group was welcomed by the USAMMCE
Commander, Colonel William M. Stubbs. The Deputy
Commander for Operations, LTC Douglas Galuszka, gave
them an overview of the USAMMCE mission and the USAMMCE
TEWLS experts demonstrated the TEWLS operating system,
followed by a tour through the different divisions and
Oberfeldwebel (1SG and Training NCO) Tina Lehnhaeuser
said. "I am very impressed with the TEWLS system and
what it can do in the warehouse, especially the
hand-held scanners are a big help." The German Depot
also works with a SAP based system, but according to
them, their system is not as sophisticated as TEWLS.
After lunch, USAMMCE Soldiers introduced their German
counterparts to the requirements for the Expert Field
Medical Badge and demonstrated 3 EFMB tasks. Then, for
the rest of the afternoon, the German Soldiers were
separated by MOS and sent to the respective USAMMCE
Divisions to perform some hands-on training.
The Maintenance NCO, Air Force Chief Master Sergeant
Klaus Henrikus explained that the technology for
calibrating and repairing medical equipment and shop
operations are the same on both sides and that they work
on American equipment as well.
Before departing, the Company Commander, HPT (CPT)
Stephan Schledt said: "Everything is very impressive and
you have top notch technology which makes everything
faster and easier."
It was a successful day and both sides agreed to have
more Professional Developments and cultural exchanges in
the future in order to strengthen the German/American
USAMMCE FAMILY FUN DAY, 6 MAY
6 May, the smell of BBQ was in the air over the
USAMMCE running track in Pirmasens, Germany, as
volunteers prepared for the USAMMCE family fun
day. Each year in spring, USAMMCE hosts an event
for the children of the local orphanage, the
Nardini House, and USAMMCE families. This year,
41 children and their chaperones from the
Nardini house joined USAMMCE families for an
afternoon filled with fun, games, prizes, and
Col William M. Stubbs, the USAMMCE Commander,
welcomed everyone and wished them all a good
Under blue skies and summer temperatures, the
children enjoyed the treasure hunt and the many
games and crafts that USAMMCE volunteers had set
up for them.
While some of them had their faces painted,
others played musical chairs or just ran around
the track. One little boy, Daniel Keller, age
10, made a necklace and matching bracelet to
cheer up his little sister, who was in the
hospital and couldn’t be there.
According to Mrs.
Renate Gerlich, the director of the Orphanage, the children were
excited about coming to USAMMCE. For many of them it was their second or
Keanu Germesin, age 11 said: I’m looking forward to the hot dog
eating contest and explained that he especially liked the hamburgers
that USAMMCE personnel prepared for them.
One of the chaperones, Ms. Christine Rock, mentioned that everyone
enjoys the warm welcome they receive every time they visit and that
it makes the children feel at ease.
Mr.Wolfgang Ehl, who accompanied 3 of his 7 children to the event,
said: it is a great opportunity to spend the afternoon with my
children and do something fun that doesn’t cost any money. He
especially liked the BBQ.
The Orphanage also serves as a temporary foster home for children
from underprivileged families.
At the end of the day each child received a raffle ticket for one of
the gifts that USAMMCE employees had donated for the event.
VPP Workshop draws 116 Attendees
From 4 to
7 April the US Army Medical Materiel Center, Europe (USAMMCE)
hosted the Department of Defense (DoD) Voluntary
Protection Program (VPP) Workshop to continue its VPP
effort for the command.
The workshop was divided into two 2-day sessions. Day
One was geared to Commanders and Managers and Day Two
addressed Supervisors, Additional Duty Safety
Representatives, and employees. Subjects ranged from
Management and Employee involvement in the VPP process
to union participation and workplace hazard
identification. The European Regional Medical Command (ERMC),
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC), as well as the
Baumholder Medical Clinic sent representatives to the
At the end of the workshop COL Stubbs, the USAMMCE Commander, thanked the
DoD VPP Center of Excellence team for coming to Germany
and sharing their Safety and Occupational Health
insights with Team USAMMCE. COL Stubbs voiced great
appreciation for all that participated in the workshop.
USAMMCE started its VPP Stage I effort in June of 2010
and received a 66% Stage I completion. By the start of
the VPP workshop USAMMCE had attained a 78% completion
rate. As of 11 April 2011, USAMMCE is at 90 % Stage I
completion. The goal is to complete Stage I by July 2011
and move into Stage II, the implementation part of VPP.
Soldier earns German Army Proficiency Badge in Kenya
While on a
joint USAMMCE/WRAIR TDY mission to provide Medical
Maintenance support to USAMRU-K research facilities,
located in several areas across Kenya,
SFC Nathan Lehman
had an opportunity to complete his road march to earn
the German Proficiency Badge.
With the help of WRAIR NCO, SGT Erik Pollender, who was
certified through the German Embassy to be a grader for
the German Proficiency Badge, SFC Lehman was able to
complete this last required event. SFC Lehman had
completed all the other events at USAMMCE, his duty
station in Germany.
Lehman and Pollender had to finish the ruck march in
less than 2 hours, carrying 15kg rucksacks. They
finished the march in 1 hour and 42 minutes at over 5800
ft elevation at the Findley Tea Plantation in Kericho,
Operation Provide Hope Recognition Ceremony
On 17 March, the United States Army Medical
Materiel Center, Europe hosted a Recognition
Ceremony for team members of the Department of
completed Operation Provide
Hope (OPH) mission to Simferopol, Crimea,
The mission lasted from October 2009 to October
2010 and was the first mission to this part of
the Ukraine. It consisted of 96 13 meter trucks
full of equipment worth 22.5 Million, for 7
major medical hospitals and 2 large dental
clinics, one of them a teaching clinic.
John Post, the Deputy Director for Humanitarian
Assistance, Office of the Coordinator for US Assistance
to Europe and Eurasia, along with COL William M. Stubbs,
the USAMMCE Commander, and Mr. Louis DeAndrade, the
Chief of the Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) here,
presented certificates to team members from the Air
Force and USAMMCE.
According to John Post, the best part of his job is
seeing the smiles of the hospital staff when they
receive their equipment after doing without for many
years. Post went on to say that it’s also a good
training opportunity for the troops, because they are
faced with situations that they wouldn’t incur at their
The team chief Col Doerr, Deputy Commander for the 86th
Dental Squadron on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, said: it
was a tough mission, but those tough days make you
stronger. He also said that the mission would not have
been possible without the dedicated workers in the
USAMMCE HAP warehouse here, who ensured that everything
got packed and ready for shipment on time.
Mr. Louis DeAndrade thanked his employees and the Air
Force team for a successful mission, as did COL Stubbs.
Mr. DeAndrade explained that each mission consists of 3
parts: preparing, packing, unpacking and training. He
further explained that they film the training for the
hospital staff, so that they can use it to train other
Operation Provide Hope was established by the US
Department of State in 1992, under the Freedom of
Support Act and uses medical excess from closing
Military Hospitals and Clinics around the world to
support the Newly Established Countries of the Former
USAMMCE Soldiers place second in German Army Winter
Staff Sergeant Jason Bullock and
Private Second Class Jason Roth, won second place in the
annual Winter Biwak sponsored by the German Army Reserve
unit in Glanbruecken, Germany.
During this competition, participants are split into
teams and have to accomplish several tasks during the
This year’s event started at 1800 on 28 January
and lasted until Saturday Morning 29 January. The USAMMCE Soldiers were teamed up with 3 German Civilians
and an active duty Master Sergeant from the German Army.
The teams had to pass 4 stations over an eight kilometer
course. The stations consisted of spot and report using
Night Vision, identifying 60 NATO vehicles, fire
starting, and marksmanship with European style air
rifles used for competitions.
According to SSG Bullock, the most challenging for the
USAMMCE team was identifying the 60 NATO vehicles. They
only had 10 seconds per vehicle and some of them were
taken in night vision, burned out, or buried to the roof
in sand. However, they managed to identify 50 vehicles.
USAMMCE NEW YEAR’S RECEPTION
On 22 January, the US Army
Medical Materiel Center, Europe (USAMMCE) hosted
its Annual New Year’s reception.
The USAMMCE Commander, COL William M. Stubbs and
the USAMMCE SGM, SGM William Majors, welcomed
almost 200 guests from the Host Nation
Government, local communities, German and US
Military Leaders, and friends.
As part of the event, Mrs. Brigitte Mack, SGM
William Majors, and MSG Terri Dickerson were
inducted into the ”Order of Military Medical
Merit”, also known as O2M3.
Two German Army Soldiers and one local mayor
received the “Friend of the Regiment” award for
their significant contributions to USAMMCE.
The afternoon’s entertainment was provided by
the USAREUR Band Jazz Combo and the
Landgrafengarde, a local dance group featuring
traditional German dances.
HOME CPT SMITH
On 7 February, USAMMCE welcomed back
one of its deployed Soldiers, CPT David L. Smith.
CPT Smith was on a yearlong deployment to Iraq with the
21st Combat Support Hospital out of FT. Hood, Texas.
According to CPT Smith, the deployment was a good
experience. However, he is happy to be back, although he
misses the many care packages that his friends and
co-workers from USAMMCE sent him during the year..
Before coming back, he took a well deserved break with
his family in Georgia.
Unfortunately, he will not stay at USAMMCE long, in
about 60 days; he will depart to attend the Captain’s
Career Course. His goal is to come back to USAMMCE as
the Commander one day.
USAMMCE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY 10 DECEMBER
Members of Team USAMMCE and their
families enjoyed the best Christmas tree lighting
After opening remarks by the USAMMCE
Commander, COL William M. Stubbs and Chaplain Collier’s
Invocation, the USAMMCE Carolers and the rest of the
team sang Christmas songs and read the
There was even a USAMMCE unique TEWLS version of the
twelve days of Christmas.
But what would a Christmas celebration be without Santa
Claus and his helpers? The Children’s faces lit up when
Santa (Mr. Phil Assaf), Mrs. Claus (MSG Teri Dickerson),
his Elf (SPC Samuel Gonzalez), and Rudolph (HM2 Price)
arrived to present gifts to young and old. Santa handed
out a few bags of coal as well.
It was a fun filled afternoon with lots of Christmas
cookies and hot cider. Everyone enjoyed the break from
their busy work schedule.
Hope is a Humanitarian Assistance program to the Newly Independent
States of the former Soviet Union, sponsored by the Department of
State. Most of the supplies and equipment come from the Department
of Defense excess program.
PARTICPATE IN GERMAN ARMY MILITARY
On 10 and 11
September 2010, four USAMMCE Soldiers
participated in the German Army Land Military
Capability Competition 2010, in Kusel, Germany.
This competition was sponsored by the State
Command Rhineland Pfalz and the Rhineland Pfalz
Association of the Bundeswehr Reserves. Next to
Active Duty German Army teams, German Army
Reserve teams, Allied Nations’ teams, and
Civilian support teams participated to test
The competition consisted of various tasks
including Buddy Aid, Land Navigation, Mine
detection procedures, a 12 Mile Rucksack March,
high rope crossing, shooting competitions, and
many more. Teams had to pass 19 stations to
determine the points for each team.
Although the USAMMCE team did not win the overall
competition, they placed third among the international teams.
According to SSG Bullock, the team captain, the USAMMCE team enjoyed
the camaraderie and gained some valuable insight in how the German
Army conducts their military training.
The USAMMCE team consisted of SSG Jose Martinez,
SSG Maria Negrete, SSG Jason Bullock, and CPL Grady Clark.
come true for us”
said Stubbs in his speech.
The Soldiers of the
Lazarettregiment 21 from the German Army State Command Rheinland
Pfalz joined the USAMMCE Soldiers on the field. Music was provided
by the 380th Army Band from Virginia, commanded by CW4 Kathy Landas.
Length of Service Awards Ceremony
On 9 July 2010, at Husterhoeh Kaserne
in Pirmasens, Germany, the US Army Medical Materiel
Center, Europe (USAMMCE) conducted a Length of Service
Ceremony for its long-term employees.
Employees were honored for 40, 35, 30, and 25 years of
service or a total of 790 years. “You are too young to
have worked for the Army for 40 years” COL Brew, the
USAMMCE Commander said. Then he highlighted events from
those years, starting with 1970. COL Brew is very proud
of his employees and their accomplishments.
At the end of the ceremony, a special award was given to
an USAMMCE officer. LTC Douglas Galuszka was inducted
into the Order of Military Medical Merit (O2M3).
After receiving their awards, the employees celebrated
with a buffet and cake.
At 0831 German Police arrived on scene and secured
the area. Shortly thereafter, the local Fire Department and
Ambulance Services arrived.
After the decontamination unit of the local fire
department detected a Chlorine gas concentration in the air, they
quickly set up a decontamination tent and decontaminated everything
that came in contact with the blast site to include the clothes of
During a sweep of the area with a bomb dog, more explosives were
detected, temporarily halting rescue procedures to a nearby
building. After 3 more bomb blasts, the building was cleared and the
Emergency responders rescued 5 injured employees, some of them
critically wounded. German Emergency Physician Dr. Tobias Floeser
performed TRIAGE to have the most critically injured evacuated by
helicopter to a hospital best equipped to treat the injuries. The
other wounded were taken to the hospital by ambulance or treated on
site. In an interview after the exercise, Dr. Floeser commented that
from a medical standpoint the simulated injuries looked very
German Police Liaison Officer Ralph Ullrich, Police Officer in
Charge Mr. Sven Mayer, Dr. Tobias Floeser, and US Army Fire and
Emergency Services Chief, Mr. Juergen Stegner, were all satisfied
with the exercise and the team work between local services and the
US Army. Everyone agreed that the scenario presented was very
realistic and that the exercise was very well executed.
The Exercise concluded at 1015.
SOLDIERS EARN EFMB BADGE
On 12 June, five USAMMCE soldiers
earned the EFMB Badge. After many hours of preparing,
and two weeks of strenuous training and taking tests,
these five Soldiers proofed worthy of wearing the EFMB
USAMMCE congratulates: MAJ Ronn, CPT Lim, CPT Bonney,
CPT Clarkson, and SSG Martinez.
USAMMCE STAFF RIDE TO WATERLOO, BELGIUM
On 10/11 June, 30 Soldiers and
Civilians from the US Army Medical Materiel Center,
Europe traveled on the path of history by visiting the
Battle fields of Waterloo in Belgium, where Napoleon
Bonaparte fought and lost his final battle in June of
The trip was very interesting and taught us a lot about
that historic battle. We were fortunate to have Mr. Ian
Gale, author of the best selling historical fiction
novel “4 Days in June”, as our lecturer and tour guide
as well as COL (R) Leif Johnson as our historian.
Farewell Command Sgt. Maj. Hunt
Sgt. Maj. David Hunt, the Senior
Enlisted advisor for the U.S. Army Medical Materiel
Center-Europe was laterally promoted to Command Sergeant
Hunt will depart USAMMCE and will
report as the Battalion Command Sgt. Maj. for the 421st
Medical Battalion, Wiesbaden, Germany.
Deployed Air Force Team participates in Job Shadow
Day at the US Army Medical Materiel Center, Europe in
On 22 April, children of the Soldiers
and Civilians of the US Army Medical Materiel Center,
Europe (USAMMCE) enjoyed some time at work with their
After a short welcome and a movie about USAMMCE, the
children were served breakfast and then taken to the
different areas in USAMMCE, where they could have a
firsthand look and some hand-on experience with the
important work that their parents do each day, supplying
medical materiel to units throughout Europe, Africa, and
the Middle East.
A group of 4 Airmen, deployed to USAMMCE on a 6 - month
rotation, showed the children how medical materiel is
prepared for shipment to the different units.
At the end of the morning, each child received a
certificate before being returned to their parent.
Awards Ceremony and TEWLS Celebration
On 1 April, employees of the US Army
Medical Materiel Center, Europe (USAMMCE) took an hour
out of their busy schedules to conduct an award ceremony
and to celebrate the completion of the fielding portion
of the TEWLS
TEWLS is USAMMCE’s new automated supply distribution
system, replacing the outdated TAMMIS system. After
years of planning and months of working long hours,
TEWLS finally went live across the Enterprise (USAMMC-K,
USAMMC-SWA, and USAMMCE).
COL Brew, the USAMMCE commander said, the employees
deserved to take some time out to celebrate. After the
official portion, was over, everyone enjoyed some coffee
holds Frocking Ceremony
A frocking ceremony was held on
Friday, 19 February at the US Army Medical Materiel
SGM Hunt has been at USAMMCE since June 2009 and feels
very proud to be
selected for promotion to Sergeant
Major and his new role. Getting a Sergeant Major
position added to its TDA shows the critical part that
USAMMCE plays in the medical logistics arena.
SGM Hunt said that the support of his family and the
guidance and mentoring he received as a young Staff
Sergeant from the First Sergeants of the 421st
Evacuation Battalion helped him get where he is today.
USAMMCE New Year’s Reception 2010
On 30 January, the US Army Medical
Materiel Center, Europe hosted its Annual New Year’s
reception. The USAMMCE Commander, COL Mitchell E. Brew
welcomed 162 guests from the Host Nation Government,
local communities, and German and US Military Leaders.
As part of the event, an Awards ceremony was conducted
to induct two USAMMCE members into the Order of Military
Medical Merit (O2M3).
The music was provided by the USAREUR Band and Chorus
Maintenance Working Group meets at USAMMCE
The US Army Medical Materiel
Center, Europe (USAMMCE) hosted the Senior
Maintenance Working Group in February. This was
the first time that Warrant
Officers and Senior NCOs from across
the Medical Command and European based
TO&E and field units met at USAMMCE
to discuss strategic maintenance objectives and the
Medical Maintenance Balance Score Card. The group meets
quarterly in different locations and conducts
teleconferences every two weeks.
receives ISO certification
(Pirmasens, Germany) – Representing the ISO
certification authority Mr. Konermann from TUEV
Rheinland presented the US Army Medical Materiel Center,
Europe (USAMMCE) with three ISO Certificates during an
awards ceremony on 21 October 2009.
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is
the world's largest developer and publisher of
International Standards. These standards ensure
desirable characteristics of products and services such
as quality, environmental friendliness, safety,
reliability, efficiency and interchangeability - and at
an economical cost.
Once a company or organization has been independently
audited and is certified to be in conformance with ISO
standards it may publicly state that it is "ISO
certified." USAMMCE received its first ISO certification
for IS0 9001:2008 (Quality Control) in 2002. Since then,
USAMMCE was certified in two additional areas, ISO
18001:2007 (Safety and Occupational Health, OSHAS), and
ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental). With the external audits
in June 2009, the US Army Medical Materiel Center,
Europe became the only MEDCOM unit to be certified in
all 3 standards.
The Picture shows COL Brew, COL Stubbs, Mr. Konermann,.
TUEV Rheinland representative, SGM Hunt, and MG Gilman
proudly displaying the 3 certificates.