☷Garrison Wiesbaden BOSS Soldiers kick off host nation partnership with BBQ
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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WIESBADEN , Germany - U . S . Army Garrison Wiesbaden BOSS team members and German Soldiers from the Landeskommando Hessen kicked off their partnership with a BBQ . WIESBADEN , Germany – On Saturday , April 30 , members of the U . S . Army Garrison Wiesbaden Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers team kicked off their partnership with the Landeskommando Hessen , the state command of the German Army in Hessen . Sgt . Megan Courtney , who took over as BOSS president in January of 2022 , explained that the partnership had been discussed in the past , but was halted by the COVID - 19 pandemic . When she took over the presidency , she didn’t just want to continue the discussion , she scheduled the first meeting right away . “I wanted to kick off everything with a social event to get to know each other . It is always great to have a partner from the other side of the military . We can relate on so many things , ” Courtney said . Her counterpart in the German Army , Sgt . Jochen “Joe” Knoblauch , also known as “Sgt . Garlic , ” has worked together with USAG Wiesbaden and U . S . Army Europe and Africa before . “Back then , when the U . S . Army had changes of command , the German flag was always carried by an American Soldier until somebody approached me and asked if I would put together a German Army Color Guard with German Soldiers to participate in such events , ” Knoblauch explains . “I quickly noticed that a partnership between two Armies can be strengthened not only on a leadership level , but also on the staff level . ” On March 30 , Courtney and Knoblauch met to discuss the way ahead and decided to kick off the partnership with a BBQ in the small village of Obergladbach , in the Taunus mountains . “Meeting in such a beautiful location is important to get to know each other better . It allows Soldiers of all ranks to come together informally to find opportunities to work together and learn from each other , ” Knoblauch explained . “We are planning to do more training events and socials with our friends from the German Army , ” said Courtney . “This will give our Soldiers the opportunity to learn about the host nation and make new friends . ” A total of 21 Soldiers participated in the kick - off event , but Courtney and Knoblauch hope that the numbers will increase soon . Soldiers from both armies look forward to meeting again soon to discuss more opportunities and event coordination .
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