ILLESHEIM, Germany – The U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach command team greeted the first contingent of Soldiers from 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (LI), from Fort Drum to their new rotational home at Storck Barracks here on Feb. 8.
Col. Benjamin C. Jones, USAG Ansbach commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Derek R. Cuvellier, USAG Ansbach senior enlisted adviser, met the Soldiers of the advance party at Bunch Fitness Center to brief them on their new home.
"We're glad to have you, we're here to support you," Jones told the Soldiers.
"Hopefully, you'll enjoy your time here," said Cuvellier, who encouraged the Soldiers to take advantage of the services on post.
After receiving important information on living at USAG Ansbach and living in Germany, the Soldiers visited several service representatives stationed around the fitness center, including Installation Access, the Training Support Center, the on-post Army Education Center, and more.
Approximately 2,000 Soldiers of 10th CAB are set to be stationed at USAG Ansbach's installations at Ansbach and Illesheim for nine months. They are the first brigade-size rotational aviation unit to be supported by USAG Ansbach.
"It's just a different scale. Going from the rotational battalions now to the brigade-size element is not something that this installation is built for," Jones said. "I think we've done a lot of work preparing for it, and we're certainly ready. We're getting to demonstrate that now with the reception of the folks as they're hitting the ground."
One of the larger pieces to prepare Storck Barracks for the arrival of rotational troops was the conversion of Army Family Housing into individual Soldier billets, according to Jones.
There were other challenges to preparing the facilities at Storck Barracks for the new arrivals, which were met by the Directorate of Public Works.
"Everything from motor pool space both for parking their tactical vehicles to the maintenance bays that were available to do routine maintenance on their rolling equipment," he said.
"Bringing a couple of motor pools that were slated for demolition – bringing those back up to usable standards was another effort that DPW had to take care of," Jones added.
Logistical coordination also poses a challenge, which USAG Ansbach is set to meet.
"There's a constant coordination to make sure we're at the right place at the right time to ensure the integration of these folks – get them picked up, get them to where they're going, either at Katterbach or here at Storck Barracks," Jones said.
Although the 10th CAB is stationed primarily at Storck Barracks, the newly arriving population could soon be apparent to the members of the USAG Ansbach community located in the Ansbach area.
"At the PX, at the Shoppette, there's going to be a little more traffic; lines could be a little bit longer," Jones said. "Being a relatively small garrison by population, we don't deal with some of those issues you might see at some of those larger stateside installations: Lines getting into the gate, those types of delays. I still don't think we'll see those getting into the gates, for instance, but what I think we will see is larger populations in our facilities, be it at the gym, be it at the commissary or the PX."
Jones said the garrison is working closely with the different on-post services to find solutions to any potential challenges.
"We're finding ways where we can ensure that we are meeting the needs of both our existing permanent party community members as well as the rotational forces," Jones said.