2012 News

Allied Force Command Heidelberg says farewell to Maj. Gen. Rossmanith

Allied Force Command Heidelberg

“We wish you all the success in your next posting as the commander, Headquarters Response Forces Operations Command,” said LTG John W. Morgan III, commander Allied Force Command Heidelberg. “A sincere thank you for your service and I want to wish you all the best in the future.” Allied Force Command Heidelberg said farewell to Maj. Gen. Richard Rossmanith during a farewell ceremony held on Monday, December 10th, at Campbell Barracks, Heidelberg, Germany.

Allied Force Command Heidelberg celebrates holidays with dinner/dance event

Allied Force Command Heidelberg

Allied Force Command Heidelberg convened for its annual Holiday Reception Wednesday, December 5th at the Patrick Henry Village Pavilion. The ballroom was packed with members of the command, all dressed for an evening of fellowship, food, and dance. Seasonal decorations adorned each table and stage, creating a lively and welcoming atmosphere.

Allied Force Command Heidelberg gets recognition

Allied Force Command Heidelberg

Individuals are recognized for their performance, mission accomplishments and ability to go above and beyond the call of duty. LTG John W. Morgan III, commander Allied Force Command Heidelberg, identified such personnel during the Commander’s Christmas Address at Campbell Barracks, December 4th.

Christmas, a time for fellowship and festivities

Allied Force Command Heidelberg

The feeling of Christmas filled the air as Allied Force Command Heidelberg service members and their families celebrated the holiday season. The headquarters’ Santa Claus event was held at Campbell Barracks December 3rd and would be the last before the unit’s deactivation.

Allied Force Command Heidelberg recognized for OUP contributions

Allied Force Command Heidelberg

Fourteen Allied Force Command Heidelberg members were recognized for their participation in Operation Unified Protector during an awards ceremony here. Each received the NATO Non-Article 5 Medal for service while augmenting the Combined Joint Task Force Unified Protector Headquarters in Naples, Italy during the last four months of the operation.

FCHD’s Current, Former Members Contributed to Successful ARRC CREVAL

Allied Force Command Heidelberg

At Royal Air Force base St. Mawgan, four kilometres from Cornwall England’s rocky Atlantic coastline, hundreds of military members listened carefully to Lt. Gen. James Bucknall, commander of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Oct. 6 during a morning brief on the eve of an operation.

CREVAL begins with two players on the same stage

Allied Force Command Heidelberg

In a small office at the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps headquarters in Imjin Barracks near Gloucester, England, after ten months of preparation, eager participants began the Combat Readiness Evaluation (CREVAL).

At Family Fest 2012 Italian Lottery supports "Die Waldpiraten" Camp

Allied Force Command Heidelberg

The Force Command Heidelberg italian community organised a lottery during the Family Fest in order to help the charity "Die Waldpiraten" Camp ("The Pirates of the Forest"), a member of the German Childhood Cancer Foundation, based on Paul Newman's "The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp" near Hartford, Connecticut (USA) and "The Barretstown Camp" (IRL).

Allied Force Command Heidelberg celebrates its last Family Fest

Allied Force Command Heidelberg

“This is the last Family Fest for Allied Force Command Heidelberg and a great opportunity to recognize all the wonderful work done by this headquarters,” said LTG John W. Morgan III, the commanding general as he opened the event. “We recognize your families and their contributions to this headquarters. Let’s enjoy Family Fest 2012.”

Allied Force Command Heidelberg farewells Maj. Gen. De Vos

Allied Force Command Heidelberg

“Major General Hubert De Vos is recognized for his dedication to the command and the community,” said Commander Allied Force Command Heidelberg, LTG John W. Morgan III, during a farewell ceremony held August 30th at Campbell Barracks, Heidelberg.

Conference Objective: Land Command Transition

Allied Force Command Heidelberg

An important step was taken Aug. 22nd toward the eventual transition of land competency from Force Command Heidelberg (FCHD) and Force Command Madrid (FCMD) to a Land Command in Izmir, Turkey.

Working to stand-up Land Command-Izmir

Allied Force Command Heidelberg

Allied Force Command Heidelberg along with Force Command Madrid is working hand-in-hand with future Land Command-Izmir for its successful stand-up.

Senior enlisted advisor says farewell

Allied Force Command Heidelberg

The headquarters said farewell to and welcomed a new senior enlisted advisor during a change of responsibility ceremony held at Heidelberg’s Campbell Barracks, Aug. 2nd.

Forward Support Element conducts handover/takeover ceremony
Allied Force Command Heidelberg

The International Support Kaserne, home of Allied Force Command Heidelberg's Forward Support Element was filled with all NATO contributing country flags making a worthy backdrop for its handover/takeover ceremony Aug. 1st.

Allied Force Command Heidelberg say farewell to Brig. Gen. Rittimann
Allied Force Command Heidelberg

On Tuesday July the 7th, Allied Force Command Heidelberg bade farewell to assistant chief of staff for transition, Brig. Gen. Olivier Rittimann, in a ceremony at its headquarters on Campbell Barracks.

Deputy Commander ARRC visited Heidelberg
Allied Force Command Heidelberg

Maj. Gen. Marcello Bellacicco, the Deputy Commander of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, visited Allied Force Command Heidelberg on June, 27th in preparation for the Combat Readiness Evaluation scheduled September and October 2012.

Spring Ball honors time together in Allied Force Command Heidelberg
Spring Ball Allied Force Command Heidelberg

Candles lighted the path in Heidelberg Castle through a receiving line and created an elegant ambiance worthy of the finely dressed attendees. After a warm greeting by the hosts, spouses and selected guests received a freshly cut rose that hinted of the exciting events to come.

NATO Land Forces and Partners Connect for the Future
Belgian military community of Heidelberg charity concert

General officers and their representatives from across 25 NATO countries, 10 Partnership for Peace countries, two Mediterranean Dialogue (MD) and two Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) countries and representatives from Allied Command Operations (ACO) and Allied Command Transformation (ACT) gathered together to discuss NATO's future at the Allied Chief of Army Staff Talks (ACAST)/Land Commanders Conference (LCC), 8 to 10 May in Tirana, Albania.

Belgian military community of Heidelberg charity concert
Belgian military community of Heidelberg charity concert

The Belgian military community of Heidelberg and the NATO Headquarters wants to say thank you to the city of Heidelberg and the German community for all the beautiful years they have spent here. Therefore Major General Hubert De Vos will organize a charity concert on June 14th 8:00 pm at the Kongresshaus Stadthalle Heidelberg.

FCHD is training its OLRT members and support elements
FCHD is training its OLRT members and support elements

FCHD conducted an exercise Apr. 23-26 in order to test the process to deploy the Operational Liaison and Reconnaissance Team (OLRT) within the 2-day time window. Exercise "Hunting Lizard" aimed at not only gathering the OLRT team, but also tested the newly created Mounting Operating Center (MOC).

FCHD farewell ceremony for B.G. Leo Beulen
FCHD farewell ceremony for B.G. Leo Beulen

On April the 20th, Allied Force Command Heidelberg held a farewell ceremony with all military and civilian staff for Brig. Gen. Beulen, who is assigned to a new position in the Netherlands.

Bi Force Command Corps Commanders' Conference, Lille, France
Bi Force Command Corps Commanders' Conference, Lille, France

NATO Command Structure and Force Structure commanders gathered in Lille, France, to determine the future of NATO members at the Bi-Force Commands Corps Commanders Conference, March 13 to 15.

Winter Warfare Training 2012
Winter Warfare Training 2012

More than 300 members of Allied Force Command Headquarters Heidelberg (HQ FC HD) and their families experienced wonderful days in the fantastic landscape of the German and Austrian Alps around the beautiful Bavarian city of Füssen held March 9 to 17.

NATO Spouses Club donates to disabled
NATO Spouses Club donates to disabled

NATO Spouses Club President Hedwig Huybrechts, along with other NSC members, donates a 1,000 euro check to Wohnoase of Wiesloch, an institution to help physical or mental disabled and their families, Jan. 31. This is an annual event, one of many in which NSC members donate time and money to charities.

Allied Force Command Heidelberg finishes support to ISAF mission
Allied Force Command Heidelberg finishes support to ISAF mission

January served as a historical month for service members of Allied Force Command Heidelberg as they completed a two-year rotation in support of International Security Assistance Forces – Afghanistan Headquarters.

Chief of Staff tells of accomplishments, expectations
Allied Force Command Heidelberg finishes support to ISAF mission

Headquarters Allied Force Command Heidelberg service members gathered together to recognize accomplishments of the past year and to learn about expectations for the upcoming year.