Ask the commander – Have a quality-of-life question or comment?

Col. David Carstens, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander

Col. David Carstens, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander

Editor’s note: Have something you’d like to share with the commander — questions, comments or suggestions about quality-of-life issues? Please visit the garrison’s Facebook, Twitter or Interactive Customer Evaluation pages (easy access via the garrison’s home page at, send an email to the Public Affairs Office ( or a letter to the editor (see address below).

Construction near Newman Housing

Julie R. commented: Everyone wants to know what is being constructed around Newman Village. Also, is there a chance there will be a gas station on Clay Kaserne?

Response: Good questions Julie — a baseball field and a soccer field are being constructed in the northeast corner of Newman Village. Soon tennis and basketball courts will be constructed near the traffic circle. The basketball courts are even designed to be turned into a skating rink in the winter. There are no near-term plans for a gas station on Clay. AAFES has looked at the possibility of a new gas station/shoppette in the future.


Remembering a hero

Editor’s note: Spc. Ross A. McGinnis, a 2nd Infantry Division Soldier killed in Iraq in December 2006 while smothering a grenade with his body to protect his fellow Soldiers, was honored posthumously with the Medal of Honor in 2008 and with a street in his honor in Newman Village during the June 14, 2012, opening of the new Wiesbaden housing area.

His father Tom, sent the following email:

I received your package yesterday afternoon and was absolutely flabbergasted by this beautifully made keepsake. I wish I had been able to attend this event, but your inclusion of the programs and your letter helped me to enjoy is as much as possible from a distance. You have demonstrated once again that the U.S. Army never forgets, and that the Army folks know how to do things right. I was, of course, already as proud of Ross as a father can get, but memorials such as this add another dimension to that pride because it’s a pride that is shared with so many others who feel the same. … I hope that someday we’ll be able to visit Germany again. If we do, we will be sure to visit the U.S. Army Garrison in Wiesbaden and the Clay Kaserne with contains Newman Village and McGinnis Street.


Lay off the litter
Shannon J. commented: We arrived last week and have been without a vehicle and have chosen not to use the shuttle bus so we can get out. Upon our walking we realized that the Hainerberg casern is very much littered with trash — not so much near the housing buildings, but on the way to the PX and commissary there is trash piling up, and it’s quite disturbing.

Response: Shannon, thanks for sharing your concerns. I, too, hate the sight of trash being improperly disposed of and littering our living and working areas. I can’t understand why people would be so inconsiderate of their neighbors — both American and German. I would ask that if you see someone littering, please get a name or license number and report it to the Military Police at mil 337-5096/5097 or civ (0611) 5096/5097. Also, everyone can play a role in discouraging litterers by letting them know it’s simply unacceptable.

ICE works

Dorothy W. commented: The women’s bathroom at Vehicle Registration in Mainz-Kastel Housing was so filthy that if it wasn’t a must I never would have used it. Toilet paper was everywhere, and it smelled horrible. It appeared that this bathroom hadn’t been cleaned in a long time. It’s absolutely shameful that one of our facilities could be this way.

Response: Dorothy, thanks to your ICE submission and feedback from other community members, we were able to identify a real need and justify adjusting the cleaning contract to increase service from three times a week to once a day. Thanks for using ICE to help improve the overall quality of life in Wiesbaden: Your home in Germany.

Thanks for dog park

Sheri D. commented: I don’t know who to thank for the wonderful dog park in Hainerberg. It’s great, and thank you for listening to suggestions for a dog park. Woo-hooo.