German Sailors visit garrison


German Navy Senior Chief Officer Karsten Rittner and two other Fregatte Hessen crew members talk to a U.S. Soldier next to a Blackhawk helicopter during an airfield tour on Clay Kaserne Dec. 12, 2018.

Nineteen members of the Fregatte Hessen crew visited the ship’s sponsor state — Hessen. The crew of the German navy ship, whose home port is Wilhelmshaven, was invited by the State Chancellery. Among other activities, they paid a visit to U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Dec. 12, 2018 where they were welcomed by Garrison Commander Col. Noah C. Cloud, who emphasized the importance of maintaining close ties between the U.S. and Germany.

Cpl. Jochen Knoblauch, Landeskommando Hessen, and Fregatte Hessen Commander Olliver Pfennig listen as U.S. Army Garrison Commander Col.Noah C. Cloud welcomes the group of 19 German Sailors to post.

“One day, there will be stormy times, and when the stormy times come, that’s when we have to already have a strong partnership,” he said.
Fregatte Hessen Commander Olliver Pfennig agreed: “Peace is not something that is just there. You need to work hard for it.”
After lunch, the guests received a Clay Kaserne tour, and visited the fire department and the airfield, where they were shown a Blackhawk helicopter.
The tour ended at the Community Activity Center on Clay Kaserne, with a presentation on the 70th Berlin Airlift anniversary in June.

Lena Stange/USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs
Crew members of the Fregatte Hessen, a German navy ship, get an up-close view of a U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter Dec. 12, 2018, on Clay Kaserne.