Veterans of Foreign Wars: An inside look at ‘health of the force’


Veterans of Foreign Wars leaders were enlightened on U.S. Army Europe’s matters such as its tactical prospects, roles in working with partner nations and Soldier quality-of-life matters during a visit to the headquarters on Clay Kaserne Aug. 7.

John Biedrzycki, VFW junior vice commander-in-chief, and Anthony Wallent, District 1 Europe all-American commander, started their visit by receiving a briefing from Col. Frederick Jessen of the USAREUR G-3.

Jensen briefed Biedrzycki and Wallent on the strategic opportunities available to USAREUR and its units inside the area of responsibility; including USAREUR’s interoperability with partner nations when carrying out joint missions.


Alan Belyea, USAREUR G-1, Ready and Resilience Division deputy, informed the officials on the “Health of the Force.” The subject matter included quality-of-life issues for Soldiers, family members and civilians stationed within USAREUR’s purview, the continuing mission to stamp out sexual harassment and assault, and programs aimed at prevention, including suicide prevention.

The visit included a stop for lunch at the Strong Teams Cafe where they communed with Soldiers from the community. The break included a question and answer session where Soldiers engaged the leaders on multiple topics such as the VFW role, sequestration and the recent move to Wiesbaden.

Biedrzycki and Wallent expressed the importance of knowing exactly what the VFW does for Soldiers like themselves and also what they can do to get involved with their own local branch.

Biedrzycki and Wallent finished up the visit with a conference call with Col. David Carstens, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander, where they discussed topics pertaining to the garrison and local community.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 27, www.vfwpost27.org, serves the Rhein-Main-Neckar communities, which includes Wiesbaden, and is located in Crestview Housing Building 7005 (Marsweg 3,65191 Wiesbaden). It holds an open house Thursday starting at 6 p.m. and meetings are every second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.