Commander’s message: Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving

originalANSBACH, Germany (Nov. 25, 2015) – Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. For many, the holiday marks the beginning of the holiday season. It is a time when Americans at home and abroad gather with friends and family to reflect upon the blessings of the past year with gratitude and look to the future with hope.

For those of us who have the opportunity to sit down with loved ones this weekend and enjoy a hearty meal, we are truly blessed. Not every American will have that opportunity. This is especially true for many of our service members and their Families, many of whom are separated due to deployments or other important missions.

This Thanksgiving, I ask each of you to take a moment to remember these service members and pray for their safe return. Their sacrifice makes it possible for others to know freedom from oppression and from fear; their sacrifice instills hope in the present for the future.

I would also like to take this opportunity to give thanks to all of the Soldiers, Families and civilians who comprise this wonderful community – our home away from home – USAG Ansbach.

We have much to be thankful for. We’ve accomplished much in the past year despite all the transition, churn, and uncertainty. We have a caring, hardworking workforce and community members that support each other and open their homes and their hearts to those in need. We have amazing support from our Host Nation and surrounding communities, and we live in one of the most beautiful regions in all of Germany.

Together, we’ve welcomed and successfully supported the first rotational aviation battalion task force in Europe and worked through the many challenges associated with the Aviation Restructuring Initiative. USAG Ansbach has emerged from all this to become the strategic aviation platform for US Army aviation, enabling a Strong Europe for NATO and our Allies and partners.

I truly believe this is the Best Hometown in Europe and I thank all of you for your contributions in making it so.

I wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your well-deserved time with Family and friends. Please remember to act responsibly, remain vigilant, stay safe, and look out for each other’s well-being.

COL Chris Benson

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