U.S. Army Garrison Commander, Col. Steven M. Pierce; Maj. Adrian L. Foster, director of emergency services; Command Sgt. Major Philson Tavernier; and Illesheim Mayor Heinrich Förster honored the U.S. Army professionals with certificates.
Pierce and Foster praised the honorees for 15, 20 and 40 years of loyal support to the U.S. Army and to the Illesheim Airfield Fire Department.
Mayor Förster also pointed out that in addition to their support to USAG Ansbach, the Illesheim firefighters also actively support the surrounding communities of Illesheim and Bad Windsheim.
During the ceremony, Ernst Homeier was recognized for 40 years of service as a firefighter for U.S. Forces. Mayor Förster also presented Homeier with a certificate from the State of Bavaria, signed by Kerstin Schreyer, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs for his 40 years of service to U.S. Forces.
Wolfgang Keller and Reinhold Krümpel were recognized for 20 years of service as firefighters for the U.S. Army; Peter Götz was honored for 15 years of continuous service as a firefighter at the Illesheim Airfield Fire Department. (U.S. Army Photos/story: Cornelia Summers, USAG Ansbach-PAO)