Through this blog post I want to share with you the following unit registries have been updated with information collected through January 31, 2017.
USASAFS • 287 MP • MISC UNITS • HHC & Unknown 2/6 • HHC 3/6 • A 3/6 • C 3/6 • Berlin MEDDAC • HHC BBDE
More unit registries are being updated at this time. I will post a change notice when the next batch is online. As always the password to enter the registry can be found on the Berlin Brigade dot com home page and the registry main menu page.
It has been a while since I last posted on this blog page. A lot has happened and I do hope you had a WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS and continue having a HAPPY NEW YEAR! (Yep, it has been that long)
I have talked about the December 19th terror attack in Berlin on the other BerlinBrigade.com social media channels but I do want to take a moment to remember the victims. You will always be in our thoughts.
Recently, I listened to the December 24, 2016 podcast episode of THIS WEEK IN GERMANY and in it the host talk about the one thing that surprised him about the aftermath of the attack. The one thing was the resiliency of the citizens of Berlin and how they were not to be stopped by this single event. All I could say when I heard that is “tell me something I didn’t know.”
Anyone that spent any time in Berlin from 1945 to 1994, knows first hand the citizens of that GREAT CITY are a UNIQUE people. They have had to deal with the Second World War, the aftermath of the war, the numerous blockades of Berlin by the Soviets, the Berlin Airlift, the construction of the Berlin Wall, and the list goes on and on. Yet, through all that the citizens of Berlin come out of it unscathed, a little worse for the wear but unscathed nonetheless.
Now we are into the second month of 2017 and life is back to BERLIN NORMALand with the start of the BERLINALE just days away it will be another interesting time. Of course, Berlin will do the 67th International Berlin Filmfestival / 67 Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin with that unique Berlin grace, style, and wonder!
Have you seen the latest images from Berlin? For as much as the times have changed, one thing that has not changed is Christmastime in Berlin. The Christmas Markets all over Berlin are open for business. Traditional Gingerbread Hearts, Gluhwein, Bratwurst, and all the other great and tasty food and drink.
The food is not the only reason visit those Christmas Markets. The abundance of handmade crafts and gifts for kids of all ages. The nutcrackers, the wooden doll candle-holders, Christmas tree ornaments and just about anything else.
Of course, all the markets throughout a unified Berlin are nothing compared to the one we remember the at the foot of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, better known as Weihnachtsmarkt am Gedächtniskirche. I can almost smell the Gluhwein now.
Another Thanksgiving is upon us and we are another year old. But are we another year wiser? This past year has given us plenty to be thankful for.
We have gone through an election season. We’ve all aged one more year. We’ve seen a lot a good and a lot of bad happened to the world, to our nation, and to ourselves. Yet, here we are, at the precipice of another holiday season.
This week we celebrate Thanksgiving. As always there is so much to be grateful because of all the good and bad that we experienced since this time last year.
I want to take this time to say thank you. It is an honor to be part of something that continues to be bigger than each of us. This website has been such a labor of love as it has brought me in contact with so many people that I know I am blessed.
I am blessed as the honor of fostering, cultivating and guarding the history of the Berlin Brigade has been bestowed upon me.
Serving with the United States Army Berlin Brigade has given me such a wonderful opportunity of a lifetime not just to be in that city but to be the caretaker of our time there. It is such a wonderful feeling when people ask about our time in Berlin, about our time 110 miles behind the iron curtain. I especially love answering questions that deal with the citizens of Berlin because interacting with them and living among them help put everything we did in the city much into perspective.
When talking about my fellow soldiers though we come from all places in the United States we had one thing in common, we were American soldiers in Berlin doing a job that might not have been thankful but in the end only saw that wall fall we knew it was appreciated.
And for reasons like that I do appreciate everything that I learned an experienced during my time in Berlin and especially after. In meeting, talking and getting to know my fellow veterans of the Berlin Brigade and for that I am grateful and thankful.
I wish you, your family and friends a very Happy Thanksgiving and a Wonderful and Joyous Holiday Season.
If you have not already done so and you are interested you have until 6:00 Eastern Time this coming SUNDAY NOVEMBER 6, 2016 to sign up to receive in the mail the 2016 BERLIN BRIGADE CHRISTMAS CARD.
The Berlin Brigade Christmas Card has become a yearly tradition to over 300 recipients. This year’s card will be the best card ever and we hope you will be on the list when the cards go out in mid December.
To sign up please click on the image below and you will be take to the page to submit your mailing address:
The Soviets respond to the creation of the Federal Republic of Germany by proclaiming the formation of the German Democratic Republic comprised entirely of the area of the Soviet Zone of Occupation in Germany.