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Hagen Wirkner
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  • Oberfranken, Bayern
  • Germany

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"Training Areas" und "Bivouac Areas" near Christensen Barracks, Bindlach
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Hi,I have  a question in regard to "training areas" und "bivouac areas" near Christensen Barracks, Bindlach. I found a site on the web with closed US Installations in Germany: Here amongst many…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Lantz Sep 12, 2010.


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What unit(s) did you serve in with the 2d Cavalry?
I have never been an US Army member, I`m a German civilian who is simply interested for 2nd ACR. I guess that`s so because as child I liked to watch the FTX the guys do in the 1980´s near my residence, that was a great time for me I will never forget.
Where were you stationed?
I live in Germany, Oberfranken not far away from Camp Gates, Camp Pitman or Camp Hof. The distance to Camp Harris, Camp May or Camp Reed is about 100 km.
What MOS or job description did you have?
I´m a civil engineer for road construction and do my job at the German Autobahn (highway), my office is at the former Roehrensee Barracks in Bayreuth.
What was your rank/title?
Because I´m a civilian, I have no rank.
What years were you assigned to the 2nd Cavalry?
I`m not assigned to 2nd ACR, but I liked to watch their exercises in Oberfranken and Oberpfalz in the late Seventies and Eighties.
Tell us a little about your cav days.
As a child I liked to watch the FTX of 2nd ACR and enjoyed the MCIs and MREs the guys gave to me (The Chocolate Nut Roll or the Cherry Nut Cake was great!). Today I´m still interested for that unit, sometimes take a visit to Camp Gates or some other former Border Camps.
Tell us a little about you now.
I assigned to that site because I want to share some present photos from your former installations or some other German places you might know. Also hope to find some vintage pics from you which show you moving in the field (I already did!) and change information.
Name a few buddies you served with that you would like to find.
I would like to find SP4 Michael Aernouts, member of a M1 tank crew. He served in Bindlach, A Troop, 1/2 ACR, APO NY 09411. He wrote me a letter after I met him in a FTX. I guess it was 1984.

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At 12:41am on September 29, 2015, Shannon Ryan said…

Happy birthday Hagen.

At 8:33pm on December 28, 2012, Edward (Gene) Beck said…

Wow. I remember how great that chocolate bar tasted  out in the field! thanks for the memories Hagen.

At 4:56pm on December 27, 2012, Hagen Wirkner said…

Yes, it is sad that Camp Cates was demolished. I also had good memories to that place, we often drove "our rounds" with the bike there as children. To my knowledge Camp Gates is the only 2nd ACR Camp that was demolished. Camp Harris, Hof, Pitman, Reed and May are fortunately still there. Hagen

At 6:50pm on December 19, 2012, Jeffrey C Havens said…

Wow,all I can say is I really enjoyed my time at Gates.But all things come to pass. Thanks for the Pics Hagen.

At 11:18am on December 19, 2012, Frank McCarthy said…

  It is sad Camp Gates was demolished. I had many good memories of the  
times I was there. I was hoping to visit in the near future.

At 9:13pm on December 15, 2012, Joseph Auger said…

Hagen,thanks for all your great photos.I served in Delta Co. from 83-87.I haven't been back to germany since, although my Wife visits hrer parents in Bayreuth every Spring.Joseph

At 1:59pm on September 29, 2011, Jesse Kelley said…
Wishing you many more, from all of us at DragoonBase!!!
At 1:28pm on September 29, 2010, Jesse Kelley said…
Wishing you many more,from all of us at DragoonBase!!!
At 7:05pm on August 29, 2010, Dave Gettman said…
The picture is the old officer's club that was right across the street from our house. The Opera Haus is just across the park.
At 7:02pm on August 29, 2010, Dave Gettman said…
Welcome Hagen.
My dad worked at the Roehrensee Barracks 1953-55. We lived on Parsifalstrasse near the Wagner Opera Haus. I spent my first birthday there.


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