USAREUR communities in the Benelux area have been declared enduring locations, so the U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen, the Netherlands, should be around for some years to come. The garrison is located more than a two-hour drive from USAG Benelux, its higher headquarters. NATO and its Joint Forces Command (JFC) at Brunssum, the Netherlands is a major influence in the area supported by USAG Schinnen.
Both JFC Brunssum and Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base in Germany are located about a 15-minute drive from Schinnen. USAG Schinnen's community is a blend of British, Canadian, German, Belgian, Dutch and Danish cultures represented at JFC Brunssum. The garrison is the most geographically dispersed activity in U.S. Army, Europe, supporting U.S. personnel in the Netherlands, eastern Belgium and northern Germany.
Its headquarters is located approximately 44 miles west of Cologne, Germany. Both Aachen, Germany and Maastricht, the Netherlands, are 20 minutes drive away and both are ancient Roman cities.
For further information check the website at www.usagschinnen.eur.army.mil.
Sport and Fitness
Sport and fitness facilities at Schinnen and JFC Brunssum offer Nautilus, cardiovascular and free-weight equipment instruction, aerobic fitness rooms, weight rooms, saunas, and full-size racquetball courts. Intramural programs include softball, flag football, basketball, soccer and volleyball. The Geilenkirchen Rod and Gun Club provides excellent hunting and fishing opportunities, as well as bargain resale activities. Outdoor Recreation in Schinnen organizes a multitude of day-long and weekend trips to a vast array of destinations, mostly in Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France, Luxembourg and Germany. The bowling center offers multiple-lane facilities, pro shops, snack bars, game rooms and conference rooms.
Clubs offer fine dining, an assortment of snacks, live entertainment, excellent brunches, karaoke bars, wide-screen televisions, unit and group nights, plus many other programs and activities.
The clinics at JFC Brunssum and Geilenkirchen for the most part accept patients for routine care, with services such as family practice, OB/GYN, allergy/immunizations, optometry, ophthalmology, physical therapy, preventive medicine and psychiatry services, as well as radiology, laboratory and pharmacy services. Some of these functions may be performed by host-nation facilities. Routine dental care usually is also available. Patients requiring inpatient care or care beyond the capability of the local facilities are referred to the U.S. Army Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, or to a host nation hospital.
There is an elementary and a middle/high school at Brunssum, both operated by America's DoDDS. There is also a DoDDS elementary school at Geilenkirchen. USAG Schinnen is also served by the K-12 AFNORTH International School (AIS), which was established as a private school in 1967 by the four founding nations: Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Federal Republic of Germany. In addition to students from the four sponsoring countries the school also has Danish, Norwegian, Turkish, Greek and Portuguese students. The school has attractive classrooms, laboratories, a cafeteria, a library and a sports complex.
The Army Community Service (ACS) center offers various programs and services for soldiers, civilians and family members; parent education classes, financial maintenance classes, relocation information and support, mobilization and deployment support, employment services, Army Emergency Relief (AER) and volunteer programs. Child Development Services provides full service, center-based child care, the Family Child Care (FCC) program, the School Age Services (SAS) program and respite child care for service members in pay grade E-4 and below. Youth Services operates a sports and fitness program for organized seasonal sports. Volunteers are an integral part of every community. Volunteer experience offers great potential for self-fulfillment and may also be reflected on resumes for future job employment.
The International Chapel at JFC offers services and religious education in numerous denominations. Your Chapel staff can provide information about them. There is a wide range of Bible study groups, classes and retreats offered by the program.
There are active scouting programs for both boys and girls. They advertise and recruit members through the schools, libraries, youth activity centers, media and various other institutions.
Better Opportunities for Single Servicemembers (BOSS)
This program is designed to bring single members' quality of life in line with their married counterparts. The program at USAG Schinnen recently received Army-level recognition and is active with service members in thei tri-border region - Army, Navy, Aif Force and Marine.
The Emma Mine Complex houses an Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) retail store. A modern, well-stocked commissary sells U.S. brand-name products and many European specialties. There are also franchised restaurants such as Burger King and Popeye's Chicken. International shopping facilities are also available in the JFC Brunssum community.
The Library at JFC is a full service US Army facility with books, magazines, newspapers, tapes and disks. Educational programs are supported through the reference collection, microfilm editions of journal back issues and CD ROM's. There are also small collections of books in French, German and Dutch.
Music and Theater
The Alliance Players at JFC Brunssum provides year-round opportunities for members of the community of all ages to display or develop their talents behind the scenes or on stage. The 385-seat JFC cinema shows films obtained from the Army and Air Force Motion Picture Service. Several times a year the theater is the setting for live dramatic productions by the Alliance Players.
USAG Schinnen has no official Army lodging but numerous accommodations are available in the local area. The housing referral office assists in locating and leasing suitable housing on the economy.
The Army Post Office (APO)
The Community Mail Room supports authorized personnel with mail delivery to their Army Post Office (APO) address. There is also a U.S. Post Office, a full-service facility, which provides parcel service and transport of all calsses of mail from priority to express. It also transports mail for free from APO to APO when "MPS" is written in the upper right corner of envelopes and packages.
USAG Schinnen has both a Community Bank and a branch office of Andrews Federal Credit Union. Automatic teller machines (ATMs) offer 24-hour service for deposits and withdrawals.