Bio: Venzke, Steven D. - Pfc. (Military Notes1973)
Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 11/15/1973
Venzke, Pfc. Steven D. (Military Notes1973)
Pfc. Steven D. Venzke, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin W. Venzke of Rt. 1 Abbotsford, participated with other American and Allied Troops in Exercise Reforger V in Germany, October 10-15.
The Military Airlift command flew approximately 11,000 U. S.-based soldiers, and more than 1,000 tons of equipment, to three different airfields in Germany in preparation for the event.
Immediately after arriving overseas, the redeployed units drew combat gear and vehicles from prepositioned storage sites in Germany and moved to the exercise area to begin the seven-day field maneuver.
Pitted against the airlifted forces were the Europe-based elements of NATO forces of the U. S., Germany and Canada.
The exercise, conducted by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and NATO focused on the procedures and techniques for receiving, equipping, assembling and employing unites after they arrive, rather than on rapid deployment of troops from the U. S.
Pvt. Venzke is regularly assigned as a food service clerk in Headquarters Company of the 3rd Infantry Division in Wurzburg.
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