July 14, 2011
Army News Service|by Troy Darr
HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Installation Management Command Europe will transition Headstart into Culture College in all U.S. Army in Europe garrisons
beginning Aug. 1.
The command is “amending the curriculum of the cultural adaptation program as part of its ongoing effort to eliminate redundant programs and improve efficiencies in all aspects of Army installation operations,” said Jane Helfrich, Army Community Service chief for IMCOM Europe.
Headstart has been a staple of in-processing in overseas theaters for the past 40 years. Traditionally, Soldiers would spend up to two weeks studying the language and learning about the customs and traditions of their new host country.
Newcomer orientation has been part of the Army Community Service Relocation Readiness Program and will continue to operate under the umbrella of Culture College. Relocation Readiness Program managers in each of the garrisons are developing garrison specific programs that take advantage of the existing cultural adaptation programs for spouses and family members, said Helfrich.
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