Greetings from Germany! My wife, Christin (Henry, Class of 2010) and I were married last June and have been on the move ever since! I graduated from the United States Military Academy in May of 2015 with a degree in civil engineering. As a newly commissioned Quartermaster Officer in the US Army, I was required to take the Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Lee, Virginia. This four-month course helped prepare me to lead logistical, supply, and maintenance operations within the Army.
Christin and I moved to our first duty station in Vilseck, Germany at the beginning of December 2015. We chose to settle in a charming agricultural town called Sulzbach-Rosenberg where we have ample opportunities to try out our very limited German on the locals (thank God for Rosetta Stone). Our small town is located in the whimsical Bavarian region where dirndls and lederhosen are still sported for countless seasonal festivals throughout the year. We were delighted to arrive in Germany in time for the Christkindlesmarkt held in Nuremberg: the most famous Christmas market in Germany and only 30 minutes from us!
Since our arrival, a welcoming English-speaking church community has embraced us and helped us settle in here. Christin has started to attend a Bible study each week with the women of this church, and we are excited to find service opportunities to commit to as a couple. There are high school wrestling and volleyball programs on post in Vilseck that we are hoping to get involved with as well.
US Army Bavaria is generous to give us four-day weekends to encourage us to travel while we are here in Europe. We are fortunate to have already taken trips to Nuremberg and Munich, and recently made our first out-of-country excursion to Prague. We were thrilled to have our friends Lindsay Seddon (Burgher, Class of 2009), and her new husband, Paul, accompany us on our Valentine’s Getaway to Prague. Paul and Lindsay have resided in Chester, England, since their marriage in August 2015, and spent their holiday visiting us in Germany. What fun to have a hometown friend also living in Europe! Paul, a British native, works as a District Manager for the supermarket, Aldi. Lindsay plays volleyball with a club team in Chester and has found enjoyable work as a merchandiser for Debenhams (a department store similar to Macy’s). She also continues her passion of creating and selling artwork and works part-time as a designer.
We are thankful and privileged to spend this chapter of our lives overseas and hope to take nothing for granted during our time here. God continues to give us countless blessings and has provided every step of the way – we are so grateful for His faithfulness! We pray a special blessing on Loudonville Christian School as we fondly remember how it has played a significant role in our story. We pray that it continues to be a place that shapes and molds young people into men and women of God.
Brian Walsh (‘11)