Goodbye, Ledward and Conn Barracks in Schweinfurt

Col. Michael Runey: The last commander of the US Army in Lower Franconia is leaving

It took the US Army barely an hour to say its goodbyes in a special ceremony on 22 May 2013. Because of yesterday’s rain, the ceremony for Col. Michael D. Runey was held at the gym of the Finney Sports Center on Conn Baracks. The ceremony was short, entertaining, humorous, and with a sentimental touch. Col. Runey is returning to Fort Knox, KY in the U.S. after two years in Schweinfurt, Germany.

He is the last military commander of the Armed Forces in Schweinfurt, and Lower Franconia. As a symbol, he turned the garrison’s flag over to Col Kelly J. Lawler, who will be the next commander for the garrisons Schweinfurt, Bamberg, and Ansbach.

Col. Lawler, the first of the two speaker, credited Col Runey for his outstanding performance, which is not easy when there are eight brigades to govern. Col. Runey shared his appreciation for the Team Schweinfurt and also mentioned the challenges and highlights of his time in Schweinfurt.

Before thanking his wife, Christy, and his four children for their support, he also praised the German hospitality, which ranged from attending the famous Honky Tonk Festival to Schlachtschüssel (roast pig feast).

To read the complete Mainpost article in German, visit Thank you, team Schweinfurt

Here are some random photos from my last visit to Schweinfurt.

Ledward Barracks

Ledward Barracks



SKF building

SKF building

Area Mud

Area Mud

Luke & Duke, the Nukes Grafenrheinfeld

Luke & Duke, the Nukes


  1. Col. Thoreson was the commander in Schweinfurt over the 3rd ID when I was there in the 70’s. I was stationed at Conn Barracks for the majority of my stay though I was initially assigned to Ledward for a few days. I had some great times while there. I used to work in the bldg there at the main gate (HHC Bldg).

  2. Brian Baker says

    I was stationed at Conn from 1984 to 1990. A co and D co 3/64 Ar Bn. Those were the BEST times of my entire 20 years in the Army.
    Did LOTS of partying at Maggies, Zaphons, and Chalet. Also spent quite a bit time in Hassfurt at the big club there. Cant remember the name of it!
    When I was in D co, we were a border augment ubit amd spent many a day down at Camp Reed on the Czech border. I was in Germany when the walls came down. What a time to be in Germany!!!
    Loved Schweinfurt!!

  3. Brian, I was there same time as you. I was also in D 3/64, but I moved over to HHC at some point. That club in Hassfurt was called Central Disco. There was another one there as well, I *think* it was called The Roxy or something like that. I had just left when the wall came down. Just missed it!!

    Rock of the Marne! Rampage!

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