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					Bavarian News
 Vol 3. Nr. 21

ANSBACH
MWR ISSUES TOP 10
                                 U.S. Army Garrisons Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels, Ansbach, Bamberg, Schweinfurt, and Garmisch



                              2SCR Soldiers help celebrate
                                                                                                                                                                                 October 31, 2007




CHALLENGE TO
COMMUNITY MEMBERS
  PAGE 21

BAMBERG
“HOOAH DAY” PUTS
                              Sadr City school renovation
                              Story and photo by Sgt. MIKE PRYOR
                              2nd BCT, 82nd Airborne Division
SPOUSES TO THE TEST
                                 When students at the Yarmook Girl’s
  PAGE 24                     School in Sadr City returned from
                              summer vacation last month, they found
                              that their school had received an extreme
                              make-over, thanks to the government of
                              Iraq and the U.S. Army.
                                   U.S. Soldiers and Iraqi National
                              Police visited the recently renovated
                              school to see the improvements and
                              hand out backpacks and soccer balls to
                              the students Oct. 22.
                                 The renovations totaled $200,000,
                              including a new roof, a new lighting
                              system, repairs to cracks in the pavement
                              and stairs, and a paint-job, said Capt.
                              Alex Carter, a U.S. Army civil affairs team
                              chief who helped oversee the project.
                                 Nine other schools in Sadr City have
                              also been renovated over the past few
                              months, as part of the same program that
                              refurbished the Yarmook Girl’s School,
                              Carter said. The school improvement
                              program has been made possible by
SCHWEINFURT                   cooperation between the Ministry of
                              Education, the local neighborhood
WTU TAKING CARE OF            councils, school officials, the Iraqi
                              National Police, and the U.S. 1 st
TROOPS                        Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment,
  PAGE 27                     which operates in the Sadr City area, he      U.S. Soldiers and Iraqi National Police officers talk to students at the Yarmook Girl’s School in Baghdad’s
                                                     See 2SCR Page 3        Sadr City neighborhood.
AUTO SKILLS CENTER
NAMED BEST IN ARMY
  PAGE 29                     Robotics demo an ‘explosive’ Ship smart
GARMISCH
GARMISCH PLAYERS
GIVES COMMUNITY
                              experience for local students to get your
HALLOWEEN LAUGHS
  PAGE 12
                                                                                                            Story and photo by KATIE COWART
                                                                                                            Assistant editor

                                                                                                                On Oct. 17, the students of Doris
                                                                                                                                                                  packages
HOHENFELS
                                                                                                            Henry’s robotics class at Grafenwoehr
                                                                                                            Middle School got a treat when members
                                                                                                            of the 702nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal
                                                                                                                                                                   on time
MWR SALUTES CLEOS                                                                                           came to show off their technology.                by BILYANA ATOVA
                                                                                                                Henry teaches the one-semester                Bavarian News
CLERK SHAWNA                                                                                                robotics class as an elective, as well as
                                                                                                                                                                 With the holiday season fast
BAUDOUX                                                                                                     eighth grade science. She said the class
                                                                                                            started around 2000, and the students build       approaching, the Community Mail Room
  PAGE 14                                                                                                   Lego Mindstorm robots over the course             is encouraging community members to
                                                                                                            of the semester.                                  send for their Christmas packages early this
INDEX                                                                                                           Her class is now in the final phase, the
                                                                                                            inventor’s phase. This is where the
                                                                                                                                                              year.
                                                                                                                                                                 “It is never too early to start ordering,
                                                                                                            students get to look at the original design       and it is really good to start now,” said
                                                                                                            of the robots and see if they can redesign        Martin Pietrzak, a mail technician at the
   Travel Page: Visit                                                                                       them to make them better or perform a             Grafenwoehr CMR.
American-style malls                                                                                        different function.                                  “I have been here for three years and I
throughout Germany                                                                                              “The purpose of this class is to              feel bad when people look for their stuff
                                                                                                            integrate technology that we really need          and it doesn’t come on time,” he said.
PAGE 19                                                                                                     in real life,” Henry said. “This is the epitome      Pietrzak said he’s been around long
                              Derrick Lomonaco, an eighth-grader in Doris Henry’s robotics                  of hands-on science. It’s one thing to read       enough to have seen lots of disappointed
  What’s Happening:           class at Grafenwoehr Middle School, got familiar with the                     about it or see it on TV, but to go in and        faces when packages don’t arrive.
                              controls of a 700-pound RONS robot during a 702nd EOD team                    change it is different.”                             “I know about orders made in December,
See what’s going on in        demonstration Oct. 17.                                                                            See ROBOTICS Page 3                                      See PAY Page 6
your community
PAGES 16-17
                              Early detection key to surviving breast cancer
  Sports Section:             by SANDRA WILSON                                       Here in Schweinfurt one of our initiatives is to try to     at age 20.
Grafenwoehr’s youth           Bavarian News                                          get more women that fall within the health risk range           “Women are more reactive than proactive. It’s a
                                                                                     to comply with their annual mammograms,” said               matter of always putting it off,” said Petersen.
tackle football team, the         An estimated 178,480 women and 2,030 men are       Hunter.                                                         Going to the same doctor is also helpful in early
Vikings, end a perfect        expected to be diagnosed with invasive breast              Due to limited facilities and equipment at the          detection. While that can be difficult when moving
                              cancer in the United States during 2007, according     Schweinfurt health clinic, registered nurse Ann             frequently to new duty stations, Petersen highly
season at 7 and 0. See        to statistics from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer    Peterson, point of contact for mammograms, assists          recommends obtaining copies of the exam films to take
photo coverage.               Foundation.                                            in making appointments for the screenings in town.          to the next location.
                                  An estimated 40,460 women and 450 men will die         “A lot of people are scared about doing it on the
PAGE 31                       from breast cancer this year.                          economy,” said Petersen. But the facilities and                 “There’s a lot of hope as long as it’s caught early,”
                                                                                     equipment, including ultrasound machines, are ideal         said Petersen. “Don’t be afraid (of exams). Put yourself
                                  “It doesn’t have to be a death sentence,” said                                                                 first. You have to take care of yourself before you can
  Medical Page:               Angela Hunter, health promotions coordinator in        for getting treatment immediately, if needed.
                                                                                                                                                 take care of your family.”
                              Schweinfurt. “That’s why early detection is key.”          According to Petersen, the Army recommends
Army health clinics               October is breast cancer awareness month, and      starting mammogram tests at the age of 40 and                   For questions regarding breast cancer or to
throughout Bavaria list flu   Schweinfurt hosted a five kilometer walk/run Oct.      repeating every two years after that unless otherwise       schedule a mammogram appointment, call your local
                              20 to help stress the importance of early detection.   directed by the doctor.                                     health clinic. At Schweinfurt, call the appointment line
vaccine schedules.                “Every year we have more and more women that           Petersen and Hunter also stressed the importance        at DSN 354-7901 or CIV 09721-96-7901 and ask for Ann
PAGE 10                       are being diagnosed with breast cancer nationally.     of doing monthly breast self-exams at home beginning        Petersen.
2 Bavarian News                                                                       Opinion & Editorial                                                                                            October 31, 2007




     Q&
      A                                                   Visit Vilseck clinic tomorrow
                                                                                                                  Command Message


      What are you
     watching on TV?
                           Staff Sgt. Steven
                                                          to learn how to use resources
                                                              N
                           McDonald                                    ot sure anyone wants to be ranked #              your winter sporting needs.                        specific directions to do so by a healthcare
                           (Ansbach)                                   2 in the Football BCS poll as another               See page 8 in this paper that show rental       provider.
                           “Football, college                          one bites the dust.                              rates for the winter and summer. They have                Do not give children medicine that is
                           football, and                      And the rest of the                                       scuba equipment, tents, boating gear, outdoor      packaged and made for adults. Use only
                           Simpsons or
                                                          undefeated teams all                                          sports and it costs less than $200.00 to rent      products marked for use in babies, infants or
                                                          have tough games either                                       skis and equipment for the entire ski season.      children (sometimes called “pediatric” use).
                           Family Guy - a tie
                                                          this week or in coming                                        They even fix bicycles.                                   If other medicines are being given to a
                           for whatever is on at          weeks.                                                           Outdoor Rec is here to serve your outdoor       child, the child’s healthcare provider should
                           the time...”                       It’s likely everyone                                      sports needs and I encourage everyone to go        review and approve their combined use.
                                                          will have at least one                                        there and see what they have to offer.                    Follow the directions in the “Drug Facts”
                                                          defeat when the bowl                                                                                             box. Do not give a child medicine more often
                                                          games come out so who                                         CFC                                                or in greater amounts than is stated on the
  Heather Stasiek                                         will be the mythical                                              Most of you have seen the numerous             package.
         (Ansbach)                                        national champion? Off                                        advertisements in various media about the                 Too much medicine may lead to serious
     “C.S.I., Prison                                      to the column.                                                Combined Federal Campaign. This campaign,          and life-threatening side effects, particularly in
 Break, and King of
                                                                                                                        along with Army Emergency Relief, are the          children aged 2 years and younger.
   Queens - in that
                                                          Vilseck Health Clinic Harvest                                 only two campaigns the Army sponsors.                     If you do not understand the
                                                              Lt. Col. Alarcon and the rest of the Vilseck                  In 2006, the overseas component of CFC         instructions on the product, or how to use the
             order!”                                                                                                    raised more than 15 million dollars and over       dosing device, do not use the medicine.
                                                          Health Clinic cordially invite the community to
                                                          come visit his clinch tomorrow from 9:30 a.m.-                $500,000 was raised for overseas military          Consult your healthcare provider if you have
                                                          noon. The purpose of the open house is to                     Family Support and Youth programs. This            questions or are confused.
                                                          explain to all what sort of services are offered              year’s theme, “Make a world of Difference,”               Cough and cold medicines only treat the
                                                          in the clinic.                                                has as a goal to raise even move funds than        symptoms of the common cold such as runny
                           Leigh Jackson                      Dr A. has an enhanced staff and services                  previous years.                                    nose, congestion, fever, aches, and irritability.
                           (Ansbach)                      and wants all personnel to see what he can                        With over 2,000 eligible organization, I       They do not cure the common cold. Children
                           “Survivor - I watch            offer to Soldiers and their Family members.                   encourage all of you to contact your unit key      get better with time.
                           Sling Box, Heros,              Mental health, EDIS, Physical Therapy,                        person and consider giving to needy                       If a child’s condition worsens or does
                           and The Starter                Optometry, X-ray Department, TRICARE and a                    organizations. Reach deep and see how you          not improve, stop using the product and
                           Wife.”                         whole lot more will all be explained by                       can make a difference this year.                   immediately take the child to a health care
                                                          knowledgeable employees of his clinic.                                                                           provider for evaluation.
                                                              They’ll even show you the new phone                       Cold medicine recall                                   I applaud the drug making community
                                                          system and how it will work. So in short – get                   Stars and Stripes and other media recently      decision to recall drugs in the interest of taking
                                                          out and see your clinic, have some                            reported that drug makers are voluntarily          care of our youth. With the cold season
                                                          refreshments, and find out how you can get                    recalling children’s cold medicine from the        rapidly approaching, I caution parents to read
         Kiara Clark                                      medical support from the Vilseck clinic.                      shelves. The concern was based on a recent         instructions carefully and when in doubt check
          (Ansbach)                                                                                                     government warning that parents could              with you heath care provider. Let’s continue to
        “T.R.L. (Total                                    Outdoor Recreation                                            inadvertently overdose their children on drug      take care of our youth and keep this
     Request Live),                                          About a month ago, I had a birthday party                  medicine, particularly children at less than two   community the best place to live and serve in
  America’s Next Top                                      for my youngest son. We went to Outdoor Rec                   years of age.                                      Europe.
   Model, and C.S.I.                                      and rented a 20 ft. x 20 ft. tent, fest tables, and              The following recommendations should
                                                                                                                        help govern the use of childrens cold
                                                                                                                                                                                          Col. Brian T. Boyle
             Miami.”                                      chairs. What was amazing to me was how
                                                          cheap the rates were. With the winter season                  medicine.                                                         Commander, U.S. Army
                                                          coming, check out Outdoor Rec to reserve                            Do not use cough and cold products in
                                                                                                                        children under 2 years of age unless given                        Garrison Grafenwoehr
                           Linda Yarman
                           (Ansbach)
                           “Grey’s Anatomy,
                           House, and older
                           ones no longer on -
                                                          Americans thank military for service,
                           Seinfeld and
                           Frasier...”
                                                          won’t treat troops like Vietnam vets                         remember those dismal times tell me our troops      receiving end of his kindness,” she said.
                                                                                                                       won’t be treated that way again.                    “Made my day.”
                                                                                                                           These days, travelers migrate to those in          Another friend, whose husband is in Iraq,
          Jessica
        Fernandez
                                                                                    TANYA                              uniform at airports to shake their hands.
                                                                                                                       Hometown classrooms and churches send
                                                                                                                                                                           told me she ordered a case of her husband’s
                                                                                                                                                                           favorite brand of mustard from a store in his
        (Ansbach)
 “Grey’s Anatomy,
                                                                                    BIANK                              sundry items and homemade cards to Iraq.
                                                                                                                       And companies large and small give donations
                                                                                                                                                                           hometown.
                                                                                                                                                                              “They returned my money and sent me a
 C.S.I. Miami, and                                                                                                     and discounts to troops and their families.         case with a thank you letter for everything my
                                                                                                                           An Army wife friend told me of how a diner      Ronnie is doing,” she said. “I know it was just
   Prison Break.”
                                                                                                                       at another table picked up the tab for the 14       mustard, but it made me cry that they would do

                                                              M
                                                                       y husband always feels                          uniformed service members attending her             that for him. It really was a nice gesture.”
                                                                       uncomfortable when people thank                 husband’s farewell luncheon.                           A few weeks ago while on a trip to
                                                                       him for his military service. He                    “That wasn’t cheap,” she said. “I was greatly   California, I overheard a woman thank my
                                                          used to reply with something along the lines                 impressed by this man’s act of kindness.”           husband for his service.
                           Jodi Belcagr                   of: “You don’t need to thank me. I’m just                        An old friend, who is a military police            “Thank you,” he said with a smile.
                           (Ansbach)                      doing my job.”                                               officer in the Reserves, still smiles when she
                                                              I told him a better answer would be a simple                                                                    Tanya is a journalist and syndicated
                           “E.R.; Ghost                                                                                thinks of the customer who paid for her cup of      columnist with CinChouse.com. Tanya’s book
                                                          thank you.                                                   coffee at a gas station. The men left before she
                           Whisperer, when it                                                                                                                              “Army Wives” is the basis for the Lifetime TV
                                                              “When people thank you for your service,                 could say thank you.
                           is on; and Japa-               they are expressing appreciation for all our                                                                     drama “Army Wives.” As a journalist she has
                           nese Animation on              service members,” I said. “Be gracious, and                      “A complete stranger whom I will never          traveled around the world with troops. Tanya is
                           DVD for my                     accept their gratitude.”                                     know, loves our troops, and I was on the            an Army brat and Army wife.
                           daughter.”                         I meet and hear from people across the
                                                          country. With the exception of the man who
                                                          told me my husband was an Iraqi baby killer,
                                                          Americans I’ve met — liberals, conservatives
                                                          and everyone in between — recognize our
       Tonya Norris                                       troops’ service and sacrifice. Having an
           (Ansbach)                                      American public distinguish war politics from
    “Grey’s Anatomy,                                      war service is significant, considering our
     Lost, and C.S.I.”                                    nation is drastically divided over Iraq.
                                                              The imprint of Vietnam still mars our
                                                          national conscience, and few have forgotten
                                                          how young Americans took their frustrations
                                                          with the war out on our troops. People who                                         Cartoon by Taylor Nattress: 5th Grade, Grafenwoehr Elementary



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Know emergency numbers, be aware                                                                                                                                                     Spotlight
                                                                                                                                                                                        on
                                                                                                                                                                                     Education
of surroundings when on the road           witness                                     kilometer marker (a white sign located young Soldier knocked out a little sign
by BILYANA ATOVA
                                                   Explain what happened and if        every half-kilometer) can mean the in the traffic circle and drove away
Bavarian News
                                           people are injured                          difference between life and death for without reporting it to the 1-1-0
    The best time to prepare for an                List the casualties and their       an injured victim.                          number or the MPs.
emergency is before it happens.            condition                                       And while serious accidents                Leaving the scene of an automobile
    In Germany, the two important                 The location of the accident. (If    require emergency response, Stopfer accident or witnessing an accident and
numbers to remember are 1-1-0 for the      it happened on a secondary road, and        said some minor vehicle accidents can driving away without stopping to give
police and 1-1-2 for the fire brigade.     you do not know where it is located,        be handled on the spot between the aid or report it is against the law.
    They are both free of charge and       read nearby road signs for the operator     drivers.                                       Stopfer said motorists should keep
“it does not matter which one you use,     or estimate your location based on              “One does not have to call the emergency numbers listed at home,
but 1-1-0 is the better one when it        where you left from and where you are       police at every accident,” he said.         on their cell phones, and in their
                                                                                                                                                                               Name: Cathy Lagasse



                                                                                                    ‘
                                                                                                    ‘
comes to car accidents,” said Werner       heading.)                                       If,      for                                             wallets.
Stopfer, the Weiden police                     “It is really useful to say where you   example, a              It happens often that forAnother option                         What grade /subject
commissioner.                              are coming from and where you are           motorist                                                              emergency         and where do you
    He explained that problems             going to,” stressed Stopfer. “For           scratches                people who call are                 response is calling
                                                                                                                                                                               teach? 4th grade
frequently arise when Americans call
to report automobile accidents.
                                           example, between Grafenwoehr and
                                           Eschenbach, there is just one road.”
                                                                                       a n o t h e r
                                                                                       vehicle in a           not able to give direc- the MPs, said Stopfer, especially        Hometown:
    “It happens often that people who          If motorists are aware of this simple   parking lot            tions (to the accident for families who live                     Rolla, N.D.
call are not able to give directions (to
the scene), especially people who just
(arrived in country),” said Stopfer.
    For those Americans who are
                                           fact, that will help emergency operators
                                           dispatch help as quickly as possible.
                                           Stopfer said all motorists, locals and
                                           foreigners, should be aware of the
                                                                                       and there are
                                                                                       only
                                                                                       p e o p l e
                                                                                       involved,
                                                                                                   two scene), especially people
                                                                                                                  who just (arrived
                                                                                                                                      ‘
                                                                                                                                      ‘             on post.
                                                                                                                                                       In addition to
                                                                                                                                                    serving
                                                                                                                                                    Germany’s
                                                                                                                                                                        as
                                                                                                                                                                      fire
                                                                                                                                                                               How long have you
                                                                                                                                                                               been a teacher?
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concerned about the language barrier,      surroundings; where they are located        Stopfer said                    in country).                 brigade emergency
Stopfer explained that emergency           in relation to where they work and live.    they         can                                             number, 1-1-2 serves       What do you like best
operators understand basic English             He also urged residents who call in     exchange                                                     as an international        about teaching?
and can call the military police for       accidents to stay on the phone until        personal                        Werner Stopfer               emergency number           The variety. It is never
further assistance.                        the operator has received all the           information                Weiden Police Commissioner        for all countries that     boring. You see changes
    If you are involved in or witness      information they need.                      w i t h o u t                                                are a part of the
an automobile accident, call 1-1-0 and                                                                                                                                         so much in the students. I
                                               If you are involved in or witness       calling the police.                         European Union. It is the most
provide the following information:         an accident on the Autobahn, Stopfer            It is, however, illegal to drive away important number for everyone                 can’t think of another job
       Your full name                      said letting an emergency operator          without reporting an accident planning to travel around Europe and                      I’d rather do.
       Whether you were involved in        know what signs you see, numbers            regardless of its size. Stopfer recalled it is free of charge from any telephone
the accident or whether you were a                                                                                                                                             What advice can you
                                           and names of exits, and the nearest         a case recently in Pressath in which a or mobile phone.                                 give students to help
                                                                                                                                                                               them succeed in

Smells like teen spirit in Wuerzburg                                                                                                                                           school? Read every day.
                                                                                                                                                                               Read as much as you
                                                                                                                                                                               can. Take advantage of
                                                                                                                                                                               the opportunities as they
Juniors host annual pageant during homecoming weekend                                                                                                                          come.

                                                                                       Story and photo by ROGER TEEL               Cadelinia, perhaps the most talented
                                                                                                                                   dancer, had the all-woman panel of
                                                                                       Bavarian News
                                                                                                                                   judges blushing at his antics.

                                                                                              I
                                                                                              n high school life, the tradition
                                                                                              of homecoming is perhaps the
                                                                                              most cherished and spirited of
                                                                                                                                      Contestants were then interviewed
                                                                                                                                   by onstage announcers Kaylah
                                                                                                                                   Cousin and Courtney Edwards, and
                                                                                                                                                                             2SCR
                                                                                                                                                                             Continued From Page 1
                                                                                       all.                                        also by 2006 Ms. Wuerzburg runner-
                                                                                           At Wuerzburg American High              up, Ms. Erica Flom. Feigning feminism,    said.
                                                                                       School, homecoming weekend was no           contestants were, uh, catty during           “What makes this special to me is
 Danny Osgood has                                                                      different, save that it was most likely                                               that this really validates how effective
                                                                                                                                   their interviews, and the audience of
    his eye lashes                                                                     the last for the school. But that is no     300 students, parents and supporters      we are working with the Iraqi Police in
         feathered                                                                     reason to stifle school spirit.             howled at their responses.                Sadr City,” Carter said.
     backstage by                                                                          The junior class-sponsored                 Judges Nancy Clayton, Elizabeth           The top Iraqi Police official present
 sophomore Jessie                                                                      Spaghetti Dinner and Ms. Wuerzburg          Walker, and Joanne Edwards narrowed       at the school visit, Brig. Gen. Ali
            Brown.                                                                     Pageant kicked off homecoming Oct.          their lists before naming Ms.             Ibrahim Daboun, commander of the 8th
                                                                                       18.                                         Wuerzburg and two runners up.             Brigade, 2nd Iraqi National Police
                                                                                           An annual fund-raiser, the                  “Since there won’t be a school here   Division, said he was also pleased by
                                                                                       pageant features school athletes            next year, this year’s Ms. Wuerzburg      cooperation between the Iraqi
                                                                                       taking a turn on the catwalk, in drag.      will wear the crown FOREVER!”             government, the Iraqi Security Forces,
                                                                                           The event has been a staple for         announcer Edwards explained before        and the U.S. military.
                                                                                       many years, “as long as anyone can          the coronation.                              He said he hoped that the school
                                                                                       remember” claimed the event program            With that, senior AJ Miles was         improvement program would show the
                                                                                       text.                                       crowned Ms. Wuerzburg 2007. Also          2.5 million residents of Sadr City that
                                                                                           Decked out in borrowed evening          in the running were: Cadelinia,           they are a priority of the Iraqi
                                                                                       wear, 10 athletes performed short skits     Sebastian Casteneda, Lewis M’bote,        Government.
                                                                                       to showcase their talent (or lack of it).   Bryant Milliard, Daniel Osgood,              “In the past, they were neglected,
                                                                                       Some lip-synched songs, but most            Bryant Pingo, Patrick Smith, Daniel       but the new government will serve
                                                                                       danced, or attempted to. Edwin              Soto-Perez, and Ben Snyder.               them,” he said.


Robotics students get first-hand experience with EOD machinery
Continued From Page 1                                     “It can be hard to control if you don’t know
   Henry invited the 702nd EOD to come do a           how to do it, but it’s really fun,” Edwards said.
demonstration for her class to show them robots           Edwards said he was thinking about possibly
with different functions.                             joining the EOD team. He said his brother was
   The EOD team brought three robots, each of         the one that got him interested in robotics to
a different age with drastically different            begin with.
capabilities. The oldest, from 1991, was a 700-           “My brother had a robotics kit, and he
pound Remote Ordnance Neutralization System.          showed me all these gears,” he said.
The other two were much smaller, weighing                 Amber Holland, in seventh grade, also tried
approximately 100 pounds each.                        out a few of the robots.
   The PacBot and the Talon are also much                 “I think it’s cool how you’re in one room and
newer models with more sophisticated                  the robot and camera is way over there, and you
technology, emerging in 2000 and 2002                 can still see,” Holland said.
respectively.                                             Holland, who said she may join the military
   After a short explanation of some of the           later to help pay for college and gain experience,
history and what the robots are used for, Sgt.        said she still wants to work with robots.
Kristin Butcher handed the controls over to the           “I think programming it is cool because we
kids.                                                 can go on the computer to change it. With the
   “We’re here for them (the students) to see         project we are working on in class, the objective
the other robots out there and encourage them         is to knock over these cans,” she said.
to keep studying,” Butcher said. “I’m happy               Butcher said that the Talon robot has a very
these guys are having fun, are entertained, and       practical use for her.
are learning.”                                            “So many times in Iraq this Talon robot saved
   Each of the students had a chance to try to        me or my team from getting killed,” she said.                                                                                        Photo by Katie Cowart
operate the robots. Eighth-grader Remington           “This (demonstration) is a great opportunity to        After mastering the controls himself, GMS eighth-grader Derrick Lomonaco helps
Edwards tried out the big RONS robot.                 learn about the military and the future of robots.”    seventh-grader Thomas Leming learn the ropes of the 700-pound RONS robot.

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AAFES announces holiday hours                                                                                                                                             Mailing
AAFES news release
    The Army & Air Force Exchange
                                           Food Court Holiday Hours
                                        effective Nov. 12:                                                                                                              meat leads
Service Grafenwoehr Main Store,           Mon-Thur: 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Food Court, and Concession Mall is
adjusting opening dates effective
Monday and will be open for normal
                                          Fri-Sat:

                                        Robbins)
                                                        10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
                                          (Charley’s, Subway & Baskin                                                                                                     to $100
current business hours 10 a.m. to 7       Fri-Sat:      10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
p.m.
    New extended holiday hours that
will go into effect Nov. 12 at the
                                          (Popeye’s and Taco Bell)
                                          Sun:          11 a.m.-7 p.m.                                                                                                  fines, more
Grafenwoehr Main Store, Food Court,       Mainstreet X-presso! Holiday                                                                                                  by ROBERT SZOSTEK
and Concession Mall will take effect    Hours effective Nov. 12:                                                                                                        U.S. European Command Customs
as follows:                               Mon-Fri:      7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
    PX and Mall Holiday Hours             Sat:          8 a.m.-8 p.m.                                                                                                       Many U.S. personnel in Europe
effective Nov. 12:                        Sun:          10 a.m.-7 p.m.                                                                                                  have received a $100 fine from the
                                                                                                                                         Photo by Paula Guzman
    Mon-Thur: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.                                                                                                                                            Bureau of Customs and Border
    Fri-Sat:     10 a.m.-9 p.m.             **Dec. 24 all facilities will close   The extended AAFES hours will allow customers more time to                            Protection because they mailed
    Sun:         11 a.m.-7 p.m.         at 4 p.m.**                               shop throughout the holiday season.                                                   packages of wurst, ham, or pâté to
                                                                                                                                                                        America.
                                                                                                                                                                            However, infestations of animal

AWAG conference strengthens volunteers,                                                                                                                                 disease cost the U.S. taxpayer millions
                                                                                                                                                                        of dollars each year.
                                                                                                                                                                            It is illegal to import red meats and
                                                                                                                                                                        sausage into the USA without U.S.
                                                                                                                                                                        Department of Agriculture approval.

annual event filled with forums, food, fun
Special to the Bavarian News            forums, and fun door prizes.              mission, is to bring together speakers,   volunteers, leads volunteers, or is
                                                                                                                                                                        CBP routinely checks packages from
                                                                                                                                                                        overseas, often with dogs trained to
                                                                                                                                                                        sniff out food.
                                                                                                                                                                            Trying to “sneak” meats into the
                                           “There may even be a few               community leaders and volunteers for      interested in volunteering to attend        country is a crime and it is worth
   “AWAG is not just for women          surprises thrown in, just to keep you     a one-day, area conference that           this event,” she said. “It is a wonderful
anymore, you might even be a                                                                                                                                            remembering this as you prepare your
                                        guessing,” said Davidson.                 focuses on topics such as:                opportunity to strengthen and enhance       holiday shopping list later this year.
member without knowing it! If you          AWAG has been educating the                  How to Raise Money for Your         your abilities, and to network with
volunteer anywhere or for any                                                                                                                                               “All packages mailed to the USA
                                        volunteer force in Europe since 1946.     FRG,                                      others in the community.                    must have a customs declaration,”
organization, you are automatically a      The organization has it’s origins in         Leadership,                             “This day-long conference is just
member,” said Juliet Davidson,                                                                                                                                          said William Manning, USDA attaché
                                        Germany, which had the largest                  Public Speaking,                    a small taste of what is to come in         to the U.S. European Command. “In
American Women’s Activities,            command force of the time, but today            How to Recruit and Keep Your        May,” said Davidson, referring to the
Germany Chairwoman.                                                                                                                                                     many cases, people falsely list the
                                        has expanded to serve all branches of     Volunteers,                               annual AWAG conference that will            contents of packages.
   “And, as a member, you can           the military with chapters not only             Flea Market Shopping, and           bring representatives from throughout           “Willfully trying to import
participate in AWAG’s upcoming          throughout Germany, but also in the             Living and Traveling in Europe      Europe together in May 2008 in              anything into the USA, without
personal       and     professional     United Kingdom, Italy, and the               “There is something for everyone,      Garmisch.                                   declaring it, is smuggling and carries
development conference,” she said.      Benelux areas.                            since each area has its own                   For more information or to register     very stiff penalties and fines,” he said.
   This year ’s Oberpfalz area             Organized to oversee charitable        representatives who are responsible       for this event, contact Roseanna            “To aid in the fight against pests and
conference will be held Nov. 17 from    and welfare activities shortly after      for organizing their individual           Cintron or Dee Dee Koch, AWAG               diseases in the USA, we must all do
8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the CATC,     World War II, the AWAG mission            conference. The (area representatives)    Oberpfalz area representatives at           our part. We can all start by honoring
Bldgs. 355, 378, and 379, in Vilseck,   today is to train, strengthen, and        tend to tailor the speakers and topics    oberpfalz@awag.us                      or   our import laws. It’s the right thing to
Germany.                                connect       volunteers,        their    to meet the needs of the community        oberpfalz1@awag.us or log on to the         do.”
   The $20 registration fee includes    organizations, and their communities.     they represent,” explained Davidson.      AWAG Web site at: www.awag.us and               Call a military customs office in
a light breakfast, lunch, speaker          One way AWAG accomplishes this            “We encourage everyone who             click on the Oberpfalz link.                Grafenwoehr/Vilseck at DSN 476-
                                                                                                                                                                        2105 CIV 09662-83-2105, Hohenfels
                                                                                                                                                                        DSN 466-2012 CIV 09472-83-2012,
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                                                                                                             Pick up the next edition Oct. 31.

                                                                                                          AFN Bavaria Radio Frequencies                    Grafenwoehr          1107      101.4

                                                              Look for AFN online                          Town                AM         FM               Hohenfels            1485        89.4
                                                              at www.afneurope.net/                       Amberg               1107      90.0              Nuremberg                      107.4
                                                              bavaria, or on the
                                                                                                          Chiemsee                       90.3              Katterbach                     107.4
                                                              radio!
                                                                                                          Garmisch             1485      90.3              Vilseck              1107      107.6
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Community mourns Soldier who saw                                                                                                                           Find out where to
                                                                                                                                                             get inclement
 ‘the reward of fighting for freedom’
USAG Grafenwoehr Public Affairs
                                                                                                                                                             weather info
                                                      an infantryman and attended One Station Unit factories for explosive-formed projectiles.
    The Vilseck community gathered for a
memorial ceremony Thursday to honor a 2d
Stryker Cavalry Regiment Soldier who gave his
                                                      Training at Fort Benning, Ga.                        “The Dragoons are methodically clearing
                                                         He arrived at Fort Lewis, Wash., Feb. 10, each mulhalla, or small neighborhood, house-
                                                      2006, and was assigned to Company B, 1st by-connected house, and have captured over 40
                                                                                                                                                           before it’s needed
life in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.           Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment. On July 24, terrorists,” said Rickard.                            Special to the Bavarian News
                                                      2006, he completed the                                                      He said Geiger saw



                                                                              ‘
                                                                              ‘
    Spc. Wayne M. Geiger, 23, of Lone Pine,
                                                      re-stationing move to                                                    the productive and              Community members can tune into AFN’s
Calif., died Oct. 18 from
wounds sustained when                                 Vilseck, Germany, and           (Geiger saw) Iraqis going often prosaic gifts of                     live shows on AM for weather warnings, road
an improvised explosive                               was
                                                      Company
                                                               assigned
                                                                     H,
                                                                             to
                                                                            3rd       to work, going to school, democracy— going to
                                                                                                                               going to work,
                                                                                                                                                “Iraqis    conditions, delays, and closures.
                                                                                                                                                               “The information we air concerning roads
device detonated near his
vehicle in Baghdad, Iraq.                             Squadron, 2SCR.                going to mosques, paying school, going to                             and schools comes straight from the (emergency
Geiger was assigned to
the 3rd Squadron, 2SCR
in Vilseck, Germany.
                                                         “Faith and pride in
                                                      our mission and each
                                                      other enable our Soldiers
                                                      to stare down danger
                                                                                        bills, buying groceries,
                                                                                       trying to live their lives.
                                                                                                                   ‘
                                                                                                                   ‘           mosques, paying bills,
                                                                                                                               buying groceries,
                                                                                                                               trying to live their
                                                                                                                               lives.
                                                                                                                                                           operations center) and, as per (U.S. Army
                                                                                                                                                           Garrison Grafenwoehr Commander) Col. Brian
                                                                                                                                                           Boyle’s guidance, it is announced every five to
                                                                                                                                                           severn minutes,” said AFN Bavaria’s Broadcast
    “Those of us who
knew Wayne had uniform                                each day on patrol and                                                      “Cpl. Geiger saw         Operations Director Tony McKinney in an e-
respect and admiration for                            not blink,” said Rickard.                 Maj. Tom Rickard
                                                                                                     Tom Rickar
                                                                                                              ard              first-hand the great        mail to the Bavarian News.
his sense of humor,                                   “Faith and pride in our            2SCR Rear Detachment Commander        reward of fighting for          “During the winter months, our morning
athletic prowess, and Geiger                          mission and each other                                                   basic human freedoms        show runs from 5-10 a.m. and the afternoon
dedication to his duties as                           enable us in this community to grieve Cpl. and the progress of a fledgling democracy,” said          show from 2-6 p.m.,” he said.
a Soldier,” said Maj. Tom Rickard, 2SCR rear          Geiger’s death, knowing that his life had Rickard. “He did his duty, superbly, and we are                Outside of the live shows, he said AFN will
detachment commander during the memorial              incredible purpose. He defended freedom for eternally grateful.                                      continue to run weather related information
ceremony at the Vilseck Post Chapel.                  those who could not.                                 “Let those here today never forget Cpl.         through their automated system. That is,
    “He was born to serve. His father, Randy, is         “Our regiment has punctured the heart of the Wayne Geiger or the warriors of our regiment         recorded messages will run throughout the day
a lieutenant in the Inyo County, Calif., Sherriff’s   Al-Qaida stronghold in the East Rashid, Hadar, who gave their lives doing their duty for the right   on both AM and FM.
Department. His mother, Kim, is a sheriff’s           and Doura districts,” he continued. “In fewer reason of providing freedom,” said Rickard.                Community members can also visit their Web
department civil officer. He was raised right by      than eight weeks, Cpl. Geiger and his Dragoon “May God bless their families, this regiment,          site for up-to-date information. Visit
a family with tremendous faith and pride in our       teammates found over 100 improvised explosive and the United States of America.”                     www.afneurope.net/bavaria and click on “Road
nation,” said Rickard.                                devices in the Hadar district and over 20            Geiger is survived by his parents, Randall      Conditions and School Closures,” which will
    Geiger joined the Army on Oct. 13, 2005, as       weapons caches, including bomb-making and Kimberly, and his sister Jessica.                          take you to the USAREUR G-3 site.
                                                                                                                                                               “Our experience is that this site is always
                                                                                                                                                           up-to-date,” he said.
                                                                                                                                                               AFN Bavaria’s current frequencies (also
                                                                                                                                                           listed on the Web site) are as follows:

                                                                                                                                                              Town        AM       FM
                                                                                                                                Joint
                                                                                                                                                              Amberg      1107     90.0
                                                                                                                                Multinational                 Chiemsee             90.3
                                                                                                                                Readiness                     Garmisch    1485     90.3
                                                                                                                                Center,                       Grafenwoehr 1107     101.4
                                                                                                                                Headquarters and              Hohenfels   1485     89.4
                                                                                                                                Headquarter                   Vilseck     1107     107.6
                                                                                                                                Company,                      Nuremberg, Katterbach 107.4
                                                                                                                                Blacksheep
                                                                                                                                Operations
                                                                                                                                Group celebrates
                                                                                                                                winning the top
                                                                                                                                                           Pay attention to
                                                                                                                                team honors at
                                                                                                                                the 2007 U.S.
                                                                                                                                Forces-Europe
                                                                                                                                                           shipping details
                                                                                                                                Combat Cross
                                                                                                                                Country Oct. 13
                                                                                                                                held at
                                                                                                                                                            to get holiday
                                                                                                                                Hohenfels.

                                                                                                                                Photos by
                                                                                                                                                           packages on time
                                                                                                                                Michelle Bragg             Continued From Page 1
                                                                                                                                                           and people (don’t get their packages until)
                                                                                                                                                           January. If you order it now, you won’t have
                                                                                                                                                           this problem.”
                                                                                                                                                               He said this is timely advice for an
 Hohenfels units dominate 2007 U.S. Forces                                                                                                                 increasingly large community of online
                                                                                                                                                           shoppers, and especially those who are looking
                                                                                                                                                           forward to the post-Thanksgiving Christmas
                                                                                                                                                           sales. He said one of the most important things
Europe Combat Cross Country Championship                                                                                                                   to remember when Web shopping is to specify
                                                                                                                                                           your method of shipment. He advised shoppers
                                                                                                                                                           to choose priority or express mail as their
by BILL CRAVEN                                            Sgt. Trisha Baize also from Hohenfels, HHC                                                       timeliest options. Don’t assume your orders will
                                                      JMRC OPS Group Blacksheep, won the                                                                   be shipped priority, he said.
USAG Hohenfels Sports Programmer
                                                      women’s event in a time of 31:18.                                                                        “It takes an average of two weeks for
    U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels and Morale,              Although many of the runners finished with                                                       priority mail to come,” Pietrzak said “but one
Welfare and Recreation Sports hosted the 2007         times that may not have reflected the difficulty                                                     has to be careful, most companies are going to
U.S. Forces-Europe Combat Cross Country Oct.          of the course, competitors said the course was,                                                      send it the cheapest way unless you specify.”
13 at Hohenfels, playing host to 37 participants.     in fact, very challenging.                                                                               For those who prefer to use space available
    The event took place on a 5K course that ran          Vanausdoll noted that he and several                                                             shipment, Pietrzak said “with the season
through many of the same trails that are used         members from his unit run parts of this course                                                       coming up it can take up to 45 days (for a
for the annual Mountain Bike Run.                     daily, including the very steep 150-yard uphill                                                      package to come),” Pietrzak said.
    And although the weather was ideal for this       climb that starts around the 3K mark on the                                                              The reason? Peitrzak said mail flow
event, it was no ordinary 5K “Fun Run” on a           course, which may have contributed to the fast                                                       increases astronomically during the holidays,
dirt road through the woods.                          times.                                                                                               and “with so much more priority mail, there
    The course was extremely challenging with             It is difficult to imagine, but the hills, as                                                    will not be room enough for space available.
rugged terrain throughout the entire race. The        challenging as they are, are what he enjoyed                                                             Add to that Grafenwoehr’s continually
race was anticipated to be more difficult than        most about the course.                                                                               swelling population, which is expected to
these athletes made it look, with the leaders             Home field advantage? Perhaps, but one                                                           double within the next few years, and the mail
crossing the finish line more than 10 minutes         thing is clear; these athletes demonstrated                                                          dilemma is clear.
quicker than expected.                                outstanding conditioning, drive, and fortitude                                                           “And be careful with free shipping,” said
    The first place finisher was 36-year-old          and truly represented the Army’s finest athletes                                                     Pietrzak. Again, don’t assume that just because
Master Sgt. Matthew Vanausdoll from the Joint         throughout the event.                                                                                it is free, it will be shipped priority. Also, he
Military Readiness Center, Headquarters and               The top 3 Team Awards for the event were:                                                        said shoppers should check to make sure the
Headquarter Company, Blacksheep Operations                                                                                                                 items they order are in stock. The wait for items
Group from Hohenfels, who completed the                  1ST Place - HHC 1/4 Infantry with 38 total                                                        that are on back-order can double a customer’s
course with a time of 23:27, almost two minutes       points, USAG Hohenfels                              Master Sgt. Matthew Vanausdoll from the          wait time.
ahead of the field.                                                                                       Joint Multinational Readiness Center,                Pietrzak suggested online shoppers track
    Bamberg’s Sgt. Yuri Armstrong, from                 2ND Place - HHC JMRC OPS Group                                                                     their orders so that if they do not arrive, the
                                                      Blacksheep with 55 total points, USAG               Headquarters and Headquarters
Headquarters & Headquarters Detachment 38th                                                                                                                customer can contact the company in enough
Personnel Service Battalion finished second           Hohenfels                                           Company, Blacksheep Operations Group             time to have it reshipped.
with a time of 25:17 followed by 2nd Lt. Jared                                                            won individual honors at the 2007 U.S.               The same rules apply for packages received
Tomberlin from B Co. 1/4 Infantry, Hohenfels             3RD Place - B Co. 1/4 Infantry, with 78 total    Forces-Europe Combat Cross Country               from friends and families. The sooner they are
with a time of 25:21.                                 points, USAG Hohenfels                              Oct. 13 held at Hohenfels.                       shipped, the better.
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Outdoor
Recreation
ODR SUMMER PRICE LIST                                              Party Equipment
                                                                                               Day   W-end Week
                                                                                                                                       For cabins and party room rental a $50 security / key deposit is
                                                                                                                                       required in addition to rental fee.
*** Prices are listed in U.S. dollars***                           Balls (diff. sports)        1     2       5                         Deposit will be returned if no discrepancies are found.
Camping Equipment                                                  Badminton (V)               3     5       10
                           Day       W-end   Week                  Dunking Booth (V)           50    70      125
Backpack (S)               2         3       6                     Jumping Castle (G)          50    80      125
                                                                                                                                       ODR WINTER PRICE LIST
Backpack (L)               3         5       15                    Horseshoe set               3     5       10                        *** Prices are listed in U.S. Dollars***
Camping Kit (3p)*          25        40      80                    Volleyball set (net, ball) 7      10      20                        Alpine Skiing
Camping Kit (5p) **        30        50      90                    Softball set               5      8       21                                                   Day      W-end Week
                                                                       (Bat, glove, and ball)                                          Ski Set (Skis & Boots)     15       30      50
Cook Stove (2 burner)       5       8        10                    Softball glove or bat      1      2       5                         Ski Set w/ Pants           20       40      60
Cook Set                     3      4        8                     Tug-O-War rope (V)         2      3       8                         Skis                       10       15      30
Cot                          2      4        8                     Portable Climbing Wall-Call Graf ODR for info.                      Boots                      7        11      15
Ice Chest                    4      6        12                                                                                        Poles                      3        6       8
Lantern                      3      5        10                    Water Sport Equipment                                               Helmet                  *** F      R E      E ***
Propane Space Heater (G) 5          8        10                                               Day      W-end   Week                    Jacket                     8        10      15
Sleeping Bag                 3      5        10                    Canoe*                     15       25     50                       Pants                      6        8       12
Sleeping Pad                 1      2        4                     Life Jacket                3        5       12                      Suits                     10        15      20
Tent (2-4 Man)               8      14       29                    John boat*                 10       20      30                      Children under 12 years receive ½ off Ski equipment price.
Tent (4-6 Man)               11     18       36                    White Water Kayak*         20       30      55
Tent (6-8 Man) (V)           10     17       34                    Sea Kayak*                 20       30      55                      Snowboarding
Tent (7-9 Man) (G)           12     19       38                    Wet Suit                   3        5       10                                                Day     W-end Week
Water Jug (S)                2      4        8                     Raft (6-8 Man) (G)         25       50    100                       Board & Boots             20      30      50
Table, Picnic folding (V) 6         9        18                                                                                        Board, Boots & Suit       25      40      60
Water Jug (L)                3      5        9                     * Life vest, helmet, paddles, paddle jacket, dry bag and wet suit   Boards                   15       30      50
Fest Table w/ Benches 3             5        12                    are included.                                                       Boots                     7       11      15
Party Set (5 sets fest tables) 10   20       40                                                                                        Children under 12 receive ½ off Snowboard equipment price.
                                                                   Scuba Equipment
* 3 Person camping set includes: 5 man tent, 3 sleeping bags, 3                             Day        W-end    Week                   Cross Country
sleeping pads, stove, lantern and cook set.                        01 Mask                  1          2        4                                                Day      W-end    Week
                                                                   02 Snorkel               50         1        2                      Nordic Ski Set            10       15       30
** 5 Person camping set includes: 5 man tent, 5 sleeping bags, 5   03 Fins with booties     2          3        6                      Nordic Skis               6        12       20
sleeping pads, stove, lantern and cook set.                        04 Booties               1          2        4                      Nordic Ski Boots          5        8        12
                                                                   05 Gloves                1          2        4                      Nordic Ski Poles          3        6        8
Canopies w/ Sidewalls                                              06 Diver’s Knife         1          2        3
                Day         W-end   Week                           07 Wet Suit              5          9        15                     Other Equipment
15’ x 15’ (G)   15          30      60                             08 U/W Light             2          3        6                                                Day     W-end Week
20’ x 20’       25          50      100                            09 BCD                   4          7        12                     Ski/Boarding Pants        6       8        12
20x20’ Frame (V) 45         70      120                            10 Regulator, oct & gauge 8         15       25                     Ice Skates, Figure        3       6        8
20x20’Frame (G) 45          70      120                               Panel w/ comp.                                                   Ice Skates, Hockey        4       6        10
20’ x 30’       30          60      120                            11 Tank 101 or 151       5          7        10                     Sled                      4       6        10
20’ x 40’       35          65      125                            12 Weights & Belts       1          2        4                      Children under 12 years receive ½ off Winter equipment price.
40’ x 40’ (G)               100     150                            13 Dry Suit & underwear 9           16       25                     Seasonal (Includes Maintenance)
40’ x 60’ (G)               125     175                            14 U/W Scooter           6          10       15                     Oct 07-April 08 (Free monthly maintenance mandatory)
                                                                   15 Scooter Battery       2          2        2
BBQ Grills                                                         16 U/W Camera            6          10       15                                               Adult     Kids under 12
                         Day        W-end    Week                  17 Dive Computer         5          8        14                     Alpine Ski Set            199      99
Medium Grill             15         20       60                                                                                        Nordic Ski Set            75       40
Large Grill (w/wheels)(G) 20        35       75                    ITEMS 9-18 CAN ONLY BE RENTED                                       Snowboard Set             239
Trailer Grill (V)        20         40       80                    TO CERTIFIED SCUBA DIVERS ONLY.
                                                                   Special Offer                                                       Family Rental Rates. First two family members pay full price.
Bicycle Equipment                                                  Basic Scuba Set            20*      30*      40                     Additional family members pay half price each. Special is valid
                            Day     W-end    Week                   Dry Suit Set              25*      35*      50                     for rentals and Arber trips only. No accumulation of discounts.
Touring Bike                10      14       20                    * 2 Tanks are included
Mountain Bike               10      14       20                    *** Prices are listed in U.S. Dollars***                            Maintenance
* Helmet                    1       2        4                     Facilities                                                                                  Ski    Snowboard
                                                                   CABIN                               Day      Week                   Edging & Waxing         12    13
* Helmet is included in Equipment Issue Pricing                    2 Bedroom (V)                       75       360                    Base Repair             8-15  12-20
ODR SUMMER PRICE LIST                                              3 Bedroom (V)                       85       420                    Wax                     7     10
*** Prices are listed in U.S. dollars***                                                                                               Edge                    7     9
                                                                   PAVILIONS                           SM       LG                     Binding Mounting        15    15
                                                                   B. Mike, L. Mike, Logsdon           20       30                     Binding Removal         5     5
                                                                   Dickhauter                          30       60                     Plugging                4     4
                                                                                                                                       Express Service (Same Day) $5 Extra
                                                                   Party Room (V)                      60
                                                                   Campground, RV (water/elect)        10                              Seasonal Items
                                                                   Campground (per tent)               7                                                          Day
                                                                                                                                       Santa Suit                10


                                                                                                                                       Eagle Accomplishment
                                                                                                                                       The Boy Scouts of America conducted an Eagle Scout
                                                                                                                                       Court of Honor at Grafenwoehr, Germany, on Saturday
                                                                                                                                       to advance two boys of Troop 261 to the highest rank
                                                                                                                                       in Scouting. Johnny L. Bonar Jr, 16, son of John and
                                                                                                                                       Pam Bonar, and Calvin J. Van Patten, 15, son of James
                                                                                                                                       and Carmen Van Patten recited the Pledge of the Eagle
                                                                                                                                       Scout, administered by the Edelweiss District Chairman
                                                                                                                                       Jean Boyle. Both boys, who advanced through the
                                                                                                                                       Scouting program at Grafenwoehr, completed all
                                                                                                                                       requirements which culminated with an Eagle Scout
                                                                                                                                       Leadership Service Project and an arduous board of
                                                                                                                                       review. Bonar’s project was a nativity scene stable for
                                                                                                                                       the post chapel and Van Patten’s project was the local
                                                                                                                                       prisoner of war cemetery. The event was well attended
                                                                                                                                       and included special presentations from Brig. Gen.
                                                                                                                                       David Hogg, commanding general of the 7th Army Joint
                                                                                                                                       Multi-national Training Command, the local Veteran of
                                                                                                                                       Foreign Wars, the Edelweiss District Executive Karen
                                                                                                                                       Meier, and recognition from President and Mrs. Bush,
                                                                                                                                       Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling, commanding general of the
                                                                                                                                       1st Armored Division, and Boys Scouts of America
                                                                                                                                       Leadership.
10 Bavarian News                                                                                 Medical                                                                                       October 31, 2007




Flu vaccine available at Bavaria clinics
by ANNE TORPHY                                   members and other authorized beneficiaries will             a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.; Thursday 1-5 p.m.;            Members of the active force can expect to
Special to the Bavarian News                     be offered influenza vaccine afterwards.                    Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Questions call CIV 09641-        receive additional information from their units.
                                                    Currently, the USAMEDDAC Bavaria                         83-7426, or DSN 475-4726.                                Instead of the familiar injection, many in
    The influenza vaccine has arrived in Europe consists of the health clinic in Wuerzburg on                   Hohenfels: To be announced at a later date.        Europe will receive a nasal mist.
and is being distributed to Army medical clinics Leighton Barracks; and seven outlying health                   Illesheim: Walk-in appointments. Monday,              Known commercially as FluMist®, this
throughout Europe, according to Col. Theresa                            clinics     supporting               Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 9-11:30 a.m. and        vaccine is recommended for most people aged
Moser, chief of the                                                     40,000 Soldiers and                  1-3:30 p.m.; Wednesday 9-11:30 a.m. Questions         2-49. For those who should not receive the nasal
Force Health Protection                                                 Family members in                    call CIV 09841-83-5112 or DSN 467-5112.               mist, other forms of vaccination may be offered.
Office,         Europe                                                  Bavaria, Germany. The                   Katterbach: Walk-in appointments                      The type of vaccine an individual receives
Regional       Medical                                                  clinics are located in               beginning tomorrow. Monday, Tuesday,                  will depend on age and contributing health
Command. She has                                                        Bamberg, Grafenwoehr,                Wednesday and Friday 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4          factors, such as pregnancy or pre-existing
oversight of this year’s                                                Hohenfels, Illesheim,                p.m.; Thursday 1-4 p.m. Questions call CIV            allergies, says Col. William Corr, ERMC’s
immunization program.                                                   K a t t e r b a c h ,                09802-83-3284 or DSN 467-3284.                        preventive medicine consultant.
    The       Bavarian                                                  Schweinfurt, Vilseck,                   Schweinfurt: Walk-in appointments already             Parents are strongly urged to seek the
Medical Command has                                                     and Wuerzburg.                       available. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday           immunization for their children. Infants are more
scheduled dates of                                                         The flu vaccine                   2-5:30 p.m. in the basement of the Health Clinic      likely to develop severe health problems should
immunization for all                                                    schedule for the Family              – bring shot records. Questions call CIV 09721-       they contract the flu, and young children are
eight clinics in the                                                    members and other                    96-6378 or DSN 354-6378.                              usually the carriers of influenza into families.
region.                                                Courtesy photo authorized beneficiaries                  Vilseck: Walk-in appointments beginning            Getting the flu vaccine helps protect the entire
    The         Europe While in the past most people have at the clinics is as                               Friday. Monday-Wednesday 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m.;            household.
Regional       Medical                                                  follows:                             Thursday 1-7:30 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.               In addition, take precautions, such as
Command has finalized received a flu shot, now most are eligible           Bamberg: Walk-in                  Questions call CIV 09662-83-2014 or DSN 476-          washing hands frequently, covering up coughs
plans to immunize for a nasal mist. The shot will remain appointments beginning                              2014.                                                 and sneezes, and keeping up a healthy diet.
personnel in an effort to available for those who need it.              Monday – Nov. 16.                       Wuerzburg: Friday, 4-6 p.m. Extended                  The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta
minimize the effects of                                                 Monday - Friday 8 a.m.-              hours for DoDDS, CYS, CDC, Commissary, PX             publishes guidelines for influenza vaccinations,
influenza during the coming winter months.       noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Closed weekends and                    employees; Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Family             and the Army will follow those guidelines in its
    Clinic commanders have been charged with holidays. Questions call CIV 0951-300-1750/                     members.                                              annual campaign.
focusing their early efforts on protecting the 7772.                                                            Another date may be added based on need.              For more information on influenza and the
active-duty force by scheduling mass                Grafenwoehr: Walk-in appointments                           This year’s goal is to immunize 95 percent         benefits of receiving the vaccination, visit
immunizations for units in their areas. Family beginning tomorrow. Monday–Wednesday 9                        of the Active Duty population by Dec. 31.             www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/vaccination/.



Physical therapy sees 300 percent increase in patient load
Story and photo by                           might lead to PT to contact their clinic   with the proper stretching and
MARK HEETER                                  and ensure they get started on a           strengthening exercises, so that can
Bavarian News                                treatment program, and she insists the     get people in sooner rather than later,”
                                             providers will be flexible if necessary.   she added, following an appointment
   By most business standards, a 300              “If we know of a situation,           fitting a patient with orthotics for
percent increase in customer base            especially if they’re post-operative,      shoes.
might be a good thing.                       and they can’t get into PT, you need           In addition, according to McLean,
   In the world of physical therapy          to leave a note. You need to tell us.      the 40 minutes per patient that she is
within the U.S. Army Europe, though,         We don’t know you exist until you          allotted for evaluation allows her to
that is the historical increase in patient   come to see us. We generally try to        get a deeper understanding of patients’
load following a deployment,                 make an arrangement,” even it means        lifestyles – and perhaps factors
according to Capt. Cyndi McLean,             during lunch or a late appointment,        contributing to other illnesses,
physical therapy consultant for the          McLean said. “Whatever needs to be         whether physical or something deeper.
Bavaria Medical Command.                     done.”                                         “I have walked several people
     “If you have pain in your joints,           Additionally, Army physical            down the hall (to other specialists,
bones, muscles, that sort of thing,          therapists are preventative specialists    such as mental health or social work
nerve problems, we are the go-to             and can offer classes to groups or get     services professionals), because some
people,” McLean said, explaining that        up informational displays or booths        of those aches and pains and joint
PT is the specialty of muscular-             at community events, she said.             things aren’t necessarily something
skeletal ailments.                               “We have typical classes on knee       that I can fix, because they’re not
   “We’re very effective pre-                pain, lower-back pain, and shoulder        muscular-skeletal related. It’s coming
operatively and post-operatively,” she       pain, because those are our top three;     from another spot. Still needs
said, emphasizing the latter as a focal      one, two, three, in that order,” she       treatment,” she said.
point for this year’s National Physical      said, referring to the chronic ailments        For more information about PT
Therapy Month of October.                    that bring patients to physical            throughout Bavaria and the services
   McLean urges patients who have            therapists.                                available, write McLean at                 Capt. Cyndi McLean, physical therapist consultant, fits a pair of
recently undergone an operation that             “They can be very easily addressed     Cynthia.mclean@us.army.mil.                orthotics on a patient’s foot.



     Grafenwoehr Pharmacy addresses                                                                          Tired of apples? Try tomatoes!
                                                                                                             Capt. CHERITA OGUNSANYA, RD, LD                       is more readily absorbed by the body.
      your frequently asked questions                                                                        Special to the Bavarian News
                                                                                                                 Most Americans are familiar with the term;
                                                                                                                                                                       Although there have been no nutritional
                                                                                                                                                                   recommendations made for the amount of
          What is the check-in procedure at            over-the-counter medication, take a number                                                                  lycopene that needs to be consumed, taking in
                                                                                                             “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”.               at least two eight oz glasses of tomato juice daily
   the USAHC-Grafenwoehr Pharmacy?                     from our electronic number system and                 Surprisingly, many people follow this statement
       Please take a number from our                   have a seat in the lobby with your ID card                                                                  greatly increases the amount of lycopene in the
                                                                                                             very closely. The premise behind this saying          body. Lycopene can also be found in other foods
   electronic call system in the main lobby            ready. If we do not have the OTC in stock,            comes from the fact that the apple is a multi-
   and have a seat. Watch for your number to           you may be able to purchase the item at                                                                     such as pink grapefruits, guava, and watermelon;
                                                                                                             nutrient containing fruit. It contains Vitamins       however, tomatoes have the richest source. One
   appear on the electronic screens. Once you          your local PX.                                        A, C, and dietary fiber.
   see your number, proceed to the designated                 If I run out of my medication before                                                                 of the highest sources of lycopene in tomato
                                                                                                                 These things are all thought to contribute to     products is found in spaghetti sauce. A serving
   window on the screen with your ID card.             my next appointment, can I get a                      the prevention and/or reduction of certain cancer
          What is the estimated wait time to           courtesy refill?                                                                                            size of 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce provides 28.1
                                                                                                             and disease risks. But as we all know, too much       milligrams of lycopene.
   be seen at the pharmacy window?                        Yes. We will give you enough to cover              of one thing (as beneficial as it may be) can
       The average wait is 10-15 minutes.              you until your appointment date. An                                                                             Below is a recipe for spaghetti sauce that is
                                                                                                             become very boring. In the case of apples, there      delicious as well as nutritious. Enjoy!
   Throughout the course of each day, waiting          appointment slip must be presented to                 are alternative fruits/vegetables that are just as
   time can be more or less than the average,          receive a courtesy refill.                            nutritious.
                                                                                                                                                                      Chicken Spaghetti Sauce
   depending upon workload.                                   Do I have to call in my refills?                   The tomato meets these criteria. Studies have        Ingredients:
          Can someone else pick up my                     Yes. Refill call-in is mandatory at all            shown that eating tomatoes or tomato products            1 c water
   prescriptions if I am not able to?                  USAHC-Grafenwoehr Pharmacies. Refill                  on a regular basis lessens the likelihood that           1 c chopped onion
       Yes. A family member or friend can              requests will not be processed at the                 persons will suffer from cancer, coronary heart          1 tsp. sugar
   pick up your prescription if they have your         windows. The refill call-in numbers are               diseases and other chronic illnesses. The “secret”       3/4 tsp. salt
   ID card or a copy of it, front and back.            DSN 486-5601 or CIV 00800-7446-2500.                  ingredient in tomatoes is lycopene. It is the            1 tbsp. chopped fresh or 1 tsp. dried oregano
          Can my prescriptions, written by             Refill instruction pamphlets can be picked            substance that gives tomatoes and other fruits/          2 tsp. chopped fresh or 3/4 tsp. dried basil
   an outside provider (local national), be            up at the pharmacy.                                   vegetables their red color. It is an antioxidant         1 clove crushed garlic
   filled at USAHC-Grafenwoehr?                               What is the difference between a               that has been proven to lower the risk of cancer         1 bay leaf
       ONLY if all requirements below are              refill and a renewal?                                 and heart disease. Antioxidants help prevent and         8 oz tomato sauce
   met:                                                   A refill is a current ongoing medication           repair the damaged cells.                                6 oz tomato paste
       1. Local national physician must be a           that you can receive over again without                    One Harvard study in particular reports up          1 1/2 c cut-up cooked chicken
   Tricare authorized provider                         seeing your provider. Manditory call-in to            to 34 percent risk reduction of cancer in those          5 c hot cooked spaghetti
       2. Prescription must be for a U.S. Drug         our automated system is required. A                   subjects who consumed at least one serving of            Heat water and all ingredients except chicken
   that is on the formulary                            renewal is a current ongoing medication               tomato-based product twice a week, as opposed         and spaghetti to boiling in a 10 in skillet; reduce
       3. Both quantity and directions must be         that the provider places in the system when           to those who did not consume it at all. In addition   heat. Cover and simmer 30 minutes, stirring
   written clearly in English                          your refills run out on your current                  to that factor, tomatoes are low in fat, calories,    occasionally. Stir in chicken.
          Can I get a cold pack from the               prescription. Renewals are picked up at the           are cholesterol free, and are a daily source of          Cover and simmer 30 minutes longer; stirring
   pharmacy?                                           pharmacy window as new prescriptions.                 fiber and vitamin C. This fact also holds true        occasionally. Remove bay leaf and serve over
       No. USAHC-Grafenwoehr Pharmacy                     We enjoy providing your pharmacy                   for tomato products (i.e. juice, sauce, paste, and    spaghetti.
   does not carry a standard cold pack. We do,         needs and look forward to seeing you in the           ketchup). The lycopene contained in tomato               Nutritional content per serving: 280 calories,
   however, carry a few over-the-counter               future. Further questions can be answered             products is actually used more efficiently than       17 grams protein, 4 grams fat, 30 milligrams
   items, in limited quantities, that are given        by calling DSN 475-7431 or CIV 09641-83-              raw tomatoes by the body. Because of the              cholesterol.
   for certain symptoms. In order to receive           7431 or simply ask at the window.                     temperature changes that occur during                    This recipe is taken from the files of Al Rice,
                                                                                                             processing, the lycopene converts to a form that      North Pole Alaska.
12     Bavarian News
                                                                                            Garmisch                                                                                        October 31, 2007




Marshall Center Library earns top honors
by ANNE FUGATE                                                                                                                                                   ministries, they continue to have access to library
Special to the Bavarian News                                                                                                                                     resources through the on-line Knowledge Portal.
                                                                                                                                                                 They can utilize the resources to prepare a report
    The Marshall Center Research Library was                                                                                                                     or analyze a situation. They wouldn’t have
honored as the best small library in the U.S.                                                                                                                    access to so many commercial database products
federal government during a ceremony at the                                                                                                                      without their (Knowledge Portal) password,”
Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Oct.                                                                                                                     Hampton said.
12.                                                                                                                                                                  “It might be statistical information or market
    The Library of Congress’ Federal Library and                                                                                                                 information or strategic security studies. It might
Information Center Committee annually                                                                                                                            come from databases that aggregate open source
recognizes both a large and a small library for                                                                                                                  journal literature or from databases developed
their innovation in meeting their customers’                                                                                                                     for a specific target audience, such as Jane’s
information needs.                                                                                                                                               Terrorism Insurgency Center database. A student
    The Marshall Center Research Library, with                                                                                                                   who knows how to use those resources to his
nine staff members, won the 2006 Federal                                                                                                                         advantage will be a much more valued player in
Library/Information Center of the Year award                                                                                                                     his country.”
in the small library category.                                                                                                                                       The library boasts 56,000 books, 350
    The FLICC awards, announced in June, were                                                                                                                    journals and newspapers and 15 electronic
presented by Librarian of Congress James H.                                                                                                                      databases, along with research training classes
Billington during the committee’s 24th annual                                                                                                                    and research assistance to help course
forum. In accepting the Marshall Center’s                                                                                                                        participants take advantage of those resources.
award, library director Marcy Hampton noted                                                                                                                      The library does business in the same three
how far-reaching the efforts of the staff are.                                                                                                                   languages in which the Center conducts its
    “This multi-lingual, multi-cultural group of                                                                                                                 residential courses, English, German, and
individuals transformed library services to a                                                                                                                    Russian.
diverse clientele from all over the world—                                                                                                                           One of the library’s major projects in 2006
Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia,                                                                                                                    was switching the catalog of its 22,000 Russian
and Africa. They rose to the challenge of                                                                                     Photo by Karlheinz Wedhorn
                                                       Marshall Center librarian Andrew Adaryukov (right) introduces participants in the                         titles from transliterated Russian to Cyrillic.
providing library support in three languages,                                                                                                                        “A Russian-speaking student wouldn’t
introduced new programs and efficiencies and           Program in Advanced Security Studies to on-line databases they have access to                             necessarily recognize the Latin letters that spell
enhanced services, despite their small numbers,”       not only while they are attending the course in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, but also                          out Pravda. For a student trying to research
Hampton said.                                          once they have graduated and returned to their own countries.                                             Russian-language titles, [the transliterated
    “I couldn’t be prouder of their achievements                                                                                                                 Russian] was tough,” Hampton said.
acknowledged by this award. It was simply the          the staff worked with more than 800 course          Marshall Center, but also back in their home              “Now, our Russian-language holdings can be
right group of people at the right time.”              participants from 80 countries.                     countries.                                            searched in Cyrillic. Our alumni in Russia or
    The Marshall Center Research Library serves           FLICC cited the library for its effectiveness,       It is just as important for course participants   the Ukraine can search our catalog, view a
military and civilian officials participating in the   versatility and dedication to its customers in      to know how to use the library’s resources once       journal article that looks interesting, request an
programs of the George C. Marshall European            carrying out a series of initiatives designed to    they leave the Marshall Center as when they are       inter-library loan or check out an electronic
Center for Security Studies, a U.S.-German             help program participants make the most of          in residence, according to Hampton.                   book. It is one of the ways we’re trying to serve
security and defense studies institute. In 2006        resources available to them not only at the             “When [participants] go home and are in their     our alumni.”



  ‘Tops in Blue’ perform in Garmisch                                                                                            Garmisch Players
                                                                                                                                gives community
                                                                                                                                Halloween laughs
                                                                                                                                by JOHN REESE                              would’ve made Peg Bundy proud,
                                                                                                                                Bavarian News                              maintained a deep-South accent as she
                                                                                                                                                                           delivered the saucy zingers in
                                                                                                                                    The Garmisch Players entertained       “Laundry & Bourbon.”
                                                                                                                                audiences for two October weekends            Meg Walsh gave a convincing
                                                                                                                                with their “Halloween Extravaganza         performance in the same play as a
                                                                                                                                of One Act Plays” at the Community         prissy, nosy neighbor driving miles
                                                                                                                                Theatre on Artillery Kaserne.              out of her way to feed the gossip mill.
                                                                                                                                    “Every actor is a volunteer,” said     Walsh demonstrated her theatrical
                                                                                                                                Lorraine Webb, who directed four of        versatility by directing the last skit of
                                                                                                                                the skits, designed the sets, and gave     the evening.
                                                                                                                                a creepy reading of the Victorian poem        Best actor of the evening was
                                                                                                                                “The Spider and the Fly.” “We just do      Daniel Regelbrugge as a bashful,
                                                                                                                                it because we love it!”                    drooling Franklin Stein in “The Family
                                                                                                                                    The performance of the Oct. 20         Recipe,” playing opposite to Cedric
                                                                                                                                program that drew the most laughs,         Simpson’s most unusual performance
                                                                                                                                “Decks,” used a mischievously clever       as Maeva West. The duo had the
                                                                                                                                play on words as a clique of beer-         audience cracking up with their
                                                                                                                                swilling good ol’ boys innocently          delivery and their physical comedy.
                                                                                                                                rambled on about their patios.                The Halloween program wrapped
                                                                                            Photo by Karlheinz Wedhorn
                                                                                                                                    The best actress of the evening was    up Oct. 28. The next play, “A Tuna
                                                                                                                                Sherri Collier, impressive in her role     Christmas,” will take place Dec. 6-8.
  The U.S. Air Force group “Tops in Blues” warms up an audience of about 800 at the Kurpark in                                  as Hattie Dealing, a Mississippi           Those interested in participating or
  Grainau Oct. 16. The choral ensemble played to an audience of Grainau residents, including                                    sharecropper’s daughter trading            attending the production should
  Buergermeister Andreas Hildenbrandt, and the international communities of the Marshall Center                                 gossip with her small town Texas           contact theatre director Stephen
  and the U.S. Army Garrison-Garmisch.                                                                                          neighbors.                                 Simpson at stephen.simpson
                                                                                                                                    Collier, done up in a red wig that     @freenet.de for details.


Students enjoy treasure hunt, hike in snow for PTA’s fundraiser
by JOHN REESE                                         It was feared that many of the participants
Bavarian News                                      would cancel because of the snow that began
                                                   the previous evening and continued to fall, said                                                                                         Rosy-faced
    A band of 45 children and 35 adults braved                                                                                                                                              cheeks of the
                                                   Rhodes, but the turnout was very strong.
cold and snow Oct. 20 to hike Drehmoser-9 as
                                                      Two of the adults, Rob Neubauer dressed as                                                                                            little children
part of a treasure hunt-hike fundraiser for the
                                                   an alien and Abigail Pratt as a witch, endured                                                                                           from the
Garmisch Parent-Teachers Association’s
                                                   the cold to surprise the children, demanding they                                                                                        Garmisch
“Wonderful Wednesday”



                                ‘
                                ‘
                                                                         answer a riddle in exchange
program.                                                                                                                                                                                    American School
                                                                         for a treat.
    The children climbed the          There were snow-                      The snow only added to                                                                                          are all smiles
hill in six groups, with those
ranging from second to
eighth grade making the trek
                                       ball fights on the
                                              way up.
                                                               ‘
                                                               ‘         the adventure, said Rhodes.
                                                                            “One of the groups
                                                                         ambushed another—there
                                                                                                                                                                                            after hiking the
                                                                                                                                                                                            Hausberg. An
                                                                                                                                                                                            unexpected early
up the Hausberg while the                                                were snowball fights on the
kindergarteners and first-                                                                                                                                                                  snow added
                                                                         way up,” said Rhodes.
graders         rode       the              Bridgett
                                            Bridgett Rhodes                 Wonderful Wednesday is                                                                                          excitement to the
Kreuzeckbahn.                                 Garmisch PTA               a PTA program for                                                                                                  treasure hunt and
    “There       was       one                                           Garmisch youths that                                                                                               hike.
kindergartener who did the Hausberg up and provides 10 weeks of downhill ski instruction.                                                                                                    Photo by
back without complaints,” said Bridgett Rhodes, The program begins in January on Wednesday                                                                                                   Roxy Reece
trip organizer for the Garmisch PTA.               afternoons from 1-4:30 p.m.
14 Bavarian News                                                          Hohenfels Box Bulletin                                                                         October 31, 2007




Spotlight: MWR salutes CLEOS clerk
Special to the Bavarian News                         positive ICE comment cards from customers                “I feel we are bettering the community by
                                                     during her tenure at CLEOS.                           providing a means for our Hohenfels parents
   The CLEOS Office serves as a family’s first          Baudoux from Center, Colo., is married with        involve themselves in our community by
stop for registering for Child and Youth Services    a 3-year-old son, Leon. Her husband, Leon, is a       working and volunteering. Our services help
child care programs and youth services. At the       staff sergeant working with HHC 1/4 Infantry          reduce family stress, especially during
center of this process is the CLEOS                  Battalion. The family lives in Schmidtmuehlen         deployments by offering a variety of benefits
administrative assistant, Shawna Baudoux, said       and enjoys outdoor activities including hiking.       and services to our patrons. It is a very exciting
Alfonzo Walker, CLEOS director.                      They have been in Hohenfels for five years.           experience to help our parents find programs
   Baudoux has been employed with CYS for               Baudoux is closing in on two undergraduate         for their children that will help them learn and
approximately two and a half years, of which         degrees; one in accounting/business and a             grow both individually and socially.”
about half has been at the CLEOS front office.       second in industrial engineering.
She serves patrons with high quality, enthusiastic      “It is very rewarding to work with the
service each day.                                    families here in the Hohenfels community to           Shawna Baudoux, CLEOS administrative
   Baudoux is a motivated and valued member          help them find solutions for their child care
                                                     needs,” Baudoux said.                                 clerk, is honored in this issue’sSpotlight.
of the CYS team. She has received numerous                                                                                                                            Photo by Garry Barrows




K-9 team begins Red Ribbon Week with a howl
Story and photo by                                       Handlers, too, have an eleven-week program
ELIZABETH MAULDIN                                    to teach them how to train the dogs under their
Special to the Bavarian News                         control.
                                                         Bobby demonstrated his drug-searching
    Students at Hohenfels Elementary School          ability as Reedy explained that the exercises are
spent a lot of time with Blackie, Dino, and Bobby    like a game to the dogs. Once they find their
Oct. 22. If those do not all sound like names of     target items, be it drugs or explosives, the dogs
your children’s friends, you are right: Blackie,     are rewarded with a toy and playtime.
Dino, and Bobby are members of the K-9 Unit              “It’s a game to them,” Crerend said.
at Hohenfels. They, along with their handlers,           Drug dogs are taught to find are marijuana,
made an appearance at the Post Theater to kick       cocaine, and heroin.
off activities for Red Ribbon Week.                      Blackie demonstrated another aspect of the
    The Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and        dogs’ duties by attacking a “suspect” who was
largest drug prevention program in the United        menacing the handler. Crerend explained to the
States, each year reaching millions of young         rapt students the dogs are trained to
people during Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31.           automatically attack at sudden or aggressive
    The Campaign began when drug traffickers         movements towards their handlers.
in Mexico City murdered DEA agent Kiki                   Gohn ran Dino through a series of voice and
Camarena in 1985. His senseless death was the        hand commands demonstrating for the students
inspiration for beginning the tradition of           how quickly the dogs respond to even basic
displaying Red Ribbons as a symbol of                obedience.
intolerance towards the use of drugs.                    All demonstrations were followed by a
    The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign is        question and answer session with the students,
to present a unified and visible commitment          almost all of whom stretched hands up excitedly,
towards the creation of a drug-free America.         hoping to be called on. Questions were generally
    Blackie, Dino, and Bobby, along with their       geared to expand on the specifics of training that
handlers, Staff Sgt. Michael Crerend, Sgt.           the dogs receive.
Andrew Gohn, and Sgt. Roy Reedy, ran through             The remaining days of Red Ribbon Week are
a series of exercises demonstrating various          celebrated with a variety of activities, most of
aspects of the dogs’ training.                       which allow students to wear clothes or
    The animals begin their training at Lackland     accessories that reflect the drug-free theme.
Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and                Today, students are wear either sweatshirts
continue the regiment at their duty station. Dogs    or sweatpants because “Living Drug Free is No
and their handlers begin the process early,          Sweat;” tomorrow is the traditional red to “Take
building trust and establishing the relationships    a Stand for a Drug Free Land;” and Friday, their
that allow for the quick responses necessary for     favorite sports team’s shirt to signify that they     Members of the K-9 team put on an exhibition for HES Oct. 22. Handlers explained
the tremendous responsibilities these dogs face.     “Team Up Against Drugs.”                              that the dogs think of it as a game and are rewarded after every find they make.



Career Practicum gives students
real-world work experience
by BOB DELONGE
Special to the Bavarian News
    Career Practicum is a Department
of Defense Education Activity
sponsored program concerned with
the growth and development of each
student in the real-life workforce.
    It is considered a culminating
experience, based on the skills and
knowledge learned from the student’s
chosen professional technical studies
strand of courses in a particular career
cluster.
    It is also designed to offer the
opportunity to explore different
careers; acquire school to career
experience through a work practicum;
and prepare the student for college or
the workplace.
    In addition, the student and the
Career Practicum coordinator will
work together for suitable placement
in an area of student interest.                                                                     Photo by Michele Wolff
    At Hohenfels High School, over 50      Career Practicum program participant Jeremy Crook work with
students in 82 periods are engaged in      Auto Shop Coordinator Rainer Smith to learn correct procedures
the Career Practicum program this          to balance tires.
year. Thanks to a cooperative effort
of Michele Wolff, School Liaison, and      at the Auto Skills Center, Bowling          Dental Clinic, Health Clinic, DPW-
Bob DeLonge, Career Practicum              Alley, Burger King, Bus Office,             Environmental, DOL, Airfield Safety,
Coordinator, the students were placed      Chapel Office, Club Beyond,                 Airfield-Falcons, Vipers, and CAC.
within the first three weeks of school.    Commissary, DFAC 1-4 Dining                     Local employers can contact
                                           Facility, Elementary School, Fitness        DeLonge at DSN 466-3162 or Wolff
    Many who were employed in the          Center,      HHD-USAG,            MWR
Summer Hire program continued in
the Career Practicum program.
                                           Facilities, Post Library, PX, Sunrise
                                           Lodge, Vet Clinic, Youth Sports, and
                                                                                       at DSN 466-2783 if you are interested
                                                                                       in the Career Practicum program.
                                                                                           As local employers, you can help
                                                                                                                                   Look for the Bavarian News
Students were required to complete a
resume and a job interview with their
                                           the Zone.
                                              In the past, we have also had students
                                                                                       students gain the work experience that
                                                                                       is essential in the real world of work
                                                                                                                                    online at www.milcom.de
prospective supervisor.                    employed at CDC, Pxtra/Shopette,            and help them decide which career
    Presently, students are employed       Raytheon, Arts and Crafts Center,           force is the best for them.
October 31, 2007
                                                                         Hohenfels Box Bulletin                                                                                         Bavarian News          15


International shooting competition tests
Hohenfels shooters against other nations
Story and photo by                        precursor of this gun was used during      while wearing Interceptor Body
GARRY BARROWS                             World War II, and the expertise that       Armor.
Bavarian News                             produced a weapon that has been used          “I have gotten so used to it, I can’t
                                          since       1968     is    practically     shoot without it,” explained Cullum,
    The Harry Framke International        incomparable.                              who won the silver Schutzenshneir
Shooting Competition (Schiessen)              “The engineering was perfect, then     badge.
was held Oct. 13 at the Regensburg        and now,” Gagel said.                         The most important awards are
Bajuwaren Barracks training area              There were two phases to the           team and individual recognition. The
bringing expert shooters from seven       competition for each weapon. The           team of Capt. Simon Lee, Sgt. 1st Class
countries together including teams        first was untimed while the second         John Wheeler, Staff Sgt. Patrick
from the Hohenfels Falcons Observer/      required all rounds, 15 for the            Freeney, and Sgt. Jarrad Williams
Controller team and USAG Hohenfels        machine gun and six for the pistol, to     took second place among more than
Headquarters and Headquarters             be fired within 20 seconds.                20 teams, the first time in memory a
Detachment.                                   Sgt. 1st Class Hubert Beer, another    Hohenfels team has placed so highly.
    In addition to the Schiessen, the     German instructor, indicated                  Lee also took second place in
German Marksmanship award, the            “normally German Soldiers qualify on       individual competition, an impressive
Schutzenschneir, was available to all     the timed event better.”                   accomplishment         against       so
participants who qualified.                   Falcon Team member Major               formidable a field.
    The event, named after                Marshall Tway agreed as he told his           Five German Schutzenshneir
Bundeswehr Lt. Col. Framke who was        team, “Don’t think too much.”              awards were earned by the Hohenfels
instrumental in forming the                   Several contestants were surprised     contingent; Cadet Logan Allen, a
sponsoring organization for reservists    by the limited amounts of ammunition       member of the Hohenfels High School
in the Oberpfalz as well a national       allotted to each person, but Capt.         JROTC and Cooperative Work
guard program, began in 1996 and          Samuel Fishburne commented it is all       Experience Program, Wheeler, Sgt. 1st
was hosted this year by Oberstleutnant    part of the aim of the competition.        Class Anthony Adams, Spc. Steven
(Lt. Col.) Hans Stockmeier.                   “It teaches accuracy. If you’re        Orr, and Cullum.
    Two German weapons are used in        accurate, you make them all count,”
this competition, the Heckler & Koch      he said.
P-8 handgun, similar to the 9mm                                                      Cadet Logan Allen, a member of
                                              There were several classifications
pistol, and the MG3 machine gun,          of excellence for each weapon as           the Hohenfels High School
which has been in military use for        hitting the target five out of six with    JROTC is given Instruction in the
more than 35 years.                       the P-8 designated a gold marksman         use of the German MC3 Machine
    The MG3 is a German, air-cooled,      while it took 12 of the 15 machine gun     Gun by 2nd Lt. Frank Gagel during
gas operated, belt fed general-purpose    hits for that award.                       the Harry Framke International
machine gun that is currently or has          Often marksmen have special
been used by more than 30 countries.      habits and unique routines to prepare      Shooting Competition held Oct.
    2nd Lt. Frank Gagel, one of the       for a competition. Staff Sgt. Dean         13 at the Regensburg Bajuwaren
German instructors, noted that a          Cullum is no exception as he shoots        Barracks training area.



Reception recognizes German Health Care Provider network
Story and photo by GARRY BARROWS                                                                                                                                 appreciation to America and Americans as his
Bavarian News                                                                                                                                                    father’s side of the family immigrated to
                                                                                                                                                                 California and he spent several years studying
   The 2007 German Health Care Provider                                                                                                                          and practicing in the States.
Network was recognized for the provision of                                                                                                                          “Since World War II, look how much they
outstanding medical care to the Hohenfels                                                                                                                        have helped us,” Hecht said. “This reception
community by the Joint Multinational Readiness                                                                                                                   demonstrates the friendship that exists and I
Center and the United States Army Garrison                                                                                                                       want to provide (in my practice) the friendship
Hohenfels at a reception at the Hilltop Chapel                                                                                                                   and hospitality I felt when I was in America. I
Center Oct. 13.                                                                                                                                                  want to be a good host.”
   “Over the years, more and more of the                                                                                                                             Smith noted the German health care system
medical care required by Hohenfels residents is                                                                                                                  is more specialized than American health care,
being provided on the economy,” Lt. Col. Robert                                                                                                                  meaning a hospital will have a specialty like the
Smith, Commander of the Hohenfels Health                                                                                                                         Kreiskrankenhaus Parsberg which focuses on
Clinic, explained. “The reception demonstrates                                                                                                                   internal medicine. A patient at the Hohenfels
the comradery between the Americans and the                                                                                                                      clinic who suffers a heart attack would
Germans as partners in providing high quality                                                                                                                    immediately be sent there.
health care.”                                                                                                                                                        Dr. Rainer Munzinger, the hospital director,
   Smith noted the German Health Care                                                                                                                            is very comfortable working with the clinic.
Provider Network has been in place for over 10                                                                                                                       “The staff will call in for an appointment. (It
years. In fact, much of it was put together and is                                                                                                               is a good system and) we really have no
continually refined by long-time clinic                                                                                                                          problems,” Munzinger explained. “I know all
employees Hella Wagner, the clinic’s Benefits                                                                                                                    the people in the clinic. I know who I am talking
Counselor and Assistance Coordinator, and                                                                                                                        to and I trust their judgment. If they say a patient
Patient Liaisons Trevor Gillies and Evie                                                                                                                         has a severe problem, I know it’s a severe
Schwenzl.                                                                                                                                                        problem.”
   “Health care in Germany is at the same
quality level as in the States and is better than                                                                                                                    Smith indicated if you were in a car accident,
we can provide,” Smith said, although he was                                                                                                                     you would be sent to the Regensburg University
quick to say the medical care at the clinic is                                                                                                                   Hospital, which is the trauma center for this
excellent, but due to it’s size and mission is       Dr. Rainer Munzinger, (left) the Director of the Kreiskrankenhaus Parsberg and Dr.                          entire area of Germany, and they are prepared.
unable to provide the scope and technological        Ludwig Hecht, well-known doctor of sports medicine talk with Lt. Col. Robert Smith,                             “There would be a doctor called a
sophistication available from the network.           Commander of the Hohenfels Health Clinic, during the 2007 German Health Care                                ‘Traumatologist’ in charge of the team that
   “We’re low tech compared to them”, Smith          Provider Network Reception held at the Hilltop Chapel Center Oct. 13.                                       would be treating you,” Smith said.
said, “but I am totally confident of the care they                                                                                                                   Smith said he felt fortunate to have stepped
offer because of the checks and balances built       of every consultation, as well as third person           Dr. Ludwig Hecht, a regionally known doctor        into a great system of quality medical care
into the system.”                                    oversight of procedure and suggested treatment.       of sports medicine who has treated many               providers and the reception was not simply a
   Smith says there is feedback received on             Smith, a pediatrician, is himself a third person   Hohenfels residents during his many years in          formality, but a heartfelt response for the
every patient seen by the care network, a review     reviewer on cases that involve infant care.           the provider network, feels a personal                outstanding care they provide this community.


Bringing the product to your door: Hohenfels Furniture Expo a success
Story and photo by GARRY BARROWS                     sales on the first day. The volume was a lot          brilliant warm sunny day and day three being
Bavarian News                                        higher (than the spring sale). People were            cold with rain and even a little snow, was a factor
                                                     waiting at the door. When they came in, it was        in limiting the turnout.
    It was AAFES Furniture Expo time again in        like a race. They started buying.”                        Shinault, along with Grafenwoehr AAFES
Hohenfels and judging by the results, it was just       Shinault explained that the furniture arrived      Consolidated Exchange General Manager Matt
what the community wanted.                           in Hohenfels differently than Expo I.                 Mennona, wish to thank MWR, the garrison
    The three-day biannual event turns the              “It was staged directly here from the              command, and the Hohenfels community for
Community Activity Center into a huge furniture      manufacturer in the States. Last time it came         their great support and ask that everyone make
display, providing residents a great chance to       from Vilseck,” Shinault said.                         plans now for the Spring AAFES Hohenfels
see brand new furniture in living room, dining          While the total sales were less than Expo I,       Furniture Expo.
room, and bedroom groupings to imagine what          Shinault was still pleased.
it might look like in their home. There were also       “We finished up with a sales total of close to
hundreds of other home furnishing accessories        $40,000 for the three days. Even though the sales
including appliances, entertainment units, lamps,                                                          Air Force Lt. Col. John and Heather
                                                     were less than the last furniture expo, the support
bookshelves, and accent pieces.                      and involvement from the Hohenfels community          Scotto explore several living room
    “The thing that surprised me,” explained Sam     was still overwhelming,” Shinault said.               ensembles looking for furniture for their
Shinault, Hohenfels PX Manager, “were the               Shinault felt the weather, day one being a         family room.
16 Bavarian News                                                                                                                                                                                        October 31, 2007
                                                                                 Community Spotlight

                                             What’s Happening
                                                   Nov. 2: All Schools will be closed      AWAG registration now open                                                                 Galaxy Erding Nov. 10. Transportation
   Grafenwoehr/                              for Teacher Workday.
                                                   Nov. 12: All Schools will be
                                                                                               The American Woman’s Activities,
                                                                                           Germany Oberpfalz Area Conference
                                                                                                                                                  Hohenfels                           and lunch are included. The cost of the
                                                                                                                                                                                      trip is the entry fee, which is 15 euro.
                                             closed to observe Veterans Day.                                                                                                          This trip again is for all youth. Teens
   Vilseck Briefs                                  Nov. 15-16: VES and GES will be
                                             closed for Parent-Teacher conferences
                                                                                           will be held Nov. 17 from 8:45 a.m. -
                                                                                           2:30 p.m. at the CATC Bldgs. 355, 378                   Briefs                             will be on their own for dinner. We will
                                                                                                                                                                                      take the first 40 teens to sign up by e-
                                                                                           and 379, in Vilseck.                          Thrift Shop News
General announcement                               Nov. 16: GMS and VHS will be                A light breakfast, lunch, classes and                                                  mailing Chris Howard and reserving a
   Army Col. Donald L. Rutherford has        closed for Parent-Teacher conferences         great door prizes are included in the $20         The Thrift Shop will be open on          spot. We will meet at the MS/HS at 8:30
been nominated for promotion to the                                                                                                      tomorrow for extended hours from 9:30        a.m. for departure and arrive back
                                             Parent to Parent workshops                    registration. Class topics include:
grade of brigadier general with assign-                                                                                                  a.m. – 6 p.m., these hours are for this      between 8:30-9 p.m.
                                                                                           Deployment issues, Professional Develop-
ment as deputy chief of chaplains, U.S.             Today: Talk, Listen and Connect!:                                                    day only. If we see an influx of custom-         Dan Meyers will be in concert at the
                                                                                           ment, Self Help and Volunteering. Guest
Army, Washington, D.C. Rutherford is         10 a.m. in the Vilseck CYS conference                                                       ers during the extended hours of 3:30-6      Mug Coffeehouse Nov. 14 from 3:30-7
                                                                                           speaker, Brig. Gen. David Hogg, will
currently serving as command chaplain,       room, Bldg 224. Free childcare                address the attendees over lunch.             p.m. then we will try to extend this for     p.m. The concert is available for all
U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army,           available – call CYS Central Registra-            Pre-registration is required by           one Thursday per month. We are asking        youth 7th-12th grade and is completely
Germany.                                     tion at CIV 09662-83-2760 to reserve          Monday. Go to http://www.awag.us/ and         that you utilize this time and show us       free. Drinks and refreshments will be
                                             your space! We will discuss ways to use                                                     that this will work for our community.       served for free as well.
                                                                                           click on the Oberpfalz link to register
Annual meter readings                        the Elmo Video and other tools to boost
                                                                                           online or to download a registration form.
                                                                                                                                         As well, starting Monday, the Thrift shop        If you have any questions about these
    During the period beginning of           communication between family members                                                        will be open for its winter hours of 9:30    upcoming events or Club Beyond
                                                                                               For more information: Roseanna
November 2007 until end of January           during the deployment. Participants will      Cintron at CIV09641-454085 or e-mail:         a.m.-2:30 p.m.                               Hohenfels call Chris Howard at DSN
2008 the electricity supplier EnBW           receive the Elmo Video for free. Part two     oberpfalz@awag.us.                                                                         466-4793 or CIV 0151-1494-3311 or e-
(Energie Baden Wuerttemberg) will do         of a four-part deployment series.                                                           ASC seeks volunteers with                    mail to reserve a spot for the waterpark
the annual meter readings in the                    Tuesday - Your Military Sponsored      Shape Stars and Stripes                       foreign language skills                      trip at christopher.s.howard
Grafenwoehr and Vilseck GHRP and             European Education: Part of the ACS               Your opinion matters to Stars and             The Army Community Services is           @eur.army.mil.
Leased Housing areas. The personnel          Welcome to Bavaria course (pre-               Stripes, so participate in a reader focus     looking to build a pool of volunteers
will have identification cards, which        registration for Welcome to Bavaria is        group. We want your input for our             with foreign language skills to assist       Noise makers not allowed
will show that they are from the             required, call ACS at CIV 09662-83-           Sunday entertainment and lifestyle            with the Warrior Transition Unit Soldiers        Although we have not enforced any
electricity supplier EnBW. Please            8650). Being stationed overseas provides      publication, Scene. Attend a morning          and Family members. They are looking         type of noise makers at our football
provide them access to your electricity      your family limitless opportunities for       session from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. or a        for people with skills in any language,      games there is a DoDDS Policy that
meter.                                       personal growth and continuing                noon to 1:30 p.m. session in                  not just German. If you possess such a       specifically details noise makers of any
    For information contact Barbara          education. Even going to a Volksfest can      Grafenwoehr Nov. 5 and Hohenfels Nov.         skill, and are willing to volunteer,         type are not allowed at any DoDDS
Boesl at DSN 476-2207.                       support academic success. This work-          6 at community conference rooms. Sign         contact Eva Garrett at the Army              athletic competition. Parents are asked
                                             shop will provide ideas, resources, and       up today for a chance to win an Ipod and      Community Services at DSN 466-2081.          not to take any noise makers to the Big 6
Red Cross Volunteer Dental                   activities to help your child’s education     other great prizes during focus group                                                      football game at Baumholder. Thank you
Assistant Program                            come alive.                                   sessions. To participate, send an e-mail      Checking German mailboxes                    for your cooperation.
    Training Program Information:                   Tuesday - Creating Successful          to marketing@estripes.osd.mil. For more           All residents at Leased Family Housing
       64 hours of classroom training        Readers: A SKIES Workshop While You           information, call Cheryl Boujnida at          Units are requested to check their German    Welfare grants available
       300 hours of clinical experience to   Wait – open to the public. Noon – 1 p.m.      DSN 349-8497 or CIV (06155) 601497.           mailboxes on a daily basis. The Housing          Did you know that last year the
be completed within six months               in the Graf Field House Gym, Bldg. 547.                                                     Facilities Office is sending important and   Hohenfels Community and Spouses Club
       Minimum of 12-15 hours a week         Reading is the most important skill a         Lost your bike? Look here!                    recurrent information, such as appoint-      awarded almost $29,000 to many areas
volunteering in the clinic                   child can develop for academic success.           The Vilseck City Hall and Vilseck         ments from contractors for oil deliveries,   of the Hohenfels Community? The Boy
    All program guidelines must be           The family’s role in reading starts at        MP Station have an abundance of               annual heater maintenance, chimney           and Girl Scouts, Hohenfels schools,
strictly adhered to for successful           birth and continues throughout life. This     unclaimed found property that is              sweeping (mandatory by German Law)           Hurricanes swim team and Kontakt club
completion of the course.                    workshop will share researched ideas          believed to belong to American person-        and other contractor maintenance.            are just a few of the organizations we
    Applications must be submitted no        and fun ways to develop reading habits        nel. The found property consists of                                                        have assisted. The welfare money we
later than Nov. 16.                          for the family.                               bicycles, wallets, and clothing. The point    Red Cross training programs                  disburse is raised from our Thrift Shop,
    For an application or more informa-             Nov. 8 – Supporting Your Child’s       of contact at the Rathaus is Ms. Felkl’s             The CPR-First Aid instructor course   the HCSC Holiday Bazaar, and Wild
tion, contact ARC Vilseck DSN 476-           Education: Part of the Army Family            office which is located at #13                is scheduled for Nov. 10 and Nov. 17         West Night. If your organization would
1760, CIV 09662-83-1760, Bldg. 700           Team Building Level I class (pre-             Marktplatz, 92249 Vilseck, her phone          from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Participants must be      like to apply for funds, our next deadline
Room 23 or ARC Grafenwoehr DSN               registration for AFTB Level I is              number is CIV 09662-9927. The point of        Red Cross-certified in CPR and First Aid     is Nov. 20. Visit our Web site at
475-1760, CIV 09641-83-1760, Bldg.           required, call ACS at CIV 09662-83-           contact at the Vilseck MP Station is Staff    to take the class. Anyone planning to sign   www.hohenfelscsc.com and click on
244 Room 220.                                8650). This course reinforces the             Sgt. Buchanan, DSN 476-2903.                  up should contact ARC. Call Red Cross at     welfare to download an application or
                                             importance of parental involvement in a       Remember, if you don’t secure your            DSN 466-1760 or CIV 09472-83-1760            receive more information.
Red Cross gift wrapping                      child’s education.                            personnel property, someone else will.        immediately if you’re interested.
    At the Grafenwoehr PX, Nov. 23 –                Nov. 18 – Tell Me A Story –                                                                 Dental assistant training program:    Holiday Bazaar coming soon
Dec. 24 during PX duty hours. Dona-          Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot: Join        AAFES sets holiday hours                      The Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels, and                   Hohenfels Holiday Bazaar - Nov. 9-
tions requested for gift wrapping            us from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Vilseck                PX and Mall Holiday Hours effective       Vilseck Dental Clinics, along with the       11. The holiday season is upon us, and
services.                                    Elementary School Multipurpose room           Nov. 12: Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-8           American Red Cross, will be offering a       how better to kick it off than at a festive
                                             for this event. The mission of Tell Me a      p.m., Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.,       Dental Assistant Training Program            holiday bazaar! Coming up this Veteran’s
Health, safety classes                       Story is to use literature as a tool for      Sunday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.                        beginning in January 2008. The program       day weekend, you can shop till you drop
      CPR- Dec. 1, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.            connecting parents and children as well           Food Court Holiday Hours effective        is designed for those without dental         at the Hohenfels Community and
      First Aid- Nov. 10, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.     as to provide opportunities to open up        Nov. 12: Monday-Thursday: 10:30 a.m.-         assisting experience and requires 64         Spouses Club in cooperation with
and Dec. 8, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.                   discussion on difficult topics such as        8 p.m., Friday-Saturday: 10:30-8 p.m.         hours of in-class coursework and 300         Morale Welfare and Recreation annual
   Class fees must be paid in advance        deployment, separation, and moving.           (Charley’s, Subway & Baskin Robbins),         hours of chair-side training. Applications   Holiday Bazaar. Opening ceremonies
by calling the Vilseck ARC at DSN 476-       Special guest speaker will be Col. Boyle,     10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (Popeye’s and Taco          are available and will be accepted           begin Nov. 9 at 11 a.m.
1760, or CIV 09662-83-1760.                  USAG commander. Every family present          Bell), Sunday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.                 through Nov. 16. Call DSN 466-1760 or             Shopping Hours:
                                             will receive a free copy of the book.             Mainstreet X-presso! Holiday Hours        CIV 09472-83-1760 for more informa-                 Friday – 11:15 a.m. to 8: p.m.
AFN links Soldiers, Families                 Space is limited, so register now.            effective Nov. 12: Monday-Friday: 7:30        tion or stop by the Red Cross office to             Saturday – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Call it a connection between                 For more information about these and      a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.,         pick up an application.                             Sunday – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
deployed Soldiers and their Families. A      other available workshops from the            Sunday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.                                                                          Location: the Hohenfels Post Gym,
new link on the AFN Bavaria Web site         MCEC Parent to Parent Team, contact us            All facilities will close at 4 p.m. on    Bowling center open for lunch                Bldg. 88 and the Community Activities
takes deployed Soldiers to videotaped        at CIV 0175-648-2777 or                       Dec. 24.                                         Lane 17 will now be open for lunch        Center, Bldg. 40. Credit Cards accepted!
greetings from their Families. It also       GrafVilseckParent2Parent@yahoo.com.                                                         on Tuesdays. Check out the new lunch              The HCSC is currently looking for
features photos of our troops in Iraq.                                                                                                   choices including Philly cheese steaks and   volunteers to support the bazaar. We are
                                             Estate claims
AFN Bavaria will soon add all of the TV
stories produced about our deployed              Anyone having claims on or                          Garmisch                            soups. Also, sign up for the daily “Duty
                                                                                                                                         Bowl” to bowl anytime from 11 a.m. until
                                                                                                                                                                                      in need of many volunteers as we will
                                                                                                                                                                                      have nearly 50 vendors and will be using
Soldiers, more photos, and greetings         obligations to the estate of Sgt. Robert                                                    4:30 p.m. Duty Bowl is only $5.00 for        both the gym and the CAC. There will
from the troops to their Families. Go to
www.afneurope.net/bavaria and click the
                                             Ayres of 3rd Squadron, 2d SCR should
                                             contact the following summary court
                                                                                                      Briefs                             two hours and includes free shoe rental!     be a special hour set aside prior to the
                                                                                                                                                                                      opening ceremony for volunteers and
link called, “Our Deployed Soldiers” at      martial officer, 2nd Lt. Robert Louis Ali                                                   CLEOS relocating                             VIP’s to shop. Positions that need to be
                                             at DSN 476-5405.                              Visit the Iceman in Italy                         CLEOS is relocating and will be          filled include, but are not limited to:
the bottom left side of the screen.                                                            Take a bus trip to “Oetzi” the frozen
    Looking for the most up-to-date              Anyone having any claims on or                                                          closed for customer services tomorrow        Check/Credit card approver; Greeter/ID
                                             obligations to the estate of Spc. Jason       Iceman in Bolzano Italy this Saturday.        through Tuesday. The CLEOS Office            checker; Runner; Hospitality; Set-up /
weather information? Tune in to AFN’s                                                      The bus leaves from the PBCC at 7:30
live shows from 5-10 a.m. and 2-6 p.m.       Nicholas Marchand of 3rd Squadron, 2d                                                       will re-open for services Nov. 7 in the      Tear-down. If you are willing to help, go
                                             SCR, should contact the Summary Court         a.m. and returns at 8 p.m. The program        new section of Bldg. 10, room 140. We        to our Web site www.hohenfelscsc.com
weekdays for the most recent weather                                                       costs $42, which includes the museum,
warnings, traffic information, and           Martial Officer, 1st Lt. Pauline Harris, at                                                 apologize in advance for any inconve-        and click on bazaar to fill out the
                                             DSN 476-5405/5409.                            or $32 for only the markets and shops in      nience. This move will make CLEOS            volunteer form, or e-mail Alicia Duvall
closures. Also check the Web site for                                                      Bolzano. The cost includes transporta-
school and road closures,                        Anyone having any claims on or                                                          more accessible to the community, and        at weduvall@aol.com.
                                             obligations to the estate of Sgt. Randell     tion and the possibility of all-day           allow us to better serve you. Our contact
www.afneurope.net/bavaria.                                                                 shopping for those who do not go to the                                                    Red Cross giftwrapping
                                             Olguin of 1st Squadron, 2d SCR, should                                                      number will remain DSN 466-2078/2080
                                             contact the Summary Court Martial             museum. Bring euro for lunch in a             or CIV 09472-83-2078/2080.                       The American Red Cross is sponsor-
Trick or Treat hours                         Officer, Capt. Emmanuel Sioson, at DSN        restaurant.                                                                                ing the annual holiday giftwrap program,
    Trick or Treat for Grafenwoehr and                                                                                                   ACS moving to new location                   a fundraising opportunity for private
                                             476-5228/5213.
Vilseck will be 5-7 p.m. today.                  Anyone having any claims on or            Experience long weekend                           ACS will be moving from its current      organizations and FRGs on post, from
                                             obligations to the estate of Pfc. Gilberto    get-away to Berlin                            location in Bldg. 317 to a new state of      Nov. 23-Dec. 24 at the Hohenfels Main
Halloween cosmic bowling                     Alexander Meza, of 3rd Squadron, 2d               Take the fall trip to Berlin over the     the art facility at Bldg. 10. This will be   Exchange. Participating organizations
    Join the Graf and Vilseck Bowling        SCR, should contact the Summary Court         long Veteran’s Day Weekend. Spend two         happening Nov. 7-9, therefore ACS will       choose shifts and man the booth during
Centers for some cosmic bowling on           Martial Officer, 2nd Lt. Percy Washing-       and a half days in the exciting new           be closed on those days. We will reopen      those shifts. All private organizations
Halloween. Stop by from 5 p.m. to close      ton, at DSN 476-2329.                         capital of Germany. Three overnights in       for business as usual Nov. 13. This          and FRGs interested in participating
to enjoy all sorts of spooky fun. For            Anyone having claims on or                a hotel, and breakfast are included. One      occasion will be marked with a grand         should contact the American Red Cross
more information, call the bowling           obligations to the estate of CPL Wayne        day of organized touring and the rest of      opening ceremony that will take place        immediately by calling DSN 466-1760,
center at Graf, DSN 475-6177 or              M. Geiger of 3rd Squadron, 2d SCR             the time will be free to pursue your own      Nov. 26 at 11 a.m. at Bldg. 10. This will    sending an e-mail to redcrosshohenfels
Vilseck, DSN 476-2576.                       should contact the following Summary          interests. The trip is Nov. 9-12. The train   also be the grand opening for the new        @eur.army.mil, or stopping by the Red
                                             Court Martial Officer, CPT Chris              tour leaves Garmisch train station Nov. 9     Hohenfels Coffee Bar.                        Cross office in Bldg. 335.
Garrison school update                       Yoshida at DSN 475-9636 or                    at 4 p.m. and arrives in Berlin just after
  Information is available at each school    christopher.yoshida@eur.army.mil.             midnight. An afternoon train from Berlin      Club Beyond Update                           Join in ‘chick flick’ night
Web site:                                        Anyone having any claims on or            will arrive back ni Garmisch late in the          Club Beyond is free. All youth (7th-         Calling all chicks! Join us for “Chick
  http://www.graf-es.eu.dodea.edu/           obligations to the estate of Sgt. Joseph B.   evening Nov. 12. The cost for this trip is    12th grade) are welcome anytime.             Flicks” the first Tuesday of every month at
  http://www.vils-es.eu.dodea.edu/           Milledge of the 3rd Squadron, 2nd SCR         approximately $400.                               The regular weekly meetings will be      the Hilltop where we’ll take in a movie and
  http://www.graf-ms.eu.dodea.edu/           should contact the summary court                                                            cancelled for this week. Regular weekly      fun foods to fit the movie theme. This
  http://www.vils-hs.eu.dodea.edu/           officer, 1st Lt. Joseph Walker at DSN         See the ballet Nov. 14                        programming will resume Tuesday.             month’s movie will be “13 Going on 30.”
  School contact information:                476-5349 or CIV 0162-297-2166.                    See the ballet, Chamber Symphony/             Wade Conrad will be in concert at the    Come out and have some girl time
  GES: DSN 475-7133                              Anyone having any claims on or            the Song of the Earth – Music by John         Mug Coffeehouse Nov. 7 from 3:30-7           Tuesday, from 9–11:30 a.m.! Childcare is
  VES: DSN 476-2812                          obligations to the estate of Spc. Avealalo    Adams and Gustav Mahler, in Munich            p.m. The concert is available for all        provided for children ages 6 weeks through
  GMS: DSN 475-9500                          Milo of 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker             Nationaltheataer Nov. 14. The bus leaves      youth 7th-12th grade and is completely       5 years. This event is sponsored by
  VHS: DSN 476-2554                          Calvary Regiment, should contact              PBCC at 4:30 p.m. and returns at 11:30        free. Drinks and refreshments will be        PWOC. Contact Christy Hearn,
  Transportation: DSN 475-8954               summary court officer, 1st Lt. Daniel         p.m. The program costs $12 plus concert       served for free as well.                     chldybg3@hotmail.com, for more
  Dates                                      Jackan at DSN 426-5848.                       tickets.                                          We will be taking a Waterpark Trip to    information.
October 31, 2007                                                                                                                                                                                       Bavarian News           17
                                                                                  Community Spotlight

                                              What’s Happening
                                              bowling in November.                          Clean-up with Self-Help                       three-course dinner and wine tasting on        350-7103 or CIV 0931-889-7103.
          Ansbach                                Katterbach hosts free bowling night
                                              Nov. 8 and 29 from 3-10 p.m. while the
                                                                                                The DPW Self-Help store has the
                                                                                            equipment you need to clean up this fall.
                                                                                                                                          Nov. 16. Try new skis and snowboards in
                                                                                                                                          Austria during a Thanksgiving Holiday          Black forest trip
                                              Apache Lanes holds it Nov. 7 and 21                                                         ski and snowboard trip, Nov. 22-25. Get            Join MWR for a free bus ride this fall
           Briefs                             from 5-9:30 p.m. The free bowling is
                                              available to all U.S. identification card
                                                                                            Trash bags, rakes, wheel barrows,
                                                                                            shovels, brooms, and ladders are              your holiday shopping started on a trip to
                                                                                                                                          Karlovy-Vary and Cheb Nov. 24. Trips
                                                                                                                                                                                         and winter to various popular locations.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Sign up to go to the black forest in
Trunk or Treat                                                                              available. Self-Help is located at Bldg.
                                              holders. For more information, call           7039 across from the car wash. Operat-        fill up quickly, so reserve your seat now.     Niederwasser on Saturday. Transporta-
    Trunk or Treat takes place tonight at     Katterbach at DSN 467-2638 or CIV                                                           Contact the CAC for more info at DSN           tion is free. Bus departs Schweinfurt
6 p.m. at the Katterbach Youth Services                                                     ing hours are Monday through Friday 9
                                              09802-83-2638 and the Apache Lanes at         a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on weekends         469-8659.                                      Volksfestplatz at 5 a.m. and Wuerzburg
parking lot and in Illesheim at 6 p.m. at     DSN 467-4530 or CIV 09841-83-4530.                                                                                                         building 5 at 5:45 a.m. Return is
the veterinary clinic parking lot between                                                   and all German and American Holidays.
                                                                                            For more information call Self-Help at
                                                                                                                                          Change to CMR customer                         scheduled for around midnight. For more
Bldgs. 6541 and 6620.                         Preschool drama time                          DSN 469-7669.                                 service hours, temporary                       information, call DSN 350-6305 or CIV
    Illesheim also hosts a haunted house          The Terrace Playhouse offers                                                                                                           0931-889-6305.
in Bldg. 6508 from 5-7 p.m.                                                                                                                   Due to an early increase of holiday
                                              preschool drama time Thursdays from           Play Bingo, win prizes                        season mail, the CMR has changed the
College Night held Nov. 7                     10-11 a.m. The class is a parent and              The Bamberg Aqua Barons Swim              customer service window and package            Give thanks for military life
                                              child interactive and directed playtime       Team is hosting a Bingo Night Nov. 7 in       pick up hours. The change is temporary             Join the Army Community Services
    The Ansbach Middle/High School            that is open to children ages 5 and up. It                                                                                                 class Thankful for being a military
hosts College Night Nov. 7 from 5:30-                                                       the high school multi-purpose room. Win       and not expected to last more than four
                                              gives parents and children an opportu-        all kinds of great European prizes            weeks. The hours of operation will be:         Family in the Ledward Yellow Ribbon
7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. The night will    nity to explore their creativity together.                                                                                                 Room Nov. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. Learn
offer community members a chance to                                                         including Polish pottery. Doors open at 6     Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 1
                                                  The playhouse is located in Bleidorn      p.m. Games start at 7 p.m. $8 or $15          p.m. and then 4 to 6 p.m. Closed on            ways to keep your Family together when
learn about education opportunities           Housing Area. For more information, call                                                                                                   life scatters you. For more information,
available from various accredited                                                           packets are available which include           Federal Holidays. Customers can still
                                              DSN 468-7636 or CIV 0981-183-636.             playing cards and raffle tickets.             access their mailboxes 24 hours a day,         call ACS at DSN 354-6933 or CIV
colleges and universities that will have                                                                                                                                                 09721-96-6933.
representatives on hand.                      New chapel hours                                                                            seven days a week. For more informa-
    There will also be a raffle to win two                                                  See ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at                     tion call Leland Samuels, Bamberg              Community Update Forums
                                                  The Katterbach and Illesheim chapels
college prep baskets. All proceeds from       have new hours for their services.            the Stable Theater                            Postal Officer at DSN 469-7500.
                                                                                                                                                                                             The next Community Update Forums
the raffle will go to the Class of 2008           At Katterbach, the Catholic service is        Follow the yellow brick road to the                                                      will be held in the Schweinfurt Elemen-
graduates to assist with their purchase of                                                  Stable Theater and reserve your seat          CMR oversized mail pick-up
                                              at 9 a.m., Protestant at 11 a.m., Episco-                                                       The CMR oversized package pick up          tary School gym Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. and at
schoolbooks for college. The event will       pal/Anglican at 1 p.m., Church of God in      today for “The Wizard of Oz” starting                                                        the Leighton Community Activities
feature a 5 p.m. performance by the                                                         Nov. 8. The production is based on the        is now located at the Transportation
                                              Christ at 2:30 p.m., and Hispanic                                                           Motor Pool, Bldg. 7102. Customers will         Center Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. The commu-
school choir and band and a tribute to        Pentecostal at 4:30 p.m.                      movie and is a must-see for the entire                                                       nity is invited and encouraged to attend.
veterans. The event is open to all U.S.                                                     family. The show will run Nov. 8-11 and       receive a notification slip with instruc-
                                                  At Illesheim, the Protestant service is                                                 tions in their mailbox and can pick-up
identification card holders, and snacks       at 10 a.m. and the Catholic at 11:45 p.m.     15-18. Tickets can be reserved by calling                                                    Attend city theater
and beverages will be available.                                                            DSN 469-8647 and are $9 for adults, $7        oversized parcels from 1 to 2 p.m. or by
                                                  For more information, call DSN 467-                                                     appointment by calling DSN 469-8710.               Come to the city theater in Schweinfurt
    For more information, call the school     2785 or CIV 09802-83-2785.                    for students, E4 and below.                                                                  on Rossbrunnstrasse 2 for the performance
counselor at DSN 467-2808 or CIV                                                                                                          Oversized packages include items such
                                                                                                                                                                                         of “The Magic Flute” opera by W.A.
09802-83-2808.                                U.S. Customs hours                            Health clinic closed Nov. 8                   as footlockers, car parts, bikes, or large
                                                                                                                                                                                         Mozart. Opera runs from Nov. 1-5 at 7:30
                                                                                                The Bamberg Health clinic will be         toys etc.
                                                  The U.S. Forces Customs-Europe                                                                                                         p.m. each evening. For tickets, call CIV
School supply collection                      Office in Room 213 of Bldg. 5251 on           closed from noon to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 8 for                                                     09721-51741 or CIV 09721-51475.
    Ansbach High School Future                                                              mandatory staff training. This also           Pizza night Fridays at DFAC
                                              Barton Barracks is open Mondays                                                                Every Friday come out to Ray’s
Business Leaders of America is                through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.         includes physical therapy, social work                                                       Flea, farmers’ markets
collecting school supplies for children in                                                  services, and EDIS. All emergencies           Diner and enjoy all-you-can-eat pizza
                                                  The office is closed on federal                                                         and spaghetti from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for             Various flea markets in Schweinfurt
Iraq, and also students at an Enterprise,     holidays. For more information, call          should go to the Bamberg Klinikum. The                                                       will be open for your perusal on
Ala., high school that was hit by a                                                         next training date will be Dec. 13. For       only $3.65. This offer excludes holidays
                                              DSN 468-7842 or CIV 0981-183-842.                                                           and is sponsored by the 16th SB.               Saturday. Come find treasures and good
tornado earlier this year.                                                                  more information contact the Bamberg                                                         bargains. The farmers’ market in the
    School supplies can be sent in with       Scholarships available                        Health clinic Executive Officer 1st Lt.                                                      market square will also be open Saturday
students or dropped off at the school in                                                    Jose Sanfeliz at DSN 469-8619.                Register now for ASAP unit
                                                  Each year, about 500 youths around                                                                                                     from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to sell fresh
the office. Items should be packaged in a     the world win $1,500 scholarships in the                                                    prevention leader training                     flowers, vegetables, and fruit.
large Ziploc-like bag to make for easy        Scholarships for Military Children            BSCC’s hosts masquerade,                          The Army Substance Abuse Program                 Flea market on Wirsingstrasse 13
distribution. Items in the package should     program. Children of active-duty and          charity basket auction                        is offering Unit Prevention Leader             from 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.
be an eraser, small scissors, five pencils,   retired military, Reserve and National            Tickets are on sale now for the           certification training Nov. 26 to 30. Each           “Meyers” flea market at the DJK
package of colored pencils, ruler, pencil     Guard members compete for the                 Bamberg Spouses’ & Civilians’ Club “A         unit should have at least two currently        sportsclub starting at 7:15 a.m.
pouch, two folders, a three-ring binder,      scholarships.                                 Night at the Masquerade” annual charity       certified UPLs. Candidates for UPL                   Tierheim (animal shelter) at Alfred-
and a package of loose-leaf paper.                Applications for the fall 2008 school     basket auction. Enjoy a festive evening       training must be E-5 or above, not             Gaertner-Platz 3 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    The group is also looking for infant      year should be available tomorrow,            of intrigue, mystery, and philanthropy        currently enrolled in the ASAP, and not
and toddler clothing, children’s shoes,       either at the Katterbach or Illesheim         Nov. 16. at 6 p.m. at the Warner Club.        under investigation for any substance          Live Concert Friday
and diapers. Monetary donations are also      commissaries or on-line at                    Cost is $5 per person to participate in the   abuse related issue. For more informa-             Armed Forces Entertainment presents
accepted to help defray the costs of          militaryscholar.org.                          live and the silent auction or $15 per        tion contact Darlene Copeland, Preven-         “Scratchtrack,” R&B show at the Kessler
shipping the supplies.                            The deadline for submitting applica-      person with an Italian Dinner. Bidding        tion Coordinator, at DSN 469-1710, or          Fitness Center Friday at 7 p.m. Check
    For more information, call the school     tions to the commissary is Feb. 20.           paddles included! Remember to check           George Riddle, Drug Testing Coordina-          them out online as well at
at CIV 09802—83-2808.                             Fore more information, contact            your identity at the door, the most           tor, at DSN 469-7588. Registration             www.scrachtrackmusic.com. Come
                                              Marie-Luise Glaser, Illesheim store           fanciful and creative mask wins.              deadline is Nov. 16.                           enjoy live entertainment at no charge.
Community flea market                         manager at DSN 467-4717 or CIV                    Purchase tickets at the Thrift Shop
    USAG Ansbach hosts its community
                                              09841-8796 or e-mail her at                   during business hours or reserve your
                                                                                                                                          SKIES Unlimited instructors                    Trip to crafters market
flea market Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2                                                                                                         The Bamberg CYS SKIES Unlimited
p.m. at the Von Steuben Community             marie.glaser@deca.mil.                        tickets by e-mailing                                                                             Join the Arts and Crafts Studio as
                                                                                            auction@bsccgermany.com. RSVP by              program is looking for instructors to          they take a trip to Lauterbach Saturday
Center on Bismarck Kaserne.                                                                                                               teach classes in art, music, ballet, jazz,
    People can rent tables for the event at
a cost for a single space (3m x 3m) for
                                                       Bamberg                              Nov. 14 to attend. Proceeds from all
                                                                                            BSCC events help fund grants and              tap, fitness, sewing, computers,
                                                                                                                                          photography, cosmetology, SAT Prep,
                                                                                                                                                                                         to visit its crafters market and fall
                                                                                                                                                                                         festival. Trip departs at 9 a.m. with plans
$10, a double space (3m x 6m) for $16,                                                      scholarships for groups and members of                                                       to stop at a flea market. Reservations for
                                                                                                                                          Spanish or any skill you may have that
and a table and two benches for $5 per
set. For more on the event, call DSN
                                                        Briefs                              the Bamberg Community.
                                                                                                                                          can be taught to the youth in the
                                                                                                                                          Bamberg community. SKIES is also
                                                                                                                                                                                         a seat must be made in advance. Call the
                                                                                                                                                                                         studio for more information at DSN 354-
468-7336 or CIV 0981-183-336, or send         Harvest fest offers Family fun                Join the AWANA Club                                                                          6903 or CIV 09721-96-6903.
                                                                                                AWANA, an international, nonde-           looking for academic tutors. Contact
an e-mail to ans-mwr@eur.army.mil.               The Bamberg Community Chapel                                                             Archie Johnson at DSN 469-7452 for
                                              and MWR are sponsoring a Harvest Fest         nominational Children’s Ministry, will                                                       Respite care
                                                                                            meet every Sunday from 4:30 to 6 p.m.         more information.
Parent to Tutors                              today from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Bamberg                                                                                                          Child and Youth Services is giving
    The Parents to Tutors Program is                                                        at the high school gym starting this                                                         you a break on super Saturday of every
                                              high school gymnasium. The Harvest
                                                                                            Sunday. The club is open to all children
                                                                                                                                          ASAP 3D training set                           month with the next respite care on Nov.
kicking off soon in Ansbach and needs         Fest is an alternative to customary                                                            3D training sessions will be offered
support from people who would like to         Halloween activities. There will be           ages 4-12. Registration is now open and                                                      10 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Don’t
                                                                                            forms are available at the Chapel. For        on Dec. 4 and 6, and will run from 1 to 5      miss this opportunity to give yourself a
make a difference with the community’s        games, activities and candy for the                                                         p.m. To register, contact Darlene
youth. The program needs people to            whole family. Wear only Family friendly       more information, contact Luke Granger                                                       break, go shopping, or just relax at
                                                                                            at the chapel DSN 469-8140.                   Copeland, Prevention Coordinator, at
serve as tutors to help students with their   costumes. Call CIV 0951-300- 7452 for                                                                                                      home. Children will be cared for at no
                                                                                                                                          DSN 469-7038.
homework in math, science, history,           more information.                                                                                                                          cost to families. It is open to all families
language arts, Spanish, and German.                                                         Attend V.A. benefits briefing                                                                with children 6 weeks old to 12th grade.
    Tutor hours would be on the high
school’s Gold Days from 2-3 p.m.
                                              Trick-or-treating hours
                                                 The trick-or-treating hours for U.S.
                                                                                                Attend the next ACAP V.A. Benefits
                                                                                            Briefing Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to noon at
                                                                                                                                                Schweinfurt                              Children must be registered with CYS
                                                                                                                                                                                         and reservations must be made in
                                                                                            the post movie theater. The briefing will                                                    advance. Parents with children 6 weeks
Tutors do not need to have a degree or be
a parent—just people willing to share
their abilities and make a difference.
                                              Army Garrison Bamberg Warner
                                              Barracks will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.      explain what programs and services are
                                                                                            available through the Department of
                                                                                                                                                  Briefs                                 through 5th grade can call central
                                                                                                                                                                                         registration for reservations. The Teen
    People interested can find out more       BES needs sub teachers                        Veterans Affairs. Open to entire military     B.O.S.S. events                                Center and Middle School Zone will
at http://myarmylifetoo.com under                 Bamberg Elementary School is              community. For more information                   Join Better Opportunities for Single       open at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 10. Call CYS
Ansbach Middle/High School.                   looking for qualified, experienced            contact Olivia at DSN 469-8925.               Soldiers for classes, trips, and events this   for more information at DSN 354-6517/
                                              educators to fill substitute teaching                                                       winter as part of the “I can do it” success    6414 or CIV 0972196-6517/6414.
Music lessons                                 positions. Applicants must have               Attend V.A. DTAP briefing                     series.
    SKIES Unlimited recently started a        successfully completed education above            Attend a Veterans Affairs, Disability            For free bowling and instruction,       Computer classes offered
music lesson program. The program             high school level in an accredited college    Transition Assistance Program briefing        come to Kessler bowling alley. Drill a             Sign up for a computer class through
offers guitar, voice, drum, and keyboard      or university of at least two years of        Nov. 7 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Preston      customized ball and then hit the lanes         Army Community Services in November.
lessons to children ages 6-18 and also a      undergraduate education. Stop by the          Hall. This briefing is for service            Nov. 15 starting at 8 p.m.                     Classes range from basic computer skills,
program called Kinder Music to ages 1-        BES main office Monday through Friday         members who are planning to apply for                Learn about shop safety Nov. 8 at       Microsoft Word and Excel to Advanced
6. Quarterly private lessons cost $280,       from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for an application      Disability Compensation with the V.A.         Conn Auto Skills Center, 6-9 p.m.              Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and
group lessons are $210 and Kinder             or call DSN 469-7616 for more                 and provides information on the DTAP,                Take a free skiing or snowboarding      Access. For each class, you will receive a
Music lessons cost $130. For more on          information.                                  including the Vocational Rehabilitation       class on the slopes during the four-day        certificate of completion. Classes are
the program, call Bryan Osewalt at DSN                                                      and Employment services. The V.A.             trip to Oetztal, Austria Nov. 22-25.           open to the entire community on first
467-4639 or CIV 09841-83-4639.                Community fall clean-up                       helps veterans with service-connected         Transportation is also free.                   come, first served basis. Each class runs
                                                  The annual USAG Bamberg fall              disabilities prepare for, find, and keep          For more information on all three of       from 8 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. and is located
Looking for bookworms                         clean-up will be Nov. 5-8. Bags of leaves     suitable employment. For veterans with        these events, call B.O.S.S. President Sgt.     at the Finney Gym Learning Center. For
    Bleidorn Library hosts a monthly          and bulk will be picked-up at on-post         serious service-connected disabilities,       James Smogonovich at DSN 354-6270              dates of each class call ACS at DSN 354-
book club discussion group and it is          housing Nov. 5-8. Leased and off-post         V.A. also offers services to improve their    or 0170-725-6464.                              6933 or CIV 09721-96-6933.
looking for more members. Books and           housing should use City Bulk dates or         ability to live as independently as
the schedule of meeting dates are             bring bags of leaves and bulk to the          possible. For more information contact        Shop ‘til you drop                             Logo design competition
available at the main desk at the             recycling center.                             Olivia at DSN 469-8925.                           Teenagers between 12-18 years old              Schweinfurt Community Spouses’
Bleidorn Library. For more information,           Units have to take their bulk trash                                                     are invited to attend Army Community           Club is holding a 2007 logo design
call the library at DSN 468-1740 or CIV       and bags of leaves to the recycling center    November travels with ODR                     Services’ Shop ‘til you drop Friday.           competition. Deadline for submission is
0981-183-1740.                                and separate. For more information                Bamberg’s ODR November trips are          Those interested should meet at ACS in         midnight Nov. 15. Winning entry will
                                              contact Mr. Weis at DSN 469-7598,             on sale now! Take a tour under Bamberg        Leighton and from there take local             receive $100. Each participant is entitled
Free bowling                                  DPW-Environmental Office or Housing           Nov. 8. Head to Austria for a ski and         transportation to downtown shopping.           to submit a maximum of three designs.
   The Katterbach Bowling Center and          Zone Coordinator Staff. Sgt.Tyrone King       snowboard weekend, Nov. 10-12. Join us        Bring euro for bus fare, shopping, and         E-mail submissions to
Storck Barracks’ Apache Lanes offer free      at DSN 469-7946.                              at the historic Buttenheim Castle for a       food. For more information, call DSN           scscmail@googlemail.com.
October 31, 2007
                                                                                                Travel                                                                   Bavarian News      19



Shopping that feels like home:
Regensburg’s ‘American-style’ malls
Story and photos by GARRY BARROWS                    outdoor nursery store that stocks Christmas
Bavarian News                                        trees; a DM, an American-style drug store


   C
                                                     without the drugs, but with makeup,
         hristmas Time. A festive part of the        fragrances, and more; four phone stores, four
         year that fills many, especially            vacation planning spots; several places for
         children, with warm and friendly            household items; three hair salons; four stores
feelings.                                            that specialize in intimate appeal; a key store;
    During this season, there are travel             plus a variety of novelty and gift stores that
opportunities, family events, holiday parties,       sell wine, chocolates, souvenirs, cards, and
and special entertainment options like               books.
Christmas Markets that enhance this time of
good cheer.                                          The Regensburg Arcadan Mall
    Oh, yes. It is generally a time of gift-giving       Friedenstrasse 23, 93053 Regensburg;
when people show respect and admiration to           Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
family, friends, and co-workers. To some, this           Take the A3 to 93 headed to into town.
aspect of the season inspires other emotions         Take the second exit, Regensburg
like anxiety and worry caused by viewing the         Konigswiesen. Go left at the light, go 300
purchasing of these seasonal gifts as an             yards, turn right. Go about four kilometers and
insurmountable task.                                 you’re there. Or, take the train to the
    It does not need to be this way! Do not          Regensburg train station. Go up the stairs and
procrastinate! Plan ahead. Determine your            you’re there.
budget and shopping LIST now. Think about                The first thing you will notice is the
what those people on your list need and would        inverted keel ceiling. It’s impressive and really
appreciate. The thought you put into the gift        provides the mall feeling.
selection will make it a personal event rather           Arcadan has a Kaufland grocery store that
than a seasonal obligation.                          features an especially large Getrankemarkt, so
    It is then necessary to develop a shopping       your favorite beverage is sure to be on hand in
plan of action once you’re armed with a well         vast quantities.
thought out list.                                        A Worhl department store is ready to
    There are several options:                       provide a benchmark for what is stylish and
       The Internet. There is always a huge          cutting edge. There is also an H&M
selection, but it can be difficult to tell much      department store.
about clothing, for example, from a picture.             “My daughter shops at Worhl because
Many internet merchants do not ship to APO           there is a great variety of clothes she seems to
address. Returns are always easy and fast.           like,” said Lori Starnes, mother of two teenage
       The Post Exchange. With the opening of        kids. “It’s convenient to get there since the
the new Grafenwoehr facility, that playing field     train takes you to the front door.”
got much larger and being able to pay with               For sports fan, there is a large store called
dollars sure helps. Of course, there is the          Sport Sperk. If you’ve missed having sporting
“Quintuplet Convention Syndrome” to                  goods as far as you can see, this will relieve
considerer. QCS occurs when a large                  your tension.
percentage of the people on post are all                 MediMax Electronics mega store has an
wearing the same shirt, jacket, blouse, or           excellent selection of all kinds of electronics
slacks, and after a while, the “hey, you really      and often has some big markdowns on multi
have great taste, too” gets a little old.            function big screen televisions.
       Shop on the German economy. This                  If you get hungry, there are 11 places to
option allows you to make selections that are        grab a bite to eat including a Subway and a
cutting edge, unique, and stylish (many feel         McDonalds.
German clothing stores feature merchandise               If it’s jewelry you’re looking for, the hip
that is two years ahead of Penny’s or                Bijou Brigitte, “the only place to get jewelry”
Chadwick’s), while adding an enriching               says Starnes, offers some of the most stylish.
cultural element to your shopping and gift               In addition, there are three bookstores, at
giving.                                              least three phone stores, two travel and tour
    While that may be true and attractive, many      locations, four special gift stores including a
Americans do not want be too far off the             Butlers and a This and That, a bakery, a meat
beaten path. Good news, there are two                store, 17 clothing stores including the chic
“American style” malls in nearby Regensburg          accessory store Pimkie, and the career
that will provide you a comfort level not to         woman’s store, More & More.
mention a massive and diverse selection of               Regardless of which mall you go to, a good
gifts. And just like in the States, there are        number of the stores will honor a VAT form, so
sales, real markdowns, in every store.               take several with you and ask the manager
                                                     before making a final decision.
Donau-Einkaufszentrum                                    A large percentage of the store personnel
    Weichser Weg 5, 93059 Regensburg;                speak some English, and they are anxious to
Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.               help you with a little survival German for you      At the Donau Mall, there are several special pieces of art like this metalwork waterfall
    The easiest way to get there is to take A3       too, so don’t let that stop you.                    located next to a tall glass encased clock.
towards Regensburg to the Nittendorf exit.
Take road 8 left and go about 14 kilometers and
you’re there.
    With 135 places of business for you to
explore, it is truly a one-stop shopping mall.
    To avoid doing too much too soon, start                                                                                                                                   The unique
off slowly at one of four department stores                                                                                                                                   inverted keel
featuring the Galeria Kaufhof with four floors                                                                                                                                ceiling adds a
of name brands and outstanding selection.                                                                                                                                     special
H&M, Woolworth, and C&A, more of a lower                                                                                                                                      atmosphere to
end provider, are also nearby.
    Clothing is always a needed and thoughtful                                                                                                                                the Regensburg
gift. There are 29 locations that sell clothes                                                                                                                                Arcadan Mall.
including at least ten woman’s fashion stores.                                                                                                                                This mall is easy
Six shoe stores will provide plenty of variety                                                                                                                                to get to, as it is
and styles to make your selection unique.                                                                                                                                     located right
    “I prefer shopping at the Donau Mall                                                                                                                                      next to the train
because of the selection available at the C&A
and H&M for my daughter,” explained Carol                                                                                                                                     station.
Stone, mother of a 5-year-old girl. “They also
have a pretty good choice of petite clothing                                                                                                                                  For those
for me.”                                                                                                                                                                      missing
    How about electronics? Saturn has                                                                                                                                         American sports
everything from DVD players, televisions,                                                                                                                                     stores, this mall
washers, dryers, refrigerators, and microwave
ovens to just an amazing number of coffee                                                                                                                                     should be on the
makers to choose from. And they do take our                                                                                                                                   top of your list to
VAT form. It is necessary to go to the main                                                                                                                                   visit. Sport
customer service counter, as you do at Galeria                                                                                                                                Sperk is a large
Kaufhof, to get the paperwork in place, but it’s                                                                                                                              sporting goods
worth it.                                                                                                                                                                     store located
    In addition, there are four bakeries; three
butcher shops; a large fresh fruit and                                                                                                                                        within this mall.
vegetable area; four banks; a complete
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                                                                                              Ansbach
MWR issues Top 10 challenge to community members
by RONALD H. TOLAND JR.                                   9. Discover something new.                           To get on the mailing list, fill out one of the    Nov. 10
                                                          10. Learn more about MWR programs.                orange cards located at most MWR facilities or        Black Forest shopping trip
Bavarian News
                                                          “We’ve actually renamed it. It used to be just    send an e-mail to: ans-mwr@eur.army.mil.              Departs at 6 a.m.
    U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Morale,                the Top Ten but now it’s the Top 10 Challenge            “Hopefully people will realize the exciting        Cost: $60
Welfare and Recreation is issuing a challenge         since we incorporated the competition aspect to       things this community has to offer, get involved,     Outdoor recreation, Katterbach
to all community members—have fun!                    it,” Lamb said, adding that the top prize is plane    have fun, and win something nice,” Lamb said.
    MWR wants people get out and experience           tickets to the U.S.                                      For more on the Top Ten Challenge, email           Nov. 15
all the community has to offer, so each month it          Lamb said people can take up the challenge        ans-mwr@eur.army.mil or call Lamb at DSN              Ansbach Walking Tour
issues its Top 10 Challenge, designed by Tory         by e-mailing her and getting on her mailing list      468-7340 or CIV 0981-183-340.                         Departs at 9:30 a.m.
Lamb, marketing director.                             to receive the Top Ten Challenge card each                                                                  Free
    “The MWR Top 10 Challenge is a short list         month. People can also pick up the cards at           November’s Top 10 Challenge                           ACS, Katterbach
of what people can complete in the area—things        Outdoor Recreation, the Yellow Ribbon rooms,
to do that could be fun, where they can meet          bowling centers, Army Community Service,                                                                    Nov. 17
                                                      fitness centers, Arts and Crafts, Central             Tomorrow
new people, take advantage of their                                                                         Conversational German                                 Free child and youth services Parent’s Day Out
surroundings, learn something new, see                Enrollment registration, and Child Development                                                              10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
                                                      Centers on both Katterbach and Storck Barracks.       Noon to 1 p.m.
something new, or maybe pick up a new hobby,”                                                               ACS, Katterbach                                       Sign up in advance at CER
Lamb said.                                                Participant’s lists are validated by host                                                               School age services and CDC Katterbach
    “And 80 to 90 percent of the activities are       facilities when people participate in events listed
                                                      on the front of the list.                             Saturday
free and we make sure to have something for                                                                 Free Paintball                                        Nov. 19 and 28
everyone on the list,” she said.                          “People who participate in five of 10 events      10 a.m. to 5 p.m.                                     Budget Development
    Lamb said the goals of the program can also       on the list can get their name entered in our         Sign up in advance at outdoor recreation.             9-11 a.m.
be broken into a Top 10 list:                         monthly drawing,” Lamb said. “People’s                Soldier’s Lake, Ansbach                               Nov. 19 at ACS Katterbach
    1. Monthly list of “must-do” activities in        validated lists must be received by close of                                                                Nov. 28 at ACS Storck Barracks
the USAG Ansbach.                                     business on the fifth day of the following month      Tuesday
    2. A great way to make the most of your           at either Yellow Ribbon Room. Drop boxes are          Children’s Crafts                                     Nov. 21 and 29
tour in Europe.                                       located on both installations.”                       3-4 p.m.                                              Free Bowling
    3. Become more independent.                           Every month MWR will draw names for               Yellow Ribbon Room, Storck Barracks                   Nov. 21 5-9:30 p.m. at Storck Barracks
    4. Do something fun.                              prizes, but at the end of the deployment, all of                                                            Nov. 29 3-10 p.m. at Katterbach
    5. Meet new and exciting people that you          the people that participated in the challenge will    Nov. 8
didn’t know lived here.                               be entered into a big pot,” Lamb said, “and from      Trip to Stuttgart Post Exchange                       Nov. 24
    6. Explore your surroundings and the              that pot we’ll draw the grand prize for tickets to    Departs Storck Barracks Theater at 8 a.m.             5k Turkey Trot Fun Run/Walk
Bavarian culture.                                     the U.S. So, if you completed the challenge for       Departs Katterbach Theater at 9 a.m.                  Registration at 9 a.m., run/walk at 10 a.m.
    7. A great way to get out of your house.          seven months, you have seven chances to win           Sign up in advance.                                   Free
    8. A distraction from the deployment.             versus someone that only did it for one month.”       Outdoor recreation, Katterbach                        Soldiers Lake



Garrison tests force protection, emergency response
by JIM HUGHES                                     “It was magnificent,” he said.
Bavarian News                                 “They came to our planning stages
                                              about two months ago, and then about
    U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach put two weeks ago to our tabletop where
itself and the local community’s I saw the heads of the Polizei, the
emergency responders to the test heads of the fire department, and
during a force protection and incident heads of other emergency
response exercise Oct. 15-17.                 organizations; it was unbelievable.
    The exercise scenario, which I’ve never seen that level of support
culminated Oct. 17 with an accident before.”
involving a bus full of injured                   Host nation support combined with
children, required action by nearly all leadership commitment to a realistic
                                                                    training event



                  ‘
                  ‘
garrison         and
tactical units, and
h e a v y
                             We really trained the equaled Jones    success,
                                                                               great

participation by          way we fight. We have to said.
host          nation                                                   “In       my
emergency                 do this to ensure we can humble opinion,
responders.               protect the force - family we Aexceeded   U S R E U R ’s
    Required
annually by U.S.               members, Soldiers,                   expectations,”
Army, Europe, the
garrison exercise             civilians - and make he said.trouble  had
                                                                             “They

proved         more           sure they keep their finding n e s sour
                                                                    weak
                                                                           what
                                                                                  es
                                                                                                                                                                                   Photos by Ronald H. Toland Jr.
expansive than                                                                         A portion of the accident scene at the exercise held Oct. 15-17 on Katterbach Kaserne. Garrison fire
those previously             current quality of life a r e — a n d                     and emergency services set up the scene with Boy and Girl Scouts along with spouses playing the
held by the
garrison, said
Mitchell Jones,
director of plans,
                                                   ‘
                                                   ‘
                              and so they can feel usuallylaundry
                             confident they will be list of things.
                                                                    have a
                                                                                they


                                                                    That says a lot
                                                                                       roles of victims—all described by U.S. and German emergency responders as very realistic, even
                                                                                       causing “goose bumps” in some.

t r a i n i n g ,                     protected.                    about        the   post, household goods deliveries              “For us it was quite some work,” emergency responders a training
mobilization and                                                    commander as       delayed,” Jones said. “She wanted to      he added. “Each dummy had a card opportunity that will prove invaluable
security.                                                           well. (Garrison    test our response and see our             explaining the injuries of the person if and when a real-world situation
                                       Mitchell Jones                                  mechanisms from a real-live mission       as well as the role players who were happens in this area and lives are on
    “What           I                                               Commander Lt.
                                       Director, DPTMS                                 as opposed to pre-planned and pre-        moulaged to show realistic injuries. the line.
enjoyed about this                                                  Col. Tammy S.
one was the amount of participation McKenna) gave us the flexibility to                staged. It made it very realistic.”       We welded the doors of the cars to the            “Both sides learned a lot working
by host nation officials. I’d never seen plan and execute a full-scale exercise.           And it all paid off, said Stefan      vehicle frame, so rescue workers had together-things we did well and areas
it at that scale before,” said Jones, who         “Commanders have to be willing       Groetschel, garrison fire chief.          to use the Jaws of Life and not just we need to improve in,” he said. “In




                                                                                                                                                    ‘
                                                                                                                                                    ‘
has worked force protection and to take risks when they do these types                     “It benefits both sides—garrison      open the door. We                                               the end, it is the
operations for the past 11 years split of things—everything from safety                and host nation,” Groetschel said.        damaged          the         It is especially                   people of Ansbach
between the U.S., Grafenwoehr, issues to chaos in the community:                       “We learn about each others’              vehicles with the                                               and the U.S. Army
Vilseck, Hohenfels and Ansbach.               schools delayed, people not getting on   operations much better, we will know      backhoe of our important for the host installations that
                                                                                       the leaders of each organization, and     Unimog to have                                                  will benefit the most
                                                                                       we can focus on quick and efficient       vehicles look like        nation side to train
                                                                                                                                                                                                 by having fully
                                                                                       emergency response during real            they were badly with the military since trained emergency
                                                                                       emergencies because we understand         damaged during a                                                responders that are
                                                                                       each other so much better.                crash.                    there is quite some                   better able to work
                                                                                           “It is especially important for the
                                                                                       host nation side to train with the
                                                                                       military since there is quite some
                                                                                       difference compared to a response on
                                                                                                                                     “The benefit
                                                                                                                                 for our people
                                                                                                                                 was that they
                                                                                                                                 could respond to a
                                                                                                                                                         to a response on the
                                                                                                                                                                                    ‘
                                                                                                                                                                                    ‘
                                                                                                                                                         difference compared together to save
                                                                                                                                                                                                 lives.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jones said that
                                                                                                                                                             local economy.                      while some people
                                                                                       the local economy—military                scenario that was                                               may have been
                                                                                       structure, foreign language and the       comparable to a                                                 inconvenienced by
                                                                                       presence of different hazards,” he        real life situation.              efan oetschel
                                                                                                                                                                 Stef Groe
                                                                                                                                                                 Stefan Groetschel               the exercise, the
                                                                                       said.                                     They were under                  Garrison Fire Chief            payoff was worth it.
                                                                                           Groetschel added that the realism     physical        and                                                “We         really
                                                                                       of the scene—created and set up by        mental stress, just like during a real trained the way we fight,” he said.
                                                                                       garrison fire and emergency               call.”                                        “We have to do this to ensure we can
                                                                                       services—took some people aback.              Groetschel’s counterparts in the protect the force—family members,
                                                                                           “We tried to be as realistic as       city of Ansbach agreed, including Soldiers, civilians—and make sure
                                                                                       possible; it worked out very well,” he    Rainer Stache, the city’s legal director. they keep their current quality of life
                                                                                       said. “If trainees don’t even realize         “It gave us a great opportunity to and so they can feel confident they
                                                                                       during the exercise any more that it is   train with our U.S. Army friends in will be protected.
                                                                                       a drill and not real, then the setup is   responding to an emergency on one
                                                                                       perfect. I talked to several attendees    of the installations,” Stache said. “The          “Our goal was not to hinder
Garrison firefighters move a simulated victim to safety at a portion
                                                                                       from host nation as well as U.S. rescue   realistic nature of the scene of the people, but to have them go home
of the accident scene during the exercise. Garrison fire and
                                                                                       organizations who stated that they had    simulated accident along with our assured that if something really
emergency services set up the scene with the help of Boy and Girl                      goose bumps when they saw the             working side-by-side with our happened, we can take care of it. It
Scouts an d community spouses playing the roles of victims.                            scenario.                                 garrison counterparts provided local should help people sleep better.”
22     Bavarian News
                                                                                            Ansbach                                                                                       October 31, 2007




12th CAB honors Ansbach Eagle Scout
by Sgt. BRANDON LITTLE                              a comprehensive community service project
12th CAB Public Affairs                             each Eagle candidate must plan, supervise and
                                                    complete.
    There are always two U.S. flags inside the         For his project, Willis-Morris built picnic
cockpit of every AH-64D Apache that takes off tables for the Katterbach chapel with the help
or lands here.                                      of friends and fellow Scouts. He particularly
    A few Soldiers from U.S. Army, Europe’s credited Rene Payne, the community’s Club
12th Combat Aviation Brigade recently decided Beyond youth group director, for mentoring him
to make room for one                                                        during the project and
more.                                                                       teaching him how to
    In addition to the                                                      supervise its completion.
flag on each of the two                                                         Sweitzer, a brigade
Apache            pilots’                                                   aviation maintenance
uniforms, a flag would                                                      officer in Headquarters
also be flown to salute                                                     and       Headquarters
a new Eagle Scout                                                           Company, Task Force
from their home station                                                     XII, also has a son who
in Katterbach—17-                                                           is a member of Troop 97.
year-old John Willis-                                                       He said the request for
Morris.                                                                     the flag to be flown
    “I used to be a Boy                                                     originally came from
Scout myself,” said                                                         Willis-Morris’ mother.
pilot Chief Warrant                                                             “I don’t really
Officer 2 Kevin Oaks                                                        remember where the
of the brigade’s 2nd                                                        idea came from to fly a
Battalion,         159th                                                    flag to present to John. I
Aviation, who helped                                                        know I mentioned it                                                                                   Photo by Sgt. Brandon Little
fly the flag in honor of                                                    earlier, and I guess they    Spc. Robert Shaver, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Patrick Francis, Chief Warrant Officer 4
Wi l l i s - M o r r i s ’s                                                 (the 12th CAB pilots)        Keith Langewisch, Spc. Ryan Drouin and Sgt. 1st Class David Sweitzer, Soldiers
achievement. “I know                                                        just took the ball and
how difficult it is to                                                      ran,” says Willis-           from Task Force XII, led by Ansbach’s 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, pose for a
become an Eagle                                                             Morris’s mother, Doris       picture on Logistics Support Area Anaconda, Iraq, with an American flag that was
Scout. You really have                                                      Willis. Willis is a          flown on missions in Iraq in one of the task force’s AH-64D Apache attack helicopters.
to work for it and only                                                     Department of Defense        The flag will be sent to the 12th’s home base at Katterbach, Germany, for John
a small percent of                                        Courtesy photo Dependent Schools               Willis-Morris, a 17-year-old Boy Scout who recently earned his Eagle Scout rank.
Scouts make it.”            Ansbach Eagle Scout and champion teacher in the second
    Most Boy Scouts quarterback, John Willis-Morris.                        grade at Katterbach          compartment during an Oct. 15 flight.                said. “So I’m more than happy to do it.”
join the organization                                                       Elementary who has               “This is the first flag Task Force XII has
when they are about 11                                                      taught in Germany and                                                                “I think it was supposed to be a surprise! But
                                                                                                         flown for a Scout,” Langewisch said. “It’s           I am very grateful for their thinking of me and
years old, and it can take them five to seven years Okinawa during her 21-year DoDDS career.             always nice to do things for those guys.”
to become an Eagle—if they make it, said Sgt.          “Of course, as a mom, I had visions of (John)                                                          also for their dedication to Scouting,” Willis-
1st Class David Sweitzer, a former Scoutmaster achieving his Eagle Scout rank since he started               Willis-Morris’s flag will accompany              Morris said. “The United States Army can also
and one of the organizers of the flag mission.      Tiger Cubs! I just couldn’t be prouder,” she said.   Langewisch and Oaks as they fly combat service       be very proud of them, as I am. I understand the
    Willis-Morris began even younger. He says “Scouting has taught him a great deal, and I               support missions for coalition troops on the         commitment that they have made, since my
he started as a Tiger Cub in Okinawa, Japan, expect him to live by the laws of Scouting. I               ground in Iraq.                                      father is a retired sergeant major in the Marine
and has been a “Scouter” ever since. He spent a pray that he takes the values of Scouting with               “It is a great morale boost to everyone          Corps.
year with a Boy Scout Troop in Tennessee, then him throughout his life and remembers to give             involved—the Soldiers downrange, Scouting               “The flag will always represent to me their
moved to Germany where he joined troops in all that he has experienced and learned back to               and the families left behind,” Willis-Morris said.   dedication to their jobs, their love for the United
Bad Nauheim and finally Katterbach.                 others.”                                             “This allows the Soldiers to feel that they are      States, and their commitment to defend our
    Earning the Eagle rank requires years of           Chief Warrant Officer 4 Keith Langewisch          truly a part of something so far away.”              freedom. I feel very special. The flag will always
working through the Scout ranks, culminated by decided to place the flag in his pilot                        “I know this will mean a lot to him,” Oaks       have a place of honor wherever I am.”



VIP Company transports celebs, Coalition Forces’ top leaders
Story and photo by
Sgt. BRANDON LITTLE
12th CAB Public Affairs

    As the rotor blades slowly begin to spin on a
UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, its crew conducts
last minute checks.
    The flight crew, from Company A, 5th
Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, focuses
intently on the mission at hand as the blades
begin to pick up speed.
    Their mission is to transport a few of the most
senior and influential personnel in Iraq.
    Transporting passengers ranging from the
Commander of Multi National Forces-Iraq to
CBS news anchor Katie Couric each day has
earned Co. A the nickname VIP Company.
    “Because of the threat to wheeled vehicles,
we have been tasked with the vital mission of
transporting VIPs,” said Capt. Brian Stickney,
Co. A commander “Flying with us gives leaders
the freedom to move around the battle field.”
    Accomplishing this mission isn’t an easy task                                                                                                             A UH-60 Black Hawk crew from A Co. 5th
considering there are only 55 personnel in VIP                                                                                                                Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment,
Company.                                                                                                                                                      prepares to take on a “VIP Mission.” A
    “Everyone in our company flies except our                                                                                                                 Co. is responsible for transporting some
supply clerk,” said 1st Sgt. Allen Morgan, from       Capt. Brian Stickney, the company commander for A Co. 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation
Co. A, 5-158th. “In addition to my duties as the      Regiment, gives his crew a safety briefing before they take off on a VIP Mission.                       of the most influential personnel around
company first sergeant, I am also a door gunner.”     Stickney is also a pilot in VIP Company.                                                                Iraq.
    Co. A handles VIP requests to fly regardless
of what time day or night. These requests are         Co. A crew chief. “Plus I get the opportunity to   passengers on the inside, the outside looks like     whoever they invite to fly with them, said
usually sent to them a few days in advance.           meet a lot of important people.”                   any other Black Hawk.                                Stickney.
    “We fly when we are needed, so we are on              To accommodate some of these important             “I don’t feel like we’re a bigger target             Every time the rotor blades of a UH-60 Black
their schedule,” said Stickney, also a pilot in VIP   people, these aircraft have been equipped with     because we look like any other aircraft and we       Hawk from VIP Company slowly begin to turn,
Company. “There are usually about 12 missions         a few special features.                            fly the same areas,” said Chief Warrant Officer      each flight crew member is focused on
a week, and that can mean anywhere from 60 to             “We have a special type of communications      2 Susan Pensinger, a pilot in VIP Company. “I        transporting the most senior and influential
80 hours of flying each week.”                        console with radios and computers that allow       don’t think anyone knows the difference              personnel in Iraq.
    This company has also transported U.S.            commanders to track the battle on the ground,”     between the people we carry and who everyone             “I wake up every morning thinking this is
senators and many Iraqi dignitaries.                  said Stickney.                                     else carries.”                                       the best job in the world,” Morgan said. “The
    “I love to fly and I think our mission here is        Although these aircraft may have high-tech         Each VIP mission transports up to 10             mission may be a little different, but at the end
very important,” said Spc. Jimmy Blundell, a          communications equipment and influential           personnel, so it’s pretty much the VIPs and          of the day I know we’re doing a great thing.”



   For more happenings and events in and around Ansbach, check out the electronic
 newsletters - “On the Scene” and “Cultural Calendar” - available via e-mail. To get on
 the mailing list, e-mail jim.k.hughes@eur.army.mil or rabia.nombamba@eur.army.mil.
24     Bavarian News
                                                                                            Bamberg                                                                                       October 31, 2007




                                                                                                                                                                     To the limit
                                                                                                                                                                     173rd ABCT spouses
                                                                                                                                                                     show just how “hooah”
                                                                                                                                                                     they are, as they tackle
                                                                                                                                                                     group physical training
                                                                                                                                                                     drills at the 173rd
                                                                                                                                                                     parade field on Warner
                                                                                                                                                                     Barracks Oct. 12. More
                                                                                                                                                                     than 50 spouses
                                                                                                                                                                     participated in the fun
                                                                                                                                                                     event designed to give
                                                                                                                                                                     them a feel for Army
                                                                                                                                                                     training and promote
                                                                                                                                                                     friendships.




“Hooah Day” puts spouses to the test
Family members experience the rigors of Army life
Story and photos by JAMES FREDRICK                  straddle hops (jumping-jacks), and knee-               confidence, friendships, and promote teamwork,
Bavarian News                                       benders.                                               which are the same qualities the course is
                                                       At the mock door training facility, 1st Sgt.        designed to instill in Soldiers as well.
    Slapping on camouflage face paint and           Damon Tracey Haynie, 173rd ABCT North,                    “The Hooah Day event drew a lot of spouses
donning a wide variety of Army clothing,            Rear Detachment, gave an airborne                      that we have not been seeing at most of our
spouses from the deployed 173rd Airborne            demonstration that included the basics of using        regular events,” explained Gina Little, 4-319th
Combat Team braved a cold, cloudy fall morning      a parachute and what it is like to soar out of a       AFAR, FRSA.
to take part in the Oct. 12 Hooah Day.              plane. “It gave them an idea of the training their        “When you see people laughing and helping
    Over 50 participants from the 173rd units       spouses go through prior to an airborne                one another that may not have otherwise had
stationed here at Warner Barracks transformed       operation with the 173rd,” said Haynie.                the chance to meet, you know the event has made
from Army spouses to Army Soldiers as they             Hooah Day participants also tackled a few           a difference,” she said.
made their way through various stations, all        of the obstacles on the confidence course. On
intended to give them a realistic, albeit           their way through the course they encouraged
lighthearted, feel for Army training.               one another as each spouse scaled a wall and           Encouragement and teamwork help the
    Everyone got the chance to take aim on the      giant’s ladder, crawled through the sand and           173rd ABCT family readiness group
virtual firing range and try some group physical    under barbed wire, and maneuvered on elevated
training exercises. While arranged in formation,    platforms.                                             participants up and over the obstacles
they counted off as they did pushups, side-            Events such as Hooah Day help build                 on the course.



TSC commander pays visit to 16th Special Troops Battalion
by Sgt. KEITH M. ANDERSON                               After the briefing, West and unit leaders went     would not be added to the rooms.                    it for burrs and debris.”
                                                    to the 16th STB motor pool, where he quizzed               Zulu said she appreciated hearing about the         Tolleson said the general was very thorough,
16th SB Public Affairs
                                                    two mechanics, Pfc. Mark Armstrong and Pfc.            renovation plans and that the general took the      and reinforced an important point.
    Brig. Gen. Scott West, commander, 21st          Jeremy Ridgley, both of Headquarters and               time to hear her concerns, though she wished
                                                                                                                                                                   “I have over 300 weapons,” Tolleson said.
Theater Sustainment Command, Kaiserslautern,        Headquarters Company, 16th STB.                        she could have a kitchen and a bathroom in her
                                                                                                                                                               “I can’t clean them all. Soldiers must maintain
Germany, toured the vehicle and weapons                 “Every time he comes in here he always             room.
                                                                                                                                                               operator standards for their own assigned
facilities of the 16th Special Troops Battalion,    challenges us,” Armstrong said. “He knows what             Cpl. Claudia Kroll, administrative non-
                                                                                                                                                               weapons.”
16 th Sustainment Brigade, and spoke with           he’s talking about and he’s in it for the Soldiers.”   commissioned officer, HHC, 16 th STB,
                                                        After visiting with Soldiers at the motor pool,    discussed her concerns about on-post housing.           After the maintenance terrain walk the
battalion Soldiers and leaders Oct. 11.                                                                                                                        general reiterated his message to unit leaders.
    The tour was part of a maintenance terrain      and inspecting paperwork and tools with leaders,           “He seemed to listen, and as you heard, he
walk that the general conducts with subordinate     the general’s next stop was Ray’s Dining               told [16th SB Brigade Commander] Col. Martin            “Maintenance has always been, in our Army,
units of the 21st TSC, in an effort to focus more   Facility.                                              Pitts that (leadership) should bring it up in the   a core competency,” West said. “We train
attention on equipment maintenance, he said.            At the DFAC West spoke with Soldiers about         next housing meeting,” Kroll said.                  Soldiers to maintain their equipment, we train
    “I honestly think we (in the Army) have         their concerns at Bamberg.                                 After the session at the DFAC, and a visit      our unit leaders to train Soldiers on how to
walked away from maintenance as a core                  Spc. Lillian Zulu, S-1 clerk, 106th Financial      to the battalion motor park and Bravo               maintain their equipment.
competency,” West said.                             Management Company, 16th STB, mentioned her            Company, 16th STB, the general concluded the            “We know that equipment maintenance is
    The walk began with an 11 a.m. briefing in      concerns about the plumbing in the barracks,           maintenance terrain walk with a stop at the         very important on the battlefield it’s very
the 16th SB conference room, where the general      Bldg. 7048, and the open-bay showers, to the           HHC arms room.                                      important in training,” he said.
outlined his ideas on maintenance to unit leaders   general.                                                   After inspecting several weapons, including         The walk is very useful, West said.
and was briefed on the prescribed load list; the        The 16th STB Battalion Commander, Lt. Col.         the weapons of unit commanders, West                    “The great thing that the maintenance terrain
overage recoverable item list; test, measurement    Christopher Chun, informed the general, and the        presented the armorer with a 21st TSC coin.         walk does for us is that it’s leader development
and diagnostic equipment list; scheduled            group of Soldiers, that the brigade has plans to          “I’m going to lend you this,” West said to       for gauging how well we’re doing in training
maintenance of rolling stock, and weapons, and      renovate the barracks and fix the plumbing             Spc. Justin Tolleson, armorer, HHC, 16th STB.       leaders as maintenance leaders in
other aspects of maintenance.                       problems, but that kitchens and bathrooms              “I’m going to come back in 90 days and inspect      organizations,” he said.




                                                                             Photo by Amy L. Bugala                                                                                  Photo by James Fredrick
The great pumpkin dash!                                                                                    General visit
Children of all ages sprint to the pumpkin patch in search of three free pumpkins at                       U.S. Army Europe Commanding General David McKiernan receives an update on
the start of the Pumpkin Festival at Warner Barracks Oct. 13. The 4-319th Airborne                         renovation work at the JFK Teen Fitness Center during his visit to Bamberg Oct. 18.
Field Artillery Regiment family readiness groups sponsored the event and sold                              McKiernan also toured the new Warrior Transition Unit barracks and met with rear
about 300 pumpkins, as well as food, caramel apples, and more.                                             detachment commanders, NCO’s, FRSAs, and family readiness group leaders.
26     Bavarian News
                                                                                           Bamberg                                                                                       October 31, 2007




Bamberg closing in on 2007 CFC goal
USAG Bamberg news release                 contribution goal for 2007.               guide contributors through selecting       development center, FSYP Makes a
                                              “As of today, our community has       the charity or charities of their choice   World of Difference in your
    Helping those in need here in the                                                                                          community!
European theater, in the United States,   already raised $54,000 towards our        and entering their personal and
                                          goal, thanks to the outstanding           contact information to create an               If you haven’t been contacted by a
and elsewhere around the world is an                                                                                           CFC-O Unit Coordinator or would
affirmation of the American spirit.       support from the Bamberg CFC-O            electronic pledge card.
                                          unit coordinators,” said Patrick             If you wish to contribute to our        like to obtain a pledge form, campaign
     Now through Nov. 30, the                                                                                                  material, or obtain additional
Combined Federal Campaign -               Longfield, the CFC-O community            local installation’s Family Support
                                          area project officer.                     and Youth Program, you may do so           information about the CFC-O, contact
Overseas offers a valuable way for us                                                                                          the Directorate of Human Resources
to display that spirit by providing a        Longfield reminds contributors of      by choosing “FSYP” on your pledge
                                          the electronic pledge options             card.                                      office at DSN 469-7713 / 8651.
reliable means for us to help others in                                                                                            For more information about the
need.                                     available this year.                         One hundred percent of FSYP
                                             “Contributors can fill out an          funds return to the community; no          CFC-O go to www.CFC-overseas.org.
    The Directorate of Human
Resources reports that the Bamberg        electronic pledge card via the website    administrative costs are deducted
military community is on their way        or give by using the newest credit        from FSYP contributions. Remember,
towards “Making a World of                card option developed by the CFC-         from providing softballs for youth to      As of last week, Bamberg had
Difference” and reaching their            O,” he said.                              funding language classes for spouses       raised $54,000 of their $60,000
$60,000 community campaign                   The user-friendly instructions will    or art supplies for the local child        goal for 2007.




Women urged to take time for self-care, friendships
Studies show that best predicator of long, healthy
life is long-term relationships with other women
by ANNE TORPHY                                     females is their long-term friendships with other
Bavaria MEDDAC PAO                                 women. Schneider encouraged the guests to take
                                                   their knowledge of breast cancer to the next level
   The official color of October is pink, and the – action.
                                                                          “One of the many benefits



                    ‘
                    ‘
official message is
“Take Action!”                                                         of being in the military is our
   This message
                              One of the many benefits lifelong friendships with
became clear as               of being in the military is women around the world,”
                                                                       she said.
guest speaker Col.
Theresa
Schneider,
commander of the
                 M.
                 the
                                our lifelong friendships    ‘
                                                            ‘             She encouraged women
                                                                       to call the Health Clinic to
                               with women around the make an appointment for
Bavaria Medical                               world.                   their Wellness Exam (which
Activity Command,                                                      includes a breast exam), and
                                                                       to ensure that their friends                                                                             Photos by Amy Bugala
spoke to over 100
guests attending a                   Col. Theresa M. Schneider         and family were also              Carol Rosenberg, Leslie Smith, Jackie Prince and V. Renae Crutches are motivated
Breast      Cancer                   Bavaria MEDDAC Comamnder          scheduling their necessary        to do their part to promote Breast Cancer awareness during a 5K fun run/walk at
Aw a r e n e s s                                                       health exams.
                                                       The eight health clinics in Bavaria, part of      the Bamberg Freedom Fitness Facility track Oct. 13.
luncheon at the Bamberg Warner Club Oct. 25.
                                                   BMEDDAC, can assist women in scheduling
   During the event, hosted by the Bamberg their Wellness Exam, which is usually
Health Promotion Office and the Bamberg recommended for women ages 21 and older; or
Spouses and Civilians Club, Schneider spoke two years after a woman becomes sexually
about the role personal friendships take in the active.
overall health and well-being of women.                A mammogram is recommended for women
   Schneider noted that often times, for women, over age 40, or younger if there is a family
their own needs are put last on their long list of history of breast cancer. Your doctor can advise
things to do.                                      a schedule for exams, and patients should ask
   She cited a recent study that indicated that questions. The health clinic also has pamphlets
the best predictor of a long and healthy life for on how to conduct a breast self-exam.

Sarah Bernier (right) a breast cancer survivor, shares the flame from her candle
with all the guests at the luncheon symbolizing the role each and every one of us
has in raising breast cancer awareness. After all the candles were lit, the group
paused for a moment of silence and remembrance.


Red Ribbon Week essays display students’ drug-free commitment
by AMY BUGALA                                       help right away.                                     change your life forever.                           cause more dangerous things like cancer of the
Bavarian News                                          Knowing someone that had a drug addiction             Drugs can cause bad health problems like        liver and other painful
                                                    in the past really helped                            getting AIDS from an infected needle when           diseases. Telling your
    The Bamberg community showed their              me understand what it is                             taking heroin.                                      parents how drugs and
commitment to creating and maintaining a drug       like to have an addiction                                Drugs can also make your lungs turn black       alcohol can do these
free community by participating in a variety of     and how to over come it.                             like from smoking. Some                             things, should make them
events during this year’s Red Ribbon Week, Oct.     Seeing that person back                              drugs might make your                               proud.
22 -26.                                             then, and seeing them                                teeth turn really yellow.                               Helping your friends is
    Students from the Bamberg Middle / High         now, they have changed.                              Alcohol can cause health                            as important as helping
School were asked to write essays using this           If the person I know                              problems, too. You could                            your family. Making sure
year’s theme, “Take care of yourself... take care   didn’t change than my life                           possibly have liver                                 your friends do not use
of each othe.r. The essays that were selected       would not be the same,                               problems. You also could                            drugs is important for
among the best showed an understanding of the       and neither would theirs.                            get in a car accident and                           their future.                Smith
dangers of addiction and a personal commitment         You can help people                               get hurt really bad or even                             If your friends drink,
to staying drug free.                               avoid drug and alcohol Dominick                      die.                                                try telling them how dangerous it is. If they don’t
    Bamberg High School students were able to       addictions by first telling                              I know drugs can do                             stop tell an adult and stop it for good. If your
express their Red Ribbon Week commitment by         them that it can cause diseases and physical and     bad things because a                                friends do drugs, immediately tell an adult.
participating in an art/poster contest under the    mental health problems. Then contact a close         person when I lived in Luedtke                          The more drug and alcohol free you and your
same theme. The top three winners were first        relative or a drug and alcohol counselor and tell    Italy that did drugs. After                         friends are, shows how healthy your relationship
place, Caitlin Krauchi (17), second place, Rachel   them about the problem so they can help find         quite awhile, his teeth turned really yellow and    really is.Taking care of yourself is also very
Williamson (13), and third place Ola                proper treatment for the person.                     he looked terrible. Eventually, he stopped and      important. Doing drugs can shut down your
Wisniewska (14) and were chosen by customers           Ways you can prevent becoming addicted to         he felt so much better. This is an example of       immune system and you can get sick a lot easier.
at Community Bank.                                  drugs or alcohol are; don’t hang out with people     what drugs do. So don’t do drugs.                       Drinking alcohol can kill lots and lots of brain
    The winning writers and artists were            that will convince you to take drugs or consume          Alcohol has caused bad things to happen in      cells which can lower your ability to think very
recognized during and all school assembly on        alcohol. If someone ever offers you these, then      the past and still does. Once a Soldier got so      quickly. Staying away from drugs is hard
Oct. 26. The writers received AAFES gifts cards     just say “No!” If they call you names for saying     drunk that when he got to the gate to come on       nowadays because so many people do them.
donated by Exchange New Car Sales and the           no, just walk away.                                  post he died from alcohol. Another time             Make sure you stay away from drugs and alcohol
artists were given start up savings accounts           These tips I have written have helped myself      someone got really drunk and as a result, he        so that you can stay healthy.
courtesy of Bamberg Community Bank in the           and others, from having drug or alcohol abuse        jumped in front of a train and died.                    Making sure your friends and family know
amounts of $50, $30, and $20 respectively.          problems.                                                                                                about drugs and alcohol is very important
                                                       I hope that by following these tips for the                                                           because if they don’t know how dangerous they
                                                    rest of my life, I will never have an addiction to   Third place essay                                   are, they can die.
                                                    drugs or alcohol.                                    Tyler Smith, 13 years old                               Knowing how to take care of yourself is also
First place essay                                                                                            Do you know how to help your family when        very important because you need to know the
Jessica Dominick, 13 years old                                                                           it comes to drugs? Helping your family know         dangers of drugs and alcohol. 8,000 people try
   Taking care of others when they have an          Second place essay                                   how dangerous drugs and alcohol are is vital        drugs for the first time each day.
addiction is very important, because they could                                                          for a happy and healthy life.                           Children who drink alcohol before the age
end up going too far and dieing.                    Dillon Luedtke, 12 years old                             Drugs are very addictive and can lead to        of 15 are 15 times more likely to be alcoholics
   If you ever find that one of your friends or        Do you know what drugs and alcohol can do         homelessness, chronic hospitalization and death.    when they grow up. So, if you could, please
family members has an addiction, then get them      to you? They can do many bad things and can          Alcohol can have the same affect, but can also      refrain from killing yourself.
October 31, 2007                                                                                                                                                                            Bavarian News        27
                                                                                           Schweinfurt
91st CAV Soldier dies from combat wounds,
remembered by unit for ‘perpetual optimism’             Detachment Commander Capt. John Opladen,
by KIMBERLY GEARHART
                                                        remembered Pfeifer for his “remarkable
Bavarian News                                           toughness” and “perpetual optimism.”
    Peyton Pfeifer’s father was an “amazing                 Pfeifer carried the Squad Automatic Weapon,
person, and an amazing Soldier,” as Sgt.                or SAW, and even when fatigued, refused to
Brandon Hebert would gladly tell her.                   trade off for a lighter load. “He’d say ‘I’m
    She’ll never find out for herself, as her father,   alright sergeant. We’re almost there,” recalled
Pfc. Christopher F. Pfeifer, succumbed Sept. 25         Hebert.
to wounds suffered Aug. 17 when his unit, the               Capt. Joey Hutto, who took command of
3rd Platoon, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment,       Pfeifer’s troop two months ago, noted that
came under fire near Kamu, Afghanistan. Peyton          Pfeifer was always the first to volunteer, even
was born two days later.                                for difficult tasks.
                                                            “Not only volunteer, but complete it with
    In a memorial ceremony held in the Ledward          superb results” and an ever-present smile, Hutto
Chapel Oct. 16, members of the Schweinfurt              said in comments presented by Staff Sgt. Joseph
community came together to honor Pfeifer’s              Ganger. “There are few good men, and fewer
service as a Sky Soldier, and his sacrifice as a        great ones. (Pfeifer was) a great one.”
man.                                                        Pfeifer’s unwillingness to burden others
    Pfeifer, who joined the Army one month after        extended even beyond his death; he planned the
his wedding, was known to show off pictures of          details of his own funeral so that his family
his pregnant wife, Karen, and tell anyone that          would not have to do so.
would listen about the impending birth of his               “That’s just the kind of man he was,”
first child.                                            remarked Chaplain Stevan Horning. “He put
    The Afghan children in his area came to             himself in a place of danger so that others would
know Pfeifer for his joyful disposition.                not have to live in fear.”
    “He would have made a good father,” Hebert              Pfeifer is survived by his wife Karen and
said, in remarks read by Staff Sgt. Mark Linden.        daughter Peyton, parents Michael and Darlina                                                                                           Photo by Bernard Ahlers
    Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Christopher             Pfeifer, brother Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Pfiefer, and    Spc. Matthew Buehler stands at the head of the firing detail after sounding ‘Taps’ to
Kolenda, whose remarks were relayed by Rear             sister Nikki Griffith.                                honor Spc. Christopher F. Pfeifer Oct. 16 on Ledward Barracks.


Former WWII enemies gather again ... in friendship
Story and photo by                           compounding further devastating
MARK HEETER                                  airplane and crew losses throughout
                                             Germany throughout “Black Week,”
Bavarian News                                as it is called. Planes were failing to
    When asked how high he was               return at a rate of 71 percent,
flying that day, Charles Hebert has a        according to Bruckert.
simple answer.                                  The American crews dreaded the
    “We weren’t high enough. They            “flak helpers,” as the air defenders
just kept hitting us,” Hebert said.          were called, more than anything else,
                                             said Bruckert, who has asked the
    “That day” was October 14, 1943,         veterans what they feared the most
and “they” were the German anti-             about battling over Germany.
aircraft defenders – many of them               “They couldn’t shoot at them. And
schoolboys – who battled in                  they just didn’t know where the next
Schweinfurt on what has come to be           one was coming from,” he said.
known as Black Thursday.                        The       Second      Schweinfurt
    Six members of the 8th U.S. Air          Memorial Association met in
Force who flew bombing missions              Schweinfurt in 2004, 2001, and 1998,
over Schweinfurt on Black Thursday           at which time they co-dedicated a
returned to Schweinfurt for the fourth       memorial in a wartime bunker.
time in nine years for a reunion with           As in the past, the group held a
the very men who tried to shoot them         memorial service at the bunker
out of the sky.                              Sunday, in addition to a reception at
    “Who would have thought that,            the city hall Saturday, a traditional
more than 60 years later, the thing that     Schweinfurter Schlachtschussel             Veterans who once battled over the skies of Schweinfurt, now friends, danced the night away with
they hated the most would be their           Monday, and a wreath-laying                their families and friends Oct. 16.
best friends,” said George Bruckert,         ceremony at the Dagger memorial on
who traveled with the group this year        Conn Barracks Oct. 16.                     commander, as he addressed the                   “You guys are showing that the             This friendship has really helped
and is writing about them.                      “You represent the future and           veterans and their families at a             American Air Force and the Deutsche          my job,” he said. “Because I consider
    Sixty American planes carrying           remind us of the past,” said Lt. Col.      luncheon here Oct. 16. “And we               Flakhelfer come together in                  us part of the Schweinfurt
600 crewmembers were lost Oct. 14,           Tony Haager, USAG Schweinfurt              appreciate that.”                            friendship,” said Haager.                    community.”


  New events, president bring life WTU taking care of local Soldiers
 to Schweinfurt B.O.S.S. program                                                                              by MARK HEETER
                                                                                                              Bavarian News
                                                                                                                                                                        example, if a Soldier needs to stay overnight
                                                                                                                                                                        in Landstuhl, we get a hold of the Fisher House
                                                                                                                                                                        for them or we make sure they know how to
by KIMBERLY GEARHART                                    a fun and viable alternative to excessive                 Warrior Transition Unit means something               get hold of them. We take care of the families
                                                        drinking. Getting them actively engaged in            special to about three dozen Schweinfurt                  there, too, to make sure the support is there,”
Bavarian News                                                                                                 Soldiers who have been assigned to the unit               he said.
                                                        something positive is one of our goals.”
                                                            One of Smogonovich’s personal aims for the        since it was created early last month.                        Although Soldiers’ commanders have the
   There’s a new B.O.S.S. in town, and its got a                                                                                                                        final say on determining who they release to
                                                        program is to get the single Soldiers to be more          “It’s a sense of pride to be in this unit. To be
new president as well.                                                                                                                                                  become part of the WTU, doctors and other
                                                        active in the military and local civilian             able to take care of those Soldiers that went and
   Sgt. James Smogonovich (but you can call                                                                                                                             medical professionals can offer their
                                                        communities. School programs and partnership          fought for our country and have been injured
him Sgt. Smog) is a newcomer to Schweinfurt,
                                                        initiatives like community clean-ups are just a       and fought for our freedom,” said Sgt. 1st Class          recommendations based on each case, Kennedy
a member of 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery, and                                                                                                                     said.
                                                        couple of the ways that the B.O.S.S. program          Salvatore Hrycych, Schweinfurt WTU platoon
he’s also your new Better Opportunities for                                                                                                                                 “If a commander feels the unit can take care
                                                        can contribute to the community as a whole.           sergeant.
Single Soldiers (B.O.S.S.) president.                                                                                                                                   of him, then by all means, they can do that,” he
                                                            “We, as single Soldiers, have put out a bad           While most of the Soldiers assigned to the
   “B.O.S.S. is a program for single Soldiers                                                                                                                           said, noting that the units then maintain the
                                                        image over the years, especially on the economy.      WTU have been wounded in combat, eligibility
by the single Soldiers. They come up with things                                                                                                                        responsibility of getting the Soldier through the
                                                        I want to take that away. I want them to know         is spread to include Soldiers who are under the
they would like to do, and MWR helps them                                                                                                                               necessary appointments.
                                                        that we’re here to help and defend them, too,”        evaluation of a medical board, who spend a
carry those things out,” said Silvia Joiner, MWR                                                                                                                            Hrycych and Kennedy encourage their
                                                        Smogonovich said.                                     significant amount of time at appointments, and
recreation specialist who has been assisting with                                                                                                                       Soldiers to remain active and are looking for
                                                            B.O.S.S. programs, such as the “This One’s        who have to have at least six months of complex
the B.O.S.S. program since 1989.                                                                                                                                        the community to reach out to their Soldiers with
                                                        for You” reintegration project, often reach out       care, according to Hrycych and local WTU
   Soldiers, however, don’t really know what                                                                                                                            the opportunity to contribute in any of a number
                                                        to the whole community, rather than just single       squad leader, Staff Sgt. Joshua Kennedy.
B.O.S.S. is all about, or at least, that’s what                                                                                                                         of ways.
                                                        Soldiers, although those Soldiers are the priority.       “It’s for different injuries, different illnesses,”
Smogonovich has seen.                                                                                                                                                       “I’d encourage the community to come
                                                            “We’re not a private organization. You don’t      said Hrycych. One thing remains the same for
   “I’d mention B.O.S.S. in the dining facility                                                                                                                         forward with meaningful jobs for these
                                                        have to be a part of a ‘club’ to participate. We’d    all the assigned Soldiers, though, according to
or the gym, and Soldiers would just look                                                                                                                                Soldiers,” Kennedy said.
                                                        like to incorporate the entire community,”            Kennedy.
confused. I want to change that. I want to get                                                                                                                              “Get involved with these Soldiers. Come talk
                                                        Smogonovich said.                                         “A lot of Soldiers don’t want to feel different.
that knowledge out there and get them                                                                                                                                   to them. See if there’s anything you can do to
                                                            Joiner noted that many B.O.S.S. trips are         They don’t want that, ‘Oh, let me get the door
involved,” he said.                                                                                                                                                     help them. A lot of the Soldiers are looking for
                                                        open to adult couples on a space-available basis.     for you just because you got a cane.’ They want
   The local B.O.S.S. program has recently                                                                                                                              things to do. They don’t want to be just sitting
                                                            “Although the single Soldier has to come          to feel just like me, like you. When I deal with
begun a program of wider community                                                                                                                                      there. They’re looking. ‘How can we help? What
                                                        first, we welcome anyone interested in a fun,         my Soldiers, they’re a man,” he said.
involvement with joint MWR programs and                                                                                                                                 can we do?’” Hrycych said.
                                                        adult opportunity to explore,” she said.                  The primary function of the WTU is to ensure
reintegration initiatives. Smogonovich wants to                                                                                                                             For more information about the WTU or to
                                                            The next B.O.S.S. reintegration event, which      that Soldiers are making and completing their
continue that trend and expand it.                                                                                                                                      inquire about helping with the unit, stop by the
                                                        is open to all Soldiers, will be held Nov. 15         appointments, and to ensure that they have the
   “This is a program designed to improve the                                                                                                                           Schweinfurt Health Clinic, where Hrycych and
                                                        beginning at 3 p.m. in the Finney Fitness Center.     means to get there, Kennedy said.
quality of life for the single Soldiers, to provide                                                                                                                     Kennedy have their basement office.
                                                                                                                  “We can facilitate that for them like, for
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                                                                                       Schweinfurt

      Army names Auto Skills
       Center best of its kind
Story and photo by MARK HEETER                       together for the winning combination, said Tom      with flying colors,” Woditsch said.
Bavarian News                                        Woditsch, the facility manager.                        The business recreation division and garrison
                                                         “I cross-train the employees so they can do     have been extremely accommodating when
   The U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt Auto           everything,” Woditsch said of his basic             Woditsch has made requests in his effort to
Skills Center was named the best of its kind for     management philosophy.                              improve the center, he said.
medium-sized garrisons at the National                   “Everybody helps each other out,” he said,         “We’ve got the best backing. This is the first
Recreation & Parks Association conference in         to include the customers.                           place I’ve ever been where I’ve gotten
Indianapolis Sept. 24. The Army recreation               “I think it’s our customers,” said Tim          everything I’ve asked for,” he said, referring to
awards program is part of the NRPA awards.           Gittelsohn, assistant manager, when asked what      the overhauled equipment and facility.
   “The awards recognize garrisons and               makes the Schweinfurt center the best in the           And the customers keep coming back.
individuals that develop and deliver customer-       Army. “We’re only here because of them.”               “This is the best customer-based shop there’s
focused programs that address the needs and the                                                          ever been,” said Sgt. 1st Class Robert Gaskins,
                                                         Another significant improvement to the auto
interests of the Army,” according to a release                                                           after being greeted by the crew on a visit to the
                                                     skills center was its merger with the strip lot,
by the Installation Management Command                                                                   center Oct. 9.
                                                     according to Woditsch. And a new recycling
announcing the awards.                               program has significantly increased the profit,
   The five-person team at the skills center         he added.                                            Jose Vazquez mixes water with
comprises specialists whose efforts blend                “Every inspection we’ve had, we’ve passed       antifreeze in his car at the center.



British convoys lead to partnership ties                                                                                                                       Community
by KIMBERLY GEARHART
Bavarian News
                                                     averages approximately 40 Soldiers working in
                                                     Schweinfurt to support the moving troops and
                                                     equipment involved in the convoy operation.
                                                                                                         and see how you guys train as well,” Scott added.
                                                                                                             The garrison Headquarters and Headquarters
                                                                                                         Company, to which Reveal belongs, has
                                                                                                                                                               participating
                                                     The garrison has supplied barracks space for the    weapons qualification ranges on the horizon, and
    If you’ve left Conn Barracks by way of
Geldersheim gate this month, you’ve probably
noticed a bevy of green tents camped out on
                                                     stationary Soldiers.
                                                         “But we’re in a tent,” Caswell said, laughing
                                                                                                         invited the British to join them in simulated
                                                                                                         weapons qualification and training on Conn
                                                                                                                                                               in annual Red
Conn Airfield.                                       and pointing to himself and Scott. Due to space     Barracks.
    If you look a bit closer, you’ll notice that
the Soldiers manning those tents are not decked
                                                     constraints, some of the stationary Soldiers had
                                                     to be housed in tents, and this time, the senior
                                                     guys are roughing it.
                                                                                                             “It’s a great joint partnership experience. We
                                                                                                         get to show them how we train, and learn a little
                                                                                                         from them, and just have a great time in general,”
                                                                                                                                                               Ribbon Week
out in standard-issue Army gear, or even Air                                                                                                                   by SANDRA WILSON
Force attire—the Soldiers camped out on Conn             But even “roughing it,” the British are well-   Reveal said. In addition to the simulated
                                                     taken care of, thanks to Sgt. 1st Class David       battlefield training, Reveal arranged a day of        Bavarian News
are members of the British Royal Logistical
Corps.                                               Reveal, who is the garrison’s dedicated liaison     paintball fun, followed by a BBQ hosted by
                                                     to the visiting military force.                     Scott’s unit.                                             Red ribbons will join the shower of yellow
    In an effort to support our NATO partners,                                                                                                                 ribbons already adorning Schweinfurt military
the U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt has offered           “My job is to make sure they have everything         The CSC ended its run last week, and Scott
                                                                                                         and his crew vacated Conn Barracks. Reveal,           installations this week.
a temporary home to British troops as part of a      they could possibly need” to make their
                                                                                                         however, hopes to lure them back for subsequent           Red Ribbon Week kicked off Oct. 21 as part
refueling station supporting several convoys         operation run smoothly and their downtime
                                                                                                         training events.                                      of the nationwide effort to increase awareness
traveling from northern Germany to the               relaxing. Whether it’s a forklift for equipment                                                           of the dangers of drug abuse.
                                                     movement, extra fuel, or a television set-up for        “They definitely know their jobs, and their
Hohenfels area in preparation for an upcoming                                                                                                                      This will be the twelfth year of the campaign
                                                     the tents, Reveal makes it happen.                  leadership is all about taking care of Soldiers.
British deployment to Iraq.                                                                                                                                    against drugs which began with the death of a
                                                         Caswell, who has run several similar            It’s been an honor for me to get to work with
    “In Schweinfurt, we have what we call a                                                                                                                    Drug Enforcement Administration agent,
                                                     missions during his service, often works with       such a class act,” he said, adding that he hopes
CSC—Convoy Staging Center. When the                                                                                                                            Enrique Camarena. Camarena, working to
                                                     the Bundeswehr, but this was his first              this CSC exercise is just the beginning of a long
convoys come in we refuel them, feed them, and                                                                                                                 expose a multi-billion dollar drug cartel, was
                                                     opportunity to work on an American base.            friendship.
give them a place to sleep for 8 hours, then they                                                                                                              murdered by drug traffickers in 1985.
                                                         “I’ve never before had the privilege. On            For their part, Scott and Caswell second that         In addition to awareness, Red Ribbon Week
shoot off again,” said Capt. Christopher Scott,      German posts, we do our thing and just try not      idea.
the officer in charge of the CSC operation.                                                                                                                    endeavors to teach people how to recognize and
                                                     to cause friction. There wouldn’t be a dedicated        “Sgt 1st Class Reveal has been brilliant. The     combat addiction in their own lives or the lives
    Scott and non-commissioned officer in            liaison officer, either,” he explained.             hospitality of the Americans, it’s been excellent,”   of loved ones.
charge Cpl. Jimmy Caswell head up a group that           “And we’ve been invited to have some fun        Scott said.                                               “A surefire sign of addiction      is when the
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                                                     7                                                                                                   9     said McMillan. If those needs
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                                                     8                                                                                                   9     drug and alcohol alternatives
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                                                                                                                                                         9     to fill the lonely void.
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 Photo by Wendy Sledd                                                                                                                                          them to reevaluate their “relationship” with the
                                                                                                                                                               drugs, he said.
                                                                                                                                                                   There’s another type of drug             with

SFAC supporting local WTU, Soldiers, families                                                                                                                  which abuse may go
                                                                                                                                                               unnoticed: over-the-counter
                                                                                                                                                               drugs.
by MARK HEETER                                       last month throughout the Army as tools to help         “It’s just getting them to the right                  McMillan recounted a
Bavarian News
                                                     Soldiers transition either into another unit,       organization so they can fix it and just get them     time when a passenger next
                                                     through their rehabilitation or out of the Army.    in the right direction,” Thomas said.                 to him on an international
   A lounge-type setting with telephones,            While the WTU is under the operational control          In addition to all the amenities in the SFAC,     airplane flight downed
computers, access to a kitchen, plenty of            of the medical activity, the SFAC is under the      plans are in the works for a second SFAC lounge       several doses of Nyquil then
information, and staff at the ready to help is the   day-to-day care of ACS.                             to be set up in the Personnel Transition              a glass of hard liquor.
place to be for Soldiers assigned to the Warrior         When Soldiers or Family members come to         Assistance Center in Bldg. 40 on Conn Barracks,           “‘See you on the other
Transition Unit and their Families.                  the SFAC, they will likely be greeted and           according to John McIntyre, U.S. Army Garrison        side,’ he said. I don’t think
   Welcome to the Schweinfurt Soldier Family         assisted by DonElla Thomas, a familiar face to      Schweinfurt director of Human Resources.              people really think about
Assistance Center, co-located with Army              the community. She recently separated from              Installation Management Command-Europe            it,” said McMillan about
Community Service in Bldg. 242 on Ledward            active duty with the Dagger Brigade and now is      has already conducted a site assistance visit and     the misuse of legal drugs.
Barracks.                                            the acting SFAC specialist.                         liked what they saw.                                      People have no idea
   “That’s truly what this environment is set up         “It keeps them from running back and forth           “Their feedback was that they were very          what kind of reaction their
to do. In between appointments, depending on         between Ledward and Conn,” Thomas said,             pleased with our operation,” McIntyre said.           bodies may have to
limitations, this is here to support the healing     noting that some Soldiers’ appointments have            Although the SFAC is designed as a priority       overdosing or combining drugs, he said. Using
Soldier in whatever capacity,” said Hal Snyder,      to happen in a precise order.                       service center for WTU Soldiers, Snyder               medications in a manner other than directed on
USAG Schweinfurt ACS officer.                            Thomas’ experience as a personnel specialist    emphasized that ACS continues to offer the same       the bottle is considered abuse.
   “SFAC is going to play a very vital role, I       came in handy immediately upon her assumption       services and programs to the entire community             “Red Ribbon Week is an awareness
believe, in the success of (the WTU). ACS are        of the position, as she helped a Soldier with an    that have been the hallmark of ACS.                   campaign… a reminder that… people have died
my go-to guys. If I can’t solve a problem, I know    incorrect Date Eligible for Return from                 “I think the biggest challenge is not losing      in the fight against illegal drug use. Children
anybody can go to ACS, and they’ll help,” said       Overseas, or DEROS.                                 sight of the fact that we continue to support all     are growing up in areas where it’s almost a rite
Staff Sgt. Joshua Kennedy, squad leader for the          “I was able to call over and get his DEROS      of our Soldiers and Families with similar             of passage. If we don’t want our kids to grow
Schweinfurt WTU.                                     adjusted, so now he will be able to go coordinate   services. The SFAC is designed as a location to       up doing these kinds of things, we need to
   The SFAC and WTU were established early           for his follow-on assignment,” she said.            prioritize service for the WTU Soldiers,” he said.    become more involved,” said McMillan.
30     Bavarian News
                                                                                                 Sports                                                                                October 31, 2007




                                                      A Perfect Season
Song remains the same—Ansbach Cougars chasing title
Story and photos by JIM HUGHES             a happy homecoming Oct. 13 by
Bavarian News                              destroying Mannheim 60-3, and then
                                           made a trip to defending Div. II
                                           champion Bitburg Oct. 20 and crushed

   T
           he teams may be better, the
           opponents bigger and the        the Barons 38-8—putting up 24 points
           schedule tougher, but the       in the first quarter and only allowing a
song remains the same for Ansbach          touchdown with their second-string
Cougars football players—they’re           defense late in the game.
chasing another title despite moving            “They were missing their best
up into Department of Defense              running back to an ankle problem, and
Dependent Schools’ Division II.            we lost a couple of kids during the
     In August, after learning of the      course of the game,” George said.
move out of Div III—where they had         “They’re a much bigger team—their
won four titles in five years—into Div.    260-to-280-pound kids take hits a lot
II, many at Ansbach were concerned         better than out 170-to-180-pound kids.
about how the team would do against             “We probably have better overall
schools that oftentimes boasted twice      team speed so we try to finesse people
as many total students.                    to make the most of it,” he added.
     But the concern was unfounded.        “Bitburg plays a Neanderthal-style of
Led by a strong and cohesive senior        football believing that if you smack
class, Cougar players didn’t just          people in the nose enough they’ll back
compete, they destroyed all comers         up or quit—that’s what they’re
and find themselves one win away           counting on. They couldn’t do that to
from a fifth championship in six years.    us.”
     “We’ve had a nucleus of kids who           The Cougars finessed their way to
have stayed together the past three or     a perfect regular season—the only
four years,” said Head Coach Marcus        undefeated team in DODDS football—
George, referring to John Willis-          and a playoff win versus Wiesbaden
Morris, Xavier Sheppard and Thomas         to put themselves back in a
Graham. “And we’ve had others move         championship game for the sixth            Senior team captains Xavier Sheppard, Jacob Burnside and John Willis-Morris, and the rest of the
in, like Jacob Burnside, Storm Freeman,    straight year and a chance for a fifth     team’s seniors helped the Cougars to a perfect regular season in Div. II football.
Rancel Arrocha, Jiamine Kimbell, Ryan      title.                                     and weight programs, and also the that he did it is telling—it makes all on how to go forward.”
Snow, Brian Moderie, Justin Harris and          This is a special group of Cougars,   raising of the players’ football the difference. Having seniors makes             And Willis-Morris agrees, adding
others. We’ve slowly built a strong        George said.                               intelligence.                           all the difference—especially ones that this one would be special since
senior class.”                                  “The teams that stick out in my           “They go out there and make who’ve been with you a while. They’re it’s his last year with the school.
     While admitting to some initial       mind are the ones who have hurdles         adjustments to do things to be worth their weight in gold.”                       “It’s been a good year—my last
concerns about the move to Div. II,        and they hurdle them,” George said.        successful,” he said. “What I know is       And that gold comes in the form of year,” he said. “I’m making the best of
senior quarterback Willis-Morris said      “It’s easy to be a front runner, the big   not nearly as important as what they titles, and George, Willis-Morris and it and hopefully we can come out with
it actually made the team better.          dog, and slap the little kids around.      know. If it’s just me that knows, then the rest of the Cougars feel they have a championship for my senior year.”
     “We were concerned and a little       But when you’re called out and you’re      when things change during a game, a good shot at the 2007 Div. II title.          Ansbach clobbered Wiesbaden 36-
nervous at first, but we got the hang      able to step up and take care of           the kids don’t know how to adjust.          “We’re going to have to come out 0 in the playoffs, which sets up the
of it and we did great,” he said. “There   business. That is kind of an exciting,         “John (Willis-Morris) called a play executing and doing what we’re Div. II championship between the
are definitely better teams and better     pleasing, satisfying thing. I think you    the other day that was a flip-flop of supposed to be doing,” George said. Cougars and Bitburg, who downed
players, but it’s made us better           find out a lot about yourself and it’s     what we normally call and I looked at “Anybody we play can beat us—badly. Naples 48-30.
because we have to prepare more and        kind of nice to be successful, too.”       him like he was crazy because I If we don’t execute, then nothing in              The Super 8 is Saturday in
play harder.”                                   He said another aspect to the         couldn’t imagine he knew enough to the past will matter. The past doesn’t Baumholder—the Cougars take on the
     That strong senior class ensured      Cougars success is its conditioning        do that,” the coach added. “The fact matter except to give you a guide-on Barons at 3:30p.m.




Quarterback John Willis-Morris
eludes a tackler in a game                                                                                                    Shane Williams cruises in for a score against Vilseck during a
against Vilseck at Katterbach              Xavier Sheppard crashes through the Vilseck defense during a                       Sept. 29 game. The Cougars finessed their way to a perfect regular
Sept. 29.                                  game at Katterbach Sept. 29.                                                       season—the only undefeated team in DODDS football.



                                                                                                                              SEASON RECAP: Despite a great season, including winning
                                                                                                                              their first homecoming game (against Aviano) in several years,
                                                                                                                              the Vilseck Varsity Falcons were eliminated from reaching the
                                                                                                                              playoffs after losing to Ansbach and Naples. Vilseck’s last game
                                                                                                                              ended with a narrow 9-8 victory with 13 seconds left over Patch.

                                                                                                                              Vilseck ended their season with 3 wins, 3 losses. Vilseck Head
                                                                                                                              Coach Billy Ratcliff is looking forward to a great 2008 season.
                                                                                                                              “We are only losing a few people and will have a lot of players
                                                                                                                              coming back with valuable varsity experience,” he said.

                                                                                                                              The names of the players who received all-conference awards
                                                                                                                              will be listed in the Nov. 14 issue.

                                                                                                                              (At left) Vilseck’s #88 Jamal Grant runs for a touch down during a
                                                                                                                              Sept. 22 game against the Wuerzburg Wolves.
                                                                                                                              Photo by Paula Guzman




                                                             Falcon Fever
October 31, 2007
                                                                                                 Sports                                                                                Bavarian News          31

Tiger Season: Hohenfels’ varsity
team puts discipline to the test
Story and photos by GARRY BARROWS
Bavarian News
    As the Hohenfels Tigers prepared to play
their opening Division III playoff game at home
Oct. 27 against Roda, Spain, Head Football Coach
Ed Lynch had a number of reasons to be pleased
with the season so far and optimistic about the
teams’ chances this weekend.
    “We had planned to carry 24 players, started
training with 32 and are now at 22,” Lynch said.
    The coach noted several non-football issues
altered the plan including academics and family
decisions, yet it may have been the
implementation of the conditioning program, a
major factor absent from last year’s team, that
separated the “players from the pretenders.”
    “We run two miles every night and four miles
on training days,” Lynch said, noting that the                                                                                                                  Hohenfels Senior running back Dameon
coaches and players have a philosophy in place                                                                                                                  Odum, right, watches the game, along
that will be the foundation of the team for years
to come.                                                                                                                                                        with assistant coach Chris Howard and
    Lynch says it is a philosophy of discipline        An intense pass rush by the Hohenfels Tigers defense causes Roda Admiral                                 senior quarterback Michael Tillberg,
where the members of the team recognize and            Quarterback James Montfleury to hurry a pass that was intercepted by Hohenfels                           during the Div. III playoff Oct. 24.
put forth the effort necessary to become a highly      linebacker Johnnie Mesch and returned deep into the Roda Admirals territory during                           And so it was on a crisp fall Saturday in late
conditioned team; the discipline to build character                                                                                                             October in Hohenfels that the Tigers played
both on and off the field; a healthy nutritional       the third quarter of Div. III playoffs Oct. 24. The Admirals won, 20-12, to advance.
                                                                                                                                                                their final game of the season, pitting all of their
lifestyle; and the patience necessary to practice      team shows them),” he said. “The difference in the entire coaching staff. He said the staff has
                                                                                                                                                                experience, conditioning, and effort against the
smart, striving to execute their plays instinctively   this game will be how well our players execute certainly earned it, but the team trusts the staff
                                                                                                                                                                Roda Admirals.
and smoothly.                                          the plays.”                                       and believes in the team philosophy.
                                                                                                                                                                    Hohenfels took the lead with two first-half
    “Last year, we lost our playoff game due to            Lynch also credited team leadership as a          “(Each team member) has stepped up a notch
                                                                                                                                                                touchdowns, the second scored on a 65-yard
poor discipline, poor execution,” Lynch recalled.      factor in improved performance. There are four closer to being a man,” said Lynch.
                                                                                                                                                                run by back Dameon Odum.
“If we don’t win this game, I can tell you it will     captains, two linemen—Johnnie Mesch and               As practice continued, Lynch said he and
                                                                                                                                                                    Yet Roda would not be denied, playing with
not be because of poor discipline or poor              Patrick Van Fleet—and two running backs— the team were excited about the prospects of the
                                                                                                                                                                intensity and emotion, they had cut the lead to
execution.”                                            Michael Tillberg and Dameon Odum—who upcoming game. He is gratified as he continues
                                                                                                                                                                12 – 7 before scoring again in the closing minutes
    There is an old football adage that says “you      have gotten the job done.                         to see the team getting better.
                                                                                                                                                                of the third quarter on a touchdown pass from
play as you practice.” Lynch has seen significant          “They are smart kids who know what they           “We haven’t peaked yet,” said Lynch.
                                                                                                                                                                quarterback James Montfleury to running back
improvement in the way his team practices.             have to do,” Lynch said.                              This is revealed by the continuing
                                                                                                                                                                Sterling Frost.
    “Good execution (of plays) breeds                      Defensively, former Patch High School Head improvement in “field times,” sprints done in full
                                                                                                                                                                    Montfleury escaped what appeared to be a
confidence,” he said. “The biggest improvement         Coach Billy Henry has brought a simple yet football gear, in the 40- and 100-yard dashes.
                                                                                                                                                                sure quarterback sack to spot Frost between
has been the execution of our ‘bread and butter’       effective idea to the team.                           Lynch explained that the team’s assets include
                                                                                                                                                                defenders in the end zone for the score.
plays, and that comes from disciplined practice            If a team can’t score, they can’t win. With a 205-lb. quarterback who runs a 4.9 second 40-
habits.”                                               three shutouts in six games, clearly some of what yard dash; a 170-lb. running back who runs a               The Admirals scored a late fourth quarter
    Lynch said by being in excellent condition,        Coach Henry is saying is being heard.             4.8; a 168-lb. split end who runs a 4.7; a 142-lb.     touchdown to make the score 20-12 and were
the players are more comfortable and relaxed. The          Lynch praised Henry’s style and work to fullback that runs a 4.8.                                    able to hold off a final attempt by the Tigers.
players look for and read the variables of each        bring the techniques and tactics of basic             “With our size, we can’t beat up anybody, so           The players and the coaching staff were
play. Each time a fake or a blocking technique         fundamental defensive football to the team and we have to take our speed, quickness,                     disappointed by the results, but the effort and
gets a little better, each player is a little better   have the team embrace and implement it so intelligence, and endurance and make a                         determination showed by the entire team during
prepared.                                              quickly.                                          difference,” Lynch said. “If our team completely       the successful season will be remembered as a
    “The players become accustomed to                      Another area in the team’s makeup that has buys the philosophy ‘I can condition myself, I            foundational step in building an outstanding
adjustments in defensive techniques (the other         pleased Lynch is the respect the players give to can discipline myself’, we can be successful.”          football program at Hohenfels.


Not in their house—Ansbach Packers rally at home for first win in ‘07
Story and photo by JIM HUGHES               was up 6-0 early in the first.             added a 33-yard touchdown run and
Bavarian News
                                                A couple of possessions later,         on the next Raider possession picked
                                            Ansbach seemingly felt generous to         the ball off again and ran it back 35
    After four tough losses, the            the visitors and gave the Raiders a gift   yards for another score. After Meleke
Ansbach Packers youth football team         when they didn’t punt and failed to        Cotton added a 2-point run, Ansbach
finally showed what they’re capable         convert a fourth down play from their      led 28-7 which would be the final
of with a 28-7 home field win over          own 15.                                    score.
Grafenwoehr Oct. 20.                            The Raiders quickly took                   “I feel really good—I really wanted
    After slugging it out with the          advantage as on the next play Parris       to win this game today because we
Raiders to a 7-6 deficit at the end of      Manning zipped through the Packer          did so well in our previous games, but
the first half, a Derrick Flake             defense for a touchdown. After a           we lost them,” said Flake, who added
interception in the third quarter ignited   successful extra point run, Graf led 7-    a third interception to his day late in
the team to score 22 unanswered             6, a score which would last to the end     the game. “This was our home game
points and secure its first win.            of the half.                               and we win in our house—this was
    Coaches and players alike said the          Ansbach and Graf traded                our game.”
team had been close to winning in each      possessions in the third quarter, but          Propp said the second half
of their games against Europe’s top         then came the turning point—Flake          turnaround was exactly what the
youth teams, but the breaks always          picked off a pass as the Raiders were      Packers needed to provide a silver        Ansbach Packer Derrick Flake runs the ball on what would end up
went against them.                          driving and returned it to midfield.       lining to their season.
    “These kids just finally realized                                                                                            a 33-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of the youth football
                                                The Packer offense suddenly                “It was mostly the motivation
what they can do with their own             awoke with strong runs by Imani            between me and Derrick,” he said of       game Oct. 20 at Katterbach. The Packers won 28-7.
talents,” Coach Frank Monsisvais            Waweru, T.J. Propp, and Daniel             the catalyst of the turnaround. “We       It is unlikely they will be in the playoffs. and the community. This is why I take
said. “They had it in them all year—        Mariscal—who capped off the 54-yard        were sitting there trying to get the           But even if they don’t make the a lot of my time to come out here and
they did everything we asked of them        drive with a 10-yard touchdown run.        defense pumped up to try to stop the      playoffs, the coach said it’s been a coach these kids.
and they did it perfectly.”                 Propp added a 2-point conversion and       runs and then he got the                  good year because the players had               “When I was at Ramstein,” he said,
    Ansbach took the opening drive          Ansbach found themselves up 14-7 in        interception—that really turned it        fun, and learned about the game and “we had six to eight coaches for the
down the field and quarterback Joey         the third.                                 around.”                                  themselves.                                  teams. Here, we’re lucky to scrape up
Dominguez smashed in for a                      When Graf got the ball back,               The Packers ended their season at          “This is how we play games—not three. These programs are good for our
touchdown with a QB sneak. The              Mariscal forced a fumble and John          Grafenwoehr against Bamberg—              the other four we lost,” he said. “I’m community’s youth—it shows people
ensuing extra point failed and Ansbach      Moss recovered for the Packers. Flake      results were unavailable at press time.   really happy for the kids, the program care and will help.”


                                                                          Grafenwoehr
                                                                            Vikings
                                                                              The Grafenwoehr Vikings
                                                                             youth football team closed
                                                                             out a perfect 7 and 0
                                                                               season Saturday after
                                                                              defeating the Hohenfels
                                                                           Saints 36-13. (At left) Running
                                                                           back Jaylen Dawn, 9-year-old
                                                                             son of Sgt. 1st Class Carla          Parents and fans bundled up Saturday
                                                                             Dawn, rushes past Saints             afternoon to cheer on Grafenwoehr’s youth
                                                                            players during the Viking’s           tackle football team, the Vikings. The team
                                                                             final game of the season.                                                        Photos by Adriane Foss
                                                                                                                  closed out the season at 7 and 0.

				
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