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									Vol. 6, Nr. 12                            U.S. Army Garrisons Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels, Ansbach, Schweinfurt and Garmisch                      June 23, 2010

Natural resources
Training area                  by IMCOM-Europe Public Affairs
                                           News Release
provides haven for
animal and plant
species forced out
of developed areas

Father’s Day
Tough dads take
on the challenge of
wearing an empathy
belly and feeling like
“mom” for a day
                                                235 years strong
That rocks!
Soldier Show rocks
the house with a
theme of new
music technology                                                                                                                        Molly Hayden
                                                                                                                                          Staff Writer


receives recognition
for saving a life

GTA Anniversary
  It’s time to celebrate the
100th anniversary of the
                                                                                                        Photo by Jeremy S. Buddemeier
Grafenwoehr Training Area
and U.S. Independence
Day with food, music and
                                           rd               th

  The extravaganza begins
Sunday, June 27, with the
opening of a museum, a
local horn band and the
USAREUR Band at the
Grafenwoehr City Park.

                               Schweinfurt Sallys take home title
The entire celebration
promises to be a hit.
  See pages 6-7 for details.
Art winners                                                                                                 Pitcher Derek Shreve
                                        Christina Floyd                                                     winds up as right
won. See the vibrant colors         Special to the Bavarian News
and imagery these young
artists used to illustrate                                                                                  during the Schweinfurt
their idea of the training
area and its contribution to
U.S. and German forces.
  See page 21 for the
winners of the GTA’s 100th
Anniversary Art Contest.

Opinion Editorial        2
News            3-4, 8, 21
Strength in Diversity    8
What’s Happening 10-11                                             th                                             th

Travel                  13
Medical                 20
Movies                  22
AAFES                   23
2      Bavarian News                                                                     Opinion & Editorial                                                                                            June 23, 2010

                                         Sponsors ensure force stays strong
                                            I have moved many times in my ca-                             ing Army Family           We must make sure sponsors are          cially if their Soldier is deployed. We
                                         reer, within the United States and over-                         Action Plan is-                                                   are looking at the feasibility of using
                                         seas. I have deployed several times,                             sue. I am taking      Sponsors must understand their role         current systems to integrate and track
                                         leaving my wife to pull double duty at                           this opportunity      and have the necessary information          TASP processes Armywide, among
                                         home. I know the good, the bad and the                           to improve on                                                     other possible improvements. I antici-
                                                                                                          our Total Army        so, sponsors must be willing to reach       pate that new recommendations, guid-
                                         ily’s experience and the stories shared                          Sponsorship           out and make human contact, especial-
                                         by other Soldiers, civilians and fam-                            Program (TASP)                                                    coming as a result of our review.
                                         ily members. Every move brings new                               to enhance the        employees, and family members who               We are approaching summer, the
                                         opportunities but also challenges and                            readiness of our      are unfamiliar with the Army way of         traditional moving season for the mili-
                                         stress that can have a negative impact                           Soldiers and ci-      life.                                       tary. Most of us in an Army environ-
                                         on work and home life.                                           vilians, and de-          Above all, I want to ensure that com-   ment, Soldiers, civilians and family
                                             I also know from personal experi-       liver on our promise to take care of       manders are invested in the success of      members alike, know what it is like to
                                         ence that sponsors can be the determin-     families.                                  the Sponsorship Program within their        relocate. We know what a difference it
                                         ing factor between a good or bad move.          The Army’s Sponsorship Program,        community. TASP is a commander’s            makes to have a helping hand along the
      Commander, U.S. Army
                                         An excellent sponsor plays a key role       as prescribed in AR 600-8-8, The Total     program. Its success is contingent upon     way.
      Garrison Grafenwoehr
         Col. Chris Sorenson
                                                                                                                                the commander’s involvement and                 Leaders, your direct experience
                                         and helping the new person and family                                                  support. It is leadership’s responsibil-    alone, whether good or bad, should be
                                         integrate into the unit, workplace and      sor. The sponsor acts as a big brother     ity to send the message that sponsor-       enough incentive to make the Sponsor-
              Kim Gillespie              community.                                  or sister and helps the Soldier learn      ship is something important to do and
      kim.c.gillespie@eur.army.mil           During the past several years the       Army standards and develop a sense of      to do it right. At the most basic level,    ence as effective as possible.
    DSN 475-8103, CIV 09641-83-8103      Army has been experiencing a high           responsibility and teamwork. After that                                                    With a successful sponsorship pro-
                                         volume of transition due to Army Force      initial assignment, TASP offers spon-      sponsors to meet the needs of the com-      gram, we can treat every one of these
           Managing Editor               Generation, modularity, Grow the            sors for every Soldier, private through    munity and supporting those sponsors        moves as an opportunity to show that
          Jeremy S. Buddemeier           Army, Base Realignment and Closure          colonel, and likewise for every civilian   with reasonable time and resources to       we will do right by Soldiers, civilians
     jeremy.buddemeier@eur.army.mil      and troop mobilization. Now more than       in grades up to GS-15. A vital part of     do a good job.                              and families. The time and effort in-
    DSN 475-7113, CIV 09641-83-7113      ever we need effective sponsorship to       the Sponsorship Program that is often          I have asked Command Sgt. Maj.          vested up front will pay big dividends
                                         mitigate the stress of transition; how-     forgotten or overlooked is the rear de-    Neil Ciotola to lead a working group        in the satisfaction, commitment and in-
          Assistant Editor               ever, Soldiers, civilians and families      tachment support provided to family        to review sponsorship from a holistic       creased cohesion and mission readiness
             Trecia A. Wilson            continue to express frustration with the    members of deployed Soldiers and ci-       perspective and to update the program       of Army units. All Soldiers, civilians
       trecia.wilson@eur.army.mil        Army’s Sponsorship Program.                 vilians.                                   to meet the needs of Soldiers in today’s    and family members must be provided
    DSN 475-7775, CIV 09641-83-7775
                                             Sometimes our personnel and fam-            So we have in our regulations a        Army. Two important aspects of the
Grafenwoehr Correspondent
                                         ily members have an exceptional spon-       Sponsorship Program that covers all        Sponsorship Program under examina-          munities that meet their needs while
          Molly Hayden                                                               members of our community. I want           tion are integration and tracking. We       enabling them to thrive and maintain
   molly.hayden@eur.army.mil             feel welcome and gets them off to an        to make sure that what is outlined on      must have a means to collect, transmit      resiliency. We will keep our promise.
DSN 475-8886, CIV 09641-83-8886                                                      paper is also happening in our com-        and follow up on their needs and is-
                                         the case. There may be sponsors who         munities. Soldiers, civilians and family   sues. We do not want Soldiers carrying
 Garmisch Correspondent                                                              members will have a sponsor to pro-        unresolved issues from assignment to                  Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch
             John Reese
                                         provide the needed assistance or, even
                                         worse, no sponsorship at all. These
                                                                                     vide information and support before,
                                                                                     during and after transitions, mobiliza-
                                                                                                                                assignment. We do not want families
                                                                                                                                to fail to connect or to become discon-
                                                                                                                                                                                    Commander, Installation
DSN 440-3701, CIV 08821-750-3701         experiences make sponsorship a press-       tions and deployments.                     nected from their community, espe-                   Management Command
Schweinfurt Correspondents
Eva Bergmann & Nathan Van Schaik
                                                             Commander’s Message                                                                                   CSM Corner

                                         Welcoming newcomers Community has two
 DSN 354-1400, CIV 09721-96-1400

     Hohenfels Correspondent

                                         is an important mission reasons to celebrate
              Kristin Bradley
    DSN 466-4917, CIV 09472-83-4917

     Ansbach Correspondent
                                                                                                                                                  Independence Day celebra-                                  two escort
             Ronald Toland                  “Do unto others as you would have them                                 in how newcomers view       tions are a crowd pleaser every                               platoons
        ron.toland@eur.army.mil          do onto you.” The old saying is still very rel-                           their new home.             year, but July 4, 2010, is look-                              and      an
    DSN 468-1600, CIV 09811-83-1600      evant, especially when referring to sponsor-                                  The sheer size of our   ing to be the best yet for Grafen-                            honor for-
                                                                                                                   community can make          woehr because this year there                                 mation of
      Advertising: Retail advertising                                                                              the newcomer’s initial      are two reasons to celebrate.                                 torch car-
                                         regulation, AR 600-8-8, and sponsorship has                               arrival a challenge. Our       In addition to Independence                                riers, and
              ads@milcom.de              the same implied responsibilities as being a                              services and programs       Day, the Grafenwoehr Training                                 is     only
       Address: U.S. Army Garrison
                                         Battle Buddy – it’s about doing what’s right                              are spread between          Area is celebrating its centen-                               performed
        Grafenwoehr Public Affairs       for your fellow Soldier and the Army, which                               Main Post and Rose          nial anniversary; 100 years of                                for very
           Attn: Bavarian News           is taking care of each other.                                             Barracks and this can                                                                     special
        Unit 28130, APO AE 09114             We are the best military in the world, and                            be confusing when you                                                                     occasions.
                                         not just because we have technology and                                                               these grounds.                            Near the end of the week,
       We want to hear from you!
 The Bavarian News welcomes ar-
                                                                                             makes sponsorship more than just a nice thing        The City of Grafenwoehr and        July 3 and 4 are perfect days to
ticles from Army organizations and                                                           to “have.” Anger and frustration, and just the    the Joint Multinational Training      get out with the kids. Historic
announcements from the general           any special skills, except for having the ability   stress of moving overseas, can leave newcom-      Command have joined forces            military vehicles will be on dis-
public about events of interest to the                                                       ers feeling alienated from the community. We      to provide a host of events cel-      play at the Grafenwoehr City
military community.                      arrival and what went well and what didn’t          are a community that sees continual deploy-       ebrating German and American          Park and the military museum
 If you have newsworthy ideas or                                                             ments, so this makes it even more important to    traditions to honor this mo-          will host special exhibits. There
stories you’d like to submit, coordi-    few weeks after a newcomer arrives are criti-       take sponsorship as seriously as we would any     mentous occasion. The excite-         will also be a children’s parade
nate with the managing editor at 475-    cal to getting a Soldier, or civilian (and family   other mission assignment.                         ment begins June 27, continues        with balloons and the Grafen-
7113, or e-mail jeremy.buddemei-
er@eur.army.mil. Prior coordination
                                         members), established and integrated into the           Our Human Resources Directorate, in ad-       through the week and concludes        woehr Voluntary Fire Depart-
is mandatory.                            community.                                          dition to sponsorship and other in-processing                                           ment Band and all children will
 The editorial deadline for articles         Sponsorship should begin weeks prior            duties, also hosts a spouses’ bus tour of the     the Fourth of July; see page 6        receive a balloon and a coupon
and announcements is noon on Tues-       to the actual arrival day. At one time, before      Main Post and Rose Barracks every Wednes-         for the complete schedule of          for ice cream at an off-post es-
day, the week prior to the publication   e-mail, websites, and now, social media, an-        day. The bus departs from the In Processing       events.                               tablishment.
date. Publication dates can be found                                                         Training Center, Building 166, Rose Barracks,        There will be historical ex-           For the Fourth of July, there
at www.milcom.de.                        formation relied on snail mail and late night       at 1 p.m. and returns at 3:30 p.m. The tour al-   hibits, a Grand Tattoo, tours of      will be musical and dance per-
 All editorial content is the respon-
sibility of the U.S. Army Garrison
                                         phone calls from OCONUS. Now, with all the          lows spouses to gather information on com-        our famous water tower, con-          formances as well as fest activi-
                                         technology available, it is easy for sponsors       munity agencies, housing and recreation.                                                ties off post; on post, guests can
 The Bavarian News is an authorized      to make contact prior to the newcomer’s ar-             Please contact the HRD at DSN 475-6753,       bands, food and activities for        tour the water tower and watch
publication for members of the De-       rival. Providing information about electronics      CIV 09641-83-6755 for more information.           the kids.                             the Lt. Dan Band with actor
partment of Defense. Contents of the     (220v versus 110v and the need for transform-       The Child Development Center also provides            In addition to exhibits, the      Gary Sinise perform.
Bavarian News are not necessarily        ers), new time limits to government loaner          free child care to participating spouses (for     Hunting Horn Players of the               In addition, there will be
                                         furniture, or even the lack of closets in private   more info call DSN 476-2101, CIV 09662-83-        Eschenbach County group and           tours of the training area and
the U.S. Government, the Depart-         German housing can have a profound impact           2101).                                            the U.S. Army Europe Band in
ment of Defense or the U.S. Army.
 The Bavarian News is published ev-
                                         on what an individual decides to pack when              We are also providing an early bus run        the Grafenwoehr City Park on          Army. This joint celebration is
ery two weeks by Werbeagentur und        moving.                                             between Main Post Grafenwoehr and Rose            opening night of the celebra-         a perfect opportunity for new-
Verlag Roswitha Lehner, a private            Also, transportation information, whether       Barracks, which can be extremely helpful to       tions.                                comers to Grafenwoehr, and
                                         it be the local shuttle bus schedule, the airport   newcomers. The bus departs the Main Post              The Germany Army Moun-            Germany in general, to get a
U.S. Army under exclusive written        shuttle bus schedule, public transportation and     Dining Facility (Bldg. 101) at 7:15 a.m. and      tain Music Corps of Garmisch-         sampling of the German culture
contract with U.S. Army Garrison                                                             proceeds to Rose Barracks. It arrives at Rose     Partenkirchen and the German          side-by-side with our American
Grafenwoehr. The newspaper has a         arriving OCONUS can be a lifesaver for new          Barracks Health Clinic at 7:45 a.m. and the       Army Logistics Battalion 472          traditions.
printed circulation of 9,800.
 Everything advertised in this pub-
                                         arrivals in Germany. As a sponsor, you can          In/Out-Processing Center (Bldg. 215) at 7:50      will perform the Grand Tattoo,           The evening will end with
lication shall be made available for     even help your newcomer with small favors           a.m. This bus should allow Soldiers and fam-      June 30. Tattoo is a German tra-
purchase, use, or patronage without                                                          ily members to meet early appointments at         dition which dates back to the
regard to race, color, religion, sex,    can begin forwarding mail.                          Rose Barracks.                                    16th century.                         enjoy all of these free events. Be
national origin, age, martial status,        After a Soldier or civilian newcomer ar-            We will continue to develop local initia-         The Grand Tattoo, called the      safe and have a happy Fourth of
                                         rives, the most critical step is in-processing.     tives to help make sponsorship easier, and to     “Zapfenstreich” in German, is a       July and 100th anniversary,
tion, or any other nonmerit factor of    Getting ID cards and installation access must       help newcomers integrate.                         spectacular event that combines       Grafenwoehr!
the purchaser, user or patron.           be completed before everything from comput-             It’s great to be at Grafenwoehr!              a marching band and precision
 The appearance of advertising in
this publication, including inserts
                                         er access to obtaining a driver’s license can be                                                      marching by a group of Soldiers         Command Sgt. Maj.
                                         completed. While we have an excellent shuttle                                                         while another group of Soldiers
or supplements, does not constitute
endorsement by the U.S. Army or          bus system, taking the time to show newcom-                        Col. Chris Sorenson                carry lit torches. It takes place          William Berrios
Milcom Advertising Agency of the
products or services advertised.
                                         ers around the installation, and helping them
                                         get established in the Grafenwoehr Military
                                                                                                         Commander, U.S. Army                  in the evening and consists of at
                                                                                                                                               least one military band with an
                                                                                                                                                                                        CSM, U.S. Army
     Water Tower art by Dane Gray        Community can make the world of difference                       Garrison Grafenwoehr                                                        Garrison Grafenwoehr
June 23, 2010                                                                                   News                                                                                       Bavarian News     3

New ICE boxes here for summer
Interactive Customer                      vance customer service by allowing
                                          managers to monitor the satisfaction
Evaluation Program                        levels of services provided through
                                          reports and customer comments.
revamps its image,                        ICE also provides the following
solicits feedback                               Allows customers to quickly
    by Nathaniel Strong III               and easily provide feedback to ser-
         USAG Grafenwoehr
                                          vice provider managers
                                                Gives leadership timely data
    Plans, Analysis and Integration
                                          on service quality
    The Interactive Customer Evalu-             Allows managers to bench-
ation Program, or ICE, has been           mark the performance of their ser-
revamped, giving customers even           vice providers against other organi-
more opportunities to voice their         zations
satisfaction or disapproval on the               Encourages communication                                                                                            Directorate of Public Works
services they receive. The U.S.           across organizations by comparing                                                                                          plumbers mount solar panels on
Army Garrison Grafenwoehr’s               best practices to increase perfor-                                                                                         the roof of the Rose Barracks
Plans, Analysis and Integration Of-       mance results
                                               Saves money                                                                                                           Dining Facility, Building 603.
torate of Public Works Metal Shop,           The purpose of the Interactive                                                                                          The project, which cost $34,000,
recently installed more than 100          Customer Evaluation Program will                                                                                           was paid for with funds gener-
new ICE comment card boxes and                                                                                                                                       ated from selling scrap metal and
posters at Rose Barracks and Main         will continue to be the receiving                                                                                          other recyclable material, and will
Post to let customers know their          and collection point for customers                                                                                         save the garrison an estimated
opinions matter.                          to pick up and deposit the ICE com-
    After a thorough evaluation by        ment cards.                                                                                                                $5,100 per year in heating costs.

                                                                                                                                                                     USAG Graf
the Plans, Analysis and Integration          The preferred source to provide
                                   -      feedback to service provider man-
ing new boxes and posters would

                                                                                                                                                                     goes green
give customers an additional, con-        disa.mil. In order to give all cus-
venient way of providing feedback.        tomers the opportunity to use the
    ICE is an Internet-based cus-         website USAG Grafenwoehr is cur-

                                                                                                                                                                     by installing
tomer comment evaluation system           rently working on identifying high
which gives community members             frequented customer areas and vali-
the opportunity to rate the products      dating locations for “ICE kiosks”                                                   Photo by Jeremy S. Buddemeier

                                                                                                                                                                     solar panels
and services provided by the differ-      that will allow customers to submit     Helmut Eichler (foreground) and Johann Kroher from U.S. Army
                                          ICE comments electronically.            Grafenwoehr Directorate of Public Works’ Metal Shop install
and provide immediate feedback.               Editor’s Note: Nathaniel Strong     an Interactive Customer Evaluation box and poster in Grafen-
Comment card ratings are used to          III is a management analyst with
improve the products and service of-      U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr’s        woehr’s Building 244, June 11. DPW installed more than 100
                                                                                  upgraded ICE comment boxes on Rose Barracks and Grafen-
                                                                                                                                                                     Project to pay for itself
fered by the Department of Defense.       Plans, Analysis and Integration Of-
   The program is designed to ad-                                                 woehr’s Main Post.                                                                 within next seven years
                                                                                                                                                                                 Story and photo by
                                                                                                                                                                                   Robert Arlt
             Jones in the ‘Zone’                                                                                                                                                USAG Grafenwoehr
                                                                                                                                                                             Directorate of Public Works
          Maj. Gen. Reuben D. Jones, commanding
                                                                                                                                                                         From a series of renewable energy
       general for Family and Morale, Welfare and                                                                                                                    projects undertaken by the U.S. Army
       Recreation Command (center), talks with staff                                                                                                                                                           -
       members of numerous Family and Morale,                                                                                                                        gan at Rose Barracks in April. The Di-
       Welfare and Recreation facilities at the War-                                                                                                                 rectorate of Public Works used in-house
       rior Zone during a recent visit to the Grafen-                                                                                                                manpower to install the 70 square me-
                                                                                                                                                                     ters of solar panels at the Dining Facility
       woehr Training Area.
                                                                                                                                                                     (Building #603) over the course of two-
          Jones toured Main Post and Rose Bar-                                                                                                                       weeks.
       racks during his two-day visit and assessed                                                                                                                       The solar panels produce domestic
       ongoing and upcoming projects, includ-                                                                                                                        hot water for the kitchen, bathrooms
       ing the Warrior Zone, which is designed to                                                                                                                    and the dishwashing machines, which
       provide a fun, casual atmosphere for single
                                                                                                                                                                     also moves the garrison one step closer
       Soldiers, is scheduled to open June 28. Jones                                                                                                                 to achieving the Department of Defense
       also thanked employees for their dedication                                                                                                                   Energy Conservation Program goals.
       to Soldiers and families and their contribu-                                                                                                                      By using the in-house personnel to
       tions to the success of FMWR programs.                                                                                                                        design, construct and operate this sys-
          “I succeed because of you,” he said. “Your                                                                                                                 tem, DPW minimized cost and maxi-
       feedback and hard work is making a differ-                                                                                                                    mized the size of the project. The solar
                                                                                                                                                                     panels will preheat the domestic hot wa-
       ence.”                                                                                                                                                        ter before it is heated up by the district
                                                                                                                                 Photo by Molly Hayden               heat system to its desirable tempera-
                                                                                                                                                                     tures. With a project cost of $34,000 and
                                                                                                                                                                     an estimated annual saving of $5,100,
Those PCSing should      Garmisch welcomes                                                                                                                           the project will pay for itself in less than
                                                                                                                                                                     seven years.
                                                                                                                                                                         Although it was considered a small

apply for import permits riders to its Motorcycle                                                                                                                    enormous. Rose Barracks thermal solar
                                                                                                                                                                     project produces 50 MWh (170 MMB-
        by Robert Szostek
                         Safety Day, June 26
  USEUCOM Customs Public Affairs
                                          than 25 years old are exempt.
                                                Mopeds and motorcycles must
                                          also meet U.S. safety and pollution
                                                                                                                                                                     TU) of climate-friendly energy, prevent-
                                                                                                                                                                     ing 11 tons of carbon dioxide per year
                                                                                                                                                                     from being released into the atmosphere.
                                   -      standards and all vehicles must be          by U.S. Army Garrison                tions, a motorcycle rodeo and poker          The $34,000 for this project came
ple moving to the United States this      free of dirt, insects and vegetation.                                            run, prizes courtesy of AAFES, and        out of RRR funds – money that is gener-
summer should start preparing now
                                                                                      Garmisch Public Affairs
                                                Wine collections can only be                   News Release                food and refreshments provided            ated through selling of scrap metal and
                                          shipped with advance approval from                                               by the Garrison Family Readiness          other recyclable material. This shows
that are banned from import. It is also                                                                                -   Group.                                    that community participation in saving
a good idea to apply early for import           Endangered species items such      tion all bikers! The Secretary and         There are old riders and bold          energy and sorting their trash properly
permits on restricted items since the     as ivory and some furs may only be       the Chief of Staff of the Army di-      riders, but no old bold riders; Mo-
process can take months, customs of-      shipped if owners can prove they         rected all Installation Management      torcycle Safety Day activities re-        but will also generate money that can be
                                          were previously owned in the U.S. or     Command garrisons to host motor-        inforce and promote safe riding           used for other garrison programs such as
   “Prohibited items include meat         are antiques over 100 years old.         cycle safety events in support of the   habits among Army riders of all ex-       funding green energy projects like this
and meat products such as sausage,             State attorneys general must ap-    2010 National Motorcycle Safety         perience levels. For those who have       one.
pâté and salami, as well as plants and    prove imports of gambling devices.       month.                                  been riding all of their lives, this is       Other renewable energy projects that
destructive devices,” said Bill John-     These devices must be registered            The USAG Garmisch Safety Of-         a chance to share your street smarts      will be completed soon are solar thermal
son, director of the U.S. European        with the Justice Department in Wash-                                             with those just getting started. For      panels for the Physical Fitness Center on
Command’s Customs and Border              ington D.C.                                                                      the newer riders this is a chance to      Grafenwoehr’s Main Post and photovol-
Clearance Agency. “If you’re plan-           Need more details? Check out the      Group, Family and Morale, Welfare       gain advice and tips that can save        taic panels for Main Post buildings 244
                                          military customs website at www.         and Recreation and AAFES will           your life.                                and 725, and Rose Barracks’ buildings
have proof that you owned them in                                                  conduct a Motorcycle Safety Day,           The fun begins at 10 a.m. on           680, 681 and 682.
the states or have an import permit.”     htm, or get many informative pam-        June 26, to promote safety among        Saturday, June 26, on the Artillery           Editor’s Note: Robert Arlt is the chief
   He also explained that other im-       phlets from a military customs of-       Army riders in the garrison com-        Kaserne motorcycle safety training        of the Mechanical / Utilities Section at
                                                                                   munity.                                 range. All events should be con-          U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr’s Di-
      Owners of vehicles not made                                                     All ID cardholding riders, in-       cluded by 4 p.m.                          rectorate of Public Works.
to U.S. standards have to ship them       DSN 475-7249, CIV 09641-83-7249;         cluding local national employees           For more information, contact
through commercial importers regis-                                                with post access, are invited and en-   the garrison safety manager at DSN                Have a story idea?
tered with the Department of Trans-                                                couraged to participate.                440-3595, CIV 08821-750-3595, or                   Call DSN 475-7113,
portation and Environmental Protec-                                                   Some of the scheduled events         register at DLIMCOM-EGarmisch-                     CIV 09641-83-7113.
tion Agency. However, vehicles more                                                are hands-on riders training, exhibi-   eebmaster@eur.army.mil.
4 Bavarian News                                                                                  News                                                                                            June 23, 2010

2-28th ‘Black Lions’ arrive in Bulgaria
                                                                                                                                               Story and photo by             said Maj. Krassimir Dalev, head-
                                                                                                                                            Sgt. Charles D. Crail             quarters representative, Bulgarian
                                                                                                                                             172nd Infantry Brigade
                                                                                                                                                 Public Affairs               opening ceremony. “We can learn
                                                                                                                                                                              to trust one another and better
                                                                                                                                          NOVO SELO TRAINING
                                                                                                                                       AREA, Bulgaria – Soldiers of               The focus of the TF-East ro-
                                                                                                                                       the 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry       tation this year is on small unit
                                                                                                                                                                              leadership and basic dismounted
                                                                                                                                       Infantry Brigade, arrived in Bul-      infantry skills.
                                                                                                                                       garia, June 7, marking the begin-          The intent of the exercise is
                                                                                                                                       ning of Operation Saber Dawn.          two-fold, explained Capt. Mi-
                                                                                                                                           Operation Saber Dawn is a bi-                                        -
                                                                                                                                       lateral training exercise between      cer, 2-28th Inf. Regt.: First, the
                                                                                                                                       the Bulgarian Land Forces and          exercise is to assist the Bulgarian
                                                                                                                                       U.S. Army Europe and is part of        Land Forces in predeployment
                                                                                                                                       the larger Task Force-East initia-                                       -
                                                                                                                                       tive designed to strengthen re-        ment to Afghanistan later this
                                                                                                                                       lationships between the United         year. Second, it is to increase the
                                                                                                                                       States and its eastern European        capabilities of the junior noncom-
                                                                                                                                           “Remember who you are, you         TF 2-28.
                                                                                                                                                                                 The Novo Selo Training Area
                                                                                                                                       John V. Meyer III, commander,          provides an excellent training en-
                                                                                                                                       2-28th Inf. Regt., to his Soldiers     vironment to ruggedize Soldiers
                                                                                                                                       as they prepared to depart for         and prepare them to operate with
                                                                                                                                       Bulgaria. “You set the standard        combat loads in austere condi-
                                                                                                                                       for the Army. We will show our
                                                                                                                                       NATO allies the professionalism        win, said Gunther.
                                                                                                                                       of the Black Lions and the United          Training vents will involve
                                                                                                                                                                              combined, squad-level maneu-
                                                                                                                                          The 2010 rotation will part-        vers between U.S. and Bulgar-
                                                                                                                                       ner more than 200 American in-         ian infantry forces. Soldiers from
                                                                                                                                       fantrymen from Grafenwoehr’s           each nation will have the oppor-
                                                                                                                                       2-28th Inf. Regt., with more than      tunity to familiarize themselves
                                                                                                                                       100 Bulgarian Land Forces infan-       with their partner nation’s weap-
                                                                                                                                       trymen from the 3rd Battalion,         on systems. Training will encom-
Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, “Black Lions,” pass through customs at Burgas Air-                              61st Mechanized Brigade, based         pass small arms familiarization,
port in Bulgaria, June 7. The Black Lions are taking part in bilateral training exercise with Bulgarian Land                           in Karlovo, Bulgaria.                  Hummer training and advanced
Forces as part of Task Force-East 2010.                                                                                                                                       life-saving techniques.

172nd Inf. Bde. gets back to basics at Novo Selo
                                                                                                                 Story and photo by                                              ploy with TF-East, they said.
                                                                                                             Sgt. Charles D. Crail           basic maneuver drills to get a         Stenulson admitted he was
                                                                                                              172nd Infantry Brigade         feel for the terrain and their      a little nervous getting ready
                                                                                                                  Public Affairs             equipment while working             to come, hoping he would
                                                                                                                                             with their Bulgarian partner-       not screw-up. Their sergeants
                                                                                                              NOVO SELO TRAINING             platoon.                            are taking great care of them
                                                                                                          AREA, Bulgaria – Clouds,              Moving in formation, se-         though, said Alacron, helping
                                                                                                          rain and mud greeted the Sol-      curity halts, patrol bases and      them to master the basics.
                                                                                                          diers of Task Force-East, here,    night security are just some           Learning the basics is not
                                                                                                          on the second day of training,     of the basic fundamentals of        their only opportunity. Work-
                                                                                                          June 9, during Operation Sa-       dismounted operations that the      ing with their Bulgarian part-
                                                                                                          ber Dawn.                          scouts are working on so far,       ners is providing these new
                                                                                                              The scout platoon, 2nd         said Caban-Acosta.                  Soldiers a chance gain expe-
                                                                                                          Battalion, 28th Infantry Regi-        “I came out with high hopes      rience that they can take back
                                                                                                          ment, 172nd Infantry Brigade,                                          and teach their friends who
                                                                                                          from Grafenwoehr, Germany,         Pvt. Erasmo Alarcon, scout,         didn’t deploy, they said.
                                                                                                          lined up to draw ammunition        2-28th Inf. Regt., said.               After they go through a
                                                                                                          before moving to the range            “The little classes we are       class using American tactics,
                                                                                                                                             doing are where I feel I am         Bulgarian soldiers then teach
                                                                                                          with its Bulgarian counterparts                                        the same class using Bulgarian
                                                                                                          from the 3rd Battalion, 61st       Jeremy Stenulson, scout,            tactics, Stenulson said.
                                                                                                          Mechanized Brigade, from           2-28th Inf. Regt. “The hands-          “This is an once-in-a-life-
                                                                                                          Karlovo, Bulgaria.                 on experience is really helping                                   -
                                                                                                             “Mastering the basics of        me. Shooting the Bulgarians’        cron, “to be assigned to Ger-
                                                                                       -                  small unit tactics is our goal:
try Regiment, coach Pfc. Jeremy Stenulson while he zeroes his weapon at Task                              shoot, move, communicate              Both Stenulson and Ala-
                                                                                                                                             cron arrived in Grafenwoehr in      continued Stenulson. “But
Force-East 2010. The basic fundamentals of dismounted infantry operations, shoot,                         Marvin Caban-Acosta, scout         mid-May with a group of eight       my drill sergeant said I would
                                                                                       -                  platoon sergeant, 2-28th Inf.      other scouts. Of the eight new      only get to see America and
ercise. Stenulson arrived at the unit from initial entry training just three weeks prior                  Regt.                              scouts, only Stenulson and          Afghanistan, maybe Germany.
to the training deployment.                                                                                  Caban-Acosta said his Sol-      Alacron were selected to de-

Safety the priority, preparation the key in Bulgaria
          Story and photo by                  Poole explained that U.S. Army         planners.
      Sgt. Charles D. Crail               doctrine calls for a patient to always        In a worst-case scenario, medi-
 172nd Infantry Brigade Public Affairs    progress in the level of care received.    cal evacuation helicopters of the 1st
                                          Care begins at the point of injury with    Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment,
    NOVO SELO TRAINING AREA,                                                     -   from Mannheim, Germany, are as-
Bulgaria – Safety is the number one       toon conducting training.                  signed to TF-East and remain ready
priority in Army training, but the aus-       Once transported to the aid station,
tere environment of Task Force-East       a team of six medics and a physician           Medical evacuation begins with a
requires special preparation for medi-    assistant render further aid. The aid      radio call containing nine items of key
cal evacuation operations.                station is in operation 24 hours a day,    information about the casualty situa-
                                          Poole said.                                tion, referred to in NATO operations
Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment,            If the Soldier requires additional
and their Bulgarian partner-platoons      treatment, the Bulgarians have pro-           Once the call is received, a Bul-
of the 3rd Battalion, 61st Mechanized     vided a doctor and nurse team to           garian military ambulance is dis-
Brigade, train, here, the tactical op-    transport the patient to the hospital in   patched to the pickup point with an
erations center staff focuses on sup-     a civilian ambulance.                      American medic, interpreter and Bul-
porting their real world needs.               “Once we receive a patient, we be-     garian driver to retrieve the casualty.
    The task of how to evacuate and                                              -      Depending on the urgency of the
care for injured Soldiers in the event    come of this treatment will be one of      request, a UH-60 Blackhawk helicop-
of an injury requires close coordina-     three things: Soldier returns to their                                               Sgt. Garrett Poole, medic, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment,
tion in this dynamic training exercise.   unit, is given quarters and follow up      zone anywhere in the training area to     plots the coordinates of a medical evacuation pickup site at Novo
    “We have established a continu-       treatment, or is evacuated to the next     expedite the evacuation.                  Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, June 8. Pfc. Tina Hyndman (left),
                                                                                         Thus far in the training, the ma-     medic, 172nd Support Battalion, is assigned to the mission with
Garrett Poole, medic, 2-28 Inf. Regt.,                                               jority of the treatments have been        Pvt. Blagovest Kzastev (right), who is the driver of the Bulgarian
said. “Our medical station is set-up      snakes, oppressive heat and night op-      routine, said Capt. Hugh Waller,
to render care and either return the      erations in dense, rugged terrain add      physician assistant, 172nd Inf. Bde.,     Land Forces ambulance.
Soldier to duty or stabilize them for     up to create real danger, regardless of    though two urgent evacuations have            In both cases, said Waller, the pa- tion, and, after treatment and rest,
                                          the safety precautions put in place by     been conducted.                           tients were stabilized at the aid sta- were able to return to duty.
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                                                              G           Sunday, June 27
                                                                          Culture and Military Museum


                                                                          5 p.m. - Exhibition Opening “100 Years Training Area” and “100 Years Federal Forest Office”

                                                                          6 p.m. - Hunting Horn Players of the Eschenbach county group
                                                                   A ND

                                                                          7 p.m. - City Park: Concert, USAREUR Band

                                                                          Wednesday, June 30
                                                                          Parade Field near the Water Tower, GTA

                              H                    A
                                                                          7:45 a.m. - Community invited to firing re-enactment ceremony in Training Area
                                       ITED STATES                                    (see item in Community Highlights, page 10, for more information)
                                                                          5 p.m. - Gate 1 opens for pedestrians (non-ID card holders need passports
                                                                          6 p.m. - Festive Retreat, followed by food and beverages served by the German Army
                                                                          9 p.m. - Remarks “100 Years Training Area”
                                                                          9:20 p.m. - Festive re-enactment of the First Shot, JMTC
                                                                          9:30 p.m. - Grand Tattoo / Military ceremony with German Army Mountain Music Corps
                                                                                      Garmisch-Partenkirchen and German Army Logistics Battalion 472

                                                                          Saturday, July 3
                                                                          Citizens’ Fest – fest activities from the town hall
                                                                          to the Water Tower
                                                                          Noon - Large exhibition of historic military vehicles in the citypark and Untere Torstrasse
                                                                                  Special exhibitions at the museum are open
                                                                                  Tours of Grafenwoehr Training Area with live fire by Tank Brigade 12 “Oberpfalz”
                                                                                  Busses leave every 30 minutes from the museum – Length of tours: 1.5 hrs.
                                                                          4:30 p.m. - Children’s parade with balloons and the band of the Grafenwöhr Voluntary Fire
                                                                                   Dept. from the town hall to the Kennedy Monument (across from the German post office)
                                                                          5 p.m. - Opening of the Citizen’s Fest with keg tapping by First Mayor Helmuth Wächter
                                                                                   and Colonel Chris Sorenson.
                                                                          5:30 p.m. - Fest activities start
                                                                          8 p.m. - 1 a.m. - Live music by the band “Highlife”

                                                                          Sunday, July 4
                                                                          Citizens‘ Fest and Independence Day,
                                                                          Grafenwoehr Parade Field
                                                                          American Food & Fun combined with live entertainment
                                                                          11 a.m. – 5 p.m. - Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, Magic Show by Magic Maxx, Card Games,
                                                                                  Chess, Checkers, Dominoes, Badminton, Horseshoes, Volleyball and Jumping Castles
                                                                                  Special exhibitions at the museum are open Tours of Grafenwoehr Training Area with
                                                                                  live fire by Tank Brigade 12 “Oberpfalz”
                                                                                  Busses leave every 30 minutes from the museum – 1.5 hr tours. Large exhibition of
                                                                                  historic military vehicles in the citypark and Untere Torstrasse
                                                                          10 a.m. – 1 p.m. - Fest activities and “Frühschoppen“ with live music by the “Stodtbergsait`n”
                                                                                   from Eschenbach
                                                                          2 p.m. - Performance by the choir “The Encores”
                                                                          3:30 p.m. - Performance by the children’s dance group, Grafenwoehr
                                                                          5 p.m. - Concert by the Big Band of the Pressath-Grafenwoehr Music School
                                                                          6 – 10 p.m. - Country and Western time with the “Flying Boots”
                                                                          Starting at 3 p.m. Gate 1 opens for pedestrians (non-ID card holders bring passport)
                                                                          3 – 7 p.m. - Water Tower opens for tours
                                                                          4 – 6:30 p.m. - Concert with the “Lt. Dan Band” (actor Gary Sinise)
                                                                          7 – 10:30 p.m. - Concert “Pop nach 8” Band
                                                                          10:30 p.m. - Large fireworks display celebrating Independence Day

                                                                          Saturday, July 3 and
                                                                          Sunday, July 4
                                                                          Public exhibition by the Federal Forest Office
                                                                          at Vilseck-Heringnohe from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
June 23, 2010
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8   Bavarian News                                                                                   News                                                                                          June 23, 2010

                                                                                      Strength in Diversity
Fodor speaks international Soldiers’ language
                                                                                                                                                                he sponsored internationals studying at the
training in European theater                                                                                                                                    Graduate School and the German Senior Ser-
                                                                                                                                                                vice School, enabling him to establish contacts
      by Sgt. Maj. Rodney Williams                                                                                                                              with internationals and maintain those contacts
               JMTC Public Affairs                                                                                                                              today.
    Hungarian native turned U.S. citizen Peter
                                                                                                                                                                Force, or at his current position with JMTC,
Fodor plays an integral part in coordinating                                                                                                                    Fodor has met many international service mem-
training opportunities for allied nations who

Training Command (JMTC).
    The JMTC, where U.S. Soldiers regularly
train with their multinational partners, depends
                                                                                                                                                                I immediately recognize the uniform and say
at all levels from both JMTC and participating
countries.                                                                                                                                                      by the way I have seen this or that from your
Training (IMT) section, Fodor helps sustain                                                                                                                        The frequent opportunities to meet foreign

                                                                                                                                                                ship for Peace countries, and learn about their
Cooperation program while building partner-                                                                                                                     life, culture and military units are what Fodor
ship capacity.
   “On a daily basis I assist with the logistical,
administrative and other supporting arrange-                                                                              Photo by Staff Sgt. Lyttleton Yates
ments, which enable our allies to train their Sol-                                                                                                              such as this is an outstanding organization,
diers, Sailors and Marines at the Grafenwoehr        Peter Fodor (right) of the International Military Training section at the Joint Mul-
                                                                                                                                                                an outstanding training opportunity, and we
and Hohenfels training areas,” said Fodor. “I        tinational Training Command talks to international students from the Republic                              (JMTC) have helped them help their military
                                                     of Ukraine, Czech Republic and Poland attending the 7th U.S. Army Noncommis-
international members around primary areas                                                                                                                          With world-class facilities and trainers
such as the billets where they will be staying,                                                                                                                 available to provide the most relevant and re-
the dining facility and some of the local eateries                                                          life away from the continental U.S. afforded        alistic training possible, the coordination Fodor
                                                                                                                                                                provides helps our multinational partners gain
idea of what is available to them.”                                                                         settings,” said Fodor. “My regular contact with     access to training resources that may not be
                                                     years, the second four years proved to be very                                                             available in their home country so they can
his current capacity at JMTC. He was born and                                                                                                                   meet future missions.
                                                                                                                                                                    “I get a sense of satisfaction when interna-
of his life in Europe. Months before gaining his
                                                     culture as well as consistent contact with inter-         During his 25 years in the military, Fodor
                                                     national members began to develop during his           frequently found himself communicating with         though only a minor role in the big picture,”
opportunities the military offered.                                                                         members of international militaries. During         said Fodor. “But a role nevertheless in helping
   “My original intention was to serve four              “The support structure available abroad and

Chance meeting leads to career as nurse                                                                                                                                    Dragoons
                                                                                                                                                                          sample local
           Story and photo by
           Jennifer Walsh
       BMEDDAC Public Affairs
                                                  They paid for                                                                                                            culture in
                                                my school, paid
ready to start molding the minds of
the future as a high school teacher.             off my school
planned.                                        loans and I had                                                                                                                 by Spc. Corey Glynn
                                                                                                                                                                                   2SCR Public Affairs
a lot of teachers were being laid off           enough to go to                                                                                                              Moving to and getting around
because of a huge budget crisis,”
                                                  McDonald’s                                                                                                              in a new country can be confus-
I decided to go to nursing school.”
   Soon after, a chance meeting with               afterward.
                                                                                                                                                                          change that for incoming Dragoon
                                                                                                                                                                          troops and spouses.
where he had previously served with

    “They paid for my school, paid
off my school loans and I had enough
                                                 Maj. Patrick Hartley
                                                          Chief Nurse
                                                     Vilseck Health Clinic
                                                                             ‘                                                                                                Through the Welcome to Bavar-
                                                                                                                                                                          ia program, single Soldiers, married

                                                                                                                                                                          a day of sightseeing, shopping and
                                                                                       Maj. Patrick Hartley, Vilseck Health Clinic chief nurse, points out                traditional German cuisine as they
                                                                                       a nursing regulation to Spc. Nicholas McCune at the clinic.
                                          ing them with guidance and direction                                                   right hip was gone. When we were
                                          is integral to the success of the clinic,    what opportunities we have. It was
                                          he said.                                     fun to go and tell them (nursing stu-
helping the clinic run smoothly and                                                    dents) about the things we can do and                                              the Maria Hilfberg Church set
ensuring patients get the medical at-     help them solve problems. I also have        where we can go.”                                                                  atop a picturesque hill outside of
satisfaction corresponds with helping     got to be happy every day I come to          of the nursing students a “light switch   was pretty cool. Somewhere along         tury sanctuary was built as a trib-
others.                                                                                                                                                                   ute to the Virgin Mary for saving
                                          going to be down.”                                                                        Overall, Hartley said he appreci-     the townspeople from the Bubonic
care,” Hartley said. “The best part is       Before he was the chief nurse,            service members and their families.       ates the unique opportunities and        Plague.
when you see these young moms and         Hartley held other assignments such          While he was stationed at Fort Hood,

                                          in the emergency room. However,              idated his decision to become a nurse.                                             its way through the center of town.
minutes to help them. You can change      one of his favorite assignments was
their whole world.”                       as a recruiter.                                                                           “What it comes down to is serving     at a quaint cafe, and even toss a few
                                             “I had a blast in recruiting,” Hart-                                                those who serve is truly an honor,” he   coins into an old town fountain.
yond his patients to his staff. Provid-                                                                                          said.                                        Staff Sgt. Jarred Evans of 7th
                                                                                                                                                                          Troop, 2SCR, coordinates these

Maddocks educates Rear Detachment Dragoons                                                                                                                                to help arriving Dragoons feel at
      by Spc. Corey Glynn                 healthy mental state of being,” said                                                                                            helps our new Soldiers and their
           2SCR Public Affairs                                                                                                                                            families feel at ease about getting
                                          important as a strong body.”                                                                                                    around in a new place,” he said.
   The Behavioral Health Care Bill                                                                                               of their families.
of Rights is an important part of U.S.    main topic of discussion was Sol-            tion options for enlisted servicemen          He said families are a main sup-     boost troop morale as well as add
European Command (EUCOM), ac-                                                                                                    port system for deployed service
cording to Fleet Master Chief Petty                                                    a chance for the military to pay for      members.                                 living in Germany.”
                                          for Behavioral Health Care is in place                                                      “Preparing for a deployment is
senior enlisted advisor, as he briefed                                                 military pay for yours?”                  tough on a family so you need to
                                          dential mental health care.
                                             “The bill of rights is a way to let                                                 ready, so your loved ones are better     to help incoming Dragoons settle
atre, June 2.                                                                          ical training with new Soldiers from      prepared for when you leave,” Mad-       into their new environment.
    “Soldiers have the right to a
10       Bavarian News
                                                                                                  Community Spotlight                                                                 June 23, 2010

                                                       What’s Happening
      Grafenwoehr/                                       Minnesota

      Vilseck Briefs

time.                                                                                                                                                                                        er-
                                                                                                   sions will be open.
Hearts Apart
                                                                                                                             pe Army
                                                                                                                                              school year.
                                                         you another impression of historic


                                                                                                                                              09472-83-2829, or e-mail Julie.smith@
bers to a festive re-enactment ceremony
                                                                                                              Briefs                                  Garmisch
                                                         Bavarian picnic.
partnership, as part of a series of events,                                                        this class, June 23-26 from 6-9 p.m. The

                                                                                                   must be met before you obtain your Ger-

                                                                                                       The cost is $60 or $75 for families
                                                                                                   Gun Membership, $45, to take classes.
from the event.

                                                                                                                                              spectacular pyrotechnics.





                      Independence Day Celebration                                                 a weekly couples communication work-

        Grafenwoehr Parade Field
          Live Entertainment
             Lt. Dan Band                     4 - 6:30 p.m.
             “Pop nach 8” Band ..... 7 - 10:30 p.m.
             DJ .............. 6:30 - 7 p.m. & break times

          American Food & Fun
             Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, Magic Show by Magic Maxx
                                                                                                   of 66 percent.
             Cards Games, Chess, Checkers, Dominoes, Badminton,
             Horseshoes,Volleyball and Jumping Castles

          Fireworks - 10:30 p.m.

  For more information contact the Special Events Coordinator, DSN 475-6167, Civ 09641-83-6167.
                      www.grafenwoehrmwr.com | www.twitter.com/GrafenwoehrMWR
June 23, 2010                                                                                          Community Spotlight                                                                                                            Bavarian News         11

                                                       What’s Happening                                                                                                                                       numerous programs monthly. Join them
                                                              Soldiers should contact their local           Information and registration is avail-    Library events
          Ansbach                                         education center to schedule an appoint-
                                                          ment for testing during the above dates
                                                                                                        able at the info booth of the Bruecken-
                                                                                                                                                          Ledward Library offers various pro-
                                                                                                                                                      grams regularly in June and July. Enjoy
                                                                                                                                                                                                              for a movie night every Tuesday starting
                                                                                                                                                                                                              at 6 p.m.

           Briefs                                         and times. Soldiers have priority for all
                                                          testing services.
                                                                                                             On July 1 and 2, boys and girls
                                                                                                        between 6 and 15 years compete for the
                                                                                                                                                      Children’s Story Time & Crafts every
                                                                                                                                                      Wednesday at 1 p.m. or join the Zeens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Bring your own movie, or watch one
                                                                                                                                                                                                              from their collection. Show your skills in
                                                              College proctoring services, family       “Speed-Soccer-Sup,” also at the Brueck-       for Teens & Edge Meetings, Wednesdays                   pool, Xbox, Wii, PS3 and more and com-
Vacation Bible School                                     members and other civilians are strongly      encenter.                                     from 6-7 p.m.                                           pete in the BOSS Tournament Nights,
    Ready for the voyage of a lifetime?                   encouraged to look into alternate proc-            Americans in the Ansbach area are            Also, a Soldier In-Processing Class is              every Thursday starting at 6 p.m.
The High Seas Expedition Vacation                         tors for college testing.                     invited to join other U.S. soccer fans and    held every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.                            The next BOSS meeting will be held
Bible School will be held at two loca-                         Army Education Centers will be           attend the outdoor sports event when              For more, call DSN 354-1740, CIV                    July 6 at 2 p.m. All events are held at
tions:                                                    able to provide counseling services by        the United States play — assembling in        09721-96-1740.                                          the Finney Recreation Center on Conn
       Storck Chapel, July 12-16, from                    appointment only. Note: Counseling            front of the old Bavarian American Hotel                                                              Barracks, Bldg. 64. Register now for
3-6 p.m. Register online at www.                          services are extremely limited on Fridays     (across from the Nuremberg Bahnhof,           Library Book Club                                       a BOSS trip to Berlin and experience
groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/lllesheimVBS                       and training holidays.                        next to the Grand Hotel) and then walk            The Ledward Library invites you to                  Tropical Island, July 9-11.
       Katterbach Chapel, July 26-30,                         All education centers are closed on       (approximately 10 minutes) together to        the next meeting of their adult book club,                   For more information or a complete
from 1-4 p.m. Register online at www.                     federal holidays. Army Education Cen-         the event, where the big screen will be       June 30, at 5:15 p.m. The book title is                 list of upcoming events, call DSN 353-
groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/katterbach,or                      ters will continue to provide as many of      set up at the Woehrder Wiese when the         “Heretics” by Kathleen Kent. Coffee, tea                8234, CIV 09721-96-8234.
                                                          the usual services as funding constraints     game begins an hour later.                    and treats will be served.
register.                                                 permit.                                            The next meeting is June 23 (meet            For more, call DSN 354-1740, CIV                    Beginner’s Swim Course
    Questions should be directed to the                       Contact your local Army Education         at 4 p.m.), when the United States plays      09721-96-1740.                                              Many children love playing with
director of religious education, USAG                     Center for more information.                                                                                                                        water and being in water. While swim-
Ansbach chaplain ministry team at DSN                           Ansbach (Katterbach): DSN 467-          spirits and other fan articles and get into                                                           ming pools are great fun in summer,
467-3082, CIV 09802-833-082.                              2817, CIV 09802-83-2817.                      the game.                                     Fourth of July celebration
                                                                                                                                                          USAG Schweinfurt invites the entire                 parents should also be aware of the risks.
                                                                Storck Barracks: DSN 467-4272,                                                                                                                Children who are able to swim are by far
                                                          CIV 09841-83-4272                                                                           community to celebrate Independence
Field of Experiences                                                                                                                                  Day, July 4, at Kessler Field, starting at              less endangered to drowning.
    The “Field of Experiences for the
Senses” on Woehrder Wiese, with vary-
                                                                Bamberg (Warner): DSN 469-7715,
                                                          CIV 0951-300-7715.
                                                                Schweinfurt (Ledward and Conn):
                                                                                                              Schweinfurt                             noon.
                                                                                                                                                          The event will feature various bands,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  To teach children swim properly and
                                                                                                                                                                                                              train them for safe water fun, SKIES of-
ing emphasis every year, invites visitors
between May and mid September to
                                                          DSN 354-6919, CIV 09721-96-6919.                      Briefs                                the World of Wheels car show, rides and                 fers another two weeks beginner’s swim
                                                                                                                                                                                                              course for children of the ages 5 to 12
explore the world of the senses at over                                                                                                                   Food and beverages are available                    at the swimming pool in Schonungen,
80 stations. Fifteen workshops provide
                                                          Norisring Race                                Community and contact info                                                                            starting July 12. The cost of $89 covers
                                                              July 2-4: The Norisring Race is an                                                      for purchase. Bring your own blankets,
hands-on experience.                                                                                       For more information on the latest         canopies and lawn chairs, but no glass                  the complete two week course with eight
                                                          international motor sports event of world                                                                                                           meetings.
      Opening hours: Now to Sept. 13,                                                                   news, upcoming events, available ser-         bottles or pets. A valid photo ID is re-
                                                          standing. Every year over 100,000 motor                                                                                                                 For more, call DSN 354-6414, CIV
Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat, 1-6 p.m.;                                                                                                             quired for admission.
                                                          sport fans and fans of the Norisring races                                                                                                          09721-96-6414.
Sun, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.                                                                                     point of contact for your concern, visit us       For more, call DSN 354-6762, CIV
                                                          watch the German Touring Car Masters
      Bavarian holidays: Sat, 1-6 p.m.;                                                                 at www.TeamSchweinfurt.com.                   09721-96-6762.
                                                          (DTM) on the course around the stone
Sun-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
                                                          grandstand and Dutzendteich lake.                                                                                                                   Community Blood Drive
      Admission fees:                                                                                   Conn Main Gate closure                        World of Wheels car show                                   The next community blood drive will
                                                              Location: DTM Norisring / Int.
    Families (at least 1 adult + children):                                                                 Due to an annual installation force           The second annual car show “World                   be held July 14 at the Finney Fitness
                                                          ADAC Norisring Speedweekend Am
Adults 5.60 euro, concessions 4 euro,                                                                   protection full scale exercise, the Conn      of Wheels” will be held during the fes-                 Center, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Donate and
                                                          Norisring, Nuremberg.
children from 3 years, 3.20 euro.                                                                       Main Gate will be closed Saturday, June       tivities of Independence Day at Kessler                 save a life.
                                                              For more information, visit www.
      Location: Woehrder Wiese, Nurem-                                                                  26, from approximately 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.       Field, July 4.                                             The event is hosted by the 44th Ex-
berg, www.kuf-kultur.de/erfahrungsfeld.                                                                 Community members should use the                  Registration is open from 8 a.m.                    peditionary Signal Battalion and the 15th
                                                                                                        Conn West ACP or “Geldersheim Gate.”          to noon, the show begins at noon and                    Engineer Battalion.
Off post housing referral                                 World Cup soccer                                  Also be advised that during this                                                                     For more, call DSN 354-2738, CIV
                                                              The World Cup takes place in South                                                      judging will end at 6 p.m. Awards will be
                                                                                                        event, notional events will take place        presented for various categories starting               09721-96-2738.
                                                          Africa this year, which is a big event for    on Conn Barracks simulating increased
is currently short-staffed. If you need off-                                                                                                          at 7 p.m.
                                                          the German community. Everywhere you          force protection condition.
post assistance, call DSN 467-3415 to
                                                                                                            There will be many Soldiers in full
                                                                                                                                                          For more, call DSN 353-8224, CIV                    Trip to the Stuttgart Zoo
set up an appointment. Walk-ins will be                   items being displayed.                                                                      09721-96-8224.                                              Sign up now through July 14 at the
assisted after appointments are seen.                                                                   uniform and various roads will be closed
                                                              Many cities offer “public view-                                                                                                                 Finney Recreation Center for a trip to the
                                                          ings,” a chance to watch the games live                                                     Arts & Crafts Contest                                   Stuttgart Zoo, July 24.
Education Center hours                                    on a big screen in a public place with                                                          Enter your best artwork now by July                     Enjoy the only zoological botani-
     For the month of June, all education                 hundreds of other fans.
                                                                                                        ODR trips & programs                          5 to compete for cash prizes against the                cal garden in Europe which once was a
centers will only offer testing services                                                                    Outdoor Recreation offers various                                                                 private retreat for a king.
                                                              All games which are broadcast on          trips and programs for all community          best artists and artisans in the 2010 U.S.
on Tuesdays and Thursdays. However,                       German television, will be shown down-                                                      Army Arts & Crafts contest.                                 For more, call DSN 353-8476, CIV
during the month of July, testing services                                                              members. Visit the Geiselwind Park, Ba-                                                               09721-96-8476.
                                                          town Ansbach at the Reitbahn (the court       varia’s leading amusement park featuring          Information on rules, entry forms and
are extremely limited and will rotate                     yard behind the Residenz), now through                                                      more can be obtained at the Schweinfurt
                                                                                                        rides, shows and more entertainment,
among the education centers within the                                                                  June 26, or take a trip to the Wasserk-       Crafts Studio, Bldg. 203, on Ledward                    Super Saturday child care
footprint.                                                    Tables and benches will be set up         uppe with them, seeking history at the        Barracks.                                                  Register now through July 16 for the
    The testing schedule for July is as                   with food and drink aplenty for a small       cold war and outdoor museums, ride a              For more, call DSN 354-6903, CIV                    next Super Saturday, July 24, 9:30 a.m.-
follows:                                                  price. Patrons are asked to not bring their   unique rollercoaster and exploring the        09721-96-6903.                                          2:30 p.m. Children must have current
      Katterbach: July 1-14; 8 a.m.-4                     own food and beverages.                       Kreuzberg monastery and their famous                                                                  CYSS registration and immunizations at
p.m.                                                          The Brueckencenter Ansbach hosts          beer, July 10.                                BOSS events & special trip                              time of reservation.
      Ledward: July 12-20; 8 a.m.-4 p.m.                  the “Kicker-WM” (table foosball world             Don’t want to wait until the next trip?       The award-winning Better Opportu-                      For more, call DSN 354-6517, CIV
      Bamberg: July 21-29; 8 a.m.-4 p.m.                  cup) from June 24 to July 1.                  Ready for some outdoor fun right away?        nities for Single Soldiers program offers               09721-96-6517.
                                                                                                        Try Redball every Tuesday through
                                                                                                        Friday, from noon-2 p.m.
     U.S. Forces Europe                                                                                     For more, call DSN 353-8080, CIV

   Army Ten Miler

                                                                                                        Free Fitness Classes
                                                                                                           Kessler Fitness Center offers free

                                                                                                        including Bootcamp Spinning, Tuesdays
                                                                                                        and Thursdays at noon; Circuit Chal-
                                                                                                        lenge, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30
                                                                                                        p.m.; Spinning, Wednesdays at 6 p.m.;
                                                                                                        Pilates Tuesdays at 6 p.m., and Wednes-
                                                                                                        days at noon; and Power Yoga, Thurs-
                                                                                                        days at 6 p.m.                                           USAG SCHWEINFURT
                                                                                                            Pre- and Postnatal Fitness is available
                                                                                                        upon request. For more, call DSN 354-
                                                                                                        6735, CIV 09721-96-6735.                      INDEPENDENCE DAY
                                                                                                        DeCA/AAFES forum
                                                                                                            The next quarterly AAFES/DeCA
                                                                                                                                                          Sun, July 4, Kessler Field
                                                                                                        forum will be held June 29 at the gar-
                                                                                                        rison conference room in Bldg. 206 on                         12 p.m.                       Rock, Latin & Variety Bands Begin

                                10 July
                                                                                                        Ledward Barracks, starting at 9 a.m.
                                                                                                            The forum provides the opportunity                                                      Food & Beverages for Sale
                                                                                                        for everyone to voice their concerns
                                                                                                        regarding services provided by the com-                       12-7 p.m.                     World of Wheels Car Show
                                                                                                        missary, AAFES and Family and Morale,
                                                                                                        Welfare and Recreation facilities.                            12-10:30 p.m.                 Rides & Kids’ Activities
                                              Physical Fitness Center                                   CYSS Summer Programs
                                                                                                                                                                      9:45 p.m.                     State Flags Ceremony
                                                                                                            Child, Youth and School Services                          10:30 p.m.                    Fireworks
       Pre-Register at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/Grafenwoehrrectrac.html                     offers various free youth programs                    Questions? Call 09721-96-6762/DSN 354-6762. Bring blankets, canopies & lawn chairs.
                                                                                                        throughout summer. Register by                       Valid photo ID required for admission. No glass bottles or pets. All bags subject to search.
        Step 1: Register with MWR Online Services - click on: Start a new Pre-Registration *
                                                                                                            June 29 for the Art Edge clay course,
        Step 2: Upon receipt of password, enroll in applicable 10 Miler Category
                                                                                                        July 6-9, and let your creativity mold
                                                                                                        your projects. Register until July 5 for
       POC: USAG Grafenwoehr Community Recreation, DSN 475-8207, CIV 09641-83-8207.                     the Get Fit Edge, held July 12-16, to

       U.S. ID Card Holders - Active Duty Military, DoD Civilians, Family Members 18 years and older        All programs are scheduled from
       * Signing in as a Guest gives you view option only!                                              3-5 p.m. and open to youth grades                                                                                     Want to be an
                                                                                                        6-12. Each program begins and ends at                                                                            INDEPENDENCE DAY VIP?
                                                                                                        the Youth Center and transportation is                                                                              Enter our Contest:
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                                                                                                        of events or to sign up, call DSN 354-
                                                                                                        6414, CIV 09721-96-6414.
June 23, 2010                                                                                      Travel                                                                         Bavarian News   13

                                                 D ive into th
                                                                                        Red Sea Riviera
                                           Photo by Kristin Bradley
Above: Though Sinai offers plenty of active and sight-
seeing activities, lounging by your hotel’s pool is anoth-
er temping option. The Eden Rock Hotel, just minutes
off the strip and overlooking the Naama Bay, is a perfect
option for the budget-conscious traveler still looking
for a quiet, comfortable stay.
Egypt boasts more sites tripthe world, is aas are
                                       from Sharm

spectacular sights sites inside Ras Mohammed
than just pyramids                  Tiran Island.
                                       While experienced divers
     by Kristin Bradley             are still drawn to Sharm year
 USAG Hohenfels Public Affairs
   Each year, millions of
                                    of the area. Naama Bay is
warm climate and historical
                                    offer introductory dives as
sites. Though many gather in
Cairo to catch a glimpse of
the country’s famous pyra-          to gain advanced or specialty
mids, to the east of Cairo lies
another vacation destination           One of Naama Bay’s most
popular with Europeans but          respected dive centers, Red
                                    Sea Diving College, www.
Americans — a place where           redseacollege.com, was
tourists can still easily visit     awarded the Professional As-
the popular pyramids and            sociation of Diving Instruc-
also have access to numer-          tors (PADI) center of excel-
ous other cultural sites, lively    lence and voted the best dive
beaches and some of the best        center in the world by Diver
scuba diving in the world.          magazine readers for the past
                                    four years. Red Sea Diving
of the Sinai Peninsula where        College offers an introduc-
the Gulf of Aqaba and the Gulf      tory dive on its house reef for
of Suez join the Red Sea, grew      45 euros and even children
from a sparsely populated des-      as young as 8 can experience
ert location into a major tourist   scuba diving with the PADI
destination much the same way
as the lights of Las Vegas rise     divers who wish to earn their
from nothing to create a mecca

Vegas, Sharm’s growth was           day course for 345 euros.
born of a naturally occurring          Though much of Sharm
attraction: the vibrant corals
and diverse marine life beneath     around diving, there is                                                                                                                 Photo by Capt. Skip Kawalak
the sea that for decades have       certainly plenty to do for
drawn scuba divers from all                                              Tour operators throughout Sharm el-Sheikh offer tours into the mountains and canyons in the region.
                                    nondivers. The area boasts
over the world.                     many bars and restaurants and                                          countries as well.
    About a three-and-a-half        though in a Muslim country,          Mountain, said to be where           For more information on
hour plane ride from Munich         alcohol is served at most            God gave Moses the Ten            obtaining a country clearance,
to Cairo and another hour           establishments. The beaches          Commandments. Many trips          Soldiers should visit their
                                    are clean and offer smooth           to Mt. Sinai start with a two-
is one of a string of resort                                             to three-hour bus ride in the
towns along what has been           beaches around much of the                                                 Also, Sinai has tragically
dubbed the Red Sea Riviera.         Mediterranean. Many dive             to the top of the mountain in     been the site of terrorist activ-
The towns are popular des-          boats welcome nondivers on           time to see the sun rise. Many    ity in the past, including high
tinations for both Europeans        their day trips to swim and
and Middle Easterners and                                                in St. Catharine’s Monastery,     2006 and tourists therefore
on the promenade at night an        a full day. This is a wonderful
eclectic mix of people gather,      way to see the beautiful Sinai       dox monastery, possibly the       when visiting. Before depart-
including children and adults,      coastline and the mountains          oldest continuously inhabited     ing, obtain updated travel
young singles and families,         rising up behind it.                 Christian monastery.              tips and safety information
western women in sundresses             In addition to all the activi-      Tour operators also offer      on the U.S. State Department
and Muslim women in heads-          ties the Red Sea has to offer,       shorter day and half-day trips,   website, www.travel.state.gov.
carves.                                                                  including ATV rides in the        Here, travelers can complete a
    In Naama Bay, one of            venient location from which          desert, a jeep safari in the      travel registration, which puts
Sharm’s central locations,          to visit some of the world’s         canyons, a bus trip to Ras        the traveler on a list to receive
posh western-style hotels and       most fascinating historical                                            important security updates.
American chain restaurants          sites. Instead of planning a         and more.                         According to the site, a travel
mean you will not get an            whole separate leg of your
authentic, culturally Egyptian      journey to see the pyramids,         with its world-famous diving
experience, though what you         travel agencies offer trips to       and proximity to some of the      contact the traveler during an
will get is a location perfect      the pyramids from Sharm by           world’s most popular archeo-      emergency — including situ-
as a base for any number of         plane for around 170 euros.          logical and historical sites,     ations where family or friends
activities including sightsee-      This one-day excursion is            has the potential to be one of    in the United States are hav-
                                    well worth the price over a          those trips-of-a-lifetime and     ing problems contacting the
just relaxing on the beach.         lengthy bus ride (also offered       is typically much cheaper and     traveler with important news.
   For scuba divers, rich coral     from Sharm) or the hassle of         more accessible from Europe           For most Americans cur-
formations, amazing under-          planning an additional stop in       than from the United States,      rently living in Europe, Sharm
water diversity and easily          Cairo into your itinerary. Trips     it does require some advance
                                    are also offered to Luxor, Je-       planning and a bit of caution.    now than it will ever be again,
the Red Sea one of the top          rusalem and Petra, an archeo-            Service members must          and with some prior planning                                     Photo by Capt. Skip Kawalak
dive sites in the world. The        logical city in Jordan.              obtain a special country          it can be an unforgettable
Thistlegorm, named one of               The active tourist can           clearance to visit Egypt and                                          Petra, an archeological city in Jordan, is one of many
                                                                         may need one for neighboring      about for years to come.            day trips offered from Sharm el-Sheikh.
14     Bavarian News
                                                                                             Hohenfels                                                                                           June 23, 2010

U.S., Germany pair up for annual exercise
         Story and photos by                during Operation Open Gate in the
 Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Walker
 Joint Multinational Readiness Center
             Public Affairs
   At times this year’s annual Op-
eration Open Gate in the Hohenfels
Training Area looked like a scene

                                            the German-American partnership be-

in a landing zone outside of a small        units of the Bundeswehr in communi-

with weapons in hand piled out of the          “They help us as much as we help
helicopters, fading into the surround-                                        -

thunderous helicopters had landed,
                                                Two platoons from the logis-
                                            tic battalion each completed the air
   The German soldiers in this air                                             -
                                 -                                             -
                                            ercise than two dramatic combat air
the 472nd Logistics Battalion, a Ger-                                                Members of the 472nd Logistics Battalion, a German reserve unit,
many of the soldiers who hoped off the      make their way into a populated Af-      arrive aboard UH-1 Hueys to conduct a vehicle recovery mission in
                                                                              -      a replicated Afghan village in the Hohenfels Training Area, May 25.
                                        -                                            Right: Capt. Keith Tyler of the Grizzly Observer-Control team con-
                                        -                                        -   ducts an after-action review with members of the 472nd Logistics
                                                                                     Battalion, a German reserve unit, after the soldiers completed a
   “This is the highlight of the year,”                                              vehicle recovery mission in a replicated Afghan village in the Ho-
                                            combat tactics and procedures to neu-    henfels training area, May 25.
                                                                                     tion to American-styled counterinsur-
                                     -      Germans will deploy someday to                                                                                             with each platoon, praised the Ger-
can Soldiers paired up for the 8th an-      Afghanistan, many of the soldiers                                                    At the end of the day, Grizzly Team

Environmental team manages training, conservation
               Story and photo by
              Kristin Bradley
         USAG Hohenfels Public Affairs                                                                                                                         According to Boehm, managing the natural
   Tank trails and roads cut across the 40,000
acres of the Hohenfels Training Area, dusty                                                                                                                    “Our number one goal is to support the train-

                                                                                                                                                               That means not only constantly monitoring
                                                                                                                                                            the habitats and species on post, but also sug-
                                           -                                                                                                                gesting ways the units can minimize the impact
ronment is probably not one of the most com-

and endangered species of plants and animals

                                                      Geo-ecologist Arnbjorn Rudolph surveys a small square of land for U.S. Army Gar-
from agricultural, residential and economic de-       rison Hohenfels Department of Public Works Environmental Division, June 10.

                                                          The Hohenfels Training Area is also home                                                                                                              -
   “Because of the military training here this        to one of the largest populations of woodlarks,
                                             -        another endangered species that according to                                                          acting so when you look 20 years down the road
                                                -     rally haphazard habitat that occurs in transition                                                -
                                                -     zones between open landscapes and forests, a        ment), but what we now know is that the train-
tem; Boehm said the training itself actually aids     habitat not found many places outside the train-
                                                      ing area where the line between farmland and                                                          see things like sink holes or markers designat-
                                                  -      The yellow-bellied Toad and the woodlark             To maintain that balance, Boehm and other     keep the grass low to help support habitats and
                                                  -                                                -                                                    -
                                                      dangered species rely on are rarely found off-      ister the garrison’s natural resources program
                                                      post and thus Hohenfels offers these species a      and ensure the area is in compliance with the     area doesn’t mean you put a fence up and don’t
                                                                                                          reams of regulations that come along with the     use it, but keep it as it is used to protect the spe-
such as potholes formed by tanks end up creat-
                                                      3,000 species of plants, animals and insects with
                                                      close to 900 of those considered endangered or                                                            Editor’s Note: The third part of this series,
largest populations of this species that, due to                                                                                                        -   a look at what individuals can do to help con-
                                                                                                                                                            serve natural resources, will appear in the July
                                                                                                                                                        -   7 issue of the                .

Ukrainian military tours Hohenfels’ Readiness Center
by Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Walker
 Joint Multinational Readiness Center       NATO’s Partnership for Peace Plan-       NATO-led operations, military lead-                                                                                        -
             Public Affairs

                                            force structure and capabilities to                                           -                                      -
                                        -                                                                                     bile Simulations Training Group, was
to help modernize their country’s
                                                                                -    toward meeting NATO military stan-       and procedures used here would help
                                        -   ward forming a modern armed force                                                                                   -
                                            that will meet all European standards       Andrii said he was impressed with                                                                                       -
                                                                                -                                                                                                                               -
Land forces spent two days talking                                              -                                             training or record radio communica-
with military training planners and         tion will also enhance the country’s                                                                                       procedures that would help them re-
                                            military interoperability with NATO      training centers but they are not as
June 23, 2010
                                                                                            Hohenfels                                                                                  Bavarian News      15

Unique upbringing asset for graduates
Valedictorian cites                                                                                                                                                    also have to go from Germany to
                                                                                                                                                                       America and a lot of us are pretty
challenges, triumphs                                                                                                                                                   Germanized,” said Nelson. She said
                                                                                                                                                                       growing up in a military family has
her class experienced                                                                                                                                                  given her a better-than-average abil-
                                                                                                                                                                       ity to cope with change.
while growing up in                                                                                                                                                        “In a military family you have to
military families                                                                                                                                                      be prepared, you have to face reality
                                                                                                                                                                       sooner I think and are forced to ma-
        by Kristin Bradley                                                                                                                                             ture faster,” said Calhoun. “It’s about
    USAG Hohenfels Public Affairs                                                                                                                                      coping and accepting and knowing
                                                                                                                                                                       you can’t change it. It’s a lot of lem-
    The Hohenfels Middle High                                                                                                                                          ons and lemonade for military kids
School graduating class of 2010 is                                                                                                                                     and you have to make it work. Some-
odd in many ways.                                                                                                                                                      times it will be sweet and sometimes
    They’re odd enough to have                                                                                                                                         it will be sour, but you have to drink
grown up as military children in a                                                                                                                                     it anyway.”
nation where only one percent of the                                                                                                                                       While Nelson and Calhoun said
population serves in the armed forc-                                                                                                                                   they have become who they are
es, but they’re even odd among other                                                                                                                                   through the highs and lows of life in
graduating classes of predominantly                                                                                                                                    the military and wouldn’t change it if
military children.                                                                                                                                                     they could, they also said though life
    Almost half of them, 18 of the                                                                                                                                     in a small school like Hohenfels can
40 graduating seniors, have attended                                                                                                                                   have its challenges, they wouldn’t
HMHS since middle school, an odd-                                                                                                                                      change that experience either.
ity for the ever-transitioning Army
family.                                                                                                                                    Photo by Morrisa Booker     are no security concerns, you get a lot
    Add to that the fact that most have                                                                                                                                of one-on-one attention and they drill
spent at least part of their formative     Members of the Hohenfels Middle High School Class of 2010 listen to Victoria Nelson, class vale-                            it into your head that you can have
teen years traveling Europe and the        dictorian, present her commencement speech during the graduation ceremony in Burglengenfeld,                                a better future. You don’t get those
HMHS Class of 2010 is far from or-         Germany, June 11. Nearly half of the 40 graduating seniors have attended HMHS since middle school.                          things at a lot of schools in the states.
dinary.                                                                                                                                                                You’re not just a number here,” said
    That uniqueness, however, is           emony, June 11.                          state to state’ whereas here we say ‘I     also will mean some additional hur-     Calhoun.
something Victoria Nelson, valedic-           “I think living in Europe has pro-    have a passport and I can go country       dles when it comes time to make the         “After spending so many years
torian, and Jazmine Calhoun, saluta-       vided us with the chance to get a big    to country.’ We’ve had the opportu-        transition between high school and      together we’re all really close,” said
torian, both said has been an asset so     perspective on the world and has         nity to see other cultures, and not just   college.                                Nelson, “and when you get used to
far and will continue to be an advan-      made us more open minded,” said          in Europe.”                                   “Most people go from their par-      having to say goodbye so much (as
tage as they look toward the future        Calhoun. “In the states you say ‘I           Both girls said that while living in   ent’s house to the dorm room and        friends move away) you learn it’s not
following their commencement cer-          have a driver’s license and I can go     Europe has brought many rewards, it        from high school to college, but we     goodbye, it’s see ya later.”

Hohenfels students earn spot at competition
                Story and photo by                                                                                                                           board with 500 words or less, a 500-word pro-
               Kristin Bradley                                                                                                                               cess paper and an annotated bibliography with
         USAG Hohenfels Public Affairs                                                                                                                       primary and secondary sources.

    Each year, more than half a million students                                                                                                             year students at Hohenfels have completed Na-
across the United States participate in National
History Day, an academic competition that chal-                                                                                                              the entire sixth-grade participated.
lenges students to conduct extensive research
on a topic to present to classmates, teachers and                                                                                                            among the Hohenfels students, then traveled
judges.                                                                                                                                                      to compete at the Department of Defense De-
    Of those half million students, only about                                                                                                               pendents Schools district level, where they won
2,400 made it through the levels of local and re-                                                                                                            again. The boys then moved on to the European
gional competition to the annual National His-                                                                                                               competition, where they placed second in their
tory Day contest at the University of Maryland,                                                                                                              category (students in grades 6 through 12 could
College Park, June 13-17.                                                                                                                                    present their project in the form of a paper, an
    This year, a team of three sixth-grade stu-                                                                                                              exhibit, a performance, a documentary or a
dents from Hohenfels won a place in the nation-                                                                                                              website), and earned a slot at nationals.
al competition to showcase their display against
students from schools throughout the United                                                                                                                  projects completely in school, working an hour
States, Guam, American Samoa and Depart-                                                                                                                     each day for two months and spending the en-
ment of Defense Schools in Europe.                                                                                                                           tire day on their exhibits for two weeks before
    Though the logistical constraints of living a                                                                                                            an open house when they presented their work
continent away prevented them from actually          History Day project in their sixth-grade classroom at Hohenfels Elementary School.                      to parents and teachers.
attending nationals, 12-year-olds Patrick Bar-       The three boys won second place at the European level of the National History Day                           Though all the Hohenfels students spent
                                                     competition for their project on prosthetic limbs called “Lost and Found.”                              months on their projects, Eiser said he thinks it
are still be proud of their accomplishment mak-                                                                                                              was his group’s solid research that took them all
                                                     research prosthetic limbs, calling their project    historical information, reading online blogs for    the way to nationals.
participating in the competition.                    “Lost and Found.”                                   amputees and conducting an interview with a             “We just focused on the project, on doing re-
                                                                                                         medical professional who specializes in helping     search versus just making something that stood
time and making it to nationals like Hohenfels,      go with the theme we were thinking of things        amputees adjust to life with their prosthesis.      out. For us, it (trips to the district and European
I say that’s awesome,” said Yvonne Jefferson-        like TVs, iPods and phones but decided we               Barnett said throughout their research the      competitions) was not just an excuse to miss
                                                     wanted to do something less common,” said           team learned not just about how the devices         school, we really wanted to do well,” said Eiser
Day and instructional systems specialist for so-     Eiser.                                              work or how they have evolved over time, but        as Barnett and Gray agreed.
cial studies for DoDDS-Europe. “When you’re              Gray said the boys, all of whose fathers are    also about how a prosthetic limb affects the life       Though all three boys said they were disap-
in sixth-grade and you’re headed to nationals,       active duty Soldiers, were also interested in the   of the amputee, his family and his friends.         pointed they could not make it to nationals this
that’s a high honor.”                                topic because of its connection to the military.        Tracy Stockdale, a sixth-grade teacher at       year and will not all be together for the competi-
   For this year’s theme, “Innovation in His-            The threesome said they gathered research       Hohenfels Elementary School, said the boys          tion next year, they all also agreed they cannot
tory: Impact and Change,” the boys chose to          by reading books, sifting through medical and       then had to turn their research into a display      wait to try to test their skills again in 2011.

    State Fair held                                                                                            Soldiers of the Quarter
     at Hohenfels                                                                                                                                                     Spc. Carrington Walker

     Elementary                                                                                                                                                      and Spc. Timothy Murray
                                                                                                                                                                     are the Joint Multinational
  Dorothee Mayag, center, shows                                                                                                                                      Readiness Center and the
  Gabi Lopez, left, and Sue Lo-                                                                                                                                      Joint Multinational Train-
  pez, right, her exhibit about                                                                                                                                      ing Command’s Soldier
  Pennsylvania during the Ho-                                                                                                                                        of the Quarter for the
  henfels Elementary School’s                                                                                                                                        second and third quarter
  State Fair, June 3. Each fourth-
  grader at Hohenfels Elemen-                                                                                                                                        Association of the United
  tary researched a state and                                                                                                                                        States Army presented
  then created an interactive ex-
  hibit, including a state recipe                                                                                                                                    controllers with JMRC
  to sample, to show classmates                                                                                                                                      Falcon Aviation Observer
  and parents during the fair.                                                                                                                                       Controller Team, with $50
                Photo by Kristin Bradley                                                                                                                             savings bonds.
                                                                                                                                                                     Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Walker
16    Bavarian News                                                                             Garmisch                                                                                 June 23, 2010

‘Doula-dads’ experience simulated pregnancy
           Story and photos by
           Sylvia Metzger
          USAG Garmisch                     optimal head-pelvic diameter, inter-
     New Parent Support Program             nal rotation, get him under that pubic
                                            arch ... ahh, I did it. See honey, this is   play in the lobby of Army Commu-
                                            easy! You can do it!”

kets and other baby-friendly gear.
    You’re going, honey ... it’s a one-
day crash course ... it only takes eight
hours ... it’s today, Saturday ... aren’t
you excited?”

   And the future dads? They are

                                            of parenting. Staff Sgt. James Tol-                                                                                     (Clockwise from top left) Staff
                                                                                                                                                                    Sgt. James and Maureen Tolley
                                                                                                                                                                    support each other just days
plishments as they master hands-on
                                            the bar by doing pull ups.                                                                                              Pfc. Travis Watts does physical
hee-hoo” breathing in their sleep and

plug at a pool party.                                                                                                                                               Ron and Rhue Grandl share the

                                            a keeper.”

                                            mothers during labor. A study found
through birth are intimidated by the
                                                                                                                                                                    mentarily pregnant.
                                                                                                                                                                       Editor’s Note: Sylvia Metzger is
                                                                                                                                                                    a registered nurse and the manager
                                                                                                                                                                    of New Parent Support Program in
                                                                                                                            one of his Soldiers.                    Garmisch.

Youth learn bike safety basics                                                                                      Happy Birthday, U.S. Army
       Story and photo by
           John Reese
 USAG Garmisch Public Affairs
   What began as a simple re-
quest from the garrison safety

manager for AAFES support

urday, June 26) transformed

missary parking lot for garri-
son kids, June 12.
   With the help of FMWR’s
ballpark line marker and a

                                    serving and coaching in the center are Sgt. 1st Class
                                                                                                                                                                    Photo by Karlheinz Wedhorn
                                    ger, AAFES Manager Annette Montgomery and Safety                             Sgts. Su Wan Ko, Elia Tautua and Matthew Jeffers hang campaign
at noon.
                                                                                                                 tion at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies,
Manager Annette Montgom-                                                                                         June 14. In keeping with tradition the oldest and youngest George C.
                                                                                                                 Marshall Center Soldiers, retired Brig. Gen. (Dr.) John Reppert and
                                                                          man) fourth-graders to take

                                                                                                                  USAG Garmisch Motorcycle Safety Day
                                    10-16, said Tuerk.
                                                                          ran red lights or stop signs.
                                                                                                                Poker Run, rodeo, food, fun and more on the
                                                                          played pedestrians at the inter-
                                                                                                                    motorcycle safety training range on
                                                                                                                 Artillery Kaserne Saturday, June 26, 10-4.

   Tuerk had made note of a

                                                                                                                 are the Army’s home
                                    is only a sample of the eight-

                                                                          ing helping the lessons learned

                                            Go home!
                                                                                                                                                   For details and registration please contact the
                                                                                                                                                   USAG Garmisch Safety Office at DSN 440
18      Bavarian News
                                                                                                  Ansbach                                                                                            June 23, 2010

Soldier Show is for Soldiers, by Soldiers

                                                                                                                                                                    Army reaches
                                                                                                                                                                   out to survivors
The U.S. Army Soldier Show entertains Soldiers and families with a theme of current sound and video technology.
‘Elmo’ and ‘Cookie Monster’                           who sings and plays guitar in the show.
                                                          He said the familiar songs they play have
                                                                                                              in our neck of the woods, so it was really nice to
                                                                                                              bring this to our community.”
entertain Soldiers at 2010                            value and the show not only offers variety, but             White’s spouse agreed.
                                                      also boosts morale.                                         “It was very encouraging to see that the
Army Soldier Show                                         “It is different to get all the genres — rock,      Army is not just about the structure and train-
                                                      rap, alternative — in one show,” he said. “And          ing, but also about the families and making this
               Story and photos by                    this is money for the audience to get their mind        a community,” said White’s wife Audrey.
           Ronald H. Toland Jr.                       off other problems for a while.”                            “Having them come here was a very special
          USAG Ansbach Public Affairs                     And Clouse understands that feeling.                treat,” she added. “… because we do not get a
                                                          “I saw the show when I was in basic and I           lot of the shows that tour around other military
    The 2010 U.S. Army Soldier Show rolled            was on cloud nine,” he said. “Being a part of           communities often — like Graf and Ramstein.”
into the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach region re-        it now is beyond any dream or aspiration that I             “(The show was) fantastic. I was dancing in
cently, setting a satisfying and welcoming tone       could ever think of. Bringing this kind of cali-        my seat,” said Mickey Mumfrey, director of lo-
for the long Memorial Day weekend.                    ber entertainment to Soldiers from inside the           gistics for the Ansbach garrison.
    The 75-minute show opened to Soldiers, fam-       Army is phenomenal.”                                        The 27-Soldier detachment has been in Ger-
ily members and local invited guests in Bad Wind-         Clouse said he is excited when he’s on              many since May 20 but the tour does not stop here.
sheim (near Storck Barracks), May 28, delivering      stage and enjoys sharing that energy with fel-
27 years of Army entertainment tradition.             low Soldiers.                                           woehr and Bamberg, the tour will continue in
    “Free entertainment of this type of caliber           “I liked it. It really brought it into the future   the United States through November.                  Spc. Julie Comtois and Pfc. Andrew
provides an outlet for people to get away from        with all the elements,” said Chief Warrant Of-             For a full schedule of remaining tour             Clouse add their talents to the 2010 U.S.
it all for a minute,” said Pfc. Andrew Clouse, an                                                             dates, visit www.armymwr.com/recleisure/             Army Soldier Show during a high-ener-
Army chaplain’s assistant at Fort Gordon, Ga.,        expecting to see. We do not get a lot of activities     entertainment/2010_ss_date.aspx.                     gy number in Bad Windsheim, May 28.

Hunting course delves into German traditions
     by Ronald H. Toland Jr.               law (Jagdgesetz); hunting land (Re-         been hunting for about 20 years in
     USAG Ansbach Public Affairs           viersystem); restrictions (Jagdbe-          Germany. He said classes are taught
                                                                                       in English, but there are some Ger-
   When hunting began in Europe            game/venison (Inverkehrbringen von          man words that hunters must know.
                                           Wild); hunting seasons (Jagdzeiten);            Rinehart stressed that hunters in
                                           German weapons law (Waffengesetz)           Germany must be really dedicated
of today.                                  and so much more.                           and also will have a big responsibil-
    Many of today’s customs and               “After the classroom instruction,        ity once they are licensed.
protocols can be traced back to these                                                      “This is not a hunter’s safety class
old ways, like when the right to hunt      test, you earn the right to become a        that takes only a day,” he said.
belonged solely to royalty and when                                                        “This class teaches much more
there were game limitations.               an exclusive group here in Germany,”        than just that — everything from bi-
    But not anymore.                       said Lane.                                  ology to cleaning game and the sell-
    “Germany has strict guidelines             “The overall hunting program            ing of the product.”
on practices used by anyone harvest-       provides a piece of home to Soldiers,           “Hunting is part of village life and it
ing animals within Germany,” said          civilians and family members of our         is still a big deal today,” said Rinehart.
                                           community,” he added, “and at a frac-           He also alluded to the culture and
shooting coordinator for the Ansbach       tion of the price that it would cost as a   camaraderie in hunting.                                                                                       Courtesy photo
Garrison.                                  local national or a tourist in Germany.”        “Anything we have to do with the
                                                “It was more of a challenge for        German public is good,” he said. “It is       (From left to right, back row) Michael Besant, Fred Lane, Jerry
strictly forbidden and carries sub-        me,” said Marshall Scarlott, who            always a good thing to have ties with         Rinehart, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach’s Command Sgt. Maj. Les-
                                           took the 60-hour hunting course. “I         the German community. We got away             ter Stephens, David Goforth, Jason Spaulding, Bill Lewis, Mar-
to the German Animal Protection Act        was always interested in hunting and        from that over the years,” he said.           shall Scarlott; (front row) James Bateman, James Watkins, Kevin
of July 24, 1972,” said Lane. “So be-      weapons which began as a kid.”                  “There are people involved now
coming a German hunter carries great           Scarlott described the course as        and they interact on a daily basis
responsibility to protect and care for     hard and demanding.                         with the Germans, which is a big              the German hunting course.
all animals and their habitat.”                “We learned a lot about the game,       deal — it brings more people in con-
    Although Lane said there are in-       biology and best of all the traditions      tact with other Germans with com-             the most intensive hunting courses in
depth and extensive historical aspects     of hunting in Germany,” he said.            mon interests and the sharing of tra-         the world and is recognized in most      relationships with the (local national)
about the sport in Germany, anyone             Although the minimum classroom          ditions,” he added.                           other countries,” he said. “Germany      community — it opens endless op-
can learn this prestigious sport.          time is 60 hours, the course can take            In light of the challenges prospec-                                               portunities and lifelong friendships,”
    “The course covers everything          longer to complete.                         tive hunters face in obtaining their          world and without a permit to own        he said. “If you would like to hunt
you need to know to hunt in Ger-               “The last class ran over 100            license, Lane explained some of the
many,” he said, which itself is pretty     (hours). It depends on the people’s                                                       portunity to buy them at a reasonable    tunity to do it while you’re in Europe.
extensive — history of German hunt-        speed and their dedication, plus the            “Having a German hunting li-              price.”                                  The history, culture and comradeship
ing; history of U.S. forces hunting in     range time,” said Jerry Rinehart, who       cense opens up hunting opportuni-                And he said there is a capstone.      that you will build with our (local na-
Germany; German federal hunting            is an instructor for the course and has     ties because it’s considered one of                                                    tional) hosts will last a lifetime.”

Sink drains are no place for excess cooking grease
Residents can save environment,
                                                                                                                                                                                       Recycling center
money by recycling their grease                             to local rivers and streams. Algae growth increases as
                                                            nutrients increase. Death and decomposition of algae
            by Ronald H. Toland Jr.                         causes oxygen levels to decrease, which, in turn, can
                                                                                                                                                                                           Katterbach and
             USAG Ansbach Public Affairs                                                                                                                                                   Storck Barracks
                                                               “If people continue to pour oil down drains it
    When used kitchen grease is poured down kitchen         would result in leaking pipes and generate ground                                                                              Monday-Friday
drain pipes, it clogs pipes as well as tax dollars.         water pollution,” said Seefried.                                                                                                 8 a.m.-noon
    When grease cools, it sticks to sewer pipes and             She also added that it is a waste of resources like                                                                          and 1-5 p.m.
over time, blocks sewers completely and can lead to         pipes, material to exchange pipes and labor, and that                                                                             Saturdays
raw wastewater backing up in basements in the local         customers should dispose of oil properly.
                                                                “For each gallon, we could save about $1 if our cus-                                                                        11 a.m.-3 p.m.
     “The repair cost — per apartment — is about            tomers bring grease to our recycling centers,” she said.
$1,500-2,300,” said Jutta Seefried, an environmental            “Our recycling centers have dedicated barrels to                                                                             Shipton
protection assistant at the U.S. Army Garrison Ans-         collect grease without any disposal cost,” she added.                                                                           Tuesdays
bach’s Environmental Division.                                   “The costs are unnecessary and drastic,” said                                                                            11 a.m.–3 p.m.
    In addition, the grease can attract unwanted pests.     Manfred Meyer, USAG Ansbach environmental man-                                                                            (reopens October 2010)
     “Grease or oil disposed of down drains attracts                                                                       we die; the same goes for houses. Grease clogs and
rats,” said Seefried. “And utilization of pesticides        the drain and pipe systems in our housing areas.”              settles in the pipes, and thus water cannot run through
would contaminate the water and ground.”                       “It is similar to our bodies and its internal blood         the house and eventually the house dies,” he said.
June 23, 2010
                                                                                            Schweinfurt                                                                                Bavarian News        19

                 Story and photo by
              Nathan Van Schaik                          He continued to check the patient’s vital signs,
          USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs             pulse and blood pressure, and turned the patient
                                                      over to the rescue services upon their arrival.

warm evening and the sun was beginning to set,

dispatched to a routine call. Someone had been        recovered and is doing well.
                                                         For his deed, Hildmann was awarded the

or divine intervention.
                                                      ment Command–Europe, presented the Award,

                                                      extraordinary action in emergency situations.
                                                         Whether it was a miracle or coincidence,

department’s team members.
                                                      comes with the territory.
hicle with a heart attack,” he said.                    “I was just doing my job,” Hildmann said.

                                                      the consequences. We were at the right point at
                                                      the right time. It was no coincidence.”

                                                      Sascha Hildmann (right) of the Schwein-
rest.                                                 the U.S. Army Safety Guardian Award
mann said.
  He immediately exposed the patient’s chest

                                                                                                 Story and photo by                                                       best (it even included a pond with
                                                                                              Nathan Van Schaik                  the characters through a Seussical       running water), which complemented
                                                                                          USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs
                                                                                                                                 Norton the Elephant, played by Pvt.
                                                                                      debuted Lynn Ahrens’ and Stephen                                                    sical talent and piano player, Joannes
                                                                                      Flaherty’s “Seussical Jr.” to a sold out

                                                                                      munity theatre, May 20.

                                                                                                                                                                          “Seussical Jr.” May 21 and 22, and
                                                                                                                                 rate punches. Even at tender ages —      again May 27 and 28 at the Abram’s
                                                                                      tary and middle school students.                                                    Center community theatre.

                                                                                      a young boy who stumbles across a          were rhythmic, sharp, witty, ironic      tertainment can appeal to such a
                                                                                      mysterious striped hat. He ponders         and at times hilarious — like in any

                                                                                      wear it when — you guessed it — the
                                                                                                                                 missing out on some memorable

                                                                                                                                                                          production by the crew, and a stage
the midst of classic Dr. Seuss characters while an audience of all                                                               audience.
                                                                                                                                                                          uss’ neural pathways, the production

        Story and photo by
        Eva Bergmann
        USAG Schweinfurt
          Public Affairs

    How do I sort and recycle
                                             This is not about money, this is about survival. You
                                              can’t eat money and everyone will have to learn
trash correctly? What animals                   this – at least anyone who wants to survive.
                                                                            Wolfgang Froehling
your surprise, your children                                   Environmental Engineer, Directorate of Public Works
might now know some highly            best match the education level                                        oritized by the Installation
                                                                        tween man and nature at no          Management      Command’s
                                                                        extra cost.

                                                                                                            sonnel involved.
hosted by the Environmental                                             ing children to think, interact
                                      ing children.                                                         ings created by environmental
                                                                        brings theoretical matters to
                                      ‘kids educate their parents,’”                                        ling, environmental engineer
   For about the past 20 years
the Environmental Awareness                                             elementary school teachers.
Days have been held annually          explaining to the kids how
                                                                                                            common – but in his eyes, also
                                      example recycling, how they
tainability in elementary and         can protect animals and the                                           proach.
middle school students.               environment or save energy        Kissinger explained. “It makes
                                      in simple everyday actions,       everything they have been
ly three hours per day, children      we see them going home and                                            tion should not be measured      ronment, mankind will not be
cycle through presentations at        teaching their parents.”                                                                               able to survive on this planet,     today will go on to live at least
several stations, learning about                                        tions, because they already                                          no matter how much money we         another 70 years,” he added.
subjects such as sorting and                                            have some background. Now
recycling, renewable energy                                             they are seeing what they read         “Environmental awareness      this is about survival. You can’t   them here today will really
sources and local ecosystems                                            and that’s what really makes                                         eat money and everyone will
                                      tists, volunteers and various     things stick in their mind.”
small and separated by age to         subject experts, all united to                                                                         one who wants to survive.”          ence in this world.”
20 Bavarian News                                                                             Medical                                                                                              June 23, 2010

Health clinics get new commanders
                                                                                                                                                              a shot
                                                                                                                                                              of advice
                                                                                                                                                                by Lt. Col. STEPHEN LINCK


Lt. Col. Emery B. Fehl replaced Lt. Col
Leticia Sandrock to assume command                                                                                                                           or a whole pregnancy later?
of the Schweinfurt Health Clinic, June 4,
at Schweinfurt’s Andrus Garden.                                                                                                                              very much!
                                                                                                                                                                Thanks, Hesitant in Heidelberg

Fehl takes command at                                                                                                                                           A.     Dear Hesitant,
Schweinfurt Health Clinic
               Story and photo by                                                                                                                                                                                -
            Nathan Van Schaik
        USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs                                                                                                                                                 now approved for use in
                                                                                                                                                                                        males to prevent certain
    The Schweinfurt Health Clinic welcomed                                                                                                                                              types of venereal warts.
a new commander, June 4, when Lt. Col. Em-          Lt. Col. Gordon D. Mayes assumes command of the U.S. Army Health Clinic, Hohen-                                                     Now back to your ques-
ery B. Fehl replaced outgoing commander Lt.         fels, from Lt. Col. Derek C. Cooper during a ceremony, June 11.                                                                     tion.
Col Leticia Sandrock. Sandrock had assumed
interim command in place of Lt. Col. Patrick
Denman who departed last month.
                                                    Mays leads in Hohenfels                                Cooper commanded the clinic for two years
                                                                                                                                                                                        you should not get the

    Following the ceremony, Fehl and Garri-                      by Jennifer Walsh                      and accomplished several goals including in-                                   breastfeeding, you have
son Commander Lt. Col. Everett Spain sealed                     BMEDDAC Public Affairs                                                             -                                   to use caution when get-
their commitment to provide the highest qual-                                                                                                                Linck                     ting the vaccine since it
ity health care to Soldiers and their families by       Lt. Col. Gordon D. Mayes assumed com-           percent. He also started practicing the patient-                               is unknown if the vac-
                                                    mand of the U.S. Army Health Clinic, Hohen-         centered medical home style of health care in        cine is present in breast milk. The good news is
signing the Army Medicine Health Care Cov-                                                                                                                   that you will not have to restart the series. All you
enant.                                              fels, from Lt. Col. Derek C. Cooper during a        the clinic.
    Fehl’s most recent assignment was as depu-                                                              “Derek and his team streamlined the steps        birthday. The normal schedule of zero, two, and
ty commander of administration for Fox Army             “The Hohenfels Health Clinic has a fantas-      involved in a patient visit and asked what is        six months is based on getting maximum cover-
Health Center at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., and as     tic reputation and an excellent staff of Soldiers   best from the vantage point of the patient,” said
                                                    and civilians,” Mayes said. “We will continue       Col. Steven J. Brewster, Bavaria Medical De-         health.
                                                                                                    -   partment Activity commander. “This patient-
                                                -                                                   -   centered medical home approach has the poten-
                                                        Mayes comes to Hohenfels from San Anto-
                                                                                                        tial to revolutionize our patients’ experiences in
                                                                                                        our clinics.”
   Fehl, who has served in Germany before,                                                                                                                   on the trains, especially Soldiers getting on in
                                                                                                            Cooper thanked his staff, friends and family
the United States Military Academy at West          for the commanding general of the Army Medi-        for their support throughout his command.
                                                    cal Department Center and School at Fort Sam            “To my health clinic family, you are simply      playing their music loud, and talking about drug
                                                    Houston, Texas.                                     the best,” Cooper said. “Continue to support         use past and present. There seems to be a lack of
                                                       His previous assignments include: medical        each other, support this community and you           decent behavior, or lack of practice in behaving
in Health Care Administration from the Zick-                                                                                                                                                                 -
lin School of Business, Baruch College. He is                                                                                                                formation the next time this happens? To be hon-
                                                    Command Surgeon, U.S. Army Central, Third           on the Europe Regional Medical Command
                                                    Army, Fort McPherson, Ga.; Battalion S3 and         dashboard that you currently enjoy.”                 issue seems to be not just a garrison issue, but a
                                                                                                           Cooper’s next assignment will take him to         few Americans not respecting their host country.
   Fehl has two sons, one in the Army Reserve       Medical Command, Yongson, Korea; and com-                                                      -             Angry in Auerbach
and the other a recent high school graduate.        mander, U.S. Army Air Ambulance Detach-
                                                                                                                                                                A.     Dear Angry,

Hantavirus prevalent this year                                                                             Netherlands                                       turn down a chance to answer a leadership ques-

   by Lt. Col. Kenneth R. McPherson
U.S. Army Public Health Command Region-Europe
                                                    dent populations in and around buildings by re-
                                                    ducing clutter and debris that attracts rodents.
                                                    This also includes cutting back hedges and
                                                                                                          experiences Q                                      best response is to address the issue then and there.

increase in Puumala virus infections among its
                                                -   bushes away from buildings. Firewood should
                                                    be stacked away from the home and in a manner
                                                    that limits rodent attraction and nesting.
                                                                                                          fever outbreak
citizens in the states of Baden-Wuerttemberg           Avoid disturbing dusty sheds, barns, attics                by Col. Evelyn Barraza
and Bavaria.                                        and rooms that may have rodent nests. Do not               Europe Regional Medical Command               of command if necessary. My personal experience
    Though there have been no reported cases                                                                                                                 is that most of the time people just aren’t aware
                                                    use brooms or vacuum cleaners to clean these                                                      -      they are causing a problem and will respond ap-
of Puumala virus infection in U.S. military per-    areas, since these methods promote breathing
sonnel or family members living in Germany,                                                             lands is experiencing a continued outbreak of        propriately when confronted with the issue.
                                                    contaminated dusts.                                 Q fever, an animal disease that could be passed
awareness of the situation may keep potential          To limit dust in the air, moisten dusty sur-
cases from occurring.
    Puumala virus is a member of the European       detergent and household sanitizers. An inexpen-
                                                                                                        on to humans.
                                                                                                           Although the risk is low and no infections           Q.    My husband is getting ready to deploy
                                                                                                                                                             and he plans on “bulking up” while he’s down-
Hantaviruses that can potentially cause hem-
orrhagic fever with renal syndrome. Between                                                             Europe, travelers to the Netherlands are advised
                                                    of household bleach per gallon of water (use        to avoid farms in affected areas, eat only milk
                                                    care not to splash in eyes or on skin). Wearing     and dairy products that have been pasteurized,
                                             -      rubber gloves, wipe, mop or wet sweep treated                                                            things are?
man citizens, with most cases occurring in the                                                          wash hands frequently if near animals, and to            Thanks, Skeptical in Schweinfurt
                                                    surfaces.                                           inform their health care provider if they become
counties surrounding Stuttgart.                         To remove dead rodents, spray them with
   Reported cases of Puumala virus in Ger-          disinfectant solution, wearing rubber gloves
                                                                                                        ill two to four weeks after exposure or travel.         A.      Dear Skeptical,
                                                    place the rodent in a double bag. Wipe sur-         like illness, pneumonia or hepatitis.
Most cases occurred in exposed persons living                                                                                                                in the gym and not with a “male enhancement
                                                    rounding area with paper towels and place them          Q fever is caused by Coxiella burnetii, a spe-
and working in rural areas.                                                                                                                                                                                     -
   People are typically exposed when they           in the double bag with the dead rodent, seal and    cies of bacteria found throughout the world.         bile magazines. The best way to bulk up is with
work with contaminated products or when they        discard in the garbage.                                                                              -   real foods high in protein, not with dietary supple-
disturb dusty sheds and buildings that are con-         After any cleaning operation, wash hands        stitute for Public Health and the Environment,       ments.
taminated with rodent urine and excrement. The      thoroughly with soap and water. Alcohol-based       infected dairy goat and sheep farms have been            Most of these muscle-building products are
                                                    hand sanitizer may be used when soap is not         the primary source of infection for humans,                                                             -
Stuttgart area is seeing more cases due to urban                                                                                                             ents are not regulated by the Food and Drug Ad-
sprawl from the city into the country.              available or when hands are not visibly soiled.     particularly affecting people living close (under
                                                                                                                                                             ministration. Where your husband really needs to
   This mild form of Hantavirus results from                                                                                                                 use caution is to prevent dehydration if he decides
inhaling dusts contaminated with rodent urine       after entering dusty buildings or after handling    cases have been in the southern region of the        to use supplements. Products high in protein have
                                               -    dead rodents should immediately seek medical        country (Noord Brabant, Gelderland, Limburg          the potential to cause kidney damage, especially
posed do not get sick or develop symptoms.          attention.                                          and Utrecht provinces).                              when combined with dehydration.
   Those who become sick typically have                                                                    Transmission to humans is usually through             Proteins are large molecules that can damage
                                               -    Hantaviruses, visit the U.S. Centers for Dis-       the inhalation of dust contaminated by infected
toms to include muscle aches, gastrointestinal      ease Control and Prevention website: http://        animals, but may occur through contact with          the potential to lead to a life-threatening condi-
                                                    www.cdc.gov; the European Centre for Disease        the animals or ingestion of contaminated food.       tion called rhybdomyolysis. There are numerous
pain and vomiting. Rarely does renal failure,                                                                                                                websites dedicated to safety of supplements, but
which is the shutdown of the kidneys, occur.        Prevention and Control website: http://ecdc.eu-     Dutch authorities have launched a nationwide
                                                    ropa.eu; and the U.S. Army Public Health Com-                                                                                                             -
                                                                                                        campaign to control the outbreak.
Prevention                                          mand (Provisional) website: http://phc.amedd.          For more, visit the CDC Traveler’s Health
   There are no Hantavirus vaccines available,      army.mil.
so the best protection is to avoid exposure to         Editor’s Note: Col. Eric Shuping, Lt. Col.          Editor’s Note: Col. Evelyn Barraza is a Pre-          If you need a shot of advice, e-mail your
rodents and their excrement.                        Ken McPherson, Michele Balihe and Melissa           ventive Medicine Consultant at the Europe Re-            question to brmc-pao@amedd.army.mil.
   The best prevention method is to limit ro-       Wong contributed reporting.)                        gional Medical Command.
June 23, 2010
                                                                                                 News                                                                                     Bavarian News    21

                                                      100th GTA
                                                      Art Contest
                                                     school and elementary school participated

                                                     their participation.

‘Odyssey’ teaches teamwork
Continued from page 1
VES team placed 31 out of
62 teams in their division, an
achievement for which they
are extremely proud.
    “The competition was re-
ally strong,” said Odyssey of
the Mind Coach Victoria Hen-
nion, VES, who accompanied
the children on the long jour-
ney. “We did well.”
    According to Hennion, the
competition encouraged cre-
ativity, divergent thinking and
time management.
    “The children do it all on
their own, from brainstorm-
ing to production,” said Hen-
nion. “They problem solve and
work together as a team.”                                                                                The Schweinfurt Sallys pose for a photo after their big win. Pictured (from left to
    “It’s amazing what they         team building exercise.
can accomplish,” said Hen-          ern sculpture or structure that    Dougherty, Kayla Johnson,
nion, grinning with pride.          exists today but was discov-       Mirielle Ragay.                   Jonathan Rigdon, Caleb Stivers, Cameron Pinyan, Joshua Garcet and Head Coach
    For the competition, the        ered in the future.                   Through various competi-
VES team chose a problem                The performance also in-       tions and creative outlets, Od-
entitled “Discovered Trea-          cluded an artistic representa-     yssey of the Mind continues to
sures” in which students cre-
ated and presented an original
performance that included the
                                    tion of the two discovered
                                    treasures and characters that
                                    are part of the discovery teams.
                                                                       teach children and adolescents
                                                                       unique and useful skills that     Sallys rally for IMCOM title
portrayal of the discovery of           All props, costumes and           When asked what the most       Continued from page 1                                 at the bottom of the third inning to win the game
two archaeological treasures.       makeup were thought up,            important skill Odyssey of the        The boys were back to their usual high spir-      15-14. Although the game only lasted three in-
One portrayal was a team-           created and presented by the       Mind had taught them so far,      its, cheering each other on, hitting the ball well,   nings, it was called because it exceeded the
created version of a discovery      six students. The students         the young crew, in unison stat-   stealing bases, and, of course, doing their sig-      two-hour time limit.
of an actual historical treasure,   who competed and attended          ed, “Teamwork.”                   nature “Stanky leg dance” while at bat and on             Despite all the drama and adrenaline, the
while the second portrayal was      are Hanna Bajakian, Daniel            “And we know how to have       bases. The Sallys remembered why they were            team still had to beat Vicenza to take the title,
the team’s depiction of a mod-      Cole, Rachelle Cole, Andrew        fun,” said Bajakian.              there; not only to win, but to have fun, too.         and they did. With their usual crazy antics,
                                                                                                         Their newfound high spirits seemed to make            joking, dancing and the high-precision perfor-
                                                                                                         them invincible. Even after one of Schwein-           mance of a well-seasoned team, the Sallys clob-
                                          Go home!                                                                                                             bered Vicenza 15-5.
                Visit the U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr webpage                                         Karrington Floyd (son of Spc. Matthew Floyd               When asked why they wanted to win so bad-
                           at www.grafenwoehr.army.mil.                                                  of 172nd Support Battalion), was hit with a wild      ly, the boys said they had to: it was Coach Doug
                                                                                                         pitch, the team continued to build momentum.          Dow and team mom Angie Dow’s wedding an-
                                                                                                             The Sallys went on a tear and scored 11 runs      niversary and they didn’t have a gift.

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