Vol. 6, Nr. 12 U.S. Army Garrisons Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels, Ansbach, Schweinfurt and Garmisch June 23, 2010
Training area by IMCOM-Europe Public Affairs
provides haven for
animal and plant
species forced out
of developed areas
Tough dads take
on the challenge of
wearing an empathy
belly and feeling like
“mom” for a day
235 years strong
Soldier Show rocks
the house with a
theme of new
music technology Molly Hayden
for saving a life
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
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
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.
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
email@example.com 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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
email@example.com 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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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-
DSN 440-3701, CIV 08821-750-3701 experiences make sponsorship a press- tions and deployments. nected from their community, espe- Management Command
Eva Bergmann & Nathan Van Schaik
Commander’s Message CSM Corner
Welcoming newcomers Community has two
DSN 354-1400, CIV 09721-96-1400
is an important mission reasons to celebrate
DSN 466-4917, CIV 09472-83-4917
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
email@example.com 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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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-
email@example.com. 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-
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.
the Plans, Analysis and Integration The preferred source to provide
- feedback to service provider man-
ing new boxes and posters would
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-
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
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
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
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- firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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AL TR AI
T IO N
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
7 p.m. - City Park: Concert, USAREUR Band
Wednesday, June 30
Parade Field near the Water Tower, GTA
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”
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
“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
Story and photo by
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
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
sions will be open.
you another impression of historic
09472-83-2829, or e-mail Julie.smith@
bers to a festive re-enactment ceremony
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.
Independence Day Celebration a weekly couples communication work-
Grafenwoehr Parade Field
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
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,
Schweinfurt (Ledward and Conn):
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
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
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
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:
provided. Look for
For more information, a complete list
No Federal Endorsement implied.
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
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
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
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- -
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
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
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
mothers during labor. A study found
through birth are intimidated by the
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
The best prevention method is to limit ro- Wong contributed reporting.) gional Medical Command.
June 23, 2010
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school and elementary school participated
‘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
“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.