Vol. 5, Nr. 4 U.S. Army Garrisons Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels, Ansbach, Schweinfurt, and Garmisch February 25, 2009
GARMISCH ROAD RULES
FUN IN THE SNOW Increases include:
Maximize your visit
with ODR expertise
by ROBERT SZOSTEK Speeding in “built-up”
PAGE 8 USAREUR Provost Marshal PAO
According to information on the German Transport Ministry
parking offenses were not increased.
WILD, WILD WEST Fines for speeding, reckless driving and tailgating all have
with other European countries,” said Lt. Col. Lon Walker, the
Texas Hold ‘Em OPM’s chief of law enforcement operations. Great Britain
or alcohol were doubled.
makes money for See GERMAN Page 25
THE WAY AHEAD
Housing, school bus
monitors among top
topics at conference command the
SCHWEINFURT by ADRIANE FOSS
UNEMPLOYED? There is a method to the madness. The
HR assisting seekers madness that is a multi-billion dollar bud-
gets and tens of thousands of U.S. Army
with job applications Garrison Grafenwoehr facilities and peo-
ple—all in need of constant professional,
PAGE 22 quality of life, and services support.
To make sense and sound decisions
U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr com-
mand group and stakeholders conduct a
Photo by Cherie Cullen
U.S. Army Europe Commander Gen. Carter F. Ham discusses the future of the Army in Europe during common operating picture of installation
a press conference at the Pentagon, Feb. 17. Ham told reporters he wants to retain some forces in Eu-
rope that are scheduled to return to the U.S., to keep pace with evolving USAREUR missions. helps the command prioritize local re-
quirements, gauge impact on readiness,
Ham: More troops needed
and highlight issues for elevation to Army
This is an especially important plan-
CIAO, BELLA! ning process, considering the continued
strain of limited resources at Army garri-
Didn’t get an oppor- by JIM GARAMONE ranks, and its primary mission is to pro- PAST: USAREUR had sons worldwide.
tunity to visit the world re- American Forces Press Service vide properly trained and equipped forces
to support global operations, the general 300,000 troops
nowned Venice Carnival More troops will be needed to adapt to said. PRESENT: There are
this year? U.S. Army Europe’s evolving missions,
Well, satisfy your curi- USAREUR commander Gen. Carter F. now 42,000 in its ranks to improve and sustain the installation
number is set to dip to around 32,000 Sol-
Ham told reporters during a Pentagon diers, and Ham said he thinks that’s too FUTURE: Current into the future, considering our limited re-
glimpse through one news conference Feb. 17. few. The general has recommended that plans will see that number
traveler’s eyes as they The command once comprised some two heavy brigades now based in Germa-
navigate from Autobahn 300,000 Soldiers. Today USAREUR dip to 32,000 - far too few,
to Autostrada, from Gar- has approximately 42,000 Soldiers in its See USAREUR Page 25 according to Gen. Ham. See IPB Page 25
misch, through Austria,
and into Italy. DOLLARS & SENSE!
Andrea Winters gives
a personal recount of
and a few things to see
Save on tax when importing vehicles back to U.S.
and do along the way. by ROBERT SZOSTEK not take physical possession of the vehicle before exemption is not for people on extended leave or tem-
Don’t miss her cost USEUCOM Customs PAO shipment,” said Bill Johnson, director of the Euro- porary duty.
estimates for your future pean Command’s Customs and Border Clearance Third, the vehicle must be for your personal use or
U.S. personnel stationed overseas can import
travel planning. vehicles to the United States free of federal tax and factory, you risk having to pay the 2.5 percent federal dependents of driving age,” Johnson explained, “you
duty. This exemption means big savings if you meet import duty,” he added. could justify importing seven vehicles duty-free; one
three conditions. Registering a vehicle is the best way to show pos- for each of them and one for yourself.” However, it
What you’re You must take physical possession of the vehicle session, but you can also prove it by simply putting a is illegal to use the exemption to import vehicles for
looking for prior to shipment, have valid PCS orders and import copy of your movement orders in the glove compart- third parties or in order to sell them.
it for personal use. However, it does not exempt you ment. People importing vehicles as part of a PCS can
Opinion Editorial 2 from state taxation.
“Most people who miss out on the exemption do station orders in hand before shipping a vehicle. The See FIND OUT Page 25
Honor Roll List 6 DEPLOYMENT
What’s Happening 12-13
16 709th prepped to train Afghan police during deployment
Sports 24 by MARY MARKOS McKiernan, commander of the lenge during a casing of the ing Freedom, and we, in (Task do their part by training local
Movies 26 USAGrafenwoehr Public Affairs U.S. and NATO forces, Feb. 18 colors ceremony held Feb. Force) 709, will be there to do
AAFES 27 12 at the Grafenwoehr Field our part,” Dillon said during “Our primary mission will
Last week, President have to tell you, 2009 is going House in preparation of the the ceremony. be developing the Afghan na-
Barack Obama ordered an ad- to be a tough year.” battalion’s year-long deploy- Task Force 709, which con- tional police which may also
For road conditions and ditional 17,000 troops to Af- The 709th Military Police ment to the country. sists of Headquarters Head- expand to Afghan border po-
the latest community ghanistan. Battalion Commander Lt. Col. quarters Detachment 709th lice,” Dillion said.
news, visit www. “Even with these addition- Robert Dillon, however, said a turning point for Coalition MP Battalion, and the 92nd
grafenwoehr.army.mil al forces,” said Gen. David his troops are up to the chal- efforts in Operation Endur- and 554th MP Companys, will See 709TH Page 25
2 Bavarian News
Opinion & Editorial February 25, 2009
Garrison making strides in Housing
ousing is an issue that affects housing during the past year. When the 172nd housing requirements to support a variety
every Soldier, Family member, Infantry Brigade moved to Grafenwoehr last compile a list of missed addresses and provide
and DoD civilian assigned to our summer, the majority of Families were able to that list to the Leased Housing branch for
garrison. stay in Schweinfurt until the type of housing as to increasing our housing demand based on individual appointments.
We must have a place to live, and the size they needed became available, and most available supply. I also want to introduce some great work
of our families affects our space requirements. arrived in Grafenwoehr in the timeline set. We I think we are doing an outstanding job in by the German Television station OTV out
Here in Grafenwoehr, we have an award- did not have many “hotel” families who were the Quality of Life we provide to Soldiers and of Weiden. They have produced anDVD for
forced to live without permanent housing for their Families here at Graf.
and a wide variety of an excessive period of time.
government, leased, and housing management staff recently accepted provides an excellent overview of the region
private housing options. completing it early) was a huge part of a best garrison housing award from the for folks new to the area and for our friends
The “complaint” I and Family living elsewhere who want to
hear the most is that the know more about where we live. We will let
waiting list for housing is tremendous growth. the community know when OTV distributes
excessive. This was one Other questions regarding housing include the copies and how you can obtain yours.
of the issues raised at our year, two bedroom quarters for junior enlisted We are also working a version to upload
comprise the majority of our waiting list for to our Web site, similar to what we have done
not a new issue. We have had setbacks this fall when installation?” that is available at
The bottom line is that construction for 300 new leased housing units
our families are housed in acceptable housing
with German banks backing the project.
This issue has been elevated to higher
installation should be completed by the end Col. Chris Sorenson
wait list are already in suitable quarters, but headquarters level and by the German Commander, U.S. Army
want to move to another area. separate appointments will be scheduled
We have made incredible progress with stationing planners fully appraised of our total respectively. Garrison Grafenwoehr
Like so many spouses, I did eventually
genetically programmed to avoid.
When it was my turn to decide whether to graduation. She said she was afraid it might
“senior year”). From the instant he kissed me,
ECKHART I just wanted to be with him every minute of
the guy was stationed in Florida and I lived in degree. I cringe every time I think about
The whole situation leaves me certain
of only one thing. We military spouses who
choose love over education will suffer. We
On the Homefront Ohio. telling my relatives how I had only one more
It was only after I married Brad that I made
one you love is, by necessity, gone all the time.
my mother or mother-in-law or you to know. him that I might even take this opportunity to would change anything if given the chance. I
y mom wishes that she had But I think of it every time some military remember that focused feeling I had about my
arranged a military marriage for that happy people, in-love people, good people classes after I was married. I remember the
me when I was 11 years old. That her last year or two in college or marry her like Brad and me deserved things to go well. deep buckling-down I felt when I came home
way she says she would have seen my name military guy right away. from school to Brad and our dogs and our life
I know the right answer. I know the spouses about their experiences in trying to together.
scrawled on the bathroom wall at a truck stop
you graduate, especially if you are planning to
marry a military guy. Why? Because you are married. How I wish we had been grown up
sailor, I spent most of my waking hours talking going to need money and a j-o-b. back then. The way we are now.
See, I think even saying that makes me old So what do you think? Stay in school or
and stupid. Because that is exactly the kind of not exist within 200 miles of our current duty
Good NCOs: You know them when you see them
Commentary by If there was one
DAVID W. KUHNS Sr. I overheard him provide some
Northwest Guardian, Fort Lewis lesson I took pretty colorful “guidance” to
individuals who failed to perform
from him, it was
I of a good noncommissioned
But everyone who has been in the
direction and control section of the
only artillery battery on the post.
Hughes taught me to be a Soldier.
He was a quiet, soft-spoken guy
that good NCOs
have to be the
to the standards the commanding
But I also saw him spend hours
- about as far as you could get from individual Soldiers when he learned
great. the yelling, swearing, tobacco- absolute masters their battalion command sergeants
directly affect our lives in uniform.
of everything major had run into obstacles they
me to expect.
Whether you are a commissioned But, without all the bluster their troops are For all his gruff exterior and
demanded and got the best out of asked to do.
sergeant major who served as a every Soldier in the section. needs of every single Soldier are
guide, right hand or confessor; or He knew everything we did everything their troops are asked to important to the performance of even
- right and wrong - and praised do. with a different line unit every the largest units.
back at the sergeants who kicked morning. He then spent the day
you when you needed it, steered could do anything. Whether it was young sergeant, I was assigned to the
visiting training, wandering through
you when they could, taught you showing us how to set a rabbit snare motor pools, stopping by mess halls uniform today.
in the snowy woods with strands ... He was everywhere. They are the ones who set the
turned you loose to do it all yourself, pace, enforce the standards, get the
to computing meteorological The general commanded the
division, but there was no doubt who mission done and do everything to
corrections for the guns, Hughes did His face will always come to ensure no Soldier is left behind.
I spent 24 years in uniform. But everything better, faster, smarter, the face of the command team was.
Hayes might not have met every It may be hard to list what makes
easier than any of us thought was Hayes was not a young man. But, them great - but we know them when
they had on my own development. possible. on the wrong side of 50, he was still we see them.
They were as different as night and If there was one lesson I took one of the toughest Soldiers in the came pretty close.
day in many ways, but shared the David W. Kuhns Sr. is editor of
values of true professionals. have to be the absolute masters of as one of my friends would say. There was nothing mild-mannered Fort Lewis’ Northwest Guardian.
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Community honors 172nd Soldier
Story and photo by MELISSA WOLFF memorialize Sweet. Col. Eric Stetson during the ceremony. “ Trying
Assistant Editor to grapple with the reality that he has left us
happy memories of one of all behind … We are left trying to understand
A crowd of Soldiers and 172nd Infantry our own that has left this the ‘Why?’ We share the hurt and sorrow of
Brigade Black Knight spouses gathered in world far too early,” he Christopher’s passing with his family.”
somber silence at a memorial service at the read, “…The death of a Those who knew Sweet said he was a quality
Grafenwoehr post chapel Feb. 17. young man with whom we Soldier, dedicated to his duty and family, and had
They were there to honor Spc. Christopher have worked and struggled faith that was an inspiration.
Perry Sweet, of Headquarters and Headquarters with the past few months is Sweet is survived by his mother Christina,
Company, Task Force 3-66 (Black Knights). acutely painful.” father Peter, and younger brother Kyle.
Sweet died of non-combat related causes Feb. “We will … remember
6 at Forward Operating Base Caldwell, Iraq the better days and cherish
while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi the memory of a friend and Sweet, who died in Iraq of non-combat
Freedom. fellow warrior. We will Sweet related causes Feb. 6, is survived by
Sweet, who was born Feb. 6, 1981, entered honor him and his family
the Army Jan. 11, 2006. a mother, father, and younger brother.
by continuing the job we began with him and
TF 3-66 Rear Detachment Commander 1st end it with him in our hearts,” he said. The 28-year-old Sweet was a member
Lt. William Archer read the that were spoken by “His death while serving his country and his of 172nd Infantry Brigade’s 3-66 Black
TF 3-66 Commander Lt. Col. Louis B. Rago Feb fellow Soldiers in Iraq causes us to seek answers,” Knights, currently deployed in support
10 when fellow Soldiers gathered downrange to said 172nd Rear Detachment Commander Lt. of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
2SCR launches premier language, culture
program for linguists, Dragoon community
by MELISSA WOLFF new educational technology. It is, in the language to just under that things that came out of the House Center in Garmisch as well as Soldiers
Assistant Editor “as far as a cultural center and a of a native speaker. The problem, Senate Committee studying Iraq, doing four week immersion programs
according to Triola, is that often when is that while we might have some with host families in other countries.
If you had stopped by room 26 in in USAREUR…I’m really excited a trained linguist arrives to a unit, he language skills, though very minimal, 2SCR is MTOWED, or given as a
the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment about what he’s doing,” said CW4 is tasked with a job where he has no we went down there and didn’t have mission, not only Arabic but French
headquarters building three weeks Mike Biley, 7th Army USAREUR opportunity to keep his language skills so much cultural skills. It really bit
ago, you would have found a storage Language Program manager current. us, hard.” well. This allows them to be prepared
Until now, linguists in the regiment, “What our facility provides is not Triola went on to talk about the for missions to Northern and Western
machine. who are required to maintain their only the quiet and solace of a library importance of learning the two together Africa and the Middle East. The unit
Since then, the room has been environment, but also a place where as it because without culture, language has eight Arabic linguists and nine
converted into the regiment’s new were expected to study during the they can use the latest in language is only part of the story. French linguists on the books, but also
Foreign Language and Cultural Studies workday or on their own time. Many technologies, “ said Triola. “Our Sgt. Sharon Martin, Arabic and
Center. of these linguists are DLI, or Defense center provides them a place to really Iraqi dialect linguist said that access other languages. 27 linguists in total
The creation of Regimental Language Institute, trained. Arab immerse themselves in the language to the facility would have made belong to the regiment.
Command Language Program linguists, for example, receive an and culture…. And in the end, both the a big impact on her experience The Language and Culture center
Manager CW3 Anthony Triola, the intense 63 weeks of training at the linguist and the unit wins!” downrange, “especially since we have will also be open to the regiment at
center is equipped with an array of The goal of the program is to give to opportunity to study dialects here. large for language acquisition and
each linguist 10-14 hours of training “Most (linguists) learn college practice and cultural education.
time per week in this center full of Arabic. Then you go out into the ghetto CW4 Mike Biley said, “I’m really
learning technologies. and they are speaking this crazy Iraqi excited about it because he is opening
The center’s training manuals are dialect and you don’t understand any it up to the community, too, so it’s not
those used by Army Special Operations of it,” she said. “I think one of the big
forces and cover topics from weapons things about going downrange as a
employment to medical training. linguist is that you need to be prepared also. That really excites me. I’m
and you need to learn the dialect before always really happy when somebody
Language and Culture Training system, you deploy so that’s what we’re going takes an interest in teaching foreign
a computer based simulation of real- to be doing here waiting for the next languages and bringing it home.”
world encounters in the soldier’s target deployment. Everyone’s going to Non-linguist Soldiers will be able
language and country. It is available brush up on their regular Arabic and to access the facility and resources
in French, Pashto, Dari, and Iraqi then start in on the Iraqi dialect.” for their own language improvement
dialect. Martin said that dialect is not and cultural awareness. They may
Real-time foreign broadcasts, a written language. It is only a
such as Al Jazeera, stream live in the heard language. Which makes the paid for their language by taking the
room and linguists will soon have access to foreign news broadcasts,
access to the portable resource, the television programming and Tactical Triola plans to bring non-linguist
iPod touch, where they can view Language and Culture Training system Soldiers into cultural classes so that
podcasts, videos, and use applications so important. they can understand an area that the
such as dictionaries, note cards, and Martin will teach classes on unit plans to deploy to.
translators. occasion with the Arabic linguists. She “Naturally, Soldiers would be
The aim of the center is not only already has plans for listening to Iraqi helping Soldiers,” he said. “The
Screenshot from an educational program used in the language free radio with fellow linguists. captains would go back and teach
center, the Tactical Language and Culture Training System for to improve cultural awareness and Martin is not the only one who will
the Iraqi culture and dialect. This program allows Soldiers to understanding. be teaching classes. Sanaa Hereira will would teach the squad leaders and
“You have to give your language be a staff instructor and Triola also so on. This is going to be a fantastic
roleplay, using realistic situations. Regardless of aptitude level, context,” said Triola. Which is what plans to have speakers come in from program. “This will be the premier
may set 2SCR’s program apart from the NATO George Marshall Center language program in USAREUR, I’m
subtleties. others in USAREUR. “A couple of and the Partnership Language Training absolutely certain.”
IT’S OKAY TO BE NEIGHBORLY: AN EXPLANATION OF
THE FAMILY CHILD CARE 10-HOUR LIMIT
Confused? Have you been asked to watch a friend’s child for a few hours each
week, but been afraid that you might have to become a family child care provider? Have
neighbors asked if you would take care of their children while they go on vacation for a
week, but you weren’t sure if were allowed?
GOOD NEWS! It has always been an Army tradition to help each other. Short-term
child care is no exception. Neighbors can watch children while parents, for example, attend
a class, go shopping, have a doctor’s appointment, participate in recreational activities,,
take weekend trips or vacations.
The 10-hour limit: the Army has a responsibility to balance the ability of families to
rely on one another to meet their short-term child care needs while protecting the safety
Students from Vilseck and well-being of children. There is a difference between watching children a few hours
Elementary School partake in occasionally and providing child care as a profession on a regular basis.
National studies show that specialized training and outside monitoring are two key
an elegant luncheon with U.S. indicators of providing quality care to children in regularly scheduled child care settings.
Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Therefore, a 10-hour child care limit has been established by Army regulations to protect
Commander Col. Chris children from being in unauthorized child care settings on a regular basis.
Sorenson and other invited Simply stated, the 10-hour limit means any family member living in government quarters
guests Feb. 6 during the providing child care for more than 10 child care hours per week on a regular basis must
school’s annual Dining at the
HINTS: If you watch a friend’s child all day for a special occasion and provide child
Ritz. The event celebrates care for more than 10 hours but do not do it on a regular basis, you do not need to be an
outstanding academic FCC provider. If you watch one child for an hour each day on a regular basis but do not
achievement. exceed the 10-hour limit per week, you do not need to become an FCC provider.
So, go ahead! It’s okay to watch your neighbor’s children. It’s okay to be neighborly.
Photo by Ann Bruennig
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News February 25, 2009
program at a garrison near you!
IMCOM-E news release every segment of the Army: active counsel and refer someone at risk.” sions will be held at all IMCOM-Eu-
- Guide and interactive video to en- “The upcoming stand-down re- rope organizational levels.
A new program that began Feb. 15 ployed; non-deployed; and those who hance Soldiers’ ability to recognize ally is a great chance for our leaders During this portion of the program,
aims to decrease the alarming number have not yet been deployed. risk factors, warning signs and how to remind every Soldier to take care commanders will use the “Shoulder to
of Soldiers taking their own lives. Therefore, IMCOM leaders have to intervene in order to prevent sui- of each other, especially in these Shoulder, No Soldier Stands Alone”
- directed a “Stand-Down” phase, cidal behavior. stressful times of war, watching for facilitator guide and video.
stallation Management Command is which will be followed by a more de- signs and symptoms of depression The sustained third phase – which
conducting suicide prevention train- liberate chain-teaching program that number of suicidal ideations by iden- or suicide,” said U.S. Army Garrison
ing in three phases for its Soldiers, focuses on suicide prevention and al- tifying warning signs, confronting the Grafenwoehr Family Life Chaplain,
Department of the Army civilians and lows leaders to communicate with all individual with the clues you’ve ob- Chaplain (Maj.) Darin Nielsen. – establishes annual training require-
Family members. The goal is to in- Soldiers. served, calmly and compassionately ments, and institutionalizes IMCOM
crease community awareness of sui- As part of the program, IMCOM- listening to them, and referring them of defense as we know the signs, and suicide prevention training.
cide risk factors and warning signs, Europe units will conduct a “Stand- to a chaplain or mental health profes- assure those needing help get the help
and to encourage intervention for at- Down” between now and March 15. sional” said Chaplain (Col.) Doug they deserve,” Nielsen added.
Pick up the March 11
Accordingly, every Soldier and DA Kinder who serves as the Installation The second phase of the program
In 2008, suicidal behavior among civilian will participate in an initial Management Command Chaplain for runs from March 15 to July 15, with
U.S. servicemembers was at an all- training block led by commanders Europe. “Suicide is a permanent solu- units holding a chain-teach session out when training will
time high, with 143 Soldiers taking and/or leaders down to the director- tion to a temporary problem. Friends, – which also highlights risk factors take place at your
- ate or branch level. colleagues, and family can save a life and warning signs – for Soldiers, DA installation.
cials, suicides are occurring across Stand-Down conductors will use by knowing how to identify, manage, civilians and Family members. Ses-
train as forward observers with JMTC
Story and photo by Sgt. MICAH E. CLARE wall-sized projection display. Onscreen, as the
USAREUR Public Affairs troops searched for a high-value target, insur-
gents began attacking them with small-arms
Sgt. 1st Class Larry Melton says he has
come full circle. overwatch position, the student observers had
It has been eight years since he trained with to pinpoint the insurgents’ location and send the
paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division, data to an Air Force joint terminal attack con-
but over the past six weeks Melton has found troller, who could then relay the information to
- a pilot ready to attack the target.
“In a real-world situation like this, if it can’t
N.C. to take advantage of a U.S. Army Europe be neutralized by any other means, close air
Joint Multinational Training Command-based support is needed,” said Staff Sgt. Jamie Moss,
Originally an 82nd paratrooper himself, ion, 325th Airborne Infantry. “(During combat)
Melton said he now serves as the JMTC Joint I’ve never called for an artillery strike; it was all
Fires Observer program manager at the Warrior from the air. However, there are many things I
Preparation Center here, in charge of training couldn’t have done before I took this course.”
forward observers -- Soldiers who call for artil- While working with laser targeting systems,
lery strikes -- to call for air strikes as well. translating “Armyspeak” into something Air
While normally the WPC’s mission is to Force pilots can better use to hit their targets,
train Soldiers and Airmen based in Europe, a Moss said the training gave the paratroopers
an opportunity to update their tactics and tech-
observers created a new relationship between niques for calling in close air support.
the WPC and its much larger counterpart, the “We say ‘Roger’ a lot -- something the Air
U.S. Army Artillery Center and School at Fort Force doesn’t ever use,” he said. “Other things
Sill, Okla., Melton said. such as target elevation, while not incredibly Sgt. Levi Trull, a forward observer from the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Battal-
“When we got the request, we knew it was important in calling artillery, is a ‘make or ion, 325th Airborne Infantry, works with Army and Air Force personnel to coordi-
outside our normal training capacity,” he said. break’ factor when calling in close air support. nate close air support during a simulation exercise during the Joint Fires Observer
“We decided that we had the manpower to sup-
port this. We also wanted to establish the rela- Course at the Warrior Preparation Center in Einsiedlerhof, Germany, Feb. 11.
which lets them know that we know what we’re
tionship that if Fort Sill is full, here is another doing on the ground.” as the rest of the Army has found out, they can our units.”
schoolhouse able to train JFOs.” Moss said JFOs are a valuable asset to to- Melton, who trained his last rotation from
day’s missions. U.S. Army Europe Command far as training is concerned, the difference be-
the WPC in January, where they attended class- tween [the continental U.S. and overseas duty still be a part of his airborne roots.
es in doctrine before applying what they learned “JFOs in the Army are important because stations] doesn’t matter any more.” “Even over here I’m contributing back to
during simulator training, Melton explained … we integrate our air and surface assets,” said “One hundred percent -- this is one of the their learning environment,” he said. “When
During one typical simulator session, stu- - most important schools for forward observers,” they leave this schoolhouse, they have more
dents watched as a simulated cordon-and- ary 11. Moss said. “Now we can go back and apply tools in their toolkit to do their mission even
search mission by ground troops unfolded on a “We have enormous capabilities here, and new [tactics, techniques and procedures] for more successfully.”
Help conserve electricity, avoid mold growth
by using Germany push air exchange method A recent photo
of Bldg. 725,
by AREF M. ARIANTA It is a short and intensive air ex-
DPW Energy Manager change process which should be car- one of the new
The rule of thumb Germany’s winter season can be
ried out in contrast to tilting the win- BEQs. The
dows for a longer time. thermal image
is to open windows lengthy and harsh.
It can be challenging to keep work
Typically, push air exchange is to at top shows
open the window for three to 10 min- the heat loss
for three to 10 and living spaces comfortably warm utes. where windows
The rule of thumb is to open for
minutes. This rule of fresh air. three minutes one window that mea- are tilted or
Fresh air in enclosed spaces is not sures one square meter (10 SF) di- open.
should be followed only important for the people, but the mension for every 20 square meters
for each window vides a condition under which mold It is important to note that this type
that measures one can well grow. of ventilation should be performed at
At times of energy crises when the a minimum of six-hour intervals.
square meter per U.S. Army energy bill is on the rise it
is critical to use some common sense
Remember, leaving the windows
20 square meters of in energy usage while maintaining causes the wall surfaces to become
The push air exchange is a termi- Cold wall surfaces promote vapor
nology used in Germany to maintain condensation, which is an ideal con-
dition for mold growth.
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2nd Quarter Honor Roll Students
Garmisch Elementary/Middle School
“A” Honor Roll France Rhodes “A-B” Honor Roll Chloe Scheel Kaleigh Byrne Mark Brown Nichole Ney
Alexander Cavoli Henry Yocum Rohan Moise Nico Staples Helen Laub Khalil Simon
Angelina Moten Astraea Roberts James Adaryukov Timothy Predmore Sacino Iniguez Chantel Wynn
Nathaniel Sattler Michael Beans Matthew Turner
Schweinfurt Elementary School
“A” Honor Roll Geoffrey Hite Johan Rau Brea James Kylee Rabe Justin Bulanadi Marissa Ixtlahuac
Patrica Cook Vannessa Jackson Ty Spencer Mia Johnson-Gonzalez Rashad Rogers Teresa Burns Molly Kintner
Benjamin Finch Mitchell Justesen Morgan Stockdill Scout Knotts Nina Romine Anna Maria Ceballos Marina Mesa
Faith Flynn Angelique Kenny Celene Sweeney Steven Kukowski Jesse Sharpe Jada Daley Sarah Naillon
Kamylla Heinbaugh Sharon Kim Alicia West Jabari London Amber Shell Quan Dasalla Michelle Quinteros
Joslyn Medina Jeremy Kulkowski Alexandrea Whitmore Jendayi London Orlando Tagaloguin Axel Delgado Morgen Shreve
Katelyn O’Rourke Katya Lewis “A-B” Honor Roll Larry Lyons Clajanique Thames Malik Funches Ethan Stemmerding
Katelyn Palmer Oliver Lupa Sydney Bryant John McDaniel Joyce Vizcarrondo Cameron Gayles Josalyn VanGundy
Nickolas Schulz Aolani Mayo Jadiel Carillo Sandrina Murphy Christopher Witham Isabelle Guevara Alexandra Villanueva
Hannah Baker Heather Miska Declan Hurley Justice Newsome Bryce Andrews Aleeya Harris Kasey West
Godson Ike Brittany Passi Jahmal Boozer Dylan Hopson Justin Woods
“A” Honor Roll Rachel Fellinger
Schweinfurt Middle School
Abigail Bernardino Kiersten Cade “A-B” Honor Roll Khayree Files T’Erra Felder
Tymon Blow Miguel Guevara Cecilie Huettner Samantha Gray Jaymel Daniels Kaitlyn Floyd Kimberlee Holness
Cennet Huggins Shannon Carlsrud Trent Mitchell Seamus Hurley Wendy Gonzaga Michael Johnson- Chantal Johnson
John Gray Cassandra Carreras Devin Pieciak Elaine Tagaloguin Cailee Hill Gonzalez Frances Negron-Miranda
Alyssa Isom Ashley Hendrix Alice Rivera Torres Devin Propst Anissa Holland Beau Timmons Elisabeth Roth
Robert Miska Cheyenne Proctor Jonathan Romine Erin Bolinger Vincent Houston Trevor Wright Corinna Sweeney
Christine Cook Jesse Timmons Logan Street Alexis Ruiz Casey Naillon Malik Boozer Lisa Stevens
Alison Sprosty Dario Romeo Jasmine Collins
Illesheim Elementary School
“A” Honor Roll L. Hunkin Trevor Christensen “A-B” Honor Roll Zuhura Semrau Caitlyn Loftis Vakeaemanu Hunkin
Lauryn Smith Ellie Gordon Claire Torza Yasmin Johnson Austin Cate Kyle Landers Yarielys Ramos
Cymone Thomas Jermaine Holley Samuel Wiest Bryan Schmidt Teressa Montalvo Jasmine Rodriguez
Ansbach Elementary School
“A” Honor Roll Clarissa Paniagua Kohl Wright Raymond Fernandez Reanna Clavon Francesca Monsisvais Jrdyn Bradley
Nicholas Abel Tyra Cleveland Bailey Callahan Chrismin Glaviano Graham Farrell Eboni Mooney Tristan Brown
Alexandra DeLeon Hayla Corzine Lashana Delduarte Kimberly Green Jo’Lisa Harris Rikky Tuialuuluu Claire Farrell
Rubeck Gonzalez Zachary Dignan Ava Greene Dorian Jones Emily Hoff Coo Chee Coo DelaCruz Malik Heard
Naomi Liriano Rayann Fernandez Megan McEwan Christian Liston BreAwna Hood Laudina Gwira Francheska Honsvick
Paloma Sanchez Luis Figueroa “A-B” Honor Roll Brian McEwan Joel Hunt Aidan Hildebrand Miguel Rivera-Pohl
Daniel Cordoba Ellen Hoff Isaac Ayala Tiana Proctor Gavin Linnell Brian Kylman Maranta Temese
Jacob Lindgren John Mahlkuch Kendra Beary Avemaia Temese Crystal Lopez Jennifer Montanez Tehvanee Tuialuuluu
Brittney Moore Jacob Williams Brianna Ferguson Joshua Brooking Eileen Majka Amanda-May Stansberry Hunter Vidro
Rainbow Elementary School
“A” Honor Roll Jennifer Mitchell “A-B” Honor Roll Dallas Botchway Dominic Dillingham Elizabeth Herring Camille Boodoosingh
Caleb Chandler Micah Traylor John Bowen Mikael Britt Conner Erickson Mikayla Caulder James Cusic
Michael Conner Olivia Amos Ashlyn Farwell Noah Seigel Samantha Dowdy Nadia Freeman
Hayden Langewisch Leia Bright Joslynn Herbella Samantha Hamontree Katie Sardella Jonah Hopping Nicole LaCrosse
Tanner Loper Marquis Traylor Robbie Swint Mason Lammers Chandler Lowrey Michael Christon Annie Macklin
Cory Mathews Caesar Villaluz Avery Salak Camille Martin Timothy Beury Brianna Tyre
Michael Zero Bryanna Mathews
Hohenfels Elementary School
“A” Honor Roll Isabelle Hoecherl “A-B” Honor Roll Cory Earnest Talia Lassiter Rachael Rausch Tanja Vass
Amber Aber Tatjana Jarvis Zoe Abner Robert Evans Zachary Lefebvre Mya Reevey John Warren
Dustin Anderson Kacey Joyner Michael Adgie Jacob Fisher Brianna Love Charlotte Richter Virginia Warren
Eliana Bara Rachel Lange Virginia Barr Joshua Fisher Elijah Mada Luke Robinson Christopher Welch
Lisa Bourgeois Nicholas Mann Liza Bermudez Lauren Fisher Tanner Marsh Bradley Sain Jack Wells
Kevin Brazie Jordan Markham Jared Bernal Jamison Golson Josiah Martinez-Davis Maximilian Sammler Matthew Wells
Kaitlyn Brink Anderson Peguero Lauren Borg Charles Griscom Jessey McBride James Schafer Chantell Williams
Aaron Burlingame Derek Ray Brianna Brennan William Hammer Lane McMullen Gage Scott Devon Williams
Morgan Cardon Paul Roberts Hannah Brewster Quinton Harper Lexi Nunn Maya Smith Latisha Williams
Melissa Clarke Ian Rodman Jailene Chancey Ta’von Horton Marcell Oliver Uriah Soliz Loren Winge
Michael Devin Alyssa Taylor Courtney Cochran Aubrey Howell Noemi Orozco Caleb Stiefel Nathan Witty
Jessica Einwaechter Megan Taylor Codey Coon Yvonne Humphreys Jonathan Ortiz Savannah Tackaberry Pauline Woods
Charles Gozy Nathan Way Samuel Deleon Delaney Keeler Chaz Perryman Elnatan Teklu Alexis Wright
Sean Harris Indigo Dominguez Aidan Kerchner Alexandra Preysler Sarah Toppin Elizabeth Wright
Katherine Hensley Gregory Eaddy Alexander Lange Christopher Ramos Ashley Tuitt
Hohenfels Middle/High School
Courtney Borg Caroline Bourgeois Bryce Cooper Shaniece Ruiz Alissa Grantham Stephanie Fernandez Ralph Williams
Rene Bourgeois Keyera Howard Joshua Cooper Heaven Sanders Patrick Humphreys Ashleigh Glynn Selina Chestnut
Chauncey Eaddy Bryce Hysom Xavier Davis Ian Sellers Frank Karafa Charlotte Hammer Tyrae Curry
Kimberly Howard Hunter Massey Loisann DeLass Jacqueline Stone Caitlin Lehfeld Lukas Heath Angelyn Fryer
Stephanie Larumbe Allison Moczynski Darian Eldred Jessica Walloch Sarai Orozco Kaylee-Noel Brennan Cheyanne Higgins
Casey Leon Erin Redden Lana Hollis Jane Weber Kayla Rausch Alexis Perryman Anthony Johnson
Alicia Moczynski Stephen Welch Nino Jessup Sarah Adams Christine Reyes Nicholas Randolph Stephany Mills
Angela Reinick Emily Adams John Leon Katelyn Bronell James Robinson Emerlyn Rivera Lukas Sammler
Meggie Rodman Rachel Borg Ovidiu Martin Melissa Caples Marisa Warren Loraine Roberts Emmanuel Soliz
Samantha Smith Jazmine Calhoun Johnnie Mesch Andrea Mae Einwaechter Vanessa Wells Robert Ryan Charles Preysler
Nina Wollersberger Kelsey Cochran Emily Mittag Corey Ezra Eric Wollersberger Kristin Stribbling Katelyn Turgeon
Mary Adgie Sabrina Collins Victoria Nelson Natascha Fluker Edward Chancey Anna Volk Richard Velarde
Do you have something going on at your school? Tell us about it!
8 Bavarian News
Garmisch February 25, 2009
Alpine experts bring experience, advice,
equipment to skiing, outdoor enthusiasts
Story and photo by extremely affordable. I’d challenge
USAG Garmisch PAO
snowboard rental,” said Roberson.
“But mainly because our staff have
The heavy snowfalls have done lived in the area for so many years.
more than dump powder over the ski We really know what we’re talking
resorts of Garmisch- Partenkirchen. about when we help you plan a hike.
It’s also increased the customer We know what we are talking about
because in our free time we are out
there ourselves exploring.”
With approximately 130 inches specializes in teaching children the
of snow currently on the higher
elevations and beau coup choices and waxing a customer’s skis to join the
folks have been busy renting skiing
and snowboarding equipment. heard us described as the best kept
The scent of hot ski wax greets secret in town,” said Proctor.
you as you enter their shop housed in “We are quite simply the cheapest
the Pete Burke Community Center on rental shop in town, and often give our
guests the personal treatment that may
“We have a ski rental and repair be lacking at larger and better known
shop open Monday through Friday to facilities.”
equip the Garmisch community and This is especially true when
our guests for exploring the outdoors,” considering the dollar to euro exchange
said Jessica Roberson, a member of the rate. Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers
FMWR team. many ski schools and rental outlets,
“Living in the mountains without but using the garrison services will
playing in the mountains would be result in substantial savings.
like eating cake without icing—it It all comes down to location,
j u s t w o u l d n ’t location, location, are skiers and hikers too, so we know make myself available on weekends and their families the best leisure time
make sense,” she said Roberson, where the snow is or what’s going on or holidays when we are closed for possible in the Garmisch area.”
“C’mon, we live lessons.” This weekend the garrison is
years we’ve seen Living in the it’s easier to get your gear here than
how much our backyard is a to carry it.” visitors about their schedule of night
community and mountains without playground that Roberson ticks off a list of sledding, night skiing, and daytime ski the same ski runs used for last year’s
the folks who can occupy anyone recommended activities for maximizing
come to Garmisch playing in the for more than a a visit to Garmisch, beginning with the
as students or more obvious winter activities like
tourists benefit mountains would skiing or snowboarding by day and double in the warmer seasons as some tough budget choices this year,
be like eating cake moving into additional ideas using bicycle technicians and tour guides. and unfortunately the ski competition
should never stop
without icing- it
just wouldn’t make
‘ that there are two
“You can load
the people where
activities after dark.
The center rents mini-bobs and
suggests spending an evening on the
mountains night sledding or heading
who chose outdoor recreation as
their career,” said Benson. “Each of
us has worked in various areas of
recreation as ski instructors, running
was one of the activities that was cut.
“We wanted to keep this event
alive. This is all part of helping
most of what Garmisch has to offer,”
In addition sense. you live onto a bus youth adventure programs, as tour said Gauthier.
to the garrison and drive them to a night skiing. They also have overnight guides, sports merchandise sales, etc. To sign up for competition, go to
c o m m u n i t y, hikes up and over Germany’s highest Between us, we have about 50 years of the garrison website at www.garmisch.
G a r m i s c h FMWR Employee you are the fantastic mountain, the Zugspitze. recreation and hospitality experience. army.mil and complete the registration
place and you get For the adventurous, complete We know the geographic area, we know form, Gauthier said.
international clientele of students from people to come to camping equipment is available for use the industry, we know the weather, and “The cost to participate is $10
all over the world attending language you,” said Benson. we know the equipment.” per person or $25 per family,” said
courses at Partner Language Training “The emphasis in the past was to local host nation facilities. Gauthier.
“Entrants will get their own lift
trying to get more people to come to popular. tickets, just like last year. With all of
the George C. Marshall Center on us. We are the destination.” Got a larger group activity, or all the recreational opportunities of the fresh powder that just fell and with
still can’t decide what to do? the Garmisch area is useless if you more in the forecast, the conditions will
is helping many more weekend visitors don’t know what they are or you don’t be outstanding. We expect everyone to
than in the past. needs,” suggested Proctor. “We’re have the equipment to try them,” said
Forces Recreation Center hotel. “I think the word is getting out Proctor. The FMWR team at the Pete Burke
Why choose the garrison’s ODR that we are here and we have the especially for groups such as unit Center is a three-time winner of the
over other local offerings? equipment,” said Benson. “We have to both equipment and information
the knowledge of the local area. We events, and other groups. I frequently allowing local and visiting soldiers
Photo by John Reese Photo by John Reese
10 Bavarian News
Hohenfels Box Bulletin February 25, 2009
Community members go wild, raise
money for welfare grants, programs
by KRISTIN BRADLEY largest event. Their annual bazaar is
Bavarian News the largest.
Wearing cowboy hats, boots, and Both events raise thousands of
lots of denim, community members dollars that directly impacts the
filled the Zone Feb. 13 for the Hohenfels community through
Hohenfels Community and Spouses scholarships and grants to numerous
Club’s annual Wild West Night. community organizations.
The event, highlighted by a high- “The spouses club is all about the
stakes Texas Hold ‘Em tournament, community. After costs, 100 percent of
raised roughly $4000 that will be the money we raise goes straight back
channeled back into the community into the community.
through the club’s many welfare grants “We are proud to provide resources
and programs, said Wild West Night to organizations that they may not be
committee chair Cheryl Ray. able to get anywhere else,” said Ray.
The poker tournament alone Not only do HCSC funds go back
raised nearly $2000 of that total after to the community, she said, but it
prizes, according to Sgt. Eric Bragg, also takes the entire community to
tournament chair. put together an event like Wild West
The four-hour tournament drew Night.
more than 40 people of all ranks, ages, “Everyone in the community
and skill levels. helped. Without them it would not be
“After years of doing this (running the success it was. It’s a community
poker tournaments) I would say that fundraiser and it takes the community
this is the new golf. There has been to put it on.”
nothing really like that for younger
Soldiers to do, until recently,” he would not have been nearly as
said. successful without the entertainment
Though the majority of contestants provided by Maria “Elena” Renehan,
Photo by Morrisa Booker Mary Woods, and Lt. Col. Keith
time he had seen two women make it Markham, and the decorations donated
Men from the Hohenfels community become gambling cowboys for the night at the Hohenfels by the Bourgeois family.
“I think since the game reached its Community and Spouses Club annual Wild West Night Feb. 13 at the Zone. “This year we improved on some
hey-day on TV a few years ago and has this,” he said. recently added “community” to its “It’s a fun way for them (younger suggested areas from the past,”
been growing in popularity people are Ray said the night’s attendance, club name to highlight the fact that all Soldiers) to get out and blow off steam, said Ray, “hopefully next year can
now comfortable coming out of their especially at the poker tournament, community members, not just spouses, especially after a hard rotation.” improve on us and make this event
basement and playing in games like is a perfect example of why HCSC Wild West Night is HCSC’s second even bigger and better.”
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Trivia competition exposes students to history,
contributions of Africian American culture
Story and photo by 6th-grade contestant Olivia Jorgensen.
“(The game) helps them to understand other people and “I wanted to try something new that I had not
Bavarian News gets the message across that America is composed of done before,” said 4th-grader Josiah Martinez-
Hohenfels Elementary School and Hohenfels many different ethnic groups... that is what makes us “I wanted to do history and this was the right
Middle/High School hosted their annual jeopardy- one for me. I really liked it.”
style tournaments last week to celebrate February the United States.” “If I grow up and have kids and they ask me
as Black History Month. Samuel Aundra Fryer, host BHM tournament a question I will know the answer and be able to
“This helps them to understand other people tell them,” he said.
and gets the message across that America is in front of the school via the closed-circuit “We don’t spend time learning about some Second year champion Jack Wells, 5th grade,
composed of many different ethnic groups and television system. important people, like Shirley Chisholm (the said he had fun in last year’s competition and
people, and that that is what makes us the United “I wanted to know things that you don’t learn wanted to give it another try.
States,” said Samuel Aundrá Fryer who played in school,” said Gilbert. “I wanted to know more Fryer, who has been volunteering his time to
host at the events. about my own race than I do already.” party African American candidate for President coordinate the annual tournament for almost 15
At both schools children who volunteered “Throughout the year we learn about everyone of the United States), though we learn about years, said it is important to include children in
were given a packet of facts about African else, this is the only time we learn about just some people over and over, like Rosa Parks,” this Equal Opportunity event.
American history which they studied for a school African Americans,” she said. said Flack. “This is the grass roots stage. This is where
wide test. “It’s important to learn about everything in At the Elementary School Feb. 18, the you change people’s thoughts about things, it
The three students with the highest scores on U.S. History, and this is a big part of it,” said contestants were younger, but they had just as begins as a child.
the test were chosen to be contestants. Flack. deep an understanding of the importance of the “If they learn about every different population’s
At the High School Feb. 17, 11th-grader Hollis, who was this year’s champion, history they were learning. contribution to society, hopefully they will not
Ebony Gilbert, 9th-grader Kiersten Flack, and agreed. “I learned how African Americans created grow up to have discriminating thoughts about
9th-grader Lana Hollis answered questions “This is our history too,” she said. and contributed to America and the world,” said people when they are older,” he said.
(Above) Kiersten Flack, Lana Hollis, and Ebony Gilbert, joke with each other during
a jeopardy-style game honoring Black History Month Feb. 17 at Hohenfels Middle/
High School. (Right) Students Josiah Martinez-Davis (left), Jack Wells (center), and
Olivia Jorgensen compete in the Elementary School’s version of the game Feb. 18
in which Wells walked away victorious for the second year in a row.
February 25, 2009
Hohenfels Box Bulletin Bavarian News 11
Hohenfels chef selected to represent
Europe at elite culinary competition
Story and photo by be his sole focus in the days leading up to the
KRISTIN BRADLEY competition, days which will most likely be long
“The last few days we may have to work
After ten days of training in Mannheim,
Germany with Europe’s best chefs, 15 were Though representing Europe in this year’s
selected to represent Installation Management competition will probably involve longer hours
Command-Europe, U.S. Army Europe, and 7th for Trawick than he would be putting in back at
Army at the 34th Annual U.S. Army Culinary Hohenfels, he said he can’t wait to begin.
Arts Competition. “Being part of the culinary team representing
Only two of the team members are food service of Europe, to me, that’s a gold medal
civilians. right there,” he said, adding that he hopes to help
One of those civilians, Daniel Trawick, is younger Soldiers as much as possible so they may
from U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels. go on to win a medal.
No stranger to hard work and long hours at “If the team does well, everybody does well.
the Warrior Sports Café, Trawick said once they I really want the team to do well,” he said many
arrive in the U.S. he and his team will be working times.
12 hours a day for 15 straight days to perfect their
techniques for the competition in Fort Lee, Va. USAREUR theater food advisor, said the team
that runs from Feb. 28 to March 13. is eager to prove themselves.
Once the competition begins they will face- “We have Soldiers that really want to do it,
off against more than 160 military chefs from so they put their hearts into it,” she said Jan. 27
around the world and across the Department of in Mannheim, adding that it will take more than
Defense in more than 40 categories, including heart for a good showing in Virginia.
Best Overall Table Exhibit, Most Artistic Piece, “They have to cut things to a certain degree,”
Chef of the Year, and Junior Chef of the Year. she said, “and sometimes when they get to the
“This is like the food service Olympics,” said competition, the evaluators actually take a ruler
Trawick. “Not everybody can go to the Olympics, and they will measure.”
The tough competition is not just for show,
A graduate of the College of Culinary Arts of the U.S. Army Culinary Arts team who has 22
at Johnson & Wales University, Trawick said years of experience in culinary arts and helped
his interest in food came when he was a cook pick the team during training in Mannheim.
in the military. “Everything that the Army does is training to
After earning his degree he moved to make the Soldier better,” he said. “It gives them
Germany in the 80’s for a civilian job with the
Army, and has been here ever since. “They can go back to their dining facilities
He says he loves being creative with foods and share this with their Soldiers, and a lot of Café, agrees and said Trawick has been an asset dining facility are proud one of their own earned
this can be incorporated in their day-to-day at the dining facility, especially when he lends a spot representing Europe in Virginia.
level.” menu planning and service. All-in-all, I think it his skills to creative concoctions for special “You get that far and you’re really doing
At Fort Lee Trawick will be responsible strengthens the Army food service program.” events. something right,” he said.
for the team’s cold platter which he said will Glenn Abdon, manager at the Warrior Sports Abdon said he and the rest of the staff at the Kristen Marques contributed to this story.
1-4 deploys to Afghanistan, supports
International Security Assistance Force
Photos by Staff Sgt. Adam Mancini
12 Bavarian News
Community Spotlight February 25, 2009
Travel opportunities less than a kilometer from the new TSAE ment rental available for $15 per day for
Grafenwoehr/ To sign-up for these trips, call
Vilseck ITR DSN 476-2563, CIV 09662-
Headquarters at Buildings 3006-30011.
For information on services, call
For more, call Outdoor Recreation at Stations of the Cross
DSN 475-1398. DSN 466-2060.
Vilseck Briefs 83-2563 or Grafenwoehr ODR DSN
475-7402, CIV 09662-83-7402.
Catholic Stations of the Cross for
Children will be held Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. in
Daytrips KONTAKT Club Regensburg Shopping Trip the Main Post Chapel Bldg. 2.
Eastern Star Meeting • Salzburg, Austria, March 13-15 Check out your local German-Ameri- Shop ‘til you drop Feb. 28 at the A Communion Service will be in-
Radiant Star Chapter #46, Order of • Barcelona, Costa Del Sol, Granada can friendship organization, KONTAKT Donau shopping centre in Regensburg. cluded. A meatless meal will follow.
the Eastern Star (OES), is having an in- and Seville, Spain & Avignon, France Clubs in Grafenwoehr, Vilseck and Hohenfels ITR invites you and your
formational meeting Friday for the entire Trip, April 3-12 Amberg. friends to enjoy more than 100 specialty
community, women and men ages 18 • Euro-Disney and Paris Trip, April For more, call DSN 475-8885, CIV
Trip to Marktl am Inn
and department stores under one roof, Join St. Michael’s Catholic Faith
years and older at 7 p.m. at the Grafen- 6-9 09662-83-8885, or DSN 475-1600, plus a wide range of cafés and restau-
• Mosel Wine and Medieval Castles, Community on a visit March 7 to Marktl
woehr Chaplain’s Conference Room, CIV 09641-83-1600. Visit: http://www. rants in one fun day of shopping.
May 1-3 am Inn, birthplace of Pope Benedict
Bldg 555. kontakt-vilseck.de/. The bus will depart Hohenfels from
• Cinque Terre, Pisa and Lucca Italy, XVI, and Altoetting, a renowned Ger-
The Order of the Eastern Star is parking lot across from the CDC at 9:30
May 21-25 man Pilgrimage Site with a 750-year
the largest fraternal organization in the GCSC Thrift Store a.m. and return around 2:30 p.m. Cost is old Black Madonna statue and excellent
world to which both women and men The GCSC Nearly New Treasures $20 per person. shopping for religious articles.
may belong. Thrift Shop news Thrift Store is open every 1st Saturday of For more, call DSN 466-2060. Space on the bus is limited to 40 peo-
For more information on OES, go to The Vilseck Thrift Shop will be open the month to better serve our community. ple, but additional people are welcome
html. CYSS Kids’ Club to caravan in POVs. The group will be
a.m.–2 p.m. community through welfare grants and Every Thursday parents and children leaving from the Main Post Chapel,
For more info, call DSN 476-2649, scholarships, so support our community can participate in gross motor play at the Bldg. 2 at 7 a.m.
Tax centers are open CIV 09662-83-2649. through your purchases and donations. CYSS Annex Facility, Bldg. 44, from Any tour and meal costs are not
Scheduled appointments and same Located in the old SAS build- 9:30-11:30 a.m. included. For more information, or to
day appointments (walk-ins) are avail- ODR ski trip ing, #508, open from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Activities include climbing, crawling, reserve a space, call Naomi Evans at
able daily, with extended hours several The following trip is being offered: Monday – Thursday, as well as the 1st manipulating obstacles, running, jump- DSN 466-2226 or email Naomi.Evans@
days a week to better serve our com- Saturday of every month. Consignments ing, and other fun events. Children must eur.army.mil.
• Zillertal Ski Safari, March 13-15
munity. from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday be CYSS/Kids’ Club registered.
Call Rose Barracks ODR at DSN
and Saturday. Kids’ Club is free and is a great op-
Call DSN 475-9258, CIV 09641-83- 476-2563, CIV 09662-83-2563, or Graf Math, Science & Technology
9258 in Graf, and DSN 476-2714, CIV ODR at DSN 475-7402, CIV 09641-83- portunity to get out, relax, and make new The 8th annual Math, Science, and
09662-83-2714 in Vilseck for more. 7402 for information. Langenbruck Center events friends. Technology Night will be held at the
• Karaoke Night, March 13, 6 p.m. at Open to parents with infants to Hohenfels Middle/High School March 4
Estate claims The Zone Sports Bar kindergarten-age children. Call DSN from 4-6 p.m.
Youth skiing • Indulgence Night Bunco March 18 466-2078/2080 for information.
Anyone having claims on or obliga- CYSS offers weekly ski trips to Me- The entire community is invited to
tions to the estate of PV2 Chipper T. at 6 p.m. Join us for an evening of fun, attend and participate. There will be
hlmeisel ski slope Wednesday afternoons food and friendly chatter. Win gift cards
Rogers of the 41st Transportation Com- for youth 8 to 10 years of age, and Friday Youth Sports enrollment demonstrations, experiments, and other
pany, 18th CSSB should contact the fol- and other great prizes. Call DSN: 476- Registration runs through March 13 activities to try. Food will be sold.
evening for youth 11 to 18. 2360 to reserve your seat.
For more, call DSN 476-4037, CIV for all Youth Sports and Fitness spring Prizes will be won. If you or your
2LT Craig A. Long at DSN 475-9425 or 09662-83-4037. sports. organization would like to participate
email firstname.lastname@example.org. Youth Sports registration Offered this spring will be Start in the event contact Martha McIntyre at
Anyone having claims on or obliga- CYSS Spring Sports registration runs Smart Baseball for ages 3-5, baseball for email@example.com.
tions to the estate of Spc. Christopher VFW news ages 6-15, girls’ softball for ages 10-15,
Sweet of Headquarters and Headquarters • The Grafenwoehr VFW hosts an Sports includes T-Ball (3-5, 6-7 years),
Open House every Wednesday at 6 p.m. Red Cross Classes
Company, 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Baseball (Coach Pitch - 8-9, Player ages 8 and up, and tennis for ages 8-15. • March 21: CPR from 8 a.m. to 2
should contact the following summary Business meetings held on the second Pitch 10-12, 13-15) and Softball (10-12, Cost for enrollment range from
Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. p.m.
13-15). Soccer will be offered for 3-15 $35-50 depending on the sport. Spring • March 28: First Aid from 8 a.m. to
McGraw at DSN: 474-2684 or email POC Commander, James Holliman year olds. Sports enrollment will continue through 1 p.m.
firstname.lastname@example.org. 0160-91423858, or Sr. Vice Commander Parents can sign up at either Central March 13, and a late fee will apply after Cost is $35 for CPR, $30 for First
Roger Schneider 0160-95877025. that date. Aid, or $40 for both. All classes are in
• Vilseck VFW holds their Open Rose Barracks. Parents may enroll their children
Storytelling Festival VFW night Thursdays for members and
the ACS conference room in Bldg. 10.
Come to the Netzaberg Elementary Youth need to be registered with Additional course dates are available in
those just curious about the VFW from CYSS and have a health assessment that 10. For more, call DSN 466-2078. All Vilseck.
School March 7 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
6 – 10 p.m. Food, fun, and cards. Bldg. is valid through the end of the season players must have a valid sports physical
for a storytelling festival featuring pro-
133 (located behind Vilseck Rose Bar- through June 19.
fessional storytellers Susan Klein, Baba KONTAKT Club Hohenfels
racks Fire Station).
Jamal Koram and Sandy Oglesby. The KONTAKT Club is a Ger-
Door prizes will be awarded.
For additional information please Purim Service
All Jewish personnel and Family
Hohenfels Coaches needed man-American friendship organiza-
tion, sponsored by the U.S. Army that
contact blackhawkshieldevents@yahoo. is in need of 10 baseball coaches, 3 soft- includes Soldiers, families, and other
com. members are invited to attend the Purim
Service (Costumes are optional) March
Briefs ball coaches, 12 soccer coaches, and 2 Americans supporting USAG Hohenfels,
and German citizens from the surround-
Bellamy Brothers to perform 10 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Bldg. 555. For and 1 Start Smart baseball coach. ing communities.
more information, contact Mr. Tobias at AFAP rocks Bldg. 10
Join us for the Bellamy Brothers con- Army Family Action Plan is a confer- All coaches are needed by March The Hohenfels community is invited
cert March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial DSN 475-9633. 13th to ensure that the proper training is to participate in the Club’s upcoming
ence designed to voice issues that affect
Gym on Rose Barracks. quality of life within the community and received. Excellent training and instruc- activities, like Bowling Night March
Following the show, stay for a meet Training support to recommend viable solutions to those tion will be provided. 4 from 7-9 p.m. at Lane 17 next to the
and greet. For more information on the The Joint Multinational Training issues. Great discounts are available for the CAC.
Bellamy Brothers, who have released Command’s Training Support Activity Tomorrow you can view the work- children of coaches who are enrolled to For information or directions to the
more than 40 pop and country albums, Europe’s General Support Center has participate in sports.
visit their website at http://www.bel- been renamed the Training Aids Produc- details. For more information call DSN DSN 466-4294, or visit the club’s web-
lamybrothers.com/. tion Center and is located at Bldg. 3060, 466-2558 or go to the Youth Sports and site at www.kontakt-hohenfels.com.
Stretching your dollar
Stretching your dollar is the perfect
Be at ACS, Bldg. 10, Feb. 27 from 11
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information,
call DSN 466-3401.
Investing for tomorrow
This is a great opportunity to identify
while you learn the basics of invest-
Check it out Feb. 27 from 1-2:30
p.m. at ACS, Bldg. 10. For information
call DSN 466-3401
This class provides vital information
you need for a secure future.
Free movies at the Community Ac-
• Feb. 26: Transporter 3, 7 p.m. (PG-
• Feb. 28: Seven Pounds, 7 p.m.
ODR one-day ski trip
Let ODR do the driving and enjoy
a quick winter getaway to the Bavarian
The Winklmoosalm mountain com-
munity in Reit im Winkl, Germany,
offers alpine skiing, cross-country skiing,
hiking in the snow and much more.
The remaining trips are scheduled for
A new, reduced price of $20 for adults,
$15 for children, and $15 each for groups
of 5 or more, is now available.
The cost includes transportation only.
Outdoor Recreation has new equip-
February 25, 2009
Community Spotlight Bavarian News 13
The next open enrollment is March • Katterbach Tax Center DSN 467- unit-level teams only and rear detach- Free childcare is available.
Ansbach 23 from 10 a.m. to noon and 4-5 p.m.
at the Bunch Fitness Center on Storck
2324, CIV 09802-83-2324
• Storck Barracks Tax Center- DSN
ment teams can combine within bat-
talion. Season runs Mar. 18-Apr. 20. For Socialize at the Lunch Bunch
Another enrollment is offered March
25 from 10 a.m. to noon and 4-5 p.m. at
467-4511, CIV 09841-83-4511. more, call CIV 09721-96-8234 or email
Do you want to get out of the house,
make a few new friends, and learn where
Clinic hour change the Katterbach Fitness Center.
For more, call DSN 468-7863, CIV
Schweinfurt Youth basketball
good restaurants are around town? Join
Schweinfurt’s Lunch Bunch tomorrow
The Katterbach Clinic changes its Come watch the Jr. NBA/WNBA from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
hours March 1. The clinic will be open
Mondays-Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to
0981-183-863. Briefs youth triple play basketball games at the
Ledward gym Saturday. Games begin at
Sign up for the carpool or call to
get directions to the restaurant at CIV
4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. Know when to hold ‘em 9 a.m.. 09721-96-6933.
to noon. The clinic will be closed for Ansbach Family, Morale, Welfare Terra Nova testing
mandatory training from noon to 4:30 and Recreation hosts a Texas Hold ‘Em Schweinfurt Elementary School, Sch-
weinfurt Middle School, and Bamberg Celebrate Dr. Seuss Military saves campaign
p.m. every Friday. No Limit tournament Friday at 7 p.m. at Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday The Military Saves Campaign runs
The clinic will remain closed on the Von Steuben Recreation Center on High School will all conduct Terra Nova
Monday by bringing your child to the through Sunday. Come to the saving
weekends and federal holidays. Bismarck Kaserne. testing during the week of Mar. 9-12. For
Ledward Library story hour. Stories and investing seminar tonight at the
The tournament is a feeder for the information about the testing, call CIV
begin at 4 p.m., and children of all ages Conn Community Club from 6-7 p.m.
Army-wide online tournament with the 0160-989-05927.
Speak your mind are welcome. to learn how to save and build wealth
USAG Ansbach hosts town hall Ansbach winner getting a seat at the while avoiding debt. For more, call CIV
meetings this month for residents to Play racquetball Identify child abuse 09721-96-6933.
voice issues and ask questions—plus get The grand prize locally is a $500 gift Sign up to play in the St. Patrick’s
card and second and third places will be Day racquetball shootout at Kessler Fit- Come to a class that will teach how
the latest local news directly from the to identify cases of child abuse or ne- Join adult book club
garrison commander. awarded, too. ness Center Mar. 14.
The doors open at 6 p.m. and you can Registration ends Mar. 11. Games run glect. The awareness training, taught by The community is invited to attend
Join us today from 6-7 p.m. at the Army Community Service, takes place at the adult book club at Ledward Library
Terrace Playhouse for the Bleidorn Town pre-register at the bowling centers on from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more, call
Katterbach and Storck. CIV 09721-96-8234 or email william. Ledward Chapel Tuesday at 6 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month.
Hall. Come Thursday from 6-7 p.m. at Child care is available at no charge The next meeting is tomorrow at 5:15
the theater for the Storck Town Hall. For more, send an e-mail to ans- email@example.com.
firstname.lastname@example.org. on the premises, and refreshments will p.m. to discuss the book, “Run,” by Ann
also be served. Participants will receive a Patchett.
Now hiring Learn Web design A copy of the book can be picked
The Franconian Inn on Bismarck Live drama Come to the Army Community training. Please call to reserve a seat at up at the library’s circulation desk. For
Kaserne is hiring desk clerks for nights The Terrace Playhouse presents its Service class “Basic Web design” in CIV 09721-96-6860. more, call CIV 09721-96-1740.
and weekend hours. Starting salary is production of David Auburn’s “Proof” Ledward bldg. 206 computer lab Mar.
$8.44 and hour. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the 5 to learn what it takes to get started
facility in Bleidorn Housing. designing a Web page. Interest assessments Learn MS Word
For a full job description go to http:// Find out your strengths and weak- Come to the Army Community
cpolrhp.belvoir.army.mil/eur/index.htm Tickets for the live dramatic produc- Class runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:50
tion are $9 for adults, $7 for students and p.m. and all participants will receive a nesses in the Army Community Service Service class “Basic Microsoft Word” in
on the Web and search for announce- workshop “career and interest assess- Ledward bldg. 205 computer lab Tues-
ment EUNAFHJ09012AOC1 or for the $20 for a family. For more or to make
a reservation, call DSN 468-7636, CIV ment” held in the Ledward Yellow Rib- day to learn the fundamentals of word
keyword Desk Clerk. bon room Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 processing and simple tricks to make it
Applicans can also submit their appli- 0981-183-636. more, call CIV 09721-96-6933.
p.m. Discover a path to success for years faster.
cation or resume to the non-appropriated to come. Class runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:50
funds civilian personnel advisory center Get cooking New to the military? The assessments are designed for p.m. and all participants will receive a
in Room 313 of Bldg. 5254 on Barton The Storck Barracks Yellow Ribbon Learn how your family readiness immediate results for those looking to
Barracks. For more, call DSN 468-7822 Room offers a German cooking class group can help you be successful in your volunteer or seek a job in their areas
or CIV 0981-183-822. Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m. and March 18 new community by attending the Army of interest. For information, call CIV more, call CIV 09721-96-6933.
from 10 a.m. to noon. Community Service class “FRG 101: 09721-96-6933.
Alterations For more, call DSN 467-4555, CIV Intro to the FRG” at the Ledward Yellow
09841-83-4555. Ribbon Room Mar. 4 from 11:30 a.m.-1 Get tips on birth and babies
The Storck Barracks Alterations Shop Bulk trash Do you have a baby on the way and
is open Mondays and Thursdays from p.m. Call CIV 09721-96-6933 to sign up.
Bulk trash is scheduled to be picked want to be prepared with what to expect?
2-6 p.m. Alterations is located next to the Schools survey up from Askren Manor, Yorktown Vil- Come to Army Community Service’s
military clothing sales store. The Department of Defense Educa- Theater auditions lage, and government-leased housing (ACS) two-part series, “Birth-n-Babies”
tion Activity is administering its biennial Try out for the play “Steel Magno- Mar. 10. Put bulk items out prior to 7 at Ledward ACS on Mar. 11 and 13, both
“On the Scene” Customer Satisfaction Survey until lias” at the Abrams Entertainment Center a.m. on day of pick-up but no earlier than from 9 a.m. to noon. Learn the latest
Want to know what is going on Saturday. Mar. 9 and 10 at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. Parts the day before. about what is available for labor and
within USAG Ansbach? Check out the The survey is available online at include six female roles with no experi- Bulk trash is only those items too delivery, how to handle complications,
“On the Scene” newsletter available at www.dodea.edu (click on the CSS ence required. large to transport in your vehicle. For
the garrison’s web site, www.ansbach. graphic link). Volunteers are also needed as produc- more, call CIV 0162-270-9403. your new baby. For more information,
army.mil. The newsletter is posted every tion staff including costuming, lights, call CIV 09721-96-6933.
Thursday. Tax Centers open sound, set construction, etc. For more,
call CIV 0162-296-2776 or e-mail gar- Newcomer Orientation
Interested in a pdf version? Send an The Tax Assistance Centers at Kat- Are you new to the Schweinfurt com- Sponsorship training
email to email@example.com to terbach and Storck Barracks are open. firstname.lastname@example.org.
munity? Learn the ropes of helping new
subscribe. Appointments are available at Kat- Soldiers and families integrate into the
If you would like to publicize an terbach from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays- Adult volleyball clinic community.
event in the newsletter, or have a story Fridays with walk-ins accepted from 9 Participate in the Schweinfurt vol-
for you from Monday through Mar. 6. Attend the Army Community
idea, call public affairs at DSN 468- a.m. to 3:30 p.m. leyball clinic at Kessler Fitness Center
Get acquainted with the military Service’s “Sponsorship Training” class
1600, CIV 0981-183-1600. At Storck, appointments are avail- Tuesday through Mar. 5 from 6-8:30
community as well as the German town in the education center Mar. 10 from 9
able from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, p.m. each evening.
of Schweinfurt. a.m. to noon. Call CIV 09721-96-6933
Wednesdays and Fridays, and walk-ins The clinic is open to all ID card hold-
For more, call CIV 09721-96-6933. for more information.
Ansbach Health Promotions offers are accepted from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ers age 18 and up and not in high school.
Tuesdays and Thursdays. A tournament will be held Mar. 5 from
U.S. and local national employees a Contact the tax centers for more 6-9 p.m. For more, call CIV 09721-96-
chance to get up to three hours a week to 8234 or email william.comeford@eur.
exercise. state returns: army.mil.
Army Community Service offers the
class “couples communication through
travel” at the Education Center Mar. 9
from 9-11 a.m. Couples will learn how
unique traveling opportunities in Europe
lish goals and how to achieve them. To
register, call CIV 09721-96-6933.
Lego Land with BOSS
Better Opportunities for Single
Soldiers invites you to join a trip to Lego
Land Mar. 14 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Deadline to sign up is Mar. 6. Call CIV
09721-96-8476 for information.
Come to the free family concert
featuring professional storytellers Susan
Klein, Baba Jamal Koram, and Sandy
Oglesby at Schweinfurt Elementary
School Mar. 5.
Attend the community expo before-
hand at 4:30 p.m. to learn of services
available to you on post, and to win door
prizes. Concert begins at 6 p.m. Food
will be available for purchase prior to the
PTA needs volunteers
The Schweinfurt Elementary School
Parent-Teacher Association is looking
for volunteers. To see how you can help,
attend the next meeting open to the com-
munity at SES Mar. 4 starting at 2:30
Registration ends Mar. 4 for the unit-
level volleyball season. Play is open to
February 25, 2009
Travel Bavarian News 15
of the world
Italian Carvenvale dethaws Garmisch resident
Story and photos by Euro per night for two people including a nice
ANDREA WINTER breakfast buffet. Alessandro even offered fresh
Special to the Bavarian News made cappuccino and latte macchiato rather than
just regular coffee. It was a great start into a nice,
When you get cabin fever in Garmisch sunny Saturday. The masks and
because winter seems to last forever, a trip down cosutmes of Carnevale,
to Venice Italy during “Carnevale” is just the area of Venice we bought a 12 hour transportation
right cure for a taste of spring. ticket (18 Euro) valid for both bus and boats.
We started out on a Friday morning driving into The boat ride takes less than 15 minutes from began as a way to
Austria and got on the Autobahn near Innsbruck. disguise one’s social
It turned out a rather expensive trip for just a stops early and walked along the canal towards status, brings visitors
the square. from around the world.
By the time you get to Italy on the Brenner Along the way we already spotted a few The 10-day pre-Lent
Pass, about 100 km’s from Garmisch, you will celebration is marked
have already spent 16 Euros for an Autobahn you do not see any skin. They wear scarves
around their heads, hats and/or masks and all of with masquerade
sticker (vignette) and a toll for a privately owned
bridge. And it doesn’t get cheaper from here… them wear gloves to stay mysterious. They do not balls, music, and
It takes about 5 hours to drive to Venice from speak to you either but invite you to have your theatre. For this year’s
Garmisch, a total of 490 km, and 22 Euros in picture taken with them. theme, “Sensation: 6
Autobahn tolls. As we went further south the The weather was gorgeous and by the time we senses for 6 districts,”
thermometer went up to 12 degrees Celsius, reached the famous Rialto Bridge, shortly after neighborhoods hosted
putting a big smile on our faces. noon, we sat down on the steps by a gondola
events and activities
station, had more ice cream and watched people
just off of the Autobahn at the south end of Lake from all countries passing by and having a good relating to a particular
Garda about three hours into the trip. Here you time. The sun just felt so nice after all the cold sense.
back home that we didn’t want to leave.
stuff like a large selection of pastas and Italian By now the alleyways were very crowded
wines. This time of year the mall is closed on
Sundays, so that’s why we stopped on the way couldn’t fall over even if you tried hard. We took
there rather than on the way back. the boat back along the Canale Grande, the main
water street thru Venice.
When we returned to the Lido in the late Visitors can enjoy ice cream,
a bench outside in the sun. Remember, it was afternoon on Saturday we rested for a while and some of the best coffee in
now 12 degrees just a few hours after we left at then went out for dinner to a pizza place – of the world, and a bit of people
Back on the Autobahn and about two hours very reasonable. streets and sidewalk cafes.
later we entered the city limits of Venice and only After a couple of glasses of Italian red wine,
took one wrong turn towards the ferry harbor. a good night of sleep and an extended breakfast,
A GPS navigator would have been nice here we left the Lido on the ferry boat back to the
but we only had a route planner print out. The Autobahn.
signage is not exactly tourist friendly so you have On the way back home we stopped in Verona.
to pay good attention.
Our hotel was located at Venice-Lido, a 25
minute ferry trip away from the boat landing We visited the inside where you can see beautiful
and parking area of Venice. The cost of parking performances of operas in the summer.
almost equals the cost for the ferry so for us And then we went for more ice cream in the
it made more sense to take the car along than
leaving it in an unattended park house. Once back on the road toward Garmisch it
On the way to the Lido you have a wonderful took us four hours to get back home and we
watched the temperature go back down. On
square with the Cathedral. top of the Brenner Pass entering Austria it hit 0
Alessandro, the host of our beautiful old Celsius, brrr… We arrived back in Garmisch just
villa named after that great romantic Casanova, in time for dinner at our favorite pizza place.
welcomed us and showed us our rooms. The Cost for the weekend (2 people):
villa was only 200 meters away from the boat • Tolls and transportation- 160 Euro
landing. • Accomodations- 200 Euro
The room was nice and very clean but during • Experiencing the Venitian tradition of
this special Carnevale season we paid 100 Carnevale- priceless.
16 Bavarian News
Medical February 25, 2009
DFAC program aims to Bavaria MEDDAC
encourage healthy eating
Story and photo by
Hours have been adjusted for mandatory
training that will occur on Friday
You’re at the DFAC and not sure what’s best
Bamberg Health Clinic
Bavaria MEDDAC nutrition experts and the DSN 469-1750 / CIV 0951-300-1750
Mon – Fri, 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
Mon – Fri, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Please note: The clinic will be open from
7:30 am to 12:30 pm two Fridays a month.
Please check marquee for schedule.
Weekends, Federal Holidays CLOSED
Vilseck Health Clinic
DSN 476-2882 / CIV 09662-83-2882
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, 6:30 – 7:00 a.m.
Thurs, 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Mon, Tue, Wed, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thurs, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fri, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Routine Appointments Only
Weekends, Federal Holidays CLOSED
DSN 475-7152 / CIV 09641-83-7152
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, 6:30 – 7:30 a.m.
Thurs, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Mon, Tue, Wed, 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thurs, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fri, 6:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Routine Appointments Only
Weekends, Federal Holidays CLOSED
Hohenfels Health Clinic
DSN 466-1750 / CIV 09472-83-1750
A Soldier going through the Warrior Leaders Course makes healthy food Sick Call
choices at the Camp Normandy DFAC in Grafenwoehr. Mon – Fri, 7:00 – 7:30 a.m.
Mon – Thurs, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
EAT RIGHT! Healthy sleep habits Fri, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Weekends, Federal Holidays CLOSED
Month provide healing, rest Illesheim Health Clinic
DSN 467-5141 / CIV 09841-83-5141
March Events Sick Call
Mon – Fri, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
•Listen and call in to the AFN Bavaria Routine Care
morning show on March 2 from 8-10 a.m. for Mon – Thurs, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
tips on how to “Eat Right.” Fri, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Emergency/Urgent Care in afternoon
•Check out the BMEDDAC nutrition experts Weekends, Training,
with their “Eat Right” booth at your local area Prior to bedtime… Keep a routine… & Federal Holidays CLOSED
PX. They’ll have information and be able to
answer questions on weight nutrition, heart
healthy diet and activities, tobacco cessation Katterbach Clinic
support groups, and more. DSN 467-3398 / CIV 09802-83-3398
• will also be held. Grand prize is a Sick Call
pedometer, eco-safe apron, and two grocery Mon – Fri, 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
canvas bags to carry your healthy food. Routine Care
Other prizes will be sani-mist pocket spray Mon – Thurs, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fri, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
follows: Relax… March is Brain Injury Awareness Weekends, Training,
& Federal Holidays CLOSED
March 2: Katterbach/Ansbach
March 3: Bamberg
DSN 354-7901 / CIV 09721-96-7901
March 4: Schweinfurt You now have the option to schedule clinic
March 5: Grafenwoehr appointments online at: Mon – Fri, 6:30 – 7:30 a.m.
March 6: Hohenfels www.TRICAREOnline.com Routine Care
March 9: Vilseck Mon – Thurs, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Please keep appointments or cancel in Fri, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
advance so that others may receive care. Weekends, Training
& Federal Holidays CLOSED
18 Bavarian News February 25, 2009
172nd Infantry Brigade claims silver, gold
Story and photos by “We are going to do excellent,” said Pfc. Ali-
Sgt. MICHAEL J. TAYLOR
172nd Infantry Brigade come crawling across the line, limping or run-
ning, we will give it our everything.”
“One mile, no sweat. Two miles, better yet” -
are the words of a well known cadence that 10
Soldiers from the 172nd Infantry ‘Blackhawk”
Brigade brought to life as their teams claimed Div. ever held the 10-Mile Combat Ruck Re-
1st and 2nd place in the 10th Mountain Divi- lay. It was planned and organized by two senior
sion’s 10-Mile Combat Ruck Relay held here
Feb. 15. L. Spicer and Master Sgt. Glenn Honts. The re-
The gold trophy team from the 1st Battalion, lay was thought of as a way to give Soldiers
2nd Infantry Regiment and silver trophy team and civilians something different and unique
from the 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment to compete for and also to promote team cohe-
defeated 65 other teams to claim their victories sion.
during the combat relay. “The relay was open to all service members,
The 10-mile relay is a race where members civilians and even other country’s armies such
as, Ghana and Great Britain,” said Spicer.
the Multi-National Division-Center, navigated “The idea of the 10-Mile Combat Ruck
two miles each around Lost Lake here with a Relay was ultimately to give the competitors
30-pound rucksack strapped on their backs and something that was very challenging,” said
Spicer. “But the guys from the 172nd Inf. Bde.
Each person had to navigate around trees, really made it look easy.”
over barriers and through narrow paths to make “Our battalion constantly strives to be the
it to the next person on their team. best,” said Kim. “Whether it is a 10-mile race
or patrols in our sector, everyone does the best
1-2 Inf. and 2-28 Inf., teams provided the audi- job they can every time.”
“It is that same dedication to duty and per-
very end through the course to claim the gold. sonal courage that allowed us to emerge on top
and win the gold trophy,” he added.
than seven minutes ahead of their nearest op-
ponents. 1st Lt. Seann Kim from the 172nd Infantry Brigade’s 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Reg-
“I told you,” said 1st Sgt. Kurt D. Hopson,
of Bravo 1-2 Inf., as if he expected nothing less
than greatness from his team. “Our Soldiers
trained hard and were very motivated for this
When asked about the teams strategy prior
to the race, Hopson commented, “There is no from 172nd Inf. Bde. that took part in the relay from their battalion came in 34th.
team strategy, our guys are just going to go out race. A total of six teams made the trip to Bagh- The all women’s team was the only all fe-
there, run hard the whole two miles and come dad and represented the Blackhawk Brigade. A male gender team that competed in the race.
out on top.” Fighting hard and staying tough, the Blackhawk
“It feels great to win,” said 1st Lt. Seann Brigade women beat out more than half of the
Kim, last runner and leader of the 1-2 Inf. team. the 172nd Inf. Bde. to sweep the relay with a to- opposing teams, which were made up of all
“1-2 has to represent, we strive to be the best in males or mixed genders. They displayed cour-
everything we do.” A team from the 172nd Support Battalion age and lived the Blackhawk motto, “Strength
1-2 Inf. and 2-28 Inf. were not the only teams came in 30th place while an all women team with Honor.”
Iraqi women’s initiatives take front seat at FOB Kalsu
by Capt. STEPHEN C. SHORT for her team’s hard work putting the for the Iraqi government to provide
172nd Infantry Brigade conference together. funding for our group.”.
Brickles asked representatives to The groups gathered concerns and
Iraqi leaders of non-governmental come to the podium and introduce pressing questions for forwarding to
organizations came together to con- themselves, speak about their organi- the appropriate government agencies,
nect with peers and representatives of zation, its history and list some of its all in hopes of connecting the Iraqi
projects. people to the Iraqi government.
Initiatives Conference held at FOB There were no shy speakers as The event planning started in
Kaslu Feb. 6. leaders from youth associations, hu- January and went into February with
The Women’s Initiatives Team, man rights groups and women’s sup- meetings conducted between the
which is composed of Soldiers from port groups spoke in depth about their Women’s Initiatives Team and Amira
the 172nd Infantry Brigade and B organization’s beliefs and efforts to Abed Salman, the Babil Province
Company, 403rd Civil Affairs Bat- improve people and their country. Deputy Chairwoman of Women’s Af-
talion, has the mission of connect- “The Iraq Organization for Moth- fairs.
ing Iraqi government agencies to the erhood, Childhood and Handicap “I plan on sitting down with Ami-
women of Iraq. Care of Jurf As-Sakhr was established ra and presenting the consolidated
The team seeks to empower Iraqi after the fall of Saddam Hussein, and questions and issues gathered at the
women to become key citizens with we focus on the issues of women, conference,” said Brickles. “We will
equal rights and privileges during the children and the disabled,” said Jab- work out a system where the NGO’s
transformation of the government of bar Mohammed Naif, an attorney at- can submit their proposals to the gov-
Iraq. Their mission is to bring about tending the conference. ernment, and our team will be the fa-
an equal voice under law and basic “Our achievements are provid- cilitators to make this happen.”
human rights. ing humanitarian aid, courses cover- “This conference brought many
The team believes that in order to ing computers and literacy as well as different people together to create
create opportunity and change, peo- health promotion,” he added. one voice for change,” said Brickles.
ple must form a united front and get The common theme recognized “I truly believe in the power of the
their voices heard within their com- among all the speakers were the ab- people to make change for women in
munities and by their government. horrence of violence and desire to Iraq.”
Twenty-eight organization reps improve the human rights and lives Brickles concluded the conference
from Babil Province, Iraq attended of women in Iraq. The delegates in- by thanking Spc. Gretchen Hubbard,
Photo by Pfc. Bethany L. Little the conference with 41 representa- formed the brigade of some of the a 172nd Infantry Soldier from Win-
- tives being men and 12 women. most important issues facing their nipeg, Canada for writing the closing
- The conference began with organization. remarks speech.
opening remarks from Maj. Lucien “I need to know how my organi- “We are all here for one com-
Campillo, 172 Infantry Brigade Ex- zation will be funded once the U.S. mon goal,” said Brickles. “We want
- Army leaves Iraq,” said Hazim Al- our daughters and granddaughters to
tinguished guests to the conference shafeei, a delegate from the Ard Al- have a better life, full of opportunity
and thanking the Women’s Initiatives furatain Youth Association. “I really and possibilities beyond those afford-
Team leader, 1st Lt. Gloria Brickles, want to know how the process works ed to us.”
Soldiers share highlights of African-American history
by Pfc. BETHANY L. LITTLE rican American history. Soldiers described their Guest speaker Lt. Col. Fredrick J. Hannah, Hannah concluded his speech and was pre-
172nd Infantry Brigade - battalion commander for 204th Base Support -
plishments, which impacted American history. Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, spoke about ing support and dedication to the 172nd Inf.
Soldiers and civilians gathered at the Mo- the struggles and advancements of African Bde during African American History Month
rale, Welfare and Recreation stage at Forward Reverend Jesse Jackson and President Barack Americans throughout history. -
Operating Base Kalsu, for an African American H. Obama. “Today, I want you to join me on a journey ien Campillo.
History Month program, Feb. 13. A heavy equipment construction operator to discover the history of slavery up to where Soldiers felt attending the event heightened
The program provided a learning opportu- for A Company, 9th Engineer Battalion, 172nd we are today,” Hannah, a native of Havana Fla., their knowledge of African American history.
nity for the residents of FOB Kalsu through “I Infantry Brigade, enjoyed voicing the life of said. “I’m really happy they did this for us,” said
am” speeches, a guest speaker and music pro- Obama. Hannah spoke about what life was like for Spc. Charrod A. Grimes, from Dayton, Ohio, a
vided by the FOB Kalsu Choir. “I feel honored and privileged at having the slaves in the year 1450. He talked about the logistics clerk for the 204th BSB, 4th Inf. Div.
Seven Soldiers started the program off by chance to participate in this program and voice evolution of slavery in the United States and “I gained new knowledge and will continue to
the accomplishments of our president,” said Pfc. how society’s views of human equality have research great African Americans that altered
Af- Roscoe Graveside, a New York City native. continued to move forward. American history.”
20 Bavarian News
Ansbach February 25, 2009
Housing, aquatic facility, school bus
monitors among top ‘09 AFAP topics
Story and photo by has impact beyond the garrison gates, it will Customers also felt the opportunity to voice
RONALD H. TOLAND Jr. be considered and voted on at the Installation their opinions was invaluable. “I felt like we were in Congress,” said Spc.
Bavarian News Management Command-Europe level. “I love the fact that we come from civilians, Justin Shepherd, a delegate Soldier and Better
But most of this year’s issues were local, Soldiers, family members, teens. It is a nice Opportunities for Single Soldiers president. “We
“We the people….” said Schuh. spread of effort from everyone,” said Isha had to look at the issues and then work them--
That is how the U.S. Constitution began “Those that did not get sent up to region Greene, a three-year AFAP veteran delegate take out what we did not like, combine some
almost 222 years, ago and that spirit is alive and only affect our garrison—like a dog park and spouse. “It gives voice to members who would issues with it and then submit them.”
well in Ansbach today. community street lighting,” said Schuh. “We are not have had it otherwise. It empowers them to Shepherd called the process an “eye-
U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach’s Army Family be a part of the bigger picture and it does not opener.”
Action Plan delegates gathered in Katterbach to these things happen, not the easy stuff.” have to be just Ansbach. It could be Army-wide “Without the AFAP program in place, some
hash out 2009’s community issues during the And making things happen is what it’s all or government-wide. people will not be able to get their issues brought
annual AFAP conference Feb. 9-11. about for Ansbach Garrison Commander Col. “It gets us out of our bubble—out of our own up to the upper chain of command,” he said.
The top five issues to come out of the Christopher M. Hickey. “This way it is brought directly up to the post
conference included: “I take their recommendations very seriously,” be about the process and not just to talk about and brigade commander so they can be aware
*Require a paid English-speaking monitor on said Hickey. “I will track, on a regular basis at our it—it is a huge responsibility.” of everybody’s issues—a direct line to speak
all school bus routes at all times; command and staff meetings, the progress being She summed up the experience and process to them and know how everyone else on base
*Hire a housing administrative assistant made on these issues so we can hopefully achieve exactly how our forefathers began two centuries is feeling.”
to expedite the housing process and improve some of the changes they are recommending. ago. And that is exactly what Hickey was looking
productivity; “It was very enlightening to hear some of the “It’s kinda corny, but it’s ‘We the for.
*Build a multi-purpose aquatic facility; really intense discussions the groups had on how People….’” “We achieved the objectives we were after and
they view the issues from their perspective— Spouses were not the only ones representing that is to get the customer perspective approach
education for kindergarten through sixth grade from medical to food services, everything that the community’s issues--teenagers also had a on how they look at life in our community, life
students; and affects their daily lives in our community or in voice at the conference. in the Army and how can we make it better,”
*Streamline access to orthodontic care. the Army.” “We [teens] are part of this, too,” said teenager he said.
These top issues are the ones that the Getting that customer feedback is invaluable, Jessica Sowders. “It is about helping the Army The commander also extended his thanks to
command will have a level of engagement on Hickey said. Family and we are an Army Family.” all participants.
and issues that the community desires “instant “It’s them, and that is what the whole The teen council worked through the issues “It was very disruptive for us to take so many
results on,” said Michele Schuh, local AFAP conference was about—to get at their perspective,” and submitted solutions to improve the teen Soldiers out of their jobs, especially from the
program manager. he said. “I think there will be some positive center and establish better communication tactical units since they are in the midst of an
results coming out of it, including the teens and between teens and the Youth Services staff, intense training program,” he said, “I appreciate
discussion groups: force support, medical and how they see the world. They are part of our Sowders said. them providing us the Soldiers that they did, and
dental, youth, consumer affairs and community community and we owe it to them to provide “This way we do not just sit around and also the volunteers that took time out of their
support services. them with the best possible quality of life and complain; we can actually do something about lives to be here for three whole days. We’ll be
In each group, 10-12 delegates chose three services.” it, take action,” she said. better for it as a community.”
issues to work on from their stack of submission
forms. Subject matter experts for each category
were available to answer questions. Finally, they
discussed solutions and wrote up resolutions,
“AFAP in Ansbach is about change and
unity,” Schuh said. “For these folks, this was
about the beginning of change—getting in at
the ground level, making suggestions for goals
to make this their Army community.”
Now that the conference is over and the
community has raised the issues it considers
most important, Schuh said the next step is for
the issues to be assigned, worked, and determine
if a resolution is possible.
“We’ll assign a lead agency to take each issue
and begin working them,” said Schuh. “And then
about a month later, they will brief us on the
locally just yet.”
She explained that when an issue moves
forward to the region or department level, it can
take years for resolution. If an Ansbach issue USAG Ansbach teen delegates discuss their issues at USAG Ansbach’s Army Family Action Plan conference Feb. 9-11.
CDC expansion adds space, programs, increased safety
Story and photo by and families, said Shannon Kinkle, knowing that their child will be in she said. “We added door jams that prevent
RONALD H. TOLAND Jr. director of the Katterbach CDC. day care, where they will receive care Kinkle said the expansion “allows
Bavarian News “There has been a big demand for in a beautiful new environment and for an expanded hourly care--a huge wood covers over exposed radiators
(the care of) infants and toddlers—a where they are well taken care of,” need, and we have a room dedicated to prevent burning and upgraded the
The recent expansion of the big baby boom,” said Kinkle. “These she said. just for that purpose.” room’s camera monitors,” she said.
Katterbach Child Development Center modifications to the building have The Army Family Covenant “We are an evolving and moving “They’re so good that you can
means better customer service in really enhanced the quality of the provided a “lot of really nice things” community,” she said. “The center zoom right into a Cheerio.”
the form of more childcare spaces, programming that we are providing for families during the last deployment, is better equipped now to make
improved safety, and new programs. the children—which, of course, makes including fee discounts, and provided The improvements get a thumbs
The Katterbach CDC received the it a safer, better and more positive money for special activities for the up from the staff, said April Acevedo,
to what the community needs—like training specialist at the center.
1.5 million Euro upgrade to improve place for Soldiers to be able to leave children, said Kinkle. providing the necessary space for all
an outdated design, expand the facility, their kids.” Not only was Covenant money “The new facility is great and I
the infants and toddlers with a quick and love the expansion,” she said. “It
and improve service to Soldiers “[Parents] feel comfortable used to fund activities and pay for
means we can service more of the
based on daily demands.” community and provide more jobs for
And one mother approves of the more people.
“One of the things we did was a
modernization. “We have a lot more room; furniture
My Hero’s Day luncheon ceremony,
“There is more room and it is more is a lot more colorful; [the rooms] are
which was deployment related and
open,” said Leia Webb, mother of a very well lit,” she added.
right at the end of the deployment,
21-month old girl who is enrolled at
where we invited parents to come, and “But overall it’s servicing the
the facility. “I can see where she is as
the children made special awards and community, providing a safe place for
soon as I walk in the door.”
gave them to their parents,” explained children to come and spend their day
Kinkle. While the construction was and where parents can feel comfortable
The CDC expansion also added designed and centered on improving leaving their children,” she said.
239 square meters and renovated an service, the staff and, of course, safety,
were also at the forefront. The center has all new furniture and
existing 832 square meters. various toys and supplies on order, too,
“We increased the number of spaces “They put in a lot of neat features said Kinkle.
we have in the facility, being able to that we did not have before—like
add approximately 25 more spaces in adult bathrooms and sinks between the There is still some construction to
the facility as a whole,” she said. rooms,” said Kinkle. “Because babies
“There is a huge need for people make a lot more laudry, there will be to be made to the facility, but Kinkle
to come over here and have jobs and a stackable washer and dryer, too--as said she wants parents to know the
work,” said Kinkle of the fewer child well as each infant room having its center offers the reliable service they
care options for working parents own dishwasher.” expect.
overseas. Kinkle mentioned other features “We try and provide all families—
“By increasing the number that were absent before, like “vision duel and single military—with a good,
Pre-Kindergartener Tatyana Lewis shows off her purse to fellow of spaces, we have increased the panels” in the walls and doors, so safe place to come and bring their kids,
classmates during “show and tell” in the new Pre-K facility wing opportunity for parents to go out in the parents can see their kids and vice and not have to worry about them
at the Katterbach Child development Center. community to work and contribute,” versa. when they are working,” she said.
22 Bavarian News Schweinfurt February 25, 2009
Garrison prepping for Signal moves mat is on the way. bringing families, according to Sharan
Installation “We’re trying to make it home for
them. We’re trying to improve the
Just down the road on Ledward
Barracks, the 44th ESB will be the “We’ve got a couple options,” for
gets facelift to facilities to make them comfortable
when they get here,” said Robin
Fisher, deputy director of the USAG
its hat in building 213 in a year.
“The buildings that they’re moving
providing housing, Dockery said. “As
soon as we can assign housing to them,
we’re going to let them have it.”
welcome units Schweinfurt Directorate of Public
into are going to be strictly dedicated
to them, and they will stay there. That
For example, she and her staff
have already begun to plan with their
Story and photo by When the Army announced the re- will be their home,” Fisher said. counterparts in the USAG Bamberg to
MARK HEETER stationing, plans for moving a battalion “We want to have it ready for them receive families with high school-aged
Schweinfurt CI Chief headquarters into building 215 on as soon as they get here,” in the spring, children.
Ledward Barracks hit the brakes and according to Fisher, who is pleased “We’re looking forward to having
While improvements, renovations, shifted to the design and creation of a with the project’s progression. them here,” Dockery said.
and upgrades have defined the brigade headquarters instead. While motor pools and maintenance
landscape on Schweinfurt military “Before we knew these units were
installations for the past several years, coming, we had a project on the books incoming units, workers are putting Carpenters renovate the top
one group of current projects marks to fix that building,” said Fisher,
something new on the horizon. who added that such maneuvering is barracks buildings across the street
The Mannheim-based 7th Signal common with planning and utilizing from the battalion headquarters.
Brigade and its subordinate 44th installation space. “This is sort of a general facelift,”
Expeditionary Signal Battalion are “It’s a complete renovation. You
scheduled to relocate to Schweinfurt wouldn’t recognize the building,” and minor maintenance, according to
this year, the Army announced in 2008, Fisher said of the future brigade Fisher.
and the dust and signs of renovation on headquarters, which once housed
Ledward Barracks mean the welcome personnel, finance and in-and-out to offer options to Soldiers who are
Red Cross, Dental clinic to boost garrison
team up to offer training customer service
Story and photo by MARK HEETER
Schweinfurt CI Chief
Story and photo by EMILY ATHENS military spouse your career often comes second students to make impressions, conduct X-rays, Many of the nearly 200 smiling faces who
Bavarian News to the military member. And this affords them handle and clean instruments, and provide work in the USAG Schweinfurt Directorate of
the opportunity to develop a career no matter chair-side dental assistance during treatment of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation have
The American Red Cross (ARC) and the where they are,” said Cheryl Dean, ARC station patients, to name a few. completed mandatory training on customer
Schweinfurt Dental Clinic are proud to offer manager. And the education doesn’t stop there. service, and the rest are well on the way.
dental assistant’s training to military dependents The program includes instructional training “After the program, when you come here to be
over the age of 18. The program begins in March Mar. 23 through Apr. 3 followed by 200 hours a dental assistant, it doesn’t mean the education always get better when a customer walks through
and is offered free of charge. Participants will of practical, clinical training to be completed just stops. Whatever you want to do, you learn. the door,” said Jason Lawor, a library technician
be equipped with new skills and abilities that by May 15. If you want to learn about oral surgery, we teach
could turn into job opportunities no matter where According to Sgt. Maria Martinez, non- you, or pediatrics, we have it,” Martinez said. training for all DFMWR
they’re stationed. employees.
“I think this is important because being a Each dental assistant will be tasked to a
dental clinic, the hands-on training will teach dentist to work alongside, getting cross-trained The attitude carries
into different areas of dentistry starting with
the basics, explained Lynette Jones, a current Sieber, DFMWR
dental assistant at the clinic who went through training coordinator
the program in 2004 in Kaiserslautern. and main instructor for
both the employees’ and
to spouses who are at home or even those in the managers’ training.
“ I t h i n k i t ’s t h e
This is one way to get in the system … it’s attitude you choose
to have,” Sieber said,
and basic administrative care for personnel,” said describing the potential
flashpoint when a
Lynette Jones, explaining that during the program
customer and service
she learned her strengths and weaknesses to help
provider meet one another on a bad day.
decide what her next step should be. “Either you’re going to have a good day or
“A lot of people have been asking for the you’re not. And it’s up to you to have a good
program so we have this just because we want day,” she said.
to get more people involved ... you can always The courses are fundamentally about obtaining
volunteer,” Martinez said. – and retaining – customers in DFMWR facilities,
“The program offers superb training by Sieber said.
excellent dentists at the clinic. It’s an excellent
program with excellent teachers … they’re only excellent customer service within our facilities,
there to help them,” Dean added. based on the fact that we are a business. Whether
Applications can be picked up at the ARC we are government-paid or not, we are still a
business,” she said.
more information, call the ARC at CIV 09721- Like many communities, Schweinfurt has
a customer base with a lot on its mind, said
“We emphasize the fact that we’re in a
HR helps curb job application headaches deployed state. And our employees have spouses
who are deployed as well as our customers who
have spouses who are deployed,” she said, noting
those applications with you as well as help positions can be much simpler. that such employees must deal with their personal
March 12 resume resume class at the Ledward education center,
tensions while attending to the customers’.
Training topics are different for the employees’
information will be provided on how to apply for But not to worry, Davis and Betts both gave and managers’ sessions, but both courses remind
class may be answer to under Child, Youth, and available to help “thumb
the DFMWR team that they are just that – a
unemployment woes School Services. through” all the necessary
paperwork and encourages
When assigning students to groups, Sieber
deliberately breaks up “cliques,” to capitalize on
simply government jobs, the diversity of services – and service providers
Story and photo by SANDRA WILSON Betts said. The word vacancies, because there is – within the organization and to build strong
Bavarian News always something to apply teams.
of money that is used to for as a job-seeker. “Because we’re so diverse, I don’t group them
Sometimes looking for work and applying pay its employees. Those that attend the with their co-workers,” Sieber said. “Everyone
for jobs can be tedious and seemingly fruitless. “MWR rolls its own resume class can bring a has someone different that they deal with.”
What may start off as excitement about possibly money back into the copy of their orders and The notion of interconnectivity among the
programs. We work with a resume to get started employees – and customers – was not lost on
as disappointment. MWR,” he said. But the immediately on applying Lawor, who believes the training should be
application process isn’t for open positions, Betts required across the board.
jobs over here in Europe,” said Ron Betts, as simple as one might said. Going through “Everybody is somebody else’s customer,”
think. the process step by step in class will help he said. “Treat other people as you’d like to be
frustration that some applicants experience. job applicants get a head start on finding treated.”
Part of the problem may be the mess the federal resume process. We still do things in employment. Something else ties the USAG Schweinfurt
of paperwork that is required for some job hardcopy paperwork … or by e-mail, but we’re employees together, Sieber said.
not set up on the Web site like ‘click and apply,’” “The majority of them, I have found,
354-6444. enjoy their job. They enjoy the people in the
community, and it makes them feel good if they
can make a difference,” she said.
February 25, 2009 Schweinfurt Bavarian News 23
Teachers masquerade in Venice for Carnivale
Story and photo by magazine that had a look she wanted Carnivale each year to build up their other masqueraders near the docks of paid travel and accommodations.
SANDRA WILSON to capture. galleries of masqueraders. St. Mark’s Square. While they claim the hobby of
Bavarian News “It’s (about) the glitz. That’s what The teachers traveled with one or Over the years, the teachers costume-making to be a lot of fun,
catches the photographer’s eye,” said two costumes to Venice on the holiday have gained enough recognition sometimes wearing them can be a lot
A crew from American Forces middle school teacher Karen Rose, weekend in February. In the early for their costumes that they have of work.
Network paid a special visit to the explaining that many professional morning hours, as the sun was rising, received invitations to other cities and “You sweat a lot. When we went to
home of a Schweinfurt Middle School photographers attend Venice’s they posed themselves with dozens of countries— some including expenses Zurich, we were in our costumes for
teacher in January. With lights set up all seven or eight hours. Our masks get
over the living room and video camera really soft from all the sweat,” SMS
rolling, they intended to portray the teacher Sara Maka said about one of
extraordinary hobby of several local their trips to Switzerland.
teachers: costume-making for Venice, But even so, the attention and
Italy’s Carnivale season. celebrity status gained by wearing
“It’s a different kind of craft,” said such a costume is a thrill, they said.
Nancy Dauber, SMS teacher. “It’s not In the light of fame, they remain
like fasching here or not like New anonymous with no clue given to
Orleans.” onlookers of their true identity behind
The word “costume” may bring
to mind outfits worn by teenagers the masks.
on Halloween, but these particular “Most of the people that (wear
Carnivale costumes are nothing of costumes) are not young— we are
the sort. In fact, they take up to a year the younger ones,” Rose said, adding
to construct and sew, some with 20 that they were given the opportunity
meters of fabric and nearly half as to meet other masqueraders out of
much fancy trim. costume. Many times while in costume
Shopping for materials takes them they have been mistaken for local
Italians and hardly ever assumed to
be American, she said.
and dollar stores. They have even Holding that element of surprise
found formal dresses on clearance is one of the attractions that keeps the
that serve as foundations for a few of teachers coming back for more each
their costumes. year, and several others have joined
“Some people that don’t understand in the festivities.
think we’re crazy,” Dauber said, They’ve been participating in the
explaining how their type of shopping event for so long now that they begin
may seem odd to people who know making new costumes for the next year
nothing of their craft. “We’re like kids immediately after they return from
in a candy shop.” Carnivale.
Ideas are gleaned from everywhere “I can’t imagine not doing it,”
to help visualize the end product of Hidden underneath her costume, Sara Maka (right) adjusts Karen Rose’s costume as they try on their Dauber said.
their costumes. Dauber once found “It’s a great hobby; it’s fun,” Rose
a Barbie photo in a waiting room said.
Wuerzburg students visit
derby schools, broaden knowledge
time Story and photo by EMILY ATHENS
Student teachers from the University of
it seems when there’s a problem, that problem
will be solved,” said Julia Hoffman, a student at
the University of Wuerzburg who is studying to
become a special education teacher.
Photo by Wuerzburg visited Schweinfurt Elementary Tanja Hoch, another student teacher from
Sandra School Feb. 3 in efforts to continue developing a Wuerzburg, thought the easy access to computers
Wilson partnership that began last year after the closing within the classroom was different.
of Wuerzburg Elementary School. “We didn’t have programs like that in German
“At the university, we have a seminar called school. It wasn’t like that in my time,” Hoch
‘comparing systems internationally’. The visits said.
give my students a bigger perspective since they Teachers of SES enjoyed the visit and think
were all raised in German schools. If you don’t the trip will enhance the students’ teaching
know something different, you can’t imagine it,” abilities.
said Simone Gutwerk, a professor at University
of Wuerzburg. soon-to-be teachers to explore as many learning
Four groups of college students dispersed environments as possible. Exposure to lots of
at the elementary school and visited different learning situations enriches all teachers’ lives in
classrooms, toured, and spent one-on-one time and out of the classroom,” said Cathy Lagasse,
with teachers. The day offered the students teacher at SES who welcomed a group of German
insight and a better understanding of different university students into her class.
styles of education across cultural lines. Wilma Holt, SES principal, agreed that
“Our main interest is seeing the programs that visiting the school allowed the Germans to
Germans don’t have … they’re very functional engage in professional dialogues about teaching
here,” Gutwerk said, explaining that an ongoing and discover new teaching ideas.
exchange of ideas and teaching materials is “It allowed the student teachers to view the
valuable to the education and development of educational practices and philosophies of an
Reading to children key to literacy student teachers.
“The biggest difference is there is no
integration of students in Germany like there is
American school in action. The students were
very impressed,” Holt said.
“When I think of the spirit of American
by SANDRA WILSON people,” he said, and they try to help children here. There’s always a school for special needs schools, two words come to mind: democracy
Bavarian News understand that as well. in Germany and everybody’s together here. So and pragmatism,” Gutwerk said.
Picking up a few story books, David sat in
Starting kindergarten may be a monumental the kids’ corner at the library, and the children
day in any child’s life, but every year, 35 percent gathered around to listen, and even participate at
of American children begin school without times, during the storytelling. Once the stories
the language skills they need to learn to read,
according to the American Academy of Pediatrics to use their artistic side.
Web site. With 18 grandchildren back in the U.S.,
they see themselves as “surrogate grandma and
young age is paramount to the success of any grandpa.” Their audience ranges between 18
child in school, AAP emphasizes, and what months to 5 years old with as many as eight kids
parents do pre-kindergarten is crucial. To stress some days. Stories and crafts are a mixture of
the importance of reading aloud to children, the levels to appeal to all of the ages.
Ledward library offers a children’s story hour The weekly story hour is only a sampling
every Wednesday at 10 a.m. of some of the things that parents can do at
“One of the things we noticed … is that home with their children to promote childhood
literacy is so important. We hope that starting development and enhance family bonds before
this young, we can help the kids be more literate, beginning formal education in a school setting.
because it affects every corner of their lives,” said “It is important to read out loud. (The children)
volunteer storyteller Alison Koralewski. will automatically connect the words they hear
Alison and her husband, David, were sent by with the pictures they see. Their vocabulary and
their stateside church on a mission to Schweinfurt their future reading skills will easily develop,”
and took on volunteering at the Ledward library said librarian Christine Willis.
for the story hour each week. Their backgrounds “I was very grateful that (the Koralewskis)
include work as librarians. arrived in Schweinfurt,” Willis said.
“We’re just interested in seeing that the kids “They immediately jumped in and the
have a good time and learn to appreciate the program continued. There was almost no
books,” David said. interruption in service,” with the weekly story
“Stories originally come from inside of hour, she said.
24 Bavarian News Sports February 25, 2009
JMRC Ops Group wins Commander’s Cup
by KRISTIN BRADLEY receives 10 points per person with Craven said that boost in morale is
Bavarian News a maximum of 50 points so that the purpose of the program.
larger units like JMRC Ops Group “It’s esprit de corps. We do it for the
A year’s worth of competition for do not have an unfair advantage over Soldiers. That’s our whole purpose in
the Commander’s Cup came down to smaller units like U.S. Army Garrison life, to support the Soldiers. And since
a single moment. Hohenfels Headquarters, Headquarters we’re sports-minded, we do sports,”
That moment was the competition’s Detachment, which came in third this said Craven.
last event—when overwhelming year. “It helps relieve stress. They’re
participation from the Blacksheep Throughout the year teams playing as a team. There’s no rank on
Observer/Controller team during the compete in numerous events like
last fun run of the season in November golf tournaments, fun runs, and what work as a team,” he said.
gave the Joint Multinational Readiness Craven calls FMWR’s core sports: Competition for the most recent
Center Ops Group the points they basketball, softball, football, and trophy began with flag football in
needed to edge out Headquarters, volleyball. 2007 and ended with the Turkey Trot
Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, Participation for Soldiers is in November 2008.
4th Infantry Regiment for the coveted optional, but Blacksheep Sgt. Eric The trophy itself, which Lt. Col.
title. England said participating in the Gary Bloomberg, USAG Hohenfels
The trophy is awarded every year events has many advantages. commander, presented to Considine
to the unit that earns the most points “It helps relieve stress from the during a ceremony Feb. 12 at the
through participation at community workday when you go and compete in Community Activities Center, is
sporting events and by winning those things like this,” he said, adding that currently in the possession of the
events. it is a way for Soldiers of all ranks to winning team, though Craven said
First place teams move up to the enjoy themselves. when the post gym renovations are
Installation Management Command- “It gets rid of the rank structure. complete it will be moved and put on
Europe level of competition. Placing We are all just out there to play and display there.
third or better there will earn them compete.” FMWR is currently hosting
additional points for the Hohenfels “For officers, it gets us closer community basketball, which will
standings. to the Soldiers,” said Capt. Patrick
HHC, 1-4 Infantry’s victory at the Considine, JMRC HHC commander. next trophy.
Sgt. Nathan Ashroberts, also a For Commander’s Cup purposes, Photo by Troy Darr
is what advanced them to second place Blacksheep, said not everyone on a each unit receives participation points Cordell Gailliard of the Grizzlies goes up for a two-pointer during the
for the Commander’s Cup, according team participates in every event. for only one team in events like
to Bill Craven, U.S. Army Garrison U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels unit-level basketball championship
He said though they of course basketball where large units typically
Hohenfels Family, Morale, Welfare, prefer to win, interacting with each enter multiple teams. Dates for the Feb. 28, 2008. The Grizzlies win over HHC, 1-4 during the basketball
and Recreation sports programmer. other outside the workplace increases community basketball tournament championship foreshadowed their victory over the same team for
For participation each unit unit morale. have yet to be determined. the Commander’s Cup.
Hurricanes take Tyrolean title Wrestling is more than
just tustling, sport gives
children good workout
Story and photo by match, he said. Despite it being a lot of
SANDRA WILSON hard work, the kids shared numerous
Bavarian News times about how much they enjoy the
Wrestling season has begun and “It’s fun. It keeps me busy, it keeps
young athletes with youth sports are me active, and overall it’s just great.
getting a chance to compete with the
skills they have learned during practice Quan Dasalla, team leader.
in the month of January. “First time I had practice, the next
Coach Nick Timms wrestled morning I couldn’t walk,” said sixth-
competitively for seven years and
“It’s actually really fun.”
youth in Schweinfurt. The wrestling competitions take
“I’m sitting in the barracks, going them out of town nearly each weekend
on the internet and to clubs and it throughout February and March.
gets boring,” Timms said. “I wanted According to the coach, they all show
something else to do with my time— “good improvement.” Some of them
Photo by Gwen Gamble something productive.” have never wrestled before as Timms
Wrestlers meet twice a week for encourages anyone interested to join
In January, the Hurricanes (shown during practice last fall) won their second Tyrolean Divisional title an hour and a half practice at Finney the sport.
against teams from Bamberg, Eifel, and Wiesbaden. Fitness Center on Conn Barracks. “I’m just really psyched that they’ll
Mondays are focused on wrestling be able to put everything together
by KRISTIN BRADLEY are intense, and many feel the drive friendships they have made on the technique and Wednesdays are purely that we’ve been teaching them— and
Bavarian News to do well. team as one of the biggest perks. a time of intense cardiovascular
“The team really wanted it (another “The families are all really close,” helping them out with— and see them
exercise. win a match,” Dasalla said, explaining
A large team from a small divisional win). We wanted to win said Greene, noting that after a stressful
town has won the 2008- again because it’s a pretty big thing,” day she looks forward to working out
2009 Tyrolean Divisional said Greene.
title for the second year in a row. Indeed, the competitive spirit
her frustration in the pool.
Hoeh also said that for many
M e m b e r s o f t h e H o h e n f e l s seems to be alive and well within families the swim team is more than
The “cardio” is particularly
important for maintaining weight and
building endurance, Timms explained.
You can be a good wrestler but still get
her role on the team with her three
years of experience.
“From the season I just want a few
wins, but really just want to have a
Hurricanes swim team cite favorable the Hurricanes. Any conversation just another activity to shuttle children beat because you don’t have enough good time,” said Christopher Agius,
numbers and strong relays as top about swimming amongst members to and from. energy to wrestle hard the whole assistant coach.
reasons they were able to claim quickly becomes a friendly battle “I think it is something families can
their second victory against division about who has the best times in which join and really get involved,” she said.
teams from Bamberg, Eifel, and event or who will manage the most “It is really a family affair. We need
Wiesbaden. improvement on their personal best lots of volunteers for meets to run.”
“We swam our hearts out and did at the next meet. Hoeh said the team has been
the best we possibly could hoping we Swimmers Stephanie Larumbe, growing in popularity.
would win again,” Charlott Hammer, Will Hammer, and Courtney Cochran, This start of this season was the
a seventh-grader with two years on the each earned a medal at the European first time they stopped accepting
team, said of the team’s January win. Forces Swim League Championship in registrations after all slots were
Though the team typically practices Berlin Feb. 7th - 8th; teammate Anna
only three times a week and parents Muzzy earned four. both beginners and experienced Fourth-grader
Though after a round of well- swimmers. Max Alonso (left)
are available, often splitting up the team meaning banter about times and “They need to be water safe,” Hoeh
strokes, the swimmers will begin to said about the team’s requirements for Quan Dasalla
swimmers make up in determination talk about the many other reasons they taking young and new swimmers. “But wrestle during a
what they lack in pool time. stay with the team. really, as long as they can get from
“The kids have worked really, “It’s good exercise. When I swim point A to point B in the pool (at the scrimmage match
really hard this year,” said Beth Hoeh, if I haven’t been in (the pool) in a beginning of the season), we’re not at the end of an
the Hurricanes head coach, who was long time I feel so much better,” said really concerned with how they do it. evening practice.
a member of the Western Michigan Rodman, adding that “at meets you get We can work with them.”
University swim team. to see kids from all over Europe so you The Hurricane’s six month season
“The kids that compete were very meet lots of different people.” begins in mid-August and runs through
consistent. We had a really good Ian Sellers, a 10th-grader who has January when typically only swimmers
technical year,” said Hoeh. “We had been with the team for more than four who qualify for championships will
less practice time (than we might like) years, said he is getting much more continue to practice.
but the kids were so consistent, that is than a good workout with the team. Hoeh said the team will start
what really made the difference.” “It’s saved my life literally. I’m advertising in July and kick off the
Ninth-graders Meggie Rodman diabetic and it helps lower my sugars,” season with a family picnic that
and Manassas Greene agreed that he said. anyone interested in learning more
though their practices are short, they M a n y t e a m m e m b e r s c i t e d about the team is invited to attend.
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709th MPs case colors
continued from Page 1 it one level up. As we’ve been in
how you can
Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Kirk, 92nd MP
Company, explained the mission
focuses of working as a proactive, not
Afghanistan and Iraq for about four
teach them to put handcuffs on so
save on car
“We’re going to train (the Afghan
police) in what you call problem
“It is now time to take it to the next
step, and the next step is higher level
police management, getting them in
orientated policing, which focuses
line with some of the progressive continued from Page 1
more on prevention as opposed to
things that police do in the United save federal duties and taxes, but state
simply reacting,” he said. “We will
teach them how to gather intelligence… States.” taxes on imported vehicles can be high.
how to properly maintain security, Training at the next level with a You can obtain state tax information
how to properly secure their areas, strong foundation, Dillon said, has from the relevant department of motor
(and) how to go around and talk to prepared the troops for Afghanistan, vehicles and Internet links to these
people.” which has seen increasing violence. can be found at http://www.hqusareur.
Training for the mission began “To be the best you can possibly army.mil/rmv/stateside_dmvs.htm.
more than eight months ago and be trained is the way to deal with Call a military customs office
encompassed what Dillon called a uncertainty like that or increasing to find out more about federal
two-prong approach. attacks,” Dillon added. customs exemptions or your local
“One of our deployment tasks that It is the training, said Kirk that
we’ve concentrated on is security- shipping procedures and fees.
being able to conduct a combat patrol into the mission without fear or
mounted, dismounted, conduct a apprehension.
checkpoint, protect yourself, force
protection, secure and defend their
“I have all the faith in the world
that our Soldiers from the lowest Photo by Melissa Wolff
Location & hours
location, which might in this case be
a police station. That was our basic
ranking private, to the senior person
in our company, can go out and do
Lt. Col. Robert Dillon (right), commander 709th MP Battalion and the of operation for
the right thing, make the proper Battalion’s Command Sgt. Maj. William Chambers (left) participate
foundation of what we wanted every
Soldier to be able to do.” decision to protect the Afghan people, in the 709th MP Battalion Casing of the Colors ceremony Feb. 12
“Within that, and supporting that,” to protect ourselves and bring us all at the Grafenwoehr Field House in preparation of their deployment
Dillon continued, “we tried to take back,” he said. to Afghanistan. Bamberg
Bldg # 7011, Rm 124 & 125
IPB helping command group Phone: DSN: 469-9312,
MON – FRI 08:00 – 12:00
and 12:30 – 15:30
plan for future of installation Garmisch
Bldg # 209 MP Station
Phone: DSN: 440-3601,
continued from Page 1 provide input on near- and long-term “There are two major stationing
planning—what programs and projects command group to receive tenant actions that have occurred since
Van Patten explained that in addition and facilities they need considered, feedback and concerns. During the 1990,” explained Van Patten “One was TUE – FRI 13:00 – 16:00
to the directorate heads and other mission requirement that they have board meeting, concerns are discussed the buildup that occurred to support the
installation stakeholders that attend they want considered for possible and integrated into installation’s
the meetings, there are 46 forums that approval by commanders. strategic planning. Basing Grafenwoehr,” $700 million
feed into the IPB–everything from He said the IPB was not just “Decisions are made after further in military construction to support Bldg # 621, Rm 102
Environmental to Family Readiness, another bureaucratic layer, but a vital analysis,” then submitted to (USAG the stationing of a brigade combat Phone: DSN: 475-7249,
Customer Management System, and part of sound planning, giving all IPB Grafenwoehr Commander Col. Chris team among many other stationing
Land Management. members the big picture. Sorenson and Brig. Gen. David Hogg, requirements. CIV: 09641-83-7249
“It’s a good opportunity to get According to its Department of commander of the Joint Multinational “The planning here is not just MON – FRI 09:00 – 12:00
everyone involved,” he said. “It lets the Army charter, the IPB is a key Training Command) for approval. something done off the cuff,” said
them see all pieces of the installation. forum to obtain local consensus on One of the biggest single items Van Patten. and 13:00 – 15:00
They get info on how the garrison the installation master plan, vision discussed during USAG Grafenwoehr’s “It’s a deliberate process that
is proceeding with planning, but it and priorities. Feb. 3 meeting was the ongoing takes into consideration our limited Hohenfels
also gives them an opportunity to While it is not a decision-making development of the garrison. resources for the future.”
Bldg # 10, Rm 118
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continued from Page 1 A folding electronic display is often population.
installed in the back window of these Gallei said many of the DUI Dangerous overtaking (passing):
and countries such as the Netherlands police cars that displays the words, violations involve a blood-alcohol Schweinfurt
and Sweden, all of which are highly “STOPP, POLIZEI” or “POLIZEI level just barely over the German limit Driving under the influence Bldg # 289
rated for road safety performance, had FOLGEN” when the police want you of 0.5 percent.
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Germany. public affairs officer at the nearby tolerance goes down, that Germany’s
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than the United States limit of 0.8 drivers could lose their license on the and 12:30 – 15:30
fast unmarked vehicles with video percent. spot for some violations.
cameras discreetly mounted front has increased in the Grafenwoehr area, Additonal fine increases worth
so have violations. noting include: be found in English at the German
drivers and speeders. Gallei said that while Americans Failure to keep to the right: 80 Bldg # 161, Rm 127
Transport Ministry Web site at www.
When an offender has been generally have the same rate of bmvbs.de/en/artikel-,1872.970156/
identified, police will flash blue violations as do local German drivers, Phone: DSN: 476-2105,
lights, overtake the vehicle waving a American drivers account for half CIV: 09662-83-2105
red and white signal disk and escort of the area’s DUI infractions despite Speeding in populated area: 80- USAG Grafenwoehr Bavarian
the offending vehicle to the nearest the fact that Americans represent News assistant editor Melissa Wolff MON – FRI 09:00 – 12:00
parking area. well under 50 percent of the total Speeding outside “built up” contributed to this article. and 13:00 – 15:00
USAREUR commander stresses need for more troops
continued from Page 1 times in his career before assuming facilities in Hohenfels, Germany, “We’re at about 42,000; by about we have, we need a different force
command of USAREUR, said the to train the operational mentoring 2013 or ’14, the current plan is posture in Europe than is currently
-ny remain in Europe. biggest change he noticed in the liaison teams that have been that we would get to 32,000, based proposed.”
The command’s Soldiers deploy command was “how just about successful in Afghanistan. Another principally on two brigade combat The two brigades -- one based in
like those of any other unit in the everything we do has a multinational command mission is to continue the teams, one Stryker and one airborne, Baumholder, Germany, and the other
Army. At any given time, the command transformation from the Army Europe that we’d retain in Europe,” he said. based in Schweinfurt, Germany -- are
has about one-third of its Soldiers For example, he said, American of the Cold War to a more nimble joint “There are also presently two heavy remaining in place for now, and Ham
deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo forces train constantly with task force headquarters. brigade combat teams. Those are has recommended they stay there.
or other areas of the globe. USAREUR their Bulgarian and Romanian currently scheduled to come back to Ham said the Army presence on the
also supplies personnel and expertise The command would be the joint
counterparts. task force headquarters for any major [the continental United States] in 2012 continent is a visible commitment of
to the newly established U.S. Africa and 2013. America’s commitment to the NATO
Command. “We’ve got a major training scheme land operation in the U.S. European
A second mission is to work with set up for this coming summer that is Command area of operations, he “I’ve recommended to my alliance and to European allies.
partner countries to build their military larger in scale than it has been in said. operational boss, Gen. John Craddock, The full transcript of Ham’s
capacity, Ham said. “That’s a real previous years, and we think that’s an Ham said he wants to ensure commander of European Command, press briefing is available on the
and vital mission for us,” the general important consideration,” he said. the right force posture is in place that we revisit those decisions,” he Department of Defense Web site at
said. NATO forces also use USAREUR’s in his command to accomplish the continued. “It is my estimation that in www.defenselink.mil/transcripts/
Ham, who visited Europe many Joint Multinational Readiness Center missions. order to accomplish the missions that transcript.aspx?transcriptid=4352 .