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					Vol. 6, Nr. 1                              U.S. Army Garrisons Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels, Ansbach, Schweinfurt and Garmisch                                                      January 20, 2010

Dental town hall
                                Pets get improved care options
meeting gets to the                                                                                                                                   New wellness packages
root of family                                                                                                                                        ensure the furriest family
member care,                                                                                                                                          members stay healthy
                                                                                                                                                                  Story and photos by
PAGE 11                                                                                                                                                          MOLLY HAYDEN
                                                                                                                                                                      Bavarian News

GARMISCH                                                                                                                                                  Max, a 6-year-old Labrador retriever, sat
DOWNTIME DUTY                                                                                                                                         patiently under his owner Kelley Cunning-
                                                                                                                                                      ham’s legs as they waited for his name to be
A deployed military                                                                                                                                   called at the Vilseck Veterinary Treatment
                                                                                                                                                      Facility, Jan. 11.
policeman and his                                                                                                                                         Resting his head on his paws, he howled,
                                                                                                                                                      summoning “pets” from passersby.
working dog                                                                                                                                               “He’s a gentle soul,” said Cunningham,
maximize their off                                                                                                                                    smiling as she patted the blonde hair on
                                                                                                                                                      Max’s head.
time in Afghanistan                                                                                                                                       Max’s good health has been maintained
                                                                                                                                                      through routine check-ups. For this visit,
PAGE 18                                                                                                                                               Cunningham brought him to the VTF for
                                                                                                                                                      preventative treatment of dysplasia, an ail-
                                                                                                                                                      ment common in his breed.
ANSBACH                                                                                                                                                   “He’s been limping a bit … I just want
HIT THE SLOPES                                                                                                                                        to make sure he’s alright,” said Cunningham.
                                                                                                                                                      “He’s my baby.”
                                                                                                                                                          Though coincidental, Cunningham’s pre-
                                                                                                                                                      ventative actions for her pet are on par with a
winter sports spots in                                                                                                                                recent standard set by the U.S. Army Europe
their own backyard                                                                                                                                    Regional Veterinary Command.
                                                                                                                                                          The new program, initiated Jan. 15, out-
PAGE 20                                                                                                                                               lines veterinary services like basic deworm-
                                                                                                                                                      cinations, and groups them into an overall
SCHWEINFURT                                                                                                                                           “wellness package.”
                                                                                                                                                          “A wellness package will provide com-
OINKERS AWAY                                                                                                                                          prehensive preventive medical care that is
Elementary students                                                                                                                                   of life,” said Maj. Rebecca Evans, chief of
                                                                                                                                                      the Veterinary Command’s Future Opera-
                                                                                                                                                      tions, in a news release.
to the front lines with                                                                                                                                   The intent is to emphasize routine well-
                                                                                                                                                      ness examinations and interaction with a
1st Squadron, 91st                                                                                                                                    veterinary health care professional instead of
Cavalry Regiment                                                                                                                                      vaccinations as the reason for a visit to the
                                                                                                                                                      veterinary clinic.
PAGE 22                                                                                                                                                   “VETCOM will embrace this effort to
                                                                                                                                                      provide the best care to our patients and sup-
                                                                                                                                                      port to our clients through comprehensive
                                                                                                                                                      disease prevention, early diagnosis of any
                                                                                                                                                      problems and appropriate treatment,” said
                                                                                                                                                      Col. David Rolfe, commander of VETCOM,
                                                                                                                                                      in a news release.
                                                                                                                                                          The standardization of these services will
                                                                                                                                                      parallel the veterinary profession’s move
                                                                                                                                                      toward wellness, promote public health and
                                                                                                                                                      provide consistency in veterinary care, re-
Huddle up!                                                                                                                                            gardless of military station. Fee schedules
  Join us for the Com-                                                                                                                                will be restructured, but the goal continues to
munity Huddle, a new          Capt. Leah Tingley of the Vilseck Branch Veterinary Services, introduces herself to Max, a 6-year-                      be high quality care at the lowest cost. Fees
monthly meeting for all       old Labrador retriever, during a visit at the Vilseck Veterinary Treatment Facility, Jan. 11.                                                      See PLANS Page 25
community members that
combines meetings like
the town hall and Senior
Spouses Roundtable. The
                              Army Family Covenant        AAFES fuel prices a value
will be held Jan. 28, from
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the
                              delivers programs, services Lt. Col. WAYNE MAROTTO                                          Story and photo by                  nitely a good value compared to the
                                                                                                                                                                  AAFES overseas fuel prices, as ap-
                                   by KEVIN CROUCH                         The Army Family Covenant is                 AAFES Europe Public Affairs
Tower View Restaurant,                                                                                                                                        proved by its military board of direc-
                                      FMWRC Public Affairs              comprised of commitments to enhance                                                   tors, are based on the U.S. Department
Main Post, Bldg. 209.                                                   Soldier and family readiness. But two         MAINZ-KASTEL, Germany -
                                 ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Army                                                      Let’s face it, no one likes the price of     of Energy’s weekly average for each
                                                                        years after the initial signing, many
5-night stay                  unveiled the Army Family Covenant         Soldiers and Families are still unsure   gasoline at the pump. But did you ever       grade of gasoline in the continental
 Win a 5-night vacation       Oct. 8, 2007, pledging a commit-          what the program is supposed to pro-     wonder how AAFES-Europe calcu-               United States, plus the unique incre-
at the Edelweiss Lodge        ment to provide Soldiers and families     vide or the makeup of its content.       lates gas prices at its 22 direct -oper-     mental costs incurred in each overseas
and Resort! Complete the      a quality of life commensurate with          Overall, the Army’s Family and        ated gas stations in Germany? Or why         market.
IMCOM-Europe Postal                                                     Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Com-     gas is more expensive in Europe than             AAFES provides gasoline to au-
Online-Survey at www.         the nation.                               mand is the organization charged with    the U.S.?                                    thorized personnel in Germany per
                                  Indeed, the Covenant is the ser-      developing MWR policy, plans, strat-          “Gas prices seem to be a little         Army Europe Regulation 600-17.
                              vice’s promise to take care of not only   egies and standards; supporting Army     higher than average in Germany, but          Customers use the Fuel Ration Card
 See page 12 for details.                                                                                                                                     program and are allotted liters of fuel
                              Soldiers, but family members who          commanders to implement Family           it is a lot better than paying for gas off
                              also serve side-by-side with them,        and MWR programs; and operate and                                                     based on the weight and horsepower
   What you’re                while providing unconditional support     manage assigned MWR activities.          his car at the Mainz-Kastel AAFES            of their vehicle.
                              to keep the Army strong.                                       See AFC Page 25                                     -                                 See FUEL Page 25
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Opinion Editorial       2
News          3-8, 24, 25
What’s Happening 12-13                Tax season awaits                                          Kickin’ it in Cairo                                          See-through walls
Travel                 15
Medical                16
                               Specialists offer new and proven                            Travelers in Cairo experience                                Scientists continue to develop
Movies                 26                                                                     culture, ancient history                                radar imaging devices for combat
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 2    Bavarian News                                                                      Opinion & Editorial                                                                                                               January 20, 2010

          he Army unveiled the             and funding of existing programs                Families; increased primary care                    transferring to new school districts               for when it comes to health care,
                                           and services, increasing accessibility          visits to more than seven million                   and increased placement of military                housing, services and programs
           Oct. 8, 2007,                            and quality of health care,            people, meeting access standards                    spouses through the Army Spouse                    and many other things. Many
institutionalizing the                              improving Soldier and                  for 90 percent of acute, routine and                Employment Program, a partnership                  times we immediately start talking
Army’s commitment to                                Family housing, ensuring               specialty appointments; authorized                  with Fortune 500 companies and                     about negative items, and many of
providing Soldiers and                              excellence in schools, youth           Tricare standard coverage for more                  government agencies to provide                     those conversations are based on
Families – Active, Guard,                           services and child care and            than 500,000 eligible members                       employment opportunities.
and Reserve – a quality of                          expanding education and                of the Selective Reserve and their                      We are indeed making progress                  knowledge.
life commensurate with                              employment opportunities               Family members and lowered the                      on delivering the Army Family                          Let’s be grateful for what we have,
their quality of service.                           for Family members.                    co-payment; funded the Training                                                                        and strive together to improve. An
                                                         Some accomplishments              Barracks Modernization Program                      work to do.                                        attitude of appreciation will go a long
around the Army meeting                             over the past two years                                                                                                                       way. Optimism is a combat multiplier.
with Soldiers and Families                                                                 into newly designed or renovated                    the Army leadership’s promise to                       As always, thanks for your
                                                                                           barracks in FY ‘09, introduced the                  continue to provide the best care and              continued service to our Army, and
many are not familiar with                           programs at all garrisons;                                                                quality of life possible to Soldiers and           our nation. Together we are making
                                           added 1,079 Family Readiness                    to enhance single Soldier quality                   their Families. Our commitment to                  history.
commitment Army leadership has             Support Assistants positions to
made to provide a better quality of        provide administrative and logistical           on Army Families by eliminating                     is non-negotiable. We will not depart
life to Soldiers and Families.             support to commanders and FRG                                                                       from this commitment.                                        Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch
    We are delivering the Army             leaders; funded Exceptional Family
                                           Member respite care providing up
                                                                                           program fees, collaborated with
                                                                                                                                               the time to accentuate the positive.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Commanding General
                                           to 40 hours of care per month for               support military connected students                 We have so very much to be thankful                                    IMCOM

                                                                                COMMANDER’S MESSAGE

Training area celebrates 100 years in 2010
   T    he new year has just begun, but we
        are already off and running. We have
many initiatives we are working for 2010. Our
                                                        Task Force (SPTF) and established 12 focus areas
                                                        that are being executed and tracked. Establishing
                                                        the task force allows us to have a community-
                                                                                                                     entry areas to prevent slips and falls, and to
                                                                                                                     ensure our young ones are properly dressed
                                                                                                                     for the environment. See something, do
biggest event this year is the 100th anniversary        wide holistic approach as demonstrated by our                something is about all of us taking care of
celebration of the Grafenwoehr                                     top-notch professionals and specialists.          our community.
Training Area. This is a joint German-                             These include the chaplaincy, Bavarian
American event that begins the week                                Medical Activity, tenant unit leadership,
of June 27 and will continue into our                              emergency services, health promotion                                                                              encourage
Fourth of July holiday weekend.                                    and preventive medicine experts, and                                                                              all community members to attend so you can
    This year we will be using a                                   many others.                                      p.m. Brig. Gen. Salazar will be at this event                   understand and help disseminate the information.
specially created logo to mark this                                    Safety remains our top priority. We                                                                               And as always, anyone with comments or
momentous occasion. The logo                                       have already implemented our winter                                                                               suggestions can ensure immediate attention by
does a great job of incorporating the                              safety plan several times by delaying
importance of the training area and                                the school and work report times and              contributors.                                                   easy to use and ensures we have visibility of
honoring our German-American                                       releasing folks early to minimize                                                                                 concerns and applause – ensuring our community
partnership.                                                       driving hazards. Our community has                public and is a joint venture among our units,                  remains Army Strong!
    Our suicide prevention efforts                                 embraced a culture of safety and we               agencies and supporting services. This important
continue and our goal is to have an Army Strong         all own a shared safety responsibility. Key                  forum’s purpose is to inform ourselves of
community that supports and enhances the                to this culture is when we see something, we                 upcoming activities or changes, share best                                         Col. Chris Sorenson
resilience of our Soldiers, civilian employees and
families. Last year, we made great strides when
                                                        should do something to prevent accidents. We
                                                        all need to ensure snow and ice are cleared from
                                                                                                                     practices and recognize contributions. For
                                                                                                                     predictability, we will host this forum at the same
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Commander, U.S. Army
we established our garrison Suicide Prevention          our immediate walkways and water from our                    time on that last Thursday of each month. We                                       Garrison Grafenwoehr

                                             CFC is still aCSM CORNER

Inclement weather plan for everyone’s safety resounding success
        had a safe and happy holiday
                                                     key and essential functions may drive on
                                                     post during this time.
                                                        When preparing to drive, use your best
                                                                                                             day, seven days a week to assist in suicide
                                                                                                             prevention or counseling for other reasons.
                                                                                                             Professionals are always available at these                    T    hank you for your generous contributions to this

   The weather here in Grafenwoehr                   judgment and know the dangers of your                                                                                  Soldiers and civilian employees from among the
                                                     route. When in doubt, don’t drive. Always                                                                           widespread commands of the U.S. Army Europe and the
a snowy start. Because of this,                                give the snow plows a wide berth.
we want to make sure that we
all know and understand the                                   meanings of posted color-coded                 Sexual Assault Hotline 0162-296-0661                        charities. Notably, much of the money that you have
                                                              road conditions. Green conditions                                                                          contributed will remain right here in Europe – to help our
Plan.                                                         mean that roads are OK and there                   You may also visit Behavioral Health.                   Soldiers, civilian workforce and Families in a variety of
    On a given day in the case                                are no hazards.                                                                                            important ways.
of poor weather conditions,                                      Amber means drivers must                                                                                   We are especially proud that so many of you made the
the command may direct a                                      drive with caution due to reduced
two-hour delayed reporting, an                                visibility or snowfall as forecasted                                                                       a time when many of our fellow citizens and host-nation
early release or a closure of the                             or occurring.
garrison, which will apply to                                    Red conditions mean that                       On Main Post, visit the facility in                         Although many in the Army Family were also affected
all personnel, tenant units and                               only mission-essential travel is               building 475 Monday through Thursday
directorates including DODDS                                  permitted and driving conditions               from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 7
                                                     are hazardous.                                          a.m. to noon. Reach them at DSN 475-                        our help. You are the very best of America and have once
directives.                                             Black means that roads are closed                                                                                again demonstrated that Soldiers, Army civilians and our
   A two-hour delay will be announced by                                                                                                                                 Families can and do make a world of difference to the
                                                     permitted to drive.                                     Services for counseling resources on Rose                   quality of life of others less fortunate than ourselves.
the garrison Web site at www.grafenwoehr.                Army safe is Army strong. Be safe and                                                                              Again, many thanks for your thoughtfulness,, on the command information                 always prepare for winter weather and                                                                               compassion and outstanding generosity.
channel and on the automated weather hot             follow command directives for your safety
                                                     and the safety of others.                                  Remember that it is not only okay to                     Gen. Carter F. Ham                   Command Sgt. Maj,
                                                         As we stay vigilant and take precautions,           seek help, it is a sign of strength.
announcements beginning at 5 a.m. on FM                                                                         Start the new year off right and stay safe               Commanding General                       Ralph R. Beam
98.5, FM 107.6 and AM 1107.                                                                                  and stay strong.                                             U.S. Army Europe                     U.S. Army Europe
   Delays are directed to give the garrison          all members of the garrison look out for
time to clear roads and parking lots. This           ourselves and the well-being of our battle                                     Command Sgt. Maj.
means that all personnel must report two             buddies and family members.
hours after their scheduled reporting time.              Suicide is still a real issue and the more                                      William Berrios                    Diane M. Devens                   Command Sgt. Maj,
   School busses will pick up children from          we stay up-to-date and educated about it,                                       CSM, U.S. Army                                 Director                     Tracey E Anbiya
bus stops two hours after the normal time.           the more lives we may be able to save.
   Only those personnel who are part of                  These hot lines are available 24 hours a                                   Garrison Grafenwoehr                   IMCOM-Europe                         IMCOM-Europe

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‘Emotions Matter’ teaches expression
         Story and photo by                                                                                                                                                    of how to positively help children.”
      ROB MCILVAINE                                                                                                                                                                “At the children’s museum as
        FMWRC Public Affairs
                                                                                                                                                                               parents transitioned between playing
                                                                                                                                                                               and leaving, the staff often witnessed
    FORT LEWIS, Wash. – “Emotions                                                                                                                                              the stress and emotion that arose.
Matter,” an exhibit designed to provide                                                                                                                                        Teaching our staff about emotion
support to military families by sharing                                                                                                                                        coaching was great to help them model
strategies for dealing with emotions                                                                                                                                           ways to positively help children in
in a playful way, could be traveling to                                                                                                                                        emotional moments.”
Army garrisons soon.                                                                                                                                                               The kits produced by the museum
                                                                                                                                                                               for the exhibit have also been used by
counseling for the past two years and                                                                                                                                          children in other venues.
the ‘Emotions Matter’ exhibit at the                                                                                                                                               “We have found the strategies
Fort Lewis Grandstaff Library was                                                                                                                                              and activity kits we produced for this
an amazing outlet for his feelings and                                                                                                                                         exhibit to have endless opportunities,”
emotions,” Juli Demery said.                                                                                                                                                   Kray said. “We have worked with
    “The exhibit had all the means of                                                                                                                                          our local children’s hospital and the
expression that he had been working                                                                                                                                            activities we created for them were
on in his therapy. It was great to                                                                                                                                             often used by their life specialists in
have an outlet for him to express his
feelings and know that it’s OK to feel                                                                                                                                         them gauge children’s emotional state
the way he feels and to work through                                                                                                                                           and pain levels in a playful way.
his feelings in a safe environment other                                                                                                                                            “Play is a wonderful thing. It is
                                                                                                                                                                               the work of children. And what better
    “The library even had the same                                                                                                                                             way to help children build the skills to
books his counselor has. Everything                                                                                                                                            help them deal with some of life’s most
supported what his counselor has been                                                                                                                                          challenging moments,” Kray said.
doing, so the extra venue really helped                                                                                                                                            According to Gottman, emotional
my son make leaps and bounds in his                                                                                                                                            awareness and sensitivity – more
therapy,” Demery said.                                                                                                                                                         than IQ, help determine success and
    Created by the Children’s Museum                                                                                                                                           happiness in all facets of life, including
of Tacoma, the exhibit is based on                                                                                                                                             marriage and career.
Dr. John Gottman’s “5 Steps of                                                                                                                                                     “In my research, I discovered that
Emotion Coaching.” Gottman is                                                                                                                                                  love by itself wasn’t enough,” Gottman
Professor Emeritus at the University                                                                                                                                           said. “We found that concerned,
of Washington’s Department of                                                                                                                                                  warm and involved parents often had
Psychology.                                Andrea draws out her emotions on the Magna Doodle in the playhouse of the Emotions Matter exhibit.                                  attitudes toward their emotions and
    “His research is very powerful,”       The exhibit has been dismantled at Fort Lewis and is currently being stored at the Children’s Museum                                their children’s emotions that got in the
said Debbie Kray, education director       of Tacoma, awaiting its next trip to another garrison.                                                                              way of talking to their children when
at the museum.                                                                                                                                                                 the child was sad or afraid or angry.
    The Emotions Matter exhibit            to support children as they explore         they are feeling, and think through       Outreach Services) Administrator at           The secret to being an emotionally
provides opportunities for parents         appropriate emotional responses.            what they can do about it, it makes a     Fort Lewis. She knew how tough it had         intelligent parent lay in how parents
and children to learn independently                                                    difference.                               been for the children of parents who          interacted with their children when
or together through five activity          to help parents and children identify           Gottman’s research has shown          had been through many deployments.            emotions ran hot.”
stations based on Gottman’s five           emotions through play and through           that just by using emotion coaching           “I just thought that if the library had       Since it is only one exhibit, Kray,
steps, including Emotional Awareness,                                                  techniques 30 percent of the time,        the space and felt as strongly as we did      who was in charge of developing the
Connecting, Listening, Naming              said Georgia Cartner, youth services        children can be taught strategies to      about this that we should have Emotion        Emotions Matter exhibit, would also
Emotions and Finding Good Solutions.       specialist, Fort Lewis library system.                                                Matters here on Fort Lewis for all our        be open to talking about developing
    Emotional Awareness pairs a face          “Children can make faces in a               “In early education, that’s huge.      parents and families,” Johnson said.          versions that could be in multiple
to an emotion and helps emotion            mirror, listen to the sounds of emotions,   With self regulation, children gain the       Emotions are a natural part of daily      locations.
recognition in adults and children.        write about emotions using poetry,          ability to attend to other tasks and be   life but for children emotions can also           For more information and a pdf
Connecting matches facial expressions      read about emotions with the provided       school ready,” Kray said.                 be a time of frustration, giving them a       on the loan information, visit www.
to items and shows how a child             books, and draw about emotions with            The popular exhibit travelled          sense they don’t have control.      
connects emotions to events. Listening     the Magna Doodle. It’s an interactive       throughout Pierce County, Wash.,              “On the parent side, it gives us one
uses a sound board where adults learn      exhibit to be shared by families,           library branches before moving to                                                          Emotions Matter was created by
to listen with empathy and honor           caregivers, teachers and children.”         Fort Lewis’s library system, thanks to    situations,” Kray said. “None of us are       a grant from the Child Care Bureau,
children’s emotions. Naming Emotions          According to Kray, parents do not        a generous grant by the U.S. Army’s       100 percent ready to parent when our          U.S. Department of Health and Human
is a matching game that helps children     need, nor should they try, to emotion       Child, Youth and School Services          child comes along, and at emotional           Services and support from The Paul
identify and name emotions. Finding        coach all the time. But if they can just    (CYSS), through Sandy Johnson,            times we can often fall into what we          G. Allen Family Foundation, The
Good Solutions is a playhouse with         stop and listen to their children, help     CLEOS (Child, Youth & School              experienced in our childhood, which           Boeing Company and Talaris Research
                                           them build the skills to share how          Services Liaison, Education and           may or may not be the best example            Institute.

Deployments don’t get                                                                  Rules exist for on-post clubs
easier with experience                                                                               by JESS HOFBERGER                                                             The most important elements
                                                                                                                                                                                of a private organization’s renewal
                                                                                                                                                                                application include: a constitution
   Army Wife Network Public Affairs
            News Release
                                                                                           What civilians call a “club” or a “group” the Army calls
                                                                                       a “private organization,” and when the Army has a name                                   a moment to update your club’s
    LAWTON, Okla. — Army Wife                                                          for something, it also has an acronym — in this case “PO.”                               constitution?); a list of officers
Network frequently asks spouses in
its network if deployments get easier                                                  Associations, community clubs, Masons and chess clubs.                                telephone numbers); bank account
or harder over time. It’s not a trick                                                                                                                                        information; proof that the private
question but rather a pervasive myth                                                   because they offer opportunities for community interaction                            organization has adequate bonding
to those spouses who have not yet                                                                                                                                            and insurance; a calculation of the
experienced multiple deployments                                                       any private organization operating in the Grafenwoehr            Hofberger            percentage of members with Status
and neighbors who never will.              the mental health of the children           footprint, there are a few things you should look after in       of Forces Agreement status (must be greater than half); and
    A recently published study by          undergoing long deployments is              the new year.
Rand supports what Army Wife               directly related to the mental health                                                                        members, but not by the treasurer).
Network has found to be true from          of the caregiver. This is another facet     sustaining special interest groups set up by people acting         Getting insurance and bonding for private organizations
many families who have endured             found to be true among the wives and
long and frequent deployments,             families who Army Wife Network              This means the members of the private organization choose        this insurance requirement prevent your organization
deployments don’t get easier.              supports.                                                                                                    from properly registering. If you have been asked by your
    Interviewed on NPR’s “Tell                 What started out as a mental health        However, in exchange for the right to operate on base,        organization to obtain insurance and don’t know where to
Me More,” Starlett Henderson,              saver and therapy for Tara Crooks,          private organizations must follow a number of community          start, try asking members of other private organizations
                                           creator of Army Wife Talk Radio —           rules. These rules are designed to prevent extremist             for the names of insurance agents with whom they have
Rand’s study on longer parental            Army Wife Network’s beginnings, has         organizations incompatible with Army values from                 had good luck.
deployments and the effects it has on      proven to be relief and empowerment         gaining a toehold in our community, and also protect the
her children and herself as the parent     to hers and countless other military        government from any liability associated with the private        garrison on which they wish to operate. For example, the
at home.                                   families online.                                                                                             fact that an organization is authorized to operate on USAG
    “The repeated deployments                  Interviewer Michel Martin               years each private organization must apply to the garrison       Bamberg does not mean it is authorized to operate on
really contribute to something called      recommends a spa day in light of            commander for permission to operate on post.                     USAG Grafenwoehr, unless and until it receives a separate
compassion fatigue, maybe in our           that fact.                                     The dawn of the new year presents an excellent                approval from USAG Grafenwoehr.
neighbors, and then passion fatigue            “We do take those, yes. And it is       opportunity for private organizations to ensure they are in          Finally, it’s just common sense, but private organizations
in our own families,” said Henderson.      definitely recommended for other            compliance with the garrison’s private organization policy.      in the Grafenwoehr community will not unlawfully deny
“So, it’s just that we’re all getting      spouses,” Henderson said.                                                                                    membership to any person because of race, color, creed,
tired.”                                        To hear Star’s full interview,          upon as an opportunity to focus the membership on the            sex, age, disability or national origin.
    “Most people in their second or                                                    organization’s goals for the year.                                   Private organization recruitment practices must not
third (deployment) might be tempted        mp3/npr/tmm/2009/12/20091209_                  Although private organizations are required to renew          involve, nor give the appearance of involving, compulsion,
to say that, yes, they do get easier.      tmm_04.mp3?dl=1.                            their written requests to operate on base only every two         coercion, reprisal or influence. (In plain English, no
But, as we experience our fourth and         To c h e c k o u t A r m y Wi f e         years, certain information must be reported more often           discrimination, no hazing).
                                           Network’s online community, visit           and a yearly review of these requirements will keep this             Private organizations are an important addition to the
to manage the differences, you know,                    process from becoming burdensome.                                Grafenwoehr quality of life and with just a little annual
the older children, your own age and         To read Rand Scientist Anita                 Maria Riss at MWR can assist private organizations
your own fatigue.”                         Chandra’s study, visit        with preparing application packets and record keeping.           their organizations in good standing with the community.
   In the interview and study, author      news/press/2009/12/07/?ref=homepa
Anita Chandra makes the point that         ge&key=t_soldier_kisses_daughter.
4 Bavarian News                                                                                     News                                                                                              January 20, 2010

          by DENVER MAKLE
               JMTC Public Affairs
   With wage and tax statements available for
Soldiers and civilian employees online at www.
                                                                                                                                                                          by CHRISTOPHER HANIFIN and most banks and investment
companies mailing reports of interest, dividends
and capital gains, the 7th Army Joint Multinational                                                                                                                       In addition to numerous holiday celebrations,
Training Command’s Tax Center personnel are                                                                                                                           the 2009 tax year also came to a close in
gearing up to provide free tax preparation and                                                                                                                        December. Well, sort of. Congress has given
                                                                                                                                                                      taxpayers extra time to invest in their retirement
                                                                                                                                                                      funds; individuals have until April 15, 2010, to
Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels, Schweinfurt and Vilseck                                                                                                                       invest in an Individual Retirement Account, or
will be open for business, beginning Feb. 1, 2010.                                                                                                                    IRA. For once, time is on your side.
Information on locations and phone numbers                                                                                                                                Community members should start compiling
for each is available at                                                                                                                         their receipts and other tax information as the
Organization/Special_Personal_Staff/Staff_SJA/                                                                                                                        7th Joint Multinational Training Command Tax
  “Military I.D. cardholders, including Soldiers,                                                                                                                     their tax returns.
Department of Defense civilians and retirees, who                                                                                                                        Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs)
                                                                                                                                                                         IRAs are simply custodial accounts or trusts
services should have all their documents, such as
prior year tax return, W-2s, mortgage statements
and receipts ready when the meet with preparers.
                                                                                                                                                                      where money is placed into an account and it can
Judge Advocate. “Taxpayers with complicated                                                                                                                           trade-off is that all of these accounts have limits
returns should take extra time to ensure that their                                                                                                                   as to when the account owner can withdrawal
documents are in order.”                                                                                                                                              the deposited funds. IRAs are generally exempt
    A tax return is complicated when it includes
capital gains, rental real estate income or loss,                                                                                                                     time and are usually sponsored by banks, credit
foreign earned income or foreign taxes paid, or                                                               because deductions only reduce the amount of            unions, savings and loans, mutual funds, insurance
multiple state income tax returns, said Huestis.
                                                            For a list of 2009 tax credits,                   income subject to tax (for example at a 20 percent
    Last tax season, tax centers throughout the                      see page 24.                             tax rate), while credits are applied to your tax bill      IRAs typically come in two forms: a “Traditional
                                                                                                              at the very end when one dollar actually equals         IRA” and a “Roth IRA.” A Traditional IRA was
                                                      reminders about rules that commonly trip up             one dollar.”                                            created as a basic personal savings plan account
fees, and generating more than $22.4 million in       taxpayers every year.                                       Editor’s Note: Tracy Cooklin, JMTC tax center       that gives individuals tax advantages for setting
direct deposit refunds.                                   “This year, taxpayers have the opportunity to       coordinator, and Brad Huestis, chief of Client          aside money for retirement. Generally, amounts in
    Huestis outlined some important tax law           take advantage of new tax credits,” he said. “Credits                                                           Traditional IRA (including earnings and gains) are
changes that take effect this year, with a few        are far more valuable to taxpayers than deductions,     Judge Advocate, contributed reporting.                  not taxed until distributed (withdrawn).
                                                                                                                                                                         Contributions made to a Traditional IRA may
                                                                                                                                                                      be fully or partially deductible, depending on the
   Ansbach/Katterbach                                                             scheduled appointments
      Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., walk-in       DSN 466-2836, 467-2324; CIV                Grafenwoehr Training Area,              Hours: M-F: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.,
   and scheduled appointments             09802-83-2324                                                                                                               to make the contribution.
                                                                                  9258, CIV 09641-83-9258                 Center); DSN 353-8286, CIV                      However, the best provision of a Traditional
   (Law Center); DSN 467-2324; CIV                                                                                        09721-96-8286                               IRA - the tax-deductibility of contributions -
                                             Hours: M - F: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.,
   09802-83-2324                                                                                                                                                      has strict eligibility requirements. Transactions
                                          walk-in and scheduled appointments          Hours: M/W/F: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.,       Vilseck
                                                                                                                                                                      in the account, like interest and capital gains,
   Ansbach/Illesheim                         Sat: 9-11 a.m., appointments         walk-in and scheduled appointments         Hours: M/W/F: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.,
                                                                                                                                                                      are not subject to tax while in the account;
      Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., walk-in       only (only in February)                     T/Th: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., walk-in       walk-in and scheduled appointments
                                                                                                                                                                      upon withdrawal from the account, the money
   and scheduled appointments                                                     and scheduled appointments                 T/Th: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., walk-in and
                                                                                                                                                                      withdrawn is subject to taxation.
                                          (Law Center), 4th Floor; DSN 469-           1st Saturday of each month,         scheduled appointments
                                                                                                                                                                          Like Traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs are also
   (Law Center); DSN 467-4511, CIV        8261/2, CIV 09513-00-8262               9 a.m.-noon, appointment only                                                       personal savings accounts that give individuals
   09841-83-4511                                                                                                          Center), 1st Floor; DSN 476-2714,
                                                                                                                                                                      tax advantages for setting aside money for
   Garmisch                                  Hours: T/W/Th/F: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.,      313 (Law Center); DSN 466-2836,         CIV 09662-83-2714
                                                                                                                                                                      retirement. However, unlike a Traditional IRA,
                                          walk-in and scheduled appointments      CIV 09472-83-2836                                                                   Roth IRA contributions are never tax-deductible,
   Hohenfels Tax Center                      M: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., walk-in and
                                                                                                                                                                      Roth IRA, individuals don’t get a tax break when

VAT rules help buyers avoid headaches                                                                                                                                 they deposit funds, but do get a tax break when
                                                                                                                                                                      they take funds out, if done properly. Roth IRAs
                                                                                                                                                                      are something everyone should consider.
                                                                                                                                                                          Traditional IRAs
      IMCOM-Europe Region Public Affairs                                                                                                Understanding
              News Release                                                                                                                                                An individual can deposit $5,000 (up to $6,000
                                                                                                                                        and observing the             for those over 50) into a retirement account
                                                                                                                                        rules for Value               today. However, that person may or may not get
a value added tax relief form to buy a house or                                                                                         Added Tax can help            a tax deduction on the amount that is deposited,
maybe to buy your host nation landlord a nice                                                                                           U.S. citizens living          depending on his or her income level. When the
gift. Wrong. VAT relief doesn’t do that.                                                                                                overseas save                 individual takes out the money at retirement, he
    There are rules and regulations that govern                                                                                         money and avoid               or she will pay income taxes on that money at his
how VAT relief can be used, and according                                                                                                                             or her current taxable rate (generally that rate will
to Rafael Wunsch, program manager and                                                                                                   penalties. Common
business consultant for Installation Management                                                                                         mistakes include              who need to take out money before they reach
Command-Europe Region, individuals need to be                                                                                           using the forms to            age 59.5 will likely pay a 10 percent penalty in
aware of how to use VAT forms to avoid negative                                                                                         pay for utilities or          addition to income taxes.
repercussions.                                                                                                                          telecommunication                Roth IRAs
    Wunsch explained that before a person                                                                                                                                The beauty of a Roth IRA is that an individual
                                                                                                                                        expenses, like
attempts to use a VAT relief form, it is important
the individual understands that tax relief                                                                                              phones and                    a Roth IRA, individuals pay income taxes on
from host nation value added tax for personal                                                                                           Internet.                     the money at their current rate before they make
                                                                                                                                                                      the deposit, but don’t have to pay taxes upon
members stationed in Europe — it’s a privilege                                                                                                                        withdrawal. So, if there is any appreciation or
granted by the host nation.                                                                                                                                           growth in the account, the individual doesn’t pay
    “VAT relief is intended to provide individual                                                                                                                     taxes on that amount.
tax relief for personal purchases for authorized         He explained that, generally, items should be        for follow-up.”
personnel. It is not intended to help you purchase    for individual use or for authorized personnel.            There are some administrative requirements
real estate or help you avoid paying taxes on gifts                                                           for VAT form users. Individuals must turn in            IRA, for a Roth IRA, a person doesn’t have to
for nonauthorized personnel,” said Wunsch. “It’s      Europe Regulation 215-6. Individuals may also                                                                   withdraw the money at 70 - or ever. The money
important we use the tax forms as intended to                                                                 in a reasonable time after the purchase, said           can be given to a person’s heirs.
avoid repercussions caused by misuse, such as         from program management.                                Wunsch. Also, individuals must turn in all VAT
loss of individual privileges.”                          According to Wunsch, the most common                 forms — used and unused — upon departure                for early withdrawals, individuals can withdraw
    For that reason, he said, it is important to      issues individuals encounter include conducting         from Germany.                                           contributions from a Roth at any time with no
know and to follow tax relief rules. Tax relief       unauthorized repairs and using forms for utilities.        “Keep in mind that shoppers can use German           taxes or penalties. For those over 59.5 years
forms are not discount coupons, but they are                                                                  VAT forms only with companies that report               old who otherwise meet the requirements for a
important host nation tax documents, similar to                                                               earnings in Germany,” said Wunsch, who added
                                                      prior to the purchase to ensure you use your VAT        that vendors are not required to accept VAT                Considering an IRA – particularly a Roth IRA -
   Not following the rules will eventually have       form correctly, said Wunsch, because forms are          forms.                                                  should make a person’s retirement situation easier.
consequences, noted Wunsch.                           tracked and purchases are monitored.                       “Ask the vendor before making a purchase or             For example, if a person deposited $2,500
   In addition to loss of tax relief privileges,          “Keep in mind that host nation rules require        placing the order if VAT forms are accepted,” he        a year (half the allowed amount for someone
Wunsch explained that host nation fiscal              us to manage all VAT forms within a central                                                                     under 50 years of age) for 20 years into a Roth
                                                      database. This database is designed to identify         authorities deny a tax relief transaction, you are      IRA and we assume an 8 percent rate of return
for tax evasion. Also, individuals could be                                                                   responsible to pay the taxes (can be a few years        (compounded annually) for growth, that person
                                                      transactions for closer scrutiny,” said Wunsch.         after the transaction). That will for example occur     would have deposited $50,000 in principal and
   “General tax relief rules are fairly easy to                                                               if the receipt/purchase date falls outside the ‘valid   would have a total value of $123,557.30 at the
understand and to follow,” said Wunsch. “A            forces customs personnel screen and spot-                                                                       end of the 20-year period.
couple key guidelines include not buying things       check transactions to monitor for abuse of              VAT form.”Wunsch said that tax-relief handouts
for ineligible persons and not buying things for      the system. Suspected violations are reported           with more information in English and German             of the Vilseck Legal Assistance Division, JMTC
business purposes or resale.”                         to the appropriate law enforcement agency
 6     Bavarian News
                                                                                                  News                                                                                         January 20, 2010

Soldiers build bonds in Bogen                                                                                                                                            Spotlight
        Story and photo by
         2SCR Public Affairs
   BOGEN, Germany – More than
325 troopers from FIRES Squadron
of the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment


Armored Engineer Battalion.
                     Armored Engineer

the patron saint of artillerymen.

our nations and our companionship

   “My Soldiers of Engineer                                                                                                                                       Name: Connie Prautzsch

                                                                                                                                                                  What grade and subject do
                                                                                                                                                                  you teach? Pre-kindergarten through
                                                                                                                                                                  6th grade Math.
                                           Lt. Col. Steven Bergosh, FIRES Squadron and 2SCR commander, presents a traditional
U.S. and German forces.                    Cavalry stetson to Lt. Col. Klaus Raab, commander of Panzer Engineer Battalion 4, during                               Hometown: Hill City, S.D.
                                           a partnership ceremony in Bogen, Germany.
from each other, and avoiding lessons
                                                                                                                                         Dragoon                  How long have you been a
important goals worth working              to learn, and see, and act on the world                                                       Soldiers carry           teacher? 46 years.
                                                                                                                                         the U.S. and
   “All of us should recollect our                  Following their remarks
common values and history, and look                                                                                                                               What do you enjoy most about
forward to our common future and                                                                                                         alongside
                                           presented Bergosh with a crystal                                                              their German             teaching? I enjoy working with the
                                           statue to commemorate the occasion.                                                           brothers-in-             students who take responsibility for their
                                           As is the cavalry tradition, Bergosh                                                          arms during
                                                                                                                                         the partnership
                                           spurs.                                                                                        ceremony
                                              After the ceremony, troopers                                                                                        What advice can you give
   Lt. Col. Steven Bergosh, the            forged friendships with their German                                                          between FIRES
FIRES Squadron commander, spoke                                                                                                          Squadron and             students to help them succeed?
of the tremendous opportunities this           th
                                              Battalion Christmas market. Both                                                           the Panzer               Become interested in whatever you
                                           German and U.S. Soldiers ate, talked,                                                         4th Armored              are studying. Go beyond memorizing
parties involved.                          laughed and sang Christmas carols                                                             Engineer
                                           together while sharing some warm                                                                                       information to understand it.
                                           Bavarian delicacies.

                by Spc. JERRY WILSON                                   those two days, each team completed a land navigation event to
                         2SCR Public Affairs
                                                                           The central focus of the competition was a timed, 20 kilometer
   Fire Support Teams from the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment            ruck march. Participants stopped at several stations along the route
recently competed for the title of Best Fister. The Best Fist          to include a medical evacuation lane. Teams were also required to          “Many of the skills in the competition mirror or parallel those
competition was held Dec. 7 and 8 at the Grafenwohr Training Area.     call in artillery support from multiple locations to achieve certain
   The competition was open to Soldiers serving in a company
   “It tests the skills of a standard Fire Support Team, their            Something new added to the competition was a walk and shoot             In the end, the title of Best Fist Team went to 3rd Squadron.
                                                                       lane. During the march Soldiers were given on chance to qualify                                         Lt. Lazarius Davidson, Staff Sgt.
2 Richard Emmendorfer, the event coordinator.
                                                                          Emmendorfer said that a typical Fist competition would include       Benson, Spc. Chris McCloud and Pfc. Steve Dupont.

         by Retired Sgt. Maj. DAVE STEWART                                                                                                    depending on the age of the card.
                         Garrison Retiree Council

                                                                                                                                                 International Deposits of Annuities
   surround retirees living in Germany as ordinary residents and

                                                                        will have most of the statements they require for the SJA to
   Taxes                                                                assist one with in preparation.
                                                                        AFN Services
                                                                           AFN Bavaria recently placed its news and information               are recorded in the U.S. style to limit confusion that can delay
                                                                        service on its AFN AM signal. Since most retirees lived out           the international deposit of your annuities. I will have more
                                                                        of the FM reception zone, this was good news. This means              on this in a future column.
   however, and a professional familiar with the completion of                                                                                Berlin APO Privileges Revoked
                                                                        the latest garrison and national, international news to retirees.        The retirees in Berlin recently had their APO privileges
   the same income or an uninvited audit. Also, interest earned on      Customs Cards                                                         revoked as the result of a U.S. State Department decision.

      The Garrison Staff Judge Advocate can assist retirees and

                                                                           The new cards require a monthly visit to the local customs         pick up mail. This decision was very important for receiving
                                                                                                                                              Tricare medications.
                                                                        DECA checkout clerks will honor whatever statement is shown              Editor’s Note: Retired Sgt. Maj. Dave Stewart is the
                                                                                                            two months of validity            president of the Garrison Retiree Council.
8      Bavarian News
                                                                                    News                                                                           January 20, 2010

Visible valuables make cars easy prey

                                         German police also recommend

    Kelley also recommends

                                     your possession.
                                                                                                                                                                     Courtesy photo
                                                                         Items visible in a vehicle make an easy target for theft, such as valuables and tourist-identifying maps.
Kelley added.
                                                                                                                Additional security tips are     National Crime Prevention Council

Common sense a practical
weapon for thwarting thieves
                                                                                                                     Joint Multinational Training

                                                                                                                     Judge Advocate.

                by ROBERT SZOSTEK

                                                                                                                                                     pleas were provident.


Home security

to know.
                                                                                                                                                     marijuana. Milton was sentenced
                                                                                                    Courtesy photo
                                                           Citizens should guard against theft year-round.

Laptop stolen with personal information
           FMWR Public Affairs
             Press Release

    A laptop computer containing names

                                         and is currently reviewing policies
value electronics and jewelry were

10      Bavarian News
                                                                                           Hohenfels                                                                                      January 20, 2010

M/S tires permitted, but not ticket-proof
              Story and photos by                   M/S tires on military police vehicles. Most or below, even on dry road surfaces. On snow/               legal requirement to equip the vehicle with
           KRISTIN BRADLEY                          lightweight TMP vehicles also have all-season ice-covered roads the winter tires outclass
          USAG Hohenfels Public Affairs
                                                    M/S tires, according to George Braun, TMP regular tires by far,” said the letter signed                 ranging from 20 to 60 euros, and insurance
                                                    transportation supervisor.                      by Peter Gotteswinter, chief of the Police              companies may impose their own penalties if
   As snow continues to fall with no                    To make matters even more confusing, Inspectorate in Parsberg.                                      improper tires were found to be the cause of

                                                    there are some American                                                  “ H o w e v e r, t h e l a w   the accident.
hazardous road conditions remain and drivers        tires that say “All Season”                                           does not dictate the use              The bottom line is: while all season M/S
are charged with making sure their vehicles         but do not have the M/S                                               of winter tires,” said            tires are considered acceptable by both Army
are equipped for the weather, especially with       designation. These are             All-season (with                   the letter. “The German           and German regulations, if you are in an
suitable winter tires.                              considered unacceptable                                               Road Traffic Ordinance            accident off-post and you have all season
    However, with two sets of guidelines to         for winter driving by             M/S) tires are                      says: ‘The equipment of           M/S tires, the other driver has snow tires and
sort through, deciding between winter and           both Army regulation and                                              a motor vehicle has to be         it seems road conditions were the prevailing
all-season tires may seem confusing to some.        German law, said Keith           allowed, but the                     adjusted to the weather/          factor in the accident, you might get a ticket,
    When making that decision, drivers have         Dreibelbis, Car Care                                                  road conditions. This in          said Zink.
two things to consider: Army regulations and        Center manager.                  safest option is                     particular includes proper            Thomas Niebler, on-post POV inspector,
German law, though neither one mandates one             Though all-season M/S                                                                               agreed that winter tires are the ideal option.
type of tire over the other.                        tires are permitted, winter       summer (tires)                      windshield wipers.’”                  “All-season (with M/S) tires are allowed,
    According to AER 190-1, the U.S. Army           tires still out perform                                                  Though neither Army            but the safest option is summer (tires) for
                                                                                     for summer and
Europe document detailing requirements for
personally owned vehicles, “in high-snow
areas, vehicles must have snow tires mounted.
In areas not regarded as ‘snow prone,’ the
use of all-season tires with an M/S label or a
                                                    all-season M/S tires in
                                                    especially cold, snowy or
                                                    icy conditions, according
                                                    to the Police Inspectorate
                                                    in Parsberg.
                                                                                    winter for winter.             ‘      regulation nor German
                                                                                                                          law mandate the use of
                                                                                                                          winter tires, users of all-
                                                                                  All-seasons are not season M/Simmune from
                                                                                                                                          tires are not
                                                                                                                                                            summer and winter for winter. All-seasons
                                                                                                                                                            are not really either,” said Niebler, adding that
                                                                                                                                                            drivers of SUVs should especially consider
                                                                                                                                                            winter tires because the heavier the vehicle,
                                                                                                                                                            the more traction it needs.
                                                        A letter addressed to           really either.                    receiving a ticket for not            “A lot of people with four-wheel drive
should check with an authorized tire dealer for     the Hohenfels Provost                                                 using them, said Maj.             think they don’t need winter tires, but they
any unique restrictions in their area. Winter       Marshal’s Office from                                                 Michael Zink, garrison
tires should have a tread depth of at least three   the Police Inspectorate in            Thomas Niebler                  provost marshal.                  If the temperature is lower than seven degrees
millimeters.”                                       Parsberg reminded drivers       USAG Hohenfels vehicle inspector         The letter from the            (Celsius, 44 degrees Fahrenheit) the tire gets
                                                    of the need for proper                                                Parsberg police goes on to        hard and starts losing grip,” said Niebler.
Hohenfels area from October until at least the      tires in inclement weather and pointed out the say that when wintry road conditions prevail, if             Niebler also said winter drivers should
end of March, all-season M/S (mud and snow)         advantages of winter tires.                     improper tires (i.e. summer tires or worn winter
tires are still considered acceptable, according        “Modern winter tires already guarantee a                                                            aid kit and warning triangles in their car, as
to the U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels Provost                                                                                                                 well as snow chains and a warning vest if
Marshal’s Office, which uses all-season             seven degree Celsius (44 degrees Fahrenheit)        skidding and loss of traction, a violation of the   driving in Austria.
                                                This winter                                                    This all-season                                                             This summer
                                                tire, marked                                                   tire is considered                                                          tire has less
                                                with a                                                         acceptable for winter                                                       tread and
                                                                                                               driving because it has                                                      harder rubber
                                                has treads                                                     an M/S designation                                                          than an all
                                                and a rubber                                                   on the side, but                                                            season M/S
                                                mix that                                                       winter tires have                                                           or winter
                                                help it grip                                                   better treads, better                                                       tire. Summer
                                                cold roads                                                     rubber and are still                                                        tires are
                                                better than                                                    superior on cold,                                                           considered
                                                all-season                                                     snowy roads. While                                                          unacceptable
                                                or summer                                                      all season M/S tires                                                        for winter
                                                tires.                                                         are allowed, they still                                                     driving by
                                                                                                               might not protect a                                                         both Army
                                                                                                               driver from getting a                                                       regulations
                                                                                                               ticket for not having                                                       and German
                                                                                                               “proper winter tires.”                                                      law.
                                                                                                               All season tires
                                                                                                               without an M/S or a

                                                                                                               acceptable for winter

Conference with a record for results to return in February
   by KRISTIN BRADLEY                        Now through Feb. 12 ACS will          commander.                               Kurt Rager, ACS outreach coordinator
     USAG Hohenfels Public Affairs        be accepting AFAP issue forms                If a solution is outside the scope   and this year’s AFAP coordinator.         many, said Rager, and successes range
                                          that allow community members to          of the garrison, Hohenfels can submit       Rager said some of the most            from small issues to large ones.
   Community members at U.S.              identify a problem or concern, state     issues for the IMCOM-Europe AFAP         notable include the planned drive-           “It can be small, little things,
Army Garrison Hohenfels will soon         why it is a problem, and offer two       conference. Issues from the IMCOM        through ATM in front of Building 9        policy changes, or something big,”
have their yearly chance to tell Army                                              level may also be submitted for          and new lighting along the stretch        said Rager.
leadership their suggestions for             During the conference, volunteer      discussion at the Department of the      of Gen. Patton Road near the high            According to Army One
quality of life improvements when         delegates will discuss every one of      Army conference.                         school.                                   Source, Family Readiness Groups
Army Community Service hosts              those issues and consult with subject        This process, established by the        According to AFAP documentation,       as a unit requirement, Family
Hohenfels’ Army Family Action Plan                                                 Army in 1983, has effected visible                                                 Readiness Support Assistants, Better
conference, Feb. 17-19.                                                            changes at Hohenfels, according to       the 2008 conference was the need          Opportunities for Single Soldiers and
                                                                                                                            for a drive-through ATM. That same        even the Post-9/11 GI Bill resulted
A delegate presents her                                                                                                     year, another issue suggested that        from AFAP issues.
working group’s issue                                                                                                       Military Clothing Sales be moved             “If you have a problem, this is one
recommendations to                                                                                                          from Albertshof to main post.
Army Family Action                                                                                                             Now Building 9 is under renovation     think of it as quality of life. As you
Plan conference                                                                                                             and when complete Clothing Sales          think of things that would improve
                                                                                                                            and other services including dry          the quality of life for you and others,
attendees. From a
                                                                                                                                                                      this is a place where you can go and
drive-through ATM                                                                                                           more will relocate there to centralize    you will be listened to.”
at Hohenfels to the                                                                                                         most post services along one stretch         To submit an issue, community
P o s t - 9 / 11 G I B i l l ,                                                                                              of Gen. Patton Road. A drive-through      members can download a form
issues submitted by                                                                                                         ATM is under construction at the          from the garrison Web site at www.
community members                                                                                                           same location.                   or pick up a paper
                                                                                                                               Also in 2008, an issue was             copy at ACS, Building 10. According
through AFAP have                                                                                                           submitted raising concern about the
resulted in concrete                                                                                                        safety of students who walk from          should be available soon at locations
improvements at all                                                                                                         the Hohenfels Middle/High School          throughout post.
  levels of the military.                                                                                                   toward the PX after school. Because          Rager said volunteers are still
                                                                                                                            darkness falls early in the day during    needed to serve as delegates,
  Photo by Garry Barrows                                                                                                    most of the school year, the issue        facilitators, recorders, transcribers
                                                                                                                            suggested safety could be increased       and conference support staff. The
                                                                                                                            by installing lighting along that strip   AFAP Conference begins at 8 a.m.
                                                                                                                            of Gen. Patton Road. The AFAP             each morning; lunch and child care
                                                                                                                            working group assigned to the issue       are provided. Those interested in
                                                                                                                            agreed and recommended that lights        volunteering may call Kurt Rager at
                                                                                                                            be added. The lighting has now been       DSN 466-3403, CIV 09472-83-3403
                                                                                                                            installed.                                or e-mail

                                 For the latest in community news, visit
January 20, 2010
                                                                                                     Hohenfels                                                                                        Bavarian News      11

Community talks with garrison leaders
         Story and photo by                                                                                                                                                         bring that. If you’re having problems,
     KRISTIN BRADLEY                                                                                                                           For a full list of                   let Rebecca know and she’ll contact me
                                                                                                                                                                                    directly,” said Smith.
     USAG Hohenfels Public Affairs                                                                                                       questions and answers                          Though some questions were
  Community members asked                                                                                                                from the garrison town                     answered with relatively easy and
questions of U.S. Army Garrison                                                                                                                                                     simple responses, not all issues were
                                                                                                                                          hall meeting, visit the                   solved as quickly.
quarterly town hall meeting, Jan. 6, on                                                                                                    garrison Web site at                         Responding to a question about
topics ranging from what constitutes a                                                                                                                                              how often road conditions are updated,
“no show” at the health clinic, to road                                                                                                      www.hohenfels.                         Lt. Col. Kevin Quarles, garrison
conditions, single Soldier barracks and                                                                                                                          commander, said that each morning
more.                                                                                                                                                                               military police visit the five known
                                                                                                                                                                                    worst spots in the area surrounding
had one minute to speak during which                                                                                                   currently being constructed in front of      post to assess the roads using a detailed
they briefed community members on                                                                                                      the building.                                checklist. If, according to the parameters
upcoming events and other pertinent                                                                                                        After the briefings the emphasis         of the checklist, conditions at any of
information.                                                                                                                           shifted to the open forum portion of         the five spots are considered red or
   Maj. Michael Zink, provost marshal,                                                                                                 the meeting when the audience was            black, Quarles is alerted to determine
                                                                                                                                       invited to ask questions of the garrison     if the situation warrants a work delay
Hohenfels in 2009, nearly twice the rate                                                                                               commander or any other member of the         or closure of post. In conjunction with
of other like-sized garrisons.                                                                                                         garrison staff.                              schools, that determination must be
    Of those accidents, 16 were caused                                                                                                     One community member asked
                                                                                                                                       Cooper what is considered a “no              buses and parents, he said.
or otherwise impaired. John Cavanaugh,                                                                                                 show” for an appointment: the actual            Quarles said though there have been
director of plans, training, mobilization                                                                                              appointment time, or 15 minutes prior        some issues with the system recently,
and security, said the emergency taxi                                                                                                  when patients are instructed to arrive.      he considers road safety a top priority
ride home service continues to provide                                                                                                     Cooper said a patient is considered      and promised to identify and repair any
                                                                                                                                       a no show if they are not present by the
themselves without money or a ride                                                                                                     actual appointment time, though primary         After the discussion about road
home.                                                                                                                                  care managers may take patients who          conditions, Einwaechter addressed
    “This is a no brainer. There should                                                                                                arrive a few minutes late if time permits.   another issue that affects a large segment
not be any DUIs on an installation with                                                                                                    Rebecca Spencer, Hohenfels PX            of the community: single Soldier
a program like this,” said Cavanaugh.                                                                                                  manager, in response to a question about     barracks.
    In another transportation-related                                                                                                  Bookmark inventory, said inventory              “Obviously in terms of barracks
issue, Ed Jones, director of logistics,                                                                                                will remain roughly the same after the
said the on-post shuttle bus is currently                                                                                              Bookmark relocates from the PX to            we’ve got relatively good, relatively
utilized by only 27 percent of possible                                                                                                Building 9. Moving the books out of          bad and relatively ugly facilities,”
riders. His goal, he said, is to increase                                                                                                                                           said Einwaechter. He also spoke
that number to 50 percent.                    Sgt. 1st Class Krista Brooks asks the command team a question                            additional PX inventory, Spencer said.       about specific buildings on post,
    “It’s a great service and one we                                                                                                       Marla Smith, AAFES Grafenwoehr           acknowledging that many need serious
want to provide. Ridership drives                                                                                                      general manager, said customers are          improvement. He said Building 386,
effectiveness. If we have the ridership                                                                                                always welcome to use the AAFES              which has been completely renovated
we can do it, but we cannot afford to                                                                                                  shuttle service to have items sent to
have the bus run back and forth empty,”                                                                                                Hohenfels from other AAFES locations,        cutting ceremony Jan. 22, is an example
said Jones.                                   them 3 percent of the time.                       A short walk from the clinic,          usually Grafenwoehr. When another            of what DPW would like to do for many
    Lt. Col. Derek Cooper, U.S. Army             “That’s a lot of money to be had if I      community members will soon see big        community member expressed concern           barracks on post, but it lacks the funds
Health Clinic Hohenfels commander,                                                          changes at Building 9, next to the PX.     that AAFES employees in Grafenwoehr          to do so.
also called for community action,             Cooper.                                           Jim Einwaechter, Department of         are not aware of the program, Smith said         “We don’t have the resources to keep
urging patients to register on www.               The clinic also receives funding based    Public Works director, said construction   any customers having trouble using the       up with the rate at which buildings are so they can make            on the number of patients who are up-         work on the building is almost complete    service should contact Spencer directly.     failing,” said Einwaechter. “We need to
appointments through the Web site,            to-date with their wellness screenings,       and soon AAFES will be able to relocate        “We have somebody (from                  replace them, and we need to replace
                                              another area where Cooper said he needs       the PXtra, Military Clothing Sales         Grafenwoehr) coming to Hohenfels             them badly with modern, Army-standard
overloaded phone system.                      patients’ help. Wellness nurses contact       Store, car rental, dry cleaning, and the   every week. If there’s something in the      1+1 facilities … I wish I could be more
   Cooper also said the clinic receives       patients due for a screening, though          Bookmark (currently inside the PX)         PX that your PX doesn’t carry, that’s        encouraging about getting brand new
$100 for every completed patient survey,      ultimately it is up to the patient to come    to that one location. A drive-through      different from a furniture delivery          facilities, but it is going to take some
though typically patients only return         in for the appointment.                       ATM from Service Credit Union is also      (furniture is delivered for a fee), we can   time.”

Dental town hall tackles
         USAG Hohenfels Public Affairs                Europe are greater than in the United States.
                                                          For example, Tricare pays about 60 percent
    Col. Theresa Gonzales, Bavaria Dental             of the cost for a root canal in the United States
Command, held a dental town hall meeting at           but usually pays 100 percent of the cost in
U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels during which she         Germany, Corman said, citing many more
spoke about the Army dental corps mission and
how it affects both Soldiers and family members          “The important thing to know is that the
stationed in Germany.                                 government values you as family members,
    Dr. David Corman, assistant director of the
Tricare Dental Program, Europe, also spoke            said Corman.
Tricare provides for family members living            must be enrolled in the dental program through
overseas.                                             their sponsor, though if they were enrolled in
    Gonzales began by explaining that because         the U.S. they do not need to re-enroll overseas.
the dental corps’ primary mission is to treat 100         Corman also said that there are six preferred
percent of Soldiers, family members are only          providers in the Hohenfels area. Preferred
seen on a space-available basis.                      providers, he said, have promised to help family
    “We must maintain the wellness of our force       members with their Tricare claim so they do not
while they are in garrison so they will not have      have to pay at the time of service.
to be treated while deployed,” said Gonzales.             “You might then ask, why do we provide
She said having to treat Soldiers downrange not       care for family members at all?” said Gonzales,
only affects unit readiness, but also could put the   switching topics to discuss the 30 percent of
Soldier in unnecessary danger while deployed.         appointments that are given to family members
    “Whenever we make a decision to put a             in Europe.
troop in a convoy for dental care in Balad, or            As troops move in and out of garrison,
wherever we are, we make huge a decision to           there are often times when resources not being
increase the risk to that troop. So we try not to     used for Soldiers can be offered to family                                                                                                Photo by Christina Wilson
do that,” said Gonzales. “We use the resources        members, she said. Of those appointments,
we have here and try very hard not to deploy
anyone with a need for dental care.” In addition,
a high operations tempo means Soldiers may
                                                      most of them are for pediatric and orthodontic
                                                      care for adolescents and children, because in
                                                      rural Germany, just as in rural America, those
                                                                                                            Instrumental accompaniment
not be in garrison for very long, so they need to     specialties tend to be less accessible than others,
have priority over family members.                    said Gonzales.
    In Germany, just as in the United States,             Because it is crucial that Soldiers are taken
family members are therefore referred to dentists     care of and because ever-fluctuating troop
off post.                                             movements mean the availability of family
    Corman said family members receive
excellent dental care in Germany, both because        critical that family members maintain “absolute
German dentists have very high standards
(according to Gonzales, Germany is one of the            “We’re interested in responsible stewardship
few countries whose dental training program is        of the resources we have for dentistry,” said
longer than in the United States), and because        Gonzales.                                             Dec. 17.
12      Bavarian News
                                                                                         Community Spotlight                                                                                               January 20, 2010

                                             What’s Happening
                                                The prize is valid for one standard       Ingolstadt Village shopping                       For more information or if you would     curious about the club to attend. If you
   Grafenwoehr/                              consecutive stay. It is not valid during
                                                                                            The Ingolstadt Village outlet has
                                                                                          more than 100 stores including Calvin
                                                                                                                                        like an issue form sent to you call Kurt
                                                                                                                                        Rager at DSN 466-4860.
                                                                                                                                                                                     need directions call Kurt Rager at DSN
                                             federal holiday weekends and must be                                                                                                        Feb. 3: Monthly bowling night at
   Vilseck Briefs                            used before May 31, 2011.
                                                 There is no cash value associated
                                                                                             Bus will depart from Hohenfels             Sweetheart’s Night Out                       Lane 17 from 7-9 p.m. All are welcome.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Feb. 14: The club will attend and
                                                                                          Outdoor Recreation at 8 a.m., Jan. 30,            Start planning a date night for
Community Huddle                             with this prize and cannot be redeemed       and will return at 9:30 p.m. Cost is $40      your Valentine. Take advantage of the        participate in Velburg’s Fasching parade.
    The Community Huddle, Jan. 28, is        for cash. Prize package is nontransfer-                                                    extended care offered by CYS from 6-11       Meeting time will be at 2 p.m. More
a new monthly meeting for all commu-         able and cannot be used in conjunction                                                                                                  information will be provided.
                                                                                          50 people.                                    p.m., Feb. 13.
nity members that combines previous          with any other offer. Black-out dates                                                          The cost is $20 for CDC children
                                                                                             For more, call DSN 466-2060.
meetings (town hall, Senior Spouses
Roundtable). Hosted by Col. Chris So-
renson, USAG Grafenwoehr commander,
                                                 It will only take a few minutes to       Ski trip to Reit im Winkl
                                                                                                                                        and $15 for SAS age children. Register
                                                                                                                                        at CLEOS, located in Bldg. 10. AFC
                                             complete and will run until Feb. 15.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tower View       Winter weather watch
                                                                                              A one-day trip offering alpine and
                                                                                          cross country skiing, hiking and more.
                                                                                          Bus will depart from Hohenfels Outdoor
                                                                                                                                        2078.                                                  Briefs
Restaurant, Main Post, Bldg. 209.                Stay informed on winter road condi-      Recreation at 5:30 a.m., Jan. 30, and will
                                             tions. MPs will monitor road conditions      return at 8:30 p.m.                               The Eclectic Book Club, for men              Come see one of the most popular
out the latest info on programs, events,     and the command will make winter                                                                                                        operas of all time at the famous Munich
construction updates, and other impor-                                                        Cost is $25 for adults and $20 for        and women ages 18 and older, meets on
                                             safety decisions.                            children 12 and under. Discounts offered      the last Monday of each month from 5-6       Opera House.
tant issues.                                                                                                                                                                             Ticket prices range from €9-100 and
                                                 We will keep the community in-                                                         p.m. This month’s meeting will be Jan.
    Garrison directors and subject mat-                                                                                                                                              are always available before the show.
                                             formed through AFN radio (98.5 FM or         with season rentals.                          25. The December/January book is Anna
ter experts will brief topics and answer                                                                                                                                                 The FMWR bus cost is $12, a great
                                             1107 AM), the crawler on the command                                                       Karenina by Tolstoy. For more, call DSN
questions. Mark your calendars and join                                                                                                                                              deal for opera goers or those just wanting
us -- you can make a difference in your      information channel, and our automated       customers.                                    466-1740.
                                             weather hot line available at DSN 475-          For more information call DSN 466-                                                      to spend the evening in Munich.
                                             7623 or CIV 09641-83-7623.                   2060.                                         Furry friends tea party
Single women’s event                                                                                                                       A tea party and story-time for chil-
                                             Celebrating diversity                                                                      dren of all ages will be held Jan. 27 from       If you thought, the “Water Works”
    Sunday, Jan. 31, the single women            Know someone in the JMTC com-                                                                                                       is only a semidesirable property in Mo-
will enjoy the arts by attending the                                                          The Hohenfels community is invited        3-4:30 p.m. at the Turnbull Memorial
                                             munity whose diverse talents and experi-     to enjoy themselves in a game of Bunco,       Library. For more, call DSN 466-1740.        nopoly you might be wondering how it
Romeo & Juliet Ballet, performed at the      ences make this a great place to live,                                                                                                  works. Trust us! Water does work!
Nuremburg Opera House.                                                                    Feb. 5. Registration fee is $10 which
                                             work and train?                              includes a light buffet.                                                                       Water can be extremely therapeutic,
    The show begins at 7 p.m. Ticket             Nominate them to be a 2010 Excel-            Doors will open at the Zone at 5:30
                                                                                                                                        Food handler’s class                         relaxing, calming, exhilarating and lots
prices range from 8-42.50 euros, depend-     lence through Diversity Representative.                                                        A food handler’s classes will be of-     of good fun at the Erdinger Therme.
ing on which seats you choose.                                                            p.m. and the games will be held from          fered Jan. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
                                             Monthly selectees will share their stories   6:30 p.m. to midnight.                                                                         Costs: $15 transportation, €32-34 en-
    To sign up and reserve your seat,                                                                                                   in the Yellow Ribbon Room in Bldg.           trance fee, plus extra for food and drink.
                                             and represent the command on AFN TV              For more, call DSN 466-2060.
contact Laurel Hoyt no later than Jan. 21                                                                                               10. Classes are limited to 30 people.
                                             and radio, in the Bavarian News and
at or CIV 0151-                                                                                                 Classes will be held on Jan. 28, Feb. 25
14991395.                                    JMTC promotional materials. For more,        Volunteer of the Quarter                      and March 25. To reserve your seat in        Neuschwanstein Castle
                                             visit                       The contributions of volunteers to                                                         On Jan. 24, visit the most popu-
                                                                                                                                        advance call Sgt. Tommay Lockridge or
                                                                                          every unit or organization can be over-       Staff Sgt. Andre Moxley at DSN 476-          lar tourist attraction in Germany,
Jewish Resource Group                                                                     looked or taken for granted. Volunteer                                                     Neuschwanstein Castle, and the castle
   Our next Jewish Learning and                                                                                                         2041/2138.
                                                 Enhance your career, gain greater        of the Quarter nominations are a great                                                     town of Fussen, the Wieskirche, and Et-
Resource Group Bavaria class will be         responsibility and make more money.                                                                                                     tal Monastery.
                                                                                          opportunity to generate public awareness
Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m., in Bldg. 555,        Enlisted Soldiers of 7th Army Joint      and show appreciation. Anyone aware of
                                                                                                                                        Cold weather campout                             Meet at the Pete Burke Center at 8
Grafenwoehr.                                 Multinational Training Command and                                                                                                      a.m. Cost: $39.
   Rabbi Chitrik of Nuremberg will be                                                     valuable volunteer service may nominate       cold weather campouts this year will be
                                             tenant commands interested in participat-    the provider on a brief nomination form
coming to give the class and refresh-        ing in an OCS selection board, Feb. 4, 8                                                   in Velburg, Jan. 22-23. Activities include
ments will be served. This is a great op-                                                 available at ACS, Bldg. 10.                   setting up a snow camp, cooking over         Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony
                                             a.m., at the Grafenwoehr Water Tower,            The winner will be announced in                                                            Don’t miss this, Jan. 26. Symphony
portunity for Jewish personnel and their
families to meet.                                                                         the Hometown Happenings news letter,          Boy Scouts is open to all boys ages          tickets range in price from €5-53, and the
                                             aged to submit an OCS selection packet       receive a special reserved parking spot at                                                 cost of the FMWR bus is $12.
   E-mail                                                                                                   11-17. For more information on joining
                                             to the JMTC G1 by Jan. 28.                   the Commissary and PX and additional          Troop 303, contact Lt. Col. Yancy Wood,          Come for the concert, catch a movie,
                                                 For more, contact Sgt. Auguste Lee,      recognition.                                  scoutmaster, at DSN 466-4901 or e-mail       or just enjoy the ambiance of Munich.
Win a 5-night vacation                       DSN 475-7095, CIV 09641-83-7095.                 Don’t wait to acknowledge volunteer
   IMCOM-Europe Postal Transforma-                                                        contributions in your work area. The                                                       Weekend in Venice
                                                                                          nomination deadline is Jan. 23.                                                                View great art and architecture, pi-
vey to provide valued customer service
to our postal customers in Europe.                   Hohenfels                                For more, call Pam Koch at DSN
                                                                                                                                        Kontakt Club Hohenfels
                                                                                                                                           The Kontakt Club is a German-             geons in St. Mark’s Square and gondolas,
                                                                                                                                                                                     Jan. 29-31.
    This survey, at, will                                                                                               American friendship organization, spon-
give you a voice to weigh in on impor-
tant issues directly impacting you such as
                                                      Briefs                              Volunteer recognition
                                                                                                                                        sored by the U.S. Army that includes
                                                                                                                                        Soldiers, families, and other Americans
                                                                                                                                                                                         In addition, we tour Verona, the
                                                                                                                                                                                     Romeo and Juliet city with the great Ro-
postal operating hours, Saturday opera-                                                      Every year, USAG Hohenfels is              supporting USAG Hohenfels, and               man Arena – and a wonderful restaurant.
                                             Half-day snowshoe hike                       eager to recognize the tremendous             German citizens from the surrounding         Cost: $290, plus €120-140 to cover
    Only authorized postal customers             Take a three-hour hike of the Bavar-                                                   communities. The Hohenfels community         museum entrances, food and public
may participate. This includes Soldiers,     ian Forest near the Dreisesselberg, Jan.     function of the post.                                                                      transportation.
U.S. retirees, civilian employees, con-      23.                                              If you have volunteered within the        upcoming activities. For directions to the
tractors and their family members who            Bus will depart from Hohenfels           past year, go to www.myArmyOne-                                                            Carnivale in Venice
have an authorized APO address.              Outdoor Recreation at 10 a.m. and will to make certain your volun-        DSN 466-2457, or visit the club’s Web           Experience the pageantry and gran-
    As a thank you for taking a few mo-      return at 6 p.m.                             teer record is up to date with the correct    site at       deur of Carnivale in Venice, Feb. 5-7.
ments to complete our survey, we would           Cost is $70 per person and includes      contact information and total number of           Jan. 20: Monthly club Stammtisch,           View great art and architecture, the
                                             transportation, equipment and tour. Seat-    hours for 2009.                               or regular dinner, will be held at 7 p.m.    pigeons in St. Mark’s Square, gondolas,
night stay at the Edelweiss Lodge and                                                         All volunteer records need to be                                                       good places to eat, and more.
Resort.                                      For more, call DSN 466-2060.                 updated by Jan. 30 to ensure that each        Hohenfels. This is a great event for those      Cost: $290.
                                                                                          volunteer is recognized and to capture
                                                                                          the total impact of the combined efforts
                                                                                          for USAG Hohenfels.
                                                                                                                                           USAG Grafenwoehr Libraries celebrate
                                                                                              For more, call the Army Community
                                                                                          Service at DSN 466-4860.

                                                                                          AFAP volunteers needed
                                                                                              Members of the Hohenfels commu-
                                                                                          nity are needed as volunteers for the up-
                                                                                          coming 2010 Army Family Action Plan
                                                                                          Conference, AFAP, at USAG Hohenfels.
                                                                                          The AFAP Conference will be held from
                                                                                          Feb. 17-19.                                       Come out to your local library on
                                                                                              Volunteers are needed to serve as del-
                                                                                          egates, facilitators, recorders, transcrib-
                                                                                          ers, and conference support staff.
                                                                                                                                            Souper Thursday, Feb. 4th
                                                                                              The AFAP Conference begins at 8
                                                                                          a.m. each morning. Lunch and child care
                                                                                                                                             for a Homemade Soup Class!
                                                                                          are provided.
                                                                                              If you are interested in volunteering
                                                                                          call Kurt Rager at DSN 466-3403 or e-                                                               Rose Barracks Library
                                                                                          mail by Feb. 5.                                                             10 a.m.
                                                                                          Issues welcome for AFAP
                                                                                              Army Family Action Plan, AFAP, is                                                                     Main Post Library
                                                                                          your route to have issues, concerns and                                                                   2 p.m.
                                                                                          problems addressed by Army leadership
                                                                                          for change and resolution.
                                                                                              Now is the time to submit issues for
                                                                                          the upcoming USAG Hohenfels AFAP
                                                                                              If you are aware of a problem or
                                                                                          quality of life issue here at Hohenfels,
                                                                                          regardless of the size or importance,
                                                                                          submit it now through Feb. 12.
                                                                                              Whether the problem is to improve
                                                                                          local programs and services or to amend
                                                                                          or change local or Army policies and
                                                                                          regulations, submit it.
                                                                                              Paper issue forms are currently
                                                                                          available at ACS, Bldg. 10 and online at
                                                                                                          For more information contact DSN: 475/476-1740
                                                                                              Issue forms will be available soon at
                                                                                          various locations on post.
                                                                                                                                           or CIV: 09662/09641-83-1740
January 20, 2010
                                                                                             Community Spotlight                                                                                                               Bavarian News                 13

                                            What’s Happening
                                            course is offered to U.S. ID card hold-           beautiful Gastein Valley Jan. 30-31 . Trip    Excess property sale                                     community while enjoying numerous
        Garmisch                            ers 18 or older. Learn game and land
                                            management, game disease and harvest
                                                                                              cost of $149 includes transportation and
                                                                                              lodging (double occupancy) with dinner
                                                                                                                                                Stop by Ledward bldg. 217 for an
                                                                                                                                            excess property sale Jan. 29 from 9 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     activities. For more, call CIV 09721-96-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     8476, DSN 353-8476.
       (continued)                          plans. Earn the right to hunt and own             and breakfast. Snowboard lessons will
                                                                                              be available for $25 for 1.5 hours. Get
                                                                                                                                            - 1 p.m. and peruse sports equipment,
                                                                                                                                            electronics, housewares, toys, furniture,                POC training
                                               Classes are scheduled every Tuesday            reduced rentals or get your own gear          and more. Credit cards, cash, and checks                    Interested in becoming a point of
Prague theme tour                                                                             tuned for half price at ODR. Transporta-      are accepted.                                            contact for your family readiness group?
   This will be a small group — no          p.m., Jan. 12 at the Katterbach Outdoor           tion departs ODR Jan. 30 at 2 a.m. and            For more, call CIV 09721-96-6437.                                                            -
more than 16 counting two FMRW tour         Recreation Center. All other classes will         returns Jan. 31 at 10 a.m.
guides, Feb. 12-15.                         be held in the Area Support Team’s con-                                                                                                                  a.m. - 1 p.m.
                                            ference room on Storck Barracks (Bldg.                                                          Baby & Me swim class
   Attend an opera, visit area museums,                                                       Food handling classes                             The School of Knowledge, Inspira-                       For more, call CIV 09721-96-6933.
                                            6507). The cost is $150 per person. Ad-              Food handlers classes will be offered
                                            ditional fees are charged for the shooting                                                      tion, Exploration, and Skills offers Baby
or on your own. Assistance for those                                                          Jan. 14, Feb. 11 and March 11 from                                                                     Love and Logic parenting
                                            range and ammunition. Some Saturday                                                             & Me swim classes for babies ages 4 to
who want opera tickets is available.
    This is going to be a great weekend     training will be required for range                                                             18 months. The next class will be held
                                                                                              in building 5817 in Katterbach. Classes       Jan. 27 at the Schonungen Swimming                       manual, but learning to become a “Love
because of the unique performances and                                                        are limited to 30 people so reserve your
                                            registration is required before Jan. 8.                                                                                                                  and Logic” parent may make the job a
                                                                                              seat in advance by calling DSN 476-           the course.                                              little easier. Come to the Army Com-
                                                For more, call DSN 467-3225, CIV              2041 or 2138.
                                            0902-83-3225.                                                                                       For more, call CIV 09721-96-6460,                    munity Service class Jan. 26 from 9 - 11
Munich & Third Reich                                                                                                                        CIV 09721-96-6414.                                       a.m. to discover your parenting style and
   Join us Feb. 26 & 28. Start with a                                                         New education center hours                                                                             learn tips on how to raise loving, respect-
video presentation and a geographical       Playhouse events                                      Soldiers separating from the Army                                                                  ful, and responsible children.
                                                                                         -    are required to make an appointment on
                                                                                                                                            Interview 101
                                                                                                                                                Come to the Interview 101 training                        For more, call CIV 09721-96-6933.
Burke Community Center on Friday eve-       ily relocated to Barton Barracks, Bldg.           a Tuesday or Thursday to out-process.
ning, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.                      5284 (the former Barton dining facility).                                                       course Jan. 26 at Army Community Ser-
                                                                                              Separating Soldiers must know their sep-      vice from 2 - 3 p.m. The class provides                  Socialize at the Lunch Bunch
    On Sunday, Jan. 10, we meet at the      Auditions for the pop musical “Why Do
Garmisch train station just before 8 a.m.   Fools Fall in Love” and the drama “Wit”                                                         information on how to prepare for a suc-                    Do you want to get out of the house,
                                                                                              which is obtained from the Transition         cessful job interview including types of                 make a few new friends, and learn where
to travel to Munich, recount the Bier       are Jan. 13-14, at 7 p.m. - no experience         Center, in order to be cleared through the
                                            required.                                                                                       questions, how to answer, and more.                      good restaurants are around town? The
                                                                                              Education Center. Army Education Cen-             For more or to sign up, call CIV                     Army Community Service monthly
lunch and visit the site of the Munich          For more or to reserve tickets, call
                                                                                              ters in Ansbach, Bamberg and Schwein-         09721-96-6933, CIV 354-6933.
                                            DSN 468-7636, CIV 0981-183-7636.
                                                                                              furt will provide limited counseling and                                                               Schweinfurt’s Lunch Bunch Jan. 28 from
                                            Gift giving just got easier                                                                     Fitness classes                                          11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Pool & Gorge – Feb. 27                                                                        Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.                                                                              Sign up for the carpool or call to get
                                               Americans can now give gifts to the                Testing services will be available
                                            Army. The “Gifts to Army” web site                                                              classes offered by the Finney and Kes-                   directions to the restaurant at DSN 354-
the most beautiful natural attractions in                                                     only on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
                                            provides the American public with in-                                                           sler Fitness Centers. Those interested                   6933, CIV 09721-96-6933. Experience a
Germany. Hear about the 1936 Olympics                                                         day of each week with testing Soldiers
in Garmisch at the ski jumping stadium,     formation on methods by which citizens,                                                                                                                  little of the German culture with an Eng-
                                                                                              having priority.                                                                                       lish-speaking guide to help you translate
                                            organizations, and corporations can                   College proctoring services are based     equipment orientation in addition to the
Wellenbad, the town’s largest swimming      contribute cash or goods and services to          on space availability and funding. On         numerous classes held daily.
                                                                                                                                                For more, call CIV 09721-96-8234                     bring euros for lunch.
                                                                                              training holidays Army Education Cen-
   For more info on any of these                Cash contributions up to $10,000              ters will only provide limited counseling     or 6735.
FMWR trips, contact the Garmisch Out-       can be made online via credit card for            services and will be closed on all federal                                                             Treasurer training
door Recreation Alpine Experts at DSN       the Family and Morale, Welfare and                holidays.                                     Schweinfurt homeschoolers                                    Find out the responsibilities of being
440-2638 or CIV 08821-750-2638.             Recreation programs supporting Soldiers               For more, call Katterbach at DSN                                              -                    a treasurer at Army Community Service’s
                                                                                              467-2817, CIV 09802-83-2817 or Storck         weinfurt homeschooling community are

                                            Army installation.                                Barracks at DSN 467-4272, CIV 09841-          invited to attend a monthly meeting, the
                                                FMWR programs process general                 83-4272.                                                                              -
                                            unsolicited contributions in the form                                                           sler Bowing Center from 1 - 3 p.m. This                  monthly report of funds, and more.
          Briefs                            of goods, services or money for use in
                                            its programs which include, but are not                 Schweinfurt
                                                                                                                                            is a great way for parents and children to
                                                                                                                                            share ideas and meet other homeschool-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Call CIV 09721-96-6933.

                                                                                                                                            ing families in the community.                           SKIES Unlimited
New SKIES Unlimeted classes
    The new catalog has information on
                                            activities, recreation centers, libraries,
                                            sports programs and much more. One                        Briefs                                    For more, call CIV 09721-96-6057.                        The School of Knowledge, Inspira-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     tion, Exploration, and Skills, or SKIES,
upcoming classes for kids and youth.        hundred percent of all contributions are                                                        Playmorning                                              offers countless opportunities for the
Included are Acting and Film, Culinary                                                        Utility meters                                   Attend playmornings every Tuesday                     youth of Schweinfurt to get involved,
Arts, Dance, Lifeguard & Jr. Lifeguard,     and no part of a contribution is used to             Employees of the Schweinfurt City                                                                   learn a new talent, or improve an old
and a variety of Music Classes. Up to       offset administration expenses.
8 SKIES classes are free per child for          To make an online contribution, visit         will be visiting each government leased       newborn to 3 are encouraged to attend.                   ballet, choir, guitar, karate, horseback
families of deployed Soldiers! To learn                                                       house in the Schweinfurt community            Meet other parents, build your child’s                   riding, scuba diving, and much more.
more about classes, stop by Central En-         The garrison’s program coordinator            to read meters and determine the actual       social skills, play games, and participate                   For a complete list of classes or for
                                            can answer questions regarding contribu-          usage of electricity, gas, water, and         in developmental activities.                             more, call CIV 09721-96-6460.
Bks (across from Community Bank)            tions of money or goods and services              district heating. This process is ongoing         For more, call CIV 09721-96-6933.
or call DSN 467-4880, CIV 09841-83-         or provide assistance with making a               until Jan. 31. Residents are requested to                                                              Cosmic bowling
4880, Katterbach (inside CMR Building)      contribution at DSN 468-7231, CIV                 ensure the authorized inspectors have         BOSS meet n’ greet                                           Enjoy an evening of cosmic bowling
DSN 467-2533, CIV 09802-83-2533.            0981-83-7231.                                     easy access to the meters. Inspectors will       The Better Opportunities for Single                   at the Kessler bowling alley on Fridays
                                                                                                                                            Soldiers, or BOSS, program invites                       and Saturdays from 8 p.m. - midnight.
Go Hunting                                  Learn to snowboard & ski                                                                        you to a meet n’ greet tomorrow at the                   Dim the lights, turn on the disco ball, and
   Obtain a German hunting license              Looking for a quick getaway? Hop                  For more or to make an appointment        Finney Recreation Center from 1 - 5                      listen to the music as you bowl your best
while stationed in Germany. A 60-hour       on the Bamberg ODR trip to Austria’s              prior to their visit, call CIV 09721-96-      p.m. Mingle with other Soldiers of the                   game ever.
                                                                                              6201, CIV 09721-96-6458.

                                                                                              NFL Sunday football
                                                                                                  The Conn Community Club con-
                                                                                              tinues to offer Sunday night football at      COMMUNITY
                                                                                              Enjoy big screen action, drinks and
                                                                                              munchies, and a free post-event shuttle
                                                                                              to Ledward. Only those 18 and older are
                                                                                              able to participate. The action will con-
                                                                                              tinue every Sunday through Jan. 24.
                                                                                                  For more, call CIV 09721-96-8476.

                                                                                              Presidents’ Day ski trip                                                         2 0 1 0         S E A S O N
                                                                                                  Schweinfurt Outdoor Recreation is
                                                                                              taking a trip to Dolomites, Italy Feb. 12          Garland Travis        Entertainment Director      Stephen Connolly         Music/Theatre Assistant
                                                                                              through 15. Cost is $299 for adults and

                                                                                              children four and under. Transportation,
                                                                                              three nights lodging, breakfasts, dinner,
                                                                                              equipment rental and optional snow-
                                                                                              boarding lessons are included in price.
                                                                                              Lift ticket costs extra. Sign up by Feb. 5.
                                                                                                  For more or to sign up, call CIV
                                                                                              09721-96-8080, DSN 353-8080.

                                                                                              Theatre auditions
                                                                                                 The community theatre seeks three
                                                                                              males and one female for the upcoming                                                  by JAMES KIRKWOOD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Music by Stephen Flaherty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

                                                                                              by James Kirkwood. Auditions are held                  Book, Music & Lyrics by
                                                                                                                                                     RICHARD O’BRIEN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Co-Conceived by Eric Idle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Based on the works of Dr. Seuss
                                                                                              Jan. 26 and Jan. 27 at 5 p.m.
                                                                                                                                              FEBRUARY 18-20 & 25-27, 7 P.M.             AUDITIONS                              AUDITIONS
                                                                                                 For more, call CIV 0162-296-2776.            FEBRUARY 19, 20, 26 & 27, 12 A.M.      JANUARY 26-27, 5 P.M.                    APRIL 13, 5 P.M.
                                                                                                                                                Tickets: $12      Adults Only      Roles: Adults (3 Males & 1 Female)     Roles: Youth ages 10-18
                                                                                              Night skiing
                                                                                                  Throughout the month of January,            For more information, call 0162-296-2776 or email
                                                                                              Outdoor Recreation will take trips to
                                                                                              Wasserkuppe in the Rhoen Mountains
                                                                                              Saturdays from 5 - 11 p.m. for night
                                                                                              skiing and snowboarding. Cost is $29 for
                                                                                              transportation and equipment rental and
                                                                                              $19 if no equipment is needed. Lift ticket
                                                                                              costs extra.
                                                                                                  For more or to sign up, call CIV
January 20, 2010
                                                                                                          Travel                                                                                 Bavarian News     15

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               Story and photos by                        the faint of heart as the air
             AMY NEWCOMB                                  underneath the pyramid is
           Special to the Bavarian News
                                                          thin and the climb can be a
                                                          bit treacherous. However, it’s
    Thinking of escaping to somewhere warmer
and drier during the wintery wetness of Bavaria,              The Great Sphinx is
then heading south is what you want to do. How            beside the pyramids, bearing
about heading to Cairo, Egypt?                            witness to thousands of years
    My journey to Cairo began during the winter           of history at the Giza plateau.
months and I was grateful to land in a warmer             The Great Sphinx, which
climate, especially since during the summer months        guarded the pyramids, has the
Cairo can be unbearably hot. Once reaching Cairo          body of a lion and the head of
International Airport, I prepared to purchase my          a pharaoh who wears a royal
$15 visa from the bank tellers in the arrival hall        headdress.
before proceeding through passport control, but               After traipsing over the
only because I had been forewarned. However, if           Giza necropolis and avoiding
you do forget money to purchase your visa, there          the camel men intent on getting me to ride their        Djaharks el-                                                               Above: The Sphinx
are plenty of ATMs along the way.                         camels, which I decided was a bit too scary, we         Khalili and                                                                sits tall as the Giza
    The terminal, which had recently been                 headed for lunch at the Sequoia, a ritzy restaurant     is located in                                                               Pyramid rises into
renovated over the last couple of years, was warm         overlooking the famous Nile River which had             the medieval
                                                                                                                  or Islamic part                                                              the sky behind it.
and welcoming. There were plenty of friendly taxi         fabulous Egyptian cuisine. We ordered pita bread
drivers willing to take me to the hotel of my choice      which we used to scoop up hummus which is a             of Cairo. Now
                                                          sauce or dip made from chickpeas as we lounged          referred to as                                                                 Left: The Citadel
but I already had a ride. My cousin who was living
and working there at the time had promised to pick        on their very comfortable pillow chairs. We also        the Khan, which                                                                 rests on the
me up and show me around for a few days.                  ordered a round of Stella which is the most famous      means market,                                                                    Cairo horizon.
                                                          brand of beer in Egypt.                                 it represents the
and terrifying at the same time. We got behind                After lunch we jumped back on the highway or        market tradition                                                                   Below: A
the wheel of my cousin’s rental and headed out of                                                                 which established                                                                  camel stands
the airport in the early hours of the morning. This       is Egypt’s most famous beltway and circles the          Cairo as a major
                                                                                                                  center of trade.                                                                    with its
is when you would think everything is quiet and           city of Cairo. The highway has eight lanes and is
                                                          approximately 100 kilometers long.                          Here, you’ll find                                                                driver in
everyone is sleeping, but there were still plenty of
people walking and loitering along the side of the            Along this highway you’ll see any number            many foreign and                                                                     front of
road. Cairo is truly a city that never sleeps.            of interesting things. There are donkey-driven          domestic merchants                                                                    several
    We headed to her apartment in Maadi, which            carts pulling raw meat, families on motorcycles,        selling everything from                                                                pyramids.
is a suburb of Cairo where most of the expatriates        pedestrians crossing the road at their leisure and      gold to candy. There are
and foreigners live. She decided to take a shortcut       cars parked along the side visiting with friends they   mosques on every corner
but to do this we had to travel through the “City         saw along the way. You will see many things on          as well as Coptic churches
of the Dead.”                                             Ring Road that you would never see on Germany’s         and medieval gates.                                                             complete if I had
    The “City of the Dead” is a four-mile long            autobahn.                                                   After the hustle and                                                 not visited the Al-Azhar
concrete cemetery with tombs and mausoleums                   We decided that we had experienced enough fun       bustle of the Khan el-Khalili                                    Mosque and university.
where people live and work among their dead               and excitement for one day and headed back to           market, we decided to head                                 This mosque was named in honor of the
ancestors. People either live here to be near loved       Maadi to relax.              We walked along            over to the new ritzy mall                         daughter of Muhammad, Fatima Az-Zahraa.
ones or because they were forced there due to             the streets                       of Maadi visiting     called City Stars. I felt like I had time warped   Built in 971 A.D., it’s still connected to the
Cairo’s unceasing housing shortage.                       some of the                                local shop   to another place and time. The new mall included   school of theology. The university was founded
                                                          keepers in                                                         643 stores with a 6,000 square meter    in 988 A.D. and is the oldest Islamic university
my bags, had a quick cup of coffee and we were            the area                                                               indoor theme park and a state-      in the world.
off to Giza. This is a city just a short drive south      who spoke                                                                 of-the-art 16 screen cinema          Entrance to the mosque is through the
of Cairo and has a history that dates back 5,000          excellent                                                                                                  15th century Barber’s Gate, where students
years. One of the main reasons I wanted to make           English and                                                                    mall had everything from    traditionally had their heads shaved, and leads
the 15 minute drive to Giza was to see the famous         had beautiful                                                                    stores like Guess and     to a 10th century courtyard that is saturated with
Pyramids.                                                 hand-woven rugs                                                                    Esprit to restaurants   architectural accents from the Fatimid period.
    These three pyramids were built for three             as well as a store                                                                    like On The              After all my travels in Cairo, it was time
        Egyptian rulers during the fourth dynasty,        that sold hookahs,                                                                       Border, where     to head back to Germany, but not before I
           around 2601-2515 B.C. They are                 pipes that are used to                                                                    I stopped to
              considered one of the Wonders of the        smoke shisha, or fruit-                                                                    eat chicken         Along with being a pulsing metropolis and
                World and are an awesome sight                                                                                                         quesadillas   the capital of Egypt, as well as the largest city
                   to behold. An added benefit               The following                                                                             and watch     on the African continent, Cairo showed me
                      is that you can actually go         morning we headed                                                                            the camel     both modern amenities and ancient Egyptian
                         inside one of the pyramids.      out again for more                                                                          races.         remnants.
                            You travel down a very        shopping. Egypt’s                                                                          After the           It was fast paced, dusty and overcrowded
                              steep and narrow set        most famous                                                                            camel races I had   with its 16 million inhabitants, but also
                                 of steps and then        market is the                                                                            one more stop     beautiful and tranquil at the same time.
                                    back up again         Khan el-Khalili                                                                             to make.       It had amazing architecture that
                                      into the tomb       market and was                                                                                My trip      could be seen in the most random
                                         c h a m b e r.   once known                                                                                     to Cairo    locations and marketplaces
                                            This trek     as the Turkish                                                                                  would      where thousands of people
                                               is not     bazaar during the                                                                                n o t     gathered to sell their
                                                  for     Ottoman period.                                                                                    have    wares and visit with
                                                          This market                                                                                        been    friends, family and
                                                          was founded                                                                                                foreigners alike.
                                                          in 1382 by
                                                            the Emir
16    Bavarian News                                                                         Medical                                                                                        January 20, 2010

Health care gets a new name
               Vilseck Health Clinic

just a fancy new name for what doctors and
                                                                                                                             Carol Wesnoski,
                                                                                                                             population health
                                                                                                                             nurse at the
                                                                                                                             Vilseck Health
                                                                                                                             Clinic, explains
                                                                                                                                                               a shot
                                                                                                                                                               of advice
of themselves.                                                                                                               the importance of
    Every Army health clinic in Bavaria has                                                                                  wellness screenings
                                                                                                                                                               by Lt. Col. STEPHEN LINCK
                                                                                                                             to one of her
                                                                                                                             patients, Jan. 8.
                                                                                                                             Wesnoski helps                       I sincerely hope everyone had a
                                                                                                                             patients maintain and             wonderful and safe holiday season. I am
                                                                                                                             improve their health              rested and ready for a new year.
are appropriate for them.                                                                                                                                         January is Cervical Health
                                                                                                                             through screenings                Awareness Month so I have chosen a
   The second job of the population health                                                                                   and disease
nurse is to help people with certain chronic                                                                                                                   couple of questions about the Human
                                                                                                                             Photo by Jennifer Walsh                                  in more than

                                                                                                                                                                                      strains. For this
manner.                                            not cared for properly.                                                                                                            edition of “A
                                                                                                      patients and schedule appointments for
                                                                                                                                                                                      I will focus on the
                                                   patients should visit the population health        scorecard with their patients to determine                                      strains that affect
                                                                                                                                                                                      cervical health.

                                                   copy of their doctor’s report to the clinic so     clinic to set up an appointment.                                                    Q.
                                                   it can be scanned into the patient’s record.                                                                Linck                  but a friend of

                                                   medical records to always be as complete as                                                                 vaccine to help prevent cervical cancer.
                                                                                                         Editor’s Note: Carol Wesnoski is a                    Isn’t the vaccine ineffective after a
and yet that’s exactly what they do when                                                              population health nurse at the Vilseck Health

Cervical health the focus in January                                                                                                                               A.
  by JENNIFER WALSH                    community health nurse at the
                                                                                                                                                               question and let me tell you why.
     BMEDDAC Public Affairs                                                  cervical cancer remains one of the
                                                                             most preventable diseases because     practitioner at the Grafenwoehr
  January is Cervical Health           prevent cervical cancer. Cervical                                           Health Clinic. “It protects you from
Awareness Month and Bavaria            cancer is the easiest female cancer                                         some of the viruses that may cause
Medical Department Activity
                                                                                                                                                               especially happy.
                                       curable when found and treated
of their health.

                                                                                                                   is available at all of the Army
                                                                                                                                                               six months apart. Gardasil covers four
                                                                                                                   health clinics in Bavaria. Rochat
more about your body and how                                                 cervical cancer cases occur in
                                                                                                                   health care provider if they are
                                                                                                                                                               of any future exposure.
                                                                             smear or had not been tested in the
                                                                                                                                                                  The vaccine was proven safe in
                                                                                                                                                               studies and the most common reported
            How often should you have a                                                                                                                        side effect is pain at the injection site.
                                                                                                                                                                  To be sure you are a candidate to
                    Pap smear?                                               when they turn 21 years old.          cancer is asymptomatic.
                                                                                                                                                               receive the vaccine you should consult
                                                                                                                                                               with your health care provider.

                                                                             21 and have been sexually active      Rochat said. “That’s why it’s so                Q.
                                                                             for three or more years.              important to understand all you can
                                                                                                                   about your body and be aware of all

                                                                                                                   an appointment for a well-woman                 A.
                                                                                                                   exam. For more information on                   There are a lot of questions listed.
  for a sexually-transmitted infection.
                                                                                “An important recent discovery
                                                                                                                                                               with the limited space we have. The

                                                                                                                                                               or intimate contact.
                                                                                                                                                                   The second part of the question is very

            BMEDDAC Press Release
                                                   holidays.                                          number at the call center.
   The Bavaria Medical Department Activity

appointment lines to an enhanced Europe            nurse with the Nurse
                                                                                                                              “ Tr i c a r e O n l i n e i s
                                                   an option to hear clinic-           The ERMC Care
  The ERMC Care Call Center will be                                                                                                                            cause warts and others are completely
available to Katterbach and Illesheim                                                  Call Center is                     said.
                                                   Care Call Center is a              a single phone                         “All you have to do

                                                   for all of your medical

                                                   for Ansbach area
                                                                                       number for all
                                                                                      of your medical
                                                                                                                   ‘      appointments online. It’s
                                                                                                                                                               the exception of a few strains that cause

Katterbach Health Clinic commander. “By            beneficiaries will be                   needs.                             For updates about when

                                                   17-2622.                                                               Bavaria will transition              local health care provider can provide
                                                      The toll-free number               Maj. Timothy Switaj              to the ERMC Care Call
                                                                                    Katterbach Health Clinic commander                                         vaccine.
                                                                                                                          Bavarian News and watch                 If you need a shot of advice, e-mail
                                                   it is anticipated that by                                                                                   your question to brmc-pao@amedd.
their medical appointments at their local                                                             Questions can be directed to the BMEDDAC       
Army health clinic. Hours of operation will
18      Bavarian News                                                                             Garmisch                                                                                           January 20, 2010

Warriors maximize Afghan downtime
                                                                                                                           Story and photo by
                                                                                                                            JOHN REESE
                                                                                                                       USAG Garmisch Public Affairs

                                                                                                              When deployed Military Policeman Sgt. Michael
                                                                                                           Chambers and his four-legged partner “Staff Sgt.”
                                                                                                           Agbar aren’t working together, they’re studying
                                                                                                           together. Recently, they completed all three levels of
                                                                                                           the Army Family Team Building course - together.
                                                                                                              Chambers and his tail-wagging teammate are
                                                                                                           currently pulling duty downrange at Bagram Air
                                                                                                           Field, Afghanistan, away from their family and
                                                                                                           regular duties in Garmisch with the 554th MP
                                                                                                           Company, and the nine-year veteran decided to put
                                                                                                           his limited free time to good use.

                                                                                                           said Chambers, knowing that he earned promotion
                                                                                                           points in addition to gaining important skills. “The
                                                                                                           information will help my family and will help me
                                                                                                           be a better-rounded leader as I move forward in my
                                                                                                           Army career.”

                                                                                                           Garmisch to complete the AFTB training, noted
                                                                                                           Doris Tyler, Army Community Service director for
                                                                                                              “He enhanced his leadership skills by taking the
                                                                                                           classes offered by the AFTB program,” said Tyler.
                                                                                                           “He’ll also be better able to mentor his Soldiers
                                                                                                           when in a leadership role and assist their families
                                                                                                           with the knowledge gained by his participation in the      Wunderbar Wednesdays
                                                                                                           program; when he returns he can help ACS educate
                                                                                                           others about the program in Garmisch and any future        Skiers and snowboarders participate
                                                                                                           assignments.”                                              in uniquely Garmisch youth ski
                                                                                                              “I’m proud of him and glad that he is taking            instruction program Wonderful
                                                                                                                                                                      Wednesday, which began Jan. 6,
                                                                                                           constructively,” said spouse Kayla Chambers, who
                                                                                                           works for Garmisch ACS and encouraged him to take
                                                                                                           the course after she completed the three AFTB levels.      students of Garmisch Elementary-
                                                                                                              Finishing all three AFTB levels will help the           Middle School.
                                                                                                           couple and their two young children prosper as an          Wonderful Wednesday (and a Saturday
                                                                                                           Army family, added Tyler.                                  version for the littlest skiers) is a joint
                                                                                                              “AFTB has modules on dealing with the demands           effort between the school, the garrison
                                                                                                           resolution,” said Tyler.
                                                                                                              Chambers and Agbar were featured in a Stars and         offering 10-weeks of beginning-to-
                                                                                                           Stripes photo Oct. 6, showing the best friends sharing     advanced ski and snowboard lessons
                                                                                                           a snack while on a mission at Forward Operating            at a top European ski resort while
                                                                                                           Base Gardez, Afghanistan.                                  meeting Department of Defense school
                                                                                                              Although “Staff Sgt.” Agbar kept company with           physical education standards.
                                                                                                           Chambers throughout the classes, ACS insists that he       The program has been in existence for
                                                                                                           was only there for moral support and never barked
                                                                                                           the correct answers.                                       more than 30 years and is so popular
                                                                                                              Miliary working dogs are given an honorary rank         that 93 percent of the Garmisch student
With his faithful military working dog Agbar at his side, Sgt. Michael Chambers                            of one stripe above their handler, Chambers said.          population is participating.
works his way through the three levels of Army Family Team Building modules                                   “Just make sure y’all mention Agbar in the story;
during deployment.                                                                                         he likes being in the paper,” said Chambers.

USAG Garmisch FMWR polls post to rename recycled pub
               Story and photo by                                                                                                                                     conference room, and a larger restaurant area, all
                JOHN REESE                                                                                                                                            with sliding walls opening up a large conference
           USAG Garmisch Public Affairs
                                                                                                                                                                      room or restaurant. With the current tightening
                                                                                                                                                                      of budgets across the Army and the emphasis
    Being a remote garrison spread out over three                                                                                                                     on providing the best possible support to the
small kasernes and scattered Bavarian outposts,
it was a big blow to the community when the                                                                                                                           changes are made soon, said Gauthier.
only Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation                                                                                                                            “It’s already a big year for Garmisch FMWR
pizza restaurant and beer garden of U.S. Army                                                                                                                         projects to come to fruition around the garrison,”
Garrison Garmisch closed in late 2008 for major                                                                                                                       said Gauthier. “And over the next two years,
refurbishment. And when it closed, it took away                                                                                                                       we’re relocating outdoor recreation, our excellent
the garrison’s one watering hole along with a                                                                                                                         trips and travel, and Army Community Service
handful of popular slot machines.
    The garrison needed a temporary solution,                                                                                                                         Pete Burke Community Center is scheduled to
and FMWR boss Steve Gauthier found one in                                                                                                                             be remodeled.”

in the northeast corner of post near the second                                                                                                                       Building 262 closed more than a year ago for
gate, conveniently located close to housing                                                                                                                           renovations the traffic around the building
for students attending classes at the George                                                                                                                          slowed down, bringing up the yin and yang
C. Marshall Center and the Partner Language                                                                                                                           adages of “location, location, location” versus
Training Center-Europe.                                                                                                                                               “if you build it, they will come.” However, the
    “This club was closed down years ago                                                                                                                              structure is passed daily by international military
— 2005? — and the food, drink and gaming                                                                                                                              personnel living on post while taking Marshall
operations were relocated into Dolomiti’s,                                                                                                                            Center classes across the river on Sheridan
the restaurant behind the Pete Burke Center,”                                                                                                                         Kaserne, and it’s a two-minute walk from the
explained Gauthier. “And when Dolomiti’s                                                                                                                              housing for the joint services language school. It
closed a year ago, the hundreds of residents in                                                                                                                       is a brief march from the housing area for single
the Breitenau Housing Area and TDY personnel                                                                                                                          Soldiers. FMWR’s car wash, Auto Crafts Shop
living here had no place similar to go without                                                                                                                        and Crafts Tree are adjacent. The dining facility
exiting post.”                                                                                                                                                        for students is next door.
    The only options for casual dining currently                                                                                                                          “We believe this can become a popular
on post, courtesy of AAFES, are a few hot                                                                                                                             spot again where Soldiers and guests can relax
snacks or frozen microwaveable treats at the                                                                                                                          without the need to drive off-post, but we need
shoppette, or the Subway concession. Subway                                                                                                                           to give it a name,” said Gauthier. “It was called
recently added individual pizzas to its menu,                “This place used to really be hopping,” said       this is the chance for the community to tell us       Dolomiti’s in its last incarnation, and that name
satisfying that urge. Expresso Coffee provides            longtime Garmisch FMRW supervisor Jan                 what they like and what they want to see added.”      moved with it when the operation moved — but
a place from sunrise to afternoon to meet over            Denikiewicz, referring to the busier days when            Because some of the new technologies require      we aren’t in Italy or the Dolomite mountains —
breakfast sandwiches, fresh beignets and a hot            the back gate was Artillery Kaserne’s front door;     contracted work, the initial opening will be a soft   we’re in the German Alps, and we need a name
cup of joe. All three venues are located in the PX        that gate has a pedestrian entrance and is used       one followed by a grand opening after initial         better suited to our community.”
and commissary complex.                                                                                         customer reaction and feedback. It’s a chance             An even earlier incarnation was named
    Still, a place to relax evenings in the traditional   has the potential for greatness again if customers    for the customers to “vote with their feet,” said     Marco’s Jukebox Bar and Grill, noted Denikewicz.
Army club sense was lacking, and the dusty old            know about it.”                                       Gauthier, offering them an on-post choice that            Thus the contest to name the new club,
                                                              The pub will be open to all granted access on     will grow with customer patronage.                    scheduled for the soft opening by early February
needed its small pub polished up and put back             post, he added.                                           In addition to the small club being reopened,     2010. Anyone can submit a name at www.
into service. For decades following World War                 “Reopening this part of the old club is a labor                                                Although there is no prize,
II, Artillery Kaserne was a busy Army garrison,           of love,” explained Gauthier. “This is being done     a quick exploration of the former club also           yet, for whoever comes up with the club’s handle,
not tapering off until the mid-1990s, and the club        for the community, and we’ll grow and adapt as        revealed a comfortable wood paneled Bavarian          Denikiewicz has a suggestion.
was popular to military and civilian employees            customer demand dictates. We’ll be testing the        “Stueberl” (small pub room) currently being               “We’ll put the winning name — or the
and local citizens.                                       waters with new technologies, like Wi-Fi, and         used as a guard’s training classroom, a smaller       winner’s name — up in lights,” said Denikiewicz.
20    Bavarian News                                                                            Ansbach                                                                                                  January 20, 2010

Save a Life Tour visits Ansbach
              Story and photo by                       involved with the lesson.
                                                           “Without an emotional involvement the
                                                                                                          involved themselves are emotionally attached to
                                                                                                          the lesson. Otherwise, Seitz Beldyga said, the
                                                                                                                                                                    half the members raised their hands.
                                                                                                                                                                        Following the video and some discussion
              GINI SINCLAIR
          USAG Ansbach Public Affairs
                                                       lesson isn’t as strong,” he said. Members of the   lesson is probably neutral. When he asked the             about drunken driving, a member of the
                                                       audience who have lost someone to a DUI or been    audience how many had a positive reaction about           audience was invited to take the wheel of the
    The Save a Life Tour brought its unique state-
of-the-art training to Ansbach, Dec. 14-15. The                                                                                                                     programmed which approximate how a person
tour set up video equipment, a drunken-driving                                                                                                                      drinking alcohol responds. A higher degree of
simulator and a casket at the gym in Katterbach
Kaserne. The following day, Dec. 16, the entire                                                                                                                     alcohol consumed.
assembly moved to the gym at Storck Barracks.                                                                                                                           S g t . A n n a P e r r y, r e a r d e t a c h m e n t
A total of 12 sessions were held for Ansbach                                                                                                                        noncommissioned officer in charge for the
community members with one session reserved
for students from Ansbach High School.                                                                                                                              Brigade, drove the simulator. Seitz Beldyga
     Each session included an hourlong video,                                                                                                                       cautioned her that he would “pick on” her while
discussion and use of the drunken-driving                                                                                                                           she was driving.
simulator. Brian Seitz Beldyga, senior manager,
Save a Life Tour, discussed statistics about                                                                                                                        light when Seitz Beldyga told her to go ahead.
drunken driving and explained some of the                                                                                                                           When Perry ran the light, Seitz Beldyga pointed
effects alcohol has on the body. Participants                                                                                                                       out she was supposed to stop. Perry remonstrated
watched the video “Red Asphalt,” a movie                                                                                                                            that he had told her to go ahead. Seitz Beldyga
Seitz Beldyga said is mandatory for drivers in                                                                                                                      then asked “Is that what you are going to tell the
California. “Smash,” another video the tour                                                                                                                         cops? My friend told me to.”
sometimes uses, is a frequent show on HBO.
   According to Seitz Beldyga, each drunken                                                                                                                         other audience members took their turn on the
driver in the U.S. who is caught has driven drunk                                                                                                                   drunken-driving simulator. Seitz Beldyga and
an average of 427 times before being caught. He                                                                                                                     Andrew Tipton, manager, Save a Life Tour,
also said the U.S. is number three for the most                                                                                                                     talked individually with audience members.
DUIs committed by country. Sweden is number                                                                                                                             Seitz Beldyga said the one-on-one interactions
two for the largest amount of alcohol consumed,
yet it is has the least number of people killed                                                                                                                     makes him feel good to have audience members
by DUIs.                                                                                                                                                            come up and shake his hand.
     Seitz Beldyga discussed three forms of                                                                                                                             The Save a Life Tour is on tour about 280
reinforcement, positive, negative and neutral,         Sgt. Anna Perry, rear detachment NCOIC for public affairs, HHC, 12th Combat Aviation                         days a year. It sets up in all kinds of areas in
during his presentation. To have positive              Brigade, buckles the drunken driver simulator seat belt while Brian Seitz Beldyga,                           order to get its message out and hope to save
reinforcement, individuals must have an emotion        senior manager, Save a Life Tour, gives instructions.                                                        lives by doing so.

Outlets for winter sports in the area abound
   by BIANCA SOWDERS                      crisp air.                                 horseshoe east of Bayreuth. Its main        Ochsenkopf offer gondolas and several          away driving east on the A3 toward
     USAG Ansbach Public Affairs                                                     towns are Marktredwitz, Wunsiedel           T-bar lifts, some of which are open            the Czech Republic. Although there
                                          to the many well-known and published       and Selb, and the highest mountains         daily from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. thanks         are many areas to choose from,
    One of the great advantages of        places in the Alpine region and check      are the Schneeberg at 1,053 meters                                                         some of the most popular ones are
living in southern Germany is that        out these smaller scale slopes that can    and the Ochsenkopf at 1,024 meters.         precipitation snow canons ensure there         Grosser Arber, Sankt Englmar or
wherever you live there is bound to       be reached within a couple hours, are      The Fichtelgebirge can be reached           is enough snow for skiing.                     Mitterdorf-Philippsreut. The Grosser
be a place close for outdoor activity.    not as costly, and make the perfect        via Autobahn A6 to A9 in about 90               In the same area there is also the         Arber, the highest mountain in the
During the winter months many folks       destination for a day trip.                minutes.                                    “Nordic Parc” with many options and            Bavarian–Bohemian Mountain Range
like to ski, snowboard and sled, or           The Fichtelgebirge is a medium            Towns like Mehlmeisel and                tracks for the cross-country fan. For          at 1,456-meters, is also known as
simply take long walks in the fresh       mountain range shaped like a               Bischofsgruen at the foot of the            more information, log on to www.               the king of the Bavarian Forest and
                                                                                                                        and www.nordic-parc.            rewards skiers with a spectacular
Skiers enjoy a                                                                                                                   de.                                            panoramic view (
well-prepared                                                                                                                        Special snowboarding parks                    The Rhoen Mountain Range,
downhill ski                                                                                                                     can be found near the towns of
slope - the slopes                                                                                                               Oberwarmensteinach (www.skilifte-              Schweinfurt can be reached within
are prepared                                                                                                           , Bischofsgruen               less than 90 minutes on A7. The
daily with large                                                                                                                 ( or Kornberg             hills Kreuzberg, Wasserkuppe and
                                                                                                                                 (                             Arnsberg aren’t very high, but still
machines. Snow                                                                                                                       For a complete listing of all the winter   provide for lots of fun in the snow with
canons produce                                                                                                                   sport opportunities in Fichtelgebirge,         a total of 27 ski lifts (www.skilifte-
extra snow,                                                                                                                      go to or     , www.feuerberglifte.
if there is not                                                                                                                        de, ). On pretty
          enough.                                                                                                                                                               days there is even a chance to take
                                                                                                                                     The area east of the city of Weiden        a trip in a hot-air balloon (www.
     Courtesy photo                                                                                                              is called the Oberpfaelzer Wald and  
                                                                                                                                 has quite a few places which offer                 It is always a good idea to check
                                                                                                                                 cross-country tracks and alpine                the snow reports before making the
                                                                                                                                 ski slopes. The main centers of                trip to any of the places, because the
                                                                                                                                 activity are Vohenstrauss (www.                lifts are only open for business if there
                                                                                                                        and Schoensee               is enough snow. Most winter sports
                                                                                                                                 ( The area             areas offer ski huts and restaurants
                                                                                                                                 of Vohenstrauss can be reached on              to warm up and rest as well.
                                                                                                                                 Autobahn A6 in a little more than                  For a detailed English language
                                                                                                                                 one hour.                                      listing of ski resorts with snow
                                                                                                                                     A little further away is the               reports, opening times, prices and
                                                                                                                                 Bayrischer Wald (Bavarian Forest),             more Web addresses, go to www.
                                                                                                                                 which is approximately two hours     

Safe winter driving begins with proper planning
                   Story and photo by                             Then the ice can be hidden by the snow.
                   GINI SINCLAIR                                      According to Schumann, one of the main strategies for
                USAG Ansbach Public Affairs                       driving in the snow is to reduce speed. She said reduced
                                                                  speed is especially important at turns and curves and in
   While working in a car dealership outside Fort Riley,          areas where the sun doesn’t penetrate to help melt the ice
Kan., a German woman came in asking to have winter air            or snow on the road.
put in her tires.                                                     As well as slowing down, Schumann recommends using
   The mechanics had a good laugh over that, until they           headlights whenever necessary. She pointed out that in the
                                                                  winter it gets darker earlier and wet weather conditions can
on her car.                                                       make it harder to see.
                                                                      Maintenance on a car also contributes to a safe trip in
Army Garrison Ansbach, using snow tires is a good idea.           the winter. Schumann recommends checking the tire tread,
                                                                  lights, wipers, heater and defroster before winter. She
in this area, but Schumann said if drivers are in an accident     suggests drivers keep an emergency package in the vehicle
with snow on the road and they don’t have snow tires, the
insurance company won’t pay.                                      snacks, water and a cell phone.
    The areas that require snow tires or chains usually have         As well as making sure they are prepared for emergencies,
a sign showing that the equipment is required.                    drivers should ensure their cars have plenty of fuel for
    Schumann said main roads are generally plowed quickly,
but snow may pile up on side roads.                                  Most of all for those trips taken in adverse weather
    Drivers may encounter snow or ice when going through          conditions Schumann said to allow extra time for travel.
residential areas.                                                    To stay informed of what weather is expected drivers         A local resident clears snow off the car before departing out on
    She explained that snow will often melt a bit during the      should watch the weather forecast as well as checking the        the road. German law requires drivers to clear their car before
day and freeze at night when the temperatures are lower.          road conditions as determined by USAG Ansbach.                   getting on the road.
22 Bavarian News                                                                         Schweinfurt                                                                                          January 20, 2010

Renovations broaden opportunities
              Story and photo by
       NATHAN VAN SCHAIK                                                                                                                                      replacing the white tent, which private parties
        USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs
                                                                                                                                                              can rent.
                                                                                                                                                                  External renovation and outdoor restoration
    The recent completion of the renovation                                                                                                                   have broadened the garrison’s ability to offer safe
project to the Conn Community Conference                                                                                                                      and affordable on-post recreation, according to
Center marks an increased effort to expand the                                                                                                                James Barrett, USAG Schweinfurt FMWR chief
Army Family Covenant within the Schweinfurt                                                                                                                   of business division for clubs and special events.
community as well as provide a more robust on-                                                                                                                Those with on-post access will be able to camp
post family environment.                                                                                                                                      there, weather-permitting, according to Barrett.
    Renovation began in June 2009 and ended                                                                                                                       “The grassy area behind the pavilion is now
six months later with a ribbon cutting ceremony.                                                                                                              open to those wishing to pitch a tent,” Barrett
Costs, which amounted to $713,000, were                                                                                                                       said.
directed toward overhauling the entire structure                                                                                                                  Barrett, while acknowledging that alcohol
both internal and external to the facility.                                                                                                                   is permitted, explained that campfires, RVs
    “Our goal was to improve energy savings                                                                                                                   and trailers are prohibited. Barrett said people
and make a more attractive appearance,” said                                                                                                                  can rent tents and outdoor equipment from the
Drake Gibbs, director of the U.S. Army Garrison                                                                                                               outdoor recreation center.
Schweinfurt Directorate of Public Works, the                                                                                                                      “During the summer, we’ll see if we can
organization responsible for the mobilization and                                                                                                             open the patio bar to provide snacks and drinks.
on-site construction of the project. “We wanted                                                                                                               Restrooms are available throughout the night,”
to attract more Soldiers and families to come and                                                                                                             Barrett said.
relax. We’re happy with the outcome and very                                                                                                                      Whether people want to take advantage of the
pleased with the end result.”                                                                                                                                 new Euro-outdoor patio setting, reserve the Irish
    The project itself — which brought together a
range of directorates and managers — is in tune                                                                                                               or use the conference center for unit functions,
with Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch’s initiative to breathe     After seven months of renovation, the Conn Community Conference Center is                                one thing is certain: people are pleased with the
life into the Army Family Covenant. Since taking     open and ready for the public. More than $700,000 was spent in renovating the
command in November, Lynch, commanding                                                                                                                           For Sgt. 1st Class Richard Wright of the 1st
                                                     conference area, the Irish Pub, the outdoor patio area and an outdoor area geared
general of the Army Installation Management                                                                                                                   Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment (Airborne),
Command, has been committed to delivering            toward campers.                                                                                          the Irish Pub mixes the convenience of an ideal
quality of life to Soldiers and families to make                                                                                                              location with a club atmosphere.
them more resilient and capable, according to an     an additional facility to support training and                                                              “This is a place near the barracks and near
                                                     reintegration needs,” Duday said.                   of upgrades at the facility.                         taxis,” Wright said. “You get a comfortable club
   Mike Duday, Schweinfurt’s director of                 The completed project encompasses the              The Irish Pub, which is located in the basement   without the worrying of the currency, the pricey
Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation,           Irish Pub, the conference center, the patio and     of the pavilion, also received substantial           drinks, choking on cigarette smoke, the drinking
explained the renovation project as being part       the outdoor pavilion area. All are available for    renovation.                                          and driving, and the fighting you might get
of Lynch’s vision to preserve Army traditions        conferencing and private party catering to all         And that’s not all.                               somewhere else. And there’s no cover charge.”
and institutions.                                    I.D. cardholders, units, family readiness groups,      Along the grassy area adjacent to the club           The Irish Pub is open every Friday and
   “This renovation is our commitment to             private organizations and family members.                                                                Saturday from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. To rent the pub,
sustain quality of life and preserving great             Refurbished restrooms, an expanded array of     lights and built-in grills and equipped to provide   conference center, or outdoor patio area, call
Army institutions such as hail and farewells,        kitchen equipment, reinstalled insulation, and      power to electrical appliances such as radios.       James Barrett at DSN 354-6186, CIV 09721-
right arm nights and dining ins … and provides       new handicap access, air conditioners, granite      There are additional playgrounds for children        96-6186.

Mascot follows 1-91st to Afghanistan
Schweinfurt Elementary                               Elementary School, recently. His pictures,
                                                     capturing the Afghan landscape, were met

                                                     and “aws.” Many of the students have family
to front lines with Soldiers                         members attached to the 1-91 st Cav. Regt.
                                                     deployed in Afghanistan.
             Story and photos by                        Flat Wilbur and Flat Schweinella—literally,
         USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs             school children with their parents stationed
                                                     downrange, according to Megan Stockdill, the
   They’re arguably the most well-traveled           school’s registrar.
pigs in the world. Delivered from the halls of
Schweinfurt Elementary School, Flat Wilbur           deployed, our school thought it would be a fun
and Flat Schweinella have spanned the globe
where they’re connected downrange with               with our dads and moms on their deployment
Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.                    and report back to the student what they were
   Flat Schweinella, a sow, was officially           seeing and doing,” Stockdill said.
handed over to the 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry           And when 1-91st Cav. Regt. deployed in
Regiment (Airborne) during an assembly to join       2007, Flat Wilbur was on another deployment.
the deployed Soldiers in Afghanistan. She is the     That’s when Flat Schweinella was drafted
“wife” of Flat Wilbur who is still attached to the   and christened as the second Schweinfurt
1st Battalion, 77th Field Artillery.                 Elementary School mascot. She’s now on her
   “This is a mascot who will deploy downrange       way to Afghanistan where she’ll touchdown
and visit all of the kids’ fathers in Afghanistan,   in Logar with other sky Soldiers of the 1-91st                                         Capt. Chris Shepherd, rear detachment commander for
as well as accompany them on various missions.       Cav. Regt.                                                                             the 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, speaks to
                                                        “Five troopers who will be deploying in the                                         Schweinfurt Elementary School students before being
throughout the deployment as they receive the        next two weeks will deploy Schweinella with
pictures from Schweinella’s journey,” said           them. This was done on the squadron’s previous                                         given Schweinella, the school’s mascot (left), which
Capt. Chris Shepherd, the rear detachment            deployment with great success,” Shepherd said.                                         will head east to rendezvous with Soldiers. Students
commander for 1-91st Cav. Regt.                         Capt. Steven Barnaby of the 1-91st Cav. Regt.                                       wearing the letter “C” have family members attached
   Shepherd delivered a speech and presented         will escort the sow to Afghanistan.                                                    to the 1-91st Cav. Regt. deployed in Afghanistan.
a slideshow to the students of Schweinfurt              “It’s quite an honor,” he said.

                                                                                                                 106th FMC Soldiers return
                                                                                                                 after yearlong deployment
                                                                                                                 Delta Detachment makes                              “I feel anxious, excited, nervous and
                                                                                                                                                                  happy,” said Leslie Jones, on the return of
                                                                                                                 its presence felt in Iraq                        her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Jones.

                                                                                                                             Story and photo by                   management support. We were very
                                                                                                                                                                  effective,” said Capt. Wansy Paul, company
                                                                                                                       NATHAN VAN SCHAIK                          commander to the 106th Financial
                                                                                                                        USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs
                                                                                                                                                                  Management Company.
                                                                                                                    Soldiers from Delta Detachment, 106th            The 106th Financial Management
                                                                                                                 Financial Management Company stand in            Company, headquartered out of U.S. Army
                                                                                                                 formation after returning from a 355-day         Garrison Bamberg, provided support to over
                                                                                                                 deployment to Iraq, Dec. 19.                     16,000 Soldiers and 12,000 civilians at
                                                                                                                    The company departed Dec. 29, 2008,           Forward Operating Base Diamondback and
                                                                                                                 and made its triumphant return before a          Marez within the Multinational Division -
                                                                                                                 crowd of friends and family at Kessler           North, according to Maj. Mike Mouritsen,
                                                                                                                 Fitness Center.                                  the company’s commander.
January 20, 2010
                                                                                       Schweinfurt                                                                           Bavarian News   23

Health clinic Soldiers train for battle
Soldiers put down patient
charts and pick up weapons
              by JEN WALSH
            BMEDDAC Public Affairs
   Reacting to an ambush, performing voice
communications and engaging targets in an urban
environment, are all part of being a Soldier. But

   Schweinfurt Health clinic Soldiers had an

get back to the basics during a situational training

based training serves as an excellent method of
putting into practice the classes that have been

   Scenarios included visual signaling
techniques; reacting to an unexploded ordinance;
entering buildings in urban environments; squad

   “The training was an overall good review

and hard work, the clinic leadership believes it
was a worthwhile training event.
   “The hard work of multiple NCOs throughout
the clinic resulted in tough, realistic training for
                                                                                                                                                                Photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Berthold
this standard of training will serve as a precedent

                                                                     Clinic takes vaccine to community
                                                                     Staff from Schweinfurt
                                                                     Health Clinic administer
                                                                     H1N1 vaccine to patrons
                                                                     at the post exchange
                                                                               Story and photo by
                                                                         NATHAN VAN SCHAIK
                                                                          USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs

                                                                     Health Clinic provided over 20 free
                                                                     H1N1 vaccinations at the entrance to
                                                                     the Post Exchange, Jan. 6, as staff from
                                                                     the Schweinfurt Health Clinic ratchet up

                                                                        “This is an outreach program to offer
                                                                     the vaccine so that we can capture people

                                                                     said Col. Patrick Denman, commander of
                                                                     the Schweinfurt Health Clinic.

                                                                     Public Health Nursing Bavaria West,
                                                                     helped administer the vaccines.

                                                                     is protected from the H1N1 virus.
                                             Photo by Emily Athens

Blood drive aims to save lives
Kessler Fitness Center during a blood drive, Jan. 12,
                                                                     to provide vaccinations is aimed at all
                                                                                                                 Maj. Vernell Jordan (left) administers the H1N1 vaccine to retired Sgt. 1st
                                                                     explained Jordan. That list includes
“The goal is to receive 60 units of blood,” said                                                                 provided more than 20 free H1N1 vaccinations at the entrance to the PX,
Kimberly Messer, family readiness support technician

                                                                                                                    Those who were unable to take

                                                                                                                 H1N1 vaccination can still receive it.
                                                                     vaccinations.                                                                        a.m. For more information, call DSN
lab technician Sgt. Denise Rudolph.
                                                                                                                    Beneficiaries can walk in to the

24      Bavarian News
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                                                                                                                                                    have options
                                                                                                                                                    for exemptions
                                                                                                                                                    2009 Tax Credits
                                                                                                                                                        Making work pay credit - Taxpayers who have
                                                                                                                                                    earned income from work may be able to take this credit.
                                                                                                                                                    It is 6.2 percent of your earned income and cannot exceed

                                                                                                                                                       Government retiree credit - Taxpayers who receive

                                                                                                                                                       Finally, taxpayers who received an economic recovery
                                                                                                                                                    payment do not need to pay taxes on it, but because this
                                                                                                                                                    payment was really an advanced tax credit, it must be

                                                                                                                                                    Retiree credits.
                                                                                                                                                       American opportunity education credit. This is

                                                                                                                                                    of postsecondary education. The maximum credit per

                                                                                                                                                    $80,000 - $90,000 and $160,000 - $180,000 for married

                                                                                                                                                       Beyond these new credits, there have also been
New legislation allows military spouses to establish a permanent residence and carry it with them through each change

                                                                                                                                                    either standard or itemized deductions.

New law allows spouses to claim                                                                                                                     taxpayers

same state as service member
            Story and photo by
                                                                                                                                                       $8,350 for Head of Household
                                                                                                                                                       Taxpayers who wouldn’t otherwise qualify to itemize
           C. TODD LOPEZ                           service member stays a resident of Texas his
              Army News Service
                                                                                                         Additionally, the act does not mean
                                                   be a domiciliary of every place the service       military spouses do not need to pay state
                                                                                                     income tax. If the state where a spouse        state or local real estate taxes paid that would be an
                                                   “That’s what happened before this. You            maintains domiciliary status under the new     allowable itemized deduction on Schedule A had the
military spouses to establish a permanent          could never have a constant domicile. You         act requires civilian residents to pay state   taxpayer itemized deductions.
                                                   had to be a resident of whatever state you        income tax, then they must as well. This          Any state or local sales or excise taxes you paid on
                                                                                                     includes those states where the requirement    the purchase of a new motor vehicle after February 16,
  The Military Spouses Residency Relief              Second, in many cases, military                 to pay state income tax by a service member    2009, and any net loss from a federally declared disaster.
Act enables military spouses to do what            members have opted to continue to maintain                                                          Personal exemptions. The amount has been increased
                                                   domiciliary status in one of the states that do                                                  to $3,650 for each exemption to which the taxpayer is
to do - claim and maintain residency in one                                                          a federal law, does not convey to civilian
home state, pay income taxes only to that                                                            spouses the benefits extended to service       lose part of their exemption amount not to exceed a one-
state, and vote as a resident of that state, for                                                     members by individual states.                  third reduction.
the duration of their military career, without     Those service members do not pay state                The MSRRA amendment applies                    Itemized deductions.
                                                   income tax.                                       retroactively to tax year 2009. This means     except that taxpayers will have some of their itemized
  “The purpose was to allow the spouse to              The new act would allow military spouses      that for some spouses - those that can show
maintain the same domicile as the service          who have been present in one of those states      they met the requirements for domiciliary
                                                   - and established domiciliary status there - to                                                  separately.
                                                                                                                                                       Cash for clunkers payments. Taxpayers who
                                                   member spouse, and to then also not pay                                                          received a $3,500 or $4,500 voucher or payment under the
                                                   state income tax.                                 lived and worked.
and wife be able to establish and maintain                                                              The MSRRA is relatively new, and many       will not have to pay any federal income tax on the money
domiciliary status in the same state - and         is for a spouse to “pick” a state where they                                                     they received.
                                                                                                     with military spouse taxpayers who may            Individual retirement arrangements (IRAs)
                                                   domiciliary status in a state, in nearly every                                                   contributions. Taxpayers can contribute a maximum of
   First, it simplifies paperwork. In the          case, requires that the spouse has lived in       she said while states have in the past been
past, spouses would have to re-establish           the state.                                                                                       or Roth IRAs. The amount contributed by an employer
residency in whatever state they moved to                                                            purposes the claims of nonstate residence by
                                                   to synch up, by physical presence and intent                                                        Divorced or separated parents. Noncustodial parents
                                                   to remain.”

there. Additionally, if their service member       of residency of one state - especially if                                                        went into effect after 2008 to the IRS. Instead, a form
maintained permanent domiciliary status in                                                           said service members and their spouses

income taxes separately.                                                                                                                            the child’s exemption.
   “It allows them to establish a domicile,                                                          assistance attorney on your installation,”        Editor’s Note: For a full list of exemptions, contact

                                                                                                                                                                                   Anthony Naia, From
                                                                                                                                                                                   the Communications
                                                                                                                                                                                   Electronics Research,
      by MATTHEW HICKMAN                                                                                                                                                           Development and
                                                                                                                                                                                   Engineering Center,
              Engineering Command                     urban areas where many of today’s battles occur.                                                                             demonstrates how to
                                                                                                                                                                                   use Sense-Through-
                                                      city streets and back alleys. A device that would
                                                      allow Soldiers to recon a house and determine                                                                                the-Wall technology
Soldiers in combat as Army scientists continue        enemy locations would certainly save lives.                                                                                  to Secretary of the
                                                                                                                                                                                   Army John McHugh
to increase situational awareness.                                                                                                                                                 (right) and Research,
Command technicians demonstrated Sense-
                                                      in continuous development for 10 years, but the                                                                              and Engineering
                                                                                                                                                                                   Commander Maj. Gen.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Nickolas Justice.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Photo by Tom Faulkner
futuristic Army equipment and vehicles.               the device, and Cua said Soldiers shouldn’t treat
                                                      it like a silver bullet.                             equipment that replaces another piece of           feedback has been very positive.
                                                           “The Soldiers obviously want an increased       equipment that could save lives.”                     “Soldiers would love to have this capability
barriers. The wave records Doppler movements                                                                  Soldiers can become effective with the
and sends information to the receiver antenna.                                                                                                                help save their own lives and others then they’re
                                                      to burden the Soldiers with a piece of heavy         user interface is easy to read, and Cua said the
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Plans promote comprehensive pet care
Continued from page 1
will be the same for all clients and at all
military veterinary treatment facilities.             The Vilseck
   “We present the wellness package              Veterinary Treatment
… and provide recommendations
based on our judgments as doctors and              Facility routinely
                                                 maintains scheduled
said Capt. Renee Krebs, officer in
charge, Vilseck Branch Veterinary                   appointments
Services. “But in the end, the owners                regardless of
                                                announced delays and
   Services provided at the VTF
include, but are not limited to, health
                                                road conditions during
                                                  the winter season.
dental procedures, X-ray diagnostics,
ECG diagnostics and routine laboratory
testing to include blood, serum, urine           an appointment, or to
and fecal assessments. Additionally,
the VTF offers information regarding              contact the Vilseck
various veterinarians and clinics on the         Veterinary Treatment
economy to give patients options and
ensure their pet’s safety.                      Facility, call DSN 476-
   “We provide numerous services,                2370, CIV 09622-83-
but are limited when it comes to
not at this time able to stay open 24
hours, and for that reason we have a
list of off-post veterinarians available
to the community that speak English              In an age of constant change,
                                              especially within the military
   Krebs urged the community to be            community, many family members
responsible pet owners by educating           place increasing importance on the role   Capt. Leah Tingley (right) of the Vilseck Branch Veterinary Services checks the vital signs of her
themselves on pet care, stating the           of pets in their lives.
recently instituted wellness package             Ensuring a pet is happy and healthy    patient, Max, as his owner, Kelley Cunningham looks on. Max was brought to the Vilseck Veterinary
and the VTF can help.                         can provide a safe and rewarding          Treatment Facility for preventative treatment of dysplasia, on par with the new wellness program,
   “Their lives are so much shorter           environment for every member of the       which allows more interaction with veterinarians and their patients in promoting good health and
                                              household.                                preventative treatments.

Continued from page 1                                                                                                          Eoin Oravetz and Andre                Additionally, the FMWRC Family Plans
   The Family Programs directorate within                                                                                      Ross couldn't keep                 Directorate has forged greater relationships with
FMWRC is responsible for developing all family                                                                                 their feet on the ground           the Army’s Chaplain Corps, as the Covenant
programs and services within the Army.                                                                                         during an Exceptional
   And such military families are resilient,                                                                                                                      positions meant to deliver family ministry,
                                                                                                                               Family Member Program              training and marriage enhancement programs.
assistance to help them meet their needs.                                                                                      Summer Camp held                       Similarly, the Strong Bonds program
   The Covenant’s commitment enhances that                                                                                     at U.S. Army Garrison              includes a series of marriage and family skill-
resiliency by providing support, training, care                                                                                Heidelberg, Germany.               building programs designed to increase marital
and social interaction opportunities through an                                                                                Army Family Covenant               satisfaction, reduce divorce rates, and enhance
established and resourced infrastructure. The                                                                                                                     Soldier and family readiness.
                                                                                                                               funding was used                       “We know that strong relationships have
in a consistent and seamless manner.                                                                                                                              been proven to be directly related to increased
    “The Army Family Covenant has brought                                                                                      summer camp program                resiliency. Strong Bonds is a proven method to
greater awareness of families and recognition of                                                                               for EFMP families
                                                                                                                               there, with 12 children            Waynick, FMWRC staff chaplain. “I am proud
director of FMWRC Family Programs. “Families                                                                                   participating in activities        that we at FMWRC are supporting this great

to create new programs, only to fully fund and                                                                                 such as therapeutic-                  To support Soldiers and families during
staff existing programs consistently.                                                                                          riding, pottery-making,            the deployment and return cycle, the Army
    “Therefore, we have expanded our budget                                                                                    therapeutic music                  has increased the number of Military
over the previous two years to significantly                                                                                   sessions, and dance and
improve the existing family programs, pay for                                                                                  movement classes.                  with Army Community Service, National
these improvements in service and increase the
number of people who directly support execution                                                                                Photo by Jason Austin              Commands. These consultants help families
                                                                                                                                                                  during reintegration, provide outreach to Guard
   “A great example is respite care for families
                                                                                                               Also developed and implemented through
                                                                                                           the Covenant was the addition of nearly 1,100          death or injury.
   These programs and services are critical in         area where we have invested much time and           family readiness support assistants within                “There are a myriad of programs and services
                                                       resources is the Web site,        family readiness groups, which are normally            the Army Family Covenant pledges to provide
stressors resulting from unfamiliarity with Army       which provides a single access point to programs    comprised of Soldiers’ spouses from within
life or the installation, and the ultimate fear ...    and services for families on Army installations     battalion- or brigade-sized units who meet to          “We ensure our communities receive the best
loss of a loved one.                                   and for those people who are geographically         discuss and resolve issues affecting families such
    A major tenet of the Covenant is a                                                                     organizations.                                         develop and implement programs that address
commitment to standardize family programs                 Another notable service the Army has                 And Soldier and Family Assistance Centers
and services throughout the service. One               implemented since that 2007 signing: the            were established at Army communities owning               “We want to ensure every family is provided
example: implementing Army Community                   establishment of Survivor Outreach Services,        Warrior Transition Units. These centers provide        the resources they need to make them more
                                                       which is a standardized, decentralized approach     a facility for wounded warriors and their families     resilient through difficult or stressful times
worldwide, resulting in the fully funding of 477       to improving support for survivors of fallen        to gather for mutual support to aid in the physical,
                                                       Soldiers. It recognized the need to develop         spiritual, and mental healing process. Services        Covenant promises this support. Soldiers and
shortfalls.                                            survivor support coordinators and financial         provided within the centers include transition         families deserve the very best and we continually
   “The Army, through the Covenant, has                counselors to improve outreach, referrals, life     support, as well as financial child care and           strive to be the conduit that provides the family
developed numerous programs that are                   skills, investment education and estate planning.   education counseling.

Fuel prices overseas are compared with AAFES, stateside norms
                                                                  Continued from page 1                            with providing fuel to authorized drivers, the        This transition to the plastic debit card
                                                                     Without the Fuel Ration Card Program,         Fuel Ration Card Program and market-based
                                                                  authorized personnel assigned to Germany         pricing provide tremendous value.                  programs, main frames, Verifones, printers
                                                                  could be subject to fuel prices, found on the                                                       and CPUs for each gas station. AAFES also
                                                                  local economy, which can easily be more          For example, costs related to the Fuel             created a Web-based online service program
                                                                  than 100 percent greater than those at AAFES     Ration Card/Gas Management program, as             for customers to log on and check their ration
                                                                  pumps.                                           well as labor costs, depreciation and other        amount.
                                                                     “I believe AAFES offers a better deal on      miscellaneous expenses account for 30 cents            The process to have all AAFES gas stations
                                                                                                                   per gallon of fuel dispensed in Germany.           computers and all Esso gas station computers
                                                                                                                      AAFES discontinued using the paper fuel
                                                                                                                   coupon ration book and vehicle registration        Dallas took approximately a year and a half
                                                                     While AAFES Overseas DoE fuel prices          form in December 2008 at the behest of the         to implement.
                                                                                                                   German government.
                                                                                                                      The start-up cost to transfer to a fuel         AAFES Europe Information Technology.
                                                                  Staff Sgt. Andrew Klein, Company C,              card program, at the behest of the German            “I like that I don’t have to pay for gas off
                                                                  1st MI Battalion, pumps fuel at the              government, is factored into each liter of
                                                                  Mainz-Kastel AAFES gas station.                  fuel dispensed.                                    as he closed his car door and drove off.

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