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
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
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
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
Opinion Editorial 2
News 3-8, 24, 25
What’s Happening 12-13 Tax season awaits Kickin’ it in Cairo See-through walls
Specialists offer new and proven Travelers in Cairo experience Scientists continue to develop
Movies 26 culture, ancient history radar imaging devices for combat
AAFES 27 PAGE 4 PAGE 15 PAGE 24
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.
to 40 hours of care per month for support military connected students We have so very much to be thankful IMCOM
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,
army.mil, 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.
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January 20, 2010 News Bavarian News 3
‘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. childrensmuseumoftacoma.org/
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
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, www.armywifenetwork.com. 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 www.rand.org/ 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
mypay.dfas.mil 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 www.hqjmtc.army.mil/ 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
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in the account, like interest and capital gains,
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upon withdrawal from the account, the money
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withdrawn is subject to taxation.
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Like Traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs are also
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retirement. However, unlike a Traditional IRA,
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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.
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
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
Spc. JERRY WILSON
2SCR Public Affairs
BOGEN, Germany – More than
325 troopers from FIRES Squadron
of the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment
Armored Engineer Battalion.
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
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.
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 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
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
by ROBERT SZOSTEK
German police also recommend
Kelley also recommends
Items visible in a vehicle make an easy target for theft, such as valuables and tourist-identifying maps.
Additional security tips are National Crime Prevention Council
Common sense a practical
weapon for thwarting thieves
Joint Multinational Training
by ROBERT SZOSTEK
pleas were provident.
marijuana. Milton was sentenced
Citizens should guard against theft year-round.
Laptop stolen with personal information
FMWR Public Affairs
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
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. hohenfels.army.mil 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the latest in community news, visit www.hohenfels.army.mil
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 army.mil. 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
tricareonline.com 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
by KRISTIN BRADLEY
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
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
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
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 email@example.com 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 www.hqjmtc.army.mil. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Yancy.email@example.com.
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,
This survey, at www.milmail.org, 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 Source.com 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 www.kontaktclub-hohenfels.org. 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!
If you are interested in volunteering
call Kurt Rager at DSN 466-3403 or e- Rose Barracks Library
mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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
www.hohenfels.army.mil. 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
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
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.
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
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
Throughout the month of January, For more information, call 0162-296-2776 or email email@example.com.
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
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
16 Bavarian News Medical January 20, 2010
Health care gets a new name
by CAROL WESNOSKI
Vilseck Health Clinic
just a fancy new name for what doctors and
nurse at the
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
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
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.mil.
Army health clinic. Hours of operation will
18 Bavarian News Garmisch January 20, 2010
Warriors maximize Afghan downtime
Story and photo by
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
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 garmisch.army.mil. 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
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
klausenlift.de and www.nordic-parc. rewards skiers with a spectacular
Skiers enjoy a de. panoramic view (www.arber.de).
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 devalkartbahn.de), Bischofsgruen less than 90 minutes on A7. The
daily with large (www.skilift-latta.de) or Kornberg hills Kreuzberg, Wasserkuppe and
(www.kornberg.de). 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 www.ti-fichtelgebirge.de or kreuzberg.de , www.feuerberglifte.
if there is not www.freizeitfuehrer-franken.de/ de, www.arnsberglifte.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 rhoener-balloener.de).
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
ski-fahrenberg.de) and Schoensee is enough snow. Most winter sports
(www.schoenseer-land.de). 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 bergfex.com.
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
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,
NATHAN VAN SCHAIK
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
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
News January 20, 2010
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
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
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
by MATTHEW HICKMAN Development and
Engineering Command urban areas where many of today’s battles occur. demonstrates how to
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.
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
January 20, 2010 News Bavarian News 25
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
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 ArmyOneSource.com 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.
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.