Vol. 7, Nr. 11 U.S. Army Garrisons Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels, Ansbach, Schweinfurt and Garmisch June 8, 2011
EMTs rally to save heart attack victim Students extend
by Mark Iacampo
USAG Hohenfels Public Affairs Her eyes were open but there was tempted to revive her.
“Her eyes were open but birthday wishes for
no response. I tried to get a pulse —
there was no response,” he
HOHENFELS, Germany — said. “I tried to get a pulse —
One moment in time. nothing. nothing.”
That’s all it takes for trag- At that moment, Kathy
edy to strike or for a life to be Dan Mendoza, Husband Clemmons was parked nearby.
changed forever. But in that Mendoza asked Clemmons
same moment, with fast and community saved her life. Mendoza stopped at the ATM, to call an ambulance while
decisive action, a life can be Having spent the after- while Jill climbed into her car. he tried to pull his wife from
saved. On April 2, 2011, Jill noon at Hohenfels Middle/ “As I got out of the ATM the car. By the time he got the
and Dan Mendoza saw both High School games, the pair machine, I saw Jill was seatbelt unfastened and the car
sides of that coin when Jill returned to their separate vehi- slumped over the steering back in park, Clemmons had
suffered cardiac arrest, and the cles at the Warrior Hill Shop- wheel,” said Mendoza, who joined him and together they
quick actions of the Hohenfels pette parking lot to head home. immediately ran to her and at- See MENDOZA, page 17
A direct line to the top
Second-graders from Grafenwoehr Elementary
School present Grafenwoehr’s Mayor Helmuth
Waechter with a handmade banner in honor of the
city’s 650th birthday celebration, May 31.
Small citizens “Burgermeister Waechter
ist mein Freund and my part-
march to Rathaus, ner,” said Smiley.
Students danced around in
learn about local excitement as they followed
Waechter, who escorted them
government into the meeting hall of the
town council to explain how
Story and photo by he enacts legislation.
Molly Hayden They sat in plush chairs
Staff Writer encompassing a large wood-
en table and asked questions
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany about the mayor and the city
Ryland Edwards was ner- he runs.
vous; it was big day for the The meeting hall is where
11-year-old Grafenwoehr El- all the decisions are made,
ementary School student. said Waechter.
“There are a lot of pow- Waechter has conduct-
erful people here,” said Ed- ed business for the city of
wards. Grafenwoehr for 28 years and
Standing outside of the is currently in his sixth term
Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Lyttleton M. Yates Grafenwoehr Rathaus among as mayor. He works closely
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — A Soldier asks Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey his fellow fth-graders while with the Army regarding de-
a question during a town hall meeting at the Main Post Theater, June 2. Dempsey, who second graders looked up to velopment and projects in the
him, Edwards read aloud a training area and in the com-
was recently nominated to be the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Grafen- birthday wish extended to munity.
woehr to determine the overall health of the Army. For more on the general’s visit, see the Mayor Helmuth Waechter in His day-to-day routine
next edition of the Bavarian News. honor of the city’s 650th cel- ensures the well-being of all
ebration. citizens, both German and
“Living here means living American, living and working
in a town full of history, cul- in Grafenwoehr while main-
ture and tradition,” read Ed- taining the traditions of the
Hohenfels Fire Dept. a cut above the rest
wards. “We are proud to spend small farm town.
this great birthday together Grafenwoehr is one of the
with you.” oldest towns in this area and
The students then present- received its town charter in
From saving lives to nding lost sheep, prevention and education, and
curred on April 2, when Jill
Mendoza suffered a heart at-
ed the mayor with a handmade
1361, 131 years before Co-
lumbus discovered America –
local re ghters can take the heat “You have to be a little tack in the parking lot by the Waechter inspected and a fun fact that left the students
crazy to want to be a re ght- shoppette. artwork and smiled, thank- in stitches.
by Mark Iacampo 40,000 acres and 1.15 billion er,” said Guenter Stoeckl, re “Once in a while we have ing the children for their hard “That’s so old,” whispered
USAG Hohenfels Public Affairs dollars in property assets, the chief. reanimation, but it’s hard to work. Additionally, Waechter one second-grader in astonish-
single re company protects a Called upon for everything succeed,” said Stoeckl. “But expressed his gratitude to U.S ment.
HOHENFELS, Germany — permanent population of near- from nding lost sheep to sav- fortunately there was no loss of Garrison Grafenwoehr Com- Waechter encouraged the
In recognition of outstanding ly 6,000 individuals. ing lives, the re department time. The bystanders helped, mander Col. Vann Smiley and children and their parents
service as the community’s Tasked for multiservice re responded to 472 emergency we came with our de brillator fellow community members to participate in the various
rst responders, the Hohen- protection, the department is calls during scal year 2010. and our equipment, the BRK for the rewarding relation- clubs, celebrations and social
fels Fire Department has been responsible not only for struc- “It’s about having the (Bavarian Red Cross) showed ship between the German and activities held year-round in
named the IMCOM Europe tural re ghting, but wild land chance to help people in situ- up, our medevac showed up.” American nations. the town, and reminded them
Best Small Fire Department of and aircraft re, rescue op- ations where they need help,” “We could save her life, Smiley shook the mayor’s Grafenwoehr is everyone’s
scal year 2010. erations, emergency medical Stoeckl said. and that’s why we do all this hand and addressed the chil- community, a community
Responsible for over service rst responders, re Just such a situation oc- See FIRE DEPT., page 17 dren. shared.
More than ready Triumphant return Index
Soldier 360° students discover Redeploying Soldiers from 2SCR Op-Ed 2
ways to become mentally and and the 615th MP Company News 3-4, 6, 14, 16, 17
emotionally t while preparing receive a warm welcome from What’s Happening 8
for the new PRT a grateful community
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2 Bavarian News Opinion & Editorial June 8, 2011
Grafenwoehr has many reasons to celebrate
Gruess Gott! We had a busy week- Day last Thurs- for your family. fort to maintain and emphasize our
end with the city of Grafenwoehr’s day and we will For those of you who are unable to “One Community” concept. However,
650th anniversary, Bavaria’s Best Ba- celebrate Fa- be home with your families, know that there have been problems with people
varians Finals, Europe’s Got Talent ther’s Day in the they and the rest of us have you in our not following the posted speed limits.
Competition, and the Asian Paci c U.S. on Sunday, thoughts and prayers in hopes that next These speed limits are put there for ev-
heritage luau at Dickhaeuter Lake. But June 19. But no year you will be home, with your chil- eryone’s safety, to include the wildlife.
the great weather and the spirit and matter when we dren, explaining to them the meaning The training area is not a vast desert
support of the whole community made celebrate Fa- of Father’s Day. of dead ground and blown-up vehicles.
each and every one of the events a huge ther’s Day, the It is a thriving ecosystem with lakes
success. meaning is the Army Birthday and trees and hundreds of animals, in-
It is these partnerships with the same: to honor The Army will be celebrating 236 cluding deer, which can jump out in
communities that make our jobs and our fathers and years on Tuesday, June 14. There will front of your car without notice.
lives here so ful lling. It’s not just our father’s fathers for the roles they’ve be celebrations, tributes and ceremo- Additionally, military tactical ve-
about deploying and going to war, it’s shared in shaping who we are. nies honoring the Army and its 236 hicles can come out of blind entrances
Commander, U.S. Army
also about the support we give each Many fathers will be lucky enough years. Take the time to re ect and at- and can wreak havoc on today’s small-
Garrison Grafenwoehr other back here at home. to be back from deployment this Fa- tend one or all of the events. We are all er cars. Please enjoy using the “One
Col. Vann Smiley I know it is hard to fathom a city be- ther’s Day, but many won’t. And some, part of the Army history, in fact, we are Community” tank trail, but also follow
ing 650 years old since the U.S. is still those who have paid the ultimate sac- continuing to make history every day. the set speed limits. They are there for
Public Affairs Of cer in its infancy at 235 years. Families ri ce, will never be coming home for Happy Birthday Army! your safety and the safety of everyone
Michael Blass will come and go from the community, another Father’s Day. around you.
email@example.com but the garrisons and the partnerships Let’s make sure we honor those Tank Trail
DSN 475-8103, CIV 09641-83-8103 we make will live on forever. who have served, are serving, and those The Tank Trail opening May 25 Col. Vann Smiley
who have passed this Father’s Day. For
those of you who are with your fami-
was a success. Hundreds of cars are
now traveling to and from Main Post
Commander, U.S. Army
Jeremy S. Buddemeier
The Germans celebrated Father’s lies, celebrate, enjoy, and be thankful and Rose Barracks as part of our ef- Garrison Grafenwoehr
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NCO shares lessons on
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Soldier 360° nance, tness
The rst re ection in a seven-part series to help Soldiers become
DSN 475-8886, CIV 09641-83-8886 healthier and more resilient in their daily lives and careers. Each part
Garmisch Correspondent consists of an observation, activity and re ection.
firstname.lastname@example.org By Sgt. 1st Class with a wife that really cares gram. I am now in possession
DSN 440-3701, CIV 08821-750-3701 Milton Johnson about our family’s future and of such knowledge.
B. Co., 172nd Infantry we have taken steps necessary Recently, I had knee sur-
Schweinfurt Correspondents Support Battalion to ensure we don’t go hungry gery and often go to the gym
Joy Chalmers, Charles Stadtlander, after we leave the Army. to get back in shape. I used
Nathan Van Schaik During Soldier 360° I I also plan to reinforce my to walk down the hall to the
email@example.com gained valuable knowledge physical readiness training locker room and pass all these
firstname.lastname@example.org and so many useful tools that program with physical activi- posters on the walls about
email@example.com it seems almost impossible to ties I learned during Soldier yoga classes and spinning
DSN 354-1400, CIV 09721-96-1400
single out any one technique. 360°. At work, I know I can classes, never really paying
Hohenfels Correspondent However, I think there are any attention.
Mark Iacampo bene ts to be gained by taking After completing Soldier
firstname.lastname@example.org the time to re-evaluate your 360°, I know there are some
DSN 466-2398, CIV 09472-83-2398 life, and discover what works signi cant gains to trying
and what doesn’t. something new and yoga is
Ansbach Correspondent One thing that really one of those things. I can use
email@example.com helped my family and me was yoga and other core building
DSN 468-1600, CIV 09811-83-1600 that I talked to the nance exercises with my family.
specialist who provided one- I can honestly say that
on-one assistance to all the since I’ve attended Soldier Courtesy photo
Advertising: Retail advertising NCOs as part of the Soldier 360°, my eyes are open. I’m FREIHUNG, Germany — Pfc. Ian Shelton, with
and classi eds, www.milcom.de, 360° course. seeing things around me that the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Too many times I see Sol- were only just “there” before.
Address: U.S. Army Garrison gets ready to compete in the “Beverage Slide”
diers, both single and mar- I’m not naïve enough to
Grafenwoehr Public Affairs ried, who don’t take care of or believe that this course will competition during the “Bavaria’s Best Bavar-
Attn: Bavarian News know how to take care of their change everyone’s lives, but ians” competition, May 25. Shelton is a member
Unit 28130, APO AE 09114
nances. By the time landlords as a leader and senior noncom- of the Freihung German-American team that
and bill collectors begin to missioned of cer, I feel that it participated in the Bavarianwide competition.
contact the chain of command Read about how NCOs is my duty to spread the word The competition consisted of two 45-minute
If you have newsworthy ideas or about past and overdue bills, are preparing for the new about this course to ensure that
stories to submit, coordinate with the the “crap” rolls downhill and every NCO that I supervise, rounds in which contestants had to alternate
managing editor at 475-7113, or e- PRT using techniques between adults and children. Ultimately it was a
the rst person called is me, from the Soldier 360° both now and in the future, at-
mil. The editorial deadline for ar- the platoon sergeant, to x it. tends this course. We need it! little girl from the Freihung community that put
With the tools and advice course. See page 14. The Soldier 360° Lead- them over the top.
ticles and announcements is noon on
Tuesday, the week prior to the publi- the nance specialist gave me, implement training that will er Comprehensive Fitness Freihung was one of 24 towns selected
cation date. Publication dates can be I am now equipped with the prevent injury to my Soldiers Course is a franchise that can to participate, and the strong showing by the
found at www.milcom.de. The nal tools necessary to sit down and also ensure Soldiers who be hosted in any community
decision on whether content will run and lead my guys in the right are currently on pro le can Armywide. Replicate this pro- German-American team quali ed them to com-
rests with the managing editor.
direction when they run into participate in PRT without vi- gram at your home station to pete in the nals, June 4.
All editorial content is the respon-
sibility of the U.S. Army Garrison nancial challenges. olating the conditions of their help the Soldiers in your com-
Grafenwoehr Public Affairs Of ce. Further, because I learned medical pro le. munity establish better rela-
The Bavarian News is an authorized to communicate and listen I’ve always known that tionships with local service
publication for members of the De-
partment of Defense. Contents of the
Bavarian News are not necessarily
more effectively, my wife and
I can now rework our own -
nancial strategy. I’m not say-
exercise is, and should be, a
major part of everyone’s lives,
but a lot of leaders never really
For more on the course and
other observations, activities
the of cial views of, or endorsed by, ing that I’m the smartest or attempt to understand what it and re ections, visit the Face- In the May 25 edition page 1 “Hohenfels Soldier n
y edition, 1, nabs pres-
the U.S. Government, the Depart-
ment of Defense or the U.S. Army.
even the richest person in the really takes to put together an book page at www.facebook. tigious award,” the photo credit was improperly attributed. Spc.
The Bavarian News is published ev- Army, but I’ve been blessed effective physical training pro- com/Soldier360. Eric Cabral was the photographer.
ery two weeks by Werbeagentur und
Verlag Roswitha Lehner, a private
rm in no way connected with the
U.S. Army under exclusive written
contract with U.S. Army Garrison
Grafenwoehr. The newspaper has a
printed circulation of 9,000.
Was denkst du?
(What do you think?)
What is your favorite song to sing in the shower?
By Vilseck High School Sophomore Adrianna Sued
Everything advertised in this pub-
lication shall be made available for
purchase, use, or patronage without “‘Party in the “Go ahead and “I make up my “Mighty “I sing ‘I
regard to race, color, religion, sex, U.S.A.’ by put me down own songs.” Wings.” Believe I Can
national origin, age, martial status, Miley Cyrus.” for ‘Tik Tok.’” Fly.’”
physical handicap, political af lia-
tion or any other nonmerit factor of
the purchaser, user or patron.
The appearance of advertising in
this publication, including inserts
or supplements, does not constitute
endorsement by the U.S. Army or Pvt. Matt Bohrer Pfc. Steven Davis Tesiaya Harris Sgt. Pettus Howard Carolina Melchi
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products or services advertised. 172nd Infantry Brigade 172nd Infantry Brigade 4 years old Cavalry Regiment USAG Grafenwoehr
Water Tower art by Dane Gray
June 8, 2011 News Bavarian News 3
Students chase their shadows
Staff Report Staying on track.
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Fif- Vilseck High School
teen students from Vilseck High freshman Haley
School’s AVID class (Advancement Via Downs listens as
Individual Determination) took a day Serge Kearse, chief
off from school and went to work as part of the garrison’s
of Job Shadow Day, May 25.
Students shadowed Soldiers and gar- Sports and Fitness
rison employees at several locations in- Operations, dis-
cluding AFN, Child Youth and School cusses the features
Services, the Tower Inn and both li- of the track outside
braries. In many cases the employees the Main Post Fit-
learned as much as the students. ness Center. Downs
Photo by Mariah St. John Sophomores Melissa Morris, Mariah
St. John, and Adrianna Sued shadowed spent the day learn-
Hitting the books. Delia Wilson, 16, organizes three employees at the Bavarian News ing about different
books at the Main Post library, May 25. Wilson spent and were thrown right into the mix. aspects of the gym,
the day learning the processes of running a library, a Besides learning about the newspaper meeting staff mem-
career path that appeals to the Vilseck High School layout, photography, Associated Press bers and seeing
sophomore as a “calm and quiet” future endeavor. writing style, deadlines and unforgiv- what a typical day
“I’m interested in pursuing a career in becoming ing editors, each interviewed and pho-
tographed a counterpart “shadowee” is like for Kearse.
a librarian,” said Wilson, who shadowed librarian student at a different location, and inter- She especially
Joanne Ogreenc for the event. acted with local community members to enjoyed her tour
nd out what they thought about current around the gym
events. Downs found her
The “Was Denkst Du?” section on time with Kearse
the opposing page was produced by
Sued, and St. John’s and Morris’ “Was exciting and said
Denkst Du” questions and answers will this was “some-
appear in the next two editions of the thing I could see
Bavarian News. Photo by Melissa Morris myself doing.”
Letter of the law. Left: Freshmen Nyla Dwiggins and Jalyssa Florez discuss wills
and notarizing documents with Of ce of the Staff Judge Advocate’s Jess Hofberger, an
administrative law attorney (left), Staff Sgt. Jaclyn Irion, a paralegal noncommissioned
of cer, and Brad Huestis, chief of Client Services, during a 172nd Infantry Brigade prede-
ployment brief, May 25.
When asked about their day, Florez said the experience was more fun than she
thought it would be. “Kevin’s dad (Huestis) is cool,” Dwiggins said. The girls had a lot of
Photo by Adrianna Sued fun and nished the day by helping to prepare a case.
Scouts pay tribute at Normandy Schweinfurt honors
Over 3,000 Scouts
beaches to honor, perspective By Charles Stadtlander
retirees who live in the Sch-
weinfurt area. Billy Barber
remember D-Day Public Affairs now lives in Kitzingen and
By Clinton Schwartz served at Schweinfurt in the
By Mark Iacampo Special to the Bavarian News SCHWEINFURT, Germany 1960s with the 3rd Infantry
USAG Hohenfels Public Affairs — Members of the commu- Division.
I’ve been a Scout for seven nity here gathered beneath “It’s real important that
HOHENFELS, Germany — years now and I have never expe- the towering agpole at the community takes the
Members of Hohenfels’ Boy rienced anything like Normandy. Conn Barracks, May 26, for time to do this,” said Bar-
Scout Troop 303 and Cub At rst, it seemed like some old a ceremony commemorat- ber. “I love that they still
Scout Pack 303 joined Scouts beach where another battle had ing Memorial Day, the tradi- nd a way to recognize the
from around the world on taken place, tional day of remembrance fallen.”
the beaches at Normandy to but my feel- for those who have died “Celebrating here is
pay tribute to the heroes who ings began while in military service. no different than being in
fought and died for freedom to change The event was hosted by the U.S.,” he added. “Of
during the D-Day invasion of when I met the Schweinfurt chapter of course,” he said with a
June 6, 1944. Photo by Kirstin Reed a French sol- Veterans of Foreign Wars, chuckle, “there aren’t as
As part of a project with dier from D- whose current commander many Americans around.
UNESCO in support of hav- Boy Scouts from Troop 303 walk in the steps of his- Day. is Tim O’Brien. “Nobody But I still love it.”
ing the landing beaches de- tory during a visit to Normandy, recently. A few re- else in Europe put on a cer- As with all Memorial
clared a World Heritage site, maining D- emony as great as this one,” Day celebrations, the mood
more than 3,000 participants During the closing cer- one who knows a lot about Day veterans said O’Brien. He said that was a mixture of serious
lined up on the beaches with emonies at the American one of the things you’re do- were circling this is the sixth annual cer- remembrance and joyous
green placards and spelled Cemetery, each Scout troop ing,” she said. “In the mili- around the beach in old Jeeps from emony the organized by the togetherness. Following the
out “Normandy, land of lib- laid a set of owers at the tary, these battles are leg- World War II. The veterans looked Schweinfurt VFW, which solemn ceremony, attendees
erty.” head of the re ecting pool. endary, so all the of cers are different than most elderly people. has nearly 1,000 members. lined up for a free barbecue
“All of us wore the Bleuet, Afterward, visitors could lay fully indoctrinated.” They looked proud and strong, The guest of honor at the lunch and kids’ carnival at-
the French symbol of remem- individual owers at speci c Joyner said while the even at an old age. They knew ceremony was the NATO tractions, and then suited
brance,” said Scout master graves. Scouts were there, a French what kind of impact they’d had on Army Brigade’s Command up for a community softball
Kirstin Reed. “We’re (Boy “Col. Dan Barnett (Joint national approached him and the modern world. They had a look Sgt. Maj. Mark Schindler. tournament.
Scouts of America) very im- Multinational Readiness Cen- said, “Thank you, America. in their eyes that most people don’t He stressed the universal “We celebrate the memo-
portant for keeping the mem- ter deputy commander) and Thank you for making us have. I’ve seen that same look in honor of those who volun- ry of the dead by nourishing
ory alive. It’s a pilgrimage the his son Patrick went around free.” some of the Soldiers today after teer to serve their country, the happiness of the living,”
Scouts do every three years.” and found members of his in- “I had no idea how to re- ghting in Afghanistan. and urged them to be just as said Mary Ritzmann of the
Reed said the Scouts were fantry and laid a ower,” said ply to that,” said Joyner. Later that day, we visited the noble in remembering their VFW Women’s Auxiliary.
impressed with how far the Reed. She mentioned that the The Hohenfels Communi- cemetery in Normandy. As taps fallen comrades. But the most impas-
beach stretched and the cour- Scouts were truly moved by ty and Spouses Club provided played, the hundreds of people in “We’re all Soldiers sioned remarks of the day
age of the men who had to the experience. a generous donation to help the cemetery went silent. Just lis- here,” he said to the troops came from the VFW com-
cross that distance in the face “This wasn’t like Memo- fund the trip and supported tening to it and seeing the elds among the crowd gathered mander during the ceremo-
of tremendous opposition. rial Day where we just lay a the transportation and admis- and elds of graves all right next before him. “Regardless of ny, as he stated a case for the
“There was a lot of time wreath, we were actually lay- sion costs, Reed said. to each other sent a chill down my time served or rank, it isn’t importance of the holiday,
where we were just calmed ing these owers at the feet of “Thanks to them, every spine. I felt proud to be an Ameri- what we’ve done in the past, which is federally recog-
into silence,” said Reed. these men who had done this single Scout who wanted to can. I knew that if it hadn’t been it’s what we’re about to do.” nized May 30.
“There were a lot of quiet (battle),” she said. go, regardless of their fam- for the sacri ce of these men, the “The world we live in to- “Do most nonveterans
conversations, a lot less hors- Other activities included a ily income, they went,” she United States might be very differ- day is a sound byte culture,” recognize the importance of
ing around. They really got boat tour, hiking and a visit to added. ent today. he went on. “The men and remembering those we lost
it.” the cliff-side forti cations of Besides an opportunity Even though over 60 years have women who have died for in combat?” asked O’Brien.
Scout Kacey Joyner said Point de Hoc. to visit a historic battle eld, passed, it’s important to remem- their country deserve more “Their sacri ce is meaning-
this really put things in per- “That’s where the Rang- many of the Scouts brought ber each Soldier and what they did than a 20-second sound less without remembrance.
spective for him. ers shimmied up these cliffs back lessons that will last a for us. They are more than just a byte. Their stories are worth With two wars underway,
“At one point all the basically by their ngernails lifetime. part of history. They were people retelling.” the public has no excuse not
Scouts … about 3,000 were and sheer will to take that po- “I have a new outlook on just like those who are ghting in Among the seated guests to remember. It’s our nation-
gathered at Omaha Beach. sition,” Reed said. D-Day,” said Joyner. “Men Afghanistan right now. We must of honor were also several al debt.”
We were told that about that Reed added that Scouting that were once strangers continue to pay respect to them as
many Soldiers died in the with military members al- from different worlds became new generations are born and live
rst 30 minutes,” Joyner said. ways adds to the overall ex- friends all in a ght against in this free world. Get the latest updates at Facebook.com/USAGG
“I can’t even comprehend the perience. tyranny. I hope it is a friend- See BOY SCOUT, page 17
sacri ce that was given.” “You always have some- ship that will last for ages.”
4 Bavarian News News June 8, 2011
Garrison’s Community Huddle goes viral
Story and photo by on the lack of fashionable and age-
Molly Hayden appropriate clothing available at the
Staff Writer PX. Young hipsters should see a new
line of apparel available soon.
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The huddle continued with a ques-
More than 70 military leaders, Sol- tion-and-answer session as audience
diers, family and community mem- members spoke to subject matter ex- Lt. Col. Wright, left in Stetson,
bers gathered at the Tower View perts regarding community issues. receives the colors marking
Restaurant, May 26, for the monthly his assumption of command
Community Huddle. In addition to Private rentals
those in attendance, others tuned in Family members addressed their of the 1st Squadron, 91st
from remote locations on the Grafen- concerns regarding high rental prices Cavalry Regiment. The 1-91st
woehr Facebook page, providing a off post, stating they feel they were welcomed new leadership on
new outlet for members to discuss being taken advantage of. The hous- Conn Barracks, May 26, as
issues pertaining to the community. ing department is currently reviewing Lt. Col. Paul Fellinger passed
This is the second month commu- the issue and Smiley said he has and
command to Wright.
nity members voiced their opinion or will continue to meet with the council
posed questions to garrison leader- of mayors to help negotiate fair rent
ship via Facebook.
Col. Vann Smiley, U.S. Army
Garrison Grafenwoehr commander,
prices in private rental homes.
Questions from remote users were
also addressed and once a resolution
facilitated the meeting and said the
new Facebook feature was “an effort
to capture our whole community.”
Col. Vann Smiley, U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr commander,
checks community member comments on the garrison’s Face-
was found, a reply was made.
Nick Fernandez wrote in remotely
asking if there were plans for a Main
Two large screens projecting the
Facebook page allowed audience
members to examine the new tech-
book page during the May 26 Community Huddle meeting.
The road is open to privately homepage.
Post dog park.
Jeff Darrow, chief of operations
and maintenance, USAG Grafen-
The meeting continued in normal
fashion as subject matter experts ad-
owned vehicles between the hours of
5:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Army Community Service direc-
Additionally, Laliberte provided
issue tracker updates, stating many is-
sues pertaining to housing areas have
woehr Directorate of Public Works,
stated the park, located in the housing
area off of Shiloh Avenue, will open
dressed the crowd one by one, dis- tor Jolly Miller spoke of the suc- been resolved including the cleanup within six weeks. Story and photo by
cussing upcoming host nation events cess of the ACS’s “Welcome Home of playground graf ti in the Schwar- Tiff’nni Bell asked for an update Nathan Van Schaik
and important information regarding Squad” as they greeted more than zenbach Housing Area and a desired on the fence issue for Gmuend hous- USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs
the installation. 1,300 Single Soldiers while attending shuttle bus service to Weiherhammer, ing. A reply was sent stating the Gm-
Community members tuning in 14 welcome home events. set to begin as early as July 1. uend leased housing manager has SCHWEINFURT, Germany — The
via Facebook received minute-by- English as a second language The 172nd Infantry Brigade in- been contacted and the housing de- military community here and troop-
minute updates on topics discussed. class is coming back to ACS and an vited Soldiers and family members partment has sent an inspector to the ers with 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry
upcoming Soldier 360 course de- to the upcoming Blackhawk Ren- area. Regiment, welcomed new leadership
Tank Trail signed for spouses will be available dezvous, June 11, at the Main Post Tammy Leday signed the Face- on Conn Barracks as Lt. Col. Paul
J.P. Meier, garrison safety direc- as well. Fitness Center parking lot. While book page expressing her gratitude Fellinger passed command to Lt. Col.
tor, announced the opening of the Lisa Laliberte, customer service the event will host battalion versus for new online service saying, “Thank Whit Wright, May 26.
tank trail, Vilseck-Roethelweiher of cer and management and pro- battalion sporting events, it is open you for making this available to us.” A beaming sun, warm spring air
Strasse, connecting Main Post Gate 4 gram analyst for the garrison’s Plans, to the community and friends of the As the meeting ended, Smiley re- and the beat of the Schweinfurt Mid-
and Rose Barracks Gate 2, explaining Analysis and Integration division, Blackhawks. Food vendors and com- minded the community he was just an dle School band welcomed in the new
the rules of the road and important informed community members that munity agencies will be available and e-mail away, and directed them to the commander who now has to ll the
safety measures when using the trail. all services including TKS and Vo- attendees will enjoy a bon re, music, “Tell the Commander” link located big shoes of outgoing Fellinger.
“There is a lot of wildlife on this daphone can be rated using the Inter- games and more. at the top of the USAG Grafenwoehr During the squadron’s last de-
road,” said Meier. “It is important active Customer Evaluation, or ICE The Exchange is rethinking its website, stating all questions and ployment to Afghanistan under the
to use caution and be vigilant when system. A direct link to this service is purchasing practices thanks to high concerns would receive a response command of Fellinger, the 1-91st
driving, especially at night.” available on the USAG Grafenwoehr school students voicing opinions within 24 hours. executed more than 80 named op-
erations, conducted over 150 air as-
saults, cleared over 10,000 miles and
Motorcyclists from the
AFN Europe detained over 350 insurgents.
“Paul was responsible for serving
in both traditional and nontraditional
community line up on the
Conn Air eld for an exer- is moving to cavalry roles,” marveled 173rd Air-
borne Brigade Commander Col. Kyle
Lear, who was also in attendance.
cise in controlled emer- The 1-91st falls under the leadership
gency braking. The exer- of the 173rd based in Vicenza, Italy.
cise was part of a daylong “Fellinger and his team were respon-
safety refresher course to sible for a full range of counterinsur-
kick off the warm-weather By George A. Smith gency operations including clearing
motorcycling season that AFN Europe Public Affairs insurgent strongholds, holding key
terrain, building Afghan institutions
culminated in a two hour AFN’s satellite delivery platform is and strengthening the rule of law.”
group ride through the changing, requiring viewers who have “Standing before you and sitting
nearby Rhoen Mountains. an AFN decoder and satellite dish in amongst you are the best our nation
their home to make some changes by has to offer,” said Fellinger moments
July 31 to continue to get AFN TV. after relinquishing command, shift-
Bikers saddle up for Safety Day “We know this change will inconve-
nience folks,” said AFN Europe Com-
mander Bill Bigelow, “But we’re doing
ing accomplishments to his former
Soldiers. “They come from all walks
of life, but all have one thing in com-
Story and photo by now let’s go eat some bratwurst,” In the end, the sheer glee all we can to help viewers make the mon: to me they are all heroes.”
Charles Stadtlander said garrison safety director Edi of riding became the common necessary adjustments. We’ve set up Wright assumes command with an
USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs Sauer. The leather-clad students ground for the diverse crew of a toll-free help desk, online manuals, impeccable record and a respectable
were all too happy to oblige. retirees, civilian employees and and how-to videos to try and facilitate past to boot.
SCHWEINFURT, Germany — In typical biker fashion, the Soldiers. a smooth transition to the new satellite.” Wright graduated and received his
The community here lived up gang was lively and full of in- “You ever been out towards The AFN Help Desk will be manned commission from Duke University.
to the name “Schweinfurt” by dividuality. Its array of clothing Hammelburg?” asked one bik- Tuesday-Friday, from 1-9 p.m. and He has served with the 3rd Infantry
rolling out a bunch of growling was a veritable fashion show of er to another during the lunch Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Central Division, the 82nd Airborne Divi-
hogs on May 3 at Conn Air eld. head-to-toe leather and knotted break. “You get down on the European Time) until July 31. Viewers sion, the 505th Parachute Infantry
The riders of the hogs — Har- bandanas, with each out t cus- road that drops through the for- from Germany, Italy, Belgium, the UK Regiment and the 3rd Squadron, 73rd
ley-Davidsons, naturally — and tomized to a unique biker style. est, and whooshing through the and most other European countries will Cavalry Regiment. He deployed to
other motorcyclists gathered for Retired Lt. Col. Jenny Dietrich trees. There’s nothing better.” be able to call in via a toll-free number, Afghanistan in 2002 in support of Op-
a day of safety instruction and roared up on a Harley com- Someone nearby piped up 00800-2362683662 (00800-afnanten- eration Enduring Freedom and again
two-wheeler camaraderie hosted plete with a pink glitter sticker with a dissenting opinion. “You na). in 2003 in support of Iraqi Freedom.
by USAG Schweinfurt’s Safety and a pair of ags trailing from mean that part of the road where Since the process of setting up a Wright is married and together he and
Of ce and an instructional team the bike’s rear — one Bavar- the leaves block out the sun? dish and readjusting a decoder varies his wife have two daughters.
from Kaiserslautern. ian checkerboard, one American I’m shivering every time I ride according to decoder model, location “You’ve earned great respect and I
Twenty-seven riders showed stars and stripes. through there!” and other variables, the help desk and am humbled and honored to join your
up, and they crisscrossed the run- Riders shared stories of local The bikers received a visit on-line materials are especially critical. ranks,” said the new commander. “I
way at the air eld under dazzling Franconian motorcycle routes from the garrison commander AFN Europe has posted manuals and know we are in for quite a ride over
blue skies. “The purpose of the and tips and tricks for piloting a and were presented certi cates how-to-videos in English, German and the next couple of years. I’m excited
day is get riders refreshed about motorcycle in the area. of safety course completion. Italian at www.afneurope.net. Click on to get after it.”
safe driving techniques for the “You should get up on that With bikes fueled up by gasoline the Eurobird 9A icon for the manuals The 1-91 Cav. Regt. — which
start of the season,” said one of high road through the Rhoen and riders by German sausage, and videos. traces its roots to 1928 and to the 91st
the instructors. Exercises includ- mountains,” said attendee Steve everyone saddled up for a cel- Direct-to-home viewers will need Reconnaissance Squadron that fought
ed obstacle avoidance, negotiat- Watts. “It’s beautiful, but you’d ebratory two-hour group ride in to recon gure their home decoder and in Northern Africa during World War
ing a tight circle and a controlled better watch out for those pot- a loop to the north of here. The realign their satellite dish from the cur- II — landed in Schweinfurt in June
emergency stop from 50 kph. holes and gravel.” sun was overhead and a crisp rent satellite Hotbird 6/9 at 13 degrees 2006 assigned to the 173rd Airborne
After the requisite safety in- Safety of cials on hand wind was against their leather east, to the new satellite, Eurobird 9A Brigade. Organized as Task Force Sa-
struction in the morning, the con rmed some of the roads jackets as Schweinfurt’s two- (EB9A) at 9 degrees east. ber, 1-91 Cav. Regt. has subsequently
crew broke for a barbecue lunch around here may be a little worse wheeled road patrol thundered The move to the EB9A satellite posi- deployed twice to Afghanistan.
facilitated by Schweinfurt’s for wear after the hard winter out of Conn Barracks, ready for tions AFN to better serve the audience The 1-91st returned this past fall
MWR team. brought salt and plows repeat- the upcoming German summer in the future. If you have questions from a one-year deployment to Af-
“Those were good lessons, edly to local asphalt. of riding. about whether this satellite change af- ghanistan where their mission in-
fects you, visit www.afneurope.net or volved securing the populace and
call the AFN Help Desk. expanding governance.
Photos by Markus Rauchenberger and Andreas Kreuzer
6 Bavarian News
June 8, 2011
8 Bavarian News News June 8, 2011
Bayern Rangers reunited
WEIDEN, Germany — The Bayern
Rangers ice hockey team is host-
ing a free inline hockey tourney
Monday, June 20.
The format will be 4-on-4 with
two 10-minute periods. Registra-
tion and warm-ups will be from
11 a.m.-noon, and the tournament
will run from noon-3 p.m.
The VFW Tower Post 10692 is
sponsoring the tournament to
welcome back the 2nd Stryker
Cavalry Regiment players and
to farewell our 172nd Infantry
Photo by Sgt. Eugene Brown Brigade players. This tournament
Regimental Command Sgt. Maj. Sultan A. Muhammed addresses the audience will reunite the Bayern Ranger
following the ceremony where Sgt. 1st Class Chasity C. Bingley and Staff Sgt. founding team members.
Herman Bingley were honored for service as U.S. Army Ordnance Soldiers. The event is ready for family,
friends and fans with open patios
7th Army NCOA Soldiers honored overlooking the rink. The rink
is located at Dr. Martin Luther
By Sgt. Ebonie Rouser providing exemplary leader- cording to the Ordnance Corps Strasse 3, 92637 Weiden. For
7th Army Noncommissioned ship, invaluable guidance and Association, the award honors more, visit the Bayern Rangers’
Of cer Academy superior knowledge in mainte- those “whose sel ess contribu- page on Facebook.
nance and training. tions to the Corps stand out in Courtesy photo
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany The Samuel Sharpe Award the eyes of their seniors, peers
— Sgt. 1st Class Chasity C. is named for one of a council and subordinates alike.”
Bingley and Staff Sgt. Herman of 13 freemen who presided Regimental Command Sgt. Check local community
Bingley stand proudly among over the Massachusetts Bay Maj. Sultan A. Muhammed ad- newsletters and calendars
their regimental leaders after colonies in the 1600s. Sam- dressed the audience following to see how the Army’s
receiving the Samuel Sharpe uel Sharpe was appointed as the award ceremony.
award from the U.S. Army “Master Gunner of Ordnance” “This award is only given Birthday is being
Ordnance Corp Association. by the colonial authority to to those who are the epitome celebrated. See related
The NCOs received the award care for shot, powder and of what an Ordnance NCO article below.
after serving over 10 years other essential supplies. Ac- should be,” he said.
more information. change will be in effect until the
end of September.
Reservations are required. Call Amberg American Day Briefs June 25: Join ODR/ITR on an
exciting and adventurous day to
ODR hiking trip
Leaving Fri, June 17 at 5
Garmisch the USAREUR Chaplain’s Of ce
at DSN 730-7385 or e-mail Jen-
June 25: The City of Amberg
is hosting an American Day Combatives
Legoland! There is something for
all ages to enjoy with countless
a.m., this three day hike takes
you high into the mountains
June 14: USAG Grafenwoehr
to demonstrate its relationship
with the American Soldiers and
June 24-25: All Soldiers
assigned to U.S. Army units
attractions, fascinating shows
and special adventures. Bus
above Garmisch. Cost per person
is $149, which includes transpor-
and JMTC will host a 236th families stationed at Vilseck, in Bavaria are encouraged to will depart Hohenfels from the tation, two nights lodging with
ACS gatherings Birthday Celebration at noon in Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels. Tra- register and compete in the 2011 Outdoor Recreation Center (bldg. breakfast and dinner, climbing
Monday the Main Post Dining Facility, ditional Bavarian and American Bavarian Open Combatives H15) at 7 a.m. and return to gear and guide. Bring Euros for
Gruess Gott Garmisch Group Bldg. 101. The event is open to performances will blend together Competition sponsored by the Hohenfels at 10 p.m. Cost is $79 personal expenses. To sign up,
meets at 9:30 a.m. the rst the community, and the birthday creating an atmosphere for all Hohenfels Military Community per person. Must sign up by June contact Outdoor Recreation at
Monday of the month at the Pete cake will be distributed to all to enjoy. Festivities run from 10 June 24-25. 17 to con rm seat. DSN 353-8080, CIV 09721-96-
Burke Center. Soldiers, family members and a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration must be Price includes transportation 8080.
M.o.M’s Group (Move on civilians present. completed and sent to to and from Legoland and
Monday): 10:15-11:45 a.m. The DFAC will be open for Army Ten Miler email@example.com admission. Seating is limited, call Community Right Arm
Money Mondays: 11:30 a.m.- lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 9: Main Post Grafen- no later than June 21. Find the to reserve yours today. You may Right Arm events, the old
1 p.m. the second Monday of the and features lobster tail, steak, woehr Physical Fitness Center. required forms on the JMRC also visit our website, https:// Army custom of spending an eve-
month shrimp, chicken, BBQ ribs, tur- Open to U.S. ID cardholders - ac- Facebook page or http://tinyurl. webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/ ning after work with ‘right hand’
Tuesday key and other selections. The cost tive duty military, DoD civilians com/394xqt9 and sign up today. hohenfelsrectrac.html to sign up folks who make the mission
Playgroup: 10-11:30 a.m. at for lunch that day will be $5.95 and family members 18 years and and pay for your trip. For more happen. June’s edition happens
the Garmisch Chapel for spouses and dependents of older. The top six male and fe- Chiemsee Castle tour information call DSN 466-2060 on Wed, June 22 from 4-6 p.m.
Conversational German: 9:30- specialists and below and $7 for male Army runners will represent June 11: Tour the largest, or commercial 09742 83 2060. at the Conn Club and Pavilion.
11 a.m. all others. Army Europe at the Army Ten most expensive and nal castle of Make sure you show up to sip,
Wednesday Miler Race in Washington D.C. Ludwig II. Located on an island Crafts classes snack and socialize. For more
Career Corner: 1-2:30 p.m. Blackhawk Rendezvous on Oct. 9. in the middle of the Chiemsee, Hohenfels Arts and Crafts is info, call the Family & MWR
rst Wednesday of the month June 11: The Grafenwoehr For more, USAG Grafen- Bavaria’s largest lake, 60 km offering a whole new batch of fun Business Operations Chief, DSN
Thursday military community is invited to woehr Community Recreation, south east of Munich, Her- and interesting classes suitable 354-6186, CIV 09721-96-6186.
Newcomers Community attend the 172nd Separate Infan- DSN 475-8207, CIV 09641-83- renchiemsee Palace is a site not for crafty people of all ages. Call
Services Brie ng 8:30-11:30 try Brigade’s color casing cer- 8207 or www.armytenmiler.com. to be missed. DSN 466-2538 for more informa- Golf tournament
a.m. the second Thursday of the emony on the Main Post parade The bus will take you to the tion or to sign up for any of the Tee up on Sat, June 18 at
month. Contact ACS to sign up eld at 10 a.m. This important POV inspection hours port where you can choose one following activities. Open hours 8:15 a.m. at nearby Loeffelsterz
by Tuesday prior to the brie ng. tradition marks their readiness Through June 30: The POV of the three tour packages with are Tuesday, Wednesday and Fri- Golfplatz. Cost is €30 (no U.S.
German Customs and Culture for their upcoming deployment to inspection, Bldg. 301, opening a cost of €5-20 per person. Bus day 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday dollars accepted). Registration
Class: 1-3:30 p.m. the second Afghanistan. hours will be extended by one will depart Hohenfels from ODR, noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 deadline is Fri, June 17 at either
Thursday of the month. Contact Following the ceremony, there hour and will remain open during Bldg. H15, at 4 a.m. and return a.m. to1 p.m. the Finney tness center or the
ACS to sign up by Tuesday prior will be an assortment of food lunch time. New opening hours to Hohenfels at midnight. Price June 16: Fabric Photo Album, golf course itself. Day-of regis-
to the class. and fun activities and programs will be: Mon to Fri 7:15 a.m. to includes transportation to and 5-7 p.m., $20 per person. tration, possible start at 7:30 a.m.
Stress and Anger Manage- around the Main Post Fitness 4:45 p.m. (open during lunch). from Chiemsee. Cost is $59 per June 25: Finger Knitting, 11 Competition consists of four-
ment Class every second Thurs- Center, including: Children’s The station will be closed on on person. a.m. to noon, $10 per person. golfer teams playing 18 holes.
day from noon-1 p.m. activities and adult sporting the following German holidays Scores are not calculated using
Unless noted all ACS ac- events kick off, 10:30 a.m.; Pres- June 13, 23 and 24 June. Europa Park School outprocessing handicaps. Tournament limited to
tivities take place or meet at the sath Marching Band, 11 a.m.; June 17: Join the Youth Cen- Families that are PCSing are 72 players/18 teams.
Garmisch ACS Center (Artillery Eschenbach Band performance, Soccer of cials clinic ter on their day of fun at Europa required out process through the Players must be U.S. ID
Kaserne, Bldg 203). For more, 2 p.m.; Awards ceremony / eg- Ansbach, Germany and Vi- Park. Open to CYSS registered school. Contact the schools Reg- cardholders age 18+ and have
contact your ACS staff at DSN tapping ceremony, 5 p.m.; and the cenza, Italy, will host this year’s youth in grades 7-12, the cost of istrar as soon as possible if a PCS their own clubs and golf balls.
440-3777, CIV 08821-750-3777, bon re, 7 p.m. soccer of cial clinics for new and the trip is $40, which includes move is in your future. For more, For more, visit Finney tness
or e-mail them at Garmisch. experienced of cials. transportation and park entry. call Carol Stone at the Middle/ center or call DSN 353-8234,
FMWRacs@eur.army.mil. Car Boot Sale The Ansbach will be at the Bring extra money for food and High School at DSN 466-3162 or CIV 09721-96-8234.
June 11: Rose Barracks Von Steuben Community Activity souvenirs. Sign up before June Jacqueline Moses at the Elemen-
Center, June 14-18. Vicenza will
Graf/Rose Library parking lot, 9 a.m., setup
conduct its clinic June 21-25,
10. Space is limited to the rst tary School at DSN 466-2829 Newcomer Meet-Up
8 a.m. at the Kaserme Ederle Fitness 40 people to register. For more, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. This brand new sponsorship
Barracks Briefs June 18: Main Post library
parking lot, 9 a.m., setup 8 a.m.
The clinic will train students
initiative meets every Tuesday,
10 a.m. at the Conn Club (next
Yeah! Its spring and time for to become of cials and of cials Summer reading to the Bradley Inn). The program
236th Army Birthday
June 9: U.S. Army Europe
the Library Car Boot Sale! Bring
your items to sell, or browse for
trainers for military, CYSS,
DODDS matches. Attendees will
June 16: Don’t miss out on
the summer reading program,
Briefs links up incoming spouses with
seasoned Schweinfurt residents,
will host a Spiritual Fitness great deal. This fun and thrifty learn eld mechanics, current “A Midsummer Knight’s Read.” offering the warm welcome our
Breakfast in honor of the Army’s event is open to ID cardhold- rules, points of emphasis and From June 16 to July 28, children Conn DFAC switch community is known for.
236th birthday, June 9, from ers and choice selling spots are discuss changes. between the ages of birth and Beginning Mon, May 13 the Meet other spouses, learn
7-8:30 a.m., at the Casablanca assigned on a rst-registered, The clinic will culminate with 17 years are invited to stop by Dining Facility on Conn Bar- about the community and get
Room in Bldg. 31 on Campbell rst-served basis. a written test and practical exami- the library to sign up for this racks will change buildings. The connected here in Schweinfurt.
Barracks in Heidelberg. This spe- Registration for sales spots nation. Examination matches are program and begin their reading current consolidated building Coffee and refreshments are
cial event is a celebration of the will begin on June 1 and the scheduled on Saturday. journey. Along the way, they’ll will close for repairs, and the served, children are welcome.
To register for Germany, con-
spirit and soul of our Army. There forms must be lled out in person tact Angela Flowers at DSN 379- pick up treasures and win prizes new Conn dining location will For more information or to
is no cost, but voluntary dona- at one of the library locations – 7667, 06202-80-6572 or e-mail as they read their way through the location will be in Bldg. 167, the register, call ACS at DSN 354-
tions will be accepted at the door. sales spaces are limited. Anglea.Flowers@us.army.mil. summer. Call DSN 466-1740 for old Black Talons location. This 6933, CIV 09721-96-6933.
June 8, 2011 Travel Bavarian News 11
la vie Story and photo illustrations by
Special to the Bavarian News
PARIS — For many, Paris is a must-visit destination while they
are living or traveling in Europe – and for good reason. The city is
chalk-full of world-renowned monuments, museums, palaces and
other attractions, which makes it one of the world’s top-ranked
tourist destinations. Because of this popularity, it can be a bit
daunting for the rst time visitor to navigate this very large city
and its numerous sites.
There are numerous ways that one can travel to Paris. By far,
the easiest and most hassle-free method from Bavaria is to y
from Nuremberg (NUE) to Paris’s main airport, Charles De Gaulle
(CDG). Tickets can be had through Air France’s website for as
little as $130 roundtrip if booked at least a month in advance.
If time allows, train travel and driving are alternatives to ying.
However, both methods require anywhere from seven to nine hours
of travel time and come with their own complications and costs.
The beauty of ying to Paris lies in the fact that the Charles De
Gaulle airport is directly connected to the extensive and easy-to-
navigate Paris city train system (RER), which connects directly to
the Paris Metro. Either of these will get you to where you need to
go in the city, no matter where you are staying.
Initially, it is cheapest to purchase ticket (about nine euros)
from the airport for the RER B (blue) train line to get you into
Paris proper. If you have arrived in Paris early in the day and plan
on exploring the city, speak with a ticket vendor about procuring a
24-hour ticket that covers both Zone 6 and Zone 1. This will allow
you to ride all public transportation options unhindered for the day.
During your stay in Paris, it is likely that most of your travel-
ing will be within Zone 1. Although there are a multitude of passes
available that combine museum visits and transportation, it is
often cheapest and easiest to simply buy a one day Zone 1 ticket
(Ticket Mobilis) for about six euros. If you plan on making a trip
to Versailles or another attraction outside of Zone 1, speak with a
ticket agent about buying a ticket that covers just Zones 1 and 4 for
Attractions and passes
Paris is notorious for having long lines at its major tourist sites.
If you’re ambitious and want to see as much as possible during
your visit, consider purchasing a two or four day Paris Museum
Pass (35 and 50 euros, respectively – cheaper if purchased at a
kiosk in Paris, http://en.parismuseumpass.com). The pass covers
over 60 museums and monuments in and around Paris, but best of
all, allows one to skip the long lines at most attractions. Be aware
that this pass does not cover the Eiffel Tower and does not allow
for line skipping at Versailles. However, the pass is extremely use-
ful at places such as The Louvre, Museum d’Orsay, Notre Dame
and the Arc de Triomphe.
The Eiffel Tower
The iconic symbol of Paris that is a must-visit while in the
city. For some, the horribly long lines, even to climb the stairs to
the second level, can be a huge turnoff. However, there is a way
around this. Although slightly more expensive, reservations to visit
the Eiffel Tower can be purchased online for a predetermined date
and time at www.tour-eiffel.com/preparing-your-visit/buying-your-
This ticket enables you to skip the long lines, giving more time
to take in the views of the city from the tower. It is best to book
and print your tickets before leaving on your trip.
Beyond the attractions
Though it has its share, Paris is more than just ashy tourist
attractions. The vibrant city is full of life and excitement, and
each arrondissement (city district) offers something different to
explore and experience. While in Paris, take some time to wander
the streets and alleyways, taking in the smells of fresh-baked bread
and pastries. Relax at a cafe and sample a Parisian cappuccino
or espresso and watch the city in action. Enjoy a leisurely stroll
through the fascinating and peaceful Pere La Chaise cemetery, the
burial place of a number of famous people including Oscar Wilde
and Jim Morrison of “The Doors.” Book a dinner cruise on the
Seine River or pack a picnic and enjoy an evening on the Champ
de Mars watching Eiffel Tower light show. Whatever you choose
to do, Paris will not disappoint.
12 Bavarian News Medical June 8, 2011
Oak trees can house pesky pests
cause signi cant
By Europe Regional By Lt. Col. Stephen Linck
Medical Command BMEDDAC
Want your health-related question an-
HEIDELBERG, Germany — Last swered? Send an e-mail to brmc-pao@amedd.
summer it hit Aukamm Housing army.mil or post your question on our Face-
in Wiesbaden. One family had to book page at www.facebook.com/bmeddac.
be moved from their apartment Your question may appear in the next edition
because of severe skin reactions. Courtesy photos of the Bavarian News.
It started on a warm spring day,
after the family had been out on
Close-ups of Oak Processionary larvae and moth. The hair of these caterpillars and their
nests have been known to cause skin irritations and asthma.
Q: What do you
the terrace. think about the “toe
The family consulted a physi- do not produce the toxin. Prob- inspecting your clothing,” Calix shoes?” I’ve tried run-
cian and subsequently had to be lems arise later, when the lar- said. ning in them and it kills
moved into a hotel for 20 days. vae build prominent cocoons on Follow these tips to avoid cat- my hamstrings. Is this
The terrace, house interior and all the tree bark,” said Calix. “The erpillar hairs: really supposed to be
family clothing were profession- most common symptoms are Do not touch caterpillars or better for me? And are
ally cleaned. PHCR-Europe took an itchy rash and dermatitis, an nests. they approved for PT?
air samples. Trees in Aukamm in ammatory skin condition.” Do not try to remove nests Thank you,
Housing were inspected for pro- Once the larvae have devel- by yourself. Call your local pest Toed-up in Tanz eck
cessionary caterpillar activity. oped the poisonous hairs, pesti- control shop. Linck
“Hairs from Oak Procession- cide treatments are no longer ef- Do not play/picnic/walk un- A: Dear Toed-up,
ary moth caterpillar contain thau- fective. Only mechanical removal der oak trees during peak infesta- Great question. I have a pair of toe-shoes
metopoein, a toxin that may cause of the cocoons, larvae and hairs tion months (May-July). I am still getting used to. I am not surprised
a rash or, if inhaled, asthma,” said will alleviate the problem. Do not wear short-sleeved you are sore after running in them. The cur-
Maj. Lesly Calix, chief, Medical The rash may consist of at dis- clothing in the woods or walk in rent running fad is “minimalistic running.”
and Veterinary Entomology Di- colorations or raised bumps on the the under wood. The theory is that feet evolved the way they
vision at the U.S. Army Public skin. If the caterpillar hairs come When participating in out- did for a reason and running shoes mess with
Health Command Region – Eu- in contact with eyes or mouth, a door activities, wear long clothing the natural design of the foot.
rope. person may develop conjunctivi- and a hat. I am not sure I believe it, but it is an in-
That can happen if people tis (red eyes, sticky discharge, and Keep children away from teresting hypothesis. What happens with toe
touch the caterpillars or their co- in ammation of the eye) and/or caterpillars and nests. shoes or other minimalistic designed shoes is
coon-like nests (see picture), or if irritation to the throat/airway. If you get exposed to the oak they change how you run. With normal run-
the hairs are blown by the wind Itching typically begins 2-12 caterpillar hairs, take a shower ning shoes you tend to land on the heel and
into contact with people, she said. hours after exposure and the rash and wash your clothes immedi- transition to the forefoot, or the ball of the
The Oak Processionary cater- may be widely spread over the en- ately. Consult a physician in case foot. When running in minimalistic shoes you
pillar lives in oak trees. Larvae tire body. severe symptoms develop. run almost completely on the forefoot, which
develop from overwintering eggs The best way to prevent Oak If you experience rash-like in theory is supposedly more natural, accord-
laid on high twig tips in the pre- Processionary caterpillar rash is symptoms or itching and over-the- ing to the companies that make the shoes. The
vious season. They hatch just in to avoid infested trees. counter remedies are not work- Photo by Peter Zeisberger rst time I ran in minimalistic shoes my shin
time when oaks start developing “The hairs can only be seen ing, or are experiencing any other muscles hurt for days because I was not used
their leaves mid- to end of April. under a microscope and so you symptoms, make an appointment Oak Processionary caterpil- to running on my forefoot.
“The rst two larval instars will not notice them simply by to see a health care provider. lar nest on an oak tree. My command sergeant major told me I am
not allowed to wear toe shoes with the Army
Physical Fitness Uniform because I don’t wear
Army going green with new procurement policy socks with toe-shoes. Army policy is that toe-
shoes are not allowed when taking the Army
Physical Fitness Test since they may allow an
By Jane Gervasoni of the Deputy Assistant Secretary green is good for overall employ- designatedd unfair advantage. That sounds like a reason to
U.S. Army Public Health of the Army for Procurement. ee health. products use them as far as I am concerned.
Command (Provisional) The guide provides imple- “Occupational exposures can preferred d If you plan on transitioning to a minimalis-
mentation guidance, explained result from the use of hazardous procure- tic shoe take it easy until you get accustomed
Do you buy “green”? Martin. It suggests responsibili- materials and cleaners, and by ment, and nd to running in them and make sure to stretch
The Army does. Buying green ties, contains information on nd- purchasing green cleaners for use aligns well ell after running and properly cool down to pre-
isn’t just the latest marketing tool ing green products, and assists in appropriate areas of our hospi- with the Ar- vent injuries.
or fad. It’s mandated by presiden- contract developers in de ning tals, we may be able to prevent my’s tripleple
tial executive orders all the way contract requirements that satisfy exposures and better protect our bottom line Q: Will Tricare pay for things like Bo-
down to Army policy accord- green procurement mandates and employees’ health,” according to of mission,ion, tox?
ing to Pat Rippey, environmental objectives. Linda Baetz, Hazardous and Med- community Respectfully,
scientist in the U.S. Army Public Most people are not sure what ical Waste Program manager. and environ-
ron- Wrinkled in Wuerzburg
Health Command (Provisional) green means, but Rippey ex- “The Army Medical Com- ment, said
Army Institute of Public Health’s
Groundwater and Solid Waste
plained that a green product pro-
vides environmental and/or health
mand has established a head-
quarters sustainability team and
A: Dear Wrinkled,
As a general rule, Tricare does not pay for
Program. bene ts over a traditional product. is examining sustainability ideas; green products elective or cosmetic procedures. If you need
The Army policy, Establish- “For example,” she said, “a reducing energy use and switch- e
to replace hazard- treatment based on medical necessity they
ment of the Army Green Procure- product may contain fewer haz- ing to greener cleaning products ous or inef cient ones provides will pay. Let’s say a neurologist diagnoses you
ment Program, detailing buying ardous ingredients, use materials are just two of the initiatives being a healthier, more sustainable en- with migraine headaches and recommends
green was developed was devel- extracted from the waste stream, investigated,” explained Baetz. vironment for Soldiers, civilians treating your headaches with Botox injections.
oped by Beth Martin, GWSW or conserve resources. Some ex- “Our role is to help by develop- and their families,” she continued. In this case, they will most likely approve the
Program manager. amples are biobased cleaning ing policy and guidelines to help The bottom line, according procedure and pay because it is for the treat-
The Army Installation Green products, mercury-free medical installations and medical facilities to Rippey, is that buying green ment of a medical condition.
Procurement Guide, also authored devices, recycled-content paper make good choices.” means more time for the mission
by Martin, was issued last Decem-
ber as a policy alert by the Of ce
and energy-ef cient light bulbs.”
Experts also said that buying
“Green Procurement” refers to
the federal programs that afford
and a healthier place to live and
Q: What’s the difference between regular
Coke, Diet Coke and Coke Zero? Which one
is really the healthiest?
Stress relieved by practicing daily mindfulness Addict in Amberg
A: Dear Addict,
By Lisa Young tion. Most recent studies on mindfulness have pression and anxiety, psychotherapists have Thanks for this question; you really made
U.S. Army Public Health Command (Provisional) looked at this new eld as a psychological tool included mindfulness techniques to manage me do some research to nd the answer. The
capable of stress reduction and the elevation of negative thought patterns. Some approaches real answer is Diet Coke is for women and
Do the inevitable stresses of daily living positive emotions. are focusing on each inhale and exhale of Coke Zero is for men. Marketing suggests
leave you feeling like you are missing out on Mindfulness has been used as treatment breathing to gain a sense of control, or choos- men are reluctant to buy Diet Coke because
the joys of life? Would you be interested in for post-traumatic stress disorder at Veterans ing to visualize a calming time or place that of the association with dieting and women
learning how to slow down to enjoy life, mo- Administration hospitals. U.S. Army Ranger brings a sense of peace. and much of the marketing of Coke Zero is
ment by moment? Monty Reed stated in an interview for CNN To experience a deeper sense of living in directed toward men and activities associated
Since 1979 there has been a growing inter- that a therapy that incorporates mindfulness the moment, try some of the following simple with masculinity.
est in what is called “mindfulness” practices. has helped him with the chronic pain, ash- mindfulness exercises like meditation, deep Actually, Coke Zero is classic Coke but
Mindfulness can be de ned as a conscious, backs and anger resulting from a parachute breathing, listening to music, observing your sweetened with a combination of aspartame
present-centered awareness in which each jump accident. He said, “Mindfulness is a thoughts and journaling and acesulfame potassium instead of sugar.
thought, feeling or sensation is purposefully belief system that I use to change my attitude Virtually any activity can be a mindfulness Diet Coke is a completely different formula.
acknowledged and accepted in the present toward bad things that happen to me, and that exercise if you bring a heightened sense of fo- Some of you may remember when Coke tried
moment with a nonjudgmental attitude of cu- gives me control of the results or the outcome.” cus to what you are doing right then. Try it and to release a new formula and public outcry
riosity, openness and acceptance. Inspired by Mindfulness is also used to help patients nd yourself less stressed and more grounded made them go back to the classic formula.
Buddhist teachings, there is nothing religious with eating disorders, such as weight loss, in the present moment. The conspiracy theory is that Diet Coke is that
about mindfulness, and it can be practiced in- binge eating, anorexia or bulimia. It teaches For more information go to the National recipe sweetened with aspartame instead of
dependent of religious or cultural in uence. patients to focus on the present and eat food Center for Complementary and Alternative sugar. As for which is healthiest, I can only
Over the past 30 years, there has been an with purpose on purpose. The idea is to be Medicine, http://nccam.nih.gov/health/medi- ask, what is wrong with water?
increase in the study of mindfulness. Current aware of any judgments that occur with the tation/overview.htm If you need a shot of advice, e-mail your
research suggests that mindfulness practices eating process, release them, and concentrate Editor’s Note: Lisa Young is a health edu- question to Lt. Col. Stephen Linck at brmc-
are useful in the treatment of pain, stress, anxi- on how the food tastes. cator with the U.S. Army Public Health Com- firstname.lastname@example.org
ety, depression, disordered eating and addic- When used as a part of therapy for de- mand (Provisional).
14 Bavarian News News June 8, 2011
Soldier 360° takes shape, adds physical training
Franchise concept makes
Story and photos by
JMTC Public Affairs
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — As drill ser-
geants at Initial Military Training schools intro-
duce new Soldiers to the Army’s Physical Read-
iness Training (PRT), Soldier 360°, a military
leader development course offered exclusively
in Europe, provides seasoned NCOs instruction
on the new standards.
“Soldier 360° provides direct, hands-on
training in all areas of health and wellness for
military leaders,” said Col. Mary S. Lopez, di-
rector of strategic initiatives for the Bavarian
Medical Command. “We develop the NCOs’
‘muscle memory’ and provide them tools to
identify, respond and manage physical, psycho-
logical, relationship, marital and nancial chal-
lenges with their Soldiers. Everything we do is
based on research and re ects cutting-edge ap-
During the rst week, the NCOs are re-
Staff Sgt. Phillip B. Caldwell of B Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regtiment, Robin Baker, DPT, Soldier 360° instruc-
moved from day-to-day work and home en-
vironments to receive instruction on pain and at Grafenwoehr, Germany, demonstrates the Prone Row during PRT training. tor and Spc. Emily J. Schaeffer of 3rd
anger management and the “mindful” use of al- cated anywhere,” said Lopez. “The curriculum ion in Schweinfurt, Germany. “There are some Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regi-
cohol. Spouses are integrated during the second uses service providers and medical staff that are good things about the PRT. I like the pace, and ment, demonstrate the High-Low Diago-
week to practice communication skills. available in local programs and services.” there are smooth transitions from one exercise nal Pass with the medicine ball. Soldier
NCOs also receive instruction on stress Many of the Soldiers have already begun to to the next, and it doesn’t require a lot of time 360° is reinforcing the standards set
management and resilience, and get extensive use the new manuals during unit training. in between.”
training on the Army’s new PRT, which is su- “My unit is just switching over now, so it Samples said he has the ability to in uence in the new Physical Training Manual
pervised by Dr. Robin Baker, who has a clinical is helpful to get a refresher and get instruction what they do in PT, so he’s glad he attended the TC3-22.20. NCOs learn to use the PRT
doctorate and is a licensed physical therapist. from a physical therapist,” said Staff Sgt. Phil- course to get the additional information, but system to develop strength, endurance
Baker, an Army spouse, works as part of the lip B. Caldwell of B Company, 2nd Battalion, said he also has the responsibility of using the and mobility in their Soldiers while
staff because of her expertise. 28th Infantry Regiment. “The workouts are in- information he learned in the course. reducing injuries.
“Not only does the course teach them to be tense.” “I read somewhere that knowledge without
mentally and emotionally t, we take the time Caldwell said his unit is not limited to just use is not knowledge at all,” said Samples. “I to your everyday physical training sessions,”
each day to review different training aspects one-hour for morning PT. He said there is a think a lot of people don’t know a lot about the said Hurst, who is the rear detachment noncom-
of the new PRT,” said Baker. “The new PRT workout plan, and from warm-up to cool-down new PRT, and integration will be a slow pro- missioned of cer in charge for G Company,
builds variety into the program, while helping they complete the training despite the time it cess.” 54th Engineer Battalion. “I am really excited to
to prevent injury and develop overall functional takes. Other NCOs said the required condition- Staff Sgt. Amy L. Hurst, a student attending see the new PT test take effect, because it will
physical strength.” ing in the PRT might be cut short in the unit Bamberg, Germany, who has deployed twice, better gauge how you will perform downrange.
Lopez said Soldier 360° is a franchise con- environment to accommodate time. said being away from her leadership position “Soldier 360° has a far reaching impact,”
cept. “We’ve already implemented most of what to focus on her own development has made it said Lopez. “We have trained 298 Soldiers, but
“We are working on building courses in other Dr. Baker taught us,” said Sgt. Brandon S. Sam- easier to absorb the knowledge. collectively these Soldiers supervise more than
communities to show Soldier 360° can be repli- ples of C Battery, 177th Field Artillery Battal- “If used properly it’s good for adding variety 6,000 Soldiers and civilians.”
test life-saving skills
By Staff Sgt. Whitney Hughes room and culminated with an intense
114th Public Affairs Detachment hands-on scenario. Then, during the
New Hampshire National Guard practical exercise the soldiers imple-
mented the combat life-saving skills
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The learned in the classroom on manne-
soldier’s crimson-stained hands vis- quins that breathe and bleed. Based
ibly shook as he checked the respira- on the care received during the train-
tion of his patient, whose chest shal- ing the patient lives or dies.
lowly rose and fell, while billowing “They have vital signs, so you
smoke and sounds of gun re sur- can check pulse and respiration, even
rounded the two in a haze of chaos. blood pressure,” said Staff Sgt. Jer-
Although the scene felt like some- main Barkley, a combat medic with
thing out of “Saving Private Ryan,” the MSTC. “Everything is prepro-
the patient was actually a training aid grammed for the soldier, and when
and the soldier, Czech army Staff Sgt. they approach to the casualty all they
Lucas Cimburek, a squad leader with have to do is assess them, and treat
the Reconnais- what they see.”
sance Platoon of The multina-
the Czech army’s It’s like in reality tional soldiers say
U.S. and German pilots and ground crew stand proudly in front of Germany’s new Eurocopter Tiger 42nd Mechanized when you are outside the realism is ben-
attack helicopter. This was the rst time that attack helicopters from both countries have conduct- Battalion. He was e cial.
ed coordinated joint live- re exercises in the Grafenwoehr Training Area. a student complet- on a mission, the “It’s like in
ing the Combat reality when you
same conditions, the are outside on a
Aviators test new attack helicopter Live Saver course
at the Joint Multi-
same aura and the mission, the same
Sgt. Rick Frost Grafenwoehr and conducted live- re fectiveness of the weapons systems, Command’s Medi- same lights. same aura, and the
114th Public Affairs Detachment training with them.” according to the German pilots. cal Simulation Lt. Jeremy Hapla same lights. It’s a
New Hampshire National Guard The German aviators accepted U.S. Apache aviators also pro- Training Center Czech Republic Army Mortar very good experi-
the training invitation and arrived at vided their German counterparts with here as part of his Platoon Leader
ence for us,” said
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Grafenwoehr to begin the exercise on practical training on dynamic ring, unit’s predeploy- Hapla.
training between U.S. and German a remote range, which would prepare which means deploying their weap- ment training be- Cimburek said
aviators has changed with Germany’s them for a new type of combat situ- ons systems while in motion. This fore their upcoming mission in Af- the training at the MSTC was more
introduction of a new attack helicop- ation. dynamic ring is what makes an at- ghanistan. realistic than anything he had en-
ter. “We’ve had anti-tank helicopters tack helicopter unique, according to “It (the training) is very dif cult countered during his military career,
For the rst time, aviators from that could only be used for attacking the U.S. aviators. to do in our country,” said Czech Re- and after completing the rigorous
both countries participated in a co- tanks, so this is a very big deal for These pilots will likely be deploy- public army Lt. Jeremy Hapla, a mor- course he feels much more con dent
ordinated, live- re training exercise. the German army,” said Maj. Goetz ing to Afghanistan with their new tar platoon leader. about their upcoming deployment to
They utilized the U.S. AH-64 Apache Odendahl, a tactical evaluation of - Tigers, and this exercise will prepare The training, aids and devices to Afghanistan.
Attack Helicopter and Germany’s cer for the German army’s 362 Attack them for joint operations. JMTC pro- teach the course aren’t available in At the end of the training the
new Eurocopter Tiger Attack Heli- Helicopter Battalion. “We’ve tried to vides the U.S. and its multinational his country, Hapla said. Czech soldiers may have walked
copter. learn from the Americans, take those partners the ability to integrate train- “This is a win-win for security away from the MSTC stained with
“Having an attack helicopter is new tactics we’ve learned on the ing to prepare them to ght together partners in general because we are simulated blood, dripping sweat, but
brand new to the German army,” said range and adjust our training and pro- and win against a common threat. providing our NATO and ISAF part- with an obviously heightened sense
U.S. Army Chief Warrant Of cer 3 cedures.” “We have NATO standards we ners the same predeployment training of con dence and self-assurance
Dennis Krumholtz, a battalion tacti- The range is particularly effective have to train to, and we have to t as we are to our combat brigades,” about their upcoming mission to Af-
cal operation of cer for the 2/159th and bene cial for the German avia- this helicopter into this tactical envi- said McLean. ghanistan.
Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, tors, who are accustomed to track- ronment,” added Odendahl. “We’ve JMTC ensures the training is rele- “The success story from my per-
12th Combat Aviation Brigade, from ing their effectiveness by counting teamed up with the Apaches here, vant by incorporating lessons-learned spective is that our NATO ISAF
Illesheim, Germany. “So, we invited hits visually. This range offers digital which is exactly what we would be provided by returning units — the partners are seeing the bene t of the
the Germans to participate in our tracking of the targeted hits, saving doing in combat, so this has been a key factor realism. individual and collective training that
battalion gunnery training here at time when trying to calculate the ef- very good opportunity for us.” The training began in the class- JMTC provides,” said McLean.
16 Bavarian News News June 8, 2011
By Chelsea Bissell
Special to the Bavarian News
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany —
Controlling money and its tempta-
tions can be a challenge for Soldiers
and their families, and a transition
overseas means new and exciting
ways to spend. It also means unex-
pected costs, fees and an unfavorable
exchange rate that can bleed pay-
checks and savings.
To soften the impact, Army Com-
munity Service offers regular, free
classes for Soldiers and the commu-
nity on nancial readiness.
The next Money
Management Course is
June 16 at Rose Barracks
Courtesy Photo ACS Bldg. 322 from 1-3 p.m.
Tips for getting on the road in Germany The classes, on topics such as
checking account maintenance, home
Taking time when car wash and
allow you to Internet a source for car shippers buying, investing, insurance and
basic money management, give in-
shipping and receiving bring the ve-
hicle back im- By Robert Szostek importers that can do U.S. safety con-
formation and tips on how to make
insightful choices and meet realistic
a car can prevent head- mediately and USEUCOM Customs Public Affairs versions, the list of models that can goals. The aim is to ensure that Sol-
complete the be converted, details on importing diers and their families make intel-
aches down the road inspection. HEIDELBERG, Germany — U.S. Canadian standard vehicles, and the ligent nancial decisions so they do
If you drive personnel overseas can nd facts HS-7 Declaration Form required for not struggle with money later.
ByL indsayH unter away and then about shipping vehicles to the U.S. vehicle imports. “I felt like it was very informa-
USAG Ansbach notice internal on the Internet. The listed links are The Environmental Protection tive and helped me better understand
damage to your on the Military Customs website at Agency also has a link listing Auto- money and investment,” said Pfc.
ANSBACH, Germany—I have been Hunter vehicle, drive www.hqusareur.army.mil/opm/cars. motive Imports Facts, Independent Deanna Hill, who attended both the
a claims examiner for seven months back immedi- htm. Commercial Importer List, a “What’s Money Management and Investment
and have assisted hundreds of Sol- ately and have this damage noted on The U.S. Bureau of Customs and New?” section, Approved Canadian 101 courses.
diers and their families with various the VISF. If the shipping company Border Protection offers tips on con- Vehicles and the EPA 3520-1 Decla- Though the course is a jumping-
claims. After seeing many successful will not allow you to wash your car verting foreign vehicles to U.S. emis- ration Form. off point for nancial awareness, J.
claims and many not-so-successful or note damages on your VISF, ask to sion and safety standards, washing The Department of Agriculture Carey Perks, a former Soldier who
claims, I have learned a few tricks of see your government representative. requirements to prevent spreading link explains why high standards of teaches the nancial classes, brings
the trade and would like to pass them If you do not note loss or damage bugs and diseases stateside, along cleanliness are necessary for vehicles essential insights to the table and
on. at the time of pick-up, it will be al- with information on how to import a shipped stateside. pinpoints exactly how Soldiers get in
Transportation will provide a list most impossible to recover anything vehicle without paying duty. For more, visit Military Customs trouble and how they can avoid it.
of things that must be done to prepare for the loss or damage. In many cas- For people with vehicles not built at www.hqusareur.army.mil/opm/us- In Money Management, the
a vehicle for shipping. When you turn es, the shipping company will make to U.S. safety speci cations, the site customs.htm or by calling any mili- course with the broadest applicabil-
your vehicle in to be shipped, a Ve- you an offer at the time of pick-up. has links to the latest list of registered tary customs of ce. ity, Perks touches on household and
hicle Inspection and Shipping Form If you accept it and nd out it will personal budgeting, investment and
(VISF) will be lled out, detailing cost more to repair than originally ex- debt management. As a rst step, he
every scratch and nick. Review these pected, you cannot get more money Local military claims of ces promotes “ nancial literacy,” under-
carefully and make sure there really for that damage from the shipping Ansbach: DSN 467-2104, CIV 09802-83-2104 standing when, why and how some-
is a scratch in the location listed. company or an Army claims of ce. one spends money. People are often
In my experience, when shipping If you have damage and want to Bamberg: DSN 469-8411, CIV 0951-300-8411 unaware of their purchases and go
a vehicle the most common place make a claim, you may le it directly Grafenwoehr: DSN 475-8428, CIV 09641-83-8428 about them compulsively.
damaged is the front bumper. So, with the shipping company or the Schweinfurt: DSN 353-8809 CIV 09721-968809 “What worries me are the people
pay extra close attention to scratches/ Army claims of ce. Vilseck: DSN 476-2240, CIV 09662-83-2240 who come home, set down their bags
dents/chips listed on the front bumper The shipping company will pro- Hohenfels: DSN 466-2401, CIV 09472-83-2401 and ask, ‘Why did I buy that?’” said
– make sure they really exist. vide you with a packet that includes Garmisch: Call the Hohenfels or Grafenwoehr claims of ce. Perks.
When you pick up your vehicle instructions on how to le a claim To combat this mindless splurg-
at your new duty location, take your with them. ing, Perks lays out a template to
time and carefully examine every
inch of the exterior and interior. Write
down all damage on the VISF before
If you want to le the claim with
the Army, take your Vehicle Inspec-
tion and Shipping Form (and your ve-
Customs of ce helps guests track expenditures and make a real-
istic budget. With this, it is simple to
see what is bought needlessly, out of
you drive your car away.
If your car is too dirty to do a
hicle) to your local claims of ce. The
maximum amount that can be paid by
‘drive on’ in Germany boredom or on an expensive whim.
The classes also address longer-
thorough inspection, request that the the Army for a typical vehicle move By Robert Szostek to ensure that your automobile insur- term investments and savings for
vehicle be washed. Most companies is $20,000. The shipping company USAREUR Provost Marshal ance covers your guests. Consult the those who have an eye on future
will give you a coupon for a nearby does not have this $20,000 limit. Public Affairs customs website at www.hqusareur. purchases and retirement. As a sea-
army.mil/opm/custom3.htm for more soned investor, Perks’ knowledge of
HEIDELBERG, Germany — One details on procedures and locations of the market is abundant, but not over-
Customs clearance a must when advantage of being stationed in Ger-
many is that friends and family can
customs of ces.
Your guests can use this exception
To Hill, this introduction into the
selling cars in Germany visit you to get that real Old World
travel experience. And you can let
them drive your USAREUR-plated
to policy to drive a USAREUR-reg-
istered POV in Germany for up to 90
days within a six-month period. The
world of investing was the extra push
she needed to get involved.
“I always wanted to invest,” she
By Robert Szostek hicle registration when it is time to car on their own excursions if you 90-day period begins on the day the said, “but I never understood the
USEUCOM Customs Public Affairs PCS. Customs authorities also may rst receive customs approval. visitor arrives in any European Union whole concept or how to do it.”
require you to prove what happened “Just go to your local military cus- member state. The document must re- The investment classes give at-
HEIDELBERG, Germany — U.S. to the vehicle. toms eld of ce and ll out the appli- main in the car when your guests use tendees the framework with which to
personnel can avoid big trouble by “This is obviously very dif cult if cation form,” said Fred Evans, chief your vehicle independently, along begin investing. It also has the attend-
getting a customs “Permit to Trans- the car was crushed long ago, you are of services, USAREUR Customs Ex- with their passports, the vehicle reg- ees consider their risk tolerance, time
fer” when transferring a USAREUR- in the middle of clearing out of Eu- ecutive Agency. “If you want to have istration, proof of insurance and their frame and desire as a telling guide to
plated vehicle to a non-ID cardholder rope and you have no record of where the paperwork ready before your international driver’s licenses (or of- where they should put their money.
in Germany. the car went,” Evans continued. If relatives or friends arrive, you should cial translations of their licenses). The constantly shifting and inter-
“It is essential to get a permit to you cannot show what happened to bring along your vehicle registration “Driving in Germany is a tax and national lifestyle of Soldiers is also
transfer before you sell, donate or the vehicle, you may be identi ed in and clear copies of their passports, duty-free privilege for U.S. forces considered in the classes as Perks de-
transfer a car to a German car dealer, a military police report and subject to stateside driver’s licenses and of cial personnel and their dependents,” tails the best investments for people
junkyard or person who is not an ID disciplinary action. German translations of their licenses Evans explained, which is why the who don’t always have time to sit
cardholder,” explained Fred Evans, The “Permit to Transfer” (AE or international driver’s licenses is- customs authorization is required down and track the market.
chief of services at the USAREUR Form 550-175B) is available at the sued by the American Automobile for guests. He warned that this ex- Again, Perks stresses the impor-
Customs Executive Agency in Hei- U.S. forces customs of ce serving Association or National Automobile ception to policy does not let your tance of goals in investing. Once
delberg. This applies even if the ve- your garrison. More information on Club,” he added. guests buy gas at AAFES gas stations investors hit their target goal, be it
hicle was wrecked in an accident and selling personal property in Germany For visitors from countries other or use your AAFES fuel ration card. money for the down payment on a
you did not receive any money for it, the right way is available online at than the U.S., ask your military cus- Likewise, friends and family visiting house, a vacation or retirement, he
he added. www.hqusareur.army.mil/opm/cus- toms of ce if an international driver’s Germany who rent a car may not use recommends cashing in. There’s no
If you do not obtain this permit, tom2.htm or by contacting your local license or translation is required. AAFES gas stations or AAFES fuel need to get greedy.
you will eventually fail to clear ve- U.S. forces customs of ce. It is very important to note that ration cards. More information can be obtained
your guests cannot be residents of Your guests can have a great time at the ACS of ces at Rose Barracks
Germany or plan to establish residen- driving around Europe if you plan Building 322 and Main Post Building
Don’t be left out of the loop — visit us at Facebook.com/USAGG. cy in Germany, and they cannot be ahead. Call any military customs eld 244, Room 113, or by e-mail at graf.
your dependents. It is also important of ce to nd out more. email@example.com.
June 8, 2011 News Bavarian News 17
Best Warriors take it back to basics
Story and photo by Under a watchful eye, U.S.
Sgt. Adrienne Burns Army Sgt. James Byrnes, a
18th Military Police Brigade native of Green Bay, Wis.,
and a team leader with the
MANNHEIM, Germany General 615th Military Police Com-
George S. Patton once wrote in 1933, pany, makes his way across
“Wars may be fought with weapons, one of the many obstacles
but they are won by men. It is the on a course during the 18th
spirit of men who follow and of the MP Brigade’s Warrior and
man who leads that gains the victory.”
Eighty years later, that statement Warrior Leader of the Year
rings as true today. As a testament to competition in Baumholder,
Patton’s observation and encompass- Germany. Byrnes was named
ing the boldest of spirits, the best of the Warrior Leader of the
the best among the Soldiers and non- Photo by Kirstin Reed
Year for the 18th MP Brigade.
commissioned of cers in the 18th Elnatan Teklu places a
Spc. Michael Perez-Arce,
Military Police Brigade, 21st Theater ower on a grave at the
Sustainment Command, battled in also from 615th MP Co., took
Baumholder for the title of Warrior home Warrior of Year hon- American Cemetery in
and Warrior Leader of the Year. ors. Normandy.
Up and down the hills of Baum-
holder, Soldiers pushed through the
Army Physical Fitness Test, day and
night land navigation, the new Army
Brigade. “I think it really gets to the
core of the Warrior Ethos and the Sol-
basics of Army training to see what
they knew and how much they could
Ultimately, both winners of the
competition were from the aptly
named 709th MP “Warrior” Battal-
Physical Readiness Test, a six-event
obstacle course, a combatives tour-
nament, situational training exercise
Despite the fact that the Soldiers
were competing, an air of teamwork
was present throughout the competi-
Weeks of training went into pre-
paring these Soldiers for the compe-
tition. Two-hour PT sessions twice a
ion. Earning the title of Warrior Lead-
er of the Year was Sgt. James Byrnes,
a team leader with the 615th MP Co.
(STX) lanes, day and night weapons tion. They pushed one another as hard day, ruck marches, mock boards and The Warrior of the Year winner was
assembly, weapons quali cations, as they pushed themselves. daily common task training account Spc. Michael Perez-Arce, also with
a re exive ring range and a road “I’m a very competitive person for only a portion of the hours of the 615th MP Co.
march. and no matter what I do, I strive to preparation it took to get these Sol- As he continues on to the next
While each Soldier was motivated be the best,” said Spc. Michael Perez- diers to this level. level, Byrnes commented on what Continued from page 3
by something different, the common Arce, 615th MP Company. While being named the best was motivates him. I hear people all the time
denominator they all shared was Sgt. Jason Murray, a competitor the ultimate goal, every Soldier left “Representing my unit, every- telling me they’re not proud to
fortitude. Throughout the three-day and a squad leader from the 92nd MP the competition knowing that they’d one’s counting on me to continue be an American because of this,
competition they never quit while be- Co. said the competitors ended their given their best. They epitomized the making it through and they’re push- that or another thing, but thou-
ing pushed physically and mentally. three days in Baumholder as a very spirit that Patton spoke of all those ing for me. So I nd it’s more like I’m sands have died for what Amer-
“It de nitely brings you back to tight-knit group. years ago. trying to win it for my Soldiers and ica means. When there are large
the roots of the Army and what the The Soldiers bonded through the “They had the right mindset and my company than for myself.” numbers, you often look at the
Army is all about,” said Sgt. 1st Class blisters and backaches. While out- they were motivated and that was Byrnes and Perez-Arce will now whole and not the individual,
Brian Presley, a competitor and the tted in combat gear and carrying a great to see,” said Sgt. 1st Class Clif- compete in the 21st Theater Sustain- but each individual had a family
operations NCO for Headquarters full rucksack everywhere they went, ford Price, the NCO in charge of the ment Command’s Warrior and War- and each family lost something
and Headquarters Company, 18th MP Soldiers were brought back to the competition. rior Leader of the Year event. important to them.
As the years pass and the
Volunteer events grow more distant, it’s
re ghters harder to remember, but they
from Velburg are still with us defending that
train with the freedom. The very least we can
do for those who have died for
Hohenfels Fire us is to remember and honor
Department at them.
Uebungsdorf After Normandy, I’m even
in the training more proud to say, “I am an
area. Hohenfels American.”
was named Editor’s Note: Clinton
Join the USAG Grafenwoehr lunch, which will feature lobster tail, Schwartz is a freshman at Ho-
Europe’s Best community in celebrating the Army’s steak, shrimp, chicken, BBQ ribs, henfels Middle/High School.
Small Fire De- 236th Birthday at noon in the Main turkey and other selections, will run
partment of s- Post Dining Facility, Bldg. 101. The from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
cal year 2010.
Fire Dept. spreads wealth, Mendoza recovering from heart attack
Photo by Norbert Wittl
Continued from page 1 a tube down Jill’s throat to facilitate “When Jill was in cardio rehab,
trains the community extricated Jill and lay her on the side-
“Both Kathy and I had been
As the medical crews worked, a
medevac helicopter touched down.
the heart specialist said to me, ‘I’ve
done CPR on maybe 100 patients,
and only two have survived,” Men-
Continued from page 1 IMCOM Europe. trained for CPR, and I knew that get- Jill was transferred yet again to a doza said. “Jill dodged a bullet.”
training,” he added. In addition to a ladder truck and a ting oxygen into her brain was going third set of machines. “I have no recollection of that
The training doesn’t stop there. crash/ re rescue vehicle, the depart- to be critical,” Mendoza said. With “There were wires and tubes all day or the next six days,” Jill said.
Since 1996, the re team has pro- ment is receiving two new wild land, Clemmons performing chest com- over the place,” said Mendoza. “Each “I would like to thank all the emer-
vided hands on helicopter crash and or all-terrain vehicles for use in the pressions, Mendoza administered group had their own machines. They gency medical teams that assisted in
rescue training for over 500 volunteer training area. mouth to mouth. By this time, the were unhooking her, and hooking her saving my life. My husband Dan said
re ghters and emergency medical When not training other units, the wail of sirens could already be heard. … the transition from one to the other what these individuals did was truly
responders for the surrounding four re department provides re preven- “I said to Jill, ‘Honey if you want- was seamless.” amazing and without them and God I
counties, most recently for Velburg tion training for the entire communi- ed a kiss, all you had to do was ask,’” The chopper crew included pilots would not be here today. He said their
re department in May. ty, participating in the Snap program, Mendoza said. Maj. Mark Escherich, Chief Warrant medical expertise was remarkable
“We gave training to the airport Fire Prevention Week, and Child “The re department arrived and Of cer 4 Michael McQuade, crew and they should be commended.”
re ghters in Nuremberg also,” Safety Day. immediately took over,” said Men- chief Staff Sgt. Richard Molezzo and “I told Lt. Col. Quarles, ‘Sir, you
said Gert Fuchs, deputy chief. “We They’re even on call for off-post doza. Finding no pulse, the re ght- ight medic Staff Sgt. Joshua Wad- should be proud of the people in this
showed them shutdown procedures emergencies, ranging from medical ers, re chief Guenter Stoekl, Juergen dell, all part of the Washington D.C. community for helping Jill. It was
for the helicopter, rescue and ex- emergencies to emergency work or- Spangler and Reinhart Nunner, de- National Guard 121st Medical (Air like a well-oiled machine that did
traction. It was completely new for ders. ployed the de brillator. Ambulance) Company, deployed in what it’s supposed to do in a crisis,’”
them.” “If your pipes broke, and you’re “When they zapped her, the body support of the Joint Multinational Mendoza added.
The department is also up for the having a language barrier with your just shakes, and it’s very scary,” said Training Command. “We want to express our sincere
Department of the Army Small Fire landlord, you can call us,” said Mendoza. “You see it on TV, and “I asked the pilot, how long will it appreciation for all those community
Department award, but what it is most Stoeckl. well, yeah, that’s TV, but when it’s take, and he said ‘Sir, we’ll be there members for their prayers, cards, well
excited about is four new vehicles. In an off-post medical emergency your wife it’s really scary.” in seven minutes,’” said Mendoza. wishes and offers of help in our time
“The trucks we have right now even as far away as Neumarkt, a call “There was no hesitation,” he “That’s pretty fast.” of need. We are lucky to be a part of
don’t meet the required standard,” to the re department can ensure the added. “They were doing their job Six weeks later, Mendoza said you such an outstanding community,” said
said Fuchs. nearest doctors with the right equip- and they were doing a really good job. would never look at Jill and think she Jill. “I have been told by the medical
“They’re not so reliable any- ment get to you. If it hadn’t been for them, who knows had a heart attack. But the road back experts I am very lucky to be alive. I
more,” Stoeckl said. “You’re not sure “Even if we can’t help with our where Jill would be right now.” hasn’t been easy, involving a medi- do not know the names of the all the
if you push the button, will it really apparatus, we can send some appara- The Bavarian Red Cross ambu- cally induced coma, stents and mus- heroes that saved me, but thank you
start. The crash truck is the oldest in tus,” said Stoeckl. lance was next on the scene, slipping cular rehabilitation. and may God bless you all.”
By IMCOM Europe FMWR time in Ansbach is 10 a.m. Vicenza instructor of the year. Heldman is a with a written test and practical ex-
News Release will conduct its clinic June 21-25, at contributing editor to “Ask the Ref- amination. The practical examination
the Kaserme Ederle Fitness Center eree” and other soccer publications. will consist of on the eld of ciating.
SCHWETZINGEN, Germany Conference Room, 6-9 p.m. The clinic is designed to train Those matches are scheduled on Sat-
— Ansbach, Germany, and Vicenza, Dan Heldman, national instructor participants to become of cials for urday.
Italy, will host this year’s soccer of- trainer since 1999, has been selected military, Child and Youth School Ser- To register for Germany, contact
cial clinics for new and experienced again for this year’s clinic. He has vices, DODD’s matches. Attendees Angela Flowers at DSN 379-7667
of cials. The clinic in Ansbach will conducted clinics in 14 states, Ger- will learn eld mechanics, current or e-mail Anglea.Flowers@us.army.
be host at the Von Steuben Communi- many and Italy. Last year he was se- rules, points of emphasis and discuss mil. The Schwetzingen civilian num-
ty Activity Center, June 14-18. Start lected as the U.S. Soccer Federation changes. The clinic will culminate ber is 06202-80-6572.