direct line to the top by mikeholy


									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 —
                                                                                                                                             Grafenwoehr’s 650th
                                                                                                          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
                                                                                                                                                                               Travel                   11
                                                         for the new PRT                                         a grateful community
                                                                                                                                                                               Medical                  12
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2 Bavarian News                                                                                  Opinion & Editorial                                                                                                         June 8, 2011

                                                                                                      Commander’s Message

                                          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.           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
         Managing Editor
                                          Father’s Day
                                                                                            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
  DSN 475-7113, CIV 09641-83-7113

        Assistant Editor
             Amy Zink
                                                 NCO shares lessons on
  DSN 475-7775, CIV 09641-83-7775

 Grafenwoehr Correspondent
                                               Soldier 360° nance, tness
           Molly Hayden
                                          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.
              John Reese              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           gained valuable knowledge                physical readiness training            locker room and pass all these       and so many useful tools that            program with physical activi-          posters on the walls about         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             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            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,,          360° course.                                                                    seeing things around me that             the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion
     e-mail:                   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 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
 Milcom Advertising Agency of the              Echo Troop, 5th Cavalry Regiment,     Echo Troop, 5th Cavalry Regiment,    Family Member                           1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker           Family Member
 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
                                                                                                                A Scout’s
                                                                                                                                                   fallen veterans
line Normandy’s
beaches to honor,                                                                                              perspective                       By Charles Stadtlander
                                                                                                                                                      USAG Schweinfurt
                                                                                                                                                                                 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
“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-
nology rsthand.
    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
                                                                              Schweinfurt military
                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                            new satellite
                                                                              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 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 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.

              What’s Happening
                                                                                                                                                      more information.                      change will be in effect until the
                                                                                                                       Hohenfels                      Legoland
                                                                                                                                                                                             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                        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.          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         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,                 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
                                                                                                                 DSN 466-4492/2080.
                                                                                                                                                                                             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.             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
                                 Nate Atwood
                           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.

     Getting there
          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.

     Getting around
         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
     that day.

     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, 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
         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
Processionary moth
caterpillars can
cause signi cant
                                                                                                                                                            of advice
health problems
     By Europe Regional                                                                                                                                             By Lt. Col. Stephen Linck
     Medical Command                                                                                                                                                          BMEDDAC
           News Release
                                                                                                                                                                Want your health-related question an-
HEIDELBERG, Germany — Last                                                                                                                                  swered? Send an e-mail to brmc-pao@amedd.
summer it hit Aukamm Housing                                                                                                                       or post your question on our Face-
in Wiesbaden. One family had to                                                                                                                             book page at
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,         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-
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
program expandable
               Story and photos by
                Denver Makle
               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.”

                                                                                                                                     Multinational soldiers
                                                                                                                                     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-
                                                                                                                                national Training
                                                                                                                                                            same aura and the mission, the same
                                                                                                                                                                                               conditions,     the
          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

                                                                                                                                                                              with ACS
                                                                                                                                                                                    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             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             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-
                                                                                                                         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.                                   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                   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.           
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.,
            Public Affairs
                                                                                                                                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-
                                           dier’s Creed.”
                                                                                     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-
                                                                                                                                                                            Boy Scout
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.
                                                                                                                                                                            shares his
(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.”

    Of cial’s
                                             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.

    clinic set
                                               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

    for June
                                             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
                                           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.

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