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Survey determines allowances
   Servicemembers living “on the economy” and
who are concerned about their housing costs are en-
couraged to complete the annual Overseas Housing,
Utility and Move-in Allowance surveys during Feb-
   The survey is only available online and must be
completed by Feb. 28 by servicemembers stationed in               Vol. 15, No. 3                                                                                                          February 9, 2007
Europe and living in privately-leased houses or apart-
                                                                                      Ansbach • Bamberg • Illesheim • Schweinfurt • Wuerzburg
   The link to the survey is: https://www.perdiem.
   Participation is important because the Per Diem,
Travel and Transportation Allowance committee de-
termines next year’s allowances on survey results.          Apaches conduct ‘cordon and knock’
   Respondents report the average monthly utility
cost and routine household maintenance expenses.
   If the survey cannot be completed in one session,
respondents can stop and complete it later. However,
                                                            to stabilize attacked neighborhoods
once started, the work can only be completed on the         by 1st Lt. Daniel Morkes                                                                                               get to know the people.
same computer.                                              Fire Support Officer
                                                            Co. A, 1st Bn, 26th Inf. Regt.
                                                                                                                                                                                      At 5:30 a.m., Staff Sgt.
   For more information, contact local finance and                                                                                                                                 Trenton Tharp, platoon
accounting offices.                                            Getting up before 0500 is                                                                                           sergeant for 1st Platoon,
                                                            normal for Soldiers of Team                                                                                            gives the mission brief to his
                                                            Alpha, 1st Battalion, 26th
Scholarship deadline nears                                  Infantry Regiment, the Blue
                                                                                                                                                                                   men prior to departure. The
                                                                                                                                                                                   mission and intent for the
   Don’t procrastinate. Applications to the Defense         Spaders, in Taji, just north of                                                                                        day, as well as possible
Commissary Agency’s Scholarships for Military               Baghdad.                                                                                                               courses of action if the patrol
Children program must be turned in to a commissary             In the dark and cold, in-                                                                                           takes contact, are given out.
by close of business Feb. 21.                               fantrymen of 1st Platoon                                                                                               At the end, he asks if there
   The scholarships are available to unmarried chil-        move quickly to prepare                                                                                                are any questions. Everyone
dren under the age of 21 (23 if enrolled in school) of      their vehicles and equipment                                                                                           shakes their head – they all
military active-duty, Reserve, Guard and retired per-       for the upcoming combat pa-                                                                                            know what they have to do.
sonnel. Eligibility will be determined using the De-        trol.                                                                                                                     Afterward, the section
fense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System data-            Today’s mission: Conduct                                                                                            mounts up and meets up
base. Applicants should ensure that they, as well as        a cordon and knock of the                                                                                              with the company comman-
their sponsor, are enrolled in the DEERS database           Mushada Market to meet the                                                                                             der, a PSYOP (psychologi-
and have a current ID card.                                 people and ensure stability                                                                                            cal operations) team, and a
   An applicant must be planning to attend an ac-           in an area constantly at-                                                                                              canine unit at the company
credited college or university full-time in the fall term   tacked by insurgents.                                                                                                  operations center. By 6 a.m.
of 2007, or be enrolled in a program of studies de-            The overall company                                                                                                 the convoy exits Camp Taji
signed to transfer directly into a four-year program.       mission is simple. Team Al-                                                                                            – safeties on, weapons
   Scholarship applications are available at 263            pha, the Apaches, have to se-                                                                                          loaded.
commissaries worldwide, or can be downloaded                cure a portion of main sup-                                                                                               The lead vehicle turns
through links at,               ply route Tampa, a highway                                                                                             north on main supply route or http://www.               running all the way from                                                                                               Tampa and slowly moves to-                                                  Kuwait across the country,                                                                                             ward the market. The road
                                                            providing American bases                                                                                               they travel is the same one
   Applicants must include an essay on “how and
                                                            with critical logistical sup-                                                                                          used by the logistics con-
why” they would change an historical event. At least
                                                            port. However, executing                                                                                               voys, and is heavily targeted
one $1,500 scholarship will be awarded at every com-
                                                            this mission has proved                                                                                                by Sunni insurgents with
missary location with qualified applicants. (From a
                                                            much more difficult.                                                                                                   roadside bombs made out of
DeCA news release.)
                                                               The insurgents in Taji                                                                                              artillery shells or home-
Army spouse employment                                      play a cat and mouse game                                                                                              made explosives.
   The Army Spouse Employment Partnership
(ASEP) provides Army spouses the opportunity to
                                                            with Alpha Company. They
                                                            plant IEDs (improvised ex-          “Boots on                                                                             Sergeant Tharp keeps in
                                                                                                                                                                                   constant contact with his ve-
                                                            plosive devices) everyday
achieve employment goals. In FY 2006, ASEP Part-
ners hired over 5,000 military spouses, bringing the
                                                            and shoot mortars and small
                                                            arms fire at patrols that stay
                                                                                                ground”                                                                            hicles over the radio. The
                                                                                                                                                                                   lead vehicle stops and calls
                                                                                                                                                                                   back that there is a foreign
grand total of spouses employed to 16,000. The Army         in one place too long. They
launched the Military Spouse Job Search
( in 2005. For more information, visit
                                                            seem a step ahead of the
                                                            Apaches because they know
                                                                                                in Baghdad                                                                         object on the right side of the
                                                                                                                                                                                   road that was not there be-
                                                                                                                                                                                   fore. Tharp tells them to use
the Military Spouse Career Center at www.mili-              the land.                                                                                                              their spotlights because it is                                               In the past several weeks, since Alpha’s arrival, all attacks that      still dark outside as the season approaches winter.
                                                            were investigated did not turn up any suspects.                               The gunners on the vehicles remain watchful for potential threats
Film festival seeking entries                                  Capt. Andrew Jasso, Alpha Company commander, suspects that              within their fields of fire. Crews inside the up-armored Humvees gaze
   The first GI Film Festival is May 26-28 at the           some, if not most, of the insurgents live in the area the Apaches pa-      out their bullet-proof windows into the morning light.
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade              trol. The rest are too scared to come forward with information that           After a few moments the lead vehicle sends up an all clear and the
Center in Washington, DC, and is seeking submis-            could lead to the capture of the insurgents.                               convoy continues on to the market with no further incident.
sions. The festival will present films depicting the           The solution is to conduct missions like today – go into town and
worldwide struggle for freedom and democracy                                                                                                                           See ‘boots on ground’ on page 10
and/or the courage and selflessness of American
servicemen and women. The postmarked deadline
for entries is April 1. The festival will present awards
for the top films in narrative feature, feature docu-          Blue Spader remembered for his wit
mentary and short films categories. For more infor-
                                                               by Mark Heeter                                                                       The young warrior had another side.
mation or to submit a film, go to www.gifilm-                  The Point                                                                                                                                       “He enjoyed poetry, especially poetry about the Amer-
                                                                  He sold his buddy’s clothes right off his back.                                ican fighting man,” said Capt. Jacob White, relaying the
States declare Silver Star Day                                    Pfc. Ryan Jeffrey Hill also gave the same friend’s mat-                        remarks of Capt. Michael Baka, Company C commander.
                                                               tress away as a practical joke.                                                      An avid user of MySpace, Hill covered his page with
   The states of Indiana, New Mexico, Illinois, North                                                                                            Soldier- and military-related poems, writings and col-
                                                                  “He was one of the wittiest and funniest men I ever
Carolina, and Louisiana have proclaimed May 1 as                                                                                                 lages, including a piece that detailed a military memorial
                                                               met,” recalled the friend who lost his clothes and mattress,
“Silver Star Day” to honor the nation’s wounded ser-                                                                                             service.
                                                               Pfc. Daniel Agami.
vicemembers. Those wanting to help represent Silver                                                                                                 “You will always hold a place in our heart, and we will
Star Day in their state can get more information at               Hill was remembered by friends and comrades at a Led-
                                                               ward Barracks memorial service Jan. 30. Staff Sgt. Raja                           honor your memory in all we do,” Baka said at the Taji                                                                                                  service.
                                                               Richardson read Agami’s remarks which were made at a
                                                               service in Taji, Iraq, on Jan. 27.                            Pfc. Ryan Hill         White also forwarded the remarks of Lt. Col. Eric
On the hardwood                                                   Hill, 20, of Keizer, Ore., died Jan. 20 in Baghdad when                        Schacht, Task Force 1-26 commander.
                                                                                                                                          “Ryan Hill was an informal leader and daily example to all those
                                                               an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee. He
                                                               was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment.       around him. Like those of us gathered here, Ryan chose the path of
                                                                  “He was one of the most squared away guys the Army had to of-        selfless service,” Schacht said.
                                                               fer. He was, as he liked to put it, a road-marching fool,” Agami said,     Known for his wit, Hill was also devoted to the family who sur-
                                                               noting Hill had never failed a PT test or dropped out of a running      vives him, including his parents, Hilario and Shawna Hill, and his
                                                               formation.                                                              sister, Cassandra Ramos.

                                                            Contagious virus sweeps across Europe
                                                                                                                                       2007, Army hospitals and clinics in Germany are not reporting high
                                                            Wash hands, avoid contact                                                  numbers.
                                                            are best preventions                                                          “We have seen a slight increase of patients with diarrhea in Land-
                                                            Europe Regional Medical Command Release                                    stuhl Regional Medical Center’s emergency room, but nothing sig-
                                                                                                                                       nificant in the school community or other outpatient clinics in the
                                                               Just when you thought you beat the winter flu season, another virus     Kaiserslautern area,” said Dr. (Lt. Col.) William Corr, preventive
                                                            blows across the continent causing more than runny noses and watery        medicine consultant for the Europe Regional Medical Command.
                                                               The norovirus is cause for concern.                                        Since November, the norovirus has been attributed to causing sick-
Lady Wolves race away from Lady Bison.                         While the Robert Koch Institute of Germany reported more than           ness in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and in England.
                             See page 15                    24,000 cases of the norovirus between Dec. 19, 2006 and Jan. 18,                                                   See Norovirus on page 4.
2           The Point, February 9, 2007                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Team of Teams!
                                                                                                        come to expect – the best possible.                                                             As usual, when things diminish in one area, another area picks
                                                                                                           When Wuerzburg Hospital scaled down to clinic status last                                 up the slack.
                                                                                                        summer, the command and staff there made sure people were                                       A new Pizza Hut opened in Schweinfurt last November.
                                                Accepting                                               taken care of first. They set up tours to local hospitals to orient
                                                                                                        community residents to these facilities. They offered a full com-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Schweinfurt’s Car Care Center now offers four bays and a full
                                                                                                                                                                                                     range of automotive services. A day spa is under construction on
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Conn Barracks and is scheduled to open in March. Construction
                                                                                                        plement of patient liaisons to assist people dealing with the Ger-
                                                change is                                               man medical system.
                                                                                                           Over the holidays, I happened to be visiting a Soldier in a local
                                                                                                                                                                                                     on Café Italia begins in March at the Ledward Shoppette. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                     food service operation is expected to open in April.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        In Bamberg, Pizza Hut opened in October. The new Military
                                                                                                        hospital when the patient liaison arrived. The liaison was very
                                                never                                                   professional and answered every question we could think of
                                                                                                        about what could be expected during the hospital stay.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Clothing Sales Store opened in November. The Pxtra expanded
                                                                                                                                                                                                     in December and renovations and expansion of Burger King is to
                                                                                                                                                                                                     be completed in March.

                                                easy                                                       Other medical services continue to migrate to various regional
                                                                                                        clinics, including the Schweinfurt clinic, which has increased its
                                                                                                        hours, to include being open on training holidays, just to make
                                                                                                                                                                                                        It’s often difficult keeping up with all the changes that are tak-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     ing place, but the agencies that serve us are making every effort
                                                                                                                                                                                                     to provide us the best service possible.
                                                                                                        accessing health care easier for servicemembers and their fami-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        We just have to accept change as it comes.
   Change is always hard to deal with. And there sure have been                                                                                                                                         Team of Teams!
                                                                                                           As Leighton Barracks population declines, AAFES services
plenty of changes in the command footprint over the past nine                                           are merging into a central location at the main exchange.
months.                                                                                                 Leighton residents should be prepared for further consolidations
   The most visible changes have been in the former USAG                                                and closures.
Franconia – or 417th Base Support Battalion, depending on how                                              In addition to previously announced changes at Leighton Bar-
long you’ve been here. Area installations have closed and a num-                                        racks: a combined barber/beauty shop will open in February                                                                  RUSSEL D. SANTALA
ber of services have been reduced or relocated.                                                         where the Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop used to be. Sixt car                                                                Colonel, Air Defense Artillery
   However, I continue to look at the glass as half full.                                               rental will soon move into the mall. In March, the drycleaners                                                              Commander, U.S. Army Europe Region
   People in our communities continue to adapt and maintain our                                         will move to the area where the video games currently are in the                                                            Transformation Group
quality of life services and facilities at the high levels we have                                      food court.                                                                                                                 (Nord Bayern)(Provisional)

       Milestones                                                                       What’s The Point?
   Congratulations to Wesley
Hosey and Kia Jones of the
Leighton Child Development
                                                                                   Why rumor control is important
Center who were recently                                    by Commentary by Roger Teel                                                  also learns, plans change. So the mood is ripe for
awarded their Child Development                                                                                                          rumor in Wuerzburg.
Associate Credential in recogni-
                                                            The Point

                                                               Have you heard the news today? Oh, boy…                                      Everyone is talking. And I’ve heard them all,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ‘Any gap in knowledge
tion of their outstanding work
with young children. The creden-                               Recently, while standing in a checkout line at                            from the Africa Command (that’s not coming, or is
                                                                                                                                         it?), to the extended Frankfurt flight line that will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           or communication may
tial was awarded by the Council
for Professional Recognition in
                                                            Wuerzburg’s AAFES Main Store, I couldn’t help
                                                            but hear the rumors du jour. They were coming at                             alter Wiesbaden’s air space and force transforma-                                 be filled by rumor.’
                                                            me from all quarters. The people in line behind me                           tion folks to look at Wuerzburg again.
Washington, D.C., which repre-
sents the early childhood educa-                            were talking about a potential influx of troops, and                            Where does it end?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We need people who are interested in developing
tion profession. Hosey was                                  the cashier was giving her thoughts to a customer as                            According to University of Colorado researchers                                more constructive approaches to hear the latest ru-
awarded his credential with a                               she scanned his items. The customer was giving her                           Heidi Burgess and Michelle Maiese in “Rumor                                       mors. These “rumor reporters” also must be trained
preschool endorsement while                                 his two cents, as well.                                                      Control,” Beyond Intractability, written as part of a                             to understand how misinformation can escalate in
Jones’ credential is with In-                                  I could not escape. I was adrift in a sea of specu-                       conflict research consortium, any gap in knowledge                                the community.
fants/Toddlers.                                             lation.                                                                      or communication may be filled by rumor. And the
                                                                                                                                         information spread through the rumor mill often                                      We need a way to get to the truth of rumors. In
                                                               Indeed, rumors are rampant about what’s to be-
Writers receive                                             come of Wuerzburg – to Leighton Barracks and the                             contains serious inaccuracies that will likely make                               the case of Leighton Barracks and all base closures,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           government secrecy makes reliable rumor checking
recognition                                                 hospital.                                                                    the crisis more destructive than necessary.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           impossible. However, there are instances in which
   Staff writers for The Point were                            Every time I stop at the shoppette, the mail room,                           Our ability to deal with the “not knowing” is                                  incorrect rumors can be partially corrected.
among the winners of 2006 IMCOM-                            or the commissary, people approach me who must                               largely determined by how well we understand the
Europe Keith L. Ware journalism                             think I know more than I do, that I may have heard                           situation. Secrecy (closure announcements and                                        We also need a way to make rumor corrections.
awards:                                                     something about, well, about anything that they                              timelines being classified) makes it more difficult to                            We need a reliable tool to report findings to all in-
   News article: Tied for 2nd – Kim-                        haven’t heard before. If I don’t add anything to their                       understand what’s really taking place, and may con-                               terested parties. This could be Stars and Stripes,
berly Gearhart, USAG Schweinfurt,                           pool of rumors, they’ll quickly recap the latest of                          tribute to inaccurate perceptions and destructive ru-                             AFN, or right here in The Point. The media has an
and Cheryl Boujnida, USAG Bam-                              what they’ve heard.                                                          mors.                                                                             important role in rumor control. They can correct
berg                                                                                                                                                                                                                       misinformation and publicize information coming
                                                               I wish I did have some answers, some real news                               How should we deal with rumors?
   Feature article: 3rd – Jim Hughes,                       to report. But I don’t. And it’s futile to feed the                                                                                                            from the rumor-control effort. I believe that’s what
USAG Ansbach                                                                                                                                According to Burgess and Maiese, effective                                     we do, when we have information that needs to be
                                                            rumor mill.                                                                  rumor control requires three functions:
   Commentary: 2nd – Roger Teel,                                                                                                                                                                                           published.
Europe Region Transformation                                   When we are engaged in a crisis or conflict, such                            First, we need a way to determine what rumors
Group (Nord Bayern)(Provisional);                           as not knowing how much longer Wuerzburg will                                                                                                                     Obviously, stopping the spread of rumors is
                                                                                                                                         are actually circulating.                                                         never easy, no more than getting people to stop talk-
3rd – Kimberly Gearhart, USAG                               remain, there is typically very little direct commu-
Schweinfurt                                                 nication or sharing of information. We must realize                             Second, we need a strategy to find out which ru-                               ing. But The Point is, to deal with the stress and anx-
   Journalist of the Year: 3rd – Scott                      that those who do know what the eventual outcome                             mors are true, and which are false.                                               iety that many of us have because we don’t know
Rouch, Europe Region Transforma-                            for Wuerzburg will be have all been sworn to se-                                Finally, we need a way to correct inaccurate ru-                               how much longer our home will remain intact re-
tion Group (Nord Bayern) (Provi-                            crecy. But, as everyone associated with the military                         mors and replace them with reliable information.                                  quires us to keep rumors in their proper perspective.

Street talk:                              What do you miss the most about living in America?                                                                                                                                                                                              Photos by The Point staff

Jim McLemore, transition pro-         Adam Vandenbos, assistant               Capt. Teresa Fowler, assistant      Roger Teel, Editor, The Point     Cheryl Huff, public affairs of-    Elijah Ham, anti-terrorism offi-              Catrina Verrett, Directorate of                      Scott Rouch, assistant editor,
cessing specialist, Katterbach        administrator, ETG Information          DPTMS, USAG Schweinfurt.                                              fice, Barton Barracks, USAG        cer, ETG DPTMS, Wuerzburg                     Human Resources administra-                          The Point
Central Processing Facility,          Management              Office,                                             “Cheeseburgers! I miss            Ansbach.                                                                         tive assistant, Ledward Bar-
Katterbach                            Wuerzburg                               “I miss the food. Apple-            being able to get a good                                             “The shopping, the                            racks.                                               “Sports at a decent hour.
                                                                              bee’s, Arby’s, all of it.”                                            “I miss being able to              clothes, the malls. When                                                                           I am so tired – football
“The conveniences on                  “24-hour convenience                                                        cheeseburger – not Mc-                                                                                             “I miss my family. I have
                                                                                                                                                    wander around in stores            we were in D.C. and Col-                                                                           season was so long. I
the weekend like shop-                and services. The Ger-                                                      Donalds, not Burger King                                                                                           family in Florida and
                                                                                                                                                    like Target, Bed, Bath             orado my wife and I had                                                                            guess I can sleep be-
ping or going out late to             mans have an abrupt                                                         – whenever I want one.”                                                                                            Alaska that I don’t see
                                                                                                                                                    and Beyond and Fred                a ball.”                                                                                           tween now and the start
eat if you’re hungry. But I           way of customer ser-                                                                                          Meyers on Sundays.”                                                              very often.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of March Madness.”
love living in Germany.               vice.”
I’ve been here since 1988
as a service member, a
retiree and in this job.”

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Champions keep their cool
to win area spelling bees
   USAG Schweinfurt schools recently
held their spelling bees to determine
who would advance to the European fi-
nals of the Scripps National Spelling
Bee at Ramstein Air Base March 17.
   Schweinfurt Elementary School’s
Jan. 25 spelling bee was won by third-
grader Heather Miska, who bested 29
others and correctly spelled “pretzel” to
become champion. Fifth-grader Steven
Pedroza was declared runner-up.
   Schweinfurt Middle School’s bee
was Jan. 30 in the school gym. Fifteen
contestants, five from each grade, un-
derwent the rigors of spelling when it
counts under the watchful eyes (and
ears) of judges from the 9th Engineers.
Eighth-grader Lisa Ledford correctly
spelled “agile” to capture the title. Sev-
enth-grader Ryle Francisco and sixth-
grader Stephanie Miller finished
second and third, respectively.
   Wuerzburg Elementary School held
its spelling bee Feb. 1. Sixth-grader
Damon Potter correctly spelled
“anniversary” to secure the win.
Because Potter’s family was relocating
the following day, runner-up Jamie
Carle will advance to the European fi-                                          Scott Rouch
nals. Last year’s WAMS spelling bee          Adam Tavares winces as he tries to make it
winner Adam Tavares finished third           through another round. The 2006 champ fin-
this year.                                   ished third this year.

                                                                                                                                                                      Scott Rouch
                                                                                                How do you spell relief?
                                                                                                Wuerzburg Middle School spelling bee champ Damon Potter maintains his compo-
                                                                                                sure while Brandon Stratton contemplates his shoes during the local competition.

                                                                           Sandra Wilson (2)
Above, Schweinfurt Elementary School’s Heather Miska, correctly spells “pretzel”
to best 29 competitors for her school’s title. Runner-up was Steven Pedroza, left.

              Right, Schweinfurt Middle School’s Lisa Ledford correctly spells “agile”
            to capture the spelling bee title as judges from the 9th Engineers look on.

                                                                                            Winter came to
                                                                                            Franconia Jan. 24,
                                                                                            at least for a couple
                                                                                            of days. Intrepid
                                                                                            souls battled the
                                                                                            elements on and
                                                                                            about Leighton
                                                                                            Barracks. Below,
                                                                                            Staff Sgt. Michelle
                                                                                            Hazell works on
                                                                                            getting her car
                                                                                            scraped before
                                                                                            venturing onto the
                                                                                            icy roads. Right,
                                                                                            with the assistance
                                                                                            of Chris Schirmer,
                                                                                            School Aged
                                                                                            Services “chef” TJ
                                                                                            Calenzo loads
                                                                                            supplies into his
                                                                                            van at the com-
                                                                                            missaray. Right,
                                                                                            Pfc. Edward Lui
                                                                                            takes a moment
                                                                                            from clearing walks
                                                                                            around the
                                                                                            Leighton Dental
                                                                                            Clinic to help bring
                                                                                            in a delivery.
                                                                          Scott Rouch (3)
4        The Point, Februray 9, 2007                                                                                                                                           Health & Fitness

  Norovirus                                                                                                                     On the mend
  From Page 1

     The U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Pre-
  ventive Medicine-Europe uses a computerized tracking sys-
                                                                       Occupational therapist helps
  tem for early notification of community-acquired outbreaks.
  The system showed a spike Jan. 16, with 23 visits to clinics
  in the Heidelberg and Bavarian areas. Since then, the rates
                                                                       wounded Soldiers rehabilitate
  dropped to normal. The relatively low numbers may be at-             by Johanna Edwards
  tributed to the fact Soldiers and family members live and            Wuerzburg Health Promotion Coordinator
  work in gated communities, Corr said.                                   Taking care of wounded and injured Soldiers is the Army
     Norovirus is a group of viruses that cause flu-like symp-         medical profession’s major mission.
  toms, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and             Capt. Patrice Stange provides this care to Soldiers at the local
  Prevention.                                                          level.
     Viruses are very different from bacteria and parasites,              As occupational therapist at the Wuerzburg Clinic, Stange is
  some of which can cause illnesses similar to norovirus in-           on the ground when injured Soldiers return home and are in need
  fection. Antibiotic medication does not cure patients affect-        of follow-on rehabilitation and therapy.
  ed by noroviruses.                                                      “Most Soldiers referred to me have had gunshot wounds or
     Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and some             shrapnel wounds and need to regain the range of motion in their
  stomach cramping. Also prevalent are a low-grade fever,              hands, fingers and arms,” Stange said.
  chills, headache, muscle aches, and a general tiredness.                “I work with Soldiers and their family members to show them
     The illness often begins suddenly, and the infected per-          the exercises they need to prevent the build-up of scar tissue.
  son may feel very sick. In most, the illness is self-limiting        Once scar tissue sets in, the fingers and hands lock up and it’s
  with symptoms lasting for about one or two days. General-            much harder to regain normal function.”
  ly, children experience more vomiting than adults do.                   She issues progressive splints that increase the range-of-mo-
  Noroviruses are found in the stool or vomit of infected peo-         tion in the injured hands or fingers. The splints address nerve and
  ple. People can become infected in several ways, including:          tendon damage as Soldiers gradually learn to move their digits
     * eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated           and hands again.
  with norovirus;                                                         Some unique splints have attracted attention, but, “They work
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Daniella Clary
     * touching surfaces or objects contaminated with                  and serve a purpose to help the Soldier during recovery.”
  norovirus, and then placing their hand in their mouth;                  Stange said treatment plans and recovery timelines vary for          Sgt. Derman Simmons receives therapy from occupa-
                                                                       each Soldier, depending on their injury.                                tional therapist Capt. Patrice Stange in Schweinfurt.
     * having direct contact with someone who is infected and
  showing symptoms.                                                       “It takes time and patience to push Soldiers through the long           Thanks his McGinnis’ heroics, Newland is still here, but he
     Persons working in day-care centers, barracks, or dining          process of daily exercises multiple times a day, and push them to       suffered shrapnel wounds to his left arm. He is now working with
  facilities should pay special attention to anyone who has            the limit of their physical capability,” she said.                      Stange to regain use of his hands and fingers.
  norovirus illness. This virus is very contagious and can                Family members are invited to accompany Soldiers to the                 “Captain Stange is a great therapist who really cares and is try-
  spread rapidly throughout such environments.                         therapy sessions. Stange shows them how they can help their             ing to help me regain full use of my arm. We need more like her,”
     People infected with norovirus are contagious from the            loved ones build back their strength and physical capability, and       Newland said.
  moment they begin feeling ill to at least three days after re-       support them on their road to recovery.                                    Newland assists fellow Blue Spaders (Soldiers from 1-26th
  covery. Some may be contagious for as long as two weeks                 Staff Sgt. Ian Newland, of Schweinfurt’s Co. C, 1st Battalion,       Infantry) who return with similar injuries. He lets them know
  after recovery. Therefore, it is particularly important for          26th Infantry Regiment, is a typical Soldier in need of occupa-         where and how to get the care they need to get rehabilitated.
  people to use good hand washing and other hygienic prac-             tional therapy.                                                            Stange provides occupational therapy services for all Soldiers
  tices after they have recovered from norovirus illness.                 Newland was injured in the Dec. 4 incident that claimed the          and family members in the Wuerzburg region. Anyone with con-
     Sometimes people are unable to drink enough liquids to            life of Spc. Ross McGinnis when McGinnis jumped on a hand               cerns or questions should call the Occupational Therapy Clinic
  replace the liquids they lost because of vomiting and diar-          grenade thrown into a vehicle on patrol in Baghdad.                     at 350-3881.
  rhea. These persons can become dehydrated and may need
  special medical attention.
     “The best thing to do to stop the spread of norovirus is to                                                             Fitness for Life
  wash your hands. Hand washing is the best way to keep
  from getting sick,” Corr said.

    Prevent viruses from spreading:
                                                                       Operation 2-1-5 keeps kids moving
                                                                       by Johanna Edwards                              old, overweight is defined as a BMI at or
                                                                                                                                                      and five fruits and vegetables per day. The
     Spreading viruses is decreased by using preventive mea-           Wuerzburg Health Promotion Coordinator          above the 95th percentile for children of
                                                                                                                                                      group meets weekly and combines physi-
  sures:                                                                                                               the same age and sex, according to the Na-
                                                                                                                                                      cal activity with nutritional snacks and
                                                                          Two for the money, one for the show
     – wash your hands – frequently – especially after toilet          and five fruits and vegetables a day.           tional Center for Disease Control and
                                                                                                                                                      group support as the children work toward
  visits, changing diapers and before eating or preparing food.                                                        growth charts.                 their goal.
                                                                          That’s the approach Schweinfurt’s Op-
     – Carefully wash fruits and vegetables, and steam oysters         eration 2-1-5 program is taking to get kids                                       Operation 2-1-5’s pilot program was
                                                                                                                          Area schools recently conducted BMI
  before eating them.                                                  and their families moving toward a health-                                     conducted in spring 2006, and was such a
                                                                                                                       measurements and sent results home to
     – Thoroughly clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces            ier lifestyle                                   parents.                       success that kids and parents asked for
  immediately after an episode of illness by using a bleach-              Obesity in American youth is a serious                                      more this year. The program focuses on
                                                                                                                          Operation 2-1-5, conducted in concert
  based household cleaner.                                             issue.                                                                         middle-school aged children between 12-
                                                                                                                       with the Center for Health Promotion and
     – Immediately remove and wash clothing or linens that                                                                                            15 years.
                                                                                                                       Preventive Medicine and Department of
                                                                          Data from the National
  may be contaminated with virus after an episode of illness           Center for Health Statis-                       Defense Dependents Schools, is a 10-week           Schweinfurt Middle
  (use hot water and soap).                                            tics indicates 30 percent of                    program designed to be educational, fun         School principal Dr. El-
     – Flush or discard any vomit and/or stool in the toilet and       adults age 20 and older –                       and interactive as kids learn ways to devel-    drenna Durham strongly
  ensure that the surrounding area is kept clean.                      more than 60 million peo-                       op healthy lifestyles.                          encourages parents partic-
                                                                       ple – are obese.                                     The number – 2-1-5 – is for a maxi-        ipate and help their chil-
     People infected with norovirus should not prepare food                                                                                                            dren reach fitness goals.
  while they have symptoms or for three days after they re-               The percentage of                               mum of 2 hours of TV per day, a min-
  cover from their illness. Food that may have been contami-                                                              imum of one hour of daily exercise              Registration for the
                                                                       young people who are
  nated by an ill person should be disposed of.                                                                                                                        program requires a pre-
                                                                       overweight has more than
                                                                                                                                                                       screening and medical
     Treating the symptoms                                             tripled since 1980. Among
                                                                                                                                                                       clearance so there are no
     There is no antiviral medication that works against               those aged 6–19 years, 16
                                                                                                                                                                       underlying health issues.
  norovirus and there is no vaccine to prevent infection.              percent (more than 9 mil-
                                                                                                                                                                       Operation 2-1-5 runs Feb.
  Norovirus infection cannot be treated with antibiotics, be-          lion young people) are
                                                                                                                                                                       7 through April 5. The
  cause antibiotics work to fight bacteria and not viruses.            considered overweight.
                                                                                                                                                                       first meeting is at the
     Norovirus illness is usually brief in healthy individuals.           Body Mass Index                                                                              Schweinfurt        Middle
  When people are ill with vomiting and diarrhea, they should          (BMI), a measurement of                                                                         School Feb. 7 3:10 p.m.
  drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Drinking plen-        weight in proportion to                                                                         Students and parents can
  ty of fluids such as juice, or water can reduce their chance         height, is used to deter-                                                                       sign up with the Schwein-
  of becoming dehydrated. Sports drinks do not replace the             mine overweight status. A                                                                       furt Middle School Nurse,
  nutrients and minerals lost during this illness.                     child’s weight, age and                                                                         Lily Bagtas, at 354-6813
                                                                       gender are used to deter-                                                                       or 09721-83688, or with
     (Information came from the CDC website,
                                                                       mine their BMI. It is not                                                                       Angela Hunter, communi-
  and the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Pre-
                                                                       the same scale used for                                                      Johanna Edwards    ty health promotion coor-
  ventive Medicine Health Information Operations Weekly
                                                                       adults.                       Angela Hunter and Lily Bagtas head the Operation 2-1-5 effort dinator, at 354-6793.
                                                                          For children, 2-19 years in USAG Schweinfurt.

Listen up!
          If you can’t hear people talking, how can you follow orders?
by Johanna Edwards                                   vision volume or asks others to always repeat          importance of protecting Soldiers’ hearing and         Dr. Patricia Scharinghausen, the Wuerzburg
Wuerzburg Health Promotion Coordinator               what they just said. Hearing loss caused by loud       preventing hearing loss.                            audiologist, recently taught a hearing conserva-
   Hearing readiness is part of the total Army re-   noise is the most common injury in the Army,              All Soldiers and government civilian employ-     tion course aimed at training unit-level hearing
quirement for deployment readiness.                  but there are things we can do to prevent this         ees are required to wear hearing protection when    conservation Soldiers. The course focused on
   Listening to loud music can be harmful to         loss.                                                  around hazardous noise. Hazardous noise is de-      providing unit leaders with the tools and infor-
your hearing.                                           Hearing loss caused by loud noise is perma-         fined as a steady state of continuous noise expo-   mation they need to educate their Soldiers and
   Noise-induced hearing loss is most often          nent, and cannot be medically repaired. It is          sure to anything above 85 decibels and any ex-      enforce the Army’s Hearing Conservation Pro-
characterized by being able to hear, but not be-     painless and progressive, but preventable. The         posure to a sudden impact noise of 140 decibels     gram. This same program will be offered again
ing able to understand what is said. The first       Army Hearing Conservation Program requires             or greater. This compares to any noise that is so   in the future, and units are welcome to contact
signs of such a noise-induced hearing loss can be    all Soldiers to have an annual hearing test as part    loud, you have to raise your voice and shout in     the Preventive Medicine Clinic at the
seen in one who continuously turns up the tele-      of their medical readiness and emphasizes the          order to be heard.                                  Wuerzburg Clinic at 350-3789.
6       The Point, February 9, 2007                                                                          U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach (Illesheim, Katterbach)

Trainers of Iraqi security forces welcomed home
by Karen Lewis                                                                                                                                                          Commendation Medals with V Device and
The Point                                                                                                                                                               more, Potter, team chief, said.
   Three Soldiers who helped train Iraqi security                                                                                                                          The team included infantry, armor advisors,
forces the past year were welcomed home by the                                                                                                                          communications, logistics, medical and intelli-
12th Combat Aviation Brigade and USAG Ans-                                                                                                                              gence Soldiers among others.
bach Jan. 26.                                                                                                                                                              They began basic Soldiering and advanced
   Maj. Joshua Potter, Maj. Erich Campbell and                                                                                                                          combat skills training in Fort Carson, Colo., then
Staff Sgt. Anthony Hunt were hand-picked to be                                                                                                                          moved to Kuwait for specialized training before
part of the Special Police Transition Team, con-                                                                                                                        heading to Iraq.
sisting of 33 members from 1st Infantry Division                                                                                                                           Campbell said overcoming immediate chal-
and 1st Armored Division units along with 11                                                                                                                            lenges was crucial for success.
Marines.                                                                                                                                                                   “When we arrived in Kuwait we had only duf-
   Col. Timothy Edens, 12th CAB commander,                                                                                                                              fel bags. Our first mission was to equip the team.
and family and friends welcomed the trio back,                                                                                                                          Acquiring vehicles was a major component that
albeit a little late because of scheduling difficul-                                                                                                      Karen Lewis    would eventually lead to communications
ties.                                                         Special Police Transition Team members, Maj. Joshua Potter, Maj. Erich Campbell                           equipment, weapons and computers. Once that
   “Do not let the mission or the name fool you.              and Staff Sgt. Anthony Hunt are welcomed home after spending a year in Iraq train-                        started happening, everything began to fall into
These Soldiers have been training the Iraqis, but             ing local security forces.                                                                                place.”
they were at war and in combat,” Edens said.                                                                                                                               The unit instructed more than 2,500 Iraqi po-
“They finished up their efforts in November and                   “Not only is our nation thankful, but so, too, I   250 suspected insurgents, seizing over 350          lice trainees on the procedures and skills needed
redeployed to their home stations in Germany –                suspect, are many Iraqis who will never know          weapons, capturing an improvised explosive de-      to serve and protect the people of Iraq.
many immediately PCSing to new posts all over                 your names nor specific deeds, but now have a          vice factory and 30 IEDs,” Campbell said.              The unit fielded more than 75 new vehicles
our Army.                                                     better future because of you and many other Sol-         “Eight out of nine of our armored HMMWVs         for the Iraqi National Police, issued more than
                                                              diers like you,” Edens said.                          received some type of damage from small arms        4,000 weapons and established three aid sta-
   “Most are already back at new units and
working hard, but to you here and to all those                   Campbell, now provost marshal for USAG             fire, IEDs, mortars or rockets, and our ISU (sup-    tions.
who were with you, thank you for a dangerous                  Bamberg, said the mission “was not without its        ply container) was destroyed.”                         “Cross training one another and practicing
and difficult job exceedingly well done,” Edens                combat challenges.                                       Recognition for the teams success included       mission essential drills that kept each troop tac-
added, noting that all team members made it                      “With over 900 combat patrols, the unit was        the awarding of three Purple Hearts, one Bronze     tically proficient produced a synergetic team,”
home safely, though three were wounded.                       responsible for killing or capturing more than        Star with V Device, 31 Bronze Stars, six Army       Potter said.

  Employee of year                                                              Soldiers’ generosity has local kids riding high
                                                                                by Jim Hughes                                                                                 gesture was well-received by the commu-
  credits staff                                                                 The Point                                                                                     nity, especially by Sabine Baumgarten,
                                                                                                                                                                              Ansbach Kinderheim day care director.
                                                                                   A trip to the Wuerzburg Main Exchange
  for success                                                                   by a USAG Ansbach Soldier resulted in a
                                                                                merry post-Christmas celebration for
                                                                                                                                                                                 “The children here come from families
                                                                                                                                                                              that are having temporary problems, and it
  by Jim Hughes                                                                 dozens of local German youth.                                                                 would be hard for them to get bikes with-
  The Point                                                                                                                                                                   out something like this,” she said. “It’s re-
                                                                                   Capt. Stephen Short, provost marshal,
      The right person, the right place, at the right time.                     visited the PX before Christmas and saw a                                                     ally important that there are people like
      Kelley L. Bizzell, a civilian employee of two years after com-            sale on children’s bicycles, which trig-                                                      Captain Short out there and we’re really
  pleting a 22-year career as a Soldier, said personal, professional            gered visions of charity in his head.                                                         happy to get this gift. The children will
  and organizational transition, along with dedication and a willing-              “I was eating with my wife and I said to                                                   love to get out there and try them out.”
  ness to change were the keys to the USAG Ansbach Central Pro-                 her, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if I bought all the                                                    And that’s exactly what Short was look-
  cessing Facility manager being named the garrison’s employee of                                                                                                             ing to get with his dollars and effort.
  the year.
                                                                                bicycles and gave them to local children
                                                                                that could use them?’”                                                                           “That’s the reason that I’m in the Army.
                                 “It’s quite an accomplishment, espe-                                                                                                         I know our Army does good things around
                             cially with my transitioning from being a             They agreed, and soon provost marshal
                             green-suiter for so long,” the Dayton,             Sgt. Maj. Alan West joined in, buying half                                                    the world and rather than work in the busi-
                             Ohio, native said.                                 of the 38 bikes while the rest of the mili-                                                   ness world where I can just make money, I
                                 “But just like when I was a first               tary police helped put the bikes together –                                                   want to do something where I make a dif-
                             sergeant, you’re only as good as your Sol-         struggling a little with the hand brakes and                                                  ference,” he said.
                             diers are and it’s the same thing now. This        pumping up tires, Short said.                                                                    “As an officer in the Army, and espe-
                             is a well-oiled team.”                                Next, the public affairs office and local                                     Jim Hughes    cially in the military police, I can make a
                                 That team took in stride some of the           agencies helped identify children and or-       Sgt. Daniel Chenoweth, USAG Ans-              difference for my post, my country and
                             biggest changes USAG Ansbach, U.S.                 ganizations that could use the bikes of var-    bach Provost Marshal Office, ad-               other people’s countries as well.”
                             Army, Europe, and the Army in general              ious sizes.                                     justs a bike for a local Ansbach child           The look in the children’s eyes made it
                             had ever seen, and created a benchmark                The MPs gave eight bikes to the              as part of a charitable effort by             all worthwhile for West.
  Kelley L. Bizzell operation, Bizzell said.                                    Illesheim Kindergarten, 12 to an Ansbach        members of the unit to give bikes to             “We wanted to give back and make peo-
                                 But it’s not just Bizzell making that          Kinderheim, six to the Burgoberbach                                                           ple happy,” West said. “The expressions
                                                                                                                                children in need.
  claim. Two U.S. Army, Europe, commanders, Gen. B.B. Bell and                  Kindergarten and 12 to individual children
  Gen. David McKiernan, have said the same thing about Ansbach’s
                                                                                                                                                                              on the kids’ faces, (who were actually told
                                                                                from the public in late January.                nice if kids had bikes around Christmas       by the kinderheim director to keep their
  in-processing operation when they visited in 2005 and 2006, re-
  spectively.                                                                      “I believe in helping people and I love      time.”                                        excitement low-key with varying results)
      “My way is ‘One Team, One Fight;’ lead by example; do the                 children and think that they are all great,”       The “around Christmas time” target         their joy in seeing and getting the bikes
  extra things to help people; establish a benchmark and make your-             Short said. “In my line of work, you see a      wasn’t met, though, because of the nature     and trying them out –- they’re all smiling
  self the model of what you’ve been tasked to do,” Bizell said. “We            lot of the bad things that happen to kids. I    of the season and trouble contacting the      and beaming – that is what it’s all about.
  set the standard and we’re proud of that. Now it’s more the pres-             was raised very poor and didn’t have a          right people downtown, Short said.            The work and the cost is nothing compared
  sure of maintaining that standard and continuing to progress.”                bike until I was older. I thought it would be      Despite missing the target, the goodwill   to what the kids get out of it.”
      From seeing their way through two major deployments to the
  biggest PCS season in recent years to a total revamp of the per-
  sonnel structure within the garrison and tactical units, Bizzell and
  his team continue to take on all challenges.
                                                                                Yellow Ribbon Room reopens in new location
      “The big thing right now is the 38th Personnel Support Battal-            by Jim Hughes                                      Room was even made for the family bon room. That’s one thing you can’t do. I
  ion goes away Feb. 17, and we’re replacing Soldier personnel spe-             The Point                                       child care office, too.                      can’t lose the yellow ribbon room.’”
  cialists with civilians,” he said.                                               Katterbach’s Yellow Ribbon Room is              “We told them what a YRR should have        But the garrison needed the old Katter-
      “The personnel operations for the garrison will move to the               now open for business in its new home.          and it meets every one of those require- bach YRR location while the child-care
  third floor of the Army Community Service building, building
                                                                                   After operating for a few months in a        ments,” Bond added.                         center was being expanded and to handle
  5817, and co-locates passports and identification card operations                                                                 The YRR offers computers with Inter- an influx of infants to the community.
  as well.”                                                                     temporary location, the YRR is now in the
                                                                                old Army and Air Force Exchange Service         net and webcam access, a family room           “Money shook free last year and we got
      Bizzell added that the 12th CAB will take over ID cards and                                                               with a couch and television, a large class- a contractor to get it done. This is a great
  personnel services for its Soldiers while the garrison will handle            food court in building 5817, underneath
                                                                                Army Community Service.                         room for family readiness groups, a facility,” McKenna said. “The only down-
  Soldier reassignments and services for family members and civil-
  ians.                                                                            The new look exceeded everyone’s ex-         kitchen and a children’s play area, said side is the lack of parking, but it is cen-
      “Soldiers can rest easy and know they have a group of commit-             pectations, said Donna Bond, ACS direc-         Barb Powell, mobilization, deployment, trally located near other helping agencies
  ted, go-to people standing by to help them,” he said. “But Soldiers           tor, at a reopening ceremony Jan. 29.           readiness manager at ACS, who is also and everyone did a great job making this
                                                                                                                                housed in the new facility.                 valued community service happen.”
  need to review their records, make sure their beneficiary informa-                “When I look around this facility, I re-                                                    The YRR is open Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. to 6
  tion is up to date, their insurance is in order and all that. Also, bring     ally can’t believe my eyes,” Bond said.            “YRR supports our family members
  your spouse by, we’re a welcome center and we’d like to get to                “When we first looked at (relocating to)         during deployments,” Powell said of the p.m. For more, call 467-2553 or 09802-
  know you and for your family to know us in case they need any-                                                                YRR mission. “But it’s                      832-553.
                                                                                this area, I walked around with my head
  thing from us.”                                                               down because I hoped we wouldn’t get it.        really for the whole com-
      Bizzell credits some other things for reasons behind his success.         I thought it would look and smell like a        munity. Soldiers, family
      “Strong faith in God, great parents (Eddie and Mattie Bizzell)            pizzeria, not a yellow ribbon room.”            members… everyone is
  who are the best parents a kid could ask for, and a strong signifi-               However, USAG Ansbach commander              welcome here whether
  cant other (fiancée Brigitte) who has supported me from day one                Lt. Col. Tammy McKenna’s dedication to          they have loved ones de-
  and cares about me as far as my career and me as a person.”                                                                   ployed or not.”
                                                                                the project, $360,000 becoming available,
      Bizzell plans to work the next few years in Ansbach, but said                                                                The facility is a hit
                                                                                the efforts of the Directorate of Public
  he might like working in an official capacity to help veterans get                                                             whether a large number
  their due from Veterans Administration.                                       Works and top-notch work by a contractor
                                                                                came together to make it a first-class facil-    of Soldiers are deployed
      “It’s something I have a passion to do,” he said. “There are so                                                           or not, McKenna said.
  many things out there to help veterans – I’m a disabled veteran my-           ity, Bond said.
  self – so I make myself smart with that information and spread it                “Colonel McKenna found a good                   “When I first got here
  around. The Army is still my extended family, so the best enjoy-              amount of money and DPW took it and             back in June, I met with
  ment I can get is spending some off-duty time researching things              worked a miracle,” she said. “The contrac-      Colonel         (Timothy)
  and telling people about them and helping them out.”                          tor really got down to the bricks that keep     Edens (12th CAB com-                                                        Jim Hughes
      Bizzell enjoys Europe by taking walks with Brigitte, dining out,          this building up and created this wonderful     mander) and one of the Lt. Col. Tammy McKenna, USAG Ansbach com-
  listening to good jazz and watching his children, Brandon, 18, and            facility. I never in a million years would’ve   first things he said to me mander, hands some cake to Siul Figueroa, 8, dur-
  Annique, 15, grow.                                                            thought they could have made this place         was, ‘I hear you’re tak- ing the grand reopening of the Katterbach Yellow
                                                                                into something nice.”                           ing away the yellow rib- Ribbon Room Jan. 29.
Garrison Roundup                                                                                                                                                                  The Point, February 9, 2007                9

              USAG Ansbach
Courtesy inspections                                                                                                                                                      fishing course is March 9 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the
   The USAG Ansbach Military Police traffic sec-                                                                                                                          Lake House at Soldier’s Lake. The class is March
tion offers free courtesy advisements on the re-                                                                                                                          12-16 and 19-23 from 6 to 8 p.m. daily at the Lake
cent changes to the regulation that covers regis-                                                                                                                         House. Testing is March 25 from 9-11 a.m. Cost is
tering and operating privately–owned-vehicles in                                                                                                                          $60, payable by check or money order. To register
Germany. This service is provided Feb. 15, from                                                                                                                           early, stop by the Lake House or MWR on Bis-
3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in front of building 5263 on Bar-                                                                                                                       marck Kaserne, building 5845, room 209. For
ton Barracks. Officials will examine vehicles and                                                                                                                         more, call 467-2916 or 09802-1635.
determine if they meet the new requirements for                                                                                                                           Job recruiting brief
window tinting, spinner-type wheels and auxiliary
lighting, among others. For more, call 468-7795 or                                                                                                                           Orion International, a recruiting firm specializ-
0981-183-795.                                                                                                                                                             ing in finding jobs for junior military officers, pre-
                                                                                                                                                                          sents an information brief Feb. 12 in the Ansbach
Volunteer coaches needed                                                                                                                                                  Army Career Alumni Program office at 10 a.m.
   Ansbach Middle/High School is looking for                                                                                                                              Personal interviews will be conducted later that
volunteer coaches for its championship football                                                                                                                           day. For more information, contact ACAP at 467-
team. Head coach Marcus George is a certified                                                                                                                             3312 or e-mail mhoffman@orioninternational.
coaching instructor and can help those interested                                                                                                                         com. ACAP is located on Katterbach Kaserne,
become nationally certified. For an opportunity to                                                                                                                        building 5818, room 305.
make a difference in young people’s lives, call
George at 468-2808 or 09802-832-808.                                                                                                                                      Job search workshop
                                                                                                                                                                             The Army Career Alumni Program hosts job
Tax time arrives                                                                                                                                                          search workshops Feb. 13-14 and March 13-14. All
   This years’ filing deadline is April 16, but over-                                                                                                                     Soldiers one year from possible separation can at-
seas taxpayers receiving a refund have until June                                                                                                                         tend. To sign up or to get information on times
15 to file. The Katterbach and Illesheim Tax As-                                                                                                                          and locations for the event, call Clare Sowinski at
sistance centers will help people prepare their                                                                                                                           467-3312 or 09802-833-312.
taxes. Appointments are not necessary, but those
using the service need to bring W-2s, 1099s, inter-                                                                                                                       Babysitter, CPR training
est statements, retirement statements, Social Se-                                                                                                                           The American Red Cross offers an adult, child
                                                                                                                                                     Courtesy photo
curity Cards, banking deposit information, etc.                                                                                                                           and infant CPR class Feb. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 5
Taxpayers should bring other documents they are            … runs through Ansbach                                                                                         p.m. at the Katterbach Red Cross office. The class
unsure about. The centers are open Mon-Fri from                                                                                                                           costs $40. For more information or to register, call
9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. For more, call the          The 1966 NCAA national basketball champions, the Texas Western Miners, pa-                                     467-2136 or 09802-832-136.
Katterbach center at 467-2324 or 09802-832-324,            rade off the floor with the trophy in tow. Their 72-65 triumph over Adolph Ruppʼs
or Illesheim at 467-4511 or 09841-83-4511.                 University of Kentucky Wildcats completed a 28-1 season and opened doors for                                   See, ski Europe
                                                           future African-American athletes. Five members of the 1966 Miners, whose story                                    Outdoor recreation hosts various trips to spots
Club Beyond events                                         inspired the film “Glory Road,” visit USAG Ansbach Feb. 14 at 9 a.m. at Eddieʼs                                of interest in Europe.
   Club Beyond takes sixth- through eighth-
graders skiing in Austria Feb. 9. Bus leaves Kat-
                                                           Place on Bismarck Kaserne. Uniquely, the Armed Forces Entertainment tour                                          Ski trips – Wax your skis and take off with
terbach Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. and returns Feb. 11 at 6          event comes to Ansbach during Black History Month. For more information, con-                                  ODR to its next ski destination. Trip is Feb. 17.
p.m. Cost is €130 for two nights lodging, two              tact Vikki Hanrahan, 468-7636 or 0981-183-636.                                                                 Cost $49 and if you don’t have skis, you can rent
breakfasts and two dinners. Other costs include                                                                                                                           them from ODR. Deadline to sign up is Feb. 12.
rentals and lunches. Permission slips are required                                                                                                                        Trip departs at 4 a.m. and returns the following
and can be picked up at the chapel.                      YS also hosts a one-day ski trip for sixth-12th          ter has stickers, themed paper and other art for        day at 1 a.m.
   Club Beyond hosts a high school girl’s Break-         graders Feb. 17. For costs, locations and times, call    the pages. Cost is $10. Cobbled Corner Crafts is lo-       Berlin sightseeing – Visit one of Germany’s
fast Club at Katterbach Dining Facility Tuesdays         467-4583 or 09841-83-583.                                cated in building 5262 on Barton Barracks. For          unique cities and see the changes since the wall
at 7 a.m. Middle-school boys and girls meet in                                                                    more, call 468-7627.                                    came down. Cost is $129. Departs Feb. 24 at 2 a.m.
                                                         Crafty opportunities                                                                                             and returns at 11 p.m. that day. Deadline to sign up
small groups on Tuesdays. Call for times and loca-                                                                Protestant men meet                                     is Feb. 10.
tions.                                                      Cobbled Corner Crafts hosts a Valentine’s Day            The Protestant Men of the Chapel is a new
   Regular Club Beyond meetings for middle               scrapbook session Feb. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.         group being put together by Gregory Heeter.                For more on ODR trips or services, call 467-
schoolers are Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in          People can bring their pictures in for the scrap-        PMOC is a program of worship, Bible study, evan-        3225 or 09802-833-225.
the Ansbach Middle/High School cafeteria and             book while Cobbled Corner provides the Valen-            gelism, missions, Christian nurture, faith and life,
high school students meet the same day from 5:30         tine theme. Cost is $15. The shop also invites chil-     Heeter said. The group’s purpose is to engage
                                                                                                                                                                          Get crafty
to 7 p.m. All events include transportation, snacks      dren to make “Hello!” cards from 4-5 p.m. Feb. 15.       men activities to strengthen individuals and the           Cobbled Corner Crafts offers a pottery class
or dinner. For more, call Rene or Steph Payne at         Children bring in photos and come up with say-           community. For more on the group, meeting times         every month, on Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m.,
467-2685 or 09802-832-685.                               ings and mementos to make a card out of a brown          and places, call Heeter at 467-2136 or 09802-832-       on Barton Barracks in Ansbach. The three-part
                                                         paper bag. Cost is $10. On Feb. 22, the shop hosts       136.                                                    class covers hand building and potter’s wheel in-
Illesheim YS events                                      a “Wild Things” scrapbook session from 6-7:30                                                                    struction and costs $30. People who certify can use
  Illesheim Youth Services hosts a trip to the           p.m. People can bring in their animal, zoo and na-       Fishing course                                          the pottery studio anytime the shop is open. For
Bamberg roller skating rink Feb. 10 from 5-11 p.m.       ture pictures to make scrapbook pages. The cen-            Registration deadline for the IMCOM-Europe            more, call 468-7627 or 0981-183-627.

             USAG Bamberg
Bazaar with Heart                                        what programs and services are available through         The show starts at 9 p.m. and admission is free.        Fat Tuesday at a Mardi Gras Party on Feb. 20 at
   The annual Bamberg Spouses’ and Civilians’            the Department of Veterans Affairs. For more in-                                                                 Youth Services, building 7669 from 3 to 6 p.m.
Club Bazaar with Heart begins Feb. 9 at the              formation call 469-8925 or 0951-300-8925. VA             Celebrate Black History                                 Enjoy Cajun cookin’, along with fun, games and
Warner Barracks Basics Building. Doors open              benefits briefings will be held once a month                The 16th Sustainment Brigade is sponsoring a         prizes.
Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Feb. 10 from 10 a.m.      through August. Dates are March 20, April 10,            luncheon in observance of Black History Month
to 6 p.m. and Feb. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open        May 22, June 19, July 24 and Aug. 28.                    Feb. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The luncheon is       Clinic closure
to all U.S. military ID card holders, cash, checks,                                                               at the Warner Club with guest speaker retired             The Bamberg Medical Clinic will be closed
Star Card, Mastercard and Visa are accepted for
                                                         Rock out with ‘Hello Dave’                               Command Sgt. Maj. Willie Day. This event is free        Feb. 22 for training. Emergency services will be
payment. No strollers! For more information,                Enjoy a night of genuine rock ‘n’ roll with the       to the Bamberg community. Black History Month           available.
email                     band ‘Hello Dave’ on Fri. Feb. 23 at the Moonlight       celebrations continue on Feb. 23 at the Warner
                                                         Cabin. The band hails from Chicago, but their            Club. Take part in an African American Extrava-         Attend town hall
ACAP briefing                                            sound captures the soul of the south. After releas-      ganza starting at 7 p.m.                                  A community town hall meeting will be held
   The Army Career and Alumni Program has a              ing five full-length albums they have been                                                                       Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. at Preston Hall. All com-
VA Benefits Briefing Feb. 13 from 8 a.m. to noon         deemed the ‘Eagles of the New Millennium’. Say           Party time                                              munity members are encouraged to attend. If you
at the Reeltime Theater. The briefing will explain       good bye to the humdrum and say ‘Hello Dave’.              CYS registered youth are invited to celebrate         have questions, we have answers.

             USAG Schweinfurt/Leighton
Trash pick up                                            After-school library reading club                        think could use improvement in our military com-
   Trash service for Wuerzburg housing areas is             The USAG Schweinfurt Ledward Library                  munity, and tell us how you think it should be im-
now only on Monday. Bulk trash pick up on Mon-           hosts an after-school reading club for students in       proved. You can find issue form drop boxes at the
day and Friday has been cancelled. If a bulk pick        grades three through six Feb. 21. Come learn to          community mail rooms, yellow ribbon rooms, the
up is needed, call one of the following phone num-       have fun reading and enjoy activities both online        library, the Commons, and ACSC, or you can mail
bers to coordinate: 351-4408/4444 or 0931-296-           and off. It’s all good fun, and it’s not too late to     them to: Army Family Action Plan Program Man-
4408/4444 during duty hours or 354-6886 or               sign up. Just stop by the circulation desk or call the   ager, Ledward Barracks, Bldg. 242 CMR 457,
09721-966886. There has been no change for Vic-          library at 354-1740 for more information.                APO AE 09033. For more, call 354-6933 or 09721-
tory Drive.                                                                                                       96-6933.
                                                         Unit-level basketball championships
Go shopping                                                 Finney Fitness center hosts the 2007 unit-level       Daytona 500 party
   Join the United Service Organizations (USO)           basketball championships Feb. 10-11. This dou-              The Leighton Community Activity Center
on a shopping trip to Cheb, Czech Republic, one          ble-elimination tournament is for all unit-level         hosts a Daytona 500 viewing party Feb. 18. Join us
of Europe’s biggest flea markets March 24. Cost is       teams in Schweinfurt and Wuerzburg. The top              for food, games, and win prizes while you watch
$30 per seat. Bus leaves 6 a.m. and returns at 7         team will advance to the IMCOM-Europe Unit-              the opening race in the chase for the NASCAR
p.m. For more information, call 354-6711 or              Level Basketball Championships in Wiesbaden              Nextel Cup. For more, call 350-6305 or 0931-889-
09721-96-6711.                                           March 1-4. Call 353-8234 for more information            6305.
                                                         and to register.
PTSA needs officers                                                                                               Dodgeball tournament
    Wuerzburg American High School is trying to          Piano lessons in Wuerzburg                                  Finney Fitness center holds a dodgeball tour-
fill the secretary and treasurer positions on its           The USAG Schweinfurt SKIES program offers             nament Feb. 24 beginning at 10 a.m. Teams may be
Parent, Teacher, Student Association board. Call         piano lessons at the Leighton Teen Center Mon-           coed, and all-female teams will compete in a sep-
Markgetta Langford at 0151-1590-4204.                    Fri, 3:30-7 p.m. Cost is $35 per month if you take       arate division from all-male or coed teams. Teams
                                                         one class per week, and $60 per month for two. For                                                                                                   Sandra Wilson
Karate classes                                           more information, call 354-6460.
                                                                                                                  must consist of six players. Space is limited to four
                                                                                                                  teams in both divisions, first-come, first-served, so
                                                                                                                                                                            Get crafty
   Keichu Do Karate classes are offered at the
Wuerzburg American High School gymnasium on              Parents’ night out                                       sign up early for this double-elimination tourna-         A Spring Craft Fair is planned for
Leighton Barracks Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-                 USAG Schweinfurt Child and Youth Services             ment. Registration will be held Feb. 12-21 at             Saturday, March 31, in the Schwein-
7:15 p.m. The first week is free, then the cost is $30   offers a parents’ night out Feb. 16 from 6:30 to         Finney Fitness Center. For more information call          furt Elementary School multi-pur-
per month. Course is presented by USAG Schwe-            11:30 p.m. Stop by Central Registration in The           353-8234 or 09721-96-8234.                                pose room from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The
infurt’s SKIESUnlimited. For more information,           Commons on Ledward Barracks, pick up your                Youth sports registration                                 event is open to all ID cardholders.
call 354-6460 or 09721-96-6460.                          Deployment Card, and sign up a night off. Regis-                                                                   Crafters should contact the school
                                                         ter in person for this special event. Call 354-6517         USAG Schweinfurt’s Youth Sports and Fitness
Family friendly ski trip                                                                                          holds registration for soccer, baseball, and softball     at 09721-81893 or ses_pta_volunteer
                                                         or 09721-96-6517 for more information.                                                                    by March 26 to pur-
   USAG Schweinfurt MWR has a trip to the                                                                         through Feb. 16. Soccer season is from Feb. 22 to
Rhoen Feb. 10. Sledding, skiing, snowboarding            AFAP issue forms still needed                            April 7 and costs $30 per child. Baseball and soft-       chase a booth. Download an appli-
and more await! Trip departs from Schweinfurt              The Army Family Action Plan is your chance to          ball seasons run from March 20 to June 3 and costs        cation at
and Wuerzburg and is dependent upon snow con-            be heard. Pick up an issue form from the Army            $46 per child. Call Central Registration for more         pta/forms.html
ditions. For more, call 350-6305 or 0931-889-6305.       Community Service Center and tell us what you            info, 354-6822 or 09721-96-6822.
10         The Point, February 9, 2007

Bamberg SAS receives accreditation
by Simon Hupfer                                                           “With her leadership and ability to coordinate her SAS team, she
MWR Marketing Specialist                                                  and the SAS staff made this happen.”
   Do you know where your children hang out after school?                    In a letter, the NAA congratulated Bamberg SAS stating the
Families in USAG Bamberg know that their children are in good             accreditation award took solid leadership, teamwork, family sup-
hands at School Age Services. The National After-School Asso-             port, and perseverance.
ciation (NAA) accredited Bamberg SAS as a “Nationally
Accredited Afterschool Program”, stressing the high quality of               The NAA improvement and accreditation report also states
Bamberg’s SAS program.                                                    that SAS staff is an effective role model for the youth.
   “I am so proud of this staff,” said Cherri Verschraegen, Instal-          The six standards for accreditation include human relation-
lation Management Command-Europe CYS program manager.                     ships and safety, health and nutrition – in which Bamberg
“They did this in spite of tremendous stress and management               received high scores – as well as administration, outdoor and
staff shortages. If there was a Medal of Honor for Child and              indoor environment and activities.
Youth Services staff I would nominate them.”
                                                                             The NAA endorsers were convinced. “Numerous community
   After several attempts Bamberg’s SAS received accreditation            based organizations had come into the program to offer to the
for the first time, bringing the SAS rate in Europe to 79 percent,
                                                                          children life skill development such as financial management
according to Verschraegen.
                                                                          and healthy cooking. Community service projects were in evi-
   “It really makes a big difference for us. The NAA is a civilian        dence to help the children learn about the larger community,”
accrediting body and they set the standards for highest quality,”
said Patrice Turner-Lapp, SAS trainer, who has been working on            NAA endorsers stated in their accreditation report.
the accreditation process for a year. “A yearlong process of hard            The award not only demonstrates the current high quality of
work.”                                                                    the SAS program but will pay off in the future: “The accredita-                                                           Simon Hupfer
   “Patrice Turner-Lapp stepped forward and took on those                 tion also leads to sustained program improvement,” Turner-Lapp       Randy Lambert and Patrice Turner-Lapp go over
duties,” said a proud Liwliwa Markey, Bamberg CYS director.               said, “and Bamberg SAS rocks!”                                       paperwork at the Bamberg SAS.

                                                                                                                                                               SKIES Unlimited
                                                                                                                                                               for Bamberg youth
                                                                                                                                                                  The following classes are for children pre-
                                                                                                                                                               registered with CYS:
                                                                                                                                                                  Ballet for ages 8-9 – Tuesdays, 4:20-5:20
                                                                                                                                                               p.m.; ages 5-7 – Tuesdays, 3:10-4:10 p.m.; ages
                                                                                                                                                               3-4 – Thursdays, 1-1:45 p.m. All classes are $90.
                                                                                                                                                                  Jazz and tap dance for ages 5-8 – Thursdays,
                                                                                                                                                               3:10-4:10 p.m.; ages 9-18 – Thursdays, 4:15-
                                                                                                                                                               5:15 p.m. All classes are $90.
                                                                                                                                                                  Combination dance for ages 3-4 – Wednes-
                                                                                                                                                               days, 5:30-6:15 p.m., $90
                                                                                                                                               Tom Tucker         Tap dance for ages 3-4 – Tuesdays, 1-1:45
  WAHS goes back to school.                                                                                                                                    p.m., $90
  “Do Black Patent-Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?”, an adaptation of the classic comic novel by John R. Powers, is the                                          Classes are held at Freedom Fitness Facility,
  Wuerzburg American High School spring musical production. Directed by David Flom, the cast features four school girls,                                       building 7680. Register at CYS Central Regis-
  five boys, four nuns and a priest. The story is about the experiences of Eddie Ryan, a former student who returns to his                                     tration, building 7340. Call 0951-300-8660 or
  Catholic school to find out what happened to the girl he fell in love with, Becky. The story then becomes a series of flash-                                 0951-300-1770 for details.
  backs to Eddie’s school experiences in the 1950’s and the daily struggles of attending a strict Catholic school. You don’t
  have to be Catholic to enjoy the musical since it captures the funniest aspects of youthful growing pains and the trying
                                                                                                                                                               Adult lessons
  moments of adolescence. Play dates are Feb. 22-24, with the curtain going up at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for                                     Interested in adult music, voice or dance
  students. Call 350-7176 or 0931-889-7176 for reservations                                                                                                    lessons? Contact the Bamberg Stable Theater at
                                                                                                                                                               469-8647 or 0951-300-8647.

‘Boots on ground’                                                                                          Middle school students get cooking
From page 1                                        well as job opportunities and electricity.              by Sandra Wilson                                 students begin their work to create a masterpiece
                                                      Tharp records all this information and takes         The Point                                        meal. They spend the first week learning about
   Once on the objective, members of the con-      pictures of those interviewed as well as their             Korean vegetable pancakes, sweet and sour kitchen tools and appliances. From there, they
voy spread out and set up security along the       stores.                                                 chicken, fried rice, and pineapple upside down start to plan their menus according to a guideline
roads bordering the market area. Squads dis-          Within two hours of setting up the perime-           cake served with lemonade or coffee made for a with built-in nutrition.
mount and set up hasty road blocks with con-       ter, 1st Platoon has conducted complete inter-          tasty and filling meal last week at Schweinfurt     Many of the students come in with little to no
certina wire to keep traffic away and minimize     views with all store owners in the Mushada              Middle School’s Touch of Class Café.             experience in the kitchen. After the first five
the threat of suicide car bombs. The canine unit   Market.                                                    The business                                                                      weeks they pro-
and an infantry squad search the jungle area          Tharp confers with Jasso about the mission.          enterprise                                                                           duce their first
behind the stores for possible weapons or ord-     There were no problems or attacks. The unit             class, taught by                                                                     meal for the
nance caches.                                      breaks down their security zone and moves               Troy Purdin, is                                                                      café.
   As the Soldiers continue setting up their       south, back to camp.                                    cooking it up                                                                           About       40
positions, the PYSOP team engages the popu-           Today’s mission did not involve a firefight          for teachers and                                                                     meals are made
lace while Tharp and his Iraqi interpreter, Sam,   between U.S. Army forces and insurgents, and            parents.     The                                                                     each produc-
interview store owners. A security element         is considered a victory for Alpha Company.              class requires                                                                       tion. Some are
under Sgt. Noah Plumb and Pfc. Severin                The fight in Taji is similar to those in other       enrolled stu-                                                                        made to-go for
Michalski guard the outside of the store their     parts of Iraq. By gaining the support of the            dents to make                                                                        people       who
platoon sergeant is in so Tharp can speak with     Iraqi people, the Apaches are working to help           six professional                                                                     don’t have time
the owners without interference.                   them ultimately run their own country.                  meals through-                                                                       to sit down. The
                                                                                                           out the semes-                                                                       remaining
   Tharp asks the owners about electricity,           (Reprinted with permission from The Dag-             ter and serve
plumbing, water, government, jobs, and secu-                                                                                                                                                    meals are split
                                                   ger’s Edge, a field newspaper published by the          them      in    a
rity in the area. Most [of those he talks with]                                                                                                                                                 amongst       the
                                                   2d Brigade Combat Team in Iraq, viewable at             restaurant-style                                                                     invited parents,
seem displeased with the police in the area, as                                  atmosphere to                                                                        teachers, and
                                                                                                           their        cus-                                                                    students of the
                                                                                                           tomers.                                                                              class. The stu-
                                                                                                              Purdin’s                                                                          dents eat their
                                                                                                           goal is to teach                                                                     meals when the
                                                                                                           his     students                                                                     serving       and
                                                                                                           how to run a                                                                         cleanup is fin-
                                                                                                           restaurant from                                                                      ished.
                                                                                                           the     manage-                                                                         Touch       of
                                                                                                                                                                                  Troy Purdin
                                                                                                           ment aspect to                                                                       Class Café is
                                                                                                           serving        to Kelsey Workwan, seventh-grade, and Angelina Ruiz, Purdin’s pas-
                                                                                                           washing dishes. eighth-grade, prepare a meal at Schweinfurt Middle sion as he tells
                                                                                                                              School’s Touch of Class Café.                                     of his veteran
                                                                                                              “They      go
                                                                                                           through every step from cooking to cleanup. It food service years and how his experience has
                                                                                                           shows them every aspect of running a restau- rolled over into teaching for the Department of
                                                                                                           rant,” said Stephanie Baker, who attended the Defense Dependents Schools.
                                                                                                           January meal production to see her daughter         “I like it. This is what I did for a living. I was
                                                                                                           serve.                                           a food service specialist working in the mess hall
                                                                                                              The meal price for teachers and parents is $8 for four years, and I taught culinary arts and
                                                                                                           per plate which includes the entrée, drink, and restaurant management in a state prison in Ohio
                                                                                                           dessert. The money goes toward the meals that for two years before I got hired by DoDDS.”
                                                                                                           the students eat as well as detergents, towels,     The class has created German, Mexican,
                                                                                                           aprons, and other necessities that help make the American, and Korean entrees with plans for
                                                                                                           productions successful.                          more variety in the upcoming meals in March,
                                                                                                              “We also look at the business aspect of it as April, and May.
                                                                                                           far as the menu planning. We have the financial     As the new semester begins, a fresh group of
                                                                      Photo courtesy The Dagger’s Edge     spreadsheets to keep track of what we spend and students will enter the kitchen to learn the skills
Soldiers from Schweinfurt’s 2d Brigade Combat Team conduct a “cordon and                                   what we make,” Purdin said.                      of restaurant management and hopefully to take
knock” sweep in a Baghdad neighborhood.                                                                       With six individual home-style kitchens, the some tips home for future masterpiece meals.
12            The Point, February 9, 2007                                                                                                      U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt

                                                                       CYS offers no-cost child care
                                                                                                                                                 Army with CYS funds.
                                                                       Deployment Care Card provides                                                “We get additional funds from IMCOM-Europe and from
                                                                       patrons 10 free hours per month                                           IMCOM. Because we are in a deployment state, they provide us
                                                                                                                                                 with a lot of extra support,” Davis said.
                                                                       by Kimberly Gearhart                                                         That extra support and some close budget management al-
                                                                       The Point                                                                 lowed Schweinfurt CYS to implement this special respite option.
                                                                          It is no secret that deployments add stress to families. Those            “Because we’re a community that is so heavily involved in the
                                                                       left behind have to be both parents, and remain strong for their          deployment, we wanted to offer some additional support for all
                                                                       deployed spouse.                                                          the families in the community,” Davis said.
                                                                                                                                                    No-cost care hours can be used at the Child Development
                                                                          To alleviate stress, USAG Schweinfurt’s Child and Youth Ser-           Centers, School Age Services or with Family Child Care
                                                                       vices offers a special Deployment Care Card. The card entitles            providers in both Schweinfurt and Wuerzburg.
                                                                       eligible patrons to 10 free hours of child care per child per month.
                                                                                                                                                    Participants can pick up their cards at either Central Registra-
                                                                          “The card is to assist families during times of deployment             tion in The Commons on Ledward Barracks in Schweinfurt, or
                                                                       when they need a break. We feel a real need for parents to have           at the Leighton CDC. Cards are good for 10 hours in the month
                                                                       a breather, to rest, to regroup, to refresh,” said Bonnie Corneli-        you receive the card, and 10 hours for two subsequent months.
                                                                       son, CYS coordinator.                                                     Unused hours do not roll over.
                                                                          The no-cost care is for all members of the USAG Schweinfurt               In addition to space-available hourly care, parents’ nights out
                                                                       community whose children are registered with CYS. There are               and SAS special Saturday openings, CYS will offer special
                                                                       no rank restrictions, and though the cards refer to deployment            openings each month just for card users.
                                                                       care, you need not have a deployed family member to qualify.                 “We are encouraging people to take advantage of this respite
                                                                          “People are delighted, but also a bit confused. You don’t often        option that is at no cost to the family,” Cornelison said.
                                                                       see something free that there are not a lot of rules about,” said            The program will be offered for as long as Schweinfurt is a de-
                                                                       Kristina Davis, CYS program operation specialist.                         ployed community. For more information, call Central Registra-
                                                                          The program, while free to parents, is being subsidized by the         tion at 354-6751 or 09721-96-6751.
                                            Capt. Steven Whitmore

                                                                       Class gives adults parenting tools
Anvil troopers from 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regi-
ment certify on weapons during live fire exercises in
Grafenwoehr Training Area Feb. 3. Troops sent over
200 rounds downrange during the exercise.                              by Kimberly Gearhart                                                         The “Parenting with Love and Logic” course is a free program
                                                                       The Point                                                                 for community members. The nationally-recognized program, if
                                                                          When should your 9-year-old go to bed? What do you do                  taken as a weekend seminar in the United States, can cost nearly
  USAG Schweinfurt says                                                when he won’t do his homework?
                                                                          Unfortunately, children don’t come with an owner’s manual.
                                                                                                                                                    “It’s so helpful, and the fact that it’s free
  farewell to CSM Ford                                                    And the reality is there is no one right answer to questions
                                                                       about raising children.
                                                                                                                                                 is such a great benefit for the military
                                                                                                                                                 community,” Mikkelson said.
  by Mark Heeter                                                                                                                                    For more information on the “Love
  The Point                                                               There are, however, some helpful tools available to create a           and Logic” courses or other parenting
                                                                       peaceful, loving and well-ordered home environment.                       programs offered by ACSC, call 354-
     The 417th Base Support Battalion deactivated during his
  tenure. Then the 98th Area Support Group disappeared, too.              One is “Parenting with Love and Logic.”                                6933 or 09721-96-6933.
  USAG Franconia became the Europe Region Transforma-                     The USAG Schweinfurt Army Community Service Center
  tion Group (Nord Bayern) (Provisional) and this command              (ACSC) offers “Love and Logic” classes throughout the year.
  is not long for this world either.                                   The course is currently running weekly, under the direction of
     So, after accepting the job as senior noncommissioned             Suzanne Mikkelson, ACSC Family Action Plan prevention edu-
  officer at USAG Benelux, Command Sgt. Maj. Ralph Ford                 cator.
  had a message for his new command.                                      Designed as a seven-session course, participants are invited to
     “You just wait a while. Benelux may be going away,”               any session they have time for.
  Ford said to an amused crowd gathered at his farewell cer-              “The sessions aren’t designed to stand alone, but I wouldn’t
  emony in Ledward Theater Jan. 31.                                    turn someone away that wanted to come,” Mikkelson said.
     “This was truly a blessing for me and my family,” Ford               The class is video-directed and discussion-based. Parents
  said of his time in Lower Franconia.                                 learn about different parenting styles and are given tips and tricks
     Ford became the 417th BSB command sergeant major in               to try at home.
  2004, then became the 98th ASG command sergeant major                   “It’s probably the most practical and creative parenting pro-
  in February 2005.                                                    gram I’ve been exposed to. Anyone can do it. It’s for all skill lev-
     After receiving gifts from the Soldiers and noncommis-            els, and for parents of children of all ages,” Mikkelson said.
  sioned officers with whom he served, Ford threw out some                 The program gives parents the tools to be in charge and in con-
  anecdotes and advice.                                                trol, and help them raise loving, respectful and responsible chil-
     “Leaders who have leaders are fortunate,” he said, one of         dren.
  several quotable quotes that Ford picked up along the way.              “The program offered so many tools, a new way of parenting,
  He also had some rich experiences to relate.                         that has totally changed my household,” said Colleen Finch, who
     About 15 years ago, as a young sergeant, Ford met a               completed the course in October.
  young Soldier and his family at the reception station. The              Starting the class frustrated and skeptical, Finch said, “After
  Soldier was having trouble with finances, so Ford treated             the first class I thought there was no way this would work.”
  him and his family to an all-expense paid trip through the              But after trying some of the tips and suggestions on her
  commissary.                                                          school-aged son, Finch discovered that what the class was advo-
     The young Soldier, now an NCO himself, called Ford                cating could really work for her and her family.
  about two months ago.                                                   “It was amazing how much it helped. There isn’t so much                                                                  Kimberly Gearhart
     “He never forgot that day,” Ford said, adding that his            yelling and arguing. We have rules, and they are followed,”               Levis Morales, left, fills out forms for his club at
  days as a drill sergeant taught him some immensely valu-             Finch said.                                                               Schweinfurt School Age Services while his mother,
  able lessons about leadership.                                          Mikkelson said Finch’s story is not uncommon. Many fami-               Veronica, watches. Teaching children responsibility is
     “Every day, I can have gratification in my job,” Ford said.        lies are surprised at the benefit the class brings to their lives.         one of the facets of the “Parenting with Love and
                                                                          “We have seen some remarkable changes,” Mikkelson said.                Logic” course.

Get your kids – and hands – involved in fun activities
by Sandra Wilson                                     your hands in motion?                                 ity with your child without the mess ever touch-          “We are happy with [the class]. My daughter
The Point
                                                       The Arts and Crafts Center currently offers a       ing your home.                                         is happy. She likes being creative,” she said.
  Are you looking for an activity to do with         “Mom and Me Pottery” class on Fridays and Sat-           Nikki Gagliardo teaches the class and encour-          A new project begins Feb. 16 in the existing
your child that gets you out of the house and puts   urdays. It’s an opportunity to do a creative activ-   ages everyone to participate. Children as young        classes and all who are interested are invited to
                                                                                                           as four or five can come with their parents and         attend. The next full six-week sessions begin
                                                                                                           create several crafts to take home over the course     March 23 and 24.
                                                                                                           of the six-week class.                                    Gagliardo also emphasized her availability to
                                                                                                               “[This class is] to get some of the families out   offer classes catered to the times and schedules
                                                                                                           of their houses into the community during the          of prospective crafters. When the shop is open,
                                                                                                           deployments,” Gagliardo said. “And even not            she welcomes all to stop by and is willing to
                                                                                                           during the deployments, I’ve seen so many fam-         teach almost any craft.
                                                                                                           ilies just sit around and watch TV and play video        Whether you want instruction or just want
                                                                                                           games, and I think that’s so unhealthy,” she said.     space for your own crafting, the Arts and Crafts
                                                                                                              The fee for the six-session class is $65 which      Center provides it all.
                                                                                                           includes all supplies and use of the shop’s equip-        Family readiness groups and birthday parties
                                                                                                           ment.                                                  often take place at the facility. Sometimes it’s
                                                                                                             Some of the crafts made in the class include         just the space that is needed for groups and par-
                                                                                                           coffee table coasters, necklaces, picture frames       ties to meet. Other times, the people are inter-
                                                                                                           with tiles, wind chimes, and tick-tack-toe boards      ested in doing crafts like painting T-shirts or ce-
                                                                                                           with pieces.                                           ramics, bead necklaces, or other crafts. For birth-
                                                                                                                                                                  days, parents commonly bring in cake, ice cream
                                                                                                              “It’s fun. It’s something to get their imagina-     and pizza. FRGs snack while meeting and craft-
                                                                                                           tions going. It’s all about having fun and being       ing as well.
                                                                                                           creative and teaching them what they can do
                                                                                                           with their pound of clay,” Gagliardo said.                “Come in and take a look around. We have a
                                                                                                                                                                  lot to offer. You can do a two-day thing, you can
                                                                                          Sandra Wilson       Diana Choudhri, who attends the Saturday            take a six-week class, you can bring your own
Chun Purdin looks on as daughter, Korianna, sponges the paint from a clay coaster                          class with her 8-year-old daughter, described her      crafts that you just don’t have space for in your
at the Arts and Crafts studio “Mom and Me Pottery” class.                                                  satisfaction with the pottery instruction.             own house,” Gagliardo said.
Sports                                                                                                                                                                    The Point, February 9, 2007              15

  Time to register
                                                              Wolves stampede Bison in sweep
      Registration for abbreviated spring soccer (Feb.        by Scott Rouch
  22-April 7) is open until Feb. 16. Cost is $30; reg-        The Point
  istration for baseball/softball (March 20-June 3) is           A day after routing the Mannheim Bison, the
  Jan. 29-March 16, cost is $46. Registration loca-
  tions are The Commons in Schweinfurt (09721-                Wuerzburg American boys’ basketball team kept
  966517) and at CYS CDC on Leighton Barracks                 things interesting until the end.
  (0931-889-7762).                                               First, the Wolves jumped all over the Bison,
  Rifle team                                                  winning 74-46 Friday, Feb. 2, at home in the
     The Wuerzburg Wolves were halted in their                Leighton Fitness Center.
  quest for their sixth-consecutive Department of De-            They appeared to be on the verge of a similar
  fense Dependents Schools rifle championship Jan.            result Feb. 3, leading 32-15 at the half. But the
  27. The Wolves finished tied for second with Patch
  High School with a score of 1,368, just two points          Bison kept charging, cutting the lead to eight
  behind Hohenfels High School.                               with just under three minutes to play. The Bison
     Brenna Goodman and Carly Sipes tied for the              had too far to come back, however, and a late
  second-highest score, each shooting 277 out of a            Wolves’ surge gave them a 57-43 win.
  possible 300. Carlos Figueroa was second in the                The Wolves (7-3 overall, 3-1 DII South) enter
  prone with a 96 (out of 100), Goodman topped the
  standing category with a 93 and Sipes led kneeling          the Feb. 9/10 home-and-home series with Ans-
  with a 96.                                                  bach having won five of its last six contests. A
  Jan. 27                                                     series with Vilseck Feb. 16/17 will end the reg-
  At Ansbach – Wuerzburg 1,394; Patch 1,371, Ansbach          ular season.
  1,327, Mannheim 1,302.
  Wuerzburg’s Brenna Goodman set a DoDDS record at               While pleased with the wins, Wolves coach
  Ansbach, hitting 293 targets out of a possible 300. She     Juanita Johnson-Archie knows the team can still
  topped the previous DoDDS best she set in December          improve.
  Jan. 20                                                        “We were missing easy layups today,” she
  At Hohenfels – Hohenfels 1,386; Vilseck 1,289; Vicenza      said. “We have three weeks to work on that be-
  1,235; Bamberg 1,114.                                       fore the Europeans.”                                                                                                                           Scott Rouch
  Boy’s basketball                                               With four of the five starters scoring, the      Wuerzburgʼs Donald Bryant soars around Mannheimʼs Evan Crockett for two of his
  Feb. 2/3 – Ansbach and Bamberg split the weekend se-        Wolves jumped out to a 14-7 first-period lead.      game-high 15 points.
  ries, each team winning at home. Feb. 2, Ansbach won
  62-50, led by Adrion Shack’s 15 points. John Willis-           The margin was 16-9 early in the second quar-
  Morris had 12 points and Storm Freeman added 10             ter when the Wolves broke it open. The Bison (1-       All but one player scored Friday night, led by    twice and got within eight (48-40) with 2:13 to
  points and seven rebounds.                                  9, 1-3) couldn’t handle the Wolves’ pressure de-    James Robinson’s 12 points and 11 points off the     play on a D’Shon Mathis layup.
  In the losing cause, Bamberg was paced by Dwight                                                                bench from freshman Jordan Hunt.
  Richardson’s 13 points while Dillon Baker added 12.         fense and the Wolves turned Bison turnovers                                                                 A Caldwell free throw and Bryant layup off a
  Feb. 3, Baker had game highs of 25 points and 14 re-        into easy baskets. When B.J. Harvey fed Donald         The starters took care of the scoring Saturday,   steal brought the lead back to 11 before Court-
  bounds. Richardson and Josh Robinson added 17 and           Bryant for a layup with 2:31 left in the half, it   accounting for 55 of the 57 points. Bryant was       ney Wicks got three of his team-high 13 points
  14 points, respectively for the Barons.                     capped a 14-0 run as the Wolves took a 30-11        tops with 15 points, Korey Workman had 13 and        on a long jumper.
  Willis-Morris led Ansbach with 15 points and Charles
  Butler chipped in with 14.                                  lead.                                               Jamal Caldwell added 12. Caldwell and Robin-            The Bison were done from that point on and
  Bamberg is 6-4 overall. 1-3 in DIII South while Ansbach        “Teams can’t key on just one person,” Bryant     son each snared eight rebounds while Harvey          the Wolves added a Caldwell putback, a Harvey
  is 6-3, 2-2.                                                                                                    grabbed six.
  Jan. 26/27 – Wuerzburg 58-Aviano 53/Wuerzburg 77-
                                                              said. “We have people on the bench who can                                                               layup off a feed from Caldwell and another
  Naples 42; Hohenfels 58-Ansbach 52                          help us out…the whole team all has a part.”            The Bison slashed the Wolves’ lead to 10          Bryant layup.
  Girl’s basketball
  Feb. 2/3 – Ansbach’s Cougars swept Bamberg in the
  home-and-home series, winning 50-38 Feb. 2 and 42-
  23 Feb. 3. Friday night, Ansbach (3-6 overall, 2-3 DIII
                                                              Lady Wolves run roughshod over Lady Bison
  South) was led by Jackie Pohl’s 15 points while Amber                                                           by Scott Rouch                                       Lady Wolves’ backcourt had trouble handling
  Mack had 12 points and Carmen Hill added 11.                                                                    The Point                                            the full-court press, but now improvement is vis-
  Stephanie Stimson chipped in with 12 rebounds.
  In the losing effort, Bamberg was paced by Jenna Cepe’s                                                            While sweeping a weekend home series              ible. Saturday, they pressed the Lady Bison into
  12 points with nine rebounds from Belinda Zapata.                                                               against the Lady Bison of Mannheim, the              several turnovers in the first period, jumping to
  Feb. 3, Mack led the way with 20 points and 16 re-                                                              Wuerzburg American High School girls’ basket-        a 14-4 lead. Brittany Nance, Kei’Shawn Tention
  bounds and Hill added 11 points.
  Cepe again led the Barons with 8 points while Saman-                                                            ball team displayed its resiliency.                  and Brittanie Langford all did a good job of han-
  tha Singh and Vanessa Hernandez had 10 and eight re-                                                               The Wolves handled rough play from the            dling the ball and getting it to McKearn in posi-
  bounds,                                                                                                         Lady Bison both days while winning 31-18 and         tion on the block for easy baskets.
  Jan. 26/27 – Wuerzburg 40-Aviano 4/Naples 39-
  Wuerzburg 28; Hohenfels 47-Ansbach 33                                                                           48-18 Feb. 2-3 at the Leighton Fitness Center.          “Since the first weekend, our ball handling
                                                                                                                     Center Allison McKearn was too tall and too       has improved a lot,” said head coach John Sulli-
  Wrestling                                                                                                       good for the Bison (1-7 overall, 1-4 DII South)      van, whose squad improved to 6-4, 3-1.
  Feb. 3 at Baumholder
  130 – 2. Ryan Berry (W); 4. Brett Lemley (B); 140 – 3.                                                          to handle both nights, scoring 12 points in the         Sullivan had contributions from everywhere
  Matt Clidas (W); 152 – 4. Josh Simpson (W); 171 – 4.                                                            opener and 18 in Saturday’s finale.                  as all but three players scored. Cassie Shaw, Ten-
  Jacob Jones(W); 215 – 1. Daniel Davis (W)                                                                                                                            tion and Langford each chipped in with six
  Jan. 27 at Bamberg                                                                                                 She probably should have had more points in
  130 – 3. Ryan Berry (W); 140 – 4. Joe St. Peter (A); 152                                                        Friday’s win, but several close shots rimmed out     points. After snaring 13 rebounds Friday night,
  – 2. Dominic Barrale (A), 4. Josh Simpson; 160 – 3.                                                             and she showed her frustration over the hard         McKearn grabbed 12 more on Saturday.
  David Zumbach; 189 – 4. Riley Livingston (B)                                                                    fouls she was taking from the Bison. Saturday           Sullivan called off the press in the second
  Swimming                                                                                                        afternoon, however, she came out knowing what        stanza, but the Lady Wolves continued to expand
  Jan. 28 Bamberg at Hohenfels                                                                                    to expect and her composure came shining             their lead.
  Anna Hodges: 2nd – 50 fly and 4th – 100 free; Jesse                                                             through.
  Hodges: 3rd – 50 free and 1st – 200 free; Lucy Hodges:                                                                                                                  When they hit the European playoffs in two
  8th – 50 free, 10th – 50 back, 7th – 100 free; Jordan                                                              “I think as a team we just worked better,” she    weeks, opponents should expect to see the press
  Hopper: 4th – 50 free and 5th –100 free; Violet Knoll:                                                          said after Saturday’s triumph. “We just took         all game long.
  3rd – 50 fly and 3rd – 200 IM; Caitlin Leeds: 6th – 50                                                          what we did bad last night and did it better. We
  free, 3rd – 200 free, 6th – 100 breast; Carlos Lopez-                                                                                                                   “We haven’t pressed almost all year,” Sulli-
  Santana: 4th – 50 free, 1st – 100 back, 3rd – 100 free;                                                         weren’t frustrated by their rough play.”             van said. “When our conditioning improves
  Erick Lopez-Santana: 3rd – 50 free, 2nd – 50 back, 3rd                                                             The opening weekend against Hohenfels, the        we’ll press longer. In the tournament I want to be
  – 100 free; Paola Lopez-Santana: 9th – 50 free, 7th – 50
                                                              Scott Rouch

  back, 6th – 100 free; Patrick Mann: 6th – 50 free and 5th                                                                                                            able to press the whole time.”
  – 50 back; Tim Mann: 6th – 50 free, 3rd – 50 back, and                                                          Allison McKearn stands tall as she                      The Lady Wolves end the regular season with
  4th – 50 breast; Taryn Plamann: 3rd – 50 free, 2nd – 50                                                                                                              home games Feb. 10 against Ansbach and Feb.
  back, 4th – 50 breast.
                                                                                                                  scores over Mannheimʼs Dominique
                                                                                                                  Williams.                                            17 against Vilseck.

Schweinfurt school teacher offers avalanche expertise
Compiled by Scott Rouch                                                                                                                               gests you be aware of the following before entering. Keep in
The Point                                                                                                                                             mind the extent of the avalanche hazard and your safety depends
                                                                                                                                                      on several factors.
   A teacher at Schweinfurt Elementary School, Steven Reinfurt
is also an expert on avalanches. His background spans 35 years                                                                                            Learn the weather history in your skiing locale.
as a professional mountaineering guide and rescuer.                                                                                                       Study the snow surface distribution and the frequency of dan-
   He is currently a certified member of the American Associa-                                                                                        gerous slope areas.
tion of Avalanche Professionals, American Mountain Guides As-                                                                                              Remember, wind-blown slopes can be hazardous especially
sociation, Cyber Space Avalanche Center ( and                                                                                            north and east slopes.
the National Ski Patrol (NSP). As an alpine, Nordic and                                                                                                   Know the region’s size and type of the anticipated avalanches
ski/mountaineering instructor/trainer, he currently works as a                                                                                        (wet, powder or slab).
member of the Garmish Mountain Patrol and the German Berg-                                                                                                Always have a rescue beacon, shovel and probe for every
wacht/Skiwacht helicopter rescue service.                                                                                                             member of your group and know how to use them.
   Reinfurt is the European NSP Division Avalanche Advisor.                                                                                               Maintain a plan and consider all ski options and conditions
He was awarded the U.S. National Ski Patrol’s Outstanding Pa-                                                                                         prior to going in. If the slope avalanched, what would happen to
troller of the Year Award for 1999-2000. In 1998, he became the                                                                                       you? Is there an escape route?
first American civilian certified in advanced helicopter                                                                                                  The probability of an avalanche being triggered depends on
SAR/EMS hoist line operations in Europe. To date, he has seen                  Steven Reinfurt has 35 yearsʼ experience as a profes-                  the natural stability of the snow cover that can be increased by
many times the results of avalanches first-hand, including his sis-            sional mountaineering guide and rescuer. He remains                    the impact of human beings. The probability of triggering is low
ter-in-law Sharon who was killed in an avalanche in 2001. Rein-                dedicated to teaching avalanche education and snow                     if the snow cover stability is high. Conversely, the possibility of
furt remains 100 percent dedicated in teaching avalanche educa-                science/physics at all levels.                                         triggering is high if the snow cover stability is low.
tion and snow science/physics at all levels of the international                                                                                          The “dangerous process” of an avalanche can be initiated by
outdoor industry.                                                                 To date, 30 people have perished in avalanches around the           human influence, according to Reinfurt. If someone enters upon
   While this year’s ski season has been slow developing, there                globe since Oct. 25, 2006, five avalanche fatalities being             a dangerous slope, the natural potential for an avalanche may be
are opportunities for skiers to experience the best of what the Eu-            recorded in the U.S.                                                   considerably increased by this additional stress.
ropean ski scene has to offer.                                                    For extensive avalanche services throughout Europe and other            Eighty percent of skiers who end up buried alive have trig-
   No matter what continent you ski on, when experienced skiers                countries see, especially if you are        gered the avalanche of surface snow themselves, usually right
ski off piste there are always inherent dangers, one of which is               planning a ski trip to a specific region.                              after a significant snow storm.
the threat of avalanche.                                                          If you consider skiing in an avalanche terrain, Reinfurt sug-           In short, know your snow before you go.

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