Briefs 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- ruary. 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- ments. Ansbach • Bamberg • Illesheim • Schweinfurt • Wuerzburg The link to the survey is: https://www.perdiem. osd.mil/oha/survey/feboha.html 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 http://www.commissaries.com, ply route Tampa, a highway north on main supply route http://www.militaryscholar.org or http://www. running all the way from Tampa and slowly moves to- dodea.edu. 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 (www.msjs.org) 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 tary.com/spouse. 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 festival.com. “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 www.silverstarfamilies.org/SilverStarDay2.html. 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. eyes. 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. lies. 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. sional) 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. 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Sandra Wilson Focal Points The Point, February 9, 2007 3 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, www.cdc.gov/ 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. Update.) 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 Bazaarwithheart2007@yahoo.com. 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. @hotmail.com 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 www.geocities.com/ses_ 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 www.2bct.1id.army.mil) 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. $400. “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 Roundup 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. (291). 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 (www.csac.org) 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 www.slf.ch/laworg/map.html, 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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