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					                                                                                                                                                    HPAug. 14, 2008
           Vol. 33, No. 44                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                             Speed Read
                                                                                                                                                    HONORING THE FALLEN
                             Serving the communities in U.S. Army Garrison Baden-Württemberg                                                        Two Soldiers
                                                                                                                                                    from the same

                                                                                                                                                    battalion died in the
                                                                                                                                                    past two weeks –
                                                                                                                                                    one in Mannheim,
                                                                                                                                                    the other in Iraq. 3

                                                                                                                                                    LEARNING GERMAN
                                                                                                                                                    Conversational German classes are offered
                                                                                                                                                    throughout the garrison communities.
                                                                                                                                                    Kaiserslautern’s classes, however, have a
                                                                                                                                                    unique characteristic – a teacher who’s
                                                                                                                                                    been helping Americans improve their
                                                                                                                                                    language skills for nearly 30 years. 6

                                                                                                                                                    SUICIDE PREVENTION
                                                                                                                                                    Think a friend might be contemplating
                                                                                                                                                    suicide? Find out how to help prevent him
                                                                                                                                                    from acting. 12

                                                                                                                                                    BICYCLE SAFETY
                                                                                                                                                    School starts again in less than two
                                                                                                                                                    weeks. Be on the look out for children on
                                                                                                                                                    bikes, scooters and skateboards. 13

                                                                                                                                                    BATTLING THE BULGE
                                                                                                                                   Christine June
                                                                                                                                                                          A 5th Signal Soldier
                                                             Airman 1st Class David Benning (left) and Air Force Staff Sgt. Jordan Boyd from
                                                             the Kaiserslautern military community Fire Emergency Services District 7 (Sem-                               faced getting
                                                             bach Annex) wash down a “victim” using a portable decontamination unit during                                kicked out of the
                                                             the U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern’s Warrior Response 2008 force protection                               Army because of
                                                             exercise held Saturday at the Kaiserslautern Army Depot Complex. See more                                    her weight. She
                                                             photos from the event at                                                   chose the Army
                                                                                                                                                                          over her favorite
                                                                                                                                                    foods and lost more than 70 pounds. 15
   Kaiserslautern holds Warrior Response exercise
   By Christine June                                exercise held Saturday at the Kaiser-          This annual required exercise                       Defense Details
   USAG KAISERSLAUTERN PUBLIC AFFAIRS               slautern Army Depot Complex.                 generally employs the assistance of
                                                       Warrior Response tested the Kai-          the Air Force, which has the first-                 100 TECHNOLOGIES
     Balloon canisters were filled with              serslautern military community’s cri-        responder requirement in the KMC,                  Cutting-edge technologies for both land
   chlorine instead of helium and                   ses response of Army, Air Force and          and host nation assets. The city of                and air missions were viewed at Fort Dix
   within minutes of what was to be a               German emergency providers and               Kaiserslautern’s fire department and                Tuesday at the C4ISR On-the-Move Event
   happy occasion – a welcome home                  the 21st Theater Sustainment Com-            medical services participated in this              08, culminating four months of high-tech
   ceremony for Soldiers returning from             mand’s quick reaction force.                 exercise.                                          testing. C4ISR stands for Command, Con-
   downrange – became chaos when the                   “I want (the KMC) to feel comfort-          “We did establish across-the-board               trol, Communication, Computers, Intel-
   canisters were opened, filling the air            able (in knowing) that we have a plan        communications with our higher ele-                ligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance,
   with yellow gas.                                 in place, and that we have experi-           ments, senior officers, security police,            and that organization began the testing in
     That was the scenario for the U.S.             enced people who know exactly what           first responders and medical support                April in collaboration with industry part-
   Army Garrison Kaiserslautern’s War-              to do,” said Lt. Col. Mechelle Hale, the     services,” Hale said.                              ners and the Communications-Electronics
   rior Response 2008 force protection              garrison’s commander.                                           see EXERCISE page 16            Research, Development and Engineering
                                                                                                                                                    Center. Technicians from the labs rolled
                                                                                                                                                    onto Range 1 at Dix this week to dem-
                                                                                                                                                    onstrate technologies supporting future
Mannheim’s renovated Youth Services building to open                                                                                                force capabilities. The systems displayed
                                                                                                                                                    are still under assessment. Initial results
                                                                                                                                                    of the four-month test will be published
By Princess Brown-Burkert               furniture upgrades.              cutting ceremony, fireworks           kitchen repair.                       in November.
MANNHEIM FMWR MARKETING                    The facility, located in      and a showcase of the reno-             Approximately $1 million
                                        Bldg. 696 on Benjamin            vation project.                      of DPW funds were spent on            Army news:
  Mannheim Child and                    Franklin Village, will be ded-     The Directorate of Public          the project.
Youth Services Division will            icated in honor of Jennifer      Works started renovations               Family Morale, Welfare                    What’s Inside
host a facility dedication and          Seguin, a 7-year-old Man-        in 2006 with exterior work           and Recreation also contrib-
grand opening of the newly              nheim Elementary School          including plastering, paint-         uted more than $300,000               Our Army Around the World ...............10
renovated Youth Services                student, who died in a ve-       ing and roofing. Interior re-         for new flooring, furniture,           Leisure .................................................17
building Aug. 22.                       hicle accident on BFV April      pair started in 2007 with the        kitchen equipment, appli-             Dear Ms. Vicki .....................................18
  The $1.3 million project              24, 1991.                        ceiling, lighting, paint, LAN        ances, musical instruments,           GET OUT! .............................................19
included extensive internal                This dedication and grand     system, ventilation system,          electronic devices, interac-          Movies .................................................19
and external renovations                opening, which begins at 3       bathrooms, minor tile floor           tive games, upgraded sound            Announcements ..................................20
along with equipment and                p.m., will include a ribbon-     work, and total                           see MANNHEIM YS page 16          Sports ..................................................21
HP Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008                                                       NEWS                                                                                         15

             Battling the bulge                                                                                                                AAFES
                                                                                                                                               offers $500
Soldier loses 73                                                         Spc. Kristi Adams                                                     shopping
pounds to stay in                                                                                                                              sprees
the Army, improve                                                                                                                              AAFES

quality of life                                                                                                                                   DALLAS – The Army and Air
                                                                                                                                               Force Exchange Service is issuing
By Sgt. Michael J. Taylor                                                                                                                      a casting call for aspiring enter-
5TH SIGNAL COMMAND PUBLIC AFFAIRS                                                                                                              tainers to perform a rap or jingle

                                                                                                                                               that could net them a $500 shop-
          early a year ago, a 253-pound                                                                                                        ping spree and a chance to be
          female Soldier faced losing her                                                                                                      heard on the BX/PX’s worldwide
          Army career because of her                                                                                                           television and radio networks.
weight.                                                                                                                                           Open to authorized shoppers
   “My first sergeant called me in his                                                                                                          18 years or older, AAFES’ rap/
office and told me if I didn’t lose five                                                                                                         jingle contest is a chance for
pounds in a week then he would start                                                                                                           every member of the military
the paperwork to put me out of the                                                                                                             community to show off their tal-
Army,” said Spc. Kristi Adams, a mail                                                                                                          ents by writing and performing
clerk with Headquarters and Headquar-                                                                                                          an original jingle or rap song, up
ters Company, 5th Signal Command.                                                                                                              to 30 seconds in length.

                                                         BEFORE                                    AFTER
   Adams took her first sergeant’s words                                                                                                           Submissions to the rap/jingle
seriously. She lost eight pounds in the                                                                                                        contest can be about any one of
first week, but it was only the begin-                                                                                                          the following four themes:
ning.                                                                                                                                             *What AAFES means to the
   “I like my job, I like the Army, and                                                                                                        entrant;
I’m proud to be in the Army,” she said.
                                             “Before I started my diet, I ate very big meals                                                      *The benefit AAFES provides
“Therefore, I felt it was my duty to lose    throughout the day, I barely went to PT in the                                                    military shoppers ;
weight and get in shape.”                                                                                                                         *The savings found at BXs
   And lose weight she did. In less than     morning, I didn’t do any evening workouts, and I                                                  and PXs (information about the
a year’s time, Adams shed 73 pounds.         wasn’t active at all during my free time.”                                                        AAFES “value story” is online at
   “After the first week she not only                                                                  -Spc. Kristi Adams, 5th Signal Command
reached her goal but exceeded it and I                                                                                                         htm; or
could remember thinking that this was           With Derrickson by her side, Adams        Adams said. “Even if my baby wants                      *What the AAFES “Com-
a good start,” said 1st Sgt. Robert L. An-   changed her life. She worked out two         something like chicken nuggets and                   munity Connection” means to
thony.                                       times a day, totally changed her eating      french fries, I put them in the oven.”               the military community (back-
   To continue to move forward in her        habits, and increased her activity level.       Adams found another motivation                    ground on the “Community
pursuit of happiness and good health,           “Before I started my diet, I ate very     within her to move forward with her                  Connection” is available at www.
Adams realized she needed to do more         big meals throughout the day, I barely       quest – she was raised in a military       
than the initial eight pounds. She real-     went to PT in the morning, I didn’t do       family with high standards.                          asp).
ized she would have to change her en-        any evening workouts, and I wasn’t ac-          “My dad was also in the military and                 “Ultimately, 12 of the best
tire lifestyle and find things that would     tive at all during my free time,” Adams      my family wishes for me to do well and               entries will be incorporated
help push her to do so.                      said. “Now I changed a lot of what I eat.    go farther than he did during his ca-                into AAFES’ marketing efforts
   For Adams, that push would come           I eat smaller portions, I go to PT and       reer,” Adams said. Adams father retired              throughout 2009,” said AAFES’
from a couple of different sources – her     give it my all every day, I am in the gym    from the military as a sergeant first                 Chief Marketing Officer Mat
family and a former 5th Signal non-          in the evenings, and I take my children      class after dedicating 20 years of his life          Dromey.
commissioned officer named Staff Sgt.         out for walks during my free time,” she      to his country.                                         “Each of the 12 winners will
Karen Derrickson.                            said. “I totally changed everything in          Adams is not the only Soldier who                 receive a $500 AAFES shopping
   “I wanted to lose weight, I wanted        my life.”                                    has encountered a battle with the bulge.             spree and stand an excellent
to become better at physical training,          Out of all the changes Adams made         Data from the U.S. Army Research In-                 chance of hearing their song next
I wanted to excel in the Army, and I         in her life, the most drastic and difficult   stitute of Environmental Medicine in-                time they visit the BX or PX.”
wanted to live a healthier life for my       change was to her eating habits. Going       dicates that 58.4 percent of Soldiers, age              Entries will be accepted elec-
children,” said Adams, mother of two         from snacking mostly on unhealthy            21 and over, are overweight by federal               tronically through www.aafes.
girls – Jaden, 6, and Jessica, 2. “But I     food on the go to cooking healthy            standards, and 36.5 percent of Soldiers              com, by e-mail to PatriotFamily@
knew I needed some help.”                    meals at home revealed a significant          in the 20 and under age group do not       , or by mail through
   Anthony said he was skeptical when        challenge for the 28-year-old.               meet the Body Max Index standard.                    Oct. 6.
Derrickson first came to him offering            “Before, Burger King was my best             “I think that what Adams has ac-                     Submissions will be judged on
to help Adams. “I didn’t know if she         friend,” she said. “I liked eating out,      complished enhances the morale of all                style and creativity, suitability to
would be able to help turn this Soldier      eating fast food and a lot of junk food.     the Soldiers in our unit and around her              be an AAFES official jingle, over-
around.”                                        “But then I thought about it and re-      because she is an inspiration,” Anthony              all performance and the ability to
   Derrickson’s friendly and motivating      alized that my children were headed on       said. “It gives me goose bumps to see a              tie-in with AAFES’ “Community
approach was just what Adams needed          the same track I was on. Because they        Soldier so dedicated and so loyal to her             Connection” and “Value Story”
to assist her in her journey. “She would     are still young, they basically ate the      country and to herself.”                             themes.
give me a lot of support, she pushed me      same things I ate.”                             For other Soldiers struggling with                   Complete details concerning
and always let me know that I could do          Adams then made the decision to           weight, Adams has this message to                    the AAFES rap/jingle contest, in-
it,” Adams said. “When I would lose a        change it all. “Now I use my George          share: “Never give up, and find your                  cluding a selection of approved
significant amount of weight, she re-         Foreman Grill to cook most of my             own Staff Sgt. Derrickson out there be-              backing tracks, are available at
warded me with small gifts to boost my       food, I eat a lot of salad and fruits, and   cause there are people who are willing     
morale and confidence.”                       I don’t eat anything fried anymore,”         to help you.”             Jennifer Walsh             rapjingle.asp .