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                        in a somber,
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                                                      Vol. 10, No. 13       Serving the 98th ASG and the 235th, 279th, 280th and 417th BSBs – Army communities of excellence

                                                  Ansbach • Bad Kissingen • Bamberg • Giebelstadt • Illesheim • Kitzingen • Schweinfurt • Wuerzburg
                                                                                                                                                                                             July 5, 2002

  Postage rates go up
                          Postage rates in-
                       creased July 1 on
                                                 Hospital parking a sticky mess
                       first-class letters and   by Roger Teel                                         building park decks and adding spaces that            the number of parking spots diminished, due, in
                       other classes of mail.    U.S. Army Hospital, Wuerzburg                         overall will add about 250 parking spots,”            part, to some staff members parking in patient
                       The first-class mail                                                            Tomkins said recently. “So we’ve taken the first      parking areas, many vehicles were improperly
                       rate increased from          As most visitors will agree, parking at the        step.”                                                parked in emergency access areas, no parking
                       34 cents to 37 cents.     U.S. Army Hospital, Wuerzburg, is a sticky                “The bad news is that these spaces – if the       zones, and even in handicapped parking areas.
                       Post cards are now        situation.                                            project is approved by Congress – won’t be               This is where the issue gets sticky.
                       23 cents; priority           The scarcity of spaces has long been a pro-        available for three to five years,” he added.            Hospital security officer Joseph Albina is
mail is now at the one-pound rate of $3.85.      blem, one that several hospital commanders                Until then, parking will be scarce for every-     responsible for regulating parking at the facility.
A new 3-cent stamp will be used to make up       have grappled with in the past.                       one, and those parking improperly will be stuck,      He and his team monitor the parking lots
the difference from the 34-cent stamps. For         Current commander Col. Ray Tomkins looks           literally, with insufficient parking.                 throughout the day, correcting staff members
other rates or more information, contact         at the issue with an eye to the future.                   The recent repaving of the staff parking area     who park in patient parking areas and ensuring
your local Army Post Office.                        “The good news is we’ve funded a study to          severely impacted the number of available             parking is being done properly.
                                                 prove we need more parking. We’re looking at          spaces and raised the issue to new heights. With                         See PARKING on Page 11
        Prevent fraud
   Interpol has issued a worldwide advisory
detailing the West African Advanced Fee
Fraud, or West African 419 Fraud. Inves-
tigations have identified common themes
                                                                                                                                                                     Caps off –
that include large sums of money to be paid
out of the Nigerian government bank. The
writers say they are government officials
                                                                                                                                                                     we’re finished
                                                                                                                                                                     Graduates of Ansbach American
and will share proceeds in excess of $35                                                                                                                             Middle/High School celebrate
million dollars. Should individuals receive                                                                                                                          with the traditional tossing of the
this e-mail, don’t respond, but delete it. For                                                                                                                       caps just after they received
more information, go to                                                                                                                                              their diplomas at an evening                                                                                                                                 ceremony June 7. The 22 gra-
or send an e-mail to                                                                                                                                                 duates had the opportunity to                                                                                                                                      say a few words to those people
  Take online classes                                                                                                                                                who helped them most through-
                                                                                                                                                                     out their school careers. Some
   The Army has created one of the most                                                                                                                              of the testimonials thanked
innovative programs of higher education in                                                                                                                           parents and family members;
the world – Army University Access On-                                                                                                                               some thanked the makers of
line, or eArmyU. It provides access to                                                                                                                               video games and Sesame Street.
education for enlisted soldiers across the                                                                                                                           The students now depart Ans-
globe, helping them further their profes-                                                                                                                            bach, some going to college,
sional and personal goals. It supports the                                                                                                                           some planning to join the mili-
goal of transforming the military into an                                                                                                                            tary, and some pursuing other
objective force capable of responding to the                                                                                                                         goals.
diverse and complex demands of the 21st                                                                                                              Lisa Eichhorn
century. For more information, log on to
     Don’t wait in line
   Avoid waiting in lines during the high
                                                 Preferences handy for job applicants
travel season at your local SATO travel          by Mark Heeter                                        chooses to employ.                                    Mauder said.
office by using the alternatives. You can        CRUSADER                                                 At an absolute minimum, managers looking              A selecting manager can simultaneously
make your travel arrangements by fax, by            Although the process of applying for ap-           to fill a permanent, appropriated fund position       request a list from sources other than the
phone, by e-mailing your request to              propriated fund, or AF, positions might be a          will receive a competitive referral list.             competitive-eligible list. For example, these, and through            daunting task, what happens behind the scenes at         “That would always be USAREUR em-                  other sources could include a list of candidates
the Internet at If you       the civilian personnel advisory center, or CPAC,      ployees or USAREUR-serviced employees in              under the Veterans’ Readjustment Act, or VRA.
prefer to make your arrangements in per-         during the selection process is equally chal-         the organization of the directorate with the             “Even though a manager is required to get the
son, travel agents are available in local        lenging.                                              vacancy. That’s the minimum area,” Mauder             competitive-eligible list, he is not required to
offices Monday through Friday from 8                “First, you have a referral list for a Depart-     said.                                                 make a selection from that list if he, at the same
a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, contact        ment of the Army Civilian, or DAC, position.             On such a competitive list, candidates with        time, gets the VRA list,” said Cheryl White, 98th
your SATO office.                                Then you have different categories. And within        military spouse preference are followed by those      ASG CPAC civilian personnel officer.
                                                 those categories, preferences apply,” said Uschi      with family member preference, family mem-
    Avoid retirement                             Mauder, human resources specialist with the           bers without preference, and those applying              “A manager may or may not, at his choosing,
                                                                                                                                                             select from a VRA list,” White said, adding that
         scam                                    98th ASG and 280th BSB CPAC.
                                                    In some cases, veterans and military spouses
                                                                                                       under the Veterans’ Employment Opportunity
                                                                                                       Act, or VEOA.                                         some veterans are not clear on the managers’ use
   The Army Benefit Center–Civilian, or                                                                                                                      of different lists in the selection process.
                                                 have preference over other qualified candidates,         “Whether the manager wants it or not, these
ABC-C, has reported a potential scam that        depending on the list the selecting manager           individuals will show up on the referral list,”                      See APPLICANTS on Page 6
focuses on retirement. Individuals call,
claiming their company has a government
contract to provide retirement counseling.
The Office of Personnel Management and
ABC-C do not contact employees or                Tick time lasts until fall                                                                                   Community focus
annuitants by phone and request personal
information. Employees who are contacted
                                                 by Olivia Feher                                          McLauchlan recommends using an anti-tick             What we say to ATMs
                                                 CRUSADER                                              liquid, which is available at vet clinics and is
should ask the caller to clearly identify him-                                                                                                                 Most people who talk back to
or herself, the name of the company the             Tick season, which lasts from spring through       effective for about four weeks.                         ATM machines aren’t giving
caller represents, and the purpose of the        early fall, is in full swing in southern Germany.        “After removal of a tick, 99 percent of the          compliments.
requested information.                              Although it’s rare, being bitten by one of the     time there will be nothing more than a bump,
                                                 tiny blood suckers can result in body weakness,       which is an inflammatory reaction. It’s normal
       AFN gets new                              Lyme disease, or early summer meningitis.             and works to eject any leftover parts of the tick,”
       e-mail address                               The best way to avoid ticks is to stay away
                                                 from the places where they live. Ticks are often
                                                                                                       McLauchlan said.
   If you would like to contact American         picked up by people and pets during walks in tall        Pets should be treated with the anti-tick liquid
Forces Network, or AFN, to request a spot        grass or woods.                                       on a regular basis. It’s waterproof and also helps
or announcement about events within your                                                               prevent spreading disease.
community, e-mail AFN Wuerzburg at its              Children and pets are especially susceptible
new address:                                     because they’re closer to, and more likely to roll       This treatment doesn’t prevent ticks from             about, on the ground. On the whole, only a small      being picked up. Rather, it shortens the time the
                                                 percentage of the critters actually carry a           tick remains on the animal and kills the tick
  Unit picnic changes                            disease.                                              when it feeds.
   The 98th ASG Chaplain’s Unit Ministry            “The sooner a tick is removed, the less risk
                                                 there is of disease. The tick has got to be sucking     For more information on ticks, call the
Team anniversary picnic in Giebelstadt has                                                             veterinary clinic on Leighton Barracks at 350-
changed to Aug. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For      blood for several hours before disease is
                                                 transmitted,” said Dr. Jim McLauchlan, a              7429 or (0931) 8897429, or the U.S. Army
more information, call SFC Esaias Jackson
at 351-4213 or (0931) 2964213.                   veterinarian with the 72nd Medical Detachment,        Hospital, Wuerzburg, family practice clinic at
                                                                                                                                                               Source: BMRB Int’l for NCR   By: Elaine Nicholas
                                                 Wuerzburg.                                            350-3740 or (0931) 8043740.

Stay safe – swim only in authorized areas
2           Crusader, July 5, 2002                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Team of Teams!

                                                Feedback:                                                  The old saying that you can’t fix something if you don’t know
                                                                                                        its broken is certainly true when you’re running a community,
                                                                                                        regardless of its size.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            where community members can call with their comments,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            whether positive, constructive, or critical.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                My charter to supervisors and managers is simple: Be
                                                The back-                                                  While we have self assessment processes, listening to our
                                                                                                        citizens lets us know what our community strengths and weak-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            receptive to feedback from staff and customers, and respond to
                                                                                                                                                                                                            it. And we have to get beyond “waiting for it to show up at our
                                                                                                                                                                                                            door”, we have to solicit it. We have to find out what’s not
                                                                                                        nesses are, and where customer dissatisfaction lies. Knowing
                                                bone of a                                               where the unresolved issues are allows us to tackle them im-
                                                                                                        mediately and then adjust for the future.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            working as well as it should and make it better.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Results of this system, and that it works, can be seen through-
                                                                                                           While some may view feedback mechanisms as producing                                             out the 98th ASG communities. Your input is necessary, so
                                                community’s                                             only negative input about performance of service, which could
                                                                                                        be held against the organization concerned, I see this as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                            please take the opportunity and continue to help us serve you
                                                                                                        shortsighted view. We need to know how our service agencies are                                         Means of communication only work if we use them.
                                                relationship                                            perceived by our customers so that we can be sure we’re on the
                                                                                                        right track.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Team of Teams!

                                                to its                                                     We already have several good methods for providing feedback
                                                                                                        – town hall meetings, single soldier forums and organization
                                                                                                        customer feedback forms in each of the service organizations. I                                                                           DENNIS W. DINGLE
                                                citizens                                                encourage you to take advantage of these as appropriate.
                                                                                                        Additionally, there are hot lines in each base support battalion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Colonel, Air Defense Artillery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  98th Area Support Group Commander

Thumbs up – Thumbs down Fun for some too noisy
           Thumbs up to Marnie Keller, Andy                                   his professionalism. His politeness is impec-
           Bailey, Michelle Higgins and Angie
           Carrisalez for their assistance in my
           classroom. Each of them volunteered
many hours this school year and I am grateful for
                                                                                                    James Joyce, Wuerzburg
                                                                                 Thumbs up to the Adler Club staff, who
                                                                              helped make Company B, 299th Forward
                                                                                                                                                             for other residents
their help and support.
                                                                                                                                                            Many people are affected by noise, and especially during the summer
                                                                              Support Battalion’s „Couples’ Night Out“ a
           Karee Hodge and her 20 first-graders,                              great evening. They stayed late with us and were                              months, noise complaints increase. We must be aware that excessive noise
                                         Kitzingen                            absolutely wonderful.                                                         enjoyed by some can make life miserable for others. The letter printed
                                                                                                      Joye Klein, Schweinfurt                               below was sent to the Crusader and shows just how much noise can impact
   Thumbs up to the entire staff of the U.S.
Army Hospital, Wuerzburg, and dental facil-                                      Thumbs up to everyone involved in the                                      on quality of life.
ities for making the June 1 Retirees Health Day                               “Cinderella” production held April 18-19 at the                                  Living in the city has its benefits. Public                              sideration. How are we supposed to defend
a very rewarding experience. Everyone there,                                  Abrams Entertainment Center. The production                                   transportation is readily available, fresh bread                            ourselves?
from military to civilians, donated their personal                            was well produced and beautifully performed by                                is just right down the street, as well as a
                                                                              the actors.                                                                                                                                                   It is a known fact that noise makes people
time to ensure military retirees receive at least an                                                                                                        variety of restaurants. However, with the good                              ill. It’s odd and surprising that we did not
annual checkup. You are true professionals.                                      Fred Conrad and Nancy Dauber, Schweinfurt                                  comes the bad, namely traffic and loud music.                               encounter this type of noise pollution while
           Thomas Marlett and Michael Warner,                                                                                                                  Living on a street with heavy traffic with                               traveling in the United States.
                                                                                         Thumbs down to the travel section at                               approximately 15,000 vehicles in a 16-hour
                                       Wuerzburg                                         the finance office on Leighton Bar-                                                                                                                If this unnecessary noise would stop, then
                                                                                                                                                            period makes living a loud affair. Our homes                                all residents living on busy streets could enjoy
   Thumbs up to the Army and Air Force                                                   racks. Whenever I have to turn in a                                mean so much to us that moving is not an
Exchange Service, Jenny’s Schnitzel House,                                               travel voucher, the attendant is rude,                                                                                                         a better quality of life.
                                                                              slow, and ignores customers that are waiting,                                 option, especially when we have lived here
Andrews Federal Credit Union, Coca-Cola,                                                                                                                    most of our lives.                                                              Have consideration for your neighbors.
and Headquarters and Headquaters Com-                                         either by talking on the phone or shuffling                                                                                                               Turn your stereo down while stopped at an
pany, 1st Infantry Division, for sponsoring the                               papers. It has taken me up to three times to drop                                What makes us angry is, in addition to the
                                                                                                                                                            traffic, we have to endure the unnecessary                                  intersection; turn your stereo down while
May Day Mad Dash on May 4. Their enormous                                     off forms.                                                                                                                                                traveling down crowded streets. Not everyone
donations made the event a success. Thank you,                                                     Elaine Nicholas, Wuerzburg                               noise terror that comes from cars and stereos
                                                                                                                                                            of both American and German drivers.                                        likes to hear music that loud, and how would
committee members, for all of your hard work                                     Thumbs down to certain parents for trying to                                                                                                           you feel if we were to come to your residence
organizing the event, and a special thanks to 1st                             pull rank at a recent 235th BSB baseball tour-                                   When you are caught in a traffic jam or                                  and blast music at you?
Military Police Company and all other vol-                                    nament in Katterbach. Our coaches and umpires                                 standing at the intersection, and this is not just
                                                                                                                                                            in the vicinity of a military installation, you                                 A solution must be found where drivers
unteers for providing your time and expertise the                             are volunteers. The behavior you exhibited was                                                                                                            conduct themselves in a way where others are
day of the run.                                                               unacceptable to everyone. It’s only a baseball                                hear this terrible roar; a roar that comes from
                   Nicole Campbell, Wuerzburg                                                                                                               loud music and causes pain not only in the                                  not negatively affected. On German roads this
                                                                              game. The kids were having fun in whatever                                                                                                                is a law. In German neighborhoods, even
                                                                              they were doing.                                                              ears, but in the body as well. Neither sound-
   Thumbs up to Tony Dingman, a computer                                                                                                                    proof windows nor walls can ward off this                                   where American live, it’s the law. One must
technician in the Schweinfurt community, for his                                 Parents of junior baseball players in Ansbach                              kind of noise.                                                              not make excessive noise.
assistance in getting our computers back on line                                                   ❋ ❋ ❋                                                       On warm days, when we like to open our                                                                                        Christine Boos
during a critical time where we had participants                                  “Thumbs up – Thumbs down” is about people who do a good                   windows, and perhaps sit on the deck and                                                                                     Wuerzburg Resident
waiting to be seen at our Women, Infants, and                                 job. It’s also about people who need to be more considerate of                enjoy the day, it’s more than unbearable.
Children overseas office. He was professional,                                others. This column is not about institutions, units, agencies or                                                                                         (Editor’s note: This means no loud music or
knowledgeable, and very responsive to our                                     situations that could be subject to legal action under the Uniform               When we have asked drivers to please turn                                noise at any time, especially during quiet
needs. I also want to thank his supervisor,
                                                                              Code of Military Justice.                                                     down their music, even two days after Sept.                                 hours which are after 10 p.m. and before 7
                                                                                  Submissions must be brief and include the writer's name and               11, we get a cheeky grin and all of a sudden no
Ronnie Brown, for allowing him to address our                                 telephone number and include the first and last name of the                                                                                               a.m. It also means you can’t cut your grass or
issues immediately.                                                           person identified. The identity of the submitter will be published            one even understands English, or German for                                 recycle on Sundays. If you persist in breaking
                       Jenny Roper, Schweinfurt                               along with the comments.                                                      that matter.                                                                the law and being inconsiderate of others, you
                                                                                  Send comments to Thumbs up-Thumbs down: CRUSADER;                            We would be very happy to do without this                                will more than likely receive a visit from the
                                                                              98th ASG PAO; Unit 26622; APO AE 09244. Or bring them to
   Thumbs up to Mike Parker, a clerk at the                                   room 216, building 208, Faulenberg Kaserne, Wuerzburg.                        daily volksfest atmosphere. We just want con-                               German authorities.)
clothing sales store on Leighton Barracks, for                                Phone-in submissions will not be accepted.

Street talk:                              What’s the one thing you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t done?                                                                                                                                                                      Photos by CRUSADER staff

Sharon Lutes, family member,          SFC Ernest Kellogg, Head-               SSgt. Christopher Jackson,           Robert Baker, Cashier, Leighton      PFC Michael Wyman, 212th             Charles Jordan, Bamberg Amer-             PFC Ryan Letts, 38th Personnel                Patty Snell, family member,
Barton Barracks, Ansbach              quarters and Headquarters De-           Troop B, 1st Squadron, 4th Cav-      Movie Theater, Leighton Bar-         Military Police Company,             ican High School teacher,                 Service Battalion, Ledward                    Company A, 7th Battalion,
                                      tachment, 279th BSB Warner              alry, Conn Barracks, Schwein-        racks, Wuerzburg                     Barton Barracks, Ansbach             279th BSB Warner Barracks,                Barracks, Schweinfurt                         159th Aviation Regiment,
“I’ve never learned how               Barracks, Bamberg                       furt                                                                                                           Bamberg                                                                                 Illesheim
to swim, but have always                                                                                           “Skydiving, because there            “I have always thought                                                         “I’d probably like to take
                                      “I have always wanted to                “This actually is not a              isn’t anything better than           going to the moon to play            “One of the things I have                 a trip to, like, Spain. I’ve                  “Go to Hawaii. It seems
wanted to be able to.
                                      sit in a National Basket-               hard question, but it’s a            jumping out of a plane…              golf would be cool. I                always wanted to do is                    heard good things about                       like a beautiful place to
Especially now that we’re
                                      ball Association locker                 hard question to answer.             with the parachute.”                 mean how many people                 take my family on a                       it.”                                          visit. I would go to the
in Germany with all the
                                      room, say a little prayer,              I’d say racing in the Baja                                                could say they’ve done               Caribbean cruise.”                                                                      beach and check out the
indoor pools available.”
                                      thank my mom, and go                    1000, which is desert                                                     that, so that’s what I’ve                                                                                                    history of the islands.”
                                      out and win the game.”                  racing. That would be a                                                   always wanted to do.”
                                                                              lot of fun.”

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235th Base Support Battalion: Ansbach, Illesheim                                                                                                                                                     Crusader, July 5, 2002               3

                   Beware of
                  caterpillars                                               Do Apache pilots own the night?
                                Local health of-                             by Lisa Eichhorn
                             ficials warn that                               CRUSADER
                             caterpillars, cur-                                 They own the night, that’s what Apache pilots
                             rently living in                                from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry, say. But do
                             numerous num-                                   they? That’s what a German army air defense
                             bers around the                                 artillery, or ADA, unit wanted to find out.
                             Ansbach area, can                                  On June 12, the German army’s 4th Battalion,
                             cause a severe al-                              81st ADA, from Passau, set up in the woods near
                             lergic reaction if                              the town of Boxburg to see exactly who really
  close contact is made. Although the cater-                                 does own the night.
  pillars are harmless looking, they have long                                  From all accounts it was tied.
  white hairs that when inhaled can cause
  allergic reactions like asthma, inflamma-                                     But according to all who participated, the
  tion of the throat or burning of the skin. The                             first-ever training exercise between the two units
  caterpillars cling together in what look like                              proved to be invaluable to them both.
  white, spider-like nests on oak trees. The                                    “This is the first time we’ve ever set up to
  environmental office from the City of Ans-                                 fight against American attack helicopters. Most
  bach has blocked off dangerous areas with                                  of our soldiers have never seen one on the
  red and white tape, in coordination with the                               ground, let alone in the air. It’s great for us to
  fire department. The caterpillars have been                                have a chance to learn about the tactics that are
  seen in Eyb, Wannenweg, am Klingen-                                        used by the pilots and what kinds of things they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Lisa Eichhorn
  weiher, on B14 at Obereichenbach across                                    look for when they’re hunting air defense
  from Soldier’s Lake, on Meinhardswinde-                                    artillery. We’re very pleased the American Army       This German Gepard air defense artillery vehicle, waits for the arrival of AH-64
  ner Strasse in Ansbach, and at the sports                                  wanted to train with us,” said Capt. Alois            Apaches during a training exercise.
  field at Elpersdorf-Mittelbach. For more                                   Wagner, vehicle commander.                            on the basics, we don’t often get to do this kind     are looking for a real target. This training gives
  information, call 467-2717 or (09802)                                         The unique thing about the German army is          of realistic training with them. So this is in-       us the kind of experience we need to fight
  832717.                                                                    that most of the troops are conscripts who serve      valuable for them and for those of us that are        effectively in a real battle,” said CWO 4 Leonard
                                                                             approximately nine months on active duty.
                  Join theater                                               Wagner added that going through continuous
                                                                                                                                   career soldiers,” he added.
                                                                                                                                      Pilots were just as excited about the op-
                                                                                                                                                                                         Eichhorn, standardization instructor pilot, 2nd
                                                                                                                                                                                         Sqd., 6th Cav.
                   workshop                                                  training cycles makes doing this kind of training
                                                                             even more important.
                                                                                                                                   portunity to train with the host nation’s army.          “Plus, we get to work with our partners from
     The 235th BSB offers a youth theater                                                                                             “This is great training for us. We’re out on       the German army, and that spirit of cooperation
  workshop entitled Puppetry and Perfor-                                        “We are so busy training our young soldiers        new terrain in an area we don’t normally use and      has been just terrific,” he said.
  mance. The workshop for youth age 10-14
  is July 8-19 from 10 a.m.-noon. A second
  workshop for youth age 6-9 is July 15-19
  from 10-11 a.m. Those participating will
  build their own puppets and then create a
                                                                                                                                   Former Soviet children
  story, which will be performed in the
  community. The price for the workshop is
  $10 per person to cover expenses for
  materials. For more information, call 468-
                                                                                                                                   take day trip to airfield
  7636 or (0981) 183636.                                                                                                           Learn speaking and                                    because their primary language had been Rus-
                                                                                                                                                                                         sian, they had to learn German first. They are
            Dine and dance                                                                                                                                                               now learning English just like regular German
     Enjoy a night of dining and dancing at                                                                                        listening to English                                  students,” she said.
  Eddy’s in the Von Steuben Club on Bis-                                                                                                                                                    The children appeared to enjoy the opportu-
                                                                                                                                   by Lisa Eichhorn
  marck Kaserne Friday evenings from 7 to                                                                                          CRUSADER                                              nity to mingle with American soldiers as much
  11 p.m. Admission is $4 and includes a bev-                                                                                                                                            as they did using their English language skills.
                                                                                                                                      It’s usually difficult for children to move to a
  erage. July events include teenagers’ night                                                                                      new country. Learning a new language and a               “Boy, there are lots of switches in a helicopter.
  July 12, soul night July 19, and country and                                                                                     new culture can be overwhelming.                      I liked using my English today. Talking to the
  western night July 26. For more informa-                                                                                                                                               pilots was a little hard because I don’t know a lot
  tion, call 467-2925 or (09802) 832925.                                                                                              For a growing group of children who moved
                                                                                                                                   to Germany from the former Soviet Union, it’s         of their Army words,” said 12-year-old Ale-
                                                                                                                                                                                         xander Dreiling, who moved to Germany from
                      Be a star                                                                                                    not only German they have to learn as part of
                                                                                                                                   their schooling, but English as well.                 Russia six years ago.
     Compete in this year’s Battle of Bands                                                                                                                                                 “We had a great time with the kids today. I
  contest Aug. 31 and the Stars of Tomorrow                                                                                           To help a few of these children learn to use
                                                                                                                                   their English, soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 1st   think bringing them here helped them not only
  talent contest Sept. 1. Contests will take                                                                                                                                             learn to use their English, but also helped them
  place daily at 2 p.m. For information, call                                                                                      Aviation Regiment, Katterbach Kaserne, invited
                                                                                                                                   some students from the Luitpold school in             understand us a little more. Many of the children
  Viki Hanrahan at 468-7636 or (0981)
                                                                                                                                   Ansbach to come to the airfield. There, they had      were amazed they were on an American Army
                                                                                                                                   the opportunity to look at AH-64 Apache heli-         post. If we can help them understand us and see
                      PEP it up                                                                                                    copters, plus spend the day speaking and lis-         us in our environment, it can help our com-
     Army Community Service, or ACS, in                                                                                            tening in English only.                               munity relations a lot,” said CWO 2 Paul Car-
  Ansbach sponsors the People Encouraging                                                                                             According to the children’s interpreter, Mar-      penter, Company C, 1st Bn., 1st Avn. Rgt.
  People, or PEP, program July 15-18 from                                                                                          grit von Einsiedel, many of them come from               “This was the most interesting day of my life.
  8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. each day. The program                                                                          Lisa Eichhorn    families of ethnic Germans who lived in Russia.       I never thought in my life I would be on a U.S.
  includes classes on German customs, Army                                   This lucky German boy gets to try on a                   “After the Berlin Wall came down in 1990,          Army post. I liked it very much,” said 13-year-
  family team building, and a trip to Nuern-                                 survival vest worn by American pilots.                their families immigrated back to Germany. But        old Artur Gotzfried.
  burg on the train. Child care vouchers are
  available. To make your reservation, call
  467-2883 or (09802) 832883.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ready for
            235th BSB                                                                                                                                                                               take off
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Col David Pate, front, 4th Bri-
     The Crusader, 235th Base Support Battalion, edi-                                                                                                                                               gade commander, Katter-
 torial office is located in building 5257, Barton Bar-                                                                                                                                             bach, and his co-pilot give the
 racks, telephone 468-7649 or (0981) 183649. Mailing                                                                                                                                                thumbs up as they do last
 address is PAO, Crusader, 235th Base Support Bat-                                                                                                                                                  minute checks for Pate’s final
 talion, CMR 463, APO AE 09177.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    flight in an AH-64 Apache
     Internet web site address http:\\www.ansbach.                                                                                                                                                                                           helicopter. Pate’s flight took
     The 235th BSB hotline is 468-7800 or (0981)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    more than an hour and upon
 183800. The patient liaison number is (09841) 83512.                                                                                                                                               his return, the Ansbach Fire
 235th BSB                                                                                                                                                                                          Department awaited him for
 Commander ........................ Lt. Col. Parker Schenecker                                                                                                                                      the traditional soaking com-
 Public Affairs Officer ............................ Frauke Davis                                                                                                                                   manders get as they turn over
 Journalist ................................................ Lisa Eichhorn                                                                                                          Lisa Eichhorn
                                                                                                                                                                                                    control of the brigade.

New military reading room opens in Ansbach
by Lisa Eichhorn                                                                               with military history and placed them in this room. It has been          what this room is for,” said Lt. Col. Parker Schenecker, 235th
CRUSADER                                                                                       specially designed just for soldiers,” said Michael Arden, library       BSB commander.
   Having a quiet place to go to read and learn more about the                                 manager.                                                                    Heading up the project were library volunteers Nancy and
history of being a soldier was the intent behind creating the new                                  “I saw a room like this at another library and thought we could      Dale Wright, along with their son Nathan, who spent hours going
military reading room at the Ansbach Library.                                                  do something like this here. The room was very underused, so we          through library books to find those that would fit into the new
   The day before the Army’s birthday, June 13, soldiers and                                   decided to turn it into what you see today,” Arden added.                room.
family members gathered for the official opening of this very                                      There are comfortable chairs and conference tables to make it
special library addition.                                                                      a place where soldiers can take a few minutes and relax. It is also         “We spent most of our spare time here lately, going through
                                                                                               perfect for units to take advantage of when having professional          the books and getting the room ready. I think it has turned out
   “I think it’s very fitting that we have the grand opening of this
room on the eve of the Army’s birthday because this room was                                   development for their soldiers.                                          really great,” Nancy said.
created to give soldiers an opportunity to learn about the Army’s                                  “The only way we can get better in the job we do as soldiers            For more information on the military reading room and how
rich history. We’ve taken all the books from the library that dealt                            is to study the past so that we can get better for the future. That’s    to reserve it, call Arden at 468-1740 or (0981) 1831740.
4           Crusader, July 5, 2002                                                                                                               279th Base Support Battalion: Bamberg

       Commander takes
                         Lt. Col. Patrick
                                                                          Coal to gas change alters skyline
                      Gawkins took com-
                      mand of the 38th Per-
                                                                          Landmark falls to
                      sonnel Services Bat-
                      talion June 18, replac-
                                                                          natural gas tower
                      ing Lt. Col. Barry                                  by Cheryl Boujnida
                      Swain. Prior to mov-                                CRUSADER
                      ing to Bamberg,
                      Gawkins was the mili-                                  Bamberg’s skyline is changing – the 180-foot
                      tary secretary to the                               red and white striped tower, a land mark at
                      Operations Director-                                Warner Barracks since 1986, will be torn down
                      ate Joint Staff in                                  in July.
  Gawkins                                                                    The tower will be dismantled as the heating
                      Washington,       D.C.
  Gawkins was born in Aberdeen, Md., and                                  plant converts from coal to gas. A 60-foot stain-
  raised in Vernon, N.Y. He and his wife,                                 less steel tower required for the natural gas
  Diane, have two daughters, Mary Catherine                               system will be erected in the landmark’s place.
  and Colleen.                                                               “The coal heating plant originally built in
                                                                          1957 is the last of its kind on a U.S. Army
          Groove to music                                                 installation in Europe,” said Juergen Engeter,
     Listen to the sounds of Elder Ernest                                 279th BSB Directorate of Public Works, or
  Dorsey and the Tahillah Word Project, a                                 DPW, utilities division chief. He noted that
  gospel musical, at Bamberg’s Congress                                   although the coal system was upgraded in the
  Hall July 20 at 8 p.m. Cost per person is $15                           1980s, a change was inevitable.
  or €17. For more information, call SFC                                     The Bamberg City Works’ construction crew                                                                                                 Cheryl Boujnida
  Marcus Dixon at (0951) 3029698.                                         dismantled the coal boiler system and installed     The 279th BSB staff watch as heating plant workers assist with the installation of one
                                                                          one of three gas boilers last month. Approx-        of three 27-ton boilers.
         See magic shows                                                  imately 6,000 tons of coal was burned annually
    Attend several magic shows at Geyers-                                 to heat 1,000 homes and 200 facilities on Warner    to modernize,” said David Thompson, DPW               United States and shipping costs were extremely
  woerth Castle July 18 and 19 at 8 p.m., and                             Barracks. The conversion from coal to gas is        deputy director. He stressed the new natural gas      high. For the past two years, France was the
  enjoy a musical, magic light show at Bam-                               more environment-friendly.                          system will heat housing units and facilities         prime exporter and shipped coal via barge, and
  berg’s Maximiliansplatz July 20 at 8 p.m.                                  “Both environmentally and economically           more efficiently and reduce utility costs.            then it was transported to the installation by
  For more information, call (0951) 201030.                               burning coal is not feasible any more – it’s time      “Until 2000, our coal supply came from the         rail,” Thompson said.

                   Play bingo
     Play bingo with American Red Cross
  staff at the Whispering Pines Lodge July
  17. Dinner starts at 5 p.m., ticket sales at 6
                                                                          Tone down language in public places
  p.m., and games at 7 p.m. For more infor-                                                                                   by Cheryl Boujnida                                       “If I’m with guys all day, it’s not offensive.
                                                                                                                              CRUSADER                                              But when I’m with my daughter, it’s inap-
  mation, call 469-1760 or (0951) 3001760.
                                                                                                                                 Has language gotten out of hand?                   propriate. I have not had to ask anyone to refrain
         Follow the leader                                                                                                       Whether standing in line, paying for merchan-      from using swear words, but if I have to, I will,”
                                                                                                                                                                                    he said.
     Attend an Army Family Team Building                                                                                      dise, or quietly searching for an evening movie,
  leadership course at Preston Hall July 9 at 9                                                                                 someone next to you always seems to be using           Ana Chambers takes a different approach to
  a.m. For more information, call Army                                                                                              four-lettered words in casual, everyday         curbing offensive language. “I just block it out
  Community Service at 469-7777 or (0951)                                                                                            conversation.                                  and tell my daughter Alexia not to repeat what
  3007777.                                                                                                                              “I find it very offensive when people       she hears,” she said.
                                                                                                                                    use swear words in front of me and my              People using curse words are unaware of their
         Attend command                                                                                                          family. If you are in a public place you should
                                                                                                                              watch the way you talk and behave accordingly,”
                                                                                                                                                                                    actions’ impact.
                                                                                                                                                                                       “Most often people are not directing their
              change                                                                                                          said Sgt. Crescenio Lamas. He stressed young
                                                                                                                                                                                    thoughts to strangers – they are just communi-
     Lt. Col. Steven Bullimore will take com-                                                                                 children should not have to tolerate another
                                                                                                                              person’s disregard for manners.                       cating with one another. But it’s still awful to
  mand of 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery,                                                                                                                                       listen to,” said Mary Thompson, family advo-
  on Centaur Field July 10 at 1 p.m. He is                                                                                       “Even though my children are older, there are      cacy program education specialist.
  replacing Lt. Col.                                                                                                          many impressionable children listening. As
                                                                                                                              adults, we should set an example,” he said.              She stressed Hollywood movies are a factor in
  Mark Mueller. Bulli-                                                                                                                                                              setting standards.
  more was previously                                                                                                            Gloria Medrano is unaccustomed to hearing
                                                                                                                              profanity used socially and is protective of her 3-      “More children are viewing PG13-rated mov-
  assigned to Joint Task
                                                                                                                              year-old daughter.                                    ies today as opposed to G-rated movies. The
  Force Civil Support                                                                                                                                                               PG13-rated movies could be G-rated if language
  and served as the                                                                                                              “When Crisddy hears those types of words,
                                                                                                            Cheryl Boujnida   she starts repeating them and she may think it’s      was toned down and profanity was deleted.
  operations officer and
  director of training                                                    Alexia Chambers, 8, gives a thumbs                  acceptable conversation,” she said.                      “Using good judgment and being conscious
  and exercises. He and                                                   down-motion to people using profanity                  Medrano’s husband, David, is not as strongly       of their environment can help people avoid using
  his wife, Carla, have                                                   in public.                                          opposed as his wife Gloria is, but he is concerned.   profanity in public,” Thompson said.
  four children, Max,
  14, Mattie, 12, Hilary
  and Jake, both 9.        Bullimore
                                                                                                                                                                                    Talking up the town
                                                                                                                                                                                    at a radio broadcast
           279th BSB                                                                                                                                                                Right, Spec. Kimberly Antos, Armed
     The Crusader, 279th Base Support Battalion, edi-
                                                                                                                                                                                    Forces Network, or AFN, broadcaster,
 torial office is located in building 7089, room 423,                                                                                                                               chats with Lt. Col. Timothy Hill, 279th
 Warner Barracks, Bamberg, telephone 469-7581 or                                                                                                                                    BSB commander, during a broadcast
 (0951) 3007581. Mailing address is PAO, Crusader,                                                                                                                                  of “The Source” radio show in Wuerz-
 279th Base Support Battalion, Unit 27535, Warner                                                                                                                                   burg. “The Source” focuses on high-
 Barracks, APO AE 09139.
                                                                                                                                                                                    lights in Bamberg’s community and
     The 279th BSB hotline is 469-4800 or (0951)
 3004800. Patient liaison number is (0951) 3007492.                                                                                                                                 provides key information to residents
     Internet web site 279th BSB:
                                                                                                                                                                                    and listeners. To keep abreast of                                                                                                                                                        community happenings, tune into the
 279th BSB                                                                                                                                                                          next AFN source radio show, located
 Commander ................................ Lt. Col. Timothy Hill                                                                                                                   at 1143 on AM frequency, Aug 21 from
 Public Affairs Officer .......................... Renate Bohlen                                                                                                                    8-9 a.m.
 Journalist ........................................... Cheryl Boujnida                                                                                           Elaine Nicholas

Bamberg soldier nabs prestigious engineer award
by Cheryl Boujnida                                                                         annually to active duty enlisted members of the Army, Army              ment, maintenance, soldier education plan, personal accomplish-
CRUSADER                                                                                   Reserve, and National Guard since 1974.                                 ments, and contributions to military engineering.
                                                                                             “This is really a prestigious award. SFC Davis is an out-                Key Army leaders wrote letters of endorsement on Davis’
   SFC Paul Davis is getting more attention than he likes.                                                     standing leader and trainer. He was the             behalf.
   Davis, an 82nd Engineer Battalion soldier, was awarded the                                                  driving force behind the planning, im-
2001 Lt. Gen. Samuel Sturgis Medal for his outstanding con-                                                    plementation and execution of a solid main-            “SFC Davis’ reputation as a leader and as a soldier exceeds
tributions to military troop construction and for demonstrating                                                tenance program improving the readiness             everything we expect of today’s professional. He has instilled a
technical and leadership abilities. Despite winning the well-                                                  of a fleet of difficult equipment to main-          sense of pride in his operators, and his excitement for his job
known engineer award, Davis is modest about his success as                                                     tain,” said CSM Michael Balch, 1st Inf.             stands out for others to emulate,” wrote Gen. Montgomery
platoon sergeant of the assault and obstacle platoon.                                                          Div. Engineer Brigade.                              Meigs, USAREUR Commanding General.
   “I’m not big on personal awards or flaunting anything. This is                                                 He stressed Davis’ equation for success             Davis has directly impacted soldiers and the readiness of his
more about my platoon than it is about me. They deserve just as                                                is simple. “Set the example in all things in        platoon.
much recognition – I’m just a soldier who enjoys doing his job                                                 all areas,” Balch said.                                “SFC Davis does not tolerate shoddy maintenance. He
well,” Davis said.                                                                                                The nomination packet included infor-            believes that you do it right the first time. If I could sum him up
   The Sturgis Medal is named for Lt. Gen. Samuel D. Sturgis Jr.,                                              mation on Davis’ platoon, training, mana-           in one word, it would be persistent. He is persistent at being the
former Chief of Engineers of the U.S. Army, and is awarded                                 Davis               gement philosophy, quality of life enhance-         best, especially in maintenance,” said Sgt. Jonathon Harmon.
6            Crusader, July 5, 2002                                                                               280th Base Support Battalion: Bad Kissingen, Schweinfurt

                 CAV changes
                          Lt.    Col.     Jim
                                                                              Teachers retire after 70 years
                                                                              by Mark Heeter
                       Chevallier took com-
                       mand of the 1st
                       Squadron, 4th Caval-

                                                                                 It’s always a race to the first, biggest and most
                                                                                                                                     ‘We’ve had good parents and
                       ry Regiment, in a                                      fish when Larry and Marty Garske hit the water.        we really appreciate them.’
                       ceremony on Conn                                          “He usually gets the first, but I usually get the
                                                                              biggest. I know how to hook the big ones,”                                            – Larry Garske
                       Barracks June 4, re-
                       placing outgoing com-                                  Marty said.
                       mander Lt. Col. H.R.                                      She and her husband will have a lot more time       seven years before coming to Schweinfurt 10
                       McMaster. Cheval-                                      for fishing contests now that they have retired        years ago.
                       lier, who was com-                                     from their Schweinfurt American Elementary                “We’ve had good classes, and we’ve had good
  Chevallier           missioned in 1984,                                     School classrooms after teaching for a combined        parents and we really appreciate them,” Larry
                       served with the 2nd                                    70 years.                                              said.
  Armored Cavalry Regiment during Opera-                                         Most of those years were spent with the                One of the secrets to a good relationship with
  tion Desert Shield and Desert Storm. A                                      Department of Defense Dependent Schools, or            parents and students is accessibility, he added.
  graduate of the Army Command and                                            DoDDS.                                                    “We give our home telephone number, and
  General Staff College, Chevallier served as                                    “We’re not retiring because we’re tired of the      that’s a big factor. This takes care of problems
  an observer-controller at both the National                                 kids. We still enjoy teaching after all these          right away, and that communication has really
  Training Center and the Joint Readiness                                     years,” Marty said.                                    helped us,” he said.
  Training Center. Chevallier and his wife,                                      “But we both feel it’s time,” said Larry, who          Each of them was certified to teach several
  June, have two daughters.                                                   arrived for his first DoDDS assignment in              subjects to most age groups, from elementary
                                                                              Wiesbaden in 1967.                                     through high school; however, they chose to
          Build self-esteem                                                      Marty taught for about 15 years in the Los          remain with fifth-graders.
     The 280th BSB Child and Youth Ser-                                       Angeles School District before coming over-               “We find this age – fifth grade – is a lot of fun.
  vices host a class for parents, titled “Build-                              seas.                                                  They understand what you’re saying,” Marty                                                    Mark Heeter
  ing Your Child’s Self-Esteem,” at the child                                    “I came over to Europe for a vacation and met       said.                                                   Larry and Marty Garske sign students’
  development center in Askren Manor July                                     somebody from DoDDS and decided I wanted to               One never knows how a fishing contest is             yearbooks following their last day on the
  16 from 6-7 p.m. Parents of children of all                                 do that,” she said of teaching in Heilbronn for        going to turn out, either.                              job.
  ages are invited to come to learn techniques
  and tips for helping their kids. For details,
  call 354-6517 or (09721) 966517.

       Library sets events                                                    Children get a sure start at school
     The community library on Ledward Bar-                                                                                           classes to mingle with one another while leaving        enlisted servicemember.
  racks has two special events planned for its
  Summer Reading for Children program.
                                                                              Early education helps                                  time for small group and individual activities.            Families interested in enrolling their children
                                                                                                                                        The students interact with other children and        in the program should also meet one or more of
  Face painting will be the highlight July 10,                                by Bergen Riby                                         adults as they learn through play activities.
                                                                              Schweinfurt American Elementary School                                                                         the following criteria: single parent household or
  and a special magician’s program takes                                                                                             Solving puzzles, painting and cooking are just a        dual-military family; sponsor deployed for three
  place July 17. The summer reading pro-                                         Sure Start was established in 1991 for fami-        few of the activities during the Sure Start school      or more months of the school year; a parent
  gram is from 10:30-11:30 a.m.                                               lies living and working at military installations      day, allowing children to solve problems, follow        whose primary language is not English or who
                                                                              overseas. Modeled after the Head Start program,        directions, and work with others.                       did not graduate from high school; four or more
                Take training                                                 Sure Start offers a comprehensive approach to             Parents are encouraged to take an active part        children close in age; an older sibling with a
     The 280th BSB offers its annual training                                 early childhood education that involves both           in their child’s learning and are required to           disability, or the prospective student was of low
  program about Subversion and Espionage                                      children and families.                                 volunteer regularly.                                    birth weight. Applications are available at the
  Directed Against the U.S. Army. The brief-                                     Schweinfurt American Elementary School, or             A child enrolled in Sure Start should be 4           SES office. For details, call 354-6734 or (09721)
  ing will be presented in German July 10                                     SES, has two Sure Start teachers who allow their       years old by October 31 and a dependent of an           81893.
  and in English July 12. Both sessions are at
  2:15 p.m. in the theater on Ledward Bar-

  racks.                                                                                                                                One rule affecting VRA appointments and                 “Now, you can only get one VRA appointment.
                                                                                                                                     one affecting military spouse preference chang-         Once you’re appointed under VRA, you cannot be
                  USO trip set                                                                                                       ed last year in USAREUR.                                appointed again in USAREUR,” White said.
     The Schweinfurt United Service Organi-                                   From Page 1                                               Department of Defense, or DoD, regulation               Many of the rules, including preferences and
  zation, or USO, sponsors an express trip to                                                                                        dictates that applicants may claim military spouse      selection procedures, are different to non-
  Amsterdam July 12-14. The bus departs                                          “I think what confuses a lot of vets is that they   preference only once; however, the European             appropriated fund, or NAF, positions, according
  from the USO on Ledward Barracks July 12                                    seem to think, ‘I’m a ten-point veteran; therefore,    Command, or EUCOM, sought an exemption to               to Mauder.
  at 9 p.m. and returns early July 14. The trip                               they have to take me.’ Not true,” White said.          that rule.                                                 White offered some advice for applicants as
  includes visits to a wooden-shoe factory,                                      Veterans’ preference applies if the manager            “DoD came back and granted them the excep-           they prepare their resumes under the RESUMIX
  cheese farm and a diamond factory. Op-                                      requests and uses the VRA-eligible lists; how-         tion for a two-year period on a test basis,” White      system.
  tional excursions are also available, includ-                               ever, it does not apply if the manager elects to       said, explaining that the trial period expires in          “They need to make sure that, when they do
  ing a trip to Anne Frank’s house. To reserve                                use the list of competitive-eligible candidates,       April 2003.                                             their supplemental data sheet, they check out
  a seat or for more information, call 354-                                   according to Mauder.                                      “Under this test, they no longer lose military       what preferences they are eligible for,” she said.
  6711 or (09721) 966711.                                                        “The veterans’ preference applies under the         spouse preference for temporary jobs. Once they            According to White, wizards are available to
                                                                              VRA. It does not apply to the competitive sources.     accept or decline a permanent position, though,         help with that determination at the Civilian
              Get some class                                                  So, if the VEOA candidate shows up on the re-
                                                                              ferral list, veterans’ preference does not apply,”
                                                                                                                                     they lose it,” White said.
                                                                                                                                        Eligibility for VRA appointments also under-
                                                                                                                                                                                             Human Resource Management Agency, or
                                                                                                                                                                                             CHRMA, web site at
     The 280th BSB Army education centers
                                                                              Mauder said.                                           went a significant change last year.          
  on Ledward and Conn Barracks offer many
  educational opportunities, from college
  courses to skills testing. Call 354-6383,
  353-8308 or (09721) 966383 for more
  information.                                                                                                                                                                   Units celebrate
                                                                                                                                                                                 Army’s birthday
             280th BSB                                                                                                                                                           Against a background of soldiers in formation, a
                                                                                                                                                                                 flag detail cases the colors and the Prisoner of
                                                                                                                                                                                 War flag during a retreat ceremony to celebrate
      The Crusader, 280th Base Support Battalion, edi-                                                                                                                           the Army’s 227th birthday in Andrus Garden on
  torial office is located in Robertson Hall on Ledward
  Barracks, Schweinfurt, telephone 354-6381 or (09721)                                                                                                                           Ledward Barracks June 14. To open the cere-
  966381. Mailing address is PAO, Crusader, 280th Base                                                                                                                           mony, Lt. Col. Benjamin Everson, executive
  Support Battalion, CMR 457, APO AE 09033.                                                                                                                                      officer for the 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division,
      The 280th BSB hotline is 354-4800 or (09721)                                                                                                                               delivered a speech to the formation, which
                                                                                                                                                                                 included soldiers from the brigade, the 280th
      Internet web site 280th BSB:                                                                                                                                                Base Support Battalion, the 1st Squadron, 4th
  280th BSB                                                                                                                                                                      Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry
  Commander ........................... Lt. Col. Timothy Gorrell                                                                                                                 Regiment, and tenant units. The Army and Air
  Public Affairs Officer ................................ George Ohl                                                                                                             Force Exchange Service provided a birthday
  Journalist .................................................. Mark Heeter                                                                                       Mark Heeter    cake for the ceremony.

Siblings reunite, stay together at Ft. Monteith
by Spec. Patrick Rodriguez                                                                       time,” Judson said.                                                          They also had a brief reunion recently in Germany – when
302nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment                                                              Judson said it was ‘kind of weird’ seeing his brother in               Judson reenlisted in order to come to Kosovo.
   Sgt. Kevin Albrets, a 10th Mountain Division soldier, and                                     Kosovo, carrying a weapon and wearing sergeant’s stripes.                    “My tour in Germany was up in May, so I would have had to
younger brother Spec. Judson Albrets, a 1st Infantry Division                                       “I was standing at parade rest, out of habit,” he said. “Then we       go home,” Judson said.
soldier, recently had an informal family reunion and their own                                   gave each other a quick hug and started talking.”                            Kevin had a part in the reenlistment ceremony.
‘transfer of authority’ as the younger brother got off a bus in                                     Their banter was filled with talk of home and family.                     “I held the colors for him. I was very happy for him and proud
Kosovo to serve in a Kosovo Forces rotation.                                                        “We talked about things we would like to do back in the                of my brother,” Kevin said.
   Kevin Albrets is a hull mechanic in Headquarters and                                          States,” Judson said.                                                        “He is a great soldier; he is a great guy,” Kevin added.
Headquarters Company, or HHC, 10th Mountain Division, based                                         This isn’t the first time one brother has traveled a long way to          The brothers will not have to wait another six years before
at Fort Benning, Ga. Judson Albrets is a scout in HHC, 2nd                                       see the other.                                                            they see each other again. When this rotation is complete, Judson
Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, based in Schweinfurt, Germany.                                      When Judson graduated from basic training at Fort Knox, Ky.,           will ship to Fort Riley, Kansas, where Kevin has just been
   Their meeting was not entirely unexpected.                                                    in May 2000, Kevin traveled more than 2,400 miles by train from           assigned.
   “I knew he was in Kosovo and I’d be coming, but I did not                                     Fort Lewis, Wash., to spend eight hours with his younger brother             “At Fort Riley, we can live in the same house and go hunting
know if we would be on the same base or if I would get here in                                   during graduation.                                                        and fishing together,” Kevin said.
417th Base Support Battalion: Giebelstadt, Kitzingen, Wuerzburg                                                                                                                                Crusader, July 5, 2002           9

                       Act out
     Join the Act I community theater by
  auditioning for its first production, “June                                                                                                                                              NATO troops
  Groom,” at the Cantigny Club, Leighton
  Barracks, Wuerzburg, July 15-17 from 7-10
  p.m. Scripts will be available at 6 p.m. Nine
                                                                                                                                                                                           fly skies
  parts are open for ages 25-60. For more
  information,     send     an     e-mail    to
                                                                                                                                                                                           over airfield                                                                                                                                                                     Paratroopers from German Air
                                                                                                                                                                                           Defense units LeFlarak 100 and
     Have a nice sundae                                                                                                                                                                    LeFlarak 300, air defense bat-
     Join the 417th BSB Child and Youth                                                                                                                                                    teries from Wuppertal and Kas-
  Services for an old-fashioned country fair                                                                                                                                               sel respectively, get their para-
  and ice cream social at Giebelstadt Army                                                                                                                                                 chutes ready on the flight line
  Airfield July 13 from 1-4 p.m. For more                                                                                                                                                  and prepare to board a United
  information, call 355-8362 or (09321)                                                                                                                                                    States Air Force C-130 Hercules
  3058362.                                                                                                                                                                                 and a German C-160, both of
                                                                                                                                                                                           which are transport planes.
                                                                                                                                                                                           German soldiers who took part
            Find adventure                                                                                                                                                                 in the NATO Air Defense Exer-
      The 417th BSB Outdoor Recreation                                                                                                                                                     cise Clean Hunter participated in
  Center and Youth Services have a new                                                                                                                                                     a supporting exercise Black Sky
  program that helps local youth have a fun-                                                                                                                                               June 10-21 at Giebelstadt Army
  filled summer. The Youth Adventure Pro-                                                                                                                                                  Airfield. The planes took the
  gram offers activities like skeet shooting,                                                                                                                                              troopers to a nearby drop zone
  golfing, fishing and cycling. For more                                                                                                                                                   where the German paratroopers
  information, call 355-2812 or (09321)                                                                                                                                                    made four jumps.
                                                                                                                                                                         Norbert Schmitt
             Visit museum
                         The 1st Infantry
                      Division Museum is
                      open and offers an
                      interactive history of
                                                                      Veterans share war, battle stories
                      the 1st Infantry Divi-                          by Spec Kris Steward                                    airborne soldiers could make their way toward
                      sion. Museum hours                              69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade                      Bastogne, Belgium.
                      are the first Saturday                                                                                     “We did a good job, but we paid for it,”
                                                                         When the noncommissioned officers, or                Gatens said. Gatens’ battalion lost more soldiers
                      of the month from 10                            NCOs, of Headquarters and Headquarters Bat-
                      a.m.-3 p.m., and Mon-                                                                                   than any other American division in the war –
                                                                      tery of the 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade          641 soldiers were killed in action while 1,200
                      Fri from 10 a.m.-4:30                           visited the woodlands of the Ardennes, France,
                      p.m. Admission is                                                                                       were wounded. The Germans captured more
                                                                      the site of the Battle of the Bulge, they may have      than 7,000. Gatens was one of them. He says he
  Thek                free, no flash photo-                           expected to get a little tutoring about the largest
                      graphy is allowed,                                                                                      barely survived the next four months as a
                                                                      battle of World War II. What they didn’t expect         prisoner of war.
  and the museum is stroller friendly. For                            was the rare opportunity to hear the heroic tales
  more information, call the curator, Laura                                                                                      “Sometimes I had wished they had shot me,”
                                                                      of a few living Army legends.
  Thek, at 350-7337 or (0931) 8897337.                                                                                        Gatens said.
                                                                         “We were listening to stories about them, but           Gatens was liberated April 23, 1945. His
                                                                      we never thought we’d actually get to meet
          Share the magic                                             them,” said SSgt. Gregory Lambey, senior task-
                                                                                                                              weight had dropped to only 100 pounds. When
                                                                                                                              he finally returned home, he never told anyone
     Join the 417th BSB libraries and share                           ing NCO for 69th ADA, as he described meeting           he had been held captive. It wasn’t until the
  the magic of reading with various pro-                              a handful of war heroes he and his comrades had         1980s when the media gave accounts of hostages
  grams. To sign up or for more information,                          just traveled six hours from Germany to learn           and other POWs to a sympathetic American
  call your local library.                                            about.                                                  public that he finally told his own story.
                                                                         “It was truly memorable,” said Lambey as he             CSM Douglas Piltz, 69th ADA, thanked
         Attend seminars                                              displayed his latest collection of autographs –         Gatens for his courage and resilience.
     Take a stress and anger management                               signatures from men such as John Gatens and                “He (Gatens) told me I was the first person to
  seminar at the Leighton Barracks Army                               John Schaffner, veterans of Battery A, 106th            thank him for what he had done for our country.
  Community Service July 31 from 10 a.m.-                             Battalion, 589th Field Artillery, who fought in         It was the war to end all wars, and not to be
  4 p.m. A couple communication seminar is                            and survived the Bulge.                                 thanked for that – I was surprised,” Piltz said.
  offered July 24 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For                                Gatens, a veteran of Battery A, was making              SSgt. David Strang, chaplain assistant for
  more information, call 350-7103 or (0931)                           his fourth trip back to Belgium to visit the site       69th ADA, said walking the actual ground
  8897103.                                                            where he and his battle buddies fought in what          where so many soldiers engaged in combat
                                                                      was dubbed the “Alamo Defense” of December              sharpened his perspective about the stamina of                                      Spec.Kris Steward
               Go shopping                                            1944.                                                   soldiers during the Bulge.                           Delbert J. Stumpff of Kansas signs an
     Go shopping in Poland July 13 and buy                               Gatens told a crowd of 40 attentive 69th ADA            “They stood against the tyranny of the times      autograph for MSgt. Pablo Perez of HHB,
  beautiful pottery at great prices. Cost for the                     NCOs his unit’s mission was to hold down the            for the cause of freedom for future generations,”    69th ADA, at the site of the Battle of the
  trip is $45 per person and includes trans-                          German 2nd Panzer Division so American                  said Strang.                                         Bulge.
  portation. Passports are required. For more
  information, call 355-8629 or (09321)

                                                                                                                                                                               Showing troops, public,
           417th BSB                                                                                                                                                           children the Avenger
                                                                                                                                                                               The Day of the Ground Forces “Bahna” is
     The Crusader, 417th Base Support Battalion, edi-                                                                                                                          one of the biggest presentations by the
 torial office is located in building 109, Harvey Barracks,                                                                                                                    Czech Republic army. The exercise has
 telephone 355-8575 or (09321) 3058575. Mailing                                                                                                                                taken place annually since 1990 in the
 address is PAO, Crusader, 417th Base Support Bat-
 talion, Unit 26124, APO AE 09031.                                                                                                                                             Bahna Military Training Area. Its aim is to
     The 417th BSB hotline is 355-8999 or (09321)                                                                                                                              make the public aware of the high stand-
 3058999.                                                                                                                                                                      ard of military units of the pre-war Cze-
     Phone numbers for patient liaisons are: Kitzingen,                                                                                                                        choslovakian army. Spec. Joshua Kinard,
 355-8415 or (09321) 3058415; Wuerzburg and Giebel-                                                                                                                            4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery,
 stadt, call the 67th Combat Support Hospital, 350-3874                                                                                                                        describes to Czech soldiers and children
 or (0931) 8043874.                                                                                                                                                            how the Avenger system works. Visitors
 417th BSB                                                                                                                                                                     had the opportunity to work the controls
 Commander ..................................... Lt. Col. Russ Hall
                                                                                                                                                                               of the Avenger during the presentation.
 Public Affairs Officer ........................... Gabriele Drake
 Journalist ............................................                                                                                                    MSgt. Larry Lane

New Army program helps soldiers gain certification
U.S. Army News Release                                                                        “This new web site explains differences between military and        certificates) is called credentialing.
                                                                                           civilian training and certification requirements, and it does so in       Private and government organizations set credentialing
   The U. S. Army has added a new component to its GI to Jobs                              easy-to-understand language,” said Sgt. Maj Jack Tilley.
Program that will assist soldiers in understanding and obtaining                                                                                                  standards to ensure that individuals meet the standards for their
certification for civilian jobs when they leave the service.                                  “The program and the web site tell soldiers exactly what they       profession.
                                                                                           need to do to begin and complete the certification process in their
   “Some 67 percent of Army enlisted soldiers serve in military                            MOS,” he added.                                                           “This is good news for soldiers, but great news for the nation
specialties related to civilian occupational areas that are subject                                                                                               as well,” Frost said.
                                                                                              Under this initiative, soldiers will know what is necessary to
to certification and licensure,” said Maj. Gen. Kathryn Frost,                             complete certification or licensure requirements for jobs related        “The Army offers the best training in the world, and when you
adjutant general of the Army.                                                              to approximately 100 MOSs.                                             add extraordinary experience, additional study and leader
   Those soldiers now have a web site, called Army Cre-                                       All MOS-applicable credentialing examinations are clearly           development, the country will benefit from GI to Jobs with
dentialing Opportunities On-line, or COOL, where they can                                  identified and articulated, by MOS, to ensure success.                 exceptionally qualified veterans for the 21st century workforce,”
learn what civilian certifications relate to their military                                   Some occupations have certain professional and technical            Frost said.
occupational specialty, or MOS, career field and how to obtain                             standards. The process of meeting these standards and earning           Visit the COOL web site at www.ArmyEducation.Army.
them.                                                                                      official recognition (in the form of credentials, licenses or          Mil/COOL.
10          Crusader, July 5, 2002

Scouts ceremoniously burn Old Glory
                                                                          by Roger Teel                                                          colors in a somber and respectful manner,” he added.
                                                                          U.S. Army Hospital, Wuerzburg                                             The Scouts first learned to cut the flag into quadrants, leaving
                                                                             As local Girl Scouts folded the hospital’s national flag during     the field of 50 stars intact to represent the union of the 50 states.
                                                                          a retreat ceremony last fall, one of them noticed a small tear in      The scouts read a ceremonial script that reflected on the
                                                                          the colors.                                                            symbolic importance of the colors.
                                                                             “What happens now,” she asked. “Will it be fixed?”                     As the Scouts cut the flag, leaders started a small fire. As the
                                                                             The group’s leaders scratched their heads and said, “Hmmm,          scouts recited the words, the quadrants of the colors were placed
                                                                          not sure, but let’s find out.”                                         in the incinerator.
                                                                             Their search led to a flag burning.                                    As Janney played Taps, the group fell into a state of solemn
                                                                             In a June 6 ceremony, Wuerzburg Neighborhood Scouts from            reflection. They stood watch until the flag’s ashes were cold and
                                                                          Boy Scout Troop 62, Brownie Troop 733, Daisy Troop 8 and               placed in a tin for burial on the hospital grounds.
                                                                          others permanently retired the national colors that flew over the         “This year, the Brownies have been working on citizenship
                                                                          hospital on Sept. 11.                                                  and patriotism, especially since Sept. 11. They’ve learned the
                                                                             “Retiring Old Glory is an official ceremony,” said local Scout      history of the flag, participated in a retreat ceremony and now the
                                                                          leader David Janney who officiated the ceremony.                       retiring ceremony. I think they’ve come away with something
                                                                             “It’s important that Scouts learn the proper way to retire the      important,” said Brownie leader Marti Blose.

                                              Photos by Roger Teel
Scout leader David Janney sounds Taps.

David Janney places the first quadrant of the flag in the
fire as Drew Janney, Jim Redmon and Steven Blose                          Girl Scout Mykela Everts makes the first cut as Old Glory is put to rest. Nickolas Wholean, left, and Steven Blose
stand ready to add the other pieces.                                      hold the flag’s corners, and Catherine Prais waits to make the second cut.

AFRC goes the extra mile to offer a big day out
Professionals offer                                  lessons and golf lessons.
                                                        “AFRC hosted the ‘Big Day Out’ to provide
                                                                                                              rappelling. Instructors from AFRC’s mountaine-
                                                                                                              ering school directed the adventurous guests as
                                                                                                              they scrambled up the indoor climbing wall and
                                                                                                                                                                  course and gift certificates.
                                                                                                                                                                     In perhaps the most exciting giveaway, Stuart
all kinds of sports                                  guests with a full showcase of what we have to
                                                     offer with the opening of summer recreation at           rappelled out the second-story window.              Palkovic from Kitzingen won a tandem para-
                                                                                                                                                                  glide ride. Just minutes after AFN Bavaria an-
by Corey Henderson                                   the Garmisch and Chiemsee resorts,” said                    Attendees also had the opportunity to talk to    nounced Stuart’s name, he strapped himself into
AFRC Marketing                                       Richard LeBrun, AFRC Resorts in Europe                   AFRC recreation experts about all other activi-     a harness and drifted nervously yet calmly
                                                     general manager.                                         ties offered at the Chiemsee and Garmisch           through the air high above Garmisch.
   Lots of exciting summertime activities and
                                                        The day started early with a busload of guests        resorts.                                               “This was my first time paragliding. I came
beautiful weather made for a fantastic “Big Day
Out” at the Armed Forces Recreation Center, or       taking advantage of the free hike to the Partnach           Many guests took home great prizes during        this weekend to see Garmisch and stay at the
AFRC, Garmisch resort June 15.                       Gorge in Garmisch. Guests rode the gondola               several drawings throughout the day. Jack Wolf-     campgrounds, I really didn’t expect to win any-
   Guests spent the day trying out free recreation   partway up the climb and hiked back down                 skin tents, North Face backpacks, a mountain        thing,” Palkovic said.
opportunities at AFRC’s Hausberg Lodge.              through the beautiful gorge.                             bike, K2 T-shirts and several HM scooters were         Call 440-2548 or (08821) 52066, or visit the
Professional recreation staff offered hiking and        Throughout the day, guests filled the Haus-           given away, along with several “Weekend for         AFRC website at for
biking tours, indoor rock climbing, rappelling       berg Lodge for a chance to try rock climbing and         Two” prizes at Chiemsee, a two-day windsurfing      more information.

                                                                                                              Use the safe way to keep
                                                                                                              in touch with our military
                                                                                                              eMOM News Release                                      Melguizo spent the evening
                                                                                                                 BiBi Melguizo, public affairs officer from       enjoying the festivities and
                                                                                                              eMail our Military, or eMOM, attended the           speaking to those in atten-
                                                                                                              478th Civil Affairs Battalion’s, or CABs, Eighth    dance about eMOM.
                                                                                                              Annual Soldiers’ Ball representing eMOM.               Melguizo was invited to
                                                                                                                 eMOM is a free service providing a safe way      attend future functions with
                                                                                                              for civilians to continue the tradition of “Any     the 478th CAB by the family
                                                                                                              Service Member” mail with a much more               readiness organization.
                                                                                                              personal touch.                                        Brig. Gen. Thomas Maney,
                                                                                                                 eMOM directly supports our troops with e-        Deputy Commandant, U.S. Army Civil Affairs
                                                                                                              mails, cards and letters.                           and Psychological Operations Command, was
                                                                                                                                                                  the distinguished guest speaker at the ball.
                                                                                                                 It’s an opportunity to let America’s military       He posed for photos with Melguizo and was
                                                                                                              know how much they are appreciated. At the          interested in hearing about the campaign.
                                                                     Pvt. 2 Joseph Alger, 1st Inf. Div. PAO   web site, visitors can join the e-mail campaign
                                                                                                              and participate in a number of support projects        “I was truly honored to be able to speak with

  Medal of Honor recipient visits                                                                             ranging from sending free e-mail to ready-made
                                                                                                              care packages that can be sent at a moment’s
                                                                                                                                                                  General Maney about what we are doing”
                                                                                                                                                                  Melguizo said.
                                                                                                                                                                     General Maney presented Melguizo with the
  World War II Medal of Honor recipient Walt Ehlers, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry                                                                                  general’s coin as a token of appreciation.
  Division, shares a story with 1st Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. John                                   “It was wonderful to meet so many of our
  Craddock, right, at the 1st Inf. Div. Museum on Leighton Barracks June 13.                                  local heroes and offer our support,” Melguizo          Visit the web site at
Health & Fitness                                                                                                                                                             Crusader, July 5, 2002              11

  New commander takes
     over at ERMC
                                                     Soldiers triumph, acquire badge
                           Brig. Gen. (Dr.)          by Roger Teel                                         how lane evaluators jealously protect the badge,        ful on his second attempt
                        Elder Granger took           U.S. Army Hospital, Wuerzburg                         how you can easily get tripped up by an off-the-        to get the badge.
                        command of the                                                                     wall question.                                             “The commo lane was
                                                        The week of June 16 started with bright sun-
                        Europe      Regional         shine, warm temperatures and 416 Expert Field            “The hardest thing for me was the road march.        the hardest,” Hand said.
                        Medical Command,             Medical Badge, or EFMB, hopefuls in the Klo-          While it’s a physical event, a lot of it is mental.        “I did the Nijmegen
                        or ERMC, June 26 in          sterforst training area near Kitzingen’s Harvey       You have to keep pushing. If you slow down it           march last year, so I knew
                        Heidelberg. The out-         Barracks.                                             can kill you, and if you stop, you’re done,” he said.   what I was going for. I’m
                        going commander,                                                                      Sgt. Alicia Puccia, 47th Forward Support             not a fast guy. I have short,
                        Brig. Gen. Richard              By Thursday, the list had been whittled to 92.
                                                     After an early Friday morning 12-mile road            Battalion, Baumholder, made it across the line          stubby legs. But I made it,”
                        Ursone, moves on to                                                                with 45 seconds to spare. She was radiant as she        he said.
                        become      Assistant        march with full ruck that had to be completed in
                                                     three hours, 70 soldiers laid claim to what is        accepted congratulations from everyone she                 Spec. Joseph Brooks,
  Granger               Surgeon General for                                                                knew.                                                   also 67th Forward Surgical Brooks
                        Force Development            arguably the most difficult badge in the Army.
                                                        The two-week EFMB training and testing                “This was my sixth                                   Team, Giebelstadt, found
  and Sustainment at U.S. Army Medical                                                                                                                             success on his second EFMB attempt.
  Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. In his           were hosted by the 1st Infantry Division’s            attempt to get the badge,”
  previous assignment, Granger was Acting            Division Support Command. Capt. Victor                she said. Last year Puccia                                 “It was a week of survival. All the tests are
  Assistant Surgeon General for Force                Suarez and SFC Brian Whelan, the officer and          made it through all the                                 tough and stressful. All it takes is one mistake to
  Projection, Office of the Army Surgeon             NCO in charge of the test site, coordinated           testing lanes, only to fall                             put you out, and that’s what makes it stressful.”
  General. He is also a former commander of          DISCOM’s top-notch support.                           three minutes short on the                                 Would he encourage others to take the EFMB
  Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.                    “This was a good system here in Kitzingen.         road march. She wasn’t                                  challenge?
  Presiding over the ceremony was Lt. Gen.           The DISCOM ran a great EFMB, and I’m glad I           about to let that happen                                   “If you’re an Army medic, you have to try to
  James Peake, Commander, U.S. Army                  came here. We had great instructors and               again, she said.                                        get this badge. It’s a credibility thing. It doesn’t
  Medical Command and Army Surgeon                   everyone supported us fully,” said Spec. Nathan          Sgt. Michael Hand, 67th                              make you more or less of a medic, but it helps by
  General.                                           Sisson, Darmstadt Health Clinic.                      Forward Surgical Team,                                  giving you confidence in your ability to do your
                                                        Sisson said he had heard all the horror stories,   Giebelstadt, was success- Hand                          job,” Brooks said.
   Join community-based
    wellness programm
     Sign-up now for a community-based
  family member wellness program in
  Schweinfurt and receive free child care.
  “Everybody’s Well” is a series of
  workshops taking place Wednesdays from
  11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants learn
  about physical fitness, nutrition and family
  wellness. Child care is available if
  participants meet basic requirements. For
  details on scheduled workshops, child care
  and meeting locations, call Lt. Col. Fred
  Pond, community health nurse at 354-7015
  or (09721) 967015.

     DENTAC command
     In a colorful and
  splendid June 14 ce-
  remony, the reins of
  command of the
  Wuerzburg       Dental
  Activity were passed
  from Col. Ronald
  Hayes      to     Col.
  Michael Cuenin at
  Leighton’s Victory
  Park. Cuenin, accom-
  panied     by     wife Cuenin
  Denise,       daughter
  Gwen, and sons Paul and John, hails from
  Lynnfield, Mass. He has served the Army
  (six years with the Big Red One) as a
  clinician and teacher for more than 21
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Roger Teel

                                                        Retirees get fit at health fair
  Health & Fitness                                      The 5th annual Retiree Health Fair at the U.S. Army Hospital, Wuerzburg, drew 97 eligible beneficiaries June 1.
                                                        The oldest retiree to attend was 93-year-old Mike Kallifut from Schweinfurt. Kallifut was 32 when he was drafted into service
     Health and Fitness is a monthly supple-            during World War II. Hospital soldiers, such as SSgt. Monina Ancheta, right, assisting Minna Treece and Anna Ashcraft from
  ment to the CRUSADER co-sponsored by                  Wuerzburg with registration, volunteered for the Saturday event.
  the 98th ASG and the U.S. Army Hospital,
  Wuerzburg. Editorial office is in the U.S.
  Army Hospital, Wuerzburg, room 4NE10,
  phone 350-2296 or (0931) 8042296.
  Mailing address is Commander, U.S. Army
  Hospital, Attn: Public Affairs Office, Unit
  26610, APO AE 09244.
                                                     Hospital receives its accreditation
                                                     News Release                                             Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission is an          providing quality care on a day-to-day basis.
  Hospital                                                                                                 independent, non-profit organization dedicated
                                                     U.S. Army Hospital, Wuerzburg                                                                                    “Everyone in the organization worked very
  Commander .................. Col. Ray Tomkins                                                            to continuously improving the safety and quality
  Public Affairs Officer .............. Roger Teel     The U.S. Army Hospital, Wuerzburg and its                                                                   hard to achieve this recognition,” said Col. Ray
                                                                                                           of the nation’s health care.
                                                     Educational and Developmental Intervention                                                                    Tomkins, hospital commander.
  Health Promotion                                                                                            To become accredited, a hospital is evaluated
  Coordinator .....................                  Services received accreditation from the Joint        by a team of experienced healthcare profes-                “JCAHO accreditation is a great accomplish-
  98th ASG Health                                    Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare             sionals and must demonstrate compliance with a          ment. I’m proud of the staff and their dedicated
  Promotion Coordinator .......... Kym Ocasio        Organizations, or JCAHO, during a survey              set of rigorous national healthcare standards as        efforts to continuously improve the quality and
                                                     conducted in May.                                     well as a total commitment from the top down to         safety of the care they provide,” he added.

                                                                                                 “It’s bad – at times very bad,” he said of         “Americans seem to think it is their right to have a parking
                                                                                              the situation.                                     space adjacent to the building where they work. We have clearly
                                                                                                 His team has suggested a shuttle bus run        become a society that wants every convenience,” he said.
                                                                                              regularly through Leighton housing areas.             “I cannot believe people drive to work at the hospital from
From Page 1                                                                                      “This would be good, but who pays for           their quarters in Leighton Barracks. It’s a 10-minute walk, and
                                                                                              it and who operates it?” Coe asked. The            from what I’ve seen, we all could use the exercise.”
   If Albina finds an illegally parked vehicle, he slaps a luminous                           Wuerzburg Area Support Team is trying to              A former paramedic with emergency rescue experience,
orange sticker on the driver’s side window that denotes the                                   find a volunteer to drive the hospital’s 25-       Shogren has no sympathy for people who park illegally.
infraction. It’s a gooey, adhesive sticker that is not easily re-                             passenger bus.                                        “I have seen illegally parked cars pushed out of the way by
moved.                                                                                           “The long and the short of it is there are      emergency vehicles on several occasions. If this happens, the car
                                                                                              just more cars than spaces, and everyone           owner doesn’t have a leg to stand on. There’s no way they can
   “If a car is illegally parked, I have to do my job,” Albina said                           has the right to a car,” Coe said. “There may      make a claim for repairs, and they will probably be ticketed, too,”
when asked for comment.                                                 Tomkins
                                                                                              be more and better ideas out there and I’d         he said.
   Warnings to the staff are becoming more stringent. Those who         be happy to review any productive suggestions. If patients or               Albina said he and his staff will continue to monitor the
repeatedly park in patient parking areas may have their driver’s        employees wish to comment, they can fill out a comment card or           parking tendencies of the staff and continue to stick the ugly
license revoked, according to Tomkins, who would only invoke            drop a letter in one of the suggestion boxes located in the              orange sticker on violators’ windows.
that penalty as a last resort.                                          hospital,” he added. But there could be a better way.                       Tomkins said he will continue to remind the hospital staff to
   However, viable alternatives and solutions for the parking              David Shogren, a registered nurse now serving as hospital             park off the installation if staff parking is unavailable.
dilemma are constantly sought. Capt. Michael Coe, the hospital’s        educator within the mobilization, education, training and security          “And I hope our patients continue being patient as we work
B Company commander, heads a newly formed process action                division, said he walks 30 minutes from his apartment to work            through the construction of new spaces that ultimately will end
team that is examining the issue.                                       every day and encourages other staff members to do the same.             the shortage of hospital parking,” he said.

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