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
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
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
www.met.police.uk/fraudalert/419.htm ceremony June 7. The 22 gra-
or send an e-mail to duates had the opportunity to
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
email@example.com, 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 www.satotravel.com. 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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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.”
The “CRUSADER” is an authorized unofficial newspaper, published every two weeks under The Ansbach, editorial office is located in building 5257, Barton Barracks, Ansbach,
the provisions of AR 360-1 for the members of the 98th Area Support Group. telephone 468-7649 or (0981) 183649.
The “CRUSADER” is a commercial enterprise newspaper printed by the “MILCOM The Bamberg editorial office is located in building 7089, Warner Barracks, Bamberg,
Advertising Agency”, a private firm, in no way connected with the United States telephone 469-7581 or (0951) 3007581.
Government or Department of Defense.
The contents of the “CRUSADER” do not necessarily reflect the official views or The Kitzingen editorial office is located in building 145, Harvey Barracks, telephone 355-
Ansbach • Bad Kissingen • Bamberg • Giebelstadt • Illesheim • Kitzingen • Schweinfurt • Wuerzburg endorsement of the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Army or the 98th 8575 or (09321) 3058575.
Area Support Group. The Schweinfurt editorial office is located in Robertson Hall, Ledward Barracks,
The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts and supplements, does Schweinfurt, telephone 354-6381 or (09721) 966381.
not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense. 98th Area Support Group Commander . . Col. Dennis W. Dingle
Producer: MILCOM Advertising Agency Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or
98th ASG Public Affairs Officer . . . . . . . . . Donald Klinger
patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status,
Roswitha Lehner physical handicap, political affiliation, or any other nonmerit characteristic of the Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olivia Feher
Zeilaeckerstrasse 35 · 92637 Weiden purchaser, user or patron. Assistant Editor, Graphic Designer . . . . . Elaine Nicholas
Circulation is 21,000 copies per issue.
Journalist (Ansbach) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lisa Eichhorn
Telefax (0961) 67050-32 Editorial content is provided, prepared and edited by the Public Affairs Office of the 98th
Journalist (Bamberg) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cheryl Boujnida
Area Support Group. The 98th ASG hot line is 351-4800 or (0931) 296-4800.
Internet: www.milcom.de The editorial offices are located in building 208, Faulenberg Kaserne, Wuerzburg,
telephone 351-4564 or (0931) 2964564.
Journalist (Schweinfurt) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Heeter
Journalist (Kitzingen). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Editor – The CRUSADER, 98th ASG-PAO, Unit 26622, APO AE 09244. Proofreader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sigrid Pe˜ a n
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235th Base Support Battalion: Ansbach, Illesheim Crusader, July 5, 2002 3
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
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.
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.
army.mil 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
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
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 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,”
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,”
“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
http://www.bamberg.army.mil 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
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. http://www.chrma.hqusareur.army.mil.
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
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:
http://www.schweinfurt.army.mil 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
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
parts are open for ages 25-60. For more
information, send an e-mail to
Misshkey719@aol.com. 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.
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 www.afrceurope.com 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”
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.
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.
In a colorful and
splendid June 14 ce-
remony, the reins of
command of the
Activity were passed
from Col. Ronald
Hayes to Col.
Michael Cuenin at
Park. Cuenin, accom-
panied by wife Cuenin
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
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.