Scouts burn Old Glory in a somber, respectful manner See Page 10 CRUSADER 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 www.met.police.uk/fraudalert/419.htm ceremony June 7. The 22 gra- or send an e-mail to duates had the opportunity to email@example.com. 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 www.earmyu.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 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 email@example.com. 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 better. 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 cable. 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.” CRUSADER 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). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mailing address: Editor – The CRUSADER, 98th ASG-PAO, Unit 26622, APO AE 09244. Proofreader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sigrid Pe˜ a n Free classifieds (0931) 2964397 · Fax Crusader (0931) 2964626 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Reader contributions are welcome but will be published at the discretion of the editor. 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 reddish-brown 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 183636. 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. 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 Commander takes reigns 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 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 CAV changes command Lt. Col. Jim Teachers retire after 70 years by Mark Heeter Chevallier took com- mand of the 1st Squadron, 4th Caval- CRUSADER 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- APPLICANTS 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 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 964800. 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 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 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. 7022812. 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) 3058629. 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 notice. 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 said. www.emailourmilitary.com. 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 passes 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 years. 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. PARKING “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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