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Vol. 33, No. 2           Heidelberg — Mannheim — Darmstadt — Kaiserslautern                                                             Thursday, October 11, 2007

         Units prepare for Iraq deployment
Families                                      44th ESB heads out for 15 months
farewell 100                                                                                                             By Sgt. Michael J. Taylor
                                                                                                                         5th Signal Command
intel Soldiers                                                                                                             A Mannheim-based battalion cased its col-
                                                                                                                         ors Oct. 3 in preparation for its second de-
                                                                                                                         ployment. But this time around, the unit is
USAREUR Public Affairs                                                                                                   heading to Iraq for 15 months and as a newly
   Colleagues, family members and                                                                                        transformed expeditionary battalion.
friends filled the stands of the Patton                                                                                    Hundreds of Soldiers, friends and family
Barracks gymnasium in Heidelberg                                                                                         members showed their support to the more
Oct. 3 for a brief ceremony in trib-                                                                                     than 440 Soldiers from the 44th Expedition-
ute to approximately 100 military                                                                                        ary Signal Battalion during a ceremony at
intelligence Soldiers deploying in                                                                                       Benjamin Franklin Village Sports Arena.
support of Operation Iraqi Free-                                                                                           “You are going to battle for the second
dom.                                                                                                                     time in four years in support of the global war
   The Soldiers, collectively known                                                                                      on terror and in support of freedom around
                                                                                                  Sgt. Michael Taylor
as “Task Force Silver Fox,” come                                                                                         the world,” said Brig. Gen. Susan S.
from several military intelligence            Soldiers of the 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion prepare
                                              for their official departure to Iraq during a casing of the colors         Lawrence, commander, 5th Signal Command.
units in Germany, including the 2nd,                                                                                       The battalion’s torch and advance party
                                              ceremony Oct. 3. The unit is set to spend the next 15 months
            See INTEL, Page 14                supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.                                                            See 44th ESB, Page 14

Far away but still                                                                                                                                      Stefanie

‘Close to Home’
                                                                                                                                                        manager and
                                                                                                                                                        architect for
                                                                                                                                                        the Defense
by Christine June                      “Every time you send a care
USAG Kaiserslautern                  package downrange, you can
   It may not be real time, but it   have the possibility of having a                                                                                   Agency's
is family time.                      close, personal and intimate                                                                                       Defense
   U.S. Army Garrison                conversation with your service                                                                                     Distribution
Kaiserslautern’s new program,        member,” Torbert said.                                                                                             Depot Eu-
“Close to Home,” offers free           The family of Sgt. Jonathan                                                                                      rope, points
video-messaging for deployed         Perkins, whose deployment                                                                                          out the
service members and their            with the 66th Transportation                                                                                       planned
families to stay in touch.           Company was extended to 15                                                                                         location of
   “This is just another avenue      months, filmed a video during                                                                                      the new
for families to stay connected       the program’s grand opening                                                                                        Logistics
with their deployed service          the in Yellow Ribbon Room
member,” said Selinda Torbert,       last month.
Army Community Service’s               “I think this (program) is a                                                                                     Center
outreach coordinator.                pretty useful resource other                                                                         Art McQueen   Europe.
   How it works, she said, is        than just e-mails or letters back
that families record a 15- to
30-minute message on a digi-
                                     and forth,” said Kyla Perkins,
                                     who, along with their children
                                                                         Germersheim: Supplying Europe
tal video disc in the quiet set-     – Emma, 8, and Thomas, 10,
ting of the garrison’s Yellow        did a quick message to Jonathan     By Art McQueen                                      DDDE is already a model of accuracy
Ribbon Room on Pulaski Bar-          because he was heading back         Herald-Post Staff                                 and efficiency in warfighter support – mea-
racks. Once done, the families       home the following week.              The Defense Logistics Agency runs the           suring the time from receipt to shipment of
can take the disc home and             “We just told him that we         Defense Distribution Depot Europe in              materiel in hours – and the entire team is
send it downrange.                   miss him, and we are glad he’s      Germersheim to receive, supply and trans-         taking initiatives to improve performance
   Families can make as many         on his way back because it’s        port more than 30,000 different items to          for the future.
discs as they want to while                                              joint customers throughout Europe, Africa
their loved ones are deployed.              See HOME, Page 14            and the U.S. Central Command region.                                 See SUPPLY, Page 14

                                                                18th MPs arrive in                                      Hanging clothes for a
                                                                Kuwait, Page 6                                          cause, Page 10

Autumn brings increased driving hazards;
protect yourself and your family on the roads
By Col. Robert J. Ulses                      similar to driving on ice due to re-                        allow more time to get to your desti-                                hicle and carbon monoxide poison-
USAG Heidelberg Commander                    duced tire traction.                                        nation. As it is darker longer, be                                   ing. Remember, leaving your car
  Autumn is a seasonal change her-             Protect yourself and your passen-                         especially vigilant for pedestrians not                              idling is illegal under the environ-
alding the coming of winter. The             gers by adapting to the changing road                       wearing light colored or reflective                                  mental protection laws of our host
days become shorter and the nights           and weather conditions. Ensure your                         clothing.                                                            country.
longer with more rain and fog, frost         vehicle is in top condition, e.g. tires,                      Do not drive fatigued; like with                                     My wish is for our Army family to
and wet leaves on the ground – all           windshield wipers and lights. Use                           driving under the influence, your re-                                enjoy the autumn festive events avail-
factors contributing to increased driv-      your headlights during twilight so                          action time is slower, and it takes                                  able to us in Germany, and that we do
ing hazards.                                 other drivers can see you, even if you                      longer for your eyes to adjust to                                    not let excessive celebration get in
  The accident risk while driving in         don’t think you need the lights to see                      changing lighting conditions.                                        the way of good common safety sense.
darkness is three times greater than         the road. Adjust your speed for                               Do not sit in your vehicle with the                                  Choose your activities wisely, al-
during daylight hours. Rain, fog, and        weather conditions, and slow down                           windows closed and with the engine                                   ways have a plan for supervising your
vehicle windows not cleared before           and increase your following distance                        running for any period of time be-                                   children, and have a plan in place for
driving increase the chance for acci-        from other vehicles.                                        cause of the potential for carbon                                    getting home safely if you plan to
dents, while driving on wet leaves is          As the weather conditions worsen,                         monoxide infiltration into your ve-                                  drink at the events.


Beware: Scammers could use cashier’s checks to target you
Legal Assistance Office              can be costs associated with              Another variation of this kind                          You figure nothing is better                        imbursement.
    You just won several thou-       claiming your prize, you are            of cashier's check scheme in-                          than a cashier's check, so you                           You can protect yourself in
sand dollars in the British          being sent the cashier's check          volves an item you have of-                            do it. Later you find out the                          many ways. First, never pay
sweepstakes! Think again be-         to show everything is legiti-           fered for sale. You may have                           check was fake and you no                              money from your bank account
fore you start cashing checks        mate and to help pay any costs          offered it for sale over the                           longer have your item, or the                          or agree to send money back to
and spending that money. You         before you receive your win-            Internet or in the classifieds.                        money paid for it, and your                            the other party. If you are asked
could be the target of a scam        nings.                                    A prospective buyer, maybe                           bank wants reimbursement for                           to do this, end the transaction
artist.                                 You are instructed to deposit        from overseas, contacts you                            its losses.                                            immediately.
    You may receive a letter         the check, keep an amount for           and says he is willing to buy                             These scenarios are common                            Second, if you accept pay-
from a sweepstakes company           yourself to cover expenses, and         the item at your asking price.                         fraud scams. The scam works                            ment by check, insist it be
located in Great Britain that        send the balance back to the              He says he will send you a                           because many people believe                            drawn on a local bank so you
says you are a winner in the         company along with copies of            cashier's check for the item and                       cashier's checks are safe and                          can easily verify the check's
British sweepstakes and you          documents to prove your iden-           that the cashier's check will be                       thus they have added confi-                            status. Finally, if you accept
did not have to post an entry to     tity so the winnings can be             for an amount above your ask-                          dence when presented with one.                         payment by check, even a
win.                                 promptly sent to you.                   ing price to cover shipping                               Unfortunately you can be in                         cashier's check, wait until the
    Included in the letter are of-      You figure how can you go            costs and show he is legiti-                           legal trouble if you use the                           check clears before complet-
ficial looking documents that        wrong since it is a cashier's           mate.                                                  money before the check clears                          ing the transaction. This can
attest to the veracity of the win    check, you are dealing with a             He asks you to deposit the                           the bank.                                              take time, even up to two to
and the legitimacy of the com-       company, and you are getting            check, keep a substantial                                 Your bank may even have                             four weeks or longer.
pany.                                to keep some of the funds for           amount for shipping costs, and                         given you the courtesy of using                          If you become the victim of
    The letter says you have won     yourself, so you willingly fol-         simply return the excess                               the money before the check                             such a fraud, notify the post
several thousand dollars. Also       low the instructions.                   amount to him. He may even                             cleared the issuing bank, but if                       office and local law enforce-
enclosed is a cashier's check           You later discover the               allow you to keep a little extra                       the check is ultimately returned                       ment. You may also contact
with a British bank's name on        cashier's check is bogus and            to compensate you for your                             for any reason, your bank will                         your nearest Legal Assistance
it. The letter says because there    now you owe your bank.                  time and effort.                                       usually come after you for re-                         Office to discuss the matter.

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2 days set aside to assist retirees with questions
                                                                                   For more information about the         Retirees and their family members
Health fair, appreciation day offer                                              health fair, call Capt. Lindsay        can have their hearing and blood pres-
                                                                                 Teplesky at DSN 486-8366, civilian     sure checked, along with taking ad-
medical screenings, records adjustments                                          06371-86-8366.                         vantage of glaucoma screenings.
                                                                                   For more information about retiree     If flu vaccines are available by
Staff Report                            most requested by those beneficia-       issues, call Retirement Services at    then, shots will be given by a com-
  Two days geared toward military       ries.                                    Kleber Kaserne at DSN 483-7333/        munity health nurse.
retirees are scheduled in U.S. Army        During the fair, retirees will have   7336, civilian 0631-411-7333/7336.       The Patrick Henry Village Dental
Garrison Heidelberg in the coming       access to general health and blood           Retiree Appreciation Day           Clinic will provide general screen-
weeks.                                  pressure checks, pneumonia immu-           The appreciation day lasts from 8    ing services on a first-come, first-
  A retiree health fair is scheduled    nizations, vision screenings, medi-      a.m. until 3 p.m. Oct. 20 and offers   serve basis.
for Oct. 17 at the Landstuhl Regional   cation disposal, medication reviews      health screenings and records ad-        Eligible attendees need to sign up
Medical Center Learning Center in       and physical therapy.                    justments.                             for the dental screenings during the
Building 3718 to provide retirees          Booths at the health fair will be       Throughout the day, retirees will    appreciation day registration, which
and qualified senior beneficiaries      manned Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. until 3       have access to the retired and annu-   will be held from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
with information and services.          p.m.                                     ity pay system, which will allow on-   the day of the event.
  In addition, Retiree Appreciation        When it comes to retiree issues,      the-spot changes.                        Identification cards will be issued
Day is planned for Oct. 20 at the       information is power, and an oppor-        The U.S. Army Medical Activity,      and personnel records checked to
Patrick Henry Village Pavilion in       tunity to have so many subject matter    Heidelberg will provide a wellness     ensure the retirees are in the Defense
Heidelberg.                             experts in one location is an opportu-   center where health care providers     Enrollment Eligibility Reporting
        Retiree Health Fair             nity that shouldn’t be missed, said      will review preventive annual health   System database.
  The health fair allows health care    Finnie Richardson, an assistant re-      screenings, discuss lifestyle behav-     Also, retirees will be able to re-
representatives evaluate the needs of   tirement services officer at Kleber      ior changes, and suggest appropriate   quest any and all previously issued
the retiree population and services     Kaserne.                                 follow-up actions.                     DD Form 214 discharge papers.

     Less time waiting, more time relaxing
21st TSC
makes it
with Lean
Six Sigma
By Spec. Stephen Decatur
21st TSC Public Affairs
  The 21st Theater Sustain-
ment Command is leading the
                                                                                                                                          Spec. Stephen Decatur
way for U.S. Army Europe in
                                 Thanks to 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s use of Lean Six Sigma, Soldiers deploying by air through
the Army’s deployment of
Lean Six Sigma, a quality        Ramstein Air Base will spend less time waiting at the Joint Mobility Processing Center on Ramstein (left) and
control system widely used       more time relaxing at the Deployment Processing Center on Rhine Ordnance Barracks (right) which is better
by civilian companies.           equipped to accommodate large groups of Soldiers.
  LSS is a combination of        and the more advanced black proved internal communica- passenger services officer. tions. Markus Mueller of the
two separate quality control     belts. The 21st TSC has 21 of tion upgrade within the sec- Before those troops get there, TLSC-E’s LSS Core Team
concepts.                        USAREUR’s 80 green belts tion and increased informa- they must go through the De- conducted a series of projects
  In the Lean method, a          and six of its 29 black belts. tion available on the IG Web ployment Processing Center to reduce bottlenecks and
project manager identifies all   The 21st TSC has five LSS site that reduces the amount on Rhine Ordnance Barracks. backorders at Supply Activ-
of the steps in a process, and   projects certified for belt of time spent answering phone     After determining the modi- ity Kaiserslautern.
then identifies either steps     qualification. The command queries.                         fications to be made, the team   Eric Wilking at MAK led
that do not add value to the     has completed 15 projects and    In addition to saving time held a day-long event called an LSS team in a project that
process or steps that can be     several more are underway.     and money, LSS can be used a kaizen (“change for the bet- led to the Humvee repair line
improved.                          LSS can be used to improve to improve intangible quanti- ter” in Japanese) in which the being moved from TLSC-E
  Six Sigma is a system that     everything from major logis- ties such as Soldiers’ quality changes were implemented to ROB. The result was 800
involves implementing con-       tical operations to the way of life.                        and the new process observed square meters of workspace
trols over a process in order    people work within an office.    In one LSS operation, a and analyzed.                     being cleared at MAK, so the
to ensure that as few mistakes   The improvements might be team from the 21st TSC and          The team reduced the over- unit can continue to make re-
as possible are made in the      simple, but can add up to sig- the 723rd Air Mobility all length of the deployment pairs without leasing and
process. The higher the          nificant cost savings or ad- Squadron, led by Meredith process from six hours to five equipping a facility that could
“sigma level” the more con-      vances in quality or effi- Weber, 21st TSC LSS man- hours and reduced the amount have had a six-figure price
trol implemented over the        ciency.                        ager, collaborated to find of time Soldiers spend wait- tag.
process.                           Some 21st TSC LSS ways to deploy Soldiers more ing for their planes at the Joint           It just so happens that LSS
  “It’s basically common         projects include a software efficiently and with less Mobility Processing Center is also a very inexpensive
sense,” said Gerd Sprissler, a   program that helps the per- stress.                         on Ramstein.                   method for improving pro-
quality management repre-        sonnel section track chang-      About 285,000 personnel      The 21st TSC’s civilian cesses and services, Weber
sentative at Maintenance Ac-     ing personnel allotments. are processed by the 723rd component, Theater Logistics said. “In terms of the ex-
tivity Kaiserslautern.           Another, developed by Maj. AMS through Ramstein Air Sustainment Center Europe, penses, there really are none.
  There are two levels of ex-    Joseph Gadea, the 21st’s Base each year, said 1st Lt. also is embracing LSS to im- The greatest expenditure is
pertise in LSS: green belts      deputy inspector general, im- Cody Honeycutt, the unit’s prove its logistical opera- time,” he said.
www.heidelberg.army.mil                                                                                 Herald-Post/Thursday, October 11, 2007 Page 3
                                                          Heidelberg celebrates Hispanic
                                                          impact on society
     New Army Europe Family Toolbox                       By Art McQueen
       The Installation Management Command -              Herald-Post Staff
    Europe has a new one-stop-shop Web site to              The theme of this year’s Hispanic American
    help Soldiers and families easily find some of the    Heritage Month is “Hispanic Americans: Making
    most important sources they need. Topics              a Positive Impact on American Society.”
    include post traumatic stress disorder training         Supporting that theme, the Heidelberg Commu-
    information, reintegration after deployment and       nity Equal Opportunity working group is hosting
    details about the new Warrior Transition              an observance at the Patrick Henry Village The-
    Units.Visit www.imcom-europe.army.mil/sites/          ater Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    local for information.
                                                            The event features traditionally costumed danc-
                                                          ers, music, food sampling and the Hispanic Heri-
                                                          tage poster contest winner announcement. Round-
        Lime Fertilizer to be Sprayed                     ing out the festivities is a guest speaker, the 212th
       The German State Forestry Administration is        Combat Support Hospital Command Sgt. Maj.
    authorizing helicopters belonging to Weber            Michael J. Mendoza.
    Flugdienste from Hahn Airport to spray lime             Ethnic observances are important, Mendoza
    fertilizer from now until Nov. 30 on forested areas   said, for greater understanding.
    throughout the region around Kaiserslautern.            “An ethnic observance such as Hispanic Heri-
       More than 12,000 acres are scheduled to            tage Month provides military members and civil-
    undergo fertilizing, including the forest between     ians an opportunity to enjoy and learn about His-
                                                          panic culture.”
    Panzer Kaserne and Hochspeyer. U.S. military
                                                            Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968 as
    safety and air operations officials have been in
                                                          Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon
    direct contact with the Rheinland-Pfalz Forest        Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald
    Authority.                                            Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting
       These routine aerial fertilization flights will    Sept. 15 and ending Oct. 15. It was enacted into
    consist of intermittent spraying on a weekly          law on Aug. 17, 1988.
    basis. Helicopters will return to their Hahn home       Sept. 15 is also the anniversary of independence
    base on the weekends. The spraying is an              for five Latin American countries – Costa Rica, El                   HISPANICheritage
    annual precautionary measure taken by the             Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
                                                          In addition, Mexico declared its independence
    German Forest Ministry to protect the trees from
                                                          Sept. 16, and Chile Sept. 18.                              Who: Everyone is invited
    acid rainfall.
                                                            “Many Hispanics have served proudly in our               What: Traditionally costumed dancers, music and
       According to German Forestry experts, the          armed forces,” Mendoza said. As of 2004, 10.2
    fertilizer is not known to be harmful to humans.                                                                 food
                                                          percent of the U.S. Army was Hispanic.
    The spray will appear as a white powder, and,                                                                    When: Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
                                                            The term Hispanic, as defined by the U.S. Cen-
    just as a precaution, officials recommended           sus Bureau, refers to Spanish-speaking people in           Where: Patrick Henry Village Theater
    avoiding contact on clothing and vehicles.            the United States of any race.                             Why: To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
       No U.S. military wooded training or populated        On the 2000 Census form, people of Spanish/
    areas are scheduled to be sprayed.                    Hispanic/Latino origin could identify themselves
                                                          as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban or “other Span-
                                                          ish/Hispanic/Latino.” More than 35 million people
       Central Issue Facilities Closed                    identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino on the      positive impact on American society through mili-
       Central Issue Facilities in the Heidelberg,        2000 Census.                                            tary service, education and athletics.”
    Mannheim, Kaiserslautern and Darmstadt                  This year’s Hispanic Heritage Month theme               Further information can be obtained by calling
    communities will be closed Nov. 13-16 for annual      reflects the proud service of Hispanics, Mendoza        the event organizer, Sgt. 1st Class David Green, at
    inventory. All offices will resume normal             said. “For many years Hispanics have made a             DSN 373-7955, civilian 06221-17-7955.
    operating hours Nov. 19.

            Fuel Coupon Extension
       The Army and Air Force Exchange Service
    announced that the current Fuel Coupon Series
                                                          Moving to the states? Pack carefully
    8, which expired Sept. 30, will be extended for
    acceptance at AAFES gas stations and Esso and
                                                          What you ship home could affect stateside crops
    Aral (on the autobahn) stations until Nov. 30. The    By Rukhsana Azad                                           “It is so important to clean everything you ship
    new series should be for sale at the end of           U.S. Forces Customs-Darmstadt                           or mail home — whether it is as a private person or
    October.                                                 Europe is home to many agricultural pests not        as part of your work,” Manning said. It is also why
                                                          found in the United States. Soil is a natural hideout   the U.S. European Command has a border clear-
      Army Legal Education Program                        for them. This is why cleaning everything that          ance program that checks personal property and
       The Office of The Judge Advocate General is        collects dirt before you send it stateside is so        military shipments destined for the U.S. to prevent
    now accepting applications until Nov. 1 for the       important.                                              any pests from spreading.
    Army’s Funded Legal Education Program. Under             These pests can cause great damage to the U.S.          “For example, the burrowing nematode is a tiny
    this program, the Army sends up to 25 active-         farming economy. “You can unwittingly intro-            worm not native to the states,” Manning said. “But
    duty commissioned officers to law school              duce voracious pests into the USA,” said William        it could hide in the mud on your boots. If you took
                                                          Manning, U.S. Department of Agriculture attaché         that mud stateside, the nematode eggs could later
    beginning the fall of 2008. Interested officers
                                                          to the U.S. European Command. “It only takes one        hatch and attack the roots of citrus trees.”
    should contact their local Staff Judge Advocate                                                                  Losses on infested trees cost approximately $2.5
                                                          little bit of soil on your car, lawn furniture, bi-
    for more information.                                                                                         million annually. The golden nematode attacks
                                                          cycle, shoe, boot or field gear.”
                                                             Vehicles and military equipment are especially       potatoes and tomatoes reducing yields by as much
                                                          prone to infestation by dirt, mud and soil, he          as 80 percent. It threatens annual crop yields of
                                                          added.                                                  over $1 billion.

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                           Boots on the ground                                                                                            DID YOU KNOW?

18th MPs arrive in Kuwait for OIF deployment                                                                                              There is now a
By Sgt. Daniel D.                                                                                                                         ceiling on how much
Blottenberger                                                                                                                             interest you can be
18th MP Brigade
                                                                                                                                          charged on certain
wait – At midnight on a cold                                                                                                              types of loans
Sept. 29, more than 100 Sol-
diers from the 18th Military
                                                                                                                                          Legal Assistance Office
Police Brigade stood tall as
                                                                                                                                          Patton Legal Center
their first sergeants called out
their names during the last                                                                                                                  As of Oct. 1, the
roll call before departing                                                                                                                Defense Authorization Act
from Ramstein Air Base for a                                                                                                              established new regulations
15-month deployment to Iraq.                                                                                                              regarding extension of
    “I’m looking forward to                                                                                                               credit to active-duty service
this deployment because of a                                                                                                              members and their families.
changed brigade mission,”                                                                                                                    The new regulations
said Sgt. Joshua Klassen,                                                                                                                 pertain only to service
Headquarters and Headquar-                                                                                                                members and their families
ters Company communica-                                                                                           Maj. Michael Indovina
                                                                                                                                          and only to payday loans,
tions sergeant, who is de-         The last of more than 100 Soldiers from the 18th Military Police Brigade Headquar-
                                                                                                                                          vehicle title loans and tax
ployed with the unit for the       ters Company begin their 15-month deployment to Iraq Sept. 29 in Kuwait.
second time.                                                                                                                              refund anticipation loans.
  The brigade enters its third     to laugh and joke with, that        The brigade’s first deploy-    in and around Baghdad. The             These types of credit
deployment in five years with      will get me through the 15        ment during Operation Iraqi      MPs also teamed up with the         transactions have come
a changed mission. During its      months. I couldn’t ask for a      Freedom took place from Feb-     Iraqi police in Kut, Hillah,        under scrutiny recently
last deployment, the brigade       better group to deploy with,”     ruary 2003 through February      Diwaniya, Karbala and Najaf.        because many borrowers
focused on detainee operations     said Spec. Lonnie Coleman,        2004 where it crossed the berm      The brigade also trans-          claimed they did not
and convoy security on main        HHC light wheeled vehicle         into Iraq with V Corps.          formed the Iraqi Highway            understand they were
supply routes in Iraq.             mechanic, who is serving on         During its deployment, the     Patrol from a regional orga-        applying for loans that had
  During this deployment, the      his second deployment.            brigade was responsible for      nization of 300 patrolmen to
                                                                                                                                          exorbitant interest rates.
brigade focuses its attention        The brigade is using its time   military police operations in    a federal law enforcement
                                   in Kuwait to prepare for its                                       agency with national jurisdic-      Some studies show the
on training the Iraqi police                                         support of ground combat,
                                   mission. Before moving north      training of the Iraqi police     tion.                               interst rates on these types
  Even though tears were           of the “berm,” the border be-     and establishing the Baghdad        The brigade took responsi-       of loans to be greater than
shed by family members and         tween Kuwait and Iraq, Sol-       Police Academy and police        bility of all detention opera-      100 percent.
members of the unit on de-         diers will undergo battle and     service.                         tions in Iraq.                         The new regulations
parture night, the 18th’s Sol-     staff drills, practice firing       The unit’s second deploy-         “It will be an accomplish-       establish an interest rate
diers said they are confident      their weapons, become accli-      ment to Iraq took place from     ment to serve for an extended       ceiling of 36 percent as well
they will have the “family”        mated to the 100-degree plus      November 2004 through No-        period of time. Now we have         as what fees and charges
they need around them to get       temperatures, and gain insight    vember 2005. The military        a standard to measure against       may be included in the
them through the deployment.       into the Iraqi people and area    policemen provided security      from the last deployments,”         interest rate calculation.
  “There are a lot of people       they will be serving.             along the main supply routes     Klassen said.
                                                                                                                                             The law also requires
                                                                                                                                          loan disclosures and
                                                                                                                                          creates an affirmative
                                                                                                                                          obligation on the part of the
                                                                     QUALITY CONTROL                                                      lender to determine if the
                                                                                                                                          borrower is an active-duty
                                                                                                                                          member of the military or
                                                                                                                                          an eligible family member.
                                                                                                                                             It also prohibits the use
                                                                                                                                          of arbitration clauses or
                                                                                                                                          language that requires the
                                                                                                                                          covered borrower to waive
                                                                                                                                          legal recourse or accept
                                                                                                                                          unreasonable notice
                                                                                                                                             Any loan agreement that
    Staff Sgt. Brian Hogan                                                                                                                fails to comply with the new
    and         Jeannette                                                                                                                 regulations is considered
    Salabarria, Armed Ser-                                                                                                                void in its inception.
    vices Blood Program                                                                                                                      Criminal penalties may
    - Europe, test 1st Lt.                                                                                                                also be applied to creditors
    Jessica Moe, 2nd Mili-                                                                                                                that knowingly violate the
    tary Intelligence Bat-                                                                                                                new regulations.
    talion, on her quality                                                                                                                   Contact your nearest
    control knowledge                                                                                                                     legal assistance office if
    during a blood drive                                                                                                                  you have questions about
    in Darmstadt Oct. 4.                                                                                                                  these new regulations.
                                                                                                          Darmstadt Public Affairs

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   TRANSFORMING                      ERMC salutes outstanding NCOs
 As Darmstadt prepares to close      ERMC Public Affairs                Landstuhl Regional Medical          Murphy said in her acceptance       their success, but Watson per-
 in the coming year, activites and     The winners of three Eu-         Center, was selected as the         speech. She explained that          haps summed it up best.
   hours throughout the garrison     rope Regional Medical Com-         Equal Opportunity Leader of         without such a program, some-         “Most of all, I thank my
            will change              mand annual awards were rec-       the Year; Sgt. 1st Class Juan       one like her – an African-          Soldiers. They’re the reason I
                                     ognized at a ceremony Oct. 4       Padilla, 30th Medical Brigade,      American woman – would              choose to do my job,” she said.
                                     in the post theater at             Heidelberg, was named Ca-           never have been able to learn         The winners and partici-
                                     Nachrichten Kaserne in             reer Counselor of the Year;         and grow.                           pants all received leadership
                                     Heidelberg.                        and Staff Sgt. Latisha Watson,        “If we continue to pass on        coins, and the winners took
               Library                 The candidates were se-          U.S. Army Medical Depart-           the importance of this pro-         home a variety of gift coupons
     Effective Oct. 15, the          lected after being nominated       ment Activity – Heidelberg,         gram to the Soldiers we lead,       and savings bonds donated by
  Cambrai-Fritsch Kaserne            by their commanders and sur-       became the Re-enlistment            we can pass on the success          corporate sponsors. All three
  library will be open Saturday-     viving a panel of experts who      NCO of the Year.                    we’ve already achieved,” she        will move forward to compete
  Thursday, 12-5 p.m.                grilled them on a variety of         “It is because of (the Army’s     said.                               at Army Medical Department
                                     topics and issues.                 Equal Opportunity Program)            All of the winners listed         competitions to be held at Fort
             Thrift Store              Staff Sgt. Kimberly Murphy,      that I stand here today,”           those who had contributed to        Sam Houston, Texas.
     The Darmstadt Military,
  Spouses and Civilians Club
  thrift store on Cambrai-
  Fritsch Kaserne will only be
                                     Virtual FRG helps families stay in touch
  taking limited consignments        By Karl Weisel                                                                                             access a myriad of resources
  as of Tuesday. DSN 348-            USAG Hessen                                                                                                ranging from bus schedules
                                         HANAU, Germany – As                                                                                    to R and R news, deployment
  6454, civilian 06151-69-6454.
                                     Soldiers deploy to Iraq for 15                                                                             information to a nurse’s
                                     months, they leave knowing                                                                                 hotline and financial infor-
             Finance                 there are a host of resources in                                                                           mation,” Trainor said. “You
     The finance customer            place to keep them connected                                                                               can also e-mail anyone in the
  service office on Kelley           to families here and stateside.                                                                            FRG through the Web site.”
  Barracks has been                    In fact, the Army’s online                                                                               Links to Army-wide and local
  consolidated into the finance      Virtual Family Readiness                                                                                   community resources are also
  in/out processing office on        Group provides a portal to a                                                                               available.
  Cambrai-Fritsch Kaserne,           host of links, information and                                                                               “We designed it so Soldiers
  Building 4029, Room 109.           ways to communicate with                                                                     Karl Weisel
                                                                                                                                                downrange and stateside would
  Office hours are Monday            those left behind.                 The Army’s Virtual FRG was designed to help families                    find it useful,” Trainor said.
                                         However, the one-stop                                                                                    Upon entry to the VFRG –
  through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.                                         keep in touch, even when troops are deployed.
                                     VFRG Web site doesn’t only                                                                                 which is available at
                                     serve married Soldiers; single     tion available through the site,    site, the “Soldier of interest”     www.armyfrg.org – Soldiers
     Kelley Barracks Fitness         Soldiers, too, will find a host    and they won’t have to go all       must be in that FRG’s Soldier       and families can browse to their
              Center                 of useful tools available for      over to search for it,” added       database. The Soldier must also     individual unit site by clicking
     Kelley Barracks Fitness         reaching back to their parents,    Cook, encouraging Soldiers          have included the family mem-       on the “Find an FRG” link on
  Center has expanded its            grandparents and siblings in       and family members to visit         ber on his sponsor list.            the left navigation bar.
  operating hours in Darmstadt       the United States, according to    the Web site to become more            “Make sure the information         First-time registering re-
  to support the return of the       1st Armored Division family        familiar with its resources and     you’ve entered into the data-       quires family members to en-
  596th Maintenance Company          readiness liaisons.                tools.                              base (is the same information)      ter their names, sponsoring
  from Iraq. Until further notice,     “This is the perfect venue          “It’s very easy to access and    you use to access the VFRG,”        Soldier’s name and the last four
  the Kelley Fitness Center will     for people to get information      use the site,” Cook said. “We       said Cook, explaining that it’s     digits of the Soldier’s Social
                                     and to stay in contact around      just have to ensure that we         important Soldiers and family       Security number.
  be open 5:30 a.m.-7 p.m.,
                                     the world,” said Sadie Trainor,    have everybody in the data-         members provide a valid e-            Both the family member’s
  Monday through Friday. The
                                     who, along with India Cook,        base.”                              mail address.                       and Soldier’s names must ap-
  Fitness Center will still be       manages the 1st Armored               A handout available from            This does not have to be an      pear exactly as originally en-
  closed on weekends, and            Division’s Special Troops Bat-     the 1st AD STB family readi-        Army Knowledge Online ad-           tered into the database.
  training and federal holidays.     talion VFRG Web site, in their     ness liaisons describes the pro-    dress, Cook said.                     Once registered, family
                                     role as family readiness sup-      cess to access the site. In order      “VFRG allows spouses to          members can log onto the
         More Information            port assistants.                   for a family member to sub-         dictate how involved they           VFRG Web site and proceed
     For information on                “There is so much informa-       scribe to an FRG on the Web         want to be in the FRG and to        to their individual FRG page.
  changes in the Darmstadt
  community, visit
  www.darmstadt.army.mil and         NATO’s land command welcomes new leader
  click on “Transformation and       ALCC Public Affairs                ments during his tenure.            mander of NATO’s Kosovo             part of NATO’s Partnership
  Closure” to access official          German Army Lt. Gen.               Lather’s command was              Force.                              for Peace program.
  announcements, changes to          Roland Kather assumed com-         characterized by intensive            Kather praised headquar-            Exercises Cooperative
  hours and services and             mand of Allied Land Compo-         training aimed at getting the       ters staff and Soldiers for their   Longbow 2007 and Coopera-
  moving information. Archived       nent Command Heidelberg            headquarters personnel ready        achievements, which include         tive Lancer 2007 started in
  copies of Herald-Post stories      from German Army Gen.              for deployment to Afghani-          the ongoing preparation the         Albania Sunday and run
  related to Darmstadt’s             General Karl-Heinz Lather          stan.                               second deployment to Af-            through Oct. 30. About 1,100
  closure are available at           during a ceremony on                 “Lather truly has been at         ghanistan to serve as the com-      personnel from six NATO
                                     Campbell Barracks Oct. 3.          the forefront in shaping the        mand and control element for        and 11 partner nations will
                                       German Army Gen. Egon            Land contribution to NATO           NATO’s 37,000-Soldier In-           participate in these exercises.
     Catch the latest
                                     Ramms, commander of Joint          in a joint context,” he said.       ternational Security Assis-            ALCC Heidelberg head-
  transformation                     Force Command Brunssum,              Ramms said Kather is a gen-       tance Force in Kabul.               quarters consists of 21 NATO
  announcements every                was the reviewing and pre-         eral officer with exceptional         He also emphasized his            and Partnership for Peace na-
  Wednesday on 98.7, AFN             siding officer for the cer-        background and vast experi-         continuing commitment to            tions.
  “The Eagle,” at 8:15 a.m.          emony.                             ence with NATO. Kather’s            NATO. Kather’s first task as          Its primary duties include
                                       Ramms expressed his grati-       leadership was proven dur-          commander will be to con-           manning the ISAF headquar-
                                     tude for Lather’s achieve-         ing his recent tour as com-         duct two large exercises as         ters through mid 2008.

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                     Hanging clothes for a cause
Clothesline Project creates                                                                                      CREATINGawareness
domestic violence awareness                                                          Each colored T-shirt hanging as part of the
                                                                                     Clothesline Project represents a different
By Dave Melancon                         aware “so they know what options            form of abuse
Herald-Post Staff                        they have.”
  Hanging laundry on a line is an          According to the project’s Web            White: Women who died because of
energy-efficient way to dry clothes.     site, using clotheslines as a way to        violence
  This month, members of the             increase community awareness be-            Yellow: Battered or assaulted women
Heidelberg community can see             gan in 1990 in Hyannis, Mass.               Red, pink and orange: Survivors of rape
clotheslines filled with decorated T-      “One of the women, visual artist          and sexual assault
shirts. They are not there for drying    Rachel Carey-Harper, moved by the           Blue and green: Survivors of incest and
but to remind the community about        power of the AIDS quilt, presented          sexual abuse
the dangers of domestic violence.        the concept of using shirts – hanging       Purple: Women attacked because of their
  The “Clothesline Project” is part      on a clothesline – as the vehicle for       sexual orientation
of the community’s annual obser-         raising awareness about this issue,”        Black: Women attached for political reasons
vance of Domestic Violence Aware-        according to the site.
ness Month, said Leah Lovejoy, vic-        “The idea of using a clothesline
                                                                                                  USAG Heidelberg Victim Advocate: DSN 370-6883, civilian 06221-57-6975
tim advocate, Heidelberg Army            was a natural. Doing the laundry was                                        24-Hour Hotline: 0170-609-2862
Community Service.                       always considered women’s work,                                                www.clotheslineproject.org
  Domestic violence is a problem in      and in the days of close-knit neigh-
many communities, including the          borhoods women often exchanged
military, she said.                      information over backyard fences
  “When you look at the dynamics         while hanging their clothes out to            According to the site, there are               about domestic violence and his re-
of a military family, they have dif-     dry.                                        more than 500 projects nationally                lationships, the display is a success,
ferent dynamics and challenges than        The shirts told the victims’ per-         and internationally with an estimated            Lovejoy said.
a civilian family in a different popu-   sonal stories, the site continued. The      50,000 to 60,000 shirts hanging on                 The teen center’s girls group called
lation,” she said.                       clotheslines educate the public and         lines in 41 states and five countries.           SMART girls participated in the
  “The environment they are in and       help the victims deal with their pasts.       Heidelberg’s clotheslines can be               Clothesline Project last week,
the challenges they face (are differ-      “It becomes a healing tool for any-       seen in the Lion’s Den Teen Center,              Lovejoy said. Their work is hanging
ent).”                                   one who makes a shirt – by hanging          Patrick Henry and Mark Twain Vil-                in the teen center.
  The shirt displays show how to         the shirt on the line, survivors, friends   lage libraries, the Hospital Pediatric             “I hope they inspire you to think
prevent domestic violence, show lo-      and family can literally turn their         Clinic and the ID and in-processing              about how you interact with and view
cal points of contact, and honor vic-    back on some of that pain of their          offices at the community shopping                military families,” she said. “Hope-
tims and survivors, she said.            experience and walk away; finally it        center.                                          fully it will inspire (people) to take
  “The military has many new pro-        allows those who are still suffering          If the shirts, many decorated by               some kind of action to prevent do-
grams. It is important more so now       in silence to understand they are not       adults and children from the commu-              mestic violence or take a stand against
than ever” to make the community         alone.”                                     nity, get the viewer to stop and think           violence.”

                                                                                                                                                        Illustration by Art McQueen

Page 10 Herald-Post/Thursday, October 11, 2007                                                                                                    www.heidelberg.army.mil
College Night offers details
on hundreds of schools
by Christine June                   tatives) has to be one of the         The Special Events Center,
USAG Kaiserslautern                 best kinds of experiences a stu-    where the garrison’s bazaars
   Finding the right college and    dent can have when trying to        are held, is more than double
subsequent financial assistance     find a college.”                    the size of the school’s gym.
just got a lot easier for those        More than 100 accredited         Space is a big consideration
living in military communities      colleges and universities from      because this event is designed
throughout Europe.                  the U.S. and Europe will have       for people to have direct con-
   College Night – a one-stop-      representatives at this year’s      tact with the college and uni-
shopping college bonanza –          event. These representatives        versity representatives so they
happens 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at      are a mixture of college and        can concentrate on this possi-
the Special Events Center,          university staff, and alumni        bly major, life-changing deci-
                                                                                                                                                                  Christine June
Building 237 on Rhine Ord-          who live here. There will also      sion, said Greg Hatch, RAHS
                                                                                                            William Carrington, a Ramstein American High School
nance         Barracks        in    be representatives from schol-      principal, who hosted the event
                                    arship and financial assistance     there last year.                    junior at the time, and his mother, Sheryl Carrington,
   “It’s an opportunity for stu-    agencies as well as military          Parking is also better at this    listen intently about one of the many college programs
dents to get first-hand knowl-      recruiters.                         location. This is a plus because    represented at a past College Night at the Kaiserslautern
edge about colleges and uni-           Free and open to all U.S. ID     Kaiserslautern is the largest       American High School.
versities, scholarships and fi-     card holders stationed in Eu-       American military community
nancial assistance,” said Jen-      rope, College Night is for          in Europe, sporting two high        said Steve Pelletier, the          tions, school liaison officers
nifer Beckwith, Kaiserslautern      middle school to high school        schools. Also, several other        garrison’s FMWR director.          and community volunteers.
American High School princi-        students who are looking for        Department of Defense Depen-          Planning for College Night          Mannheim’s College Night
pal. “Because we live in an         colleges after high school. It’s    dents Schools in Europe have        starts around May of the previ-    happens tomorrow starting at
overseas setting, we are not        also for service members, ci-       made arrangements to attend         ous school year and takes the      6 p.m., and Heidelberg’s Col-
able to take students to that       vilians, retirees and their fami-   this event. Participation from      dedication of garrison and         lege Night is set for Nov. 8,
college or this university, and     lies wanting to pursue higher       other military schools in Eu-       KMC school staffs, members         6:30-8:30 p.m. See page 16 for
(meeting with these represen-       education.                          rope is strongly encouraged,        from parent teacher organiza-      additional details.

Suicide: Identifying high-risk children, adolescents
Army Substance Abuse Program                 TV, movies, drawings, books, at play,        about their own death, most often say         tive thinking, coping skills and prob-
USAG Heidelberg                              music.                                       it would happen because of old age or         lem-solving
   The majority of children and ado-           Risky behavior: jumping from high          an illness when they’re old.                  Interpersonal Therapy - might teach
lescents who are suicidal have clini-        places, running into traffic, self-cut-         Many suicidal children believe when        children how to make friends
cal depression alone or in conjunc-          ting.                                        others die, the death is final, but if they   Group Them - with others of similar
tion with an anxiety disorder, atten-          Having several accidents resulting in      die, their death is reversible.               age that have a depressive illness
tion deficit disorder, bipolar illness       injury; close calls or brushes with death.      Vulnerable children and adolescents        Family Therapy - works with the entire
(manic depression) or child-onset              Obsession with guns and knives.            who may be under stress (whether it’s         family and discusses various family
schizophrenia.                                 Previous suicidal thoughts or at-          internal or external) may have a change       dynamics
   Every child’s personality, biologi-       tempts.                                      in their perceptions of and feelings            Various supports at school
cal makeup and environment are                  Children and adolescents with de-         about death.                                    Various forms of play therapy, relax-
unique. Both depression and suicidal         pression who may be at high risk for            During an attempt or a “suicide            ation therapy, biofeedback, visualiza-
ideation in children are complex is-         suicide include those who:                   attack” some children and adoles-             tion
sues that involve a myriad of factors,         Are preoccupied with death, not un-        cents:                                          Antidepressant medication, stimu-
which may come together to form              derstanding its permanency;                    Don’t know why they are doing it but        lants, also some types of alternative
what is the terrible tragedy of child-         Believe a person goes to a better          feel unable to stop;                          medicine
hood suicide.                                place after dying or can come alive            Don’t remember the attempt at all;            Hospitalization
   Every suicide is different, but if we     after dying;                                   Felt as if they were in a trance;                       How to help
educate ourselves on the symptoms              Are impulsive (act without realizing         Thought they would be rescued;                 Educate yourself on childhood and
of depression and the warning signs          the consequences of their actions);            Cannot verbalize their feelings, so         adolescent depressive illnesses and
of suicide, we stand a good chance of          Have no sense of fear or danger;           their pain comes out in their actions; or     suicide.
increasing the quality of life for our         Have perfectionist tendencies;               Have increased impulsiveness and               Tell children they can feel better,
young people and possibly keeping              Truly feel it would be better for ev-      impaired judgment, perceptions and            suicidal thoughts are only tempo-
them alive.                                  eryone if they were dead;                    cognitive skills.                             rary, and there are people who want
   Watch for symptoms of depression            Believe if they could join a loved one        Asking the Suicide Question                to help them. Remember that talk of
and anxiety along with other clues.          who died, they would then be rid of            Do you ever have thoughts of hurting        suicide or suicidal hints or threats
       Verbal Clues - Suicide                their pain and be at peace;                  yourself?                                     should always be taken seriously and
  I shouldn’t be here.                         Speak of death in a positive way             Do you ever feel so badly that you          responded to immediately.
  I’m going to run away.                     rather than negative;                        have thoughts of dying?                          Know that early intervention is the
  I wish I were dead.                          Think death might be pleasant;               Do you ever wish you could run              key to successful treatment for chil-
  I’m going to kill myself.                    Have parents or relatives who have         away or disappear?                            dren who suffer from depressive ill-
  I wish I could disappear forever.          attempted suicide; or                          Do you ever wish you could go to            nesses.
  If a person did this or that would he        Are hopeless and feel things will never    sleep and not wake up?                           Understand that treatment should
die?                                         get better, and they will never feel           Do you ever have scary dreams about         be a team approach including par-
  The voices tell me to kill myself.         better.                                      dying?                                        ents, relatives, caregivers, school
  Maybe if I died people would love             Healthy children who speak of death               Possible Treatment                    personnel, psychotherapist, child
me more.                                     or seem to be preoccupied with it after        Depression inventory scales, suicidal       psychiatrist, friends, neighbors and
  I want to see what it feels like to die.   losing a friend or loved one but have a      risk assessments, suicidal intent scales,     other significant people in the child’s
    Behavioral Clues - Suicide               clear understanding that death is final      degree of hopelessness scales, diag-          life.
  Talking or joking about suicide.           have a very low risk for suicidal behav-     nostic interview questionnaires                  For more information, contact Dr.
  Giving possessions away.                   ior.                                           Psychotherapy:                              Derrick Copper at DSN 370-1710,
  Preoccupation with death/violence:            Typically, when children are asked        Cognitive Therapy - teaches more posi-        civilian 06221-57-1710.

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44TH ESB                                                                                                   HOME
(from Page 1)                       quired to transition from their    battlefield is changing rap-        (from Page 1)
                                    previously deployed intra the-     idly,” Lawrence said. “You
are already in Iraq preparing       ater signal battalion to the       must build on this experience      been a real long time,” Kyla said. “We’re ready to have him
for the arrival of the main         new ESB.                           and complete the mission and       home.” Emma said she told her dad that she wanted to take him
body. In Iraq, the 44th ESB           The change required a re-        come home safe.”                   to see the movie “Hairspray” and that she was glad he was going
will support theater elements       organization of personnel, lo-       In support of the home           to be here for her birthday in November. Going to a haunted
operating in both corps and         gistics, training, fielding, and   front, the 44th ESB estab-         house was what Thomas talked about with his dad.
division areas.                     certifying new equipment,          lished a rear detachment,            Some of the benefits of the Close to Home program outweigh
  “Whether from the home            while balancing the amount         made family member battle          those offered by standard video teleconferencing. The biggest
front or the foxhole, every         of time needed to train Sol-       books, and established lines       benefit, said Torbert, is families don’t have to worry about the
person here today should be         diers on the required warrior      through which Soldiers can         time difference in trying to coordinate with their loved ones to
proud to serve this organiza-       task training list.                communicate easier with fam-       be at the computer at a specific time.
tion, proud of their sacrifice,       Along with transforming to       ily members.                         “It’s actually something you do here at the garrison at your
and proud of their dedication       the ESB, the 44th conducted          “Every husband, wife, son        convenience and then pop it in the mail,” she said. “And then
to duty,” the general said.         a convoy live-fire exercise,       and daughter plays a critical      your service member can press rewind and see you time and
  Since returning from Af-          completed mission rehearsal        role in ensuring we as one         time again.” Torbert said families can schedule an appointment
ghanistan in 2005, the 44th         exercises, and fielded Joint       team meet mission success,”        with her at any time that’s convenient for them. She added that
has been training for this de-      Network Node technology.           Lawrence said. “Family mem-        this program is great for family readiness groups and that she
ployment. In stride with the          “Many of you have combat         bers have the most critical        will even bring the video equipment to them.
constant change of today’s          experience and have seen           mission in the eyes of our           To make an appointment, call DSN 489-7521 or e-mail
military, the battalion was re-     first-hand that the digital        Soldiers.”                         selinda.torbert@eur.army.mil.

INTEL                                 SUPPLY
(from Page 1)                         (from Page 1)                                                                                         than 30,000 line items on its
                                                                                                                                            shelves, valued at $80 million
105th and 302nd MI Battalions            “If we were just a supply                                                                          at any particular time.
and Headquarters and Head-            depot,” said Lt. Col. Lance                                                                              This vast inventory of wid-
quarters Company, 66th MI             Koenig, DDDE commander,                                                                               gets, washers and wool socks
Group.                                “we wouldn’t care what hap-                                                                           includes every single uniform
   Unit officials said the task       pens to something after it                                                                            part for every branch of ser-
force is headed to Baghdad and        leaves our hands. DDDE                                                                                vice, as the shipping point
Balad to provide intelligence         does so much more than just                                                                           serves every military clothing
support to Multi-National Corps       move cargo.”                                                                                          sales store in Europe. The stock
- Iraq.                                  One of the depot’s major                                                                           is turned over more than three
   In his remarks during the cer-     tasks comes from transship-                                                                           times a year.
emony, Col. Todd Megill, 66th         ping the majority of all Class                                                                           Items requested by a cus-
MI commander, said task force         IV materials – raw wood and                                                                           tomer are “picked” from the
Soldiers have a difficult mis-        barrier construction materi-                                                                          large warehouse rows, pack-
sion ahead of them, and “the          als – for use in Iraq and Af-                                                                         aged and labeled. The com-
results (of that mission) are of-     ghanistan.                                                                                            puter scans the package and
ten not known to anyone but              “The big challenge is just                                                                         rate shops, selecting the ap-
ourselves,” but added that he is      getting it into Iraq,” said                                                                           propriate available small par-
confident that they are ready.        Brian Burkholder, distribu-                                                                           cel carrier. “By the time it gets
   “You’re part of a team ... an-     tion operations manager and                                                                           through that wall it knows
swering the nation’s call,” he        chief, issue division, refer-                                                                         which chute to go down, to
said. “You’re going to do great       ring to the large, heavy loads                                                                        give the best value for the cus-
things for the Army and the mul-      of wood and sand-filled bar-                                                                          tomer,” Koenig said.
tinational corps.”                    riers banned from air ship-                                                                               Ready for the future
   Lt. Col. Ralph Miller, 302nd       ment due to their size and                                                             Art McQueen       DDDE already has a plan to
MI Battalion commander, told          weight.                          A Defense Distribution Depot Europe employee moves                   decrease its footprint on
the assembly that its Soldiers           With air cargo costing 20                                                                          Germersheim Army Depot,
                                                                       a large load of construction plywood to be loaded on
have had the best training avail-     times as much as travel by                                                                            save time and money by 2012,
                                                                       a truck bound for Iraq.
able to prepare for their mission     truck, ship or a combination,                                                                         the scheduled opening date of
ahead. They are now part of a         he said, the staff had to be     trucks to containers. A surplus    improved its response time,       the $44 million, 252,000 square
long legacy of American Sol-          creative when contending         in the CENTCOM theater of          lowering the average process-     foot Logistic Distribution Cen-
diers who represent hope and          with multiple routes, ports      empty containers and the           ing time for air cargo from       ter Europe, said Stephanie
freedom in the world.                 and national borders to get      greater load capacity of trucks    35.5 hours in January, to 22.5    Happe, architect and facilities
   “Each of you is an expert in       very important material to       without containers makes loose     hours in August, including        manager.
your field ... and part of a team     where it is needed.              loaded trucks the smart way to     weekends and holidays, and           The center combines many
that provides expert intelligence        “We are bringing supplies     go.                                for surface cargo from 46.2       of the current storage, receiv-
information that saves lives on       in from the north, west and        “We started this initiative a    hours to 35.2 hours over the      ing, distribution and adminis-
the battlefield,” Miller said. “I     south to get it there in the     year ago, and have worked          same period.                      tration functions and 180 of
am in awe of your determina-          most expedient way,” he          closely with our customers,”         The standards for air and       the more than 200 DDDE em-
tion, your drive, your enthusi-       said. DDDE averages 79           he said, “this gives us more       surface cargo, 24 and 72 hours    ployees under one roof.
asm and your professionalism.”        loose loaded trucks and 158      material per truck, saving         respectively, do not include         The LDCE will increase to
   The commanders pledged to          containers of Class IV to Iraq   money and ceasing the buildup      weekends and holidays, mean-      30 the number of trucks that
take care of task force Sol-          and 61 containers to Afghani-    of containers (downrange).”        ing TCSP(E) is exceeding the      can be loaded at once, contains
diers’ families during the de-        stan per week, something           At the beginning of Fiscal       standard by a large margin,       hazardous material and con-
ployment. “There is no way,           Burkholder is working to         Year 2007, DDDE opened the         with fewer total employees        tainer storage, a truck staging
shape or form (the Soldiers of        change.                          Theater Consolidation and          than before.                      area and $12 million of equip-
the task force) would be as             Too many containers            Shipping Point Europe, oper-         Besides the distribution sup-   ment, mostly for cargo han-
ready as they are, if it were not        “Our initiative is to flip    ating three shifts, 22.5 hours a   port for Joint Task Force –       dling.
for your active presence,”            this      around,”        said   day.                               East in Romania and mail to          (Editor’s Note: This is the
Megill said.                          Burkholder of the ratio of         The TCSP(E) has steadily         Bosnia, TCSP(E) has more          third installment in a series.)

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 sports & fitness

                       BRINGIN’ IT IN BERLIN

                                                                                                                                                   Skaters speed
                                                                                                                                                   through the world-
                                                                                                                                                   famous Brandenburg
                                                                                                                                                   Gate near the finish
                                                                                                                                                   line of the Berlin
                                                                                                                                                   Marathon. Skaters,
                                                                                                                                                   who faced steady
                                                                                                                                                   rain throughout the
                                                                                                                                                   26.2-mile event,
                                                                                                                                                   raced on Sept. 29.
                                                                                                                                                   Runners competed
                                                                                                                                                   over the same
                                                                                                                                                   course the following
                                                                                                                                                   day with better
                                                                                                                            Juan R. Meléndez Jr.   weather.

Heidelberg group skates, runs 26.2-mile course
Heidelberg International            Inline Skating Marathon the        two spouses of deployed             varied, but many ran to be a            lometers all the way to a
Marathoners Club                    previous night through a           Soldiers, two Airmen, two           part of one of the largest              marathon is welcome to join.
  The threat of potential           curtain of rain for the 26.2-      active-duty Soldiers and sev-       running events in the world,            The next membership meet-
downpours could not keep            mile course.                       eral civilians, the HIMC is a       the medals, finisher T-shirts           ing is Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. in the
away the 15 members of the             Though they ran past            varied group of people.             and, of course, the beer and            NATO room above the food
Heidelberg International            many of Berlin’s historic            The HIMC Runners                  bratwurst.                              court on Campbell Barracks.
Marathoners Club from com-          monuments, 11 runners and          trained for five months               The HIMC’s purpose is to              Visit HIMC online at
peting in one of the world’s        one walker crossed the fin-        spending Saturdays doing            encourage and train runners             www.heidelbergrunningclub.org
largest running events, the         ish line under the                 seven-mile maintenance              to improve their overall fit-           for information and an ap-
2007 Real Berlin Marathon           Brandenburg Gate along             runs on Patrick Henry Vil-          ness with fun and exciting              plication.
Sept. 30.                           with 50,000 participants.          lage.                               experiences.                              The group heads north in
  Of the 15, three partici-         Seven of the runners were            Their reasons for running           Anyone interested in walk-            a few weeks for the Frank-
pated in the Real Berlin            first-time marathoners. With       in the Real Berlin Marathon         ing or running from five ki-            furt Marathon Oct. 28.

active life
            Mannheim                           Landstuhl Post, Building 3701 DSN           8 p.m. at Tompkins Barracks Sports
                                                                                                                                         Heidelberg High School golf teams
Youth Services Registration - Basket-          493-4516, civilian 0631-3406-4516.          Field in Schwetzingen. DSN 379-5116,
                                            Child and Youth Services Karate Tech           civilian 06202-80-5116.                       outscored all the teams at Friday’s match
   ball and cheerleading registration
   through Nov. 2 at the Central Regis-        Classes - Beginner and intermediate      Youth Winter Sports Registration -               in Heidelberg, besting the Wiesbaden,
   tration Office, BFV, Building 742.          classes are held four times a month         Through Nov. 30 or until teams are            Baumholder, Vilseck and Bitburg teams.
   DSN 385-2684, civilian 0621-730-            starting the first Tuesday of every         filled for wrestling, basketball and            Boys - First Place
   2684.                                       month. DSN 493-4516, civilian 0631-         cheerleading. DSN 338-9240, civil-            1-Jon Klinner - 27 points
                                               3406-4516.                                  ian 06221-3389240.                            3-Brandon Rizkallah - 25 points
        Kaiserslautern                      Youth Sports Registration - Oct. 27, 9
Racquetball Invitational- Oct. 13, 9 a.m.                                                            Darmstadt                             Girls - First Place
                                               a.m.-2 p.m. for December-March sea-
   Registration: 8-8:30 a.m. Pre-regis-                                                 Frankenstein Castle Run - Darmstadt’s            1-Sarah Fowler - 19 points
                                               son. Landstuhl, Building 3701, DSN
   tration starts Oct. 1 at Ramstein Air                                                   last run is Oct. 12. It is a 13-kilometer     Samantha Huntsman - Closest to the pin
                                               493-4516, civilian 0631-3406-4516.
   Base, Landstuhl and Kleber fitness                                                      (8-mile) cross-country trek. DSN 348-
   centers. DSN 483-7610, civilian
                                                        Heidelberg                         1550, frankensteinrun@eur.army.mil.           Want your team’s results published in
   0631-411-7610.                           Community Soccer Players Needed -              www.darmstadt.army.mil.                       the Herald-Post? Send results to
SKIES Unlimited Dance Classes- Pre-           Must be at least 18 years old, have a     Winter Season Sports Registration -
                                                                                                                                         usaghd.post@eur.army.mil by noon the
   ballet, Lyrical Jazz, and many more        valid ID card, and not be participating      Through Oct. 31, register for basket-
                                              in DoDDS high school sports. Prac-           ball, cheerleading and wrestling. DSN         Thursday prior to publication or by noon
   exciting classes. Classes are held
   Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.            tices are Mondays and Wednesdays 6-          348-7444, civilian 0615-169-7444.             Monday for weekend events.

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community update
                     Darmstadt                                   Red Ribbon Relay - The Army Substance Abuse Pro-                   heidelberg.com or civilian 06221-739-1785.
Training                                                            gram and Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling                  www.hcsc-heidelberg.com.
                                                                    Service counselors sponsor Red Ribbon Relay 2007             Exceptional Family Member Program Teen Social
Army Community Service Classes - FRG leader forum,
                                                                    Oct. 27, 8 a.m.-noon, at the track on Vogelweh.                 Oct. 19, 7-9 p.m., Panther’s Place, PHV. Registra-
   Oct. 15, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; Stress Management, Oct. 17,
                                                                 HEAT Grand Opening - The 7th Army Training Com-                    tion required. DSN 370-6883, civilian 06221-57-
   9-10:30 a.m.; Spouse Battlemind, Oct. 17; “It’s Your
                                                                    mand Training Support Center is hosting a grand                 6883.
   Move” investment training class, Oct. 11 and 18, 3-5
                                                                    opening Oct. 30, 10 a.m., in Buidling 3210 on Panzer         Spanish Mass - Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m. at Mark Twain
   p.m.; Domestic Violence Awareness Training Work-
                                                                    Kaserne for its newest Humvee rollover training aid             Village Chapel. Choir practice is at 5 p.m. Reception
   shop, Oct. 23, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. DSN 348-6440,
                                                                    for Soldiers. DSN 483-7311.                                     with a potluck will follow. Civilian 0177-6748-775.
   civilain 06151-69-6440.
                                                                 Halloween Extravaganza - Oct. 30, 6-8 p.m., at the              Heidelberg International Ski Club - The club offers
College Registration - Deadlines: Central Texas Col-
                                                                    Vogelweh Skate Express. There will be a costume                 fellowship and weekend trips to Austria, France and
   lege, tuition assistance course enrollments through
                                                                    bragging rights contest, face painting, tattoos, apple          Switzerland. Sign up for trips at the next HISC
   Oct. 12, DSN 348-7552, civilian 06151-69-7552;
                                                                    decorating, craft making and free skating. DSN                  meeting Oct. 24, 7 p.m., at the Hotel Zagreb in
   University of Maryland University College, tuition
                                                                    489-7521, civilian 0631-536-7521, or                            Schwetzingen. www.heidelbergski.com.
   assistance course enrollments Oct. 15-25, DSN 348-
                                                                    selinda.torbert@us.army.mil.                                 Community Fall Fest - Child and Youth Services will
   6268, civilian 06151-69-6268.
                                                                 Trick-or-Treating - Halloween trick-or-treating will be            host a Community Fall Festival Oct. 30, 6:30-8 p.m.
Community                                                           Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., for the Kaiserslautern military              at the Village Pavilion. Children up to grade five are
Kontakt Club - Upcoming events: Dining out, Oct. 12,                community at housing areas on Ramstein Air Base,                invited to attend in costume and join in the festivities
    7:45 p.m.; Bird Park Weilrod and Tour of Limburg,               Vogelweh, Sembach Annex and Landstuhl Regional                  including all kinds of games with prizes.
    Oct. 27, 5 p.m.; Pumpkin carving and cooking class,             Medical Center.                                              Vehicle Registration - Closed Oct. 31 for inventory.
    Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 31, 6 p.m. DSN 348-
    1600, civilian 06151-69-1600.                                                      Heidelberg                                HHS College Night - Heidelberg High School is
                                                                 Training                                                           sponsoring its anual college night Nov. 8, 6:30-
Chili Cook-Off - The Darmstadt School Parent Teacher
                                                                 University of Oklahoma Graduate Degrees - Seats are                8:30 p.m. To represent a college or university you
    Organization sponsors a chili cook-off Oct. 23, 5-7
                                                                    still available in a few fall 2007 courses. Spring 2008         have attended, contact Janice Martin or James
    p.m., at the Darmstadt School cafeteria. There will
                                                                    registration begins Nov. 1. DSN 373-7919,                       Renes, who can assist you with arrangements.
    also be an old-fashioned cake walk and face painting.
                                                                    apheidelberg@ou.edu.                                            DSN 370-8004, civilian 06221-57-8004, or by e-
Fall Clean-Up - Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Darmstadt and Langen.
                                                                 On-Site Graduate Degree Program - The University of                mail at janice.martin@eu.dodea.edu o r
    Oct. 29, 9 a.m., all non-mission essential military and
                                                                    Phoenix is currently enrolling students for a Master of         james.renes@eu.dodea.edu.
    civilian personnel will clean up around their unit
    areas, office buildings and motor pools; Oct. 30-Nov            Arts in education - teacher certification and Master of                          Mannheim
    1, all non-mission essential military and civilian              Business Administration at Patton Education Center.          Training
    personnel will clean up in their government-owned               Classes Start Oct. 25 and 31 . DSN 373-7650, civilian        Army Community Service Classes - Community De-
    housing areas.                                                  06221-588-0492.                                                ployment Information and Services, Oct.11, 5:30-
Child and Youth Services - CYS fall festival, Oct. 31, 4         UMUC Europe Registration - The University of Mary-                7:30 p.m.; Debt Management, Oct. 16, 9-11 a.m.;
    p.m.-8 p.m. DSN 348-7605, civilian 06151-69-7605.               land University College Europe is offering course              Mom and Me Play Group, Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-noon;
                                                                    registration Oct. 15-26 for on-site courses and through        Smooth Move, Oct. 17, 2-3 p.m.; Guten Tag Kids,
                 Kaiserslautern                                     Nov. 7 for online courses. www.ed.umuc.edu.                    Oct. 17, 3-4 p.m. Sullivan Barracks, Building 253,
Training                                                         Army Community Service - Closed Oct. 11 for training.             DSN 385-3101, civilian 0621-730-3101.
Army Community Service Classes - Basic Training for                 Upcoming classes: Community Orientation Briefing,            Community
  Parents,Oct. 15, 11 a.m.; Managing Your Assets,                   Oct.15, 12:30-3 p.m.; Real Talk-Teens, Oct. 17, 4-5          Hispanic Fiesta - Mannheim Elementary School will be
  Oct. 16, 9 a.m.; Newcomer’s Orientation Part 1. Oct.              p.m.; PCS Briefing, Oct. 16, 12:30-3 p.m.; Nurturing            celebrating its third annual Hispanic Fiesta with
  17, 9 a.m.; Newcomer’s Orientation downtown tour                  Parenting Class, Oct. 18, 1-4 p.m.; Bringing Baby               music and dancing, Oct. 11, 5 p.m.
  Part 2, Oct. 18, 9 a.m.; Kaiserslautern City Tour, Oct.           Home, Oct. 16, 10-11:30 a.m.; Knowing Your Com-              College and Career Night - Oct. 12, starting at 6 p.m.
  20, 9 a.m.; Gastric Bypass Support Group, Oct. 20,                munity Resources, Oct. 17, 10-11 a.m.; Families                 Information on more than 500 colleges, as well as
  10:30 a.m. Pulaski Barracks Building 2891, DSN                    Learning About Germany, Oct. 22 and 23, 9 a.m.-2                recruiters and alumni representatives. DSN 381-
  489-6476/8279, civilian 0631-536-6476/8279.                       p.m. and a field trip day Oct. 26, 8:30a.m. DSN 370-            8784, civilian 0621-730-8784.
Community                                                           6883, civilian 06221-57-6883.                                CYS programs - Held at the Tennis Courts located on
Child and Youth Services Landstuhl Teen Center-                  Community                                                          BFV, Building 725. Youth Action Council, Oct.
   Lock-In, Oct. 12, 7 p.m.-8 a.m.; Freak Light Dance,           Community Messiah Performance - The chapel com-                    12, 4-5 p.m.; Keystone Club, Oct. 16, 4-5 p.m.;
   Oct. 26, 7-10 p.m. Building 3819. DSN 493-4516,                  munity will present Handel’s Messiah to celebrate the           Torch Club, Oct. 17, 4-5 p.m.; Club Tech, Oct. 18,
   civilian 0631-3406-4516.                                         Advent season. Rehearsals: Mondays, 7 p.m., Fel-                4-5 p.m.; Ultimate Journey, Oct. 19, 4-5 p.m.
Fashion Show - The Kaiserslautern-Landstuhl Spouses’                lowship Hall of MTV Chapel. Performance is Dec. 8.              DSN 385-3550, civilian 0621-730-3550.
   Association hosts a Thrift Store fashion show at 6               Civilian 06221-301269, ed.matthiessen@gmx.de.                EDIS Mannheim Milestones and More - Biannual
   p.m. Oct. 16 at the Armstrong Community Club on               Scoutmaster Needed - Boy Scout Troop 26 seeks a scout-             developmental screenings for children birth to 5
   Vogelweh Housing. Civilian 0175-282-6604,                        master. DSN 370-6488, civilian 0176-237-64334.                  years are Oct. 12, 8 a.m.-noon at EDIS, Building
   www.KLSAGrapevine.org.                                        The Real World - The Military Child Education Coali-               214, Sullivan Barracks.      Appointments: DSN
Strong Bonds Power Lunch - Oct. 17, 11:30 a.m.-12:45                tion Partnership of Excellence program called “The              385-3133, civilian 0621-730-3133. Walk-ins ac-
   p.m., at the Armstrong Community Club on Vogelweh.               REAL World ... what are you doing?” begins Oct. 14              cepted.
   Registration is required to receive a free lunch. DSN            at 4 p.m. at Heidelberg Middle School. DSN 388-              In the Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Walk -
   489-6743.                                                        9377, civilian 06221-58-986201 www.heid-                        Mannheim Girl Scouts will host the walk Oct. 27, 3-
College and University Information Night - Oct. 18.                 dso.eu.dodea.edu/Realworld/.                                    5 p.m., at the Mannheim Elementary School gym.
   More than 85 colleges and universities, scholarship           Panthers’ Place and Lions’ Den - Middle school and                 Everyone is welcome. Civilian 0151-1914-8001,
   programs and military recruiters will provide infor-             teen registration is free until Oct. 15. Registration           janet.roos@eu.dodea.edu.
   mation and materials To sign up, e-mail                          forms can be picked up at the schools, the Panthers’         Bunco for Breast Cancer - Oct. 23 at 9:30 a.m. at the
   Larry_Zani@compuserve.com.                                       Place in Building 4461 or the Lions’ Den Teen Center            Mannheim USO. Register by Oct. 20.
Military Personnel Division Closure - The Military                  in Building 4533. DSN 388-9003.                                 mannheimcommunityclub@gmail.com.
   Personnel Division and Central Processing Facility            HCSC October Luncheon “Basic Black Dress”- The                  Trick-or-Treating - Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. Children 12
   in Building 3245 on Kleber Kaserne will be closed                Heidelberg Community and Spouses’ Club event is                 years old and younger may participate. Children
   Oct. 19 for mandatory training. Both facilities will             Oct. 17 at the PHV Village Pavilion, 10:30 a.m.-1:30            under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an
   resume regular operating hours Oct. 22.                          p.m. RSVP by Oct. 12: reservations@hcsc-                        adult.

  Darmstadt                                                      Heidelberg                                                    0621-730-2342.
     The Darmstadt Thrift Store is now hiring part-time            USAG-Heidelberg CYS Sports Department is accepting             Mannheim Middle School is currently hiring substitute
  workers. Apply at the Thrift Store cash register.              applications for summer sports camp instructors. USAG-        teachers for grades six through eight. DSN 380-9181,
  Kaiserslautern                                                 Heidelberg CYS Sports Department, CMR 419 Box 994, APO        civilian 0621-730-9181, or visit the main office at the
     Child and Youth Services seeks program assistants.          AE 09102. DSN 388-9397, civilian 06221-3389397.               school.
  Flexible schedules, training provided, scholarships may be     Mannheim                                                         Child and Youth Service Division is seeking program
  available based on availability. DSN 489-8305\7341, civilian     Coleman Bowling Center is looking for a bartender, food     assistants for the Child Development Center. DSN 385-2849,
  0631-536-8305/7341.                                            service worker and custodial worker. DSN 385-2342, civilian   civilian 0621-730-2849.

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 leisure events

                                                                                                                                         Movies are subject to change by
                                                                                                                                         local theater without notice. For a
                                                                                                                                         recorded daily schedule, call the
                                                                                                                                         numbers listed next to each theater.

                                                                                                                                               Patrick Henry Village,
                                                                                                                                      Oct. 11 - No Reservations (PG) 7 p.m.
                                                                                                                                      Oct. 12 - The Heartbreak Kid (R) 6:30 p.m.;
                                                                                                                                      The Simpsons Movie (PG-13) 9:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                      Oct. 13 - Bratz (PG) 1:30 p.m.; Daddy Day
                                                                                                                                      Camp (PG) 4:30 p.m.; 1408 (PG-13) 7 p.m.;
                                                                                                                                      The Heartbreak Kid (R) 9:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                      Oct. 14 - Daddy Day Camp (PG) 2 p.m.;
                                                                                                                                      Bratz (PG) 5 p.m.; 1408 (PG-13) 8 p.m.
                                                                                                                                      Oct. 15 - The Simpsons Movie (PG-13) 7
                                                                                                                                      p.m.; 1408 (PG-13) 9:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                      Oct. 16 - The Heartbreak Kid (R) 7 p.m.
                                                                                                                                      Oct. 17 - Daddy Day Camp (PG) 7 p.m.;
                                                                                                                                      1408 (PG-13) 9:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                      Oct. 18 - Bratz (PG) 7 p.m.
                    October 12                                 Deep Sea Fishing, Netherlands- Kaiserslautern Army
                                                                  Outdoor Recreation. DSN 489-7761, civilian 0631-                          Schuh Theater, Mannheim
Medieval Fair - Through Oct. 14 in Darmstadt-Eberstadt.
                                                                  536-7751.                                                                        0621-730-1790
    www.darmstadt.de.                                                                                                                 Oct. 12 - The Game Plan (PG) 7 p.m.; The
Fellbach Autumn Fest - Visit Fellbach through Oct. 15          Europa Park Rust, Germany- Kaiserslautern Army                         Kingdom (R) 9:30 p.m.
    for one of the biggest thanks giving, home and wine           Outdoor Recreation. DSN 489-7761, civilian 0631-                    Oct. 13 - Daddy Day Camp (PG) 2 p.m.;
    festivals in Southern Germany. Civilian 0711-585-             536-7751.                                                           The Game Plan (PG) 4:30 p.m.; The
                                                               Prague Express, Czech Republic - Kaiserslautern Army                   Simpsons Movie (PG-13) 7 p.m.; The
    1432. www.fellbach.de.                                                                                                            Kingdom (R) 9:30 p.m.
Paris Weekend, France - Kaiserslautern Army Outdoor               Outdoor Recreation. DSN 489-7761, civilian 0631-                    Oct. 14 - Bratz (PG) 2 p.m.; The Game Plan
    Recreation. DSN 489-7761, civilian 0631-536-7751.             536-7751.                                                           (PG) 4:30 p.m.; The Kingdom (R) 7:30 p.m.
Swiss Alps Adventure Weekend - Kaiserslautern Army             Indoor Skiing and Snowboarding, Germany -                              Oct. 15 - The Simpsons Movie (PG-13) 7
                                                                  Kaiserslautern Army Outdoor Recreation. DSN 489-                    p.m.
    Outdoor Recreation. DSN 489-7761, civilian 0631-                                                                                  Oct. 16 - Daddy Day Camp (PG-13) 7 p.m.
    536-7751.                                                     7761, civilian 0631-536-7751.                                       Oct. 17 - The Game Plan (PG) 7 p.m.
                    October 13                                                     October 21                                         Oct. 18 - The Kingdom (R) 7 p.m.
Navy Ball - The United States Navy celebrates its 232nd        Spa Day in Baden-Baden - Kaiserslautern Army Out-                                Cambrai, Darmstadt
    birthday at 6 p.m. at Grundriss Stadthalle Singelefingen      door Recreation. DSN 489-7761, civilian 0631-536-                                 06151-69-1790
    in Stuttgart. The “Heroes of Freedom” Navy Ball               7751.                                                               Oct. 12 - The Brothers Solomon (R) 7 p.m.
                                                                                                                                      Oct. 13 - Bratz (PG) 4 p.m.; The Simpsons
    tickets are on sale now. DSN 430-5395.                                         October 26                                         Movie (PG-13) 7 p.m.
Indoor Climbing Adventure - Join Mannheim Outdoor              Texas Hold ‘em Tournament - 6 p.m. registration, 7                     Oct. 14 - Daddy Day Camp (PG) 4 p.m.
    Recreation at the Indoor Climbing Center to learn the         p.m. first deal. Landstuhl Community Club, Building
    thrills of beginning to advanced climbing. Pre-regis-         3780.
    tration required. DSN 381-7215, civilian 0621-730-         Haunted House - Better Opportunities for Single Sol-
    7232.                                                         diers in Darmstadt hosts a haunted house at the
Darmstadt-Art Nouveau Orientation - Visit the                     Griesheim paintball field hangar through Oct. 28 and                    COMMUNITYdetails
    Herrengarten, the Prince George Palace and gardens            also on Halloween night, 6-9 p.m. Not recommended
    and the Russian Chapel buit by the last Czar Nicholas         for children.                                                   For more events and information about services and
    II for his German bride Alexandra. Climb the Wed-                                                                          construction in and around Heidelberg, click
    ding Tower for a panoramic view. USO DSN 348-                                  October 27                                  “Community Electronic Update” at
                                                               Giant Indoor Flea Market - 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Building 237,
    7918, civilian 06151-69-7918.                                                                                              www.heidelberg.army.mil.
International Book Fair - 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in Frankfurt.          Rhine Ordnance Barracks, Kaiserslautern. DSN 489-
                                                                                                                                  To learn more about upcoming events and other
    www.buchmesse.de.                                             7751, civilian 06371-536-7751.
                                                                                                                               important information in the Hedieblerg community,
Amsterdam Nightlife Express- Kaiserslautern Army                                  November 2                                   attend the monthly Community Update in the Village
    Outdoor Recreation.DSN 489-7761, civilian 0631-            Holiday Bazaar - Through Nov. 4 at the Kaiserslautern           Pavilion on Patrick Henry Village. The next update is
    536-7751.                                                     Special Events Center, Rhine Ordnance Barracks,              scheduled for Nov. 14 at 9 a.m.
                    October 14                                    Building 237. Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10
Walibi Park Wavre- Kaiserslautern Army Outdoor Rec-               a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Strollers wel-
                                                                  come. Hippity hop, merry-go-round and petting zoo         Enjoy Jazz - Through Nov. 10, visit venues in Heidel-
  reation. DSN 489-7761, civilian 0631-536-7751.                                                                               berg, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen for the Ninth
                                                                  for the kids. Shop more than 100 vendors from
                    October 16                                    around the world. Antiques, wines, Polish pottery,           International Festival for Jazz. www.enjoyjazz.de.
Mannheim Orientation - Travel downtown to the palace              crystal, rugs and much more.                              Homo Heidelbergensis - The evolutionary history of
  and various points of historical and cultural interest.                                                                      mankind is a fascinating topic on one in which “Homo
  USO DSN 385-3195, civilian 0621-730-3195.                                          Ongoing                                   Heidelbergensis” plays an important role. This prime-
                                                               International Film Festival - In Heidelberg and                 val man lived around 600,000 years ago by the River
                    October 19                                    Mannheim through Oct. 21. The festival focuses on            Neckar. The lower jaw was found in October 1907. To
“The Complete History of America (abridged)” - At                 young directors from across the world and their debut        mark the 100th anniversary of its discovery, an exhi-
   Kaiserslautern Military Community Onstage through              works. Civilian 0621-156-0153, www.mannheim-                 bition is being held through Nov. 25 in the Heid’shen
   Nov. 4. A zany look at American history, by Adam               filmfestival.com.
   Long, Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor. Complete                                                                             Haus in Heidelberg. Civilian 06226-9719315,
                                                               The Black Forest Girl - The special exhibition, through         www.homoheidelbergensis.de.
   schedule available at: www.mwrgermany.com. Kleber              Nov. 4, in the Vogtsbauernhof Black Forest open-air       World’s Largest Pumpkin Exhibition - Through No-
   Kaserne, Building 3232. DSN 483-6626, civilian                 museum focuses on an icon of the Black Forest
   0631-411-6626.                                                                                                              vember, the pumpkin sale offers a unique variety of
                                                                  cultural landscape: The Black Forest girl. Civilian          selected squashes, many delicacies are also offered
                    October 20                                    07831-93560, www.vogtsbauernhof.org.                         in the pumpkin shop. A total of more than 450
Haunted Castle - Take a trip to Frankenstein Castle as fog     Constantine the Great - Head to Trier through Nov. 4 to         different kinds from all over the world can be
   wafts around the rocks and monsters emerge from                see treasured exhibits that document the life of             admired. Ludwigsburg Blühendes Barock Park.
   their hiding places. Departs Mannheim’s Shuh The-              Constantine and his pivotal role in the history of           www.blueba.de.
   ater at 4 p.m. DSN 381-7215, civilian 0621-730-                Europe. About 1,400 showpeices from 160 interna-          Beauty in Ancient Egypt - Head to Karslruhe through
   7232.                                                          tionally renowned museums are on display. New find           January to see more than 400 objects that illustrate the
La Boheme - The Heidelberg City Theater’s opera season            from ancient Trier will be seen in public for the first      subject of “beauty” with its many implications in
   opens with Pucini’s La Boheme. Civilian 06221-58-              time, providing visitors with a comprehensive image          Ancient Egypt. Exhibition in the Badisches
   20000, www.theaterheidelberg.de, www.heidelberg-               of this eventful age. Civilian 065-978-080,
                                                                                                                               Landmuseum in the schloss. Civilian 0721-926-2828,
   ticket.de.                                                     www.trier.de/tourismus.

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