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’
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
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-
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
“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
CAMP BUEHRING, Ku-
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
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
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
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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-
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.” email@example.com.
(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
through the world-
Gate near the finish
line of the Berlin
who faced steady
rain throughout the
raced on Sept. 29.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 -
email@example.com 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.
www.heidelberg.army.mil Herald-Post/Thursday, October 11, 2007 Page 15
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.
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-
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org o r
Oct. 29, 9 a.m., all non-mission essential military and
Phoenix is currently enrolling students for a Master of email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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.
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,
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