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					Vol. 5, Nr. 17                               U.S. Army Garrisons Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels, Ansbach, Schweinfurt, and Garmisch                                                  September 2, 2009


GARMISCH
TRAINING
Garrison MP’s train
                            Local BOSS program wins big at Army-wide level
                                         by MELISSA WOLFF                                USAG Grafenwoehr BOSS president, Cpl. Robert Shom-         est accolades was the Netzaberg Middle School’s
with local Garmisch                              Assistant Editor                        per and Command Sgt. Maj. William Berrios, command
                                                                                         sergeant major for USAG Grafenwoehr, accepted two          of the children in Netzaberg schools have parents
Polizei                        During the 2009 Department of the Army Better Op-         of the six awards given to BOSS programs Army-wide,
                            portunities for Single Soldiers annual conference in Lees-   bringing home the “Best Event” award for a large com-      shoes, BOSS participants “wanted to give (the stu-
PAGE 10                     burg, Va., Aug. 10-15, the U.S. Army Garrison Grafen-        mnuity and runner-up for “Best Installation” award.        dents) someone to hang out with … have a good
                            woehr BOSS program raked in two prestigious honors.              The event that won the Grafenwoehr program its high-                               See SOLDIER Page 29
HOHENFELS
STAY SAFE
Families bid
farewell as Sol-
diers from Team
                                    Salazar takes reigns of JMTC                                                                                                       by Capt. JP REBELLO
Apache depart for                                                                                                                                                            JMTC Public Affairs

Afghanistan                                                                                                                                                                “Brig. Gen. Salazar as-
                                                                                                                                                                       sumes a unique and prodigious
PAGE 13                                                                                                                                                                responsibility today as he takes
                                                                                                                                                                       command of the Joint Multi-
                                                                                                                                                                       national Training Command
ANSBACH                                                                                                                                                                – the only place in the Army
GOOD SHOPPING                                                                                                                                                          that trains with Joint, Multina-
                                                                                                                                                                       tional, and Coalition partners,”
Spouses’ and civil-                                                                                                                                                    said Gen. Carter F. Ham, com-
                                                                                                                                                                       mander of the U.S. Army Eu-
ians’ club re-opens                                                                                                                                                    rope and Seventh Army, Aug.
                                                                                                                                                                       28. “I can tell you that he is
improved Katterbach                                                                                                                                                    well-prepared and ready for
thrift store                                                                                                                                                           the challenge.”
                                                                                                                                                                           Ham addressed a crowd of
PAGE 22                                                                                                                                                                German dignitaries, Grafen-
                                                                                                                                                                       woehr community members
                                                                                                                                                                       and U.S. Soldiers at the U.S.
SCHWEINFURT                                                                                                                                                            Army Garrison Grafenwoehr
                                                                                                                                                                       Parade Field to welcome
CONVERSATIONS                                                                                                                                                          Brig. Gen. Steven L. Salazar
                                                                                                                                                                       as the new commander of the
Acclaimed travel                                                                                                                                                       7th Army Joint Multinational
                                                                                                                                                                       Training Command.
author visits commu-                                                                                                                                                       Salazar takes command of
nity, inspires                                                                                                                                                         JMTC after commanding the
                                                                                                                                                                       Coalition Military Assistance
readers, writers                                                                                                                                                       Training Team as part of the
                                                                                                                                                                       Multinational Security Transi-
PAGE 25                                                                                                                                                                tion Command, Iraq.
                                                                                                                                                                           “It is an honor and a privi-
                                                                                                                                                                       lege for me to stand here as
IN THIS ISSUE                                                                                                                                                          the Commanding General of
                                                                                                                                                                       the Joint Multinational Train-
                                                                                                                                                                       ing Command,” said Salazar.
                                                                                                                                                                       “Having just re-deployed from
                                                                                                                                                                       a land where the trees are non-
                                                                                                                                                                       existent, the beauty of Bavaria
                                                                                                                                                                       is a welcome change.”
                                                                                                                                                                           Headquartered in Grafen-
                                                                                                                                                                       woehr, the 7th Army JMTC is
                                                                                                                                                                       the largest training command
                                                                                                                                                                       outside the continental Unit-
                                                                                                                                                                       ed States. It provides a full
   View photos of the                                                                                                                                                  spectrum of training for U.S.
18th Combat Sustain-                                                                                                                                                   forces, NATO allies and mul-
ment Support Battal-                                                                                                                                                   tinational partners in Europe,
ion Headquarters and                                                                                                                                                   Africa, and Asia.
Headquarters Com-                                                                                                                                                          “We are a country at war,”
                                                                                                                                           Photo by Michael Beaton     said Salazar. “It is an ever-
pany as they return to      Gen. Carter Ham (left), Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe, entrusts Brig. Gen. Steven Salazar (second
U.S. Army Garrison                                                                                                                                                     that our Soldiers have to face.
Grafenwoehr Aug. 29                                                                                                                       -                            The speed with which JMTC
after completing one                                                                                                                                                   can adapt its tactics, tech-
                            ing General, Salazar will oversee all Army training in Europe, as well as serve as the senior mission commander                            niques and procedures to the
of the Army’s last 15-      for Army communities in Bavaria.                                                                                                                   See INCOMING Page 29
month deployments.
   For more photos
of the redeployment
ceremony, visit www.         Quick Hire for military                                     KONTAKT awards salute service
                     -                                                                                                                              brings American servicemembers, family mem-

                            spouses begins this month
                                                                                                           USAEUR Press Release
                                                                                                                                                    bers, civilian employees and German citizens
                                                                                            U.S. Army Europe showed its appreciation for 40         together to provide opportunities to learn each
PAGE 4                                                                                   years of continued support to Soldiers and host com-       about other’s countries and cultures. KONTAKT
                                                                                         munities during the 24th annual KONTAKT confer-
                                       by GERRY J. GILMORE                                                                                          Clubs sponsor U.S.-German community events,
                                                                                         ence.                                                      provide educational programs and support Sol-
   What you’re                           American Forces Press Service
                                                                                            USAREUR is in transition, and KONTAKT Clubs             diers and their families.
                               Under a personnel rule that takes effect next month,      are also changing to meet the needs of Americans              Membership in any of the 21 community-
   looking for              some military spouses could be quickly hired for fed-        across Germany, said Maj. Gen. Byron S. Bagby,             based groups is open to anyone willing to ac-
Opinion Editorial    2-3    eral jobs without going through the usual competitive        USAREUR chief of staff, during an address at the           tively promote German-American friendship.
                            process.                                                     conference’s awards dinner.                                The clubs operate under USAREUR guidance
News              4-8, 29                                                                   The KONTAKT Club outreach program connects
                               The new hiring authority takes effect Sept. 11. The                                                                                                                -
What’s Happening 14-15                                                                   USAREUR Soldiers, family members and civilian              tions.
Travel                 17                                                                employees to host nation citizens in communities              According to data from the USAREUR
                            posted in the Federal Register under the title: “Noncom-     where the Army has- or had - a presence, the general
Medical               18    petitive Appointment of Certain Military Spouses.”           said.                                                      2,000 KONTAKT members who provide ap-
Blackhawk News        20       The intended effect of the rule, according to docu-                                                                  proximately 80,000 volunteer hours annually
Movies                30    ments listed in the Federal Register, “is to facilitate      active in communities where there are no more U.S.         to support stronger German-American relations
                            the entry of military spouses into the federal civil         Army facilities,” he said.                                 through programs and special events reaching
AAFES                 31                                        See SPOUSE Page 29          The KONTAKT program, established in 1969,                                              See CLUBS Page 29
 2    Bavarian News                                                                   Opinion & Editorial                                                                                                         September 2, 2009


                                                                            COMMANDER’S MESSAGE


Your feedback through the AFC survey, Customer
    Service Assessment fosters improvement
 W
              e begin this month by                   per hour for care.
              welcoming our new senior                    IMCOM published guidelines that
              commander, Brigadier General            became effective last month for use of
Steve Salazar.                                        Fiscal Year 2009 EFMP respite care funds
    His arrival comes at a                            to further standardize and expedite service
key period as we prepare                              delivery.
units for war, receive                                    Please contact our FMWR EFMP
units from combat and                                 program director, Jay Velis at 476-2733 (CIV
review how well we are
doing as a community.                                 eligibility, allowable respite care hours and
    There are two                                     cost per month.
components to this                                       Respite Child Care is an FMWR CYSS
vital community                                       program that offers a temporary break or
assessment that need                                  time away for parents. Families of deployed
all of our input: the                                 Soldiers and Warriors in Transition are
Customer Management                                   eligable to receive 16 free hours of child
Assessment that reviews garrison services             care (per child, per month).
and USAREUR’s Army Family Covenant                       September is also Suicide Prevention
(AFC) survey.                                         Month. Please read about one local Soldier’s
    This past month, we provided the                  struggle with suicidal thoughts and seeking
largest turnout for IMCOM-E’s face-to-                help on page 6.
face AFC group sessions. Now we need to                  Army Values include Personal Courage,
complete the CSA and AFC surveys to fully             and this informative article bravely shares
understand how we can improve.                        a personal experience in order to encourage
    Please go to our web at www.                      others to seek help.                                                                                                                                 Photo by Florian Radeck
grafenwoehr.army.mil for both surveys.                   Suicide prevention is something that we                 Community leaders and members admire the Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers
    The theme for this year’s AFC is                  must remain vigilant about. We can remove                  awards Aug. 21 at a community relations ‘pig picking’ on East Camp. The event
“Keeping the Promise.” Some examples                  the stigma of seeking mental health care
of AFC programs doing just that are the               through awareness and understanding.
                                                         We recently recognized our Year of the                  Bundeswehr NCOs, as well as community leaders and BOSS members.
Exceptional Family Member Program
Respite Care and Respite Child Care                   NCO by partnering German community                         partnerships with our Bavarian counterparts.                  Sustainment Support Battalion.
programs.                                             leaders and Bundeswehr NCOs with some                         We have bid farewell to two separate                          These units and Soldiers have clearly
    EFMP Respite Care provides a temporary            of our own NCOs and BOSS Soldiers at a                     companies: the 12th Chemical Company                          shown what it means to be “Army Strong.”
rest period for Family Members who are                community relations ‘pig picking’ on East                  (now at Schweinfurt), the 535th Engineer
responsible for the regular care of persons           Camp.                                                      Support Company (now at Bamberg), and A                                          Col. Chris Sorenson
with disabilities. Qualifying Families are               This successful German-American                         Co, 2/66th MI (now at Hohenfels).
eligible to receive up to 40 hours of funded          partnership event shared how we value                         We also welcome home the last of our                                       Commander, U.S. Army
                                                      our NCOs and single Soldiers. As a result,                 15-month deployed units - Lt. Col. Roscoe
Family Member and can receive up to $45               we have found new areas to enhance our                     and the members of HHC, 18th Combat                                              Garrison Grafenwoehr

                                                                                             CSM CORNER


      Help us keep our battle buddies, children safe
           by reducing speed, staying ‘strong’
  I     to congratulate
        our Better
Opportunities for Single
                                                               The Army’s ‘I A.M. Strong’ campaign gives us the tools
                                                             needed to prevent sexual assault. We all have a duty to
                                                                                                                                                                                            speed limits.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Ignorance to these speed limits
                                                                                                                                                                                            is not an excuse.
                                                                                                                                                                                                While driving, pay attention
Soldiers program which
was recognized Army-
                                                            Intervene before an assault happens; Act on behalf of our                                                                       to the changes in speed limits
                                                                                                                                                                                            in order to prevent points from
wide at the annual BOSS                                   fellow Soldier; and Motivate each other to prevent the crime                                                                      being assessed to your USAREUR
conference Aug 10-15.                                                                                                                                                                       driver’s license.
  Our program received                                     of sexual assault. Sexual assault is a crime and will not be
                                                                                                                                                                                                Below is a list of posted speed
(large installation),
                                                                            tolerated at this garrison.                                                                                     limits in our school zones:
and runner-up for Best                                                                                                                                                                          • Netzaberg Elementary/Middle
                                              As we relax on our off-time,              responsibilities of the Military                 and that some individuals even                     School: 10 KPH
Installation.                                                                           Police to enforce all installation
                                           however, I want to stress the                                                                 have a hard time going that slow                       • Grafenwoehr Elementary
   It is through the hard work and
                                           importance of keeping yourself and                                                            without stalling their vehicles.                   School: 20 KPH
dedication of our Soldiers that the
                                           your Battle Buddy safe.                          Excessive speeds, as well as                    This speed is used as a safety                      • Vilseck Elementary School:
program continues to make strides.
   I encourage all single Soldiers            The Army’s ‘I A.M. Strong’                other violations are unacceptable                measure. The barriers in place are                 20 KPH
to get involved with BOSS. The             campaign gives us the tools needed           for several reasons.                             designed to rise if activated by our                   • Vilseck High School: 30 KPH
next BOSS event will be held               to prevent sexual assault.                       The key factor involved is the               contract guards.                                       In discussing the schools, I
tomorrow – Country Night at ‘The              We all have a duty to Intervene           safety issue posed when driving                     A person driving in excess of                   would like to welcome all the
Zone’ in Vilseck. There will also          before an assault happens; Act on            at an excessive rate. Speed limits               this speed limit could potentially                 teachers and students back to the
be a rafting trip this weekend and         behalf of our fellow Soldier; and            are established to maintain a safe                                                                  garrison.
the BOSS Bash on the 25th of this          Motivate each other to prevent the           environment for all Soldiers,                                                                           We have not only top-notch
month.                                     crime of sexual assault.                     civilians and Family Members.                    raised.                                            staff, but top-notch students in our
   If you would like more                     Even one incident of sexual                   As a community, we owe it                        Another area of concern is the                 garrison, and I look forward to
information on upcoming events,            assault is one too many. Sexual              to each other to abide by the                    school zones.                                      what the upcoming year will bring.
call the garrison’s BOSS president,        assault is a crime and will not be           regulations established, and make                    Our children’s safety is one of
Corporal Robert Shomper at DSN             tolerated at this garrison.                  our post a safe place to raise our               the focal points in the community.
475-8822.                                     Speeding will also not be                 children.                                            Excessive speed will not be
   We expect to see the USO                tolerated. Speeding on post has                  As many of you have seen,                    tolerated in these zones. While
Soldier Center, in which BOSS              become a growing concern not                 while entering and exiting most                  speed bumps have been put                                     Command Sgt. Maj.
will be housed, open in the coming         only with the Directorate of                 gates on post, the posted speed                  in place at the Grafenwoehr                                        William Berrios
month as well.                             Emergency Services, but also                 limits drop to 10 KPH.                           Elementary School, other schools
   The facility will offer a place to      within the Garrison communities.                 Understandably, our DES                      will have Military Police patrols                              CSM, U.S. Army
relax, use the internet, play video           Army in Europe Regulation                                                                  in place to ensure our community
games, make phone calls and more.          190-1 clearly outlines the                   saying that this speed is too low                is strictly adhering to our posted                            Garrison Grafenwoehr


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Question for the Command Group: Command Sponsorship
                                                                                                      Mrs. Stephens,                                        completed DA FORM 4187 (Request for
                                                                                                          Thank you for your questions. Command             Personnel Action) endorsed by the Battalion
   Dear Command Group,                                                                                sponsorship is an action that is initiated            Commander, copy of Enlisted Record Brief
      My question pertains to keeping the unity and strength of soldier’s families in                 through the Soldier’s unit and basically              or Officer Record Brief, DA FORM 5888
                                                                                                      authorizes the Soldier to                             (Family Member Deployment Screening
   regards to communication and command sponsorship.                                                  move Family members                                   Sheet), PCS Orders assigning the Soldier to the
       The army has made strides in providing a supportive environment for the                        into the community.                                   overseas community, marriage certificate, birth
   families and has opened new avenues for its survival. From the perspective of an                       There are three                                   certificates (if applicable), copies of passports
                                                                                                      organizations that work                               if family members are non-US citizens or local
   Army spouse, I would like the opportunity to ask a few questions.                                  together to ensure a                                  nationals and SOFA stamp card for restricted
       Thank you in advance for this opportunity.                                                     smooth transition:                                    countries only.
       When my spouse was in Basic Training we received communication in the                          the Soldier’s unit, the                                   Additionally, court custody documents
   form of a letter and post card that informed of his safe arrival and a means of                    Military Personnel                                    must be provided when Soldiers are requesting
                                                                                                      Division and IMCOM-                                   command sponsorship for step-children.
   contact and information for the family should they ever need it. Basically, this                   Europe.                                                   Once the completed documents are
   communication kept the family involved and made them feel included as their                            Command                   Howe                    submitted to the Military Personnel Division,
   main support system.                                                                               sponsorship is a unit                                 approval of a command Sponsorship can take
                                                                                                      action that is requested by the new Soldier.          from three days to several weeks to process
       Now, worlds apart it is even more important to keep the unity and strength of                      To facilitate this request, the unit has a team   depending on the family’s current situation.
   the Soldier, spouse and family.                                                                    specifically designated to assist new Soldiers             There are several reasons that the approval
                                                                                                      and family members, which consists of the unit        could be delayed or denied altogether. The
       My Question for Command:                                                                       commander and Family Readiness Liaison.               most common processing delays are the result
                                                                                                      This team tracks newly assigned personnel and         of an incomplete or inaccurate packet being
       1. For the spouses and families whom are awaiting command sponsorship                          assigns a sponsor to assist the new Soldiers          submitted to the MPD and/or if the Soldier has
   how are they currently being kept informed and included in their soldier’s                         upon their arrival into the community.                a Family member enrolled in the Exceptional
   community?                                                                                             This person is selected on the basis of rank      Family Member Program.
        2. How are contact and or resource information from the command for the                       and family and should closely mirror the traits           When that happens, the command
                                                                                                      of the new Soldier. The idea is to provide the        sponsorship request must be forwarded to
   soldier’s family being distributed?                                                                new troop with a direct point of contact who          IMCOM-Europe Family Travel Branch for
       3. What programs are in place to include the spouse and family in their                        has experience in the community and can               approval. Additional delays can also occur
   soldier’s new community that can be taken advantage of now?                                        understand the new Soldier’s needs.                   if the Soldier does not meet the tour length
                                                                                                          More information on the Family Readiness          requirements, as listed above, and must first
       4. What are the criteria for command sponsorship?                                              Group can be found at www.armyfrg.org.                initiate a tour extension.
       5. How can the soldier, spouse and family best prepare for command                                 As part of the community in-processing, the           Upon approval of the command
   sponsorship? What documents are required of the soldier to initiate a command                      sponsor accompanies the new Soldier through           sponsorship request, the Soldier must request
   sponsorship?                                                                                       a myriad of offices to include local banks             Deferred Family Travel Orders by completing
                                                                                                      and medical/dental offices. As part of this            a Travel Request Worksheet.
       6. What are the processes for command sponsorship once the soldier has                         orientation, most sponsors will also take the             Approval of deferred family travel
   arrived at their permanent change station? How long does the approval process                      new troop to the Army Community Services              authorizes the Soldier’s family members to
   takes?                                                                                             (ACS) Office in order to receive relocation            travel to the new community; however, this
       7. What are some of the reasons a command sponsorship gets denied?                             packets and community information.                    approval may take some time because travel
                                                                                                          There are several requirements that a             dates are dependent upon the community’s
       8. Upon approval of a command sponsorship is travel dependent on other                         Soldier must meet before their family can be          housing vacancies.
   soldiers families traveling to that area?                                                          command sponsored. The Soldier must be able               Even though a Soldier may have an
                                                                                                      to serve on a 36-month tour of duty and the           approved command sponsorship, family
                                                                                                      Soldier must have a minimum of 12 months              members may not be able to travel until
      Thank you for your time and I hope that these questions can be of help and                      remaining on the current tour in order to             housing is available. Current housing
   support for the incoming soldier, spouses and family.                                              qualify; if not, the Soldier must be willing to       information can be found at the Army Housing
                                                                                                      extend to meet this 36-month tour requirement.        Onestop Web site at https://onestop.army.mil/.
       Sincerely,                                                                                         Once the new Soldier has decided to initiate
                                                                                                      a command sponsorship request, the unit
       Verona Stephens                                                                                personnel office, also called the “S-1”, will                                 Wendy Howe
       Army Spouse                                                                                    assist with building a formal packet.                                       Deputy Chief,
                                                                                                          The following documents are required
                                                                                                      in order to request command sponsorship:                        Military Personnel Division


How to stop hating the military                                                                                                                                         Do YOU have a
                                                                                                                                                                        question you’d
                                                                                  change how we feel about military
                                                                                                                   JACEY  immigrated to a new community.




                                                                                                                                                                    ?
                                                                                  life, the fear that you will be alone       They repeated their new                     like to ask
                                         JACEY                                                                     ECKHART
                                                                                  for the rest of your life whether you
                                                                                  are married or not.
                                                                                                                          behaviors by acting as if they were
                                                                                                                          not junkies every minute of every              the garrison
                                        ECKHART                                       The fact that divorce rose from
                                                                                  2.5 percent of military marriages in
                                                                                  2001 to 3 percent in 2005. The force
                                                                                                                          day for the months they took part in
                                                                                                                          the program. They achieved change.
                                                                                                                              From my observations of military            command
                                    Mandatory Fun                                 of refusing to move to a new duty
                                                                                  station because your toddler likes
                                                                                                                          families, I’ve seen the bitterest of
                                                                                                                          BLMWs find a relationship with                     group?
                                                                                  her current daycare                                       another spouse who




                                                                                                       ‘
                                                                                  provider.                                                 was like them only
   A    re you trying to change the     women’s magazines in business is              Surely fear,                                          happier.                           Send
        way you feel about military     because change doesn’t come just          facts and force                  Hating the                   Then they
life?
    I’m not talking about turning
                                        because you want it to come.
                                            If it did, I would have substituted
                                                                                  are enough to
                                                                                                                   military is              reframed their                 questions to
                                                                                  make anyone                                               beliefs. They went
yourself into one of those creepy
women who seem to have no life
                                        bok choy for Cheetos long ago and
                                        I’d weigh about nine pounds by now.
                                                                                  change. Surely five        something many from thinking that                             usaggnews@
                                                                                  minutes in a prison                                       the military was
outside their service member.
    I’m talking about hitting that
                                            Understanding how human beings
                                        actually change their behavior is one
                                                                                  shower should be
                                                                                  enough to make an
                                                                                                             family members something sailorSoldier or
                                                                                                                                                        their              eur.army.mil
point in your Bitter Little Military
Wife stage that you recognize your
                                        of the most crucial skills military
                                        families learn. That’s why I was so
                                                                                  OxyContin habit              do. It’s part of             inflicted on the              with “Question
                                                                                  seem like a bad,                                          family, to gathering
husband is a pretty good guy, really.
That the high school boyfriend
                                        intrigued by Alan Deutschman’s
                                        book “Change r Die.”
                                                                                  bad idea.                  our culture. But evidence about how                         for Command”
                                                                                      Surely the idea                                       this military thing
who just checked in with you on             Deutschman is the executive           that you’d have to             at a certain               was who their guy
Facebook is still (ack!) living with    director of Unboundary, a consulting      date guys who live                                                                      in the subject
his mom. That if you let yourself       firm that helps big business navigate      with their mamas           point, that hate, was, not justliving.
                                                                                                                                            he did for a
                                                                                                                                                           what
get any more bitter you are going to    change. When he researched change,        is enough to make
                                                                                                             that resentment repeated this      Finally, they                  line.
start tasting like bok choy. Coffee
grounds. Ear wax.
    Yup, you have clearly reached
                                        he wasn’t really thinking about
                                        military spouses. Instead he looked
                                        at case studies of people who needed
                                        hardcore changes in their behavior.
                                                                                  your (Soldier) look
                                                                                  a lot like Matthew
                                                                                  McConaughey.
                                                                                                                  outlives its
                                                                                                                                    ‘       behavior constantly
                                                                                                                                            by acting as if they         All questions
that point at which you know it
would be helpful to your own                He studied car companies with
                                                                                      Except that
                                                                                  they don’t. Fear,
                                                                                                                 usefulness.                could carry on
                                                                                                                                            - even on the days             will receive
happiness if you could magically        skyrocketing costs and drug users         facts and force                                           they thought they
change the way you feel about the
demands of the military. Poof!
                                        who kept being sent back to jail. He
                                        studied heart patients who had to eat
                                                                                  may make logical sense, but those
                                                                                  things don’t actually motivate lasting
                                                                                                                          could not.
                                                                                                                              Hating the military is something
                                                                                                                                                                           a response.
you?
    But you have one problem, don’t     cleaner and exercise more if they
                                        wanted to live another day.
                                                                                  change in our behavior. Instead,
                                                                                  Deutschman observed that real
                                                                                                                          many family members do. It’s part
                                                                                                                          of our culture. But at a certain point,
                                                                                                                                                                              Select
                                            What he found was that people
    Deciding that you are sick and
tired of being that BLMW and            usually think they can inspire change
                                                                                  change came with what he called the that hate, that resentment outlives
                                                                                  3Rs: relate, reframe, repeat.           its usefulness. We want to strip it off
                                                                                                                                                                         questions will
changing into a happier woman are       with what Deutshman calls the 3Fs:
two totally different things.           fear, facts and force.
                                                                                      For the drug users, this meant that like a wool coat in August. That’s
                                                                                  they lived in a working group home      one of the times we military family            be published
    How do you change? I mean,              For those drug users, those           with other reformed drug users who      members need to take the time to
really, really change. Change is no     motivating factors would be the fear      quit using, found work they could       think through Deutschman’s 3Rs. We              in upcoming
joke.                                   of going back to the soul-crushing        do, made it through the day with        need to relate. Reframe. Repeat.
    Think of the times you’ve tried     misery of prison; the fact that people    some aplomb.                                Until we can’t imagine life any            issues of the
to quit smoking, get organized, lose    die from drug use; and the force of           They reframed by learning to        other way.
weight, exercise. The reason those      actually being locked up.                 think of themselves as being part of         Jacey Eckhart is a syndicated            Bavarian News.
four topics keep an entire fleet of          For we military families trying to    a large extended family that had just   columnist for CinCHouse.com.
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                                                                        Welcome Home 18th CSSB

Soldiers, family members reunite
after 15-month deployment to Iraq
      Chief Warrant

Byrd embraces his
wife Jodie and two
of their children at
  a re-deployment
      ceremony for
 Headquarters and
      Headquarters
          Company,
       18th Combat
       Sustainment
 Support Battalion
    Aug. 29 at U.S.
    Army Garrison
      Grafenwoehr.
       The children
     decorated and
    donned shirts
      with personal
    messages and
     photos for the
   occasion. Jodie
    Byrd said they
 survived the long
  deployment with                                                                             Soldiers of the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Headquarters and Headquarters
     lots of prayer.
                                                                                              deployment ceremony. The 18th CSSB deployed 77 personnel to provide command and
    Photos by Melissa                                                                         control over 700 National Guard, reserve and active duty Soldiers who provided Combat
                Wolff                                                                         Service Support to over 15,000 Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines located between Forward
                                                                                              Operating Base Q-West and FOB Marez in northern Iraq. The company, who completed one of
                                                                                              the Army’s last 15-month deployments, sustained no injuries or casualties during the tour.




U.S. Army Europe names Soldier,
Grafenwoehr-based Soldier, NCO take top honors
        Story and photo by               Military Police Brigade is the 2009       Best Warrior Competition at Fort Lee,
 Sgt. DANIEL J. NICHOLS                  USAREUR Soldier of the Year and           Va., in September, where they will                                                                            Sgt. 1st
       USAREUR Public Affairs            Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Beckman of the       compete with winners from the Army’s
                                         7th Army NCO Academy is the 2009          major commands.                                                                                               Class Aaron
   A Grafenwoehr military police         USAREUR NCO of the Year.                     Beam said a few months ago                                                                                 Beckman,
Soldier from U.S. Army Europe’s 21st         “I told them (the competitors)        Gen. Carter Ham, USAREUR’s                                                                                    Joint
Theater Sustainment Command and a        when this thing started that you’re       commanding general, told him to                                                                               Multinational
                                         going to be tried, and you’re going                                                                                                                     Training
the Grafenwoehr’s Joint Multinational    to be tested, and it will probably be     USAREUR’s top warriors.                                                                                       Command,
Training Command were named as the       one of the hardest things you ever do         “Sergeant major, we’re going to
2009 USAREUR and Seventh Army            at this point in your military career,”   pick our warrior. We’re going to pick
Soldier of the Year and NCO of the       said USAREUR Command Sgt. Maj.            our champion that is going to go forth                                                                        aid on a pair
Year in a ceremony held in Heidelberg,   Ralph Beam during the ceremony.           and represent us at DA,” Beam said                                                                            of simulated
Aug. 27.                                     Beckman and Micek will go on to       the general told him.                                                                                         casualties
   Spc. Daniel Micek of the 18th         represent USAREUR in the Army’s               The result was the competition                                                                            Aug. 11 during
                                                                                   at the Grafenwoehr Training Area in                                                                           the 2009
                                                                                   which the Micek and Beckman earned
Spc. Daniel Micek,                                                                 their titles earlier this month.                                                                              USAREUR and
        21st Theater                                                                   The competition put 11 USAREUR                                                                            Seventh Army
       Sustainment                                                                 Soldiers’ physical, mental and warrior                                                                        Best Warrior
 Command’s 18th                                                                    skills to the test over four grueling                                                                         Competition.
    Military Police                                                                days of nearly non-stop challenges.                                                                           Beckman went
    Brigade, takes                                                                     A full story about the competition                                                                        on to win the
                                                                                   is available from the USAREUR home
  off running after                                                                page, www.http://www.hqusareur.                                                                               competition
       low-crawling                                                                army.mil/news/releases/2009-08-17-                                                                            and be named
under barbed wire                                                                  02_SOY.pdf.                                                                                                   USAREUR’s
   on the obstacle                                                                     The Aug. 9-13 competition was                                                                             NCO of the
    course during                                                                  designed to tax each contender’s                                                                              Year.
      the 2009 U.S.                                                                stamina and capabilities, as well as
                                                                                   prepare the winners for the Army-level
      Army Europe                                                                  competition, said Sgt. Maj. Michael          situation they’re in.”                     USAREUR.”
       and Seventh                                                                 Kennedy of JMTC’s operations                     While at times they might have           “I’m really excited to represent
      Army Soldier                                                                 division, who designed many of the           found it hard to work up some
   of the Year and                                                                 tasks for event.                             enthusiasm during the competition,         the JMTC and from USAREUR,”
  NCO of the Year                                                                      “The competitor that we’re looking       the winners said they’re honored to        Beckman added. “I’m just hoping I
                                                                                   for to send to the Army level is the one     earn their titles and excited to move      can continue to drive forward and
 competition Aug.
                                                                                   that is very good at dealing with fatigue,   on to the next level.                      represent well when I get to Fort
   13. Micek went                                                                  physical and mental,” Kennedy said               “This is a tremendous honor right      Lee.”
   on to be named                                                                  during the competition. “The Soldier         now,” Micek said. “Not many people             He said his plans are to “train,
 USAREUR’s 2009                                                                    that can operate on minimum amounts          dream of it. Some people think they        train, train” between now and then,
     Soldier of the                                                                of rest and information for long             can do it, but like the sergeant major     including preparing with Micek.
               Year.                                                               periods of time and still remember to        told us, we actually did it. And this is       “I’ll give all I’ve got for that one,”
                                                                                   do the little things even when they’re       a huge honor, meeting everybody that       Micek said. “There’s nothing after that,
                                                                                   tired, sore and not real happy about the     competed ... and an honor to represent     so there’s nothing to hold back.”
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2SCR Soldier overcomes suicidal ideations,
encourages others to reach out, get help
           by MARY MARKOS                            again and again … In my mind, I never really
                      Editor                         left Iraq.”
                                                         Stehr said part of her struggle to return to her
    Capt. Emily Stehr, a physical therapist ‘pre-deployment’ self included overcoming the
with the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, is in stigma associated with seeking mental health
                                                     and discussing suicide.
returning from Iraq, she was struggling with her         “Nobody really wants to talk about suicide.
own internal wounds of war that had not healed. People don’t know what to say.” Stehr said.
She decided to kill herself.                         “There’s shame … embarrassment. I really
    What stopped Stehr was not the physical thought that I was weak. I bought into the whole
pain she would have endured, but the realization stigma that people who are suicidal or have
                                                     mental issues are weak,” Stehr said.
children of her close friends when their parents         The Department of the Army has
would tell them, “Aunt Emily in not around acknowledged the stigma associated with
because she killed herself.”                         seeking mental health and has taken steps to
    “I was not willing to put that pain on those combat it and suicide in the ranks.
                                                         Although the number of suicides in the
my mom, my dad, all my other loved ones, but U.S. Army Europe rose from four in calendar
those kids, I can’t do it.”                          year 2007, to seven in calendar year 2008, the




                           ‘
    What Stehr did do was check into Landstuhl effects of the Army’s efforts to reduce and
Regional Medical                                                                eliminate the stigma
Center and began the                                                            with seeking mental
process of healing.              It has nothing to do                           health were evident
    “I like to think of                                                         in an informal poll
(suicide) like cancer.         with being strong or                             taken at the U.S. Army
I did not even know                                                             Garrison Grafenwoehr
I was sick. I just kept      being weak, you’re sick.                           Aug. 25.
waiting for me to return                                                            Fifty-one percent                                                                                            Courtesy photo
to normal, and it never     The correct philosophy is                           of nearly 60 Soldiers       Capt. Emily Stehr, a physical therapist with the 2nd Stryker Cavalry
happened. Stuff kept                                                            polled said there is
escalating until it was     that you’re a human, and                            no longer a stigma          Regiment,contimplated committing suicide after returning from Iraq. She shares
either, I’ll be dead or                                                                                     her story with others in hope they will see that reaching out for help is not only okay,
I’ll get treatment.
                            sometimes crap happens,                             associated with seeking
                                                                                help.                       it makes you a better Soldier.
    “Looking back I can    and you have pain. But you                               Sixty-two percent       it is okay to talk about what is troubling them,”   our Soldiers are strong because they have the
see the whole process,                                                          of Soldiers polled said     Blackburn said.                                     fortitude to do a self-examination, and they
but when you’re going      need to deal with your pain.                         that individuals who             “We’ve got to make people understand …         know the result. They don’t conceal it, they let
through something like                                                          seek mental help are        scars, you’ve got them; I’ve got them; we’ve        it out. That’s a strong population, not a weak
that, you’re so blind        Get help when you need                             not seen as weak, with      all got them. Some are visible. Some are not        one,” he said.
because you’re in ‘you                                                          one Soldier attributing     visible. Everybody deserves a chance to be              To stay strong, Stehr said all Soldiers need
shell’,” Stehr said.         it. Take care of yourself                          this to “the change in      successful.                                         to offer support and be willing to listen and
    Part of her healing       emotionally, mentally,                            Army culture.”                   “Part of that is tearing down the stigma       talk. Stehr further said that it is not as easy as
process was coming
out of her shell and

the ‘tumor’ or reason
for her emotional pain
                            psychologically. It’s going
                               to make you a better
                                                                  ‘                 It is a change, said
                                                                                2SCR Regimental
                                                                                Commander Col.
                                                                                James Blackburn
                                                                                that starts with the
                                                                                                            associated with any illness, any scar, that you
                                                                                                            incur while in the Army, or even before you
                                                                                                            came in. You are ours now, and will put you in
                                                                                                            a position to be successful,” said Blackburn.
                                                                                                                 And Stehr said talking mental illness and
                                                                                                                                                                just asking someone if they are going to hurt
                                                                                                                                                                themselves.
                                                                                                                                                                    “It is never that easy. There is no easy about
                                                                                                                                                                any of this. Encourage that person and be there
                                                                                                                                                                for them. The more we talk about it, the better
and suicidal thoughts.                Soldier.                                  leadership.                 suicide is the only way to prevent others from      off we are,” Stehr said.
    “I had to go back                                                               “Fundamentally,         taking their life.                                      Blackburn encourages Soldiers to reach out
and rout out what was                    Capt. Emily Stehr                      as leaders, we have              “It has nothing to do with being strong or     and get the help they need. “If you are hurting
causing the maladaptive               2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment              to recognize there’s a      being weak, you’re sick,” Stehr said. “The          in some way, if something‘s on your heart, or
behavior, the tumor.                                                            challenge, and in this      correct philosophy is that you’re a human, and      something’s on your mind, reach out … We
Ultimately, unless you                                                          case the challenge is       sometimes crap happens, and you have pain. But      want you to reach out.
deal with that, it’s always going to plague you. cultural. We are in the profession of change,              you need to deal with your pain. Get help when          “If you hold it in, it won’t do you any good.
You have to deal with it head-on,” Stehr said.       changing the culture,” he said.                        you need it. Take care of yourself emotionally,     It won’t do your immediate family any good. It
    Dealing with the cause of her suicidal               With the cultural change, Blackburn and            mentally, psychologically. It’s going to make       won’t do your extended family any good. And it
ideations meant dealing with the anger, grief 2SCR leadership supported Stehr in her decision               you a better Solder.”                               certainly won’t do your battle buddy any good.
and emotional pain Stehr said she felt after to talk to others about her suicidal ideations.                     Blackburn agreed.                              We are here to help you,” Blackburn said.
physically leaving Iraq.                                 “I strongly feel Emily’s brave move to share            “(Solders who seek help) are strong. They’re       Soldiers in need of help can call the U.S.
    “For me, it was an accumulative trauma her story with the public is exactly what the                    strong because they are able to examine             Army Garrison Grafenwoehr chaplain hotline
- watching patients die.” Stehr said. “I had a Army needs to decrease the stigma associated                 themselves and know there’s something wrong.        at CIV 0162-296-0838. To read more stories of
patient kill himself. We lost 33 people when with seeking help. By stepping forward, she is                 Most people generally don’t say, ‘I have a          Soldiers who speaking out about suicide, visit
we were down there. It is hard to see again and showing other Solders they are not alone and                problem.’ And these folks this population of        www.realwarriors.net.



Netzaberg mother delivers baby boy along B470
     by AMY NEWCOMB                         gotten the leather seats instead of being                                                                                     Left: Melanie Lasley holds
            Bavarian News                   cheap” Paul said jokingly.                                                                                                    son Zachariah, who she
                                                They left Netzaberg but had to                                                                                            delivered in the front seat of
    “How often do you have to convince      make a decision at the Eschenbach
                                                                                                                                                                          the family’s car while on the
your husband you are having a baby,         exit. “I think we need to go to the
it’s coming, there’s no stopping, it’s      Eschenbach hospital, I’m think I’m                                                                                            way to the hospital.
not like you can just tell it to hold on,   going to have this baby” said Melanie.
cross your legs, it’s just not time yet”    Paul thought they could make it to                                                                                            Below: Crossroads sign
Melanie Lasley said.                        Weiden.                                                                                                                       between Weiden and
    Melanie never thought when they             As they were driving to Weiden,                                                                                           Eschenbach where Melanie
moved to Grafenwoehr in January that        Melanie insisted that Paul pull over,
                                            she knew she was not going to make                                                                                            Lasley gave birth to son
she would deliver her own baby on the
side of the road in a foreign country.      it to the hospital in time.                                                                                                   Zachariah.
    When she woke up at 3 a.m. on July          “We were right past OBI when                                                                                              Courtesy photos
29th feeling sick, she had no idea she      he crowned on the B470” Paul said.
was having labor pains.                     They pulled over at an intersection
    “I didn’t put the two together until    with a road sign telling them it was
about 5 a.m., I got on the internet and     17 kilometers to Weiden and 13
read stories about women who didn’t         kilometers back to Eschenbach.
realize they were in labor” Melanie             Paul jumped out of their van at the
said.
    The labor pains started to get          man on his way to work. He asked the
intense at 5:30 a.m. so she woke up her     man to call an ambulance for his wife
husband, Lt. Col. Paul Lasley, senior       who was about to give birth. “I never
chaplain for U.S. Army Garrison             got his name, I don’t know how to thank     excruciating” Melanie said.             impromptu roadside birth.                 this hard” Paul said.
Grafenwoehr.                                him but he spoke very good English              Melanie and Zachariah were taken        “They just assumed that Paul              Melanie was thankful that he could
    The Lasley’s called their neighbor      and was very accommodating” Paul            by ambulance to Weiden hospital         delivered and I was in the back seat      be home to help during this pregnancy
and friend, Joy Chun, to come over and      said. The unknown man stayed until the      where they stayed for four days.        of the van….But I was in the front        because it was the hardest. “It seemed
look after their other three children so    ambulance arrived 15 minutes later.         Zachary weighed 9 pounds 1 ounce        seat of the van and took my own baby      like with each pregnancy [labor time]
they could go to the hospital.                 After Paul had made sure that an         and was 19 inches long.                 and put him on my shoulder” Melanie       was cut in half” Melanie said.
    “[Joy] arrived in probably less than    ambulance was on the way he went                “He was so big he had blood sugar   said. “I just prayed to God and he saw        The Lasley’s other children, Ruth,
10 minutes from when we called her”         back to the van and found his wife          problems so we ended up staying         us through it.”                           9, Caleb, 6, and Sarah, 2, were happy
Paul said. Once Chun arrived, they          holding their newborn son, Zachariah        a little bit longer to make sure that                                             that their mother had Zachariah during
grabbed Melanie’s suitcase and headed       Vance Lasley.                               everything was okay…..everything        home for an entire pregnancy due to       the summer so they would have a
out the door.                                  Melanie had delivered her own            was okay” Melanie said.                 deployments. “I’ve been gone for at       chance to play with their new brother
    When they got inside their van,         baby at 6:05 a.m. “The delivery                 The Lasley’s family and friends     least half if not most of all the other   before school started. Zachariah was
Melanie’s water broke. “I wish I had        was easy, it was the labor that was         were shocked to learn of Zachariah’s    pregnancies….I didn’t know it was         2 weeks and 2 days early.
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Moving brings choices, time restrictions
       by BRADLEY J. HUESTIS
                                                        with the carrier within nine months of delivery,
                                                        the carrier will be responsible for obtaining
    With the end of the summer permanent change                                                                                                                                  New residents have nine
of station cycle, all service members and civilian      replacement estimates when not repairable. If
personnel who recently arrived should note these
                                                        delivery, the carrier will only pay the depreciated                                                                      with the carrier under the
damaged, destroyed, or lost during moves.               replacement cost or repair cost, whichever is
   Under the new Full Replacement Value                 less.

                                                        mail, claimants should send claims to the carrier
with the carrier.
Filing directly with carrier                            date on which the claim was submitted.
   With the FRV program, if claimants file                 When the carrier receives the claim, it will
their claim directly upon the carrier within nine       have up to 60 days to pay, deny or make a                                                                                Courtesy photo
months of delivery, the carrier will settle the
claim by repairing or paying to repair damaged          claim, the carrier will have 30 days to make the
items.                                                  payment.
   For items that are lost or destroyed, the carrier
will either replace the item with a new item, or                                                                                                                       This two-year period was established by act
pay the full, undepreciated replacement cost. A                                                                                                                     of Congress and cannot be waived. The claims
few large items like pianos, organs, motorcycles        give up their right to have the carrier settle the    that the government could have recovered from
                                                        claim on the basis of full replacement value.         the carrier from any amount payable to claimants
art, are not covered by FRV.                                                                                  on their claim.                                       lading, orders and attendant documents before it
    In some cases, the carrier cannot replace           by paying the depreciated replacement or repair          This deduction for lost potential carrier
some missing items with new ones. These are             cost, whichever is less.                              recovery will almost always equal or exceed the
items that have value because of their age, such           Claimants must submit Form 1840R to                value of the items being claimed, resulting in no     shipment (household goods, hold baggage and
as collectible figurines, antiques, collectible                                                               payment for those items of which the government       POV).
plates, baseball cards, comic books, and coin           the property was delivered. DD Form 1840R             received tardy notice.                                   If residents suffer damage to property that
and stamp collections. On a full replacement            (the pink form captioned “Notice of Loss or              Be mindful that the armed services’ claims         may be compensable by the Army, they should
value claim, the carrier is liable for the greater of   Damage”) is the reverse of the DD Form 1840           programs are funded mostly by recovering
$5,000 per shipment or $4 times the net weight                                                                money from private carriers who break and lose           For assistance with claims, call: Ansbach
of the shipment (in pounds), up to a maximum            belongings. Residents should be sure to unpack        things, not by tax dollars.
limit of $50,000.
    If claimants believe the full replacement           notice.                                               step in perfecting a claim. Claimants must
value of their property is more than $50,000,                                                                 submit their completed claim on DD Form 1842,
they may be able to obtain additional FRV               timely are critical to preserving your claim for      Claim For Loss or Damage To Personal Property
coverage at their own expense from a private            two reasons.                                          Incident To Service, and DD Form 1844, List Of
insurance company or from the carrier, if the                                                                 Property And Claim Analysis Chart, within two
carrier offers additional coverage.                     for items that are not listed on Form 1840R.          years of the date your property was delivered.



U.S. Forces ration card program ushers in technology
                                             also changed the color of the card to       ration card holders in Europe. Yellow      on-line form and print the ration card
                                             make it more visibly distinctive from       cards should start being issued in         on 8-1/2 by 11-inch paper.                 riddle of how to fold the ration card.
    In a change to bring the U.S. Forces     the current edition.”                       June. Individuals who currently have          “This new process will enable               “That is something that people
ration card issue process in line with                                                   the blue ration cards will keep them.      service providers to rapidly complete      struggle with, like folding a map. But
technology, U.S. Army Installation                                                       When the time comes to replace ration                                                 in a way, folding up a ration card is
Management Command-Europe                    Division, issues ration cards to certain    cards, individuals will receive a new      on the spot,” said Hall.                   an iconic piece of being stationed
                                                                                         yellow ration card.                           According to Suarez, the online         in Europe,” said Hall. “The new
will undergo a makeover.                     According to Suarez the change will             “It’s important people realize that    form that will be used by service          ration card will be slightly wider than
    According to Lanny Hall, IMCOM-          benefit both personnel who issue            the blue cards are still good until they   providers to create the new ration cards   the current edition and will contain
Europe personnel services chief, the         the ration cards and those receiving        expire. Keep using them,” said Hall.                                                  folding instructions. Although the
ration card process is transitioning         them. “They are a different color,              The new web-based process, said        2 blocks on the form that have to be       folding can still be a little tricky, the
from typewriters to web-based forms          better material and they are supposed                                                  changed when someone comes in for a        new ration card format will continue
and will change size and color.              to last a little longer….it is easier for   process.                                   new one. “All I have to do is input the    to accommodate easy wallet storage
    “The principal reason for the change     us to issue them now because we do              In the past, customers would watch     expiration date to the date on their ID    and retrieval.”
is to take the issuance process from the     it on the computer which is quicker”        as a service provider plucked away         Cards and their name and I go ahead            For more about U.S. Forces ration
typewriter to the PC and laser printer,”     Suarez said.                                at a typewriter to complete the ration     and print it…..everything is already
said Hall. “The change mandates that             The ration card color will change       card. Now, when customers obtain a         there” Suarez said. “It takes about 2
we have to make a format change from         from blue to yellow, said Hall, adding      new, replacement or renewal ration         minutes to get someone in and out.”
the current long, skinny edition, and we     that the change affects all U.S. Forces                                                   The one thing that will remain


                                                                                                              Respite care offers families valuable rest
                      Slow Down                                                                                          by ROB McILVAINE                           and the medical or educational condition of the
                                                                                                                                                                    family member requiring care.
                                                                                                                                                                        Qualifying families are eligible to receive up
                                                                                                                 For Army families who are responsible for          to 40 hours of funded EFMP respite care monthly
      The Grafenwoehr Military Police will be conducting speed                                                regular care of persons with disabilities, the
     enforcement operations in the vicinity of all garrison DODEA                                             Exceptional Family Member Program Respite up to $45 per hour for care.
                                                                                                              Care Program provides a temporary rest period
      schools. The following posted speed limits will be strictly



                                                                                                                                              ‘
                                                                                                              for caregivers.                                received $8.2 million in supplemental funds
                                                                                                                 The EFMP puts respite                                        for EFMP respite care. In
                              enforced:                                                                       care in place when needed
                                                                                                              for eligible families of active      Special needs been included in the base
          Netzaberg Elementary/Middle school complex - 10 KPH                                                 Army and active Army                                            operating funds for ACS
                                                                                                                                                 care is around               and is no longer funded by
                                                                                                              Reserve Soldiers.
                              Grafenwoehr Elementary - 20 KPH                                                    Sharon Fields, a program       the clock. When supplemental funds.
                                                                                                                                                                                  The Army Installation
                                                                                                              manager for FMWRC Respite                                       Management Command
                                 Vilseck Elementary - 20 KPH                                                  Care Services, said the Army        a family has a              published revised guidelines
                                                                                                              hopes to inform families
                                                                                                              worldwide about respite care        special needs               respite care funds June 11,
                                  Vilseck High School - 30 KPH                                                opportunities.
                                                                                                                 “Our primary goal is
                                                                                                                                                  child or adult,             to further standardize and
                                                                                                                                                                              expedite service delivery
       All violators will be ticketed. Questions can be directed to                                           to ensure consistency and             respite care              Army-wide. These guidelines
            Sgt. First Class Leonard Warth at DSN 476-2590.                                                   continuity of our respite care
                                                                                                              program, regardless of where
                                                                                                              our Soldiers and families are
                                                                                                              located,” Fields said. “Special
                                                                                                              needs care is around the clock.
                                                                                                                                               provides a break
                                                                                                                                                 for the primary
                                                                                                                                                                               ‘
                                                                                                                                                                              became effective Aug. 3.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Contact the U.S. Army

                                                                                                                                                                              Family, Morale, Welfare and
                                                                                                                                                                              Recreation EFMP program
                                                                                                              When a family has a special             caregiver.              director, Jay Velis at DSN
                                                                                                              needs child or adult, respite
                                                                                                              care provides a break for the
                                                                                                              primary caregiver.”               FMWRC Respite Care Service
                                                                                                                                                                              eligibility, allowable respite
                                                                                                                 Families can apply for                                       care hours and cost per
                                                                                                              the Respite Care Program at the nearest Army month.

                                                                                                              for the program is based on EFMP enrollment
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                                                                                          Garmisch                                                                                  September 2, 2009



Garrison Military Police at home on
the range with Garmisch Polizei force
             Story and photos by                       This range, however, was unique. U.S.           knowing that they have a solid working           aren’t authorized to wear the American badges
  Staff Sgt. JERAME J. STOFFER                       Army MPs assigned to the U.S. Army Garrison       partnership with the local Polizei, all
             USAG Garmisch DES
                                                     Garmisch Directorate of Emergency Services        participants were willing to give up off-duty    counterpart cops, simply earning the badge and
                                                     and German police officers serving the            time to train together and learn each other’s
    It’s probably been a while in Garmisch since     Garmisch-Partenkirchen community conducted        tactics.                                             Both Soldiers and Polizei said everyone took
the last time anyone heard of the garrison’s                                                              The garrison MPs received training on 7.62    home a different experience, new ideas and new
Military Police and local Polizei conducting         followed by a familiarization with each other’s                                                    friendships.
joint weapons training at the same range.                                                                                                                   Serving overseas, MPs are able to form
    In most cases, joint weapons training for           According to the Soldiers involved,
Soldiers is done with the Bundeswehr so their        Americans and Germans hoped to get to             used by American troops.                         with the local Polizei.
Edelweiss Gebirgsjägers, or mountain soldiers,       know each others weapons for reasons of              At the end of the day the German Police          Because the language barrier sometimes must
can earn American marksmanship badges.               personnel safety, to ease working together in     took home Army marksmanship badges that          be overcome without the use of an interpreter,
Likewise, and American Soldiers can attempt          law enforcement, and to boost international       generally only the Bundeswehr are afforded the   having strong teamwork and cooperation helps
to earn the German Army marksmanship award           camaraderie.                                      opportunity to earn.                             to achieve the mutual goals of keeping the
at a Schützenschnur.                                     While career MPs feel more comfortable           Unlike the German military, the Polizei       public safe.




Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy S. Herring, Garmisch Provost Sergeant, instructs two Spec. Justin L. Benge, a member of the Garmisch Military Police, receives instructions




              Provost Marshal’s Corner


     Automated
   pedestrian gate                                                                                                                                                         Left: Children play

  opens for business                                                                                                                                                       under a backdrop of
                                                                                                                                                                           mountains during the
                                                                                                                                                                           U.S. Army Garrison
                by   Cpt. SCOTT WOIDA
              Provost Marshal, USAG Garmisch DES
                                                                                                                                                                           Garmisch chapel’s
                                                                                                                                                                           Vacation Bible School.
     I am pleased to report that the automated pedestrian gate,
 located on Artillery Kaserne (near Army Lodging, Building
 258), is open for use. This gate will allow walkers to enter                                                                                                              Below left: Soldiers
 and exit the Kaserne along Aussere Maximilianstrasse;                                                                                                                     of O Troop, 4th
 a nice shortcut if you’re going to the employee housing,                                                                                                                  Squadron, 2nd Stryker
 catching a city bus, or walking up Kramer Mountain.                                                                                                                       Cavalry Regiment out
     This automated gate is a new piece of technology and                                                                                                                  of Vilseck conduct a
 will take a bit of ‘getting used to.’ Special instructions are
                                                                                                                                                                           standard combat patrol
 also available at the gate for families with small children or
 strollers. Instructions are posted in English, German and                                                                                                                 on Artillery Kaserne
 Russian to assist you, if needed. The gate has an automated                                                                                                               during a random patrol
 voice, in English, which can also guide you through the                                                                                                                   for increased vigilance.
 process.                                                                                                                                                                  The troopers are
     If you have any issues, or you are requested to call                                                                                                                  becoming a familiar
 security; the call will go directly to the Military Police Desk.
 Please take directions from the Desk Sergeant as he helps                                                                                                                 sight in Garmisch at
 you gain access to post while following the steps required                                                                                                                all of the American
 by the automated gate. The door leading off post can be                                                                                                                   kasernes with more
 opened by anyone inside the gate, so you will not be stuck                                                                                                                frequent patrols.
 inside.                                                                                                                                                                   Germany and the U.S.
     I ask that you practice patience when using the gate                                                                                                                  are working together
 commands that may lead to minor delays., Entry and exit,                                                                                                                  to keep the community
 however, will be a breeze once you become familiar with                                                                                                                   safe; Bundeswehr
 the process.                                                                                                                                                              from the Musikkorps
                                                                                                                                                                           share the kaserne with
 safety in mind while traveling to and from work. Help                                                                                                                     American Soldiers who
 us set a good example for our community children by
                                                                                                                                                                           work at the garrison
 following the posted speed limits and wearing the proper
 safety gear while on motorcycles and bicycles. Together                                                                                                                   and the George C.
 we can make this garrison a safer and more secure place to                                                                                                                Marshall Center on
 live and work.                                                                                                                                                            Sheridan Kaserne.
     Feedback: Let me know how we are doing. Go online

 the Garmisch Garrison website www.garmisch.army.mil
                                                                                                                                                                           Photos by John Reese

 evaluations let me know how we can better serve you.
 Please include a name and contact information if you wish
 to receive a personal response. Thank you for your service.
12 Bavarian News                                                                   Hohenfels Box Bulletin                                                                                                September 2, 2009




         Story and photo by                  promising job market in the United          recruiter, Chambers’ information was            After a summer renting a room from         is huge,” said Darr, who said to hire
     KRISTIN BRADLEY                         States had prompted her to research         entered into a database accessible by,       a German family with three children           Chambers he needed only to provide
             Bavarian News
                                             other options.                              among many others, Equal Employment          about her age, she said: “It has been         Molina with a job description, then sort
                                                Enter the Workforce Recruitment                                                       amazing and I wouldn’t have it any            through the potential candidates she
   By the time her senior year at the        Program.                                    the Army.                                    other way. I’ve gotten to travel with         found for him from the database.
College of Charleston was ending in             A Department of Labor centrally             Troy Darr, public affairs officer         them; I made friends; I ate German                Though it requires little time and
2009, Annie Chambers was losing hope         funded program, the WRP connects            for U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels,            food. I even had a conversation with          no money on the part of the supervisor,
                                             federal sector employers with               contacted Alma Molina, Hohenfels             someone in German the other day.”             Wanda Watson-Mays, WRP coordinator
                                             postsecondary students and recent           EEO program manager, about hiring               While spending the summer learning         for USAREUR, said she thinks some
Washington, D.C. on the weekends             graduates with disabilities.                someone through the WRP to complete          about the German culture, Chambers also       managers are still wary of hiring a student
for interviews, but said the less than          After an interview with a program        special projects his staff had not had       had to learn about the Army culture.          or recent graduate with a disability.
                                                                                         time to tackle.                                 “After doing internships in corporate          “Disability doesn’t mean inability,”
                                                                                            Molina searched the database for          America, I know that world. Working for       said Watson-Mays. “We’re trying to
                                                                                         candidates who might match Darr’s            the military every day I asked a lot of       shift some paradigms here.”
                                                                                         needs. Chambers was one of them.             questions,” she said, adding that learning        Chambers, who was diagnosed
       Annie Chambers                                                                       Three months later, both Darr and         to operate in a new environment has
shoots footage around                                                                    Chambers are grateful they chose to          honed her adaptive skills.                    Disorder in High School, said for her,
                                                                                         participate in the program.                                                                it is a matter of learning to work around
  post for a “Welcome                                                                       “I am absolutely glad I did it. It        the WRP has been a positive one for           her disability.
  to Hohenfels” video.                                                                                                                Darr also.                                         “I will get it done and I will get it
  Chambers has spent                                                                                                                     “It has been great. Annie was able         done well, it’s just a little harder to stay
  the summer working                                                                     for anything better.” said Chambers.         to work with minimum supervision. I           on task sometimes,” said Chambers.
      for the U.S. Army                                                                                                               gave her a project to complete and she        “I don’t think people here even know
                                                                                                                                                                                    I have a disability. It’s nice that they
   Garrison Hohenfels                                                                    had four un-paid internships so I know       that Chambers has been working on             don’t judge you for anything.”
                                                                                         what it’s like to be babied and I didn’t     projects he has wanted to complete                 To ease any misgivings employers
through the Workforce                                                                    want that.”                                  for some time but has not had the man         might have about hiring someone with
 Recruitment Program,                                                                        Though she had to pay for her own        power to begin.                               a disability, Watson-Mays stressed two
        a Department of                                                                  ticket to Germany, as a WRP employee             According to Kym McRae-Haeffner,
         Labor centrally                                                                 Chambers was paid a salary commiserate       Hohenfels EEO program specialist, that
                                                                                                                                      is one of the highlights for supervisors.     and two, that “just like any other federal
  funded program that                                                                       Like the eight other WRP interns              “It’s advantageous for both the           employee, if they don’t work out you
       connects federal                                                                  working for U.S. Army Europe and             student and the employer because you’re       can let them go.”
      sector employers                                                                   Installation Management Command-                                                              “Some people in the database I saw
   with postsecondary                                                                    Europe this summer, Chambers also            out of your budget. You get someone           have two PhDs, or two PhDs and a
   students and recent                                                                                                                from a pre-screened DOL referral pool
         graduates with                                                                  housing allowance) as well as arrange        that can work on special projects or on-      job. This program is just one vehicle
                                                                                         for transportation, all of which she said    going projects that need help,” she said,
            disabilities.                                                                Molina went “above and beyond” to            adding that not only does it not cost         gainfully employed,” said Watson-
                                                                                         assist with.                                 supervisors anything, it also takes very      Mays.
                                                                                                                                      little time on their part.                       Supervisors interested in the WRP
                                                                                         culture shock, has been a valuable one,           “If you look at the time I put into it   should contact their EEO for more
                                                                                         Chambers said.                               versus what we got out of it, the return      information.




         by KRISTIN BRADLEY                                                                                                                                                 Though as important as it is to acknowledge
                  Bavarian News                            “We must look ... to the history of the many women and                                                       what both the Army and female Soldiers have
                                                                                                                                                                        accomplished for female equality, Williams said
    It was not long ago in our nation’s short history            men who made it possible for us today.”                                                                more than anything women just want to be judged
that American women lacked the right to vote.                 Sgt. Maj. Carleen Williams, Command Paralegal NCO of the Staff Judge Advocate, JMRC                       for what they can do, not what gender they are.
    Almost 89 short years later an active-duty                                                                                                                              Though she is usually the only female in a
female Soldier in the United States Army stood
in front of a group of men and women at the U.S.        the driving force behind the entirely peaceful          regular Army little more than 30 years ago,
                                                        movement that changed the future of the nation,         Williams said the Army and its female Soldiers          at hand and what knowledge she has to offer the
Army Garrison Hohenfels dining facility to speak                                                                                                                        Army, not about being a woman, though she also
about the importance of the 19th Amendment.             said Williams.                                          continue to push women’s equality forward.
                                                            “We must look … to the history of the many              Having deployed to Iraq three times herself,        acknowledged that what she has to offer the Army
    Addressing the crowd at the Hohenfels                                                                                                                               may come in part from her gender.
Women’s Equality Day celebration Aug. 20,               women and men who made it possible for us today         in Desert Storm in 1990-1991 and in Operation
                                                        to put the words women and equality in the same         Iraqi Freedom-1 and OIF-3, Williams said the                “Having a female in the group (of mostly men)
Sgt. Maj. Carleen Williams called the women’s                                                                                                                           adds to the overall thinking, it might bring about
                                                        sentence,” she said.                                    presence of women in combat is itself a powerful
                                                            Currently serving as the command paralegal          testament.                                              more ideas,” said Williams.
rights convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y. in 1848,                                                                    “Just by having a presence in a combat                  As a female sergeant major, she said it
“the mother of all (civil rights) movements of the      Judge Advocate at the Joint Multinational Training      environment … we are helping to promote                 is important to her to be visible within the
60’s and 70’s.”                                         Command, Williams said the Army has held an             worldwide equality and diversity,” she said as she      community.
   Established by congress in 1971, Women’s             important role in advancing women’s equality.           showed the audience a photo of a female Soldier             “There aren’t very many (female SGMs), so
Equality Day commemorates the 1920 passage                                                                      with a young Iraqi girl.                                I want to be out there. I want to show men that
of the 19th Amendment that gave women the               equality) in a functional way,” she said, citing both       “In this way it can truly be said that we honor     there are female sergeant majors out there and I
right to vote.                                          the formation of the Women’s Army Corps in 1943         those women who struggled for gender equality           want women to see me and maybe think, ‘I could
   “Women who sought a change, even if they             and its disbandment into the regular Army in 1978.      with each new generation we free from the tyranny       be like her.’”
didn’t see the results in their lifetime,” were             Though the WAC was incorporated in the              of gender oppression,” said Williams.




   by KRISTIN BRADLEY                        management.”                                                                             Officer Julio Irlanda, Hohenfels              completed the online training of the
             Bavarian News                       For two weeks Gaddy attended the                                                     property book officer, said he was            basic course and is awaiting dates for
                                             Basic Course in Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.       allowed the instructors to see how the       more than willing to endorse Gaddy’s          his training in Kansas.
    Though she already holds a degree        with 150 other students in her session.     students would interact with people          request to attend the course.                     “I understood many things better
in business management and economics             Having taught leadership courses        they had just met, what each person’s           “I endorsed it because it is               (after completing the online course).
from the State University of New York,       herself during a previous job in            leadership style was and how they            education. Why not?” he said. “We             I learned about leadership and
when Vesna Gaddy saw an opportunity          human resources, Gaddy said she             would work together as a group.                                                            how to handle different situations,
to attend a course to hone her business      was impressed with the layout of the            “You were on your toes from the          local national from Hohenfels to go.”         though mainly about communication
leadership skills, she said she jumped       course.                                                                                     Irlanda said the Basic Course              and feedback,” said Ignatius.
at the chance.                                   “I really, really liked the course,”    as possible. It lets the instructors see                                                   “Communication is so important
    Gaddy, a Property Book Office            said Gaddy. “Normally leadership            how people adapt. Are you going              put on her resume that will help              because if that breaks down everything
supply technician is the first local         courses are all about theory, but with      to withdraw or contribute? It was            her wherever she goes, whether she            falls apart.”
national employee from Hohenfels to          this one the theory was covered online      pretty tense, but you learn a lot about      remains an Army employee or not.
attend a Civilian Education System           (before arriving in Kansas), so when        yourself,” Gaddy said.                                                                     at no cost to either the student or their
                                             I got there right from the start we             Students then get feedback from the      there is a team chief for each of our         immediate employer. Attendance,
to local nationals last year.                were assigned a group. Everything           instructors who help them use those          three teams. If her team chief left and       including travel and living costs,
    The CES, part of the Army                was about group work and it was very        lessons to improve their performance.        I were the person choosing who is             are centrally funded for most Army
Management Staff College, represents         hands on.”                                      At Hohenfels Gaddy works on a                                                          civilians, meaning the Department of
a series of courses that aims to educate         The student centered, problem based,                                                 because she has the training,” said           the Army picks up the bill.
those that support Soldiers, with the                                                    property book for the garrison, which        Irlanda.                                          So impressed was she with the
ultimate goal of a workforce capable of      raise student’s awareness of their          includes about 130 hand receipts for             Bridy Godwin, Plans, Analysis and         Basic Course, Gaddy said she hopes
                                             leadership style and develop teamwork,      items issued to garrison personnel.                                                        to attend the Intermediate Course by
   According to CES publications,            communication and leadership skills.             “(The CES course) gave me some          she also encourages her employees to
“Army civilians will become multi-                                                       tools to help me adapt to situations. This   take advantage of CES opportunities.             Civilians interested in attending
faceted civilian leaders of the 21st         day into the course each group was          is a customer service position so our goal      “It is great for career progression,”      a CES course should contact their
century who personify the warrior            given an assignment that was kept as        is to do our services as quickly and as      said Godwin.                                  supervisor and visit www.amsc.
                                             vague as possible. She and her group        seamlessly as possible,” said Gaddy.            One of them, Rajan Ignatius,               belvoir.army.mil/ces for more
support to statesmanship and business                                                         Gaddy’s supervisor, Chief Warrant       another local national, has just              information.
13 Bavarian News                                                             Hohenfels Box Bulletin                                                                                    September 2, 2009



Team Apache departs for Afghanistan
to continue mission of Team Blackfoot
        Story and photos by                  Spouses, children and friends
                                          wrapped themselves in blankets to
                                                                                       “We’re going to be providing
                                                                                   security for the region,” said
                                                                                                                            love to do,” said McDonald, who is
                                                                                                                            not the only one who volunteered for
                                                                                                                                                                      comprehensive mission readiness
                                                                                                                                                                      exercise at Hohenfels in June.
     KRISTIN BRADLEY
            Bavarian News
                                          keep out the early morning chill as      Wheeler.                                 Team Apache.                                 Addressing Team Apache at their
                                          they said goodbye to the seventh team        “We want to provide stability for       Made up mostly of Soldiers from        deployment ceremony in the post
    While the escalating conflict in      from 1-4 to deploy in support of Task    the government so in the future they     Co. A, Team Apache also includes          theater Aug. 10, Lt. Col. Rafael
Afghanistan gains media attention in      Force Zabul and the International        can become the sole ones in charge (of   Soldiers from across the battalion as     Paredes, 1-4 Inf. commander, told
the United States, the 1st Battalion,     Security Assistance Force.               their country),” he said.                well as Sailors and Airmen who will       the Soldiers that after observing
4th Infantry Regiment in Hohenfels,          While there, Team Apache will             “The main thing is to go ahead and   bring their unique expertise to the       them for the past month, “I have the
Germany quietly sent yet another of its   serve under the tactical control of      let the people make a living without     mission.
companies to single-handedly patrol       the 280th Maneuver Battalion of the      threat of anyone taking it from them,”      Team Apache began training in          leadership.”
thousands of miles in the southern part   Romanian Army.                           said Spc. Douglas McDonald, who,         April to help the Soldiers transition        “I am impressed with your
of the country.                              Once they arrive, Team Apache’s       after returning in February from a       from their role as opposing forces and    professionalism which will help
    There was no parade through           first mission will be to complete        deployment with Team Cherokee            to build their ability to work together   you accomplish the mission to the
town, no television crews, no fanfare     Relief in Place operations with Team     volunteered to return with Team          as a team.                                highest standards and help you make
- just a small number of weary-eyed       Blackfoot that has been in the region    Apache.                                     They participated in situational       a lasting impact on the lives of the
family members - to say goodbye as        since February.                              “There are a lot of guys who                                                   Afghan people in Zabul province,”
the Soldiers of Team Apache readied          Capt. Kyle Wheeler, company           haven’t been downrange. They need        and a deployment training exercise        Paredes said. “Be well, be strong, be
to board their buses in the early hours   commander, said his main goal is to      people with the experience. I’m just     with the 280th maneuver battalion         professional. Godspeed and for your
of Aug. 19.                               continue the work of Blackfoot.          doing what I do best. This is what I     in Romania before completing a            safe return we pray.”




  Pvt. Jimmy
       Barker

      farewell
   to his wife
  Lacey Aug.

departing for
 Afghanistan
     with 1st
    Battalion,
 4th Infantry
  Regiment’s
        Team
   Apache in
   support of
  Task Force




                                                                                Capt. Kyle Wheeler, left, commander of Co. A, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, looks on as 1st Sgt.


                                                                                Province, Afghanistan.



Airmen, Soldiers share capabilities in training
              Story and photo by                     weapons system at my disposal.”                    to engage an unknown enemy in a complex            learn from each other, which is key.”
             TODD OLIVER                               Wilson’s squad was inserted by helicopter        environment.                                           Joint training venues like this allow units
              7th Army JMRC PAO
                                                                                                                                                           to learn from one another and to establish
                                                     area. Once they had all rallied together, they     Soldiers) a chance to see what JTACs do,”          tactics, techniques, and procedures for future
   Ground forces, whether in Afghanistan or          began a patrol that would lead them into the       said Capt. Todd Poindexter, JMRC observer/         operations.
Iraq, can be reasonably certain any aircraft         village. Each of the squad’s two teams had a       controller. “It gave them a better understanding       “I learned that JTAC is the most important
above them is friendly aircraft.                     JTAC Airmen with them.                             of what their Air Force brethren can do.           thing to have, to have it with you at all times.
   What they can’t be certain of is what kind            “The JTAC’s job is to inform the ground        Answering questions like ‘what does a Maverick     It gives the pilot a lot better understanding of
of aircraft is up there, who owns the aircraft,      commander of what air power is capable of          do verses what does an A-10 do, which one is       what the situation is on the ground, which is
what kind of help the aircraft can offer and,        no matter what kind of aircraft, what branch       more accurate?’ It’s a two-way road and they       obviously a good idea,” said Wilson.
                                                     or even what nationality that aircraft is from,”
the situation on the ground.                         said Tech Sgt. Joseph Hren, JTAC instructor
                                                     and evaluator.
Joint Tactical Air Controller, or JTAC. These            “If the commander sees a target and says,
U.S. Air Force personnel, experts on identifying     ‘make that building go away’ we have to see
the capabilities of both foreign and domestic
military aircraft, recently teamed up with           weapon we’re going to apply and how we’re
members of the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry           going to apply it. Our ultimate goal is minimal
Regiment at the Joint Multinational Readiness        collateral damage while getting the mission
Center during the multinational Allied Strike        done and meeting the ground commander’s
exercise to hone their skills, while familiarizing   intent.”
the members of 1-4 Inf. on what they bring to           Incorporating lessons learned from previous

   Under the direction of the 7th Army Joint         hybrid threats that are diverse, dynamic
Multinational Training Command, whose                combinations of conventional, irregular and
footprint is within close-proximity of other         terrorist capabilities.
U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine bases within             Where once units might have used massive
Europe, the JMRC regularly conducts training         amounts of ordinance to destroy a target,
with its joint partners.                             concerns over civilian casualties is something
   Training together helps improve each              that the JTACs discuss among themselves and
service’s readiness to execute missions
throughout the region and across the globe,             “It definitely figures into the training,”
while building relationships among troops            explained Hren. “We always want to train as

operations.                                          far as how we attack a target or the effects of
   “It was my first time working with                collateral damage we have to take all of that
JTAC. It was outstanding,” Staff Sgt. Kevin          into consideration.”
Wilson, a squad leader with Headquarters                Sounds of helicopters buzzing the rooftops      1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment’s Staff Sgt. Kevin Wilson, left, operates a
and Headquarters Company, 1-4 Inf., said             in the mock village and the louder, deadlier       radio while Joint Tactical Air Controller Senior Airman Michael Gibbs, right,
after leading his squad through a simulated          aircraft higher up is eventually accompanied       provides security during a training event Aug. 4 at the 7th Army Joint Multinational
Afghanistan-based scenario.                          by a chorus of small-arms and not so small-
   “I gained a lot better idea of what I have                                                           Readiness Center. The Soldiers and Airman were teaming up as part of Allied
available to accomplish my mission. Instead          training in earnest.                               Strike, an Air Force-led multinational exercise at the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels
of using just manpower, I have an entirely new                                                          training areas.
14       Bavarian News
                                                                                         Community Spotlight                                                                                                September 2, 2009




                                              What’s Happening
                                              For more, call DSN 475-6426.                                                                  ATV safari                                   in Germany.
   Grafenwoehr/                               CFC training
                                                                                                      Garmisch                                  ATV Safari will take place Sept. 6
                                                                                                                                            from 8 a.m. to noon. The cost is $35 and
                                                                                                                                                                                             The bus will depart Hohenfels from
                                                                                                                                                                                         ODR, Bldg. H15, at 7 a.m. and return
                                                                                                                                                                                         to Hohenfels around 11 p.m. The cost
   Vilseck Briefs                                 A training session for all CFC unit rep-
                                              resentatives will be held Sept 16 at 10 a.m.             Briefs                               includes fuel for the day and safety gear.
                                                                                                                                                ATV Safari dates are Sept. 6, Sept.
                                                                                                                                            13, Oct. 4, and Oct. 25. For more, call
                                                                                                                                                                                         is $60 per person. Seating is limited to
                                              in Grafenwoehr at Bldg.244, Room 219.
AFC survey                                    Training will last approximately 1.5 hours.    Neuschwanstein Castle                          DSN 466-2060.                                466-2060.
    An Army Family Covenant online                For more info contact Christine                Head to the most popular tourist at-
survey is being held through Sept. 15 to      Nunez at DSN 475-8432, or email Chris-         traction in Germany, the Neuschwanstein        Arevita Spa                                  FAST class
evaluate the effectiveness of the AFC.        tine.nunez@eur.army.mil.                       Castle, Sept. 13, leaving at 7:30 a.m.,            ITR is going to the Arevita Spa in           If you need to raise your GT score,
    Soldiers, family members and civil-                                                      cost $ 32.00.                                  Amberg Sept. 9.                              consider enrolling in the upcoming
ians are encouraged to evaluate their         Estate claims                                      In addition to Neuschwanstein, this            The bus will leave at 8 a.m. from        FAST class. Instruction will be held at
satisfaction with all aspects of Covenant-        Anyone having claims on or obliga-         trip includes and a short stop at the          ODR and will return around 2:30 p.m.         the Education Center Sept. 16-29 from
related programs and services.                tions to the estate of Larry E. Candler of     UNESCO designated World Heritage               Each trip is limited to eight guests. The    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more, call DSN
    The survey only takes a few minutes       LFOA-Europe should contact the follow-         Site of the Wieskirche and the Ettal           cost is $110 per person. Make sure to        466-2882.
and can be accessed from the garrison                                                        Monastery. For more, call DSN 440-             bring Euros and they do accept the VAT
web site at www.grafenwoehr.army.mil.         Geerati Choosang at DSN 474-2485, or           2638, CIV 08821-750-2638.                      form.                                        High School open house
                                              email geerati.choosang@eur.army.mil.                                                                                                          Hohenfels High School will have
Command information survey                                                                   Top Chef, Garda See                            Ed. center testing services                  open house Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m.
    USAG Grafenwoehr will hold a              Karaoke night at “The Zone”                        Join us for the vacation of a lifetime         The DLAB will be given Sept. 9 at
command information survey through                Come Sept. 18 for karaoke night at         Oct. 9-12, cost $450 per person.               9 a.m. You must have a DA Form 4187          Fall golf tournament
Sept. 2.                                      “The Zone” Sports Bar in Vilseck. Starts           The best trips are the ones that teach     signed by the commander.                         A golf tournament will take place
    Completing this short six-question        9 p.m. Songs range from adult contem-          you something new - this trip includes             The AFAST will be given Sept. 16         Sept. 18 at the Hilzhofen Golf Course.
survey will give leaders valuable insight     porary to old school R&B, and every-           two days of cooking classes in a villa,        at 9 a.m. You must have a GT of at least         Teams will consist of four players
on how we can improve information             thing in between. Music by DJ Mark C.          three nights in a lakeside apartment for       110 and a DA Form 4187.                      with a 20 Euro green fee and a $15 entry
delivery to you. Available at www.                                                           two, pool, sauna and breakfasts on the             For more, call DSN 466-4040. Test-       fee per player. Check in is at 7 a.m. with
grafenwoehr.army.mil.                                                                        terrace. For more, call DSN 440-2638,          ing services are offered in Bldg. 351.       a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Registration is
                                              ‘Chewonit’ performs                            CIV 08821-750-2638.                                                                         until Sept. 14.
                                                  The local U.S. rock band, ‘Chewonit,’
Customer service assessment                   will perform at the Vilseck VFW Open                                                          Hohenfels Holiday Bazaar                         If interested, email dlmwrhohen-
    Participate in the 2009 annual Custom-
                                              House, in Bldg. 133, starting at 8 p.m.
                                                                                             Thanksgiving in Paris                              The annual Hohenfels Holiday             felssports@eur.army.mil or call DSN
er Service Assessment through Sept. 18.                                                          It has become traditional – like the       Bazaar, hosted by the Hohenfels Com-         466-2868.
                                              The band offers a wide assortment of rock
    Customers who live, work or do                                                           turkey! Call DSN 440-2638, CIV 08821-          munity and Spouses Club and Hohen-
                                              music from the 70’s on. Open to all com-
business at U.S. Army Garrison Grafen-                                                       750-2638 for cost and details.                 fels FMWR will be Sept 10-12, giving         Marriage retreat
                                              munity members. Adults only.
woehr have an opportunity to rate the                                                                                                                                                        All active-duty Soldiers and spouses
importance and performance of garrison                                                       “Stomp”                                        cheese, pottery, rugs, furniture and more    are invited to join the Family Life Center
services by logging onto www.my-              Netzaberg Shoppette opening                       Enjoy this very athletic theater piece      from vendors throughout Europe. Ven-         on a Marriage Retreat to the Beautiful
armyvoice.org.                                    The Netzaberg Shoppette will hold its                                                     dors will be in the Hohenfels Post Gym,      Edelweiss Lodge and Resort Sept. 18-20.
                                                                                             in Munich at the Circus Krone Sept.
    For more, call CIV 09641-83-8881          grand opening Sept. 24 at 9 a.m.                                                              Bldg. 88, and the Community Activities           Call DSN 466-3473 or email an-
or e-mail usagggrafenwoehr.cms@eur.               The facility will have a four-pump                                                        Center, Bldg. 40,                            gelique.dilmore@eur.army.mil for more.
army.mil.                                     island, a fully functional Snack Ave with                                                        The Holiday Bazaar will take place
                                                                                             DSN 440-2638, CIV 08821-750-2638.
                                              drink station and complete Java Coffee                                                        on 10 Sept. from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., on 11
                                              program, a selection of DVDs to rent                                                          Sept. from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and on 12
                                                                                                                                                                                         Extreme bowling
Country night at ‘The Zone’                   and books and magazines to purchase, a         “Ben Hur Live”                                                                                  Bowl Your Brains Out with an
    Join us for a good old fashion Coun-                                                                                                    Sept. from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.                    Extreme Bowling twist every Saturday
                                              walk-in cooler for cold beverages and a           Watch the classic theatre Oct. 30-31,          For more, visit www.hohenfelscsc.
try Music night tomorrow at the “The                                                                                              -                                                      from 8-11 p.m. Bowl as many games as
                                              Class Six section.                                                                            com or email kristin.bradley@yahoo.com.
Zone” Sports Bar at the Langenbruck                                                          nich. Show includes the recreation of the                                                   you want for just $10 for adults and $7
Center on Rose Barracks.                                                                     famous chariot race. For more, call DSN                                                     for children ages 12 and under.
    Participants must be 18 or older. For     Free and reduced lunch                         440-2638, CIV 08821-750-2638.                  Sept. 11 Memorial Service
more, call DSN 475-8822.                          All Free and Reduced School Lunch                                                             A Memorial Service is scheduled for
                                              applications, including new applications                                                      2:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Nainhof Chapel
                                                                                                                                                                                         Bowl Your Brains Out
                                                                                                                                                                                            Bowl Your Brains Out at Lane 17
GCSC super sign-up
    Community members are invited to
                                              for this school year and re-applications
                                              for the upcoming school year, will be pro-              Hohenfels                             to remember the victims of 9/11.             every Monday from 5-9 p.m. Bowl as
                                                                                                                                                                                         many games as you want for just $7 for
                                              cessed through CYS Central Registration
attend the GCSC community super sign-
up at the GCSC Thrift Shop Bldg 508,
                                              ing 224, or Grafenwoehr Building 244.
                                                                                       -               Briefs                               Hallo Hohenfels logo
                                                                                                                                                With the new, three-day Hallo Hohen-
                                                                                                                                                                                         adults and $5 for children ages 12 and
                                                                                                                                                                                         under. Shoe rental included.
Sept 11 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.                                                                                                                 fels newcomers’ orientation beginning
                                                  CYS Central Registration Rose
    Attend a “one-stop shopping” venue                                                       Guys Read Book Club                            this month, ACS staff is looking for a new   Bilingual 1’s, 2’s
to sign-up for different activities offered                                                     Guys Read book club- for guys ages          logo. If you have an idea for a logo, draw
                                              a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and                                                                                                          Every Tuesday in September, chil-
throughout USAG Grafenwoehr. Over 20                                                         11-15. The September meeting is tomor-         it up and submit it to ACS in person or to
                                              the Grafenwoehr Central Registration                                                                                                       dren ages 1-2 are invited to the library
different organizations will be present.                                                     row from 3-4 pm. The club is currently         becky.genge1@eur.army.mil by Sept. 11.
                                              is open from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday                                                                                                       to listen to bilingual English/Spanish
                                              through Friday.                                reading “Airman” by Eoin Colfer. Call
Operation Rising Star                             For more, call CIV 09662-83-2760 or        DSN 466-1740 for more.                         Texas Hold’em, Bunco                             Registration is not required. Story
     Win the ultimate recording music         email cysinfo@eur.army.mil.                                                                       MWR patrons are welcome to enjoy         times are every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
experience Sept. 11 and Sept. 18.                                                            WIC overseas                                   themselves in either game Sept. 11.          at the Library, Bldg. 49. For more, call
     Local winners win $500 cash & advance                                                        If you would like to achieve better           Texas Hold’em registration fee is        DSN 466-1740.
to the Televised Finals; 2nd place win $250   American Legion                                                                               $25, which includes a light buffet.
                                                  If you are interested in joining the       health through nutrition, WIC Overseas-
in cash; 3rd place win $100 in cash.                                                         Hohenfels will be hosting nutrition classes.       Bunco registration fee is $10 which
     Audience, come vote and win              American Legion in Grafenwoehr, call                                                          includes a light buffet. Doors will open
                                                                                                                                                                                         Bilingual preschoolers
                                              CIV 09605-925770, or email georgie.t@               The session will be tomorrow from                                                          Every Tuesday in September, chil-
prizes too. Three-hundred dollars will                                                       10:30-11:30 a.m. in Bldg. 10, ACS              at the Zone at 5:30 p.m. and the games
                                              t-online.de.                                                                                                                               dren ages 3-5 are invited to the library
be awarded to the most supportive unit                                                       room 121.                                      will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more, call       to listen to bilingual English/Spanish
or FRG.                                                                                           Topics covered will be Dietary            DSN 466-2060.
     Singers must be Active Duty, Re-         AL-ANON                                        Guidelines for Americans, Understand-                                                           Registration is not required. Story
serve, National Guard or military family         AL-ANON meets every Thursday                ing the New Food Pyramid, and The Nu-          Durkheim’s Wurstmarkt
                                                                             -                                                                                                           times are every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
members 18 and older. Doors open at                                                          trition Label-Making It Work for You.              Join ITR Sept. 12 for one of the larg-   the Library, Bldg. 49. For more, call
6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Location:                                                                                                     est and most traditional public festivals
                                              Grafenwoehr.                                                                                                                               DSN 466 1740.
Grafenwoehr Performing Arts Center,
Bldg. 102/103.                                   For more, call CIV 0171-983-9151.           Coat drive
                                                                                                 Join the Military Council of Catholic
                                                                                             Women as they collect coats to send to
                                                                                             the people of Afghanistan. Bring in your
                                                                                             used or new coats to the chapels through
                                                                                             tomorrow. For more, email gregnata-
                                                                                             lie4@aol.com.

                                                                                             Rothenburg
                                                                                                 Step back into time with ITR in
                                                                                             Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
                                                                                                 The bus will depart Hohenfels Sept.
                                                                                             5 from ODR, Bldg. H15, at 10 a.m. and
                                                                                             return to Hohenfels around 10:30 p.m.
                                                                                                 The cost is $40 per person and the
                                                                                             price includes transportation to and from
                                                                                             Rothenburg.

                                                                                             people. For more, call DSN 466-2060.

                                                                                             173rd ABCT Banner Day
                                                                                                 The 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat
                                                                                             Team will hold a Banner Day Sept. 13 at
                                                                                             Hohenfels Training Area in Germany.
                                                                                                 Events scheduled include a Brigade
                                                                                             run, a Brigade photo, athletic competi-
                                                                                             tions, an awards ceremony and a BBQ.
                                                                                                 The event is open to family members
                                                                                             and friends of the Sky Soldiers.

                                                                                             ATV training course
                                                                                                The ATV training course provides

                                                                                             safest ride possible. You must possess
                                                                                             a valid class C License. ATV Training
                                                                                             Courses will take place from 8 a.m. to
                                                                                             4:30 p.m. The cost is $75 per person.
                                                                                                 The next courses are on Sept. 5, Sept.
                                                                                             12, Oct. 3 and Oct. 24. For more, call
                                                                                             DSN 466-2060.
September 2, 2009
                                                                                           Community Spotlight                                                                                            Bavarian News      15


                                             What’s Happening
                                                 German 1 is scheduled for Oct. 6, 7,          For more information, call CIV               For more, call 09721-96-8234 or            est score. Cost is $20 per two-person
         Ansbach                             13, 14, 20 and 21. German 2 is scheduled
                                             for Sept. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23.
                                                                                            09721-96-6822.                                email william.comeford@eur.army.mil.         team. Cash prizes will be awarded. Tour-
                                                                                                                                                                                       nament is open to all I.D. card holders 18
                                                 All classes take place from noon to 1                                                                                                 and older.
          Briefs                             p.m. at Katterbach ACS.
                                                 For more, call DSN 467-2883, CIV
                                                                                               The Personnel Transition Assistance
                                                                                                                                          Community update forum
                                                                                                                                              Do you want to know the calendar of          For more, call CIV 09721-83391.
                                                                                                                                          events for the community?
Rate Your Army Home                          09802-83-2883.                                 building 40 on Conn Barracks for those            Do you have questions or concerns to     Oktoberfest trip
    USAG Ansbach community mem-                                                             transitioning or retiring.                    voice about a particular matter?                 Better Opportunities for Single Sol-
bers can participate in the Web-based        Instructors wanted                                 For more information, or to reserve a         Come to the community update forum       diers invites geographical bachelors and
customer service assessment at www.              Ansbach’s Schools of Knowledge,            seat call CIV 09721-96-8683 / 8693.           in the Schweinfurt Elementary School         single Soldiers on a trip to Munich for
myarmyvoice.org now through Sept. 18.        Inspiration, Exploration and Skills                                                          multi-purpose room Tuesday at 6 p.m.         Oktoberfest Sept. 19.
    The survey allows you to personally      Unlimited is looking for people willing        9 a.m.-noon                                                                                    Cost is 40 euro per person, and bus
rate the performance and importance          to share their expertise with community            • Career Status Bonus/Redux Retire-       Middle, high school fun                      departs Finney Fitness Center at 6 a.m.
of garrison organizations that serve and     youth is a variety of skills - and earn                                                          Middle-schoolers are invited to attend   Join the biggest beer fest in the world!
support our Soldiers, family members,        money in the process.                                                                        the fall kick-off event Tuesday for Club         Deadline to sign up is Sept. 15. Call
civilians and retirees.                          Child, Youth and Schools Services’         from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.                                                                         CIV 09721-96-8476 for more.
    You can also link to the survey at       SKIES Unlimited program needs instruc-                                                           High-schoolers are invited to
the top of the garrison website at www.      tors in culinary arts, art, hip hop dance,     Newcomers orientation                         Bamberg teen center Sept. 10 from 5:30
ansbach.army.mil.                            voice and German language.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Get tips on birth and babies
                                                                                              Are you new to the Schweinfurt com-         – 7 p.m. Dinner and rides home are               Do you have a baby on the way and
                                                 For more, call DSN 468-7303, CIV           munity?                                       provided.                                    want to be prepared with what to expect?
Newcomer orientation                         0981-183-303.                                    Sign up for Army Community Ser-                 Make new friends and have fun                Come to Army Community Service’s
    Katterbach Army Community Service                                                                                                     playing games while learning about God.      two-part series Birth-n-Babies at Led-
hosts a newcomer orientation - People        Now hiring                                     Awareness Program from Sept. 14-18.           Call CIV 09721-96-8620 for more.             ward ACS on Sept. 9 and 11 from 9 a.m.
Encouraging People - Sept. 22 and 23.            The Ansbach Spouses and Civilians              Free childcare is available the entire                                                 to noon.
    The event features a driving tour        Club Thrift Store is hiring for various po-    week. Get acquainted with the military        Lunch ‘n Learn                                   Learn the latest about what is avail-
of the community, a visit to a German        sitions. People interested should stop by      community as well as the German town              Got children?                            able for labor and delivery, how to
hospital and the Aquella swimming pool       the store on Katterbach for an application.    of Schweinfurt. Call DSN 354-6933,                Come to the Ledward Library              handle complications, and what to do the
and a tour of Ansbach.                           The Ansbach Thrift Store is open           CIV 09721-96-6933 for more.                   Tuesday to learn about Tumblebooks,
    Attendees will also be taught basic      Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m.                                                         a program that teaches kids to read in          For more, call CIV 09721-96-6933.
German phrases and how to use the bus        to 2 p.m. and Thursdays from noon to 6         Community Bible study                         creative ways.
system.                                      p.m. For more, call CIV 0176-631-07391.            Singles and families are invited to at-       Call CIV 09721-96-1740 for details.
    The trip is open to the whole family.                                                                                                                                              Love and logic parent
                                                                                            tend a small group Bible study beginning                                                      Army Community Service offers
Participants should bring Euro for the bus   Foster parents needed                          Sept. 9.
and also for lunch. For more, call ACS at                                                                                                 Zines for teens
                                                 The Army Community Service Fam-                The study is sponsored by Ledward             Teenagers are invited to attend the      a Love and Logic Parent.”
DSN 467-2883, CIV 09802-83-2883.             ily Advocacy Program is looking for            Chapel protestant service and meets for       Zines for Teens club at Ledward Library          Classes are held each Tuesday at
                                             interested families to become emergency        dinner and discussion every Wednesday         meeting every Thursday at 6 p.m.             School Age services from 9 to 11 a.m.
School lunch program                         foster care providers.                         from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at a home near                Club is open to any teens interested         Discover your parenting style and
    Free and reduced-price school lunch          The EPC program provides substitute        Schweinfurt.                                  in design, writing, photography, or edit-    learn tips on how to raise loving, respect-
program applications are available now       family care for children over a planned            Call CIV 0170-277-8980 for direc-         ing. Call CIV 09721-96-1740 for details.     ful and responsible children.
for the next school year.                    period of time when a child’s parents are      tions.                                                                                         Call CIV 09721-96-6933 for more.
    The applications can be picked up at     unwilling or unable to care for them.
the Army Community Service, all De-              If you are interested, call DSN 467-       National video game day
partment of Defense Dependent Schools,       2146, CIV 09802-83-2146.                          Celebrate national video game day at
                                                                                                                                             Sign up for American Red Cross’ 16-       Write a civilian resume
                                                                                                                                                                                           For those who are job searching
                                                                                            Ledward Library Sept. 12. Compete in a           Call for details or to sign up at CIV     or updating their resume, attend Army
5817 on Katterbach across from the com-      Extreme Girl Scout Kick Off                    Rock Band tournament at 3 p.m.
munity mail room.                                                                                                                         09721-96-1760.                               Community Service’s class, Civilian
                                                Come join us for extreme games                                                                                                         Resume 101, at the computer lab in bldg.
   Applicants should complete the form,      Girl Scout style Sept. 12 at the Ansbach
and bring it with a copy of the sponsor’s                                                   Barbecue, Bible studies                       TSP class held                               206 on Ledward Barracks Sept. 10 from
                                             Elementary School from 2-6 p.m.                    Protestant Women of the Chapel                                                         1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
orders and most recent leave and earn-          All girls from kindergarten to 12th-                                                          Do you know everything there is to
ings statement to ACS.                                                                      invites the community to a barbecue at        know about the Thrift Savings Plan?              This computer workshop will provide
                                             grade are invited to attend.For more,          Ledward Chapel today from 11 a.m. to                                                       information on the three most common
                                             email gsansbach@yahoo.com.                                                                       If not, come to Army Community
                                                                                            1:30 p.m.                                     Service’s class Understanding the TSP,       types of civilian resumes.
Personnel’s new hours                                                                           Women can learn about the fall Bible      Sept. 15 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.                  Other topics discussed include how to
   The Ansbach Military Personnel
Division has new operating hours for its           Schweinfurt                              studies beginning Sept. 9 at Ledward
                                                                                            Chapel at 9 a.m. with free watch care
                                                                                            available.
                                                                                                                                              This workshop provides information
                                                                                                                                          for Soldiers and civilian employees on
                                                                                                                                                                                       write a cover letter and thank you letter.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Call CIV 09721-96-6933 for more.
                                                                                                                                          the Thrift Savings Plan.
    • ID card section - Mondays, Tues-
days, Thursdays and Fridays open 8 a.m.              Briefs                                     For more information, email pwoc.
                                                                                            schweinfurt@gmail.com.
                                                                                                                                              Call CIV 09721-96-6933 for more.         Smooth move seminar
to 4 p.m., with last customer sign in at                                                                                                                                                   Leaving the community? Army Com-
3:45 p.m. Wednesdays are for appoint-        Sept. 11 service                                                                             Bowling tournament                           munity Service wants to help smooth
ments only.                                     The Ledward Chapel invites the com-         High adventure weekend                            Join the Baker Double tournament at      your transition.
    • Installation Access System - Mon-      munity to a 9-11 remembrance service               Join Outdoor Recreation in an adven-      the Kessler Bowling Center Sept. 12 at           Attend a seminar at Ledward ACS Sept.
days-Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon and         Sept. 11 at 10 a.m.                            ture to Austria Friday through Monday.        1 p.m.                                       9 from 9 to 11 a.m. to get tips on packing,
1-4 p.m.                                                                                        Experience the excitement of can-             Tournament includes three games          shipping, moving with pets and more.
    • Passport section - Mondays, Tues-                                                     yoning, whitewater rafting, hiking, and       with the winner determined by the high-          For more, call CIV 09721-96-6933.
                                             Finney gym construction                        more.
days and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3:45           The family-friendly workout room at            Cost is $299 per person. To sign up,
                                             Finney Gym will be closed until Dec. 31        call CIV 09721-96-8080.
a.m. to 1 p.m. for training and open from    due to ongoing renovations.
1-4 p.m. Wednesdays are for appoint-             Come back after the New Year to
ments only.                                  see the many improvements made to the          Family fun Saturday
   • Reassignment actions - Mondays-         facility.                                         Families are invited to come out to
Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-4
                                                                                            Bash” day Saturday from noon-8 p.m.
a.m. to 1 p.m. for training and open 1-4     Internet policy questionnaire                      Enjoy water fun for kids and adults;
p.m. Wednesdays are for appointments             The Department of Defense wants            Donny Vox band performances at 2, 4,
only.                                        your input on the internet policies that       and 6 p.m.; and a family movie shown
   For more, call DSN 467-2630, CIV          it has in place. Fill out a short sur-         at dusk.
09802-83-2630.                               vey at www.ourmilitary.mil/Content.
                                             aspx?ID=45015428.                              Basketball sign-ups open
Learn German                                                                                   Community basketball registration is
   Katterbach Army Community Ser-            Spring soccer registration                     now open for male and female players
vice hosts German classes for beginners         Registration for youth sports soc-          with I.D. cards age 18 and over. Season
and move advanced speakers through-                                                         begins Sept. 16. Team will travel to
out the year.                                ends Friday.                                   games on the weekends.

                                                                     Upcoming Clubs:
September 2, 2009
                                                                                           Travel             Bavarian News   17



Regensburg                                                                                                    Left: Very high
                                                                                                              vaulted ceilings,




A small city with
                                                                                                              arched windows
                                                                                                              and plaster
                                                                                                              paintings make
                                                                                                              a dramatic effect
                                                                                                              at the Carmelite




a great history
                                                                                                              Church in the City
                                                                                                              Museum.

                                                                                                              Far left: St. Ulrich
                                                                                                              church, built in
                                                                                                              1225 is now a
                                                                                                              museum. The
                                                                                                              church is one
                                                                                                              example of the
                                                                                                              varying styles
                                                                                                              and eras of
                                                                                                              architecture within
                                                                                                              the city.



            Story and photos by                  for the diocese of Prague. During the years
            LOU STAGGER                          1275 to 1634 a great Gothic cathedral was
          Special to the Bavarian News
                                                 built. The towers were added in 1869. The
                                                 St. Peter Cathedral, or Regenburger Dom, is
    Just over an hour south of Grafenwoehr       the greatest example of German Gothic style
is the grand old city of Regensburg. With        building in Bavaria.
a history spanning nearly 2000 years, you            The cathedral is a “must see” while
can imagine why there might be a lot to see.     visiting. It’s also the home of the German
                                                 equivalent to the Vienna Boys Choir: the
Danube rivers on the most northerly bend of      Sparrows.
the Danube, Regensburg started its written           Many works of art and artifacts are housed
history during the time of the Romans.           within the cathedral and adjoining museums.
    The Romans were able to use the rivers as    Within the relatively small area of the Alte
defensive points but were never able to hold
the territory north of the river. They settled   different styles of church architecture.
in by creating the Castra Regina, fort by the       The City Museum of Regensburg is a
Regen River, and eventually it became known      remarkably complete display of early history
as Regensburg.                                   from the Roman and pre-Roman times to the
    Christianity has been a great part of the    height of Regensburg’s days as the capital of
history of Regensburg. St. Boniface set up a     Bavaria through the time of the Holy Roman
Bishopric there in the year 739.                 Empire.
    In 1135 a stone bridge was started across       On the south end of town is the former
the Danube. It took 11 years to complete.        Abby of St. Emmeram. It’s now the Palace of
    The Crusader Knights for the second          Thurn and Taxis. The Princess still lives here
and third Crusades crossed the bridge on         with her two children.
their way to the Holy Lands. The bridge,            The Thurn and Taxis rise to Royal status
“Steinerne Brucke” opened up the northern        was remarkable.
European cities to trade with the powerhouse        Tours are offered in the older sections of
of traders: Venice, Italy.                       the Palace which is larger than Buckingham
    Regensburg gained well from this cross       Palace in England. Here you can listen to
                                                 an English audio guide to learn the secret of
it developed its reputation for goldsmithing     their rise from common public service and be
and making fabrics.
    Regensburg opened up the eastern             use this technique.
European borders to Christianity. In 845,            If you want a small city with a huge
more than a dozen Bohemian princes came          history, put Regensburg on your list of places
here to be baptized.                             to see while you are stationed here. You may
    Regensburg became the head diocese




                                                                                                    Above: Leaded glass
                                                                                                    windows add character to a
                                                                                                    hallway in the Regensburg
                                                                                                    City museum.

                                                                                                    Left: The twin towers of
                                                                                                    the St. Peter Cathedral
                                                                                                    or Regensburger Dom,
                                                                                                    a “must-visit” while in
                                                                                                    Regensburg, reach into
                                                                                                    the clouds. The cathedral
                                                                                                    is arguably the greatest
                                                                                                    example of German Gothic
                                                                                                    architecture in Bavaria. It is
                                                                                                    also home to the prestigious
                                                                                                    “Sparrows” boys choir and
                                                                                                    to countless artifacts. The
                                                                                                    cathedral was built between
                                                                                                    1275 and 1634. The towers
                                                                                                    were added in 1869.
18    Bavarian News
                                                                                                  Medical                                                                                             September 2, 2009



Medical attention following animal
bites essential in rabies prevention
              Story and photo by                     better chance of determining if the animal was
                                                     carrying rabies.                                                                                                                                  In the event
           JENNIFER WALSH                                                                                                                                                                              that man’s best
                BMEDDAC PAO
                                                          “The pet will likely be observed for about
                                                     10 days by a veterinarian to see if the animal’s                                                                                                  friend turns
     Man’s best friend is usually a beloved member   behavior is indicative of rabies,” Woodring said.                                                                                                 ferocious and
of the family and a loyal companion. But would       “Whereas if the animal is wild, the only way to
you know what to do if friendly Fido suddenly        tell if it has rabies is to euthanize it and examine
turned ferocious?                                    the brain for lesions consistent with rabies.”
     According to the Centers for Disease Control         After assessing the situation surrounding an                                                                                                 washing the
and Prevention Web site, dogs bite more than         animal bite, the health care provider will determine                                                                                              wound with
4.7 million people each year. While most bites       if treatment is needed. This could include further                                                                                                soap and
are easily treated and do not result in serious      cleaning and treating of the wound as well as                                                                                                     water for 15
injury or death, the Bavaria Medical Department      medical therapy to prevent rabies.
                                                          “In the past, people may have heard of shots                                                                                                 minutes and
Activity Preventive Medicine team says animal
bites should be taken seriously.                     being given in the abdomen if you were bitten
     “There are two important things you should      by an animal,” Woodring said. “However, this is                                                                                                   appointment
do after an animal bite,” said Capt. Joseph          no longer the case.”
Woodring, chief of Preventive Medicine. “Wash             Instead, if the health care provider thinks there                                                                                            provider.
out the wound with water and soap for at least       is a risk of contracting rabies, they may prescribe
15 minutes and then see a health care provider to                                                                                                                                                      Courtesy photo
assess whether you need to receive treatment.”       administered during the course of a month.
     To determine what type of medical treatment         Additionally, patients would be treated with          reason to have a health care provider assess your           If left untreated, rabies almost always
is needed, the health care provider will ask a       rabies immune globulin as soon as possible after          bite regardless of how long it’s been since you          becomes a fatal disease. However, if spotted early
series of questions such as whether the animal       exposure to neutralize the virus.                         were bitten,” Woodring said. “Say you were               enough, rabies can be treated.
was provoked, acting strangely, foaming at the           Although the incubation period for rabies is          bitten while you were down range and you                    “Don’t keep waiting to see how you feel in
mouth or dirty. Another sign to look for is if the   typically three to eight weeks, rabies can become         come home two months later. Go ahead and                 a couple of days,” Woodring said. “We have an
animal is wearing a collar, which could indicate     active anywhere from six days to as long as seven         schedule an appointment with your health care            effective treatment plan that prevents rabies. Do
it is someone’s pet.                                 years after a bite, according to Woodring.                provider so they can assess if you need to be            the right thing. Call your health care provider and
     If the animal is someone’s pet, there is a          “The lengthy time variable is one very good           treated against rabies.”                                 take charge of your health.”




                                                                                                                                                                                         Awareness Month
                                                                                                                                                                                        Check out the events your
                                                                                                                                                                                      local health clinic is hosting
        TRICARE Press Release                    Make your preventive health appointments                                               important signals that “it is now time
                                                                                                                                        to ask for help.”
   This is the first part of a two                        online. Find your local health clinic                                                                                                  Bamberg
part series dealing with TRICARE
                                                           at the Europe Regional Medical                                                  Many programs are being                              commissary
   The month of September is the
                                                                  Command Web site,                                                     developed within the military health
                                                                                                                                        system for psychological health issues            clinic, by appointment
Month. It is important for you and                         http://ermc.amedd.army.mil/mtf,                                              that include prevention, protection,
your family to have the best health                                                                                                     diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
possible.                                               and click on the “Online Appointment”                                              It is important for us to recognize
                                                                                                                                                                                       health clinic, by appointment
   During the month, TRICARE will
focus on four important facets of good
                                                       link. Online appointments are available                                          and treat those “mental injuries” that                 Grafenwoehr
                                                                                                                                        are keeping you and your family
health:                                       around the clock, long after the appointments                                             from experiencing the best mental or
                                                       desk at clinics have closed.                                                     psychological health possible.
                                                                                                                                        Tools to help
                                                                                       v a c c i n e s ( f o u n d a t w w w. c d c .      There are many resources at your
Physical health                                                                        gov/vaccines) to include newly
                                          younger if you have a family history         recommended vaccines:                            preventive health measures, seeking                     health clinic
   TRICARE covers most inpatient          of breast cancer.
and outpatient care that is medically        Papanicolaou (Pap) annually                                                                                                                         Hohenfels
necessary and considered proven.                                                                                                        mental distress is very important.
                                                                                               Human papillomavirus (HPV)                      Military OneSource offers
   Equally important to primary care      consecutive normal exams, may be                                                                                                               p.m., community bazaar
is preventive health care which can       done every three years.
help you live a healthier, longer life.                                                                                                                                                15: Car seat safety checks, 10
                                                    Male screenings include               This is not an all inclusive list             found at www.militaryonesource.
                                          testicular exam annually for males           of the Clinical Preventive Services              com.
are eligible for a range of clinical                                                   offered by TRICARE so make sure
preventive services, including                                                                                                                 Afterdeployment.com at www.
                                          of cryptorchidism, orchiopexy or             you check with your primary care                 afterdeployment.org
examinations, immunizations and           testicular atrophy.                          provider to assure you are up to date on                                                              elementary school
periodic screenings based on your age,                                                                                                  education on many issues such as
                                              Prostate cancer examination is           the appropriate screenings for yourself
health history and family history.        offered annually for all men beginning       and your family.
   Coverage varies for Prime and                                                                                                        reconnecting with family and friends,                    post gym
                                          at age 50 (earlier if family history                                                          anger, substance abuse and kids and
                                          of prostate cancer). The screenings          Mental health                                    deployment.                                             Illesheim
                                                                                       it is important to also focus on our                    An anonymous behavioral              11: Health fair, noon to 4 p.m., PX
   Remember, prevention is the best
way to take care of yourself and your             Colorectal Cancer exams for                                                           at www.militarymentalhealth.org/
family.                                   both men and women start at age 40               There is much in the news lately on
                                                                                       suicide prevention, Traumatic Brain              chooselang.asp.
   Comprehensive health                   with physical exam and occult blood
promotion and disease preventive          tests every year. Sigmoidoscopy              Injury, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury              TRICARE Coverage?                              1 p.m., Illesheim Elementary
examinations: One comprehensive           exams should be done every three to          and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,                                                                         School
disease preventive clinical evaluation                                                 all of which has a special impact on
                                          colonoscopy every 10 years beginning         our military families.                           outpatient behavioral health care visits
months and older during the following     at age 50.                                       TBI and MTBI occur when the                  without a referral.
                                              Cardiovascular Screenings:               head is struck or shaken violently
                                                                                       such as with a fall or an explosion or           limited to length of appointment and                    Katterbach
                                          Everyone should get cholesterol
   Targeted health promotion and                                                       blast. PTSD occurs when someone                  frequency
disease prevention examinations:                                                                                                               Inpatient admissions
   The following screening                   Blood pressure checks should be
examinations may be performed             done at least every two years.                   One may not have experienced any
during either the above periodic             Vision screening: Active duty                                                              admission)
comprehensive health promotion                                                         but may still experience depression,
examination or as part of other patient   three years old and older, are authorized    anxiety, phobias or the like.
encounters.                               one comprehensive eye exam by a                 Sadness, loneliness, feelings of              admission)                                             Schweinfurt
   The intent is to maximize preventive   specialist every year.                                                                          • Residential Treatment for patients
care.                                         Infants are screened by their            sleeping too much or too little, feeling
   Cancer Screenings: Did you know        primary care provider at birth and at        angry or irritable or just numb or any           days (available only in the U.S.)                       health clinic
that not all insurances pay for various   six months of age.                           change in personality are just a few of
preventive screenings?                        Children who are standard                the symptoms that should signal you
   TRICARE leads the way in               be neficiaries between the ages of           to seek help no matter what may have             days for detoxification if needed.
providing a robust preventive health      three and six years are authorized           led up to these feelings.                        Lifetime benefit limited to three
screening opportunity for both            two comprehensive eye exams by a                 Just like a high fever and trouble           inpatient treatment programs.                             Vilseck
TRICARE Prime and TRICARE                 specialist.                                  breathing may be symptoms that
Standard.                                                                              make you seek care from a doctor,                the Bavarian News for information                     shopping center
          Female screenings include       covered for visual screenings.               any behavioral health symptoms,                  regarding TRICARE benefits and
breast cancer screenings with physical       Immunizations: Age appropriate            which may be more subtle, are equally            mental and dental health.
20   Bavarian News
                                                                        Blackhawk News                                                                     September 2, 2009



Soldiers aid nomadic Bedouin camps
near Karbala with shoes, clothes, toys
           Story and photo by
     Pfc. BETHANY L. LITTLE
           172nd Infantry Brigade
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                          These are all things that
                           everyone here can use,

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                              and shoes for the
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                                            Ali Shallal                            -
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Civil affairs in Iraq continues with new company
           Story and photo by
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cases the guidon of his company to symbolize the transfer of authority to the 1411th
CA Company. Bravo Company has deployed three times in the Global War on Terror
to Afghanistan and twice in Iraq.


Multi-talented musician boosts morale of fellow Soldiers
       Story and photo by
Pfc. BETHANY L. LITTLE                                                                              -
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                                                                                                                                                              Wells plays
                                    -                                                                                                                         his guitar
                                                                                                                                                              while Sol-
                                                                    -                               -                                                         diers take
                                                                                                                                                              a break to
                                                                                                                                                              listen. Wells
                                                                    -                               -                                                         also plays
                                    -                                                                                                                         bass guitar,
                                                                                                                                                              trombone,
                                                                                                                                                              trumpet,
                                                                                                                                                              drums, sings
                                                                                                                                                              and writes
                                                                                                                                                              his own
                                                                                                                                                              songs.
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              Story and photos by                        She said in addition to the overall interior        “We are hiring now for three more positions. As           The store re-opened to raving reviews on
      RONALD H. TOLAND JR.                            painting, they painted the club’s logo on a wall to                                                           Aug. 27.
                  Bavarian News
                                                      the right of the entrance and added a slogan.          two people.”                                              “I love it! I found my fan and some PT
                                                         “This year we chose ‘Helping put Unity in               The store now offers perks for volunteers, like    running shoes for 25 cents - can’t beat that. I’ll
   The Ansbach Spouses and Civilians Club                                                                    discounts and childcare reimbursement, and the
spruced up the Katterbach Thrift Store to             Emerson. “We should all be putting unity in            club plans to offer something for customers, too.      Ndiaye of Echo Company 3-158 Aviation.
provide more perks and put some unity in the          community - we are all one community and we                “In the winter we’ll offer cocoa and coffee            To regular thrifty shoppers, the changes are
community.                                            all want to help each other.”                          and see if we can get some snacks in there, too        welcome. “It is a nice change - the colors are
   Some hard work by club members, along with             Some of the other major changes in the store       - it is a way to get people connected,” she said.      bright, prices are good and I like the sales, like
help and resources from the community, made the       included moving the furniture to the middle            “It makes our community look better and shows          the 10 and 25 cent items,” said Hazel Edwards,
change a welcome reality, said ASCC president         section of the store; moving the clothes to the        we have community pride - we want to make a            special education teacher at the Katterbach
Kimberly Emerson.                                     back; adding a bigger baby section; adding a book      difference, leaving a better place for the people      Middle/High School, noting that there is a larger
    “We needed to improve it so people would          store; putting in new glass-tops for the showcases;    who are coming later.”                                 variety of items in the store versus other local
want to shop here more,” she said. “If we want        installing new carpeting; and building shelves for         Emerson said unity in the community was            stores. “I do not shop hardly any place else,”
to make more money for the thrift store, we have      clothes to help the staff sort donations and clean     readily apparent during the renovation process.        she added.
to put back into it. Improvement is always a          out clutter.                                               “I want people at Ansbach to know how                  “They changed it around quite a bit - it is a lot
                                                          “It helps us make better use of our space,” said   supportive the rest of the community has been          more organized, a lot clearer and more accessible.
garrison is doing.”                                   Emerson. “It has improved so much from where it        to help us remodel - the post exchange with            It is a great place to shop and who does not like
    She said that the old look had a blue patriotic                                                          giveaways, self help with supplies and the             air conditioning in Germany?” said Jennifer
theme, but it was a bit antiquated and in need of        The store is also getting a scanning system         directorate of public works with shelving,” she        Smith, family readiness support assistant for
a facelift.                                                                                                  said. “We really spent probably $50 on painting,       2-159 Aviation.
    “We wanted fresh,” said Emerson. “The             provide better customer service, Emerson said.         but the rest came mostly from self help and their          And Emerson was thrilled with the turn out.
spouses club owns the store - we want our                The improvements will also create new jobs,         support.”                                                  “It is packed,” she said. “We had to keep
customers to feel a sense of fun and excitement.      she said.                                                  The newly-renovated store hosted a grand           people out 15 minutes before opening - sales
We want bright and cheery and welcome for the            “The more money we make, the more we can            re-opening Aug. 27 with a back-to-school sale          are good today and most customers are walking
customers to feel good.”                              spend on salaries and jobs will open up,” she said.    and recieved rave reviews.                             around with a bag.”




                                                                                                                                                                               Customers check-out at the
                                                                                                                                                                               newly renovated Katterbach
                                                                                                                                                                               Thrift Store.

                                                                                                                                                                               The Ansbach Spouses and
                                                                                                                                                                               Civilians Club plans to
                                                                                                                                                                               further improve the shopping
                                                                                                                                                                               experience at the store with a
                                                                                                                                                                               new scanning and debit card
                                                                                                                                                                               system.

                                                                                                                                                                               For more on the thrift store, call
                                                                                                                                                                               DSN 467-2534 or CIV 09802-83-
                                                                                                                                                                               2534.

Thrifty customers and children shop at the newly renovated Katterbach Thrift Store.
The Ansbach Spouses and Civilians Club spruced up the store with a fresh coat
of paint and painted the club’s logo on a wall to the right of the entrance, added a
slogan and hosted a grand re-opening Aug. 27 with a back-to-school sale.




by RONALD H. TOLAND JR.                    misconduct actions specialist.              of nationality.                              progressive and sequential discipline      theft and receiving stolen property;
            Bavarian News                      While in Germany, members                   On top of that, when civilians           for consequences,” said Bond. “We          violation of ration regulations, i.e.,
                                           of the military community are               break host nation laws or violate U.S.       have to have some type of government       selling rationed merchandise or black-
    Living in Germany with U.S.            governed by special international           regulations, the military can revoke or      control and it’s basically case-by-case,   market operations; violation of postal
government support is a privilege          agreements, including the Status of         suspend logistical support - you abuse       but based on precedence.”                  regulations; assault consummated by
for civilians within the military          Forces Agreement, governing the             it, you lose it, said Bond.                     Within a calendar year, Bon usually     battery to include aggravated assault,
community - a privilege that               relationship between Germany and the            “Every situation is different, but the   sees about 100 cases.                      spouse abuse, assault and battery on a
comes with responsibilities and            U.S. military on matters of criminal        end result is usually from a series of          She explained that the host nation      child under 16, child abuse or neglect;
expectations.                              jurisdiction as well as other legal and     serious offenses,” she said. “Sanctions      has criminal jurisdiction over civilians   drug offenses to include wrongful
    It is a good idea for people to know   civil matters.                              or consequences are recommended              during peacetime and civilians             possession or use of a controlled
what is expected of them and what              U.S. civilian employees and U.S.        to the commander for the infraction          associated with the U.S. Army in           substance, smuggling a controlled
can happen to them when they fail to       family members are subject to the           whether it is a letter, loss of shopping     Germany fall under the jurisdiction        substance, wrongful distribution of a
live up to those responsibilities, said    German jurisdiction and laws in             privileges for six months, or worse          of the German authorities, even if         controlled substance; communicating
Donna Bond, the garrison civilian          criminal and civil actions, regardless      - like being barred from any military        they live in U.S. Army government          a threat; and cruelty to animals or
                                                                                       installation in Europe or sent back to       housing areas.                             animal neglect.


    Top 5 tips from the
                                                                                       the U.S.”                                       “There have been cases recently in          She also listed some of the
                                                                                           The regulation that governs the          government housing areas, especially       administrative actions that are
                                                                                       authority to take administrative             with civilian spouses, and the German      available to the commander from the
                                                                                       action when civilian misconduct              law applies because we are on their        moderate to the extreme: counseling;
                                                                                       occurs is Army Europe Regulation             land,” she said.                           a letter of warning; performing
                                                                                       27-9. It delegates authority to                 But how does one know if they are       community service; adverse actions;
                                                                                       the Civilian Misconduct Action                                                          suspension or revocation of logistical
      1. Shoplifting will result in the suspension of AAFES privileges for             Authority, the garrison commander,
                                                                                       who is responsible for upholding the         of active duty Soldiers along with
                                                                                                                                                                               support privileges (exchange
                                                                                                                                                                               facilities, commissary, Morale,
         six - 12 months.                                                              morale, welfare, safety, wellbeing           retirees and their family members;         Welfare and Recreation activities,
                                                                                       and order within the geographical            non-appropriated and appropriated          U.S. Army Club privileges, check
     2. Driving Privileges will drugs.
        involving intoxication or
                                  be suspended or revoked for cases                    area.
                                                                                           “The commander is like the mayor
                                                                                                                                    fund employees, their family members
                                                                                                                                    and members of households; family
                                                                                                                                                                               cashing privileges, government
                                                                                                                                                                               housing, ration privileges, Class
                                                                                       of a city,” said Bond.                       members of U.S. military members;          Six privileges, driving privileges);
    3. Government Housing mayinbe terminated awhen a sponsor or
       family member is involved illegal use of housing facility. In
                                                                                           She added that the regulation
                                                                                       gives the commander the authority to
                                                                                                                                    members of households of U.S.
                                                                                                                                    military personnel; Department of
                                                                                                                                                                               barred from entry onto installations
                                                                                                                                                                               (commanders may bar offenders
                                                                                       determine the actions that are taken         Defense Dependent Schools and              from areas and facilities under their
         addition, vandalizing or maliciously abusing Government, school,              in reaction to offenses committed            their family members; employees of         responsibility and USAREUR-
         or personal property will result in the imposition of administrative          by civilians associated with the             contractors and their family members;      wide); and the early return of family
         actions.                                                                      military.                                    government consular and diplomatic         members will be considered when
                                                                                           “It is where the rubber meets            personnel and their family members;        other administrative measures are not
    4. Actions imposed forentry and early return todistribution of drugs
       can include a bar to
                            the possession, use, and
                                                     CONUS.
                                                                                       the road,” said Bond, noting it does
                                                                                       not apply to Soldiers. “It is only for
                                                                                                                                    and military, civilian and other persons
                                                                                                                                    who sponsor family members for
                                                                                                                                                                               expected to be effective.
                                                                                                                                                                                   However, these are not all-inclusive
                                                                                       civilians because the Soldiers fall          logistical support.                        lists, Bond said.
    5. All drivers of USAREUR-plated cars must possess a USAREUR                       under the Uniform Code of Military
                                                                                       Justice.
                                                                                                                                        Some of the most common offenses
                                                                                                                                    Bond sees include: driving and
                                                                                                                                                                                   “Try to be aware of the rules - know
                                                                                                                                                                               how the government expects you to
         driver’s license. This includes local national families who have                  “The regulation is used as a guide,                                                 behave,” she said.
         German driver’s liscenses.                                                    like a civilian personnel management         and speeding; larceny to include
                                                                                       employee relations table of penalties:       shoplifting, fraud and embezzlement,       468-7760 or CIV 0981-183-760.
24 Bavarian News                                                                        Schweinfurt                                                                                     September 2, 2009



Focus groups begin evaluating Army
Family Covenant delivery in Europe
             Story and photo by                   conducted focus groups to assess the success of      they become more aware of the Army Family          garrisons across Europe.
                                                  the Army Family Covenant in Schweinfurt July




                                                                                                                                  ‘
            MARK HEETER
              Schweinfurt CI Chief                30 and 31.                                           IMCOM-Europe project                                                        team is primarily looking
                                                     “What we’re trying to do is make sure                                                                                         to see how the program
   A four-person team from U.S. Army Europe,      we’re not just doing the assessment where we            While many                      A lot of people                          is being delivered around
the Installation Management Command-Europe,       get information, but we give information to          customers recognize                                                         Europe.
and the Europe Regional Medical Command           these people in the focus group sessions, so         free and reduced-fee
                                                                                                       child care as AFC
                                                                                                                                         are familiar with                             “(Ham) wanted to
                                                                                                                                                                                   know, do we focus on
                                                                                                       benefits, some do not             the program and                           one community too
                                                                                                       see the covenant in                                                         much or not enough on
                                                                                                       other projects, such as          the improvements                           another. Or do we give
                                                                                                                                                                                   a balanced approach
                                                                                                       improvements to other              that are taking                          across Europe that
                                                                                                       facilities and what                                                         everybody got equal
                                                                                                                                          place, but they                          emphasis on the
                                                                                                                                          didn’t actually
                                                                                                       shopping areas and other
                                                                                                       spaces where members
                                                                                                       of the Army Family
                                                                                                       gather.
                                                                                                           “A lot of people are
                                                                                                                                         understand that
                                                                                                                                         it’s linked to the
                                                                                                                                                                      ‘         said.

                                                                                                                                                                                to know, what did we
                                                                                                                                                                                get right, what did we
                                                                                                                                                                                get wrong, how we
                                                                                                       familiar with the program          covenant itself.                      can do it better, what
                                                                                                       and the improvements                                                     recommendations would
                                                                                                       that are taking place,                      Leslie Mehall                he need to take back to
                                                                                                       but they didn’t actually Special Assistant to USAREUR Commanding General DA (the Department of
                                                                                                       understand that it’s                                                     the Army) at the two-
                                                                                                       linked to the covenant
                                                                                                                                                             The assessment will not end with the focus
                                                                                                       Gen. Carter Ham, USAREUR commanding groups, according to Mehall and Patrick but
                                                                                                       general, who ordered the review of the covenant will be immediately followed by a month long
                                                                                                       as it nears the end of its second year.             web-based survey.
                                                                                                                                                             All members of the Army family in Europe
Construction workers build what will become an exercise room at the Finney Fitness                     facilitated four focus groups – employees, are encouraged to log on to www.armymwr.
Center on Conn Barracks. The project is a facility improvement that grew directly out                  single Soldiers, company-grade leaders and com/fmwrc/AFC/survey.htm and take the survey,
of Army Family Covenant, currently under review at garrisons throughout Europe.                        Soldiers and family members – in each of nine which will be available through Sept. 15.



Army Family Action Plan improves health clinic
referral process, brings alternatives to patients
    by SANDRA WILSON                          (AFAP) is just such a great program. It helps in several
           Bavarian News
                                         different ways, not only bringing issues up front to the forward                                                            shortage at the clinic, the new
   If something is broken, Army                                                                                                                                      adaptations to the referral process can
                                          so we can fix them, but also ... we can explain ... what we’re                                                             declare another successful moment of
it. The three-day AFAP conference                              doing to fix it already.’                                                                             positive change through AFAP in the
was held back in February, and since                                                                                                                                 community of Schweinfurt.
then, positive change has been on the                                            Katy McClelland, AFAP Program Manager
horizon in many different Schweinfurt
                                         given a referral to an outside doctor                                                                                       clinic commander, emphasizing the
   “It’s just such a great program. It   described the process of getting that     the referral office setting up an                                                 need for people to use the forum to
helps in several different ways, not     appointment as “complicated and           appointment with the German doctor           Eliminating part of the waiting
only bringing issues up front to the                                               - was causing delays that could          time for referrals was made possible
                                         member reported in an issue paper                                                  by the cross-training of several staff   or St. Joseph’s and you have an issue
                                         that was submitted early this year.                                                members.                                 … you need to let us know so that we
                                            “After that issue was brought up                                                    The patient liaisons have now been   can resolve it so that others don’t have
said Katy McClelland, AFAP program       to our commander’s attention, we          up sheet, patients are now able to       trained to assume the responsibilities
manager at Schweinfurt’s Army            created a different way that a person     virtually eliminate the middle step by                                              Services are available in the
Community Service.                                                                 walking into the TRICARE referral        to process the paperwork and make        TRICARE office Monday through
   One particular issue about the
health clinic’s TRICARE referral                                                   the provider.                                                                     Wednesday and Friday afternoon
process was brought up more than         appointment, they had to wait - now          “We have two books: one for the
once at the conference through                                                     same-day appointments and that is        always try really hard to get them       closed.
submissions from the community.             Having to make three appointments      a walk-in … the other is they have                                                   The entire health clinic is
   Patients that were seen by a          - one with the health clinic, then        a choice of making an appointment                                                 closed every Friday afternoon for
health clinic provider and then          returning for another appointment         for later on. So that has allowed that   and technician. “I always see that we    mandatory training.




    HELP                                                                                                                                                  Crocodiles
   WANTED                                                                                                                                                dock at chapel
     How about getting
  paid to stay in shape?
    The U.S. Army
                                                                                                                                                           for VBS
 Garrison Schweinfurt                                                                                                                                     Chaplain (Maj.) Kevin Forrester,
 sports and fitness                                                                                                                                       dressed as the Bible’s Old Testament
 program officials are                                                                                                                                    pharoah, declares to the kids that
 looking for certified                                                                                                                                    he will not let God’s people go from
                                                                                                                                                          captivity. Vacation Bible School docked
 fitness instructors to
                                                                                                                                                          at Ledward Chapel this week with the
 boost their programs.                                                                                                                                    kids ages 4 through 10 learning how
    For information, call                                                                                                                                 to fear not because “God is powerful”.
 CIV 09721-96-8234.                                                                                                                                       Nearly 115 kids attended each day with
                                                                                                                                                          more than 65 volunteers from 11 years
                                                                                                                                                          old to adult helping to make the chapel
                                                                                                                                                          event a success.

                                                                                                                                                          Photo by Sandra Wilson
September 2, 2009
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Acclaimed author entertains community
members with workshop, ‘conversations’
        Story and photo by                the subject of writing.
       EMILY ATHENS                           “I really like these workshops. I                                                                                                         Gary Shteyngart,
            Bavarian News                 talk about what writing means to me,                                                                                                          right, notable
                                          how I became a writer, take questions,
                                          and do a brief reading. Writing is my                                                                                                         author of novels
    The Schweinfurt community
enjoyed an evening of the arts Aug.       dream job. … It’s a calling in some                                                                                                           and travel pieces,
19 outside of the Conn Community          ways. And having an experience like                                                                                                           reads to community
Club where participants sipped wine,      this makes it even better and more                                                                                                            members during a
nibbled hors d’oeuvres and mingled.       worthwhile,” Shteyngart said.                                                                                                                 writer’s workshop
    Critically-acclaimed novelist             Shteyngart, who is also a                                                                                                                 held Aug. 19 on
and travel writer, Gary Shteyngart,       contributing editor at Travel and
                                                                                                                                                                                        Conn Barracks.
author of award winning books, “The
Russian Debutante’s Handbook” and         essays featured in such publications                                                                                                          The workshop,
“Absurdistan,” was the guest of honor,    as The New Yorker, Granta, GQ,                                                                                                                consisting of
humoring the audience with story          Esquire, and the New York Times,                                                                                                              a poetry jam, a
readings, book signings and a question    read two personal essays to the crowd                                                                                                         question and
and answer session.                       once published in The New Yorker. He                                                                                                          answer session,
    “I like to have a program away        concluded the book reading portion
from the library and have the people      with two blurbs from “The Russian                                                                                                             book readings
from the community involved.              Debutante’s Handbook.”                                                                                                                        and signings,
It’s beneficial because we are in a           According to Shteyngart, the                                                                                                              was part of the
deployment situation, so we have to       atmosphere of workshops like this                                                                                                             “Conversations”
make it special for family members        are relaxed and takes participants                                                                                                            series in USAREUR
here,” said Christine Willis, librarian   away from a typical academic setting,                                                                                                         libraries.
at the Ledward Library.                   adding that “there’s nothing at stake
    The evening kicked off with a         here.”
poetry jam session and presentation           Shteyngart’s visit concluded his tour   Army Europe Libraries Web site,          meet notable authors.                      Shteyngart who said, “If you don’t
by the summer hire teens, followed by     of eight garrisons within Europe as part    these workshops are meant to provide        “Reading takes people away from         read, you don’t think.”
a question and answer portion where       of the Army-Europe “Conversations”          inspiration for anyone interested in     the day in and day out realities, which       For more information on
attendees could enjoy getting to know     literary discussions, which has brought     creative writing, or just reading in     is so sad at times. Reading is your        the “Conversations” series, visit
Shteyngart, as he answered personal       in authors like Daniel Wallace and          general, while giving Soldiers and       fantasy, your imagination, and that’s      www.library.eur.army.mil/events/
questions and offered his expertise on    Andrew Carroll. According to the            family members the opportunity to        what’s important,” Willis said, quoting    conversations/index.htm.


Lunch Bunch serves up culture, camaraderie New gymnastics
                                               class
           by EMILY ATHENS                           family-oriented restaurant with the assistance       Christina Carmona said, ACS lunch bunch
                 Bavarian News                       of an ACS local national staff member. Open to       coordinator.
                                                     all I.D. card holders, it is a monthly opportunity       Lunch bunch meets the last Thursday of


                                            tumbles into
   Living in a foreign country can prove to          to mingle with other Schweinfurt community           every month with the goal of helping community
be a challenging undertaking, especially when        members while learning valuable information          members decipher the menu, order, and properly
venturing off post to the surrounding areas.         about dining.                                        tip. It is also important they understand the
   Army Community Service offers a lunch                 “Every month we try to find different            general customs of German restaurants, Carmona

                                            Schweinfurt
bunch program where Soldiers and spouses             restaurants. It’s important they feel more           added.
can enjoy an outing at a budget-friendly and         comfortable just going to a German restaurant,”          “Germany has different traditions, so lunch
                                                                                                          bunch is good for an icebreaker … for families
      Members of                                                                                          to get more comfortable in just going out. It takes            by SANDRA WILSON
 the community                                                                                            away the fear of just walking into a new place,”
                                                                                                                                                                                 Bavarian News
     enjoy a meal                                                                                         she said, explaining that she hopes to motivate
  at a restaurant                                                                                         people to venture off post more and explore the           Tumbling, vaulting, and cartwheels have
                                                                                                          German culture.                                       finally made their way into the Schools of
  in Schweinfurt                                                                                              Carmona encourages everybody to bring their       Knowledge, Inspiration , Exploration and Skills,
     during Army                                                                                          children, especially during the warm weather.         otherwise known as SKIES. Gymnastics for kids
      Community                                                                                               “In the summer months, my focus will be to        ages 4 to 6 and 7 to 9
        Service’s                                                                                         take them to pretty biergartens and places with       has begun at the Abrams
    lunch bunch.                                                                                          playgrounds for the kids outside,” she said.          Center.
    Every month,                                                                                              “I love to go out to eat, so lunch bunch is a         “The good thing
                                                                                                          great opportunity to go to a new restaurant with      about gymnastics - you
participants can                                                                                          someone who speaks German. I have even gained         don’t have to be good at
 enjoy a budget                                                                                           some new friends out of it also,” said Holly          anything. The kids can
       and family                                                                                         Nichols, a 172nd Support Battalion spouse who         start from the really little
   friendly lunch                                                                                         participates in the program.                          things and get better,”
    outing with a                                                                                             The next lunch bunch is scheduled for Sept.       said Esther Perez, the new
   local national                                                                                         24. Participants are asked to meet at 11 a.m.         gymnastics instructor.
           guide.                                                                                         in the ACS lobby to carpool to the restaurant.            The SKIES program
                                                                                                          Lunches usually run until approximately 2 p.m.        h a s a l s o o b t a i n e d Perez
 Photo by Christina                                                                                       To sign up, or for more information, call ACS at      equipment to enhance
         Carmona                                                                                          CIV 09721-96-6933.                                    the variety of exercises provided for the
                                                                                                                                                                participants.

       Prima
                                                                                                                                                                    “I called DJK … and asked if they had
                                                                                                                                                                equipment, and they said yes. They gave it to
                                                                                                                                                                us for free,” said SKIES Director Peter Potter,
                                                                                                                                                                referring to a local sports club.

      Ballerina                                                                                                                                                     Along with additional donated equipment,
                                                                                                                                                                Perez brings a wealth of personal experience to
                                                                                                                                                                the classes. She has been involved in gymnastics
    From left, Shannon Alexander,                                                                                                                               for 20 years, began teaching it when she was 14
                                                                                                                                                                years old and obtained her license to teach by
      Sydney Miller, Deja DeBorja,                                                                                                                              the age of 17.
     and Morgan Hopson practice                                                                                                                                     Participants will learn a new skill each week,
            for the end-of-summer                                                                                                                               including exercises related to body tension and
       ballet performance. School                                                                                                                               games involving jumping and hoops.
        of Knowledge, Inspiration,                                                                                                                                  “The kids learn how to use their body,” Perez
     Exploration, and Skills offers
     ballet classes for youth ages                                                                                                                                  “They develop what I call body-memory.
        3 to 9, held at Schweinfurt                                                                                                                             They will learn better and adapt their muscles
      Elementary School. Classes                                                                                                                                better. With a class like this, kids will open up
     will resume in September. To                                                                                                                               to sports in general,” Potter said.
       sign up your child, call CIV                                                                                                                                 For the younger group, participants can
                    09721-96-6460.                                                                                                                              expect 45 minutes of instruction from 3:30 to
                                                                                                                                                                4:15 p.m., while ages 7-9 will meet for an hour
                Photo by Sandra Wilson                                                                                                                          from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays. It is possible
                                                                                                                                                                to sign up for the classes at any time.
                                                                                                                                                                    For more information, call SKIES at CIV
                                                                                                                                                                09721-96-6460.


      To view more photos of the SKIES ballet performance, as well as other community events and celebrations, visit the
                                                                                                         .
26       Bavarian News                                                                        Around the Force                                                                                     September 2, 2009



Iraq drawdown moves into second phase
as planners discuss challenges still ahead
       13th Sustainment Command                  transferred to Iraqi control to support
       Expeditionary Public Affairs              the enabling of Iraqi Security Forces as
                                                 the U.S. withdraws, Pettit said.
   As Multi-National Corps - Iraq                   “We’re really starting to prime the
moves into the second phase of the               pump to get stuff moving out of here,”
drawdown of troops and equipment                 she said. “We’ll continue to support
from Iraq, it faces challenges ranging           (Operation Enduring Freedom in
from the withdrawal of roughly 80,000            Afghanistan) where we can.”
                                                    She said phase two of the drawdown
with pink roller skates.                         will build on the steps taken during
                                                 phase one. In phase one, non-essential
phase one of the safe and responsible
withdrawal of equipment and personnel            two, it will be retrograded, transferred
in Iraq - setting the conditions - it has        or redirected to support other U.S.
moved into the second phase of the               military priorities, Pettit said.
drawdown without pause, said Lt.
Col. Tammie Pettit, the Multi-National
Corps - Iraq logistics plans chief at a          the 13th Sustainment Command
sustainment conference Aug. 15 on                (Expeditionary) supply branch
Camp Victory.                                    technician, said he plans to bring the
    “It’s been a lot of hard work for a          number of SSAs in Iraq to18 at the end
lot of people,” Pettit said. “We’ve done         of phase two.
pretty well.”                                        Phase three will focus on safety
    Brig. Gen. Heidi Brown is leading            operations, Pettit said.
the responsible drawdown of the                      The retrograde of equipment not
roughly 130,000 troops in Iraq to                required to support the upcoming
roughly 50,000 by August 2010.                   elections in Iraq will allow units to
    Additionally, the number of civilian         focus on enhancing route security,
contractors in country is slated to be           moving forward with the drawdown
reduced to roughly 75,000, Brown                 and supporting redeploying units,
said.                                            she said.
    Based on Brown’s directives, Pettit              “Protection of the force will still
said MNC-I has planned to reduce the             be paramount during this drawdown,”
                                                                                                                                                                                      Photo by Spc. Brandy M. Oxford
nearly 200 bases throughout Iraq to              Pettit said.
six multi-class supply support activity              Orthel said this phase should bring      Soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division-
hubs or SSAs - with roughly 20 smaller           the number of SSAs to 11.                    Baghdad, clean communication equipment as they prepare to return home at the end of their 15-month
bases, called spokes - by September                  Lt. Col. Lew Cureton, the                deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom earlier this year. Planners in Iraq are entering into
2010, with complete withdrawal by                13th Sustainment Command                     the second phase of the drawdown, as they plan for retrograding personnel and equipment in the
December 2011.                                   (Expeditionary) munitions branch
                                                 chief, said he looks to the multi-           coming months.
    “None of this is negotiable,” said Pettit.
“This is a mission we cannot fail.”              national divisions to determine where        where that’s going to be,” he said.      innumerable amount of connexes            for the personnel necessary to expedite
    MNC-I teams inventory, repair and            to send munitions as they are packaged          He said he knows those locations                                                this process safely, she said.
update items the U.S. military will              and moved out of the SSAs during the         will change throughout the drawdown      equipment and parts to pink roller            “It’s going to take everybody,” she
transport to Afghanistan, Kuwait, other          next phases in the transition.               and anticipates the groups will adapt    skates present a particularly large       said. “There is a lot of work to do. The
overseas areas of operation or back to               “We can’t really draw down until         accordingly.                             challenge in the drawdown, said Pettit.   folks following all of us are going to
the United States, and the items to be           we have a good understanding of                 Throughout Iraq, a large but          Units should look within themselves




            by JOHN J. KRUZEL
            American Forces Press Service                                          “Despite important achievements in various                                         years.
                                                                                                                                                                         The polling results are expected to be
    The commander of U.S. Central Command                                          areas, given the deterioration in the security
                                                                                                                                                                         “Despite widespread Taliban threats and
where the Taliban and other extremists have                                        situation, an enormous amount of hard work                                         numerous attacks, millions of Afghan citizens
                                                                                                                                                                      stepped forward to vote for their next president
cautioned that success there demands more than                                                                                                                        and for provincial councils,” Petraeus said.
                                                                                                                                                                         Citing counterinsurgency successes since
    With violence reaching peak levels this                                                 Gen. David H. Petraeus, Commander, U.S. Central Command                   the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, Petraeus
summer, reversing enemy security gains will                                                                                                                           highlighted a 600 percent increase in the number
require sustained commitment from U.S. and                 But more than just killing or capturing terrorists     cleared of insurgents, developing Afghan            of students - matched by a seven-fold increase
multinational forces, Army Gen. David H.                   and extremists, he added, the mission requires a                                                           in trained teachers - at thousands of newly
Petraeus told the American Legion in Louisville,           counterinsurgency campaign akin to the strategy                                                            constructed schools and other achievements
Ky., Aug. 25.                                              he oversaw as the top U.S. commander in Iraq           illegal drugs.                                      in building roads, hospitals and the nation’s
    “Despite important achievements in various             -- an effort that placed greater focus on securing         “They are also working with our civilian        physical and political infrastructure.
areas, given the deterioration in the security             the population.                                        partners in helping to foster the growth of            At the same time, however, Petraeus said
situation, an enormous amount of hard work                     “And that is exactly what our troopers, along      Afghan governance so it can achieve legitimacy      the Taliban and other elements of the so-
                                                           with their Afghan, NATO and other international        in the eyes of the people,” he added.               called extremist syndicate have expanded their
Petraeus said in his prepared remarks.                     partners, are intent on executing,” he said.               “Our troopers’ hard work has, despite the
   Nearly eight years into the war in Afghanistan,             About 62,000 American and 38,000 allied            increase in violence, paid dividends in a number    push from those engaged in counterinsurgency
Petraeus said the primary objective remains                forces are deployed to Afghanistan.                    of areas,” he said.                                 efforts in Afghanistan.
clear: to ensure that transnational extremists                 Petraeus gave a snapshot of the                        Multinational troops last week aided Afghan        “Reversing the downward trend in security
such as al-Qaida are not able to re-establish the          counterinsurgency tactics that troops are              security forces in protecting some 6,000 polling    in particular will require sustained, substantial
sanctuaries they had prior to the 9/11 attacks.            carrying out: rebuilding communities recently          stations during the country’s national election,    commitment from all involved,” he said.




     American Forces Press Service               stress disorder, VA Secretary Eric K.        administration as we move VA                Comments on the proposed rule             PTSD is a recognized anxiety
                                                 Shinseki announced today.                    forward in its transformation to the     will be accepted over the next 60         disorder that can follow seeing or
    The Veterans Affairs Department                 “The hidden wounds of war                 21st century,” Shinseki said.                                                      experiencing an event that involves
is taking steps to help veterans seeking         are being addressed vigorously                  VA is publishing a proposed           published after consideration of all      actual or threatened death or serious
compensation for post-traumatic                  and comprehensively by this                  regulation Aug. 24 in the Federal        comments received, VA officials           injury to which a person responds
                                                                                              Register to make it easier for a         said.                                     with intense fear, helplessness or
                                                                                              veteran to claim service connection         Under the new rule, VA would not       horror and is not uncommon in
                                                                                              for PTSD by reducing the evidence        require corroboration of a stressor       war.
                                                                                              needed if the stressor claimed is        related to fear of hostile military or       Feelings of fear, confusion or
                                                                                              related to fear of hostile military or   terrorist activity if a VA psychiatrist
                                                                                              terrorist activity.                      or psychologist confirms that the         but if the feelings don’t go away
                                                                                                                                       stressful experience recalled by          or get worse, a veteran may have
                                                                                              Post-traumatic stress disorder           a veteran adequately supports a           PTSD.
                                                                                              is a recognized anxiety                  diagnosis of PTSD and the veteran’s          VA is bolstering its mental
                                                                                                                                       symptoms are related to the claimed       health capacity to serve combat
                                                                                              disorder that can follow seeing          stressor.                                 veterans, adding thousands of new
                                                                                              or experiencing an event that               Previously, claims adjudicators        professionals in the last four years.
                                                                                              involves actual or threatened            were required to corroborate that            The department also has
                                                                                              death or serious injury to which         a noncombat veteran actually              established a toll-free suicide
                                                                                              a person responds with intense           experienced a stressor related to         prevention helpline - 1-800-273-
                                                                                              fear, helplessness or horror, and        hostile military activity.                TALK - and has a Web site available
                                                                                                                                          This rule would simplify the           for online chat in the evenings at
                                                                                              is not uncommon in war.                  development that is required for          www.suicidepreventionlifeline.
                                                                                              Photo illustration by Stephen Morgan                                               org/Veterans/.
28     Bavarian News
                                                                                                     Sports                                                                                        September 2, 2009




Grafenwoehr Physical Fitness Center
begins highly praised exercise program
                Story and photo by                      earlier because I look back now and I’m thinking       the globe and so are number of PFCs that offer        CrossFit classes two times a week on Monday
              AMY NEWCOMB                               all of those step classes I taught, everything else    CrossFit equipment and programs.                      and Wednesday at 6 p.m. “We encourage
                    Bavarian News
                                                        I do ... why didn’t I just do this, it incorporates        Mulligan has been a dedicated CrossFitter         everyone to go through this training as the class
                                                        your whole body and we are just glad that we           for 3 years and his ultimate goal is to participate   provides good information about the (CrossFit)
   The U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr                   can now spread it,” Linville said.                     in the 2011 CrossFit games. “This is the third        program and proper exercise techniques are
Physical Fitness Center is now harboring new                Mulligan and Linville began the Workout            (CrossFit game) and it is just blowing up ... a       demonstrated,” Kearse said.
equipment and, chances are, you a growing               of the day, or ‘WOD’ as CrossFitters call it,          good indication of the growth of the program:            Sign up for classes have begun but are
number of people have been using it. This               after they showing the class how to perform            in 2005 there was about 110 CrossFit PFCs ...
new equipment has been placed in the USAG                                                                      today there is over 1,200,” Mulligan said.            serve basis. “Depending on the availability of
Grafenwoehr PFC for those dedicated to                  class rotated around the different stations,               Both Mulligan and Linville will continue          the instructor we are looking at adding another
‘CrossFitting.’                                         participantd noted that this was not a normal                                                                class per week ... however, the CrossFit area is
   CrossFit is a principal strength and                 workout routine.                                       Their enthusiasm and personal results from            open for everyone to use,” Kearse said.
conditioning program that began with former                Participant Tina Ferguson said she had              CrossFitting is a good indication for the future         MWR has also planned to expand the
gymnast Greg Glassman, who posted daily                 worked out for years with a pieced-together                                                                  CrossFit Program to Vilseck Rose Barracks
workout routines on the web. These routines are         routine but the CrossFit Orientation gave her          highest mountain and yell on a megaphone what         Fitness Center and are working on converting
                                                        something new to think about.                          people could do to get in stupid-good shape ...       the racquetball court into a CrossFit area.
Grafenwoehr military community.                            “CrossFit was different ... it was explosive        CrossFit,” Mulligan said. “The cool thing is that        For more information on CrossFit
    In February, Installation Management                and very intense, the workout was short but            it’s for everybody.”                                  orientations and classes offered, visit the USAG
Command Europe’s Morale, Welfare and                    delivered results that I haven’t felt with my              The Grafenwoehr PFC is currently offering         Grafenwoehr PFC.
Recreation Sports hosted a quarterly meeting            normal workouts,” Ferguson said. “I would
where sports directors were introduced to               have to say I thought I was in shape before this
CrossFit. This is where director of MWR                 orientation (but) this class made me feel every
Fitness and Sports for USAG Grafenwoehr,                minute of the workout.”
Serge Kearse, attended orientation for the
CrossFit Program. “After going through the              10 steps: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance;
orientation, I was really interested in getting         stamina; strength; flexibility; power; speed;
the (CrossFit) program started in Grafenwoehr,”         coordination; agility; balance and accuracy. The
Kearse said.                                            diversity of this program is what delivers results
    Kearse, with funds from MWR, put in a work          according to active CrossFitters.
request to upgrade an area of the basketball court in
the Grafenwoehr PFC with equipment and supplies         also measures its success by offering information
required to start the CrossFit Program. MWR also
provided the funding for two registered volunteers          At the end of orientation, Linville stressed
                                                        the importance of nutritional value. Without
   The volunteers were trained with the                 eating properly, “you only get half the results,”
understanding “that they come back to this garrison     Linville said. Part of eating healthy is to cut out
and provide free training to our Soldiers, family       Trans and Saturated Fats but to make sure that
members and authorized civilians,” Kearse said.         Polyunsaturated and Monounsaturated Fats are
                                                        still part of a regular diet. “You only want to fuel
Grafenwoehr community, Aug. 15, certified               your muscle, you do not want to feed your fat”
CrossFit instructors Cpt. Jason Mulligan and            Linville said.
Shannon Linville and introduced the equipment               Not only does the intake of fats need to be
and exercises to eager participants.                    controlled but eating raw vegetable and fruits
   While the USAG Grafenwoehr PFC was set               instead of processed food are a good way to start.
up to accommodate 15 during orientation, the            “If it’s in the center isles of the commissary then
number grew to 33 attendees. The unexpected             you probably shouldn’t eat it” Mulligan said.
turnout had Mulligan and Linville excited for               The number of devotees to CrossFit routines
the program. “I wish I would have learned this          and nutritional guidelines are growing around




                                                                                                  Photo by Mark Manzo

                                                                                                                                                                                             Photo by Sgt. Adam Heller




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continued from Page 1                          three events for single Soldiers each
                                               three events for single Soldiers each
time … throw the football around. My
time      throw the football around. My        month.
                                               month.
vision was to enhance those kids’ lives.
vision was to enhance those kids’ lives.
I think we did,” Shomper said.
  think we did,” Shomper said.
                                                    The USAG Grafenwoehr BOSS
                                                    The USAG Grafenwoehr BOSS
                                               p r o g r a m will soon b e n e f i t from
                                               program w i l l s o o n benefit f r o m a
                                               partnership with the United Service
                                               partnership with the United Service
                                                                                                                                                                                 com
                                                                                                                                                                                   mmunity
                                                                                                                                                                                 community
    At the event, 45 BOSS members
    At the event, 45 BOSS members
volunteered to participate and more
volunteered to participate and more            Organization. The new USO facilities,
                                               Organization. The new USO facilities,                                                                                            continued from Page 1
than 450 students. “It really showed the
than 450 students. “It really showed the       which will be opening soon next to
                                               which will be opening soon next to                                                                                               contemporary operating environment
                                                                                                                                                                                contemporar  ry
community service that we provide,”
community service that we provide,”            the Service Credit Union on USAG
                                               the Service Credit Union on USAG                                                                                                 in Iraq, Afghanistan and other theaters
                                                                                                                                                                                in Iraq, Afghanistan and other theaters
said Shomper noting that the high
said Shomper noting that the high              Grafenwoehr’s Main Post, will also
                                               Grafenwoehr ’s Main Post, will also                                                                                                          ns
                                                                                                                                                                                    operation
                                                                                                                                                                                of operations – is a testament to the
Soldier participation and volunteer rate
Soldier participation and volunteer rate       house the new BOSS office and
                                               h o u s e t h e n e w B O S S o ff i c e a n d
are what makes the program what it is.
are what makes the program what it is.         headquarters and will share the facility
                                               headquarters and will share the facility                                                                                                         s
                                                                                                                                                                                and civilians in this organization.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                          organization.”
    Shomper explained that the “Best
    Shomper explained that the “Best           as a Soldier center.
                                               as Soldier center.                                                                                                                  Salazar also recognized t h e
                                                                                                                                                                                   S a l a z a r a l s o r e c o g n i z e d the
Installation” runner-up award, judged on
Installation” runner-up award, judged on            After discussing the upcoming
                                                    After discussing the upcoming
excellence of quality of life, community
excellence of quality of life, community       opportunities for single Soldiers,
                                               opportunities for single Soldiers,                                                                                               and individuals outside JMTC that
                                                                                                                                                                                and individuals outside JMTC that
service and recreation and leadership,
service and recreation and leadership,         Shomper concluded, “We have the
                                               Shomper concluded, “We have the                                                                                                                    o       command’s
                                                                                                                                                                                contribute to the command’s success.
was achieved “because we’re growing
was achieved “because we’re growing            opportunity to make our program just
                                               opportunity to make our program just                                                                                                  “JMTC d      does not work alone,” said
every day. We have an excellent chain
every day. We have an excellent chain          explode. That’s my plan.”
                                               explode. That’s my plan.”                                                                                                                       Wi
                                                                                                                                                                                Salazar. “Without
                                                                                                                                                                                Salazar. “Without the support of the
of command We have Soldiers who
of command … We have Soldiers who                   To get involved in the Grafenwoehr
                                                    To get involved in the Grafenwoehr                                                                                          U . S . Army Garrison Grafenwoehr
                                                                                                                                                                                U.S. A r m y G a r r i s o n G r a f e n w o e h r
want to participate … Not a lot of them
want to participate Not lot of them            BOSS program, or for more, contact
                                                             ogram,
                                                           pro                                                                                                                  and the local community, JMTC could
                                                                                                                                                                                and the local community, JMTC could
can say that they walked away with 45
can say that they walked away with 45          Shomper at DSN 475-8822, CIV 0173-
                                               Shomper at DSN 475-8822, CIV 0173-                                                                                               not provide the quality training that
                                                                                                                                                                                not provide the quality training that
volunteers for any type of community
volunteers for any type of community           439-6294.                                                                                                                        we do.”
service whatsoever.”
service whatsoever.”                                                                                                                                                                 Brig. Gen. Salazar follows
                                                                                                                                                                                     Brig. Gen. Salazar follows
                                                                                                                                   Above: Command Sgt. M a j .
                                                                                                                                   A b o v e : C o m m a n d S g t . Maj.
    Attending the conference also gave
    Attending the conference also gave                                                                                                                                          Brig. Gen. D a v i d R . H o g g as the
                                                                                                                                                                                B r i g . G e n . David R. Hogg a s t h e
                                                                                                                                   William B e r r i o s , command
                                                                                                                                   W i l l i a m Berrios, c o m m a n d         commanding general of JMTC. Hogg,
                                                                                                                                                                                commanding general of JMTC. Hogg,
Shomper new ideas and motivation for
Shomper new ideas and motivation for
the future of program.
the future of program.                                                                                                             sergeant major of U.S. Army
                                                                                                                                   sergeant major of U.S. Army                             curre ently
                                                                                                                                                                                who is currently serving as the deputy
    “As far as winning (at) the conference,
    “As far as winning (at) the conference,                                                                                        Garrison Grafenwoehr, sits in
                                                                                                                                   Garrison Grafenwoehr, sits in                chief of staff for operations for the
                                                                                                                                                                                chief of staff for operations for the
all it does is fuel my ambition next
all it does is fuel my ambition next                                                                                               the drivers seat of
                                                                                                                                   the drivers seat of a 250,000250,000         International Security Assistance
                                                                                                                                                                                International Security Assistance
                                                                                                                                   E u r o F o r d G T a t t h e BOSS
                                                                                                                                   Euro Ford GT at the B O S S                                Afgghanistan,
                                                                                                                                                                                Force in Afghanistan, departed JMTC
Shomper said with a laugh. “That may
Shomper said with laugh. “That may                                                                                                 Car show Aug. 22 at the USAG                 in June.
be stretching it a little bit, but that’s my
be stretching it little bit, but that’s my                                                                                                                                                        l
                                                                                                                                                                                     “General Salazar will bring fresh
                                                                                                                                   Grafenwoehr Post Exchange.                                    h
                                                                                                                                                                                blood, fresh ideas and a new energy     energy
goal. It just puts little more pressure
goal. It just puts a little more pressure
on me and on my fellow Soldiers to
on me and on my fellow Soldiers to                                                                                                 Left: Garrison leadership Col.
                                                                                                                                   Left: Garrison leadership Col.               into making the JMTC better than it is
make sure we do everything we can to
make sure we do everything we can to                                                                                                                                            today,” said Hogg as he bid farewell
                                                                                                                                                                                today,”y,
make our BOSS program the best BOSS
make our BOSS program the best BOSS                                                                                                Chris Sorenson ( l e f t ) and
                                                                                                                                   C h r i s S o r e n s o n (left) a n d                  comm  mand
                                                                                                                                                                                to the command and the community
program out there.”
program out there.”                                                                                                                C o m m a n d Sgt. M a j . Willam
                                                                                                                                   Command S g t . Maj. W i l l a m             earlier this summer. “He is great guy
                                                                                                                                                                                earlier this summer. “He is a great guy
   Future goals of the program include
   Future goals of the program include                                                                                             Berrios (right) pose for photo
                                                                                                                                   Berrios (right) pose for a photo                                t
                                                                                                                                                                                and the right one for the job.”
community service organized with local
community service organized with local                                                                                             with USAG Grafenwoehr BOSS
                                                                                                                                   with USAG Grafenwoehr BOSS                        “It is truly a n h o n o r f o r m e t o
                                                                                                                                                                                     “ I t i s t r u l y an honor for me to
German mayors. According to Shomper,
German mayors. According to Shomper,                                                                                               President Robert Shomper at the
                                                                                                                                   President Robert Shomper at the
the goal is to keep the relationship with
the goal is to keep the relationship with                                                                                          BOSS car show Aug. 22.
                                                                                                                                   BOSS car show Aug. 22.                       to be part of such a great community,
                                                                                                                                                                                        p               g      community,”   y,”
surrounding communities strong.
surrounding communities strong.                                                                                                                                                 s a i d Salazar. “I look forward t o
                                                                                                                                                                                said S a l a z a r. “ I l o o k f o r w a r d to
   Shomper also hopes to host at least
   Shomper also hopes to host at least                                                                                             Photos by Sgt. Adam Heller                              witth
                                                                                                                                                                                working with all of you.”



    s       those
Clubs thank those who build German-American bond
continued from Page 1
               P
                    o       G      American
                            German-A      n                single Soldiers with its “2SCR Welcome Home
                                                           single Soldiers with its “2SCR Welcome Home
out to more than 800,000 people.
out to more than 800,000 people.                           Program.”
                                                           Program.”                                                                                                                          T KONTA   TAKT
                                                                                                                                                                                              The KONTAKT
    During the awards event, Bagby presented 14
    During the awards event, Bagby presented 14               The Heidelberg club received praise for its
                                                              The Heidelberg club received praise for its                                                                                     C
                                                                                                                                                                                              Club is a German-
                   Ele
support awards. Eleven non-members received
                     even                                               r
                                                           cultural awareness programs and activities.
                                                           cultural awareness programs and activities.
                                                              Several club supporters were also recognized
                                                              Several club supporters were also recognized                                                                                    A
                                                                                                                                                                                              American friendship
                     r
recognition for their service as well.
    The Fulda club received the group high
    The Fulda club received the group high                 for their individual achievements
                                                           for their individual achievements.                                                                                                 organization
                                                                                                                                                                                              o
                                                                                                                                                                                              organ zat on
ach evemen award n category for community
achievement award in ca egory for commun y                    Jurgen U r ch of V seck was honored for
                                                              Jurgen Ullrich of Vilseck was honored for                                                                                       s
                                                                                                                                                                                              sponsored by the
suppor a         commun y w hou         m ary
support at a community without a military                  organ z ng spec a even s and severa barbecues
                                                           organizing special events and several barbecues                                                                                    U S Army
                                                                                                                                                                                              U.S. Army. Members
presence The club was a so praised for s
presence. The c ub was also pra sed for its                and pu ng n 650 vo un eer hours as year
                                                           and putting in 650 volunteer hours last year.                                                                                       nc ude So d ers
                                                                                                                                                                                              include Soldiers,
fundra s ng marke ng pub c relations and
fundraising, marketing, public re a ons and                   Rena e Schwarzenberger of Hohenfe s was
                                                              Renate Schwarzenberger of Hohenfels was                                                                                         f
                                                                                                                                                                                              fam es c v ans
                                                                                                                                                                                              families, civilians and
educa on effor s
education efforts.                                         sa u ed for making frequen visits o spouses of
                                                           saluted for mak ng frequent v s s to spouses of
                                                           dep oyed So d ers n he Vilseck, Grafenwoehr
                                                           deployed Soldiers in the V seck Grafenwoehr                                                                                        a              c t zens
                                                                                                                                                                                              and German citizens
    The Fu da group was also recognized for
    The Fulda group was a so recogn zed for
  s “push and pu ” program ha eaches young
its “push and pull” program that teaches young             and Hohenfels communities and opening her
                                                           and Hohenfe s commun es and open ng her                                                                                            from surround ng
                                                                                                                                                                                              f     surrounding
people living on former U S installations in
peop e v ng on former U.S. ns a a ons n                    home to Army family members
                                                           home o Army fam y members.
                                                                            am                                                                                                                commun t es
                                                                                                                                                                                              c
                                                                                                                                                                                              communities.
their c y the history of those kasernes and the
 he r city he h s ory of hose kasernes and he                 Lo har Gogo ka was honored for h s efforts
                                                              Lothar Gogolka was honored for his effor s                                                                                      C
                                                                                                                                                                                              Commun ty
                                                                                                                                                                                              Community members
Army’s history n Fulda and Germany.
Army’s h s ory in Fu da and Germany                         n mak ng he Grafenwoehr c ub one of he
                                                           in making the Grafenwoehr club one of the                                                                                          a    nv ted
                                                                                                                                                                                              are invited to get
    T h e V s e c k club r e c e v e d the high
    The Vilseck c u b received h e h g h                   s ronges n Germany bu d ng re a onsh ps
                                                           strongest in Germany, building relationships                                                                                        nvo ved n the r oca
                                                                                                                                                                                              involved in their local
achievement a w a r d in the category f o r
a c h e v e m e n award n h e c a e g o r y for            among he m ary and neighboring communities
                                                           among the military and ne ghbor ng commun es
c o m m u n y support n c o m m u n y w h
community s u p p o r in a community with a                and ncreas ng membersh p o more han 200.
                                                           and increasing membership to more than 200                                                                                         Club’s activities.
                                                                                                                                                                                              C ub s act v t es
military presence I was recogn zed for its
m ary presence. It was recognized for s                       For more nforma on on KONTAKT C ubs
                                                              For more information on KONTAKT Clubs                                                                                           C
                                                                                                                                                                                              Courtesy graph c
                                                                                                                                                                                              Cour esy graphic
support of the 2nd Stryker Cava ry Reg men ’s
suppor of he 2nd S ryker Cavalry Regiment’s                       Germany v s www b k de kne
                                                           across Germany, visit www.biknet.de.


     e employment ‘key t quality of life’ for military families
             ment
Spouse employm         to                   r military families
               P
continued from Page 1                          our military spouses continue he r separated or retired, as well as widows
                                               our m ary spouses con nue their separa ed or re red as we as w dows                 individual p o s o n s according to
                                                                                                                                    n d v d u a positions, a c c o r d n g o             opportunity s rea y critical
                                                                                                                                                                                            por
                                                                                                                                                                                a career opp un y is really cr ca




                                                                    ‘
service as par of an effor to recruit
serv ce       part      n effort o recru
                           ff                             en                      h ng or w dowers serv cemember
                                               emp oyme it wou d be a good thing o widowers of servicemembers who
                                               employment, would                                                         rs        OPM documen s
                                                                                                                                          documents.                            for their fam y’s we being,” sa d
                                                                                                                                                                                for he r family’s well be ng ” said
and retain skilled and exper enced
and re a n sk ed and experienced               for us o facilitate
                                               for us to fac a e                                             d ed on ac ve du y
                                                                                                             died on active duty                                                Barbara Thompson, d rec or of he
                                                                                                                                                                                Barbara Thompson director of the
members of the arm forces and to
                       med
                  he armed               o      h e r entry n o
                                               their e n r y into                                                      have no
                                                                                                             and who have not      be eve that our spous can compe e
                                                                                                                                   believe ha             ses
                                                                                                                                                    spouses      compete
recognize and honor the serv ce of
recogn ze and honor he service of              the federal                 t’s           y             to remarried also are
                                                                          It’s really hard to remarr ed a so are                   on their own merits,” O sa d no ng
                                                                                                                                       he r       mer s ” Ott said, noting      Children d Yo h
                                                                                                                                                                                Ch dren and Youth.   ou
members n ured disabled, or killed n
members injured, d sab ed or k ed in           governmen ” she
                                               government,” she                                              e gbe
                                                                                                             eligible.              h a h e n e w hiring rules provide
                                                                                                                                   that the new h r n g r u e s p r o v d e                     an
                                                                                                                                                                                      More han 77 percent of m ary
                                                                                                                                                                                      More than 77 percen of military
connec on w h he r serv ce ”
connection with their service.”                sa d
                                               said.                     keep a job if you
                                                                         keep job you                            The new h r ng
                                                                                                                 The new hiring    m ary spouses w h “a s ream ned
                                                                                                                                   military          with streamlined,          spouses have nd ca ed n surveys
                                                                                                                                                                                s pous es have indicated in surveys
    “Military
    “M ary spouse emp oymen is a
                       e employment s              Eligible                                                  au hor y does no
                                                                                                             authority does not    fac a ed means of obtaining federal
                                                                                                                                   facilitated             b
                                                                                                                                                         ob a n ng federa        ha hey are n eres ed n es ab sh ng
                                                                                                                                                                                that they are interested in establishing
key to the quality of life of our military
key o he qua y of fe of our m ary               nd v dua s O
                                               individuals, Ott        have to move      o
                                                                       have to move from cons u e a h r ng   constitute hiring     emp oymen ”
                                                                                                                                   employment.”                                 careers, T h o m p s o n s a d O h e r
                                                                                                                                                                                c a r e e r s Thompson said. Other
families,” Kathleen Ott, director of
fam es ” Ka h een O d rec or of                said, n c u d n g
                                               s a d including                                               preference for
                                                                                                             preference for            Use of he new hiring au hor y
                                                                                                                                       Use of the new h r ng authority          data, she a d d e d n d c a e s h a
                                                                                                                                                                                d a a s h e added, indicates that
talent acqu s on deve opmen and
 a en acquisition, development and             spouses of             station to station
                                                                      station to station ... e g b e m a r y eligiblemilitary      “is comp e e y at he discretion of
                                                                                                                                   “ s completely a the d scre on of            m ary spouses are overa more
                                                                                                                                                                                military spouses are, overall, more
m a n a g e m e n n h e Office of h e
management in the O ff c e o f the             active-duty                                                   s p o u s e s ,       hiring agencies,” accord ng o OPM
                                                                                                                                   h r ng agenc es ” according to OPM           highly educated han he r civilian
                                                                                                                                                                                h gh y educa ed than their c v an
Depu y Undersecretary of Defense for
Deputy Undersecre ary of Defense for           serv cemembers
                                               servicemembers        We thought,
                                                                     We thought in order a c c o r d i n g t o
                                                                                         t,                                        documen s and “it is one of many
                                                                                                                                   documents, and “ s one of many               coun erpar s
                                                                                                                                                                                counterparts.
C v an Personne Po cy sa d Aug
         n
Civilian Personnel Policy, said Aug.           who have been
                                               who have been           to help our miltary OuPt h o .r i t y Ti h i a
                                                                       to                r miltary a M “ s s                       h r ng tools agencies may use to recruit
                                                                                                                                   hiring oo s agenc es may use o recru               “I think it’s a w n-w n situation that
                                                                                                                                                                                      “I h nk ’s win-win s ua on ha
13 during an interview with Pentagon
    dur ng        n erv e w h Pen agon
                        ew                     called on to                                                                        needed individuals.”
                                                                                                                                             nd v dua s ”                        he federa g   governmen s access ng
                                                                                                                                                                                the federal government is accessing a
Channe and Amer can Forces Press
Channel and American Forces Press
Serv ce repor ers
Service reporters.
                           n                   re oca e Th s
                                               relocate. This
                                                nc udes spouses
                                               includes spouses
                                                                        spouses c      continue n o nic orm pie n vg
                                                                                                             noncompetitive
                                                                                                             h
                                                                                                                               e                     comp e e hree
                                                                                                                                                          p
                                                                                                                                       Spouses who complete three years
                                                                                                                                   of con nuous satisfactory serv ce w
                                                                                                                                   of continuous sa sfac ory service will
                                                                                                                                                                                pool of spouses who have he same
                                                                                                                                                                                poo of spouses who have the same
                                                                                                                                                                                 eve s com men  mm               car ng
                                                                                                                                                                                levels of commitment and caring and
    The availability of obs for military
            v
    The ava ab y of jobs for m ary                 Guardsm men
                                               of Guardsmen or
                                               reserv s s who’ve
                                               reservists who’ve
                                                                       their employment, m e c h a nestablish
                                                                                 employment, does not ess m sh
                                                                                                             mechanism; it
                                                                                                                   no     ab
                                                                                                                                   beconver ed from a career-cond ona
                                                                                                                                   beconverted from career-conditional
                                                                                                                                   appo n men to career appointment,
                                                                                                                                   appointment o career appo n men
                                                                                                                                                                                service o h e nation,” Thompson
                                                                                                                                                                                s e r v c e to the n a o n ” T h o m p s o n
                                                                                                                                                                                sa d
                                                                                                                                                                                said.
spouses contributes o he sustainment
spouses con r bu es to the sus a nmen
                                               been ca ed up for
                                               been called up for          would e
                                                                       it would be a good o r constitute a   or c o n s u e        O sa d
                                                                                                                                   Ott said.                                          The depar men ’s Military Spouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 r
                                                                                                                                                                                      The department’s M ary Spouse
of he all-volunteer force, Ott said,
of the a -vo un eer force O sa d
citing a r e c e n s u r v e y in w h c h
c n g recent survey n which
emp oyed military spouses reported
employed m ary spouses repor ed
 ha he r work ncome constitutes
that their work income cons u es
a b o u 48 percent of o a family
about 4 8 p e r c e n o f total f a m y
income.
 ncome
                                               m o r e than 1 8 0
                                               more h a n 180
                                               days of ac ve
                                               days of active
                                               service other han
                                               serv ce o her than
                                                ra n ng Eligible
                                               spouses mus be
                                               spouses must be
                                                                                   to faacilitate
                                                                                        nt
                                                                                                    ‘
                                                                                                    ‘
                                                                                                    ‘
                                               training. E g b e thier entry into federal does it crea e an
                                                                                                             h r ng prefe
                                                                                                             hiring preference
                                                                        thing to facilitate f o r e l i g i b l e
                                                                                                             spouses, nor
                                                                             entry in o federal does create an
                                                                                                                         erence



                                                                                                             entitlement o
                                                                                                             e n e m e n to a
                                                                                                                                   that the new m ary-spouse h r ng
                                                                                                                                    ha he new military-spouse hiring
                                                                                                                                   au hor y would adve e y affect he
                                                                                                                                   authority wou d adversely affec the
                                                                                                                                                       ers     ff
                                                                                                                                   h r ng of military ve erans into the
                                                                                                                                   hiring of m ary veterans n o he
                                                                                                                                   federal governmen O said.
                                                                                                                                   federa government, Ott sa d
                                                                                                                                                                                Career Advancemen Accoun
                                                                                                                                                                                Career Advancement Account,
                                                                                                                                                                                a s o k n o w n a s M y C A A provides
                                                                                                                                                                                also known as MyCAA, p r o v d e s


                                                                                                                                                                                spouses of ac ve-du y m ary and
                                                                                                                                                                                spouses of active-duty military and
    “ B u it’s r e a y hard to keep
    “But, ’s really h a r d o k e e p          mov ng to ano her
                                               moving o another              governm
                                                                             government.ment.                federa job for an
                                                                                                             federal ob                                                         activated Guard and reserve members
                                                                                                                                                                                ac va ed Guard and reserve members
a job if y o u h a v e to m o v e f r o m
    o b f you have o move from                 duty station                                                  e g b e spouse ”
                                                                                                             eligible spouse,”     federal o b o p p o r u n e s h r o u g h
                                                                                                                                   f e d e r a job opportunities through        wor dw de she sa d
                                                                                                                                                                                worldwide, she said.
s a on o station,” Ott said. Federal
station to s a on ” O sa d Federa              accompanied                      Kathleen Ott
                                                                                Kath een n                   according to                               eb
                                                                                                                                   OPM’s USAJobs Web s e O sa d
                                                                                                                                   OPM’s               Web site, Ott said.          President George W. Bush ssued an
                                                                                                                                                                                    Pres den George W Bush issued an
employment, she sa d offers m ary
emp oymen she said, offers military            b y                 D ec o of Talent Acquisition, Development
                                                         t h e i r Director o Ta en Acqu s on Deve opmen r e g u l a t o r y            The new hiring authority “sends
                                                                                                                                        The new h r ng au hor y “sends          execu ve order es ab sh ng gu de nes
                                                                                                                                                                                executive order establishing guidelines
spouses a p o r a b e career w h
spouses          portable c a r e e r with     serv cemember
                                               servicemember                   and Management
                                                                               and Managemen                 documen s listed
                                                                                                             documents s ed            very m p o r a n m e s s a g e o o u r
                                                                                                                                   a v e r y important message to our                       ng
                                                                                                                                                                                     he h r n au hor y n Sep ember
                                                                                                                                                                                for the hiring authority in September
                                                          or w fe
                                               husband or wife.                           n he Federal Reg s er
                                                                                         in the Federa Register.                                                                2008, bu m emen a on he
                                                                                                                                                                                           mp
                                                                                                                                                                                2008 but implementation of the order
presence.
presence                                           Spouses of former serv cemembers
                                                   Spouses of former servicemembers                                                recogn zed by the federa government,
                                                                                                                                   recognized by he federal governmen           wasde ayed wh e it was rev ewed by
                                                                                                                                                                                wasdelayed while          reviewed
   “ We thought, in o r d e r to h e p
   “We h o u g h n order o help                  s ed as 100-percent disabled and ob-qua f ca on criteria s ed for
                                               listed as 100-percen d sab ed and job-qualification cr er a listed for              and ha hey recogn ze ha having
                                                                                                                                   and that they recognize that hav ng           he         adm n s ra on
                                                                                                                                                                                            a
                                                                                                                                                                                the Obama administration.

				
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