Not forgotten The jewel of the Elbe Pet power
Soldiers from the 1-4th Inf. Regt. The past and present come The Human Animal Bond
celebrate the lives of fellow warriors together seamlessly in Saxony’s program provides a calming
who made the ultimate sacri ce capital city of Dresden presence for patients
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Vol. 7, Nr. 14 U.S. Army Garrisons Grafenwoehr, Garmisch, Hohenfels, Ansbach and Schweinfurt July 20, 2011
Mis re at
Community GTA under
By Denver Makle
new JMTC JMTC Public Affairs
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — On
July 8, 11 .50-caliber rounds were
mis red from the Grafenwoehr
Training Area toward the Grafen-
woehr Garrison and town.
The rounds struck two barracks
Rudacille heads ‘crown jewel’ buildings, a motor pool, the physi-
cal tness center and two vehicles on
of U.S. Army in Europe post; off post, one residential build-
ing, a garage, and the St. Michael’s
By Denver Makle the U.S. Army Garrison Vocational School were struck in the
JMTC Public Affairs Grafenwoehr and the Ger- city of Grafenwoehr. City of cials
man Army Noncommis- were noti ed immediately. No one
GRAFENWOEHR, Ger- sioned Of cer Academy, was injured.
many — Col. Bryan L. Ru- Training Group D, from the The incident is under investiga-
dacille assumed command nearby town of Weiden — Photos by Markus Rauchenberger tion by U.S. military and German
of the 7th U.S. Army Joint all elements of the Grafen- of cials.
Col. Bryan L. Rudacille (left) accepts command of the 7th Army Joint Multi-
Multinational Training woehr Military Community. “The safety of the Grafenwoehr
Command (JMTC) from “Out on that eld stand national Training Command from Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, commander, U.S. Military Community and the sur-
Brig. Gen. Steven L. Sala- the best trainers, made up Army in Europe, during a change of command ceremony, July 8. rounding local communities are
zar during a change of com- of the nest warriors in the From right to left: Brig. JMTC’s primary focus as we pre-
mand ceremony, here, July profession of arms. Each pare U.S. and multinational Soldiers
8. and every day, they train, Gen. Steven L. Salazar, for various missions in Afghanistan
Rudacille was the com- coach, mentor and support outgoing commanding and elsewhere,” said Lt. Col. Scott
mander of the 165th Infan- the armed forces of our na- general of the 7th Army Moore, JMTC’s chief of range con-
try Brigade at Fort Jackson, tion and those of our allies, Joint Multinational trol. “As a result of the incident, the
S.C. so that they are prepared for Training Command, JMTC and the training unit are cur-
The ceremony was battle,” said Rudacille dur- rently re-evaluating its safety proce-
hosted on Grafenwoehr’s ing his speech. Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, dures and standards. Modi cations
parade eld before a for- “Bavaria is a beauti- commander, U.S. Army and changes have already been made
mation of Soldiers from ful place to live and work, in Europe, and Col. to ensure the safe usage of the ranges
JMTC’s Headquarters and and Germany is well- Bryan L. Rudacille, and training facilities.”
Headquarters Company, the known for its hospitality. incoming JMTC com- The training unit was conducting
Joint Multinational Readi- Terri and I look forward to mander, salute during a moving live- re exercise with the
ness Center, The 7th U.S. calling Grafenwoehr our M-2 .50-caliber machine gun on a
Army Noncommissioned home, and getting to meet a change of command Humvee at the training area’s Range
Of cer Academy, The 7th ceremony at Grafen- 118.
Warrior Training Brigade, See RUDACILLE, page 17 woehr’s parade eld.
Defender 6 sends
inside Schools shift to accommodate students Caregivers
One Soldier’s journey
By Bob Purtiman
DoDDS Europe Schools
school will be combined
with the elementary school
need care, too
of 1,000 miles began Public Affairs to form an elementary/mid- SAN ANTONIO — Starting this
with a “running” date and dle school. A majority of the month, the Exceptional Family Mem-
he hasn’t looked back. WIESBADEN, Germany — renovations required will oc- ber Program is standardizing and
See page 3 The Department of Defense cur at the new elementary/ streamlining the process for deliver-
Education Activity has an- middle school. ing respite care to eligible families in
Breaking news nounced the establishment of The establishment of the need of support.
The Bavarian News will a high school in the Schwein- high school will increase the The EFMP is a mandatory enroll-
take a brief hiatus in the furt community. overall DoDEA budget by ment program that works with other
coming weeks. The next Students from the Sch- approximately $1.1 million military and civilian agencies to
edition will hit news- weinfurt military community per scal year. An additional provide comprehensive, coordinated
stands Aug. 17. have been commuting long $2.4 million will be required community support, housing, edu-
distances to attend Bamberg for scal year 2011 for facili- cational, medical and personnel ser-
Culture college High School since Wuerz- ties modi cations and reno- vices to families with special needs.
Garrisons in Europe burg High School closed in vations and start up costs. It is focused on helping these families
the 2008-09 school year. “This is great news for the nd the support and care needed to
will be simplifying their Photo by Charles Stadtlander
Dr. Clifford Stanley, the students in the Schweinfurt ensure all their members can thrive.
cultural orientation undersecretary of defense community,” said Dr. Nancy The Department of Defense Education Activity Respite care is one way EFMP
programs to ease the for personnel and readiness, Bresell, director of DoDDS announced the establishment of a high school in helps to provide support for all fam-
transition for Soldiers approved the establishment Europe. “The establishment ily members — in this case, the care-
the Schweinfurt community. The new school will
and families. of a new high school, which of the high school is consis- givers. Caring for a family member
See page 14 use what is now Schweinfurt Middle School, seen
is slated to be ready for the tent with our responsibilities with special needs, especially se-
beginning of the 2011-2012 to our overseas communities, here. The current middle school will be combined vere chronic medical conditions, is
school year. particularly highly deployed with the elementary school to form an elementary/ an around-the-clock job. There may
Index The Department of De- ones.” middle school. be no end to a caregiver’s love, but
fense Dependents Schools “We conducted a com- everyone who shoulders such respon-
Op-Ed 2 Europe leadership is work- prehensive review of the re- The Schweinfurt Garrison several years. sibilities needs a break to rest and re-
News 3-6, 14, 16, 17 ing feverishly with the Sch- quest by the Army to open commander, Lt. Col. Everett “The news of the recent charge. EFMP respite care provides
What’s Happening 8 weinfurt Garrison to prepare the school,” she added. “We Spain, said the Schweinfurt authorization to open Sch- that break. Qualifying families are
the school for the fall 2011 made the determination that community is deeply grateful weinfurt High School is a eligible for up to 40 hours of respite
Travel 11 school year. the establishment of the to the Bamberg High School great opportunity for the care a month for each certi ed family
Medical 12 The new school will uti- school would be in the best faculty, staff and students students and parents of our member.
lize what is now Schweinfurt interests of the more than 170 and community for embrac-
Movies 18 Middle School. The middle students.” ing the students over the past See STUDENTS, page 17 See RESPITE, page 2
2 Bavarian News Opinion & Editorial July 20, 2011
Commander’s Message Respite care
Summer is PCS and fest season
July 8 marked change for us here in on Aug. 29, fami- In addition to Grafenwoehr’s and Army’s
the Grafenwoehr Military Community lies that are still Vilseck’s volkfests, don’t miss the
as Brig. Gen. Steven L. Salazar relin- in the community chance to sample some true Bavarian
quished command of the Joint Multina- should have their culture in other towns in the area, such
tional Training Command to Col. Bryan students reregis- as in Greding, July 22-25 (fest site at
L. Rudacille. Brig. Gen. and Martina tered by Aug. 1. the Hallenbad), in Beilngries and Hahn-
Salazar placed a lot of effort into ensur- For those who bach, July 23-24, and in Dietfurt from
ing the GMC was and remains a great attended school last July 29 through Aug. 7. Continued from page 1
place to live and work and we wish them year, reregistration On July 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
good luck in their future endeavors. may only consist Army Community Service’s Exception- To enhance service delivery to
Col. Bryan L. Rudacille is a native of updating phone al Family Member Program will host a EFMP-enrolled families, IMCOM has
of Fairfax,Va., and along with his wife, numbers, emer- Summer Bash. The event will take place revised EFMP respite care policies
Terri, and their three children, they join gency contacts, orders and students shot at Little Mike Park on Rose Barracks, and procedures. The revision includes
our beautiful community. Rudacille records. If you have questions about and will include food relay races, face changes in eligibility criteria and the
Commander, U.S. Army
comes to us from Fort Jackson, S.C., what you need to bring in to reregister painting and much more. Family Services Needs Matrix, and
Garrison Grafenwoehr where he was the commander of the your student, contact the registrar at Another important event is our online training for EFMP manag-
Col. Vann Smiley 165th Infantry Brigade (BCT). We look your student’s school at: Grafenwoehr monthly Community Huddle, July 28, ers and physicians. An EFMP respite
forward to getting to know him and his Elementary, 09641-83-7133; Netzaberg from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Tower care panel will be established at each
Public Affairs Of cer family and working with him. Elementary, 09645-917-9184; Vilseck View Restaurant, Main Post, Building garrison to review and recommend
Michael Blass I know they will enjoy our local Elementary, 09662-83-2812; Netzaberg 209. At the meeting you can catch up approval or disapproval of all respite
firstname.lastname@example.org area and host nation as much as we do. Middle, 09645-917-9229; and Vilseck on all the latest updates and important care submissions to the garrison com-
DSN 475-8103, CIV 09641-83-8103 I would personally like to extend to the High, 09662-83-2864. issues. Also, subject matter experts will mander, who is the decision authority.
colonel and his family a warm welcome answer the community’s questions and Garrison EFMP managers are
and a joy lled stay here in the Oberp- Volksfests and other events post them on Facebook, so even if you available to provide more detailed
Jeremy S. Buddemeier
falz. can’t attend in person, you can still get information to families currently re-
DSN 475-7113, CIV 09641-83-7113
On behalf of U.S. Army Garrison the scoop. ceiving respite care. Soldiers or fam-
Viel Glueck Grafenwoehr, I’d like to personally in- Finally, on Aug. 19, from noon to ily members can also visit the EFMP
Assistant Editor vite you to participate in Vilseck Volks- 4 p.m. at the Netzaberg Teen Center’s web page at Army OneSource (www.
Amy Zink I know that deployments are hard fest and Homecoming celebrations of SKIES Room, there will be a Healthy myarmyonesource.com).
email@example.com and being away from your families is the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment at the Family Habits Fair. Parents can get ad- This revision to policy and proce-
DSN 475-7775, CIV 09641-83-7775 even harder. But I, as well as you, know Rose Barracks Air Field this weekend, vice from certi ed experts in pediatric dures is part of the Army EFMP Stra-
that what we are doing is important and and our 54th Annual Volksfest, Aug. health, early childhood, community ser- tegic Action Plan to improve services
Grafenwoehr Correspondent is making a difference in the lives of 5-7. vices, education, nutrition, breastfeed- and support for families with special
Molly Hayden millions. As you prepare to deploy, re- The Vilseck Volksfest festivities run ing and child psychology. Dr. Krystal needs. Also as part of the strategic
firstname.lastname@example.org member, your families will be cared for from Thursday, July 21 through Sunday, White will also teach a seminar, how- action plan, at the beginning of this
DSN 475-8886, CIV 09641-83-8886 and in good hands. So stay focused on July 24, and will feature many activities ever, please RSVP for the seminar to scal year EFMP added 43 systems
Garmisch Correspondent the task at hand and know your families for both children and adults, including Dr. White via e-mail at krystal.white@ navigators, or nonclinical case man-
John Reese will be there waiting for you when you face-painting, a magic show, carnival amedd.army.mil. agers, at 26 garrisons stateside and
email@example.com return. I know I speak for everyone in rides, a historical military car display, a Please join us via Facebook at face- overseas to connect families with re-
DSN 440-3701, CIV 08821-750-3701 the community when I say we’d like to DJ and lots of food. I’d like to encour- book.com/usagg, our website, www. quired systems of care.
wish the 172nd Infantry Brigade Viel age everyone to come out and have a grafenwoehr.army.mil, The Bavarian The focus on enhancing the effec-
Schweinfurt Correspondents Glueck on their upcoming deployment great time celebrating among military News, Command Information Channel, tiveness of EFMP could not be more
Joy Chalmers, Charles Stadtlander, to Afghanistan. families and our local national partners, and AFN Bavaria for information on important or timely. Important, be-
Nathan Van Schaik who are invited to come and enjoy this events throughout the greater Grafen- cause the EFMP is one way the Army
firstname.lastname@example.org great event, as well. woehr Military Community. keeps key promises it made in the
email@example.com School registration
Graf’s 54th Annual Volksfest, Aug. Army Family Covenant: providing
DSN 354-1400, CIV 09721-96-1400
The school year is quickly approach- 5-7, is a time-honored tradition and one Col. Vann Smiley access to high-quality medical care,
ing and it is imperative that families re- of the larger volksfests in the area. Lots educational opportunities and family
Hohenfels Correspondent register for the 2011-2012 school year. of work goes into pulling this together Commander, U.S. Army programs that foster an environment
In order for the school to be properly
staffed and equipped to provide services
but the greatest satisfaction is seeing all
of you join us.
Garrison Grafenwoehr in which families can thrive.
Timely, because while the Army’s
DSN 466-2398, CIV 09472-83-2398 commitment remains as strong as
when the covenant was signed in
DSN 468-1600, CIV 09811-83-1600
Saying goodbye necessary, never easy 2007, we are operating in a differ-
ent scal reality in 2011. Just as any
Soldier or family member asks “Is it
The third observation in an eight-part series designed to help Soldiers become worth it?” before opening their wal-
let, we are doing the same, making
Advertising: Retail advertising
and classi eds, www.milcom.de,
healthier and more resilient in their daily lives and careers. sure we are using resources as ef -
ciently as possible to provide quality
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. By Denver Makle Be present and engaged in your services to families. Army life poses
Address: U.S. Army Garrison JMTC Public Affairs loved one’s life/lives. challenges for any family, but espe-
Grafenwoehr Public Affairs Develop a communication plan cially for families with special needs.
Attn: Bavarian News According to Surviving Deploy- that accounts for the sometimes long It is part of our job, our commitment,
Unit 28130, APO AE 09114
ment.com, which provides informa- periods when the Soldier may not have to make sure we are delivering the
tion and resources for military families, regular access to communication av- right services in the right way.
many issues arise during deployment enues.
If you have newsworthy ideas or
stories to submit, coordinate with the
like emergencies and nancial chal-
lenges. The site offers tips on how to
Develop a support system and ac-
tion plans to address needs and emer-
Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch
managing editor at 475-7113, or e-
manage all the stressors that come with gencies that occur during a deployment: Commander, Installation
deployment. Recently, I had my own a) nd the contact info for a plumber or
mil. The editorial deadline for ar-
ticles and announcements is noon on deployment-related crisis. My daughter handyman, b) nd a reliable car repair Management Command
Tuesday, the week prior to the publi- had to say goodbye to a friend, who is a technician, c) locate contacts for clinics
cation date. Publication dates can be Soldier that was deploying soon. and hospitals, d) nd a veterinarian and
found at www.milcom.de. The nal
decision on whether content will run
rests with the managing editor.
As a mom, former spouse of a Sol-
dier and former Soldier I kept hearing
myself say: “It’s his job. He’ll be back
local kennels for pets, e) make a list of
frequently used numbers like vehicle
registration, appliance repairs, housing
All editorial content is the respon-
sibility of the U.S. Army Garrison in a year and we can maybe have din- of ces, FRG contacts, ACS services
Grafenwoehr Public Affairs Of ce. ner when he returns,” even among her ( nancial counseling, Military Family
The Bavarian News is an authorized tears and sad condolences. My daugh- Life Consultants, etc.), f) get to know
publication for members of the De- ter looked at me like I was from Mars. your neighbors and establish social By JMTC Of ce of the Staff
partment of Defense. Contents of the During Soldier 360°, the Leader titude are all powerful, especially when networks. Although much of this in- Judge Advocate
Bavarian News are not necessarily Comprehensive Fitness Course, I and talking to my daughter and her friend, formation may be on-line, Soldiers and News Release
the of cial views of, or endorsed by, about 300 noncommissioned of cers, who is also young enough to be my son. families will need a backup plan in case
the U.S. Government, the Depart-
ment of Defense or the U.S. Army.
so far, were provided with tools that en- They were looking for social cues they don’t have access to the Internet. At a special court-martial con-
The Bavarian News is published ev- couraged emotional, spiritual, psycho- from me on how to act and behave in Create balance – pursue hobbies, vened on Rose Barracks, Grafen-
ery two weeks by Werbeagentur und logical and physical well-being. One this situation. Being mindful means it’s volunteer in the community, create woehr Military Community, June 23,
Verlag Roswitha Lehner, a private of the tools pitched during the course up to me to make the connection, un- comfortable routines, engage in stress Sgt. Michael O. Dallas, Headquarters
rm in no way connected with the was mindfulness, and mindfulness is derstand the gifts given daily, and that reducing activities (exercise, medita- and Headquarters Company, Task
U.S. Army under exclusive written the greatest gift I’ve received from the we can act accordingly and as neces- tion, clubs and support groups). Force 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Reg-
contract with U.S. Army Garrison course. sary. Mindfulness helped me to provide Surviving Deployment.com recom- iment, 172nd Infantry Brigade (Rear)
Grafenwoehr. The newspaper has a
printed circulation of 9,000.
Mindfulness is a practice described an appropriate response by being aware mends that if you have children, it’s (Provisional), was found guilty, con-
Everything advertised in this pub- in Soldier 360°, as conscious, present- of my daughter’s feelings and helping very important to let them participate trary to his pleas, of one charge and
lication shall be made available for centered awareness that encourages her to understand that no one wants to in the preparation, and saying goodbye two speci cations of a violation of
purchase, use, or patronage without the individual to acknowledge every be in harm’s way, but there is a sense was part of it. So, my daughter gave her Article 128, UCMJ, assault consum-
regard to race, color, religion, sex, thought, feeling or sensation, while ac- of duty and responsibility that a Soldier friend a card and a prayer coin when mated by a battery, and guilty of one
national origin, age, martial status, knowledging the present moment with- has to his comrades and to himself. she said goodbye. Additionally, in the charge and one speci cation of a vio-
physical handicap, political af lia- out judgment. This nonjudgmental at- Liselotte Matthews, a licensed clini- evenings, I light a special candle when lation of Article 134, UCMJ, drunk
tion or any other nonmerit factor of titude opens the door to self-discovery, cal social worker and behavioral health I say my prayers for my daughter’s and disorderly conduct.
the purchaser, user or patron.
The appearance of advertising in
and allows individuals to view life with care provider with the Bavaria Medical friend and those serving in Afghanistan Dallas was found not guilty, in ac-
this publication, including inserts curiosity, openness and acceptance. Department Activity also offers these and around the world. It’s the one way cordance with his plea, of one charge
or supplements, does not constitute Because of Soldier 360° training I additional tips for deploying Soldiers I’ve reminded myself to stay aware and and one speci cation of a violation
endorsement by the U.S. Army or am mindful of my attitude most of the and their family members to help them remain mindful of my feelings, com- of Article 128, UCMJ, assault con-
Milcom Advertising Agency of the time and when dealing with my daugh- deal with saying goodbye: mitments and love for those friends, summated by a battery. The military
products or services advertised. ter’s situation I realized I could affect In the days before deployment family and community members that judge sentenced him to be reduced to
Water Tower art by Dane Gray everyone in the room. I was aware that maximize the quality time spent with are far away, serving to better the glob- the grade of private (E-1) and to be
my actions, thoughts, feelings and at- loved ones. al community. con ned for a period of 30 days.
July 20, 2011 News Bavarian News 3
Soldier runs ‘for his life’ to complete goal
Story and photos by month and I “When I rst signed up, the goal Sgt. 1st Class
Molly Hayden thought this of reaching a 1,000 (miles) was al- John Orth, 1st
Staff Writer would give me ways in the back of my mind,” said Cargo Transfer
something to Orth. “But I never thought I’d do it.”
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — do to help pass It’s understandable why one Company,
Completing a marathon is a lifelong the time,” said would think this. 18th Combat
goal for many runners. For Sgt. 1st Orth. “Plus, it Running 1,000 miles is the equiv- Sustainment
Class John Orth, 1st Cargo Transfer gave me credit alent of running halfway across the Support Battalion,
Company, 18th Combat Sustainment for what I was United States — from New York to takes a few laps
Support Battalion, however, running already doing St. Louis or Los Angeles to Denver. around the indoor
in his rst marathon was the begin- during PT.” But Orth did it, in less than two years.
ning of a romantic endeavor. By running Orth “It sound funny, but I really want- track at the Main
“On our second date we went run- three to four ed that (1,000 mile) patch,” he said Post Fitness
ning, then we ran the Portland mara- loops around the post in Afghani- with a grin. Center. Orth
thon together a few months later,” stan to earn his daily mileage, Orth In addition to the allure of the recently nished
said Orth, referring to his now wife continued with the program, achiev- stylish swagger of a newly sewn running 1,000
Rachel. “We’ve always enjoyed run- ing the initiative goals, as well as his patch and the obvious physical health
ning, we’ve always been runners, but own. bene ts, Orth was motivated by the miles for “Run
never really kept track of any of it.” “It’s a competitive thing, you al- therapeutic elements of running. for Your Life,” an
Two years later, in June 2009, ways see how far you can go,” he “Running is a great time to think. incentive program
Orth saw a yer for the “Run for said. “One day you can only run It gives me a chance to come up with that rewards
Your Life” program, an initiative that seven miles, then the following week good ideas that solve problems and participants
encourages participants to track and you get up to 10 and it keeps going. to see and experience were I am in for achieving
log their running mileages, achieving When I broke past that personal re- that moment,” Orth said. “Just think
goals and earning badges along the cord it was exciting.” about all of the unique things that you personal tness
way. During the yearlong deployment, see when you’re out running. goals.
He immediately signed up. Orth logged 768 miles ran. The 1,000 “The patch is all of those experi-
“I was deploying the following mile goal was well within reach. ences wrapped into one memento.”
Track stars partner up Runners make strides during 10-Miler
Photo by Markus Rauchenberger
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Family and Morale, Welfare
Photo by Valerie Grif n and Recreation hosted 181 runners during the U.S. Army Europe 10-Miler, here, July 9. Run-
ESCHENBACH, Germany — During his premier long jump at- ners showed up bright and early to register and to begin the run in sweltering humidity. While
tempt, Vilseck High School freshman Armand Vidovic jumps heat and exhaustion were an issue for some, Sgt. David Eagan and Chief Warrant Of cer 3
5 meters and 68 centimeters at the Oberpfalz Cup Track meet Deanna Merriman brought their “A” game. Eagan placed rst for the active duty men with a run
here, July 10. Netzaberg Middle School student Christhena time of 57 minutes, 2.72 seconds and Merriman secured the top women’s spot with a time of 76
Edwards ran a 10.53 second 75-meter race and VHS fresh- minutes, 1.18 seconds. The top six active duty male and female runners quali ed to compete
man Monica Way ran a 13.24 second 100-meter race during for the U.S. Army 10-Miler in Washington, D.C., in October.
the semi nals. The three track stars from the U.S. Army Gar-
rison Grafenwoehr’s Child, Youth and School Services track Top 6 Active Duty Men Top 6 Active Duty Women
team successfully competed in their rst ever CYSS and Sgt. David Eagan Chief Warrant Of cer 3 Deanna Merriman
City of Eschenbach track and eld partnership, and had they Capt. Bradley Glosser Cpl. Suzanne Kusick
been registered with the German sports club, would have Maj. Rodney Ducus 2nd Lt. Stephany Kiel
been able to advance to the nals. The USAG Grafenwoehr Capt. Walter Birner Sgt. Alissa Draper
CYSS and Eschenbach coaches hope to continue the part- Staff Sgt. Matthew Cobb Capt. Elizabeth Desitter
nership next year. Sgt. Michael Phillips Capt. Erica Barkei
With a bow and a quiver of arrows young archers pick up basics
Story and photo by rst half of a 90-minute class teach- on the shaft to help them y straight.
Gini Sinclair ing the equipment and safety to the Finally, it was time to practice.
USAG Ansbach Public Affairs ve children in attendance. Two targets about 25 feet from the
“Never pull the bow string back ring line served the entire class.
ANSBACH, Germany — Just when without an arrow in it,” Knigge said. Knigge’s 9-year-old son, Michael,
archery became a skill isn’t known. “The bow is designed to create pres- came along to help demonstrate us-
Man has been using a bow and ar- sure when the string is pulled. If you ing the bow and arrow.
row for centuries. Arrowheads dating let it go but there is no arrow the force Michael brought his bow, which
back to 35,000 B.C. have been found has to go somewhere. The bow may was different than those provided by
in Africa. explode, parts of the bow would go the CYSS, giving students a range of
Today, archery is most often prac- ying off everywhere and hurt not bow types to learn about.
ticed as recreation rather than hunt- only you, but people around you.” Knigge explained the proper way
ing. He also emphasized that the bow to behave on the target range. Just as
“In Germany, there is no hunt- and arrow is a weapon; arrows travel on ri e ranges, the bows must be all
ing with a bow,” said Chief Warrant fast and could hurt someone if hit, laid down before anyone moves for-
Of cer 4 Mark Knigge, G-3 Air, even accidentally. ward of the ring line.
U.S. Army Europe Aviation Safety Knigge then pointed out the dif- Archers were given a chance to
and Standardization Detachment, ferent parts of the bow; he had two shoot and then they moved to the tar-
Illeshiem, and instructor for the U.S. different types to show the students. gets to count their points and to re-
Army Garrison Ansbach Child and He brought his own hunting bow cover the arrows. Deanna Fullerton, 15, takes aim with a bow and arrow at an
Youth Services Sports Archery Class. to show the class the difference be- “All targets are white to yellow,”
“It’s not illegal to own a bow and if tween a bow intended for hunting and Knigge pointed out, “points are from archery class. Instructor Chief Warrant Of cer 4 Mark Knigge,
your neighbor sees you with a bow one that is designed for target prac- one to 10. You just count up your right, and Dan Atkinson, 11 watch as watches as Fullerton prac-
they will know you are using it for tice. score and that’s how it’s done in an tices her newly acquired archery skills.
target practice, because hunting with When he had covered the parts archery tournament. But, today we
a bow is illegal in Germany.” and types of bows, Knigge explained are just here to have fun.” According to Bente Tommerdal, ing signed up initially. Classes are
This class was part of the CYSS about the different arrows. Knigge recommends wearing program coordinator, CYSS, the designed for children 8 years and up.
day camps and is one of the sports of- Today’s arrows might have plastic long sleeves to protect your arm from class will last for six weeks, and new CYSS provides bows and arrows. To
fered this summer. Knigge spent the or other material instead of feathers the bowstring. students can attend despite not hav- sign up, call DSN 468-7866.
4 Bavarian News News July 20, 2011
Memorial service honors three fallen heroes
By Mark Iacampo patrol had been attacked by the en- his jokes would lighten the mood
USAG Hohenfels Public Affairs emy and was currently isolated and for the entire company.
disabled. Rolling out in Truck 316, “(Schumann) always took the
HOHENFELS, Germany — Ho- the team took the point position as chance to teach other Soldiers and
henfels community members they headed out to rescue their fel- me,” said Tsai. “(He) was always
crowded into the standing-room low Soldiers. motivated and eager to be the best
only Post Theater on July 13 to pay “The sacri ce of Staff Sgt. Soldier and friend to all of us.”
their last respects to three Soldiers Throckmorton, Spc. Schumann, Suter was described as a con-
who made the ultimate sacri ce for and Spc. Suter did matter, it was summate professional who just
their country. important,” Hedgepeth said. “Every wanted to get the job done and go
Staff Sgt. Joshua A. Throckmor- member of the squad they rolled out home, but who was also compas-
ton, 28, of Battle Creek, Mich.; Spc. to rescue was saved.” Schumann Suter Throckmorton sionate and easy to con de in.
Jordan C. Schumann, 24, of Port In remarks sent from Afghani- “(Suter and I) shared stuff that
Saint Lucie, Fla.; and Spc. Pres- stan, Capt. Rebecca Doak, 527th others will never know,” said Spc.
ton J. Suter, 22, of Sandy, Utah; died MP Co. commander, remembered What is so amazing and awe-inspiring David Kelley. “(He was) one of the
July 5, when their vehicle struck an the love and commitment of the about this unit and its families is that the few people who consistently deliv-
improvised explosive device near three Soldiers to their families, as ered for me when I needed it.”
Coalition Outpost Zurmat District, well as to their fellow Soldiers and pain we feel has not immobilized us. Hedgepeth said that though
Paktika Province, Afghanistan. The the mission. the Soldiers were well aware of
Soldiers were assigned to the 527th “What is so amazing and awe- It has brought out the beauty, strength the danger they were driving into,
Military Police Company, 709th inspiring about this unit and its fam- and compassion in all of us. “They did not hesitate to act.”
MP Battalion, 18th MP Brigade. ilies is that the pain we feel has not “The names of Staff Sgt.
Lt. Col. Roger P. Hedgepeth, immobilized us,” Doak wrote. “It Capt. Rebecca Doak, 527th MP Co. Commander Throckmorton, Spc. Schumann and
709th MP Bn. commander, praised has brought out the beauty, strength Spc. Suter will join the 18 other
the Soldiers for their courage, self- and compassion in all of us. I am so Fellow Soldiers spoke of their best squad leader I ever had. He 709th warriors who have made the
less service and honor, reminding very proud of the way the spouses, fallen friends, remembering laugh- taught me how to be an NCO. My ultimate sacri ce, etched in granite
the gathered mourners that the Sol- friends and Soldiers of the rear de- ter shared and bonds formed. life has forever been changed and for eternity,” said Hedgepeth, refer-
diers’ sacri ce was not in vain. tachment have bonded together to Sgt. Michael Morgan, writing made better because of him.” ring to a memorial hallway within
Assigned as the Quick Reac- give each other the strength needed from the battle eld, said, “(Throck- Spc. Brain Tsai remembered the battalion headquarters.
tion Force that morning, the squad to grieve, remember and continue morton) was a deeply loving hus- how Schumann’s laugh would echo “True heroes, all,” he added.
responded to a report that another to celebrate the lives of our heroes.” band, a world-class father, and the through the entire barracks and how “And they will never be forgotten.”
1-4th Inf. Regt. dedicates headquarters rooms to fallen Soldiers
By Mark Iacampo loss, but it is in how we respond to above the rooms, and photos with The inspiration for the rooms cho- “Every Soldier that is assigned to
USAG Hohenfels Public Affairs this loss that de nes the meaning. biographical information grace the sen came from the everyday activities this battalion goes in these rooms,”
On June 29, the 1st Battalion, 4th walls inside. Paredes said some of of the four Soldiers. For Capt. Mark said Paredes. “My intention is that as
HOHENFELS, Germany — In the Infantry Regiment, honored four of the surviving family members helped A. Garner, battalion logistics of cer long as this building is occupied by
decade since the September 11, 2001, its fallen warriors by dedicating four choose some of the pictures with the and company commander, a large the 1-4th Inf. Regt. that these war-
terrorist attacks in which four com- rooms in the battalion headquarters intent to re ect the memory of the part of his day was spent in the con- riors will continue to inspire us on a
mercial airliners became missiles tar- to Soldiers who had paid the ultimate men in life. ference room which now bears his daily basis to be better leaders, better
geted at America, thousands of Amer- price. “These men made a big difference name. husbands, parents, friends and Sol-
ican Soldiers have lost their lives in “For me it was a way to memorial- to the people they worked with and “We chose the cardio room for diers.”
Afghanistan and Iraq. The war has ize our Soldiers that were killed dur- interacted with. I wanted to try and Staff Sgt. (Marc A.) Arizmendez Gold Star spouses Nickayla My-
touched countless lives and impacted ing the time that I was in command of inspire others to live their life like cause he was always in there, always ers-Garner and Barbara Arizmendez
the entire nation, but nowhere more the battalion,” said Lt. Col. Rafael A. they did,” said Paredes. “We will working out,” said Paredes. cut the ribbons leading to the rooms
so, than in our military communities, Parades, 1-4th Inf. Regt. commander. continue to cherish the memories of Spc. Roger Lee’s name now hangs named after their respective Soldiers.
where brave young men and women “Not to remember them in death, but how they lived their lives, and how, above the OPFOR Academy room, “The families should be proud of
continue the struggle for freedom and in celebration of the life that they in the process, they gained the love door while the battalion classroom their Soldiers’ service and know that
democracy. led.” and admiration of everyone around was named after Pfc. Michael S. Prid- they will never be forgotten,” said
Every military community faces Plaques bearing their names hung them.” ham Jr. Paredes.
Mom’s words still hold true: be careful who you befriend
By Social Media Division “I spend a few hours a week • To stay safe, the Online and So-
U.S. Army Of ce of the searching social media platforms cial Media Division suggests that
Chief of Public Affairs for people posing as Army leaders,” social media users take several
Sweetnam said. “We work hard to precautions when using social
WASHINGTON — You just signed protect the digital integrity of our media.
up for a Facebook pro le and a four- Army leaders. It’s disappointing to • It’s important to not share infor-
star general already wants to be your nd that there are so many scam art- mation that users don’t want to
friend. Good thing right? Not likely. ists out there, but for now, that’s just become public.
Fake pro les, impostors and the way it is.” • Verify a “friend” request by phone
online scams litter the social me- Sweetnam said that fake pages or other means before allowing
dia landscape, and as social media also exist for Army organizations, so access. Group “friends” (e.g., real
evolves, so do the tactics of online he suggested that those interested in life, co-workers, strangers, etc.)
crooks. As social media use becomes nding of cial Army social media and control access permissions
more prevalent in today’s Army, presences should check out the Ar- based on the groups.
many Army leaders and Soldiers my’s Social Media Directory. • Take a close look at all privacy
recognize that effective social media Sweetnam said that regardless settings. Set security options to
education is the best way to keep Sol- of how involved you are with social allow visibility to “friends only.”
diers from falling into the traps set by media, it’s important to always be on • Users should be careful about
social media scam artists. the lookout for scams. He said that what they post about their lives
“It’s still the wild west out there,” you should never “friend” someone on social media platforms. Once
said Staff Sgt. Dale Sweetnam, the you don’t actually know in person on something is out there, users can’t
noncommissioned of cer in charge Facebook. control where it goes.
of the Online and Social Media Divi- You should also do periodic • Be cautious when listing job, mil-
sion, or OSMD, in the Of ce of the Google searches for your name to itary organization, education and
Chief of Public Affairs. “You have to Courtesy photo make sure nobody is using your name contact information.
stay vigilant, protect your informa- Exercise caution when using social media. Scammers are in- and likeness for personal gain. And, • Ensure that information posted
tion and always be on the lookout for creasingly creating fake pro les and pretending to be Soldiers. of course, always keep operations se- online has no signi cant value to
social media scams.” curity in mind. the enemy. Always assume that
The Army authorizes the use of body is held in higher esteem than Not only does the Robin Sage Ex- “OPSEC should always be the the enemy is reading every post
social media in both of cial and per- our military members, so they make periment demonstrate how easy it is paramount concern,” said Sweetnam. made to a social media platform.
sonal capacities, but Sweetnam said a lucrative case to impersonate. Peo- for someone to penetrate social me- “Throughout our Army career, we are • Closely review photos before they
the threats are always present so edu- ple inherently trust the military and dia circles, it shows that even some of trained on the importance of OPSEC. go online. Make sure they do not
cation is key. wouldn’t imagine being conned by a the most security-minded individuals Maintaining information security give away sensitive information
Social media scam artists work Soldier or a general with a chest full are still susceptible to attacks. should apply not only during deploy- which could be dangerous if re-
tirelessly to steal personal informa- of medals,” said Chang. Not every social media scam is as ments, but each time you sign on to leased.
tion, impersonate Soldiers and try to In 2009, the Robin Sage Ex- complex and thought out as the Rob- Facebook or Tweet.” • Make sure to talk to family about
acquire sensitive information. periment effectively demonstrated in Sage experiment. In many cases, Sweetnam said OSMD has pro- operations security and what can
“We are all familiar with the Nige- how people respond to social media people will simply go online, become duced and distributed dozens of train- and cannot be posted.
rian money scam emails that used to scams. In December of 2009, Provide “friends” with a Soldier in uniform, ing documents detailing effective and • Create different, strong passwords
plague our email accounts a few years Security, a cyber security company, steal the photo and use it as their own safe social media use. These materi- for each online account. Never
ago, right? Well now that our online created fake Facebook, Twitter and pro le photo. als can be found on the Army’s Slide- give password information away.
use has evolved, so have scammers,” Linkedin pro les for a person they Some individuals have actu- share site. “Social media is an exciting
said Maj. Juanita Chang, the Army’s named “Robin Sage.” Sage claimed ally taken the identity of a deceased One of the more comprehensive space,” said Sweetnam. “There is a
director of OSMD. to be “Cyber Threat Analyst.” Soldier and used as to solicit money resources developed by the OSMD lot the Army can achieve using social
“If you are a scammer who wants Over the next few months, the fake from unsuspecting victims. is the Social Media Handbook which media and there are endless bene ts
to build someone’s trust and then con persona collected hundreds of friends One such incident was reported by examines everything from blogging for Soldiers and their families. But
them into sending you money, doesn’t and over time, slowly extracted sen- the New York Post earlier this year. It to using social media for crisis com- we have to be safe and we have to be
it make sense to steal the identity of sitive information from those in the happens to deceased Soldiers, active munications. Some suggested social on the lookout for those who wish to
someone America trusts — and no- intelligence and cyber communities. Soldiers and even Army leaders. media safeguards are: ruin a good thing.”
6 Bavarian News News July 20, 2011
Watkins takes reins of 1-4th Inf. Regt. VAT forms
Change of command dition to being one of the most de-
ployed units in the Army, the 1-4th
ceremony marks a new
chapter in unit’s 219-
Inf. Regt. also helped train over
50,000 Soldiers during the past two
years, most of them headed for com-
year-old history bat in Afghanistan.
“Raf (Paredes) wouldn’t want me
to single him out as he always gives
Story and photo by credit to others,” Spiszer said, “but Forms cannot be used
Mark Iacampo I know his initiatives, vision, drive
USAG Hohenfels Public Affairs and expertise combined to truly by those with one or
make a signi cant difference to the
HOHENFELS, Germany — Mark- community, the 1-4th Infantry, and two-year contracts
ing the next chapter in its 219 year to the countless units we’ve trained.”
history, the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Incoming commander Watkins By IMCOM Europe
Regiment, one of the oldest and most told the gathered Soldiers, “I cannot Public Affairs
decorated units in the Army, turned express the pride I feel, and at the News Release
out for inspection during the change same time, the humility, to become
of command ceremony, July 7. part of your organization.” HEIDELBERG, Germany — Instal-
After serving two years as com- “Lt. Col. Watkins comes to us lation Management Command Eu-
mander, Lt. Col. Rafael A. Paredes with a wealth of experience that is rope of cials recently announced that
passed the reins to Lt. Col. Mitchell Lt. Col. Mitchell O. Watkins receives the guidon from Col. John going to stand our warrior battalion, eligible U.S. forces Telepost Kabel-
O. Watkins at a ceremony presided M. Spiszer, JMRC commander, signifying his assumption of com- our OPFOR, our USAREUR units in Service customers will be able to use
over by Col. John M. Spiszer, Joint mand of the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment. good stead as we transition to doing Value Added Tax forms to avoid pay-
Multinational Readiness Center more full spectrum training,” said ing VAT taxes on their landline tele-
commander. Lt. Col. Rafael Parades, Spiszer. “It is now up to him to keep phone and Internet service beginning
“This is the proudest moment of Col. John M. Spiszer the ball moving forward in Hohen- Aug. 1.
my military career,” Paredes said. “I and Lt. Col. Mitchell fels.” All U.S. DoD personnel or ID card
tell my of cers that nobody goes to O. Watkins inspect Paredes is on his way to Paktika holders that normally qualify for Ger-
a circus to watch a guy juggle three the troops during the Province in Afghanistan as the depu- man VAT exemption will now also
balls, they go to watch a guy juggle ty commander of the 172nd Separate be able to save 19 percent on their
chainsaws on re, and that’s how we change of command Infantry Brigade, a unit that the 1-4th monthly TKS bills.
feel sometimes, some of the things ceremony for the 1st Inf. Regt. and the Hohenfels military The authorization to use VAT
we do here. And this unit has done Battalion, 4th Infantry community helped prepare for this forms applies only to existing and new
great things.” Regiment, July 7. very mission in trainings conducted TKS services that run on a month-to-
Paredes praised the regiment a few short months ago. month basis. Contracts with a mini-
for its accomplishments, not only When the 20-year veteran was mum duration of one or two years do
serving in Afghanistan in support premiere mission of serving as U.S. ience, and their desire to accomplish asked when he might consider retire- not qualify for a VAT exemption.
of Combined Task Force Zabul for Army Europe’s opposing force. the mission, no matter what the task,” ment, Paredes replied, “As long as I “Using VAT forms for subscrip-
nine consecutive deployments, but “Every day, I was humbled by said Paredes. feel like I’m making a difference, I’ll tion types of services such as utilities
also in continuing to carry out their their accomplishments, their resil- Spiszer pointed out that in ad- continue to serve.” and telephone service has not been
possible in the past, at least in part
because VAT forms are not autho-
Schweinfurt battalions rized in conjunction with long-term
contracts,” said Rafael Wunsch with
Installation Management Command
depart for Afghanistan Europe. “Utilities and telephones are
generally supplied based on such 1- or
By Charles Stadtlander stan’s eastern provinces over several The basic premise is that TKS ad-
USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs days’ travel. Their tense anticipation at justed its product offering so that the
leaving Schweinfurt will only be mag- landline phone service can now be
SCHWEINFURT, Germany — ni ed over the coming days as they put on a month-to-month subscription
Through a ood of tears and reluctant endure many brie ngs long periods of rather than a 1- or 2-year contract.
parting embraces, more Schweinfurt waiting. “The way the program works is
Soldiers said farewell to their fami- The 9th Engineer Battalion, 1st that U.S. forces members provide
lies before departing to spend a year Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regi- TKS with a regular VAT form every
in Afghanistan. After the initial depar- ment and 172nd Support Battalion month before the rst of the month
tures of small groups of advanced ech- are all deploying to Afghanistan as and TKS will then deduct the taxes
elon and strategic planning Soldiers part of the 172nd Infantry Brigade’s from the bill at the end of that month,”
last week, the massive main body of mid-summer replacement of troops in said Wunsch. “Members can also pro-
troops began their transit downrange the International Security Assistance vide TKS with multiple forms, but
in recent days. Force’s Regional Command East. The Photo by Molly Hayden IMCOM Europe of cials recommend
Under the bright summer sun on three battalions make up nearly half of providing not more than three forms
July 11, Soldiers gathered with ri es
slung over their shoulders and pockets
Schweinfurt’s troop population.
According to ISAF’s website, the
Welcome wagon in advance for this purpose.”
For every month that a service
rattling with plastic bottles of anti-ma- mission of troops will be to reduce the GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Cpl. Wales Rowe is member provides a VAT form before
laria pills. Some children wept, some capability and will of the insurgency, greeted by his wife Tommie and children, Chad, the rst day of the month the value-
lovingly embraced their fathers and bolster Afghanistan’s own native se- Alex and Tristan, during the 167th Medical De- added tax will be deducted. For every
mothers with words of farewell. Sin- curity force and facilitate national tachment (Optometry) redeployment ceremony, month that a service member does not
gle Soldiers joked with each other and development to foster stability in the provide a form (or if they sent it in
friends came to offer support to those country. July 11. Rowe, along with Majs. Kyle Smith and late) the VAT will be added to the bill.
without families. For the families still here in Sch- Charles Tessman and Spcs. Ronnie Wilder, David Members are responsible for track-
All in attendance – family and weinfurt, the mission seems to be Hawkins and Kasey King returned from a year- ing, proper processing, and turn in of
friends alike – said their formal good- aimed at offering emotional support long deployment where they provided optometry used VAT forms.
byes as the Soldiers boarded buses to each other while the troops are de- services in support of the relief efforts in Iraq. For more information, call your lo-
that would take them to the rst in a ployed and marking the days off the cal VAT of ce, TKS outlet or the IM-
series of stops between Schweinfurt calendar until their loved ones’ return COM Europe program management
and their nal destination Afghani- in summer next year. at DSN 370-7503.
16th Sustainment Brigade Soldiers compete for Warrior title
Story and photo by Test, a ri e quali cation range, tition has evolved to maximize done really well at land navigation
Pvt. Kevin Alex weapons disassembly and assem- the challenge while maintaining a so I knew I had day and night (land
16th Sust. Bde. Public Affairs bly, a day and night land navigation safe and rewarding event as Sol- navigation) in the bag.”
course, a road march and a formal diers endure a series of physical “My favorite part was the
BAMBERG, Germany — Four board. and mental challenges.“The range board,” added Palmer. “It’s always
times a year, each battalion of the The competitors were consid- was the hardest part for me,” said exciting to go in there and get test-
16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st ered the best of each of their respec- Sgt. Timothy Dingle, a chemical ed on what you know.”
Theater Sustainment Command, tive battalions as they showcased operations specialist with the 12th For the winners, the next step is
send their best noncommissioned their Army skills and knowledge in Chemical Co., 18th Combat Sust. the Warrior and Warrior Leader of
of cer and junior enlisted Soldiers an attempt to take home the presti- Support Bn., 16th Sust. Bde., and the Year competition scheduled for
to compete in the Warrior and War- gious title of Warrior and Warrior WLOQ winner. “I had to put on the next year.
rior Leader of the Quarter competi- Leader of the Quarter. big combat goggles over my pre- “I’m pretty sure I need to keep
tion. “The most challenging event scription glasses. I usually shoot studying for the board,” said Din-
Sgt. Timothy Dingle, a chemical opera- The brigade held its rst WOQ was de nitely the road march,” said (expert) but I ended up shooting gle. “This was the 10th board in
tions specialist with the 12th Chemical and WLOQ competition for the Spc. Steven Palmer, a motor trans- (sharpshooter) because I couldn’t my career but I still really need to
Company, 18th Combat Sustainment 2012 scal year at its headquarters port operator with the 66th Trans- put my cheek on the (ri e’s) stock learn the book answers before the
Support Battalion, 16th Sust. Brigade, here on Warner Barracks June 28- portation Company, 39th Transpor- or my nose on the charging han- Warrior Leader of the Year compe-
res his ri e during the quali cation 30. tation Battalion, 16th Sust. Bde., dle.” tition.”
range portion of the 16th Sust. Bde. This quarter’s competition con- and WOQ winner. “It takes a lot of For some Soldiers, the compe- “After placing second in last
sisted of seven events over three heart to not just race against your tition is more than just hard work year’s Warrior of the Year competi-
Warrior and Warrior Leader of the days that challenged each Soldier’s opponent but also yourself and n- and dedication, it’s also fun. tion, I’m more motivated than ever
Quarter competition on Warner Bar- mental and physical abilities in- ish with a good time.” “The best part was the land nav- to take home a win this time,” said
racks, Bamberg, Germany, June 28. cluding an Army Physical Fitness Over the last year the compe- igation,” said Dingle. “I’ve always Palmer.
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8 Bavarian News News July 20, 2011
Local mom elected to National Ansbach gets new School Age CenterStory and photo by
PTA’s board of directors Gini Sinclair
USAG Ansbach Public Affairs
By National Parent Teacher Association the College of Charles- ANSBACH, Germany — The
News Release ton, S.C. new School Age Center at
While attending St. Storck Barracks opened re-
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — National PTA recent- Mary’s School of Law in cently and special guest Lt.
ly announced that Shannon Sevier of Grafen- Texas she was awarded Gen. Mark Hertling, U.S.
woehr, Germany (originally from Waimea, Ha- the Dean’s Scholarship Army Europe commander, and
waii) was elected to its board of directors. for leadership and the his newest friends cut the rib-
She is one of eight new board members an- Pro Bono Service Award bon to honor the occasion.
nounced at the 115th Annual National PTA for community service in The brand-new building is
Convention and Exhibition in Orlando recently. the eld of family law. near the Bunch Physical Fit-
Thousands of parents, teachers, students and She carried a clerk- ness Center. It was designed
other child advocates attended the convention Sevier ship in the eld of edu- speci cally as a SAC with one
and voted it the election. cation law and clerked for the Texas state at- room for a child care center.
“I am honored to be elected to this position torney general’s of ce. Sevier currently teaches According to Amy Meyer, di- Children test out the slide at the new Storck Barracks
on the National PTA board of directors. I look transition assistance workshops to separating rector, USAG Ansbach SAC, School Age Center playground. The $5 million facility
forward to being a voice for families through- and retiring Soldiers and airmen in the eastern the building came complete of cially opened June 24.
out the country on issues that affect them every Germany region. She is licensed to practice law with all the furnishings.
day,” said Sevier. federally and in the state of Texas. “We got all new supplies,” to help students with home- The new SAC is just a little
A PTA member for more than 11 years, Se- Sevier is married to an Army veteran and has Meyer said. “The building work. A gymnasium offers an over 15,000 square feet of in-
vier serves on the European PTA Executive a blended family of ve children. came with video games, sci- opportunity to play a variety side space, with nearly 4,000
Board as vice president of legislation and is on National PTA’s board of directors is com- ence kits, even a library with of ball games. Inside is a kin- square feet of outside. The
the Department of Defense Dependent Schools prised of 28 parents, education profession- books. We used to be in a dergarten room, cafeteria and building, its contents and the
Europe Advisory Council. als and community and business leaders from building across from the bowl- game room, arts and science playground cost $5 million.
She previously served as European PTA across the country. ing alley. It was about one- room, kitchen, a hallway lled Now that the center has
president in 2009 and 2010. She also was chair Her full bio can be found at www.pta. quarter the size of the current with lockers, and administra- room for more children Meyer
of the European PTA’s Re ections and Scholar- org/4556.htm. A complete list of National area. This is such an improve- tive areas. An outdoor play- is looking forward to lling up
ship committees. PTA’s Board of Directors can be found at http:// ment.” ground provides slides and a the building to its capacity of
She holds a Master of Arts in teaching from pta.org/1173.htm. A computer lab is equipped soft landing. 104 children.
What’s Happening appointment, call DSN 476-2882
or CIV 09662-83-2882.
Healthy Heart classes
and meets on Tue/Thu or Mon/
Wed/Fri from 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Enroll your little one and help
them to continue on their path of
information, call Kirstin Reed at
CIV 0918-293-1731 or e-mail
The website for Troop 303 is
tacular Alpine scenery on our Munich where we recreate the July 27: You know there are growth and discovery! Contact https://sites.google.com/site/
Ansbach overnight trip, which includes
meals in a rustic mountain hut,
Bier Hall Putsch as it happened in
1923, visit the site of the Munich
risks for heart disease, but do you
know what those risks are? Do
Parent Central Services located in
Bldg.10 or call DSN 466-2080 or
Briefs so carrying heavy provisions and
camping gear isn’t necessary.
Accords and explore other places
associated with the Nazi move-
you have high blood pressure,
high cholesterol, or diabetes? Do
CIV 09472-83-2080. Girl Scouts
Join the Girl Scouts. The Girl
Cost includes transportation and ment. you have a family history of these Fall Sports Scout Hut is located at Bldg. 743
Sunset Paddling overnight: $99. Contact Ans- This is an extremely interest- conditions? Do you know how to Now through July 31: Reg- and is across from the com-
July 20 & 27: Come canoe, bach Outdoor Recreation at CIV ing tour, somewhat like examin- decrease those risks? istration is now open for the fall missary and next to Self Help.
kayak or inline skate the Altmuhl 09802-83-3225, DSN 467-3225. ing an urban battle eld. Lots of The Army Wellness Cen- (Aug.-Nov.) Youth Sports season. For more, e-mail hohenfels-
River with Ansbach Outdoor Rec- walking all day - wear comfort- ter- Grafenwoehr is offering a Choose from soccer, ag football, email@example.com or
reation. Join us every Wednesday
after work for a sunset paddle or Garmisch able shoes. Cost: $35. monthly Healthy Heart class in
bldg 168 at 1 p.m. The class will
tackle football, cheerleading or
bowling. Open to ages 3-18. Sign
call CIV 09472-832109.
inline skate. After paddling, din-
ner can be enjoyed at a riverside Briefs Water works
Aug. 6: Enjoy an extremely
cover the risks of heart disease
and what you can do to reduce
up through Parent Central Ser-
vices, Bldg. 10, DSN 466-2080
The Frequent Paddling Club Pool and gorge
therapeutic, relaxing, calming,
and exhilarating time, with lots of
those risks - open to all ID card
holders. For more, 09662-83-
or CIV 09472-83-2080.
Card entitles you to every third July 23: One of the most good fun at the Erdinger Therme 4795. Kontakt Club
Sunset Paddle trip free! Bus beautiful natural attractions in water park. Cost: Transportation July 31: The club will host its Fishing License Class
departs Outdoor Recreation on this area is the Partnachklamm. $15; park entry cost varies. Healthy Family Fair annual summer barbecue at the Angling to get shing? Head
Katterbach Kaserne at 5:30 p.m. We will talk a bit about the 1936 Aug 19: Join other parents Club Beyond Building (across on over to Schweinfurt Outdoor
Cost includes transportation Olympics in Garmisch and show Conquer the Zugspitze and experts to learn what to focus from the commissary) on post. Recreation for this shing license
and equipment: Adults $25, chil- people the stadium where the ski Aug. 6-7: At 2,966 meters, on and how to do it - get free ad- The meat, hotdogs and drinks class that runs from July 22-24.
dren $15, family $59. Call CIV jumping event took place. Germany’s highest peak is 2,200 vice from certi ed experts in Pe- will be sponsored by the club. This class is required for U.S. ID
09802-83-3225, DSN 467-3225 After our invigorating walk meters higher than Garmisch! diatric Health, Early Childhood, We kindly ask you to bring your cardholders who wish to obtain
for more details. through the gorge, we visit the Starting at the Partnachklamm, Community Services, Education, favorite side dish to share with a German shing license. Cost
town’s largest swimming pool, we hike up through the stunning Nutrition, Breastfeeding and the group. The barbecue will per person is $65. For more, call
Weekly Bicycling the Alpspitze Wellenbad. Cost: Reintal Valley, staying the night Child Psychology from noon – 4 start at around 3 p.m. To sign- DSN 353-8080, CIV 09721-96-
July 21 & 28: Join Ansbach $28 for both, $7 for Partnach- at the Reintalangerhuette. p.m., Netzaberg Teen Center. up, call Andy Kirschenbauer at 8080.
Outdoor Recreation every Thurs- klamm, Sunday morning we will be Additionally, Dr. Krystal CIV 0176-80003950 or e-mail
day on a ride that lasts approxi- $22 for pool. serenaded with Zither music and White will be offering an interac- firstname.lastname@example.org. Chapel Retreats
mately 1.5 hours. Bring your then we climb to the Zugspitz- tive parenting seminar: 10 Most mil. The Schweinfurt Chapel is
own bike or use one of Outdoor Zip-line adventure platt glacier. Get a great lunch or Healthy Habits! This will be a running two retreats to Edelweiss
Rec’s at no cost. Log your dis- July 23: Are you ready for an scale the harrowing “klettersteig” chance to ask all of your child Europa Park Resort. The Family Wellness Re-
tance weekly at ODR and earn a adrenaline rush? Located in the to the cross. Cost: $149. health related questions. Noon Aug. 6: Join ODR on an treat runs from July 25-27 and the
cycling jersey after you complete heart of the Dolomites, you will – 1 p.m. and 2 – 3 p.m. RSVP exciting and adventurous day Soldier Retreat (material geared
500 miles in one season (while be fastened to a cable 100 meters Bike to the Biergarten to Dr. White at krystal.white@ visiting Europe‘s largest theme toward single Soldiers) runs from
supplies last). high, sliding speedily toward Aug. 20: Discover the amedd.army.mil. park! There is something for all July 27-29. For more, call DSN
Preregister by 6 p.m. the the valley oor, with the wind in pleasantries of a genuine Munich ages to enjoy. Bus will depart Ho- 354-6135, CIV 09721-96-6135.
Wednesday prior. Call CIV your hair and your heartbeat go- biergarten. We take the train to Estate Claims henfels ODR, at 7 a.m. and return
09802-83-3225, DSN 467-3225 ing off the scale! Munich, then we bike all over the Anyone having claims on or at 10 p.m. Cost is $99 per person. August SNAPS
for more details. Experience a unique and un- northern part of town, seeing sites obligations to the estate of Sgt. Price includes transportation to Equipping newcomers with
forgettable sense of excitement as and enjoying local beers along Bernard Tugume of 3-66th Ar- and from Europa Park as well as the knowledge they need to live
Motorcycle Mania you descend a good 400 meters the way. Cost: $33. mored Battalion, 172nd Infantry admission. comfortably and independently
July 26: New this year for over 3 kilometers, the steepest in Brigade, should contact 2nd Lt. in Germany. This ve-day course
the motorcycle enthusiasts in the the world! Trip departs at 9 a.m.
Graf/Rose Chad R. Christian, summary Community Soccer culminates in a cultural sightsee-
community: bimonthly rides. Cost: $85. court martial of cer, at DSN 475- Through Aug. 9: Sports ing tour. Presented once a month,
Meet at Ansbach Outdoor Rec-
reation (you must be a registered Partenkirchen tour Barracks Briefs 4149 or e-mail chad.christian1@
and Fitness is looking for
teams to participate in the
the next edition starts Aug. 1.
Preregistration required. For info
rider) the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of July 24: Visit historic sites For claims on or obliga- upcoming community soccer or to register, call ACS at DSN
July and August (July 26; Aug. in Partenkirchen, the older of Football practice tions to the estate of Sgt. James program. Register your team to 354-6933, CIV 09721-96-6933.
9, 23) for a brie ng on safety and the twin cities. See the “Plague Come out and join Vilseck Moreno, 2nd Squadron, 2SCR, participate in our league. Call
riding etiquette then depart for a Chapel” put up during the Thirty High School Football Team contact 1st Lt. Benjamin Chris- FMWR Sports and Fitness at Vacation Bible School
few hours of riding, stopping for Years’ War, great frescoes, the player-led practice Tuesdays, tian, summary court martial DSN 466-2883/2868, e-mail The Ledward Chapel is ex-
refreshments along the way. state school for woodworking, Thursdays and Saturdays. of cer, at DSN 476-5559 or email@example.com. cited to announce the annual VBS
If pouring rain: no go; over- and the Partenkirchen Kurpark. For more information, contact e-mail benjamin.c.christian@eur. mil, or stop by the post gym, Program. VBS is a free, fun, and
cast or drizzly: we roll. Call CIV Cost: $7. Col. Vann Smiley at avanulas. army.mil. Bldg. 88. spiritually uplifting program for
09802-83-3225, DSN 467-3225 firstname.lastname@example.org. For claims on or obligations children ages 4-10 years and runs
for more details. Venice and Verona to the estate of Staff Sgt. David Ceramics Festival from July 31-Aug. 4. This year
July 29-31: On Saturday, visit School Registration D. Self, Fires Squadron, 2SCR, Aug. 20: This will not be the theme is PandaMania.
Bike the Donau Venice with its great art and ar- All new and returning contact 2nd Lt. Bryan T. Rodman, your everyday Polish pottery For more, contact Pat Wiede-
July 23 & 24: Explore the sce- chitecture, pigeons in St. Mark’s DoDDS students must be regis- summary court martial of cer, at shopping trip! The last week of mer at VBSSchweinfurt@yahoo.
nic Donau River valley, starting Square, gondolas and good food. tered prior to every new school DSN 476-5252 or e-mail bryan. August, Boleslawiec, Poland, has com or Donna Hilley at 0151-
in Ingolstadt, visit the Weltenburg On Sunday, it is off to Verona year. Registration will allow email@example.com. its annual ceramic festival. There 4042-1810.
monastery, enjoy a boat ride and a tour of the Romeo and appropriate staf ng levels for the will be lots of shopping and lots
to Kelheim and overnight in a
Juliet city with the great Roman
Arena. Trip departs Friday, July
Hohenfels of deals to be had at this event. A
bus will depart Hohenfels ODR
Askren Clean Sweep
This surging community
Cost includes transporta-
tion, bicycle, boat ride and one
29, at 4:15 p.m. Cost: $290 (mu-
seum entrances, food, and public
Does your child need a Briefs at 2 a.m. and return at 11:30
p.m. Cost is $89 per person and
initiative gathers dedicated vol-
unteers, Askren residents and
overnight: $69. Contact Ansbach transportation extra). school or sports physical for includes transportation. otherwise, to meet at the com-
Outdoor Recreation for more the upcoming school year? The Summer Part Day missary and spend an hour or two
details at CIV 09802-83-3225, Munich/Third Reich Rose Barracks Health Clinic July 25: Open to children be- Join Scouting sprucing up Schweinfurt’s largest
DSN 467-3225. Aug. 5 & 7 or 24 & 28:Af- will be offering School-Aged/ tween the ages 2-5, Discover and For Cub Scout information, housing area. Take pride in your
ter an overview on Friday, on Sports Physicals on July 27 & Learn is a great program offered call Tim Hoffer at CIV 0949395- community; join the movement.
Hike the Zugspitze Sunday meet at the bahnhof 29 and Aug. 3 & 5, 16 & 17 by at the CDC Annex this summer. 1370 or e-mail timothy.r.hoffer@ The next meet-up is Aug. 6 at 9
July 30-31: Enjoy the spec- just prior to the 8 a.m. train to appointment only. To schedule an The session runs July 25-Aug. 12 eur.army.mil. For Boy Scout a.m. in front of the commissary.
July 20, 2011 Travel Bavarian News 11
The jewel on the Elbe River
By Christoph Koppers Frauenkirche, was nally completed tecture style quite unique in Europe, did not require plac- tian Friedrich Ar-
Special to the Bavarian News in 2005. A systematic collection contains various exhibits of classic he
ing supporting pillars in the nold, and is one of
and categorization of the rubble art. It is number one when it comes middle of the river. Together, the
h the top hotels in the
DRESDEN, Germany — Historic allowed architects to place useable to sightseeing activities. The vast bridge’s design and construction area. The neoclassical
Dresden, with its old and new towns pieces back in their original posi- complex offers visitors an entire were an engineering feat when it was Ling- nerschloss, previously
split by the idyllic Elbe River, offers tions. In addition, the new cross atop day of exploration. Just a few feet built 1893. known as “Villa Stockhausen,” was
visitors the best of both worlds: a the dome was built by Alan Smith, away from the palace is the famous The Elbe Valley in the vicinity originally designated for the Baron
modern European city with visible whose father was one of the Royal Semper Opera, a major landmark in of the bridge was named a United von Stockhausen, when it was built
ties to its past. The city’s recorded Air Force pilots who bombed the Dresden’s Old Town. Nations’ Cultural Organizations between 1850-53. Lingnerschloss
history began as early as the 12th city. The former cross is on display (UNESCO) World Heritage Site in was recently restored in 2002.
century. A few hundred years later, inside the church near the spot where Pillnitz 2004. However, the construction of a In addition to the castles, the
King August the Strong attracted top it fell when the church collapsed. Pillnitz is a picturesque district new bridge, the “Waldschloesschen- area grants a romantic overview of
notch artists from all over Europe The Frauenkirche’s elaborate dome east of Dresden. The Japanese style bruecke,” to relieve traf c on the Dresden’s beautiful cityscape and
to beautify the city and establish its is the largest made of sandstone water palace grants visitors plenty of Blue Wonder, caused the area to be nearby restaurants offer delicious
reputation as a cultural and artistic north of the Alps measuring 24 opportunities to stroll though several removed from the list two years later. food specialties with vast collections
capital in Europe. This reputation meters high. parks. The famous camellia tree of wine.
later paved the way for an economic In addition to architecture, can be seen there, as well as other Three castles
boom during the 19th century. Dresden offers a wide spectrum of unusual plants that are cultivated in Having three castles in such close New Town
As the capital of Saxony, Dres- entertainment, including a variety the Chinese and the English pavil- proximity might seem like a fairytale Finally, no trip to Dresden is
den’s rich history and rapid industri- of sophisticated art collections and ions. The area also houses a winery. for most places, but it is a reality complete without a visit to the New
alization also contributed signi cant- the Dresden State Theater, which This beautiful setting can be reached near Dresden. Albrechtsberg, Eck- Town, which sits appropriately on
ly to its demise. The city was almost is the only independent operetta in easily by bus, boat, bikes, which can berg and Lingner provide visitors a the other side of the Elbe River from
completely destroyed by Allied Germany. be rented for a reasonable fee, or by window into Dresden’s 19th century the Old Town.
bombing raids at the end of World a leisurely stroll along the river.
g h past. Schloss Albrechtsberg was While the Old Town offers
War II. In addition, 40 years of East The Zwinger built between 1850-54 for the Prince architecturally beautiful and historic
German socialistic regime severely The Zwinger Palace, with Blue Wonder of Prussia, Albrecht, the youngest buildings, the New Town is more
impacted its recovery following a unique Baroque and Bridg
The Loschwitz Bridge, or brother of the kings Friedrich Wil- about the people and living culture
the war. As such, many of Dres- Rococo Blaues Wunder, is a cantilever
can helm IV and Wilhelm I, who became of this diverse city. With its hipster
den’s major reconstruction projects archi- the
truss bridge that spans th Elbe the German emperor in 1871. Today, stores and graf ti-clad buildings,
weren’t started until after Germany’s River. The bridge was g given the city hosts year-round entertain- the New Town offers a refreshing
reuni cation in early 1990. the nickname Blue Wonder
Won ment in its spacious park. change in scenery and cuisine.
One such project, because of its color and The Tudor style Schloss Eckberg Editor’s Note: Jeremy S. Bud-
The Dresden unique construction, which
wh was built between 1859-61 by Chris- demeier contributed reporting.
12 Bavarian News Medical July 20, 2011
Tips for a fun- lled, sun-safe summer
By Jennifer Davis
U.S. Army Public Health
The summer season is upon us, and that
Factor, abbreviated “SPF,” of at least 15
and provide protection from both UV-A
and UV-B rays. Reapply every two
hours, even on cloudy days, and after
swimming or sweating.
means more swimming pools, more beach • Wear protective clothing. Long-sleeved
time, more outdoor activities and best of all, shirts, pants, wide-brimmed hats and
more sunlight! sunglasses, will protect skin when out
While some exposure to sunlight can be and about.
enjoyable, too much can be dangerous. • Seek shade when possible and remem-
Sunlight contains ultraviolet rays that ber that the sun’s UV rays are strongest
can be harmful to our skin, cause redness between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
and sunburn and even cause skin cancer. To • Use extra caution near water, snow and By Maj. Patrick Hartley
ensure your summer is both fun- lled and sand. BMEDDAC
sun-safe, consider adopting a few simple sun • Water, snow and sand re ect the damag-
safety action steps endorsed by the U.S. ing rays of the sun, which can increase Want your health-related question answered?
The Environmental Protection Agency’s your chance of sunburn. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or
SunWise School Program, a health educa- • Check the UV Index. The UV Index post your question on our Facebook page at www.
tion program that teaches children and par- provides important information to help facebook.com/bmeddac.Your question may ap-
ents how to protect themselves from overex- you plan your outdoor activities in ways pear in the next edition of the Bavarian News.
posure to the sun. that prevent sun overexposure. The UV in short- and long-term negative health
Safety action steps
Index forecast is issued daily by the Na-
tional Weather Service and EPA.Visit
Adopting one or more of these action
Q. When should I start
getting my child vaccina-
• Do not burn. Sunburns signi cantly in- www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html to steps could help ensure that you and your tions?
crease one’s risk of developing skin can- determine the UV index for a given day. family can enjoy the pool, the beach, and Thanks,
cer, especially for children. • Get vitamin D safely through a diet that many other outdoor activities all season Needles in Netzaberg
• Avoid suntanning and tanning beds. includes vitamin forti ed supplements long. Happy summer!
UV light from tanning beds and the sun
causes skin cancer and wrinkling. •
Don’t seek the sun. Remember all sun-
For more information on protecting your-
self from harmful UV rays, visit:
A. Great question and
a very important one! The
• Generously apply sunscreen. Apply light is not bad. Small amounts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Center for Disease Preven-
about one ounce to cover all exposed UV contained in sunlight are essential www.epa.gov/sunwise/actionsteps.html tion and Control (CDC) has
skin 20 minutes before going outside. for the production of vitamin D in peo- World Health Organization, www.who. a great guide on their web- Hartley
Sunscreen should have a Sun Protection ple; however, overexposure may result int/uv/en. site (www.cdc.gov). This
site will answer all of you
Grilling safely keeps
questions about vaccinations.
Remember that each state sometimes has
slightly different requirements for childhood vac-
cinations than the requirements of the school sys-
tem here in Germany so you may need more vac-
cinations once you get here.
Please come to the clinic if the website does
By Lt. Col. Twyla Leigh touching anything else — face, skin, pets,
U.S. Army Public Health
children, phone, cigarettes, etc. Use clean
utensils, clean cutting boards (always wash
Q. I just got to Germany and wanted to know
if the chance of sunburn is as bad here as in the
them between raw food and ready-to-eat states?
The summer season is in full swing, and food) and use a clean platter when taking the Thank you,
the American appetite for outdoor barbecue grilled food off the grill. Do not use the un- Baked in Bamberg
grilling never goes out of season. Whether washed platter or container that the raw food
you are grilling traditional burgers, hot dogs
and steak, or going “healthy gourmet” with
touched. Single-service gloves and hand san-
itizer are helpful, but are not substitutes for A. Well, welcome to Germany and we hope
sh, shrimp skewers, chicken and vegetable proper and frequent hand-washing. that you enjoy your assignment. Let’s get started.
kabobs or grilled vegetables, these foods You can still get a sunburn so use a really good
sunscreen and remember the following:
need to be prepared safety. Temperature
Food-borne illness occurs when the con- Keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot • No sunscreen is truly waterproof. You
ditions for bacteria growth are present, caus- to decrease bacteria growth. Bacteria grow must reapply, so read the label.
ing bacteria to multiply quickly, and some- fastest in the danger zone between 40 and • Only use as sunscreen that protects from
one gets sick. Although most food-borne 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Cold foods should both UV-A and B
illness happens at home and the summer heat be kept at 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the re- • Make sure that the SPF is 15 or higher.
increases the risk of bacterial growth in food, frigerator or on ice. Cooked food should be Below 15 does you no good.
food-borne illness is preventable. cooked and held at the proper temperatures.
Preventive measures include marinating Chicken and turkey need to reach 165 Q. We love to grill out and wanted to know
with acidic marinades that contain vinegar degrees, ground meats 160 degrees, steaks if there is anything to know about using local Ger-
or citrus juice to decrease potentially harm- and chops 145 degrees, and hot dogs 140 de- man meats?
ful bacteria growth. And, be sure to return grees. Grilled vegetables and seafood should Thanks,
marinated food to the refrigerator until it is reach 140 degrees. Leftovers need to reach a Grillmaster in Garmisch
time to grill. As well, practice the following temperature of 165 degrees. Food should be
basics of food safety. held at 140 degrees or higher until served. A A. Great to hear from Garmisch. Grilling is a
pocket test thermometer (like a chef wears long time tradition for the summer time, so please
Freshness on a jacket pocket) is a great investment at follow all safety precautions. Now for the meat.
Buy and use fresh food that is still in about $10 and the best bet for knowing if Locally purchased meats are generally very
date or food that has been properly frozen food has reached the proper temperature. fresh and not treated with preservatives so they
and thawed. Frozen food that will be grilled will spoil quickly. You need to keep meats on ice
should be thawed in the refrigerator, in the Time before grilling and cook pork and chicken till it is
microwave or as part of the cooking process. Bacteria grow quickly in food that has nice and white on the inside. Hamburgers really
Never thaw food on the counter or in the been in the temperature danger zone for two should not be pink and cooked no less than medi-
sink. to four hours. Take care to serve food as soon um well. Most safety recommendations state that
as it is cooked, hold food at the proper tem- ground beef should be cooked well done to prevent
Hygiene perature and store leftovers in refrigeration any chance of E. coli.
Wash hands with soap and dry with a or on ice. If you need a shot of advice, e-mail your ques-
clean paper towel often and before han- Fire up that grill and have a food-safe bar- tion to Maj. Patrick Hartley at brmc-pao@amedd.
dling food, after touching raw food and after becue soon! army.mil.
Expert offers summer vacation planning tips for travelers
By Jennifer Piver-Renna arations, however, remember to plan you plan to take. Make an itinerary Action plan for emergencies Lock it up
U.S. Army Public Health for your safety as well. and include contact information for Pack a basic rst aid kit and cop- Keep your valuables safe by lock-
Command (Provisional) While vacations are meant to re- the airline and rental car company. ies of important paperwork, especial- ing up your house and leaving the key
lieve stress, they often include travel- ly for international travel. with a friend, not under a doormat.
Nothing de nes the summer sea- ing to unfamiliar locations and situa- While vacations If you’re traveling with children, When you arrive at your hotel, en-
son better than the ultimate vacation. tions which can place you at greater make sure they know what to do if sure that the door to your room can be
In 2009, U.S. residents logged 1.5 risk of injury, illness or crime. are meant to they become lost or separated from adequately secured.
billion trips for leisure purposes and To help make your next vacation you. Do not leave valuables in plain
most often traveled to visit relatives, worry-free, follow these simple travel relieve stress, sight in your rental car.
shop, visit friends, sightsee and visit tips: they often Vigilance is key Follow these simple tips to keep
beaches. Educate yourself on the area be- you and your family safe this summer
When the kids are out of school Tell a trusted friend include traveling fore you head out to explore. Always and create positive memories of your
and the weather is warm, airports Make sure someone knows where to unfamiliar stay alert and aware of your sur- vacation. Safe travels!
and highways are packed during the you are going, the route you plan to roundings. For more information on safe
months of June, July and August with take, and when you plan to arrive and locations and Exercise caution when discuss- summer travel, visit the U.S. Travel
travelers eager to reach destinations return. ing your vacation plans. You may be Association, at www.ustravel.org/
more exciting, fun or relaxing. Give them the phone number of situations. making polite conversation when you sites/default/files/page/2009/11/
Preparing for an upcoming vaca- the place where you are staying and talk to neighbors or co-workers or USTravelAnswerSheet.pdf
tion requires a good deal of planning. your cell phone number so they can If you’re driving, identify safe post on social networking sites about Editor’s Note: Jennifer Piver-
We put a lot of thought into where contact you in case of an emergency. places to stop for a meal or to stretch your vacation plans, but remember Renna, is a Ph.D., Health Promotion
we’d like to go, how we’ll get there, your legs about every two hours. This that you are also advertising that you & Wellness Portfolio, for U.S. Army
where we’ll stay, and what we’ll do. Route it out will help to reduce fatigue and the won’t be home for a speci c length Public Health Command (Provision-
In the midst of making those prep- Know before you leave the route chance of an accidents. of time. al).
14 Bavarian News News July 20, 2011
Old hands test Bikers
Army’s new birds 5th annual
12th CAB gets 12 new a new digital cockpit.
“We’ve gone to a whole digital
cockpit and done away with the old
‘60s technology,” said Linnean. “It
Story and photos by
Sgt. Joel Salgado
U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
does a lot more for you. There is a lot
less pilot workload.”
And most important of all, the
aviators raved about how much eas-
ANSBACH, Germany — U.S. Army ier the aircraft is to Ày than previous By Brad Hays
Europe’s 12th Combat Aviation Bri- versions. Special to the Bavarian News
gade recently began replacing the “It’s the difference between driv-
Àeet of CH-47D Chinook heavy lift ing a 1980s vehicle and a 2010,” said GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN,
helicopters its pilots have Àown out B Company pilot Chief Warrant Of- Germany — Another classic German
of Katterbach Army Air¿eld here for ¿cer 3 Michael Heekin. Heekin is an weather day — cloudy with a chance
years with the Army’s newest model old hand with the new birds, having of torrential downpour. Not even the
— the CH-47F. Àown them in combat in Afghani- rain could dampen the sense of ad-
“The F model is the ¿fth genera- stan. venture for military motorcycle riders
tion of the CH-47,” said Chief War- Regardless of whether they’ve Soldiers with B Co., 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, 12th who braved less than ideal conditions
rant Of¿cer 2 Shawn Linnean, a been at the controls of Chinook since on the ¿fth annual Ride the Alps pok-
maintenance test pilot with the 12th’s the ¿rst D model climbed the sky, Combat Aviation Brigade, tighten chains connecting a CH-47F er run sponsored by Exchange New
B Company, 5th Battalion, 158th or are brand-new to driving the big Chinook heavy lift helicopter to a three-ton cement block during Car Sales. Over 375 riders from as far
Aviation Regiment. “It’s the newest twin-rotor workhorses, the aviators sling load training at Katterbach Army Air¿eld, June 29. as Budapest, Spain and Lakenheath
version to come out.” have to complete certi¿cation on the made the journey to Edelweiss Lodge
The brigade received 12 of the new systems before they can Ày. Pilots from 5-158th and Resort here for the event.
new aircraft, said Capt. Michael Jes- That certi¿cation consists of 70 Avn. Regt. train inside Ask any of the riders who com-
see, commander of B Company, 5th hours of classroom instruction, 26 a CH-47F Chinook sim- pleted the challenging poker run in
Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment. hours in one of the two new state- the pouring rain, “how it was it?” and
One of those aircraft is an upgraded of-the-art Chinook Àight simulators ulator. The pilots and you get the same response, “wet!”
D model aircraft that was already in the brigade added to its inventory to crews of 12th CAB re- But like Mike Diubaldi from Hei-
the unit’s Àeet, he added, while their complement the new aircraft and 14 cently began training delberg said, “It was the most scenic
remaining 11 D models will either be hours of Àight time. on the newest CH-47F ride I have been on,” and you can of-
upgraded as well or turned in. “It’s pretty rigorous training, said model Chinooks as the ten look past getting wet. Fortunate-
The D model aircraft have been in Heekin. “It’s like drinking out of a unit replaces its Àeet ly, riders had the comfy confounds
service since the mid-1980s, the cap- ¿re hose — there’s a lot of informa- of the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
tain said, noting that many of those tion to take in.” of CH-47D Chinook to dry off, get a coffee and shoot the
were earlier A or C models that went The B Company pilots seemed to heavy lift helicopters. breeze with the other riders about
into service in the mid-60s. agree that the new aircraft are an im- their adventure on the poker run.
The newest Chinook line has provement that gives them and their els allows pilots and crews to make “We perform mixed multiship air A poker run consists of a predeter-
many improvements over previous unit a better, and more importantly, more informed decisions regarding assaults with the Black Hawks and mined route that riders must follow
versions. safer, way to do business. mission, environment and Àight, Apaches, general support missions, and collect playing cards along the
“The new F Model provides the “It allows us to have a greater Jessee explained, and its enhanced mass casualty missions, emergency route. After returning with ¿ve cards,
pilots and crews with more tools to situational awareness of everything instrumentation allows the aircraft resupply and evacuation missions, the players play poker with the hand
ef¿ciently manage the mission and on the battle¿eld, so that we can per- to operate in limited visibility condi- and jump Forward Arming and Re- they collected. This year’s poker
changes that occur en route,” said form our duties in the Chinook a lot tions. fueling Point missions,” Jessee said. run took riders over three mountain
Jessee. safer for everybody involved,” said With their heavy lift capabilities, In Europe, the Chinooks are passes, around two Alpine lakes and
One major attribute of the F mod- pilot Chief Warrant Of¿cer 2 Jeremy the Chinooks have been used for a routinely called upon to support by a king’s castle on the 205-kilome-
el is its updated instruments that re- Larkin. “It gives us a greater ability variety of missions moving troops VIPs, noncombatant evacuation op- ter course of scenic Bavarian roads
place the analog instruments of the to accomplish the mission better and and cargo during the brigade’s com- erations, disaster relief missions and where the scenery changes almost as
older Chinooks that the members of safer.” bat deployments and at home in Eu- other contingency operations, he fast as the dialect.
B Company call “steam gauges” with The capabilities of the F mod- rope. added. The poker run is the main event
for the riders, but other rider games
like slow go, engine toss and events
Culture College to replace Headstart program we can’t mention complete an amaz-
ing weekend of camaraderie, shiny
chrome, live music and unrivaled
Garrisons to simplify cultural Soldiers, civilian employees and family members,
especially for those who have a very limited expe-
scenery on the open road.
For many, this is not their ¿rst
orientation program in Europe rience with a different language and culture. Ride the Alps event. Karen from
The new program will focus more on cultural Ansbach has been to three Ride the
By Troy Darr adaptation and less on language skills. Helfrich Alps rallies.
IMCOM Europe Public Affairs said the programs will offer elementary language “I keep coming back because it is
skills that will be very limited in scope, but will in- great seeing the same people every
HEIDELBERG, Germany — Installation Manage- clude language skills necessary for shopping, eat- year and with hope it won’t rain the
ment Command Europe will transition Headstart ing in a restaurant and using public transportation. next year, we don’t want to miss that
into Culture College in all U.S. Army in Europe Soldiers, civilians and family members interest- year!” she said.
garrisons beginning Aug. 1. ed in learning additional language skills can take Her husband continues to wear
The command is “amending the curriculum of advantage of programs such as Rosetta Stone on his kilt and T-shirt every year on the
the cultural adaptation program as part of its on- Army Knowledge Online or friendship clubs where poker run through rain and sleet, and
going effort to eliminate redundant programs and members can practice their language skills. is the hands down winner of the best
improve ef¿ciencies in all aspects of Army instal- U.S. Army photo
Length of programs will vary from garrison to dressed award given at the end of the
lation operations,” said Jane Helfrich, Army Com- garrison based on size of classes, potential ¿eld night.
munity Service chief for IMCOM Europe. A Relocation Readiness Program manager trips and the complexity of the community, but a The 375 riders at this year’s event
Headstart has been a staple of in-processing in highlights interesting places in Belgium typical program is expected to last from one to four made for a parking lot full of all
overseas theaters for the past 40 years. Tradition- for newcomers to visit. Relocation Readi- days, said Helfrich. types of sport bikes, trikes, Harleys
ally, Soldiers would spend up to two weeks study- ness Program managers in each of the Even though IMCOM Europe has issued specif- and custom rides. On the ¿nal day,
ing the language and learning about the customs ic guidance on how to implement Culture College riders assembled for a police escort-
and traditions of their new host country. garrisons are currently developing Culture to the Europe-based U.S. garrisons, the garrisons ed tour through the sleepy downtown
Newcomer orientation has been part of the College programs that take advantage of will have the latitude to develop programs that will of Partenkirchen to wake the locals
Army Community Service Relocation Readiness existing cultural adaptation programs for best ¿t their customers and the region where they with rumbles only a Harley can
Program and will continue to operate under the spouses and family members. live, said Helfrich. make. Ride the Alps will be held in
umbrella of Culture College. Relocation Readi- For more about Culture College, contact your June next year, with the promise of
ness Program managers in each of the garrisons programs for spouses and family members, said local ACS Relocation Readiness Program manager sunshine and good times to be had by
are developing garrison-speci¿c programs that Helfrich. at Grafenwoehr’s Main Post, 475-8371; Rose Bar- military motorcycle riders through-
take advantage of the existing cultural adaptation Helfrich said the program is very important for racks, 476-2650. out Europe.
Ledward DFAC runner-up for IMCOM-E award
Story and photo by are judged across the U.S. Army in unit of Schweinfurt’s 44th Expe- and Soldiers from the 44th ESB.
Charles Stadtlander Europe. ditionary Signal Battalion, which Staff Sgt. Isilee Dozier was the
USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs The “Connellys” are an annual administers the dining facility on morning shift leader and amid her
evaluation of DFAC performance, Ledward. frantic direction of dozens of serv-
SCHWEINFURT, Germany — and as opposed to a culinary “We’ve come here to look at a ers, cooks and dishwashers, she
The steam billowed up from the roundup that showcases high- few factors,” said Robert Sham- found little time to comment on
stainless steel trays and Soldiers Àying haute cuisine, these awards berger, IMCOM-Europe’s food the evaluation day. For Dozier, the
hungry after morning exercise appraise a facility’s ability to func- program manager and judge. The true commentary seemed to lie in
queued up for breakfast, just like tion smoothly. criteria include smoothness of whether or not they would win this
every day at the dining facility on “This is about the DFAC doing daily operations, cleanliness, sup- year’s award.
Workers at Schweinfurt’s Ledward Bar- Ledward Barracks. But June 29 the right thing, every single day,” port and emphasis from the garri- Sgt. 1st Class Brenda Lewis is
racks Dining Facility dish out breakfast was an exceptionally important said Chief Warrant Of¿cer 2 Tama- son command and administrative the Ledward DFAC manager, and
to hungry Soldiers during the morning one for the hard-working staff rcus Norman, the 7th Theater Tac- capabilities. ensures that everything runs well,
there, as the judges from Europe’s tical Signal Brigade’s food opera- Smoothness seemed to be the both on the competition day and
rush, June 29, the day the facility was Installation Management Com- tions specialist. The 7th Brigade operative word of the morning for every other day.
under evaluation for judging in the an- mand were on hand for the annual — whose headquarters will soon the DFAC’s staff, comprised of a
nual Philip A. Connelly awards. Philip A. Connelly awards, which be moving here — is the parent mix of local German employees See LEDWARD, page 16
16 Bavarian News News July 20, 2011
Human Animal Bond brings pets to patients Ledward
Story and photos by
Army News Service
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas —
When Joanie Linn and Abby, a golden
retriever, step out of the elevator, staff
and patients at Munson Army Health
Center are waiting to meet them. Continued from page 14
Gulden Taylor, medical support
assistant, said she couldn’t wait for “We’re open 365 days a year,”
Abby’s visit. said Lewis. “Perfection is something
“It feels so good to pet her. It takes we try to maintain on a daily basis,
the bad energy out,” she said. “The not just for the competition. I want to
last time she was here there was a line motivate my Soldiers and keep them
of people waiting to see her.” happy, as well as offering our cus-
As members of the Human Ani- tomers quality and variety.”
mal Bond, or HAB, organization, Human Animal Bond team The competition for Europe was
Joanie and Abby visit places through- Ruie Gibson and her golden stiff. DFACs nominate themselves,
out the community — schools, librar- which is a bold declaration that the
ies, nursing homes and hospitals. The retriever-border collie mix workers need to back up with ac-
HAB dogs, and one cat, pass tem- Millie walk down a hallway at tion. Also in the running for Connelly
perament tests and veterinary exams Munson Army Health Center to glory this year were Kaiserslautern’s
to make sure they are safe to interact begin an afternoon of visiting Kleber and Miesau kasernes and
with medical patients, children and with patients and staff at Fort Stuttgart’s Panzer Kaserne.
other members of the community. Leavenworth, Kansas. When judging was complete, the
Abby didn’t seem to mind when a Ledward DFAC was awarded runner-
child with special needs pulled on her up in the European military dining fa-
tail or buried her face in Abby’s fur family members, Department of the cility category. The rst place winner
at Camp SOAR earlier this summer. Army civilians and other community was Stuttgart’s 1/10 Special Forces
She sits calmly when groups of members. Dining Facility. Though the commu-
people rush to greet her. At MAHC, Casey said there are ve similar nity here couldn’t best the elite SF
she seems to instinctively pick out HAB organizations on other U.S. cooks, diners here can take comfort
the most nervous children waiting military installations. in the fact that they’re eating at one of
for a medical appointment, the Sol- “We’re focused on promoting en- Europe’s top-rated chow halls.
dier waiting with a cane for a physi- richment of human life through a car- According to Lewis, the runner-up
cal therapy appointment, or the most ing relationship with animals,” she title is a major step forward for the
stressed staff members. said. DFAC.
Susan Polk, resiliency trainer at Casey and her Newfoundland, “We’ve come a long way since I
MAHC, said that’s part of the idea Annabelle, regularly visit the Dwight got here last year,” she said. “There’s
behind having HAB dogs visit. D. Eisenhower Veterans Affairs Med- de nitely been a change.”
Helping reduce stress for staff is ical Center, the psychiatric patients at
just as important as helping to reduce Cushing Memorial Hospital and The
stress for patients, she said. Some- Guidance Center, a community be-
times, medical staff and caretakers havioral health outpatient clinic, all
can experience secondary post-trau- in Leavenworth. Casey, who is work-
matic stress disorder from assisting ing on a master’s degree in social Human Animal Bond therapy dog Abby gets attention from Spc.
patients. work, said volunteers sign con den- Jeremy Warren, Medical Department Activity, as HAB teams
“You get overwhelmed sometimes tiality agreements beforehand.
make their way through the facility to visit with patients and staff
with the pain the other person is ex- The HAB animals also visit spe-
periencing,” she said. cial needs classrooms in Fort Leav- at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, recently.
To help combat stress, Polk enlist- enworth schools, the Combined Arms
ed the help of HAB dogs to visit the Research Library’s reading program the medical eld, studies have shown of people to visit. HAB recruits at
health center twice each month. and Lansing Community Library’s that patients who are visited by thera- Post Activities and Registration Day,
“(Staff) know when they’re com- reading program. py animals have shorter stays in hos- Retiree Appreciation Day and other
ing,” she said. “They look for the Casey noted that as a nonpro t pitals, Casey said. events on post.
dogs. We have a lot of people who organization, HAB is supported by “They’re always glad to see To nd out more about HAB, visit of cial
enjoy their calming in uence.” donations and grants, including funds you,” she said. “It’s always a posi- the organization’s website at www. U.S. Army
Kendell Casey, HAB director, said from the Fort Leavenworth Thrift tive interaction with a therapy dog.” ftleavenworthhab.org. HAB meets Grafenwoehr
the nonpro t organization has been in Shop and the Fort Leavenworth Kelly Rebeschini recently started at 6 p.m. the last Wednesday of ev- Facebook
existence on Fort Leavenworth for Spouses’ Club. volunteering in HAB with her Shih ery month in the basement of Coun- page at
about 15 years. Casey said there are many ben- Tzu, Magee. try Club Bank, 401 Delaware St. in
The volunteers are all personal pet e ts of animal visits, supported by “He made a lady smile at a nursing Leavenworth. www.facebook.com/USAGG
owners, so all the HAB animals are research. Petting a dog can decrease home who never smiles,” she said. Editor’s Note: Melissa Bower
also pets. Volunteers are a mix of re- the human’s heart rate, release endor- Casey said HAB is always look- writes for the Fort Leavenworth
tirees, active duty service members, phins and reduce stress, she said. In ing for volunteers and for new groups Lamp.
Soldier overcomes injury to help others
Story and photo by was shot by an RPG from the his forward operating base, wasn’t much to save so they
Andrea Sutherland left side of the road,” Dervaes he apologized to his sergeant had to amputate above the el-
Army News Service said. “We were the trail truck major. bow,” he said.
so we were a bit further back “I told him, ‘They didn’t In recovery, Marc Dervaes
FORT CARSON, Colo. — than the rest of the patrol.” kill me, but I’m not going to struggled.
When the rocket-propelled Dervaes tried to communi- be able to help you guys out “The initial recovery was
grenade came through the cate with the rest of his platoon anymore,’” Dervaes said. the hardest,” he said. “I had
windshield of Sgt. 1st Class but his helmet and headset had After evacuating to Land- three surgeries in the rst cou-
Marc Dervaes’ Humvee, it been knocked off by the sec- stuhl Regional Medical Center ple weeks. Just being in that
knocked him unconscious. ond rocket. in Germany, Dervaes eventu- fog of narcotics was dif cult.
After a few moments, he “I put my arm, what was ally landed in San Antonio, It was so cold.”
awoke to see another RPG left of it, over the back of my where he spent the next nine Marc Dervaes said he re-
come through his door and go seat and told my medic to put months at Brooke Army Medi- lied on his wife to help him
out the roof, knocking him un- a tourniquet on it,” he said. “I cal Center, or BAMC, at Fort with everyday activities.
conscious again. grabbed my headset and I tried Sam Houston in San Antonio, “I didn’t want to leave his
He woke for a second time to notify the rest of the patrol enduring ve surgeries, bat- side,” Michi Dervaes said.
to chaos. what had happened.” tling infection and learning to When Michi Dervaes had
“That’s when I realized my As his driver continued to adapt. to return to Colorado, Marc
arm was gone,” said Dervaes. maneuver the truck through Dervaes was forced to learn
“My entire door and wind- the commotion, Dervaes re- simple tasks.
shield was covered in bits and layed instructions for medevac On the homefront “You really had to put 100
pieces and chunks of this and procedures. When she rst got the percent into learning to trust
that. I looked out my driver’s “We were in an area that phone call that her husband (the doctor),” Marc Dervaes
window and saw this guy on was inaccessible via helicopter had been injured, Michi Der- said. “I found that out by be-
the side of the road just spray- so I had to get loaded up into vaes said she screamed. ing stubborn — missing ap-
ing us down with a machine another truck and we had to go “I was worried,” she said. pointments, feeling sorry for
gun.” back about 30 minutes or so to “Is he going to be able to do myself.
Dervaes, then serving with an area that was not as danger- anything he likes to do any- “It took me about four
C Company, 3rd Squadron, ous,” he said. more? He loves the kayaking months in San Antonio be-
61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Dervaes’ truck was driven and mountain biking.” fore I started to realize that the
Brigade Combat Team, 4th In- back through the ambush site Michi Dervaes ew from world is bigger than I am and
fantry Division, had been trav- to meet medevac helicopters. Colorado to be by her hus- I can’t let something like this
eling with his convoy in Kunar “We got shot up again a band’s side. get in the way of progress and Marc Dervaes paddles along the Guadalupe River in
Province in Afghanistan when little bit but no rockets, just At BAMC, Marc Dervaes me getting on with my life and Texas after losing his right arm during deployment.
insurgents ambushed his ve- small-arms re at that time. faced multiple surgeries, in- doing things that I need to do Dervaes spent nine months at Brooke Army Medical
hicle. We didn’t stay to engage be- cluding two amputations on and want to do,” he said.
“We were coming through cause they had to get me out his right arm. Dervaes began working Center in San Antonio, Texas, after insurgents at-
an area where we had never of there pretty quick,” he said. “They originally amputat- tacked his convoy in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, in
received contact from and I When Dervaes arrived at ed below the elbow, but there See WOUNDED, page 17 2009.
July 20, 2011 News Bavarian News 17
Course gives drivers feel for Afghan roads Students are
Story and photo by
Sgt. Angela Parady
Lakucs said the simulation driving
121st Public Affairs Detachment
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The
“You need to know what the truck
can and can’t do,” he said.
Second Lt. Argo Sibul, a platoon
Soldier checks the indicator lights on leader in the Estonian army who is Continued from page 1
the vehicle before turning the igni- deploying this fall, said that having
tion key. this experience with the MRAP prior highly deployed community,” Spain
The engine rumbles to life and he to deploying is bene cial. said. “Understanding that we have
switches into drive. He moves for- “If the rst time a Soldier sees only two months to nish prepara-
ward as sleet pelts the windshield. this vehicle is in Afghanistan, that is tions for opening day, our commu-
He needs to nd the wipers to see in where we will face problems,” said nity’s leadership, families, students
the muddy terrain, and fumbles in the Sibul. and partner units and organizations
dark. All of the drivers in his deploying remain dedicated to working closely
The Soldier veers slightly off the unit are attending this training. with our DoDDS Europe colleagues
road. The vehicle tilts. The overcor- “I hope it will be saving lives. to ensure success. The community
rection rolls the vehicle. That’s why we want to use that looks forward to opening a high
Light oods the room and the in- MRAP,” said Sibul. “That is what school founded on academic and
structor resets the course. It’s time it was designed for. It is a great re- character excellence that actively
to try again. Grafenwoehr’s Combat source and it was designed for the prepares our students to be America’s
Drivers Training program is the only Afghan experience.” leaders of tomorrow.”
program in Europe to train drivers Mine-resistant, ambush protected, or MRAP, vehicles leave the The Soldiers pause for a few mo- With less than two months to
for driving conditions and vehicle fa- Grafenwoehr Training Area, recently. The Joint Multinational ments, some snap a photograph as make the school a reality, DODEA
miliarization in Afghanistan. Training Command offers the only Combat Drivers Training Pro- they head into the MRAP for the headquarters has made this one of
The program is meant to help in- gram in Europe that combines hands-on training with simulation hands-on portion of the course. For their top priorities.
crease safety and decrease deadly ac- the next few hours, they will be tak- The DODEA acting director
cidents caused by unfamiliarity with exercises on the MRAP. ing turns driving to build familiarity Marilee Fitzgerald is excited about
the vehicle and terrain. acclimate to the rough terrain down- not have the opportunity to see an with the vehicle. establishing a school in Schweinfurt
“It will decrease the number of range than to put Soldiers on the MRAP vehicle before heading down- The hands-on portion will be dif- and says it is a great story for the
accidents,” said Staff Sgt. Corey A. roads there with no idea of what to range unless they attend the course ferent from the simulator, but JMTC community and the children.
Burse, who works at the 7th Army expect. This way, Soldiers see how the JMTC is offering. has learned that the method they are “To the extent possible, when
Combined Arms Training Center, or the vehicle handles and how the in- “JMTC provides world-class using for the class does work and it is DoDEA schools are located in com-
CATC, in Vilseck, Germany. “You dicators work and feel, without put- training for Europe,” said Burse. “It decreasing accidental MRAP deaths. munities close to where families live,
get in a vehicle you don’t know, ting their lives in danger or damaging is the premier training center in Eu- At Grafenwoehr, any unit can sign it creates opportunities for them to
drive down narrow roads and roll the equipment. rope for troops deploying.” up for one of the MRAP classes. Eu- become more involved in school,
vehicle over. That’s the number one The MRAP simulator and driving Pvt. Rolands Lakucs, a translator ropean units preparing to deploy take for students to participate more in
cause of Soldiers’ deaths.” practice helps Soldiers identify prob- for the Latvian army, is preparing to advantage of this resource. With the school, and the building of a stronger
Burse said that it is better to use lems and how to adapt to different deploy to Afghanistan as the United experience they receive here, JMTC connection with the school,” she said.
the mine-resistant, ambush-protect- environments and situations. States starts to reduce the number is hoping to reduce the accidental “I see this as an important mile-
ed, or MRAP, vehicle simulator to Many multinational Soldiers will of troops that are stationed there. and needless deaths of Soldiers. stone in improving educational op-
portunities for military children and
for the children of our military fami-
Wounded warrior embraces challenges, perseveres lies in Schweinfurt,” she added. “I
look forward to an exciting opening
day this fall.”
Continued from page 16 that did so much for me,” he said. “Working in spouses play an important role in a Soldier’s re- One of the biggest challenges will
this WTB, I know just from talking with the cadre covery. be the personnel actions needed to
with a prosthetics doctor to design arms to allow there that Soldiers need to get out more, especially “I think getting spouses involved would help staff the school. DoDDS Europe has
him to return to his favorite activities. the single ones in the barracks. As a wounded war- the quality of life of those struggling with injured set a priority for teachers in the Bam-
“When I started recreational therapy, that’s rior, I can relate to them better.” service members,” he said. “There were times that berg and Schweinfurt communities
when I started coming around,” Marc Dervaes Marc Dervaes said he hopes he and his wife can I’ve fallen in a hole and (Michi) pulled me out of who would like the opportunity work
said. “Before, I found excuses. There’s no legiti- help other Soldiers and their spouses dealing with it.” at the new school.
macy in excuses — because you just don’t want injuries. Michi Dervaes, who kayaks alongside her hus- The logistics of setting up the
to do it.” “There are agencies out here that have a lot go- band, said it’s important for spouses to watch their school is being made easier with the
For the last ve months of his recovery at ing for them that can help these kids heal,” he said. loved ones and to motivate them to get active, availability of equipment, furniture
BAMC, Marc Dervaes learned adaptive scuba div- “I know how hard it was, and there are people who even if they resist. and supplies from Mannheim High
ing, skydiving, kayaking and archery. are worse off than me and I’m sympathetic to that, “It’s not the end of the world,” Michi Dervaes School, which closed at the end of the
“Some stuff takes a little longer than before but but too many of these guys are sitting around feel- said. “There is always a light at the end of the tun- school year.
he gets it done,” Michi Dervaes said. ing sorry for themselves.” nel and it opens up for different opportunities. Be “The separation of Bamberg and
“From what I’ve seen, a lot of them don’t want tough.” Schweinfurt communities created
to heal,” he said. “And they have to break out of “Don’t expect things to happen immediately — challenges for the Schweinfurt stu-
Looking to the future that shell and the social workers and the therapists to recover overnight,” Marc Dervaes said. “You dents and families, many of whom
After nine months at BAMC, the Army reas- on Fort Carson have the tools to help them, but the have to be really patient. You have to have a posi- are affected by deployments,” said
signed Marc Dervaes to the Warrior Transition service member has to be willing, has to want to tive mental attitude. If not, you’re not going to im- Bresell. “This decision removes all
Battalion at Fort Carson. do it.” prove and heal.” barriers to a high quality high school
“Now that my military career is coming to an Marc Dervaes said he believed his wife’s sup- Editor’s Note: Andrea Sutherland writes for the experience for the much deserving
end, it’s time for me to give back to the agencies port and encouragement helped him and that Fort Carson Public Affairs Of ce. students.
Rudacille takes the reins at JMTC
Continued from page 1 exploits in combat, and have seen He is assigned as the assistant dep-
him commanding in the toughest uty director for Joint Training at the
our new friends and neighbors in environment imaginable. I know Joint War ghting Center. Salazar
the surrounding German communi- this Soldier and his capabilities,” served 24 months at Grafenwoehr.
ties.” said Hertling. “Welcome to the best “The formation you see in front
Rudacille is a native of Fairfax, place you’ll ever live.” of you represents teamwork. This
Va. He has previously served with JMTC is the U.S. Army’s pre- team did a great job representing
the 1st Armored Division and the mier training facility in Europe, and 100 years of training excellence at
7th Infantry Division. because of its proximity to other Graf, past and present, and shaped
His awards and decorations in- European nations and Africa, the a vision for the future as we marked
clude the Legion of Merit award Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels train- the transformation from the Grafen-
with the Oak Leaf Cluster, the ing areas provide training for U.S. woehr Training Area to the Grafen-
Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf and multinational units deploying woehr Military Community — still
Clusters, the Joint Commendation to Afghanistan. a great place to train, but also now
Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign “This is the place where we a great place to live, to serve and to
Medal, and the Iraq Campaign train better than any other place in grow,” said Salazar. Photo by Amy Zink
Medal. the world,” said Hertling. “This is During his tenure at Grafen-
Rudacille also wears the Rang-
er Tab and the Master Parachutist
the ‘crown jewel’ of the U.S. Army
woehr, the community was recog-
nized by the Department of Army Cause for applause
Badge. Hertling credited Salazar with and the German government for
Following the traditional pass- making many improvements to its environmental stewardship pro- GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Spc. Nery Ruiz, of the 574th
ing of the colors, Lt. Gen. Mark P. JMTC’s training and capabilities. grams. Likewise, transformation Quarter Master Supply Company, 18th Combat Sustainment
Hertling, commanding general of “Steve Salazar is one of the best efforts improved medical support Support Battalion, was named U.S. Army Garrison Grafen-
the U.S. Army in Europe and pre- trainers we have in the Army and and behavioral health services. woehr Environmental Control Of cer of the year, here, July 11.
siding of cer, said Rudacille was he has signi cantly raised the level “It’s no accident that we’ve not Ruiz has been the 574th QMSC ECO since 2009 and received
selected for the position because of of training, and the bar of standards had a suicide in this community
only gold ratings on environmental inspections during his
his distinguished record in combat and discipline, during a time of war in nearly two years,” said Salazar.
and rsthand training experience. and increased requirements for alli- “Teamwork is the strength of this tenure. Part of Ruiz’s job as the ECO is to be responsible for
“Lee Rudacille is a one-of-a- ance partnering,” said Hertling. community. It has been great sol- the handling and storage of hazardous materials and to act in
kind commander. I’ve heard of his Salazar departs for Suffolk, Va. diering with you.” compliance with U.S. and German environmental laws. “Spc.
Ruiz always makes sure that everything is cleaned up, excess
is turned in and he meets or exceeds standards,” said Sgt. 1st
News is addictive. Class Lucas Smith, 574th QMSC motor sergeant. Because of
Ruiz’s high quality environmental program, he was selected to
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