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					                 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
        welcomes                                                                                                                                                      investigation
                                                                                                                                                                              By Denver Makle

        new JMTC                                                                                                                                                               JMTC Public Affairs

                                                                                                                                                                      GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — On


        commander
                                                                                                                                                                      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
Running man
 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
                                                                                                                                                                                  part of
                                          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
                                                                                                                                                                                  commitment
                                          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

                                                                                                                                                                                  to families
                                          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
    michael.s.blass@us.army.mil           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
         Managing Editor
                                          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
   jeremy.buddemeier@eur.army.mil
                                          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).
       amy.zink@eur.army.mil              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
    molly.hayden@eur.army.mil             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
   william.john.reese@eur.army.mil        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
      joy.chalmers@eur.army.mil                                                        great event, as well.                         woehr Military Community.                    keeps key promises it made in the
   charles.stadtlander@eur.army.mil       School registration
                                                                                           Graf’s 54th Annual Volksfest, Aug.                                                     Army Family Covenant: providing
    nathan.vanschaik@eur.army.mil
  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
           Mark Iacampo
    mark.iacampo@eur.army.mil
                                          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
   Ansbach Correspondent
     mail.ans.pal@eur.army.mil
  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: ads@milcom.de.                        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-
 mail jeremy.buddemeier@eur.army.
                                          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
                                                                                                                                                                                  Judge orders
                                                                                                                                                                                  con nement
  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
                                                                                                                                                                                 applicable
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-
                                                                                                                                                                                 to TKS
year-old history                                                                                                                     bat in Afghanistan.
                                                                                                                                         “Raf (Paredes) wouldn’t want me
                                                                                                                                     to single him out as he always gives
                                                                                                                                                                                 services
          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
                                                                                                                                                                                 2-year contracts.”
      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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   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
                                                                                                                                                                                             BSTroop303@googlemail.com.
                                                                                                                                                                                             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
                                                                                                                                                                                             bstroop303

        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,      girlscouts1@rocketmail.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
                                                                                                                                                                                                Schweinfurt
restaurant.
    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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Briefs
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-    andreas.kirschenbauer@us.army.        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@
                                                                                                                 eur.army.mil.
                                                                                                                                                       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            dlmwrhohenfelssports@eur.army.        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                                                smiley@eur.army.mil.                      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         rodman@us.army.mil.                   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
guesthouse.
                                      Juliet city with the great Roman
                                      Arena. Trip departs Friday, July
                                                                           fall.
                                                                                                                       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
                                                                           School Physicals
                                                                               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.
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         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.




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Tips for a fun- lled, sun-safe summer
            By Jennifer Davis
           U.S. Army Public Health
           Command (Provisional)

   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.
                                                                                                                                                        a     shot
                                                                                                                                                       of advice
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 brmc-pao@amedd.army.mil 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
                                                                                                         effects.
                                                                                                         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.               •
                                                        and foods.
                                                        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-


                                                               everyone happy
                                                                                                                                                       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
                                                                                                                                                       not help.
                                                            By Lt. Col. Twyla Leigh                 touching anything else — face, skin, pets,
                                                              U.S. Army Public Health
                                                              Command (Provisional)
                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                                                                           rumble for
Army’s new birds                                                                                                                                                           5th annual
12th CAB gets 12 new                     a new digital cockpit.

CH-47F Chinooks
                                             “We’ve gone to a whole digital
                                         cockpit and done away with the old
                                         ‘60s technology,” said Linnean. “It
                                                                                                                                                                           Ride the
         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
                                                                                                                                                                           Alps Rally
                                         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
           Melissa Bower
                                                                                                                                                                           DFAC
           Army News Service

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas —
                                                                                                                                                                           serves up
When Joanie Linn and Abby, a golden
retriever, step out of the elevator, staff
and patients at Munson Army Health
                                                                                                                                                                           success
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
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Visit our
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
                                                                                                                               was useful.
                                                                                                                                                                         top priority
    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
                                                                                                                                                                         in S’furt
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
                                          in Europe.”
                                                                                  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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              E-mail usaggnews@eur.army.mil to get your daily news x.                                                        Grafenwoehr, May 31.

				
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