Run to Remember Pack mentality Firsthand history Community members lace up A local claims examiner offers A Holocaust survivor to show support for fallen tried-and-true tips for a painless shares his story with Soldiers and their families PCS experience the community PAGE 19 PAGE 8 PAGE 4 Vol. 7, Nr. 10 U.S. Army Garrisons Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels, Garmisch, Schweinfurt and Ansbach May 25, 2011 Hohenfels Soldier nabs prestigious award 1-91 snipers Meegan is one of 28 junior of cers First Lt. Daniel Meegan makes take aim at nationwide to earn MacArthur Award by Mark Iacampo for 2010. friends with an Afghan girl while deployed to the bolstering USAG Hohenfels Public Affairs HOHENFELS, Germany Deployed with Delta Company to the Zabul Prov- ince of Afghanistan as a pla- Zabul Province. Meegan was one of partnerships Duty. Honor. Country. To toon leader in March 2010, 28 company grade Story and photo by the men and women serving Meegan took command of of cers across the Nathan Van Schaik in our armed forces, those Combat Outpost Baylough Army to be chosen USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs words have a meaning far with a company-sized unit for the Gen. Mac- beyond what can be found in comprised of U.S. and Ro- HAMMELBURG, Germany They Webster’s dictionary. manian Soldiers, as well as Arthur Leadership are some of the most lethal Soldiers The MacArthur Lead- Afghan National Security Award. in the world. And they are woven of ership Award recognizes Forces. Photo by Staff Sgt. a tight-knit fabric unlike the rest of 28 company grade of cers “Given responsibility be- William Tremblay us. Their bond transcends national- across the Army, National yond his experience and rank, ity and knows no service branch, no Guard and Army Reserves 1st Lt. Meegan excelled,” months under Spartan condi- sel ess concern for all sol- and make things happen, but language barrier, no particular army. each year who epitomize said Col. John M. Spiszer, tions while in direct contact diers and the mission, which he did an outstanding job and At least that’s the indication from the these ideals, and 1st Lt. Dan- Joint Multinational Readi- with the enemy and with lit- quickly established the infor- brought the ght to the en- 12 German and ve American snipers iel M. Meegan, Headquarters ness Center commander. “Lt. tle contact with his chain of mal authority vital to leader- emy. He was out there with sharpening their skills together and and Headquarters Company, Meegan superbly led a com- command. His effectiveness ship under these conditions.” his guys in every re ght … trading best practices during a recent 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry pany’s worth of U.S. joint was only possible through his “Not only was he able to leading from the front,” said three-week sniper training course Regiment, earned that honor multinational troops for six leadership by example and go out there and take charge See MEEGAN, page 16 here. The combined training, organized by both German and American Army Sorting it out of cials, brings together the two groups at the infantry school, or In- fanterieschule — the only one in all of Germany and located just 30 kilo- Grafenwoehr Elementary students learn meters west of the U.S. Army garri- son in Schweinfurt. the ins and outs of recycling in Germany “A sniper is a sniper, no matter what army,” said a German senior Story and photos by sniper instructor without cracking Molly Hayden a smile. He spoke behind a 6-foot, Staff Writer 6-inch frame, dark shades and a waxed Rollie Fingers mustache and STEINFELS, Germany Leilani only wished to comment on condition Castillo, 11, strained her neck to of anonymity. peer upward at the multitude of “The sniper community is very machines sorting a mix of plas- small, very tight-knit and we take tic, glass, aluminum and everyday pride in our skill identi er,” said Sgt. trash. Bryan Crowder, a visiting instructor “So all of the plastic items are from Fort Benning’s acclaimed snip- on the conveyer belt and a big er school. “We’re smaller than the magnetic machine pulls any metal Ranger community.” cans they may have got mixed in In the German military, the stan- there,” explained Castillo. “Then dards are just as rigorous. The sniper whatever is left is sorted by the school only accepts candidates who workers here.” See SNIPERS, page 20 Castillo, along with more than 40 additional students from Grafenwoehr Elementary School toured Bergler Sorting Plant, May 10, gaining a plethora of knowl- inside Fourth-grader Michael Clark edge on the process of sorting re- South of the border tests the magnetic value of cyclables. A local correspondent relays his For two hours, students stepped some recycled metal. tales while searching for culinary into a green think tank as they and cinematic gold. answered questions on the impor- Related story: For more on See page 13 tance of recycling, how the pro- Earth Day at Grafenwoehr, cess works and how compost soil see pages 6-7. One community is made. Today marks the opening of The Bergler Sorting Plant sorts rounding housing areas. All sorted the tank trail between Main Post 4,500 tons of metal, plastics, wood items are packaged and sent to var- and compostable items every ious companies for the nal stage (Gate 4) and Rose Barracks month, including items from Main of recycling. Fourth-grader Xander Mattkins inspects a large pile of presorted (Gate 2) for POVs, allowing Post, Rose Barracks and the sur- See RECYCLING, page 20 recyclable plastics during a eld trip to the Bergler Sorting Plant. drivers to transit between Graf and Vilseck without leaving post. Drivers must have an I.D. Defender 6 sends ARLINGTON, Va. A fundamen- been taking a One of our most important efforts card or installation pass to use tally different scal reality. We will hard look at has been to fully establish Survivor the road, and are reminded to New scal be hearing some variation of that phrase from Army leaders for a long time to come. The Army’s budget is the programs and services we provide, Outreach Services, to provide survi- vors with longer-term, expanded sup- port and care after casualty assistance observe posted speed limits. Index reality, same smaller than it has been in previous years, and it will get smaller still. However, a different scal reality with an eye not only to costs but also to ef- ends. SOS staff have made tremen- dous progress in a short time, receiv- ing more than 24,000 cases from Ca- Op-Ed 2 commitment does not change the reality of what we owe to Soldiers and families for their service and sacri ce. The Ar- fectiveness. As the inevitable belt-tightening sualty and Mortuary Affairs, and they continue to enhance services as more survivors provide feedback. This past News 3-4, 6-8, 16, 19, 20 What’s Happening 10 to families my’s commitment to Soldiers and comes, we are not trying to do more year, SOS initiated a survivor vehicle Travel 13 families remains as strong as ever. with less. We are working to make decal program to ease installation Medical 14 For the last 18 months, the Instal- sure we can do the important things access, established a Facebook page, lation Management Community has better. See LYNCH, page 20 Movies 21 2 Bavarian News Opinion & Editorial May 25, 2011 Soldier Commander’s Message Summer season heats up at Graf gets hard labor for Gruess Gott! This Monday, May 30, as we have for the past 143 years, we will in our success. We are proud time to relax also requires our focused ef- forts to aggressively prevent senseless in- improper honor our service men and women who made the ultimate sacri ce serving our great nation during past con icts, and those of you, our Army family. Your cour- age, dedication juries and the loss of life. Smart decisions coupled with sound personal risk man- agement can reduce mishaps and help wear of who have lost their lives supporting the current con icts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Let us pay special tribute to the Soldiers and sel ess ser- vice to the nation are the hallmarks keep us all safe this summer. Almost every mishap is preventable if we make good decisions. A smart deci- medals we lost this past year. They served with distinction and honor and are heroes to us all. of the U.S. Army. For details on our local celebration, sion might be something as simple as de- ciding to stick to the rules, checking the weather, planning your vacation route, As we remember them, let us offer a see page 10. knowing when to say “knock it off” and By JMTC Of ce of the heartfelt ‘thank you’ for their sacri ce bringing along a ‘battle buddy’ when you Staff Judge Advocate and the sacri ce of their families as well. Smooth move head out somewhere. News Release Commander, U.S. Army They offered their sons and daughters, Once again the big PCS season is Vehicle and motorcycle operations Garrison Grafenwoehr brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, moth- upon us. Many of us fear and dread a always present a potential for serious At a special court-martial Col. Vann Smiley ers and fathers for our nation and for de- PCS because it puts a lot of stress and or fatal mishaps. That’s why attend- convened in Bamberg, Germany, veloping nations throughout the world. strain on the family. However, it does not ing mandatory safety training sessions, April 13, Sgt. 1st Class William Public Affairs Of cer This does not go unnoticed by our na- have to be stressful; all it takes is a little wearing seat belts and protective equip- Gonzalez, 630th Military Police Michael Blass tion, or by the people for whom our he- bit of planning to help you and your fam- ment, traveling at safe speeds, staying Company, was found guilty, con- email@example.com roes shed their very lifeblood to protect ily get and stay organized throughout the alert and avoiding distractions like cell trary to his plea, of two speci ca- DSN 475-8103, CIV 09641-83-8103 and defend. process. phones should be our normal way of do- tions of Article 134, UCMJ, for Let us remember this Memorial Day For example, taking pictures of your ing business. It also goes without saying unauthorized wear of the Combat Managing Editor as you serve in your place of duty, near personal property is a great way to in- that driving while impaired is never ac- Action Badge on Aug. 15, 2010, Jeremy S. Buddemeier firstname.lastname@example.org or far, that we will never forget their sac- ventory and record the condition of your ceptable. and for unauthorized wear of the DSN 475-7113, CIV 09641-83-7113 ri ce or the sacri ces of those who have belongings all at once. Supervising and We must also embrace the idea that ribbon representing the Bronze gone before them. giving children a role to play while the sports and recreational activities are for Star medal and the Purple Heart Assistant Editor movers are there can also reduce the stress enjoyment. We should discourage “win Medal, Sept. 24, 2010. Amy Zink Happy 236th, Army of having to run from room to room. at all cost” behaviors where people be- He was found not guilty, in email@example.com On June 14, 1775, the Continental Moving from place to place is one of come over-aggressive or reckless in an accordance with his plea, of Ar- DSN 475-7775, CIV 09641-83-7775 Congress established our Army. In the the things that makes being a Soldier so effort to win. We see sports- and recre- ticle 107, UCMJ, for false of cial 236 years since that day, our Army has unique, and it is also one of the things ation-related injuries to Soldiers almost statement; and of Article 134, Grafenwoehr Correspondent proven itself on countless battle elds that makes being a Soldier so rewarding. every day, and a number of these activi- UCMJ, for unauthorized wear Molly Hayden as liberty’s best friend and oppression’s For more tips on how to have a ties are risky enough without adding ag- of the ribbon representing the firstname.lastname@example.org worst foe. smooth PCS move, check out the article gressive behavior. Bronze Star Medal, the Purple DSN 475-8886, CIV 09641-83-8886 Today’s Army is the greatest land on page 8. Everyone is encouraged to have a fun Heart Medal, and the Meritorious Garmisch Correspondent ghting force in the history of the world. summer, but in doing so, please remem- Service Medal, Aug. 15, 2010; John Reese Our Army is serving in more than 120 Fun in the sun ber that any loss of a life in a prevent- and not guilty of unauthorized email@example.com countries, conducting missions across the In addition to the PCS season, sum- able off-duty mishap is unacceptable. As wear of the Meritorious Service DSN 440-3701, CIV 08821-750-3701 spectrum of con ict from humanitarian mer in Bavaria is the perfect time to always, our goal is zero mishaps, which Medal and the Joint Service Com- assistance to combat operations. While experience the great outdoors. Without will take strong leadership, good deci- mendation Medal, Sept. 24, 2010. Schweinfurt Correspondents at war, we are continuing to change our question, summer is an enjoyable season sion making and each of us looking out A military judge sentenced Joy Chalmers, Charles Stadtlander, Army to meet the needs of the current and one that offers countless off-duty ac- for one another. Gonzalez to be reprimanded, to Nathan Van Schaik and future strategic environment. tivities. However, with the additional ac- Once again, please exercise caution if be reduced to the grade of E-6, firstname.lastname@example.org Our Army is strong, and this strength tivities comes additional risk of mishaps. you’re PCSing or enjoying the great out- and to perform hard labor with- email@example.com comes from our greatest asset: the Amer- In fact, the time from Memorial Day doors and thanks for making our commu- out con nement for a period of firstname.lastname@example.org ican Soldier, whose courage, compassion weekend through Labor Day weekend is nity such a great place to live and work. 60 days. DSN 354-1400, CIV 09721-96-1400 and determination have for generations when the most mishaps and fatalities oc- Indecent conduct Hohenfels Correspondent Mark Iacampo been the bedrock upon which our victo- ries have depended. In all that the Army cur. During this time period last year, the Army unfortunately lost 40 of its nest Col. Vann Smiley At a general court-martial email@example.com has accomplished, and all that it will be called upon to do, the American Soldier to off-duty mishaps, and even more were injured, some seriously. Commander, U.S. Army convened in Bamberg, Germa- ny, from April 20-22, Sgt. Mike DSN 466-2398, CIV 09472-83-2398 remains the single most important factor So it is important to remember that this Garrison Grafenwoehr D. Golden, 317th Maintenance Ansbach Correspondent Company, 391st Combat Sus- firstname.lastname@example.org tainment Support Battalion, was Charging Boar 2011 DSN 468-1600, CIV 09811-83-1600 found guilty, contrary his plea, of two speci cations of Article 120, UCMJ, for indecent conduct. 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May 25, 2011 News Bavarian News 3 Cork set for 2011 Military World Games 172nd Infantry Soldier I think that was what helped us win. In or- will be sole Army Europe der to be competitive you have to play to- representative at upcoming gether, drills can only take you so far.” competition in Brazil Twelve years after Story and photo by starting her volleyball Molly Hayden career, eight years Staff Writer after gaining a full scholarship to play GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Capt. Danielle Cork has a love affair with vol- leyball. Cork for West Point Acad- emy and two years after joining the All-Ar- my Women’s Volleyball team, Cork’s career City of Graf “It starts with a pass, the setter sets the ball, the hitter hits it — it’s a lot of nesse,” she said. “You have to have the right touch, as an Army athlete has spiked even further. Through hard work and dedication to the sport, Cork will be Army Europe’s sole celebrates the right uid motion.” Cork went on to describe the athletic en- terprise as the “ultimate team sport,” com- representative heading to the 2011 Military World Games to play on the All-Armed Forces team. its 650th paring it to her current position in the Army as an adjunct general of cer with Head- quarters and Headquarters Company, 172nd The 2011 Military World Games will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the third week of July. The 5th Military World anniversary Infantry Brigade. “We’re a team and if we have successes within our team, it’s a success for every- Games will host approximately 4,900 ath- letes from more than 100 countries compet- ing in 24 sports. June 3-5 one,” said Cork. “Just like on the court.” For Cork, the competition will be tough. Staff report It was perhaps this attitude that pushed “We have about two weeks to practice Cork and her fellow teammates on the All- together as a team,” said Cork, who will Grafenwoehr’s 650th anniversary Army Women’s Volleyball team to bring play with many of her teammates for the celebration, June 3-5, has something home the gold for the indoor competition at rst time during this event. “We’re playing to offer for everyone! Whether you’re the 2011 Armed Forces Volleyball champi- against teams whose job is to play volley- young or old, single or with a fam- onships held at the Marine Corps Air Sta- ball and nothing else, and they play together ily, fun is on tap for this weekend. tion in Cherry Point, N.C., April 6-15. The year-round. Capt. Danielle Cork spikes the ball during practice, Local Grafenwoehr clubs will offer team was undefeated with a 6-0 record. “But we are dedicated to the sport and to May 18. Cork will represent U.S. Army Europe in the an international selection of food and “We had a great team, we played well to- our team,” added Cork. “I’m happy to rep- beverages and various musicians will gether,” said Cork. “In the month we had to resent the Army and I’m happy to represent 2011 Military World Games in July as a member of the perform on four different stages. The practice we scrimmaged almost every day. Graf.” All-Armed Forces Volleyball Team. artistic performances from different epochs and countries will ensure the entertainment stays lively throughout Food, fun are the focus for Asian-Paci c celebration the weekend. On Friday, June 3, the “cultur- al center” around Grafenwoehr’s Story and photo by not able to become American citi- Stadthalle will turn into a party-mile. Mark Iacampo zens,” she said. “We were considered The Downlookers, a cult band, will USAG Hohenfels Public Affairs permanent aliens. Because of the open the festivities and play until long and dif cult struggle throughout about 10 p.m. At 11 p.m., the Antenne HOHENFELS, Germany — With American history of many Asians, Bayern band will rock the crowd. seashell necklaces, Filipino dancing, this is my way of showing those that Then DJ Mini will keep the party go- and kalua pork, Hohenfels’ Asian-Pa- fought to achieve what we have today, ing until the early morning. ci c Heritage Month celebration felt a small token of my appreciation.” The entrance fee for this party of a bit like an island luau. Guest Speaker Capt. Emma Par- superlatives is 5 euros. Tickets are Community members thronged sons, U.S. Army Garrison Hohen- available online at www.oktickets. to the Community Activities Center fels Headquarters and Headquarters de, or at the following locations in to experience a taste of Asian-Paci c Company commander, spoke on the Grafenwoehr: the bookstore “Im culture not just through food, but also challenges of growing up with the Buecherturm” next to the Grafen- art, decorations, song and dance. stereotype of what an Asian-Amer- woehr town hall, at the toy store Asian-Paci c includes the entire ican woman is expected to do. Her “Spielwaren Gradl,” Obere Torstr. 5, Asian continent, as well as the Pa- mother had mapped out Parson’s fu- or at the “Reisewelt” Travel Agency, ci c islands of Melanesia, Microne- ture for her, and it wasn’t until her Pressather Str. 17. sia and Polynesia. This celebration freshman year in college that she be- On Saturday, June 4, fest opera- of Asians and Paci c Islanders in the gan to explore the possibilities open tions start at 2 p.m., and at 10 a.m., United States occurs in May to com- to her. At a friend’s urging, Parson Sunday, June 5. During the entire memorate the immigration of the rst decided to join the Reserve Of cers’ weekend, the different eras of history Japanese to the U.S. on May 7, 1843, David Nannie serves up some sushi to Daphne Nash at Hohen- Training Corps program. will be represented in the old town of and to mark the anniversary of the fels’ Asian-Paci c Heritage Month celebration, May 11. “After signing up, it only took me Grafenwoehr, showing a cross-sec- completion of the Transatlantic Rail- a couple hours to start regretting my tion of the 650-year history. Food and road by a predominately Chinese im- his culture. We’re so diverse, it’s im- the village sultan. Her daughter, Jem choice,” she admitted. “I couldn’t do beverages from various countries will migrant workforce, May 10, 1869. portant to recognize and represent Limos, sang. one push up; I couldn’t do the obsta- also be available. “This is really a cultural educa- everyone, so we can understand each Sushi, eggrolls, shrimp and pork cle course.” A medieval camp with ags, wag- tional experience,” said Master Sgt. other better.” adobo graced the menu, all prepared With basic training behind her, ons and Richtblock will be set up in the Christopher T. Mulvihill, Joint Mul- Todd’s NCO, Staff Sgt. Richard by volunteers eager to share a small Parson began to learn about leader- city park. The courtyard of the muse- tinational Readiness Center Equal Sianoya, is also the 2007 Operation piece of their culture. ship, and she knew she’d made the um will become a stage for the Cath- Opportunity Advisor. “The diversity Rising Star winner, and he opened “As an immigrant from the Philip- right choice. She said that through olic theater group in Grafenwoehr, that we have all across the Army is the ceremonies with a stirring rendi- pines, it is important for me to main- her military experience, she felt she which will re-enact “How Grafen- an amazing resource … All the in- tion of the national anthem. Sianoya tain and embrace my Asian heritage had broken that Asian American ste- woehr (perhaps became) a city” – a teresting and unique aspects that ev- also performed during the food tast- and culture,” said Iris Lactawen Nan- reotype that people like her parents not quite seriously intentioned review. erybody brings to the table that really ing, crooning down the aisles to the nie, U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels have perpetuated. Also, an “artistic mile,” where partici- adds to our ability to accomplish the delight of the crowd. management analyst who provided “America represents the same pation is encouraged, will be set up on mission.” Jean Sabal-Limos performed a haupia, a traditional Philippine des- choices for everyone,” said Parson. Martin-Posser-Strasse. “My NCOIC is from the Philip- traditional dance from the Mindanao sert. Nannie emigrated from the Phil- “It doesn’t matter what your back- For more information on the rest pines,” said Capt. Steven Todd of Ba- region of the Philippines, in which ippines when she was 3 years old. ground is – America offers choices to of the 650th anniversary celebration varian DENTAC. “I came down here the graceful arm motions and doll “For many years, Asians were le- become what you want to be as long events, visit the garrison’s website at to support him and learn a little about poses are meant to attract the eye of gally discriminated against and were as you put your mind to it.” www.grafenwoehr.army.mil/650. New physical therapy clinic in Hohenfels opens doors to public By Mark Iacampo have room.” better when their therapy is a shared experi- move.” Students submitted artwork which was USAG Hohenfels Public Affairs “Our physical therapy clinic has more than ence. then voted upon by the participants themselves. doubled in size from its previous two loca- “We have a system set up now where most The top 12 pieces now hang in the physical HOHENFELS, Germany — The Hohenfels tions,” said Lt. Col. Gordon Mayes, U.S. Army of our post-op patients come in at the same therapy clinic. Health Clinic unveiled its new Physical Ther- Health Clinic Hohenfels commander. “We have time, so Soldiers and family members who “I want the community to feel like this is apy center at a ribbon cutting ceremony, May a multitude of injuries that require Physical have gone through the same surgery can kind their clinic, the kids as well as the adults. We do 13. therapy, especially with these post-deployment of share tips and their experience,” she said. have high school students that are our patients. Formerly an ambulance garage and once folk that come back. If you don’t have proper Elliott helped design the layout of the new So now, they can come in and say, ‘my artwork used for parties and potlucks, Building 15, lo- physical therapy … it can hamper you very clinic, as well as determine what types of is up on the wall permanently at that physical cated behind the main clinic and adjacent to the much later on in life or throughout your life.” equipment to include. therapy clinic,’” Elliott said. dental clinic, is now a state of the art rehabilita- “If we can get Soldiers back to their units “We’re here to heal the warrior,” she said. When Elliott arrived here in July 2009, Ho- tion center, featuring brand new equipment and and prevent them from leaving the Army be- “I’ve always felt very strongly about physical henfels only had a physical therapist that visit- the rst permanent art display at Hohenfels. cause of injuries that they’ve sustained in com- therapy being more than just a place for people ed on a rotating schedule across multiple bases. “I remember when physical therapy (in Ho- bat or … training, or through the rigorous day- to come and work out. I want this to be a place Scheduled to leave in a few short weeks, she is henfels) was just a small closet six years ago,” in-day-out activities of army life, that is a great of tranquility. I feel it’s kind of a spiritual heal- proud to leave her successor with a state of the said Col. Steven Brewster, commander of U.S. thing,” said Brewster. ing. That’s why I think the art is an important art facility. Army Medical Activity Bavaria. “And physical therapy clinics are key to that element in that.” “I’m a little sad that I can’t stay,” she admit- “We could not handle the amount of patients whole process,” he added. She also wanted the place to re ect the ted, “but I feel like I’ve done what I came here we had,” said Sandra Elliott, HHC physical The new clinic has room for multiple pa- community. To this end she commissioned the to do. It’s been a great opportunity and I know therapist. “We ran into a couple periods where tients to be treated simultaneously. Elliott said Hohenfels Middle-High School art students to whoever takes over it next will make it their we had to bring out makeshift tables so we’d studies have shown that patients often respond create art work based on the concept “on the own.” 4 Bavarian News News May 25, 2011 Division re-enacts ag raising By Jason Tudor that started in Morocco in 1942,” she three orders. Marshall Center Public Affairs said. “Today, we remember the brave “We were told to go shave, wear men who brought freedom and peace a tie and bring our helmets,” he said. OBERSALZBURG, Germany — with their blood, sweat and tears.” When he arrived, the Army shot a Soldiers, veterans, and community Retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith W. photo showing the American Soldiers leaders gathered here May 5 to com- Dayton, director of the George C. raising the ag on a hill overlooking memorate the 66th anniversary of Marshall European Center for Secu- a valley, the hill now occupied by a U.S. forces raising the American ag rity Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirch- ve-star hotel and valley a home to at this site and the eventual defeat of en, Germany, served with the division a golf course. “I’m glad to represent the Nazis. in the 1990s. He said the courage the division today.” Organized by the Society of the needed to reach Obersalzburg was Army Pfc. Gavin Grundmeier 3rd Infantry Division, the ceremony astounding. marched a folded American ag as included Soldiers from the U.S. and “They knew what awaited them, part of the closing of the ceremony. German armies. It also drew local but they served with courage and Grundmeier admitted he gets his area leaders, Soldiers from the garri- distinction,” Dayton said, then talk- knowledge of World War II from the son in Schweinfurt and the American ed about the veterans in attendance. mini-series “Band of Brothers,” but Consul General to Germany, Conrad “These vets we have today, part of the his respect for what happened during Tribble. greatest generation, are an inspiration WWII is “very real.” Adolph Hitler seized Obersalz- to those that followed.” “It’s a real honor to give back to burg in the 1920s to use as a retreat. That included the loss of 25,977 them like they gave to us,” he said, That included a large hotel and, later, fellow soldiers and 531 days of com- speaking about the three veterans in several residences for Hitler’s staff bat -- the most of any Army unit attendance. such as Joseph Goebbels and Hein- during the war. In that same period, After the war, the Americans rich Himmler. the division had the most Medals of claimed the area. The U.S. Army According to the society, the 3rd Honor recipients with 37, including claimed most of the buildings and Infantry Division arrived before Audie Murphy. land. Hotel Platterhof, a former Nazi other units May 5, 1945, raised the The ceremony included three resort, was renamed the General ag then handed operations off to the World War II veterans present on Walker Hotel in 1952 and used as an 101st Airborne Division. the day of the event, Robert Dutil of Armed Forces Recreation Center un- Retired Army Capt. Monika Stoy, California; John Miller of Michigan; til 1995 and destroyed in 2000. event organizer and the society’s Eu- and John Keller of Illinois. Miller ar- This isn’t the rst memorial for rope chapter leader, talked to the 150 rived in Germany Feb. 9, 1945 as a the taking of Obersalzburg. The So- in attendance about the signi cance “replacement” just after the division ciety of the 3rd Infantry Division laid of the day. seized the Colmar Pocket in France. a plaque commemorating the event “The ag raising here marked the He said the day the ag was raised at in 2008. Mr. Miller attended that cer- very end of a long and bloody trail Obersalzburg, the soldiers were given emony. Soldiers from the Headquarters and Headquarters Troop of the 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, take part in a simulated 630th Military Police Company returns casualty situation during the recent Sky Soldier Competition at Schweinfurt’s Pfaendhausen Training Area. The 1-91st and their companions from the 173rd Airborne Brigade hosted the contest. Story and photo by Third Platoon’s Sgt. Nathan Van Schaik USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs Brandon Arnold is welcomed home by his wife Leanne Sky Soldiers square off in Schweinfurt SCHWEINFURT, Germany — The smoke machine was ipped to “on” Arnold and their son, and AC/DC’s classic “Thunder- May 5. Forty-three struck” reverberated through the Soldiers with the gym corridors and down the spines of those eager to see their Soldiers 630th Military Po- 34 teams scale nets, lice Company’s 3rd 1st place come home. Moments later, 43 Sol- diers with the 630th Military Police Platoon returned to lug loaded sleds and Attack Company from 1st Company, 3rd Platoon made their Schweinfurt after a drag the ‘wounded’ for Battalion, 503rd Infantry triumphant entrance before the vocal yearlong deployment crowd, May 5, after a yearlong de- to Afghanistan. local bragging rights Regiment ployment to Afghanistan. Children reunited with parents Story and photo by 2nd place and Soldiers kissed their loved ones sance and route security to training family and community. Focus will be Charles Stadtlander A Company from 2nd as garrison of cials welcomed back the Afghan National Police, the 3rd on physical, mental, emotional and USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs the platoon. The platoon had most Platoon played a robust and varied spiritual aspects of well-being. Battalion, 503rd Infantry recently been attached to the Army’s role in Afghanistan, according to 1st Afterward, the platoon begins SCHWEINFURT, Germany — The Regiment 1/101 Brigade Combat Team in sup- Lt. Daniel Workmaster, commander community law enforcement retrain- proud tradition and rigorous train- port of Operation Enduring Freedom. for the 3rd Platoon. “We covered four ing and recerti cation prior to going ing of airborne troops sets them apart 3rd place “The thing I look forward to the districts in Afghanistan,” he said. back on the road to patrol the streets from other Soldiers in the Army, most is for my husband to nally get Earlier this year in Afghanistan, of Schweinfurt, said 1st Lt. Maureen but how do these top-notch warriors Headquarters Battery a chance to see his son, Connor Ar- Soldiers with the 630th were in- Stagney, commander of the 4th Pla- determine which among their own from 4th Battalion, 319th nold,” said Leanne Arnold, whose volved in containing a bank heist that toon. ranks is the most capable? Airborne Field Artillery husband, Sgt. Brandon Arnold, is turned bloody in Jalalabad. The 630th Company is headquar- The 173rd Airborne Brigade attached to the 3rd Platoon. Sgt. Ar- Soldiers with the 3rd Platoon — tered out of Bamberg but the 3rd and hosted a brigade-wide “Sky Soldier” Regiment nold was on a mission and missed his with the aid and guidance of the Sch- 4th platoons each provide MP servic- competition over two days in early son’s birth, Leanne said. weinfurt garrison — now begin the es here. Soldiers with these platoons May to nd out. From combat patrols, reconnais- process of reintegrating with their live and work at Schweinfurt. The contest, which pitted 34 four- ercise lanes, designed to simulate the Soldier teams against each other, was real-life demands of battle with mock held in Schweinfurt’s Pfaendhau- injuries, lugging loaded sleds and Survivor shares experiences from Holocaust sen Training Area, known locally as “Area Mike.” The Schweinfurt troop- ers of the 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry mitigation of potential enemies. After the relatively close comfort of the con dence course and STX By John Reese After Doherty spoke, he enabled in the occupying forces after the Regiment, welcomed their brigade- lanes, the long haul portion of the USAG Garmisch Public Affairs a live video transmission from the war,” he said, noting he was drafted mates from the garrisons in Bamberg contest took hold. Houston Holocaust Museum with by the U.S. Army in 1953 after his and Vicenza, Italy. The quartets each strapped on a GARMISCH, Germany — The Ho- Bill Orlin. The 79-year-old survivor family rst migrated to Canada and Also throwing their berets into the loaded rucksack and humped it for locaust Days of Remembrance held told a gripping tale from watching then Texas, where he’s maintained ring were eight German soldiers and six miles from Camp Robertson to at the Garmisch Community Library, the invaders burn down his home to residency for more than half a cen- four airborne members of the Serbian the Pfaendhausen range for the nal May 5, was a rsthand account by a the constant movement further and tury. “I served as a translator.” army. test: a tiring “stress shoot.” Polish survivor, a child then, as his further east, eventually ending up in Guest speaker Chaplain (Lt. Col.) The full-scale production simu- Sweaty and out of breath from the family ed ever eastward while the Kazakhstan. Avi Weiss, IMCOM Europe, was ac- lated a battle mission, as the compe- six mile slog, the Sky Soldiers had to German army advanced and Jews companied by his wife Elcya. The tition was complete with a tactical drop their rucksacks and lug heavy were either killed on the spot or relo- One person can two spent a long day of travel from operations center bustling with com- ve-gallon water cans for 300 feet. cated to concentration camps. Heidelberg to Grafenwoehr where he manders and coordinating of cers. Then, two of the four Soldier teams The event began with a Garmisch- make a difference, spoke rst, and then to Garmisch. The well-oiled machine started the simulated an incapacitating injury, centric view of the satellite camp of and even if only to “Mr. Orlin told the story better night of May 3 with a mass arrival in requiring the remaining two healthy Dachau that was, according to local than I could,” said Weiss, who de- Schweinfurt from both Germany and teammates to drag their wounded historian Jake Doherty, located on one other person, it livered his prepared comments in a Italy. comrades 75 feet. Artillery Kaserne. Doherty used his matters. less formal discussion format with Competitors then smoked through But the battle was not over. Lungs storytelling and technical skills to the participants. He nished with an a physical tness test and slept for burning and head spinning, all four demonstrate how the Nazis came to Lt. Col. Avi Weiss inspirational message about how one four hours before beginning the Soldiers then took up arms at the power, initiated the Holocaust, and Chaplain, IMCOM Europe person can make a difference, and showdown before dawn. range and had eight magazines worth how it affected the local community. even if only to one other person, it Camp Robertson – located in the of ammunition to score center hits on “At one point a man who had Orlin spoke in clear and matter- matters. heart of Pfaendhausen – is the nerve a far-off target, taking special care nothing to offer — no food or wa- of-fact tones, sometimes in English After the group discussion one of center of Schweinfurt’s Training and to miss strategically placed balloons ter — reached outside of his barred or Yiddish, occasionally spelling out the participants from the George Mar- Support Command, and there the Sky that take points off the total score window and simply placed his hands names of towns and rivers he passed shall Center approached the couple Soldiers shimmied up ropes, down when popped. on the head of another prisoner stand- through, of his father being drafted and began a conversation in Polish. cargo nets, over elevated beams and The cumulative scores from the ing outside in the freezing cold, shar- into the Red Army, of his grandfather The event could not have taken across stretches of monkey bars dur- timed con dence course, STX lanes, ing all that he had, the warmth of his becoming separated and freezing to place without the support of librarian ing the timed con dence course sec- ruck march and stress shoot deter- body and a human touch, for a few death, and how he and his surviving Ailien Patail, who provided every- tion of the competition. mined the winners, and despite the moments,” said Doherty, sharing family were eventually reunited in thing necessary to make an environ- Outside the fence of Camp Rob- drive for victory within every Sol- personal stories he’d collected from Poland after the war. ment conducive to learning about a ertson, the airborne Soldiers then dier there, not everyone would tri- other survivors. “Ironically, I came back to serve time that must never be forgotten. moved on to Situational Training Ex- umph. 6 Bavarian News News May 25, 2011 7 Grafenwoehr Community Kids Grafenwoehr make every day Earth Day! Earth Day May 12, 2011 Protecting Soil, Air and Water and Supporting the Training Mission The Grafenwoehr Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division and the Operations and Maintenance Branch, The Bundesforst Grafenwoehr, The Joint Multinational Training Command (JMTC) Integrated Training Management (ITAM) office and local environmentally friendly firms and organizations introduced local Grafenwoehr residents and their children to the outstanding Earth-friendly programs are available locally and sponsored by the U.S. military community, as well as those promoted by their German neighbours in the surrounding Grafenwoehr area. The Grafenwoehr Community Earth Day 2011 event was hosted by Col.Avanulas R. Smiley, the Grafenwoehr Community Commander. ding a green uil B fenwoeh er Photos: JMTC Grafenwoehr and the Grafenwoehr Community Public Affairs Office. a ra G r r U.S. Army Grafenwoehr Directorate of Public Works, Environmental Division For information on environmetally friendly programs and events in the Grafenwoehr Community visit www.grafenwoehr.army.mil/usag_dpw https://srp.usareur.army.mil 8 Bavarian News News May 25, 2011 Proper planning has potential to prevent PCS pain Claims examiner gives pany of what you own and out all high-value items. Have a copy of this list for the moving company. her perspective on provide visual Make sure the High-Value Inven- information on tory List includes everything from successful PCS moves the condition your list and includes all details. of the items. Watch the movers pack every By Lindsay Hunter Making a video item and speak up if something does USAG Ansbach of your prop- not appear to be packed properly. erty may be Watch which items ANSBACH, Germany — I have been equally help- go into each a claims examiner for seven months ful. Describe box and dou- and have assisted hundreds of Sol- the items while Hunter ble check the diers and their families with house- you lm them. For example, if a box inventory hold goods claims. After seeing many of “clothes” goes missing, you need descriptions successful claims and some not-so- to know and prove how many T-shirts for that box. successful claims, I have learned a you owned. If there are few tricks of the trade, and would like Walk around your place and make clothes and to pass them on. a list of all your high-value items. A knick- First and foremost, pack small, good rule of thumb is that anything knacks, expensive items in your carry-on lug- worth over $100, not including big make sure gage. Next, check to see if you are and bulky furniture, is a high-value the in-in- n covered for the property value. item. Examples include your laptop, ventory ventor yr The maximum amount paid by the TV, computer, surround sound sys- does not only list clothes that must be made if you are moving If the movers are not unpacking Army for a typical move is $40,000. tem, video game system, jewelry, for that box. a plasma TV. Stop by and get a yer all your items, then have them un- The moving company’s limit is chandeliers and paintings. If you have a large number of CDs on this from the claims of ce. pack any box that appears to have $50,000 or $4 per pound, with a min- Be speci c on your list. Do not or DVDs, count them and make sure When the movers are done pack- been crushed, wet, formerly wet but imum of $5,000. If this coverage is write “jewelry”; write down exactly that the accurate count is listed on ing everything, you will sign the in- now dry, or damaged in any other not enough, talk to your renter’s or what you have, including model the inventory by the packing crew. ventory. First, review the inventory in way. Check the contents thoroughly. homeowner’s insurance company numbers, serial numbers and the ap- For example, the inventory should detail and make sure that it identi es When the movers are done un- about their limits and getting the nec- proximate value. For example: three- say “130 DVDs” instead of “box of all of the items packed and that all of packing everything, you will have to essary coverage. karat diamond ring worth $3,000 or DVDs.” the pre-existing damage listed is ac- sign a damage report form. Before If you own a large number of valu- Magnavox seven-speaker surround Review the pre-existing damage curate. you sign, list any missing or damaged able small items, like DVDs or video sound system including Blue Ray listed for each item — mostly furni- Keep a copy of the inventory in a items. games, you may want to split them player, model number PH2940, serial ture. The inventory will list “couch,” safe place — not packed and shipped Some movers will tell you that between your shipments, because number GH324953, worth approxi- followed by some numbers and let- with your household goods. you will have to le a claim for these there are maximum amounts that the mately $800. ters. These numbers/letters indicate items and that you do not list them Army will pay for various categories Have everyone in your family pre-existing damage and there is a At delivery now. This is wrong and you need to of property included in one shipment. make a list of what would really both- key to explain what they mean at the When your goods arrive at your list the items on that form. If the mov- Purchase receipts or other pa- er them if it was damaged, destroyed top of the inventory. new duty station, have your inventory ers will not let you list the missing or pers that document type and value or disappeared — called your “Spe- If you do not agree with the pre- list ready. Also have a few blank piec- damaged items, do not sign it. of property should not be shipped cial Item List.” existing damage, speak up. Make the es of paper for note taking. Check off by your movers. You can pack those For those items, pack as many of moving company show you the pre- each item as the movers bring it into Reporting damages documents in your suitcase, mail cop- them as possible into your suitcase, existing damage listed. the house. You should know immedi- You have 70 days to determine if ies to friends or family, scan to your instead of having them shipped by the If there are light scratches on the ately if any boxes or individual items you have additional lost or damaged computer, or e-mail to yourself. moving company. Share these lists top of your kitchen table, and there are missing. Make a note of those. items. Stop by your local claims of- with everyone in the family. are on most kitchen tables, make the Next, have the movers unpack ce with all of the documents from Preparing for your move movers write “light.” If your table all of your high value items. Inspect the moving company such as your Before the movers arrive, take When the movers arrive gets a new scratch during the moving those items carefully to make sure damage report form and packing photos of the contents each room, Designate one person in your fam- process and the inventory lists that that they are not damaged. If possible, inventory to learn how to le your closet and bookcase in your home. ily to be in charge, but have as many it had scratches using pre-assigned plug in all of your electronic items. If claim. If anything, or everything, you own people as possible at your move. numbers, then you might not be able it’s a cold day, you might have to wait Editor’s Note: Lindsay Hunter is a goes missing, those photos will help When the movers arrive, walk around to be compensated for the damage. to plug in the electronic items so as to claims examiner for U.S. Army Gar- remind you and the moving com- with the mover-in-charge, pointing There are special arrangements not cause damage. rison Ansbach. Comedians deliver jokes and more to local Soldiers and families Story and photo by cousin, who is currently serving in proached her after a show to praise Spc. Kristopher Janke, HHC 1-4th Mark Iacampo Iraq. the entertainers that visit the troops. Inf. Regt. USAG Hohenfels Public Affairs Zagone said she’s impressed by “He was sent on some kind of re- “It’s just nice to bring a taste of the sacri ce of those serving in the con mission where he was isolated back home for everyone,” said Za- HOHENFELS, Germany — A quin- armed forces. for three months, and the last thing gone. “People forget that the families tet of comedians cracked up the “To make that decision, to give up he did on base was go to the comedy of the military as well, they need re- crowd during the “No Laugh Track the next six years of your life, to see show,” she said. lief just as much as the military guys Required IV” tour at the Zone, May your family for one week a year – my The Soldier told Tran that in his and girls.” 14. hat’s off to them. This is about letting darkest moments, he would close his “It takes a lot of guts,” Zagone The “fourth time’s the charm” them know we still appreciate them,” eyes and remember the show. said of those who serve their country. show featured some of the hottest ris- she said. “He said ‘that comedian’s jokes “You talk to a lot of people … who ing stars on the comedy scene, veter- Cardinale is also no stranger to kept me alive.’ You never know say ‘I could never do the military,’ ans not only of the stage, but of lm performing for the military. On his whose life you’re going to affect.” and you meet all these people who and television as well. fth tour for the Army he has per- “These guys get off of 15 hour are just like ‘no problem, let’s get out The lineup included Heather Ma- formed in Japan, Korea, Africa and shifts, doing really terrible things and there, let’s do it.’ Like Pat Tillman, rie Zagone, Justin Wade, Rosie Tran, the Middle East. He said it is the feel- they need to laugh,” Cardinale said. you know, gave up his NFL career to Johnny Cardinale, and Todd Rexx. ing of being part of “one big family” “You see them afterward, you hear go join the Army Rangers. There re- “This was funny all the way that keeps bringing him back. some of their stories and they tell ally are good Americans out there; I through, and I laughed through ev- “At a comedy club there’s just a you, ‘hey man, I haven’t laughed in don’t care what anybody says. Amer- ery single person,” said Sgt. Bailey bunch of random people that don’t three months.’ That’s why we do it.” ica’s an amazing country.” Olen, Headquarters and Headquarters know each other and don’t have any- But they were funny, and the As appreciative of the comedians Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry thing perhaps in common,” he said. crowd did everything but roll in the were of their audience’s sacri ce, the Regiment. “I thought, these guys “In (a military show) everybody sort aisles. From Wade’s imitation of feeling was reciprocated. aren’t going to be able to follow up of knows each other, they’re all in Rocky Balboa doing the ‘angry man “It’s refreshing to have something after each one, but it was like nonstop the same boat together. It’s this big dance’ from “Footloose,” Rexx’s ob- like this on base, especially for the laughter.” ‘you’re all in it together.’ It’s really servations on the vagaries of married single Soldiers in the barracks to be Johnny Cardinale gives his Zagone, comedian and actress an amazing feeling.” sex, Cardinale’s impromptu song lyr- able to walk out and come out to the impersonation of an angry who has appeared on “Weeds” and Writer, actress and comedian Tran ics, and Zagone’s anecdotes of her Zone and actually utilize the utilities “CSI,” produces the show and is on recently performed at shows in Iraq travels through Afghanistan, each co- that are here on base. It’s awesome. Italian at the “No Laugh Track her fourth tour in ve months. She and Kuwait. She said right before median left the audience in stitches. And to laugh like this, what a great Required IV” show at Hohen- started the program in honor of her she left Los Angeles, a Soldier ap- “It got ridiculously funny,” said way to spend a night,” said Janke. fels’ Zone, May 14. Elmo, a busy Garmisch Army USAG Garmisch discovering Elmo’s world Community Story and photo by take a stand against sexual assault deputy garrison manager Thomas Service Daniela Moten on National Denim Day, attended Hays’ home and came back after a USAG Garmisch the spirit- lled National Prayer Lun- fun- lled stay dressed up in new ap- volunteer, Army Community Service cheon, and was a popular highlight parel. Hays and his wife,Vicky, ‘kilt- donned at the Asian-Paci c Heritage Month ed’ Elmo, making him an honorary denim, April GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN celebration. member of Clan Hays. 27, to take a — Since his arrival, the newest ad- Having Elmo as a volunteer mem- From riding his little motorbike on stand against dition to the ACS family, Elmo of ber of the ACS staff has turned out to sunny days to hanging out with good Sesame Street, has been very active be a good idea according to director company and listening to interesting sexual in ACS programs. Doris Tyler. topics around post, Elmo is enjoying assault on Whether it was just advertising “Elmo helps bridge generations his time in Garmisch to the fullest. National ACS events like the community baby and puts children visiting our of ces If you happen to run into him, take Denim Day. shower, co-hosting a brie ngs, or at ease,” she explained. “Since join- your photo and post it on the USAG helping to teach a child abuse class, ing our team, he’s become a familiar Garmisch Facebook page, and keep Elmo has been a busy member of the sight at our community events.” checking in on his latest adventures team. He wore jeans to the of ce to Elmo accepted an invitation to in the ACS hallways. 10 Bavarian News News May 25, 2011 Soldier Show spectacular Courtesy photo OBERAMMERGAU, Germany From a boardwalk to a fun house to a circus to a county fair to a time Photo by Jeremy S. Buddemeier machine, Soldier-entertainers will take their guests on a song and dance tour of carnivals across Amer- ica and beyond as the 2011 U.S. Army Soldier Show Alternative energy takes place here in the Ammergauer Haus, at 3 p.m., News is addictive. Sub- GRAFENWOEHR, Germany U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr em- May 29. Admission is free on a rst-come, rst- scribe to USAG Grafen- ployees ash their pearly bikes as they pass Gate 6 on Main Post seated basis. Tickets can be picked up at Garmisch woehr’s daily newsletter to as part of National Bike to Work Day, May 20. Representatives from Outdoor Recreation on Artillery Kaserne. Call DSN get your x. E-mail usag the Directorate of Public Works handed out prizes for participating 440-2638, CIV 08821-750-2638. email@example.com. cyclists, several of whom made the commute from as far as Weiden. What’s Happening at Waidhaus and Prague, as well as on all routes around the Czech capital. Drivers who get into such situations should de nitely not specialist, at DSN 466-4908. Mammograms May 19-20: If you are 40 and football, ages 6-12; cheerleading, ages 6-15; Bowling, ages 6-15. To nd out how to become a coach, call Parent Central ACS gatherings ment of food and fun activities stop but simply drive on. older or if you have a history of Services located in Bldg. 10 at Garmisch Monday Gruess Gott Garmisch Group and programs around the Main Post Fitness Center, including: Community newsletter breast cancer you may need a mammogram. May 19 and 20 the DSN 466-2080/2078 or CIV 09472-83-2080/2078. Briefs meets at 9:30 a.m. the rst Monday of the month at the Pete children’s activities and adult sporting events kick off, 10:30 Want up-to-date informa- tion delivered to your inbox? Health Clinic will have a mobile mammogram van on site to Munich/Third Reich Burke Center. M.o.M’s Group (Move on a.m.; Pressath Marching Band, 11 a.m.; Eschenbach Band perfor- Subscribe to the community newsletter today! perform mammograms. For questions or to sign up Schweinfurt June 1 & 2: After an overview on Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the Monday): 10:15-11:45 a.m. Money Mondays: 11:30 a.m.- mance, 2 p.m.; awards ceremony / keg-tapping ceremony, 5 p.m.; E-mail the USAG Grafen- woehr Public Affairs Of ce at for your exam call Emily Rich at CIV 09472-83-3347 Briefs PLTCE Auditorium (Bldg. 253), 1 p.m. the second Monday of the and the bon re, 7 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org to be on Thursday meet at the Bahnhof month added to the list. Memorial Day Memorial Day just prior to the 8 a.m. train to Tuesday 236th Army Birthday May 26: The Hohenfels Schweinfurt VFW Post Munich where we recreate the Playgroup: 10-11:30 a.m. at June 14: USAG Grafenwoehr Military Community will be 10658 and the Schweinfurt VFW Bier Hall Putsch as it happened in 1923, visit the site of the Munich the Garmisch Chapel Conversational German: 9:30- and JMTC will host a 236th Birthday celebration at noon in Hohenfels conducting a Memorial Day Ceremony in Remembrance of Ladies Auxiliary, in partnership with USAG Schweinfurt, will Accords and explore other places associated with the Nazi move- 11 a.m. Wednesday the Main Post Dining Facility, Bldg. 101. The event is open to Briefs all brave Americans who have honorably served the United be hosting a ceremony to honor our fallen heroes, May 26, from ment. Career Corner: 1-2:30 p.m. the community, and the birthday States of America. 11:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m., at the Conn This is an extremely interest- rst Wednesday of the month cake will be distributed to all Combatives The ceremony will take place ag pole. ing tour, somewhat like examin- Thursday Soldiers, family members and June 24-25: All Soldiers on May 26 at 11:30 a.m., in front We will be joined by special ing an urban battle eld. Lots of Newcomers Community civilians present. assigned to U.S. Army units of Bldg. 1. guest speaker, U.S. Army/ walking all day - wear comfort- Services Brie ng 8:30-11:30 The DFAC will be open for in Bavaria are encouraged to NATO Brigade Command Sgt. able shoes. Cost: $35. a.m. the second Thursday of the lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. register and compete in the 2011 Golf tournament Maj. Mark K. Schindler, for the month. Contact ACS to sign up and features lobster tail, steak, Bavarian Open Combatives June 3: Our second golf of cial ceremony and wreath lay- Vino Nella Valle by Tuesday prior to the brie ng. shrimp, chicken, BBQ ribs, tur- Competition sponsored by the tournament of the year will be ing. Immediately following the June 1: Come to a wine tast- German Customs and Culture key and other selections. Hohenfels Military Community held at the Habsberg Golf Course. ceremony will be a free commu- ing seminar, sampling Italian Class: 1-3:30 p.m. the second The cost for lunch that day June 24-25. Registration must The registration deadline is May nity BBQ at the Conn Club and a wines, cheeses, and salamis. Let Thursday of the month. Contact will be $5.95 for spouses and de- be completed and sent to 31; only 18, four-person team softball tournament. us do the driving! ACS to sign up by Tuesday prior pendents of specialists and below email@example.com slots available. The entry fee is We will drop you off at home to the class. and $7 for all others. no later than June 21. Find the $75 ($40 for club members); golf Askren Clean Sweep with your purchases. VAT forms Stress and Anger Manage- required forms on the JMRC cart rental and green fees are This surging community accepted. Meet at 5:30 p.m. Cost: ment Class every second Thurs- Spiritual Breakfast Facebook page or http://tinyurl. included in the price. €12 lunch initiative gathers dedicated vol- $10. day from noon-1 p.m. U.S. Army Europe will host com/394xqt9 and sign up today. optional. The rst 10 teams to unteers, Askren residents and Unless noted all ACS ac- a Spiritual Fitness Breakfast register will receive a free hat otherwise, to meet at the com- Conquer the Zugspitze tivities take place or meet at the in honor of the Army’s 236th Newcomers’ orientation clip with ball marker. missary at 9 a.m., June 4, and June 4-5: At 2,966 meters, Garmisch ACS Center (Artillery birthday, June 9, from 7-8:30 May 18-20: This is the place Check-in begins at 7 a.m. with spend an hour or two sprucing up Germany’s highest peak is 2,200 Kaserne, Bldg 203). a.m., at the Casablanca Room in to be if you’re new to post. an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Register Schweinfurt’s largest housing are. meters higher than Garmisch! For more, contact your ACS Bldg. 31 on Campbell Barracks Hallo Hohenfels is a dazzling on WebTrac, www.webtrac. Take pride in your community; Starting at the Partnach- staff at DSN 440-3777, CIV in Heidelberg. three-day event packed with the mwr.army.mil, or e-mail Family join the movement. klamm, we hike up through the 08821-750-3777, or e-mail them This special event is a cel- exact information you need upon and MWR Sports and Fitness stunning Reintal Valley, staying at Garmisch.FMWRacs@eur. ebration of the spirit and soul of arrival. It’s also a direct hands-on at dlmwrhohenfelssports@eur. SNAPS the night at the Reintalanger- army.mil. our Army. There is no cost, but introduction to the local German army.mil. Other upcoming golf Equipping newcomers with huette. Sunday morning we voluntary donations will be ac- economy. You will explore tournament dates: Aug. 12 and the knowledge they need to live will be serenaded with Zither music and then we climb to the Graf/Rose cepted at the door. Reservations are required. local communities including a local bakery and butcher shop, Sept. 9. comfortably and independently in Germany. This ve-day course Beginner kayaking Zugspitzplatt glacier. Get a great lunch or scale the harrowing Barracks Briefs Call the USAREUR Chaplain’s Of ce at DSN 730-7385 or e- visit Mobelhof, a huge home decorating store, and travel to June 8 and 10-12: The culminates in a cultural site- seeing tour. Presented June 6-10 “klettersteig” to the cross. Cost: mail Jennifer.Goltz1@eur.army. a mall in Regensburg. Find out rst trip out on the water for at 9 a.m. each day. Preregistration $149. Luau mil. how Hohenfels works without the season is for beginner required. June 4: Join the commu- doing everything yourself and kayakers. Learn the rivers in For info or to register, call Venice & Verona nity in celebrating Asian-Paci c Auto advisory make some new friends at the the area, paddling and basic ACS at DSN 354-6933, CIV June 10-12: On Saturday, visit American Heritage Month at German motor club ADAC same time. Hallo Hohenfels skills. Outdoor Recreation has 09721-96-6933. Venice with its great art and ar- a luau, June 4, from noon- 5 reports motorists in the Czech begins at ACS, Bldg. 10 at 8:30 all the equipment you need, chitecture, pigeons in St. Mark’s p.m., at the Grafenwoehr Army Republic should beware of a.m. For more, call Kurt Rager, transportation and experienced ASIST training Square, gondolas, and good food. Air eld (Hangar 2084). The Eastern European gangs trying Relocation Program manager, at instructors. This training for the Ap- On Sunday, it is off to Verona and event will include re dancing, to scam foreigners along the DSN 466-3403. Participants must stop by plied Suicide Intervention Skills a tour of the Romeo and Juliet martial arts demonstrations, highways. The incidents have a ODR on June 8th between 11 Training requires preregistration. city with the great Roman Arena. cultural displays and ono food common pattern: the crooks gen- Resiliency training a.m. and 6 p.m. to be tted The class is at the Conn Chapel Trip departs Friday, June 10, at samples. Contact Sgt. 1st Class erally in big, dark sedans follow May 19: Resiliency with their equipment. The trip on June 7 & 8. Contact Religious 4:15 p.m. Cost: $290. Yolanda King at DSN 475-8038 cars with German license plates Training is a vibrant part of will take place June 10-12. The Services by Fri, June 3, at 09721- Unless noted, all FMWR or firstname.lastname@example.org and signal the driver to stop with Comprehensive Soldier Fitness. location will be determined 96-1370. events meet at the Pete Burke by June 1 to RSVP. hand gestures, ashing of lights This innovative six-week depending on water levels. Call Center. To register for the events or by raising a gas canister. They program provides cutting edge to reserve your space today at Blood drive contact the staff at the Pete Burke Blackhawk Rendezvous demand nancial assistance for concepts and ideas to allow both DSN 466-2060. Course Price: Sponsored by C Co., Warrior Community Center, DSN 440- June 11: The Grafenwoehr their families from the occupants Soldiers and spouses to respond $139 and includes rental, Transition Battalion-Europe Sch- 2638, CIV 08821-750-2638, or military community is invited to of the stopped car or by trying to and bounce back from the equipment, kayaking course and weinfurt in partnership with the email us at Garmisch.FMWRo- attend the 172nd Separate Infan- to sell them fake jewelry. If the unique and demanding challenges transportation not including the Armed Services Blood Program, email@example.com. try Brigade’s color casing cer- victims give too little cash or no of today’s Army. This is the camping fees. this blood drive is June 7, from The Pete Burke Community emony on the Main Post parade money at all, the begging often emotional and psychological 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. in the Finney Center also provides space avail- eld at 10 a.m. This important turns into a robbery. ammunition you’ve been hoping Coaches needed Gym. able transportation to and from tradition marks their readiness According to the German Em- for. Get all the information from Youth Sports is looking for All blood collected stays in the opera house for those who for their upcoming deployment bassy in Prague, these incidents 9 a.m.-noon at ACS, Bldg. 10. volunteers to coach the following our community. Come out and just want the evening in Munich. to Afghanistan. Following the often take place on the D5 high- For more, call Trish Scott, fall sports: Soccer, ages 3-15; save a life. For more call DSN Cost: $12. ceremony, there will be an assort- way between the border crossing Family Advocacy Program Tackle football, ages 12-15; Flag 354-6217, CIV 09721-96-6217. May 25, 2011 Travel Bavarian News 13 Clockwise from top left: A century-old coffeehouse on the Ringstrasse was remodeled in the 1950s and has been stuck in a time warp since. Photo by Oswald Haerdtl. Vienna at dusk as seen through the glass window of a Riesenrad car. Photo by John Reese. The Richard Strauss Orchestra performs its nale in Innsbruck as bal- loons fall and the band toasts the audience. Photo by Dawn Lyn. The famous Riesenrad, a landmark of Vienna, is best known through movies. Photo by John Reese. Orchestrating the perfect weekend by John Reese higher purchase price, the cost of in English. destinations for normal people. saw items from mundane to bizarre U.S. Army Garrison spontaneity. A stop at the information booth The earth was spongy from rain, under long stretches of tents, open Garmisch Public Affairs The ride between Garmisch and at Vienna’s Westbahnhof got us and when we found the right spot tables, and sometimes just a seller’s Innsbruck through the Alps is very a free city map, and under a light the grave appeared to have been pile of old junk unceremoniously Traveling in Austria is much scenic, with sweeping panoramas drizzle we walked a few blocks recently re lled, with deep pockets on the asphalt. like traveling in Germany; if you viewed from tracks precariously down busy Mariahilferstrasse to of standing water and pine boughs Free samples abounded for a already know your way around a perched on the edge of steep cliffs. our inexpensive 1-star pension. The piled atop. wide variety of other foods from all bahnhof and can ask “Wo ist die The hourlong trip is a rough train Hungarian night clerk spoke little Strange by American traditions, corners of the Earth as the sellers toiletten, bitte?” then you’re ready ride due to the pretzel twist turns German or English but quickly Banner’s headstone was removed hawked their wares. The rich aroma to adventure in Oesterreich. leading up and over the mountains, found our reservation. She led us in 1988 and another person laid to of brightly colored spices mixed but the view makes up for it. up two ights of an ancient marble rest in the same spot. According with food stands made our mouths Romantic Innsbruck A brief walkabout the old town’s staircase allegedly climbed by Sig- to Garmisch’s host nation liaison water. The Richard Strauss Orchestra center took us to our romantic mund Freud to our modest room. Andrea Winter, gravesites are usu- A hot chocolate stand warmed directed by famed Dutch conduc- centuries-old four-star hotel where Vienna is famous for inter- ally rented, not purchased, and even us up before we set off for the tor Andre Rieu is currently on its we got easy instructions to use national food and its namesake when purchased it’s not unusual Prater, a large fairground home to annual world tour, and tickets were Innsbruck’s public transportation to weinerschnitzel. We found Korean for a family to sell a grave after 25 the giant Ferris wheel seen in the secured for the performance at the the concert. food. Over bulgogi we met a nice years. classic Orson Welles lm “The Olympiahalle in Innsbruck. If you’re unfamiliar with Andre local who recommended a famous It’s possible Banner’s remains Third Man” and the not-so-classic As the trip involved the Austrian Rieu and his orchestra, they play a cafe she said would give us a true are sharing the grave, or they were James Bond lm “The Living rail system, it turned out to be dif- variety of classical and opera pieces taste of Vienna that wasn’t touristy removed to a “bonehouse,” a place Daylights.” cult or impossible to buy tickets mixed with contemporary musical and had a no-smoking wing. where the dead are still held in Most of the rides are closed in online at the Deutschebahn website pieces, and they employ so much The morning sun burned respect.There was supposed to be the winter, but the Wiener Riesen- or at the self-service machines in humor that anyone will enjoy the through an early mist and we pur- a placard indicating it was indeed rad with passenger cars the size of the newly remodeled Garmisch show. chased a two-day transit pass from Banner’s nal resting place, but we RVs was making slow revolutions. station. Although chilly, the 40-minute an easy-to-use machine. Public found no sign. The wheel was built in 1897, saved For trips within Germany, both walk back to the hotel after the con- transportation in Vienna is excellent Banner served in the U.S. Army from demolition in 1916, wrecked online and lobby machines are cert was refreshing and gave us a and a cinch to navigate. Air Corps during World War II. by Allied bombing in 1944, and user-friendly and can be accessed look at Innsbruck after dark. Unlike Present or not we lit a candle, and rebuilt in 1945. in English, and using them saves a Germany, smoking is permitted in Honoring a folk hero paid military respects. And then, We took in the excellent view of few euros over a customer service bars and restaurants. The pubs had We’d come here to pay our having seen too many George Vienna from above before walking rep. smoke thick enough to slice. respects for the 101st birthday of Romero movies, we left the cem- through Vienna’s central park to Instead, we visited the ticket the late actor John Banner, AKA etery and headed to explore the gi- our cafe for schnitzel. For des- window and using DB’s 25 percent- JetRail to Vienna Luftwaffe Master Sgt. Hans Georg ant Naschmarkt between Karlsplatz sert we had Viennese coffee with off second class discount cards we The next day the Austrian Schultz of “Hogan’s Heroes.” and Kettenbrueckengasse. Sachertorte, a very chocolate cake purchased tickets to Vienna with a JetRail took us to Vienna. It takes A native Viennese, Banner died with apricot jam between the layers 20-hour layover in Innsbruck, sav- about ve hours on this express suddenly on his 63rd birthday Tasty Viennese treats considered one of most famous ing about $60. train to transit Austria west to east. while visiting in 1973. Verboten in The Naschmarkt is said to be local treats. The return trip wasn’t purchased The train was packed, making us Germany and Austria when it rst a place where the world’s great- The next morning we purchased then as we were considering an glad to have paid a few extra euros aired, the show recently became est chefs come to purchase their return tickets at the Westbahnhof extra night in Vienna, which we for reserved seats. And, stops en very popular here. spices. The market also has a giant and headed back to Garmisch after did, leading to a signi cantly route are conveniently announced Cemeteries aren’t tourist ea market on Saturdays, and we an adventurous long weekend. 14 Bavarian News Medical May 25, 2011 Summer marks the return of sunscreen Skin cancer affects all ages, races a By Maj. Sunghun Cho BMEDDAC Dermatology Strange spots and moles on skin should be sunglasses when possible. Apply sunscreen when going outdoors. When choosing a sunscreen, you want a shot of advice VILSECK, Germany — Skin cancers are the checked out by broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen most common type of cancers. One in ve with a Sun Protection Factor of at least 30. SPF Americans will develop some form of skin a doctor. Skin refers to the product’s ability to provide pri- cancer during their lifetime. cancer affects marily UVB protection, which helps prevent By Lt. Col. Stephen Linck The majority of diagnosed skin cancers are all ages and sunburn. The higher the SPF, the more UVB BMEDDAC nonmelanoma skin cancers. About 80 percent races but can protection, but the level of protection does not of these are basal cell carcinomas and the other be prevented increase proportionately with the SPF value. Want your health-related question an- 20 percent are squamous cell carcinomas. It is A SPF 30 blocks about 97 percent of UVB swered? Send an e-mail to brmc-pao@ with the use of very rare for these skin cancers to spread to rays. Broad-spectrum provides protection amedd.army.mil or post your question on our other parts of the body and cure rates of 95 sunscreen. It is from both UVA and UVB rays. Ingredients in Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bmed- percent can be achieved if detected early and easily treated if sunscreen that provide broad-spectrum protec- dac.Your question may appear in the next edi- treated promptly. detected early. tion include titanium, zinc, avobenzone (Par- tion of the Bavarian News. Although melanomas make up less than 5 sol 1789) and ecamsule (Mexoryl). Look for percent of skin cancers overall, they are the This form of ultraviolet radiation can pen- these in the list of ingredients. Q: What is the most common form of cancer for young adults etrate window glass, exposing you even when Sunscreen should be applied to the skin 20 ideal age for a woman 25-29 years old and the second most com- indoors or inside your car. UVB rays are the minutes before going outdoors. Coat all ex- to get pregnant? I mon form of cancer for adolescents and young sun’s burning rays. Although they are blocked posed skin liberally, paying particular atten- realize it’s “whenever adults 15-29 years old. They are also the dead- by window glass, they are the primary cause tion to the face, ears, hands and arms, and rub she’s ready,” but in liest form of skin cancer. In 2010, 114,900 of sunburn. it in thoroughly. terms of your body new cases and 8,700 deaths were attributed to Both UVA and UVB rays are linked to the Most people apply only 20-50 percent of being physically ready melanomas in the United States. development of skin cancer. While there are the recommended amount of sunscreen. One for the challenge of All forms of skin cancer are highly treat- nonmodi able risk factors for skin cancers ounce, enough to ll a shot glass, is the typi- childbirth what age able when caught early. You can play an active such as genetics and fair skin, the most pre- cal amount of sunscreen needed to cover the range would that be? role in the detection of skin cancers by check- ventive risk factor for skin cancer exposure exposed areas of the body evenly. Sunscreen Linck ing your birthday suit on your birthday. If you to ultraviolet light from the sun and indoor tan- should be reapplied at least every two hours or Thank you, notice anything changing, growing or bleeding ning devices can be controlled. Seek shade after swimming or perspiring heavily. Childless in Cologne on your skin, talk to your health care provider. when appropriate, especially between 10 a.m. For more information about skin cancer, Harmful rays of the sun include ultraviolet and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest. visit www.aad.org/skin-conditions/skin-can- A: Dear Childless, A and ultraviolet B rays. UVA rays cause pre- Wear protective clothing such as a long- cer-detection or www.skincancer.org/Skin- A lot more goes into having children than mature aging such as wrinkling and age spots. sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and Cancer-Facts. just age. If you are ready, then it is time. From the wording in your message, I assume you are referring to the optimal age to have Ombudsmen help with medical, military issues children. If you were to ask a provider, they would recommend getting pregnant for the rst time between 25 and 30 years of age. By Jennifer Walsh Cary There are several ways to reach This is the ideal time for pregnancy, es- BMEDDAC Public Affairs ria Ombudsmen in Bavaria an ombudsman. Bene ciaries can pecially for women becoming pregnant for contact their local ombudsman at the rst time. It is quite possible that women VILSECK, Germany Bene - Ansbach, Bamberg and Schweinfurt their of ce or they can call the above 30 years of age might face some prob- ciaries looking for assistance with Rodney Figueroa Wounded Soldier and Family Hot lems with fertility if they are getting pregnant medical-related problems should DSN 354-6221 or CIV 0162-253-13144 Line toll-free at DSN 312-421- for the rst time. look no further than their local 3700 or at commercial rates at Many women are considered a “high-risk ombudsman. Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels and Vilseck 001-800-984-8523. pregnancy” if they are under 17 or older than “The ombudsman deals with Edwin Carter Individuals who request assis- 35. There are many things you can do to help patient complaints and grievanc- DSN 476-3150 or tance through the hotline are con- prepare yourself. Most important are exercise es,” said Edwin Carter, ombuds- CIV 0152-0717-4244 tacted within 24 hours, and if the and proper nutrition. I wish you good luck man for Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels individual lives in Germany, an and good health. and Vilseck communities. “We cal-related problems that haven’t medicine with most of them being interview will be set up to under- verify, clarify and resolve events been resolved through normal retired senior noncommissioned stand the nature of the complaint. Q: I found a body lotion that has SPF 15 that are a source of patient dissat- channels. Often these are complex of cers, of cers and civilian per- Overall, Carter wants people in it. Is this the same as using a sunblock that isfaction.” or overwhelming issues such as sonnel who held medical jobs dur- to know that the ombudsmen are has SPF 15 in it? I prefer the lotion because Although the ombudsmen are physical disability processing or ing their Army careers. there for them. it isn’t greasy and doesn’t smell, but I want able to assist all bene ciaries, transitioning to the Veterans Ad- “I served in the U.S. Army “We are here to engage prob- to make sure it’s the same level of protection they primarily work with Wound- ministration. from 1975 until 2002 and was a lem-solving solutions and to as something marketed as sunblock. ed Warriors and their families. “The ombudsman functions as member of the Army Medical De- assure Soldiers and their fam- For them, the services range from an independent, neutral and im- partment during this entire period ily members that they could and Respectfully, medical issues to military issues partial mediator for Soldiers and of service,” Carter said. “I was should expect the very best health Tanning in Tanz eck such as dif culty with appoint- their families and not as a means hired as an ombudsman in January care,” he said. ments, pay problems, housing is- to circumvent the Soldier’s chain 2011, but I have been a passion- For more, visit http://med- A: Dear Tanning, sues or orders. of command,” he said. ate advocate for Soldiers and their comombudsman.amedd.army.mil It is really hard to tell without seeing the For all other bene ciaries, the The ombudsmen in the pro- family members since I became or call your local ombudsman of- product information. I can say that SPF, or ombudsmen only handle medi- gram are all well-versed on Army an NCO in 1977.” ce. Sun Protection Factor, is a worldwide mea- sure on how effective the protection is against UV rays. The SPF number multiplied by 10 Referral process changes Dentists talk indicates the number of minutes the protec- tion will last. For example, your SPF 15 lotion should By Jennifer Walsh Cary BMEDDAC Public Affairs ral, pertinent medical documentation, the au- thorization, an additional claims form in case the provider needs it and other information piercings and protect you for 150 minutes. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using lotion or sun block with at least SPF 15. So, VILSECK, Germany Effective immedi- such as directions to the host nation facility. ately, bene ciaries who are referred to a host “We want to ensure you are not making nation provider for care can expect a 10-day multiple trips back and forth looking for an oral health in general, I say that your SPF 15 lotion is probably just as effective as a SPF 15 sun- block. Happy tanning. waiting period between the date of their refer- authorization so the timeline for referral pack- By Ralinda Eatherington and ral and the date the authorization for care is et pick-up was extended to 10 days,” Morris- Col. Theresa Gonzales Q: What’s your thought on “mental available. Samuels said. “Now it’s a one-time stop at Bavaria DENTAC health” days where people call in sick to “Prior to us having a contractor, the clinics your military treatment facility. You’ll have work so they can recharge? Is this a medi- issued their own authorizations, which is why everything you need to complete your network GRAFENWOEHR, Germany Let’s chat cally viable excuse? Or are they just trying we could give patients appointment.” about piercings and dental care. Like clothing to get out of work and still get paid? There an authorization imme- Although 10 days and hairstyles, oral piercings give teens and are some days when I want to recharge, but I diately,” said Phyllis We’re growing into the may seem like a long adults a way to express themselves. would feel guilty taking sick leave. Morris-Samuels, dep- wait, Morris-Samuels While trendy, this fashion statement poses uty chief of Medical managed care concept stressed that for routine a number of potential oral and overall health Thanks, Management. “We are specialty appointments care risks. It’s also important to note that oral Honest in Hohenfels now operating under ... with the goal of the access to care stan- piercings most commonly involve the tongue, managed care so the maintaining quality. dard is 28 days from and also the lips, cheeks or a combination of A: Dear Honest, contractor has assumed the date of the referral. sites. Since you are asking my opinion I can tell responsibility for issu- Phyllis Morris-Samuels This is also not unique Oral piercings have been implicated in a you I think it is a good idea. There are times ing authorizations.” Deputy Chief Of Medical Management to Europe. number of adverse oral and systemic condi- when I just need a day to drink coffee and International SOS, “Other military tions. We, the dental health care team in Ba- read a book outside in the morning. What is the managed care sup- treatment facilities in varia, would like you to understand that oral important is not to abuse sick leave. I think port contractor, issues the authorizations, the U.S. have utilized a managed care sup- piercings can pose special challenges for you taking a day for yourself every six months to which are crucial to having a successful rou- port contractor for years. These facilities often and for your dental health care team. While a year is a good idea. tine specialty appointment at a host nation fa- have a seven- to 10-day wait for authoriza- piercing the tongue, lip or cheek may be at- I frequently tell my staff that they can’t cility. tions,” she said. “We here in Europe have only tractive to some, there are a number of health- take care of others unless they take care of “If you don’t have an authorization, a cou- recently obtained the service of a managed related risks associated with oral piercing, in- themselves. Sick leave is theirs to use and I ple of things could happen,” she said. “It could care support contractor and now our referral cluding: don’t question people’s use of sick leave un- be that the doctor won’t see you because you process will be much more similar to the one Infections. The wound created by piercing, less it impacts mission or is for an extended don’t have an authorization or they do see you Soldiers and families experience back in the the vast amount of bacteria in the mouth, and period of time. and you may have to pay a portion or all of the U.S.” the introduction of additional bacteria from I hope this helps, and I think it is ne to claim.” Patients who have urgent medical needs handling the jewelry all work to increase the occasionally treat yourself. The 10-day waiting period ensures the Tri- will go through an expedited authorization risk of infections. If you need a shot of advice, e-mail your care Referral Center receives the authorization process. Transmission of diseases. Oral piercing is question to Lt. Col. Stephen Linck at brmc- and puts together a referral packet for the pa- “If it is urgent specialty care, we aren’t a potential risk factor for the transmission of firstname.lastname@example.org. tient. The packet includes a copy of the refer- See REFERRALS, page 20 See PIERCINGS, page 20 16 Bavarian News News May 25, 2011 TSAE brings live- re training to Soldiers Community Story and photo by Kat Watson diers with any live requirement and are capable of supporting numerous to celebrate Training Support Activity Europe GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — range types such as Modi ed Record Fire Ranges, Combat Pistol Quali- cation Course, Sniper Field Fire, Army’s Training Support Activity Europe’s Range and Training Land Program has a portable, state-of-the-art De- Multipurpose Machinegun Range, and Heavy Brigade Combat Team and Stryker Brigade Combat Team. birthday ployable Range Package which in- Prior to the deployment, the re- cludes target lifters, handheld Radio questing unit will need to coordinate Local celebration will Control Units, tools and instructions to establish various train, to U.S. with its supporting Regional Training Support Division/Training Support be June 14, at noon, at standards, training ranges in support of USAREUR based Soldiers and Center so that the preparation for a formal request for DRP support can the Main Post DFAC; their Joint Multinational partners. be forwarded to TSAE Headquarters, see page 10 for details The equipment can be used to Attn: RTLP Manager in the form of a conduct individual and crew-served memorandum for approval. weapons and tactical vehicle gunnery Procedures can be found at U.S. By Bruce Anderson training. The modular concept al- Army Europe (USAREUR) Sustain- U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs lows for a solution to be speci cally able Range Program site https://srp. tailored for each unit’s training re- usareur.army.mil/SRPsite/rtlp/drp. HEIDELBERG, Germany — quirements for out of sector training Soldiers from the 172nd Infantry Brigade train using the Deploy- aspx. Through a weeklong celebration, exercises, real world deployments or able Range Package in Romania, recently. For more information, call DSN U.S. Army Europe will be honoring Home Station Training. 474-2088 / 2089, CIV 09641-454- the sacri ces Soldiers and their fam- Armor and infantry targets, ei- be designed and executed by trained ly con gured for shipment and easily 2088 / 2089, or e-mail mail.tsae. ily members have made over the past ther moving or stationary, along with operators according to unit require- installed at a remote location or local email@example.com. 236 years defending our nation and generators, batteries, hammers, nails, ments. Commanders responsible for training area where targetry is limited TSAE’s key mission is to inden- preserving our way of life. tape and other necessary ancillary conducting unit live- re training are or nonexistent. tify, acquire, manage and sustain the The festivities will begin June 9 range support equipment are includ- able to develop scenarios that use the The New Equipment Training necessary training resources required with a prayer breakfast at 7 a.m. in ed, and shipping can be coordinated accessible range space to its best ad- maybe conducted either at the DRP to support training needs and pro- the Casablanca Room on Heidel- for the units. Target lifters are oper- vantage. warehouse, local training area or at vide state-of-the-art training support berg’s Campbell Barracks. ated using the handheld controllers The DRP targetry may be divided the out of sector location by our high- throughout USAREUR’s area of re- On June 10 there will be a four- that communicate by the use of radio among separate ranges allowing in- ly trained personnel. Deployable targ- sponsibility. player, team golf scramble at the Hei- frequency signals that operate up to dividual units to conduct their own etry can be stored, stacked and trans- Editor’s Note: Kat Watson is a delberg Golf Course in Oftersheim, a distance of 1.5 km. The handheld mission-focused training. ported in standard CONEX shipping DRP targetry equipment specialist hosted by the Association of the controller allows training scenarios to Deployable targetry can be quick- containers to support deployed Sol- for Training Support Activity Europe. United States Army, teeing off with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Sign-in starts at 6:45 a.m. Participants must register Graf designated as net zero pilot installation by June 6. The U.S. Army Garrison Baden- Wuerttemberg is sponsoring a free By Of ce of the Assistant Secretary assistant secretary of the Army for installations, are: Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; Camp Rilea, Army birthday 5-kilometer fun run of Defense Public Affairs energy and environment, who made the announce- Ore.; Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico; Fort Riley, and walk June 11. Registration starts News Release ment at the opening session of the annual Associa- Kan.; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; Toby- at 8:30 a.m. at the Village Pavilion on tion of United States Army Installation Command hanna Army Depot, Pa. Heidelberg’s Patrick Henry Village. The Army recently announced the locations Symposium. A net zero waste installation reduces, reuses Highlighting the weeklong cel- identi ed to be pilot net zero installations. As part A net zero energy installation produces as much and recovers waste streams, converting them to ebration will be USAREUR’s Army of the Army’s overall effort to conserve precious energy on site as it uses, over the course of a year. resource values with zero land ll over the course Birthday Ball, which begins June 11 resources, net zero installations will consume only The Army’s pilot net zero energy installations are: of a year. The Army’s pilot net zero waste installa- at 6 p.m., and at the Village Pavilion as much energy or water as they produce and elim- Fort Detrick, Md.; Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif.; tions are: U.S. Army Garrison, Grafenwoehr, Ger- on Patrick Henry Village. Tickets are inate solid waste to land lls. Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands; many; Fort Detrick, Md.; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort on sale now. The announcement initiates the programmatic Parks Reserve Forces Training Area, Calif.; Sierra Hunter Liggett, Calif.; Fort Polk, La.; Joint Base On June 14, USAREUR will be environmental analysis and planning process for Army Depot, Calif.; West Point, N.Y. Lewis-McChord, Wash. serving birthday cake at 10 a.m. in the the Army’s Net Zero Installation Strategy. Additionally, the Oregon Army National Guard Two installations volunteered to be integrated Keyes Building Conference Room on Speci cs for projects and initiatives will be de- volunteered to pilot a unique and challenging Net net zero installations: Fort Bliss, Texas, and Fort Campbell Barracks. This event will termined through a programmatic environmental Zero Energy Initiative, which includes all of their Carson, Colo. A net zero installation is comprised include a reading of the Army Birth- analysis, which will include public engagement installations across the state. This strategy will be of three interrelated components: net zero energy, day Children’s Book. and stakeholder outreach. included in the environmental analysis. net zero water and net zero waste. The USAREUR and IMCOM-Eu- “The Army has identi ed six net zero pilot in- A net zero water installation limits the con- “I am amazed at the progress Army installa- rope culinary arts team will be pro- stallations in each of the energy, water, and waste sumption of freshwater resources and returns wa- tions have already made to reduce energy and viding culinary arts demonstrations categories and two integrated installations striving ter back to the same watershed so as not to deplete water consumption as well as waste generation. June 14, 16, and 17 at the commis- towards net zero by 2020. This is a signi cant step the groundwater and surface water resources of We will all monitor the journey these installations sary on PHV from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in addressing the Army’s sustainability and energy that region in quantity and quality over the course embark on to reach the nal net zero goal,” Ham- Visit your garrison’s website and security challenges,” said Katherine Hammack, of a year. The pilot net zero water installations mack said. keep an eye on the USAREUR Face- book page for more information on the birthday events. Meegan excels in tasks beyond his experience, rank Continued from page 1 Capt. Andrew C. Johannes, HHC Duty: You’ve got the mission ... but you have a duty to your Soldiers and a duty to your USAREUR launches @ 1-4th Inf. Regt. commander. country. I joined the Army to serve my country, that’s the whole reason I’m here. During the seven months he Honor: I wake up every morning and put on my country’s ag. I have to recognize that I can commanded at Baylough, Meegan never do anything that would bring discredit upon myself, my family or my country. planned and led his Soldiers on over 170 combat controls. More than 40 of his patrols came in direct combat ac- Country: America … symbolizes an idea that you can start out as a nobody and become somebody. You earn what you want in this country. EURMama tion against the Taliban, all of them 1st Lt. Daniel M. Meegan, HHC, 1-4th Infantry Regiment By U.S. Army Europe resulting in enemy killed, captured or Public Affairs wounded with no friendly losses. it’s simply not in our career eld,” and his unit instituted “grassroots” them to go downrange.” News Release While acknowledging a little luck Meegan said. “The American Soldier programs to improve the quality of “A lot of what we do is making and good grace, Meegan attributes has one true purpose in life, and that life for the local farmers. In an area sure my soldiers are exceptional,” HEIDELBERG, Germany — “Com- this success to the rigorous training purpose is to win at whatever task where bulldozers couldn’t penetrate, Meegan said. He explained that while ing to U.S. Army in Europe and want that prepared his Soldiers both men- you’re given … It could be anything they rebuilt roughly a mile of road the 1-4th Inf. Regt. is no longer de- some info? Or, are you looking for tally and physically to take the ght from making sure the grass is mowed with a “whole mess of shovels” and ploying, they are responsible for tips on making the most of your Eu- to the enemy. to ghting in combat. You do it right, a lot of sweat. training the Soldiers who are. ropean tour? Ask EURMama!” “When (my men) fought the en- you do it properly and you do it pro- “We instituted a volunteer pro- “What they deserve is a world That is what visitors to U.S. Army emy, they knew they weren’t ght- fessionally, cause that’s the job we’re gram,” said Meegan, who explained class OPFOR (opposing force) who’s Europe’s new site on the social media ing somebody who was just there on in.” to the Afghans that they would re- going to go out and thrash them so platform Twitter will see right at the a deployment. They knew they were This attitude continually inspired ceive the bene t of the road. “If you that when they go out to wherever it top. Visitors will also see a picture of ghting somebody who was there to the Soldiers under his command. show up and help us build this road is that they’re going ... they’re con- EURMama, a ctional woman who win,” said Meegan. “He’s con dent within himself, so … we’ll feed you for the day.” dent in their capabilities,” he said. could be from any of the countries in “My duty to my Soldiers is to plan it carries on throughout the platoon, As Meegan labored alongside Meegan attended an award cer- Europe where U.S. Army personnel and prepare well enough so that … to give us con dence to achieve what of his men, one of the tribal leaders emony at the Pentagon May 18 where are stationed. when I send them on a mission or we need to,” said Spc. William Fel- told him that he never expected to Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Army chief “EURMama represents a wel- when I go on a mission with them, lows, who served with Meegan in Af- see Americans out digging in the dirt of staff presented him with an en- coming and wise gure who will they’re prepared to accomplish it, ghanistan. “He knew we could get the with the Afghans. graved watch, a bronze bust of Gen- always have information and advice they are ready to accomplish it, and job done, and we did.” “Well,” Meegan replied, “I told eral MacArthur, and a commendation for those who need tips and facts I’ve mitigated or I’ve reconciled my- Meegan’s in uence extended be- you I was going to do that.” memorandum. about life in U.S. Army in Europe — self to the risks involved in it,” he yond even his Soldiers and his ANSF. Currently, Meegan is the weapons “Really to me, it symbolizes all whether they are on orders to a new said. He earned the respect and admiration platoon leader for the HHC, 1-4th Inf. the work that my Soldiers did, that assignment here, are new to the com- Meegan’s passion for excellence of the local population through hon- Regt. His standard of excellence re- my team did, that my platoon did,” mand, or have been here quite some showed early in his career as he be- est communication and hard work. mains high. said Meegan. “While I’m being rec- time and have a question,” said Col. came the honor graduate of his ba- “They always knew that if they “Oftentimes when your back here ognized for it, I know it’s the work Bryan Hilferty, U.S. Army Europe’s sic training battalion and his Of cer came to us they weren’t going to get a at the garrison and there’s down- that they did, so it will be a constant public affairs chief. Candidate School class. As an of cer, wishy-washy answer,” he said. “They time, usually the Soldiers, they take reminder to me of the capability, To ask EURMama a question, he also made the commandant’s list at may not agree with our answer, but advantage of that,” said Johannes. the honesty and really the love that pick up some tips, or give some of Infantry Basic Of cer Leader Course. they always knew they were going to “(Meegan) really wants to train his American Soldiers have for their job, your own, EURMama says search “All too often in the world in gen- get an honest answer.” Soldiers, to utilize all the possible for their country, and really for all of for @EURMama on www.Twitter. eral, mediocrity is acceptable, and Working at the local level, Meegan time available to train and to prepare humanity.” com. May 25, 2011 News Bavarian News 19 Local volunteers recognized for their service Story and photo by mentors that he had as a young man Mark Iacampo USAG Hohenfels Public Affairs in the Boy’s Club. “I just wanted to carry that on to Giving back HOHENFELS, Germany — U.S. the other young men and young la- dies,” he said. in Grafenwoehr Army Garrison Hohenfels paid trib- Davis added that though this was ute to its legion of volunteers with a his rst volunteer recognition cer- recognition ceremony and luncheon emony, he was impressed with how in appreciation for another year of the community turned out to show giving “from the heart.” their appreciation for all the hard “Volunteers sel essly give their work. time to organizations and activities “I think it’s a great thing because that possibly wouldn’t exist without it shows other people to come out them,” said Madelene Y. Celestine, and do the thing, and then actually Army Volunteer Corp program co- start submitting their hours,” he said. ordinator. “The ceremony is an op- People are encouraged to sign up portunity for the entire community and log in their hours to allow the of Hohenfels to show our gratitude command to quantify the essential to our volunteers.” roles volunteers have in the commu- There are currently 1,078 vol- nity, said Celestine. unteers active within the Hohenfels U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels recognizes its volunteers who “With the current state of the Volunteer Management Informa- cumulatively logged more than 21,000 hours in 2010. economy, many key programs are tion System, and these individuals cancelled. The Army Volunteer Photo by Amy Zink worked a combined total of 21,482 sistant for JMRC, but logged another to learn what my husband does and Corp. Program is vital to this com- GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — hours during 2010. 835 hours as a volunteer. what he does it for,” Ruiz said. munity and by the volunteers logging “I think the number of volunteers “I think that volunteer service is In a video address, Brig. Gen. their hours, you have the numbers to Vilseck High School students that we have to recognize today is the best thing you can do for your Steven L. Salazar, commander of prove it,” she said. Andrew Zdeb and Kelsey a re ection of your commitment to community,” she said, adding that the 7th Army Joint Multinational Volunteers should visit www.my- Brewster add to the ambiance make this community the ‘great little she feels it is especially important Training Command, praised the com- armyonsource.com to create a pass- of the Forst Haus garden place,’” said Lt. Col. Kevin J. Quar- within the close-knit atmosphere of mitment and motivation that inspires word and login. From the volunteer during the U.S. Army Gar- les, garrison commander. the military. “I want my kids to be the volunteers. tools tab a volunteer can view the rison Grafenwoehr Volunteer “We would not be able to pro- volunteers and give that back to the “I’m really impressed and amazed 118 organization with volunteer op- vide the amount of service with the community, and so we raise them to by what you do as volunteers,” he portunities. The opportunities are Ceremony, May 6. Volunteers frequency that we want without our it,” she said. “I can’t very well ask said. “And you’re doing that on top limitless and a volunteer can apply who donated more than 500 volunteers,” he added. “You want to them to do it if I’m not willing to do of all the things we ask you to do as to as many organizations as desired. hours of their time to the get it done, and you do it in such a it myself.” Army family members, which is re- Col. John M. Spiszer, JMRC community were honored by phenomenal way.” Stephanie Headrick and Lauren ally considerable.” commander, said he believed that Brig. Gen. Steven Salazar, While all volunteers were hon- Ruiz each volunteered over 1,000 Sgt. 1st Class Michael D. Davis, the numbers logged into the system commanding general, Joint ored with a certi cate, those who hours. That’s roughly equivalent to JMRC Mustangs Brigade Observer don’t accurately re ect the true im- served over 500 hours and those over six months at a 40-hour-per-week Controller Team, was singled out by pact of the volunteers on the Hohen- Multinational Training Com- 1000 hours received special com- job. the Child, Youth and School Services fels community. mand, and then treated to a mendations. “I’m new to being an Army wife, for his extraordinary contribution to “I don’t think I know anybody on reception at the Tower View Lori Starnes works full time as so I just wanted to dig in and learn the sports and tness programs. Da- this post who doesn’t volunteer in Conference Center. the Family Readiness Support As- more about it, and this is the best way vis said he was inspired by all the some shape or form,” he said. Community remembers fallen Soldiers with 5k run Story and photos by Of cer. “We need to keep in mind the Cristina M. Piosa sacri ces our Soldiers make each day USAG Grafenwoehr and show support for their families Army Community Service no matter where they are located.” The SOS program is receiving VILSECK, Germany — A perfect more visibility throughout the Army. spring Saturday morning on May 7 The program commits to the families set the tone to the Army Community of fallen warriors by providing life Service First Annual 5km Run/Walk time support, information and ser- to Remember. vices to survivors. Although more than 350 partici- The survivors will always have pants preregistered, approximately one point to contact on any Army 1,000 people showed up and regis- installation to help them navigate tered on the spot. Participating chil- through the myriad of services and dren received American ags, which bene ts available. they proudly waved throughout the “The great thing about the SOS route on Rose Barracks. Survivor Joanne Valenzuela program is that they are a program In addition, stickers with the Sur- and her pet show some spirit that exists when help is needed,” said vivor Outreach Services logo were during the Army Community Joanne Valenzuela, a survivor who given out and allowed participants to Service 5K Run / Walk to Re- participated in the event. “As a sur- ll in a name of a Soldier or unit for member, May 7. vivor, things come up at all different which they wanted to dedicate their Community members set the pace early near the starting line. times after a spouse’s death regard- run or walk to. the Rose Barracks Calvary Chapel bers,” said SRA Joshua Cornell, 2nd or those names with a military salute. ing many topics. Knowing there is Community members wore T- where the run/walk began and ended. Air Support Operations Squadron, The 5K Run/Walk to Remember was a program to turn to is a lifeline and Shirts with photos of fallen Soldiers, Following the U.S. and German na- who is stationed on Rose Barracks. the rst of its kind within the ACS provides a bit of peace to the survi- unit emblems and some brought com- tional anthems, Garrison Commander “The Airmen of the 2ASOS live, train and SOS programs and showed to be vor who is already trying to adapt to pany ags. Col. Vann Smiley spoke to the crowd and ght alongside members of the a great success, as well as an example a ‘different life’ than what they have The number of participants re- about the importance of the role that 2SCR. The event de nitely hit home for other installations in Europe. known.” ected the diversity within the gar- the community has in supporting the for us due to our close relationship “This event means a lot to many The event was organized by ACS’ rison. Soldiers, Airmen, family readi- surviving families. with the 2SCR both in garrison and people, especially as our commu- Survivor Outreach Services, with col- ness groups, veterans, survivors of “The most striking thing about the in combat.” nity prepares for redeployment and laboration from American Red Cross, the fallen, family members, children event was the overwhelming turnout The names of the fallen service deployment,” said Patricia Mallard, USO, GCSC, VCSC, WTU, BMED- of all ages, and even a variety of dogs and support by all participants to the members were displayed along the ACS Survivor Outreach Services Li- DAC, DPTMS and Exchange Auto made for a colorful crowd in front of surviving friends and family mem- route and participants stopped to hon- aison and Army Emergency Relief Car Sales. Spouses cook local dishes with Chef Sven Story and photo by Spouses watch as Cristina M. Piosa Chef Sven demon- USAG Grafenwoehr Army strates techniques Community Service for making local GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Bavarian favorites Community spouses gathered in their like weiner schnit- Bavarian print aprons with big ap- zel and kartoffel- petites for the German cooking class salat. Spots are offered by Grafenwoehr Army Com- Photo by Cristina M. Piosa still available for munity Service, recently. The menu of the day called for the July 29 class. Spouse appreciation weiner schnitzel mit Bayrischem kar- VILSECK, Germany Tamara Smiley (far right), wife toffelsalat (Bavarian potato salad). meal which they helped prepare. following community advertisement. ACS staff member Chef Sven dem- “The demand for a German cook- The August and September sessions of the U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Garrison onstrated how to make the very tradi- ing class was high among community are also booked, however, there are Commander Col. Vann Smiley, discusses the role tional meal, which can seem intimi- spouses. This is a great opportunity still some slots available for the July spouses have in being pillars in strong Army families dating for a non-German to prepare, to offer a unique class that allows 29 class. during a spouse appreciation event at Rose Barracks in the hands-on cooking class. spouses to learn, interact and have For more information about up- ACS, May 3. Spouses celebrated cultural diversity In addition to the cooking dem- fun while increasing cross cultural coming Army Community Service onstration, participants satis ed their adaptation techniques,” said Chef events, call DSN 476-2650, CIV by preparing food from around the world, including appetites by savoring the Bavarian Sven. The sessions booked overnight 09662-83-2650. South African pap and stew and French chouquettes. 20 Bavarian News News May 25, 2011 Snipers bond with German comrades Referrals Continued from page 1 have passed a four-week course diers at Fort Benning — have been participating in the combined train- change with within their battalions, according to the school’s commander, Capt. Falko Reisser. And even then, only about 30 ing at Hammelburg for the past three years, said Crowder, C Company, 2-29th Inf. Regt., 197th Infantry. the times to 50 percent of those graduate from “We’ve been trading information Continued from page 14 the sniper school at Hammelburg, with each other on things like de- asking you to wait 10 days,” she Reisser added. ployments, tactics and training pro- said. “The Tricare Referral Center The more narrow a shared skill, cedures. It’s working together. It’s will work with the referring provider, it seems, the stronger the bond that about knowing everyone’s capabili- consulting provider and ISOS to get unites a group who possess it. So it ties. We need to understand them and that patient in with an authorization comes as no surprise then that both vice versa,” Crowder said of the joint as soon as possible.” German and American snipers treat efforts. Once patients have their autho- each other as brothers. They can all Another divide between the two is rization in hand, they can schedule nail a golf ball-size target between in simple measurements. their host nation appointment in one 500 and 1,000 meters, something few “This training is great for us be- of three ways. other Soldiers in either the U.S. Army cause everything is in metrics,” said “The preferred way is that the pa- or the Bundeswehr can claim to do. Sgt. Jonathan Holmes, a sniper school tient calls and makes their appoint- The 17 snipers’ work during the instructor at the U.S. Army Sniper ment,” Morris-Samuels said. “If you three-week course serves different School at Fort Benning. “We work in can’t make the appointment because immediate targets. For the Germans, standard measurements but the U.S. of a language barrier then ISOS can all of whom are bound for Afghani- Spc. Scott Beavers of the 1-91 Cavalry Regiment, left, analyzes Army is shifting over to metrics with assist. And of course, your clinic’s stan, it is a predeployment refresher. shots made by a German sniper team at the German infantry its new sniper ri e, the XM 2010.” Tricare Referral Center is available to For the Americans, it is an opportu- school, May 5. Twelve German and ve American snipers have The combined training has created assist as well.” nity to sharpen their skills. been sharpening their skills together and trading best practices lasting effects. An example of the ex- In the event of a medical emergen- “The bene t is being able to shoot change came last year when the Ger- cy, which is de ned as threat to life, other weapons, and being able to during a three-week combined training event in Hammelburg. man army, after having witnessed the limb or eyesight, patients should go shoot more,” said Spc. Matthew Po- the relationship between the two is a had to be prepared to combat the So- ef cacy within the U.S. Army ranks, directly to a host nation emergency letiek of C Troop, 1st Squadron, 91st matter of life and death. viet threat in the past, now the two decided to incorporate a long-range room. The patient should call ISOS Cavalry Regiment. “We get more “You have to have the guy’s dia- armies simply go on deployments marksman into their own infantry or their local Tricare Referral Center training time here and pick up on dif- lect down because time is always together. units — a concept the Americans to have an authorization retroactively ferent techniques.” going to be an issue,” said Sgt. Shi- “We’ve learned that we have to have been using for years, Hurt said. issued. Both German and American snip- loh Briggs with C Troop, 1-91. “You rely on each other,” Hurt said. A long-range marksman is expected Overall, she said adjusting to ers share many practices, one of need someone who is intelligent and Given that the majority of what is to be able to track and engage a tar- the new process is about embracing which is the two-man sniper teams able to perform under pressure. The taught at both German and American get within 300 to 600 meters while change. dispatched by their various battal- probability is that you have only one sniper schools is the same, the objec- snipers train at ranges between 500 to “In reality, it’s about change. ions. U.S. Army research indicates shot and the spotter has your life in tive of the combined training is “to 1,000 meters. We’re just going to have to realize that sniper teams of two, as opposed his hands.” put everyone on the same page,” Hurt Among these Soldiers, identifying that military health care is changing,” to the traditional one-man team, are Beyond the tight relationships be- said. each other’s differences and incorpo- Morris-Samuels said. “We’re grow- more likely to successfully engage tween shooter and spotter are those Differences, though slight, are in rating them into their game plan has ing into the managed care concept their targets, according to Maj. Na- forged between Germans and Ameri- tactic and strategy. been most bene cial in expanding of medicine with the goal of main- than Hurt, the American liaison be- cans. The focus of the dual training “One of the differences is that their skills. taining quality, cost-effective health tween the U.S. Army and the school has been at recognizing the overlap Germans do a lot with calculations — “I’m certain that the soldiers who care.” at Hammelburg. in similarities and closing the gap be- wind, location, climate,” said one of attended this predeployment sniper For more, contact your local Tri- There’s the shooter, of course. tween the differences. the German sniper instructors. “If a course will take with them a few care Referral Center or International And then there’s the spotter who is “The ultimate goal here is to cre- German sniper misses, he’ll probably things that they learned from their SOS toll-free at 0800-181-8505. typically the more experienced of the ate snipers who are capable of oper- recalculate and shoot again. Ameri- counterparts during this training,” two, according to Crowder. The spot- ating in a coalition environment with cans, if they don’t hit their target, said event organizer Mike Cormier, a ter, at arm’s length from the shooter, provides detailed information on climate conditions, elevation, wind our allies,” said Hurt. “The goal is they’re more likely to pick up and interoperability.” Times have changed in the past change location.” Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, partnership of cer who for years has helped organize combined training between the Americans and Germans. Recycling and data on previous engagement, or DOPE. Like a pilot and his co-pilot, several decades, explained Hurt. 29th Infantry Regiment — the unit While both U.S. and German forces responsible for training infantry Sol- “Learning from each other is, I think, very important and bene ts all.” plant a hit Piercings require care Lynch outlines new plan for local Continued from page 14 herpes simplex virus and hepatitis B and C. Jewelry aspiration. Jewelry that becomes loose in the mouth can be- come a choking hazard and, if swal- in light of future budgets children Endocarditis. Because of the lowed, can result in injury to the di- Continued from page 1 works, emergency services, environ- Continued from page 1 wound created by the piercing, gestive track or lungs. and held the rst annual SOS summit mental programs, recreation, child “With the metal, they melt all of there’s a chance that bacteria could From an oral health care delivery to address challenges survivors face. care, single Soldier programs and it and then make new things out of enter the bloodstream and lead to the standpoint, wearing jewelry inside Other efforts include: family programs. it like silverware,” said 10-year-old development of endocarditis an your mouth or jewelry that sticks into *Transforming how Army Com- When we look at some big indica- Sienna Hager. “And all the plastics in ammation of the heart or its valves your mouth can make X-rays less munity Service delivers services, by tors, we see evidence that the Army are put into cubes, then they melt it in certain people with underlying diagnostic as the X-rays cannot pen- cross-training more generalists to is meeting the needs of Soldiers and and make new stuff like bottles and (and often undiagnosed and without etrate the metal jewelry. This makes handle multiple programs and mov- families. The Army is exceeding its bags.” symptoms) heart problems. it impossible to see what is behind ing service locations out into com- recruitment and retention goals, and “Plastic can also be used for en- Nerve damage/prolonged bleed- the piece of jewelry. Your dentist, munities. on the most recent Survey of Army ergy,” piped in 10-year-old Xander ing. Numbness or loss of sensation at hygienist or X-ray technician will *Adding 44 more Systems Navi- families, the majority of spouses said Mattkins. the site of the piercing or movement ask you to remove any jewelry that gators to Exceptional Family Mem- they are satis ed with the Army as a The sorting plant was large and problems (for pierced tongues) can may cause interference with x-rays or ber Programs at 26 installations, to way of life. This is signi cant after 10 contained everything that could be occur if nerves have been damaged. treatment. assist families with special needs years of ongoing con ict-it speaks to recycled, including the kitchen sink. If blood vessels are punctured, pro- We would like you to remove all members in accessing educational, the dedication of Soldiers and their Scrap metal, aluminum cans and nu- longed bleeding can occur. Tongue jewelry on your face or in your mouth medical, housing and personnel ser- families and the Army’s commitment merous other materials were stacked swelling following piercing can be prior to arriving at the dental clinic vices on and off post. to providing a quality of life com- sky high, waiting to be compacted, severe enough to block the airway if possible. This will make your ap- *Hiring more than 240 additional mensurate with their service. sorted, distributed and made into new and make breathing dif cult. pointment go smoothly. If you are Army Substance Abuse Program In the new scal reality, it will be products. Students learned rsthand Gum disease. People with oral unable to remove the jewelry, we counselors for installations world- more of a challenge for the Installa- the intense process of sorting and re- piercings especially long-stem will work with you to reschedule an wide. tion Management Community to pro- cycling and the negative impact that tongue jewelry (barbells) have a appointment to a time when you can *Launching the Con dential Al- vide the level of support we want to waste has on the natural environment. greater risk of gum disease than those remove it. If a piece of jewelry can- cohol Treatment and Education Pilot, for our Soldiers and families, but we The U.S. alone produces half of without oral piercings. The jewelry not be removed and dental treatment a program which allows Soldiers to will. the world’s garbage, including many can come into contact with gum tis- is needed, we will take all necessary seek help for addiction without man- We are nding better and smarter items that could have been recycled, sue causing injury as well as a reces- steps to prevent injury to the pierced datory command involvement. ways to provide services and pro- although it accounts for only six per- sion of the gum tissue, which can lead area. We use bite blocks, rubber dams *Launching a pilot program in grams by asking ourselves the same cent of the population. to loose teeth and tooth loss. (you know those little stretchy pieces which Military Student Transition questions families ask when they “We’re running out of land lls Damage to teeth. Teeth that come of material that stretch across your Consultants join school liaison of - look at their own budgets: do we real- and space to put them,” said 10-year- into contact with mouth jewelry can mouth and isolate a tooth from the cers in working with school districts, ly need it? Is it worth the cost? What old Alex Vlad. chip or crack. One study in a dental rest of your mouth) and other devices garrisons and families to help stu- are we willing to do without? Vlad explained the importance of journal reported that 47 percent of to prevent injuries to your mouth. dents succeed at their new schools. To answer these questions, we protecting the earth for future genera- people wearing barbell tongue jewel- These devices are not always com- *Revising the Total Army Spon- need to keep hearing from Soldiers tions and said recycling was an easy ry for four or more years had at least fortable for you but they are neces- sorship Program that helps prepare and family members through ICE task, yet had a signi cantly positive one chipped tooth. sary to insure safety. Keeping you Soldiers, families and civilians for and local AFAP summits, for exam- impact on the environment. Dif culties in daily oral functions. safe and in good dental health is our their new duty station. ple about the speci cs of what is “Unless we start to colonize the Tongue piercing can result in dif - top priority. *Reinvigorating the Army Family working, what needs to be improved, moon, we aren’t going anywhere,” culty chewing and swallowing food We want you to be an active mem- Action Plan process, with an analysis and what is missing. said Vlad. “We only have one planet and speaking clearly. This is because ber of the dental care team and hope and review process that has reduced The commitment to supporting and we need to take care of it.” the jewelry stimulates an excessive that this information on wearing jew- the backlog of active AFAP issues Soldiers and families remains as production of saliva. Temporary or elry on your face and inside your from 86 in February 2010 to 51 in strong as ever, but more than ever, we permanent drooling is another con- mouth will answer some questions February 2011. have to make sure we are on target in sequence of increased saliva produc- that you may have. Our team of den- This is a snapshot of what we meeting their needs. tion. Taste can also be altered. tal professionals is trying to provide have been doing to enhance support Allergic reaction to metal. A hy- you information you can use to make for Soldiers and families. It does not persensitivity reaction called aller- good treatment decisions for you and begin to convey the full scope of the Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch Voice your opinion about the services and products you gic contact dermatitis to the metal in the jewelry can occur in suscep- your family. If you have additional questions on this subject, please ask programs and services installation management professionals provide Commander, Installation receive by logging into the ICE tible people. your dentist or hygienist. every day, including housing, public Management Command site at https://ice.disa.mil.