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 Vol 3. Nr. 24                 U.S. Army Garrisons Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels, Ansbach, Bamberg, Schweinfurt, and Garmisch

                             Understand customs rules before purchasing gifts
                                                                                                                                                                          December 12, 2007

                             by DAVE MELANCON                                 However, if she cooks that bird and     gifts are customarily exchanged such    used the item for at least six months.
                             USAG Heidelberg                              shares a turkey dinner with her German      as birthdays, religious holidays,           There are several steps to
                                                                          friends, it’s okay.                         engagements, and farewells is           completing the form. The agency’s
                                 If a Soldier wants to give a German          “Because U.S. Forces sales outlet       allowed,” Evans said. “Gifts must be
                             friend something nice for Christmas, is it                                                                                       Web site lists the steps in detail.
                                                                          purchases in Germany are free of duty,      for personal or domestic use or
                             okay to buy something from the post          giving gifts to local nationals and other   consumption, and in noncommercial           Expensive items such as stereo
                             exchange?                                    people not authorized privileges has        quantities. So, giving small presents   equipment and cars are not considered
                                 According to Army customs officials,     certain restrictions,” explained Fred       such as flowers, boxes of candy, or     customary gifts, Evans said. “The
                             much depends on the Soldier’s pay grade      Evans, U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army        bottles of cologne is fine.”            smartest thing a giver can do is give
                             and everyday standard of living.             Customs Executive Agency.                       According to the agency’s Web       us a call.”
                                 Accordingly, if he wants to stay on           Gifts must be for the recipient’s      site, those wishing to give a “non-         For a list of non-customary gifts or
GARMISCH                     the right side of the law, he should call
                             his community’s customs office.
                                                                          personal use, cannot be given on a          customary” gift must complete a         for more information about gift giving
                                                                                                                                                              and customs regulations, call the
                                                                          recurring basis, and cannot be used as      “permit to transfer” document (Army
BEST KEPT SECRETS:               If a family member gives her German      payments for services or goods, he said.    Europe Form 550-175B), which can        Customs Executive Agency at DSN
                             neighbors a frozen turkey she purchased                                                                                          381-7610 or stop by your community’s
SEAMSTRESS LOOKS             from her community commissary, is she
                                                                          Gifts cannot be given on a regular or
                                                                          scheduled basis, and only on customary
                                                                                                                      be picked up at a military customs
                                                                                                                      office, and receive permission from     military customs office.
BACK ON WORLD WAR II,        honoring a family tradition? Maybe, but
                             she’s also breaking the law.
                                                                          gift-giving occasions.                      German customs authorities.                 The agency’s Web site is http://
                                                                              “Giving gifts on an occasion where          The giver must have owned and
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                             Stryker Soldier shares Iraq
                              deployment with brother                                                                                                         by Spc. ELVYN NIEVES
  PAGE 20                                                                                                                                                     113th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

BAMBERG                                                                                                                                                           Most American service members
                                                                                                                                                              are separated from their loved ones
JUNIOR SOCCER TEAM                                                                                                                                            while in combat, but one U.S. Army
                                                                                                                                                              Europe Soldier was brought closer to
WINS IMCOM-E TITLE                                                                                                                                            a brother who is also deployed.
                                                                                                                                                                  Capt. Phillip Garner of the 2nd
OVER STUTTGART, 5-0                                                                                                                                           Battalion, 319th Airborne Field
  PAGE 22                                                                                                                                                     Artillery was already in Iraq when Spc.
                                                                                                                                                              Alex Lamont Garner of USAREUR’s 1st
                                                                                                                                                              Squadron, 2d Stryker Cavalry
SCHWEINFURT                                                                                                                                                   Regiment found out that he too would
                                                                                                                                                              be deployed for Operation Iraqi
COMMUNITY                                                                                                                                                     Freedom.
                                                                                                                                                                  “When they told me about the
REMEMBERS TWO FALLEN                                                                                                                                          deployment to Iraq, I learned we were
173RD SOLDIERS                                                                                                                                                going to Camp Taji,” said Alex. “I knew
                                                                                                                                                              my brother had to go there frequently
  PAGE 25                                                                                                                                                     as part of his job, so I figured I’d be
                                                                                                                                                              able to see him once in a while.”
                                                                                                                                                                  The siblings had that chance after
HOHENFELS                                                                                                                                                     about a year and a half of separation.
                                                                                                                                                                  “We met up in Camp Taji a couple
NATIONAL HONOR                                                                                                                                                of times,” said Phillip. “Our dad told
                                                                                                                                                              Alex, ‘When you see your brother, you
SOCIETY STUDENTS                                                                                                                                              need to salute him and then give him a
HOST ‘COMBAT SANTA’                                                                                                                                           hug.’ And that’s what we did ... It’s a
                                                                                                                                                              small world.”
DRIVE TO SEND GOODIES                                                                                                                                             Later fate and the U.S. Army
                                                                                                                                                              brought the brothers even closer
TO LANDSTUHL’S                                                                                                               Photo by Maj. Kurt Luedeke       together, when Alex was sent to
WOUNDED WARRIORS             Spc. Alex Lamont Garner of the 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment (left) poses for a photo with his brother,                            Coalition Outpost War Eagle, where
                                                                                                                                                              Phillip was stationed.
  PAGE 10                    Capt. Phillip Garner of the 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery, at Coalition Outpost War Eagle,
                             Iraq. Phillip was already deployed when Alex found out he was headed for Iraq.                                                   See BROTHERS Page 27

   Culture: Learn the
differences between
Germany’s St. Nikolaus
and America’s Santa
   Medical Page:
The holidays don’t have
to mean blowing your
diet. Read insider tips to                                                                                                                                            Photo by Paula Guzman
stay healthy this season                                                                      Courtesy photo            Yes, there is a Santa Claus
PAGE 18                         Lucky YOU                                                                               Community members gathered at their respective
   2SCR Dragoons:               Winner of the AAFES drawing for a Dodge Caliber, Sgt. Joe                               installations earlier this month for the garrisons’ annual tree
                                Bannister of the 702 nd Explosive Ordinance Division of
2SCR 4th Squadron                                                                                                       lighting ceremonies. The events included choir selections,
                                Grafenwoehr, starts his new car. The drawing was held at the                            warm drinks and snacks, and a visit by Santa Claus. See
scout learns Arabic to          Grafenwoehr PX Dec. 6, after six months of collecting nearly                            pages 4 and 17 for snapshots of garrison tree lighting
help platoon, mission.          4,000 entries.                                                                          ceremonies.
2 Bavarian News                                                                       Opinion & Editorial                                                                                           December 12, 2007

      A                                                   School attendance down, help
  Who influenced your
    life the most?
                                                          command reach out to families
                                                                      SU and                                               If that doesn’t work, the solutions become        requirement to protect all our children and I
                                                                      Ohio State                                       very drastic. Not providing school is a form of       strongly encourage parents to make this
                                                                      in the                                           child neglect. Identification of this child neglect   happen before the start of the next school
                                                                      National                                         pushes the case into the social welfare arena         semester.
                            Debby Pedroza                 Championship. I’m                                            and if still not resolved, my choices are very
                            (Schweinfurt)                                                                                                                                    Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)
                                                          sure Georgia,                                                limited.                                                  After some early challenges informing the
                            “The ‘who’ is easy.           Oklahoma, and several                                            All I can do is end up directing a command
                            That’s my mom, who                                                                                                                               community, the CFC program finished on a
                                                          other fans of highly                                         return of the family to the United States             high note. Particular thanks to the Garmisch
                            passed away almost            ranked (at least in the                                      because, after all, it is a privilege to accompany
                            two years ago. Her                                                                                                                               community (they now count as part of our
                                                          polls) universities are                                      your sponsor to Germany. BUT, I don’t want to         garrison footprint) for increasing their giving
                            faith and strength.”          less than pleased.                                           do that.                                              rate by 1300 percent.
                                                             It’s time for a                                               What is frustrating is that we have all kinds         Hohenfels did well too, and as expected
                                                          change – bring on a                                          of programs that can help. New parent courses,        Grafenwoehr and Vilseck donations were
                                                          true playoff for the                                         Mommy & Me, teenage courses, the variety              somewhat down undoubtedly because 70
     DonElla Thomas                                       national championship like other sports … and                and types of programs/courses, and some times         percent of our community is deployed.
           (Schweinfurt)                                  off to the column.                                           just a shoulder to cry on are available. We just          All told, we committed almost $300,000 to
       “I’ve had a lot of                                 School Attendance                                            have trouble getting the word out.                    the CFC program. I am confident the funds you
 influences because                                           Recently, many children are missing school.                  So please help me out. If you know of             provided will make a major difference to these
      I’ve had a broad                                    Not just a little bit but a whole lot. While                 someone who is truly struggling, reach out. Tell      organizations that help people in need
range of experience.                                      agencies have different standards, one that I                them there is help and follow up. Link them with      throughout the year.
   Everyone from my                                       use is 25 percent.                                           ACS or the school and we can help them                    As many of you know, I am involved in a
  drill sergeant to my                                        I think a child has missed a lot of school if            through these troubling times.                        private organization. With proper accreditation,
         first sergeant.”                                 they have missed over 25 percent of school                   Immunizations                                         we were allowed to conduct a fund raising
                                                          days for a grading period. Analyzing the                         Most of you remember the tremendous               event in front of the main exchange. All I can
                                                          problem reveals children are missing school                  influx of new children into the schools this past     say is: what an unbelievable turn-out and what
                            Dolores Davis                 for a lot of reasons. Perhaps it is a combination            year. Many families did not have immunization         great support from the entire community.
                            (Schweinfurt)                 of being overseas while a loved one is                       records or we could not get the required                  Many people who do not use our product-
                            “My mom is my role            deployed, too many other children, maternal                  immunizations needed for entry into the               donated funds and we are now able to send
                            model because of all          (or fraternal) depression, or the malaise of the             schools.                                              more than $1,000 worth of our product to
                            the patience she had.         holiday season but in any event this is a                        DoDDs allowed enrollment and directed the         deployed Soldiers. I can only tell you thanks.
                            She raised eight kids         problem in our community.                                    families to get proper immunizations. As we               You have made a difference for deployed
                            – all boys and one                Unfortunately, ways to remedy the                        approach the end of the first semester, we still      Soldiers this year, and thank you all for making
                            girl. She’s my idol for       situation are limited or very severe. We do not              have a lot of children out of tolerance. Parents,     this the best place to live and serve in Europe.
                            that.”                        have truant officers overseas. That means we                 please talk to the school nurses.
                                                          do not have authority to go to homes and
                                                          force children to go to school. As a result, we
                                                                                                                           Working in conjunction with the clinics we
                                                                                                                       can get time set aside (in fact, we are already
                                                                                                                                                                                           Col. Brian T. Boyle
    Pfc. Joy Rawlins
                                                          have to depend on the chain of command to                    doing that at Vilseck, but the usage of set aside                   Commander, U.S. Army
                                                          know the families that are having difficulty and             times is pretty poor right now) to get these
        (Schweinfurt)                                     reach out to help them.                                      immunizations done. Again, a family                                 Garrison Grafenwoehr
“God has influenced
   me the most in my
life because He has
     saved my life on
      more than one
                                                          Reflections: A mother and daughter’s
   occasion, so I owe
         Him my life.”

                             Pfc. Laura Cade
                                                          view of a German Christmas market
                                                          Commentary and photo by CHRISTINE JUNE                       husband drinking beer. And as I was able to           part of the trip.
                                                          USAG Kaiserslautern Public Affairs                           do during my first visit, my daughter selected            We stepped inside the Frauenkirche,
                             (Schweinfurt)                                                                             her very own prune person.                            “Church of Our Lady,” which offers a beautiful
                             “My dad, because

                                                                      ne of the many memories I have as                   Like all Christmas markets, most of the            backdrop. From a vendor’s tip, we headed to
                             he’s always been                         an 8 year old is of the Nuremberg                wares are handcrafted. In fact, my aunt says          the Schoener Brunnen (beautiful fountain) to
                             there for me, been                       Christmas Market, or Nuremberger                 people visit these sites to see many crafts –         turn the gold ring and make a wish.
                             a role model for             Christkindlesmarkt, and what I called “the                   not to shop or eat.                                       We also made it to the Kinderweihnacht, or
                             me. I joined the             raisin people” more than 30 years ago.                          She may have a point, but the shopping             Children’s Christmas, which can be considered
                             Army because he                  Last year, when my daughter was 8, I                     wasn’t bad, and the food was very good. I still       a kid’s dreamland. It showcases a steam-driven
                             joined the Army.”            thought it would be a fun family fact that she               have fond memories of the little Nuremberg            merry-go-round, Ferris wheel and train. There
                                                          and I first visited Germany’s largest Christmas              roast sausages and Kartoffelpuffer, or potato         is a Christmas bakery, candle workshop and
                                                          Market at the same age.                                      pancake. I had mine with garlic sour cream, but       handcraft stalls. Plus children can send letters
                                                              And did we have fun – the things we saw,                 applesauce also makes for a tasty topping.            to Father Christmas via the post office.
      Debra Gosinski                                      the food we ate, the facts we learned and the                   We took a horse-driven carriage ride                   All in all, I have to say this was one of my
         (Schweinfurt)                                    people we met. It makes it hard deciding where               through the entire market, singing Christmas          best trips. I have a feeling that 30 years from
       “Teachers and                                      to begin.                                                    songs even if we didn’t remember all the              now, my daughter is going to remember more
  professors. Just by                                         First of all, it’s crowded – a sea of people             words. My daughter said this was her favorite         than just the “raisin people.”
         teaching and
                                                          no matter where you turn. Expect to be
                                                          bumped. And if you are too polite, you are not
 leading by example,
                                                          going anywhere. My German aunt tells me that
    that kind of thing.”                                  no matter what time or day you go, it’s going
                                                          to be crowded. It’s said that by Christmas Eve,
                                                          when Christmas markets here close, more than
                                                          two million people will have visited the
                             Spc. Jake Brock              Nuremberg Christmas Market. I think we were
                             (Schweinfurt)                all there on the same day.
                             “My dad, because                 You will hear dozens of different
                             he’s my best                 languages; this is considered to be the most
                             friend, he teaches
                                                          famous Christmas market in Germany, with
                                                          visitors from around the world.
                             me stuff, and he’s
                                                              There are rows and rows of about 180
                             just a good                  wooden stalls, festooned with red-and-white
                             example.”                    cloth, giving this market its name of “Little
                                                          Town from Wood and Cloth.” You can buy
                                                          almost everything you need for the holidays:
                                                          ornaments, decorations, lights, candles, gifts,
     1st Sgt. Hassan                                      and traditional German articles such as the
              Wilson                                      Stufenpyramide (step pyramid).
        (Schweinfurt)                                         My memory almost served me well – the
 “God. He has been                                        “raisin people” are actually called the Plum
the most influential.                                     People or Prune Men and originate from the
Without Him, I would                                      Nuremberg Christmas Market. These favorite
        not be living.”                                   souvenirs are made out of prunes and come in
                                                          all kinds of varieties, ranging from Saint                   The Plum People are souvenirs made out of prunes and originate from the
                                                          Nikolaus to a wife not too happy about her                   Nuremberg Christmas Market, which ends Dec. 24.

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Engagement kits helping families                                                                                                                                                Spotlight

 protect redeploying members
Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center        died within one year of returning from     safer choices and take fewer risks.”         all-terrain vehicles.
                                           deployments.                                  Forrester added that the USACRC               These Web-based tools are self-
    Army officials are empowering             Approximately 30 percent of the         believes it is extremely difficult to look   explanatory, self-supporting with
family members to take an active role      deaths occurred within the first 30        a spouse or child in the eye and tell        PowerPoint briefs containing
in implementing safety practices to        days of post-deployment and 63             them you are not going to wear your          associated talking points.
protect their families and loved ones      percent within the first six months. Of    helmet or a seat belt because you                The Army’s goal is to put these
returning home from deployments.           the 186 fatalities, 145 involved           don’t care enough to stay alive for          tools into the hands and empower
    The Army recognizes that Army          privately owned vehicles during off-       them.                                        Army Family Team Building trainers,
Families are a highly powerful group,      duty hours.                                   “The Family Engagement Kit                Family Readiness Group leaders,
capable of positively influencing how         Army safety officials are convinced     features tools that family members can       brigade-level safety professionals,      Name: Chris Manzo
Soldiers and family members think.         that oversight, control, and structure     use to engage their loved ones in best       BOSS leaders, parents, and individual
    The Army’s new Family                  are beneficial to achieve an accident-     safety practices in order to help            family members to keep our Army team     What grade / subject do
Engagement Kit raises families’            free environment.                          protect them,” said Forrester. “Many         safe, Forrester added.                   you teach? I am
awareness of the leading indicators           The USACRC’s collective                 take very little time or effort, and the         Families are encouraged to           currently teaching
in accidents while passing along the       challenge is to formulate tools that       payoff is huge.”                             embrace the Family Engagement Kit        kindergarten at
“what” and “how” of best practices.        target safety and risk management as          In all, the kit includes six tools for    as another tool supporting one           Grafenwoehr Elementary
    Armed with these newly created         a “way of life” for application when       post-deployment best practices. One          common desire – safer Soldiers and
tools, family members are afforded
                                                                                                                                                                            School. I have also taught
                                           Soldiers are off duty.                     such tool is the Travel Risk Planning        families.                                first and second grade. I
active involvement in their Soldiers’         “As leaders, we know that direct        System, better known as TRiPS. The               “Family involvement is essential,
safety.                                    engagement with our Soldiers makes         aim of TRiPS is to reduce the risk of        so I ask for engagement with your        like to work with the
      The U.S. Army Combat                 a positive difference in their safety,”    accidents when traveling by POV, the         loved one,” Forrester said. “With your   younger children.
Readiness/Safety Center study of           said Brig. Gen. Bill Forrester, director   No. 1 killer of Soldiers.                    help, we can better protect our
accident and associated statistics,                                                                                                                                         Hometown:
                                           of Army safety and commanding                 Another potentially life-saving tool      Nation’s most precious assets – our
indicates when Soldiers return from a      general of the USACRC. “No one             included in the kit is the Motorcycle/       Soldiers.”                               Cambridge, Ohio - but I
deployment         or      controlled      knows Soldiers better than their           ATV Agreement. This tool encourages              For more information about the       have lived in Freihung,
environment, the rigors and oversight      families and there are few                 families and their Soldiers to discuss       Family Engagement Kit, visit the         Germany, for the past 20
provided by leaders is diminished.         organizations better positioned than       the hazards and safety measures              USACRC Web site at https://              years.
    During fiscal 2007, 186 Soldiers       Families to influence Soldiers to make     associated with riding motorcycles or
                                                                                                                                                                            How long have you
                                                                                                                                                                            been a teacher?
Follow Christmas safety tips
                                                                                         2007 Bazaar
                                                                                                                                                                            31 years
                                                                                                                                                                            What do you like best
  for a safe, sober holiday                                                                                                                                                 about teaching?
                                                                                                                                                                            I love teaching young
U.S. Army Substance Abuse Program          an impaired driving arrest. Some of the                                                                                          children and watching the
                                           newer non-drowsy medications do not                                                                                              light come on when they
    Holidays are a time when people        cause this effect.                                                                                                               put pieces together to
do more traveling. During the cheer of         Three things make the holiday                                                                                                learn to read.
festivities, consequences of drinking      season more dangerous on the road:
and driving are quickly forgotten.
                                                                                                                                                                            Kindergarten children are
                                           1) alcohol consumption increases, 2)                                                                                             so enthusiastic and love
    Think       of     the     adverse     adverse weather/visibility conditions,
consequences before you see the            and 3) the number of drivers on the                                                                                              to learn.
flashing blue lights in your rear view     road.                                                                                                                            What advice can you
mirror.                                        Army Center for Substance Abuse
    Penalties for drinking and driving                                                                                                                                      give students to help
                                           Programs recommends the following:
on the installation include: 90-day               When throwing a holiday party,                                                                                            them succeed in
mandatory suspension for BAC .5-.79,       it is important to remember that you                                                                                             school? Read with and to
indefinite revocations with BAC .80 or     have a responsibility to your guests                                                                                             your child every day. Instill
higher (person may petition for            that they all have a safe evening at                                                                                             the magic of reading in
reinstatement after one year for first     your party and afterwards.                                                                                                       them from a very young
offense, after five for subsequent                If alcohol is being served, it is                                                                                         age. Let them see you as
offenses).                                 important to always offer your guests
    Requests for restricted driving
                                                                                                                                                                            a reader. Read the paper,
                                           non-alcoholic beverages and food.                                                                                                read books, read
privileges will not be granted until the   You should also have activities such
German suspension has expired.             as dancing or games so as to not make                                                                                            magazines. This helps
    In addition, as of Aug. 1, the zero    alcohol the main-focus of the party.                                                                                             your child develop a
tolerance policy for drivers under 21      By offering your guests other                                                                                                    lifelong love for reading.
years of age was implemented.              activities, you are encouraging them
     Drivers under 21 with any BAC         to spend their time socializing instead
face a fine of up to 1,000 Euros,          of drinking.
driver’s education courses and point              As host of the party, be prepared
                                                                                                                                              Photo by Paula Guzman
penalties.                                 to help indentify safe and sober
    Many medication bottles say “Do        transportation for all of your guests.     Spc. Joshua Windeny and Laurie Reineke, both of 2nd Squadron,                to
Not Drive While Taking This                This can be accomplished by                2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck make funnel cakes to sell at
Medication,” and there’s good reason       identifying a safe-ride program in your    the Crown Jewel Bazaar, held Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the Vilseck
                                                                                                                                                                              place your free
for this. A person who has a BAC of
.06 and takes a traditional
                                           area, providing your guests with the
                                           telephone number of a local taxi
                                                                                      Memorial Fitness Center and the 2-2 motor pool. The bazaar was                        classified ad in the
antihistamine can raise their BAC to                                                  hosted by the Grafenwoehr and Vilseck Community and Spouses
                                           company or by simply offering all of
                                                                                      Clubs as their annual fund raiser for various organizations.
                                                                                                                                                                              Bavarian News!
                                           your guests a good night’s sleep in
    This is certainly enough to warrant    your home.                                 See the Jan. 16 issue for more on the bazaar.

                                                                                                                                   The Joint Multinational Readiness Center formally honored Staff

  Congraulations to the 2007
  Congratulations to the 2007                                                                                                      Sgt. Eduardo Brown, JMRC Noncommissioned Officer of the Year,
                                                                                                                                   and newly promoted Sgt. Jose Quinones, JMRC Soldier of the
                                                                                                                                   Year, during a banquet at a local restaurant. Competitors in both
                                                                                                                                   events were assessed on their depth of knowledge in 18 different

 JMRC NCO, Soldier of Year                                                                                                         areas including military leadership and courtesy, land navigation
                                                                                                                                   and army history.

                                                                                                                                   NCO of the Year: Staff Sgt. Eduardo Brown
                                                                                                                                   Unit: Company C, 1-4 Infantry Battalion
                                                                                                                                   MOS: 11B
                                                                                                                                   Hometown: Sierra Vista, Ariz.
                                                                                                                                   Time in service: 7 years
                                                                                                                                   Favorite quote: “Two ways to reflect be the candle or the
                                                                                                                                   mirror that reflects it.”
                                                                                                                                   Quote: “I’ve got to represent myself and by battalion better than
                                                                                                                                   I have in the past. I have to set the example for everyone to
                                                                                                                                   follow at all times.”

                                                                                                                                   Soldier of the Year: Sgt. Jose Quinones
                                                                                                                                   Unit: Company C, 1-4 Infantry Battalion
                                                                                                                                   MOS: 11B
                                                                                                                                   Hometown: Hartfort, Conn.
                                                                                                                                   Time in service: 4 years
                                                                                                                                   Quote: “My life has to change now because I have to be on my
                                                                                                                                   toes everyday of the week 24/7. I have to expect the
4   Bavarian News
                                                                   Holiday Views                                                                      December 12, 2007

                                                 O’ Christmas Tree

                                                                                                                                                    Photos by Paula Guzman
The Grafenwoehr Christmas tree lighting ceremony was held Dec. 5 in the PX and commissary parking lot. The ceremony included a visit by Santa Claus and St.
Nikolaus, singing of carols by both German and American choirs, and the official lighting of the tree.

The Encores German-American Choir of Grafenwoehr serenaded        Evelyn Zeitler, age 10, of the German elementary school in
the crowd at the Grafenwoehr ceremony.                            Grafenwoehr, sang a solo and led the rest of the students in harmony.   Laura, 2, daughter of Sgt. Jeremy
                                                                                                                                          Natalie, age 2, daughter of Sgt. 1st
                                                                                                                                          Class David Conn, Gavit, 7th
                                                                                                                                          and Jamie and Amy7th Army
                                                                                                                                          NCOA, shows her holiday spirit.
                                                                                                                                          ATC, showed her holiday spirit.

                                                       Constantin Deinl, age 5, peeks at the traditional German Christmas
                                                       Lebkuchen, provided by the Vilseck Kontact club for the Vilseck tree
                                                       lighting ceremony that took place Dec. 6 in the Vilseck Health Clinic
                                                       parking lot.

                                                                                                                Santa tells
                                                                                                                Will Kubicz,
                                                                                                                4, son of
                                                                                                                Staff Sgt.
                                                                                                                William and
                                                                                                                Kubicz of
                                                                                                                2SCR, that                               Photo by Amy Bugala
                                                                                                                he better be    USAG Bamberg Commander Lt. Col.
                                                                                                                good “for       Gary Rosenberg helps 5-year-old
                                                                                                                goodness        Shannon Keene flip the switch lighting
The Vilseck tree lighting ceremony kicked off with a                                                            sake.”          the garrison Christmas tree during the
German instrumental band playing Christmas carols.                                                                              annual tree lighting ceremony Dec. 6.
6   Bavarian News                                                                                                                                                December 12, 2007

                  CONGRATULATIONS !!!
                               Vilseck High School 1st Quarter Honor Roll
 Principal’s List – 4.0   High Honors: 3.5 – 3.99   AMBER HENDRICKS       MICHELLE MORRIS             DANIELLE JONES               IVELISSE MONTANEZ            MICHAEL WELCH
      and higher                                    BRYAN HOGG            LARISSA CHAVEZ              JENNIFER JOYNER              JASON ROBERTS                CHRISTIAN BORRERO
                          9th Grade                 DOMINIQUE SMITH       TIMOTHY RAY                 MORGAN LAMBERT               LEONARD RODRIGUEZ            TIMOTHY BRUCE
9th Grade                 ERICKA JORDAN             VIRGILIA TANNER       DARA RODGERS                PATRICIA JOHNSON             JOSHUA DAVIDSON              RODNEY FRYEL
CHRISTINE                 ROBERTO MIRANDA           AMANDA ZUMWALT        CHRISTIAN                   JORGE RODRIGUEZ              SAMANTHA JOHNSTON            EILEEN JONES
RODRIGUEZ                 CHRISTOPHER               ERIKA MARK            KENDZIERSKI                 LINDSEY ELLIOTT              JUSTIN MOODY-                PHILLIP MANNING
ERIN TOOHEY               NELSON                                          MERCEDES                    JAMES HARTZ                  WALKER                       TRISTAN STEINMANN
DANIEL WILLIAMS           LEYNA RATCLIFF            11th Grade            MCLAUGHLIN                  INDIA JOHNSON                SANSHON SANDERS
                          MAXIANNE VILLALON         ANGELA BLEVINS        STEVEN RYE                  ANNA MUZZY                   SEAN UNTIET                  12th Grade
10th Grade                ALEXANDRIA MILLS          SHANE CALDER          SHAQUANA HARMON             DARIUS WHITEHEAD             TONI ANDERSON                FELICIA AVERY
KHYLE GRIER               DANICA SCHOBIN            ANNE GOHO             DUSTIN BONTER               EMILY BARNETT                LASONDRA                     JOHN FASSETT
JOHN LEE                  SARA CARRIKER             KARLY VELEZ           ANGELICA MCKINNIS           GARY BURNETT                 ARREDONDO                    NICHOLAS RISCASSI
                          SARAH DOUGLAS             ERIK BIDINGER         STEPHANIE MOONEY            BRITTANY CONLEY              LAUREN CARROLL               ROBERT AHLERS
11th Grade                BRIANA MITCHELL           COURTNEY CORDER       RAMON RAMIREZ               CHRISTIAN LEE                QUARTNEY COHEN               REBECCA WOMACK
ANGELA PRATER             SHEILA RIVERA             TAMARIA HOLLIS        NOLAN STARKS                CHRISTY MANOOGIAN            AMBER CORE                   JUAN AGOSTO
YASMIN COFER              PATRICIA JOHSNSON         PAUL CRUZ             TROY WHITEHEAD              CHELSEY TAYLOR               NIKKI IGNACO                 EARL JEFFERSON
JANICA GUECO                                        NADIA KASTNER         WHITNEY KRAJCOVIC           AARON WARE                                                SEAN ANDERSON
TIERRA MCCLEOD            10th Grade                SHNIECE ROSS                                                                   11th Grade                   MICKEY BRUNNER
AIDA MOUGAN-LEIS          EMMA ANDREWS              MARY SHOUP             Honors List: 3.0 to 3.49   10th Grade                   JILL-ANNETTE AVILES          LEA MCGAFFIN
                          TABITHA HOLZHAUSER        KIMBERLY WILLIAMS                                 KIELE ALLEN                  SHAMYRA COLEMAN              MURRY CHI-KOBI
12th Grade                ALYSSA MASSIE             YVETTE YBAY           9th Grade                   COLT EDWARDS                 KEVIN TAYLOR                 KEVIN BRYAN
KELSEY LYNN               DAVID WOOD                                      JARROD ALSTON               FELICIA PARRENO              BENJAMIN BARRY               JERI CALDER
KATHERINE SCHAFFER        GARRATT YOUNG                                   JACOB BONTER                BIANCA SELDERS               VALERIE HEINRICH             ANNA FULGHUM
STEPHEN NEWBAUER          CRYSTAL CLARK             12th Grade            KAYLA COOK                  SOPHIE BAER                  HERNANDEZ YEIMARIE           DEMARIO GALBREATH
LEMUEL LEE                JACLYN FERRER             ZACHARY GREEN         JACQUELINE CORMIER          LEAH BEILHART                FABIAN WILLIAMS              TARA MEIER
JASMINE NIXON             LINDSEY FLOYD             STEPHANIE KOZMA       BRIANN SMITH                MIREYA JONES                 ALLYSON BARNETT              JALISA SANDERS
                          ADAM SHAW                 LETORNEAU             KARINA TOUZINSKY            MICHAEL MANN                 AISHA MITCHELL
                          LUCAS GUTIERREZ           DANIEL LONOWSKI       THERESA TREVINO             JOHN MCGAFFIN                JESSICA RIDER

Garrison Grafenwoehr, JMTC employees lauded by
 leadership for service, money-saving innovations
EMPLOYEES COMPLETING 45 YEARS OF SERVICE: 20 JULY 2007 TO 30 NOVEMBER 2007              Mr. Guenther Birawsky, 7th Army JMTC GTA Range Support Branch, Grafenwoehr
Mr. Hans D. Bloch, 7th Army JMTC JMTED, Combined Arms Tng Ctr, Vilseck                  Mr. Georg Lauss, 7th Army JMTC GTA Range Support Branch, Grafenwoehr
                                                                                        Mr. Adolf Burggraf, 7th Army JMTC GTA Range Support Branch, Grafenwoehr
EMPLOYEES COMPLETING 40 YEARS OF SERVICE: 20 JULY 2007 TO 30 NOVEMBER 2007              Ms. Ulrike Lindner, US Army Airfield Opns-EUR, Grafenwoehr ATC Tower
Mr. Josef Fraunholz, 7th Army JMTC, GTA Range Support Branch, Grafenwoehr               Mr. Anton Grimm, US Army Airfield Opns-EUR, Grafenwoehr ATC Tower
Mr. Josef Herold, USAG Grafenwoehr MWR, Recreation Division, Vilseck                    Mr. Horst Zeitler, USAG Grafenwoehr Resource Management Office, Grafenwoehr
Mr. Richard J. Wargel, USAG Grafenwoehr HRD, ADCO Grafenwoehr                           Mr. Guenter Mueller, USAG Grafenwoehr Resource Management Office, Grafenwoehr
Ms. Gerlinde Markert, USAG Grafenwoehr DOL, Admin Division, Grafenwoehr                 Mr. Carey Perks, USAG Grafenwoehr MWR, ACS Division, Grafenwoehr
Mr. Gerhard Galler, USAG Grafenwoehr DOL, Admin Division, Grafenwoehr                   Mr. Heriberto Ilarraza-Cruz, USAG Grafenwoehr MWR, Central Contracting, Grafenwoehr
Mr. Guenther Ringelstetter, USAG Grafenwoehr DOL, Supply & Services Division, Vilseck   Mr. Hans-Peter Widy, USAG Grafenwoehr MWR, Kristall Inn, Vilseck
Mr. Johann Graf, USAG Grafenwoehr DOL, Supply & Services Division, Vilseck              Mr. Reginald L. Womack, USAG Grafenwoehr HRD, Military Personnel Svc Div, Grafewoehr
Mr. Manfred Schaller, 6981st Civilian Support Group                                     Ms. Gisela Heller,USAG Grafenwoehr DOL, Transportation Division, Grafenwoehr
                                                                                        Mr. Hans Scharl, USAG Grafenwoehr DOL, Transportation Division, Vilseck
EMPLOYEES COMPLETING 35 YEARS OF SERVICE: 20 JULY 2007 TO 30 NOVEMBER 2007              Ms. Annegret Mueller, USAG Grafenwoehr DPW, Engineering Svc Div, Grafenwoehr
Mr. Albert Fraunholz, 7th Army JMTC GTA Range Support Branch, Grafenwoehr               Mr. Peter Sossalla, USAG Grafenwoehr DPW, Engineering Svc Div, Grafenwoehr
Mr. Johann Kraus, 7th Army JMTC GTA Range Support Branch, Grafenwoehr                   Mr. Frank-Rainer Scholz, USAG Grafenwoehr DPW, Opns & Maint Div, Grafenwoehr
Mr. Anton Bosser, USAG Grafenwoehr Safety Office, Grafenwoehr                           Mr. Roland Schreglmann, USAG Grafenwoehr DPW, Opns & Maint Div, Grafenwoehr
Mr. Siegfried Keck, USAG Grafenwoehr DES, Fire Protection Division, Grafenwoehr         Mr. Georg Liebl, USAG Grafenwoehr DPW, Opns & Maint Div, Grafenwoehr
Mr. Reinhard Hoessl, USAG Grafenwoehr DES, Fire Protection Division, Grafenwoehr        Mr. Martin Seitz, USAG Grafenwoehr DPW, Opns & Maint Div, Grafenwoehr
Mr. Dennis G. Turner, USAG Grafenwoehr MWR, Youth Sports, Vilseck                       Mr. Norbert Schober, USAG Grafenwoehr DPW, Opns & Maint Div, Grafenwoehr
Ms. Christine Bodner, USAG Grafenwoehr DOL, Admin Division, Grafenwoehr                 Mr. Gerhard Forster, USAG Grafenwoehr DPW, Opns & Maint Div, Vilseck
Mr. Berthold Armann, USAG Grafenwoehr DOL, Supply & Services Division, Grafenwoehr      Mr. Alexander Pawlow, 39th Transportation Battalion
Mr. Guenther Grafe, USAG Grafenwoehr DPW, Business Ops & Integ, Grafenwoehr             Mr. Guenther Siegert, ASP 1, Vilseck
Ms. Veronica Mutch, USAG Grafenwoehr DPW, Housing Division, Vilseck                     Mr. Norbert Engelhardt, Maintenance Activity, Vilseck
Mr. Herbert Andraschko, USAG Grafenwoehr DPW, Opns & Maint Div, Vilseck                 Mr. Norbert Streng, USATMC-EUROPE IFMS Fleet Management Division, Grafenwoehr
Mr. Karl-Heinz Silbermann, USAG Grafenwoehr DPW, Opns & Maint Div, Vilseck
Mr. Josef Hermann, 69th Signal Battalion Network Service Center, Grafenwoehr            EMPLOYEES COMPLETING 20 YEARS OF SERVICE: 20 JULY 2007 TO 30 NOVEMBER 2007
                                                                                        Ms. Monika Arbogast, 7th Army JMTC Resource Management Office, Grafenwoehr
EMPLOYEES COMPLETING 30 YEARS OF SERVICE: 20 JULY 2007 TO 30 NOVEMBER 2007              Mr. Guenter Arnold, 7th Army JMTC GTA Range Support Branch, Grafenwoehr
Mr. Teddy R. Henderson, 7th Army JMTC DOT, Opns & Plans Div, Grafenwoehr                Mr. Herbert Kopp, 7th Army JMTC GTA Range Support Branch, Vilseck
Ms. Anita Gebhardt, 7th Army JMTC Resource Management Office, Grafenwoehr               Ms. Bettina Fitzgerald, USAG Grafenwoehr DES, Police/PM Division
Mr. Wolfgang Walberer, 7th Army JMTC GTA Range Support Branch, Grafenwoehr              Mr. Anton Braun, USAG Grafenwoehr DES, Fire Protection Division, Grafenwoehr
Mr. Albert Alford, USAG Grafenwoehr DPTM&S, Plans & Operations Div, Grafenwoehr         Mr. Johann Trassl, USAG Grafenwoehr DES, Fire Protection Division, Grafenwoehr
Mr. Bruce E. Beck, USAG Grafenwoehr DPTM&S, Plans & Operations Div, Grafenwoehr         Mr. Helmut Meyer, USAG Grafenwoehr DES, Fire Protection Division, Grafenwoehr
Mr. Wolfgang Pueschel, USAG GrafenwoehrSafety Office, Vilseck                           Mr. John D. Ramsey, USAG Grafenwoehr MWR, Bowling Center, Vilseck
Mr. Karl Brand, USAG Grafenwoehr DES, Fire Protection Division, Grafenwoehr             Ms. Sigrid Ott, USAG Grafenwoehr HRD, Records Management, Vilseck
Mr. Karl-Heinz Sehnke, USAG Grafenwoehr DES, Fire Protection Division, Grafenwoehr      Ms. Alexandra Arnold, USAG Grafenwoehr DPW, Housing Division, Grafenwoehr
Mr. Larry W. Horton, USAG Grafenwoehr MWR, Recreation Division, Grafenwoehr             Mr. Wolfgang Renner, USAG Grafenwoehr DPW, Opns & Maint Div, Grafenwoehr
Mr. Howard L. Martin, USAG Grafenwoehr MWR, Kristall Inn, Vilseck                       Ms. Silvia Gaeck, USAG Grafenwoehr DPW, Housing Division, Vilseck
Mr. Daniel L. Houser, USAG Grafenwoehr HRD, Records Management, Grafenwoehr             Ms. Christine Schoepf, USAG Grafenwoehr DPW, Business Ops & Integ, Vilseck
Mr. Hubert Kendzia, USAG Grafenwoehr DOL, Supply & Services Division, Grafenwoehr       Mr. Georg Rueppel, USAG Grafenwoehr DPW, Opns & Maint Div, Vilseck
Mr. Guenther Otte, USAG Grafenwoehr DOL, Transportation Division, Grafenwoehr           Mr. Georg Zeug, USAG Grafenwoehr DPW, Opns & Maint Div, Vilseck
Mr. Karl Bielmeier, USAG Grafenwoehr DOL, Transportation Division, Vilseck              Ms. Evelyn Butter, Contracting Command Regional Contracting Office - Bavaria
Ms. Brigitte Rohrer, USAG Grafenwoehr DPW, Housing Division, Grafenwoehr                Mr. Udo Meier, Maintenance Activity, Vilseck
Mr. Wolfgang Muehlbach, USAG Grafenwoehr DPW, Opns & Maint Div, Grafenwoehr             Mr. Martin Wismeth, Maintenance Activity, Vilseck
Mr. Thomas Kroher, USAG Grafenwoehr DPW, Opns & Maint Div, Grafenwoehr                  Mr. Martin Quandt, 6981st Civilian Support Group, Grafenwoehr
Mr. Uwe Woelker, USAG Grafenwoehr DPW, Opns & Maint Div, Vilseck                        Mr. Dwight A. Hall, USATMC-EUROPE Travel Services Office, Grafenwoehr
Mr. Peter Preibisch, USAG Grafenwoehr DPW, Opns & Maint Div, Vilseck
Mr. Peter Ott, BASOPS Maint Ctr-EUR Area Maint Manager - East                           SUGGESTERS
Ms. Rositta Dagner, DECA Commissary Grafenwoehr                                         * Mr. Michael Kneidl, Maintenance Activity, Vilseck
Mr. Johann Witt, 27th Transportation Center BMCT, Vilseck                               * Mr. Peter Kohler, Maintenance Activity, Vilseck
Mr. Michael Radtke, ASP 1, Vilseck                                                      * Mr. Hans Ledwa, USAG Grafenwoehr DPW, Vilseck
Mr. Gerhard Schlicht, ASP 1, Vilseck
Mr. Hans-Joachim Koehli, ASP 1, Vilseck                                                     Employees who received suggestion awards are as follows:
Mr. Georg Retzer, ASP 1, Vilseck                                                               Mr. Michael Kneidl from the Maintenance Activity Vilseck receives $1000 for his suggestion
Ms. Angelika Mueller, USATMC-EUROPE Deputy Director for Operations, Grafenwoehr         to place the mud flap of the M1074/M1075 2.5 inches to the side, so that the mud from the tires
Mr. Alfred Essler, USATMC-EUROPE CPPSO, Grafenwoehr                                     will not endanger the following traffic.
Mr. Anton Scheinost, USATMC-EUROPE CPPSO, Grafenwoehr                                          Mr. Peter Kohler from the Maintenance Activity Vilseck receives $250 for his suggestion to
Ms. Sigrid Kammerer, CPAC, Grafenwoehr                                                  change the technical manual, to list only one national stock number instead of two separate stock
                                                                                        numbers. $150 to change the technical manual to provide a stock number and the procedures for
EMPLOYEES COMPLETING 25 YEARS OF SERVICE: 20 JULY 2007 TO 30 NOVEMBER 2007              the rubber pad to be used for the brackets of the 105MM M199A2 Howitzer. $150 to change the
Mr. Franz Dietrich, 7th Army JMTC Regional Training Support Center, Vilseck             technical manual to use locktite to secure a bolt that is used to hold the housing plunger of the
Mr. Richard Zeitler, 7th Army JMTC CATC, Command Training Branch, Vilseck               105MM M119A2 Howitzer. $100 to change the technical manual to use low grade locktite to
Ms. Joanne T. McCauley, 7th Army JMTC JMSC, Mission Support Division, Grafenwoehr       secure the 10 screws holding the bearing sleeve of the 155MM M198 Howitzer. $100 to change
Ms. Paula J. Guzman, 7th Army JMTC Public Affairs Office, Grafenwoehr                   the technical manual to use a pin spring for holding the stowage gun.
Mr. Norbert Waletzko, 7th Army JMTC Military Personnel, Adjutant General, Grafenwoehr          Mr. Hans Ledwa from the Directorate of Public Works Vilseck receives $25 for his suggestion
Mr. Adolf Schatz, 7th Army JMTC Organizational Maintenance Activity, Grafenwoehr        to install a mirror at the intersection from the road coming from Tanzfleck Gate 4 and the Tank
Mr. Siegfried Reisser, 7th Army JMTC Organizational Maintenance Activity, Grafenwoehr   trail.
8    Bavarian News
                                                                                          Garmisch                                                                              December 12, 2007

                               Best Kept Secrets Series
‘Tailor-made’ for Garmisch: Employee serves half a century
by JOHN REESE                                           Voerkel was a young schoolgirl of 16 when       (Harrison) is a nice manager.”                   kept at her customer counter.
Bavarian News                                       her family was forced to flee their hometown            “In my two years of working with Frau           “My daughter Christine went to school in
                                                    on the Black Sea. It was 1941 and Operation         Voerkel, the impact she has had on      this     Valdosta, Ga., and now she lives in Florida
    (This is the first in a series on Garmisch’s    Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet       community is quite evident,” said                with my granddaughter.”
Best Kept Secrets.)                                 Union, swept across the western edge the            Gary Harrison, AAFES manager,                           Working for the Americans over nearly

          ucked in a back corner of the             USSR. The Ukraine was important for its             Artillery Kaserne. “The                                      six decades has been good, says
          commissary next to the bank and           agricultural and industrial base, and her town      customer satisfaction, the                                       Voerkel.
          behind the crystal shop on Artillery      of Nikolayev was occupied.                          personalized service and the                                        “I’ve met a lot of nice
Kaserne is a small combination photo print-             “We just left everything and lost               warm and friendly                                               families over the years,” she
tailoring-dry cleaning shop, where the open         everything,” she recalls. “My school, my            atmosphere are only a small                                    said. “The world today is very
door and hum of a sewing machine in the back        friends, from the needle to everything, but I       part of what she means to                                     international.”
signals that Frau Emilea Voerkel is busy at         was lucky, so I’m glad.”                            the Garmisch residents,”                                        “Customers from past and
work in her 57th year as an Army & Air Force            Voerkel worked at the Bahnhofstrasse                She married a German                                    present make it a point to visit Frau
Exchange Service-Europe employee.                   location until it closed down four years ago        painter, Gerhardt                                          Voerkel, even if they do not have
    Born in 1925 in the city of Nikolayev on        and the location was moved to Artillery             Voerkel, and together                                     items to be altered, just to say hi and
the Black Sea, Voerkel’s mother taught her to       Kaserne, a quiet spot compared to the early         they raised their                                        see how she is doing,” said Harrison.
sew when she was 18. She arrived in                 days, where she sews, and takes in dry              daughter Christine,                                    “Frau Voerkel has and will always be an
Garmisch in 1945, and five years later she          cleaning and photo finishing orders that are        who attended college                                  important part of the Garmisch military
started working for AAFES at the old                sent out.                                           in the United States to                              community.”
Bahnhofstrasse PX, where she served for 53              “At the Bahnhofstrasse I did tailoring, and     become a criminologist.                                 After 57 years of friendly customer
years.                                              I also worked for a rental service for                  “My husband passed away long ago,”             service, Voerkel still enjoys tailoring and
     “A shop is a shop,” she said, “but the         televisions,” she said. “AAFES has changed          said Voerkel, a touch sad as she reminisced.      has no plans to quit.
Bahnhofstrasse shop was convenient to               over the years, just like everything else, but I        She immediately brightened up as she            “It’s my job,” she said. “As long as I feel
everything downtown.”                               was always lucky to have good bosses. Gary          displayed a recent family Christmas picture      good I’d like to work.”

                                                                                                                                                               “We just left
                                                                                                                                                             everything and
                                                                                                                                                            lost everything,”
                                                                                                                                                            she recalls. “My
                                                                                                                                                                school, my
                                                                                                                                                            friends, from the
                                                                                                                                                                 needle to
                                                                                                                                                             everything, but
                                                                                                                                                             I was lucky, so
                               Courtesy photos                                                                                   Photo by John Reese             I’m glad.”
Emilea Voerkel just after WWII and today at her sewing machine, still clocking in after more than 57 years as an AAFES
employee. Customers past and present stop by just to say hello. (Above centered in text) Voerkel in younger days.

Community honors Native American Month with ‘Living Culture’
by ALEXANDRA COFFELT                      organizer of Living Culture’s
Special to the Bavarian News              Garmisch visit, said she was
                                          impressed at the younger children’s
    Living Culture, a German group        reaction to the jingle dress.
featuring Native American culture,           “The smaller kids are usually
dance, and drum performed Nov. 28         afraid of Petra’s dress,” said
at the Garmisch Elementary/Middle         Galloway. “The Garmisch students
School.                                   were more involved. I saw more
    Many traditional dances were          excitement here than at the bigger
exhibited to the students’ extreme        schools.”
pleasure. The group of two men and           “I liked the man with the wolf on
two women has been dancing together       his head,” said a kindergartner.
for over 10 years. The group’s               The man was Eduard “Eddy”
narrator, Petra Heckel-Wiedemer,          Stoltz, who wore traditional hunting
spoke fluent English.                     buckskins with a wolf-pelt headdress.
    “I was raised in American                The other members’ outfits evoked
schools,” said Heckel-Wiedemer.           similar positive reactions. Moni Tkotz
    Many of the children were wowed       wore a deer leather dress with
by the group’s ornate regalia. Heckel-    geometrical beadwork and a beaded
Wiedemer wore a traditional jingle        shawl.
dress, which evolved over the years.         When asked whose outfit was the
    The legacy is that a woman’s          favorite, one student replied, ‘the dude                                                                                                Photo by John Reese
granddaughter was sick, so she went       that died,’ referring to Tommy Zunal       Drumming and chanting, Living Culture performs a traditional Native American intertribal song for
to the medicine man for advice. He        in his long wool-fringed grass outfit.
told her to do as he had dreamed and                                                 about 80 enthusiastic students at Garmisch American School. The all-German group visited Garmisch
                                             Zunal opened the program with a
that she was to dance wearing a dress     haunting native flute melody that          to celebrate Native American Heritage.
ornamented with deer hooves. She did      echoed in the school’s multi-purpose       defeat, Stoltz sheathed his “weapon”     “Usually the older students at the 13, is a Garmisch American School
this and the girl became well again.      room, and later performed the calling      and helped him to his feet for a hug. bigger schools just look at me like, 8th grade student in Mr. Terry
    Heckel-Wiedemer’s dress is            drums dance, a ceremonial dance to            The students cheered this dance ‘Oh no, I gotta dance?’” said McClain’s creative writing class.
decorated with silver jingles made        crush down the grass for pow-wows.         and many said it was their favorite, Galloway. “This was great.”                 She plans to go to college after
from the lids of tobacco cans to give        In the final dance of the program,      although some of the younger             All in all, it was a good experience graduation and hopes to get a
the same effect.                          Zunal fought a mock-combat duel            children were frightened.             for the entire school. For more about scholarship to attend Johns Hopkins,
    Sgt. 1st Class Jacqueline Galloway,   with Stoltz in which the opponents            The students were invited to Living Culture, visit http:// Harvard, or Auburn University. Staff
Equal Opportunity NCO for U.S.            struck drums instead of each other.        participate in two of the dances and                   writer John Reese contributed to the
Army Garrison Grafenwoehr and the         When Zunal eventually submitted in         enthusiastically joined in.              (Guest reporter Alexandra Coffelt, story.)

                                                                                         Heavy                          USAG-Garmisch metal shop employee Roland Modes, left, says “Auf
                                                                                                                        Wiedersehen” to garrison furnishings warehouse manager Albrecht

                                                                                                                        Modes retires Friday after 44 years working of service to the U.S.

                                                                                         Metal                          Army, while Pecher marks 30 years and plans to carry the torch a bit

                                                                                           Photo by John Reese          Karl Hoerl, another metal shop employee not pictured, also retires
                                                                                                                        along with Modes after 22 years on the job.
10 Bavarian News                                                        Hohenfels Box Bulletin                                                                                          December 12, 2007

Hohenfel’s ‘Combat Santa’ project
comes to aid of wounded Soldiers
Bavarian News
                                           senior at Hohenfels High School and
                                           now a cadet at the Air Force Academy
                                           in Boulder, Colo., became aware of
   “Combat Santa Wants You!” is the the Wounded Warrior Ministry Center.
slogan for a memorable holiday The WWMC is part of the Landstuhl
                                                                                                                                                                                        (From left)
campaign, sponsored by the Pastoral Services that cares for the
Hohenfels National Honor Society needs of wounded and ill service                                                                                                                       Hohenfels National
and the Hohenfels National Junior members medically evacuated from                                                                                                                      Honor Society
Honor Society.                             any front in the Global War on                                                                                                               members Lucas
   This campaign is designed to Terrorism.                                                                                                                                              Hoss, Ryan
provide wounded Warriors small, yet           Although the honor society                                                                                                                Matheson, and
important, comforts of life such as members were intrigued by the
underwear, slippers, pajamas, and opportunity, they were not able to                                                                                                                    Allison Deane
more as they recover at the Landstuhl implement the idea before the end of                                                                                                              review contributions
Regional Medical Facility.                 the school year.                                                                                                                             to the Combat Santa
   When Soldiers are medically                This year, Ruby Sell, sponsor of                                                                                                          holiday campaign in
evacuated from the front after being both societies at the high school, and                                                                                                             preparation to
wounded or falling ill, the move is HNHS President Shaun Redden,                                                                                                                        deliver them to the
generally done as quickly as possible thought the idea was perfect for their
and, in most cases, the Soldiers have holiday community project.                                                                                                                        Landstuhl Regional
only the                                                             “It was a                                                                                                          Medical Facility
clothes on                                                                                                                                                                              Friday.

                                                                  great idea,”
their back.                                                       said Sell, “We
   Once                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo by
                   Most of our wounded Sol-                       did a similar
t    h    e                                                                                                                                                                             Sandy DeLaughter
Soldiers           diers are young men and                        for Troops—
are out of                                                        several years
danger,               women, far away from                        ago, so I had
the pro-             home, hurt and scared.                       some experi-
cess of                                                           ence          in   involvement of the Hohenfels                command, I visited several of our             Sell, Redden, and Hoss are eager
recovery             They are dependant on                        recognizing the    Elementary School with her mother,          Soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital.         to see the donations in the right hands
a t e l y
begins.             to show up and prove to
                 people just like you and me need. to show        wanted
                                                                  our appreci-
                                                                              We     Jennifer Remoy, a fifth grade teacher.
                                                                                         “I have had teachers ask me to send
                                                                                     Combat         Santa       information
                                                                                                                                 They asked nothing for themselves
                                                                                                                                 and only worried about their buddies.
                                                                                                                                 Visiting and listening to these
                                                                                                                                                                           and are looking forward to going to
                                                                                                                                                                               “I really think it will help support
Such      a                                                       ation in an        electronically so they can include it       wounded warriors has had a profound       the Soldiers because hospitals are very
recovery               them that we care....                      immediate and      in their newsletters home to help raise     effect on me and my idea of courage       lonely places,” Hoss said. “I’ve gone
can      be                                                       positive way.”     support,” Remoy said.                       and sacrifice.                            to them long enough to know that by
made far                                 Pe ery
                                Clarissa Petery                      Sell said the       Clarissa Petery, a substitute teacher      “Our donations of toiletry items,      now. When people you don’t even
easier if                    Combat Santa volunteer               students can       at the high school, has joined in to        socks, and candy may make a Soldier       know or don’t know well come to visit
personal                                                          relate to the      assist the students and Sell with the       more comfortable, in some small way,      you and hope you get better, it touches
items—                                                            w o u n d e d      project.                                    I hope so. I am very grateful for their   you. You don’t expect some people to
day-to-day necessities—are readilly Warriors because Hohenfels High                      “Most of our wounded Soldiers are       service, and I am thankful for the        care, but in reality, they do.”
available.                                 School graduate Adam Krouse was           young men and women, far away from          students of Hohenfels High School             Petery envisions this year’s project
   Necessities like toothbrushes, recently wounded in Iraq and treated               home, hurt and scared,” said Petery.        NHS that volunteered to participate in    as the beginning of a Hohenfels
deodorant, phone cards, athletic at Landstuhl.                                       “They are dependant on people just          helping our Soldiers,” said Petery.       tradition.
shoes, and socks are the kinds of             “If a Soldier comes to Landstuhl       like you and me to show up and prove           Friday will be an exciting day for         “Just as the Tree Lighting
things that are immediately missed in nothing but a gown and these kinds             to them that we care about them and         many of the people connected with         (ceremony) is performed every year
when a Soldier begins the return road of things (personal items) are not             their real life situations.”                Combat Santa.                             in December, Combat Santa can carry
to health.                                 there, it may be possible to think no         “My father was a veteran and was           “I really liked Shaun’s idea to        on for as long as is necessary here in
   Today is the last day donations can one cares about them,” Redden said.           paralyzed from the waist down. I saw        actually take the trip and deliver the    Hohenfels,” Petery said. “Hohenfels
be accepted.                               “We didn’t want that.”                    first hand how difficult life was for       donations ourselves,” Sell said. “We      is a small post, but we are mighty. We
   The idea for the project started late      Katie Hoss, a Junior Honor Society     him on a daily basis,” she said.            don’t know all of the details; we’re      have a lot of folks that care, and they
last fall when Lyndy Axon, then a member, has coordinated the                        “During my husband’s battalion              fine tuning the trip itself right now.”   really come through for our Soldiers.”

                                                                                                                                                                                        Photo by Garry Barrows
                                                                                                           Capt. Samuel Fishburne enjoys a cup of coffee after the Brew in the Box Coffee Bar
                                                                                                           grand opening ceremony in Hohenfels.

Read my hands
                                                                                      Courtesy photo        Get your cup of Joe
                                                                                                            at Brew in the Box
A toddler at the Hohenfels Child Development Center signs “thank you.” Hohenfels’
CDC has implemented the Baby Signs program in the infant and toddler rooms to
help the children develop both language and cognitive skills. Researchers have
found that using sign language with babies helps reduce frustration in infants who                         Staff report                                             In addition to two large plasma screen
cannot yet verbally communicate. Nonverbal communication builds trust between                                                                                   televisions, wireless Internet will be installed
babies and caregivers and also jumpstarts intellectual development. For more                                   The Brew in the Box Coffee Bar staff brought     sometime near the end of the year allowing
                                                                                                           out the bells and whistles as the store opened       everyone to drop in for a great cup of coffee
information about the program, call the Hohenfels CDC at DSN 466-4707.                                     for business in the main lobby of Bldg. 10 during    and still be connected.
                                                                                                           a grand opening ceremony Nov. 26 in Hohenfels.           The menu is extensive with favorites such
                                                                                                               The Joint Multinational Readiness Center         as cappuccino, café latte, café mocha, vanilla
            Look for the Bavarian News                                                                     Commander Col. Thomas S. Vandal; Morale,
                                                                                                           Welfare and Recreation Director Glenn Pietras;
                                                                                                           and Army Community Service Chief Trevor P.
                                                                                                                                                                latte, caramel macchiato, and café Americano
                                                                                                                                                                available for $2 to $2.75. Espresso, a number
                                                                                                                                                                of iced, blended coffees, and hot chocolate and
             online at                                                                       Jackman cut the ribbon that allowed the gathered
                                                                                                           crowd to begin enjoying what promises to be a
                                                                                                                                                                tea round out the selection.
                                                                                                                                                                    The Brew in the Box is open weekdays from
                                                                                                           popular location.                                    7:30 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 4:30 p.m.
12 Bavarian News                                                    Hohenfels Box Bulletin                                                                                      December 12, 2007

Commander sends holiday greetings,
urges awareness of drug use, safety                                                                                       this program.

         his is the last issue of the    here are a number of issues that may   over-the-counter drugs, and two of                                                designated driver program, take
         Bavarian News for the           be of interest to you.                 these students were sent to the               This year the Hohenfels             public transportation, use your chain
         year, and I wanted to take      Over-the-counter drug use              hospital as victims of an overdose.       community raised $114,555, which        of command or in an emergency,
the time up front to wish you and                                                  To help address this problem, the      exceeded our goal and is a              call the Garrison Ride Home
                                             In the past two months we have
your families the happiest of                                                   Army and Air Force Exchange               remarkable number for a community       Program at CIV 09472-83-2819.
                                         seen a serious increase in the
holidays and a                                                                  Service and the Defense                   of our size.                               When road conditions are less
                                         number of instances that our teens,
joyous and                                                                      Commissary Agency have restricted             Top honors for total                than perfect, plan ahead, adjust your
                                         primarily in the high school, are
prosperous                                                                      sales of these products and products      contributions by a unit go to           speed to the road conditions, and
                                         abusing over-the-counter drugs that
New Year.                                                                       containing these ingredients by           ITACSS (Griffins) followed by           take your time on the roads.
                                         contain the ingredients
   Whether                                                                      dependent children under the age of       Company D, 1st Battalion, 4th              At home, turn off holiday lights
                                         Dextromethorphan as well as the
you or your                                                                     20. Restricting sales in our facilities   Infantry Regiment, and Joint            when they are not in use or when
                                         product Dust Off.
spouse are                                                                      will not solve this problem alone; it     Multinational Readiness Center          you leave the house. Have a great
                                             These ingredients are found in
currently                                                                       will take your involvement.               Operations Group. Again, thank you      holiday and be safe.
                                         common cold medicines like cough
deployed or                                                                        Please take the time to discuss        to everyone who contributed to this        Enjoy the holiday season and the
                                         suppressants that you probably have
have been                                                                       over-the-counter drug use with your       year’s campaign.                        upcoming winter months and as
                                         in your house.
working a                                    Abuse of over the counter drugs    families and be aware of the              Safety during the holidays              always, Command Sgt. Maj. Perry
rotational                               is an extremely serious issue that I   products that you may have in your           Unfortunately during this time of    Clark and I look forward to seeing
schedule, the past year has been         ask your support in helping to         home and how they are being used.         the year, we normally see a rise in     you around the post.
busy for everyone, and I hope that       prevent before a community             Combined Federal                          the number of preventable safety
you will take the time to reflect        member is accidently killed or                                                   incidents in and around post. Do not
upon all of the positive things in our   seriously injured.
                                                                                Campaign                                  become a statistic this holiday
                                                                                                                                                                     Lt. Col. Gary Bloomberg
community as well as those who are                                                 Congratulations to the entire
in need of support during this
                                             In the past month, we have had
                                                                                community and thank you for your
                                                                                                                             If you are going out for the night
                                                                                                                                                                            USAG Hohenfels
                                         six students in the high school who
season. As we close out the year,        have been sent home for use of         generous outpouring of support for        and alcohol will be involved, use a                    Commander

                                                                                                     Cultural Exchange
                                                                                                       Hohenfels celebrates
                                                                                                      American Indian heritage
                                                                                                        with performance
                                                                                                     by Master Sgt.                                     heritage with others,” said Guadarrama.
                                                                                                     CHRISTOPHER MULVIHILL                                  After demonstrating three ceremonial dances
                                                                                                     JMRCE EO Advisor                                   and two songs, both accompanied by traditional
                                                                                                                                                        drums and chants, Guadarrama talked about
                                                                                                        Mario Guadarrama peers out from under his       people’s relationship to the earth, the forest, the
                                                                                                     elaborate Aztec headdress at the audience of       sky, the ocean, and the animals.
                                                                                                     more than 400 Hohenfels Elementary School              He told the audience about their use of tree
                                                                                                     students waiting with raised hands to ask him      resin to make smoke to accompany their
                                                                                                     questions at the post theater Nov. 27.             ceremonies, which are an important part of their
                                                                                                        “What are your clothes made of?” asked one      culture.
                                                                                                     student.                                               “We are thanking nature for the goodness we
                                                                                                        “Leather, mostly. Leather from deer, leather    have,” Guadarrama said about the dances.
                                                                                                     from cows, leather from pigs. Also, pheasant           As the capstone event for the celebration, the
                                                                                                     feathers, parts of animals,” Guadarrama said,      Calli Dance Group was a fascinating learning
                                                                                                     indicating the ocelot, coyote, and fox heads in    experience for the community, but especially for
                                                                                                     several of his companions’ headdresses.            the elementary students.
                                                                                                        “We also use seeds in our clothes to help           In addition to the visit by Calli, the
                                                                                                     make the sounds you hear,” he said.                community observance also included two other
                                                                                                        Guadarrama is a member of the Calli Dance       components, both organized by American Indian
                                                                                                     Group, a Native American Aztec dance group         Heritage Committee Chairperson Pfc. Kalie
                                                                                                     from a town just south of Mexico City. His         Frantz, of the Cherokee and Lumbee tribes.
                                                                                                     leather business brings the group to Germany           Hohenfels’ middle and high schools
                                                                                                     seven to eight months out of the year.             participated in a poster contest, with 26
                                                                                                        While in Europe, they use the opportunity to    submissions that were on display in the theater
                                                                                                     share their culture with Europeans and             during the dance performance.
                                                                                                     Americans. They especially welcome the chance          The second event was a traditional food
                                                                                                     to help celebrate American Indian Heritage         tasting with recipes donated by Native American
                                                                                                     Month.                                             community members and prepared by the
                                                                                                        “We very much want to share our culture and     Hohenfels High School Culinary Club.
                                                                                                                                                            Dishes such as fry bread and corn soup,
                                                                                                     The Aztec dance group Calli recreates              mashed maple sweet potatoes, corn pones,
                                                                                                     authentic ceremonies for American                  blueberry muffins, carne adobado (chili
                                                                                                     Indian Heritage Month Nov. 27.                     marinated pork), and smoked salmon delighted
                                                                                                                                                        PX visitors while providing a lesson in diversity
                                                                                                                            Photo by Garry Barrows      and cooperation for the culinary club.

Seattle SeaGals astonish Hohenfels audience
Story and photo by JOANNE LOVE
Special to the Bavarian News

   Although the National Football League
Seattle Sea Hawks dance team performance in
Hohenfels was scheduled for the night after
Thanksgiving and on a four-day holiday, that
did not deter about 160 Soldiers and community
members from attending an energetic
performance by the SeaGals at the post gym
Nov. 23.
   From the very first routine to the last, the
audience appeared to be entertained and
delighted for the entire evening.
   The performance started with a regular
football half-time routine, moved into a musical
review of the 1950-60’s, then the 70-80’s, and     The Seattle Sea Gals, the dance team for the National Football League Seattle Sea                                         Photo by Elizabeth Mauldin
ended with a modern hip-hop routine.               Hawks, performed in Hohenfels Nov. 23.                                                               Brandon Ruiz dressed the part for
   In addition to the dances and the songs, the    songs.                                            Bloomberg with a Seattle Sea Hawks flag signed     Thanksgiving. Hohenfels Elementary
performance included routines with children and        U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels Commander        by each member of the group.                       School second graders organized a meal
members of the audience.                           Lt. Col. Gary Bloomberg presented the dancers        The flag will be on display at the 1 st         for parents and staff at the school last
   No military performance is complete without     with Joint Multinational Readiness Center T-      Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment’s Warrior         month in appreciation for all they do to
ending the program with a medley of patriotic      shirts, and the team, in turn, presented          Sports Café.                                       help students achieve success.
14 Bavarian News                                                                                                                                                                                      December 12, 2007
                                                                                  Community Spotlight

                                              What’s Happening
                                              below, contact Central Registration at       taking a Spiritual Gifts test to see how           This process allows us to provide a       sending an e-mail to redcrosshohenfels
    Grafenwoehr/                              Vilseck DSN 476-2760, CIV 09662-83-
                                              2760 or Grafenwoehr DSN 475-6656,
                                                                                           God has gifted us.
                                                                                                Join us at the Hilltop from 9:30 a.m.-
                                                                                                                                          recess period that is most advantageous
                                                                                                                                          to the greatest number of families during
                                                                                                                                                                              , or stopping by the Red
                                                                                                                                                                                        Cross office in Bldg. 335.
                                              CIV 09641-83-6656 or e-mail                  1130 a.m., or come early for coffee and        the holiday leave period.
    Vilseck Briefs                  
                                                     CYS will open the CDCs and
                                                                                           fellowship at 9 a.m.
                                                                                                Child care is provided free at the        APO, CMR extends
                                                                                                                                                                                        Checking German mailboxes
                                                                                                                                                                                            All residents at Leased Family Housing
Vilseck Clinic has new hours                  SASs on Friday nights until 9 p.m. and       chapel annex for children 1 month- 5           operating hours for holiday                   Units are requested to check their German
    The Vilseck Health Clinic’s new           alternate opening two Saturdays a month      years and opens at 8:45 a.m. Bring a                                                         mailboxes on a daily basis.
                                                                                                                                              The Community Mailroom will be
operating hours are as follows beginning      between the Vilseck and Graf communi-        friend and learn a little about yourself!      open on Saturdays for the holiday season          The Housing Facilities Office is sending
Dec. 26:                                      ties. The Teen Centers will also staff             This event is sponsored by Protes-       through Dec. 22. The window hours will        important and recurrent information, such as
Monday-Wednesday: 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.            “Open Gym” on Saturday afternoons in         tant Women of the Chapel but women of          be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.                           appointments from contractors for oil
Thursday: 1-6 p.m.                            both communities.                            all (or no) faith backgrounds are                  The CMR will be open on Christmas         deliveries, annual heater maintenance,
Friday: 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m.                                                                   welcome!                                                                                     chimney sweeping and other contractor
                                              Lost your bike? Look here!                                                                  Eve from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-noon (Urgent Care                                                              The POC for this event is Gwen                                                          maintenance.
                                                  The Vilseck City Hall and Vilseck MP                                                        For more information, contact Carol
Only)                                                                                      Eungard , e-mail
                                              Station have an abundance of unclaimed                                                      James at DSN 466-2796/4398.
    Closed all training holidays and                                                                                                          The APO holiday hours are Monday          Club Beyond Update
federalholidays.                              found property that is believed to belong    Sort Facility operating hours                  through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and it is        Club Beyond is free. All youth (7th-
                                              to American personnel.                           The operating hours at the Sort                                                          12th grade) are welcome anytime.
                                                                                                                                          closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Estate claim for 2nd Lt. Burks                    The found property consists of           Facility during the holiday season are as                                                       If you have any questions about these
                                              bicycles, wallets, and clothing. The point                                                      For more information, contact Walter
    Anyone having any claims on or                                                         follows:                                       Knight at DSN 466-2887.                       upcoming events or Club Beyond
obligations to the estate of 2nd Lt. Peter    of contact at the Rathaus is Ms. Felkl’s         Dec. 24 – 7 a.m. to noon                                                                 Hohenfels call Chris Howard at DSN
Haskell Burks of 4th Squadron, 2d             office which is located at #13                   Dec. 25 - closed                                                                         466-4793 or CIV 0151-1494-3311 or e-
                                              Marktplatz, 92249 Vilseck, her phone             Dec. 26 - closed
                                                                                                                                          ASC seeks volunteers with
Stryker Cavalry Regiment, should                                                                                                                                                        mail
contact the summary court officer: 2nd        number is CIV 09662-9927.                        Dec. 31 – 7 a.m. to noon                   foreign language skills                       mil.
Lt. John Leitch at DSN 476-5301 or by             The point of contact at the Vilseck          Jan. 1 - closed.                               The Army Community Services is
e-mail at          MP Station is Staff Sgt. Buchanan, DSN           The days not mentioned will be open        looking to build a pool of volunteers
                                              476-2903.                                                                                   with foreign language skills to assist        CYS Babysitter Referral
                                                                                           as normal throughout the year. Call the
New Customs office                                Remember, if you don’t secure your       DPW Sort Office at DSN 466 – 4967 for          with the Warrior Transition Unit Soldiers     Services
    There is a new Customs customer           personnel property, someone else will.       information.                                   and family members.                               Babysitters are Red Cross trained
service office in Grafenwoehr located in                                                                                                      They are looking for people with          teens willing to provide childcare
Bldg. 244, Room 240. Operation Hours          AAFES sets holiday hours                     Counseling available                           skills in any language, not just German.      services during non-school days and
will be as follows:                               PX and Mall Holiday Hours now in             Counseling is available for individu-      If you possess this skilll, and are willing   weekends.
* Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m. - noon / 1 -        effect: Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-8           als, couples or families on Mondays,           to volunteer, contact Eva Garrett at the          Child care services and rates are
4 p.m                                         p.m., Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.,      Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Family           Army Community Services at DSN 466-           negotiable with provider and include at
* Friday, 8 a.m. - noon and 1 - 3 p.m.        Sunday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.                       Life Center, Bldg. 743, across from the        2081.                                         home or in-quarters care.
    For more information, call DSN 475-           Food Court Holiday Hours now in          commissary.                                                                                      * Referrals are available to anyone
7249 or CIV 09641-837249 at                   effect: Monday-Thursday: 10:30 a.m.-8            Appointments can be made to see            Red Cross gift wrapping                       requiring babysitter services.
Grafenwoehr, or call the Vilseck Office       p.m., Friday-Saturday: 10:30-8 p.m.          Chaplain (Maj.) Darin Nielsen by calling           The American Red Cross is sponsor-            * Visit the CLEOS office for referral
at DSN 475-2105 or CIV 09662-832105.          (Charley’s, Subway & Baskin Robbins),        DSN 476-3276 or counselor intern Beth          ing the annual holiday giftwrap program,      services, or contact us for additional
                                              10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (Popeye’s and Taco         FitzGerald by calling DSN 466-1570 or          a fundraising opportunity for private         information.
Credit Union holiday hours                    Bell), Sunday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.                DSN 466-4795.                                  organizations and FRGs on post through
    All Service Credit Union branch               Mainstreet X-presso! Holiday Hours           All counseling is confidential and is      Dec. 24 at the Hohenfels Main Ex-             CYS registration free
offices will be closed at 1 p.m. Dec. 24      now in effect: Monday-Friday: 7:30           available for Soldiers, spouses, civilians     change.                                           Registration for Middle School/Teen
and Dec. 26. All branch offices will          a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.,        and family members.                                Participating organizations choose        Services is free. Pick up registration
resume normal hours Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.       Sunday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.                                                                      shifts and man the booth during those         forms at the MS/Teen facility, tempo-
    Service Credit Union would like to            All facilities will close at 4 p.m. on   Brighten a wounded                             shifts. All interested parties should         rarily located in the Community
remind its members that Internet              Dec. 24.                                                                                    contact the American Red Cross                Activities Center, Bldg. 40, or register at
                                                                                           Soldier’s holiday                              immediately by calling DSN 466-1760,          CLEOS.
banking, ATMs and the 24-hour Contact                                                          Remember our wounded warriors
Center are all available 24 hours a day,      CMR hours extended
                                                 During the holiday season through         during the holiday season. Take time this
seven days a week.                                                                         holiday season to remember our
                                              Dec. 29, there will be extended operation
                                                                                           wounded warriors at Walter Reed Army
Annual meter readings                         hours at the Grafenwoehr and Vilseck
                                                                                           Medical Center.
    During the period beginning of            Community Mail Room:
                                                                                               When you are making out your
November 2007 until end of January               Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
                                                                                           holiday card list this year, include the
2008 the electricity supplier EnBW               Saturday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
                                                 Closed: 25 Dec (Christmas)                following:
(Energie Baden Wuerttemberg) will do                                                       A Recovering American Soldier
the annual meter readings in the                                                           c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Grafenwoehr and Vilseck GHRP and                                                           6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Leased Housing areas.
    The personnel will have identification             Hohenfels                           Washington, D.C. 20307
cards, which will show that they are                                                       School winter break policy
from the electricity supplier EnBW.
Please provide them access to your
                                                        Briefs                                 Message for all Hohenfels Middle
                                                                                           High School parents winter break policy:
electricity meter.                            Free personality tests offered               Parents must notify the administration, in
    For information contact Barbara               Puzzled by Your Personality? Ever        writing, an acceptable explanation or the
Boesl at DSN 476-2207.                        wonder where you “fit”? Join the             need for an extended holiday period by a
                                              Protestant Women of the Chapel on            family, the student may be excused from
Graf clinic announces                         Tuesdays in January to put the pieces        school beginning Monday (five school
holiday hours                                 together! Mark your calendars for the        days prior to the Dec. 22 start date for the
    The holiday hours for the                 following dates:                             winter break).
Grafenwoehr Health Clinic are as                  Jan. 8: Take the Myers-Briggs Type           Parents must notify the administration,
follows:                                      Indicator (MBTI) test free                   in writing, of this necessary alteration of
      Dec. 24-25: closed                          Jan. 15: Get your MBTI scored            the winter break schedule by Saturday.
      Dec. 26: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.                  results and learn about the types.               This will allow the administration to
      Dec. 27: 1-5 p.m.                           Jan. 22: Take a different personality    coordinate coursework with teachers for
      Dec. 28: 7 a.m.-3 p.m.                  assessment based on the book “Why You        the days the student will be excused from
      Dec. 29-Jan. 1: closed                  Act the Way You Do”                          school. All assigned coursework must be
      Jan. 2: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.                       Jan. 29: We’ll wrap up the month by      completed by Jan. 7.
      Jan. 3: 1-6 p.m.
      Jan. 4: 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
      Jan. 5: 9 a.m.-noon
Garrison school update
    Information is available at each school
Web site:
    School contact information:
    GES: DSN 475-7133
    VES: DSN 476-2812
    GMS: DSN 475-9500
    VHS: DSN 476-2554
    Transportation: DSN 475-8954
       Through Jan. 18: Orders are being
taken for the full-colored Vilseck
Elementary School Yearbook. The
annual costs $20, payable by cash or a
money order made out to VHS SAF.
Purchase envelopes are available at VES.
Contact Mrs. Northam at DSN 476-2812
for more details.
       Odyssey of the Mind Coaches for
VES: Coaches are needed to guide and
encourage teams of students to creatively
solve a problem that will be presented at
the OM Competition in Bad Kissingen.
VES is trying to get at least five teams
established. Volunteer coaches will
receive training. POC: Victoria Hennion
at DSN 476-2812 or CIV 09662-83-2812.
CYS news
   For more info on the programs listed
December 12, 2007                                                                                                                                                                                     Bavarian News           15
                                                                                   Community Spotlight

                                              What’s Happening
                                              Jingle Bell Jog                                Tue. Jan 1, 11 a.m. Mass                     Spend New Year’s in the Alps                  Auto Skills Center, Conn Barracks
          Ansbach                                 The Katterbach Fitness Center hosts a
                                              Jingle Bell Jog 5-km fun run and walk
                                                                                                       (Mary Mother of God)
                                                                                                                                             Enjoy an alpine adventure with
                                                                                                                                          Outdoor Recreation while ringing in the
                                                                                                                                                                                        *Jan. 11-14 ski/snowboard class
                                                                                                                                                                                        In conjunction with Austria ski/
                                                                                                                                                                                        snowboard trip.
           Briefs                             Dec. 22. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the
                                              run starts at 10 a.m. at the fitness center.
                                                                                             Sun. Dec. 23, 11 a.m. Sunday service
                                                                                             Mon. Dec. 24, 5 p.m. Candlelight service
                                                                                                Church of God and Christ
                                                                                                                                          New Year in Garmisch Dec. 30 - Jan. 2.
                                                                                                                                          Call DSN 469-8659.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Travel with USO
Decorations in housing                            And congratulations to the winners of
                                              the center’s Turkey Trot Nov. 24. There        Sun. Dec. 23, 12:45 p.m. Sunday service      Audition for hit musical                          Travel with USO to Dresden Dec. 22
    Christmas and holiday decorations         were 39 people that took part and the 5-          Free Gospel                                                                             for a day to take a historical city tour and
may be displayed throughout the housing                                                                                                       The Stable Theater is looking for
                                              158th Aviation Regiment took home the          At Preston Hall Bldg. #7080                  actors and actresses (older teen to adult)    visit Germany’s oldest Christmas market
areas during the holiday season. When                                                        Sun. Dec. 23, 11 a.m. Sunday service                                                       dating back to 1434.
                                              Unit Cup for most participants.                                                             to fill parts in the hit musical “Thor-
using holiday lighting, care must be                                                         Mon. Dec. 31, 10 p.m. Watch Night                                                              For more information, call USO at
                                                  The top male was Sterling Teall, the                                                    oughly Modern Millie” Auditions will be
taken to ensure safety and prevent                                                                                                                                                      DSN 354-6711 or CIV 09721-96-6711.
                                              top youth was Brendan Teall, the top                                                        held at the Stable Theater Jan. 9, 10 and
damage to homes and barracks, said            female was Kimberly Richards and the           Get help with resume seminar
housing officials.                                                                                                                        11 at 6:30 p.m.
    Here are a few simple rules to follow
                                              top stroller runner was Lara Moore.                The federal government requires              The show is scheduled to run in early     Kids perform for Christmas
                                                  For more on the Jingle Bell Jog or         specific things in a resume and the          March. For more information, contact              Come to the Ledward chapel Sunday
when it comes to holiday lighting:                                                           application process is different from most
                                              other fitness programs, call the center at                                                  the theater at CIV 0951-300-8647.             at 9 a.m. to see children perform “Sing
       Holiday lights may be displayed                                                       civilian employers.
                                              467-2771 or 09802-83-2771.                                                                                                                Noel.” The storyline follows children as
from now until Jan. 7. Lights may only                                                           ACAP is holding Federal Application      Nominate youth volunteers                     they do the final rehearsal for a Christ-
be lit from 4 p.m. to midnight to help                                                       Seminar Monday from 1 to 3 p.m.                                                            mas play. Some are excited about the day
conserve energy.                              New Year’s in London                                                                            Do you know a youth (14-18 yrs old)
                                                  Outdoor recreations offers a trip to       Attendees should have already completed      who has provided volunteer service in         of performance and others, pushed by
       Lights or other holiday decorations                                                   a two-day Transitional Assistance                                                          their parents to participate, take some
will not be stapled or nailed to door and     London to bring in the new year Dec. 28                                                     the past 12 months, displayed good
                                              to Jan. 2. The trip features an overnight      Program workshop prior to the Lab.           character and academic achievement?           time to warm up to the idea. The
window frames of housing or barracks                                                             The next resume writing lab is Jan. 7.
                                              bus trip to the city, three overnights in a                                                     Nominate him/her for youth of the         community is invited to attend.
structures.                                                                                  For more info, call DSN 469-8925.
       Balcony decorations are allowed        three-star hotel with breakfast included                                                    year! The winner may be selected to
for stairwells. Lawn decorations are          and a city tour.                                                                            receive scholarships ($1000, $10,000          Library offers shop-time
allowed for duplexes and single houses.           Cost is $469 per person. For more,         CMR extends holiday hours                    and $15,000). Call CIV 0951-300-8641.            Send your kids to Ledward or
       Exterior lights and extension cords    call 467-3225 or 09802-83-3225.                    For your convenience the CMR                                                           Leighton libraries for a 30-minute story
should be designed for outdoor use and                                                       customer service window will be open on      PWOC spring session Jan. 16                   time while you shop for their gift at the
contain a factory label indicating            Army Career Alumni                             Saturdays beginning this Saturday until                                                    PX on Saturday from 10 - 10:30 a.m.
                                                                                             Jan. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.                   The Bamberg Protestant Women of
                                                                                                                                                                                           For more info, call DSN 354-1740 or
Underwriter Laboratory (UL) approval.         Program                                            The package pick-up window will          the Chapel will kick-off spring study
                                                                                                                                                                                        CIV 0931-889-1740.
Exterior extension cords should also be           Upcoming ACAP events include a                                                          sessions Jan. 16 at the chapel 9-11 a.m.
heavy duty.                                                                                  also be open Dec. 24 from noon to 2 p.m.
                                              federal application seminar Monday and                                                          Six new book studies await anyone
       Routing extension cords through        a separation brief Tuesday. The next job                                                    looking for fellowship, friendship, and       Holiday basketball shootout
windows or doors is prohibited. Exterior      search workshop will be Jan. 15-17 and
                                                                                             Holiday decorating contest                   fun. PWOC is open to women of all                 Sign up for a holiday basketball
lights should be plugged into existing                                                           Get in the spirit of the season by       denominations. Free childcare is              tournament Monday - Dec. 20. Tourna-
                                              the next Veterans Affairs benefit brief
outdoor outlets, which are equipped with                                                     registering to participate in the holiday    provided. Call DSN 469-8142.                  ment is open to all unit-level teams from
                                              will be Jan. 23.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters.                                                           decorating contest. Yards, balconies and                                                   Schweinfurt, Wuerzburg, Bamberg, and
                                                  Soldiers and their spouses who are         stairwells will be judged. Win an AAFES                                                    Ansbach, with a deadline for sign up
                                              one year from a possible ETS or two            gift card, a sign of recognition and more!   Play BSCC bingo Jan. 16                       Friday. Games will be played at
Turning in license plates                     years from a possible retirement are               Judging will be Dec. 20. Participants        Win big at the Bamberg Spouses’ and       Leighton Fitness Center at 2:30, 3:30,
    People applying for vehicle registra-     eligible to attend all ACAP events.                                                         Civilians’ Club Italian Ceramics from
                                                                                             must register through Monday with Staff                                                    4:30 and 5:30 p.m. each day.
tion renewal with an expiration date of           Soldiers and their spouses in                                                           Nove bingo night on Wed. Jan. 16. Win
                                                                                             Sgt. Tyrone King at DSN 469-7946.                                                              There is no cost to participate.
Jan. 1, 2008, or later must turn in their     Katterbach and Illesheim who are one                                                        prizes from a fine selection of Tiffany &     Awards will be given to individuals and
old AF and AD plates for the new long         year from possible separation from the                                                      Co. ceramics and more.
German-style ones.                            Army or two years from possible
                                                                                             Christmas Market now open                        Doors open at 6 p.m. Games start at
                                                                                                                                                                                        teams. All participants receive a free T-
                                                                                                 The Bamberg Christmas Market is                                                        shirt. Call DSN 353-8234 or DSN 350-
    People who are moving to the U.S.,        retirement, should call the Ansbach                                                         6:30. in the BHS multi-purpose room. $8
                                              ACAP office to schedule their pre-             open until Dec. 23, Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m. to                                                  6115 or e-mail tony.puskorius@eur.
Belgium, the Netherlands or Italy before                                                                                                  or $15 packets available, including
                                              separation counseling appointment.             7 p.m. and on Sundays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.                                           or williamcomeford@eur.
June 30 can keep their AD plates.                                                                                                         playing cards and raffle tickets.
                                                                                             at Maxplatz (between the town hall and                                            The tournament is limited to
    For more information on the new                                                                                                                                                     first eight teams to submit their intent.
                                                                                             Karstadt store). Visit www.bamberg.
policy, call the vehicle registration         Holiday mailing deadlines             for info on German markets.         Holiday events for youth
headquarters in Mannheim at 386-7280              The U.S. Postal Service recommends
or 0621-718-7280.
                                                                                                                                             Friday -Middle School Holiday              Watch ice hockey
                                              the following deadline to make sure your       Garrison holiday hours                       Dance at Oasis Teen Center from 7-10              Come watch the Mighty Dogs play
                                              holiday cards and packages make it to                                                       p.m. Event is open to 7th and 8th             rival teams at the Ice Dome Sunday, or
Chapel holiday services                                                                          The operating hours for some
                                              the U.S. by Dec. 25:                                                                        graders. Attire: Semi-formal to formal        Dec. 21 or 28 in Schweinfurt . Games
                                                                                             garrison facilities and services may vary
    The Katterbach Chapel hosts these             * Express mail—Dec. 20.                                                                 wear. Tickets are $5 before Dec. 12 and       start at 6 p.m. Call DSN 354-1600.
                                                                                             during the holidays from Dec. 24 -Jan 2.
holiday services: Protestant Christmas                                                           Call ahead to confirm opening and        $10 at the door.
Eve and candlelight service Dec. 24 at 7
p.m.; Anglican and Episcopal midnight
Mass Dec. 24 at 11 p.m.; and a Catholic
                                                        Bamberg                              closing times.                                  Saturday -Teen Winter Ball at Oasis
                                                                                                                                          Teen Center from 7-10 p.m. Event is
                                                                                                                                          open to 9th - 12th graders. Attire is semi-
                                                                                                                                                                                        “Hello Dolly” on stage
                                                                                                                                                                                           Come to the Schweinfurt city theater,
                                                                                             Warner Club closing Friday                                                                 Rossbrunnstrasse 2, to see the musical
community Christmas Day Mass Dec. 25
at 9 a.m.                                                Briefs                                 As of Friday, the Bamberg Warner
                                                                                             Club will be closed until further notice.
                                                                                                                                          formal to formal. Tickets are $5 before
                                                                                                                                          Dec. 12 and $10 at the door.
                                                                                                                                                                                        “Hello Dolly” Dec. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Call CIV 09721-510 09721-51741.
    The Illesheim Chapel hosts a                                                                                                             Dec. 31 -New Year’s Eve Party at the
Catholic community Christmas Eve vigil                                                          For more information contact Juergen
                                              Clinic holiday schedule                        Hagemann at DSN 469-7885.
                                                                                                                                          Oasis Teen Center from 4-6 p.m. for           Lingerers dine out
Mass Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. and a Protestant           The Bamberg Health Clinic will have                                                     grades 6-12. Admission is free.
Christmas Even and candlelight service                                                                                                                                                      Join the Leighton Lingerers, formerly
                                              closures during the upcoming holiday                                                           For more info on SAS programs, call
Dec. 24 at 7 p.m.                                                                            Post shuttle has new schedule                CIV 0951-300-8641.
                                                                                                                                                                                        the spouses club, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at
                                              season. Be sure to mark your calendars            The Warner Barracks shuttle bus is                                                      the Waldhaus for a holiday dining out.
    For more, call the Katterbach Chapel      for these days.                                now running on a new schedule.                                                             Exchange gifts ($10/10 euro limit), enjoy
at 467-2785 or 09802-83-2785, or the
Illesheim Chapel at 467-4642 or 09841-
                                                  During closures all emergencies
                                              should go to the Bamberg Klinikum.
                                                                                                The new schedule can be found at
                                                                                    under the
                                                                                                                                                 Schweinfurt                            good food, and bring 2007 to a close
                                                                                                                                                                                        with a bang! Call June at 0931/299/5648
83-4642.                                             Dec. 21—Closed at noon                                                                                                             or email her at
Hook into Wi-Fi
                                                     Dec. 24-25 –Closed
                                                     Dec. 31-Jan. 1 –Closed
                                                                                             “Bamberg Services” menu.
    USAG Ansbach Morale, Welfare and              For more information, contact 1st Lt.
                                                                                             Keep car clean for half price                Estate claim for Sgt. Hike                    Free Schweinfurt boat cruise
Recreation offers Wi-Fi connections at                                                          The Bamberg MWR Auto Skills                                                                The Schweinfurt community has the
                                              Jose Sanfeliz at DSN 469-8619.                                                                  Anyone having claims on or
the Von Steuben community center, and                                                        Center is offering 50 percent off any car                                                  chance to take a free two-hour river
                                                                                             wash during the entire month of              obligations to the estate of Sgt. Adrian      cruise Saturday in honor of the Soldiers
the Katterbach and Storck Barracks            Holiday concert set tomorrow                   December. Open Wed. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 7       E. Hike of 1-91 CAV should contact the        and families serving in this time of need.
bowling centers.                                  The Bamberg Middle/High School                                                          following summary court martial officer:
    People can hook up their laptops and                                                     p.m., and Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,                                                 Space is limited, so sign up today at the
                                              music department presents their annual         Closed Monday and Tuesday.                   2nd Lt. Michael Preczewski at DSN             Finney Fitness Center on Conn or the
wireless devices in the centers for           holiday concert tomorrow at 7 p.m. in                                                       353-8609.
various rate charges: $3.50 hourly, $9.50                                                                                                                                               Leighton Community Activities Center.
                                              the high school multi-purpose room.
daily, $24.50 weekly and $39 monthly.                                                        A sweet treat for parents                    Free ride to Christmas market
    This service is also available at other   Support your Angel Tree                            Parents can enjoy three free hours of
                                                                                                                                              Get a free bus ride with MWR to
                                                                                                                                                                                        Play women’s volleyball
installations in Germany and stateside.                                                      holiday shopping Dec. 21 from 6 - 9 p.m.                                                       Sign up for the three-on-three
                                                  There’s no better time for giving than                                                  popular locations this winter. Sign up for
                                                                                             while kids make cookies and gingerbread                                                    women’s volleyball tournament held at
                                              the holidays. Share the magic of the                                                        the Erfurt Christmas Market Saturday.
Fitness for free                                                                             houses at SAS. Register by Friday. Open                                                    Finney Fitness Center Monday.
                                              season with a child by participating in                                                     Call CIV 0931-889-6305.
    USAG Ansbach MWR recently made                                                           to all families who are registered with                                                        Participation is free and is open to all
                                              the Chapel Angel Tree program.                 CYS. Call DSN 469-8698.
all of its fitness classes free of charge         To participate, remove one or more                                                      Annual tree lighting                          I.D. card holders 18 years and older.
through February. The classes include         angel tags from tress located at the                                                                                                      Registration is 5-5:30 p.m. the day of the
                                                                                             Let your voice be heard                          Come to the annual Christmas Tree
Bottoms Up!, Body Blast, Buns and             chapel and outside the PXtra and                                                                                                          tournament. All participants receive a
                                                                                                                                          Lighting in Andrus Garden on Ledward
Thighs, Circuit Training, Indoor Cycling,     purchase appropriate gifts for the child           The Presidential election is right                                                     free T-shirt. For more info, call DSN
                                                                                                                                          Barracks Sunday at 4 p.m. Enjoy free          353-8234 or CIV 09721-96-8234.
Keichu Do, Muscle Pump, Pilates and           described on the tags. Bring wrapped           around the corner. Many citizens are
                                                                                                                                          refreshments, sing carols, and bring the
Turbo Kickboxing.                             gifts to the chapel tree by Sunday.            eligible to vote in the Primaries in their
                                                                                                                                          kids to get a picture with Santa Claus.
    For class schedules or more informa-                                                     home states, but you can’t vote if you                                                     Giving parents a break
tion on the fitness programs at USAG          Spend Christmas skiing                         don’t register! Call DSN 469-8071 to
                                                                                             find out what you must do in order to
                                                                                                                                          Ethnic food at the library                        CYS is giving you time off. Drop off
Ansbach, call 467-2771 or 09802-83-               The Franconia International Ski Club                                                        Join Ledward library for food and         your child ages 6 weeks to 5th grade at the
2771 on Katterbach and 467-4582 or            invites you to St. Veit, Austria, for family   vote in your district, or e-mail                                                           events below, and they will be cared for at
                                                                                             charles.schnepfe              gathering recipes tomorrow for an
09841-83-4582 at Storck Barracks.             fun and Christmas skiing Dec. 22- 27.                                                       Islamic lunch or Dec. 20 for a Kwanzaa        no cost to families. Both programs include
                                                  The package includes five overnights,                                                   lunch, both from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.      one meal. Enrollment is limited and starts
Hit the slopes                                breakfasts, and dinners at a cozy three        Attend SAS winter camp                          Call 354-1740/CIV 09721-96-1740.           today. Children must be registered with
                                              star hotel, four days of lessons, great            Children can stay busy during the                                                      CYS and reservations must be made in
    Outdoor recreation offers many
                                              après-ski opportunities, babysitter            holidays by attending the Bamberg SAS        B.O.S.S. activities                           advance by phone or in person. Call DSN
weekend and one-day ski trips this
                                              service for children under age 3,              winter camp Dec. 24 through Jan. 4.                                                        354-6517 or CIV 09721-96-6414 in
winter:                                                                                                                                       Participate in Better Opportunity for
    * Dec. 22 day trip to Feldberg            entertainment program for both the                 The camp is open to kindergarten                                                       Schweinfurt or DSN 350-7762 or CIV
                                                                                                                                          Single Soldiers events through the
    * Jan. 5 day trip to Feldberg             young and old plus a welcome party.            through 5th grade for CYS registered                                                       0931-889-7762 in Wuerzburg.
                                                                                                                                          winter. All instruction, materials, and
    * Jan. 10 free day trip with destina-         The trip price is 383 Euro for adults      youth. Events include field trips, crafts,                                                       Parents’ Night Out Dec. 28, 6:30-
                                                                                             music, cooking, games, and bowling.          games are free of charge. Call DSN 354-
tion to be determined                         and it is a U-Drive. (For children 15 and                                                   6270 or CIV 0170-725-6464 for info.           11 p.m. Sign ups begin Dec. 21.
                                              under, please contact the trip captain.)       Reserve by calling CIV 0951-300-8698.                                                             Super Saturday Respite Care Jan.
    * Jan. 19-21 weekend trip to Kaprun                                                                                                   *Tomorrow: This One’s For You 3-7 p.m.
    * Jan. 26 day trip to Garmisch            Single supplement is 40 Euro.                                                               Finney Fitness Center, Conn Barracks          12, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sign-up Dec. 12.
    * Feb. 2 day trip to Feldberg                 Sign-up and payment is due by              Ring in New Year with                        *Tomorrow bowling/drill a customized
    * Feb. 9 day trip to Gross Arber          Monday. E-mail candace.merritt@                masquerade party                             ball 8 p.m., Kessler Bowling Alley            Calling all actors
    * Feb. 16-19 weekend trip to Solden for more information.                  Ring in the New Year at the Moon-        *Dec. 21 Classics Party 5 p.m.                    Try out for the next Schweinfurt
    * Feb. 23 day trip to Feldberg                                                           light Cabin’s Black and White Masquer-       Finney Fitness Center, Conn Barracks          community theater play “Bus Stop” Jan.
    Outdoor rec also has ski and              Chapel worship schedule                        ade Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. This free party will   *Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve in Berlin             9 and 10 at the Abrams Entertainment
snowboard equipment available.                   Catholic                                    feature karaoke, games, food, and fun.       *Jan. 8 construct your own mug shelf 6        Center at 6 p.m. No previous experience
    For times, costs and more info, call      Sun. Dec. 23, 9 a.m. Sunday service            Win prizes for best costumes. Call CIV       p.m., Frame Shop, Ledward Barracks            is required. Call CIV 0162-296-2776 or
467-3225 or 09802-83-3225.                    Tue. Dec. 25, 11 a.m. Christmas Mass           0951-300-8423 for details.                   *Jan. 10 Auto shop safety class 6 p.m.        e-mail
December 12, 2007
                                                                                                 Culture                                                                              Bavarian News

Do our German neighbors
 believe in Santa Claus?
by MARTINA BIAS                                           You see, Nikolaus is far from the “jolly old                                                                                      Nikolaus is far
Special to the Bavarian News                          elf” Americans are accustomed to. Nikolaus                                                                                            from the “jolly
                                                      travels on foot through the woods (often
                                                      accompanied by his helper “Knecht                                                                                                     old elf”
    Do Germans believe in Santa?
     The answer to this question is “Yes”, but        Rupprecht” (male servant Rupprecht) with a                                                                                            Americans are
there is a different twist to the story. The          sack in one hand and a broom made of twigs                                                                                            accustomed to.
German Santa Claus (St. Nikolaus, or just plain       in the other. If the children were “good”                                                                                             Nikolaus travels
Nikolaus) does not bring gifts on Christmas           during the previous year they will receive a                                                                                          on foot through
Eve.                                                  present from the sack; if they were “bad” they                                                                                        the woods
    The Holy Night is reserved for the                will be spanked with the broom and taken
“Christkind” (Christ child). Often portrayed in       away in the sack by Nikolaus.                                                                                                         (often
angelic form, the Christkind delivers the                 Although I remember trembling with fear                                                                                           accompanied
presents in the afternoon or evening                  every Nikolaustag and hiding when I heard                                                                                             by his helper
(depending on tradition and sometimes on the          Nikolaus arrive, I always received a present. A                                                                                       “Knecht
age of the children) of Dec. 24.                      friend of mine, however, was not so fortunate.                                                                                        Rupprecht”
    Nikolaustag (the day of St. Nikolaus) is              She still has vivid memories of being
                                                                                                                                                                                            (male servant
celebrated on Dec. 6. Traditionally, the children     forced into the sack and taken outside. She
will set out their boots on the evening of Dec.       reports struggling like crazy to free herself.                                                                                        Rupprecht) with
5, and Nikolaus will fill them with nuts,             Finally, she succeeded and ran home in tears,                                                                                         a sack in one
oranges, cookies, sweets, and small toys              barefoot through the snow.                                                                                                            hand and a
overnight.                                                So now when you see a suspicious man in                                                                                           broom made of
    I was fortunate to grow up during the 70’s        a long, red coat, carrying what seems to be a                                                                                         twigs in the
when high shaft boots were common.Most                squirming sack on the evening of December
                                                      the 6th, don’t be alarmed. Just smile and be                                                                                          other.
kids were not very happy when the fashion
switched to the lower cut versions, cutting           glad that you were good last year. And if you                                                                                          Photo by
down dramatically on the amount of goodies            weren’t, well, you better make sure that he                                                                                            Paula Guzman
they could hold.                                      doesn’t see you. There is a lot of room in that
    Another tradition many German families            sack! You might also notice that the German
uphold is a personal visit from Nikolaus              Nikolaus is a lot slimmer than Santa Claus.
(usually a male relative or neighbor dressed up       Well, I guess long treks through the woods
in the traditional red coat) on the evening of        carrying a sack full of presents (or kids) is a lot
Dec. 6. Just the mere mention of his name will        more exercise than riding in a sleigh pulled by
turn children into very well behaved kids.            reindeer.

German Christmas, New Year’s are unique celebrations                                                                             always shows some of their best
by MARTINA BIAS                            that day or evening. For many              Church service                                                                      year and the enormous amounts of
Special to the Bavarian News               families the ringing of a little bell                                                 family entertainment. I remember the     money that is “blown up,” a charity
                                                                                          Many Germans will attend a
                                           signals that the gifts have been                                                      “Circus of the Stars” and lots of old    organization started the campaign
                                                                                      church service some time on
    Don’t you sometime wish that           delivered.                                                                            movies. Watching the three-part          “Brot statt Boeller” (bread instead of
                                                                                      Christmas Eve. Families with children
Christmas could last longer than just      Holiday meals                                                                         movie series called “Sissi” about the    boom), which collects money to help
                                                                                      might prefer a worship service
one day? Well, in Germany it does.                                                                                               life of the Bavarian Princess            feed the poor around the world.
                                               Many families serve some kind of       during the afternoon, while older
Germans actually celebrate for three                                                                                             Elisabeth who married the Emperor        A Healthy New Year!
                                           fish dish that evening, with trout or      people would go at 10 pm or even
whole days.                                                                                                                      of Austria every year was an annual
                                           carp being the most popular. To be         wait until the Midnight Mass.                                                           It is a German tradition on New
    Christmas Eve is the main event                                                                                              tradition for our family.
                                           honest, that was the part of                   The distribution of the presents                                                Year’s Day that you wish everyone
for the kids. This is also the day         Christmas that I always liked least. I     is the high point of the celebration       New Years                                you meet “Ein Gesundes Neues
most Germans decorate their                never liked the Blue Carp my mother        for many. It often depends on the             Germans celebrate the New Year        Jahr” (a healthy New Year).
Christmas tree.                            always cooked.                             family tradition when this takes           very similar to most Americans. They         During my youth, the telephone
    Often, the living room is off-limits       For this dish, freshly slaughtered     place. Some people open them               get together with friends, have a nice   system would often experience a
to the little ones that day. That will     carp is boiled in spiced vinegar water     before, other’s after dinner and still     meal, or go to a party. Again, TV        serious over- load in the first few
insure a delightful surprise when the      (that produces the blue skin color)        others wait until they get home from       programs are offering their best         hours and day of the New Year as
children see the beautifully decked-       and served with creamed                    church.                                    shows, movies, and other                 everyone would call friends and
out tree with its sparkling lights for     horseradish and bread with butter.             Dec. 25 and 26 are called              entertainment for the families to        family to bestow those good wishes
the first time in the evening glow.            As soon as I was old enough to         Weihnachtsfeiertage (Christmas             watch together during the wait for       on them.
    It also makes it easier for the        prepare my own food, I started to          holidays) in Germany. Both are             midnight.                                    It is German tradition to take your
mysterious gift bringer, the               cook myself some spaghetti with            national holidays. This is when most          The British classic “Dinner For       Christmas tree down on Epiphany
“Christkind” (Christ child), to place      tomato sauce (always met by my             of the feasting takes place.               One” is one of the annual New Years      (Jan. 6), also called the “Day of the
the gifts under the tree sometime          mother’s raised eyebrows).                      It is also the time for visits with   Eve television favorites. Naturally,     Three Holy Kings.”
                                                                                      relatives (and more eating). One of        you will see many “the year in               Note of caution: Please be aware
    Private                                                                           the typical Christmas meals (always        review” shows as well.                   that under garrison and U.S. Army
 fireworks                                                                            prepared at lunch time, like a             Fireworks                                Europe regulations, private fireworks
         are                                                                          traditional Sunday meal) is die                Now, the one distinct difference     are prohibited on post and in
prohibited                                                                            Weihnachtsgans (the Christmas              between a German and American            government controlled off-post
                                                                                      goose).                                    New Years celebration are the            housing areas and quarters.
    on post                                                                               In our house, however, the                                                          Off-post non-government
                                                                                                                                 fireworks that start at the stroke of
     and in                                                                           tradition was a little different. On the                                            controlled quarters are subject to the
government                                                                            25th my mother always served rabbit            The loud noises and colorful         German regulations regarding
controlled                                                                            in cream sauce with a big bread            display put on by just about each        fireworks. German law allows
    off-post                                                                          dumpling and on the 26th we feasted        and every German household serve         fireworks to be fired only on New
                                                                                      on a roasted duck with potato              the purpose of “scaring away all evil    Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
   housing                                                                            dumplings. In the afternoons, we           ghosts that might otherwise descend          Most fireworks sold in German
areas and                                                                             enjoyed coffee and Stollen or                                                       stores are labeled for adults use only
                                                                                                                                 on the New Year.”
 quarters.                                                                            Christmas cookies with aunts, uncles           This tradition, however, is not      (18 years and older). Only special
  Courtesy                                                                            and god-parents.                           without controversy. Citing the          “Kinderfeuerwerkskoerper” are
    photo                                                                                 On these two days, German TV           many accidents that happen every         suitable to be handled by children.

                                                                                                                                                                            QUALITY TIME: Jordan J.J.
                                                                                                                                                                            Allen, 7, daughter of Pamela
                                                                                                                                                                            Allen, USAG Ansbach
                                                                                                                                                                            housing manager, gets some
                                                                                                                                                                            all-important quality time
                                                                                                                                                                            with Santa as Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                            rapidly approaches. Jordan
                                                                                                                                                                            and hundreds of other
                                                                                                                                                                            Ansbach youth met with
                                                                                                                                                                            Santa who showed up for
                                                                                                                                                                            the community’s annual
                                                                                                                                                                            Christmas tree lighting Dec.
                                                                                                                                                                            4. (Far left) The USAG
                                                                                                                                                                            Ansbach Christmas tree
                                                                                                                                                                            shortly after garrison and
                                                                                                                                                                            12th Combat Aviation Brigade
                                                                                                                                                                            officials, along with Santa
                                                     A JOYFUL NOISE: Members of the combined Ansbach                                                                        and community youth, “lit
                                                     and Rainbow Elementary School choirs point to help                                                                     the candle” as stated by Lt.
                                                     garrison leadership figure out where Santa is—the                                                                      Col. Guy Zero, 12th CAB rear
                                                     jolly fellow arrived with the help of the fire                                                                         detachment commander.
                                                     department on a ladder truck shortly after the annual
                                                     USAG Ansbach Christmas Tree ceremony kicked off
                                                     Dec. 4 on Bismarck Kaserne.                                                                                            Photos by Jim Hughes
18     Bavarian News                                                                                                                                                                    December 12, 2007

Strategize for a healthy holiday
by Capt. JULIE C. RYLANDER, RD/LD                                                                            Limit your intake to one (women) or two (men)      bad, or a little of both.
                                                     2. Have a plan and choose wisely.
Chief, Nutrition Care Division                          At a party buffet, browse the choices before      drinks per day. Also, watch out for other high           Taking a look at the Food Guide Pyramid;
                                                     you start filling up your plate to determine which   calorie holiday beverages: fruit punch, eggnog,       you’ll see that grain products, vegetables, fruits,
    The holidays are upon us and here come the                                                            and sodas.                                            low-fat dairy products, lean meats, fish, poultry,
goodies! It seems as it’s almost expected for us     foods you will indulge and which you can skip
                                                     without feeling deprived.                            5. Be a good example.                                 and dry beans all have a place and will encourage
to over indulge during the holidays and then                                                                                                                    a positive holiday spirit by providing constant,
make New Year’s resolutions that commit us to           Instead of nibbling throughout the event, fill        If you are the host, offer your guests healthy
                                                     up a small plate and eat in a location away from     options. Tasty choices include veggies with           stable energy; repairing and restoring the body;
improving our health.                                                                                                                                           and assisting with stress management and
    Seems a bit contradictory, huh? Don’t just       the food tables.                                     lowfat dip, fresh fruit bites, whole grain crackers
                                                                                                          with lowfat cheeses, carved roast turkey, and         preventing mood swings.
commit to being healthy for 46 weeks of the year     3. Pace, don’t race.
while permitting yourself to holiday indulgences        Focus on enjoying the                             stir-fry veggies.                                     What matters most
for six weeks; enter the holidays with an attitude   foods you’ve selected                                                           Delicious desserts
that you don’t need to deprive yourself of special   and savor them! Eating                                                      include fresh fruit, angel        What matters most is the total amount and
holiday foods – but you don’t need to eat huge       quickly easily leads to                                                     food cake, and lowfat          types of foods you eat over several days.
portions to enjoy them either!                       getting second helpings.                                                    pudding and mousse.               The Pyramid shows we should choose more
    When it comes to enjoying special foods,         Socialize with friends and                                                 6. Get active.                  fruits, vegetables, and whole grains which are
keep it to just the holiday.                         family, putting the                                                        Turn up the holiday             packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
    Parties and celebrations present a healthy       emphasis on the people                                                  tunes and get moving to                At the same time, we should limit our intake
eating challenge with ample opportunities to         with whom you are                                                       burn extra calories. Rather        of high-sugar and high-fat foods.
indulge and overeat.                                 spending the holidays                                                   than retreating to the couch          Excess weight gain during the holidays often
    Here are some strategies to achieve balance      instead of the food.                                                    after a large meal, gather a       comes from eating too much of the foods that
and moderation in your eating habits:                                                                                        group and take a walk,             the Pyramid tells us to limit.
                                                     4. Limit alcohol.                                                                                             Remind yourself daily why you want to be
1. Don’t starve.                                        Mixed drinks may                                                     enjoying outdoor holiday
                                                                                                                             decorations and lights.            healthy. Enjoy the holidays without regret.
    Saving up calories during the day to indulge     contain up to five
a little at the main meal is okay; however, don’t    hundred empty calories.                                                    This also gets you away            With strategy, foresight, and a plan of action,
starve all day in order to splurge later.            Plus, alcohol tends to increase your appetite,       from the view and smells of food that might           you’ll come through in good health for the
    Prevent overindulgence by eating lighter         feeding the temptation to overeat.                   otherwise encourage more eating.                      coming year, able to focus on continuing to
meals during the day and have a healthy snack,          If you drink, choose light wines and beers        Choosing Wisely                                       improve your health rather than undoing the bad
such as a piece of fruit or veggies, to curb your    and use non-alcoholic mixers such as water or           Remember, there are no “good” or “bad”             habits and effects of overindulgence.
appetite before the main meal.                       diet soda.                                           foods; it’s only our eating habits that are good,        Happy and Healthy Holidays!

Post-deployment health re-assessment safeguarding Soldier health
Europe Regional Medical Command           Vinette Gordon, who leads the U.S.        the opportunity to speak one-on-one        complete the mandatory demographic       For more information or to view the
                                          Army PDHRA program.                       with a health care provider.               portion of the PDHRA online in AKO. Battlemind II training video, visit
    To safeguard the health and well-        Research shows that proactively           The health care provider can refer      Answering questions 1-18 is optional.
being of all Soldiers, the U.S. Army identifying these health concerns has          Soldiers for further evaluation and        Remember to submit the form once         “Units with compliance rates below
implemented the Post-Deployment                              a huge impact on       treatment, if necessary.                   complete, he added.                   85 percent must take corrective action

Health Reassessment,                                         the long-term             Most Soldiers complete the                  As a                                               immediately
or PDHRA, in January
2006.                         The U.S. Army has health and well-                    PDHRA as part of a unit-scheduled          part     of                                            according to the
                                                             being of Soldiers      event, or by going to the nearest          p o s t -           Soldiers who have                  Vice Chief of Staff of
    A commander’s           learned that as time and their Families.                health clinic on their own.                deployment
program, the PDHRA                                                                                                                              returned from a combat the Army,” said
gives Soldiers an          passes, Soldiers may The U.S. Army                          To expedite the process, Soldiers       r    e     -                                           Newberg.
opportunity          to
                                                             wants to help          can log on to Army Knowledge Online        assessment,     deployment since March                     He         urges
                             start facing health Soldiers address                   to check their PDHRA status under          Soldiers                                               commanders and
address any health
concerns that may
emerge following
redeployment. It is
                             concerns that they their‘
                                                     ‘       concerns before
                           may not have noticed they develop into
                                                                        health      “My Medical Readiness.”
                                                                                       “Red indicates your PDHRA is
                                                                                    overdue,” says Maj. Scott Newberg,
                                                                                                                               a l s o
                                                                                                                                               10, 2005, must complete leaders to contact
                                                                                                                                               a PDHRA. Soldiers should their supporting
                                                                                                                                                                                      health clinic or
available to all
                                                             serious problems.      chief of plans and policies for Europe     II training       complete a PDHRA 90-                 medical unit to
                                      before .                  Soldiers who        Regional Medical Command’s Force           t h a t                                                arrange for large
Soldiers — active and                                        have returned          Health Protection Office. “Amber           reinforces              180 days after                 groups to complete
reserve component —            Lt. Col. Vinette Gordon       from a combat          indicates you are in the 90-180 window     t    h    e                                            the PDHRA.
who have returned                Head of PDHRA Program       deployment since       and should fill out the DD Form 2900.”     transition
                                                                                                                                                       redeployment                       If you have any
from combat.                                                 March 10, 2005,           “Before entering the information        f r o m                                                questions regarding
    “Returning home                       must complete the PDHRA. Soldiers         on the form you should be able to see      combat to home.                       the PDHRA program, please don’t
and settling back into a routine can be should complete a PDHRA 90 to 180           a healthcare provider with the next            The video-based training shows hesitate to contact Dr. Joan Rubino,
filled with excitement and discovery. days after redeployment. Commanders           seven days. This allows the Soldier        Soldiers how to adapt combat survival medical deployment coordinator,
The U.S. Army has learned that as time notify their Soldiers to participate in      and healthcare provider to focus on        skills to overcome obstacles and ERMC at DSN 371-2629 or commercial
passes, Soldiers may start facing the PDHRA process.                                current concerns,” said Newberg.           setbacks and to keep positive 06221-17-2629, or visit http://
health concerns that they may not            To complete the PDHRA, Soldiers           If you know that you will see a         thoughts during times of adversity for more
have noticed before,” explains Lt. Col. fill out a DD Form 2900 and are given       provider within that timeframe, you can    and challenge.                        information.

                          HE A LTHY
                          BY DEMETRIUS WILLIS
                                                                                       Look who’s working at the
Dear Demetrius,                           after they have completed them.
                                                                                        Grafenwoehr Pharmacy
                                             The second exercise consists of
    I have been working on my abs
trying to get the six pack. I am not
                                          those from TV infomercials and
                                          abdominal machines.
                                                                                                                                                Sgt. 1st Class
just concerned with the look but
also the added benefits of having
stronger abdominal muscles.
                                             I am a believer in the old Rocky
                                          style abdominal workouts to attain                                                                    Monica Primus
                                          stronger abs.
    My exercises focus on the
                                             The key to developing stronger                                                                      Hometown: Waterbury, Conn.
abdominal machines at the gym.
                                          abs is through the supporting and
Are there any other exercises that
                                          balancing of your own body weight                                                                      Favorite Phrase: “Drugs ‘R’ Us”
you prefer for yourself and that you
                                          which using a machine steals from
could recommend?
                                          you.                                                                                                   Likes: Food, sewing, crafts, video
                                             My favorite abdominal exercises                                                                     games, family
“Rooting for Results”                     are crunches (standard, physioball,
                                          and side) and bridges.                                                                                 Dislikes: Invalid complaints,
Edward                                       Each ab exercise should be                                                                          inconsideration
                                          done in three to five sets to ensure
   Dear Edward,
                                          you are targeting as many different                                                                    Favorite Food: All food
   Try not to focus on the “six pack”
                                          aspects of the muscle that you can.
look. By looking so far down the
                                             Good Luck!                                                                                          Dream: To be a positive force in society
road, we often times miss the
smaller results and short-term goal
victories we are attaining now.
   There are two exercises I am not
                                          Demetrius                                                                                              Description: Sgt. 1st Class Primus is
                                                                                                                                                 the senior enlisted advisor for Pharmacy
a huge fan of for abdominal strength         Send your nutrition and fitness                                                                     Bavaria. Though she is readily at the
development.                              questions to usaggnews@EUR.                                                                            pharmacy on a daily basis, she is not
   The first are full sit-ups which Demetrius is a                                                                               assigned to USAHC-Graf. She’s kind of
people often feel in their thighs while   registered dietician and a certified                                                                   like the roommate that doesn’t pay rent.
performing them and in their back         personal trainer.
20     Bavarian News
                                                                                               Ansbach                                                                                  December 12, 2007

     Soldiers, community team up on
   the court to show support for youth
Story and photo by                                    a little more competition might have been a good
RONALD H. TOLAND JR.                                  thing.
Bavarian News                                             “It was fun and all, but I think the Soldiers
                                                      should have played harder,” he said. “It was
    Ansbach Soldiers and youth came together          exciting and I hope we get the chance to do it
for a little community bonding on the hard court      again.”
of the Katterbach Fitness Center Nov. 27.                 The school’s Junior Leadership Seminar
    About 250 community members turned out            students came up with the idea, Flagg said.
to watch volunteer Soldiers from many of                  “They were really crazy about it,” she added.
Ansbach’s battalions and local Department of              However, it took community support from
Defense Dependent Schools middle and high             many different areas to make it happen, Flagg
school students square off in a basketball            said.
matchup put together by Dr. Eva Flagg, Ansbach            “Command Sgt. Maj. James Esters was really
High School and Junior Leadership Seminar             behind this whole thing—very supportive and
coordinator.                                          instrumental in getting support from the Soldiers.
    “This activity is a community effort to try           “With a deployment and the absence of a
and fill the void that our community kids feel        parental figure in the home, the household
since so many parents are currently deployed,”        structure changes. In turn, the kids are exposed
Flagg said. “We—the community, school, and            to other responsibilities and worries that they
military leaders—want to let our kids know that       otherwise would not normally be,” Flagg said.
we care and this event is an effort to join forces,   “This event fills that hole in at-risk children.
have fun, and let our kids know we are here for       They can actually see, recognize, relate to, and       Soldiers in white uniforms take on local Department of Defense Dependent Schools
them.”                                                engage with a Soldier or parental figure, thus         students in a community bonding basketball game Nov. 27 at Katterbach Fitness
    Soldiers took on the students in five different   filling the current void in their life, even if only   Center. A school Junior Leadership Seminar initiative, the community turned out in
categories during quarter-length contests.            for a moment.”                                         droves to support the event to show support for local youth.
    The Soldiers downed the junior varsity girls,         The success of the event says a lot about the
9-2, while the varsity girls got revenge by           community while doing a lot for the youth, said        “Events like this prevent and reduce risk factors   a challenge and the motivation that I need. It
winning, 20-6. The middle school boys won a           Richard Petersen, Adolescent Substance Abuse           for children who are in danger for alcohol and      showed me that I have what it takes to make
tight one, 15-13; the junior boys defeated the        Counseling Services at the high school.                drug abuse.”                                        it.”
Soldiers, 15-6; and the varsity boys closed things        “This event was meant to build resiliency in          But it was about basketball, too, said Sam           Those words are music to the ears of Flagg
out with a 19-12 victory.                             our students while their fathers and mothers are       Freeman, a high school junior.                      and other organizers of the event.
    Of course, this was about much more than          deployed. What better way of building resilience          “Playing in the game against the Soldiers            “These re-linking or reconnection events are
competition. Well, at least to some people—           than to show that there is power in the                was a lot of fun,” Freeman said. “Going up          very rewarding for the kids—they really enjoy
Deavonte Bell, high school sophomore, thought         community with positive activities?” he said.          against higher level players gave me more of        it,” she said.

12th CAB pilot, Air Force doctor join forces to help Iraqi child
Story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class
12th Combat Aviation Public Affairs
    Thanksgiving 2007 was a holiday
to remember for Chief Warrant Officer
4 Keith Langewisch, the brigade
aviation maintenance officer and a
pilot for the 12 th Combat Aviation
    It was the day he got an
opportunity he considered special.
    Langewisch is one of 32 graduates
of the New Franklin, Mo., class of
1980. He joined the Army six years
later to become a helicopter pilot.
    More than 20 years later, he found
himself at Logistics Support Area
Anaconda, Iraq, preparing for yet
another Thanksgiving holiday away
from his home and his family.
    In early November, Langewisch          Chief Warrant Officer 4 Keith Langewisch, the brigade aviation
picked up a “Stars and Stripes”            maintenance officer for the Army’s 12th Combat Aviation Brigade
newspaper and read about Maj.              gives a tour of an AH-64 Apache helicopter to Air Force Maj. Connie
Connie Johnmeyer, an Air Force             Johnmeyer, a psychologist for the 332nd Medical Group at Logistics
psychologist helping to treat traumatic
brain injuries at a hospital on LSA        Support Area Anaconda, Iraq, Nov. 22. Langewisch and Johnmeyer
Anaconda. The article said that            are both from the same home town in Missouri.
Johnmeyer was from Fayette, Mo.–           Among the people on the ward was a climbed over, under and through the
just a few miles from his own              young boy, recovering from injuries, aircraft—his expression, which had
hometown.                                  who told the ward nurses he wanted been more solemn than any young
    “The school district line runs         to be a pilot.                         face should be, now was alive with
through the middle of my parents’             “I called her first, but when she the exploration and wonder of any
farm,” he said. “I’m actually from         found out I was a pilot she thought I normal child.
New Franklin, but I got to know the        could help out,” Langewisch said.          “It was very cool to see him do
Fayette folks through 4-H and things          So, Thanksgiving Day, Dr. this,” Johnmeyer said. “He was very
like that.                                 Johnmeyer and a staff of hospital excited. He’d been pretty lethargic up
    “I thought it was neat that she was    workers brought the boy to meet till now. This is the most animated
from my area, so I contacted her just      Langewisch and tour three of his I’ve seen him get.”
to see if she knew any of the same         unit’s helicopters: an AH-64 Apache,       On this one Thanksgiving Day,
people I know,” Langewisch said. “I        a UH-60 Black Hawk and a CH-47 two people, thousands of miles from
even clipped the story out to send to      Chinook.                               Missouri, had a chance to help–even
my parents to see if they knew her.”          “Over the course of a rotation here if it was only for a day.
    Johnmeyer, a 1970 graduate of          (in Iraq) there are different kinds of     “I just think it’s neat to put a smile
Fayette high school, works on a ward       notable moments,” Johnmeyer said. “I on somebody’s face,” Langewisch
that sees Americans and Iraqis with        bet this will be a very special memory said. “We don’t get the opportunity to         Chief Warrant Officer 4 Keith Langewisch, a pilot for Task Force
head trauma. She primarily does            for the staff and for him.”            do this kind of stuff very often. It’s a       XII lifts an Iraqi boy out of the seat of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter
evaluations for traumatic brain injury.       The staff watched as the boy great thing for all of us.”                           after a tour of the cockpit.

                                                                  Teen center youth Courtney Grundei,                                                                              Brianna Marianni,
                                                                  Denise Rodriguez, Chris Gower, Alex                                                                              Stephany Mills and
                                                                  Brannen, Hakeem Camur, Stephany Mills,                                                                           Maxine Pez make
                                                                  Maxine Pez and Brianna Marianni present                                                                          cornbread at the USAG
                                                                  a certificate of appreciation to Pond                                                                            Ansbach Teen Center
                                                                  Guards (from left) Luis Torres and Kevin                                                                         Nov. 21 as part of a
                                                                  McGowan Nov. 21 after also delivering a                                                                          Thanksgiving Day meal
                                                                  Thanksgiving meal from the SMART Girls                                                                           from the SMART Girls
                                                                  Club, Torch Club, and 4-H Club. The meals                                                                        Club, Torch Club and 4-H
                                                                  were prepared for the Ponds Security                                                                             Club prepared for Ponds
                                                                  guards who were working the gates on                                                                             Security guards working
                                                                  Thanksgiving.                                                                                                    the community’s gates.

                                                                 Photo by Vincent Allen                                                                                            Photo by Vincent Allen
December 12, 2007                                                                                                                                                                       Bavarian News          21
Local student becomes Eagle Scout, known
by community for dedication, tender heart
Story and photo by JIM HUGHES                  Morris said he actually earned the     coach to let her son and backup
Bavarian News                              honor about four months ago after          quarterback, Dominic Barrale, go into
                                           completing a community project—            the game.
    An Ansbach High School senior building three benches and tables for                   “Most athletes wouldn’t give up
recently joined the likes of Hank the Katterbach Chapel—and meeting                   their spot to let someone else go in
Aaron, President Ronald Reagan and an Eagle Board of Scoutmasters.                    and take up their playing time,” she
Steven Spielberg.                              As evidenced by the small              said. “But the biggest part of that is
    Yes, quite an eclectic group, but percentage of Scouts attaining Eagle,           when John came off the field he’d find
John Willis-Morris, like the he said it’s a lot of work.                              me and tell me, ‘Hey, that’s your boy!
aforementioned, is an Eagle Scout.             “I had to do a lot of stuff—go         He’s in there—he’s in there!’ He knew
    Hundreds of teachers, school staff, through all of the ranks, get certain         it was important to me and that is just
community members, Soldiers and merit badges, a certain amount of                     one example of John’s tender heart.”
fellow students attended Morris’ community service hours, volunteer                       After the ceremony, Morris’
Eagle Court of                                                    work and all of     mother agreed with Barrale’s tender

Honor Nov. 11                                                     that.”              heart theory.
at the Von
S t e u b e n          He may be a big man on in All of that             between
                                                                                          “John has a lot of people behind
                                                                                      him who love him and pray for his
Community                campus, but he takes                     being          a    success,” she said. “He endears
Center           on                                               champion            himself to people. John says ‘Hello,’
Bismarck                the time to get to know quarterback,                          John opens doors, John makes people
Kaserne to pay                                                    student and         feel good.
tribute to his            everyone. He told me                    teenager—a              “Another thing is those seventh
joining         the      when he was that age                     testament to        and eighth graders out there—they
estimated 3
percent of Boy          that he didn’t know any M o r r i and     dedication
                                                                               s ’    love him and John knows them,”
                                                                                      Willis added. “He may be a big man
Scouts who                  of the seniors--they                  ability       to    on campus, but he takes the time to
top rank.
    The son of
                          never talked to him. I
                           think it means a lot
                                                      ‘           f o l l o w
                                                                  through, said
                                                                  guest speaker
                                                                  Joann Barrale,
                                                                                      get to know everyone. He told me
                                                                                      when he was that age that he didn’t
                                                                                      know any of the seniors—they never
                                                                                      talked to him. I think it means a lot to   Doris Willis pins the Boy Scouts of America’s Eagle Rank on her
Doris Willis, a                  to people .                      a family friend     people.”                                   son, John Willis-Morris, Nov. 11, during the Eagle Court of Honor
Department of                                                     and member of           Morris’ Scoutmaster, Kevin             Ceremony on Bismarck Kaserne.
D e f e n s e                                                     the football        Jackson, said the Boy Scouts of
Dependent                           Dorris Willis                 team staff.         America’s goal isn’t to make Eagle         of others there to honor Morris can       other people at all times and it’s even
Schools second                mother of John Willis-Morris            “You did        Scouts.                                    probably rest assured the newest          in our oath. I challenge you other
grade teacher at                                                  something that          “The goal is to make young men         Eagle Scout will go on to do just that    Scouts to do a good turn daily.”
A n s b a c h                                                     will change         into better adults,” Jackson said.         based on his words during his speech         Morris was also presented a flag
E l e m e n t a r y,                                              your        life    “John is an example of this. He didn’t     during the ceremony.                      that deployed 12th Combat Aviation
Morris began his path to Eagle Scout forever,” Barrale said to John during            make it on his own, though. He made            “A great baseball player once said,   Brigade Soldiers who are involved
as a Tiger Cub in 1996 in Okinawa, her speech. “You kept your promise                 it with the help of many people around     ‘Any time you have an opportunity to      with or who have children in Scouts
Japan.                                     to do your duty to God and to country,     him—Scoutmasters,            teachers,     make a difference in the world and        flew on helicopter missions over Iraq.
    Eleven years later, as a member of and obey the Scout law to help other           coaches, and, of course, his mom.          you don’t, you are wasting your time         Morris said he was deeply touched
Ansbach’s Troop 97, he put on his people, keep physically strong,                         “John, as your Scoutmaster, I want     on Earth,’” said Morris, quoting          by the gesture.
Eagle rank.                                mentally awake and morally straight.”      you to know the path doesn’t end           Roberto Clemente who died in a plane         “Wow! I can’t even describe how
    “When I started Scouting, I didn’t         Barrale said her primary               here,” he added. “Hopefully we’ve          crash while delivering relief supplies    I feel about it,” he said. “They’re
think, ‘Oh, I could be an Eagle.’ But I observation on Morris is “he is very,         instilled enough in you that you can       to earthquake victims in Nicaragua in     fighting a war and they’re thinking of
kept on doing it and doing it, and my very tenderhearted.”                            go on to make society better—we            1972.                                     me also. It’s just a great feeling. I want
mom kept pushing me and pushing                She said an example of this is         charge you with that as you continue           “This became a reality to me when     to thank them again for everything
me, and I finally got my Eagle,” he during the past two football seasons,             on with your life.”                        I became a Star Scout,” he added. “It     they’ve done for and all of the help
said.                                      he has on several occasions asked the          Jackson, Willis and the hundreds       began a call to service for me—help       they’ve given me.”

5-158 transforms briefing
space into movie theater
by Sgt. 1st Class                          National Guard unit, which built it as     popcorn bags are on their way to you.”
ERIC REINHARDT                             a briefing space. Its movie theater look       Melot was a military aviator in the
Task Force 49 Public Affairs               was designed to fit into the battalion     Vietnam War, logging more than 200
                                           area’s Main Street theme, complete         flight hours over enemy territory as
    After spending a little time in Task   with a boardwalk and false store           an Army Cessna O-1 Bird Dog crew
Force Ready’s newly renovated              fronts.                                    chief. He’s now a business owner, a
theater, you might think you’re in a           While the basic framework for the      private pilot and an ardent supporter
multiplex cinema back home.                theater was already in place, it           of troops overseas, according to his
    With its plush stadium-style           required a few improvements and            niece.
seating, a booming surround-sound          amenities to make it a full-fledged            “I’m lucky enough to be related to
system, full-size movie screen and a       entertainment facility.                    some great and generous people,”
real popcorn machine, the theater              To make that happen, Capt.             Seigel said. “It shows that there are a
offers Task Force Ready Soldiers           Virginia Seigel, the battalion’s           lot of people back home who are really
                                                                                                                                                                                                Courtesy photo
some much-needed respite from the
dust, noise and activity outside.
                                           logistics officer, enlisted some help
                                           from the home front, via her family’s
                                                                                      excited about helping out Soldiers and
                                                                                      want to show their support in a              Talking Turkey
    “Aviation is an inherently             online message board.                      meaningful way.”
                                                                                                                                   Sgt. 1st Class Rodney D. Sloan, Katterbach’s Headquarters
dangerous and detail-oriented                  Relatives, friends and supporters          Soldiers of the unit’s renovation
profession, so it’s important that our     responded with more than $4,000            and upgrade team handled the                 and Headquarters Company, 5-158 Aviation Regiment
Soldiers have as many places to            worth of donations. Seigel’s uncle,        carpentry involved in turning the            dining facility manager, shows off the Thanksgiving
unwind as we can give them,” said          Terry Melot of Phoenix, Ariz., fired       space into a movie theater, adding a         decoration display talents of his staff to Lt. Gen Ken
Task Force Ready Commander Lt.             back with this e-mailed pledge of          projector mount, installing the sound        Hunzeker, V Corps commanding general, at the annual
Col. Jack Bone. “When you’re               support:                                   system and building a popcorn stand.         Thanksgiving meal, Nov. 21.
watching a movie, you’re in a                  “It gives us great pleasure to be          While the theater was primarily
different world–at least for that hour     able to add a little something to the      renovated for and by the Soldiers of
and a half.”                               enjoyment and morale of our troops         5-158 Aviation, other units can contact
    Task Force Ready, 5th Battalion,       abroad. One popcorn machine, four          the 5-158 operations and training
158th Aviation Regiment, inherited the     cases of snap packs (of oil, salt, and     section to reserve it on a space-
theater from an Alabama Army               popcorn) for the machine and 1,000         available basis.                             For more events around Ansbach,
                                                                                                  The uncle of Capt.               subscribe to the “On the Scene” and
                                                                                                  Virginia       Seigel            “Cultural Calendar” newsletters by e-
                                                                                                  donated a popcorn
                                                                                                  machine, along with              mailing or
                                                                                                  four cases of oil, salt,
                                                                                                  popcorn, and 1,000
                                                                                                  bags. Seigel’s family
                                                                                                  and friends donated
                                                                                                  several        items,
                                                                                                  including more than              To place a free classified ad in the Bavarian
                                                                                                  200 DVDs.                        News, visit us online at
                                                                                                  Photo by Sgt.
                                                                                                  Dale Sweetnam
22   Bavarian News
                                                                                          Bamberg                                                                                    December 12, 2007

      A                                              Garrison CDC teachers
 What are you thankful
 for this Thanksgiving?
                                                    earn child care credentials
                                                    Bamberg Public Affairs news release                  extensive training and referrals.
                                                                                                            The program includes a parental
                                                                                                                                                             says caring for children was a lot of work for
                                                                                                                                                             her when she first started.
                                                       Bamberg Child Development Center teachers         questionnaire, in-class observations, and a             “At first I didn’t know if I would be all that
                                                    Maricelyz Ortiz and                                  written      and      oral                          good at it, then with years of experience and
                                                    Sabrina Schaefer have the                            examination by a CDA                                training it became easier and I established a
                         Capt. Michael              credentials that build a                             representative.                                     routine,” she said.
                         Hansen                     parent’s confidence when it                             “It really was time                                  The nationally recognized endorsement not
                         (Bamberg)                  comes to the daily care of                           consuming,” said Ortiz                              only benefits the teachers who have gained a
                         “That my parents are       their children.                                      regarding her experience,                           valuable qualification for their professional
                         coming to spend it            Ortiz and Schaefer                                “especially getting the                             portfolio, but the community as well.
                         here in Germany with       recently completed an                                observations completed.”                                “The new credentials are a quality guarantee
                                                    intensive       six-month                               Ortiz said she received                          to parents. They can be confident knowing their
                                                    program to earn their Child                          a lot of help collecting                            child will be receiving the highest level of care
                                                    Development Associate                                resources from other                                and that the teacher fully understands the needs
                                                    Credentials, raising the                             garrison organizations                              of the children,” explained Marriott.
                                                    accredited staff total in Ortiz                      like Army Community Schaefer
                                                    Bamberg to four.                                                                                             The accreditation council promotes improved
                                                                                                         Service, Women, Infants                             performance and recognition of professionals in
Kimberly Augustine                                     “The accreditation program is an in-depth         and Children Overseas program, Education and
          (Bamberg)                                 and detailed process that looks closely at the                                                           early childhood care and education — the people
                                                                                                         Development Intervention Services, and the          who work with children from birth through 5
 “That my husband is                                teachers interactions with their class,” said        Parenting Support Group.
                                                    Elizabeth Marriott, Bamberg CDC training and                                                             years of age in early childhood centers, family
home and that we are
                                                    curriculum specialist.                                   Ortiz who currently teaches at the part-day     child care homes, and as home visitors. More
         all healthy.”                                                                                                                                       information on the CDA can be found at
                                                       To be eligible for accreditation, teachers are    pre-kindergarten child care center located in the
                                                    required to have three years of experience and       Central Registration and Enrollment building

                         Dijon Holland
                         “I’m thankful to be in a
                         new place, to be alive,
                         and to have friends
                         and family that care
                         about me.”

Elizabeth Gonzalez
   “For the friendship
   and support of my
  friend Gina and for
     my husband who
 makes sacrifices for
me and our country.”

                                                    Maricelyz Ortiz helps 2-year-old Alexis                                                                                        Photos by James Fredrick
                                                    Parker get ready for the Thanksgiving                After waking from a nap Jordan Espino points out his favorite book to Sabrina
                          Jeffrey Jackson
                                                    luncheon at the CDC.                                 Schaefer, Bamberg CDC teacher.
                          “That we are here
                          today and that the
                          troops are support-
                          ing our freedom.
                                                    Bamberg wins IMCOM-E junior soccer title
                          And that I get to see     Story and photo by BRANDON BEACH
                          my dad after              USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs
                                                        Like any soccer-playing teenager, Nick
                                                    Cuevas doesn’t like being stuck in goal.
                                                        “It’s boring,” said Bamberg’s back-up keeper.
                                                    “You just stand there.”
   Khalil Matheney                                      Boring was the last word to describe his play
           (Bamberg)                                at the finals of this year ’s Installation
 “My family. That my
                                                    Management Command Europe under-15 soccer
                                                    championship, held earlier this month in
  dad will be here for
      Thanksgiving.”                                    Cuevas tallied 15 saves and blocked a first-
                                                    half penalty kick to help Bamberg blank tourney
                                                    host Stuttgart 5-0.
                                                        Chase Milhorn carded two goals, and Sean
                                                    Cuevas, Daniel Seamrin and Tesos Dones each
                          Staff Sgt.                found the back of the net.
                          David Hernandez               Despite a 3-0 deficit at half, Stuttgart kept
                          (Bamberg)                 up pressure in the second as forwards peppered
                          “To be able to            Bamberg’s goal with shot attempts. Weather
                          spend the time            conditions during weekend play didn’t make
                          here with family
                                                    Cuevas’ work any easier either.
                          and friends instead           Snow flurries dampened fields on Friday. By
                          of in Iraq.”              Saturday, temperatures had risen from 35
                                                    degrees to about 45, leaving many passes stuck
                                                    in the mud.                                          Bamberg soccer players celebrate winning the tourney’s first place trophy.
                                                        During the two-day tourney, Bamberg              he blocked an incoming shot.                      “but it’s the best he’s played all season. And look,
                                                    recorded wins over Mannheim, 4-2, and                                                                     are champs.”
                                                                                                            Athatansios Dones, Bamberg’s coach, had we Seven Child & Youth Services teams took
    Regina Jeffries                                 Landstuhl, 3-2, but dropped its opening round        no choice but to tap Cuevas.
           (Bamberg)                                game to Stuttgart 4-2. The team also lost starting                                                     part in the annual tourney representing U.S.
 “I’m thankful for my                               keeper, Aaron Mumford, to a broken finger when          “He gripes about it all the time,” said Dones, Army garrisons throughout Europe.
     children and the
  wonderful friends I
          have here.”                                                                                                              A Feast to Remember
                                                                                                                                   Students and parents of Mr. Pinsky’s fifth grade class
                                                                                                                                   enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet at the school Nov. 21.
 CORRECTION: If you think you’ve
                                                                                                                                   Students recited Thanksgiving poems, sang songs about
 seen this Q&A before, you’re right! On
                                                                                                                                   the holidays, and read essays about what they are
 Page 2 of the Nov. 28 issue, we
                                                                                                                                   thankful for before digging into the feast.
 misquoted two of the people. We are
 reprinting this Q&A to correct the                                                                                                The annual event has become a tradition in Pinsky’s
 mistake. Thank you to those who                                                                                                   classroom. Pinsky teaches at Bamberg Elementary
 brought it to our attention.                                                                                                      School.
 The Bavarian News Staff
                                                                                                                                   Photo by Krista Browning
24     Bavarian News
                                                                            Youth & Education                                                                                           December 12, 2007

                    CONGRATULATIONS !!!
                                Wuerzburg High School 1st Quarter Honor Roll
   Principal’s List 4.0      High Honors: 3.5 – 3.99        Austin Griffith                Victoria McKernan             Ruth Rivera                    Lisa Ledford                  Casandra Gonzales
        and higher           Kirby Eavey                    Miranda McConnell              Boris Oros-Guzman             Adrianna Archie                Lisa Little                   Jamila Harvey
John Reynolds                Katja Kennedy                  Ashley O’Rourke                Melody Rogers                 Kayla Brown                    Randal Little                 Calvin Lau
Catherine Richardson         Stefanie Montano               Bernardus Pol                  Ariel Silkett                 Brandon Bryant                 Amber Manchester              Lewis Mbote
Daniel Osgood                Megan Norris                   Esscencia Rodriguez            Isha Sumah                    Kayleen Covert                 Tesa Miller                   Jermaine McElroy
Chantel Barham               Nathaneal OLear                Sarah Sanchez                  Conner Truax                  Forte’ Cunningham              Ann Kelli Montano             Eduardo Quintero
Rebecca Bausum               Madison Queen                  Shaun Simpson                  Ishawu Yahuza                 Dominic Dustin                 Courtney Quick                Xanthus Schneider
Tanner Jacobi                Daniel Reinwald                Madeleine Wojack               Matthew Clidas                Courtney Hoskins               Andrea Rivera                 Michael Seely
Hannah Richardson            Carly Sipes                    Thomas Comeford                Kutu Kollie                   Alexis Jennings                Jordan Roberts                Jessica Sweazea
Kristina Van Horn            Tissia Smith                   Amanda Biggins                                               Stephanie Vazquez              James Robinson                Joshuamil Torres
                             Olivia Teel                    Edwin Cadelinia                Honors List: 3.0 to 3.49      Shanice Cunningham             Joshua Simpson                Hye-Lim Yi
                             Sallymatta Yahuza              DeVante’ Cunningham            Courtney Edwards              Suzanne Davidson               Benjamin Snyder
                             Ryan Barry                     Sarah Denman                   Gabriel Lavine                Erika Davis                    Amanda Whitney
                             Andrea Bell                    Stephanie Huettner             Samantha McConnell            Rebecca Ewing                  Elizabeth Briskey
                             Chelsea Delaney                Rachael Masset                 Kevin Page                    Yader Fletes                   Candice Garnica

       Wuerzburg Elementary / Middle School 1st Quarter Honor Roll
    Principal’s List              A-B Honor Roll                 Principal’s List               A-B Honor Roll                 A-B Honor Roll                 A Honor Roll            Rebecca Ford
     A Honor Roll                                                 A Honor Roll             7th Grade                                                                                  Gillian Merkley
                             8th Grade                      7th Grade                      Alexandria Delgado            6th grade                      5th grade                     Shannon Mulligan
8th Grade                    Jacqueline Hatcher             Tiffany Ford                   Kevin Ewing                   Genesis Figueroa               Isaac Bacon                   Isaac Bacon
Megan Ahearne                Emily Manchester               Carolyn Pippin                 David Horton                  Melanie Simpson                Jonathan Miles                Krista Dallen
Taylor Knowles               Emily Mann                                                    Bobbie Manchester                                            Jason Simpson
Jesse Merkley                Marina Wright                                                 Alexander Ruffalo                                            Nolan Tucker
                                                                                           Zachary Ruffalo                                              Kelly Ahearne

                           Schweinfurt Middle School 1st Quarter Honor Roll
       Principal’s           Korianna Purdin                Christian Rivera               Raechel McCormick             Wilson Hall                    Kendric McIntyre                     B Honor Roll
     Honor Roll -4.0         Alexandria Curry               Florian Sovine                 Jackson Timmerman             Charles Jacobi                 Chelsea Murdock               8th Grade
                             Marissa Rago                   Alice Rivera Torres            Holly Crosthwaite             Stephanie Miller               Caleb Petersen                Telly Brand
                             Austin Eubanks                                                Devin McCree                  Alexis Mitchell-Dugan          Alexandra Rosado              Sam Carpenter-Lopez
6th Grade                    Ryan Whitcomb                        B Honor Roll             Omar Torres                   Aldrin Natividad               Maria Shimkus                 Ashley Carreras
Angel Lee                                                                                  Zachary Davis                 Maximillian Philbin            Nelson Soto-Perez             Carl Cook
Robert Miska                        A Honor Roll            6th Grade                      Garrett Meredith              Angelica Rago                  Corinna Sweeney               Alexusia Dickerson
Francesca McNeal                                            Christopher Arriaga            TiAnna Vaughn                 Gabriella Rago                                               LaDonte’ Evans
Trent Mitchell               6th Grade                      Da’Jah Foy                     Abdullah Felton               Bailey Reynolds                                              Amanda Glaze
Christina Sharp              Heather Arthur                 Elizabeth Murray               Danielle Montano              Daniel Reynolds                      A Honor Roll            Caleb Isom
                             Brennan Booker                 Justin Beaty                   Ariecia Wallace               Alison Sprosty                                               Darren Martin
7th Grade                    Jewel Caruso                   Janie Glidewell                Christopher Foster            Brandy Woodson                 8th Grade                     Jacob Martin
Peter Abbey                  Thomas Diaz                    Kanesha Scott                  Angelina Morrison                                            Haley Carlsrud                Shannen Maxwell
Rafael DeAlmeida             Haley Downs                    Randall Behrendt               Trevor Wright                       B Honor Roll             Xavier Davis                  Alisha McRee
Kiersten Cade                Khayree Files                  Lauren Jackson                                                                              Jonatl Delgado Lopez          Jordan Parise
Francis Negron-Miranda       Kaitlyn Floyd                  Christina Sharp                      A Honor Roll            7th Grade                      Brittany LaBorde              Nia Patterson
                             Ta’Jah Foy                     Jennifer Breault                                             Christopher Bently             Lauren McClaflin              Celeste Ramirez
8th Grade                    Samantha Gray                  Brandon Lucas                  7th Grade                     Sydney Clower                  Lucas Napier                  Forrest Reynolds
Edward Bagtas                Cecilie Huettner               Sidney Shippy                  Titus Choi                    Cesar Colon-Torres             Krystle Suetopka              Jessica Rychlik
Ryle Francisco               Kiera Huiel                    Sierra Clower                  Jasmine Collins               Janica Ecleo                   Connor Timmerman              Danae Shreve
Haile Baker                  Jessica Hunt                   Justin Magrum                  Anna Duenas                   Xavier Lavine                                                Avery Trujillo
Danielle Mitchell            Hannah Nelson                  Derek Shreve                   Atavia Hagler                 Sofia McCormick                                              Matthew Vanattia
Jacob Bautista               Darien Newton                  Shayne Cook                                                  Marissa McCurdy                                              Donnafel Wallace

Youth bowling association offers Saturday bowling for kids
Story and photo by                                       “If you want to do other sports and come later,
SANDRA WILSON                                        you can come play midseason,” said Akridge.
Bavarian News                                            Kessler Bowling Alley hosts the games every
                                                     Saturday. There is a minimal $5 charge for shoes
    Each Saturday brings a morning of bowling        and three games for each participant which pays
for a certain group of kids in Schweinfurt.          for the bowling and also for trophies.
    Young American Bowling Association invites           “I like bowling… because you can get your
kids between seven and 18 years old to participate   name on the wall,” said sixth-grader Devonte
in a fun morning of bowling and even welcomes        Lyons, pointing at the winners wall above the
the parents to have breakfast at the bowling alley   lanes.
while watching.                                          Whoever bowls the high score for the month
    “(They come) to have fun… Most of them           in their age group gets their name posted for
love to bowl and don’t get a chance until parents    everyone to see.
bring them Saturday morning,” said Ernest                While there can be a spirit of competitiveness
Akridge, coach and president of the Schweinfurt      between the boys and girls, the bowling is really
YABA.                                                just for fun, said Akridge.
    Anyone can join the team at any time                 “This league is not putting pressure on them
throughout the season which runs from                to do anything,” he said, encouraging all kids to     Eric Meade, fifth-grader, warms up with some practice bowls before the YABA
September through May.                               come out and play.                                    competition begins. He is one of the regular participants of the club each Saturday.

Schweinfurt band students: music a creativity booster, stress reliever
                                                                                     Story and photo by                        of them participate in the school band      practice their own songs all at the
                                                                                     SANDRA WILSON                             and have fun learning their                 same time.
                                                                                     Bavarian News                             instruments. Out of the 105 who play            “These kids are used to
                                                                                                                               in the beginner or advanced band, 15        distractions,” said Brashier, when
                                                                                         Nothing may calm the nerves more      of them choose to spend time in             asked how they concentrate with all
                                                                                     than music. Students at Schweinfurt       Rebecca Brashier’s afterschool music        of the commotion. “They are here by
                                                                                     Middle School say it does.                program.                                    choice.”
                                                                                         “(Music) takes away from the              “Music is awesome… and it’s                 Many students use the afterschool
                                                                                     stress that I have from the school day.   really fun,” said eighth-grader Telly       program as their required practice
                                                                                     I like to let my mind wander around       Brand who plays the alto saxophone.         time for their instrument. They can
                                                                                     the music and notes,” said sixth-         “When you have a great teacher, even        play their choice of music or practice
                                                                                     grader Devin McRee.                       when it’s hard, you don’t want to           for their band performances.
                                                                                         But relaxing the mind isn’t the       stop.”                                          “If you practice 20 minutes
                                                                                     only reason why these kids play. Most         “For me, music is something that        faithfully each day, you will see
                                                                                                                               really boosts my creativity, and I like     progress,” said Brashier.
                                                                                    Sixth-graders Jewel Caruso                 drums. I like to make noise, so it really       After practicing vigilantly, the
                                                                                                                               suits me,” said sixth-grader Brennan        students performed in the SMS winter
                                                                                    (left) and Elizabeth Murray
                                                                                                                               Booker.                                     concert Dec. 4.
                                                                                    practice the flute and clarinet in             Walking into Brashier’s classroom           Holiday tunes were played, and the
                                                                                    the SMS afterschool music                  on one of those days can bring a burst      students were able to show off their
                                                                                    program.                                   of sound to one’s ears as the students      musical abilities to the community.
December 12, 2007                                                                                                                                                                   Bavarian News       25
Troop commander, gunner’s lives celebrated
by SANDRA WILSON                            “Our wives would always joke we         of stress,” he said in remarks relayed    Shadden, through remarks relayed by       identified himself as a “Batman”
Bavarian News                               were cheating on them with one          by Capt. John Opladen.                    Staff Sgt. Jeremy Smith.                  character, committed to protecting his
                                            another,” Hutto said.                      Opladen personally remembered              From childhood, Hike imagined         fellow citizens.
    Community members gathered                 But truly nothing could come         how Boris cared so much about people      himself serving in the U.S. Army, and         Downrange, both men did their
Nov. 28 in the Ledward Chapel to            between Boris and his wife.             that he would always close his laptop     his family members all agreed that he     duty gallantly and through their
celebrate the lives of Capt. David             “I don’t know if two other people    when someone came to speak to him,        was someone on whom people could          sacrifices, their lives are celebrated,
Boris, commander of Anvil Troop,            could     have                          “Like you were the only person he         always depend.                            said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Stevan
and his gunner Sgt. Adrian Hike.            been      more                          was talking to,” Opladen said.                “He was                               Horning NOv. 28.
    Both were assigned to 1 st              perfect for one                            In the field, Boris chose Hike to      ready       and                               “On that tragic day, Anvil
Squadron, 91 Cavalry Regiment, 173rd        another. Jaime                          be his gunner and everybody seemed        willing to help                           performed like champions… Let us
Airborne Brigade Combat Team, and           and Dave made                           to know exactly why.                      others in need.                           cherish how (Hike and Boris)
were supporting Operation Enduring          the     perfect                            “(Boris) could always count on         It was not like                           touched our lives,” said Kolenda
Freedom when they died of wounds            unity,” Hutto                           Adrian, and he always delivered,” said    him to back                               downrange.
suffered when their vehicle was struck      said.                                   Kolenda.                                  down from any
by an improvised explosive device              Lt.     Col.                            “Adrian was a professional             challenges, but                               Boris is survived by his wife,
Nov. 12 in Bermel, Afghanistan.             Christopher                             warrior. He was an expert in              instead he did                            Jaime; parents, Albin and Diana; and
    “This squadron with all its success     Kolenda,                                everything he did. He was a creative      what he had to                            his sister, Jennifer Possinger.
is due in large part to the wisdom and      s q u a d r o n Boris                   planner, a tactician, and made smart      do and always Hike                            Hike is survived by his mother,
insight of Captain Boris,” said Cpt.        commander,                              decisions,” he said.                      gave a hundred                            Kimberly Bird; stepfather, Robert
Joey Hutto, in remarks relayed by           recalled Boris’s humorous side.              “Hike was one of those leaders       percent,” they said in a group            Bird; brothers, Robert Jr., Martin, Jon,
Staff Sgt. Patrick Potts.                      “With a commander like Boris,        that when he had his hand on the          statement.                                and Aaron Bird; grandmothers,
    Hutto and Boris became best             you can expect a lot of wise-cracking   weapons system, you had a sense of            He was remembered by his high         Delores Bird and Pat Stout; and great-
friends, inseparable to the point that      and back-slapping to reduce the level   security,” said Staff Sgt. Bradley        school friends as non-traditional, and    grandmother, Daisy Hyland.

New mTBI testing program aids diagnosis, recovery
Story and photo by                                                                                                                                           seeing stars or simply being temporarily
KIMBERLY GEARHART                                                                                                                                            disoriented.
Bavarian News                                                                                                                                                    “Compared to those who reported no injury,
                                                                                                                                                             we found significant differences in reaction time,
    This article is the first in a series about mild                                                                                                         concentration, and short term memory” in
traumatic brain injury.                                                                                                                                      Soldiers reporting at-risk incidents, Lopez
    Mild traumatic brain injury, or mTBI, has                                                                                                                explained.
been called the signature wound of the war on                                                                                                                   Results from the first groups to complete
terror. Identifying and treating that injury has                                                                                                             mTBI screening were provided to the local
become a priority for Army medical commands                                                                                                                  medical command.
the world over.                                                                                                                                                 “Col. Lopez’s team was able to… let the
    A pilot mTBI testing program, utilizing                                                                                                                  providers here know what they can expect to
Automated Neuropsychological Assessment                                                                                                                      see in Schweinfurt, so that we can channel our
Metrics (ANAM), has been developed to                                                                                                                        resources in the best way to help these Soldiers,”
identify affected Soldiers. Here in Schweinfurt,                                                                                                             said Col. Theresa Schneider, Bavaria MEDDAC
the first ever post-deployment screenings are                                                                                                                commander.
being conducted as part of the reintegration                                                                                                                    Once the pilot program is fully tested, Lopez
process for Dagger Soldiers.                                                                                                                                 hopes to push it out to medical facilities in
    “The screening is intended to take pre-                                                                                                                  theater, where Soldiers can be tested and their
deployment measurements for a baseline, then                                                                                                                 recovery tracked by the doctors downrange.
retest after the deployment to measure for                                                                                                                      “Soldiers (with mTBI), like football players
differences,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Duecker,                                                                                                                  on the field, look physically normal, but they’re
Schweinfurt Health Clinic commander.                                                                                                                         different. Their reaction time is off,
    In the case of the Soldiers of the Dagger                                                                                                                concentration is off, and in a war-time
Brigade, however, no baseline reading was taken                                                                                                              environment, that’s very dangerous,” Lopez
prior to their deployment. As such, Col. Mary                                                                                                                said. With the ANAM tool, doctors will be able
Lopez, project officer in charge of the testing        Col. Mary Lopez, project officer in charge of the mTBI testing project, and Robert                    to monitor recovery in such a way as to insure
project, was unsure what kind of results, if any,      Robinson, one of the IT managers helping launch testing, review equipment used                        Soldiers are not returned to the fight until their
her team would uncover.                                                                                                                                      recovery is complete.
    Lopez added that the range of results              to screen Soldiers for mTBI.
                                                                                                                                                                “It is a treatable condition. They do recover
considered normal is broad, and of all the pre-           What they found in testing Schweinfurt         recommend follow-up through the Schweinfurt         and improve,” Lopez said, noting that patience,
screenings performed, “we’ve not found anyone          Soldiers, however, surprised Lopez and her        Health Clinic.                                      time, and understanding are keys to coping with
that legitimately fell below the norms.” This is       team.                                                The key factors in a case of mTBI include        and treating mTBI. If Soldiers or their Families
why having a baseline for comparison is more              Thanks to key questions imbedded in the        an injury event—such as a blow to the head—         have concerns or notice signs, contact the
precise, as it allows us to compare the Soldier’s      ANAM tests, Lopez and her team were able to       which causes an alteration of consciousness.        Schweinfurt Health Clinic for additional
performance to his or her own norms.                   identify Soldiers at risk for mTBI and            This “alteration” can be losing consciousness,      assistance.

Commander looks back on Dagger Brigade mission in Iraq
Story and photo by                        difficult area of operations,” and
MARK HEETER                               succeeded at establishing stability on
Bavarian News                             dangerously violent streets, he said.
                                              West Rasheed and Task Force 1-
   Shortly before leading his staff and 18. The 2nd Brigade Combat Team.
about 200 other Dagger Brigade                “We were effective in stopping
Combat Team Soldiers into Finney Shia extremist expansion out of the
Fitness Center for their welcome northeast of our area of
home ceremony Nov. 20, Col. J.B. responsibility,” Burton said.
Burton reflected with reporters on the        While the 9th Engineer Battalion
brigade’s 15-month mission to and 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery
Operation Iraqi Freedom.                  were detached from the Dagger
     “We’re coming home. Fifteen Brigade in Iraq, Burton still
months of

                                                              maintained a
h a r d                                                       watchful eye on
fighting.            We leave with a sense                    them and their
F i f t e e n                                                 missions.
months of
                    of accomplishment, but
                                                              Meanwhile, the
positive and          one that is extremely                   2 nd BCT was
measurable                                                    supported by a
c h a n g e        fragile. There’s got to be                 vast     support
a c r o s s
that a Dagger
                    some very difficult deci-
                    sions on the part of the
                                                       ‘      structure from
                                                              other units.
                                                                  “We ended up
Brigade                                                       with five task
C o m b a t           government of Iraq...                   forces from five      Col. J.B. Burton, Dagger Brigade Combat Team commander, leads his formation into the Finney
T e a m                                                       brigade combat        Fitness Center for their welcome home ceremony Nov. 20.
formation                               Burt
                              Col. J.B. Burton                teams from five
was located,”            Dagger Brigade Commander             d i ff e r e n t      American Soldiers that were               part of the government of Iraq, and       is bustling, ready for Soldiers, their
Burton said,                                                  installations in      grounded in the United States Army        we know that,” he said, noting that the   Families and friends to be reunited
detailing      a     few    of      the the continental United States, all          values,” he said.                         integration of all Iraqis into the        after what I personally believe has
accomplishments of his subordinate working under the Dagger Brigade                     As the deployment wound down          political and security solutions will     been a decisive time in Operation Iraqi
battalions’ task forces.                  Combat Team,” he said.                    to a close, Burton pondered the           further advance the work and              Freedom. These great Soldiers have
   Task Force 1-77. Ramadi. “The              “You’re going in with formations      difference that his Soldiers made in      improvements left behind by the           made a difference,” he said.
Anbar Awakening” that garnered you just didn’t know,” he said. “But                 all the corners of Iraq where they “put   Dagger Brigade Soldiers.                     “They’re ready for a well-deserved
worldwide attention. Task Force 1-26. the integration went very easy.”              their boots down.”                           Then he turned his eyes toward         break. You can see it in their eyeballs
     “They went into an area of               One reason.                               “We leave with a sense of             home.                                     right now,” Burton said, before
Baghdad that hadn’t seen thick                “A tremendous, tremendously           accomplishment, but one that is              “This great community in               leading his Soldiers back to their
presence of Coalition forces in maybe capable brigade combat team was               extremely fragile. There’s got to be      Schweinfurt, this little community at     Families on the other side of Conn
about a year. They went into a very formed because we had fantastic                 some very difficult decisions on the      the end of the railroad tracks, I think   Barracks.
26     Bavarian News
                                                                                         Schweinfurt                                                                                     December 12, 2007

Schools request departure notification
PCSing or going on vacation? Use student withdrawal forms
Story and photo by                         schools know about it.                     USAG Schweinfurt schools’ liaison         if they leave Dec. 5, 6, 12, they get a        “That (winter break exception)
MARK HEETER                                    “We want parents to know that it       officer.                                  withdrawal grade,” Carpenter said.         begins Dec. 17. That’s five days
Bavarian News                              would be very helpful to us if they           DoDDS-Europe has made two                  Due to attendance policies, some       before the start of the winter break,”
                                           know that they’re going to be PCSing       special considerations that apply to      states do not recognize withdrawals        which begins Dec. 22, Carpenter said.
    Going somewhere? Don’t forget to       or going on a family vacation, to let      Schweinfurt schoolers.                    and would require students to repeat       “Of course, parents must let us know,
tell the schools.                          us know as soon as they know,” said           First, to accommodate PCSing           the entire semester, according to          in writing, that they plan to leave
    With a community full of Soldiers      Dr. George Carpenter, Schweinfurt          Soldiers, schools are allowing            Carpenter.                                 before the break.”
and Families who are headed to the         Middle School principal.                   students to finish the semester on an         “It’s not consistent, and it’s not         The bottom line, according to
airport for a permanent change of              “They need to inform the schools       acceleration program, whereby they        always the same calendar,” he said.        McGibboney and Carpenter, is that
station or who will leave for the          if they’re going on block leave and        can complete their first-semester             The second special program allows      parents ought to let the schools know
holidays in the weeks ahead,               their kids are going to miss any days.     coursework by Dec. 13 and depart          children in this community to pick up      as soon as possible if they plan to PCS
Department of Defense Dependents           If they are PCSing, they need to come      with complete grades for the semester.    assignments a few days prior to the        over the holidays or take an extended
Schools-Europe      officials      in      into the school and get the withdrawal        “If they stay here through the         end of the semester and turn them          break with their children.
Schweinfurt advise parents to let the      forms,” said Damon McGibboney,             (December) 13th, they get a grade. Say,   back in Jan. 7.

Showcase helps families transition                                                                                                                                           Learn to
Story and photo by
Bavarian News
                                               Community members also had an
                                           opportunity to set up tables at a flea
                                           market collocated with the
                                           informational displays.
                                                                                                                                                                            invest for
    Approximately 300 people                   Interested browsers could buy
ventured out in the cold rain to pick      clothes, bread machines, transformer
up information or second-hand              and toys.
appliances during the Leighton                 Some of the seventeen people
Community Showcase Nov. 17.                displaying their wares were not above
    The event, held indoors next to the
movie theater, featured information
desks set up by agencies around the
community in order to help residents
                                           making hard-sale cases for their wares
                                               “I’m saving up for a laptop,” said
                                           Maeve Shumate, seven, after pitching                                                                                            by SANDRA WILSON
preparing to move as well as those still   a Scooby-Doo book to a pair of                                                                                                  Bavarian News
in the area.                               possible buyers.
    Whether it was a list of upcoming          Although Scooby-Doo didn’t sell,                                                                                               “There are no secrets to getting
ACS classes or information about           Shumate’s mother, Marijia, noted that                                                                                           wealthy. If you invest, and invest
your child’s school enrollment,            her daughter had already added $15                                                                                              consistently, your money is going to
experts were on hand to offer advice       dollars to her laptop fund.                                                                                                     grow,” said Darryl Jones, Army
and information.                               For children not interested in                                                                                              Community Service financial
    Representatives from Tricare were      building a bank account, MWR had                                                                                                readiness program manager.
on hand with information regarding         bouncy castles set-up in an adjacent                                                                                               Redeployment has brought home
the changes in coverage that can           room.                                                                                                                           many Soldiers with extra cash on
accompany moves. Vet clinic                    If you missed the showcase, you                                                                                             hand, and instead of buying all of the
information focused on shipping pets.      may always contact agencies directly                                                                                            electronics available on the market,
    For those planning to travel with      for information and assistance.                                                                                                 Jones suggests learning how to invest.
school-age children, the garrison              “I encourage people to contact the                                                                                             “Our future is uncertain because of
school liaison officer Damon               school first, but I am always available                                                                                         the many things happening in the
McGibboney was there to help.              to answer questions,” McGibboney                                                                                                world. It’s important to invest,” Jones
    “If you have questions about           said.                                                                                                                           said.
leaving the community, transferring to         Community agency phone
another school district, or a PCS, I can                                                                                                                                   The time is now
                                           numbers can be viewed online at the
help,” he said. McGibboney’s               Schweinfurt                homepage,                                                                                               Community members gathered
resources include a worldwide list of                                                 Maeve Shumate, 7, had no problem using hard-sell tactics to show                     Nov. 27 at ACS for Jones’ class,
                                 , by
school liaison contacts in both the        clicking on “Phonebook” at the top         her wares during the Nov. 17 community showcase. Although this                       “Investing for future wealth.” It’s best
Army and the Air Force.                    of the page.                               sale was a no-go, Shumate had a successful day over all.                             to start when you’re young, he said,
                                                                                                                                                                           but if you’re not in your 20s anymore,
                                                                                                                                                                           the time to invest is now.

Youth groups serve up Thanksgiving                                                                                                                                            “I want to save for retirement and
                                                                                                                                                                           not have to work when I’m 65,” said
                                                                                                                                                                           Sgt. John Barclay of Headquarters and
                                                                                                                                                                           Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion,
                                           Story and photo by                         hours before the 6 p.m. start.            with the Smart Girls Club, another         77th Armor Regiment.
                                           MARK HEETER                                   “Our youth actually provide all the    mentorship program at the youth               And that was Jones’ first piece of
                                           Bavarian News                              service and entertainment during the      center, said that, while they were there   advice. Investing for the long-term is
                                                                                      event,” said Donna Hilley, youth          to celebrate Thanksgiving, they also       the first, most important step. Long-
                                              The turkey arrived in Schweinfurt                                                 wanted to have fun.
                                           a bit early this year, when the USAG       center facility manager.                                                             term includes retirement accounts like
                                                                                                                                    “And we just try to help out as        the Thrift Savings Plan or Individual
                                           Schweinfurt youth center and Club             “They also help with cooking,
                                                                                                                                much as we can,” she said. “Actually,      Retirement Accounts.
                                           Beyond joined forces to host their         cleaning, set up, decorating, and
                                                                                                                                it’s a lot of fun.”
                                           second annual Thanksgiving dinner          running the sound system. The event                                                  For the short term
                                           Nov. 17 at the center on Ledward           gives youth an opportunity to honor           “I just like volunteering,” said          After that is taken care of, the next
                                           Barracks.                                  their parents and our community           Virginia Browning, Club Beyond             step is to invest for the short-term in
                                              While the food preparation began        during the season of thanks” she said.    member, between serving cups of            Certificates of Deposit, mutual funds,
                                           the previous day, the meat and                                                       juice to guests.                           stocks, and more.
                                                                                         For the youth, though, the event
                                           potatoes of the dinner got hot several     had a bit of a different meaning.             “The Club Beyond and (Child and           “The mutual funds market is doing
                                                                                                                                Youth Services) partnership has            incredibly well and is a very popular
                                                                                         “We’re out here helping other
                                                                                                                                grown since our original meeting and       choice,” Jones said.
                                           Members of Passport to                     people,” said Diante Rigmaiden, who
                                                                                                                                now CYS helps host their weekly               The question may remain of how
                                           Manhood, a youth center                    joined his fellow Passport to Manhood
                                                                                                                                meeting at the Youth Center,” Hilley       to get started. Many people delay
                                           mentorship program, dish out               members at the serving line, dishing
                                                                                                                                said.                                      beginning to invest because of a tight
                                                                                      out the goods to partygoers.
                                           the fixings at the Thanksgiving               “We’re just making sure we serve           “It’s a great partnership and we are   budget. Jones recommends paying
                                           dinner, hosted by the center and           people and be polite,” he said.           looking forward to more combined           yourself first— investing— out of
                                           Club Beyond Nov. 17.                          Sasha Whitlock, the junior leader      activities in the future,” she said.       each paycheck. If you spend
                                                                                                                                                                           according to a prepared budget, pay
                                                                                                                                                                           your debts on time, use credit only in
Know customs rules when separating, retiring in Germany                                                                                                                    emergencies, and learn how to
                                                                                                                                                                           distinguish between needs and wants,
                                                                                                                                                                           investing ten percent of your income
by MARK HEETER                             in Germany.                                property purchased off-post while         away something like this, a non-           should not be difficult.
Bavarian News                                 “They can buy as much as they           employed with the U.S. Forces in          expendable item. They must sell it,
                                           want to. But they have to make sure        Germany, according to Marianne            they must go through this process to       Paycheck to paycheck
   With a large number of Soldiers         that those items are at least six months   Boehm, also a customs representative      transfer it. It’s a must,” Boehm said.        “I have a baby on the way, I just
and Families expected to be leaving        old, and they have to keep those items     in Schweinfurt.                              “If you are planning to stay in         got married, and (living) paycheck to
the Schweinfurt community in the           a minimum of one year; otherwise               Some of the more common               Germany and have purchased a               paycheck isn’t cutting it,” said Sgt.
coming months, local customs               German taxes will apply,” Logan said.      examples are privately owned              vehicle from Military Car Sales or         Steven Haesler of Company A, 1 st
officials offer advice about keeping,         Local commanders may offer a 90-        vehicles, firearms, or electronics        from a German vendor with the Value-       Battalion, 77 th Armor Regiment,
shipping, selling and transferring         day extension of individual logistical     equipment.                                Added Tax relief program you have          explaining why he attended the class.
property.                                  support in the case of an eligible             “Everything that has a serial         to be in possession of the vehicle for        In addition to basic investment
   “They can buy as much as they           Soldier or civilian whose Family           number is non-expendable. The other       six months to clear German customs         information, Jones frequently holds
want to. Going back to the States, they    wishes to stay in Germany past the         things that you cannot identify           without paying tax and duty,”              free classes at ACS about managing
don’t have a problem,” said Sonja          permanent change of station date.          anymore is an expendable item,”           according to a customs official in a       finances, home and car loans, dealing
Logan, customs representative with             “If that’s not approved, that means    Boehm said.                               recent release.                            with credit and checkbooks, and more.
the U.S. Forces customs office in          their personal property, their POV, and        And Logan and Boehm warn                 For more information, contact           Call ACS to find out when the next
Schweinfurt.                               anything that they bought while they       people against the pitfalls of offering   Schweinfurt U.S. Forces customs            financial class will be held. Jones is
   The rules get a bit more involved       were here has to clear German              their items to non-eligible persons,      office at DSN 353-8348, CIV 09721-         also available for individual
for people who plan to retire or           customs,” Logan said.                      friends or relatives.                     96-8348 or at           appointments by calling 354-6933 or
separate from the military and remain         This applies to all non-expendable          “They are not authorized to give      .mil/opm/customs.htm.                      09721-96-6933.
December 12, 2007                                                                                                                                                                         Bavarian News        27
                                                                                   2SCR Dragoons
Scout learns Arabic to help platoon, mission         populace has not only helped bring them a               and snacks from local vendors.
Story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class KAP KIM
2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs                cheese-and-bread breakfast during the mission,             Now, as he and his unit live out of the
                                                     but also helped make their job of receiving             Coalition Outpost Ramagon together in Karkh,
   When Sgt. Jason Stisser, of Troop O, 4th          information from the Karkh residents easier.            Stisser spends more time speaking to Iraqi Army
Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment found             “It’s such a big deal when you try to speak         soldiers. His fellow scouts started calling him
out he was coming back to Iraq, he quickly           their language,” said the Nashville, Tenn. native.      “jundee,” which means “soldier” in Arabic.
brushed up on his Arabic.                            “Just like at our home station, I don’t think we           He’s the closest thing we have to an IA,”
   That prior preparation has been benefiting        should be walking around Germany without                joked Sgt. Kevin Baker, of Tampa, Fla.
both him and his platoon in their current duties.    learning how to say ‘excuse me, please, and I’m            Stisser, who refers to himself as a
   Based out of Forward Operating Base               sorry’ … just the basic stuff.”                         traditionalist, said he honors the Iraqi culture
Prosperity in central Baghdad, his unit, attached        Although their platoons have Iraqi                  because he considered himself the same.
to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry              interpreters with them, the anomaly of a                   “I tell everybody that all you have to do is
Division, covers the Karkh District.                 westerner who speaks Arabic seems to bring              look at the Old Testament,” he said. “A lot of
   In a recent clearing mission, dubbed              about trust.                                            their customs comes from their religion. I respect
Operation Saber Sweep, the white and blue                His interaction with residents, merchants and       those who are traditionalist. It’s just the little
platoons of 4-2nd SCR, along with Iraqi Army         Iraqi Army soldiers makes it easier on the rest         things. They’ll bring you in and have chai (tea)
soldiers, went from apartment building to            of his unit.                                            with you.”
apartment building gathering census information          “There’s a stigma with what we do; they think          Stisser is currently studying Arabic through
on the area residents.                               we think they are terrorists or something,”             interactive computer software, but learns a lot
   Recently, many of the residents complained        Stisser said. “What I try to tell them all I need is    by carrying index cards with a few vocabulary
of wrongful eviction notices.                        info.”                                                  words.
   “Outlaw” Troop Soldiers went around                   Stisser started learning conversational Arabic         “Right now, my grammar is like ‘Me Tarzan,
collecting data such as lease agreements or          when he was deployed in Taji, Iraq with the 7th         you Jane,’” he said. “Sometimes, I’ll get into a
ownership documents to make sure they would          Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry           conversation with an IA [soldier] and get in way
not be further harassed.                             Division (Mechanized), then at Fort Hood,               over my head. So, I’ll have to bring an interpreter
   As their Stryker vehicles rolled up to the        Texas, back in 2005. He recalled learning simple        over.
apartments before sunrise, the group of Soldiers,    phrases through an embarrassing event.                     “I try to use each of these words in a
who deployed from Vilseck, Germany, cleared              “I was taken off the line,” said the scout. “It’s   conversation at least one time a day,” he said
each of the floors before waking up most             one of the most embarrassing things for a scout         pointing to the list of phonetically written words.
residents.                                                                                                                                                         Nashville, Tenn., native Sgt. Jason
                                                     to be taken off the line; it’s like punishment. So,     “My goal is, by March, to go with my section
   “We have to get here early before they head       when I was put back on the line, I tried to be          and see if we have a need for interpreters for        Stisser, Troop O, 4th Squadron, 2SCR,
to work,” said Staff Sgt. Joaquin Reyna, of          more valuable to my platoon.”                           certain missions. Sometimes, I feel like it’s not     provides security along with Iraqi Army
Fresno, Calif.                                           Back then, he learned simple phrases from           helping out the platoon yet – which is my biggest     troops during a clearing operation in
   Stisser’s ability to converse with the local      his interpreters to get children to go buy drinks       priority.”                                            Baghdad’s Karkh District.

Staff Sgt. Richard Edison, Troop O, 4th Squadron, 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment,                               An Iraqi Army soldier secures a floor of an apartment building during Operation
holds a child during a clearing operation of apartments in Baghdad’s Karkh District.                         Saber Sweep in Baghdad’s Karkh District.

First impressions are lasting ones Brothers
Story and photo by Sgt.                                 “It’s a lot of stuff (Soldiers) need to know,
27th Public Affairs Detachment
    A new Soldier arrives with bags in his hands
                                                     but a lot of it is unit history,” said Denny. “It
                                                     instills a ‘Can Do’ attitude that comes with being
                                                     apart of a Stryker regiment.”
                                                        On the first day of the School of the Trooper
                                                                                                                                                                   share Iraq
as he sits patiently, waiting for a representative
from his new unit to arrive and integrate him
into his new home away from home.
    Hours go by and he begins to wonder if
anyone realizes he’s even here. From the
                                                     program new Soldiers are checked to make sure
                                                     they have all of the equipment they need like
                                                        They are then taken to the range where the
                                                     Soldiers can properly zero their weapons. Also
beginning his first impression of the unit is one                                                                                                                  Continued from Page 1
                                                     on the first day, Soldiers are given a welcome                                                                    “We’ve been to dinner a couple times;
of doubt.                                            brief from the regiment commander and
    One unit in Iraq, with a rich history in                                                                                                                       whenever our schedules match up, because I
                                                     command sergeant major where they are also                                                                    work nights and he works different schedules,”
properly welcoming Soldiers with open arms           told some of the rich history that comes with
continues the tradition and leaves no Soldier left                                                                                                                 Phillip said. “I work as a night battle captain
                                                     being in a Stryker regiment.                                                                                  and he as vehicle commander in the Stryker
waiting.                                                The following days new Dragoons are given
    The 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment                                                                                                                                cavalry regiment.”
                                                     important information and courses that range                                                                      Despite their differing duties, the Garners
“Dragoons,” continues the long-standing              from a chaplain’s brief, legal, and escalation of                                                             still manage to see each other every day. Alex
tradition of the “School of the Trooper,” which      force training to counter improvised explosive                                                                says he stops in to see how Phillip is doing and
properly greets and integrates new Soldiers into     device classes and a an in-depth first responder’s                                                            chat about work.
a unit.                                              course.                                                                                                           The brothers agreed that seeing each other
    The program began in 1836 and has now               Eventually the Soldiers are taken to their                                                                 is great, but added that watching their children
made its way to Iraq and is ensuring no new          specific units and have hopefully gained a                                                                    grow up through pictures and video is their
Soldier is left in the dark.                         positive first impression of the regiment.                                                                    biggest family challenge.
    “Once (new Soldiers) get here everyone is a         They can then immediately begin functioning                                                                    Yet while the Army has distanced them from
Dragoon,” said Oxford, NC native Lt. Col.            as a well integrated and fully mission capable                                                                family, family brought the Garners to the Army.
Bryan Denny, 2SCR, Special Troop commander.          Dragoon right from the start.                                                                                     “It’s pretty much a family tradition, because
“This is just our way of integrating new troops         “What we have here is very rare,” said Plano,                                                              we grew up with our dad being in the Army,
into the regiment.                                   Texas native Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Hamm,                                                                    and he’s still (on) active duty,” Phillip said.
    The Soldiers all come from different places      2SCR, STS sergeant major. “We want curb side                                                                      Phillip said much of the brothers’ motivation
in their military career yet everyone is given the   service for every Soldier that comes to our unit.”      Hesperia, Calif. native Spc. Jenny                    comes from family – not just their father in
same hardy welcome and introduction.                    The unit recently received the commanding                                                                  uniform, but also thinking of their loved ones
                                                                                                             Etheridge, medic with the 6th Squadron,
    “Most Soldiers come straight out of              general’s retention award and Hamm said it is                                                                 and focusing on their jobs to help keep them
(Advanced Individual Training) and a lot of          partially due to the since of pride that comes          2SCR, demonstrates the proper way to
                                                                                                                                                                   going until they are home again.
(non-commissioned officers) have never been          from being in the unit that starts the day the new      insert a nasopharyngeal airway on                         The brothers said they also get a sense of
in a Stryker regiment before,” said Denny.           Soldiers arrive.                                        Houston native Spc. David Bailey, a new               purpose from helping the people of Iraq.
    The three-day integration program covers a          “Stetsons and spurs go along way,” Hamm              “Dragoon” with the 4th Squadron, 2SCR,                    “I like to see the Iraqi people out there. You
variety of instructions and information all          said. “There’s a lot of pride that comes with           during the First Responders Course                    see them happy; you see the kids waving, and
Soldiers in the unit need to know.                   being a Stryker.”                                                                                             it’s kind of motivating to see that,” Alex said.
                                                                                                             portion of the School of the Trooper.

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