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erald Union H Vol. XV, No. 10 Wiesbaden: Your home in Germany Feb. 28, 2013 News flash Car sale fraud An individual or individuals claiming to be “Exchange Inc.” have been placing advertisements in auto magazines and commercial newspapers, leading Army and Air Force Exchange Service shoppers to believe they’re purchasing a vehicle through the Department of Defense retailer. “This has been a problem for the past few months where someone is using the Exchange’s trademarked logo and name without permission to purportedly sell vehicles in the United States,” said Rick Koloski, the Exchange’s loss prevention president. “Unfortunately, some have sent money only to receive nothing in return.” Shoppers who believe they may have been taken advantage of can file a complaint through the Internet Crime Complaint Center at (AAFES Public Affairs) Fuel card outage March 10 The Army and Air Force Exchange Service information technology section will conduct system maintenance and system upgrades from 5-11 a.m. March 10. During that time customers will be unable to load funds on their fuel card accounts, new fuel cards or replacement cards cannot be issued, and tax-free gas purchases will not be possible at local ESSO stations. People choosing to use off-post ESSO stations during that time period will pay full price for fuel purchases. Exchange gas stations will remain open during the system outage, but pre-paid will not be available as a payment option. Services could be restored earlier than planned, officials said. (Exchange Release) Mobile device security tip Members of the 5th Signal Command offer the following security tip this issue: Screen lock your mobile. This security measure will help thwart opportunistic unauthorized use, they said. The following are ways to accomplish this: Blackberry — Go to Settings > Security Options > General Settings> Password; Android — Go to Settings > Location and Security > Set up screen lock; iPhone — Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock; Windows Phone 7 > Go to Settings > Lock and Wallpaper. Photo by Karl Weisel German and American officials symbolically break ground on the new Wiesbaden Exchange. New Hainerberg Exchange Groundbreaking ceremony signals construction start By Karl Weisel U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office Officials broke ground for the new Exchange shopping center in Hainerberg Housing Feb. 22. “Today we take a further important step in providing support for our growing community of service members, civilians, families and retirees with arguably the most eagerly anticipated project in the entire Wiesbaden transformation process — the new Exchange,” said Col. David Carstens, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander, during the groundbreaking ceremony. The new 14,600-square-foot, $35 million facility will consolidate Army and Air Force Exchange Service stores and several other agen- In search of rental properties Housing outreach brings landlords, realtors and U.S. military together Story and photos by Karl Weisel U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office Give to AER The U.S. Army invites Soldiers to help their own in the annual Army Emergency Relief campaign which runs from March 1 to May 15. See your unit AER project officer to donate and join in the fivekilometer run March 1 at 6:20 a.m. to help kick off the campaign. Call mil 337-7887 for details. Inside Frau Pow 5 High school’s robot heads to stateside competitions. See page 11. cies including banks and the USO in one location. “We’ll be taking 15 facilities and combining them into one convenient location,” said Col. Fredrick J. Hannah, AAFESEurope commander. The new Exchange will include numerous concessions, food emporiums and a large parking area, Hannah said. See Exchange on page 4 Housing Manager Donald Meyer describes housing operations to local host nation rental property owners Feb. 20. ‘American Girl’ tea time Young readers enjoy sharing stories, dolls during library get-together. See page 12. A year ago the Wiesbaden Chamber of Commerce (Industrie und Handelskammer) hosted members of the U.S. Army Garrison Wies- African fashions Wiesbaden Middle School celebrates Black History Month. See story and photos on page14. baden as they addressed a room bursting at the seams full of business leaders and interested citizens curious about the influx of U.S. military community members to the Hessen capital. The information outSee Housing on page 5

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