The Franconian News Serving the Franconia Military Community in Ansbach, Bamberg and Schweinfurt Vol. 10, Issue 8 www.ansbach.army.mil • www.bamberg.army.mil • www.schweinfurt.army.mil Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 Teams compete for title of U.S. Army Europe’s best sappers By Spc. David Huddleston, 18th Engineer Brigade Public Affairs BAMBERG, Germany – Combat engineers from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s 54th Engineer Battalion, 9th Engineer Battalion, and 243rd Construction Management Team tested their bodies and minds in the United States Army Europe’s Best Sapper Competition Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, in Bamberg. Eight two-Soldier teams brought their engineering skills and abilities to the competition with the goal of advancing to the Army’s Best Sapper Competition in April at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. At the end of the competition, one team stood above the rest. First Lt. Marie Timm, a platoon leader with the 535th Engineer Support Company, 54th Engineer Bn., from Clarkston, Mich., and her teammate, 1st Lt. Mende Wentzel, executive officer of the 343rd Construction Management Team, 18th Engineer Bde., won the right to represent U.S. Army Europe and attempt to earn the title of best sapper in the Army. “The five-mile buddy run was the hardest event because we were smoked after the ruck march, we had not slept much or [eaten] anything, but our teamwork pulled us through,” Timm said. Spc. Andrew Jacobs / 54th Engineer Battalion Public Affairs Second Lt. William Harkey, of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s 54th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade, evaluates and treats a casualty at the combat lifesaver lane during the Best Sapper Competition. A sapper is a Soldier who performs a variety of military engineering duties such as bridge-building, laying or clearing minefields, demolitions, field defenses and general construction, as well as road and airfield Schweinfurt AVID works as team in Frankfurt By Chealsea Sias and Zackery DeHart, Schweinfurt High School SCHWEINFURT, Germany – It’s called AVID for short. It stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, and it’s not just a college prep class. AVID is a class for team building and developing connections with others. The AVID students at Schweinfurt High School have a good time while preparing for college. The AVID class here recently took a field trip to Frankfurt in hopes of building a foundation for teamwork and empathy. They visited the Palmengarten Museum, had lunch in the downtown Kleinmarkt and visited the Dialogue Museum. School secretary LaReesha Sias accompanied the students as a chaperone on a chilly Thursday. The first stop was the Palmengarten Museum, a place well known for its beauty. Their objective was to work as a team to get the best pictures of the plants and flowers. “It was an enjoyable day with the students; the best part was the creativity the students had with their pictures,” Sias said. “It was a fun and unique experience,” said Anthony Johnson, an AVID tutor. After lunch at the Kleinmarkt, the class took its final stop at the Dialogue Museum. All of the workers at the museum are blind or have a type of visual disability. AVID class was split into groups of four to five and given a walking cane. The tour went through a forest, city, musical and (AVID, on Page 2) construction and repair. They are also trained to serve as infantry personnel in defensive and offensive operations. “The opportunity to test ourselves, to come (SAPPERS, on Page 2) Ansbach breaks ground on new fitness facility Bryan Gatchell / USAG Ansbach Public Affairs Key members involved in the construction of the new physical fitness facility set to open at Katterbach Kaserne in 2014 officially break ground on the site. The facility will feature two full-size basketball courts, new equipment, child-friendly workout area and a health drink bar. To read more on this story, see Page 4.