The Franconian News Serving the Franconia Military Community in Ansbach, Bamberg and Schweinfurt Vol. 10, Issue 9 www.ansbach.army.mil • www.bamberg.army.mil • www.schweinfurt.army.mil Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 USAG Bamberg commemorates Black History Month By Simon Hupfer, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs BAMBERG, Germany – More than 100 members of the U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg community attended the Black History Month luncheon at Warner Barracks here, during which the commanding general of Headquarters Allied Force Command Heidelberg served as guest speaker. “By honoring African-American history we are strengthening a long American tradition,” Lt. Gen. John Morgan III said to attendees. For this year’s Black History Month, the nation celebrates two anniversaries: About 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln called for the end of slavery. Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. led the famous march on Washington and spoke of brotherhood and justice from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Morgan quoted from the 2013 presidential proclamation: “Today, Dr. King, President Lincoln and other shapers of our American story proudly watch over our National Mall. But as we memorialize their extraordinary acts in statues and stone, let us not lose sight of the enduring truth and that they were citizens first.” Morgan commemorated segregated units Simon Hupfer / USAG Bamberg Public Affairs Lt. Gen. John Morgan III., commanding general at the Allied Force Command Headquarters in Heidelberg, was the guest speaker at USAG Bamberg’s Black History Month Luncheon. Morgan was stationed in Bamberg twice during his military career and was cordially welcomed at his former home garrison. More than 100 community members attended the luncheon and enjoyed soul food. who fought the famous Battle of the Bulge in World War II. Two batteries were ordered to stay behind to provide covering fire to the withdrawing 106th Division. Almost all were killed. German SS Soldiers tortured and Commentary: What to do with your POV when you PCS By Capt. Sarah Smith, USAG Schweinfurt Provost Marshal OK, so a while back you arrived in Schweinfurt. Maybe you bought a beater for a few thousand bucks. Or maybe you took advantage of the overseas price incentives and purchased something new at a local dealership. Of course, you may have had ole Betsy shipped here. Regardless, you got your set of wheels and were off exploring Europe. Now, fast forward to the present. The garrison is closing. Brigades are casing and you have to PCS in a few months. You have a privately owned vehicle on your hands. Question: What do you do with the vehicle you purchased or had shipped here? Hey, my name is Capt. Sarah Smith and I’m the provost marshal at USAG Schweinfurt. I’m in charge of the military police in Schweinfurt, but I also deal with abandoned cars. In the past this has been one of the biggest headaches for U.S. installations closing in Europe. So now is the time to consider what you’re going to do with your vehicle before you PCS. Will you sell it, scrap it or ship it? You might be thinking this, “Who cares? I won’t find anyone to buy my car. I definitely don’t want to ship it to the states, and I don’t want to pay a disposal fee. I’ll just leave it behind and no one will know any better.” Whoa! Definitely the wrong (POV, on Page 2) executed 11 black Soldiers at the hamlet of Wereth in Belgium. “They fought for a freedom that they did (HISTORY, on Page 4) National Children’s Dental Health Month Spc. Latoya Dallas / USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs Capt. Elise Hinz, an Army dentist, examines Alex Valverde’s teeth during the first day of dental screenings at Schweinfurt Elementary Middle School Feb. 25. The Ledward Dental Clinic has teamed up with SEMS to raise awareness about the importance of oral health because February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.