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Inside

On the road

Members of the 7th Weather Squadron arrive on foot from Heidelberg. See page 7.

Taking aim

Wildlife park

Clinic treats families, Scouts, German Reservists to special weekend training event. See page 9.

Enjoy an afternoon in the woods with European wildlife at Wildpark near Hanau. See page

erald Union H Vol. XV, No. 13

Wiesbaden: Your home in Germany

April 11, 2013

Checkmate Hainerberg dominates Aukamm in inaugural chess competition Story and photos by Karl Weisel

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Horse and Sgt. Tao Johnson act in a skit to raise awareness about ways to prevent sexual harassment and assault during a stand-down event April 3.

A day to get SHARP

Wiesbaden stands down to raise awareness about preventing sexual harassment, assaults Story and photos by Wendy Brown

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

When Staff Sgt. Nikita Wilson got the chance to become a Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention victim advocate last year, she was happy to accept. Her reasons stemmed from a harrowing night in 2008 when she was harassed, threatened and assaulted not once, but twice, and the downward spiral that experience started in her life. Wilson managed to find help and emerged from the ordeal ready to help others. She detailed her story before a crowd of roughly 1,200 people during training at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center April 3. “It is so important that we

get back to treating each other well, whether we are service members or civilians or family members,” Wilson told the standing-room-only crowd. “We all have to treat each other with dignity and respect. It does not matter what that woman wears. It does not matter how much she had to drink. It does not matter what that man’s sexual preference is. If he does not clearly give consent, or if she does not clearly give consent, that means hands off, period.” Wilson was one of several speakers to participate in U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden’s Ready and Resilient Training with SHARP focus, which kicked off with an early morning five-kilometer run. April is the U.S. Army’s Sexual As-

sault Awareness Month, and the event was one of several planned throughout the month to raise awareness about sexual assault in the military. Subject matter experts from the Judge Advocate General, CID, mental health and other agencies also spoke during the event and provided information. “Whether you’re a private or whether you’re a four-star general, we all have an area of influence,” Wilson said, “and we’re all leading someone, whether we know it or not.” The training also included a skit called “How SHARP are You?” that addressed rape myths, communication, bystander intervention and the importance of self-defense See Stand-down on page 3

There was a lot of goodnatured, trash talk by the principals of Aukamm and Hainerberg Elementary Schools in the weeks leading up to March 27. Aukamm Principal Debbie Parks and Hainerberg’s Penelope Miller-Smith were proud of their respective schools’ chess teams as the date of the Chess Tournament neared. But after scores of chess matches pitting some 35 players from the two schools, it was evident Hainerberg had the edge — claiming the top three spots. Winners were Hainerberg’s Sebastian Ortiz in first place, Jaden Bass second and Atreyu Allen third. “I’ve been humbled,” said Parks. “They smoked us — this must have been our building season.” Miller-Smith was exuberant, but gracious in her praise

for the competition. “We took ‘em down,” she said, adding that it was the first opportunity to get the two schools together to join in friendly competition. “We look forward to further opportunities — a chance to leverage our schools working together.” Hainerberg’s principal attributed the success of the school’s team to club sponsor Rabih Youness. “He brings outstanding passion for the game and sharing that passion with the kids.” “This is my hobby,” said Youness, who serves as a special education paraprofessional at the school. “I’m a member of the U.S. Chess Federation.” Youness thanked the school’s Parent Teacher Organization for supporting the tournament with the purchase of 24 chess boards. He also thanked the USO and Army and Air Force Exchange Service for donations of gift certificates and DvDs. See Chess on page 4

Jaden Bass (right) makes a move against Sebastian Ortiz in the championship game of the Hainerberg Chess Tournament March 27. Bass lost the match to claim second place overall, landing Ortiz in first.

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The Herald Union is a bi-weekly English language newspaper serving the Wiesbaden Military Community based at Clay Kaserne, commenly known as...

April 11, 2013 - Herald Union  

The Herald Union is a bi-weekly English language newspaper serving the Wiesbaden Military Community based at Clay Kaserne, commenly known as...