The Citizen - August 2019

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C.A.R.E. Fair 2019 is coming

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Serving the Greater Stuttgart Military Community

Get healthy through yoga this summer

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The administration of the Oath of Allegiance is conducted by Roland Lyons, USCIS field office director, during a naturalization ceremony for 12 military and spouse candidates from around Germany at U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart's Panzer Community Club, July 18.

Naturalization ceremony celebrates 12 new citizens Story and photos by Holly DeCarlo-White USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

Individuals from the Philippines, Ivory Coast, Poland, Mexico, Thailand, Ghana and Germany took the Oath of Allegiance and officially became American citizens. Juan Aguilar, USAG Stuttgart Passport Office sang the National Anthem followed by the administration of the Oath of Allegiance conducted by Roland Lyons, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) field office director. "It's a very special moment in time and I am excited to be part of it," said Col. Jason W. Condrey, USAG Stuttgart commander, during the opening remarks.

Keynote speaker Patricia Chang, Stuttgart Law Center volunteer attorney and civilian spouse, shared her own immigration story. Chang provides immigration consultation at the legal center on Kelley Barracks using her education and personal experiences to help others through the process. "I know how hard this journey has been. Be strong, because I know your pain," Chang said. Many of the individuals present at the ceremony began the process to become American citizens several years ago. Military travels were mentioned by ceremony participants as a common cause for delay. Separation of families can also occur at months on end during the process. Chang spoke

to being separated from her husband for five months as she waited in Taiwan for her visa to come through. Harriet Boateng, a Stuttgart military spouse born in Ghana, said that the process took her five years. Boateng began the application while in the U.S.; she arrived in Stuttgart one year ago. "It's been quite a journey, but all through it, I am happy that today I am finally a U.S. citizen and it's a blessing," Boateng said. Spc. Lady Diane Villanueva, 317th Maintenance Company, also began the process in the U.S. before being stationed in Baumholder, Germany. Villanueva attributed her positive journey to U.S. citizenship to patience, help from her military

leadership and the USCIS. "It takes a while, just have patience to do it, especially in the military, everything will go smoothly you just have to wait, be a good Soldier and service member, there is no other reason why you serve the military, why you serve America," Villanueva said. Chang closed the ceremony with advice and encouragement for the new American citizens. "We have equal opportunity to chase our American dreams … treat one another with respect and at the same time enrich this country with your own tradition and culture," Chang said. "Today you start writing the next great chapter in our American story." See CEREMONY, p.3

USAG Stuttgart welcomes new commander Story and photos by John Reese USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

In a change of command ceremony, Col. Jason W. Condrey assumed command of U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart from Col. Neal A. Corson, July 10. The ceremony, hosted by Director Tommy R. Mize, Installation Management Command - Europe, took place under sunny skies on Washington Square, Patch Barracks. A joint-service flying V representing the sister services and major commands of the purple community, under the command of Capt. Carlie Wilson, Headquarters

and Headquarters Company, USAG Stuttgart took positions on the field along with a German-American color guard led by Command Sgt. Maj. Toese Tia, garrison senior enlisted leader. A U.S. Army Europe Band brass quintet playing martial music added a special ambiance to the ceremony. Mize noted the challenges faced by outgoing commander Corson, including the garrison’s support for two four-star commands with a mission footprint stretching to more than 100 countries from the Baltics to Southern Africa. “It takes a special type of leader to

successfully command any garrison,” Mize said. “But Stuttgart isn’t just any garrison. It is a garrison of immense importance that is the home of two of the Army’s six geographic combatant commands; the U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command.” Corson’s responsibilities extended beyond the gates of the garrison, where he worked closely with hostnation civic leaders and communities to develop and sustain trusting relationships, Mize said. “I thank everyone for being here today to celebrate the garrison accomplishment over the last

two years,” Corson said. “It’s been a great honor to be part of the USAG Stuttgart team and a true privilege to have been allowed to lead this amazing organization.” In thanking the local mayors, German military counterparts and garrison team members who supported him during his tenure, including his former battle buddy, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mariano Z. Alvarez, who flew in from stateside to attend, Corson offered a touching note of gratitude to his wife, Catty, and his daughters. See COMMANDER, p.2


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Garrison commander sets tone for community support Since taking command of U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart in July, my family and I have received an incredibly warm welcome from our military community and our German host nation community partners. For that, I’m grateful. Starting a new job is always easier when your family is cared for. During the first few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to meet our team, a great group of seasoned professionals dedicated to serving our community. At our recent workforce town hall, I shared some things that we must do to successfully support this Joint community. I believe these ideas will set the tone as we plan, prepare and execute garrison efforts that support the 24,000 military members, civilians and their family members who call the Stuttgart military community home. We’re here to protect our community, support readiness, maintain

infrastructure and deliver services and programs to support our community members and their families. To do so, we will focus our resources, preparation and training toward three areas:

Build a resilient team of teams Make newcomers feel at home quickly. Offer them support, have them feel included and tell them about all the resources available to them. Find and eliminate “insider threats” that

Be results focused Garrisons are judged on what we deliver. Our focus and ability to think critically, while anticipating future developments and encouraging creativity, will guide us to success. Our five major tenant units have oversight of complex and complicated missions. In some cases, our community members travel far away and often in harm’s way. When back here at home, our people deserve the very best we can offer. The garrison is here to provide for them, and their families – programs, service and support that they have earned.


in attendance in English before repeating his comments in flawless German. He served three deployments to Afghanistan; the West Point graduate was also a fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome and studied as an Olmstead Scholar in Bucharest, Romania. “To the leaders, civilians and Soldiers who serve as members of the garrison, you have a reputation for commitment and professionalism that is evident in every effort,” Condreay said. “I am thankful to be part of such an incredible team.” Before releasing the color guard to conclude the ceremony, Condrey addressed Corson directly. “You have been incredibly generous and thoughtful as Meagan and I transitioned here to Stuttgart. Thank you for all that you’ve done for us and this community,” Condrey said. “We wish you the best of luck as you return to Virginia.” The ceremony was streamed on the garrison’s Facebook page and by AFN Stuttgart. For more photos, visit the garrison Flickr page.

Tommy R. Mize, director, IMCOM Europe, passes the IMCOM flag from USAG Stuttgart outgoing commander Col. Neal A. Corson to incoming commander Col. Jason W. Condrey, signifying Condrey's assumption of garrison command, July 10.

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Condrey arrives to the garrison after serving as the Infantry Branch Chief in the Officer Personnel Management Division, Human Resources Command. He was born in StuttgartBad Cannstatt, and addressed those

New USAG Stuttgart commander Col. Jason W. Condrey addresses the audience in German and English for the first time as commander of USAG Stuttgart, July 10.

UNITED STATES ARMY GARRISON STUTTGART Commander Col. Neal A. Corson Senior Enlisted Adviser Command Sgt. Maj. Toese Tia Public Affairs Officer Larry Reilly Command Information Chief Rick Scavetta Editor John Reese

Be ready and engaged That’s our top priority, making sure people assigned here is Stuttgart have all they need to their jobs, day in and day out. The garrison provides more than 200 services and capabilities to this community spread over five installations. Also, connectivity with our local national partners is vital. They are the fabric upon which we weave this community together. Engaging them allows us to be better.

can damage us from within. What do I mean? Those things that tear communities apart – discrimination, sexual assault, harassment, domestic violence, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse. We must actively seek ways to reduce the problems. Developing leaders and our workforce will make us better.

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C.A.R.E. Fair 2019 coming Sept. 7 By Joel Wasko Marketing Specialist USAG Stuttgart Family & MWR

It is not every day one gets to meet a superhero. At this year’s Community Activities Registration Education (C.A.R.E.) Fair, visitors will get a chance to meet all kinds of superheroes of the USAG Stuttgart community. Of course, not all superheroes wear capes and have superpowers but instead work behind the scenes making sure the community receives the support they need to be able to say “I’m glad I live here.” C.A.R.E. Fair 2019, organized by Army Community Service Family & MWR and partnered with the Exchange, will take place at the Exchange Mall on Panzer Kaserne, Saturday, Sep. 7, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Expect to see all kinds of organizations and clubs from the USAG Stuttgart community. “It’s the best way to learn about

resources available, and even have an opportunity to register for activities and programs,” said Jessica LaGassey-Simpson, event organizer, ACS. “For example, participants may sign up for a club’s newsletter, a trip, a sports team and much more. It’s guaranteed you will learn something new about your community and have new ideas about what to do while in Germany.” Additionally, everyone will have the opportunity to win the C.A.R.E. Fair 2019 grand prize, a Deutsche Bahn Trial BahnCard100 for two, which allows you to travel throughout Germany for three months on all trains (ICE, IC, EC, RE, IRE, S-Bahn, etc.) and most public transportation in big cities (ex. zone 1,2 in Stuttgart). It is basically free travel for two people to see Germany for three months. To enter the drawing, simply submit your info at by noon, Sep. 6, or visit the MWR Marketing booth at the event. The winner will be drawn at the fair at 12:30 p.m.

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Hundreds of Stuttgart military community members learn about and sign up for services in the Main Exchange, Panzer Kaserne, at the 2018 C.A.R.E. Fair.

and must be present to win. The C.A.R.E. Fair flea market that will take place simultaneously on the patio of the Exchange. After you register for activities, go search

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continued from p. 1 The event was followed by a community outreach session in partnership with the USAG Stuttgart Passport Office where 25 families attended to get assistance on questions relating to immigrating to the U.S., becoming a U.S. citizen, obtaining a permanent residence Card and filling out the forms. For more information on immigration, the Stuttgart Law Center hosts monthly immigration workshops on Kelley Barracks, or community members can also find information on the U.S. Consulate website.

A group of 12 military and spouse candidates from around Germany became American Citizens during a naturalization ceremony conducted by the Frankfurt Field Office of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services at USAG Stuttgart's Panzer Community Club, July 18.

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immigrant visas, need months to be completed. Appointments All services are by appointment only. Department of Defenseaffiliated personnel must apply for passports and reports of birth through their local passport agents on base. If you need service in an emergency, your local passport agent will help you make an appointment with us. Important Note Please do not bring cell phones or other electronic devices as you will not be able to bring or store them inside the consulate. Certain other items are also not allowed; visit the U.S. Consulate website to read the Entry Regulations and Forbidden Items notice.

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Get healthy in August with yoga Story by Anne-Marie Harcrow Fitness Coordinator Family and MWR, Community Recreation Division

During the month of August, the Family and MWR Sports & Fitness team is highlighting the diverse world of yoga. Numerous different styles are offered within the USAG Stuttgart footprint and MWR’s instructors are excited to share their different approaches. As part of the highlight, Sports & Fitness is offering a yoga incentive program. Patrons can pick up a loyalty card at Panzer, Patch or Kelley Fitness Centers, and after participating in five different classes, return their completed card to one of the fitness facilities for a special gift. Yoga can be an effective way of staying in shape or supplementing other modes of exercise. Additionally, the psychological benefits of yoga, such as mental clarity, concentration, and focus, are long established. “For me, yoga is about feeling good for a lifetime by increasing flexibility for mobility and gaining strength for stability,” said Brienna Pruce, yoga instructor. “Yoga, yoga, yoga!” Additional information about USAG Stuttgart’s yoga classes can be found at www.stuttgart.

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Yoga enthusiasts demonstrate their flexibility while participating in a Family and MWR Sports & Fitness yoga class.

“I believe a balanced, mindful lifestyle helps us appreciate our limited time while finding purpose and fulfillment.” Many have found that a love of yoga does not necessarily happen instantaneously; it can take several tries or different types to find a yoga class that fits one’s goals. “I fell in love with yoga about 10 years ago when I was looking for a way to compliment my strength training. Honestly, the first few classes I went to I hated, but when I found a power yoga class I was hooked!” said group fitness instructor and personal trainer Traci LaRosa. “I was excited that I could build muscle and strength through yoga. I completed my 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher

certificate and have been teaching ever since. My style is Vinyasa, or flow, and I love incorporating strength moves in my classes.” Yoga transcends the classroom and can be used in practical application and various contexts to improve quality of a life. “It is called yoga ‘practice’ because the real performance happens in life. I use yoga when I am stuck in a traffic jam and need to remember to breathe; I use yoga when my son is upset and I need mental clarity to calmly resolve the problem,” Pruce said. “I also imagine myself at ninety years old practicing yoga to maintain my full range of motion so I can reach the top shelf.”

For a community that deals with unique challenges as part of the military lifestyle, it is important to note that yoga can also be an effective tool to cope with stress and increase resiliency. “Stress is part of life, but it is how we prepare and react that has the greatest impact on our wellbeing,” Pruce explained. “As an analogy, the seedlings in my mom’s greenhouse need exercising with a fan to recreate the stress of wind. If left to grow without stimulation, their stems easily snap under pressure from the outside world. In a similar way, I incrementally challenge myself on my yoga mat to build resilience so that in my daily life I can use my yoga discipline for a firmer, unshaken spirit.”

Practice ‘see something – say something’ during August Antiterrorism Office USAG Stuttgart

August is Antiterrorism Awareness Month, which is designed to raise awareness not only of the threat of terrorism, but also to encourage regular vigilance, heightened situational awareness and communication to report potential threats. Here are a few things you should always keep in mind The threat is real. According to an article by the Evening Standard, there have been more than 205 terrorist plots against European Union countries within the last year. Approximately 200 were foiled by European police and security forces. Research of media reports and documents shows that some U.S. and host nation military facilities were targeted in these plots, as well as locations with mass gatherings. Awareness is critical. Knowledge is power, and just like in World Cup Soccer, defense wins championships. Every member of our uniformed services and the DoD civilian workforce are required to take the AT Level I

Awareness Training course, which is available online. To further enhance situational awareness, it is encouraged that military dependents and DoD contractors also receive AT Level I training (it is not required for them to do so, but, it would increase both their knowledge and survivability where acts of terror are concerned). AT Level I can be easily accessed through at “See something, say something.” Sometimes seemingly benign–but odd–situations can lead to terrible consequences, if they go

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Firefighters secure the Kelley Club after a simulated release of chlorine gas during a 2018 USAG Stuttgart exercise.

unreported. This motto has contributed to preventing planned attacks, and is being strongly emphasized in August. “Trust your instincts; if a behavior or activity makes you feel uncomfortable or threatened, REPORT IT.” For example, regarding the arrest of the terror suspect

Sief Allah H. in the foiled 2018 ricin bomb incident in Köln. Along with U.S. intelligence sources, the German security service had received a tip-off through an established public anti-terror hotline. Awareness is our most certain defense against an act of terrorism.

What activities do I report? • People drawing or measuring important buildings • Strangers asking questions about security forces or security procedures • A briefcase, suitcase, backpack or package left behind • Cars or trucks left in “No Parking” zones in front of important buildings • Intruders found in secure areas • A person wearing clothes that are too big and bulky and/or too hot for the weather • Chemical smells or fumes that worry you • Questions about sensitive information, such as building blueprints, security plans or VIP travel schedules without a right or need to know • Purchasing supplies or equipment that can be used to make bombs or weapons or purchasing uniforms without having the proper credentials. These activities may sound familiar; they are the same types of things posted in airports, train stations, bus terminals, etc. Antiterrorism Awareness Month is designed to bring these reminders back into the spotlight, serving as a reminder that we live in times which require a heightened situational awareness and reinforced protective measures. To report a suspicious activity, call USAG Stuttgart Antiterrorism/Force Protection Cell at 07031-15-2031/2032/2033 or 07031 15 2031/2032/2033.


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What you should know when renting on the economy an inventory sheet is not available, the statement of a credible witness can also be considered sufficient.

By Capt. Robert W. Duffie Jr. Legal Assistance, Claims Officer Stuttgart Law Center 21st Theater Sustainment Command

Living on the German economy is a great way to learn more about your new home. But be aware that when you rent a German apartment, your relationship with your landlord is bound by German law. This article is meant to be a very general introduction into German landlord-tenant law.

Photo by Bardia Khajenoori for USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

Before you sign that lease for your new home in Germany, ensure you and the Housing Office know what’s on the lease.

Outstanding rent The landlord does not have to cover past-due rent with the security deposit. Therefore, you should not withhold the last one or two months’ rent unless you inform the landlord about your intentions and the landlord agrees. For failure to pay rent, the landlord is entitled to attach property of the tenant. This right of the landlord can be enforced without a court order as long as the property is located in the rented apartment. However, there are some restrictions as to the type of property that may be attached.

Utilities In Germany, utility charges are based on estimates. Tenants pay a set amount each month and will either pay more or get money back based on the actual usage at the end of the accounting period – this is called the annual reconciliation. The accounting period can start /end any time during the calendar year. At this time, the meter for water and heating will be read. German courts grant the landlord U.S. & GERMAN ATTORNEYS periods of up US & German Divorces • Support Issues to 12 months Wills and Probate • Employment • EEO • MSPB after the mePersonal Injury • Contractor Issues • Tax ters are read CALL 069-299-2069-0 to provide the email:

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tenant with the reconciliation statement. A problem could occur if the tenant has paid advanced monthly payments for utilities and yet has not received the annual reconciliation. If the tenant moves out within the accounting period, the meters have to be read at the time of move-out. However, the bill is not due at this time. The landlord is allowed to withhold an appropriate part of the security deposit if an additional payment for the utilities can be expected based on the last year’s reconciliation. In these cases, it is recommended to work out an agreement based on the amount of the last year’s reconciliation or to provide the landlord with the tenant’s address in the states to settle any future claim.

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Termination of a lease Check your lease to determine the required notice period. The Housing Office uses a standard form contract that allows a tenant to terminate a lease in one month if terminating for military reasons (PCS, deployments, etc.). This is known as the military clause. A service member should always use the Housing Office’s standard contract and never sign a contract that does not have a military clause. As soon as you know your date of departure, you should give your landlord written notice of lease termination, by registered letter. You should ask the housing office for the necessary paperwork for a termination notice to your landlord. After signing the termination notice, you must send it to your landlord, return receipt requested, by German mail or hand carry it and deliver it in the presence of an unbiased witness. This allows you to prove when the landlord received the termination. If you want to terminate an indefinite lease, the landlord’s consent is not required. If you want to terminate a fixed term lease and the landlord refuses to release you, contact the Legal Assistance Office for help.

Court action If there are no disputes, reimbursement of the security deposit is due at the time of move-out. If the landlord requests reimbursement for damages or renovation, he is granted an appropriate period of time to specify his claims. The German courts grant a maximum extension of six months to specify the claims and to reimburse the tenant. A tenant can hire a German attorney on the economy to file a reimbursement claim against the landlord. It is recommended that the service member inform a trustworthy person about his case and provide that person with a power of attorney so this person can be a point of contact for the German attorney after the service member’s departure from Germany. As a general rule in civilian court actions, the unsuccessful party must pay the costs of the court action, which includes attorney fees for both sides and the court costs. The successful litigant does not have to pay anything. If a litigant is partially successful, all procedure costs are divided proportionally. The cost of attorney fees and court costs depend on the value of the matter in dispute. If the litigant has severe financial problems, his attorney can apply for legal aid. If the judge grants legal aid, the client has to pay only the other party’s attorney fees if he is unsuccessful.

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Send your announcements for upcoming events to the USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs Office O’zapft is! The 2019 GermanAmerican Volksfest takes place Aug. 2-4 at Camp Kasserine, USAG Bavaria. This fest has been an annual event since 1957. There’ll be food, live music, and frothy amber beverages from the U.S. and Germany. Visit www. for specifics. Sun & Fun with USO USO Stuttgart announces its annual Fun & Sun Day, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Aug. 24, on Patch Barracks’ Husky Field. This free event is for the whole family, with carnival games, a talent show, barbecue and other foods, water fun and more, including a DJ. Auditions for the USO Stuttgart's "Got Talent" show


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EEO training schedule Attention senior leaders, supervisors and employees: the USAG Stuttgart EEO Office is offering several blocks of EEO training. For employees (it isn’t mandated but highly encouraged), Aug. 13, 8:30–11:30 a.m. in the Kelley Theater; for supervisors, managers and leads, Aug. 13, 1–4 p.m. in the Patch Theater; for senior leaders, there are two sessions on Aug. 14, 8–11 a.m. or 1–16 p.m. in the ACS classroom, Bldg. 2915, Panzer Kaserne. RSVP by emailing usarmy.stuttgart. id-europe.mbx.eeo@mail. mil. Questions? Call 596-3652 or 09641-70-5963652.

Limited garrison services Some garrison services will be reduced, Aug. 16, as personnel take part in an organizational day. The reduction of services may affect appointments at vehicle registration and the personnel office. Plan accordingly and check the Citizen online and garrison social media for any updates. Celebrate equality Women’s Equality Day celebrates women’s right to vote, dating back to August 18, 1920. The garrison will observe the historic day, Aug. 26, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., in the Kelley Theater lobby. The observance will include a voter registration drive. Call 596-3756. Sports & school physicals Health assessments are required for school and CYS enrollment. The Stuttgart Heath Clinic is offering school • • • • •

and sports physicals to all ID cardholders, regardless of enrollment status, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday Aug. 24. Appointments are required. Call the Health Clinic appointment line to reserve a spot.

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Concert on the Lawn Spread your blanket in the grass or bring your lawn chair to Washington Square, Patch Barracks, Aug. 28, for a 90 minute concert by the U.S. Army Europe Band and Choir. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes the Stuttgart High

Welcome to EUCOM US European Command offers opportunities to get to know other in-processing EUCOM families to get questions answered. The meetings at the Panzer Hotel take place at 10 a.m., Aug. 8 and 22. Ask your EUCOM sponsor about additional meetings off post.

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The Citizen, August 2019 Last ERC chance of 2019 The Motorcycle Safety Foundation Experienced Rider course is required for Soldiers to ride. The training is done on a specially designed course on Stuttgart Army Airfield. The last ERC course scheduled for 2019 takes place Sep. 26.

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and 320, Panzer Kaserne. Call 431-3832/3133/3134. Civilians or family members requesting training should ask Safety about rider-mentor coaches, as PCS season saw at least one of the two local mentors leaving. Let the commander know The garrison has three more community town halls scheduled to address concerns regarding housing and other issues. The meetings will take place at Panzer Chapel, Sept. 23; Kelley Theater, Dec. 11; and Patch Chapel, March 26, 2020. The start time is 6 p.m. Any changes will be announced here and online. Anchors away Sailors and community members are invited to commemorate Navy heritage and tradition by attending the 244th U.S. Navy Birthday Ball, Oct. 19, at Stadthalle Sindelfingen.

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VA employment course starts in October By IMCOM-Europe Public Affairs

For military members separating or retiring from overseas, the search for that first job as a civilian can be a challenge. To assist in Europe, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is offering a career-skills training opportunity to help transitioning troops potentially become VA employees through the Warrior Transition Advancement Course, or WARTAC, which is being held Oct. 9-Dec. 19 at the IMCOM-Europe Workforce Development Center on Sembach Kaserne. WARTAC participants will receive training as a Veterans Service Representative, or VSR, and be Sign up for WARTAC Soldiers interested in more information about applying for WARTAC may contact the transition services manager at 431-3673 or 07031-153673. Interested service members with the Air Force, Marines or Navy can contact their base transition office for more information.

interviewed for a position at one of 56 Regional Veteran Service Centers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. “FY 2018 WARTAC was a perfect success story; 81 service members stationed throughout Europe participated and all of them received job offers,” said Phil Masterson, USAG Stuttgart Transition Services Manager. “Additionally, many service members enjoy the comradery they experienced during their military service.” To apply for the training in Sembach, transitioning service members must first participate in one of several virtual WARTAC briefings scheduled for Aug. 5-9, when VA reps will brief on WARTAC and the application process. WARTAC applicants also need to meet these requirements: • Must be an active-duty service member with a separation or

retirement date within 180 days from start of class date and no later than April 5, 2020. • Must be separated from military service or on transition leave and able to begin working at one of the VA Regional Offices no later than Feb. 17, 2020, with employment location determined by the VA. • Must complete a Soldier for LifeTransition Assistance Program five-day workshop prior to enrollment, or be able to complete any portions not completed prior to PTDY/transition. • Must establish a www.usajobs. gov profile and apply using the WARTAC-specific USAJobs link provided by VA no later than Aug. 16. The application site will be open Aug. 12-16. When describing the role of a VSR, WARTAC officials said: "it is critical to have sharp, dependable people filling these important VA positions." A VSR serves as the primary

contact for a veteran and his/her representative during compensation or pension claims. Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following: • Conducts interviews in person or by telephone with veterans of their representative/advocate. • Refers persons to other federal agencies and state and local agencies for possible non-VA benefits. • Informs customers of all requirements needed to further process a claim for benefits and/or services, and assists with completion of the application and other forms. • Analyzes, develops, and requests required evidence for claims requiring a rating decision. • Applies and interprets VA laws, including veteran's case law, existing statutes and procedures, precedent rulings, and state law. • And uses various electronic data processing systems for inputting data; claims processing, monitoring and adjudication; and decision notifications. “What a wonderful way to not only continue that contact, but also to assist those fellow veterans with their VA benefits,” Masterson said.

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Volunteering for the Army community is a rewarding experience By Charlene Schuler Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator USAG Stuttgart

New in town and looking for something to do? Want to meet new people and do something you enjoy? Ready to give back to the community? Army Community Service and USAG Stuttgart need you! Volunteering is a great way to network, do something you enjoy, try something new, apply the experience towards future employment, or possibly even meet the love of your life. Volunteering provides a chance to give back to the community while also gaining valuable experience. There are many volunteer opportunities available throughout the garrison and private organizations. Some of the garrison organizations looking for volunteers are Central Processing; Directorate of Emergency Services; Outdoor Recreation; Child and Youth Services; and the Religious Support Office. Private organizations looking for volunteers include the USO, American Red Cross, Stuttgart Community Spouses’ Club, and Harold Washington Military Lodge #128.

Photo by Holly DeCarlo-White, USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

Community members enjoy a Hawaiian-themed party in recognition of their volunteer contributions at the annual volunteer recognition ceremony, April 25.

“I volunteer simply because I enjoy meeting all the people. My wife and I met while volunteering and have since continued to volunteer together,” said Sgt. Corbett Lowder, 2018 Military Volunteer of the Year. Lowder and his wife Eunsil Song volunteer for the USO. Ronald Taubitz, 2018 Senior Volunteer of the Year, said he wholeheartedly recommends volunteer work in the military community because it’s needed and appreciated. Taubitz volunteers as an ACS German immersion instructor and at the Stuttgart VAT office. “It’s a great way to spend a few hours

a day, week, or month making life a little better, and more meaningful for all concerned.” Taubitz said. After registering with the Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS), volunteers can search through more than 400 positions available and apply for those that interest them. After applying, the organization’s point of contact will contact the volunteer and proceed with the application process, and discuss expectations between the volunteer and organization. “I choose to volunteer because I have always enjoyed helping others and it is very fulfilling to me. I feel it is a way to not only improve the lives of my own family but

those of our school and community as well,” said 2018 Spouse Volunteer of the Year Sabrina Wilson, who recently transferred back to the States. “I hope to be an example to my children that with initiative, hard work, and kindness, you can accomplish some amazing things, as they are who inspire me to volunteer.” Prior to PCSing, Wilson volunteered at RB Zentrum, as PTSA president for Robinson Elementary School, and for the garrison Public Affairs Office. Volunteers can track their hours on VMIS for record keeping for service medals, promotion points, and the annual volunteer recognition ceremony that occurs in April every year. The volunteer can also generate DA form 4162 that serves as proof of volunteer service for future employment, scholarships and resumes. Find out more at EEO For more information, visit the USAG Stuttgart Equal Employment Opportunity Office, Bldg. 2948, Rm. 409, Panzer Kaserne, or call 4313355 or 07031-153355, or email

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a time to forget about the pressures of work – or at least try to – and enjoy spending time with family and friends. But this isn’t the case with everyone and it’s not uncommon to hear people complain about being bored at having little to do. There are though, many agencies in the garrison who dedicate themselves to providing entertainment for every age group and taste. FMWR, for example, has a long time experience in laying on everything from sports tournaments to city tours, yoga to hobby craft workshops. For example, recent announcements for MWR Tours offer trips to Salzburg, Florence, Dresden and Heidelberg, while ODR activities include scuba diving, white water rafting, paragliding and zip lining. Glance at an MWR Tours or ODR flyer and you will see a short description of the activity and date, but note also how there are two price categories–one showing the regular price and another at half price along with the acronym ‘SWPC’.

Service members join forces with ASAP and SWPC in support of suicide prevention month for the Strong “Color” 5K Fun Run/Walk on Patch Barracks, Sept. 24, 2016.

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SHS mentors reach out to SES students for transition to middle school Story and photo by Mika Taylor Peer Mentor Program Founder Stuttgart High School 2019 Graduate

One of many important changes in a child’s life happens in the transition from elementary to middle school. The Peer Mentor Program was created at Stuttgart High School last year with the intention of easing this transition, tackling core concepts middle schoolers will handle in their new environment. “Military-connected stu­dents change schools on average between six and nine times throughout their school careers, and the elementary to middle school transition is a challenge for many students,” said Brian Pappas, school liaison officer. The program selects 10 SHS applicants, ages 14 to 18, in early January

and trains them to present a series of lesson plans to a fifth grade classroom by mid-May. Training meetings are held every two weeks to discuss approaches to teaching and the content of the lessons. The peer mentors act not as educators, but as an older sibling figure, able to relate socially to the children through similar childhood experiences. Each lesson plan is centered on one or two core topics that the future 6th graders may deal with, such as growth mindset, emotional intelligence, bullying, self-esteem, teamwork, and looking forward, to name a few. These topics are emphasized with activities and re-emphasized in post-activity reflection. Discussion is a key element to each lesson, with question and answer sessions not only peaking curiosity, but encouraging involvement. “The peer mentors leverage their experiences as military-connected youth, sharing their stories and helping our 5th graders gain valuable knowledge, skills, and most importantly, understanding,” Pappas said. “Through their activities, the peer mentors show students that building confidence in themselves and developing connection with others will help them not only in middle school, but also when they eventually move to high school.” The Peer Mentor Program is made possible by the support of administrators and faculties of Stuttgart Elementary and SHS, together with the work of the student peer mentors. A wish from the club is that the incoming middle schoolers are able to use the skills they learned and discussions

Navigating Patch Middle School By Anna Maria Vestal Army Community Service

Entering middle school can be a daunting transition for some students; anxiety about getting lost, bullied by older students, remembering locker combinations or even being able to navigate a combination lock for the first time can create uncertainty among incoming 6th graders. Middle school is a time of transition. Peer groups are changing, the yearning for independence emerges and biological and emotional changes are running rampant. The adjustment from having one main teacher to multiple teachers can be overwhelming. For some children, the feeling of losing a trusted adult at school can seem unnerving. To help ease the transition for this year’s incoming 6th graders at Patch Middle School, the ACS Family Advocacy Program is hosting “Navigating Middle School,” 3–6 p.m., Aug. 23, at Husky Field.

The event is designed to ease the transition to middle school through interactive activities and breakout sessions. Incoming 6th graders will have an opportunity to have their burning middle school questions answered by enthusiastic 7th and 8th graders. All grade levels will participate in team building activities such as tug of war, obstacle course with combination locks, relay races and more. Participants are asked to register for the event and have a participation and photo waiver signed by their parents by Aug. 16. Following the event, The HUB is sponsoring a middle school/team block party, 6-8 p.m. Participants are encouraged to attend. Participants can sign up for the Navigating Middle School event by calling ACS at 596-3362/3518 or 09641 70 596 3362. Enthusiastic 7th and 8th graders are encouraged to volunteer. Please call ACS for additional information and training meetings.

SHS students join to mentor SES 5th graders for their transition from elementary to middle school as part of the Peer Mentor Program.

they’ve had to their advantage upon starting middle school, and that more kids become involved in the program in

the coming years by applying through the applications released every year through the high school.

Welcome, new students, to Stuttgart High School! Students! Attend the 2019-2020 New Student Orientation, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Aug. 22 at Stuttgart High School, Panzer-Kaserne. The S2S Ambassadors, faculty, and staff would like all new students to the Stuttgart military community to attend a 2-hour orientation for our school. The facility will be open for walk-throughs, guided tours, and the annual “Brat Burn.” (Reminder: No incoming 9th graders from Patch Middle School.)

Sign up for SYNO Are you new to the Stuttgart community? If so, then join the Stuttgart Youth Newcomer’s Orientation 15 & 16 August; 6 & 7 September Day 1 10 a.m.: Meet at Patch Youth Center, aka “The HUB” (Bldg. 2337, Patch Barracks) for introductions and ice-breaker activities with our school liaison officers. 10:30 a.m.: ACS presentation—Language immersion and culture basics, and services available to the youth of the Stuttgart community. 11 a.m.: CID/MP presentation—Overview of the rules, regulation, and laws applicable to the Stuttgart community, as well as the German economy (tentative). 11:30 a.m.: Walk to duty bus stop. Noon: Depart for Galaxy Bowling & Entertainment Center for bowling and pizza (provided) via the duty shuttle. Participants should bring dollars if they wish to buy anything at the bowling Center. 4 p.m.: Return to The Hub Day 2 10 a.m.: Meet at The HUB” Navigating Public Transportation & Stuttgart City Tour: 10:15 a.m.: Depart for Stuttgart City Center via public bus and train. 11 a.m.: Walking tour of City Center points of interest, lunch and shopping. Participants should bring at least 20 Euros. 5 p.m.: Depart City Center for Patch YC, “The HUB”. 6 p.m.: Pick-up Patch YC, “The HUB” All times are approximate.

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Garrison youth ‘roar’ at annual VBS By Rachel Turner Special to the Stuttgart Citizen

The first round of USAG Stuttgart Religious Support Office’s annual Vacation Bible School came early this year, but that didn’t stop the participants from having fun. During the week of June 24-28, 101 kids had a blast learning about how great God’s love is. This year’s theme, “ROAR,” got kids moving and grooving with catchy songs, colorful crafts, and games that taught teamwork and sportsmanship. Four stations were created to better focus the information the kids were learning into different categories, along with Snack and Safari Celebration. In Stampede Sports, the children played games that incorporated the safari theme. The favorite station was sports because of the games played. Over in the Kid Vid Cinema room, the kids watched videos of the difficulties in Africa, and learned how the people of Africa continue to trust God through their hardships. Wild Bible Adventures was a favorite for many, especially with the lesson on the Passover. Bible leaders led the children through a reenactment of the 10 plagues along with help from volunteer Sumner Sherman. Sherman played the role of Pharaoh, and all the volunteers unanimously agreed that he did a phenomenal job of getting into character for the kids. Echoing the lifestyle in Africa, VBS at RB fully enrolled!

The second VBS taking place at Robinson Barracks Chapel, Aug. 11-15, is completely booked; as of press time the RSO was still seeking volunteers. For more information, call 5963071 or 07031-15-3071, or email the RSO at usarmy.

Photo by Jasmine McGraw

VBS participants roar for the 2019 theme, “ROAR.”

children reduced, reused, and recycled materials during craft-time in the Imagination Station. They reused paper to make bracelets and constructed bags from previous VBS shirts, which the kids thought was creative and cool. “I love seeing the kids have fun and connect with God during Sing and Play/Safari Celebration. My favorite part is singing and dancing with them,” said Anna Simpson, a performer during the opening and closing ceremonies. She and her fellow actors made skits, sang the theme songs, and continued presenting the main message of this year’s bible school: “When life is

wild, God is good!” “This is my 58th time doing VBS, and I think this year was one of the best,” said Dr. Becky Powell, RSO. “There were tons of volunteers, and to make things better, they were all trained and background-checked. Also, I feel like the kids are having fun, feel safe, and are really connecting with God.” (Editor’s note: Rachel Turner is a 14-year-old who will be a freshman at Stuttgart High School in the next school year. She loves working with animals and is exploring options for her future career.)

Photo by Jasmine McGraw

Pharaoh, played by volunteer Sumner Sherman, puts on a convincing performance at VBS.

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Rain threatens, doesn’t stop hundreds from run to remember By Larry Reilly USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

Hundreds of community members listened in silence as the names of 125 service members who lost their lives defending our nation echoed across Panzer Kaserne’s parade field. They gathered July 27 for the 12th Annual Run to Remember half marathon and 5K run, co-hosted by Stuttgart Family and Morale

Welfare and Recreation and members of the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). The skies threatened to rain throughout the morning. Sprinkles came down during the opening remarks and the reading of the names. However, the rain stopped just in time for participants to run. It’s a celebration of American grit and military sacrifice, one Special Forces officer said. “It allows us to reflect on what they meant to each of us

personally, what they mean to the community and to the nation as a whole,” the senior officer said as he addressed everyone prior to the start of the runs. “There is a somber note to this event and rightfully so. I would ask that you also make this day a celebration of the lives that the fallen lived. This run is about maintaining their legacy and running for those who cannot any longer.” A series of large photos of fallen Special Forces Soldiers lined the side of the street where runners started and finished. Not all runners knew the Soldiers whose pictures they passed or the service members whose names were on the dog tags they wore. But, for those who did, the run served as a reality check. “When I was looking at the names on the dog tags, I came across a name that sent shivers through me. It was a Soldier who was a student of mine when I was an instructor at the Maneuver Captain’s Course,” Lt. Col. Vern Theis said. “I ran for Maj. Andrew Myers, and throughout the run, I reflected on the time I had with him during the six-month course. I also reflected on the time

Photo by Rey Ramon, 7th Army Training Command

Participants in the half marathon run hit the streets on Panzer Kaserne prior to leaving the Kaserne for running trails in the Panzer Training Area during the Run to Remember July 27.

that has passed since knowing him, and all the things that have happened in my life since then; realizing he may not have had those moments; it was a real reality check for me.” After crossing the finish line, the runners came to a battlefield memorial that included a set of combat boots, helmet and weapon. Many saluted the memorial as they placed the dog tags, others reflected on the service member they had run for. Youth ruled in the half marathon run. The first place male, Jackson Barriger; 1.33:15 and first place female McKinley Fielding; 1.36:05 are both Stuttgart High School students.

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After winning the half marathon with a time of 1.33:15, Jackson Barriger takes a moment to reflect on the service member he ran for as he places the dog tags on the Soldier’s Memorial.

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