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The Citizen, July 9, 2015

Going Green: Natural lawnmowers cut carbon emissions on RB By S.J. Grady USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs Office

U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s Directorate of Public Works has found a clever way of trimming its budget and reducing its carbon footprint — by bringing in sheep to trim the grounds. Twenty black-headed sheep have taken up residence on Robinson Barracks to help maintain the installation’s vast, grassy hillsides in an environmentallyfriendly manner. The installation welcomed the grazing herd June 22. The livestock, owned by shepherd Dieter Fischle, are penned in a portable electric fence and will be moved as the sheep work their way through the grass. Robinson Barracks will be their home through the summer. It’s not the first time sheep have been a part of RB’s landscape. Several community members remember the sheep from years past. Natalie Camp, the Patch librarian, spent her elementary school years on Robinson Barracks in the early 70s. These days Robinson Barracks is seen as a quiet bedroom community, but back then, with more than 4,000 Soldiers and civilians working on the caserne, it was the hub of what was dubbed the Greater Stuttgart Military Community. Home to the largest PX in Europe at the time, “it was the place to go,” she said. Even with all the hustle and bustle, a large huge flock of sheep came once a year to graze freely.

“It was a challenge to negotiate the sheep patties on the way to school through the valley,” Camp said. “But I have great memories, and I’m happy they have come back.” When Heidi Malarchik, the USAG Stuttgart deputy to the commander, caught a glimpse of the sheep on her way to the American Forces Network Stuttgart studios June 24, she said she was transported back to 1979. “I lived in the bachelor officers’ quarters at Robinson Barracks and remember my delight at seeing the sheep on early summer mornings munching on the grass.” If Facebook posts are any indication of sentiment, current RB residents feel the same way. One thing is for sure. For RB residents, both past and present, the sheep will not easily be forgotten. “The legendary sheep remain a special part of our German experience,” Malarchik said.

A flock of sheep graze contently on Robinson Barracks during the early morning hours June 24. — Photo by Heidi Malarchik, USAG Stuttgart.

On the Blotter On June 20 a service member was stopped by military police for failure to stop at a stop sign. Upon approach by the military police it turned out that the service member was not licensed and that the registered owner of the vehicle permitted the driver to drive without a USAREUR license in violation of Army in Europe Regulation 190-1. The two were brought to the military police station for further processing. USAREUR- licensed drivers who knowingly allow an unlicensed person to drive their vehicle are assessed 6 points on their license. Accumulating 12 or more points in one year results in a mandatory 180-day license suspension. June 18 – June 30 there were 10 inattentive driving incidents, to include failure to clear

the rear, failure to yield the right-of-way, other minor traffic accidents and damage to parked vehicles.

Photo by Ruslan Grumble/Shutterstock.com

While on an evening walk with his mother June 24, Rigby Carter, 4, expresses his delight at the flock of sheep on RB. — Photo by Hillary Carter.

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The Citizen, July 9, 2015  

The Citizen is the local military newspaper for the Stuttgart area. It is owned by the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart and under exclusive cont...

The Citizen, July 9, 2015  

The Citizen is the local military newspaper for the Stuttgart area. It is owned by the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart and under exclusive cont...