Vol. 48, No. 9, July 2019
Serving the Greater Stuttgart Military Community
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Robert Massey, Housing Office, Directorate of Public Works, addresses community members attending the second Housing Community Town Hall of the year, June 27.
Stuttgart hosts second Housing town hall on RB By Holly DeCarlo-White USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs
Community members gathered online and in-person at the Robinson Barracks Chapel to participate in the second Housing community town hall of the year, June 27. Despite the heat wave in Stuttgart, approximately 50 people arrived to the non-air conditioned chapel to engage with Col. Neal A. Corson, commander, USAG Stuttgart, and representatives from the Directorate of Public Works and Housing office, the Directorate of Emergency Services, Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Child & Youth Services, and the Defense Commissary Agency. The meeting was also available to watch and comment live through the garrison Facebook page. Corson reviewed updates to projects and concerns that arose during the previous town hall to include emergency response times on-post; the status of Wi-Fi and 24/7 access at the RB Fitness Center, which is still on hold for the foreseeable future due to lack of cable installment funding; the service order process and priority for repairs in on-post housing; and expired items at the commissary. Community members submitted questions in advance as well as
With community members to his front and the directorate leaders at his side (from left, DPW, DES and MWR) in the RB chapel, garrison commander Col. Neal Corson responds to questions and concerns regarding the Housing Office and other issues.
throughout the event online. The topic of parking enforcement and speed on-post was another reoccurring concern. DES clarified, “Housing gives the spots, we make sure that people are parking in the right spots.” It urged community members to use the “Report to MP” button on the USAG Stuttgart mobile app to send the
details of an improperly parked or speeding vehicle, or upload a photo so the Military Police can track and enforce. Visit www.stuttgartcitizen.com for a full recap of questions and answers, as well as due-outs the command team is working on from the community provided feedback. The next Town Hall is scheduled at the Panzer
Chapel, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Community members can always contact the garrison using the Feedback button on the USAG Stuttgart mobile app, which sends an email to the garrison Public Affairs Office. ICE comments are also reviewed directly by the command team for feedback and suggestions.
The Citizen, July 2019
Outgoing garrison commander reflects on his time at USAG Stuttgart As Col. Neal A. Corson, garrison commander, USAG Stuttgart, nears the end of his tenure here, the Stuttgart Citizen newspaper staff caught up with him and asked if he would reflect on his two-year tour.
worked over the past two years to get the Army to establish funding programs to provide predictability to our mission partners in facility funding. We are starting to see the fruits of that work as the Department of the Army is working to define our requirements and then build predictable funding.
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What was you initial overall thought after taking command of the garrison in 2017?
What did you find was the most challenging and satisfying aspects of the job?
The most challenging part of being the garrison commander is the slow pace at which change and progress occurs in the garrison. Every improvement takes a long time to complete and that slow pace can be frustrating. The greatest satisfaction comes from serving and engaging with the members of our military community. It is a great thing to be able to help people with issues that they face each day. Being the garrison commander is about serving and that is what I joined the Army to do.
What a wonderful opportunity to serve the service members stationed in USAG Stuttgart; expand the amazing relationship between U.S. Military Forces in Germany and the citizens of the greater Stuttgart metropolitan area. I was also very excited to be given the opportunity to learn the enterprise of installation management.
What were the top areas of the garrison’s internal operations do you believe needed your attention most and why?
Col. Neal A. Corson
I saw many areas that needed my attention. However, I focused on three areas. First was the internal structure and capacity of Directorate of Public Works (DPW). USAG Stuttgart benefits from the resources that our mission partners can provide to help sustain the installation, however these resources require DPW to manage them. We looked very closely at the structure of DPW and the number of engineers we had on staff and determined that we need addition personnel and minor changes to our structure to better manage the projects we were being asked to execute. Second, I focused on how we deliver mail. Our great postal professionals were being asked to process enormous volumes of mail while being severely undermanned. We
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 and Editor John Reese
successfully changed the way mail is delivered and freed up professionals from eliminated tasks to process mail more effectively. Third, I saw a need to refine how we communicate with our community and help them access our services. This was the reason for creating an installation app.
How were you able to balance the daily operations of running the garrison team and your role as a husband and a dad? How has your family viewed their time in Stuttgart?
I am a big believer in work– home balance. I work very hard. However, when I walk through my front door, I focus on my family and spending time with them.
I think anyone who spends a tour in Europe and does not travel and see the amazing places and people Europe has to offer has thrown away an enormous opportunity. Service members and civilians need to take time to travel and spend quality time with their families.
At the midway point of your time as commander, what were some of the good ideas too hard to complete, but that you needed to lay solid groundwork on?
One of our major objectives of the garrison and our mission partners was laying the groundwork for the establishment of a funding program for COCOM facility revitalization. We have
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July 2019 fests in and around Stuttgart
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The Stuttgart region loves its festivals, but when it comes to frequency and diversity, there’s no time quite like the summer. Most local towns and villages will have their own events, including each neighborhood of Stuttgart. From music festivals to food and world culture, the options are endless. Bürgerfest, Esslingen, July 6-8 Located along the banks of the Neckar River, the beautiful and historic city of Esslingen celebrates its citizens (not hamburgers; note the umlauted “u”) in an annual threeday festival dating back to 1973. Multiple stages throughout the city center host concerts, performances, and other entertainment, with some activities especially for children. Vendors will be on hand to offer culinary specialties, and shoppers can rummage through flea markets. Sunday morning is highlighted by a race, the Esslinger-Zeitung-Lauf, which attracts runners from far and wide. Afrika Festival, Erwin-SchoettlePlatz, Stuttgart, July 6-8 The annual Africa Festival celebrates African cultures with food, fashion shows, concerts, and more. The festival’s central location is a great place to enjoy the live music and dancing, African bazaar, and dishes from local restaurants. For a schedule of activities and concerts, visit www.afrikafestivalstuttgart.de. Events at Ludwigsburg Palace and Gardens, July 7-8 One summer highlight of the baroque palace at Ludwigsburg is the Grand Musical Fireworks Display on the evening of July 7, when the gardens are filled with thousands of lights and the sounds of classical music. A 20-minute firework display, synchronized to the music, rounds out the night. The free Royal Children’s Festival, now in its tenth year, will take place in the central courtyard of the palace
on July 8 (1-6 p.m.), with a number of activities including a royal throne on which children can take pictures. Sand Artists will also be sculpting their art during this time, and their completed works will continue to be exhibited until August 30. 31st Hamburg Fish Market in Stuttgart, July 12-22 For ten days each July, vendors from Hamburg’s famous fish market hit the road and set up in Stuttgart’s Karlsplatz to help fill the void. Enjoy live music, drinks, and food until 11pm (Sunday through Wednesday) or midnight (Thursday through Saturday). Jazz Open Stuttgart, July 12-22 International musicians headline the 25th annual Jazz Open Stuttgart. Tickets (€20-€95) are required to enter the concert area and see the performers; however during openair performances in the courtyard of the New Palace (Neues Schloss), the music can be heard from around Schlossplatz. Information on concerts and tickets is available at jazzopen.com. For a free alternative, the new City Museum of Stuttgart at the Stadtpalais will host open concerts at 10pm on July 13-14 and 16-21. Summer Street Festival, Schorndorf, July 13-17 Schorndorf is a charming village east of Stuttgart known primarily for being the birthplace of automobile pioneer Gottlieb Daimler. It’s also home to a summer street festival with food, drinks, and outdoor entertainment nestled between the half-timbered frames of Old Town. Event map and information at schowo.de. Festival of Lights at Killesberg Park, Stuttgart, July 14 The first “night of lights” at Killesberg was held over seventy years ago and has only been perfected since. Live music, children’s games, and rides on the park’s mini-railway are among the activities leading up to the musical fireworks which conclude the evening. While food and drink vendors will be available, visitors can also bring their own food and
non-alcoholic beverages “in quantities that are normal for consumption” (but don’t bring glass). Tickets (€1216) and more information available at lichterfest-stuttgart.de. Summer Festival of Cultures, Marktplatz Stuttgart, July 17-22 With over 40% of its residents coming from a foreign background, Stuttgart is one of the most diverse cities in Germany. The Summer Festival of Cultures celebrates this with six days of world music, food, shopping, and other activities in what is the largest intercultural festival in Southern Germany. More information, including concert schedules, at sommerfestival-der-kulturen.de. Schlemmen am See, Böblingen, July 18-22 “Feast on the lake” with almost two dozen food and drink vendors and a full lineup of concerts around the lakes of the city center. A meetup of “Old Timer” cars is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. For information including menus, concert schedules, and maps, visit schlemmenamsee.de. Bohnenviertelfest (Bean Quarter Fest), Stuttgart, July 19-21 The Heusteigviertelfest from June 29-July 1 kicked off the season of neighborhood street festivals in Stuttgart. The “bean quarter,” so named because of the many vining pole beans grown by generations of residents, is one of the oldest areas of Stuttgart. Covering the area between Charlottenplatz and Leonhardsplatz, it remains well-preserved and is home to many restaurants, cafes, and artisan shops. Its festival is traditionally held on the last weekend in July before the summer holidays of local schools and features food and drink as well as concerts, dance, and sports demonstrations. Marienplatzfest, Stuttgart, July 19-22 The trendy area around Marienplatz becomes even more of an activity hub during the Marienplatzfest. Indie, folk,
and electro pop musicians are scheduled to perform, with urban art, DJs, children’s programs, and food and drink set to complete the occasion. Ballet in the Park and Opera at the Lake, Schlossgarten Stuttgart, July 21-22 and 24 Ballet in the Park is one of the most anticipated open-air summer events, when Stuttgart’s world-renowned ballet transmits a live performance onto a giant screen set up in the lawn opposite the opera house. Saturday features a selection of pieces by members of talented academies while Sunday offers the professional company. The Stuttgart Opera offers a live screening of Bellini’s “The Puritans” on Tuesday night in the same space. Visitors must bring their own blankets or small, soft seating. Glasses and cans are not permitted. Henkersfest, Wilhelmsplatz, Stuttgart, July 25-28 The name of the “Hangman’s Fest” harks back to the time Wilhelmsplatz served as the city’s execution site in the Middle Ages, but it’s the festival that offers a killer experience these days. The four-day event, which includes diverse selections of live music, food, and drinks, attracts thousands of visitors annually. Wine and Pretzel Festival, Marktplatz Bad Cannstatt, July 26-29 Founded as Stuttgart’s first street fest, the Wine and Pretzel Festival in Bad Cannstatt’s old town offers salty pretzels, sweet wines, and every taste in between. Those who would rather pair pretzels with beer will have a number of options available, as well as other foods. Musical entertainment is also on offer.
The Citizen, July 2019
CID warns Army community about social media impersonation of Soldier accounts Criminal Investigation Command News Release
QUANTICO, VA. — U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s (CID) Computer Crime Investigative Unit (CCIU) is once again warning Soldiers and the Army community to be on the lookout for “social media scams” where cybercriminals impersonate service members by using actual and fictitious information, not just for “trustbased relationship scams,” also known as romance scams, but for other impersonation crimes such as sales schemes and advance fee schemes. “By monitoring your social media identity, you can protect your Army family and your reputation,” said Special Agent Marc Martin, deputy director of operations for CCIU. “The criminals will use factual data from official websites and Soldiers’ personal social media sites, then prey on vulnerable people’s trusting nature and willingness to help the Soldier.” Frequently, CID receives notifications from individuals stating they were scammed online by someone claiming to be a Soldier, but in reality it was an online scammer who has used an unsuspected Soldier’s name and available social media photos to commit a crime. No one is immune from becoming a victim. Scammers steal the identity of senior officers, enlisted personnel, contractors and civilians. Scammers, using this information from legitimate profiles, will capitalize on the trustworthy reputation of individuals associated with the Army. According to Martin, CCIU has seen a resurgence of scammers using fake Common Access Cards (CAC), a “smart” card that is the standard identification for active duty personnel, Selected Reserve, DOD civilian employees, and eligible contractor personnel. Scammers use the cards to give their ruse a greater level of legitimacy. “Using a fake CAC is not a new tactic,” said Martin. “At first glance it could look almost legitimate, but if you look closely you will notice errors such as
incorrect pay grades and other inaccurate markings.” Another recent scam that is gaining steam begins when a Soldier receives a letter in the mail demanding money or embarrassing information about him/ her will be released to their spouse. The letter purports to be from someone who knows the Soldier and the sender claims to have information that if released to their spouse, will be very humiliating. The sender does not identify any specific misconduct or crime in the letter and demands large payments in Bitcoin or they will expose the alleged secret to the Soldier’s spouse, family and friends. Mitigating fraudulent social media accounts can simply start with searching for your name on various social media platforms. Since scammers may use your photo but change the name, you should also conduct an image search of your social media profile pictures. If you find yourself or a family member being impersonated online, CID warns that you should take immediate steps to have the fraudulent sites removed. Victims should immediately contact the social media platform (company) and report the false profile. Keep in mind that criminals create impersonation accounts to look just like the real account of a service member by using very similarly spelled names and replacing characters with dashes, spaces, and/or homoglyph characters. Be on the lookout for simple changes such as zeros (0) used instead of the letter “O” or a number one (1) instead of the letter “l.” “Always remember that effectively searching yourself requires creativity because of the misspelled names and other identifying information slightly different to disguise the criminal activity or just because the scammer doesn’t have command of the
English language,” CID officials said. “Criminals will hijack photographs found on the Soldiers official and personal social media page and create a similar or identical biography.” Officials also warned that impersonations can be classified as Confidence Based/ Romance Relationship, Sales Schemes or Advance Fee Schemes. Confidence Based/ Romance Relationship: Scammers defraud victims by pretending to be service members seeking romance or in need of emotional support and companionship. In these scams, cybercriminals often derive information for their fictionalized military personas from official military websites and social networking websites where military families post information about their loved ones. Scammers gather enough detailed personal information, including pictures, to concoct believable stories tailored to appeal to a victim’s emotions and then lure unsuspecting victims (most often women) into sending money to help them with transportation costs, marriage processing expenses, medical fees, communication fees such as laptops and satellite telephones. They typically promise to repay the victim when they finally meet; however, once the victim stops sending money, the scammer is not heard from again. Sales Schemes: Most frequently carried out on sites that facilitate sales of various products, scammers lure victims by offering goods well below market price. Most scams involve vehicle sales, house rentals or similar big-ticket items. The scammer advertises an item for sale, at a to-good-tobe-true price, and describes it in the broadest of terms. A person showing interest is soon contacted by the “seller” who claims to be a service member with a military unit that is being deployed abroad. The scammer uses
the pending deployment to explain the need for a quick sale and, hence, the below market sales price. The scammer insists that money changes hands quickly using some untraceable and irrevocable means such as Western Union, MoneyGram or gift cards. The merchandise is never received and the scammer is not heard from again. Advance Fee Schemes: These schemes defraud potential victims by promising big profits in exchange for help in moving large sums of money (or gold, oil, or some other commodity or contraband). Claiming to be high-ranking or well-placed government/military officials or the surviving spouse of former government leaders, the perpetrators offer to transfer significant amounts of money into the victim’s bank account in exchange for a small fee. Some use photographs and biographical information of highprofile American military officials obtained from the Internet. Scammers that receive payment are never heard from again. The Computer Crime Investigative Unit has found that the longer an imposter account is active, the greater the likelihood of misleading others,” Martin said. “Protect yourself by conducting Internet searches on yourself and your family. Expediency is paramount.”
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For more information about computer security, other computer-related scams and to review previous cyber-crime alert notices and cyber-crime prevention flyers visit the Army CID website at www.cid.army. mil/cciu-advisories.html. For more information on CID or to report a felony-level crime or provide information concerning a crime, contact your local CID Office or the Military Police or visit www.cid. army.mil.
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Send your announcements for upcoming events to the USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs Office Pointy teeth optional The Stuttgart Piranhas international youth swim team is looking for a few good swim coaches. The team of highly motivated and fun-loving swimmers competes in European Forces Swim League meets around Europe from August through February. If you have what it takes to be a Piranha and you’re interested in joining their coaching staff, email email@example.com. Lawless days of summer The Stuttgart Law Center will be closed the morning of July 10 for the garrison change of command ceremony. The office will re-open at 1 p.m. The SLC will also be closed July 4–5, Aug. 2–5 and Aug.
Adventure challenge time Spend the morning of morning July 13 running through the forested training area near Panzer Kaserne, solving riddles, completing physical challenges and mental puzzles, with three of your buddies, then celebrate with a free lunch at the end of the USO’s 2nd Adventure Challenge. Registration is already open and its free, plus the USO promises the lunch won’t be MREs. The first 20 teams of four to register will receive free USO Adventure Challenge t-shirts. The event takes place on Panzer Kaserne. Participants must be 18 and older. The top three teams will receive prizes. New to EUCOM? EUCOM is offering seven
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The Citizen, July 2019 Experienced Rider courses are required for service members to ride. The training is done on a specially designed course on Stuttgart Army Airfield. The remaining BRC date is July 25. The next ERC courses take place Aug. 1 and Sep. 26. Personnel must register online via US Army Traffic Safety Training Program Registration System. Note: Registration is CACenabled for Soldiers; nonArmy should contact the USAG Stuttgart Safety Office. The Installation Safety Office is in Bldg. 2948, rooms 302, 301 and 320, Panzer Kaserne. Call 431-3832/3133/3134 Civilians or family members needing training should call the rider mentor coaches at 431-2198 or 430-2226.
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Former resident of Patch Barracks, aka “Kurmaerker Kaserne,” visits after 76 years By Angelika Aguilar USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs
At 80 years of age, Dieter Baetsch said it was his greatest desire to return to the place he lived as a child for the first five years of his life, 1939-1944. During the war, his father served as Kurmaerker Kaserne’s administrative commander. Accompanied by his granddaughter, Sophie Zimmermann, and Daniel Fitzgerald, historian, US European Command, he recently returned to his former home, now known as USAG Stuttgart’s Patch Barracks. Using old photos, Baetsch searched for his former home on Patch Barracks. Together with the historian, the trio walked around the kaserne, checking his black and white pictures, until he was finally able to locate his former home: Bldg. 2915, ECJ2. The pictures showed the outside of their apartment on the second floor, and he pointed out where his former “Kinderzimmer” was located. Baetsch told a moving story about how they were bombed by the U.S. Army-Air Force during the war, pointing out what was then his dining room window where a bomb went through and got stuck in the crystal chandelier. Fortunately, it didn’t explode and nobody got hurt. He was able to locate the same tree in the garden he used to climb on when he was little. His father had never been a member of the Nazi party, and therefore, when called by the Americans during the denazification process, he was released shortly afterward. The octogenarian now lives in the Heilbronn area. He enjoyed his visit and was very happy to be treated as a friend. Baetsch hopes to be able to come back to visit Patch Barracks one more time. The name Kurmaerker Kaserne is why the alternate gate at Patch is now referred to as the K&K gate.
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Dieter Baetsch, right, and EUCOM historian Daniel Fitzgerald rediscover the past from when Baetsch lived on Kurmaerker Kaserne (now Patch Barracks) during the war years.
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Get to know Germany’s bicycle rules of the road By Public Affairs USAG Stuttgart
Whether you are taking a fun bike ride with the family, using a bicycle to get to work or as part of your fitness routine, make sure that safety is your primary concern. The rules are a little different when riding on USAG Stuttgart installations. Here’s the equipment you need and what you need to know in order to stay safe when you take to the road on a bike in Germany. Bicycles must have two independently acting braking devices, a bell or horn for dispensing acoustic warnings, a non-blinking front headlamp of white or pale yellow color to illuminate the road and a red rear tail light that stays lit when stationary. Bikes must also have a white reflector in the front and a red reflector in the rear, plus at least two yellow reflectors on each wheel. Bike riders, even in minor accidents, are vulnerable to injuries. Some riders, especially during warmer weather, wear short pants and short sleeve shirts made of thin material that is good for keeping cool but offer little to protect riders from road rash or worse. Riders should check their bikes for tire pressure, brakes, condition of chains, ensuring none of the equipment listed above is missing, etc., before taking to the road. Helmets are mandatory when riding on Army installations, but not on German roads. However, when off post, helmets are strongly recommended to protect against the risk of serious head injuries. Some German cities have adopted helmet laws for young children. Bicycles are legal traffic. They must be on the street with traffic and ride in the direction of traffic. Watch for signs indicating a bicycle path; if there is a bicycle path, you must use it and not ride on the street or road with traffic. If you are coming from a sidewalk, parking lot, driveway or the like, you must yield to all traffic on the priority roadway. Children
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Garrison bicyclists learn about safety, rules of the road in Germany and more during the annual Bike to Work Week.
up to age eight must ride on the sidewalk, not in traffic; kids up to age 10 may ride on the sidewalk. When on German roads, riding side by side is forbidden. Riders must be single file, even in bicycle lanes marked out on the streets. You must give a hand signal for all turns. Point left with the left arm, and point right with the right arm, to signal turns. The signal for stopping is one arm extended and the forearm pointing down using the arm most likely to be seen by the traffic. In pedestrian zones where bicycles are allowed, pedestrians always have the right of way. An intersection with only one painted crosswalk means that you may have to use that crosswalk. If you walk your
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Outdoors this summer? Learn about hantavirus!
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As summer continues, your public health professionals at Public Health Command Europe would like to make everyone aware of a lesser known disease caused by hantavirus. Every year, several hantavirus cases are reported within Europe’s military community. With warmer weather, people tend to spend more time outdoors, go on nature walks, and possibly venture into their tool sheds to clean them out. Before you do, however, be sure to take some precautions and educate yourself on the symptoms, risks, and preventive measures to avoid hantavirus exposure. People are exposed to hantavirus disease through droppings or dust contaminated by urine or saliva from infected rodents. Sweeping out a dirty shed or crawling around in dusty areas
frequented by rodents is a common way that people come into contact with the disease. The good news is that hantavirus is not known to be carried by commonly-owned pet rodents, such as Guinea pigs, hamsters, or gerbils. Additionally, the most common hantavirus strain found in Europe, Puumala hantavirus, generally causes milder disease symptoms compared Gr to the more severe hantavirus types that you may have read about in the news and are found in the United States. Between 8095% of those exposed to the strain found in Europe do not get sick or develop symptoms. The symptoms of hantavirus disease are non-specific and typically are marked by a sudden onset of fever and flu-like symptoms that include muscle aches, stomach pain, and vomiting. However, in some individuals, severe m .co ck
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disease can cause kidney failure. Your best protection against hantavirus is to avoid exposure to wild rodents and their excrement. Avoid disturbing dusty sheds, barns, attics, and other confined spaces that may have rodent nests. When cleaning out these areas, wear a dust mask and moisten dusty surfaces with 10% bleach, if possible, or water before sweeping them out to reduce the amount of dust put into the air. Make sure the liquid is applied gently and does not make dust circulate in the air. If possible, air out the area before entering if this will not expose people outside these areas. You may wish to wear a dust mask while cleaning for extra protection. After your cleaning activities are done, shower or wash your hands and face thoroughly with soap and water. Employ additional safety measures to reduce rodent access into your home and aforementioned areas by eliminating possible food sources, setting traps, sealing up holes or other access points, repairing screens, and ensuring the weather seals on doors (to include pet doors) are intact. Safety precautions are also important when engaging in outdoor
activities, such as hiking and gardening. Hikers are advised to stay on walking paths, keep food properly sealed, and stay away from rodents. Rodents do not show outward symptoms when they are infected, and the virus can remain infective in the environment for a long time. Gardeners should moisten the area they will be working to avoid aerosolizing the dust and practice good hand washing at breaks and when finished with their chores. If you experience flu-like symptoms after working in a dusty area that may have had rodents present, bring this to the attention of your primary healthcare provider as soon as possible. To find out more about hantavirus, visit: http://ecdc. europa.eu/en/healthtopics/ hantavirus/Pages/index.aspx http://ecdc.europa.eu/ en/healthtopics/hantavirus/ factsheet-health-professionals/ Pages/factsheet_health_ professionals.aspx
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Schools and Youth
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On the ropes with Family Resiliency Story and photos by the School Liaison Office USAG Stuttgart
Ready and resilience (R2) was the focus when the Patch Youth Center and the School Liaison Office teamed up to offer another family resiliency experience. Family members challenged and encouraged each other at the Waldhochseilgarten, Rutesheim Freizeitpark. They gained awareness of their connection with each other, confidence in themselves and their abilities. Relationships matter; and, the teens experiencing the course with their parents let them deepen already existing connections in a new and challenging environment Loghann Bellamy, a freshman at
Stuttgart High School stated, “I am surprised that mom was able to do it. We coached each other.” She and her mother relied on each other to accomplish each task throughout the course working together to grow and succeed as a team Throughout the day, participants practiced the skills they’d learned, and the belief in themselves and their abilities continued to grow. Patrick Lamb best exemplifies the day when he said, “I will have good memories of today and it was fun.”
For more information regarding the family Ready and Resilient (R2) program and future outreach activities, contact the School Liaison Office at DSN 430-7465. #uparmoredresilientTEENS.
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(Left) School counselor Monika Juergens, right, preps students before they take to the treetops; (above) Lily Smith shows mom Sunista the ropes.
Stuttgart High School ‘Student 2 Student’ program becomes resilient By Sawyer Getschman President, Stuttgart High School Student 2 Student (S2S) and Joe Holder School Liaison Officer
On the last day of May, the School Liaison Office sponsored a group of Stuttgart High School’s Student 2 Student (S2S) Ambassadors and traveled to the Waldhochseilgarten, Rutesheim Freizeitpark.
They received real-world experience in resiliency and teamwork. Being a resilient person means being able to adjust to any circumstance that arrives. It does not mean feeling no fear; but rather, overcoming the fear in order to face the obstacle in question. As youth sponsors, S2S ambassadors are in situations with new students where they have to face various fears. From fear of public speaking, to being shy, S2S ambassadors must be
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now can apply the knowledge and skills they re-enforced during the day to their daily lives. This entire experience gave every ambassador a new sense of self and a new trust in his or her fellow ambassadors. The group is now a tighter team because of the experience. Stuttgart High School S2S Ambassadors’ are ready to hit the ground running next year. #uparmoredresilientTEENS.
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AER has grants for child car seats Army Emergency Relief USAG Stuttgart
In a new initiative, Army Emergency Relief is offering assistance with the purchase of child car seats or booster seats for minor children of Soldiers who are enrolled in DEERS. Assistance is in the form of a grant and cost does not exceed $250.00. The need for a child car seat may be validated through the AER Office or the Soldier’s company commander or first sergeant. The Soldier will complete AER Form 700 (Application for Army Emergency Relief ) and provide documentation showing a recent adoption, guardianship or childbirth (birth certificate) or by providing a photo of the car seat that is unserviceable or has been outgrown by an aging child. Additionally, AER officers may provide assistance for a car seat without a birth certificate during the 3rd trimester of a pregnancy (28 to 40 weeks and up). Applicants must provide a valid military ID card, current LES, estimate for cost of the child car
seat, and Title 10 orders for current period of service (Guard, Reserve, or AGR), as applicable. If a Soldier is not available during the application process, a Special Power of Attorney (AER form 53 or civilian equivalent) or allotment authorization (AER Form 55) will be accepted. If the Soldier has already purchased a car seat, they may request reimbursement up to 30 days after purchase. Receipt of purchase is required.
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PCS cardboard boxes don’t have to be a big problem
By Beverly Sowell Stuttgart Logistics Readiness Center
Cardboard box removal after unpacking was a huge problem on Patch last year. If you’ve got boxes, incoming on-post residents should take heed of the official guidance regarding empty moving boxes: Empty boxes may not be stacked or stored outside the buildings at any time. Residents can break boxes down and store in home, cage or basement until a pre-arranged pick up date or place in recycling bins. Moving companies are not obligated to return to pick up boxes once you sign the forms stating your unpack is complete, nor will the moving crew report that boxes need to be picked up … unless you request a future pick up by calling the company’s management directly. Here’s how: • Indicate this request on the signed delivery manifest and customer
service survey before the movers leave on your final unpack day. • Cite the full name of the mover who made the agreement with you on the forms. • The resident must call the moving company management directly, state the mover’s name, and arrange for pick up once the boxes are ready. Store boxes in home, cage or basement until arranged pick up date and time. If these steps are not followed, they will not pick up the boxes. Make a pickup appointment using the moving company’s contact info. When in doubt, residents may break boxes down and put in recycling bins. For more information, call the Traffic Management Stuttgart Logistics Readiness Center 405th Army Field Support BrigadeEurope and Africa at 596-2691 or 09641-70596-2691.
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Celebrating Independence with a declaration CH (Maj.) Matthew M. Hamrick Family Life Chaplain USAG Stuttgart
It’s July again, and we gathered together with other Americans to celebrate our independence on the fourth. This date means a great deal to all Americans, but especially those of us in the profession of arms. Many of us have celebrated this holiday overseas in harm’s way. Some in our ranks never made it back to celebrate with friends and family. We remember them as we commemorate the birth of our nation and the freedoms and independence we hold so dearly. This year we mark the 243rd anniversary of the issuing of the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. We stand with those patriots of long ago in the 13 American colonies who severed their political connections to Great Britain. Those colonists stood up to political oppression and willingly fought to preserve the idea of freedom and the American way of life. Independence is a beautiful thing. As much as we prize our independence as a nation, there is something to be said for dependence. We are frail human beings and even the
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Remembering the sacrifices of post 9/11 service members
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Garrison community members begin the 2018 Run to Remember.
Panzer were familiar territory to Waldrop, and it was during one of his runs that the idea of the Run to Remember was born. “One day, I ran past a small memorial and stopped to notice it. To my surprise, it was dedicated to a 40-year-old Army Special Forces Soldier who died from heart complications after collapsing during a run,” Waldrop said. “At that moment, I knew that I had to organize some type of memorial run. The fallen Soldier was Master Sgt. Christopher Keith, who was a hero to the Special Forces community, and his passing, only three years earlier, was still fresh in the hearts and minds of the men and women from 10th SFG (A), Waldrop said. It did not take long for the foundation of the Run to Remember to be laid and necessary partnerships established. “I garnered support instantly with my Battalion Leadership and began to imagine what we could achieve,” Waldrop said. “I reached out to Stuttgart’s MWR, and [the Fitness Coordinator at the time] Mr. Marty Smith instantly thought it was an excellent idea and volunteered to be the race director. Without his support, the Run to Remember would not have been nearly the success that it was.”
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The collaboration is one that has endured to this 12th year, even as leadership has changed and personnel have moved in and out. During the first Run to Remember in 2008, members from 10th SFG (A) had several teams deployed downrange. However, this did not deter Chaplain Waldrop’s vision of bringing the community together in remembrance. “While everyone was running in Germany, several of our Operational Detachment elements were able to run the race downrange, even on treadmills, as a way to participate and take time out to remember all those who had given the last ounce of devotion. It was absolutely fantastic to see everyone coming together to make the Run to Remember such a success. The culmination event was a community coming together to honor and remember our heroes,” Waldrop notes. More information can be obtained from the Patch and Panzer Fitness Centers. Chaplin Waldrop feels a great sense of pride and significance knowing the Run to Remember continues on today. “I am very happy that the Run to Remember has endured for a decade and wish all the runners the strength and grace that comes from the Lord as they run to remember,” he said.