The Citizen - October 2019

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Vol. 48, No. 12, October 2019

Serving the Greater

Stuttgart Military Community

Photos by Jason Johnston, Training Support Center Stuttgart

German and American firefighters and other emergency first responders tackle a simulated fire during the annual USAG Stuttgart exercise Stallion Shake 2019, Sept. 21. See page 12 for the story. Visit and the garrison Facebook page for more.

Housing town hall addresses issues across the garrison By John Reese USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

For the first time since becoming U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart commander, Col. Jason W. Condrey hosted a town hall in the Panzer Barracks chapel, Sept. 23. Although physical attendance was sparse with more than two dozen military community members in the chapel, many more tuned in to a livestreaming on the garrison’s Facebook page or looked at it in the following days. The complete town hall is available online for viewing. Condrey followed up that town hall by focusing on housing during the weekly “Command Update” program on AFN Stuttgart, Sept. 25. “I will tell you that I look at everything that we do with what I

term as the ‘Condrey family test;’ would I be okay if that happened to me? Would I be okay if that happened to my family? Would I be okay if my family had to live under those conditions?” Condrey said. “That’s where I personally start from with every concern that’s brought to me.” According to Installation Management Command - Europe manages7,355 Army-owned housing units and 4,712 Army-leased housing units, more than 70 percent of the Army's traditional housing inventory. Kelley, Patch and Robinson Barracks, and Panzer Kaserne, are home to 1,100 untis for Stuttgart military community residents. Condrey, now two and a half months on the job as commander, said there are some practices that

make him scratch his head and others that he sees can be done better. “We’re in the process of trying to put some things in place that deal with some of those headscratchers and make the services that we provide much more efficient,” Condrey said. Residents asked questions by stepping up to the mic, writing questions to be read to the commander, or posting their inquiries on a special events page online. Much of what Condrey spoke about before opening up the floor to questions answered many of the questions received on the Facebook town hall events page. He continued to respond to questions for an See TOWN HALL, p.2

Photos by Larry Reilly, USAG Stuttgart

Col. Jason W. Condrey, commander, USAG Stuttgart, addresses audiences in the Panzer Kaserne chapel and on a live Facebook feed.


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Commander answers questions, addresses housing issues at town hall On-post housing is our focus now at U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart. I want you, as a community member, to know how the garrison is tackling our local housing issues. In September, we received the Army’s housing survey results. The feedback you offered is guiding our efforts. Most issues fell into one of four categories. For each, we asked ourselves some tough questions:

• Maintenance – What is our response time when people have requests? Does the work get finished and what is the quality of the work? • Policy – What can we do to help newcomers understand housing options? How can we encourage building coordinators to help enforce housing rules? • Communication – How are we communicating with our customers? What can we do better to share information with tenants?

• Appliances – Are they getting old? Are the repairs being done? Do the community members know how to use them?

At the Sept. 23 town hall, roughly 30 community members attended. Another 1,100 watched our Facebook live stream.


development plans "are crucial in validating our future requirements." While the primary topic was how Stuttgart community residents viewed their on-post housing, other topics were heard, included gym equipment, MWR activities, school buses and playgrounds across the garrison footprint. Of particular interest were the recent changes at the Patch Barracks K&K gate, which was designated exclusively for commercial traffic such as construction equipment and delivery or moving vans. That closure caused a traffic jam that backed up on to city street. By the time the town hall began, garrison officials wanted commuters in POVs to know they could access post through K &K, but commercial trucks had priority.

By Col. Jason W. Condrey Commander, USAG Stuttgart

continued from p. 1 additional half hour after the town hall was scheduled to end, then further spoke individually with concerned community members present. Questions that weren’t addressed during the town hall were given to the commander and the directorates for responses. So, how can Stuttgart residents become involved? According to Judith Teague, chief of housing for IMCOM-Europe, simply by providing input when asked. "We take note of feedback provided via focus groups, town halls and resident surveys," Teague said. "In fact, my team and I review every question and resident comment noted on Army's annual resident survey. It is the single most important way for residents to voice an opinion. Each garrison develops an action plan as a result of the annual survey; we consider resident feedback in our future planning actions." Teague said housing area

(Editor’s note: Some statistics and other information were provided by the IMCOM-Europe Housing Branch. Watch the town hall on the garrison Facebook page and read more about the K&K gate online at


Contributors Angelika Aguilar

Commander Col. Jason W. Condrey


Senior Enlisted Adviser Command Sgt. Maj. Toese Tia

Building 2949, Panzer Kaserne

Public Affairs Officer Larry Reilly Command Information Chief Rick Scavetta Editor John Reese

Army Post Office Mailing Address Unit 30401, APO AE 09107 German Mailing Address Panzer Kaserne Geb. 2949, 3rd Floor, Panzerstrasse, 70032 Böblingen Telephone:

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My team, to include directors from housing, public works, emergency services and others spoke candidly with community members about their concerns. We don’t have all the answers. Some issues, due to available resources and policy, are beyond our immediate control. However, locally, we are already seeking solutions. Our approaches fall into 4 areas: Choice, Assuring Quality, Ownership and Authorities/microinvestments. Key to each of these is successfully communicating them with the community. For example to assure quality, as quickly as we can hire people with the right qualifications, we are establishing a quality assurance cell to better coordinate and maintain communication with customers and ensure the quality of repairs. Our maintenance contractor has a significant backlog of work orders – more

than 2,000. By the end of November, they assure me that will be fixed. In terms of ownership, we also need your help policing our community. We want to inspire a sense of pride for our community and that starts with aesthetics. You’ll see our regular fall clean-ups. But, also we will have monthly area beautification activities in our housing areas. This effort is being led by the senior enlisted leaders within our major tenant units. Most of all, let’s keep the housing dialogue going. I look forward to your feedback. The Army will issue another housing survey in November. I encourage residents to take part in that. Also, please come out to our next community town hall at the Kelley Theater in December. Together, we can make our community better and continue to say, “I’m glad I live here.”

A community resident asks a question during the housing town hall, Sept. 23.

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“Ein prosit, ein prosit, Gemütlichkeit!” Public Affairs USAG Stuttgart

Stuttgart’s 2019 Cannstatter Volksfest began Sept. 27 and continues until Oct. 13. For more than 200 years, the fest has enjoyed enormous popularity and annually attracts about four million visitors from near and far to the state capital of Baden Württemberg. People are captivated by the special atmosphere of the wonderful funfair coupled with beautiful festival tents, a colorful flea market and many spectacular attractions. Rich in tradition, the Cannstatter Volksfest is not only the biggest festival in Baden Württemberg but it is also has one of the biggest funfairs in the whole of Europe. About 320 showmen, beer tent landlords and market traders all spoil the fest guests. The lively atmosphere on the Wasen is an attraction for the whole family and the beer tents are the scene for boisterous celebrations accompanied by oompah music. Public transportation for those who wish to imbibe is easy to

use and highly recommended. On Sept. 30, soldiers of European countries were joined by U.S. service members to take part in Soldierfest, an annual tradition on the first Monday of the Cannstatter Volksfest since 1975.

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Photo by John Reese, USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

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Oktoberfest 2019 in Munich: A traveler's guide Public Affairs USAG Bavaria

The 2019 Oktoberfest in Munich runs until Oct. 6 and fest-goers can expect to see stringent security measures again, according to the official website. The heightened security plans include a secured perimeter, a significant police presence with up to 600 police officers of the Bavarian Police, 200 police officers of the German Federal Police, 3,000 law enforcement forces, a multi-language loudspeaker system for crisis communication, standby emergency phones and restrictions on festival entry, according to official news releases. The 100-acre plot of land, nestled in Munich's central LudwigsvorstadtIsarvorstadt district, will be fenced off -- including the open area along the Theresienhoehe -- to enable 100 percent control of festival access, according Munich police officials.

Barriers can be dismantled in seconds for quick escape, however, city officials assured. All backpacks and large bags, or anything with a capacity of more than three liters, are strictly prohibited at the festival, Munich police said. Exceptions may be made on a caseto-case basis for justified reasons, such as support for handicapped people. Small handbags and other belongings will be checked at all entrances, the police said. Other prohibited items include glass bottles, spray cans and any items that can be used as a weapon. Strollers and buggies are allowed, except on Saturdays, German Unity Day on Oct. 3, and all other days after 6 p.m. Despite tightened security and the general concern of random violence, the two-week Bavarian festival is expected to attract large crowds, city officials said, with nearly half a million visitors each day.

Important notes

Whether it’s the Cannstatter Volksfest or Oktoberfest, here’s some pointers for a safe and enjoyable experience. • Be aware of pickpockets and keep your personal belongings in secure location. • Don’t take beer mugs outside of the fest tents. It is a criminal offense and violators will pay a heavy fine. Official mugs may be purchased as souvenirs from vendors. • Don’t stand or dance on tables. Standing on benches is allowed. • Avoid disputes. Parties involved in physical fights may be arrested and use of a beer mug as a weapon is considered assault with a deadly weapon by German law. • Fest beer has a high alcohol content. A one-liter Mass has about the same alcohol content as a six-pack of American beers. • Don’t smoke inside the tents. Smoking is permitted at designated outdoor smoking areas only. For more information about the Cannstatter Volksfest, visit www. For more information about Oktoberfest, visit


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Find the CFC charity of your choice and donate Public Affairs USAG Stuttgart

The annual 2019 Combined Federal Campaign begins Oct. 14. Everyone can find something they passionately support, and those contributions support their causes and your community. There are about 8,000 different charities to choose from. Unit CFC representatives aim for 100 percent contact with members of their units or offices. Paper pledges are still accepted but cash is no longer an option. If you miss your unit’s CFC rep, you can donate 24 hours here. Online is the best option; the website makes donating to CFC easy since donors don’t have to wait to be contacted. It can be done at the office or while you are home. Money isn’t the only way members

of the Stuttgart military community may contribute. The CFC now accepts hands-on help pledges of time from those who would volunteer time instead of donating cash. Whether you make your pledge online or on paper, be sure to check the specifics of the charity to see how effective your donation will be. You can even check the box that brings your donation back to the Stuttgart military community. Donors may remain anonymous if they wish. Since it began 58 years ago, CFC has raised more than $8 billion for charities. Community members have until Dec. 13 to donate during CFC 2019. Thanks to your generosity, your chosen charities will make a difference in your local community, across the nation, and around the world.

How CFC works 1. Choose your cause. Whether you care about youth development, military families, housing and shelter, or animal welfare – the CFC has a charity for any cause you want to support. You can even give to multiple charities with one pledge. 2. Make your pledge. The online pledge portal allows you to easily renew your pledge each year and offers the full range of pledge options: Payroll deduction; credit/ debit card; e-check; and volunteer hours. Paper pledge forms are also available upon request from unit representatives. 3. Help is on the way! For more information, call the Stuttgart CFC project officer at 596-2541.

Stop violence: DVAM observed in October By Anna Maria Vestal ACS Coordinator, Army Community Service USAG Stuttgart

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Army Community Service Family Advocacy Program is providing a variety of events to the community aimed at educating community members about the prevalence of domestic violence and encouraging them to act to stop this violence. On Oct. 2 FAP kicked off DVAM by the signing of a proclamation the Panzer Exchange by garrison commander Col. Jason W. Condrey, including a cake, information and promotional items for attendees. Want to know more? For more information on ACS and FAP classes and events, visit ACS in Bldg. 2915, Panzer Kaserne, or call 5963362 or 09641-70-596-3362.

FAP will host a couple’s craft workshop, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Oct. 4 at the Arts and Crafts Center, Patch Barracks. Couples will enhance their communication skills and increase relationship bonding through a joint painting project. The workshop is free and Child and Youth Services will provide free childcare to those who are registered, 6–9 p.m. at the Patch Child Care Center. Refreshments will be served. Advanced registration is required and space is limited, so call today. The younger community members are invited to participate in the “Strong Kids Night Out,” 5:30–7:30 p.m., Oct. 24, at the Panzer Fitness Center. This free educational event is designed to empower kids through an interactive exploration of feelings followed by a self-defense class by U.S. Marine ForcesEurope. The event is open to boys and girls 10 to 17 years of age and participants must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration by Oct. 18 is required.

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Anna Maria Vestal wears makeup simulating injuries from domestic violence as part of the 2018 DVAM campaign. She and other “victims” went around the garrison to gauge reactions from the community.

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Get your estate in order Capt. Evan Freemyer Chief, Client Services Stuttgart Law Center

You’re never too young to be prepared, and often it is too late when you realize you need documents like a last will and testament, durable power of attorney, healthcare power of attorney, and advanced medical directive, abbreviated as DPOA, HPOA and AMD, respectively. Anyone who is 18 years old, of sound mind and capability, and who has the proper intent, may make a will and powers of attorney. The Stuttgart Law Center offers the following brief advice on estate planning. A last will and testament is the legal document which controls the disposition of your property–your estate–at death, and may provide for guardianship for your minor children after your death. A will is not effective until death. As long as you are living, your will has no effect. After your death, the executor you name in your will must have the will probated, or enforced, in a probate court in your state of legal residence. A DPOA designates who you want making decisions regarding specific financial matters on your behalf, even if you become incapacitated. As the name suggests, a DPOA is effective

until you revoke the document. This is different from a general or special power of attorney that you may have done in the past, which is only effective for a limited purpose or amount of time. Similarly, a HPOA designates a person to make healthcare decisions for you in the event you are unable to do so yourself. Finally, an AMD, also known as a living will, is documentation of your express wishes regarding life support and artificial hydration and nutrition in three very specific circumstances such as unconsciousness, incurable disease or illness, and degenerative disease or illness. It is important for everyone to consider the need for any or all of these documents and to take time discussing these issues with family and close friends. It is important to review your will, DPOA, HPOA, and AMD every two to three years to ensure it still aligns with your current estate, family situation, and healthcare goals. A good rule of thumb is to update these documents after a major life event such as a marriage, the birth of a child, divorce, retirement, or birth of grandchildren, etc. The Stuttgart Law Center Legal Assistance Office has attorneys who can advise and draft all of these documents.

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There’s a way for your will This column is not intended as individual or specific legal advice. If you have specific issues or concerns, visit the Stuttgart Legal Assistance Office in Bldg., Kelley Barracks. To download the will worksheet that will assist in thinking through your estate plan, contact the Legal Assistance Office at 421-4152 or 0711-729-4152 to make an appointment with an attorney, or visit slc-legal-assistance. You can also request an appointment through the USAG Stuttgart mobile app by calling 421-4152 or 0711-729-4152, or emailing


Page 6 Month observance takes place at 11:30a.m. at the Panzer Exchange, Oct. 10. Check the garrison Facebook page for updates.

Send your announcements for upcoming events to the USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs Office Sign up for CCVP Participants will learn about the German political system during a visit to the State Parliament in downtown Stuttgart. History buffs will hear about the Speech of Hope and the importance of the American presence in the Stuttgart area. The group also visits city hall and other landmarks in the downtown area. A traditional Swabian lunch is included in the tour. The next tour is Oct. 7, with one remaining tour this year on Dec. 3. It’s free and open to all ID card holders 14 years and older. Participants are picked up at 8:30 a.m. at the Panzer Exchange bus stop. The tour lasts until 5 p.m. Dress is business casual and good walking shoes. Call 596-3463 or search CCVP online at www.

Patch Barracks K&K gate access changes Commercial traffic, to include construction vehicles and delivery trucks, will now use the K & K gate to enter Patch Barracks. Community members personally-owned vehicles should use the Patch main gate for entry and exit. During morning commuting hours, starting at 6 a.m., drivers may use the K&K gate. However, POVs must wait during security checks on commercial vehicles. Both school and duty busses will use the main gate. On weekday afternoons, the K&K gate will be open for outbound POV traffic from 4:30 to 6 p.m., then closed overnight. The gate name is a shortened version of Kurmärker Kaserne, the German name for Patch Barracks until 1952, when the Army renamed the post after Gen. Alexander Patch.

Pipe down A leaky pipe on Panzer’s Capuzzoweg next to Bldg. 2914 has a lane closed off for repair. This lane leads to the dental and veterinarian clinics and Patch Elementary School immediately after the first traffic circle upon entering post. Work is expected to be done by Oct. 11.

Hazards and destruction The Hazardous Material Reuse Center on Panzer Kaserne is closed for renovation, from now until Oct. 28, and the Classified Document Destruction Facility on Patch Barracks will be closed Oct. 9–10 for maintenance services with no scheduled appointments during these two days.

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Page 7 resources. The workshop is for all Gatekeepers (chaplains and chaplain assistants, MPs, ASAP counselors, JAG, Family Advocacy Program Workers Inspectors General, AER counselors, DoDEA school counselors, emergency room medical technicians, Red Cross workers, and medical/dental health professionals). There is no charge to attend the workshop. Civilian attire, no uniforms please. Call 431-2699/2865 to register.

to participate. The Passport Office will close on Oct. 29 to facilitate a naturalization ceremony conducted by USCIS at 2 p.m., also at the Firehouse. The community is invited to observe the swearing in of America's newest citizens.

One more housing town hall in 2019 The garrison has one remaining town hall this year to address concerns regarding housing and other issues. The last meeting took place in Panzer Chapel, Sept. 23. The remaining scheduled housing town hall will be at the Kelley Theater, Dec. 11. After that, the next housing town hall will take place in the Patch Chapel, March 26, 2020. Watch this space and online for updates.

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Calling Linus van Pelt The Great Pumpkin Run on Patch Barracks takes place 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 26. Simultaneously, the parking lot outside of the Patch Fitness Center and The Hub will feature Trunk or Treat, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Call 431-3754 or 596-8355 for more information. Thank a vet The garrison will observe Veterans Day in the Patch Barracks chapel, 11 a.m., Nov. 11. The observance is open to the entire Stuttgart military community. As of press time, the Stuttgart High School JROTC color guard and local chapters of veterans groups have been asked to support. The guest speaker will be announced in the November Citizen and online.

Welcome newest citizens The garrison Passport Office will host a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services immigration outreach and naturalization ceremony at the Panzer Community Center, also known as the "firehouse," 9–11 a.m., Oct. 28. Anyone with questions about Permanent Residence Cards, immigration, naturalization or citizenship is welcome

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One Page Play Festival, Community Showcase coming to Stuttgart By IMCOM Europe Entertainment

“Entertainment staff members rarely see each other over the course of the year due to coinciding production schedules, as well as distance between the various communities,” he explained. “This annual Festival gets the staff in together to discuss what works; what doesn't; how do you do this particular thing in your community, etcetera. This allows us to learn from each other's vast wealth of knowledge and experience and to better serve our volunteers and communities.” Dan Lamorte, SHAPE Entertainment Director, first attended the One Page Play Festival in 2017. “I was happily surprised with my whole hearted enjoyment with this great theatre weekend!” Lamorte said. “The One Page Play Festival puts the focus on the process of creating theatre beginning with the development of the play itself and then within a very short period of time you are casting the play, conceiving the production design and rehearsing the actors all in the same day. I found the event to be entertaining, educational and inspiring.” The weekend also includes community showcase presentations featuring the best from each garrison Entertainment program. These showcase presentations, only 15 minutes in length, can be a musical number, a scene from a show, skit or performance piece. Winters says these showcases are an excellent way to feature new directors, highlight talent and encourage participation. Along with the One Page Play Festival and Community Showcase, the weekend includes workshops in all areas of theatre arts taught by professionals from around the world. “We have professionals teaching workshops in acting, auditioning,

A One Page Play Festival and Community Showcase will be held over Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 11-13, at the Stuttgart Theatre Center on Kelley Barracks. The Stuttgart Theatre Center, or STC, was selected to host the 2019 Festival after winning the 2018 US Army IMCOM Europe One Act Play Festival “Best Show” award. Since its inception in 1995, the mission of the annual theatre festival is to encourage individual and group excellence at Army and U.S. Forces Europe community theatre programs. The festival and program enhance Soldiers' and family members’ resiliency and readiness by providing educational opportunities to enhance life and team skills; offering positive and supportive recreational activities and events; and offering a "home away from home" and a sense of family. A scene from the 2017 One Page Play Festival at Kaislautern Military ComAs “Best Show,” the STC’s producmunity Onstage, USAG Rheinland-Pfalz. tion for “Kaleidoscope” represented the Army at the 2019 American Association of Community Theatre National Festival held in June in Gettysburg, PA. The production garnered several national awards and recognition. “We wanted to honor Stuttgart and its outstanding theatre program by holding this year’s festival there,” explained Dane Winters, program manager, Installation Management singing, dancing, stage combat and to compete for “Best Monologue” Command-Europe Entertainment. technical production,” Winters said. awards. The festival brings together Army “It is an incredible opportunity for Prizes are presented at an exciting Entertainment volunteers and staff our volunteers to work with some awards ceremony on Sunday evening. from across Europe to collaborate, high-powered leaders in their fields.” The festival is open to all Stuttgart write, cast, direct, rehearse and proParticipants also compete in military community members and duce new one-page plays. a monologue competition. A pro- bona fide guests, and all events, At past One Page Play Festivals, fessional theater director based in workshops and performances are more than 20 new plays were writEngland coaches each one individu- free to the public. ten and 12 were fully produced and ally to prestaged. pare them “Some of these new plays have been picked up by copyright houses and produced in the US,” Winters said. Get your act together Alan Buxkemper, Stuttgart More information is available at the Stuttgart Entertainment Director, feels the Theater Center, Bldg. 3320, Kelley Barracks, and festival offers Soldiers, family memby calling 421-3055 or 0711-729-3055. Complete bers and entertainment staff more details and schedules can be found on the Army than just the chance to write new Europe Entertainment MWR website at www. plays. “Not only does the festival show off the creative nature of the Entertainment volunteers, it allows them see other fa9 single family homes for TLA cilities, meet other volunteer 300 apartments participants, and to share creative ideas,” Buxkemper Fully furnished with all amenities said. “Since the last One Page English speaking Festival, volunteers have Tel. 0711-912 55 913 started travelling more to dif- Credit cards accepted mail@ptm-offi ferent garrisons to see their No deposit new friends in shows.” Buxkemper feels this collaboration is a benefit for the Entertainment staff as well.

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Garrison firefighters stress prevention, fire awareness during October Public Affairs USAG Stuttgart

October’s annual fire prevention awareness is much more than the fable about Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicking over the lantern that supposedly caused the Great Chicago Fire, Oct. 8-10, 1871. It’s about preventing fires in the first place, and if one does occur, how to react to it. The 2019 Fire Prevention Week Campaign works to educate everyone about the small, but important, actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. The theme for 2019 is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” Did you know that in a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out. Fire prevention saves money as well as lives. “It’s now a worldwide proven fact that for every dollar spent on fire protection, there is a six dollar return on your investment,” said assistant chief Len Fagen, USAG Stuttgart Fire Department. “And 93.4 percent of the time, sprinklers hold a fire to the room of ignition.” Army Fire & Emergency Services directly supports Readiness and mission assuredness by providing expert prevention, protection, rescue, education, mitigation and consulting services, enabling members of the Stuttgart military community to live, work and thrive in a safe environment. As part of the prevention, the garrison’s firefighters are making the rounds in October, teaching fire prevention

Painting Chicago in Flames by Currier & Ives, 1871

Fire Prevention Week 2019, Oct. 6–12 • Oct. 7: AFFES employee fire extinguisher training • Oct. 9: Fire drill, 1 p.m., Stuttgart Elementary and Stuttgart High • Oct. 10: Firetruck Pull, 10 a.m., Patch Shoppette • Oct. 11: Fire drill, 8:50 a.m., Patch Middle School

The USAG Stuttgart Fire Department will also conduct its Child and Youth Services fire drills and bring a firetruck for the children to explore. Ask your school administrator or your child’s teacher for dates and times. Evacuation coordinator training is now being offered on a one-to-one basis; instead of you coming to us for training, we’ll come to you and your building. “A big advantage is we will try to accommodate your schedule instead you having to accommodate ours,”

Photo by Michele Wiencek, Training Support Center Stuttgart

Stuttgart city firefighters put out a car fire, Sept. 27, near the commissary on Patch Barracks. Local firefighters respond to emergencies within the garrison footprint, part of an enduring German-American partnership saving lives and property.

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Understanding Passports, SOFA in Germany, part 2 By Marion E. Bruce Chief, Passport and SOFA Office

In part two, the Status of Forces stamp in U.S. passports is explained. Check your official and no-fee passports of civilians and family members for a SOFA stamp. If your family has stamps, then there is no need to see the Passport Office during in-processing; it’s an optional station. The stamp looks like a visa in German, French and English–it’s not the endorsement in the back. If in doubt, come to the Passport and SOFA Office and show us. If civilians and family members receive an official or no-fee passport without a SOFA stamp from the Department of State, or have only a tourist passport or foreign passport, then they will need a SOFA card. Bring the following to the passport office: A completed AE 600-77A, SOFA Request Form, from the verifying official in your command. The form must be signed and dated within the previous 90 days and must have the verifying official’s original or digital signature which can be verified by a DD 577 signature card on file at the Passport and SOFA Office. An adult must bring all valid passports for the family when applying, as well as

their own CAC or dependent ID card, and ID cards for children 19 and over. Personnel here get no special treatment for being overseas or in government service. Tourist passports cannot be expedited from overseas. This service does not exist. Passports are renewable a full year before expiration. Plan to renew about nine months prior to expiration. European Union countries require you to have six months left on your passport to enter. Cruise ships require you to have six months remaining on a tourist passport to board. DOS and Department of Defense have an agreement for garrison community members to see us for their passport needs. Don’t try to book an appointment directly with the consulate–you will be turned away. Most times all your passports will be copied by the military passport agent, copies will be stamped “Originally Seen” by that agent and submitted as proof of possession, and you can continue to travel, if your passport is still valid, while your application is being processed. After the new passport is received by the Passport Office and you have determined it is correct, then we will cancel the passport that you are replacing. Original documents need to be submitted with lost, stolen or

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More passport and SOFA info Please see the Passport/SOFA page of the garrison website at stuttgart/index.php/my-garrison/all-services/ passport-sofa-services mutilated applications, name changes, first passport applications (including newborns), and any applications submitted to the Frankfurt consulate instead of mailed to the U.S. Emergency services are provided by the Frankfurt consulate but must be

arranged by the Stuttgart Passport and SOFA Office. The agent will complete your application, witness your signature, seal the package and contact the consulate to obtain a drop-off appointment for you, before you may go there to ask for an emergency passport.





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10 things I learned in command of those things is a monu- succeed. Recognize when your mental task. No matter how company leadership, hard you try, it might not be possible to transform the the Majors, and other staff at higher HQ organizational are having a In the second of two parts, culture to the tough time. the author discusses organi- extent that you Help to lift zation culture, supporting wish. However, them up. subordinate leaders, team- to have any Your 1st work, time management chance of sucsergeant, and feedback, and caring for cess you MUST company exthose who serve under you. get others to ecutive officer, buy-in so that lieutenants, Organizational cul- they can help warrant ofture is the most dif- you. These “reficers, senior ficult thing to change, and cruits” are pononcommisyou cannot do it alone. tential agents sioned offiOrganizational culture is of change that cers and other composed primarily of can exponenmembers of how the members of the tially increase Capt. Kene “Bishop” your comMortanya team think and what they the impact of believe, or bad habits the your transformational ef- pany will have their share Soldiers picked coming up forts. Going it alone will not of hard times. Sometimes in the ranks, thinking that work. Building a team and their hardships are due to they are the right way to leading it toward a common their own mistakes and do things. Changing any goal is the only way you can oversights. At other times, their “sufferings” are the result of things beyond their control. When these things happen, you should reach out to these leaders to provide support and encouragement or possibly even some advice. By doing so, not only will it have an immeasurably positive impact on the professional Opening Hours development of those ofSaturday from 12:00 pm Sunday from 11:00 am ficers and NCOs, you will Tuesday-Friday from 16:00 pm also help the entire comMondays closed pany by assisting these key Reservations leaders to get back on track. 0711 63 39 66 40 From my 16 years plus in the army, I do not need a prophet to tell me that Traditional Bavarian/Swabian restaurant with over 300 seats... May it be a being a major in a battalnice quiet meal, birthday party or a larger scale event, Braustube Schlossion is tough work. The batturm is the perfect location. talion S-3 and XO not only answer to the battalion SI-Centrum Stuttgart Plieninger Straße 109 70567 Stuttgart By Capt. Kene “Bishop” Mortanya Operations Officer USAG Stuttgart



commander; they also have to facilitate 'support and assist' six company commanders, many of whom have relatively recent experience doing jobs that they now hold. On top of all of that, these two majors must figure out how to lead the company-grade staff officers in the battalion effectively as they plan, synchronize, and coordinate the key staff actions necessary to keep the battalion running. Help lift them up to the best of your ability.


Be a team player all the time, every time … even when others are not. Do it because it is the right thing to do, not because you expect payback later. This is a no-brainer . . . or, at least, it should be. Just do the right thing for the right reasons. If you are being, a team player just because you think the Boss is going to see it and give you credit or because you expect payback in the future, you are missing the point.


Guard the time of your subordinates as jealously as you would like to have your own protected. Minimize meetings and briefings. If your company Lieutenants and Non Commissioned Officers are in meetings and conducting briefings, they are not leading their formations. Likewise, if your Executive Officer is tied-up in such meetings, there is a lot of



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analysis and coordination that is probably-not-being done, too. Sometimes these gatherings are necessary. Often they are not. Whenever possible, try to have quick, small group discussions to give guidance, receive feedback, identify problems, share ideas, and to-just-interact with your subordinate leaders. These are usually far more productive than formalized briefings. I do mine every Monday morning or First day of workweek, every Wednesday (CTM) and close-out (you notice I didn’t call it formation), because it is my safety briefing time, and the time I use to interact with all the Soldiers in my company.


It is not just about what you say and what you do. It is about how you make those around you feel when you say and do those things. From my experience, and from leaders I look upto, the best leaders & commanders are able to effectively identify and manage their own emotions and those of others. This means that they are able to adjust their actions and words to best communicate, motivate, inspire, and influence subordinates, peers, and superiors. Make others feel like they are valued, and their contributions to the team will be greater. False praise or manipulation will not cut it. The best method is to be genuine. Really care about your team, and they will know it and respond accordingly. If you do not really care about your people, you are in the wrong profession. I challenge myself every day to lead by the words of retired Gen. Eric Shinseki, 34th Chief of Staff of the Army quote. “You must love those you lead before you can be an effective leader, you can certainly command without that sense of commitment, but you cannot lead without it. And without leadership, command is a hollow experience, a vacuum often filled with mistrust and arrogance.”


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German, American first responders test readiness By Rick Scavetta, U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart

German firefighters hacked through window screens into smokefilled apartments to rescue victims during Stallion Shake, U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s annual force protection exercise. Held Sept. 23 at Robinson Barracks, the smoke and fire-based scenario offered a chance for garrison emergency services personnel to work closely with their German counterparts. The Saturday morning event was the culmination of a weeklong scenario that included joint patrols of Soldiers from the 52nd Signal Battalion and their Bundeswehr counterparts. “At least once a year we come together with our host nation partners and try and prepare ourselves for what could be our worst possible day,” said Col. Jason Condrey, the garrison commander. “On Robinson Barracks, our host nation responders arrive before we do.” City firefighters from Feuerbach station were first on the scene. Just three miles from Robinson Barracks, they are designated to respond, said Karl Doersam, the USAG-Stuttgart fire chief. An incident commander from Bad Canstatt station arrived, as did volunteer firefighters from Zazenhausen, Muenster and Hofen. At least four ambulances and German emergency physicians were also on scene. ppor­ tun­ ity they “It’s always an o­ like to take,” said Doersam, who’s been participating in similar exercises for the past 15 years. The morning began with a fire in an apartment building at Robinson Barracks, near Bad Canstatt. Smoke filled the stairwell of the building, not currently inhabited. Bright Orange firetrucks, with the word Feuerwehr rolled up. Firefighters evacuated 11 people. Medics then triaged and evacuated the victims – all U.S. military volunteers from U.S. European

Photos by Jason Johnston, Training Support Center Stuttgart

Col. Jason Condrey thanks Stuttgart's new city fire chief, Dr. Georg Belge, for the local first responder's continued partnership with U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart during Stallion Shake.

Command, U.S. Africa Command and local special operations units. Soldiers from the American Forces Network and staff members from the 7th Army Training Command documented the training. The scenario crescendo involved three buildings with simulated fires. Garrison firefighters, dispatched from Stuttgart Army Air Field, arrived to assist. Stallion Shake was the first exercise for Stuttgart’s new city fire chief, Dr. Georg Belge, who assumed his role on Sept. 1. Once the city fire chief in Heidelberg, Belge is no stranger to first response exercises with U.S. partners. “He is familiar with German and American operations,” Doersam said. “He knows Stuttgart. From Heidelberg, he knows garrison procedures and fire services.”

Flu season is coming Army Health Clinic Stuttgart will conduct its annual Pandemic Influenza Infectious Disease vaccination exercise for service members within the Stuttgart military community, Oct. 7-10. AHC-S will perform a rapid execution of influenza vaccination to 90 percent of the installation's available military personnel within 120 hours in order to preserve readiness and protect individuals who live and work in the USAG Stuttgart footprint. Vaccination locations are: • Kelley Fitness Center, Oct. 7-8. • Panzer Fitness Center, Oct. 9-10. • Patch Fitness Center, Oct. 7-10 or until the last service member has been vaccinated, but not later than Oct. 10. Flu vaccinations for Department of Defense civilians and family members will follow. Check with your primary care provider at AHC-S.

U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart firefighters, dispatched from Stuttgart Army Air Field, arrived as a third simulated fire broke out. Belge and Condrey observed as their teams worked together. Afterward, they both took time to thank the firefighters for their efforts. The reward waited nearby, trays full of sandwiches

Stuttgart city firefighters played a large role in Stallion Shake, an exercise that tested first responders at a simulated disaster scenario at Robinson Barracks.

and refreshments. After eating and relaxing, the teams networked and shared impressions of the training. “They are always thankful that they get to train on such a scale, in a fenced in area, where there are not citizens walking around,” Doersam said. “Downtown you don’t have that.”

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College courses in Europe attractive to some Stuttgart teens Story and photo by Rick Scavetta USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

Studying in Europe was on the minds of some high school students during Stuttgart High School’s annual college fair. Hundreds of students and their parents took part in the evening event, held Sept. 24, where staff from 45 colleges lined the halls of SHS to discuss their programs. Among them were schools in Greece, Spain, Italy, Austria and the United Kingdom. “Kids from Stuttgart have gone to some of these colleges,” said Joe Holder, a garrison school liaison officer. “They come back on summer break and have told me, the exposure they have at an accredited university, in a foreign country, surpasses what they could have had in the states. It's just as good, but the experience is completely different.” Interested students can search on the school liaison website, where there are links to sites for programs taught in English, in a variety of majors, at U.S. and European universities in Europe, Holder said. Financing college in Europe can also be less expensive, in many cases and some universities accept the GI Bill. At the college fair, students clustered

around tables for the University of Plymouth in the UK, lingering as long as they would for U.S. colleges. Several organizations that offered scholarships were on hand and were also popular stops. Other options are schools affiliated with colleges in the states. Federal aid and military benefits are options for students. An example is Saint Louis University, with a campuses in Madrid and Missouri. “We are an American university, so we attract students who are looking to study under the American university system,” said Emily Pyle, from the SLU admissions office, “Sometimes students here in Stuttgart want to stay in Europe after graduation but still study under an American university system. Admissions representatives from European and U.S. college based in Europe are more common now at college fairs in military communities. Already, they are attracting some students, Pyle said. “We have a few students from Stuttgart right now,” Pyle said “We always get few, especially those who decide they want to stay in Europe.” The American College of Greece started in 1875. But this year was the first time the admissions office sent someone to military bases in Germany

Emily Pyle, right, from the Saint Louis University in Madrid, speaks to parents and students during the SHS college fair, Sept. 24. Attending a college in Europe is an attractive option to some high school students.

to explain why studying in Athens might be appealing, said Evaggelia Pantazopoulou, manager of international enrollment. “They get the experience. They get the student life. They get the sun, nice weather and friendly people,” Pantazopoulou said. “Most important, they get their academic degree.” Smaller schools, like Salzburg College, offer U.S. credits in a boutique

environment – with 5-1 student to teacher ratios, that can transfer to other U.S. colleges. Already, one former Stuttgart teen enrolled, said Salburg's representative, Nicole Bonnell. “It's a fabulous place to start,” Bonnell said. “Some high school students don't want to go far yet. With three-day weekends they can travel back pretty easy, as its only a few hours away.”

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To close out the summer shortly before school started, Child and Youth Services, along with the School Liaison Office, or SLO, conducted a Ready and Resilient “R2” family camp. Five families gathered at the Patch Youth Center, not exactly sure what to expect. The SLO facilitated challenging activities where participants worked within and without of their family circles. Throughout this four-hour event, there was lots of laughing, teamwork, and connection with all the families. “One-on-one time with my daughter was really important and I appreciate this opportunity,”said parent Nicholas Atkinson. To keep their energy up, there was a snack and lunch. During snack time, CYS conducted a competition to see who can recognized the difference between a healthy and unhealthy snack. Three participants tied; so, the only way to break the tie was to draw a name out of a hat. As a result, a free S.K.I.E.S. lesson went to Joseph Pruce. “The first day of school was a major success, and I think a lot of it had to do with some of our new refined communication skills,” wrote Joseph’s mom, Brienna Pruce, in an email to CYS. For more information regarding the CYS R2 program and future outreach activities, call the SLO at 596-7465/9009.

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Jewish community celebrates Rosh Hashanah at Panzer Story and photo by Rick Scavetta USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

Rabbi (Lt. Col) Yoni Zagdanski, an Army Reserve chaplain from the 361st Civil Affairs Brigade, led the High Holiday services recently at Panzer Kaserne. The services spanned two days. On Sept. 29, they held the Erev Rosh Hashanah with a potluck supper. The next morning, Sept. 30, they gathered in the Jewish prayer room at the Panzer Chapel. During the service, Zagdanski shared a story of his own reflection on self-improvement. At a relative's wedding recently, he felt bad that he was not mentioned in blessings said during the ceremony when others were. Everyone went on celebrating and dancing, yet Zagdanski felt rejected and stepped outside. "That desire for honor is not a good trait," Zagdanski said. "I realize this is what I need to work on–just humble myself." After prayers, Zagdanski sounded the shofar, a horn that calls people to self-judgment, self-improvement and atonement. There are several Jewish holidays during October: Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Oct. 8. Services for Yom

Rabbi (Lt. Col) Yoni Zagdanski, an Army Reserve chaplain from the 361st Civil Affairs Brigade, blows the shofar during High Holiday services at Panzer Kaserne.

Kippur are Oct. 8 and Oct. 9. The “day of atonement,” Yom Kippur includes a full day of fasting and praying. Sukkot, a weeklong festival that

begins Oct. 13, commemorates the Israelites' 40-year journey through the wilderness. A Sukkot prayer and potluck lunch will be held Oct. 20.

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What defines you? By Ch. (Lt. Col.) Stanton Trotter Assistant Command Chaplain U.S. European Command

decided to have children. After our first child, I embraced being a father, but after our second child I celebrated being a father. I had found my new identity: I was a father. As you read through my movable “identity crisis,” I wonder if you reflected on your own life. Maybe some of you were band geeks just like me. Maybe some of you could relate to the change that happens when you got married or especially the change that happens when you became a parent. Take a minute and reflect on your identity. What is it? Soldier, leader, boss, husband, wife, mother, father, retired, young, musician; the list goes on and on. I am sure that however you define yourself today, it is a little different than

I must admit to you that when I was in high school I was a band geek. And to make it worse, I loved being in the high school band. I played trumpet and being in the band was a huge part of my life. When people would ask anything about me, I inevitably ended up proudly identifyit was a few years ago. But that’s okay. ing myself as a trumpet player–that’s We change through the years and look who I was. Then, after a year in college, at the world and ourselves differently. I grew weary of life at home so I joined I want to encourage you with this the Army Band. I was a Soldier, yes, but fact: All of us share one identity that is to me I was still a trumpet player. That constant at all stages of our lives. We was who I was. are all children of God. This means that After a few years in the Army, I got married and started to identify myself as a happily married You are important at: man. A few more years passed International Baptist Church of Stuttgart and I left active duty to become Worship Service a ROTC cadet. My identity Sunday - 0930 & 1130 was now that of being a cadet. Full Sunday School - 0930 & 1130 While in college, I became an AWANA Sunday - 1630 ordained minister, so then I thought of myself as an Army Other Opportunities: chaplain-in-training. When Small Group & Bible Studies Men’s, Women’s & Young Adult Ministries I finally came back on active Youth & Student Ministries duty as an Army chaplain, I felt I had arrived at a peace with Untere Waldplätze 38 • 70569 Stuttgart-Vaihingen my identity: I was a chaplain. (across the street from Patch) However, after many years • 0711 - 687 - 4365 of marriage, my wife and I

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we are always loved by our heavenly father. In whatever we do and wherever we go, we will always be loved by our heavenly father. So as you think about who you are and what you are, remember and find rest in the peace of knowing that you are a child of God.


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USAG Stuttgart Oktoberfest Boxing Championships – A knockout! By Joel Wasko Marketing Specialist USAG Stuttgart Family & MWR

For the second year in a row, the garrison hosts the USAG Stuttgart Oktoberfest Boxing Championships at the Panzer Fitness Center, drawing in boxers and spectators from across Europe. The action starts at 2 p.m., Oct. 19, as Stuttgart Family and MWR Sports & Fitness brings you the best of both worlds: Oktoberfest and boxing. “We learned a lot from last year’s event, and although it was an amazing event, we are working to make it even better,” said Caitlin Oblaender, supervisory specialist, FMWR Sports & Fitness. Get ready for an adrenaline packed day with a side of Oktoberfest fun. Grab a brat and beer at one of the fest tents, partake in some of the fun games, snap a shot in the photo booth, get pumped up with music from our local DJ and then head inside to the ring. Boxing starts at 2 p.m. and each bout counts toward the championship belt that everyone from the participating garrisons will be fighting for to take home. All boxers are active and reserve service members. For many of the male and female contenders, the championship will be their debut fight; that doesn’t make it any less challenging. Many seasoned boxers

will also attend, but no matter what, they’re trained by professionals for months in advance and preparing for this event. The 2019 garrison team is coached by Luis Rivera. The native of Puerto Rico has a lifetime of boxing experience. Rivera has taken it upon himself to not only coach the garrison boxing team for the championship, but also anyone in the community who is interested in boxing. For those still interested in joining the championships, register in advance with FMWR or on the morning of the championship, 6:30–8 a.m. The Stuttgart Family and MWR Sports & Fitness team is excited to bring you the USAG Stuttgart Oktoberfest Boxing Championships. For more information, go to, and be sure to cheer for all the boxers throughout the day.

Photos of the 2018 Stuttgart Oktoberfest Boxing Championships by visual information specialist Sidney Harris, USAG Stuttgart FMWR

Panthers pounce on Lancers Class of ’20 senior Itsuki Murphy, jersey number 10, bolts for the end zone as the Stuttgart High School Panthers varsity football team smokes the Lakenheath Lancers, 48-0, during a home game, Sept. 21. Earlier in the day, the JV team also won decisively against the Lancers with final score of 36-0. On Sept. 27, the Panthers, beat their rivals, the Ramstein Royals, 37-17. The homecoming game against Wiesbaden takes place Oct. 18.

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