The Citizen - October 2017

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October is the month for fire prevention awareness

DoD provides support in Caribbean following hurricanes Page 2 Vol. 46, No. 9, October 2017

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Serving the Greater Stuttgart Military Community

Stallion Shake tests first responders

Photos by Kevin S. Abel, USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

Above: Soldiers from 554th MP Company and Ponds Security guards move a simulated victim to the casualty collection point in preparation for evacuation by medical services. Left: Ponds Security guards perform patient assessment and basic life-saving measures after simulated victims of a terrorist attack are moved to the casualty collection point. By Larry Reilly USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

Dozens of emergency vehicles and personnel converged on Patch Barracks Sept. 16 in response to simulated incidents that resulted in numerous injured and fatal casualties.

The incidents were part of the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s annual force protection exercise that not only enabled first responders from the garrison, but also the local German communities as well, to practice their abilities and skills See Stallion Shake, p.8

9 / 1 1 ceremony honors those who paid ultimate sacrifice during Overseas Contingency Operations By Kevin S. Abel USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

A Patriot Day ceremony was held at Washington Square on Patch Barracks to mark the 16th anniversary of Sept. 11. Nearly 3,000 civilians lost their lives that tragic day 16 years ago at the World Trade Center, on Flight 93 and at the Pentagon. Since then more than 6,800 American service members have made the ultimate sacrifice fighting the Overseas Contingency Operations, and countless other lives have been deeply touched by these losses. Guest speaker for the event was Col. Sean M. McBride, Chief of Staff, Marine Forces Europe/Africa who reflected on where he was on 9/11 and its effects on his military career. "I bet that every one of you, like me, can remember exactly what you were doing on that morning 16 years ago when you learned that our country was under attack," said

McBride. "Just think about that for a you remember? I do...I was driving, with a good friend of mine, Joe Paschall, from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, to Dam Neck Naval Base in Virginia Beach to give a briefing." After seeing the attacks on the news, McBride said that he felt helpless, vulnerable, and worried for his family who were back at Lejeune. As result of the attacks of 9/11, the United States has been continuously at war for a longer duration than any time in its history. "Our high school sophomores have known nothing but war for their entire lives. And if they have a family member in the Service, they have no doubt spent many, many long nights worrying about their mom or dad or brother or sister, who was some godforsaken place previously

Photo by Martin Greeson, 7th Army Training Command

Col. Sean M. McBride, chief of staff, MARFOR Europe/Africa reflects on the impact of 9/11.

unheard of by the average American," said McBride. The ceremony concluded by McBride encouraging and challenging the attendees of Service members, civilian employees, U.S. and German first responders to use

the occasion not only to remember the victims, heroes, and the families affected by 9/11, but to also focus on those things that support and sustain us; those things that hold us together as a nation and still hold us together in moments of peril.


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DoD provides 24/7 support in Caribbean following hurricanes By Terri Moon Cronk Defense Media Activity

The federal government's priority is continuing to provide lifesaving and life-sustaining resources to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of recent hurricanes in the Caribbean Sea, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Rob Manning told reporters, Sept. 25. "The Federal Emergency Management Agency and its federal partners are in the lead and the Department of Defense is in support," Manning said, noting that about 2,600 DoD personnel are in the Caribbean. "We continue to conduct 24-hour operations, aggressively conducting search and rescue operations, bringing additional essential commodities to the islands and restoring power at critical facilities with generators and the fuel needed to power them," he said. Amphibious Ready Group

Among DoD efforts is the USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, which has conducted eight medical evacuations and 123 airlifts and delivered 22,200 pounds of relief supplies and cargo to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the spokesman said. "Sept. 24, they inserted Marine Corps and Navy teams in to Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, to conduct route reconnaissance, clearance of main roads and clearance of the airfield and associated taxiways," he added. The ships also have deployed a disaster response team to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands to clean streets and distribute commodities, Manning said. The USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group has inserted the

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Army’s 602nd Area Support Medical Company and a Civil Authority Information Support Element to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, he noted, in addition to transporting supplies between St. Croix and St. Thomas. "The U.S. Navy worked with the U.S. Coast Guard to reopen the port of San Juan, and [it] is open to support daylight operations," the colonel said. U.S. Transportation Command is moving additional personnel and equipment, including eight UH60 Black Hawk helicopters from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to the San Juan International Airport in Puerto Rico to increase distribution capacity, he said. Army continues relief efforts

Soldiers remain involved in or prepared to support state, territory or other federal agencies as part of hurricane relief operations. As of mid-September, more than 9,900 Soldiers and Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) civilians in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the continental U.S. Guardsmen from Florida, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are currently on state active duty status and are either responding, or prepared to respond to each governor’s priorities. In additional to those states, Guard units in Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina are training to respond if required. The USACE is working in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to assist with power restoration efforts and have teams on stand-by to assist in Florida if needed. The USACE is also monitoring conditions at the Herbert Hoover Dike (Lake Okeechobee) and continue to provide expert status updates. The Army also has active-duty officers assigned with FEMA Regions II, IV, and V headquarters to assist with

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U.S. Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), exit a U.S. Navy landing craft, utility to assist in support relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Maria in Ceiba, Puerto Rico. The 26th MEU is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, and local authorities in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with the combined goal of protecting the lives and safety of those in affected areas.

providing expert military advice on storm response efforts. Also as of mid-September, the Army had six aircraft, almost 500 trucks and more than 80 generators committed to relief efforts, with more than 150 aircraft, almost 600 generators, 150 boats and nearly 3,000 trucks on standby. To the aid of citizens devastated by Hurricane Harvey, the Army provided more than 17,000 Soldiers, 90 aircraft, 900 trucks and more than 90 boats to help save lives, playing a critical role in rescue and recovery operations. Mobile Communications

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Puerto Rico and meals and water to St. Croix, he added. Additional urban search and rescue teams and key Department of Health and Human Services medical capabilities are scheduled to be delivered by DoD assets today, the colonel said. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has conducted a preliminary inspection of the Guajataca Dam and is working closely with the Puerto Rico emergency managers as they continue to monitor and assess the dam, Manning said. Meanwhile, he noted, the National Guard continues route clearance, evacuation, improving communication and airlift support. [Editor’s note: this story has additional elements from Army Public Affairs.)

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AFRICOM hosts 7th Olympics By Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique J. Shelton AFRICOM Public Affairs

Photo by Nathan Herring, AFRICOM Public Affairs

A player from the AFRICOM J3 attempts to outrun a team member from the AFRICOM J5 during a flag football game at the AFRICOM Olympics Sept. 22, 2017, at Cooper Field, Kelley Barracks.

Members assigned to U.S. Africa Command and their families, gathered at Cooper Field at Kelley Barracks Sept. 22, 2017, for the seventh annual AFRICOM Olympics. The AFRICOM Olympics provides an opportunity for staff members from AFRICOM, Special Operation Command Africa (SOCAFRICA) and Marine Forces Africa (MARFORAF) to build camaraderie among military personnel, Department of Defense and interagency civilians, and their family members while enjoying games, fun events, food and other social activities. “Events like AFRICOM Olympics are important because they help to build camaraderie and bring together all of the different directorates,” said Lt. Col. Guy Wetzel, Event planner and member of J2 directorate. “It’s not often that you get a chance to see all of the people from the different

directorates interacting with one another, so this is where we do that.” Teams comprised from each directorate competed against each other with a winner recognized at the end of the day. For the fourth year in a row, MARFORAF took home the top prize and bragging rights for the next year. The AFRICOM J3 took second place and the AFRICOM J5 placed third. SOCAFRICA won the spirit award, which is awarded to the team with the most enthusiasm, team spirit and sportsmanship. “I love coming out to AFRICOM Olympics because there are so many people to meet and great games to play,” said Olivia Wanchick, dodge ball participant. Groups and Organizations such as the AFRICOM Family Readiness Group, ASAP (Warrior Pride Challenge), Army Community Service, Warrior Transition Unit Better Opportunities for Single Servicemembers, United Service Organizations, Red Cross, and Community Bank set up several tents to entertain young children and inform visitors of the many services they offer.

AED/CPR instructor to offer classes later this year in Stuttgart By John Reese USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

more than just FMWR employees,” Dunlap said, adding he also conducts classes for the overall You’ve seen them hanging community, units, offices and more on the walls in public places – a upon request. At the beginning of small box, usually with the symbol September, he spent a weekend of a lightning bolt over a heart. teaching an AED instructor course Automated External Defibrillators at Ramstein Air Force Base. are light, portable, battery-operated If you’ve never used an AED devices intended to shock a heart before, it has easy to follow graphics back to beating. and the unit itself speaks to the user, There are only two certified providing step-by-step instructions AED instructor/trainers serving the on where to place the shocking American military communities patches on the victim, when to stand in Europe, said Steven Dunlap, clear and administer the shock and assistant manager, Kelley Fitness when to continue CPR. Center. The USAG Stuttgart Family “It tells you exactly what to do,” & Morale, Welfare Dunlap said. “I and Recreation think where people employee is one get confused about of them and the the AED is that other is at Vicenza, you still need to Italy. They’re the do CPR. It’s one of Automated External Defibrillator only ones Red the things it says; Cross certified to to either stop or train the trainer in continue CPR. “ AED. Originally Simply certified in CPR shocking a and first aid as far victim’s heart back as the 1970s, is only part of Dunlap has seen properly using an the changes in AED AED. Performing equipment and cardiopulmonary CPR techniques resuscitation over time, is a vital, including serving complimentary aspect of AED use. two years in Los Angeles paramedic There are different techniques in the 1980s. taught for CPR. “I’ve seen these things work,” “I teach CPR/AED/first aid to he said. “I’ve had to use an AED


Photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Maria Bowman

Master Sgt. Brent Harting, 932d Logistics Readiness Flight Log Plans NCOIC, places an automated external defibrillator on a practice mannequin during a basic life support class at the 375th Medical Group clinic April 6, 2016.

on people twice: Once at a store, and last year I had to use one on an individual at the Kelley Fitness Center.” Being up-to-date on how to perform CPR is critical to using an AED. The most common method of CPR is to alternate rescue breaths with chest compressions. “It depends on who you take the CPR class with, whether it’s the Red Cross or the American Heart Association,” he said. “The Red Cross has something called ‘hands only CPR’. We have the full-blown

CPR class, which teaches you everything.” “I saw someone have a heart attack at an airport one time, so it can happen to anybody, anywhere, and that’s why it’s important to know how to use an AED,” he said. Dunlap teaches child, infant and adult CPR. More classes are expected to be scheduled beginning in late October, Dunlap said. Watch for announcements. “There should be a lot more people who know how to do this,” Dunlap said.

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Fire prevention awareness shows success

By John Reese USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

A famous old story placed the cause of the Great Chicago Fire of Oct. 8-10, 1871, to a cow kicking over a lantern while being milked. While that version of events has been debunked and other theories for the start of that great conflagration are still argued 146 years later, the fire has become a teaching moment every October with National Fire Prevention Week observed in the U.S. and Canada. The annual week of fire prevention awareness, centered on Oct. 9, has been around since a 1925 presidential proclamation. A combination of fire prevention awareness, improved firefighting equipment and tactics, and better building codes and other regulations since 1980 has paid off. The total number of all fires reported in the U.S. dropped by 1,642,500 by 2015, according to statistics provided by the National Fire Protection Association. The U.S. Army Garrison-Stuttgart Fire Department responds to about 375 fire-related calls per year. The 40-member department, including the chief, assistant chief, inspectors, firefighters and admin support personnel, respond to calls on the garrison’s five installations, supported as necessary by hundreds of firefighters serving at civilian fire departments in the surrounding communities; for example, the City of Stuttgart Fire Department took part in the force protection exercise on Patch Barracks, Sept. 16. “There are procedures in place for mutual aid with the local fire departments, such as mutual support for structural fires,” said Chief Karl J. Dorsam. “For Robinson Barracks, we rely completely on Stuttgart city for support. In regards to medical emergencies, we rely on host nation ambulances in every situation.” Causes of fires Structure fires are the leading type of fires, followed by brush fires, highway vehicles and rubbish (including dumpster) fires. Home fires account for the “majority of Kitchen fires from unattended cooking continue to be a problem, explained Asst. Chief Leonard Fagan, USAG Stuttgart FD. “Unattended cooking fires are still the biggest cause of domestic fires.” Fagan said, adding that the garrison followed the trend in America with reduced fires because of education. Unattended cooking fires used to be the primary fire cause for residential fires in Stuttgart, as in America. “Every fire safety class I give starts with the same slides, I preach the same thing “If you are not there it is unattended cooking.” Fire departments respond to

Photo by Chief Karl Dorsom, USAG Stuttgart FD

A garrison fire truck uses two high pressure monitors to combat flames during an exercise at Stuttgart Army Airfield. The department has different apparatus to counter other types of situations.

Photo by Chief Karl Dorsom, USAG Stuttgart FD

Garrison firefighters respond to a confined space, below ground rescue, a potentially dangerous operation due to the possibility of incapacitating fumes.

far more calls unrelated to fires. In fact, the NFPA reported that in “2015, only 4 percent of all fire department responses were to fires.” Additionally, “despite the decline in reported fires, fire department responses have nearly tripled from 11,888,000 total incidents in 1985 to 33, 602,500 in 2015.” We receive about 750 calls a year; between 10 and 20 average the last couple of years are for real fires, from smoldering popcorn to dumpster fires to vehicles,” said Dorsam. The number of responses by the garrison fire department has tripled over the last 20 years, but so has the level of security, Fagan said. Across the garrison, there are more than 25,000 smoke detection devices. The increase in the number of devices has caused an increase in the number of potential unwanted alarms. The false alarm rate was lowered by issuing “hot work permits” to contractors doing cutting, grinding or welding. “Twenty years ago, we did not have as many fire alarm systems and automatic smoke detection devices, like smoke alarms,” Fagan said. “Since Jan. 1, 2015, there is a

requirement for all sleeping rooms and means of egress in all homes in Baden-Württemberg.” Fire safety at home begins with awareness of potential hazards. Whether a community member lives on or off post, many of the basics apply, such as escape planning, washer and dryer fires due to a failure to clean them, Photo by Kevin S. Abel, USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs medical oxygen and Stuttgart Fire Department firefighter teaches fire the use of gasoline safety to a young community member during a fire and propane at home. department demonstration. A pause had to be involved in monthly fire drills to called during the Sept. 16 exercise that was related to a camping-sized ensure that if something happens, propane bottle. Fortunately, the call they or their caregiver knows turned out to be preventative and what to do. “Through these fire extremely minor, as are many calls drills we become involved in the received by fire departments on lives of thousands of kids every a daily basis; think about the cat- month.” For the USAG-Stuttgart Fire stuck-in-a tree scenario. Department, fire prevention is 52 “We are constantly interacting weeks per year, not just one. The with the community, especially with the children,” Fagan said. firefighters have to be ready, 24/7, Children at school or day care are year-round, for anything.

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Ask a JAG: Legal troubles getting you down?

All of the construction on Kelley Barracks makes it look like Stuttgart Law Center is closed, but don’t be fooled by the construction; it’s still open. Legal Assistance is in the same building with the same hours – it just moved farther down the hall. Also, if you’re late to your appointment because parking limited, just let the staff know – they promise to be understanding. Call 421-4152 or 0711-729-4152. By Capt. Matthew N. Karchaske Stuttgart Law Center

Q: A service member stole or damaged my property. What can I do? A: A loss or damage claim may be compensable under Article 139 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Article 139 claims can be made by any individual (civilian or service member), business entity, government or non-profit organization, and can be filed against any active duty personnel, activated reservists (typically anything beyond drill weekends

and training) and members of the National Guard while serving in a federal capacity under presidential executive order. A compensable Article 139 claim requires that the person you are claiming against either “willfully damaged” or “wrongfully took” property that belonged to you. “Willfully damaged” is damage inflicted intentionally, knowingly, and purposefully without justifiable excuse. “ “Wrongfully took” includes unauthorized taking or withholding of property with the intent to temporarily or permanently deprive the owner of the property. Things that are not payable under an Article 139 claim include

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What should you do when your property is damaged or stolen? negligent acts and personal injury. This means that the situation above would more than likely be compensable, so long as two conditions are met: the service member was on active duty at the time and the damage to your property was caused intentionally, knowingly, or purposefully. For example, if the service member was intoxicated, an unintentional drunken stumble destroying your property would not be payable, whereas him smashing your stuff intentionally would most likely be payable. It is also important to remember that even if the service member receives punishment under the UCMJ or an administrative separation from the service for his actions, your loss or damage will not necessarily be compensated. To have any hope to recover what was lost, you must submit your claim (with enough time for an independent investigation) prior to the service member’s separation from active duty.

To inquire about whether a specific instance could be compensable under Article 139, visit the Stuttgart Law Center’s Claims Office in Room 230, Building 3312 on Kelley Barracks. This column is not intended as individual or specific legal advice. If you have specific issues or concerns, you should consult a Judge Advocate at DSN: 421-4152/ civ. 0711-729-4152 Underlying problems

While addressing some solutions to the destruction and loss of property described, it is important to note that compensation for loss of your property is not the same as addressing the underlying problems the service member may have. As a result of deployment or simply being stressed, people often need someone to look out for them. In these situations, refer the individual to (or, if necessary, inform) the Wellness Center of the situation and ask for guidance at 430-4073 or 0711-680-4073, or call the Army Substance Abuse Program at 431-2530 or 07031-15-2530.

Community members can now exchange their change Story and photo by John Reese USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 21, the Community Bank in Bldg. 2915, Panzer Kaserne, now has two new coin counting machines to exchange U.S. or European Union coins into folding cash. As customers observed, the ribbon was cut by the USAG Stuttgart command team of Col. Neal A. Corson, commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Mariano Z. Alvarez, senior enlisted adviser, and Jackie Schweitzer, Community Bank. Previously, customers had to exchange coins by first rolling them into paper jackets. The new machines will save community members time and inconvenience. A cash payout must be in same currency as the coins deposited into the machines. There is a 5 percent service fee

applied. Similar to machines commonly found at supermarkets, authorized customers can transform coins into a cash payout ticket. The payout ticket is then presented to a teller to complete the exchange or, if the customer has a Community Bank account, the amount can be directly deposited. Corson and Alvarez immediately tested the From left, Jackie Schweitzer, Community Bank, watches as Command Sgt. Maj. Mariano Z. Alvamachine with a rez and Col. Neal A. Corson dump handfuls of change into the new U.S. coin exchange machine customer’s bank located in the bank in Bldg. 2915. Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m.- Military Community Center and bag of coins that Only yielded $42 in paper currency and 4 p.m. and Saturdays 9:30 a.m.-1 Wiesbaden-Hainerberg. p.m. Additional locations with coin authorized customers may use kicked back a stray Croatian coin. counters include Grafenwoehr currency exchange services, The machines are available Area, Kaislautern according to the bank. during the bank’s operating hours, Training


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Health Clinic conducts pandemic flu exercise By U.S. Army Health Clinic Stuttgart

The scenario is almost impossible to imagine, although biologists the world over have been forecasting pandemic warnings for decades. The U.S. Army Stuttgart Health Clinic hosted the U. S. European Command 2017 Pandemic Exercise, Oct. 2-6. The exercise took place at Patch Barracks, Kelley Barracks and Panzer Kaserne with the goal of safely and efficiently vaccinating 90 percent or more of the available active duty service members within a 120 hour window. During the course of the exercise event, planners used modern, realistic training scenarios to develop strategies for both EUCOM and AFRICOM to cope with, and surmount, operational difficulties that would be likely to occur during a pandemic disease outbreak. Hollywood has been fairly keen on envisioning what a contemporary pandemic would look like with movies such as “Contagion,” Twelve Monkeys” and

“Outbreak.” However, most experts at the Centers for Disease Control and the Federal Emergency Management Agency agree that in the event of a mass pandemic, casualties and fear of illness would have an immediate impact on all sectors of society and be extremely difficult to deal with. Even if a potential pandemic virus was detected and isolated early, high rates of absenteeism would generate unrest and chaos, requiring Army action at a time when the Armys own readiness might be degraded. To mitigate the impact of a mass pandemic, the Army regularly studies the possibility of such an emergency and updates pandemic training exercises accordingly. "This training is essential to pandemic response preparedness and our ability to react effectively and decisively." said Ami DeBrine, RN, Stuttgart Clinic Medical Readiness Department. “The simulations, procedures and deadlines provide our staff and local personnel with a

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Soldiers from Fort Riley, Kansas, are shown at a hospital ward at Camp Funston during the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918. The pandemic started in January of that year and did not subside until almost two years later. It was the first modern influenza pandemic in the United States, the first of the two pandemics involving H1N1 influenza virus.

realistic timeline of events and situations to show how quickly a pandemic situation can be arrested, instead of veering into panic and disaster.” The task was figuring out how to immunize and keep people protected and functioning while continuing operations that meet

the Army mission across Europe, DeBrine explained. The exercise plan includes updating vaccinated service member's medical status in a secure database designed to track See Flu Exercise, p.14

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October events happening at Stuttart DoDEA schools By USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

There’s a lot going on at the Stuttgart community schools in October, beginning with a reminder that Oct. 9 is Columbus Day – no school. That also means the back gate at Panzer Kaserne will be closed. College alumni will inspire teens to pursue college education at the 2017 Stuttgart Hybrid College Fair, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Oct. 11, at Stuttgart High School. Call 430-7465 or 0711-680-7465. Robinson Barracks Elementary School will have its annual faculty vs students football game, Oct. 13, 1 – 4:30 p.m., on the sports field next to the commissary. The Stuttgart Criminal Investigation Command is again offering a weeklong crime scene investigation course for 25 select Stuttgart High School students, Oct. 16-20. Also, biology, anatomy and physiology teacher Stephanie Payne will lead a group of select students to the Landstuhl Medical Center, Dec. 6, to meet medical professionals and take a facility tour. Parental forms for both were due Oct. 1 (last

Saturday); check with Mrs. Payne for availability. Stuttgart Schools will take part in the annual Red Ribbon Campaign, Oct. 23 – 27. Red Ribbon Week activities occur annually in schools to encourage a drug-free and healthy lifestyle. It’s a week of activities and themed days tied to resiliencybased lesson plans. Past topics were on bully prevention, health and wellness, stress management and leadership. Patch Middle School reminds parents\sponsors that students should come to the attendance

office to request a pre-arranged absence form if they’re going to be absent three or more days. The form must be filled out by the student and signed by the parent or sponsor and submitted two days prior to their absence. Order your Stuttgart High School yearbook, the Zeitgeist, now for an earlybird price. The yearbook, filled with photography, stories and student photos, sells out every year. Check with the Zeitgeist. Finally, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10810 is again inviting students to participate in three activities: the

“Voice of Democracy” audio essay competition, the Patriot’s Pen essay writing contest and the National Citizenship Education Teacher Award essay contest. Stuttgart community students did very well in the competition last year, and with good incentive – the audio essay and writing contest both offer cash scholarship awards. The Voice of Democracy competition offers a total of $154,000 in national awards, with a top scholarship of $30,000, while the Patriot’s Pen offers a total of $54,500 in national awards with a top scholarship of $5,000. The two student contests include an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. for the top winner and a parent or guardian. The teacher essay contest rewards the top deserving K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 instructor each a cash award of $1,000 for professional development expense, plus an all-expense paid trip to the VFW national convention in Washington, plus the top 10 high school teachers are invited to attend a summer graduate seminar at Freedoms Foundation in Pennsylvania. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 31. For more details and entry forms, see one of the garrison’s two school liaison officers.


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Photo by Kevin S. Abel, USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

Staff Sgt. Alexandra Shipway, MP patrol supervisor, 554th MO Co., who was on shift at the time that Stallion Shake 2017 started, assesses a simulated bomb casualty for injuries caused by a simulated explosion for wounds and amputations to severe trauma before evacuating him out of the affected area.

Photo by Kevin S. Abel, USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

A member of the German Red Cross team applies moulage on the face of USAR Sgt. First Class Gina Prendes, from Houston, Texas.

Photo by Kevin S. Abel, USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

With the help of the German Red Cross team members volunteers receive realistic make-up wounds to become simulated casualties.

Photo by Chief Karl Dorsom, USAG Stuttgart FD

USAG DES, Fire Department personnel assess simulated patients, preparing them for transport under the watchful eye of evaluators during the active shooter incident of Stallion Shake 2017.


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Stallion Shake continued from p.1

Photo by Chief Karl Dorsom, USAG Stuttgar FDt

Local German emergency medical service specialists discuss the proper treatment of a mock patient during the evacuation phase of the full-scale exercise.

to react to serious situations, while testing the Stuttgart Military Community’s resiliency. The first incident was a simulated explosion at the main gate that required American and German police, fire and medical personnel to secure the area, take care of the injured and shift to an alternate traffic plan to allow emergency vehicles quick access to the affected area. “The traffic at the Patch main gate backed up quickly after the scenario kicked in and the civilian traffic was rerouted through the K&K gate so the emergency vehicles could respond to the main gate,” said Shane Crutcher, USAG Stuttgart, director of Emergency Services. “I tip my hat to all the people who were patient through the entire process as there was a period of time when both gates were closed” Once the ambulances got to the explosion site, the medics moved the injured to a secure and safe location where their wounds were treated and they could be transported to

local hospitals. “More than 125 first responders and dozens of emergency vehicles from the surrounding German communities responded to our requests for assistance,” said USAG Stuttgart Fire Chief Karl Dorsom. “It was a great opportunity to train with our first responder counterparts from off post in scenarios that could happen.” Part of the training was to find out how the responders from both sides of the fence would react if more than one incident were to occur, so a second incident was triggered before the first scenario was completed. “We injected a active shooter scenario into the training plan and did so midway through the process of completing the first scenario to find out how the responders would handle two incidents at the same time,” said Robert Dual, USAG Stuttgart Force Protection chief. “The second scenario occurred on the other side of the installation at the school and included volunteer personnel playing the parts of wounded students.” The school incident required the medical personnel to coordinate

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their efforts to administer first aid at two locations. It also required the U.S. and the host nation police units to tactically respond to an active shooter situation. “The shooter incident enabled our Military Police to work in conjunction with German police to track down the active shooters who were moving through the school,” said Crutcher. “To enhance the communication networks between us and the German responders, we set up a joint incident command post with the German host nation personnel and worked through the requirements for each of the scenarios.” The Garrison also set up its emergency operations center at Panzer Kaserne and remained in constant communications with the incident command post receiving situational updates and providing logistical support to those on site as well as informing the Stuttgart community informed. Following the exercise, participants gathered to talk about the training and compared notes of best practices as well as ways for improvement.

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German Red Cross emergency medical service specialists assess a simulated casualty during and active shooter incident.

Photo by Chief Karl Dorsom, USAG Stuttgart FD Photo by Chief Karl Dorsom, USAG Stuttgart FD

Emergency medical service personnel from Germany and USAG Stuttgart DES stand ready to evacuate simulated casualties.

After patient assessment is completed, German emergency service personnel a transport simulated patients during the active shooter incident of Stallion Shake 2017.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month On Oct. 2, the USAG Stuttgart Family Advocacy Program invited all community members to decorate a t-shirt in front of the Panzer Main Exchange with the title: “I deserve to be treated: ___” The idea was to create a wall of shirts with sayings and art related to healthy relationships. Last call for AFAP issues In Stuttgart, the A in Army Family Action Plan really stands for "AllServices." The deadline for items to be reviewed in the 2017 forum is Oct. 6; issues submitted after Oct. 6 will be reviewed at the next years forum. Delegates are requested from each branch of service, including spouses, from various commands to attend the forum, discuss the issues together, and share ideas for resolutions at the local level. The next forum is Nov. 8, hosted by Army Community Service on Panzer Kaserne. Visit www. or call 4313362 or 07031-15-3362. TSP offers hurricane relief The Thrift Savings Plan has made a temporary change to the financial hardship withdrawal rules for participants affected by Hurricane Irma and will treat any financial hardship in-service withdrawal request as a qualifying hardship, waiving the rule prohibiting

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS employee contributions for six months after taking a hardship withdrawal. For details, visit tsp. gov or call the toll-free ThriftLine at 877-968-3778. Outside the U.S. and Canada, call 404-233-4400 (not toll free). Hispanic Heritage Month to continue with more events National Hispanic Heritage Month began Sept. 15 and is observed through Oct. 15 to recognize contributions made by Hispanic Americans to the U.S. and celebrate their heritage and culture. This month, join a Hispanic Cultural cooking class, 2-4 p.m. Oct. 11, at Bldg. 2915. The class will cover easy to make, authentic Hispanic dishes. Seats are limited, first come first serve, so sign up now. Call 431-3756 or 07031-15-3756. Baby Expo in November Expecting a baby? Come see all of the services that the Red Cross and the garrison have to offer for new and expecting parents Nov. 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Patch Community Center. Games, prizes and great information. Pumpkin Run, Harvest Fest The Great Pumpkin Run of takes place Oct. 28, with a 1-mile foot race at 10 a.m. and a 5-km race at 3 p.m. For more information about the run, call 430-6491/2354. Also, community members can start the fall season right by attending the

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be on the Installation Access Control System roster by 4:30 p.m., Oct. 26. Go to to email the form or call IACS at 4312872/2889 or 07031-15-2872/2889.

Anchors away, shipmates! Get out your dress blues for the 242nd Navy Birthday Ball, 5 p.m. – midnight, Oct. 28, at the Stadthalle Sindelfingen. Get your tickets by Oct. 21 at https://navyball242stuttgart.

“There’s no business like show business” at Kelley Barracks Season tickets are now available for the Stuttgart Theatre Center 20172018 season. The first production of this season is “Seussical – The Musical,” playing Oct. 20, 21, 27 & 28 and Nov. 3 & 4 at 7:30p.m. and Oct. 22 & 29 and Nov. 5 matinees at 3 p.m. A special performance for the Exceptional Family Member Program takes place Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. Call the theater box office at 4213055 or 0711 729-3055, Tues-Fri, 12:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Community flu shots Influenza shots will be available at the Patch Health Clinic, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 28, Nov. 4 & 18, and Dec. 2. For more info on the vaccine, visit or www. Where there’s no smoke … Need incentive to quit smoking? The Great American Smokeout takes place Nov.16. Need some help? Call 590-2900 or 06371-9464-2900. Need more? Get the Pocket Guide to a Tobacco Free Life at

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Time of year to go from O to O By John Reese USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs Office

When it comes to winter driving in Germany, there's always some confusion about winter tires and driving laws. Living in Stuttgart, community members are advised that at the onset of winter, they'll need a second set of tires for their personal vehicles. But what type of special winter tires, if any, are required by German law? There are two types of symbols to look for on European winter tires: A snowflake in a three-peak mountain and M+S, meaning the tires are designed to work in mud and snow. You can't get by with just swapping out the drive tires – you’ve got to change all four tires. German law doesn't specifically mandate the use of a certain type of winter tire, only that the tire be designed for the type of weather conditions expected to be encountered. Tires must be suitable to the weather; this means snow, ice and freezing conditions on the road; for example, black ice, a thin coating of ice that's hard to detect until you're sliding on it that's

is especially present on bridges. Bridges are usually preceded by an icy condition warning sign. In addition to the snowflake or M+S marking, tires must have at least four millimeters of tread pattern. In some places, snow chains may be required. To avoid unnecessary damage to the roads, snow chains are to be used only where signs advising motorists to use their chains are posted or when directed by the Polizei. Winter tires should be used in all winter conditions, so driving with chains on fair weather tires isn't acceptable. The rule of thumb used in Germany has long been “O to O,” meaning that motorists should change their set of tires from standard to winter in October and keep them on until Ostern (Easter). Practically speaking, the Polizei don't go around checking your tires, but if you're the cause of an accident and a stau (traffic jam) stalling the flow of traffic, you can expect a ticket of 20 euros for not having the correct tires and another 40 euros for causing the jam. In Austria, the fines can range between 35 euros to a painful 5,000 euros for noncompliance. Drivers who obstruct

or endanger traffic due to summer tires will likely be ticketed. Additionally, insurance companies may deny coverage to motorists driving with summer tires during winter. Some auto insurance companies might deny or invalidate claims, making the driver liable for part or all of any damage or injury if an accident occurs without winter tires. This isn't automatic, however. Further, the Polizei can assign blame to a motorist without snow tires, regardless of who actually caused the accident. Tires specifically designed for snow will function better than the multi-purpose ones, but the most important thing is for a good set of tires with at least 1.6 millimeters of tread pattern. For best safety practices, however, tires with a tread pattern of less than 4 millimeters should be replaced. Tires can be inspected for safety at many installation Auto Crafts Shops, auto dealers, most tire shops or road service providers like ADAC. AAFES Car Care Centers also provide safety checks. If buying winter tires from AAFES, call ahead to ensure the shop has your correct

size, especially if your car has aftermarket rims. An Alpine tip is that when the temperature drops constantly below 7 degrees centigrade, the use of winter tires is a lot safer, even on dry roads or rain, because of their special mixture which guarantees better grip in low temperatures. In short, if it's getting cold, put the winter tires on. Besides your personal vehicle, it's also wise to be careful when renting a car. Some rental agencies may charge an additional fee for winter tires. Check before you rent, depending on where you'll be driving. Winter tires are required by law in several other European countries, including Sweden, Finland and the Baltics. If you're still unclear on the type of tires needed, contact the garrison Safety Office or speak to someone at Vehicle Registration. The garrison’s instructors for the USAREUR driver’s license are also a good resource for winter driving pointers. The bottom line is that winter driving conditions add a dangerous dimension to driving – use winter tires, common sense and slow down.


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Zwiebelkuchen und neuer wein is an autumn treat By Therese Weiss Special to the Stuttgart Citizen

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Olympians train Piranhas Story and photo by Kevin S. Abel USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

Team USA Olympic swimmers Kim Vandenberg and Rebecca Soni, visited Sindelfingen on Sunday, Sept. 10, for a swim clinic to help Stuttgart Piranhas improve their swimming strokes. The clinic featured two sessions that would allow the Olympians to teach in a small group setting, maximizing the time spent with each swimmer. For Soni, this would be the first visit to teach at the clinic while it was Vandenberg’s third. “It’s fun to come back and hear the kids tell me about getting their best time or improvements in the sport,” said Vandenberg. “It’s fun to see familiar faces and be around their positive energy.” During the clinic the Olympians focused on their favorite drills that

helped them throughout their careers to become faster swimmers leading them to Olympic medals. “It’s a big motivation for our younger swimmers to meet the Olympians, and be able to learn from them, it’s a great opportunity.” said Andrea Symak, head coach, Stuttgart Piranhas. “It’s not only a learning experience for our swimmers but our coaches as well.” Two time Olympian Soni is a former world record holder in the 200-meter breaststroke and 400-meter medley relay, set in the 2012 London Olympic Games, where she also took silver in the 100-meter. Vandenberg who is a butterfly swimmer, was a member of the bronze-medal-winning U.S. team in the women's 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The afternoon started with the younger swimmers getting their

Olympian Kim Vandenberg observes Stuttgart Piranhas swimmers during a recent clinic taught at Maichingen Hallenbad in Sindelfingen.

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The clinic was focused on drills that helped Soni and Vandenberg throughout their career to become faster starting with basic drills that led into more advanced techniques. The later training session allowed the seasoned swimmers to take a moment to get to know the Olympians and their training regiments. The Stuttgart Piranhas is an international youth swim team open to swimmers in the Stuttgart area, representing the United States and the Stuttgart Community. The team is part of the European Forces Swim League, competing in swim meets around Europe including Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Belgium. To view more photos visit our Flickr site at photos/usagstuttgart/ albums/72157688892900965