The Citizen - September 2019

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Vol. 48, No. 11, September ber 2019

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Photos by Reynaldo Ramon, 7th Army Training Command

The U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus perform a concert on the lawn on Patch Barracks' Washington Square, Aug. 28. The show was live-streamed by AFN Stuttgart and is available online. Below left, the Stuttgart High drum line takes the stage.

Well-received vehicle registration improvements help during PCS season Story and photos by Rick Scavetta USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

This summer, when Pfc. Maxwell Mattingly bought a 1989 Land Rover in

Pfc. Maxwell Mattingly, 100th MWD, afixes his new license plates outside of the garrison's Vehicle Registration Office. Recent improvements to the vehicle registration process help keep troops like Mattingly, a military working dog handler, mission focused.

Grafenwöhr, registering it with USAG Stuttgart was a priority. Mattingly, 20, of Fort Worth, Texas, received only a 30-day registration at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria for the British-built all-wheel drive vehicle. A dog handler with the 100th Military Working Dog Detachment, Mattingly seldom has time for errands. “I’m actually fairly busy all the time. We basically work all day from sun up to sun down,” Mattingly said recently outside vehicle registration on Panzer Kaserne, while removing his old plates. “Today, I just happened to have some time off.” Heading inside, Mattingly hoped for the best. Automatic doors opened to a well-lit area, with a couple rows of empty chairs. Inside, Sean Bentz, a vehicle registration clerk, greeted Mattingly with a smile, a clipboard and a few questions. Before long, he was on his way. “With the time I have, it’s pretty necessary that I have a smooth process, so I don’t have to come back another day and maybe impede on some of the mission requirements I already have,” Mattingly said. That’s a lot different than a year ago.

In August 2018, Stars & Stripes reported on troops arriving before dawn for walkin appointments, only to find 20 people ahead of them – some who had camped overnight for a place in line. The cause–swells of newcomers taking appointments coupled with people returning to re-register during the peak Permanent Change of Station, or PCS, season, garrison officials said. Those days were as stressful for staff as they were for customers, said Margarete Mueller, who’s worked at vehicle registration for the past four years. Garrison staff identified needed improvements and set a plan in motion to make things better. Office renovations, incorporating inspections nearby and upgrading computer, internet and credit card machines were priorities. Service members now augment the staff and customers can use a mobile phone app to set appointments. That’s made a big difference, Mueller said. “It’s way better, brighter and bigger and it’s not as noisy as it was before,” Mueller said. Marines and Soldiers work alongside U.S. and German civilians. They

have fun and support each other, even during a rush. The office has roughly twice as many staff, to include active duty and Reserve troops, compared to last autumn, said Bardia Khajenoori, an analyst with garrison’s office of plans, analysis, and integration, who’s been following the See VEHICLE, p.4

Marine Lance Cpl. Alize Bollinger, right, asks a question of Army Sgt. 1st Class Pablo Escebedo, while Magarete Mueller inputs a new registration into her computer at U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart.


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10 things I learned in command By Capt. Kene “Bishop” Mortanya Operations Officer, USAG Stuttgart

In the first of two parts, the author discusses perception, perfection, consideration for those you command and not letting disappointments overwhelm you.

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To truly command, you must have the courage to give up some control. You must allow your subordinate leaders to do their jobs. That sounds obvious, right? There can be a strong temptation to control everything. After all, you are the commander, the most experienced officer in the company (to that point, at least) and the most professionally successful logistics officer in the maneuver infantry battalion. Those who are focused on their own advancement, tend to obsess about “looking bad” in front of the boss. Everything MUST be perfect, so they feel like they must control it. No matter how strong this urge might become, fight it. Fight it with all you have. Your subordinate leaders and soldiers will never develop effectively and your unit will never fully harness the power and talent of its members unless you give up some control. If you are controlling it, it is likely that you are not commanding anything. While there are times when you have to closely monitor and control actions, these are the exceptions, not the norm. Give intent rather than directives whenever possible and trust your subordinates with the freedom to maneuver while pursuing that intent. Any short-term setbacks that might occur are well worth the long term developmental benefits to the unit and to those young soldiers, noncommissioned officers and officers.

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Remind yourself every day that it is not about you; command is about the team. Commanders come and go. You are just a temporary caretaker–knowing that there were literally hundreds of other leaders who were as good as you (or better) who didn’t get the chance to do what you’re doing will keep you grounded.

This will also allow you to make decisions that are not about self, but for the betterment of the organization.

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You are always going to feel disappointed in many aspects of your performance as a commander. Often deeply disappointed! No matter how hard you work or how hard you try, there is going to be something left undone or something that you will wish you had done better during your time in command. It is unavoidable because ... well, you‘re not perfect (see #2). Don’t be embarrassed by it (I’m not) when you are transitioning with your replacement. Instead, focus on those things that you did not do particularly well and help the next commander avoid the same shortfalls. If you are not sharing the “bad” stuff, then you are not helping your unit to be better in the future (see #3). Leave a legacy that includes setting the conditions for the next guy/lady to excel.

Capt. Kene “Bishop” Mortanya

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You cannot accomplish every goal that you would like. Pick the two or three that are the most important and focus on them. That is the best you can do. With only limited time and limited organizational energy (see # 2), there is only so much that you will be able to do. Before you even take command, figure out what is most important to you as a leader. For me, I centered mine on these three phrases: keep your honor clean, standard and discipline, and speed, flexibility, adaptability. That will allow you to come into the job with a basic blueprint that you can then adjust based on your initial assessment of the unit and input from your 1SG and other subordinate leaders. Once you have the possibilities identified, pick a few that are not only most important to you but that are also most vital for the success of the unit.

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Never let perfect become the enemy of good enough. Building on the comments above, it is vital to understand that “perfect” is a myth. Do not waste your time

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trying to achieve it. The company (and you) has limited time and limited organizational energy. Avoid wasting them chasing perfection. That does not mean that you lower standards or accept mediocrity, it just means that you understand reality. Work hard and push your team to get things as good as you can, but also know when to shift to the next target. Pursuit of perfection in planning tends to result in rigidity, and expecting perfect results invariably breeds a zero defect atmosphere. Instead, focus on simple, flexible plans that provide clear guidance but minimal directives.

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Garrison youth are back to school By John Reese USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

Students of the five Department of Defense Education Activity schools in the USAG Stuttgart footprint began the 2019-2020 school year, Aug. 26 (Kindergarten began a few days later). Students arrived by bus, car or on foot. As the hundreds of kids flowed onto their respective campuses, they were greeted with high fives and new pencils by military police, garrison police and members of the USAG Stuttgart Fire Department. Principals, teachers and school administrators were present, welcoming students as they filed in. At Patch Elementary, a couple of motorists tried to drive past the front of the school where the buses were off-loading. “We have kids actually crossing the street in front of Patch Elementary, and we don’t want any cars to be driving by in case the kids walk out in front of the busses into traffic,” said Deputy Chief Jacob White, USAG Stuttgart Police. “The road is actually closed during school hours when the busses are loading and off-loading; that’s the reason the MP patrols are here.”

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The Bulldogs return to Robinson Barracks Elementary School. Photo by Brian Pappas, USAG Stuttgart School Liaison Office

One Stuttgart parent shared an amusing, yet pointed, commentary about the use of the drop-off parking at Stuttgart Elementary, Stuttgart High and Patch Middle Schools: “Only the people who raised their kids to jump out of the car with backpacks loaded like they are storming the beaches of Normandy while the car is at a slow roll are allowed in the drop off line.” Obviously, stop the car first for safety before passengers exit, and use of the drop off line as intended, not lingering, as a courtesy to all of the vehicles that follow. Overall, the first morning of school went very well, said retired 1st Sgt. James Terrell, better known to the PES

Patch Middle School students make their way to campus on the first day of the 2019-2020 school year.

children as “Mr. T.” Terrell checked and double checked all of the buses arriving. “We caught a wrong bus that had to be redirected to the high school,” Terrell said. “The school bus office gave us a list of all the buses that were supposed to come in. We realized that one of them wasn’t supposed to be here, so we sent it on to Stuttgart High.” First day traffic was better than previous years, with the MPs out in force to ensure vehicles kept moving and children could safely cross at key intersections.

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A young Stuttgart Elementary student returns garrison Police Chief Ruben Santiago’s high five with a hug.

USO Sun & Fun Day 2019 lives up to sunny expectations Story and photos by John Reese USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

The 2019 USO Stuttgart’s “Sun & Fun Day 2019” had both title elements to make it a great event, Aug. 24. Unlike last year’s chilly, rainy day, this year’s annual event on Patch Barracks’ Husky Field was hot and sunny. Hundreds of Stuttgart military community members, especially kids, strolled about the field, pausing to enjoy Become a USO volunteer Join a dynamic team of volunteers at USO Stuttgart. Call 07031201-9018 or visit the USO Center in Bldg. 2915, Panzer Kaserne.

games, run obstacle courses, climb and slide on a giant inflatable, and fill up on complimentary burgers, hotdogs, cake, popcorn and snow cones. Two long but fast moving food lines served up the hot stuff, while the snow cone line stretched back about 50 times more than it was at the chilly 2018 event. The MPs and canines of the 100th Military Police Detachment drew a big crowd as they demonstrated just how smart their German Shepherds are, running them through an obstacle course and setting them after simulated bad guys wearing bite suits. Across the field, the MPs of the 300th MP Brigade from Fort Riley, Kansas, currently force multipliers for USAG Stuttgart, let youths try some of their equipment, run an obstacle course, use lights and siren in an Army police car, and “deputized” them with silver replica MP badges. Students preparing to begin the 2019-2020 school year dug into a

mountain of supplies, including book bags/backpacks, compliments of a private organization that supports USAG Stuttgart community events. “We’re always taking care of our community–that’s what’s important to us,” said Dee Dimond, Harriet R. Tubman Order of the Eastern Star. “If our youth are happy and we’re helping them get to the next level, then our job is done.” The American Red Cross team tended to more than 50 insect stings, plus sunburns and other minor medical needs, while offering small necessities such applying sun block. USO volunteers repeatedly refilled ice chests of water and sodas to keep the crowd hydrated. The day wrapped up in the early afternoon after Sarah Kemp, center manager, USO Stuttgart, called out the winners of some pretty cool prizes, including roundtrip airfare for two for a lucky active duty service

member. As with everything else at Sun & Fun Day, there was no cost to enter the drawing.

A police dog of the 100th MPD hurdles over an obstacle during a demonstration.

USO Sun & Fun Day 2019 participants listen as Sarah Kemp, center manager, USO Stuttgart, addresses Husky Field from the Patch Barracks helipad, Aug. 24.


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continued from p. 1 progress. From March to July, staff didn’t turn away any walk-in customers. Only two walk-ins were turned away in the two months prior, he said. “This is despite the fact that we are tracking higher transaction totals every month this year compared to the year before,” Khajenoori said, citing data up to July. About 2,000 drivers required registration renewals this summer. The garrison encouraged community members to complete re-registration up to 75 days early, to avoid PCS season. “The earlier-than-usual spike in

transaction volume this year – May instead of July – coupled with a decline in daily transaction totals since May, suggests that efforts to encourage early re-registration were successful, “Khajenoori said. Darlene Shattuck had heard tales of long delays an inconveniences during her three years in Stuttgart. A few months ago, she started working a vehicle registration. “It runs a lot smoother than I was expecting,” Shattuck said, recalling social media posts from upset customers. Now, Shattuck typically sees smiles. The atmosphere is completely different, she said, with little to no wait times. “Everyone seems to be really happy,”

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Shattuck said. “Typically, we can see people as soon as they walk in the door. It’s a much easier stop. Come in and get out. Easy.” Still, a few things still cause hiccups. Customers forget to call their insurance company with registration changes. Defense contractors arrive without their Status of Forces Agreement card. Both can halt the registration process. “Every time you switch your plates, you need to call your insurance 24 hours ahead of time to make sure it gets updated in our system,” Shattuck said. “If you’re a contractor, you need to bring a SOFA card and it needs to be valid.” For more information on the vehicle registration process, visit StuttgartCitizen.com

Army Sgt. 1st Class Pablo Escebedo discusses a customer's registration with Darlene Shattuck, a civilian employee at the USAG Stuttgart vehicle registration office. Wait times now for customers are minimal, staff said.

Understanding passports, SOFA in Germany, part 1 By Marion E. Bruce Chief, Passport and SOFA Office

Welcome to Stuttgart, Germany and Europe! This is a fun place to travel as long as you have the proper documents. There are several types of passports. Red official passports are the red (brown/burgundy/maroon) passports. Government civilians and their family members are entitled to red official passports with Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) stamps or cards for Germany because they are assigned overseas. These are designed for travel to and from the U.S. and Germany, hold the proof of SOFA, and must be shown upon exit from and entry to Germany. Trips to the U.S. must be accomplished on these passports; that is their purpose. Uniformed personnel may need a red official passport based on current duties. If your command determines that you need an official passport, it will provide you with a Memorandum of Justification and a DD-1056 authorizing you to apply. Being assigned to Germany is not justification for an official passport. Service members may enter and exit Germany on their ID card and orders. Blue No-Fee passports are Official Passports for Active Duty Dependents on accompanied orders. They are designed for travel to and from the US and

Germany, hold the proof of SOFA, and must be shown upon exit from and entry to Germany. These look like tourist passports for the safety of the dependents but are actually official passports with an endorsement in the back. Trips to the US must be accomplished on these passports; that is their purpose. Everyone needs a Blue Tourist Passport to visit any country other than the US and Germany for leisure. If you are a government civilian or a dependent (of either civilian or uniformed sponsor) and you have two passports, you must carry both of them when on leisure travel. Show the Tourist Passport to the country or countries that you are visiting (plane, train, hotel, border control, etc.) and the Official or No-Fee with proof of SOFA when leaving Germany and upon re-entering Germany. If you are a Service-member you will carry the Tourist Passport and a copy of your orders assigning you to Germany. If you apply for a passport in Stuttgart, the average processing times are 3-5 weeks for a Tourist, 6-8 weeks for an Official/ No-Fee/ Diplomatic and 6-12 weeks for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad and newborn first passport. If you are expecting, please be aware that children born overseas are not automatically US citizens. The parents need to apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad and a first Passport for the baby.

Your newborn will not have a passport for up to 3 months after you apply. Do not plan any leisure travel during this time. If you are PCS’ing within three months of the birth please provide your orders at the time of application. The

Frankfurt Consulate then may process according to date needed on orders, instead of first come – first served. (Editor’s note: In part two, learn more about the SOFA stamp.)

Have passport, will travel There are instructions and checklists for each type of application that you need. You may also E-mail the Passport Office directly for its standard instructional e-mails at usarmy. stuttgart.id-europe.mbx.usagstuttgart-passport@mail.mil. Due to high customer volume, the Passport Office cannot always answer the phone. However, all e-mails will be answered within two working days. You must make an appointment for Tourist Passport applications and Reports of Birth Abroad using the Rapids appointment system at https:// rapids-appointments.dmdc. osd.mil/appointment/building. aspx?BuildingId=1060. SOFA is a Walk-in Service,

so please do not make an appointment for SOFA cards. Active duty with mission needing an official passport may walk-in or make an appointment. The Stuttgart Passport and SOFA Office customer service hours of operation are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m.–noon and 1–4 p.m.(closed for lunch, U.S. holidays, and Wednesdays). Please stop by the office during customer service hours if you need more information. Please see the Passport page of the garrison website https:// home.army.mil/stuttgart/index. php/my-garrison/all-services/ passport-sofa-services

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Ask a JAG: Filing claims for PCS damages By Capt. Evan C. Freemyer Chief, Client Services Stuttgart Law Center

With the end of PCS season on the horizon, many newcomers to USAG Stuttgart turn their attention to damaged or missing items during their move. If any of your property was damaged or is missing, you are eligible to receive the full replacement value or repair cost if you submit a notice of loss to your transportation service provider (TSP) in the United States within 75 days. If you have submitted a notice of loss or damage (NOLD), then you will have nine months from the day of delivery to submit the actual claim to the TSP because the NOLD is not the actual claim. Once you submit a NOLD within 75

days, you have two years from the day of delivery to file a claim with the Military Claims Office (MCO) for depreciated value. If you decide to transfer your claim in DPS to the MCO, you will have to submit a claim to the MCO. The steps to submit a NOLD and a claim, please go to www.move.mil and sign in to Defense Personal Property System (DPS), if you have any difficulties with the website, please call the help desk number listed on their website. You can also find instructions if you scroll down to “Settling In”. For service specific guidance, please go to www. move.mil and scroll to the very bottom Attorney at Law of the page and select An American lawyer serving your branch the military community.

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of service for additional move-related information and resources. To file a claim with the Army MCO, please log into: www.jagcnet.army.mil/ pclaims follow instructions. Make sure to attach as many substantiating documents as possible. PCS Orders (SSN redacted), shipping documents, complete inventory, pictures, purchase receipts and credit card statements are just a few of the substantiating documents you could submit on DPS. If this is a privately owned vehicle (POV) then you will have to annotate all new damages to the POV on the Vehicle Inspection and Shipping Form (VISF) during your inspection at the Vehicle Processing Center on Panzer Kaserne. Any damage found after you drive off the military installation is presumed not to be shipment related. If you find additional shipment related damage

within a few hours after leaving the Vehicle Processing Center, please report if immediately. If you did not accept an on-site settlement for minor damages, please submit your repair cost estimate for the shipment damages to the IAL representative at the VPC on Panzer. IAL is the TSP of your POV and you can file a claim directly with them.

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Send your announcements for upcoming events to the USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs Office ASAP training For those in need of completing the annual ASAP training requirement of two hours for civilians and four hours for military before the end of the fiscal year (per AR 600-85), the garrison ASAP offers a one-hour block, 2–3 p.m., Sept. 10, in the Patch Theater. There is an online option available at the link below (CAC required): https://army.deps.mil/ army/cmds/imcom_eur-usag/ stuttgart/ASAP/default.aspx

Remembering WTC, Pentagon and Pennsylvania The garrison will conduct a ceremony on 9/11 at the Patch Chapel, to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the attacks. The inclement weather venue will be the Patch Chapel. Dancing on air The 2019 Air Force Ball

Tough Mudder BOSS Run the Tough Mudder, a 5k, 15-obstacle course and expect to get muddy, Sept. 14. Interested BOSS members can drop off their $40 deposit, name, event and contact number in an envelope at a blue “BOSS” box on the front desk of the Panzer Dental Clinic (BOSS members will receive their deposit back at the event). This is a first come first serve, please do not wait too long, BOSS is required to provide names with the purchase of tickets. No CIF during inventory The Central Issue Facility, located in Bldg. 2931 on Panzer Kaserne, will be closed Sept. 16–20 to conduct annual inventory. For assistance or questions, call 596-3210 or 596-3414. The garrison commander is listening The garrison has three more community town halls scheduled to address concerns regarding housing and other issues. The next meeting will take place 6:30-8 p.m., Panzer Chapel, Sept. 23. The remaining scheduled town halls will be at the Kelley Theater, Dec. 11, and Patch Chapel, March 26, 2020. Any changes will be announced here and online.

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Approach the bench Title 10, USC, Section 2004, authorizes the Army Judge Advocate General to select up to twenty-five officers for law school attendance each fiscal year. The Funded Legal Education Program selects eligible Army lieutenants and captains for detail to the Judge Advocate General Command and a funded legal education. The 2019 FLEP Selection Board will convene on or about Dec.2. Applications must be received at the JAGC PPTO and at HRC no later than Nov. 1. See the online Stuttgart Citizen for more information and links to apply.

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Retirees, we appreciate you Join us for Retiree Appreciation Day to honor those who served at the Swabian Special Events Center on Patch Barracks, the Stuttgart Health and Dental Clinics, and the Installation Access Control System on Panzer Kaserne, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Oct. 17, to celebrate and show appreciation for those of all services who served their nation in the military service. Most attendees are retirees who return year after year to meet up with old service buddies, swap war stories and catch up on

their life’s events with each other. First time attendees meet new friends and history. RSVP by Sept. 30. Call 07031-15-2010. BOSS bowling and more BOSS meetings are 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Thursday’s of the month at the 4th floor lounge of ACS, Panzer Kaserne, Bldg. 2915. Open to all single and unaccompanied personnel of any branch of service, including single parents. Free BOSS bowling takes place at 6 p.m. every 3rd Thursday at the Galaxy Bowling & Entertainment Center on Panzer. Customs custom The Stuttgart Customs Office in Bldg. 2913, Panzer Kaserne, reminds the community that it is closed in the morning for required training on the second Thursday of every month; on those days, the office is open 1–3:45 p.m. for normal operations. Day of the Falcons MWR Tours, Bldg. 2915, Rm. 312B (just outside of USO) offers a family-friendly event at Hohenzollern Castle for Falconer Day, Sept. 15. Majestic eagles, lighting fast falcons and imposing owls conquer the sky over the castle on this special Falconer Day. Then stroll like a king through the castle and royal chambers. Register with MWR Tours or ODR by Sept. 5. Cost includes transportation and falcon show. Call 431-2104 or 07031-15-2014. (See p. 8 for related story.)


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Visiting Eagles’ Castle, Burg Guttenberg Story and photos by Angelika Aguilar USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

After meeting with Dietrich Beatsch, the former resident of Kurmaerker Kaserne (known today as Patch Barracks–see the July 2019 edition of the Stuttgart Citizen) the 80-year old German gentleman now returned the favor and invited us to come to his hometown to visit Guttenberg Castle–the castle of eagles. Guttenberg Castle is located in Hassmersheim towards Mosbach/ Bad Rappenau (Heilbronn area), approximately an hour and a half drive from Böblingen. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful castles in Germany. Here you can admire the perfectly preserved medieval architecture and the scenic surrounding of the Neckar Valley dating back to the 12th century. As visitors pass the outer courtyard and enter the castle, they’re taken back in time to the Medieval Age at the on-site museum. There you’ll learn about the history of knighthood and have a seat in the medieval tavern. One of the castle’s main attractions is the German Raptor Center, with 80 large birds of prey and two shows per day at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The center is famous for its spectacular flying displays with its eagles and vultures.

“I truly enjoyed the eagles and the owls,” said Stuttgart military community member Beverly A. Sowell. “What I liked most about the bird flight show is how they reacted to the commands of the trainers. The birds had a calming spirit about them.” The great number of large, freeflying birds of prey performing in the flight shows is unique in Germany. Huge birds with a wingspan of more than two meters, such as griffon vultures, bearded vultures, and various sea eagle species, golden eagles and imperial eagles take flight at the same show. They circle over the Neckar river or high above the battlements of Guttenberg Castle and fly directly over the heads of the visitors, and sometimes may even land on their heads or next to their seats. “It was exciting to see the smaller birds interact with the crowd, sitting on their heads and being playful,” Sowell said. During the flying display, the human staff provides entertaining knowledge for young and old (in German with translations in English at points, especially the warnings in the beginning when the audience is told not to stand up, not to eat anything during the show and not to touch the birds). Overall, it’s a unique

and amazing experience. After the show, guests may see all of the birds on display before ended the day at a nearby gasthaus to enjoy a great dinner. Burg Guttenberg is located at Burgstraße 1, 74855 Haßmersheim. Entrance fee to the hourlong flight show is 11 Euros per adult. (Editor’s note: The author is invited to return to Hassmersheim in autumn to visit another castle–the home of the Baron of Münchhausen, who was also known as the “Baron of Lies.”)

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Become prepared, not scared, for anything during NPM Compiled by Public Affairs USAG Stuttgart

National Preparedness Month (NPM), is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. The 2019 theme is “Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters.” Stuttgart military community members are encouraged to create an emergency plan now during this month of awareness. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find. Put together a plan by discussing these four questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan: • • • •

How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings? What is my shelter plan? What is my evacuation route? What is my family/household communication plan?

Practice your fire escape plan by having a home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the home. (More on fire safety during National Fire Prevention Week in the October issue of the Stuttgart Citizen.) Consider specific needs in your household. As you prepare your plan, tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist

each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance. Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan: Different ages of members within your household; responsibilities for assisting others; locations frequented; dietary and medical needs, including prescriptions and equipment; disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment; languages spoken; cultural and religious considerations; pets or service animals; and households with school-aged children. Fill out a family emergency plan. FEMA offers templates to download and fill out a family emergency plan or use them as a guide to create your own. You can print, share or order free emergency preparedness publications and download the FEMA app for disaster resources, weather alerts and safety tips. You can also sign up for preparedness text messages by texting PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA) to receive preparedness tips. Another resource, Ready.gov, offers preparedness information in 12 additional languages. According to the Federal

Reserve, 40 percent of Americans don’t have $400 in savings. What will you do if there is a disaster? Are you financially prepared? How will you pay your bills if a disaster strikes? Set aside a small amount from each paycheck to go into your savings account. Find more tips to help you manage your money to be prepared for the unexpected: https://www. usa.gov/flec. Keep some cash on hand in case of emergencies, since ATMs and credit card readers won’t always be available. Cash can help pay for immediate expenses like lodging, food and gas. Learn how to make a plan at https://go.usa.gov/xPbJv or with tips and free resources at ready.gov/ financial-preparedness. Start talking with your children early about money. Include kids in discussions

about saving for a disaster. Get ideas for how to involve them at ready.gov/kids Many service members and civilians working here own homes stateside. Just because you’re stationed in Stuttgart now doesn’t mean you shouldn’t review the insurance coverage of your properties. Did you know it takes an average of 30 days for most flood insurance policies to go into effect? Don’t wait until it’s too late! Most homeowners’ and renters’ insurance does not cover flood damage. Learn more about flood insurance and how to protect your home or business at FloodSmart.gov. What important documents should you have for an emergency? Download the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit, which will walk you through the planning process: https://go.usa.gov/xypkQ. Snap photos of important documents and personal belongings to help you quickly file an insurance claim after a flood. https://youtu.be/ i3MfRpND5gk. For more information and easy access to helpful links, see the Stuttgart Citizen online version of this story.

Where to call in a housing emergency If you have a housing emergency on post, simply dial 115, (or 07117228-6115) at any time. This number bypasses those on call waiting to get in touch with the Service Order Desk during business hours. Examples of emergency work include (but are not limited to): life-health-safety related issues; loss of utility, to include but not limited to, heating and air conditioning, water, sewer and electricity; frozen pipes; severe structural damage caused by storms; inoperable refrigerator (for housing only during after regular work hours); fires, sparks, or the smell of smoke of unknown origin; severely leaking roofs; lock out; securing the doors, such as doors open due to malfunction of the lock, hinges, falling, etc.; elevator entrapment; and gas leak or smell of gas. For placing a service order, visit www.stuttgartcitizen.com/service-order/.


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Learn about suicide prevention during September By Dr. Bala Fischer and Dr. Kaffie Clark Army Substance Abuse Program USAG Stuttgart

Did you know that more Americans now die from suicide than are killed in car crashes each year? According to the CDC, there has been a substantial spike in suicide deaths in the United States in recent years. Today, approximately 9.3 million Americans admit to having suicidal thoughts, and approximately 2.7 million Americans each year actually make a plan for how they would commit suicide. We are a deeply, deeply unhappy nation, but of course this phenomenon is not just limited to America. According to the World Health Organization, suicide is now the third highest cause of death in the entire world. Globally, suicide rates have soared by 60 percent over the

past 45 years, and the WHO is now projecting that by the year 2020 someone will be committing suicide somewhere in the world every 20 seconds. In the U.S., suicide rates have been rising in nearly every state, according to the latest Vital Signs

Suicide in the military

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“Suicide is a leading cause of death for Americans – and it’s a tragedy for families and communities across the country. From individuals and communities to employers and healthcare professionals, everyone can play a role in efforts to help save lives and reverse this troubling rise in suicide. ” said CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, M.D.

general population. However, rising suicide rates among service members and veterans over the past decade have raised public and professional concerns. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. military. According to the calendar year 2015 Department of Defense Suicide Event Find suicide prevention resources here: Report (DoDSER) anUSAG Stuttgart ASAP: 431-2530 nual report, the stanSuicide/Crisis Hot line: 118 or 431-3102, or 0711-680-0113 or 07031-153102 dardized suicide rate National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) was 20.2 per 100,000 En Español: 1-888-628-9454 for the Active compoMilitary Crisis Line: Text to 838255 nent. For the Selected Reserves component, the rates were 24.7 per 100,000 for the Reserves and 27.1 per 100,000 for the National Guard. As of Aug. 5, 2018, report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2016, nearly 45,000 Americans age 10 or older died by suicide. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death and is one of just three leading causes that are on the rise.

there has been 197 active duty deaths related to suicidal behavior (either confirmed or suspected), which is an increase from 182 yearto-date 2017. All active duty services, except the Air Force, experienced a gliding increase in suicidal deaths. Army Suicide Trends • Highest suicide rates across the Army from 2014–2018 has rotated among ranks E-3 to E-6 • Death by suicide appears to occur earlier in a Soldier’s time in grade (first 18 months), analysis ongoing • Deaths by suicide are once again more prevalent among the ranks of E-4 and E-3 GAT findings on Soldier emotional, spiritual, and physical attributes related to suicide • Soldiers having low resiliency scores are 3x more likely to die by suicide than high resiliency individuals • Depressed and overwhelmed individuals are 2x more likely to die by suicide than calm individuals • Soldiers with low spiritual scores are 2x more likely to die by suicide than soldiers with high spiritual scores • Tobacco users are 2x more likely to die by suicide than non-users • Moderate (upper range) to heavy drinkers are 2x more likely to die by suicide than low risk drinkers

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Have pets, will travel, with these PCS tips Stuttgart Veterinary Clinic Panzer Kaserne

Permanent Change of Station season is winding down and the Stuttgart Veterinary Clinic reminds pet owners of some key points when traveling with their pet to another location. Start the process early. Some countries have very specific requirements and can take more than six months to prepare. The best resource for current international pet travel requirements is: https://www. aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel. The Stuttgart Veterinary Clinic can also assist you with international pet travel requirements. Communicate early and often with your veterinary team if you have any questions or concerns about your pet. Ensure your pet’s vaccinations are current. If this is their first rabies vaccine, he/she must be vaccinated 30 days in advance in order to travel. They also need a 15 digit ISO compliant microchip implanted prior to the rabies vaccine. Your pet will need an EU pet

passport. Also, carry a photo of your pet with you. Rotator slots are limited and filled on a first come first served basis. Call immediate to reserve a space for your pet. If you are flying on a commercial airline, check with the airline to see if there are crate or breed restrictions. Schedule a health certificate appointment with the clinic within 10 days of your flight. Your pet will need to be present for this appointment. Provide a sturdy leak-proof crate (lined with absorbent material such as newspaper) that is large enough for the animal to stand, lie down, or turn around in, but not so large that the animal would be battered around in rough weather. Let your pet become accustomed to the crate before shipment by having practice sessions that build in time of confinement. Be sure the pet has a comfortable pad to lie on and a few familiar toys. A leash should also be included with the crate. Put identification tags that include an emergency phone number around your pet’s neck. Print your name and destination address clearly

Photo by John Reese, USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

A well-dressed dog visits the Stuttgart Veterinary Clinic.

on the shipping crate. Include your pet’s name, so that attendants can talk with him/her. If the pet has special habits — or bites —also include that information. Feed your pet just a light meal about six hours before shipping — no water within two hours unless it is very hot (or the animal is very small). A water dish that is attached so it cannot tip should be provided, but it should be conveniently located to allow an attendant to provide water at stopovers without being bitten.

Send dry food along if the trip is long. Do not tranquilize the animal. Exercise your pet just before shipping so your animal will sleep better during the trip. Check with the agent who meets the flight about your pet’s progress when you are changing planes. Allow plenty of time between connecting flights to be sure your animal is transferred to your flight if traveling with you. Arrange to have your pet picked up immediately upon arrival. Airline facilities for pets may be limited or nonexistent.

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Stuttgart youth visit GAP for CYS Ready & Resilient teen retreat By Annalise Dolby Freshman, Stuttgart High School

During July, the School Liaison Office, along with the Patch Youth Center, conducted a three-day Ready and Resilient (R2) retreat at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Attending the Stuttgart CYS R2 Retreat Training was an eye-opening and memorable experience for me. There was so much to learn, and doing so in a fun environment with friends my age made it even better. This particular training was the first of its kind here in Stuttgart. The exploratory trip was one that involved teens rather than adults. Twenty-four 7th – 12th graders attended the trip. The trip was made possible through a grant from Installation Management Command G9. I was lucky to be one of the participants. Over the course of three days, between conference room meetings and hands-on activities, my peers and I learned about perseverance and the importance of hard work. We focused specifically on the Seven C’s (connection, contribution, character, confidence, competence, coping and control). The CYS Master Resiliency Trainers covered a great deal of skills at the retreat. However, what stood out most to me was the realization that you cannot achieve your goals alone. I had never realized the importance of having someone who would stand by you and pick you up when you fell. We did an exercise where we had to come up with a goal,

Teens learn to work together during a team building exercise in one of the ELR’s ballrooms.

Stuttgart youth pose for a group photo along the Loisach River, GarmischPartenkirchen, while participating in a recent CYS R2 retreat training.

and that goal was our “mountain.” It all seemed easy until we were asked to determine who in our life would cheer us on to our goal? Who would be waiting to catch us when we fall? And who would walk with us the whole way? There were a few obvious answers for me, but it was not until I stopped to think about it that I realized I had so many people supporting me. I realized no one ever knows how much support they are receiving, whether the support is a shout of praise or simply by being there. The training allowed me to dig deeper into all aspects of my life. We spent some fun time learning outside of the conference room as well. On the second day of the retreat,

we went for a hike at Partnach Gorge. It was absolutely beautiful and we spent the time taking in the scenery and laughing with our peers. It was a gorgeous sight to see and it’s one that I will remember for a long time. The Stuttgart CYS R2 Retreat was a truly unique initiative. I learned new things and forged new friendships over the course of those three days. It was not only a place to learn about carrying on, but an opportunity to meet new people. Outside of the conference room, we spent time together at meals, during our free time, and on the bus rides. At the retreat, we read a passage called “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley. One part of the passage stood

Photos by Katie Fox

out to me–the last lines summed up resiliency in a few words: “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” To me, these metaphors captured exactly what I was taught and what I took away from the retreat. It was an absolutely amazing experience and one I will not soon forget. Be Ready & Resilient For more information regarding the CYS Ready and Resilient (R2) program and future outreach activities, call the School Liaison Office at 596-7465/9009 (#uparmoredresilientTEENS).

Stuttgart newcomers orientation offers youth glimpse of city Story and photo by Lea Scavetta Volunteer, USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

Military kids new to U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart recently took part in a newcomer’s orientation, offering them a chance to learn about their new home. The two-day activity, called the Stuttgart Newcomers Orientation, is run by Walter Johnson, tech lead at The Hub, a youth center on Patch Barracks. It’s held in the summer months. The next orientation takes place Sept. 6–7. “This program has been designed for new students to come and get a glimpse of what Germany has to offer, also being able to do some German immersion in this program,” Johnson said. "The next class is already full. People are enjoying it." The group of young people gathered at The Hub. After introductions and icebreaker activities, students learned some German language basics and about services provided to young people within the Stuttgart

military community. Military police investigators arrived, sharing the do’s and don'ts for life in a military community, on school property, plus the German economy. “We’ve been working hard to deter crime and enforce laws on and off the base,” said Freddie Hanior, who’s been an investigator for the past 13 years, the last two at USAG Stuttgart. Another officer, Liam Kelly, shared a little bit about himself with the group and why he wanted to become a criminal investigator. “I really like solving problems and trying to figure out why something happened,” Kelly said. “I also like finding out who’s telling the truth and who’s not.” Student left The Hub and walked to the duty bus station to catch a ride from Patch to Panzer. At the Galaxy Bowling & Entertainment Center, they enjoyed free pizza and bowled a few frames. As day one wrapped up, all the youths expressed how fun the day was learning about life in Stuttgart.

Day two was the big day, when the students went to downtown Stuttgart and the newcomers were already making new friends. They formed small groups for the trip into the city. They left Patch Barracks, taking the city bus to the Vaihingen train station. Once downtown, the kids visited a newly-built mall and spent a few Euros. “I'm really glad we are getting the chance to come to Stuttgart,” said Amelia Forbes, a 14-year old teen who recently moved from Baumholder, Germany. “I would really like to take my parents here and tell them all about it.” After their quick shopping spree, they went to the Stuttgart public library to see the amazing city view from its roof. They winded through some smaller streets and stopped for photos at the Rathaus, or city hall. The city visit ended with ice cream. With their families waiting for them back on post, the kids headed back with tales to tell about their day. On the train back to post, 13-yearold Addison Rybka, who lived in Rome

During a trip to downtown Stuttgart, Walter Johnson, garrison workforce preparations specialist, describes historic sights for teenage newcomers, Aug. 2.

before coming to Germany, said she liked the program, mostly because she found new friends. “I got to learn so much about Stuttgart,” Rybka said. “I met a lot of cool people.” (Editors note: Lea Scavetta is a junior at Stuttgart High School and a new arrival to the community. She is a volunteer through Army OneSource.)


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Eagle Scout project spruces up dugouts Story and photos by Scoutmaster John D. Johnson Troop 154, Kelley Barracks

Kelley Barracks Boy Scout Troop 154 cleaned, repaired and repainted the six baseball and softball dugouts on Husky Field, Aug. 8–10. Working with the USAG Stuttgart’s Child and Youth Services, Jacob Johnson, an incoming freshman at Stuttgart High School and a Life Scout in Troop 154, led the effort. It was Johnson’s Eagle Scout Service Project. “I hope the freshly painted dugouts make the fields better for CYS players, the high school teams, and the entire community,” Johnson said. The purpose of the Boy Scout Eagle Service Project is to plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, school, or your community. Johnson chose to repaint the dugouts on Husky Field, in part, because he played CYS baseball

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Growing spiritual muscles: “You are what you eat!” By Ch. (Capt.) Hank Mauterer 1st Battalion, 10th Special Force Group (Airborne)

Do you know the old saying, “You are what you eat?” How true that saying really is, isn’t it? What it means, in essence, is that the state and condition of your body are a direct result of the types and quantities of things you consume. There happens to be numerous research studies supporting this paradigm, such as the 2009 Cambridge University study that shows how high-fat diets fed to laboratory rats not only made them slower, but also dumber! Did you ever think that the meals you’re eating might be nothing more than “dumb and slow” pills? If so, then you probably didn’t consider how this paradigm also might equally apply to your soul, so let’s take a moment and look into that. Every human being is essentially a tabula rasa (blank slate), meaning they possess absolutely no inherent knowledge whatsoever. “What does that word spell and mean? How does electricity work? Why can’t I touch the glowing stove top?” From the moment we enter this world, we, like dry sponges, begin soaking in knowledge, learning from our environment, from others, and from experience. In fact, because we happen to possess no inherent knowledge, when a friend gives us bad advice, we have no idea it’s bad advice until when? Exactly! Not until we act on it. We then learn

to no longer take advice from that friend. In the 2nd and 3rd chapters of Genesis, the Bible records how God created man and women in his own image, how he placed them in the Garden of Eden, and how he enjoyed holy fellowship with them. At that time, Adam and Eve were sinless, pure and holy, bearing the glorious image of God. They were completely dependent upon God as their sole source of wisdom and knowledge … until a fourth person entered the Garden: the Serpent. All of a sudden, Adam and Eve now had two counselors from which to choose, and, even though God had proven himself trustworthy, loving and faithful, despite his warning regarding the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they chose to listen to Counselor #2, who, in the end, did nothing but feed them lies leading to eternal death. It very much matters, therefore, whom you follow. Well, since then, nothing has changed. Because we still possess no inherent knowledge, we therefore are still dependent on others to obtain it. Because there are still only two spiritual counselors from which to choose the words of life, it very much matters whom we follow–especially when eternity is at stake, right? So, if spiritually you are what you eat, then from whose menu have you been primarily dining? Take a moment right now and assess what you’ve been grazing on this week, such as books, magazines, worship services, podcasts,

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scriptures, internet websites, YouTube, television, movies, music, advice, Facebook, etc. From whose menu did most of it come? “The Lord by wisdom founded the earth, by understanding He established the heavens … My son, let them not vanish from your sight; keep sound wisdom and discretion, so they will be life to your soul and

adornment to your neck. Then you will walk in your way securely and your foot will not stumble … For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.” (Proverbs 3:19-26) Remember: You are what you eat, so eat wisely. May you find this word encouraging to your faith journey!

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The Citizen, September 2019

Page 15

Soccer championship coming to Stuttgart, Sept. 20-22 Public Affairs USAG Stuttgart

The 2019 Installation Management CommandEurope unit level soccer championships will take place on Panzer Kaserne, Sept. 20-22. Each participating garrison is authorized two teams regardless of their local league size. Hosting garrisons are authorized three teams. All requested documents must be provided to IMCOMEurope sports office no later than Sept.12 with intent to participate. A minimum of

six teams must be registered by Sept. 12. Only active duty service members assigned or attached to their unit by official orders may take part in unit-level championships. Personnel will not be reassigned to a unit only to take part in unit sports competitions (official orders must have an order number and official signature). “The best teams from each installation soccer league will come to Stuttgart to compete in a seven versus seven format on Panzer Turf Field for the top unit-level team in Europe,”

said Christopher Ragan, Sports and Fitness Director, Stuttgart Family and MWR. The teams currently participating in the Stuttgart league are EUCOM, SOCEUR, SOCAFRICA, NSW, DISA, and MARFOREUR. “Our current soccer season is only about hallway through, so there’s not much yet in the way of results,” Ragan said. Championship results will be posted in the October edition of the Stuttgart Citizen and online. There will be a mandatory coach’s meeting at 9 a.m., Sept. 20, at the Panzer soccer complex, directly next to Bldg. 2990. At that time all administrative procedures will be discussed. The opening ceremony will follow at 10 a.m. All coaches and team members must be present. Pool play will consist of a single round robin followed by a double elimination tournament of the top teams from pool play. Pool play will be: 40 minute games of two 20 minute halves (five minute halftime). Any tie games will remain a tie during pool play. A coin toss will determine the home team throughout the round robin format. In case of ties at the conclusion of the round robin play, the following format will be used as tie-breakers in order until the

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Stuttgart league soccer players compete on Panzer Kaserne's astroturf field during August.

tie is broken. If a team misses two of their scheduled pool play/playoff games, they may still advance to the elimination tournament provided they have made notification to the tournament directors. An awards ceremony will take place upon conclusion of the last game at the sports complex. Team trophies for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams. Individual awards for 1st and 2nd place. Additionally, an MVP award will be presented. This championship is within the program established by the Chief of Staff of the Army. Program participants will be awarded Commander’s Cup points based on their respective finish.

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