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Wiesbaden: Your home in Germany

Feb. 28, 2013

News flash

Car sale fraud

An individual or individuals claiming to be “Exchange Inc.” have been placing advertisements in auto magazines and commercial newspapers, leading Army and Air Force Exchange Service shoppers to believe they’re purchasing a vehicle through the Department of Defense retailer. “This has been a problem for the past few months where someone is using the Exchange’s trademarked logo and name without permission to purportedly sell vehicles in the United States,” said Rick Koloski, the Exchange’s loss prevention president. “Unfortunately, some have sent money only to receive nothing in return.” Shoppers who believe they may have been taken advantage of can file a complaint through the Internet Crime Complaint Center at (AAFES Public Affairs)

Fuel card outage March 10

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service information technology section will conduct system maintenance and system upgrades from 5-11 a.m. March 10. During that time customers will be unable to load funds on their fuel card accounts, new fuel cards or replacement cards cannot be issued, and tax-free gas purchases will not be possible at local ESSO stations. People choosing to use off-post ESSO stations during that time period will pay full price for fuel purchases. Exchange gas stations will remain open during the system outage, but pre-paid will not be available as a payment option. Services could be restored earlier than planned, officials said. (Exchange Release)

Mobile device security tip

Members of the 5th Signal Command offer the following security tip this issue: Screen lock your mobile. This security measure will help thwart opportunistic unauthorized use, they said. The following are ways to accomplish this: Blackberry — Go to Settings > Security Options > General Settings> Password; Android — Go to Settings > Location and Security > Set up screen lock; iPhone — Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock; Windows Phone 7 > Go to Settings > Lock and Wallpaper.

Photo by Karl Weisel

German and American officials symbolically break ground on the new Wiesbaden Exchange.

New Hainerberg Exchange

Groundbreaking ceremony signals construction start By Karl Weisel

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

Officials broke ground for the new Exchange shopping center in Hainerberg Housing Feb. 22. “Today we take a further important step in providing support for our growing community of service members, civilians, families and retirees with arguably the most

eagerly anticipated project in the entire Wiesbaden transformation process — the new Exchange,” said Col. David Carstens, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander, during the groundbreaking ceremony. The new 14,600-square-foot, $35 million facility will consolidate Army and Air Force Exchange Service stores and several other agen-

In search of rental properties

Housing outreach brings landlords, realtors and U.S. military together Story and photos by Karl Weisel

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

Give to AER

The U.S. Army invites Soldiers to help their own in the annual Army Emergency Relief campaign which runs from March 1 to May 15. See your unit AER project officer to donate and join in the fivekilometer run March 1 at 6:20 a.m. to help kick off the campaign. Call mil 337-7887 for details.

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High school’s robot heads to stateside competitions. See page 11.

cies including banks and the USO in one location. “We’ll be taking 15 facilities and combining them into one convenient location,” said Col. Fredrick J. Hannah, AAFESEurope commander. The new Exchange will include numerous concessions, food emporiums and a large parking area, Hannah said. See Exchange on page 4

Housing Manager Donald Meyer describes housing operations to local host nation rental property owners Feb. 20.

‘American Girl’ tea time

Young readers enjoy sharing stories, dolls during library get-together. See page 12.

A year ago the Wiesbaden Chamber of Commerce (Industrie und Handelskammer) hosted members of the U.S. Army Garrison Wies-

African fashions

Wiesbaden Middle School celebrates Black History Month. See story and photos on page14.

baden as they addressed a room bursting at the seams full of business leaders and interested citizens curious about the influx of U.S. military community members to the Hessen capital. The information outSee Housing on page 5

Commentary Second thoughts

Staying informed in a digital world Commentary by Karl Weisel

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

Back in the 1970s as this writer worked to earn a degree in journalism, a common prediction was the swiftly approaching demise of newspapers. Industry experts warned that most periodicals would disappear within the next decade as people turned to newer forms of media. While it has taken a little longer than predicted for printed media to vanish completely from the popular culture, there’s no denying that with fewer natural resources and much faster ways of communicating available to more and more people around the globe, printed media’s days are numbered. For those of us who grew up in the business or became accustomed to having a printed product to spread out on Sunday mornings over a long breakfast to catch up on more in-depth coverage of the world around us, seeing newspapers fade away hasn’t been easy. That’s one of the reasons why they’ve endured — familiarity and having served for so many years as a means for a free people to bounce ideas off of one another. And while newspapers were never truly free of editorial bias, practitioners at least were taught to do their best to be objective in their reporting and to offer a medium where contrasting views could be expressed freely and openly — credibility being the bread and butter of a respected publication. Fast forward to 2013 where blogs, social media, talk radio and entire broadcasting networks provide the primary sources of news and views for large segments of the population. When false and inaccurate information is presented today, it is quickly

shared millions of times over to become, if not accepted fact, a strongly suspected version of reality. “By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community,” observed Oscar Wilde more than a century ago. Or as Gore Vidal once wrote, “At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation and prejudice.” What held true for printed media, remains true for other forms of two-way communication today. While everyone tends to favor that which reinforces or underscores one’s own beliefs and opinions, it is even more important today to seek out diversity, to become truly informed about the surrounding world and to consider the ideas of those with whom one might not at first find common ground. It’s how compromise, participatory democracy and problemsolving function. It’s how societies evolve to continue to seek ways to safeguard and serve their constituents. The mere fact that much of what passes for communication today is a showcase of poorly articulated ideas, misspelled or absent words leading to miscommunication and blindly repeated half truths makes it ever more critical that individuals invest the time to seek a wide spectrum of ideas, facts and truly informed opinions. As Benjamin Franklin noted, “For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise.” Or better yet, in the words of Warren Buffet, “A public opinion poll is no substitute for thought.”

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Praise for Spin class

Carmen P. commented: We attended the second spin class with Maria Diaz yesterday in the larger room and absolutely loved it. The setup is great and I love that I can get there and still find a bike. Before, if I was not there before the class started, I was out of luck. Thank you for making the change. Maria is great — her energy is infectious, and she works us like animals. Response: Thanks for the positive feedback, Carmen. It’s great to hear of out-

you can view it on the garrison’s home page at ClayRunningRoute.pdf. To view the command’s policy letters, including “Unit Physical Readiness Training,” visit http://www.wiesbaden. cp_overview.asp.

Parking on Clay Kaserne

Sheri D. asked: I’m wondering if anyone else is having parking issues when going to Clay Kaserne? It’s crazy — especially around the food


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Reader feedback on article about condoms in Feb. 14 edition

I was a little taken aback when I saw in the most recent Herald Union essentially an advertisement for Planned Parenthood in the article for condoms (“Condoms, personal protection for sexual health” in the Feb. 14 issue). I wonder, is it necessary to direct young Soldiers to the website for the country’s biggest provider of abortions to simply teach them about condom usage? There are so many other organizations/websites that could have been chosen to teach people the complexities of using a condom — seems irresponsible that the article would choose a controversial organization. James Baker I’d like to comment about the recent Her-

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court. They should have put that big parking structure up front. Are there any plans, with all the influx of people coming in? It’s kind of scary, people are driving on one-way streets, etc. Response: Sheri, thanks for pointing out the fact that, despite having a 1,100-capacity parking garage available on Clay Kaserne, many individuals who work or spend extended amounts of time on the installation still fail to use the parking garage to free up the limited parking available nearer to service agencies such as the food court. I ask and encourage everyone who works on Clay Kaserne to please use the garage whenever possible to make more parking available for those making quick stops and who may not be able to walk quite as far to get to facilities on Clay Kaserne. I can also tell you that construction is expected to begin this spring on another parking facility to be located close to the Fire Department and Truck Gate. It is expected to be completed by this December and will See Ask the commander on page 3

ald Union — awesome, fantastic, positive, encouraging, courageous and super intelligent to place an article about responsible sexual health and condom use in the Herald Union. It was unexpected to see, truthfully, and I feel the person responsible for that decision deserves some kudos. Great job. Tatiana von Tauber Editor’s response: Thanks for the feedback. The article was provided by the U.S. Army Public Health Command. The Planned Parenthood link was one of three included in the article, and as always, was in no way meant to be an endorsement by the U.S. Army or this command, but as simply another option for information. Command and newspaper staff

USAG Wiesbaden Commander..................Col. David H. Carstens USAG Wiesbaden Command Sergeant Major .......................................Command Sgt. Maj. Sa’eed A. Mustafa Public Affairs Officer.......................................Anemone Rueger Editor....................................................Karl Weisel (mil 337-7405) Associate Editor................................Chrystal Smith (mil 337-1400) Reporter.............................................Wendy Brown (mil 337-5150)

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News and features News flash Memorial service for DoDDS employee

A memorial service was held Feb. 22 at the Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe Headquarters in Wiesbaden for 55-year Department of Defense Education Activity veteran Dr. Nancy Shawley. Shawley, who began her career as a high school teacher in 1958 at Bushy Park, England, served as a teacher, counselor, education specialist, computer specialist and instructional systems specialist during her career. The 82-year-old worked in England, Japan, France and Germany. She died Feb. 15 in Wiesbaden after a short illness. “Nancy loved her work with DoDDS-Europe and was passionate about the sanctity of student transcripts,” said Dr. Nancy Bresell, DoDDS-Europe director. She was also a dedicated volksmarcher, according to Bresell. “All of us who wandered with Nancy through the beautiful German countryside will miss her leadership and mentoring on the art of the volksmarch.” Donations made in Shawley’s name should be sent to the Retired Military Working dog Assistance Program, 902 Kitty Hawk, Ste. 170 #474, Universal City Texas 78148. (DoDDSEurope Release)

Keith L. Ware Awards

The U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs team received several awards in the Installation Management Command level of the 2012 Keith L. Ware Public Affairs Competition. USAG Wiesbaden public affairs officer Anemone Rueger was named the first-place winner in the Individual Category, Community Relations. The entire team — Anemone Rueger, Teri Viedt, Chrystal Smith, Wendy Brown and Karl Weisel — earned third-place honors in the Special Event Category, Community Relations. Wendy Brown also earned third-place recognition for her writing for the Herald Union in the Moss-Holland Civilian Print Journalist of the Year Category. Winning entries advance to compete at the Department of the Army level competition. (IMCOM Public Affairs)

Changes coming to AFN

AFN-Europe is adding National Public Radio and sports talk shows to its Power Network schedule and syndicated music countdown shows to its AFN 360 — Internet Radio service. The changes begin March 4. AFN-Europe is adding an additional two hours of NPR Monday to Friday from 9-11 a.m. Central European Time; a total of 10 hours a weekday. The Rush Limbaugh show will move from its previous airtime of 8 p.m. to 6 p.m. To make way for the changes AFN is discontinuing its Mannheim-originated “Connections” DJ shows. AFN 360 now offers three popular U.S. countdown shows on the weekend — “American Top 40,” “American Country Countdown” and “The Countdown,” a contemporary Christian music show. AFN 360 also offers blocks of urban, alternative, gold and country music. For a full programming listing visit (AFN-Europe Release)

Photos by Mark Warren

Honing skills Members of the 1st Military Intelligence Battalion’s Headquarters and Headquarters Service Company take part in Army warrior task training and land navigation drills at the Finthen and Mainz Sand Dunes training areas. Soldiers were inspected for their proficiency in tasks including reacting to fire, convoy operations, squad level movements, map reading, among other warrior skills, according to Capt. Michael Urso, commander of HHSC, 1st MI Battalion.

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Continued from page 2 provide 300 additional parking spaces.

Post office hours

C. Stacy commented: Not that I’m against change, but not having a post office available until 11:30 a.m. and closing at 5:30 p.m. is a bit too much. I might be able to understand better if there were extended hours in the afternoon of say, to 6:30 p.m. I’ve honestly never run into this sort of issue with other postal services or Army garrison services, period. Services aren’t even offered on Saturdays. I find this strange and inconvenient. Perhaps there’s a reason, but I can’t fathom why. Response: Thank you for your comment. Changes to our postal hours were necessitated by personnel and budget shortfalls. The Postal Services Center conducted a well publicized survey — both through paper surveys and online last year — and more than 50 percent of the responses indicated that the current hours were the most acceptable. We are closely monitoring waiting times and lines at the facility and making adjustments as required. Currently, due to continued budget constraints, no new hires are authorized which means the staff is doing

everything they can to meet the needs of customers. Your feedback is important, and will be considered along with other suggestions as to operations at the post office. Thanks for taking the time to make your issues known.

Favorite Army lodge

Sarah H. commented: (The Wiesbaden Army Lodge is) my favorite lodging globally. I always enjoy my stay at the Wiesbaden Army Lodge. The staff goes above and beyond.

Great customer service

Fred P. commented: I felt the need to thank Herr (Wilfried) Peters for his (as always) on-time service. Without being asked, he jumped on making an information technology request in support of a special system that the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security’s Security Office required. Employees like him are the reason Wiesbaden was a Communities of Excellence winner. Response: Thanks Fred — glad to hear you received outstanding support from one of the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden’s own. We’ll pass on the high praise. ............................................................................ Feb. 28, 2013

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News and features From the blotter

Compiled by the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Directorate of Emergency Services

Feb. 8 Traffic accident — A charged with a traffic tive driving. Traffic accident — A charged with a traffic tive driving.

civilian is being accident: InattenSoldier is being accident: Inatten-

Feb. 11 Failure to obey regulation — A noncommissioned officer is being charged with failure to obey order or regulation/owning an unregistered vehicle. Failure to obey regulation — A Soldier is being charged with failure to obey order or regulation/owning an unregistered vehicle. Traffic accident -- A civilian is being charged with a traffic accident: Following too closely.

Feb. 12 Assault — A civilian is being charged with assault consummated by a battery and civilian misconduct.

Feb. 13 Traffic accident — A civilian is being charged with a traffic accident: Inattentive driving and failure to report involvement. Traffic accident — A civilian is being charged with a traffic accident: Failure to yield the right of way.

Feb. 14 Absent without leave — A Soldier was reported AWOL by his unit.

Feb. 16 Failure to obey regulation — A Soldier and a civilian are being charged with failure to obey order or regulation/owning an uninsured privately owned vehicle, operating an uninsured POV and civilian misconduct. Assault — Four Soldiers are being charged with assault.

Feb. 17 Traffic accident — A Soldier is being charged with a traffic accident: Failure to yield the right of way.

Feb. 18 Traffic accident — A civilian is being charged with a traffic accident: Following too closely.

Feb. 19 Drunken driving/Traffic accident — A civilian is being charged with a traffic accident: Drunken driving and inattentive driving. Tax evasion — A civilian is being charged with tax evasion, unlawful transfer of a tax-free vehicle, unlawful possession of a tax-free vehicle and civilian misconduct. Tax evasion — A civilian is being charged with tax evasion, unlawful transfer of a U.S. Army Europe-plated vehicle, unlawful possession of a USAREUR-plated vehicle and civilian misconduct.

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‘Smile Healthy Today’

Winners of the Wiesbaden Dental Clinic’s art contest celebrate their awards at a reception in the clinic Feb. 22. The youths in grades kindergarten through fifth grade drew posters to illustrate the theme of “Smile Healthy Today” during Children’s Dental Health Month. Winners received certificates and cash awards ranging from $10 to $100. The following youths were winners: Layla Palmer, Joshua Meert and Skylr Goodling first place; Lauren Bretney, Aldiana Jones and Sophie Myers second place; Pedro E. Torres, Daliah Torres and Emily Glidewell third place. Winning posters will be displayed in the Dental Clinic, said Dr. (Maj.) Kevin Parker, contest organizer.

Exchange . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Continued from page 1 “Today when our service members and their families want to buy Exchange goods and products, especially merchandise from back home, they have to go to a variety of stores spread out from Hainerberg to MainzKastel,” said Carstens. … “When these stores are finally consolidated into one facility in about two years, it will all be conveniently located right here in Hainerberg. It will have ample parking, and it will considerably ease the shopping challenges for members of our Illustration courtesy of AAFES-Europe community.” An artist’s rendition of one of the features of the new Both commanders stressed that through Exchange in Hainerberg Housing. consolidation and forward-thinking planceremony and praised the close working relationship ning, energy use and costs will be reduced between planners, builders and everyone else involved dramatically. “It reduces the expenditures of time and fuel for in the project. Looking back at the close ties first estabservice members and their families in a consolidated lished between German citizens and American forces during the Berlin Airlift six decades ago, Damm said building,” said Hannah. Additionally, with various “green” design features the past seven years have seen a close working relaand the possibility of adding solar panels after con- tionship develop among state, city and U.S. military struction is completed, the Exchange will improve officials in an effort to successfully accomplish the move of U.S. Army Europe Headquarters to the city. sustainability in the long run, they said. “This is an important step in maintaining a good “Consolidation means fewer utilities and overhead expenses; savings which the Exchange will relationship and in enhancing German-American return in part to service members and their families. friendship,” Damm said. … “I assure you that future Consolidation also means fewer cars on the road … U.S. plans will continue to receive complete support yet another opportunity for us to be good neighbors,” from the Hessen government.” Construction on the new Exchange is expected Carstens said. Elmar Damm, from the Hessen Finance Ministry, to be completed by December 2014 with the grand said he was pleased to take part in the groundbreaking opening tentatively set for spring of 2015.

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Housing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Continued from page 1 reach was aimed at providing a better understanding of the U.S. Army Europe transformation effort in Wiesbaden and a platform for better connecting Germans and Americans and local business support. Twelve months later — this time it was USAG Wiesbaden hosting a packed room full of property owners and realtors in an effort to generate a wider range of off-post housing choices for those moving to the Wiesbaden area. Speaking in German, garrison commander Col. David Carstens, welcomed the around 200 people who came to the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center Feb. 20 to learn exactly how the Army’s off-post Housing Office operates. “I’m delighted to see so many of you A member of the audience asks a question about how the Housing Office here,” said Carstens, explaining that the works with rental property owners during the outreach evening. positive feedback generated from last “We have more than 1,000 objects With the expected influx of the majoryear’s Chamber of Commerce assembly ity of USAREUR Soldiers, civilians and in our system,” Meyer said, adding that “was overwhelming. Many good ideas families from Heidelberg to Wiesbaden about 700 additional units are sought to and partnerships have developed within this spring, Carstens said it is in the inter- serve those who will be arriving in Withe past year.” est of the garrison’s Housing Office to esbaden in the future and living off post. Positive results of last year’s outreach make it as seamless as possible to connect “We’re trying as much as possible to have included many more English- property owners with potential renters. house our families in the existing Army language websites, local businesses Housing Manager Donald Meyer Family Housing,” he said, explaining advertising that English is spoken and described the process for getting a that with ongoing renovations and other identifying more host nation facilities rental property registered in the Army’s factors, the need for off-post housing that accept the Value Added Tax forms. Automated Housing Referral Network. remains.

Dr. Friedemann-Götting-Biwer from the city’s Chamber of Commerce speaks during the evening. Following the presentation, Meyer fielded a range of questions ranging from the needs of those coming into Wiesbaden to what benefit registering with the Housing Office would provide rental property owners. Meyer explained that with most Soldiers and civilians serving from three to five years on an assignment, the owners are guaranteed stability and continuation in occupancy once a tenant departs. Officials said a similar event will be held in the near future to attract even greater interest and partnership in the search for available housing in the Wiesbaden and surrounding area.

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Celebrating Scouting traditions

Pack 65 Cubmaster Charlie Slosson encourages Cub Scouts to do a western dance during the pack’s annual Blue and Gold banquet at Hainerberg Elementary School Feb. 23. The event also featured dinner, a guest speaker and games.

Help design CFC-O coin The 2013 Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas annual coin design contest is underway. It’s open to all Department of Defense employees and their family members. The purpose is to select a unique design for the 2013 CFC-O contributor coin that

represents the theme of the campaign: “Serve to Honor Your Country. Give Because You Care.” Contest entries will be accepted through March 29. Interested designers can obtain detailed instructions and submission guidelines by visiting ............................................................................ Feb. 28, 2013

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News and features Customs clearance vital when selling car in Germany By Robert Szostek

Customs Public Affairs Officer

U.S. personnel must get a customs “Permit to Transfer” when transferring a U.S. Army Europeplated vehicle to a non-ID cardholder in Germany. Failure to get the permit could mean a hefty tax demand from German Customs. “It is essential to get a permit to transfer before you sell, donate or transfer a car to a German car dealer, junkyard or person who is not an ID cardholder,” explained Fred Evans, chief of services at the USAREUR Customs Executive Agency in Heidelberg. This applies even if the vehicle was wrecked in an accident and you did not receive any money for it, he added. If you do not obtain this permit, you will eventually fail to clear vehicle registration when it is time to PCS. Customs authorities also may require you to prove what happened to the vehicle. “This is obviously very difficult if the car was

crushed long ago, you are in the middle of clearing out of Europe and you have no record of where the car went,” Evans continued. If you cannot show what happened to the vehicle, you may be identified in a Military Police report and subject to disciplinary action. You may also have to pay a hefty tax demand based upon the value of the vehicle in addition to possible fines and penalties from German customs authorities. The “Permit to Transfer” (AE Form 550175B) is available at the U.S. Forces Customs Office serving your garrison. More information on selling personal property in Germany the right way is available online at Infosheet2-AEF550-175B.pdf, in Army in Europe Regulation 550-175, U.S. Forces Customs Controls In Germany or by contacting your local U.S. Forces Customs Office.

New garrison staff critical to expanded SHARP success Army Installation Management Command is recruiting and hiring new sexual assault response coordinators and sexual assault victim advocates by October as part of the Army's expanded Sexual Harassment/ Assault Response and Prevention program. IMCOM will hire 135 individuals this year in support of the SHARP program, said Ebenezer Williams Jr., IMCOM SHARP program manager. Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter, IMCOM commander, exempted SHARP staff from an Armywide hiring freeze Jan. 29, calling them mission-critical. “I am authorizing the hiring to continue ... to ensure we continue to provide programs and services in support of critical missions, national security, safety of human life and the protection of private property,” Ferriter said. The SHARP program is aimed at reducing sexual harassment and assault by creating a climate of respect for the dignity of every member of the Army Family. SHARP staff do this by trying to reduce the stigma associated with reporting an incident, increase prevention efforts and increase investigation and prosecution capabilities. “Sexual harassment and sexual assault of any type will not be tolerated,” said Rufus

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Caruthers, IMCOM director of Equal Employment and Opportunity. “It cripples the overall operation. It will not be tolerated and will be dealt with swiftly within the command.” Changes to the program came with the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. The act requires all brigade-sized units, including IMCOM garrisons, to have at least one fulltime sexual assault response coordinator and sexual assault victim advocate. Additional sexual assault victim advocates may be added, depending on demographics or unit needs. Garrison SHARP programs can also offer victims an option

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and continuity of care if they choose not to use their command SHARP, said Williams. The senior commander on the installation is ultimately responsible for the program. After Oct. 1, 2013, only armed forces members and Department of Defense civilian employees may be assigned to SHARP positions, the act states. No longer will there be contracted staff after that time. The act also made changes to training and certification for SHARP personnel. “It is a requirement come Oct. 1, 2013, if you are not credentialed, then you cannot respond to a victim of sexual assault,” said Ser-

gio Perez, Fort Sam Houston sexual assault prevention and response program manager. Perez said the National Organization of Victim Assistance is responsible for credentialing all Army sexual assault response coordinators and sexual assault victim advocates. In the past, IMCOM garrisons managed the sexual assault prevention and response program under the Family Advocacy Program in Army Community Service. Col. Nancy D. Ruffin, director of the Army Family

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Advocacy Program manager and chief of the Personal and Family Life Readiness branch, emphasized that SHARP and FAP are two separate programs with different missions. “ACS victim advocates are still providing assistance to any victim, whether of sexual assault or of domestic violence," Ruffin said. After Oct. 1, any ACS victim advocate must have SHARP training and credentials to respond to a case of sexual assault, according to Ruffin. ACS Family Advocacy Program personnel will continue to respond to victims of domestic and child abuse incidents. Williams said in the interim there are collateral sexual assault response coordinators and sexual assault victim advocates at every installation. For more information visit or call 1-877-995-5247, the sexual assault support for the DoD community.

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News and features Clean energy tied to national security, official says fects, Burke noted. A danger in all this enthusiThe changing U.S. and in- asm, she said, is that it overlooks ternational energy pictures have the fact that the United States a profound effect on security, a will still be part of a highly volatile global energy market, “and senior Pentagon official said. Sharon E. Burke, the as- the world’s supply and demand sistant secretary of defense for trends are going to continue to Operational Energy Plans and shape our own prosperity here Programs, told industry partners at home.” The energy security variand congressional leaders at the ables have implications that American Council on Renewaren’t yet understood, Burke able Energy’s National Renewable Energy Policy Forum that said. For example, she asked, the motivation for seeking out what will happen if Saudi clean energy sources is strongly Arabia ― already the largest rooted in national security single consumer of petroleum in the Middle East ― becomes interests. The International Energy a net importer? Iran is suspected to have Agency’s world energy outlook, been behind two attacks on released in November, is “the Saudi Aramco: a cyberattack in shot heard ‘round the world,” 2012 that damaged 85 percent Burke said. According to the of the company's computers, report, she said, the world will need $37 trillion in new and a two-vehicle suicide-bomb investment in the energy supply attack in 2006, Burke said. Both attacks failed to disable oil and system from now to 2035. Even as mature economies gas production, but they were increase their energy efficiency, clearly intended to do so, she switch fuels and reduce their added. Last month, Iran conducted petroleum demand, the thirst for naval exercises in the Strait of oil among the world’s econoHormuz, which it has repeatedly mies ― particularly developing threatened to close, she said. economies ― will continue to “I know a lot of people who grow apace, Burke said. think those are empty threats, “China will account for because such a closure would something like 50 percent of certainly hurt the Iranian people that [growth],” she told the audimost of all, but this is 20 percent ence. “When you add in India of the global oil market,” Burke and the Middle East, you’re said. “It would cripple the global talking about 60 percent.” The United States is affect- economy, so certainly at DoD ing the most change on the world we take those threats seriously.” Territorial disputes pose energy picture, she said. The IEA estimates that by 2020, the a different kind of threat, she United States is going to outstrip said. Tensions flared recently Saudi Arabia as an oil producer. between China and Japan over Another report predicts that the the Senkaku Islands, due in part U.S. will succeed Russia as a to the expected presence of oil natural gas producer, she added. there, Burke said. In the Arctic, This means the possibil- global climate change has made ity exists that North America more oil and gas accessible, could be energy self-sufficient driving bordering nations to by 2035, Burke said. “Even as stake claims on formerly iceeveryone else in the world has bound geologic provinces. The Defense Department growing demand and contracting supply, we’re bucking the has a history of looking at how the effects of climate change trend,” she said. This possibility has gener- ― droughts, floods, populaated a lot of justifiable ex- tion migration, sea level rise citement, and for a variety of and shifts in arable land ― are reasons, Burke said. There are an accelerant to instability, she positive consequences for the said. In May, Defense Secretary U.S. economy, for jobs and for Leon E. Panetta called climate the manufacturing sector, she change a threat to national sesaid. But the Defense Depart- curity, Burke added. The need for clean energy ment is most interested in the second-order geostrategic ef- and energy efficiency has an By Claudette Roulo

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enduring security angle, she said, adding that it’s the only way to break out of the paradigm of foreign energy dependence and its associated instability. The Defense Department’s changing mission also has energy security implications, Burke said. In January 2012, Panetta and President Barack Obama released new strategic guidance that called for a rebalance of focus to the Asia-Pacific region. Considering that the Defense Department already is the single largest consumer of fuel in the country, if not the world, she said, it’s “sobering” to think about what the rebalance means for fuel consumption. Last year, the department used 4.3 billion gallons of petroleum, and

spent about $20 billion on fuel, Burke said. Beyond the rebalance and the long supply lines that it implies, the strategy articulates a changing security environment, Burke said, including rising powers, weapons of mass destruction, anti-access/ area-denial and violent extremism. “We are organizing to meet these challenges,” she said, but the ability to do so hinges on maintaining energy security. Everything from cyber to special operations to large-scale humanitarian assistance efforts requires a lot of energy, Burke noted. “Consider this ability to disperse, to maneuver, to operate over long distances in remote

locations, and to be aware that people are going to try to interdict your movements, try to prevent you,” she said. “That's a fuel challenge, and it’s a fuel logistics challenge, and we have to get our arms around it.” The department has to apply the lessons it learned over the past decade of war, Burke said. An average of 45 million gallons of fuel is consumed each month in Afghanistan, she said. “Delivering all that fuel takes a toll on a lot of different things,” Burke said. “It takes a toll on helicopters, aircraft [and] trucks that are moving the fuel, and that’s a bill that's going to come due, because we need all those things for other missions in the future, and their life has been shortened.”

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Donating in Holly-Eva’s name

1st Sgt. Clark Kuhling (left), tells Sgt. Jeramiah Carnie about a life-and-death situation where his dog, Holly-Eva, required blood due to severe illness. While Holly-Eva managed to recover without a human blood transfusion, Kuhling has made it his personal mission to sponsor an annual blood drive for everyone in need. Kuhling and Holly-Eva were on hand at the Tony Bass Fitness Center Feb. 13 during Wiesbaden’s most recent blood drive. Photo right: Spc. Ryan Kim of the Armed Services Blood Program from the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center prepares to take a blood donation from Sgt. Kari Koch, Company A, 24th Military Intelligence Battalion.

Revamped website:

Taking a look at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden home page’s new look, features By Wendy Brown

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

Anyone who has visited the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden website recently has noticed a bright new look to the garrison’s premiere online information source. The site, found at www., contains much of the same information, but now also features a calendar of community events, videos about the community and several buttons to help people find information more quickly, said Chrystal Smith, the garrison’s webmaster. For instance, buttons for major events, a schools’ calendar, a Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation calendar and Things to Do, the garrison’s popular weekly newsletter containing information about off-post events, are under the community

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calendar on the right hand side of the website. On the left hand side, people will find links to the community phonebook, housing and newcomer information, in addition to much more. In keeping with the garrison’s increased dedication to increasing sponsorship for newcomers, there is a link to sponsorship information at the top of the page. There is a link to EASI-Gate, the website that manages Soldier sponsor information, on the sponsorship page. Near the top of the page, under a movie camera icon, people can find a link to the garrison’s new welcome video produced by Kevin Iszard, Teen Center program assistant. The bottom of the page includes a box designed to keep people up to date on all that is going on within the

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garrison. There are slides with community information that change every few seconds, and people can click on the box to look for a particular slide or view the slides at a faster or slower pace. The box also includes links to the garrison’s Herald Union newspaper, the German press review, Child, Youth and School Services information and the housing website. To the left of that box are links to AFN Wiesbaden, the ICE system, FMWR and the garrison’s social media sites, which include Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube. The new website launched Jan. 31 and the address is the same as the old site’s address, Smith said. Photo by Karl Weisel To inform the garrison of website updates or suggest The garrison’s website was revamped to provide easier acchanges, call Smith at mil 337- cess to links, resources and information. It was also given 1400 or civ (0611) 705-1400. a new appearance and brighter colors.

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USAG Wiesbaden — Wackernheim, Wiesbaden Three Soldiers praised at retirement ceremony crew member for the JSTARS aircraft.” As the chief intelligence ofDuring their combined U.S. ficer for 5th Signal Command, Army service of 73 years, Lt. Freeman was instrumental in Col. Ivory Freeman, 1st Sgt. developing cyber capabilities Rodney Hargus and Master Sgt. with joint services and host Matthew Coulter have seen and nation partners, Sarver said. experienced it all. “You leave us as a tried and true They’ve been through de- Soldier. We wish you and your ployments and separations, family all the best.” leading and following, push-ups Coulter, who served for an and sit-ups and a whole host of impressive 28 years, served in acronyms that include AARs, many logistics positions in sevVTCs, MREs, and of course, eral locations around the globe, Photo by Wendy Brown PT, said Col. Tony Sarver, 5th including Central America, Signal Command chief of staff, Master Sgt. Matthew Coulter, right, 1st Sgt. Rodney Hargus and Lt. Col. Ivory Freeman during the trio’s retirement cer- southwest Asia, Europe and greet well-wishers after their retirement ceremony at the Wiesbaden Entertainment emony Feb. 21 at the Wiesbaden many parts of the United States, Center Feb. 21. Sarver said. Entertainment Center. A highlight of Coulter’s ca“Through all of these things reer while serving in 5th Signal and much more, you have stayed Command was his nomination the course and put yourself on to become the Department of the line day in and day out,” Europe commander of Veterans Sarver said. of Foreign Wars, Sarver said. Sarver made his comments As Mercedes as on day one. That job will continue after before a packed room full of more than 100 well-wishers Coulter’s retirement, Sarver that included Brig. Gen. Bruce noted. “There is perhaps no greatCrawford, commander of 5th Signal Command, his wife er honor in service than knowDiane Crawford, Command ing that you have touched Sgt. Maj. Gerald Tyce of 5th the lives of so many of our Signal Command, Col. David noncommissioned officers Carstens, commander of U.S. and future leaders,” Sarver Army Garrison Wiesbaden, and said. “We thank you and your garrison Command Sgt. Maj. family for your leadership and Sa’eed Mustafa. dedication.” C180 Coupé, EZ 03/2012, 26.400 km, obsidian black “This is indeed a milestone Look forward to: Coulter said he plans to metallic, fabric/leather black ARTICO, navigation, LED, . 24-month vehicle warranty* occasion, not only in the lives stay in Germany and work as chrome package, parktronic, No. 35232. . 12-month mobility guarantee* of those retiring, but of their a civilian. . General inspection and emissions badges no older Euro 19.277,– del. price family, friends and colleagues,” Hargus, who served for 20 than 3 months Sarver said. “I'm sure I speak years in Germany, Japan, Texas, . Zero maintenance for 6 months (up to 7,500 km) C 250 Coupé, EZ 11/2011, 37.600 km, iridium silver for everyone here in saying Georgia, Hungary and twice in metallic, leather black, Comand, panorama sliding roof, that we are honored and truly trailer hitch, LED, No. 35250. Afghanistan, entered the U.S. blessed by the sacrifices you C 180 BlueEFFICIENCY, EZ 01/2012, 27.200 km, Euro 24.235,– del. price Army initially as an infantry and your family members have iridium silver metallic, fabric anthracite, navigation, Soldier, and then took a five year made.” parktronic, heated seats, rain sensor, No. 35154. E 220 CDI T Elegance, EZ 10/2011, 64.650 km, iridium break in his service to return as Freeman, who served for Euro 17.000,– del. price silver metallic, black cloth, navigation, parktronic, LED, a Military Police officer. 25 years as an air defense No. 35447. Euro 21.656,– del. price Hargus spent most of his artillery officer and a military SL 500, EZ 07/2011, 39.900 km, magnetite black metallic, leather alpaca gray, AMG-Styling 19", Comand, A 180, EZ 02/2012, 26.200 km, mountain grey metallic, intelligence officer, said he time in the Army as an MP ofkeyless-go, No. 35209. Euro 55.320,– del. price black cloth, navigation, light and sight package, rain plans to move to San Antonio, ficer, Sarver said, and he worked sensor, No. 35477 Euro 11.899,– del. price Texas, with his wife so they in several leadership positions, can be close to their children finally becoming the provost sergeant for USAG Wiesbaden. in college. Sarver praised Freeman for Hargus, like Coulter, said he plans to stay in Germany and his years of service. “You have influenced and work as a civilian. Sarver praised Hargus for mentored countless Soldiers and leaders in the heat of his service. Taunus-Auto-Verkaufs GmbH, Autorisierter Mercedes-Benz Verkauf und Service “It is noncommissioned ofbattle during Operation Des65189 Wiesbaden, Mainzer Str. 82 – 92, Contact: Trevor Henry ert Shield, Desert Storm and ficers like you who have made Fon: 0611 777-760,, Operation Iraqi Freedom and this Army and its Soldiers betEnduring Freedom,” Sarver ter than the way you found it,” *For guarantee conditions see said. “You even found time to Sarver said. “Thank you for Anbieter: Daimler AG, Mercedesstraße 137, 70327 Stuttgart complete over 1,500 hours as a your distinguished service.” By Wendy Brown

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Family Advocacy Program not only for crises Program is also available for prevention, manager says By Chrystal Smith

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

The call to action for most victim advocates often comes too late, regrettably after one has suffered a severe injury or a life has been taken. For that reason, the local advocates are making extra efforts to ensure the community knows that the Family Advocacy Program is a resource to turn to for help to prevent situations of abuse or to deliver one out of violent and abusive circumstances. “FAP is a multifacited program. We offer several different services … for everyone who falls within the garrison footprint,” said Michelle Stosich, FAP manager, who said the services include victim advocacy, new parent support programs with home visitors, emergency placement care, respite care and nine other prevention and awareness programs. FAP staffers are aware of the various reason those in need do not use the program. “There’s an unfortunate perception that any involvement with FAP is bad,” said Stosich, explaining that many generally become aware of FAP’s involvement in matters because the situation has become bad, and children or spouses have to be removed from homes because of violence and abuse. “It’s not ‘all’ bad. Come to us first. We can help before it becomes a problem.” Stosich recounted a case where she was arranging safe shelter for an abused spouse, and when she went to the quarters (accompanied by MP escort) to help the victim and her children pack and leave, she saw holes in the walls where the spouse's husband had thrown her. “This is what can happen when there is a lack of prevention and intervention,” she said. Statistically, Army-wide deaths due to domestic violence are upward trending. One reason Soldiers tend to shy away from seeking FAP assistance is a common misconception that using such services

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Members of the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden community take part in a Take Back the Night Candlelight Walk that the Family Advocacy Program sponsored in 2012. Photo right: Women light candles before the march. can ruin a military member’s career. “Some Soldiers believe that the Army frowns upon this kind of help; that you’re not a ‘super Soldier’ if you have to get help running your household,” said Kari Ross, FAP victim advocate (and Army spouse). “Family advocacy is the Army’s effort to keep our families safe and healthy and make our communities stronger,” said Stosich. Lack of awareness is another reason those who need the program don’t tap into its resources. Commonalities among victims, such as being isolated, withdrawn, fearful and restricted ― dominated by another’s authority ― lends itself to not knowing where to turn after having made the decision to seek help. Because studies have shown that patterns of abuse can repeat through the generations of vic-

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tims, the community’s youth are at the focus of the program’s awareness and prevention campaign. “We are focused on breaking the cycle,” said Ross, who added that the local team of advocates are actively partnering with the local schools to teach youths about interpersonal relationships in an effort to stamp out abusive behavior. “We want to educate them from the beginning of how to treat each other.” That effort coupled with other awareness events and campaigns is getting the word out about Family Advocacy Program resources. As a result, numbers in general are up as it relates to the entire program. “The hotlines are being used,” said Ross, speaking of the domestic violence hotline at civ (0162) 297 5625, sexual assault hotline at (0162) 296 6741 and the child abuse hotline

(same as Military Police) (0611) 705-5096. “More people are aware of the hotline numbers and they are calling. Our home visits are up (through our New Parent Support Program). And we’ve had more people utilize our classes on stress management in the past few months,” said Stosich. And while interpreting why the numbers are up is a bit complicated, Stosich and her staff continue to urge the community to seek preventive assistance from the FAP to stifle

any possibilities of violence, abuse or assault. “It’s tough times,” said Ross, recognizing that many are under stress for reasons that include the transitioning from Heidelberg, economic challenges, career uncertainties and other daily stressors. “Reach out to us for help. We are here for anyone who needs help.” Learn more by contacting the FAP at Hainerberg Housing Building 7790 or call civ (0611) 4080-234/254 or mil 335-5234/5254.

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RoboWarriors ship robot to competitions High school team prepares for this year’s challenges

“Our superstars from past years have gone straight into engineering in college,” he said, adding that one student last year moved on to study engineering at West Point. Story and photos by “We’re still trying to get Karl Weisel U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden more students to take advantage Public Affairs Office of the $16 million available in scholarships (in the field),” he Engineers encounter unique said. “I fully expect all of these challenges every time they take kids to have the skill sets comon a project. mensurate with what’s required Finding solutions to those to go on to be an engineer.” challenges may be the most imStudents also learn about portant lesson learned by the asfund-raising and planning durpiring engineers on Wiesbaden ing their weeks of preparing for High School’s RoboWarriors the competition. That includes team, according to engineering raising thousands of dollars to and technology instructor (and send participants to the competiRoboWarriors sponsor) Frank tions in Orlando and Las Vegas. Pendzich. “We’re taking 10 to Orlando Pendzich, along with stuand 17 to Las Vegas,” said Pendents and volunteers, was in the final days of preparing this Wiesbaden High School senior Matthew Garcia works on the base of the Frau Pow 5 ro- dzich, explaining that as in past years, the students will have the year’s entry, “Frau Pow 5,” bot as instructor Frank Pendzich advises. The robot was shipped Feb. 20. opportunity to learn about other before shipping the robot Feb. have a pretty good chance.” of engineering or becoming a aspects of engineering while at20 to the first of two regional overwhelming experience. “I Barclift, who plans to study teacher.” tending the competitions. FIRST Robotics Competitions had no idea what I was getting engineering in college, said “The purpose of the commyself into last year. … One “We’ll do some fun things in the United States — one in being a part of the team was petition is to create engineers again such as a behind-theOrlando, Fla., in early March of my students brought me on outstanding preparation. “Last by putting them in touch with scenes tour of Universal Studios and another in Las Vegas in board last year and it intrigued year was a lot of fun — work- professional engineers,” said to see how things work,” he said, my interest. I wanted to see what early April. ing as a team and learning new Pendzich, explaining that hav- adding that, while providing we could do this year.” “Last year we had problems things.” ing professional mentors who an entertaining diversion from “I encourage my students with the weight of the robot,” Having the opportunity to coach and advise the team the competition, similar tours to sign up and actually get said Pendzich, explaining that compete with thousands of members, and seeing a high provide an inside look at how besides costing about €900 to real-world experience as far as students from all over the globe percentage of students go on to science, math, technology and programming,” he added. weld the robot, RoboWarriors was equally fulfilling, she said. careers in the field is rewarding. engineering are used in everyWhile Barnes and several spent some 12 hours once it “It’s great making new friends RoboWarriors also play a day life. “I’m a professional students were busily working arrived in Las Vegas for the and learning their strategies.” vital role in supporting DoDDS’ educator and I look at almost out programming features of annual competition stripping While this year’s challenge efforts to promote its STEM every aspect of my life as to down the robot to make it meet Frau Pow 5 in Pendzich’s high includes shooting flying discs (Science, Technology, Engi- what can I do to improve student school lab classroom Feb. 14, the weight requirements. and climbing a pyramid-shaped neering and Math) initiatives. learning.” Having learned from that other students and adult volunstructure among other tasks, “We explore math in a realteers were hard at work tackling As in past years, local comexperience, this year’s entry members of the team were hope- world environment and they can munity members can follow the the equipment and mechanical is lighter, and members of the ful the RoboWarriors would take that practical experience competitions online. Pendzich team are convinced it stands a aspects of the robot. do well. back to their math classes and said he will share the links to “I wanted to participate with greater chance of scoring higher better understand what’s going live feeds as soon as they are “Originally we thought it my son,” said Jim O’Connor, among the more than 2,000 on,” Pendzich said. available. would be a lot more challengexplaining that as the father of international teams expected ing,” said Kraft. “But shooting a high school junior he saw it as to compete. “We have a much more one more opportunity to share a flying disc isn’t that much difsimple design — a lot fewer in a project with his son before ferent than shooting a basketball (as in past years).” parts this year,” said Eli Kraft, the youth leaves the nest. Zachary Cassou, who was “We’re building a platform a high school senior and Roto load and launch the discs,” among a group of students boWarriors veteran. “Programming-wise we’re said O’Connor, adding that working with Barnes on fine1,000 times better than we were RoboWarriors offers a great tuning the “brains” of Frau Pow last year,” said Brian Barnes, a learning experience for the 5, said he got involved after virtual high school computer participants. taking a programming class. programming teacher for the “So far I’ve been working on Cassou, like many of the Department of Defense De- all the extra stuff that goes on the past and present RoboWarriors, pendents Schools-Europe and frame,” said 10th-grader Ashley will take the hands-on experivolunteer mentor with the team. Barclift. The second-year vet- ences he has accumulated, and Barnes, who got involved eran said she was hopeful this put them to future use. “I’m with RoboWarriors last year, year’s entry would do well in planning on going to college Zachary Cassou works with mentor Brian Barnes on prosaid as a first-timer it was an competition. “It looks like we and majoring in some form gramming Frau Pow 5 in preparation for the competitions. ...........................................................................Feb. 28, 2013

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‘American Girl’ dolls inspire tea party Story and photos by Karl Weisel

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Young ladies and their dolls turned out in force for a giant tea party at the Wiesbaden Library Feb. 16. The 27 girls, ages 6 and older, were on hand to inaugurate the first of a new series of “American Girl” socials to be held every third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. at the library. “The girls were very well behaved,” said Joyce Schloesser, who volunteered to host the new series. After welcoming the girls and introducing herself as “Grandma Joyce,” Schloesser explained that the monthly gettogethers are a chance for girls to become better acquainted with one another, share information about each other’s dolls, enjoy artwork, stories and tea time. “I just love kids ― these ladies have energy and enthusiasm,” Schloesser said. “I know their dolls are very precious to them.” “I started reading the American Girl books in the second

“Grandma Joyce” Schloesser pours tea for girls during a tea party inspired by “American Girl” dolls at the Wiesbaden Library Feb. 16. Schloesser also read the book “Kirsten’s Surprise” to the girls. Photo right: Tea partiers brought along their American Girl dolls and put them on display for everyone to see. grade,” said Brie Osadnick, who volunteered to help organize the social. “I like them because they have adventures

and they’re real.” The books, which feature a different young protagonist in each novel set in a historical

time period, explore different aspects of family life and social issues. During the first get-together

the young ladies spent time socializing and listening to Grandma Joyce read “Kirsten’s Surprise,” a story set in 1854 Minnesota. “Each doll comes with a book that tells a story,” said Claudia Welch, whose daughter owns the Molly doll. “She got Molly (“Molly McIntire” – a story set in 1944) because in the story Molly’s dad goes to World War II ― like her dad (Chief Warrant Officer 3 Billy Joseph Welch) went off to Afghanistan.” Several American Girl books are available for check-out at the library, according to library technician Marco Marques. “This is a good opportunity for young readers to come in and use the online resources to develop their research skills,” he said. The next American Girl social is set to be held March 16 at the library, but library officials said the reservation list is already fairly lengthy. People can call (0611-705-1740) or stop by the library for more information.

How to file a claim for a privately owned vehicle There are a lot of incidents involving members of the Wiesbaden military community that involve the use of their privately owned vehicle. Enough trips down B455 or through the Exchange or Commissary parking lot and you will inevitably see an auto accident. You may also know someone who has had their vehicle vandalized off post. As we transition to “Wiesbaden, Your Home in Germany,” it would be wise to consider some of the claims implications for the POV parked outside your home, on or off post. The following paragraphs highlight some of the more popular claims filed with the Claims Office regarding POVs not damaged in connection with a permanent change of station.

Hit-and-run and other damages

Claims for damages arising from hit-and-run accidents and collisions with animals or shopping carts may only be paid when the POV was used under orders for the convenience of the government. This is also true of accidental damage such as damage caused by children playing or bicyclists falling into a POV and similar incidents. Travel

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to and from work, and travel to other buildings on the claimant’s installation is not considered to be under orders even if POV use is encouraged. Travel off the installation without written orders can only be considered if the claimant’s superior specifically directed the use of a POV to accomplish the mission for the convenience of the government. In addition to orders or specific direction, for travel to be considered “for the convenience of the government,” the travel must be of a nature that would allow for government reimbursement. If any one of these conditions is not met it would be unlikely that the government would be able to pay your claim. For this reason, if you are not completely sure your POV would be covered for your duty related travel, obtaining a license to drive Government Owned Vehicles and driving a GOV for your task is recommended.


Vehicle vandalism (including motorcycles and bicycles) is only payable if the claimant provides clear and convincing extrinsic evidence that the vandalism occurred while the vehicle was located at the claimant’s installation or at his/her assigned or authorized

quarters. A claimant’s uncorroborated statement cannot be considered clear and convincing evidence. Examples of clear and convincing evidence include broken glass found around the POV by military police or a number of other vehicles broken into or vandalized at the same time and location. However, these are not the only means of providing clear and convincing evidence and all evidence that can be provided should be brought to the claims office when filing your claim. Each claim is adjudicated on a case-by-case basis and you want to ensure that you have the strongest case possible. A different pitfall that may also prevent payment of a claim is proper registration of the vehicle. Local law and USAREUR Regulation 190-1, require that vehicles be registered and insured. If the vandalism occurs to an unregistered or an uninsured vehicle the claim is not compensable. For this reason, the next time you get in your POV it may be worthwhile to double check your registration to insure that your vehicle is in compliance and therefore compensable if anything happens. Finally, although covered in a previ-

ous Herald Union article, it should also be noted that if a Soldier is responsible for the claimed vandalism, this is a different type of claim falling under Article 139, UCMJ. Although the requirements for this type of claim may be different, the issues covered above would likely be covered by the investigating officer and could impact their decision on your claim. In either case, you should immediately inform the claims office of your claim while information is fresh and available. The preceding paragraphs provide a brief overview of some of the legal issues arising from these types of cases. Should you want to gather more information or address concerns regarding the ability to claim damages to a POV, an appointment should be set up to speak with a member of the claims staff at the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate. The Legal Assistance / Claims Office is located at the Clay Kaserne Legal Center, Building 1023N. Hours of operation are Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Hours of operation for Thursday are 1-4 p.m. (Courtesy of the Wiesbaden Legal Assistance Office)

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Community notes ... Community notes Easter egg hunt

A community-wide Easter egg hunt will be held March 30 from 1-3 p.m. at the Hainerberg Chapel for children in fifth grade and younger.

BOSS gets busy

Wiesbaden’s Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers hosts paint ball March 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meet at the Warrior Zone at 10 a.m. A trip to Buchenwald to learn more about the World War II concentration camp will be held April 20 and a BOSS Berlin trip is scheduled for May 25-26. Stop by the Warrior Zone on Clay Kaserne or call mil 337-5042.

Financial readiness classes

Wiesbaden’s Army Community Service hosts several financial readiness classes in March including Successful Money Management from 2-3:30 p.m. March 6, Budgeting for Baby from 2-3:30 p.m. March 13 and Women and Finances from 2-3:30 p.m. March 20. Call mil 335-5254 for more information.

Join Protestant Women of the Chapel

Members of all denominations are invited to join the Protestant Women of the Chapel as they explore the top 10 countries that persecute Christians around the world during a special program March 19 at 9:15 a.m. at the Clay Kaserne Chapel. The event will feature Christian speaker and master tea connoisseur Bonnie Cornelison. Sample tea and food from each

of the countries as you learn about what believers endure for their Christian faith around the world. Free child care will be provided. Visit Wiesbaden Protestant Women of the Chapel on Facebook for more information.

‘American Girl’ social

An “American Girl” social for girls ages 6 and above will be held every third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Wiesbaden Library on Clay Kaserne (next one is March 16). Girls should bring their American Girl dolls with to the social. Activities will include the reading of an American Girl book, artwork, discussion of etiquette, tea and cookies. Make reservations (as space is limited) by calling the library at civ (0611) 705-1740 or Joyce Schloesser at civ (06128) 489 202.

Passport Outreach

The U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden’s Military Personnel Division and U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt will host a Passport Outreach March 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Building 1043 on Clay Kaserne. Services to be offered include birth registration (by appointment), tourist passports and other U.S. citizenship and immigration services. The Passport Office will be closed on that date. Call mil 3375308/7470/5515 or civ (0611) 705-5308/7470/5515.

Children’s Flea Market

A “children’s stuff only” flea market will be held March 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wiesbaden Entertainment

Center. It will open at 9 a.m. for expectant mothers.

Community Information Briefing

The next Community Information Briefing will be held Feb. 28 at 9:30 a.m. at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center.

Babysitter training

The Wiesbaden American Red Cross offers a babysitter’s training and pediatric first aid class April 9 and 10 in Room 223, Building 1023E on Clay Kaserne. Classes will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $55. The class is open to youths ages 11-17. Call mil 337-1760 to register.

Mothers of Preschoolers

Join fellow mothers (from pregnancy to kindergarten) to share ideas at the Mothers of Preschoolers meetings the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 9-11 a.m. at the Clay Kaserne Chapel. Limited child care is available — so reserve a spot in advance. Email wiesbadenmops@gmail. com for details.

Job Fair March 22

A Job Fair will be held March 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center. For more information call civ (0611) 4080-254.

America Saves

Get a wealth of financial advice during Army Community Service’s America Saves presentation from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 28 at the Taunus Theater. The agenda includes information on the Thrift Savings Plan, understanding credit, free credit reports and credit scores. Call Army Community Service at mil 335-5254 or civ (0611) 4080 254 for more information.

Library happenings

The Wiesbaden Library holds preschool story time every Thursday at 10 a.m. The library will be closed March 29 for Good Friday and April 1 on Easter Monday.

Last snowfall? Newman Village youths build a snowman outside the General John Shalikashvili Mission Command Center on Wiesbaden’s Clay Kaserne Feb. 15.

Photo by Karl Weisel

A Wi e s baden Community Baby Shower will be held March 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center. It is free and open to expectant parents and families with newborns (up to six months old). Call civ (0611) 408-0254 for details.

Child care openings

Child Youth and School Services has special Friday openings from 6:30-11:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following dates: March 2, 15 and 30, April 20, May 3 and 18, June 22 and 28. Make reservations at least four days in advance. Call Parent Central Services at mil 3377014 or civ (0611) 705-7014.


Easter services

The following religious services will be held as Easter approaches: Maundy Thursday April 4 Catholic Mass at noon at the Clay Chapel, Protestant service at noon at Hainerberg Chapel; Good Friday April 5 Catholic Mass at noon at Clay Chapel, Protestant Service at noon at the Hainerberg Chapel. Call mil 335-5248 or civ (0611) 408-0248 for more information.

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Schools page — Partners in education Schoolbits School registration

Wiesbaden Department of Defense Schools will hold registration for next school year in the Wiesbaden Middle School gym April 18 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

English as a Second Language

Army Community Service’s Relocation Readiness Program offers English as Second Language classes March 8 to April 26 at the ACS Training Room (ACS, second floor) in Hainerberg Housing. Classes will be held Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-5:30 p.m.

Parent-teacher conferences

There will be no school for students March 8 at the Wiesbaden Middle and High Schools while parent-teacher conferences are in progress.

Terra Nova testing

Photos by Wendy Brown

Kambria Price plays “Comptine D’un Autre été L’après-midi” by Yann Tiersen on the piano during the Wiesbaden Middle School Black History Month 2013 assembly in the school gym Feb. 20. Photo right: LaTayah Williams reads the poem, “Do you know who I am?” during the assembly. The event also featured singing, historic videos, speeches and a fashion show.

Parents are asked to make sure their children are well rested and ready for school March 11-15 as the schools take part in Terra Nova testing. Make-up Terra Nova testing will be conducted March 18-22.

Teacher work days

There will be no school March 29 and April 5 as teachers take part in professional development activities.

Wiesbaden Middle School celebrates Black History Month broad menu of possibilities for study of the memories and celebration of these extraordinary Wiesbaden Middle School events,” Pearson said. student Akeena Pearson’s inIn addition to Pearson’s troduction to the school’s Black well-written introduction, the History Month 2013 celebration school showcased student talmade note of several historic ent with poems, songs, a piano milestones that make this year’s performance and much more. festivities exceptional. The celebration also includ“In 1863 President Abraham ed Sgt. 1st Class Kevin White Lincoln’s deeply controversial delivering King’s “I Have a Emancipation Proclamation Dream” speech, historic videos was enacted, freeing all the provided by Michael Coleman slaves in the United States,” and a fashion show. Pearson said during a schoolThe historic videos included wide assembly Feb. 20. black-and-white news coverage “A full century later, 1963, of the March on Washington that marked the tipping point in made note of the peaceful nature the civil rights movement, the of the 200,000 people who took March on Washington, an event part in the march. that remains a living memory for “They come by train. They many older Americans today,” come by bus and by air. They she said. come from the north and the Also, 2013 marks the open- south, the east and west,” the ing of President Barack Obama’s broadcaster says in the video. second term as president of the “They come united in one cause, United States, Pearson said, and to urge Congress to pass a civil the movie “Lincoln” has opened rights bill to end the burden of a discussion in popular culture racial inequity.” about Lincoln’s presidency. Another video showed Pres“All in all, 2013 offers a ident John F. Kennedy signing chance to savor the rich and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and By Wendy Brown

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giving one of the pens to King. The act outlawed major forms of discrimination, including voter registration requirements, racial segregation in schools and in public accommodations. Hannah Cornish sang the national anthem. Alisha Abdon sang “America the Beautiful,” and Krishten Jenkins sang “Tell Him.” LaTayah Williams read a poem called, “Do you know who I am?” and Tiaunte Diggs recited a poem she wrote called, “Good and Bad.” “If there was no hate, could we understand love? And if there was no devil, would we appreciate the man above? Without war, could we understand peace, and if we never lost, would we pride our defeats?” Diggs said while reciting the poem. “We would never be happy if we didn’t feel sad, and we wouldn’t know the good if we never felt bad,” Diggs said. “There’s always a better outcome than what you put in, so sit back and wait, because this is just the beginning.”

Spring break

Students and teachers take a well-deserved vacation April 8-12 during spring break.

FAST classes

The Wiesbaden Education Center offers Functional Academic Skills Training classes for qualified Soldiers from March 11 to April 2, May 13 to June 4 and July 29 to Aug. 20. Classes will be held weekdays from 7:45-11:45 a.m. A pre-TABE test is required within two months of the start of each class and can be taken at the Education Center. Dates for upcoming tests are March 8, May 10 and July 26. The goal of the class is to prepare Soldiers for more advanced schooling, increase reenlistment options and enhance trainability. To be eligible to take a class Soldiers must have a GT score below 110. Soldiers can call mil 337-5559, email or speak to a counselor at the center in Building 1023 (Room 120) on Clay Kaserne for more information.

Big Bucks Ball

Wiesbaden High School’s Big Bucks for College program holds a ‘70s Retro Ball (dinner and auction) March 1 at 6 p.m. at the Tony Bass Classroom on Clay Kaserne. Cost is $35 per person. The event will include a wine tasting, dinner, dancing and auction. For more information and tickets send email to or wiesbadenbbfc@

Medication policy

Parents are reminded that students are not allowed to have prescription or over-the-counter medication in their possession during the school day at Hainerberg Elementary School. Parents should give medicine to the school nurse to administer during the day to students. (Courtesy of the Distinguished Dachshund News)

School closure, weather information

Listen to the American Forces Network radio or check the garrison Facebook page for the latest school closure and traffic delay information. Look under the “Useful Links” button at the bottom of the page.

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For your health

The real ‘secret’ to losing weight By Amy Cowell U.S. Army Public Health Command

It’s the start of a new year and you are determined to make this the year you stick to your resolution to lose those extra pounds. But with so much information out there, where should you start? If one does a quick Google search for “weight loss,” more than 500,000 results appear, headlined with advertisements for the latest and greatest diets, all claiming to have the new secret to weight loss. So which do you choose? The Atkins, Baby Food, Cabbage Soup, Caveman and Grapefruit diets promise quick and easy results — not to mention the abundance of weight loss pills, equipment and centers that claim to deliver the body of your dreams. Would you believe that the best thing you could do to achieve your goals is to avoid all of these fads? Dawn JacksonBlatner, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association says, “Don't be fooled into thinking it is because of

some magical food, pill or potion. Crazy, unbalanced diets cause weight loss because they are basically lowcalorie diets.” These diets limit your nutritional intake, can be unhealthy, and tend to fail in the long run. Follow the American Dietetic Associations’ advice and stay away from any diet, pills or products that claim: • Rapid Weight Loss. Slow, steady weight loss is more likely to last than dramatic weight changes. Healthy plans aim for a loss of no more than one-half pound to one pound per week. If you lose weight quickly, you’ll lose muscle, bone and water. You also will be more likely to regain the pounds quickly afterwards. • Quantities and Limitations. Ditch diets that allow unlimited quantities

of any food, such as grapefruit and cabbage soup. It’s boring to eat the same thing over and over and hard to stick with monotonous plans. Avoid any diet that eliminates or severely restricts entire food groups, such as carbohydrates. Even if you take a multivitamin, you’ll still miss some critical nutrients. • Specific Food Combinations. There is no evidence that combining certain foods or eating foods at specific times of the day will help with weight loss. Eating the “wrong” combinations of food doesn’t cause them to turn to fat immediately or to produce toxins in your intestines, as some plans claim. • Rigid Menus. Life is already complicated enough. Limiting food choices or following rigid meal plans can be an

overwhelming and distasteful task. With any new diet, always ask yourself: “Can I eat this way for the rest of my life?” If the answer is no, be aware the plan is not for you. • No Need to Exercise. Regular physical activity is essential for good health and healthy weight management. The key to success is to find physical activities that you enjoy and then to aim for 30 to 60 minutes of activity on most days of the week. Here’s the bottom line: If a diet or product sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn’t about short-term dietary changes. If you want to maintain a healthy weight, build muscle and lose fat, the best path is a lifelong combination of eating smarter and moving more. For more information on ways to make realistic lifestyle changes regarding weight, visit the American Dietetic Association website at www.eatright. org.

Handwashing: The ‘do-it-yourself’ vaccine By Wayne Combs, Ph.D. U.S. Army Public Health Command

Handwashing with soap is an affordable “do-it-yourself” vaccine that effectively prevents disease. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have estimated that proper handwashing could eliminate half of all cases of food-borne diseases. Scientific research shows that handwashing with soap prevents disease in a more straightforward and cost-effective way than any single vaccine or medical treatment. Hands touch so many things and must be washed frequently throughout the day. Frequent handwashing with soap is necessary and good handwashing practices must be a part of a daily routine. So how are we doing? People worldwide rinse their hands with water in the common belief that rinsing with water alone is sufficient to clean hands because it removes visible dirt. But rinsing hands with water alone is much less effective for removing germs than washing with soap. Unfortunately, handwashing with soap is seldom

practiced. Research reveals that the rates of handwashing with soap at critical times (after using the toilet or cleaning a child’s bottom and before handling food) ranges from 0 to 34 percent. Why are we doing so poorly? In studies around the world, the one major reason for low rates of handwashing with soap is that it is simply not a habit. The challenge we face is how to make handwashing with soap a worldwide habit. Here are some frequently asked questions about handwashing. The answers will help you and others put good handwashing techniques into practice. What is the correct way to wash hands? Proper handwashing requires soap and only a small amount of water. Running water from a tap is not necessary; a small basin of water or cans or plastic bottles with enough clean water to rinse your hands

What if I don’t have soap and water? Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to remove germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcoholbased hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of is sufficient. One should cover germs. Also, hand sanitizers are wet hands with soap; scrub not as effective when hands are all surfaces, including palms, back, between the fingers, and visibly dirty. How do you use hand saniespecially under fingernails for tizers? about 20 seconds; rinse well Apply the product to the with water; and dry on a clean palm of one hand. Rub your cloth or by waving in the air. An hands together. Rub the product easy way to gauge 20 seconds over all surfaces of your hands is to find a familiar song that and fingers until your hands takes about that long to sing; are dry. for instance, it takes about 20 How can we change people’s seconds to sing the “Happy handwashing behavior? Birthday” song twice. Simply telling people to do Is using antibacterial soap it may not be enough. You can better than using regular soap? start by setting up an environWith proper use, all soaps are equally effective at removing ment that promotes and encourages handwashing in common the germs that cause disease. .......................................................................... Feb. 28, 2013

bathroom areas. Prepare a positive environment that will help people feel comfortable enough to stay longer and practice proper hygiene. Make the experience fast and simple. The less people have to touch or do, the more likely they are to wash their hands. • Clean the bathroom from top to bottom. Maintain and refresh the bathroom multiple times throughout the day. • Replace liquid and solid soaps with foam soap. Use soaps with no scent or a light pleasant scent. • Replace old soap dispensers with hands-free dispensers. Replace towels with hands-free dryers if possible. • Hang posters that advertise proper handwashing and its benefits. Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid sickness and spreading germs to others. Take advantage of this “do-ityourself” vaccine. For more information about proper handwashing techniques, visit the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing,

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Warrior girls t fourth at DoD By Chrystal Smith

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

Grappling for gold Wiesbaden wrestlers battled through two days of top-notch competitions at the European Wrestling Championships in Wiesbaden Feb. 15-16. By day two, eight Warrior grapplers were still in the thick of it fighting for the top six places in the respective weight classes. Photo right: Kaiserslautern’s Ryan Parkinson hoists Wiesbaden’s Micah McGowan during the battle for third place honors in the 138-pound weight class at the DoDDS-Europe Wrestling Championships. McGowan claimed the victory with a 5-2 decision. Photo below: Wiesbaden’s Andrew Hempstead pins Black Forest Academy’s Greer McCollum on the first day of competition. Hempstead fought through to the championship round taking second place at 160 pounds. Photo bottom: Dante Thomas nears a pin against Patch’s John Kellett-Forsyth in their 132-pound match. Thomas went on to claim gold in the final against Ramstein’s T.J. Moore.

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Photos by Karl Weisel

The fateful number was two for the Wiesbaden High School girls’ team during the Department of Defense Dependents SchoolsEurope Basketball Championships in Wiesbaden Feb. 19-23. A number-two seating, a two-point semifinal victory and two-point loss in the championship game summed up action for the girls during the five days of tournament action. While every team may have thought the crown was fair game, Jim Campbell, WHS coach, said he believed strongly a few days before that his squad would be vying for the DoDDS-Europe division championship Feb. 23 at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center. “There are no stars. … just a lot of hard workers willing to play together as a team, and that’s what I think will lead us to Saturday,” Campbell said after defeating the International School of Brussels in the opening round of play Feb. 21 at McCully Barracks. After play against Heidelberg and Patch Barracks high schools the team drew Lakenheath in semifinal action Feb. 22. The team fell behind quickly and was facing a 22-point deficit at halftime. A third-quarter offensive spark led by on-target-shooting Rebecca Russell and Cierra Martin pulled the team within nine by the end of the third quarter. The final quarter the team held Lakenheath to four points and rallied to victory, 49-47. “The tournament directors got the seeding right,” said Campbell looking ahead to the Saturday evening matchup. “They just didn’t give up.” The team seemed to be in familiar territory, set to face their regular season rivals Kaiserslautern to claim the division crown. Despite losing the opening tap, the Lady Warriors were the first to score as action got underway in the Wiesbaden Fitness Center. The first half was played fairly evenly as Wiesbaden led by five at the half. Wiesbaden shut the Lady Raiders down, allowing no points

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all breaks

take second, boys finish in DDS-Europe Championships

Photo by Romeo Alimbuyao

Wiesbaden’s Phylecia Faublas goes up for a layup in the championship game against Kaiserslautern Feb. 23. and taking a 10-point lead to enter 49-45. the fourth period. A critical blow was dealt to The Kaiserslautern team ral- the Wiesbaden boys late in the lied back in the fourth to tie the third quarter as Tyler Cordon, game, but the final two minutes senior center, went down with would prove critical for the Wies- what appeared to be a broken baden squad as the Kaiserslautern ankle. Andrew Murray and Darteam rallied back from a 10-point ren Williams carried the team separation and knotting the score as its leading scorer Kelsey at 23. Thomas struggled, here are no scoring only four Made free in the semifinal throws were stars. … just matchup against the difference a lot of hard its constant foe as both teams struggled from workers willing Ramstein. the charity strip. to play together “In the regular season we split K - t o w n ’s as a team.” with Ramstein,” Martha Bonilla was finally successful, hitting two said Johnson. from the line under two minutes “We had a hard time making to play, and then icing the game shots. We shot only eight-for-25 with another pair with less than from the free-throw line. But we 15 seconds to play. had to keep working on defense,” he said. Warrior boys play Despite a hard fought matchfor third place up, third place would be the The boys met a different fate highest Wiesbaden could finish. at the close of the tournament. The following evening, they After easy wins over Kai- faced Kaiserslautern, another serslautern and Lakenheath, the regular adversary, in the thirdseventh seeded Vilseck unit un- place match, but fell in overtime, nerved the Wiesbaden boys with 70-74. While the teams were denied a 62-48 upset in pool play. “Vilseck scared us because championship glory, several they had nothing but athletes,” players garnered All-Tournament team honors. said Coach Carl Johnson. Lauren Barry, Cierra Martin But posting a better record allowed the team to advance to and Meghan Smith were selected semifinal action where it came for the girls and Kelsey Thomas up short to Ramstein in overtime, for the boys.


Photo by Glenn M. Anderson

Wiesbaden’s Darren Williams fights his way through Kaiserslautern defenders in the Division 1 battle for third place bragging rights. Wiesbaden came back from a deficit to tie the game at 63-63 sending the game into overtime, but K-town fought to hold the lead winning 74-70.

Photo by Chrystal Smith

Photo by Victor Powell

Reymoi Jno-Lewis goes up for two over a crowd of Ramstein defenders Feb. 22 in a DoDDS-Europe Basketball Division I boys semifinal matchup at the Wiesbaden High School gym. The Warriors lost to the Royals in overtime, 49-45. Feb. 28, 2013

Lauren Barry goes up to score two against the International School of Brussels during the team’s first game in pool play of the DoDDSEurope Basketball Tournament.

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Sports and leisure Things to do Blues Night and Krazy Karaoke

The Cappuccino Casino hosts Blues Night March 1, April 13, May 3, June 15 and July 26. Krazy Karaoke with DJ Joker will be featured March 9, April 5, May 17 and July 18. Stop by the Cappuccino Casino at the Hainerberg Shopping Center or call civ (0611) 411-4444 for more information.

Concerts in Mainz

The Mainz Frankfurter Hof features a range of concerts in the coming weeks for all tastes including traditional Irish music makers at the Irish Spring 2013 March 6, the United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra March 7, Mitch Ryder March 12, new soul singer/guitarist Raul Midon March 13, tenor jazz saxophonists The Three Tenors March 14 and Dutch jazzer Jasper Van’t Hof March 20. Visit for more information.

Praise Night 8

Enjoy a host of free Christian music including performances by Alyssa, Kerubin, Stay and Pray and the Milal Missionary Choir March 9 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Saturday Night Church in the Christlichen Zentrum Wiesbaden-Nordenstadt at Daimlerring 8b. Visit for more information.

Spring Bazaar

The German-American and International Women’s Club Wiesbaden hosts a Spring Bazaar March 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kurhaus Kolonnade. It will feature a range of sale items and a coffee house. People can also donate items to be sold at the fund-raising event. Items should be dropped off at the German Salvation Army collection point, Schwarzenbergstr. 7 on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m. Books should be dropped off the day before the event at the Kurhaus Kolonnaden. Visit www. for details.

Idstein Spring Festival

The Taunus town of Idstein holds a Spring Festival March 15-18 with a carousel, children’s flea market, face painting, shopping and more. A Witches Market featuring a medieval market, juggling, handicrafts and more will be held April 6-7 in Idstein. Visit for more information about the festival.

Ham radio license

Interested in getting a ham radio license? Before you can get on the air to communicate with others around the world you’ll need an amateur radio license, regulated by the Federal Communications Commission. Learn the rules and how to operate safely. An FCC test session will be conducted by the American Radio Relay League March 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Buergerhaus in Giessen. To take the test bring a photo ID and $15. Contact by email or visit the AFFL home page at for more information about the test.

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Raising a cheer

Photo by Glenn Anderson

Wiesbaden High School cheerleaders show their best moves at the Division I cheerleading competition Feb. 23. Photo right: Warrior cheerleaders build a pyramid. Photo below: Wiesbaden High School cheerleaders burst into action Feb. 21 at Wiesbaden High School. Although the team didn’t place in the top three, Wiesbaden’s Julie Davenport and Sarah Griffith earned All-Tournament honors.

Photo by Chrystal Smith

Photo by Chrystal Smith

Lining up the shot

Lt. Col. Robert Doyle prepares to take a shot while Sgt. Kendra Vining plays defense during a Warrior Transition Unit wheelchair basketball game at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center Feb. 8. The unit includes wounded warriors from Wiesbaden, Baumholder, Kaiserslautern, Heidelberg and Stuttgart. Photo by Dr. Linda Steil

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Sports and leisure Sports shorts Half marathon March 9

The Wiesbaden Fitness Center hosts a March Madness Half Marathon March 9 starting at 9 a.m at the center. Call mil 337-5541 or civ (0611) 705-5541 for more information about the race.

Track coach wanted

Wiesbaden High School seeks an experienced throwing coach to work with discus and shot put athletes. The volunteer must be available for after school practices from 3-5 p.m. weekdays. Track season runs from March 4 to May 25. Call Larry Chavel at civ (01514) 143 1172 or email Hilario.

AER run

A five-kilometer run will be held, starting at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center, March 1 at 6:20 a.m. to kick off this year’s Army Emergency Relief fund-raising campaign. Call mil 337-7887 for details.

Krav Maga Workshop and Seminar

Learn the basics of this Israeli self-defense system at a Krav Maga Workshop and Seminar March 17 from 1-5 p.m. at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center. Weekly classes will also be offered following the workshop for those interested in continuing. Call mil 337-5541 for more information.

Boxing invitational

The Wiesbaden Boxing Team heads to Grafenwöhr March 2 for a Boxing Invitational Amateur Open and Novice Event. Weigh-ins and medical physicals will be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon. Competition is open to U.S. active duty male and female service members only. For more information call the Rose Barracks Fitness Center at mil 475-8207 or email Sgt. 1st Class Adam Martinez, Wiesbaden Boxing Team coach, at

U.S. women’s soccer team

Watch the U.S. women’s soccer team play the German national women’s team in Offenbach April 5. See some of the world’s best in action, including Hope Solo, Nadine Angerer, Abby Wambach and Celia Okoyino da Mbabi. Tickets will range from €6 to €25. The teams will play at the Sparda-BankHessen-Stadium starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information visit or call the DFB hotline at civ (01805) 992 202.

Freedom Run

The U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden hosts the 2013 Freedom Run April 20 at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center. The event will include a half-mile children’s run, five-kilometer run/walk and a 10-mile run. For more information stop by the Wiesbaden Fitness Center or call civ (0611) 705-5541.

Boys soccer camp

An NCAA college soccer recruitment camp will be held next year in Bitburg, April 5-7, featuring representatives from colleges ranging from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point to the University of Dallas. Coaches will run six to eight sessions, provide feedback to players and explain the recruitment process. Cost is €300. Send an email to collegesoccercamp@ for more information.

Free zumba classes

Head to the Army Community Service cafeteria in Hainerberg Housing every Monday and Thursday from 9-10 a.m. for free zumba classes. Call ACS at mil 335-5254 or civ (0611) 4080-254 for more information.

8-year-old Wahoo wins 8 golds, breaks records By Wendy Brown

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

Wiesbaden Wahoo Tyler Peng, 8, won gold medals in all eight races available in his age group at the 2013 European Forces Swim League championships this year. Not only that, but he broke records in the 8-and-under boys’ 200-and-100-meter freestyle races. He swam the 200-meter race in 3:05.60 and the 100-meter race in 1:26.23. “Someday when he’s in the Olympics, I’m going to be able to say I coached him when he was 8,” said Jason Wieman, the Wahoos’ head coach. Peng’s wins added to a great overall performance on behalf of all 30 members of the team who competed in the championships in Eindhoven, the Netherlands Feb. 16-17. Chantel Wynn, a senior at Wiesbaden High School, won seven of the eight events in which she competed. Both Wynn and Peng won the high-point awards for their age groups. The team steadily improved throughout the year, and he is extremely proud of how well everyone performed, said Wieman. The team had to practice at various pools throughout the season, but the swimmers and their parents rose to the occasion and thrived despite the adversity. Peng’s mother, Lee Peng, said Tyler’s older sister Kristy, 14, is also a swimmer, and that is how he got started in the sport. Peng said he started swimming competitively when he was 6 years old and joined the Wahoos. His favorite swim stroke is the butterfly, which he worked hard to master during his first two years as a competitive swimmer. Peng, who attends the Maler Backer Schule in Mainz-Gonsenheim, said his goal for next year is to try and drop time, although he has not set any specific goals yet. His swimming hero is 11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte, who has

Tyler Peng (center) stands poolside with fellow medal winners at the 2013 European Forces Swim League Feb. 17 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Photo right: Peng proudly wears his championship sweatshirt. won five gold medals. The first year Peng competed with the Wahoos he qualified for three events, but did not win any medals, said Lee Peng. The second year Peng won two gold medals, two silver medals, two bronze medals, one fourth place and one fifth place, Lee Peng said. This year Tyler’s performance was exceptional. “It kind of came as a surprise, especially when he broke the records,” said Lee Peng. “We knew he would do well this year, but we didn’t expect that he would do so well. He is progressing well. We have a great team. We have great volunteer coaches. We work more like a family and everyone supports each other.” Lee Peng said she attributes Peng’s success to the wonderful coaches he has had with the Wahoos, Cathy Ruhl, who has coached Peng every year he has swam with the Wahoos, and Theresa Morse-Hill, who coached Peng the first two years he was on the team. “They are very dedicated, very patient, very encouraging. It really helps, especially when you are new here,” Lee Peng said. “They played a big part in helping him to learn the basics.” Everyone has to work to- .......................................................................... Feb. 28, 2013

Photo by Lee Peng

Photo by Wendy Brown

gether to make the Wahoos possible, Peng said. The coaches volunteer their time, and swimmers and parents hold bake sales to raise money for the team. As for other Wahoos achievements at the championships, Sophie Parker came in second in the 13-14-year-old girls’ 100-meter breaststroke, and Jon Roddy came in third in the 13-14-year-old boys’ 100-meter butterfly and the 50-meter freestyle. Rhianna Hill came in third in the 17-19-yearold girls’ 100-meter butterfly. Drew Parker came in third in the 17-19-year-old girls’ 100-meter breaststroke and the 400-meter freestyle. As a team, Wiesbaden came in third in the 13-14-yearold mixed medley relays. The championships ended another excellent season for the Wahoos. The team was also the Tyrolean Division champion this year for the fourth year in a row. Anyone interested in learning more about the team can contact organizers at

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Bulletin board Movie plots

Bruce Willis is back as John McClane in “A Good Day To Die Hard.” This time around he is joined by his seemingly wayward son (Jay Courtney) as they head to Russia to take on the bad guys.

At the movies Feb. 28 to March 3 Wiesbaden, Taunus Theater

Feb 28 — A Good Day To Die Hard (R) 7 p.m. March 1 — Jack The Giant Slayer (PG-13) 7 p.m. Beautiful Creatures (PG-13) 9:30 p.m. March 2 — Escape From Planet Earth (PG) 4 p.m. Jack the Giant Slayer (PG-13) 7 p.m. Snitch (PG-13) 9:30 p.m. March 3 — Escape From Planet Earth (PG) 4 p.m. A Good Day to Die Hard (R) 7 p.m.

Editor’s note: The Taunus Theater was scheduled to be closed through Feb. 26 while conversion to digital format movies was in progress. As a result, no schedule is available after March 4. Please visit the garrison’s home page at for the most up-to-date schedule.

A young farmhand reignites an ancient war between humans and giants in “Jack The Giant Slayer.” Photo above right: Dwayne Johnson volunteers to work as an undercover informant for the U.S. attorney in a desperate effort to save his son in “Snitch.”

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Beautiful Creatures (PG-13) — This is the tale of two star-crossed lovers — Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena (Alice Englert), a mysterious new girl. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town. Also stars Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons. Escape From Planet Earth (PG) — This animated family comedy catapults moviegoers to planet Baab where admired astronaut Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser) is a national hero to the blue alien population. A master of daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy, by-the-rules brother, Gary (Rob Corddry), head of mission control at BASA. When BASA’s no-nonsense chief Lena (Jessica Alba) informs the brothers of an SOS from a notoriously dangerous planet, Scorch rejects Gary’s warnings and bounds off for yet another exciting mission. But when Scorch finds himself caught in a fiendish trap set by the evil Shanker (William Shatner) it’s up to scrawny, risk-adverse Gary to do the real rescuing. A Good Day To Die Hard (R) — John McClane (Bruce Willis) travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack (Jay Courtney), only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working to prevent a nuclear-weapons heist, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces. Also stars Patrick Stewart. Jack The Giant Slayer (PG-13) — This tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack (Nicholas Hoult) into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend — and gets the chance to become a legend himself. Also stars Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci and Bill Nighy. Snitch — Dwayne Johnson stars as a father whose teenage son is wrongly accused of a drug distribution crime and is looking at a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years. Desperate and determined to rescue his son at all costs, he makes a deal with the U.S. attorney to work as an undercover informant and infiltrate a drug cartel on a dangerous mission — risking everything, including his family and his own life. Also stars Barry Pepper and Susan Sarandon.

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Visit Nearby Bitcherland Bitcherland is situated in the Natural Regional Park of the Northern Vosges and represents the Lorraine part of this park, which has been classified by UNESCO as a “World Reserve of the Biospshere.” Having achieved a perfect balance between tradition and modernity, nature and culture, past and future, Bitcherland invites you to make its acquaintance. The forests and ponds, monuments and museums represent the living memory of this part of the world where its history as well as that of its people are recorded. Here, the seas are green vegetation, the spray is crystal, the cliffs are sandstone — and feelings run deep. Discover the region’s culture, art and crafts, crystal glass heritage, countless curiosities, and its much soughtafter cuisine.

A Land of History The Vauban Citadel (Bitche) Discover Bitche’s impressive citadel, which was built based on the engineer Vauvan’s plans in the 17th century. The citadel was an exemplary pocket of resistance during the 1870 to 1871 conflict. The citadel is always on the quest for innovation. A cinema trail has been constructed in the underground passages to take the visitors on a journey through the heroic resistance of the fortress under siege in the War of 1870. The Maginot Line (Simserhof-Siersthal) With its eight combat blocks and 5 kilometers of underground galleries, covering 54 hectares, Simserhof is one of the largest artillery fortifications of the Maginot Line. Visitors can have two visits: The ride — a newly designed museum with a unique show trail in a vehicle with a sound-track that will plunge visitors into the fray of

the battles of 1940. Barracks — The visitor will come to the soldiers’ entrance by a path marked out with information panels, giving details of the technical and architectural characteristics of the buildings. The Maginot Line (Fort Casso at RohrbachLès-Bitche) The work of infantry of the Maginot Line included 6,000 m3 of concrete, 500 tonnes of steel, 32 automatic weapons and eight anti-tank cannons. The Maginot Line was the guardian of the Rohrbach plateau and is composed of three blocks at the surface (each can be visited) as well as a veritable small town buried under 25 meters of limestone. During the two-hour visit, you will relive the life of these soldiers from mobilization up to the events of 1940 and the signing of the armistice. On the outside, you can walk along the trail linking the entrance blocks, the combat blocks and enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the landscape.

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The Vauban Citadel in Bitche was built in the 17th century and takes visitors on a journey through the fortress under siege in the War of 1870.

can start or end your visit by stopping at the “Auberge du Vieux Moulin” (Old Mill Inn) and discover the water circuit, the orchard, the arboricultural path, and see the ecological management of fallow land using a hardy breed of cattle.

The Clog Makers’ Museum (Soucht) In this village, which was the capital of clog making in the beginning of the 20th century, a modern museum built in wood helps visitors relive the production of clogs, which were in fashion before the appearance of shoes.

The Glass and Crystal Museum (Meisenthal) Located in a former glassworks, this museum recalls, in a startling way, the history of the glass-work industry. On display are traditional glassworking tools, a restored furnace and the works of famous artists as well as a video that will plunge you into the mysterious universe of glass and crystal.

The Mill of Eschviller (Volmunster) The Eschviller Mill site is in an attractive rural area in the depths of the Schwalb valley. Eschviller is located in the very north-eastern part of Moselle, almost on the German border, in the vicinity of Zweibrücken. Thanks to the guide’s enthusiasm and to the quality of their presentation, you will learn all there is to know about flour and saw mills. You

The International Center for the Glass Arts (Meisenthal) The Centre International d’ Art Verrier, found in one of the remaining buildings of Meisenthal’s former glassworks, completes the visit to the House of Glass. The C.I.A.V. is a research laboratory striving for modern glasswork creations. From the mezzanine, visitors can observe and admire the glassblowers’ intricate ballet that makes up their work (and

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During the two-hour visit to the Maginot Line, learn abut the signing of the armistice.

which they also comment on).

The Land of Refinement, Luxury The Garden for Peace (Bitche) Located at the foot of the citadel, the Garden for Peace counts as a series of themed gardens. Strolling through, you can also benefit from the panoramic view of the town. Designed around the theme of “War and Peace,” the garden has a double reading of the plant world. Founded in 2002, the Garden of Peace is part of a cross-border network of unlimited gardens between

France, Germany and Luxembourg. The objective of this network is to revive the art of gardens past and horticultural crops. “La Grande Place” Crystal Museum (Saint-Louis) Discover all the stories of crystal in the heart of the Manufacture of Saint-Louis, the oldest french crystal factory. Visit the museum, the factory and the boutique. Discover the carpentry made by Gustave Eifel one year after the Eifel Tower. (Courtesy of Tourist Office Bitcherland) ................................................................................. Feb. 28, 2013 Herald Union Page 21


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Anti-Bullying video Wiesbaden High School drama class students team up with video class students to produce an anti-bullying video. LEFT: Video class students film the action. The videos, produced by students, are one of four Wiesbaden High entries in the “Leonardo Project.”

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RIGHT: Drama students take a break in the production of “The Bystander”.

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Kid’s News AFN Wiesbaden hosted the largest ever production of Kid’s News recently. In the photo, Dawson Battles, at the microphone, records a CYS Services SKIES music program announcement. Other students at the station also produced AFN Wiesbaden Kid’s News radio segments. The Kid’s News, DoDDS schools, CYS Services and AFN Wiesbaden partnership is in its 7th year of production.        Photo by Peter Witmer

Trips during spring break Students from Wiesbaden High School learn about special trips being offered during Spring Break from Teen Center director Aaron Chapuis (center left) The students were attending a monthly “Food For Thought” lunch at the teen center.

Photo by Peter Witmer

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FreeStyle Mathias, a drum instructor with the CYS Services SKIES program, offered a special drum workshop for Hainerberg Elementary School Students.

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FreeStyle ACROSS 1. Sacred Egyptian bird

47. Buddhist enlightenment 48. Barbershop request

18. Flightless birds

9. Domino or Waller

50. Shankar, e.g.

22. Actress Barkin

13. Poor dog’s portion

52. Make bubbly

24. Close noisily

14. Bit of buffoonery

56. Modify text

26. Halt

16. Mine access

57. Tall building

27. List heading

17. Accordion’s relative

59. Succulent houseplant

28. Sign

19. Ferber of fiction

60. Faint trace

30. Big tournaments

20. Take for granted

61. China’s Xiao-ping

32. Driver

21. Speed

62. Provide for a while

34. Biblical weed

23. Actor Tamblyn

63. Tennis court dividers

35. Chooses

25. Apportions

64. Taro root

37. Use crayons 38. Legal action

29. Rhine siren


41. Went around

31. Heaps

1. Andean Indian

43. Party member’s title

32. Navigational aid

2. Hecklers’ chorus

45. Eurasian finch

33. Discoverer of the

3. They can put you up

46. Landing place

4. Makes fast

47. Advance furtively

36. Offbeat

5. Cabbie’s income

49. Track events

37. Enters

6. Where Ottawa is:

50. Flippered animal


39. Day break?

Courtesy of

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5. April 1 victim

26. Digs for pigs

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40. Christie character

7. Ear-related

42. Wimple wearer

8. One-dimensional

53. Copied

43. Lug

9. Danish dependency

54. Care for

44. Gigantic statues

10. Extra

55. “Cogito ___ sum”

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Parking in germany Most city parking in Germany is paid or restricted to residents. Large cities have large signs to direct you to garages, and some show how many spaces are available at any given time. “Besetzt” means the garage is full; “Frei” means that spaces are available.

Parking Meters

In many towns you must buy a ticket in advance for the time you think you will park. Look for the “Parkschein Automat” (a parking ticket vending machine), where it also says “Hier Parkschein lösen” (get your parking ticket here). A sign on the machine shows the coins the machine accepts and the price of each time unit, usually in 30-minute increments. Put in the money, press the button for the ticket, and place the ticket facing up on the dashboard on the driver’s side of your car. Don’t forget what time you have to be back as most cities are very efficient at writing tickets for cars parked over their allotted time.

Using the Parking Garages

Drive through the entrance marked “Einfahrt”. Take a ticket from the automatic ticket dispenser by pushing the button marked “Drucken”. Keep the ticket with you when you leave the car, because you must pay before returning to your car. Pay at the machine (Kassenautomat) or at a window (Kasse). If you want a receipt, push the “Quittung” button after your paid ticket comes back out of the machine. You have about 15 minutes to drive out. Drive to the the

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machine and insert the ticket to open the barrier.

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The German equivalent of AAA (American Automobile Association) is ADAC (Allge-meiner Deutscher Automobil Club). ADAC offers many services for drivers, the most visible of which are the yellow road patrols throughout Germany. More than 1,600 “Yellow Angels” are employed by ADAC, so help is usually nearby no matter where or when you run into trouble. By cooperative arrangement with the automobile clubs in other European countries, your ADAC membership covers many services. It gives you emergency service throughout Europe as well as return to Germany from anywhere in the world in case of illness. An ADAC subscription gives you the services of the road patrol, a monthly magazine, and tourist information. Your ADAC office can provide computer printouts of the best driving routes, names of hotels and emergency medical service when you’re on the road. It also sells the toll stickers for driving in Austria and Switzerland and toll cards for Italy. One further service is the loan of tire chains for your ski vacation. If you break down, mechanics provide free labor and towing services for ADAC members. You pay only for spare parts. For more information, call 0180-510 11 12 (€ 0.14/ min). For ADAC service call 222222 from your cell phone or 0180-222 22 22 from a landline. Operators who speak English as well as German are available.

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DONATE YOUR CELL PHONE TO A GORILLA The Cologne Zoo is currently collecting old cell phones to protect the gorillas. A metal used to produce the phones comes from the Congo, an area that is home to these beautiful gorillas. Through the mobile phone boom, the demand for this resource has grown rapidly with the habitat where it is found being destroyed just as quickly.

Cologne Zoo website to download/print the shipping label: templates/img/tiere/Artenschutz/ Electroreturn_Kรถlner_Zoo.pdf Do your part and spread the word about this great project!

Through the recycling of mobile phones and other devices, the gorillas benefit in 2 ways: 1) pressure on the natural habitat is reduced 2) the gorilla conservation project is credited for each phone turned in The phones can be delivered either to the zoo or sent using the free shipping label (to be used in Germany only and at a German post office, not on base). Please visit the

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Just barely not illegal. This one doesn’t exactly tiptoe up to the line. A 3.4 liter flat-six 325 hp mid-engine design with a top track speed of 175 mph. A rigid body for razor-sharp agility. And, if anyone’s asking, all quite street legal. The new Cayman S is more than just a sports car, it’s a Porsche.

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Cabinets (clothes), Small $10 each, 1 each, 1.2m W X 1.8m H X .5m D, 2 each 1m W X 1.7mH X .5m D, Shoe cabinet, 1 each All ads & pics can be viewed @ 86cm W X 97 cm H X 37 cm D $10 DSN 337-7236 / Toaster, Hand Mixer, Hand Blen- der, Electric Juicer, Toaster, Hand Canopy iron queen bed: includes Mixer $10 each DSN 337-7236 / head board, foot board and rai0611 705 7236 / pcs_fire_sale@ya lings. Like new. For more details pls email me. Assembling is requi-


Various Golf items Includes Shoes Size 11, worn 1 time, Nike Air Glove size XL, Towels and small carrying bag. 1 case of 30 each New Golf Balls $50,00 017684658955 email spvendor@ We are offering brand new Yamaha Tyros 4 Black. Sealed in the original factory box with 2 years warranty. Plus 90 days return policy. $1600 electronicspro-ltd@hot

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African Masks from Kenya and Ghana Magnificent Handcrafted have 10, sadly must sell; located Pirmasens $100.00 Bureau, Mahogany inlay, brass handles and dress plate, self-collecting, Height: 97cm Width : 87cm Depth: 40cm €120 +496302 981905 Designer Dining room Table with glas and 6 chairs, handmade €850 sammlerstuebchen20@ya

Pendulum clock, oak, folk-art Battery operated. Height: 57cm Width: 26cm self-collecting €60 +496302 981905 Rectangular glass top coffee table, 30" x 57" - 17" high, tinted glass 3/8" thick, wooden base, glass alone worth over 200 euros. $40.00

Table lamps, leather lamp shagabriellas21@hot de, self-collecting Height lamp 1 : 67cm Height lamp 2: 47cm €15 Clothes Shrank, 3mW X 2mH X each, set 25€ +496302 981905 .6m D, with 2 full size mirror Table with extension pull outs, doors, Free (available end of Fed) 70cm D X 110 (150) cm W X 74 DSN 337-7236 / pcs_fire_sale@ya cm H $ 25. Wingback Chair $20. DSN 337-7236 / pcs_fire_sale@ Couch/Bed combo like new! Was Euro 1500.00 brand new. Cream colored, 180cm wide by 220cm Wicker chair / basket chair Nice long. Euro 350.00. Call 0172-947- handmade wicker chair with yellow cusion. Self-collecting €50 6390. +496302 981905 Dining room set kitchen, beech inlay, Table extendible, 2 chairs Would like to sell a (4) piece child and corner seat / bench with cus- bedroom Set, which includes a hion, L:110cm, extendible to Dresser which can be switched in170cm, self-collecting €250 to a desk, wall hanging unit, stan+496302 981905 dalone closet. $500 red. $250

Full Size Bed with side table and Curtains (2.75m W X 2.05m H) $150 DSN 337-7236 / Zululand; beautiful pictures changes color around frame and the warriors as you walk past Like-new Ikea Dombas Wardro- 43x55inches name of the art (chabe, walnut exterior, white interior. kas stand) loca. Pirmasens Hanging space plus shelving. €50 $100.00 imagine_peace@t-onli Living room shrank, 5 sections, 3 each at 80cm W X 220cm, H X 45 cm D, 2 each ¾ glass door, BUY, SELL, TRADE your 53cmW X 220 cm, H X 55cm D, personal stuff at $100 DSN 337-7236 /

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COLLISON CENTER We at Auto Hollmann would like to invite you to stop by and visit our Collision Center. We have seven collision/paint technicians with a combined experience of years which enables us to fix your vehicle right the first time. We at Hollmann feel that our employees are our strongest asset so we work very hard to keep up to date with our training standards. Our techs are factory trained along with various accomplishments from the major paint manufactures.

Direct repair shop with most major insurance companies.

Climate controlled paint booth and prep station. Drive-on frame and unibody straightening rack for both full frame and custom made vehicles. We have our own paint mixing system to match even the toughest colored vehicles. We offer a complete line of repair including alignments. 24 hour towing at 0171-6538059

(USAA 5 Star Shop) + We offer repairs on all makes and models + Lifetime warranty on all workmanship + Inexpensive transportation/loaner vehicle + Accurate Measuring System + All OEM Parts shipped directly from USA (US Warranty) Deliveries each week + We offer many more services + We work for all major insurance companies

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German brunette Lady, good looking, green eyes tall, looks for a man, also tall good looking, sence of humor, well off, ar. 50 non smoker preferred sstolze@uni

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Financial planning firm looking for RN/LPN/Medic to perform exams for insurance applicants. Local travel, flexible hours. 0172947-6390

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Attractive 35yrs single black lady is seeking to find a happy relationship. Attractive, intelligent, sincere SWF in her 40's looking for SWM for a long term relationship. Miss

German Lady, 47 looking for nice Americans (caucasian, F/M) my age who can speak German (my English is not so great) For friendship. Please Text message! 0160/6737687 I am looking for an old friend of mine. His name is Tim Downings and he is from Detroit MI. Please e-mail you if know how to contact him. Thank you kbear1@sudden Warm-hearted, great humor 34yrs single black lady with a generous touch of friendship seeks to find a happy relationship. Women around 50 looking for an free american male the same age to build nice friendship Call: 0152/ 38792688

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PETS All ads & pics can be viewed @

There have been reports of pets being sold from breeding facilities that are not managed at the highest professional standards. Please choose your pet carefully. Make sure you check the credentials of the people selling the pet, and get proper paperwork showing shots and/ or other proof of healthy condition. For further advice, consult your Veterinarian.

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DoD civilian w/family & dog looking for 2-3 BR apt. in Wiesbaden suburb area (e.g., Nordenstadt, Erbenheim). Move-in date 1st May or 1st June. â&#x201A;ŹUp to 850 w/out utilities 01525-4273616 or Double bass drums preferable but not necessary. No experience needed. Must love Heavy Metal. $Drummer for Heavy Metal Band Drummer for Heavy Metal Band. Must have stage presence. Double Bass Drums preferably. No experience needed. Must love Heavy Metal. 0171-6291765 jo

Lead guitar for a Heavy Metal Cat climbing tree. 3 feet tall. In Band. No experience needed. good condition. $25.00 email Must love all genres of Heavy Metal. Email jose.l.rodriguez-1@ $n/a 06221-6486156 017684658955

Looking for a singer to be part of a Heavy Metal Band. No experience is ok! Must love Heavy Metal. Heavy Metal Singer jose.l.rodri Looking to rent nice modern house in Clay Kaserne area. Move-in 1 Jul 13. Minimum 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, garage or carport; + rooms ok; provision free ldcmg@ya Newly assigned counselor needs small apartment to rent / bedroom - sm kitchen - bath. Needed on or about 1 Mar 13 / No Reality Agents. â&#x201A;Ź300 - 400 ri Singer for a Heavy Metal Band. No experience needed. Must love all genres of Heavy Metal. Email jo $n/a 06221-6486156 Wanted: Vinyl record albums, turntables record players reel to reel deckes and tape!!! Will pickup!! Call or email Scott cash paid 015142463712

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Total Super Savings



328i xDrive Coupe


Liquid Blue

$ 45,975

$ 40,190

$ 35,995

$ 9,980



128i Coupe


Le Mans Blue

$ 43,150

$ 38,945

$ 36,945

$ 6,205



328i Coupe


Deep Sea Blue

$ 47,145

$ 41,640

$ 38,640

$ 8,505



335i xDrive Sedan


Sapphire Black

$ 58,245

$ 52,440

$ 48,940

$ 9,305



335i Coupe


Crimson Red

$ 48,525

$ 42,340

$ 37,340

$ 11,185



128i Cabriolet


Vermilion Red

$ 46,195

$ 41,290

$ 37,540

$ 8,655



X5 xDrive 35d


Deep Sea Blue

$ 45,205

$ 55,290

$ 52,290

$ 10,085



X3 35i


Deep Sea Blue

$ 56,145

$ 52,440

$ 48,995

$ 7,150



640i Gran Coupe


Carbon Black

$ 84,575

$ 78,160

$ 72,160

$ 12,415



328i xDrive Coupe


Mineral White

$ 52,095

$ 46,190

$ 42,440

$ 9,655

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Germany Ramstein Kindsbacher Str. 47 66877 Ramstein-Miesenbach Tel: 06371 61 39 90

Kaiserslautern Kaiserstrasse 1 67661 Kaiserslautern Tel: 0631 351 90 40

Heidelberg Tel: 06371 613 9936 Email: HD@

Wiesbaden Ludwig-Wolker-Str. 14 55252 Mainz-Kastel Tel: 06134 567 80

Spangdahlem Im Kreuzgarten 1 A 54529 Spangdahlem Tel: 06565 93 69 90

Italy Aviano Via Pordenone 48D 33081 Aviano (PN) Tel: 0434 676 61-2/3/4

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