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erald Union H Vol. XXIII, No. 6

Wiesbaden: Our home in Germany

Happy Holidays Tree lighting ceremony lights up the season

Dec. 17, 2015

BOSS brings joy, gifts to children By Shayna Brouker

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs

Tubes and buzzing machines, keeping track of vitals and doctor’s appointments normally fill the days of children being treated at the University Hospital in Mainz. But every December for the past five years, the monotony is broken by one special day. Volunteers with Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers bring gifts and cheer for every boy and girl. This year a handful of volunteers collected toys from USAG Wiesbaden units, loaded them into a van and spent the morning acting as Santa’s elves. Stopping in every room, they asked each young patient what kind of toy they would like. So many toys were donated this year, said BOSS President Spc. Julisa White, that each child in the 18-beds received two See ‘BOSS’ on page 5

USAG Wiesbaden says ‘thanks’ with concert By Shayna Brouker

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs

Photo by Jacob Corbin

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden community members kicked off the holiday season at the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 7. Attendees had the chance to take photos with Santa, ride a carousel and take part in crafts, plus more, at the event. For more photos of the event, see ‘Lighting’ on page 3.

Inside WMS, CYSS team up in STEM

Learn about their partnership on page 12.

Navy beats Army, 21-17

See page 10 for details about the game.

Under the soaring ceiling of the Kurhaus, Wiesbaden’s prized casino, the Wiesbaden community — German and American — gathered for an evening of friendship and music for the fourth annual U.S. Army Europe Band & Chorus Holiday Concert, this year titled “Home for the Holidays,” Dec. 3. “Relationships are more important now than ever. We are honored to be guests in your country,” said Maj. Gen. William Gaylor, deputy commanding general of USAREUR. “I ask one thing — many will not be with their Families during the holiday season. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.” “As you can hear the stage has been set for a wonderful evening,” said U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Commander Col. Mary Martin. “Being home for the holidays is something we all cherish, and for many of us, Wiesbaden is our home. You make us feel right at home.” Playing to a packed house, the band delighted the audience with Christmas classics, some with a uniquely American twist. One piece featured a banjo and spoons as an instrument. Chorus members acting onstage in between sets explained the origin of many popular Christmas songs, such as that “Oh Holy See ‘Concert’ on page 8

USO/Polizei concert

See photos from the event on page 6.

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Ask the commander malfunction. Occasionally, Community Members, the mud and snow can cause the holidays are upon us and there doors to not close all the way, is still a lot to be done... some or moisture in the ID card slot things will have to wait for the can cause difficulty gaining New Year. Take time during access to the booth. this holiday season to reflect, relax, and enjoy your family Floor damage cost and friends. Thank you for all (Repost from April you do to make our community 2015) better; your awesome support, Michelle H. said: I know suggestions and comments there have been many concerns are appreciated and we will from those living on post about continue doing our best to acthe floors in housing and the commodate. All the best to you Col. Mary Martin, U.S. Army charges we are facing when we and yours during this holiday Garrison Wiesbaden comgo to PCS. Many of us want to season and we look forward mander know what exactly is housing to hearing from you next year. charging for floor damage. Why Editor’s note: Have something you’d like to are many of us getting charged for damages, then share with the commander, or a question you’d the damages never get repaired before the next like answered? Send an ICE comment or contact family moves in? If we do get charged for floor the Commander’s Hotline (click the Feedback link on the garrison home page) If you have a damage how can we be certain that the money suggestion instead of a question, you can also taken from us will actually go towards repairs? Response: Michelle, Residents are responvisit the suggestions link on the ICE website. sible for damages incurred during their occuPedestrian Gates pancy. Damages will be assessed based upon the Steve M. said: I normally ride public trans- cost of the government to repair the damages. portation and use the bus stop near the Domäne In the case of parquet floors, there are two fees: Mechtildshausen. The pedestrian mantraps one is for the area of damaged flooring and are always breaking. This morning several the second is for the cost of sanding. Since the employees tried to use the one by the Domäne entire floor must be sanded, not just the section Mechtildshausen; however, it was broken. We damaged, this cost can be large. To help offset went to the next one towards the gate. It was this cost we prorate the cost with an annual broken also, so we all walked to the gate. There is depreciation of 10 percent off the total cost. no sidewalk on the road. The fog was extremely Sanding is normally done every 10 years so if thick and I walked off the road to avoid getting six years have passed, the resident would only struck by passing vehicles. My shoes got muddy pay 40 percent of the sanding costs. The cost and damaged by walking through the weeds. per square meter of parquet is approximately This is unacceptable. When will we get a quality $60 and the sanding is about $17 per square solution to the pedestrian gates? meter. So a 10-square-meter room that has Response: On the morning you reported one square meter of damage and is six years there was a traffic accident nearby and a witness old would cost: 60 + 17(10-6) = $128. A large to the accident pressed the emergency button on room or greater damage could incur a higher the pedestrian gate near the Domane to notify cost, but that is why we try and depreciate the authorities of the accident. This caused an cost to the greatest extent possible. If you have automatic lockdown situation for that specific further questions please contact the Housing gate for several minutes until the emergency office at mil 548-4429 or civ (0611) 143-548was cleared and emergency button was reset. 4429 or email usarmy.wiesbaden.imcom.list. It is actually rare that the pedestrian gates Thank you.

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Good bye Wiesbaden By Shayna Brouker

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs

Living and working in Wiesbaden and traveling throughout Europe has literally been a dream come true. As a lifelong Navy brat, I’ve lived many places with my family — but never abroad, on my own, for more than a few months. For me, it has always been the ultimate challenge: to adapt, maybe Shayna Brouker even thrive, in a foreign culture. I got my chance after working at IMCOM Headquarters in San Antonio for a few years. My seasoned colleagues urged me to get what they called “garrison experience.” Furthermore, I suddenly and traumatically lost someone very close to me. It was the kind of event that makes you want to live your best life immediately. So when the opportunity to work not only at a garrison, but one overseas arose, I jumped — and was lucky enough to land here, at the award-winning U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office. I arrived on a typical German winter day with my cat, an overstuffed suitcase and pitifully insufficient shoes for winter. Despite the bitterly cold weather, my reception at the garrison PAO was the direct opposite: warm, bright and promising. What a ride it’s been. From sipping Riesling in the vineyards of Hochheim, to watching flamenco dancers stomp out a song right in front of me in Barcelona, to walking the same footsteps as Romans centuries ago, Europe has exhilarated me. Work was an adventure, too. Witnessing the jaegerschlag, or “knighting” of newly-minted hunters in the community, and capturing the joy on children’s faces when Soldiers brought them Christmas presents in the hospital, were just a few of the highlights. And what my seasoned colleagues meant by “garrison experience,” as I’ve come to learn, is working with a close-knit team of dedicated professionals who care deeply about providing a home for Soldiers and Families, first and foremost. In almost two years, I have had the pleasure and privilege of meeting some of the most interesting, hard-working, kind and talented people with all sorts of roles: Soldier, Civilian, Spouse, Veteran, Local National and even “military brats” like me. Every single one has taught me something invaluable about what it means to be a part of this Army family, especially over here. Relationships matter. Not long ago, I added another name to my treasure chest of relationships: fiancé. It’s time for me to embark on the greatest adventure of all. Side note: Spouses, I am in awe of you. Out of all the roles, this one will be quite hard to live up to. So, Wiesbaden: I owe you a huge danke schön for the lessons, memories and the help when I needed it (which was often). Travel far and often, and I hope our paths cross again. In the words of my favorite German DJ: Tschüssadoo! (Editor’s note: Shayna Brouker will be sorely missed. The Public Affairs Office thanks her for two years of hardwork, tight deadlines and great memories. Auf wiedersehen, Shayna).

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Command and newspaper staff USAG Wiesbaden Commander......................Col. Mary L. Martin USAG Wiesbaden CSM..........Command Sgt. Maj. Larry Addington Public Affairs Officer............................................Anemone Rueger Editor..................................................Jacob Corbin (mil 548-2002) Assistant Editor...............................Shayna Brouker (mil 548-2003)

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Photo by Jacob Corbin Photo by Karl Weisel Col. Mary Martin, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander, speaks at the Holiday Community members mill about at the Holiday Tree Lighting on Clay Kaserne Dec. 7. Col. Mary MarTree Lighting Dec. 7. tin lit the tree and kicked off the night’s festivities with help from two children from the crowd.

Photo left by Jacob Corbin, Photo above by Karl Weisel

Photo left, Santa greets children after descending from a firetruck at the Holiday Tree Lighting Dec. 7. The evening featured a plethora of family activities, including the chance for families to take a photo with Santa (photos with Santa are available on the USAG Wiesbaden Flickr page, Photo above, event attendees gather in the Tony Bass Multiuse Center after the Holiday Tree Lighting event Dec. 7. ............................................................................Dec. 17, 2015

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News and features News flash Fill out customs forms online

Postal Service Center patrons must fill out customs forms online by visiting for shipping personal mail and cfo/shippinginformationaction_input for sending mail through the Military Postal System.

Winterizing homes, caution, critical to safe winter season

Winter tires required

Winter is here. Winter tires should be on your vehicle from Oct. 1 to April 1. German law requires that vehicles have “adequate tires” for winter driving. This means that in high-snow areas like Bavaria, vehicles must have snow tires mounted. In areas not regarded as “snow prone” like Wiesbaden, the use of all-season tires with an M/S label or a snowflake label are acceptable. Winter tires should have a tread depth of at least 3 millimeters. While there is no criminal penalty for not having snow tires in this area, your insurance company could find you at fault if you are involved in an accident even if you didn’t cause it.

Finance Office closed

The Wiesbaden Finance Office located in building 1023W, beginning Thursday, Oct. 15, will close every Thursday for training from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wearing uniforms off-post is prohibited

There are only a few exceptions to the no uniform wear off-installation restriction. Uniform wear is not authorized while riding motorcycles/ scooters, bicycles or while on foot, or any form of public transportation. Carrying backpacks or other items that convey Department of Defense affiliation is discouraged. DoD personnel in off-installation hotels may wear uniforms when departing or arriving in an enclosed vehicle, but uniform wear in public areas of hotels such as breakfast, dining rooms or fitness rooms is prohibited. Wearing uniform while escorting children to/from or waiting at off-installation DoDDS bus stops is prohibited. Know how to report suspicious activity: Visit iWatch at http://

U.S. Army CID recruiting

The U. S. Army Criminal Investigation Division is seeking qualified Soldiers to become CID Special Agents. CID Special Agents are highly trained federal agents who conduct criminal investigations that range from homicide to fraud, and when appropriate, work in conjunction with local, state and other federal investigative agencies. CID agents have the opportunity to pursue education at the FBI National Academy, Metropolitan Police Academy at Scotland Yard, the Defense Academy of Credibility Assessment and the Canadian Police College. Visit to apply or visit the Wiesbaden CID office at Clay Kaserne Bldg. 1030 or call mil 337-6552/6554 or civ (0611)7056552/6554.

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Icicles cling to the edge on Building 321 on the Fort Myer portion of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, or JBM-HH, after a winter storm, Jan. 22, 2014. Icicles are only one of many potential hazards to be avoided while working in the winter weather, according to JBM-HH safety officials. By Delonte Harrod

Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Pentagram Staff Writer

Shoveling snow, checking your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and keeping track of your health this holiday season may seem trivial but taking the initiative to do so may be the difference between life and death. Adrain Kendrick, chief of safety and occupational health, said there are multiple reasons why unintentional deaths and injuries happen in and outside the home during the winter months. For one, he said people introduce objects into their homes that sometimes aren’t normally there, like space heaters and live Christmas trees, during the winter. Live Christmas trees are hazardous when they aren’t properly watered as they can become highly flammable, said James Dansereau, one of three fire inspectors on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. Dansereau wrote in an email that when a live Christmas tree is not watered, it dries out making it vulnerable to heated objects, like light bulbs and space heaters. Home fires, according to the American Red Cross, are a common disaster and many Americans are uninformed about this fact. “[Live Christmas trees] take a lot of water to keep them moist,” Kendrick said. “Then of course you have heaters; a lot of folks use heaters [and] a lot of heaters are not certified [to be used]. Some of them have no grounding wires and present a safety hazard in the house. If [it’s] put close to a Christmas tree, it [can] catch on fire.” “Only run the lights [on the Christmas tree] during the hours that you’re awake,” Kendrick said. “[Residents should] unplug their space heaters before [going] to bed.” “Follow manufacturers’ recommendations of how many strings of lights can be interconnected,” Dansereau said. Then there’s the problem of inoperable or faulty smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is an odorless and tasteless gas, which makes detection — and exposure — difficult. Because of this, symptoms can be mistaken for every day illnesses. Exposure to the gas produces symptoms that are similar to that of the flu, but without the fever, which consists

of headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness, according a document from the U.S Army Combat Readiness Center. “The fumes get into your house and it hits people pretty quickly,” Kendrick said. Dansereau recommends residents replace their detectors older than 10 years, and said there should be a detector on every floor and installed in every bedroom. He also recommends ensuring detectors have working batteries. But Kendrick is not only concerned about the how to’s of prevention, he said. He’s also concerned about the elderly who shovel their own driveways in the winter. To prevent unintended injuries and death at home, Kendrick said the elderly should go see their doctor for a physical examination before shoveling snow. He believes such preventative steps are key to winter safety at home, he said. “[Death] can be prevented,” Kendrick said. “If [we] can say something or give some information that will help ... that’s what we are about.” Kendrick and Dansereau offered the following advice for those who want to prepare their homes for the winter: • Have your heating system professionally serviced to ensure that it is cleaned, working properly and ventilating to the outside. • Space heaters need to be plugged directly into an outlet. Do not use multi-plug adapters or extension cords with space heaters. • Place space heaters on wood floors or tile surfaces and not on rugs or carpets. • Keep space heaters at least 3 feet from combustible items such as furniture, beds and curtains. • Choose space heaters with a guard to protect children and pets from the heating source. • Do not overload circuits with the use of a space heater. • Try to use environmentally-friendly deicers. Also, make sure to not to buy deicers that will crack drive ways; cracks in a driveway can cause a person to slip and fall. • When shoveling snow use proper lifting techniques. Lift by bending at the knees, not at the waist. And don’t try to finish the job at one time.

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presents each, and there were a dozen or so left over. “It’s a great experience to see the joy on their faces,” she said. And the language barrier is no issue. “Everybody understands presents.” Felix, clearly a “Star Wars” fan with artwork surrounding his bed, selected a light saber and a coloring book for his twin sister, a smile taking over his tired-looking face. The youngest patients, some no more than five months old, were delighted simply to have visitors. “The daytime routine can get a bit boring, so this is a nice change,” said Dr. Johanna Theruvath, the station doctor. “We are very grateful for any effort to make the day attractive for the children.” BOSS routinely volunteers in the community. For more information visit Photo by Shayna Brouker wiesbaden/programs/better- A Betters Opportunities for Single Soldiers volunteer smiles at a young patient of University Hospital in Mainz. Every opportunities-single-soldiers/. December for the past five years BOSS Soldiers have brought presents to children at the hospital.

Exercise Dagger Resolve

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Airborne engineers, from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, conduct training during Exercise Dagger Resolve at Caserma Del Din, Vicenza, Italy, Dec. 2, 2015. Dagger Resolve is an exercise focused on engineer support for an airfield seizure. ............................................................................ Dec. 17, 2015

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USO, Polizei team up for concert Photos by Jacob Corbin

Members of the Hessian State Police Orchestra perform for U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden community members at “A Christmas Concert in Celebration of German-American Friendship� Dec. 8 at the Hainerberg Chapel. The orchestra has been performing for over 60 years. The event was hosted by the USO.

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Community notes Taunus Theater reopening

The Taunus Theater “Galactic Grand Opening” is sc heduled to coincide with the showing of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Dec. 18. Doors open at 6 p.m. Enter a special raffle drawing at 10:15 p.m. after the movie to win prizes such as movie passes, gift cards and more. Visit for this and other movie times.

Voting assistance

The 2016 election season is approaching, and the Voting Assistance Program at USAG Wiesbaden is in full swing. Contact Ivan A. Centola, USAG Wiesbaden voting officer, at mil 548-1321 or usarmy.wiesbaden.imcom-europe.mbx. for more information. Visit www.fvap. gov to learn about voting while stationed overseas.

New WCSC Thrift Store hours

Starting in October, the Wiesbaden Community Spouses Club Thrift Store on Mainz Kastel Storage Station will be open from noon to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. From December through February, the Thrift Shop will be open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In December it is open on Dec. 19. It is closed Dec. 22 to Jan. 5, 2016 for winter break. For more information, contact Pamela Bartelle at civ (06134) 188-838, email or visit “WCSC Thrift Shop” on Facebook.

Holiday food bank

The Army Community Service holiday food bank is now open for Families to visit and collect food. The bank is also continuing to take donations.

ACS or any Angel Tree collection point (PX, Commissary or post office) no later than Dec. 17. Drop-off begins Nov. 20.

Email pack65wiesbaden@ for more information about Scouting opportunities with Pack 65.

USO activities

USO seeks volunteers

Single Service Member Christmas Dinner is Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Community Activity Center, offering a free home cooked holiday dinner and giveaways. Crayon Café is every third Thursday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon at the USO Cottage on Hainerberg. Children up to three can bond with their caregivers while creating works of art. Trivia League is the first and third Wednesday of every month.

WIC Overseas

The Department of Defense offers the Women, Infants and Children Overseas Program to eligible participants living overseas. The WIC Overseas Program provides Families with several important benefits: nutritious food, tips on how to prepare balanced meals, nutrition and health screenings, and access to other resources that help Families lead healthier lives. The program is available to eligible participants living overseas, including: civilian employees, DoD contractors, members of the uniformed services and their family members. If you or your Family member is pregnant, postpartum, breastfeeding an infant, or a child up to five years of age, call the office in Crestview Housing at (0611) 505-5348 to see if you qualify.

USO is seeking volunteers to help with various programs around the Wiesbaden military community. Volunteers must be 18 and older and possess a Department of Defense ID card. Go to to apply. Contact USO Rhein Main volunteer coordinator at mil 548-5103 or civ (0611) 7120-2880.

New Year’s Eve Party

Bid farewell to 2015 and welcome in the New Year. The Wiesbaden Entertainment Center Lounge will feature a live

DJ, New Year’s party favors, a finger food buffet from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and a Champagne toast at midnight. Meanwhile on the lanes, enjoy Cosmic Disco Bowling all night long, Red Pin Bowling from 10 p.m. to midnight and dance into the New Year while bowling. There’ll also be sparkling juice for the younger set. Call the WEC at civ (0611) 143548-9404 for more information.

SKIES Dance Classes

Youths ages 3-18 can participate in a range of weekly and biweekly ballet, tap, contemporary, hip hop, jazz dance and creative movement classes. Classes are held in Aukamm Housing, Hainerberg Housing

and on Clay Kaserne. These classes include preschool ballet, ballet, contemporary dance, tap, creative movement, hip hop and more. Call Parent Central Services at civ (0611) 143-5489359 for details.

Express yourself

Wiesbaden Arts and Crafts offers a host of ways to help you express your creative side. A Sewing 102 class will be held Dec. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., a Picture Framing 101 class is Dec. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Art Classes are every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. Stop by Arts and Crafts in Building 1214 on Clay Kaserne or call civ (0611)

Pet photos with Santa

The Wiesbaden Veterinary Treatment Facility will host pet photos with Santa Dec. 17 from 4-6 p.m. Treats for both pets and their humans will be available for donation. Nail trims will also be offered for a $5 donation. Bring your own camera.

Cub Scouts welcome The holiday assistance you

Angel Tree

Angel Tree is a gift-giving campaign that provides gifts for children in the USAG Wiesbaden community. Stop by the nearest Angel Tree, pick up a tag, purchase the gift and drop off the unwrapped gift to

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Night” is French and that while the music in “the Nutcracker” is Russian, the objects themselves hail from Germany. There was even a VIP appearance, as Santa Claus himself paid a visit to toss candy to the audience during the sing along, getting everyone involved regardless of what language they spoke. “Many of us have built friendships during wine festivals and Christmas markets. We

want to say thank you tonight through our music, to the city of Wiesbaden and the state of Hesse,” said Martin. “Our musicians are grateful to you.” “Today we are living in interesting times,” said Maj. Dwayne Milburn, band commander and conductor. “No matter where you worship, we wish you peace on earth and goodwill to all.” For more information about the band, visit

Photos by Karl Weisel

Members of the U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus perform at the Wiesbaden Kurhaus during the fourth annual U.S. Army Europe Band & Chorus Holiday Concert, this year titled “Home for the Holidays,” Dec. 3. The concert is held to say ‘thanks’ to the garrison’s host city.

50 Years

Jedi training comes to Wiesbaden Exchange

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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

Call or swing by Monday to Friday from 7 am to 7 pm or look us up on

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U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Family members take part in Jedi training at the Exchange Dec. 6. Participants in the event learned how to properly wield a lightsaber and got the chance to take photos with a variety of characters from the Star Wars universe.

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We hope you enjoy this last edition of the Herald Union for 2015. AdvantiPro, the publisher of your Herald Union, will close its offices from Monday, December 21 through January 1. The first 2016 edition of the Herald Union will be distributed on Thursday, January 7. AdvantiPro would like to thank all of our readers & advertisers for the great support we have enjoyed in 2015! We are very proud to serve U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden and the military community! This year, we have decided to donate â‚Ź500 to the orphanage Kinderheim St. Nikolaus in Landstuhl, rather than sending Christmas cards to our valued advertisers. We hope you and your family have a safe holiday season and of course we will see you in the new year.

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Sports and leisure Sports shorts 100 percent ID check at Fitness Center

Navy beats Army, 21-17 Young Army team drops first-half lead to Navy

The Wiesbaden Fitness Center will begin mandatory 100 percent ID check beginning Dec. 18 in order to effectively track number of people using the facility, which impacts funding. Sign up yourself and family members in person at FMWR facilities, including the Fitness Center and Outdoor Recreation on Clay Kaserne. Call mil 548-9001 or civ (0611) 143-548-9001 for more information.

Jingle Bell 5k

FMWR hosts a Jingle Bell 5k Dec. 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Fitness Center. Runners who wear bells on their shoes can enter for a chance to win a prize. Strollers and pets on leashes are welcome. No pre-registration is required. Be among the first to sign up on the day of the race to win a free commemorative T-shirt.

NFL Sundays at the WEC

The Wiesbaden Entertainment Center on Hainerberg shows NFL games every Sunday. Win prizes during the halftime trivia check, and get a free slice of pizza with the purchase of a beverage during halftime.

Youth bowling league

The Wiesbaden Youth Bowling League is open to youths ages 5 to 20 and practices every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center. Members can bowl in league competition and receive coaching from a bronze-level training bowling instructor at no additional cost. The first day of bowling was Sept. 12 and the season runs through April 2016. This league is United States Bowling Congress-sanctioned and all members receive a bowling shirt. All youth have a chance to win scholarship money that they will be able to use when they go to college. There is a one-time registration fee of $4 and $8 per week, which includes three games, rental shoes and instruction. For more information, contact Danny Berardi at mil 565-2021 or email danny.c.berardi.civ@

Free yoga and Zumba at ACS

Army Community Service offers free yoga classes every Tuesday at noon at the ACS cafeteria and free Zumba classes Monday and Wednesday at 9 a.m.; Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m.; and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.

Fitness Center dress code

Patrons of the Wiesbaden Fitness Center should be aware there is a dress code. For example, ACUs are permitted only during lunch hours from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., shorts should be longer than finger tip-length when arms are straight alongside the body, and exposed midriffs are prohibited. For details, visit the FMWR website at wiesbaden/ and search “dress code.”

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Three fourth-quarter turnovers and a missed field goal put Army on the short end of Navy again, 21-17, Dec. 12, during the 116th Army-Navy game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Army News Service Three fourth-quarter turnovers and a missed field goal put the Army on the short end of the Navy again, 21-17, despite early successes by freshman quarterback Chris Carter and junior wide receiver Edgar Poe. The Army put the first points on the scoreboard with its initial drive thanks to a 51-yard return by Poe, a 32-yard reception by him and a field goal by Daniel Grochowski. The Navy answered with a touchdown on its next possession, but the Army immediately bounced back with a drive capped by Tyler Campbell rushing in for a touchdown. The extra point put the Black Knights ahead 10-7 to end the first quarter. The next score was a quarterback run by the Navy’s Keenan Reynolds, who holds the collegiate record for quarterback rushing this year with 1,093 yards rushed going into Saturday’s game. Not to be outdone, on the next drive facing third down, the Army’s quarterback Carter dodged a tackle and ran the ball to pick up a first down. Then he passed to Poe who ran an additional 12 yards for a touchdown with just 2:08 left in the first half. The Army went into halftime leading 17-14.

The Navy’s defense came out strong the second half holding the line and putting pressure on Carter, forcing a sack. The Navy began a drive on the 50-yard line. Reynolds threw a bomber to Jamir Tillman, who dove across the goal. The Navy took the lead 21-17. Grochowski’s attempted a 29-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter that went just-wide. Carter fumbled on the Navy’s 34-yard line. With no turnovers in the first three quarters, Carter threw a long pass that Navy safety Lorentez Barbour jumped up to intercept. But the Army’s defense held the Midshipmen to four downs, giving possession back to the Black Knights. With just three minutes to go, a Campbell reception for 35 yards gave the Army hope. Then Carter tried a trick play, flipping the ball over to Andre Bell who threw a long pass downfield for an interception. The Army defense held the Midshipmen to four downs again, giving the Black Knights possession with just 12 seconds left. Two bombs downfield by the Army’s fourth-string quarterback went incomplete, to give the Army its 14th consecutive loss to the Navy.

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Sports and leisure Holiday traditions, at home and abroad Commentary by Paul “The Brit” Huges AFN Wiesbaden

As I sit typing this, I can see my naked Christmas tree shivering on the balcony waiting to come inside and be dressed up for its big day. The big day for the tree is of course Christmas day, but before that it has to endure that one big day of preparation, where things will undoubtedly culminate into one mass of decorating, arguing and panic. After this you may finally settle down in front of the twinkle of holiday lights, enjoy a traditional holiday movie or three and maybe some egg nog. This story repeats itself in households all over the world each year regardless of where you live, or where in the world you are stationed. The holiday seasons are now as unfamiliar to me as yours may be to you. Traditionally in the United Kingdom, I would spend Christmas with those closest to me. It was always a low key, lazy affair with too much television and much too much food. When I moved abroad about three years ago, it marked a change in how my holidays would work. Now, it can be a very stressful, expensive affair,

booking flights back to the UK, sorting out hotels and buying gifts for family both home and abroad. It is much how I imagine the holidays could be working out for you. My wife always had very traditional holidays and each year she tries to add even more elaborate things to our holidays that will form the basis of our own traditions. This year, for instance, she has purchased us matching, bright red, Christmas onesies embroidered with our initials to wear throughout the season. Which, actually, I am wearing right now as I write this. I won’t lie — it may be the most comfortable thing I have ever owned — but there will never be any pictures of myself in this onesie. For the most part I humor her festive spirit because I see that we are building our own traditions to share in the future. Living away from home and family at this time of year can be tough; many of us will be celebrating the holidays with our most immediate family here in Wiesbaden. Some people are fortunate enough to go back to the states to their larger families, some have no choice about going home and will spend their holidays in Germany without any of the familiarity and traditions this

Hunters and Gatherers exhibit

Showcasing “The End of a Culture,” Museum Wiesbaden will feature a Hunters and Gatherers exhibit, including artifacts from the South African Kalahari, the Australian Outback and the Amazon Rainforest, using large-scale dioramas in three exhibition rooms. Most of the pieces were brought back by a Wiesbaden local, Werner Hammer, after his many expeditions to the various countries home to early hunters and gatherers. The exhibition started in September and will end May 22, 2016. Ticket prices are €7 for temporary exhibits and €4 for permanent exhibits. The museum is located across from the former Rhein Main Halle, at FriedrichEbert-Allee 2, 65185 Wiesbaden, and is closed on Mondays, open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Mainz Christmas Market

Located in front of the 1,000-year-old St. Martin’s cathedral (Martinsdom) and the picturesque Renaissance facades of the historic market houses, the Mainz

time of year would normally bring. It is the season where our organizations, which year round bring familiarity, fun and opportunity, matter more than ever. Organizations such as the USO, MWR, ACS and so many others bring festive fun, community and spirit at this time of year. The USO Winterfest that just took place gave out holiday trees and food, while featuring Santa, music and more. Each year the USO also put on the Single Service Members dinner, this dinner — funded by the USO — is cooked by volunteers like you, helping out their extended family here in Germany. Holiday traditions that we grew up with are important to our sense of identity about how Christmas should be, but being in U.S. Army Europe might allow you to make some new traditions, maybe volunteering, helping out a single service member or others that can’t be at home this holiday season. However you are spending your holidays, I hope those of you that didn’t get the exact holiday you wanted are able to make some new traditions this year. From me to you, have a wonderful holiday period and I’ll be back on air Jan. 4.

Holiday safety Crime Prevention

• Protect your home by taking the following measures: – When not present lock doors and windows (close rolladens) – Ensure proper exterior lighting (motion sensors). Leave a light on inside. – Do not open your home to solicitation attempts – Report any suspicious activity in the neighborhood • Festivals and Christmas markets bring large crowds to the pedestrian areas in the local communities. • Large crowds bring out pickpockets. Avoid becoming a victim by taking a few precautions: • Carry only the necessary cash, debit, or credit cards to accomplish your planned tasks. • Distribute your cash, cards and cell phone in different locations on your body to avoid losing everything.

At Christmas markets

– Carry bags and purses with the flap or lock side closest to your body. – Do not leave bags, purses or jackets unattended or draped over the back of a chair as a thief will take advantage of your inattention to strike. If you see something, say something immediately call the MP desk at (0611) 705-114 or the Polizei at 110.

Things to do angel figures. With live music and performances, cozy fires, wine barrel cabins, and traditional German market foods, you can enjoy the Mainz Christmas market with all of your senses. The market is open from Nov. 26 to Dec. 23 on Sundays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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The Wiesbaden Sternschnuppenmarkt, or Shooting Star Market, opened Nov. 24 and is open through Dec. 23. For a list of local Christmas markets, visit the newsletter at http://www.wiesbaden. Christmas market includes food, music, vendors of handmade items, and all the Glühwein and hot chocolate your heart desires. This Christmas market also features a nine meter high, rotating musical clock, with 18 hand-carved

Starting on Friday, Nov. 27 through Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, the square “Platz der Deutschen Einheit” in central Eltville turns into a festive place that over the years has become a popular meeting point for locals to spend time with family and friends. Special events include performances by local musicians every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. and a DJ party Jan. 31 starting at 9 p.m. For more information at

USO adventures The Rhein-Main USO offers trips to Christmas in the Piedmont, Italy Dec.

23-27.Stop by a USO or visit www.uso. org/rheinmain for more information.

FMWR trips and tours

Wiesbaden Outdoor Recreation offers trips to Rothenburg Christmas Market Dec. 19 and New Year’s Eve in Calella, Spain Dec. 27 to Jan. 2. Call civ (0611) 143-548-9801 for more information.

New Year’s in Spain

Celebrate New Year’s in Calella, Spain, with Wiesbaden Outdoor Recreation. This trip, from Dec. 27 to Jan. 2, include round-trip transportation, four overnights with breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks, a New Year’s Eve gala, sightseeing tour of Barcelona and lots more. Call civ (0611) 143-548-9801 to reserve a space today.

Christmas music at Christophoruskirche Dec. 19

Enjoy the sounds of the season on Dec. 19 at the Christophoruskirche (Christophorus Church) in Wiesbaden, surrounded by candle lights. You can attend at either 6 or 8 p.m. For more information visit ...........................................................................Dec. 17, 2015

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Schools page — Partners in education Schoolbits

WMS, CYSS team up for STEM

School closures

All students will be out from Dec. 21 until Jan. 4, 2016 for the winter break.

School contact information

Below is contact information for school administrators, the school liaison officer, school bus office and the district superintendents who steer Department of Defense Education Activity schools in U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden. The Kaiserslautern District Superintendent’s Office is responsible for the four schools in the Wiesbaden area in addition to other Kaiserslautern area schools. District Superintendent Kaiserslautern District Superintendent: Dr. Dell McMullen; Assistant Superintendents: Carl Albrecht and Frank Simone; mil 489-5902, civ (0631) 536-5902. Wiesbaden schools Schools Officer: Peter Witmer, mil 548-9305; civ (0611) 143-548-9305. Hainerberg Elementary School: mil 337-2220; civ (0611) 705-2220. Principal: Sandy Zigler; Assistant Principal: Tracy Vargas Aukamm Elementary School: mil 337-6261; civ (0611) 705-6261. Principal: Barbara Mueller Wiesbaden Middle School: mil 337-2240; civ (0611) 705-2240. Principal: Dr. Susan Hargis; Assistant Principal: Jeff Pond Wiesbaden High School: mil 337-2260; civ (0611) 705-2260. Principal: Greg Hatch; Assistant Principal: Michael Jimerson School Bus Office: Located in a small, red building next to the Wiesbaden Middle School entrance in Hainerberg Housing. Hours are 8 a.m to 2:15 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Call mil 337-2240; civ (0611) 337-2240.

Dependent IDs

Wiesbaden students leaving the school campus during the school day must carry their Department of Defense dependent ID cards on- and off-campus with them at all times. Guards will conduct checks periodically.

School buses

The garrison encourages students to utilize the Department of Defense Dependents School buses that receive priority access to the installation. They are currently being utilized by less than 50 percent of those registered to ride them. For questions about acquiring a bus pass for your child, please call mil 337-2240 or civ (0611) 705-2240. Also, if buses are parked around school, dropping off or picking up students, drivers may pass them. It is a DoDEA and garrison expectation that parents walk their child to and from school/bus stop.

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Wiesbaden Middle School seventh-graders cheer on their vehicles during the STEM competition Dec. 9 in the Wiesbaden Middle School auditorium. “This is just a great community-school partnerBy Karl Weisel U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden ship that allowed every seventh-grader to take part in Family and MWR Marketing STEM activities that they might otherwise not have It was showdown time in the Wiesbaden Middle done without the funding,” Chapuis said. School Auditorium Dec. 9. At stake were bragging “I’m glad you’ve had fun and can see that it doesn’t rights, gift certificates and pizza. have to stop here,” said Dr. Susan Hargis, Wiesbaden But the real stakes were demonstrating the depth of Middle School principal. “There are so many great applied Science, Technology, Engineering and Math resources here in the school (and in the community).” skills acquired during a semester-long project that took “Failure is the secret to success,” said Sarah Wiesbaden seventh-graders out of the classroom to Finch, a member of the winning “Finding Dorie” spend time exploring the diversity of the STEM world. team, explaining that last minute adjustments to their Students were excited as they made final ad- vehicle played a role in sweeping the competition. justments to vehicles they had constructed during “We changed the back wheels to CDs and made sure workshops at the Wiesbaden Teen Center before everything was perfect every time we raced.” sending them off in the semifinal and final rounds of “This team did not win the first race,” said Peter competition at the school. Witmer, Wiesbaden’s school liaison officer and co“I hope this has opened up your eyes to what you ordinator of the STEM collaboration. “They didn’t can do in the future,” said Kristi Richburg, Wiesbaden even with their second race, but they placed well Child Development Center assistant director and for- enough to advance, applied STEM principles and mer technology laboratory program associate at the won the final race.” Teen Center, as she congratulated all of the participants. Witmer said that while the semester-long project Richburg, who put together the lesson plans which concluded with the automotive portion, the collabocovered a span of STEM fields including aviation, ration will continue next year. “We’ve already made automotive engineering and medicine, reminded the a decision to continue with the partnership pursuing seventh-graders that anyone can make a difference a variety of joint activities. We expect to do things in the STEM world through concerted application. that relate to the intent of the original partnership,” “I hear many adults say, ‘I’m not a math person,’” including continuation of the partnership’s Flight she said. “But everyone can do it – all you have to do Club. Flight Club is an extension of the MY STEM is try … and just never give up. Future partnership featuring weekly flying of remote “There are a lot of STEM openings across the controlled aircraft indoors. country, and these jobs pay well,” Richburg said, “I think there’s an ‘ah-hah’ moment for a lot of pointing to a few examples from recent employment people,” Witmer said, explaining that it’s sometimes postings. “And there are not enough qualified Ameri- not that easy to see the connection between what cans currently,” she added, encouraging students to one learns in school and the diversity of the STEM continue on in their academic endeavors. fields. “There are literally millions of jobs in the U.S. The Wiesbaden Middle School seventh-graders economy.” left the classroom regularly throughout the semester Witmer praised the support of the Army and to work on projects with Wiesbaden’s Child, Youth Air Force Exchange Service, Defense Commisand School Services and to visit Landstuhl Regional sary Agency, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Medical Center, the Frankfurt International Airport, the European Space Agency, Frankfurt International Exchange and Defense Commissary Agency, thanks Airport and Wiesbaden CYSS in helping illustrate to a $10,000 grant from the Installation Management and explain how Science, Technology, Engineering Command. and Mathematics are used on a daily basis to perform “We went to the PX and Commissary to learn essential tasks and missions. about logistics,” said Aaron Chapuis, CYSS youth “We have been amazed by the energies and exciteprogram director. ment in generating this partnership,” he said.

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News and features

Updated NCOER rating forms available online By David Ruderman

U.S. Army Human Resources Command Public Affairs

U.S. Army Human Resources Command, or HRC, announced Monday the availability of the DA Form 2166-9 series, the revised Noncommissioned Officer, or NCO, Evaluation Report, or NCOER, and its activation in the web-based Evaluation Entry System, or EES. As detailed in Military Personnel, or MILPER, Message 15-395, the effective policy date for use of the 2166-9 series will be Jan. 1. Activation of the revised NCOER forms now allows Soldiers and raters to immediately begin to prepare NCOERs with a “through date” of Jan. 1 and later. The 2166-9 series consists of three revised NCO rating forms based on grade plate that mandate distinct rater and senior rater roles, and incorporate a senior rater profile and rater tendency assessment. Soldiers who are due to receive a mandatory report between now and Dec. 31 of this year will continue to receive that report, whether it be an annual, an extended annual or a change of rater report, using the DA Form 2166-8 series of report forms. Sergeants first class who are eligible for the FY 2016 Regular Army and U.S. Army Guard Reserve Master Sergeant Promotion Boards will also employ the 2166-8 series NCOER form, said Sgt. Maj. Stephen McDermid of HRC’s Evaluation Branch. Details were published in MILPER 15-340, Oct.

27. For board eligible NCOs, who have not received a mandatory report as outlined in MILPER 15-340, he or she will receive an HRC-directed Code 19 Evaluation with a through date of Dec. 31. “This will ensure those individuals eligible for that board receive a close-out evaluation,” McDermid said. Training modules for proper use of the revised NCOER forms and an EES test site have been and remain available on the HRC website for Soldiers and raters to practice with. Detailed training modules have been posted to HRC Evaluations Branch website as well as S1NET and are available for download on DVIDS at https:// The training modules lead NCOs and raters through the process, section by section, in an easy-to-understand manner, McDermid said. In addition to the activation of the NCOER forms, MILPER 15-395 also announced an update to the OER, or Officer Evaluation Report, forms that incorporate the use of Department of Defense ID numbers, or DoDID, in place of Social Security numbers. The new NCOER forms will also use DoDID numbers in place of Social Security numbers. The DoDID, which appears on Soldiers’ Common Access Cards, is being phased in as part of the federal government’s effort to remove Social Security numbers from as many documents as possible.

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Maj. Gen. Thomas C. Seamands, commanding general of U.S. Army Human Resources Command, answers questions about the revised Noncommissioned Officer Evaluation Report while addressing Soldiers at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Mons, Belgium, Aug. 31.

Dog tags get first update in more than 40 years By Daniela Vestal

U.S. Army Human Resources Command Public Affairs

After more than four decades, the identification tags issued to all Soldiers, commonly called “dog tags,” are getting an update. In accordance with Department of Defense guidance governing the reduction of the use of Social Security numbers, the Army published a new version of Department of the Army Pamphlet 600-8-14, Nov. 30. The pamphlet documents new procedures to replace Soldiers’ Social Security numbers with their Department of Defense identification numbers. The change to using the 10-digit, randomly-generated number will be implemented on an as-needed basis, said Michael Klemowski, Soldiers Programs Branch chief, U.S. Army Human Resources Command. “This change is not something where Soldiers need to run out and get new tags made,” Klemowski said. “We are focusing first on the personnel who are going to deploy. If a Soldier is going to deploy, they are the first ones that need to have the new ID tags.” The removal of the Social Security number from ID tags is one of the ways the Army is safeguarding the personally-identifiable information of its Soldiers whenever possible, Klemowski said. “I think removing the social will help,” Klemowski said. “If you find a pair of lost ID tags you can pretty much do anything with that person’s identity because you now have their blood type, their religion, you have their Social [Security number], and you have their name. The only thing missing is their birth date and you can usually get that by Googling a person.” Staff Sgt. Kristen Duus, a Soldier with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, said she thinks the update is a good idea. “Identity theft is a very real threat for us right now, and so many people are not aware that our information is easily accessed,” Duus said. “By removing socials from ID tags, one more step is being taken to protect ourselves and our identities.” The required change was first outlined in the DOD Social Security Number Reduction Plan and then-President George W. Bush’s Task Force on Identity Theft Strategic Plan in 2007. Since then, the Army has been searching for a way to replace the Social Security

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A metal embossing machine is used to make ID tags at the Soldier Readiness Processing building on Fort Knox, Ky. number on the ID tag Soldiers wear. However, what might seem like a simple task turned out not to be, Klemowski said. The Army used several systems tied to a Soldier’s Social Security number, all for different purposes. Each of these systems had to be retooled to work with one another and the DOD ID number, Klemowski said. “The DOD ID number is currently used on ID cards and TRICARE will be using it in the future,” Klemowski said. “More and more systems are going go to the DOD ID number as technology catches up with us and we are able to phase out the Social Security number.” .......................................................................... Dec. 17, 2015

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For your health

Horoho relinquishes command of MEDCOM By Mr. Kirk Frady Army Medicine

FORT SAM HOUSTON, TEXAS — Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho passed the flag to Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, Army vice chief of staff, during a ceremony at Fort Sam Houston today marking the end of her tenure as the Army’s 43rd surgeon general. Horoho assumed command of the U.S. Army Medical Command, or MEDCOM, Dec 5, 2011, and was sworn in as the surgeon general, Dec. 7, 2011. She was the first female and first nurse to command the Army’s largest medical organization. “The men and women in formation today represent our remarkable command and are a credit to our nation,” Horoho said. “Army medicine is blessed to have such exceptional commanders, senior enlisted advisors and staffs. Thank you for your service and sacrifice, and most of all, for ensuring the readiness of the young men and women we send into harm’s way in the name of democracy and freedom. “These past four years for me have been a continuation of the lessons I’ve learned as a Soldier and about trusting the values instilled in me from the day I took my oath of office - loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage,” Horoho said. “The past four years were not about being the first of anything, but about only being the next Soldier called up. “We’re successful because we’re American Soldiers and Department of Army civilians, we’re warriors and members of a team, we live the Army values, we place the mission first, we never accept defeat, we never leave a fallen comrade behind, we are experts and we’re professionals, we are American Soldiers,” she said. “Together, we have served to heal and have been honored to serve.”

“Like so many other leaders in our Army today, Patty Horoho comes from a great lineage of service to our nation,” Allyn said. “Over three generations, the Horoho and Dallas Families have given a combined one-hundred and sixty-eight years of collective service to our nation.” “She did this all with tremendous enthusiasm, vision and compassion,” he said. “She provided continuously inspiring leadership to Army Medical Command. Throughout her tenure, Patty drove cultural change to shift Army medicine from a disease focused, reactive healthcare system to a proactive program focused on sustaining Soldier health. She led the effort to make the Army Medical Department a high-reliability organization enhancing the trust and confidence of our Soldiers, retirees and Families.” Horoho held every level of leadership in Army Medicine to include positions as deputy surgeon general; chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps; commander, Western Regional Medical Command; commander, Madigan Army Medical Center; commander, Walter Reed Health Care System; and commander, DeWitt Health Care Network; and as the special assistant to the commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Afghanistan. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her Master of Science degree as a clinical trauma nurse specialist from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a resident graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, where she earned a second Master of Science degree in national resource strategy. MEDCOM is one of 11 direct reporting units in the Army. It manages a budget of more than $12.8 billion budget and provides medical care for approximately

3.95 million eligible beneficiary’s worldwide - active duty Service members, retirees, and their Family members. The command also oversees graduate medical education, health professional education, medical research and training of all combat medics. Maj. Gen. Stephen L. Jones will serve as the acting commander and Army surgeon general until the new Army surgeon general is confirmed by the Senate. Jones is commanding general of the Army Medical Department Center and School.

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Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho relinquished command of the U.S. Army Medical Command Dec. 3, 2015, after serving four years in command.

Supplements and medications – What’s the problem? By Human Performance Resource Center Staff

Dietary supplements and medications (prescription or over-the-counter) can be a dangerous combination. Many dietary supplement ingredients, especially herbs and botanicals, can interact with drugs or even other dietary supplements, which can

either increase or decrease the effectiveness of your medications. In other words, you could be getting too much or too little of the medications that you need, putting your health at risk. If you are taking or plan on taking a dietary supplement, inform your healthcare provider to make sure it’s safe to use with your medications. Even then, you should still take caution, as some

dietary supplements contain ingredients not listed on the label. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises consumers to be aware of certain supplement/drug interactions and offers tips to stay safe. For more information, see the FDA’s Consumer Update. And for information about many known interactions, visit the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

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Service members should be aware of the side effects regarding supplement usage and the negative effects it can lead to in the workplace, including loss of concentration, uneasy heart murmurs, and other potential health problems leading to work-stoppage.

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At the movies Dec. 17 - Dec. 31 Movie plots Taunus Theaters’


Opening Feature: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Date: Friday Dec 18, 2015 Doors Open at: 4 p.m. **Tickets will be pre-sold at the** **Taunus Theater on Hainerberg**: Thursday Dec 17: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m Special Raffle Drawing at 10:15 p.m. after the Show with prizes to Win (1 Raffle Ticket received per individual purchase only) 1st (5) Movie Passes 2nd Family Pack Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits 3rd 2 large pan pizzas from Pizza Hut 4th (1) $25 gift card from The Exchange 5th (1) $15 gift card from The Exchange “Jump to Light Speed” by wearing a Star Wars Theme related costume and receive an extra raffle ticket to Win! **May the Force be with You**

Editor’s note: Extensive renovations to improve the Taunus Movie Theater began Jan. 12, and through November, movies were shown at Tony Bass Auditorium, but now they will be shown at the Taunus Movie Theater again. The movies listing was the most current at the time of publication. Please visit https://www. for the most up-to-date schedule.

Taunus Movie Theater Friday December 18 — “Midnight Madness at Taunus Theater — Early Friday Morning Show “: Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D (PG-13) 12:01 a.m. Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D (PG-13) 7 p.m. Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D (PG-13) 10:30 p.m. Saturday December 19 — Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip (PG) 2 p.m. Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D (PG-13) 4:30 p.m. Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2D (PG-13) 7:30 p.m. Sunday December 20 — Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip (PG) 2 p.m. Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D (PG-13) 4:30 p.m. Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2D (PG-13) 7:30 p.m. Monday December 21 — Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2D (PG-13) 7 p.m. Thursday December 24 — Sisters (R) 4 p.m. Saturday December 26 — The Good Dinosaur (PG) 2 p.m. Daddy´s Home (PG-13) 4 p.m. Point Break 3D (PG-13) 6:30 p.m. Sunday December 27 — Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip (PG) 2 p.m. Joy (PG-13) 4 p.m. Concussion (PG-13) 6:30 p.m. Monday December 28 — Point Break (PG-13) 7 p.m. Thursday December 31 — Daddy´s Home (PG-13) 1600

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“The Good Dinosaur” asks the generations-old question: What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In theaters May 30, 2014, the film is a humorous and exciting original story about Arlo, a lively 70-foot-tall teenage Apatosaurus with a big heart. After a traumatic event rattles Arlo’s tranquil community, he sets out on a quest to restore peace, gaining an unlikely companion along the way—a young human boy named Spot.

Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip — Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in New York City…and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother. Concussion — A look at how American football players suffer from major head injuries and life-long debilitating problems as a result of repeated concussions and efforts by the National Football League to deny it. JOY — JOY is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Jennifer Lawrence starrs, with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, and Virginia Madsen. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love. Daddy’s Home — When a divorced guy’s ex-wife re-marries someone way more uptight, he re-enters her life and wreaks havoc. Point Break 3D — In Alcon Entertainment’s fast-paced, high-adrenaline action thriller “Point Break,” a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill seeking elite athletes, led by the charismatic Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez). The athletes are suspected of carrying out a string of staggering crimes that kill innocent people and send the world’s economy into a tailspin. Deep undercover, and with his life in imminent danger, Utah strives to prove they are the callous architects of these inconceivable crimes.The film is replete with the most daring athleticism ever seen in a motion picture. These action adventure feats are performed by extreme athletes representing the world’s best in class in big-wave surfing, wingsuit flying, sheer-face snowboarding, free rock climbing, and high-speed motorcycling. .......................................................................... Dec. 17, 2015

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Patience Bock, a senior at Wiesbaden High School, performs a freestyle stroke at Wahoos Swim Team practice Dec. 2 at the Gonsenheim Schwimmbad, in Mainz. Story and photos by Erin Gavle Special to the Herald Union

Becoming a successful team is all about cooperation — something Wiesbaden Wahoos Swim members team knows all too well. The older swimmers have to coordinate with Wiesbaden High School to earn their varsity letters, the parents must work together to schedule carpools, and the Wahoos share facilities with local nationals, all while trying to improve their technique in the pool. “The Wahoos are a swim team that is part of the EFSL, which is the European Forces Swim League, and [is made up of] 18 teams across Europe,” explains Jenny Yalden, who has been the head coach for the Wahoos for two years. The team isn’t directly affiliated with the school, but the students are still expected to stay academically eligible. According to the coach, “the high schoolers have to maintain high school athletic standards as far as grade point average [and] attendance, to get their letter.” There are nearly 70 kids on the team, with ages ranging from six to 19. For practice and competition, they are divided up into beginners, intermediate and advanced swimmers. “[We] are kind of combined, because it’s everybody, so for the [high schoolers], we are [acting as] their high school team,” explained Yalden. “[We] follow all the [DoDDEA] standards so we can letter and be a part of high school athletics, but we are a private organization.” Although they accept younger swimmers, Yalden makes it clear that they have to be comfortable in the water. “This is not swim lessons,” she said, “but if you can do the basics, and you can swim a lap in the pool, freestyle and backstroke, you can try out, and it’s kind of is determined from there.” Yalden teaches physical education part-time at Hainerberg Elementary, has been swimming competitively since she was five and has broken several NCAA records. She said she understands that every practice won’t be perfect, especially on a team as large as the Wahoos. “We’ve got all these abilities that come with all these personalities and everybody’s got different needs, different wants, [and] different

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Middle school student Anna Hendrix performs a butterfly stroke during Wahoos Swim Team pr Forces Swim League, and students on the team are able to get athletic credit for their particip standards,” Yalden said. “So as a coach, as well as a teacher, I have to be able to accommodate [everybody]. Because if [I] don’t, they’re not going to be successful. You have to be extremely patient and tolerant of the fact that Lane 4 may be having a really great practice but Lane 3 just can’t get it together. You have to be able to adapt [and say] ‘Alright now I’m talking to the older kids [and] now I’ve got to talk to the elementary kids.’” Still, she doesn’t go too easy, especially on the advanced swimmers. According to senior Damon Pugin, “Every practice is harder than the last, which is good, and [she] focuses on technique all the time. She’s one of the first coaches I had where I could see as significant increase in my speed within a couple months of having her.” The age and ability gap between swimmers has created an interesting team dynamic. Erika Tamaki, an advanced swimmer who has been on the team for two years, says having younger teammates isn’t so bad. “It’s actually kind of interesting because there’s a lot of little kids and you can kind of coach them,” she said. “[Then] there are the older people you can look up to, which actually that’s me now. It’s really diverse, and there’s different skill groups so you don’t feel like you are inferior to anyone because there’s always someone who’s at your level.” Pugin, who has been a Wahoo for three years, notes how important

it is to know everyone’s name whe kids think it’s awesome if one of th and it motivates them more,” he faster and work harder for the sak To foster this spirit of sportsm team building outside of practice. it’s important to get the team toge know each other. [We] only have not a lot of time for competitive s ably 95 percent of that time, their a point of [saying] ‘As a team, let have a dinner at Little Italy.’” Because it is a private organiza or busses from the DoDDEA sch by parents and carpools,” says Y but we’ve made it work. You know still have the same amount of kid and they’re getting back and forth Sharing the 50 meter pool tha is another challenge the Wahoos h is a German facility, and the loca Still, the Wiesbaden team hosts ab the rest of the time, they travel to

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ractice Dec. 2 at the Gonsenheim Schwimmbad, in Mainz. The Wahoos are part of the European pation thanks to a memorandum of understanding.

en you’re on a large team, “[Little] he older people knows their name, e said. “It pushes [them] to swim ke of other people.” manship, Yalden has encouraged . “Since I’ve been here, I feel that ether as much as possible to get to e 90 minutes of practice, which is swimmers, and let’s face it, probr face is in the water. I have made t’s go to the movie, as a team let’s

ation, the team isn’t allotted money hools. “Transportation is all done Yalden. “It’s challenging at times, w, we have no busses here and we ds [as other school sports teams] h to the pool.” at has been dubbed “The Bubble” have had to overcome, because it al teams who use it have priority. bout half of their meets there, and compete in other cities, including

Sigonella, Brussels, Berlin and eventually Eindhoven, for their final championship meet later in the year. On Dec. 13, the Wahoos hosted a meet at their pool called the “Battle of the Bubble” which Yalden said “was the most popular meet, aside from champs, out of the entire league,” among the EFSL coaches last year. “Now it helps that we have the German Christmas markets, but they love the way the Wahoos run the meet [and] what they have to offer.” The Wahoos’ season goes from September to March, and they practice four to five days a week. There are 15 meets in the regular season, but they also have Spring Swim, which is a non-competitive training time for “working on technique [and] conditioning,” Yalden explains. “It gives the kids a chance in the community [who] maybe didn’t know about us, or maybe want to try it. There’s no swim meets [at that time] it’s all just practice and maybe getting stronger a little bit if you’re new.” Yalden notes that the hardest part of any team is the inevitable goodbye. “Probably the biggest challenge is you have kids on a team [and you] know every day [that] you’re gonna lose kids. You’re going to gain great new families and kids but there’s constant turnover.” This year, that will include the team’s ten seniors: Cameron Noble, Natalya Voyer, Patience Bock, Sarah Fuss, Dan Gillman, Damon

Photo top: Wahoos Swim Team members practice in “The Bubble” at Gonsenheim Schwimmbad, Dec. 2. Photo above: Erika Tamaki, left, and Sarah Fuss, right, pause for a break during swim practice Dec. 2. Pugin, Ian Snell, Jon Roddy, Marina Levochkina and Adam Cloud. For the time being however, the Wahoos are sticking together. Tamaki shares, “I just love my teammates. Our team is — it’s not even a team, it’s a family.” 17, 2015

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STEM activity photos taken on Dec. 9 and feature the final event in a semester-long “My STEM Future” partnership between the Wiesbaden Middle School and the Teen Center. During the study trip students learned about the application of STEM principles at the Wiesbaden Exchange and Commissary. Following the study trip students raced Mouse Trap race cars which they designed and built in the My Future STEM partnership.

Preliminary races for the Mouse Trap race cars were hosted by the Hainerberg School Age Center. Races were another part of the My STEM Future Partnership.

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Drive a brand new luxury crossoverthe 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA for




Speak to your Military AutoSource Mercedes-Benz Sales Representative for More Information.

Contact Your Local Sales Representatives: WIESBADEN | Washingtonstr. 75 | D-65189 Wiesbaden Jesper Christinsen | Cell: +49 (0) 515 2111 8745 | Office: +49 (0) 611 7328 7004

*For qualified customers only. Example $461.90 monthly payment for F0# 607093, Mercedes-Benz GLC, based on a rate of, 3.24% APR for 84 months and a down payment of $3,500. Available only at participating authorized MAS Mercedes-Benz locations. Specific vehicles are subject to availability. Subject to credit approval by lender. Rate applies only to Mercedes-Benz model vehicles listed. Not everyone will qualify. See your MAS location for complete details on this and other finance offers. Vehicle shown is for illustration only, and may contain optional equipment available at additional cost. Program and guarantees are subject to terms and conditions. Offered by Auto Exchange Kaftfahrzeug-Handels GmbH. (AX9363)

The all-new 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC

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Contact Your Local Sales Representatives: WIESBADEN | Washingtonstr. 75 | D-65189 Wiesbaden

Jesper Christinsen | Cell: +49 (0) 151 2111 8745 | Office: +49 (0) 611 73 28 70 04

*For qualified customers only. Example $461.90 monthly payment for F0# 607093, Mercedes-Benz GLC, based on a rate of, 3.24% APR for 84 months and a down payment of $3,500. Available only at participating authorized MAS Mercedes-Benz locations. Specific vehicles are subject to availability. Subject to credit approval by lender. Rate applies only to Mercedes-Benz model vehicles listed. Not everyone will qualify. See your MAS location for complete details on this and other finance offers. Vehicle shown is for illustration only, and may contain optional equipment available at additional cost. Program and guarantees are subject to terms and conditions. Offered by Auto Exchange Kaftfahrzeug-Handels GmbH. (AX9356) ..................................................................................Dec. 17, 2015 Herald Union Page 27

Christmas music in the church

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Have fun with the locals Sat, Dec 19 Wiesbaden, Christophoruskirche

Listen to the sound of Christmas music on December 19 at the Christophoruskirche (Christophorus Church) in Wiesbaden. You will be surrounded by candle lights providing an ambience that will put you in the Christmas feeling, if you haven’t gotten into the spirit yet. You can attend the candle light music at either 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. For more info, visit

EVENTS Koblenz Christmas market Now – Tue, Dec 22 Koblenz, historic city center Visit Koblenz, one of Germany’s oldest cities, during a romantic Christmas market in the historic city center from November 20 to December 22. More than 300,000 visitors from all over the world are expected to enjoy Glühwein (mulled wine), concerts, an ice rink, a ride with a historic stagecoach and other traditional Christmas activities. Children can see Nikolaus daily from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and receive a small gift. Find more info at

that revived the Christmas market tradition in the 1970’s. For more info, visit International horse riding competition Thu, Dec 17 – Sun, Dec 20 Frankfurt, Festhalle The traditional Internationales Festhallen Reitturnier (International Horse Riding Competition) before Christmas will take place in the Festhalle Frankfurt from December 17 to 20. See the world’s best riders in dressage and show jumping competitions in the festively decorated hall. For more info and tickets from €10 see

Christmas market Now – Tue, Dec 22 Frankfurt, city center From November 25 until December 22, Frankfurt’s Christmas market is one of the biggest and most popular in the entire country. Elaborate decorations and a huge Christmas tree on Paulsplatz turn this trip into an adventure for the whole family. Endless stands offer a variety of food, art and toys. Opening hours are Mon – Sat 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. For more information visit

Fantissima Sun, Dec 20 Brühl, Phantasialand Fantissima, a perfect staging dinner show that is filled with overwhelming moments and artistic class. Experience a dinner you have never had before where the artists perform before your eyes. Starting from September 18 until June 25, 2016 you will be able to have an experience of a life time. For more information and tickets starting at €75 go to

Christmas market Now – Wed, Dec 23 Köln, Alter Markt Cologne Christmas market is the biggest market in the city, located at the Alter Markt (old town square). From November 23 to December 23 you can stroll through the streets to find great gifts from handmade items to table cloths. The angels market, located in the Neumarkt square, is known to be one of Cologne’s original markets

Winter fire Mon, Dec 22 Wiesbaden, Biberbau Wiesbaden’s Biberbau invites you to a cozy evening around an open fireplace on their last open evening of the year on December 22. Homemade caramelized apple cinnamon bread, hot mulled wine, traditional Christmas music and entertainment for your children await; admission is free as always. Please bring your own grillables. More info at

Winter solstice Mon, Dec 22 Wiesbaden, Schloss Freudenberg Enjoy the longest night and the shortest day of the year (winter solstice) together with friends and see the traditional large bonfire at Schloss Freudenberg’s castle gardens on December 22 in Wiesbaden. The fire will be lit at sunset. For more information go to New Year’s party Wed, Dec 31 Mainz, Rheingoldhalle Spend New Year’s Eve with your friends and family in the Rheingoldhalle in Mainz. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and to keep the evening going, DJ Vigilance will provide hot beats. Food and drinks such as Flammkuchen, crepes, and a nice cocktail bar will be available. Ticket price is €25. For more info, visit CONCERTS Simon & Garfunkel Revival Band Fri, Dec 18 Weinheim, Alte Druckerei Simon and Garfunkel may not be going on tour anymore but that does not mean you cannot hear their music live anymore. Come to the Simon & Garfunkel Revival band on December 18 in Weinheim. The show starts at 8 p.m. Ticket price is €22. Get your ticket fast as there are limited seats available. For more info, go to Marley’s Ghost – Bob Marley Show Sat, Dec 19 Idstein, Scheuer The sun is shining for sure today! You will get the feeling that Bob Marley is back in the house. Come to a great show and hear

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songs from this Jamaican reggae singer and let your body move to his beats. Show starts at 8 p.m. Ticket price is €16.40. For more info and tickets, go to SPORTS Ice hockey Fri, Dec 18 Mannheim, SAP Arena Enjoy a live hockey game on December 18 in Mannheim and see Adler Mannheim play against Kölner Haie. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at €13. For more info visit Basketball Sun, Dec 20 Frankfurt, Fraport Arena Basketball is an American all-time favorite sport. Why not see a game live on December 20 in Frankfurt. The Fraport Skyliners are playing against Giessen 46ers. The game starts at 5 p.m. Ticket price starts at €15. For more information and ticket go to Biathlon World Team Challenge Mon, Dec 28 Gelsenkirchen, Veltins Arena Enjoy the World Team Challenge in Biathlon at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen on December 28 from 2 p.m. About 100 truckloads of snow will fill the football stadium for the best athletes in this sport. In mixed teams the participants have to run the 1,000 meter long route seventeen times, passing 51,000 spectators. This event takes place for the 12th time offering a huge additional program with an indoor fireworks display, an aprèsski party and more. For more info see

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German Oak Corner Curio Cabinet, made of solid oak with interior lighting and facetted polished glass. We can not deliver. $200.00, contact hankor54@hot or 06374-949567 German Oak L-Shaped Schrank, solid oak w/interior lighting and facetted polished glass. Excellent condition. 7.5ft tall, 14.76ft Long side and 5.5ft wide. T.V. Entertainment center included. We can not deliver. $1200.00, hankor54@hot

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â&#x20AC;˘Manage the day-to-day A/P, A/R and General Ledger activity for assigned region. Oversee preparation and accuracy of monthly ďŹ nancial reporting and reconciliation. Ensure compliance with national, regional and local regulations, policies and procedures.* â&#x20AC;˘Prepare monthly accounting operations metrics; manage Corporate credit card and Travel and Entertainment expense process; review regional ďŹ xed asset listings and inter-center accounts payable and accounts receivable; design and prepare analysis reports for management.* â&#x20AC;˘Verify accuracy and compliance of all payroll and Paid Time Off records and reports for all staff within assigned region, including but not limited to Expatriate, Third-Country and Local National staff. Serve as liaison to external payroll vendors.* â&#x20AC;˘Provide training and support to Center leadership on ďŹ nancial control and operational issues including but not limited to monthly variance analyses and center openings and closings in assigned region. Assist Regional leadership with preparing, proposing and managing budgets.* â&#x20AC;˘Perform internal audit functions in coordination with Director and Controller; assist external auditors in the annual audit process.* â&#x20AC;˘Lead, manage and mentor Staff Accountant and Accounting Clerk staff. Perform assigned duties in the absence of Director of Accounting Operations.* â&#x20AC;˘Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Job SpeciďŹ cations - minimum Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Behaviors necessary to perform the job successfully. Equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable. â&#x20AC;˘Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Degree in Accounting, Finance or related ďŹ eld. â&#x20AC;˘5+ yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work experience in a public or private accounting role, including 1+ years in a supervisory capacity. Relevant experience in a not-for-proďŹ t, military, multicultural and/or global organization preferred. â&#x20AC;˘Fluency in English. Ability to speak, read, and write in the language of the host country at a native level preferred.

â&#x20AC;˘Demonstrated ability to lead high-performing teams. Ability to achieve desired results while working collaboratively in a team environment. â&#x20AC;˘Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills. Ability to interact with USO Leadership, the general public and military audiences at a variety of levels with integrity and professionalism. â&#x20AC;˘Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment related to controversial and/or culturally sensitive subjects. Ability to handle conďŹ dential information with tact and poise. â&#x20AC;˘Working knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and standard business functions including project management and budgeting. Basic knowledge of global accounting principles, practices and standards. â&#x20AC;˘Demonstrated initiative/self-motivation, with the ability to quickly and easily adapt to changing organizational needs. â&#x20AC;˘ProďŹ ciency using computers and electronics equipment. Working knowledge of various software, applications, and programs including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite and automated accounting systems. Experience with Great Plains preferred. â&#x20AC;˘Ability to obtain and maintain proper credentials necessary to access USO Center locations and facilities including but not limited to security, credit and/or background screening, SOFA status, valid driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license. â&#x20AC;˘Must be a strong advocate of the USOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission to lift the spirits of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s troops and their families.


â&#x20AC;˘This position is located at the USO Europe Regional Office in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Preference will be given to local candidates within commuting distance to the location. â&#x20AC;˘Relocation Assistance is not provided. â&#x20AC;˘Resume and Cover Letter are required for full consideration.

Please apply online at: careers/ and click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;View Our Job Openingsâ&#x20AC;? USO is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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â&#x20AC;˘ Meet, greet, welcome and assist visiting guests. Orient and assist guests with center amenities, tours, classes, programs and services. Provide quality customer service in a variety of areas, including but not limited to relevant, informative travel advice and complaint resolution.* â&#x20AC;˘Monitor and maintain readiness, availability, and cleanliness of activity and lounge areas (i.e. check-in area, coffee/snack stations, computer stations, media/gaming rooms, kitchen/cafĂŠ areas, pavilions/ patios and outdoor areas, rest rooms, offices, storage rooms, etc.).* â&#x20AC;˘ Monitor and maintain operability for all facilities and equipment (i.e. coffee makers, popcorn machines, telephones, computers, Wi-Fi accessibility, cash registers, gaming consoles, etc.).* Monitor supply inventory and replenish stock.* â&#x20AC;˘ Supervise volunteers during assigned shift, ensuring that quality customer service and support is provided in a manner consistent with service delivery standards, as well as USO Policies, Procedures and Core Values.* â&#x20AC;˘ Process cash or credit card sales, balancing money and credit charges with cash register totals at the beginning and end of assigned shift.  Maintain customer profile records in Daily Cash Receipts Log.* Assist with programs and events as needed.* â&#x20AC;˘ As directed by Center Manager and/or Regional Leadership, assume responsibility for center operations as needed. â&#x20AC;˘ Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

â&#x20AC;˘ Minimum Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Behaviors necessary to perform the job successfully. Equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable.

â&#x20AC;˘ High School Diploma or equivalent. Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Degree preferred. â&#x20AC;˘ 0-3 years work experience in retail, customer service, recreation facility or related role.  Relevant experience in a not-for-profit, military, multicultural and/or global organization preferred. â&#x20AC;˘ Strong interpersonal and customer service skills.  General knowledge of military community preferred. â&#x20AC;˘ Demonstrated profi ciency in written and oral communications as well as knowledge of various software programs including but not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. â&#x20AC;˘ Fluency in English with the ability to speak, read, and write in the language of the host and neighboring countries preferred. â&#x20AC;˘ Strong interpersonal and customer service skills.  Ability to interact with USO Leadership, the general public and military audiences at a variety of levels with integrity and professionalism. â&#x20AC;˘ Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment related to controversial and/or culturally sensitive subjects.  Ability to handle confidential information with tact and poise. Must be punctual, organized and self-motivated, with the ability to quickly and easily adapt to changing organizational needs. â&#x20AC;˘ Ability to achieve desired results while working collaboratively in a team environment. â&#x20AC;˘ Ability to perform basic math and follow proper cash/donation handling and reporting procedures. â&#x20AC;˘ Ability to obtain and maintain proper credentials necessary to access USO Center locations and facilities including but not limited to security, credit and/or background screening, SOFA status, valid driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license. â&#x20AC;˘ Must be a strong advocate of the USOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission to lift the spirits of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s troops and their families.


This is position is located at Spangdahlem Air Base in Spangdahlem, Germany. Preference will be given to local candidates within commuting distance to the location. Relocation Assistance is not provided. Resume and Cover Letter are required for full consideration.

Please apply online at: careers/ and click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;View Our Job Openingsâ&#x20AC;? ..................................................................................Dec. 17, 2015 Herald Union Page 31

Herald Union, December 17, 2015  

The Herald Union is the local newspaper for the U.S. Army military community of Wiesbaden, soon to be home of Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe...

Herald Union, December 17, 2015  

The Herald Union is the local newspaper for the U.S. Army military community of Wiesbaden, soon to be home of Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe...