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Cavoli assumes command AER kicks off 2018 of U.S. Army Europe campaign

Tour is general’s 2nd in Germany

Emily Jennings USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs

Staff Sgt. Tamika Dillard U.S. Army Europe Lt. Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli accepted the U.S. Army Europe colors and command during an assumption of command ceremony at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Jan. 18. Cavoli has served in a variety of positions throughout his career, from commander of the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment to director of Russia on the Joint Staff and deputy executive assistant for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This is his

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Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti (right), U.S. European Command commander, passes the U.S. Army Europe colors to Lt. Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli, incoming USAREUR commander, during an assumption of command ceremony Jan. 18 on Clay Kaserne.

Remembering MLK Lena Stange USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs

“Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Baptist minister, Nobel laureate, and civil rights activist, who dedicated his life, working tirelessly for peace, social justice and opportunity for all Americans — irrespective of color or creed,”said Lt. Col. Michael Zink, who hosted the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance Jan. 19 at Tony Bass Auditorium on behalf of Garrison Commander Col. Todd J. Fish. Nearly 50 years have passed since April 4, 1968, when King was assassinated. Michael Bartelle, guest speaker and vice president of overseas operations at Andrews Federal Credit Union, said

his interest in King started when he was 7 years old on the day of King’s assassination. The news was disseminated on all channels — three in total at that time. As of that day, Bartelle started to collect all pieces of information about Martin Luther King he could get ahold of. “He gave his life to ensure that everybody would be treated equally,” said Bartelle, who reminded the participants of the time when Jim Crow laws were enforced in the former Confederate states, stating facilities and institutions had to be “separate but equal,” but the lack of equality was more than obvious. Although King’s focus seemed to be within the African American commu-

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Army Emergency Relief will begin its annual fundraising campaign for 2018 on March 1. Funds raised provide assistance to Soldiers and Family members. AER offers scholarships, grants and no-interest loans to service members, retired service members, widows(ers) and orphans of Soldiers who died on active duty or while retired. Your tax-deductible contributions help your neighbors. The AER Campaign will start with a breakfast event March 1 with garrison leadership and unit representatives at 7:30 a.m. at the Community Activity Center. A 5k fun run will begin at 6 a.m. March

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Special visit to USAG Wiesbaden

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Leah Esper, wife of Secretary of the U.S. Army Dr. Mark T. Esper, greets Isabel Grano at the Clay Kaserne Child Development Center during a Jan. 29 visit to U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden. Esper toured the center to learn more about Garrison Wiesbaden Family programs.


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NEWS & FEATURES Vol. XX, No. 6 U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Command Garrison Commander Col. Todd J. Fish

Volunteers get covered in sawdust

Garrison CSM Command Sgt. Maj. Chad L. Pinkston

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Story and photos by Lena Stange USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs

leaning day at the Woodshop: Six volunteers from the

ABOVE: Sgt. 1st Class Chris Salles, Staff Sgt. Dustin Vanfleet, and Staff Sgt. David Head shovel dust into a trash can. MIDDLE: Spc. Cuba Evans, Pfc. Joshua Crowell and Staff Sgt. David Head dump trash cans with sawdust into a waste container. TOP LEFT: Staff Sgt. Dustin Vanfleet, Spc. Cuba Evans and Pfc. Joshua Crowell put sawdust from the extraction system in a trash can. TOP RIGHT: Staff Sgt. Dustin Vanfleet and Staff Sgt. Cetra Banks fill a trash can with sawdust.

Sergeant Morales Club went out into a rainy January day to complete a dusty job. The extraction system that takes all the dust from saws, planers and sanders has to be emptied once in a while. “We build furniture to order for Soldiers and their Families and make plaques for units to present to outgoing service personnel,” said John Gardner-Brown, the woodshop manager at the Wiesbaden Arts and Crafts Center. “We also teach Soldiers and their Families how to make projects, giving one-on-one guidance.” The Sergeant Morales Club is known for the voluntary commitment of its members. “We just try to give back to the community in as many ways as we can; and this is just one of the many ways we do that,” said Sgt. 1st Class Chris Salles. It is a club that was created to recognize non-commissioned officers that strive to be better than average. Thus, its members are not afraid to get their hands dirty. Find more information on the Sergeant Morales Club at www. and on the Woodshop at wiesbaden.

European nematodes threaten U.S. farmers

Small amount of soil on bikes or boots can carry invasive pests

Robert Szostek U.S. European Command Customs Public Affairs Europe is home to many agricultural pests not found in the United States, and soil is a natural hideout for them.

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Personnel assigned to Europe must remember to clean anything that collects dirt before they send it stateside. Pests can cause great damage to the U.S. farming economy. “You can unwittingly introduce invasive pests into the USA,” said Julie Aliaga-Milos, U.S. Department of Agriculture adviser at the U.S. European Command Customs and Border Clearance Agency. “It only takes one bit of soil on your car, lawn furniture, bicycle, field gear, shoe or boot.” Vehicles and military equipment are especially prone

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to contamination by dirt, mud and soil, she added. “It is so important to clean everything you ship or mail home,” AliagaMilos stated. It is also why USEUCOM has a border clearance program that inspects personal property, private vehicles and military shipments destined for the U.S. to prevent any pests from spreading. Soil can contain numerous harmful animal diseases, noxious weed seeds and plant pests. These pests include bacteria, viruses, fungi, nematodes,

and life stages of destructive mollusks and insects. “For example, the burrowing nematode is a tiny worm not native to the states,” she said. “But it could hide in the mud on your boots. If you took that mud stateside, the nematode eggs could later hatch and attack the roots of banana or citrus trees.” Losses on infested trees cost millions of dollars annually. Call a military customs office to find out more about agricultural threats to the U.S. or visit customs/uscustoms.htm.


Fitness Center offers Evolution for Change Story and photos by Karl Weisel Wiesbaden Family and MWR Marketing

Wiesbaden military community members had an opportunity to try out a wide range of fitness offerings at the Wiesbaden Sports, Fitness and Outdoor Recreation Center during the Evolution for Change Fitness Resolution Day Jan. 20. Free classes included everything from Primal Barre to Piloxing, Spin to Hip Hop Cardio. Other classes, regularly offered throughout the month at the fitness center, featured during the special event included Yoga, Primal TRX, Mission Essential Fitness and Golden Sage Martial Arts. A highlight of Fitness Resolution Day was the introduction of the Functional Fitness Training BeaverFit program. The ceremonial launching of the “fitness facility in a container” was dedicated to Andre Mack, a former recreation assistant who died of cancer last year. “This was special for me,” said Rey

Participants in the Wiesbaden Sports, Fitness and Outdoor Recreation Center’s Evolution for Change Fitness Resolution Day got to try out free classes and received free assessments, advice, massages and a variety of giveaways.

Drummond, as he welcomed participants to an FFT event and remembered his friend Mack while unveiling the new facility situated behind the fitness center. The idea of the new fitness container

is to provide units with an all-inclusive workout routine — including weights, medicine balls, jump ropes, kettlebells and other items — all in one compact resource. In addition to the fitness classes and training, participants were able to get free assessments, advice, massages and to enter to win a variety of giveaways

ranging from gift cards to free enrollment in upcoming Boot Camp and the Biggest Loser Program. For more information on upcoming fitness classes and sports offerings in Wiesbaden, visit wiesbaden.armymwr. com — or stop by the Wiesbaden Sports, Fitness and Outdoor Recreation Center on Clay Kaserne.

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Lt. Col. Michael Zink and Michael Bartelle, guest speaker, cut the cake at the Martin Luther King Jr. observance Jan. 19 at Tony Bass Auditorium.

MLK Continued from page 1 nity, he wanted to ensure civil rights for all disenfranchised Americans, Bartelle said. A presentation of the civil rights movement’s march over Edmund Pettus Bridge was shown, and Bartelle pointed out how ironic it was that this famous march took place on a bridge that had been

named after Edmund Pettus, a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. “I think, it’s important that people understand the history of what happened in Alabama during those times,”said Lewis E. Pullum, administrative support for U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, who sat in the audience during the observance. “Being from Alabama has helped me to understand what people endured.”

second tour of duty in Germany after previously serving for two years as the commander for U.S. Army Europe’s 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command in Grafenwöhr, Germany. Commander for U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti presided over the ceremony. He said that during this time Cavoli is the right person to lead U.S. Army Europe. “Chris is a strategic thinker and proven leader who has served in many positions throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe, with a deep expertise in European theater,” Scaparrotti said. This coupled with his fluency in four languages as a foreign area officer specifically equips him to excel here. He is the right Soldier for the job.” Cavoli says he is glad to be back in the heart of Europe where he and his family have spent so much time. “My family and my career are both intertwined with the past, the present and the future

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Lt. Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli’s wife Christine places the new rank of Lt. Gen. on her husband’s chest during a promotion ceremony Jan. 18 on Clay Kaserne. of this continent,” Cavoli said. “It is with personal warmth as well as professional enthusiasm that we’ve returned and come to this post. It is the realization of my fondest dream.” Cavoli added that his father was an Italian American officer who was stationed in Europe during the Cold War. He was born in Germany and spent the majority of his childhood growing up in Rome, Verona, Vicenza and Gissa. During his military career, he’s served in Germany and Italy. In closing remarks, Cavoli assured Scaparotti, U.S. Army Europe and its Allies and

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partners of his commitment to the relationship and interoperability between the nation’s countries. “I understand the importance of this position and the gravity of these times,” he said. “We are together the most successful and the strongest military alliance in the history of mankind. I will do our part in keeping things so in the traditions that have made this alliance great. We are in this together, and I will not let you down.” Cavoli is the 40th commanding general for U.S. Army Europe.

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News flash Upcoming holidays

Community members should be aware of the following federal, and training holidays, which may affect garrison frontdoor services. Feb. 16 – Training holiday* Feb. 19 – Washington’s birthday See the U.S. Army Europe training holiday calendar for more dates: www. *Soldiers should confirm with their local chain of command whether they have a federal or training holiday off. They are not guaranteed.

Vehicle registration online

Vehicle registration now has an online system for customers to schedule initial vehicle registration, plate turn-in and replacement, and other registration-related appointments. Same-day appointments may be available. Visit mil/vehicle registration for a link to this CAC-enabled system (choose signature certificate if prompted).

Next CIE

The next Community Information Exchange will take place at 9:30 a.m. March 27 at Wiesbaden Entertainment Center on Hainerberg. Come join the discussion to learn what’s happening in the community. Slides from the January CIE are available at and on the garrison website at

New WEC holiday hours

Starting with the Presidents Day holiday, the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center will have new hours when a federal holiday falls on a Monday. As such the Java Cafe and Lounge will be closed, the Strike Zone will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the Lanes will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Presidents Day.

EMFP moves to Clay Kaserne

The Exceptional Family Member Program office has moved to Bldg. 1201, Room 113 on Clay Kaserne.

Emergency numbers

Do you know what number to call in an emergency? For on-post emergencies call the Military Police at (0611) 705-114; for an ambulance or in case of fire on-post call (0611) 705-117. For off-post emergencies call the German Polizei at 110 or for an ambulance/fire call 112. If you dial 110 or 112 from your cell or home phone on post it will go to a German dispatcher. To call the Military Police for non-emergencies dial (0611) 143-548-7777/7778 or 7779. To call the Clay Fire Station for a non-emergency call (0611) 705-5883 or 5315.

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Garrison celebrates grand openings of restaurant, club Story and photo by Karl Weisel Wiesbaden Family and MWR Marketing

Community members were treated to a first-hand look at the Vault Club and Casino and a taste of the culinary offerings at the new Bamboo Asian Restaurant during the monthly Community Information Exchange on Jan. 23. Following the information update in the Vault Club and Casino in the former Hainerberg Shopping Center, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden leaders and Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation officials cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the two FMWR facilities. “Renovations for both the Vault Club and Casino and Bamboo Asian Restaurant were completed in about a year,” said Mark Smith, chief of Wiesbaden Family and MWR’s Business Operations Division, “a total cost of just under $600,000.” “We were presented with an opportunity to adjust our space when the former Main Exchange closed here,” said Smith, explaining that the Vault Club and Casino replaced the Cappuccino Casino, which opened in 1995. “This is a milestone for us,” he said. “It’s Soldier dollars being put back into the community. We’re really happy about this.” The Vault Club and Casino, located in Bldg. 7762 offers a full range of services including con-

AER Continued from page 1 2 at the Fitness Center. Best male and female runners and best team will be awarded. No registration is required for the fun run, and maximum participation is highly encouraged. Opening remarks will be provided by the garrison commander and retired Army Col. Eldon Mullis, deputy director and chief operating officer at Army Emergency Relief headquarters. At the end of the run, Soldiers and Families will have an opportunity to donate at tables in front of the fitness center. “This is a great opportunity for Soldiers to provide assistance to their fellow Soldiers and create greater awareness and understanding of AER programs and benefits,” said AER officer Danna Butterfield.

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U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden celebrates the Grand Opening of the new Vault Club and Casino, and Bamboo Asian Restaurant in the former Hainerberg Shopping Center during the Jan. 23 Community Information Exchange. ference space, regular live and DJ entertainment, dance parties, games, food and drink specials and more. The Bamboo Asian Restaurant, located adjacent to the Vault, features a full menu of Asian food specialties – including dine-in and take-out. “I think it’s great,” said David Puzicha-Dunn, Wiesbaden Commissary front-end manager, while sampling Bamboo offerings at the Vault.“People can get lunch here – and it offers another healthy food choice.” The Bamboo is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Patrons can call (0611) 143-548-9425 to place orders. It’s all part of ongoing transfor-

mation in the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, according to Col. Todd Fish, USAG Wiesbaden commander. “We can’t do these kinds of jobs without the garrison’s constant support,” said Smith, adding that oversight from the garrison’s Fire and Safety Offices was also a great help. Customers can check out the various culinary offerings at the Bamboo by visiting the Wiesbaden Family and MWR home page at wiesbaden. For more information on happenings at the Vault Club and Casino visit Vault-Club-and-Casino.

How to donate:

-Attend the fun run at 6 a.m. March 2 -Attend the March Madness event at 5 p.m. March 16 -Contact your AER unit representative or call (0611)143-5489202 -Go to

The second promotional event will be the AER March Madness (Donate and Dunk) Basketball Tournament and three point shooting contest, which starts at 5 p.m. March 16, in the fitness center. Registration runs through March 1. Register through your AER unit representative or Butterfield at DSN 548-9202; danna.l.butterfield.civ@mail. mil or at the fitness center. The campaign runs through May 15.

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NEWS & FEATURES Photo courtesty of ACS

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ACS offers sunlight for check-out Lena Stange USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs Germany is not well-known for its sunny winters; on the contrary, winters are generally pretty grey and rainy with short days. Even on a sunny day, it is difficult to enjoy the sunlight when having a full-time job. People often arrive at work at dawn, and go home after sunset when the sun has long left the stage. A lack of sunlight can have negative effects on mood and energy levels, and may increase the risk of the so-called winter

blues. Apart from taking vitamin D pills, a daylight lamp might be a good approach to relieve symptoms due to a lack of sunbeams. “Those lamps; they help to boost your vitamin D because they simulate the sunlight,” said Mary Cheney from Army Community Service. By the end of February, ACS is going to open a resiliency room equipped with these lamps where people can go and recharge their batteries. ACS also offers five vitamin D lamps for check-out for a week at a time. “They’re fantastic,”

Cheney said. “When I lived in Alaska, I was just so tired all the time. And I was getting depressed, I felt like I was always cooped up. I worked for ACS in Alaska as well, and they had these lights, and I checked one out once, and it made a huge difference.” Enjoying the light of these lamps may increase energy levels, and brighten up dark winter days. “They say that you get the best benefit if you use it continuously for at least a week, so that’s why we’re going to do it for a week at a time,” Cheney said.

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Community notes Black History Month

Community members are invited to attend a Black History Month observance at 11 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Tony Bass Auditorium.

Career fair

The Employment Readiness Program will host its annual career fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 28 at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center. The fair will offer job seekers a chance to apply for positions,network with more than 30 agencies and even the chance to be hired on the spot. Prior to the career fair,the ERP will host a two-day resume fix and interview tips seminar.Those who are eager to start now are encouraged to come in and take advantage of the Resume and Interviewing Techniques classes. A USA Jobs class is also available. Call ACS at (0611)143-548-9201/9202 for additional information or come in and seek services prior to this event.

Peter and the Starcatcher

The Amelia Earhart Playhouse presents the TonyAward-winning play, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” at 7 p.m. March 2 and 3, and at 2 p.m. March 4. Follow the adventures of a young orphan and his mates as they are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. Purchase tickets at the Amelia Earhart Playhouse or the Wiesbaden Arts and Crafts Center.

St. Patrick’s month at the Vault

The Vault Club and Casino celebrates St. Patrick’s Day all month long with a host of special events including: Jimmi Carrow’s down home blues at 7 p.m. March 2, pool tourna-

ments at 8 p.m. March 16 and 23, St. Patrick’s Day Dance-Off with DJ Stan at 7 p.m. March 17, and Ladies Night with DJ Spike at 7 p.m. March 30.

Paint Your Pet

The Wiesbaden Arts and Crafts Center offers “Paint Your Pet” on Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m. Students can bring in their favorite pet photo and learn how to transform it into a painting on canvas. This is a multiple-sitting concept expected to last two or three settings. Cost is $90 including all supplies. Stop by the center to register in advance.

Java and Jobs

Army Community Service’s Employment Readiness Program offers a “Java and Jobs” outreach on most Mondays from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. A representative will be at the Main Exchange Food Court on March 5 and 19, and the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center on March 12. Call (0611) 143-548-9201 for more information.

Theater workshop

The 2018 Tournament of Plays adjudicators are offering a free workshop and private coaching in acting, directing, auditioning, stage managing, youth theater and other theater topics at 7 p.m. March 7. The workshop will include a directing workshop with Annette Procunier and a performing Shakespeare workshop with Jonathon Lamer. Both are for ages high school and up. Sign up by emailing nathan.d.records.

Canvas and Corkscrews

Enjoy an evening of creating art in a relaxed atmosphere at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

March 2. This get-together is open to ID cardholders age 21 and above. Cost is $45 including all painting supplies. Food and drink can be purchased separately at the WEC. Reserve your space at the Wiesbaden Arts and Crafts Center. Call (0611) 143-548-9838 for more information.

Library story time

Children up to age 6 are invited to the Wiesbaden Library to enjoy a fun hour of stories, crafts and songs on Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. Parents are also invited to tag along to pick up literacy tips and reading suggestions. No registration is required. Call (0611) 143-5489821 for more information.

Movie matinee

The Wiesbaden Library invites patrons to enjoy a free movie – every first Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. The Wiesbaden Community Spouses’ Club scholarship deadline for high school and continuing education students is Feb. 24. Last year more than $78,000 in scholarships were awarded. Visit www. for more information.

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Positive Guidance

Army Community Service’s Family Advocacy Program offers free, effective discipline guidance for parents during a monthly Positive Guidance class every third Wednesday of the month from 10 to 11 a.m. at ACS. Call (0611) 143-5489201 for more information.

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Play Morning is a play group for parents and children, ages 12 months to 3 years old, held on Fridays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The group meets at Texasstrasse 57, Apartment 2, Hainerberg, Bldg. 7780.

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A day in the life at Delta C

Story and photos by Paul Hughes Training Support Center Wiesbaden

The motto “keep ‘em flying” adorns their unit crests. They refer to themselves as the “Sky Masters,” the origins of which can be traced all the way back to the company’s participation in the Berlin airlift. Entering their hangar for a prearranged photoshoot on a grey Wiesbaden morning, I walk along the large quiet corridors noticing that nearly every office door along the corridor is closed. The ones that are open contain 1 or 2 people in large sterile looking rooms. For a minute, I feel like I have come to the wrong place. In most large company buildings the corridors echo with the sound of telephone conversations and keyboards tapping away. The large, clean, quiet corridors of the company would lead you to believe this is a large empty building with a skeleton staff of maintainers. Stepping through into the “maintenance room,” a single Soldier occupies a desk in the corner of a large tiled office with the faint smell of oils and lubricants his only company. He points me towards the direction of a door where I hope I will track down my point of contact for the morning. As I step through the door, the quiet is shattered by a hive of activity. Twenty to 30 Soldiers, officers and civilian engineers hustle around working to an accompaniment of classic rock, clanging tools and engineering chatter. Four Black Hawks lay in various states of repair undergoing different maintenance activities. Soldiers sit in, on and around aircraft busily tightening, loosening and banging components, whilst checklists are read and re-read. Civilian engineers clamber precariously on top of open engine cowlings, reaching to get to awkward parts in the guts of the aircraft. The whole scene looks more like an aircraft factory where new helicopters are being built to order than a maintenance hangar. Such is the stripped down state of some of the airframes. I am pointed to a room where

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I will find my contact. As I peer around the corner into a briefing room at least another 20 Soldiers and officers sit in a conference room being briefed on maintenance activities. Within this single enormous hanger, with its misleadingly quiet corridors lies the beating heart of helicopter operations at Wiesbaden Army Airfield. 1-214th GSAB conducts aerial support for the Command of USAREUR and all visiting dignitaries. Throughout the battalion they operate UC-35, C-12, UH-60, and UH-1 aircraft. Delta Company do not own any of the aircraft they operate. What they are is 91 people, looking after 18 aircraft in two different locations. They are the Soldiers, with the equipment needed to maintain these aircraft, and they have a long and proud record of aircraft safety. As I am met by 1st Sgt. Damir Hodzic from Alabama, he proudly tells me that “without us, nothing flies,” referring to his teams of maintainers, engineers and crew. He introduces me to some of the many people working at Delta Company. Like Staff Sgt. Gabriealla Nnabue from Dallas. Nnabue, a Tech Supply Logistician, has the responsibility for issuing, ordering and maintaining accurate stock of some 10 to 12,000 line items. Next I am introduced to Sgt. Rodney Rios, a powertrain repairer from Guam. Rios is busy with a lifecycle bearing replacement, and then to Rich Clark, a civilian helicopter mechanic from Colorado. Clark is sending an aircraft back out to the flight line after completing maintenance on its pedal adjuster. This is a routine two to three hour task, compared to some of the mammoth overhauls currently being undertaken in the sprawling hangar. You could describe Delta Company as having two bosses. The bosses of quality and the bosses of production. Whilst everything must be done on time to satisfy the production bosses, it has to be done to the 100 percent satisfaction of the quality bosses. CW3 Hoeu Kim, the company quality control Officer in

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Charge, has the job of ensuring that every component is checked and installed correctly prior to letting the aircraft back in the air at the end of any maintenance. It is not like putting Ikea furniture together, there can be no screws leftover. The common goal for the company is getting the aircraft back in the air as soon as possible. You might say that whilst production want it done, quality need it done right. As an added quality assurance, Kim is also the test pilot who is the first to fly these overhauled aircraft when they get out of maintenance; it goes without saying that he takes his job very seriously. In Production Control CW2 Matthew Marshall from Virginia is assistant OIC. Marshall helps oversee all the coordination and scheduling of maintenance and the personnel that execute the tasks. This includes avionics engineers, airframe mechanics and electricians to name a few. Some of the challenges he faces daily are that not all the companies he is responsible for are based in Wiesbaden. Charlie Company (Medivac) are based in Grafenwoehr. Therefore scheduled maintenance tasks for Charlie Company aircraft involve loading a van full of tools, parts and technicians and travelling down to the aircraft to get it back in the air. This is when he is not battling his other challenge, a common one for Germany — the weather. Back on the hangar floor, I watch as no less than four Soldiers work atop a Black Hawk, efficiently removing a control plate from the aircraft (which involves a mammoth amount of work). As I wonder how I can photograph the Soldiers, CW4 Thomas Parker from Virginia, the production control officer, tells me he is going to get me up there. Clambering up using the various foot holds and sticky out parts like some highly expensive - and in places - highly fragile, jungle gym to get my pictures, I get a sense of the scale of technical knowledge and attention to detail required to be an aircraft maintainer. Coincidently I applied to be

an aircraft mechanic when I was still at school. After today I realize that with my crummy attention to detail, I would not have lasted a minute. It was evident that every single thing is done to a process and is checked and rechecked; nothing is missed. Carefully climbing down so that I don’t put my foot on a “no step area” of the aircraft, Parker then begins explaining that some of these helicopters were produced as long ago as 1988. They have some of the highest flying times of any aircraft operated by the U.S. Army. This means that a higher cycle of maintenance is needed to keep the aircraft in the air. After only two to three minutes with Parker, I get the feeling that he is the guy with the finger on the pulse of every aircraft and every single maintenance activity in this company. Parker has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Black Hawks he is charged with looking after. Many of these aircraft will actually be replaced in the spring with new UH-60-M variants. These comparatively new aircraft have modern “glass” cockpits and are entirely digital as opposed to the older analogue systems we find in the –A versions currently maintained by Delta Company. Every pilot and crew member has undergone retraining onto the new aircraft type, in both simulators and with the actual aircraft back in the U.S. After spending only one morning with Delta Company, I can already tell just how incredibly active this unit is. All their personnel are working all the time. You will not find a single pair of boots on any desks during the working day. But what you will find is focused professionals, working hard together with a strong sense of camaraderie and morale that I have only seen in the highest performing units. Delta Company, 1-214th are a company pulling together to flawlessly achieve a difficult mission, under unique circumstances, whilst deployed. A testament to the team work and quality focus of their teams and leaders.


Company, 1-214th GSAB

Soldiers of Delta Company, 1-214th General Support Aviation Battalion complete maintenance tasks on UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopters on Clay Kaserne.

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Keep up to date with latest news, events Lena Stange USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs

The Community Information Exchange on Jan. 23 at the Vault Club and Casino was not a common one. Participants of this CIE received free food samples, had cake and took part in a raffle. The reason for that was the grand opening of the Vault Club & Casino and the Bamboo Asian Restaurant located in the former shopping center on Hainerberg. At the CIE, community members receive important garrison information, dates and news. Representatives from Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation talked about upcoming events such as the Sweethearts Massage Special during Valentine’s week. The principles of the schools

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on Hainerberg and Aukamm shared events and important dates, highlighting PCS-relevant deadlines. A representative from the Wiesbaden Army Health Clinic talked about location changes and their Joint Outpatient Experience Survey ( JOES), which has a very low return rate. In order to improve quality of care, and patient satisfaction, feedback by patients is appreciated. The American Red Cross shared information about blood drives. One donation “saves an average of three lives.” Donors can give blood every time in Wiesbaden — every 56 days. The blood stays in Europe and within the military community. These are just some examples for the variety of topics that are covered at CIE. For more detailed information, download the latest presentation slides at: People who attend the CIE can always ask questions to the presenters as well as the commander himself. Questions about events, construction plans, parking lots, the Commissary, the Exchange, and the like can be clarified. The next CIE will take place March 27 at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center on Hainerberg.

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Karl Weisel/Family and MWR

Operations assistant Gregory Neal (from left), Garrison Commander Col. Todd J. Fish, Command Sgt. Maj. Chad Pinkston, and Vault manager Albert White cut a ribbon at the grand opening of the Vault Club and Casino and Bamboo Asian Restaurant Jan. 23 on Hainerberg.


Redskins bring taste of home before Super Bowl Karl Weisel Wiesbaden Family and MWR Marketing

Wiesbaden military community members were treated to a special visit in anticipation of the Super Bowl. While the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots were busy preparing for the big show, members of a former Super Bowl-winning team shared their time with those stationed overseas. Armed Forces Entertainment and Wiesbaden Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation welcomed a group of Washington Redskins alumni and cheerleaders for a day of meet-and-greets, a youth clinic and a dynamic performance by the cheerleaders on Jan. 30. Soldiers, civilians and Family members had a chance to interact with Redskins alumni including former wide receiver Ricky “Slick Rick” Sanders, a two-time Super Bowl champion; Reggie Branch, fellow Super Bowl winner and running back; and Chris Samuels, longtime Redskins offensive tackle and six-time Pro Bowl selectee. All shared stories about their ad-

Photos by Karl Weisel/Wiesbaden Family and MWR

Washington Redskins alulmni and cheerleaders spent the day at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Jan. 30. Superbowl champions and cheerleaders met with community members and signed autographs. ventures with the Redskins and were extremely gracious in answering any and all questions during the various events at the Wiesbaden Sports, Fitness and Outdoor Recreation Center — and later at the Wiesbaden Main Exchange in

Hainerberg Housing. “It’s an honor to spend time with service members and their families overseas,” said Sanders, as he posed for photos with community members during an autograph-signing session.

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During the Child and Youth Services Cheerleading Clinic, members of the Redskins cheerleaders demonstrated various moves and techniques — and led Wiesbaden youth through several routines. The visit was part of the Washington Redskins 58th Military Appreciation Tour which has seen visits to Walter Reed Medical Center since the 1970s and to those stationed overseas since 1983.

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Sports shorts Free golf in March

The Rheinblick Golf Course offers free golf for U.S. ID cardholders during their March Membership Drive. Throughout the month, new memberships purchased include a driving range key valued at $30. All memberships include unlimited golf, USGA handicap service, tournament entry free discount, coupon book and reciprocal agreements with other military golf courses. Call (0611) 143-548-5485 or stop by the Pro Shop for more information.

Shake Your Shamrocks

The Wiesbaden Sports, Fitness and Outdoor Recreation Center hosts a Spinning and Green Beer: Shake Your Shamrocks cycling challenge at 6 p.m. March 9. Enjoy a 90-minute, music packed, spin session followed a couple of bottles of green beer. Cost is $8 per person or $12 per couple. Call (0611) 143-548-9801.

Take off with Outdoor Rec

Outdoor Recreation offers Black Forest Ski and Snowboard Express trips throughout the winter season. Upcoming day trips are March 3 and 10. Outdoor Recreation also hosts a Spain Spring Break trip to Calella from March 30 to April 5. This all-inclusive trip includes five overnights in a four-star hotel will all meals and drinks, various tours and a medieval dinner and show. Stop by the Fitness Center for more information.

Register for spring sports

Enrollment is now open and continues through March 9 for Child and Youth Services spring season sports. The season runs from March to June. CYS spring season sports include T-ball (ages 3 to 6), baseball (ages 7 to 15), softball (ages 9 to 15), soccer (ages 5 to 15), track and field (ages 8 to 15), tennis (ages 8 to 15), golf (ages 8 to 18) and archery (ages 8 to 15). Register at Parent Central Services or call (0611) 143-548-9356.

Recreational shooting

Outdoor Recreation hosts recreational shooting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 24. Firearms are available for rent with ranges including handgun plus 100-, 200- and 300-meter rifle. Call (0611) 143-548-9801.

Adult ballet

The Wiesbaden Arts and Crafts Center is now offering adult ballet classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon and 7 to 8 p.m. The classes are taught by a 14-year veteran of the dance arts who has worked with companies around Europe. Register at the Arts and Crafts Center or call (0611) 143-548-9838.

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US Soldiers in Europe first to receive new technology Claire Heininger U.S. Army

GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — Soldiers with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade and 2nd Armored Brigade, 1st Infantry Division are the first to receive new electronic warfare, known as EW, prototype systems that enable the U.S. Army to contest and challenge near-peer adversaries in this critical domain. Delivery and training for the integrated package of mounted, dismounted, and command and control EW systems began in January and concludes this month. Soldiers can use the equipment to implement electronic protection for their own formations, as well as to detect and understand enemy activity in the electromagnetic spectrum and disrupt adversaries through electronic attack effects. “This equipment will provide additional sensors on the battlefield to contribute to the commander’s common operating picture, and assist in driving the targeting process,”said Capt. Sean Lynch, Electronic Warfare Officer for the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, or 2CR.“By continuing to contest and challenge NATO adversaries within the electromagnetic spectrum, it forces our adversaries to rethink their strategy and reinforces our ability to support the alliance.” Provided in response to an Operational Needs Statement from U.S. Army Europe, the technologies are interim solutions designed as a bridge to enduring EW programs of record that are still in development. The Army Rapid Capabilities Office and the Project Manager for Electronic Warfare & Cyber teamed with 2CR and other receiving units on a rapid prototyping approach to drive system design, performance, functionality and training to meet operational needs in the near- and mid-term. “The arrival of these electronic warfare systems in Europe demonstrates how the Army can act rapidly to meet a combatant commander need and provide an important deterrent against a quickly modernizing, near-peer threat,” said Doug Wiltsie, director of the Army Rapid Capabilities Office. “We will continue to rely on Soldier input to improve the capabilities through phased upgrades, while reducing risk for enduring acquisition programs of record.” In Europe, where Russian aggression, tactics and capabilities have demonstrated the ability to use the electromagnetic spectrum to affect military operations, the impact of the prototype capabilities could be significant. Because the systems are ground-based and fielded at brigade and below, they provide commanders additional ways to influence and shape their areas of responsibility with EW assets that can be seamlessly integrated within their formations.

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MOVIES Taunus Movie Theater Thursday, February 15 The 15:17 to Paris (PG-13), 7 p.m.

At the movies February 15 - 28

Friday, February 16 Black Panther (PG-13), 7 p.m. Saturday, February 17 Black Panther in 3D (PG-13), 3 p.m. Black Panther (PG-13), 6 p.m. Sunday, February 18 Early Man (PG), 3 p.m. Black Panther (PG-13), 5:30 p.m. Monday, February 19 No Showing Tuesday, February 20 No Showing Wednesday, February 21 Fifty Shades Freed (R), 7 p.m. Thursday, February 22 Black Panther in 3D (PG-13), 7 p.m. Photo by Disney Pictures

Friday, February 23 Annihilation (R), 7 p.m. Saturday, February 24 Game Night (R), 4 p.m. Annihilation (R), 6 p.m.

Black Panther — After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakandan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.

Sunday, February 25 Early Man (PG), 2 p.m. Peter Rabbit (PG), 4:30 p.m. Monday, February 26 No Showing Tuesday, February 27 No Showing Wednesday, February 28 Game Night (R), 7 p.m. Editor’s note:The movies listing was the most current at the time of publication. Please visit herald-union. com for the most up-to-date schedule.

Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures

The 15:17 to Paris — In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris — an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe. The film follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board.

Photo by Studio Canal

Early Man — Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home.

Are you a trained Graphic Designer and looking for some part-time work? Then we are looking for you! Must have experience with Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. Please send your resume and examples of past work to This job is tax free and paid in Euros. Approx. work per month is 35-40 hours. Join our team of professional designers!

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FOR YOUR HEALTH Wiesbaden Army Health Clinic Hours: Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The clinic will be closed in the morning on Feb. 15 for training and open from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Schedule appointments online at www.tricareonline. com or call (06371) 94645762(06371) 9464-5762.


The clinic will be closed on Presidents Day, Feb. 19

Take control of heart health this month Wiesbaden Army Health Clinic

February is American Heart Month and Feb. 3 marks the annual Go Red for Women Day sponsored by the American Heart Association. The Wiesbaden Army Health Clinic wants to help you avoid a broken heart not only this Valentine’s month, but for your future as well. “Going Red” means being ready to take control of your health. Heart disease is the number one killer in women and yet only 20 percent of women

believe that heart disease is their greatest threat. As a result women are more likely than men to ignore the warning signs of a heart attack.

What causes heart disease? Heart disease affects the blood vessels and cardiovascular system. Numerous problems can result from this, many of which are related to a process called atherosclerosis, a condition that develops when plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries. This buildup narrows

Medical readiness


Percent of Soldiers classified as Medical Readiness Classification (MRC) 4 HQDA Standard is 2%. *Data as of Feb. 2, 2018

Access to Care

(Appointment Wait Time) Patients who call for an URGENT appointment are seen within:

.85 day Tricare standard=1 day (Exceeds standard by .15 day)

rSnapshotPhotos/ Heart disease is the number one killer in women, but the disease can be treated and prevented with help from the Wiesbaden Army Health Clinic.

*Data as of Dec. 2017 Patients who call for a ROUTINE appointment are seen within:

5.58 days Tricare standard=7 days (Exceeds standard by 1.42 days) *Data as of Dec. 2017

Patient Satisfaction JOES Satisfaction Levels

92.6% *10 responses

Positive ICE Comments


*45 responses

*Data as of Jan. 2018

Your feedback matters to us. Please complete the Joint Outpatient Experience Survey ( JOES) or Interactive Customer Evaluation.

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the arteries. If a blood clot forms, it can cause a heart attack or stroke. How can I prevent it? With the right information, education and care, heart disease in women can be treated, prevented and even ended. A few lifestyle changes you should make include; don’t smoke; manage your blood sugar; get your blood pressure under control; lower your cholesterol; know your family history; lose weight; and eat healthy. The Wiesbaden Army Health Clinic is committed to helping patients reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease and has programs to support those important lifestyle changes that make a difference. We encourage you to get regular screenings that monitor your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels. If you are a smoker

and are ready to quit, contact Army Public Health Nursing at 06371-9464-1311 for information on Tobacco Cessation assistance. For advice on active lifestyles, diet and exercise, contact the Army Wellness Center at 06371-94641478.


• Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute. • 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. • Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen. • The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women vs. men, and are often misunderstood. • While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease.

Telehealth brings care to distant locations MarieLouise Assing Wiesbaden Army Health Clinic

You go to Wiesbaden Army Health Clinic for most of your care but you find out that most specialty care is located at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center - a 60- to 90-minute car ride one-way. You might also have only one vehicle for your household. Finally, you might not be able to get time off from work. What do you do? A great alternative to driving, without sacrificing quality, is telehealth. Telehealth is a way to evaluate and treat patients who are in locations that are far away from the desired health care provider. The medical community around the world is finding that it’s becoming a great tool to allow delivery of convenient medical care

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that meets all the healthcare standards we want for our beneficiaries. A telehealth appointment is just like a normal appointment, only the specialist you see is on a monitor similar to FaceTime or Skype. Before you arrive, the specialist will already have information about you from your provider who placed your LRMC consultation. If you have used off post services, you may be asked to bring in those test results, medications or radiology reports. Then I, as your telehealth patient presenter, will be with you during your visit to help you and your provider ensuring an excellent clinic experience. During the visit I can, at the direction of your specialist, assist with any required examination using tele-diagnostic equipment.

Aleutie/ Telehealth is a way to evaluate and treat patients who are in locations that are far away from the desired health care provider.

The specialist on the monitor can hear your heartbeat and breathing and look into your ear, nose and throat as though they are in the same room. To book an appointment, you will need a referral from your primary care doctor. Once the referral is approved, the LRMC specialty clinic will contact you within three business days to book the appointment. Keep in mind that not all referrals can be conducted through telehealth. For instance, the specialist at

LRMC may need to see you in person for the initial visit. At the time of your telehealth appointment, do not go to LRMC. Instead, you will go to the Wiesbaden Army Health Clinic. Please arrive at your appointment 15 minutes ahead of scheduled appointment time. For more information on telehealth please contact Ms MarieLouise Assing, Registered Nurse, Wiesbaden Army Health Clinic at DSN 590-1324 or (06371)9464-1324.

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Herald Union, Feb. 15, 2018  

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, Feb. 15, 2018  

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...