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BERLIN AIRLIFT

70 years of

June 26, 1948 - SEPTEMBER 30, 1949

friendship Emily Jennings and Jessica Ryan USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs

More than 45,000 people attended a celebration at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden’s airfield on Clay Kaserne June 10 and 11 in commemoration of 70 years since the end of the Berlin Airlift. “This event is a testament to the Inside strong and enduring friendship between n Halvorsen: the German and American people that Children of Berlin began 70 years ago with the air bridge valued freedom above to Berlin, which remains the largest all, Page 8 humanitarian airlift in history,” said n Memorial USAG Wiesbaden Commander Col. honors those who Noah Cloud. died, Page 9 The U.S. Air Forces in Europe band n More photos, “The Ambassadors” set the mood for the Page 12 June 10 event, playing 1940’s big band music, which was followed by parachutists who dropped in to the event. Not long after, the “Candy Bomber,” retired U.S. Air Force Col. Gail Halvorsen, flew in on a C-47 Skytrain, the type of aircraft in which he flew supplies to West Berlin in 1948 and 1949. Halvorsen arrived on the runway to a water

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GARRISON BIDS FAREWELL TO CSM Pinkston passes colors in ceremony on Clay. Page 2

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NEWS & FEATURES Vol. XXI, No. 9 U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Command Garrison Commander Col. Noah C. Cloud

Newspaper staff Public Affairs Officer Jacob Corbin, DSN 548-2001 Deputy Public Affairs Officer Anna Morelock, DSN 548-2002 Editor Emily Jennings, DSN 548-2004 Public Affairs Specialist Lena Stange, DSN 548-2003

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COVER PHOTO: Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Gail Halvorsen, 98, known as the “Candy Bomber,” waves to visitors June 10 at an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Berlin Airlift. Halvorsen flew into Wiesbaden Army Airfield on a C-47 Skytrain, the type he used to deliver supplies and, famously, candy to the former West Berlin.

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Garrison CSM passes colors in relinquishment ceremony Emily Jennings USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs

Command Sgt. Maj. Chad Pinkston relinquished responsibility of U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden during a ceremony May 23 at Clay Kaserne. His next duty station will be in San Antonio as the command sergeant major for Installation Management Command G9, which oversees all Army Family and Morale,Welfare and Recreation programs. Garrison Commander Col. Noah Cloud said Pinkston had a positive impact across the garrison with the Soldiers and units as well as host nation friends and partners during his time here. “Although your stay was only two years in Wiesbaden, you have placed an indelible mark on our community,” Cloud told Pinkston and his wife Leah. “Your efforts have had a tremendously positive impact.” Cloud highlighted Pinkston’s penchant for helping Soldiers improve their fitness by leading physical training sessions, creating an Army Combat Fitness Training Center and leading an initiative to paint the inside of the gym and hang motivational artwork. He hosted forums with leaders and Soldiers to understand how he could help improve Soldiers’ lives, Cloud said. His efforts led to healthier food options in the dining facility, and he led efforts that increased Soldier for Life participation by

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U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Command Sgt. Maj. Chad Pinkston passes the colors to Garrison Commander Col. Noah Cloud during a relinquishment of responsibility ceremony May 23 on Clay Kaserne. 90%. He mentored three NCOs, leading to their induction in the Sergeant Morales Club. He improved the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program, and he took personal pride in improving FMWR programs. “I could not have asked for a better teammate and Army professional as a command sergeant major,” Cloud said. In an emotional speech, Pinkston

thanked his Army leaders and colleagues and his Family, calling his wife Leah “a constant source of inspiration and love.” “My children are the reason I serve,” he said.“Some say it’s education; some say it’s money or a variety of other reasons. For me, it’s for others. In my humble opinion, we serve for others, and most importantly we serve for the future of our nation and our children.”

Exercise to prep staff to handle emergencies Emily Jennings USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden will conduct an allhazards, full-scale exercise June 25 to 27 in order to test its preparedness and ability to respond. Garrison and host nation support agencies will test their readiness to save lives; secure sites to preserve evidence and protect resources; assess damage and quickly restore critical mission command and infrastructure. “An essential element of our success as a garrison during a crisis is quick and effective integration of host nation resources,”said Garrison Commander Col. Noah Cloud.

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Military police participate in an exercise in 2016 at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden. The garrison will conduct a full-scale exercise June 25 to 27 to test readiness. “We are fortunate to have established a great working relationship with our host nation emergency service providers over the years. We can count on

them for outstanding support during any event.” Personnel should expect short delays at gates and with some services, said Al Marquez,

the garrison’s emergency management specialist. Cloud acknowledged the exercise will cause some friction within the community, but stressed the importance of the training event. “It is important to the community that the garrison take time to conduct realistic training so that we provide the proper response in a crisis,” he said. “This is the perfect time for people to exercise their own emergency plans in the event that an incident occurs on the installation,” Marquez said. “Remember to make a plan, build a kit and be informed.” For more on preparing for emergencies, visit: https:// ready.army.mil.

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Observances celebrate Army diversity Anna Morelock USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs

In addition to a cake cutting to kick off the month, the 522nd Military Intelligence Battalion hosted two events in May in honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Brig. Gen. Lapthe C. Flora, U.S. Army Africa deputy commanding general and Army Reserve integration advisor, shared his story May 28 at Clay Chapel about his arrival in the United States from Vietnam and why he chose to serve. Flora said he remembered being asked by a Vietnam veteran why he wanted to serve in the military. “Son, what’s wrong with you?” he said. “You were born and raised in Vietnam. You survived the conflict, the war. Why do you want to join the military? What’s wrong with you?” As a child, Flora survived the Vietnam War where he lost his father, a South Vietnamese Merchant Marine. He took a job at age 11 in a factory and the home of the owner to take the burden of his care off of his mother. Along with his siblings, he lived in the jungle for several years to avoid being drafted by the communist army. In 1979 he escaped Vietnam on a wooden fishing boat across the South

China Sea to Indonesia where after more than 11 months in refugee camps, he was allowed to immigrate to the United States. “Gratitude,” Flora said has been his reason for serving as a Reserve officer since 1987. It was also his reason for working hard in school and going on to become an engineer for a defense company where he just retired as a vice president after 30 years. Flora is also named on six patents for night vision goggles. “When you went through all that and someone reaches down and gives you that helping hand,” Flora said. “Thank you is definitely not enough.” Flora also discussed the importance of diversity and inclusion in fostering innovation in the U.S. The United States is a country of immigrants and the most innovative in the world, he said. “Diversity without inclusion is meaningless,” Flora said. During a second event, May 30, Col. Derrick S. Lee, U.S. Army Europe deputy chief of staff, was the guest speaker for the observance at the fitness center; followed by live entertainment from Golden Sage Martial Arts, the Island Dancers and Army Corps of Engineer Dancers. Students from Aukamm Elementary School opened the observance with songs and

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Students from Aukamm Elementary School perform during the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration May 30 at the fitness center. The students opened for the guest speaker and several other live performances sponsored by 522nd Military Intelligence Battalion. dances from the Asian-Pacific region.The event also included a bouncy house, food tasting and other informational resources on the Asian-Pacific culture. June ’s obser vance for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Month was hosted by U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden and featured a cake cutting June 4 at Strong Europe Café and an event June 20 at 11:30 a.m. at the Community Activity Center with a guest speaker, panel discussion and refreshments.

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One of the Island Dancers performs during the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration May 30 at the fitness center.

Soldiers honor those who lost their lives

U.S. Army Europe Soldiers render salutes during the bugle playing of taps at a Memorial Day observance and retreat ceremony May 23 on Clay Kaserne.

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LEFT: U.S. Army Europe Deputy Commanding General for Mobilization and Reserve Affairs Brig. Gen. Ellen S. Clark and USAREUR Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Abernethy lay a wreath during a Memorial Day observance and retreat ceremony May 23 on Clay Kaserne. The ceremony was held to honor those who gave their lives while wearing the uniform.

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Dragon boat racing

News flash

German-American teams compete during annual event

Upcoming holidays

Community members should be aware of the following U.S. federal and training holidays, which may affect garrison frontdoor services, and host nation holidays, which will affect businesses and services off post, as well as some on post staffed by local nationals. June 20 — Corpus Christi, German holiday July 4 — Independence Day, American holiday July 5 — Training holiday Aug. 2, 5, 30 — Training holidays Sept. 2 — Labor Day, American holiday Call before you go on U.S., training and German holidays. Find the garrison phonebook at home.army.mil/wiesbaden. Soldiers should confirm with their local chain of command whether they have a federal or training holiday off.

Thrift shop moves

The Wiesbaden Community Spouses’ Club Thrift Shop has moved to its new location on Hainerberg across from the Taunus Theater. The store is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and the second and fourth Saturday of the month.

SHIP store access

The Self Help store can now be accessed via the road adjacent to the PX. Signage is in place.

Next CIE

If you missed the May 23 Community Information Exchange, view the slides on the garrison website at home.army. mil/wiesbaden, click “My Wiesbaden,” then “News and Info” for the link. The next CIE is at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 28 at the Community Activity Center. The theme will be back to school.

Vehicle inspection

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden personnel may now schedule a vehicle inspection appointment online by going to home.army.mil/wiesbaden and clicking the “My Wiesbaden” tab at the top, then scrolling to the “Vehicle Registration”section and then clicking the link for “Online Appointments for Vehicle Inspection.” A vehicle registration appointment can be made through a separate link on the website.

Emergency numbers

For on-post emergencies call the military police at (0611) 705-114 or DSN 114; for an ambulance or in case of fire on post call (0611) 705-117 or DSN 117. For off-post emergencies call 110 for the German Polizei or 112 for the German Fire and Rescue.

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Story and photos by Lena Stange USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs

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ighty students from Wiesbaden Middle School, Wiesbaden High School and Erich Kästner-Schule participated in the fifth annual dragon boat race May 28 at Schiersteiner Hafen. The students participated and learned to function as teams to propel their four boats across the harbor as quickly as possible. Team work is essential to getting a dragon boat to move fast. One person marks the pace and the rest of the team paddles according to the rhythm. “It’s a great feeling to see a tradition come into place,” said Dirk Mlaka, principal at Erich-Kästner Schule. “An activity that has persisted for five years has proven to be a good thing. Every year, it is nice to see how the kids grow together as teams on the boats.”

Remembering D-Day as Army turns 244 Sean Kimmons Army News Service

WASHINGTON — As Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley spoke to veterans at the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, he asked what lessons they had learned from hitting the beach in that deadly campaign. “Never let it happen again,” a 96-year-old veteran who earned two Silver Stars told the general. Milley called it the “single most violent conflict in human history” when over 150,000 allied troops stormed the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region on June 6, 1944. By the time the campaign ended in early August, nearly 37,000 ground troops had been killed. On Wednesday, while at a cakecutting ceremony at the U.S. Capitol to officially kick off events for the Army’s 244th birthday, Milley said that sacrifice should not be forgotten. “I think that’s the lesson of great power competition, great power

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war,” he said. “Let us never forget that 75 years ago the world was amass in violence. And the way to keep that peace is to maintain an incredibly strong military for the United States.”

Congress forms Army

On June 14, 1775, the Second Continental Congress formed the Continental Army under the command of George Washington to unify the 13 colonies in their fight against British forces. When the Revolutionary War ended, the Congress of the Confederation created the U.S. Army to replace the disbanded Continental Army on June 3, 1784. “We were born as the result of the United States Congress,” Milley said. “The United States Army could not be the most powerful army in the world … without all the great support that we get from the Senate and the House.” Throughout the years, Soldiers have played an integral part in the nation’s wars as well as defending the

homeland and conducting humanitarian assistance across the country and around the world. Today, the Army’s total force numbers about 1 million and some 180,000 Soldiers are deployed in over 140 countries at any given time.

Army’s renaissance

“Your United States Army has to be ready today for that future fight,” said Army Secretary Mark T. Esper during the ceremony. Esper also mentioned the Army should learn from the Greatest Generation, which fought and defeated Nazi Germany, imperial Japan and fascist Italy. The Army is now in the middle of a renaissance, he said, as it changes the way it mans, trains and equips the force in order to stay ahead of near-peer threats. “We will be ready, and we are ready,” he said. “That’s our commitment to you, the American people. That’s our commitment to Congress and that is our commitment to the country.”

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Army lengthens tours for Soldiers in Europe Sean Kimmons Army News Service

WASHINGTON — The Army is adding a year to overseas tours for some Soldiers heading to Europe and Japan, as part of an effort to boost readiness and reduce moves. Under the new policy, which applies to permanent change-of-station orders published after June 14, tours for Soldiers who have no dependents and are not married to other service members will extend from 24 to 36 months. Tours for Soldiers accompanied by dependents will remain at 36 months. An estimated 3,000 to 5,000 Soldiers could be affected by the policy each year. “You won’t have the turnover,” said Mary Sturm, who handles overseas and enlisted assignment policy for the Army’s G-1 personnel office. “Anyone staying in one location longer is going to provide a little more stability.” Extra stability could provide benefits all the way down to the squad level, from tank crews to those in office settings, as Soldiers train in the same teams with less turnover.

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Soldiers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team provide security during a Saber Junction 18 livefire exercise at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Sept. 11, 2018. Soldiers stationed at certain locations in Europe and Japan will now serve three-year overseas tours, as part of an effort to boost readiness and reduce moves. “That enables the crews to actually work together for a longer period of time,” Sturm said. “You’ll get to utilize the skills you learn, rather than move on to the next location.” The new policy applies to the fol-

lowing areas: • Germany: All locations except Donaueschingen • Italy: All locations except Mount Venda • Belgium: All locations except Betrix

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• Japan: All locations except Akizuki Kure, ltami (Sapporo), Kumamoto, Kuma Shima, Kyoga- Misaki, Okuma, Osaka, le Shima, Seburiyama, Sendai, and Shariki There are no current plans to expand this policy to other locations. The policy is part of the Army’s larger efforts to alleviate transportation issues seen by Soldiers and their families when traveling to new assignments. Some of those efforts include increasing the capacity of household goods carriers, improving customer service at all transportation offices, and setting up a 24/7 hotline to solve problems if local offices cannot. At a family forum in February, Army Secretary Mark T. Esper said the service was moving to standardize continental U.S. tours and most overseas tours to 36 months to reduce PCS moves. Esper also mentioned Soldiers should be able to stay at a location for even longer than three years. “That’s fine as long as you’re performing your role and it’s value added to the Army,” he said. “We want as much as possible to reduce PCS turmoil.”

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CID warns about social media scams U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Command QUANTICO, Va. – U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Computer Crime Investigative Unit is once again warning against social media scams where cybercriminals impersonate service members by using actual and fictitious information. “By monitoring your social media identity, you can protect your Army Family and your reputation,”said Special Agent Marc Martin, deputy director of operations for CCIU.“The criminals will use factual data from official websites and Soldiers’ personal social media sites, then prey on vulnerable people’s trusting nature and willingness to help the Soldier.” Mitigating fraudulent social media accounts can simply start with searching for your name on various social media platforms. Since scammers may use your photo but change the name, you should also conduct an image search of your social media profile pictures. If you find yourself or a Family member being impersonated online, CID warns that you should take im-

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Mitigating fraudulent social media accounts can simply start with searching for your name on various social media platforms. Be on the lookout for simple changes such as zeros (0) used instead of the letter “O” or a number one (1) instead of the letter “l.” mediate steps to have the fraudulent number one (1) instead of the letter “l.” Confidence Based/Romance Resites removed. Victims should immediately contact the social media platform lationship: Scammers defraud victims (company) and report the false profile. by pretending to be service members Keep in mind that criminals create seeking romance or in need of emotional impersonation accounts to look just like support and companionship.They gather the real account of a service member by enough detailed personal information using very similarly spelled names and to concoct believable stories tailored to replacing characters with dashes, spaces, lure unsuspecting victims into sending and/or homoglyph characters. Be on the money to help them with transportation lookout for simple changes such as zeros costs, marriage processing expenses, (0) used instead of the letter “O” or a medical fees, communication fees such

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as laptops and satellite telephones. They typically promise to repay the victim when they finally meet; however, once the victim stops sending money, the scammer is not heard from again. Sales Schemes: A scammer advertises an item for sale, at a to-good-tobe-true price. A person showing interest is soon contacted by the “seller” who claims to be a service member with a military unit that is being deployed abroad. The scammer uses the pending deployment to explain the need for a quick sale and, hence, the below market sales price. The scammer insists that money changes hands quickly using some untraceable and irrevocable means such as Western Union, MoneyGram or gift cards. The merchandise is never received and the scammer is not heard from again. For more information about computer security, other computer-related scams and to review previous cybercrime alert notices and cyber-crime prevention flyers visit the Army CID website at https://www.cid.army.mil/ cciu-advisories.html.

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Community notes Independence Day bash

Join fellow community members in celebrating the United States of America’s 243rd birthday July 4 on Hainerberg. This year’s event will feature food and drinks for sale, free rides, amusements (not free), a dunking booth, live entertainment, dexterity games, inflatables and fireworks. After the celebration, the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center Lounge will host an after party led by DJ Smooth.

2nd Amendment

The University of Oklahoma at Wiesbaden presents a professional development seminar from noon to 1 p.m.June 28 in Bldg. 1023E, Room 9. The seminar will explore polarizing views on the second amendment and encourage both sides to see and respect each other. RSVP to APWiesbaden@ou.edu.

Happy ACS Birthday

Join the Wiesbaden Army Community Service staff and volunteers for a birthday celebration honoring 54 years of service and support from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 25. Enjoy music, games, face painting, karaoke, dunk tanks, a bouncy castle and more during this free event.

Learn the basics

The Wiesbaden Arts and Crafts Center holds a Quilting Basics class July 20 and a Sewing Basics class July 27. Call (0611) 143-548-9838 to register.

Play in the playground

Army Community Service’s New Parent Support Program invites children and their parents for a play date at local playgrounds throughout the summer. Play dates in July are from 10-11:30 a.m. July 12 and 26 at the Pluto Weg Playground in Crestview Housing.

Spouse Orientation

Network with the subject matter experts, meet fellow spouses and learn more about your home away from home during the Spouse Orientation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 17 at Army Community Service. Free child care is available. Call (0611) 143-548-9201 to make reservations.

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There’s an artist in everyone

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The Wiesbaden Arts and Crafts Center offers art classes on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Call (0611) 143-548-9838 for details.

Preschool story time

Children up to age 6 are invited to the Wiesbaden Library at 10 a.m. Thursdays for a fun hour of stories, crafts and songs.

Host Nation Orientation

Host Nation Orientation is a way for newcomers to learn about German culture, language, public transportation and tips about living in our community. Host Nation Orientation is held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Tuesday at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center. Call Army Community Service at (0611) 143-548-9201 for more information.

Play Morning

The Wiesbaden Automotive Skills Center on Clay Kaserne North offers a variety of services including wheel alignment service, tire pressure monitor system repair, basic maintenance class for spouses and more. Stop by to find out about these services or to work on your own vehicle. Call (0611) 143-548-6679.

Guitar and bass lessons

Enjoy individual (no groups) electric and acoustic guitar lessons or electric bass guitar lessons for adults at the Wiesbaden Arts and Crafts Center. Beginners are a specialty. The fundamentals, music reading, music theory and information about the music business are included in the course. Lessons are 30-minutes long and generally available from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Lesson times are subject to availability. Ask about available lesson slots at the front counter of the Wiesbaden Arts and Crafts Center or call (0611) 143-548-9838.

the month including Army Family Team Building training, a Resume Seminar, Banking and Checking Accounts and Home Buying. Check out https://wiesbaden.armymwr. com/europe/wiesbaden/programs/ army-community-service-acs and click on the Calendar link for times and locations.

Arts and crafts contest

Win cash prizes and recognition for your work in the Arts and Crafts Contest 2019 which runs through July 8. Authorized MWR patrons are eligible to enter in two divisions: Group I - Novice:

Individuals whose art skills have not been gained in formal education leading to college credit or a college degree; or Group II Accomplished: Individuals who have gained skills and knowledge through formal courses leading to credit in college or art schools, or received awards in professional competitions. There are nine categories in each division: ceramics, digital art, drawings, fiber/textile, glass art, metals and jewelry, mixed media, paintings and wood. The contest is free to enter. Find more information at wiesbaden. armymwr.com.

Play Morning is a play group for children ages 12 months to 3 years that meets from 10-11:30 a.m. Fridays in Bldg. 7780 on ACS classes Hainerberg. Call (0611) 143Army Community Service 548-9201 for more information. offers free classes throughout

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Halvorsen: Children of Berlin valued Emily Jennings USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs

The “Candy Bomber,” retired Col. Gail Halvorsen, flew into the Berlin Airlift 70th anniversary commemoration on Clay Kaserne June 10, 2019, in a C-47 Skytrain, the type of airplane he flew during the airlift. In 1948, as a U.S. Air Force pilot transporting supplies from Wiesbaden to West Berlin during the Cold War, Halvorsen began dropping tiny handmade parachutes with candy to children on the ground. “It’s good to be home,” he said. “Wiesbaden ist meine zweite Heimat — Wiesbaden is my second home.” Halvorsen, 98, recalls getting the idea to drop candy after he met some of the children in Berlin. He had been wearing the same uniform they wore in World War II, he recounted, when a group of children came to the fence and expressed their gratitude. For them to put out their hands in friendship, “I was so astonished at that reaction,” he said, after coming face to face with kids who lost their parents during the war with the Americans. “It was a real life changer for me,”Halvorsen said. He promised the children he would drop candy from his plane for them the next day. “I didn’t want anybody to know about it,” he said, as it was a rule violation and he didn’t have time to get approval. “I got concerned,” he said, “because I made about three drops, and then word got around that somebody’s dropping candy bars out of their airplane.” It was the start of what would officially be dubbed Operation Little Vittles. Airmen gave up their candy rations to supply candy for the children, and after word got back to the states, children and others began sending candy and cards to support the mission. Eventually, candy companies joined in. By the end of the airlift, pilots had dropped more than 23 tons of candy to children in Berlin. “The kids were just wonderful,” Halvorsen said. “Freedom was the main goal, and that’s something we have to remember today — all of us on both sides of the Atlantic. TOP LEFT: A C-47 Skytrain transports the “Candy Bomber,” retired U.S. Air Force Col. Gail Halvorsen, to a water salute June 10 at Wiesbaden Army Airfield during an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Berlin Airlift BOTTOM RIGHT: Peter Witmer, school liaison officer at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, reads excerpts from the children’s book “Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot” as the book’s main character Mercedes Wild (right) and Traute Grier, both children in Berlin during the airlift, listen during a memorial service June 10. OTHER PHOTOS: Children collect candy parachutes, dropped from planes onto the airfield; spectators watch as a formation flies overhead; and visitors check out vintage airplanes on display at the event. Photos by Emily Jennings/USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs unless otherwise noted.

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freedom above all

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Bradley Provancha, the master of ceremonies, rang the bell 81 times to honor personnel who lost their lives during the Berlin Airlift as Dr. John Provan, local historian, looked on during a memorial service June 11 at Clay Kaserne. The event commemorated those who participated in the historic military operation in 1948 to 1949.

Ceremony honors those who died in effort Jessica Ryan USAG Benelux Public Affairs

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“All gave some, some gave all” were the words that summed up the courageous feats of military personnel who served in the Berlin Airlift from 1948 to 1949. Community members remembered these acts of heroism during memorial services on June 10 and 11 at Clay Kaserne Airfield at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden. The memorial services were a part of the Berlin Airlift’s 70th Anniversary commemoration. During the ceremony, garrison leaders, local officials, time witnesses and retired Col. Gail Halvorsen, the famed “Candy Bomber” and “Chocolate Pilot” during the Berlin Airlift, spoke to the audience about the historical significance of the airlift in military operations and its symbolism of friendship and alliance. “The Berlin Airlift was the first time in history where military air transport was used to achieve diplomatic goals,” said local historian Dr. John Provan. “Only the Berlin Airlift has come to symbolize American resolve in supporting nations in time of need through the use of military air transport.” During the Berlin Blockade from 1948 to 1949, the Soviet Union blocked the Western Allies’ railway, road and canal access to the sectors of Berlin under Western control. The airlift, which started June 26, 1948, and ended Sept. 30, 1949, was a joint humanitarian effort between the U.S., British and French militaries to help those impacted by the blockade. The airfield on Clay Kaserne served as a hub as pilots made frequent flights from Wiesbaden to Tempelhof Airport in West Berlin. The U.S. Air Force transported 1.8 million tons to West Berlin, Provan said. “A total of 75,000 individuals were directly involved in making the combined

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airlift task force work,” he added. The community remembered 81 personnel — 13 Germans, 32 Americans and 36 British — who lost their lives in support of the airlift. A bell rang for each loss.

A lasting friendship

One of the Berlin Airlift pilots was Halvorsen, then a first lieutenant, who became known as the “Candy Bomber” for delivering candy to German children. He constructed makeshift parachutes with handkerchiefs so candy and other goods could drop from his plane into the children’s hands. At 98 years old, Halvorsen attended the ceremony and spoke about his experiences. “The real heroes are the Berliners,”he said. “They talked a lot about freedom and how much it meant to the human soul.The spirit of freedom is alive and well.We (the Americans) are glad to be here, and we are proud to be by your side forever if that is what it takes.” By his side was Mercedes Wild, one of the Berliners, who was 7 years old during the airlift. Wild wrote a letter to the man she called the “Chocolate Pilot”and told him that his plane scared the family’s chickens. She then asked if he could drop candy by her family’s home. Her story later became the subject of the children’s book “Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot.” Wild and Peter Witmer, USAG Wiesbaden school liaison officer, read excerpts from the book onstage. Decades after the Berlin Airlift, Wild and Halvorsen reunited and formed a lasting friendship. She reflected on the impact of Halvorsen’s acts of kindness on her life as well as on others. “Most of the children in school did not have a father because of the war. Col. Gail Halvorsen was a symbol of a father in my school,” she said.

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Soldiers from the 529th Military Police Company take part in the spring clean-up at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden May 17. The clean-up was a community-wide effort to improve the appearance of Clay Kaserne and the housing areas.

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Independence Day

Celebration

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NEWS & FEATURES BERLIN AIRLIFT Continued from page 1 salute, greeted the waiting crowd and participated in a memorial ceremony to honor 81 personnel who lost their lives in support of the airlift — 13 Germans, 32 Americans and 36 British. In the afternoon, a formation of C-47 Skytrains dropped small parachutes with candy for children, the USO hosted a 1948 Bob Hope reenactment and Australian rock band Sick Puppies performed more music for the crowd. In addition to 17 vintage C-47s, four T-6 Texans flew in formation alongside Halvorsen as he arrived. On the airfield, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, AH-64 Apache helicopter and a C-12 Huron aircraft were also on display. “This event was only possible because of the great working relationship and partnership that exists between our American community and the city of Wiesbaden,” Cloud said. For the Wiesbaden community, the celebration was a special time for people to stand on the same ground where history took place decades ago. “It’s important to know that a part of the enduring quality of this community is its history,”said Lee Carter, an English teacher at Wiesbaden High School. U.S. Army Capt. Garrett Sobalvarro attended the June 11 event with his Family and commented on the strength of the U.S and host nation’s partnership. “It’s a great show of solidarity with our host nation,” he added. “There was a lot of gratitude from the Germans for our help and our allies’ help.”

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: A C-47 Skytrain, followed by a formation of T-6 Texans, transports retired Col. Gail Halvorsen June 10 to an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Berlin Airlift; Members of a USO Troupe 1948 Bob Hope reenactment perform; Seventeen C-47 Skytrains were on display for the 45,000 people who attended the event; Halvorsen and Mercedes Wild, who was a child in Berlin during the time of the airlift and wrote letters to him, share a moment during a memorial; and a parachuter descends onto Wiesbaden Army Airfield.

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BERLIN AIRLIFT June 26, 1948 - SEPTEMBER 30, 1949

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During an event commemorating 70 years since the end of the Berlin Airlift attended by 45,000 people, retired U.S. Air Force Col. Gail Halvorsen, 98, known as the “Candy Bomber� visited Clay Kaserne, parachuters descended onto the airfield, C-47 vintage airplanes dropped candy parachutes for children, and a memorial service was held to honor the 81 people who lost their lives in support of the airlift. Emily Jennings/ USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs

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Sports & travel Rheinblick Open

Golfers can compete in this 36-hole, individual, stroke play championship at the Rheinblick Golf Course July 12-14. The three-day competition will feature games, a drawing, putting contest, tournament buffet and the 36-hole tournament ( July 13 and 14). Call the Pro Shop at (0611) 143-5485485 to register.

Fishing course

Learn what you need to know to purchase your German Fishing License and successfully fish while in Germany during Outdoor Recreation’s U.S. Forces German Fishing Course July 11-14. Cost is $75 for adults (ages 16 and above), $25 for ages 10-15. Call (0611) 143-548-9830 or 9801.

Friday Night Nine and Wine

Golfers are invited to enjoy a ninehole scramble followed by a wine tasting at the Rheinblick Golf Course July 19 starting at 6 p.m. Sign up at the Pro Shop or call (0611) 143-548-5485.

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Outdoor Rec adventures

Go skydiving July 13 or rafting on the Rhein River July 20 with Outdoor Recreation. Stop by the Wiesbaden Sports, Fitness and Outdoor Recreation Center or call (0611) 143-5489830 or 9801 for details.

Friday Night Scramble

Unwind after the work week with a little friendly competition on the greens during a Friday Night Scramble on July 26 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Rheinblick Golf Course. Call (0611) 143-548-5485 to register.

Sport Shooting Course

Earn a Certificate of Completion in this U.S. Forces Sport Shooting Knowledge Course July 25-27. After completing the course, obtain a certificate of need, shooting insurance and complete 18 times shooting to seek approval to own firearms for sport shooting purposes. Fee is $90. Sign up at the Wiesbaden Sports, Fitness and Outdoor Recreation Center.

PGA Sports Academy

Young people ages 7-17 are invited to get outdoors and to learn the game of golf during PGA Sports Academy lessons at the Rheinblick Golf Course on Saturdays. Cost is $50 for four sessions (per month). Call the Rheinblick at (0611) 143-548-5486.

Get golf ready

The Rheinblick Golf Course offers another weeklong session of lessons during the Get Golf Ready program July 22-26. Learn the fundamentals from a professional. Cost is $99. Register at the Rheinblick Pro Shop or call (0611) 143-548-5485.

Free Lesson Friday

Get a taste of everything the Rheinblick Golf Course has to offer with a free lesson during Free Lessons Friday — from 4-5 p.m. on the first Friday of the month through August. Come to the driving range for the free lesson. Call (0611) 143548-5485 for details.

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Recreational shooting

Get in some target time with Wiesbaden Outdoor Recreation at the McCully Range in Wackernheim July 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (0611) 143-548-9830.

Martial arts classes

Learn self-defense techniques and more during ongoing Golden Sage Martial Arts Classes at the Wiesbaden Sports, Fitness and Outdoor Recreation Center. Classes are Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. and cost $8 per class. For more information visit www. bob-karnes-golden-sage.com or call the fitness center at (0611) 143-548-9830.

Theme park trip

Wiesbaden Outdoor Recreation offers trips to Europa Park June 29 and Aug. 24. Cost is $99 per adult; $89 for children up to age 11. Price includes round-trip transportation and Europa Park admission. Bring extra euros for food and souvenirs. Register at the fitness center.

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TRICARE updates breast pump policy Wiesbaden Army Health Clinic

TRICARE recently revised coverage regarding breastfeeding supplies and services. The policy now clarifies the specific types of breast pumps and supplies covered. The updated policy also added coverage for two additional breastfeeding supplies.TRICARE continues to cover breast pumps, breast pump supplies, and breastfeeding counseling at no cost for new and adoptive mothers. However, new limits and exclusions apply.

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TRICARE recently revised coverage for breastfeeding supplies.

Who can get a breast • TRICARE added a payment pump, supplies cap for manual and standard and breastfeeding electric breast pumps. All counseling services? Here are the updates:

supplies needed for the operation of the breast pump are included in the cap amount. As of March 2019, TRICARE pays $312.84 for stateside and $500.55 for overseas beneficiaries. For more about these rates, visit www.health.mil. • TRICARE put limits on the amount and frequency of replacement supplies. You’ll need a new prescription from your health care provider for replacement supplies over the new limits.The prescription must be specific to the supplies needed. Visit the TRICARE website for a list of covered breast pump supplies. • TRICARE reduced the number of covered breast pump kits from two to one per birth event.The delivery and all parts and supplies needed for the operation of the breast pump are included in the payment rate for the initial breast pump. The breast pump kits may not be separately reimbursed. • TRICARE added coverage for one supplemental nursing system and two sets of nipple shields per birth event. A birth event starts at the 27th week of pregnancy, birth of a child prior to 27 weeks, or the legal adoption of an infant by a woman who plans to breastfeed. A TRICAREauthorized provider must prescribe these supplies.

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All TRICARE-eligible female beneficiaries with a birth event can utilize this breastfeeding service.A birth event includes a pregnant beneficiary or a female beneficiary who legally adopts an infant and intends to breastfeed. You can get these items before or after delivery. It doesn’t matter what TRICARE plan you use or your sponsor’s status (active duty or retired).

Where can I get a breast pump?

You can get a breast pump from: • A TRICARE network durable medical equipment provider • Def ense Commissar y Agency • Post Exchange, Base Exchange, or other Army and Air Force Exchange Service affiliated station exchange • Civilian stateside or overseas retail store • Online store (standard shipping and handling is covered)

Is there a list of approved providers I can buy a breast pump from?

No, there isn’t a specific list. TRICARE pays up to a set amount for a breast pump and initial breast pump kit.Rates may change annually (As of March 2019, the rates are $312.84 stateside or $500.55 overseas).

How do I get a breast pump?

There are a few steps to follow when using TRICARE’s reimbursable benefit. Step 1: Obtain a prescription • Your prescription must be from a TRICARE authorized provider. • For W iesbaden Army Health Clinic patients this would be the OB nurse. • The prescription does not need to specify a particular brand. • The prescription does need to specify basic manual or standard electric pump. Step 2: Get a pump Purchase your pump from any of the approved options listed above. Step 3: File a claim • Complete a DD 2642. • Attach a copy of the prescription and receipt. • Fax, mail, or upload claim to WPS, our regional contractor for claims. The TRICARE Service Center is available to provide guidance and answer questions.

What if I cannot afford a breast pump?

For any beneficiary that is not financially able to purchase a breast pump, there are community resources available that will provide breast pumps. Women, Infants and Children Overseas, Army Community Service and New Parent Support can provide additional details for beneficiaries in need.

What breast pump supplies are covered?

TRICARE covers: • One breast pump kit per birth event. The kit may not be separately billed for and reimbursed.

• Standard power adapters: One replacement per birth event and not within 12 months of the breast pump purchase date. • Tubing and tubing adapters: One set per birth event. • Locking rings: Two every 12 months • Bottles: Two replacement bottles and caps/locking rings every 12 months following the birth event • Bottle caps: Two every 12 months after the birth event • Storage bags: 90 bags every 30 days following the birth event • Valves/membranes: 12 for each 12 months following the birth event • Supplemental Nursing System (SNS): One per birth event when a physician prescribes • Nipple shields/splash protectors: Two sets per birth event when a physician prescribes You may receive supplies in excess of the above limits when your provider prescribes them and when they are medically necessary.

Where can I get breast pump supplies?

You can purchase supplies through the same locations you can purchase breast pumps.

When can I get breast pump supplies?

Breast pump supplies can be purchased prior to delivery, starting at 27 weeks, or up to three years after the birth event. The three-year period starts on the child’s birth date or the date of the legal adoption.

How do I get reimbursed for breast pump supplies?

The same steps are followed for breast pump supplies as when seeking reimbursement for the pump itself. ____________________ Patients enrolled to the Wiesbaden Army Health Clinic are encouraged to attend the OB classes offered by the clinic. Information is shared with regard to how your TRICARE benefits work for you in your overseas location. Information is available at www.tricare.mil.

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Army renews emphasis on personal finances

Some classes now required throughout Soldier’s career Karl Weisel USAG Wiesbaden Family and MWR

People sometimes wonder why they don’t teach financial readiness in high school. For all of the academic knowhow acquired through the formative years, learning how to manage one’s finances is not a requirement for graduation from high school. “It is critical that Soldiers, and all individuals for that matter, understand the importance of establishing sound personal financial habits early in their careers,” said Roy Kaiser, a personal financial counselor with Wiesbaden Army Community Service. “Whether it is the need to establish and maintain an effective budget and spending plan to minimize debt or the need to begin building retirement assets for a comfortable retirement, far too many individuals do not receive this type of training until it is too late,”Kaiser said. “Catching up (building financial resources for retirement) is difficult for those who delay even a few years.” As most people know, ACS offers free classes aimed at helping community members become more financially literate. “Additionally, the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2016, which established the Blended Retirement System, revolutionized how

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Federica LeMauk, Army Community Service Financial Readiness Program manager, shares details about the many classes and services available to help with financial readiness during the Spouse Orientation. the Army conducts financial literacy training,” said Federica LeMauk, ACS Financial Readiness Program manager. While ensuring that Soldiers were fully informed and educated about the new Blended Retirement System took priority under the auspices of the new guidance, Army officials have been equally engaged in increasing efforts to ensure that military members receive the “16 Touchpoints”(personal financial training) now required throughout a Soldier’s career, LeMauk explained. As part of the overall holistic approach to helping individuals gain the skills and information needed to ensure financial security — including individual counseling, inprocessing training and unit training — ACS will be offering six recurring one-and-a-half hour “Financial Touchpoint Training” sessions throughout the year covering various

financial concepts. The sessions, open to all interested Soldiers, civilians and Family members, will be held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month in Room 007 in Bldg. 1023 West on Clay Kaserne. LeMauk pointed out that the classes are mandatory for some Soldiers at different points in their careers. Classes include: • Making the Most of my Thrift Savings Plan (mandatory for Soldiers as Vesting in TSP) • Financial Planning, Investment Options and Tax Considerations (mandatory for Soldiers as Soldiers Entitled to Continuation Pay) • Steps to Financial Planning, Saving and Investing (mandatory for Soldiers up to E-5 and 0-4 being promoted) • Credit, Debt Management and Major Purchases (mandatory for

Soldiers at their first duty station and any Soldier experiencing financial difficulties) • Love and Money: Financial Education for Couples (mandatory for Soldiers getting married or in a new relationship) • Budgeting for Baby: Financial Planning for New Parents (mandatory for Soldiers/spouses expecting their first baby) “The fundamental concepts presented in this series of mandatory and voluntary training provide an initial base of knowledge for those early in their careers, as well as key information needed by those progressing through careers,”Kaiser said. “The training is equally important to both those who intend to retire from the military and those who intend to re-enter the civilian workforce after completing their military commitment,” he added. Community members can call ACS at (0611) 143-548-9201 or visit the Wiesbaden Family and MWR home page at wiesbaden.armymwr.com to view the calendar for details on upcoming classes. “Your personal financial managers and counselors are available through your Family center for education and training at each stage of your journey,” according to Office of Financial Readiness officials. “Turn to them to learn more about money management, including saving, investing, retirement planning, and credit and debt management.” Financial Readiness Information is also available through the Military OneSource home page at http://www. militaryonesource.mil/f inancial-andlegal.

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

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