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Speakers celebrate black history firsts

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Wiesbaden High School students Shelby Albers (center) and Ta’Nya Thomas (right) give a tour of their school to members of the Landeskommando Hessen, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden’s official partner unit, Feb. 20.

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Savanna Cleveland reads from her Black History Month essay during an observance Feb. 22. Savanna won first place from Aukamm Elementary. Anna Morelock USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs When Savanna Cleveland first started researching information for her Black History Month essay, she didn’t think she would find any current-day firsts for African Americans. However, an internet search showed her that in January 2018, Oprah Winfrey became the

first black woman to be honored with the Golden Globe’s Cecil B. DeMille Award — since its inception in 1952 — for outstanding contributions in entertainment. “That surprised me because I thought things like this happened a long time ago,” Savanna said to the audience of February’s Black

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Garrison leaders meet with partners Emily Jennings USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden military leaders met with their host nation counterparts — members of the Landeskommando Hessen,the garrison’s official partner unit — Feb. 20 during an annual luncheon event and took a tour of the new Wiesbaden High School. Garrison Commander Col. Todd

Employers seek to hire at job fair Emily Jennings USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs

Dust off your resume and iron that suit; recruiters from more than 30 organizations will be in Wiesbaden — many ready to conduct interviews and even hire on the spot. Army Community Service’s Employment

Readiness Program will host a career fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 28 at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center. Job seekers will have direct access to hiring managers, as well as resume review assistance and professional development classes. But don’t go to this event

66TH MI UNVEILS YELLOW RIBBON ROOM The room, on Clay Kaserne, offers phone, internet, a printer, PlayStation and Xbox and more for Soldiers and Families. Page 3

unprepared. Prior to the career fair, the ERP will host a two-day resume fix and interview tips seminar designed to help with final resume adjustments and provide tips for on-the-spot interviews, said Lewis Boatner, ERP program manager.

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J. Fish told the German state military members, including Landeskommando Hessen Commander Col. Olaf von Röder, about the new elementary school planned for Clay Kaserne, a new Commissary planned for Hainerberg and a plan to consolidate in- and out-processing to Hainerberg. He also took the time to answer questions about military

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Vehicle registration appointments online Anna Morelock USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs

In the states and overseas, drivers must register their vehicles to enjoy the privilege of driving on and off post. It’s a box to check

when settling in as a newcomer, and a task that not many enjoy. Over the past couple of years, Mike Jungmann, the operations officer for the

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SHARP RACE PLANNED Sign up for the SHARP Amazing Race and find other related events. Page 4

NEWS & FEATURES Vol. XX, No. 7 U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Command Garrison Commander Col. Todd J. Fish Garrison CSM Command Sgt. Maj. Chad L. Pinkston

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Essay Contest Winners

Continued from page 1 History Month Observance at Tony Bass Auditorium on Clay Kaserne. Savanna finally chose to write about Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel to space, because she said she wanted to write about a person she could relate to. “She made her dreams come true,” Savanna said. “Dr. Jemison showed me that even though I’m an African-American girl, I can reach for the stars.” Savanna, a student at Aukamm Elementary School, was one of nine elementary through high school students who read their essays during the observance. Wiesbaden middle-schooler Trenton Walker said he also was inspired by an astronaut — Guion Bluford,“an influential hard working man, and I am proud to say he looked like me.” A U.S. Air Force officer and fighter pilot, and the first African American in space, Bluford achieved these distinctions in a time it was a rarity, Trenton said.

JOB FAIR Continued from page 1 “For those who are eager to start now,feel free to come in and take advantage of our resume and interviewing techniques classes, which are designed to enhance your skills making you even more marketable to today’s employer,” he said. ERP also offers a USA Jobs class. Boatner encourages interested parties to call or stop by ACS for additional information. “I strongly advise you to come in and seek my services prior to this event. The more prepared you are, the better your outcome will be.” “For those who are con-

Aukamm Elementary School 1st – Savanna Cleveland 2nd – Sophie Burke 3rd – Raya Arhin Hainerberg Elementary School 1st – Isabella Free 2nd – Sara Ivanoff 3rd – Sean Hamilton Wiesbaden Middle School 1st – Benjamin Davis 2nd – Trenton Walker 3rd – Alana Edmonson Wiesbaden High School 1st – James Wagenblast 2nd – Andrew Scahill 3rd – D’netanya Bell “I feel like Guion Bluford and I have a connection because we are both black males, which means we are both looked at through the same lens by people with a pre-conceived notion of our ethnicity,”

cerned about finding employment in the community; this is the way to do it,” Boatner said. This event has something for everyone seeking employment, whether here in Wiesbaden or stateside. Local, as well as U.S. recruiters, will be in attendance representing industries such as banking, information technology, education and training, defense contractors, aerospace, food services, infrastructure and technology and government agencies. Boatner reminds job seekers to wear the clothes they would wear to an interview for the job they want. “Last year we had several people get hired on-the-spot; so, dress for success.”

Trenton said. “If I’ve learned anything it’s to keep moving forward no matter what. Guion Bluford is one of the greatest black men in history, and hopefully, I can go down in history like him.” Throughout the observance, the students, and guest speaker Dr. (Lt. Col.) Renata Hannah, the medical planner for U.S. Army Europe, spoke about AfricanAmerican firsts in science and medicine, music, theater and dance, politics and the military. The February observance was hosted by Headquarters Support Company and Headquarter and Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army Europe. Besides the monthly observance, the units hosted a free bowling night in honor of George Brandon III, the first African American to win a Professional Bowling Association title, and a free showing of the movie “Marshall” about Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court justice. The next observance, Women’s History Month, will be hosted by the 522nd Military Intelligence Battalion.The observance will be at noon March 26 at Tony Bass Auditorium.

Dental Art Contest

Attending businesses: • Intelligence Careers Find our list of home-based businesses and learn how to become a garrison approved HBB at www. usag-wiesbadenapproved-homebased-businesses. Page 2

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• American Red Cross • Andrews Federal Credit Union • ACS Volunteer Corps • AUSA Gen. C.W. Abrams Chapter • Booz Allen Hamilton • Caci International, Inc. • Calibre • Community Bank • Cubic Global Defense • CYS Family Child Care providers • CYS Parent Central Services • Employee Assistance Program • French Consulting • Installation Commercial Affairs

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• Jaguar Land Rover • USAID • First Command Financial Services • CSRA • NAF/AF CPAC • Northrop Grumman Technology • Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance • Subway • AAFES • U.S. Army Recruiting • United Service Organizations • Vectrus Systems Corporations • Wiesbaden Education Center universities • And more…

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Abigail Yi, who placed first in Category A in the Wiesbaden Dental Clinic’s Dental Art Contest, holds up her certificate as she stands beneath her winning entry (A55 at top). Other winners in Category A (Kindergarten and first grade) were Shayne Hooser, second place and Jasmine Hong, third place. Category B (second and third grade) winners were Arianna Free, first place; Raya Arhin, second place; and Neela Romero, third place. Category C (fourth and fifth grade) winners were Mary Ahrin, first place; Bella Free, second place; and Sofia Goodfallow, third place. The clinic received 118 entries, most of them from Category A.


66th MI opens Yellow Ribbon Room for Soldiers, Families

Community members invited to use room, too Lena Stange USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs

“The yellow ribbon is a welcome symbol for Soldiers that are returning back; usually from a military deployment or overseas.The Yellow Ribbon Room is designed to be a welcoming environment for not just Soldiers, especially here overseas, but for the Family members as well,” said Col. Devon Blake, commander of the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade. Soldiers and Families can connect with each other through the newly unveiled Yellow Ribbon Room in the 66th MI Brigade Soldier and Family Readiness Center in Bldg. 1029N on Clay Kaserne. “It allows for a greater sense of community and Family team building amongst Soldiers, civilians and Families,”Blake said.“We’d also like to extend the invitation across the garrison as well, knowing that the Army Family is a big team, not just amongst the 66th. We hope that others take advantage utilizing this room to connect and sustain relationships.” The room features Wi-Fi, a landline and a DSN line for Families to call Soldiers who are deployed, on temporary duty or commuters. Blake explained that

LANDESKOMMANDO Continued from page 1 Family housing, schools and future plans. During the tours of the high school, Landeskommando members were split up into small groups led by WHS students. The students explained the concept behind their school’s 21st century design and highlighted the latest learning tools and technology. The school has groupings of classrooms they call neighborhoods, where certain subjects — such as science, technology, engineering and math — are housed together in a sort of cul-de-sac where students can collaborate with one another. “There are a lot of opportunities here, that we have, that schools in the states don’t have,” said Shelby Albers, a junior, and

many Soldiers of the brigade commute to Darmstadt every day, but live in Wiesbaden which makes it sometimes difficult for them to connect to their Families. The room is also available to anybody who has time to spare during in- or out-processing, and serves as a meeting place for the 66th MI Family Readiness Group. Patrons also have access to laptops, a printer, a fax machine, television, DVD player, PlayStation and Xbox. Since the room is located next to the library, games, DVDs and books are easily accessible. The room also showcases three pieces of art from students at Hainerberg Elementary School. The brigade sponsors the elementary school, and maintains close ties with it. Every six to 12 weeks, the artwork changes, and three new pieces will decorate the room. Notebooks designated for each artist provide the opportunity to leave feedback for them. The room is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. During opening hours, visitors can just drop by. Outside opening hours, keys can be signed out from the building manager. “I hope Soldiers and Families will take advantage of the room in order to relax, socialize and connect,” Blake said. Photos by Lena Stange/USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs

Col. Devon Blake, commander of the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade, shows off a camouflage PlayStation controller in the new Yellow Ribbon Room (top right) and a laptop, printer and phone (right).

one of the tour leaders. WHS is partnered with four German schools, Fish said, which helps students from both countries learn from each other. Albers agreed. “It’s a great way to meet other students from the area, become pen pals and learn about their culture,” she said. Besides the intercultural exchange and exposure to new technologies, students expressed gratitude for the chance to attend WHS. “Being part of a community that’s so supporting—the teachers, administration and everyone—I think that’s something students take for granted,” said Ta’Nya Thomas, a senior who has attended WHS for four years. “It’s nice having that backbone of support.” Soldiers, airmen and sailors with the Landeskommando were impressed with the new

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Garrison Commander Col. Todd J. Fish fills in Landeskommando Hessen Commander Col. Olaf von Röder on upcoming construction plans for Hainerberg and Clay Kaserne during a meeting and tour Feb. 20 on Hainerberg. school’s technological tools and focus on learning. “It was fascinating to see the high school, because for me this represents the future—what a high school should look like,” said Navy Reserve Cmdr. Rene

Dingeldein,public relations officer, Landeskommando Hessen. Fish thanked U.S. Army Soldiers, civilians and Landeskommando Soldiers for attending the event. “I want to tell all of you thank you. Because

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it takes all of us to make this partnership work. Our Soldiers greatly enjoy the luxuries of being in Germany, and training with the Landeskommando and we greatly appreciate all the training that you provide. In 2018, we’re trying to increase the amount of training that we can offer on the U.S. side to our partners, the Landeskommando.” At the conclusion of the tour, von Röder thanked his USAG Wiesbaden counterparts and student tour leaders and congratulated them on their professionalism. He said he was impressed by the school, as well as the upcoming garrison construction projects. “It seems to be a great place to learn, and you are doing a marvelous job on improving your infrastructure,” he said. “Thanks for the partnership and the friendship.”

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News flash Upcoming holidays

Community members should be aware of the following federal, host nation and training holidays, which may affect garrison front-door services. March 30 – German and training holiday* April 1 – Easter Sunday (German and U.S. holiday) April 2 – German and training holiday* April 20 – Training holiday* April 23 – Training holiday* 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.

Time to spring forward

Daylight saving time will begin at 2 a.m. March 25 in Germany. Remember to set clocks ahead one hour. Daylight saving time in the U.S. began March 11.

Next CIE

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

Housing survey sent to residents

Army Family Housing wants to hear from its residents. A survey was sent via email from requesting feedback regarding satisfaction with homes and services provided. Feedback is critical to shaping the future of Army housing. Surveys are confidential and anonymous.

Bulk waste pick-up approaching

The next quarterly pick up of bulk waste in housing is April 9. Bulk waste includes furniture and household items too big for normal waste bins. This does not include cardboard boxes or renovation waste. For more information, email usarmy.wiesbaden.imcom-europe.mbx.waste-hotline@ or call (0611) 143-548-4029.

Emergency numbers

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.

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Garrison puts spotlight on sexual assault awareness, prevention USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, events will be conducted throughout the month of April. Events will support the 2018 theme, “SHARP: Shaping a Culture of Trust.”

Strike out Sexual Assault bowling event

This event will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. April 13 at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center. Community members are invited for an afternoon of bowling to increase awareness of the problem of sexual assault.The cost of bowling will be $5 for three games and shoe rental.

SHARP Amazing Race

This event will take place from 6:30 to 9 a.m. April 19 at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center on Clay Kaserne. The race is a timed, group event, requiring teams to use clues to locate five activity stations where they will solve SHARP challenges. Once the challenge is solved, the team will receive the clue to the next station. Upon completion of

VEHICLE Continued from page 1 Directorate of Emergency Services, has been working with his team to make the vehicle registration process less cumbersome for U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden. “I’ve been through the process myself, and now I oversee the process,” Jungmann said. He also responds to comments from the Interactive Customer Evaluation service for DES. According to ICE, the customer satisfaction rate for Vehicle Registration was at almost 20 percent. Based on manpower limitations and system requirements, the wait to register a vehicle could be almost 6 hours — all for a 20-minute process. DES began making changes to their processes beginning with dedicating one clerk to focus on customers with appointments. With the help of a few volunteers, the office was able to dedicate a person to taking appointments via the phone and then moved to an all-appointment system.

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all stations, the team will complete a final physical challenge. Participants should register their teams of five, and their team names, no later than April 13 at www.eventbrite. com/e/2018-sharp-amazing-raceregistration-41863313297. On the day of the race, team check-in will begin at 5:45 a.m. and close at 6:15 a.m. Uniform for military personnel is service physical training uniform (unit shirts are authorized). Civilians should wear appropriate physical training attire.

Denim Day

Denim Day, April 25, is an internationally recognized awareness campaign. Originally triggered by an Italian Supreme Court ruling where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices said they felt since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Denim Day was developed in response to

In February, the office moved to an online appointment system customers can access using their common access cards. When prompted to choose a CAC certificate, users should choose their email certificate, or they may receive an error message when logging in to the system. Appointments can be made online for new registrations, plate turn-in, replacement of lost or stolen plates and registrations, transferring or selling vehicles, and other registration-related items. DES also offers checklists on its webpage to help guide customers through the various vehicle registration processes. One tip Jungmann stressed for customers who will be re-registering their vehicles is to remember they can update their registrations well in advance of its expiration. Notices are sent to vehicle owners 75 days prior to registration expiration. Some people think if they re-register their vehicle on day 74, they are losing time on their new registration. That is not true, Jungmann said. In fact, the sooner vehicles are re-registered, the easier

this case, and wearing jeans during this annual event has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. Commanders may authorize their personnel to wear denim on April 25.

Drive out Sexual Assault golf scramble

This event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at the Rheinblick Golf Course. Teams of four must register no later than April 18 at The cost is $45 per individual and includes: golf cart, club rental, range token and lunch (sandwich or cheeseburger, fries and drink). Fees will be paid to the RGC on the day of the event. Community members are invited for a day of golf in an effort to “Drive out Sexual Assault” and shape a culture of trust. All above events may be designated as alternate work locations, work permitting with management approval.

it will be if the owner faces any issues with the inspection. If a vehicle needs to be repaired before it passes inspection, that can hold up the registration process. Making sure inspection and repairs are completed in a timely manner will cut down the chances the vehicle has to be parked because the registration has expired. If owners re-register their vehicles early, they will just have two registrations — one, which will expire on the original date, and the new one, which will expire a year from that date. Changes in the Vehicle Registration appointment process have taken the office’s customer satisfaction rating from the mid-teens to around 85 percent, Jungmann said. “The garrison as a whole is a customer-service business,” Jungmann said. “If we can make something like this that is required a little easier to deal with, it helps the whole community.” For more information on Vehicle Registration and a link to the online appointment system, visit


Garrison seeks vehicle owners

USAG Wiesbaden Directorate of Emergency Services U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden is looking for the owners of 28 abandoned vehicles currently sitting at the impound lot located across from Vehicle Registration on Mainz-Kastel. Owners can claim their vehicles by contacting the USAG Wiesbaden Traffic Investigations Office at (0611) 143-548-7050 and providing proof of ownership. Owners must then register, sell or transfer, or junk their vehicle. Owners can find information on all of these processes on the garrison’s Vehicle Registration page at vehicleregistration. Click on “USAREUR Registry of Motor Vehicles.” If owners do not come forward to claim their vehicles during the 30-day period, the garrison will dispose of the cars in accordance with Army in Europe Regulation 190-1, Driver and Vehicle Requirements and the Installation Traffic Code for the U.S. Forces in Germany.

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Owners of abandoned vehicles are urged to contact the Traffic Investigations Office at (0611)143-548-7050. See more photos at albums/72157663453378167. “To avoid towing, owners should ensure their nonoperational vehicles are parked in an authorized location,” said Staff Sgt. Matthew Williams, traffic accident investigator with DES. “Wiesbaden’s FMWR manages a lot on Clay North near the Auto Skills Center for nonoperational vehicles that customers are currently repairing.” The military police tag all unregistered vehicles within the USAG Wiesbaden area. When a car is tagged, the owner has 72 hours to register

it, or it can be impounded. Once a car is towed to the impound lot, an owner can claim it by contacting Williams, proving ownership, paying the towing fees and registering the car. For more information call (0611) 143-548-7050 or email matthew.q.williams5. V i s i t w w w . f l i c k r. com/photos/wpao/albums/72157663453378167 to see photos of abandoned vehicles.

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Volunteer carries on Family tradition Lena Stange USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs

“I grew up with two wonderful parents who instilled in me the importance of giving back to the community. Both my parents were actively involved in the community, and I don’t remember a day that we as a Family were not volunteering for some event or organization”said Nicole Stein, who follows in the footsteps of her parents. Now in their fourth year in Wiesbaden, she and her Family are actively engaged in the community. It all started out with her daughter who loved to do theater in New York, where the Family lived for about 10 years, Stein said. Her daughter quickly got involved with the Amelia Earhart Playhouse, and so did Stein and her other two children. Stein started doing stage management, and has helped with the set design, the marketing and wherever an additional hand was needed. Her youngest daughter, Kya, has performed as an actress on stage, her older daughter, Emily, has volunteered as a violinist for several shows in the pit band, and her son Ryan has volunteered as a stagehand, actor and light technician. Stein said she especially appreciates her children learn new skills without even noticing.

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Volunteer Highlight Part 1 Nicole Stein

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“For the past three years we got a haunted house at the old PX here. We actually had to build walls; set everything up in the interior,” she said. “The haunted house has been our favorite even though it is very stressful.” Her son fell asleep in the fake cobwebs; he was so tired. However, she said, when it became obvious how much fun the community had, they knew it was worth it. Stein also volunteers with the Civil Air Patrol. “That’s my baby,” she said. “It’s a fantastic program.” When they first moved to Wiesbaden, the Family ran into two Civil Air Patrol cadets at The Exchange. Her son instantly was excited about join-

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ing. Over time, she got more and more involved, as well. “As a senior member, I help teach and mentor cadets in leadership and safety,” Stein said. Last summer, Stein volunteered as an instructor for kids’ summer crafts classes. They made little airplane and butterfly clothesline pins, collages, designed mason jars and painted together. As the granddaughter of a Polish immigrant, Stein had Polish folk and polka lessons at the early age of 4. She was also a member of a dance group for years. In Wiesbaden, she has taught Polish dance on occasion to the Brownie Girl Scouts and at the elementary school. “So that was fun”, she said, especially because girls and boys at that age are not eager on dancing with each other. “It’s my dad who taught my entire Family to always give back, and it’s what we continue to do, no matter where we live. I don’t volunteer for thank yous, I volunteer to give back to the community, help those who are in need and to be a role model to my kids as well,” Stein said. Courtesy photo

Nicole Stein, a volunteer in the USAG Wiesbaden community, teaches Girl Scouts about her Polish heritage and Polka (top right).

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Community notes Youth physicals

The W iesbaden Army Health Clinic is offering youth physicals for all children eligible for CYS, sports and school activities, by appointment only on the afternoon of March 22. To make an appointment, call (06371)94641303.

Babysitter training

American Red Cross Wiesbaden offers Babysitter and Pediatric CPR and First Aid training from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 24. Register on their Facebook page or by calling (0611)143-548-1760.

Women’s History Month

A movie screening at 5:30 p.m. March 20 at the Taunus Theater will commemorate Women’s History Month. An observance event will take place at noon March 26 at the Tony Bass Auditorium. All community members are invited to attend.

Rob Lake show

Illusionist Rob Lake will return to Wiesbaden at 5:30 p.m. April 16 for a show at the Taunus Theater. Lake is guaranteed to dazzle with his wide assortment of breathtaking illusions. Admission is free.

Mid-Month Makers

Teens, ages 13 and up, are invited to get creative during Clock-on-a-Block at 4:30 p.m. April 18 at the Wiesbaden Library. Teens will be provided with blocks (boxes) and a simple clock kit to assemble, along with art supplies to decorate the blocks. Call (0611) 143548-9821 to register.

“I Love You …”

The Amelia Earhart Playhouse will present the musi-

cal revue, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” at 7:30 p.m. April 6 and 13 and at 2 p.m. April 7 and 14. Tickets are available at the playhouse or the Arts and Crafts Center.

Basic car maintenance

Learn basic car maintenance from 10 to 11 a.m. April 29 at the Automotive Skills Center. Topics will include fluids, jump starting, tires, tire pressure and oil changes. Cost is $10. Call (0611) 143-548-9817.

Child abuse prevention

Hainerberg or call (0611) 143548-9201 to sign up.

Paint Your Pet

The Wiesbaden Arts and Crafts Center offers “Paint Your Pet” from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Students bring in a pet photo to transform that image 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.

Java and Jobs

Wear blue on Fridays to raise awareness about child abuse prevention during Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month in April.

Army Family Team Building

Whether new to the Army or looking to take over a unit leadership role, such as an FRG leader, learn more about Army culture at the ACS free Army Family Team Building Military Knowledge class from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25 and 26. Call (0611) 143-548-9201 for more information.

Get to know the area

Army Community Service invites newcomers to get an indepth look at their home away from home in Germany during Host Nation Orientations at 9 a.m. Tuesdays at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center on Hainerberg. Learn about German culture, language, public transportation and more. Stop by ACS in Bldg. 7790 on

The Employment Readiness Program offers “Java and Jobs” outreach from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. most Mondays at various locations across post. Stop by to talk about the job search process. April 2 and 23, a representative will be at the Clay Food Court, April 9 at Java Express (Little Italy) and April 29 at the Java Express in the Shali Center. Call (0611) 143-548-9201 for more information.

WEC Rolling Special

During the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center’s Rolling Special enjoy three games and shoe rental for $5. The Rolling Special is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays.

Two-Step Tuesday

Join other moms from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday mornings at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center for bowling while the children enjoy creative time. Crayons and lots of paper will be provided for little ones while parents bowl. Come in early and have breakfast — or stay later and get lunch. Cost is $1 per game with a $1 shoe rental.

Bingo is back

Win cash prizes and enjoy the afternoon from 4:30 to 6:45 p.m. Sundays at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center Lounge. Card sales start at 4:30 p.m. with the first number called at 5 p.m. Call (0611) 143-548-9406 for more information.

PT specials for units

Workout on the lanes from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday mornings at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center. Special rates are offered for shoe rental and bowling is free. Units should coordinate with the WEC at least a week in advance by calling (0611) 143-548-9406.

Breakfast and bowling Thursdays

Order breakfast on Thursdays from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center and bowl for free until

Adult ballet

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

Spanish language story time

Children up to age 6 are invited to enjoy stories, songs and more in Spanish during Spanish language story time from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month at the Wiesbaden Library. Call the library at (0611) 143-548-9821 for more information.

Guitar, bass lessons

Sign up for individual electric and acoustic guitar lessons or electric bass guitar lessons for adults at the Wiesbaden Arts and Crafts Center. The course will include fundamentals, music reading, music theory and information about the music business. Lessons are 30-minutes long between 2 and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, subject to availability. Stop by the Wiesbaden Arts and Crafts Center or call (0611) 143-548-9838 for more information.


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AER campaign in full swing

Story and photos by Anna Morelock USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs Garrison leadership kicked off the Army Emergency Relief campaign March 1 by sharing their personal experiences with unit leadership from across post. I’m very passionate about the AER program,” said U.S. Army Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Chad Pinkston. “When I lost my grandfather as a young specialist, it was the only way I could get my Family home. This program has absolutely impacted my life.” USAG Commander Col. Todd J. Fish recalled using an AER loan after a short-notice move from Germany back to the states, followed by vehicle problems and a Family emergency. When Fish used AER in 1987, it was recommended to him by his platoon sergeant. Spreading the word about AER programs – especially through the junior leadership – was a key take away from the speakers at the annual kick-off breakfast. After a 10-question true and false quiz, guest speaker, retired Col. Eldon Mullis, the AER chief operating officer, highlighted the three points he wanted leaders to leave with. First, never leave a Soldier behind, Mullis said. While the tenet was meant for the battlefield, it applies in garrison, as well. If Soldiers are having financial problems,take them

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USAG Wiesbaden Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Chad Pinkston, 2nd Theater Signal Bde. Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Rowland, AER officer Danna Butterfield, and 66th MI Bde. Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Matthews cut the cake March 1 at the Community Activity Center during the kick-off of the 2018 AER campaign.

5,119 Soldiers acquired car insurance in 2016 ($1.4 million) to Army Community Service. Mullis also highlighted the Commander’s Referral Program,which allows company commanders and first sergeants to quickly authorize no-interest loans of up to $2,000 for their Soldiers. Mullis’second point was to spread the word and talk about AER. And lastly,

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Mullis said, “AER is your organization … It was started by our grandfathers, our great grandfathers, just at the beginning of World War II.We need to keep giving so the Soldiers who come after us can do what they need to do.” Giving in the past years has declined. In 2013,approximately 100,000 Soldiers donated to the campaign. In 2017, that number was down to less than 50,000, or less than 10 percent of the Soldiers in the Army. “There has been a slump the last five years on donations and raising enough,” Fish said. “This money goes to our Soldiers; this money helps our Families.We need to invest in it.”

1,175 surviving spouses received help after the death of their Soldier in 2016 ($1.8 million) Visit for more information on AER eligibility and programs, or stop by ACS and visit with Danna Butterfield, USAG Wiesbaden AER officer.


AER trivia #1

During the AER kick-off, Eldon Mullis, AER’s chief operating officer, asked the audience 10 true or false questions:

Army Emergency Relief helps active duty Soldiers, but it does not help spouses or children.

• FALSE Spouses can get help from AER if their Soldier is in the same location or not. A special power of attorney form is available on the AER website at, or by going to the AER office. “It doesn’t matter if the soldier is in Poland, in Afghanistan, back in the states TDY, the spouse can come in and get assistance. And if the spouse is



Retired Soldiers and their dependents can use AER.

The No. 1 reason Soldiers come to AER is for help with emergency travel.

• FALSE Rent is the No. 1 reason Soldiers come to AER, which helped 14,000 Soldiers pay their rent in 2017. The other reasons Soldiers come to AER in order of use are for help paying for


AER helps Soldiers downrange.

back in the states where can they go?” • FALSE If a Soldier is injured downrange, debit card they can use for whatever Mullis asked. Soldiers and eligible dependents can when they get to Landstuhl or a state- they may need. go to the closest Army, Navy, Air Force, side hospital, AER will provide them Marine or Coast Guard base because with a grant in the form of a $1,000 AER has reciprocal agreements with the other services’ relief programs. If Surviving spouses and children can not close to a military base, call the get help from AER. Red Cross Military Hotline to request AER assistance.

• TRUE This also includes medically retired Soldiers.



utilities, car repairs, emergency travel and nation disaster recovery. Last year, AER helped around 2,000 recover from hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Company commanders and first sergeants can approve loans for up to $2,000.




AER gives college scholarships to Soldiers.

• FALSE Scholarships are open to spouses and children. Spouses may apply any time after Jan. 1 for the upcoming academic year. Dependent applications are ac-


cepted through April 2. Applications for both can be found at

AER gets its funding from the Army.

• FALSE AER is funded solely by donations, which have been going down each year since 2008. “We want to turn the curve to get it up again,” Mullis said.


Less than 10 percent of Soldiers in the Army today – of all ranks – donate to AER.

• TRUE The Army has 475,000 Soldiers, of which less than 10 percent donated last year. In 2013, 100,000 Soldiers gave, compared to last year when only 47,000.

#10 Staff Sgt. James Jackson speaks to unit leaders March 1 at the AER campaign kick-off about his experience using AER. In fiscal year 2017, Soldiers at USAG Wiesbaden received $125,727.94 in grants.

The average interest rate for a pay-day lender loan is between 300 and 400% interest.

• TRUE A Department of Defense survey showed 30 percent of Soldiers who used payday loan companies in an emergency didn’t know they had any other options. The interest on an AER loan is 0 percent.

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Taunus Theater movie listings Thursday, March 15 Gringo (R) 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 21 Love, Simon (PG-13) 7 p.m.

Friday, March 16 Tomb Raider (PG-13) 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 22 Tomb Raider (PG-13) 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 17 A Wrinkle in Time (PG) 3 p.m. Tomb Raider (PG-13) 5:30 p.m.

Friday, March 23 Pacific Rim: Uprising (PG-13) 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 29 Pacific Rim: Uprising in 3D (PG-13) 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 24 Sherlock Gnomes (PG) 3 p.m. Pacific Rim: Uprising (PG-13) 5 p.m.

Friday, March 30 Tyler Perry´s: Acrimony (R) 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 18 A Wrinkle in Time (PG) 3 p.m. Tomb Raider in 3D (PG-13) 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 19 No Showing

Sunday, March 25 Sherlock Gnomes (PG) 3 p.m. Paul, Apostle of Christ (PG-13) 5 p.m.

Tuesday, March 20 No Showing

Monday, March 26 No Showing

Tuesday, March 27 No Showing Wednesday, March 28 Love, Simon (PG-13) 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 31 Ready Player One (PG-13) 3 p.m. Tyler Perry´s: Acrimony (R) 6 p.m. Sunday, April 1 Sherlock Gnomes (PG) 1:30 p.m. Ready Player One (PG-13) 3:30 p.m. Tyler Perry´s: Acrimony (R) 6 p.m.

Regular showings are $6.50 for adults and $3.75 for children; 3D showings are $8.50 for adults and $5.75 for children.

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Tech Expo connects military with industry William King 2nd Theater Signal Brigade

More than 45 exhibitors displayed emerging technology and capabilities for military and government at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Tech Expo Feb. 13. Lizzi Bollinger, a project manager with National Conference Services, Inc., said the Tech Expo brought military and industry together to offer potential solutions to existing challenges. “It’s really to bridge the gap between what industry is offering and what the military needs,” Bollinger said. She said exhibitors also provided information about technology-related training and education opportunities available to service members and civilians. Col. Rob Parker, the U.S. Army Europe chief information officer, said the Tech Expo was a great opportunity for military leaders to learn about emerging technologies.


Units to assign contacts for engineering requests Anna Morelock USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs

A recent change to the U.S. Army Garrison policy for engineering work requests was put in place to clarify expectations for customers and consolidate contacts for the Directorate of Public Works. The main change applies to units, which will have to designate a point of contact who will be responsible for authorizing and submitting facility engineering work requests to DPW. What may seem like a five-minute process to enter a request can result in work for years, said DPW’s Business Operations and Integration Division chief, Martin Hallbauer. Several routes exist for repairs and requests. Residents have access to the SelfHelp Store in Building 7802 on Hainerberg for smaller items such as lightbulbs, toilet seats and shower hoses, which they can replace themselves. Tools also are available to accomplish these jobs. Units can access the DPW supply section for

Demand Maintenance Order: Repairs less than $2,000, require less than 40 hours of time, includes only one trade Facility Engineering Work Request: Repairs and new construction more than $2,000, requires more than 40 hours of work, includes more than one trade, must be submitted by the designated unit point of contact small do-it-yourself jobs. For repair jobs that are less than $2,000, require only one trade — for instance only electrical or only plumbing — and can be completed in less than 40 hours, units can submit requests via email or through the DPW customer service line. Housing residents should always go through the housing office, Hallbauer said in regard to minor repairs for residences. The Housing Office will evaluate requests and coordinate for any needed repairs.

DPW receives almost 300 requests for minor repair jobs each week. They receive almost 30 requests each month for larger jobs, known as Facility Engineering Work Requests. For these jobs, the process entails much more manpower and planning. Facility engineering requests should be long-term solutions, Hallbauer said. For instance, if a building manager consistently requests a new door because theirs keeps breaking, the solution may not be replacing the door each month when it continues to break. The resolution might be a bigger door or an automatic door. “We will ask questions because we want to find out what’s behind the work order,” Hallbauer said. “Even if we changed what you have described in the work order, it may not fix the issue.” For this reason, it is important for building managers to include as many details as possible when describing the request and providing justifications. When the request is received, it begins its journey through the process of valida-

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tion, approval, estimation and execution. A multi-directorate board reviews all engineering requests once each month to ensure they meet requirements for safety, environmental and other areas before moving on for further planning and estimation. Requests also are prioritized based on risk assessment codes and other criteria. Projects may be completed by in-house crews; others must be contracted. Some requests can be budgeted through the garrison; others must be funded by units based on mission requirements; for some, special funding must be sought. All of these factors play into request approval and completion timelines. Requiring unit points of contact to submit requests is a new process, Hallbauer said. “We have to work together to think about requests and understand what you’re asking and the scope of the project you’re asking for.” For more information on submitting repair requests to DPW, visit www. or call the DPW Customer Service Center at (0611) 143-548-HELP (4357).

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Sports shorts Freedom Run

Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to participate in the Andrews Federal Credit Union Freedom Run at 10 a.m. April 14 at the Fitness Center. The event will feature a 10-mile run, 5-kilometer walk and a children’s run. Register for the 10-miler at the fitness center.

Boot camp

Professionals at the Fitness Center are available April 2 to May 15 during boot camp to guide fitness enthusiasts into a routine of regular exercise. Cost is $159 for the six-week program. Call (0611) 143-548-9830 for details.

Team with the Masters

The 18-hole, stroke play Team with the Masters Tournament will be April 7 at Wiesbaden’s Rheinblick Golf Course. This event is open to all eligible patrons with a verifiable golf handicap. Each player will blind draw a partner from the top 40 and ties from the Master’s Golf Tournament

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held at the Augusta National Golf Club. Cost is $25 for Rheinblick and Rhein-Main members; all others pay $25 plus applicable tournament green fee. Call (0611) 143-548-5485 for more information.

Yoga and beer

In recognition of the April 6 National Beer Day in Germany, sign up for an all-levels yoga class at 6 p.m. followed by a beer cool down after the class. Cost is $20 per person or $35 for couples. Register at the Sports, Fitness and Outdoor Recreation Center.

Shooting competitions

Outdoor Recreation and the Hunting, Fishing and Sports Shooting Program will host shooting events throughout the year to ensure participants stay compliant with regulations to retain their Sport Shooting Certifications and to support the local hunting community. The Ehrenscheibe Sport Shooting Competitions include rifle and pistol

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categories. The next event will be from noon to 2 p.m. April 21. Call (0611) 143-548-9801 for details.

Recreational shooting

Outdoor Recreation will host recreational shooting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 at the Wackernheim Range. Firearms will be available for rent. Ranges include handgun plus 100-, 200- and 300-meter rifle. Sign up at the Sports, Fitness and Outdoor Recreation Center.

PGA Sports Academy

Youth ages 7 to 17 are invited to learn golf during PGA Sports Academy golf lessons at the Rheinblick Golf Course. The next session will begin April 21. Call (0611) 143548-5485 to register or for more information.

Get Golf Ready

Discover the game of golf and learn to love it for life through a series of beginner-friendly lessons. Meet new people in a casual golf setting and enjoy the outdoors while

enhancing your overall health and fitness. This series of five lessons will teach the fundamentals of the golf swing, short game and putting, along with etiquette and rules. Sessions will start April 23. Cost is $99 for the five lessons. Call (0611) 143-548-5485.

Fitness container

Groups of three or more Soldiers have the opportunity to use the Functional Fitness Training container and fitness contents during non-Army Physical Fitness Training hours. One individual of the group will be responsible for signing for the key and contents, ensuring the area is properly policed and for promptly returning the key when training is complete. Upon return of the key, a complete inventory will take place to ensure accountability of items. During APFT hours (5 to 8 a.m.) Monday to Friday a staff member will be available to assist with use of the container and its contents.


Discover Germany’s Easter traditions


s the dark days of winter slowly come to an end, you will see more and more events in Germany that are held outside. Springtime is a time of awakening, which Germans traditionally greet with joyful dances, traditional songs, Easter markets and the so-called Easter Fires. Traces from times long gone hint at the belief that humans tried to draw the sun’s warming rays down to earth to scare away the cold and dark days of winter. Easter Fires have been around in Germany for centuries. Traditionally, they can be found in Christian communities where people gather to light a big bonfire on the evening before Easter Sunday. If you live in a community where the local church bells announce the time, or the beginning of a church service,

you may wonder why you don’t hear the bells during the days before Easter Sunday. When asked, German children may tell you that they fly to Rome to be blessed by the Pope. In fact, the bells fall silent on Thursday before Easter to remember the time of Christ’s suffering and death. However, they come back to life when people gather during the night before Easter, to light a big Easter fire, to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. In earlier days, people would extinguish every light in their houses before going to the Easter Fire. Then, they would light their torches, to bring “new life” to their homes. Although the Easter bunny delivers and hides colored eggs in the yards of German families, did

you know that in some parts of Germany, the Easter Fox or the Easter Rooster delivers the eggs? This may have resulted from the tradition of dying the Easter eggs with onions or onion skins, which gave the eggs a reddish-brown tint, which may look like a fox or a brown rooster. However, most Germans have adopted the bunny as their traditional egg deliverer. Hence, many German families bake a cake in the form of a bunny or a lamb — as a symbol for Christ — on Easter Sunday. After an adventurous egg hunt through the yard — with mom and dad desperately trying to remember where they hid all the eggs — many adults continue with another very German Easter tradition: Easter Egg Shooting. Germans have

the opportunity to discover their inner William Tell at a local shooting range. In this open-to-all, fun filled Easter Egg Shooting event, people shoot air rifles at small targets and win a colored egg every time they hit the target. Easter in Germany is a time when many German festivals and markets come back to life. It is the end of the Lenten season — so you can finish eating the rest of your Fasching candy — and the unofficial beginning of spring. Take a look at your local community’s events calendar and you will notice that there will begin to be fewer weekends of peace and quiet in Germany. _________________________ This commentary was written by Nadine Bower, USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs.

Spring listings Easter egg hunt and festival

Child and Youth Services offers a Kinder fest and Easter egg hunt from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 31 at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center. Egg hunts will begin at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m., as well as games, crafts and music.

Time to spring forward

Daylight saving time will begin at 2 a.m. March 25 in Germany. Remember to set clocks ahead one hour. Daylight saving time in the U.S. began March 11.

EFMP egg hunt

The Exceptional Family Member Program will host an Easter egg hunt for children 5 and under with special needs and their siblings at 1 p.m. March 24 at the playground next to the Wiesbaden Army Lodge. Children should bring an Easter basket and come ready to meet the Easter bunny.

Spring Bazaar

U.S. ID cardholders are invited to

shop for tax-free European goods at the 2018 Spring Bazaar April 20 to 22 at the Fitness Center. Spring Bazaar hours are noon to 7 p.m. April 20, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 21 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22. All sales are in U.S. dollars.

Spain Spring Break

Enjoy a relaxing week in Calella, Spain, March 30 to April 5. This allinclusive trip will include round-trip transportation; five overnights in a four-star hotel with breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks; a guided tour of Barcelona; a visit to Monserrat to see the black Madonna; a visit to a sparkling wine factory; a visit to a Spanish Bodega and entrance to a medieval dinner and show. The cost is $689 for adults, $589 for children ages 13 to 17 and $489 for children up to age 2. Make reservations at the fitness center. The trip is open to U.S. ID cardholders and their guests. Call (0611)143-548-9801/9830.

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:

Save your vision with regular checkups Maj. Michael Stevens Wiesbaden Army Health Clinic

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Did you know your optometrist could save your life? Milthe morning March 15 for lions of people have problems training and open from 1 to with their vision every year. Some of these problems can 4:30 p.m. cause permanent vision loss and Schedule appointments even blindness, while others are online at www.tricareonline. common problems that can be com or call (06371) 9464easily corrected with glasses or 5762. a proper contact lens fitting. The eye care professionals at Holidays the Wiesbaden Army Health N/A Clinic optometry clinic perform vision and ocular health screenMedical readiness ings and comprehensive exams, which can detect complications from conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and elePercent of Soldiers classified as vated cholesterol, to name a few Medical Readiness Classification examples.These procedures also (MRC) 4 HQDA Standard is 2%. assist in the diagnosis of serious, *Data as of Feb. 26, 2018 and potentially fatal conditions such as neuromuscular disease, Access to Care stroke and intracranial tumors. (Appointment Wait Time) The clinic will be closed in


Patients who call for an URGENT appointment are seen within:

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5.28 days Tricare standard=7 days (Exceeds standard by 1.72 days)

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

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Comprehensive dilated exam

A comprehensive exam including the dilation of a patient’s eyes is a painless procedure in which the optometrist examines the eyes to look for common vision problems and eye diseases, many of which have no early detectable warning signs. A dilated eye exam is the only way to detect many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinal disease and agerelated macular degeneration in their early stages. Throughout the month,

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the optometry clinic staff will be reminding everyone how important it is to schedule regular comprehensive eye examinations and return for annual follow-up exams if there may be a personal history of ocular trauma, surgery or Family history of ocular and visual complications. Routine eye examinations are not just important for active duty service members but also for their dependents. Our optometry clinic provides comprehensive eye exams to our military retirees and their dependents enrolled in the clinic, on a space available schedule.

When should eye exams begin?

As early as necessary. Depending on a child’s age, there are several ways to check vision.

Parents should collaborate with their pediatrician to observe their newborn’s eyes with a general assessment of their eye alignment. Suspicious eye turning can be referred to the optometry department for a screening as early as 2 months of age. Although starting at birth a baby’s eyes should be examined for possible signs of congenital eye problems by the pediatrician. While only four out of 100 children have amblyopia, also known as a lazy eye, the only way for it to be caught early is with a thorough eye examination. Early detection of amblyopia can help prevent future permanent vision loss. In honor of “Save Your Vision Month,” schedule your children’s first and routine eye exams today.

“I have never had a comprehensive eye exam”

As we age, the likelihood of developing certain eye conditions and diseases increases. The decreasing ability to focus at close range is known as presbyopia, a condition normally seen in people over 40. As we age, especially in our 60s, the natural lens of the eye also begins to get cloudy, a condition called a cataract. With that change, our need for increased light and better contrast changes, as well. In addition, as we age, the risk of developing dry eye syndrome, macular degeneration and cataracts is much greater. It is never too late to get your comprehensive eye and vision exam at the WAHC optometry clinic.

New health assessments ensure Soldiers are medically ready Maj. Erika Petrik Wiesbaden Army Health Clinic

Military health care is unique in that it directly affects the care of individuals, specifically Soldiers, who must be readily available to mobilize into action around the world. To ensure a Soldier is medically ready at all times, a yearly Periodic Health Assessment is performed to evaluate the Soldier’s medical history, risk factors and current health. In an effort to standardize assessments across military service branches and improve the overall process by which health

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care status is tracked to improve military readiness, the Department of Defense introduced the new PHA in January 2018. This means that whether a service member is in the Army, Air Force, Navy or Marines, their Periodic Health Assessment will be the same. The PHA is a way for any previously unknown or unaddressed medical conditions or symptoms to become known and treated. It is an excellent way to ensure Soldiers’ health is optimized while simultaneously contributing to a stronger and rapidly-mobile military force. Providers use the PHA to

identify any potential duty or deployment-limiting factors. The PHA includes three parts. Soldiers must complete an assessment, Part A, online prior to making appointments with their providers for face-to-face visits, Part C, which includes integrated Mental Health Assessments. Prior to the provider face-to-face appointment, the records are reviewed, Part B, and automated flags are generated to alert the provider. In this way, the process ensures all health care issues are addressed. At the Wiesbaden Army Health Clinic, Soldiers should coordinate with the Soldier

Medical Readiness Center to make their PHA appointment. Once the PHA is updated in an online system, known as the Medical Readiness Portal, the Soldier’s medical status can be seen by their command. However specific health information, like a diagnosis or medication, cannot be seen to ensure the Soldier’s privacy is maintained. At the conclusion of the PHA visit, the provider will determine if further evaluation or screening is necessary.Soldiers and their providers can work together using the new Department of Defense PHA to ensure a medically ready force.

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Herald Union, Mar. 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, Mar. 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...