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Keeping safety in mind while taking part in Halloween activities By Karl Weisel

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

Drivers are asked to be especially cautious on Halloween, Oct. 31, when young ghouls and goblins will be out in force in search of goodies. Official trick-or-treat hours in all Wiesbaden military community housing areas are from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 31. Trick-or-treating is limited to the exterior

of buildings, and participants should not be allowed to enter stairwells in multifamily units. Other safety tips include wearing reflective, nonflammable clothing; costumes and makeup that don’t impede vision or mobility; always traveling in groups; and never using lit candles — rather carrying flashlights. Community members have a host of special Halloween events to choose from

in the days leading up to Halloween. Those ages 13 and older may want to get their chills on at the Amelia Earhart Playhouse’s Hotel of Horror Oct. 23-26 and 28-31 from 7-10 p.m. The playhouse is located at Konrad-Adenauer Ring 39, 65187 Wiesbaden. Members of Wiesbaden’s Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers invite fright fans over to the Warrior Zone on Clay Kaserne (Building 1214) Oct. 30

and 31 from 6-9 p.m. Admission is free. Younger trick-or-treaters (ages 6 and below) can get a jump on the festivities at Army Community Service’s Halloween bash from 2:30-4 p.m. on Oct. 31. German and U.S. military police will be on hand throughout the area during Halloween to provide support during trick-or-treat activities. If a child should get separated from a parent or friends, he or she should ask a police officer for help.

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IAC roundup

Educators and garrison officials discuss goals for the school year. See page 5.

Combat Sports Program

Program promotes readiness and resilience, and instills confidence. See page 6.

‘Take Back the Night’

Community unites to boost domestic violence awareness See page 8.

Members of the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade show local Wiesbaden DoDDS teachers how to operate the various weapons in the Engagement Skills Trainer at the Training Support Center on Clay Kaserne during a Teachers Orientation Tour Oct. 8.

Teachers on tour

Orientation gives teachers, administrators better insight into military life Story and photos by Karl Weisel U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

Dragon boat racing

Participation in dragon boat races strengthens GermanAmerican friendship. See page 13.

For some, it’s a chance to learn about changes in the Wiesbaden military community. For others, it’s simply another opportunity to get an inside look of the lives of military service members. Welcome to the annual Teachers Orientation Tour. “It was amazing — when I was over in the States they never did anything

like this,” said Wiesbaden Middle School eighth-grade language arts teacher Tricia Trujillo. “It’s good to learn about changes in the community in which we live. “My hat’s off to the garrison,” said Trujillo, in praise of the chance to see various aspects of military operations on Clay Kaserne, hear from various speakers about ongoing transformation and to visit different facilities on the installation. “It’s a lot of fun. It’s only once a year but

a great way to get out and explore what’s going on in our community.” Trujillo, who moved to Wiesbaden from Fort Stewart, Ga., two years ago, added, “My dad was in the Army so I have a soft spot for the military. For me, it’s a lifelong appreciation.” “I think it’s good for teachers to see this,” added fellow Wiesbaden Middle School teacher Donna Kimelman. “We get to learn about changes in the community

and see what goes on here. Teachers also get more of an appreciation of what the kids are going through and what their parents might experience during a deployment. It’s good because in the classroom you don’t think about things like that.” As in past years, German teachers from a local Wiesbaden host nation school were among the Department of Defense Dependents See Orientation on page 11

Commentary Feedback:

What is your favorite or worst Halloween memory?

Debbie Wilson Hainerberg USO Center manager “I hate Halloween — the whole scary thing. My favorite memory is taking my kids out trick-or-treating. My least favorite is haunted houses.”

Chaplain (Capt.) Daniel Korie 102nd Signal Battalion “Honestly, since I didn’t grow up in America, I didn’t have much of a Halloween experience. In Nigeria we celebrate All Saints Day on Nov. 1 — a day of celebration of our patron saints.”

John Crongeyer Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe “My favorite memory is as a kid in Los Angeles in the 1960s — there were so many kids out trick-or-treating that the candy ran out in 30 minutes.”

Pfc. Andrew Schneider 529th Military Police Company “My favorite memory is dressing up as a firefighter. I wanted to be a firefighter and today I’m a police officer.”

Spc. Peter Maraman Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers “My mom used to always steal my candy.”

Ask the commander Editor’s note: Have something you’d like to share with the commander? Visit the garrison’s Facebook page (Garrison Wiesbaden), send an ICE comment or contact the Commander’s Hotline (click the Feedback Col. David link on the garrison Carstens, U.S. home page). Army Garrison No tolerance for Wiesbaden commander bullies We recently had a couple reports of bullying and unacceptable behavior in the Wiesbaden military community. One involved a group of sixthgraders outside the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center verbally accosting a fellow student and threatening to beat her up, and another witnessed a group of teens on a community shuttle bus loudly expressing themselves using profanities and racially derogatory language. Let me be quite clear — there is absolutely no tolerance for this kind of behavior in the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden. From the reports of this behavior, it was stated that several adults stood by while this activity took place. I ask everyone to please help in our efforts to stamp out bullying — get involved and speak up where it is safe to do so — or report it to us so that we can follow up with our dependent misconduct board to ensure that action is taken to discourage and prevent this from occurring again. Young people must be shown by their parents, peers and those responsible that there is absolutely no tolerance for this kind of behavior. Those who continue to bully or provoke will find that they will face the repercussions — whether in the form of counseling, community service or in the most extreme case, early return to the United

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Deepest appreciation Dedication to duty Byron A. commented: I for support

Retired Lt. Col. Deborah S. commented: I had the pleasure of taking my granddaughter to Germany for a week. While the trip began rather poorly, two of your people literally saved our vacation. We made our way to the Army Lodging and Ms. Wanda Garnes provided us with an amazing smile and an abundance of very good information. She was more accommodating than any hotel reception professional I’ve encountered anywhere in the world. Most importantly she directed me to Outdoor Recreation at Clay Kaserne where she said I might be able to rent a GPS. While I technically would not have been able to rent the GPS because I’m retired and not residing in the theater, Mr. Terlazzo Smith saw my distress and actually rented the GPS in his own name, trusting I would return it. It saved my vacation, and my granddaughter and I had a wonderful, memorable week. We drove to Bavaria and back, and every American we encountered was very pleasant — but the folks at Garrison Wiesbaden were above and beyond friendly and helpful, and a perfect example of the continued linkage of the U.S. military community. Response: Thanks, Deborah, for those very kind observations. People such as Ms. Garnes and Mr. Smith are the reasons we in U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden are proud to welcome newcomers to “Wiesbaden: Your home in Germany” — whether for a short or longer visit. Thanks to

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just want to request that you recognize Staff Sgt. Jeanpaul Larue who works at the Vehicle Registration Office for his outstanding customer support and dedication to duty. He is a very good example of demonstrating the “one team, one fight” mentality. Response: Byron, I’m glad to hear that customers are finding improved services at the Vehicle Registration Office. Our staff has been working hard to accommodate the influx of customers with the increased population — particularly from Heidelberg and Mannheim. Advance appointments and other changes at Vehicle Registration were aimed at better serving the needs of community members. Staff Sgt. La Rue has been a vital part of this effort, and we will share with him your satisfaction and gratitude for his dedicated efforts. David E. commented: On Wednesday morning I got out of my car in the pouring rain and an envelope of money fell out of my notebook. It turns out Jennifer Blanner from Hainerberg Elementary School found it and turned it into the bank. What a saint. I contacted Jennifer and thanked her but wanted to share my gratitude for such a fine example of citizenship. Response: David, thanks for letting everyone know that there are everyday role models who do the right thing consistently without being asked or thoughts of a reward. Jennifer, my hat is off to you — you are what is great about life in the Wiesbaden military community and the world — kudos for showing the rest of us what it takes.

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

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News and features News flash Daylight Saving Time

Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday, Oct. 26. Daylight Saving Time changes in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, Oct. 27. Daylight Saving Time takes effect in the United States a week later on Nov. 3.

Post Office closure advisory

The progression of construction in the Post Office will require the Financial Operations section to close for two days in order to relocate operations to the original location. Patrons will not be able to mail packages during that time. Because the closure is based on construction phasing, the exact date cannot yet be confirmed, but officials estimate that it will occur in the latter part of November.

Holiday mailing deadlines

The Wiesbaden Postal Service Center encourages patrons to use the following dates as a guide to ensure packages arrive in the United States before Christmas: SAM Parcels Nov. 26; PAL Parcels Dec. 3; Priority Parcels and First Class Letters Dec. 10; and Express Mail Dec. 17. Additionally, patrons who have five or more packages to mail can schedule an appointment prior to normal opening times by calling mil 337-6413 or civ (0611) 705-6413.

ACS changes hours of operation

Starting on Nov. 7, Army Community Service will operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday and from 1-5 p.m. on Thursdays. Domestic violence and sexual assault hotlines are still available 24/7.

Win an AAFES gift card

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service invites patrons to join in a “frightfully fun scavenger hunt” through Oct. 31 for the chance to win one of four $500 or 10 $100 AAFES gift cards. Visit or your local Exchange for details. (AAFES Public Affairs)

Free lighting inspections

During the month of October Army and Air Force Exchange Service automotive repair facilities will offer free inspection of privately owned vehicles to verify that lights, windshield wipers and tires meet acceptable functional standards. All POVs brought to Exchange-Europe Car Care Centers for normal servicing will be checked for these standards as well. The program is conducted Germany-wide each year during the fall to correct deficiencies before the more hazardous winter driving season. Any labor or parts necessary for correcting deficiencies will be charged at the normal rate. (AAFES Public Affairs)

New CYSS fee policy

Each year the Child, Youth and School Services fee policy is reviewed. The intent is to create consistency and predictability in child care across the Army. While some families will see a slight increase in fees Nov. 1 when the fees take effect, others will see a slight decrease. By law, child care fees paid by parents are based on total family income, not military rank or civilian grade. Visit the garrison’s home page at CYSSFeesOct0113.pdf to see the new fee structure.

Fifth Signal Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald Tice leads a formation of Soldiers for a special run in celebration of the Sergeant Morales Club’s 40th birthday Oct. 3 on Clay Kaserne.

Celebrating exemplary NCO leadership By Spc. Glenn M. Anderson U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs Office

About 200 Soldiers from US Army Garrison Wiesbaden tenant units celebrated the 40th birthday of the Sergeant Morales Club by performing a skit and holding a special session of physical fitness to include a run Oct. 3 on Clay Kaserne. Sergeant Morales, a fictional Soldier intended to represent the ideal Army NCO, was a squad leader for three years in an engineer battalion of a U.S. Army division. He was the proverbial 98-pound weakling who did not graduate from high school but earned a GED. He was of Puerto Rican descent and had only a limited command of English. Despite his meager stature, he strove for and achieved the highest caliber of leadership. “All who bear the award are elite noncommissioned officers, U.S. or host nation, who have demonstrated superior performance and inherent leadership qualities and abilities characterized by Sergeant Morales,” said Command Sgt. Major Sean J. Rice, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army Europe and a

Sergeant Morales Club senior enlisted advisor. The club was established in 1973 by Lt. Gen. George S. Blanchard to promote the highest ideals of integrity, professionalism and leadership for the enlisted force serving in Europe. “Ruck up and set your sights on achieving this prestigious honor,” said Rice. “If you’re not suc- Hopeful Sergeant Morales Club inductees stand cessful the first time, before a board of sergeants major for evaluaknow that you’re smarter tion Oct. 3 at Clay Kaserne. than when you began the equivalent of two rigorous, competitive your journey and con- years of college. He had process. tinue to press on display- a lot in his favor but no “Leaders who epitoing that resilience and special advantages; he mize audacious and reperseverance expected just worked at his job to sponsive leadership, are the best of his ability. He disciplined, and commitof our profession.” “Although I have was the exemplary leader ted professionals caring not made it into the in whom his Soldiers for their Soldiers and club thus far, I feel that believed. their community and “Who would not want are the standard bearers the preparation and the boards I have attended to have a leader like Ser- and set the examples in have indeed made me a geant Morales or have taking care of our most better and more prepared him as a part of your precious resources — NCO,” said Sgt. 1st Class squad,” said Command Soldiers, families and Adam Martinez, USAG Sgt. Maj. David Daven- communities,” said Rice. Wiesbaden Director- port, U.S. Army Europe. “Sergeant Morales ate of Plans, Training, “I like to think of Ser- Club needs NCOs, SolMobility and Security geant Morales as a leader diers need leaders and operations NCO. “The who can not only stand leaders need to be chalsenior leaders I have met up and shout the NCO lenged,” said Martinez. along the way and the Creed, but who serves as “Don’t sell yourselves pressure of rising to the a living example of that short by saying you don’t occasion has once again creed we should all strive need it or care. Separate brought back that team to live up to.” yourself from the mass The Sergeant Mo- and analyze what it is spirit. ... makes me feel like a motivated private rales Club embraces the you have been doing same attributes as the with your career and set again.” It is assumed that U.S. Army’s Sergeant a goal. If not for you then while in the division, Audie Murphy Club. for the Soldiers who have Sergeant Morales com- Membership is exclusive not a clue in what right pleted high school and and gained through a looks like.” ............................................................................ Oct. 24, 2013

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News and features From the blotter

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

Oct. 8 Traffic accident — A civilian is being charged with inattentive driving resulting in a traffic accident. Failure to obey regulation — A Soldier is being charged with failing to re-register a vehicle.

Oct. 9 Drunken driving — A Soldier is being charged with drunken driving Controlled substance — Two Soldiers are being charged with possession and use of a controlled substance (spice). Traffic accident — A Soldier is being charged with failure to judge proper distance resulting in a traffic accident. Traffic accident — A civilian is being charged with failure to meet mechanical standards resulting in a traffic accident.

Oct. 10 Larceny — A civilian employee is being charged with larceny of private property: Driving off without paying for fuel. Larceny — A civilian employee is being charged with larceny of private property: Driving off without paying for fuel. Traffic accident — A Soldier is being charged with improper backing resulting in a traffic accident. Traffic accident — A civilian is being charged with improper backing resulting in a traffic accident. Traffic accident — A Soldier is being charged with inattentive driving resulting in a traffic accident.

Oct. 11 Traffic accident — A family member is being charged with fleeing the scene and inattentive driving. Assault — A civilian employee is being charged with assault by threats, civilian misconduct and unlawful possession of a weapon. Failure to obey regulation — A Soldier is being charged with failing to re-register a vehicle. Traffic accident — A civilian is being charged with inattentive driving resulting in a traffic accident.

Oct. 12 Assault — A Soldier is being charged with assault on military or civilian law enforcer, provoking speech and gestures, and failure to obey an order. Traffic accident — A Soldier is being charged with following too closely resulting in a traffic accident. Traffic accident — A civilian is being charged with following too closely resulting in a traffic accident.

Oct. 14 Failure to obey lawful order — A Soldier is being charged with failure to obey U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Policy Letter 15, Pet Ownership in Government Quarters: Leaving a pet unsupervised for an extended period.

Oct. 15 Traffic accident — A Soldier is being charged with improper backing resulting in a traffic accident. Traffic accident — A Soldier is being charged with failure to judge proper distance resulting in a traffic accident.

Oct. 16 Traffic accident — A Soldier is being charged with improper backing resulting in a traffic accident and damage to government property.

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1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment’s Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Bobbe, Sr., 1st Lt. Hans Seller and Staff Sgt. Jonathan Montemayor shoot the Dutch C7 rifle from the seated position during the 11th Annual Dutch International Military Skills Competition in Oranje Kaserne, Netherlands.

More than mere competition Avn Regt Soldiers compete in Dutch military event, raises event standard By Chrystal Smith

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

They were just hoping to meet competition standards and at the very least, not finish last as the first U.S. team to compete in the a military skills contest in Oranje Kaserne, Netherlands. So when it was announced that they were the second best team of 20 in the Dutch International Skills Competition Sept. 26, three 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment Soldiers couldn’t contain their surprise. “We hoped we wouldn’t finish last,” said 1st Lt. Hans Seller, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1-214th Avn. Regt. executive officer. “We were not expecting to do as well as we performed.” “I was shocked,” said Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Bobbe, 1-214th Avn. Regt. medical section noncommissioned officer, when it was translated to him that he was the best overall individual performer. “We were a little apprehensive at first. We were perplexed and confused about the format. But I was confident of the team we were taking.” The competition tested the Soldiers’ proficiency in land navigation, target identification and

range estimation, hand grenade assault, combat vehicle identification, first aid, shooting — Dutch service weapons C7 rifle and Glock 17 pistol, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense, and Dutch military history. Bobbe said, the invitation came because of the friendship that was kindled with the Dutch Soldiers during the Monte Kali shooting competition that was held in the spring at the Wackernheim range where the unit had administrative responsibilities. “I had the opportunity to make friends with many of the Dutch range cadre,” he said, adding that a deeper bond was formed when he shared history about his Dutch ancestry — his great grandfather emigrated from Amsterdam to New York around the turn of the 20th Century to evade extermination by the Nazis. As the Soldiers were focused on competing, the occasion turned out to be more than they expected. “Because of our level of training, we were allowed to do much more,” said Seller, who said their Dutch hosts gave them exclusive access to special training opportunities and special events while there. “They really wanted to share as much of their knowledge

and culture with us as they could.” Because the timing of the visit overlapped with the historic anniversary of Operation Market Garden the Soldiers got to experience World War II history from a new point of view, too. “We mixed it up with British and Polish Soldiers,” said Seller explaining that their hosts took them on a special trip to the Airborne Museum while they were there. “We were getting the history on the experience from the perspective of British and Polish Soldier.” Seller and Bobbe said the experience was remarkable for strengthening military relations, and building lasting friendships. “I made some lifelong friends in these two events,” said Bobbe, “and it has opened up more opportunities to participate on the international military competition scale.” “We went in having a bond with the Dutch, and here we established a strong rapport with the Belguims,” said Seller. Seller said that as a result of the U.S. team’s participation and the disparate point margin between second and third place contest organizers plan to restructure the competition to make it a more competitive and challenging event for next year.

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News and features Educators, garrison officials set order for school year Story and photo by Chrystal Smith

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

Anti-bullying initiatives and standing up a juvenile review board were on the agenda along with updates on school partnerships and student safety at the first Installation Advisory Committee meeting for the 2013-2014 school year. Aukamm Elementary School hosted the meeting of educators and U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden officials Oct. 16 that picked up where it left off in the spring. The school administrators expressed strong appreciation to their military partners for the units answering the calls for support to schools through mentor programs, physical labor and other efforts. According to Principal Dr. Susan Hargis, Wiesbaden Middle School’s partnerships with Headquarters U.S. Army Europe and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District are still “rocking and rolling.” She said the school will partner with USAREUR Soldiers to get SAVVY — Students Against the Violence and Victimization of Youths — about bullying matters. The school will also team up with USACE to highlight science, technology, engineering and math initiatives throughout the school year. Also, an added partnership endeavor with the Defense Science and Technology Center promises special learning opportunities for students and teachers. Wiesbaden High School’s culinary arts program received a huge boost from its 2nd Signal Brigade Soldier partners who answered the call to move and rearrange furniture to facilitate an environment conducive to learning and turning out delicious dishes. “It couldn’t have happened if they wouldn’t have been there for us,” said Principal Sharon O’Donnell, who said she was reluctant to call the unit. “But we were down to the wire and they were quick to respond.” Aukamm Elementary administrators lauded its partner 102nd Signal Battalion for the help and success with its chess and homework tutoring clubs. “We really appreciate their assistance,” said Principal Dr. Debbie Parker, who said she

Deaundra McKinnis works with her son Farron on Reading Counts quizzes in the Aukamm Elementary School Library Oct. 16. Critical reading skills was one of the many topics mentioned during the recent Installation Advisory Committee meeting held at Aukamm Elementary School Oct. 16. was looking forward to future engagements with the school’s partner unit. Hainerberg Elementary School Principal Penelope Miller-Smith said that with their partner 66th Military Intelligence Brigade, they are “moving forward together,” making mention of the success the school had as a result of help with its field day and STEM night in the spring. The committee took a bit of time out to discuss anti-bullying initiatives taking place around the community. Aaron Chapius, Youth Program manager, and Peter Witmer, schools liaison officer, surveyed 10 percent of Wiesbaden High School’s students about bullying during a Food for Thought Lunch session. The survey’s findings revealed that bullying in the community was occurring mainly outside of school in the playground areas. It was found that while the incidence of bullying in the community among youths had decreased, the witnessing of incidents was on the rise. “Bullying stops when bystanders get involved,” said Witmer, giving way to the school administrators to share the different initiatives being employed in the schools. And while the administrators were on one accord about the urgency in which bullying is handled, Hainerberg Elementary and Wiesbaden Middle’s daily efforts were highlighted. Everyday, Wiesbaden Middle School staff and students make a pledge to stamp out bullying. “The ‘Bullying Pledge’ is a constant reminder that we’re not going to do it,” said Hargis.

“It’s not cool. We nip it quick. We don’t let it linger.” Hainerberg Elementary School’s approach is focused on “replacing negative behavior by rewarding positive behavior,” said Miller-Smith, speaking of its Hainerberg High Five school-wide behavior program that encompasses anti-bullying initiatives and actively recognizes students for their individual behavior. “It’s based on one of our five tenets that you

treat everyone with respect.” “There’s no bullying going on there,” said Carl Albrecht, assistant district superintendent, who visited HES earlier that day and was attesting to the fact that HES is a “bully-free school.” He further encouraged the educators to continue to work at reducing incidents by identifying bullies. Garrison officials are also on board to ensure bullying and youth misconduct cases are given proper attention. According to the Civilian Misconduct Action Authority, the garrison will begin the practice of holding juvenile disciplinary review boards. The practice is being instituted to alter and change behavior, to ensure the safety and security of the community, to make perpetrators and sponsors accountable for such negative behavior. “A thorough investigative process removes the distraction of disruptive behavior,” said USAG Wiesbaden Command Sgt. Maj. Sa’eed Mustafa, who will also serve as chairperson for the boards that will begin convening in November. Aukamm administrators pre- ............................................................................ Oct. 24, 2013

sented its two concerns for student safety to the board. The school recommended adding a crosswalk on Westfalenstrasse to ensure student safety when walking to and from school. Administrators also solicited suggestions for a revised evacuation plan that facilitates sufficient command and control of students and staff, if such an event was to occur. Witmer also shared updates about DoDDS and host nation partnerships, mentioning that the success in the Leonardo partnership has generated more occasions for students to engage and exchange. The upcoming event “Jam On” is an American music event that will feature German and American student performers, Nov. 15 at Wiesbaden High School. Also Hainerberg Middle School will host the open John F. Kennedy in Hessen exhibition that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the presidential visit to Wiesbaden. The exhibit will open to the community Nov. 4, and will be open daily throughout the month of November during school hours; special viewing can be arranged with the middle school’s administrators.

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Spc. Brooks Turner and Sgt. Sean Hall demonstrate aspects of Army combatives to Bundeswehr reservists and citizens of Fulda Sept. 28 during the 2013 Day of the Reservists event.

Photo by Chrystal Smith

Sidney Silva shows seminar goers how defend oneself from a seated position by kicking out and evading an assailant, Sgt. 1st Class Adam Martinez, during a Combative Sports Martial Arts Seminar Oct. 11.

Instilling confidence, courage through Program boosts readiness, resilience combat sports Including everything from the Combat Sports Program message By Karl Weisel Photos by Sgt. Tyler Rupp

By Chrystal Smith U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

Instilling confidence and courage into community members is a primary objective of the Combat Sports Program. For that reason, the program brought in renowned martial arts expert Sidney Silva to teach a Combative Sports Martial Arts Seminar highlighting the techniques of Brazilian jiujitsu self-defense for the community Oct. 11. “(Combat sports) is how we’re building up our community,” said Sgt. 1st Class Adam Martinez, operations noncommissioned officer for USAG Wiesbaden’s Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. “We’re utilizing this as an ideal way to get community members united.” About 20 people participated in the hands-on seminar that engaged them in various situations and taught them how to counter the opposition and

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defend or evade. “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the only martial art where you can defend yourself with your back on the ground,” said Silva, who specifically chose the training because it fundamentally was most like a real fight. Silva, who holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo, said jui-jitsu’s proven effectiveness is because its central tenets are balance, control and leverage. “I try to make them understand the importance of leverage,” he said. “No matter how small or big you are you should always use leverage.” Martinez said this is the first of many seminars the program hopes to offer the community. Community members can make suggestions to the program about training and other opportunities one can get through the program. Contact Sgt. 1st Class Adam Martinez at mil 337-6383 or civ (0611) 705-6383 for more information.

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They discourage bullying. They help service members find their feet and get their careers back on track. They contributed to the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden hosting and winning the U.S. Forces Europe Boxing Championships this year. Members of the garrison’s Combat Sports Program have been hard at work promoting readiness and resiliency through the three-tiered program which was launched in Wiesbaden last year. Combining the pillars of combatives, martial arts and boxing, the program has been capturing the attention of everyone from visiting U.S. Army Installation Management Command leaders to fellow members of Allied forces. A group of service members traveled to the city of Fulda Sept. 28 to share aspects of the program with German Bundeswehr reservists and local citizens. “We had 13 Soldiers go to demonstrate combatives and martial arts,” said Sgt. 1st Class Adam Martinez, operations noncommissioned officer for USAG Wiesbaden’s Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. “It’s an annual event hosted by Bundeswehr reservists and features an array of folks including members of the fire departments, medics and an American presence,” Martinez said. “Our goal was to demonstrate how modern Army combatives techniques have evolved.”

boxing, kickboxing to jiu of readiness and resiliency. jitsu and other hand-to-hand He also invited any individuals techniques, Martinez said the interested in learning more about demonstration culminated or becoming involved with the with a tactical scenario — program to check out the USAG “showing it’s not just about any Wiesbaden Combat Sports Program one single aspect of fighting — it’s page on Facebook or to inquire at three-dimensional and combines all the Wiesbaden Fitness Center. That of those techniques to make up what includes boxers looking for more we call the modern Army combatives training, anyone with martial arts program.” experience interested in teaching Martinez, who coached the or people who would like to help Wiesbaden boxing team to victory spread the anti-bullying message. at the U.S. Forces Europe Cham- Interested individuals can also stop pionships in May, said Wiesbaden by the Warrior Training Center on Combat Sports Program has been McCully Barracks in Wackernheim growing over the past year to include where the boxing team trains most multiple certified instructors and evenings from 6:30-9 p.m., Martiservice members from every unit in nez said. the Wiesbaden military community. All community members are “The demonstration in Fulda was reminded that the garrison hosts a combined team effort. Those who the Wiesbaden Boxing Tournament went to represent the garrison loved featuring bouts between German and it — there was lots of good interac- American fighters from throughout tion — a great team-building event,” Europe Nov. 16. Doors open at 6 Martinez said. “It really shows how p.m. and the fights kick off at 7 p.m. we’re building the resiliency of the program and taking it out into the streets.” Martinez praised the support of Soldiers from throughout the community — in particular Sgt. Timothy Jenkins of the 529th Military Police Company, fellow members of the combatives team and the War- Sgt. Jose Orta and Pfc. David Marcet showrior Transition Unit case mixed martial arts techniques during for helping spread the reservist day event.

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USAG Wiesbaden — Wackernheim, Wiesbaden Wiesbaden’s premier event for retired Soldiers

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden will host the U.S. Army Europe Retiree Appreciation Day Oct. 26 at the Community Activity Center in Clay Kaserne Building 1011. Registration will start at 8 a.m. with available refreshments. A U.S. Army Europe official will give participants an update on the latest happenings in USAREUR and the Army in Europe with a glimpse into the future. Col. Judith Lee, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center commander, will speak about military health care in Europe now and in the future. In addition, there will be a retired Soldier update that will inform attendees of the status of current concerns and issues of retired and retiring Soldiers and their families and survivors. The senior leadership of the medical, dental and Tricare units in Europe will hold a small roundtable forum to respond to questions individuals may have. There will be a host of service agencies and providers, including the Federal Benefits Unit from the U.S. Consulate

General in Frankfurt, to meet the needs of the retired military community. Included will be ID cards issue and reissue, Installation Access Control System registration and renewal, legal services and customs. Participants will need to bring their passports and residency permits (if not in the passports) for many of these services. The Health and Dental Clinics will be open beginning at 10 a.m. to provide basic retiree health care services. Andrews Federal Credit Union will offer banking services from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. On the evening before, Oct. 25, the Wiesbaden Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army will host an icebreaker at the Community Activity Center starting at 6 p.m. The Army in Europe Retiree Appreciation Day at USAG Wiesbaden will be the premier event of USAREUR for you to meet and talk with the Army in Europe leadership and to keep up on your retirement rights, benefits and privileges, a spokesperson said.

Star on the rise

Wiesbaden’s 2013 Operation Rising Star winner 1st Lt. Matthew Gabriel, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 5th Signal Command, performs his original indie folk composition “Past Denial” before a packed house during finale Oct. 18 at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center. Gabriel said he did not initially plan to compete, and gave thanks to his unit’s 1st Sgt. David Cain for pushing him to enter the competition and to his fans whose support propelled him to victory. Videos of Gabriel’s performances will be sent to Army Entertainment to be judged against other garrison winners in hopes of being selected to compete in the finals that will air on the Pentagon Channel in November. Visit www. to follow the competition. Photo by Lily Baucke


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USAG Wiesbaden — Wackernheim, Wiesbaden Domestic Violence Awareness

Community unites to support victims of domestic violence Story and photos by Chrystal Smith

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Domestic violence is the leading cause of injuries to women, and about every nine seconds a women is touched by domestic violence. And because “we are touched by this global problem in our military community,” the Family Advocacy Program victim advocates gathered community members for a candlelight walk through Hainerberg Housing in a pledge to Take Back the Night Oct. 17. “It’s not some far away problem,” said Col. David Carstens, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander. “I spend about three hours per day giving attention to the cases in our community.” About 150 individuals, old and young, took part in the event to boost the awareness of domestic violence in hope of deterring abusers and encouraging victims to report incidents. “I came to show my solidarity to the victims of domestic violence,” said Willie Majors, Army retiree, who said he was enlightened at the fact that men are victims of domestic violence also. “I thought only women

went through that. But from what I heard today, men just don’t report it.” Savannah Simmons, a senior at Wiesbaden High School, said she came to support victims and is more aware after taking part in the event. “It’s a real problem especially in the military community. I know it doesn’t seem like it but it is,” she said, taking surprise at the fact that a safe haven for victims and children exists in the community, and that currently the safe house is full. This year’s awareness month theme, “Silence Hides VioAbout 100 community members take the first strides of the candlelight walk through lence,” is aimed at not only Hainerberg Housing to boost awareness and support victims of domestic violence Oct. encouraging victims to report 17. Photo below: Supporters try to keep candles lit just before the start of the walk. violence, but also challenges Julie Wahlers, Family Advo- she said they have bystanders to say something if they suspect someone is being cacy Program victim advocate established partcoordinator said that the fact nerships with the victimized. “We have to report it. We that people came out to support schools to get the can’t just sit on the sideline any- the awareness event makes it a message of prevention to youths more and say it won’t happen to remarkable event. “Anytime community mem- in hopes of breakme,” said Majors. “I’m going to bers comes together for a cause, ing the cycle of spread the word.” “Just because I see it, that it is a success,” she said, adding abuse, building doesn’t mean I can’t say any- that by showing up to walk healthy relationthing,” said Simmons, emphasiz- many became more informed ships and establishing boundaring that witnesses shouldn’t turn on the issue. have to be in a crisis to get help.” Wahlers said that the victim ies at young ages. a blind eye when they witness She also advised that vic- Army Community Service offers violence or encounter possible advocates are doing a number victims. “Tell people it’s wrong of things yearround that are tims, potential victims, abusers a number of resources for prefocused on prevention. Mainly, and probable abusers should be vention and assistance. Visit the to do that.” aware that obsession, jealousy facility in Hainerberg Housing LIKE US on Facebook and find out and controlling behavior are Building 7790 or call mil 3355234 or civ (0611) 4080-234 for about the latest events in your area implications of abuse. Wahlers said, “You don’t more information.

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Fire Prevention Week

Members of the Strong Beginnings class at the Child Development Center (Building 1501) get a chance to meet community firefighters Thilo Schleich and Oliver Bach during a visit to the Tony Bass Fitness Center for Fire Prevention Week Oct. 10. Photo left: U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Fire Inspector Karin Morrell talks to Christina and Christian McClintock about fire safety during a special Fire Safety Awareness event in the Tony Bass Fitness Center Oct. 10. Photo bottom: Eduard Kolbe, fire inspector, gives fire safety training to Wiesbaden High School students Oct. 8 in the school’s auditorium.

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Community notes ... Community notes Army Family Action Plan Conference

Wiesbaden’s annual Army Family Action Plan Conference, delayed because of the government shutdown, has been rescheduled to Nov. 1819. If you still have topics to be discussed or want to volunteer to get involved, please call Annikka Trabucco at civ (0611) 4080-254.

Prayer Luncheon

An All Saints Day Prayer Luncheon will be held Nov. 1 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Community Activity Center on Clay Kaserne featuring religious support leaders from the Installation Management Command-Europe and U.S. Army Europe. Call civ (0611) 4080-172 for more information.

Thanksgiving holidays — Nov. 11 and 28 from noon to 4 p.m. Stop by and pick up a good book, movie or CD to help celebrate the holidays.

Thrift Shop hours

The Wiesbaden Thrift Shop, located at the Mainz-Kastel Storage Station (across from the shoppette/AAFES Express), is open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the first and third Saturday of the month.

Hotel of Horror

Wiesbaden’s Amelia Earhart Playhouse hosts a haunted house — the Hotel of Horror — Oct. 23-26 and 28-31 from 7-10 p.m. The haunted house is designed for patrons 13 years and older. The playhouse is located at Konrad-Adenauer Ring 39, 65187 Wiesbaden.

Winter driving training ACS Food Bank All authorized non-tactical vehicle operators must complete mandatory winter driver orientation training by Oct. 30. NTV drivers who have not completed the training will not be authorized to dispatch or operate an NTV in the garrison starting Nov. 1. For information on the training call Mr. Moosberger or Mr. Alam at mil 3377855 or civ (0611) 705-7855.

Holiday Assistance Program

Completed applications for the annual Holiday Assistance Program must be turned in to Army Community (Building 7790 in Hainerberg Housing) by Nov. 22. The deadline to turn in Angel Tree nominations is Dec. 10. Call ACS at civ (0611) 4080-254 for more information.

Library open on holidays

The Wiesbaden Library will be open on the Veterans Day and

Stop by Army Community Service, Building 7790 in Hainerberg Housing, if you need non-perishable food items and toiletries. All ID cardholders are welcome. Call civ (0611) 4080-254.

Auto Skills tire service

It’s time again to swap out those summer tires for winter tires. Wiesbaden’s Automotive Skills Center offers that service including complete mounting and balancing for prices starting at $46. The center is located on the north side of Clay Kaserne (Rennbahn Strasse 12, 65205 Wiesbaden). Call civ (0611) 705-6679 for details.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Need help with a substance abuse problem? Alcoholics Anonymous meets Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. at the Clay Chapel on Wiesbaden’s Clay Kaserne.

Evensong service

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song liturgical Protestant service Sundays at 6 p.m. Join in for praise, devotion, conversation and prayer.

German classes

Army Community Service’s Relocation Readiness Program offers German language classes Oct. 24 to Nov. 21 from 7-8:30 p.m. The class is designed for beginners and offers lots of “good-to-know” information. Call ACS at civ (0611) 4080254.

Vehicle Reg appointments

Appointments can now be made for the following transactions at Vehicle Registration: vehicle transfers, registration renewals, non-operational registrations, de-registration and issue of shipping plates. Call Staff Sgt. LaRue at civ (0611) 705-7821 or mil 337-7821 to make an appointment.

Auto Skills Car Wash

The Automotive Skills Car Wash is open every day from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. It is located on the north side of Clay Kaserne by Building 3500 (Rennbahn Str. 12 for GPS). Call civ (0611) 705-6679 for details.

FAP classes

Family Child Care

The Family Advocacy Program offers anger management classes Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. FAP offers stress management classes Nov. 19 and Dec. 17. Couples communication classes will be held and Nov. 27. Call civ (0611) 4080-254 for more information.

Do you love working with children? Interested in working from home? Looking for an earning potential from $26,000 to $40,000 annually? Become a Family Child Care provider. Call civ (0611) 4080-329 or mil 335-5383 for more information.

Gospel services

Employment classes

Join the Protestant Gospel Service at Clay Kaserne Chapel Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Religious education opportunities are also offered as supplements to the service. Sunday School classes are offered from 9-10:15 a.m. for watch care, elementary, middle and high school-aged children, and adults. Children’s church is held every first and third Sunday during worship. Bible study is held Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The Employment Readiness Program hosts USA Jobs and Resume Basics classes Oct. 24 and Nov. 19 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Call civ (0611) 4080-254 to reserve a spot.

Relocation tours

The Relocation Readiness Program hosts tours in the coming months including to the Frankfurt Christmas Market Dec. 3 and the Mainz Christmas Market Dec. 17. Call civ (0611) 4080-254 or stop by Army Community Service in Hainerberg Housing (Building 7790) to register.

AFTB instructors

Army Community Service seeks Army Family Team Building instructors. AFTB is a series of training modules that helps community members cope with and enjoy the military lifestyle. Call Earl McFarland at civ (0611) 4080-254.

Guitar lessons

Wiesbaden Arts and Crafts now offers acoustic and electric guitar lessons. Cost is $21 for a half-hour lesson. Call civ (0611) 705-5449.

Joint patrol

Wiesbaden military community and host nation police keep a watchful eye during the recent city-wide Stadtfest Sept. 27. The joint patrols are a regular occurrence aimed at fostering good German-American relations and providing safety and security during community events. Report crime to the Military Police at mil 337-5096 or (0611) 705-5096. If off post call the German Polizei at 110.

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Continued from front page Schools-Europe teachers and administrators touring the Clay airfield, Training Support Center and Central Issue Facility. Two teachers from the Friedrich-List-Schule joined their American counterparts. “We do this to foster our understanding and partnerships,” said Peter Witmer, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden schools liaison officer. “The two German teachers are part of the Leonardo Project and we wanted to give them a chance to meet some of the American teachers who will be involved in the 2015 project.” Maintaining “strong, positive community-school relationships” is another goal of the annual teachers orientation, Witmer said, explaining that having established that relationship in the past, “it’s important that we don’t take that relationship and partnership for granted.” As teachers and administrators toured the installation they had a chance to hear from service members about their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, to try on protective gear, learn about aviation operations and to shoot various weapons in the Engagement Skills Trainer. “We give them an operations orientation and try to show them what goes on with the parents of their students,” said Witmer. “I’m amazed every day of the

Schoolbits Education needs assessment

With the new European Tri-services education contract, both the University of Oklahoma and the University of Maryland University College Europe have new degree programs. In order to determine the Wiesbaden military community’s education needs, each school is conducting an online needs assessment survey. Interested individuals are encouraged to complete a survey online at php?name=MEd_Program_Survey_2013 for the University of Oklahoma and https:// for the University of Maryland University College.

Registration open for UMUC weekend classes

Renate Weinmann of the Central Issue Facility describes the kevlar plates that protect Soldiers during the Teachers Orientation Tour. impact that teachers have on our children,” said Col. David Carstens, USAG Wiesbaden commander, in welcoming the educators. “Each and every one of you serve the community. You have a huge amount of impact not only on our students but also on our community.” The commander also praised the strong relationships being established

between the American and host nation educators, and the many projects involving local students ranging from the Leonardo Projects to Hainerberg Elementary School’s environmental efforts. “You are truly one of the pillars to what we are doing here — helping truly make ‘Wiesbaden: Your home in Germany,’” Carstens said.

There is still time to register for weekend classes with the University of Maryland University College. The class meeting dates for BMGT 398Z, Creative Problem Solving, are Nov. 16 and 17 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; LIBS 150, Introduction to Research, is a twoweek hybrid class which meets face-to-face on Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information stop by the UMUC office in the Education Center on Clay Kaserne (Building 1023E, Room 12) or call civ (0611) 705-5917, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Activities at Aukamm

Aukamm Elementary School features Spirit Days Oct. 24, Nov. 6, 15, 22, Dec. 6, 13 and 21. Wear blue and yellow to show your spirit. The school celebrates Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31 and holds parent-teacher conferences Nov. 7-8.

High school happenings

Wiesbaden High School holds ACT testing Oct. 26. High school athletes stay home for the Tennis Europeans Oct. 24-26, head to Baumholder Oct. 26 for the European cross country championships and to Ramstein Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 for the volleyball Europeans.

WCSC scholarships

The Wiesbaden Community Spouses Club invites high school seniors and continuing education students to apply for scholarships Nov. 15 through Feb. 28. Download an application at

School holidays Photo by Katja Pinkston

Tell Me a Story

Parent to Parent team member Federica LeMauk reads “The Remarkable Farkle McBride” to a group of children during story time at the Wiesbaden Library on Clay Kaserne. Join Parent to Parent for the family literacy event Tell Me A Story 3-5 p.m. Nov. 17 at Hainerberg Elementary School when guest reader Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell, Jr., U.S. Army Europe commander will read “The Remarkable Farkle McBride” by John Lithgow. It tells the story of a boy whose perseverance pays off in the end. Tell Me A Story, an initiative of the Military Child Education Coalition, is geared toward children ages 4-12. Each family will receive a copy of the book. The event is free but space is limited, so make reservations by emailing by Nov. 11.

Local Department of Defense Dependents Schools will be closed in observation of Veterans Day Nov. 11 and Thanksgiving Nov. 28-29. Winter recess begins on Dec. 23 with school resuming on Jan. 6.

Free/reduced lunches

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Sports and leisure By Donald Seltzer Volksmarching Editor

Volksmarching notes

Take a hike:

? The calendar for volksmarching in Germany, “Terminliste 2014,” is now available for €2.50 in the start hall at most events. This useful booklet lists dates, locations, points of contact and other information for each of the scheduled events in Germany. Also provided is an extensive list of permanent trails. ? Got a comment? Found something you’d like to correct? Want to change ‘unknown’ to a useful trail description? Write me at with the subject “Feedback.” ? Interested in volksmarching but not sure how things work? Send an email message to volksmarch@ with the subject “Getting Started.” ? Many thanks to readers Pat and Cheryl Patterson for continuing to provide event brochures. Help out the editor by picking up event brochures and mailing them to Donald Seltzer, CMR 467 Box 5533, APO AE 09096. ? Look for additional event choices at www.

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retzenheim/Nahe (55559) — This event is just up the road from Bad Kreuznach in the direction of Bingen. From Bad Kreuznach take B-48 north to Bretzenheim. From points east take Autobahn 60 toward Bingen, continuing at its end on a two-lane road to Gensingen. Follow IVV directional signs to Langenlonsheim and Bretzenheim; note, however, signs were scarce for previous events.

Start: Sportplatz Schloßgarten Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Hilly, neighborhoods and vineyards Award: None.


üdingen (66130) — This walk is south of Saarbrücken and offers trails along the FrenchGerman border. Wanderers from the Kaiserslautern Military Community should find this event within their driving range. Use Autobahn 6 toward Saarbrücken, briefly pick up Autobahn 620 and exit at Saarbrücken-Güdingen (21). Take B-51 south to

Güdingen and follow directional signs to the start. Start: Festhalle in city center Saturday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to noon (5, 10 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: From previous events.


indsbach (66862) — This walk, adjacent to Landstuhl, is certainly convenient to KMC’s wanderers. Kindsbach is just a kilometer south of Autobahn 6’s Landstuhl exit (13) making it just as easy, but longer, to reach from other communities.

Start: Mehrzweckhalle at Marktstraße 27 Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: From previous events.


inningen an der Mosel (56333) — This event is listed for its challenges in the Koblenz area along the picturesque Mosel river. Participants will find, in addition to the standard distances, trails of 42 and 50 kilometers, plus a 25-km cycling route. Use Autobahn 61 north toward Koblenz and exit at Koblenz-Metternich (38). Follow directional signs on secondary roads to the start in Winningen.

Start: August-Horch-Halle at intersection of Uhlenweg and Marktstraße Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km, plus cycling), 7-9 a.m. (42 km) and 7-8 a.m. (50 km) Trail: Very hilly, woods Award: Small ceramic Halloween pumpkin tea light (shorter trails) or patch and certificate (marathon trails).

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of/Westerwald (56472) — This Germanholiday event is north of Limburg and west of Giessen and features the scenery of the Hoher Westerwald area. Use Autobahn 45 to the Herborn-West exit (26), then take B-255 and B-414 west to Hof.

Start: Mehrzweckhalle on Tierparkstraße Friday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) Trail: Very hilly, wooded areas Award: None.


autzkirchen (66440) — This walk is west of Zweibrücken and easily reached by autobahn from Miesau, Landstuhl and the KMC. Head toward Saarbrücken on the A-6 and exit at Rohrbach (7). Take a minor road

and a North Sea fishing trip Oct. 25-27 (cost is $229). Call civ (0611) 705-5760 to sign up.

USO trips

Wiesbaden’s Irish Pub (Michelsberg 15) features Steven McGowan Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, Stephen Casey Oct. 24, The Capones Band Oct. 25 and the Bobby Brown Band Oct. 26 and Nov. 7 and 9. Visit www.

Rhein Main Area USOs head to Frankenstein Castle for Halloween chills Oct. 26; Normandy, France, to explore art and history Nov. 8; and t.o Grado, Italy, for Christmas magic Dec. 23-28. Visit for more information.

Outdoor Rec trips

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Wiesbaden Outdoor Recreation features a Paris Express trip Oct. 19-20 (cost is $109)

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Gospel Choir Project next month. Workshop dates are Oct. 28 at Nov. 4 with performances at the Praise Night in Wiesbaden-Nordenstadt Nov. 9. For more information and to register contact Peter Witmer at civ (0611) 4080-129 or email

Gospel Workshop

A Gospel Workshop will be held Nov. 1-3 with a concert on Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. in the Heilig Kreuz Kirche at Auf der Schanze, Unterer Mittleweg 26, 61352 Bad Homburg. For more information on the workshop and concert send an email to

past Kirkel to Lautzkirchen and follow directional signs to the start hall.

Start: Schützenhaus, Auf dem Gänshorn Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) Trail: Unknown Award: From previous events.


chwalbach-Elm (66773) — Wanderers will find this single-day Saarland event northwest of Saarbrücken and easily reached by autobahn from the Landstuhl/Ramstein area. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 and 8 toward Saarlouis to reach the Schwalbach/Schwarzenholz exit (14), then follow the road a short distance to reach the start at Elm.

Start: Turn- und Festhalle on Sebastianstraße Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

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andel (55595) — Here’s an event midway between Idar-Oberstein and Wiesbaden. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 60 toward Bingen and 61 toward Ludwigshafen. Exit at Bad Kreuznach (51) and use B-41 to Weinsheim to pick up a secondary road to Mandel. From Baumholder, pick up B-41 at Idar-Oberstein and head toward Bad Kreuznach. Turn onto a secondary road at Weinsheim for the final few kilometers to Mandel.

Start: Schloßberghalle at Sponheimerstraße 1 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Hilly, fields and woods Award: From previous events.


berdonven, Luxembourg (L-5435) — This event brings volksmarchers to Luxembourg to wander along the Mosel River on that country’s border with Germany. It’s a long drive from the KMC but should be easily done using autobahns. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6, 62, 1 and 602 to Trier. Use the Trier-Ehrang exit to connect with A-64 toward Luxembourg City. After crossing the border, the autobahn becomes A1. Use the Potaschberg/ Grevenmacher exit (13) and follow the secondary road toward Grevenmacher. Connect with a minor road leading to Oberdonven. IVV or FLMP directional signs should be available after exiting the autobahn. Start: Centre Culturel at 2, rue Méchtem Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 12 km) and 7 a.m. to noon (16 and 20 km) Trail: Unknown Award: None.

Things to do ... Things to do

Preschool story time

Wiesbaden Library invites preschoolers in for story time Thursdays at 10 a.m. Upcoming themes are Boats Oct. 10, Dogs Oct. 17, Sounds Oct. 24 and Halloween Oct. 31. Call civ (0611) 705-1740 for details.

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Live in Biebrich

The Kultur Club Biebrich features the Jean Lyons Acoustic Band Nov. 21. Performances are at 8 p.m. Visit for more information.

Crafts markets

The town of Michelstadt in the Odenwald holds toy and Odenwaldmuseum Markets Oct. 12-13 and 19-20. Visit for more information.

AWCT happenings

The American Women’s Club of the Taunus is kick starting its new season with a host of happenings. Among the highlights is a literary evening with

Germany’s popular crime fiction writer Nele Neuhaus Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Buergerhaus in Bad Soden (Hauptstrasse 45, Neuenhain). The club also features regular all-club coffees throughout the area. Everyone is welcome, including non-members. Call civ (06171) 580 835 or visit for more information.

Live at the Alte Oper

Frankfurt’s Alte Oper features the Berlin Philharmoniker under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle Nov. 4, the Cleveland Orchestra Nov. 9 and 10, and a Jazz Night featuring Gregory Porter and Lizz Wright Nov. 19. Visit for ticket information.

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Sports and leisure Members of the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade’s Lazy Dragons teamed with the German Saubande team paddle fiercely to win a heat during the 2013 ESWE Cup Dragon Boat Race, Sept. 21 in Wiesbaden’s Schiersteiner Harbor. Photo by Victor Powell

Deliberate strokes of competition, friendship By Karl Weisel

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

What has 40 arms, a dragon’s head and moves like a water spider? If you guessed one of the dragon boats on Wiesbaden’s Schiersteiner Harbor, you were right on the money. For the past several years members of the Wiesbaden military community have been joining their German neighbors in enjoying this pastime which brings people together for some friendly, paddle-power competition in giant dragon boats. A combined team of mem-

bers of the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade’s Lazy Dragons and fellow U.S. and German community members competed at the 2013 ESWE Cup Dragon Boat Race in WiesbadenSchierstein on Sept. 21. “Our team included remnants of the Lazy Dragons plus new Wiesbaden military community members — service members, family members and civilians,” said team captain Mara Cornejo. “It’s a good example of partnership and sportsmanship with our German hosts. “We finished sixth out of 12 teams,” she said, adding that the

paddlers competed in five races during the daylong contest. Cornejo added that new paddlers are always welcome to come out and get involved in the sport. “We’d love to have more American involved. “It’s a great sport,” she added, “being out on the water in the open air. We get a great workout, enjoy the exercise, friendship and camaraderie. We all have a common interest and the newcomers really like it. “It’s a whole body workout, “Cornejo added, “from your toes to your neck. It’s not easy to master, but we practice at least once a week and it’s very

rewarding.” The team captain said that practices continue during the winter months — but indoors. “It’s a new experience,” said teammate Cheryl Powell, property book officer with the 2nd Signal Brigade. “Had I not come overseas, I would never have done something like this. “I think people should give it a try,” Powell added. “It’s really different — not the everyday things that people do. It doesn’t require brute strength.

And it’s great that it combines military and civilians with the host nation.” Besides the fitness and fun aspects, Powell said she appreciates the opportunity to “become enmeshed in the local German community and a part of the culture.” For more information about dragon boating or getting involved in the sport contact Mara Cornejo at civ (0611) 705-7171 or by email at mara.c.cornejo.

Sport shorts Warrior Care Month

Wiesbaden’s Warrior Transition Unit, part of the Warrior Transition Command, will sponsor an adaptive wheelchair basketball and seated volleyball tournament Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center. Wheelchairs will be provided. There is no entry fee. Service members interested in playing should contact Linda Steil at in advance as space is limited. The event is sponsored by the Wounded Warrior Project, American Red Cross and USO.

Recreational shooting

Wiesbaden’s Hunting, Fishing and Sport Shooting program hosts recreational shooting at the Wackernheim Range Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. cost is $8 for members or $12 for nonmembers. Firearms will be available for rent. A basic firearms safety briefing will be conducted at 10 a.m. Participants must by age 14 or older and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian adult. Call civ (0611) 705-5760

for more information.

German-American soccer

Wiesbaden military community soccer players are making a name for themselves as players with the Kastel 06 II team, which includes 30 U.S. players and one German player includes Soldiers, civilians and family members from throughout the community. The next home game will be Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. versus Hajduk WI at the field in Mainz-Kastel. The team offers a free soccer clinic for youths ages 7-12 before the game from 6-7 p.m. Another home game is slated for Nov. 3 versus SV Biebrich. All Kastel 06 II home games are free admission for U.S. ID cardholders. Visit Kastel 06 II on Facebook for more information.

Boxing Tournament

Come out for an exciting evening of fisticuffs at the Wiesbaden Boxing Tournament Nov. 16 at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the action kicks off at 7 p.m. Call civ (0611) 705-5541 for details. ...........................................................................Oct. 24, 2013

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For your health

‘Back to Sleep’ saves infants lives Studies show that placing infants on backs to sleep reduces risk of SIDS By Maj. Lakisha Flagg

U.S. Army Public Health Command Public Health Nurse

The birth of a child is a miraculous moment. It is a time that is filled with hope as new parents, family members and friends anticipate the many years of joy and happiness that normally accompany the arrival of a newborn. Unfortunately, about 4,000 of these babies die every year in the United States, and the cause of death for these children is often not obvious or immediately known. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is responsible for nearly half of these deaths. SIDS is the leading cause of all deaths among infants under

a year old, and it often occurs when babies are between 2 months and 4 months old. Some people call SIDS “crib death” because many babies who die of SIDS are found in their cribs. Many years ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics identified sleep position as a contributing factor in SIDS deaths, and in 1994 the organization began its popular “Back to Sleep” campaign, which encouraged parents and caregivers to place infants on their backs when putting them down to sleep. The organization admonished parents and caregivers to reserve “Tummy Time” for times when infants are wake and closely watched by caretakers. “Back to Sleep” positioning was found to be the most effective action that parents and caretakers could take to reduce the risk of SIDS for children in their care. Because of the

campaign, the rate of SIDS deaths in the United States decreased by more than 50 percent. Since that time, several other factors that contribute to SIDS have been identified. These factors include physical entrapment in bedding and furniture, suffocation and choking. In response to these newly identified risk factors, the AAP has launched a new SIDS prevention campaign called “Safe Sleep for All Babies.” This campaign encourages caretakers to continue placing infants in the proper sleep position and advises them to also ensure that their child has a safe sleeping environment by removing all choking and strangulation hazards from infants’ sleep areas. These specific risk-reduction strategies to prevent SIDS include: •Placing infants in a crib or

bassinet, in the same room as •Keeping soft objects and the parents; loose bedding away from sleep •Avoiding bed-sleeping/ area; placing infants in the same bed •Making sure babies don’t as adults or other children; get too hot and keeping the room at a •Placing b a b i e s o n “About 4,000 of ba- comfortable their backs bies die every year temperature to sleep, even in the United States for an adult; for short •Avoid... Sudden Infant naps; ing the use Death Syndrome of cribs that •Reservis responsible for are broken, ing “Tummy nearly half of these that have Time” (laydeaths.” missing ing infants on their belly) for when they parts or that have drop-side are awake and someone is rails; and watching; •Keeping infants away from •Using a firm sleep surface, tobacco smoke and places such as a crib mattress covered where people smoke. with a fitted sheet; By adopting these simple •Keeping soft objects like safety tips, parents and caregivpillows, quilts, bumper pads ers can reduce the risk of SIDS and stuffed animals out of the for infants in their care. crib until infants are older than Find more information at 12 months;

Frightening Horror Night Get ready for the unexpected, creepy characters, werewolves and vampires!

On October 25 from 7 p.m. till midnight, Dynamikum Pirmasens presents a hair-raising program: Magical creatures pursue the guests with their eyes. Ice cold and hot at the same time are the “Horror Hands”, creepy face painting or “stack in the dark” with glow-in-thedark cups are all part of this fright night. Musical accompaniment is provided by Stefan with his cembalo. Regular Admission: €6 - half-price admission with costume! Children under 16 years must be accompanied by a parent.

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Bulletin board Movie plots

The table turns on Sylvester Stallone who plays a structural security expert in the actionadventure “Escape Plan,” and teams with Arnold Schwarzenegger to break out of a prison whose security system is designed based on his protocols.

At the movies Oct. 25-31

Oct. 25 — Escape Plan (R) 7 p.m., Carrie (R) 9:30 p.m. Oct. 26 — Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG) 4 p.m., Carrie (R) 7 p.m. Oct. 27 — Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG) 4 p.m., Escape Plan (R) 7 p.m. Oct. 28 — Escape Plan (R) 7 p.m. Oct. 29 — Machete Kills (R) 7 p.m.

Oct. 30 — Captain Phillips (PG-13) 7 p.m. Oct. 31 — Carrie (R) 7 p.m. The second week of the movie listings was unavailable from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service at press time. Find more informatio at shopmyexchange. com/ReelTimeTheatres/MoviesWiesbaden.htm

Chloë Grace Moretz is Carrie White in the remake of the horror classic “Carrie.” Photo left: Danny Trejo stars in “Machete Kills,” recruited by the U.S. government to battle his way through Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space.

Escape Plan (R): Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) is the world’s foremost authority on structural security. He’s analyzed nearly every high security prison. After being framed by persons unknown, all of Breslin’s ingenuity and expertise are about to be put to work in the most challenging test he’s ever faced: escaping from a high-tech prison facility that’s design is based on his own protocols. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Emil Rottmayer,a complex inmate with multiple shades of gray. He’s the guy who fights to keep the prisoners from losing their humanity in their darkest hour as they struggle together to stay alive. Jim Caviezel plays Hobbes, the warden of the Tomb. This is the type of prison facility that deals with inmates that no government wants on its books. The lead guard of the maximum-security facility, Drake, is played by English actor and retired footballer Vinnie Jones. Carrie (R): A sheltered high school girl unleashes her newly developed telekinetic powers after she is pushed too far by her peers. Carrie White is a lonely and awkward teen who is constantly bullied at school by her peers, and beaten at home at the hands of her religious mother. But Carrie has a secret: She’s been blessed with the terrifying power of telekinesis; and when her peers decide to pull a prank on her at prom, they’ll soon learn a deadly lesson: If you play with fire, you get burned. Machete Kills (R): In Machete Kills, Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent Machete, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2: Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he’s forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing foodanimal hybrids. Captain Phillips (PG-13): The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. .................................................................................. Oct 24, 2013 Herald Union Page 15

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Exploring off-road trails thro A view seen while exploring trails of the French and Italian Alps. Forte Margheria ruin and the steep hillside. Pulling the cover off boxes on our sportSpecial to the Herald Union utility vehicle, we deploy what becomes a ur 5,200-pound behemoth lies in tent on the roof — a fold-open 5-by-8-foot a clearing overlooking a rocky platform with a rubberized canvas tent and gorge. Cool air rising from the telescoping ladder for access. Sven gathers everyone after dinner and stream below makes the morning a bit passes out paraffin soaked burlap torches to colder. The FJ Cruiser is fully deployed in use for a night exploration of the fortress. camp mode like an adult’s transformer toy Part of a defensive network built to protect with a roof-mounted tent, side-mounted the Tende Pass, Forte Margheria sits on a awning and all the camp stuff helpful to promontory overlooking the Tende tunnel spend a week wandering mountain trails and the trail leading to the ridge with its in western Italy and eastern France. 51 hairpin turns. We’re at the staging area in the mounIt was an exciting experience for our tains northwest of Genoa, Italy, preparsmall group to explore this dark ruin in ing for a seven-day off-road adventure the alpine frontier by torchlight. The smell with TC-Offroad Trekking. The two-day of dusty dampness, stone walls collecting gathering allows time to hike mountain mineral deposits from leaching water, ortrails, sunbathe in the elusive alpine sun ange light flickering and prime equipment. shadows into dark Sven, the TC host, rooms as we walk prepares a bonfire down narrow halls. for the night after The imagination everyone arrives. We runs with possibiliformally meet our ties of danger from trekking mates, and fear inducing darkour host gives rules ness at the bottom of and advice for the each stairwell. adventure. After breakfast Morning brings and the morning the anticipated meeting, we head launch. Pavement south again. By early turns to dirt, then afternoon we arrive gravel gives way to in the French village a rough trail strewn of La Brigue. This with cantaloupequiet Alpine valsized rocks. Every ley settlement, with hour or so we stop to A sport-utility vehicle makes its its colorful stucco take pictures or just way through dilapidated struc- facades and ancient rest and stretch our tures on an alpine trek. stonework archilegs, setting the retecture, has likely laxed pace maintained throughout the tour. changed little since medieval times. After lunch in a high alpine meadow Having enjoyed a break from our surrounded by rocky peaks, we pick up a mountain seclusion, we trail westward trail that’s heavily rutted and rocky. The back into the surrounding peaks. On the ridge pass is flanked by bunkers of stone way, Sven calls on the radio for an aktiv and concrete, big enough for only a small Pause (oc-teev paw-za) — German for cannon or machine gun squad. This vast get out and help me gather firewood for frontier border between France and Italy tonight’s bonfire. has moved several times through the cenSetting up camp, on the French-Italian turies, so it is not certain who built and border next to a stone garrison ruin, we manned the remote outposts. park near the tree line for privacy, to inAfter driving trails between the French dulge in a shower , the first opportunity and Italian border all day, we set up camp for hygiene in days. We use the helio on a patch of level ground between the shower — a collapsible tank with a foot Story and photos by Marty Howes


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pump and a hose/spray head resembling something from a kitchen sink. The next morning, Wednesday, we break camp and spend most of the day driving. Down a mountain, up another, through a valley. Again, again. The views are spectacular, at one point we can see through several mountain passes to the French Riviera coastline. Some of the roads are precarious, neglected tracks that violently shakes apart loose items in the vehicle as we pass over. At the Garezzo Pass, a 60-foot long burrow, allowed access through the ridge. Stopping, we find a pair of donkeys appear to live in this rudimentary tunnel. One of the other drivers leaves his apple juice unattended and later finds a donkey carrying the bottle in its mouth. After a long day of transit driving, we are happy to reach the first proper campground near a small Italian village. As darkness fell, a hundred voices are heard from a nearby hill singing in harmony with an accordion. Indistinct sounds suggests that it is a group of middle-aged Italians celebrating, swaying back and forth hitting their beer mugs together. Frequently we hear one voice rise above the rest. This must be the guy climbing up on the table to make a spectacle — something like an old swashbuckler movie. The days now have a rhythm. We’re up

around 8 a.m. for breakfast, break camp and on the road at 10 a.m. The days are full of exciting experiences and new sites. Adventure with a comfortable pace. Our first stop is at the weekly market in nearby village of Demonte with the opportunity to buy fresh fruit, veggies and bread, and enjoy life at an alpine Italian pace. By afternoon we’re ascending more rocky trails after crossing again into France. We find an interesting interlude at Fort de Roche-la-Croix. It is said that Napoleon began construction on this fort, but the remaining ruins display architecture dating from 1884 to 1936. This was the southern end of the Maginot line and considered the most imposing part of the Larche Valley defenses. For us, it was a fun place to rest with inspiring views and interesting ruins to explore. Back on the trails, at 8,600 feet we reach the Tunnel du Parpaillon, a military project from 1891 dug through the Parpaillon massif. Traversing it, the walls and road surface are unfinished, it is ink black inside. We’re driving through a long track of rocky, muddy, deep water We emerge from the tunnel a half kilometer later stopping for southwesterly views of the Cote d’Azur, the French Riviera. Our camp this night is an exposed promontory of rare flat alpine wilderness at 7,000 feet. For our coldest night of the

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ough the French and Italian Alps

Trekkers explore the ruins at Forte Margheria in the Alps along the border of France and Italy by torchlight. trip, we’re prepared with warm sleeping gear, and lulled to sleep by the white noise of eagles crying and rushing waterfalls. The next morning we brace ourselves against the windchill with extra cups of coffee and tea before breaking camp. Nearing our afternoon destination, the weather deteriorates. We find the Forte Jafferau ruin shrouded in fog making it look more dead and remote. The rain lifts our spirits as it cleans our dusty trucks and adds a melancholy monochrome backdrop to our mountain exploration. Climbing over, under and around the bombed carcass once home to the 137th Border Guards, the most discernible details are eight platforms where 149G cannons once sat. Forte Jafferau was the highest Italian fort built in 1898 at 9,100 feet, and was bombed after World War II in compliance of the treaty with France. Leaving our grey mountain refuge, we backtrack to camp at another garrison ruin. The bonfire, tonight within the roofless stone walls, has become a welcome ritual. Orange light reflects jittery shadows all around us. Light rain starts to fall. We don’t care, we’re all content and keep gabbing while moving closer to the fire. Our host, Sven Tegen started TC Offroad Trekking 15 years ago and his experience shows. He now has 18 scouts leading a variety of off-road treks from

mild to hard-core all over Europe and North Africa year round. Sven conducts the tour with Teutonic precision, making sure we have firewood each evening, planning routes based on his assessment of the group’s collective experience level, and answering questions with the patience of a saint. His fireside ritual of rationing Schnapps or Vodka make him popular, too. Morning brings an accelerated pace. It’s our last day and Sven wants to start early to ensure everyone has time to drive home this afternoon. By 11 a.m. we are above the tree line along a narrow, boulder strewn trail built by Mussolini. At the top, Mussolini’s weather station is gone but nature endures and the views reward the effort getting here. This is Sommeiller, at 9,800 feet it is the highest drivable point in Europe. It’s a cold, rocky, snowy, lifeless place that looks like we’ve launched our rambling giants to another world. With blue-green lakes below and wisps of cloud shooting past the peaks above, it is all so beautiful and peaceful. After photos and a rest, we retrace our careful track to a mountain refuge. Here we return the radios and linger to chat over cappuccino before beginning the journey home. It ends too soon, yet we’re anxious to get home — changed by what we saw, the people we met and places we experienced. Oct. 24, 2013

A stop at the weekly market in the Italian village of Demonte Photo left: A trekker naps at the campsite after a day of driving passes and trails in the French and Italian Alps.

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Top 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites y n a m r e G of

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is a special agency of the United Nations charged with saving some of the most significant natural and cultural places around the world. By Alice Perkins Travel blogger for Germany has three UNESCO World Heritage Sites that protect amazing natural environments.

1. Ancient Beech Forests of Germany

Forests of beech trees spread across Europe in a surprising variety of different types of environments. UNESCO has added five beech forests in Germany (a total of 4, 391 hectares) to previous heritage sites of primeval beech forests in both the Ukraine and Slovakia. This move has created one large “tri-national” heritage site now formally known as the Primeval Beach Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany. These temperate beech forests have been largely undisturbed allowing for one of the most comprehensive and complete examples of “ecological patterns” that include environmental conditions ranging from the seashore to

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mountainous alpine tree lines. Thankfully long-term management of these unique forests will continue due to the establishment of national parks and bio-reserves. The beech trees in these ancient forest reach a height of 150 ft (50 meters), the trunks can get up to 6 feet (2 meters) around, and live to about 350 years. Germany’s five ancient beech forests are scattered around the country. And easy one to visit can be found in the Jasmund National Park, just 45 minutes from Stralsund on the coast of the Baltic Sea. Besides numerous hiking trails, an interpretive visitor’s center will give you plenty of information about the area and this World Heritage Site. Audio tours can be obtained in English as well as German. You can drive to Jasmund National Park, or take a convenient bus that runs regularly from the town of Sassnitz.

2. Wadden Sea

This World Heritage Site encompasses the Dutch Wadden Sea Conservation Area and Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Parks in Germany. Located on the North Sea, the entire site covers over 66% of the Wadden Sea, and represents a unique tidal basin ecosystem that is undisturbed and allowed to function as it naturally has over the millennia. It presents as a fairly flat coastal wet-land that includes everything from mud flats, sandbars and shoals to seagrass meadows (which have an amazing 2,300 species of plants), dunes, and beaches.

A number of marine animals can be seen here including the harbor seal and the harbor porpoise. Acting as a transitional environment between fresh water and the sea, it is one of the most important habitats for migrating birds. Over 12 million birds a year use this wet-land as a stopover, with 6 million birds on-site at any one time. One of the best times of the year to visit is in October for the Annual Migratory Bird Days festival. Over 200 events are offered that include guided biking and walking tours, and excursions by boat or by bus. Workshops, photography classes, exhibitions, music and games, and even a culinary tour will all keep you involved and interested.

3. Messel Pit Fossil Site

Considered to be the single most important site in the world for understanding the Eocene period (between 36 million and 57 million years ago), this World Heritage Site is located about 22 miles (35 km) from the town of Frankfurt, and just 6 miles (10 km) from Darmstadt. Saved from becoming a landfill, this old quarry near the village of Messel has yielded some astoundingly complete fossils, including complete skeletons, and even the stomach contents of the animals that died here tens of thousands of years ago. There is also an unheard of variety of animal species represented here, including mammals, reptiles, birds and fish. A Visitor’s Center offers exhibits as well as talks by experts. Most are done in German, but all you have to do is request an English translation, and the staff is happy to oblige.

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Have fun with the locals Family Halloween Party Thu, Oct 31 Wiesbaden, Biberbau Celebrate a Halloween party with your family at the Biberbau (beaver dam) Wiesbaden on October 31 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy pumpkin carving, delicious food like pumpkin soup, Stockbrot (bread baked in a bonfire) and many other activities for kids. This event attracts about 700 visitors every year. Admission is free! For more info in German see

EVENTS Halloween at the Neroberg Sun, Oct 27 Wiesbaden, Neroberg Enjoy the family Halloween party in Wiesbaden at Neroberg on October 27 from noon to 6 p.m. A huge variety of Halloween activities such as face painting, pumpkin carving, some raffles and more will be offered. The Nerobergbahn (Neroberg train) brings you to the event on the mountain and back between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. A ride for costumed kids is free. For more info in German see City Tour: Frankfurt and America Sat, Nov 2 Frankfurt, Main train station Take part in this special city tour through Frankfurt: “The Ties That Bind: Frankfurt and America” which will start at 3 p.m. at the main entrance of the Hauptbahnhof (main train station) on November 2. During the 1.5 hour tour, the English tour guide shows how strongly connected Frankfurt is with America, from the Civil War to Elvis. For more information and tickets for €10 see Wine and village festival Fri, Nov 1 – Mon, Nov 4 Eltville, City center Don’t miss Eltville’s Weinlesefest and Kappeskerb (grape harvest and city fair) from November 1 to 4. An arts and crafts

market at the city’s castle, a wine village at the train station, a parade and much more will be provided. Since 1654 this festival is celebrated and is therefore one of the oldest in the region. The festival will end with a fireworks display on Monday night. For more information in German and some pictures from last year see Fine Arts Market Sat, Nov 2 – Sun, Nov 3 Eltville, Kloster Eberbach Enjoy the special arts and crafts market from the event series “Fine Arts” at the Kloster (Monastery) Eberbach in Eltville on November 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days. Around 90 exhibitors will present their work like sculptures, paintings, jewelry and more. After rummaging at this exciting market you should definitely visit the beautiful historic monastery and its museum. For more info in German see Glorious Rheingau Days Sat, Nov 2 – Sun, Nov 10 Various locations in the Rheingau area From November 2 to 10 the 27th Glorreiche Rheingau Tage (glorious Rheingau days) will take place in various locations throughout the Rheingau area. More than 35 events will be hosted by different wineries to present their wines. These include special dinners, tastings and much more. For more info in German and a detailed program about the events and locations see

Wine fair Fri, Nov 8 – Sat, Nov 9 Wiesbaden, Rathaus Visit the Wiesbadener Weinmesse (Wiesbaden’s Wine fair) on November 8 and 9 in Wiesbaden’s city hall (Rathaus). A variety of wineries from locations around Wiesbaden will present their wines and delicious food according to the motto “Wein und Wild” (wine and game). Admission is free. Tickets for a wine tasting are €12. For more information in German see Hochheim Market Fri, Nov 8 – Tue, Nov 12 Hochheim am Main, Weihergelände Experience one of the biggest fairs in Germany with a tradition of more than 500 years, the Hochheimer Markt (Hochheim market), taking place from November 8 to 12. A variety of traders for agricultural products, household appliances and the leisure programs for the whole family creates a special atmosphere. At the Weihergelände a tent for around 2,500 visitors is provided with food and drinks and a stage for musical entertainment. For more info in German see CONCERTS Lil Wayne Mon, Oct 28 Frankfurt, Festhalle See the Rapper Lil Wayne at Festhalle Frankfurt on October 28 at 8 pm. From

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a financial point of view, he is one of the most successful musicians in the world. For example he was on 5th rank of the most succesful musicians in the U.S. in 2012. Find more information and tickets from €54.50 at Airborne Wed, Nov 6 Wiesbaden, Kulturzentrum Schlachthof See a Hard Rock concert by the Australian band Airborne at the Kulturzentrum Schlachthof in Wiesbaden on November 6 from 8 p.m. The band often referred to as the small brother of AC/DC will be presenting their latest album “Black Dog Barking” which hit the charts at numer 5 in the German Album charts. For more info in German and tickets from €29.90 see SPORTS Standard Dance Sat, Oct 26 Wiesbaden, Rhein-Main-Halle Visit the German Senior Championship in Standard dancing at the Rhein-MainHalle on October 26 from 1 p.m. The final round of the competition will tbe supported by the Tanzorchester (Dance Orchestra) Michael Holz starting at 7.30 p.m. The Championship takes place as part of the Große Preis (Grand Prix) of Wiesbaden. Tickets are from €25. For more info in German see

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Herald Union - Oct. 24, 2013  

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 - Oct. 24, 2013  

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...