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Impact . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Continued from page 1 with various services.” While various combinations of scheduling to appropriate the 88 hours per employee can be made, leaders said that generally and where practicable on Monday and Friday U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden and 405th Army Field Support Brigade’s Logistics organizations would be manned at about 50 percent through the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30. Managers are still working the scheduling details for the postal service center to choose the most effective means of mitigating the expected impact that would be evidenced by increased processing times for mail receipt and

delivery. This may result in a one-day-a-week closure of the postal service center or, at a minimum, a reduction of services available one day a week, said Carstens. According to a memorandum from the DeCA headquarters, many commissaries around the world will be closed on Monday, except those sufficiently staffed with local national employees to remain open. The day was chosen “to help minimize the impact on customers” since it is reportedly the agency’s slowest sales day. More information on commissary scheduling can be found at AAFES, which is not affected by the furlough, will try to stock items such as

milk and bread in its Express stores to help mitigate the impact of the commissary’s Monday closings. As stated in a memo from the director of Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe, school, district and DoDDS-Europe area administrators, and other employees will be furloughed up to 11 days. However due to the unique scheduling of the school system, teachers will be furloughed no more than five days during the 2013-14 school year, and before the end of the fiscal year. Therefore DoDDS-Europe schools will be closed for instruction on Aug. 30, and Sept. 6, 9, 16 and 23. “The sequestration cuts are affect-

ing many of our families. We ask that everyone be patient and considerate as we work our way through this as a great military community,” said Carstens. More information about sequestration is available online at html,, furloughguidance. (Note: At the time of publication, the Wiesbaden Health Clinic was in the process of solidfying its plans of how it would implement the scheduling during the furlough. See the community website at www. and Facebook at

Pedestrian safety, partnerships top IAC agenda By Karl Weisel

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

Unit-school partnerships and pedestrian safety topped the agenda at the Installation Advisory Committee Meeting May 20. “Thanks for all of the support we get,” said Dr. Susan Hargis, Wiesbaden Middle School principal, praising the school’s partners — the Europe District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and V Corps ― for their engaged involvement during the school’s recent accreditation process; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math events and “Take Your Child to Work Day.” Hainerberg Elementary School Principal Penelope Miller-Smith also thanked all those involved in ensuring the success of the school’s recent STEM showcase evening. The committee which meets regularly during the school year includes community leaders, school administrators and military representatives from the units supporting the four Wiesbaden Department of Defense Dependents Schools. “Cooperation with the Military Police has been phenomenal,” said Peter Witmer, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden school liaison officer, in addressing various steps that have been taken since the last time the committee met to ensure greater safety of children on their way to and from the schools in Aukamm and Hain-

erberg Housing. That has included closer monitoring of drop-off points at Hainerberg and Aukamm Elementary Schools and in Newman Village, a proposal to install a “kiss-and-go” drop-off sign and other steps to maintain a safe flow of traffic in the mornings and after school. With the increasing number of school buses due to the continuing influx of community members to the Wiesbaden military community, space is becoming tight to accommodate them in Hainerberg Housing, according to School Bus Office representative Dan Samek. Plus, construction next fiscal year on the new Post Exchange and schools will also impact traffic flow and reduce some current teacher parking. Dr. Robert Kandler, deputy to the commander, said members of the Directorates of Public Works and Emergency Services, and the Transformation and Stationing Management Office will work closely together during the summer months to find solutions. Part of that effort is obtaining the right to manage the streets running through housing which are currently overseen by the city of Wiesbaden. “I’m hoping by

the end of this fiscal year we’ll own these streets.” Student sponsorship was another topic as Witmer de-

scribed the high level of involvement by students and counselors in the Student2-Student program during the school year and the various Teen Center offerings aimed at getting newcomers involved during the summer months. “They ............................................................................. June 6, 2013

are both important in teens connecting teens,” said Witmer. It was announced that with the upcoming inactivation of V Corps this summer, U.S. Army Europe will fill the void left by V Corps as a co-partner with the Wiesbaden Middle School next school year. The next IAC meeting is slated to be held in October, Witmer said.

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The Herald Union is a bi-weekly English language newspaper serving the Wiesbaden Military Community based at Clay Kaserne, commenly known as...

June 6, 2013 - Herald Union  

The Herald Union is a bi-weekly English language newspaper serving the Wiesbaden Military Community based at Clay Kaserne, commenly known as...