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Joint training

Another milestone

Bundeswehr Soldiers host their U.S. counterparts for a week of intense training and weapons qualifying. See page 8.

Boxing champs

Team Wiesbaden takes home the U.S. Forces Europe gold. See page 16.

Wiesbaden opens new Automobile Skills Center. See page 10.

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Wiesbaden schools get positive feedback during 3-day review By Karl Weisel

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs

Photo by Karl Weisel

Spc.Veronica Pruhs hands Linda’s collar to fellow handler Sgt. Calvin Aguilar during the memorial service to remember the deceased Military Working Dog.

A canine’s farewell: By Wendy Brown

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

One of the best memories Spc. Veronica Pruhs has of Military Working Dog Linda is the day they were on patrol and Linda trotted over to a car so she could get a better smell through a window

that was open a crack. Linda indicated there were drugs inside the car, and she was correct. Military Police officers found two grams of marijuana inside the car’s center console. “She knew her job and she was really sweet,” said Pruhs, who worked with Linda for 10 months.

Soldiers pay tribute to faithful working dog Pruhs had nothing but fond memories of the 6-year-old German Shepherd after Linda’s memorial ceremony at the Clay Kaserne Chapel May 7. She died April 26 due to medical complications from cancer, and had worked as a narcotics detection dog for See Farewell on page 7

Accreditation teams took a hard look at Aukamm Elementary and Wiesbaden Middle schools in late April and liked what they saw. Members of the national school accreditation organization, AdvancEd, augmented by Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe administrators, spent several days at each of the schools examining all aspects of the learning environment ranging from parental and community involvement to staff collaboration, efforts at continuous improvement to resources and support. “During the three-day visit, the review team observed 45 classrooms, interviewed 45 staff members, 23 students and 18 parents,” said Dr. Susan Hargis, Wiesbaden Middle School principal, about the team’s assess-

ment at her school. “Their observations and interviews highlighted many powerful practices … that mindfully and deliberately integrate teaching, learning and success into the learning environment. “The external review accreditation process allowed our school team important recognition and validation for the tremendous effort put forth by all in preparation for the visit,” said Hargis, praising the “great students and great teachers” for their constant engagement in helping the middle school excel. Likewise, Aukamm Elementary School received a big thumbsup from the visiting AdvancEd team, both schools being recommended for five more years of accreditation. Among team findings were such observations as: J A clear vision evident throughout the See Schools on page 2

New U.S. citizens welcomed in Frankfurt ceremony Story and photos by Wendy Brown U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs

Alina Newburn’s first act after becoming a naturalized citizen was to visit a table where she could fill out the paperwork necessary for her to obtain a United States passport. “It feels great ― free,” said Newburn, from Russia, about her new citizenship. “I can travel anywhere now.” Newburn was one of three Wiesbaden military spouses who became citizens during a ceremony May 15 at the U.S. Consulate General of the United States in Frankfurt. The special

ceremony was for members of the military and their spouses, and a total of 36 people from 19 countries took the Oath of Allegiance to become citizens. Frankfurt Consul General Kevin Milas was the event’s keynote speaker, and he congratulated the country’s new citizens for their hard work. “Hard work pays off,” Milas said. “You earned something today that many people around the world thirst for, and I say that people want to be Americans with unabashed pride as an American citizen.” See U.S. citizens on page 7

Newly naturalized citizens swear the Oath of Allegiance during the U.S. Consulate ceremony.

Commentary Fight against sexual harrassment and assault By Gen. Raymond T. Odierno Chief of Staff of the Army

Photo by Wendy Brown

Aukamm fifth-grader Te’Jada Smith displays her project at the school’s Science Fair.

Accreditation . . . Continued from page 1 school’s culture; J Active, energetic and engaged leadership; J A warm and inclusive climate promoting academic, social, emotional and physical student well-being; J Collaboration among staff, students, parents and community partners; J Caring faculty members who connect with their students; J Highly engaged families; J Community partnerships; J Safe, clean and wellmaintained building. Hargis explained that the school’s administrators and teachers are already hard at work in meeting requirements recommended by the accreditation team to improve overall performance, including: J Developing and documenting a written protocol at the classroom level for the use of school-wide student performance data; J Selecting, consistently administering, analyzing and using the result of common assessments to inform instructional practices in all classes; and J Developing and

documenting a protocol for the ongoing management and effective use of school-wide performance data. “We are already actively engaged in meeting these requirements in a manner that validates our efforts from this school year and aligns with what is planned for the next school year,” Hargis said. “Accreditation, for which our schools were fully recommended, is valid for five years, but the accreditation cycle of continuous school improvement is ongoing in our schools,” said Peter Witmer, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden school liaison officer. About 30 days after returning to the United States the team presents its full report for each of the schools to the review committee which will then endorse the team’s findings and award accreditation, Witmer said. Wiesbaden High and Hainerberg Elementary schools will undergo the accreditation renewal process next school year, Witmer added. (Editor’s note: For more information visit

Over the last 12 years of war, our Army has demonstrated exceptional competence, courage and resiliency in adapting to the demands of war and accomplishing the mission. Today, however, the Army is failing in its efforts to combat sexual assault and sexual harassment. It is time we take on the fight against sexual assault and sexual harassment as our primary mission. It is up to every one of us, civilian and Soldier, general officer to private, to solve this problem within our ranks. The Army is committed to the safety and security of every Soldier, civilian and family member. Our Army is based on a bedrock of trust ― the trust between Soldiers and leaders that we will take care of each other. Recent incidents of sexual assault and sexual harassment demonstrate that we have violated that trust. In fact, these acts violate everything our Army stands for. They are contrary to our Army values and they must not be tolerated. It is up to every individual to contribute to a culture in which our Soldiers, civilians and family members can reach their full potential. It is imperative that we

USAREUR commander’s Memorial Day message By Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell

U.S. Army Europe Commander

This month Americans around the world will pause to observe Memorial Day. Since its first official proclamation as Decoration Day on May 5, 1868, and its first observance on May 30 1868, it has been a day of remembrance for those who sacrificed and died in our nation’s service. Born from the tradition across many the towns affected with losses from the Civil War, mourners from these areas honored all of their war dead by decorating grave markers with flowers. Calling to mind the history and tradition of Decoration Day, I ask that you all put special effort into the “memorial” part of this holiday. Living and serving in Europe gives all of us the unique opportunity to travel and explore the vast cultural and historical sites here. Among those are the American Battle Monuments Commission 24 American cemeteries and 25 memorial monu-

ments and markers in 15 countries, most of which are in U.S. Army Europe’s area of responsibility. I encourage you to take time during your tour to visit some of these historical sites; I promise you a somber, yet inspirational experience. Even more special is an experience taking part in the many special Memorial Day observances held at these special and hallowed places. As we emerge from over a decade of war, we must renew our pledge on this Memorial Day to do all we can to ensure that the sacrifices of our service members and their families are honored, and that those who fell in battle are remembered. They fought for us. Our duty is to fight to make sure they are never forgotten. As Americans, that

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protect potential victims from ever experiencing a sexual crime. We must provide compassionate care and protect survivors after a crime has been committed. Our people must be confident that complaints will be handled quickly and decisively, and that our system will deliver justice and protection throughout the reporting, investigation and adjudication process. Commanders, noncommissioned officers, and law enforcement must ensure that every allegation of sexual assault and sexual harassment is thoroughly and professionally investigated and that appropriate action is taken. Leaders at every level are responsible for establishing a command climate and culture of mutual respect, trust and safety. Leaders must develop systems to “see” their units and understand the extent to which their leadership promotes a positive command climate for all Soldiers. I urge everyone to start a conversation within your unit or organization, among leaders, peers and subordinates and with family and friends to better understand one another’s experiences and to develop better solutions to this problem. Our profession is built on the bedrock of trust; sexual assault and sexual harassment betray that trust. They have a corrosive effect on our unit readiness, team cohesion, good order and discipline. We are entrusted with ensuring the health and welfare of America's sons and daughters. There are no bystanders in this effort. Our Soldiers, their families and the American people are counting on us to lead the way in solving this problem within our ranks.

must be our charge and our sacred mission not just on Memorial Day, but every day. To those who died securing peace and freedom, to those who served in conflict to protect our land and to preserve the hope of our nation in keeping America free for over two centuries, we owe our thanks and our honor. It is important to not only recognize their service, but also to respect their devotion to duty and ensure that the purpose for which they fought will never be forgotten. This Memorial Day, I also ask you to remember that you have an obligation to those you love, to those that you serve with and to those in your community ― it is to remember and celebrate the lives of our fallen safely and responsibly. I am truly grateful for your service and great support to our nation and it is an honor to serve beside each and every one of you here in United States Army Europe. Strong Soldiers, Strong Teams.

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) Reporter.............................................Wendy Brown (mil 337-5150)

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News and features News flash Fuel card upgrade

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service will conduct a system upgrade from 6 a.m. May 27 to 3 p.m. May 28. Customer service will be unavailable during that time — new fuel card accounts can’t be opened, new fuel cards or replacement cards can’t be issued and customers will not be able to add, edit or delete any online payments. From 8 a.m. to noon on May 28 no tax-free fuel purchases will be possible at local Esso stations; Exchange stations will remain open, but pre-paid cannot be used for fuel purchases. Exchange fuel card users choosing to use off-post Esso stations between 8 a.m. and noon on May 28 will be charged the taxed price for their fuel purchases. (AAFES Release)

Memorial Day Observance

A Memorial Day Observance will be held May 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Veterans Park (just inside the main gate) of Clay Kaserne.

Mailboxes moving to basement

The package pickup point and all mailboxes at the Postal Service Center will be closed May 24-28 during the start of Phase 2 of renovations at the center. Boxes will be moved to the basement where they will remain through about December. The Postal Finance Section will remain open during the transition. Patrons can once again access the package pickup point (which remains in its current location) and their mailboxes in the basement starting May 29.

DOT code a must

Tires shipped stateside must meet U.S. Department of Transportation standards, whether fitted to vehicles or not. So if you replace tires on your privately owned vehicle or buy a used vehicle, check for the DOT code if you intend to ship the POV to the States. Check both sides of the tire for the code as it may appear only on one side. Visit for more information. (Customs Release)

Benefits glitch

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service recently updated its Defense Civilian Pay System software which created a problem affecting Thrift Savings Plan and Social Security (OASDI) contributions. Specifically, 2012 year-to-date contribution totals were erroneously used to compute contributions vice 2013 information. This caused some employees to prematurely reach the annual limits on their regular TSP, Roth TSP and deductions for the OASDI. Employees affected by this issue reached their annual limits for TSP and will notice a decrease and/or zero deduction for pay period ending May 4, 2013, for these contribution amounts and may see a higher than normal OASDI deduction. DFAS staff are in the process of identifying all the accounts affected and are taking corrective actions to ensure the software corrections are in place for processing future payroll cycles. DFAS is notifying affected employees to inform them of what steps are necessary to fully correct deductions missed due to the software error. (Courtesy of the Civilian Human Resources Agency-Europe)

Photo by Wendy Brown

Vehicles depart Clay Kaserne via the airfield and North Gate. The gate is open weekdays from 5-6:30 p.m. while major construction work is in progress at the B455 interchange.

Improving Clay access New Access Control Point, B-455 interchange completion will speed up traffic flow to and from Clay Kaserne, officials say By Karl Weisel

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

Traffic tops the list of concerns for many Wiesbaden military community residents who live or work on Clay Kaserne. With current construction work to improve the flow of traffic at the B-455 interchange and plans to build a new Access Control Point for Clay Kaserne to start in September, officials said, community members should soon see improvements to the flow of all traffic ― both the four and two-wheeled variety.

Major work completed by June 6

“By June 6 the major construction at the B-455 interchange will have been completed,” said Roger Gerber, director of the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Transformation and Stationing Management Office. “Until then, we’ve been working with the German authorities to provide better signage and improve the flow of traffic.” That has included increasing the length of the traffic light at the intersection and making the priority road designation more visible. Another traffic relief effort for people exiting Clay Kaserne in the evenings on workdays from 5-6:30 p.m. has been the opening of an alternate route to and through the Clay North Gate. The starting point for this exit-only route is between the Clay Kaserne Fire Station (Building 1001) and Airfield Operations (Building 1002). Drivers are directed across the airfield by the Military Police to the Clay North exit. While this alternative is for exit only, drivers wishing to reach the new Auto Skills Center or north

side sports fields from outside of Clay Kaserne can still use the North Gate to enter during that time, according to Bill Trabucco, director of Emergency Services. (To view a map showing how to reach the North Gate visit about/ClayNorthAccessMap.pdf.) A new Access Control Point, aimed at improving security, streamlining the flow of traffic and reducing the number of gates will be built between the traffic light and the current Main Gate of Clay Kaserne. Construction will start in September and completion is expected in August 2014. “It’s designed to handle 1,600 vehicles per hour with three automobile lanes and a separate truck search lane,” said Gerber. “At peak traffic periods, we’ll have multiple guards at each lane to maximize traffic flow.”

Bike connection to Clay

Besides improving incoming and outgoing traffic flow, the ACP will offer a direct connection to the bike path which leads across the fields from Erbenheim. After passing through the ID checkpoint, cyclists can continue on a bike path/walkway into Clay. Cyclists traveling from the south (Hochheim) or west can enter the pedestrian gate located across from the bus stop at Mechtildshausen or continue on the bypass road to also enter through the new control point. Pedestrians will be able to continue using the pedestrian gate to enter at Heerstrasse. For more information on construction news affecting the Wiesbaden military community visit the garrison’s home page and click on the “Useful Links” button and then the “Transformation Update” link. ............................................................................May 23, 2013

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News and features From the blotter

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

May 5 Identity theft ― A civilian employee became a victim of identity theft when an unknown person made fraudulent charges to his credit card. Housebreaking ― A Soldier is being charged with housebreaking of a barracks, damage to government property and damage to private property.

May 6 Larceny ― A family member is being charged with larceny of private property, civilian misconduct.

May 7 Fraud ― A Soldier became a victim of credit card fraud when an unknown person used his government travel card for fraudulent purchases. Traffic accident ― A noncommissioned officer is being charged with fleeing the scene of a traffic accident.

May 8 Theft ― A family member became a victim at the Hainergerg Middle School when an unknown person stole an iPhone 4S from a desk drawer. Drugs possession ― A civilian employee is being charged with controlled substance violations: Distribution of hallucinogens, distribution of marijuana and civilian misconduct. Implied threat ― A family member is being charged with communicating a threat and expressed implied threat.

May 9 Tax evasion ― A family member is being charged with tax evasion, black-market of commissary items-unlawful transfer of commissary items and civilian misconduct. Wrongful contact ― A Soldier is being charged with wrongful sexual contact.

May 10 Traffic accident ― A family member is being charged with a traffic accident: Failure to judge proper distance. Vehicle damage ― Someone damaged a civilian employee’s privately owned vehicle while it was parked on Clay Kaserne.

May 11 Theft ― A family member is being charged with theft and civilian misconduct. Theft ― A Soldier became a victim in Frankfurt, when an unknown person stole his wallet from his pants pocket.

May 12 Assault ― A family member is being charged with aggravated assault, dangerous disruption of the flow of traffic, domestic violence and civilian misconduct. Assault ― An NCO and family member are being charged with assault consummated by a battery, domestic violence and civilian misconduct.

May 13 Theft ― An officer became a victim when an unknown person stole various items out of his office. Identity theft― An NCO became a victim of identity theft when an unknown person took out a loan in the person’s name. May 14 Vehicle damage ― Someone damaged an NCO’s privately owned vehicle while it was parked near Building 1208 Clay Kaserne.

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Photo by Romeo Alimbuyao

German-American outreach Lt. Col. Edwin Brouse, commander of the 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, details airfield operations to visiting members of the Flörsheim city council and administration May 16. The local host nation guests toured Clay Kaserne and learned about how transformation is impacting U.S. Army Europe and the communities surrounding Wiesbaden’s Clay Kaserne.

Green Boot:

First Wiesbaden unit earns certification in environmental program

Story and photo by Karl Weisel

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden’s Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment became the first unit to be recognized in the garrison’s new Green Boot program. Col. David Carstens, USAG Wiesbaden commander, presented Capt. Jennifer Glover with the Green Boot Certificate May 16 for members of the unit’s efforts in helping conserve energy and resources. The new Wiesbaden program is part of the garrison’s overall initiative to encourage units to decrease their energy use and ecological footprint. Working with the garrison, units start with a com- Col. David Carstens, USAG Wiesbaden commander, pliance checklist and work with the Directorate of awards Capt. Jennifer Glover, HHD commander, Public Works’ energy team to tailor the checklist with the Green Boot certificate as 1st Sgt. Takisha to their individual requirements. Benitez and Staff Sgt. Larry Mills observe. Following checklist completion, energy managlights so that they don’t remain on when not needed.” ers conduct a site visit to verify successful completion. Members of the unit promote recycling by includ“A ‘Green Boot’ is an organization that not only ing tips in the unit newsletter, by pointing out to others conserves energy and minimizes impact on the enwhere people could better recycle and conserve, and vironment, but also sets a positive example for staff, through sharing best practices with other local units Soldiers, family members and the USAG Wiesbaden and organizations. community as a whole,” said Maj. William McGloth“It’s a fairly easy process,” Glover added, saying lin, DPW operations officer. This includes everything that it’s a great way to recognize Soldiers “for doing from promoting recycling, reducing solid waste disposal, practicing energy and water conservation the right thing. … It’s definitely a way to be rewarded measures, buying eco-friendly products and educating for helping out the environment. “There are so many little things that can be done to everyone about green business practices. “One of the things we had to do was weigh our save the garrison money in the long run,” she added. Other units currently in the process of obtaintrash,” said Glover, explaining that through better trash separation, the unit could demonstrate how residual ing Greet Boot certification include Headquarters waste was reduced. “Other things we do to conserve and Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army Europe; include using dry-erase boards and markers instead and Army and Air Force Exchange Service-Europe of paper, eco-friendly cleaning supplies, anti-bacterial Headquarters. For more information about the Green Boot prospray so we’re not using as many paper towels, making sure printers and lights are turned off at the end gram call Maj. McGlothlin at mil 337-5840 or email of the duty day and installing sensors on our outdoor

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News and features Summer flying topic at noise abatement meeting Airfield are expected for 2013, well under the authorized number A Noise Abatement Commission of 20,000. composed of U.S. Army and host nation Officials of the garofficials met on May 6 to share informarison and the airfield tion relating to current flight operations covered the number of at Wiesbaden Army Airfield on Clay flight movements and Kaserne and to discuss the details of the the complaints received Summer Night Flying Program. since the start of the Participants in the meeting, which year, the communities takes place twice a year and was hosted of origin, as well as the by Col. David H. Carstens, U.S. Army cause of some of the Garrison Wiesbaden commander, major complaints. In a Photo by Karl Weisel detailed briefing on the included Wiesbaden Mayor Arno Gossmann, who was also representing Lord Chief Warrant Officer 4 Stephen Williams of 1st same topic, Maj. SasMayor Dr. Helmut Mueller, representa- Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, looks on as cha Greuel, spokesman tives of the the Bundeswehr Air Force Wiesbaden Mayor Arno Gossmann peers through of the Bundeswehr’s Office (Luftwaffenamt), the German night vision goggles to get an idea of how pi- Air Force Office, conArmed Forces State Command Hesse, lots train during a Noise Abatement Commission firmed that the US the Hessian State government, the meeting at the Rheinblick Golf Course May 6. was adhering strictly Darmstadt district government (Regierto the German military ungspräsidium), city of Mainz and the roughly 50 attendants of the commission flight regulations. Out towns of Hofheim and Hochheim, as well meeting. of 42 investigations conducted by the Starting off the briefings, Airfield Bundeswehr’s tracer system, only one as representatives of U.S. Army Europe headquarters headed by Col. Frederick Operations Chief Norbert Violette pro- exception was found, which involved Jessen, chief of Aviation in USAREUR vided an update of aircraft stationed on British helicopters forced to land as a G3; the 1st Battalion of 214th Aviation Clay Kaserne ― 31 total, including up result of bad weather. to 14 helicopters by July, which is well Regiment and USAG Wiesbaden. Ulises Soto, government relations “This semi-annual noise abatement under the ceiling of 40 as laid out in officer for the garrison, explained commission provides a forum, where the Consignment Agreement with the several measures undertaken by aviawe can exchange information, voice German federal government. An esti- tors to reduce the impact of aviation thoughts and concerns and develop solu- mated 13,000 flight movements starting/ activities on surrounding communities. tions,” said Carstens as he welcomed the landing from and to Wiesbaden Army These measures include concentrating By Anemone Rueger

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

missions and aircraft maintenance on Mondays and Tuesdays; requiring unit commander’s approval for run-ups after 8 p.m.; requiring approval for flights outside prescribed hours by the chain of command and the German Air Force (Luftwaffenamt), and flying away to conduct proficiency training flights at other airports and regions, thanks to the support of the Bundeswehr. One of the new measures highlighted was the recent cooperation with the Landeskommando Hessen to identify and develop further Bundeswehr facilities that the U.S. helicopters can use to accomplish their night proficiency tasks. Noise abatement measures on Clay Kaserne further include conducting engine run-ups at the far west end of the airfield to reduce impact on Nordenstadt. Also, the altitude of the helicopter traffic pattern to the south of Clay Kaserne has been increased from 700 to 1,000 feet. It was also mentioned that the garrison is investigating the possibility of constructing an enclosure for aircraft run-ups, for which significant support from the city would be required. “We try to be good neighbors, but we are a NATO military organization,” said Soto. “When the mission requires it, we will fly within the full extent of what is permitted by the German federal government.”

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Cleaning up in Wiesbaden Miguel Rangel mows a lawn in front of Hainerberg Housing during Spring Cleanup Day May 15. Community members were out in strength last week helping put a fresh face on local U.S. living and working areas during the semi-annual cleanup effort. ............................................................................May 23, 2013

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News and features 5th Signal dedicates cyber center to Lt. Gen. Gray By Kristopher Joseph

5th Signal Command Public Affairs Office

The 5th Signal Command officially named the Cyber Center Europe building on Clay Kaserne the “Gray Center” in honor of former deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Europe, Lt. Gen. Robert E. Gray on May 2. Gray was a distinguished signal officer, leader and mentor who was also the first African-American to become the chief of signal and commanding general of Fort Gordon, Ga., the headquarters of the Army Signal Regiment. “When you talk about what professionals do and what they represent, taking the opportunity to recognize those who have come before you is as good of an example that I’ve ever seen,” said Brig. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford, commander of 5th Signal Command and U.S. Army Europe CIO/G6, during a ceremony on Clay Kaserne. “In support of our Army’s vision of being regionally focused and globally responsive, the Gray Center will house the resources required to provide the full range of cyberspace capabilities for our combatant commanders.” Crawford made it a point to note that the ceremony was much more than just naming a building. “Today’s ceremony is about ac-

knowledging the legacy of a man with a vision; a vision that includes being a Soldier first, being mentally, physically and spiritually prepared, building teams and establishing credible and meaningful relationships, and finally, a vision that includes a deep love of family.” He also acknowledged the contributions of Gray’s widow, Annie. “When there were no manuals, you set the standard with your style, grace and your humble approach to coaching and mentoring military spouses,” he said. Gen. Dennis L. Via, commanding general of Army Materiel Command, was the guest speaker and accompanied Crawford and Annie Gray, in the unveiling of the building's sign. “I think it’s fitting that we name a building after him, because Lt. Gen. Gray had a major role in building the foundations of so many lives and careers,” said Via, who is the first Army signal officer to achieve the rank of four-star general. “I personally know that I wouldn’t be here today if it hadn’t been for Lt. Gen. Gray who gave a young major (Via) the honor of commanding the 82nd Signal Battalion.” “From the moment that I met him, like so many others, I wanted to be just like him. He was the standard bearer for the Signal Corps, and our role model. He

Photo by Sgt. Edgar Morales

Gen. Dennis L. Via (right), commander of Army Materiel Command, was the guest speaker and accompanied Brig. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford, 5th Signal commander and USAREUR CIO/G6, and Lt. Gen. Gray’s widow, Annie, in the unveiling of the building’s sign. represented an extraordinary example of leadership, service and commitment to Soldiers and their Families,” Via said. Annie Gray also made some brief comments expressing her heartfelt thanks. “My husband not only cared about education and training of Soldiers, he also cared about their welfare, well being and quality of life,” she said. “So I just

want to thank each of you for inviting me here to share in this ceremony and this proud moment.” Lt. Gen. Gray died at age 70 and had 38 years of distinguished service to his country before retiring to Augusta, Ga. The Gray Center is currently under construction and contractors plan to complete the project in the summer of 2014.

USAREUR honors Cooke with conference room By Karl Weisel

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

After Command Sgt. Maj. Eric F. Cooke was killed in Iraq on Christmas Eve 2003, hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects at memorial services in Iraq and Germany. Cooke, who was serving as the senior noncommissioned officer of 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, based in Friedberg, died when his vehicle struck an explosive device north of Baghdad. Photo by Dee Crawford A decade later those who had the distinct pleasure to serve or Brig. Gen. Michael Bills, U.S. Army Europe’s G-3, talks about the legacy of Command Sgt. get to know the influential NCO Maj. Eric Cooke during a dedication ceremony of the CSM Cooke Conference Room in the leader are still finding ways to Gen. Shalikashvili Mission Command Center on Wiesbaden’s Clay Kaserne May 1. salute his legacy. climate in the unit,” said Lt. “There is a significant popu- CSM Cooke Conference Room. “For all of us who served Col. Brian Doyle, U.S. Army lation of Soldiers who served “When looking for appropriwith Command Sgt. Maj. Europe’s executive officer to under that command team in ate names for the new command Cooke, he is the epitome of an the G-3. the G3 and USAREUR today,” center conference rooms, CSM NCO,” said Brig. Gen. Mike Doyle, who commanded Doyle added. Cooke was on the top of many Bills, U.S. Army Europe’s G-3. Troop A of the 1st Squadron, 1st At a ceremony in the Gen. lists,” said Doyle, explaining “He is a role model for Soldiers Cavalry Regiment, when Cooke Shalikashvili Mission Com- that Dagmar, Cooke’s widow and leaders today and always.” served as command sergeant mand Center on May 1, German who now resides in Wiesbaden, “They always had a very major for 1-1st Cavalry, said at and American guests gathered was among the guests at the close relationship and fostered that time Bills, was the squadron once again to remember Cooke ceremony. a proud and loyal command commander. during the dedication of the “She provided many of the

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sergeant major’s military mementos to the Army for display at the guest house in Heidelberg. With the closing of those facilities, the opening of the MCC and Mrs. Cooke’s connection to Wiesbaden, this was the ideal time and location to make this dedication,” he said. Just as at the memorial service for Cooke on Friedberg’s Ray Barracks in early 2004, Soldiers, family members and host nation officials were on hand in Wiesbaden for the dedication. “He was always with his men, and he died as he lived ― being a Soldier’s Soldier,” said 1st Sgt. David Henry of 1-1st Cavalry during the 2004 memorial service. “He was an anchor. He was always mentoring and building tomorrow’s Army.” This is the second dedication for the fallen NCO leader in Wiesbaden. In 2010, Building 1638, one of the Training Support Center facilities on Clay Kaserne, was likewise named in his honor.

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U.S. citizens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Continued from page 1 “I’m proud to be an American not because the United States is the wealthiest or the freest or even the best country on the face of the Earth. A lot of people think it’s true, but there are other countries where people are wealthy and free and also think that their country is the best in the world. I say it because I am close enough to my own immigrant roots to realize how lucky I was to be born an American citizen, Milas said. “When my grandparents left Poland and chose to become Americans 100 years ago, the world, America and the path to citizenship was very different, but the one thing that has not changed is the boundless opportunities and possibilities that we see as Americans,” Milas said. After Milas congratulated the new citizens on their hard work, President Barack Obama, in a video, promptly encouraged them to continue working hard. “With the privilege of citizenship…come great responsibilities, and so I ask that you use your freedoms and your talents to contribute to the good of our nation and the world,” Obama said. He continued, “Always remember that in America,

no dream is impossible. Like the millions of immigrants who have come before you, you have the opportunity to enrich this country through your contributions to civic society, business, culture and your community. You can help write the next great chapter in our American story, and together we can keep the beacon that is America burning bright for all the world to see.” Yarineth Diaz, a Wiesbaden military spouse from Panama, said joining her husband and three children in U.S. citizenry was her main reason for wanting to become a U.S. citizen. “I wanted to be part of the same country,” she said. Silke Johnson, a Wiesbaden military spouse from Germany, said she wanted to become a U.S. citizen because her father was a U.S. citizen and her husband is a U.S. Soldier and a citizen. Milas, a former military child, pointed out during his speech that family members serve the nation alongside service members, and Johnson said she believes that to be true. “It’s great because I love the United States, and I love being a service member with my husband and my kids,” Johnson said.

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Continued from page 1 the 525th Military Working Dog Detachment in Wiesbaden for six years. About 50 people attended Linda’s ceremony, which included a rifle salute from the attachment’s honor guard. Chaplain (Maj.) Craig Bickel, deputy U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden chaplain, presided. “Her faith in service is a model for all Soldiers,” he said during his benediction. “With heavy hearts in her death, today we want to honor her service.” Sgt. Calvin Aguilar, Linda’s most recent handler, also recalled Linda fondly. “What they say is that you learn something from every dog,” Aguilar said. “Linda would teach you a lot. She knew how to play the game. She knew what she needed to do and where she needed to go. She was an extremely easy dog to work with.” Sgt. 1st Class Hardenio Abdon, Wiesbaden’s kennel master, said the Quartermaster Corps started the Military Working Dog program during World War II, not long after the attack on Pearl Harbor. By 1942 nearly 10,000 dogs were trained for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, Abdon said. In 1951, the program moved to the Military

Police Corps. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. War Dog Association estimates that dogs and their handlers saved more than 10,000 lives, Abdon said. “These war dogs were used as messengers, patrol dogs, scouts, trackers and as sentry dogs,” he said. In 1952, the U.S. Air Force approved formal patrol dog training at Lackland Air Force Base, as part of the Secured Police Dog Training School, and that is where all dogs receive their initial training today, Abdon said. Linda arrived at Wiesbaden kennels in Jan. 2009, and conducted more than 100 health and welfare operations, Abdon said. Six dog handlers, who are trained military police officers, and one kennel master are based in Wiesbaden, Abdon said. During the ceremony, Pruhs removed Linda’s collar from the Fallen Warrior Memorial on the chapel’s altar and handed it to Aguilar to symbolize the dog’s final rest. Pruhs then read the poem, “The Guardians of the Night,” which reads in part, “And when our time together is done/ And you move on in the world/ Remember me with kind thoughts and tales,/ For a time we were unbeatable,/ Nothing passed among us undetected.”

Silke Johnson celebrates her newly acquired U.S. citizenship with her children during the American consulate ceremony May 15.

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American and German Soldiers train together Soldiers earn German ‘Schützenschnur’ badge for weapons proficiency By Karl Weisel

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

Soldiers representing U.S. Army Europe, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden and the 529th Military Police Company proved their mettle during a unique training opportunity with their German counterparts. Ten Wiesbaden military community Soldiers were invited to join Bundeswehr troops at the Daaden Training Range April 21-26 for the Landeskommando Hessen’s annual training week. By the end of the week all had earned the gold or silver levels of the German Armed Forces Badge for Weapons Proficiency (Schützenschnur). “It was an exceptional experience,” said USAG Wiesbaden’s Sgt. Edward Smigelski, who recently also competed at the U.S. Army Europe’s Best Warrior competition in Baumholder. “We had to do all of the training that the Bundeswehr Soldiers do.” “It was nice being able to meet the other people from the different units,” he added. “That’s what made it fun ― we challenged each other to be the best unit out there.” Smigelski said the support from the Bundeswehr was

Photos courtesy Bundeswehr

Sgt. Andrew Hartford of Wiesbaden participates in training with Bundeswehr troops at the Daaden Training Range April 23. Photo left: U.S. Soldiers carry a Bundeswehr Soldier pretending to be a casualty to safety during the training. A total of 10 American Soldiers participated. outstanding. Training included ev“The guys that were out there erything from first aid to were great. They made sure we night shooting, marching to were taken care of,” he said. qualifying with a variety of

German weapons. “What was especially attractive for our Soldiers was that they could compete for

the Schützenschnur,” said Ulises Soto, USAG Wiesbaden government relations officer, explaining that the American Soldiers not only had the chance to qualify with the German G-36 Assault Rifle, but also had the opportunity to train with the German MG-3 machine gun, P-8 pistol, hand grenades and anti-tank weapons. “It’s always important to train together,” said Soto, “because we never know when we’ll be on the battlefield together.” “These types of training events prepare us for future contingencies,” he added, saying that international missions to Afghanistan and other hotspots have demonstrated how vitally important it is for military allies to continue to train with one another both at home and during deployment. “In our mutual effort to deepen the relationship and increase cooperation between the Landeskommando Hessen and the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden we’re planning further combined activities ― from sporting outings to military training events,” said Soto, underscoring the continuing close friendship and partnership between the U.S. and its German ally.

Photos by Wendy Brown

May Fest games Gabriella Penafiel, 11, prepares to throw a plastic foot into the Shark Attack game at the Wiesbaden High School May Fest at the school May 5. Her little sister Julissa Penafiel, 4, looks on. The festival also included food and performances and raised money for Big Bucks for College. Photo left: John Gurule, 2, shows his mother Amy Gurule a piece of treasure he found in the Treasure Dig.

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Color to boost the spirit

Photos by Karl Weisel

Sightseeing in Mainz, the capital of Rheinland-Pfalz, offers a wealth of opportunities for photo buffs. Mainz's St. Stefan Church, founded by Archbishop Willigis (center) in the 10th century, features a statue of Willigis, the force behind the construction of the Mainz Cathedral and stained glass windows by Russian artist Marc Chagall (left). Willigis is buried in the church. Photo top right: Flowers on display at Schillerplatz. Photo above right: Door handles on the St. Stefan Church. Pedestrian signs through the city point to various sights including the St. Stefan Church.

Don’t wait until it’s too late for estate planning how and to whom a person’s estate will be distributed. Having Estate planning: Estate an estate plan allows a person to Planning is nothing more than determine ahead of time how his contingency planning, requir- or her assets will be distributed ing the same care and attention upon death. The estate plan can also one would give to planning any operation. The big distinc- provide instructions in the case tion for estate planning is the of a person’s mental incapacitacontingency concerned, your tion, managing one’s financial death, will happen, and rarely affairs through the proper use of on a predictable or convenient powers of attorney, providing for health care with advance schedule. You can prepare for it. It is directives such as durable wise to create an estate plan as powers of attorney for health soon as possible or to review care, and making wishes known it whenever you encounter a regarding life support through major life event. Such events a living will. A good estate plan can include marriage, divorce, birth, death, acquisition of property or minimize taxes imposed on an investments and redeployment. estate in order to leave as much Estate plan: A person’s as possible to beneficiaries. The estate planning docuestate is all the property he or she owns, which might include ments include the will, maybe real estate, bank accounts, a trust, health care documents, investments and other assets, beneficiary designation on bank plus property of a more personal accounts, investments (such as nature such as clothing, furni- the Thrift Savings Plan), life inture, jewelry or other household surance policies (such as SGLI), items. An estate plan is a series and DD Form 93. Deeds to real of documents or laws declaring estate and other documents of By Curtis A. Parker

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property ownership must be reviewed to ensure they will pass as desired. A good estate plan will also include a review of any separation agreements and divorce decrees to ensure all obligations are addressed. Use of a will: A will is a document that gives clear instructions to a personal representative, or executor, about how to distribute assets when a person dies. A will is created during life, but takes effect upon the death of the person who created it, known as the testator. Use of a testamentary trust: Testamentary trusts transfer property into a trust upon the death of the testator through a will that provides for such a transfer. Since the trust isn’t created until the testator death, the property is still subject to probate, but a testamentary trust may serve many other useful purposes. For instance, a trust can be used to control how and when a beneficiary will receive funds. Living will and power of

attorney: Including a plan for incapacitation or inability to care for oneself when drafting an estate plan is a common and wise measure. There are several types of documents that are used for this purpose. A financial power of attorney, sometimes called a durable power of attorney for finances, designates a person called the agent who will control an incapacitated person’s finances on their behalf. A financial power of attorney ends on the death of its creator, who is called the principal. Another common planning tool is an advance health care directive, which is a document that deals with medical plans and decisions. Advance directives normally consist of two documents. The first, a durable power of attorney for health care, gives another person, called a proxy or health care agent, the power to make medical decisions in the event a person is unable to do so him or herself. The second, a living will, provides medical ........................................................................... May 23, 2013

instructions in the event a party is incapable of making his or her wishes known. General and special powers of attorney: In addition to the powers of attorney mentioned above, it may prove beneficial to give someone (spouse or trusted friend) the ability to perform certain acts on your behalf while you are deployed. This can be done through the use of a power of attorney. A Special Power of Attorney is limited to a specific purpose (for example, selling your car) and often to a limited term. A General Power of Attorney is broad. Your Legal Assistance Office can help you determine which powers of attorney are appropriate for your particular situation. For more information contact the Legal Assistance Office in Building 1023N on Clay Kaserne at mil 337-4725, civ (0611) 705-4725 or online at services/legal.asp.

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New Auto Skills Center opens for business Story and photo by Wendy Brown

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

Spc. Alexander Eaton had his 12-year-old Audi 80 in mind as he attended the grand opening of the new Wiesbaden Automobile Skills Center. “It’s an older vehicle, and I’ll be in here a lot,” Eaton said. “I have to replace the antifreeze, and I have a half shaft that I have to fix. It’s close to the base, and it definitely seems nicer.” Eaton was one of about 100 people who attended the grand opening May 7 at the facility, which includes 10 vehicle bays, tool kits for each bay and a car wash ― to name a few of the highlights. In addition to a ribbon cutting ceremony, free food and a disc jockey, staff members led people on tours of the facility and explained some of the new equipment. “People love the Auto Skills Center, and they will love this one event more,” said Col. David Carstens, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander, during his remarks before the ribbon cutting. Darrell Hendrix, a recreation aid who works at the Wiesbaden Automotive Skills Center, shows Soldiers a mas“It provides more capability in an area ter tool box during the center’s grand opening May 7. The center features 10 work bays, and the tool boxes are that is perhaps a little more convenient standard in all of them. for a lot of our Soldiers to get to here Lt. Col. Michelle Garcia, deputy commander of go through Erbenheim. The easiest way to find it is on the north side.” the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District, to put Rennbahn Strasse 12, 65205 Erbenheim into The facility is also efficient in terms of heating, presented a construction plaque with a key to the gar- a GPS or Google Maps, Babcock said. so it will use less energy, Carstens said. In addition, rison. The corps has a tradition of providing a shovel The facility is located in Building 3500, and people it has measures that will ensure that hazardous waste at the groundbreaking and a key at grand openings, can call mil 337-6679 or civ (0611) 705 6679 for more is disposed of in the best way possible. she said. information. The facility is closed Mondays, but is The skills center is a sign of continuing transformaRichard Babcock, director of the skills center, said open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; tion in Wiesbaden, Carstens said. The garrison also noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; and 10 a.m. that in addition to the bays, the new center includes plans to build ball fields on the north side. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. equipment to fix suspensions, alignments, brakes and Carstens presented Joe Cooper, an employee at For more information about services, people the center, with an Achievement Medal for Civilian air conditioners. There is also an underbody wash caService. Cooper has demonstrated excellence as an pability, and the lifts are better than at the old facility. can visit auto skills instructor at the Mainz Kastel facility, The facility is located on the north side of the europe/wiesbaden/programs/wiesbaden-automotiveCarstens said. Clay Kaserne airfield, and to get there people must skills.

Wiesbaden High class of 2013 poised for success Story and photos by Lauren Barry Special to the Herald Union

This year’s graduating class at Wiesbaden High School has more than 100 students, and 90 percent will be going on to college. The class of 2013 also has the largest number of students that applied and were accepted for Reserve Officers’ Training Corps scholarships. "We had too many ROTC Air Force Scholarships that were offered but declined, so I think that's pretty impressive," said Linnea Velsvaag, guidence counselor for grades 10 and 12 at Wiesbaden High

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School. Rhianna The followHill and Andrew ing students Parker will be have received going into the Air three-year Force Academy Army ROTC after receiving scholarships: scholarships. Max Sarsok, Devin TisJames Killidale received a lea, Meghan four-year, fullSmith, Kaitride Air Force lyn Velsvaag, Scholarship to Kirsten VelsPurdue Univervaag and Miisty. “I'm feeling Kaitlyn Velsvaag (from left), Meghan Smith and Kirsten cah McGowen. pretty optimistic Velsvaag hold up “1-3” signs to represent the class of One student, because we have 2013 at Wiesbaden High School May 16. Cam Turner, grown up with opportunity,” said Tisdale. plans to join the the ROTC program here and The U.S. Presidential Scholars U.S. Army. I know partially about it. I'm Program also gave Tisdale a No students received sport really looking forward to the $10,000 scholarship. scholarships directly, but sev-

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eral division three schools recruited students for athletics, and students plan to attend those schools and play sports. Student athletes include: Daniel Mattner for football, Wyatt Sill for football, Kaitlyn and Kirsten Velsvaag for volleyball, and Shantel Wynn for swimming. Velsaag said 60 percent of class members are entering four-year programs, and 30 percent are entering two-year programs. Perhaps best of all, as it stands now, the entire class will graduate together, Velsaag said. “Unless the seniors make very poor personal choices, everyone will be walking,” she said.

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leadership hosts event at Wiesbaden Middle School By Vince Little

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Some Wiesbaden Middle School students saw what happens when military working dogs “attack” and also got a peek at engineer life recently during Take Your Child to Work Day at the Amelia Earhart Center. The annual event, which took place April 25, is an educational tool that took root in the United States and Canada two decades ago. More than 30 students attended, including four with a deployed parent and 10 children of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel. It was organized here by Raquel Blankenhorn and Primrose Wanjiku ― a contract Photo by Jennifer Aldridge specialist and program analyst, Wiesbaden Middle School teacher Elaine Young, wearing an attack training suit, plays respectively ― as part of the the role of “suspect” during a demonstration with Spc. Veronica Pruhs and Military Work2013 USACE Europe District ing Dog Nico at the school April 25. Leadership Development Pronavigate obstacle courses, objectives are aimed at optimiz- School, said she’s interested gram. “Today was a resounding tackle suspects and protect their ing district engagement with in becoming a mechanical encommunity stakeholders and gineer someday, perhaps even success,” Blankenhorn said. handlers. The children watched as US- sharing instructional opportuni- in the Army, where her father “The kids’ enthusiasm for today’s event was evident. They ACE employees put on attack ties related to science, technol- serves as a Soldier on Clay were super-engaged and inter- training suits to help illustrate ogy, engineering and math, or Kaserne. “I like the idea of working on ested, and they asked a lot of what happens when the dogs STEM, along with promoting planes and engines and that type good questions. … They were go after an alleged criminal environmental awareness. “I think we successfully of thing,” she said. “I really like very attentive of all the speakers attempting to flee the scene or take down an enemy combatant achieved that objective today,” math and science. I’m thinking and demonstrations.” she added. “At the beginning this might be a good thing to The day began with a dem- on the battlefield. Later the students stepped of the program this morning, explore, something I can do onstration by the K-9 Unit assigned to U.S. Army Garrison inside the Amelia Earhart Play- about five kids raised their hand when I’m older as a career.” Aerospace engineering, Wiesbaden’s Directorate of house to hear presentations on to say they were thinking about Emergency Services. Soldiers Europe District construction becoming engineers. At the end meanwhile, would be the field of the program, we asked again of choice for sixth-grader Dawshowed how the animals as- and engineering operations. sist in law enforcement work, Blankenhorn said the US- and that amount doubled.” son Battles. “Ever since I was a demonstrating the dogs’ ability ACE Education and ComIsabella Lee, 12, a seventh- little kid, I’ve been fascinated to detect drugs and explosives, munity Outreach Program grader at Wiesbaden Middle with space,” he said. “I think it

Rolling on the river

would be cool to create stuff in space, like spaceships and other things. Maybe in 20 or 30 years, we’ll have colonies, too.” The military working dog exhibition was a big hit with most students, including Riley Deutsch, 12, a sixth-grader at the school. “That was my favorite part,” she said. “I enjoyed seeing the way they think and work. It was fun to watch them interact with the dogs.” Deutsch said math and science appeal to her and she liked learning about the various opportunities and jobs available within USACE. “It’s really cool what they’re working on with engineering,” Riley said. “I wanted to get a feel for what they do. … I learned there are all different kinds of engineers.” Lt. Col. Michelle Garcia, deputy commander, highlighted the district’s overall mission for the group. Partnership is among the commander’s top three priorities, she said, so it’s important to interact with schools, military units and other organizations on a consistent basis. “For the district and the employees who have the opportunity to participate in these events, it is truly uplifting,” Garcia said. “I am re-energized by the interest the kids have in the STEM topics and the enthusiasm they have for their future.”

Photos by Karl Weisel

People stop for a glass of wine at one of the many stands featuring local products on the Rhein River between Wiesbaden-Biebrich and Rüdesheim. Trails along the river offer hikers and bikers a great way to explore the many vineyards and towns in the region. Photo right: A local big band entertains listeners with a spirited rendition of “Proud Mary.” .......................................................................... May 23, 2013

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ACAP transitions Soldiers through milestones cess to ACAP services on a space-available basis. It’s unadvisable for one to The ACAP process take a trip without charting the starts with an initial course beforehand. The same counseling to introduce advice stands for military mem- one to the transition bers preparing to make the trip process. Then Soldiers from military to civilian life. sit with a counselor to The Army Career and Alum- develop an individual ni Program is the navigation transition plan. Once device for service members the process is initiated, getting ready for such a journey. the career counselor Photo by Chrystal Smith “ACAP is giving service will assist the service members the tools to be success- member with writing Staff Sgt. Garth Cunningham sits with Angela Roelofs, ACAP ful in the civilian world,” said and reviewing resumes, counselor, for his initial ACAP orientation to start the process of Angela Roelofs, ACAP coun- cover letters, job search- separating from the Army. selor. “We’re not headhunters ing and interviewing • Transition Overview and resistant to it,” said Roelofs. or an employment agency, but techniques. Throughout the Military Occupational Specialty Also, the process will be we are giving people the overall transition process a number Crosswalk Workshop; modified into several transitools to be successful on their of workshops and briefings • Financial Planning Work- tional tracks to offer tailored own.” are offered to inform service shop; services for the different life ACAP is a mandatory Army members of their benefits and • DOL Employment Work- pursuits Soldiers choose after program for active duty and entitlements through Veterans shop; leaving the Army. reserve Soldiers with more than Affairs. ACAP offers an employ• VA Benefits Briefing and 180 days of continuous active The program also offers a Disability Transition Assistance ment, educational, technical and duty and their family members. number of transition workshops Program Briefing; entrepreneurial focused tracks Retirees also have lifetime ac- and seminars which include: • Individual Transition Plan so “one can be more focused on By Chrystal Smith

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Review Course; • Advanced Resume Seminar; • Apply for a Federal Job Seminar. A few modifications have happened with ACAP to suit the changing needs of an evolving force, said Roelofs. The program now features the services of a financial counselor, with whom Soldiers can receive assistance with budget planning, debt reduction, tax information, insurance and investing. “I think it’s the best addition even though people seem a little

their individual futures when they start the ACAP process,” said Roelofs. And while ACAP arms Soldiers with the tools to help with the changeover, counselors highly recommend allowing time to maximize the benefits of the program. “Start early to get ready,” said Roelofs, who added, “We say start early so an individual can get started on things such as a resume, reducing debt or enrollment preparation requirements.” Even in situations such as short-notice separations such as chapters “we try to make sure

they can attend and get access to as many resources as they can during the short timeframes.” Though ACAP is a tremendous resource and mandatory for transitioning Soldiers, past use statistics suggest that some Soldiers may have missed out on the program’s offerings. “When they changed the program in November, it became a commander’s program,” said Roelofs, who said the mandatory program got the needed enforcement and priority from units to ensure departing Soldiers incorporate it into their regimen as they begin actions for separating from the military. “Units now have ACAP liaison officers who track ETSing and retiring Soldiers to make sure that Soldiers are completing the different requirements of ACAP.” At the local office, customers have access to computers, Internet, long distance phone service and a fax machine. “It’s important that separating and retiring Soldiers take advantage of the services we have to offer,” said Roelofs. Get more information by visiting the Army Career and Alumni Program, collocated with the Education Center, in Clay Kaserne Building 1023E, in the basement, or call mil 337-5709. Soldiers can also access ACAP resources online at www. In the ACAP Virtual Center users can receive all the transition and education services they would as if at a physical location.

Law Day discussion

Capt. Yvette Soto, a lawyer with the Wiesbaden Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, discusses the movie “Twelve Angry Men” with students at Wiesbaden High School May 3. The discussion about the importance of jury trials was in observance of Law Day. Photo by Capt. Briana Tellado

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Community notes ... Community notes CAC PIN reset

The U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden’s Personnel Division now offers a faster CAC Pin reset option. People can sign in at the kiosk at the ID card issue office in Building 1023E to use the CAC reset station. It’s located in Room 166.

No passport photo walk-ins

The Training Support Center’s Photo Studio no longer offers a walk-in service for passport photos. All passport photos must be scheduled through VIOS. There is no fee for the passport photos. The studio does not shoot photos for international driver’s licenses. To make an appointment visit

Asian-Pacific Heritage event

Marine Chief Warrant Officer 4 Russell A. Ramos will be the guest speaker at the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month observance May 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tony

Bass Fitness Center on Clay Kaserne. Call mil 337-5897 for more information.

Pet first aid classes

The Wiesbaden American Red Cross offers a pet first aid class from 5-9 p.m. June 6 in Building Room 284, 1023E, on Clay Kaserne. The class will be taught by Wiesbaden veterinarian Capt. Ericka Carroll. Cost is $45 per family. Call civ (0611) 705-1760 to register.

Family Readiness Group training

Quarterly Family Readiness Group training will be held June 11-14 in the Army Community Service conference room. Call civ (0611) 408-0254 for times and information.

Financial classes

Army Community Service hosts the following financial readiness classes in June: Successful Money Management June 5, Conserving Special Pay June 12 and Consumer Rights and Obligations June 26. Classes are from 2-3:30

p.m. in Room 22, Building 7790 in Hainerberg Housing. Call civ (0611) 408-0254 to reserve a spot.

Play in the Park

The New Parent Support Program, Educational and Developmental Intervention Services and Women, Infants, Children programs invite parents with toddlers and preschoolers for some “Play in the Park” from 11 a.m. to noon May 31 in Hainerberg Housing, June 28 in Newman Village, July 26 in Crestview Housing and Aug. 30 in Aukamm Housing. Activities include bubbles, parachute games, water tables and an obstacle course. Call civ (0611) 408-0330 or 0331 for more information.

Military Spouse Celebration

A Military Spouse Celebration will be held May 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center. Free child care will be available for spouses of E4s and below. Call Army Community Service at civ (0611) 4080-254 to reserve a space.

fice now only allows passport pickups on Tuesdays from 1:304 p.m. The office is located in Rooms 162 and 163 in Building 1023E on Clay Kaserne. Coordinate with passport agents for all emergencies or alternate pickup dates by calling civ (0611) 705-5308/7470 or 5515.

Need training support?

Head to the Wiesbaden Training Support Center in Building 1032 and 1638 on Clay Kaserne to arrange for a host of training support including use of the Engagement Skills Trainer, Call for Fire Trainer, HMMWV Egress Assistance Trainer, photo support, classrooms and more. Call mil 337-5370 or visit for more information.

‘American Girl’ social

An “American Girl” social for girls ages 6 and above is

held every third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Wiesbaden Library on Clay Kaserne. Girls should bring their American Girl dolls with to the social. Activities include the reading of an American Girl book, artwork, discussion of etiquette, tea and cookies. Make reservations (as space is limited) by calling the library at civ (0611) 705-1740 or Joyce Schloesser at civ (06128) 489 202.

Half-day opening

The Wiesbaden Tax Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 24. Call civ (0611) 705-4755.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 24-28 at Wiesbaden Middle School. Register after all weekend worship services or contact Patricia Pritschow at


Next CIB is May 28

Get the latest information and feedback at the Community Information Briefing May 28 at 9:30 a.m. at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center. Follow it online on the garrison’s Facebook page at “Garrison Wiesbaden.”

Culture College

New to the Wiesbaden area? Sign up for the next three-day Culture College, June 10-12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about community resources and agencies, get familiar with the German culture, find out about Army Community Service programs, experience German shopping, learn how to use public transportation and more. Call mil 335-5254 for details.

Photo by Romeo Alimbuyao

Happy Mother’s Day The Exchange’s Christine Robinson hands Mariavictoria Alimbuyao, a human resource specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District, a carnation on Mother’s Day as part of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service’s celebration of the holiday.

Veterinary hours

The Veterinary Treatment Facility will be closed May 27 for Memorial Day and will close at noon on May 31 for inventory.

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Schools page — Partners in education School bits Technology training program

The Army in Europe Information Technology Training Program and Knowlogy offer various classes to meet certification requirements. Fully equipped facilities across Europe provide training and certification services. For a list of courses visit or call mil 337-6022.

UMUC registration

Registration for the University of Maryland University College summer session is now underway. Class dates are June 3 to July 28. Order textbooks by May 29 to take advantage of a 50 percent sale. Stop by Room 12 in Building 1023E on Clay Kaserne weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for more information.

Earn a master’s degree

Become a state certified teacher. Earn a Master of Arts in Secondary Education with the University of Phoenix. Classes start in June. Call civ (0611) 705-5940 or email brandy.

High school grads in Stars and Stripes

The Stars and Stripes newspaper will feature their annual Grad Tab highlighting graduating classes in Department of Defense Dependents Schools Europe on June 4. For more information visit www.stripes. com/stars-and-stripes-graduationtab-1.219816.

Memorial Day and last day of school

There will be no school for teachers or students on May 27 in observance of the annual Memorial Day holiday. The last day of school for students will be June 13.

OU enrolling for summer courses

The University of Oklahoma is now enrolling students for the summer semester. Sign up today to start or continue Masters of Human Relations or International Relations degrees. The Research in Human Relations course, HR 5023-223, will be offered June 4-9. Courses are taught face-toface or online by internationally recognized OU faculty. Each three-hour credit course is taught in a weeklong format, Tuesday to Sunday. Call mil 337-5937 or civ (0611) 705-5937 or email for more information.

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Wiesbaden celebrates teachers

that getting her kindergartners to enjoy standing up to say the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden pledge each day is her way of Public Affairs Office encouraging future citizenship. The spotlight shone on teachers “If you love America, you should in all four Wiesbaden schools May act on it.” 6-10. Students, parents, adminisDuring the same ceremony trators and local leaders gathered all of the school’s teachers were to thank educators for their vital recognized with teacher pins and role in inspiring young minds and complimentary bowling vouchers helping guide future citizens. courtesy of the school’s Parent, At luncheons and other events, Teacher Organization. teachers gathered to garner rec“By the time your students ognition for their efforts and to Col. David Carstens (from left), U.S. Army Gar- graduate from high school, they celebrate their accomplishments. rison Wiesbaden commander, and Lt. Gen. will have spent thousands of “All of the schools are doing Donald Campbell, commander of U.S. Army hours at school being instructed something special for teachers’ Europe, stand with Veterans of Foreign Wars by numerous teachers,” said Trish appreciation throughout the week,” Teacher of the Year for Europe Crystal Simp- Benz, Hainerberg PTO president. said Peter Witmer, U.S. Army Gar- son as Hainerberg Elementary School Princi- “That’s why almost everyone has rison school liaison officer. pal Penelope Miller-Smith looks on May 7 at a story about a teacher who has Among the highlights of the the school. touched his or her life. … Just week was recognition of the Vetstate level, Mann said, to be recognized like so many politicians, artists, eran of Foreign Wars’ Teacher of the as the VFW’s Department of Europe astronauts, Soldiers, entrepreneurs and Year for Europe. Jim Mann, incoming winner. surgeons, we are who we are today partly commander of VFW’s Post 27, joined The Hainerberg teacher’s dedicated because of a great teacher.” Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell, U.S. Army efforts in encouraging students to recite “They live the Army value of selfEurope commander, and Col. David the Pledge of Allegiance each day and less service every day,” said Penelope Carstens, USAG Wiesbaden command- to support Soldiers deployed to Afer, in honoring Hainerberg Elementary ghanistan with care packages and letters Miller-Smith, Hainerberg Elementary’s School kindergarten teacher Crystal were aspects of her role as a teacher that principal, adding that few other profesSimpson. impressed the VFW judges, Mann said. sions touch as many people’s lives as “Every year the VFW has scholarship “I was in the Junior Reserve Officer teachers do every day. “You motivate and truly inspire,” and patriotism recognition programs,” Training Corps where I met my husband said Mann, explaining that the VFW’s who is now a Soldier,” said Simpson added USAREUR’s commander, sayTeacher of the Year award acknowledges who will mark the end of her first year ing that teachers also help “strengthen the efforts by an educator in encouraging of teaching for DoDDS at the end of the democracy. “I want to thank all of you for evcitizenship and patriotism. current school year. After being nominated by students “We shouldn’t just be teaching chil- erything you do … You all represent the and parents, Simpson advanced to the dren the facts, but we also must share a best of the best. … You are true heroes,” district level competition and then to the love of learning,” Simpson said, adding Campbell added. Story and photo by Karl Weisel

Homeschoolers gather for fair

items at the curriculum sale. There were also door prizes provided by the Wiesbaden Community Spouses Club. “It was a way to get the families Families headed to the Tony Bass together to show what they have been Fitness Center May 10 to learn more doing,” said coordinator Kelly Phipps. about homeschooling. Peter Witmer, U.S. Army Garrison The Kaleidoscope Homeschool Fair Wiesbaden school liaison officer, estishowcased the work of homeschooled mated that there are between 100 and students in everything from the fine arts 150 families who homeschool their and humanities to science. children in the Wiesbaden military “A lot of homeschool kids don’t get community. public recognition for their accomplishTwo homeschool students view anWhile there is no requirement for ments. So this is a good way to build other student’s science project at the Status of Forces Agreement individuup their self-esteem,” said Christy Kaleidoscope Homeschool Fair. At the als to register their children with the Denman, who homeschools two of fair, homeschool students were able Department of Defense Dependents her children. to put a project on display. Schools-Europe or USAG Wiesbaden Homeschool student Audrey Cronto homeschool them, Witmer encourquist, 9, presented a project titled aged home school families to use accredited curriculum and “Flags of the World,” which were made with Legos. “It’s cool to monitor state requirements. to see everyone’s things and how creative they are,” she said. For more information about homeschooling visit www. A group of students presented a performing arts presentation; some students played the piano and violin; and dancers To find out more about a local homeschooling group that meets regularly visit the Wiesbaden Homeschool were also featured. During the fair the people were able to sell or purchase page on Facebook. Story and photo by Jill Jolly U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

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For your health A Summer full of music June 29 – August 31, 2013

Photo by Wendy Brown

Warrior Transition Unit Soldier Staff Sgt. Deneal Martin watches his yoga form in a mirror during a WTU yoga class at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center April 19.

WTU Soldiers embrace yoga

Participants enjoy stress-free workout regimen By Wendy Brown

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

Yoga teacher Susan Barber gently reminded the students in her Warrior Transition Unit class that yoga is not about “no pain, no gain.” Her students were executing a pose that stretched out their hips and backs, and after Barber told the students they could get out of the pose if they wanted, all four were so enthusiastic they remained in the pose for about a minute longer. “Remember, you want to find the balance between effort and ease,” Barber told the students. “You should feel a nice stretch.”

Stretching backs

Slowly, one by one, each of the students in the April 19 class at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center came out of the pose. Afterward, students said the pose was one of their favorites for strengthening and stretching their backs. Barber, who teaches a variety of yoga classes at the center, said she started noticing that Soldiers in the WTU were coming to her regular class, so she decided to start a class especially for them. The mission of WTUs is to return Soldiers back to duty

with their units or to help them transition out of the Army as they prepare for civilian life. Sgt. James McCord was one of the Soldiers who came to Barber’s class before she started the WTU class. He started doing yoga in February because he thought it would help his back, and he was right. “Since I started doing it, it’s really helped,” he said. The leg and hip stretches have helped the most, McCord said. The private class for WTU Soldiers is more concentrated on the needs of the Soldiers, whereas the other class was more general, McCord said. If and when he can get back to working out, McCord said he plans to integrate yoga into his fitness plan. For now, the yoga alone is helping immensely. Staff Sgt. Deneal Martin said he started doing yoga three months ago. “It’s making me strong and it’s making me healthier, mind, body and soul,” he said. “It’s really rewarding.” Martin said he has tried a variety of different therapies for his back, but nothing has worked as well as yoga. “When I’m done with a session, I’m more mobile and strong. It keeps me more flexible, and I can go on with my day-to-day activities.”

Barber said she has a friend who works with the Give Back Yoga Foundation, which provides yoga classes for veterans, and that was another reason that spurred her to start the class. The Wiesbaden Community Spouses Club recently provided Barber with a grant to buy copies of the Give Back Yoga book for veterans, Barber said. Participants in the class will receive the book and other items, such as compact discs and charts. Although there are 23 Soldiers in the WTU, between 10 and 15 usually attend the class each week, Barber said. Some Soldiers are not able to make it every week because of appointments. The class received a special visitor in April, Barber said. Bickram yoga is a form of yoga performed in rooms at high temperatures, and Bickram Choudhury founded it. His wife, Rajashree Choudhury, visited the class and talked about yoga. For more information about Barber, visit For more information about the Give Back Yoga Foundation, visit For more information about Warrior Transition Units, visit html.

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Members of Team Wies Col. David Carstens (le for a team photo after

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Ring official Thomas Hlavacek looks on as Wiesbaden’s Lisa Manela and Alicia Demilio mix it up at the U.S. Forces Europe Championships in Wiesbaden May 11. Manela won the hard-fought decision.

Team Wie the gold a Boxing Ch

Photos by Chrystal Smith

Boxers teach sportsmanship

Pfc. Nathaniel Barnd demonstrates his skill with the jumprope. Photo left: Sgt. Lisa Manela uses a student model to talk to Hainerberg Elementary School students about the importance of headgear when boxing during a small assembly in the school’s multipurpose room May 7. Members of the community boxing team explained that boxing is a sport, not a fight, to help discourage bullying.

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sbaden are joined by U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden’s eft) and Command Sgt. Sa’eed Mustafa (right) r winning the first-place team trophy.

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end,” she said, after celebrating the narrow points victory over her coworker and teammate. “I wouldn’t have expected anything less from them,” said Coach (Sgt. 1st Class) Adam Martinez. “They are really inspiring to the sport and to other Soldiers.” Demilio will soon transition from the military back to the civilian world. “I’m going to miss Demilio’s warrior spirit. They both just leap over every obstacle,” Martinez said, adding that the two women have also been inspirational for young fans during visits to local schools to promote anti-bullying. “You’d be amazed how the young girls’ eyes light up when they see the women boxers. They are outstanding.” While the evening featured 10 exciting fights, most of those in the packed fitness center crowd came to encourage Team Wiesbaden which managed to place seven boxers in the championship evening after two days of qualifying activities. The night started off with a draw — Quintero Gustavo and Martinez Kelley, both representing Vicenza, scoring an equal number of points. Bout two saw Wiesbaden’s Robert Figlioli battle a determined Daniel Kim from Stuttgart in a welterweight match-up. “Figlioli is a boxer who started with us two months ago,” said the Wiesbaden coach. “His first fight was on a one-day notice which he lost.” At the championship, Martinez said Figlioli “fought a more experienced fighter — a Marine.” Having trained consistently since his start with the team, Martinez said, “his discipline and hard work paid off in the

esbaden takes home at U.S. Forces Europe hampionships Story and photos by Karl Weisel

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office


pair of female MPs delivered the dynamite that blew the lid off an already supercharged evening of determination and grit at the U.S. Forces Europe Boxing Championships in Wiesbaden May 11. With the clang of the opening bell signaling the start of the three, two-minuteround bout, Wiesbaden teammates Lisa Manela and Alicia Demilio exploded out of their respective corners. Accompanied by a chorus of cheers and encouragement from the 1,000-strong crowd, the two featherweights pounded each other relentlessly, neither giving an inch as they fought to convince the judges which had the upper hand. “We spar together,” said Manela, explaining that the championship was the third time they had faced one another after fights in Bamberg and Vilseck, both of which Demilio won. “We really tried our technique and we decided to come and just give it our all.” Manela, like the crowd, said neither fighter knew for sure who would end up winning. “Nobody knows until the

Ring official Herb Ruffin declares Wiesbaden’s Robert Figlioli the winner over Stuttgart’s Daniel Kim. last round” with the Wiesbaden boxer taking home the gold medal. “Every single boxer from Team Wiesbaden did great, but Sgt. Figlioli really stood out.” Home town hero Nathaniel Barnd was the next one to step into the ring against fellow local boxer Jason Pak. Barnd, who has brought home several championship belts from bouts in Europe, displayed the technique and resolve garnered from many hours of hard work and dedicated training. “I felt great,” said the 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment boxer, after the referee stopped the contest and awarded the gold to Barnd, who is shooting to make the All Army Sports Trial Camp at the end of the year and hopes to advance to the All Armed Forces level next year. “I’m going to keep on fighting to get ready.” Despite just having returned from duty in Afghanistan with V Corps, Wiesbaden’s Ricky Clay displayed the ring craft that has earned him a reputation in U.S. Army Europe boxing circles against his Grafenwöhr opponent, Imo Aieti. “I only got a chance to do a little bit of training since returning last Monday, but I felt like I was outboxing him from the beginning.” Clay, not only won the bout by decision, but also earned one of the evening’s two best fighter accolades (the other going to Manela). “They (Wiesbaden) have a great program,” said Clay, praising the support of the team, and adding that he hopes to advance to All Army. The only other local fighter to step into the ring was Wiesbaden’s David Marcet who, while trying to defend himself for nearly three rounds, was clearly outfought by Bamberg’s Jeremy Bates. Bates claimed the gold after the referee stopped the contest 15 seconds before the end of the last round. Other bouts saw Stuttgart’s Jamaal Warren earn a disqualification victory May 23, 2013

A volunteer from the Hooters organization lets the crowd know that the start of Round three is about to begin. against Grafenwöhr’s Travis Tofi, Bamberg’s Williams Stevens take a decision over Vicenza’s Javier Cranmore, Baumholder’s Tyler Meilcarek win a disqualification award against Grafenwöhr’s Mose Wilson and Vicenza’s Kevin Rainey defeat Ramstein’s James Beck. The judges presented Wiesbaden with the first-place team award; Grafenwöhr was second and Vicenza garnered third place overall. “Our training was so intense and dedicated, there wasn’t a doubt we wouldn’t win,” said Martinez. “All the boxers showed up every day — with no complaints — and as each day went by, they got hungrier. “I’m going to do my very best that Pfc. Barnd, Sgt. Clay and Sgt. Manela have a chance to go forward — at least try out for All Army,” he said, adding that the team will be rebuilding in the coming months, and newcomers are always welcome. Martinez thanked his wife, Rebeca, and assistant coach, Master Sgt. Adalberto Mercado, for their “incredible support” of Team Wiesbaden. “She’s at every event, and we owe a great deal credit to our Coach Mercado (who will soon leave Wiesbaden) for always helping us be prepared.” For more information about getting involved with Team Wiesbaden email Coach Martinez at adam.c.martinez. .

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Phantoms just getting warmed up Wiesbaden semi-pro American football team includes two U.S. Army Soldiers By Wendy Brown

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Public Affairs Office

Although the National Football League’s season drew to a close more than three months ago, American football fans will be happy to hear the German Football League’s season recently started and runs through October. Better yet, the league’s Wiesbaden Phantoms hold their home games at the Helmut Schön Sportpark, which is across the road from the Hainerberg Shopping Center and next to the Brita Arena ― easy walking distance for many in the Wiesbaden military community. Even better still, football fans can cheer on two U.S. Army Soldiers who play on the semi-professional team, as well as two other members of the local military community. Sgt. Kenny Sharp, a starting fullback and tight end who works for U.S. Army Europe, is starting his second year with the team. “I wish every Soldier could have this experience,” Sharp said. “I can’t wait for it to start going full speed. We’re right on the edge of being perfect.” Spc. Kareem Williams of V Corps is a wide receiver for the team that formerly played for Florida International University. “I enjoy it,” Williams said. “It’s not the same as the States, but as far as the pageantry and the excitement, it’s still there.” The team’s next home game is June 1 against the Saarland Hurricanes, and Sharp and Williams both encourage everyone to attend the game. A limited number of complimentary tickets are available at the USO offices. Tickets are €10 and children under 10 are free. The team has played two games so far this season, and lost by one point to the

‘Noises Off’

Wiesbaden Phantoms wide receiver Willie Milhouse, an American who formerly played for the University of West Virginia, catches a pass in a May 11 game against the Stuttgart Scorpions at Helmut Schön Sportpark in Wiesbaden. Rhein-Neckar Bandits and by seven “I’m loving the team, and I wouldn’t points to the Stuttgart Scorpions. wish to play anywhere else.” The team also includes running back Defensive back Kenneth Colbert is a Thomas Hogue, a Heidelberg American former U.S. Army Soldier in Wiesbaden High School standout who played for who works as a civilian in the military Huntington College in Alabama for two community. Colbert previously played years. “It’s really enjoyable,” he said. for the team in 2011, and gained the

Things to do ... Things to do

Wiesbaden’s awardwinning Amelia Earhart Playhouse features the popular comedy “Noises Off” weekends May 30 to June 8. Call the playhouse at civ (0611) 8162474 for reservations.

Mainz Cathedral concerts

Photo by Wendy Brown

The Mainz Cathedral features a series of concerts including an organ matinee June 1 at noon a choir concert (works by Mendelssohn and Bartholdy, Schubert and Brahms) July 2 at 7:30 p.m. It’s free admission to the choir concert and €10 for the organ concert.

Knights Festival will be held June 8-9 (opening both days at 10 a.m.). The event, held in Katzenelnbogen which is northwest of Wiesbaden near Limburg, features jousting, a medieval camp, merchants, musicians, crafts people and more. For more information visit www.

Outdoor Rec trips

Wiesbaden Outdoor Recreation heads to Euro Disney June 1-2, Holiday Park June 8, Krakow June 13-17, Nove and Venice June 13-17, Munich June Medieval Festival 14-16, a Swiss Jazz Fest June 21-23, The annual Catzenelnbogener Prague June 22-23, a Croatia Salsa

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nickname “Receiver Eater” for his prowess as a defensive back. GFL teams are limited to six American players, and the Phantoms have the maximum number possible. Fans can distinguish the American players during games because they have an “A” on their helmets and uniforms. Two other Americans playing for the team include Willie Millhouse, who formerly played for the University of West Virginia, and Brandon Collier, who played for the University of Massachusetts (and graduated). Collier previously played in the American football league in Austria and for the Winnipeg (Canada) Blue Bombers. Collier signed with the Philadelphia Eagles this year, but was waived with an injury settlement. The Phantoms are not only about semi-professional football, however. The team also includes tackle football teams for youngsters 16-19 years old, youngsters 13-16 years old, and flag football teams for adults ages 19 and older, youngsters 11-15 years old, and for children ages 6-11 years old. In addition, there are cheerleading teams for youths 15 years and older and for children 9-15 years old. The GFL includes 16 teams that are divided into north and south divisions that each have eight teams. The Phantoms belong to the southern division. The league’s season runs from March through October, when the league holds the German Bowl to determine the champion. The Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns were the 2012 champions, and they compete in the southern league. To learn more about the Phantoms and the variety of programs the team offers, visit www.wiesbaden-phantoms. de. Learn more about the GFL at www.gfl. info. The team also has a Facebook page.

Fest June 27 to July 1, and Strasbourg June 29. Call Outdoor Rec at civ (0611) 705-5760 for details.

the Syncopators. Tickets are €9 per day or €14 for all three days if purchased in advance (€2 more at the event). Visit for more information.

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ auditions Head to the Schloss Biebrich May

‘Deep Blue Sea’

24 at 8 p.m. to get a special Englishlanguage showing of the film, “The Deep Blue Sea.” Admission is €5.

Idstein Jazz Festival

The Taunus town of Idstein features its annual jazz festival June 21-23. Featured performers include the Dirty Boogie Orchestra, Milt Jackson Project, Donovan Aston, JayJayBeCe and

The Theatre Unlimited holds auditions for the classical musical “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Frankfurt International School June 1 from 10 a.m. to noon for children ages 9-12 and from 12:30-2:30 p.m. for children ages 13-17. Performances will be in February 2014. The school is located at An Der Waldlust 15, 61440 Oberursel. Visit for details.

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Sports and leisure Combatives training recommended for all Soldiers By Jill Jolly Special to the Herald Union

Sgt. Timothy Jenkins is the primary instructor for level one and level two combatives training at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, and he encourages all Soldiers to get certified. “It is important because if a Soldier gets into hand-to-hand combat with an enemy they need to know how to prevail, win the fight, and stay alive,” Jenkins said. He instructs combative training on a daily basis, Jenkins said. He instructs level one and level two training for Soldiers from USAG

Wiesbaden, but spends most of his time instructing the 529th Military Police Company. Level one combative training is the beginning base of techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Jenkins said this is related to Army combat effectiveness. Level one training helps the Soldier overcome the universal fight plan, which is the stronger opponent will hit the weaker opponent until one of them can no longer Courtesy photo fight, he said. Sgt. Timothy Jenkins demonstrates a pin maneuver during combat“It gives Soldiers a ives training at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center April 1. base of fighting skills,” Warrior Center. Jenkins Soldiers and that it is (Jill Jolly is a volunteer said Jenkins. Combatives training said he believes that it important for Soldiers with the garrison’s Pubis held at the McCully is great training for all to be level-one certified. lic Affairs Office)

Hard hitter

Rachel Beville of Wiesbaden High School hits the ball during a softball game against Ansbach High School at an Aukamm Housing playing field May 18. The game was part of a doubleheader, and Wiesbaden won one game 10-6, but lost another 14-15. Meanwhile, the Wiebaden High School baseball team beat Ansbach 7-1 in one game, but lost another game 0-10. Photo by Michael Coleman

Sports shorts

Youth sports coaches

Coaches are needed by Child, Youth and School Services for summer clinics (in-line hockey, tennis, flag football, soccer) and the fall sports season (tackle and flag football, soccer, cheerleading, cross country and golf). Coaches need a background check which can take up to three weeks, so, if interested, get in contact now by calling the youth sports director, Mr. Alexander, at civ (0611) 705-7816.

Charity Golf Tourney

The annual Kaiserslautern-American German Business Club Charity Golf Tournament will be held at 1 p.m. June 7 at the Championship Course of the Ramstein Air Base. Proceeds help fund the club’s scholarship for German and American students. Admission includes greens fees, use of an electric cart, driving range use and a steak dinner. Deadline to register is May 31 by sending an email to Tom Shaver at rhinotom.shaver06@

High school championships

Tracking Wiesbaden

Photo right: Lillian Leeman handles the first curve in a girls’ 400-meter heat versus Kaiserslautern and Stuttgart athletes during a track meet May 4 at Wiesbaden High School. Photo below: Anevay Whyte of Wiesbaden’s youth track and field team pushes it out in another girl’s 400-meter heat. Photos by Chrystal Smith

This year’s high school baseball and softball (May 24-26) championships will be held in Kaiserslautern and Ramstein. The Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe Track and Field Championships (May 24-25) will be held at the Kaiserslautern Stadium.

Recreational shooting

Head to the Wackernheim Range from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m June 15, July 13, Aug. 17 or Sept. 14 to enjoy recreational shooting. Must be age 14 or above and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Stop by Outdoor Recreation on Clay Kaserne for more information. .......................................................................... May 23, 2013

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Bulletin board Movie plots

The Great Gatsby (PG-13) — This film follows would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. After landing next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. Iron Man 3 (PG-13) — In this movie, Tony Stark/Iron Man is pitted against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? Stars Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow. Star Trek Into Darkness (PG-13) — In the wake of a shocking act of terror from within their own organization, the crew of The Enterprise is called back home to Earth. In defiance of regulations and with a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads his crew on a manhunt to capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice. Jurassic Park 3D (PG-13) — Director Steven Spielberg brings a fully-restored, 3D version of his 1993 classic about a theme park that features living dinosaurs. 21 And Over (R) — Straight-A college student Jeff Chang has always done what’s expected of him. But when his two best friends Casey and Miller surprise him with a visit for his 21st birthday, he decides to do the unexpected for a change, even though his critical medical school interview is early the next morning. What was supposed to be one beer becomes one night of chaos, over indulgence and complete debauchery in this outrageous comedy. Fast And Furious (PG) — Since Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian’s (Paul Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin’s empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home has left their lives incomplete. Meanwhile, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind is aided by a ruthless second-incommand.

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The “Fast & Furious” crew are back for movie number six, guaranteed to contain plenty of action and drama.

At the movies May 23-31 Wiesbaden, Taunus Theater

May 23 ― The Great Gatsby (PG-13) 7 p.m. May 24 ― Star Trek Into Darkness 3D (PG13) 7 and 10 p.m. May 25 ― Jurassic Park 3D (PG-13) 4 p.m. The Great Gatsby (PG-13) 7 p.m. May 26 ― Star Trek Into Darkness 3D (PG13) 4 and 7 p.m.

May 27 ― The Great Gatsby (PG-13) 7 p.m. May 28 ― 21 And Over (R) 7 p.m. May 29 ― Star Trek Into Darkness 3D (PG13) 7 p.m. May 30 ― Iron Man 3D (PG-13) 7 p.m. May 31 ― Fast And Furious (not yet rated) 7 and 9:30 p.m.

Editor’s note: The June 1-6 schedule was unavailable as this issue went to press.

Carey Mulligan stars as Daisy in “The Great Gatsby.” Photo right: Lt. Col. James Rhodes makes an appearance in “Iron Man 3” to help Tony Stark battle a terrorist.

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If you had a weakness, wouldn’t you want to know? by Michael Bates Ramstein Health and Wellness Center Everyone has weaknesses, especially in regard to physical fitness. With the new year starting and people everywhere working on resolutions to get in shape, injury prevention should also be a priority. What people don’t know is that their current training regimen could actually be holding back their performance. Even worse, it could be making them more susceptible to injury. The Ramstein Health and Wellness Center now offers a solution to this problem: Functional Movement Screen. The FMS can pinpoint any weak links based on different movement patterns that test stability and mobility. The terms “stability” and “mobility” are often misunderstood, but they are the fundamental building blocks of all athletic performance. Mobility is the combination of muscle elasticity, joint range of motion and the body’s freedom of movement. Stability, on the other hand, is our ability to maintain posture and/or control our body’s motion. For

example, runners may develop hip stiffness because of so many miles of training and repetitive motions. When the hips become stiff in the end ranges of flexion, extension and adduction, the lower back muscle have to sacrifice their stability to achieve greater mobility in compensation for the hips’ limitations. Specifically, excessive flexion, extension and rotation occur in the lower back in an attempt to compensate for a relatively decrease stride length during running caused by the stiffness in the hips. These imbalances decrease running efficiency and increase the chances of hip or back injury. The FMS consists of seven basic movement patterns that challenge the stability and mobility of our bodies. During each movement, a score is given based on the quality of the movement. At the end of the assessment your score is tallied up and out of a total of 21 points, those who score below 14 could have muscular imbalances or asymmetries that degrade stability, mobility or both. Corrective flexibility and strength training exercises will be prescribed. When this is accomplished, you will have greater movement efficiency, which will lead to improved performance and hopefully a decrease

in injury potential.Without a doubt, physical fitness plays a big role in today’s Air Force and all branches of the military. Everyone who participates in physical activity has a certain goal in mind, such as getting stronger, faster, improving a skill set or overall health. However, due to the nature of training, sometimes we develop poor movement patterns, train around a pre-existing problem, or simply do not train our weaknesses. FMS can assist you with these issues. The HAWC offers FMS screening weekly; see our calendar on our Facebook page (search “Ramstein HAWC”) or call and set up an appointment. What are you waiting for? Come by and let us show how you can maximize your performance and reduce your risk of injury.

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Explore the Rhine River

Story by Nicole Pothier Editor of the Kaiserslautern American newspaper No more than an hour away from the KMC (Kaiserslautern Military Community) is one of Germany’s most beautiful, romantic and scenic areas — the Middle Rhine. The Middle Rhine, known for it’s more than 40 castles and rolling vineyards, is a tourist’s dream destination. This area of the Rhine River stretches from Bingen in the south to Bonn in the north and is complete with medieval era castles and ruins, quaint wine villages, and fascinating history. When visiting this romantic and scenic stretch of the famous Rhine, don’t forget to visit these sites:

The Castles

From the more than 40 castles in the area, most of them now stand in ruins or are privately owned and don’t allow visitors. But there are some castles that

have opened their doors to the curious tourist. Reichenstein Castle: This castle was built in the 11th century and endured years of destruction and decay. Now, tourists can wander its halls and see a large collection of cast-iron plates, generations of hunting trophies from around the world and a giant weapons collection. Rheinstein Castle: Not far from Reichenstein Castle is Castle Rheinstein, a medieval castle built to serve as a customs post. This castle still possesses a functioning draw bridge, an amazing view of the Rhine River below, and a crypt.

Rüdesheim and the Niederwalddenkmal The City of Rüdesheim is located in the heart of this romantic stretch of the Rhine. This city is most known for the Drosselgasse, a narrow alleyway lined with half-timbered houses, wine taverns and restaurants; the “Niederwalddenkmal,” a monument that commemorates the establishment of the German empire

(reachable by cable car); and its museums, including the medieval torture museum, the Asbach distillery and the mechanical music instrument museum.


The Loreley rock, which stands on the eastern bank of the Rhine River near St. Goarshausen, is undoubtedly one of the most famous in German history. This rock marks the narrowest part of the river and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area is famous for its strong currents and treacherous rocks, but more so because of the myths surrounding it. According to legend, the Loreley is a siren, who sits on the cliff above the river combing her golden hair, distracting ships with her beauty, causing them to crash their ships on the rocks below. Today, a statue of the beautiful maiden stands below the cliffs. On top of the famous rock is a visitors’ center, which offers tourists a stunning view of the Rhine River below. .................................................................................May 23, 2013 Herald Union Page 23


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Leonardo Exhibition From left: Shin Cousens, Natalia Lynch, Lucia Lynch and Sayuri Cousens pose for a photo at the Leonardo Exhibition at the Wiesbaden Luisen Forum.

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Music performance Music students from the Oranienschule perform at the Luisen Forum, Leonardo Project Exhibition. 135 projects submitted by students in Wiesbaden are on display at the Luisen Forum through mid  June 2013.

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Wiesbaden Middle School “Stage Band” performs at the Hainerberg School Age Center.

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Opening performance The band Volition with Natalia Lynch, Gutenbergschule Wiesbaden and Shin Cousens, Wiesbaden High School, perform at the opening of the Leonardo Exhibition in the Wiesbaden Luisen Forum. In the background students from the Oranienschule wait their turn to play at the exhibition.

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Heart Disease: No. 1 Killer of MeN, WoMeN By Lt. Col. (Dr.) Julie Remo Landstuhl Regional Medical Center staff cardiologist During February’s Heart Health Month observance, it’s important to recognize that cardiovascular disease remains the No. 1 killer of Americans despite advances in detection and treatment. Previously thought to be a “man’s disease,” heart disease also plagues women. In fact, according to an American Heart Association 2011 update on heart disease and stroke statistics, CVD causes more deaths in women than cancer, lung disease, Alzheimer disease and accidents combined. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both women and men. There are some distinct gender differences in the way heart disease affects women compared to men. Heart attacks, known as myocardial infarctions, are a result of blockage of a blood vessel that feeds the heart muscle. The most common symptom of a heart attack is pain in the chest. In women, this is not necessarily the case. Women may experience: • Neck, shoulder, back or abdominal discomfort • Shortness of breath • Nausea or vomiting • Sweating • Lightheadedness • Unusual fatigue Because these symptoms are not “classic,” they may not be recognized as symptoms of a heart attack, which may cause delay in getting to the hospital for evaluation. A recent AHA national survey showed that only 53 percent of women said they would immediately call 911 if they thought they were having a heart attack. Health care providers seeing these women may

also under-appreciate the symptoms. This can lead to delays and withholding of appropriate diagnostic tests or therapeutic procedures. This can lead to increased damage to the heart. The longer an artery is blocked, the more heart muscle that dies. Women presenting to the emergency department with chest pain are less likely than men to: • Receive an electrocardiogram, cardiac monitoring or cardiac enzyme measurements • Receive a cardiology consult • Be admitted to a coronary care unit Since CVD is the No. 1 killer of women, and the CVD death rate in women aged 35 to 54 years is growing, it is important to understand what causes CVD and how to prevent it. The increasing CVD death rate in women aged 35 to 54 years is thought to be secondary to the increasing burden of CVD risk factors in this group. These factors may lead to a worse prognosis for women than men. Examples of CVD risk factors for women include: • Age older than 55 • Abnormal cholesterol (low HDL, high LDL, high triglycerides) – In women low HDL may be more predictive of risk than high LDL. The opposite is true for men. • Family history of premature CVD – more commonly found in women with CVD than in men. • Diabetes mellitus – a stronger risk factor for women than men. • Smoking – associated with half of CVD events in women. Rapid decrease in risk with smoking cessation. Within three years of quitting, risk returns to that of a non-smoker. • Hypertension (high blood pressure) • Personal history of peripheral arterial disease (carotid arteries, leg

arteries, aortic disease) • Obesity – four times increase risk in CVD related death. Obesity prevalence in women is rising with 2 out of 3 women older than 20 years old being overweight or obese. Obesity can lead to hypertension and diabetes mellitus. • Metabolic syndrome – • Waist circumference larger than 35 inches • Elevated triglycerides • Low HDL cholesterol • Blood pressure over 130/85 • Fasting blood sugar over 110 mg/dL • Diet high in saturated fat and/or trans fat • Sedentary lifestyle • Depression • Chronic kidney disease • Autoimmune collagen-vascular disease (lupus or rheumatoid arthritis) The more risk factors a woman has, the greater her risk of developing CVD. The best way to treat CVD is to prevent it. Prevention involves elimi-

nating or treating the risk factors listed previously. The American College of Cardiology recommends: • Quit smoking • Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole-grain, high fiber foods, and oily fish two times a week. Limit saturated fat, cholesterol intake, alcohol, sodium and sugar and avoid trans-fats. • Do 30 minutes of aerobic (cardio) exercise daily most days of the week. • Maintain a healthy weight. Goal BMI 20 to 25 kg/m2; goal waist circumference should be under 35 inches. • Treat high blood pressure: BP goal under 120/80 • Treat high cholesterol: LDL goal under 100, HDL goal great than 50, Triglyceride goal under 150 • Good blood sugar control in diabetics: HbA1c goal under 7 percent. • Consider aspirin: only for high risk women or women over 65 years old with good BP control.

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• Banquettes for up to 100 people • Great terrace • Playground and children’s playroom • Free entry to our Historical Museum Home made German cuisine, home slaughtered game and own trout pool! Menu available in English. Wambacher Mühle 1• 65388 Schlangenbad • Tel.: 06129/1227 15 Km from Wiesbaden, direction Rüdesheim/Bad Schwalbach Open daily from 7 a.m. until the last guest is gone •

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Nothing compares to enjoying a warm summer’s evening, in the old nursery at our spectacular castle estate, with a glass of Riesling. Our (estate restaurant) team will grill for you: Bratwurst, pork neck steaks in marinade, grilled gourmet fish, rosemary potatoes and more … Honeydew melon with ham, tomatoes & mozzarella with pesto, a large salad buffet and sweet deserts to complement the grilled specialties. BBQ including drinks and entertainment €48 p. p. RESERVATION is needed.

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Have fun with the locals Bicycle day along the river Aar Sun, May 26 Between Diez & TaunussteinBleidenstadt, B54 From 10 am to 6 pm the road B54 between Diez and Taunusstein-Bleidenstadt will be totally closed to motorized traffic for the bicycle day. Along the river Aar a 39km route leads through villages all offering food, drinks, children’s programs, first aid posts and much more. For more information in German see EVENTS Lake party Sat, May 25 Hochheim am Main-Massenheim, Wickerbachmühle Have a good time at the fishing club’s lake party at the club’s waters near the Wickerbachmühle (Wickerbach mill) from 4 pm to 11 pm. Taste specialties such as smoked trout, pike perch fillets or alternatively steaks and sausages. Bring your friends and family to enjoy a nice party. A bouncy castle for the kids will be provided. No admission! For more information in German see Open house: Minicar club Sat, May 25 – Sun, May 26 Wiesbaden, Minicar Club e. V. Enjoy some time at the open house at the Minicar club Wiesbaden, a club for remote control cars, from 10 am to 6 pm. At the 260km race track with curves and a steep turn, children are welcome to take test drives. Bring your own car or hire one and get your RC car driver’s license. For more information see www. Wine adventure trail Sat, May 25 – Sun, May 26 Hochheim am Main - Kostheim, In various vineyards Visit different wine stands at the vine-

yards around Hochheim am Main-Kostheim, starting at 10 am with an official opening at the wine tasting booth of the winery Wicker. 30 wine makers will present their wines and culinary specialties. Bring your bicycle and take a tour through the vineyards, marvel at historic agricultural machines, participate in city tours and many more activities besides wine tastings. For more information and the entire program see Nerobergfest Sun, May 26 Wiesbaden, Neroberg Every last Sunday in May the mountain railway at the Neroberg celebrates its birthday. This year the celebration will be held on May 26 from noon to 6 pm. To celebrate its 125th anniversary a varied program for children and their parents will be provided. Enjoy specialties from the delicatessen shop Dittmann and a great show by the famous Bon Jovi cover band ‘Bounce’ starting at 8 pm. No admission! For more information in German see Children’s party Thu, May 30 Mainz-Kastel, Reduit The big children’s party will be held in the youth centrum Reduit in MainzKastel, starting at 11 am with a brunch. A bouncy castle, a carousel and a stage

play will be part of the program. For more information see Freudenberg Fair Thu, May 30 – Mon, Jun 3 Freudenberg, Festplatz The Freundenberger Kerb (fair) will have its 80th anniversary from May 30 to June 3, starting at noon with the opening of the merchant market (Kramermarkt) at the Festplatz (fairground). Enjoy a huge variety of rides, raffles and shooting galleries at the fairground. Stands offering food, drinks and sweets will line the alleys. Additionally, on Friday and Saturday live bands will entertain the visitors. The event starts and ends with big fireworks at night. For more information in German see Weekly market Fri, May 31 Wiesbaden-Biebrich, Marienplatz Buy fresh food at the weekly market at the Marienplatz from noon to 6 pm. Find local butchers, bakers, farmers, beekeepers and many more vendors offering their products. For more information in German see Family adventure day Sun, Jun 2 Wiesbaden, Tier- und Pflanzenpark Fasanerie Have a good time with your family and

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friends at the family adventure day in the Tier- und Pflanzenpark (zoo and garden) from 1 pm to 5.30 pm. Get to know different animals and various plants in the park, draw pictures, have fun with some games and many more activities. Material costs are €5 per family. For more information in German see CONCERTS Eric Clapton Wed, May 29 Frankfurt, Festhalle See one of nine Eric Clapton concerts in Germany at the Festhalle Frankfurt at 8 pm. This year he celebrates his 50th stage anniversary and will present songs such as “Further On Down The Road” and “Gotta Get Over” from his new album ‘Old Sock’ at the same time. Find more information in German and tickets from €77 at Depeche Mode Wed, Jun 5 Frankfurt, Commerzbank-Arena The band Depeche Mode will play one of their famous concerts in the Commerzbank-Arena Frankfurt at 8 pm. The band, which has been successful for 30 years now, will present their new album ‘Delta Machine’. Find more information in German at ONLY a few tickets left!

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May 23, 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...

May 23, 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...