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18 June 2014 U.S. Army Garrison BAVARIA–Tower Barracks/ Rose Barracks


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New Waste Removal contract to begin on Rose Barracks On July 1, a new waste removal contract begins on Rose Barracks. Because our waste receptacles are rented and belong to contractors, this will bring about an exchange of almost 4,000 refuse and recycling bins for on-post housing areas. Besides the change of contractors, there will be new procedures in the collection system to make recycling easier with one less container/pickup dates to worry about – and at the same time, make it more economical for the garrison. Here are the changes: ► The currently used 120-liter receptacles will be replaced by bins of 240-liter capacity. ► Pickups will be every two weeks instead of weekly – this means that your capacities per material remain the same. ► Metal cans (soda, food, fruit, etc.) and light metals, like aluminum trays, plates and foil, will go into the yellow bin, along with plastics. This saves the rental of 940 extra bins and one extra service round, thus our recycling goals are still met because plastics go to a sorting facility anyway. If you need to dispose of larger and heavier types of metals, please bring them to the recycling yard. How will the transition work out? ► Friday, 20 June – last service and removal of the blue bins (for metals) by the old contractor. After they are gone, please hold on to cans until Tuesday, June 24. ► Tuesday, 24 June – last service and removal of black (refuse) and yellow (plastics) bins and placement of the new 240-Liter black and yellow bins. ► Thursday, 26 June – last service and removal of green (paper) bins and swap with new 240liter green bins. How can you help? ► Please ensure that you have your current bins at the curb by 6 a.m. on scheduled days. ► Your new 240-liter bins will be labeled with building and apartment number. Please check that you take and use only the ones designated for you. The contractors will make every effort to make this transition as smooth as possible and with no loss in services. Please be patient if there is a time gap between removal of the old bins and delivery of new ones. You will get them. Call the SORT number (DSN 475-2600/Civ. 09662832600) if you have problems. Services under the new contract start Tuesday, July 1 with refuse (black bins).

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Bavarian News online Head to to get timely news and see what events are happening in the community. Here are the latest Bavarian News stories for this week: Checking the box. Casting your vote from overseas is a breeze, but can differ from state to state. Fill out an absentee ballot from June 30-July 7. Local hikes made simple. All you need is an afternoon and a little know-how to uncover eastern Bavaria’s feudal history. The original lazy Sunday. Sundays and holidays are reserved for rest here in Bavaria – but it’s not just a suggestion, it’s the law. 239 years of commitment. The commanding general of U.S. Army in Europe shares his thoughts on the Army’s birthday and sacrifices Soldiers and families have made over the years. Trust through teamwork. The new IMCOM commanding general calls for deeds over words while introducing his vision for the organization.

Newsletter to get a summer make-over To better serve our readers, the Community Newsletter will be slimming down in the coming weeks. You’ll still receive the same great information, just in a streamlined format. We hope you like our new look.

Vehicle Registration appointment line In light of the recent back-log at vehicle registration, USAG Bavaria has created an appointment line to help streamline the process. Customers will be able to make appointments starting Wednesday, June 11 from the hours of 8-10:50 a.m. for 30 days out. The office will accept walk-ins from 11:30 a.m-3:30 p.m. The vehicle registration appointment line is DSN 475-6752, Civ. 09641-83-6752. Customers can call to make appointments from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., except from 11-11:30 a.m. (lunch).

ID card section requests patience during peak season Due to employee turnover and an increase in the number of customers, waiting times for ID Card/DEERS services are expected to be up to 3 hours. Please make appointments online at Priority of services is as follows: 1) Scheduled appointments 2) Pin resets 3) In / out processing customers 4) New ID cards/DEERS enrollments Those without appointments must sign in at the waiting room. The sign-on roster will be removed once we meet capacity for the day's walk-ins. Due to funding, we are not authorized to maintain employees beyond their scheduled duty day or during lunch. We apologize for the delay and appreciate the community's understanding as we work to return to full operating strength.

Vilseck Veterinary Treatment Facility – Limited Appointments Due to an unexpected departure of their military veterinarian, as well as the long-term absence of their civilian veterinarian, the Vilseck Veterinary Treatment Facility (VTF) must reduce its appointment availability. Until a new military veterinarian arrives, which likely won't be until September, appointment times will be limited; however, appointments for health certificates and vaccinations necessary for PCS travel will be prioritized. Pets requiring surgery or sick-call visits will be referred to off-post services or other military veterinary clinics. The VTF will open during normal operating hours for questions, clearing, registration and over-the-counter sales, with hours being: 8 a.m. - noon & 1-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday; and 9:30 a.m. - noon &1 - 4 p.m. on Fridays. Appointments can be made or questions answered by calling the VTF front desk at 476-2370.

Car Boot Sale 28 June: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tower Barracks Library. Its spring and time again for the Library Car Boot Sale! Bring your items to sell, or browse for great deal. This fun and thrifty event is open to ID Card Holders and choice selling spots are assigned on a first-registered, first-served basis. Registration for sales spots will be from June 2-13 for Rose Barracks and June 14-27 for Tower Barracks and the forms must be filled out in person at one of the Library locations – sales spaces are limited.

Send your vote home June 30 – July 7: This week is Armed Services & Overseas Citizens voters week. For assistance in placing your absentee ballot, please contact the Garrison Voting Assistance Officer, Mr. Foy Dix, in Tower Barracks Bldg. 244, Rm. 231, or call DSN: 314-475-8855 or CIV: 49-9641-83-8855.

Tower Barracks Express to Change Hours Beginning July 7, the Tower Barracks Express, located across from the Burger King, will no longer be open 24 hours daily. The new hours will be Sunday to Thursday, 5 a.m. to midnight, and Friday and Saturday, 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. The change was made due to limited sales during late-night operations. If vacation travel is on your schedule, please plan accordingly: fill up the night before hitting road; ensure your ESSO card has funds to buy gas off post. We appreciate your understanding.

DFAS – Military Service Earnings / Buy Back Estimator The Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) has created a "Military Service Earnings/Buy Back Estimator" tool to assist employees in estimating the cost of buying back military time when applying towards civilian retirement. The tool is located on the DFAS website at: This tool projects estimated earnings and the estimated cost of buying back military service time. This gives employees an unofficial estimate of their military earnings and the estimated cost of buying back military service time, if they make that decision. If an employee chooses to pursue buying back the military time after using the estimator, they must still follow the steps outlined on the ABC-C website. Employees should use ABC-C for questions they may have about buying back military time. They can visit the ABC-C website,, or call the ABC-C toll free telephone number, 877276-9287.

Laundry appointments for TCP Vilseck Due to the high volume and high workload at the Troop Collection Point Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services in Vilseck, it is highly recommended to make appointments for drop off to avoid long waiting times. To make an appointment call DSN 476-3026, CIV 09662-83-3026. It is also advised that Soldier use the TCP Hohenfels if possible. It is in Hohenfels Training Area, Bldg. 323, DSN 466-2862.

Suicide and Sexual Assault Hotlines Call the suicide prevention hotline number at DSN 118, CIV 09641-83-118. Visit our website for more on suicide prevention. Suicide prevention, sexual assault or just a friendly ear… you’re never alone. Professionals are available to counsel you in confidence. Getting help is a sign of strength. 24 Hour Community Hotlines: Chaplain Hotline 0162-296-0838, Military Police Hotline 09662-83-114, Sexual Assault Hotline DSN 475-4567, CIV 09641-83-4567 or DSN 476-3218, CIV 09662-83-3218 and Emergency Services DSN 117, CIV 09641-83-117.

ICE QR code Now it’s even easier to submit ICE - Interactive Customer Evaluation comments. Take a snapshot of the code with your phone, and the code automatically directs you to ICE.

Bulk Trash Pick-Up The County Neustadt/WN will pick up bulk trash over the next few months. Bulk trash must be curbside, in front of your home no later than 6 a.m. on the scheduled pick-up day. Pick-up is provided by contractors of the County Neustadt. Please note that pick-ups will occur in 3 stages based on types of items. 7 July: Luhe-Wildenau What will be picked up? Everything, that is too big or too heavy to go into the normal refuse container, such as: Furniture, mattresses, carpets, washing machines, dryers, radios, TVs, ovens, stoves, bicycles, strollers, and other items which cannot be dismantled, torn or broken down to a size that would fit in the regular refuse container. Each single item should be no larger than 80x40x32 inches and should not be heavier than 110 lb. Bulk trash consisting of metal (i.e. bicycles, washers, dryers, stoves, etc.) and electronic equipment (such as large appliances, small appliances, cooling devices, information & telecommunications including entertainment equipment) should be put out separately next to the normal bulk trash. What will not be picked up? - Normal refuse, recyclable material, Yard waste like cut grass, branches, etc... - Hazardous waste - Tires, car parts, batteries, wrecked cars, motorcycles - Doors and windows (with or without glass), laminated floor, rouleaus - Construction debris - Night storage heaters Pick-ups will be performed in three steps: 1. Combustible material: like upholstered furniture, mattresses, rugs, etc... 2. Electronic equipment: i.e. TV, PC, printer, scanner, radio, VCR, DVD player, monitor, vacuum cleaner, refrigerators and freezers (no permission sticker required anymore), etc… together with Household Metal items: i.e. bicycles, ironing boards, washer, dryer, dishwasher, stoves (oil stoves and oil barrels must be totally emptied) etc… 3. Salvageable wooden furniture: (i.e. bed frame, wardrobe, chair, table, etc….) *Smaller electronic appliances (i.e. hairdryer, toothbrush, telephones, drilling machine etc.) should be brought to the drop off point “Company Bergler” in Weiherhammer, Etzenrichter Str. 2, Mon.-Fri. from 8-4 p.m., CIV 09605-92090. Any material not picked up must be removed by residents. For more, call your SORT Office at DSN 475-6664.

Bulk Trash Pickup – City of Weiden For City of Weiden to include the communities Rothenstadt, Ullersricht and Neunkirchen - Pickup has to be requested at the City of Weiden twice a year. Fee per Pickup is 10 €. To schedule a pickup call 0961-3901913. For more information contact your SORT Office at DSN 475-6664.

Bulk Trash Pickup – County Tirschenreuth For Erbendorf, Kastl, Kemnath, Kulmain & Thumsenreuth - Pickup is performed by the County Tirschenreuth upon written request by the resident (“Sperrmuellabfuhr auf Abruf”). For a blank form contact your SORT Office at DSN 475-6664.

Bulk Trash Pickup – County Bayreuth For Speichersdorf - Pickup is performed by the County Bayreuth upon individual written request by the resident per special application card (“Sperrmuellabfuhr auf Abruf”). To obtain a blank form of this special application card contact your SORT Office at DSN 475-6664.

Army Community Service (ACS) Contact Army Community Service (ACS) Tower Barracks, DSN 475-8371, CIV 09641-83-8371. Rose Barracks, DSN 476-2650 CIV 09662-83-2650. ACS is now on Facebook and Twitter (Follow GRAF ACS) or email for info.

Newcomers! Every Tuesday: Newcomer Meet & Greet, 1:30– 2:30 p.m., Tower Barracks, Bldg 244, Rm 126.1

Employment Readiness For anyone needing assistance with resume building, or one-on-one assistance, please call DSN 476-2650, 475-8371, CIV 09662-83-2650, 09641-83-8371.

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Have questions? Email EFMP directly. 19 June: Bowling with EFMP, 4 – 6 p.m., Tower Barracks, Bowling Center

Family Advocacy Program Hotlines to help: Domestic Violence 09662-83-3218 or 09641-83-5130. Please contact us for a complete listing of programs and services offered. 25 June: Raising Resilient Children (Positive Parenting Seminar Series), 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 322

Financial Readiness Services are also available by appointment. For more information on saving your money, you may contact your ACS Financial Readiness at 09662-83-2650 or 09641-83-8371. 18 June: Coupon Class, noon – 1 p.m., Tower Barracks, Bldg 244 24 June: Coupon Class, noon – 1:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 322 25 June: Budget For Life, noon – 1 p.m., Tower Barracks, ACS, Bldg 244

Mobilization & Deployment Readiness 24 – 25 June: FRG Basic Course, 9 a.m. – noon, Camp Normandy Distance Learning Center, Bldg 3144 (limit 20 people)

New Parent Support Program 27 June: Baby Boot Camp (formerly Great Expectations, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg. 322. Play Groups Every Tuesday: Tower Barracks, Chapel Annex, 9:30 – 11 a.m. Every Wednesday: Rose Barracks, Chapel Annex, 9:30 – 11 a.m. Newborn Network for parents with babies ages 0 through Walking Every Tuesday: Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg. 322, 1 - 3 p.m. Hospital Tours st Every 1 Wednesday (except for holidays): Visit Weiden Meet at 5:45 p.m. in the Weiden hospital lobby. th Every 4 Wednesday: Visit Sulzbach-Rosenberg Meet at 5:45 p.m. in the Sulzbach-Rosenberg hospital lobby. Every Other 2nd Tuesday: Visit Amberg Meet at 5:45 p.m. in the Amberg hospital lobby.

Relocation Readiness 18 June: Immigration Workshop, 11 a.m. – noon, Rose Barracks, Bldg 322 27 June: Newcomers Orientation, Level II Discover Your Neighborhood (Weiden), 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Tower Barracks, Bldg 244 Wednesdays thru June 25: German As A Second Language, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 322 Wednesdays thru July 23: German As A Second Language, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 322 18 June: Spouse Sponsorship, 1 – 2 p.m. Thursdays, Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 18 June: Military Sponsorship: Train-The-Trainer, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 30 June: Newcomers Orientation, Level II Discover Your Neighborhood (Amberg), 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 322 Every Tuesday: English as a Second Language, 10 a.m. – noon, Tower Barracks, Chapel Annex Every Thursday: English as a Second Language, 10 a.m. – noon, Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg. 322.

Military and Family Life Consultants are here for you Military Life Consultants provide solution-oriented consultations to individuals, couples, families, and groups. They are designed to provide anonymous, confidential support to Soldiers and their family members, especially those returning from deployments. To contact a military life consultant, call Rose Barracks 0152-0294-0761 / 017-4147-6846 / 0152-04161349 or Tower Barracks 0152-0293-4290 / 0152-0241-5226, Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Exchange News For more information about the Exchange, head to

Tower Barracks Main Store Couponers Corner The Tower Barracks Main Store has a special corner in the customer service area for those that like to use coupons. Exchange Main Store Manager Ed Hicks stated this has been a big hit with the community. The corner provides coupons and information to help customers understand the use of coupons and how long they can be used overseas.

Exchange Protection Program Ever bought a TV or computer and something happens after the typical manufacture warranty has expired and you’re stuck with taking it to a repair shop, not knowing the cost? Well, you got protection, when you purchase a TV or computer or many other items at your Exchange. You have the option to purchase the Exchange Protection Program. Depending on the plan, you can be protected for 2 years or more. While overseas, the plan doesn’t require you to go to a service center and have the item checked out if fixable. Just call the number, tell them what happen, give the information from your protection program receipt and you will have a check sent to your APO for the amount of the purchase item. Stop by your local Exchange and ask about the Exchange Protection Program, it’s money well invested.

Exchange 'Buddies' members receive exclusive offers Facebook, Twitter and even your inbox. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is making it easier than ever for Tower & Rose Barracks and Hohenfels shoppers to exercise their Exchange benefit via the internet. Your local Exchange's Buddy List enables military shoppers to be among the first to find out about exclusive savings, promotions, events and special offers at the Exchange. "We're bringing the deals directly to you," said Grafenwoehr Exchange General Manager Carl Carpenter. "It's as simple as signing up and receiving emails that are chock-full of exclusive offers. And the Exchange assures that all emails will remain private and not be shared or sold to anyone else." The weekly Buddy List delivers emails about worldwide and local promotions to approximately 233,000 authorized Exchange shoppers. Customers interested in receiving these messages can sign up at the Tower & Rose Barracks and Hohenfels Exchange or online at

Volunteers and other help needed Red Cross looking for CPR instructors We are looking for CPR course instructors. If you are interesting in becoming a Red Cross certified CPR/First Aid/AED course instructor, you must already have a valid CPR/FA/AED certification card and must be able to teach 3 classes over the next 12 months. Dates for this training are Feb 1st and 2nd at the Rose Barracks Red Cross office. For more information or to sign up, please email Alex Williams or call 09662-83-1760.

Have You Saved a Life Today? Red Cross Needs Volunteers Do you have a background in the medical field or teaching field? The American Red Cross is looking for qualified Volunteer Health and Safety Instructors for our community. Call today to see if you qualify. Health and Safety Instructors: Volunteers teach lifesaving skills in the community. Classes such as Babysitting, CPR, First Aid, AED and other safety presentations. Armed Forces Caseworkers: Volunteers work with local members of the military and their families ensuring the delivery of emergency communications. Health Fair Volunteers: Volunteers staff a table at events in the community and engage those attending in conversations about preparedness and safety. Office of Volunteers: Volunteers assist with writing volunteer job descriptions, setting up volunteer orientation courses, conduct volunteer screening interviews, help with volunteer placement, record keeping, and recognition. For more, Rose Barracks Red Cross CIV 09662-83-1760 DSN 476-1760, Tower Barracks Red Cross CIV 09641-83-1760 DSN 475-1760.

For more information on any of these upcoming events, volunteer opportunities or registering for courses, please contact the Hohenfels Red Cross Office at DSN 476-1760 or CIV 09662-83-1760. Like us on Facebook. The first step to become a Red Cross Volunteer is attending the New Volunteer Orientation on Wednesday, 2 July, 9-10 a.m., Red Cross Office Bldg. 162, Rose Barracks.

Health & Safety Training 25 & 26 June: Babysitter’s Training 10 a.m.-3 p.m. both days, Bldg 162 Rose Barracks, course fee is $45. Space is limited and registration is required. 12 July: Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR, and AED Training from 1-4 p.m., Bldg 162 Rose Barracks, course fee is $55. Space is limited and registration is required. 16 &17 July: Babysitter’s Training from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. both days, Bldg 162 Rose Barracks, course fee is $45. Space is limited and registration is required.

Sports, Fitness, Hobbies & Recreation AAFES Movie Listing Tower Barracks listings, click here. Rose Barracks listings, here.

Bayern Rangers hockey team The Bayern Rangers ice hockey team is gearing up for military and club tournaments. All interested players and fans are encouraged to join in the fun. For more info please see the team Facebook page. The Bayern Rangers ice hockey team invites all interested DoD ID card holders to practice with the Bayern Rangers and Böheim Knights in September. If you are new to the USAG-Bavaria, and haven't shipped your hockey gear here, now is the time to get it sent over. The rink address is Am Bad 6, 95666 Mitterteich: 2 Sept., 7:30-9 p.m.; 9 Sept., 7:30-9 p.m.; 14 Sept. 4:45-6:15 p.m.; 16 Sept., 7:30-9 p.m.; 19 Sept., 7:45 – 9:15 p.m.; 23 Sept., 7:30-9 p.m.; 26 Sept., 7:45 – 9:15 p.m.; 30 Sept., 7:30-9 p.m.; 3 Oct., 4:45-6:15 p.m.; 5 Oct,. 4:45-6:15 p.m.; 12 Oct., 4:45-6:15 p.m.; 19 Oct., 4:45-6:15 p.m.; 26 Oct., 4:45-6:15 p.m. To join in the fun, just show up. Players must provide their own equipment and chip in to cover the cost of ice time, normally 10 € for a 90 minute skate.

Weekly activities at the Warrior Zone All activities are from 6-10 p.m. at the Tower Barracks Warrior Zone, Bldg. 153. Call DSN 475-4309, CIV 09641-83-4309 for more. Tuesdays: Movie Nights. Grab some popcorn and put up your feet every Tuesday. Feel free to suggest films you want to see! Wednesdays: Texas Hold ‘Em. Think you’re good at cards? Prove it every Wednesday. Fridays: Pool Tournaments. Compete to be crowned the weekly billiards champ. Pool tables are also available upon request. Fridays: Magic: The Gathering Tournaments. Format varies from social play to tournaments. All skill levels are welcome.

Sundays are Family Bowling days Sundays: Every Sunday from 2-8 p.m. at the Tower Barracks Bowling Center, kids bowl for $1 and adults bowl for $2.25. At the Rose Barracks Bowling Center, we offer “All you can Bowl” for one low price. Call the Bowling Centers for more details.

BINGO! 19 June: Try your luck with America’s number one game, BINGO! This is your chance to win big while also enjoying a delicious dinner. Only ID card holders 18 and older, please. Doors open at 5 p.m. at the Tower View Conference Center, Bldg. 209.

Ladies Only Climbing Night 19 June: All ladies are invited to come out and get your climb on. Contact the Wild B.O.A.R. to sign up and for more information, DSN 475-8529, CIV 09641-83-8529. Offered the first and third Thursday of each month. 6-8 p.m.

Climbing Skills Clinic 26 June: Our climbing instructors will be on wall late tonight! Come on out and learn all the special techniques and skills the masters use while climbing the wall and hanging from the mountain from 6-8 p.m. Contact the Wild B.O.A.R. to sign up and for more information. This clinic is offered the fourth Thursday of each month.

Skeet Range Open 28 – 29 June: Our Skeet Range is open! Join us on these weekends to enjoy a little friendly skeet shooting. Don’t have a gun? You can rent weapons to use if you do not have one and no license is required to use any of the ranges. Wild B.O.A.R. Outdoor Recreation, Tower Barracks, Bldg. RC 600; DSN 475-8529, CIV 09641-83-8529.

US Forces Europe 10 Miler Qualification Race 28 June: USAG Bavaria will host the 2014 U.S. Forces Europe Army Ten Miler Qualification Race. The purpose of this qualification race is to select the best qualified candidates to represent U.S. Army in Europe (USAREUR) in the 2014 U.S. Army Ten Miler. The fastest six (6) Army male qualifiers and the fastest six (6) Army female qualifiers will represent USAREUR in the 2014 Army 10 Miler. The qualification run is open to all Units, Soldiers, Family members, and Civilian employees who are over 18 years of age and are stationed in USAREUR. Each Garrison is authorized an unlimited number of individual competitors and teams to compete for individual and team awards in the U.S. Forces Europe Army Ten Miler Qualification Race, however, only the fastest Army qualifiers will be selected to represent USAREUR in the 2014 Army Ten Miler. Race begins at 8 a.m.

Summer Reading Program Registration 23 June – 4 July: This year’s theme will be ‘Paws to Read’ and the program will be held on Mondays in Rose Barracks and on Wednesdays in Tower Barracks from 9:30 -11 a.m. The program will begin the week of July 14 and will finish with a final party on August 11. Registration will be limited to the first 100 children ages 3-15 at each location. Call your USAG Bavaria Libraries, DSN 475-1740, CIV 09641-83-1740 for additional information.

Customer Appreciation BBQ 28 June: We’re firing up the grills to tell our community thanks for all you do. Purchase of a drink at the bar comes with one grilled item. We’ll also be playing karaoke all day and night! See you there at 2 p.m. The Zone Sports Bar, Rose Barracks, Bldg. 607, DSN 476-2360, CIV 09662-83-2360.

“German Activities” Youth and Family Sponsorship 28 June: Sign up at the Netzaberg Youth Center, Bldg. 9080 before the last Thursday of the month. Activities are: Basic German words, German cooking and Grafenwoehr walking tour. Meets the last Saturday of each month. Call DSN 4759393, CIV 09641-83-9393 for more information.

Thrifty Tower Thrift Shop The Thrifty Tower thrift shop is located in Bldg. 508 in Tower Barracks. Consignments are accepted during hours of store operation. Hours are Tuesday & Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday, 11a.m.- 5p.m. and the first Friday of the each month from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. All blue, peach and light green colored tickets are 75% off. Orange and yellow tickets are 50% off all items over $3. We also have clothing racks for 0.50 cents. Tsp purses $2.00. All tsp shoes $ 3.00, and 10 are books. We also have TSP jeans for $3. All transformers from 300 thru 1600-watts are $10 off. We are not accepting clothes for consignments for first two weeks of this month. Volunteers and donations are always welcome (remember your donations help our community) CIV 09641-9260377 or on facebook:

Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop Facebook page. Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop: Bring your gently used items to Bldg 221 on Rose Barracks.

Upcoming MWR day trips Call Tower Barracks Leisure Travel Services, DSN 475-8529, CIV 09641-83-8529 for more and to sign up for fun day trips around Europe.

Find us on Facebook USAG Bavaria, Army Community Service, VFW Tower Post 10692, MWR, Tower Barracks and Rose Barracks Postal Service Centers, Education Centers, Graf Dog community, the EXCHANGE, Environmental Division, AFN Bavaria, Performing Arts Center, USAG Bavaria Chaplains, Tower Barracks DFAC, BMEDDAC, 2CR, Housing Dept., Provost Marshal Office , Netzaberg Middle School, Netzaberg Elementary School, Vilseck Falcons and Grafenwoehr Community Schools.

Facility & Road/Openings/Construction/Closures Tower Barracks - Limited Parking across from Bldg. 540 Now-20 June: Some parking lots in the parking area across from Bldg. 540 will be blocked to allow installation of new area lighting.

Rose Barracks – traffic to be hindered on Green Mountain Drive Now – 23 June: Installation of the water connection for the new Army Family Housing units at Rose Barracks. During the installation there will be road construction to cross Green Mt. Drive at several points and the access road to Blue Ridge Way. Each crossing will be worked one lane at the time to still allow traffic in both directions.

Rose Barracks - Traffic detours Artillery Street/Tank Road Now - 14 July: Several road closures within the area of Artillery Street and the Tank Road south east of Bldg. 222 for DHW supply for several buildings.Please follow detour signs!

Property Book Office and Class II Troop Issue Warehouse Closure 27 June: The Property Book Office and Class II Troop Issue Warehouse will be closed for their annual works outing day on 27 June. For additional information please call: Property Book Office, Rose Barracks (DSN 476-2546) or Class II Troop Issue Warehouse, Tower Barracks (DSN 475-6224). Normal business hours will resume on Monday, 30 June.

DPW Closure 11 July: The USAG Bavaria DPW will be closed for their annual works outing. This includes the DPW facilities at Tower Barracks, Rose Barracks, the Housing Office at Tower Barracks, and the Furniture Warehouse in Eschenbach. Only emergency services will be available.

Religious Catholic Congregation (Confessions available before Mass on Sunday) at Tower Barracks 8:15- 8:45 a.m. & at Rose Barracks 11:10-11:25 a.m. Sunday Mass 9 a.m. Sunday Mass, Tower Barracks 11:30 a.m. Sunday Mass, Rose Barracks Daily Mass 12:05 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Mass, Tower Barracks 12:05 p.m. Thursday Mass, Rose Barracks Knights of Columbus st 9 a.m. 1 Saturday/month, Rose Barracks Bldg. 205 Catholic Women of the Chapel 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, Rose Barracks Free Child Care 6 p.m. Tuesday, Tower Barracks

Religious Education 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Sundays Tower Barracks Chapel Annex To include all sacramental classes i.e., Confirmation and First Holy Communion 10-11 a.m. Sundays Rose Barracks, Bldg. 205 & Fellowship Hall To include all sacramental classes i.e., Confirmation and First Holy Communion RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) (Note: RCIA only offered on Rose Barracks) Jewish Shabbat Service 7:30 p.m. Friday (Except 4 Day Weekends) Tower Barracks Chapel Annex, Room # 211 Wiccan Open Circle 6-8 p.m. Thursday Tower Barrack Chapel Annex Room # 108 Protestant Congregations Collective Protestant Services 9:15 a.m. Sunday School, Tower Barracks Chapel Annex 10:45 a.m. Sunday Worship, Tower Barracks 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship, Children’s Church, Rose Barracks Liturgical Congregation 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship Rose Barracks, Small Chapel Gospel Christian Fellowship 1 p.m. Sunday Worship, Tower Barracks Chapel Church of Christ Congregation 3:30 p.m. Sunday Worship, Tower Barracks Chapel Seventh Day Adventist Congregation 10:30 a.m. Saturday Study Hour 11:30 a.m. Worship Service Rose Barracks, Main Sanctuary

Chaplain Crisis Line After duty hours, please call: MP STATION CIV 09662-83-2490 or 09662-83-3397 / DSN 476-2490 or 476-3397. USAG-Grafenwoehr IOC CIV 09641-83-7226 / DSN 475-7226. CHAPLAIN CRISIS LINE CIV 0162-296-0838. During business hours: Tower Barracks Chapel: DSN 475-1570, CIV 09641-83-1570. Rose Barracks Chapel: DSN 4761570, CIV 09662-83-1570.

Adult Education / Training Contact Army Education Centers Rose Barracks, DSN 476-2753, CIV 09662-83-2753. Tower Barracks, DSN 475-7239 CIV 09641-83-7239. We are now on Facebook or email for info.

SAT openings available 24 June: Rose Barracks Army Education Center has only 10 seats available for eligible military personnel for the last SAT testing date until 1 Oct. The SAT will be administered on 24 June, 9 a.m., Bldg 223. Study guides and materials are available at CIV 09662-83-3136 or DSN 476-3136 or email Michael Lapp to reserve your space.

FAST Classes 9– 22 July: Rose Barracks Education Center, Bldg. 223, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The registration period for these classes is from 23 Jun 2014 until the last working day before the particular class begins. Functional Academic Skills Training (FAST) provides Soldiers with instruction in reading, mathematics, and language skills and is an excellent tool to prepare Soldiers to raise their GT score. This class is a 60-hour long course and is limited to twenty students. For more information please contact the Rose Barracks Education Center at DSN 476-2653/2753.

FAST Classes 16 – 2 July: Rose Barracks Education Center, Bldg. 223, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The registration period for these classes is from 30 Jun 2014 until the last working day before the particular class begins. Functional Academic Skills Training (FAST) provides Soldiers with instruction in reading, mathematics, and language skills and is an excellent tool to prepare Soldiers to raise their GT score. This class is a 60-hour long course and is limited to twenty students. For more information please contact the Rose Barracks Education Center at DSN 476-2653/2753.

1st Annual CLEP-A-THON at Rose Barracks Education Center 30 & 31 July: Mark your calendars for 30 and 31 July 2014 and help us kick off our 1st annual CLEP-A-THON being held at UMUC’s National Test Center (NTC) located in the Rose Barracks Education Center (BLDG 223)! Are you new to the military and are waiting to use tuition assistance? Are you looking to finish your degree faster? CLEP exams are a great way to earn college credit and can help you fulfill your educational goals. Stop in the Rose Barracks Education Center on 30 July or 31 July between 0830-1400 to take any CLEP or DSST exam. No appointments are necessary! CLEP exams are free for active duty service members and are $100.00 for civilians. Check out,, and for study materials. Test your way to a bright future and contact the University of Maryland University College for more information at DSN 476-2462, CIV 09662-83-2462, or at

University of Maryland University College-Europe Registration for Summer Session classes is now open! UMUC Europe offers Associates, Bachelors, and graduate-level degrees in a convenient face-to-face, hybrid, and online format. Take advantage of many financial aid opportunities including FAFSA, Tuition Assistance, scholarships, and book awards. Registration for summer classes ends on 1 June 2014, so jump start your education and visit your local UMUC office at the Rose Barracks Education Center (BLDG 223) today! Contact us at DSN 476-2462 or CIV 09662-83-2462, or visit our website at for more information. "Like" our Facebook page at:

National Test Center (NTC) testing hours University of Maryland University College-Europe's National Test Center (NTC) has new testing hours. Mondays 8:309:30 a.m.: GED registration for new testers; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Pearson Vue exams, GED and Excelsior exams. Tuesdays 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: CLEP and DSST exams. Wednesdays 8:30-9:30 a.m.: GED registration for new testers; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Pearson Vue exams, GED and Excelsior exams. Friday 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Pearson Vue exams, GED, GMAT and Excelsior exams. The NTC offers computer-based exams for college credit including CLEP, DSST, GMAT, IT certifications, and many other professional certification exams. The NTC is excited to offer all five modules of the GED in a computer-based format. Jump start your education and contact Kristin Wright to schedule an appointment at DSN 476-2462, CIV 09662-83-2462.

University of Oklahoma - Vilseck The University of Oklahoma in Vilseck offers degree programs to military service members and civilians in an accelerated format that meets the demands of the working adult. The University offers both Master of Arts with an emphasis in International Relations, a Master of Human Relations and a Masters of Education.

School News Grafenwoehr Elementary School Bus Office: If you have questions regarding bus transportation for your student, please contact Mr. Jimmy Avery or Mr. James Moss at the SBO office; CIV 09645-917-9254 DSN 472-9254. Box Tops: Please don’t forget to keep bringing in your Box Tops to our PTSA.

PCSing soon?: Please contact our registrar for the last day notice paperwork. DSN 475-6132, CIV 09641-83-6132. Please remember if you wish to hand carry records to your child’s new school we will need 5 working days notice along with the last day notice. School Office Hours School Hours Mon.- Fri. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.- Fri. 8:15 a.m.-2:35 p.m.

Phone Numbers DSN 475-7133, CIV 09641-837133

Vilseck Elementary School Now until August: REGISTRATION!! If you have a child who will attend VES in 2014-2015, PLEASE visit the school to register your child AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If your student currently attends VES and you have not done so already, please re-register your student. PCSing soon? Please contact our registrar for the last-day-notice paperwork. th Office Hours until June 13 Summer Office Hours Important Phone Number 7 a.m.-4 p.m. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. CIV 09662-83-2812 DSN 476-2812 Email: Child Find: What is child-find screening? Preschool Child Find is a developmental screening for children ages 3-5 identifying children with developmental delays or other special education needs. What is the process? A Child Find team made up of the preschool special needs service provider, speech and language pathologists and the occupational therapist screen the children for developmental delays. These free screenings take place monthly. How does it work? Parent submits the Child Find questionnaire (which they can pick up in the office or find on the school website); they are set up with an appointment for the screening. When they come in for the screening the child must first pass a vision and hearing screen by our school nurse. Then they are screened by the team. If the child is suspected of having any delays the team will refer them for further formal evaluation. Why is it important? When learning challenges are identified at a young age, early intervention can help the child with learning tasks. If parents are interested, what do they need to do? They can go to the school’s website and find the link for Child Find. Under that link is a questionnaire they need to fill out and email back to the email address provided on the form. Someone will be in contact with them within 48 hours. If they do not hear back please contact the school at 09662 832812/ DSN: 476-2812 and let them know what happened. (Just in case the email was rejected as SPAM) Vilseck Elementary School Sure Start Program Sure Start is a preschool program for at risk military families. We provide education, health, nutrition, and social services. Children who are age four by September 1 are selected using specific criteria. Ranks E-1 to E-4 have priority. Parent involvement is mandatory. Applications for the 2014-15 school year are available now at Vilseck Elementary School. School Office Hours School Hours Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 8:25 a.m.-2:35 p.m.

Important Phone Numbers CIV 09662-83-2812 / 2673, DSN 476-2812/2673

Netzaberg Elementary School Sure Start: A preschool program for at risk military families, we provide education, health, nutrition, and social services. Children who are age four by September 1 are selected using specific criteria. Ranks E-1 to E-4 have priority. Parent involvement is mandatory. Applications for the 2014/2015 school year are available NOW at the Netzaberg Elementary School main office. 09645-9179185 or 472-9185. P.E.: Mr. Gray, our P.E. teacher, is asking for BOYS sport shoe donations. He needs boys sized shoes 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 only. He needs 2 pairs of each size. Many kids forget their sport shoes and this way Mr. Gray can loan them a pair for class. Library: Our school librarian, Dinah Tague, would love volunteers to help out in the library. She needs people willing to wash books, straighten shelves, label books, take pictures, and create bulletin boards. Attendance: If your student is going to be late or absent, please email us at our new email address: OR call 09645-917-9184/9183, DSN 472-9184/9183 by 0830. Bus Office: If you have questions regarding bus transportation for your student, please contact Mr. Jimmy Avery or Mr. James Moss at the SBO office; CIV 09645-917-9254 DSN 472-9254. Child Find: Do you have questions about your child’s development (ages 3-5 years)? For further information on Child Find developmental screenings at Netzaberg Elementary School, please call CIV 09645-917-9185 or DSN 472-9185. Check us out on Facebook here.

School Office Hours School Hours Mon.- Fri. 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Mon.- Fri. 8 a.m.-.2:35 p.m.

Important Phone Numbers CIV 09645-917-9185/4 DSN 472-9184

Netzaberg Middle School 18 Aug.: Counselors Return to School 22 Aug.: New Family Orientation, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (School Tour – 12:30-12:45 p.m.) MPR 22 Aug.: Posting of Seminar Class, 5 p.m. (School Library Window and Graf Commissary) 25 Aug.: First Day of School for Students 10 Sept.: Open House – TBA 15 Sept. – 15 Oct.: Hispanic Heritage Month 26 Sept.: No School for Students (Staff Training Day) 9-10 Oct.: Picture Days Are you PCSing soon? Please contact Mrs. Zenaida Ferdinand-Bessant so she can assist you with your transition. 09645-917-9229 (DSN 472 9229), Option 3. Student Absent? Please e-mail or call Mr. Chris Campbell at if your student is going to be absent from school. ** If a student is late, a parent/guardian must come to the office to sign them in. 09645-917-9229 DSN 472 9229, Option 1. Bus Office: If you have questions regarding bus transportation for your student, please contact Mr. Jimmy Avery or Mr. James Moss at the SBO office. 09645-917-9229 DSN 472 9229, Option 5. Find us on Facebook: Like our Facebook page and you will always have access to the most update information about your student’s school. We will also be able to upload photos from the various activities. School Office Hours (Summer Hours) Important Phone Numbers Mon - Fri 8a.m.-3 p.m. CIV 09645-917-9229 DSN 472-9229

Vilseck High School School Office Hours School Hours Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 8:10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Important Phone Numbers CIV 09662-832864 / Fax 09662-832480 DSN 476-2864

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Flea markets Every Sat., 6 a.m. - 4 p.m., in 93059 Regensburg inside the building at Am Protzenweiher 27, ph 0941-82-933. The market will not take place on German holidays. Every second Sat. of the month: 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.: in 90443 Nuremburg, Großparkplatz (large car park) on Gugelstraße, corner Humboldtstraße. Every third Sat. of the month: 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in 92224 Amberg, Kaufland-Parkplatz, An den Franzosenaeckern. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: in 92637 Weiden, Volksfestplatz, Leuchtenberger Straße Every third Sun. of the month: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Trödel- & Jahrmarkt in 93073 Neutraubling (next to Regensburg), at the "Globus" DITY store, Pommernstraße 4.

Roses in Bloom Now - 29 June: on the Isle of Mainau (78465) in the Bodensee (Lake Constance). Beautiful, fragrant roses in the Italian Rose Garden, reaching as far as the eyes can see. Every visitor gets to vote for his or her favourite rose to become "Rosenkönigin 2013". You can find more info about the isle on their Homepage, available in both English and German. The isle is open from sunrise to sunset but the exhibits (museum in the palace, butterfly show, etc.) won't open until 09:00 or 10:00 respectively. Although the Bodensee is a bit far from Northern Bavaria (i.e., on the Swiss border), it's certainly worth the trip. While you're in the area, why not visit the "Pfahlbauten-Museum" (Lake Dwelling Museum) in Unteruhldingen on Strandpromenade 6 (part of 88690 Uhldingen-Mühlhofen)? Dive into the mysterious world of farmers, fishermen, and brass founders of the Stone Age 6000 years ago, and be a witness to the lifestyle of the Bronze Age 3000 years ago. You can find all pertinent information on their excellent English website.

American History Weekend 19 – 22 June: at the Pullman City Fun Park in 94535 Eging am See, Ruberting 30, ph 0854-497-490 (100 km / 62 miles SE of Regensburg). A big weekend at the leisure park! American history is celebrated with many show performances, live bands, an exhibit of weapons from the American Civil War era, and much more!

Fest: Altstadtfest 20 - 22 June: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. in 91074 Herzogenaurach, on and around the Marktplatz = market square (ca. 30 km / 20 miles NW of Nürnberg). Lots of entertainment and food await you, including concerts and children's theater in the Schlosshof = courtyard of the Schloss. Stores will be open on Sunday, too.

Funfair 20 – 30 June: in 97421 Schweinfurt, on the fest site "Am Volksfestplatz". There is a small car park next to the fest site but that quickly fills up, so the council will assign more parking spaces along John-F.-Kennedy-Ring and in the surrounding streets. Your best option is to take public transport, though: Bus lines 22, 23, 24 and 25 all stop at the fest site and take you back to the main bus station "Roßmarkt" in the city center.

Artisans Market: “Schlosshoftage Geyerswörth" 20 – 21 June: in 96047 Bamberg, at Schloss Geyerswörth (mansion), Geyerswörthstraße 1. This is a very diverse market (only GE) where you can find exquisite artefacts, modern objets d'art, and traditionally crafted goods. If you have old but unwanted silver cutlery, bring it along and have it re-shaped into jewellery.

Interested in the FIFA Soccer World Cup? The city of Vilseck offers so-called Public Viewing events at the Vilseck Castle Dagestein (92249 Vilseck, Schloßgasse 6) Join the soccer fever! Large TV screen and many German and American soccer fans will offer an incomparable atmosphere, especially at the USA vs. Germany. Food and beverages will be provided by the Schlicht Soccer Club. 21 June: 7.30 p.m. - Germany vs. Ghana 26 June: 5 p.m. - USA vs. Germany

Grafenwoehr Fischerfest 28-29 June: On the festgrounds next to the Grafenwoehr city pond and the museum. Fest kick-off is on Saturday, June 28 at 4 p.m. with the traditional pig trough race on the city pond. Anybody can participate and register right before the race. All you need is an "object that floats" and a friend that's willing to take on the challenge with you! Sunday, June 29, 2014 "Frühschoppen" starts at 10.30 p.m. The fest continues through the day. The proclamation of the fisherkings and the other award winners is held at 4 p.m. Beverages and traditional fish dishes are served by the local fishermen. Two bands will entertain the guests Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

Urbanian Run – the new Urban Obstacle Running Series in Germany 6 July: The Urbanian Run is a thrilling combination of competition, adventure and lifestyle. According to the slogan “Major City Adventure“ the participants need to cross a 10km long street circuit passing the hot spots of the city with integrated urban obstacles, like tires, containers etc. The series successfully started in Berlin this April and will take place this year as well in Nürnberg on the 6 July, in Dresden on the 27 July and in Frankfurt on 5 Oct. For the first impression have a look here: Per Race we are offering the American Military 10 free tickets and in addition to this discounted tickets. For free tickets: If you are interested, please send an e-mail with the name of your race city to Discounted tickets: For everybody who doesn’t get a free ticket it is still possible to take part under discounted terms: - 25 % discount for team registration (up to 4 starters)– voucher code for all races: FBOFFER4R4S - 10% discount for single registration – voucher code Nürnberg: UR0607NUERNBERG – Dresden: UR2707DRESDEN – Frankfurt: UR05010FRANKFURT Online Registration: – within the online registration you will find the field ,Gutscheincode‘ (vouchercode), here you can fill in the voucher code for a discounted start More Information: /

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Fresh Produce/ Farmers’ Markets Note: If any of the listed days is a German holiday, the markets are usually held the day prior. In 92224 Amberg: every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on the Marktplatz. In 91522 Ansbach: every Wednesday and Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m., on Martin-Luther-Platz. ***In addition to the regular fresh produce markets, local farmers offer their fresh goods every first and third Saturday of the month at the farmers market on Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Platz (same opening hours). Great opportunity to buy seasonal produce as fresh as it gets. In Bamberg: Monday thru Saturday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., on Maxplatz. Closed on Sundays and German holidays. In Neumarkt: every Thursday and Saturday, in Untere Marktstraße. Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m. In Parsberg: every Wednesday and Friday on Stadtplatz. Wednesday 7 a.m.-midday, Friday 2-6 p.m. In Regensburg: every Saturday 7 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Donaumarkt (right next to the Eiserne Brücke / Iron Bridge). Closest car park is Unterer Wöhrd (and a short walk across Eiserne Brücke), or Dultplatz and Oberer Wöhrd (walk across the Steinerne Brücke / Stone Bridge and turn left). In 92637 Weiden: every Wednesday and Saturday 7 a.m. -12:30 p.m., Oberer and Unterer Markt / all around the Altes Rathaus (historic city hall, pedestrian zone). In 97070 Würzburg: Monday thru Saturday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., on Rathausplatz. Closed on Sundays and German holidays.

Off-post movies in English Want to see a movie that’s not playing on post? Two movie theaters in Nuremberg play films in OV (original version), which for American movies, means in English. Check out the Roxy, a small theater with only two screens, or Cinecitta, a larger theater with some films playing in OV.

Useful links in English for everyday life in Germany Find German zip codes: German Post's website Find German phone numbers: Das Telefonbuch English Historic Germany: Loads of information about Germany, language and customs:

German-American Kontakt Club The Vilseck Kontakt Club meets every Friday at 7 p.m. for Stammtisch at the Club House, Rose Barracks Bldg. 301. Those interested in the Vilseck Club please register with Daniel Koenig or sign up with the Vilseck Kontakt Club at the website by filling out the Mitgliedsantrag (Member registration form). The Grafenwoehr Kontakt Club meets every Monday for bowling at the Grafenwoehr Bowling Center and every Wednesday for Stammtisch at the Clubhouse. For more on the Graf Club, call CIV DSN 475-7878, 09641-83-7878 or email.

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