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24 October 2012 Get ready for some hair-raising activities for the whole family between now and Halloween. BOSS is hosting trick-or-treating and Halloween parties for kids and grownups on Friday and GPAC will throw down with the classic Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday & Saturday nights. You’ll also find Halloween parties off post this weekend for both the young and old. For a more low-key, but equally entertaining, holiday bash the Grafenwoehr and Rose Barracks Libraries will host a Very Scary Library on Oct. 30. For more, see the Sports, Fitness, Hobbies & Recreation or Was ist Los sections.

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Community Highlights Special programs, updates, community campaigns, classes and more

Nuremberg train station bans alcohol on weekends The Deutsche Bahn (DB) has banned alcohol in Nuremberg Main Station, from 8 p.m. - 6 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The regulation is based on the owner’s right of the DB and amends the existing regulations.

COLA survey for service members This data is instrumental in updating OCOLA indices: *** The survey is for Service members who have been assigned to and have lived in Germany for 3 months or more and do not live in the barracks or dormitories.

Behavioral Health phone number UPDATED The correct number for Behavioral Health is DSN 475-8357.

Contact the health clinic online The health clinic now offers e-Healthcare. Patients can request appointments and medication refills online, get lab results and e-mail a doctor or nurse. To get started using e-Healthcare, just give your e-mail address to a health clinic staff member.

Is an on-post storage facility a good idea? MWR is thinking of setting up a rental storage facility on post. Family and MWR is asking for your opinion. Help us meet your needs and please take two minutes to share your rental storage requirements. Find the survey is online at:

USAG Grafenwoehr Trick-or-Treat safety tips USAG Grafenwoehr Trick-or-Treating Hours, 5-7 p.m. Avoid driving in housing areas during this timeframe! Safety tips for all: * All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. * Escorts should conduct themselves in a safe and orderly fashion * Residents in leased or economy housing are encouraged to escort their children to the nearest military housing area to participate. * Trick-or-treaters are required to use flashlights, battery-operated lanterns or Safety Light Sticks – the practice of carrying burning candles is prohibited! * Escorts should wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing. * All motorists are reminded to drive with extreme caution. Most of the Halloween costumes are dark in color and difficult to see. In addition, Halloween masks often limit the child’s vision. * Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to go to residences and stairwells that are well-lit. Residents who are participating should ensure that their porches or stairwell entrances are well-lit and kept free of obstacles – plan to present candy at the stairwell entrances. Safety tips for kids: Cross only at corners. Never cross between parked cars. Walk facing oncoming traffic if there is no sidewalk. Always remove masks before crossing streets. Beware of cars turning into or backing out of driveways. Never go into a stranger’s house. Safety tips for adults: Know the route your children will be taking. Make sure children are accompanied by an adult. Know what other activities a child may be attending, such as parties. Set time limits on when children should return home. Explain to children the difference between tricks and vandalism. Instruct children not to eat treats until they return home and parents have had a chance to inspect those treats. Have a safe and happy Halloween! Look for MPs passing out Safety Light Sticks at 5 p.m. at the following housing areas on the 31 Oct: Netzaberg - Bus stop ADJ Steinway Strasse; Elvis Presley Strasse; Haager Strasse Rose Barracks - Walkway between Rio Grande and

Mississippi; Parking Lot Adjacent SAS; Walkway Adjacent Mt Vernon and Soldier RD Grafenwoehr Main Post Intersection of Wilbur St and Argonne St; Argonne St ADJ Bldg. 271

Winter vehicle safety checks 1 Nov: The Grafenwoehr Car Care Center. Bldg. 326, is hosting a free vehicle safety check from 9-11 a.m. The checks include tires, lights, defrost, emergency kits and internal carbon monoxide readings.

Changes to Community Bus Schedules Starting 1 Nov: The government-operated buses between Grafenwoehr and Rose Barracks have slightly changed their schedules. The new bus schedule is attached. AKO account holders may also find the new schedules here: Residents along route G-4 (Kemnath/Erbendorf/Pressath) will experience the most severe changes. While Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday continue with the current schedule, the runs on Wednesday and Friday start 75 minutes earlier in the morning and 30 minutes earlier in the afternoon to allow more time on post for appointments. For more information, email Mr. Theo Arnold at, or call DSN 475-6347, CIV 09641-83-6347. The new bus schedule will be attached in full in an upcoming email.

Retiree Info List Server The Army in Europe Retiree Council invites the Grafenweohr community to subscribe to its List Server. The server provides information for retired Soldiers, families and survivors in Europe, but anyone can subscribe. Go to the USAREUR Home Page and hit “Subscribe” on the Hot Topics block. For more info on the Retiree Council, click here.

DA Photo studios appointments available The Department of the Army Photo studio located in Rose Barracks Bldg. 247 is renovated and now includes two studios. Services members can schedule appointments at in one of two studios by selecting either "DA Photo Studio 1" or "DA Photo Studio 2" from a drop down menu. In order to find the best available appointment time check the online appointment calendar. For further assistance in booking your DA Photo, contact the Rose Barrack VI activity at DSN 476-2697 or 476-2639, CIV 09662-83-2697 or 09662-83-2639.

Mandatory direct deposit of retiree checks by 1 March 2013 A treasury mandate will soon require DFAS, Cleveland to pay retirees and annuitants by electronic funds transfer. Beginning 1 March 2013, most retirees and annuitants will be required to receive their pay directly to their saving or checking accounts. For retirees and annuitants living in Europe there are a couple of ways to start direct deposit:  For retirees and annuitants who have an American bank account and want to use that – complete a fast start direct deposit form, sign it and mail it DFAS. Ensure to keep a copy for your records.  Use your mypay account to set up a direct deposit to your american bank/credit union saving or checking account  Call DFAS at the customer care center at 888-332-7411 and have the information available to do it telephonically (American banks only).  For people who wish to use an international bank – use the international direct deposit form and ensure to include the IBAN number in place of the account number on the form and mail to dfas or provide to your local RSO for processing. For assistance please contact the garrison retirement services officer – Mr. Reginald Womack/Mrs. Shelly Mimms/SFC Encarnacion Rodriguez in Bldg. 244 or call 09641-83-8709.

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

Seasonal Affective Disorder: More than just the blues 25 Oct: The Employee Assistance Program welcomes community members to a workshop to learn about SAD and how to overcome the winter blues. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Grafenwoehr Bldg. 621, Room, 215. To Register, call 475-5122 or email

VFW gives back Deadline 1 Nov: Visit to learn more about the “Voice of Democracy“ and

“Patriot’s Pen“ where students and community members alike can share there story for sholarship oppurtunities and more. Conact your local VFW, Post 10692 by emailing

CFC Through 16 Nov: Support the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas (CFC-O), part of the largest workplace-giving campaign in the world. Visit for more.

Stay vigilant and report suspicious activities For emergencies off post call 112, the European emergency number, reachable from fixed and mobile phones, free of charge, everywhere in the EU. Bavaria Military Community officials are asking everyone to stay vigilant and report suspicious activities as soon as they are observed. The safety of our families is one of our biggest priorities. USAG Grafenwoehr Military Police: DSN 476.2490/3397 or CIV 09662.83.2490/3397.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Call the suicide prevention hotline number at DSN 475-LIFE. Visit our website for more on suicide prevention. Suicide prevention, sexual assault or just a friendly ear… you are 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 09662-83114, Sexual Assault Hotline 0162-296-0661 and Emergency Services 09641-83-117.

Army Community Service (ACS) Contact Army Community Service (ACS) Main Post, 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. Army Community Service will be closed for an Organizational Day on 26 Oct For more, see page 11.

Army Volunteer Corps 5-7 Nov: Army Family Team Building Instructor Training, 9:00a.m. - 2:30p.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 221, Room 206. 16 & 28 Nov: Organizational Point of Contact & Volunteer Management Class, 9:00a.m.-11:00a.m., Rose Barracks, Building 322, room 209 19 Dec: Organizational Point of Contact & Volunteer Management Class, 9:00a.m. – 11:00a.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 322, room 209

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. 2 Nov: FRSA and FRG Key Personnel Brief on EFMP, 3-4:30 p.m., Grafenwoehr Bldg. 244, Rm. 219. 7 Nov: Bowling with EFMP (Free), 4-6 p.m., Rose Barracks Bowling Center 13 Nov: Cancer Support Group, 3-4:30 p.m., Rose Barracks Bldg. 221 16 Nov: Respite Care Provider Training, 3-4:30 p.m., Grafenwoehr Bldg. 244, Rm. 219. 21 Nov: Support Group for Special Needs Families, 3-4:30 p.m., Grafenwoehr Bldg. 244, Rm. 219. Dec 6: S-1 EFMP Brief, 3 - 4:30 p.m., East Post, Bldg 244, Second Floor, Room 219. Dec 14: Special Education Workshop, 3 – 4:30 p.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322. Dec 20: Bowling with EFMP (Free), 4 - 6 p.m., East Post Bowling Center, Bldg 612. Dec 28: Support Group for Special Needs Families, 3 - 4:30 p.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322.

Family Advocacy Program Hotlines to help: Sexual Assault Reporting 09662-83-3217 and Domestic Violence 09662-83-3218 or 09641-835130. Please contact us for a complete listing of programs and services offered.

Financial Readiness Services are also available by appointment. For more information on saving your money, you may contact your ACS Financial Readiness at 0962-83-2650 or 09641-83-8371. 7 Nov: Better than a Budget: Build Wealth Not Debt, 12-1 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. 14 Nov: Financial Planning for Home Buying, 12-1 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. 21 Nov: Investing in the TSP, 12-1 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. 28 Nov: Money Management & Couples, 12-1 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322.

Mobilization & Deployment Readiness 5-6 Nov: Resilience Training, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. 19 Nov: FRG Leader Training, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322.

New Parent Support Program 2 Nov – 14 Dec: Great Expectations, 11 a.m. - 12:30 a.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. (6 Sessions that meet on Friday mornings- except 23 November due to Holiday closure). 16 Nov & 21 Dec: ABC’s of Toddlerhood, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322

Play Groups Every Tuesday: East Post, Chapel Annex, 9:30 – 11 a.m. Every Wednesday: Rose Barracks, Chapel Annex, 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Prenatal Yoga There will be no Prenatal Yoga on Oct. 26. Every Friday: Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 221, 9 – 10 a.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 221, 2nd floor dance studio

Newborn Network for parents with babies ages 0 through Walking Every Tuesday: Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322, 1 - 3 p.m.

Hospital Tours

Every 1st Wednesday (except for holidays): Visit Weiden Meet at 5:45 p.m. in the Weiden hospital lobby. Every 4th 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 pm in the Amberg hospital lobby.

Relocation Readiness 30 Oct – 18 Dec: English a Second Language, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. East Post, Chapel Annex, Bldg 140. (8 Sessions that meet on Tuesdays only) 31 Oct – 19 Dec: German as a Second Language, 9-11 a.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. (8 Sessions that meet on Wednesdays only) 1 Nov – 20 Dec: English as a Second Language, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. (8 Sessions that meet on Thursdays only) 14 Nov: Immigration Workshop, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. 15 Nov: Arm Yourself with Claims Knowledge! / Successful PCS Moves 101, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., Rose Barracks ACS Bldg 322 15 Nov: Bavarian Nights: Evening Newcomer Orientation, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. 21 Nov: Spouse Sponsorship Training, 1-2 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 26-29 Nov: Welcome to Bavaria!, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 Pick up from Graf ACS at 8:30 a.m. 7 Dec: A Taste of Germany: Special! German Holiday Baking Class, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. 12 Dec: Spouse Sponsorship Training, 1-2 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 14 Dec: A Taste of Germany: Special! German Holiday Baking Class, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. 19 Dec: Immigration Workshop, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., 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 / 01741476846 or Main Post 0152-0293-4290 / 0152-0241-5226, Mon.– Fri., 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Exchange News Grafenwoehr Burger King Closure and New Manchu Wok On Oct. 2, the Grafenwoehr Anthony’s Pizza will be closing its doors forever and making room for the NEW Manchu Wok which will be opening late Dec. 2012 or early Jan. 2013 pending construction completion. Due to the construction, the Grafenwoehr Burger King will close temporarily from 6-22 Oct. The Exchange is sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We encourage you to visit the Grafenwoehr Food Court, where you will find many fine food offerings.

Exchange Halloween Scavenger Hunt Through 31 Oct: Join us for a fun filled treasure hunt! Play the Halloween Treasure Hunt Contest at your local Exchange Main Store for a chance to win up to a $500 gift card! Contest runs now through 31 Oct. How to play: Locate our 5 Halloween decals throughout your local Exchange Main Store to find all contest clues. Put all 5 clues in order to discover the final answer. Use the final answer to register online at our Facebook page for a chance to win. For more info and direct link to Facebook, visit us at You can pick up a Halloween Treasure Map at your Exchange Main Store, just asked a associate. Happy Hunting!

Grafenwoehr Consolidated Exchange Opens Doors to Local Vendors While the economy may have forced some retailers to scale back on merchandise or services, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is actively seeking the assistance of local businesses to increase the product selection troops and their families find at their Exchange. “Some shoppers drive up to 40 miles or more to come to the Grafenwoehr Exchange,” said the Exchange’s General Manager Carl Carpenter. “The addition of local, small, minority, women- and veteran-owned businesses can help provide the diversity, value and innovation to further enhance their shopping experience.” Partner businesses, called concessions, operate in Exchange-provided space, primarily in the concession retail mall areas found in Hohenfels, Grafenwoehr, Rose Barracks and at the new Ansbach. Benefits include contracts based on a percentage of revenue, a variety of space and merchandising setups and the convenience of being located with the anchor retail store and food outlets. The Exchange will also assist in marketing and promoting partner businesses to help maximize awareness on and around installation name. If you are interested in doing business and starting up a concessions, you can contact the Service Business Manager at the Grafenwoehr Exchange Office in Grafenwoehr at Bldg. 211 or call 09641-9240016 for more information.

Exchange Cutest Kiddo Contest The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is searching across the globe for the most adorable kid. Exchange shoppers can visit the Exchange’s Facebook page to upload a photo and enter the “3rd Annual Cutest Kiddo Contest.” The child with the most votes will receive a Disney Cruise Trip for four to the Bahamas plus a $500 Exchange Gift Card. Seven runners-up will each win an Exchange Gift Card valued up to $2,000. Photos must be submitted to the Exchange Facebook page by 11:59 pm CST on Nov. 8. Fans may vote for the picture they think is the cutest starting November 9th through December 6th. Winners will be announced on Dec.12 on the Exchange’s Facebook page. Complete entry rules and regulations for the “3rd Annual Cutest Kiddo Contest” can be found at the Exchange Facebook Page.

Christmas at the Exchange Through 20 Dec: Exchange shoppers won’t have to wait for December to start the holiday season as the Army and Air Force Exchange Service’s Facebook page is hosting the “12 Weeks of Gifting” contest. From NOW through Dec. 20, shoppers can count down the last 12 weeks until Christmas by entering to win different prizes each week. As the big day gets closer, prizes get bigger and better. Each week’s giveaway is a secret, so shoppers can visit the Exchange Facebook page each week to enter. Much like the “Twelve Days of Christmas”, each week will have a corresponding number of prizes. For example, week 12 will have 12 winners, week 11 will award 11 gifts, while week one has one, the grand prize. This contest is guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit. Complete rules for the Exchange’s “12 Weeks of Gifting” contest are available at the Exchange Facebook page.

The new Exchange Mobile Center provides cell phones and service The Exchange Mobile Center/SIGA Telecom now provides competitively priced packages to Exchange customers, including top-model phones, accessories, and voice and data plans through major carriers. Previous contracts with cellular phone companies through TKS will continue and EMC representatives will work with carriers to ensure needs and service carrier requirements are met. EMC representatives can assist in modifications such as phone upgrades and contract fee questions. By providing multiple carriers, EMC offers flexibility and choice that single carrier stores can’t offer.

Wireless services can be suspended if a service member is deployed, and EMC representatives will facilitate the transition with the cellular carriers. TKS will continue to offer residential fixed line bundle services of home telephone, internet and cable TV.

Exchange makes it easier to get and stay connected Are you on the move? Planning for a PCS? Maybe you just want to find a better deal on your Internet, mobile, TV or phone service? Get help at, a new online telecommunications resource to help military shoppers get and stay connected wherever they go. GET CONNECTED provides instant access to information about the Internet, mobile, TV and phone services provided by Exchange-contracted providers around the world, including all major Army and Air Force installations and Reserve and National Guard facilities. Services are listed by location from a list of providers serving Japan, Germany, Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, the United Kingdom and Guam. This program is designed for Military families who tend to be highly mobile and want to stay in touch with family and friends. It is perfect for those PCS’ing or redeploying because they can look ahead to see what’s available and, in some cases, pre-arrange service.

Good grades pay off at the Grafenwoehr Exchange The Army & Air Force Exchange Service rewards military students who excel. Students who receive a report card with a “B” average or better can choose an array of free and discounted products through the Grafenwoehr Exchange’s “You Made the Grade” program. Now in its 12th year, “You Made the Grade” includes a free Burger King hamburger kids meal, Subway 6-inch combo, a magazine of their choice and even a complimentary haircut. Students “making the grade” can also register for a drawing to win a $2,000, $1,500 or $500 Exchange gift card. To receive a “You Made the Grade” booklet, eligible students present a valid military ID and proof of a “B” or better average to the Grafenwoehr Exchange. Students may receive one coupon package for every qualifying report card, but may enter the gift card drawing only once per grading period.

Grafenwoehr main store shuttles increase selection Rose Barracks and Hohenfels: The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is delivering increased selection, savings and service with its “Shuttle Program.” To ensure military families around Grafenwoehr enjoy the same selection, merchandise can be shuttled to those in Rose Barracks and Hohenfels per customer requests at the customer service counter found at their local Exchange. Everything from furniture to tactical gear can be transferred through the “Shuttle Program.” If a customer doesn’t see what they’re looking for, they can ask an Exchange manager if the item can be shipped from another location. The “Shuttle Program” is a free service at all Exchanges around the world. Ask your customer service associates for details.

Volunteers and other help needed FCC providers needed Interested in earning money from home and making a difference in the lives of military children and families? Army Child, Youth & School Services, Family Child Care (FCC) Program is looking for on-post and off-post FCC home providers that are dedicated to delivering high quality, emotionally secure and educational child care to our military and qualifying DOD family members. You must live in government - leased housing. Benefits include: federal subsidies, free initial and ongoing training, and the use of materials and equipment to set up your home. New Provider Orientation will be hosted on April 25-27 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Building 224 in Rose Barracks. Training will be held in the conference room. For more information contact Parent Central Services DSN 475-2760, CIV 09662-83-2760.

Army Volunteer Corps 31 Oct: Organizational Point of Contact & Volunteer Management Class, 9a.m. - 11a.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 322, Room 209.

Volunteers needed at the USO Grafenwoehr If you'd like to help your USO, the military and their family members, come by the USO center in Grafenwoehr Bldg. 150 and sign up to volunteer. You can go to our volunteer website at and create your profile, post your own hours and keep track of your hours. For the soldiers, the hours spent volunteering goes towards promotion points and a community service ribbon. For more, CIV 09641 605 2946.

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, Main Post Red Cross CIV 09641-83-1760 DSN 475-1760. The following are upcoming courses for the USAG Gafenwoehr area: 27 Oct: Adult and Pediatric FA/CPR/AED, ARC Rose Barracks 3 Nov: Adult and Pediatric FA/CPR/AED, ARC Hohenfels 15 Nov: Babysitter Training and Pediatric First Aid/CPR, ARC Hohenfels Please contact the Red Cross Office for more details.

Looking For A Few Good Leaders The Grafenwoehr Girl Scouts have positions for leaders and co-leaders in Graf, Vilseck and Netzaberg. For a list of openings, email or call Amy at 01719901808.

Seeking Emergency Placement Care Providers The children in the USAGG need you. The Emergency Placement Care (EPC) Program trains individuals to become 24 hour providers for at risk children. The community is in need of more providers as the number of children in imminent danger increased due to the deployment rotation of family members. The training you receive will last you a lifetime and help you build your experience and resume. Call ACS 476‑2650 or 09662‑83‑2650.

The Grafenwoehr Postal Service Center needs volunteers Due to extreme staffing shortage, the Grafenwoehr Postal Service Center is in need of volunteers to help process mail. For instructions on how to register to volunteer either stop by and pick up a packet or view the packet here. Due to the security of the mail, all volunteers must be registered with ArmyOneSource and have a local background check on file. Volunteering allows you to give back to your community and gain valuable experience towards consideration for postal positions. If you need any further information please send an email to We can also be reached at DSN 475-6333 / 09641-83-6333 for sending mail questions or 475-6164 / 09641-83-6164 for receiving mail questions.

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

Go for the goal Through June 2013: Children ages 7-19 can join the USYS Oberpfalz soccer program. Training is twice a month in either Grafenwoehr or Ansbach. More information at

Vilseck Community and Spouses' Club events Holiday Arts & Craft Fair 3 Nov: Looking for crafters / artists –free booth with $20 VCSC Membership. Contact Amy Niver for more details.

Amazing Race Competition 10 Nov: Two-person teams will compete against each other to get from destination to destination for a Grand Prize. New VCSC Book Club 13 Nov: VCSC Conference Room at noon. Contact Maureen Slotnick, to join this club and receive November book information. For more information, or to sign up for any of the aforementioned events, send us an email.

BOSS Community Halloween Fashion Show / Trick or Treat 26 Oct: This will be a fun evening for you and your children to see crazy costumes and treat or treat inside a warm building. Also we will have a few events for the children to participate in. The children even get to walk on stage and show their costumes. From 6-8 p.m., Rose Barracks Bldg. 227. For more information, call BOSS at DSN 475-8822, CIV 09641-83-8822.

BOSS Community Halloween Costume Party 26 Oct: This will be a fun evening for you! Bring out those costumes and party BOSS style. Party is open to all 18 and over. Costumes are a must! There will be food, drink, and a great DJ. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Rose Barracks, Bldg. 227. For more information, call BOSS at DSN 475-8822, CIV 09641-83-8822.

“Terror View”Spooktacular Restaurant 27 Oct: Come to the Tower View Inn dressed in your scariest costume and get served a spooktacularly delicious meal by ghosts and ghouls, from 5-9 p.m. GPAC will perform LIVE action dancing from the song “Thriller” outside about 6:45 p.m. Monster Mash begins shortly after at 7:15 p.m. Reservations are encouraged. This is a family friendly event at parents’ discretion, but some activities may not be appropriate for very young children. Contact DSN 475-6200 or 4751350 to make reservations today.

Trip to Frankenstein’s Castle 27 Oct: Welcome to Frankenstein Castle near Darmstadt for the biggest Halloween party in Germany! The event takes place annually in the ruins of the Frankenstein castle. More than 70 monsters lurk on castle grounds, waiting to scare guests. Entertainment, shows, refreshments and food will be provided. JOIN THE FUN IF YOU DARE! Entrance to14 years old and above only! The party goes until midnight, so estimated time of return is 4:00am. Price: $99 per person, entrance to castle included. Departs: Rose Barracks at 2 p.m. and Grafenwoehr at 2:30 p.m. To sign up, call Leisure Travel Services, DSN 475-7402, CIV 09641-83-7402.

Roller Derby Meet and Greet 28 Oct: The Blitzkrieg Derby Dolls want you! Always been interested in roller derby but didn't know what it was all about? Come talk derby with us at our Meet and Greet from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Grafenwoehr Field House gym. All skaters must be ladies but we are looking for refs, coaches, and off skate officials as well. Be prepared to work out and bring all of your questions with you too.

CYSS Harvest Dance 28 Oct: Harvest Dance with contemporary and country dance music. The dance is from 7-9 p.m. at the Rose Barracks School Age Center, Bldg. 2237. Cost will be $4.00 per hour. Register is online at the CYSS website or at Parent Central Service. Children between 1st and 5th grade! For more information, call CYSS at DSN 476-2760, CIV 09472-83-2760.

Very Scary Library 30 Oct: Join us on Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. at the Grafenwoehr Library or from 5-6 p.m. at the Rose Barracks Library for our Very Scary Library. Come in a costume to partake in a little pre-Halloween mischief! We’ll have a creepy treasure hunt, spooky crafts, and a lot of fun on hand. Having your own party? The libraries have a variety of books with party and decorating ideas, recipes, simple homemade costumes, and scary tales to tell. We also have a great selection of creepy movies and chilling songs. For more, call DSN 476-1740, CIV 09662-83-1740.

Grafenwoehr trick-or-treating hours 31 Oct: The Grafenwoehr trick-or-treating hours are from 5-7 p.m. Please avoid driving in the housing areas during this time.

Halloween Costume Bowling Party 31 Oct: Celebrate Halloween at the Rose Barracks Bowling Center. Prizes for best costume will be given away. Bowling discounted $1.00 per game for those in costume. DSN 476-2576, CIV 09662-83-2576.

DJ / Karaoke Nights 31 Oct: Celebrate Halloween in style. Come to The Zone Sports Bar at the Langenbruck Center dressed in your spookiest costume and entertain others by singing to your favorite music. Enjoy a cold drink while other members of the community put on a show. DSN 476-2360, CIV 09662-83-2360.

GPAC upcoming schedule of events 26 & 27 Oct: Midnight showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show 2 & 3 Nov: Dinner Theater show at Tower View Restaurant 6 &7 Nov: Auditions for One Acts Shows 3 & 4 Dec: Auditions for Twilight of the Golds

Link Magazine is out again The Fall/Winter edition of Link Magazine is available here. Check it out!

Tune-Up Thursdays 1 Nov: As part of the Civilian Wellness Program, EAP presents Tune-Up Thursdays. November’s topic is Recipe for a Healthy Relationship with Andrea Meyering and Elias Barnes. Attendants will discuss and learn the key ingredients to make all relationships healthy and successful. Open to DA Civilians, Contractors, Local Nationals, and other employees. In Grafenweohr, 10-11 a.m., ASAP Bldg. 621, room 215. In Rose Barracks, 1-2 p.m., ASAP Bldg. 226, 1st floor conference room. DA Civilians will receive credit for annual EAP training. To register, call 475-5122 or email Kettely Darden.

Upcoming MWR overnight trips To sign up for an overnight trip you must pay a $100 deposit per person. Payments can be made at either our Grafenwoehr or Rose Barracks ODR/LTS office. For more trip details, contact ODR at DSN 475-7402, CIV 9641-83-7402 in Grafenwoehr or DSN 476-2563, CIV 9662-83-2563 in Rose Barracks. 8 -12 Nov: Reims and Champagne Region, France: Reims, along with Épernay and Ay in France functions as a center of champagne production. Spend your time touring nearby cities and sipping on some of the world’s finest Champagne. 20 -25 Nov: Tuscany, Italy: Explore Florence, Pisa, Lucca and the famous Montecarlo fortress. The trip includes a market tour with an Italian chef, olive oil tasting, hiking through the Tuscan hills, and, of course, wine tasting 28 Dec.- 2 Jan: London, England: Ring in the New Year in Europe’s largest city. Learn the story of corrupt power, betrayals and the shedding of innocent blood at the Tower of London. See John Lennon’s scribblings at the British Library and sip tea at Kensington Palace before celebrating the beginning of 2013. 17 -21 Jan: Paris, France: Paris is a must-see destination in Europe. Wander through the City of Love and soak in the best it has to offer. The tour hits the “best-of” in Paris: the Champs Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triumph and the Eiffel Tower. The tour ends with a visit to the resplendent Versailles Palace. 15 -19 Feb: Venice, Italy for Carnival: St. Marks Square and the connecting Piazzetta Square are the center of carnival events, parades and other activities. Events take place from around 9am every morning and there are a variety of shows and other events taking place throughout the city of Venice. 15-17 March: Berlin, Germany: Germany’s most historic city is now famed for its nightlife, shopping and international cuisine. Check out Check Point Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz and museums before living it up with the locals. For a full listing of MWR’s overnight and day trips, check out the 2012-2013 PASSPORT Travel Guide.

What is GCSC about? We are about Fun, Friendship, and Philanthropy! 30 Oct: Stache Bash 1 Dec: Craft Fair 18 Dec: Cookie Exchange/Pottery Bingo Some of our upcoming events include: Welcome Tea, trips to Christmas markets, trip to Walhalla, trip to breweries,

Garden Club, Cooking Club, Photography Club, and so much more! We also need energetic people to serve on our board. Some open positions include Parliamentarian, AWAG Liaison, and Ways and Means Chairs. Visit Facebook for more information. Crafters interested in participating in our Arts and Crafts Fair, please email for more information and

an application.

Belay Training/Outdoor Climbing Each Thursday, we alternate between belay training and outdoor rock climbing. The belay training is a pre-requisite to join us for outdoor climbing or to climb on your own at the fitness center. For outdoor climbing days, explore many of the excellent nearby crags. For more, DSN 476-2563.

2013 Army Entertainment Cast and Crew Recruitment Application due 01 Nov: Army Entertainment is seeking performers and technicians for the U.S. Army Soldier Show and other concerts and events. Becoming a member of Army Entertainment's cast/crew provides Soldiers an opportunity to work with the entertainment industry's latest equipment and technologies, learn valuable skills, train and learn from the industry's best, all while delivering a world-class experience. Those interested in applying may obtain performer and technician requirements and application by visiting Army Entertainment Recruitment Video.

Attn. Soldier Athletes Soldiers in Europe wanting to compete in higher level sports program must now go online with a new application site. The site is: and male Soldier athletes and coaches can be selected and tryout for 29 sports that lead to All-Army, armed forces, world military (CISM) and even the Olympics. Soldier athletes must apply for selection into the program. Commander’s approval will be mandatory before being considered by All-Army staff. Soldiers have been competing or coaching on every U.S. Olympic team since 1948. Soldiers have medaled in shooting, basketball, wrestling, boxing, weight lifting, track and field, equestrian and modern pentathlon. Thirty-one Soldiers earned eight gold and six silver medals in a wide variety of competition dating back to 1948. Depending on the sport and event, selected Soldiers may complete up to one to three months depending on the sport. Soldiers when they return to their units are in better physical shape than when they left and are more motivated than when they went off to the training camp. Soldier athletes and coaches wanting more information can visit or contact their local garrison sports director. (News release courtesy of FMWR.)

Breastfeeding support group First and Third Thursday: At the Grafenwoehr. For more, join the Facebook group.

Grafenwoehr Thrift Shop Don't Miss Our Great Deals! 50% OFF PINK TAGS and 50% OFF Expired consignment items. Watch the GCSC Thrift Shop FB Page for Member Specials. Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 3 .pm.; Thursdays 11 p.m. - 5 p.m.; 1st and 3rd Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Grafenwoehr Bldg. 508. Want to give back to YOUR community? Volunteer! Help YOUR community by consigning or donating today. PCSing? No problem; we will mail you your check. For more, CIV 09641-926-0377, online, or find us on Facebook.

Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop Bring your gently used items to Bldg. 221 on Rose Barracks. Open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tues, Wed &Thurs. Call DSN 4762649, CIV 09662-83-2649, or email for more. Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop is offering a slew of sales in August. All clothing items, including jeans and military clothing, are BUY ONE get one FREE. All books are 10 for $1 and all board games are 50% off. All sales apply to colored tags only. Open 10am to 2pm Tues, Wed &Thurs. Open Saturday August 11th. DSN 476-2649, CIV 09662-83-2649, or email for more information. Donations and volunteers welcome. Volunteers receive special discounts on all sales.

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Chaplains, Main Post DFAC, 172 Infantry Brigade, BMEDDAC, 2SCR, Graf Housing Dept., Grafenwoehr Provost Marshal Office , Netzaberg Middle School and Vilseck Falcons.

Facility & Road/Openings/Construction/Closures Rose Barracks Vilseck Community Bank Renovation The Rose Barracks Vilseck Community Bank will be renovated in Bldg. 224 starting mid September for a 3-4 month period. In the meantime, banking services to the Vilseck military community will be provided in Bldg 164, near the Warrior Transition Unit. Signs will be posted, directing customers to the new location. Business Hours remain unchanged for the time of the renovation: Monday – Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Night Depository Services will not be available for the time of the renovation.

The Grafenwoehr Health Clinic, new hours Starting 1 Oct: The Grafenwoehr Health Clinic is changing its opening hours to 7 a.m. to facilitate Soldiers in morning formation. The change will allow the clinic staff to better meet their access goals for the community.

One Community Road, traffic on Bridge #9 reduced to one lane Ongoing until 7 Dec: Traffic over Bridge #9, located close to DECON Site 1, near Gate 2, Rose Barracks, by “Kraemer Weiher” limited to one lane only. Traffic in both directions still possible. Please watch out for reduced speed limits within this area.

Short delays/detours for minor road repair work Starting 13 Oct: DPW will start minor road repair work mainly on Saratoga Ave, the access road at Gate 6 and at Camp Aachen. Short delays and/or detours to be expected.

ACS one-day closure 26 Oct: Army Community Service will be closed for an Organizational Day. All ACS Services are closed except for customers needing emergency Army Emergency Relief assistance. Those needing AER assistance can call 09662-832906. ACS will reopen as usual on Monday, 29 Oct.

Rose Barracks – partial road closure near Fire Department 29-31 Oct: Half-side closure of Soldiers Road by Bldg. 201 (Fire Dept Bldg) for manhole replacement work. One lane will remain open at all times.

Road closure in Grafenwoehr 29 Oct – 9 Nov: Antietam Ave, north of Bldg 308, will be closed for construction. Please follow detour sign to access gas station and vehicle registration from Johnson Street.

Rose Barracks – Tank Road Ongoing until 31 Oct: Construction work along the installation fence west of the gas station to hinder traffic on the tank road. Tank road to be narrowed – traffic flow still possible in both directions.

Rose Barracks - Cable crossing to block one lane on Regulars Road Ongoing until 9 Nov: Road Construction on Regulars Road between Bldg. 649A and the gas station. At least one lane open for thru-traffic.

Vilseck Army Air Field Gate closure 7 Oct-6 Nov: The Vilseck Army Air Field (VAAF) Gate 1A will be closed for training.

Passport and ID Card/DEERS Office Lunch Closure Starting 22 Oct: The Grafenwoehr ID Card/DEERS Office and Passport Office will temporarily be closed from 12-1 p.m. for lunch. The new hours will be 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 - 4:30 p.m. The last customer for each time block will be 11:40 a.m. and 4:10 p.m. Until we are able to reopen during the lunch, we thank the Community for their understanding and patience.

One Community Road closure 4 -8 Nov: One Community Road will be closed from 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily for training. Only military traffic (incl. TMP/NTVs) and vehicles with Range Passes authorized during this time.

Rose Barracks – partial road closure near Buildings 223 & 224 5-9 Nov: Half-side closure of 517th Arty Street between Bldgs. 223 & 224 for manhole replacement work. One lane will remain open at all times.

BASPOPS half-day closure 6 Nov: BASOPS Maintenance Division is closed for its Personnel Assembly from 7:15 a.m.-12:45p.m. POV inspection station will remain open. Please expect longer waiting times.

Religious Single women's trip to Berlin 9-12 Nov: Experience Germany's beautiful and historic capitol. See famous places like the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall, the Ishtar Gate, and much, much more! Cost includes transportation, three-nights' lodging + breakfast, in-city transportation, walking tour, and one dinner. Total Cost is 220 Euros. Sign up by Oct. 31. For more information or to sign up, email Laurel Hoyt, or call at 0151-14991395. Sponsored by the Garrison Chaplains Office.

New L.D.S. Singles Breakfast On the first Sunday of every month, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-Single Adult Program is hosting Singles Linger Longer breakfast. Singles and their friends are welcome to stay after church or arrive at 12:30 p.m. to mingle over refreshments. Guests are welcome to bring treats to share. Located in the Grafenwoehr Ward Building, Vilsecker Strasse 7, 92655 Grafenwoehr. This is outside of the Grafenwoehr Post gate closest to the Tower Inn, approximately a five minute walk from the gate exit. For questions or to coordinate rides from the Grafenwoehr or Vilseck area, email Britta or Sister Countryman.

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: Main Post Chapel: DSN 475-1570, CIV 09641-83-1570. Rose Barracks Chapel: DSN 476-1570, CIV 09662-83-1570.

Adult Education / Training Quarterly Security Awareness Training TARP, SETA, OPSEC and Anti-terrorism Level 1 Training The United States Army Garrison Grafenwoehr (Antiterrorism and Security Divisions) along with the 66th Military Intelligence Group and JMTC Intelligence and Security, will be conducting the quarterly Community Security Awareness Training consisting of the Threat Awareness and Reporting Program (TARP), Security Education Training Awareness (SETA), Operation Security (OPSEC), and Anti-terrorism Level 1 Refresher Training. 1st Quarter Community Security Awareness Training Schedule: 24 Oct: Main Post, Tower Theater, Bldg. 620. 10:30-11:30 a.m., (LN employees), 1:30–4 p.m. (US personnel)

25 Oct: Rose Barracks, Post Theater, Bldg. 354. 9-11:30 a.m., (US personnel), 1:30-2:30 p.m. (LN employees) This training is a mandatory annual requirement for all DoD personnel including Military, AF/NAF (both US and LN); U.S. Contractor employees are welcome.

FAST Classes Register now for upcoming FAST Classes at the East Camp (Grafenwoehr) Education Center. Class dates are 15 – 26 Oct. in Bldg. 223 for Rose Barracks and 22 Oct. – 02 Nov. in Bldg. 538 for Grafenwoehr. Soldiers who have redeployed since 1 January 2012 will have priority. 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. The 60-hour long courses are limited to twenty students per class. For more information please contact the East Camp (Grafenwoehr) Education Center at DSN 475-6219/6786 or the Rose Barracks (Vilseck) Education Center at DSN 476-2653/3292. Please Note: The East Camp (Grafenwoehr) Education Center has changed its regular start time for the administration of the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) from 12:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. The TABE measures your level of education in Reading and Math skills, and is a requirement for enrollment in FAST classes. The classes take place every Tuesday.

The University of Oklahoma Masters Program The University of Oklahoma has open enrollment for students looking to earn a master’s degree. Enroll by 05 Nov. for 6400-228 Seminar in American History: The American Experience in Vietnam, running 4-9 Dec. All classes are face to face with instructors who fly in from campus in Norman, Oklahoma. For more information email Carla Miller or call DSN 476-2069, CIV 09662-83-2069.

Vilseck (RoseBarracks) National Test Center University of Maryland University College Europe *New Hours of Operation currently effective: M,W,F 08:30-12:30; T,TH 11:30-15:30* Test your way to success! Take your CLEP, DSST, GMAT and Pearson Vue exams at the National Test Center (NTC) on Rose Barracks, Vilseck. You can earn college credits quickly and affordably. University of Maryland University College Europe, in Vilseck (Rose Barracks),offers computer-based, on-site testing services to military and eligible civilians, making it easy to earn certifications, fulfill general education requirements, and get the credit you deserve! Free study resources areavailable at, and installation libraries. For more information email: or call DSN476-2462, CIV 09662-834262.

University of Phoenix University of Phoenix is honored to serve military service members stationed in Europe by offering both MBA and Master of Arts in Education degree programs at several on-base locations near you. Classes meet one night a week. If you’re interested in developing managerial skills necessary to be effective in a rapid changing environment than the MBA program is for you. Face to face classes are one night a week in Vilseck from 5:30-9:30pm. Get started today by visiting or by calling, Fe Gehrels at DSN 475-6712 or CIV 09641-83-6712.

TDP (Testing Designated Positions) Class This class is for all Army Civilian Employees and Supervisors who are in positions that require mandatory drug testing. 20 Nov: ASAP-Building 621;1st Floor Conference Room. 1st Session: 9-11 a.m. (employees) 2nd Session: 1-3 p.m. (supervisors).

National Testing Center (NTC) News The NTC, operated by University of Maryland, will soon relocate to another location while renovations are being made at the Vilseck Education Center, Bldg 223. The date for the move has yet to be determined. It is highly recommended that persons interested in testing routinely contact the NTC at DSN 476-2462, CIV 09662-83-2462 to find out about availability of the facility. Contacting the NTC might prevent individuals from paying Pearson Vue a re-registration fee ($150+) in case the facility is not available due to their move to a different location or registering on line for exams outside normal operating hours. The Vilseck NTC only operates 20 hours per week and in the past individuals have registered for exams on line outside of established hours of operations.

School News Delayed Entry Program Attention High School Seniors, Class of 2013. Get in touch with us to discuss your future plans after High School. You are able to enlist now into the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) and lock down your training seats and other enlistment options for next summer. US Army Active or Reserve. Contact us by email or call DSN 475-9208, CIV 09641-83-9208.

Grafenwoehr Elementary School School Office Hours Mon.‑ Fri. 7 a.m.– 4 p.m.

School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon.‑ Fri. 8:15 a.m.‑2:35 p.m. DSN 475‑7133, CIV 09641‑837133

Vilseck Elementary School October is National Bullying Prevention Month & VES is Bully-Free! 24 Oct: *Red Ribbon Week* Theme: “Drugs Suck the Life Out of Me!” VHS students will do a short performance at 1:45 p.m. in the MPR for (Grades 4 & 5). In recognition of Red Ribbon Week, as a consolidated and united school effort, we are asking everyone to wear red t-shirts or tops. 24 Oct: Family Library Night. 4-6p.m. in the VES library. Students and their parents may check out materials, take RC tests, work on homework and/or research. 25 Oct: 4 – 5 p.m: Parent Education Event for parents of students in the Sure Start program - this quarter's topic - "Love & Logic" presented by an Army Community Service representative 28 Oct: Germany Daylight Savings Time 31 Oct: Gr.3 will be having a book character dress up day. 31 Oct: Kindergarten Rhyme Parade. 8:40-9:10 a.m. Students will visit other classes at this time. 1 Nov: End of 1st Quarter-47 days 2 Nov: No School. Teacher Work Day 7 Nov: Family Library Night. 4-6 p.m. in the VES library. Students and their parents may check out materials, take RC tests, do homework and/or research. 4 Nov: U.S. Daylight Savings Time 12 Nov: No School. Veteran’s Day 15-16 Nov: No School. Parent/Teacher Conferences 20 Nov: Awards ceremony for 4th and 5th grades 22-23 Nov: NO SCHOOL. Thanksgiving Break 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. For children under age 3 please contact EDIS at 09662-833221. 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 and let them know what happened. (Just in case the email was rejected as SPAM) Audrey Reader Preschool Services for Children with Disabilities VES Teacher/Provider Attendance E-Mail It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to notify the school when their child will be absent. If your child will be absent, please call DSN 476-2973 or 09662-83-2973. You can also e-mail the attendance clerk.

Free, Online Tutoring All U.S. military families can receive free online tutoring, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Go to for more information. School Office Hours School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 8:25 a.m.-2:35 p.m. CIV 09662-832812 / 832673 DSN 476-2812/2673 VES Vision: Vilseck Expects Success Continuous School Progress Goals: Goal 1: By 2016 all students will improve competency with numbers and operations as measured by increased performance on assessments. Goal 2: By 2016 all students will demonstrate improved reading comprehension through written and oral communication as measured by increased performance on assessments. School Office Hours School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon.‑Fri. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.‑Fri. 8:25 a.m.‑2:35 p.m. CIV 09662‑832812 / 832673 DSN 476‑2812/2673

Netzaberg Elementary School 28 Oct: Germany Daylight Savings Time 1 Nov: End of 1st Quarter 2 Nov: No School. Teacher Work Day 4 Nov: U.S. Daylight Savings Time 5 Nov: Begin 2nd Quarter 12 Nov: No School. Veteran’s Day 15-16 Nov: No School. Parent/Teacher Conferences 22-23 Nov: No School. Thanksgiving Break Popcorn Friday: Popcorn is on sale this Friday. Cost is 25 cents a bag, and money must be turned in by Thursday, 25 Oct. FLU vaccine: Medical staff from the Graf clinic will be at NES on Wednesday of this week to administer the Flu Vaccine. 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. Pumpkin Drop: Friday, 26 Oct. the STEAM classes at NES will be having a pumpkin drop. The students have been working on their engineering skills to create and build a “contraption” that will protect a pumpkin when it is dropped from a height of 30 meters. This will be their “pre-drop” and this will allow the students the opportunity to change or refine their plans for the final drop next week, on October 31st at the High School. Cross Fitness Club: There is a mini triathlon this Thursday for the members of the Cross Fitness Club. Homework Club: For 3rd-5th grade on Tues. and Thurs. from 1445-1345 in room E2.122 with Ms. Hampton. Attendance: If your student is going will be late or absent, please email us at our new email address OR call 09645-9179184/9183, DSN 472-9184/9183 by 8:30 a.m. 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: Netzaberg Elementary School’s Preschool Services for Child Development (PSCD) program is conducting screenings to identify strengths and concerns in a young child’s development. The free Child Find developmental screenings are provided for command sponsored children from age three to five years. Professional staff will screen motor, language, problem solving, social, and self-help skills, plus the child’s vision and hearing. For further information on Child Find developmental screenings at Netzaberg Elementary School, please call CIV 09645-917-9185 or DSN 4729185. Child Find developmental screenings are held at DoDEA schools to assist parents in identifying the early warning signs that put young children at risk for learning delays and provide crucial early diagnosis and intervention. Check us out on Facebook here. School Office Hours School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon.- Fri. 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Mon.- Fri. 8:00 a.m.-.2:35 p.m. CIV 09645-917-9185/4 DSN 472-9184

Netzaberg Middle School 25 Oct: Fall Band Concert during Seminar 25 Oct: Pastries & Parents Meeting at 8:30 a.m. Please be sure to RSVP: Email Elizabeth Childs or call DSN: 4729229/CIV:09645-917-9229. 26 Oct: Cyber Bullying Assembly Program - 6th Graders at 8:20 a.m. and 7th & 8th Graders at 8:55 a.m. 26 Oct: Haunted Halloween Dance and Fair, presented by the NMS Drama Club Friday, from 2:50-7:30 p.m. An information packet was sent via email to all parents/guardians on 12 Oct. The packet contains a permission slip and details regarding this event. Are you interested in chaperoning, volunteering, or making a donation? Please email Michelle Nipper, Drama Teacher. Student Drop-Off: Parents, please remember that you must come in with your child when dropping them off after a

doctor’s appointment or if they are tardy. Your child must be signed in on the clipboard in the front office before an admit slip will be given. This policy is a secondary means of accountability for both the office and you and your student. Art Club: Art Club has begun! We will meet once a month, right after school till 4:30 p.m., to create a new work of art. Future meeting dates are: Nov 7, Dec 5, Feb 6, Mar 6, Apr 3, May 1. Students can sign up for one or all of the art club meetings; see Ms. Geraghty for more information. Attendance: If your student will be late or absent, you must call the office NLT 0900. The number for the office is DSN 472-9229/CIV 096459179229 or you may email. 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. Lunch Accounts: To use the online service you will need to set up an account at If you are new to the area you will need to open a Horizon account at the PX or the school cafeteria. All lunch concerns need to be addressed to AAFES. You can also logon to set up your child’s account. Please remember, applying for free and reduced‐price lunches is an annual process. To apply, you can take a current copy of the sponsor’s LES and the spouse’s pay stub (if employed) to CYSS Parent Central Services. Applications are available at CYSS Parent Central Services Rose Barracks, Bldg 224, East Camp (Grafenwoehr), Bldg 539, CYSS Fitness Zone East Camp (Grafenwoehr), Bldg.547, and local school . Find us on Facebook: Like our 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. Parent Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering for the PTSA or other school committees, please contact the school. We welcome your support. POC: Email Tiffany. School Office Hours School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon - Fri 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon-Fri 7:55 a.m.-2:40 p.m. CIV 09645-917-9232/9233/9229 DSN 472-9232

Vilseck High School 25 - 27 Oct: Tennis Europeans at Wiesbaden 27 Oct: Cross Country Europeans at Baumholder 27 Oct: HOME Football Games v. Patch 27 Oct: AWAY Volleyball Games v. Ansbach 1 Nov: End of First Academic Quarter 2 Nov: No School – Teacher Work Day 10 Nov: DoDDS-E All Star Football Game, 1 p.m. 12 Nov: No School – Veteran’s Day Fall Play The Vilseck High School Drama Department will be performing a Murder Mystery Comedy this weekend! It is called The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940. This is a high comedy with a ton of physical humor. Show dates are October 25th, 26th, and 27th. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5.00. Mock Voting at VHS Any student who wants to vote in Vilseck High School’s mock presidential election must register ahead of time. Students have until November 5th to register for the vote. Registration sheets are available from any VHS social studies teacher. Volunteers Needed Would you be interested in tutoring, coaching, being a mentor or classroom helper, or pitching in at the school store? If so, please send an e-mail to Danielle Massey, or call DSN 476-2864 or 09662-83-2864. Attendance E-Mail It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to notify the school when their child will be absent. Ifyour child will be absent, please call DSN 476-2573 or 09662-83-2573. You can also e-mail the attendance clerk. Free, Online Tutoring All U.S. military families can receive free online tutoring, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Go to for more information. The VHS Mission: To provide an exemplary education that inspires and prepares all students for success in a dynamic, global environment. The VHS Vision: Falcons S.O.A.R. (Success, Opportunity, Achievement, Respect) School Office Hours School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon.‑Fri. 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mon.‑Fri. 8:10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 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 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.

Upcoming Bavarian Ski Club trips Come join the Bavarian Ski Club for skiing and snowboarding in the Alps. We are traveling to Hintertux, Austria 10-12 Nov. (Veteran’s Weekend) and to Kaprun, Austria 21-25 Nov. (Thanksgiving Weekend). We will also spend Sunday at the Salzburg Christmas Market on our Thanksgiving trip. Visit our website or send us an email at for more information. We meet on the first and third Tuesday each month at the Alte Post in Freihung at 6 p.m. Come join us for free pizza and to learn more about the club.

Culinary Weeks: Fish Weeks 20 Oct. - 4 Nov: in 92334 Berching, at various restaurants (ca. 42 km / 26 miles west of Hohenfels).

Eerily Beautiful Halloween Party Through 4 Nov: at Burg Frankenstein (castle) in 64367 Mühltal, An der Alten Burg (Hessen). Yes, Frankenstein Castle really exists, namely in pretty Hessen. Today it is used as a unique Event Restaurant (only GE). And one of these unique events is the wonderfully gruesome Hallowe'en (only GE)! This year, the evil spirit of Captain Blackbeard has made its way to the castle, so watch out for stray pirates lurking in dark corners.

Art and More till Midnight 26 Oct: in 92637 Weiden, all around the Altstadt from 6 p.m. – midnight. At nearly 30 locations all over Weiden, art lovers will find exhibitions, music, readings, culinary delights, and much more! A free shuttle bus service is in place, taking you from location to location. Click for a map of suggested car parks.

Halloween Party 26 & 27 Oct: at the Pullman City Fun Park in 94535 Eging am See, Ruberting 30 (ca. 100 km / 62 miles SE of Regensburg). A little bit of creepiness for the kids and lots of fun await the visitors today. When night falls, children in costumes are invited to go trick or treating. At 8:30 p.m., a live band will play in the Music Hall. Click here for photos from 2011. Admission (only GE): Adults: 13.- Euros. Children 4 - 16 years: 7.- Euros. Children under 4 if accompanied by their parents: free. Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children under 16): 29.- Euros. Dogs on a leash: 1.- Euro. Visitors dressed in historical Western costumes get in for free!

Freaks Out Halloween Party 27 Oct: Cocoz Locoz presents a Halloween party and Costume contest FlashBack Club in Grafenwoehr. 1st prize is 50 euros, 2nd is 25 euros and 3rd is a bottle of champagne. All 3 winners will get a free Cocoz Locoz cocktail. DJ Manny Mangu and Jay will ignite the Freaky and scary night for everyone. Enjoy our Bloody cocktails! 5 € euro entrance fee. 9 p.m.

FlashBack Club Grafenwoehr 28 Oct: For kids and teens music, shows and entertainment at the FlashBack Club Grafenwoehr. 2-5 p.m: Younger kids and parents. 5-10 p.m: Teens 13 and up. Free face painting and candies for all kids and lot of more surprises. Just 5 euros for kids and teens, 3 euros for parents.

Artisans Market 28 Oct: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., in 93047 Regensburg, at the Kolpinghaus, Adolph-Kolping-Straße 1, ph 0941-595-000 (next to the Donaumarkt car park and in close vicinity of the Wöhrd car parks). Both professional and select amateur artists are displaying and selling their exquisite objets d'art at this highly popular market.

775th Anniversary of Berlin: "Jubiläumsfest" 28 Oct: in Berlin. This fest is the culmination of their celebrations for their 775th anniversary. The festivities begin with a church service in the Marienkirche with the Lord Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, and many other local dignitaries. In the afternoon, these dignitaries will attend the festive opening of the Jubiläumsfest in the Nikolaikirche (church). The fun parts happen in the Nikolaiviertel, the medieval quarter around the Poststraße with the Nikolaikirche (just south of the famous Berlin TV tower; U-Bahn stations Alexanderplatz and Klosterstraße are near-by). A medieval market will keep you entertained throughout the whole weekend. On Sunday, with the onset of dusk, you can enjoy a fascinating fire show with the "Compagnie Carabosse" (only GE), and street theater with "Titanick". The fiery illuminations take place between Marienkirche and Neptunbrunnen fountain, along Spandauer Straße all the way to the Nikolaikirche. Around 800 fire spots will illuminate the outline of Berlin's medieval city limits.

All Saints Day holiday 1 Nov: All German stores and authorities are closed, and the local national workforce will be off. Traditionally, this is the day in Germany when relatives visit the graves of their dearly departed, so you might see a lot of activity in the afternoons on the cemeteries. The graves will have been cleaned and decorated specially for this day, for the last time before winter sets in. Usually in the afternoons, masses will be held and the graves, along with the dearly departed, will be blessed by the priest.

"Weka, Witt und Winkelmann" exhibit - Weiden in the 50s and 60s Through 2 Nov: in 92637 Weiden, at the Stadtmuseum (city museum), Schulgasse 3a (the green building behind the church in the Altstadt). Click here for suggested car parks. Interesting views and photographs of old Weiden, with stores that have long gone, locals, personalities ("Urgestein"), and festivities. The charm of the old city will fascinate you. Opening hours: Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - midday and 2 - 4:30 p.m.

Deep Purple on Tour Click here for the complete tour. Thu., 22 Nov., 8 p.m., in 60325 Frankfurt am Main, at the Festhalle / Messe, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1. Tickets. Again, please consider parking your car in a P+R car park (interactive map and links, text only GE), and using the public transport system (in EN). Thu., 29 Nov., 8 p.m., in 86159 Augsburg, at the Schwabenhalle, Am Messezentrum 5 (ca. 80 km / 50 miles NW of Munich). Tickets. Fri., 30 Nov., 8 p.m., in 80809 München / Munich, at the Olympiahalle, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21 / Eingang Ost (east entrance). Tickets. The only car park is located at the Olympiapark: 80809 München, Olympiapark Parkharfe, SpiridonLouis-Ring 100. It is highly recommended you use the excellent public transport system. Sat., 01 Dec., 8 p.m., in 70327 Stuttgart, at the Porsche-Arena (aka Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle), Mercedesstraße 69. Tickets.

Maximum Rock Night Every first Saturday of the month: in 90441 Nuremberg, at the Hirsch, Vogelweiherstraße 66, ph 0911-429-414. Two DJs will rock the "Hirsch". Every party offers special surprises and different music styles on the second floor. Admission is only 6 Euros pp.

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 and Saturday, 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on Marktplatz in front of the historic city hall. In 91522 Ansbach: every Wednesday and Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m., on MartinLuther-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.

Guided Tours 1 p.m. daily: Walking Tours of Nürnberg in English Nuremberg was once an imperial residence, powerful free imperial city and international trading center. The prosperous city provided the ideal basis for an active cultural and intellectual life and the arts: Even today numerous buildings, monuments and artworks still reflect its former importance. The guided tour through the Old Town offers information and insights on the castle, the fountains and wells, churches and art as well as the city itself past and present. Meeting point: Tourist Office at the Main Market Square (Hauptmarkt). Duration: approx. 2 ½ hrs. Price: 9 Euros per person, plus price of admission to castle (2 Euros pp). Children under 14 free in the company of their parents. 2 p.m. daily: Guided Tour of 91541 Rothenburg in English, of the most important sights in the historical district Meeting point: Market Square. Duration: 90 minutes. Fee: 6 Euros per person, payable cash to the tour guide 7 p.m. daily: Guided Tour in English of 91541 Rothenburg, with "The Executioner". Meet on Marktplatz, no prior booking required. The tours take place every day and cost 7 Euros per person. There are tours in German which start at 6 p.m., and also in English, starting at 7 p.m. If you click in the link and scroll down, you can watch a 5-minute promo clip for the executioner's tour (in English but with a lovely Franconian accent). The clip shows some interesting hidden places that you normally don't get to see. Every Wed. and Sat: 1:30 p.m.: Guided Tour of Regensburg, in English - "Experience a Historical City" In the course of this individually accented tour you get to know the Old City, with its patrician towered houses, the cathedral, the Old City Hall (all from the outside), the Stone Bridge and the Porta Praetoria. Our well-versed guides will be glad to answer any special questions you have, based on your own personal interests. Fees: Adults 8 Euros, Reduced 5 Euros , Families 12 Euros. Duration: 1.5 hours. Meeting point: Tourist-Information - Altes Rathaus, Rathausplatz, 93047 Regensburg, ph. 0941-507-4410. Closest free car parks are "Dultplatz" (Am Protzenweiher/ Oberpfalzbrücke); adjacent "Protzenweiher" (opposite Protzenweiher 27); neighbouring "Wöhrdstraße" (at Wöhrdstraße 18); and adjacent "Unterer Wöhrd" (Wöhrdstraße 60/62). There is also the "Donaumarkt" parking lot (Donaumarkt 1) which is "a walk across the bridge" closer than the "Wöhrdstraße" car park, but it's not free-of-charge, and it's blocked on Saturday mornings for the Regensburg produce market. From any of these car parks it's only a very short walk across one of the bridges, and you're there. BTW, did you know you can get a map of Regensburg's city center from the Tourist Info for free? Go to the "Altes Rathaus" (old city hall) as directed by the brown signs, and ask for a copy. Every Friday: 7 p.m. The Nuremberg Nightwatch Tour, in English - with the night watchwoman Re-live history through original, funny and exciting stories with the historian Dr. Ute Jaeger aka the night watchwoman. Discover the traditional parts of Nürnberg and enjoy its most beautiful sights! Meeting Point is the fountain "Schöner Brunnen", Am Hauptmarkt, 90403 Nürnberg (in the pedestrian zone). Fees are 9 Euros pp. Every Saturday: 1 p.m. Guided Tour of 97070 Würzburg in English Your stroll starts at the Falkenhaus (location of the Tourist Info, ph 0931-372-398) with its elaborate Rococo facade, followed by a visit to the Marienkapelle (St. Mary's Chapel) featuring sandstone sculptures by Tilman Riemenschneider. Other highlights include the historical town hall building and the Romanesque cathedral "St. Kilian". From the bridge Alte Mainbrücke, you can enjoy fantastic views of the fortress Marienberg, the pilgrimage church Käppele and the famous vineyards. Tour lasts around 1.5 hrs, tickets cost 6 Euros per adult. Between 7 May and 29 October, additional English tours are held every Friday at 1 p.m. Every Saturday: 2 p.m. Guided Tour in English of Albrecht Dürer's House in Nürnberg’s historical city center, AlbrechtDürer-Straße 39 (in the pedestrian zone). Admission is 5 Euros (normal), 2.50. Euros (reduced) Famous painter Albrecht Dürer lived in Nürnberg (1471 – 1528) – you might know him best for his “Praying Hands” –, and his original residence in Nürnberg’s pretty city center has been converted to a museum. Every Saturday, an actress in historical gowns offers guided tours of the house in English, telling its history from the viewpoint of Dürer's wife Agnes. Every Saturday: 3 p.m. Guided Tour in English of the Church of St. Jacob's in 91541 Rothenburg. A public and free tour in English of the famous StJakobs-Kirche (church). You only pay the entrance fee for the church: 2 Euros for adults; 0.50 Euros for students, pupils; groups from 10 person: 1.50 Euros. No reservation necessary! Duration: ca. 45 minutes. Meeting Point: front row inside the church. Every Saturday: 8 p.m. Guided Tour in English with the Night-Watchman in 91541 Rothenburg on Marktplatz = Market Place. Take a walk back in time with the Night-watchman through the romantically-lit streets of Rothenburg. Meeting point is on Market Square, the tour lasts about 60 minutes. Fee is 7 Euros per person, payable in cash to the Night-watchman.

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 Event Calendar for Vilseck Kontakt If you are interested in participating in one of the events, please register with Daniel Koenig or sign up with the Vilseck Kontakt Club at the website by filling out the Mitgliedsantrag. (Member registration form)

Every Friday 7 p.m. Stammtisch at the Clubhouse - new location, Rose Barracks Bldg 301

Event Calendar for Grafenwoehr Kontakt More information, Call CIV 09641-83-7878, DSN 475-7878 or email.

Every Monday 7 p.m. Bowling at the Grafenwoehr Bowling Center.

Every Wednesday 7 p.m. Stammtisch at the Clubhouse.

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