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27 February 2013

u.S. army garrison–East Camp / Rose Barracks


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For those living on post, the electrical rate is $0.16 per kWh from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. From 8 p.m.-8 a.m., the price is significantly lower at $0.065 per kWh. To help the garrison save as much money as possible, use your major appliances such as washers and dryers during the low electricity rate hours (8 pm to 8 am). With the money we save, we can ensure family programs stay intact during these tough financial times.

Have an energy conservation idea? Let us know! Please email with any tips or suggestions. *

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

Cut in office cleaning services Due to new fiscal realities, we must cut costs or we will be forced to cut family services. As such, we will be cutting the cleaning contract for administrative offices on East Camp and Rose Barracks from once per week to twice per month. It is recommended that directors talk with their staff to make plans to remove trash and keep their work areas clean. This change will not affect common area customer service locations or common use restroom service, but will save the garrison significant funds over the next year. These savings can then be funneled into maintaining high traffic areas around the garrison.

Army One Stop/ICE KIOSK to be set up throughout the garrison To improve your ability to provide feedback to the Garrison, several Army One Stop/ICE KIOSKs will be installed throughout East Camp and Rose Barracks, with one at USAG Hohenfels. Within the next 40 days, you can access a KIOSK at the following locations: - East Camp Exchange, Lodging, Community Mailroom, Bldg 244 main lobby, and Vehicle Registration waiting area - Rose Barracks PXtra, ACS, Multi Purpose Center and the Warrior Zone. The KIOSKs provide access to the ICE online, AKO, DFAS, TRICARE, and other approved sites that provide tools and information for our Soldiers, Civilians and Families. All BMC customers will still be able to access ICE from any computer or smart phone and we will continue to provide ICE comment boxes in select locations. For further information about the new Army One Stop/ICE KIOSK, please send an email to PAIO.

Motorcycle Mentorship meeting 1 March: Seasoned motorcyclists who wish to mentor other riders can be part of the Motorcycle Mentorship Program. The first meeting is 1 March, 1 p.m. in Bldg. 539. Call DSN 475-7734, CIV 09641-83-7734 if interested.

New DPW Self-Help Store guidelines In an effort to better control the costs of issuing items from the Self-Help Store, DPW asks the community to abide by these procedures:  Authorized customers requesting toilet seat, towel holder and toilet paper holder assemblies need to bring in and exchange their old item to be issued a new one.  Customers getting paint for their personal quarters will be limited to two plastic paint containers. Those who need more paint for their project, will have to return to the Self-Help Store to request it once they have used up the paint they’ve already been issued.  Authorized customers requesting Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) must bring in an old bulb/CFL to get a new one. Exchanging the old bulb/CFL ensures that the customer gets the correct CFL and that the old bulb/CFL is properly disposed. For any questions, or those wishing to request an exception must contact DPW at DSN 475-6172, CIV 09641-83-6172 or DSN 475-8068/1560, CIV 09641-83-8068/1560 or DSN 475-8098, CIV 09641-83-8098.

Bavarian News online Head to to get timely news and see what events are happening in the community. Here are this week’s stories: Five-star cafeteria?: Vilseck Elementary students put on their Sunday best for a formal affair called Dining at the Ritz. Blast from the past: Rubbing shoulders with your pro-sports hero is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence; one local Soldier gets a second chance. Energy Mavens: In Hohenfels, garrison officials lead the charge in reducing energy usage on post. Holding court: Local Soldiers find that crime doesn’t pay. Staying within bounds: German law restricts several types of medication from being imported. Experts discuss frequently asked questions. Soulful celebration: The Hohenfels Community honors National Black History Month.

Free tax preparation at the Tax Center The Grafenwoehr and Rose Barracks Tax Centers is open for business from 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4 p.m. to prepare free tax returns Soldiers and eligible civilians. All returns are completed by IRS VITA-certified Soldier and civilians. In Grafenwoehr, the Tax Center is located in Bldg. 216 on the 1st floor. In Rose Barracks it’s in Bldg 245, 1st floor. For more,

call DSN 475-9258, CIV 09641-83-9258.

Space heaters are prohibited in the work place All space heaters are prohibited in the work place due to safety and fire hazards. The garrison thanks the community for understanding.

Same-sex partner benefits DOD announces expansion of same-sex partner benefits. For more information, go to

Bulk Trash Pickup County of Neustadt 18 March: Netzaberg & City Eschenbach (North of B 470) 18 March: City Eschenbach (South of B 470) 14 May: Mantel & Steinfels Curbside, in front of your home. Bulk Trash has to be out on curbside NLT 6 a.m. Pick-up is provided by contractors of the County Neustadt. 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 Pickups 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 a.m. – 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, CIV 09641-83-6664.

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 pickup form contact your SORT Office at DSN 475-6664, CIV 09641-83-6664.

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”). For a special application card contact your SORT Office at DSN 4756664, CIV 09641-83-6664.

Women’s History Month Art and Essay Contest Through 28 Feb: Open to all students K-12. RULES: 500 word essay, Single space & 12 font. K-2 students will participate in an art contest by constructing a portrait of an influential woman of their choosing. 3-7 students will write an essay of an influential woman. 8-12 students will write an essay comparing a historical female inventor to someone today. Prizes will be given to the winners from each grade level category.

TKS service outages Through 28 Feb: TKS has scheduled a series of power outages on post through mid-January. If anyone experiences an outage that lasts more than two hours, call the 24-hour TKS Customer Service Hotline at 01804-857-762.

Community Huddle 21 March: The Community Huddle is a bi-monthly, Town Hall style meeting, hosted by Garrison Commander COL James Saenz, for all community members to ask questions to civilian and military leadership and to find out the latest information on programs, events, construction, and other important issues happening in the community. The next Community Huddle will be in the Multi-Purpose Center, Bldg. 134, on Rose Barracks on Thursday, 21 March from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Army Emergency Relief program 1 March-15 May: All Units within Bavaria Military Community Grafenwoehr geographic footprint are requested to provide an AER Representatives. There will be a special training session for all AER unit representatives on 26 Feb at 10 a.m. in Grafenwoehr Bldg. 533. For questions please contact Christine Nunez-Stolz, DSN: 475-8432 or email:

TARP, SETA, OPSEC, and Anti-terrorism Level 1 Training 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 will be conducted by USAG Grafenwoehr and JMTC. 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. 23 April: Grafenwoehr, Tower Theater, Bldg. 620. LN Personnel: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. U.S. Personnel: 1:30-4 p.m. 24 April: Rose Barracks, Post Theater, Bldg. 354. U.S. Personnel: 9 – 11:30 a.m. LN Personnel: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

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.

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 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 09662-83114, Sexual Assault Hotline 09641-83-4567 or 09662-83-3218 and Emergency Services 09641-83117.

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.

Lunch and Learn "Financial Empowerment" ACS will start a series of Lunch and Learn "Financial Empowerment" at the Grafenwoehr DFAC. Soldiers can come eat their lunch and learn how to stay in money and out of debt. 12-1 p.m. 12 March: Digging Out of Debt 12 April: 2013 Tax Guide

Army Volunteer Corps 6 March: Army Family Team Building (AFTB) Level 2, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 221, RM 206.

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. 5 March: USAjobs: Learn the NEW Federal Application Process, 10 a.m.-noon, Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. 12 March: Career Fairs 101, 10 a.m. - noon, Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322. 19 March: Dress for Less to Impress Fashion Show, 10 a.m. - noon, Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322. 26 March: USAjobs: Learn the NEW Federal Application Process, 10 a.m. - noon, Grafenwoehr, USO Bldg 150. 2 April: Career Fairs 101, 10 a.m. - noon, Grafenwoehr, USO Bldg 150. 9 April: USAjobs: Learn the NEW Federal Application Process, 10 a.m. – noon, Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322. 16 April: Career Fairs 101, 10 a.m. - noon, Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322. 25 April: Job Fair, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Multi Purpose Building, Rose Barracks, Bldg 134.

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Have questions? Email EFMP directly. Did you know you must Re-validate your Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) enrollment every three years or as the conditions change in order to have the most up-to-date information for the Army to query Soldiers for assignments stateside and overseas? If you are on EFMP and have not re-validated, call ACS at DSN 476-2650, CIV 09662-83-2650 or visit 6 March: Bowling With EFMP, 4 – 6 p.m., Rose 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. 5, 12, 19, 26 March, 2, 9, 16, April: Love & Logic, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., East Camp, Chapel Annex 5 – 7 March, 9-11 April: It Takes Two, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., East Camp, USO, Bldg 150 14 March: 24/7 Dad, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., East Camp, Chapel Annex

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. 12 March: Lunch & Learn, noon – 1 p.m., East Camp, DFAC 6 March: Build A Better Budget, noon – 1 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322

Mobilization & Deployment Readiness 4 March: FRG Basic Course, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 12 – 13 March: Resilience Training, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 221, RM 206

New Parent Support Program 8 March: Healthy Feedings, 1 – 3 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 28 Feb, 5, 19, 26, March, 2, 23, 20 April: Infant Massage, 1 - 2 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 5, 19, 26, March, 2, 9, April, Body Back!, 3 – 4 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 8 March – 12 April: Great Expectations, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. (6 Sessions that meet on Friday mornings) 8 March: ABCs Of Toddlerhood, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322

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

Prenatal Yoga Every Friday: Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 221, 9 – 10 a.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 221, 2

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

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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 pm in the Amberg hospital lobby.

Relocation Readiness 28 Feb: SGI/ATS Belly Dancing, Teacher Meet and Greet, 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. Every Tuesday: English as a Second Language, 10 a.m. – noon, Grafenwoehr, 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 / 01741476846 or Grafenwoehr 0152-0293-4290 / 0152-0241-5226, Mon– Fri, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Exchange News Manchu Wok grand opening in Grafenwoehr 7 March: The community is invited to attend the grand opening of Manchu Wok at 10:30 a.m. Manchu Wok is in Bldg. 612 (same location as the Burger King and the bowling alley) and will be open Mon-Sat, 10:30 a.m.- 8 p.m. and Sun, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Exchange IT Scheduled System Outage 10 March: Due to system maintenance and upgrades, customers will not be able to load funds on their ESSO fuel card accounts, new fuel cards or replacement cards cannot be issued, and tax free gas purchases will not be possible at the local ESSO Stations, from 5 a.m.-11 a.m. Anyone using off-post ESSO stations during this time period will pay full local national price for their fuel purchases. Exchange Gas Stations will remain open during the system outage but pre-paid will not be available as a payment option.

Grafenwoehr Charley’s breakfast ending soon 15 March: Charley’s will no longer serve breakfast

‘Salad Wednesday’ at Exchange restaurants Exchange restaurants are offering $2 off any salad priced $4 or more every Wednesday. Now, when picking up a salad at Subway, Burger King or Charley’s on Wednesdays, guests can save money and eat well at the same time. Those using their MILITARY STAR® card or Exchange gift card will get an additional 10% off their meal. “Salad Wednesdays” are part of the Exchange’s Operation BEFIT initiative to promote health and wellness through fitness and diet.

3-D movie capability comes to Grafenwoehr and Rose Barracks The Grand Opening of the first 3-D capable movie technology in USAG Grafenwoehr will be on 1 March at the Rose Barracks Theater. Jack the Giant Slayer will play in 3-D at 6:30 p.m. On 6 March, the Grafenwoehr Theater will play Jack the Giant Slayer in 3-D at 7 p.m. Hohenfels theater is planned for late spring/ early summer 2013. 3-D movies will cost $7.50 for everyone and will include 3-D glasses which can be recycled or taken home for later use. Customers are welcome to bring their own 3-D glasses. Movies not played in 3-D will cost the same as before. Check or the AFN and Garrison web pages for 2-D and 3-D movies playing at your local theater.

USAG Grafenwoehr Shoppette to limit alcohol sales The Grafenwoehr, Netzaberg and Rose Barracks Shoppettes will no longer sell alcohol from 2-7 a.m. Customers will be unable to purchase any Class Six (beer, wine or spirits) during these hours. Please submit questions or comments to the garrison. Your Exchange thanks you and asks you to remember: Don't Drink and Drive!

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 January 16-18 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Building 224 in Rose Barracks. Training will be held in the conference room. For more, contact Parent Central Services DSN 476-2760, CIV 09662-83-2760.

SKIES Instructors Needed The SKIES Unlimited program in the USAG Grafenwoehr is looking for dedicated instructors for piano, string instruments and gymnastics. The music positions require the individual to be subject matter experts in the area they are teaching and gymnastics instructors must have experience in tumbling, gymnastics apparatuses and/or acrobatics to teach entry and intermediate gymnastics. Those interested can email Tammy Weightman the SKIES Director. Gymnastics and Dance positions are currently posted on USA Jobs and with contracting.

Grafenwoehr Girl Scouts looking for scouts and volunteers Attention Scouts! Grafenwoehr Girl Scouts serves girls from Kindergarten through 12th grade in USAG Grafenwoehr. We foster leadership in our girls through activities, events, and community service opportunities at the troop and committee level. Girl Scouts is also recruiting 9th -12th grade girls to be a part of the virtual troop that travels and attends high school-level events. Scouts even have the opportunity to win the Girl Scout Gold Award, which opens doors for scholarship money post-graduation. Attention volunteers! The Girl Scouts are looking for leaders and co-leaders and management team members. For those who have a skill but can't make a full-time commitment, the Scouts are always looking for subject matter expert in all fields. Knitting, auto mechanics and maintenance, culinary arts, art, science, technology, mathematics, languages... just donating 3 hours of your time to offer a course to our girls can change their lives. For more information about registering your daughter or volunteering, email or check out the Facebook page.

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. Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED course 23 & 30 March: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Rose Barracks Bldg. 162. Registration is required. Go to to register. Cost is $55. For more, Rose Barracks Red Cross CIV 09662-831760 DSN 476-1760, Main Post Red Cross CIV 09641-83-1760 DSN 475-1760.

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.

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

Vilseck Community and Spouses' Club events Board Nominations It's time to nominate board members for next year! If you are a VCSC member and know someone who would be a great fit, send a nomination to The election will take place in May. Bunco Tournament 13 March: Go Green or Go Home! VCSC members: $10, non-members: $15. After Bunco will be a game of “Left, Right, Center” so bring three $1 bills. Space is limited. RSVP at 6:30 p.m. at the VCSC Boardroom. VCSC Scholarship 15 March: Applications due for educational scholarships. Last year, VCSC awarded $25,000 in scholarships. High school seniors, spouses and dependants of active duty and DoD civilians in USAG Grafenwoehr are eligible. Visit or email for an application. VCSC Spring Arts and Crafts Fair 16 March: The Spring Arts and Crafts Fair will be Rose Barracks, Bldg 134. If you are interested in becoming a vendor visit the for more information or email VCSC.

Grafenwoehr Community and Spouses' Club GCSC Welfare grants By 28 Feb: Anyone part of a private organization, school or special interest group can apply for grants through Grafenwoehr Community and Spouse’s Club Welfare Committee. Applications are due by Thursday and can be found at under the Newsletter tab. Applicants must completely fill out the application and return the hard copy to the address listed on the last page or a digital copy to gcscwelfare@yahoo.com0 Go to their Facebook page for upcoming events and club news.

Vendors wanted for Arts & Crafts Fair The Vilseck Community and Spouses Club is seeking ID Card holders to sell their handcrafted works at their spring Arts & Crafts Fair on 16 March. They are looking for painters, photographers, potters, jewelers, quilters, candle makers and more. For vendor applications or information, visit or email VCSC.

Registration for the Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run Are you hardcore? Register for the cross-country obstacle run, a test of strength and camaraderie. Obstacles include the monkey bars, mud crawl, water walk, pull ups, tire flip, sled pull, net climb, rock climb, container hop, gabion hop, balance beams, stairs and hurdles. The run takes place on 13 April. For more information, please contact the Grafenwoehr Physical Fitness Center.

Volleyball Unit Level Team Registration Through 28 Feb: Join the Intramural Volleyball League and represent your Unit. The league will be starting on 4 March. To register, call Sports and Fitness, DSN 475-9007, CIV 09641-83-9007. The league will take place at the Grafenwoehr and Rose Barracks Fitness Centers.

BINGO! 28 Feb: Enjoy a dinner buffet while playing one of America’s Favorite Games! Test your luck for some bingo excitement. Early Bird 6 p.m., regular Bingo starts 7 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m. Tower View, Bldg. 209.

Move your World Family Journaling 28 Feb: Journaling can be used to ease stress, document events or create family heirlooms. This adult program gives you the tools and inspiration you need to get started in journaling. We focus on Family Journaling, but the skills are transferrable to other types of journaling as well. 21 Feb: Rose Barracks Library. 28 Feb: Grafenwoehr Library. 5-6 p.m.

Basic Nutrition Management Class 1 March: Based on the principle that “you can’t work-off a bad diet,” the class teaches the basics of a healthy lifestyle change. Taught by an executive chef with a minor in personal nutrition management. 9-10 a.m. For more, call Sports and Fitness, DSN 475-9007, CIV 09641-83-9007.

Southern Comfort Dinner 1 March: Come enjoy some Southern style comfort foods from fried chicken to okra. Grafenwoehr Patton Fireside Lounge, Bldg. 209. 5 - 9 p.m. For more, DSN 475-6200, CIV 09641-83-6200.

DJ / Karaoke Nights 1 & 14 March: Spice up your evening and stop by the Zone Sports Bar to sing to your favorite music or enjoy a cold drink while other members of the community put on a show. 9 p.m. Rose Barracks Langenbruck Center. For more, DSN 476-2360, CIV 09662-83-2360.

AFAA Fitness Professionals Training 1 March: The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) will provide training in Grafenwoehr to local fitness professionals. Call DSN 475-9007, CIV 09641-83-9007 for more.

Karlovy Vary & The Asian Dragon Market, Czech Republic 2 March: Karlovy Vary is world-renowned for its history and spas. You can stroll along the scenic colonnades as you shop for crystal, leather and amber jewelry. On the way back, we stop at the Asian Dragon Bazaar for shopping. 6:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Passport required. To sign up, call Leisure Travel Services, DSN 475-7402, CIV 09641-83-7402.

CYSS Softball Pitching Clinic 2, 9, 15 & 16 March: Are you ready for softball season? Learn the proper techniques of softball pitching during this free program. First time and seasoned pitchers are welcome. At Vilseck High School. Register for the clinic on MWR Online Services at or at Parent Central Services DSN 4762760, CIV 09662-83-2760.

USAG Grafenwoehr Boxing Invitational 2 March: If you think you have what it takes to compete against other boxers, sign up to fight today! Boxers are required to be present for mandatory weigh-ins and medical physicals from 9 a.m. - noon. The invitational starts at 7 p.m. on 2 March. Doors open at 6 p.m. Rose Barracks Memorial Fitness Center, Bldg. 616. For more, call Sports and Fitness – DSN 475-8207, CIV 09641-83-8207.

Lauenstein Chocolate & Kronach Castle 3 March: See the beautiful Lauenstein Chocolate Factory and taste their delicious product. You can purchase chocolates at outlet prices there. Kronach is a walled city and home to Germany’s biggest medieval fortress, Festung Rosenburg. The rivers Hassloch, Kronach and Rodach unite in Kronach. 8 a.m.- 7 p.m. To sign up, call Leisure Travel Services, DSN 475-7402, CIV 09641-83-7402.

Trip to Prague 3 March: See Prague, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. The 2-hour guided walking tour winds through the historic part of town, past the Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge, and other famous sights. The roads are on cobblestone, so wear comfortable shoes. The afternoon is free time to enjoy lunch, shop, visit museums and explore the castle and cathedral. As always, passports are necessary. 5 a.m.- 9 p.m. To sign up, call Leisure Travel Services, DSN 475-7402, CIV 09641-83-7402.

Star Organizer 5 March: Learn to create a Star Organizer from noon - 2 p.m. For details on the class and how to sign up, contact Heart & Home Craft Shop at DSN 475-6101, CIV 09641-83-6101.

Scrapbooking 6 & 13 March: Those interested in creating scrapbooks and will love a place to meet others and learn new ideas and techniques. 9 - 11 a.m. at the Heart & Home Craft Shop, Bldg. 607. For more, call DSN 475-6101, CIV 09641-83-6101.

Kid’s Classes 6 March: Encourage your child’s creativity with our on-going Kid’s Classes. This month the class will teach children ages 7-10 something related to the arts. 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Heart & Home Craft Shop, Bldg. 607. For more, call DSN 475-6101, CIV 09641-83-6101.

Beginning Quilting Classes 7, 14, 21 & 28 March: Our quilting classes will teach you everything you need to know to get you creating your own quilt masterpieces. For more, stop by the Heart & Home Craft Shop, Grafenwoehr Bldg. 607, or call DSN 475-6101, CIV 09641-83-6101.

Seafood Night 8 March: Come on out and taste a bit of the sea from 5-9 p.m. Fried or blacken shrimp, catfish, flounder or tilapia seafood platter with a variety of sides. For more, contact the Tower View at DSN 475-6200, CIV 09641-83-6200.

The Twilight of the Golds 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23 March: If your parents knew everything about you before you were born, would you be here? That’s the question in this intriguing drama. All is well when Suzanne Gold and her close New York family discover that she’s pregnant, until a prenatal test reveals unsettling news. The news forces the Gold family to confront bigotry, evolution and the limits of love. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and shows start at 7 p.m. Tickets: $7 per person. Appropriate for 18 and over (under 18 years of age admitted with parent or guardian consent). Grafenwoehr Performing Arts Center, Bldg. 103. DSN 475-6426, CIV 09641-83-6426.

Home Economics 8 & 9 March: This Home Economics class will create a Reversible Easter Bag. The project is perfect for those who want to have creative fun this spring. Best of all, you walk away with knowledge how to make more for anytime of the year. 9 a.m. – noon. Heart & Home Craft Shop, Grafenwoehr Bldg. 607, DSN 475-6101, CIV 09641-83-6101.

Kristall Palm Beach 9 March: This water wonderland in Stein has a wave pool, 18 Saunas, massages, Aroma temple, regular swimming pools and additional pool with thermal waters heated at different temperatures. 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. To sign up, call Leisure Travel Services, DSN 475-7402, CIV 09641-83-7402.

Dachau & The Munich National Museum 10 March: This tour Dachau Concentration Camp memorial site will encompass the actual prisoners' camp, the SS area and various subsidiary camps, such as the “plantation,” shooting range, and prisoner burial grounds. Camp Memorial Cemetery Dachau-Leitenberg. Afterwards, the group will head to Munich and the Munich National Museum, the largest technological museum in the world. 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. To sign up, call Leisure Travel Services, DSN 475-7402, CIV 09641-83-7402.

CYSS SKIES Unlimited Programs Those interested in any SKIES classes should call Parent Central Services at DSN 476-2760, CIV 09662-83-2760. English Style Horseback Riding Register starting 2 April: Horseback Riding Lessons for 7-18 year olds will resume in Feb. Lessons will be at the Horseback Riding Stables in Weiden with certified instructors and temperament-tested horses. Driver Education Program

15 April – 15 June: CYSS offers theory classes, simulator training and behind the wheel classes for 15-18 year olds as well as a full German drivers license program for youth 17.5 and older. Kindermusik now available in Vilseck Due to popular demand Kindermusik for parents with children 6 months to 5 years is now available on Rose Barracks. Kindermusik is a class where children sing, dance, play, and explore music. They will learn to actively listen, move, imagine, and relax. This is a family class.

Breastfeeding support group First and Third Thursday: At the Grafenwoehr USO. 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. Donations and volunteers welcome. Volunteers receive special discounts on all sales.

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Facility & Road/Openings/Construction/Closures Rose Barracks Theater closure Through 1 March: The Rose Barracks Theater will be temporarily closed for the installation of 3-D digital technology. It will reopen on 1 March with 3-D capabilities.

Grafenwoehr Theater closure 1-6 March: The Grafenwoehr Theater will be temporarily closed for the installation of 3-D digital technology. It will reopen on 6 March with 3-D capabilities.

Manchu Wok grand opening in Grafenwoehr 7 March: The community is invited to attend the grand opening of Manchu Wok at 10:30 a.m. Manchu Wok is in Bldg. 612 (same location as the Burger King and the bowling alley) and will be open Mon-Sat, 10:30 a.m.- 8 p.m. and Sun, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Central Issue Facility one day closure 7 March: The Central Issue Facility (CIF) in Rose Barracks, Bldg 102, will be closed from 7:30-10:30 a.m. due to repair on the power lines. For questions, call Mr. Torres, DSN 476-2375/2376, CIV 09641-83-2375/2376.

Grafenwoehr Gates quarterly barrier maintenance 11-16 March: Short delays and detours to be expected at the gates/Access Control Points due to the quarterly maintenance of the pop-up barriers, traffic arms and tire-shredders to make the barriers safer and more secure. DPW will post detour signs where necessary. Please follow DPW/Gate guard instructions.

Rose Barracks Housing Office moving to Grafenwoehr By 15 March: The Housing Division will no longer operate from two locations. The Rose Barracks Housing Office will close and move all services to East Camp. This move is part of the garrison's plan to reduce duplicate services currently being provided on both sides of the installation and make us better stewards of our resources. Housing services such as Army Family Housing, Private Rental, Appliance Service Desk, Leased Housing and Facility Maintenance will be provided at the on East Camp Housing Office, Bldg. 244. We also move front door services, improve quality customer service, gain efficiencies through better work processes, and the information flow between the customer and the Housing Office, ultimately providing a better service to the community. Thank you for your support and patience in this process. The Housing Office apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause as we continue to focus on providing the best possible customer service.

IACS office in Rose Barracks closed There is no longer an IACS office in Rose Barracks. All installation passes will be issued at the Grafenwoehr IACS office in Bldg. 244, Rm 129.

Grafenwoehr and Vilseck Health Clinic delay hours In the event of a 2-hour work delay due to inclement weather, the health clinic will open at 9 a.m. The health clinic will open at 11 a.m. during a 4 hour work delay. For an early release due to inclement weather, the clinic will close at the time of the early release and staff will re-schedule appointments with patients. Please ensure your contact information is up-todate by visiting

Shuttle bus operations during dangerous road conditions Red and Black Road Conditions: As we brace for winter, we remind the community that community shuttle/housing area buses will not operate in red or black road conditions. If conditions elevate to red or black after departure from post, drivers will immediately return to base unless the driver determines he can continue without endangering the safety of persons and equipment. Customers that are already onboard will normally be transported to post. Should road conditions rapidly develop to a critical level and continued operation would be a hazard, the driver will stop at the next available safe parking lot and inform TMP and/or Staff Duty Office of the situation. After conditions improve, routes will commence at their next regularly scheduled time. Work Delays/Early Releases: When a two-hour work delay is authorized, all bus routes originating before 8 a.m. will not run. They will initiate service at their next regularly scheduled run. If an early release is directed, runs 6 and 7 of Route G-1 (Grafenwoehr to Rose Barracks Direct Run) will not operate. We appreciate the community’s understanding as we seek to ensure the safety of all during inclement weather conditions. POC for this action is Mr. Theo Arnold, TMP Branch Chief, DSN 475-6347, CIV 09641-83-6347 or

Religious Weekly Bible Study Velburg Truth Center meets for Bible Study every Wednesday at 7 p.m. In addition to weekly Bible Study, we also have church service every Sunday at 11 a.m. We are located at Alleeweg 2 Velburg, Germany 92355. Please email Brenda Means or call 0172-892-3771 for more.

Off post church services Eschenbach - Roman Catholic Mass Saturday services at St. Laurentius: 6 p.m. (1st Mass of Sunday) Sunday services at St. Laurentius: 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Monday services at St. Laurentius: 6 p.m. Tuesday services at Apfelbach: 6 p.m. Wednesday services at St. Laurentius: 6 p.m. Thursday services at St. Laurentius: 4:15 p.m. (geared toward children) Grafenwoehr Sunday services at Friedenskirche: 8 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. Family services every 1st, 3rd and 4th Sunday Monday services at Maria-Himmelfahrtskirche: 8.30 a.m. Tuesday services at Friedenskirche: 7 p.m.

Wednesday services at Seniorenheim St. Sebastian: 4.30 p.m. 2nd Wednesday of every month; 7 p.m. at MariaHimmelfahrtskirche Thursday services at Friedenskirche: 4:15 p.m., students’ service Friday services at Friedenskirche: 1-2 p.m. 1st Friday of every month; 7 p.m. 1st Friday of every month. Saturday services at Friedenskirche: 4 p.m. Rosary; 6 p.m. Gmuend Sunday services at Herz-Marien-Kirche: Alternating weeks, 9:15 a.m. or 7 p.m. Thursday services at BRK Seniorenheim: 3 p.m. 1st Wednesday of every month. Friday services at Herz-Marien-Kirche: 6.30 p.m. during winter, 7 p.m. during summer. Goessenreuth Thursday services at Michaelskapelle: 7 p.m. during winter, 7.30 p.m. during summer. Huetten Sunday services at Josefs Kirche: Alternating weeks, 9:15 a.m. or 7 p.m. Thursday services at Josefs Kirche: 7 p.m. Saturday services at Josefs Kirche: 5 p.m.

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 East Camp & Rose Barracks Education Center consolidation By 29 March: The East Camp (Graf) Education Center will be consolidating with the Rose Barracks Education Center at the end of March. All services will continue at the expanded Rose Barracks Education Center, Bldg 223. For your planning purposes, please note the final dates for specific services at the East Camp Education Center provided below: 26 Mar: Final TABE testing session. The TABE begins at 1300; no appointment required. 27 Mar: Final day for proctored tests. An appointment is required. 29 Mar: Final day for Army Personnel Testing (DLAB, DLPT, AFCT, SIFT). An appointment is required. 29 Mar: Final day for Counseling Services and Out-processing. No appointment required. 29 Mar: Final day to meet with college representatives at East Camp. An appointment is recommended as some college representatives work part-time. *Evening and weekend college classes will continue on East Camp after the consolidation. *The Army Learning Center (Computer Lab) will remain open in Bldg 538, East Camp, after the consolidation For more information, call us at DSN 475-6786/6219, CIV 09641-83-6786/6219 or email. For testing appointments, please call DSN 475-6787, CIV 09641-83-6787.

FAST Class 19 – 29 Mar: Rose Barracks (Vilseck) Education Center, Bldg. 223, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 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 Rose Barracks Education Center at DSN 476-2653/3292 or East Camp Education Center at DSN 475-6219/6786.

National Testing Center (NTC) News While renovations continue at the Vilseck Education Center, University of Maryland University College - Europe's National Test Center (NTC) will temporarily be located in Rose Barracks Bldg.163D. The NTC only operates 20 hours per week and is open Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The NTC offers computer-based national exams for college credit, including CLEP, DSST, Excelsior, GMAT, IT certifications, and many other professional certification exams. It is highly recommended that persons interested in testing contact the NTC at DSN 476-2462, CIV 09662-83-2462, or email Sarah Anderson to find out about availability and schedule an appointment.

University of Oklahoma The University of Oklahoma in Rose Barracks 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 and a Master of Human Relations. The following course is open for enrollment on-site in Rose Barracks: 16-21 April, PSC 5550-225, Problems in International Relations: Inter-American Politics. We are currently enrolling new students. Call Carla Miller at DSN 476-2069, CIV 09662-83-2069 or email her. Further information can be found at

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.

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 4759208, CIV 09641-83-9208.

Grafenwoehr Elementary School School Advisory Council meeting 7 March: Ready for a great bedtime story? Then come to Grafenwoehr Elementary School’s cafeteria to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America. Kids, come dressed in your jammies and bring your favorite stuffed animal. Hear local celebrity guest readers read the classics like “One Fish Two Fish” and “How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight.” Meet the Cat In the Hat and enjoy a free cookie. 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. For further info contact Mrs. Fife at DSN 475-7133, CIV 09641-83-7133. 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 Yearbooks are now on sale for $30. Checks can be made out to VES. Place order form, cash or check in an envelope and give to homeroom teacher or at the front office. Please don’t forget to keep bringing in your Box Tops to our PTSA. Through 28 Feb: Grafenwoehr Military Community 2013 Women’s History Month Art and Essay Contest. Open to all students K-12. RULES: 500 word essay, Single space & 12 font. Prizes will be given to the winners from each grade level category. K-2 students will participate in an art contest by constructing a portrait of an influential woman of their choosing. 3-7 students will write an essay of an influential woman. 8-12 students will write an essay comparing a historical female inventor to someone today. Please contact Mr. Duncan at: for more information. th 27 Feb: NAEP Testing (4 grade) 27 Feb: Family Library Night. Parents with their child, may check out materials, take reading tests, work on homework or sit and read. 4-6 p.m. 1-28 Mar: Red Hot Readers Month. Vilseck Elementary School has numerous activities throughout the month to promote reading both at home and at school. 1 March: Read Across America, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.. This event is conducted nationwide to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and promote the fun of reading. We invite parents and high school students to read Dr. Seuss books to classes throughout the school day. 4-6 Mar: Spring Class Pictures. Packets of information are being sent home via your child. Please complete.

6 & 13 Mar: Family Library Night. Parents with their child, may check out materials, take reading tests, work on homework or sit and read. 4-6 p.m. 8 Mar: Friday Morning Munchies sponsored by the PTSA. Visit the annex at 7:50-8:20 a.m. 15 March: Bedtime Stories. That evening from 5-6:30 p.m. We invite military members, parents and students from Vilseck High School (National Honor Society and Future Educators of America) to read to small groups of students who dress up in pajamas.

28 March: Final Red Hot Reading Assembly 8:40-10:15 a.m. There will be a “Cheer Reader” team perform, award medallions to students for meeting reading criteria, and watch the principal meet his school challenge. (This is always something wacky and fun he does when the school meets a total reading goal.) If you would like any more information about any of our events, please feel free to call the school office at 09662-83-2812 or DSN: 476-2812. You may contact me at: 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 09662-83-3221. 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. 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 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 28 Feb: Crazy Socks Day. Your child can wear crazy socks on this day. 1 Mar: Pajama Day. Your child can wear their school appropriate pajamas on this day. Through 1 Mar: Book Swap. At the Information center. Bring in books to swap out. PCSing soon?: Please contact Wendy Streeter --, DSN 472-9185, CIV 09645-917-9185 -- so she may assist you with transferring your children’s records to their new school. Book Swap: 3-7 March. If you are needing some new books at your house, Ms. Tague is having a book swap. Bring in any books that you don’t want anymore and your child can swap it for another book. The books to swap will be in the library. Yearbook Sale: Yearbooks are on sale right now for $20 until 22 Feb. The price goes up after that to $25. P.E.: Mr. Gray, our P.E. teacher, is asking for old sport shoe donations of all sizes. Many kids forget their sport shoes and this way Mr. Gray can loan them a pair for class. All sizes welcome. 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. Homework Club: For 3rd-5th grade on Tue and Thu, 2:45-3:45 p.m. 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: 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 4729185. Check us out on Facebook here. School Office Hours School Hours Mon.- Fri. 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Mon.- Fri. 8:00 a.m.-.2:35 p.m.

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

Netzaberg Middle School 6 Mar: Terra Nova Practice Test Grades 6-8 6 Mar: SILT Meeting, 3 p.m. - Parents are welcome NMS 2012-2013 Yearbook: Yearbooks cost $35. All orders must be received by 1 March and are payable by cash (USD only), check or money order (both made out to "NMS SAF". Order forms will be passed out during Seminar classes, will be emailed home, and can be picked up in the main NMS office. All orders must be accompanied by payment, and must be turned in to Mr. Hagen-Holt in room 106 before or after school. Are you PCSing soon? Please give Mrs. Ferdinand-Bessant a call at DSN 472-9233, CIV 09645-317-9233 so that she can assist you with your transition. 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: 6 Feb, 6 Mar, 3 Apr and 1 May. 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 9 a.m. The number for the office is DSN 472-9229, CIV 09645-9179229 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; DSN 472-9254, CIV 09645-917-9254 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 After-School Tutoring VHS students can receive free tutoring for Language Arts, every Monday and Thursday, in room A-230. Tutoring for all subjects is available every Tuesday and Thursday, in room A-232. Students do not have to sign up ahead of time, and activity-bus passes are available. Tutoring for all sessions is 3:15- 5:15 p.m. 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. VHS Facebook Page Vilseck High School updates and pictures are always available at our Facebook page. 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. If your 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 Bad Gastein, Austria, 15-17 March. 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.

Travel and Leisure Fair: Freizeit-Messe 27 Feb. - 3 March: in 90471 Nürnberg, at the Messezentrum on Karl-SchönlebenStraße, ph 0911-860-60. Find at the fair information about travel (often at reduced fares!), camping, various sport activities, gardening, and even motorbikes, bicycles and cars (although those are not the main focus). Admission is € 10.50 pp, € 8.- for children, or € 23.- for a family ticket (2 adults and max. 3 children under 16).

Easter Egg Market 2 & 3 March: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. both days, in 91054 Erlangen, at the Redoutensaal (next to the "Markgrafen-Theater"), Theaterplatz. 1 (between Nürnberg and Bamberg). This is the second-oldest Ostereier-Markt in Germany! 40 artists from all over Germany and beyond will display and sell their beautifully hand-painted Easter eggs, as well as other Easter decoration. Have a look at the photos on their German website (no need to understand the text) - click on "Weiter mit dem Rundgang" at the bottom right to continue to the next two pages.

Mittefastenmarkt street market in Weiden 3 March: 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., in 92637 Weiden, Altstadt (historic city center) / Fußgängerzone (pedestrian zone). Click for a map of suggested car parks.

Mittefastenmarkt street market in Bamberg 6 - 9 March: in 96047 Bamberg, on Maximiliansplatz. Open Wed-Fri 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Bike & Fun Fair 9 - 10 March: in 90762 Fürth, Stadthalle, Rosenstraße 50, ph 0911-749-120 (ca. 10 km / 6 miles west of Nürnberg). Opening hours Sat 1 - 6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is 5 euros. This annual fair offers everything that a biker's heart desires: motorcycles, accessories, custom bikes, quads, clothes even a raffle and a flea market for used motorcycles and accessories!

Frühlingsmark Spring Market in Fürth 9 -17 March: in 90762 Fürth, around the Fürther Freiheit (ca. 10 km / 6 miles west of Nürnberg). It is a typical street market (only GE) where you can find all things necessary and unnecessary for everyday life. There will also be lots of entertainment and a few rides for the kids. On Sunday, 10 March, stores will be open in the afternoon.

Passion Play 9 -29 March: in 95478 Kemnath, at the Mehrzweckhalle (community hall), Badstraße 12 (adjacent to the school, ca. 20 km / 12.5 miles north of Grafenwöhr). Parking is available around the building. After a 200-year hiatus, the Passion play in Kemnath was reinstated in 1983. Since then, the play is put on every 5 years. It follows the script from 1731, probably written by a monk of the former Franciscan monastery in Kemnath. In the past, the play was the highlight of the Holy Week. It was stopped by decree as the Volksfest-like atmosphere around the play

didn't please the authorities. It is thanks to around 140 actors, nearly 100 singer, 14 musicians and 10 assistants working behind the scenes that this play can go ahead every 5 years. Click here for some photos from previous plays. Tickets can be purchased online (only German but the dates and start times are easy to understand).

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 per person.

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 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.

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. You can get a map of Regensburg's city center from the Tourist Info in the "Altes Rathaus" (old city hall) for free. 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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