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| Index

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Creative endeavors turn profit at craft fair

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Bedtime stories leave community in its pajamas

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The 40-year reunion

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German laws restrict mailing meds

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Self-cleaning clothing: wear without wear

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Hohenfels leadership takes charge of energy reduction

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Choosing a healthy diet has any benefits

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Sleeping well

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The All-New BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

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Horticultural Show Tirschenreuth opens on 29 May

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About Easter lambs, Easter rabbits and “egg picking“

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Alesha Wozny ices cupcakes for community consumption during The Vilseck Community and Spouses‘ Club‘s fourth annual Spring Craft Fair brought eager custothe VCSC Spring Craft Fair, March 16. mers to talented crafters showcasing one-of-a-kind wares.

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VILSECK, Germany -- What started as a few girlfriends gathering for a craft night (and perhaps a few bottles of wine) has morphed into a money-making endeavor for Krystelle Chaney and Kendra Buttner of „The Paper Dolls.“ Chaney and Buttner sat behind a table doused with homemade greeting cards, here, at the Vilseck Community and Spouses‘ Club‘s fourth annual Spring Craft Fair, March 16. And the work never stopped. Diligently cutting, folding, pasting and stamping, the two entrepreneurs created one-of-akind works of art on the spot, each with creative expressions for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, or „just because.“ Across the room, Heather Roley of „Made with Love Creations,“ painted the faces of tiny customers while Annette Stanis showed off her intricate hand-designed jewelry under the umbrella of „Red Leaf Designs.“ Alesha Wozny iced cupcakes for sampling and Lynsye Peeples of „Lynsye‘s off the Hook Crochet“ replenished her stock of colorfully crocheted winter owl hats -- an item that flew off the shelf during the first 30 minutes of the event. Crisy Ross Libesck and Jen Battiste took „going green“ to

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Out with the old, in with the new GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Uwe Schmidt puts in a new LED light into a streetlamp on Gettysburg Road, here, March 6. As part of U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr‘s push toward smart energy use and conservation, the Directorate of Public Works is installing LED lights in all 230 streetlamps on the Grafenwoehr side of the garrison. The new, energy-saving lights will help reduce the garrison‘s electricity consumption. „We will save about 70,000 kilowatts of electricity a year,“ explained Werner Stein, electrical engineer for DPW. Those kilowatts translate into an annual savings of $18,000. The project is scheduled to last through April 30. After DPW completes the lights on the Grafenwoehr side, said Stein, the garrison hopes to continue the project in Rose Barracks. | by Chelsea Bissell, U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Public Affairs

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Built when the training area was established, barrack 72 was the only building in that area that survived the bombardment of April 1945. Today, the building has the number 449 and is the home of the German Army.

"Built 1914 and 15" reads the incription in the wooden beam across the entrance of the German Army’s administration building. Heinz Seitz of the installation management office (from left), the commander of the Office of the German Military Representative, Lt. Col. Hans-Joachim Gehrlein and project manager Michael Neuber are happy about the renovation of the building that included energy saving measures such as new windows and the refurbishment of the façade of the historic half-timbered building.

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Grafenwoehr. The headquarters building of the German Army on Grafenwoehr main post was renovated. To save energy, new windows were installed in the historic building and the ceiling insulated. The façade received a new coat of paint and the exterior plaster and the half timbered work were repaired. Like the US Army, the German Army on Grafenwoehr main post is also investing in its buildings. The commander of the Office of the German Military Representative, Lt. Col. Hans-Joachim Gehrlein, and the local chief of the Office of Installation Management Amberg, Heinz Seitz and project manager Michael Neuber informed the public about the completed renovations. It took quite some time before the funds were approved. The renovations of the historic half-timbered building were completed by the end of last year mainly by regional firms. Although the total cost of 200,000 Euro is far from the amount the US Army spent on its building, it was a significant expense. Additional investments into the administrative buildings, including the modernization of the restrooms, are planned. The half-timbered building with the number 449 features the offices, Soldiers’ quarters, a dining facility, kitchen, conference rooms and classrooms of the Office of the German Military Representative and the installation management office. The German Army building has a historic meaning for the troops. It was built for the Soldiers of the Bavarian Army Corps when the training area was established. The inscription in the wooden beam above the entrance reads “Built 1914 and 15.“ It can be found on old photos as barrack 72. In July 1956, when

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Bedtime stories leave community in its pajamas GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Talon Devault, 3 (left), and 4-year-old Cias Banister buddy up to Col. Jim Saenz, commander of the U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, as he reads a story during „Bedtime Stories“ at Grafenwoehr Elementary School, here, March 7.

Senior leaders, Soldiers from the 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion and community volunteers engaged children and their stuffed-animal sidekicks with imaginative stories during the hourlong family-friendly event.

The event brought more than 100 pajama-clad children and their parents to an evening of storytelling in conjunction with the national event „Read Across America Day.“

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172nd Infantry Brigade's Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Boom stands with baseball legend Rollie Fingers in 1973 when Boom was 15 years old. When Boom and Fingers met again in early February during Fox Sport's "Spring Training to the Troops" in USAG Grafenwoehr, Fingers signed the 40-year-old picture for Boom, a long-time Oakland A's fan.

172nd Infantry Brigade's Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Boom and Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers, look at a picture of the two of them together taken in 1973. "He really enjoyed the pictures and he couldn't believe the bell bottoms," said Boom, referencing pair's flared pants and 1970s swag.

Posing together like they did in a picture taken 40 years earlier, 172nd Infantry Brigade's Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Boom and Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers smile for the camera. Boom, an Oakland A's fan, met Fingers and the rest of the team for the first time in 1973, after a game.

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The 40-year reunion GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Americans living abroad often pine for home. So when Fox Sports and Major League Baseball teamed up to bring „Spring Training to the Troops“ earlier this month, the community came out en masse for the rare chance to rub shoulders with some of baseball‘s greatest players. But for 172nd Infantry Brigade‘s Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Boom, the visit marked the second time he‘d met Rollie Fingers, ex-relief pitcher for Oakland Athletics and Hall of Fame inductee. Both meetings were monumental for Boom, a lifelong, diehard Oakland A‘s fan and Oakland native. How great was Boom‘s fandom? When he was 13 years old, he stole a prized baseball hat right off the head of Oakland Athletics coach Vern Hoscheit. All white, the hat strayed from the standard green and yellow caps worn by the fans. No one, explained Boom, could buy these hats in stores; they were made only for the coaches of the Oakland A‘s. Boom coveted the hat and devised a plan while sitting above the dugout with his dad at an A‘s game in the early 1970s. When Hoscheit leapt up to celebrate the team‘s inevitable win, he would snatch the cap and run. When Hoscheit jumped, Boom plucked the precious white hat off his head, sprinted to the parking lot and hid under his dad‘s car. „I figured the whole Oakland police force was after me,“ said Boom, chuckling. Growing up, Boom spent as much time as he could playing baseball and discussing the A‘s. He knew their statistics and athletes and even aspired to one day play for his home team. So naturally, for Fox Sports‘ visit, he jumped at the chance to escort Fingers, who played for Oakland from 1968-1976.

Boom and Fingers first met during the A‘s heyday in 1973, through his father‘s connections with then-catcher Gene Tenace. While Boom‘s encounter with Oakland A‘s lasted only long enough to snap pictures, Fingers and the rest of the team impressed Boom.„Not one of them declined to take a picture with us,“ he said, adding that Fingers was „very cordial. A lot of athletes today are prima donnas. Back then, they were salt of the earth.“ Forty years later, Boom‘s encounter with Fingers left him equally as impressed. Fingers was still humble, conversant and kind. The baseball great even gave the command sergeant major his business card, instructing Boom to call next time he‘s in Las Vegas so they can play golf. But mostly, they talked baseball. The diehard fan got the inside scoop from the Hall of Famer on standout plays, memorable games and, particularly, Finger‘s renowned trick play against Johnny Bench during game three of the 1972 World Series (Google it. The sly move is considered one of baseball‘s greatest trick plays.) Boom asked, too, about Fingers‘ Oakland teammates, wondering who he was close to and how they are now. Luckily, Fingers has remained close to his early career teammates through annual Athletics reunions and could recount the whereabouts and well-being of every man, nearly 40 years after they last played together. „He almost knows of them like they‘re his brothers, his family,“ said Boom. „The community is a lot like Army veterans.“ Boom also took the opportunity to ask Fingers if A‘s coach Hoscheit ever mentioned the rare hat stolen right off his head. Fingers said he hadn‘t, but knowing Hoscheit, that pilfered hat would have made him „‘extremely pissed.‘“ | by Chelsea Bissell, U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Public Affairs

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Narrow Escape from Furious Flames It was the end of a long Friday evening out with some friends. After a night of partying, my normal routine was to come home and cook something before hitting the sack. This night was no different, and after putting some food on the stove, I decided to lie down for a minute until it was done cooking. The next thing I remember is waking up in a smoke-filled room to the sound of wailing sirens and someone banging on my door. As I stumbled to the door, I noticed a burning pot on the kitchen stove. Suddenly, a firefighter rushed through the door and quickly extinguished the flames. How could I have forgotten I had food on the stove? And what happened to the smoke alarm? Well, the smoke alarm activated; however, because of the amount of alcohol I drank, I slept through it. Thankfully, a neighbor notified the fire department. A majority of fatal home fires happen at night when people are asleep. Contrary to popular belief, the smell of smoke may

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MPs sharpen their instincts GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- A military policeman is dispatched to a residence on post for a domestic disturbance and is unsure what to expect. He knocks on the door and calls out „military police“ to announce his presence. The sound of glass breaking and crying permeates the door. Acting on his instincts, the Soldier forces entry into the residence.

„I think professional law enforcement is the one thing that separates us (from all other branches), especially in peacetime keeping us relevant to the force,“ said Waugh. | by Capt. Amanda Kehrrington, 18th Military Police Public Affairs

Although not an actual call, this scenario represents a situation MPs routinely respond to. The 709th MP Bn. initiated a Road Warrior Challenge, here, March 7, which focused on professional law enforcement tactics, techniques and procedures and encouraging MP Soldiers to stay proficient in those skills. The first-ever 709th MP Bn. Road Warrior Challenge consisted of 16 Soldiers competing in nine events including baton strike, field sobriety test, apprehension, evaluate a casualty and active shooter lane.

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„The commander‘s intent was to put an emphasis back on professional law enforcement in the military police corps,“ said 1st Lt. Garret Waugh, Headquarters Headquarters Detachment, 709th MP Bn., plans officer. „I hope this event gets Soldiers motivated and focused back on professional law enforcement because ultimately that‘s why we are here.“

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This event will become a quarterly challenge within the 709th MP Bn. with the Soldiers already preparing for the next challenge in May. This is an opportunity to test MP Soldiers on their professional law enforcement capabilities keeping these Soldiers competent in their field. „Being out there and helping people is really what I look forward to when I go to work in the morning,“ said Pfc. Benjamin Varni, a company gunner for the 527th Military Police, 709th MP Battalion, 18th MP Brigade, which is headquartered in Sembach.

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„Being a military policeman is about helping the community and keeping people safe,“ he continued. „They may not like me for doing it, but I‘d rather be out there and take the heat for helping them than letting them get hurt or putting someone in a situation that is going to hurt those around them.“

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German laws restrict mailing meds All U.S. ID cardholders are reminded that prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins/minerals, and herbal & dietary supplements are not allowed to be mailed through an Army Post Office to Americans living in Germany. German law provides strict regulations for importing medicine into Germany from other countries. Prohibited medicine products identified by U.S and German customs officials can either be destroyed or returned to sender, according to German and U.S. postal and customs officials. For those affected by the policy, there are options available to receive certain medicines and supplements, to include military treatment facility (MTF) pharmacies, AAFES outlets, commissaries, and German pharmacies and retail stores, said Lt. Col. Rodney Jorstad, pharmacy consultant for Europe Regional Medical Command. Below is a summary of various options provided by his office that is available to ID cardholders living in Germany. The following are frequently asked questions regarding medication and German customs:

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I‘ve never been to a military treatment facility. Do I need to register to have my prescriptions filled or can I come straight to the pharmacy? To receive any services from an Army MTF, beneficiaries must first be registered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS), a worldwide, computerized database of uniformed service members, their family members and others who are eligible for military benefits. This requires a visit to the Patient Administration (PAD) section, which usually occurs during inprocessing for active duty service member and their family members. Pay patients (civilians, DoDEA/DoDDS staff and eligible contractors) or those with additional insurance coverage beyond Tricare (internally referred to as OHI or third-party insurance) are asked to provide insurance information to PAD during the initial registration process. As this information can change over time, customers are responsible for making sure PAD has their most current insurance information or customers may be billed for 100 percent of the costs for any services rendered. Patients should have their insurance cards with them to ensure they‘re billed correctly. Once registe-

red, they will be registered at all MTFs within Germany. After you register, what‘s required to have my prescription filled? If you previously received your prescriptions in the mail, you will need a new written prescription from your health care provider to have your prescription filled at an MTF pharmacy. A label from your current mail order pharmacy is not sufficient. Mail order pharmacies will not transfer your prescription to military pharmacies. Only original prescriptions (not copies or scans) are considered legal. This may require you to schedule an appointment with your local provider or contact a stateside provider for new prescription orders to be mailed to you. When you arrive at a military pharmacy, you are required to show your ID card and present a hard copy prescription signed in ink by a physician. Patients need to bring their prescriptions to the pharmacy well before they run out of medication. If their prescription is for a medication that is not stocked, it can take between one to three weeks to fill the prescription and up to six weeks if it‘s a narcotic medication. Army military treatment facilities do not have the ability to carry all medications available on the American market, and military treatment facilities are limited by their overseas supply chain when requisitioning medications. Delays may occur if your written prescriptions contain small errors or unclear information that requires a pharmacist to contact the provider before filling them. Due to the time differences and availability of the provider, this may delay your prescription a few days after you present them to the pharmacy. If the pharmacist‘s questions cannot be resolved, the pharmacist may refuse to fill the prescription. Will military pharmacies be able to fill all prescription medications? There are several FDA-approved medications that are not provided at MTF pharmacies due to policies or regulations that forbid their use within the military health care system. A prior authorization or any other approval from Tricare or a civilian insurance company does not override these restrictions.

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Regardless of the reason you are using them, Army MTF pharmacies may not be able to honor your prescription. The most common restricted items include weight loss medications, fertility/ assisted pregnancy medications and medications approved for cosmetic conditions. Call your local MTF pharmacy if you have any questions, as a complete list of these items cannot be provided here. How does the pharmacy system determine which prescription medications they will stock? Army MTF pharmacies in Germany operate under one formulary system, which means that Army senior physicians and pharmacists decide which medications are generally available and locally stocked. The entire overseas supply system is based on providing formulary medications to the Army pharmacies. Providers may request a nonformulary (sometimes called special order) medication based on rules outlined by the military and Tricare.

to writing prescriptions to be filled at an American military pharmacy. I‘ve never seen a cash register at an Army pharmacy. How can civilians pay for their medications? Civilian pay patients will be charged the entire cost of the prescription minus what their insurance pays. Europe Regional Medical Command (EMRC) has an office that will bill third-party insurance, accept any payment provided by that insurance, and bill patients for any remaining costs (usually co-pays/co-insurance, or applicable deductibles or not covered services). This is a courtesy provided by ERMC. The billing process for prescriptions is not handled by the pharmacy, and pharmacy personnel will not be able to answer billing questions. All questions concerning claims (potential or actual) or any other billing issues should be directed to the ERMC Uniform Business Office (eUBO) at www.eubo.healthcare.hqusareur.army.mil.

These requests will be approved or denied based on a patient‘s individual circumstances and clinical criteria. Patients using nonformulary medications, who use stateside providers, will be encouraged to switch (with their doctor‘s permission) to similar formulary medications.

Contact information can also be found at the bottom of each billing statement. The rates used by the eUBO for billing are defined by DOD pricing tables and are not developed locally. It is our experience that the cost of prescriptions billed by MTF pharmacies is comparable to stateside retail pharmacies.

Prescriptions for nonformulary medications from stateside providers will be reviewed for approval by local clinic leadership. If approved, nonformulary medications typically take several weeks to arrive from the U.S. Some nonformulary medications are „restricted“ and requests for these may be denied.

Army MTF pharmacies can estimate the cost of a prescription but cannot estimate what your insurance will pay or estimate what your out-of-pocket expenses will be.

How do I order refills of my medications? All prescription bottles dispensed from an MTF contain a phone number to call to request refills. All you need to do is follow the automated prompts and enter the refill prescription number. Refills can be picked up at any MTF pharmacy in Germany. What about controlled substances? Controlled substances can be filled by military pharmacies but they are subject to military service rules. Prescriptions for controlled substances filled at any Army pharmacy will be limited to a one month supply except for ADHD medications, which can be filled for a three-month supply. Can I fill prescriptions written by my German doctor? Yes, as long as the doctor is a Tricare authorized provider. The prescription must be written in English using American trade names/generic names. The easiest way to find out if a local German doctor can write prescriptions is to ask if they are accustomed

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What about non-prescription items such as over-the-counter medications, protein powder, vitamins/minerals, herbals and other supplements? And do the same mailing restrictions apply to medications for pets? Army MTF pharmacies are unable to order nonformulary overthe-counter items, even if they were recommended by your doctor. Many local stores have these products available to purchase, including AAFES facilities, the commissary, the German Apotheke (pharmacy) or German retail stores such as Globus or Real. The German medical system uses many more herbal and homeopathic medications than used in the U.S., so finding these products at German stores will likely be easier than you expect. The same mailing restrictions apply to medications for pet. Consult your local veterinarian for suitable alternatives. | by Mark Iacampo, U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels Public Affairs


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Charlie Spond (bottom) grapples against a much bigger opponent in what HBJJ instructor Jeremy Workman called "the fight of the night" at the Bavaria Cup in Ansbach, recently.

Dahomey Igleseas pins his opponent to the ground during a bout at the Bavaria Cup Grappling Games in Ansbach, recently.

Families that roll together, win together HOHENFELS, Germany -- The Hohenfels Brazilian Jiu Jitsu team battled its way to a first place finish at the Bavaria Cup Grappling Games in Ansbach, recently.

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„We had our biggest team turnout over all,“ said Jeremy Workman, HBJJ instructor. Forty-five members attended with 20 competitors, including nine children and four women. „As a competitor, I can tell you there‘s not much more encouraging than cheers from family and friends on the sidelines,“ Workman said. „Sometimes the extra push a competitor needs comes only upon hearing a familiar voice reminding you that you‘re not only fighting for yourself, but for your team.“

With more than 100 competitors, each Hohenfels combatant had at least two fights, and some as many as five. Opponents were matched by weight, sex and age. For many of the HBJJ team, such as Roberto Rodriguez, it was their first competition. „It was amazing,“ said Rodriguez, who took first place in his division after five grueling fights. Rodriguez had only been training for six weeks before the tournament and gave much of the credit for his victory to Workman‘s instruction. „Jeremy (Workman) is a great instructor and teaches at a nice, slow pace so you understand everything. A lot of the stuff he taught, I was able to utilize and work,“ he said.

The Bavaria Cup was the first in a series of five tournaments in which teams will accumulate points throughout each contest for a final championship in June.

Training for Rodriguez is a family affair, and his wife and two children are all part of the team. Robby Jr. also competed and brought home a third place medal.

„We got a good start on the cup,“ said Workman. „We had a lot of first place wins, and in some cases we swept the bracket.“

„Since we started the kids‘ class it‘s been turning more and more family oriented,“ said Workman. „We‘ve got about a dozen

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Brandon Turner (top) and Will Rish, both from team Hohenfels Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, battle it out at the Bavaria Cup in Ansbach, recently.

Workman‘s oldest son, 8-year-old Jaiden, agrees. He‘s been training since he was 4 and said his favorite part of the sport is getting to spend time with his father. He is also a committed martial artist, as evinced by his first place win in the Bavaria Cup. Jaiden explained that in order for a child to earn all 12 of the possible belt levels available to youths, they must start at 4. When asked if he intended to complete all levels, he answered with a resounding ‚yes!‘ Sayoko Patterson is one parent who joined the team because of her three children. „I have a daughter, and there weren‘t enough women, so I got involved so she had someone to wrestle,“ Patterson said. But she stays for herself. „I love the class,“ she said. „Jeremy is a wonderful, patient, knowledgeable instructor. I like how you learn to control your body, and joint manipulation I find fascinating.“ Patterson‘s whole family competed at the tournament, bringing home three medals. Her daughter, 17-year-old Emiko Patterson, the youngest adult competitor there, took gold. Emiko has been training in Tae Kwon Do for 11 years, but she says her TKD black belt didn‘t help at all in her first BJJ tournament. „They‘re totally different,“ she said. „BJJ is a ground game.“ Emiko said she really enjoys the sport and appreciates being able to spend time and share the mat with her whole family. „And Jeremy is the best instructor I‘ve ever had,“ she added.

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Fitness centers to throw in the towel on towel service GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- A seemingly insignificant piece of cloth will soon have a big impact on the garrison. U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr physical fitness centers on Grafenwoehr and Rose Barracks will discontinue towel service next month. While this might be annoying for patrons at first, the long-term fiscal and environmental impacts far outweigh the inconvenience. Between the cost of towels, detergent, energy and labor, eliminating the service will save USAG Grafenwoehr more than $56,000 annually. Additionally, it will decrease water consumption by 6,500 cubic meters annually, according to Aref Arianta, energy manager for the environmental division of Directorate of Public Works.

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Soldiers with Lightning Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, conduct room-clearance training in Hohenfels, March 5. In order to prepare for an upcoming deployment, the regiment is conducting a Mission Readiness Exercise.

Soldiers with Field Artillery Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, get ready to start a convoy during drivers training with Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles in Hohenfels, March 6.

2CR trains troops for Afghan deployment HOHENFELS, Germany – The 2nd Cavalry Regiment began its Mission Readiness Exercise at the Hohenfels Training Area, here, March 3. Over the next three weeks the exercise will provide essential training to prepare and certify troops to advise and assist Afghan National Security Forces during 2CR‘s upcoming deployment. The regiment will serve as a Security Force Assistance Brigade and build and train specialized Security Force Assistance Advisory Teams who will be responsible for advising and assisting security operations performed by the Afghan National Security Forces throughout the assigned region as they refine tactics and conduct security operations independently.

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„The key to success to Afghanistan is transitioning Afghanistan to an Afghan lead,“ said Douglas A. Sims, 2CR commander. „If an SFAAT is able to advise an Afghan battalion staff to the point where they are capable of conducting, planning and executing their own operations, then that SFAAT is no longer necessary in that location, or in Afghanistan, that battalion is now fully functional. In the end, success for the SFAAT is not being an SFAAT.“ Even though the MRE just started, leaders within the regiment look forward to a successful and informative training cycle producing well-trained and ready troops. „We have been here for a few days and it‘s already been fabulous,“ said Sims. „As long as everybody‘s learning something Pvt. Marques Purvis (left) and Pfc. Takeva Wilson both with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, prepare plates of hot food during the regiment's Mission Readiness Exercise in Hohenfels, March 4. The regiment is conducting an MRE in preparation to support Operation Enduring Freedom on an upcoming deployment.

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„And now we are offering 20 percent off to U.S. Army personnel,“ Beiju added. For those that like their adventure a little less physical, the Hohenfels library offers a variety of more cerebral pursuits. With „Storytime,“ „Princess“ and „Superhero“ themed parties for the youngsters, as well as the Chess Club, Book Club, and German Language Club for adults, there‘s something for all ages each month. It was mental pursuits that drew Spc. Matthew Campo to the Hohenfels Education Center‘s exhibition. „They had a lot of ideas and opportunities to jump-start my academic career,“ Campo said. Often, individuals miss out on opportunities because they may not want to attend a function on their own. That‘s where BOSS (Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers) comes in, explained Lesley Lowe, Family and Morale, Welfare and Bavarian Times | 20


Recreation BOSS advisor. With tours, cook outs, and community service, BOSS activities are designed to bring people together and get them active in a fun environment. „Most of our events are open to everybody,“ said Lowe. „But our main focus is on single Soldiers and civilians, even geographical bachelors who may be separated from their families due to PCS. We provide a place for people to come together, get out, get active and see Europe.“ While all the teams offered fun activities, some, like BOSS, also provided the opportunity to give back to the community. The Parent-Teacher Association gives volunteers the ability to support teachers and administrators and help create the best educational environment for Hohenfels‘ students. „We do anything and everything within the school,“ said Gail McKinney, PTA secretary. „We help with assemblies, spelling bees, we do fundraisers. And those funds all go back into the school.“ The Girl Scouts is another group that provides benefits to both parents and children, and they are seeking volunteers for troop leaders and administrative positions. „Girl Scouts is the premiere leadership organization in the world for girls,“ said Elizabeth Dean, registrar for the Girl Scouts Overseas Committee Management Team. „It‘s really important to foster leadership skills in girls, especially in military daughters because they‘re traveling around, moving all the time. It‘s very important that they have leadership skills that they can take with them to a new duty station and on into their future lives.“

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„And it is very rewarding as a parent to see the impact, not just in your own kids, but in all the other kids that you‘re helping to develop these skills,“ added Eric Metz, Daisy Troop 600 leader. Though the expo provided a wealth of information, it still had quite a festive feel with games and prizes throughout the day. Wittl‘s Music School of Parsberg had guitars on display where several Soldiers had impromptu jam sessions, and the post gym offered five free personal training sessions to whoever could do the most squats while balanced on a Bosu ball. „I came over initially cause I heard AFN say if you told them you heard about this on the radio, they‘d give you a prize,“ said Spc. RenDe Johnson. „Then I see the Red Cross is doing CPR classes and it‘s 20 percent off if you sign up at the expo. And I won a free bowling game!“ „It‘s great to have things like this for people to come out to, get out of the barracks, get out of the house, and have some fun even on a cold day,“ Johnson added | by Mark Iacampo, U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels Public Affairs

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Quoc Truong, with Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, shows the difference between self-cleaning clothing and regular Army Combat Uniforms when they are exposed to liquids.

Self-cleaning clothing: wear without wear Imagine a world without dirty clothes. Quoc Truong, physical scientist at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, wants to make that a reality. „As a single father of four, I fully understand the rationale for selfcleaning clothing, especially when I look back to the time when my children were younger,“ Truong said. „So, when former Army General John Caldwell challenged me to come up with clothing that our Soldiers won‘t have to wash, I thought that was a great and stimulating challenge.“ Soldiers cannot avoid getting their uniforms dirty while carrying out their missions, especially on the battlefield. Laundering clothes is time-consuming, adds to the logistics burden on the force, and is not always available to forward-deployed Soldiers, who may come into contact with mud, dirt, water, and an assortment of contaminants such as petroleum, oils, and chemicals. The fabric Truong helped create has a special durable, super-

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„In making sure that our self-cleaning clothing does not attract dust, dirt, or get wet, is comfortable and durable to wear, and requires minimal or no laundering to stay clean, we have used many standard tests and also came up with many special nonstandard tests and demonstrations,“ Truong said. „This is because in certain scenarios such as testing with mud and dirt, there are no test standards out there for us to use.“

Luna‘s omniphobic treated ACU fabric met all of Natick‘s performance goals for having high contact angle, moisture vapor permeability, laundering, wash durability, abrasion resistance, tensile strength, air permeability, and flexibility. After the field testing, the omniphobic coating technology was given Air Force Research Laboratory‘s only Outstanding Warfighting Transition Award.

Some specific tests that Truong has conducted to create and improve self-cleaning clothing include contact angle measurement, liquid drop roll-off testing, spray testing, abrasion testing, durability testing, and low pressure hydrostatic resistance testing. These tests and others were designed to develop effective, durable omniphobic fabrics.

NSRDEC is now working with Luna to develop self-cleaning, water and liquid chemical super-shedding clothing that is also multifunctional. A field test of this special multifunctional omniphobic protective clothing will take place in fall 2013.

In 2011 the Luna self-cleaning clothing was produced using a commercial scale coating process, where 25 sets of clothing were subsequently fabricated using a 60-inch-wide omniphobic coated fabric. Twenty self-cleaning garments were field tested in June 2011 for 10 days; Soldiers wore their clothing for up to almost 15 hours each day. „The results were very promising,“ said Truong. All of the 20 participating Soldiers said their garments shed water well to very well when assessing liquid repellency performance. Sixtyseven percent of the Soldiers said their garments shed oil well to very well. Sixty-nine percent said their Luna omniphobic treated ACU had improved their missions, and 73 percent said their suits should be adopted for use.“

„In the next few years, you can expect to see self-cleaning clothing that will also be flame resistant and odor free,“ Truong said. „These clothes will contain antimicrobial additives, which do not allow microbes to grow on the fabric. „Someday, we will not have to clean our clothing as often or not at all, and our clothing will remain clean, odor-free, and keep us safe.“ The development, test, evaluation, and limited field demonstration of omniphobic coating technology have shown promise for its potential use as self-cleaning and enhanced chemicalbiological protective clothing.

| by Alexandra Foran, NSRDEC Public Affairs

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Hohenfels leadership takes charge of energy reduction HOHENFELS, Germany – With sequestration and furloughs looming on the horizon, installations everywhere are tightening their belts. Measures are being taken across the board to use resources and cut unnecessary spending. But beyond budget cuts and curtailing of various initiatives, significant funds to help maintain vital programs like family services may be hiding out in your office.

Using an energy efficient light bulb helps reduce energy consumption and is is a small step toward reducing costs and protecting our planet.

At Hohenfels, the leadership is setting the example. Energy conservation measures have been initiated in both the Joint Multinational Readiness Center and garrison headquarters buildings which are projected to save almost $7,000 this year.

While that may not seem like a significant sum, as Paul Hlawatsch, Directorate of Public Works energy manager, pointed out, that is only from two buildings.

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„There are more than 200 buildings on post. It is possible we could save $500,000 per year on energy costs,“ Hlawatsch said.

„Light level was not reduced in the area of the workplace,“ Hlawatsch said. Hlawatsch said that with the projected savings, the initiative will pay for itself within a month. He added that the savings calculated do not include the additional benefit of reduction of operation and maintenance costs. „I‘m sure that there are additional savings possible,“ said Hlawatsch, citing such ideas of systems to regulate heat, controlling lights in stairwells with motion sensors, reducing the number of bulbs per fixture and changing to LED bulbs. With headquarters leading the way, other buildings will soon follow. Hlawatsch said the next step is to prioritize according to consumption, focusing on buildings with high energy use. But, as Hlawatsch pointed out, the biggest resource is the consumers themselves. „People need to change their behavior,“ he said. „Even in power saver mode, appliances draw energy. It‘s an easy thing to turn them off.“ For example, the average cost of running a computer for 24 hours is $1.50. With more than 6,000 computers in the Bavarian Military Community workplaces, that‘s an average cost of $9,000 a day or $324,000 per year. Simply turning off computers at night can save the BMC more than $163,000 annually.

Measures included simple things such as consolidating refrigerators and printers, programming water heaters to only run during the day, and ensuring that appliances are turned off at night. Though the measures are small, collectively they make a big impact.

Additionally, Hlawatsch said that the monitor alone is responsible for 60 percent of a computer‘s energy consumption.

„Each watt used equals one euro per year,“ said Hlawatsch. „So a single 18-watt bulb costs more than $20 a year.“ This seemingly miniscule savings can multiply dramatically when one considers a two-story office building. With this in mind, the headquarters buildings also disabled 50 percent of their light fixtures, leaving intact the fixtures directly over the desks.

„If everyone changes their behavior just a little bit, we could achieve big improvements.“

„If you know you have an appointment for two or three hours, it‘s very easy just to shut your monitor off,“ he said.

| by Mark Iacampo, U.S. Garrison Hohenfels Public Affairs

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Do dogs need a hairdresser? “Does my dog need a hairdresser,” is a question that almost all dog owners ask themselves. Strangely enough, people never ask themselves that question, everybody regularly goes to the hairdresser. It does not matter whether your dog has long or short hair, it should be groomed regularly. Almost all our dogs lose hair, mostly when they change their coat from summer to winter and vice versa. But coat and skin of our animals should be cared for all year long. The skin constantly renews itself, itching and scaling. If not enough air reaches the skin, eczema, skin irritations and sometimes even parasites may develop. Ticks, fleas, hair lice and other parasites easily make themselves at home and proliferate. Regularly brushing the dog‘s coat and undercoat helps your dog and keeps the skin healthy. The same is true for hair washing since dirt and sebum accumulate in the coat which collects dust and dirt with every walk. When regularly bathing your dog, it is important to ensure that the coat and the skin are totally wet, the shampoo is not applied as a concentrate but in a diluted fashion. The shampoo should be massaged into the coat and the skin to loosen old dander. A haircut is not only good for our dogs in the summer but also important in the winter. Salt on the paws and in the coat, pieces of ice between the pads where hair grows, a wet and dirty aren’t things our dogs enjoy. The wet, dense and long winter coat hardly ever fully dries, constantly mats and leads to colds which we often do not detect until it is time to see a veterinarian. Dogs do not get cold quickly because the are able to cool their temperature down in the summer but have a hard time warming or drying themselves in the winter. A haircut in the spring and summer are a blessing for our dogs because it helps them get rid of their excess coat and prevents heat accumulation under their coat. Ticks and other parasites can be detected more easily and our dogs’ generally feel better. It also enables sick dogs or dogs with heart disease to cool down faster, reducing their breathing rate and thus putting less stress on the heart and the circulation when the temperatures are high. Should you now have decided to take your dog to get groomed,

make sure you are well-informed about the groomer’s education and qualifications. Working with hands and scissors on creatures, is nothing a layman should do, or you should be doing at home. The risk of injury is high and often lead to high bills from your veterinarian. Hygiene is as important in a dog grooming store, as sufficient time spent with the dog. There should not be any distractions by other dogs. Stay with your dog during his or her first treatments at the groomer and get to know the person that is taking care of your animal because your dog cannot tell you whether he or she liked it.

| by Alexandra Amschler

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Sawitree Wiesheier and Virada Bunte welcome their customers in a comfortable atmosphere which helps patients relax and get healthy

Activating the “sens“, the energy lines in the human body, requires a lot of physical work.

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Saensuk Thai Massage Auerbach. When you open the door to Sawitree Wiesheier‘s Thai massage practice in the Unteren Vorstadt in Auerbach, then you first smell mild herbs, aromatic oils and a cozy warmth. The warm colors red and violet of the comfortable lounge chairs complete the nice atmosphere. “Saensuk Thai Massage“ invites you to feel comfortable and relax in a special atmosphere. The 40-year-old Thai opened her studio in Auerbach in October 2010. She has been living in Germany for 16 years with her 19, 14 and 11 year-old children.

In Thailand, these massages and the knowledge that has been acquired in the monasteries have been used for centuries to alleviate medical symptoms such as migraine, headaches, menstrual pains, or in addition to other pain therapies.

Born in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Sawitree completed 700 hours of training to learn how to perform the traditional Thai massage. The treatment mainly consists of stretching moves and various pressure techniques during which certain energy lines are stimulated with the palm of the hands, the thumbs, the feet and the elbows, varying in intensity. The treatment also depends on the ailments of the customers.

The atmosphere in the Saensuk practice contributes to the well-being and relaxation of the customers. Sawitree Wiesheier works together with Virada Bunte who has 15 years of experience working as a Thai masseuse. Thai massage are also physically exhausting for the masseuses. During our visit of the practice, Virada Bunte demonstrates this. She has to kneel behind the patient and work on the aching areas with the palms of the hands, the knees, or elbows. “People come to us with a stiff neck or hip pains.“ Sawitree or Virada treat their patients four or five times, then a significant improvement can be felt. “Patients are also referred to us by physicians if regular massages or physical therapy have failed, “says the therapist. However, Thai massages may not be prescribed by a doctor.

The energy lines, also known as “sen“, go back to the nadis of Indian medicine. Nadi is a Sanskrit word and means “channel” or “pipe.” Yoga and Tantra also identifies energy lines that supposedly go through the body and provide it with energy called Prana, similar to the principle of the meridians known in traditional Chinese medicine. The term Nadi is supposed to be derived from the root “nad” which means movement, stimulation and vibration. 72,000 of these energy lines run through the entire human body. Ten of these „sens“ are of therapeutic significance for Thai massages. They are stimulated and increase the well-being and improve health.

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The traditional Thai massage is supplemented with aromatic oils and herbal stamps. These small linen bags, filled with 18 natural herbs, are heated and used on especially sensitive areas.

A 30-minute massage costs 20 Euro, an hour 37 Euro. The practice is open Monday through Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. | by Sabine Wiesent

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Cultural highlights in the newly renovated inner city.

The renovated old town is the meeting point for residents and visitors.

Living in Auerbach

It creates a new piece of infrastructure that does not only make Mayor Joachim Neuß happy. The former miners’ town is getting ready for the future in other ways as well. A lot is being done for families. There are three child care center in Auerbach and one in the subdivision of Michelfeld. All of them are equipped with nurseries for children under three years of age. A total of 60 spaces are available and well-booked. Afterwards, kids can attend Dr. Heinrich Stromer-Elementary School before moving on to the local middle schools, or the high schools in Pegnitz and Eschenbach which can easily be reached by bus. Over the past years, the city has also provided affordable lots to people who wish to build a house. Schleichershof, Am Dornbach or An der Speckmühle are especially attractive and affordable for young families. “We provide the necessary infrastructure here for people who work for the large regional employers in Auerbach and the surrounding communities, to include the possibility of building their own home”, says Mayor Neuß. Among those companies are ZF Friedrichshafen, Heim & Haus, the Regens Wagner Foundation in Michelfeld, or the KSB AG in Pegnitz and Baier and Köppel. And people like to shop in Auerbach as well. Many well-assorted smaller stores are located here along with the larger discount chain stores. But the city also takes care of its retired residents. Basic medical care is available and St-Johannes-Hospital specializes in both geriatrics and internal medicine. Modern senior citizens home are also located in town. Many clubs offer sports and entertainment and are the pillars of the Auerbach residents’ social life. The Helmut-Ott-Auditorium, a modern building with a three-part gymnasium and a modern indoor pool is always well-booked. Recently, the German Boulder Cup was held there and it was a great location for that trendy sport. But Auerbach offers another highlight because it is located in the midst of one of the most beautiful and challenging climbing regions of the world. Two parishes downtown and many others in the subdivisions of Ranna, 27 | Bavarian Times

Children play an important role in Auerbach.

Michelfeld, and Gunzendorf and many small chapels, like the one in Welluck, invite people to stop and rest. Ortlesbrunn attracts visitors with a ski lift and idyllic hiking trails. Zogenreuth and Degelsdorf feature the gorgeous Mühlenweg (Mills’ Trail) which takes hikers to many historic locations. Nitzlbuch is the home of a unique piece of industrial heritage -- the old Maffei mine. “Auerbach is a lovable and livable place“, says Mayor Joachim Neuß. “The residents here know each other, talk on the street with each other and look out for each other.“ That is important especially when it concerns large events such as the 700th anniversary of the City of Auerbach which being celebrated in 2014. Preparations have already begun. The historic Citizens’ House was lavishly renovated and now is the home of Museum 34, the St. Johannes city library and the Citizens’ Network. Many cafés and restaurants in Auerbach offer regional and international specialties and attract visitors, especially in the summer months when they offer outdoor seating. With the “Soul Food“ restaurant, which is listed in the Gaullt Millau restaurant guide, the city also features a gourmet restaurant with excellent food at affordable prices. And the Auerbach Cultural Summer, which will be held for the first time this year, will pay proper tribute to musical and theater. | by Sabine Wiesent

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Auerbach. 8, 900 residents, a historic old town which is listed on The Hague List for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and a place where you would love to settle and raise your children. That is the mountain town Auerbach in the north of Amberg-Sulzbach County. The idyllic small town is embedded into the beautiful landscape between the Jurassic mountains and the Veldenstein Forest and borders the three government districts of Middle and Upper Franconia and the Oberpfalz. Currently, many projects are on the way to renovate the inner city. The Upper and the Lower Markets have already been converted into city squares where citizens can meet for fests and events, the remodeling of Pfarrstraße and Dr. Heinrich-Stromer-Straße are still on-going.


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Choosing a healthy diet has many benefits Whenever you think about eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, you may think that you have to give up foods and restaurants you enjoy and that you must eat a boring regimen of meals every day. That can be discouraging, especially if you have certain cultural, ethnic and lifestyle practices that you include in your eating habits. However, eating healthy does not mean you must give up your preferences and tastes in foods; you can make small adjustments to your diet while still enjoying the foods you love. March is National Nutrition Month and the theme for the month is „Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.“ This theme encourages everyone to continue following their food preferences, lifestyle, culture and health practices, but to make healthy food choices within those preferences and practices. Good nutrition is also one of the Army surgeon general‘s top priorities for building and sustaining good Soldier and family member health through the „Performance Triad.“ Nutrition, along with a focus on healthy activity and sleep, is one of the three legs of the triad.

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Choosing to eat a healthy diet has many benefits, including enhancing fitness and performance. As well, consuming a healthy, well-balanced diet may reduce a person‘s risk of developing certain chronic diseases, including high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer, as well as obesity. Many Americans do not meet the recommended guidelines for a well-balanced diet, which includes each of the five major food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy products. If you have decided to choose a more healthy diet, here are a few simple tips you should follow every day, no matter what your food preferences are: Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet each day: Place fruits and vegetables in highly visible places on your kitchen counter, pack fruits and vegetables in a cooler to take with you when you are on the go, and choose steamed vegetables as side items when eating at your favorite restaurant (rather than

choosing vegetables cooked in butter and oil or covered in sauces, which add extra calories from fat). Eat more whole grains: Choose whole wheat breads and pastas and whole grain rice rather than white varieties of these items. If you enjoy meat as part of your diet, choose low-fat options, such as lean cuts of beef and chicken, and certain types of fish (such as salmon and trout). If you do not eat meat, you can get protein from beans, soy products, nuts and seeds. Eggs are a good source of protein, but you should limit the amount of egg yolks you consume to no more than one a day since they contain cholesterol and saturated fat. Choose low-fat and low-calorie dairy products, such as skim milk, rather than whole milk; limit the amount of cheese you consume. Decrease your intake of salt and high sodium foods. Check labels for low-sodium items. Make better beverage choices by drinking plenty of water every day, and choosing calorie-free beverages, 100 percent fruit juices, and fat-free milk. Pay attention to portion sizes. Many people eat more than the recommended serving size of foods, so choose smaller portions. Stop eating when you feel satisfied. Always practice food safety by washing your hands before preparing and eating food and by keeping raw meat and fish separate from fruits and vegetables when preparing meals. Eating right does not mean that you must give up your food preferences. Eating right, your way, every day means taking small steps that will make a big impact on your health no matter what your lifestyle and cultural preferences are.

| by Tara C. Dombeck, U.S. Army Public Health Command

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(djd/pt). On the job, one appointment is followed by the next, the kids have to be picked up from school, and there are a thousand things that have to prepared for the upcoming vacation. Many people are experiencing a significant increase of stressful situations. More than 50% of all Germans state that their lives have become more stressful over the past years. Every tenth German feels like being in a constant rat race. Those are the results of a survey conducted by scientists for Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), one of Germany’s largest health insurers, and they have a negative impact on health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), stress is one of the largest health risks of this century and can lead to a variety of diseases. Cardiovascular disease is often caused by stress. The heart cannot deal with constant stress How dangerous constant stress can be to the heart is confirmed by a study conducted by Medical Sociologist Johannes Siegrist. Accordingly, stress endangers the heart the same way as the well-known risk factors smoking, lack of physical exercise, obesity and high blood pressure. The TK survey shows similar trends which prove that people who live under constant stress suffer twice as often from cardiovascular disease than those who experience less stress. Scientists from the Dept. of PsychoCardiology have tested why stress has such a negative effect on the heart. They found out that the body automatically reacts to stress signals with a faster heartbeat. This causes the blood to clot more easily and inflammations that damage the blood vessels to increase. At the same time, stress makes it harder to lead a healthy life. A balanced diet and regular exercise often fall by the wayside when stress increases.

A lack of vital substances increases the risk of heart disease A lack of vital substances, such as vitamins and mineral nutrients, can increase stress and its negative results. Scientists have put their focus on one special micro nutrient when it comes to the interaction between stress, one’s diet and heart disease: Magnesium. The Society for Bio Factors states that psychological and physical stress can lead to a lack of this essential nutrient. Under stress, the body needs more magnesium of which he generally does not get enough thanks to fast food and other nutrition “sins.“ „A lack of magnesium increases the release of stress hormones and their toxic effects,“ explains Prof. HansGeorg Classen, a magnesium research expert from Stuttgart. This has a negative effect on the heart and the blood vessels because they need magnesium to stay healthy. Magnesium and orotic acid protect the blood vessels Supplying the body with a sufficient amount of magnesium can break that dangerous vicious cycle. It increases stress resistance and protects the heart and the blood vessels from the damages caused by constant stress. A combination of magnesium and orotic acid has proven to be especially effective and is available at pharmacies. Orotic acid is a natural substance that supports the heart-protecting and stress-reducing effect of magnesium. It stimulates the bonding capacity of magnesium with the heart cells and thus reduces the magnesium deficit. Simultaneously, orotic acid increases the energy content of the heart cells and improves the heart’s resilience.

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Become physically active Anger and stress are common causes for having difficulties falling asleep. If that is the case, Professsor Stephan suggests relieving the stress with physical activity. It effectively reduces stress hormones and the resulting physical fatigue makes it easier to fall asleep. A recurring problem regarding sleeping disorders is the spouse’s snoring. „Alcohol, heavy meals, or chain smoking can aggravate snoring,“ explains Dr. Lennart Knaack, a physician and sleeping disorder specialist from Cologne. Weight reduction, on the other hand, can alleviate the problem. Checking for potential allergies in connection with an ear, nose and throat check-up can also be helpful. Snoring can also be a symptom of obstructive apnea, a severe illness that requires a medical diagnosis and treatment. Precautionary measures Mental stress on the job cannot only lead to sleeping disorders, but at worst to depression. The mental disorder may turn into a chronic illness and the employee may no longer be able to do his job. According to Christoph Andersch of Ergo Direkt Insurances, people should take precautionary measures. „You should definitely procure a disability insurance as long as your health is good and you are not suffering from any illnesses, or ailments.“

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The all-new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo adds an innovative new concept to the BMW 3 Series line-up. The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is, first and foremost, a driver’s car which combines the dynamics that have earned the new 3 Series a spot on “Car and Driver’s” 10Best list for 22nd consecutive years, with luxury seating for four and generous and flexible luggage capacity. The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo will arrive in the US, as both a 328i and a 335i, in the summer of 2013 as a 2014 model. Impressive long-distance comfort in a unique ambience. Generous interior dimensions allow passengers in every seat of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo to enjoy a feeling of space and freedom of movement. The front and rear passengers all benefit from a seating position that is 2.3 inches (59 mm) higher than the sedans, which provides outstanding visibility and makes entry and exit significantly more comfortable. The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo also offers extra headroom. The increase in space will be especially appreciated by rear seat passengers, where a full 2.8 inches (70mm) of additional legroom over the Sedan and Sports Wagon is there to be enjoyed. The cocooning nature of the interior, complemented by its design forms, color scheme and materials, creates first class ambience which allows passengers to enjoy short trips and long journeys alike in relaxed comfort. Design: Innovative, Emotional, Practical The first impression delivered by the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo invariably centers on the striking combina-

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tion of dynamic and aesthetic appeal. Attractive proportions, four doors with frameless windows, the coupe-style, gently falling roofline and large tailgate define the distinctive character it has chiseled for itself within the BMW 3 Series ranks. Powerful lines and taut surfaces sketch out an athletic body which lends the car an actively forwardsurging purpose, as well as suggesting a high degree of functionality. Indeed, the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo sets new standards inside as well as out. A sense of roominess, a high seating position, generous levels of space and thoughtfully designed seal its status as unique in the premium mid-size segment. At 189.9 inches (4,824 mm) long, 58.6 inches (1,489 mm) tall, 72.0 inches (1,828 mm) wide and with a 115.0 inch (2,920-mm) wheelbase, the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is notably larger than the Sedan and Sports Wagon variants of the 3 Series range. However, the designers’ clever use of proportions, surfaces and lines ensures that the Gran Turismo appears to cut a similarly low-slung and dynamic figure as its siblings. Its dimensions allow it to lay on impressive levels of space for passengers and their luggage, as a result of which, it passes the “long-distance comfort” test with flying colors. At 18.3 cu.ft. (520 liters) by European measure, its trunk capacity is up by about one cubic foot on the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon, while an extra 2.8 inches (70 mm) of rear legroom place it between the BMW 5 Series and BMW 7 Series, i.e. firmly in luxury class territory. (BMW Group USA)

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McLaren’s P1 premieres in Geneva.

Now available with a hybrid engine: the Lexus IS.

Geneva Motor Show 2013:

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(dmd). There is a lot going on in the production halls of the car manufacturers. A walk through the Geneva Motor Show shows that there are new releases in all product categories ranging from chic sports cars, powerful compact cars, chic SUVs or luxurious ecological models. Following is an overview of the novelties that were presented at Lake Geneva. The Mitsubishi Space Star is a hopeful new release that is entering the stage. The 3.71 meter-long city car is a global type of car that was created for those who pay special attention to the vehicle’s cost. The plain, five-door vehicle at least features economical engines. The VW Cross Up is a European-style sub-compact car that looks like an SUV. The base model can be accentuated with chic but unnecessary details for everyday use such as an implied underride guard or side covering. The design of Opel’s crossover study Adam Rocks goes into the same direction and based on the continuing trend for SUVs may go into serial production soon. After many car manufacturers have renewed their models over the past years, Geneva is now focusing on more sporty designs. Mercedes wants to get rid of the retiree image of its old A-Class model and is now presenting a very dynamic re-release that is also available in an AMG version. The A45 AMG has 360 HP, four cylinders and four-wheel drive and directly positions itself on the pole position of its market segment. In comparison, the five-door Audi S3 Sportback with 300 HP, also four cylinders and all-wheel drive, appears slow. However, its base price will most likely be below that of the Mercedes. The third German “muscle man“ in the compact car segment is VW Golf R convertible, most likely one of the last models produced on the base model Golf VI. The convertible sports car is

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The Audi S3 Sportback now features an engine with more than 300 HP.

based upon its body and is also equipped with its top engine, a four-cylinder motor with 265 HP. Although it does not feature any new techniques, the R-Convertible is by far the most expensive model of the Golf bestseller family.

HP well-motorized. Its direct competitor is the Kia Ceed GT. This new sports version of the Korean car has with its 150 kW/204 HP a little less power but features a cutting-edge design.

One league below, we find the new VW Golf GTI. It is more of a fast travel car than a race car but with at least 162 kW/220

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The Mercedes CLA is the new aerodynamics world champion.


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The Lamborghini Aventador Roadster costs about 360.000 Euro and is already sold out until next year.

and Brilliance. That may work on first sight since the compact sedan GQ3 is pleasantly designed and meets European crash test standards, according to a company release. Also being shown for the first time in Geneva are the threedoor Seat Leon SC with its crisp proportions and shortened wheel base and the spacious Toyota Auris Touring Sport station wagon whose design does not differ much from the study shown at the end of 2012 in Paris.

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The medium-class segment does not feature many novelties in Geneva. However, the BMW 3-series Gran Turismo is a completely new vehicle in a completely new segment. A mix of station wagon and coupe, the 3-series GT is a smaller version of the 5-series GT. Its target audience are aesthetes who like to travel. The 507 HP-strong version of the Mercedes C63 AMG Edition 507 medium class coupe closes the gap between the standard AMG model and the ultra strong Black Series version. It costs about $62,300. The Geneva Motor Show is a must-attend event for premium car manufacturers. Therefore, it does not come as a surprise that it features various upper and luxury class vehicles. Among the highlights are the Rolls-Royce Wraith, a coupe based on the Phantom sedan. Like the Phantom, it is exclusively outfitted and equipped with a V12 turbo gas engine. Bentley presents the Continental Flying Spur which is now equipped with a V8 engine. Its exterior has hardly been modified. That British car manufacturers have a hand for sporty luxury is also shown by Aston Martin. Their Porsche Panamera opponent Rapide has received a facelift with a bit more “muscle” regarding its looks and a horsepower upgrade for its V12 gas engine which now features 410 kW/558 HP.

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The popularity of SUVs has not only lead to a decrease of sales in the station wagon and van segment but also in the sports car segment. Audi, for example, introduces its first RS model in the SUV segment. The RS Q3 is equipped with a five cylinder, 228 kW/310 HP engine. The SUV segment is also supplemented by the new seven-seat version of the Hyundai Santa Fe. However, the medium class SUV did not just receive a third row of seats, its wheel base was extended as well. Although SUVs become more and more popular, the classic family van is still alive and kicking. This is shown at the Geneva Car Show by the Kia Carens which impresses with the Korean manufacturer’s new design which is dynamic and has an exclusive look.

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However, the highlight at Lake Geneva is the sports car segment. Lead by Ferrari‘s new flag ship F150 which is the successor of the Enzo in the Italian manufacturer’s model family. With twelve cylinders, more than 800 HP, a Formula 1-hybrid engine and a carbon body, the premium sports car was designed to outshine all previous models of the company. The British car manufacturer McLaren wants to show that other companies also know how to produce fast cars. They strive to rise to the top of the sports car segment with the P1. It is equipped with a hybrid, eight cylinder gas engine and Emotors featuring 916 HP that take the car in seven seconds from zero to 200 km/h. The third super star in the sports car segment is the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster. The convertible version of the four-wheel drive, 515 kW/700 HP car is supposed to be sold until next year. While the Italian and British sports cars are the show‘s stars, Porsche’s GT3 seeks to attract customers with solid work. Equipped with racing genes, it is based upon the 911 model. The rear spoiler is the only feature that sets it apart from its less strongly motorized brothers and sisters. The traditionally strongest version of the model series is equipped with a 3.8 liter, six cylinder boxer induction engine with 331 kW/450 HP, 15 HP more than its predecessor and 50 HP more than the strongest model of the Carrera S series. But the Geneva Car Show also presents sporty cars for car fans that cannot afford a premium segment sports car. One of the stars of the current show is the Alfa Romeo 4C which already attracted great interest in Switzerland in 2011 when it was shown as a design study. Now, with a bit of a delay, series production has started. The coupe is being built with the help of the company’s subsidiary Maserati. The Geneva Car Show also features ecological cars. Audi introduces an A3 plug-in-hybrid. The twin-drive with a connector plug features a 2-liter-turbo gas engine with 154 kW/210 HP and a 20 kW/27 HP electrical engine whose power supply is provided by lithium-ion batteries. The electric supply is supposed to last for a 50 km, emission-free ride. VW is working on the one-liter-car and finally introduces the serial version of its XL1. The plug-in-hybrid two-seater with its lightweight construction is supposed to use an average of 0,9 l of fuel per 100 km. The medium class sedan Lexus IS 300h features a more conventional hybrid technique. Its combination of a gas engine and an electric motor is supposed to use an average of four liters of fuel per 100 km.

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The new Dainese air bag is deployed by sensors on the motorcycle.

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Therefore, an intelligent system had to be developed which, so engineers believe, has now been constructed with the help of modern electronics. Sensors on both handles of the fork and under the seat, send signals to the central control module which then determines when the air bags, which are integrated into the protective clothes, are being deployed. The manufacturer, Dainese Co., which recently introduced the product D-Air, claims that the control unit can reliably detect a head-on collision or a skidding of the motorcycle. Race driver Stefan Bradl has used the race version of D-Air for the past three years and has had 15 accidents during that period of time. “The system has not only worked flawlessly, it has also protected me very effectively,” he says. This has been confirmed by TÜV Süd after about 800 tests with a notarized TÜV seal.

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Community Highlights April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month – 3 April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month kicks off with SHARP StandDown Day on 3 April. During this day, there will be a screening of the renowned documentary, “Invisible War,” a Terrain Walk, Leadto-Led discussions, “Take Back the Night” silent victim walk and an interactive performance at GPAC., the garrison will be saluting sexual assault awareness throughout the entire month. More details to come. Army Emergency Relief program – Through 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: christine.nunez4.ln@eur.army.mil 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.

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Sports, Fitness, Hobbies & Recreation 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 shannon.sevier@gmail.com. The election will take place in May. Polish Potter Shopping – 16 April: Visit a variety of shops filled with beautifully designed pottery. We will enjoy a special lunch before heading home. These trips usually fill up quickly. Email VCSC to RSVP. Grafenwoehr Community and Spouses' Club CSC 2013-2014 Scholarship Program – 20 March-3 May: The Grafenwoehr Community and Spouses’ Club is offering academic scholarship awards for the 2013-2014 academic year for students and family members in USAG Grafenwoehr. Scholarships will be awarded 20-24 May. Application forms can be found on the Scholarship page of the GCSC website starting 18 March. For additional information, call George Linka, GCSC Scholarship Chairman at DSN 475-6108 or CIV 01520-251-6606 Bench press competition – 12 April: Both male and female weightlifters are invited to face off to see who can bench press the most. There will be three categories: Max weight, 225 lbs. max rep for men and 85 lbs. max rep for women. Sign up at the Grafenwoehr Physical Fitness Center on the day of the competition, from noon-1 p.m. The competition starts at 1:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the first and second place contestants in each category. Open to active duty, retirees and dependants over 18 years old. Tumbleweeds restaurant to close, Rosalina’s to take its place – 30 April: Tumbleweeds restaurant will close at the end of April to make way for Rosalina’s Italian Pastaria. Rosalina’s will serve Italian classics, American breakfast, and a full coffee bar and will open later this year. There will be a break in service while Rose Barracks Bldg. 227 undergoes renovations in preparation for Rosalina’s.

Army Community Service (ACS) 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 April: 2013 Tax Guide Army Volunteer Corps – 20 March: Army Family Team Building (AFTB) Level 1, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 221, RM 206. 8 April: Organizational Point of Contact & Volunteer Management Class, 9– 11 a.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 221, Rm 206. Bavarian Times | 40


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. 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. 3 April: Bowling With EFMP, 4 – 6 p.m., East Camp, Bowling Center. 10 April: EFMP 101, 3 – 4:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322. 24 April: Gluten Free Cooking, 3 – 4:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, Chapel Annex. 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. 2, 9, 16, April: Love & Logic, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., East Camp, Chapel Annex. 18 April: Community Meet and Greet, 10 a.m., Rose Barracks, Kristall Inn. 5 April: 24/7 Dad, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., East Camp, Chapel Annex. 2 - 4 April: It Takes Two, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., East Camp, USO, Bldg 150 9-11 April: It Takes Two, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., East Camp, USO, Bldg 150 11 April: Community Meet and Greet, 10 a.m., East Camp Army Lodging 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. 10 April: Debt Blasters, noon – 1 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 12 April: Lunch & Learn, noon – 1 p.m., East Camp, DFAC 23 April: Investing 101, 11 a.m. – noon, Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 Mobilization & Deployment Readiness 16 April: FRG Basic Course, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., East Camp, Chapel Annex 19 April: Resilience Training Module 1 *NEW FORMAT!!, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 221, Rm 206 New Parent Support Program 2, 23, 20 April: Infant Massage, 1 - 2 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 2, 9, April, Body Back!, 3 – 4 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 8 April: ABCs Of Toddlerhood, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. 19 April: Healthy Feedings, 1 – 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. 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 41 | Bavarian Times

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At the Freilandmuseum Neusath-Perschen near Nabburg, the open-air museum of the Oberpfalz region, this year’s motto is “Mills.” Special events will both inform and entertain visitors. The early spring events will start with the “Spinning Day” on 21 April. For children, the school holiday program and the kids’ days are always fascinating. There will be lots of activities like bow and arrow shooting, felt bunny making or cooking herb candies and plenty more. A special day will be Easter Monday (1 April) when all the little guests are invited to join in on baking, handicrafts, playing historic games, or bowling like in our forefathers’ times.

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A hearty walk through the grounds will make you hungry and thirsty, but local delicacies at the museum pub should do the trick. And if you are a fan of German bread, you should visit on Sundays when the fresh bread comes out of the oven. It has a truly mouthwatering smell and has received several awards too.

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To check the museum’s program for 2013, visit www.freilandmuseum.org. The Open-Air Museum at Neusath-Perschen is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is closed on Mondays (except on holidays).

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Sgt. Daniel Penvose, Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe, dribbles the ball down the court during an adaptive sports event in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

Spc. Randi-Roy Bohner, 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, reaches for the ball as Sgt. Charles Holland looks on during a seated volleyball game. The unit played against the Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe, eventually losing by one point.

Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe Soldiers (left) square off against Soldiers from the 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion during a seated volleyball game.

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Soldiers take a seat during sports match GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- When it's comes to basketball, Sgt. William Avery is a straight-up baller. "Well, I used to be," said the humble Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe Soldier. Don't listen to him. Avery still has moves on the court, even if he's now playing in a wheelchair. Avery does not require a wheelchair. He can easily get up and walk off the court, as can all of his teammates. But a lot of Soldiers within his unit, to include himself, have physical limitations. Avery injured his hip when his convoy flipped last year while deployed to Iraq. "I simply can't play full-court basketball anymore," he said. "And I can't risk another injury." So Avery plays things like wheelchair basketball and seated volleyball, two adaptive sports that were demonstrated to Soldiers outside of the Warrior Transition Battalion,or WTB, at the Grafenwoehr Physical Fitness Center, March 14. Elizabeth Thometz, a rehab therapy assistant for the battalion, explained that adaptive sports were introduced as a way for WTB-E Soldiers with physical limitations to remain involved in the world of recreational sports. "The adaptive version of the sports they know and play keeps them active," said Thometz. "And this is done without worsening any injuries they may have."

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During the two-hour event, WTB-E Soldiers challenged 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion and 2nd Cavalry Regiment Soldiers (and a few inquisitive community members) to friendly games of adaptive volleyball and basketball. "It's more challenging from down there," Sgt. Charles Holland, 44th ESB, said about playing seated volleyball. Spc. Oswald Roche agreed, saying it was the kind of game you needed to practice, which is probably why WTB-E held on to a narrow lead for majority of the matches. Across the gym on the basketball court, Sgt. Daniel Penvose was quick on his wheels. He rolled down the court while simultaneously dribbling. Penvose passed to Pfc. David Hunter who was stationed under the (now much, much taller) basket. Despite the rim's new relative height, the ball swished effortlessly through the net. Winning a few rounds wasn't the only high point for the WTB. The event also educated the community on what the battalion provides and the capabilities of its Soldiers. "The WTB is sometimes thought of as this separate unit because we're not doing the same things as other battalions, we're not deploying," said Thometz. "We want to bridge that gap." A friendly game of basketball has a way of doing just that, especially when you can level the playing field with four wheels. | by Molly Hayden, U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Public Affairs

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Horticultural Show Tirschenreuth opens on 29 May

The countdown has started in the Upper Palatinate town of Tirschenreuth. Following the motto Motto “My Inspiration – My Recreation – My Adventure“, the horticultural show “Nature in Tirschenreuth 2013“ will open its doors on 29 May. Located in a restored pond scenery around the historic Fischhof, an attractive program is offered: changing flower shows, theme gardens, concerts, children’s playgrounds, a stress ribbon bridge that is unique in Europe, and culinary delicacies ranging from carp dishes to traditional Zoigl beer. In this unique environment, visitors may choose from 500 different events until the show ends on 25 August. Many locations and attractions will stay and be available to visitors and the residents of Tirschenreuth even after the three-months-long event has ended.

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Events for the entire family The horticultural show is colorful unique and always familyfriendly. A lot of rest and recuperation zones with lake view and a number of culinary offers are available. Children’s playgrounds, the skate park, the Path of the Thousand Lakes, a nature trail, two landscape swings and many “green” theme parks with changing flower shows, the sunflower Arch, or the city garden, sunken garden and other theme gardens offer information, fun and diversion. There is also a joint project with the neighboring Czech Republic. In nearby Cheb, the horticultural show “Nature and History Cheb 2013” also takes place from 29 May to 25 August. Concerts, shows, exhibitions and guided tours complete the event program in Tirschenreuth. Many regional and Bavarian groups and singers will perform. Among them are singer and songwriter Reinhard Zeus, the Holger Mück Orchestra and the duo Segam and Andi B. Touches of color will be provided by the presentation of Tirschenreuth artist Hans Schiffmann. His colorfully painted giant carps are well-known throughout the Oberpfalz region. For more information, go to www.gartenschau-tirschenreuth.de or www.facebook.com/gartenschau.tirschenreuth

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About Easter lambs, Easter rabbits and “egg picking“ There are many Easter traditions in the Oberpfalz region

Grafenwoehr. Why are there Easter rabbits? Why is there a fire in front of the church? And what is “egg picking” all about? Although we do not get as many presents at Easter as we get at Christmas, Easter is the most important celebration for Christians during the course of the year. The Oberpfalz region features a lot of Easter traditions.

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Easter, the most important catholic celebration of the year, remembers the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday, or rather during the night of Easter. During that night, Christians take dark bread with raw or cooked ham, salt, Easter bread, Easter lambs and eggs, of course, into church which are consecrated during the church service and make up the Easter breakfast. The Easter candle with lamb, victory flag, cross and cicatrices is a typical symbol of Easter, just like the Easter fire that is ignited during the Easter night and passed on. It is a symbol of the love of God that is dispersed. After the church service, a large fire is ignited in front of the church. In earlier days, wooden sticks were held into the fire to later use them to ignite the fire in the oven at home. It’s a family tradition to color and stylishly and artfully decorate the white or brown eggs bought in the super market. There are funny traditions regarding the eggs, one of which is the so-called “egg picking.” The combatants duel each other with

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the tops of their hardboiled eggs. The combatant whose egg survives the fight without breaking, wins. The Easter lamb is a symbol of defenselessness and often found in Easter baskets, home-baked by the women. There are also Easter wreaths with an egg in the center. “The Easter rabbit which originally is not a Christian symbol was first mentioned in 1682- It did not become popular until the 20th century because it sells so well,” explains Professor Dr. Hermann Kirchhoff in one of his books. Kids get an Easter rabbit made of chocolate and many sweet Easter eggs which are put in an Easter nest which is hidden so the kids have to search for it. There are always screams of joy when the girls and boys find the nests. Before Easter, decorated Easter fountains can be admired in the Oberpfalz and in Franconia. In Grafenwoehr, the Vintage Fountain at the bottom of the Annaberg mountain is decorated every year with more than 3,000 Easter eggs. It is especially fascinating to look at in the dark when it is illuminated.

Easter Wreath Recipe: Ingredients: 75 g curd cheese, 3 table spoons milk, 3 table spoons oil, 40 g sugar, 1 package vanilla sugar, a little bit of salt, 150 g wheat flour, a half a package of baking powder. Knead the dough and form three same-length strands of dough. Braid it and form a wreath with it. Baker it at 150 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes.

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Grand Slam’s ten “Funkateers“ formed the band in 1985. They are Germany’s most famous P-Funk band! Their full sound and their irresistible groove is immediately liked by listeners, regardless of whether they are die-hard P-Funk fans, or are spontaneously drawn in by the sound that inspires listeners to dance. While deeply rooted in the P-Funk and soul music traditions, Grand Slam throw in additional musical elements such as rock, hip hop, or jazz, creating their own, unique funk sound. Gary “Mudbone“ Cooper (USA) has been a member of the band since 2012. The funk legend, who lives in France, was the original lead singer of Bootsy Collins‘ RubberBand and Parliament/Funkadelic. Cooper has sold nearly 20 million records during his professional career. Ticket sales: www.okticket.de Organizer’s contact address: Stadt Vilseck, Marktplatz 13, 92249 Vilseck, www.vilseck.de

On Sunday, April 21, 2013, a large selection of merchants invite visitors to go shopping in beautiful downtown Weiden. Starting at 10.30 a.m., customers can stroll around and shop at the Jubilate Market. Like every year, many merchants are presenting a large variety of goods. A fashion show, music and dance performances and many more events will entertain visitors of the Jubilate Market. In addition, many stores will open their doors from 1-6 p.m. to provide customers with the opportunity to stroll around downtown and go shopping. Apart from the stores downtown, many shops in the surrounding streets will also be open. Sunday, April 21, 2013 Market opening hours: 10.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Store opening hours: 1-6 p.m.

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The Bohemian tradition of bathing in beer is an abberent path toward health and wellness.

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Bathe in beer in the Czech Republic CHODOVA PLANA, Czech Republic -- While German culture is bathed in mores of beer, their neighbors to the east have taken it one step further -- by literally bathing themselves in beer. Tucked away in the Bohemian town of Chodova Plana is a wellness center that would make Homer Simpson drool. Stainless steel tubs are filled to the brim with a special mixture of mineral water and bathing beer -- a substance of active beer yeast, hops and a mixture of dehydrated herbs -- concocted by the head brewer of the Chodovar Brewery. Set at a temperature of around 90 degrees Fahrenheit, bathers are immersed in a restorative enterprise that is said to activate circulation, rejuvenate skin and relax the mind. As an added bonus, a glass of nonpasteurized Chodovar beer is served during the process, which the brewery claims to increase the outcome of the bath by harmonizing blood pressure, aiding in digestion and enhancing the relaxation experience. (Prost!) After 20 minutes, dripping bathers are led to a quiet room, reposed on a bed and swaddled in a fleece quilt. Music plays softly under the dim lighting, prompting soft snores from the pampered participants. The aroma of beer permeates off the skin during the hourlong procedure. While the softness of the skin is felt almost immediately, the active minerals from the

bath are absorbed into the skin slowly, so bathers are asked not to shower for the rest of the day. Aside from the obvious pampering and vanity that comes from visiting the beer spa, the bath is also used as a successful treatment of psoriasis, cellulitis and acne and is a noted antistress treatment to combat mental disharmonies. Regardless of the reasons for indulging, the beer bath is an unique experince warranting a day trip across the border. After a day at the spa, visit the „Ve Skále,“ restaurant and Chodavar brewery museum, both situated in the unique rock labyrinth of the 800 year-old brewery cellars. The restaurant provides an array of Bohemian fare with unbeatable prices, (a hearty dinner for two, including drinks, for well under 20 euros). The brewery offers tours daily at 2 p.m., and tours are conducted in German or Czech, but an English handout makes it easy to follow along. For more information on Chodovar, or to book reservations online (reservations are required), visit www.chodovar.cz.

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Refueling in Rome – Good eats near big sites ROME – Boasting one of the world's best cuisines, Italy draws tourists giddy to both marvel at its art and history, and to feast on pasta, crudo and antipasti. In Rome, the city of the Colosseum, the Vatican, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, the dining experience can match the sightseeing. Unfortunately, most restaurants surrounding these top sites serve watered-down, over-priced versions of Italy's dishes. To get a true taste of Rome, gourmands should head to the suburbs, where rumor has it the best food lies. However, those with less time or energy can still eat well comfortably near the city's top attractions.

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Near the Campo di Fiori – Il Forno Roscioli A deli by day, Il Forno Roscioli morphs into a bustling restaurant by night. Two-person tables dominate the cramped space, but the food makes up for the tight squeeze. Roscioli is said to have some of the best spaghetti carbonara in town and it didn't disappoint. The sauce was yolky, cheesy and bright yellow and unadulterated by cream. Big chunks of fatty guanciale, or pork jowl, studded the dish. Neither of us tried the lamb medallions, but found ourselves eyeing them every time a waiter passed our table with the chops. However, after the complementary dessert of cookies and chocolate fondue, we couldn't handle another bite of food. Via dei Giubbonari 21-22. Enoteca Cul de Sac This enoteca (wine bar) sits on a side street away from the heaving masses and overpriced restaurants on the Campo di Fiori square. The food menu consists mostly of meats, cheeses, antipasti and pates, but also has a small selection of pastas. The wine menu is vast, with listings from throughout Italy and beyond. The food was surprisingly good for a touristy haunt, and more importantly, it's inexpensive. A lunch of two pastas, pheasant and black truffle pate, wine and a soft drink set us back only 32 euros. Like, Roscioli, Enotec Cul de Sac is small and crowded, so be prepared to share a table. Piazza Pasquino, 73. A rumored winner: Beppe e I Suoi Formaggi. This much-lauded enoteca serves cold plates (meats, cheeses, antipasti) to go with their wine selection. Via Santa Maria del Pianto 9a/11. Near the Colosseum – Cavour 313 In a city where many restaurants decorate with wine bottles, Cavour 313 is a sight to behold -- the walls and ceiling rafters spill over with yet-to-be-sold bottles. Cavour 313 is obviously a wine bar, but one that focuses on high quality food. The servers here are helpful. Talk to them to figure out exactly what you want to eat, even if it's off-menu. They also have a solid understanding of the wine available and can pick out exactly the right variety to fit your taste and mood. If you want a break 49 | Bavarian Times

from Italian food, they serve couscous plates and respectable hummus. A mere block away from the Colosseum and the Forum, the enoteca is a perfect respite from a day roaming antiquities. A rumored winner: Right behind the Via Cavour is Rome's Monti neighborhood, which has remained relatively local and quiet despite its proximity to the Colosseum. You can find many good restaurants here, but by far the most popular is Taverna dei Fori Imperiali. Those wishing to dine there need to make a reservation. Space is so scarce the restaurant puts a sign on the door beseeching walk-ins to walk away. Near the Trevi Fountain – Piccollo Arancio We stumbled upon this restaurant during a nighttime trek to the Trevi Fountain and ended up eating the best pasta we had in Rome. We tried the Cacio e pepe, a traditional Roman dish with just pecorino cheese and black pepper, and the homemade spaghetti with tomato and basil. Chewy and eggy, the fresh pasta transformed these simple dishes into divine ones. The restaurant also serves shellfish, steaks and fried artichokes and zucchini flowers -- a Roman staple. Unlike most downtown Roman restaurants, Piccollo Arancio boasts more locals than tourists. At 10:30 p.m. on a Sunday night, every table was filled, mostly with Romans, but also a scattering of lucky tourists. A few blocks up from the Trevi Fountain. Vicolo Scanderberg, 112. A rumored winner: Hostaria Romana was listed by the New York Times as one of the best trattorias in Rome. The antipasti is said to be transcendent. Reservations would be smart. Via del Boccaccio, 1. | by Chelsea Bissell, U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Public Affairs

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Statues unearthed in the many archeological sites nearby are displayed in the impressive Antalya Museum.

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ANTALYA, Turkey -- The Antalya region along Turkey‘s southern coast is often referred to as the Turkish Riviera, but there is more to this area than its stunning beaches. Antalya‘s history stretches back to the time of the Hittites, and it has been occupied by the Persians, Greeks, Romans, Seljuk Turks and the Ottoman Empire. Each succeeding society left its mark in architecture, dress and culture, creating a region that is a unique mix of each. While European tourists flock here during the summer months to soak up the sun, the winter months provide a unique opportunity to enjoy inland excursions without the crowds or the 120-degree heat. Winter temperatures average in the ‚ 50s, making it an ideal time for strolling through bazaars or picking your way among crumbling ruins. Antalya is the fourth largest city in Turkey, and its old town, Kaleici, boasts relics from across the centuries. Enter the old city

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