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The Franconian News Serving the Franconia Military Community in Ansbach, Bamberg and Schweinfurt

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Soldiers engage in 3-day training with German counterparts By Jessica Lipari USAG Bamberg Public Affairs BAMBERG, Germany – Being stationed overseas provides opportunities to Soldiers including the chance to train alongside the host-nation army.

Ten Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, recently had an opportunity to train with the Specials Operations Division (Bundeswehr) in Stadtallendorf. The three-day training was for the new

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Pvt. Anthony Saldana of 4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, fires the G36 rifle while Master Sgt. Moher, German Army Special Operations, calls out the sequence.

Around USAG Ansbach, beware of road hazards, accident hotspots By Bryan Gatchell,

USAG Ansbach Public Affairs

ANSBACH, Germany – Automobile mishaps come in all shapes and sizes: A driver is caught speeding, they get into a minor fender bender or something serious happens. U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach is spread over several kasernes in and around the Ansbach area, and its residents usually by necessity spend time driving between the different kasernes. Because of this normal road use, the garrison’s safety office has noticed several trouble spots out and about that could cause various vehicular vexations, if not downright dangers. Manfred Meyer, garrison safety specialist, is acquainted

with many of these trouble spots. One congregation of trouble spots is through the small village of Untereichenbach, the road through which leads to the back gate of Katterbach Kaserne. The road leading into the town from the west has a dangerous blind curve, there is a dangerous T-intersection at the east end of town, and the road through town is extremely narrow. “This little village has a twoway road,” said Meyer. “There’s no sidewalks usually on one side, and the road is still narrow. When the big buses or the trucks come through with the oncoming traffic, then there’s a real problem.” When faced with the oncoming trucks and buses, vehicles (HAZARDS, on Page 11)

comprehensive shooting program the German Army designed and, after completion, the participants earned the Schuetzenschnur, also known as the German Armed Forces Badge of Marksmanship. The training was taught by an entire reconnaissance platoon led by Master Sgt. Moher, German Army Special Operations Division. “It was an experience not soon forgotten,” said Spc. Shane Moran, assigned to 4th Bn., 319th AFAR, who participated in the training. “The ability to have the opportunity to work with an allied nation is an extraordinary experience.” “Their tactics and fundamentals are very similar to ours and they came with an approach that shooting is a sport so the warm-up, actual firing and cool-down is an outstanding process,” said Staff Sgt. Alexander Hathaway, also assigned to 4th Bn. “It was a very relaxed and educational atmosphere.” On the first day, the Soldiers were welcomed and familiarized with the G36 assault rifles and the P8 9 mm pistol that they would be using during the training. The participants completed a dry run with weapons tactics, reviewed safety and visited the indoor shooting simulator. (TRAINING, on Page 3)

Configuration for Schweinfurt 2013-2014 school year released

Nathan Van Schaik / USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs

Students in Sure Start through sixth grade will attend Schweinfurt Elementary School at Askren Manor during the 13/14 school year, while students in sixth through 12th grade will attend Schweinfurt Middle/ High School in Yorktown village, DoDEA has announced. To read the full story, see Page 2.

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Configuration for Schweinfurt 2013-2014 school year released By Nathan Van Schaik, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs SCHWEINFURT, Germany – A final school configuration for the 2013-2014 school year here is out. Students in Sure Start and kindergarten through sixth grade will attend Schweinfurt Elementary School on Askren Manor. Seventh through 12th grade students will attend classes at Schweinfurt Middle/High School in Yorktown Village, according to officials with the Department of Defense Education Activity, the organization overseeing U.S. schools at overseas military installations. Planning for the configuration began as early as October 2012, said Beth Potter, Schweinfurt’s school liaison officer. In December, Bavaria District Superintendent Dr. Liz Dunham began canvassing school administration, faculty, parents and students in Schweinfurt

and Bamberg about different configurations. “We started by asking the Schweinfurt and Bamberg communities if they wanted to combine the schools,” Dunham said. “The outcome was that both Schweinfurt and Bamberg clearly wanted to keep the high schools separate.” Before 2011, Schweinfurt high school students attended classes at Bamberg High School. The Schweinfurt High School was established in the summer of 2011. Dunham moved the proposal forward through DoDEAEurope and finally at DoDEA headquarters in Washington D.C. Final approval of that proposal came through March 7, she said. The configuration serves to stand as a win-win for both the elementary school and the middle high school. “At the elementary school, this expands advanced technology

opportunities, class space and room for physical activity – all to ensure that we provide highquality education programs until the school closes,” said Dr. Lee Hill, the principal at the elementary school. The impact of the new setup at the middle/high school will largely be felt by the student body. “Moving the 7th and 8th grade students to the High School increases the projected enrollment from 98 to 166, which allows for a viable program for both middle school and high school students,” said Dunham, in a letter to parents dated March 7. Grades seven through 12 secondary configurations are common in DoDDS Europe, she said, noting that three of the other four high schools in the Bavaria District are seven through 12 schools, too. “We look forward to developing a robust educational pro-

gram that will meet the requirements of DoDEA standards for our new seventh to 12th students this coming fall,” said Dr. Vince Diaz, the principal at Schweinfurt High School. “Additionally our new configuration will allow the Razorbacks staff to expand leadership and extracurricular opportunities for all students. This is also a unique opportunity for our high school students to serve as mentors for our incoming middle school students. We look forward to the support of our parents and community.” Because the garrison here will close and be returned to host-nation officials by the fall of 2014, the 2013-2014 school year will be the last one. Currently, both schools service about 1,000 students. But that number is expected to drop to about 600 next year, said Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Michael Runey at an All Hands employee meeting last month.

American Red Cross provides valuable services, support to military By Heidi Sanders,

USAG Bamberg Public Affairs

Editor’s Note: March is American Red Cross Month and The Franconian News is running a series of articles on various aspects of the Red Cross throughout the month. This is the second article in the series and looks at the Red Cross’ services to the military. Serving the military has always been an important part of the American Red Cross. The Red Cross has had a presence in every military conflict since the Civil War, said Samantha Wudel, station manager for the American Red Cross’ Bamberg office. “Every installation has a Red Cross that provides services,” Wudel said. “Not all have offices on post.” Lt. Col. Michael Runey U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt, Commander Nathan Van Schaik USAG Schweinfurt, Public Affairs Officer Col. Kelly J. Lawler U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach, Commander

Ansbach Staff Stephen Baack (Editor), Bryan Gatchell (Editor), Bianca Sowders

Lt. Col. Michelle L. Bienias U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg, Commander

Bamberg Staff Simon Hupfer, Jessica Lipari, Heidi Sanders

Renate Bohlen USAG Bamberg, Public Affairs Officer

Schweinfurt Staff Spc. Latoya Dallas, Margaret Gotheridge

The services the Red Cross provides to the military are constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. Wudel said, for example, the Red Cross used to have a nursing corps but that is no longer provided because the needs of the community have changed. “There is always going to be a humanitarian need to what the military does, but that need changes,” she said. One key service the Red Cross provides to the military is emergency messaging to Soldiers and their family members who are deployed or overseas. The messaging service is available for unexpected, time-sensitive emergencies, such as death, serious illness, birth, financial issues

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or a breakdown in family care plans. Emergency messaging can be started by contacting the Red Cross office at your local installation, by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS and selecting option two or by contacting a local Red Cross chapter, which can be found online at

Wounded Warrior Project partnership The American Red Cross has partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project to offer programs and activities to support wounded service members and their Families. The Wounded Warrior Project provided the local Warrior Transition Unit in Bamberg with $1,100 in passes to the Bambados pool (SERVICES, on Page 6) Garrison Ansbach website at All Family and MWR programs provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with special needs. For assistance please contact the facility manager prior to your visit. Contact Information: Office Location: Bldg. 5256, Barton Barracks U.S. Army Address: Unit 28614, APO AE 09177 Telephone: DSN:468-1600 German Address: Meinhardswindener Str. 5256, 91522 Ansbach Telephone: 09811-83-1600

Vol. 10, Issue 11 (TRAINING, from Page 1) The German Army extended their hospitality to the 10 Soldiers they were training and opened up their barracks, allowing an opportunity for the participants to room together. On the second day the participants headed out to the range and primarily worked with the G36, following the new program. The new program stresses a warm-up period, the actual fire drill and then a cool-down period. Before starting the actual fire drill, the proper stance and proper sight picture were reviewed and Preliminary Marksmanship Instruction was completed.

Page 3 After spending eight hours out on the range the second day, each participant fired 600 rounds at targets in the sequence they were called out. On the third day the participants incorporated the P8 into the actual fire drill, going back and forth with both weapons in sequence. Another full day was spent at the range. “I feel privileged to participate in the training,” Moran said. “I will carry on some of the tactics that they taught us. The ability to teach by showing first and then allowing us to go through with it is a great way to learn.”

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Staff Sgt. Hathaway of 4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, watches as Master Sgt. Moher, German Army Special Operations, familiarizes the group with the P8 9 mm pistol.

Schweinfurt CYSS junior basketball team wins IMCOM-E East Division Championship By Michael Griffin, U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt CYSS Sports and Fitness Director SCHWEINFURT, Germany – Child, Youth and School Services Installation Management Command-Europe East Division Junior Basketball Championship took place here

March 9 and 10 at the Ledward Activity Center, Finney and Kesssler Fitness Centers. Six teams representing Ansbach, Bamberg, Hohenfels, Grafenweohr, Schweinfurt and Vicenza competed in the two-day pool play tournament. At the end of day one, the top two teams

Michael Griffin / U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt CYSS Sports and Fitness Director

from each pool advanced to the semifinals. Schweinfurt emerged as the top seed and Bamberg the second seed in Pool A. Vicenza emerged as top seed in Pool B, and Grafenweohr captured the second seed. Day two was full of action as, in the first semifinal game, Schweinfurt defeated Grafenweohr 37-32. In the second semifinal Vicenza defeated Bamberg in a close game with 28-25. In the consolation game Bamberg defeated Grafenweohr 35-34 by dropping two clutch free throws with zero time remaining on the clock to take third place. The championship game was evenly matched in the end, but Schweinfurt was too much for Vicenza, defeating them 37-34 to win the 2013 IMCOM-Europe East Division Junior Basketball Championship. “The team did everything I and Coach Ron asked of them and more,” said Schweinfurt Coach Curtis Taylor. “This was an awesome group of kids.” Schweinfurt’s Child, Youth and School Services junior basketball team defeats Vicenza 37-34 to win the 2013 Installation Management CommandEurope East Division Championship. From left, front row: Kalei Watson, Kobe Babauta. Second row: Antonio Taylor, Abigail Sekutera, Delano Blue, Iosua Maika, Denzel Bailey. Back row: Coach Curtis Taylor and Coach Ron Daniels

Sequester furloughs – what it means to the IMCOM workforce

Army divers splash headfirst into training

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas – Army civilian personnel are bracing for the impact of furloughs and changing financial priorities on their organizations. Approximately 251,000 Department of the Army civilians expect to be notified soon if they will be furloughed up to 22 days starting in April. In order to meet national security responsibilities, IMCOM is prioritizing readiness and programs based on the Army strategy, while adjusting to the fiscal resources available. Furloughs are a result of the Budget Control Act ... To learn more, click here.

SHUAIBA PORT, Kuwait – “The first time I put on a KM-37 diving helmet was pretty exciting,” said Spc. Gregory James Lavassaur, a second-class diver assigned to the 74th Engineer Dive Detachment. “The communications are great and I got a rush knowing that I could be a hundred feet down and still talk to my team up top.” Only 150 Soldiers make up the exclusive tight-knit community of U.S. Army deep-sea divers. They share many first-time memories, some even as far back as dive school. To learn more, click here.

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541st Engineer Co. Soldiers deploy from USAG Bamberg

Photos by Simon Hupfer, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs

Soldiers of the 541st Engineer Company deployed from U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. “This company has done more than its fair share in this fight. Over the past five years, this company has deployed to combat three times,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Austin, 54th Engineer Battalion commander during the deployment ceremony, which was held Friday. “Their mission is to clear the roads and trails of the greatest killer in this war – the improvised explosive device.” Family members and comrades bid the deploying Soldiers farewell. The 541st Engineer Company is one of the last units that will deploy from Bamberg’s garrison. For more photos, visit photos/warnerweekly/sets/72157632967263023/ with/8548570510/.

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Margaret Gotheridge / USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs

Members of the community enjoy a community celebration hosted by the garrison May 11, 2012, on Conn Barracks at U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt in Germany. “Just because we’re closing doesn’t mean we’re dying,” said the garrison commander. The garrison is taking steps now to host more community events, even as it prepares for closure.

Schweinfurt garrison preps for more community events By Bana Miller, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs SCHWEINFURT, Germany – The garrison in Schweinfurt continues to focus efforts on the community even as the post draws down in preparation for closure by the fall of 2014. “Just because we’re closing doesn’t mean we’re dying,” said Lt. Col. Michael Runey, garrison commander, at a Feb. 19 town hall meeting at the Conn Club. “Our focus continues to be on strengthening a sense of community, and that includes continuing to host community events, though they may change slightly in scope and scale.”

The Sensational Spring Events campaign, which kicked off March 2 with the World Fitness Contest, includes a full list of events and activities geared toward all audiences of the community. A summer campaign will be launched at the next town hall scheduled for May 14. The events are aimed at bringing people together in ways they can build each other up and strengthen a sense of belonging, said Dave Luellwitz, USAG Schweinfurt Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation community recreation division chief. “We’re hosting one large,

signature event every month between now and September,” said Luellwitz. “As long as people keep coming out and having a great time, we’ll keep planning and hosting activities.” The garrison plans to repeat popular past events, including a community-wide Easter egg hunt, April’s Kinderfest, the Community Celebration in May, Fourth of July celebration, as well as introducing new activities to the calendar. Events may look different than they have in the past. But that’s not dampening spirits here. Garrison officials encourage community members to volunteer

and are asking Family readiness groups to continue fundraising efforts at events. “We’re still going to have a really great time,” said Luellwitz. “We have a full calendar planned.” Monthly Signature Events • March: Community Easter Egg Hunt • April: Kinderfest • May: Community Celebration • June: Schweinfurt High School graduation • July: Fourth of July celebration • August: Splash Bash

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(SERVICES, from Page 2) near post so Soldiers can do swim therapy. The Bamberg American Red Cross and the Wounded Warrior Project are teaming up to host a 5-kilometer awareness run/walk March 22, beginning at 7 a.m. at the Freedom Fitness Facility. Local organizations that support the health and welfare of Soldiers and family members will distribute information at the event. RSVP on Facebook at ARCBamberg or by sending an email to by March 15 to receive a free goody bag. Deployment and reconnection training The Red Cross also provides programs to help Families deal with deployments and redeployment. “Coping with Deployments” is an online training program that teaches Soldiers and family members resilience, how to use psychological first aid to support others and other tips and tools that can help with deployments, as well as other life situations. There is no cost for the course. To sign up, contact your local Red Cross office. Reconnection Workshops Presented by Walmart provides information to help with the successful reintegration of service members after deployment.

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The workshop consists of five different topics: communicating clearly, exploring stress and trauma, identifying depression, relating to children and working through anger. The Bamberg Red Cross will be offering three of the workshops March 21 in the Yellow Ribbon Room. “Relating to Children” will be offered from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “Working Through Anger” will be offered from 1:30 to 3 p.m. “Communicating Clearly” will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. People can take part in one or all three workshops. Limited space is available, so sign-up is required. Other ways the Red Cross supports the military The Red Cross meets additional needs of the military community by providing various outreach programs and supporting special events in the community. In the past year, the Red Cross in Bamberg has offered various programs for children and teens, hosted enrichment socials on topics including photography and using public transportation, and made presentations to Family readiness groups on subjects such as pre-deployment readiness and disaster preparedness. Many of the Red Cross’ outreach programs

rely on volunteer support to keep them going. For more information about how volunteers support the Red Cross, see the box below. For more information about the Red Cross, visit the Red Cross website at www.redcross. org or contact the local Red Cross office. The Ansbach office is located at Katterbach Kaserne, Bldg. 5817 B, Room 201. It is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 09802-83-1760 or visit www.facebook. com/pages/The-American-Red-CrossAnsbach/153833101408124. The Bamberg office is located in Army Community Service, Bldg. 7029, and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 0951-3001760, email or visit on Facebook at ARCBamberg. The Schweinfurt office is located at Ledward Barracks, Bldg. 274, across from the Ledward theater. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 09721-96-1760/6251 or visit rc.htm. Look for the third article in the series in the March 21 issue of The Franconian News to find out more about the Red Cross’ health and safety programs.

Red Cross volunteers help support community

By Heidi Sanders,

USAG Bamberg Public Affairs

BAMBERG, Germany – Volunteers play a vital role in many of the programs and services provided by the American Red Cross at military installations, said Samantha Wudel, station manager for the Bamberg Red Cross. Wudel said the Bamberg office has only two paid employees, so volunteers are essential to serving the community. “Volunteers really do fill in gaps that help make service nicer,” Wudel said. “As the base closes, we will see a higher and higher demand for volunteers. It is more and more important for people to volunteer.” She said during the last fiscal year, Red Cross volunteers in Bamberg logged 3,000 volunteer hours. Volunteers clocked those hours in a variety of ways, Wudel said. Some help out in the health and dental clinics on post, working both in professional positions as

well as administrative roles. Others volunteer at the veterinarian clinic or reading books to children at the School Age Center. Some help with special programs put on by the Red Cross such as the enrichment socials. Stephanie Crain has volunteered for the Red Cross since June and helps out at the post vet clinic and also reads stories to children at the SAC. Crain said she volunteers about 40 to 80 hours per month and enjoys the flexibility of being able to volunteer when she wants. She said volunteering through the Red Cross has helped her become more connected to the community. “I’ve made friends through doing this,” Crain said. Liz Bechtel also has been a volunteer with the Red Cross since June. She started out by helping out with the Army Substance Abuse Program, serving as a CPR and first aid instructor and helping with special events and fundraisers.

She said she volunteered about 100 hours per month until she started working full time. Bechtel said despite her fulltime employment, she is still able to volunteer for the Red Cross on weekends, evenings and even during her lunch break. “If you do work full time, you are still able to do things for the Red Cross,” Bechtel said. “Don’t let being a full-time mom or a full-time employee stand in the way of being a volunteer. There is always something you can do.” Volunteering also can benefit those who volunteer by helping them prepare for future employment, Wudel said. For example, participants in the Red Cross Dental Assistant Program receive about 500 hours of training at their local dental clinic over a period of three to six months. Successful completion of the Army-wide program does not provide stateside certification but can lead to employment at the dental clinic.

“It prepares people interested in a career as a dental assistant,” Wudel said. Volunteer orientations for potential Red Cross volunteers are held the first and third Friday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit the Bamberg Red Cross Facebook page at www. At the orientation session, potential volunteers will learn about the history of the Red Cross, lines of services and volunteer opportunities within the Red Cross, and will complete their basic background check needed to volunteer. “It is the first step in becoming a volunteer,” Wudel said. The Schweinfurt Red Cross will be recognizing its volunteers April 4 and will have a graduation ceremony for participants of its dental assistant course April 19. For more information, call the Schweinfurt Red Cross office at 09721-96-1760/6251.

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Photos by Bianca Sowders / USAG Ansbach Public Affairs

(Above) First Sgt. Johnny Robbins Jr., left, first sergeant with C Company, 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, attaches corporal rank to his daughter, Jada Alexis Robbins. Jada is a member of Ansbach High School’s Junior ROTC program. (Left) Father and daughter Johnny and Jada stand together for a picture after her Feb. 27 promotion ceremony during which she rose in rank to corporal.

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See Germany on foot:

Volksmarches provide opportunity for health, sightseeing, socializing By Bryan Gatchell, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs ANSBACH, Germany – Spring had broken early. For nearly a week, the gloomy, low-hanging clouds of winter had dissipated, allowing the sun to melt away the snow and illuminate the patchwork green landscape of Middle Franconia. This was the weather and countryside that greeted Volksmarch enthusiasts March 9 and 10 near Ansbach, Germany. The Deutsch-Amerikanischer Wanderclub Ansbach (or Ansbach German-American Wanderclub) organized the event, which started out of the Oppel factory at the outskirts of Elpersdorf, a satellite village of Ansbach. A Volksmarch, according to club literature available at the hike, is a “non-competitive walk open to everyone.” There is not one start time but rather a range of times the participant could begin their march, typically the morning hours. The club sets up markers throughout the hike to ensure participants don’t lose their way. Hike lengths are typically 5 kilometers, 10 kilometers and 20 kilometers, though some events even have 30-kilometer, marathonlength (42.195-kilometer), and 50-kilometer options. “If people want a Volksmarch, there’s one every weekend they can go to,” said Mark Kistner, vice president of the Ansbach club. “You can buy a book at most Volksmarches

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Volksmarch enthusiasts help each other find the correct trail along a forested road at the Ansbacharea Volksmarch March 9.

that tell you when the next Volksmarches are.” The Ansbach Volksmarch had the 5-, 10and 20-kilometer options. Each loop passed through farmland, woods and villages. The 20-kilometer loop scooped south of Bundesautobahn 6 and through the nearby town of Herrieden. The weather was mildly chilly, which made the Kontrollstelle welcome respites. At different points along each loop these Kontrollstelle, or control stops, were set up in a volunteer resident’s garage during the

Ansbach march. There participants could drink warm tea and purchase refreshments. For shorter hikes, these stops obviated the need for participants to carry water with them. Another thing also happened at the Kontrollstelle. Participants got a stamp on a card they carried through the hike. These stamps indicate which paths the participants have taken. When they return the stamped card to the club, they can get another card stamped indicating when they hiked and for (VOLKSMARCH, on Page 9)

Participants at the Ansbach-area Volksmarch March 9 hike along a road. Volksmarches are generally casual means of exploring the countryside, meeting new people and exercising.

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A family hikes through a town during the Ansbach-area Volksmarch March 9.

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Sportparkstrasse 2 from 7 a.m. to (VOLKSMARCH, from Page 8) 1 p.m. To learn more, call TSV what distance. With 10 stamps in this Winkelhaid at 09817/41854 or email card, participants are eligible to receive a bronze pin for their dedication, There is a 5-, 10- and 20-kilometer which is the most basic indication march at Untersiemau in Upper of Volksmarch participation. With Franconia March 24 at Schule greater participation (ranging from Untersiemau, Pestalozzistrasse 1, participation in 30 hikes to hiking from 7 a.m. to noon. To learn more, 6,000 kilometers) come more pins. call 09565/7208. For those wishing to do more walking There is a 5- and 10-kilometer march than can fill a card, there are log books at Heilsbronn in Middle Franconia available. March 24 at Hohenzollenrhalle “There’s one for the different Heilsbronn from 7 a.m. to noon. To Volksmarches you go to, and another learn more, call Kloster-Wanderer one takes the kilometers you walk,” Heilsbronn at 09822/604260, email said Kistner. “You buy both books, Several participants of the Ansbach-area Volksmarch March 9 or visit you have to buy the card that gets jog or hike into a forest. stamped.” There is a 6-, 10- and 20-kilometer call Steinacker at 0981/5533. The events are universal affairs, march at Thüngersheim in Lower Franconia There are several upcoming Volksmarches suited to any temperament of hiker. Those March 29 at Weingut Hart from 7 a.m. to 5 who wish to take the hike as a vigorous within the Franconian region. p.m. To learn more, call 09364/3368. There is a 5- and 10-kilometer march exercise in endurance may. Those wishing There is a 5-, 10- and 20-kilometer hike only for a pleasant Sunday stroll may as well. starting at Eggolsheim in Upper Franconia at Lahm in Upper Franconia from 6:30 a.m. The Ansbach event sold food, cakes, beer March 16 and 17 beginning between 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 30 and from 6:30 a.m. to and carbonated beverages to its guests, who and noon at Eggerbach-Halle Eggolsheim, 12:30 p.m. March 31 at Wanderhalle Lahm, partook of this repast both before the hike as Josef-Kolb-Strasse 10A. To learn more, Hans-Jahn-Strasse 20. To learn more, call call Wanderfreunde Markt Eggolsheim at well as after. Wanderfreunde Lahm at 09533/750. “We are looking for new members, 09545/1815 or email busch-eggolsheim@tTo learn more about Volksmarches, visit both Germans and Americans,” said Bernd the Deutscher Volkssportverband at www. There is a 5-, 10- and 20-kilometer march Steinacker, president of the club. Those interested in joining Deutsch- at Winkelhaid in Middle Franconia March Amerikanischer Wanderclub Ansbach can 16 and 17 at TSV-Sportheim, Winkelhaid,

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Shuttle program delivers supercenter selection to Schweinfurt Main Exchange

Nathan Van Schaik / USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs

Pictured is the Main Exchange at Ledward Barracks. If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, no problem. Customer service can help get it to you through their shuttle program.

By Bana Miller, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs SCHWEINFURT, Germany – The Main Exchange here at Ledward Barracks increases selection for customers with its shuttle program, an initiative that transports merchandise between Exchange facilities to fulfill specific requests. “As the post downsizes, we’re not going to be able to carry everything our customers want in our physical store,” said Schweinfurt Army and Air Force Exchange Service operations manager Eileen Al-Sayed. “We work with AAFES locations across Germany and around the world to order in customer requests.” To ensure military families living and working near smaller locations enjoy the same selection as those at bigger installations, all

AAFES locations worldwide operate similar programs that, upon request, can route items from one exchange to another. “If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just ask customer service if it can be brought in from another location,” said Billy Melton, AAFES store manager. “We’ll ask you to fill out a customer request form with your contact information. If another European AAFES Exchange stocks it, we’ll be able to get it and will call or email you when it arrives in Schweinfurt.” Everything, from furniture and large appliances to perfumes and DVDs, has been transferred through the service, meaning shoppers in Schweinfurt are guaranteed the largest possible selection of goods.

Heading to Italy? Here are some tips on dining, shopping, traveling By Grant Sattler USAG Vicenza Public Affairs Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of three articles about moving to Italy. VICENZA, Italy – Soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team have been reassigned to Vicenza, Italy, and their Families are busy planning for a consecutive overseas tour. But it won’t be just another permanent change of station move, pulling up stakes in one military community and relocating to another. Many have grown to love life in Germany, and this move will be a change to a third or fourth culture. What seemed so foreign on arrival in Bamberg is now an understood cultural norm – on arrival in Vicenza many things may once again be initially incomprehensible. Passing over the Alps to northern Italy is indeed a transition to a different land. To help newcomers navigate the changes, Vicenza’s Army Community Service has collected some of the differences. Having some initial perspective may just help the newcomers discover that the Veneto region, in which Vicenza is a principal city, is a cornucopia of history and Italian culture. First, the pronunciation of Vicenza: \ vi-´chen(t)-sə \. Never begin with “vin.” Italians use city names in their phonetic alphabet when spelling out words: Vicenza is used for “V” – so think “v”-cen-za. Below are some of the differ-

ences some may find between Bamberg and Vicenza. Let’s start with eating … who isn’t looking forward to Italian cuisine? Most restaurants are open from noon to 2:30 p.m. for lunch but lock up tight until the dinner hours, typically 6 to 11 p.m. Restaurants are generally closed one day a week, often Mondays. Some Italian restaurants do not take credit cards, so check before ordering if not posted at the door or register, or make sure to bring along sufficient Euros. At most restaurants, patrons are encouraged to take their time and will not get the check until requested. At many restaurants, customers will pay their bill at a cashier desk by the exit. One notable exception is at an Autostrada (toll expressway) stop such as Autogrill where customers pay for what they want first and then give their receipt to the attendant at the coffee and sandwich bar. Table fees are customary in most restaurants in Italy where visitors will find the word “Coperto” on their bill with a usual charge of 1 to 2 Euros per person. This is the charge for the tablecloth and bread at the table, not the service from the waiter or waitress. In Italy, it is customary to tip at a restaurant for good service. Once the bill is paid at a restaurant, coffee bar or retail store, patrons are advised to carry the receipt with them as they leave. Some people are stopped and

asked by plainclothes finance police to produce a receipt to ensure tax was paid. It is considered a civic duty for residents to ensure they are not engaging, knowingly or not, in tax evasion. If one cannot produce a receipt, the person in question may be fined. For shopping, you’ll find familiar stores here and well known European clothing and soft goods designers. In downtown areas most shops and stores close between 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily for riposo – Italy’s midday siesta. Malls are generally an exception. Most retail stores are still closed on Sundays, unless it is during a Sunday market or Christmas time. Larger stores at shopping centers are open Sundays. Some small food stores are also closed Wednesday afternoons. In an Italian grocery, expect to wear the disposable plastic gloves provided to select produce. At the register, customers bag their own items and pay for any needed bags, so it makes sense to bring along reusable bags. During travels in Italy and adjacent countries, travelers are expected to have their passport with them when checking into hotels. It’s also a good idea to bring along some pocket change – in some large cities people may need to pay 1 to 2 Euros to use public restrooms. Stopping for an Italian coffee is also an option

for a necessary visit, however, be aware many coffee bar facilities are squatty. For going into Italian churches, visitors should make sure their shoulders, knees and midriff are covered or they will not be permitted to enter. Men should remove hats. Some church buildings are owned by cities or associations and may charge admission for preservation, but still are active for worship, so one should always enter quietly. Depending on grade level, Italian children get out of school as early as 12:30 p.m. or as late as 3:30 p.m. so residents can expect school crossings to be active any time in that period. Children in higher grades use public transportation as they do in Germany. Some Italian students have school on Saturdays as well. Italians generally love children and some, especially the elderly, regularly approach children to engage them in conversation. With a wealth of local attractions, mountains and beaches within reach, assignment to Vicenza provides an opportunity to explore Italian culture. For more about the Vicenza Military Community, visit www. or join us on Facebook at U.S. Army at Vicenza, Italy. For relocation questions, call Monica Cobbledick at +39-04471-7500 or “like” the Vicenza Sponsorship page on Facebook.

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Bryan Gatchell / USAG Ansbach Public Affairs

A bus takes up most of the road through Untereichenbach on the way to the back gate of Katterbach Kaserne. Drivers of personally owned vehicles, when faced with such a large oncoming vehicle, are often better off pulling to the curb and waiting for the bus to pass.

(HAZARDS, from Page 1) are better off pulling to the shoulder and sometimes onto the curb and simply stopping so the mechanical behemoths can pass. “Even 30 kilometers is too fast for the conditions here,” added Meyer. “This little village has its rush hours like a big city, but also actually it’s during the entire day you can find traffic jams. This little village is just not made for this massive amount of traffic. It’s a shortcut and a lot of people use it as a shortcut.” The other potential accident area is at the T-intersection at the east end of Untereichenbach. Cars making left turns from the throughway onto the adjoining road typically make shallow left turns. This can be a problem because a fence, tree and stack of firewood block the view of any cars that are stopped on the adjoining road. When the driver making a left onto the adjoining road sees another car already on the adjoining road, it can be too late. Another trouble spot is in between Bismarck and Katterbach kasernes on B14. “A lot of people think that stretch of road between the two installations is a federal highway,” said Meyer. “Actually it’s a 50-kilometer zone only because you have on both sides the village sign for Katterbach, and that’s an indicator that 50 kilometers is the maximum speed.” Speed limits, according to the safety office, are also a problem driving into Ansbach on B14 from the northeast. Gravity naturally

pulls a vehicle to accelerate downhill on B14 toward Ansbach. Several traffic signs indicating the speed limit flit by quickly: first a sign for 80 kilometers per hour, then a sign for 60 kph. When the driver passes the city limit sign, the speed limit has dropped yet again to 50 kilometers per hour. If a driver does not pay attention they might be going too fast through town. On the roads in the Storck Barracks and Franken Kaserne areas, there are other potentially fatal areas. “The road leading to Bad Windsheim, that is a very busy, heavily traveled road,” said Meyer. “We had several accidents, and unfortunately we had also some fatal accidents on that road.” Close to Storck Barracks there is a road that is intended solely for use by agricultural and military vehicles. Often Americans will not be aware of this because they might not be able to read the sign. The sign says, “Land- und forstwirtsch Verkehr frei” and “militärfahrzeuge frei,” which translate to “farm and forestry traffic only” and “military vehicles only.” Usage of this road by personally owned vehicles has resulted in accidents and death. “It’s called the Tank Road,” said Meyer. “It’s a road that’s not really allowed for POVs. It is only for military trucks, and people tend to ignore all these signs that are posted there. It’s obvious if you read the signs that this is for military vehicles only. And people still go both

ways, and that’s another hotspot for accidents.” On B13 connecting the kasernes at Ansbach with Storck Barracks in Illesheim, there is another major safety hazard on a steep decline heading northwest. “There was a fatal accident, a motorcyclist,” said Meyer. “He lost control of the motorcycle. He was going too fast for conditions and he lost control. He fell off the bike. There’re so many sandboxes on that hill for the wintertime, and he hit one of those sandboxes and he died.” One of the major reasons the hill causes problems is the difference of elevation from the crest to the valley. “During the wintertime, there’s a big difference in climate. That hill, it’s probably a couple of hundred meters, and down in the valley, it’s completely different from up on the hill, the climate, and the road conditions. If you drive up the hill, it may be wintertime when you get up there, snow-covered and icecovered, while down in the valley it is not a problem for drivers.” These are only a few of the dangerous spots in and around USAG Ansbach. There are many others. Drivers can avoid many problems by maintaining situational awareness, driving defensively and obeying German driving laws and road signs. To refresh your knowledge of German traffic laws, visit mil/webs/sites/staff_org/safety/driver_ training/index.html.

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Welcome Home, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team! March 9 and 11, Freedom Fitness Facility, Bamberg

Photos by Aritta Lane and Simon Hupfer, USAG Bamberg Public Affairs

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To view more pictures and a video of the Welcome Home Ceremony, visit and sets/72157632968413225/.

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Franconia Military Community Announcements Flu Vaccines Flu vaccines are now available at your local health clinic. An annual average of 36,000 deaths and 226,000 hospitalizations occur each year in the U.S. due to influenza infections. Annual flu vaccinations are the most effective method for preventing influenza virus infections and its complications. For more information, visit http:// Bicycle fines increase The German parliament has approved increases in the fines for bicycle offenses. Failing to use a bike path or riding without a light will cost 20 euro instead of 15 starting April 1. The fine for biking through a pedestrian zone will be 15 euro instead of 10. Parking a car on a bike path will cost 20 to 30 euro. DLA Disposition Services Sites Notice DLA Disposition Services Sites in Schweinfurt and Grafenwoehr have re-opened for property turn-in. Reutilization, Transfer, Donation and Hazardous Waste Disposal services has also resumed. For any urgent matters, the site team can be called at 09721-96-8277 in Schweinfurt or 09641-83-6384 in Grafenwoehr.

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Recycling Idea Disco isn’t dead! Melt your old disco records enough so that they are pliable and form a planter out of them for ferns and whatnot.

Thursday, March 14, 2013 winner receives $1,000. To learn more, visit www.vfw. org/Community/Scout-of-the-Year-Scholarship. Involved Consideration Missed appointments diminish a medical facility’s ability to provide efficient health care. The next time you cannot make your medical appointment, be considerate and cancel your appointment. We need your involvement to provide better care.

PTA Scholarships Apply for European Parent Teacher Association scholarships. For more information, visit http:// Knowledge Online registered users can visit the ASP website at Those unable to access AKO can submit a DA Form 1045 to their Post-9/11 GI Bill Take advantage of your military benefits. Earn a degree or installation coordinator. skill with your Post-9/11 GI Bill. Find out more about your benefits by visiting OneSource Mobile Army OneSource is now available for smartphone browsers. The launch of a mobile device version will Edelweiss Resort optimize Army OneSource the mobile experience for Ongoing specials and packages are available for GarmischPartenkirchen, Germany. This full-scale resort and alpine visitors. Visit today. lodge is in the heart of the Bavarian Alps and ski country. The hotel is part of USAG Garmisch. There are often deals Get EFMP Registered Is your Soldier coming back from deployment? If your and package specials available. For more information, visit Soldier is receiving orders to another location, it is not too early to start your Exceptional Family Member Program paperwork. Family members can start the paperwork now. Utility Tax Relief Services Your local Army Community Service EFMP manager can The Tax Relief Office offers a new service for U.S. Army assist in determining what you need to do. Remember, if Garrison Ansbach, Bamberg and Schweinfurt customers. you have someone registered in EFMP, the registration With the implementation of the Utility Avoidance has to be updated every three years or when the condition Program, customers can sign up and save 19 percent tax on their electricity, gas and water bills. To learn more, call changes. the Warner Barracks’ Tax Relief Office at 0951-300-1780, Leward Barracks’ Tax Relief Office at 09721-96-1780, Sexual Assault Your Sexual Assault Response Coordinator is available 24 Bismark Kaserne’s Tax Relief Office at 09802-83-1780 or hours a day. Call 0162-510-2917 for the 24-hour hotline. Storck Barracks’ Tax Relief Office at 09841-83-4553.

Care Experience Returning an Army Provider Satisfaction Survey can generate money for the local health clinic. Positive responses to the questions that generate money for the clinic are great, but honest responses about the customer experience is necessary to improve the clinic’s quality of service. Beneficiaries who do not receive a survey within six weeks of a visit to a local clinic should ensure their Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System is up to date. Pre-Separation Briefing Planning to move from Soldier to civilian? Take advantage CID Seeks Qualified Soldiers of the transition services offered by the Army Career and The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, Alumni Program, such as a Department of Labor two-andcommonly known as CID, is recruiting qualified Soldiers a-half-day job assistance workshop, resume preparation who are interested in pursuing a career as a federal law assistance and information about veterans benefits. Make enforcement officer. For more information, visit www.cid. an appointment to attend the mandatory ACAP Separation Briefing offered weekly and about an hour long. Separating Soldiers can start the ACAP process one Army Suggestion Program year before separating. Soldiers who will be retiring can The Army Suggestion Program encourages Soldiers, start two years out from their projected retirement date. civilians and any concerned individuals to submit ideas regarding how the Army can increase efficiency and cut Trial Defense Services costs. Approved suggestions are assessed on how much If you’re a Soldier and you are questioned by law they save the Army and can earn individuals thousands of enforcement, Criminal Investigation Division or members dollars. For more information, or to submit an idea, Army of your command about suspected acts of misconduct, you have the absolute right to remain silent. You have the right to refuse to answer any question, even from your commander, and you have the right to talk to an attorney. If questioned, you should immediately demand to speak to an attorney. As a Soldier, you are entitled to free consultation and representation by a military defense counsel. All communications with a trial defense attorney are privileged and will not be released to your command. Let a U.S. Army trial defense attorney help you. To learn more, speak with a free trial defense attorney. Teen Stress The National Military Family Association has created a kit to give the people in military teens’ lives a way to help them manage stress and affirm the positive aspects of military life. To obtain a copy of the tool kit and learn more, visit News/2010/07/OperationPurple. Scout Program Each year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars selects three young people — of the Boy or Girl Scouts, Sea Scouts or Venturing Crew — who have demonstrated practical citizenship in school, scouting and the community. The first-place winner receives a $5,000 award, the secondplace winner receives a $3,000 award and the third-place

Family Advocacy Programs Army Community Service’s Family Advocacy Program is here to provide help and support by offering New Parent Support Program, Newborn Network, play group, parenting classes, communication classes, victim advocacy and anger/stress management classes. Contact your local ACS for dates and class schedules. Immediate Appointments Are you tired of waiting on hold while scheduling a medical appointment at a health clinic? With TRICARE Online, you don’t have to wait on hold. You can schedule appointments, refill prescriptions and manage your health needs better. Register today at To learn more, visit

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Ansbach Community Announcements Send all announcements to Ansbach Public Affairs at usarmy.

Inclement Weather Info For up-to-date information on weather conditions, visit our new “What You Should Know when Inclement Weather Comes to USAG Ansbach” at webpages/InclementWeather.asp. You can find the link to the website under the Weather Information menu item on the left side of the homepage and, when the popup menu pops up, select “What you should know.” Tax Centers Katterbach Tax Center, located on the third floor of the ACS building, is open now. The Tax Center at Storck is open now with regular hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Walk-in customers will be accepted; however, it is recommended to make an appointment to avoid unnecessary waiting time. Call Katterbach Tax Center at DSN 467-2324 or 09802832324 and Storck Tax Center at DSN 467-4511 or 09841834511. AER campaign The 2013 Army Emergency Relief campaign takes place now through May 15. To learn more, visit Welcome back, from ASAP The Army Substance Abuse Program team wishes all those recently redeployed Soldiers a hearty welcome back. Thank you for your service. In the flurry of redeployment duties, block leave scheduling and health clinic appointments, remember that ASAP is here to serve you. ASAP offers a host of resources for Soldiers, Family members and civilians including counseling services, employee assistance and intervention, and treatment options on a wide range of problems such as substance abuse, domestic abuse, problems on the job, and suicide prevention and awareness. ASAP also provides training upon request. You can contact your nearest ASAP office for more information or call 09802-83-1710, DSN 4671710, or visit the ASAP office located at Katterbach, Bldg. 5817, Wing B. The Storck ASAP office is located in Bldg. 6110 on the fourth floor and can be reached at 09841-834556, DSN 467-4556. The Katterbach ASAP office is open

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Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and closed for lunch. The Storck ASAP office is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m., and is also closed for lunch. OHA and MIHA If you’re a Soldier who lives in privately leased or rented residential housing in Germany, the ongoing Overseas Housing Allowance Utility and Move-in expense survey is your chance to have a say in setting your housing allowance rates. Please take the time to complete this important survey. It helps determine the amount of money you receive for utilities and recurring maintenance. This year’s survey also collects data for the move in housing allowance (MIHA). To take the survey through March 31, visit EFMP Events Several Exceptional Family Member Program events are on the calendar. On March 16 from 10 to 11 a.m., we will host the “Self-Esteem” workshop (Part 1 of 2) at the Katterbach ACS classroom. Part 2 is scheduled for the same time and place March 23. On March 21, EFMP presents the “Anger Awareness” workshop (Part 1 of 2: Parenting a Child with Asperger’s) from 5 to 6 p.m. also at the Katterbach ACS classroom. Then, from 5 to 7 p.m. March 25, we will host EFMP bowling at Katterbach and Storck bowling centers. On March 27, we will conduct the EFMP Community Support Group session from noon to 1 p.m. at the Storck CAC building in the Yellow Ribbon Room. For more information about EFMP events, visit or call the ACS EFMP office (Katterbach: 467-3632, Storck 467-4555) and check us out on Facebook at www. vice/206120792843696?ref=ts&fref=ts. Stay tuned for upcoming summer field trips.

Activity Center will hold focus groups April 5 and May 3 from noon to 1 p.m. to get ideas from its clients and give them the experiences they want. To learn more, visit the center on the third floor of Bldg. 6510 Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or call 09841-83-4714 or 467-4714.

Play reading group Terrace Playhouse at Bleidorn Kaserne holds a play reading group from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoons. No experience is necessary and guests may bring snacks to share. The group will read Don’t Drink the Water by Woody Allen March 10, Enchanted April adapted to the Savings fund application warning The Apple App Store is offering a free iPhone application stage by Matthew Barber April 21 and Pride and Prejudice called TSP Funds that is not sanctioned by the Thrift adapted to the stage by Helen Jerome May 19. Savings Plan. The app asks TSP participants for their account login information. TSP recommends that Volunteers needed at Arts and Crafts participants not use the TSP Funds app to access their TSP Seeking volunteer and contract teachers one to two times accounts because using the app could result in a security per month for sewing, cake decoration, general crafts and more. Open to all ID cardholders. No experience needed – risk to their accounts. just a happy personality and a creative idea to share. Send an email to Ansbach clean-up Help clean up Ansbach during the Ansbach Saub(ä)er, the city-wide clean-up, March 16 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. ISCC Thrift Shop Needs Volunteers Lunch is provided to registered volunteers at Distler Saal Looking for a fun and rewarding way to help others and (Distlerweg 2, Ansbach-Eyb) at noon. To learn more or register, call 0981-51463. EFMP bowling The Exceptional Family Member Program offers free bowling at Katterbach and Storck bowling centers March 25, April 22 and May 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. Sign up in advance with Army Community Service. To learn more or sign up, call Katterbach ACS at 09802-83-2883 or 467-2883 or Storck ACS at 09841-83-4555 or 467-4555. Library orientation Attend a USAG Ansbach library orientation and find out about the resources and programs available, meet the staff, take a tour of the library, get one-on-one help and enjoy refreshments. Storck Library holds their orientation March 28 at 4 p.m. To learn more, call 09841-83-4675 or DSN 467-4675. Java Café hours Java Café at Storck Barracks Bowling Center, Bldg. 6508, has new hours. They will be open Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The café will be closed Saturdays. Storck focus groups Storck Recreation Center at the Storck Community

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euros. Attendees should sign up at the ASCC Thrift Store as soon as possible. Full amount, which is non-refundable, must be paid in cash at time of RSVP. To learn more, email Stress and Anger Management Don’t be an angry bird! Help is available through a stress and anger management class. The class is offered on the first Wednesday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. at Katterbach Army Community Service or on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. at Storck ACS. Sign up by calling the ACS Family Advocacy Program at 09802-83-2516. Movie Night Enjoy a movie free at the Storck Library every Friday at 3 p.m. To learn more, call 09841-83-4675. Health Clinic Improvements The Katterbach Health Clinic has a new front entrance just in time for the 2013 flu vaccine campaign. Stop by the Katterbach Health Clinic for your flu shot and experience the renovations, which are designed to improve the patient experience.

give back to your community? Look no further than the Illesheim Spouses and Civilians Club Thrift Shop. Volunteer openings include sorting donations, organizing clothes, tagging items and general housekeeping. Volunteers will receive $5 store credit for working a full shift. Profits from the Thrift Shop are given back to the Illesheim community in the form of welfare grants and scholarships. Thrift Shop hours are Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday from noon to 3 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, and the first Saturday of each month from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, email to

Brown Bag Lunch Bring a lunch and explore a new town with Army Community Service. The meeting place is ACS on the first Wednesday of every month at Katterbach and the fourth Wednesday of every month at Storck Barracks. Meet at 10:30 a.m. Cost is 10 to 15 Euros. To learn more, call Aerobic Fitness Classes: 09841-83-4555. The Katterbach Physical Fitness Center has added evening classes for after-work customers, including Power Yoga AFTB: Level II every Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m., circuit training every Army Family Team Building holds its Level II class from Thursday from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., and indoor cycling/spin March 19 to 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Level II covers classes Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and military acronyms, customs and courtesies, financial Fridays at 6 p.m. readiness and more. To learn more, call the Katterbach Army Community Service at 467-2883 or 09802-83-2883 Youth and Teens or Storck ACS at 467-4555 or 09841-83-4555.

Eagle’s Nest Recreation Hall The Barton Barracks Eagle’s Nest Recreation Hall, next to the Duggan Gym, offers a kitchen with an area to seat more Closures and Changes than 30 people. The Eagle’s Nest is open to all community members. To learn more, call 09811-837848 or email Resurfacing of B-14 Resurfacing is ongoing for state road B-14 along Urlas and Shipton Kaserne. The speed limit is reduced to 50 kilometers per hour. Access and exit to and from Colmberg Castle dinner Have an entertaining evening with Ansbach Spouses’ and Obereichenbach will remain the same. During phase one, Civilians’ Club at the Colmberg Castle March 23 at 6 p.m. two lanes going toward Katterbach will be resurfaced. The bar opens at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a seven-course meal Entering from Katterbach and exiting toward Ansbach accompanied by a fire show, sword fight, ax-throwing will remain possible. There will be a detour exiting demonstration and more. The event lasts 4.5 hours, toward Katterbach and entering from Ansbach, offering costs 80 euros for ASCC members and 85 euros for non- two possibilities to turn around: One at Hotel Windmühle members. The price includes one non-alcoholic drink and and one at Obereichenbach. During phase two, two lanes souvenir. Attendees can purchase an engraved plate for 20 going toward Ansbach will be resurfaced. The current access near the traffic light will be blocked and drivers coming from Katterbach toward Ansbach will be detoured by Soldier Lake. The detour for exiting toward Katterbach and entering from Ansbach will remain in place.

Sports, Health and Fitness Intramural Volleyball Intramural Volleyball begins for U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach March 26 at 7 p.m. with games Tuesdays at Storck Physical Fitness Facility and Thursdays at Katterbach PFF. The officials’ clinic is March 20 and 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Von Steuben Community Center. A coach’s meeting takes place March 22 at 6 p.m. at the Katterbach PFF. To learn more, call Katterbach PFF at 09802-83-2771 or 4672771 or Storck PFF at 09841-83-4582 or 467-4582. Bowling Membership Club Card Join the Katterbach and Storck Bowling Center club for $25. The membership is valid for one year and members receive $1.50 games, free shoe rental, a free T-shirt and a few bowling towels. To learn more, call Katterbach Bowling Center at 09802-832638 or Storck Bowling Center at 09841-834530.

FRG Child Care Night Child care is available for mission-related Family readiness group meetings on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. To learn more, call Parent Central Services at 09841-83-4880 or 09802-832533. Ansbach Girl Scouts What is green, almost 100 years old and hip and cool as ever? Girl Scouts! Be a part of the adventure and fun that is Girl Scouts. Any girls kindergarten through 12th grade are welcome. To join or learn more, email gsansbach@ or call 0151-445-12471.

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more, call the Bamberg Inn at 0951-300-8604 or email

Bulk Item Pickup The Directorate of Public Works will pick up bulk items for disposal on the first Monday of the month. The dates for 2013 are April 2, June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2, Oct. 7 Survey and Nov. 4. Spring cleanup will take place in May so bulk If you’re a Soldier who lives in privately leased or rented pickup will be the week of May 15 to 20. residential housing in Germany, the ongoing Overseas Housing Allowance Utility and Move-in expense survey Postal Service Center Hours is your chance to have a say in setting your housing Beginning April 1, the Postal Service Center opening hours allowance rates. To take the survey through March 31, will be from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the finance windows visit and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for mail and package pickup. Official mail pickup will be open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work to 4 p.m. The Department of Defense Dependent Schools Europe invites you and your child to participate in an enjoyable Garrison Easter Egg Hunt and beneficial learning experience known around the Child, Youth and School Services, in partnership with globe as Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work on April Army and Air Force Exchange Service and Better 26. Designed to be more than a career day, the Take Our Opportunities for Single Soldiers, will host the garrison Daughters and Sons to Work program goes beyond the Easter Egg Hunt March 30 at 11 a.m. at Friendship Park. average “shadowing” of an adult. Exposing girls and Activities will include an egg hunt, pictures with the Easter boys to what a parent or mentor in their lives does during Bunny, bounce houses, barbeque and more. the work day is important, but showing them the value of their education, helping them discover the power and Single Soldier Supper possibilities associated with a balanced work and family There will be a Single Soldier Supper at 5:30 p.m. at the life and providing them an opportunity to share how they Bamberg Community Chapel March 25, April 22, May 20 envision the future and begin steps toward their goals in and June 24. Single Soldiers are invited to enjoy a free, a hands-on and interactive environment is key to their home-cooked meal. For more information or to help with achieving success. Students in grades 3-6 and 7-8 will the supper, call Matt and Tina Huisjen at 09502-8037. accompany their parents only from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Parents are responsible for their child’s transportation. Community Flea Markets Come and sell your unwanted items or search for a great Arts and Crafts Contest find at the Community Flea Markets from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The 2013 Arts and Crafts contest starts May 1 and runs the second Saturday of the month at Summerall Field near through June 30. It is open to all Family and Morale, the Community Activity Center. Dates for the flea markets Welfare and Recreation patrons (active duty, National are April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14 Guard, Family members, retirees and Army civilians) of and Oct. 12. all ages. Categories are ceramics, digital art, drawings, fibers/textiles, glass, metals/jewelry, mixed media, Legally Blonde, The Musical paintings and wood. Contact your local Arts and Crafts The Stable Theater presents its winter smash Broadway Center for details. musical hit, Legally Blonde, The Musical for eight shows during two weekends. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. March 16, Bamberg Lodging Furniture Sale 21, 22 and 23, and 3 p.m. March 17 and 24. Tickets are The Bamberg Inn will host a furniture sale from 9 a.m. to $11 for adults, $9 for students and Soldiers and Family 2 p.m. April 17. The special sale is open to ID cardholders members E4 and below. Ask about group and deployment only. Items for sale will include bedroom furniture, twin discounts. Non-ID cardholder guests can gain access and queen-size mattresses, and box springs, bed frames, by emailing full name, passport number, birth date and headboards, nightstands, desks, chairs and bed linens. vehicle license plate number at least two working days All purchases have to be made with cash. To learn prior to show date. Show contains some adult themes, so use discretion with children. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 0951-300-8647 or send an email to Please send all announcements to Bamberg Public Affairs at

looking for Emergency Placement Care Providers who will open their homes to children in need. To learn more, call Army Community Service at 0951-300-8397/7777. Parenting Skill Builder Classes Bamberg Family Life Center New Parenting Skills Classes start the first Tuesday of every month and meet from 9 to 11 a.m. for four sessions. Learning the skills to parent with love and logic can help make parenting fun and rewarding, instead of stressful and chaotic. You will learn practical tools and techniques to build respectful, healthy relationships with children and help prepare children for the real world. To learn more, to register or to sign up for child care, call 0951-300-1570/8141 or email Amsterdam and Keukenhof Garden Trip Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers will be taking a trip to Amsterdam and Keukenhof Garden April 5 through 8. The cost is $395 per person for a double room or $595 for a single room. The price includes roundtrip transportation, three nights in a three-star hotel, three breakfasts and a city tour of Amsterdam and a day trip to

Tacos and Turntables Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers and the Community Activity Center are teaming up to offer Tacos and Turntables from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 19, April 16, May 14 and June 11 at the CAC. Enjoy the CAC’s taco buffet, which includes two hard or soft tacos or nacho chips with your choice of topping, and music provided by BOSS. English as a Second Language Classes English as a Second Language classes will take place each Monday and Tuesday in the Family Advocacy Program classroom, Bldg. 7487 on Armor Drive behind the flower shop. ESL Level 1 will meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Level 2 from 10:30 am. to noon and Level 3 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. All U.S. ID cardholders are eligible to attend. For more information, contact Jeffrey Card at jeffrey.p.card.civ@ or 0951-300-7777. Emergency Placement Care Program The Emergency Placement Care Program, which provides a safe and caring environment to children in crisis, is

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Practice will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting April 16. The season runs from April to June. Visit Parent Central Services to sign up. Don’t forget to use your deployment benefits before they run out. Disney Imagination Movers Armed Forces Entertainment and Navy Entertainment present the Disney Imagination Movers at 3 p.m. April 13 at the Freedom Fitness Center. Young kids will love seeing their TV favorites onstage in Bamberg. Doors open 2 p.m. Admission is free. To learn more, call 0951-300-8647. Space Camp Scholarship Children enrolled in sixth through ninth grade, whose parent are active-duty military, mobilized guard, Reserve, post-9/11 veterans or service members who died while serving, can apply for the Military Child Education Bernard Curtis Brown II Memorial Space Camp Scholarship. The scholarship covers full tuition, which includes roundtrip transportation to Space Camp, meals, lodging and program/materials. To learn more or to apply, visit www.

Keukenhof Gardens, including entrance fee. The trip is open to single Soldiers, geographical bachelors, married Soldiers and their authorized guests ages 18 and older. To learn more, call Outdoor Recreation at 0951-300-9376 or contact your local BOSS office. Lloret De Mar, Spain, Trip Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers is heading to Lloret De Mar, Spain, May 23 through 27. The cost is $320 per person for a double room or $370 for a single room. The price includes round-trip transportation, three nights in a three-star hotel, three breakfasts and a city tour of Barcelona and a medieval dinner. The trip is open to single Soldiers, geographical bachelors, married Soldiers and their authorized guests ages 18 and older. Deadline to sign up is May 9. To learn more, call Outdoor Recreation at 0951-300-9376 or contact your local BOSS office.

Youth and Teens Boy Scouts Boy Scout Troop #40 in Bamberg is looking for boys ages 12 and older interested in becoming Boy Scouts. The troop meets every Thursday at 6:30 p.m., except on holidays. The boys work on requirements for advancement and earning merit badges. The troop is also looking for adult volunteers and Eagle Scouts to assist with troop activities. To learn more, call 0160-1585894.

Coaches Needed Coaches are still needed for all youth sports. You don’t have to be a parent to volunteer. If you know a single Soldier that would be interested in volunteering, have them visit the Youth Sports office in Bldg. 7669 or call 0951300-7523. Sports, Health and Fitness Baseball, Softball and T-ball Registration Registration is now open for Child, Youth and School Services baseball, softball and T-ball. These sports are open to children ages 3 to 15. The cost for baseball and softball are $45 and the cost for T-ball (ages 3 to 5) is $20. Visit Parent Central Services in Bldg. 7340 or visit Webtrac to sign up. Applications sought for the Military Youth of the Year The Military Youth of the Year is a Boys & Girls Club of America recognition program that partners with the Military Child and Youth Services. Local clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the president of the United States. Visit the JFK Youth Center, Bldg. 7663, to pick up an application or call 0951-300-8871 and ask for Destiny Cilumba for more details.

Closures and Changes CYSS Track and Field Sign-ups Sign-ups for Child, Youth and School Services Track and Field for youth ages 6 through 14 runs through March 15. Commissary Closure The Commissary will be closed March 31 for Easter Sunday. For more information, call 0951-300-8819. Vehicle Registration Office Closure The Vehicle Registration Office will be closed March 29 and April 1. To learn more, call 0951-300-7580. Changes for Bamberg CDC Hourly care services at the Bamberg Child Development Center are temporarily reduced to 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There also is currently reduced space at the School Age Center. Subway New Hours Subway, located in the Shoppette, has reduced its hours. The new hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For the latest hours of all Army and Air Force Exchange Service locations, visit ExchangeLocations/WarnerBarracksStore.htm. Optical Shop Closure The Optical Shop will be closed beginning March 31. Customers in need of optical services after the closure can visit the optical shops at other garrisons.

Red Cross 5-Kilometer Run March is American Red Cross month and the Red Cross will host a 5-kilometer run at 7 a.m. March 22 at the Freedom Fitness Facility. The run highlights the partnership between the Red Cross and the Wounded Warrior Program. Preregister by March 15 to ensure enough goodie bags for all participants. To register, visit the Bamberg Red Cross Facebook page at, call 0951-300-1760 or email Fitness Classes The Freedom Fitness Facility offers a variety of fitness classes. To see a complete schedule, visit www.

Weekly Reminders CDC Parking Parking in front of the Child Development Center is for patron drop-off and pickup only. There are plenty of other parking opportunities nearby, including in front of the Basics Building, in front of Community Bank and the PX/ Commissary parking lot.

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information. No information available yet? Check back as the event nears since the event listings are constantly updated. Seeking Volunteer Drivers/Phone Operators Volunteer drivers and phone operators are needed to staff a program aimed at slashing the number of DUIs in Schweinfurt by providing a vehicle pickup service to those Soldiers consuming alcohol on weekend nights. To get involved, call 0173-794-2998 or 0160-987-98955, or visit the Schweinfurt AADD Facebook page at www.facebook. com/SchweinfurtAADD. Seeking Cake Decorators The Schweinfurt High School Culinary Club seeks volunteers experienced in cake decorating. Contact Culinary Club sponsor Hana McWilliams at 09721-966812 or Photo Scavenger Hunt: Basic Challenge The Ledward Library has an ongoing photo scavenger hunt. How well do you know your military community in U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt? Check out the photo gallery in the library and guess where in the community they came from. Submit your guesses about where the pictures were taken and the person with the most correct answers wins a prize. Recycling Education Class A recycling education course, for trash disposal offenders and anyone who wants to learn about recycling, is offered twice a month Wednesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Family members 9 and older are encouraged to attend with a Please send all announcements to Schweinfurt Public Affairs at parent. Bring a friend if he or she lives in military housing or military-leased housing. Class space is limited, so call Tax center 09721-96-6955 to sign up. Classes will be cancelled if no The Schweinfurt tax center is located at the Conn Annex one signs up by 4:30 p.m. the Tuesday before class. in Bldg. 7. The garrison shuttle buses have added an additional stop there to accommodate community members Closures and Changes needing to visit the tax center. For more information, visit Closure 2014

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Winter Wrap-up 2012-2013 This winter find something fantastic for all ages and interests – everything from classes, Alpine retreats, ceremonies, events, trips, camps and so much more. Visit htm to learn more. Click on each event listed for full

fashion shows, dinner with parents, lock-ins and more. Age groups include 11 to 14 and 15 to 18. Smart Girls meets every Monday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Youth Center. For more information, call the Youth Center at 09721-96-6732.

German Class Let’s talk German! Learn German one on one every Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Youth Center. This program is taught by our own education tech who was born and raised in Schweinfurt. This class can help your German grade go from a C to an A+ and it may even help Stay up to date with the latest information regarding the you make friends in the German community. Test your Schweinfurt’s closure in 2014. Visit the Closure 2014 page skills by joining us on a field trip downtown. For more for reliable, honest information on the most recent service information, call the Youth Center at 09721-96-6732. modifications and reductions, closure news, Soldier, Family and employee resources and frequently asked SKIESUnlimited questions. Visit SKIES offers different classes every month for youths 18 and younger. The program is designed to complement, to stay informed on how closure may impact you. expand and support the academic, life skills and athletic Closure blog The Closure Blog addresses real answers and issues asked by community members regarding how closure will affect them. Topics such as PCSing tips, how services will be modified, and employment resources are discussed. Have a concern about closure? Then submit a question and get real answers. Don’t fall victim to the rumor mill; be informed and prepared by visiting closure2014/closure_blog.htm.

Youth and Teens Give Me 20 Looking to get fit? The Youth Center is offering a free fitness program every Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for youths ages 13 through 18. Program facilitators will show youths how to safely work out and stay fit. Dedicated participants will see positive results. Workouts will include sports, spinning, weightlifting and more. Participants must be registered with CYSS and have a permission slip on file. To learn more or to register, call the Youth Center at 09721-96-6732. Smart Girls Young ladies, the Smart Girls program is up and running again. Topics include life skills, healthy eating, fitness, health care systems, positive mentors, respecting yourself,

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necessary to participate. By registering through Child, Youth and School Services, you will become a certified coach in the National Alliance for Youth Sports. This is a great way to volunteer in the community and earn extra income by officiating. For more information, call CYSS at 09721-96-6822 or email Family Child Care Providers Needed Help the community and start a new career as a Family Child Care provider. FCC providers maintain a happy home-away-from-home atmosphere (in governmentcontrolled housing only) for children who can’t be with their own parents during the day. You can care for your own children in addition to outside customers. All training and education is provided for free. Call 09721-96-6487 for details.

Sports, Health and Fitness Paintball Field Open Relieve some stress or have some good old-fashioned fun every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rental equipment is available at the Paintball Field. For more information, call Outdoor Recreation at 09721-96-8080.

experiences children and youths have within Child, Youth and School Services programs and in schools. For the latest class listings, click here.

Thursday Night Bowling Fun League Enjoy a weekly dose of bowling and fun every Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m! Meet new people and learn a new sport. Open to all ID holders ages 18 and older. Practice round starts at 6:45 p.m. with games beginning promptly at 7 p.m. Cost is $10 per game to participate. For more information or to register, contact the Kessler Bowling Center on Kessler Field, Bldg. 449, by calling 09721-966332 or DSN 354-6332.

4-H Club 4-H is a club designed for middle and high school students. As a club, students will plan field trips, events and activities based on their four core values: head, hands, heart and health. 4-H meets every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Weekly Reminders Youth Center. To participate, students must be registered with CYSS. For more information or to get involved, call Newcomer Meet and Greet Meet other spouses, learn about the community and get the Youth Center at 09721-96-6732. connected here in Schweinfurt every Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Bradley Inn kitchen. The newcomer meet-andEDIS Are you concerned about how your child is developing? greet initiative links up incoming spouses with seasoned If so, call Educational and Developmental Intervention Schweinfurt residents, offering the warm welcome our Services to schedule a free screening. Screenings are community is known for. Coffee and refreshments will be available to children ages birth to 3 years old. For more served, and children are welcome. For more information information or to schedule an appointment, call 09721-96- or to register, call Army Community Service at 09721-966933. 6257.

Local Flea Markets Flea markets are a fun way to find a bargain. The Army Community Service Information and Referral program provides a monthly list of flea markets here. Dental Clinic Space Available The U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt Dental Clinic now offers space available stand-by appointments for otherthan-active-duty eligible beneficiaries. Appointments can only be scheduled 24 hours in advance. BOSS Meetings Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers meetings are the second (at the Warrior Zone) and fourth (at the Finney Recreation Center) Tuesday of every month. For more information, call the Warrior Zone at 09721-96-6082 or the Finney Recreation Center at 09721-96-8476. Open Mic Night Come and share your talent with the Warrior Zone every Friday at 8 p.m. to midnight. The event is intended for single Soldiers but open to the entire community. Adults only. No early sign-ups required. To learn more, call 09721-96-6082.

Inclement Weather in Schweinfurt Wanted: Youth Sports Coaches and Officials The Schweinfurt community is looking for coaches and Know where you can find information on school closures, Karaoke officials for the youth sports program. No experience is weather and road conditions. To learn more, click here. Karaoke all-stars, come and share your talent with the Warrior Zone every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The event is intended for single Soldiers but open to the entire community. Adults only. No early sign-ups required. For more information, call 09721-96-6082. Children’s Story Time Bring your child in to the library Wednesdays at 11 a.m. for Children’s Story Time.

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THEATERS Oz the Great and Powerful Now Showing | 114 Minutes When Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking until he meets three witches who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late, putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity, and even wizardry. Rated PG for sequences of action and scary images, and brief mild language. Visit for more information.

IN THEATERS • March 14 - 20 BAMBERG THEATER • 0951-297-3934 March 14 - The Guilt Trip (PG-13) 7 p.m. March 15 - Dead Man Down (R) 7 p.m. March 16 - Oz the Great and Powerful (PG) 3 p.m.; Dead Man Down (R) 7 p.m. March 17 - Oz the Great and Powerful (PG) 3 p.m.; Jack Reacher (PG-13) 7 p.m. March 18 - Dead Man Down (R) 7 p.m. ILLESHEIM THEATER • 09841-83-4546 March 15 - Gangster Squad (R) 7 p.m.; March 16 - Snitch (PG-13) 7 p.m. March 17 - Rise of the Guardians (PG) 3 p.m. KATTERBACH THEATER • 09802-83-1790 March 14 - Jack Reacher (PG-13) 7 p.m. March 15 - A Good Day to Die Hard (R) 7 p.m. March 16 - Beautiful Creatures (PG-13) 4 p.m.; A Good Day to Die Hard (R) 7 p.m. March 17 - Escape From Planet Earth (PG) 3 p.m. SCHWEINFURT THEATER • 09721-96-1790 March 14 - Beautiful Creatures (PG-13) 7 p.m. March 15 - Snitch (PG-13) 7 p.m. March 16 - Jack the Giant Slayer (PG-13) 4 p.m.; Snitch (PG-13) 7 p.m. March 17 - Jack the Giant Slayer (PG-13) 4 p.m.; Snitch (PG-13) 7 p.m. March 20 - Jack the Giant Slayer (PG-13) 7 p.m.

Eco-Friendly Tips Water-saving Tips Reduce the amount of harmful chemicals you release into the environment. Switch to natural cleaners instead, which are biodegradable and do not harm the water supply or the environment. Rinse dishes in a full sink or pan of water, not under running water.

Energy-saving Tips Adjust the thermostat in your refrigerator to the recommended setting. Overcooling your refrigerator wastes electricity. Don’t fill your tea kettle up to the max every time – just boil the amount of water you need.

Recycling Buy products that use recycled materials in the product itself or in the packaging. If there are purchases that you have to make for the household, then look out for and buy products that can be recycled. If something cannot be recycled, then don’t buy it, because eventually the item can only be sent to the landfill.

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Trips and Travel Opportunities Registration for trips begin the 15th of the month before the scheduled trip and must be made no later than the Monday before the scheduled leave date or they may be cancelled. To sign up or for more information, go to Outdoor Recreation. All trips depart and arrive from ODR unless otherwise noted. No refund will be given for noshows. Military duty restraint or illness will be refunded with documentation.

ANSBACH Wednesdays Afternoon Ski/Snowboard $29 Join the Outdoor Recreation team of professional ski and snowboard instructors and learn to safely slide down the slopes, ride the lifts and enjoy the world’s fastest growing winter activities. Depending on the season’s snowfall and slop conditions, instruction will be conducted locally at Burgbernheim, between Ansbach and Illesheim. All sessions will depart from Katterbach at 1 p.m., weather permitting. Dates are March 20 and 27. March 15-18 Heli-ski/snowboard at Lauterbrunnen $575 Take a helicopter to Ebnefluh in the Swiss Alps near Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, ski or snowboard down the mountain accompanied by a guide, take a second flight up to Petersgrat, and descend again. This trip is designed for skiers and snowboarders with a solid intermediate or advanced ability on the slopes. Conventional ski lifts and groomed trails are available at nearby Wengen and Schilthorn. Non-skiers and sightseers will find plenty to do in the surrounding area as well. Cost for the trip with helicopter ride is $575; without the helicopter ride, the trip costs $225. For more information, call Ansbach Outdoor Recreation at 09802-833225.

BAMBERG March. 15-18 Ski Amade Reigon $350 Grab your gear or rent some from us for $25! With hundreds of kilometers of slopes, there’s a little something for everyone. Trip includes transportation, three nights of lodging at double occupancy with dinner and breakfast. DOES NOT INCLUDE LIFT PASSES. Departs from ODR March 15 at 3 a.m. and returns March 18 at approximately 11 p.m. March 24 Prague, Czech Republic $65 Containing one of the world’s most pristine and varied collections of architecture, Prague is a vibrant city. Indulge in a Czech beer while exploring Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Wenceslas, Lesser Quarter and the Old town squares (just to name a few). Trip includes transportation and a city tour. Price is $55 for children ages 4 to 12; for children ages 3 and younger, $45. March 25 Little Swiss Hike $25 Say goodbye to winter and welcome the spring season with the Little Swiss Hike. You will enjoy the calm of the landscape as you deeply inhale the fresh spring air. Please wear appropriate clothing, hiking boots and pack a lunch and hydrating liquids. For more information, call Bamberg Outdoor Recreation at 0951-300-9376.

SCHWEINFURT March 16-17 Garmisch Weekend Ski Trip $159 Two days of skiing and snowbaording in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The trip departs March 16 and returns March 17 at approximately 11 p.m. The trip costs $159, which includes transportation, one overnight stay with breakfast and half price on ski and snowboard rentals. Lift ticket is not included. March 23 Palm Beach Pool Trip $15 Enjoy a day at the beach! Meet at ODR and let the crew chauffeur you to Palm Beach where you will spend the day lounging by the pool. Kids and adults are all welcome to attend. The cost for transportation is $15 per person. Pool Entrance Fee for four hours is 14.50 Euro for adults, 12.50 Euro for youths ages 6 to 15 and 5.50 Euro for children five and younger. Use of Sauna World costs 5 Euro extra. Please note that prices are subject to change based on the facilities discretion. For more information, call Schweinfurt Outdoor Recreation at 09721-96-8080.

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By Bianca Sowders, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs Volksmarch in Franken Volksmarches have been popular with Americans stationed in Europe for decades, and with winter on its way out and the weather gradually improving, the hiking season is about to pick up again. Participants in Germany can typically choose from 5/6k, 10k or 20k distances; hikers don’t start all at once, but within a certain time frame and cover the chosen distance at their own pace. Food and drinks are sold on location and registration is possible on site. It is best to contact the listed point of contact for exact starting times, updates and detailed location information. For other locations within Germany, visit www. Here is a quick look at upcoming Volksmarches in Franconia: •

March 16 and 17 in Winkelhaid near Altdorf (5/10/20 km) TuS Winkelhaid 1922, 09187/41854, Start time: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sportparkstr. 2, Sportheim.

March 16 and 17 in Eggolsheim (5/10 km) Wanderfreunde Markt Eggolsheim, 09545/1815, Start time: 7 a.m. to noon at JosefKolb-Str. 10 a, Eggerbach-Halle.

March 24 in Heilsbronn (5/10 km) Klosterwanderer Heilsbronn e.V. (FR-M), 09822/604260,, Start time: 7 a.m. to noon at Hohenzollernhalle.

Easter in the Handwerkerhof Nürnberg The Handwerkerhof in Nürnberg, a medieval enclosure across from the main train station, is now decorated in Easter fashion; all the little traditional houses, stores and restaurants and the well will feature season greens, colorful eggs and more. The Handwerkerhof is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; the stores are open 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit Spring Fest Würzburg The annual Spring Fest in Würzburg at the FestplatzTalavera (Luitpoldstraße) is now open through March 24. Opening hours are Monday through Thursday from 2 to 11 p.m., Friday/Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from noon to 10:30 p.m. To learn more, visit fruehjahrsvolksfest-2012/index.html. Fish Market in Schweinfurt The traditional fish market on the Marktplatz in Schweinfurt is scheduled for March 14 through 18; the Marktschreier, famous “criers” (vendors), are praising their goods in a special and funny way Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from

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11 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 17 is also open-store Sunday. Irish Spring 2013 in Roth Irish Spring, a festival of Irish folk music, takes place in the Kulturfabrik Roth (Stieberstraße 7) March 14 at 8 p.m. To learn more, visit www.

Easter Market in Nürnberg The traditional annual Ostermarkt takes place on Nürnberg’s Hauptmarkt now through April 1. More than 80 vendors are offering household products, wood and ceramic crafts, curtains, clothes, books and more. Opening hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Easter Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and closed on Good Friday. March 17, is open-store Sunday in Nürnberg. St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Nürnberg Nürnberg is hosting a big celebration for Lá Fhéile Pádraig (St. Patrick’s Day) March 16. The event begins with a church service at St. Klara (Königstraße 64) at 5:45 p.m. with music by Just for now and a performance by Siona Irish Dancing, followed by a St. Patrick’s Day parade with flags and bagpipes at about 7 p.m.; the parade will move from Königstraße past Lorenzkirche to Spitalgasse, ending at Heilig-Geist-Haus. There the Irish bands Mutefish from Dublin and Caladh Nua from Waterford, Carlow and Kilkenny will provide the musical entertainment, starting at 8 p.m., while guests enjoy culinary specialties from Ireland. Tickets for the event are available for 12 Euros in advance at the Amt für Internationale Beziehungen at Hans-SachsPlatz 2 and the Irish pubs in Nürnberg, Fürth and Erlangen; tickets can also be purchased at the evening counter for 15 Euros. Children younger than 12 enter for free. To learn more, visit Kneipenfestival – Dinkelsbühl The Kneipenfestival in Dinkelsbühl, a traditional pub crawl, is happening March 16. Live bands will start playing at 8:30 p.m. Buy one ticket for the evening and enter every location with it. Tickets are available in participating pubs and the Dinkelsbühl Tourist Office (Altrathausplatz 14, Tel.: 09851-902440). To learn more, visit www. St. Patrick’s Day Festival on Burg Rabenstein The Rabenstein Castle in Ahorntal is hosting a castle concert with Celtic music March 16 at 8 p.m.; more information is available at 09202-9700440 or Easter market in Dinkelsbühl The Dinkelsbühl Ostermarkt, with more than 50 booths offering Easter decorations, arts and crafts, flower arrangements, books, garden decorations and more, is scheduled for March 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. To learn more, visit

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